Monday, September 9, 2019


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Happy Monday morning!  Time for this weeks sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #333

My color palette was inspired by an older, very favorite CTMH paper collection. All I had left was some small pieces of paper and a few stickers.  So I tried to match the colors with my Copics. It's a flower stamp that is part of the Simon Says Stamp September card kit. I stamped on Colonial White with a light ink, colored with image, them stamped again with Cocoa ink. Love the Misti for making this so easy! I gave a few highlights with a white gel pen, and fussy cut it out.  The circle is a stitched die from Simon Says.  Embellishments are from my CTMH stash.  The circle and flower cluster were popped with foam for some dimension. I also did a bit of paper distressing with the Cocoa ink. Card base is CTMH Sorbet, and I'm not even sure if this is still in their color collection, but it is a favorite of mine.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


It was fascinating to travel in Morocco last year and learn about this unique symbol.  It symbolizes the Hand of God.  In all faiths it is a protective sign that brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.   There are many designs, and I was excited to see this intricate die in the Simon Says Stamp shop. It arrived last week, and I was able to make several cards with it today.  This one was inspired by the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps #212.  The sentiment is from a reprinted tiny sentiment card from Simon Says cut with sentiment die from My Favorite Things.

Monday, August 26, 2019

JustA Note

No photo description available.Monday is here again with a sketch from AHSC!  I have used some paper gifted to me from a friend, some Bazzill card stock, some dotted papers from my first days at Close to My Heart, and heart stickers from a Simon Says Stamp kit.  Those CTMH papers are from the 1990s!! I have to admit to paper hoarding now, right??  I found two little drawers full of the samplers I would get as a consultant.  Oh, the's like pulling out photos of family from decades ago - such fond memories. 
The colors in my card are so soft and really pretty, but not great on camera.  


Friday, August 23, 2019

HBD Dude

I used a brand new-to-me stencil from Altenew, with Pickett Fence brush and Ranger Distress Oxide inks.  The sentiment is from the Stop Drop and Party set (Simon Says Stamp), heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Alabaster White. The embellishments are from my stash of Close To My Heart goodies. The inside says "Happy Birthday Dude."

I am linking this card to two challenges that inspired crafting today:
             Krafty Chicks        and        Watercooler Wednesday


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Daisy Birthdays

My goal this year is to send birthday greetings to all my P.E.O. sisters.  Since our emblem is a star and also daisies, I watch for stamps and dies that feature them.  Another goal is to make some use of the prodigious amount of patterned paper I have collected....I gathered materials today and made a few die cuts with the new tiny "peeking daisy' die from Simon Says.  I'd made two cards already and need a design for more, when I found the Crazy for Challenges sketch!  It was perfect for my two little inlaid die cut circles. The paper is from 'stash' - who knows??! It's been in the file for quite a while.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart - a  wonderful set that has been heavily used for many years. So fun to combine old and new.

These are the two cards I had already made.

Monday, August 12, 2019

AHSC 329 Frog Yoga

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So fun to use my new Stampendous set: Frog Yoga!!
There are 5 frogs in various poses, and 7 fun sentiments to accompany them. My little granddaughter saw this card on my table when she arrived early this morning, and wanted to color some frogs :-)

I colored with Copics, and added some layers of white gel pen to brighten up the eyes. The sentiment is heat embossed.  I have used  Atlantic Hearts sketch 329,  play along with us this week - link here. There is a new sketch posted every Monday, and I love seeing what crafters create each week.
I am also linking my card to this week's color challenge at Paper Players. Black+White+Green

Monday, July 29, 2019

Panda Party

No photo description available.   Just had a blast working with my Simon Says monthly kit this weekend!  Party Like a Panda.  Colored with Copics.  It is the first one I've tried, and I made 7 cards. This one was the last of the evening and my inspiration was the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 327. It's a great sketch you can find here, and play along!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

You are Special

A card for two challenges.  Ink misted on block to recreate the photo scene.
Challenge #351 at
Addicted to Stamps and More
Just Us Girls #498


My youngest son and his wife celebrate their 10th anniversary this August. What a beautiful 10 years it has been!  I feel so blessed to have them living close by now - and their two darling children light up my life,  So this card is to celebrate them.  I created a panel of bright colors with alcohol inks, and placed it behind this Simon Says heart cut out.  Card base is a Bazzill textured paper. The front panel is from my stash, and has very subtle shimmery flecks.  Don't know where it came from, but it sure is pretty. It was popped with fun foam.  The die cut sentiment is from the same Simon Says die set.

Linking this to Watercooler Wednesday 231

Friday, July 26, 2019

Thanks a Bushel

Linking my card to CAS(E) This Sketch #332

Vertical panel was done using watercolor distress technique. The image and sentiment are Lawn Fawn, colored with watercolors. I also used Lawn Cuts scalloped +stitched circle dies.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nautical Thanks

Two challenges inspired my card today.  Addicted to Stamps and More #350, Photo Inspiration and
Freshly Made Sketches #397

I created the stripes with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and the Ombre Stripes stencil from Altenew.
The anchors are Savvy dies - stacked three layers. The debossed stripe along the endges of the red panel were created with a My Favorite Things die. The tiny thanks (an older Verve stamp) was white heat embossed.

A dear book club friend lives on a lake and every August she hosts our meeting aboard their boat. Her husband motors us around to a restaurant up lake, and then after our dinner takes us all around the lake until sunset.  This will be the thank you card I send them this year.  It's always a very special evening!

Friday, July 19, 2019


linking to
AAA Birthday Card Challenge

I began by stamping the Penny Black image in light ink and did a no-line watercolor.  I left the stamp in my Misti, and when the water coloring was dry, heat embossed with gold.  Then I added some background water color wash, masked the flower area, and splattered with gold and leftover pink and green from my palette.
Then heat embossed the sentiment. The panel was cut down and matted on some Cotton Candy card stock, and popped up with foam tape on a panel of gold linen. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Have a Happy Day

Paper Players #450 is a color challenge this week.  And I have used a long retired Close To My Heart stamp set for the bowl of blueberries, background and sentiment. CTMH inks as well.  The panel was cut with Simon Says stitched rectangle and the center die cut is a brand new My Favorite Things window die.  Apple Green Nuvo Drops embellish.