Saturday, May 25, 2019

52 CCT May Technique Challenge

Have you ever heard of the Eraser Technique?  This method was the technique we had to use this week at 52 CCT.  I had not heard of it before, so I was really excited to plan this card and give it a try.
It's very easy.  Here are the materials I used.  Everything I had at home.  

 All I used was cardstock, Ink, rubber stamp, stencil, brush instead of a sponge, eraser, pencil, hairspray, a piece of sandpaper, clear Wink of Stella and Copic. 

I rubbed the pencil against the sandpaper and got a lot of pencil shavings onto a piece of paper.  I used the brush to pick up the pencil shavings and rubbed them all over my cardstock and stencil.
Next I stamped my image right over the top.  I used the eraser to erase everything I wanted white.  Colored with copics and used Wink of Stella where I wanted the sparkle.  I had a bit of an issue with the Wink of dropped a big drop onto one of the snowmen so I had to kinda put it on thick in other areas as well.  It ended up being ok!  I thought I had ruined the card.  The hairspray finished off the card.  Just sprayed lightly to fix the pencil onto the cardstock so it would not smudge.  

Here is the finished look!  

What do you think?  Ready to give it a try?  If you do...come on over to 52 CCT and share what you made with us.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

52 CCT May Theme Challenge

Theme time over at 52 CCT!  The theme is choral and fit perfect with the IO singers die I got last year and never used.  These sweet little dears just singing their heart out.  Reminds me of many years ago when I use to go with a group Christmas Caroling in town.  The smiles it brought to those who lived at the nursing home was the best!

The snow in the background is from a SU folder.  I wiped an ink pad across the folder on the de-bossed side of the folder so the snow falling will be white.  The light post and tree is also a SU die.
I die cut the Sizzix Cheer out and I could offset the word with black.  The SU dazzling diamonds finished off the card to make sparkling snow.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

52 CCT May Color Challenge

Silver, brown and teal are my 3 favorites together and lucky for me, it is the color scheme at 52CCT Color Challenge this week!

Mix of dies and my Big Shot made it easy to put this card together.  Seems lately, my go-to glue is the Mono Multi liquid glue.  It dries fast and holds so well through mailing in the Florida heat.  It has been a concern of mine, especially since it takes so long for mail to leave Florida and the heat.  Nothing we hate more, than to hear our works of love arrives and it is falling apart!

Anyone who lives where it is hot, what is your go-to glue?


Saturday, May 4, 2019

52 CCT May Sketch Challenge

Christmas comes just once a year but as you can tell from my's Christmas here in my craft room year long. 
 Designing a card isn't hard however there are times when we all get that crafting block.  You can stare at papers, dies and stamps  forever and not a single idea pops into your head.
.  Each week, at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown,  we help you out with samples and ideas to get you started.  
This week it is a sketch.  
A sketch is just a guide or a suggestion and just gives you a base to start from.  Remember, you can flip it any way you desire!  

Here is my version!

I used left over scraps for my card so I cannot tell you what company they came from.  I even found the stars still stuck in the die!  I am into using scraps these days and are my go-to lately.  The silver trees are a punch from Stampin Up.  I was lucky to find the right colors of thin yarn from years ago.

So here's the sketch.  Have fun with it and thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

52 CCT April Stash Challenge

My card for today, uses a printed holiday paper set called "Snowflake Ridge Collection".  

I bought it from but you can also get it at Amazon, Ebay, Michaels and more.  The collection has to be my favorite paper in many years and I have used it alot.  Since it is double sided, I am tempted to buy another pack and use the other side as well.  

The paper I chose from that collection had peppermint candies, snowflakes, flowers, poinsettias and several colors. I went with poinsettias theme and I pulled the colors teal and white to work with.  I had a sparkling piece of cardstock left over that was 2 tone teal so I used it for my mat, words and leaves.  I love how the die cut leaves look!  If you turn it in the light, the leaf veins look like another color so I used my flash so you could see what I was talking about.  You can also see the two colors on the words.  I cut Joyous out of the lighter area and Noel out of the darker color of the two tone cardstock.

   Since the cardstock is so busy, I chose a plain color for the rest.  I used iridescent white for the poinsettias, frame, mat, and banner. 

So now it is your turn to play!
Come on over to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Check out past challenges to help you with ideas as there are some great works of art from many who have played along.

See you there!

Sizzix "Christmas Phrases"
Simon Says Stamp Frames
Hole Punch
Two Tone Teal Sparkle cardstock
Impression Obsession Poinsettia Die 2 sizes small and large
Stampin Up Banner Die
Printed Holiday Paper Set- Snowflake Ridge

Saturday, April 20, 2019

52 CCT April Theme Challenge

When I saw this challenge....I had to ask...what was Snarky?
I was told to just have sarcastic.
So I did!

Do you have any sarcastic images or sayings in your stash?
If you do...make a card and come share it at  52 CCT.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thank You in Black Magic Stamping

Black magic technique has been around for years.  
All it is, is stamping on dark cardstock with an image that is not just an outline....a more solid or mostly solid image....with white pigment ink  You want to let the image dry completely or use a heat gun if you are in a hurry.  I stamped my images the night before.  
Once dry, grab your pencils and start coloring!

First card I used Derwent InkTense pencils colors
Antique White
Poppy Red
Sienna Gold
Sun Yellow
Field Green
Apple Green

Second card I used same technique but this time I used PrismaColor Pencils colors 
Light Aqua
Cobalt Turquoise
Violet Lake
Cerulean Blue

thank you for stopping by...

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fluttering By to Say Thank you

Dropping by to show you a simple quick card.  
Simple only because I used left over pieces that were already colored.  All I did was to glue, stickle and add the words.  Sometimes it pays to dig in my box of throw aways!

Enjoy your crafting day!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

WaterColor Dog Sympathy

Most dogs and humans have long and close connections.  Many of us need them and they need us.  If you are like me...losing your 4-legged friend might be one of your worst days.  

I know two who lost their long time friends within the same week so making two dog sympathy cards was double hard.
I used Arteza water color brushes to color up the two different images to match the breeds.  They have already received them in the mail so it was ok to share now.

In time...may the memories of their precious friend soften the sadness of their hearts.


Arteza Colors:
Bright Blue
Artic Blue
True Blue
Parma Gray
Bumblebee Yellow
Wisteria Purple
Big hugs to you both.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

52 CCT April Color Challenge

Today's challenge at 52 CCT is about color.  
Metallic and one other color.  
I chose gold metallic and a blue foil scrap paper that I had left over from long ago.  

I put double sided tape on the back of the metallic gold cardstock and used the die to cut out my design. A little bling, also from my stash, finished off the card. 
I have always enjoyed the color of blue and gold together.
How are you doing with your Christmas cards?  Getting anywhere yet?  Only 6 months left to go for when panic sets in!  LOL

Here is the challenge....

  Let's see what you have.....Tag your it!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

52 CCT April Sketch Challenge

It's sketch time again at 52 CCT challenge!  
I love these challenges as they really make me think and plan my cards.  I flip them all over until I am happy.

This time I flipped the image upside down so the rays looked like they were coming down from a star.

I colored the rays by using copic colors B06 and B000 in my compressor.  To keep the straight lines, I just used a long piece of post it note and kept moving it to get each ray.
The snowflakes are a mixture of stamps from different companies.
The trees in the background is the slope shown on the sketch.

Good luck to those who join in on the challenge at

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Fresh Bouquet Thank you

Hello All!

Every year my husband is part of a special event called CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk.  Several businesses set up tables at the event and he asked me to make some blank thank you cards so he can write a special thank you inside for their support.
 Here is one of the cards I made.

Background Stamp was from from MFT called "Floral Fantasy".  I embossed it in black and then used the following Spectrum Noir Sparkles colors to color the image with...
Holly Leaf
Inspired Violet
Olive Jade
After coloring it, I used the Simon Says Stamp skinny die from the "Frames" set.  I love how it cuts a complete skinny piece out.  I also cut one from black sparkle paper.  It replaced the piece I cut out from the flowers.  
Thank you was stamped on vellum and embossed in black.

I will be back later with more to share!
thank you for stopping by


Saturday, March 23, 2019

52 CCT March Technique Challenge

Hello and welcome back to my little corner.
Today I want to share a card I made for this weeks challenge at  It is all about the embossing folder.  

I recently went to the craft store My Favorite Things and I picked up a few items that inspired my card for this challenge....a stamp set....a circle die and a circle shaker pouch.  I used Walnut Stain right on my background folder and embossed my brown cardstock to make it look like part of a tree.  It now looks like an owl in his hole in the tree, looking out at the snowfall!

I cut the Merry Christmas out right in the middle of a white pearl cardstock, so I could use it for anther card.  

I recut the circle Merry Christmas again in metallic teal and placed it inside the left over white pearl piece.  I also used a left over snowflake.  Very simple but complete Christmas card.

I used the following on my card
Copic Markers 
E 000,15,18,33,35
Sizzix Folder Wood with Distress Ink Walnut Stain
My Favorite Things Merry Christmas Circle Frame
Circle Die
My Favorite Things Stylish Snowflakes
My Favorite Things Owl Stamp from Warm & Feathered Hugs

See you over at with your card for the challenge!


Saturday, March 16, 2019

52 CCT March Theme Challenge

Gingerbread Man is the challenge this week.  I think I can count on one hand how many gingerbread cards I have ever done!  Not sure why because many Christmas Cards are about gingerbread. 

I found a couple of free images on my computer from Elisabeth Bell that actually was about Gingerbread Men, so I printed them up and colored them with copics. The christmas cardstock was cut with My Favorite Things Die-Namics stitching die and glued down over the corner wreath of gingerbreads.  The single large Gingerbread Man was cut out and popped up.

I used following Copic #'s to color all the images:
RV00, RV04,
E55, E57
R27, R35, R37, R39 R59
BV04, B01, B04
G07, G14, G17

Following drops were used to get fur on the hats & for the sparkle:
Nuvo Cyrstal Drops-Simply White
 Nuvo Glitter Drops-White Blizzard
Zazz Glitter Pomegranate

Are you ready for the next challenge at 

Here it is....


Saturday, March 9, 2019

52 CCT March Color Challenge

Challenge this week for 52 CCT is to use gold and white on our cards. This past Christmas, I actually decorated my dining room in gold and white and I thought it was so elegant.  
My background stamp from Stampendous "Poinsettia Background" was stamped with VersaMark ink.  I covered it with Stampendous Ultra Detail Embossing Powder "Gold Opaque" but the gold is a little bit different.  Long ago some glitter got mixed in with it and I loved the look so much I kept it.  If you look close at the photo below you can see a hint of glitter mixed in the gold.  

I used some of the dies from the Sizzix set "Holiday Shadow Box".  I cut the words Joyful and Wishes out three times each...2 white cardstock and 1 gold sparkle cardstock.  I glued them together...layering white, gold, white.... however the gold was offset slightly.  Word Christmas was cut once in white.

The background was matted with the same gold cardstock and everything was glued down.

Another finished Christmas card.  
Who is going to join us in this challenge?

Friday, March 8, 2019

Tim Holtz and The Night Sky

I hurt my back last Sunday morning at 7 am.  Since then, I have been so uncomfortable sleeping, walking, sitting and standing.
About Wednesday, it was a bit easier to sit at my desk for small periods.  During one of those times, I was able to put this together with stamps from Tim Holtz.  
My little granddaughter and I watched a video together when I was visiting her.  She was in love with it when Tim was done.  I decided to try to do the image for her.  
Since I got it done, I put it on a card and mailed it off.'s a surprise!!


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Using Up Hunkdory Foiled Kit

Hello Everyone! 
I haven't been able to get in my craft room for a few days as I hurt my back really bad on early morning Sunday.  I am actually on my back on my ipad writing this post.  Figured I would keep occupied and post the cards I made on Saturday.
I recently went home to NH and while there, I bought the Papercraft Essentials Issue 169 magazine to read.  It came with beautiful paper and foiled pieces to match as a free gift.  I normally do not use paper that goes with a magazine but these were so beautiful, I decided to make a few cards out of them on Saturday morning.   

The paper is very pretty and I may make more later on.
Here they are individually.

Everything on the front of these cards came from that kit and I have so much more I can make.  Birthdays and thank you cards are always great to have on hand for a pinch.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

52 CCT March Sketch Challenge

Today's challenge is a sketch challenge for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

 Once in a while, I will print out images that are in color.  This image came from Treasure Box Designs and was a free image a few years ago so I am not sure if they still have it or not.  You should check out the site.  She has some nice images to work with!

 I printed the image out twice and hand cut a whole image and parts of the 2nd image.  I popped up the belly, face & scarf area.  Glossy accents was placed over the belly, eyes, nose and ribbon.  Some of it was sprinkled with fine glitter.

 I will let it dry overnight before I add it to my Christmas pile.  It is a good feeling each time I add a card into it!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

52 CCT February Recycling Challenge

Stash= cache, hoard, stock, stockpile, store, supply, accumulation, collection, pool, reserve  
We all know this term very well!
Who does not have a stash of something in our craft room?  Ribbon?  Cardstock? Buttons? Brads?

The challenge this week at is to use up some stash.  Where do I begin?  I have so much!  I finally pulled out my Christmas container that is filled with items I have collected for over 20 years ago to get some inspiration.

I narrowed on few that I have had for years.  They came from a kit of Christmas items.  I broke the kit up over time and have used pieces of it here and there over time.

I used white cardstock and an embossing folder from Embossalicious.  I swiped Distress Ink Walnut Stain over the folder and embossed the cardstock for the background.  Wiped the edge with E-Z Walnut Ink and glued it down onto a dark brown cardstock. The star and noel word had holes for brads to hold them onto the paper.  Instead of using brads, I used Starform Stickers over the holes and glued them down with Ranger Glossy Accents. It works well with metal.  The evergreens & red flowers came from a mix of dies from several companies. 

I created the book to look like it had several pages with the scrap ribbon I found in my stash as a bookmark.  I was lucky to find a piece of cardstock that had many bits and pieces of songs and poems from Christmas.  It worked well for my book.

Here is the finished project for the Stash challenge.

The challenge was a great way to use up old scraps and get another card done!  
Come on join and us.  Love to see what you would do.