Monday, January 17, 2022



When I saw the sketch for Sunday Stamps #274, I knew right away I wanted to make an easel card, and some lovely papers on my desk seemed right for a Valentine.  I die cut several layers of the letters to stack them for the 'ledge' inside using a Simon Says Stamp die set. Then added some sparkly embellishments.  Easels are just the easiest of interactive cards and fun to make.  

I am also linking to Allsorts Challenge #659 Add a Heart  and TIME Out Challenge #205 In Love

Stuck On You♥


Last minute post to Freshly Made Sketches.  I use these sketches every week and so often miss the deadline!  

My card used a 3-D texture embossing folder that I just purchased. I embossed on kraft. The images from Flora & Fauna were stamped with a bit of masking on the center cactus, and colored with Copics. I cut the circle and then added the tiny strip of red to ground it all and accent the tiny heart.  

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Hello Friend

Trying to get back in blog posting regularly for challenges!  

At Try Stampin On Tuesday there are always good sketches to get the mojo started.  Last night I cleaned out a drawer full of 6x6 samples of CTMH patterned papers.  I separated them into color families and started putting them in my hanging files.  Truthfully, they often just go there to be forgotten...but I saved out a bunch that just went nicely together.  And I used them on this card.  With one cut for a 'grass' border, another for 'dirt', another for sky and a sheet I fussy cut for some flowers.  The sentiment is from a new to me Gina K designs set.  

I'm working on another grouping for TSOT #538...will post later.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

How have you been?


Welcome to the New Year of challenges at Sketch Saturday.  The challenge blog will be bi-weekly for 2022.  Gives you more time to craft up some goodness with the sketch and link up!

Sketch # 692 will run through January 28th.  There is a prize of a $10 gift certificate to Riley & Co. for the top pick of the challenge.

I've used some patterned paper from my CTMH stash and cut the squares with a My Favorites Things die set.  The stamps and sentiment are from Gina K Designs


Monday, January 10, 2022

Birthday for AHSC #455

Monday means another great sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I've used some papers from my CTMH stash - this 2012 Claire collection was a favorite, and I've now used all but a tiny piece. I just love the colors! Do you hoard patterned paper?    

I made the card base with Outdoor Denim and die cut the front panel. To get the diagonal shown in the sketch, I had to angle it and got a neat triangle to use on the inside for a pocket.  I fussy cut the flowers and arranged them on the circle.  The sentiment is from CTMH, Wise Guy Birthday set. 

I hope you will get crafty and join us this week. Link up here at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Pen-Sketched Birthday


Hey, crafters, the struggle is real!  Holidays, computer glitches, snow storm, backward dies...I'm late to the game.  But Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a beautiful sketch this week.   Check it out!

This is my inspiration card - made with Pen-Sketched Flowers and foliage from Altenew, colored with watercolor pencils and using papers from my stash.  The stamp set is older, but I just ordered the coordinating dies on a recent sale...using them for the first time today, I discovered that two of the images I chose had dies that did not match - they are flipped.  I had already stamped and water colored so I held them up to my Ott light and taped them on the backside!  It worked fairly well...but I will call Altenew tomorrow and see if I can have those replaced. I have never had anything like that happen before.

I am going to make a New Year's resolution to schedule craft time everyday.  And to go outside every day even if it's just around the block - raining or whatever. Do you have any resolutions for this new year??

Wednesday, December 22, 2021


I always look forward to Freshly Made Sketches and am happy to be done with holiday for a bit and ready to begin my stash of birthday cards.  I send about 80-90 a year.  

I used Simon Says Birthday Wishes Circle and papers from my scrap box.