Monday, May 20, 2019


Back in the craft room!  It's been over a month...while I was in Japan I bought some water colors and did some painting. I'll be making some of them into cards soon.

Image may contain: textBut it is with pleasure I return to my Design Team at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  The sketch is #317.  My card will be posted there Wednesday with the rest of the team's inspiration.  You can go there now and link up your card for this sketch!  At least check in and see what some talented crafters are doing.  A sketch design is a great way to get started, and Atlantic Hearts posts one every Monday.

I used an Avery Elle stamp and die set for the sentiment. The flowers are from Fab Flowers, stamps and die set from Lawn Fawn.  All inks are Close to My Heart. The dots were made with the blue ink, and then I added some Nuvo Jewel drops over them for a bit of shine. The blue flowers and sentiment strip are popped with foam tape, as is the panel cut with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle.

Monday, April 22, 2019

AHSC #313

My card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #313
Wonderful sketch there this week - go check it out and play along!

I am posting from Iwaki, Japan!
I made this at home and brought it with me...but left my camera at home. So once again, I'm having to post a poor phone photograph.

This card used a favorite stamp set from Stamplorations - the butterflies are so pretty. This one was colored with Zig Clean Brush markers, and hand cut and popped up with foam tape. The triangle die cut is from Birch Press, backed with card stock. I used an edge trimmer for the scallop. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Cherry Blossom Time

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #311

I am eagerly preparing for my trip to Japan. Leaving tomorrow, and hoping there will be a few cherry blossoms left to view in Northern Honshu!  The stamp set is retired CTMH , 'Fabulous You,' and I tried some water coloring on the image using Distress Oxides.  I stamped the diamond pattern from the set several times using CTMH Champagne ink. I stamped the image twice again, colored some of the flower images, fussy cut them and popped them up with a bit of foam tape.  I also added some highlights on the flowers with a black and white gel pens.

This is a wonderful sketch - hop on over to AHSC and play along. If you need a little more inspiration, my card and the rest of the Design Team will post there on Wednesday.

I apologize for the poor color...I seem to have lost my regular camera, and this was a phone photo...It is a soft, muted card. Very peaceful.  The close up shows the colors a bit better.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Have More Birthdays


I used a variety of Close To My Heart  stamp sets and inks to random stamp the background. The sentiment was popped up with some fun foam. The balloons were covered with the shimmer pen.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #309

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where Am I?

Just Us Girls #478 "Use a Background Stamp"  and 

Yesterday my to-do list went to page two...I have so many various projects, and looming deadlines. I feel so guilty about crafting things that aren't on the list.  But having some fun with the chaos is healthy, right?


These two challenges provided some fun for today. Life inspires art :-) I still feel scattered, but am getting through my list.

I used Hero Arts background stamp Picnic Blanket. First with some direct ink pad to stamp, then blending with my Picket Fence brush.  The sentiment (Rosies Roadshow) was heated embossed with Hero Arts white, and popped up with foam tape. I used a gel pen and some Nuvo drops.

Monday, March 11, 2019


           Paper Players #432    and    Just Add Ink#447

I tried to combine two challenges with my card today.  I did a direct ink to paper with Distress Inks: candied apple, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, salty ocean, and seedless preserves.  Then cut the sentiment with a Memory Box die.  I cut it two more times in white so that it would sit smoothly over the other color card stock layers.  The inside sentiment is one from a cherished older set from Rubber Soul- 'Life Affirming.' 

Koala Birthday

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This is my DT card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #307

The Simon Says Stamp 'Picture Book' koala die cut really is too cute! It's nestled inside some Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Circle dies- I cut three and adhered them, then popped them even more with foam tape. The outside scalloped frame is an Avery Elle rectangle die. The heart and flag are from Simon Says Baby Party Animals.  Whisper grey card stock is Close to My Heart.

Also linking this to Allsorts #510 "For a Child" challenge

Sunday, March 3, 2019



This is a new challenge blog to me, and it sure struck a chord today!  Dieting always makes me crave chocolate.
I immediately thought of an older CTMH set that just hasn't been used enough. One chocolate image wasn't enough, so I masked the cupcake and added two other sweets, then paired it up with some punches and my new Lawn Fawn In Side Out Stitched Circle dies.

Linking to Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers  #129
                     "D is for Diet"

Butterfly Birthday

The background was made on glossy card stock with alcohol inks. Then I placed a stencil over it and pounced alcohol lift ink for the pattern.  When I lifted the stencil, I was disappointed because the stencil pattern was not really visible. I set it aside to dry...and the next morning, there was the pattern!!  This was an experiment, so the piece was small...and today looking for something to back my new Hero Arts fancy die, I saw that it fit.  The butterfly die cut is so pretty, but does cover up the pattern in the inked piece.  I used a scrap left for the embossed sentiment. I'm new at alcohol ink, but it has been great messy fun. Linking to Just Us Girls #477

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PP 430 Birthday

Paper Players sketch #430 was used for this card.  I spent the weekend at a craft retreat and made this faux watercolor of daffodils which I cut with Spellbinders oval. I have rotated the sketch for this piece.  Background papers, card stocks, image and sentiment all from Close to My Heart.  I used Ranger Distress inks.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #305

What a classic and lovely sketch at Atlantic Hearts! It is my week to share a design. My cards uses Spellbinders fancy circles cut from textured card stock, Altenew Painted Flowers, CTMH Whisper card stock, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle die, sentiment from Simon Says Circle Sayings, and some ribbon from my stash.

Play along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, or at least check out the wonderful inspiration. Design Team cards post there on Wednesday.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Party Time

A friend and I share the same birthday - though I had it first by four years :-)  We always have a fun party. He collects, and plays, guitars and our dinner nights always include lots of music.

So I have used the challenge at AAA  #134 for my design inspiration for his card this year.  I am away on a craft retreat, and having a very hard time finding good light to photograph.

He also adores pizza. So I found a plain wood pizza cutter, drew the guitar strings on and had a friend here at the craft retreat wood burn and oil it.  It has his name burned on the other side. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Botanical Backgrounds

This background set from CTMH has been a longtime favorite.  I've been trying to clean my craft room ... and instead of finding things to let go, I find things to play with again!

I white heat embossed it on some heavy card stock, and then 'water colored' the panel with various blue Distress inks.
This is one of my favorite things lately!  I splattered with gold shimmer paint, heat embossed the sentiment in gold on vellum.

Fun to play along with Challenge #22 Tic Tac Toe at Double Trouble - 
though I didn't add the twist of Magic. Forgot about my Unicorn set until I was ready to post...

Thursday, February 14, 2019

White and gold

Die cuts, a very pale swash of watercolor, some splatters, and a gold embossed sentiment.  I cut the prism triangle die twice and glued them together for dimension. My first thought was to have the watercolor show through...but it looked too busy, so I backed with a solid piece of card stock. The triangle was trimmed to make two smaller triangles.  I have not done a white on white card - it's really tough.  Not sure this worked, but it is a look I would like to perfect.

Inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #375

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Taking time during our recent snowstorms to watch videos and tutorials.  I have longed for some of those dimensional/stacking dies, but just can't deal with the price.  So Jennifer Mc Guire's recent post about how to get the same effect with a single cover die had me excited.  It works!!  Easy and fun to do.  I can't wait to try another.

The Darice cover die is 4.25x5.5. I cut it in white, and then three shades of card stock. When gluing, you offset each layer and trim the side.  I used a Papertrey Ink stamp and stacked it for dimension. The sentiment is from a CTMH set.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Bee Happy

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #303

  I used three CTMH sets from the past: Doodled Designs, Happy to be Friends, and a Petite Perks. I performed some masking and pen tricks on the sentiment to create the 'Bee'
AHSC is teaming up with Double Trouble again this week, so there will be LOTS of inspiring entries at both sites.  Check them out and play along!
I used the sketch, and added the Double Trouble: flowers and a 'buzz'