Sunday, May 15, 2022

Corner Rose Birthday for The Flower Challenge

Hello friends, so glad you've come by to visit! Can you believe we're halfway through May already?  As such, it's time for our reminder post at The Flower Challenge.  The challenge ends on the 25th so I hope you'll find time to join us - this month, all you have to do is use a number along with your flowers.

I'm also joining the fabulous crew at the As You See It Challenge.  This time we are to fill in the blank for "The Best Thing About Mothers is: ________."  When I think about the mothers I have known as friends, my daughter and of course my own Mother, is the unconditional love they give.  

And I'm also sharing my card at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge, where the theme is any Occasion.

My Mom passed away many years ago and I decided that my DT card would honor what would have been her 100th birthday this June.

My Mom's favorite flower was the deep red Mr. Lincoln rose, so that is what I chose to create for this card.  The image is from a newer stamp illustrated by the amazing Emily Midgett and was a dream to color with my Copics.  It is very large, so the card size ended up being 5"x 7".  After completing the coloring it was die cut with the coordinating die, layered upon two additional die cuts from white paper, then cut down to fit the background panel.

For the background panel, Antique Linen was applied using the Spring Boho Circle stencil, then I lightly ink blended the rest of the background to achieve an aged look.  When the floral image was adhered to the panel, I lightly ink blended a bit more to soften the white edges of the die cut.  The sentiment was stamped and trimmed down then adhered with the gold numbers.  I find it a bit tricky to get it all lined up but I think it is centered pretty well and I was happy with how the gold kind of dressed things up.

For more inspiration, head over to The Flower Challenge and take a peek at all the amazing cards by the other DT members!

Take care!


Stamps:  Celebrate Rose Corner (Simon Says Stamp), Elegant Sentiments (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Matte Gold (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Distress Antique Linen
Other:  Celebrate Rose Corner die, Sentiment Labels die (SSS), Festive Alpha & Numbers dies (, Spring Boho Circle Stencil (SSS), A7 Layers Rectangle die (WF)
Copics:  R89, 59, 29, 17, G28, 17, 03

Thanks for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this time we have some pretty colors to inspire you.

That photo of berries sure looks scrumptious, doesn't it, but at first I was a little stumped as to what to make with the colors.  In the end, I used three of them - light reddish pink, red and navy - to create a plaid mini slimline thank you card.

I started by ink blending Coral Bliss to the top and middle of a panel of Bristol, then came in with the darker red Vineyard Berry at the bottom.  Once that was complete, I slipped the panel into my Misti and used Tanzanite to ink up the plaid background stamp.  My original intention was to make a birthday card for a BIL whose birthday is right before Independence Day but I didn't like how it was coming together, so I went a totally different direction.

I often like to pair organics/florals with geometrics, so I decided to do it with this plaid.  I found a pretty floral stem die in my "collection" that had gone as yet unused, so I changed that by cutting the stem from white cardstock.  The plaid panel was die cut with a mini slimline rectangle die, then matted on a slightly larger white panel that was cut with a die that created the hash mark border.  After adhering the die cut stem, I wrapped gold twine around the matted panels before adding to the white card base.  The sentiment was stamped in Vineyard Berry, die cut with a tag die, then added to the card front along with a gold bow.  I decided the card needed a little more "something", so some glossy dots were adhered at the top right and on the tag.  Super simple card to make.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you'll take a moment to head over to Sunday Stamps and see the fabulous cards by the rest of the design team!

Take care!


Stamps:  Special Delivery Sentiments (Waffle Flower), Soft Plaid Background (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Coral Bliss, Vineyard Berry and Tanzanite (all Altenew)
Other:  Caserta Bloom die ( Memory Box), Special Delivery tag die, Mini Slimline Essential Bundle dies (Pinkfresh Studio), Silver Glossy Dots (Pink & Main), gold twine from my stash

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Celebrate For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week Jeanne has given us a great board to play with.

I'm also joining Just Us Girls, where Vicki has chosen "Flowers" as the prompt for Word Week, which works perfectly for my card.

Whimsical flowers, foiling and bright colors are what I chose to use for my card, going diagonal left to right up the Tic Tac Toe board - floral, blue and embossing.

I started with hot foiling the floral image on smooth white cardstock and the leaves on vellum.  The foiling came out pretty well on the vellum except for the bottom of the leaf stems, which I hid behind the flowers.  The flowers were colored with a variety of Copic markers and then both foiled images were die cut with matching dies.

For the background I used Ocean Waves from Altenew to lightly ink blend a panel of white, then trimmed it down to 3.75" x 5" before embossing it.  The panel was then adhered to the white card base, then the flowers and leaves added atop that.  The sentiment was created from a previous foiling and die cutting session, so all I had to do was adhere it to finish things off.

Thank you for taking time to stop by, I really appreciate it.  Be sure to head over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and check out the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully join in the fun this week!

Take care!


Stamps: None
Paper:  Hammermill, Vellum
Ink:  Ocean Waves (Altenew)
Other:  Intricate Rose and Blooms Hot Foil Plate and die, Sketched Leaf Branches Hot Foil Plate and die (both Simon Says Stamp), Perfect Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and die (Pinkfresh Studio), Gold Glimmer Hot Foil (Spellbinders), Diamond Stars 3D embossing folder (Altenew)
Copics:  RV17, 09, 06, 04, 02, YR09, 16, Y38, 27, 23, 17, E39, V17, 15, 12, YG67, 17, 03

Friday, May 6, 2022

Just A Note With Fruit

Hi there!  I have a card to share that I made for the current Festive Friday challenge.  I thought celebrating National Eat What You Want Day was fun, and perfect timing since I only recently acquired a stamp set with food items that I wanted to get inked up.

The stamp set I used is one I received as part of a three-day card making event back in March, and I didn't know if I'd use it because it wasn't quite my "style" I guess, but thought it was a fun one to have in my stash.  And sure enough, it worked great for this challenge, where my three items from the Inspo List are Food, Red and Twine.

I started by stamping each piece of fruit three times.  The stamps are layering stamps, so using a stamp positioner was very helpful.  After the stamping was complete, the fruit pieces along with the scallop circle and sentiment circle were all die cut.  I cut two additional circles to layer under the sentiment circle to give it some girth, colored the letters with a red Copic marker then inserted it into the die cut openings.

To go along with the scallop circle, I used a scallop rectangle die to cut a white panel.  A separate white panel was trimmed down to fit just inside the stitching on the scallop rectangle, then I adhered all the fruit pieces, trimming off the excess before adhering to the scallop rectangle.  The sentiment circle was added with foam tape, the panel wrapped with black Baker's Twine, then the panel was adhered to the card base.  The die cut sentiment letters looked a little flat, so I used Glossy Accents to add shine and I was much happier with how it turned out.

Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate it!  

Take care!


Stamps:  Just A Note (LDRS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Lime, Fresh Leaf, Forest Glades, Green Opal, Coral Bliss, Heartbeat, Citrus Burst and Maple Yellow (Altenew)
Other:  Just A Note dies, Black Baker's Twine (old SU), Scallop A2 Rectangle die (Honey Bee), Copic marker R46, Ranger Glossy Accents

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Hibiscus and Hummingbird Birthday

Hello friends!  I haven't been joining many challenges as of late, but I was inspired to join both the Paper Players and Seize the Birthday (my second card for the current challenge) with a theme that included birds, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme this week is "Feminine".

I have a couple of stamp sets that have both flowers and birds but decided to use one that has not seen much ink and included hummingbird stamps.

I spent some time on googling photos of both hibiscus and hummingbirds to get some inspiration for coloring using my Copic markers.  I saw oodles of bright color combinations, but I knew it would take some time to get the tricky color blending just right, and since I had a short window of opportunity to get my card made, I opted for single colors for both the flowers and the little hummer.  Next the sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink, then everything was die cut with matching dies. 

For the background, I softly ink blended light blue onto a panel of white, adhered a white die cut trellis, then adhered to a white card base.  I used foam tape to adhere the flower, hummingbird and sentiment, then added a few dew drop looking embellishments.  The final touch was to use a shimmer pen on the hummingbird, which I tried to capture in the photo, but no luck.

So glad you stopped by to take a look!  Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!


Stamps:  Hibiscus Blooms, XL Birthday Greetings (both Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Ocean Waves (Altenew)
Other:  Hibiscus Blooms and XL Birthday Greetings dies, Garden Trellis Cover die (Altenw), Aqua Shimmer pen (Tonic), Bubble Blow Out Embellishments (Trinity Stamps)
Copics:  RV29, 25, 23, 21, 00, R59, G29, 2, YG67, 45, 17. 05, 01, 00, BG90, Y15, 06, 000

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

In the Garden for The Flower Challenge

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge and this month our theme is to add a number.  The design team has oodles of beautiful inspiration to show how they added numbers to their floral cards!

I'm also sharing my DT card with the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday and the Birthday challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

To create my card, I used a really amazing layering stencil from Taylored Expressions that results in three separate mini-slimline cards and was super easy to use!

The stenciling starts on a 5.75" x 9.75" panel of cardstock, and after you apply each layer, you cut the panel at 3.25" and 6.25" to end up with three card fronts with different floral designs.  I just think it's a brilliant design, especially if you need to make multiples.  I ended up trimming this stenciled panel down in size so I could mat it on black before adhering to the card front which ended up being 6"x 3.5".

I chose this design so I could add the birthday greeting in the center.  The Happy Birthday was already stamped and die cut, so that left die cutting the number 2, exclamation point and letter U from black cardstock three times to layer them up for dimension.  Once everything was adhered to the card, I used a shimmer pen to add sparkle, then covered the 2U! with Glossy Accents.

Here's a look at the other panels, which I'm saving for future use.

Thanks for taking time to stop by, I appreciate it!  Please be sure to use the link above to see all the beautiful cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us this month.

Come back by on the 15th when I'll have my Flower Challenge reminder card to share.

Take care!


Stamps:  Elegant Sentiments (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress; Limeade, Lime and Fresh Leaf (Altenew)
Other:  In the Garden Triple Slim Layering Stencils (TE), Elegant Sentiments die, Festive Alphabet & Numbers dies (

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Fragrant Florals Thanks for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this week Lisa has given us this fun sketch to stretch our creative muscles.

I'm also joining Time Out Challenges, where the theme is Spring.

After thinking about a variety of images that could fit the lower left hand corner of the sketch, I decided to use a new flowers stamp from Altenew.

I guess it was a purple day when I created this card ;-).  The floral stamp is very big, so I used my Misti to stamp a portion in the corner of an A2 panel, then colored everything with Copic markers.  I went around the image with a couple of the lightest blue markers, then used my colorless blender to fade out the edges.  A white gel pen helped redefine the stamen on the flowers, which were just too small to avoid as I colored, then the panel was cut down with a rectangle die and matted on a die cut panel of Fresh Freesia using foam tape.  

The foiled sentiment was created in a previous crafting session, so that made things go together a bit quicker. I trimmed down two fishtail strips in gold mirror and Freesia, adhered to the panel then layered the sentiment on top.   The entire thing was adhered to a white card base and I was done!

So glad you visited today!  I've included a link above so I hope you'll go check out all the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully be inspired to join us!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday when I'll have my DT card for the new Flower Challenge for May.

Take care!


Stamps:  Fragrant Florals (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Fresh Freesia (SU), Gold Mirror (Tonic)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Fancy Script Words Hot Foil Plate and Die (Pinkfresh Studio), Gold Glimmer Hot Foil (Spellbinders), Diagonal Stitched Rectangle dies (PS), Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  V09, 06, 05, 01, 000, G28, 05, 14, YG67, 17, 05, 0, BV01, Y15, 11, B63, 60, 000, 0000

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Gatefold Birthday Card for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week Carol has given us some fun choices for creating.

I decided to go right down the center - sparkle, free, fun fold.  I rarely make fun fold cards but I attended an event Crop & Create event the last weekend of March and I wasn't able to make one of the three cards for that class, so I decided to create it for tttc159, as the design is a gatefold card.

All the products were provided by Hero Arts.  I started with the stamping, completing the panel you see on the front of the card, and the stamping on the interior of the card below.  The card itself is from vellum, which was cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored on each end at 2 1/8".  An A2 sized panel of red was adhered to the outside back of the vellum card, then I added an A2 top fold card to the interior.  This provided a place to continue the cherry design and also provided ample room inside to write a message to the recipient. 

Next the small stamped panel was added to the outside of the left flap of the vellum card, then a same sized panel adhered behind it to hide the adhesive.  On the other flap a slightly larger red panel has adhered with a same sized white panel on the inside.  When the card is closed, the red panel acts as a mat to the stamped cherry.  The final touch was to add Glossy Accents to the cherries on the front for a nice bit of shine.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the terrific cards by the other team members and hopefully join us this week!

Take care!


Stamps:  Hero Arts Color Layering Cherries
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Real Red (SU), Vellum
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Barn Door, Candied Apple and Aged Mahagony Distress Oxide; Ocean Waves (Altenew)
Other:  Ranger Glossy Accents