Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Winter Birthday Card

 A thoughtful and generous friend of mine sent me a little surprise in the mail last week - a really cute set of Stampendous stamps with all these adorable little gnomes! It's a Christmas set, but I made a birthday card with one of those images. The frame was die-cut from white and sponged with assorted distress inks. I'm not sure who makes the striped dsp as the paper was loose without the cover. I colored the image with Copics and glaze pens, using a stick stamp to make the little snowflakes. I added drops of Nuvo crystal drops to the flakes and liquid applique to the hat. 

I'm going to slide this into the Seize the Birthday Challenge #218 - framed (just hours before closing 😊)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a safe and happy Tuesday!


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Halloween Spiders

Recently I discovered this very old Martha Stewart spider punch I'd forgotten I had! (too much schtuff obviously 😏) I had a few small snippets of black cardstock on my table, so I punched a few spiders and that's how this card began.
I used an older piece of neutral dsp and tore it into strips, using some brown chalk and a Q-tip to color the edges. I still have a bag of those big googlie eyes so I decided to use them along with the spiders. I took another snippet of black, placing the eyes first, then wrapping all those strips around them to look like a mummy/monster, then I die-cut the piece with a stitched tag die. I added a couple snippets of orange and black dsp for the background, and colored the spider's eyes with green, yellow, and orange glaze pens. The sentiment is a pre-printed one from SSS.

 And here's the inside with a spider and another pre-printed sentiment.

I'll enter my card into these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today and taking time to leave a comment. I do appreciate them very much, but I'm getting slower in responding unfortunately. Life is just throwing a lot of obstacles in my way lately and time has been getting away from me!
Have a fantastic weekend and take care!


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Shimmery Anniversary Card

Today I have a card that makes use of a couple new items. The anniversary sentiment was done with a new die from Kat Scrappiness using black and a bit of SSS pre-embossed woodgrain white cardstock. The embossed panel was done with a new Memory Box Open Studio "Blooming" embossing folder. I used a piece of shimmery, sparkly cardstock from an old paper pad but I love how it turned out.

 Here's a close-up, and if you click the photo, you can see the embedded glitter in the paper. It really has a beautiful sparkle but it's hard for the camera to capture that feature. I added 2 heart-shaped gems for the finishing touch and that's all this card needed.

I'm sharing this with these challenges:

NBUS #28 - New ef and new die

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Emboss it!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope your day is a good one!


Monday, July 12, 2021

Kindness Matters

 My card today has a thank-you sentiment inside. I bought the SSS Kindness Matters die quite some time ago but I don't think I've used it until now. I used some old designer papers from the Bo Bunny Liberty collection that I bought many years ago when I was making cards for Operation Write Home (now closed). I used a vanilla card base, along with a die-cut SU! Chalk Talk sentiment panel. The quilt die is from MFT and the buttons were made with Impression Obsession dies. I wove thin strips of matching papers and cardstock through the holes to give the buttons a sewn-on look.

I'll enter this into these challenges:

Thanks for taking a moment from your Monday to stop by 😊
Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Friday, July 9, 2021

Oddball Turtle

 Today I have a birthday card made for an old slow-poke like myself 😊. At my age, everything slows down, so I thought this would be a fun twist on a birthday card. I used a brand new Stamping Bella "Oddball Turtle" stamp, coloring it with Copics and adding it to 2 different water-colored panels. The largest panel was embossed with a Clockworks ef after coloring, plus I found a smaller green colored panel in my snippets box that looked compatible to the larger one. The card base is SU! Granny Apple green and I added liquid applique to the turtle's eyes. The sentiment inside says "Forward is forward" so I thought it would make a fun birthday card for someone of my age. I used a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die to cut the main image panel.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

the NBUS #28 challenge - use something new (stamp set)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a fantastic day! Move at your own pace, but remember - forward is forward 😏


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cat Lover's Birthday Card

I have a dear friend who is celebrating her birthday (mid 80's) next month, so I always try to make her a card with a kitty on it, since she loves cats!
For this one, I used a die-cut window a friend sent me a long time ago (sorry, I don't know who makes it) and lined it with a piece of soft sky cardstock. I used a Brutus Monroe cloud stamp on the soft sky piece, coloring the clouds with both white and clear Wink of Stella pens. I added 2 flying birds with a SNSS stamp and added a black cat done with a SU! punch. The sentiment is a pre-printed one from SSS and the background dsp is a retired piece from SU!.

I'll share this with the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #52 - must use a critter (cat)

NBUS #28 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Brutus Monroe Stamp set)


Thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well with you. It sure is a hot spell here in PA, whew!!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy 4th of July

 Happy Independence day America!
Today I'm sharing a card made to celebrate July 4th here in the USA.
I used lots of stars and stripes to represent our flag.
The red and white stripes were made with snippets, aligned in a diagonal pattern and placed behind a white frame. The sentiment panel is a die-cut from SU! that I embossed with a square lattice ef. The word "happy" came from an Easter die set, and the "4" was cut with an Impression Obsession set of number dies and a snippet of red glitter paper. The blue stars were done with a SU! retired mini star punch, and the tiny white stars were negatives from a SSS star border die.

I'm sharing this with...

the Dies R Us Challenge #172 - a/g using dies from their store (I.O.)

the Paper Players PP548 - stars and/or stripes

Thanks for stopping by and I wish everyone a safe and happy day of celebration!


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Embossed Strips

I found a sketch that inspired me to pull out some colorful snippets of cardstock and play along, but the challenge closed before I could finish the card! 😏 Oh well, this has become a repeat habit for me lately it seems.
I laid the strips side-by-side into a WeRMemory Keepers Gemstone ef to make the design, then placed them onto a black card base. I die-cut a Darice flower stem from green, white, and black, and fussy cut the white flowers and covered them with Wink of Stella for some subtle sparkle. The final touch was to add a pre-printed Simon Says Stamp birthday sentiment and I called this one done.

I'll enter this into these challenges:

Seize the Birthday #217 - embossing folder

I decided to make a thank-you card using some different card stock colors along with a KaiserCraft thank-you die. I cut 3 of the sentiments, stacking them on top of each other and covered with Wink of Stella glitter. I used some black Nuvo drops for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope everything is well and good in your world today.



Sunday, June 27, 2021

A Patriotic Celebration

 I thought I'd make a red, white, and blue card to celebrate either a birthday or July 4th. I have 2 friends who were born on July 4th, so this could work for both.
I started with a piece of pre-embossed cardstock from SSS with a beautiful woodgrain finish that I just love. I used random bits of assorted blue  cardstock and cut lots of mini stitched banners with a Lil Inker die. I assembled them side by side, then cut the whole piece with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die and placed it on a red card base that I also cut with a larger stitched rectangle die. I save all those tiny little negative bits in an old prescription container, so I pulled out lots of them in matching colors to decorate this, along with a Lil Inker Celebrate sentiment and called it done.

I'll share this with -

also with -

Thanks for the visit and my wish is for you to have an exceptional day!


Friday, June 25, 2021

Christmas Ornament

 Today I have  quick & easy Christmas card to share. The background was done with a Sizzix snowglobe/holly leaves embossing folder on some shimmer white cardstock. I added a punched SU! (r) ornament done with a snippet of red & white dsp. I added a pre-printed SSS sentiment to the center; then added some gold cording to make a bow and hang it from the die-cut Poppystamps Shasta twigs. The final touch was to add some snow to the branches.
 with some liquid applique.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Dies R Us Challenge #171 - a/g using dies from their store

MLCCB#35 - June Anything Christmas Goes

HLS June Christmas Challenge - A/G Optional "tinsel"

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a fantastic day!