Wednesday, July 27, 2016


When CASology posted their challenge word Journey, I knew exactly what to use. We recently returned from a journey to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. Beautiful scenery. Took lots of pictures, selfies and others.
I picked up some note pads with cute animal images knowing they would make some cute cards.
Here is the "selfie from the mountains",
The base is Mossy Meadow from SU to match the trees. I then picked up another of the greens from my scraps for the image background. I did the sentiment on the computer.

Bear Texting

We recently visited Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park with our son and granddaughters.  Beautiful places. We were able to see some wildlife. Had a bear encounter on the highway--fortunately in our car and not on foot. I found some really cute note pads in a gift shop. This image
reminded me of my 12 yr. old granddaughter who did a lot of texting with friends while we were there. What is it with kids having phones attached to their hands all the time?
I cut the image off the paper and backed it with black. Then added scraps for the accents. A polka dot Cuttlebug embossing folder repeats the polka dots on the bear's shorts.
Here is the inside
I did that on the computer. I thought it would be appropriate to have it in text format.
Design is from the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Here are a couple more cards I made from the images on the pads.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


This is another of the "birdbrain" digis at From The Heart Stamps  I think I am in love. They are all so so cute. They just make me smile. The addition of googly eyes makes him look a bit cross-eyed.
The DP is by Creative Imaginations found at Hobby Lobby. I punched out a balloon (SU punch) to cover the stamped one. The punched one is a little larger and big enough for the sentiment. I think the sentiment is also SU. Three little chickie colored candy dots round out the edge.
The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pigs In a Row

For this cue word at CASology

I got my pigs in a row.
The pigs and sentiment are from Newton's Nook. The wood fence is Serene Scenery from SU. I snipped a strip of green scrap for some grass. Pigs are colored with colored pencils. I sponged some light blue sky at the top. 


New challenge at Send A Smile 4 Kids: CAS for kids.
I did 2--one for the boys, one for the girls.
The images are from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. Mary Ellen has really great images for kids.I used the precolored ones, printed them on white cardstock. The Howdy is from Die-Versions. I actually won them previously on Send A Smile 4 Kids. So enter over there. They always have prizes. To complete the cowboy theme, I made lassos out of twine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


There are some really fun digital stamps at From The Heart Stamps. This one is called Spectacular Birdbrain and just makes me laugh.
I colored the image with watercolor markers. I searched my paper file for a swimming themed DP. Found this one from Doodlebug called Bellyflop Splash. LOL! How could I not use that one? The waves in the background is from SU. And the pebble circle from the scraps pile. I just couldn't resist adding googly eyes inside those big spectacles.  Inside I did a duplicate image and cut out just the glasses. The sentiment is done via computer. I think it is probably from my Hallmark program.
Is this not just a fun summer birthday card?
I used Tuesday Morning Sketches

And the rotated version of  Joanne's sketch at The Paper Players.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stay Cool

I am an ice cream addict. There, I admitted it. Is there a self help group for that? LOL. Not sure I really want a cure though. Our Sunday night dinner is usually an ice cream treat as long as the drive in stays open for the season. In cooler months, we will get our ice cream and stand in front of the fireplace to eat it.
I have found a cool (pun intended) new challenge that also offers free digis. All you have to do is enter a card using the month's image and you will receive the next month's free. It is From The Heart Stamps.  They have other challenges and blogs posts too. You can also purchase their digis.
The sentiment and ice creams are the June featured stamp. Good thing they offer a full month to enter. It took me awhile to get to this one. I colored the image with Tombow markers. I used hot summer sun background paper to contrast the coolness of the ice cream.I have had this sheet of DP in my file for a long time and can't remember where it is from. It is a 2-sided. The other side is only the sunbursts patterns, which was what I intended to use. But when I turned the piece over to apply tape, I found it had the plain slanted area. I decided it made a great point of interest.
Base of the card is SU Tangelo Twist.
This one will be a hit for Send A Smile 4 Kids.
Hope you all are staying cool this summer and enjoying an ice cream treat.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Watercolor Pencils

A friend is taking watercoloring art class and was telling me about watercolor pencils. I came home and looked up some demos on YouTube and really like the look. So, I purchased Faber Castell watercolor pencils at Hobby Lobby. This is after the first tutorial on trying out different colors and shades. Another on my bucket list of new techniques!
This is my second practice piece. It looks like the sketch at Pals Paper Arts.
I added the sentiment from SU. Makes a really quick CAS card.
Remains to be seen what a more complicated design will look like. Will keep practicing and see if I end up liking anything.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flip Flops Wading in the Creek

I can't believe I actually made 3 cards and did 3 blogs today. I told you I was in need of intensive crafty therapy.
It is officially summer and hot!, hot!, hot! My A/C went out yesterday and we couldn't get service until this morning. Finally cooling down in here. So a little wading in the creek with the flip flops on is definitely called for.
I made some waves from blue scraps with an old die cut system from Creative Memories. Then a strip of "creek rocks" DP from my scrap file on the right. The sentiment is from Water Color Words by SU. I think the font looks a bit like waves. It is done with Tempting Turquoise. I stamped 3 sets of flip flops (Lockhart Stamp Co.) on scraps, colored them with pencils and fussy cut. They are each popped up on foam tape.
The design is a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Curious George

My kids (and me too) loved Curious George books when they were young. And they followed that with reading the stories to their children. When I visited my daughter recently we were looking for something in her craft supplies and found this Curious George stamp. She let me have since she wasn't using it anymore. Continuing my craft "therapy" today, I whipped up this quick CAS card.
I put George on a space walk floating up there in the corner. Colored him with water color markers and added Crystal effects to his helmet. The Birthday is a banner die from Die Versions. I tethered it to the Curious George image to make him look like he is taking a space walk. I masked off the birthday word from an old Inkadinkadoo stamp and just used the "happy". A few stars punched from silver glitter paper light up George's sky.
I will also be adding this to my collection for Send A Smile 4 Kids whose challenge this week is puches/diecuts.
I used the sketch from  CAS)E) this Sketch and rotated it.