Wednesday, October 24, 2018

W2CB Mid-Challenge Reminder

Quick reminder of the Words 2 Craft By challenge - October Eves:
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, 
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.  Humbert Wolfe

Love how the deep purple contrasts with the gold layer and embossing!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ah Crap...

The Male Room has a really fun challenge - My Bad/Sorry.  I had to use this fun Unity stamp set:
I used an old Operation Write Home sketch, fussy cut the toilet, and layered up.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our October Eves challenge!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Words 2 Craft By #58 - October Eves

The Words 2 Craft By prompt this month is:
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.  Humbert Wolfe

I inked up an old dictionary page, and punched out the leaves.  I added a plaid stamp in off white ink and done!!  Show off your October Eves by November 7 by linking up HERE.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches

I'm on a roll!!  Four posts in 3 days!  Their sketch:
My version:
The card is black and cream with red accents.  Love this layout, will be making more like this with a sympathy sentiment.  I bought the stamp set used - anyone know the name or creator?

Sketch Challenge

I played with some fun media today:
The sentiment was heat embossed with JudiKins Lapis Lazul powder.  I used glitter paste embossing medium to a sunburst stencil, then die cut the circle.  The grass was also die cut.  The fancy border is an old Martha Stewart punch. 

Sharing with: 
The Paper Girls Mixed Media challenge and The Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge:


With my embarrassingly large craft hoard, I was shocked to learn that I don't have a pumpkin die or punch!  Sign.  I had to make do with what I have on hand. 

I found the purple letter and ghost background paper in a box of goodies gifted to me.  The pumpkins were cut with oval dies, embossed with a Sizzix texture plate, and inked with Tangerine ink.  The stems and leaves were hand cut. Sharing this with the Cards In Envy Spooky challenge

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Congratulations Kangaroo

Try Stamping on Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week:
Here is my version:
Kangaroo from SU! Animal Outing, not sure about the sentiment.  Anyone?  Paper from an older Studio Calico pad.  I have an embarrassing amount of 6x6 paper pads.  I am trying to be better about using rather than hoarding...  Check back on October 10 for the new Words 2 Craft By challenge!

Saturday, September 15, 2018


I love fall.  The crisp air, the pretty colors, the smell of bonfires in the air.  Hard for me to imagine, when it's is 90+ degrees and very humid in Ohio today!!
I used a Spellbinders die in positive and negative ways.  The stamped background is Winnie & Walter and the plaid paper is Lawn Fawn.  Not sure which one I like better!!

Sharing this with:

I used the positive and negative of the leaf die.  

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By, where our prompt comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

W2CB #57 - Crispy Fall

Here in the Midwest, there's almost always a crispness in the air when the calendar turns to September. To commemorate the change in seasons, the Words 2 Craft By quote come to us from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

I love making fall cards, my favorite color pallet is derived from fall colors.  I love the deep reds, purples, golds, and oranges I see on the trees around me.  
I started with paper colored with  alcohol ink and gold mixative:
I cut the leaves with old Marvy metal punches, and curled the leaves around a pencil.  Added a fun die cut background and an old SU! sentiment and done!!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us your crispy fall creation!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Black & Yellow

Cards in Envy has a black and yellow color challenge.  Those colors make me think of bumble bees, but I wanted to go in a different direction. 
If you follow this blog, you already know that i give away mot of my cards.  Some to friends and family, but most of them are donated to Cards for Soldiers (you can find them on Facebook).  I try to make cards that can serve multiple purposes.  These, for example, can be used for a birthday, get well, good luck, etc.  Stampin' Up Dandelion Wishes, Oxide Inks. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Happy Birthday!

The Color Throw Down Challenge this week really had me stumped. 
Then I remembered that I have the fabulous Echo Park Getaway pad, and almost every page includes the challenge colors!  Here's my very simple card:
My navy card base looks black in the photo.  Unity sentiment. 

Fun Tree Card

Thanks to challenges like The Jingle Belles, I am right on track with my goal of having a handmade Christmas card for everyone my list!  Their challenge this week is to make a shaped card:
Sizzix die, silver Stickles, various rhinestones, star brad.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

Baby Swing Card

I love this Echo Park baby paper.  So much that I bought every pad from our area Tuesday Mornings!!  I use it most often to make the shaped baby books, but it is perfect for this baby card!!

Sizzix swing card dies.  Sharing with The Male Room - Wild & Free and The Paper Craft Challenge Crew's Fancy Fold challenges.

I have been missing from the blogosphere for a while - even neglecting my Words 2 Craft By i-team privileges.  All is well.  I was able to spend a long weekend with my brothers and sisters on Lake Erie.  The very next weekend, my husband, son, and son's girlfriend left for a week at the beach in South Carolina.  A few hours after our return home, our son left to go back to college.  In between, I tried to work as much as possible to make up for the time I was spending away.  What a whirlwind!!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Christmas in July

Shopping Our Stash has a kraft challenge this week. I love the look of kraft and white or eggshell. Since I always find myself short of Christmas cards, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to add a few to my stash.
The embossing folder was a Tuesday Morning find from Richard Gray, and the texture reminded me of warm winter sweaters.  I mounted the textured kraft on matching paper, and popped up both panels with dimensional tape.  While I like the eggshell color paper and proportions better, I like the twine on the white card better than the twill tape.  Option are good, learning is great!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

CAS Sympathy

I need to build up my stash of sympathy cards, and the Paper Craft Crew's sketch is perfect:  

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Here is my version:
Love the washi tape tripe.  Sentiment from Unity, die cuts are a mix of Ellen Huston and SU! Swirly Birds cut with adhesive paper.  Still deciding if I want to add any bling like the sketch suggests...

Come play along with us at Words to Craft By for our Flip Floppin' challenge!!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Thinking of You

Loving the Color Throwdown shades of the ocean.  
And they led into the perfect response to the Try Stamping on Tuesday's Tic Tac Toe, striaght across the middle row:

The card base is white, the circles holographic silver, and the circles aqua and bright blue, sentiment from Gina Marie.  I really hate trying to take picture of metallic papers, but I love this card!!!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Color Slider Christmas Card - Photo Heavy Post!!

I wanted to make a color slider card.  In the process, I made a lot of pretty trash!!!

I inked the background with oxide inks and added the snowflakes in white, cut the snow with a stitched dies, stamped the Recollections image, patterned paper DCWV.  I stamped the image on the transparency with Staz-On, and colored the other image with Derwent watercolor pencils. 

I am sharing this with The Paper Girls Challenge #156 - Transparencies, and Shopping Our Stash #362 - Christmas in July, and Jingle Belles All Bundled Up.  Wow!!!!  I rarely am able to enter more than one challenge at a time!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

All Bundled Up for Christmas in July

The Jingle Belles challenge is All Bundled Upholiday cards with LAYERS... three or more layers, to be specific.  When I hear layers, I think about triple time stamping my way - using dies.  

Shopping Our Stash also a Christmas challenge - perfect for hot and steamy July!!

Gold metallic paper, the poinsettia layers are from SU!  The old Recollections sentiment is heat embossed.  I used Lawn Fawn stitched dies to make the SEVEN layers!!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Flip Flipping Summer challenge (talk about opposites!!).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Twofer Challenge #7

The Twofer Card Challenge prompt is:
Here are my bottles, holding my favorite beverage!

Bottles, wine glass, and wine sentiment from Repeat Impressions, compass rose and sentiment from Just Rite.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monkey See Monkey Do

Color Throwdown 501 looks like this:
Here is my version:
The images are from Stampendous, stamped in Sepia Ranger ink, and fussy cut.  This will be great for Cards for Soldiers!  They end blank greeting cards and notes of encouragement to our deployed military.  You can find them on Facebook. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank you hugs

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge:
I rotated the sketch and came up with this:
The sentiment is from Stampers Best, the paper is hoarded EP Dots and Stripes.  The Words 2 Craft By challenge is to show how "Life is Better in Flip Flops".  Join us!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Try Stampin' On Tuesday (or Thursday!)

The Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week:
Here is my version:
I wanted the patterned paper to blend rather than contrast, and I love the way the elephants pick up the grays in the paper!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Words 2 Craft By - Life is Better in Flip Flops

This month at Words 2 Craft By, our challenge is "Life is Better in Flip Flops".

Carta Bella Summer Lovin' paper, Sweet Sunday Sketch #216.  How are you flip floppin' this summer?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Here Fishy Fishy!

The Male Room's challenge this round is Fish/Fishing.   I love to use the Hero Arts layering stamps with Oxide Ink.

I inked up the background, and added the seaweed in the same colors.   I "flicked" water on the background to create bubbles, and added Glossy Accents to the bubbles.  The goldfish were fussy cut and popped up on the base. It was quite time consuming, but worth it for a friend's 80th birthday.  We spent many happy hours together at the beach.  Love you, J!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Color Thowdown!

The Color Throwdown is celebrating their 500th challenge!  I checked my blog.  Since I started entering challenges in July of 2012, I have joined in about 70 of their challenges.  Thanks for the inspiration CTD!!
Here is my response:

I love the gold vertical element.  I find myself going back to the Swirly Bird SU! set often, and I love the Watercolor Wishes sentiments.  Happy Birthday, Color Throwdown!

Circles and More Circles

The Shopping Our Stash challenge this week is Geometric:
I made the card is 3.5" x 5" to keep the circles in proportion.  The circles were cut from adhesive paper, making it MUCH easier.  Lesson learned - I traced the inside of the black circles with black marker to hide the tiny difference in size.  Makes for a more polished look.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


I'm a bit late posting my US Independence Day card. 
SU! Swirly die for the stripes, old Marvy punch for the stars.  Simple!!  Sharing with the Cards in Envy Twinkle Little Stars and the Simply Create Too No Patterned Paper challenges. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018


The House of Cards challenge looks like this:
Here is mine:
I have had a bag of mini popsicle sticks forever, and finally have a project for them!!!  The white background is embossed with clouds.  The popsicles are paint chips.  The texture and sheen are perfect for these treats!  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.