Friday, January 28, 2022

Thanks to Just Us Girls

Hello and welcome!  Today is my fifth and final guest designer post for Just Us Girls.  It's been sooo much fun and I want to thank the DT for all their kindness and their ongoing inspiration each week!  This week is wild-card week and the theme is....

...plaid!  I have a number of pretty plaid paper pads that are rarely used so this was a great opportunity to add them to my card.

I'm also joining the current Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

I kept my card pretty simple this week.  The floral image was stamped on white and colored with Copic markers that match the colors in the plaid strip.  The sentiment was stamped then both it and the flowers were die cut.  I actually used the floral die to cut two additional out of white cardstock and layer them all together for dimension.

Next a strip of the plaid paper was trimmed down and adhered to the white base.  I was looking through my scraps and found the circle already die cut - it is from the middle of a circle frame die and was the perfect size for grounding the elements.  It was mounted to the card with foam tape, then the flowers and sentiment were adhered and that finished off this CAS card!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll use the link above to appreciate all the beautiful cards by the DT members and join the fun this week!

Take care!


Stamps:  Best Friend Ever (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Plaid Patterns 6x6 paper pack (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Best Friend Ever die, Featured Sentiments die (Altenew), Stitched Scallop Circle dies (Pinkfresh Studio)
Copics:  V17, 15, 01, YG17, 05, 03, 01

Thursday, January 27, 2022

A Groovy Day

Hello and welcome!  Today I have a fun card to share that I made for the challenges at Festive Friday and Fusion.

Used the sketch from Fusion and for Festive Friday, the three elements are brown, masculine, blue.

I've had this fun Ellen Hutson stamp set for a while, which I bought primarily since my husband loves old VW buses (fortunately we don't have room for him to "collect" them lol!).  Since he's seen this particular card, he won't get this one for his birthday, but we have plenty of other male relatives to send it to.  The bus was stamped and colored with Copic markers, die cut with the matching die, then Glossy Accents was added to the lights and the windows. A silver gel pen was used on the peace sign and also randomly along the bumper and the rear view mirrors.  Once the Glossy Accents was dry, I used a white gel pen to add a "reflection" to the windows.

For the rest of the card, I started by die cutting a panel of plaid patterned paper with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, then adhered directly to the white card base.  A strip of Crushed Curry was embossed, trimmed down to fit on the plaid layer, the sentiment label adhered behind it, then it was added to the card.  Two skinny strips of Cinnamon Cider cardstock were added to the top and bottom of the strip to help it stand out from the background.  A white circle was layered on a larger one of Cinnamon Cider, then the bus was popped up with foam tape and the entire thing was mounted on the card, also with foam tape.  

Since I was going retro with this card, I even dug out a couple of brads, cut the prongs off the back and glued them to the card front. Back in the day I used brads frequently on my cards, but it's been a long, long time!

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!

Take care!


Stamps:  Trippin' (Ellen Hutson)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White; Crushed Curry, Cinnamon Cider & Plaid Tidings (all SU)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Trippin' matching die, Tasteful Texture embossing folder (SU), Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Nested Infinity Circle dies (Hero Arts), Stitched Jumbo Fishtail die (MFT), Strips 1 die (SSS), brads, Silver and White gel pens (Altenew), Ranger Glossy Accents
Copics:  B04, 02, 01, 000, C9, 7, 5, 1, 00, T4, 2, 0, Y17, 13

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Shaker Love for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new color challenge at Sunday Stamps!  I love these beautiful colors, perfect for winter or Valentine's Day cards.

I'll also be sharing my card at Time Out Challenges, where the current theme is "in love".

For my card, I created my first edge to edge shaker card.  Shaker cards are a design I rarely make, but I was intrigued by all the YT creators making these cards and had to try it out.

I started by stenciling the Elegant Swirls stencil in red on pink cardstock.  The red color ended up not being as vibrant as I wanted, but the bits in the shaker more than make up for it.  Next, I repurposed some stamp packaging, cutting it down to about a half inch larger on each side than the pink stenciled panel.  I used Score Tape to adhere three sides to the back of the panel, added all the sequins and heart confetti, then sealed up the fourth side.  I then adhered the shaker to the white card base.

Next, the heart wreath was die cut twice from white cardstock and once from white glitter cardstock, layered up for dimension and adhered to the card front.  The sentiment was stamped in gray pigment ink then clear heat embossed.  The word love was cut with the coordinating die and the secondary part of the sentiment with a label die.  Once those were adhered the card was complete.  It really did come together rather quickly, and I love how it turned out!

Thanks for taking time to visit, I appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out all the gorgeous cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us for the color challenge!


Stamps:  So Much Love (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Cotton Candy and White Glitter (both SSS)
Ink:  Ruby Red (Altenew), Versafine Clair Morning Mist
Other:  Wreath of Love die (SSS), Skinny Strips die (MFT), So Much Love die (SSS), Nested Infinity Rectangle die (Hero Arts), Elegant Swirls Stencil (Altenew), Sizzix Pinks & Reds sequin set, Cupid's Kiss sequins (SSS), Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Hero Arts clear embossing powder

Friday, January 21, 2022

Snow Happy for Just Us Girls

Hello and welcome! It's my fourth week as a Guest Designer for Just Us Girls, where it's Photo Week.

I'm also playing along with the Addicted to Stamps and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

For my card, I was inspired by everything in the Photo Week photo - the colors of blue and red, the winter scene and the hearts - but instead of snow people, I used cute animals.

I love this sweet scene between the bunny and deer! Like many card makers, Anita Jeram illustrations are some of my favorites.  First the scene was stamped on white cardstock, then I used a black Copic Multiliner to add additional snow in the background to give the scene more depth. Then everything was colored with Copic markers.  I grabbed the heart stamps from another AJ set, stamped, colored and die cut them.  

Next, a panel of light blue was adhered to the card base, then the main image was die cut with a scallop rectangle die and layered on two additional scallop rectangles for added dimension.  The hearts were glued to the scene, painted with a shimmer pen, then covered with Glossy Accents to make them shiny and that finished things off for this super simple card.  I opted not to add a greeting right now; I can always do that before I send it.

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out all the fabulous cards by the DT members and hopefully join in the fun this week!

Take care!


Stamps:  Snow Happy and Hedgehog Day (both AJ/Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Surf Blue (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Hedgehog Day dies, A2 Scallop rectangle die (Honey Bee), Aqua Shimmer pen (Tonic), Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Copics:  B0000, BV20, YG91, E47, 44, 47, 37, 33, 31, 30, W3, 1, R20, 24

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Dahlia Hello

Hello and welcome!  Back with a second post this afternoon, but this time for The Flower Challenge, where we are to make a monochromatic colored card, with flowers of course! I wasn't sure I'd have time to join the challenge, but the card I made is very simple and came together quickly.

Rather than Copic coloring, I decided to change things up and use a stencil to create the floral images for my card.

These bright blues just made my heart happy when I was creating this card.  The stencil has two layers for the flowers, plus I inked up the negative space with the darkest color, all from Altenew's Deep Blue Seas ink pad set.  The panel was then trimmed down to 4.75" square and mounted on a 5" square white card base with foam tape.

The sentiment was die cut once from Matte Silver and twice more from white, then adhered to the card front.  At the last minute I decided to add silver baubles for a bit of bling and that's it!

Thanks for taking time to stop by, I appreciate it. Come back by on Sunday when I will post my DT card for Sunday Stamps.

Take care!


Stamps: None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Matte Silver (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Sea Breeze, Tide Blue and Starlight (Altenew)
Other:  Layered Dahlia Stencils A & B (Altenew), Blooming Bouquet Hello die (Altenew), Silver Baubles (Trinity Stamps)

Holiday Cheer

Hello and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for the current CAS Christmas Card Challenge and the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge. I've made two Christmas cards this month and I'm hoping to join these challenges each month in 2022 so I can avoid that year end scramble to make enough Christmas cards!  

I decided on a very simple design for may card, trying to keep it as CAS as possible.  

To start, I die cut the three sizes of trees (small, medium and large) from Matte Gold cardstock, then die cut the medium once more from white and the small twice more from white.  I used a snowflake embossing folder on a panel of white, and after trimming it down to 4" x 5.25", layered it on two additional panels of scrap white and adhered it to the card base.  

Next the trees were adhered to the card front, those extra layers of trees giving a nice bit of dimension.  The sentiment was silver heat embossed, then was trimmed down by hand, then added with foam tape under the left side and a bit of tape runner on the right.  Super simple, not even any sequins or baubles!

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it!  

Take care!


Stamps:  Sending Holiday Cheer (Ellen Hutson)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Matte Gold (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Pine Trees dies (Honey Bee), Snowflake Visions embossing folder (SSS)

Flurries of Fun for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome! It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and Claire has given us this fun board to work with.

I'm also joining the Four Seasons January Winter Challenge and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Four Legged Friends.

I went down the left column - snowman/girl, white, die cut, although for this card it's a snowman bunny!

This was a fun card to make, with those cute bunnies building a snowbunny.  The images were stamped, colored with Copic markers and die cut.  Next, a cloud stencil was used to create the ink blended sky, then the trees were diecut twice to create the background.  One was adhered directly to the stenciled background, then the next one was popped up with foam tape.  

The scene was completed with the bunny images added with thin foam tape, then I fiddled around trying to decide where to put the sentiment.  I had originally thought I'd add it on the snowbank below the bunnies but by the time everything was adhered, I really didn't have sufficient room, so it ended up across the trees.  And actually, I'm good with how it turned out.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it so much.  Be sure to use the link above to check out all the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully be inspired to play along with us this week!


Stamps:  Flurries of Fun (Anita Jeram/Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Milled Lavendar Distress
Other:  Flurries of Fun dies, Alpine Trees die (Memory Box), Mini Cloud Edges stencil (MFT)
Copics:  E31, 30, 0000, RV17, 55, 52, BV20, W5, 3, 1, 0, R20

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Winter Mouse

Hello and welcome!  Today I have a cute card to share that I created using the sketch from As You See It Challenge and Claire's fun CAS theme of Winter Animals at The Paper Players.

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Four Legged Friends.

I used a mini stamp that I received as a gift with purchase quite a while ago but never inked up until now.

This little mouse with her mug of cocoa is just so cute and was a snap to color with my Copic markers.  I used colors for her scarf and mug to match the patterned paper.  With the coloring complete, the sentiment was stamped in black and die cut along with the mouse.

The bokeh design patterned paper was trimmed down to 5.25" x 4", then cut in half at an angle.  I ink blended a small amount of light blue ink on the panel for a bit of contrast on the plain side then adhered the patterned paper.  After the main image and sentiment were added with foam tape, three clay hearts were added for a little whimsical touch, and I was done!

Thanks for taking time to visit, I appreciate it!

Take care!


Stamps:  Thankful Mouse (Waffle Flower), Itty Bitty Basics (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Blurry Flurries 6x6 paper pack (Whimsey Stamps)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Blueberry (Altenew)
Other:  Nested Infinity Circle die (Hero Arts), Skinny Strips die (MFT), Pink Hearts Clay Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)
Copics:  E31, 30, 0000, RV02, 01, 000, V05, 01, 000, BV20, 0000

Sunday, January 16, 2022


Hello and welcome! I have a card to share that celebrates milestones for two blogs - Festive Friday and Double D.  Festive Friday is celebrating its 100th challenge and Double D is celebrating its 6th anniversary/birthday.  Big Congrats to both Design Teams and everyone involved in these two great challenges!

I'm also joining the Anything Goes party at Seize the Birthday.

My card, of course, has party balloons and from the FF Inspo list I used celebration, gold, sequins and splatter.  

As you can see, I was in a pink mood when I made this simple card.  I started by gold heat embossing the balloon image on watercolor paper, then used watercolor paint to achieve the bright pink color.  I tried to do a bit of simple shading adding a bit more color on the left side and letting it mix with the lighter layer.  It was die cut after it dried.

For the background, I ink blended a couple of pinks that were a bit lighter in color.  It was die cut with the scallop rectangle die, then splattered with white gouache and gold metallic paint.  While that dried, the sentiment was gold heat embossed on black cardstock and die cut with a label die.  With all the parts dried, the card was assembled.  The balloons were stacked up on two additional die cuts in white cardstock and the sentiment added with a bit of foam tape on each end.  Some clear sequins were scattered about and then I used Glossy Accents on the balloons to make them nice and shiny.  Unfortunately, the shine was difficult to capture in the photos.

Thanks for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it!  

Take care!


Stamps: Balloon Bundle (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Koh-I-Norr Bristol, Range Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark, Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious (Altenew)
Other:  Artist's 24 pan watercolor (Altenew), Finetec Gold Metallic Paint, Antique Gold embossing powder (Altenew), White Gouache, Balloon Bundle die, Skinny Strips die (MFT), Scallop A2 Rectangle die (Honey Bee), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Ranger Glossy Accents

Friday, January 14, 2022

Just a Hello for Just Us Girls

Hello and welcome!  It's my third week as January guest designer over at Just Us Girls and this week we have some beautiful colors to work with.

I'm also sharing my card at Four Seasons Challenge, where the theme is Winter, and the new Colorful Options Challenge, where the theme is Winter Blue. Colorful Options is a new challenge, so be sure to head over there and check it out.

When I saw the JUGs colors, I had an idea in my head about using a large branch die that I bought a while ago but hadn't made it onto a card yet.  While my card turned out a lot different than my original vision, I really love the end result.

I started by ink blending a light blue on a panel of white, then trimming it down with the deckled rectangle die.  Then I die cut the large leafy branch from silver and twice from white, layering it up for stability and dimension.  I dug through all my leaf/branch dies and found a few, some die cut from white cardstock and some from vellum.  Then I hit upon grounding everything with a die cut wreath.

Before assembling all the parts, the blue inked panel was popped up on the white card base with foam tape and then I remembered I wanted to splatter with silver metallic and white gouache. So the splatters ended up on the panel and the card. Oh well. ;-)  The wreath was die cut a couple times, adhered together then added to the card.  All the branches were adhered, then I found a previously die cut sentiment that worked perfectly in terms of size.  It was layered across the silver die cut branch and anchored with a bit of foam tape on the right end, and that finished things off!

Thanks for taking time to stop by, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to see all the gorgeous cards by the DT members and hopefully join the fun this week!


Stamps:  Just a Hello Floral (Pinkfresh Studio)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Matte Silver (SSS), vellum
Ink:  Blueberry (Altenew), Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Delicate Leafy Branch die (SSS), Etched Meadow Flower and Leaves dies (SSS), Create-A-Wreath dies, Just a Hello Floral sentiment die (PS), Deckled Frames die (Waffle Flower), White Gouache, Finetec Pearl Silver metallic paint