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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Not a Critter

Believe it or not, this isn't a critter card.  Amazing, isn't it!  It's a quick flower card instead - but that's really a joke since it wasn't done quick because it takes me forever to finish a card no matter how simple it is.    

Anyway, I used an older stamp from Stampin' Up called Flores Suaves.  Behind the flowers is stamped handwriting that also is in the set.  I off-stamped that in Kraft for a light look behind the flower.  The rose was stamped to once again attempt the no-line coloring using Polychromo pencils.   I'm still a work in progress on the colored pencils.  The double "Thanks" die is from Simon Says Stamp.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Life is Good

Life really is good - at least most of the time.  

This little guy is taking life easy.  I'd love to be wherever he is taking it easy too.  Maybe sipping on a margarita instead of attempting the ice cream though.  I couldn't even enjoy that ice cream here right now though because it's so hot it'd melt before I could take a bite.

Anyway, the penguin and palm tree are from Penguins in Paradise (My Favorite Things).   The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.   I used some distress inks to make the clouds, paper pieced the swimming trunks, created "sand" with some designer paper, and added some clear crystals.

This card followed the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things so I'll enter it there.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Family Photos

This will be Rambo's card to Jim for Father's Day coming up next month.  Rambo thinks pretty highly of himself and can't think of a better gift to give him. 

This card is really nothing more than bits and pieces I had sitting on top of my desk before cleaning it up.  That's a piece of a Lawn Fawn window die - and no idea why I cut this part off other than I probably had some brilliant idea that didn't work.  It's on Kraft paper - that doesn't look like Kraft at all in the photo.  Looks too gray or something......Of course that could be because of the light reflecting off my hair too. 

The profile in the bottom window shows off his beauty in case everyone wants to ooh and ahh over him  -  and he really DOES expect everyone to ooh and ahh.    The top window shows how sweet he can be - at times.......... and then of course you have the fun image poking out from behind the frame showing his humorous side.

Lots of snippets on here so I'll enter this in the challenge (326) at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Thanks for stopping by..............and remember to Smile!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Birthday Balloons

If you'll notice, the blue balloon doesn't have a string attached.  I'm sorry but it just looked weird to have a piece of string sticking out at the bottom beside the orange balloon.  So, what we're going to do is pretend the string came off that one and the balloon is starting to float up to the ceiling.  Yes!

I used two products from My Favorite Things - a balloon stencil and also that Happy Birthday die.  The background paper is from Lawn Fawn the the clear crystals are from Studio Katia.

I'd like to enter this in the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Back When

It's time for me to start getting some masculine type cards going for the year. Most of the guys birthday's aren't until later in the year but I figure there's no time like the present to start on them.

More than likely this one will be going to my son.  I'm always kidding him about getting old.....gosh, he's going to be a whopping 43 this year!  Doesn't seem possible since I'm not that old!
On the inside I thought I'd write a note about how this reminded me of his first bicycle!

Anyway, I used a cycle die from Memory Box and a sentiment from a very old Close to My Heart set of stamps.  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches and I'll enter this in their challenge.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Two Buds in a Basket

Sorta like two peas in a pod, we have two buds in a basket!  This will be going to a friend of mine who is really more like a sister to me.   We claim each other as sisters anyway since neither one of us have one.

The image and sentiment are from the Furever Friends set of stamps at My Favorite Things and the die and patterned paper are also from My Favorite Things.    I colored the image with Copics using a gel pen to make the polka dots on the basket and then popped up both the image and the sentiment. The small cut out heart is from Simon Says Stamp.

I'll enter this in the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and also at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

In Spurts

I'm still hanging around somewhat but you'll only be seeing me in spurts I guess.  There are several reasons for this.......can't seem to get a good picture of anything I do, the camera is almost as old as I am and probably going on the blink, it could possibly be the camera operator malfunctioning or going on the blink too, the phone camera doesn't seen to want to cooperate with the lighting .......and then you have...... the weather is gorgeous here so it's nicer to be outside instead of cooped up in the house, and last but not least - just the plain old being busy.  Take your pick for one of those as an excuse!

Anyway, here's one of the latest.  I used the new dachshund stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs.  It sorta looks like he just threw up the ball.......YIKES!  Maybe he just hit it with his nose causing it to bounce instead.  Whatever........

Rambo was pretty excited thinking the stamp set was made just for him.

I'll enter this at Pixie's Crafty Workshop - to use snippets and over at Allsorts - All about Pets.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Cat in a .......Pot

No, this little cat isn't in a hat at all!    He's in a pot and all decked out with his Santa hat and stocking with a lot of Wink of Stella for Christmas.  A tiny bit of distressed ink behind the image and he's a done deal.    He's from Penny Black and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  Short post and a super clean and simple card that I wanted to enter in the Rudolph Days Challenge

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Birthday Flower

I'm trying to make a few extra birthday cards whenever I can so I'll have some on hand when I forget that so and so had a birthday - 2 weeks ago?  You know what I'm talking about I'm sure.  My intentions are always good,  but........

This was done for a challenge a week or so ago and never got entered and so once again...... good intentions, but...........
I used a flower stamp from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment is from Stampabilities.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Those Little People

How about a cute couple of gnomes today.  I have to laugh every time I see gnomes because a few years ago my granddaughter could never remember what they were called so she just started calling them "those little people".  Everyone in the family picked up on that and so that's what they're referred to now. 

These two really are cute though and look so much in love.  They're from Gerda Steiner Designs for their progressive monthly challenge.  If you played along last month, you received this image free for the month.  If you didn't play along you can always go over to her shop and purchase it.   I colored mine with Copics, cut them out and then mounted them on several scraps of paper that matched their outfits.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018


This is one of the "Twist Tie" stamps from Art Impressions - however, I did a little bit of untwisting and only used one of the two giraffes.  He/she is colored with Polychromo pencils and I did some  distressing in the background around him/her.  The background die is from My Favorite Things.  I also had a couple of the clouds that I'd run though the Swiss Dots embossing folder so used those  along with a bit of twine.   Just a little "hey" card.

I'll enter this in the challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies ( to use a critter on the card),  Pixie's Crafty Workshop (snippets), and Double D Challenges (twine).

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Happy Easter

 This is one of similar cards I sent out for Easter this year.  I'm going to be missing until sometime next week so just wanted to tell everyone to have a happy Easter if you celebrate.  The rabbit and butterfly are from Gerda Steiner stamps and the flower pot is from Memory Box.

Thanks for stopping by............(and yes, I DID eat those jelly beans - and a whole lot more)!


Monday, March 26, 2018


Llama!!!    A friend of mine used to have alpacas - which I suppose is like being a short llama - and I just loved them.   Nothing is cuter than a baby one either.  I can't say they smell just really nice because they don't and they also spit, but they're still cuties.  It's a little different when they come to you for a hug and then spit in your face.  Uck!

Anyway, this set of stamps is from Newton's Nook.  It really can be used for either Christmas or a birthday I think.  In fact, I used it for a birthday card not long ago.  I paired this with some red and white gingham paper and baker's twine.

I'll take this festive Christmas card over to Rudolf's Day challenge.   

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Flower is a Flower is a Flower.......

....or is that suppose to have something to do with a rose?  Now matter though because this is a peony!  The stamp is from Sugar Pea Designs.  I attempted - and notice I said attempted - to do the fancy no line coloring.  What a deal that was.  I got it stamped and then of course couldn't see what or where I'd stamped.  It didn't turn out too bad but I'm not skilled at that no line business.  The flower is colored with Prisma's and the leaves with Copics.  The sentiment was embossed on Vellum and added.

I haven't been around the last few days but have been a little busy.  Will get to visit everyone as soon as I can.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Dashing Through

Another super duper clean and simple card for Christmas.  I really debated whether or not to add some Nuvo, sequins, or something else and the final decision was to just not add anything.  (Besides that, I figured I'd screw it up and get glue all over the place or put the Nuvo drops in crazy places  and where they didn't belong--------not that I've ever done anything like that before though........Um.......)!

The cute little reindeer and sentiment come from Clearly Besotted stamps.  The die cut frame is from My Favorite Things (peek-a-boo).  The ground 'snow' was made using a MFT stencil and I used distress ink on the sky adding the snowflakes with a white gel pen  That pretty well sums up the card.

I'd like to enter this in a couple of challenges:
Happy Little Stampers Challenge- Christmas Anything goes with a reindeer (optional)
Happy Little Stampers Challenge - Anything goes with a die cut
Die's R Us Challenge - Frame It

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thumper Rocks!

This is a little different for an Easter card with that sentiment, but it's for a teenager and I think she'd get a kick out of it.  I just love this little rabbit from Paper Smooches (A Little Lovin).  The sentiment is from there too but in a different stamp set called  Sentiment Sampler.  I added some grass, clouds, trees, and sun - along with a scrap of patterned paper.

This is for the challenge at Paper Smooches.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Toads vs. Frogs

Just in case you didn't already know, there really is a difference between a frog and a toad.  Google it and you'll see what I'm talking about.  I always sorta figured they were the same....or pretty similar anyway but they really are different.    Toads usually are found more on land instead of in water like frogs.  Also, toads have a squat-tier  body where frogs are skinnier.  Interesting - right?  In other words, way back when you were young and called your boyfriend a toad, you were probably right!  We all dated toads I'm sure - at least I can think of one I dated.  He didn't like to swim at all and really did have a squatty body.   He was definitely a toad - and probably still is!  Eek! case you're wondering - these little guys are frogs.  They're from Sunny Studio Designs and are much too precious to be called a toad.  It's a good set to create a scene and I think it'll be a cute birthday card.    All the images were colored, cut out, and then placed on the card after creating the 'water' and clouds with distress inks.  Of course I just had to add the heart and belly button art  (pearl) to mama and the bow tie to papa.  

.....And believe it or not, I'm going to enter this in the challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I finally feel like I'm creating a card with snippets on it!   It's been a long time since I've been there.  Too long!

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