Sunday, September 27, 2020



Used one of my old favorites for this challenge at AAA Cards.  All my friends know I consume a full pot of coffee every morning...and exercise is never my first activity choice!  So this sentiment is my mantra.

Mildred (Bugaboo digital) was colored with pencils, her glasses have Glossy Accents, and a hallo of distress ink.  I created a mask from a plain paper print and tried using Pixie spray to hold it in place. It worked perfectly! I would have loved to do Copic coloring but didn't want the bleed on a one-layer.  

Monday, September 21, 2020

AHSC #387


This week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This is my Design Team inspiration card for challenge #387.  It will post on the AHSC blog Wednesday, but don't wait until then. Check out the sketch, get crafty, and link up your card.

I had an idea in my mind about this card but it was a real struggle to get it to work...I nearly gave up. But I stuck with it.  I masked off the corner and applied water color and Nuvo Shimmer powder to the water color card stock. Once it was dry I cut the Birch Press Prism Triangle die from the upper left corner. This is when things began to fall apart :-)   In the end I had to trim out the triangle and adhere it to the bronze shimmer paper. The sentiment was heat embossed with Ranger  Copper embossing powder, and a trio of copper sequins finished it.  The design reminds me of my travels in Morocco - so I photographed it on a tray from there and some sand from my adventure in the desert. The second photo shows the beautiful shine that comes through.

Go Nuts

Challenge #174 at AAA Cards is to use one third of the space with a twist of woodland animals. Who knew that all my animal stamps are sea or farm creatures, dinosaurs and unicorns?!  But I found this little squirrel tucked away in the autumn box.  While trying to think of how to have it hold the acorn, I had a goofy idea to make a door and use both sentiments in the set.  So if a minimally interactive card can still be CAS - here it is.  A bit of masking was used and all was colored with Copics.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Miss You

It was a busy week - but today I got some projects completed, and cleaned up the crafty space so I could mess it up again!

My card is inspired by Sketch Saturday #628

Autumn comes around this week and it's my favorite color palette.  I've water colored and fussy cut some leaves then stamped the sentiment with Kaleidacolor Creole Spice pad, and then felt it was too washed out looking. I stamped over with black and purposely offset a bit. Not sure that was a good idea but it's there now!  I added a lighter inside panel to my dark green card base and a few more leaves.

Products Used:

My Favorite Things, Wonky Rectangle dies    

Impress sentiment stamp

Impression Obsession, Coffee cup die

Simon Says Stamp, leaf stamp


Monday, September 7, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays

Monday and a new sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. So many ways to go with this fabulous basic sketch.  I was tempted to go with a sunshine...but somehow this idea got in my head!  I didn't have a string of lights, so I penciled in a circle and hand drew the string with a micro point Sharpie. The bulbs were made with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Papers from Kringle & Co. Sentiments, sprigs and gnome die from Simon Says Stamp. I colored the sprigs and gnomie's nose with Copics. He is attached with a wobble- which is too cute! 

  Head on over to Atlantic Hearts - sketch #385- and play along! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Finding Our Way


Nothing makes me happier than a sketch to get me started. Sketch+theme even better!  So here is my card, and below I will link directly to some of my favorite challenges for inspiration.  The sun is shining and I am looking forward to a day outside - mowing, trimming, harvesting - finding my way through this very strange place (2020) that I sometimes feel lost in.  Just thinking about Dory and Nemo swimming home makes me smile.

Used Nina Solar white 110# card base, MFT waves stencil, Tumbles Glass and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks, a sentiment from Altenew, and some darling fish colored with Copics and a few gel pen highlights..

Perfect inspiration found at AAA Card Challenge #173  sketch + optional twist 'At the Movies'
and CAS on Sunday #187 'Under the Sea'