Monday, April 22, 2024


When there's a pile of stuff in the scrapbasket, make a card!  Everything except the card base was picked out of the basket!  Ages ago I die cut a ton of flowers from Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms and am trying to use them up.

The embossed background is from SSS (discontinued I believe).  The wreath is very old and not sure where it came from!  So put it all together with a little twine bow and a sentiment and done!


Thursday, March 28, 2024


Time for another TicTacToe Challenge#244 with a board designed by Linda.  I went down the left side of the board with wreath, spring colors and twine.

I die cut three layers of leaves and layered together for my wreath.  Used some small flowers in peach and white along with some peach enamel dots to decorate my wreath.  Ink blended a background with speckled egg DO and overlapped it onto the base card.  Added the sentiment and a few more a few more enamel dots and done.  I think I spent more time finding a sentiment to fit the space than I did making the rest of the card!!

Hope you'll join our challenge this week - winner will be a future guest designer.


Thursday, February 29, 2024


I designed the board for this week's TicTacToe Challenge #242.  I went across the top of board with CAS, Thinking of You and Floral.

Discussion on IG and FB sites have been encouraging us to pull out our neglected older stamps and dies - so I did just that!   Used an old favorite of mine for the floral - discontinued from Altenew.  The thin frame dies are from HoneyBee and also discontinued.  I stamped the flower and leaves in black ink, embossed with clear powder on Bristol paper and watercolored the peony.  Trimmed this piece and added the thin frame to it and also around the edge of the card.   The  sentiment strip finished it off along with a few black enamel dots.
I hope you'll find some inspiration from my board and join us in
creating a card for our challenge - winner will be a future guest designer.

Monday, February 26, 2024


I haven't entered Altenew's Inspiration Challenge in ages.  The other day tho I felt like watercoloring and pulled out my Altenew Watercoloring Pad.

I began with my regular Altenew watercolors in coral berry for the large flowers and purple wine for the little ones.  Then pulled out my Altenew watercolor brush markers and used citrus burst to add more of a peach color to the two large flowers.  The centers of the flowers are lime and the haze around all is cloudy sky. Finally spattered the whole piece with some watered down acrylic paint.  Cut the whole piece with a double stitched die and mounted on an A2 card base.  Added the little sentiment and a few white enamel dots and done!

 Thanks for stopping by today.  Crafty hugs.



Wednesday, February 21, 2024



Time Out Challenge is having a birthday party - so here is a card to wish them a happy birthday!

I die cut a bunch of flowers and leaves from various blues and greens and then arranged them on the middle panel of a pop-up card - it's from a Jennifer McGuire video.  Doing the flower arranging took the most fiddling around!  The sides are extra pieces that I embossed with a leafy design folder.   Added a little birthday greeting and done!

Happy Birthday Time Out!


Tuesday, February 13, 2024


I made a very simple Easter card with kind of a different size fold for my card class next week.

The base for my card is cut at 4.25"x6" and scored and folded at 3".  This way with the bunny sitting on top of the fold, the card will still fit into an A2 envelope.  I die cut all the eggs, the chick and the grass and adhered to the bottom of the card.  Colored the chick's wings with a copic marker for a little added color.  All the eggs were die cut from patterned paper scraps.  Gave bunny a little color in his ears and cheeks and a small black enamel dot for his eye.  Added the "Happy Easter" sentiment and done.  I think this card would be cute with any character or a row of smaller ones across the top - just adjust the size of the card base accordingly to fit in an envelope.  Also would make fun place cards in a smaller size.  

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, February 1, 2024


My first post for the TicTacToe Challenge of 2024!  Please note that our challenge now runs for two weeks so this one will end on 15 February - gives everyone a bit more time to create.  Vicky designed our board for this week and I chose across the top with enamel dots, kraft and the work "love".

I love the boxwood heart from The Greetery.  On a pink base I added the leaves which I die cut from smooshed green paper I made.  Used an impression plate  to give some texture to the kraft background and then spattered with white acrylic paint.  I made the heart into a shaker with little pink hearts inside.  Put it all together with enamel dots, a twine bow and the little love sentiment.  Perfect for Valentine's Day or any other day for that matter!!

Hope you'll join our challenge this time around.  Crafty hugs,

Monday, January 15, 2024


A quick post for my card entry in the "Stay Crafty With Hero" challenge for January - "old is new".  I still had a floral piece left on my desk this morning so colored it quickly with some distress oxides and stencils.  Used the confetti background and a birthday sentiment from Hero Arts (no longer available). and HA black enamel dots

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, January 14, 2024


I can't remember when I last entered a challenge - seems 2023 went by with none!  So many other things to do in retired life:-)  So here we go with an entry to the Time Out Challenge.  The theme is "NEW" and the floral I used for my card is from a "new to me" craft your life kit from Altenew.

I love getting a twofer from a stamp or die!  After using the stencils to color my floral piece, I cut it in half.  On one card I used a circle impression plate on the front of the card along with a simple birthday greeting.  On the other, I ink blended more pink to accent the flowers.  On both, a few sequins finished them off!!  Can you tell my birthday card stash is really low?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 7, 2024


It's been a month since I've posted anything here - probably because I was making scads of Christmas cards to sell at a craft bazaar - and then trying to send out all my own cards!  So here we go with the first card of 2024 - I'm leading a card class in a few weeks and thought a Valentine shaker would be a fun card for the participants to make.

This is one of those easy shakers to make.  Found the cute stripe cellophane bags on Amazon to use for the shaker.  Filled with some tiny pink hearts, gold sequins and a few gold tiny beads.  Die cut the pink and gold hearts for the front and added the small gold embossed sentiment and done.  I usually prep a lot of the card for the participants and then they put it all together.

Happy New Year to my readers!  Crafty hugs,