Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Peaceful Scene

I worked up two cards using a die set from last year.  
  • The first is watercolored with Zigs with a bit of sponging and Copic Opaque White.
  • The second is watercolored with Peerless watercolors and uses an abandoned card front. Strangely I love the acetate stripes; it seems so busy but perfectly so.

The Details:  Penny Black Winter Village, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Portrait Backdrop, Zigs, Copic Opaque White, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Paper

The Details:  Penny Black Winter Village, Peerless Watercolors, Copic Opaque White, Versafine Onyx Black, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Paper

Cool Winter Palette

Now this card is all about the leftovers.  The background, the cover die, the circle and the girl.  The only part that wasn't in the someday pile is the sentiment. Woo hoo!

The Details: Greeting Farm Stamptember 2017 set, Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings, Altenew Plaid Cover Die, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6 Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Speciality Stamping Paper, Copics, Doodlebug Polar Pals 6x6 Paper, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Love and Joy

Ack!  I loooove this stamp!  I saw Jill Avery Foster's card and immediately had to grab it once I could find somewhere that still had it in stock (Ellen's).

I created a stencil using the Hello Bluebird Birch Tree dies to give me an outline to draw in the trees after I had stamped the bears. I used Zig markers except for the stamping of the bears and the sentiment. A spattering of Copic Opaque White made the snow.

I'm entering this in Fab n Funky #413 Christmas, Jingle Belles While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (animals), 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Masking, Winter Wonderland Colour It

The Details:  Penny Black Nose to Nose, Hello Bluebird Birch Dies, Avery Elle Merriest (sentiment), Copic Opaque White, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Watercolor Markers

Friday, October 26, 2018


Doesn't this remind you of candy corn too?  The first couple of pieces are yum and then waaay too much after that.  My leftovers this time are the glitter web and 2017 Brutus Monroe card kit stamps.

I'm entering this in CASology #318 Scary, Simon Says Wednesday Halloween, CAS on Friday #144 Fall/Halloween

The Details:  Simon Says Creepy Cute, Distress Oxides Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed, Versafine Onyx Black


More leftovers and ever so cute!  I'm using a leftover window arch (no idea what that's from) and the window diecut. I'm also using unused 2017 stamps. Go, me!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Halloween, Fusion Fall Porch

The Details:  Simon Says Creepy Cute, Lawn Fawn Wonderful Window, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Oxides Black Soot, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed, Gold Smooch

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Finishing up the last few of my Halloween cards AND using up leftovers. Woo hoo!  This one is using leftover diecuts and a stamp kit from 2017. I used a combo of sponging, watercolor, embossing and coloring on it.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Halloween, Watercooler Wednesday #193 All About Holidays

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Spooky Sentiments 2017 Inspiration Box, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill, Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Mustard Seed, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Watercolor Markers, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder, Versamark

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Meerkat Christmas

I'm over on the Topflight’s Stamps blog today sharing how I made this oh so cute holiday card!

The Details:  Katzelkraft Christmas Holiday AccessoriesKatzelkraft Meerkats, Tim Holtz Swirling Stars Die, Zig Watercolor Pens, Your Next Stamp Holiday Buddies (sentiment), Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Doodlebug Design Lily White Glitter

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Vampire Birthday

My nephew by marriage's birthday is October 30 which gives me the perfect opportunity to mix a little scare into the birthday mix.  The inside of the card says "How do you keep looking so young?."  So cute!

Again, I'm using up leftovers; in this case, I'm using a pre-printed acetate panel from last year's Brutus Monroe Halloween kit.

I'm entering this in The Library Challenge #18 Dracula

The Details:  Whimsy Stamps Dracula Bite Me, Brutus Monroe Halloween Kit 2017, Memento Tuxedo Black and Luxe Love Letter, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics

Monday, October 22, 2018

Colorful Seattle Winter

Using up leftovers with the Seattle Skyline and a watercolor background.  I ran the Seattle layer through with a snow cover plate. Super fantastic.

The Details:  Savvy Seattle Skyline, Gina Marie Designs Cover Plate, Poppy Stamps Snowflakes, Lindy's Magicals High Maintenance Magenta and Bachelor Butto Blue, Versafine Onyx Black, Impress Seattle sentiment, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Most Wonderful and Bright Time

I cleaned up part of my craft room this weekend and ended up with lots of "bits." You know, the stuff that I can't part with it because I might need it a million years in the future. Well, I took a stab at using up some of it. Some.

This first card uses a leaf background I stenciled at some point.  It occurred to me to use a Christmas sentiment that totally fits this time of year. Bold but that background still pops.

The Details:  Stamplorations Typografia Christmas Most Wonderful Time, Versamark, Ranger Black Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Leaves Stencil, Distress Oxides

This card uses a vellum version of the same sentiment that I must have done at least a year ago if not two. Dang. It also uses a diecut that I nearly tossed because it didn't turn out perfectly.  I love the contrast of the silver embossing powder against that bright and cheery yellow.

I'm entering this in Inkspirational #172 Use Vellum

The Details:  Stamplorations Typografia Christmas Most Wonderful Time, Taylored Expressions Sweater Weather Cover Plate, Versamark, Recollections Detail Silver Embossing Powder, PTI vellum, Tim Holtz Leaves Stencil, Distress Oxides

Saturday, October 20, 2018

SOSS #121 - S is for Skulls

Time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:  use at least one skull on your card. Stuck for ideas?  Southwest. Pirates. Dead peoples. Halloween. All sorts of possibilities!  We do love it when your cards are snarky but that's certainly not required. Just have fun!

My card is a for a wedding.  As you may guess, the happy couple had been together for a coon's age before finally deciding to tie the knot. Took them long enough! LOL.

The Details:  Hero Arts Snarky Mix and Match Messages, Hero Arts Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ombre, Stampendous Skeleton Style, Versafine Onyx Black, MFT Black and White Striped Paper

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Grateful Deer

A Thanksgiving card for my sweetie. I love the mod deer from MFT and thought they would pair perfectly with the birch tree window. Yup. The watercolor in the background soften them up a bit.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Animal Antics, Watercooler Wednesday #192 Masculine Anything Goes, Paper Players #414 Colors, Addicted to Stamps and More #314 CAS, CAS on Friday #144 Fall or Halloween

The Details:  MFT Delightful Deer, Simon Says Birch Tree Window and Christmas Essentials, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Copics (W3 and Y21), Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Multi Medium Matte, and Gold Embossing Powder, Infusions Orange County and The Sage

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TFS - That's Crafty Melina Dahl

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today. Go check it out for more info!

The Details:  That's Crafty Melina Dahl Scribbled Shrooms, Jane Davenport Warm Seas Glitz-Sea Sparkle Markers, Lawn Fawn Merry Messages, Puffy Cloud Borders and Grass Border die (as masks), Zig watercolor markers

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CASEing Myself

I've made two versions of a card using virtually the same ingredients and layout. Do you have a favorite? I like the Xmas one while my partner likes the fall one. I think it's because he likes everything to be lined up so is drawn to the geometric background. Bah, he's a man and what does he know? ;-P

The Details:  Right at Home Pumpkin Spice Season, MFT Gray and White Basics 6x6 Paper, Carta Bella Hello Fall and Santa's Workshop 6x6 Paper, Echo Park Celebrate Winter 6x6 Paper, Savvy Seattle Skyline Die, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cards in Envy Favorite Holiday

This round at Cards in Envy we're wanting to see a card featuring your favorite holiday.  I LOVE Christmas without a doubt.  I also love Halloween but I definitely need more Christmas cards. Can't start too early on those!

I started by stamping the ME Frames and elves.  I hadn't originally planned to cut them out but I hated the background I had worked up using Distress Oxides (too much color, for once).  The snowflake paper reminds me of wallpaper, don't you think?

Notice how the picture frames don't quite line up on top.  Just like real life!

The Details:  Mama Elephant Little Elf Agenda and Little Agenda Frames, Altenew Happy Holidays, Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Christmas 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Watering Can Embossing Powder, Versamark, Distress Oxide Black Soot, Copics

I'll Always Pick You

A little experiment today with layers, colors, and alignment.  Outside my comfort zone but liking it. I guess I would call this clean and layered.

I'm entering this in The Card Concept #99 Sunflower Serenade, TIME OUT #120 Colorful

The Details:  Right at Home Pumpkin Spice Season, Sugarpea Designs Heart Journal Card, Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics

Friday, October 12, 2018

Elfie Time

Cuteness overload!

I'm entering this in Fusion Pastel Halloween, TIME Out #120 Colorful

The Details: Mama Elephant Little Elf Agenda, Poppy Stamps Bijou Film Strip, Hero Arts Irreverent Elf Messages, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Warm Memories

I thought about using this for a MnT for an upcoming crafty day but decided it didn't have enough customizability plus I don't think the gals especially like to sponge. Super cute in any case, however.  I especially love the squirrel on the right--adorable.

I'm entering this in Paper Players #413 Leaves and Trees, Sunday Stamps #189 Feeling Fall Photo Inspiration, Fab n Funky #411 Autumn Colors

The Details:  MFT Fall Friends, Lawn Fawn Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop, Picket Fence and Fall Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Ranger White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TFS Journal Truth

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog with one my journal pages. I hope you check it out!

The Details:  Visible Image Mr. Bones JanglesVisible Image Meshing Around, Carabelle Studio Funny Face, Taylored Expressions Alpha Blocks, Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set 3 and Bitty Grunge, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Alpacas for Mens

Sick of my alpacas yet?  Damn straight, you're not!  I went a bit more masculine with this card.  However, I can't resist a bit of the glam so glittered up the snowpeaks and scalloped snow edges tho you can't tell in the pic. I wish Photoshop had a glitter setting.  Oh, heck, probably does. LOL.

I'm entering this in the Male Room #95 The Great Outdoors, City Crafter #433 Into the Woods, Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Christmas, HLS Anything Goes with Dies

The Details: Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Borders, Yvonne Creations Snowy Tree, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6 Paper, Carta Bella Santa's Workshop 6x6 Paper, Wink of Stella clear, Versamark, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and White Embossing Powder, Copics

Monday, October 8, 2018

Joyfully Using Leftovers

This card is a combo of various bits I found on my desk from abandoned/rethought projects. I love being able to use up stuff from my desk!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Christmas, HLS October Christmas Challenge without optional twist of ribbon, Cute Card Thursday #550 Anything Goes

The Details:  Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday, Altenew Cozy Flannel Cover Plate Die and Happy Holidays, Concord and 9th Joy Die, Gina Marie Stitched Scalloped Oval die, PTI banner die, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid and Knit Picky 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and White Embossing Powder, Copics

Saturday, October 6, 2018

SOSS #120 - P is for Pink Halloween

We're all about the pink and all about the Halloween this fortnight at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  What a combo, huh?  Easier than you may think to do.

For my card, I created a lovely Autumnal background using Distress Oxides.  The skeleton was embossed on a piece of sponged cardstock that I had discarded from another project. The sentiment popped into my head the moment I saw this stamp.  What question is scarier than this one?  And I love the look at the owl's face:  I dare you to answer.  LOL!

The Details:  Oxford Impressions Danse Macabre, Distress Oxides, Versamark, Ranger Black and Gold embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black, P-touch label tape,

Friday, October 5, 2018

Alpaca Wishes

I think of this as my cootie card since I've been sick all week but finally have enough energy to do more than lie down. I wish cooties were as cute as these alpacas!  A lot of coloring, a bit of sponging and masking, and there you have it.  Adorable!

I'm entering this in Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure, Watercooler Wednesday #190 Feminine Anything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Xmas, Addicted to Stamps and More #312 Make Your Mark,

The Details:  Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday and snowflake die (upper), Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Small Stencil, Poppy Stamps Valley Snowflakes, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TFS - Pumpkin Spice

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today.  Woo hoo!

The Details: Katzelkraft Pilgrim Holiday AccessoriesKatzelkraft Russian Cats, Echo Park Pumpkin Stencil, MFT Cool Cup, Distress Oxides, Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Designer Paper, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Warm Wishes

My mood for holiday cardmaking is upon me! AND I'm using new stuff while it's still new. Woo hoo!

I'm entering this in Less is More #381 Guest Designer CASe, Jingle Belles Let it Snow, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Mama Elephant Little Snowman Agenda, Altenew Happy Holidays, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Copics