September 30, 2017

Oh What a Challenge!

Oh, boy what a challenge our fearless leader from the 
Crafting Circle put on us this month. 
You know you see all these white on white card (which I
really love) but I struggle with sometimes.
Well so being the person our leader MsWipz is she
has placed a challenge on us to use
BLACK on BLACK!!!!  Or she gave us some lea way
to do any tone on tone color if you got too freaked
out from black on black, LOL.
Me being me I had to follow the first challenge that she placed
on us, black on black.
Here is what I came up with.

Can we say, WOW!
I was so pleased, thrilled, overjoyed and shock at how well this turned out.
I Just made a black card base and then randomly stamped an image
from the Beautiful World stamp of approval collection, after I was
done stamping I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
In order to carry out the black theme, I stamped my sentiment in white on
a stitched die from Gina Marie. 

I got so excited on how this one came out I thought I would try it
with another color.

For this one I stamped on royal blue with a background stamp
from The Ton, this stamp is called Peony Garden.
You have to go and check out their stamps, they have some amazing
background stamps and they are a full 6 x 6 so it will cover your entire card.
I stamped my sentiment this time on a piece of pearl vellum.

Well this is really a fun challenge so head on over to the 

September 26, 2017

Ink Smooching

Hi, I have a quick card to share with you today.
Over at Stamp Nation, they are having a challenge,
"Just add Water" so it is any project that you have
used water to make.

                  I love working with watercolor and inks and all the good stuff.
  So here is what I came up with. 

Luckily I do not need a sympathy card right now, but I like
to have some on hand.
For this card, I use Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, and Broken China.  I just smooched some ink on a piece of acetate
and then sprayed it with water, then smooched it onto
a piece of watercolor paper.   I like using the acetate because
you can see what is going on with your colors and then
press or move to get the look you like.
I then mounted in on cardstock to piece up a couple of the
colors.  I used my MISTI to stamp using a couple
Unity Stamps.  The watercolor paper is very rough so by
using the MISTI I was able to stamp it a few times.  I used 
Catherine Pooler Black Jack ink which is a dark gray.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, hope you are
having a fabulous day.

Challenges entered
Crafty Sentiments Design - anything goes - ends 10/2
Digi ChoosDay - anything goes - ends 10/10
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 10/17
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 10/2

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