So very nice of you to stop by! What a fun and challenging hobby to have!

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- Irish Blessing

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wrapping You in Thoughts

This is for the House Mouse Challenge  Here is their website blog ....Buttons, Bow and Bling! I have been a follower...and they have such ADORABLE stuff!!!  I went with the Christmas theme as I've started to make my Christmas cards. This one I used Gina Kay Design red hot and white cs, with DCWV Christmas Stack dp. The stamp is House Mouse, of course, and the sentiments inside are by Stampabilities and Outlines. I used Ladybug, Cottage Ivy and Black Tuxedo Memento ink, colored with copics, Sakura glitter  pens, the buttons were Oriental Trading, the ribbon was stash, the bling and brads were stash. The die cuts were Spellbinders Labels 14 and Classic frames.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Merry Christmas

Here is my FIRST Christmas card for the season to be! It is for 2 challenges --
 Challenge at Outlines - Monday Challenge 10 - Christmas in July.  Here is their website.
 Challenge at The House That Stamps Built --DCC720 - Glitter Challenge. Here is their website.

I used Basic Grey Jovial dp with Gina Kay Design white and red hot cs. The stamps were Outlines stamps G 992 - Vixen small, C450 Merry Christmas sentiment and the inside is C1126 To a Healthy sentiment with C450 Merry Christmas sentiment again. I embossed both of the Merry Christmas sentiments with red glitter by Zing and the inside one is Ancient Gold by Ranger. I colored with Copics, Sakura glitter pens, Smooch Aqua frosted and added Stickles for sparkle. The aqua frosted presents a really nice glittery shine that may or may not be captured in the picture! I also used the iRock Accents for the first time (AND by the way a slick little tool!!! Will use it LOTS now that I have tried it!!!!). Added a little Christmas bling, ribbon and the FIRST card of the season is done!!!!

Merry Christmas

Inside wishes

Tried to capture the sparkle of Smooch...doesn't show up...but it does sparkle in real life!


It again was pretty exciting to be published!! Scrapbook News and Review online. This time the theme was by the Sea....and they chose these 2 cards. I was thrilled to be chosen again! Here is their website http://www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com/. There is good information, tips, techniques and inspirations for both scrapbooking and card making, rubber stamps, digital, mixed media. I also enjoy their reviews about new products. Thank you SNR!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello Thinking of You

This is for the monochromatics challenge Mix It Up Monday at Stamp TV. I used GKD Key Lime and green grass cs and K and Company Citrus Bliss dp to create the shades of green card. Stamped with Vivid Olive the stamps from GKD Stenciled Spring. Added a little ribbon,  a few embellishments and Around the edge, corner punch of ladybugs. The inside sentiment is Whimsical Wishes from GKD.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Anniversary

This is for Speedy the Cat's Challenge #39 (http://marksfinestpapers.blogspot.com/search/label/Speedy's%20Friends%20Challenge)
to use hearts...I used Ivory cs from MFP, cranberry tart cs from GKD, SEI Poppy dp. The stamps were Hearts Hearts Hearts from MFP and I embossed with black, MFP gold and red glitter and then die cut with fameabilities classic scallop hearts spellbinders. I cut out the sentiments with  Spellbinders ribbon tags 3 and Cuttlebug fancy tags. I added some ribbon, a bow, some bling embellishments and also embossed resist the one black heart with Vivid Brick. Wishing a couple a Happy Anniversary!

Mikala Ann Happy Birthday

This is for the Cutting Cafe blog (http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/cutting_cafe_blog/2011/07/winners-and-a-free-elisha-jean-and-friends-setfor-a-limited-time.html) using her Elisha Jean and Friends Holding Balloons images. I made Mikala Ann holding a balloon and wishing a Happy Birthday. I used  Key Lime and White GKD cs with Bella Road Summer Days dp. I paper pieced the dress and the balloon..colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens, added some bling and stamped with GKD Birthday Bash sentiments. On the inside I used Labels 5  Spellbinders on white cs with yellow and pear tart ink sponge. Happy Birthday for a little girl!

Pennants and Summer

This is for the Scrapbook News Magazine....there are 2 possible spots to put it....one is having something to do with summer...and the other is using a Bingo card.  I combined both themes into one. It was made on wild dandelion GKD cs with Bella Road Summer Days dp. The sentiments and images were stamped on GKD white cs with Tuxedo Black and Grape Jelly Memento ink. The bingo card is computer generated and the eyelet square Spellbinders diecut was used for the  background shape. The stamps were Perfect Pennants by Tami Mayberry at GKD, Great Impressions did Life is Good, Judith Stamps is the Smile and the inside Summer is a freebie from I don't remember where!  I used the nested pennants and lacey pennants to cut out the pennants and attached with brads and purple/white cord from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Hope you are having a GREAT summer!



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Butterfly Sending Love

This is for the House That Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Challenge. It was following a sketch. (J1311) http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/sketch-challenges/what-if-wednesday-sketch-challenge-j1311/

I  used the Fiskars butterfly shape template to create the template for the Iris fold. I used origami ATTOH  Butterfly paper and it worked SO much better than cardstock as it didn't  make the template so thick and heavy...it is very workable and thinner paper and worked like a charm!. The cs is Blue Raspberry and Florida Peach cs from GKD, dp is Basic Grey, white glitter paper from Doodlebug that I colored black. I used the Labels 4 Spellbinders Grand Calibur and small labels 4 as die cuts as well as cloud die cuts from PaperTrey. Then added some Smiley Flowers (Dress It Up Jess James Co), ribbon (Michaels). The inside was stamped with Billance Twlight blend and peacock and Versamagic Sea Breeze with the Hero Arts Sending Love stamps. Added some bling and it is Sending You Love.

This is the front

Here is a closer view of the butterfly iris fold

This is the inside.

Wishing You a Happy Day

This is for the  Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV  We were to follow Vicki's sketch. I used GKD Key Lime cs, dp was K And Company. I used GKD Whimsical Wishes stamps and colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens and die cut with Beaded ovals classic, Large scallop ovals. The dp was  die cut with spellbinders curved rectangles, rectangles. Added some ribbon, sponged with Angel pink memento ink, added some bling and stamped the sentiments with Black Memento.

Happy Birthday Sweet Tooth

This is for the Outlines challenge -- Sweet Tooth -- Challenge 9 (http://outlineswithkathy.blogspot.com/2011/07/outlines-monday-challenge-9-sweet-tooth.html.
 It was made on GKD bubble gum pink and MFP Raspberry Fizz cs, the dp was from my stash. I used Outline Stamps, C238 Happy, C239 Birthday, E402 Cupcake Square Large on the outside and on the inside  J823 Sparkle Happy Birthday. I colored with Smooch, Sakura glitter pens, added some ribbon, bows, bling and liquid pearls. I also used the eyelet squares from Spellbinders and the rectangle Marvy punch.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Thinking of You

This is a challenge  for the Rubber Cafe (http://blog.therubbercafe.com/2011/07/26-spellbound-by-spellbinders.html). The challenge was to use Spellbinders dies. I used the Labels 9 Spellbinders die and did the card on MFP Outright Lemon cs and GKD yellow cs, with SEI moonrise dp. I die cut different sizes with the Labels 9 die cuts. Then used MFP Brick Wall butterfly and sentiments to finish the card off. Added some Want 2Scrap Nestabling, colored with Copics and a little use of the Sakura glitter pens and attached a ribbon at the top. A perfect little gift card to attach to a package!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bright and Cheery

This is for Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #64...bright and cheery...using the colors of pink, yellow and green. This was a nice card to make -- I used Outright Lemon and Strawberry Freeze MFP cs, with some dp from K & Company. The stamps were from MFP, Tweet Blessings and I stamped with Cottage Ivy and Black Memento Ink, colored with some colored pencils and gamosol, Sakura glitter pens and added some yellow, green ribbon with a pink bow, some flowers and colored the pearl accents with Copics.
AND hope you had a cheery day too!!! It was a good day to stay inside and be creative and not work out in the heat!


This challenge was for Stamp TV's Free For All Friday Challenge...create a CAS card in less than 10 minutes. I used the Blue Raspberry GKD cs and accented with Key Lime cs from GKD...love those colors! Added a doily...used Whimsical wishes and colored with Sakura glitter pens..added a little ribbon and little bling and stamped the background with Brilliance Peacock Ink. Nothing fancy....and it took less than 10 minutes NOT counting the time it took me to come up with the stamps, the paper, the idea, etc...I can't see me making a card in 10 minutes!!! Don't think I'm truly the CAS worker!!!!

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BlackMemento to stamp the images and sentiments and then sponged the front with Cantaloupe Memento and the inside with Lulu Lavender Memento. Added a little ribbon, leaf brad, lil'clips from Am. Traditional Designs and put it all together on MFP outright lemon cs and BoBunny dp. I think it should be good to mail in! A project done early!!! YEA!!!

Front with sunflower
Inside with blackberries

All 4 for the swap

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apple of My Eye

This is for the CAS challenge at Stamp TV Challenge  STVMONLM3. A new approach for me....I like more BLING!!! :-)) The challenge was to create a CAS card...so used GKD red and white cs, added some Reminisce dp. The stamps were GKD Garden Fresh which I colored with Sakura Glitter pens and Copics. I used the Cuttlebug Squares postage stamp for the frame...added a bow and a tiny bit of bling. Stamped with Ladybug Memento ink. Happy Birthday!

Best Wishes

This is for the Outlines Challenge at http://outlineswithkathy.blogspot.com/2011/07/outlines-monday-chllenge-8-polka-dots.html -- Polka Dots.

The challenge was to incorporate Polka Dots somewhere in your design on the stamps or papers or on an embossing folder.  I used GKD blue, chocolate, kraft cs, BoBunny polka dot dp. I used the Outlines stamps, Little Flower square, Caterpillar Square large, Best Wishes, Have Fun and colored with Smooch and Sakura Glitter pens and some copics. Added some polka dot brads and ribbon. I used the polka dot embossing folder on the kraft and brown and also added some liquid pearls to the images for MORE dots! I also used the Papertrey scallop edge die and Cuttlebug square postage stamp die cut. Paris Dusk memento ink was used.  It was a fun one to make. LOTS of dots!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Swap with Brick Wall

This is for the Summer Swap at Speedy TV. It was to be something that reminds you of summer -- I think flowers, bees, butterflies, dragonflies fit the description!  I used Mark's Finest stamps Brick Wall and had a fun time creating these 4 cards.  I used GKD kraft and green cs with DCWV Green Stack recycled paper dp. First I stamped the brick wall and then embossed it with black detail embossing powder and cut it out with rectangles by Spellbinders. Then stamped the flowers on white cs and cut it out with Labels 14 Spellbinders and colored with Smooch. The sentiment was green lime embossing powder and cut out with
Fancy Tags 2 Spellbinders. The butterfly was colored with Smooch and cutout with labels 19. Then sponged some yellow ink on the flower label and aqua and lime ink on the butterfly label. Added some ribbon, brads, bow and a sticker. I used the Crop A Dile corner Chomper cloud and scallop and they are ready to go in the mail. I am looking forward to see what others have made and will look forward to receiving my pack of 3 cards in August.
This is the front

This is the inside

Here are all 4.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Challenge

This is for the Free For All Friday Challenge on Stamp TV... to make a child's birthday card. I created this one using the dress pattern from Cutting Cafe (http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/) on GKD white cs. The dp is Echo Park Summer Days. Added some matching ribbon and buttons. The stamps used were Crafter's Companion Humphrey's Corner Collection Birthday Girl ... those sentiments were added to the pockets on the front, on the back and on the inside of the card is Humphrey's colored with a matching dress. I used Spellbinders Labels Large and double ended tags. Colored with Copics and Sakura Glitter Pens. Happy Birthday little one!

This is the front

This is the back

This is the inside

Wishing You a Day of Sunshine

This is for the Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge Week 63~~Die Cut as a Background Mat and Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV - Swipe on and off. The challenge was to swipe the ink on and off the background using the Direct to Paper technique. It was a good challenge and a technique I would use again...the camera didn't really catch all of the different patterns that were created with the inks. I used Ranger's Distress Inks of Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye and Tumbled Glass. I stamped on GKD's white cs and the dp was from Amscan. I also used Spellbinders curved rectangles, Grommet tags and double ended tags. The stamps were GKD's Warm with Love and Follow Your Dreams by Theresa Momber and stamped with black Memento ink. I added some hemp cord, button and a couple of pearls on the inside. Hope you have a Day of Sunshine! :-)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Flying By To Say Hi

This was just for fun card....and a useful one to send out!  I used K&Company dp, with navy and yellow cs from GKD. I used Great Impressions sentiments and  Outlines butterflies for the focal image. Colored with Sakura gelly and opaque pens. I did clear embossing and then a resist with Brillance white ink. Used the diecuts of rectangle cookie cutter, Fancy Tags 3 and Labels 11 from Spellbinders. Added some ribbon and bling.

Happy Anniversary Challenge

This is for the House That Stamps Built sketch challenge J2911 at http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/

I used Repeat stamps, Quartet and cut out the squares with Lacey Squares Spellbinder diecuts. Then used Scalloped Squares Large to cut out the dp from Bella Road Summer Days. The cardstock is yellow from GKD. The Fancy Labels diecuts were used for the Happy anniversary sentiment, added some ribbon and bling. Colored with Copics and Sakurra glitter pens. The inside is a Holly E. Bliss sentiment stamp. Happy Anniversary!

Red Hot Thinking of You

This is for the Red Hot Challenge at Outlines Stamps  Challenge # 7  at http://outlineswithkathy.blogspot.com/2011/07/outlines-monday-challenge-7-red-hot.html

I created the Red Hot card using copics, Sakura glitter pens and coloring the Outlines Thinking of You Stamp on the inside and the Outlines Spring Bonnet stamp on the outside. I cut out the image with Labels 17 and the Sentiment with Labels 10 from Spellbinders. I used red paper from my stash and GKD white cs. Added some bling from Recollections and some ribbon. And the Red Hot card is complete!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Free For All Friday Challenge

This was a TOUGH challenge!!!! It was to be reverse spotlighting for Free For All Friday Challenge on Stamp TV. I think I got it to work! I used GKD ocean mist and white cs, Bazzill Basics dotted swiss dp. The stamps were from Mark's Finest, Take a Peek 2010  and the inside were Victorine originals and Great Impressions using Danube blue, Lilac Posies and Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I colored with copics. The punch on the inside was Martha Stewart's flower around the edge punch. Added a little bling, flower and ribbon. I used pop dots to make the front stick up. I hope I got it right!!!