Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Sea You Soon


Shaker cards are always a special event for me, but this sketch spoke 'shaker' to me.  I wanted a card to send to my brother saying how excited I was to be seeing him soon on Cape Cod.  

So I created the background with Summertime Waves embossing folder of the Month for June from Spellbinders. I cut a 2 1/2" circle and the behind that is some white card stenciled with Brutus Monroe stencil, Seashell Swirls. The little elements were all cut from color scrap card using a variety of dies - Gina K, Flora & Fauna, and Savvy.  The sentiment is from jillibean Octopus set.

Hope you will feel crafty and join the challenge at TSOT!

Monday, July 15, 2024

Center Diamond


For my Design Team card this week at                                    Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I have used Fine Frames Diamond Die set from Altenew, and Gina K Designs Modern Floral stamp/stencil/die bundle. The Gina K inks used are Light and Medium Carnation, with enamel embellishments, Fashion Jet, from Spellbinders.

Hope you will join us for Sketch #586 this week!

Also linking this card to  My Time to Craft # 538   CAS challenge

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

More Yarn


Try A Sketch On Tuesday #650

This set Yarn Love from Simon Says Stamp gets lots of use because I have so many friends that knit and crochet.

I stamped the yarns on scrap colored card that coordinated with this piece of patterned paper that looked like knit to me; that paper and the embellishments are from my long retired Close To My Heart stash.  I don't have the dies, so all was fussy cut. Ink on all was Outdoor Denim.

Hope you will check out the rest of the Design Team creations at TSOT and join the challenge!

Monday, July 1, 2024

Hello Sweet Friend


My Design Team contribution for #584 at

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I did some ink smooshing on a stencil with greens and gold. The aperture and sentiment panel were cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. The foliage die cuts and sentiment are Gina K Designs.

Hope you will check out the sketch and play along!

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Way to Go Grad!

 My first grandchild graduated from high school this month!  Honor Roll all four years, and we are so proud.  I made this card using the school's colors.  I saw a similar design on Pinterest, but made some alterations in size and wanted to add color. The number dies are from Altenew, and the stamps inside are Studio g I got on sale many years ago.  I used gold embroidery floss to make my tassel. 

Linking to Krafty Chicks #722  'All Occasions'

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Forever Postage

 This is a very versatile sketch. It had me puzzled for a bit, but then had this idea. I sure hope you will visit Try A Sketch On Tuesday and see what the rest of Design Team has for your inspiration. And we hope you'll play along!

I love being able to use favorite scraps. These are papers from CTMH from the early 2000's because I hoard :-)  I made four tiny envelopes, the stamps are all from Gina K Designs Postage & More set. The back panel was embossed with Altenew's Organic Linen folder.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Summer Sunshine


  Hope you are anticipating a wonderful week!

  The new sketch #582 at                                                      Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is my focus for       today.

I have used Close to My Heart dragonflies from Gina K Designs, blueberries from Lisia Zgharda, the Square Weave stencil and a sentiment from PAF Sunflower - both Altenew, I colored with Copic markers and gave a shimmer to the dragonfly wings with Wink of Stella. Paper from my stash.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

B is for Baby

A baby shower!  Very rare for me to get to make baby cards now, and this was such fun. I used Gina K Designs products: April Showers stamps and dies, Master Layouts 14, the postage grid stencil, Postcards and More stamp set, and a variety of inks. Colored with alcohol markers.  I did some random stamping on the Plum Punch card base and created an easel card.

                    Linking to Make My Monday Challenge #227   "B is for..."


 Playing a bit today with a new to me Gina K Designs cover plate, two gel prints, and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment die.  I did some paper piecing with the gel prints, and then used some left overs to create a banner inside.  The inspiration to dig out these prints was from Cupcake Inspirations #596 Cupcake Inspirations #596 - "For the Guys"  The colors from the photo were similar to my prints and I thought this would be a great design for a masculine card.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024


A new sketch challenge at 

Try A Sketch On Tuesday!

This one was difficult for me - I really had to try out some masking skills, and discovered the need for a lot more practice.  

I used all Gina K Designs products - masking Magic, inks, stamps from Harvest Silhouettes, and card stock.

Not my usual card at all, but it was fun trying!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates with this sketch - I know I will be inspired.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Sweet Friend

 Happy Monday morning!

Monday means a great new sketch at 

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  

My Design Team card for this sketch uses some old, and some new to me items. The floral cluster, Pen Sketched Flowers from Altenew, was stamped and then very lightly colored with Copics. I used coordinating dies to cut.  Using a masking circle I inked with Gina K Light Spruce ink. Then covered my circle and inked Gina K's Elegant Script Background. This was matted with a grey card 3.75 x 5" and popped up on the card base. I did sprtiz with sheer Shimmer and added a few clear sequins. The sentiment is from Altenew's Himalayan Poppy set.

I hope you will have some creative time this week and try out this sketch!  See you on the blog :-)

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Blast from the Past - Art Deco

 The challenge this week at Allsorts is "A Blast from the Past."                                                             This could be Vintage, Retro, or Art Deco.

Prizes from Stampendous will be selected from entries to challenge #780 and this one, # 782.

 So my DT card this week is an attempt at Art Deco.  When I looked it up, the description was 'strong linear pattern and use of bold color like red and gold.'  I used a Simon Says Stamp layered stencil, Stepped Back Blocks, inked with Gina K Cherry Red and Plum Punch inksI then stenciled a layer with gold Lunar Paste. This was my first time using it, and it is not perfect, but not horrible :-) The sentiment is a SSS die cut from gold mat.  I used Altenew's Linked Ovals embossing folder for the back panel.

                                   Hope to see you linked up at Allsorts this week!

Friday, May 24, 2024

R,W, & B Celebrate!

 A super cute celebration card today in red, white, & blue inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #637 and colors, stripes and stars of the Card Concept photo.

I used some paper from my scrap box. The critter stamps are Avery Elle, Summer of Stamping Soak it Up, and the cake is Art Impressions, a prize stamp I won recently. I colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped them up on some squares inked with a bit of blue. Glassy accents on the sunglasses.

My Time to CraftMy Time to Craft #534 "Super Cute"

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Double Wishes


A new sketch at Try A Sketch On Tuesday #647 and a chance to celebrate with TSOT's sister challenge Double Trouble for their 6th anniversary. Not sure, but I think that makes it triple the fun, right?

My card uses some patterned paper from my stash, kraft card stock, a Gina K Designs sentiment, and Spellbinder's dies for the labels and the tiny floral pieces. And the TSOT #647 sketch of course :-)

WELCOME to Challenge #167 - Let the Troubles Begin! 
This Challenge runs from 
Monday May 20th, thru Sunday, June 2nd

Go check out the Raffle at Double Trouble!   I used kraft card stock and pulled a pink ticket (Birthday greeting) 


Monday, May 20, 2024

Atlantic Hearts Daisy

Monday morning means a new sketch at

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

The sun came out and I must rush outside to get some plants potted and dug into the garden.  One is a beautiful daisy given to me for my birthday. Daisies are the the flowers of P.E.O. and I love sending my chapter sisters greetings.  

I've made this card with papers/embellishment from my stash drawer and a sentiment from Gina K Designs.

Hope you will join the challenge this week at AHSC

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Allsorts 15th Birthday Celebration

 My card today is part of the Design Team celebration of a milestone birthday for the Allsorts challenge!

A special Birthday deserves special prizes and we are so excited that our friends at AALL and Create really wanted to be involved and have donated a huge bundle of their products, stamps, stencils, ephemera and washi tape which will be spilt randomly between 15 very lucky winners.

I ordered Buttercream Birdy Bliss (#1139) specially for this challenge, and it was SO much fun to color.  The ALL&Create stencil I used, Snow Pines (#139), was a gift from the challenge last year and has become a favorite for background creation. Fortunately for those of us in the USA, there are several companies that carry these wonderful products.

I colored with Altenew Artist Markers, and the sentiments inside (there is a Happy Birthday above the celebrate not shown) are from a long retired birthday set from Close To My Heart.
I was thrilled to remember that it had some interesting fonts on it and they matched the Birdy Bliss perfectly.  I added a few tiny black enamel dots to keep the easel fold upright.
This design is from Simply Simple Stamping

Allsorts is a fantastic weekly themed challenge with a dedicated and caring team. We really hope you will celebrate this special birthday with us and share your projects.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Love for Mother's Day

Made a card today for my daughter-in-law. It says Happy Mother's Day inside with a personal note.
I rubbed Gina K Dark Carnation ink on Altenew's Spring Blossoms 3D embossing folder, embossed a piece of blush card stock, then rubbed white pigment ink lightly over the raised portions. I sprayed with gold shimmer spray and also splattered with Brutus Monroe Shimmer splash.  The sentiment was cut three times using a die from Gina K Designs Love You Trio. Then added even more gold with a mat and some Pretty Pink Posh confetti. I just love this simple but effective technique!

Linking to Can You Handle The Pressure challenge "Flowers"

Spots & Stripes


Good Morning!  Great new challenge for this week at Allsorts selected by DT Lorraine is to use 

Spots and Stripes on your project.  Of course, the Anything Goes is fine if you prefer.

Prizes for this challenge are from Stampendous

My card uses striped paper from a black and white pad from Altenew, and all other products are from Gina K Designs - Dotted Swiss embossing folder, and stamp/stencil/dies from her Modern Floral set, and Peach Bellini and Sweet Mango inks. I did use a black gel pen to add a few spots to the centers of the flowers.

                                         Hope you will play along with us this week!

Allsorts will be celebrating it's 15th Birthday with a very special challenge next week!!

Also linking to two other fun challenges:
Cut It Up #303 'Add a Sentiment'
My Time To Craft with Mother's Day/Friendship theme