Monday, December 28, 2020

Birthday Wishes


Monday morning and it's a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

This is my design team card, and I am so happy to use this alcohol ink panel that I made on a square card. It measures 5.5x5.5" The Simon Says Stamp die cut is very delicate but seemed just right for this sketch. The design this week would be perfect for some lovely paper scraps you have in your stash...or some color block...give it a try and link up at AHSC. Can't wait to see what you can create.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Time for Birthdays!


Christmas cards are done and mailed - time for birthdays!

Also time for a new sketch over at Sketch Saturday!!                      Sponsored by Riley & Co.

Play check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and play along. The challenge runs through December 25th.

This card used a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, heat embossed in white then ink blended. The balloons are Paper Smooches dies, the sentiment a newer Altenew sentiment die.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Christmas Cheer


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #399 

I got a sheet of buffalo plaid embellishments - they are fabric covered wood- and are just the thing for the Kringle & Co. papers I have been using.  I enjoy working with the black/white/red color scheme.  

The sketch challenge runs from today through Sunday, Dec. 20th.  I hope you'll play along.  The design team cards will post at AHSC on Wednesday.  

Friday, December 11, 2020

One Cool Cat!


As I post this, I see that this is my third 'blue' card in a row! Not at all a conscious decision.  I needed a card to congratulate a friend on his new promotion and have used the Freshly Made Sketch #465 as my inspiration.  It's a Bugaboo image colored with Copics and Glossy Accents for glasses. Kringle & Co. paper and Impression Obsession die cut.

HoHoHo Snowman

Made this slim line card with Echo Park winter papers, a snowman stamp by Pebbles, and Simon Says Stamp CZ Design die and also Clean Line Christmas stamp set.  The scarf was fussy cut and paper pieced. Some Nuvo drops for the scarf and Simmer pen around the snowman and the sentiment for some sparkle (hard to see in the photo). 

Linking to Krafty Chicks #537 'Christmas'   and   Through the Purple Haze #174 'Holiday - Make it Blue'

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Bear Hugs


One thing I have truly enjoyed this year are my two subscriptions to Altenew.  Each month I get the Mini stamp & die set and the Paint a Flower stamp set.  This month the set was a darling polar bear die and the stamps were just the eyes/nose and several sentiments.  I tore a piece of post-it tape and ink blended with Distress Oxides ( Hickory Smoke, Speckled Egg, Chipped Sapphire), splattered with water and white ink, then used a MFT stitched square die to cut it out.  The sentiment was heat embossed on a piece of navy textured card stock. I popped the bear up with a bit of foam tape.  Simple card, but I love how it turned out.

Linking to Crazy 4 Challenges #564 'Blue Christmas'

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Made in Minutes


It is a great honor to be a guest designer for the AAA Card Challenge this week!  The challenge is 'Made in Minutes' with an optional twist of Christmas.   Anyone who has attempted CAS designs knows that the toughest part is planning and selecting your images/sentiments.  So I have not counted the thinking part in the time!  LOL    But once I had the idea, assembled my materials and practiced once, the actual making was under 10 minutes.

Please check out their blog and give yourself some minutes to craft!

A stencil and blending brushes work well for quick cards. This card used Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles and Candied Apple Distress Ink. The sentiment was embossed with Hero Arts red.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Joyful Wishes

Sometimes it is fun to put together a lot of different products.  My work table has looked pretty wild lately, and then I found a tin cookie box repurposed at some point for a lot of Christmas themed things.  The little stamps here are from the box - stamped in CTMH Ruby ink and fussy cut. The CTMH snowflake brads were in there as well. Patterned paper from Kringle & Co. and a few drops of Nuvo to pull out the dots on the paper squares. This was a fun sketch - a bit different than the usual layers.  Check out the challenge and the rest of the design team inspiration for this week at                                  SKETCH SATURDAY  sponsored Riley & Co.

Monday, November 30, 2020



"E" is for Elf  is the fun challenge at Sisterhood for Snarky Stampers #174.  I used last week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the design but missed their deadline.  The patterned paper is from Kringle & Co. and images and sentiment from a fun Memory Box set and coordinating dies.  Colored with Copics.

Peace this Season


The challenge runs Nov. 30-Dec. 6th  My design team card will be posted at their site Wednesday.  Lots of inspiration for you to try this sketch.                    

There are often deer and fawn walking around my neighborhood.  We live near several gulches and a large wooded park.  They show little fear of humans and wander from yard to yard snacking on their favorite plants.  Those on my card come from My Favorite Things set, So Very Fawned of You. I've colored them with Copics, cut with coordinating dies. The sentiment is from CZ Design, Clean Line Christmas (SSS).  The hexagons were cut with stitched dies from Pretty Pink Posh. The background panels are from a long retired and hoarded CTMH set of papers. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020



This sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches has been in my head. With Christmas stamps all over my table...I had just used this CZ Design Clean Line Christmas set for a sentiment, and as I put it away an idea struck to use the trees.  So here they are, colored with Altenew artist markers, and a sentiment from Simon Says  reverse sentiment strips.

Merry Christmoose!

Time to craft those Christmas cards!  I decided to dress up my new Riley characters and get them in the spirit.   Riley's shirt was cut from Kringle & Co. paper, packages stamped from last year's Simon Says December card kit stamp set, and computer generated sentiment.  

I'm linking this to Just Us Girls challenge #564 (see the photo inspiration below) and to the

My Time to Craft! Challenge #446  'Christmas Animals'

Saturday, November 21, 2020



I love Riley & Co. sentiments! And Riley the Moose is pretty cute, too.          This card uses  Sketch Saturday #637 design.  The challenge runs Saturday November 21-27, and because Sketch Saturday's sponsor is Riley & Co. you could win a prize of credit in their store!  Check it out and craft along with us this week. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

It's Your Day


Watercooler Wednesday challenge # 298 'Masculine'

My card was inspired by Kristina Werner's block stamping with Concord & 9th Painted Shapes set.  I used Platinum Planet Brilliance pigment, CTMH Peacock, Twilight and Glacier inks.  The sentiment is from Gina K Smile die and stamp set - cut from silver vellum and stamped with Peacock. There is quite a bit of shimmer from the Brilliance pad  hard to see on the photograph.  This feels like a great masculine birthday card to me, and I have several on my list for January.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Warm Winter Wishes

 ATLANTIC HEARTS SKETCH CHALLENGE #395 inspired my design this week.  The colors were inspired by  the Color Throwdown #619  'Aqua, Red, Silver, '  and I am also linking to  Krafty Chicks #533  'Christmas' theme.'

The circle was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stittched Scalloped Circle die. I stamped several trees and stars with Flora & Fauna images (Cozy Cuddles Penguin Set) with Silver Brilliance pigment ink. The aqua shimmer card stock is from Simon Says Stamp. The silver glitter card stock from my stash, The polar bear image is from an old favorite Close To My Heart set, colored with Altenew artist markers and fussy cut.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  It came out sparkly and fun. What a delightful color palette!

Click image for a closer view.

Pine Cones


Breezy weather and lots of pine cones for gathering here in the PNW.  My little grandson and I made a bird feeder from one with a bit of peanut butter and seeds this week.  The blue jays loved it!

This card was inspired by the Double D Challenge "Pine trees or Cones".

The cones were cut with a shimmery gold paper from my scrap bin using a Momenta die, the pine was cut with a Flora & Fauna die. I cut from CTMH card stock and then brushed edges with Ponderosa Pine ink. The sentiment stamped with Ponderosa Pine is from the Hero Arts Holly Days set. I added some Altenew gold thread and Liquid Pearls.  Mounted on a stitched square cut using My Favorite Things die-namics.