Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Leaves

My computer is doing something really wonky and not giving me the site address to link up so I hope this works out.

TIME OUT challenges #90 is Autumn with the optional twist of Speed Stamping

Speed Stamping being defined as making a card in 10 minutes or less, after assembling the supplies.  I was able to do mine in 7 min. 46 sec. And it actually has no stamping at all.  The sentiment was done on the computer and die cut with a Stampabilities label die, then sponged on the edges.

The card base is Old Olive from SU. The Kraft layer is embossed with the trees EF and Chocolate Brown lightly rubbed over the top to highlight the trees trunks.  The part that made this card so quick is the Impression Obsession leaves. I used a scrap of white, sponged on orange yellow, and red dyes in an area big enough for the leaves to cover and die cut them all at once. Then I highlighted the veins lightly with a q-tip and brown ink. The leaves are attached with glue dots and then a raffia bow.  After I assembled the front, I found an extra leaf under my card so attached it inside with the sentiment also done on the computer.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Global Design

Time is passing just so fast. I can't believe Global Design Project is celebrating 100 challenges already.
I think I entered their first challenge.  It doesn't seem that long ago.
This week is a fun one. CASE on of their designers.
I admire Brian King's clean precise style. So I am casing his card
The marble background caught my eye. I don't have that background stamps but do have a pack of marble DP I found at JoAnn's. The green one goes perfectly with Lemon Lime Twist. 
Since I am working on Halloween Cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids I went with that theme. Adding strips of orange and purple scraps bring in the Halloween colors.
Dracula is just too cute to be scary. He is from the Cookie-Cutter Halloween collection from last year.  I colored him with colored pencils, punched him out and mounted with dimensional.  I had to fussy cut the treat bag--that even cases Brian. We know how he likes to fussy cut!  The sentiment is an old one from SU also.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

Who said "summer is easy"?  It has been pretty hectic around here. And I am behind in my challenges. School started today and before you know it fall and Halloween are upon us.  I have started on some Halloween cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids It will fit their challenge of "Anything Goes"
I used some scraps for the background strips and an old jack-lantern stamp. After coloring and cutting out the pumpkin, I added some raffia behind the stem and then popped it up with dimensional.
The sentiment is from SU. Some tiny punched bats flying around this pumpkin patch add a little spookiness.
The layout is from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cheer Card

I have an order for 15 Thinking of You and Cheer cards so am taking this opportunity get my mojo flowing with the tic-tac-toe challenge from The Paper Players
I used the top to bottom diagonal row. The papers are all from the Stampin' Up! Naturally Eclectic bundle.
On the inside
I saw this layout on Pinterest but didn't save it so if it is yours, let me know and I'll give you credit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The challenge at TIME OUT
'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 
made me think of the yellow Ombre cards by Paper Studio purchased at Hobby Lobby.

And the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown: Black and White and 1 other color.

I die cut a frame and used the negative to mask for stamping the dandelions in black and sparkled them up with Wink of Stella and rhinestones.  The sentiments are from Stamping' Up! Sunshine sayings.
Inside, I did a sentiment on the computer and trimmed it a little off center so I could add more dandelions. 
I sponged on some Daffodil Delight ink and then coated with Wink of Stella.
I love this layout so while all the supplies were out, I made a fall color one for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I am starting on Halloween cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids.
The black/white paper is retired by SU. The spiders paper is from my scrap pile. This cute little witch, an old one from Michael's bargain bin is just too cute to be scary. Perfect for little kids. 
The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches with the added twist of stamping the focal image.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Deck The Halls

I am combining this sketch from The Paper Players

And the colors from this week's picture inspiration from Just Us Girls

And the Christmas in July theme from Casual Fridays
I know the Just Us Girls photo is summery but I love bright red and lime green for Christmas so went ahead with that theme.  The papers are Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist from Stamping' Up!. The image is a digital by From The Heart Stamps colored with pencils. I added some heat embossed gold dots made with Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Versamark. And anchored the green with some red gems.
This so reminds me of myself at Christmas. Running around trying to get decorations up and trailing a mess of gold tinsel behind me.  At least I have a Christmas card made.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flip Flops

Back again today with another summer fun birthday card
I don't remember where I saw this sentiment but I have kept it my computer for a long time. Bring it out occasionally when I need a summer style card.
The card base is SU's Soft Sky with the wavy impression folder. The strips are all from the scrap file. The flip flops stamp says Lockheart Co.
I was inspired by the photo challenge at The Paper Players
I hope you all get some fun in the water this summer. And have a flip kind of day!

Again I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

"Hoppy" Birthday

Fun little birthday card today
I used the new wavy EF from SU on Sky Blue card base. the DPs are all the Naturally Eclectic papers by SU. I made the sentiment on the computer. It was just a lucky fluke for the scalloped circle to line up with the waves. Love it when that happens! I popped up the circle with deminsionals. The frog is an old SU stamp, stamped on lemon lime twist paper, highlighted with a colored pencils and fussy cut.  And every frog just needs google eyes.
Inside is another old SU sentiment and another frog.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Get Well

Working on my stash of get well cards today.  Seems I have sent a lot of them lately.
The nurse is from Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps. I used the pre-colored one. I don't remember where the sentiment is from. Probably found on Pinterest. I did it on the computer. Card base and DP are from SU.
The layout is from the sketch at Always Playing With Paper
I did another computer generated message inside.
A fun cheery card for anyone especially a surgical patient.

Friday, July 14, 2017

In The Pink

Love digital stamps that are pre-colored. They save a lot of time. And when they are free like from Dearie Doll Digi Stamps, even better.

And when paired with this easy sketch from Case This Sketch, you get a card in under 10 minutes. Great for a last minute need as I now have 30 minutes before the mail delivery person arrives.
The sentiment is done on the computer. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Just Us Girls trend challenge this week is "blending"
And Tuesday Throwdown challenge is "One Layer"
I did not do the blending myself. It's like why should I bake my own cookies when the bakery down the street does them so well. This card base is from a box of Ombre cards by Paper Studio. They do it so well and it was a bargain at half price at Hobby Lobby. I used an old unlabeled wheat stamp and a sentiment from SU stamped in Crumb Cake ink. I added a little texture with ribbon of raffia.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Joy, Peace, Love

Joy, Peace, Love, Sounds like a hippy saying--if you are old enough to remember those times.
But I don't think my snowmen are hippies, just spreading Christmas wishes.

The image is From the Heart digital, colored with pencils. The papers are from the new Naturally Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up! I made the snow under the image with a pale blue marker and coated it with glitter glue. The snowflakes are a Martha Stewart punch.
This is for the sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches with the added twist of Christmas in July. Go check them out. They are celebrating 8 years with some great prizes.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Paint Chips

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends.  Our town had their 4th of July celebration on July 1. That just doesn't seem right. But that leaves today with nothing to do but get crafty.
On Pinterest, I have been seeing all kinds of crafts using paint sample chips. I picked up a bunch at Lowes and have been playing around with them.
This sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches is just perfect for using some of those paint chips.
My paint samples are longer and just seemed better oriented in portrait style.

The butterflies are on DSP from the Serene Scenery paper stack from Stamping" Up!. Their new Lemon Lime Twist is the card base. Butterflies and punch are old ones also from SU.
The second one has flower with die cut from Memory Box.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Celebrating the 400th challenge at Just Us Girls blog. Congratulations to them.
I used Melon Mambo and Lucky Limeade as well as stamps from Stamping' Up!
I left the inside blank so it could be used for a birthday or a congratulations of some sort. I will be adding this to the stash for Send A Smile 4 Kids as well as entering their Birthday Cards for Kids challenge.

I CASed this card from the very talented Megan at I Teach Stamping. I have learned a lot of techniques from her blog.
Just Us Girls word challenge

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.