Thursday, May 6, 2021


When I watched Jennifer's video with cute vases of flowers, I knew I wanted to make one just like it for our shaped card theme this month on A Blog Named Hero - only I had to adjust things a bit as I had neither the dies for the vase or the flowers.  So found some flower dies and designed my own vase to fit an A2 envelope.  Had to fiddle around some with the inside bit, but am really happy with the result.

Die cut a bunch of the flowers and just sponged on various colors.  Made my flower arrangement, added the little bow and sentiment and done.  Fits perfectly in the envelope.  My vase is three inches tall. 

Would love to see you join our challenge this month for a chance in winning a $50 or $25 gift card from Hero Arts!



I designed the board for this week's TicTacToe Challenge #112 and hope there are elements in it that will inspire many of you.  The chosen winner will be a guest designer in the near future.  With graduations, Father's Day and weddings coming up in June, you can get ahead of the game with your cards.  I went across the top of the board with congrats, leaves and heat embossing - also could go down the right side with heat embossing, die cut and circles.

I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed in clear powder.  Colored it in with copics and then die cut the center.  Embossed the front of the card base with a circle cover plate and then attached the shaker part.  Added the die cut sentiment, a few more gold sequins and done!


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Saturday, April 24, 2021


I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for a "new home" card my friend asked me to make.

I used some dies that I found on Amazon for the house.  The tan house has four layers underneath for some dimension.  The recipient's name and address were added for personalization.

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Friday, April 23, 2021


I had several challenges in mind when I created my card - the photo from The Card Concept, the theme of flowers from The ModSquad, and the theme of occasions from Watercooler Wednesday.

I recently bought the Tim Holtz wildflower dies - loved the variety of flowers.  Chose just the skinny flowers and watercolored them with my Karin markers - scribbled the ink on the paper and spritzed with water - pretty easy.  After putting my bouquet together I added it to my wood plank background (sponged a little extra color with DO pumice stone).  Used black and white for my sentiment and also the twine to echo the gingham ribbon - added the darker gray stripe for the stripe(s) on the bucket.  I guess my style for this card is clean and layered with rather vintage look.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021


It's always a good thing to have a few encouragement, sympathy type cards on hand- and that's part of the TicTacToe Challenge#110 for this week. Ashwini has created a great board for us this week - I chose across the middle - embossing, floral and encouragement.

I embossed the 3D floral background on heavy white cs and then lightly brushed a bit of color over it with a blending brush.  Placed this on a pale gray card base, added the die cut leaves, the sentiment and done.

Put on your creation hat and make a card for our challenge this week - would love to see you win and be our guest designer.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Made a couple of cards for challenges that will end soon - I miss so many 'cause I don't pay attention to ending dates.

Two Old Bats is an "anything goes" Halloween challenge altho there is always an inspiration photo.

I blended a  nightime background on a piece of tan cardstock - masked off a circle for the moon and then just left it as the moon color except for a few gray streaks for clouds.  Added the die cut trees and finished it off with some sparkle bats.

My next card is for the birthday slimline challenge at MFT and also RetroRubber Challenge where the theme is pastels.

I used my MFT floral fantasy stamps and dies and arranged them over the lattice background.  Put some glossy accents in the flower centers for a little pizazz.

My last card is for CAS Mix-Up where the theme was to use paper piecing on a card.

I first die cut the outline from black cs and adhered to the card base.  Then I went thru my pp stash and found this really pretty piece that had a watercolor look to it and all in shades of pink.  Die cut that and then pieced all the pink into the spaces.  Did the same for the green leaf.  Found a snip of yellow for the stamen.  Added some clear dewdrops on the petals and the heat embossed sentiment and done.  The "mix-up" elements on my card are paper piecing, die cutting and heat embossing.

That's it for today - thanks for stopping by.