Sunday, August 19, 2018

Twofer thank Yous

My entry in Darnell's Twofer challenge this month features die cuts instead of stamps; since the theme is geometric shapes.
I die cut squares. Used the frames on the left card and the negatives on the right card. The papers are from the scrap box. Punched butterfly and flower accent the squares. The sentiments are unlabled. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


I have a request for 24 Thank You cards so am looking for quick and easy card ideas. The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is just the thing.
Here is my card:
Can it be any easier than this? The circle of ferns is from SU's Tropical Escape 6x6 pack. Behind it is a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist. The sentiment is an old one from Lawn Fawn. I was going to stop there but kept looking at it thinking it just needed something more. A punched tiny flower is just the balance needed.
I don't know--do you think I can leave all that white space alone?  It is hard.
Back to the desk to try more of this sketch.
Here is take 2. Looks so different with landscape orientation and colored background.This paper is from Garden Impressions 6x6 pack. Back strip from Swirly Bird dies. I added leaves and butterfly because they happened to be laying nearby on the desk and were in the right color tones.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


The challenge at Just Us Girls is "Fast Watercolor"
My favorite fast watercolor is with Brusho Crystals. Just sprinkle them on watercolor paper and then spray with water. Easy peasy.
The DP is from SU Garden Impressions paper pack. The dandelions are from Stampendous. The sentiment is an unlabeled on. The labels are SU punches. I added 3 pink sequins for some bling.
Also submitting to Tuesday Throwdown since their challenge is "Anything Goes"

Friday, August 10, 2018


A friend moved away and then sent me a note on a beautiful card. I am trying to stop "saving" so much stuff. So rather than throw it into a box to save, I decided to repurpose it. It is too beautiful to throw away. I used to say recycle but don't you think repurposed sounds so much more artistic?
In her note, she forgot to give me her new email address so I will use this card to write back to her. Isn't it more fun to receive snail mail?
The roses are Memory Box dies. I free hand cut stems and punched out some leaves. The sentiment is  an old one.
The card had this beautiful design front and back so I was able to make 2 cards.
The flowers and sentiment on this one are both Stampin" Up!
I have used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sunny Day

My grandson is entering 8th grade and has been training all summer to be on their running team. I made this card to encourage him
The images and sentiment are from Paper Trey Ink. I made an ink smudge on the left side and decided to cover it up with a sun rather than start over.
So, it turns into an entry for CASology Week 309 challenge: Sunbeam.
Amazing sometimes what mistakes can turn into. I actually like it better with the sun.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Thanks to all the great entries in the Send A Smile 4 Kids 175th challenge "Christmas in July for Kids".
It is time to announce the winners. The complete list can be found here on the SAS4K blog.
Thank you to all who left sweet comments. here on my blog.  The winners by random draw for my blog

Tonic Studio's Paper Trimmer: Ginny B.

One free digital stamp from Paper Nest Dolls:  Erica Lang

Congratulations to all the winners!!  If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at  BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

Ginny and Erica, enjoy your prizes.
Keep those cute cards coming for Send A Smile 4 Kids. I know the hospital staff and the kids enjoy them all.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018


I have a customer who always send lots of Thanksgiving cards. I am beginning her order.
Using sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches
Here is my card
The DP is from a discontinued SU pack. The center image is a left over from a card kit from SU. For the corner accents, I punched out tiny flowers that match flowers in the background. Sentiment is an oldie but goodie--I love the font.


We have actually had a couple of days relief from our heatwave. But next week we are meeting our kids and their families for vacation in Hot Springs Arkansas. I''m afraid it will be living up to its name.
Appropriate then that Tuesday Throwdown challenge is "Heatwave--use hot colors".
I hope a Christmas card will cool you off, even if it is made with hot colors, lemon-lime  twist and melon mambo (both by SU).
The image is a From The Heart digi colored with Stampin" blends and glitter pens. Sentiment is also from SU. A WalMart lacy doily is behind the image.
I even photographed my "hot colors" card on a piece of hot colors polka dotted paper. Too much?
I am also entering this in Send A Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July challenge.  Go check out the blog hop they are currently having. Lots of prizes to claim. You can see my entry for that here. There are 2 prizes being offered on my blog.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

All Dressed Up

I love making cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I know this one will make some little girl's eyes light up.
The image is a digi from All Dressed Up. That is exactly what this little girl is, just patienty waiting to open her gifts. Isn't she darling? I colored her with Stampin" Up! blender pens and Star gel pens. The image is die cut with a stitched rectangle  die by Lawn Fawn. The card base is SU Pool Party. The mats are white and blue glitter paper from SU Myth & Magic collection. As if there wasn't already enough bling, I added some clear sequins to the image. They are magical sequins too, INRL they look yellow. On photography they always show pink.
Here's a close up of that glitter.
Inside a stamped a sentiment from SU, added another glitter strip and star.
Entering in All Dressed Up anything goes challenge
Send A Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July challenge. Go check them out. There is a blog hop and lots of prizes being given with this challenge.
Tuesday Throwdown challenge to use stitching, either real or faux

Christmas in July

I have been participating Send A Smile 4 Kids challenges for some time now and have been in their top 3 picks a couple of times. They are a great charity group that sends cheer cards to children's hospitals. I would wish for there to never be sick children but am so happy I can maybe brighten up their time in the hospital. I am joining SAS4K in the celebration of their 175th challenge! and blog hop. The theme is Christmas in July 4 Kids. It is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals we now serve. We would love for each child to receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick some for special medical staff or loved ones they are missing during the holiday season. 

You may have arrived here from Mary Moisan"s blog. If you want to be sure not to miss any blog, check in and start at Send A Smile 4 Kids.

We have 17 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning just by leaving a comment. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting  on our SAS4Kids blog and  by entering the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon. There are lots of great prizes available so don't forget to leave comments. 
I am using a Paper Nest Dolls digi for my card.
This little cutie is colored with Tombrow markers, Prismacolor pencils, and a Red Star gel pen. The marble paper is Ms Sparkle & Co. I did the sentiment on the computer. Some red gems add some bling.  Peppermint overdose! Are you dizzy yet looking at all the red stripes and swirls?
Leave a comment below for a chance to win a Tonic Studios Paper Trimmer and a free digi from Paper Nest Dolls.

Here are the rules for this blog hop:
**You do not need to comment on every stop of the blog hop to have a chance to win a prize. One comment on any of the blogs or on the main SAS4Kids blogpost qualifies you to win one of the prizes on that blog. If you leave a comment on each stop, you will have earned 17 chances to win a prize, and if you enter a card in the Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge, you will also earn a chance to win one of 8 random prizes there.
**You MUST have an USA mailing address to qualify to win any of the prizes. We apologize to any of our readers outside of the USA, but this is a requirement to win any of the prizes in this blog hop and in the Christmas in July challenge.
**The blog hop will start July 21st at 8:00 a.m. CDT and continue until July 31st at midnight CDT. When the blog hop is done, all the winners will be drawn randomly from the commenters on each blog and on the main blog, and announced on the SAS4Kids blog on August 4th and on each individual blog. If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.
**The Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge at SAS4Kids will run from July 21st until August 3rd at Noon CST (as is typical of our two week challenges.) You can qualify for one of 8 prizes by entering a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child following the rules of all of our challenges found in the page above. The prizes will be awarded by random drawing and announced with the rest of the winners on August 4th on our blog.

Here is a list of all our wonderful sponsors and the prizes that you could win:

Kitchen Sink Stamps $25 gift certificate
Sparkle N Sprinkle  $5 gift code
Fred She Said $10 gift certificate
Motion Crafts by Uchi's Designs 3 prize packages each with 1 die set and 1 stamp set $35 value each
Bugaboo $12 gift code
Tonic Studios USA Six Tonic Studios Paper Trimmers (159e)
Stampendous Five prizes:
CRS5101/DCS5010 Rose Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, CRS5067/DCS5067 Hydrangea Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, DCP1009 Spring Borders Cutting Dies Set, DCP1007 Build a Wreath Cutting Dies Set, DCP1008 Pop Up Stages Cutting Dies Set
Paper Nest Dolls Two prizes of 3 digis each of the winner's choice plus one free digi for a commenter on each blog that uses a Paper Nest Dolls image
Doodles Paper Playground Four prizes of one package of Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends sequin mixes
White Rose Crafts  Gorjuss Tweed Craft Card Compendium (makes 24 cards - retails at $16.99)
Dies R Us $15 gift code
Cheapo Dies
(owned by an American I know) $15 gift code
All Dressed Up Stamps
- two digital stamps

Janet Bailey - three Stampin' up Stamp Sets

Thank you so much for supporting Send a Smile 4 Kids and our wonderful sponsors of this blog hop. Good luck in the drawings! Leave a comment here and hop for more chances at many prizes.
If you get lost or missed anyone, you can check out the whole list at Send A Smile 4 Kids