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December 2, 2016

Christmas JOY

Ok, I am really running against the clock on this one.
I made this card following the sketch over at 
Retro Rubber Challenge where you have to use an older
rubber stamp.  The Joy stamp is from a 2000 Stampin Up
set.

I stamped it with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with
Brutus/Monroe Alabaster embossing powder.
I LOVE this embossing powder, some of the best I have used.  It covers
very well and heats/melts quickly and evenly.
I flipped the sketch on it's side and using some glitter paper
 added some strips.  The background paper is from a
Christmas paper stack from Michaels a couple years ago.

Well, that is it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Retro Rubber Challenge - sketch/use rubber stamp  ends 12/2
Time Out Challenge - Anything goes Christmas  glitter/sparkle ends 12/6
Moving Along with the times -  Anything goes Christmas ends 12/6
Crafting with Attitude - Anything goes ends 12/24
CCEE Stampers - Color Red

December 1, 2016

Spotlight Colored Clematis

Hi, well it is the first of December so it is time to share
my card I made as a Design Team member over at
for the monthly 
Make sure you come and play along as this month it is a
prize challenge.  You could win a Gina Marie gift certificate.
If you are not familiar with her products you really should
check them out, she has some of the best dies and at the absolute 
best prices. 

For this card, I used a Power Poppy digital image called
Climbing Clematis.   A long time ago I made a card using this technique 
called the Spotlight Technique where you just color a portion
of the image.  If you want to check that post out click HERE is was about
6 years ago.  I colored the flower twice, once directly on the
entire image then again on a second one and cut it out then
attached it over the bottom one to give it some dimension. 
After I had it all colored I cut it out using a Gina Marie

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head on over the 
Challenges entered:

November 30, 2016

Off Colored Christmas Card

Hi, here we are the 1st of December and Christmas will
be upon us sooner than we think. 
So today I have a Christmas card to share with you
that are not in the "traditional" Christmas colors.

I love the soft look of it.  I am on the design team for 
A Bit More Time to Craft digital papers, so that is where
these fabulous papers came from.  They have a challenge
twice a month that is always anything goes so make sure you hop on
over and join it the fun.  There is also a Friday Freebie where you can pick up some papers.
The Mery Christmas is a stamp from Unity Stamps.  There
stamps a wonderful and they always have great sales.  This stamp is from the
...........A Joyous Season set.  
The snowflake I cut using my Cricut Explore.  This snowflake file is kind of cool because first it draws all the design on the snowflake and then cuts it out along with a shadow layer. 
Well that is it for now, hope everyone is doing well and getting
all the things done for the Holiday season.

November 28, 2016

A Simple Birthday Card

Hi, it has been a while since I have posted anything.  I guess the
holiday season is upon us, things got a little crazy around here.
Hope everyone had a blesses Thanksgiving with family & friends.

Today I have a very simple card to share with you that I have had
on my desk for a few weeks now but haven't had a chance yet to post.


The background paper is pearl paper that I embossed using my MS scoreboard 
at 1/2 inch increments.  The 3 roses are a Gina Marie die that I cut
from a piece of paper I made using some ink sprays.
Happy Birthday is also a die.
And that's it, pretty simple.

Thanks for taking the time to sop and take a peak.

November 5, 2016

Happiest 5th Birthday

Hi everyone, hope you have some fun plans for
the weekend.
I have a card to share that I made following this 
weeks sketch at Mojo Monday for one of my great-granddaughter
that turns 5.
I know all the little girls love "My Little Pony" so I went with
that theme because I loved the bright colors.
The background striped paper is a digital paper from 
Sonya Dehart called Summer Carnival.
I used some stitched circle Gina Marie dies to cut out the circle.
The half circle and the 5 were cut using my Cricut Explore.
The half circle is embossed and sprayed with some Glimmer mist so
it is all sparkly and so is the 5.

Well that is it for today, have a great weekend.
Challenges entered:
Crafting with Dragonflies - Stripes/spots ends 11/11
Catch the Bug - Anything goes ends 11/12
Crafty Friends - For someone special ends 11/18

November 1, 2016

Marshmallow Snowman

Hi, well here we are at November 1st already.  Everyone have them
Christmas cards done?  Nope, not me, I am still trying to figure out 
my design for the ones I mass produce.  It is looking up though cause I thinkI finally have it nearly figured out.
Well, this card will make it into my random Christmas card stack.
I created this card for the November Crafty Awesomeness Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle.  This month out sponsor is
Bugaboo stamps.  Thanks, Jodie we love your stamps. 
I chose to use Marshmallow Snowman for my image.  I had just received my
Hero Arts October kit of the month and it had a cut snow-globe in it
si I wanted to use that with this adorable little snowman. 
I colored him using my Copic markers. I then cut about 3 panels with the circle our of the center from very heavy white chipboard.  I glued the acetate under the piece of pattern paper to make my snow-globe window.  I used a little bit of the 
Flower Soft snow that came in the kit, but mostly what I used for my "snow" was silica gel that I have been saving from medication bottle, shoes, etc etc...
It made GREAT snow for this shaker card. 
Plus I had seen someone had used alcohol inks to dye it so
it can be used for all kinds of shakers cards and other things. 
The globe stand I used the die and cut it from a piece of wood grain paper, then
stamped it with a stamp that was also in the kit.  
The "winter wonderland" I stamped on and oval and mounted it
with foam tape.
So, I hope you like my card and head on over and join in the fun over at
Also, make sure you check out Bugaboo stamps for some cute images
and don't forget the Friday Freebie. 

October 31, 2016

Hope You Feel Better

Hi, I have my  Design Team card to share with you today that I made
using digital paper from A Bit More Time to Craft.
For this one, I used one of the papers from the
Beauty Dream pack.   Make sure you head on over to 
A Bit More Time to Craft as Lozzy will release a lot
of new paper sets November 4th, she also has a freebie on Fridays.
I really love how this card turned out.  I made it following
the sketch from Pals, Paper, Arts where unfortunately this is
their last challenge. 
The circle I cut out using some dies and then stamped
it with a Unity Stamp from the 
Have you ever checked out Unity Stamps, well if not
you really need to if you love stamps.  They are high-quality 
red rubber stamps and OMG the sales they have
are great!
I set up a cut file in Cricut Design Space for this card.  I think it
would look good made up in some Christmas papers so I think
I will make a bunch using different papers.
Well, thanks for stopping by.

October 28, 2016

A Couple Christmas Cards

Hi, just a quick post to show you a couple Christmas cards
I have made recently.  
I usually make one that a mass produce for the majority of my
cards, but I also make random ones over the year.
And then this one is the same pattern.
This one I used some stamps from SugarPea Designs.
Both of these cards I set up a cut file in Cricut Design Space and cut using my Explore.  I did this cause I thought it would waste less paper plus make it easier to duplicate the cards with different papers if I choose to.
I really like this one this one came out.  I also set up a cut file for this one in Design Space.  The Merry Christmas is a Gina Marie die and
the reindeer was cut using my Explore.   I embossed the back panel using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Christmas Houses. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop and take a peek at my Christmas cards.

October 24, 2016

Pretty as a Peacock

Hi, today's card I made using a Unity Stamp from 
the Pretty as a Peacock set.

I stamped the peacock on watercolor paper and then 
colored/painted it using my Zig Clean Color Markers and Distress Inks.
After I colored it I hand cut it out or "fussy" cut it as they say.
I mounted the peacock with foam tape.  The background paper is from a DCWV Mediterranean Cafe stack, then I added strips of lime green cardstock. 
I created this card following the sketch over at the Unity Show & Tell challenge on Facebook. 

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy reading your comments.

Challenges entered:
Unity Show & Tell - sketch ends 10/27
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes ends 11/5
Aurora Wings - anything goes/hand colored ends 11/5
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes ends 10/30
Critters & Creatures - must include a critter/creature ends 10/31
The Outlawz - Greetings animal antics 



October 18, 2016

Cheers!

Hi here is a super quick post.
Over at The House that Stamps Built they are having challenge
to use food or drink on your card.
Here is the card I came up with.  The wine bottle and glass is 
a stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps it is a really cool stamp that gives it a watercolor effect, check it out HERE. The sentiment is from Repeat Impressions.  Papers are from a Paper House stack.

Well, I cut myself real close to the deadline on this one (just 15 minutes to go) so I better get this posted.