Monday, January 12, 2015

Star Wars Valentine

My grandson is crazy about Star Wars so I made this fun Valentine for him. I copied the R2 image from the internet and cut it out. Since it is Valentine's Day, I added a little heart to R2's chest with a red star gel pen. The sentiments are done on the computer. I popped up the middle of the banner with foam tape to give it that wavy feel. The DSP is from the scrap box.

I have used the Take Your Pick challenge from The Kraft Journal using patterned paper, white, and punch, as my 3 choices.

The layout is from this sketch from Mojo Monday

Thursday, January 8, 2015


After the Holidays, there are always people to thank so I have been doing thank you cards. I found a new challenge djkardkreations to use our new stuff. Thank you Cheryl for directing me there. The challenge is using never before used "schtuff"
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
I have a new set called "Newton's Daydream" from Newton's Nook. Decided to ink it up for this challenge.
Aren't their kitties so cute. I did a computer greeting and then stamped the kitty and butterflies to fit. The DSP is from Recollections. The ribbon is really hot pink and matches the paper. Don't know why it photographs red. Three pink rhinestones add a little bling.
I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch

Also linking up for the FLASH CHALLENGE at Newton's Nook with a thank you theme.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Cold, windy, and just generally unpleasant outside today so I am playing inside,  hibernating in my craft room. My brother-in-law turns 70 this year. I think he will love this. Not a thing old about a man who just returned from a ski trip and has zip lined in a rain forest.
The candle stamp is an old one from Inkadinkadoo. The tag has the complete row of candles. I repeated it across the card base. I colored in the candles with a green pencil that matches the scrap DPs. A gold star gel pen gives sparkle to the flames. The sentiment is from SU, part on the front and the rest inside
I added a little cupcake stamp to emphasis the so little cake--also because I smeared a little green ink there. LOL!
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Cowboy Boots

For the cowboy or wanna-be cowboy, this is a great birthday card. Quick and easy masculine card.
The boots are a clip art image colored with pencils and silver star gel pen and fussy cut. Popped up with foam tape. Wood grain paper, sentiment, and burlap ribbon are from SU. Silver brads from Michael's.
Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


The Kraft Journal is right. It is time to get out the thank you cards. And I am completely out so have been working on that the last few day.
I hope no one "deconstructs" some of my cards. They might be surprised with the "oops" behind the design. On this one, I tried stamping the sentiment onto the Kraft cardstock with VersaMark and gold embossing. Didn't like the look of that--not enough contrast. But I couldn't waste a perfectly good card base. So I covered it with a strip of DSP from SU bordered by 2 purple shimmery strips to pick up the purple in the polka dots. I stamped a SU sentiment in black on a gold vellum banner and accented it with a gold/purple bow.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


When I received my new Sale-a-Bration book from Stampin' Up, I opened that paper cover and discovered beautiful DP on the inside. I don't know if that was what Stampin' Up intended but WOW, 2 free 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. When layered against solid cardstock, you cannot see the images that are on the cover.
I pulled some solid colors from my scrap file, punched out some ovals, and stamped with a Thank You sentiment from SU. Easy peasy fast card!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Good Thoughts

I am back from a fun trip to Texas to spend Christmas with daughter & family. Our son from Chicago and his 2 daughters joined us. There were 5 adults and 5 children ages 6mo.-10yrs. Full house!! First time we had all been together at the same time for about 18 months.
But it is great to be back home in the quiet with the opportunity to craft again.
I am joining in the Curtain Call photo inspiration challenge

My card isn't particularly winter themed but I used the neutral colors.
So maybe we can say the good thoughts are for a short winter season if you are in one of those really cold climates--or at least for you to stay warm.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gift Bag

Cards are done and mailed. Gifts are wrapped. Except for 2 that I did not have a box to fit. So I decided to decorate a gift bag.
I was inspired by the color challenge at The Kraft Journal They have so many gorgeous colors in the photo
I had some scraps of blue and purple "jewel" tone papers that are colors in the wreath. The gold metallic is also from the scrapbox.. I used SU's Star Framelits to die cut all the stars. I cut a star in black to put behind the larger one for a shadow effect. The tag sentiment is from SU.
I have also used a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches for my design.
That was really easy and probably a lot faster than actually wrapping.

Monday, December 8, 2014

White Christmas

I love the elegance of white-on-white cards. So I had to try my hand at  The Kraft Journal challenge this week.
I dry embossed snowflakes on the Kraft cardstock and then rubbed a white ink pad lightly to highlight the snowflakes. Then used the same Cuttlebug impression folder on the long white strip.  I first stamped the SU sentiment in red and then used the polka dot folder on the rectangle piece. I like that the words fit between the rows of dots so it shows up better. The tree is from SU Festival of Trees, stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder. There are tiny flowers on the tree so each one got a pearl center.
I used this sketch from Mojo Monday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Creative Mess

I have really been challenged with this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I knew I wanted to do stars for the circles and a tree where the banner is but could not decide on the right DP. Once I finally decided on the DP here is what my workspace looked like
So fess up--I bet you all have had a desk top looking like this at some time! LOL!!  Well, as  the saying goes, "A messy desk is the sign of a creative mind,"
So here is a clearer picture of the actual creation.
Now I have some cleaning to do. The other half of that saying has to be "too much mess stifles creativity."