Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TMS #429

     Oh, now I had fun creating using this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketch.  I have been using so many dark fall colors and Christmas palettes, that I was ready for something bright and cheerful!

     I started with a white card base, then added designer papers from American Craft's Hip Hip Hooray collection.  My little pinwheel die was cut and turned over to look like flowers.  I added a delicate scalloped border to my strip.  The corner is a Crafter's Companion Die-sire die which I trimmed to fit.  My flower centers are brads and a few little sequins were added for a touch of sparkle.

     This came together with little struggles, and I am pleased.  Hope you are having a good Hump Day!  I appreciate the visit!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Simple Pleasures

     I have not posted for a bit.  Life is a bit crazy, and today my hubby turns 65!  He is still not quite sure how he feels about that. 

     Today I have a card I created using a little of this and that.  I would like to take this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge called Snow White.  Here is a list of what was used.  Starting out with a white card base, I added a layer of Bo Bunny designer paper from their Altitude Collection.  The came a stitched rectangle from Lil Inker.  I sponged it with Distress Oxide ink.  Next was a stitched hillside slope from Lawn Fawn, as well as a stitched snowflake, also from LF.  My sweet little skiing penguin, sentiment and background snowflakes are all from a stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps called Snow Kissed.  They have some real cute sets!  Things were topped off with a bit of diamond Stickles for sparkle, and a few dabs of glossy accents.

     We have finally had a cold snap, here in PA.  The leaves are dropping and it can not figure out what the daytime temp is suppose to be.  My little dog Della, has resorted to sweaters and coats to go walkies.  Brrr!  Glad you stopped by!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cute Piggy!

     Happy hump day.  I am hoping for this to be my last work day of the week.  That gives me 4 days of play before it starts again. 

     Today I have a card for the Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge # 427.  My card base is one of those pre-cut and scored cards that you can buy in a stack.  They really come in handy, and I find them at Tuesday Mornings.  My white embossed layer was created with one of my oldest Cuttlebug folders.  The cute stamps and sentiment were stamped at a get together and I am sorry I forgot to write down the company.  The designer papers are from a 6x6 pad called Spring, by American Crafts.  I used stack of dies that are scallop and straight to cut my image.  Coloring is with Copics and sequins and Glossy Accents were added to embellish.  That sweet flower trim is a Paper Frill from Doodlebug!

     I see that we were gifted with the return of our Followers List... that was so nice of them!  I appreciate all of you. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Hope you have a spooktacular day!  I am just going to post a few of the cards and treats I made, that never got posted.  No big explanations, just fun!

A pile of treat boxes for my DD's work.

and last but not least..... a spooky tree!

Here is hoping you have all treats and no tricks!  Enjoy!  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

There is a Chill in the Air!

     I think Autumn is finally going to show up, and get all these green leaves out of here.  So many warm days!  Who would have thought that the A.C. would be running at the end of October?  Anyway, with Fall in mind I created this card, and had a fun time doing so. 

     It starts with a kraft base and a piece of designer paper from American Crafts.  Next I used a Darice embossing folder of a barn and inked it in Crumb Cake ink.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug, and then used a water brush to color the barn doors red, then cut it out.  I was thinking about my My Favorite Things corn stalk die and had to get that in there, also.  I also added a fence, and a pumpkin die.  My mouse and sentiment are also from MFT, and is called Harvest Mouse.  I love that adorable set!

     This will be entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes.

     That is all I have for this sunny Saturday.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Another Fun Sketch!

     Happy Tuesday!  I woke this morning and was excited to see the new sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches #426.  Last week got away from me and I was not able to play along.  I jumped right on this, today!

     I used a new Darice embossing folder that I found at Tuesday Mornings.  Totally decided to go with that watercolor effect, so I colored on the folder with my Spectrum Aqua pens, and added a spritz of water.  I then ran it through the Cuttlebug.  My stamps are something I picked up reasonably on Ebay and they were stamped and cut out with a Gina Marie stitched circle.  The deer was colored with a water brush and the same markers.  The outlines are Hero Arts Intense Black ink, as is the sentiment, from the same stamp set.  Quick and easy!

     This will also fit the challenge at Shopping Our Stash #326  Get Sketchy... Use any sketch... mine is above!

     I like to follow directions so as per my lovely commenter, I am adding this to the Crop Stop October Link Party #33

     I have the divine pleasure of being off today, so I may see you again soon!

     I was ever so lucky to score a win with this card... Thank You, Crop Stop!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Playing with a New Folder!

     Happy Hump Day!  Today I have a card that is on the Clean and Simple side.  It uses a Darice embossing folder that was coated in Distress Oxide inks, and run through the Cuttlebug.  I added some diamond stickles to the peacock eyes and some tiny gems.  My sentiment is stamped in Oxides, also, and isfrom Hot Off The Press Heartfelt Greetings set.  The panel is mounted on a layer of purple Basic Grey paper from my stash.

     That is it for now.  I will be searching for a challenge to enter this in.  Have a lovely, Autumn day!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spooky Owl

     The dark and spooky season is upon us.  Time to make all those fun Halloween cards.  Today I have a card that will fit a few of the challenges I like to enter.

     I am using the very popular new owl die that is all the rage, layered on cross stitched die panel of Halloween web paper from my scrap bin.  I gave this owl some gem eyes, and a chipboard sentiment from an old kit.  My corner is a bow made from beautiful double sided satin ribbon with a sparkly, fright night flower.  I created the cracked background with a Darice crackled embossing folder.

     This was made for this weeks sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches, #424.

     I would also like to take this over to the challenge at Double D Challenges for their Fright Night Challenge.

     So much fun!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Mine is very relaxing, and we are doing as we please!  It is our 40th wedding anniversary, and I figure we deserve a little low key fun.  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Christmas Cottage.

     When I saw that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was for Christmas, I was thrilled.  I have been making Christmas all year long, and just keeping it handy.  Woo Hoo!

     Today I have a card that I thoroughly enjoyed making.  The main images is from Stampendous, and is called Christmas Cottage.  My background is a script background stamp from Stamp Camp, which was stamped with Distress Inks.  I used a die from Lawn Fawn's scalloped borders to create the effect down the side.  Coloring was done with Spectrum Aqua Pens and a water brush.  A week bit of diamond Stickles were added for sparkle.  There is foam tape popping it from the background.

     I would also like to add my B&W version, using the same stamp!  This will be  entered  over at Little Red Wagon for their Classic Black and White Challenge.

     Not sure how it got to be Friday once again, but here it is!  I am looking forward to a nice weekend with both kids and families visiting.  Planning on doing some fall stuff!  Hope you have fun, whatever you do.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


     I have completed another card for this week, and that is far better then my recent track record.  Today, I have an offering for this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketches # 423.  This week the sketch is offered by Janice Melton, who does amazing work!

     This card really came about by using up bits from my Halloween bin.  I started with a black card, and stamped a white panel with a huge spider web stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps.  It was stamped with Tangelo Twist ink from SU!.  I die cut two sizes of circles with Gina Marie dies, from scraps of grey and a printed paper I found on Pinterest.  The sentiment and the strip of spider paper were from a 6x6 pad by Pebbles called Boo.  The embellishment were a gathering.  The 3D cat and sugared candy corn are stickers (?), the faceted orange flowers are KI Memories, and I finished with an orange twine bow from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Phew!  I am amazed that I still know where most of this stuff is from!

     Hope you enjoy what I made for you.  We are back into summer like temps here in PA, and it is crazy to be worrying about dressing cool.  Guess it is better then paying for heating oil.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Last Day of NBUS #12

     Darnell has been such a gracious hostess for her ever famous NBUS Challenge.  This will be my third, and final entry for it.  I created this card for our dearest of friend, who is going through treatment for Cancer.  He has a wonderful sense of humor, and is also the person who shows love to our dogs, if we have to leave town.  He also set up my husband and I, all those years ago.  We will be married 40 years this month.

     Anyway, the assortment of card stocks are from Bazzill, with the NBUS part of my creation being the stamps.  I used the new Art Impressions set called Doggie Kisses, which also included that cute band aid.  Those, I fussy cut and coated with glossy accents.  The inside sentiment is "On the Bright Side, You Don't Need A Cone"!  He really did get a chuckle out of that.  I used a combo of Copic and colored pencils to color things.

     So without further hesitation, let me link this up to Darnell's NBUS #12, at DJKardKreations, and say I can not wait for the next challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Little Bit Adult.

     I created this card for my BIL's girlfriend when she turned 50.  I  have been saving it for just the right challenge, and I do believe I found it.  You just have to laugh.  It is simple and to the point.

     I will be entering this over at Shopping Our Stash #322, Called "Not Your Momma's Card".  Now this is fun!

     Here is what I used:

     Card stock and designer paper from my stash...  The WTF stamp set borrowed from a friend.  She said it was from Casual Fridays.  The inside sentiment is a combo of 2 stamps... and the first I found in the depths of my stamp is by Creative Clear Stamps CV0039, Feeling Old, and the second (happy birthday) is from Clear Dollar Stamps, which went out of business.  Oh wait, my flower on the front is a Prima.  I know this was not real helpful, but old age is setting in.

Okay, Darnell... do I dare.  Yes I shall enter this at her NBUS #12.  It is plain and simply to the point.  Snark, snark!

     Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TMS #422 and A Little NBUS

     Okay, okay so it has again been a long time.  Well, life gets so complicated sometimes.  Work has been long and we are working with a short crew.  DH has been nursing another bout of skin cancer, and how is it possible that we have heat in the 90's at the end of September.

     This is actually my second try at this challenge.  Yep, #2.  I decided to have a redo with this pretty sketch.

     I used a paper pad that I have had for ages and never touched.  Oh yes, we have plenty of that going on around here.  The paper pad is an 8x8 by DCWV and is called their Crafty Stack.  I used stitched circle dies from Gina Marie Designs, as well as stitched triangles.  I cut a swirl from the SU set called Swirly Scribbles Thinlets.  My sentiment was white heat embossed from a new stamp set that was included in my Creative Stamping Magazine from the UK.  That is from L'aquavelle Designs.  I cut a few leaves  from the dp and added them to my swirl, along with a blue pearl.

     I would like to share this for the Tuesday Morning Sketch #422.

     Also, this has some NBUS  included, so I would like to take this over to Darnell's New NBUS  #12 Challenge.

     Well, It was sure good to see everyone.  Thanks for stopping around!

Friday, September 15, 2017

An Awesome Sketch.

     This is one of those great sketches that can be used for so many things.  Whether you are stamping your own background, or using a digital image as the focal point, it works awesome.

     Today I would like to share this card at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 420.

     I used mostly scraps from my bin, for the paper and card.  My snowflakes were punched with a Martha Stewart punch, and my Christmas circle was purchased from Ebay. The embossed panel is from a Cuttlebug folder.  I coated the letters with 3D Crystal lacquer and added touches of Diamond Stickles for sparkle.  Easy peasy, and cheerful.

     Thanks for stopping by... see you again, real soon!

Saturday, September 9, 2017


     Here is a card that I whipped up for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 419, this week.  I guess I am into the Fall/Halloween colors right now.  There has been a definite chill in the air and it has been heavenly!

     This card uses the adorable bat and sentiment are from the My Favorite Things set called Witch Way Is the Candy.  I used assorted card stocks and designer paper from Bo Bunny Apple Cider Collection. I stamped with Fresh Fig ink from SU!, and added some colored pencil and white gel pen accents to my bats.  He also has Glossy Accent eyes.  I added some fun Fall fibers with a hemp bow, sequins, and some embossing to a punched heart.

     That is it for now.  Praying for family and friends that are in harms way, and praying for a positive outcome.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Crazy Cat

     As we prepare for 3 very important holidays, I would like to share a card that I created for Halloween.  I remember when these TH cat, dog, and bird stamps hit the scene.  I had to have them all, plus their accessories!  They are awesome and I must say, make some very versatile cards!

     Today I would like to share this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  It is during their STAMPtember celebration, so there are no digital images allowed.  You must stamp.

     This card starts with a white base and then a panel that is stenciled using a Tim Holtz Shatter stencil, which I borrowed from a friend.  I sponged it with some Peach Parfait ink, and added 2 bands of Lil B washi tape.  I acquired a punch that punches out 3 tiny bats, (sorry no marking), and applied them to the sky.  My cat and broom were colored with Copic marker and fussy cut.  Glossy accents were added to his eyes for a bit of dimension.

     Thanks for visiting!  May all those who are in the paths of these violent hurricanes find strength to do all the right things.  Praying for each and every person, plus their critters, to be safe.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Getting a Jump on Christmas!

     Today, I used this weeks sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have been trying real hard to make a fresh Christmas card everyday, so I do not get behind at the end.


     Here is the sketch that was used.  I hope you enjoy what I came up with! The following is a list of what I used:

Papers:  White card stock, designer paper from American Crafts Jolly Collection, and silver foil card for cutting.

Embossing:  Folder from Darice.

Ink:  Soft Sky from SU! Versamark and silver embossing.

Stamps:  Hero Arts, Holiday Sayings.

Die:  Ebay

Embellishments:  Enamel dots from SU!

     That is it for today.  Hope it is a good one!  Praying for Texas.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trying This Weeks Sketch!

     I have been very bad, once again with keeping posts going on my blog.  I am so sorry, but life keeps getting in the way.

     This week I wanted to try the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 417.  Here is what I used:

Dies:  The lattice flower spray are from Ebay, the sentiment is from Sizzix, Stitched Ovals are from MFT and the tiny poinsettia die, in the center of my bow, are from Poppy Stamps

Paper:  Basic white card base, designer paper is from Pebbles Welcome Christmas Collection.

Embellishments:  Gems and Pearls are Recollections, Ribbon from Michael's, Glossy Accents.

Inks:  SU! Real Red and Gumball Green.  I sponged the oval and water brushed with the ink on my spray

     That is it for today.  I thank you for visiting me, and wish you a great week.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


     I ran across a new to me challenge, called the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Since I had only posted this fun card on FB, I decided to put it up on my blog and play along!  For this challenge you get to choose from the following:

P is for People
Q is for quick
R is for red

     All must have a Christmas theme, and you may chose one or combine all three letters!

     I have decided to go for P is for people!  Although I do not know the maker of these Eskimo stamps, I just had to use them.  They were bought in a collection and are mounted on cling.  I've colored them with colored pencils to keep the colors soft, and used assorted dies which I cut and sponged in blue ink.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts.  My embellishments are Blue gems and Martha large flake glitter.

     Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TMS #415

     Good morning, and happy weekend!  Today I have a card for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 415.  I have been working on Halloween cards so I decided to go with that theme.  I was such a great sketch to work with!

     My designer papers are from Pebbles and the pad is called BOO.  I created my angled piece with white punched with a MS cobweb border punch, and lined it with black.  I die cut a vine and spiderweb to create my cluster, did a Tim Holtz rub on spider from his Apothecary collection, and a spooky flower from Recollections.  My sentiment was a vellum sticker.

     I hope you enjoy what I made, and that you visit the TMS website and see all the beautiful inspiration! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Splatter it !

     Well I went to see what Simon Says Stamp had in mind for their Wednesday Challenge.  That is when I found out the idea was to splatter it.  Hmmmm, what to do?  I decided that instead of flinging paint or ink, that I would go a different way, and use a stamp and some die cuts.  It is still splatter for sure!

     I started with a charcoal card base, and then created my splatter panel using and old Art Gone Wild stamp with Intense Black ink.  I sponged the edge with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  I found a splatter die cut and coated it with Glossy Accents, also coated some of the smaller dots on the background to create texture.  When my die cut was dry, I popped it up on foam tape.  I then added my words that are called Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, from MFT.  For still more texture I added some black sequins.

     A different way to attack the situation!  The weather is so refreshing this weekend, I do believe it has brought my brain back to life.  Thanks very much for stopping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A New Sketch!

     Good morning and Happy Friday!  I have been a wee bit scarce, again.  Seems that everyone that I hold dear, has been in a health crisis lately.  I decided to take a little time this morning to create something and I saw this fine sketch challenge that I want to give a try.

     I have to admit that the card is rather simple but I love how it came out.  I used mostly items that have been sitting, and that always makes me feel good.  The card starts with a black base, and I took a panel of white, embossed it with a crackle folder, and sponged the edges with some Tangelo Twist ink.  My scrap bins are enormous, so I dug until I found some left over strips of Halloween papers.  The 2 stamps used are actually from Michael's $2 bin and I think they will be getting lots of use.  I used a strip of oozing goo die with a bit of Diamond Stickles for sparkle.  That is all there is to it!

     This will be entered in the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches  #299 by Kim.

     Here is hoping that you have a weekend full of fun times and good company!  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another Tuesday is here!

      Today it is time for a new Tuesday Morning Sketch #413!  I had a mess of wintery type stamps out on my desk, and decided to work with them, and figure them into my sketch for this week.  The twist of this week is to add stamping.  I did flip my oval for a horizontal card.

     I used a white base, a layer of Bazzill card in a turquoise blue, and a half sheet of designer paper from American Crafts NOEL pad..My stamps have been in my collection for a long time.  I purchased an entire collection on Ebay, many years ago, and they were all unmounted and I have no clue who the makes is.  They are the fishing penguin, and the igloo.  The oval and stitched vally dies which  used, afre from MFT.  My sentiment is from SU!.  I did some sponging and most coloring was done with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  Metallic silver was added to the front doorway, and I scattered a few spare snowflakes with pearls to the sky.  I use Martha S. shaker snow and a tiny bow to finish things off.

     It always makes me feel so good to use things from my stash, and this is one of those fun cards!

     Thank you kindly for your visit!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's See Some Stars.

     I recently acquired this adorable stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas, called Wish.  How very fitting that my very first card with it, uses lots of twinkling stars.   I stamped my image and sentiment in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with color pencils and ms.  My designer papers were scraps from my bin.  I used a stencil to add some dots to the corners, and an SU! tiny star punch for my extras.  The only other item used are some diamond Stickles for sparkle!

     I would like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is called We're Seeing Stars!

      This crazy PA weather has gone from blazing heat to tropical downpours.  Next, I am expecting summer to leap into an early Fall.  Hope things are more normal where you are.  I appreciate your visiting.  Keep cool!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas!

     So they call it Christmas in July... quite the struggle, since we have had temps ranging from 90 to over 100 degrees.  It is a struggle to get this old body functioning!

     Today I have a card which will fit into a few challenges.  It started with a white base card and then I added a layer of holiday designer paper from The Hot Cocoa collection by American Crafts.  Using my stitched circle dies, I cut two, one in black and the other out of watercolor paper.  I sprinkled on Scarlet Brusho's.  I cut my sentiment stamp from IO from the same piece.  The circle was then stamped with the very classic SU set called Lovely As A Tree, and assembled with a Doodlebug Paper Frill between the circles.  I cut the Memory Box deer family from white card and placed them over my circles, using a red scrap as an anchor.  My embellishments are gold sequins, and aglitter sticker from Martha.

I would like to enter this at the following:

Cardz for Guyz #174:  Christmas in July

Double D Challenges:  B & W w/a Pop of Color.... mine is red!

Little Red Wagon # 403:  Christmas in July

     I hope you enjoy what I have made and I appreciate your visits and comments!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A New Card for TMS!

     I am trying very hard to be faithful to doing Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This week is #412.  This week, it was a tough one for me, but I think I like the end result.  The added twist to the sketch is to use embellishments.

     The background was created using a fun new die and then placing paper behind to shine through all the holes.  I then took strips of all coordinating papers from my paper pad to create some banners. That pad is the American Craft, Spring paper pad. The sentiment was stamped with Tranquil Tide, SU ink and layered on 2 SU punches.  The sentiment is from the Hot Off the Press, Thank You stamp set.  For my embellishment, I scattered little enamel hearts, from Chickaniddy, called
Twirly Girly.

     We have been in the grips of a nasty heat wave here in PA.  It is kind of hard to motivate or stay focused on any one thing.  Hope you are staying cool, wherever you are.  Remember not to take those doggies on car rides in this, and watch their bare tootsies on hot sidewalks.