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September 20, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi, if you have visited my blog some lately you will
know I love coloring on kraft paper.
So this week when I saw that PowerPoppy's challenge was to use kraft paper
I was all in.  What better combination is there besides
kraft paper and PowerPopoy images, it is a win-win.

So here is what I came up with using PowerPoppy's 
Hollyberries digital image. 

I colored it using my Polychromo pencils and Copics for the berries.
I was surprised to find that Copics color well on kraft paper.

I mounted the image on a piece of deep red and then popped
the whole panel onto my kraft card base and that was it.  A pretty
quick Christmas card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and head on over to PowerPoppy and
join in the fun or at least poke around at all the great images at
PowerPoppy HERE.

Challenges entered:
A Snowflakes Promise - anything goes - ends 10/8
Creates and Makes - anything goes - ends 9/25
Digi ChoosDay - anything goes - ends 10/4
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 10/4



September 15, 2017

A Start on my Christmas Cards

Well it is that time of year to start trying to figure out what
I will do for my Christmas cards.  I usually try and pick one
style and then make that is bulk (I send out about 40 cards) and
then always have some odds and ends that I have made.

So when it was time to do my Bugaboo image for this month's
challenge at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge I decided to go
with a Christmas image, Winter Circle 
In fact, I made 2 cards using this image.

For this one, I went with more traditional Christmas colors.


The second one using the same image I went with Wintery colors.

I really like this image and it is fairly easy and quick to color.
On both cards I used a scallop die to cut the matting, I wanted it to be
a little bigger mat than usual. 
And that's it, fast cards.  This might just turn out to be my
mass produced card.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the 
The challenge runs from the 15th of the month till the 14th of the next month. 

September 11, 2017

Just for You

I am sharing a card with you I made a couple months ago
but never posted it. 

I was a fun simple card to make and I even made it
without following a sketch ha ha ha.


I used stamps that came in the Stamp of Approval box that was leased in June.
The collection was called Naturally Inspired and I love the stamps that same in there.
The cross hatch stamp made a fun simple background.  The feathers I stamped
in 3 different colors using Catherine Pooler Inks and then fussy cut them out.
I used a Fiskars punch to cut along the right edge of the card then wrapped some
bakers twine around it and popped the top layer.

This card was simple and fun to make, maybe I will try and do it in
a Christmas theme.  Will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, have a great day.

Challenges entered:  
Crafty Freinds Challenge - dies cuts/punches - ends 9/22
DisDigiDesigns - Ribbon, Lace Twine - ends 9/22




September 1, 2017

Go OWL Out

Hi, time for the new Crafty Awesomeness Challenge over at
This month our sponsor is Rick St Dennis whose images are
a bit different than most out there.

This month I chose these owls because I knew I had the
perfect sentiment stamps to go with it.



LOL, funny huh?  I colored the lil owls using my Copic markers then cut
them out with a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  The sentiement is from
a stamp set I bought many years ago that is Pink by Design stamps.
The web site still comes up but don't think they do business anymore since
nothing has been posted since 2013.  Such a shame because there were so
many pun stamps.
Don't these two owls already look like the went "owl out".
I actually made this following a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday but didn't get to enter it since the challenge ended on the 29th. I made the triangle piece using
my Cricut Explore and Design Space.
The ribbon banner I cut using another Gina Marie die and then stamped the
sentiment on it.  The corner is a die from

So come on over and join in the 

August 31, 2017

Kraft and White Challenge

Hi, the card I have to share with you today is for the color
challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays.

The challenge is to use 


What a great combination, lately I have really enjoyed working
with kraft cardstock.  You can get some really neat effects coloring on it,
but for this one there is no coloring.

A very simple card but I think has a big impact.
I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder, then the kraft panel I cut out using a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  I stamped the flower using a Unity stamp and heat embossed it in white.  The sentiment is from the last Stamp of Approval box that was also heat embossed in white.  I added a few sequins to give it 
just a touch of sparkle.
Well that is it, head on over to CAS-ual Fridays and join in the fun
and see what you can come up with.

Challenges entered:
CAS-ual Fridays - kraft & white - ends 9/5
Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes - ends 9/10
Pammies Inky Pinkie - anything goes - ends 9/3

August 30, 2017

A Desert Scene

Hi, I am so excited to share this card with you.  I am thrilled
with how it turned out, more on that a bit later (I can't take credit for it).

This week over at StampTV the challenge is to make a card
with a scene on it.  As soon as I read that I knew whose blog I would
go to for help.  

So here is my card.


I could never have done this with out following Theresa Momber's 
great tutorials at Crafting the Web.
Here is the one I followed to create this card 
Desert Sun Card using the Old West 2 GinaK stamp set, in fact
Theresa Momber is the illustrator of this set as she is with many of
GinaK's stamps.  I know, I know I followed her design to a T but I had to do it like that the first time, till I get a bit more comfortable to change things up
on my own.  Normally that is how I learn and do new techniques, follow it the first time as close as I can and then branch out with my own twist later.  I 
actually do the exact same thing when I make a new recipe, follow it the
first time then change it up later. 
I do not have any GinaK inks so I used my Distress Inks.  After I completed my scene I embossed lines on the card base using my Martha Stewart score
board, then mounted the panel. 
Please go over and visit Theresa's blog and check out her tutorials,
you won't be disappointed. 

I had so much fun creating this card I think I will go do another one.
Thanks for stopping by.

August 16, 2017

Sunflowers in a Jar

Hi, this card was made following the sketch this week at
Tuesday Morning Sketches, I love to play along here when I can.

Here is the sketch.

I flipped it sideways so I could fit my sunflower image that came
in this months Unity Kit of the Month.

I stamped the image onto kraft card stock and colored it using my
Polychromo pencils.  The sentiment is an Altenew stamp.
I loved the place paper and thought it would pull all my colors together,
it is from a DCWV stack a few years back called Autumn Amber.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek at my blog.
Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 8/20
Power Poppy - hues to use - no ending
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 8/22
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 15, 2017

Bugaboo Tulip Blocks

Hello, it is time again for the BugaBoo Crafty Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle.  The challenges starts on the 15th
of each month and runs for a month so you have
plenty time to join in.
You need to use a Bugaboo image for this challenge but that
should not be a problem as all the images are adorable, plus
there is always a Friday Freebie. 

This month I chose to work with a 4 square 
I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it using my
Zig Clean Color pens and water.  I cut the center of the green panel using
a Gina Marie in and out dies.   The die is pretty cool as it cuts out a piece that has
a dotted border and then leaves behind and "window" with a dotted border. 
And that is my card, so you have have plenty time to come on over and
join in at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge 
Challenges entered:
DigiChooseDay - anything goes - ends 8/29
LemonShortbread - anything goes - ends 8/27
Stamp Art Papel - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 14, 2017

A Very Large Poppy

Hi, I have a couple cards to share with you today that are using the
same stamp.  The poppy stamp is from IndiGo Blu and is very large.

The first one I stamped and heat embossed in black on watercolor
paper and then let the water and my Zig Clean Color do the
magic and work together.
The colors look so much brighter in person.  After it was all colored I
hand cut around it and then pop dotted it onto black card stock.  I mounted
the whole thing onto some salmon colored card stock to pick up some of the colors from the poppy.

The second card was also stamped onto watercolor paper and this time heat embossed in gold.  I am not real wild about it embossed in gold as there is so
much detail on this stamp that you just lose some of the definition.

Ths one I colored using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.   I think I will have to try this again using a different color embossing.  I like to heat emboss when I use
water and watercolor as it somewhat contains the colors when they flow. 
I stamped the birthday wishes then cut them using a Gina Marie die and pop mounted them.

Well thanks for stopping by and checking out my two cards using the same stamp
but with totally different looks.

Challenges entered:
Pink Gem Challenges - birthday wishes - ends 8/17
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 8/24
Scrappers Delight - anything goes - ends 8/21

August 8, 2017

Beautiful You Flowers

Hi I have a shaped card to share with you today.
I love how it turned out.

I set up the cut file in Cricut Design space and cut it out with my Explore.
I then used temporary adhesive and stacked the 3 white pieces and stamped them
with stamps from the Catherine Pooler "Beautiful You" stamp set.
I stamped and heat embossed in white then using a technique I learned from
I thought from Laurel Beard but I could not find it to link it here.
Anywho, I randomly scribbled down colors I wanted to use then liberally sprayed it with water and let the colors move and blend on their own.
I then layered the white pieces onto the matted pink layer.
And that is it, hope you like my card, would love to hear your thoughts.