Thursday, March 31, 2022

You are the best FMS529

 Inspired by Freshly Made Sketches # 529

I created this water color piece with the plastic wrap technique. I cut it down for the sketch element and did the same colors on one of the die cuts to tuck under the left side panel that is popped with foam tape. The white die cuts are two stacked together. The gold embossed sentiment is from Altenew's Paint a Flower Zinnia set.  I used some gold thread and embellishments for a little added sparkle. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Red, White & Blue

Time for a new sketch challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday!

Use the sketch with an option to use scraps, which I have done with my card. Recently I organized my patterned paper by color families into folders. While doing this I saw several combinations of scrap that really went well together, so I paper clipped them and every now and then I pick one and make a card. The horizontal kraft piece is from a section of packing material, and the little stars were in a little plastic bag - no idea where they came from.

No sentiment on this as it will probably go out in July or maybe Memorial Day and I'll write inside.

Hope you will check out the rest of the design team inspiration at TSOT and join the challenge!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Spring Thanks


This new Layered Tulip die from Waffle Flower is so fun to play with and easy to assemble. I cut on shades of pink and green card stocks and then ink blended edges to some contrast and depth.

I embossed a panel and then placed it behind a popped up frame cut with some rectangle dies. The sentiment is an older Savvy die.

Linking to Cut It Up #248 : Spring Project

and   CAS on Friday #227 : Flowers

Saturday, March 26, 2022

You Make Me Hoppy

Good Morning!  Happy to greet the weekend with a new challenge at Sketch Saturday. Hope you will be able to have some crafting time and join us.

For my design team inspiration, I adjusted the sketch to a top-folding portrait A-2 card.  The background was ink blended with the Easter Background stencil from Pretty Pink Posh. The grass, flowers, bunnies and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp March 2022 Kit 'Hoppy Days Ahead'   I colored with Copics and fussy cut. The grass and sentiment with popped up with foam tape.

In the garden

This week at Allsorts, Lorraine has selected the theme "In the Garden". Sponsors for the challenge are First Stop Stationers with two prizes: Card-io Winter Walks and Oriental Whispers.

I am looking forward to getting my vegetable garden started. I have four raised beds and an herb garden. Lots of tomatoes, beans, beets, peas, kale and squash. Last year I tried potatoes and discovered that four plants was WAY too much for me. 

My inspiration card did not turn out as I had hoped...but deadlines loom. Perhaps I will add another in a day or so with flowers this time. Plenty of those in the garden as swell. Right now it's just a few daffodils, primroses, anemone, forsythia, and the English daisies. 

I hope you will be inspired to create a project and share it with us at Allsorts challenge HERE.

Friday, March 25, 2022


Isn't this background stamp beautiful?!  A friend loaned me this stamp during a crafting session this week. I stamped it with watercolor friendly ink and loosely painted it with a pink, rose, two shades of green and two of yellow.  I water colored a scrap piece of the water color card with pink and then stamped it with a sentiment from Altenew's Paint-A-Flower White Swan Echinacea set. The die cuts were from Gina K Designs Master Layouts.  I added some sequins for some sparkle.  

I am linking this post to several challenges:
Ellibelle's Corner : Crafty Wednesday Challenge Spring is in the Air
Creative Knockouts - I used die cuts, bling and flowers
Cardz 4 Gals #169   Spring Flowers
Sunday Stamps #279: Color Challenge

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Happy Easter

 Happy Spring and time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

 For my design team inspiration I created a 4.25x4.25 square card.  The main panel was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks (Scattered Straw, Salt Water Taffy, Abandoned Coral) with MFT Small Brick Wall stencil. Then without removing that stencil, I placed the Cable Knit Heart stencil (Brutus Monroe) over and inked again.  The bunnies were stamped, shaded a bit with Copics, and fussy cut. They come from the Simon Says Stamp March kit. The sentiment is from that set as well.

I hope you will play along with the sketch challenge! 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

A blessing in my life

 Good Morning!  It is a new week at Allsorts Challenge, this week Mervi has selected Feminine as her theme.  So many amazing women in our lives to celebrate! 

Generous sponsors for this challenge are Craft Stash and 3 images from Ruth Hamilton Designs.

My design team inspiration for this week's challenge uses a lovely image from Ruth Hamilton called Pop of Color.  I printed out the image several times and colored with alcohol markers, then fussy cut.
The back panel was embossed with Altenew's Angled Mosaic 3D folder and ink brushed with Sea Glass ink.  The oval was cut from gold gloss card using Altenew's Create a Wreath die set. The card base and sentiment are from Gina K Designs.

Please join the challenge HERE. The team looks forward to seeing all your creations.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

You Shine!


Wonderful new sketch challenge # 547 at Try Stampin' On Tuesday

The challenge is to use the sketch with an optional theme: Metallics

My design team inspiration card has been created for a very dear friend. She was a high school teacher and coach at a very important time when through Title IX girls were eligible to play in competitive sports.  She launched four programs for girls, was head coach, and was a "driving force for equity in sports."  She will be inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.  

I used heat silver embossing, metallic water colors, gold shimmer spray through a stencil, matt gold card stock, and some tiny gold star embellishments.  The sentiment was cut from a Simon Says die and inlaid with the gold and mounted on a square of shimmery vellum.           Lots of shine!


Please join us and share your crafty awesomeness HERE!   The team loves to visit and see what you create.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Plaid Quilted Card

 A few years back I was obsessed with creating paper quilts.  Warning: It is very addictive! I have been yearning to make some again, so I got out my file folder of quilt patterns and went to the library and checked out McCall's Quilting January/February 2022 edition.  I used one of the blocks shown in the Spring Morning quilt designed by Marcie Patch. (pp 79-81)

I usually use small floral prints, but today was wanting to do something a little different and found some bright, spring colored plaid in the scrap stash.  Precision cutting is the only tough thing here, and get the glue everywhere especially corners so they don't lift up when embossed ("quilted").

This is a square 5.5"x5.5" card base.

The 'quilting' was done with a chicken wire embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts.
The 'binder' edging was creating by cutting tiny strips, embossed with a stitching die from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment from Gina K Designs Flowering Florals set.

My card is just one block of the full quilt pattern.

I am linking to two challenge blogs:
Can You Handle the Pressure?   - Use an embossing folder w/twist of plaid

and Just Us Girls #623 - Trend Week: Embossing Folders

Birthday Wishes

Sketch #226 at CAS on Friday   ONE LAYER BIRTHDAY challenge.

My card uses all inks and stamps from Gina K Designs Birthday Bash set.   I masked * off a rectangle and ink blended with Applemint, Sea Glass and Lovely Lavender.  I added another sentiment and stamped some 'confetti' inside.

* #593 at Just Add Ink Masking challenge

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Play a Tune

 Welcome to the weekend! #696 new at Sketch Saturday.

My design team inspiration for you uses some silver heat embossed music on a matt silver card stock. The stamp is from Kaisercraft that has been in my stash for a while.  My first thought when I saw the sketch was piano I cut 1/2" strips of white and black. They are popped up on the background.  The sentiment is from some label stickers I got in a kit last year.  Just a fun card that I'll save for a dear friend who composes and teaches piano.

  Hope you will join us!

Spring Freesia two ways


My design team card for this week's challenge at Allsorts #667 'Spring is in the Air'. The sponsor for this challenge is Stampers Grove with this beautiful set for a winning entry.

I love spring flowers and freesia have such a marvelous scent as well.  This stamp and die set from Altenew has been a favorite of mine.  Freesia have many color varieties, and I had to do two for this challenge. 

The first card doesn't use typical spring colors, but I have some of this stunning red/orange variety.  The back ground was created by blowing bubbles with ink and dish soap in a small bowl and 'catching' the bubbles on the paper. Great fun to do!  I added some splatter. The flower was colored with alcohol markers.

My second card is of a white freesia, again colored with alcohol markers. The background for this card was embossed on Fog card stock (Simon Says Stamp Exotic Vines) and then I daubed white pigment ink on raised portions and ink blended some grey around the edges. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I hope you will join and share your creation here. The team loves visiting to see what you have made.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Prayers for Ukraine

It's new sketch time at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.                My card is inspired by the colors of Ukraine's flag and their national flower.

My design team inspiration for you uses an older sunflower stamp that was colored with alcohol markers, and a number of tiny sentiments from various sets from Simon Says Stamp and one from an Altenew set. I tried to choose sentiments that expressed concern and support for Ukraine.  They were stamped in Whisper ink on the panels I had ink blended with Blue Raspberry, Wild Dandelion, and Sweet Mango from Gina K. I popped the panels with foam tape, and the fussy cut flower was also popped up with foam tape. Some waxed twine was twisted to resemble leaves for that element of the sketch.

I hope you will be inspired to be crafty and link up to the challenge HERE.  The team loves to visit your site to see your creations.

I would also like to link this card to Color Hues Challenge - Cards for Ukraine and to

Mod Squad Challenge - Cards for Ukraine. Ink blended with Gina K.

The crafting community is such a wonderful, kind group.  Wish we could channel that loving support to the whole world.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Fun with Distressing

 The challenge at Allsorts this week Anything Goes with an option to use distressing techniques. I haven't done that for a while and I LOVED making this card!  So much fun getting messy with inks, splatter, tearing paper, roughing edges and sponging.  My work table needs a thorough cleaning up :-)

The card base is Nina Desert Sand sponged around the edges with some desert sand ink. I then roughed the edges of a piece of dark gray card stock with scissors and embossed with a wood grain folder. Next I did some ink to paper drags to highlight the raised parts and adhered it to the card base.

Then things got really messy! I cut some patterned paper down with deckled edge scissors and then stamped it with a speckle stamp, stenciled it with the negative of the big leaf die, sponged it around the edges. I tore the other paper and sponged it too. These were adhered together and I tied a black string and put dimensional foam tape on the back.  The leafy bits were adhered and I splattered with black and white before adhering it to the wood grain panel.

I hope you will give distressing a go or make an A/G card and link up to Allsorts HERE.  The design team looks forward to seeing your creations.

Two sponsors for this challenge: a Tattered Lace die and a £15 store voucher for Stamp Addicts

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

 Today I created this card with Simon Says Stamp World of Love set, inked with Distress Oxide inks.

 It's speaks for itself.  As a retired Social Studies teacher - I taught Eastern European history, World Problems, Civics, U.S. History - my heart is greatly burdened by the current war.