Thursday, September 22, 2022


Vicky designed a wonderful board for you this week for TicTacToe Challenge #180.  I went with the diagonal going from left to right - foliage, any sentiment and flowers.

 I had been playing around with alcohol inks this past week and used my pink/coral and green pieces for die cutting my coneflower.  The embossed piece is a daisy background and the card is a mini slimline - 3.25"x6.25".   Added a subtle scripty sentiment and done.

Hope to see your card in our gallery this week.  Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


Purchased the new Tim Holtz mica Halloween spray sets recently and oh, what fun they are for fall cards!!  My card is for The Paper Players who want leaves as a theme this week.


I first embossed my card base and then added my sparkly leaves. All it needed was a simple sentiment to complete.


Thanks for visiting today - always love to read your kind comments.



Sunday, September 18, 2022


I haven't entered a challenge in ages, but the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week really inspired me.

I die cut the windows from a very old PTI die.  Traced the windows onto the card base, stamped the spiders and then did a little ink blending for the background.  Assembled my pumpkins and then put it all together with the little sentiment.  The card base is Neenah desert storm.

Thanks for stopping by today - love to read your kind comments.


Sunday, September 11, 2022


Went to a gathering the other day and the napkins used were the inspiration for my card.

I sprayed a piece of cardstock with mica spray stains and then die cut the leaves.  Also used the mica spray for the chickadee but added additional shading with black soot distress ink.  Embossed the background of the card with a woodgrain folder and shaded with more distress ink.  Left off a sentiment for now until I need a special card.

Thanks for visiting today.


Thursday, September 8, 2022


Felicita has a great autumnal board for us at the TicTacToe Challenge #178 this week.  I went straight down the middle with orange/rust, free and layers.

To create my background, I used a leafy background 3D folder on a 5.25"x4" piece of cs. Then I masked off the edges with 1" tape and ink blended the leaves in the center with some DO inks.  This piece was mounted on an A2 card base.  Die cut the leaf three times and layered up.  Added it to the corner along with the sentiment and a few enamel dots.  Done!

Hope to see your lovely cards in the challenge this week.  Crafty hugs.


Sunday, September 4, 2022


I still have some of my very old shadow stamps from Hero Arts and decided to pull one of them out to use as a background.  Had already taken these stamps off the wooden blocks so I could use them in my MISTI.


I inked it up with some tattered rose DI, spritzed with a little water and stamped.  Next, I spattered the whole piece with gold metallic ink and when it was dry, stamped the sentiment.  Die cut some wheat, arranged and glued to background.  I backed this piece with some tan cs and then mounted on an A2 card base.  Added the twine bow and done!  I'm really liking this design and think I will make more for different occasions.

Thanks for visiting today - always love to see your kind comments.


Saturday, August 27, 2022


Recently I watched a Youtube video by Chris Stokes about  bubble printing and was fascinated by it.  Such an easy and fun technique!!

My card is almost a complete CASE of her card - different butterfly.  I just made a little bowl of the mixture and have enough for quite a few backgrounds.  I used Bristol paper and had very little warping.  How do you like my new pen?  One of the receptionists (Teresa) here makes and sells these in a huge variety of colors.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, August 25, 2022


LeAnne has created a fun "back to school" themed board for this week's TicTacToe Challenge.  I immediately thought of some Graphic 45 ABC patterned paper that I've been hoarding forever!  I went from upper right to lower left with my card - Alphabets, Red and Checks.

I used red checked paper for my large "birthday" and then some of the cute dotted paper from the same paper pad for the "happy" and the flowers.  

Hope to see your card in this week's challenge - crafty hugs,

Thursday, August 11, 2022


Created a pretty floral bouquet for Joanne's current TicTacToe Challenge #174.  I went down the right side with die cut (lots of them!!!!), free and embossing.

I must say these die cut layered flowers are quite fiddly but I certainly had fun mixing and matching the colors to create my bouquet.  I embossed the background on the tan card base and added the little sentiment to complete my card.


Hope I'll see a card from you in our challenge gallery this week!


Thursday, July 28, 2022


I designed the board for this challenge and managed to find a way to use a small leftover piece for a second card.  I went across the bottom with watercolor, bright colors and floral.

I stamped the floral arrangement with black ink on bristol paper and watercolored the flowers with my Zig markers.  After cutting it down to 3.75" by 5" I matted it with navy and then onto a white A2 card base.  Stacked up the "hi" die cut three times with a white halo.

I had a leftover piece and just couldn't put that to waste so made a second card with it.  Matted it with yellow and black and added to a white mini slimline base (3.25"x6.25").  The "thanks" is stacked twice and then three times around the "s" so it would lie flat on the card base.



Thanks for stopping by today and hope to see your creation in this week's challenge.  Crafty hugs.

Sunday, July 24, 2022


A very last minute entry for CAS Mix-Up where the challenge is watercolor and things with wings.  

I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with tattered rose distress ink refill.  Just messed around with it until I liked the result.  Die cut the large butterfly and the lacy one and cut them in half.  Embossed the front of the card base and another piece, matched it up and then spattered with more tattered rose.  Added  my butterfly, sentiment and a few enamel dots and done.

Thanks for visiting today and always love to read your kind comments.


Thursday, July 14, 2022


I chose to go diagonally from left to right (CAS, flowers, leaves) for the TicTacToe Challenge this week.  It's a great board designed by Vicky.

I used colored cardstock for all the petals and leaves and then blended ink on the lower parts for some depth.  Blended more of the same color around the flower - actually just the ink left on my brush was enough color.  My card will fit into an A2 envelope as it is 5.5"x4.25" with the leaves and petals extending from the side.  The flower is from Honey Bee and the sentiment from Memory Box.

Would love to see a card from you in our challenge this week.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022


As I mentioned previously I have only one Santa stamp - so decided to use my gnome die to make a Santa for the CAS Christmas Challenge for this month.

I used the SSS gnome but sliced off part of his hat to make it more like Santa's hat and then added a white pom pom - actually just a small circle with glossy accents added for a little dimension.  Gave his hat a bit of decoration with a few holly leaves and a red berry (added glossy accents to it also).  Created a background of embossed trees with stars and and a torn paper snowbank.  Added a sentiment across the bottom and done.

Thanks for viewing my blog today - always love to see you here.

Monday, July 11, 2022


Christmas Card Throwdown definitely has a different and non-traditional challenge this week.  After some thought, decided on a wreath for the focus for my card.

Began by die cutting a bunch of leaf sprays in different shades of aqua.  Die cut a very slim circle for the base and then arranged the leaves in three layers.  Added red sequins with aqua seed beads for the "berries".  Used an impression plate for some texture on the card base (4"x5.5") and then added the wreath - offset so it would be off the left side a bit.  Lastly added the sentiment and done!

I'm pleased with the way my card turned out and also that I added another one to my stash!


Thursday, July 7, 2022


I very rarely create a card for a sketch challenge - don't know why - maybe because they're too complicated or it just doesn't trip my trigger.  This week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches really appealed to me.

I began by die cutting, stamping and embossing some leaves.  Then I stamped and white embossed the same leaves in the corner of my A2 card base.  Left the stamp in my MISTI.  Diecut the stitched square and put it back in the MISTI so it would line up with the card base.  Stamped and embossed this and also the sentiment.  Temporarily adhered the square to the card base while I arranged and glued down the leaves.  Then, using foam tape, adhered square to card base.  Added the little sequins for some pizazz and done.  

Thanks for visiting today and always love to read your kind comments.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


The new challenge for July at CAS Christmas is "Santa".  I have one Santa stamp and one die - so not too much of anything for starters!!

Decided to use this very old stamp from Jane Doodles and began by coloring him.  Didn't like it.  Tried various designs in black and white - didn't like those either.  Finally went with the gray/blue cs in a light and darker shade.  The snowflake embossing folder is from Sizzix and also very old.  After embossing I went over the raised parts with white ink.  The frame around Santa is some silver metallic and the sentiment is from the same set as the Santa stamp.  After assembling, I added clear sequins and done!

I am also entering my card at Die Cut Divas where the theme is "Christmas in July".


Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 30, 2022


Thought some sunflowers would be a good focal point for Felicita's board this week for the TicTacToe Challenge.  I went down the right side with friendship, any color and any shape die.

Used a sunflower stencil that is meant to make a regular slimline card, but cut it down for a mini slimline (3.25"x6.25").  Inked the flower and added the stamped part of the sentiment and the large "big hugs" die.  Black Nuvo dots in the center of the sunflowers finished off the card.

Hope you'll join our challenge this week for a chance to win a guest spot in a future challenge.  Crafty Hugs!