Here are three Mother’s Day cards for three very special ladies.

This first one is for my dear mother-in-law.  She likes warm colors, and they suit her.  Lotti is such a kind and wonderful woman.  Love her.

The die cut oval is popped up with foam tape.  The image has been subtly shaded with Copics, and the flowers and leaf have been fussy cut and adhered with glue dots.

This next card is for one of my daughters-in-law.  She LOVES purple so, of course, there had to be some purple used here.   Kimber really has her hands full right now with three little preschoolers!  Thank you for being such a good mom to those sweet grandkids of mine!

Added lots of rhinestone for lots of bling.  And for a little extra depth, the white die cut doily is popped up with foam tape.

This last card is for another daughter-in-law.  She is the mommy to three of my granddaughters.  Jenna keeps the girls (and their dad!  heheh) active and having fun.

I had so much fun making this card using my new flower punch with matching image.  Yup, lots more blingy rhinestones and pearls and a popped up image here, too.

All three cards are being entered into the two following challenges:

Simon Says “Spring Flowers” and
Sister Act Card Challenge “Challenge #56″

Hoping all those moms out there today have a wonderful and relaxing day!
Happy Mother’s Day!

Lotti’s Card
Stamps: SU “Bright Blossoms” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White, Orange Zest and Ripe Avocado; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Only Orange, Summer Sun and Always Artichoke; Copics:
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape; Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones; Satin Ribbon; Corner Rounder Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Rectangles” Dies and “Beaded Ovals” Die

Kimberly’s Card
Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White, Harvest Gold and Winter Wisteria; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape; Adhesive Rhinestones; Gingham Ribbon; PTI “Doily Details C” Die; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Eyelet Squares” Die; “1-3/4″ Circle” Punch

Jenna’s Card
Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”, “Petite Petals” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and Raspberry Fizz
Inks: SU Pink Passion and Night of Navy; Copic:
Accessories: My Mind’s Eye “Oxford Lane” Washi Tape; Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones; PTI “Edgers #2″ Die; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Circles” Die; “1-3/4″ Circle” Punch; SU “Petite Petals” Punch and “2-3/8″ Scallop Circle” Punch

May 072014

I can hardly believe that my grandson is a year old!  Here is his card for the big day.

The monkey is a cupcake topper that was saved from a baby shower I attended a couple of month’s ago.  A small cut was made in the cardstock, and the little stem was inserted and taped down on the underside to hold it in place.

CAS on Sunday is having a fun “Sparkle and Shimmer” challenge to use glitter.  This card is playing along in the challenge, as this ever so dazzling designer paper has lots of sparkle already built-in.

There are a couple of other challenges, too, that Little Monkey is playing in.  They are the Papertake Weekly Challenge “Anything Goes” and the Simon Says Monday Challenge “Five”.  The “five” things I chose to create this card are: Paper, Stamp Set, Ink, Monkey Topper and Rope Twine.

Happy Birthday, Little Monkey!

Stamps: Verve “Birthday Bash”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; The Paper Studio “Eat Cake” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Rope Twine; Wilton Monkey Topper

May 032014

Here’s another one of the new Dina Wakley images.  Just LOVE these big beautiful sketches of women!

She’s colored with lots and LOTS of Copics and adhered to some green cardstock for a small border.  Three color coordinating Washi Tapes were added along the side.  It’s a quick and clean design, but really these images speak for themselves!

This card is entered into three challenges:

CAS-ology Week 93: “Electric” – The word “radiate” in the sentiment plays with the challenge cue word “electric”.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Anything Goes”

CAS-ual Fridays CFC131: “Three Thirds” – Three different Washi Tapes were used.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Dina Wakley “Scribbly Women” and “Face in the Crowd”

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White and New Leaf

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart “Royal Butterfly” Punch; We R Memory Keepers Washi Tapes: Hazelnut, Navy and Avocado

Apr 292014

I have always loved gingham.  So when this week’s challenge over at the Mod Squad was “Going Gingham”, playing along was at the top of the list!  And with the oh so soft yellow patterned paper, this card is also playing along in the challenge at Simon Says Monday to use Yellow.

A little Washi Tape and a row of delicate embossing finish the card.

This card is also playing along in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge “Clean and Simple” and the Seize the Birthday Challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Simply Sketched

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; K & Company “Bloomscape” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape; Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Frills” Embossing Folder

Apr 242014

These new Dina Wakley sketched images of women are so fun to color!  Finally got a chance to play with one of them from the “Face in the Crowd” set.

Used Copics to color the neutral art flowers, too, for that perfect match.

Playing along in some challenges.  They are:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “The Big Stamp”
Both the image and sentiment are big stamps!

Muse Challenge #64

Can you see the flower petals and colors in her collar and dress?

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge “Keep It Clean and Simple”
It’s just the card base and a sentiment strip.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Dina Media Stamps “Face in the Crowd”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

AccessoriesHero Arts Art Flowers; Hero Arts Black Gemstone; We R Memory Keepers Navy Washi Tape; SU Felt Flower

Apr 192014

Just a silly card today.

And, of course, the punchline on the inside:

What better embossing folder to use than “Houndstooth”

Playing along in three challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday “Animal Antics”

The Male Room “Man’s Best Friend / Pet”

Creative Knockouts “Furry or Feathered Friends”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Giggle Greetings”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; The Paper Studio “The Basics” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Sizzix “Houndstooth” Embossing Folder; SU Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Paw Brad

My DH and I just recently returned home from a month long trip to Mexico.  Of course, I had to take some stamps and papers and Copics on the trip!  Here is a card I made while there. Since there was a limit to the supply of colored cardstock I could fit in my one allotted “play” suitcase, the red border is instead a piece of Select White cardstock which was colored with the Copic for a perfect match to the lanterns.

A white gel pen was used to draw the pattern on the lanterns.

This card is playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  “Winged Things”.

Just for fun I thought I would share some pictures of mangroves and critters that I took while on a little side trip into the jungle!  You can click on them to enlarge.

Remember to keep hands (and arms!) inside the boat!!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Happy Congratulations”; Clear Art Stamps “Born To Fly”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart “Royal Butterfly” Punch; KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Black Pearls

Isn’t it beautiful!?!  It’s more of the Decorative Handmade Paper that a good friend gave me a little over a year ago.

Even the Bitty Blossom and leaves are made with it.

Now don’t tell anyone, but a large area of the bottom layer of this precious paper (the part that is covered with a coordinating designer paper) was actually cut out.  It only looks like it is layered.  So now, instead of being covered up, I have a good sized piece of paper to use another day while still getting the look of layers.  LOVE.

One of the challenges that this card is playing in is Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge.  I’m hoping that this little trick on the bottom layer doesn’t break the rules to cover the card base with dp…  I mean there is designer paper all over the front of the card… right? 

There are four other challenges, too:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday!

Seize the Birthday:  “Buttons and Rhinestones (Any type of Bling will work!)” I used a whole bunch of lovely black KaiserCraft Adhesive Pearls.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Lavender Moon and True Black; Handmade Mulberry Papers

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Long Classic Rectangle Dies; KaiserCraft Adhehesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

Apr 012014

No Stamps. No Ink.  Just pure delicious paper goodness.  Sometimes this addiction of mine just has to be realized!

The text on the “Forget Me Nots” paper reads, “rain, rain go away come again another day” which suggests maybe a Get Well or Encouragement type of card.  But with that exception, all the other cards could be used for lots of occasions… Birthday, Thank You, Hello, Happy Spring, Easter, Mother’s Day and of course Get Well or Encouragement, too.

Below are individual pictures of each card.  If you want to see a larger image of them, just click on the thumbnails.

Playing along in the following two challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge “Anything Goes”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April

Happy Crafting!

All Cards:
: PTI Select White; Pebbles “Garden Party”
: Dear Lizzy Crocheted Flowers

: PTI True Black
: Recollections Crochet Embellishments; 3mm Black Rhinestones

Forget Me Nots:
: PTI Hawaiian Shores
: 2mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI New Leaf
: 3mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI Harvest Gold
: Recollections Crochet Embellishments; 4mm Adhesive Pearls in Pearl

: PTI Berry Sorbet
: 3mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI Dark Chocolate
: 3mm Adhesive Pearls in Chocolate

Love this “Trendy Trees” image from Memory Box.  Both the Spring and Autumn cards today use this fun stamp and are colored with Copic Markers.

The Spring card also uses the “Trendy Trees” coordinating die… twice!  Got a forest goin’ on here!

A white gel pen accents the leaves and branches.

Here is the Autumn card.

The leaves and branches are highlighted with the gel pen here as well.  It really pops them.  Love this effect.

The Spring card is entering three challenges:
**Addicted to Stamps: #87 “Make Your Mark”**
**Crazy for CAS: #40 Inspiration Picture**
**Muse: #60** I was inspired by the forest of Birch trees, and created my own “forest” with the “Trendy Trees.”

Edited:  Cornelia over at Stamplorations suggested that I also enter the Spring card in their March Challenge: “Spring”.  So I did.  :)

The Autumn card is playing along in the:
**Clean & Simple Stamping: FTL Sketch #285**

Happy Crafting!

Spring Card:

Stamps: Memory Box “Trendy Trees”; Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Memory Box “Trendy Trees Die”; Grosgrain Ribbon

Autumn Card:

StampsMemory Box “Trendy Trees”; MFT “Triple Scoop Promo”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate

InksMemento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Brown Brad; Corner Rounder Punch

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