Saturday, February 16, 2019

52 CCT February Theme Challenge

I was inspired to make this card from a painting of trees and behind the trees were many colors in the sky. 
 Perfect for the 52CCT challenge, which is Winter trees.

I used Distress Oxide ink and Memory Box "Garden Birch Trees" stencil to get the background of trees.  To get the snowy hills, I just hand-cut paper and used white embossing paste with palette knife to pat it all over the areas to get mounds of snow.  On top of the paste I used a little bit of glitter glue to get the sparkle.  

Did you notice that many of the dies with stitches, cut the design out but they leave the stitch design behind? It does not make sense!  Example...I have the My Favorite Things Die-Namics.  I used it to cut out the words for my card.  I was thinking I was going to have a nice stitching design the saying. You can imagine my disappointment after cutting them out, all the stitching was left behind.  I glued my saying down and cut out another on dark blue cardstock.  I glued the stitching down around my saying after I fussy cut it out.  I have a few dies that are like that.  Just seems backwards to me!

I hope you are following along and joining in each week.  It's a great way to get those Christmas cards done a little at a time!
Please share if you do.  I would love to see what you make

Thank you for peaking in today!  Have a great crafting day..

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Just a Mandala Note

Happy Valentines Day everyone!
No Valentine card today.  Just a plain card to share.

Just a quick post today.  I cut this MFT Die called "Captivating Mandala" out 3 times.  Two were from scraps and the third piece was cut from a piece I was experimenting with distress oxide ink.

  Remember I told you to keep all your experiments or cards you weren't happy with in a junk box?  Some of them or pieces of them become works of art later on.

 I glued the first two die cuts together and glued them down to a scrap piece that was slightly bigger than the die cut.
I carefully and painstakingly dropped glitter glue.....stop!  who am I kidding?  Heck what I really did was slopped glitter glue colors inside all the holes.  I knew it would be a mess when I got done (I know me so well!  lol) so after it dried, I glued the final piece on top.  

This card went into my pile without a theme.  It's a Just-in-case card.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Birthday Valentine

I have a very good friend who loves to make cards as much as I do.  We love sharing new techniques and are terrible at enabling each other when something new comes along!  I just love her and enjoy her.

Her birthday happens to be on Valentines day but we celebrated it today.  I had to make sure she opened it before I shared it in case she saw the blog post.  I tried hard to not make a typical Valentines Day card for her but I still ended up sneaking some sign of Valentines hearts into it!

I used such a mix on this card, making it up as I went along.  It was a tall but skinny card and fit into a 7 x 5 envelope.  It folded and fit in the envelope ok but I doubt it would be one I would mail in a regular envelope!  Too bulky.

Inside was a basket of flowers that opened up.  Perfect flower basket...they do not wilt and die. 
The white triangle area to the right of the card was the area I signed the card.

Wishing you a wonderful day on your real birthday Pam!
Happy Birthday!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

52 CCT February Color Challenge

The color challenge this time is Green and Silver.  I struggled with this one a bit.  I knew green could be used for trees but what would the silver be?
Finally came up with this creation.

The tree is a stamp set I have had for a number of years from Close to my Heart "Greeting Tree".   I stamped the tree on white cardstock with Memento Bamboo Leave color and fussy cut it out...including the the areas that was left white.  I wanted the black to show through instead of the white. 
 I glued it down and stamped the swirl with versarmark over it so I could heat emboss it with silver.  The Joy came from Inkadinkado "Calligraphy Experessions" stamp set, which I also did with versamark and heat embossed in silver.
These two stamp sets are so old, I have no idea if you can even buy them anymore.  
I finished off the card with tiny silver marker dots all over the card.

I punched out an edge of silver trees to go across the inside of the card.  The punch was an EK punch called "Alpine Trail Edger".

I hope you join us all over at 52CCT with the latest challenge.

  Plenty of creations to look at and get you going.
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Lemur's Love

Popping in to leave a quick post on a valentine card I made today.  The image I used is such an adorable Lemur image from Mo's Digital Pencil!  Was easy to color up with my copics.
For the eyes:  Y #11, #15 and #17
For the body:  C  #00, #3, #5 and #7
Paper came from Stampin Up paper pack "Sending Love".
Edge of the paper was cut with Die'sire "Decorative Edges" metal die set.  I also used that same die to cut out a skinny edge from scrap glitter cardstock.

2 Valentines card down and 2 more to go!  I can do this!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sweet Valentines Day


This image is so adorable!  I joined a group called Simply B Stamps on Facebook.  We got "Peppermint Betty" image free for the first 2019 Progressive Challenge.
This challenge included absolutely no red in any shape or form, must use two scrapbook papers, one embellishment and the image on a full project.
My two different papers were used on the background.  I cut a shape out of the purple diagonal paper and glued that down onto the pink polkadots.  I made my own stitch marks with a black pen.  I used a heart punch and punched out 4 hearts.  I colored them with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pink Garnet and Inspired Violet.  Glued them down onto the pink polkadot paper.
Am I the only one who ends up with color all over their fingers after using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter pens?  They do not come off your hands very well!
Next up was Peppermint Betty. I let my background paper be the judge of what colors my image will be.  I have never colored any hair other than brown or blonde so coloring pink was way out of my comfort zone.  After it was done, I kinda liked the different look!   It was difficult to get a good camera image as the hair looks like it has red but it is a mix of pinks and purples. The Copic colors I used in the entire image was...
RV #10 13 34 66
V 25 28
R 83
BV 00 23
E 00 11 13
C 00
After I was done coloring I used the following Spectrum Noir Sparkle colors on the hair, dress, cake and canes to get sparkles...
 Pink Garnet
 Inspired Violet
I fussy cut Peppermint Betty out and popped her up on top of the background.  I printed the words onto scrap polkadot pink paper and made a tag out of it and added it to the upper left.  I used the black pen to make stitch marks on it.
Last to be added was the required embellishment... 3 pink rhinestones in the corner.

This was a fun card to make.  Now that it is done, I am off to go add it to the challenge.  
Happy crafting day!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

52 CCT February Sketch Challenge

Hello Everyone!  It's time for another challenge over at 52 CCT!
Today it is the February sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch. 

I flipped it upside down on my card sample. I actually made this card 3 times this week.  All the parts of the other two was thrown into my scrap pile to be picked up and used on another card.  
I used one of my Ombre ink pads from Recollections but it is hard to see in the photo.  I tried to see what color it was but all the pads do not have a name!  Guess the colored pics on the top is how you know what color is inside!

The snowflake edging along the top is a Memory Box die called "Frostyville Border" .  I have always loved this die.  It cuts very well even through the blue glitter cardstock I used on this card.  The yarn I used reminds me of snow!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak. 


Saturday, January 26, 2019

52 CCT January Technique Challenge

Time for another Challenge at 52 CCT!  This time it is all about heat embossing!  

I like this challenge as I sort of got away from heat embossing lately.
Right in the middle of my project, my embossing gun died.  I had to run down to the craft store at 8 pm just to buy a new one. I knew I was on borrowed time anyway as it was over 20 years old!  I got a Paper Studio heat gun.  I was shocked as the price of the new one was what I paid for mine long ago. This one is a little more slimline & lighter in weight which makes holding & using it easier.  It heats up faster as well.  On this project, because I was embossing white on white, I took my time and stamped only a couple of snowflakes at a time.  By the time I got done, I was surprised the tool was quite warm and it even had a lot of rest as I worked the snowflakes slowly.  Hope it gives me another 20 yrs like my first one.

After the embossing was done and cooled, I rubbed 3 different colors of Distress Oxide on the card, making sure they over lapped in color.  I used Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Tumbled glass. Embossing does not hold the color so it is easy to wipe off the snowflakes to make them stand out against the color.  The snowflakes came from BoBunny stamps set called Snowflakes Stamp.  Sentiment was a dollar store purchase years ago.  I first had it done in white to match the card but the words just did not show up well enough so I ripped it off. I re-stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.  Versafine sometimes will stay wet long enough so you can emboss.  I used clear embossing powder on it and heat emboss the words as well.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you play along with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown team!  Show us what you got!  *S*


Saturday, January 19, 2019

52 CCT January Theme Challenge

I have been playing with a die set this week and it is one I have had for at least a year.  Sad to say, I have never used this set and it is so pretty too. There are two 1st with this card I made. Not only is the die being used for the first time but it is also the first time I have done an A9 card!  Wow it is big.  Although, it folds flat into an envelope, it will probably be one of those cards I will hand out to someone.  
Going to have to make an envelope it will fit in once it is folded!
 I love the color of dark blue and silver together. The card takes on a more serene atmosphere look and perfect for the theme Silent Night at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  

Can't go wrong with this die set which is a Sizzix Thinlit Die set called "Holiday Shadow Box".

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

52 CCT January Color Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone.  It's time for another 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge!  

When I saw the challenge colors, I knew right away what I wanted to do.  I love these poinsettia's from Tim Holtz.  I used it once in red but this time I wanted to use the odd color of purple and see how it would look.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the two purples on the flower matched with the 2 greens I used for foliage.  

Curious at what you will do?  Join in and share what Christmas card you created using purple and green as the primary color.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

52 CCT January Sketch Challenge

Happy New Year Everyone!
The 52 Christmas Card Throwndown team's challenge today is to create a card with a here's a card to celebrate the beginning of 2019!

I used air brushing and a piece of scrap paper torn to get my background on my card first.  I only used 3 copic colors...B91 B95 B99.  I am still getting use to using the air brushing technique but practice makes perfect right?

I flipped the sketch over on my card.  The edging, deer and Santa was stamped with Memento Danube Blue.  The stars were a dollar store punch I found years ago.  Some of the dots were colored over with sparkling gelly roll pen.
Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration and give the challenge a go using the following sketch!  We would love to have you join us.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas Up Up and Away

I work in an office and I have the BEST boss.  We all love him.  At Christmas we want to get him the #1 gift but every year it is hard to figure out what to get him.  Every once in a while someone comes up with an awesome idea.  This year, I think, was one of those times.  In October 2019, he is planning to go to the big Balloon  Festival in New Mexico so one of my co-workers came up with the idea to get him a gift card to pay for his flight!

The paper I used on this card is from Reminisce Snowflake Ridge paper set.  Oh my gosh...I have to tell you that paper is Gorgeous!   I remember the day when I use to hoard paper/cardstock but I asked myself why?  So... not anymore.   The dies I used on the front is the Sizzix Tim Holtz Merry Moose die set. Isn't it the cutest!  I just had to have it and was worth waiting 3 weeks while it was on backorder.  I made one extra page to the card and placed it before the balloon page so everyone had enough room to write a message to our boss.

I wanted to make a card that would go along with the balloon festival that we all could sign.  I had his emoji he created on his phone and I printed it out to put him in the balloon.  I also found a black and white line image of a balloon.  Once I had that, I was off and running with no real idea of what to do.  Created as I went. You can see in the third photo, the balloon popped up when you opened the card.  I will admit, the cardstock cracked where it bent for the popup but I fixed it by gluing a white piece of cardstock on the inside where no one could see it to make it more stable.  It worked perfectly.

So without further ado.....

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Ornaments on a Card

I have a small 4.5 x 6.5 paper pad that is several years old.  Are you like me and get tired of looking at the same paper year after year? 
 I was trying to come up with a way to use some of the papers.  Using just ornament dies, I cut the paper out and popped it up on a card.  The extra small ornament I had cut decorated the inside.  For the strings, I cut thin strips of sparkled black cardstock.  I also used the black Spica pen on the ornaments to follow some of the lines on the ornaments to give it a bit of sparkle.  You can't see it on the's there!

I am just about done making all my Christmas cards but I will keep going.  Since I have the Christmas spirit, I might as well keep going.  You never know when you need an extra card!

Enjoy your crafting day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

It's Snowing!

Well.....not really.  This is about as close to snow as I will get in Florida.  I loved the Christmas snow before I moved here.  I have many fond memories and maybe some not so great ones too lol.
My husband asked me why I put wintery things on my Christmas cards one day.  Seriously?  Who wants to make a Christmas card with a beach scene!  Not I!

Anyway....this card was quick and simple.  The stamp set is a BoBunny Snowflakes stamp set.  It comes with 11 different shapes and sizes as we all know all snowflakes are different!  Just a versamark pad, embossing powder and a heat gun is all you need for this one.
The sentiment came from Stampin Up Beautiful Blizzard stamp set and the Nuvo Crystal Drops were added to finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Have Yourself a Very Merry Fairy Christmas

Is she just the cutest!  She is from Whimsy Stamps called "Holly".  I had so much fun coloring her up with my copics.  

How are you all doing with your cards?  

52 CCT November Stash Challenge-Ribbon & Glitter

Just a quick post today to show my piece for the 52 CCT Ribbon & Glitter challenge.  

This is a die from Tim Holtz collection and it has amazing detail!  I alternated a deep red metallic and cardstock for the petals.  Along each petal is a lot of glitter glue.  Ribbon was a small piece I found in my red drawer.   It matched the metallic red color and has a edge of gold.

Now that it is December .....(where did November go!)....I get to announce the great news!  I was chosen as one of the new Design Team Members for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  I am looking forward to and very excited to be working with the team in 2019.  

Hope all of you are busy crafting....for me....I am off to work!


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Hanukkah!

Whew!  Got my Hanukkah cards done just in the nick of time.
Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

This is my 2nd post today.  I wanted to get this out since it is the season.
I used an older set from Close to my Heart called Jewish Remembrance for the background.  The dreidels were stamped and heat embossed with Silver Tinsel embossing powder.  The Dreidel Song along the edge was printed in Word.  I finished it off with drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops "Simply White".

Now to quickly get them ready for the mail.


52 CCT November Theme Challenge-Snow Globe

Hello and welcome!  
I just returned from being away on vacation and a brief time of being ill.  Today, I am feeling more myself so playing catch up on a couple of challenges and my blog.

First up was the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown November theme challenge- SnowGlobes.  I actually had the card done before I left and ran out of time to share it.  This card was all done with dies.  I wish I could tell you where I got the snowglobe free die but I don't remember which magazine it came in a year or so ago.

If you are trying to get your cards done & run out of ideas, head on over to and get some inspiration!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Christmas Minc Bears

I decided to try my hand at using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine and foil. 
 A little bit of coloring red and sparkle on the hat makes for a simple quick but cute Christmas card. 

So quick....I actually made two.

Have you tried foiling? If not, the idea is just to use heat and pressure of the Minc Machine or laminator that presses the foil against the image printed with toner.  A regular printer would not work because the image is printed with an ink jet.  If you have all the equipment/tools and have not tried, you should!  You might be pleasantly surprised.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Winter and Polar Bear

This was a quick card to make.  Scrap Papers took care of this card...white cardstock and a blueish background with white dots.  I am considering them as snow and to top it off, I added one little cluster of snowflakes stamped in white.  A circle punch took care of moon and trees cut from Tim Holtz Set Merry Christmas.

Stamped the Recollections Polar Bear onto a scrap of white and even though a die came with the set, I cut it out with scissors. I was not sure if this was still available to buy, but I did find it at Amazon so you can see what it looks like. Copics colors BG11 and BG13 to lightly color the bear and scarf.  I hand cut the snowy hills and popped each layer from the one behind to give it a 3D look.  The hills also have the edge colored with BG11.

Thank you for stopping by.  Now...go get your scrap box out and use them up!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

52 CCT November Challenge-Colors

I am so excited!  I was asked to be a guest designer for this weeks challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and I have never been a guest designer before.  What an exciting time for me!

This weeks challenge was to use colors.  The colors are not something I typically use so I had to really figure this one out.  This is what I came up with.  

This image was a digital image from Becky's Place but not sure if it is still there as I got it long ago.  I printed it out and colored it...trying to match the colors in the challenge as much as possible.  The trees look dark however I thought it matched very well to the green in the challenge.

I could not believe the colors I used in the snowman!  A lot!  
Copics: #BG10, BG11, BG13, B63, R20, R22, R30, E43, YR04,YR09, C00, C3 and Colorless Blender.  
The hills were hand cut with a touch of B0000 on the edge.  After I glued them all in place...stickles along the edge of the hills and all the way around the whole card for a border topped it all off.  My sister says "It is not a Christmas card without sparkles".   Maybe she has something there!
  The snow background was a folder that I wiped with Memento Summer Sky before I embossed so the flakes have a hint of soft blue.  

I can't believe how many cards I have done so far.  I think I am very close to my goal.  
How many more do you need to do?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

52 CCT Challenge-November Sketch

What is a sketch?  
A sketch is just a great way to get an idea when you are making a card.  They even have them for scrapbooks layouts too.  I have even taken a scrapbook sketch and made a card out of it and vice versa.  You can flip them...turn them sideways...upside down...whatever you want!  If you are stuck, they are a great way to get you unstuck and the ideas flowing.

Here is my version of this months sketch at 52 CCT November challenge

Here is the original sketch

and here is what I used...I flipped it completely.

If you are ever a google search card sketch.  Trust will be glad you did!  Soon you will be off and running with ideas.

Thank you for stopping by,


Co-worker had a birthday recently and I made her card.  At the office, when someone has a birthday, we celebrate with cards and whatever dessert they choose.  You also get to wear a crown during this celebration and a photo is taken.  
Humiliating? Naaaaaaaa.  We laugh and have fun.
When I saw this image at Mo's Digital Pencil, I just had to have it!  It was perfect! 

I put it inside to surprise her.  Her expression was priceless!
This was on the front.

I make cards to bring a smile or chuckle to someone's face...even if it is for just a fleeting moment.  I did my job on this one!