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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.

August 4, 2017

Teeny, Tiny Stamps

Hi, this was a fun card to create.
Over at StampNation they had a challenge to use those
tiny, tiny stamps that come in stamp sets.  You know the little filler
stamps that a lot of the time you never even notice.
So the challenge was to use those tiny stamps
to make a card.  I used the tiny stamps
a few from the Perfect Reason stamp set.
The card was also made following the sketch this week at
Sketch Challenge 344 #mftstamps



I am really happy with how the left side of the card came out using
the tiny stamps.  I am not very good at random stamps but I think I
pulled this one off.

Well thanks for stopping by, would love to hear from you. 

August 1, 2017

KittyBee Easel Card

Well here we are the 1st of August already, time is flying by.
Since it is the 1st of the month that means it is time for a new

This month our sponsor is KittyBee Designs, they are so adorable
be sure and check them out.

I created this card following a sketch from a sketch challenge
I like to do.  The sketch reminded me of an easel card so that is what I
went with.
I imported the cute Love Bug Flower image, that I colored with my Copics, into Cricut Design Space and printed it onto a circle and had the Explore cut it out.  Then using Design Space again I designed the easel card file just using some
basic shapes.  Doing it on the Explore makes it so easy.
The "Hap-BEE birthday" is a stamp.
So go ahead and color up any image and join in the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, you have until the end of the month to enter.

July 28, 2017

Believe Sunflower

Hi today I have a card to share with you that I made following
the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
It has been a while since I got to play along at TMS but hope
I can do it more often now.


Oh, how I love this stamp!  This stamp was one of the ones
I just love the way the stem spells the word believe.
I colored the stamp using my Prisma Pencils.
The papers are from as DCWV Fall stack that came out a few years ago.
I added a couple Gina Marie dies cuts out of green to coincide with
the sketch. 
Challenges entered:
City Crafter -  Something with an S - ends - 7/31
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 7/30
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes - ends 7/30
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 7/31

July 21, 2017

A couple fun cards for boys

Hi, hope everyone has great plans for the weekend.
Not much going on here, but we need the rest since we had 
a very busy week last week with family here.

Today I have a couple quick cards to share with you.
I made them a few weeks ago as I had to make a little boy birthday card.
I'll explain later why I made 2.
Both cards were made using digital files from

It was so fun and easy to create this card using the 
From the Sea collection and my Cricut Explore.
The entire card is made using elements from this collection, even the papers.
I imported all the pieces into my DesignSpace and arranged them the way I wanted.  The "water" paper I used to fill a rectangle then added the octopus
and the sea weed leaving part of the sea weed hanging over the edge.  I then did print then cut with my Explore.  The other pieces were all print then cut with the Explore.  I stamped the sentiment using a Rubbernecker stamp.
I made this card for a little boy that is like a grandson to us that wasturning 3.  When I showed it to my hubby he said I should have made him a
card having to do with a farm, since he lives on a place that has animals
and tractors and such. 

So here is what I came up with, again using NitWits Collections.
They have horses and chickens so I had to incorporate them into the card.
For this card, I used the "Funny Farm" collection.
Again all the papers and patterns are from the Funny Farm collection.
The sentiment is also a Rubbernecker stamp.

I so love how these 2 cards came out and thanks to NitWits and my 
Cricut Explore they were pretty easy to create.

I would love hear what you think of my 2 cards, we all know
sometimes making a boy card can be difficult these collections made
it easy. 

July 15, 2017

Life in Color - Bugaboo

Hello, it's that time again.  A new BugaBoo Crafty Challenge starts today over at the CraftingCircle.

The BugaBoo Crafty Challenges runs from the 15th of each
month through the 14th of the next month.  It is a challenge to use
exclusively Bugaboo images, so head on over and color up a
Bugaboo to join in the fun. 

So for this month I chose to use an image called 


I created the background using Distress Oxide inks in the colors,
Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.  I colored the
image first using the same colors/inks but it was too blah so I went
over them with Sakura Gel pens so now they are all glittery.
I die cut the happy birthday flourish using a 
Wild Rose Studio die. 
That's it!  Hope you like my card and can join in over

July 12, 2017

Enjoy the Simple Things - Unity

Hi, I love working on kraft paper but many times forget about
using it.  The effects you can get coloring on it is fabulous so
today I have a card to share with you that I stamped using a
Unity stamps from last month's Kit of the Month and colored
it with PolyChromo pencils. 


I love how large this flower stamp is, actually most of Unity Stamps
are large, which makes them easier to color.  I used white and a pale
yellow color on the flower, and then a couple different greens on the
leaves.  The sentiment is also
a Unity stamp from the same KOTM.
  I distressed the edges of the kraft paper with my 
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool.  I added a strip of loopy jute like
string I recently picked at Michaels.
All and all I am pretty pleased with how this one turned out.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peak, I love to read 
your comments.