Friday, November 3, 2017

Masculine 60th Birthday

This is the card I made for my brother-in-law who loves maps and geography. When my guys signed it they all admired it! That was a first! Usually they don't show too much enthusiasm for my creations. I am also happy to report that my brother-in-law liked his card!





Stamps: Toybox (map), PTI (sentiment), My Favorite Things (wood plank background)
Dies: Memory Box (large numbers)


The blue/turquoise sponged piece of card stock I found in my stash. As it was some kind of coated paper I had to heat emboss the image because it wouldn't dry. Die cut the numbers from it and from black foam. Stamped the background on a kraft card (not entirely happy with the ink I used). The rest is self explanatory, I think, but if you have any questions let me know in the comments.


Seize the Birthday "Kraft Card Base"







Have a fabulous weekend!

Be well,


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sympathy and Halloween

Hi there,

Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have two cards for you for very different occasions.

First a sympathy card because my stash has dwindled down. I like to keep them simple.





Stamps: Stampin' Up (leaf), Uniko (sentiment)

I smooshed a background with Distress Inks. Stamped the leaf and the sentiment, tied a piece of raffia around it, mounted the panel on a piece of dark brown card stock, and attached it to a card that has pieces of dried flowers in it (from Marco's paper).

The second card is for a more fun occasion that's coming up: Halloween.




Stamps: Hero Arts (tree trunks background), Inkadinkado (sentiment, spider)
Die: Impression Obsession (ghost)

I stamped the moon surface (unmounted, unknown stamp) in white on yellow copy paper, punched it out and glued it on the blue card stock. Then I stamped the tree background on top of it. I cut a slit in the blue card stock and slid the ghost in there. The glittery bats with the fun googly eyes are stickers I found at Michaels. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Let me know if you have any questions.


Entering the first card in the

Time Out Challenge #95 "Sympathy with and optional twist of distressing"


Grab Our Badge!


Fusion Challenge 
I was inspired by the leaves





The Card Concept #80 "Autumn Love"








Be well,


Monday, October 9, 2017

Modern Birthday Wishes

The challenges for World Cardmaking Day really got me mojo going...
Here is another card that I finished today. Fortunately some of the challenges are open the whole week! 






Stamps: Winnie & Walter (background strips, heart), PTI (wishes)
Die: Stamplorations (Birthday)
Other: Caran d'Ache (watersoluble crayons), washi tape

Sending this to the following challenges (check out the galleries for inspiration):


Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017 Background Building/Pattern Making






CUTplorations October Challenge
My die cut word shares some of the colors in the photo


















Simon Says Stamp WCMD 2017



Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017




Be well,


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bookmark with Important Message

I love bookmarks, I have quite a selection (no e-reader for me yet) and I enjoy giving them away. Today it occurred to me that a bookmark is a great place for an important reminder because you see it every time you open your book.





Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment)
Other: TCW (stencil)


The challenges over at Winnie & Walter for World Cardmaking Day are open for a whole week, hurray! Check them out (there are many more on their website), get inspired, and make something!

Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017 "Anything but a Card Challenge with Kelly"

Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017 "Stenciled Challenge with Kate"






Happy Creating!


Be well,


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy World Cardmaking Day 2017!

Hope you have all spent some time in your craft areas today making beautiful cards!

There are many fun challenges out there but the one where an idea immediately popped into my mind was, of course, the rainbow challenge at My Favorite Things. I made two cards because I couldn't just throw out the negative, now could I? The striped paper I made myself with markers a long time ago because I had a similar sheet that I loved but couldn't find any more of it. So I made one myself and made color copies of it.







Stamps: My Favorite Things (sentiments)
Die: My Favorite Things (Happy)





ETA: Just discovered that Winnie & Walter also has a rainbow challenge. It is hosted on Lea Lawson's blog. Check out her amazing rainbow cards!







ETA: Also sending this to the celebration at

Simon Says Stamp WCMD



Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017



Don't want to keep you any longer so that you can go back and make more cards! But thanks for stopping by! And taking the time to leave a comment!


Be well,


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hugs in Red and Browns

The warm and cozy colors of Heather's card and the current color challenge at Winnie & Walter really spoke to me and I just had to make a card! I even used a piece of Designer paper, how about that! Soon I will run out, lol!





Stamps: Winnie & Walter (leaf), Hero Arts (wood background on the hugs die cut, sentiment), script background unmounted & unknown
Die: Winnie & Walter (hugs)


What is hard to see is that I stamped a wood background on the die cut word and it's three layers to give it some dimension. The reds are a bit brighter IRL.


Winnie & Walter September Color Combo
ETA: This was one of the favorites, yay!





That's it from me for today! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your visit and your comments - they always make my day!


Be well,


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Little Sailboat

We live by a rather large lake and I never get tired to look out at the blue water dotted with sailboats in the summer. But I have no desire to learn how to sail and own a sailboat! I wouldn't say no if someone invited me on their sailboat but otherwise I'd rather make a card featuring a sailboat!





Stamps: My Favorite Things (background), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: SSS (sailboat)

This is another salted watercolor wash that I made at the same time as the green one. I cut a wavy slit in it to tuck in the sailboat. Added some Stickles there to mimic the sparkling water. Doesn't the balloon string background from My Favorite Things look like the surface of water here?

Since the die and both stamps are NBUS I am sending this over to Darnell's challenge

NBUS #12






Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"





Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Be well,


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