Saturday, November 24, 2018

Simple Christmas

IMG_9727 (635x800)Baby It’s Cold is the Wednesday Simon challenge.  I’ve been wanting to do a diagonal stripe card all season and have had this cut and just couldn’t find a way to use it.  My small Prickley Pear stamps and dies filled the bill.  Hooray! 

Let it snow

Simon’s Monday Challenge is about snow, you know that white stuff that blankets the northern states from October through April? 

Here is my creation for this challenge.  This is my third attempt at the Snowflake flip card.  I have progressed with each one.  They are not a simple card to make but they do turn out so pretty.  SU Sizzix die retired.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving is coming

IMG_9645 (800x632)Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  The beginning of the eating season….we won’t be doing much this year, just the hubs and me and we will sit by the fire and enjoy the quiet.  No big dinner to fix, no rolls to make, no pices to bake.  Ahhhh..i’m looking forward to that.  Doesn’t stop me from making Thanksgiving cards for Simon’s Monday challenge though.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thankful for Prickley Pear

I really like my Prickley Pear stamps.  I’m not sure why i don’t pull them out more often.  They stamp so nicely and the designs are a bit vintage with a bit of whimsey.  I pulled the sweet pumpkin set out today and inked up one of the non-halloween ones.  I wish I had pulled them out for my Halloween cards.  Maybe next year I’ll remember that.

Simon has a Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge this week. 

IMG_9687 (628x800)BG is ink brayered and run through Big Shot

Crate Paper – Farmhouse Collection DP

MFT stitched flourish

Hero Arts Sentiment

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

kwikie kard

IMG_9650 (630x800)ABC Christmas challenge for the letter V is very quick.  I set my timer when i walked into my craft room and from thought to finish this card took 22 minutes.  I don’t know if I could make one faster than that.  I love how the gold splatters brought life to this card.  it tied in the gold ornaments, I think.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Starry Night

Trying my hand with some oxide inks with brushes.  I used Faded jeans and wilted violet to get a night time effect.  My star is from Prickley Pear and cut out of foil with adhesive on the back.  The sentiment is perfect for this.  Reminds me of the hymn It came upon a midnight clear.  I looked through everything I had for a stamp like that.  I don’t have one. 

This pretty card is being entered into Simon’s Monday Challenge and ABC Christmas Challenge U for Upon.   I should have photgraphed this on a white background but I didn’t realize i had the black there until i loaded it to my computer.  The shimmery layer sits atop a navy blue base.

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cute little critters

Time to blog a bit.  Simon is having Animal Antics
for Wednesday challenge.  I thought it was time to work some more with this Gina K Designs kit Simple Things.  I can hardly take in that this kit was released four years ago.  I would have guessed two years.  Time flies when you’re stamping.
The MISTI makes a wonderful tool for making reverse images one of the coolest features i think, even though it’s not something i do very often.  I also love the big ricrac die from My Favorite Things.  it’s long retired but i love it when i need it.  Smile  The background is embossed with clear ink over white pigment.  oops, i grabbed the wrong jar.   
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

T is for Teal x 2

IMG_9602 (588x800)Such a beautiful die I couldn’t resist making the second teal card.  Even though it looks like white cardstock behind the ornament it is truly a nice thick piec of vellum that makes a beautifully transclucent bulb. 

Challenge:  ABC Challenge T is for Teal

T is for Teal

ABC Christmas challenge is almost done for this month.  I still want to add two teal cards that I have done.  I absolutely love this die I got in a basket of rummage goodies.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

S is for snow and washi tape, i guess

IMG_9599 (693x800)ABC Christmas Challenge this month is S is for snow.   I finally came up with this after three weeks of thinking about it.  My first time using puffy embossing powder.  i am no a fan.  it kind of blew around and made a mess. but i do love the snowflake dies. and washi.  I love Washi

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Using up DP

Friend Angie does  fabulous work with angled pieces on her cards.  I’m wanting to use up lots incorporate  designer papers into my creations and always find myself grabbing them and then shying away.  I wondered if angled layers would be helpful for me and I decided to jump in with that idea.  I’m loving the result.  This creation has some tiny little bling added to the DP and on the butterfly and I am entering it into Simon’s Wednesday Challenge.  It IS a sympathy card, after all, and I couldn’t do too much bling with that.

IMG_9581 (604x800)I am adding the other two cards I made with similar thoughts about using up DP.  These don’t have bling. IMG_9585 (718x800)IMG_9586 (681x800)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

made my own plaid

IMG_9568 (689x800)Uncle Joe has a pretty serious infection in his knee.  Cousin Lydia sent out prayer requests and their address to send cards to cheer him up.  I thought this would be fitting for him.

Never say NEVER.   I thought making your own plaids looked so difficult. 

I used a  Tim Holtz distressed lines stencil and a plain line stencil to create this and i was smugly pleased with myself.  I used the "Life Changing" Blender Brush set to create the plaid and i love the softness of the colors with those brushes and no harsh lines.

hmmm…i also made my own faux stitching and my own candies.  I’m just being little miss thrifty today.  Open-mouthed smile 

If you click on the link for the brushes, my friend Angie gets a little bit of compensation with no extra cost to you, and they are SO amazing.  Simon Says Monday Challenge use more than one stencil

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Stamp it on

IMG_9565 (611x800)Simon Says Stamp it on…no digi’s allowed this week.  I put a quick card together for a 1 year old whose party theme is all about airplanes.  His mom works for the airlines.  I found these CTMH stamps at a rummage three years ago for $2.00.  For that price I couldn’t leave them there.  I’m so glad I had them and that I came across them recently to remember I had them for this occasion. 

Stamp it on: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Stamp it!!

IMG_9564 (626x800)i love my little coffee bean stamp from  Stamps by Judith.  I embossed these with gold embossing ink and ginger embossing powder.  they made the coolest coffee bean color. 

I embossed my die cut with a Ranger folder as my DIL loves Paris and coffee and this is for her upcoming birthday.  It was such a fun challenge to create the cappuccino inspired back ground.  I had seen a coffee mug on a video on FB and wanted to recreate it for a card background. I was very pleased with how it came together.  I had to think about it overnight though.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

bright and beautiful

IMG_9537 (800x661)not at all what i had in mind but oh, i am so pleased with this.  MFT back ground stamp parrtially inked and wiggled just a teeny bit for a more distressed looking line, Tombow markers on Fancy Flowers. 

MFT Sketch Challenge 400

MFT Color Challenge 100

IMG_9536 (662x800)100 color challenges given at MFT.  Of course I had to play.  the retired set of sentiments called Clearly Sentimental about Coffee was perfect to use on this cool fall day.  I left all the sentiments on the plastic sheet they arrive on.  I added a swipe of ATG adhesive to the outside sheet and adhered it to my MISTI.  Put in my cardstock, inked up the sentiments all still on the sheet and pressed.  Worked really well.  You can’t tell from here, maybe, a little on the bottom, the sentiment panel is a very light blue to match the color challenge.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

drink up

IMG_9535 (694x800)Food or drink is on the table for Simon’s Wednesday challenge.  Using the coffee and tea card kit from last year i put this sweet card together.   The COFFEE sentiment is taken from a full sentiment i used on the inside.  I just inked up the word COFFEE for the front. 


IMG_9533 (636x774)sob, sob, Crying face it’s turning into autumn.  i miss summer already and it’s not even gone.  but it’s been quite cool here in northern wisconsin in the mornings and it’s been raining a lot which keeps it cool.  leaves are turning and some are falling and i’m never ready for it.

Simon’s Monday challenge to create an Autumn card reinforces the reality.  I used Gina K Designs stamps with Altenew inks.  I made my pumpkin into a wobbly squash to give a little interaction for my 90 year old mom.  She loves the simple interactive cards.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

and R is for Rabbit or Robins

IMG_9529 (624x799)Thankfully at ABC Christmas Challenge blog they gave us a choice.  I dunno, but i never heard of a Christmas rabbit.  Well, i never heard of a Christmas Robin either but i went ahead and made them.  I now have 37 Christmas cards made ahead.  I decided this year to double up every time i made a card.  I forgot a couple of times but for the most part that has served me pretty well this year.

Q is for Quote

IMG_9528 (753x590)Q is for quote in the 2nd part of the ABC Christmas challenge.  I love this retired candle set from Sweet N Sassy and lucky me, it has a die to go with it.  The quote is direct from the scripture.  Figured i could only go right with that one.  Thanks for the challenge.

Background is an embossed die from Spellbinders.  Ran it through my cuttlebug with an embossing mat.  copic colored

P is for Plain

IMG_9527 (713x800)Playing catch up with ABC Christmas challenge.  This is the current challenge and i need to go back and pick up the N and O.  I haven’t entered very many this year but I have played along.  Mostly because I am playing along after the challenges close. 

Simple white embossing on teal cardstock and popped a ribbon on. 

Thanks for stopping by, as always.  Here’s to more stamping time for all of us. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday is back to school

IMG_9520 (800x599)The best thing about going back to school for our children was always the friends they made and seeing the ones they had missed during the summer. 

For this challenge from SSS creation  i used the Best Blender Brushes in the world from PIcket Fence studios.  The color was so easy to apply even to the tiniest areas because the brushes come in so many sizes. 

I’ve been noticing shadow dies popping up as an on trend focus.  I made my own with this large FRIEND die from MFT.  I embossed the die onto some dark brown card stock and then cut it out.  I then die cut it the regular way in my big shot and laid it on top and wow, perfect fit.  I was so happy with my experiment.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Back at it

IMG_9518 (800x663)Simon’s wednesday challenge is Back to School.  What that means to me is MUSIC.  Our music teacher here in town has been a family friend since she and our son were in kindergarten together.  She puts together the best musicals and talent shows.  The students love her.   School means looking forward to her dedicated work with the students that she gets to do their best. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summer School #2 day 5 Ombre

IMG_9515 (800x598)Ombre has always intrigued me.  the soft fade of colors, light to dark.  Using an ombre pad is a very simple way to get this wonderful techinique.  Penny Black images and Simon sentiments.
MFT day 5 Summer School #2
Simon Says Monday Challenge

Summer School Day 4

IMG_9516 (638x800)Rainbows!  I love them in real life but i have to admit they are one of my least favorite designs in crafting.  They always look so contrived, to my eye.  Hmmm…what to do when the challenge is rainbow.  I took all of the ROYGBIV in oxide inks and made a horizontal strip of color on my craft mat.  Sprtized liberally with water and tipped my mat so they would run together a bit.  Grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and laid it on top and let the watered colors seep into the cardstock.  I love the soft look and just a hint of each color.  MFT Wildflowers.  I love this set an dit is likely the most used set in all of my stamps.

MFT Summer School #2 day 4

Friday, August 17, 2018

Visual Triangles

for wordVisual triangles are so subtle the viewer doesn’t even know his eye is being led to elements.  There are two main triangles on this card.  I was glad I learned this theory in my earlier card making years.  I wish I could draw lines on here to show you but alas, that is something I don’t know how to do. 

MFT Summer School #2 Day 3

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Day #2 MFT school

IMG_9510 (769x799)Day 2 for summer school is Focal image.  You can barely see the little bokeh dots i stenciled from the left corner down to my image.  I then went over the stencil again with my wink of stella brush.  I paper pieced her cute dress and colored in her wings and shoes with clear star Sakura pen for some real fairy shimmer.  Putting the sentiment right into the image really draws the eye straight to this sweet fairy.  A couple of punched scraps from the glitter paper brings the eye right through the sentiment.  Just a touch of pink with a stencil brush for contrast finishes her off nicely.   MFT retired images and sentiment.

it’s summer school part 2

IMG_9509 (645x800)Part one of part 2 MFT summer school.  Monochromatic is the lesson for today.  I thought these bokeh stencils were from MFT but when I went looking on their site I couldn’t find them.  Maybe they are from Simon???? i dunno.

The sun stencil is definitely MFT.  It says so right on the stencil.  You can find it here.  

Friday, August 3, 2018

MFT SKetch

IMG_9490 (655x800)All American sketch reminded me of baseball.  I was glad I had this little retired PI image form MFT.  I made my homemade candies by using a 3/8 inch punch and matching cardstock scrap.  Just punch, use a stylus on a rubber mat and voila’ matching candies.  I placed this little guy on a shadow die also from MFT.  I wondered how much use i would get out of them but surprisingly i use them quite often.  MFT DP Sweet Sunshine pack.  Entereing in MFT sketch challenge.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Simon’s Wild Things

IMG_9489 (736x800) (2)Another entry for Simon’s Monday Challenge. Our nephew just had his heart valve replaced.  He’s doing really well.  Thought he would get a kick out of this pig as my husband works for Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats featuring pork.  In fact, he calls himself, the pork merchant.  Inside reads, “you cured yet?”

Wild Thang, I think i love you

IMG_9483 (800x596)Wild side, is Simon’s Monday Challenge.  It’s been awhile since i made a watercolored background.  I love these distress colors blended together.  Here’s some wild flamingos for you. MFT die cuts.

B & W can be stunning

IMG_9488 (748x800)Simon Wednesday Challenge this week is to make our own background.  I pulled out my Unity stamps because they have challenged us with black and white.  I have to admit it was with trepidition as I am a woman of COLOR!!  Give me pink, green, orange…as evidenced by my blog background.

Anyway, I astounded myself with how this turned out.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Simon’s Monday Challenge has me pulling out all my shiny things.  I added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine drops , in Citron, to give a little sparkle to my underwater scene.  This was so fun to do.  Swipe some gesso onto cardstock, let dry and then use distress crayons to blend the colors.  I stamped over it with Altenew inks but I would suggest StazOn.   I used Glaze over the scene and i hope my color shine will dry on top of that.  I love the added sparkle.

IMG_9470 (800x597)The stamp set is from Hero Arts and the die cut sentiments are from MFT.

loving on die cuts

IMG_9465 (518x800)Using Dies or punches is the  kick off point for Simons Wednesday challenge. I used Viva’s InkaGold paste in Rose Quartz on my background.  I just used my finger and rubbed it all over.  Next step: A striped Ranger Stencil place over the top and a slightly damp baby wipe (squeeze it out well) was rubbed over the top, lifting the color from the open spaces.  I cut my hearts with Spellbinders dies.  I used just a light spritz of Dylusions spray color in BubbleGum to give some interest to the embossed heart and tie it to the background.   I used a piece of acrylic that I embossed with MFT border dies to put a cross stitch border on the acrylic panel.  Stamped with Versa Mark and attached with small touches of adhesive right along the very edge of the acrylic.  Thanks for stopping by.

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.