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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mystical, Magical, Scary

This monochromatic card is for the Penny Black Challenge...week 170...to use Penny Black stamps and  shades of any color...so I did mine in shades of black. (Here is the website)

The background is gkd black cs with Martha Stewart dp to make the shades of black. I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink and sponged with silver Clearly better ink.  The Penny Black stamps were Be Very Scared and the sentiment is  the Mystical, Magical sentiment. The sentiment I stamped on the gray and then cut it apart to fit on the front and the inside to complete the saying. I colored with copics and sakura glitter pens and added some brads, ribbon and popped the spider up and added some stickers.

Hope your Halloween is Magically Mystical and NOT too scary! :-)

Happy  Halloween!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Something to Crow About -- Autumn Days

This is the challenge this week for Speedy the Cat's Challenge -- Things With Wings #74. (Here is the website)

I decided to do something different and used a Sizzix embossing folder Fall on the front on pumpkin spice cs. After embossing it, the images were then colored with Copics and Sakura Glitter pens. I used Mark's Finest Stamps for this card .. Planted with Love and Thankful for You. The crows were stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento and the sentiments with Tuxedo Black Memento. I added a bow and a leaf brad.

The inside has PSX Paper for Creativity dp on wild dandelion cs.  The seed packet is on a seed packet die cut out of pumpkin spice from Paper Trey and the flap is folded over with a sunflower brad. The sentiment is die cut with lattice rectangles and then sponged with Cantaloupe Memento. Added some Fall stickers.

Something To  Crow About 

Inside...thankful for you!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Apple of My Eye Shaker card

This was for the Stamp TV Shaker card Blog hop....my first attempt at a shaker card!

This was a putzy project...had trouble finding the right size circles...finally did and used Lacey Circles and Petite scalloped Circles large by Spellbinders and Rick Rack Circles by QuickKutz. I used GKD kraft and red cs, Reminisce apple dp. The stamps were GKD Garden Fresh and the inside sentiments is from GKD Autumn Leaves. Colored with Sakura glitter pens and added some apple brads in the shaker circle. Added a little ribbon, bow and some brads. Not sure how many of these I would putz with! Plus mailing could be a definite challenge!

Apple of my Eye


Black Magic Fall

This was for a challenge at Stamp TV (STVMONDB4)..Mix It Up Monday Here is the website....to use Black magic....on a piece of black cardstock stamp with white ink...let it dry...then color pencil the image. Now I have to admit...I had my doubts about this one...BUT it did work and in real life really has quite a nice look to it. Unfortunately I don't think my camera work was the best!!!

Anyway....I used GKD black cardstock, with Moxxie dp. The stamps from GKD Celebrate the Season -- I used several different ones to create a scene..the tree branches, the owl, the bats, the fence, the pumpkin and the sentiment. The inside was stamped from GKD Heartfelt and used the pumpkins and the sentiment.

They were all stamped with White ink by Hero Arts then colored with colored pencils and I did add a little Sakura glitter pens in spots to add some shimmer. The pumpkin was cut with petite scalloped circles by Spellbinders and the inside pumpkins were cut by hand.  I also used the Pumpkin spellbinders to die cut the inside greeting. Added a bow and an acorn bling.

Celebrate the season!

This is the front with white ink and colored pencil

This is the inside with background and sentiment.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Autumn Layers of Color

This is for the Outlines Monday Challenge 18 - LOTS of Layers!  (Here is their website)

It is also for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #32 (RRR32) Autumn and using ribbon. I think it is Autumn because of the yellow, orange, brown colors and dp paper I chose for the flower and the inside is definitely Autumn. (Here is their website)

I had fun making this card. AND LOTS of layers!!! I used H-468 Spotted Blossom Outlines Stamp and stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and created 10 layers of the flower. Then carefully cut out each layer and pop dotted them together to give the 3-D look. I used GKD Chocolate Brown cs, PaperTrey Autumn Abundance dp and Recollections Foil dp. There was also a layer put on the base of the card and the corners were punched with a flower corner punch. I used the Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif die cut to cut out the foil for the base of the flower. I also used some Sakura glitter pens to do some accents on the flower parts on some of the layers.

The inside used C1051 Outlines Script Thinking of You and B-1111 Happy Autumn and cut out with Blossoms Spellbinders. Of course had to add some bling and the lovely Fall copper colored ribbon on the front!

Happy Autumn!

Autumn layers and layers!

Inside greeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

House Mouse Happy 3rd Birthday!

This is for the House Mouse CHALLENGE # 104  BIRTHDAY theme with a Bunch of Flowers.
(though the Flowers are completely optional). Celebrating their 3rd birthday. ( Here is the website)
I tried something different. While on vacation this summer in Northern Wisconsin I found at one stamp store the House Mouse 3D cut outs. I thought I'd try it....though after cutting and cutting I decided I really like stamping MUCH better!!! Lots of little corners and pieces to cut! I did add some pop up dots to 3D the look and added some White Polar Flower Soft for the marshmallows and added some Sakura glitter pens to accent some other parts. I added a Happy Birthday bow and some flowers. I used stash birthday dp and blue GKD cs. The inside sentiments were cut outs from a stash pile.

Happy Birthday House Mouse!

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Hello Good Friends

This is for Speedy the Cat's Challenge #73 - One Layer Card.   (here is the website)

It was indeed a challenge for me to do a One Layer Card as I don't usually do that! BUT....got it to work!! :-)) I used a Sizzix embossing folder, Elegant Vine and Flair and sponged the folder with Rich Cocoa Memento ink before I ran it through the Cuttlebug. Then ran it through on first Kraft cs from GKD and thought it was a little dark...then did White cs from GKD and thought it was brighter. Both cards will be down below.

Then used Mark's Finest Blackberries, Sunflowers and Bees stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento to stamp the image, colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens. On the inside I used Moxxie Autumn dp and the sentiment from MFP Take a Peek went on the bottom card inside. Both sentiments were cut with LAbels 4 diecut by Spellbinders. Added a little bow with brown/white cord, some bling and a couple of stickers.

This was white cardstock

Inside...had to have  layer here! :-)

This was Kraft cardstock


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Non-Traditional Merry Christmas

These 2 are for Stamp TV's non-traditional Merry Christmas. (STVFRISH2)  The challenge was to use Non-Traditional Christmas Colors. So here is mine in turquoise, pink, olive green! (Here is the website)

I used Gina Kay Design stamps -- The first one is Merry and Bright and I embossed it with magenta dn whit embossing, sponged the ocean mist cs with Broken China distreess and accented with Sakura Glitter pens. Added some bling and ribbon and used  Recollections Jingle Bells dp.  I cut out the image and sentiment with Heartfelt Ornament dies.

The second card used the same basic things -- ocean mist cs by GKD, dp by Recollections, GKD Very Merry Christmas stamps, Wonky Rectangles by Spellbinders, magenta and cricket embossing powder, colored with Copics and highlighted with glitter pens,  Ink was Versa Sea Breeze, Clearly Better silver,Tuxedo Black Memento, Candi bling and ribbon by Celebrate It.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy Autumn!

This is for the Outlines Monday Challenge 17 - Feeling Like Fall. Here is the website.

I enjoy this time of the year and all of it's bright fall colors and that was what I tried to create with this card. I used Outline stamps G-109 Scarecrow and B-1111 Happy Autumn for the front and used A-794 Layering Collage Blessings for the inside (just used the bottom half of that stamp). Then colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens and die cut with Frame 2 Shapez Spellbinder. I stamped the images with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the background was sponged with Desert Sand and Summer sky Memento and the saying was with Rich Cocoa Memento. Added some ribbon and some stickers by Harvest for a little added deco.

Happy Fall!



Monday, September 12, 2011

Enjoy Nature's Splendor

This is today's challenge for Speedy the Cat's Week 72 -- Use a punch. NOW this was an easy challenge...biggest decision is WHICH punches to use! :-)Here is their website

I used Mark's Finest Products as the stamps..It's Fall mini set and Thankful for You on the inside. They were stamped with Chocolate Brown Memento and colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens and cut out with Pumpkin die cuts from Spellbinders. Then sponged with Dandelion Memento ink. The cardstock is GKD Dandelion and the dp is Suzanne Brunstom. Inside I used Labels 14 for the die cuts.

I punched the fence with Martha Stewart punch, the owls are with Martha's embossing owl punch and the corners are Crop-A-Dile We R Memory Keepers Deco/Stub chomper.

Added a little brown ribbon cord and some leaves and a bow and It's Fall Y'ALL!!

With Heartfelt Sympathy

This card was for 2 challenges. The first is for Stamp TV  Free For All Friday -- STVFRIJM2 -- which was to make a sympathy card. Here is the website.

The other challenge was for What If? Wednesday - Sketch Challenge S711 from The House That Stamps Built . Here is that sketch. Here is the website.

I used Wild Dandelion GKD cs and K Company dp and used the GKD Heartfelt stamps set on the front and on the inside GKD Wild At Heart and Stenciled Spring sentiments stamped in Danube BLue Memento Ink. The front was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Copics and the sponging was done with Dandelion Memento ink. I cut out the images  with Lattice Rectangles by Spellbinders and also the inside the sentiment. The front sentiment was with Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals Large. Added a little ribbon and flower and Sakura glitter pens. I will now have a Sympathy card available to use...but hope it doesn't need to be used soon!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Flowers from Ireland

This is for the Outlines Monday Challenge 16 -- Picture This. The challenge was to use Outline Stamps while incorporating a picture into the design. (here is their website)

This is my interpretation of that challenge. I used Outlines Stamps  C-1051 Thinking of You, H-1192 Fanciful butterfly, E-557 Petal Strip border and then on the inside F-1049 Posy Greeting Center and E-680 Flower Power Square Large. The images were colored with Copics and Sakura Glitter Pens. The picture is a picture taken in Ireland last Spring. Their flowers were VERY bright and deep colored and absolutely beautiful in the flower boxes by this particular park and also some of the vendors that were selling them. They almost looked like they put them in a dark dye to get the vivid colors.

I used a frame card and then added some bling, pearls and flowers. The inside I added a sticker verse and left some room for writing.

Irish blooms in Spring

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nobody's Purr-fect!

This is for thePenny Black Saturday challenge ---Week 167 to make a scene using Penny Black stamps.
(Here is their website)

I used the stamps 237.8K A Whisker Away and 1458J Cat Bath to create the scene on the front. I colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens, added some ribbon, bling and stickers from Penny Black Stickeroos.. The image was cut out with Labels 8 by Spellbinders. The inside is Nobody's purr-fect sentiment (2380H) in Tuxedo Black Memento and die cut Labels 8 again. Both are sponged with Summer Sky Memento ink. The GKD cs is Ocean Mist and the dp was from my stash. The kitties are telling you what a great friend you are! :-)


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thinking of You AJ

This is for 2 challenges. The first is for Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday -- use pink, white and my other color is green. Here is the website.  The second challenge is for Speedy the Cat's Challenge Week 71 - Bring on the Bling! Here is the website.

I was easily able to combine both of these challenges into one. The pink, white and green challenge was for one of the members who is having a birthday and also dealing with some health issues....wishing her well and recovery and good luck!  AND for me adding BLING was an extra pleasure!!!

I used Mark's Finest Products stamps -- Little Birds with Big Mouths and Floating Along sentiment on the inside. Also used Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves and Angel Pink Memento ink and colored with copics in shades of green, pink and highlighted with Sakura glitter pens. The images and sentiment were cut out with Scalloped Ovals large by Spellbinders and it was done on MFP cs, GKD white cs and Making Memories Flutter dp. The bling was Say in in Pearls by Prima Inc.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Boo to You Happy Halloween!

This is for the Make It Monday Challenge at Capture the Moment at Papertry. The challenge was to use at least one Papertrey product and feature the use of colored pencils. (Here is their website)

I used several Papertrey products to create this Halloween card. I started out with Papertrey Hocus Pocus dp, white cs and Papertrey Orange Zest cs. The stamps were Papertrey's Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers. I also used the jar label die cuts from Papertrey and Labels 10 by Spellbinders. It was all colored with colored pencils and gamsol and then there was some highlights with Sakura glitter pens. I also used Range Crackle glossy accent to on the jar front to give it that glass look. The ink was Tangelo Memento and Tuxedo Black Memento. I added some brads, black lace, pearls,  ribbon and a Halloween card was complete!

Front with the jar fillers and witch's broom

Inside with flying ghosts!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rumble in the Jungle

This is for the Penny Black  Saturday challenge...Sketch challenge it was. This is the Sketch to recreate using Penny Black Images.  (Here is the website)

The Penny Black Images were elephant song, irrestible and rumble.

Since I had my black and white supplies out, I decided to use them. Used the Paper Studio Black and White dp paper for the various shapes on the front and put it on GKD white cs. I used the Lacey Circles Spellbinders, Labels 11 and Cuttlebug Fanciful Tags for the die cuts and sponged them with Angel Pink Memento ink. Martha Stewart lace punch was also used. I used Spare Parts embellishments of brads and flowers, added a little bling, using Copics and Sakura glitter pens and Ranger Crackle for the eyes.

Here is the front

The inside rumble in the jungle!