Sunday, November 19, 2017

Inspired by All the little things 73

Hi There -

I am stepping out of my comfort zone on this one.  Its a modern take on bold non-traditional colors inspired by this Challenge Photo: (you can click on the photo to be taken to the challenge page.)

The pinks, blues, aqua, and yellow just look so sweet -- but I am not a pastel kinda girl -- so I made those colors bold.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Furry Friends at Simons

Hi There,

It has been a productive weekend so far 15 cards made bringing my total to 65...still have about 35 to go.

This is for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Furry Friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A lil fall thanks

Hi there,
I finally felt so much better after having come home to a cold, that I was able to get out to see the crafty gals without fear of infecting them.  I also had a watercolor day with Peggy.

The crafty girls often put little gifties together  for each other during the holidays.  I came back to a bin full of fall and Halloween surprises, so I needed several thank yous.

Thanks for stopping.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Playing with Addictions

Hi There!

Today I am playing in two challenges.  Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes, and Addicted to CAS - Leaves.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Fusion - Just Us Girls - Simon Says Flickr

I finally got a another moment in my crafty space.  The laundry had piled up...after this it is a marathon folding session ahead.

This card is for  Fusion Card Challenge - Autumn Leaves Just Us Girls - Thankful, and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge #83 Thankful.

My supplies include :  Distress ink in Salty Ocean, Copper Delicata Ink, clear ep, sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Autumn Greetings,  and Penny Black Die Leaf Edger and some rose gold PPP sequins.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Case this Sketch 246

Hi there,
I am having a lovely crafty afternoon.  This card was inspired by the image at Case this Sketch, and a card by Lin, that can be found here.  I loved that she created her own stencil. 


I recently sent some leaf die cuts to Greta, and I kept the paper with all the lovely cuts -- it's bristol paper so it works great for a sponging stencil.

I took a bit of license with the background colors are more contained...not loose watercoloring - but I feel sure you can still see the sketch.

Oxide inks,  Lawn Fawns stitched leaves (both sets), clear sequins and some versafine ink were my supplies for this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

CIC 429


We have had some warmer weather for a couple of days, and now the leaves are starting to turn outside my window.  So I had great inspiration between the graphic at Cupcake Inspirations and my view.

I  used one of Simon Says Stamps exclusives featuring Newton's Nook images for my card.

Coloring was done with Zigs on bristol paper; the lines and sentiment were stamped with versa-fine in smokey gray clear and then embossed to make staying in the lines easier. I finished the card with some fall mix sequins by PPP, and a few spatters of the green and orange zigs.  The finished panel was mounted on a midnight green cardbase.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Card Chain Challenge October 2017

Hi there,

I did get a card made for the card chain challenge for October. My recipient might think me a bit dim though. She lives in Australia and its spring time there...but I thought I would send her a touch of Autumn for her card.

I went with the sketch option and the theme of Autumn, 2 of the 6 choices - you only need to pick one!


Stop by the Card Chain Challenge and sign up for the November or December challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Muse 240


It feels so good to be back to playing in challenges again.  This time its for Muse 240.  Our muse is Lindsey, with this card:

I was inspired by the design of this card - big sentiment, small image and side panels framing it all up.

Here is my take using Count my Blessings from Stampin up and some Copic markers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Inspired by all the Little Things 70

Hi All~

It has been ages since I sat in my craft room to actually craft. I returned from California, my trip had been extended unexpectedly due to my Dad's health.  All is good now, so I was able to return home. 

Hubs had been battling a cold and within a day and a half of being home I came down with it.  I am on day 10 and am finally feeling better. I have graduated to clothing instead of jammies and blankies, but still lots of naps. 

Today I finished cleaning up my crafty space - I left it in a disaster while packing for my trip. I always have good intentions to leave it clean but that almost never happens.  Maybe for the next trip.

So on to the challenge - Have you see this fabulous graphic over at Inspired by All the little Things?
I knew if I felt better in time, this would be my first card and challenge once I was back to it. I was inspired by the bids of blue peeking through and the leaves. I imagine it all sitting on a rustic picnic bench.

Here is my card:

The leaves are from Penny Black, my friend Greta had sent me some and I loved them so much I had to add the die to my collection. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp and the wood plank stamp is my favorite from Stampin Up.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More leaves

Hi, today I am posting the last of my California cards.

Many thanks to Betty and Greta for sending along the die cuts, I had such fun playing with them!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trick or treats

Hi there!

I am back in Maryland.  Here are a few more of the cards I put together in California while visiting my Dad. It is always bitter sweet leaving - I miss hubs and am anxious to see him again; and I am sad to leave my Dad.

I love that cat and dog from Simon Says, as well as the Autumn Greeting set.  I did pull some small images from a Lawn Fawn Party animal set to add the had and pumpkin to the first card.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi there!

I miscalculated this summer when making birthday cards, I had one more that I needed.  This is my last made card from California - tomorrow I hop on the plane to return to  Maryland.

The roses are from Altenew, the greeting from Simon Says Stamp and the background script is from Hero arts. I used altenew inks in the yellow tones and PPP sequins in the fall mix.

As far as crafting goes I learned something about my tools on this trip.

I brought along a stamp platform from WRM. That platform is going to be downgraded to envelope stamping use - for my return address and any decorations I might add.  The lid is thicker and doesn't give in to finger tip pressure on photo-polymer stamps.

I have found for me the tonic platform is best for rubber; because, not all photo-polymer stamps are the same thickness and with a sturdier lid there sometimes is a pressing issue for me. 

I also own the mini misti and the original size.  I have been using my mini for envelopes, but after these two months...that mini is going in my travel bin. 

Because I use mostly the clear photo-polymer stamps I so missed my misti's.  Their lids are the perfect thickness to add a little extra pressure and that foam insert makes for a clean stamping.  When I need to replace a stamping platform -- its going to be another misti...I am just not in love with the other options mostly because I prefer clear stamps.  For rubber stamps any of them works well for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Masculine Fall Cards

Hi there -

A couple more cards from a marathon card making session in California while visiting my Dad.  That diagonal stripe frame came from Greta, and I love it embossed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Hi All!

Since I don't make a lot of Halloween or Thanksgiving cards anymore and I still want to keep in touch with friends I love the idea of fall cards. They can be mailed from September to November here in the northern hemisphere and its not so much pressure to meet a calendar deadline.

My friend Greta sent me these coverplate cutouts and I added some brown glittery embossing powder to make a nice frame.  The under panel was sponged with some ranger inks.  I added a brown ink over all the colors to give it a more autumnal feel--left alone the colors were too bright.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Purple and Gold


Still in California and using up a few more bits that I have been saving. These come from Greta  and Betty (Thank You so much).

I heat embossed the diagonal striped panel in Gold, then colored the iris's with the watercolor brush tip pens. I fussy cut them out (ya I so dislike fussy cutting...but it was worth it.) and popped a couple in each embossed panel.  Added a Hero Arts sentiment and mounted it on a layer of purple which was also sponged a bit along the edges for added depth and texture. I made two and just changed up the sentiment strip.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Hi there~

I'm still playing on the west coast, today I am playing along with A Blog Named Hero, they are using Lawn Fawn Critters for this challenge.  Luckily I brought both HA and LF stamps with me.

My main panel has the raccoon from LF's Holiday Party Animal and the sentiment comes from the Hero arts Stamp and cut Hello set.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Another Scramble

Hi there! 
Last Saturday I played in a Hero Arts Scramble. They have taken on a new format. They are all 24 hours now in which the participant gets to choose their own 90 minute window to make photograph and upload to the flickr group their card. 

I was hoping I could play along, I had a sentiment set, two flower sets, and some odds and ends diecut in my travel crafty kit.  Fortunately, the theme Autumn with some metallic element was the theme.

In my envelope of odds and ends I found some copper embossed leaves that were from the September '16 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit that Betty (our hostess coincidentally) had sent me last year.  I used my hello die along with the leaves to create two masculine feel cards despite the copper/rosegold metallic elements.

Since these had gone so fast and I still had a bit of time left over - one more card. Using the color layering stamp set.  It gives me fits...and I think it needs a new home- anyone interested? 

I always have some open space left which I filled in with dot groupings using fine lined sharpies in coordinating colors.  For my metallic element I heat embossed the bow, the flower centers, and the edges of the main panel,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SOS Give Thanks and HLS Oct Watercolor Challenges

Hi There,

Its a bit cool and breezy here at my Dad's in SO Cal. He lives in the desert and today it was a hi of 71 with wind...I think there are maybe 2 months out of the year without wind.  I'd forgotten about my fall allergies while living in Maryland...but I have been reminded with a vengeance.

Two cards today, and both are inspired by two challenges; Give Thanks at Shopping our Stash and HLS's October Watercolor challenge to use watercolor with the option of gold.

I shopped my stash of collected die cuts from bloggy friends. I believe both of these came from Greta. She kindly cut them from bristol.  I used watercolors to drops bits of color on the leaves, dried then then coated them with some clear embossing.  The bigger leaves were embellished with  an additional "dip" of gold embossing on their tips.

A bit of wonderful Monarch Orange Archival ink was sponged along the card sides. The smaller leaves are all attached to a small strip which I gold embossed to tie into my gold embossed sentiment.  The second card got a gold line of versamark marker to emboss a thin gold strip. (much easier than attaching a strip of gold foiled paper) The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Grab Our Badge!            

Leaves attached, and the cards are done. Two more for my fall stash!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

sponging and emboss resist

Hi There, since I don't have a lot of supplies here...I am having to rely on techniques to inspire me.  Although, having fewer supplies hasn't slowed my card making much...I made 20 cards in a week.  Some have been posted already and some are yet to come.

These two cars used Hero Arts, Hello stamp and cut set and the images are from Altenew's Bamboo Rose which I recently ordered. I am entering them to Darnell's NBUS challenge as well as Just Us Girls Challenge -Word Die Cuts.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Play time

Hi All,

I am posting from California and anticipate being here several more weeks.  I found watercolor markers under the Artist's Loft brand (Michales) that are so overwhelmingly like Zig Clean Color markers down to the brush tip, clear lid, vibrant colors and made in Japan markings.  After playing with them I have to say I wouldn't be surprised to find they were the same just branded differently.

They come in a pack of 12 for about 45, close to the same price point of zigs...but you can use that weekly coupon and get them for 40-50% less.  At that price I had to try them out.

The flowers are all from Penny Black one single cling stamp - Full of Glee. The sentiments are from Simon Says - Autumn Greetings, and the other two are from AAW.  The first card shows the Penny Black Stamp as it is out of the bag, the others are all masked and multi-stamped portions of the image.

So much NBUS here, I have to enter in Darnell's NBUS challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!