Sunday, November 29, 2020



Somehow my culled down Christmas card list exploded. I think there are some mischievous elves loose in my crafty space and they keep adding addressed but unfilled envelopes to my stack!

This card was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, the add "S" (I chose silver) at Just Add Ink and it is a holiday card so it goes to Watercooler Wednesday whose theme this week is Occasions. 

I bought this cool textured silver wrapping paper and used some for the sliver bits on my card. I changed the direction of the cuts so some had vertical texture and some had horizontal texture. The Joy die is from MFT. 


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Warmest Wishes

 Hi There -

Before I buckle down to kitchen duty, I stopped to make a card for two challenges. The colors were inspired by the board at Double D Challenges, and the design by the sketch at Case this Sketch.

A quick post! We all have a lot to do.


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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Happy and Merry


A few more Christmas cards for a few challenges today.  This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches and Inspired By Challenge.  When you see the challenge icons below I am sure you can see how this card came about.

I love some simple stamping and easy fussy cutting. It was a quick and fun card to make.

While those silly cute gnomes were still on my desk, one more go with some more traditional Christmas colors. 

This one is going to  Less is More-One Layer Card, Festive.


Thanks for taking the time to visit during this busy time.

Thursday, November 19, 2020


 Hey there -

My second post for the day.  The Christmas card making is ramping up.  I have only 5 left to make to fit my initial listing of those to be mailed long distances.  Closer distance cards will come later.

There are four challenges that inspired these two cards, and each one will be visiting three of the challenges.  The challenges are Time Out - Quick, Watercooler Wednesday Masculine, Christmas Kickstart and Lets Squash it!.

This card is going to Time out Quick, it took just a bit of time to emboss, use a silver pen to add highlights to the embossed image, add a scrap of silver wrapping paper on the left side and add the embossed sentiment. About 12 minutes in total.  I have precut bases and panels and that really cuts down the time to make a card.  This one will also visit Christmas Kick Start - The EF is called Ornaments on Side, and Let's Squash it.

This card is going to Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine, Christmas Kickstart and Lets Squash it. The embossing folder is Darices Holly Leaves.  I ran a green inkpad over it, then added stickles to the berries and stamped and colored a small holly image to adorn my computer generated sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have an enjoyable day!


Guest Designing at Tic Tac Toe


I was thrilled when I received Felicita's email about guest designing with the fabulous designers over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I smiled even more when I saw the challenge board.  Thanks so much for having me join in.

For my card I chose the left row Bow, Embossing and Metallic.

I've been itching to play with my new bow stamp set from Stampin Up and this was the perfect inspiration to get the set out.

The card base edges were heat embossed with gold EP matching that of the bow and the sentiment.  I also dry embossed the main panel in a diagonal stripe to give additional texture.

Hope to see your cards in the gallery this week!  
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Merry Christmas Gnomes


I'm deep into making my Christmas cards now.  I want them mailed out by the end of the month. So I need to be on the stick.

This card is not traditional colors and I am entering it to two challenges - Color Throwdown and CAS Christmas

I had to add a few neutral brown and grays, to the colors at Color Throwdown in order to color the scene. I love these colors together and this image could easily be for a winter birthday, too.


Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you are getting your holiday cards completed as well!


Monday, November 16, 2020

Merry And Bright


One more card for today.  I couldn't get the pink poinsettia out of my head, so I revisited pink for the challenge at CAS Christmas -Non-Traditional Colors.  

I love this little tree from an older Simon Says Stamp set. It also features the cutest lil reindeer.  This was colored with copics, and a bit of sparkle was added to the lights and star with a spectrum glitter brush marker. 

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 Hi there,

As always it seems when my stash of sympathy cards is low, I need one.  Hubs' aunt passed over the weekend and I sat down to make several iterations of the same card.  I need to mail out several, each had a personal note along with the interior sentiment.

I prefer nature and monochromatic cards for Sympathy cards.  I find them more soothing somehow.

This card is going to Watercooler Wednesdays, since it is still Occasions' week barely!

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

More Peace

 Hello -

I still had that Center Cut Holiday Floral stamp out on my desk and I decided to play again with it with some non-traditional colors.  This was definitely a stamp worth the purchase.  

The two cards will each visit  2 of these four challenges: Stamping Sensations -Christmas Flowers or Wreath,  Watercooler Wednesday - Occasions, The Flower Challenge - Add sentiment, and Little Red Wagon Non-Traditional Colors.

I started with some silver embossing and then used Karin markers and a waterbrush to color in the image. They were mounted on coordinating bases and I added a little bling.

This one is going to visit Stamping Sensations and The Flower Challenge.

This one is visiting Little Red Wagon and The Flower Challenge

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020



Today I had a wonderful tele crafting session with Peggy. She was a lot more efficient than I was.  But I do love the card I created.  It was inspired by Less is More (Red & Gold) and CASMix UP Card Challenge (Watercolor and off the edge.)

I started with Simon Says Stamps Center Cut Holiday Floral stamped and embossed in gold on cold press watercolor paper.  I used a red Karin marker and some red gold Gansai Tambi watercolor to selectively color in bits of the stamp which was stamped off the edge of the paper.  Once done, I fussy cut the bottom edge and mounted it to a red card base. I love the drama of the dark red and the lighter watercolored panel.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge 33


Its the 10th of the month so another Twofer Card Challenge is going live today.  This is our last challenge for the year, so we hope to see lots of you playing along.  Darnell has a couple of surprises for you including prizes this month.  Be sure to head over to the blog to find out.

Our prompt is:

If you've been a frequent visitor to my blog, you know I often start with choosing my stamp, die or stencil.   This month I am going with an old favorite holiday stamp set Star of  Light from Stamping Up.  My common element is the smallest star on the wreath.

In order to play by the challenge rules:

I sketch out two card ideas before putting the time and effort in to create my cards only to end up with two looking very much the same.  Here is my sketch for this month:

Below are my Twofers, both together and individually.

Thanks so very much for visiting....and I hope to see your Twofers in the Gallery.  

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Give Thanks and Pumpkin Spice

 Hello-  How are you all doing?  I'm exhausted mentally...covid fatigue...election fatigue... but today is a lovely 70 degree day and hubs and I will be going to our favorite little beach for a few hours to recharge. And tomorrow I'll make a return to the craft room to get those Christmas cards finished.  

I make just a few more than a handful of Thanksgiving cards and send them to family.  First up my entry to Tic Tac Toe Challenge using the left to right diagonal option. ( I actually have two with the same design and will be entering the second one to the challenge).

Next I have a clean and simple card for the Card Concept; the colors and the lovely pumpkins inspired me.

 Have a wonderful day and thanks much for stopping by.


Monday, November 2, 2020

Thanks for being marvelous

 Happy November -

We are all getting busy so posts will be short.  Stamp set -  SU Walk in the Woods. I love those mushrooms. This will visit Challenge up your Life (Colors) and Watercooler Wednesday (Thanks).

Thanks for visiting. Stay safe.