Saturday, April 4, 2020


The theme for Festive Friday's challenge this week is National Library Worker Day - as a (retired now) library media specialist this challenge is right down my alley!!  All of my professional life I worked in various libraries - reference librarian in San Angelo, TX and Dayton, OH, law librarian in La Crosse, WI, and elementary school librarian in Bellevue, NE and Lincoln, Ne. (Air Force wife is the reason for so many places). So for my entry I created bookmarks for fifteen of my friends and mailed them as happy mail since we are all so isolated now.  Many of the blogs I follow say their mojo is lacking these days - I found doing a project  like this is really therapeutic for me - you'd think I'd be reading - and I just can't concentrate on a book.

I've had the alphabet paper from Graphics45 for a long time (back when vintage was my thing!) and used it for the basis of my bookmarks.  Cut apart the letters and adhered them to a black base and then onto the bookmark I created with the die.  Punched a little hole and added some twine.  The elements from the challenge on my bookmark for Lynn are books, alphabet, pens (little girl is writing notes), ribbon (hope twine qualifies), and yellow.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020


What a great way to begin April as guest designer on the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!!!  This challenge is new to me and discovered it through Nicole - started following her after taking her Altenew class.  Every week brings so many fun ways to play - I even managed to get two lines to work in my card for today.

My card works for across the bottom - stripes, black and heat embossing or down the right side - layers, friend and heat embossing.

I began by die cutting the stripes in black and layering it onto a top fold card base.  I stamped the bouquet on Bristol paper in black ink and then heat embossed in clear powder.  Colored my flowers with my Zigs.  Before adding my bouquet to the card, I stamped the little friend sentiment in black and also clear heat embossed.  Added the bouquet, trimmed it off on the side, put a few black Nuvo drops here and there and done!!

Thanks to Tic-Tac-Toe for having me as their guest designer - be sure to create a card this week and link it up here.  So many ways to inspire you and get those creative juices flowing.

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Monday, March 30, 2020


Here's a quick card today that I did for the current Tic-Tac-Toe #57 challenge.  I chose pastel colors, die cuts and a colored card base for my card.

I had this alcohol inked piece in my stash and and die it with a stitched rectangle which was mounted on the blue card base.  Die cut the "Easter" letters and then layered them up to make them more prominent, added the little "happy" sentiment and done!  Photographed this in the late afternoon so my colors appear darker than in real life.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020


The challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero is "Anything But a Card" and I've made a cute little pillow box for an Easter gift. 

The flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero kit were die cut from various soft colors. I used a small oval piece of cardstock on which to design the arrangement and after I had it finished just glued to the box.  Had a pillow box die in my stash and die cut that from some pale gray strip patterned paper.  Added the little sentiment (stamped in my favorite HA black ink) and done.  Perfect for a little gift of candy, money, a small piece of jewelry, whatever - now to decide who receives it!!
Be sure to enter our challenge this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Hero Arts!  Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Lots of time to color these - very relaxing and takes the mind off the disturbing and scary events these days - hope everyone is taking good care of themselves - I am 'cause my kids don't give me a choice!  Anyway, made a card for a few of challenges today.

I stamped and embossed this pretty bouquet on Bristol paper and colored with my Zigs.   I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my design.  Dry embossed the circles with two dies for my background.   Pink, purple and white are Color Throwdown challenge colors for this week - maybe the green leaves and not enough purple will disqualify me, but worth a try???  The current code word at Addicted to CAS is texture so am entering my card there also.

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