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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.

July 1, 2017

Hugs & Happy Thoughts

It is that time again for a new challenge over at the
Here is my project I created using a Unity Stamp from
the "Remembering You Blooms" and background
I was able to combine both my 1st of the month DT projects into one,
love when that happens.


I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them in gold, then watercolored them 
with a combination of Catherine Pooler Inks and my Zig Clean Color markers.
I backed the image using an oval die from Gina Marie dies. 
I cut the tab/banner at the bottom using another Gina Marie die and stamped
it and heat embossed it in white.  I edged the pattern paper using a Fiskars
punch to give it a bit of interest.
And that's it!.  So head on over to the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and join in the fun.
Also, make sure you go and check out the great digital papers over
at A Bit More Time to Craft and join in the challenge there. 

June 23, 2017

Wishing you the Best

Just have a quick card to share with you today.
I watched a video on Unity Stamps Facebook page about stamp kissing.
Normally when I see something I want to try I like to do it right 
away so I don't forget about it.
Here is one tutorial on stamping kissing if you are not
familiar with it.  Stamp Kissing 


I took my solid Poppy stamp from Unity and inked it in red, then 
I inked up a pattern stamp in white ink and stamped it onto
the inked poppy stamp.  Unfortunately my white ink didn't show too
well, but you can bet I will be trying this again.
I masked my flower next and then stamped the black border
along the two sides of it.   That border stamp and the "wishing you the" are stamps that came in the lastest SOA box.  The word best is a die cut that
was also in the SOA.  I flicked some orange and black inks on it and
added a few sequin and that was it.

June 16, 2017

French Country Thanks

I have a simple card to share with you today.

I made this following the sketch this week at 


I used the papers from a DCWV stack called French Country.
The lacey doily is a die cut that was in the lastest
Stamp of Approval box "Naturally Inspired".  So many goodies
in this box and I wanted to create the whole card using
a lot of the goodies but I just could not get it to come together for me.
However, I am sure I will be using the contents of this SOA box in the
future.  For the flourish I used a Spellbinder die. 

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has
a wonderful weekend. 

Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch ends 6/18
Crafty Creations - anything goes ends 6/20
Crafty Gals Corner - Vintage ends 6/20



June 15, 2017

Purse-nally Wish Shoe........................

..................a Happy Birthday!
Ha ha ha, I love this pun or play on words.

This card was made for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge this month over at the Crafting Circle.  This challenge runs from the 15th of each month through
the 14th on the following month.   You must use a Bugaboo image on your
creation, but that is ok cause Jodie offers a Friday Freebie each week. 



So there is my card using this saying.  I choose this image called "Heels &Accessories" because I
knew I had a stamp with that saying on it and thought it would be perfect.
Well, wouldn't you know I could NOT find that dang stamp when I 
was making this card and I just saw it last week.  😧
Anywho, I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers with highlights from some glitter gel pens.  The saying I ended up using my Cricut Explore 
to write the saying with Pilot V5 Precision pens.  They work great in the Explore and I love the fine line they write with.
Hard to see in the picture but the black background is embossed
with a chevron pattern.  

So head on over to the Crafting Circle and join in the 


June 10, 2017

Naturally Inspired Card

Well hello, everyone.  I am super excited because my
new Stamp of Approval box arrived yesterday.
This "Naturally Inspired" collection has so many awesome
goodies in it the possibilities are endless.

I had a sketch I wanted to do and it was PERFECT for using
some of the goodies on the box.
Here is the sketch............
Image
Image

I knew the Lattice die was exactly the shape of that center piece.

I stamped the background piece of the panel using the cross-hatch
stamp in the new Catherine Pooler ink color All that Jazz that came
in the box.  The flowers were stamped and cut out using the matching dies.
Then I stamped the "birthday wishes" and heat embossed it in white.
All those things came in the SOA box and oh so many many more.
I am sure I will be back soon to share another project I make using
some more of the elements int he Naturally Inspired box.
Thanks for stopping by.


June 5, 2017

Playing with my Distress Oxides

Hi, I got to play a bit with my Distress Oxides inks
so I created this card following the sketch
this week at MFT Sketch Challenge.
Here is the sketch I followed to make this card.
Sketch Challenge 335 #mftstamps

Here is the card I created.
I used my Oxide paper on the left side of the card and then stamped some 
distress images on top of it.
The banner with the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
And that is about it for this card.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak.

June 1, 2017

Birthday Shaker Card

Hi, back to share my DT project for June over at the

This month we were challenged to make a shaker card using
some dies from Gina Marie.   Although I don't make then very often I
do like making shaker cards.



For my card, I stamped the cupcake image from Inky Antics, then
colored it using my Copic markers.  The sentiment is from the same
stamp set.  I used my scalloped edge oval die from GinaMarie and
then using another oval die I cut the center out so I would have
a die cut frame. I cut several layers from chipboard with the
oval whole cut from the center to build up for my shaker card.  
I added various sequin for my "shaker" parts.
I also used a GinaMarie die for the pink bow. 

So come on head on over and join in the challenge at
the Crafting Circle, I believe there will be a prize.

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - Birthday ends 6/6
CCEE Stampers - anything with a hole - ends 6/7
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 6/25
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 6/30
Seize the Birthday - birthday something sweet - ends 6/6