Monday, May 22, 2017

Butterfly--Clean and Simple

A CAS and quick card.  The butterfly is SU die cut from white card stock ( have you noticed if you try to make card stock one word, the spell checker changes it to yardstick?) that I pounced with bundled Q-tips and lime and turquoise inks. A new technique I learned at Unity Stamp Co. I can't find the video but maybe you can search for it. I get their videos in my email.  Basically it is 8-10 q-tips bundled and fastened with a rubber band. Pounce the bundle on an ink pad and then on your paper. Flip the bundle to the other end and use for a second color. I did this to the paper before die cutting and then touched up some spots after it was cut.

For The Paper Players CAS butterflies
For Just Us Girls color week
And finally sketch from Mojo Monday

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Totally Glam

Today I have 2 cards for the girls for Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge Bright Colors for Kids.
This image is a From The Heart digi called Birdbrain Glamorous.

The background paper and the marble design are by Ms. Sparkle & Co--2 inexpensive paper stack pads from JoAnn's.

This one features a glitter paper I found at Walmart.
Inside both cards are the fun high heels that are part of the same digi set.
Any little princess girl will love these.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


I used 2 embossing folders, words and florals, to define areas, all bordered in black. Punched out pale blue butterflies to fly across. And added a small SU sympathy sentiment.  CAS and elegant.
Entering at Tuesday Throwdown #343 challenge--Texture

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Fairy

I love this hippo fairy and have used it so much it has lost its label. I colored it with star gel pens for glitter. The sentiment is from one of Newton's Nook sets. The Dps are all from the scrap file.
Inside is the best sentiment that appeared in my Facebook feed last week. It had no author credit and I adapted it some. I accented it with a crown stamp and silver embossing powder.

The design is a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Here is another card made with the pink papers and the sentiment that came with the hippo.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Study in Purples

The marble paper is by Ms. Sparkle & Co. found at JoAnn's. The flowers and greenery are from SU Oh So Succulent. The butterfly is die cut from a scrap of the marble paper. The sentiment is an old well used one.
The sketch is Tuesday Morning Sketches
I always love playing with Tuesday Morning Sketches and feel honored to be selected as a favorite of Melissa's for last week's card. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sailboat for Dad

A lot of men would love to have a sailboat and spend the day out on the water. If your Dad doesn't have a sailboat, here is one to celebrate his day.
Everything here is Stampin' Up!. I think the Swirly Bird stamp and dies are one of the most versatile ever from SU. 
The inspiration is from the sketch at Global Design Project

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Super Dad

Another Father's Day card for Send A Smile 4 Kids
This one is a digital by From The Heart Stamps, printed, colored with pencils, and fussy cut. The background is from an SU paper stack with a couple of punched clouds added. I glued the super hero down but left the cape free to fly behind him.
In this imperfect world, wouldn't it be nice if all Dads were superheroes to their kids?

Father's Day

Mother's Day cards are made, sent, and distributed for Send A Smile 4 Kids so we are moving on to the new challenge "for Dad or special males--from the kids"
I purchased a special edition of Stamping" Up! Paper Pumpkin. I was not so impressed with the designs that were suggested so I went in a different direction and used my kit for some Father's Day cards. The black card bases were too somber for festive occasions or even for sympathy cards. But I found them the perfect base for these Father's Day cards.
For the Dad who likes to get out there and fly kites.
Do you give your Dad a new tie every year?

For the coolest Dad on the block
And finally for the Dad who like a relaxing day at the beach
I know the kids will find just the one that suits their Dad.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Feel Better

This fun image is bound to cheer up anyone. It is a digi by From The Heart Stamps.
I used the precolored one here. It also comes uncolored so you can do your own.
The sketch is Freshly Made Sketches

Simple Flowers

It is a cold rainy day here--perfect for being in the craft room catching up on some challenges and restocking the card stash.
Starting with a CAS sympathy card
Flower embossing folder by Sizzix. Die cut flower from Memory Box. Oval die from Umbrella Craft. Sentiment from Stamping' Up! Pirouette Pink card base also from SU.
Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Star Graduate

AAACK! I am getting old. LOL! One of my son's best friends in high school now has a son graduating from high school.  Really? How did that happen?

The local high school team name is Stars so I used that theme for the graduate's card.
I have actually had this star printed paper since my kids we in high school--some 20 some years ago. Now that is hoarding! But it is great to bring out every year to make cards for local graduates.
I used several die cuts and punches to make the different size stars. The cap is by Stampabilities. The word are sentiments from SU's Sunshine Sayings.
I think my rising stars or cascading stars, whichever, fit the challenge cue word at  CASology

Monday, May 1, 2017

CASEing From The Heart Stamps

From The Heart Stamps is having a fun blog hop with the design team is CASEing each other's cards.  Check it out here. They also are challenging their readers to CASE their favorite card by the hop participants.
My 2 granddaughters are having special competitions next week. I am not able to go to them so want to send special good luck cards. I used the same image to CASE 2 different designers.
The one granddaughter loves pink. I chose some pink prints from my stash and edged them with pink glitter paper. The image is From The Heart called Luckie Birdie. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I did the sentiment on the computer.
This one is a CASE of Angela. I love her scalloped edges and the colors.
The next one is the same image with a good luck blue bird.
The marble paper is by Ms. Sparkle & Co. found at Joann's, and the sparkle paper is by SU.
This one is a CASE of Kathy

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!