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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sketch Challenge #2 & #3-Birthdays

Yesterday I worked hard to get caught up on some challenges and it was not a good day at all for me!  Everything I made was not my best.  My sister and I like to Skype as we craft the day away.  I love it.  It is like the old days when we lived in the same town and got together once a month and crafted.  Yesterday was one of those days.  We like to have show-n-tell on the cards we made.  I showed her one card I made and the expression on her face was priceless!  Without a word I knew she was thinking exactly what I was thinking....the card stunk!  LOL  
Needless to say...that card is in the junk pile.  Maybe someday I might find something on it salvageable!  

Here are a couple of cards I made and the sketches.

Challenge #2 Card

Challenge #2 Sketch

Challenge #3 Card

Challenge #3 Sketch

 On to more challenges!
See you Soon!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sketch Challenge 1

I belong to a small craft group and we started a new Sketch Challenge once a week.
We are on Sketch 3 so I am playing catch up!

Here is my take on the first Sketch

Here is the sketch from the challenge

Now off to go continue creating and getting the other two challenges done!

Back later!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Heartache and Memory

Quick post today to show you a card that was all done in gray and black.  Very simple and quick card. It is not often I make a card that has a verse on the front.  This time it just fit well.  
This Impression Obsession poem is my favorite and I use it a lot on my sympathy cards.  
If you click on the photo you will be able to see just a hint of sparkle.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

This is a free Digital image from that was printed on white cardstock, cut down to size and colored with Touch markers.  I printed another on printer paper and cut it out to mask the image.  With sponge, ink and a ripped piece of paper towel...I went to town making clouds and grass!  The edge was distressed.  The heart with red glitter frosting on the cookie topped off the card!

Happy Valentines Everyone!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Birthday Book

I have a difficult time making a stash of birthday cards and picking one out  for my own family and friends birthdays.  Each card is made with that person in mind.

There is a woman who helps out in our office a couple of days a week and her birthday is Friday which is Valentines Day.  I thought about her and two ideas came to mind.  One fact was the obvious...Hearts and red.  The second idea was the fact that she loves loves loves to read.  I went with my second idea.  I was so happy I had the Book Label 7 Nestabilty.

I had no idea how I was going to make the card so I turned to Pinterest.  I found some beautiful cards using the Label 7 and making them into an Easel Card.  That helped me to get going however I wanted to go one step better.  I made the bottom look like a leather bound book.  I have made faux leather before but I came across a video where they used a mix of glycerin and water in a spray bottle.  Glycerin was suppose to help the cardstock soak up the water better and get into the fibers...making it much softer and pliable. I gave it a try.  Works great! 

Here is the bottom of the card.

 I should have taking pictures of the process but didn't.  I will make another faux leather and create a tutorial next week. 

Her birthday is tomorrow but I won't see her so I am giving her the card today.  I know she will love it!

Enjoy & thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Card Lift Nautical Sympathy

Sheena Douglas posted a card on Facebook that I thought was absolutely beautiful but it will not let me post a URL to the card.  I card-lifted the idea from the creator Allie Gower but changed up the line design's.  
I think it is perfect for a Sympathy card for a Man. The image is from Impression Obsession-

My card....

Allie Gower's card....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mickey & Minnie Box Valentine

I have been wanting to make a Exploding Box Card for a long time.  I finally bit the bullet and tried it out.  Mine was one layer only.  I wanted it look like part of a living room with Mickey standing there proposing his love to Minnie.  

The box is completely 4" square.  You can see the directions I used was a video at

I did not want two sides to fall and realized it after I got the box all cut and folded.  The easy fix was to put a ribbon decoration around the bottom and around the top edges of the box.  I split the ribbon on either side of the two I wanted to drop.

Minnie Mouse and Mickey Stamp is a set I have had for years.  I tried to search it online but did not have any luck.  On the stamp it states "Disney All night Media #54J02.

Here are the pictures.  Enjoy & Happy Valentines!


Here is the box closed with the lid on it.

Close-up of the top of the cover.  The flower and leaves are Nestabilites (

The cover pulls up and two sides drop down.

Side view

Close-up of all the details on Minnie and Mickey which were done with decoupage method.  I absolutely love using Decoupage 3D glue from  The best on the market!

 Nestability die-cut window shows a beautiful day with lots of flowers in bloom. I used torn towel paper, sponge and Memento ink to create the sky.  The Inkadinkado Meadow Stamp set flowers were inked with Memento Markers.  

 The heart was white embossed, colored and cut out from the middle of an Outline stamp.  If you look close, you can see a piece of acetate holding the heart up.  It is free floating and moves as the box top is removed.