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

Jul 162013

Here is the card I made for one of my son’s birthdays.  I randomly drew some additional popcorn kernels to the image with a Fine Copic Multiliner.

We recently sold our home.  In the basement we had an in-home theater with a lobby.  In that lobby was a popcorn popper which was not included in the sale.  It was one of the few things from the house that this son really wants.  So for his birthday, he gets it!

The popcorn popper:

The card fits into a couple of fun challenges:

The first challenge is this week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to create a project with polka dots.

The second challenge is this month’s Seize the Birthday Challenge to create a birthday themed project.

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: A Muse “Popcorn”; Inkadinkado “Greetings/Salutations

Papers: PTI Select White; LilyBee Design “This & That”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red and So Saffron; Copic Multiliner Black

Accessories: Inchie Art Inchie+; Gingham Ribbon

Jul 062013

Recently we made a quick trip to Vegas, but it wasn’t for the usual sort of Vegas activities that come to mind.  It was instead to visit with one of our sons and his family in their new home and to celebrate their youngest daughter’s first birthday.  Here is the card I made for the occasion.

A piece of white cardstock was added to the inside for a sentiment.

After cutting away so much of the fold for this design the card seemed a little fragile, so reinforcements of black cardstock were added to the fold on the inside.

If you are interested, here is the Template for this fun creation.

Happy Crafting!
Hope everyone had a great 4th!


Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Birthday (Inside); Inkadinkado Paw (Inside)

Papers: PTI True Black and Select White (Inside); My Mind’s Eye “A Happy Heart” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Basic Black (Inside) and Sahara Sand (Inside)

Accessories: Kaiser Pearl; EK Success 1/2″ Circle Punch; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and Small Oval Punch

Jul 012013

It’s been awhile!  The month of May and June were busy busy busy!!  We put our house up for sale and planned to relax for a couple of months waiting and hoping for that right buyer.  Much to our surprise, the house sold in 4 days!  We had to immediately find a place for all of our “stuff” and get it moved out.  But even so, moving had to wait a bit because May also produced the most exciting event of all… the birth of our first grandson!  So, of course, a trip to Arizona for 8 days of holding pure sweetness was in order.

Here is the card I made for little Lincoln.

Here is the TEMPLATE for this oh-so-cute design.

I finished the inside, too.

And now the star of the show.. Lincoln all brand new and beautiful.

Kate is so good to her new little brother.

Oh Happy Day!!

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes (Inside)

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Loyal” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Inside); White Gel Pen

Accessories: Buttons; Nestabilities Classic Circle Dies

I thought this designer paper was a great match for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge.

So many of my favorite things come together on this card.. roses, pearls, embossing, fun punches and the oh so lovely pastels.

Sometimes you just have to indulge with all the frilly pretty stuff!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Papers: PTI Select White; Crate Paper “Little Bo Peep” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush 1/2″ Satin Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls: Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Punch and Heart Border Punch Punch; Sizzix Scallop Heart Doily Set “Lace Handkerchief” Embossing Folder

Apr 222013

This card is for one of my sisters whose birthday is coming up this week.

After the white card base was stamped, the black and red trimmed “frame” was adhered to it with dimensionals.  This gives some interesting depth to the design.

The card fits into the three challenges.  Check them out:

(Click on logo to link to that challenge.)

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Summer Silhouettes and Stacks of Wishes

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMarker Watermark Pen

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Hero Arts Embossing Powder; Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles

Apr 172013

Had some crafty time today.  After checking out some of the current challenges out there in blog land, I made this card.

It fits into 6 challenges.  This may be a record for me!  lol

The Challenges:
(click on logo to link to that challenge)

There’s still time to play in all of these challenges.  So…

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “Bicycles”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie; My Mind’s Eye “Vanity Fair”

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: Ranger Stickles Gold and Christmas Red; Martha Stewart “Happy Birthday” Punch; Satin Ribbon

My card today was made for a couple of very fun challenges.

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a card using flowers and chevrons.  Over at the Case Study Challenge Blog their challenge is to be inspired by this design:

Love these graceful and sweet flowers from CAS-ual Fridays “Truth Is” set.  They are colored with Copics.  A fine tipped brown marker was used to draw a line around the edge of the flower/sentiment panel.

We are finally moved and settled at our cabin.  That means I will be able to find some time to play in more challenges again!  Yeah!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Truth Is” and “Casual Elegance”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye “Nutmeg” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Brown Fine Tip Marker; Copics:

Accessories: Satin Ribbon

Mar 282013

Each month Splitcoaststampers hosts a Christmas Card Challenge in the Fan Club Forum.  I decided to play along for the month of March.  Hopefully this will get me going again with some creations for this year’s cards.

It is so nice to have a collection of Christmas cards all ready to go once the holiday season arrives.

Card 1:

Stickles was added to all of the flowers’ centers for some sparkle.

Card 2:

Here’s some faux stitching just for fun.

Card 3:

A little bit of the image was cut out to give that out-of-the-box look.

If you are a member of the Fan Club over at Splitcoaststampers, come join the fun and get those Christmas cards started!

Happy Crafting!

Card 1:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Rubber Soul “Merry Christmas”; SU “Sanded”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Bravo Burgundy
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape

Card 2:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Rubber Soul “Merry Christmas”; SU “Aida Cloth”
Papers: PTI Select White: SU Not Quite Navy
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape; Piercing Tool and Template

Card 3:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Art Impressions “Merry Christmas”; SU “Aida Cloth”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Bravo Burgundy; My Mind’s Eye “Oliver” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape



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