Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bird Card Remake

Hello and happy Tuesday! I started my part-time job yesterday and we were busy all day getting ready for Black Friday. It's been awhile since I've stood on feet for over six hours straight but it wasn't too bad. Just wish me luck with the opening shift on Black Friday!!!

One of my favorite things to do is remake cards using the same layout and details but changing the papers and colors. So, I picked one of my favorite cards (click here for original) and decided to make it in Autumn/Fall colors. Papers selected for this Bird Card Remake include: Plaid by Lawn Fawn, Red Floral by Pebbles and Woodgrain by Stampin' Up!. The Hello sentiment is by TPC Studio and three brown sequins finished it off. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Bird Card Remake is entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bountiful Owl Cards


This year I didn't make as many Thanksgiving cards as usual. It seems crafty mojo and time were both issues. Last night I realized just how few cards I had, so I quickly made these two Bountiful Owl Cards to get in the mail this morning. The image is one I recently bought from Unity Stamps called Bountiful Owl and it was colored with Copic markers. The stamp set comes with thirteen different sentiments to choose from. With time being a factor I went with simple layouts and paper scraps from the Woodland Forest paper pad by Pebbles. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This Bountiful Owl Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ornamental Newton Card

Hello crafty friends! This month I've been busy looking for a part-time job to help out with the end of year expenses. Thankfully I found a temporary job and I start next week. I'm excited to get out of the house and mingle with people during the holiday season. Spending too much time alone has gotten pretty boring over the last couple of months. Now that I can cross finding a job off my list hopefully I can get back to crafting.

To make this Ornamental Newton Card I used the challenge colors from Inky Paws to use Red, Green, Tan and Black. This is the first time I inked up the Ornamental Newton stamp by Newton's Nook. I bought it last year but never used it, that happens more than I should admit. Anyway it's really cute and easy to color. I used Copic markers to color the image and then used a cross stitched oval die by My Favorite Things. The plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn and I used some retired scrap black and white patterned paper by Stampin' Up!. Instead of stamping a sentiment I decided to use the Merry Christmas paper by The Paper Studio. A little twine bow and three white sequins finished off this card and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Ornamental Newton Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Golden Anniversary Card

In the times we live in making a marriage last fifty years is an amazing milestone. My Uncle and Aunt are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary this weekend, so I made them this Golden Anniversary Card.

To make this card I used the following supplies: Pearl card base by Recollections, gold foil paper by The Paper Studio, Label dies by Spellbinders, Number of Years stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Large Numbers framelits by Stampin' Up!, Versamark stamp pad, gold embossing powder by Recollections, heat gun, retired Petite Petals stamps set and coordinating punch by Stampin' Up! and patterned pumpkins thinlits.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

This Golden Anniversary Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, November 3, 2017

CAS Thanksgiving Card

Hello and Happy Friday! It's hard to believe that November has already arrived and Thanksgiving will be here in three weeks. Time really does seem to go faster as each year passes by. Speaking of time, it's time to start a new challenge at Simply Create Too and this month the them is Clean and Simple. This type of card is always a challenge for me... it's the simple part that I have an issue with. For this CAS Thanksgiving Card I left lots of white space but the focal area has several die cuts and three sequins for sparkle. In my world this is a CAS card. What does CAS look like in your world? We would love for you to join us this month! Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Challenge closes on November 24th, 2017.

Card supplies include:
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango Cardstock along with wood dsp from the Wood Textures paper stack all by Stampin' Up!.
  • Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! and Thanksgiving sentiment by Inkadinkado.
  • Inks: Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz by Stampin' Up!
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits by Stampin' Up! and sequins.
Challenges entered:
  1. CCEE Stampers: Thanksgiving or Thank You
  2. Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Gals Corner: Harvest Colours
  4. Pause Dream Enjoy: Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cat Halloween Card

Happy Halloween! I'm sharing the last card I made for Halloween 2017. It features an image by Bugaboo digi stamps that I colored over two years ago and it was just sitting on my desk. It was already matted just begging to be used on a card. So... I used some patterned paper by Pebbles and made this Cat Halloween Card for my cousin in Texas. The spiderweb edge punch is by Fiskars, some twine by Stampin' Up! and the outside sentiment is from Newton's Nook. I decided to decorate the inside of the card with a die cut spiderweb with spider and sentiment both by Impression Obsession and and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Cat Halloween Card is entered into the following challenges: Use Your Stuff (Halloween), Always Fun Challenges (Halloween), Shopping Our Stash (Halloween), Cards and More (Halloween) and {PIN}spirational (photo inspiration).


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cake and Cat Birthday Card

Hello!!! I couldn't let National Cat Day go by without posting a card with a cat. My stash is very low on birthday cards so I made the Cake and Cat Birthday Card using the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge. The main image and sentiment are from the Newton Loves Cake stamp set and the word bubble is from the Newton's Day Dream set. Copic markers were used to color the image. I decided to color Newton like a flame point siamese... if we ever adopt another kitty I would love to have a flame point. When I was digging for patterned paper I found the Party Time paper pad by Echo Park and decided it would make a nice gender neutral card. I'm hoping this card would work for a man or woman... what do you think? Cardstock colors are Emerald Envy and Pumpkin Pie both by Stampin' Up! and the final touch were three sequins. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Cake and Cat Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Skinny Halloween Card

This week I was looking through all my scraps of cardstock and decided to make a Skinny Halloween Card. If you're like me and have a couple of bins full of scraps... then this size of card may help you use some of those scraps. The finished size is 3.5" x 6" and it fits perfectly into a standard # 6 3/4 envelope. The bat and sentiment are from the retired Cheer All Year stamp set by Stampin' Up!. After stamping and fussy cutting the bats I decided to add black Wink of Stella to make them sparkle. There is nothing fancy about this card, which is one of the reasons I like it. The striped patterned paper is from the Trick or Treat paper pad by Pebbles and that's it! A simple and easy Halloween card.



Challenges entered include:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Need a Pug Card

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have a fun Fall Pug Card to share with you today. It features the cute Pug Hugs stamp set and Falling Leaves stencil by Newton's Nook. The card was inspired by the following challenges:

There are a few trees turning colors in our area but we probably have another week before the majority of the trees start to change. I love the colors of Fall and had a lot of fun using the stencil with distress inks. The ink colors used include: Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo. The pug and small leaves from the Autumn Newton stamp set were colored with Copic markers and then die cut with the coordinating die sets. A strip of brown patterned paper and some green grass were added to break up the leaves. I decided to add circles behind the pug for a place for the sentiment. It could be an Autumn Sun setting on the horizon. Three brown sequins were added for sparkle and that's it. Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Handmade Baby Gifts


If you need a baby gift check out my Etsy shop. Feel free to share the link with your friends and family! There are a select few items on sale and I love doing custom orders. I also make flannel baby doll blankets, you can pick your own size and the blankets are made to order. They make great Christmas or birthday gifts. Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Halloween Cat Card

Another card for World Card Making Day! This Halloween Cat Card was pretty easy to make. I started with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock by Stampin' Up! and sponged on Basic Gray ink with a sponge dauber and a sky border die cut by Newton's Nook. Then I went back and sponged black distress ink to add more depth. The next step was using a sponge brayer and Smoky Slate ink over the clouds to add more shading. Crushed Curry cardstock was used for the stitched circle die cut moon and it was sponged with Crushed Curry ink. The cat is a new punch by Stampin' Up! and the grass is a Fiskars punch. Crushed Curry twine was added for detail along with a strip of Smoky Slate that was stamped Happy Halloween with a fish tail end. That's it! Thanks for stopping by!!!

This Halloween Cat Card is entered into the following challenges:

Newton Thankful Card

Hello and happy World Card Making Day! This morning I had some fun playing with patterned paper and Newton. To get my card started I found a sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Instead of making the card square, because I rarely mail my square cards, I went with an A2 size. The image and sentiment are from the stamp set called Autumn Newton by Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with the coordinating dies. I used one of my favorite paper pads by Doodlebug Designs called Flea Market. The polka dot oval was die cut using a cross stitched oval die by My Favorite Things. Fiskars deckle scissors were used to cut the yellow oval mat. An oval punch was used for the sentiment and it was matted to a green apple scalloped oval. The final touch was the three yellow glitter enamel dots by Stampin' Up! and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to get crafty today!

This Newton Thankful Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Newton Meow-oween Card

My crafty mojo has been on the fritz lately! I've had a really hard time getting motivated to make anything... cards or sewing. With Halloween getting closer I need to make a few more cards for my family and friends, so this afternoon I sat down and got inky. The current Inky Paws Challenge #56 at Newton's Nook is a color challenge to use: Purple, Orange, Black and White. My mind was on a spooky sky using these colors. Using a piece of watercolor paper, Aqua Painters along with Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango inks by Stampin' Up! the background panel was started. Once dry I decided to get more inky. First I punched a circle and die cut a strip of clouds using the Sky Borders Die Set by Newton's Nook then sponged on Wilted Violet distress ink. To brighten the cloud area I sponged on white kraft ink by Stampin' Up! this did brighten the area but it also made the clouds have a pink hue... which I like. Some black grass was punched using a Fiskars grass punch and the sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder. The sentiment and images are from the Newton's Perfect Pumpkin stamp set by Newton's Nook. Memento black ink was used to stamp the images and they were colored with Copic markers. Then I did some fussy-cutting. To finish the sky three black bats were stamp around the moon and that's it.

This Newton Meow-oween Card is entered into the following challenges:

The sky on my card was inspired by this photo I took back in January 2015. When I left work one evening this was the view over Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

World Card Making Day Specials


Hello crafty friends! This coming Saturday is World Card Making Day and to celebrate Stampin' Up! is offering a selection of goodies at 15% off.  Don't delay this deal is only good until October 10th, 2017.  Click HERE to start shopping!


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Floral Happy Birthday Card

Hello and happy Monday! It was a busy weekend at my house but I did manage to make this Floral Happy Birthday Card. My birthday stash is really low and my family has several birthdays in the coming months, so it was a good time to make a birthday card.

This card was inspired by the following challenges:
All supplies are by Stampin' Up! and include:
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Whisper White cardstock along with Wood Textures designer series paper stack.
  • Stamps: Oh So Eclectic (florals) and retired Tin of Cards (sentiment).
  • Inks: Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.
  • Other Stuff: Eclectic Layers Thinlit dies, dimensionals and retired old olive sequins.

That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Designer Paper Buy 3 - Get 1 Free


Now through October 31st, 2017 Stampin' Up! is having a Designer Series Paper Promotion. When you Buy 3 - Get 1 FREE*! Click HERE to view eligible dsp selections.  Plus if you order Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) now through October 4th you'll get 2 FREE refills... that's an awesome deal!!! Don't delay... shop today!

Fast Fuse Adhesive Super-strength adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly. Perfect for heavier layers or small 3D items. Refill offers 21.9 yards for a great value! Acid free. 13.1 yards (129026) $10.00 - 2 FREE REFILLS WITH PURCHASE. *Update- this offer has expired.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Otter Anniversary Card

It's been a few days since my last post but it's been pretty busy around my house. This week my hubby and I are celebrating our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary. It has really gone by fast!!! I wanted to make a special card to celebrate and I bought the Christmas Like No Otter stamp set for Simon Says Stamp by Lawn Fawn for the occasion. We love to visit the otters when go to the local Tulsa Zoo. They are fun and charismatic creatures!

To make this card I started with a piece of watercolor paper and oxide inks in Broken China and Salty Ocean for the water and Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the sand. After inking the paper it was spritzed with water and a heat gun used to speed the drying process. Then the panel was die cut using a scalloped frame by Taylored Expressions. The outside frame was then darkened with more Salty Ocean distress ink. I went back and stamped the waves and little circles in the water. Then the otters and images were stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. They were then die cut with the coordinating dies. The sand was die cut with a small wavy scallop stitches die by Simon Says Stamp. Everything was adhered flat to a piece of natural cardstock and that's it! Thanks for stopping by!

This Otter Anniversary Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Penguin Hello Autumn Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share this Penguin Hello Autumn Card I made for a few challenges. A couple of weeks ago I saw this Penguin image used and it's so cute I had to buy it. The image is called Penguin Apple Bushel and you can find it at Whimsy Stamps. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut using a cross stitched oval by My Favorite Things. Most of the papers are from the Woodland Forest paper pad by Pebbles (2016) with the exception of the gingham which was in my scrap bin. The Hello Autumn sentiment is from the retired Cheer All Year stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Memento black ink was used. Three green candy dots were added for detail and that's it!

This Penguin Hello Autumn Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Owl Coffee Card

This afternoon I really debated between taking a nap or drinking more coffee to make a card. The coffee and card making won! I couldn't resist using the cute Happy Fall digital image by Craftin Desert Divas. It's been featured on several cards in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I think it's just adorable!

To color the image I used Copic markers and then used a stitched square die cut by Lil' Inkers. All patterned papers are from the Flea Market paper pad by Doodlebug Design. Cardstock colors include Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie by Stampin' Up!. The sentiment is from the Stamplorations Coffee Happy stamp set by Shery Russ Designs and was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Three green sequins were added for some sparkle and that's it. This Happy Owl Coffee Card is also entered into the following challenges: Allsorts (Feels Like Autumn) and 2 Crafty Crazies (Feature a Creature). Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Card

Hello and happy Friday! Today is the start of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and this Pumpkin Spice Card is my first entry. The coffee cup stamp and sentiment are from the Unity Pumpkin Spice stamp set. Copic markers were used to color the image. The orange patterned paper is from the Knock On Wood paper pad by Lawn Fawn and the gingham is from the Perfect Autumn paper pad by Echo Park. Early Espresso cardstock by Stampin' Up! was used for the frame and mat along with some retired Early Espresso twine for detail. Three small sequins were the last added detail and that's it. I'm also entering this card in the Naughty or Nice Challenge #43-Framed! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall Thanks Card

There are numerous reasons to send thank you cards and with Fall quickly arriving I wanted to make a Fall Thanks Card. All supplies used on this card are by Stampin' Up!. The supplies used are a mix of current and retired. Retired supplies include: pumpkin stamp from the retired Fall Fest stamp set, thanks sentiment from Watercolor Wishes, Hello Honey ink pad, candy dots and sequins. Current supplies include: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso cardstock, Painted Autumn dsp, Falling Flowers stamp set, May Flowers framelits, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink pads and Early Espresso marker. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.


This card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Newton Halloween Card


Happy Tuesday! I mail around a dozen cards for Halloween to family and friends. Since it will be here next month I decided to get a start on my cards. To create this Newton Halloween Card I used the sketch from Newton's Inky Paws Challenge. When I first saw the sketch I thought it would make a cool moon card. The flying broom and kitty image from the Newton's Boo-tiful Night stamp set was the best choice to use in front of the moon.

To start I made the moon using watercolor paper and distress oxide inks in Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber. A small amount of Frayed Burlap was added to the edges of the moon, then it was spritzed with water and a heat gun used to speed the drying process. Then I made the sky background with distress oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot on mixed media paper. The same process was used, spritz with water and heat set. Once this panel was dried I heat embossed several stars with Wow! Glow-in-the-Dark embossing powder and the sentiment with white embossing powder. The white strip of paper was stamped with the little bat. Newton was colored with Copic markers and then fussy-cut. Next everything was assembled and adhered flat for easy mailing. I decided it needed a little more sparkle, so I added three star sequins and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Newton Halloween Card is entered into the following challenges:

Sketch:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Autumn Fun Card

Happy Saturday! Hopefully you are having a great day! It's been pretty calm around my house, so I made this Autumn Fun Card using the new Autumn Newton stamp set. This stamp set will see a lot of action for my Fall card creations. I really love the Newton's Nook line of stamps!

To make this Autumn Fun Card I started with the inky panel. A piece of mixed media paper was cut to the desired size and inked with Distress Oxide Inks in: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick. Then it was spritzed with water using a distress sprayer. A heat gun was used to help speed the drying process along. Next the Autumn Newton images were stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. The coordinating dies were used to cut out the images. A brown frame was die cut and adhered to the inky panel. Then to cover some liquid glue issues I added some brown metallic paint to the frame. Both patterned papers are from the Pumpkin Spice paper pad by Simple Stories (2015) and were matted to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock by Stampin' Up!. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it!

Challenges entered:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Autumn Newton Thankful Card

Hello and happy Wednesday! Last month Newton's Nook released a new stamp set called Autumn Newton and I decided it was purrfect for my Thanksgiving cards for family this year. The Newton's Nook design team did an amazing job with their inspirational designs, click HERE. I was inspired by all the inky backgrounds and really loved Maria Russell's design that you can check out HERE. Then Jennifer Jackson created two awesome cards for the Simon Says Stamp Blog that you can check out HERE.

With all this wonderful inspiration I was excited to make my own inky background with distress oxide inks. Colors include: Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo. The colors were sponged onto mixed media paper, blended well and then sprayed with water. The heat gun was used to dry the water and set the ink. I let the panel dry overnight before cutting it to the right size. A Birch Tree die cut by Taylored Expressions was added and trimmed and then the panel was matted to Rich Razzleberry cardstock by Stampin' Up!. Next, the Newton image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Everything was adhered flat to the card for easy mailing. A few sequins were added for sparkle and that's it!

This Autumn Newton Thankful Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Painted Harvest Card

A nice cool front came in overnight and it feels a little like Fall this morning. I don't know about you but I'm very ready for Fall/Autumn to arrive and it's only 17 days away. Hooray!

This Painted Harvest Card is my first attempt using the new Painted Harvest stamp set by Stampin' Up! It's new in the 2017 Holiday catalog. This time of year I love seeing sunflowers on the side of the road here in Oklahoma. I've always wanted to plant some in my backyard but never have. Anyway... I love the effect of the layered stamps in this set.

Challenges entered:

Stampin' Up! supplies used include:
  • Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Crushed Curry cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock and Painted Autumn dsp.
  • Stamps: Painted Harvest 
  • Inks: Crushed Curry, retired Hello Honey, Early Espresso and Garden Green
  • Other Stuff: Crushed Curry Twine

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Plant Smiles Card

This summer I had the privilege and joy of watching a baby cottontail rabbit grow up right outside my back window. Although I worried about it everyday because we have several Red-tailed Hawks in our area, I'm happy to say it is still hanging out in our backyard. It brought many smiles to my face and it was the inspiration for this Plant Smiles Card.

The image is from the retiring Garden Whimsy stamp set by Newton's Nook. It's currently on sale and once it's gone... it's gone. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was cut 3.25" square and matted to a piece of Audry Blue cardstock by Simon Says Stamp. The polka dot and red patterned paper is by American Crafts (2012) and the blue stripe is by Echo Park. Everything was adhered flat for easy mailing and the final touch was the die cut sun by Lil' Inkers. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered:

My backyard cottontail rabbit I named Bun Bun sleeping in the sun. It lived in the Sage Bush behind where it's laying. July 2017

Bun Bun peeking in my window after it checked out the freshly planted petunias I planted knowing this cottontail would eat them. June 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Etsy Shop Sale


Hello crafty friends! This weekend Etsy is having their first-ever site wide sale. Most items in my Etsy shop are 10% off now through Sept. 5th. All items are handmade by me and custom orders are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Items in my shop include:
  • Baby Burp Cloths
  • Baby Blankets
  • Doll Blankets
  • Handmade Cards

Friday, September 1, 2017

For You Faux Patina Card

Hello and happy September 1st! I'm always happy when September arrives because that means Fall isn't too far behind. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Simply Create Too and this month the theme is Ribbon and Buttons. The challenge runs through September 29th! You can find all the challenge details and design team inspiration HERE. I hope you will play along!

For my card I decided to use the Faux Patina technique with a button embossing folder by Darice. If this technique is new to you click HERE for a video tutorial. The ink colors used include: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo all by Stampin' Up! and Tumbled Glass distress ink by Ranger. The embossing powder is by Recollections and the color is Champagne. It's more subtle than gold but I like the way it looks with the colors. The finished faux patina panel was matted to a piece of Island Indigo cardstock and then some retired Pool Party ribbon was wrapped around flat. A stitched die cut square was matted to Island Indigo and then a For You die cut from Bermuda Bay cardstock was adhered and then added to the front with dimensionals. To add some sparkle five sequins were added and that's it. If you've never tried this technique I hope you will give it a try, it's a lot of inky fun. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cute Bunny Thanks Card

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing this Cute Bunny Thanks Card that I made for the post-op nurse who helped me after my surgery. The bunny image is by Unity Stamps from the Patience & Hugs stamp set and the sentiment is from the Newton's Sick Day stamp set by Newton's Nook. All patterned paper is from the Simple Stories Life In Color paper pad. A little twine was added for detail and that's it.

This card is entered into the following challenges: Cute Card Thursday (Too Cute), Crafty Creations (Anything Goes) and Crafty Gals Corner (Anything Goes).

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Friendship Card with Bird

Are you like me and love your stash of older stamps? The current challenge at SU! Only is A Blast from the Past and the Inkspirational challenge is Oldie But Goodie. I was happy to use my older stash to play along. I started as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in 2012, so I dug out that old catalog for inspiration and decided to use the retired Language of Friendship stamp set. It's still a favorite of mine although it hasn't seen much action lately. Many demonstrators will sell their retired stamp sets when a new catalog is launched, but I just can't do it! I usually only buy what I really want and keep it.

Besides cardstock and Night of Navy ink everything on this card is retired. The retired Top Note die was used with retired Flowerpot and Blushing Bride dsp. The Bird Builder and Boho Blossoms punches were used and the finishing touch are three Blushing Bride sequins from the Fancy Frost sequins pack. That's it!

This Friendship Card with Bird is entered into the following challenges:
Sentiment: 
The language of Friendship is not words but meanings. 
~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, August 28, 2017

Elephant Baby Card

Happy Monday! I have a quick post to share this Elephant Baby Card. I'm sending it in an order from my Etsy shop for elephant baby burp cloths. The customer purchased the burp cloths for a baby shower gift and so I wanted to include a coordinating card. The elephant image is called Emery by Verve Stamps and it was fussy cut and adhered flat to the die cut circle. The plaid patterned paper is by Recollections with a strip of retired Basic Gray stripe by Stampin' Up!. Some twine and three silver sequins were used to embellish the card and that's it. Pretty easy and simple. I'm entering this card in the following challenges: Come and Get It (2 or More Different Embellishments) and Glitter 'N' Sparkle (Anything Goes). Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!


Below photo are the burp cloths sold from my Etsy shop.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Cute Puppy Birthday Card

Hello and happy Friday! My nephew will turn two later this year, so I thought I would go ahead and make his birthday card. The image is from the Birthday Puppies set by Bugaboo Digi Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. I used some fun bright papers from the Playlist paper pad by Hampton Arts (2013). A scalloped die cut from by Taylored Expressions frames the image. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and some sequins were added for sparkle. That's it! I'm glad you stopped by my blog and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!!!

This Cute Puppy Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges:
* When it comes to choosing between fur or feathers that's a hard choice for me. I love them both, but I guess I love the furry animals more than our feathered friends. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cardinal Christmas Card


The Cardinal is one of my favorite backyard birds. We have several adults and juveniles that frequent our bird feeders. The males red color makes them a popular choice on Christmas cards. A couple of years ago Stampin' Up! made this stamp set called Beauty of the Season. I loved it and bought it, but this is the first time I've used it. The image was stamped with Memento black ink and then colored with Copic markers. An Avery Elle pierced oval and scalloped frame were used to cut out the image. The red patterned paper has been in my stash for awhile, it's by Pebbles from their Welcome Christmas paper pad (2012). The blue snowflakes is another older one by Recollections. Some retired Pool Party twine was added along with the Peace & Joy sentiment from the retired Good Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Three small sequins were added and a drop of glossy accents for the bird's eye. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Cardinal Christmas Card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Coral Butterfly Sympathy Card

Hello! I'm feeling much better after my surgery almost two weeks ago. It's easier to sit now and I've been crafting at my computer desk on the pull out keyboard area. Honestly, I really like crafting at this lower level. I can see things better and it hasn't hurt my back. It would be nice if the surface area was larger, but it does force me to clean up when I'm done. Anyway... onto my Coral Butterfly Sympathy Card.

The challenge at SU! Only is to use Butterflies or Dragonflies and I like them both but decided to use the Watercolor Wings stamp set to make a sympathy card. All supplies used on this card are by Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the sentiment, sequins and Tip Top Taupe ink everything else is currently available. Supplies used include: Whisper White, Old Olive and Calypso Coral Cardstock, Petal Garden paper stack, Watercolor Wings stamp set, Calypso Coral and Tip Top Taupe ink, Flourish thinlits, Big Shot, sentiment from retired Simply Sketched stamp set and Fancy Frost sequins. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Encouragement Card

Life can be hard sometimes! My youngest niece is in the eighth grade and recently a father of one of her friends passed away. Her friend has really leaned on my niece because she lost her mother, my sister, when she was six years old. It's times like these when all those feelings of loss and grief resurface. I made this Encouragement Card for my niece to give her friend. There is nothing that makes this time easier but support and kindness makes a big difference.

Encouragement Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White, black and red cardstock along with patterned papers from Simple Stories Life In Color paper pad.
  • Stamps: Mouse-Big Flower image by Bugaboo Digi Stamps and One Day at a Time sentiment by Verve Stamps.
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers.
  • Other Stuff: Cross-stitched oval die by My Favorite Things, Fiskars Deckle scissors, blue twine from The Twinery and dimensionals.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Masculine Thanks Card

Hello! Tomorrow I have my follow-up appointment with my surgeon, so I made him this Masculine Thanks Card. Blue is the hospital colors and a nice manly color which works well in a monochrome color scheme. I used Night of Navy cardstock by Stampin' Up! and a bright blue from Core'dinations. The background was watercolored using Higgins blue watercolor ink and watercolor paper.  The top is a die called Glass Effects by Spellbinders and the thanks die is by Stampin' Up! Three glimmer stickers by Sticko were added for some extra interest and that's it!

I really like the Glass Effects die for masculine cards. The abstract look is fun and this card was pretty easy to make. It's sad that I've had this die for two years and this is only the second time I've used it. Click HERE to see the first card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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