Tuesday, November 19, 2019



A bit of a different post today.  I worked on a sewing project for the crafty gals for Thanksgiving.  It is a little snap close bag.  I made a coordinating little tag to go inside with a greeting.  I am so thankful for these wonderful ladies.

I'm submitting this to Shopping our Stash -So Thankful.

I got the idea and instructions from this You Tube Video.  I made 10 in about 3.5 hours.

I had to adjust the measurements as I was using up 10X10 inch squares for a project I abandoned last year.  But after re-figuring the measurements to make it work with the squares I already had, it went fast.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Lovely Day


We had an early dinner tonight, so afterwards I was able to get back to my craft space.  One more card today.  It was inspired by Cupcake InspirationsThe Card Concept, and CAS Colours and Sketches.

I use a Penny Black Stamp with platinum embossing and I carefully copic colored it  despite the embossing. (Popular wisdom suggests not to color heat embossing with copics, as the solvents in the marker may dissolve the embossing material resulting in a damaged marker tip.)


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Merry Mistle Toad

Hey there - 

I have a card for several challenges today.  This card will be visiting the galleries in the following challenges: Inky Paws, Freshly Made Sketches, Watercooler Wednesdays, and Addicted to Stamps.

The design comes from Freshly Made Sketches, the color palette from Inky Paws, the sentiment for Watercooler Wednesdays, and the technique of copic coloring is for Addicted to Stamps.  This cute lil toad comes from Newton's Nook.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Snow One Like You

Hi there-

It's laundry day again...when I complain about it, hub's response is enough to make this old gal blush and giggle while she loads that machine. He makes me laugh every day, simply one of the many reasons I love him.

Okay on to the challenges. Three came together nicely, though one might take a minute to think through.  The challenges are CAS Colours and Sketches for the colors, Christmas Kickstart for the Snow, and Casology for appreciation.

I used Stampin Up stampin blends in Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Highland Heather.  My neutral was a bit of gray copic for shadows in the snow. I used distress ink in milled lavender for the ink blended background.  A white gel pen provided the snow flakes.  The sentiment is part of the MFT set Frosty Friends along with the snowman.


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge 22 Holiday Greenery


The last Twofer Challenge for this year starts today, and Darnell has a twist for you all, and I bet you'll like it. 

For this month only - She is suspending the requirement for two separate occasions. 

That means if you'd like to you can make two cards for the same occasion.

Do you need to add to your Christmas card stash? This is a perfect opportunity to do that!  Of course if you love the challenge of two separate occasions you can still participate as we do all year long. It's your choice.

First I pick out my common element. 
This is Wispy Pine Corner from Poppy Stamps.

Next a sketch of ideas---so I can see and
 make sure that the designs are different.  

Here are my cards together:

Can you see how the sketches transformed into the cards above? 

And separately:
I went a bit unconventionally using that sprig on my first card. 
Some trimming and lots of bling turned three corners into a Christmas Tree.

Its hard to see, but the white pieces have 
been daubed with a frost shimmer stick.

Thanks so much for visiting, and I'd love to see you in the Twofer Gallery this month.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hope your fall is extra mice

Hello -

I was clearing my desk off and decided to stamp on a couple of scrap circles.  I also still had my pencils out so those were my coloring medium for these two cards, for two different challenges.

My first mouse is going to the Neutral Fall colors at Double D Challenges.  They have a great mood board and I loved all the gray.

The second mouse is visiting the Inspired By challenge, the color mix of the gray and orange-y shades inspired this card.

The mice are from Newton's Nook Autumn Mice.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thank You

Hello -

I managed to get one more card made before I head off to the kitchen for dinner.

I took out another of those cute Newton's Nook Autumn Mice, and colored per the colors at Color Throwdown - Brown, Orange Moss, Green and Cream. The design is courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches and the sentiment is for Just Us Girls.


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Christmas Wishes

Hello -

I've been busy making cards and doing a bit of sewing.  Most of the cards are for future design team posts so they'll be posted later on.

Tonight I have a card for Less is More CAS on Friday and Addicted to Stamps and More.

I pulled out PTI's Botanical Blocks IV, and decided to color the poinsettia with pencils on darker cardstock.  I stamped it with versa-mark, colored it in and over-stamped it again with versa-mark for heat embossing.  Funny thing...colored pencils have wax in them so this was not a good idea. The color melted into the card stock when I heat embossed the image.  So I just recolored it.  Lesson learned.

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Friday, November 1, 2019


For this month's  calendar page, I used the Gina K designs stamp set again.  I loved this wheat used as a silhouette against a blazing orange and red sky.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

With Sympathy


Yesterday I filled the hole I had in my get well cards slot of my card stash.  I found I also had also just mailed my last sympathy card.  I prefer to have them on hand, instead of making them up as needed.

Watercolor Wednesday Challenge this week is all about occasions, including sympathy.

I prefer my sympathy cards to include a monochrome palette and a botanical image with a simple sentiment.

Here are my offerings today:

Penny Black Bejeweled
 Hero Arts With Sympathy
Hero Arts Delicate Vines
Hero Arts Remember

Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Clusters
Hero Arts Remember

Hopefully these will sit in my card box for a long time.  Thanks so much for visiting.

Playing with leftovers

Hello -

I rearranged the table space I work on to make cards and found three images I had colored and fussy cut last year for get well/feel better cards.  I just sent off my last get well from my stash, so I sat down with my leftovers and made 3 cards.

Fortunately for me, one was colored orange and gray which fit perfectly to The Color Throwdown challenge.  I just needed to add some cream. 

I found a scrap of patterned paper with cream dots on a gray background along with a stack of circles I had cut out for another project. 

I used a cream colored cardbase, and a cream diecut circle to put together my panel for my cream colored card base.  I added a sentiment and stamped a couple of pill bottles onto the circle and colored those.  Then I added the cat image to the circle finishing off the card.

I still had two more kitties and more left overs so I made two more cards, but they are not for the challenge.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Happy Halloween

Hello -

This is my second time writing this post.  I inadvertently wrote it originally on a blog team post.  Arrgh.  I deleted it hopefully quickly enough and am now starting over.

Its another laundry Monday and that gives me time to sit and create between loads and moving clothes from the washer to the dryer.  One of these days those combination washer/dryers will add a folding combination and will be the perfect household appliance.  I've seen videos of the folding machines and they look pretty cool.

Another thing that is pretty cool is when I look at a challenge and the card idea just pops and it takes but a few minutes to create.  That is how my first card went today.

I had some patterned papers on my desk reminiscent of the images in the photo at Inspired by,  I loved the sketch and black pumpkin at Fusion,and The Male Room calls for a masculine Halloween Card.  The papers and sentiment come from Stampin Up, the dies are from Simon Says Stamp. I had a bit of orange fun foam on my desk too which added some depth and texture.


Edited to Add: I knew there was one more challenge with plaid, thank you Barb for pointing it out. Adding to that challegne too.  Addicted to CAS.

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Friday, October 18, 2019


Hello -

I finally got around to making some Halloween cards.  I don't like scary gruesome but rather cute.

So I have three similar cards for 4 challenges.  These cards will be going to If you give a Crafter a Cookie, Color Throwdown, Freshly Made sketches, and Addicted to Stamps and More.

All images are from MFT, webs are from Ellen Hutson, Boo is from Simon Says Stamp.

 For Freshly Made Sketches.

For Give a Crafter a Cookie and Addicted to Stamps and more

For Color Throwdown

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