March 30, 2018

A Baseball Birthday

Two happy things happen this week.
Baseball season starts and it is my hubby's birthday.
He loves baseball and nearly had a chance to play
professional but I guess it was not meant to be.
So I made him a baseball birthday card.
When I saw this sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches
I knew it would be perfect for his birthday card.

I had found this Arizona Diamondbacks a year or so ago so
I just used it as the background.  The baseball was cut using
my Cricut Explore and the CTMH Artbooking cartridge.
The happy birthday was cut and written with the Explore also. 
The panel across the card I embossed using a Teresa Collins
embossing folder.  That is it, it was a pretty simple card.
Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend and a
very Happy Easter.

March 18, 2018

Spring Birthday - Distress Oxides

Hi, today I have a card to share with you that I created
following the sketch this week at

Here is the sketch.

I thought this looked like a fun sketch to create.
I love to create my own background paper using various mediums
and lately, I got the urge to place with my Distress Oxides. 

So using some Bristol paper I made a piece of paper using Oxides
in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.
I love this combination of colors.  I made a larger piece so that I could
just cut off a panel for this card but still have the rest of the paper to use on another card.  
The colors reminded me of Easter but I didn't want to make an Easter
card because I probably would not use it as I don't send out
Easter cards.
The purple edge I made using one of my Fiskars punches.  The purple
circle is a Unity stamp that I stamped using Catherine Pooler
ink Sweet Sixteen and then hand cut it out.  The sentiment is
also a Unity stamp.  Cp inks are the greatest.
  The butterfly is from Stampin up that
is a 3 step stamp, so I used the same colors as I used on the panel.

Well I am just getting this one in under the wire at
MFT Sketch Challenge so I better get this posted.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Challenge entered:
a2z Scrapbooking - anything goes - ends 3/31
A Inky Mess - anything goes with mixed media - ends 3/24
Always a Happy Birthday - Birthday anything goes - ends 3/30

March 15, 2018

Sending Birthday Wishes X 2

Hello, hope everyone is doing well and avoiding the
icky stuff that is going around.  I have been lucky (knock on wood)
and have avoided it so far, my hubby not so lucky he has
been sick this week.

Well on to my cards, I have a couple of birthday cards to
share with you today both using the same
greeting stamp.

This one I used papers from a stack I have had for years
that has coordinating colors and patterns.  Makes it easier to
pick out papers.  The oval was cut with a die, the butterfly was a
punch and the vine is a die and stamp from one of the 
Stamp of Approval boxes.  

I created this card using Altenew flowers stamps with matching dies.
These flower stamps are a 3 layer stamp process, I love that it makes the flowers more dimensional.  The background I made using a stencil and some
Catherine Pooler Garden Party ink.  

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my cards today.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Creations - anything goes - ends 3/26
Creative Moments - anything goes - ends 3/19
Inspiration Destination - anything goes - ends 3/27

March 6, 2018

Hello, today I have a couple cards to share with you 
that came from 2 different sheets of 
K & Company paper from the Floral Dreams stack.  This is one
of my favorite K&Company stacks. 

Here is the first of the two cards.
 I made this card following a sketch, so when I cut the two pieces
of background paper on an angle, I thought well I may as
well, make another card right way with the other 2 pieces.
This one I used a couple Gina K stamps, for the flowers and the sentiment.
I colored the flowers with my Copic markers and die cut them out
using a Spellbinder die.

And here is the second one using those leftover papers.
I stamped the flower using a Stampin Up stamp and
then colored it using my Zig Clean Color pens.  The flower and the
circle sentiment was cut using a Gina Marie die.

I really like the way both of these turned out.  I am thinking this may be a great
idea to mass produce some Christmas cards this year.  I think I may
have to make a couple soon so I don't forget.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak.

March 5, 2018

Noah's Ark by Rick St Dennis

Hi, I am back to share my card for this months

This month our sponsor is Rick St Dennis you can see all his images HERE at his on-line shop. 

Here is my card.
This is one of the images we got to work with.
I have to say is not one of my finest.  I am not too happy with how it turned
out, maybe I will try to color is again using Copics, this one was done
with my Polychromo pencils.  
If I do color another one I will come back here and post it.

Well, you have until the end of the month to join in the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by.

February 25, 2018

Pocket full of Posies - Bugaboo

Oh geez, am I running behind, but I have
a good reason.  We had been out of town for my son's
                       wedding, now I have to get cracking of getting some
                                                  of my projects done.

It was time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge on the
15th of February so here is my project.

I chose this cute image from Bugaboo called
Flower Pocket.  I colored the flowers using my Copic markers
and they are much more vibrant in person.  I cut the image
out using one of my Gina Marie dies, then cut a mat
layer with my Cricut Explore.
Yellow and purple are one of my favorite color combinations, so I
just went with plain colored paper and embossed each side.
I will put a sentiment on it when I decide how I would use it, I thought it would make a great get well card or thinking of you.

So that is it for my card.
And for all those wondering the wedding was awesome. 
I have never seen a couple so happy and so very much in love, it just lit 
up the whole room.

Head on over to the Crafting Circle and join in the fun.

February 20, 2018

Layered Birthday cake

Hi, I am really excited to share this card with you today.
Sometimes I play along at PowerPoppy's blog (they always have many different challenges going on) and the 
Hues to Use challenge, well I was so thrilled when I got an email
from Julie at Power Poppy asking me if I wanted to be a guest
designer for this week's Hues to Use.  Of course, I said yes!

So here are the colors I was to use for the challenge.

Magenta, White & Gray.

I chose to use the Layer Cake that Marcella drew.  Marcella is a fabulous artist, you will have to go take a look around her shop PowerPoppy.  She has some
fanstatic flower images then she generally draws from flowers in her own garden.

I was worried a bit about getting the gray in there bu, in the end,d I think I pulled it off.
And THEN something else happened (I think me being a guest designer was meant to be), I get monthly emails from Amy Shulke at Vanilla Arts witha free image and the "recipe" for coloring it.  Amy also has monthly instructional Livestream for a small fee, well wouldn't you know it this months video was on coloring this exact PowerPoppy Layer cake image.
YIPPIE!!!!!! I signed up immediately and boy am I ever glad I did.
Her Livestream instructions are the best I have ever seen.  Her approach to coloring is great and helped me tremendously because she
doesn't concentrate on "light source" which I have always had a hard time with.
However, following her instructions you can see how much dimension you
can add and this was my FIRST class of hers.
Thr background was done using Distress Inks and the image was colored
primarily Copic markers.  Then she uses Prisma pencils and
Staedtler triplus fineline pens to add in details.  Just the small details she teaches you makes all the difference in the world.
So working together with a Power Poppy image and Amy's instructional videos
it was a win win for me and I am sure it would
be for you also, so check out PowerPoppy images and then head on over
and see what is going on at Vanilla Arts.

Oops, sorry got sidetracked a bit.  I made the card by cutting out a
rectangle in the center of the front panel because I wanted to
mount the image behind the cut-out.  Then using a Gina Marie die
I cut the magenta loopy rectangle, then had to cut the center part out.
I embossed the white panel using a Cuttlebug folder and added a few sequins.
The sentiment is also from PowerPoppy that I printed and cut out using
my Cricut Explore.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around and reading
through my long-winded post.

February 11, 2018

Wedding Wishes & Love

Hi, I am excited to share this card with you but more so
for the reason behind it.

My son lives in Colorado and I live in Arizona so I don't
get to see him very often.  He did surprise us and show up
for Thanksgiving along with his fiance, we just love her and she
makes my son very happy.  I had to make them a special card for
their wedding.
 I created following the sketch this week over
at Die Cutting Divas.  I flipped the center piece but otherwise
followed the sketch.

It is a half size card or an 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock folded in half so
it is a larger card. I cut the loopy center oval using a Gina Marie die, then layered a plain oval cut from pearl linen paper. 
I struggled so long to figure out what I wanted to put in the center, then 
I saw this heart cut with the swirls using the Wall Decor Cricut cartridge and my Explore.  Then I cut the word love also with my Explore, both the swirls and the love are cut from gold mirror paper.  So hard to take a good picture of this
kind of paper, but this card is beautiful in person.  The top paper is a very pretty pearl paper that is embossed, I got it from the single sheets at Michaels.
The sentiment is also a die cut and is stamped using a Stampin Up stamp and heat embossed in gold.  The bottom strip of paper is also from Michaels single sheets and is very sparkly and glittery. 
So with all this sparkle & shine and love, this card also fits into
this month's Power & Sparkle Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog.

I just have to finish up the inside of this card and then it will be already to hand deliver to them at their wedding Colorado.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, have a great week.

Challenges entered:
Die Cuttin Divas -  sketch must have a die cut - ends 2/12
Power & Spark - Love and/or Sparkle - ends 2/28
A Gem of a Challenge - Have a Heart - end 2/15
All Sorts Challenge - Love is in the Air - ends 2/15
Crafty Calendar Challenge - 2 or more layers - ends 2/28

February 1, 2018

Sparkly Bettie Bow

Hi, it is that time of the month again over at the 

This month our challenge is Digistamps4Joy and I have to tell
you I had never heard of them till they came to be our sponsor.
There is pages and pages of images to chose from, make sure you
go check them out.

So here is my project using the Bettie Bow image, she is
just so sweet.

I wanted to do something a bit sassy so I chose some bold
colors.  I love the combination of red & turquoise.   I knew I wanted
red and something, I tossed around yellow or blue in my head but I
am glad I decided on this combination.
I colored her using my Copic markers and then add some sparkle
to the bows with my SpectrumNoir Sparkle pen, unfortunately,
 it does not show up in the picture.  I stamped a Penny Black sentiment
using Catherine Poolers ink called "All that Jazz" and then heat embossed it with sparkle embossing powder on the circle die cuts.  I then cut out the image using a wonky stitched die and mounted it on to red & turquoise paper which
I distressed the edges.  The base of the card are papers from an
old DCWV pack. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog, make sure you go
and play along with the 

January 24, 2018

Trying to get a head start

Hi, back to share a quick card with you today.

As with the last one I made it for the Power & Spark challenge
this month over at the Power Poppy blog.

This month's challenge was to grab a sketch from CardMaps
and make a card following the sketch.

Here is the sketch I chose for this card.

And here is the card I made
For this, I thought I would color the Candy Cane image from Power Poppy
and get a headstart on my Christmas cards.  I am going to try and create
Christmas cards all year long so it won't be such a big rush at the last minute.

Well that's it for today, you can keep checking back in on my blog to
see if I really do make some Christmas cards all year long.