Monday, December 26, 2011

Another Colorful Valentine

This is my second card for the playdate cafe challenge 112. Click here to see the previous. I actually clicked on the wrong picture for the link to that one. Knew that as soon as I did it but couldn't grab it back.

The DP from Paper Studio has all those colors for the challenge. The red is from shimmer stack and green from scrap file. The EK scalloped punch looks like the tops of hearts lined up along each side. Heart stamp is $1 special from JoAnn's. The love sentiment and tag punch are both SU. I copied a verse from Card Maker Magazine (Jan 2012)for the inside:
"A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you."

Friday, December 23, 2011

Colorful Valentine

It is good to be back in the craft room. I have been away for awhile and really missed creating. I use the guest bedroom for crafting. Had to put away all of that paraphanalia for Thanksgiving so my 2 grandsons would have a place to sleep. Then we spent 10 days in St. Thomas & St. John. Sure hated to come back to the cold in Indiana. Now that Christmas is all set, I have time to myself to play.
The Playdate Cafe has this cool color combo inspiration picture for this week's challenge.

How fortunate that last week I purchased some valentine paper (The Paper Studio) in exactly these colors. So it was pretty easy to decide what to do for this challenge.

I used a white cardstock base, red from the Shimmer Stack by DCWV. The green is from scrap file. Sentiment is SU and the heart is $1 special from Michaels. Topped it off with red gem.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Masculine Christmas Card.

Tuesday Throwdown challenge is a "masculine Christmas card". I had to think about that for awhile to decide exactly what a "masculine" card would be. I had seen this image on a t-shirt recently and thought that it would be a cute card. Amazing where we crafters can get inpiration!

This little cutie sheep is inspired by a clip art but I decided it was close enough to a punched scalloped circle so that is what I used. I ran a black sharpie marker around the edge to give it definition. The face (cut from the clip art image) is traced on and colored with a flesh color pencil. The legs are free hand cut and taped to the back. The Santa hat is also copied from a clip art and paper pieced. It has clear glitter glue to the hat band and ball. The sentiment is computer generated and attached with green eyelets.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

use a number

Papercraft Star challenge this week is using a number on a card. I made this cute/sweet card for a baby girl's 1st birthday:

Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Number: cricut
DPs all from scrap file
See another cute/fun card with number here for any of your friends who claim to be 29--several times.

Monday, October 17, 2011

glitter & bling

mojo monday 211 sketch challenge:

My neighbor came over and asked me to make a birthday card for her granddaugher who like lots of sparkle and bling. I decided it would go well with the mojo sketch so here is my card:
That glitterty colorful DP is from the Butterflies and Blossoms stack by DCWV. Stamps: PTI (stems), TAC (flowers & sentiment). For added glitter, I added yellow glitter glue drops to center of flowers, silver dots on scalloped circle, traced the Happy Birthday with the rose star gel pen, and finally 2 small rhinestones on the butterfly which was cut from the DP. I use black jeweler's wire for butterfly antenna.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Wee Memories challenge is anything, any Holiday. It is a little hard to think of Christmas and Snow when the temp is still in the 70s but I really need to get started on Christmas cards as I have a Craft Bazaar next month. So here is a Chritmas card:

A fairly quick and easy card to do. It is on white cardstock base. Punches: Martha Stewart. Stamps: The Angel Company. Snowman colored with colored pencils, frosted lace stickles to white snow parts, cotton ball to hat brim and tassel. I also used clear glitter gel on the snowflakes.
Okay, 1 down--many more to go.

Monday, October 10, 2011

flower shop

I love this sketch from mojo monday:

I just reminds me of an old fashioned flower shop with a colorful canopy. So here is my card:

White cardstock base. Green is Shimmer Pack from DCWV and DP is from Butterflies and Blossoms Pack also from DCWV. I don't know what happened with the scan but that pink strip is actually a bright pink as are the butterflies. Stamps: flower, Inkadinkadoo, Sentiment, Lawn Fawn. Inks: Staz-On black and MS geranium. Flower is colored with Tombow marker. And what would a flower shop be without a few butterflies. These are MS stamp and punch set. I used a clear star gel pen to give them a little glimmer. I think a thank you card ought to always be pretty and I think this one fits the bill.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Spook"tacular Halloween

the playdate cafe has this colorful Halloween challenge

I made this fun card for my grandsons who last year were fascinated by all the blowup ghost lawn decorations.

Stamps: SU (boo), Inkadinkadoo (swirls on green and Happy Halloween), Craftsmart (ghost)
The ghosts are cut out and hung on polka dot ribbon from Michaels. I only secured the ribbon in back and left the ghosts to swing. I hope when they open the card the ghosts will pop out.
The Happy Halloween at the bottom is a little hard to see. I stamped it in black and then traced with clear star gel pen.

And this one for my granddaughters who are such cuties!!

This one is white card base smudged on edges with black ink. Scraps from the other card.
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (swirls,cobweb, and sentiment) Craftsmart (witch)
Spider cut with Cricut

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Lawn Fawn has issued a challenge on this World Card Making Day of making a thank you note and sending to a loved one. My card is for a member of a committee that I am on. She has gone above and beyond in serving.

That cute french looking label is from a bag of craft items I bought at a yard sale. It is French Looking so I went with the "merci" stamp.The "fan" is a half circle of Martha Stewart paper doilies. The orange cardstock is DCWV Shimmer Stack. Hearts are from Stampin" Up.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


papercraft star challenge 64 is to use lace on a card. Here is my card:

The dotted design paper is DCWV Holiday Collection and the print is Paper Studio. Those are backed by DCWV Shimmer Stack green on an ivory card base. The leaf is diecut from SU. The poinsetia is from a strand of them from Michaels. I only had white lace so I "tea dyed" (steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup hot water and soak the lace until shade wanted).
Here is another lace card I did a week ago for papercraft star "anything goes" challenge:

Thursday, September 22, 2011


This mojomonday sketch challenge has a lot going on. I am prepping for 2 craft sales in November so thought I should get started on Christmas cards. The DPs are all from DCWV Christmas Stack. It is so easy when the papers are double sided and color coordinated. The Noel stamp is Craft Smart (Hobby Lobby) colored with colored pencils and star gel pens. Ribbon and red gems from Michael's

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Angel blessings

papercraft star has a challenge of "Anything Goes" Here is my card:

I got this new stamp from Hampton Art this week. Isn't she just adorable?  My daughter's birthday is coming up so I made this for her. Supplies mostly from scrap file. The DP is Luxury Stack. The HB stamp is Lawn Fawn. I colored the angel with colored pencils and used clear star gel pen on the wings for some shimmer.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WMC 67

I think this is my first time entering a challenge from Wee Memories. I do love their blog--so many inspiring ideas. This week's challenge is making a 1 layer card.

I don't remember the source of this technique--I saw a video quite a while back. The background is made by cutting a rectangle (or any shape you like--some of the nesties would be good to use also) in a scrap of cardstock and taping a piece of gauze over it. Then sponge on color over the gauze. I used Studio G sage green and Color Box sky blue. The dragonfly is Stampabilities stamped with Studio G truquoise and them lilac over that (Use a stamp-a-ma-jig). The sentiment is from PTI.

Friday, September 9, 2011


papercraft star has this color challenge this week.

I wasn't sure I could come up with something in that combo. But looking in my stash, I found this butterfly print on vellum (it is actually black instead of navy) and the quote that I printed on the computer and punched out. So then I found a piece of aqua to back the butterflies and backed the scalloped circle with red. So I had my entry. Turned out way easier than I thought! The butterfly is Stamp Affair. I stamped it with Staz-On black onto a piece of the aqua paper, cut it out, outlined with black marker, highlighted with Clear Star gel pen. The antenna are black jeweler's wire. In real view, it is popped up with Pop Dot. That gorgeous shimmery aqua ribbon was only $1.00 a spool at WalMart--gotta love that price. The jewels at the bottom are actually stickers from Michael's. I think this might be a great anniversary card with the message "Thank you for changing my world"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to School

Paper Craft Star challenge 59 is a back to school project.
I know this card is an odd back to school project. A good friend's son had a bike accident 2 days before school started. He broke an ankle and is in a cast and on crutches. He is going to have a rough few weeks so I wanted to make this card to cheer him up. Also I wanted to share my designer "camo paper". I used a light tan paper and smeared Timber Brown, Pine Green, Sage Green, and Tea Dye inks at random. I'm thinking I'll have to do this for some other masculine cards. Lots of potential.

The card base is Kraft paper. The turtle stamp is from Stampabilities, colored with colored pencils. The sentiment is computer generated. I tied some twine for extra texture.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Play Date Cafe 95

Challenge 95 from the play date cafe is using this picture as inspiration

This is my interpretation:
I used Cuttlebug swirl IP on the navy background. The DP is Nana's Kids pack. The doily is from Martha Stewart. Sentiment is from TAC stamped with MS geranium and geranium sponged around the edges. The shimmer ribbon is from WalMart.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pinterest Inspiration

Papertrey Paperdolls. uses this photo from pinterest as inspiration for this week challenge. If you are not familiar with pinterest, spend some time there. They have such inspirational photos.

I just bought Cricut's Lacy Labels and thought this would be a good chance to use it. Took some trial and error but here is my card.
The card base is Kraft. I used the PTI linen IP on the cream cardstock for texture. The sentiment is also PTI. The ribbon from WalMart is a shimmer mettalic that picks up the pink. Hard to see here but there are tiny pearls for the butterfly bodies and flower center. I think I am really going to like that Lacy Labels cartridge. It is so pretty and feminine.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

29 again

The front

The inside

This card is inspired by my friend who has been "29" about 40 times!!LOL!! It suits Tuesday Throwdown challenge 62 of using non stamped sentiment. I did the Celebrate on my computer.
The candles are from Hero Art and colored with watercolor pens. The gold and red are just a pieces of Bazill from my scrap file. The 29 is cut out with Cricut. That inside sentiment is stamped (Stampabilities) because I forgot to type it when I made the inside sentiment.
I know she will soooo enjoy this card. I don't know if I can actually wait for her birthday in November to share it with her.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Play Date Cafe challenge 94

The Play Date Cafe challenge is using this picture and color combo for inspiration:

I used ivory cardstock base, turquose Bazill cardstock, and brown handmade paper from Paper Passport Collage Pad. The light covers in the picture reminded me of vellum so I used gold vellum to cut the flower with Cricut.The ribbon which is turquoise with gold running through it is from Michael's. The sentiment from Studio G. I used this sketch from Stampin 411 for the design.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


It is so good to be back in the craft room to create my own projects. My granddaughters visited for 2 weeks and they love to "craft" and we did lots of projects.
Then I spent 2 weeks volunteering for a project at church.
Entering some challenges is just what I need to get my mojo going again.
Papertrey Paper Dolls  is posting a challenge to use some kind of "newsprint" as a background. I really admire those crafters who can pull off the vintage & shabby chic looks. I think mine always look messy. So here is a CAS take on the "news" background.

All of the papers are from my scrap file. I don't know the maker of this DP but I found it in a really cool store in Branson MO. The border punch is Fiskar. Labels 8 Nesties for the label with black background trimmed close.  I used an orange sharpie to trace around the embossed edge of the label. Sentiment is from TAC. And OOPS! I just noticed it is a little slanted. I should have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig instead of eyeballing it. Never pays to try saving a little time.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cheery greeting

papercraft star challenge 52 used this photo for inspiration:

I love these colors they are so bright and cheery. Here is my card:

The starting point was the ribbon from Michael's. The colored papers are all from my scrap file. Butterfly stamp is Inkadinkado and the sentiment from Studio G, both stamped with StazOn black. I colored the butterfly with yellow and orange colored pencils. You can't see it here but I used a clear star gel pen on the trailer lines below the butterfly. Then for a little bling added the 3 blue rhinestones.
I'm hope this card will bring cheer to someone's day.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Play Date Cafe

the play date cafe challenges with this color combo:

Not something I would have thought of but hey that's what challenge means. Out of your comfort zone. Now that I have it completed, I really like the combo. I used the sketch from mojo monday, leaving out a couple of elements. That is what is great about checking out different challenges. You can often use 1 sketch with another's color combo. So here is my card:

The solids are all Bazzil cardstock.
Stamps: Stampendous, PTI (sentiment)
Inks: Studio G gold and StazOn black
Martha Stewart stamp/punch butterfly.
Fiskar edge punch

Monday, July 4, 2011


cas-ualfridays challenge is make a masculine card using kraft paper. My husband really fits the "kraftsman" mold.He is a great handyman. So here is my birthday card for him.

Kraft base of course with Cuttlebug circles IP.
DP and red background paper from TAC--maybe discontinued. I've had it a couple of years.
Sentiment from Michaels (I think). Two "rivets" (since this is in man terms) on each end with twine run through,.
I saw a card on a blog one day with washers. Absolutely knew I should have bookmarked or written it down as I cannot remember the source. Let me know if it was yours. I'd love to give you credit. All these circles reminded me of washers so I ran out to the shop and borrowed 3 small gold ones. I guess it is okay as he will be getting them back.!! Hope you like my masculine card. I know my man will!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Combo challenges

Today I have a 2fer. Well maybe its more like 1 for 2-one card, 2 challenges. CAS-ual Fridays challenge is using color blocks.The Playdate Cafe has these fun summer colors to use

So here is my card:

I used white cardstock with flower Fiskar IP embossing on the front. Can't see that very well here.            The 1/2" squares (the top one is actually orange) are stamped with an Inkadinkadoo flower petal stamp in VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. A clear rhinestone centers each one. The birthday sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. I stamped it with Stampabilities orange pigment ink and then traced with clear star jel pen.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


S*T*A*R is what Papercraft Star asks us to use for inspiration for a card this week. I have several friends coming up on 50th anniversaries soon so I decided make a card for that.

I used white cardstock. Gold mettalic DP is from Michael's. 50th is cut with Cricut (Jasmine). Sentiment is Lawn Fawn stamped in black and highlighted with clear star gel pen
So here is my inspiration:
S= sentiment
T=three flowers
R=recycle (the flowers came from a birthday card someone sent me)

Friday, June 10, 2011


CAS-ual Fridays has this really fun cool challenge: play Tic Tac Toe with this grid:

I chose buttons, punch, embossing for a Father's Day card. Then I added a 4th with ribbon. You don't always win Tic Tac Toe in 3 straight plays! The embossing is Cuttlebug's woodgrain rubbed with StazOn Timber Brown. The punch is the square scallop stamped with letters from Studio G. The button has slits the blue ribbon fits through. Isn't your Dad a blue ribbon Dad? The other "ribbon" is suitable for Dads--it is drywall tape. Thanks CFC for a fun challenge. 

Fishing buddy

Papertrey Paperdolls challenge is making masculine theme cards. I did a Father's Day for my card. What little guy doesn't like to go fishing with his Daddy? The DP is from scraps backed with a dark brown and tied with twine (kind of like fishing line?-well maybe not, I am not a fishing person! LOL!!) The little guy is a TAC stamp, colored with colored pencils. I tore the paper and antiqued it with Tea Dye Ink. The sentiment is also TAC. I am doing a card sale at Curve's on Monday. Hope somebody likes this for their father.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Father's Day

Papercraft Star dual challenge is to use this sketch for a project and make it masculine.

Card Stats:
Ivory cardstock, Brown cardstock, DP from scrap file,
Scallop punch
Sentiments computer generated.
Studio G turquoise ink,
Turquoise eyelets.
Button from my stash of many years of collecting buttons.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Cas-ual Fridays challenge is this sketch by Laura (I've missed your sketch challenges) Welcome back!
Here is my card. This adorable little chick in hot air balloon is from DeNami. They have the cutest! little animal stamps. The sentiment is computer generated. I used colored pencils on the balloons and sponged some Color Box sky blue around them. The sun is InkDot yellow. The grass is from PTI. And the ribbon from WalMart. This may be a "clean" card but maybe not so "simple" because of all the coloring. My Daughter in Law is competing in her first triathlon next week. I think this will inspire her.

Giraffe card.

Tuesday Throwdown challenge for the week is using animals. I have this cute little giraffe stamp from DeNami. They have the cutest baby animal stamps. I colored it with water color pens. I shredded a little of the twine to make a fluffy tail. The DPs are from my scrap files. I just pulled colors from the DP for backing and card. Maybe a cute one for baby boy's 1st birthday?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CAS--Casual Friday

Cas-ual Fridays clean and simple challenge for this week is graduation cards. I think this cute little stamp from DeNami Design with the computer generated message will inspire grads to go places. It is hard to see in the picture but I also sponged just a bit of Color Box sky blue behind each balloon.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

grad 2011

Papercraft Star challenge uses this sketch
and these requirements:1) 1 card stock paper, 2) 2 patterned papers, 3) 3 pieces of bling.

And here is my card:
Supplies: white cardstock, both DP are from Hobby Lobby.
'11 cut with Cricut, punched scallop circle, black circle cut with Creative Memories system.
Eyelet punch: Martha Stewart.
Ink: Studio G light green
Sentiment: The Angel Company "Tag Tidbits"
3 rhinestones for bling.