Sunday, March 26, 2023



Its a warm day outside and hubs and I will shortly be going for a drive to enjoy it.  But first I wanted to share a card for a sweet young lady.

Thank you Darnell for the stamp set...its perfect for a young gal who likes fairies.  I winked the wings though it doesn't show up in the photo. 

This sweet little fairy will be visiting Seize the Birthday with toppings of in the garden, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring or Easter. 

Enjoy your day!



Monday, March 20, 2023




No challenges...just a man card.

I used some old SU patterned papers in green and blue. I like the sketchy feel of it...and it kinda carries through on my stamping which is a bit sketchy too. Lol.  I think it works.

I broke my Vagabond a while back, and replaced it with the gemini jr.  I have been a bit gun shy about using it for embossing folders however.  I'd been using my old spellbinders grand calibur for embossing. On a whim, I tried using my old texture boutique (little hand bag looking thing from sizzix and stampin up years ago) It worked a dream even on those thick 3d embossing folders...did you know you do not need to put a plate on both sides of those to emboss/run them through your die cutter? I used just the bottom plate with the folder on top.  Who knew. 

So as long as I am using those that are not the 6x6 squares I've got a perfect solution. Just thought I'd share. 

Thanks for stopping in.

Saturday, March 11, 2023



I've spent a lot of time cleaning up floor piles in my crafty space. Seems I don't have enough room on my shelves ...  And I've been working on Easter cards.  So its been all work and no posting for a week.

I did manage to get out a floral bouquet stamp from The Greetery for a few cards. My favorite is the one on top.  Yes, the yellows and pinks which when blended look a bit orange make me happy.

Coordinating envelopes for them all. They were stamped. then heat embossed on bristol paper and colored with Arteza watercolor brush markers. Fortunately I also had the die so yay no fussy cutting. I found some backgrounds to mount the bouquets and I have a handful of cards.

I love a thinking of you sentiment because it can be personalized for any occasion on the inside.  These will be visiting Beautiful Blossoms and Inspired By challenges.


Thanks so much for visiting.

Saturday, March 4, 2023



Can you handle a few more shamrocks? My last one, I think. Its going to visit Festive Friday and my elements are Luck, Green and Punny Sentiment. 

This one might have been my favorite to put together. Using a punch was so much faster than dies.

Thanks much for visiting.

Friday, March 3, 2023



A few more shamrocks going to visit Double D Challenges, Colorful Options and Challenge up your life

I definitely got my money's worth from this stamp and punch set from Stampin Up---and I found use for some old DSP as well.


Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 2, 2023



Back at it in the craft room again.  

I have cards for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Slim Line and The Card Concept.

                                                 For Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge


                                                    For The Card Concept - Style Clean and Layered


I am loving the shamrock set so you'll probably see a few more cards before the week is out.

Thanks for stopping by.



Wednesday, March 1, 2023



Time for another calendar page. This one got an edit in 2023, I had only a shamrock embossing folder, and had cut out a rather pathetic shamrock to glue on. Fortunately, I got a new shamrock set from Stampin Up and then added new ones.  The calendar recipients have had three shamrocks mailed to them along with a photo, so they'll have a guide to update the page.


And, again the calendar file was graciously emailed with cutting instructions to me by Bonnie Klass.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, February 19, 2023



More from my crafty face time.

Freshly Made Sketches and We Love Stamping galleries will be visited by this card.

I used a bit of a coverplate page cut out from The Greetery, popped in some pearls in the larger openings and then added my winter duo. The snowman is not holding up his side enough so its a bit crooked (at least thats my story! Ha!)  Some copic coloring, and the remainder of that back drop piece will decorate the envelope flap.  (I did flip the sketch to portrait...sometimes landscapes are hard for me to envision elements on.)

Have a fabulous day.  

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Thanks much for stopping by.

Saturday, February 18, 2023


 Happy Saturday...

I had  a lovely crafting time with Peggy via face time today.  

I found my inspiration in two challenges. Simon Says -  Emboss it, and Fourseasons -February anything Winter. 


 I used Simons Refined Snowflakes EF, and die cuts from MFT -pierced fancy flourish, and IO Skates.  The skates had some surgery and rearranging to fit my vision, but they worked out nicely. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn heat embossed in white.


I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  No football tomorrow, so I'll probably be crafting again. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 13, 2023



Happy almost Valentine's Day.  I have a couple of cards to share today.  The stamp set from Stampin Up just grabbed me immediately with the adorable cats. There are three, and I have shown two of them here. The third may make a great anniversary card. We'll see.

The first is going to the galleries at Cupcake Inspirations and Inspired by Challenge.

I was inspired by the patterns on Cupcake Challenges, and chose a patterned paper to add color to my base card. The embossed white clouds were inspired by the white heart plates in the photo at Inspired by challenges.



My second card is visiting Tic Tac Toe.  I was inspired by the middle row Red, Free, Love sentiment.

 Thanks so very much for visiting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023



I am deep into a particularly nasty round of the vampire hours, I am only awake from 7pm until 8 am and sleeping or feeling dopey the rest of the clocks round.  

I did manage to spend a bit of time crafting.  This is the new spellbinders anemone die cut in gold foil paper and white. The white bits were colored with Taffy DOs, as well as the cardbase.  I wasn't looking for a smooth even blend, I wanted kind of a cloudy pink behind the blooms.

I am sending it to the gallery of Colorful Options (Pink), Festive Friday (Pink, Flower, and something shiny). 


Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Hey There-

Its time for the next calendar page...

Bonnie Klass provided the file, all I had to to was print and cut and decorate each month. Such fun.

This was from a recollections stamp set that was a gift, and the cat holding the heart just seemed perfect. I really kept it simple with 4 markers.  R20, R22, R24, N0

Thanks for stopping in.

Friday, January 27, 2023


 Hi There,

I cannot believe its been a couple of weeks since I posted. Where is the time spinning away to this year?

 I have a couple of fun fold cards to share:

 The sentiment panel acts as the "lock" on this card holding down both right and left panel openings.

After the first one I wanted to switch out the panels due to the wave stamp. But I wasn't thinking and couldn't anchor the flap without covering up the heron, so I went with  a belly band instead on the second card.

These are both man cards, as many of my nature cards are.  I'll be sending them along to the following galleries: Creative Creases #49, and Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 12, 2023


 Hi there,

Today a bit of something different...especially for me.  A card for one of my new nephews.  He loves Star Wars and I have nothing that would work.  Luckily Google provided a site with step by step direction on drawing the robot.  Its not perfect, but I am satisfied with it.

I created a galaxy background and kind of a bit of a planet to ground the robot.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is silver embossed.  

I am going to submit this to The Male Room - Galaxy and/or stars.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023



Peggy sent me some more die cuts, actually they were in the same envie as the fence silhouettes.  All were cut in white and color was added via copics and patterned papers from Stampin Up and a bit of silver glitter scraps.  The sentiments are from The Greetery along with the die for cutting fun shapes.

My card is visiting Cupcake inspirations, where the theme is winter fun.

I made a couple more as well.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, January 6, 2023


 Happy Friday!

My friend Peggy sent me some die cuts, and I loved them so much I made 8 cards out of them with some selective ink blending and a pair of snips.  I'm sending the cards to Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.

I enjoyed the ink blending until...I wondered if the colors should be dark at the top not the bottom. So I switched up the inking so the silhouette would show better.  After I inked 8 cards I found a sentiment and  stamped it on. I glued on the die cut and the cards were done but not without some oopsies.  

I smudged the inking into the white area at the top of three cards, so I glued a black panel down the side to cover.  My little square card was the result of a black ink pad escaping my grip to jump pad side down onto the lower part of the card and making a huge black diamond shaped ink blotch.  

Thankfully only a screech exited my bad words.  So now I am ahead of the game with 8 Halloween cards for this year.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 5, 2023



Another fun day in the crafty room...

Today's inspiration is from Color Hues - Light Pink and Gold.  

I took a die cut someone had sent me...I have no idea of the who or the item's mfg, but it seemed a perfect landing spot for my Greetery dragonfly after I inked it up with saltwater taffy DOX.  The sentiment comes from MFT. 


Thanks so very much for visiting.


Wednesday, January 4, 2023



Its a bit dreary outside, but it was a joyful time in my crafty space this afternoon.  

This gorgeous bloom is visiting Altenew's January Challenge along with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge for something new. This is a new stamp set in my stash.

The image (Gracious Peonies) was stamped and colored with:
YG 03, 05
RV21, 13, 14
A double layer of the die cut Hello (Flower Arrangement dies) is set upon the fussy cut image adhered to a pink card base. I added a bit of the image to the envelope flap as well. 
Inspiration Challenge 2023 01 SQ Opt 2 
Its been quite a while since I have felt mojo. I posted fewer than 70 cards last year.  
This week after taking several breaks in the last few months, I am again excited to make cards.  
Coloring this card, really brought back my love for florals -- which I haven't played with much the past two years.  I'm also trying to tie in the envelopes to the cards as I make them.  Some of you are really great at embellishing the insides and the all have inspired me to do a bit more. Thank you too for visiting.

Monday, January 2, 2023



It is so good to be back in my crafty room. I WANT to make cards, last year not so much.

I have three birthday's this month, and all are getting the same fun fold card.  They'll not be mailed for a week or two, but they are finished.  I will be sending each one to a different challenge gallery.

This is the link to the YouTube video I got the fold instructions from. 

I used various papers from Stampin Up 6x6 pads so the patterns would match color wise.  This fold is a great way to use up an 8.5 by 11 sheet of colored card stock.  

Here is the first one, all patterned papers, and some fussy cutting of images on the paper. This one goes to AAA Birthday Game -Anything Goes

I like this card, its a bit interactive and I don't have to write a lot.  I am not a verbose person and writing a note inside a card is often the most difficult part of the entire process.  This one has my note already written, the envie is addressed and stamped. 


The first went so easy, I made another one and it is going to a new to me challenge Creative Creases -Anything Goes with a Fun Fold.


I was having a ball with this fun fold and one last card...and my January Birthdays are done! This card will visit two challenge galleries - Fourseasons - January, and Challenge up your Life - Ice,Ice baby.

It was a productive day for me.  How are you feeling about crafting?  The break I took in December made me miss it so much, that I am again invigorated to play.

 Thanks so very much for stopping by and visiting. 

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