Sunday, December 4, 2016


I got a big package of goodies from My Favorite Things on Friday… lots of fun new things I was able to pick up from their great Black Friday sale!  So I got to work using several of those new items and created this card using the current Color Throwdown #421 colors, and the current Sketch #309 on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog…


This Grateful for You stamp set and dies has been on my wish list for awhile, so I picked it up during the sale.  I think I’m going to add one of the sentiments to the inside of the card, since I didn’t have room on the front.  I die-cut “grateful” twice from Lavender Fields card stock, and mounted it to a Sour Apple card stock piece that was die-cut from Blueprints 24.  The plaid paper behind the sentiment is from the Plaid Patterns Paper Pack (another new item!) and was die-cut with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-Namics.  The circle frame was cut from Blu Raspberry card stock using the Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics, and I used the Traditional Tags STAX Die-Namics to cut the tag in the background using paper from the Dots & Stripes Neutral Paper Pack.  Finally, I layered everything on a background that was stamped with the BG Modern Mosaic background (another new purchase!) in Versamark ink, embossed with white detail embossing powder, and die-cut with Blueprints 13.  A few enamel dots completed my design.

I hope you’re having a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Polar Birthday

It’s a new month, and that means we have a new hostess for the Crazy 4 Challenges team, and that’s our fearless leader, Frances Byrne!  And today Frances wants us to be inspired by the STAR… we put a star on our Christmas trees, and a star led the wiseman to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem… everywhere you look at Christmastime, you see stars.  So, using the letters S-T-A-R, incorporate them into your design! 

Now… you’ll have to forgive me but my brain is on overload this week with a lot going on at work.  So I took it pretty easy on myself and used…

S – silver
T – teal
A – apple green
R – red

And here’s my card…



On a piece of watercolor card stock, I used my Peerless watercolors to create a light teal wash.  After the ink dried, I spattered with more teal ink, and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Tinsel.  I added a Sweet Tooth card stock frame over my background that was die-cut with the Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-Namics from My Favorite Things.  Then I pulled out my Birdie Brown Cool Day stamp set from MFT, and die-cut and stamped the polar bear, sign and iceberg, then colored with Copics.  I embellished with some Sparkling Clear Mix sequins, added my sentiments, and Silver Sparkle card stock strip, and called this card finished.

Be sure to stop by the C4C blog for all the challenge details today, and be inspired by the rest of the CrAzY girls…

Anja de Regt
Barbara Anders
Caz Counsell
Frances Byrne
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Karen Aicken
Maryann Einem
Raquel Mason
Rebecca Ednie

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Curtain Call–Sweet

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It’s time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, and this time around we’re getting you in the holiday spirit with this cute inspiration photo…


A wonderful mug of hot chocolate, complete with a marshmallow gingerbread man!  How yummy is that?  For my card, I went with the fun Hot Cocoa Cups Die-Namics from My Favorite Things, along with the matching Hug in a Mug stamp set.  (Thanks for the loan, Kirsty!)  I die-cut the mug from Kraft card stock and embellished with a red heart, then added a nice pile of whipped cream to the top, with a dusting of cocoa powder.  I added the mug, a strip of red gingham paper from the Tiny Check Paper Pack, and a Jellybean Green card stock sentiment flag over a watercolor wash of green.  A few enamel dots completed my card.

Please be sure to stop over at the Curtain Call blog for all the challenge details, and join us!  You could be in the running to be chosen as the “Lead” and be our guest designer for the next challenge!  And be sure to visit the Crew for plenty of inspiration…

Betty Wright
Kim Singdahlsen
Leigh Penner
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Mangan
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Stacey Schafer
Tara Godfrey

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Season’s Tweetings–MarkerPOP Challenge

Season's Tweetings 2

Hello friends!  I am happy to share with you today that I am joining the MarkerPOP team today as a Guest Designer for their newest challenge!  Challenge #109 is a color challenge, which I always love…

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You can use all or just some of the colors shown to create your card for this challenge which will run until Friday, December 9th.  Be sure to stop by the MarkerPOP blog for all the details!

For my card, I used the adorable Pure Innocence Season’s Tweetings stamp set from My Favorite Things, coloring the image with Copic markers.  In the background, I added the really-fun-to-use new Birch Trees and Solid Birch Trees Die-Namics, setting the trees inside a Stitched Oval Scallop Edge Frame.  The frame and top layer of birch trees were cut from Sweet Tooth card stock, and the underlayer on the trees was cut from Gravel Gray card stock.  With a nod to the gold jingle bells and ornaments in the photo, I decided to add a little bit of shimmer to my card, as well…

close-up Season's Tweetings

Behind the trees, I sprayed a mix of Heirloom Gold and Perfect Pearls mist to make a snowy effect, and also added a strip of gold glitter card stock under my sentiment strip.

Many, many thanks to Holly and the MarkerPOP team for asking me to join them today for the challenge!  It’s an honor!  Please be sure to stop by the MarkerPOP blog for all the challenge details, and play along!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ham it Up!

It’s time for a new challenge from the Crazy 4 Challenges girls, and today is all about adding some CAKE to your card!  Mmmmmm…. cake!  You just can’t go wrong, amiright?  Even as I type this, I have a pumpkin cheesecake in my fridge, waiting to go to my sister-in-law’s today for our Thanksgiving dinner!  But I am avoiding cake these days… not part of my healty eating and exercise routine, unfortunately!  But I digress…. here’s my “cake” card for today!


I decided to go with a cupcake for my card, using this adorable piggie from the Birdie Brown Hog Heaven stamp set from My Favorite Things.  He’s so oinking cute, don’t you think?  I die-cut the piggie with the matching Die-Namics, then colored with Copics.  The sentiment was stamped on Sweet Tooth card stock and die-cut with the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, and layered over a Zig Zag Stitched Circle STAX cut from Field Day card stock.  I added a little flag under the sentiment flag cut from red paper from the Fresh Squeezed Chevon Paper Pack, using a die from Blueprints 14.  The background panel, cut using Blueprints 24 is from the Sweet Celebration Paper Pack.

My card layout was inspired by the current Sketch #308, and the current Color Challenge #58, both from My Favorite Things.




Be sure to stop by the C4C blog for all the challenge details today, and be inspired by the rest of the CrAzY girls…

Anja de Regt
Barbara Anders
Caz Counsell
Frances Byrne
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Karen Aicken
Maryann Einem
Raquel Mason
Rebecca Ednie

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2016


There’s a very “cool” color combo this week for Color Throwdown #420 that I couldn’t resist, so I had to play along!  Here’s my card…

Color Throwdown #420

I kept my design fairly simple, using the fun LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set from My Favorite Things for my design.  I added a blue watercolor wash to the background using Distress Inks, then die-cut the panel with the Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-Namics.  I added a few splatters of ink, and mounted the panel to a piece of Black Licorice card stock.  I added the sentiment, added a few black enamel dots for embellishment, and mounted to a Sweet Tooth card stock base.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Here the CTD graphic…


Thanks for stopping by!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dishes and Hugs

I managed to have some great free time this weekend that allowed me to make several cards… and helped me cope with the fact that winter has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  Ugh… the older I get, the more I just hate the cold weather!  It’s made worse by the fact that it was over 70 degrees here on Friday!  My hubby and I even managed a 10 mile bike ride before the sun went down on Friday.  And now we’re in the 30’s with wind chills that put us in the 20’s.  I can easily see myself becoming a Florida snow bird in my retirement!  LOL

The first card I have to show you was made with the really fun, new Kitschy Kitchen Card Kit from My Favorite Things.  I’m a lover of vintage Pyrex, so as soon as I saw the bowls in this set, I had to have it!  My card combines the current MFT sketch challenge #307, and the Colour Q challenge #368


This coffee pot, plate and cup in these colors really reminds me of my Mom’s 70’s kitchen, where everything was rust, gold and green!  LOL  (Who remembers Harvest Gold and Avocado Green appliances?)  I used Tangy Orange, Daffodil and Jellybean Green hybrid inks to stamp my dishes on Whip Cream card stock, and added a Chocolate Brown die-cut shelf underneath.  The sentiment was stamped in Hot Fudge hybrid ink.  I embossed a stitched square behind the shelf, and then die-cut the whole panel with Blueprints 13.

Here’s are the graphics for the sketch and color challenges…


And here’s another card I made this weekend, using the current CAS(E) this Sketch #199

Sending Hugs

This new “HUGS” die was the current Free with $60 that came with the card kit from My Favorite Things, and when I first saw it I actually had the fun idea to pair it with a scripty “sending” sentiment!  Then when I saw this sketch, I knew what I wanted to do!  The “sending” sentiment comes from the All Occasion Sentiments stamp set, and I used my MISTI to stamp the word three times using Tropical Teal, Blu Raspberry and Sno Cone hybrid inks.  I die-cut the front panel with Blueprints 24, and spattered it with some watered-down Tropical Teal ink and Perfect Pearls.  I die-cut the letters from Tangy Orange card stock, adhered them to the card stock panel and embellished with some Sparkling Clear Mix sequins.    On the card stock panel underneath, I stamped the BG Bold Diagonal Stripes background stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink to add a graphic edge to the card front.

Here’s the sketch graphic…