Friday, April 21, 2017


     This week we have a challenge, at Double "D" Challenges, that asks us to use silhouettes.  The card I have chosen to share, is made with all leftover scraps on my desk.  The papers are all pieces I had laying and the die cut negative is from the Gina Marie Heron die.  I even had this Thank You stamped and in a pile of leftovers. A scrap of twine and a piece of paper doily finish it off. I hope you enjoy how I used things up!

     I would also like to take this to Pixie's Snippets Playground #277 and #278 .  There you must use snippets, and I think that mission is complete!

     Thanks for stopping by.  I have a busy weekend ahead, as my kids are all coming.  I see lots of cooking, eating and playing with my DGS in my future!  Hope you have a great weekend, also.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

      Just a quick greeting from me to you!  Hope you have a wonderful Easter, and you don't get a tummy ache from too many jelly beans.  It is to be 85 degrees here with a melting chocolate advisory, LOL!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Don't Lose Hope

     Today I have a card, which I made using another of my Older Gina K. Designs stamp sets.  I have been pulling thing out and giving them some inky love!  This set is called Dream Birds, and was Illustrated by Asela Hopkins.  I also took this time to give my Ranger Oxide Inks a good workout.  Everything they say is true.  You can layer colors drying in between, and they do not get muddy!

     The card started with a white base and then a layer of Chocolate Chip card.  I created my background using Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, and Fossilized Amber Oxides.  The bird and tree were colored with Copic markers.  I used a few SU! mini star punches and a white gel pen to add a little dimension, and finished by coating the punched stars with Diamond Stickles.

     I would like to take this card over to Addicted To Stamps Challenge #145, which is to use a stamped image and stamped sentiment.

     This will also fit in with the Crop Stop April Challenge- Link Party #27.  Suggested by a comment... thanks!

     Your visit is greatly appreciated, and I hope you will stop by again.

Monday, April 10, 2017


     Happy Monday!  After visiting many blogs, there was one challenge that kept popping out at me.  I decided to give it a shot.  It is the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for April.  The theme is Spring-Easter.  Also, I have been trying too use things I have in my stash, and I pulled out a huge collection from My Minds Eye, which was purchased back in my scrapbook days, and used elements from that.

     I love the way the designer papers combined, and the little letters that I was able to spell spring with.  Even the ribbon is from the kit.  My little flowers are from the dollar bin at AC Moore.  My main image was cut with a Gina Marie stitched square die and layered on a sand card stock.  I hit the edges with a bit of tea dye Distress Ink and stamped my adorable hedgie stamp from Penny Black, called Hedgehog Joy.  I colored with Copics and added a background of inked bubble wrap to add texture.

      Here is hoping you enjoy what I have made.  I had real fun making it for you!

Sunday, April 9, 2017


     I have a group of cards which I created for Easter sending,  My peeps and eggs, and daffodil are from an older Gina K. Designs set which was illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger.  It is called Basket Blessings.  My designer papers are from Echo Park's Celebrate Easter pad.  The coloring was done with Copic markers with a splatter of sequins added as embellishments.  I have made more of these, and some have twine bows added at a diagonal.

     I would like to enter these for the Little Red Wagon Challenge #388, which is called Egg-cellent.

     It is a really pretty Palm Sunday, with an expected high of 70 degrees!  Hubby is doing a little fishing with our son, and I am doing a few hours of work, and lots of crafting.  Hope you have a blessed day.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oh, My Eyes!

     This go-round, the challenge at Double D is Neons/Brights.  I think of how much I love these colors, but am always afraid to use them.  Guess I don't want to scare the few of you that come around, away!  LOL!

     Anyway, here is my offering, which includes this pretty piece of digital paper I found in my file, and a deckle edge layer, placed on an orange base.  A stitched circle was cut from water color paper with a die from Gina Marie.  I stamped my fuzzy headed chicken and sentiment from the SU! set called Hey Chick.  I found this gorgeous orange satin ribbon in a box, along with the bright purple twine for my bow.  I added a few iridescent sequins and there you have my my bright, happy chicken card!

     I do believe I will also enter this card at Shopping Our Stash # 297, which is Tie One On, using ribbon and twine, plus cord, seam binding etc..  I have ribbon and twine.

     So much to do this morning, but I hope to get back to do a bit of crafting, later in the day.  Whatever you do on the Saturday, have fun!

Friday, April 7, 2017

What Was I Thinking?

     It's been one of those mornings, but first I will show you my completed card, which is pretty okay.  I used a stamp set oldie but goodie from Gina K. Designs.  It is called Funny Farm, and is from 2010.  My coloring was done with Copic Markers, and the sun was stenciled on using a negative cut from a Lil Inker sun die.  I paper pieced my hills with American Craft pattern paper, then popped up my sheep.  The middle layer of card stock is Neenah ivory.  Oops, I forgot.... two of the hills were cut using a MFT stitched valley die.

     I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Happy Birthday.  Also, I would like to take this over to Creative Corners Challenges which is Farm Friends.


     Now on to Darnell's NBUS #11 and April Fools Boo Boo Card!  What was I thinking, indeed?  As much as I love this cute card, what made me think I could get a "RED" Copic in between those tiny barn doors, and  make it work?  I had to be a nutzoid!  Then I think I am going to be the hero, and save the day with a white gel pen... Oh my.....or perhaps it was the micron pen that I tried to straighten the black lines with..... Hence in the top photo we had a nice new paper pieced, blue barn.  The end!..... stop laughing, cause I know you have all done it!

     If you click on the RED barn, you will see what an utter mess I made!

     Have a fantastic Friday!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Using my Snippets!

     I have been trying to think in a different way and when I cut a die, I think about where I place it so I do not waste the negative piece.  Here is an example of what I mean.  When I went to cut the octopus, I made sure I could cut a card front with it in the corner.  I used a digital sentiment on the first card and on the second I used the negative..... (shhhh, it's my son's BD card).

     I have this great pewter metallic card stock and some embossed dot scraps, and lime green scraps, I found in my bin. The little fish are snippets punched with a fantastic punch my dear friend Carol owns.  I sure wish I could find one of those.  What a great way to use up bits!  My first card has a cut out from a Gina Marie stitched square die.

     There is the fun octopus die and fish dies on the son card ... just a wee bit different than the punches.  They are from Memory box, and I think they make great masculine cards, when you need that little extra something to add.  I also found a roll of this cool Washi tape on a recent trip to Tuesday Mornings.  Been trying to use that more, also.  I decided to use the coral stamp out of the SU! set called By the Tide stamped with Unicorn White ink by Hero Arts.

     Well I sure hope you like these.  I will be taking them over to Pixie's Snippets Playground # 275 and 276, where you must use snippets on your creation.  Also to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes, this week.

     Thanks for the visit.  My Grandson is visiting this weekend, so I had to sneak in here to do a quick post.  He is such a love!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hippity Hoppity

     Yes, that is the name of the challenge # 387 at Little Red Wagon.  With all the Easter prep and creating, it was not hard to come up with something with a bunny.  Yes you are allowed to use other things, also!  I was just so in love with this card, that I had to use it for a special challenge.  Call me crazy!

     I started with a base of Ocean Mist from Gina K. Designs, topped with a layer of Doodlebug Designs designer paper from the Easter Express collection.  it is double sided, so I used the reverse with bunnies as a contrast strip.  My sentiment, and circle behind the flower center are a scrap of card with glitter accents.The large flower was created by die cutting multiple blooms from the SU! Thinlets set called Sunshine Wishes.  Easter was double cut and offset for a shadow.  That die is Anna Griffin.  My bunny is from Impression Obsession.  There are aqua pearls as embellishments.

     I would also like to take this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes, this week!

We are just back from hubby having some medical procedures, so now for a nice lunch, a little cleaning, and a whole lot of crafting..... Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


     I am anxiously awaiting the smell of Lily of the Valley and Lilacs.  Winter, however, took it's time coming and now it just does not know when to leave.  I was happy to see a few Spring type challenges, to get me in the spirit of the season.

     First may I just say that I had so much fun water coloring this, it made me silly!  I started with a white panel, embossed it on my Cuttlebug with a Darice folder of half a tree. Having not used my Art Impression stamps in quite some time, I decided to get them out and have a play.  They are the bridge, clouds, pond/w rocks, and grass.  The bunny and bird are from IO, with the mom being an Anna Griffin die.  I tried to do mostly no line water coloring on my scene. There is Wink of Stella added to the sentiment and the water.

     These will be entered for the Spring is in the Air Challenge at Use Your Stuff #257.  I will also enter this in the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge with the theme "Mother.

     Thanks for taking a look!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

WARNING! Adult Content

     Okay this is not my norm.  I really do not think this is super nasty, but I just wanted to give a heads up.  My friend, Colleen stamped me a bunch of these, and they seem to be very fitting for most days, around here.  The stamp and sentiment are from Seaside Stampin Ink.  I masked off the image and hit it in places with Distress inks.  The masking formed a nice white edge.  I found a scrap of charcoal designer paper for my background, and thought it needed something so I ran some Washi on the diagonal.  Oh yeah, the image was cut out with a stitched rectangle die from Lil Inker.

     Here is the sentiment for the inside....LOL.  Yep,  that about sums things up!  Hope you are giggling.

     Apparently, this is a real place and the stamp is an exact copy of the store.  Just Google it!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Using a Transparency for a Shaker

     This is a card created for a baby shower we had at work, last week.  Shaker cards can be such fun!  I decided to give it a whirl, since I had everything I needed right at hand.

     I have a big box of Transparency sheets from Staples, and I just cut one up when I do this kind of card.  You must create some type of frame and I use foam tape to give it some depth. The window was cut with MFT stitched oval dies.  Adding a fun background always looks awesome.  You drop in your shaker bits and there you have it.  Just decorate as needed.  In this case I used the new SU! set called Moon Baby.  Coloring is with Copic markers and I added a bit of Stickles for sparkle.My designer papers are from a pad of paper from Pebbles, called Special Delivery.

     This card will be entered at Little Red Wagon Challenge 386, called It's Clear to Me!.  Another brisk day, but I might get out and about a bit today.  Hope you are up to something fun!