Sunday, October 30, 2016

Merry Christmas

I have a card for two challenges for you.  It is a VERY simple card, but it makes me smile. I love how well the bird fits, joining the two words; almost as if it were designed that way! :-)

The challenge at Merry Monday is to use a bird, and the challenge at Just Us Girls is to make the sentiment shine.  I think this card fits well for both challenges.  Sentiment is from Close to My Heart, bird is from Paper Smooches Feathered Friends. The sentiment is heat embossed and the bird is copic colored.


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Muse 189

One of my bloggie friends Lucille, is Guest Designing over at Muse, so I had to play along.

Her card is here:

 All I saw was the doughnut...I might have been hungry.  As a kid I loved those cake donuts with the fake cherry icing and sprinkles...well when I was a kid the frosting was CHERRY its just pink sugar.

I have one stamp set with a doughnut, and I decided on a pile of them (maybe I am still a bit hungry?).

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tis the Season

After ages and ages I finally played in another Hero Arts Scramble...90 minutes to get the theme, make a card, photograph it and upload it to the challenge page in Flickr.

I need to get going on Christmas cards, so here we go.  The theme was on the diagonal.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Last of the Halloween Cards

Here is the last of the Halloween cards.  I bought this stamp over the summer, and almost forgot to use it.  I think the images are darling, and needed to make sure to get at least one inking in this season.

I used Copic coloring, and a bit of glossy accents on the cat's mask and the dog's nose. 

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Happy Halloween

The moment I saw this stamp set from Close to my Heart, I knew I had to have it.  While it's set up for Halloween, it can be used for lots of occasions.

I started this card at the crafty birthday party I attended in September.  It was the first time I truly came to appreciate my misti.  If you don't have one yet, and are debating between the card size and the original size...get the original.  I have them both and I only use the card size when I travel.

I stamped and clear embossed a spider's web on the black card base, then I layered the image panel onto it. I used colored pencils and a bit of gamsol to blend.

This card is the perfect example of why I think the original misti is more useful.  The Cat image had to be stamped in stages.  Using the misti in landscape orientation, I was able to stamp the hat, mask it move it to the left for the cat body and sentiment stamping while on the right side I was stamping the next hat. I made 30 of these so the assembly line really made it go fast.


I decided to stamp the eyes with a block, just to give each one a bit of a different expression.

Here is the set in its entirety.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Hi there...are all you northern hemisphere dwellers enjoying some cooler fall weather? I am loving the bite of fall in the air.

 Today's card is for the challenge over at Inspired by All the Little Things.

I love the browns with just a touch of color.  For my card the main panel is watercolor paper white embossed with some leaf shapes from A Muse Studio.  I spritzed the paper with water then sprinkled on some brown brusho's in the open area of the panel.  I tilted and spun the card to get coverage all over, but not within the leaves.   Lastly, I wet the leaves lightly, and sprinkle more of the brown brusho powder into the leaf areas, I did not brush them out or add more water. I wanted the intense colors of the power pigments showing all the different shades.

I mounted it onto some textured tissue paper on a card base and added the thanks die cut (I think its from SSS).

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trick or treat

I am back home in Maryland. It was a difficult summer for me. I had erratic sleeping patterns, the humidity kicked my butt; I was miserable, out of sorts and lacking mojo for much of  August and September. I managed to make cards to post while I was visiting my Dad in California during October but few of them made me smile.

I think that I have finally gotten a good sleeping pattern, I have been home for 5 days and have been in bed by midnight and up by 8 each morning without an alarm.  I am feeling much more productive, and the weather is beginning to cool with far less humidity than a month ago.  I am feeling so much better.  Last night I sat down to color some cards and enjoyed the process. YEA!

Now, I know I said those crazy cat stamps kinda creeped me out...but when I saw Sandy Allnock's post combining them with the crazy dogs...well I had to get them.  They are perfect for Halloween. 

For Addicted to stamps Make your Mark

For Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration

These cards are for my crafty group...I still have a few more to make, but thought I would post these now.

I colored them with copics so I am submitting one to the Addicted to Stamps and More -Make your Mark challenge.  And another to the Just us Girls Photo Inspiration challenge.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Some Birthday Cats

One of the crafty ladies and our niece share the same birthday.  Both ladies are cat lovers, so I had fun making a couple of cat cards.  I was running a bit late with my planning this mojo went into early hibernation in September.  So, I figured cat cards would suit the recipients, and heck...I love the furry felines.

 Our neice will love this, her cat is a ginger tabby. He is a love bug!

My friend Candy has a couple of cats, so I think she will appreciate this one.

Cookie our neighbor cat was visting...I don't want to know what she found so interesting under that entertainment cabinet; but I had to laugh as she worked to get out from where she wriggled her way in.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hubs likes the nature cards, so for his birthday he got a schmoozy card which I am not posting, and this nature card.  He rated it top 5 of all the masculine cards I've made.  So I'm calling it a winner of a birthday card!

The bird and foliage is from a Stampin Up set called Moon Lake, and the tone on tone stamped wood grain is also from Stampin Up called Hardwood. It is hands down my favorite wood grain stamp. I used distress markers for the watercoloring, and the frame was cut using dies by MFT - stitched pinking edge square.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Part 2 I love Fall

Hi there, today I am posting the remaining six cards I made from the kit that Betty curated and then mailed me for our combined blog posting.  If you missed my original post, you can find it here.

And just for a recap:

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Friday, October 14, 2016


I kinda love this peacock from the Paper Smooches Feathered Friends set.  I wanted to send a thank you card to Kim of Paper Smooches for having given me the opportunity to guest design.  It was such an honor.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Flowers

I can not stop making flower cards, so I am making them in a fall yellow...its a bit darker than a bright lemon or sunshine yellow.

I sat down to play with a new set from Hero Arts - Color Layering for You Flowers.  I haven't mailed out cards in almost a month, and I need to build up my stash.  All but one have the same design, but differing sentiments along with differing embelishments.  I am gonna claim that individualizes them. :-)

I used inks from Hero Arts (Soft Apricot, Orange Soda) and Simon Says Stamp (Sunshine, Olive); along with some Onyx Black Versafine for the sentiments.  The panel was cut with a WPLUS9 die from the sunshine layers set.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Just a note cubed

Hi crafty friends!  I picked up a few of the AI square stamps that have a little saying around the outside of the square.  I had an idea to make the stamp a bit more versatile.

MFT's square frames fit almost exactly around those squares and make nice little frames as if they were tiny works of art...well maybe they are depending on the colorist.

I had a lot of fun with them, but I am super glad I chose to heat emboss the images, those are tiny spaces to color in.


I picked them up as I am always looking for something manly and these fit the bill.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Happy Anniversary

One of my crafty friends is having an I whipped up a quick card using the adorable bird couple from the new Paper Smooches Feathered Friends set.

I admit I went a little overboard with the bling dots, but they are so tiny and well it is a celebratory card!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A lil note

I recently made a similar card, and when I came upon a small strip of pink cardstock, I thought I would make another card with the front aperture showing the inside focal point.  A sentiment was stamped around the opening using Simon Says Stamps circular sentiment set called Circle Sayings. The tulip comes from Simons as well - Bookmarking set.

It is a small little greeting, 4" by 2.75". The nearest most petal of the tulip is covered with wink of stella and glossy accents to give the flower some dimension.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

I love Fall

A few weeks ago, Betty of Created by BJK contacted me and asked if I wanted to work on a combined blogging post.  We talked and decided Betty would send me a packet of supplies and a challenge and I was to make two cards for posting, and of course she would also make two cards with the same kit items.

I went a little overboard, and ended up with 8 cards, but am only posting my two that meet her challenge guidelines.  Her packet of fun stuff included: Some Japanese Maple leaves from her own tree, they were coated with glossy accents and had some gold flecks added. They are fabulous.  She also included several items from Hero  Arts, Concord and 9th, PTI and some fabulous copper paper from Neenah.  There were embossed stamped words, die cuts, gems, and enamel dots.

Here it is mostly spread out, the Japanese Maple Leaves aren't in the photograph, but I have one on a card.

My Challenge from Betty,  make one Halloween card and one Fall or Thanksgiving card. 

I've always wanted to try an inked sunset kind of sky and I chose that for my Halloween card. I used distress inks in 4 shades. The bats are left overs from a die cut a few years ago.  I put all my seasonal die cuts in an old Stampin Up clam shell so they don't get tossed out in a fit of cleaning.  I stacked Betty's die-cuts 3 deep and they make a nice sturdy sentiment. I used a cream colored card-base instead of white.

My second card is for the Fall/Thanksgiving portion of the challenge.  Betty sent me a wonderful selection of vellum a while back and I have been saving it.  I brought it out for this card, and those gorgeous leaves.

It is adorned with one of Betty's fabulous Japanese Maple leaves, and the interior of the card is one of the patterned papers, a soft  red-ish pinky coppery conglomeration of colors. It looks so fabulous behind this cloudy patterned vellum. This is my favorite card of the bunch!

So if you have come here from Betty's Blog, thanks so much for taking a peek.  If you have come here first, please  head over to Betty's Blog to see her fabulous cards.

This was so much fun, we're doing it again in November; I'll be putting some things together for Betty.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

WCMD 2016


It seems that Mr. Mojo who had taken a bit of a snooze lately woke up just in time for World Card Making Day 2016.  I pulled my bin of new stamps onto my table and went to work.  I didn't play any challenges, I just wanted to play to please myself.

I wasn't quite ready for fall cards yet, but as you go through them you can see the transition.

Did you take some time to craft on WCMD 2016?

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Thinking of you
You Matter Background by SSS, HA Green Hills Ink, Yellow Wink of Stella, Green Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, random gems, green scrap card, SSS You stamp set, Stamplorations Buttercups and Butterflies.

You are wondeful
Thinking of you
You Matter Background by SSS, SSS Blue Jay, Orange and Yellow copic, random gems,SSS You stamp set, Stamplorations Buttercups and Butterflies.

Kindness (scalloped panel)
SSS- Uplifting Thoughts,  WP9 Summer Flowers, SSS Inks - Burn Orange, Orange Peel, Olive,  HA Inks Butterbar, Soft Apricot, various copics to shade,  WP9 Sunshine die set.

SSS- Uplifting Thoughts,  WP9 Watercolor Anemones, SSS Inks - Burn Orange, Orange Peel, Lipstick Red, Intense Black, Olive, Catkin. Sequins by Darice.

Harvest (with green glitter tape)
MFT Harvest Mouse, various distress ink markers, gems, glitter tape-Kaiser Craft, Impression Obsession Thin Stripes, HA Soft Sand Ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

Harvest (with Silver glitter tape)
MFT Harvest Mouse, various distress ink markers, gems, glitter tape-Kaiser Craft, Impression Obsession Diagonal Lines, HA Soft Sand Ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink.