Monday, November 29, 2021

Merry Chiristmas


Happy Monday! See the new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge today. My card is inspired by the sketch and by the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink.  See below.

I stamped a Hero Arts background stamp in black on School House Red card stock (SSS), and adhered it to a white panel that I ran through a Snowflake embossing folder. It's only one large snowflake but I moved it around to emboss in each corner.  The images were stamped and colored with Altenew inks/markers (Green Fields and Mountain Pine), and I added a bit of Glossy Accents on the berries.  The sentiment is from the same set - Hero Arts, Holly Says stamp & die combo. Black twine from my stash.

I was inspired by the Buffalo Plaid, white script on black, and 

the green tree boughs

Friday, November 26, 2021

CAS Very Berry

 Inspired by CAS Colours & Sketches #447, I created a thin strip using Altenew's mini Very Berry layering set stamped with Altenew inks of Firefly and Grass Field, CTMH Holiday Red and Cranberry. The sentiment is an older one from a CTMH set.  A touch of Wink of Stellar was added to the berries for a tiny shimmer.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Brrr Inchie


Found my inchies!  I stamped this tiny snowman in black, colored around him with alcohol marker, white heat embossed the 'brrr' sentiment, then used gel pens to color his scarf, heart buttons and add snow.  

A very fun challenge at AAA Card Challenge.

Peaceful Night


Inspired by sketch #512 at Freshly Made Sketches, and Color Throwdown #669

and linking to Krafty Chicks #586 CAS challenge.

Savvy Snowy Scene die cut, gold embossed stars from Flora and Fauna Cozy Cuddles set, and sentiment Simon Says Stamp Clean Line Christmas set.

Blue denim card stock and a narrow strip of gold mirror card.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Sketch Saturday #687


Good Morning!  New sketch this week for the Sketch Saturday challenge. My Design Team inspiration was created using the following products.

Stamps and coordinating dies: Gina K Perfect Ponsettia

Stencil: Holiday Foliage, Simon Says Stamp

Die Cut: Outline Clustered Leaves, SSS

Ink: Gina K Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Fresh Asparagus, Jelly Bean Green

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Feel Better Soon


A get well card for a friend's husband inspired by sketch #532 at 

Try Stampin' On Tuesday..

The card front was debossed with an Altenew cover die, and the foliage cut with Altenew dies. All the papers, ink, sentiment stamp, and embellishments are CTMH products.

Monday, November 15, 2021

A friend like you


Monday means a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  

I just love this sentiment from Gina K's Bitty Botanicals set, and I've surrounded it with die cuts from Altenew's Create a wreath die set. I used a white gel pen on the terracotta leaves to have them match the patterned paper.  Papers are from retired CTMH's Pathfinding collection. 

I look forward to visiting you to see what you've created with this week's sketch. Use the link above to AHSC to join this week's challenge.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Orange Thanks

 I missed the deadline for this color challenge, but really wanted to give it a try. Orange. Wow. That is a color I don't use a lot and I don't think I've ever made a card with only orange. The challenge was at a new to me blog called Make the Cards, a weekly that posts new challenges on Wednesdays.

 I used a Brutus Monroe mixed media stencil on the card front and also on the envelope flap.  This ink blending colors were Distress inks - Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Crackling Campfire.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant. I cut it twice for some dimension and curved it around the pumpkin when I adhered it.  The pumpkin is from Gina K and was colored with alcohol markers, fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.  

Simple, bright, fun. 

linking to Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes challenge



Some issues with my old lap top. Fear today may be a shopping day for an update. 

But here is my card for Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch #531.  Made with things from my stash - embossing folder, snowflake die cuts, a circle cut from a foam pressed background, and some little sparkle with sequins and ribbon.  

Friday, November 12, 2021

Birthday Print


Still making cards with my stamping foam backgrounds!  This one crated by pressing the foam on some metal embellishments from my stash and inking in blues and a green . The flags were cut with MFT dies. The sentiment is a Poppy die.  Paper Gina K Blue Denim.

Inspired by sketch #631 at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Winter Snow

 More fun playing with my stamping foam today.  This background was made by pressing foam into my three snowflake dies and inking up with several blues from Altenew's Lapis Lazuli set. I misted with water and got some lovely effects. The sentiment from SSS CZ Clean Line Christmas was heat embossed with white. Panel and sentiment strip cut using Gina K ML2. The holographic snowflake embellishments from my stash look silver or icy blue as you hold the card in the light.  I used the Freshly Made sketch from yesterday's post again.


Linking to AUD Sentiments #287  'Christmas'
Craft Rocket Challenges #87   'Winter/Snow'
Krafty Chicks #585   'Christmas'

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


 Happy to be able to take a break from big holiday projects and get creative with this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I missed the timing for #509 but as is often the case, I used the sketch for a card and it was a top pick for Little Red Wagon.  

This week I'm on it!  

After watching another video about using Simon Hurley foam today, I heated mine up and made an impression of the brick facing on my fireplace. Inked with a light grey ink to make my rectangle panel, it looked like a snow flurry to me.  The pine was die cut with a Flora and Fauna die. The berry branch stamped in Cocoa and cut with Gina K's Perfect Poinsettia kit; sentiment stamped in Christmas Pine from Gina's set of the same name. I added red Nuvo drops to the berries.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Sketch Saturday #685

This week's sketch challenged me...I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately anyhow.    But this lovely paper in my origami box and some matching embellishments just caught my eye.  The sentiment  was heat embossed in white.      Find the link at Sketch Saturday and share your take on this week's challenge!  


Thursday, November 4, 2021


 I am still enjoying collecting leaves on my blustery walks. The rain and wind have made a fluttery, colorful mess outside!  The collection provides inspiration for continuing the Gel press fun back in the craft room.

For this card I used My Favorite Things square dies to create windows on a slim-line sized card panel, and I fitted in some cuttings from a background, tied some twine, stamped with a Gina K sentiment and added some embellishments from Buttons Galore Fall Foliage assortment.  

Linking to Little Red Wagon challenge #626 "So Very Thankful"    Time to send out my Thanksgiving cards now and get back to Christmas projects. I have two big ones for my P.E.O. chapter that I am excited to complete- cards and painted glass ornaments♥

Monday, November 1, 2021

Playful Penguin

New sketch #445 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  This is my design team card for the challenge.

The papers come from my stash, the Penguin is from Gina K's Playful Penguin set, the sentiment from Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler set.  The penguin was colored with water color pencils and cut with the coordinating die.  This is a classic sketch and so versatile.  I'm sure you will get very creative with it and I look forward to visiting your blog!