Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Square Card

I don't usually do large square cards because they require a special envelope and frequently extra postage. But this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches calls for a square.
This one was a real challenge for me. I had a medallion from the Eastern Palace Suite that my SU Demo sent to me. It was already stamped with the new Lemon Lime Twist color. Coming up with the colors to go with that is where the challenge came in.
Finally, I came up with this
And here is a snap of my desk when I was finally done with the card.
See--what I said, quite the challenge. But I am pleased with the results.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cool Frog

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge is For The Boys
I used this cute frog and sentiment digital by From The Heart Stamps.
The papers are from the scrap box. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and also added water to the sentiment circle. The seaweed is from the So Succulent dies by SU. And of course a frog always requires big google eyes.
The sketch is by Tuesday Morning Sketches but too bad I am too late to enter there.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Summer has been crazy busy so far and I am way behind in challenges. Hopefully I can find more time today to get crafty.
So, 2 challenges 1 card.
CAS-ual Fridays color challenge 
2 different Cuttlebug embression folders
SU's Botanical Blooms flower
SU's sentiment.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Remember the yummy orange sherbet/ice cream treats? Dreamsicles. Do they still make them? As I try to avoid too much sugar these days, I haven't really looked for them. But with the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown being "Sugar High", I think a card Dreamsicle is pretty safe. These are a big rage on Pinterest. I've even seen them made with paint chips.
The card is cut down from an Ombre card from Paper Studio.  Whole box in 6 different colors found at JoAnn's on sale. Take a biteout of the corner with a scallop punch. I used a confetti stamp for the overall pattern. SU for the sentiment and then an old unlabeled stamp of candles.  Add a stick inside and tie with a pretty bow.
Here, the whole card is the Dreamsicle but I can see the idea used for just the front design of a card also.

Submitting to Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge of Anything Goes
I know the kids will love these so I will have to make some in other "flavors".

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Irish Toast

I found this Old Irish Toast on Pinterest. Makes a fun card.
I chose orange and green papers as they are colors of the Irish flag. The frogs are dies from Poppy Stamps. I made this for a lady who orders Thinking of You cards but also wants a few lite and fun ones too. I think this will encourage and cheer up anyone.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Monday, June 5, 2017


So sorry to learn Mojo Monday is saying good-by. I wish Julee and all the designers the best. This is the last sketch challenge. I have enjoyed working with their sketches over the years. They have pushed my creativity with the many details included in their sketches. I have often printed out their sketches and keep them in a notebook. So I know I will be going back to their sketches  for inspiration even though they are not blogging anymore. Here is this week's sketch
I have a NBUS sympathy stamp from SU that I wanted to use. After stamping it and trimming it out, it turned out too large for the portrait orientation so I had to rotate it. I used DP from SU's Serene Scenery paper stack.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

In The Pink

Send A Smile 4 Kids is having an anything goes challenge.
I have a cute pink card for the girls
I found a box of several colors of Ombre cards by Paper Studio on sale half price with coupon at JoAnn's. Couldn't pass up that deal. For this one, I trimmed down the from of one of the card bases, stamped on a flamingo and then added a strip of pink glitter paper from SU at the side. The tag was done on the computer. Inside, I carried out the tropical theme with a palm tree next to the computer made sentiment. That is matted on the back side of the ombre card.

Stitched Dies

A fun birthday card for the Tuesday Throwdown challenge "Stitching"
and Just Us Girls word week
I can't remember where I found this sentiment--maybe on my Hallmark program. I made it on the computer and cut it out with stitched rectangles. The DP is a scrap from SU. Definitely makes your vision wonky.
And the rest of the story

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Get Well Humor

Remember the movie a few years ago with Robin Williams? "Patches" It was based on a true story about a doctor who used laughter as good medicine.
I have a friend going in for knee replacement surgery soon. We are retired nurses and we used to laugh a lot as the way to keep our sanity in all the stress going on about us. I know she will love this card.
The nurse image is a digital by Mary Ellen at Dearie Doll Digi Stamps. I can't remember where I saw this sentiment but this one is done via computer. All secured to a cheery yellow card base withe lines impression folder and secured with a band-aid.
Inside, I did my own message on the computer and secured with a couple more bandaids.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I switched out shapes and the flower accent (in my case bandaid) was moved to the other side.
And used the cue word from CASology

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


An employee at the gym I attend must have every color of Chuck Taylor shoes made. Some days she even wears 2 different colors at the same time. They come in about 8 different colors. I just purchased a Die Namics high top sneaker die from My Favorite Things. I knew it would be a hit with the Send A Smile 4 Kids charity.
This one for the girls:

I used Stampin' Up! lines stamp. Obviously did not get it straight so let's say it is the curve on the track. Sentiment is an old unlabled set. For this one, I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also did one for the boys. The wood grain is from SU's Serene Scenery paper stack. The basketball is  Paper Studio paper that has the basketball texture. 

And for Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes challenge
And Send A Smile 4 Kids Bright Colors 4 Kids challenge.

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.