Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays

Hi there-

I'm getting close to finishing up those Christmas cards.  These two are early morning efforts.  One will be submitted to Color Throwdown Challenge 523 - Colors - Red, Green, Kraft and White.

The snowman and sentiment come from MFT.  A happy snowman always makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Everything


A quick card with some simple gold embossing.  The card was inspired by Uniko's 50th challenge - Celebrate option - gold.

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Merry and Bright


When I saw the challenge at Double D, I thought of my two favorite reindeer stamps, and made two cards for the challenge.  They are both CAS cards and will also be showing up at CAS on Friday where the challenge is to make a Christmas card.  And my round card will also go to Just Add Ink, for the blue inking behind the image.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Merry Christmas

Hi there....
I am so behind on my Christmas cards.  I've mailed a few overseas but my domestic friends may be getting a card just days before Christmas.  Its snowing outside and I have a football game on inside.
Its a good set up for cardmaking.

This card is going to Freshly Made Sketches...its a bit of a stretch...but I see the sketch in it.

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Wishes

Hi there,

Finally Hub's last issue of the year  is bagged up and ready to be taken to the Post Office for delivery to subscribers.  We've had a bit of a delay at the printers so its been hurry up and wait since we returned from our visit to Ohio. You'd think I should be able to just sit down and make some cards while we were waiting...but it doesn't work that way with my brain. One thing at a time. As I have gotten older my ability to multi-task successfully has diminished.

As usual when I need a good swift kick in the mojo, I turn to challenges.  Helping me out today are The Flower Challenge, Color Throwdown, and Addicted to Stamps and more.

My older stamp is from Stampendous, called Cling Poinsettia. It is one of the first stamps I acquired. I embossed it in silver (neutral) on bristol. Then colored in the biggest bloom cluster in red, coral and green. The panel is matted in dark gray and layered onto a lighter gray cardbase. The sentiment is from PTI and is white embossed on dark gray.

Thank you so very much for stopping by.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Seasons Greetings

Hi there,
One last card before I crawl into my bed. If I stay up much longer I have no chance of sleeping before 5 or  6 am.  So go the vampire hours.

This is another of PTI's  Botanical Blocks IV.  The set comes with two blocks and 4 sentiments.

I am linking up to these challenges:

AAA Cards - Mostly White
Less is More - Holiday
Muse Christmas Visions - Festive Free For All
Case this Sketch (sketch below)


Thanks much for stopping by.

Christmas Wishes


I had to get this card made for the Color Throwdown 521. The colors are Silver, Black, Gray and White  I thought PTI's Botanical Blocks IV would be perfect for this challenge. 

I placed my black silver and white panel on a light gray card base.

Thanks much for stopping by.


Hi there,

Hubs and I are back from our trip to Ohio for Thanksgiving. I actually managed to pack light for the trip giving more room for the front passenger seat to recline in our truck.  Being able to nap some during the 9 hour drive really made a difference for me. For once I didn't arrive wrung out.  Hubs and I share the driving so he got some z's in too.

I made this card for two challenges : Double D Challenge the mood board is below (the kitten snuggled in the plaid blanket) as well as CAS Colors and Sketches.  I might be walking a thin (plaid) line on the CAS part of that one. The sketch is below.

I'm hoping these adorable Honey Bee kittens qualify as a shape for the sketch which I flipped. The plaid stamp is from Hero Arts.  This one will of course go to my Dad.  Its got a masculine feel to it.


Thanks much for stopping by.

ETA--- I missed the Double D deadline, but I'm leaving the graphic in because it was part of my inspiration.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

November Bizarre Day

Hello Again -

November's Bizarre Day is November 21st - World Hello Day.  Since I need many many more Christmas cards, I chose a Christmas Hello which fits my world right now.

The poinsettia is from EH, the hello die is W&W, the smaller sentiment is from MFT and the yellow gems are from Pretty Pink Posh.

I'm taking a small break through the end of the month for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back in December with the remainder of my Christmas they get made!  Lol.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Be Merry and Thanks

Hi there-
As with many of you, lots going on here and I am more often away from my crafty space than in it.
I have many more Christmas cards to make. Thank goodness Thanksgiving is early this year.

I have two cards for several challenges.

Here is the photo for the TWOFER CHALLENGE - WREATH. The holiday card is obvious in its wreath use.  The thanks was die cut after embossing several wreaths on red vellum and then tearing them apart and covering a length of card stock solidly with the pieces.  

I am entering this card to CASE THIS SKETCH and

  On this closer photo, one can see the circles of the bubble wreath more clearly.  I am entering this to JUST ADD INK -Just add a big bold sentiment.

Each card has in common the use of the Texture EF from Stamping UP and the wreath stamp from EH's Homespun Holiday.  Additionally I used vellum (white and red), gold embossing powder, gold glitter paper, and gold tape. The sentiments came from MFT (snowglobe sentiments) and W&W (Big Bold Thanks cut away).


Thank you very much for visiting and commenting at this busy time of year!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018



I played with some brusho crystal colors today.  Of the three panels I made...I liked one...the other two were to dark and splotchy so I  diecut them with a Thanks die and cut out some of the leaves.

I made 3 cards and still have a few pieces left to make another if I wish.

These cards are going to Simon Says Stamps Work it Wednesday - Thanks, And also to Shopping our Stash - Tic Tac Toe, I used the third column Heat Embossing, Thank you and pigment powders.

I stamped several leaves, embossed them in platinum embossing powder, and then proceeded to add some brusho crystals.  I then softly spritzed water on the paper to allow the crystals to spread color.  I used a red, a green and a yellow.  I got red, green, yellow, brown and orange colors from that combination.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Holidays

Hi there -
I'm still dragging on the mojo front.

However, the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, along with the Muse projects at both Muse and Muse Christmas Visions all came together for me instantly.

The catalyst -- die cuts my friend Betty sent me.  I immediately saw the card I wanted to make in my head.

Its a bit tough to see, the card base is dry embossed with a linen type texture, the diecut window is from SSS, the sentiment is from MFT.

I was inspired by:
FMS- The sketch
Muse- the layers, color and texture
Muse Christmas Visions - color and layers and diecuts


Thanks very much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Hi there

I've been in a bit of a slump card wise - its easier to do something else like chores and that usually never happens.  I have to address my Fall/Thanksgiving cards, send some die cuts to friends and then maybe my mojo will return full force.

In any case, I have a card for Case this Sketch and Simon's Wednesday challenge.

Stamp set is PTI's Autumn Adornments, inks are all SSS  (Dark Chocolate, Orange Peel, School House Red and Leaf Green.  Card panel and base are Michael's 110lb vanilla card stock.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Autumn Greetings

Hi there,
I've had little mojo lately and a whole bunch of half done projects.  Tonight I decided to relax with some pencil coloring of this fun new wreath by Pretty Pink Posh. I love the wreath, and there are some individual images that mimic the wreath pieces just a shade bigger.

I stamped the image with brown ink on kraft cardstock, then used prisma color pencils to color it, and the blender pencil to blend the colors.

When finished, my card works for the following challenges.

Fusion - I was inspired by the wreath
Addicted to Stamps and more - Anything Goes
Addicted to CAS - One Layer

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

Friday, November 2, 2018

October CCC

Hi There   -

Here is my card for the October Card Chain Challenge. I went with the sketch option this month.


 On a chocolate colored card base, I added a sentiment from W& W's Big Bold Seasons. Along with marker colored leaves from Lawn Fawn.  This month my card goes to Alabama and a new recipient whom I haven't sent a card to before. I hope she likes it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Case this Sketch 295

Hi there,

One last card for the weekend.  Then its time to clean up the crafty space and pack for a day with the crafty gals tomorrow.

I'm playing along with Chrissy Larson's sketch at Case this Sketch.

 I used Concord and 9ths Lace Leaf set, it has a fabulous string of small words along with the beautiful lacy leaves.  The greetings sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

The Card Concept 100 Elegant Fall

Hi There,

This card is for the 100th Challenge at The Card Concept. There is a beautiful graphic for the challenge.

I was inspired by the creamy white pumpkin, the flower bunch, and the gold.  My card is clean and simple.  Supplies - TT Agapantha, SSS pumpkin dies, SSS Thankful Sentiments.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Muse 288

Hello Again,

After lunch and a bit of football I was back at my crafty desk.  This time I am playing along with Muse. Laurel Beard was our muse this week.  Her card is pictured below.

I was inspired by:
Landscape Orientation
Camoflage Technique
Panel on top of a card base

I used Wplus9's Festive Greetings (cause I gotta have the lights!) and Altenew's in line Alphas.

First I stamped and colored a bunch of light strings. I tried to keep the colors in order but it didn't happen.  Next I laid out my dies, measured made sure they were straight and ploped them down on my cutting mat and sent them through.  Since there are 2 r's I had to leave space to cut the second one on the next pass through.


Somehow during my placing the dies on the cutting plate the first r went wonky.  Fortunately with a word like merry it can be off kilter, and I think it adds to the festivity of the card.  So I purposely cut the second r off kilter as well.

I mounted the die cut letters onto black fun foam and replaced them into the panel once it had been adhered to the card base.  Lastly a bit of shimmer for all those bulbs courtesy of a Spectrum Noir shimmer brush pen.

Thanks much for coming by!