Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coffee = Me Happy Card

Sometimes I buy a stamp set for a particular sentiment or image and this sentiment was the reason I purchased the Choose Happy set by Simon Says Stamp. Mainly because it's true, Coffee = Me Happy!!! The patterned paper on this card is by American Crafts from the True Stories paper pad (2014). Luckily the coffee cups were spaced perfectly to add the sentiment in the middle. From a paper scrap I cut out the cup and adhered it to the circle. I thought about adding flowers and then decided it would be too busy. This is my fourth card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happiness in a Cup Card

Wow! It's day five of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and there are already over 683 cards linked. This Happiness in a Cup Card is my third card created for the hop. The layout for this card is from the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches, although my image is larger everything else is the same. The image has been sitting colored on my craft desk for awhile. I forgot to use it for the Spring hop, so I wanted to make sure it got used this time around. The digital image is called Kitty in a Teacup by Di's Digi Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. Now the sentiment (by Stamplorations Coffee Happy stamp set) could have a couple of meanings. Kitties are the happiness in the cup or the happiness was the tea in the cups before the kitty decided to sit in them. Either way works depending on if kitties make you happy? They definitely make me HAPPY, so I'm also linking this card to the Furrything Goes theme at the Show Us Your Pussies Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

COFFEE a Liquid Hug Card

Good day crafty friends! I have a quick post to share a summery coffee themed card I made for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The digital image and sentiment are by Jessica Lynn Original. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with a cross stitched die by My Favorite Things. The floral patterned paper is by Doodlebug Design Inc, Hello Sunshine paper pad. Two polka dot flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set by Stampin' Up! were added accented with punched green leaves from the retired Bird Builder punch. Two glimmer dot stickers by Jolee's were added to the center of the flowers and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

This COFFEE a Liquid Hug Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another Cup of Liquid Sanity

Hooray for Friday and the first day of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Mornings don't start until I've had my coffee. My hubby knows that coffee is needed if he wants me to carry on a decent conversation. Maybe I should be ashamed, but mornings just aren't my thing!

The idea for this card started with the black frame. It was cut and sitting on my desk from a card that went a different direction. I decided it would be fun against the bright stripes from the Doodlebug Designs Inc. Cream & Sugar paper pad and it was matted to a black and white striped paper. The sentiment, coffee mug and carafe are from the Coffee Happy stamp set by Shery Russ available at Stamplorations. I decided to stamp the images on patterned paper and then fussy cut. To add a little more color a Copic marker (BG13 Mint Green) was used to accent the carafe. The final details include the stamped heart from a Unity stamp set and three sequins for some sparkle. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and have fun hoping along with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

This Liquid Sanity Card is linked to the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winston Takes Flight Card


This afternoon I sat down and created this Winston Takes Flight Card using the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge. There were several other challenges I had in mind when I created this card and they are:
Playing with patterned paper is one of my favorite things and I ended up using papers by Photoplay from the Party Boy collection. The yellow strip is from Recollections and it's called Mom's Diner (cone). Copic markers were used to color the Winston image by Newton's Nook and then it was die cut with the coordinating dies. To make it look like Winston was flying in the clouds I used the Sky Borders Die Set also by Newton's Nook and adhered the clouds to the bottom of a tumbled glass distress inked piece of cardstock. Three additional small clouds were added for detail and that's it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cupcake Celebrate Card

Hello crafty friends and happy Tuesday! It's time to start another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week the theme is Party Time (something to celebrate). It seems I'm always low on birthday cards, so I used the Kittys Cupcake Tower Colored image from our sponsor Di's Digi Stamps to create this Cupcake Celebrate Card. As always, we would love for you to join the challenge this week. You can find all the details and design team inspiration HERE.

This Cupcake Celebrate Card is an A6 sized card 4 1/2 x 6 1/4. When I first started making cards this was the size I made. Then I noticed most people made A2 sized cards and I changed but every once in awhile I make the larger size.

Cupcake Celebrate Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Cupcake and pink polka dots by The Paper Studio, Melon Mambo Cardstock by Stampin' Up!.
  • Stamps: Kittys Cupcake Tower Colored by Di's Digi Stamps and Time to Celebrate sentiment by Stampin' Up!.
  • Ink: Memento black 
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Avery Elle scalloped oval frame, Itty Bitty Banner punch and Washi Banner punch both retired by Stampin' Up! and pink sequins. 
Challenges entered:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Newton's Birdbath Card

As usual I've waited until the last day to create my card for the Inky Paws Challenge to use Stripes. My crafting table was covered in fabric for a sewing project but I finally finished and cleaned it off. Then I totally messed it up with papercrafting supplies. Oh well! It never stays clean. What fun would a clean table provide?

This is the first time I've used the Newton's Birdbath stamp set and coordinating dies. I love my backyard birds and I love cats, so this is one of my favorite new stamp sets by Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the images. The sky background was created using a brayer with tumbled glass distress ink on white cardstock. The scalloped plaid frame was die cut using frame cutting plate by Taylored Expressions and the green striped grass was punched with a Fiskars grass punch. That pretty much sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Newton's Birdbath Card is entered into the following challenges:

Monday, June 12, 2017

40th Anniversary Card

Hello! My neighbor and her hubby recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary, so I made them this card. I looked up the color that represents the 40th Anniversary and it's Ruby Red. The Stampin' Up! color used is Cherry Cobbler with retired Tip Top Taupe. The layout on this card evolved as I played with the pieces. My original idea didn't work with the size of the flowers, so I tried a smaller flower and didn't like it, so I just moved everything around until I was content with the way it looked.

Supplies used include*:
  • Paper: Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock along with retired 2015-2017 Designer Series Paper.
  • Stamps: Number of Years and retired hostess Morning Meadow stamp sets.
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pads.
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Large Number Thinlits, Pansy Punch, retired Bird Builder punch (leaves) and stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. 
*All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless noted.

This 40th Anniversary Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Pig Card

In case you didn't know... I grew up in the country. My grandfather lived next door and he raised cattle. Our neighbors down the road raised pigs and when the wind blew just right you could smell the pig farm from our house. In the spring when the babies were born we would would go visit the cute new piglets. When I first saw the new This Little Piggy stamp set by Stampin' Up! I knew it would be on my first order. I also love the new Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. This Happy Pig Card was inspired by the Out in the Garden challenge at SU! Only. You probably won't find a pig in a city garden but in a country garden, you betcha.

First, I stamped the pig image onto watercolor paper using Staz On Jet Black ink. Then using Aqua Painters and Classic Stampin' Pads the image was watercolored. Colors include: Pool Party, Old Olive, Powder Pink (new in color), Sahara Sand and Calypso Coral. After the image panel dried it was matted to a slightly larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock. The patterned paper is from the Petal Garden dsp and the pool party twine is new. The final touch was adding the bitty butterfly. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Happy Pig Card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You're Sweet Card

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're ready for a "Sweet" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. This week the theme is "Sugar High" and we have some yummy inspiration for you. Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Our sponsor this week is My Grafico and they provided us with the Tea Time Digital Stamp Set. There were a lot of wonderful options to choose from and I selected the cupcake for this You're Sweet Card. It's always fun to paper piece the cupcake liner and then I went a little crazy with Stickles for the the icing. I hope you will join the challenge this week and share your Sugar High creation with us! You have until mid-day on Monday, June 12th to add your link. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This You're Sweet Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017-2019 In Color Card

Every year I try to make a card using the new Stampin' Up! In Colors. For this 2017-2019 In Color Card I've used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set along with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. The new colors include: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig. To add some more stamping details the Timeless Textures stamp set was also used. Other new supplies include: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and Glitter Enamel Dots. That's it! Click here to shop now!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

New Catalog and In Colors

Good morning crafty friends! Today is the launch of the new Stampin' Up! catalog and five lovely new In Colors for 2017-2019. The new colors include:
  • Berry Burst
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Powder Pink
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Fresh Fig
The catalog includes several new floral stamp sets and a fun coffee themed suite called Coffee Break. There is definitely something for everyone in the new catalog. Click here for my demonstrator home page and click the Shop Now button for all the new goodies. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Catalog goes live at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Graduation Card with Flowers

Before making this Graduation Card with Flowers I did a quick image search to see other handmade graduation cards. I was surprised how few had flowers. The recipient is the daughter of one of my cousins, so I wanted the card to be youthful and pretty. Of course there had to be some element of graduation, so I used the cute graduation owl by Gerda Steiner Designs. The owl was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and then adhered to the white stitched circle die cut. A little punched branch and stamped flower add some detail along with the congratulations die cut by Impression Obsession and three sequins for sparkle. The floral paper is retired by Stampin' Up! and the yellow is by Recollections. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Graduation Card with Flowers is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Anything Goes at Tuesday Throwdown

Happy Tuesday! It's time to start another new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week the theme is "Anything Goes." Our sponsor this week is STAMPlorations and they provided this lovely floral image called A Cup of Roses for the design team to create our inspiration. We would love for you to join us this week! Click here for all the challenge details. You have until mid-day on Monday, May 29th to link your creation.

Do you hunt through your patterned papers to find the perfect design? It can be time consuming but well worth it when you find just the right paper. The image is so pretty and I wanted a pretty floral paper for this card. I ended up using a piece from one of the first paper pads I ever purchased. It's by Crate Paper and it's called Random from Fall of 2011.  To pull in the eye a piece of black polka dot paper by Bo Bunny was added. The image was colored with Copic markers, die cut with a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inkers and then matted to a slightly larger piece of Melon Mambo cardstock by Stampin' Up!. Three sequins add some sparkle and that's it. I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This Floral Note Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kick Ass Birthday Card

My brother's birthday is this weekend, so I made him this Kick Ass Birthday Card. If you knew my brother you would understand it's also very appropriate. Hopefully he will see the humor! The stamp set is from Unity Stamp Company and it's called Jack {ass} and I used this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday for the layout. Finding the right papers with the right colors was the hardest part. I finally settled on papers from the Snippets collection by Studio Calico (2012). The image was colored with Copic markers using warm gray tones. Then I decided to add the party hat from a Newton's Nook stamp set. The final touch was the addition of four pastel glimmer dot stickers by Sticko and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This Kick Ass Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Owl Thanks Card

Good day! I have a quick post to share this Owl Thanks Card I made for the current Inky Paws Challenge. It's a sketch challenge and the hours to play along are counting down. The stamp set used is called What a Hoot and it has coordinating dies which makes cutting the images super easy. This card was made for Wild Heart Ranch, a local animal rescue and rehabilitation group in Northeastern Oklahoma. They do an amazing job and right now they have a lot of baby owls in their care.

I wanted the card to have a natural look, so I dug through my paper scraps and found the perfect patterned papers. The owls were colored with Copic markers and then die cut with their coordinating dies. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm also entering it into the Wings Challenge at Cut It Up. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Burp Cloth Special

Hello crafty friends! If you are looking for a unique and fun baby gift, check out my Etsy shop! This month I'm offering a special on the purchase of 3 or more individual burp cloths. When you buy 3 burp cloths you save $1.50, enter code DEAL3 at checkout. If you purchase 6 you'll save $4.00, enter DEAL6. All burp cloths are handmade by me. They are made of 100% cotton featuring flannel on the front and terry cloth on the back. If you have specific colors or characters you want I'm happy to complete a custom order. Want a matching baby blanket? I can do that too.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hot Dog Birthday Card

The month of May is busy with birthdays in my family. It all starts this weekend with my dad's birthday. I wanted his card to be different from previous years. So when I found this stamp set called Frank the Fun Dog by Unity Stamps I ordered it. This Hot Dog Birthday Card is what I made for my him. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was fussy cut. Once I had the layout arranged and the hot dog placed, I decided he needed a party hat. Luckily, I found one in a stamp set from Newton's Nook that was the perfect size. Three sequins were the final touch and this card was done.

This Hot Dog Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pear Doodle Card

Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful day. It's time for the start of another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week the theme is Doodles. I thought this was a fun theme and one that I'm interested to see how you interpret. Our wonderful sponsor is CraftyGirl and I'm using her Pear Doodle digital stamp. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. I hope you will play along!

My vision is not as good as it used to be, so I made this image larger than usual. Since the design is intricate I decided to open my art box from college and use my Prismacolor pencils (sadly they've had little use since college 20 years ago). Once all the pencils were sharpened I started coloring. The image was die cut with a cross stitched oval by My Favorite Things and then to give it a framed look it was matted to a brown scalloped oval cut from an Avery Elle die cut. All patterned paper is from my scrap pile, I'm determined to use it when I remember. The You're Amazing sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!. To accent the sentiment two punched banners were added along with two green sequins. The last detail was the addition of the bitty butterfly with pearls. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

This Pear Doodle Card is entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Handmade Baby Cards


Happy Saturday! The perfect way to finish a baby gift is with a Handmade Baby Card. Here is a couple I listed in my Etsy Shop. I love the retired sweet Giraffe Heart image by Bugaboo. The images were colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched rectangle die. Patterned papers by Doodlebug Designs and The Paper Studio were used. The final touches were three punched banners, pastel glitter dots by Sticko and the retired Sweet Baby sentiment by Stampin' Up!. That's it!

Here is another photo of each card:



Blue Baby Card entered into the following challenges:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Owl Graduation Card

Hello! Today is the start of a new challenge at Simply Create Too and this month we want you to use a Digi Stamp. That's a pretty easy challenge, so I hope you will play along and link-up your new creation. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

While deciding which digi stamp to use on my card I received a graduation announcement for one of my younger cousins. He is graduating high school, so I decided to use this Graduation Owl image by Gerda Steiner Designs. The image was colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut to allow his foot to sit on top of the punched branch. The Congratulations paper and diploma paper are by The Paper Studio. I added a strip of woodgrain paper by Stampin' Up! and then matted the patterned paper to a piece of brick red cardstock by Bazzill. Then the focal circle was adhered flat to the paper. I'll be mailing this card so I didn't want to add any lumps or bumps. That's it!

This Owl Graduation Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's Been Forever Card


This It's Been Forever Card was made for the Stella Says Sketch Challenge. My time as a guest designer is finished but I wanted to play along with this fun sketch.

Here's the sketch:

Sketch challenges are one of my favorites because the foundation has already been decided, all you have to do is assemble the pieces. I started this It's Been Forever Card by selecting the darling Flower Puppy image for the focal area. The hardest part is always deciding what patterned papers I'm willing to cut into (I have a hard time cutting my favorites!). Most of the patterned papers on this card are from the Happy Day! paper pad by Pebbles with the exception of the middle strip by Stampin' Up!. The sentiment is from a Fiskars stamp set called Hello Fabulous and was stamped using Memento black ink. I used some of my retired and hoarded candy dots for detail and that's it. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cute Car Congrats Card

Hello and happy Saturday! This last week went by really quickly and now it's time for another weekly challenge at Catch The Bug. It's a recipe challenge to use - 1 image, 2 buttons and 3 colors. Easy peasy! We would love for you join the challenge and share your creation. You can find all the challenge details and design team inspiration HERE.

When pondering how to use the buttons on my creation I decided to use the new Attitude Car image by Bugaboo to add the buttons over the tires. The layout is nothing too creative but it works. I thought this Cute Car Congrats Card would be perfect for a young lady I know who just got her drivers license. The plaid paper is by Recollections and yellow rhinestone flowers are by Jolee's. That about sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your card in the gallery at Catch The Bug.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Embossing at Tuesday Throwdown


Wow! It's Tuesday again and that means the start of another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want to see your embossing skills. Our lovely sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and they generously provided the design team with a choice of digital images to use on our creations. I'm using Lilacs for Cocoa on this Hello Fabulous Card. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click here. I hope you will share your embossed creation with us this week.

Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock by Stampin' Up!, Green Apple cardstock by Simon Says Stamp, Lilac patterned paper from Butterfly Kisses paper pad by Bo Bunny and light purple scrap paper.
  • Stamps: Lilacs for Cocoa by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Hello Fabulous! sentiment by Fiskars.
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento black ink and Copic Markers.
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder by Stampin' Up! (retired), 1 1/4" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, rectangle stitched die by Lil' Inkers, white lace from Ribbon Resources and dimensionals.

Challenges entered:
  1. Cards in Envy: Pretty Pastels
  2. A Gem of a Challenge: Ribbon and/or Lace
  3. Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photo Challenge at Catch The Bug


Happy Saturday and happy Earth Day! Today is the start of a photo challenge at Catch the Bug and I love the sweet bird photo. The colors were fun to work with and I hope you will think so too. So, go outside and do something earthy for Earth Day and then use the photo as your inspiration during some afternoon crafting. I can't wait to see what you create! Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

Using birds on cards is one of my favorites, so I went with a literal interpretation of the photo. The Cherry Bird image by Bugaboo was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched square die by Lil' Inkers. All patterned paper is by Bo Bunny from the Butterfly Kisses Collection. To add some detail I stamped and punched a flower from the retired Polka Dot Pieces stamp set by Stampin' Up! accented with die cut leaves. The Just for You sentiment is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and a glitter sticker was added to the middle of the flower. That's it!

This Cherry Bird For You Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Clearance


This afternoon I made a trip to my local Hobby Lobby and was thrilled to find Copic 3-pack sketch markers on clearance. Supplies were limited on the markers so I didn't hesitate to make a purchase. The store had a big clearance section filled with crafting supplies including a lot of wood mounted stamps. If you live close to a Hobby Lobby and use Copic markers it might be worth stopping by.

Blue pack includes: B01, B04 and B06
Pink pack includes: RV000, RV52 and RV55

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Under the Weather Card

With Spring comes seasonal allergies and that came make you feel Under the Weather. This afternoon I spent some time making this Under the Weather Card using the Spring Showers stamp set by Newton's Nook. Now I'm prepared with a cute card in my stash. The design idea was inspired by a card made by Jennifer Jackson. I like how she arranged the patterned paper above the image. The clouds and striped paper on this card are by Echo Park and the paper pieced umbrella are scraps from Crate Paper. I did go a little crazy with the rain drops but they needed to splash into the puddles. The image was colored with Copic markers and I added three clear sequins on the clouds for some sparkle. That's it!

This Under the Weather Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Card with Lambs

Happy Easter! Today I'm sharing the Easter Card I made for my parents. They raise sheep and Spring is always a fun time when the babies arrive. So instead of using a bunny on their card I found these cute lambs by Craftin Desert Diva. The lamb images are digital and came with a colored version which I used. Once the images were printed they were fussy-cut and ready to adhere. For the layout I used the sketch from a previous Inky Paws Challenge. The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and the green is from Doodlebug Designs. Tumbled Glass distress ink was sponged onto white cardstock for the sky and the Easter Greeting sentiment is from Unity Stamp from the Bunny - Keep You Forever stamp set. A little stamped and punched yellow butterfly and twine were added for detail. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

This Easter Card with Lambs is entered into the following challenges:

Flower Teapot For You Card


Hello crafty friends! Today is the start of a new Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch The Bug. This Flower Teapot For You Card is what I was inspired to create. I used the Flower Teapot image by Bugaboo and colored it with Copic markers. The image was then die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things and matted to a slightly larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin' Up!. All patterned paper is from the Penny Black Painted Blooms paper pad. My sewing machine was sitting close by, so I added some yellow zig zag stitches where the papers joined. The Especially For You sentiment is slightly crooked but I decided it added character and I wasn't scrapping it. Three round glitter stickers by Jolee's was added for detail and that's it. I hope you will play along with the sketch challenge! Click here for the design team inspiration and challenge details. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bingo at Catch The Bug


Happy Saturday! I hope you have time this weekend for crafting because we would love for you to play along with the Bingo challenge at Catch The Bug. You'll find all the challenge details and wonderful design team inspiration posted HERE.

For my cards I used the center row down using a Sentiment, Player's Choice and Stitching. I ended up making two cards because I didn't realize the Violet Can digi was retired, so I decided to make a second card using a current image called Cute Owl. The layouts and sentiment are the same but the colors are drastically different. I was in the mood to use purple and that's what prompted me to use the Violet Can digi. Both images were colored with Copic markers and die cut using a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. The Just A Note sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Three sequins were added for detail and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!


This Violet Can Note Card is entered into the following challenges:


The Cute Owl Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cat Bunny Easter Card

Yes My Dear, the Easter bunny is really a cat dressed up like a bunny. Well, maybe not but this Cat Bunny image by IkesArt is super cute and made the perfect card for my nephew. I have a harder time making Easter cards more masculine, probably because of the colors I like to use. So, for this card I went with yellow, orange, green and blue. My nephew is only 16 months old, so he isn't going to care but I think it turned out cute. All the patterned paper was from my scrap bin and the image was colored using Copic markers. The sentiment is from Unity Stamps from the Bunny - Keep You Forever stamp set. A couple of punched banners and two glitter dot stickers by Jolee's and this card was done. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter wishes to you!

This Cat Bunny Easter Card is entered into the following challenges:

Look! The Cat Bunny visited my house.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Colorful Plaid Thanks Card

Happy Tuesday! It's time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we want to see Something Clear on your creations. Our sponsor this week is Honey Bee Stamps! You can check out their wonderful stamps, dies and embellishments right HERE. The design team has created a variety of inspiration and you can see it along with all the challenge details HERE. I can't wait to see what you create.

Clear embossing powder was used on the row of hearts on this Colorful Plaid Thanks Card. Besides some clear epoxy stickers it's about all I had in my stash. The stamp set is called For Being You and it's a retired Sale-A-Bration set by Stampin' Up!. The plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn and it covers the entire front of the card. For detail some purple twine from The Twinery and three sequins finished the card. That's it! Wishing you a crafty day!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Handmade Easter Cards

When making handmade holiday cards I usually make multiples with the same image and layout but I use different colors and papers. So, they are the same but different. If you follow my blog on a regular basis these images will look familiar. If you are like me, I love seeing the difference color makes, so I have included the links to the previous posts. The card to the left (or above) was first done with purple and yellow (click here). To change things up, this card used patterned paper from the Spring Things paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. The orange and blue are fun and different. I'm always asking my hubby which one he likes better but he's really no help... he says "it's the same just different colors." I'm like "yes!" but which one do you like better. I think he's afraid to give me an answer. This card is entered into the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp - Hip Hop, The Cutie Pie - Bunnies & Chicks and Cute Card Thursday - Easter.

On the cards below I did change one element from the original card (click here). I added the scalloped die cut and stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock. This change will help avoid extra postage charges for those raised/bumpy areas. Plus I added some zig zag stitching where the papers join. The papers on these cards came from my scrap bin. The Handmade Easter Card below is entered into the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cute Kitty Hello Card

Hello and happy Saturday! I'm on my second month as a guest designer at the Catch The Bug Challenge and I'm having a lot of fun using Bugaboo Digi Stamps and sharing them with you. Today is the start of a theme challenge and the theme is Raining Cats & Dogs, such a fun theme! I hope you will play along. You can find all the challenge details and fantastic design team inspiration right HERE.

When it came to image selection... it was clear this challenge was going to the dogs. Most of the design team went with a canine approach. Well, that just wouldn't do! I'm proclaiming to be on the "Cats Team" and decided to use the Cute Kitty image for this Hello Card. The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. All the patterned papers are from my scrap bin, I was just about to cut into some new papers when I changed my mind. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup Handwritten Sentiments stamp set by Hampton Art. For detail I went with a bitty blue butterfly and twine. That's it!

This Cute Kitty Hello Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Happy Easter Card

When it comes to making Easter Cards mine usually feature a rabbit. Although I realize the rabbit has nothing to do with the holiday. It did make me wonder why we use rabbits, chicks and colorful eggs to adorn our Easter Cards, so I did a little digging and found this article from NBC News.

To make this Happy Easter Card I started with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Their sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and since I love using Bugaboo images, I decided to make a quick Easter Card. After searching my images I decided to us EB Eggs Easter Bunny and turn the sketch vertical to accommodate the image. The rest is pretty simple! The patterned paper is from the Spring Things paper pad by Doodlebug Designs and was matted to a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock. Since my sewing machine was sitting out with yellow thread, I decided to stitch around the edges of the paper. It was then adhered to the white card base. To accent the image a bitty butterfly was added using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set along with the bitty butterfly punch both by Stampin' Up! The Happy Easter sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up! along with the word window and modern label punch (both retired). That's it!

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bunny and Butterfly Easter Card

Easter is one of my favorite holidays to make cards. It combines wonderful Spring colors and usually a bunny image, both make me smile. When I recently found this Wild Rose Studio Bunny and Butterfly stamp I immediately fell in love. The image is so sweet, I couldn't resist. Although the image is large, I still manged to fit it onto a A2 sized card. The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut using a cross stitched oval by My Favorite Things. It was then matted to a die cut scalloped oval by Avery Elle. The polka dot paper is from the Bella paper stack by Wild Rose Studio and the Easter Greetings sentiment is from a Unity stamp set. Three white sequins were added for a little sparkle and that's it. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Second card using the same stamps and patterned paper.


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