Friday, January 19, 2018


Last month, Esther from the Crop Stop Challenge Blog had asked me to be a guest designer on the blog and as she was having a bit of difficulty finding some for this month, she asked me if I would be willing to guest design again today.  Of course, I said "yes!"  Here is my card for your inspiration:
I created my tag with a bunch of scraps from one of my favorite paper packs (alas, it is all used up now.) and a Spellbinders scalloped tag die.  I layered it with a Pierced Heart die from My Favorite Things (which happened to be in my bits and pieces stash) and then my cupcake image, colored with spectrum noir markers) and sentiment banner.   I finished the tag off with some ribbon tied in a bow using my bow-easy tool.  Since there were so many patterns/colors going on with the tag, I wanted to keep my background more neutral.  I used core-dinations white card stock embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and die cute with an MFT stitched rectangle.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks, Esther, for inviting me back again.

Stamps: PTI "Baker's Dozen"
Dies: PTI "Baker's Dozen"; Spellbinders "Scalloped Tags"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing dots

Aud Sentiments #195--anything goes
ART Impressions #224--feel the love
As You Like It--favorite die and why (My favorite die would have to be this stitched rectangle from Blueprints 13--it just adds a finished touch to the second layer  and is the perfect size)
C.R.A.F.T #451--love/Valentine's
Double D Challenge--Kitchen is the heart of the home (inspired by the colors of the aprons in the upper photo and the baking theme)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a sentiment
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #137--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #363--anything goes
Fab n' Funky--girly
Cuttlebug Mania--Valentine's Day
Incy Wincy--tag
Hiding In My Craft Room #335--hiding in my craft room
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sweet 16

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built!  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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You can be inspired either by the photo itself or the colors or both!    While I love all those snow covered trees, I decided to go with the color combo.  I added a little bit of silver glitter for some sparkle. 

This card is to celebrate the 16th birthday of a young woman at our church.  I was digging in my bits and pieces stash and found the die cut striped panel.  I thought it made the perfect background; subtle but interesting.  The flowers were all stamped on scrap pieces of white card stock.  And the sentiment was stamped on a scrap of black; it was even that width already.  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  And if you need any of the stamps I used (or any for that matter), take advantage of the 10% off your entire order coupon code in my left sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Daisy Outline, large", "Daisy outline, small" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up"; Spellbinders "Butterfly Corner" frame; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"

Card Mania Challenge #100--monochromatic
Crafting with An Attitude #35--anything goes
Sheep Ski Designs #10--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #18--anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #274--birthday
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Cas-ual Fridays #190--all that glitters
Crafty Creations #358--anything goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #254--sketch

Crafty Catz #399--anything goes with the optional twist: one for the ladies
Pixie's Crafty Workshop--anything goes with snippets
Hiding In My Craft Room #335--super scraps Saturday
Fashionable Stamping #131--anything goes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's Simple

Usually when I make a card, I start with a sketch and then check out some challenges to see what I might want to incorporate into my card.  But as soon as I saw the current challenge from Mod Squad: kraft, white and black, I KNEW I had to make a card with that color combo.  It just really struck me.  I'm cutting it close, but finally had time to play with the color combo and an idea that was floating around in my head.  This is the result:
I heat embossed the flower background with white ink and white embossing powder and then softened the edges with some white craft ink.  I also heat embossed the sentiment.  I went back and forth about whether or not I should add embellishments, but I like it like this and it's simple to go with the sentiment.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Power Background"; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Mod Squad--kraft, black and white ONLY
Unicorn Challenge #28--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
As You Like It--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #73--anything goes
Crafty Creations #358--anything goes
Fashionable Stamping #131--anything goes
Southern Girls--stitch me up

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sweet Birthday Wishes

I get so busy with DT work that I rarely have time to just "play" and create a card that I need "to have" not need "to make."  And it's just as rare that I get to play with just any stamp that I want.  But I have a bit of a vacation from one team and another one closed down, so I have that free time and this is the result:
 A young girl at our church just turned 14 this past week and this card is for her.  Here is the inside of the card:
 Continuing in my quest to use my bits and pieces stash, the die cut 4 was from the stash.  I just needed to die cut the one to complete the number pair.  It small, but it's a step in the right direction.

Stamps: YNS "Phoebe with Her Wagon"; PTI "Big Birthday Wishes"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; PTI numbers border die; Sweet n' Sassy stamps grass die
Papers: Pebbles "Garden Party"

Dies R Us #89--kids kards (teenager but still a kid)
Crafty Friends #75--new beginnings (a new year of life)
Paper Creator #65--anything goes
Cardz TV #30--anything goes
Crafty Catz #399--anything goes with the optional twist: one for the ladies
Penny's #362--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #321--new beginnings
Fab n' Funky Challenge #376--let's be happy
Double D--anything birthday or anniversary with inspiration from this mood board (I used butterfly paper that reminds me of the photo in the lower right corner and the cake)

A Gem of a Challenge #210--Happy Anything
Creatalicious #130--anything goes with the optional twist: cute
Stamplorations Theme & sketch--stamps and curves
Alphabet Challenge--use three of something (three enamel dots)
YNS #80--sketch

ART Impressions #223--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #316--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Brown Sugar #274--birthday
Crop Stop #36--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #35--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #23--anything goes

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pink Birthday

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Birthdays (It's Aud's birthday, so make sure to wish her a happy day!)
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I'm continuing in my quest to reduce my bits and pieces stash (that pile of stuff I have that was cut/stamped/etc for a different project and just didn't make it) and on this card, both the white sentiment strip and the little red heart are from the stash.  Unfortunately, I added three pieces back to the pile so I worked with a deficit for this one!  Hmm . . . that's not really how it's supposed to work.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us in this challenge; I know we all need birthday cards.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Izzy" digi; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched line: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up" sentiment strip; Spellbinders scalloped border; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart die

Southern Girls--stitch me up (I used stitched dies)
Little Miss Muffet--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--use patterned paper
Fab n' Funky #376--Let's be happy
Shopping Our Stash #336--out with the old, in with the new (the gray card stock, stitched line die and scalloped die are OLD, old, old--this sentiment set is one I won about a month again and this is the first time I used it.  The paper, I also got with in the last month or maybe two.)
Power Poppy--sketch
Stamplorations theme & sketch challenge--I used the theme: stamps & curves (scallops)
A Gem of a Challenge--Happy anything
Cardz TV #30--anything goes
Crafty Catz #399--anything goes with optional twist: one for the ladies

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Here were are a week into the new year and it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fun tic-tac-toe challenge for you:
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I love tic-tac-toe challenges because you can basically pick your own challenge.  And with this one, I managed to run the entire board!  Usually there is one element that I just can't fit in, but this time they all seemed to work together.
Let's start with the background, which turned out nothing like I intended but is really fun anyway.  I started with about 4 different shades of blue and purple gelatos.  I scribbled them on my plastic craft mat and spritzed with some water to create my water colors.  I cut a piece of water color paper and spritzed it with water and then used a brush to brush on my gelatos.  It really didn't bleed as much as I wanted to I get watering and adding colors until it was "ok". Then I watered down some silver paint to create splatters.  Unfortunately, it turned more into blobs, so I ended up using the brush to lightly smear the blobs across the paper. As it dried (with a little help from my heat tool) it created a really shimmery look.  I then cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder.  Then, I stamped my snowflake with blue ink, fussy cut it out and covered it with micro glitter.  The whole card is so shimmery and glittery in real life.
I finished the card with the sentiment on the inside:

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Solid, lg", "Snowflake Solid, sm" and "Thanks Cling Set" for, your, thoughtfulness
Dies: Simon Says Stamp "Painted Thanks"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Creative Craft Cottage #103--January Blues
Tuesday Throwdown #374--layer it up
Simon Says Stamp Monday--winter blues
Power Poppy--sketch

Cardz TV #29--anything goes
CAS-ual Fridays #190--all that glitters
Crafty Catz #398--add sparkle after Christmas
Time Out Challenge #100--thankful
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative with Stamps #22--snowflake

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Things with wings

Happy New Year!  And welcome to the first challenge of the year from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Laurie is challenging us to use something with wings.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
These papers are all scraps from one of my favorite paper packs (and pretty much all that was left of the pack).  The sketch I chose was just perfect for using them and after making this card, I used the remaining scraps to make a few tags which you will be seeing in the near future, I'm sure.  And now, the paper is all gone.  So sad, but happy at the same time that I managed to use them all up.  After piecing everything together for the layout, I had just enough of the blue pattern left to stamp my butterfly and fussy cut it out and than punch out the remaining two butterflies.  I selectively inked up the butterfly stamp to add the antennae to the punched butterflies and I ran a black marker around their outside edges to help them match the stamped butterfly a bit more.  The "Hello" was in my bits and pieces stash.  As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the sentiment, I remembered that I had seen one in my stash while looking for something else.  When I found it, it turned out to be the perfect, bright, cheery yellow to coordinated with the yellows in my papers.  I masked part of my sentiment stamp so all I stamped was the "A happy" and the die cut finishes it off.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us.  Let's start off the new year on a crafty note. : )

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Butterfly, sm." and "Happy Hello"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Smartphone" hello

CAS(E) This Sketch #252--sketch

SheepSki Designs #10--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #28--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #333--freestyle
Cardz TV #28--anything goes