Monday, September 17, 2018

Witch Way.......

I'm finally using the little witch from that cute set of MFT stamps - but I do love that frog like on the previous card too.  Nothing scary about my witch though since she's decked out in purple and pink.  I'm thinking this almost has to go to one of the granddaughters with those colors being used.

Oh, and if she's really looking for the candy and it happens to be candy corn - I can tell her exactly where it is........In my tummy!  Yummy!!!!!

I'll enter this in the MFT Sketch Challenge.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Pumpkins Sprouting Frogs

All sorts of strange and weird things happen at Halloween - so why not have a pumpkin sprouting a frog.  I mean, we eat pumpkin pie and also eat frog legs, so why not........  I take all that back since I don't eat pumpkin pie OR frog legs.....Uck!  Anyway.........

It's almost time for Halloween and I'm trying to get mine done early this year because like it or not, Christmas is on the way!

I created a clean and simple card using Witch Way Is The Candy from My Favorite Things.  I masked the pumpkins and then colored the little frog, hand cut him out, and perched him on top of the middle pumpkin.  It looks a little like that pumpkin really did sprout the frog!  "Boo" was stamped and heat embossed on black cardstock.  Dimensional tape was added to both the sentiment and frog.  Last but not least, the google eyes were added. 

I'll enter this in the 2018 Superstar Challenge at MFT - Clean and Simple and also the challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

"Bear" With Me

Seems that in my life I go one step forward, and then two steps back.  I think this time I went one step forward and about 25 back................Ugh!

Quick and simple card for one of the guys that I'd done a month or so ago.  I used an image from Newton's Nook. 

So, like the title says......."bear" with me and I'll be back around when I get back around.  It's just not possible at this time though.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Flower Cat - 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Instead of a 'flower child' today, we have a 'flower cat'!  The image is from Ike's Art and called Daisy Cat.  Yep, it's time once again for a new 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge.  Come on over and show us your critters.  Any kind of critter will work and we'd love to see your creation.  There's also a prize from Ike's Art for the winner.

Like I said, I used the image called Daisy Cat.  It's colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and I used some unknown design paper along with some organza ribbon and a snippet of twine.

Remember - You have an entire month to enter your creation in 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

One Black Cloud and a Boo

I probably make the least scariest Halloween cards ever but that's just how I roll I guess.  If you've followed my blog for a while you may remember that Halloween is not my favorite day.  (I DO love the candy corn that happens to appear about this time of the year though).   The grands all love Halloween even though I don't so of course they always have to get a card and treat from their Mimi.

This was my take on this weeks My Favorite Things sketch to enter their challenge.  The images, sentiment, paper, and frame die are all from MFT.  I added a little tiny black cloud above the frog and then googly eyes for fun.  Topped it of with some black Nuvo drops.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bring on the Beer

I haven't even gone back to my little crafty corner lately but did find this picture of just a plain old mug of beer card and thought I'd put it on the blog so you wouldn't forget I was around.  Just haven't been in the card making mood it seems.  Typical ups and downs with the moods on that I guess.  Anyway..........( And see, you saw the picture and title of this and you really really thought I was going to have a super fun post today or something.  Guess I was behaving myself today.  Unusual I know).

The stamp is from Jane's Doodles - and you really can't get much more CAS than this I know.  I added some liquid applique for the foam, colored it with Copics, and that was just about it.  The card base is Kraft of course.

Seems I've been on a masculine card making roll lately and that's good since guys need cards too.

I just notice that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is food and drink - so going to pop this over there!

Thanks for stopping by...........and maybe I'll have more to share next week.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Getting Crazy and Wild

Not to worry around here - I'm not getting crazy and wild.  Well......maybe not wild anyway.  Those days are long past - but gosh, sometimes I really miss them!  As far as crazy..........I'm not even going to discuss that.  It's a different kind of crazy as you get older though and not nearly as much fun!

This is a jeep load of animals and they're all from Gerda Steiner Designs.  I'm thinking the little guy is scoping out the road ahead for Troopers since I doubt if the elephant has a drivers license.  Anyway......I used some Kraft paper and a border die from Lawn Fawn for the bottom part.  The background was done with distress inks and a Newton's Nook stencil.  The jeep was paper pieced with some camo paper that I've had forever.

I'll enter this in the challenge at The Male Room (Wild and Free) and Crafty Sentiment Designs (animals).

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Moving Slow........

Moving slow on a Monday morning.

The image and the sentiment are Gerda Steiner Designs.  I used a stencil and some distress inks behind the cute little guy (or gal), colored with Copics, and that was about it.

Just a fun card to take you into this week.

I'll enter this in the challenge at AAA Cards (friendship).

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

No Idea Here............

I made this card several weeks ago, stuck it in the mail, and promptly forgot all about it.  I did take a picture of it before shooting it off though so that's a big plus.  The problem is that I don't know what I did!  I have no earthly idea what I did!  I don't think I've lost my mind just yet, but you never know.  I'm going to blame the lapse of memory on the heat.  It's been entirely too hot this summer. 

I do know I used a couple of stencils and maybe some distress inks.  That's it!  Oh, and the sentiment and die are from a Simon Says Stamp set.  It still made a nice birthday card no matter what I did I guess. I also think I should get some kind of Brownie points since I tried a different technique!

I'll enter this in the challenge at CAS Mix Up (stamping, stencil monoprint, and a die cut)

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Double Deer Birthday

Like it or not, deer season around here will be starting soon.  I can always tell by the number of camouflage vehicles that seem to pass through like they're in some type of road race.  They have their big trucks, four wheelers, deer feeders, and ice chests.......and I swear some of the ice chests are even decked out in camo!  Amazing!  I think the deer have already put the word out on the grapevine to start looking for hiding places now.

Anyway, not only is it deer season soon - but also a couple more birthdays for guys coming up.  I started making one card and then figured I might as well double it using the die cut on one and the negative die cut on the other.  On the above card I used the negative, some basic black card stock, twine, and a sentiment.

This second card is just like the first one - yet used the actual die cut and some wood panel looking design paper.

One of my blogging friend has been using this wonderful deer head die for a long time - and even sent me some die cuts of it not long ago.  After I received those I knew I just had to get that die - and did. It's from Kaiser Craft and makes great guy cards.

I used the sketch from My Favorite Things on both of these cards so will enter one in their challenge.  I'd also like to enter one in The Male Room challenge (they're celebrating their 5th birthday - congrats on that)!!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How Now......2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Surely you didn't think I'd say - how now, brown cow - did you!  This little darling is not brown at all but one of those very cute ones with the black spots all over.  Holstein.  Of course most Holsteins aren't running about with a skirt on either.  This one is just too cute all decked out in pink - and ready to party!

It's that time again and the challenge this month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies is sponsored by A Day For Daisies.  I've used the cute little Cow Dress for my creation today.   To enter the challenge and for a chance to win, just create a card or project with a critter.  We'd love you have you come by and play and can't wait to see what you create. 

For my card, I printed out the image, colored it with Copics, added the grass die cut and a few clear crystals.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

How Dry I Am

Time once again for a FUN Friday I think - and if you knew what I was talking about when I said  "how dry I am", then you're very old.......(smile)

This was a birthday card for Number 1 son.  Of course he's the ONLY son, so he has to be Number 1.  I wouldn't trade him for anything though.     He's finally realized as he's gotten older, that a birthday is basically just another day of the week (but it appears he gets flies along with his beer on this special day).

I used a stamp from I Brake for Stamps (gotta love that frog)  and a sentiment from Taylored Expressions.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Holy Cow

What's not to love about a cow floating in the air holding a balloon!  Another one of my quick and simple cards but still a lot of fun I think.

I seem to be on a roll for birthday cards lately (and need to be on that same type of roll for Christmas cards since that will be here before you know it)!!  On this card I used the "celebrate" die from MFT.  That little cow and balloon (that was been popped up) are also from MFT.

Sorry I've been hit and miss around here.  That's just the way life is now.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Blue/Black Bird

Hopefully no one is feeling like this today but like it or not I think we all feel exactly this guy looks sometimes.

The stamp and sentiment are from Art Impressions.  I did a little embossing on the oval and then cut out the "lovely" bird and mounted it on top.   The sentiment was stamped crooked and I'd LOVE to say that was done on purpose to maybe give it some character or something........ however...........well, you know.  Blame it on bifocals!  Yes!

I turned the sketch sideways in order to use this for the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge and also at Art Impressions (masculine).

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Swimming By............

It's summertime!!!....and HOT!  I wish I was swimming with these little fish today - or even just sticking my toe in a puddle of water.  Yes, it's that hot.  I'm ready for winter now..........

I used the stamp set called Gill Friends to create my card today.  Even though you can't see it in the photo, the two white die cut panels have been popped up with dimensional tape to make the "water" appear recessed.

I'd like to enter this in the MFT Sketch Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.which is Fun in the Sun.  I'll also enter this in The Male Room challenge (fish/fishing)

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Sunday, July 8, 2018


I had no plans whatsoever to put a critter on this card.  I really didn't!  In fact, as I was making the card I was so pleased with myself for NOT even thinking of having a critter on it.  I know you don't get to see those very often at all. you can see, there's the critter (but it's a cute one so it's perfectly fine I think).

Anyway.......this is my take for the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I used some VERY unknown where did it come from designer paper.  (I'm thoroughly convinced it breeds in the craft room).  The little dog is from Gerda Steiner designs and yes, he's adorable.  The big Hooray die cut is from My Favorite Things and I've done five cuts to stack for dimension.  Those extra pieces of partial die cuts were done with a stitched square die.  It was a fun sketch to try.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Jump for Joy

This is how I'm finally starting to feel - at least a little bit.  I'm getting to where when I type now instead of making 40 mistakes in two sentences, I only make 20!  Yea!  It's been a long couple of weeks.  I'll be getting by to visit everyone soon - just not all at once.  The arm/hand wears out pretty quick.

Using a Penny Black image and some Lawn Fawn patterned paper I created a super CAS birthday card.........that I need to get in the mail pretty quick!!

I'll enter this in the challenge at Cute Card Thursday (anything goes).

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th.......

Happy 4th of July with a Stampin' Up stamp.
I'll enter this in the challenge at AAA Cards - frame it.

Thanks for stopping by.......and have a great day.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hoot Hoot - 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Couple of things going on with this card today.  First of all I have some very exciting news to share........drum roll........I'm now on the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies design team!  Y'all already know how I  LOVE my critters so it's an honor to be on a design team that features them all the time!

Our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies is sponsored by Createful Hearts this month and they've so graciously allowed me to use the Tree Branch Owls for my card today.  To enter the challenge all you have to do is create a card or project with a critter on it.   Easy, fun, and there's a prize too.  Come on over and show us your critters.

I had fun creating my card today.  I decided to make it into a He (blue) and She (girl) type card for an anniversary/love/whatever.  I used Copics to color the image and background and a circle die to highlight the happy couple.  Of course they had to have google eyes too.  I mean - have you ever noticed how big an owl's eyes are!  Anyway, this was placed on some wood grain card stock adding a tiny heart, a couple of clouds, white gel pen dots to the owls,  and then a sentiment added.

Thanks for stopping by.............and be sure and check out 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge.

(Edited:  Sorry I  haven't been by lately.  Been having a slight issue with my arm/hand.  Trying to type with one hand - and one finger - isn't fun and pretty hard to deal with right now.   It's all starting to feel a little better so hopefully I'll be back to 100% and over to visit your blog soon.)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Gone to the Dogs

The jury is still out on this card!  I'll look at it one time and really like it and then the next time I look, I wonder what in the world I was thinking.  Does anyone else do that type of thing?  Anyway, it is what it is - and it's a done deal.   Right now I'm liking it but ask me an hour from now and I may have a different answer for you.......... 

I used some of the pups from one of the My Favorite Things stamp sets and perched the little chihuahua on top of the star for this birthday card.   Added some crystal drops and then added all of it to the raised white panel.  Lots of dimension but you really can't see it all from the photo.  Oh, and by the way.....that's a red star but sure is looking like a funky color in the photo.  

I'm really liking all the sketches that MFT has and this week is no exception so I'll add it in their challenge.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

It's a Little Fishy

Since Jim and I haven't been able to go fishing for a while, I thought I'd at least make a couple of fishy cards.  It's much cooler to just stay inside during this miserable heat we're having  than to be sitting in the middle of a lake somewhere burning to a crisp.

I used several different stamp sets on the above card - My Favorite Things (new release Gill Friends), Lawn Fawn (Life is Good), and Simon Says Stamp (Best Fishes).  The fish are from MFT and the "accessories" and sentiment are from LF and SSS.  I also used a Newton's Nook wave stencil for the background, some Paper Studio patterned paper that looks like sand, an embossing folder, and some clear crystals from Studio Katia.

For this second fishy card I used the My Favorite Things wave stencil and  Gill Friends stamp set.  Both of these are new releases.   I added a few of my clouds, the embossing folder, and clear crystals once again.  The pink/purple fish was made to look 3-D by stamping the fins twice and popping up.   

 I'll enter these in the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bring on the Alcohol.......Ink

I'm just sharing a couple of cards I did the other day using some alcohol inks.  I like how the pieces seem to all turn out different.  I don't have many of the inks but they're still fun to use.  On this first one I just added a big "celebrate" die cut from MFT (I think that's where it's from and am basically too lazy to get up and go check that for sure).

Another very simple card using a small piece of an alcohol ink background I made.  On this one I added a butterfly die cut - and once again I don't remember who made it and  laziness kicked in on getting up to look!  The sentiment is from Hero Arts though.  mind isn't totally shot yet. YEA! 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

More Flowers

Ever since I saw this Power Poppy digital image, I've wanted it.  I finally broke down and got it the other day because in my mind I could color this just as pretty or even prettier than I'd seen others do.  In my mind........  As you can see I'm still a work in progress on the coloring.   I feel like I need to make the darker colors darker and the lighter colors, lighter.   I have a hard time with all that shading stuff.   I still like it but will keep on practicing.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and then I added some crystals from Studio Katia.  The paper is unknown and extremely old.

Thanks for stopping by.............and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's All About Christmas

I just saw on Facebook yesterday that there were 31 more weeks until Christmas!  Pretty scary thought isn't it!  It's going to be here before you know it so it's time to kick it up on making Christmas cards.

This one was very simple using a few dies and some patterned paper.   Not a bit of stamping at all!  It was actually done for some challenge the other day and then I never got it entered.    It's also a terrible picture of the card.  I probably snapped 25 photos of it and they were all wonky somehow.  Oh well.....

It really IS all about Christmas when you look out on my porch too.  I bought this poinsettia in November and yes, it's still blooming and going strong.  With the 100plus degree temps we're having right now though I know it's not going to last too much longer.  It's still looking pretty healthy - right?

I'd like to enter my card in the Rudolph's Day Challenge.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Leopard in the Wild

The entire time I was using this stencil from Newton's Nook for the background on this card, I was thinking of that song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.  Maybe you have to have a few years on you before you remember it, but it really is an oldie but goodie.  Anyway............

Instead of a lion, we have a leopard hiding among the leaves - and sky too.  The leopard and sentiment are from My Favorite Things - also with the die to frame it out with.  Dimensional tape was used to pop up some of the image and also the sentiment.

Following the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things this week, I'll enter it in their challenge.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018


I've never made a get well card specifically for a guy - so here's a first.  The frog and bugs are part of a set from Technique Tuesday.  Cute stamp set!  The sentiment is from Sunny Studio (that also had frogs on it).   Why am I getting all hung up on frogs lately!!!  Scary! I said, this will be going to a guy and I'm sure it'll put a smile on his face.  May not make him feel better but well, you know.......

 I followed the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches so will enter this there. 

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