Friday, December 15, 2017

Tis the Season


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P.S. Thanks to Greta for sending me the die cut for the stamp that I already had.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi There-
This goes to my MIL, who loves pink. Since her birthday is in December I decided she needed some sweet flowers on her card.  This set is from AI's watercolor series.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry and Bright


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Some water color Christmas

Hi There...

My cards are finished and in the mail.  I am going to take it easy on the card front the rest of the month.  I do have posts prescheduled til Christmas.  I know we are all busy busy for the remainder of the year...less to read I am just posting the card photos. I'll make it by to comment as much as I can, though I do expect it to be less often that usual.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

At Last...

Hi There,

My weekend goal is complete. The last cards are done.  I so fell in love with the bubble/ornament wreath in the Ellen Hutson set Homespun Holiday, that it had to come back out again.  The card bases are heavy weight and are embossed with stitched coverplates in either a woodgrain or a quilted pattern. The wreaths were embossed with gold or platinum powders and the were cololored with zigs, and matted with vellum.

The pictures are a bit washed out because it is nighttime and I had to use artificial light and lighten them post photo.

Now I am going to put stamps on all my envelopes and enjoy the Saints v Panthers football game.

Have a good evening and thanks for stopping by.

One Card Three Challenges

Hi there!

This card is for three challenges:

CAS MIX UP - Stamping plus 2 options - I chose heat embossing, die cutting

PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE - Winter or Christmas  (Stamp-Season Wishes and Joy from Joy Banner Die)

COLOR THROW DOWN - Use Black, White, Gray and Gold

It is a masculine card, with just a touch of frippery in the white stitched lines. (lol)

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Muse 224

Hi There,

I am whittling down that 15 cards I still need...I think it is under 10 now. Definitely do-able and will have them in the Mail Monday!

This one was inspired by  Muse.  Kimberly Weiner gave us this adorable card:

I was inspired by the blue mat and the stack of images.  I loved the silver embossing on an earlier card and went with that again, incorporating stacks of gifts, and a lovely aqua blue with a simple sentiment.

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Red and Green at Less is More

Hi there,

Its a crafty evening with the college football championships on  in the background. Later on hubs will order Chinese food and we'll do the decorating, so I am getting a few cards done in the mean time.

The challenge at Less is More is Red and Green.

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Inspired by all the Little Things 75

Hi there:

Its a crafty evening with the college football championships on  in the background. Later on hubs will order Chinese food and we'll do the decorating, so I am getting a few cards done in the mean time.

This one is for Inspired by all the little things, have you seen the adorable image, those skates make me want to find some ice!

I was inspired by the skates, the wood-like paneling and that sweet shade of blue.

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Merry Monday 267

Hi there,

I have stuffed my addressed envelopes and found I have 14 cards left to make; so I am hitting the challenges for inspiration.

This one is for Merry Monday # 267  .   The prompt is to use Green, Blue, Sliver/White /Vellum.

I got a surprise in my last order from Ellen Hutson, The Homespun Christmas stamp set. I love the wreath image and was glad to use it for this challenge.

How many cards do you have left to make?
Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Last CCC of 2017

Hi everyone!

The card chain challenge runs January through November, so this is the last exchange card for this year for the CCC.

My card is going to Gail in Norway, she is part of the team that keeps the site together and updated and sends us our reminders to get the cards mailed.

I went with three of the many options, the sketch, the colors and the theme of friends.  I am falled out. I can't even think of making another fall card for a while so I went to my

Thanks so very much for stopping by, and I hope you are well on your way if not finished with your holiday cards.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Inspired by All the little things 73

Hi There -

I am stepping out of my comfort zone on this one.  Its a modern take on bold non-traditional colors inspired by this Challenge Photo: (you can click on the photo to be taken to the challenge page.)

The pinks, blues, aqua, and yellow just look so sweet -- but I am not a pastel kinda girl -- so I made those colors bold.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Furry Friends at Simons

Hi There,

It has been a productive weekend so far 15 cards made bringing my total to 65...still have about 35 to go.

This is for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Furry Friends.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A lil fall thanks

Hi there,
I finally felt so much better after having come home to a cold, that I was able to get out to see the crafty gals without fear of infecting them.  I also had a watercolor day with Peggy.

The crafty girls often put little gifties together  for each other during the holidays.  I came back to a bin full of fall and Halloween surprises, so I needed several thank yous.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Playing with Addictions

Hi There!

Today I am playing in two challenges.  Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes, and Addicted to CAS - Leaves.


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Fusion - Just Us Girls - Simon Says Flickr

I finally got a another moment in my crafty space.  The laundry had piled up...after this it is a marathon folding session ahead.

This card is for  Fusion Card Challenge - Autumn Leaves Just Us Girls - Thankful, and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge #83 Thankful.

My supplies include :  Distress ink in Salty Ocean, Copper Delicata Ink, clear ep, sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Autumn Greetings,  and Penny Black Die Leaf Edger and some rose gold PPP sequins.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Case this Sketch 246

Hi there,
I am having a lovely crafty afternoon.  This card was inspired by the image at Case this Sketch, and a card by Lin, that can be found here.  I loved that she created her own stencil. 


I recently sent some leaf die cuts to Greta, and I kept the paper with all the lovely cuts -- it's bristol paper so it works great for a sponging stencil.

I took a bit of license with the background colors are more contained...not loose watercoloring - but I feel sure you can still see the sketch.

Oxide inks,  Lawn Fawns stitched leaves (both sets), clear sequins and some versafine ink were my supplies for this card.

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CIC 429


We have had some warmer weather for a couple of days, and now the leaves are starting to turn outside my window.  So I had great inspiration between the graphic at Cupcake Inspirations and my view.

I  used one of Simon Says Stamps exclusives featuring Newton's Nook images for my card.

Coloring was done with Zigs on bristol paper; the lines and sentiment were stamped with versa-fine in smokey gray clear and then embossed to make staying in the lines easier. I finished the card with some fall mix sequins by PPP, and a few spatters of the green and orange zigs.  The finished panel was mounted on a midnight green cardbase.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Card Chain Challenge October 2017

Hi there,

I did get a card made for the card chain challenge for October. My recipient might think me a bit dim though. She lives in Australia and its spring time there...but I thought I would send her a touch of Autumn for her card.

I went with the sketch option and the theme of Autumn, 2 of the 6 choices - you only need to pick one!


Stop by the Card Chain Challenge and sign up for the November or December challenge.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Muse 240


It feels so good to be back to playing in challenges again.  This time its for Muse 240.  Our muse is Lindsey, with this card:

I was inspired by the design of this card - big sentiment, small image and side panels framing it all up.

Here is my take using Count my Blessings from Stampin up and some Copic markers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Inspired by all the Little Things 70

Hi All~

It has been ages since I sat in my craft room to actually craft. I returned from California, my trip had been extended unexpectedly due to my Dad's health.  All is good now, so I was able to return home. 

Hubs had been battling a cold and within a day and a half of being home I came down with it.  I am on day 10 and am finally feeling better. I have graduated to clothing instead of jammies and blankies, but still lots of naps. 

Today I finished cleaning up my crafty space - I left it in a disaster while packing for my trip. I always have good intentions to leave it clean but that almost never happens.  Maybe for the next trip.

So on to the challenge - Have you see this fabulous graphic over at Inspired by All the little Things?
I knew if I felt better in time, this would be my first card and challenge once I was back to it. I was inspired by the bids of blue peeking through and the leaves. I imagine it all sitting on a rustic picnic bench.

Here is my card:

The leaves are from Penny Black, my friend Greta had sent me some and I loved them so much I had to add the die to my collection. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp and the wood plank stamp is my favorite from Stampin Up.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More leaves

Hi, today I am posting the last of my California cards.

Many thanks to Betty and Greta for sending along the die cuts, I had such fun playing with them!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trick or treats

Hi there!

I am back in Maryland.  Here are a few more of the cards I put together in California while visiting my Dad. It is always bitter sweet leaving - I miss hubs and am anxious to see him again; and I am sad to leave my Dad.

I love that cat and dog from Simon Says, as well as the Autumn Greeting set.  I did pull some small images from a Lawn Fawn Party animal set to add the had and pumpkin to the first card.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi there!

I miscalculated this summer when making birthday cards, I had one more that I needed.  This is my last made card from California - tomorrow I hop on the plane to return to  Maryland.

The roses are from Altenew, the greeting from Simon Says Stamp and the background script is from Hero arts. I used altenew inks in the yellow tones and PPP sequins in the fall mix.

As far as crafting goes I learned something about my tools on this trip.

I brought along a stamp platform from WRM. That platform is going to be downgraded to envelope stamping use - for my return address and any decorations I might add.  The lid is thicker and doesn't give in to finger tip pressure on photo-polymer stamps.

I have found for me the tonic platform is best for rubber; because, not all photo-polymer stamps are the same thickness and with a sturdier lid there sometimes is a pressing issue for me. 

I also own the mini misti and the original size.  I have been using my mini for envelopes, but after these two months...that mini is going in my travel bin. 

Because I use mostly the clear photo-polymer stamps I so missed my misti's.  Their lids are the perfect thickness to add a little extra pressure and that foam insert makes for a clean stamping.  When I need to replace a stamping platform -- its going to be another misti...I am just not in love with the other options mostly because I prefer clear stamps.  For rubber stamps any of them works well for me.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Masculine Fall Cards

Hi there -

A couple more cards from a marathon card making session in California while visiting my Dad.  That diagonal stripe frame came from Greta, and I love it embossed.

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