Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun in the Sun

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is fun in the sun.  i have typed this and now I am going to create a card.  Let’s see how that goes.  My only idea right now is to use the Sunshine die I bought quite a while back. Tha’ts more like it.  One hour from thought to finish.   Using a brand new stamp that’s been sitting on my desk.  He’s so cute.

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Sparkly Giraffe-What’s Up

IMG_9462 (703x800)Playing along with Simon’s Monday Challenge to add a little sparkle.  I cut my giraffe out of yellow glitter paper.  These die cuts are from MFT’s Jungle Friends.  it looks so simple but me and lots of parts and pieces just don’t do very well together.  A three hour production, REALLY!!!???

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Some Summer Fun

Simon’s Monday Challenge for summer fun.  Is there anything better than listening to all those sweet summer birds chirping away in the early mornings and evenings?  I love to sit out on the deck in the evenings and just hear their various songs.  These images are from Gina K Hearts and Flowers kit.  I used a die to emboss the rectangle and then masked off the area to do a bit of sponging with oxide inks.  Hand drawn music notes.  Thanks for dropping by.  You’re tweet! IMG_9459 (800x605)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

llama goodness

IMG_9452 (800x633)This creation is for MFT’s sketch challenge. Usually when playing with a certain company’s challenge I like to use their stamps.  This llama set was given to me by a friend and I’ve been wanting to use it and also a technique that uses the MISTI to line things up without moving your stamp.  It went really well with the little blanket.  I did use MFT dies and also the striped background stamp that i only partially inked.  The DP is also from MFT’s pack called Fun & Frolic.   Thanks MFT for letting us use other company’s stamps.  Here’s a picture of how the MISTI stamping went.  The added corner piece really made this easy to line up. I just kept moving it over by two squares and it worked perfectly.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

MFT color challenge 96

IMG_9448 (611x800)As long as I was in MFT mode I decided to hop on over to their color challenge which intrigued me and I didn’t really think I could pull that color combo off.  I thought about it a couple of days and what do you know, the perfect solution came to me. 

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Day 5 MFT 2018

IMG_9447 (800x612)The last day of summer school with MFT.  It’s been great fun and I’ve learned a lot.  I guess this was my most difficult challenge.  My personality is messy, spontaneous and on the fly.  It was a really challenge to lay everything out so neat and tidy but i do love the end result.  Thanks MFT for another great learning opportunity.  It was lots of fun.

Day 4 MFT summer school 2018

IMG_9446 (664x800)Complementary colors, those that sit across from each other on the color wheel. This is the MFT school lesson for Day 4.  I have an old colorwheel that i bought from SU many many moons ago.  I still pull it out for reference more than I would have guessed.  All Items except Nuvo drops are MFT.  Using MFT Morroccon Tiles plastic stencil run through my Big Shot gave some dimension to the first layer.
I used elements from Blueprints 6 and one of the layouts for a kick off point.  The  MFT Fancy Flowers stamps and dies are some of my favorites.  I used my free Happy Birthday die from MFT in a horizonal way and used the little triangles form the letter A cast offs to give a finishing touch to the sentiment.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Repeat after me

IMG_9444 (669x800)MFT Summer School Day 3  is all about repetition.  To me, the easiest way to get a repeat pattern is to use a stencil.  All supplies except nuvo drops are MFT.  I have long loved my sequins die for making clear sequins out of packaging material.  It’s been a useful item many many times for just the right touch.

Friday, July 6, 2018


IMG_9443 (680x800)Squeeking out a quick card.  This week is FULL with company from Alabama and then not feeling well for two days.  This is for MFT Summer School day two.  Primary Colors.  This Bold Background stamp from MFT worke great for this.

Monday, July 2, 2018

White Space 2

IMG_9442 (644x800) (2)This was actually my first attempt at a white space card.  It went together so quickly I decided I would try it again on that first one I posted.  I need to restock my Birthday Stash and I think this technique is going to come into play.  Enterting into MFT Summer School

White Space

IMG_9441 (655x800)MFT is having summer school.  I love following along and I always learn something.  This was a class I didn’t know i was waiting for.  How to use White Space.  Laurie is the teacher for this class and she teaches in an easy to understand format with some nice examples. 

I think the reason I have such a difficult time with this technique is because I am such a messy stamper.  It seems I so often get smudge marks, ink marks, bent edges or what have you, somewhere on my project and then i need to cover it up with ribbons, sentiments or whatever.  It happened here too.  The grass is colore in because I somehow had a green smudge on the left corner.  Otherwise my intention was to leave it white.  Up above the sentiment, I used a white gel pen and lightly dotted over some crazy light blue line that appeared.  I didn’t even use blue!!!!  Any way, I love my sweet littl PI girl holding her harvest in her paper pieced dress.

Friday, June 29, 2018

drink a smoothie

IMG_9437 (800x633)Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about food and drink.  I love summer smoothies made with berries and ice and protein powder.  This fun drink image  from Unity Stamps reminds me of smoothies.

MFT blueprint die and embossing folder make a nice background to hold these refreshments. the teeny sentiment is from a Kristina Werner set.

Friday, June 22, 2018

M is for Mouse/Mice

IMG_9424 (624x800)Isn’t this the sweetest little mousie?  I surely had fun putting this together.  ABC Christmas Challenge for June 2018

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L is for Love in the ABC Christmas Card Challenge

IMG_9426 (643x800)L is for Love and doesn’t this just depict love and care.  I love this sweet scene from Whimsy Stamps. Playing in the ABC Christmas Card Challenge for Wednesday June 6.  So far I am staying caught up with my two cards per month.  Even if I haven’t been able to get them posted I have done all all the challenge suggestions.  Smile

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Masculine Cards

My stash of guy cards got down to one!! That makes me a tad bit uncomfortable.  I used IMG_9423 (800x626)to make as I go through life but that got too hectic with so many birthdays all in one month.  It works so much better for me if i have a stash.  Simon’s Monday Challenge is TRANSPORT and I am featuring that card that I just made.  The others I have made this past week and am just getting them posted. This is surely my most difficult category to make but I am having fun with it.

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humor me

IMG_9420 (691x800)This guy!! ha ha!  this is a really old Mark’s Finest Papers image that i had never used.  Look at that sentiment.  We just spent a weekend by lake MI and those Gulls, they just digest things really quickly, I guess.  ha ha.

For Simon’s Wednesday Challenge to Frame it.  He is framed by the dotted lines and the corner frame piece.  I ran my black marker over the MFT die to get a better imprint of the  piercing.

This worked out perfect for the guy I have in my mind.  Open-mouthed smile

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Challenges:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

this bird

IMG_9417 (636x800)Frame it! is Simon’s Wednesday Challenge.  I’ve had this bird hanging around on my desk for three years now.  It was the very first image I colored with my InkTense pencils.  He turned out so bright i didn’t know what to do with him.  I need some masculine cards and thought this cheerful bird would fit the bill.  (pun intended)  I crack myself up!!  I framed him in black and doodles and that black corder piece that i ran through an embossing folder.

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Challenges: Simon Says Wednesday

where does time go?

IMG_9421 (675x800)It’s summer here and that time moves along so quickly. I just got back from a wonderful reunion of two grade school friends in MI .  Forty Eight years have passed and we are still special friends.  I was gone six days though. It’s time to get creative again.  Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to Frame It.  I don’t know who’s die this is, I think, Penny Black.  I cut it out and then cut the corners of the frame piece with my scallop scissors to round them.  Placed the die cut back into the frame and placed it onto this stamped background of flowers from Unity.  I used Distress Crayons for the water color effect.  

Challenges entered:  Simon Says Wednesday: Unity

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hot Dog

Yep, hot dog!! We have a tradition at our home where we kick off Memorial Day and Fourth of July with the all American hot dog.  Yep, with fresh chopped onions and mustard and ketchup.  Yum.  We choose Nueske’s hot dogs because there is NO JUNK in them at all.  How do I know that?  My hubs is R & D for them for 38 years.  No JUNK allowed.

Here is a card that fits the occasion and also fits Simon’s Monday Challenge for a masculine card.  Thanks for stopping by.   Distressed edges and Tim Holtz mini crazy dogs.  so adorable.  LOL

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Rose Gold

It’s difficult to tell on here and the photo quality is lacking.  This is black cardstock with home made rose gold embossing powder.  I saw a video where GKD rose gold was used and I hope to purchase some but in the mean time, what to do.  I had some Ranger Queens Gold  EP and also some Stampin Up Blushing Bride EP.  In a spare jar i just mixed equal parts and came up with this gorgeous rose gold color for myself.  Embossed and then colored with prisma and gamsol.  I love love love the look.  In real life those gold splotches are a coppery color but they look awful on here, much softer IRL.  I am enterening this in Simon’s Wednesday challenge to use more than one stamp.   I have the GKD flowers and the sentiment also embossed in my own rose/gold.  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed your holiday.                                                                                IMG_9375 (664x800)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

catching up with Christmas 2

My plan has been to make double cards for each of the challenges.  I did seven cards today while i was playing catch up for the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Yep, I forgot to make one of them double and had all my stamps cleaned and put away before I remembered.  Here is second card for the current challenge K is for keep it simple. Yes, the whites are off but I had to open a new pack of cardstock and the dye lot had a little bit of ivory to it.  It says white on the pack but it looks ivory to me.  sigh.  it’s going to be sent as is anyway.  Most people won’t notice.  LOL

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catching up with Christmas

Today was a free day.  I thought I would be making spring cards but i have made lots of flowery cards lately and I had a note on my desk to catch up with the ABC Christmas Challenge.  I was behind.  I haven’t posted many to the site but I have been playing along in the challenges.  Heres the ones i did for H is for Hat, I is for ice, and then the current challenge of J is for joy.

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Unity Feathers

Ahhh…stamping time.  I have been surrounded by people since May 1.  Friend Angie sent me this sweet itty bitty Unity stamp and I could hardly wait to play with it.  She sent to another friend also and the three of us each created 2 cards to showcase to one another to give ideas how to maximize one stamp.  It was such a fun thing to do and so interesting to see what others come up with with the same image. the Thank you card is inlaid with the pink Thanks.  such a cool technique for mailing. I used foam tape to mount the front panel.  I will definitely be using their ideas also.

I actually made three as one is a thank you for her to receive for sending such sweetness.  Now, usually she doesn’t read my blog each post, and maybe I will get away with posting it here and she won’t read it until after she receives her card.   Since this is a thank you post, I will include the card I made using the stamp that friend JoAnn sent me.  A sweet little hydrangea set by recollections.  

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One stencil 3 ways #3

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. 

Here is my third one using Paper Plus Sheer Gold Glaze and Heidi Swapp mask stencil. It wasn’t as clean of lines as i had hoped for but i didn’t use adhesive to hold down the mask.  I still like the organic look of it.  I loved the outcome.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read. Showing all three, entering the large one.

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One stencil 3 ways #2

Here is my second entry for the Simon Monday Challenge. I used the same Heidi Swapp mask stencil and her color shine sprays.  I loved the outcome. 

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. Showing all three.  Entereing the large one.    Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read.

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One Stencil 3 ways # 1

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. 

Here is my first one using distress inks and Heidi Swapp mask stencil.  I loved the outcome.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read.  I love Nuvo drops.  Showing all three, entering the large one.

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Friday, April 20, 2018


sometimes a little doodling can be fun.   Simon’s monday challenge is to doodle a little or a lot.  i’m so not into zentangle so my doodling is in the form a few lines scratched on the outside edge.  Thanks for coming by.


Lets sparkle

It’s a challenge to get back into the challenges.  Smile  Just taking the time to visit blogs seems like a big step after not feeling well for far too long.  I was inspired by the Altenew blog hop though and then that let me peek at the Simon challenge again.  Here’s my entry for the Wednesday Challenge at Simon.  This was a very challenging card to make and happened quite by accident but I love the shimmer of the glitter pressed onto a die cut run through with Sukwoong adhesive paper.  Thanks for stopping by.