Just a quick post to share the Valentine I made for my DH.

Not a complicated design.  The heart was die cut from a piece of designer paper with the glitter already attached, and the ribbon was preprinted with the sentiment.

A box of chocolate covered strawberries from my sweetie was delivered to my door last evening.  I wish that I had taken a picture of them before they were devoured, but when I saw them… well, I wasn’t thinking clearly!  (But at least I shared!  lol)

Happy Crafting and Happy Valentine’s Day to you!


Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush and Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found “Ruby” Stripes Designer Paper

Accessories: Printed Satin Ribbon; Rhinestones; Darice “Lace” Embossing Folder; Hearts and Scallop Hearts Nestabilities

Feb 062013

So two of today’s cards were for challenges… from last week.  I didn’t get a chance to post them before the challenges closed, but decided to share them today anyway.

The first card, however, is the one that is actually not late.  LOL  It is for today’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #422.

LOVED this sketch.  Added some texture with the embossing and popped up the image for a little depth.  I curved the clear photopolymer sentiment stamp when placing it on the acrylic block so that it wrapped around the top of the bouquet when stamped.  To help hold the “curve” of the clear stamp in place, a little double sided tape was first placed on the block.

This second card was for two challenges: ColourQ Challenge #173 and the Freshly Made Sketches #70.

I got to try out my new butterfly image and punch.  Love it!

And finally this third card was for the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #421 from last week.

The Pure Innocence images from MFT are just so sweet!

Well even though a couple of these cards were too late to qualify for some of the challenges, I did have fun making them.  Guess that’s the most important thing.. right?

Happy Crafting!

Card #1:
Stamps: SU On the Grow; Hero Arts Birthday Messages
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Kaiser Craft “Marigold”
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: PTI Spring Rain Satin Ribbon and Enchanted Evening Twill Tape; SU Designer Naturals Button and Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Nestabilities Classic Ovals

Card #2:
Stamps: SU Stacks of Wishes and Papillon Potpourri
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Kaiser Craft “Forget Me Not” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Really Rust, Apricot Appeal and Blush Blossom
Accessories: SU Elegant Butterfly Punch; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; SU Simply Scored

Card #3:
Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Sunshiny Day
Papers: PTI Scarlet Jewel and Select White; Designer Paper Unknown
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Prima; Heart Brad; Raffia; Paper Piercer; Corner Rounder Punch; Martha Stewart Scoring Board


This week’s challenge over at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog is to use markers.  Here is the card that I made.

Copic markers were used to color in these Memory Box “Trendy Trees”.

Copic markers were also used to color the designer paper.  This created a perfect match with the colors used on the trees.

What a fun challenge this was!  I love my Copics.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Memory Box “Trendy Trees Combo”; Hero Arts “Birthday Messages”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Carta Bella “Traditions” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Memory Box “Trendy Trees” Die; Darice “Plaid” Embossing Folder; Linen Rope

Whoa!  It’s been awhile.  After almost a month off from blogging, I decided to play along in this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge to use BLACK cardstock as a background.

The first card that I made for the challenge is a quick and easy CAS design with dry embossing to add some texture.

A pop of color is added with a sweet little heart shaped button.

Here is the second card I made for the BLACK challenge:

The solid floral and leaf images were stamped using a white craft ink on black cardstock.  Green ink was then stamped on top of the white again using the solid leaf image.  Red ink was used on the swirl stamp over the white flowers.  The swirls and leaf veins were outlined with a white gel pen as well.

Thanks for dropping by!
Happy Crafting!

Card 1
Stamps: PTI “Love and Marriage”
Papers: PTI True Black and Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Heart Button; Craft Concepts Cottage Floral Embossing Folder; 1/2″ and 5/8″ Circle Punches; Classic Rectangles Nestabilities

Card 2
Stamps: PTI “Garden of Life” and “Birthday Basics”
Papers: PTI True Black and Select White; Crate Paper “Little Bo Peep” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Whisper White, Garden Green and Real Red; White Gel Pen
Accessories: Kaiser Pearls; 5/8″ Satin Ribbon; Provo Craft Pinking Stitch Embossing Folder

Dec 272012

My granddaughter, Kate, is very serious about science.  She is fascinated by outer space, loves volcanoes and thinks dinosaurs are all that.  Her Grandpa and I visited with Kate and her family earlier this month.  Her dad (our son) is our dentist and it was time for our 6-month checkup.  (Is that a great excuse for a mandatory visit to the Grands or what!  lol)

While in Tucson we visited one of the observatories at the University of Arizona.  We looked through one of their huge telescopes and saw the famous Ring Nebula.

It looks like this in the textbook:

It looked like this through the telescope:

But it was still really cool!

I found some stickers that fit the occasion and decided to make a quick card and send them to Kate.

Next time we are hoping to go and see Jupiter!!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Three Bugs In a Rug “Blast Off” Designer Paper

Accessories: Satin Trimmed Organdy Ribbon

This card was made for three different challenges:
*Cornish Heritage Farms Challenge #16 to make a Winter themed card or project,
*CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #83 to make a CAS Holiday card in less than 10 minutes and
*10-minute Craft Dash #9 which is also to make a CAS creation within 10 minutes.

After gathering my embossing folders, snowflake die, a pearl brad, some grosgrain ribbon and ink, I decided on a sentiment and set the clock.  With no coloring to do or bows to tie, this card took only 8 minutes and 57 seconds to make.  There was even time to emboss the snowflake!

Here is a second card with the same basic design, but it is rotated 90 degrees.

I didn’t have the clock going on this one, but I think it went even faster since the snowflake was not embossed.

Thanks for dropping by today.  The world is still here!!  lol  Happy Crafting!


Red Card:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “Vintage Christmas Expressions”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Couture Creations “Pastorale” Embossing Folder; K & Company Pearl Brad; 1″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Provo Craft Ice Chrystal Die and Embossing Folder

Green Card:

Stamps: Memory Box “Joy to the World”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Always Artichoke

Inks: SU Always Artichoke

Accessories: Couture Creations “Annalee” Embossing Folder; K & Company Pearl Brad; Fringed Organdy Ribbon; Provo Craft Ice Chrystal Die

Dec 172012

For the past 2 or 3 weeks there has been a comment notification problem on my blog which I have been waiting for those techie-type smart folks to fix before publishing any more posts.  Well, not sure, but I think it has just been resolved!  So, as a hopeful test, I am sharing another Christmas card creation that I designed a couple of weeks ago.

It is a postage friendly card which is always a plus.  Because of the CAS design, it didn’t take long to create a set.

Red Stickles was added to some of the berries for a little sparkle.

A single scored line defines and accents the sponged area.

Hope that everyone is enjoying a joyous Christmas Season!  Happy Crafting!!


Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Berries”; Art Impressions Sentiment

Papers: PTI Select White; Bo Bunny “Serenade” Collection Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Ice Stickles “Christmas Red”; Martha Stewart Scoring Board

I wrote a tutorial for Splitcoaststamper’s on how to make a crinkled flower by heat embossing sheer ribbons and fabrics.

Who knew that tulle and lace would melt and crinkle, too!  Isn’t this flower just shab-a-licious!!

I had so much fun experimenting with different fabrics and ribbons.  I think the secret may be a high polyester content?

What have you got that can be melted and crinkled into a flower?

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse “Spring Baskets”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Tempting Turquoise; My Mind’s Eye “Oliver”

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Pearl Ribbon Strand; Sizzix Ornate Frame #2 Embossing Folder; Crinkled Flower (made with Organdy Ribbon, Lace, Tulle and a Decorative Brad); Heat Gun

First..the happy news: The winner of my November Sketch Challenge is… Marsha!  Congrats!  Hope you have fun with this gorgeous Basic Grey “Lucille” Designer Paper:)

Now.. the sad news: One of my favorite challenge blogs, Stampin’ Sisters in Christ is taking a pause, hopefully for just a couple of months, but maybe permanently.  So I really wanted to play along in their last challenge to “Make a Christmas Card”.

Isn’t this a sweet sketch.  It is the Less Is More Week 91 Challenge.  I didn’t get a chance to play along while the challenge was open, but I loved the sketch so much that I still wanted to have some fun with it.  (And with all the layering on the sentiment, it may not have really qualified for a “less” sort of design anyway!  hehe)

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Mixed Medley

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Ruby Red and Old Olive; Lilybee Design “Jingle” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Rich Cocoa”

Accessories: Glitter Tape; 3/4″, 1″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches; Scalloped Circle Punch; Classic Square Nestabilities Die; Provo Craft Snowflake Die

Nov 282012

I made one more card using my Rainy Day Sketch for November.

One of the best things about this sketch is it allows for three different designer papers to be used.  Gotta love that!  The designer paper used here is all from Basic Grey’s “Lucille” collection, and it is GORGEOUS!!  A brand new 6×6 pad will be given to a randomly drawn winner chosen from those who participate in the SKETCH CHALLENGE FOUND HERE.  There are still a few days left to play along.

Oh and I also love feathers!  They are so fluffy and fun.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: PTI “Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; Basic Grey “Lucille” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: KaiserCraft Pearls; Paper Piercing Tool; Linen Thread; Prima; Corners Punch; Scalloped Oval Punch; SU “Essentials” Paper Piercing Template; Provo Craft “Ornamental Iron” Embossing Folder; Feathers

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