Saturday, October 31, 2020


CAS Colours & Sketches #394 inspired this quick and simple CAS card.  The Simon Says Stamp sentiment was heat embossed in silver and the vellum shadow cut with the coordinated die. The stars are from my embellishment stash, the paper linen card stock on a white top folding card base.

Also linking to The House that Stamps Built - Anything Goes Challenge 02820

Friday, October 30, 2020

Family Blessings

Many opportunities for gratitude about now, especially family and friends.  I had cataract surgery on both eyes last Monday and crafting has been a challenge until today. So I missed The Paper Players sketch deadline.  But it was a fun sketch to work with, and I recommend checking out the awesome cards linked there. I combined the sketch with Color Throwdown Challenge #617.

I used a My Favorite things die and coordinating shaker pouch with Simon Says Stamp and Pretty Pink Posh embellishments inside. Behind I placed colors from the challenge made with Distress Oxide Ink Festive Berries, Twisted Citron and Pine Needles.  I used the same colors to blend on some scrap and cut out leaves using Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves dies.  The base panel was dry embossed with a Brustus Monroe stencil. Stamped sentiments are from an 'ancient' Close to My Heart set - one of their early clear stamp sets. (November Word Puzzle about 20 years ago!  Use your stash!♥

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sketch Saturday #633


Good Morning weekend crafters!!  I am thrilled to be able to share my Design Team card for this week at Sketch Saturday sponsored by  Riley & Co. The pandemic has kept me from my other retirement love: travel.  Eight countries visited in the six years since my retirement from teaching...I long for the world to be well again so I can see some more of it. ♥  Until then, I journey through my paper stash.  This card, inspired by this sketch, uses some great BoBunny paper, a sentiment die from Memory Box, a sentiment strip from Tim Holtz, and metal elements from my CTMH stash box.

The sketch challenge runs October 24-30th. 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Cozy Corner


I have been so busy with various projects that I forgot to post this card!  It was under some papers, and had been waiting for a photo.  I made it with a retired CTMH set, Welcome Home.  I stamped with dye inks and then shaded and added color with pencils.  

There are some really beautiful cards posted here at AAA Card Challenge by the design team and many participants. A brand new two-week challenge will begin Sunday, Oct. 25th

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Birthday

 Tuesday Morning Sketch # 577 became a birthday card for me. I used a tag for the rectangle panel and sentiment die cut from gold card stock. Both dies are from Poppy.  The roses are the recent mini set from Altenew that were heat embossed in gold and colored with artist markers.  

This is a great sketch for using left over strips of paper or washi tape.  The challenge runs until Oct.25th

Monday, October 19, 2020

Atlantic Hearts #391


My Design Team card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #391.  I was planning a Thanksgiving card for this since I am deep into getting those done, but needed a birthday card for a P.E.O. sister.  Our logo is a daisy, so I try to incorporate them in the cards sent to them.  This whimsical paper was in the recent Simon Says Stamp monthly kit and went nicely with an older Close to My Heart set I use a lot and ♥  The flower centers were colored with Altenew artist markers and shimmered up with the sparkle pen. The die cut sentiment is from Poppy

The challenge begins today, and closed October 25, 2020.  Play along!!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

So Grateful

My favorite crafting is in fall. I adore the colors of autumn and my favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. I send at least 25 Thanksgiving cards each year. 

This card used Freshly Made sketch #457 as inspiration, some Distress Oxide ink blending, Simon Says Oak leaf from last year's release, lovely plaid paper from Authentique I snagged from the sale bin at my craft store this morning, and linen navy card stock.  I heat embossed the sentiment -from a very old CTMH set- in Copper embossing powder.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Beary Happy Birthday

 Having some coloring fun with Simon Says Stamp Happy Fall Y'all set! I stamped with Simon's Intense Black ink, colored with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut images. Patterned gingham is from my CTMH stash.  My BFF's hubby is a big teddy bear of a guy and we had a sidewalk surprise party for him- the Happy Birthday sentiment is  inside.

                                           Glossy accents on eyes and nose. White gel pen highlights.

Linking to Paper Players Color Challenge 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Sketch Saturday #631


I am so excited to join the Design Team at Sketch Saturday!!

 This is a fun weekly sketch challenge sponsored by Riley & Co.  I am excited to order some of their adorable stamps.  If you love snappy sentiments, you really must check this company out!  And play along with the sketches and perhaps win a Riley & Co. gift yourself.

I 'smooshed' watercolor, stamped a leaf (from a Hampton Art set) with Chocolate ink on the dry watercolor and die cut.  The patterned paper is from my stash. The dark brown front panel is Simon Says Stamp card stock on a cream top folding card base. I used the wood grain embossing folder and Mocha pearl embellishments that are CTMH. I left it without a sentiment for now - it can be a fall notecard or perhaps I will use a Thanksgiving stamp inside.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Hey, Pumpkin


This week's new sketch #389 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has lots of versatility for any type of theme.  I have parts of two other cards on my craft table using this sketch - one Halloween and another with a floral element.   Get crafty and head on over to AHSC and share your creativity!  You can check in with them on Wednesday for this card and the rest of the Design Team inspiration.

I used CTMH papers and embellishments from my stash, embossed the back panel with the pumpkin stencil from Carta Bella, and the images and sentiments are from the new Simon Says Stamp set "Happy Fall, Y'all.  Colored them with Altenew artist markers. You can click on the image for a close up view as it's difficult to show the subtle dimension of the pumpkins in the photo.