Tuesday, June 18, 2019



I love coloring simple line flowers with big petals. Its easier for me. Small fussy spaces are difficult for me to color.  Pretty Pink Posh has several simple line flowers that are perfect for me.  These geraniums were a lot of fun to play with.  Hubs liked this one which was a bit of a shock - simply because he doesn't care for black card bases.  It was probably those red flowers...lol.

These were copic colored (R5,R17,R38; G19, G29).  They are off to Peggy, who has moved to Maine. She's getting settled in, and soon we hope to try a facetime crafting session.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Happy Fathers Day


This year the Dad's get Hawaiian like shirt cards for Father's day.  A friend cut the patterns out and I simply put them together and added an inside sentiment. 

Of course my Dad's cats wanted to present him with a card too, so they asked me to put one together.

I am entering the cat card in three challenges :

Day of the Month Club Challenge -Hug your Cat , Watercooler Wednesday,   and   Addicted to CAS - Father.

Unser Logo zum Mitnehmen! / Our logo to take away!
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Birthday Mouse


I had to play with those cute mice from Newton's Nook again.  I'm still using that cream card stock.

This one is going to Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

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Rose Garden


While I had this stamp out, I made several cards.  The first two have already been posted.  They were watercolored.  This time I stamped them on cream cardstock and colored with copics.  I have to say I kinda like the warmth of the cream cardstock.

I had bought this in 100lb weight for card bases on watercolor cards.  Between the first time and the most recent time buying the cardstock ream, the cream color was not as light and it no longer matches my watercolor paper.  So now I am going to use it as I would use white card stock for a while.

It adds a warmth to the cards I think.  My cards were inspired by Double D Challenges, Rose Garden.

I'll be entering this last card over at Double D.  IT has a two toned colored rose, similar to the one in the lower left corner of the inspiration photo. (though I chose to invert the colors)

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

A variety

Hello -

While I am doing the laundry, I thought I'd take the time to play in some challenges.  Seems like its been more than a while since I sat down to play.  I still have several birthday cards to make to finish out my year.

I have my challenges in order by closing dates, so that is how I'll list them here.

Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown gave me inspiration for this card on cream cardstock.

I used embossing folders and dies on this card and just a bit of a sentiment. But I debate about that sentiment...yes no yes no well...finally decided to put it on.  I cut it all out of the same cream cardstock colored with copic markers in shades of teal and coral. My matt is navy.  A friend sent me the flower embossed panel...and forgive me I cannot remember who it was. Yikes! But thank you! I had tried the top cream panel as a flat panel but it just needed something, so I was thrilled to try out the corrugated embossing folder by SU. Its been here a bit but untried. I love the dimension it gives.

CAS Colors and Sketches has a color challenge, Watercooler Wednesday has a feminine anything goes challenge and Addicted to Stamps and More has a CAS challenge. 

Altenew Daisies were stamped in several shades of pink and aqua with several shades of yellow centers.  After die cutting they were mounted to a pale pink card base and a CTMH sentiment was added. A few bling bits and the card is finished.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Graduation


I have a card for Watercooler Challenge - Anything Goes, and CAS Mix UP - Ombre this afternoon.

I've  made several traditional graduation cards with the cap, but decided on something a bit softer and festive for this graduation card. 

I used markers to add ombre coloring to die cut streamers. The die cut cover-plate was adhered over a mint card base. The sentiment was added to a piece of colored card stock that matched the middle color of the ombre via white heat embossing.  I know its a stretch for a CAS piece, but maybe not too much.


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Hello -

I've been puttering around blog land, but lacked the will to clean up my craft room.  Instead hubs and I went to Colonial Beach VA. Its a cute little beach on the Potomac.  We had a relaxing afternoon in mild temps.

My friend Peggy, who recently moved to Maine, was in Maryland for some family events and we spent some time together; with a bit of shopping, lunch and time to catch up. 

I finally tackled the clean up and hope to get several cards made today...but first my June Calendar page.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Anniversary

Hello - one more card before I am off to make lunch.

Hubs and I will be celebrating 11 years later this week. 

Two challenges inspired this lil card.  Fusion Card Challenge and Watercooler Wednesday.

Stamps by Lawn Fawn, Sentiment by CTMH, Embossing Folder by Sizzix; coloring with copic markers and I added a few extra eyelashes to the girl hedgie. 


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Happy Summer

Hello and Happy Memorial Day to my USA visitors. 

I am rushing to get this in to a few challenges.

Freshly Made Sketches, Addicted to Stamps and More, and Casology.


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Sunday, May 26, 2019

May Card Chain Challenge

Hello -

This month my Card Chain Challenge card is going to Canada.  I try to pick an international recipient every now and then.  The postage is higher (1.15); but that is okay by me.  It does limit the die-cuts I can include though since they add weight and bulk which seems to have an exponential affect on the pricing.

This month I chose to use the colors and the sketch for my card.

The flowers are Pretty Pink Posh's Geraniums, the sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp Die. I colored the blooms with Copics (R5,R17,R38; G19, G29). I added a quick C1 gray stripe above my SSS Lemon Yellow ink blended area.  I cut the flowers and the color blocking below out and mounted them on foam to a black card base.  I ink blended a card strip and then clear embossed it before die cutting the sentiment from it.

Thanks so much for visiting; and if you'd like to play along - the June sign up is here until June 6, 2019.   My card has been received, so I am posting it earlier than the June 2nd CCC post.

Friday, May 24, 2019

CAS Stencil May 2019

Hello -

If you are the US, I hope you are getting an early start on your Memorial Day Weekend.  I had lunch with my crafty group yesterday and it feels like my long weekend started yesterday...even though I am retired I still look forward to long weekends.

I am late to the CAS Stencil party but I sat myself down with some distress inks, sponge blenders, a stencil, die, and my new Make Art Stay-tion.  I have to say I loved using it. It was perfect for holding down the stencil and the card stock. Neither piece moved when I started blending on it and through the stencil.

I started with a piece of cream cardstock and blended on cracked pistachio and salty ocean.  Next I laid the tiny leaves stencil down and added pine needles distress ink over the blended card. 

I cut the piece down and mounted it on a coordinating green card base.  Three layers of the fresh daisies die were cut from white Neenah prepared with double sided tape for easier layering; and lastly the SSS sentiment was white heat embossed on the green card.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hope your day

Hello Crafty friends -

It was raining buckets as I made this card but the sun is starting to come out now.   This card is for CAS MIX UP Card Challenge.  I love this challenge.  This time I am late to the game because  --  well --  I'll admit it the technique of using baby wipes kinda scared me, not to mention I have no baby wipes.

But I put my big girl pants on and set to checking out the videos provided for players to see the techniques in action.  I loved the technique that takes the cloudy off of oxide inks.

I used peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, faded jeans and salty ocean
my colors.  They were squished on my craft mat, spritzed with water and then I dragged and swished my photo paper through the wet colors.  I dried it with a ranger heat tool and then dipped it through the colors again.

One more drying and then I took my make-up wipe and wiped all over the page.  All the cloudy "oxide" came up off the sheet leaving a perfect wash of color.  It even looks like the sun is shining down through my "ocean".

To finish my card:
I die cut a window in the card base
adhered the wipe panel
stamped and heat embossed the fish
stamped and copic colored the shark
fussy cut the shark
adhered the shark to the wipe panel
added white gel pen to the eyes and teeth
added a white heat embossed sentiment

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Make A Wish


I am still on my mission to finish all my birthday cards for the year.  So far all cards I have are in envelopes with stamps and addresses. They are batched with my birthday calendar cut up into individual months which shows the date and the recipient.  The cards are getting mailed out timely.

I mail somewhere around 60 birthday cards, and I have 7 left to do as of this posting.  No surprise they are all man cards.  The family males are all getting critter cards this year. 

I followed the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge.

I added a stripe of  line plaid stamping in navy onto my navy card base. Its a subtle look perfect for a man card. I added the same stamping to a cream card panel.  Next I stamped the Company of Cats stamp onto a cream panel and colored up only 1 cat.   That panel was cut down with a square die cut on an angle.  The sentiment was stamped, die cut and adhered under the focal panel.

I think this is a nice masculine rendering of the sketch.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rose Sprig

Oh ya I am back...with yet another card from my marathon session!

This one goes to Inspired by (the colors got me)  and Addicted to Stamps and More (anything goes).

I stamped another rose image on Bristol, this time using copper embossing powder.  I used yellow, pink and green arteza markers for the color.  I started with the yellow at the base of the flowers, let it dry and later went back with the pink.  I find the Arteza markers don't react quite so much once dried and re-wetted as the zigs.  That made this color fade possible.


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Rose Birthday


I've grown very fond of a small sentiment stamp set from CTMH.  I love that I can squeeze in a small greeting while not having it overtake the card front image.

Two more challenges for this card.  Just Us Girls (pick three colors from a photo) and The Flower Challenge (heat or dry embossing).  This new MFT rose stem is lovely and fun to watercolor.

I chose red, yellow and green from the JUGS photo. The stamp was white heat embossed then colored using Arteza brush pen markers and a water brush for blending. The small sentiment fits nicely and these lovely blooms need no additional embellishments.


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Happy Birthday


I've had a marathon card making session- I was in need of 31 more birthday cards to finish out the year; now it's down to 20.

One of the cards made was inspired by two challenges - Always Fun Challenge (Embossing Folder) and The Flower Challenge (embossing heat or dry). 

I dry embossed a panel of white cardstock and cut it down. I layered this on a cardbase that matched the colors in the mums. I wanted the white panel as the flowers were cut with matching dies that left a white edge.  By placing them onto a portion with a white panel, those edges are not so glaring.  Mounting them on a white base would accomplish the same, but I wanted color.  Next the sentiment was heat embossed in white as well.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Purrthday

Hey there -

I just love this Newton's Nook Stamp.  The cat head shaped balloon makes me smile every time I see it.  The stamp is perfect for several challenges -

Inky Paws Challenge  - Colors Yellow, Teal, Green
Seize the Birthday - With Toppings - Balloons
AAA Birthday- Anything Goes
Work it Wednesday - SSS Pet Project

I stamped a grid stamp tone on tone on a yellow card base. Then I sponged ink in teal and yellow onto a card panel using Newton's Nook Bokeh stencils.  I felt they gave a feel of lots and lots of balloons.

I added smaller dots with a copic marker in green to fill in some white space.  Next, I stamped the sentiment and partially stamped the Newton Balloon image. After coloring, it was die cut with a circle and popped up against the bokeh inked panel and the card base. 

There is a lot going on here for me and not my usual style.  But I think it is definitely festive as a birthday card should be!


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