Tuesday, August 30, 2016


I recently won blog candy from a sweet blogging friend who lives in Italy, and among the goodies she sent me was this pretty ribbon, as well as those cute puffy stickers you see on this card! Thanks Alice!!

This card began with a piece of cardstock that was sponged with distress inks (picked raspberries and spiced marmalade) and then stamped and heat-embossed with an IO hexagon background stamp and some white ep. I cut the panel diagonally and adhered it to the black card base, using the leftover portion to die-cut the flower tops of those SSS fresh daisies dies. I used the ribbon to separate the panels and added a SU! framelit die-cut sentiment panel using a SU! sincere salutations sentiment embossed in white. I added some butterfly and flower stickers that Alice included with my blog candy package and called this one done. 
Note: I used my embossing buddy all over this card, but those flecks of white ep were like magnets that I couldn't eliminate to get a good photo......sigh

I'm entering this over at Darnell's NBUS #7 challenge where the only requirement is to use some "Never Before Used Schtuff." Click the icon below, because I know you have some unused schtuff in your stash and you know you want to play along :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a fantastic day!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Birthday Balloons

I made this quick and easy birthday card to add to my stash. The word "birthday" was done with a SNSS die in yellow cardstock and popped up on foam tape. The letters for "happy" were punched from an alphabet sheet set I bought years ago at a local craft store. The balloons were done with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some neutral twine and white sharpie accents to them. For the final touch, I added some tiny star sequins I've had in my stash forever.

I'm entering this into the HLS August Anything Goes with Dies challenge.


Thanks for checking in on this Monday morning. I hope your week ahead is fantastic!

On a side note - huge congrats to the team from New York who won the Little League World Series championship yesterday! Their impressive record this year was 24-0! It was a great series, and a fantastic final game where New York's pitching and fielding skills were nothing short of amazing!! Way to go guys!!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Heart Snippets

I have this habit of punching assorted little bits of left-over cardstock and dropping them into tiny boxes for later uses. I loved these pale blue and lavender colors together, so I used a MS hydrangea punch to make all the flowers (after embossing them with a Swiss Dots ef) and decided to use them together. I lightly drew a heart outline with a pencil, then after pressing the flower centers with a stylus to shape them, I glued them on one by one until the heart was filled with flowers. The word "Love" was done with my Quickutz and I added some piercing around the edges. This may be the most tedious snippet card I ever made, but I can't duplicate it, because I gave this hydrangea punch away recently to some young aspiring crafters who will probably enjoy it as much as I did :)

I'm sharing this with what else??...........the Snippets Playground #244

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Sunday!


Saturday, August 27, 2016


Ever have one of those "RUFF" days? Well apparently this dog did, because he sure looks unhappy doesn't he? LOL Maybe he'll feel better now that he's out of the package and on a card. I colored him with Copics and fussy-cut him, then placed him on a Nestabilities Labels 18 die, edged with a brown marker, then placed him on a larger die that was edged with a white marker. The little white bone seemed to balance everything out nicely. The background was embossed with a Darice pawprint ef, and I pulled a snippet of striped dsp from my stash for the vertical strip. The letters were done with my Quickutz and I called this one done. I'm sharing this over at Darnell's 7th NBUS challenge with this Tim Holtz Crazy Dog being the NBUS. I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot more of this guy in the future :)

Do you want to use some "NBUS" and play along? Sure you do!! Just click the badge below and it will take you to Darnell's awesome blog for the details. In case you didn't already know...NBUS is Never Before Used Schtuff.


Thanks for stopping by and make it a wonderful weekend whatever you're doing!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Tiny Trees

When I have small leftover pieces of green cardstock, I often punch them with a SU! mini tree punch and keep them in a tiny box. For this card, I glued a bunch of those trees onto a piece of white cardstock, then die-cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I die-cut another large tree from the SU! Peaceful Pines framelit set and stamped the sentiment, then dotted with red liquid pearls. The final touch was to place a punched red star on the top. I used the Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies on all layers.

I'm sharing this over at the August Rudolph Days where you have until the end of the month to make your Christmas card and enter it into the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's Hip to be Square (again)

I entered a challenge a few days ago that was "Hip to be Square" and now Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is also "Hip to be Square" - make a square card. That old Huey Lewis tune has now become an earworm, but I liked that song, so it's all good :)
I often make 3x3 square cards with matching envelopes for little thank-you's, and this is one of those. I used a Joanna Sheen daffodil die that I won from the Snippets Playground some time ago. I cut it from white and colored it with Copics, then adhered it to a celery green panel, adding a retired SU! sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a good one wherever you are.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Birthday Double Fold Gate Card

Last month Wendy posted this card on her blog and I knew I wanted to try making one of my own, so here it is.I used some double-sided American Crafts SoHo Garden dsp along with some pale pink and old olive cardstock. I used a SU! sincere salutations sentiment, and then punched 2 types of flowers, layering them and dotting them with tiny pink gemstones and a little twine bow. The medallion was made with SB circle and scalloped circle dies.

Here's what the card looks like opened. I die-cut some Darice daisies and added some more tiny punched flowers, and left room inside for writing a message.
If you want to make one of these pretty double fold gate cards, Wendy shared Dawn's link for the tutorial. Thanks Wendy and Dawn! They fit into an A2 envelope too, so that's always a plus for me!

I'm sharing this with the Little Red Wagon challenge #356 which is "Happy Birthday." One can never have too many birthday cards in their personal stash, right?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is one of your best yet!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Make it Sparkle

Today I have a card with a digital butterfly image from SNSS. After printing I colored it with Copics, then added Stickles in yellow and turquoise to the darker colored portions of the butterfly. I sponged the edges of the image panel with some pale blue ink, and matted with white, blue, a square lattice embossed panel, and some rust-colored cardstock. I placed this on an embossed panel (sorry -I forget the name of the ef) and added a birthday sentiment with SB ribbon tag and grommet tag dies, and some ribbon from my stash.

I'm sharing this with the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #TT308 which is to "Make it Sparkle."

Thanks for checking in and I wish you a wonderful day!


Monday, August 22, 2016

It's Hip to be Square!

The challenge at Cards In Envy is to make square cards, or cards with squares on them. I used my Gina Marie stitched square dies to create a square thank-you card. I just layered some brown, orange, red, and honey cardstocks, placing a MB vivienne butterfly on top. Of course I cut the butterfly in several colors, swapping the inserts for assorted colors. For the final touch I added some very tiny gemstones to the body and antennae. The inside has a nice thank-you sentiment.
I'm also sharing this over at the Snippets Playground #243 which is to always use snippets. This butterfly has plenty of those!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Have a Colorful Day!

The Penny Black Saturday challenge for August is to use your favorite technique. I have many favorites, but one of them I use often is to use my leftover strips of dsp and cardstock to create herringbone backgrounds. Here I created one of those backgrounds and embossed it with a chevron embossing folder to make it pop. The PB image was colored with Copics and die-cut with a GinaMarie stitched square. The herringbone panel and dark purple card base were die cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangles. The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn and I added a couple punched stars for accents. I used the square stitched die to add the stitches to the sentiment panel by cutting one edge at a time.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful weekend!