Monday, November 11, 2019


Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to get into your craft area and be creative. Nothing relaxes me more (and stresses me more LOL) than creating cards. Today I have two cards to share with you: one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

The Thanksgiving card uses the more recent small die of the month set from Spellbinders. I tried to create the lady to look like me - gray hair, but the rest of her really doesn't look like me. I mean I will be presenting some pies at Thanksgiving to my family, but I won't be dressed like this. I'm pretty sure I'll be in jeans! :-)  Anyway, here's my card.

I began by creating the lady with all the die cut pieces. To create her dress and apron, I stamped some Old Olive ink onto white CS using the Polka Dot background image. Once everything was die cut, I glued her together complete with the pie. While that dried I stamped the floor image with Memento Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. I masked the floor and sponged on some TH Distress Antique Linen ink for the wall. The pumpkins were stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut. I glued two of them onto the floor and added some foam adhesive to one for dimension. The See You Later was die cut using the same die set from Spellbinders. My kids and their families are all traveling here for Thanksgiving so I created a card like this for each one. I'm so excited to have everyone together here for the holidays!

My second card is a pretty quick and easy card. I've been using the Snowman image quite a lot lately. He's adorable as well as easy to color and fussy cut. I especially like him layered on top of the die cut snowflake from Sizzix.

The snowman was stamped, colored and fussy cut before attaching him to the die cut snowflake. The panel and frame were created using a Fawn Lawn rectangle die set. The Peace and Joy greeting was stamped with black ink and then I added the snowflake and snowman. It looks like his scarf and hat band are orange in the photo, but they are red in real life. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful week!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hi. My card today is for this week's sketch at MFT. It's a great sketch and I enjoyed working with it. Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

I started by creating my background paper using DRS Designs open plaid background image and stamping it with TH Distress Oxide Candy Apple red ink. I didn't want to cover any of the stripes up so I didn't add the bottom strip of paper like the sketch has. Hope that's ok.  Next I stamped the snowman image with Memento black ink, colored him with Copics and fussy cut. He is layered onto a white snowflake created with a Sizzix die and then the greeting was stamped with VersaMark ink onto black CS, heat embossed with white EP and die cut with a banner die. I really like how this turned out. In fact I created a second card using purple instead of red ink. My niece loves purple so it will be her Christmas card this year.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 4, 2019

Merry Christmas

Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and found some time to get crafty. I decided I had to get started on Christmas cards. I have really neglected to make them all throughout the year like I usually do. So I have lots to make!

I decided to go with a very quick and simple card. Those are my favorite, go to kind of cards. For this one I started with the white panel, embossed it with a Darice Snowflake Swirl EF and attached it to the navy card base. Next I stamped the small navy strip with the snowflake background using VersaMark ink, heat embossed it with white EP and then attached it to the white panel. The die cut snowflake is from Ranger. Isn't it a pretty snowflake?! Last I stamped just the Merry Christmas greeting from the Christmas Scene Greeting with Versafine majestic blue ink, heat embossed it with clear EP, die cut it with a SB label die and popped it up over the snowflake with some fun foam.

This would be fairly easy to mass produce and I may end up going that route! Though I do have a hard time creating more than 4 or 5 of the same card. But this year may be different since I'm so far behind. We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are further along with your Christmas cards than I am!!


Friday, October 25, 2019

Fall Birthday Greetings

This month's birthday challenge at MFT is "Feeling Sentimental."  No images allowed, just sentiments. I have a friend whose birthday is at the end of October and I thought I'd create her card with this challenge in mind. I started to stamp Happy Birthday with as many birthday stamps as I could, but I've done that in the past and decided to try something different.

Since it is Fall I thought I'd die cut the sentiment in various fall colors. I used a SB Birthday die and added it to the white embossed panel using my T ruler to line each sentiment up. I really like the way this card turned out. The colors are perfect for an October birthday.

Thanks MFT for this challenge! It made me try something new. I'm thinking of trying this with shades of the same color for an Ombre look. Wouldn't that be pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!


Birthday Greetings

Hi Everyone! I have a CAS Birthday card today that uses this week's sketch from MFT. It's a cute and easy sketch.

I started by stamping the cup cake liner and frosting with Hero Arts and Altenew inks, die cut with a MFT square die and layered it onto a larger die cut square. The white panel was embossed with a Darice EF after stamping the birthday greeting with Altenew ink. Everything was attached to the matching pink card base.

I really like the soft pinks with that embossed background. I think this will be a card design I repeat!!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy Autumn

Hi Everyone. I have a fun fall card to share with you today. I used the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations for my card today.  Here's their yummy cupcake for inspiration.

The challenge is to have something inside your card. I found myself staring at the cupcake wondering how they got that pumpkin shape perfectly inside the cupcake. Is that one of those candied pumpkins that they just put into the cake batter whole? I'd really like to know how this was done. I think it'd be fun to create some of these for my grandkids for Thanksgiving since most of them are young and not into pie. I guess I'll have to google this or check Pinterest!!

Anyway for my card, I cut off a panel in the front, added some transparency between the two pieces and added the die cut leaves behind so they show through the clear transparency.  The greeting is from DRS Designs and was stamped with Hero Arts Orange Ombre ink. I smooched some TH Orange Distress Oxide ink onto my mat, added some water and then made some splashes on the front of the card for some added interest. I really like how this turned out. Plus it was pretty quick and easy to create.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm off to check out how to make these cupcakes. :-)


MTF Sketch Challenge 458

Hi Everyone!  I haven't posted for several weeks. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Disney World with our daughter and her family. We had such a fun time there visiting the parks and being together. I have so many fun and cherished memories.

I will admit that it does feel good to be in my craft room creating once more. I so enjoy making cards for my family and friends. My husband is one of the pastors at our church and he's in charge of the "Care" program. I make birthday and holiday cards for the shut ins he visits. So I'm working on getting all the Thanksgiving cards made for him. When I saw the sketch at MFT I thought it would work well with the dp I recently purchased.  The sketch is above and here's my card.

As you can tell I let the DP do all the work for this card. I fell in love with the paper when I saw it at Hobby Lobby. I think it's the blue leaves that drew my attention to it. I started with the blue CS panel, added the cut pieces of DP, embossed the entire piece with a SB leaf folder before adding it to the cream card base. The Happy Thanksgiving Day greeting is from DRS Designs. I stamped it with some blue Distress Oxide ink onto the same cream CS, die cut it with a SB banner die and popped it up with some foam adhesive.

The embossing doesn't show up so well in the picture, but it makes such a difference in real life. I didn't the emboss the first card I made and it just looked flat, like something was missing. I embossed the second one and it made such a difference to me.

I'll be making quite a few more of these. I really like how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today.