Thursday, September 20, 2018


My card today was made with a Whimsy Stamps digital image called "skiing penguin" that I recently won. Isn't he the cutest? I colored him with many different markers, glaze pens, and paint pens, and added glossy accents to his goggles along with some liquid applique to the fur on his cap. I die-cut a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside panel and covered it with frosted stickles to create the snowy hill he's skiing down, and added some sparkly snow behind his skis with 3 different colors of stickles. The sentiment was done with an old G Studio $1 stamp I got from Michaels many years ago, and I used circle punches to cut it along with the turquoise mat. I added a big piece of turquoise bling in the center just for fun. The cardbase and mats are turquoise, and the 2 different designer papers are old ones from Memory Box.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

The Tuesday Throwdown #410 - add some texture

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope your Thursday is filled with all things good and kind :)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pink Birthday Card

I made this card for a life-long friend of mine who celebrated a special birthday recently. I added a paper doily gifted to me by another generous friend and added some SU! stamped elements along with some die cut Impression Obsession numbers and Gina Marie Designs stitched oval and circle dies. The smaller gray circle and scalloped circle beneath it was done with SB dies. I added a die-cut arrow pointing to the number and finished with some pastel pink gemstones. Anyone who reaches the age of 79 deserves to be celebrated! Oh yes, and she still works a full-time job.

I'd like to share this card with the Dies R Us challenge #105 - what's your number? (use a number)

Also sharing with Seize the Birthday challenge - use dies or punches

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

TMS #471

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone!  It's time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #471 which was designed by our own Debbie.

I was playing with some Abandoned Coral and Black Soot distress oxide inks and came up with this background. I just smeared the ink pads on a non-stick sheet, spritzed with water and dabbed the wc cardstock here and there until I got the coverage I wanted. After it dried, I went back and added a few droplets of water here and there. I added a Darice swirl die cut, and then punched some tiny flowers from the remnants of the wc paper, using dark and light areas for contrast. I used Nuvo black drops for the flower centers as well as the 3 dots on the top right panel, then placed it on top of a stitched square die-cut SNSS sentiment. I put it all on a PTI Berry Sorbet card base.

And now it's over to you, but before you go, be sure and check out my DT member's creations here on the blog. You'll want to play along for the great prize this week too, just in time for those autumn cards with leaves. 

I'm also adding my card to the Just Us Girls #458 color week challenge to use the following colors :

Thanks for stopping by as always and do have yourself a wonderful Tuesday!


Monday, September 17, 2018


I love plaid, plain and simple. I have a hard time disposing of those tiny strips of 6" dsp when you cut it down to make a card, so I save them for projects like this. I used stitched square and stitched rectangle dies to make this card. I stamped the smiley face with an ancient stamp I bought when I first got into stamping so long ago. I used a tiny circle punch on those faces and put them in the centers of each square, then added a Lil Inker die-cut "smile" which is logical for all those little smiley faces, right? The inside is stamped with "A smile is a gift you give to everyone." I couldn't stop smiling after I put this card together, so I made a few more...

I used a big assortment of plaid dsp and cardstock snippets to make each of these. I think I'll make a bunch more and send them off to "cards for hospitalized kids" because they can certainly use a reminder to smile.

I'm entering my card into the Cute Card Thursday challenge #547 which is dies and punches. (I was lucky enough to win this challenge last week, woot!)

I'm also entering over at the Snippets Playground challenge #335 which is always to use snippets.

 Thanks for stopping by and as I greet you with a big smile, I hope you'll pass it on :)


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Twofer #9 Leaves

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing my Twofer cards for challenge #9 where the prompt is "leaves." You are to make 2 cards using the same stamps/die for 2 different occasions.

I made a get-well card along with a birthday card using a leaf stamp from Hero Arts.

The flowers and leaves are both from Hero Arts, and I stamped and fussy-cut all of them, placing them on a GMD stitched die-cut oval which was placed on an embossed background done with a Cuttlebug Geometric Rings ef. The leaves were stamped on green dsp that has wood grain printed on it, and I curled them around a pencil and popped them up on mini foam squares for dimension. I colored the flowers with Zig markers and dotted the centers with markers and glaze pens in green, brown, yellow, and black. The sentiment is by SU! and I added 3 Nuvo black dots before placing it on a rose red cardbase. I also dotted the centers of each design on the embossed piece with Nuvo glitter drops just to fancy it up a little more :)

The birthday card is on a Hello Honey card base, and I used an EK punch to create the lower border; inlaying the punched negatives back into the border with assorted autumn colors of cardstock. I used the Hero Arts leaf to stamp the black panel with Versamark and heat-embossed it with gold ep. I stamped several more images again with Versamark ink and this time I embossed with a cadmium colored ep which gave the leaves a copper and gold two-toned look. 

 Here's a close-up and if you click on it, you can really see the two-toned effect. It looks better IRL but it's hard to photograph.

So there is my Twofer #9 for September 2018. I hope you liked the cards, and thanks as always for stopping by. Make it a great week ahead while you're at it!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Side by Side

Here's my 2nd post for today - I have some catching up to do :)

I played along with the Freshly Made Sketch challenge FMS354 this week. I used strips of dsp and cardstock in Granny Apple Green from SU! to put this one together. I pondered over what kind of sentiment to put with this card, and decided the side by side was a good one as those strips are neatly stacked side-by-side on the card. I put a friendship sentiment inside that pertains to a great friendship. I finished this with a few black Nuvo drops.

Here's my 2nd wish for you to have a great weekend! Thanks as always for stopping by!


Bokeh Sympathy Card

Sorry my posts have been lacking lately, but Mrs. Sunshine took an extended vacation and it's been too dismal and dark to take pictures. Today she's made a comeback to our area, so I will have several cards to share, with a 2nd post coming later today. I'm trying not to complain about the dreary weather we've had for a couple weeks, because it's been nothing compared to the devastation those in the south are experiencing with hurricane Florence. I hope and pray there is shelter for those who have lost everything in the path of this devastating storm. I cannot imagine what they are experiencing.

Onto the card...I made this Bokeh background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and white craft ink, dabbing circles of white on the blue sponged background. I thought the soft look was perfect for a sympathy card, so I used the MFTWSC402 sketch to create this card. 

I added a die-cut Memory Box prim poppy, cropping off the bottom, and added a sentiment I recently bought at my local craft store. (it has no name) I adhered it to a snippet of white that I inked with Tumbled glass ink several times to get a darker shade of blue. To fill in the rectangle shape of the sketch, I added some glitter Nuvo drops.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. I'll be back soon.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My 2nd Halloween Twist 'n Pop Card

Recently I made this twist 'n pop Halloween card for one of my granddaughters, and today I'm sharing one I made for her younger sister. I tried not to make hers too scary but I hope she'll like it anyway. This is the front with a happy jack o'lantern and some drippy goo drizzling down onto the sentiment.

This is what it looks like when it's opened and popped up. I added so many elements they're too numerous to mention, but I used a lot of dies, punches, and stamps along with some great SU! Halloween papers from last year's stash. If you click the photo you'll probably see a lot more details.
The girls will probably lose interest in their cards after they see the cash tucked inside for their Halloween treats, but I had fun making them :)

I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to "Pop it Up"

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

TMS #470

Hello Tuesday (again!) When this day of the week rolls around, that means it's time for another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge, and this week we're working on sketch #470 designed by Melissa.

Here is the prize being offered this week - an Art C Chevron Stamp & Adhesive stencil set.

I made an age-specific birthday card on the masculine side for this week's card. I used a piece of bold striped dsp from Recollections, along with a snippet of kraft and some red. I embossed the horizontal element with a CB birthday ef, then used MFT stitched circle dies along with a scalloped punch to display the IO die-cut numbers. I wrapped some twine, made a bow, and added some negative die-cut stars done with a SSS star border die to finish this one.

And now it's over to you, but before you go, please check out my DT member's cards by clicking HERE to see them all. I know you'll find lots of great inspiration to kick-start your creativity after you see what they've made!

 I will be remembering this day with sorrow for the tragic events that unfolded on this day in 2001. That's something you never forget regardless of how many years have gone by.

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself the best possible Tuesday!


Sunday, September 9, 2018


 I made this card with a Tim Holtz Crazy dog and put a witches hat on him for a Halloween card. He looks thrilled doesn't he? NOT! LOL I colored everything with Copics, and heat-embossed the images with clear detail ep before fussy cutting and placing on lemon-lime cardstock. The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and seems to fit this image perfectly :)

I base this card on the MFTWSC#401

One card just isn't enough, so I made a 2nd one...

It's the same design with a few changes like different colors and added bats done with stick stamps. I also embossed the sentiment with white ep on black. After I took the photograph, I had to laugh at the gray circle around the dog. I didn't color it, but I decorated the inside which showed up as a haze around the image LOL

This is a black die-cut stitched circle by MFT with a MB inlaid die-cut spider that created the haze on the card front LOL The sentiment is by Tim Holtz.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a great Sunday. For those in the path of hurricane Florence, I hope you will be safe throughout her rage as she makes landfall.