Saturday, November 25, 2023

Colors of Winter


Allsorts challenge #756 - with Colors of Winter option selected by design teammate Sarah.

Marvelous prizes this week come from AALL and Create who still have some fabulous bargains to be had, lots of stamps and stencils are half price or less but you need to be quick as the sale will be over very soon.

Winter has so many 'outfits' that is is very difficult to choose. My favorites are any shade of blue with white and something shiny. 

My card came about because I just acquired a foiling machine and discovered some acetate transfer sheets purchased about two years ago. I don't believe I understood how to use them at the time. Now I've figured it out!  So I foiled the Merry Christmas and placed some patterned paper that had gold stars and dots behind the acetate. I cut an oval aperture from a piece of sea glass card stock and splattered it with white paint and added lots of tiny gold star sequins. 

Looking forward to seeing lots of lovely wintry creations on the Allsorts blog!  Hope you will take a look and join the fun.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


 Inspired by a sketch at Paper Craft Crew, and going through all my Christmas themed papers hoping to use a few more of them.  This patterned paper was from a long-ago Close To My Heart collection that I have loved. Must have bought several packs and there is just a bit left now.  The die is Flora & Fauna, inked blended a bit and splattered with white acrylic. A Darice embossing folder was used on the white panel.

Winter Trees


A marvelous sketch at Try Stampin' On Tuesday!  The optional twist is 'trees' and I was excited to use a new Gina K Designs silhouette set - Winter Terrain.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, Joyful Season. I ink blended, splattered with white paint, and fussy cut the bottom horizontal piece.

There are some beautiful cards from the rest of the design team at TSOT.

Sure hope you will join the challenge!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Santa Comes to Town


New at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

My card uses a fun background stamp from My Favorite Things, City Block, that I cut up for the sections of the sketch and adhered it to a black panel.

The Santa and reindeer are from MFT's Happy, Ho-Ho Holidays set. I colored them with Copics and cut with the coordinating dies. The sentiment is from that set as well.

Hope you will join the challenge!

Linking to Little Red Wagon #731  "Home Sweet Home" challenge

Debossed Tag

 While finishing up two knitting projects, I tuned into You tube for some crafty inspiration. Lots of talented folks out there making tags and tag cards for holidays.  Recently, I tried the ink-blending and black with a three-D embossing folder.  But yesterday I saw two videos using the de-bossed side. You emboss the tag, then ink blend, then direct-to-paper swipe with the black ink pad.  It's magic!  Fast, easy. You don't even need to be very perfect with colors as they are covered with the black. This was super fun to do.  You can see one version here with Micelle from Altenew:

I used a new Spellbinders folder Meandering Floral, inked with Altenew Spring Floral ink cube set, and swiped with Versafine black.  The sentiment from a Gina K set was heat embossed.

Linking to The Paper Players #667  

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Silver & White


The new challenge at Sketch Saturday #739

My design team card for the sketch features some poinsettia die cuts from Spellbinders, some matt silver and grey card, and a white heat embossed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.used a Gina K embossing folder on the grey panel and then rubbed it with some silver gilding wax. I struggled to get the photo to show the pretty shine on this card. Thinking I should try to build a light box...

The rest of the team has some beautiful cards for inspiration on the blog.  Hope you will check it out and join the challenge.


 A Z-fold card that was heat embossed and painted with metallic watercolors.  The stamps are from an older Hero Arts stamp & die set with a sentiment from Gina K Designs.  The label was cut with an Altenew Nesting Labels die. 

Linking to  Cards 4 Galz #212  Embossing      

     and                   My Time to Craft #521 Got to be Christmas

Three Trees

                  Christmas is the theme for challenge #755 at Allsorts!

                        with prizes from Stampendous and Oakwood Direct and WOWVOW

My card uses some wonderful dies, Ornamental Trees,  from Gina K Designs. The sentiment from her Feeling Frosty set.  It is such a pretty font and I love that it has a coordinating die. I made LOTS of them and this is the sentiment on nearly all my holiday cards!  I'm either batching well or very lazy :-)

This is a simple design and easy to put together. Perfect when you need LOTS of cards to mail.

Saturday, November 11, 2023


 The new challenge at Allsorts this week has  the theme of Friendship.  Friends and a loving family are the greatest riches in my life.  I love sending them cards to let them know how much I treasure them.

Challenge #754 can have a Friendship theme or Anything Goes.  As always there are some marvelous prizes from StampendousOakwood Direct and WOWVOW

The Design Team has some beautiful inspiration for you - check them out on the Allsorts blog.

My card is pretty clean and simple - using snips from my box of little pretty left-overs and sentiments from Simon Says Stamp. The FRIEND stamp was heat embossed with copper. and I added some copper sequins.  This is a mini-slimline card.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Double the Fun


Double the fun for this challenge at                                                       Try Stampin' On Tuesday!                                                 The optional theme to use with the sketch is Thanksgiving.

This sketch is partnering with the challenge at                            Double Trouble "3-2-1 Recipe to a Happy Harvest"


Three patterned papers,  two embellishments, and one  fall item.  Both challenges are linked above and are open until November 19th.  Create and link up on both sites so we can see how you have interpreted these two fun challenges.  

My card used papers from my bountiful stash and some stamps from Simon Says Stamp sets. I colored with Prisma pencils.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Wishing Joy


                                    Monday morning greetings!

                        #550 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

My design team card uses some saved pieces of CTMH White Pines paper, star dies, and a brand new image, sentiment, and dies from Gina K Designs Under the Mistletoe set.

A little embossing, Copic coloring and some addition of foliage complete the card.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Fall Birthday


Welcome to Sketch Saturday #738 

My inspiration for you today uses some gorgeous paper from The Paper Studio and a sentiment from CZ Designs at Simon Says Stamp. I added some embellishments from Gina K Designs and sequins from the stash.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see your creations on the                 Sketch Saturday blog.

The Great Outdoors

 Challenge #753 at Allsorts has an optional theme of the Great Outdoors that allows for so many fun directions! 

Prizes from Stampendous and Oakwood Direct and WOWVOW

My card uses a new to me set from My Favorite Things, I'll Always Chews You. I really wanted some wood element behind the image...
So I taped together all my Spellbinders nesting circle dies, pressed them into Simon Hurley stamping foam, inked up with chocolate a cocoa inks and stamped on a kraft scrap of card. After cutting with just the larger die, I distressed the edge with scissors and rubbed on dark brown ink. I stamped the image and leaves, colored with Copics and used the coordinating dies to cut. Coloring little critters that are all brown was a challenge. These are my second attempt. A friend was here crafting with me and had just a perfect die with rough edges for the white panel. Looks like the critters have been chewing it up!