Friday, September 15, 2017

An Awesome Sketch.

     This is one of those great sketches that can be used for so many things.  Whether you are stamping your own background, or using a digital image as the focal point, it works awesome.

     Today I would like to share this card at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 420.

     I used mostly scraps from my bin, for the paper and card.  My snowflakes were punched with a Martha Stewart punch, and my Christmas circle was purchased from Ebay. The embossed panel is from a Cuttlebug folder.  I coated the letters with 3D Crystal lacquer and added touches of Diamond Stickles for sparkle.  Easy peasy, and cheerful.

     Thanks for stopping by... see you again, real soon!

Saturday, September 9, 2017


     Here is a card that I whipped up for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 419, this week.  I guess I am into the Fall/Halloween colors right now.  There has been a definite chill in the air and it has been heavenly!

     This card uses the adorable bat and sentiment are from the My Favorite Things set called Witch Way Is the Candy.  I used assorted card stocks and designer paper from Bo Bunny Apple Cider Collection. I stamped with Fresh Fig ink from SU!, and added some colored pencil and white gel pen accents to my bats.  He also has Glossy Accent eyes.  I added some fun Fall fibers with a hemp bow, sequins, and some embossing to a punched heart.

     That is it for now.  Praying for family and friends that are in harms way, and praying for a positive outcome.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Crazy Cat

     As we prepare for 3 very important holidays, I would like to share a card that I created for Halloween.  I remember when these TH cat, dog, and bird stamps hit the scene.  I had to have them all, plus their accessories!  They are awesome and I must say, make some very versatile cards!

     Today I would like to share this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  It is during their STAMPtember celebration, so there are no digital images allowed.  You must stamp.

     This card starts with a white base and then a panel that is stenciled using a Tim Holtz Shatter stencil, which I borrowed from a friend.  I sponged it with some Peach Parfait ink, and added 2 bands of Lil B washi tape.  I acquired a punch that punches out 3 tiny bats, (sorry no marking), and applied them to the sky.  My cat and broom were colored with Copic marker and fussy cut.  Glossy accents were added to his eyes for a bit of dimension.

     Thanks for visiting!  May all those who are in the paths of these violent hurricanes find strength to do all the right things.  Praying for each and every person, plus their critters, to be safe.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Getting a Jump on Christmas!

     Today, I used this weeks sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have been trying real hard to make a fresh Christmas card everyday, so I do not get behind at the end.


     Here is the sketch that was used.  I hope you enjoy what I came up with! The following is a list of what I used:

Papers:  White card stock, designer paper from American Crafts Jolly Collection, and silver foil card for cutting.

Embossing:  Folder from Darice.

Ink:  Soft Sky from SU! Versamark and silver embossing.

Stamps:  Hero Arts, Holiday Sayings.

Die:  Ebay

Embellishments:  Enamel dots from SU!

     That is it for today.  Hope it is a good one!  Praying for Texas.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trying This Weeks Sketch!

     I have been very bad, once again with keeping posts going on my blog.  I am so sorry, but life keeps getting in the way.

     This week I wanted to try the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 417.  Here is what I used:

Dies:  The lattice flower spray are from Ebay, the sentiment is from Sizzix, Stitched Ovals are from MFT and the tiny poinsettia die, in the center of my bow, are from Poppy Stamps

Paper:  Basic white card base, designer paper is from Pebbles Welcome Christmas Collection.

Embellishments:  Gems and Pearls are Recollections, Ribbon from Michael's, Glossy Accents.

Inks:  SU! Real Red and Gumball Green.  I sponged the oval and water brushed with the ink on my spray

     That is it for today.  I thank you for visiting me, and wish you a great week.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


     I ran across a new to me challenge, called the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Since I had only posted this fun card on FB, I decided to put it up on my blog and play along!  For this challenge you get to choose from the following:

P is for People
Q is for quick
R is for red

     All must have a Christmas theme, and you may chose one or combine all three letters!

     I have decided to go for P is for people!  Although I do not know the maker of these Eskimo stamps, I just had to use them.  They were bought in a collection and are mounted on cling.  I've colored them with colored pencils to keep the colors soft, and used assorted dies which I cut and sponged in blue ink.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts.  My embellishments are Blue gems and Martha large flake glitter.

     Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TMS #415

     Good morning, and happy weekend!  Today I have a card for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 415.  I have been working on Halloween cards so I decided to go with that theme.  I was such a great sketch to work with!

     My designer papers are from Pebbles and the pad is called BOO.  I created my angled piece with white punched with a MS cobweb border punch, and lined it with black.  I die cut a vine and spiderweb to create my cluster, did a Tim Holtz rub on spider from his Apothecary collection, and a spooky flower from Recollections.  My sentiment was a vellum sticker.

     I hope you enjoy what I made, and that you visit the TMS website and see all the beautiful inspiration! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Splatter it !

     Well I went to see what Simon Says Stamp had in mind for their Wednesday Challenge.  That is when I found out the idea was to splatter it.  Hmmmm, what to do?  I decided that instead of flinging paint or ink, that I would go a different way, and use a stamp and some die cuts.  It is still splatter for sure!

     I started with a charcoal card base, and then created my splatter panel using and old Art Gone Wild stamp with Intense Black ink.  I sponged the edge with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  I found a splatter die cut and coated it with Glossy Accents, also coated some of the smaller dots on the background to create texture.  When my die cut was dry, I popped it up on foam tape.  I then added my words that are called Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, from MFT.  For still more texture I added some black sequins.

     A different way to attack the situation!  The weather is so refreshing this weekend, I do believe it has brought my brain back to life.  Thanks very much for stopping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A New Sketch!

     Good morning and Happy Friday!  I have been a wee bit scarce, again.  Seems that everyone that I hold dear, has been in a health crisis lately.  I decided to take a little time this morning to create something and I saw this fine sketch challenge that I want to give a try.

     I have to admit that the card is rather simple but I love how it came out.  I used mostly items that have been sitting, and that always makes me feel good.  The card starts with a black base, and I took a panel of white, embossed it with a crackle folder, and sponged the edges with some Tangelo Twist ink.  My scrap bins are enormous, so I dug until I found some left over strips of Halloween papers.  The 2 stamps used are actually from Michael's $2 bin and I think they will be getting lots of use.  I used a strip of oozing goo die with a bit of Diamond Stickles for sparkle.  That is all there is to it!

     This will be entered in the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches  #299 by Kim.

     Here is hoping that you have a weekend full of fun times and good company!  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another Tuesday is here!

      Today it is time for a new Tuesday Morning Sketch #413!  I had a mess of wintery type stamps out on my desk, and decided to work with them, and figure them into my sketch for this week.  The twist of this week is to add stamping.  I did flip my oval for a horizontal card.

     I used a white base, a layer of Bazzill card in a turquoise blue, and a half sheet of designer paper from American Crafts NOEL pad..My stamps have been in my collection for a long time.  I purchased an entire collection on Ebay, many years ago, and they were all unmounted and I have no clue who the makes is.  They are the fishing penguin, and the igloo.  The oval and stitched vally dies which  used, afre from MFT.  My sentiment is from SU!.  I did some sponging and most coloring was done with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  Metallic silver was added to the front doorway, and I scattered a few spare snowflakes with pearls to the sky.  I use Martha S. shaker snow and a tiny bow to finish things off.

     It always makes me feel so good to use things from my stash, and this is one of those fun cards!

     Thank you kindly for your visit!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's See Some Stars.

     I recently acquired this adorable stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas, called Wish.  How very fitting that my very first card with it, uses lots of twinkling stars.   I stamped my image and sentiment in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with color pencils and ms.  My designer papers were scraps from my bin.  I used a stencil to add some dots to the corners, and an SU! tiny star punch for my extras.  The only other item used are some diamond Stickles for sparkle!

     I would like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is called We're Seeing Stars!

      This crazy PA weather has gone from blazing heat to tropical downpours.  Next, I am expecting summer to leap into an early Fall.  Hope things are more normal where you are.  I appreciate your visiting.  Keep cool!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas!

     So they call it Christmas in July... quite the struggle, since we have had temps ranging from 90 to over 100 degrees.  It is a struggle to get this old body functioning!

     Today I have a card which will fit into a few challenges.  It started with a white base card and then I added a layer of holiday designer paper from The Hot Cocoa collection by American Crafts.  Using my stitched circle dies, I cut two, one in black and the other out of watercolor paper.  I sprinkled on Scarlet Brusho's.  I cut my sentiment stamp from IO from the same piece.  The circle was then stamped with the very classic SU set called Lovely As A Tree, and assembled with a Doodlebug Paper Frill between the circles.  I cut the Memory Box deer family from white card and placed them over my circles, using a red scrap as an anchor.  My embellishments are gold sequins, and aglitter sticker from Martha.

I would like to enter this at the following:

Cardz for Guyz #174:  Christmas in July

Double D Challenges:  B & W w/a Pop of Color.... mine is red!

Little Red Wagon # 403:  Christmas in July

     I hope you enjoy what I have made and I appreciate your visits and comments!