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Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Christmas Dream Place

 When I was younger, I had the opportunity to go into a home of an elderly couples home.  I fell in love with it and have often dreamed of having a home like that some day.  It was located in an area away from any other homes..surrounded by evergreen trees.  The home had big windows that looked out at a beautiful scene.  Just nature to look at which was heaven to me, especially seeing the evergreen boughs collecting the falling snow and heavy.  I often imagined myself sitting  in front of the window curled up with a blanket and cup of cocoa...and there walking into my view is a deer!

This card took me three tries to get the folds just right so when you closed it everything was perfect.   I had piles of scraps all around me by the time I got done but I love it.  Here are some more photos of how it looks when opened.

This set of stamps was a set I got free last year in a magazine.  To make the snow, I used Tulip Puffy Dimensional Fabric Paint.  

Can you believe that we have only 3 months before the Christmas cards start hitting the mail?  I hope your like me...and working on them!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hint of Christmas Sparkle

Loved making this card.  Picture just does not do it justice.  The images were stamped with Memento London Fog. I colored the Inkadinkado Christmas Poinsettia with Copic colors R20, R29, RV21 and Rv04.  The leaves were colored with Touch Markers #59 and #58.  The berry branch was colored first with Copic R29 and then with a Gelly Roll Red Star color (sparkling red).  I used a Gelly Roll Silver pen and outlined all of the images to give it the shimmer sparkle around them.

I may need to make a couple of these cards.  Going to be hard to give it away at Christmas Time!


Monday, August 8, 2016


A co-worker is heading off on a cruise today and wanted to bring 3 cards with her.  She use to work for a cruise line and the crew that worked together at that time decided to have a reunion.  Reunion is being held on a cruise with the same cruise line they use to all work for.  She wanted 3 cards for the 3 closest people to her....2 Canadians and 1 British card.

Inside the cards:  "Let's travel again".  

To get a larger photo, click on the pictures.

I found a photo of a cruise ship that I used as my guide to created the ships by cutting and glueing pieces of grey, red and white paper.   I must admit the cruise ships took me a bit to get angles and pieces to fit to where I was happy.   The palm trees came from Spellbinders "Paradise Palms".  Flags were black and white images I printed, colored and cut out.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Triple Time with a Twist

Triple time stamping sounds like you are stamping 3 x's but it is all about the paper layers.  You could do 2, 3 or 4 layers if you want.  Make it your own.  The most common is the 3 layers.  The twist comes into to play when the layers are glued down at an angle.  Not the normal "even on all sides" like I did HERE for a Hanukah card.

The measurements for the white stamping layers are as follows:

The measurements for the purple layers are as follows:
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (card base, folded in 1/2)
3 2/8" matt layer
2 2/8" matt layer

  I laid all 3 white layers down on the table...placing them on top of each other to get a visual of what it would look like when the card was done.  Without moving the pieces...I carefully picked up each corner and place a removable glue dot.  That will keep all the pieces from moving once I start stamping.  

Now start stamping on the white cardstocks that are all layered.  Make sure you hit 2 or 3 of the layers when you stamp.  Do not worry about the missing sections when you stamp near the edge.  Those areas will be covered with the purple cardstock when you have it all together.

Once you are all done stamping, remove each piece and remove the glue dots.  Now mat each piece with the coordinating purple cardstock.

Now start gluing down the pieces on top of each other matching up the way you stamped putting a puzzle together.  The stamped images will line up...the sections that did not stamp (at the edges of the cardstock) will now be hidden by the purple mats.

Give this technique a try if you haven't yet!  It is fun and you can stamp anything you want on the top.  Stamp dogs if you are giving a card to a dog lover.  Stamp big words all over it.  Stamp balloons if it is a birthday card.  The many ways to change up this card is huge and fun.

Love to see what you do with the Triple Time with a Twist Technique!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beachy Birthdays

When you live in makes sense to make beach birthday cards right?
 So I made a couple!  The one with the window already went to a co-worker and the other is hanging around waiting for a home.
The background of each card came from a Stampendous Stamp Set called "Seaside Chair".  I was so excited to buy this set and I know it will get a lot of uses out of it.  

The Flamingo bird is a die set from Top Dog Dies.  The die set also has a party hat, puddle of water and another wing that I did not use.  Very cute set.  I used a white pen to make the waves in the water in both cards.

The window is a Tim Holtz die and I actually have a piece of acetate behind like a window pane.  I made the background so that it would fit in the window.  The shells are just some buttons I had leftover from years ago.

Thank you for stopping by once again!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sincere Condolences

A little embossing.  A little stamping.  A little die cutting.
You get a simple sympathy card.  

Sunset Birthday

I am not sure why I have not used the Jim Holtz Distress inks much but after creating this sunset birthday card, I will!  The colors are so vivid and bright!  I used the colors Barn Door, Faded Jeans and Wild honey to create this card.  

Popping this card into the mail for a special someone today!

Today is my crafting day so back to more fun.
See you soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sparkling Winter Night Sky

Time to make a Christmas Card for "Only Christmas Card".   Last weekend I went to a craft yard sale and picked up the Stampin' Up "To You and Yours Too".  I made this card using two of the stamps from it.  It's always a challenge for me to get a snowy sky until I discovered this technique. 

To make the snowy sky, drop a few drops of liquid glue (I used the multi mono liquid glue) onto a plastic lid.  Add a couple of drops of water into it and mix it up with a paint brush.  Now using your finger, tap the brush against it so the glue will splatter all over the paper.  If it does not splatter well, add more water to your glue.  Careful not to strike your paint brush against Your finger too hard as that will cause too much glue to splatter.  Also, I did not hold my finger directly over the top of the image so when I tapped the paintbrush against it, the glue went out and forward onto the image.  Protect your area around the image and also cover your image if you do not want snow on it  because it will also splatter all around!  *S*

I tried to get a picture of what I was doing so you get the idea.  Do you know how hard it is to hold a camera and take a photo when you need both hands in the picture?  lol  I finally figured out I could use my ipad to take the photo for you!

 After you get enough glue splatters and your happy, sprinkle fine glitter over the top and knock off the extra by tapping on the back of the cardstock.  You will see you now have the prettiest sparkling snow falling scenery.  

This was my first attempt at it and I could see a couple of globs on it but it was an easy fix by putting the banner across it with the sentiment stamped on it.  I will get better with more practise.  

If you have a Misti and you are doing a black image like my card has...USE IT!!!  Complete black images are hard to get a nice solid black image on the first attempt.  Many use a black marker after but I have tried that.  It will work but for me...I still say you can see the difference.  I used the misti because you can just ink your image back up and re-stamp over.   That tiny deer has antlers....without a Misti...that is going to be hard to match back up and re-stamp otherwise.  

To see more how to make the card...head over to

I am submitting this to:
Only Christmas Card Week # 19 Challenge
F & M Challenge Color Wheel Challenge

Thank you for stopping by.  It is time for me to head out and enjoy the Florida sun and the pool!  Until later.....

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Get Well Flowers

Can you believe it is mid-May already?  Wow time is flying by!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend's mom fell and broke a bone.  She is pretty much immobile right now...recuperating in a family member's home.  My friend shared how lonely she gets because the rest of the household are busy with work, school, etc.  I thought it would be nice if the Yahoo group I belong to sent her cards to perk up her day a bit.  She has been getting cards every few days from us.

This is the card I made and sent to her.  A bouquet of flowers that won't die over time!

The flowers were made from a Big Shot Die cut from Stampin Up.  I am not sure if they even sell it anymore but you can make it with any flower die cut.  The flower section just slips into the middle of the pot.  I sent a note to pull the flowers up and out of the pot to help her "open" it.  

See you soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Whole Lotta Bull....Birthday Bull

Today I am sharing a masculine birthday card which opens a bit differently than what I normally make.
The bird stamp inside and the moose outside is from Stampin Up Walk in the Wild set.
The brown paper with circles and stripes is all one piece that was left over from another project and it fit perfectly.
The card is one that you prop up and the opening is the circle area at the top.  I am not a fan of masculine cards.  Like many, I find them difficult to create.  This card came together pretty easy which is unusual for me.  

The moose was colored with Copics E15, E21 and E33.  For the sky I have a piece of heavy plastic that was cut into cloud shapes.  I sponged it with Memento Summer sky. The grass was sponged with Memento New Sprout and Cottage Ivy.  I did faux stitching around the circle on the inside.

Popped this card into the mail today for a brother-in-law's birthday.
Happy Birthday Steven!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Recycling Christmas

Every once in awhile, I will save old store bought cards that I have received by others .  I just cut them up to make a new card out of the pieces. The card I made came from 2 cards.  The trees pulled off easily enough off one Christmas Card.  The background came off another card.  I just cut it down to fit the size I wanted.   

Here is my recycling Christmas card.

I am submitting this card to Only Christmas Card Challenge Week #16.

Thank you for stopping!  If you try a recycling card, I would love to see it! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge

UPDATED 5/1/16
I was chosen for Outlawz Challenge April 21st...Tic Tac Toe Challenge.
Yaaaaaa me!

click on photo to take you to the Outlawz Challenge Site

I have not submitted a card into the challenge for a long time but I have been trying to keep up with them.  This challenge is always an "Anything Goes" Challenge. 

 The reason they call it Twisted Thursday is they always add a twist each Thursday and this twist is Tac Tac Toe.  You had to pick 3 in a row and add them to your creation.  I chose Flowers, Lace and Ribbon/Twine.  I added the purple and blue twine to the center of the flower.  The double-sided paper came from Stampin Up.

The fold on the front of the card is called a Drapery Fold.  I am always up for trying a new fold and I finally gave it a shot.  I see more Drapery Fold cards in my future!!

Well, I am off to go upload to the Outlawz challenge.  If you ever need some ideas or love challenges...head over to see them at .

See you soon...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Outlawz April Progressive Challenge

Time for another Outlawz Progressive Challenge.  This time the image was given to us by Sheepskidesigns.  The image is so beautiful and I am so thankful Andrea shared this image with us!  I wish that I had a Mom still with me so that I could give her this card but both my Mom and Mother-In-Law passed.  I know that both of them would have enjoyed it!  Thank you Andrea!
This image was colored with Copics #RV21, RV04, R20 and R29.  I colored the green with Touch markers #56 and 53.  The lighter green was covered with stickles Eucalyptus.

It was a fun image to sit quietly and color.  Something I need to do more often to get the practise in.

I am submitting this card creation to the Outlawz Progressive Challenge. 
Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black Magic Christmas

The past couple of days, I have been just sitting down coloring images using the Black Magic Technique.  It is a technique I learned years ago.  The first card I will show is a Christmas stamp from Art Impressions.  
It is called Black Magic Technique because you stamp on a dark piece of cardstock and it creates a dramatic look once colored.  Normally they use a solid image for this technique but for this card I decided to try using one that was not solid.  It was difficult to cover the blue and get the white completely white on the penguins and snowman. 

Here is what you need.
  1. Dark colored cardstock like navy or black.
  2. White Craft ink
  3. Just plain colored pencils ( I used Prismacolor Pencils)
  4. White Gel pen that will work well on dark cardstock.  I tried many until I found the one that works the best and leaves a nice crisp white line.
  5. Rubberstamp (solid image is preferred for most)

First thing you do is stamp your image with White Craft ink onto your dark colored cardstock.  You can heat set the craft ink if you have a heat embossing tool but I left mine a few hours to dry.  Craft ink does not dry fast like other inks and if you touch it or rub it, it will smear.
Once dry, color your image with the colored pencils.  Don't be afraid to press hard when coloring.  The richer the color, the greater the contrast.  
After you are done coloring, use the white gel pen to accent the image with dots around it or add lines where you colored.  Just have fun!

I will share more cards in the next day or two of images I colored

Thank you stopping.  Feel free to leave a message below if you have any questions or comments.

I am submitting this card to the Only Christmas Card challenge

Monday, April 18, 2016

Demure Flower

Finally found out the name of this stamp that I used on this post Birthday Wishes.  It is a rubber stamp from Penny Black called Demure Flower.    I have a few more stamped out from when I borrowed the rubber stamp but seriously considering buying this stamp!  

This image was colored with Copics # R20, RV21 and RV04.  I used Tropical Tangerine Stickles to give it a glitter effect.   Thinking of you is from Impression Obsession 

Thank you for stopping by!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Snowy Ornaments

I came across something I had begun last year but never finished and decided it would perfect for several challenges that I needed in a hurry.  Torn paper for snow, a couple of different shapes and sizes punches, snowy paper and voila`.  A new card was born!  
I used this card sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches for the format on my card.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
Only Christmas Card
F & M Layers Challenge
SBR-Us Sketch Challenge
The Outlawz Twisted Challenge: Layers

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Butterfly Border

I recently bought a Memory Box Kensington Border die that is so pretty.  I used it to make two sympathy cards to add to my stash.  One I left simple and the second darker one I used a little bit of purple glitter on the butterflies.  
The sentiment "With sympathy" came from one of my favorite sympathy word sets from Impression Obsession.

Have a great day!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Birthday Wishes

I know how some crafters not like to lend things out because you never know what condition it will come back in.  Some do not treat them like you would, but if you ever know a crafting buddy where you can exchange, there is a big plus. 

I have a crafting buddy I trust and once in awhile we will swap dies or stamp. She left me borrow this beautiful flower stamp (do not know the company or name) so I got busy and stamped a bunch.  The flower is in a different position on them all.   I decided to sit down last night while watching my Walking Dead TV show and color one with my Touch Markers # 67,#65 and #63.  There is a light blue grey colored all around the flowers which was hard to photograph.  Using #62 and #63 I dropped dots all around and stamped the Happy Birthday with  Versafine Deep Lagoon.  To finish off the card, I placed a few crystals.
Very simple but pretty one layer card.

It's Monday and off to work for me but I hope the rest of you get to sit and relax with some crafting!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring is in the Air

Nothing like a Birthday card with butterflies and flowers to say Spring in the air!

This is another card where I used a piece of the Strathmore Chromolux Mirri Sheets to cut the flowers out and colored with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink.  I used a technique from Crafts on the Run blog to glue the die cut into the negative image cut from the background.  She recommends embossing the background and then cut the image out of it so that is what I did.   A little bit of stickles on the butterfly wings and on celebrate finished off the card.  The word celebrate is from the Sizzix Tim Holtz thinlit set Script Celebration Words. 

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Thank you for checking out my creation!

Outlawz Happy Easter Challenge

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

It is time for another The Outlawz Progressive Challenge and it is an Easter image...perfect for today.  The cute bunny on my card is a digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs.  Thank you Gerda for sharing it with us!  I had a lot of fun coloring this image. 

 The egg behind the bunny was an image I found on the internet from a kids free coloring page.  I just loaded it into Microsoft Word and brought it down to the size I wanted.  After coloring it with copics, I put a little bit of stickles on it to give it a little glitter look.

The bunny was colored with Copics, cut out and glued down onto a piece of white foam.  After it dried I cut it out again and glued it down onto the egg so it would be popped up like the bunny was sitting in front of the egg.  The glasses has crystal glaze to make it look like thick glasses.  I noticed after taking the picture that it was not quite dry in the center.  I think I have it so thick it is going to be an overnighter!  

  I used a Sweet Sunday Card Sketch to help me design the card.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter day...maybe do a bit of crafting like I am!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
SBR-Us Sketch Challenge #6