Monday, October 25, 2021

Calla Lily Birthday


This image (Paint-a-Flower Calla Lily, Altenew) was first stamped in a very light dye ink, then colored with water color pencils. When dry, it was re-stamped with Versamark and gold heat embossed.  I used a border punch on some gold matt card stock for the side strip element of the sketch, then mounted it with foam on a panel that was embossed with a stitched die plate. I used a cream card stock because the water color paper was not bright white. I embossed the sentiment with gold and adhered it. 

Inspired by sketch #529 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday - though I did not use the option of kitchen items.

Saturday, October 23, 2021



New challenge at Sketch Saturday.

My card for the design team used some origami paper for the background, and leaves embossed and die cut with a set from Momenta.  The sentiment from Grateful Greenery set by Gina K was gold heat embossed.

Sketch Saturday challenges are sponsored by Riley & Co.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Autumn Prints

 I've been walking most days and collecting leaves and other growing bits from my yard to make botanical prints with my gel press.  I made a lot of backgrounds and can't stop!!  So this sketch from Freshly Made gave me some inspiration for turning one into a card.

I used Distress Oxide inks on the Gelli and the sentiment is from Gina K, backed with vellum. 

Allsorts #646   Anything Autumn

and Freshly Made Sketches #508

Monday, October 18, 2021

Autumn Birthday


Good Morning!  It is new Sketch time at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and this is my design team card for this week's sketch #443.

After stamping the sentiment, I ran a panel in CTMH's woodgrain embossing folder making sure the sentiment was between the grain.  I did some direct ink to paper over it before adhering the color card stock.  The leaves were created on watercolor paper and cut out with an older, cherished, Lawn Fawn set of leaf dies.  At the last minute I added the metal flower. I recently tried to clean a chaotic embellishment drawer and found a packet of copper Foundry Flourishes. You know those things that are too pretty to use and you hoard them?  lol The little dots seemed to match the stitching marks on the leaves. I hope you will try your hand with our sketch this week. Link up at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  We love to visit your blogs to see your creations.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Autumn Leaves


It was fun to watch a few technique videos that are linked in the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge for October.  I really had fun playing with paints and Distress Oxide inks and some leaves collected on my walk.  My acrylic paints are not of a good quality, and I found I had greater success with the Oxides.  I also don't have mini-gell plates, so I used the back of the Concord & 9th Painted Shapes stamp set as gel plates.  I have lots of sweet square backgrounds to turn into cards as well.

I used the Freshly Made Sketches #506 to create this card. I adhered 1/4" strips to a card panel and then used a circle die to cut out a window.  I stamped a small sentiment on the inked portion and adhered it behind the window.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Sending Smiles

Happy Monday morning!  A new month and a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I spent most of National Card Making Day organizing and cleaning...I have finally begun the process of creating Inventory sheets for my supplies.  I have finished stencils, CTMH inks, Distress Oxide inks, and all the sentiment dies.  And I created a big box of stamps that I am saying good-bye to. That last is much harder!

Stand alone dies are next, and while going through I found a fun little folder that cuts and embosses. It is from Stampin'Up so I know it's been in there for quite a while!  Honestly, sometimes I wonder if my hobby is collecting products or using them!

I cut a pretty pattern scrap into a rectangle, found some card stock that coordinated and ran it through the machine with the stencil. While the stencil was still attached, I pounced some white pigment ink through the stencil. Found a scrap of green that matched and cut a few bits of foliage. Cut the frame and stamped it with Cocoa ink and embellished with a few pearls from my stash before popping it on with some foam tape.

I hope you will create some fun in your craft space with this week's sketch # 441 and share it with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Fall Leaves


Autumn has always been my favorite - I love the colors, the crisp air and woodsy smells, and the food. Today I played around with a new layering stencil set from Simon Says (Stepped back Squares) and blended with Gina K inks.  I cut two leaves with the Large Stitched Maple die from Simon Says- one in the deep brick color and another in copper card stock.  The panels and sentiment were cut using Gina K Master Layout 2.

Linking to several challenges:  Addicted to Stamps and More #415

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stencils challenge

Dare2BArtzy October challenge -Fall

Saturday, September 25, 2021

A Halloween Birthday

 New sketch over at Sketch Saturday!!  I am late to the game this week because I have been a delegate at a 5 day virtual convention.  Wow!  Zoom all day for 5 days and I survived.  I admit to getting a bit of coloring done while listening to debates... I have two friends with birthdays on Oct. 31 so I made two of these. Inside it says Happy Halloween, Happy Birthday, Sweet Treats.  

This is a marvelous sketch - quick and easy and very versatile.  Join us at Sketch Saturday. Our challenges are sponsored by Riley & Co.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Fall is My Favorite


Good Morning!  New sketch today at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge which runs from September 20-26th.

I was very literal with the sketch, but I am excited to see how some of the other crafters will interpret #439. My card was made mainly with Gina K stamps and inks using the smallest wreath builder. The sentiment is from Cocoa Daisy, gingham from MFT, and wood grain paper from the stash. A few of the cluster foliage pieces were cut with an Altenew set.  

Play along, link up to AHSC so we can see your creations!

Ink Colors: Fresh Asparagus, Faded Brick, Honey Mustard-Gina K                                                          Card stock: New England Ivy -CTMH                                                                                                        Embellishments: Fresh Cut Grass sequin packet-SSS

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Hello for Sketch Saturday

 My design card for this week's new sketch at Sketch Saturday.  Our weekly challenges are sponsored by Riley & Co.  

I used dye inks on an acrylic block, misted with water, and then 'stamped' it on card stock.  I dried it and then stamped the feather image several times in black and fussy cut them out. I used the feathers to create the stacked portion of the sketch. 

I hope you will try out the sketch and share with us at Sketch Saturday!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Feel Better Soon

Good Monday Morning!  Time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I used some CTMH paper from my stash. The image is the Paint-A-Flower from Altenew, White Swan Echinacea, stamped in SSS Intense Black ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy cut. The vase was made using a SSS egg shaped die cut twice and I hand-cut and shaped the top black part. The sentiment flag is from the same stamp set, heat embossed in white. 'HUGS' was cut with Altenew Fine Alphabet die set. I did take a few liberties with the sentiment section of the sketch...This mini slim-line card was cut using Gina K Master Layouts #7.

The card was made for my brother who is recovering from heart surgery.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Baby Girl

One of my P.E.O. sisters had a baby girl this month.  Our chapter consists of mostly older women, so this is a rare and exciting event for us.  I had been saving this piece of patterned paper for quite a while and was happy to be able to use it today to make a card.  I used Gina K's Fluttering Fall stencils and dies, MFT stitched square and a border punch. The sentiment comes from Altenew.

I have used Paper Craft Crew sketch #441 for the design.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Raking Leaves


 A CAS Colours & Sketches inspired card.  After a long day trimming and digging in the yard, I also had to rake some leaves...oh, it begins!!  The stamps are both from Riley & Co., stamped with Barn Red and colored with my Copic markers. I did a light ink blend for sky and ground.  A quick and simple one layer card - hope it makes you chuckle.

Saturday, August 28, 2021



Good Morning! Time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday.

It feels like time to start some autumn cards as the temperatures are cooler and the vegetable garden offering up lots of canning opportunities.  

I had a bit of fun with some papers from my stash, die cuts from MFT and Tim Holtz Halloween Hangouts, and a heat embossed sentiment from a very old CTMH set.  The ghost is on a wobbly and is great to play with!

Get some crafty time this week and link up with us at Sketch Saturday. We'd love to visit your site and see what you created with sketch #675.

Friday, August 27, 2021

CAS Christmas

The challenge at AAA Cards is to use a 1" strip with an optional of a colored card base.

My strip is just less than 1" so I could cut a true 1" in red to back it. I stamped the Simon Says background stamp ( 2019 Leaves and Berries) with Whisper ink on Fog card stock, colored with Copics, and did the berries with Nuvo drops.  The sentiment is from a mini Pretty Pink Posh set.  I also stamped the fold on the envelope with green ink.

Thursday, August 26, 2021



Trying many variations of color with the Fluttering Fall stencil bundle from Gina K.

These layering stencils are really wonderful to use!  And having the dies to go with makes it so easy to create lots of looks. The while panel was dry embossed with a Simon Says butterfly stencil which is very difficult to see in the photo. It's very subtle.  The sentiment comes from the stamp set which is part of the Gina K bundle as well. The gingham paper is from MFT, and embellishment with Sweet Lilac Crystal drops from Nuvo.

The card is inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #500 Celebrate their 500th sketch!!

also linking to CAS on Friday  #212 'Butterfly' challenge.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Autumn Blessings AHSC #435


Good Morning, Monday!  Time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and my Design Team inspiration card.

The weather turned quite chilly here in the past few days, and as I begin the freezing/canning process for the garden, I'm made brutally aware that summer is on the wane.  It has just recently edged up with autumn as my favorite season, so I'm a bit sad but ready for the soup and gorgeous colors of fall.

I played all day yesterday with my new set Absolutely Autumn from    Gina K and used some of my new Master Layout dies as well.  The ink and colored card stock are CTMH, colored with alcohol markers - combo of Copics and Altenew artist markers.

Hoping you will get crafty this week and link up at AHSC so we can see!