Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Bobbi here for the Words 2 Craft By mid-challenge inspiration.

I have been subscribing to the SU! Paper Pumpkin, but the kits are not always my taste.  The December kit was for a memory book - not my thing.  But, the acetate pages were perfect for a project that has been in my head for years.... making Happy Day Planners for my siblings!

I have a page for every month, and family celebrations are included in the calendar. Each page is 5" x 7".  I made the calendar in Word, and layered with a pretty gold card stock onto gray and white patterned paper.

My Mother's greatest fear was that we would no longer be a family after she died. I have listened to and read so many stories about sibling fighting over end of life care and possessions. Despite there being 5 siblings, we made it through her illness and death closer than ever. I am so grateful.

I thought this gift for my siblings might further our connection. I have 2 of these completed, and need to make at least 2 or 3 more (our generations overlap).  Labor of love!!

Our February/March W2CB Challenge is open through March 1. Details can be found here. Hope to see your card/project in the gallery.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thinking of You!

Kim from Can You Case It? has a great color Pink, Red, Black, and Silver inspiration this week.  I am having so much fun with my Gina Marie "quilt" dies. 
I used an old OWH sketch, then mixed pink and white embossing powder to get the right color for the Our Daily Bread sentiment.  I embossed the square with Divine Swirls to mimic quilting. 

Come play along with us at Words to Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!!

Addicted to CAS - Wood 

Pebbles Lakeside paper embossed with wood grain and layered with dark grey.   Love this masculine card!

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Here is another project outside of my comfort zone.  
Momenta card stock dry embossed with a writing folder.  Dear friends are welcoming a baby boy into their family.  This little guy will have the best dads ever!  I am sharing with The Male Room Wheels challenge. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!

Vintage Nest

I have been trying to step outside my comfort zone and try different styles.  Vintage is so NOT me, and I rarely make square cards.  Image was colored with watercolor pencils.

I am sharing this with the Card Concept Vintage challenge and the Color Throwndown #430.

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Snowman with Vellum

While the end result is nothing like I pictured in my head, I still like it!!
I dry embossed a piece of vellum and a piece of white paper using the same Sizzix folder.  I used foam daubers to lightly ink the paper layer in red, grey, blue, and silver, then added the vellum on top.  I mounted the layers on a powder blue card base.  I hope the vellum is qualifies for the Jingle Belles Midnight Clear challenge.  I am also sharing with the Merry Monday Christmas Snowman challenge.  It's a lot prettier in person...

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Whenever I need a little extra inspiration, I turn to Operation Write Home sketches.  This is sketch #91.
The Can You CASE It color inspiration was perfect for the SU! Retro Fresh paper that I have been hoarding.
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Last Christmas, every card I sent was hand made by me.  I want to be able to do the same this year, so I am trying to play along with different challenges, and make Christmas cards.  This way, I will have a diverse stash of cards and won't be pressured at the last minute.  

I made two cards using two different patterned papers with green "sashing".  For the quilting, I embossed both quilt squares with a snowflake folder.  For the first card, I stamped the sentiment in ink, then in VersaMark, and heat embossed with clear powder.  I am really enjoying this Gina Marie die!!!  I am sharing this with the Jingle Belles Flake challenge, and the Mod Squad TEXT(urize) challenge. Lots of time to play with us at Words 2 Craft By - Let's Celebrate!!

More Hearts

I needed a Valentine for our teenage son.  It is hard to make a love card be masculine!

Spellbinders Cascading Hearts background die, Lawn Fawn sentiment layered and highlighted with Wink of Stella.  I'm sharing this with Simply Create Too #124 - Love.  Come play along with our Celebrations challenge at Words 2 Craft By!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Love you!

Lots of love/heart/Valentine challenges this month. 
I am sharing this with The Paper Girls With Heart challenge and Cards in Envy Be My Valentine challenge.  Words 2 Craft By has a Mardi Gras Celebration challenge going on - come join us!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

(Not) The Winter Blues

Shopping Our Stash has a Winter Blues challenge to create a card in shades of blue, but NOT a winter card.  I made some very pretty trash today.  I got too far into my head, and over thought the challenge.  First, my pretty trash:
It just doesn't look right.  Off balance?  Poor layout?  Maybe needs a ribbon on the circle element?  Sigh.  If at first you don't succeed...
The elephant is popped up on two Spellbinders die cuts.  I'm not in love (I think the twill tape is too wide and too long), but it's acceptable. 

What are you celebrating?  Come share with us at Words 2 Craft By!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sweet Giraffe

Something about giraffes make me think of babies. 
I colored this sweetie with watercolor pencils, and added a bow and tag for the sentiment.  The orange layer was dry embossed with a giraffe print (I have waited forever for the perfect project for that folder!).  Despite the embellishments, I still think this guy is pretty CAS.  Plenty of "white" space for me, so I am sharing this the Addicted to Clean and Simple  Code Word #104 - Pets. 

Come play along with our "Celebrations" challenge over at Words 2 Craft By!!

W2CB #38 - Celebrate!

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. ─ Mark Twain  

If you have ever gone to New Orleans during Mardi Gras season, you would understand.  With wall to wall people, colorful costumes, beads and other items thrown from the Crewe floats, it is quite the spectacle.  I actually caught a "Mardi Bra".   The parades early in the season are general celebrations, while the parades and balls held during the last few days are more traditional.  All are amazing!

Love the Color Burst background.  Bottle and glass are Repeat Impressions and paper pieced.  Our challenge runs February 8-March 1.  Come play along and show us how you celebrate!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Quilting with Paper

In a moment of weakness, I bought a Gina Marie quilt die from Wholesale Crafting Supplies (NAYY).  Great price, low shipping, received 2 days after I ordered.  I thought the Color Throwdown and House of Cards challenges were the perfect opportunity to break it in.

Here are the inspiration images and my version

The quilt pieces are subtle patterns from K & Co, and I embossed the block with Divine Swirls to mimic quilting  The pink layer on the card base is a parchment pattern, it doesn't show up in the photo.