Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Favorites

Hello -

I thought I would show you my favorite cards from each month this year.  I looked back through each month on my laptop and selected one card for each month, so here are my 12 favorites in month order.

Thanks so much for visiting and for all your supportive comments throughout the year.  May the New Year bring you many blessings, peace and love.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Thanks Gnome

Hello -

Time for the thank you's.  I seem to be out of thank you cards, so I'll be needing to make several to fill up my stash. There are so many times a thank you card can be used - not just for a gift.

I had a couple of things still out on my desk today -  those fun gnome dies from SSS and the bottle brush trees from Hero Arts.  They came together this way:

Thanks so much to you for all your visits during the year and for commenting when you can.  I appreciate the kind words so very much. Wishing you the best for the new year.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Merry Christmas


These cards are for the niece, nephews and Godson. They are all over 18 but they still get a little something in their cards.

My Mom, who passed on Christmas Day 2006, refused to put tags on presents under the tree. She was sure I would snoop -- I never did, but I was a great guesser.

To combat that, she wrapped all gifts for me in similar colors and those for my Dad in different similar colors.  As I got older I did the same thing, which explains why I am not much of a tag maker.  So as a tribute to my Mom, all but one of these cards is following the tradition she set on gift wrapping.

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas.  I am taking the rest of the month off, see you again in the new year.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas Scene

Hello -

This is another set that I picked up in December of 2018.  It got very little play as well.  I originally purchased the stamp set, then later thanks to a GC win I picked up the dies. For small pieces like this I think the dies are a must, unless you have a scan and cut machine that can recognize shapes and cut them for you.

It was fun playing with this set from Simon Says Stamp.   This is my next to last card for the season.  It is going to visit Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019



I have a poinsettia card for you today.  It is very red.  Red blooms on a red card base. Is it too much?

My supplies included copic markers, EH Mondo Poinsettia and Die and Altenew's Dotted Swirls cover plate.

Hope you are all caught up with your holiday activities and are able to spend time with family and friends.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Crafty Gals Gift

Hello -

The crafty gals get together on Tuesday's at our hostess's (Sally) home. She had a nice space that fits 8 well complete with padded chairs and lamps.  There is always laughter and companionship. We don't all craft the same things, but we do keep our hands busy.  There is usually an exchange of a little something at the holidays.

Earlier this year my friend Peggy moved to Maine.  In her cleaning out stuff, she gifted me (for the purpose of me gifting to the crafty gals to make my December a bit less hectic) crocheted angel dish cloths.  I looked all over the web for a pattern, but couldn't find the same exact style.

So all I had to do was make some tags, add the little poem and attach it to the cloth with a ribbon. I used a Taylored Expressions stamp set for the tags, they were cut from 110lb paper with one of the stitched circle dies from MFT then colored with copics.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Hi There -

Last year I purchased the Joy card kit from MFT.  I didn't get many cards made because I was in a funk.  These cards are going to visit The Diva's that Cut Challenge.

I love that there were so many options for the "O" in Joy.

Grab our Badge

Thanks much for stopping in.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Happy Merry Joyful

Hello -

Are your Christmas cards finished? Are they mailed...is the end in sight?  Mine are out.

I had another little play with the Sweet Holiday Penguins set from MFT and an old Hero Arts set that was gifted to me quite a while ago.

This card will be visiting the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday

CAS on Friday
For your blog

Shopping our Stash
Grab Our Badge!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Just for fun...

Hello -

When SSS had their sale,  I grabbed those gnomes and ran figuratively speaking.  If ya got some good gnome puns for card sentiments, leave em in the comments, please. Any excuse to play with these dies!

Thanks for popping in.

Happy Holidays

Hello -

I've finally gotten my sewing project done.  I have no patience so sewing is probably not the best creative outlet for me.

Today I got back to my favorite...coloring.  I recently won a gift certificate from Power Poppy, and I love her images.  Being impatient (see opening sentence...) I opted for digital images that I could play with immediately.

These two rounded out the last Christmas cards I needed to make.  The candy canes are going to Just Add Ink. The inspiration image is below, and those stripes on the table runner reminded me of candy canes.

I love this bow, I colored it and then took an embossing pen around the edges and heat embossed with gold.

This image is so whimsical and festive to me. I really enjoyed coloring it.  See the stripes below and the greenery on the table, those inspired me to use this image for my challenge card.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Merry Christmas Trees


Last year my friend Betty had sent me a die piece that had a winter scene cut out.  I really liked it and found a similar die to add to my collection.  After cutting the piece, I backed it with glittery blue paper.  Very quick, very easy and it looks great.  This card is going to Time Out Challenge and Addicted to CAS.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Happy Christmas

Hello -

I'm deep into vampire hours which means, I don't sleep when I should. Hubs thinks my circadian rhythms are on a 25-26 hour cycle instead of the normal 24 so every month or so, I have a few weeks of sleeping during daytime hours. Tonight its been 1 am to 3:30, so far.  But I got a few cards made and made progress on my sewing project.  Breakfast next, and then maybe some sleep.

On to the cards:

These are very quick cards to make.  Die cutting makes quick work of a card.  I also love the look of heat embossing and for me that goes fairly quickly as well.

 This card goes to a friend who love snow.  If not for Christmas, she'll have a bit in her hand when she opens the card. Both dies are from SSS.

I made the green one first and thought it might look good in red too.  The die is from MFT as is the sentiment. The frames are drawn with and embossing pen and then heat embossed.  All three cards
took less than a half hour to make.

They'll be visiting the galleries at Perfectly Cas and AAA Cards.


Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019



Its been awhile since I colored a flower, so I pulled out Ellen Hutson's Mondo Amaryllis.  I googled images, and found several that were pinkish with a touch of yellow green centers.  I thought I would go with that for something different.

My card is visiting the galleries at Timeout Challenges, Just Us Girls and Inspired by Challenge.


Thanks so much for visiting.

Winter wishes

Hello -
I have sewing project that I am avoiding, and I'll be regretting it come this weekend when it might impact my football viewing.  None the less, this card had to be made. It's been in my head since I checked out a few challenges.

These Newton's Nook Penguins along with the wood frame cut from Hero Arts were a gift from Peggy. 

The challenges that inspired this card are: Case this Sketch for the design, Just add ink for the colors and Inky Paws Challenge for the images.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Wow where did the year go December Calendar

Hello -

Its a busy month and I made several posts ahead of time.  This is my last calendar page of the year. I got a cute used set of  wintery/holiday stamps made by Taylored Expressions.  I loved this little fox and trees scene.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Happy Christmas

Hello - I hope my fellow US residents had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  It was just hubs and I and a low key day with football and turkey.  Since its just the two of us I did not cook a whole bird. I had a turkey breast along with the trimmings for our meal and it was good, but the leftovers...those seem to taste better than the first meal.  We  have enough left for one more plate of scrumptiousness which I'll be serving Sunday to more football.

Today's card is for three challenges - Christmas Kickstart - Show us your Santas, Double D Challenge - Mood Board below, Watercooler Wednesday - All about occasions.

Weirdly enough I have very few Santa stamps...I could only find this one by Clearly Besotted...I might have one more somewhere.  I stamped him and colored with copic markers. Next I over-stamped him with versafine black onyx ink to give nice crisp lines (thank goodness for the Misti).  The coverplate is from Mama Elephant and I love it. So much you can do with winter and the holidays. The sentiment comes from MFT.


Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Holidays

Greetings - 
And Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends.  I didn't make Thanksgiving cards this year.  Just some generic fall and Halloween cards.  I am deep into my Christmas cards. I've determined I need 75 and I have about 18 more to finish.

Die- Mama Elephant, Snowman and sentiment MFT.

To help me with that this morning before I head downstairs to spend my day in the kitchen and living room watching football I was inspired by 3 challenges:

Just Us Girls - Photo Week (Its perfect for a recently acquired Mama Elephant die)
Cupcake Inspiration - Snowmen
Day of the Month Card Club - Look for Circles Day (the trees have small circle cutouts)

    Unser Logo zum Mitnehmen! / Our logo to take away!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Triple CAS

Hi there -

Where has this month gone????  I looked at the calendar and saw it was the 24th and realized I had yet to play along with the ladies at the CAS challenges...so I got myself to my craft space and had some play time.


I started with CAS Stencil - Monoprint, because it needed drying time.


 Next I played with CAS Mix up -  Oxidized Metal
This one was tough for me for some reason.
I have stamping, oxidized metal and embossing both dry and heat.


My final card is for CAS Watercolour - Monochromatic

I used reds from the distress inks and some gold embossing hopefully this 
counts as a neutral and doesn't disqualify the card.

It was an enjoyable evening of crafting and getting inky.  Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous week.