Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sweet Watermelon

Hello, and happy weekend!  Our Crazy 4 Challenges team has a new challenge for you today!  Since July is known as National Hot Dog month, we’re incorporating picnic themes in our creations today!

Well…. I went through all my stamps and dies, and would you believe I just had nothing to use?  And even at my crafty day last week with friends, no one had any stamps with them that would do!  So I turned to my favorite digital images at A Day for Daisies and created this card…


Who doesn’t love watermelon at a picnic, right?  So I printed out this juicy Watermelon Wedges image from ADFD to create my card.  I colored with Copics for another day of coloring in The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge.  And I added some green gingham paper from the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack from My Favorite Things, because every good picnic includes a gingham tablecloth, amiright?  Using some Blu Raspberry card stock, I die-cut the “you” using the You craft die from Simon Says Stamp.  (I get SO MUCH use out of that die!) and then to finish the sentiment I added “are so sweet” which comes from the LLD Donuts and Sprinkles stamp set from MFT.  Behind the die cut circle, I added a double-ended Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics cut from Razzle Berry card stock, and embellished with some black enamel dots.

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
Alexis Crossland-Smith, Guest Designer

Have a GREAT weekend, stay cool, and thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Curtain Call Reminder

Hello friends!  Have you joined us yet for the current Curtain Call Inspiration challenge?  There is still time to join us!  You have until July 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!  Here’s the inspiration photo if you need a refresher…


At crafty day last Saturday with my friends, I borrowed the sweet Birdie Brown Magical Unicorns stamp set and matching Die-Namics from Kirsty (and pilfered a bit of some pretty pink glitter paper, too!) to make this card…

Curtain Call-Unicorn 2

Using the End of the Rainbow Die-Namics, I created a bit of a non-traditional rainbow using colors from the inspiration photo.  I used the current Retro Sketch #223 for the layout, and had some inspiration from this card by Jody Morrow.  My unicorn was colored with Copics as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.

Be sure to stop by the Curtain Call blog for all the challenge details, and hurry up and join us!  You could be chosen as the Lead for the next challenge!

THANK YOU for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Flower Tag

I found the color swatch for today’s Color Throwdown on Facebook after I got home from work last night, and just couldn’t resist that yummy color palette, so I got to work on a card using these color…


I also found some inspiration in the current Tag You’re It! challenge #51 with this beautiful tag…

TYIC #51_DonnaMikasa

So, here’s my card…

Color Throwdown #402

The Painted Flowers stamps from Altenew are just so fun to work with… I don’t know why I don’t use them more often!  I just love ‘em!

Keeping this short and sweet today… any questions about other products I used, just holler!  And thank you for stopping by!

Monday, July 18, 2016


I had some great stamping time with my friends this past weekend, and made this card just for the fun of it… and because I LOVE sushi!


This is the wonderful Let’s Roll stamp set from Lawn Fawn, which I just aDORE!  It’s so fun to color, which I did with my Copics for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  I also used the matching Let’s Roll dies to cut out the stamped elements, and mounted them with foam boosters for some great dimension.  Otherwise I kept the card design pretty simple, embellishing with some enamel dots.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

CrAzY for a Sketch - C4C345

It’s time for another challenge with the Crazy 4 Challenges team, and this week we’ve got this great sketch for you to try…


Now, two things…. first, I stupidly sold all of my oval-shaped dies!  WHAT was I thinking?  So I went with a circle.  And second, the long tall design is so far out of my box and I had trouble making it work without an oval.  So I went with a circle in the center, and a square card.  Here we go…


One of my good friends, who likes her alcohol whether it’s beer or wine, has a birthday this week.  So this card is for her!  I finally got my Uncorked stamp set from Papertry Ink out and used it!  I also used the matching Uncorked dies, and Uncorked Words dies.  And my colors were inspired by the Color Throwdown #401 for this week.  I was really inspired by this Betsy Veldman creation for my design.

On the inside, I added a sentiment from the set and another wine glass, for good measure…


Stop by the C4C blog for all the challenge details, and join us!  And visit the other Crazies for more inspiration…

Anja de Regt
Barbara Anders
Caz Counsell
Frances Byrne
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Karen Aicken
Maryann Einem
Raquel Mason
Rebecca Ednie
Alexis Crossland-Smith, Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Curtain Call–Unicorn

Hello friends!  I’m so happy you’re here today because I have some really happy news to share!  I am THRILLED to be joining the hugely talented team at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  Squeeee!  I can’t thank Stacey and the team enough for asking me to join them!

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And I hope YOU will join us, too!  Play along this week by creating something inspired by this darling photo…


Now, when I first saw this photo, I thought “what am I gonna’ do???”  I did not have any unicorn stamps, but please don’t let that stop you!  You can just be inspired by the colors!  Maybe an image of a princess since there’s a crown on the chair.  Maybe create something with a banner like the flags?  Think outside the box, and get creative because that’s what it’s all about!

However, I couldn’t resist ordering some new stamps, and I’m so thankful to Jen at Reverse Confetti for rushing these right out her door to me!  From Texas to Northeast Ohio… order placed Thurdsay morning, stamps in my mailbox before noon on Saturday!  How’s that for awesome customer service?!?!?!  So here’s my card…

Curtain Call - Unicorn

I went with a unicorn for my main image as you can see, by using the Unicorn Wishes stamp set and matching Confetti Cuts dies from Reverse Confetti.  I used the Double Scallop Gardland Confetti Cuts to mimic the banner flags in the photo, and added the peach sentiment flag along with some gold sequins for embellishment.  On the background panel, I stamped a striped background with Versamark ink, then embossed with white embossing powder to reflect the wall behind the chair.

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…

Anni Lerche, Guest Designer
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

Alright, that’s all for me today!  Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by today!  And thank you again to Stacey and Lisa and the whole Curtain Call Crew for welcoming me to the team!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Just wanted to send you a line…

Hi friends!  My posts have been few and far between lately, but I actually have four or five cards that I made during a long weekend stamping retreat back in APRIL that I haven’t shared with you yet!  So I thought I’d throw one of those cards up on the blog today for you to see!

During the retreat, a few of us girls escaped for the morning and went to the Adventures in Stamping convention in downtown Akron.  I spent WAY too much money in the Rubbernecker Stamps booth, and here’s a card I made with two of the stamps I picked up that day…

Send You a Line

I just couldn’t resist those silly birds, especially the one doing his own thing!  I watercolored these… I think I used my Ranger Distress inks, but who can remember back to April, huh?  The stamp is Be Yourself from Rubbernecker, and the sentiment is Send You a Line, also from Rubbernecker.  I added a row of vellum clouds behind the main panel, using the Simon Says Stamp Cloud Bank die, and watercolored the background.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!