Thursday, May 19, 2022


I decided to make myself a birthday card for the TicTacToe Challenge this week as today is my birthday and I am also the designer for this week's board.

From the board I used the diagonal from left to right - die cut, free and large sentiment.  Had fun arranging the pinks and oranges for the letters.  The "happy" is stacked up four deep and just slipped those sweet little posies behind the letters.
I hope you will find some inspiration from my board and design a card for our challenge this week.  Crafty hugs!


Saturday, May 7, 2022


My niece gave me the most fabulous quilt (the large blue one) as a housewarming gift and when I saw Concord & 9th new quilt die, I had to have it to make her a thank you card.  This card is not the card I sent her, but one done in pastels.  She does her quilts in bold colors and in non-traditional patterns and has won many prizes and has been published recently in a quilt book.

I really had fun sorting out the patterned papers for my card and in the end had enough cuts to make two cards.  I'll wait until I need a card to put a sentiment either on the front or inside.

Thanks for stopping by and always love to read your kind comments.

Thursday, May 5, 2022


Vicki has the honors this week in bringing our TicTacToe #160 for your challenge - and a great board it is!!

I went down the left side with white on white, silver and die cut.

I heat embossed with silver the flower and then fussy cut.  Used a square stitched die for the background of the square silver die cut (it's silver metallic paper - sorry you can't see the shine in the photo).  Shading was added to the flowers and leaves with a soft gray Zig watercolor marker.  Added all to a white card base for the white on white requirement.  

Hope you'll find some inspiration from this week's board and enter our challenge.


Friday, April 29, 2022


After spending the past two previous months packing and unpacking, organizing cupboards, arranging furniture, and everything else that goes along with a big move (big in so many ways!) - I decided to take an Altenew Academy class to restart my crafting.  The class was only four days and for each of the days I created a card.  I already knew most of the techniques, but the class forced me to create every day.  Each of my cards was inspired by a card the instructors had made.  I am not going into details about each card - just will mention the particular technique.

alcohol markers



was supposed to be watercoloring, but I didn't feel like watercoloring so just made a card using the same products as Jennifer
All the info about the class is here
Thanks for stopping by and always love to read your kind comments.


Thursday, April 21, 2022


Felicita has a great board of inspiration for you at the TicTacToe Challenge.  I went across the bottom with free, die cut and stencil.  Actually used several of the other elements from the board also - ink blending, layers, florals.

I used a stencil from SSS - bouquet of roses.  Ink blended the flowers and leaves first and then removed the stencil and blended more color over them.  The sentiment is layered up three times.  White dots in the flower centers and a few veins in the leaves finished my card.  My card is a mini slimline - 3.25"x6.25.

Looking forward to seeing your entries in our challenge this week.

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Bunny is going to Easter dinner today to help decorate the table.  

I have seen this cute bunny on so many cards, but decided to use him as a little table decor for each place setting for Easter dinner.  Once I had the design figured out, it was easy to mass produce them.

I have spent the last month unpacking boxes in my new home in Texas.  Finally have my craft room pretty well organized.  Bought new boxes for storing stamps, dies, stencils and embossing folders.  Will post some photos when it's all finished. One bit of advice is to take pictures of how your crafts are arranged if and when you ever move.  Would have been so much easier to set up again.

Hope you all have a blessed Easter.

Thursday, April 7, 2022


 LeAnne has a great challenge for you this week - if you need a wedding or a Mother's Day card, this will be perfect for you.  I went across the bottom with die cut, vanilla and Mother's Day.

I made a quick and easy card with Altenew's 3D peony folder.  After embossing on "vanilla" metallic cs, I added the die cut sentiment and the little "mother's day" greeting.  Added a few small sequins and done and dusted!

Join in our challenge this week for a chance to be a future guest designer.

Friday, April 1, 2022


Mary Dawn Quirindongo and Linda Trace began A Blog Named Hero in 2012 and since then has had many wonderful designers - I am proud to have been both on the design team and the Facebook team.  To celebrate the 10th Birthday, Michelle Lupton asked us to choose a favorite card using a Hero Arts product and also to have published it for ABNH.

After sorting thru several dozen photos, I chose this one from January 2020.  I love the simplicity of the alcohol inked peony against the black with the contrast of the black and white stripe.

Check out all the entries celebrating ABNH on Instagram - #ablognamedhero10 and @ablognamedhero.


Thursday, March 24, 2022


Joanne has designed a fun board at TicTacToe Challenge for you this week - perfect for an Easter or spring card.  I chose down the center with green, free and slimline.  


I die cut the anemone and shaded with a darker ink - same for the leaves.  Arranged on a background impressed with circles.  Added the little sentiment and done.

 Would love to see your card in our challenge this week!


Thursday, March 10, 2022


Now is the time to create a few Easter cards and I designed a TicTacToe Challenge board especially for that special day - although there are also several other ways to go.  I went diagonally from left to right with Easter, CAS and floral.


I began by simply making a watercolor wash of light blue for my background.  Die cut the Easter letters three times and lightly tacked them down. I arranged the little flowers by tucking them and the leaves under the letters - then glued everything in place and adding the little "happy" in the center along with a few clear sequins.  Found a color that matched my flowers for my card base - and done!

I hope you'll join our TicTacToe Challenge #152 for this week and have a chance to become a future guest designer.


Thursday, February 24, 2022


Vicky has designed a great spring challenge for us this week at TicTacToe Challenge #150.  I had a hard time deciding which way to go but finally went with the diagonal from left to right - pastel colours, spring flowers and stencil.

I used the stamp and stencil that came from an Altenew card kit.  After stamping and coloring with inks using the stencil, I blended in more shading with colored pencils.  Trimmed the piece down for a mini slimline card - added the sentiment and done!

Hope you will join us this week with this fun challenge - winner will be a future guest designer.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Thursday, February 10, 2022


In case you need just one more Valentine, Felicita designed a great inspiration board at the TicTacToe Challenge for you today.  I made another Jennifer McGuire flap card - watch her video for complete details on how to create it.   I went down the left side of the board with red, heart, sentiment.

I first die cut two hearts and glued them together.  Then ran them through my Cuttlebug with a 3D embossing folder.  Gently daubed some white pigment ink on the red heart to bring out the design.  I used a debossing folder to make the textured background on the second flap.  Put it all together and added the outside and inside sentiments and a few sequins.  If you watch the video you'll get how this card comes together.

Be sure to join our challenge this week and have a chance to be a future guest designer.


Thursday, February 3, 2022


From February 4 - 7 there is a card auction on Instagram to support the Turner Syndrome Foundation.  Here is the link -  https://www.instagram.com/p/CYZfjzWpvzK/

TSF supports families dealing with Turner Syndrome by providing support and educational programs, research and outreach.
Turner Syndrome only affects females and they are born missing all or part of their second X chromosome leaving them with lifelong medical issues, learning disabilities, and sometimes behavioral issues.  Turner Syndrome was recognized by Doctor Henry Turner back in 1938!! 

I am contributing these three cards for the auction so I'm hoping they'll bring in a little bit of a donation.

Thanks in advance for checking out the auction and maybe bidding on a few cards.
EDIT:  my cards brought in $30 in donations!


Monday, January 31, 2022


I have a last minute entry for the Seize the Birthday Challenge (embossing) which also fits The Paper Players Challenge (diagonally from left to right - birthday, flower, die cut).  

I die cut the flower from light pink cs and then blended worn lipstick DO for some shading - same for the leaves - used rustic wilderness DO.  Embossed a leafy background which I matted in black for my mini slimline card.  Put it all together with a little sentiment and done!

Thanks for visiting me today.


Sunday, January 30, 2022


Not exactly a pocketful of posies, but just a pretty Valentine for that special day coming up.


I have had those white leaves sitting on my desk since last fall for another card that I never finished.  So filled the heart pocket with them instead and added to the new Spellbinders heart ef.  Added a silk bow and the sentiment and done!

Thanks for visiting today.


Thursday, January 27, 2022


LeAnne has a great board for this week's challenge - perfect for adding to your Valentine stash.  I went down the right side with pink, heart and white.

I began by creating my heart wreath from a piece of pink watercolored paper.  Embossed the card base with a leafy background and put it all together with a bold sentiment and some sparkly sequins.

I am entering my card at the ModSquad Challenge which is to create a Valentine card and also in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with a theme of "love is in the air".

Join our challenge this week - the winner will be a guest designer in one of our future challenges.