Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Gold Birthday

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a new sketch challenge for you today, and the team has some amazing inspiration for you.  Check it all out HERE.

They give an optional theme -  patterned paper, and I have done just that, and added a gold embossed sentiment. I tried edging the sentiment panel with some gold pigment.  Probably would have been better to just mat it. 

Hope you will play along with this sketch.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Trying Technique

Happy Monday morning!  

Trying a technique today that I saw on Gina K Stamp & Chat.  She used it beautifully with warm colors and a silhouette stamp. I wanted to see how it looked  with an open line stamp. Just perfect timing for today's new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!!

I used an image from Altenew, Pen Sketched Flowers and Simon Says Stamp sentiment, and pretty scraps from my box.

Hope you will join the challenge, and also check the rest of the Design Team inspiration on Wednesday's post HERE

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Gel Print Card

The new sketch today at Sketch Saturday had me struggling with decision to keep it CAS or go bold. I am eager to see what crafters will create with this. It's always exciting to visit the blogs that link up!

During the summer I created dozens of gel prints and I have been trying to use some of them. Today's card has some botanical elements and bold color. My friend who is a painter will really like this one I hope. Her birthday is next week.

Four legged Friends

 Challenge #747 at Allsorts 

              *** Four Legged Friends  or Anything Goes ***

with prizes from

My Design Team inspiration for you used some patterned paper from my stash. I used a punch to cut circles of the cute little dog images and then adhered them to a balloon stamp and die cut from an Ellen Huston set, Clever Sausage, I've had for quite a while. The sentiment is from that set as well. The Mix and Match frame dies are from Altenew.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

From My Barn to Yours

 Just playing in the craft room today!  A few weeks back I watched a video at Frenchie Stamps HERE   It's the barn door pop-up card, and I copied all the measurements.  Well, a few really fun challenges are out there ( see all the links below) and it just seemed like the time to try it.  I watched the video again, and made this little barn. I decorated with stamps and dies from My Favorite Things, The Whole Herd set. I colored with Copic markers.  What a fun little card!!

                                          Hay, hen, and chicks stamped, colored, and die cut:

Linking to  The Card Concept - Country        Double Trouble #148  'Any Way You Punch It'


and  I Spy With My Little Eye  - Something from or On a Farm

No Stamping

 Inspired by two challenges today and using dies and papers from my stash. No stamping here, just lots of work at my die cut machine :-)

Dies: Altenew, Window Sphere
Simons Says Stamp, Stitched Circles; Eucalyptus Leaves
Spellbinders, Sentimental Ampersand

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #536      and         Color Throwdown #761


Sunday, September 17, 2023

Fall Anniversary

 Some dear friends will be celebrating an anniversary this coming week.  So I have used a Gina K Designs stencil Delightful Blooms which was part of the Autumn Splendor kit last year.  I used Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Sweet Corn, Honey Mustard, Light Spruce, and Soft Stone inks.  I used Dark Spruce for the stamped part of the sentiment - from the Summer Silhouettes set, and the happy die in gold mat card. I did some light touches with two older CTMH universal background stamps with soft stone ink to add a little texture.

Linking this card to Triple B  - blooms
Crazy is Our Fame - fall stencils
The Paper Shelter - autumn colors

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Masculine Birthday

 Allsorts new challenge #746 has an optional theme of Masculine.  I know I am not the only crafter who struggles with getting this type of card right.  It's an excellent challenge!

Prizes from Craft StashAnna Marie DesignsAALL and CreateOakwoodWOWVOW 

My go to for masculine usually is the stencil box.  My card used a really beautiful one from A Colorful Life Designs (their July release).  My colors were inspired by a color challenge (CAS Colours & Sketches #520) but this didn't turn out to be a CAS card. I inked the yellow part twice and cut one out and popped it up. 

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, Happy Happy Happy set. It was cut with both navy and white. I offset the Happy and popped those up as well. The Birthday was stamped in navy and then in clear embossing.

Hoping you will check out the fabulous Design Team inspiration and join the challenge HERE.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Fall Leaves and Plaid

 Inspired by several challenges today!

Began with the sketch, and plaid,  then the wonderful new Autumn Leaves set from Gina K was on the desk and hadn't been used yet... Copper shiny paper and Copper embossing powder for the sentiment. A bit of copper metallic watercolor for spatter on linen cream card stock.

Linking to Freshly Made Sketches #603


Double D Challenges -Fall Plaid

Gards 4 Galz - Leaves  

Tuesday, September 12, 2023


 My fun lately has been making Gel prints but  it's soooo hard to cut up your favorite ones to make a card.  The new sketch at 

Try Stampin' On Tuesday seemed to allow me to keep as much as possible of this one. I'm afraid I enlarged the panels a bit more than the sketch, but I do like the way this came out.

For the botanical  gel print I used some leaves and fronds from the garden, a bubble stencil and two shades of acrylic paint. The back panel was embossed with a new folder Dotty Circles from Altenew. The sentiment from Altenew embossed on a tiny piece of vellum and added die cuts from Gina K Foliage Fillers.

Check out the fantastic inspiration from my Design Teammates and join the challenge!  We so enjoy visiting your blogs to see what you have created.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Amazing Day


Happy Monday!

Today I am sharing my Design Team card for  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #542

I used some paper from my stash for the card base and front background.  The blooms are from Altenew's Wild Geranium stamp and die set, sentiment from Altenew Fresh Freesia with a few extras from Gina K Designs Foliage Filler dies. The ovals are cut with Gina K Master Layouts 1.

I hope you will join the challenge!  

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Sunny Birthday


A bit late  posting today, but here is my Design Team card for #734 at Sketch Saturday.  There is always an optional twist to the challenge, and this week was using red/yellow/blue.  My card doesn't use the option but it was great fun using the sketch as inspiration.

My products are Gina K Designs latest Breath of Sunshine kit with Gina K inks -Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear, Jelly Bean Green, and Fresh Asparagus. This is a layered stamp set that is so easy to line up. I used the coordinating dies. The stitched dies are from My Favorite Things, and Close To My Heart embossing folder.

Hope you will join the challenge at Sketch Saturday!  It will run through September 22nd.

Also linking to Tic Tac Toe Challenge #225.  I used Birthday, Die Cuts, Stamping.

Use a Die Cut!

A very fun new challenge #745 at Allsorts!

             *** Use a Die Cut   ~  or Anything Goes ***

                        Prizes from Craft StashAnna Marie DesignsAALL and CreateOakwood

My card uses the Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders Breezy Swing that cut the girl, swing, and all the floral bits from my scraps container.  I used some curvy dies to cut green lawn.  The sentiment was done on my computer and inside is a message for my granddaughter for her school start this week.  

                                             Hope you will have a crafty week and join us!

Monday, September 4, 2023

Smile For a Friend

 Just a bit of fun this morning thinking of a friend I have missed.  I pulled out a very old Close To My Heart set (purchased in 1990's!) because I was thinking I could use some fun reverse strips (CZ Design). The stamp has two layers for the grapes, so I stamped off for the first layer. Colors and design inspired by CAS Colours & Sketches. I used Gina K Designs Plum Punch and Light Spruce inks.

Saturday, September 2, 2023


 Such a beautiful flower! My yard has been pretty busy this past week with bluebirds feasting on the sunflower seeds. The main flower was packed with them.  The new challenge at Allsorts, selected by Ellie 

         Sunflowers  🌻🌻🌻🌻  or you may use the Anything Goes option

Prizes from Craft StashAnna Marie DesignsAALL and CreateOakwood     

 Another sponsor of Allsorts is WOWVOW they have some gorgeous papers and ribbons- many at discounted prices at the moment-  check them out here.

My Design Team card features the sunflower image from Altenew's Paint-a-Flower set, colored with Altenew Artist Markers. The smaller back panel was embossed with Organic Linen folder. The die cut sentiment is from Gina K Designs.

                                          I hope you will join the challenge!

Thursday, August 31, 2023

School Begins!

 I've had a marvelous time with my grandchildren this summer - they are 8 and 5.  We have taken walks in the woods, along rocky beaches, crafted, learned to embroider and knit, played catch, cooled off on the slip n' slide, picked blueberries, made jam and applesauce, gardened and pulled weeds, gone to museums, trampoline, and putt putt golf.... this Mimee is happy and tired!  One more overnight weekend with backyard camping and maybe a movie/popcorn night and then it will be time to start school and Mom and Dad will be in full charge once again.

I will make them each a card with a note inside and a positive message.  This is the first and will go to the Kindergarten kid.  I used some papers from my stash and the stamps are from a Close To My Heart set called School is Here - at least 10 years old as I purchased it before I retired.

Linking to Retro Rubber Challenge #214  

Hey, friend!

 With this card I played with a Jennifer McGuire technique of rubbing ink on debossed side of a panel. I had embossed with Gina K Falling Leaves folder and after rubbing with three shades of ink, I cut a circle aperture and a smaller one on the dark brown to create an inner frame with SSS Stitched Circles.  The Nina Desert Storm card front was embossed with a wood grain folder. I colored and cut the bear and sentiment from the Happy Fall Y'all kit from Simon. The inside has a little colored leaf from that set.

linking to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 29, 2023



My son who lives inn Japan brought me so many lovely gifts on his recent visit home! It is really fun to get the gorgeous papers, stickers and yummy foods, and lots of thank you cards must be sent. So I have used papers and a gold sticker from Japan and an embossed sentiment from an old favorite Lawn Fawn set.  It's a clean and simple card, but I love the sparkle. Inspiration from the newest sketch at TSOT.

                Please check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at                                       Try Stampin' On Tuesday and give this marvelous sketch some crafty love.