Monday, April 24, 2017


Just Us Girls has a beautiful photo challenge this week.
I was inspired by the picture frames and the yellows
I found a stitched square with just the flower stamped and colored in my scrap box. I added a sentiment from SU and a punched butterfly. Then layered it on 2 more squares.


Sailboats are good images for masculine cards.  This one is from Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird set.
I did the boat in Real Red. The star background circle is from the scrap box. The sentiment is also SU.  Looks like the sailboat is pulling a banner behind. The impression folder is Sizzix for SU.
I am casing the design by Michelle on Global Design

Basketball Fan

I have a fun card to share for your basketball fan.
I had a scrap of the basketball textured paper in my stash. The gears are from Impression Obsession. I did the sentiment on the computer.  Inside I made a basketball with a circle punch and lines drawn with a Sharpie and added a computer made message.
Getting in just under the wire for Freshly Made Sketches challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I just wasn't sure I would ever use this side of the DP from the Botanical Blooms by SU
The reverse side is ferns and I loved that and have used it frequently. When I saw this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches,
It  just seemed to be peaceful, calm, and zen like. Maybe that is because I was thinking of a friend who needed some calm and peace in her life. 
So I pulled out this DP. The die cut flowers are Memory Box. The butterflies are an SU punch. There is a touch of blue in the flowers on the paper so I did the butterflies in a blue scrap. 
The sentiment is an old stamp I found years ago at a yard sale. It fit perfectly in the small oval die. 
To keep with the minimalist feel, I just punched out a blue dot to use instead of ribbon.
Here is the inside with some flowers from SU Perfect Petals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


I cleaned out and categorized my scrap box and found some papers I had forgotten about. I vowed to use up some of them--how long do you think that will happen?  All these papers are from that scrap pile.
The image is a From The Heart Stamps digital. Colored with Prismacolor pencils and trimmed around so you can see the background flowers a little more. The 3-D flower at the bottom is from the Botanical Blooms dies by SU with a yellow rhinestone center.
The design is the sketch by From The Heart

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I love butterflies and use them on a lot of cards. So with this challenge from Time Out Challenges
how could I not play along?
I opted to use the pink colors and go with just 1 dramatic butterfly. This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.
The card base is Melon Mambo from SU. I sponged on some Melon Mambo ink with a Tim Holtz stencil and also used it for the SU sentiment. The butterfly is a die cut from SU. It is cut from marble paper by ms. sparkle & co. I found it at JoAnn's for $2 for 24 sheets in a 5x7 pack. You can't see it here but I coated the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mother's Day

I have already sent my Mother's Day cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids whose challenge is "For Moms or Special Females (From the Kids)

so I am sharing my card for my own Mother.
The card base is Melon Mambo. The flowers are from Summer Silhouettes done with Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo. The sentiment is one from The Angel Company. The label is from SU's Rose Wonder set.

Color Block

I did a really QAS card for this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
I die cut a square from a white card stock scrap and sponged on 3 colors--SU's Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, and Pool Party.
Then just a dandelion image and SU sentiment. Glue it to a Pool Party base and done!

Saturday, April 1, 2017


When I read about Darnell's intention to have a second April Fool's Day challenge, I regretted throwing away those goofs.
Wouldn't you know, another one happened. I have made this error before and you would think I should have learned not to do this. I had this card completed and thought it was really cool.
Then tried to open it and oops, I had put the artwork on the back.
UGH! How to fix it? I turned the image over, removed the sentiment--you can use your heat gun to unstick double sided tape and peel the papers apart. I then retaped the sentiment so it now appears on top of the card.
Oh, no. Now the DP is upside down. There are subtle words that you can't tell in the photo. Now they are upside down. To much deconstruction to fix. So the card is either getting discarded or maybe used anyway hoping the recipient will not notice the words.
BTW that orbiting thing is from a clipart photo. And I made my own sentiment.

Friday, March 31, 2017


I combined SU sets of Jars of Love and So Succulent to make a terrarium for a Case the Designer challenge at Global Design Project
This is the gorgeous design from Louise Sharp whom we are to case.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Teenagers have a whole other language in texting, most of which is difficult to decipher, but this is one that I actually get.
The cute bears are from a magnetic note pad I picked up in a gift shop in Yellowstone Park. I found a paper in my scrap box that just matched the bear's blue dotted dress. The letters are Tim Holtz dies cut from SU glitter paper.
The theme is taken from CASology cue word "text"
I'll be adding this to my stash of Send A Smile 4 Kids collection. Some teenage girl will love getting this card.
Happy Birthday To You--if you couldn't figure it out.

Die Cut Flowers

I die cut 2 flowers for another project and then decided they didn't work. When I saw this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, I knew these flowers would be perfect for this design.
I added some splotches of Pool Party ink with a stamp from Sunshine Sayings. The flower die cut is from the same set. The sentiment is an old one without a label. A Pool Party twine bow completes the design. I used the second flower inside along with a computer generated message.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Purple Ombre

Today it is a butterfly CAS for Mother's Day. Last week, I asked how many shades of green can you use on one card. Today it is how many shades of purple.
I used 3 different shades of purple for the stripes. The butterfly is a die cut from SU. I sponged on some purple dies and put purple gems on the body. The sentiment is an old one form The Angel Company stamped in SU Wisteria Wonder. The inside has another purple shade strip alongside a computer message.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
Inspiration from picture at The Card Concept

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Butterfly Birthday

My second card today.  I had company over the weekend and didn't get any craft time so am making up for it today. I surfed my blog reading list for the new challenges. This one is using Tuesday Morning Sketches
All the supplies are from Stampin" Up! I love the pretty designs from the So Succulent series plus the green sparkle paper from the Sale-A-Bration book. Inside I did a computer sentiment and added another die cut butterfly.
Also entering this at Just Us Girls with this beautiful photo
And Tuesday Throwdown "Sparkles"

No Snow

My first Christmas card, and it is only March. I think that may be a record for me.
I used a snowflake paper from my stash for the background.The die cuts are SU's Swirly Bird set. I thought they would look like blowing snow. They are coated with Wink of Stella. The focal design as well as both sentiments are digitals by From The Heart Stamps. I colored the design with Prismacolor pencils. I added some glitter glue to the snow piles for some glistening. The ribbon has white circles on white to make you think of snowballs.
I used this sketch by From The Heart Stamps.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For the Boys

I think it is kind of hard to do teenage boy cards. I was excited to find this image when I was searching the internet for guitar images.
It was already colored, so a matter of copy, resize and print. I did the sentiment on the computer. The papers are from SU Cherry on Top paper stack. Coordinated punched stars complete the card.
I rotated the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches
While working with the image, I decided to print out 2 And my twofer:
Papers are from the same SU paper stack. So here are 2 cards for the boys for Send A Smile 4 Kids Collection

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flower for Mom

It is so easy to make pretty flowers with the Oh So Succulent die cuts from Stampin" Up!
Just die cut all the layers and sponge with some darker ink. Glue the together and add a pearl center. The leaves are dies from Essentials by Ellen. The papers are SU also--sweet sugarplum and DP from the Oh So Succulent line.
Entering the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown to add Dimension 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Go Colts!

The image for this month's Stamp of The Month challenge at From The Heart Stamps is a St. Patrick's Day design but I didn't need a St. Patrick's Day card so I went a little different direction.
Being from Indiana, I saw the horseshoe as a sign for Indianapolis Colts who use a blue horseshoe as their logo. And the state bird is a cardinal so I definitely had to color the little bird red. And with a Colts theme, there had to be a football somewhere. I used an oval die cut for the football shape and backed it with what is called Basketball paper found at Hobby Lobby. Passes for football texture too. Some blue sequins make this a fun shaker card. The blue patterned paper is from my file. The manufacturer name had already been trimmed off so I don't know where it was from.
Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge is Animal Cards for Kids. The cards I send in go to Chicago area hospitals but maybe there will be a Colts fan there too.

Here is the Stamp of The Month Set
Go on over to From The Heart Stamps and check out their monthly stamp. You have to purchase the first one. Then if you enter their stamp of the month challenge with the image, they send you next months stamp free. Great way to build your inventory of digital stamps. They have the cutest images.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


How many shades of green can you use on one card? Several for sure, especially if they are all in a designer paper.
The fern DP is from SU's Botanical Blossoms papers. I die cut a fern (Botanical Blossoms) from scrap paper and used it for a stencil for the fern on the front. The sentiment is also SU.
This is for 3 challenges
Just Us Girls--using stencil
The Paper Players--Green and White

And CASology