December 7, 2017

Silver & Gold Christmas

Gosh, has it really been that long since I posted last? 😏
Well Thanksgiving time kept me pretty busy, then
I had a surprise visit from my son and his fiance, it was a 
fabulous surprise and it was so nice to see them.  
Once I got back to crafting after all that it took me a bit to get rolling again.

I was able to get this Christmas card done using Unity stamps
and "no red or green" for their current challenge on Facebook.

Every year I usually make a Christmas card without the traditional
Christmas colors, but for some reason, this one stumped me
until I ran across this beautiful papers that my son-in-law 
had given me.  He works in a print shop and everyone while in a while
he will bring me some fabulous papers.  The silver paper on this
card has a metallic pearl-like finish to it and the gold is very
sparkly.   I stamped the tree and the saying using Versamark
ink pad and then embossed with a golden champagne-like color.
Both of the stamps are from the September Kit of the Month
from Unity stamps. Now parts of the merry didn't stamp out
all the way or very clear but that is the way the stamp
was made, it kind of messes with my OCD on everything
be stamped perfectly.
I embossed the silver panel and then added a  strip in
ribbon/chain along the side of the card.

Thank you for stopping by, I am so behind on my Christmas cards
I really need to get going. 

November 16, 2017

Fall Candles

Hi back to share a different kind of project for me, it is
not a card...................

I had done this many many years ago when I first started on my stamping journey, probably around 1996 and had forgotten about
it till I recently seen someone make one.  
So the challenge right now over at the Unity Stamp Facebook
Show & Tell group is to create something other than a card and thought
well, this is the perfect time to make some of these again.

I stamped on tissue paper using a couple of the stamps that were in
the August 2017 Unity Stamp KOTM.  I then colored the images
using my Copic markers and trimmed the tissue paper so there was not a whole bunch of extra around the image but not as close as fussy cutting.  You have to be a little gentle as to not tear the delicate tissue paper. 
 I had bought a two pack of plain white wax pillar candles. Using my Ranger heat tool I gently heated an area of the candle them placed the colored
image over it, it will not all stick down yet I just do this so it stays
in place till I move to the next step.  Then once it is right where I
want it to go, I continue to heat over the image moving around the heating tool because you do not want to over melt the candle.  Just keep heating
and moving around the heating tool till the tissue paper edges seem
to disappear into the candle.   Then I placed my second leaf and repeated
the process and that is it.  It is actually pretty easy.  I suppose
you could use a hairdryer if you don't have a heat tool.

I added some twine and buttons to the bottom to dress them up a bit.
I will take these to my daughters for Thanksgiving so she can
use them as decorations, or burn them if she wishes to.
          They would make great gifts for the holidays and so easy to make,
 the possibilities are endless.   In fact, it will be
on my gift giving list this year. 

               Unity Stamps is having a huge sale right now so if you have
had your eye on now is the time to pick up those stamps. 

November 15, 2017

Snowman Couple

Hi, it is that time of the month again (oh no not that time lol)
for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge over at the 

Each month starting on the 15th we have a challenge that is 
sponsored by Bugaboo where you just need to color up a
Bugaboo image and enter it in the challenge. 
Don't have any Bugaboo images, no problem Bugaboo offers
                         a freebie every Friday and if you look around I am 
                                sure you will find some images you like. 

So for my card this month I chose to use this adorable little

 Aren't they just the cutest?  Well there is a reason I chose this image
beside their cuteness is, recently my son got engaged and I thought this
would make the perfect Christmas card to send them for their
1st Christmas as an engaged couple. 
I struggled so much on how I wanted to do this card, first I was going to
put them in a snowglobe and make a shaker card, but decided not too
because I didn't want them to be covered with things.
I was trying to keep it rather simple.   I randomly stamped on white paper
with a couple of snowflake stamps from the October 
Unity Kit of the Month and also some Hero Arts stamps
then I heat embossed them with white glossy
embossing powder.  
I colored the snow couple using my Copic markers and accented with some
glitter pens on the ornaments.  Her hat I added white fluff to
the band and the ball on the top, a couple details that are hard
to see in the picture.  Then I cut the image out using a
Gina Marie die that actually embosses the edges.
I then created a label in Cricut Design Space and wrote
out the Merry Christmas using my Explore and a black
Pilot Precision V5 pen.  Then fit right in your Explore
and I love the fine line they write with.
I pop dotted both the image and the label to give it some dimension.

Well thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit my
blog.  Head on over the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge and join in
the fun. 

November 5, 2017

Coloring on Red

                    You know all the rage right now is coloring on kraft cardstock me
included love it.  I love the look, I love the way the color lays down, 
I just love everything about it. 
So I recently ran across where someone colored on colored paper,
I believe what I saw was blue.

Well I recently got my Perfect Poinsettia set of stamps from
Gina K so I thought it would be perfect to give it a try
to color on red.  So for my project this month over
at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge I made this card.

I stamped the poinsettias and heat embossed them in gold.  This set
of stamps is actually a multi-step set of stamps, much like the truck one I did HERE.  For this card, I only used the lined/detailed stamp.

I colored in the poinsettias using my Polychromo pencils.
I love pink poinsettias so that was actually my driving factor
to color on red paper.
I die cut the Merry Christmas using a GinaMarie die.  I thought it needed something so I covered it in Versamark ink and then heat embossed
it using clear embossing powder.  It made it stand out a bit more. 
I then mounted the red panel on gold foil paper to pick up the gold
embossing.  I am slowly making a dent in my Christmas
cards but still have a way to go.

Sorry this post is late, it was just one of those times where
I couldn't get it together in time.  I had the card all finished
but had to sit down and type up this blog post.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to head over to
and anything goes challenge so come on over and let's see what you got.

November 3, 2017

An Old Classic

Hi, I am pretty excited to share this card with you.
Recently I ran across a stamp company called
Kitchen Sink Stamps.  I had never heard of them but while
doing a blog hop back in September for My Sweet Petunia (MISTI)
they were featured and I was hooked.

I used the Old Classic Truck set and following the sketch
at Sweet Sketch Wednesday I created this card.

Here is the sketch I followed.

The truck stamp is a multi-step stamping, in fact, this particular image
has 7 steps to it.  It adds so much dimension.  The biggest problem is picking
out your shades of ink. 

I had just ordered a couple sets at the time but I will definitely keep
this site bookmarked to check out some of the other sets they have.
The Kitchen Sink Stamps has a blog also so check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my card. 

October 31, 2017

A Couple of Christmas Cards

Hi, I have two Christmas cards to share with you.
Well, they are pretty much both the same just in different colors.

I created the card following the sketch this week over at

I was looking at the sketch trying to figure out what I was going to do, I actually set up a cut file in Cricut Design space.  Then I was looking through my Christmas stamps when I ran across this Unity Stamps Christmas tree
stamp from last year, so I thought well I will just flip this sketch on its side.
I rarely do this, normally I follow the sketch to a "T" but I thought
this was the perfect stamp. 
So here is what I came up with.
Red version, trees are stamped using the trees that were in
the Joyous Season set from October of 2016.  This one was stamped
using Catherine Pooler ink "Rockin Red" and heat embossed with clear.
The Merry Christmas is from a Hero Arts set from 2014, that I heat embossed with gold.

And the green version, I stamped using Distress Ink "Mowed Lawn" and
heat embossed with clear.  The Merry Christmas on this one I cut from gold
foil paper using a Gina Marie die.

The background paper on both cards is from a paper stack
from K&Company named Yuletide.  I have had this paper for several years.

This card was easy to create and I can see mass producing these to get
ahead on my Christmas cards for this year. 

Challenges entered:
A Snowflakes Promise - anything goes - ends - 11/13
Creates and Makes - anything goes - ends 11/27
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 11/6

October 26, 2017

A PAR-fect Day

Hi, boy October and November are such busy birthday 
months for me.  

One of my son-in-laws loves to gold so using the sketch this
week at Paper Players I created this card.
When I saw this sketch I knew it would be perfect.

I was looking through my single sheets paper trying to figure out what I wanted to use and I ran across this argyle pattern paper, thought
it would be perfect for a golf themed card.
I cut all the parts with my Cricut Explore.  The circle I embossed with a 
dots embossing folder but flipped it so it looked like divets
in the ball.  I always worry about cutting text from 
paper when it is small letters, so this time I cut the
word out of vinyl and stuck them onto the pretty silvery gray paper.
As a matter of fact this SIL works at a printing place and he brought me that
paper.  It is so pretty in person.  He has brought me some
pretty unusual awesome papers.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoy my card and am
inspired if you have a golfer in your family. 
Challenges entered:
Paper Players - sketch - ends 10/27
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes - ends 11/2

October 23, 2017

Birthday Party Hats

Today I have a card I made following the sketch over at
Viva La Verve sketch challenge.  
If you are a regular visitor of my blog you know that I
love following a sketch when I create cards, in fact, it is rare
that I do not follow a sketch. 

I thought this looked like a fun easy sketch, so here is what
I came up with.

I wanted to use some of my Verve Stamps, so from the 
Treasured Words set I used the little party hat and stamped it randomly
in various colors of Catherine Pooler Inks.   The happy birthday is
also a Verve stamp from the Cake & Candles set, although when I
bought it many years ago it was available as a single. 
I stamped the HB and then cut it out with a Spellbinder die
from a label set.  I added a cute party hat button to the side as
my embellishment and added a strip of lime green ribbon.

You have till November 4th to create a card of your own
following the sketch at Viva La Verve challenge so head on over
and have some fun. 

Challenges entered:
Dragonfly Dreams - Fully Loaded - ends - 10/30
Stamped Blessings - anything goes + a stamp - ends 10/29
Lil Patch of Crafty Things - anything goes - ends 11/3

October 22, 2017

Some Fun with Watercolor Pencils

My great-grandkids were here last weekend so we had some
fun using the Watercolor Pencils from MAPED.

                           When I was sent these pencils to review I knew 
                                           my great-granddaughter would love them.  
                         She loves to paint but we all know how messy that can 
                                      get with a 6-year-old, so I thought
these pencils would satisfy her love of painting.

I printed up some images on some mixed-media paper
and had them all ready for them.

Here she is all ready to dig in and color.  I didn't really tell her what
the pencils did just that I had a surprise for her.  

So I had her color in some of the pumpkin using one of the pencils.

After she had a bit colored I gave her a water brush and told her
to go over where she colored.   
I so wish I would have videoed her when she first so what
happened when she added the water, she was so amazed and excited.

Then, of course, she had to sharpen her pencils. 
She was pretty impressed that it caught the shavings and of course
she loved the pink & purple color.

And her is she with her finished artwork.

Now the lil guy had been watching his big sister all along so he
had to have his try at those amazing pencils. 
His favorite color is orange so he had to color his little 
monster picture orange.
"OK, Nana now I am ready for the water"

And just like big sister her had to try out that pencil sharpener.
Even with his little hand he could hold this sharpener. 

Aren't they just the cutest little artists.  All in all, it was a fun time for all
of us, they got to paint and Nana did not have to worry about water getting
spilled all over or paints getting tipped over. 

October 19, 2017

Fall Wheelbarrow

Sure wish Fall would show up here is Arizona.
The temperatures around here are just awful for this time
of year, we are breaking records.  Next week is suppose to 
get up to 98 degrees, HELLO Mother Nature hasn't anybody
told you yet that is is suppose to be cooling down. 

So I had printed up this image from Power Poppy's 
Fall Haul digital stamp set and thought maybe coloring it would make
it feel like or at least remind me that it is Fall.

My daughter was born on Thanksgiving day so I thought this
might make a good birthday card for her.

I love how it came out, I have to admit I followed the very good instructions
for coloring this image from Julie Koerber from the Bloomin Brigade DT.
I had to adjust the colors a bit since I was coloring on kraft and Julie was
coloring on white.  This is my first time coloring on kraft with my
Copics, I liked it but there are some adjustments.
The sentiment is from the same Fall Haul digital stamp set
and I had printed it out side by side so I made this card the size
that will fit into a #10 business size envelope. 
I mounted it on a couple layers to bring out some of the colors and popped
the top layer for dimension.

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Power Poppy - Hues to Use (Sept open-ended)
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 10/29
Creative Knockouts - Fall - ends 10/26
Moving Along with the Times - Autumn Fall - ends 10/25