Monday, December 30, 2019

AHSC#349 Birthday Hugs

 No photo description available.  It has been a busy and beautiful holiday.  Happy to be in the craft room using some bright spring colors!  This card uses lots of different products - Simon Says background stamp and floral stamp/die set, Altenew inks, Avery Elle sentiment stamp/die, with Nuvo drops.

Check out this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts and do some crafting! ♥

Monday, December 16, 2019

AHSC #347

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Being part of a creative, supportive, friendly Design Team is a real blessing...and it keeps me on my toes in the craft room.  It is a real challenge some weeks to keep up, and I am glad that Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog keeps me motivated. Check out their fun sketches every Monday morning. I look forward to seeing you on the links!!

This week's sketch is below and my card used some fun Lawn Fawn paper, CTMH card stock, Simon Says Stamp wafer thin die, and a CZ Design sentiment stamp. A few Studio Katia clear drops added a little embellishment.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


This wonderful digital from Bug was last week's freebie.  I just had to print and color it up.  Stella makes me laugh!!  So many fun digitals in their shop. 

So I am entering my card in their current challenge at CatchtheBug - Stella Says Sketch Challenge.I used some CTMH papers and colored with my Copics. 

Monday, December 2, 2019


 CAS(E) this Sketch #349 is so nice that I just wanted to make another holiday card.  I used a patterned paper piece from a long ago Close To My Heart pack along with a new Simon Says die and sentiment.  The card stock is a lovely champagne shimmer, and the snowflake is also cut from shimmer paper - hard to photograph, but lovely in real life.

Winter Birthday

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #345   A busy time of the year for sure, but always time to make some special cards for those winter birthdays.  I have finished my holiday cards and decided to keep using some of those fun products for the January birthdays on my list.

This uses some CTMH card stock and Echo Park patterned paper. The sled is a Memory Box die, the snowflake an exclusive Simon Says Stamp die, and the sentiment (stamp and die) are from a Gina K Designs set.

Hop on over to Atlantic Hearts and check out the sketch. I look forward to seeing your cards linked there this week.

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 18, 2019


My card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #343
I have used some retired Close to My Heart papers, Pear & Partridge, for the card front.The wreath was created using Hero Arts Layering Pomegranate stamp and die set, and a die from My Favorite Things. I added some liquid drops for embellishment.  The sentiments are from a new set, Holiday Greetings- Mix I, from Simon Says Stamp.'s actually stamped straight - my picture is crooked!

Go to Atlantic Hearts and see what you can create with this sketch!!
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Monday, November 4, 2019


The central image and sentiment are from a long ago stamp of the month from Close to My Heart, and it has been a favorite of mine.  The background is a new stamp for me- You Matter Background from Simon Says Stamp inked with CTMH Whisper ink.  The image was stamped twice, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. I used foam tape to pop up the image and sentiment.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Playing with Alcohol Inks

Last night I got out the Yupo paper and a few newer bottles of ink I hadn't tried yet...I made a big mess, and had fun!  For some reason, it was still tacky this morning. That was perfect for adding some foil highlights last night, but now I have tried the heat gun, and they still aren't really dry.  The Yupo paper doesn't cut well with the dies either. But I managed to create some cards.

The large leaf on the left was cut from textured card stock with Simon Says Stamp Large Stitched Maple die. I placed the alcohol piece behind the opening, and adhered it all to a cream card.

I've seen many of these leaf cuts showing pattern in the cut out. They really are a beautiful way to showcase papers, homemade or not!

Cut one leaf out of the center...then popped it with some foam tape. The other two didn't cut through, so I hand trimmed around. The sentiment was heat embossed with gold. This was a design I saw on Pinterest, but apparently didn't save so I am not able to give proper credit for the inspiration.

Linking these to Just Add Ink # 480  'Just Add a Technique'
Creative Knockouts  #321 'Embossing Delights'

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

AHSC #339 Thanksgiving

Atlantic Hearts #339 new sketch!  I love this sketch. It was so fun to bring together a number of fun products. I used a marvelous background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, inked up with Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink pad, Stampin' Up ribbon from my stash, cut and embossed leaves from Momenta dies on some watercolor paper smooshed with the same ink pad, stamped and cut some wheat from a Papertrey set, used the same set for the sentiment heat embossed in gold, added in a few solid leaves cut from card stock with Lawn Fawn stitched leaves dies, and added some sparkle with a gold paper cut leaf from Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves die, and a few dots of Liquid Pearls.  My desk is a disaster...but the card is just as I hoped♥

Monday, October 7, 2019

Grateful for You

                   Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #337 begins today.
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My card used some older Close To My Heart patterned paper, a CTMH long-retired stamp set and some Distress Oxide inks.
I daubed color on the leaves and random stamped them on the paper. I splattered, and cut the piece down to adhere to the 5.5x4.25" piece of card stock.  I cut the burlap ribbon into a flag, and tied with cord and a tiny sentiment and tag from a new Simon Says Stamp set. Some Studio G glitter drops gave this otherwise soft card a bit of sparkle.
Also linking to The Paper Players #462 Grateful for you challenge.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Krafty Chicks Sketch 474 Grateful Heart

Krafty Chicks is highlighting a Mojo Monday sketch this week - and I, too, am a huge fan of their sketches.  They provided me with so much inspiration.  So I am happy to play along at Krafty Chicks challenge this week!

I've used products from Papertrey Ink (sentiment), Simon Says (stitched circles), and a leaf stamp from Hampton Arts.


The holiday that I adore is Thanksgiving.  It gives me the opportunity to cook some of my favorite foods, tell friends and family how grateful I am to have them in my life, and to enjoy the gorgeous colors of autumn.  So I've begun my cards for this holiday...I usually mail between 15-20.  Today's card uses a new to me die set from Pretty Pink Posh, and a stamp+die set from Hampton Art. I embossed the leaves in gold, then did some watercolor using Close To My Heart dye inks. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.
I will link this to  two challenges:  The House that Stamps Built S2519
                                     and             Watercooloer Wednesday #240 All Occassions

Friday, September 27, 2019

A bird with a french fry

I used a stamp from Impression Obsession for the sentiment and the bird comes from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Rainbow set.

  Inspired today by Freshly Made Sketches #404   and  Double D 'Focus on the Sentiment'     challenges.  I rotated the sketch.

Monday, September 23, 2019

AHSC #335

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Good Morning!
Time for the weekly challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
Check it out and play along.

I used a lot of different products on this: stencil from SSS, Ranger Distress inks, Jim Holtz die, CTMH card stock and sentiment, Nuvo drops, and embellishments from my local craft store.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wonderful You

A special birthday card for a dear friend...inspired by
CASology Challenge #352

I used a filigree die cut on two shades of blue metallic paper. On some water color paper, I used a very wet, diluted wash of Yasutomo shimmer watercolor, and some splatters of gold.  The sentiment was stamped with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, and heat embossed with a transparent glitter powder.