I have some fun news to share!  I’ve been ask to be the guest designer for the Color Throwdown Challenges for September starting with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #258!!  Here is my creation.

Check out this week’s beautiful color palette.  Aren’t those greens gorgeous!!

And see those pearls?  They used to be a pretty off-white until they were colored with a yummy chocolate Copic marker.  I love how they turned out!

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  You don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  Oh and for some fabulous inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger -
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Casual Elegance”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthdays II”

Papers: SU Chocolate Chip and Whisper White; American Crafts Pebbles Basics Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Old Olive; Copic (close match to Kiwi Kiss) and Copic

AccessoriesKaiser Pearls (colored with Copic E79); Hero Arts Art Flowers; Grosgrain Ribbon; EK Success Plaid Edger Punch

My twin granddaughters turn 9 years old in just a few days.  Here are their cards this year.

The “pockets” were adhered to the card front with dimensional tape on the bottom and sides leaving the top elevated and open.  It made them just right to insert some birthday spending money or gift card!

The cards were inspired by the “CASE Study #154 Challenge”.  Besides the colors, the yellow polka-dot pocket on the card with the stamped sentiment imitates the sentiment strip on the inspiration piece.  The cards also qualify for the “Seize the Birthday ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge”.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy Happy Crafting!

Stamps: PTI “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye “Unforgettable” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Karen Foster Metals Antique Gold “Alpha Charms”; K & Company Pearl Brads; SU “Adorning Accents” Edgelit; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool

This was a fun one-layer CAS style card to make.  It is for three challenges:

(Click on a badge to link to that challenge.)

Love this “Sweet Posies” embossing folder.  I think it worked great for this CAS design.

Thanks for dropping by today.
You still have time to play along in these fun challenges so…
Happy Crafting!!


Stamps: PTI “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: SU “Very Vanilla

Inks: SU Old Olive

Accessories: Sizzix “Sweet Posies” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Art Flowers; Rhinestones

With an uncle and a father-in-law’s birthday coming up this week, here are a couple more cards made “for the guys.”

A white gel pen was used to accent the grasses.

I have had this next image for years.  It was about time it found some ink!

Here the gel pen helps add the look of some whitewater rapids.

Guy cards can be fun, too!

Happy Crafting!

Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Wetlands” and “Gorgeous Grunge”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Authentique “Loyal”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Paper Piercer; Button

Card 2:

Stamps: Thomas Kinkade “It Doesn’t Get Much Better” Vignette; A Muse “Happy Birthday Mix”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Echo Park “For the Record 2″ Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Twine

Aug 142013

Today I am sharing the cards I made for Father’s Day this year for the guys in my life.  These tend to be the hardest cards for me to make.  So although the day is long behind us, if you also find “guy cards” difficult to design, maybe you can get an idea or two from these to help you in the future.

These were for my two sons, both of which are great grillers!

Can you get away with rhinestones on a guy card?

This card was for my father-in-law:

Had fun with my Copics on this one!

And finally, this one was for my hubby:

We are currently living in a very small cabin on a very beautiful lake.

This just seemed so… us!  lol

Happy Crafting!

Card 1:
Stamps: Great Impressions BBQ “E497″; SU “Plane and Simple”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Graphic 45 “French Country” 6 x 6 Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Linen Thread; Gingham Ribbon; Rhinestones

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Zoo Review” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bordering Blue and Mellow Moss; Copics:

Accessories: Hemp

Card 3:
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps “Favorite Fellas”; Inkadinkdo “Road Trip” and “The Great Outdoors”; SU “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Authentique “Loyal”  6 x 6 Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Today’s card was made for a couple of challenges:

Colour Q #201:

I don’t have any Calypso Coral, so Cameo Coral was used instead.

CAS(E) this Sketch #40:

Loved this sketch.  There’s still time to play along, too, and it is SO. MUCH. FUN!!

Happy crafting!

Stamps: SU “Remembering Your Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Basic Gray and Cameo Coral

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Memory Box “Hollyhock Stem” Die; PTI “Birthday Trio” Die; Paper Piercing Tool; Rhinestones



Aug 052013

Lots of weddings this summer so lots of wedding cards!  They are so fun to make.  I love to use the invitation as inspiration for the card, and this new set from SU worked perfectly for three of them.

Here are the corresponding invitations.

A little closer look at the cards:

A few black rhinestones were placed on the flourish.  LOVE!

This time some clear rhinestones were added to the focal image for a little touch of bling!

I love this tree image from Papertrey Ink’s “Love and Marriage” set.  I think this may be the fourth or fifth time I have used it because it just works again…

and again for a clean and beautiful wedding card.

Happy Crafting!

Cards 1-3

Stamps: SU “This Day Forward” and “Flowering Flourishes”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream or Select White; SU Tempting Turquoise or Pink Passion

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Tempting Turquoise or Pink Passion

Accessories: Recollections Black or Clear Rhinestones or SU Very Vintage Designer Button; Black Grosgrain or Satin Ribbon or Dotted Swiss Organdy Ribbon; Sizzix “Oval Lace Scallop Edges” Embossing Folder

Cards 4 and 5

Stamps: PTI “Love and Marriage

Papers: PTI Select White or Vintage Cream; SU Always Artichoke; Authentique “Loyal” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Always Artichoke

Accessories: Kaiser Pearl or Buttons

This first card was made for two different challenges this week.  Dynamic Duos is the first challenge.  I didn’t have anything with the color “Pear Pazzazz”, so a couple of Copics were blended to (hopefully) get close to it.  Also, PTI’s “New Leaf” cardstock was used with the hope that it, too, is a close enough match to “Garden Green”.  The second challenge is the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

Challenge 1: Dynamic Duos #63 — Challenge 2: CAS(E) this sketch! #38

I have had this paper pad called “Camp-a-Lot” for some time now so was excited to use it on this week’s CAS-ology Week #55 – Camp Challenge.  A large sentiment used with a couple of different paper patterns made this a quick and simple card to make… just the ticket for a great guy card.

CAS-ology Week #55- Camp

Happy Crafting!

Card 1

Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps “Casual Elegance” and “Calm and Gentle”; SU “Express Yourself”
: PTI Vintage Cream and New Leaf
Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
: Gingham Ribbon; KaiserCraft Pearl; Corner Rounder Punch

Card 2

Stamps: SU It’s Your Birthday
: PTI Fine Linen; Bo Bunny “Camp-a-Lot Collection” Designer Paper
: SU Garden Green
: SU Rope Twine

Jul 272013

Today starts the week long Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers, and I’m excited to be hosting a CHALLENGE again this year.  If you are a Fan Club Member, I hope you will come on over and have some creative fun.  If you’re not, its not too late to JOIN and then play along, too!  Oh, yes, I forgot… THERE ARE LOTS OF AWESOME PRIZES!!

Happy Crafting!  Hope to see you there.


Stamps: SU “Flower Shop” and “Postage Collection”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “French Country” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Ruby Red

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; KaiserCraft Pearls, Brads, Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders One” Die; SU Pansy Punch

Jul 222013

I love this big butterfly!  It makes it easy to stamp a quick card for so many occasions.  Here are the cards I made for my mother-in-law and daughters-in-law for Mother’s Day this year.  However by changing the sentiment these designs would work equally well for Birthdays, Get Well, Thank You, Sympathy or Thinking of You cards.

The popped up frame adds some dimension and interest to this clean and simple design.

Thanks for fluttering by!  hehe


Stamps: SU “Swallowtail” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White, Royal Velvet and Blueberry Sky

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics MultiLiner 0.1

Accessories: Nestabilities Labels #10; Kaiser Half Pearls; Taffeta Ribbon; Stickles “Starry Night” and “Turquoise”; Primas; Sequin Heart

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