December 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Beautiful

Well you all know I love my Unity Stamps
this is the first time I have made a card using one of
the Unity Girls.
Isn't she great she is called
Poppy Girl.
I made her following the challenge over at the
Unity Facebook page Show & Tell.  The challenge
was to use a Unity stamp and the colors,
Red, White and Kraft.  I love coloring on kraft
the colors come out so vibrant plus you can color white.
I used my Polychromos to color this image.  I am
really in love with how this one turned out.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think
of my card.
Challenges entered:
Great Impressions - Always anything goes - ends 12/31
Heartful Stamping - use stamped image - ends 12/10
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 12/16

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

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:
Pile it one - Two patterns ends 12/10

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


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.

October 13, 2016

Dies Flowers in Epoxy

I have a quick card to share with you today.
I made it following one of the sketches this month over 
on the Crafting Circle message board.  It runs through the end of October so
you have plenty of time to join in.
The flowers are actual dried flowers in epoxy, I have had these stickers for
a pretty long time.  The papers I used from an old paper stack I had from k*i Memories that has a very nice variation of patterns and papers.
I die the stitched squares using some of my Gina Marie dies.
The happy birthday is also die cut but I can't remember whose it is, sorry.
And that is it, told you it was a quick card.
Thanks for stopping by.

October 7, 2016

Let Your Dreams.........

.............set sail.
Hi, here is a card I made this week following the Mojo Monday sketch.
All the papers are from the My Mind's Eye "By the Sea" pack.  I got this pack with embellishments,tags, and papers a while back and have been wanting to make a card with it so this sketch was perfect for it.  So hard to photograph the shiny silver paper because it picks up the other colors, but I think you can which parts are the silver.
This week at Mojo Monday is a prize week, so head on over and join in you
could win some Verve stamps
I stamped a Verve sentiment in the small tag at the top that I cut using
my Cricut Explore. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch ends 10/9
Aud Sentiments - anythings goes +sentiment ends 10/10
Crafting with Attitude - Anything goes ends 10/12
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes ends 10/12

October 1, 2016

Shabby Paper Birthday

Hi, back to share another card with you.
I am on the design team for A Bit More Time to Craft where
Lozzy has some fabulous digital papers.  There is an anything goes challenge twice a month and freebie papers on Fridays, so be sure and check it out.

This time, I used paper from the Shabby paper pack and made this card following the sketch this week at Mojo Monday.  
I printed the papers on just plain white cardstock and matted it on some darker pinkish paper.  The flower I cut using my Cricut Explore and embossed it to 
give it some texture.  The scalloped stitched circle is a Gina Marie die that I just got. :) The center sentiment is a Rubbernecker stamp and I thought it went
perfectly in the center.
Well that's it, thanks for stopping by and be sure and join in the challenge at

Challenge entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch ends 10/2
Crafty Girls - Anything goes ends 10/4
Creative Moments - Anything goes twist 2 patterns ends 10/12
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes ends 10/5

If we believe

Hi, can you believe it is October already?  Where has the
time gone.  One thing I am glad about it being October is that the
weather here in Arizona is finally cooling down.

Today I have a card to share with you as a Design Team member
This month our sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter, she has the most adorable
This poor little turtle looks so sad and looks like it is having a bad day.
I wanted to do it in bright colors to brighten up the mood a bit.  The papers are all single sheet ones I have had for years.  I colored the image using my Copic 
markers then cut it out using my Gina Marie x stitched die. I distressed the edges
of the back circles using my Tim Holtz distressing tool.   If you have never checked out Gina Marie dies you are really missing out.  She has such a large
variety of dies and stamps and her prices are better than anyone else out there.
The sentiment is a Unity Stamp and I thought spoke well for the image. 
So head on over and check out Sasyaki Glitter images, I am sure you will find something you will like.
Also make sure you color up something and make it into a project and enter in 

Challenges entered:
Creative Moments - 2 pattern papers  ends 10/10
Word Art Wednesdays - anything goes

September 28, 2016

Acetate Clear Front Card

Hi, back to share a kind of cool card with you today.

This month one of the challenges on the Crafting Circle message board
was to use acetate or something clear on a card.  I know the month is
just about over so it might be late to join in the challenge, however, it might be a great idea and something different for you to try some time.  I love to try 
new things and new techniques.
It is rather hard to take a picture of it but I think you can see how it is.
The back green piece or base of the card I made a half inch bigger than I wanted the card so I could fold it over and attach the acetate to it.   I cut the acetate using my Cricut Explore so the edge would match the flower pattern that was also cut
with the Explore.  The inside white panel I embossed then attached only about a quarter inch on the left side so it could be lifted and you could write or stamp your sentiment on the inside.   Hope this all makes sense.
The happy birthday wishes is a die from Cas-ual Friday stamps that was
part of a Stamp of Approval box. 
The butterfly is also a die from Stampin Up. 
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my blog.

Challenges entered:
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes ends 10/4
The Paper Shelter - Blooming days  ends 10/3
The Three Muses - Butterflies 

September 17, 2016

Wedding Card

Hola everyone.  Today I have a card to share
with you that I made a month or so ago.  My daughter and her
husband were going to Wisconsin for their niece's wedding,
(which incidentally is today) and asked me if I could make a wedding card for them.  So using one of Bird's Card files I made this card.

The colors for the wedding was Fall colors so I used the flowers to bring that color theme into the card. The flowers are cut from vellum and colored with alcohol markers. It is hard to see in the picture but all the papers are pearl-like papers. I had made this same card a couple of years ago in 
all white, if you want to check it out click HERE
Because of the flowers and a lot of the layers are popped I had to make a box for the card to go in.  

Well that's it, just wanted to make sure and share this card with you
before I forgot about it since I don't have it in front of me anymore.
Make sure you head on over and check our Bird's Cards, she has some awesome files, many of which she shares for free.  
Challenges entered: 
Bird's Facebook - use one of her files
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes ends 9/21
Cut it Up - Use die cut Name games ends 9/30  "d" die for Donna
PolkaDoodles - Anything goes ends 9/23

September 13, 2016

Embossed Roses

Hello, back to share another card with you today.
I tried something new that I saw on Pinterest. 
I embossed the roses using a Teresa Collins Bella Rose embossing folder in my eBosser on Bristol paper.  The roses were then watercolored using
my Daniel Smith color dots.  This is one of those cards that look so much better 
in person.  The roses were covered with Wink of Stella so they sparkle.
I matted it on salmon colored paper and yellow to pick up the colors in the roses.
The sentiment is a Unity stamp that I stamped and heat embossed in white on
a cut I made with my Cricut Explore, added a few sequin and that was it.

Thanks for stopping by, would love to hear what you think of my card.

September 8, 2016

Birthday Wishes - Verve Stamps

Hello everyone, today I have a card to share with you following
the sketch this week at Mojo Monday.
Since it is the first Monday of the month there will be a prize, the
winner will get to pick a set of Verve stamps.  They are great stamps,
so if you can make a card and join in the fun.

The papers are from a pack I have had for years that has a wide variety of colors and coordinating patterns, it from k-i Memories.
The cake is a Verve stamp that I colored using Distress Inks. Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw.
The birthday wishes if from the same stamp set as the cake.
And that's it a pretty simple card.
Thanks for stopping by.
Challenge entered:
Mojo Monday - Sketch ends 9/11
Aud SentimentsAud Sentiments - Anythings + a sentiment ends 9/11
Craft RocketsCraft Rockets - Anything goes ends 9/12

September 6, 2016

Pretty Poppies

Hi, I hope everyone had a fabulous long Labor Day weekend
and hopefully had a little bit of time to craft.
My hand is doing much better after my carpal tunnel surgery
so I was able to get some things done.
So today I have a card to share with you that I hope will brighten
your day.

I stamped these beautiful very large Poppies from  Unity Stamps
by Donna Downey on watercolor paper then heat embossed them using white embossing powder.
Then colored them using Zig Clean Color brush markers.  I love those things!
I masked off the flowers so some looked like they were behind others, but I messed up a bit and should have masked the big one and stamped the one
up in the corner so it would be over the big one, but I guess it came out looking ok anyways peeking out in the back.
These stamps are pretty big the front one measures about 4 inches.  Then
I stamped a border across the middle to set off the sentiment a little.  I saw someone do this (wish I could remember who) and liked the touch it added.
The sentiment is a Rubbernecker stamp.
I wish it would show up in the picture because I covered the poppies with
clear Wink of Stella so they are all sparkly.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear what you think
of my card.

Challenged entered:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes ends 9/12
Digi ChoosDay - Anything goes ends 9/20
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes ends 9/11
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything goes 
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything goes ends 9/12
Work it out Wednesday - what you're working on 9/30

September 2, 2016

Get Well Poppies

Hi, back again with another card.

I had carpal tunnel surgery so my hand was a bit sore
but I thought I would take a crack at trying to color with 
watercolors as they do not require pressure.
So using the sketch this week at Mojo Monday I create
this card.
 I stamped the poppies with a Mark's Finest stamp that I got a few
years ago, in fact, I don't think it is available anymore.  I love poppies, I think they are my favorite flowers.  I am pleased with how this turned out, the water coloring was pretty easy to do.  I wish you could see it in person as it
sparkles because I put Wink of Stella over the flowers.
The papers are from a K&Company pack and the get well soon is
a Hero Arts stamp, that I stamped with Distress ink Forest Moss.
The whole flower panel I have popped using Darcie fun foam.  I love that
stuff for popping things on cards.  Thanks, Crafting Circle for telling me about
it, it is super cheap and you get a lot in the package.  I have found that my 
ATG tape gun works great for adhering it. 
I hope you enjoy my card, have a great weekend.

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch ends 9/4
The House that Stamps - Anything goes ends 9/6

September 1, 2016

Cooking with Wine................................

....................and drinking it too, of course!
Hi I have a fun card to share with you today.
I am on the design team for the Crafty Awesome Challenge 
This month our sponsor is Bloobel stamps.  Lisa is a fabulous artist and draws some of the cutest quirkiest images you will ever see.
So here is my card I created using one of the Bloobel images. 
Isn't she cute in her own way?  The image I used was
I colored her using my Zig Clean Color markers, I love using these they
work like watercolors.
I cut her out using a Gina Marie wonky stitch die and inked the edges with Distress Ink.  I added some white polka dots to her dress using a white gel pen.
I cut out the label using a Spellbinder label die and then stamped it with Rubbernecker Stamp.  I love this stamp and it is so me, he he he.  
It must be inherited, both my Mom and I have to have a drink on the counter 
while we are cooking, me wine and Mom has her beer.  So you see I do 
"cook" with wine, although I have to admit mores goes in me than 
goes in the food.  LOL
So there you have it, make sure you head on over and check out
Lisa store, Bloobel Stamps.  And make sure you color up an
image and put it on a project and enter the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge at the Crafting Circle.

Challenges entered:
All Sorts - use at least 2 dies ends 9/3
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes ends 9/4
Coloring in Scrapland - Anything goes ends 9/3
613 Avenue - Anything goes ends 9/2
Cards Galore - Anything goes ends 9/30
Simon Says Stamp - Work it out ends 9/6
The House that Stamps - Anything goes ends 9/6

Sepia Embossed Paper & Unity Stamp

Hi here we are September 1st already, where has the time gone?
Soon it will be time for Christmas cards.

Here is my  creation for the A Bit More Time to Craft digital paper
site where I am on the Design Team.

The background paper is one of the digital papers from 
A Bit More Time to Craft from the Sepia Embossing pack.  I absolutely
LOVE the way this paper looks like it has so much texture.
I stamped the dragonflies using the Unity stamp from the 
Let Your Wishes Fly set.   This is a fabulous set it has several sentiments stamps in it too. I cut the stamp out using a Gina Marie die, once around the stamp then using the larger one from the darker brown.  I also added a corner that I cut using one of the My Little Paper World die from the corner set.
Well, that's it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered: 
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes ends 9/25
Double D Challenge - Use neutrals ends 9/4
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes ends 9/6

August 27, 2016

Wishing you a Beautiful Day

Hello everyone, hope you all are having a fabulous weekend.
Here is Arizona I am so ready for Summer to be over and
finally have our temperatures drop below 100.

I recently saw a video on Catherine Pooler's blog where she 
made a card using Brusho Powders. Well, I don't have any Brusho but I do have Ken Oliver Color Burst which is basically the same thing.
Here is a link to her video if you want to check it out, click
HERE to watch it. 
Since I recently had surgery on my hand and can't really color I thought
this was something I could do because it just has to be sprayed with water.
So here is my take on it. 
The feathers are stamped on Canson mixed media paper using a Unity Stamp and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I then wet the stamped area with
plain water then sprinkled my Color Burst powders on it.    I sprayed it with more water to make the colors blend and move some more, then to add more sparkle I sprayed it with diamond Glimmer Mist spray.  Lastly, I splattered some
dark gray spot on it.  I have to tell you then when I finished with the coloring
I thought yuck, this came out awful.  I went ahead and mounted the piece on a piece of very dark gray paper and I think it made the whole thing pop. 
I stamped the sentiment in white on the same dark gray paper and pop dotted it 
on the front.  After it was all together I really liked it.
The colors are so much prettier in person and sparkly.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of my version
of watercoloring with Color Burst powders.  

Challenges entered:
Creative Artist - Anything goes mixed media ends 8/29
Creative Fingers - Anything goes ends 8/31
Patties Creations - Anything goes ends 9/1
Simply Create - Use feathers ends 8/31
Art by Miran - Anything goes ends 8/31
Tuesday Throwdown - Make it Sparkle ends 8/30

August 19, 2016

Eek! A Mummy

Hello, here is a card I made using this week
Friday Freebie over at Scrapper's Delights.

This card was super easy and quick to put together thanks to the piece
of background paper from the DCWV Halloween and Fall stack I got a few years ago.  Hard to see but I colored her using Copic markers, her face is colored but doesn't show up too well in this picture.
Be sure and head on over to Scrapper's Delights and pick up your image.  It is a progressive challenge over at Scrapper's Delights challenge blog
Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Colour Crazy - Anything goes with a hand colored image end 9/2
Creative Fingers - Anything goes ends 9/2
Pattie's Creations - Anything goes with a digi or stamp ends 9/1

August 18, 2016

Fly Guy Birthday

I learned of Power Poppy stamps a couple months ago
and boy I fell in love with them.
Today I have a card to sharing using the digital image

I used a combination of Distress Inks and Zig Clean Color markers to color
this image.
There is a challenge over at Power Poppy blog this month called
C.S.I. Copy, Steal Inspire.  You are to find a card you like Copy the original layout, steal the idea and be inspired to make your own card.
I believe that card I was inspired by was one my Debbie Olsen.
Click HERE for a link to see the card I was inspired by.
Debbie used the Tulips images but what I liked about it
was the "windowed" look to it.
I framed the window with a cut using a Gina Marie die.

So head on over to the Power Poppy challenge and join in.

Challenges entered:
Craft Your Passion - anything goes ends 8/21
Crafting by Design - Anything goes ends 8/25
Creative Moments - Anything goes ends 8/30
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes ends 8/23

August 17, 2016

Lovely Notes Collection

Hi, can't believe how much I am posting lately it feels good
to finally be back into posting on my blog.  Thanks to all those
that visit me :) 
Today I have a card to share that I made using some of the goodies
that came in my Stamp of Approval box 
Lovely Notes Collection.

I made this card following the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I replaced the stars with flowers so it looks quite different from the sketch.
The yellow background I stamped and heat embossing using the background stamp that came in the SOA box.  The flowers were stamped using my MISTI and Distress Inks.  Then I cut them using the matching dies that came in the box.
Actually, I cut them first then stamped them, using the MISTI made it easier to line the stamps up correctly.  The branches were done the same way.
The center stamp is also from the Lovely Notes Collection.

The next Stamp of Approval box comes out in late September and it is supposed to be a holiday collection so I am sure it will be
packed with lots of goodies.
Well, thanks for stopping to take a peek at my card.

Challenge entered:
Digi Choosday - Anything goes ends 8/30
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Color challenge ends 8/22
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes ends 8/30
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes ends 8/22
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch ends 8/21
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes ends 8/21

August 12, 2016

Pretty Peonies

Hi, I am back today to share a card with you I made using one
of the fabulous digital images from PowerPoppy
by Marcella Hawley.
You really do need to go check out her store her stuff is 
AMAZING!  Not only does she have digital images she also
has clear stamps.  Here is a link to her store

So here is the card  I made using the Peonies digital set.
I love these peonies, they remind me of my childhood.  Our neighbors always
had a bunch of peony plants and always had so many blooms.  What I remember most was there was always ants all over them, but I still really liked them.

I colored them with my Zig Clean Color markers.  I love these especially for coloring flowers, with the fine brush tip it makes it easy to get into small spaces.
I just used some single sheet papers from my stash and added a piece of Stampin Up ribbon.
The sentiment is stamped using a GinaK stamp.
Well, I hope you enjoy my card and be sure and head over
to PowerPoppy and check out the wonderful images there.  The nice thing too is all the sets come with some sentiment with them so you don't just get the images.

Challenges entered:
Artist Inspirations - Anything goes ends 8/13
Cards Galore - Use a stamp or Digi ends 8/31
Crafts and Me - Anything goes ends 8/31
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes ends 8/14

August 5, 2016

Thinking of You - Scrapper's Delights

Hi today I have a card to share with you that I made using
the Scrapper's Delights Friday Freebie for this week.
Her name is Sakura, so head on over to Scrapper's Delights and grab yours. 

I think she is so cute holding that little heart.
A couple weeks ago I won a set of Chameleon pens.  I chose to
get the skin tone set.  So this is the first project I used them on.  I do
like the skin tones colors but I do have to practice at it a bit as
to get different tones you have to keep loading the tip
with blending solution to lighten up the colors.  I am sure in time I
will get better with them and get the hang of it.
The panel with her on it looked so plain so I added some embossing
along the edge and I really like the way it made it look.
The papers are just some single sheets from my stash that I have
had for quite a few years.
I made this card following the sketch this week over at
Mojo Monday.  I used a Verve stamp for the sentiment.
Well, thanks for stopping by and be sure and join us at the Scrapper's Delights challenge which always anything goes.

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch ends 8/7
Cards Galore - use a digi or stamp end 8/31
613 Avenue Create - anything goes ends 8/6
Incy Wincy Designs - anything goes ends 8/14
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes ends 8/14

August 4, 2016

A Beautiful Day

Hi, I' m back again with another card to share.
the challenge is to use florals.
Well back in April I got the Hero Arts kit of the month and since
this challenge is featuring Hero Arts products I thought it would be 
perfect to use the stamps I got in that kit.

So here is the card I came up with.

The colors really look better in person.  Now I can't take full credit for this
because if it had been for Sandy Allnock's video I never would
have been able to paint these flowers like this.
The kit came with some Daniel Smith watercolor paint dots
and I have to say Daniel Smith watercolors are amazing.  Just those little dots go
a long way, and the colors are beautiful.
Make sure you check out Sandy Allnock's video and while you are there
subscribe to her blog, she is great!
The sentiment was also in the Hero Arts kit, then I added some sequins to add some sparkle.
The paper I stamped the images on is Strathmore Bristol smooth and
the paints blended great.  Now I did paint this flower once before and
used actual watercolor paper and I found that is held the water better and
stayed wet longer so the colors did flow a bit better.
Click HERE if you want to check out that post.

Thanks for stopping in to take a peak.

Challenges entered: 
Simon Says Stamp - Florals ends 8/9
All Sorts Challenge - A touch of Sparkle ends 8/21
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes ends 8/6
Crafty Boots - Use a stamp  end 8/13
Wonderful Wednesday - anything goes 8/16
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes ends 8/14
Cute as a Button - anything goes ends 8/31

August 1, 2016

You're Amazing

Hi, I am pretty excited to share this card as I love
the way it turned out.
I got my Stamp of Approval "Lovely Notes" box and "oh my!" was it ever 
stuffed with all kinds of goodies.
So here is my card using a lot of the
things that came in the box.
Isn't that color combination pretty?  I am on the Design Team over at 
some of the awesome digital papers from there to create this card.
The mixed color is a digital paper from the Mixed Media pack.
I used the die from Neat & Tangled that was in the SOA box to
cut the rectangle with the circles along the sides, I love this die
and you can do so much with it.  The chevron is also a die that was in the
box and designed by Catherine Pooler who is the creator of the SOA box.
Then I stamped the sentiment using one of the Catherine Pooler stamps.
Even the background is stamped using a background stamp that was in the box, I think I did pretty good showcasing lots of the goodies from this box.
The next SOA box doesn't go on sale till mid-October and they sell out
fast you may want to get on the wait or notification list.  You may want to check
there might even be some of the "Lovely Notes Collection" left.

I created this card following a past sketch from Mojo Monday and it is also
one of the sketches for this month's challenge over at the
Crafting Circle message board that runs the whole month of August.  Come
check it out and join in, I am the hostess this month.

Thanks for stopping by and would love to hear what you think about my card.
Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes ends 8/3
Just Us Girls - Let's hear it for the girls end 8/4
Get Creative - Lots of blue ends 8/7

Tulips for your Birthday

Hello, well here we are at August 1st already, it's my birthday month.

Today I have a card to share with you as part of the 
Design Team at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge at the Crafting Circle.
This month our sponsor is PowerPoppy so I used the Tulip image
to create this card.
I just love this image and it was so easy to color.  I used my Zig Clean Color markers to color the tulips and boy do I love them.  The more I use them the more I like them.   Once I colored them I used my Spellbinders to cut them out.
The banners at the time I cut using my Cricut Explore and the side green piece was cut using a corner die from My Little Paper World.  I really like these corner dies.  
The happy birthday is also a die cut out that I heat embossed using gold embossing powder.
I made the card following last weeks sketch over at

Also, I am hosting the sketch challenge this month on the Crafting Circle message board and this is one of the 4 sketches I am using.  
We always have an extra credit or two to help inspire you and
learn new things.  My extra credit to add some shiny gold to one
of your cards.  So that challenge is just getting started so head
on over and enjoy the fun.  You have all month long to play along.
So there is a lot going on but mostly head on over and check out 
PowerPoppy's stamps.  Marcella has both digital format and 
clear stamps.  I am sure once you go there and take a look around you will love what you see.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you join in on one of the challenges.

July 22, 2016

Beach Babe - Friday Freebie

Hello, I back to share with you a card I made using the
Friday Freebie over at Scrapper's Delights.
Isn't she just adorable with the fish nibbling on her foot.
I printed and cut her out using my Cricut Explore, then colored with Copic
markers.  I love the way the image comes with a small border/edge around the image as we all know this is not possible to do using Cricut Design Space.
For those interested, it also comes with out that border edge.
The Scrapper's Delight DT were challenged to make something using this image with a twist......make a shaped card or no pattern paper.  I really wanted to
make my card using both twists but just ran out of time and had to go with using no pattern paper.   The blue paper on the bottom is very fibrous and has a slight texture to it so I thought it would be perfect for the "water". I tore several pieces
and layered them to look like waves and give it some depth and dimension.  I
took a white gel pen and added some details to the water.  The top very very light blue paper I embossed using my Darcie cloud folder.
So now go and grab your Friday Freebie image over at Scrapper's Delights. 
There is also a month long Scrapper's Delights challenge where you
can enter your creations.
Thanks for stopping by.
Challenges entered:
613 Avenue - Anything goes
Cards in Envy - Summer fun
Ooh-La-La Creations - Add some texture
PolkaDoodles - Summertime
Simon Says Stamp - Create a Scene ends 7/28

July 20, 2016

Ink Smooshing Background

Hi, today I have a card to share with you that I used a new technique
I learned called Paper Smooshing to create great backgrounds.

I used Distress Inks for my background but there are so many
other mediums that you can use.
 I followed a video from YouTube to create the background.  There are several videos out there about this technique and each are done slightly different.  Here is a link to the one I used, Ink Smooshing.
Once I was happy with the background which I did on watercolor paper then I started to put my card together.  I stamped the flowers using one of Rubbernecker's watercolor stamps, this was is a 4 stamp process.  Using my MISTI really made it a lot easier to line up those layers. After I stamped it I cut it out using a Gina Marie die, then backed that with a piece of mulberry paper.  If you have ever dealt with mulberry paper it can be a bit hard to tear or cut, here is how I did my layer.  I placed my die cut of the flowers on top of the piece of mulberry paper then took a wet paint brush and just "drew" around or wet the shape I wanted.  Once it is wet just pull it and it tears on the wet line creating that feathered edge look. 
The sentiment or poem is also a Rubbernecker stamp that I stamped on a piece of vellum paper.
Well, I hope you enjoy my card and go ahead and give the Ink Smooshing a try you will love the results.

Challenges entered:
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Summer Florals
Cards in Envy - Summer/hot colors
Crafty Boots - Photo inspiration/flowers
Penny Black - Anything goes with a stamp
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes