Sunday, November 17, 2019

Card Set Featuring Penny Black

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by to share some cards I sent in for the Cards for Little Hearts winter/holiday card drive for children in the hospital with cardiac issues.

My cards all feature sweet images from the "Jolly Critters" set by Penny Black.  I know these cute images can cheer up any child! (The sentiments are all from Hero Arts.)

I will be entering these cards into the current November Penny Black Saturday Challenge (PBSC) where "Anything Goes (optional tags)."

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 My first three cards feature this cute ice skating mouse:

Next up, a few cards featuring the sweet bird from the set:

Next up, a card with this adorable dog!
I'm also entering this card into the current Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #367 - Make Your Mark as I had fun stamping, coloring and distress inking rhis image!

The next card features these cute mice!

Finally, two variations of a similar card featuring this cute cat!

I had a lot of fun playing with this Penny Black stamp set, and I do hope these cards bring some cheer to children in hospitals this holiday season.

Thanks for sticking by through a long post!

Take good care,

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Hello, friends! Now that the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop has concluded, I'm stopping by to announce the winner of my giveaway.

I had 10 comments on my post, and I drew the #8 out of a hat...that means the winner is Kara Lynne!

Kara Lynne, I've contacted you by email. Please send me your mailing address and I'll get this prize to you as soon as possible!

Thanks to all who left me comments, I do appreciate it!

Hope to be back soon,

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share my card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I haven't missed one yet!

For my card, I started by stenciling stripes using my Altenew "Watercolor Stripes Stencil." Then I dry embossed an oval frame using my Darice "Oblong Doily" embossing folder. Next, I stamped my Neat and Tangled "Warm Wishes" stamp in black in, then again in VersaMark ink and embossed with JudiKins "Iridescent Embossing Powder" for some sparkle. Finally, I restamped the coffee cup onto patterned paper and fussy cut, adding some glitter pen accents and a twine bow for detail.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!  As a thank you for stopping by, I will be offering a coffee-crafty prize to a random commenter.  Here is what is up for grabs:

I will draw a random name from all comments on November 8th, the final day of the hop.
Good luck and happy hopping!

As always, thank you for stopping by!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Paper Smooches - Anything Goes

Hello, friends! I'm enjoying summer vacation and keeping quite busy. Luckily, I was able to steal away some time to make two cards using the sweet "Best Buds" stamp set from Paper Smooches and will enter them both in the current Anything Goes challenge for July.

I stamped the images on two white die cut rectangles, then masked and inked them with distress inks. Next, I colored the images with Copic markers and added little dots with a fine tip Sharpie marker. Finally, I embossed two different Paper Smooches sentiments and cut out, then adhered to the cards and added a few sequins as a finishing touch.

Here is the first version, using a pink inked background and the "Warm Thoughts" sentiment from the "Sentiment Sampler" set.

Here is the second version, using a green inked background and the "Best Wishes" sentiment from the "Simply Said" set.

I'm really happy with the way these cards turned out! I love these fun flowers, and the jar is the perfect size. Such a cheerful image!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Take good care,

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Graduation Cards 2019

Hello, friends! Now that June is coming to an end, I can safely share all the graduation cards and graduation thank you notes I made this spring.

My youngest son graduated from 8th grade and is heading off to high school in the hard to believe. I also have a daughter who just finished junior year of high school, and many of her friends were seniors who graduated this spring. Therefore, I was in need of lots of graduation cards for both boys and girls!

Here is the card design I used for the female cards this year (I made many, just changed out the hair color depending on the recipient). These cards feature the Unity Stamp Company graduation stamp sets including "You Did Good," "Graduation Wishes,"and "Sentiments for Graduates."

Here is the card deign I used for the male cards I made this year (with the same idea re: hair color):

I also made two different thank you card designs for my son to use for all the gifts he received. I bought a package of textured thank you cards at Michael's and added some graduation accents such as the Paper Smooches "Grad Cap die"and the Unity male graduate image again:

That's it for today...thanks for visiting!
Take good care,

Monday, June 24, 2019

Cards Featuring WPlus9

Hello, friends!  I'm back again to share two more cards I made during my "welcome to summer vacation stamping and watercoloring" day of fun!

These two cards feature stamps by WPlus9, including the "Happy Wishes" and "Doodle Buds" sets.

For my first card, I die cut a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment.  Next, I stamped the flower images, masking each one and layering as I went along.  Finally, I watercolored the flowers with distress inks and splattered some ink for interest. I layered the image on black card stock and mounted to a stamped card base.

For my second card, I was inspired by this card by WPlus9 owner and designer Dawn Woleslagle (found HERE): 

Again, I started out with a die cut watercolor paper rectangle, then stamped the images and sentiment from the "Doodle Buds" set.  I watercolored with distress inks, added some splatters, and adhered a die cut butterfly. Finally, I layered it on black card stock and mounted on a red card base.  

I hope you enjoyed my cards today...I know I enjoyed making them!
Have a great day,

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Card Set Featuring Pretty Pink Posh

Hello, friends!  I'm finished work for the summer and treated myself to a few new stamps. What better way to begin summer vacation than to spend a day stamping and watercoloring for fun!

These cards are really just meant to add to my depleted stash...not for any challenges or anything, just made out of pure enjoyment!

My recent purchases included two sets from Pretty Pink Posh. I love the pretty hummingbirds in the "Hummingbird Thanks" set, and I adore the sentiments in the "Thoughtful Greetings" set.  Paired together they make a great multi-purpose card -- I'm thinking birthday cards.

First, I die cut watercolor paper using some stitched rectangle dies (wonky and regular). Next, I stamped the images and sentiment and watercolored using distress inks, also flicking some speckles of distress ink on the backgrounds. Finally, I adhered the rectangles mounted on black card stock onto the stamped or embossed card bases and added sequins for some sparkle.

Here are my cards:

These cards were a lot of fun to make and it was so nice to watercolor...what a great way to relax and start vacation!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day!

Hello, friends! Just stopping in to share the Father's Day card I made for my husband.

I recently purchased the "Father's Day Stamp Set" from Pretty Pink Posh and I was excited to use it for his card!  I was totally inspired by THIS card by Gemma on the PPP design team.

I colored the trophy with colored pencils, added some white gel pen highlights, highlighted the background with distress ink, and framed it with a Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box "Ariana" die cut wreath. Clean and simple!

That's it for today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello, friends! I'm here today to share the Mother's Day cards I made for my mom and mother-in-law this year.

I had fun playing with the Concord & 9th "Stitched Turnabout" stamp set and a Hero Arts "Celebrate" stamp set sentiment for both cards.

On my first card, I used distress inks and a Cuttlebug Pinking Stitch" embossing folder for my card base.  I added tiny Hero Arts pearls for a final touch.

My second card is a 5" square card; I used a CGull "Circle Frame" embossing folder and drops of liquid pearls.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day...enjoy your day!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Fusion & Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by today with a second card I made for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

I decided to use the sketch from the current Fusion challenge...I was particularly drawn to this sketch and it's clean and simple design.

My card uses some pretty spring patterned papers paired with a coffee cup and sentiment from Avery Elle's "Cool Beans" stamp set.

Thanks (or should I say, "Thanks a latte") for stopping by!
Take good care,

FMS #386 & Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by today with a card I made for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

I can't let the occasion go by without making a card...I haven't missed one yet. So, here it goes!

My card was designed using the current sketch by Jen B. from Challenge #386 at Freshly Made Sketches and I'm getting this in just under the wire today. This is a sketch I will definitely refer back to for future cards...I love it!

I used some very summery patterned papers to make this card along with the cute Lawn Fawn "Love You a Latte" stamp set and a sentiment from Hero Arts. I fussy cut the coffee cups after stamping onto the patterned paper.  I am in love with the tiny floral pattern!  I'm not sure if you can see it, but I also dry embossed the polka dot paper with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix "On the Go" embossing folder for some texture and interest.

I will have another card later today for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop...once I took out my coffee themed stamps I had to make a couple of cards!

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy Easter ~ Lots of Cards!

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by today, on this Holy Saturday, to share the whole lot of Easter cards I made for family members this year.

My first set of cards features the pretty "He is Risen" stamp set from Jane's Doodles.  I really enjoyed using some of my pretty pattered papers for springy, fresh backgrounds.

I'm entering this next card into the current Just Add Ink Challenge #453: "Choose Two;" the two elements I chose are flowers and a cross.

See the glitter on the flowers?

The next set of cards used some more pretty patterned papers paired with a Papertrey Ink "Polka Dot Parade #1 Mini Stamp Set" and coordinating die. The bunnies are all popped up on foam for dimension.

The first two cards are also being entered into the current "Tag You're It!" Challenge #85 where the inspiration from designer Bobby is to follow an Easter theme.

We have been very busy this Holy Week...our two oldest came home from college, our third flew to Ireland on a school trip, and we have all been busy attending services at church.  We will attend the Easter Vigil tonight and will spend Easter Sunday with family.

Best wishes (to all of you who celebrate it) for a very Blessed Easter!
Thanks for visiting,