Thursday, October 21, 2021


My cute little cat is all dressed up for Halloween in her favorite orange witch's hat - waiting for the arrival of Great Pumpkin????


My friend, Linda W., sent me the window die cut ages ago and I still had a leftover one.  ModSquad Challenge is being sponsored by Kitchen Sink stamps and I remembered I had the tiny witch on her broom stamp from KS.  Ink blended a background with chipped sapphire, dusty concord and black soot - masked off the moon and with another mask around the sky, colored it with fossilized amber.  Stamped the flying witch and clear embossed (made sure all the surrounding ink was dry!).  Added the bare trees and a bit of gray ink across the moon before attaching the window.  Positioned my cat on the sill and put it all on a wood grained card base.  Except for the KS stamp I think all the other products are retired - cat and hat from PTI, window from HA and trees from SU.

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If you haven't begun your Christmas card stash, now is the time with LeAnne's TicTacToe board with so many ways to go.  I chose Christmas tree, red and star going diagonally from the top left to bottom right.


Die cut the tree from red cardstock and made it into a shaker card with some flat gold sequins.  Added the "merry" sentiment in gold, and done!  My white base card is 3.5"x8.5" and the shaker part is 3"x8".


LeAnne has provided us with great inspiration - so have a go with this week's challenge - there's a chance to be a future guest designer.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Another gray and red card for CAS Christmas challenge.



I white embossed the background on fog cs.  Die cut multiple poinsettia petals in white and the leaves in silver cs.  The little sprigs have glossy accents on the berries. Layered up everything, added some enamel dots to the flower center and a sentiment and done.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021


The October challenge at CAS Christmas is to use gray and red.  My first thought was to use a red poinsettia but then decided to go with white and use the gray and red in other ways.


I used a little gray ink to shade the white petals and the gray leaves.  Added some glossy accents to the red berries and some red Nuvo drops for the center of the poinsettia.  Stenciled the subtle plaid background in gray. 

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Friday, October 15, 2021


Today I just used layering up to make a very simple textured card for our "texture" challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

I began with some lovely patterned paper (really would like to hoard it!!).  Die cut it with the big hugs and layered up those pieces.  The pp piece is 3"x6" and I put that on a card base 3.25"x6.25 for a mini slimline card.  Added my layered up hugs to the card front along with a sentiment from the same set, some sequins and done.  The design of this pp could easily be reproduced with a large flower stamp such as Floral Rose or Bloom and Grow.


Our generous sponsor, Hero Arts, is giving away two gift cards to our winners this month - so be sure to enter by 26 October at hashtag #abnhoctoberchallenge and tag @ablognamedhero.

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Have seen quite a few edge to edge shaker cards lately and came up with an idea for using a cellophane Halloween treat bag for my shaker.


I was able to make two cards from one treat bag by cutting down the inside fold of the bag.  The bag I used had the spider web design on it.  I followed Mindy Eggen's method for constructing the card.  I die cut the spider and added black thread to attach it to the back of the shaker.  The body of the spider is covered with glossy accents for some added shne.  Then just put it on a black card base and done.  I think I'll look for some Christmas treat bags at Dollar Tree or one of the craft stores.

Am entering my card at Addicted to CAS (spooky) and TwoOldBats (anything goes).

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Saturday, October 9, 2021


Inspired By... and ModSquad challenges both currently have pumpkins as their theme.


My background was done with a stencil and soft gray ink.  Pumpkin and leaves were stamped on white and colored papers, die cut and arranged with the little sentiment.  The white pumpkin on the gray rock photo was my inspiration.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021


Joanne has a wonderful variety themed board for us at the TicTacToe challenge #134 this week.  I went right across the middle with leaves, thanks and shades of brown.

I haven't used my ginkgo leaves from a PTI set (Harvest Berries) for ages - so pulled them out and die cut from watercolor paper.  Smooshed them around in some greens and then used a colored pencil for some shading.  Did the same with the orangey stalks in the background.  Made the background with a plaid die mounted on the same kraft color card base.  Then arranged my leaves in the copper pot, added the sentiment and a few sequins and done!

Have some fun creating a card with the ideas from our board this week and enter our challenge for a chance to a future guest designer.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021


Have two more Halloween cards today for three challenges - TwoOldBats, The Paper Players (spooky) and CASology (view).



My first card used some very old dies - MMH September 2016 (leaves), the Cheery Lynn screen door cat and a PTI pumpkin.  Made the wreath for the door with some of the greenery cut apart and arranged on a little circle ring.  Put my scene together on a wood grain background and done.

My second card looks like somebody needs to wash their windows!!!  Actually not much a "view" from that window!!  The card was really pretty quick and easy - die cut the window- again with a very old PTI die.  Put cobweb pp in back and adhered my spider.  The spider was cut from some black glitter paper and I also put glossy accents on the body. The spider is only glued at the top part of the window so it's dangling.  Added the little sentiment and done.

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Friday, October 1, 2021


Texture is the theme this month at A Blog Named Hero - so many ways to add texture to your cards - embossing, layers, embellishments, paste (alone or with stencils), torn edges - there are probably many more.  My card today uses embossing, layers and embellishments.


Used two of the add-ons from the September MMH - autumn leaves fancy die and fall leaves stencil.  Began by ink blending a background of DO abandoned coral, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry.  Then used the stencil with more of the same colors, flipped the stencil and used DO wilted violet.  Finally I embossed this piece with a very old embossing folder.  I thought this would give it a kind of leaves swirling in the wind effect.  Trimmed to 3.75"x5" and matted with rose gold metallic and added to a gray/tan card base.  Die cut the maple leaf from rose gold and layered it up four times before adding to the card along with the sentiment and a few sequins.


Enter your textured card on Instagram at hashtag #abnhoctoberchallenge and tag @ablognamed hero.  Our generous sponsor, Hero Arts, is giving two prizes to our winners  this month - so be sure to enter by 26 October.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021


The other day Jennifer McGuire used some new dies from Concord & 9th to make 3D fold-out cards.  I had some house dies that I thought would work and figured out how to make my own slimline fold-out cards without any special dies for the fold-out part.

The houses were die cut in various shades of blues and reddish tones - trees just from green cs - then used white pigment ink to add "snow" to the roofs and trees.  Put yellow cs in back of the house die cuts so it would look like the lights were on.  All the snow banks were just hand cut - just like Jennifer did in her video.  The sentiment was die cut three times for stability - also the lamp post.  Added the little stars in the sky and done.  When folded to put into an envelope, my card measures 8.5"x3.5".  Please contact me if you are interested in the measurements I used.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021


I was trying to think of something different for several challenges - Addicted to CAS (autumn), ModSquad (butterflies) and Day of the Month (thankful) - and came up with a flurry of butterflies in autumnal colors.  Also, have had these butterfly stamps and dies and never used them. 

I stamped and die cut multiple butterflies on several pieces of pp and then played around with placement on the kraft background.  Decided it needed some texture so embossed a smaller piece of kraft.  After putting it together, I spattered with gold and white paint and made the bodies of the butterflies gold too.  My card is a mini slimline - 3.25"x6.25".


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Saturday, September 25, 2021


Color Throwdown Challenge has neutral colors for its theme this week - designed a little Christmas scene for it.


Embossed the front of the pale gray card base with a falling snow ef.  Tore some white cs for the snow and then arranged the house and trees - there's some light tan cs behind some of the windows.  Used a glitter pen on the torn edges of the snow for a little sparkle.  Thought "peace" was an appropriate sentiment to add.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021


Time for a new challenge at TicTacToe and this week the board is brought to you by me!!



I went down the right side with embossing, patterned paper and a fall theme.  The paper I used is from PTI that I've hoarded for years - I know, I know!!  Anyway, I die cut it with two stitched rectangle frames and made a shaker on a kraft card base.  Die cut the maple leaf and spattered with some white gouache, added the sentiment and done.  Sentiment is embossed as is the leaf.

Hope to see your card in our gallery this week and a chance to be our guest designer.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021


I am a procrastinator when it comes to entering challenges - so this may be a famous first - posting an entry of the first day of the challenge.  The Card Concept has a gorgeous photo and color scheme today and I immediately had an idea (also famous first!).

I began with the sunflowers and leaves die cut from yellow and green cs and sponged with darker shades for contrast.  Then I used a stripe stencil and some black soot DO ink to blend a background - did one layer and turned it to make the check.  Put it all together with the sentiment and done.  My card is clean and layered - the colors, sunflowers and checked pattern of the ribbon were my inspiration.

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Monday, September 20, 2021


Two Old Bats challenge is a fun way to create those Halloween cards which will need to be sent out pretty soon.  I made a twofer today with some Hero Arts products.

First I stamped the fronts of my cards with the new buffalo check stamp - had to stamp several times to have a good black impression and even then there were a few gaps.  Then I die cut the pumpkin from orange and also rose gold cs.  Paper pieced them to my fronts, added the rose gold leaves, a sentiment, a few sequins and done.

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