Saturday, September 24, 2016


Thought I'd get my card posted tonight, as I have a busy day at church tomorrow.  We were inspired by this photo for September...

I love the pinecones, but I worked with the the colors this month.

The bird and branch are from Winter Woods, and the sentiment is from an an older set, Sending You.  I rounded two corners, and used my Fresh Snow ink pad to run along the edges.  Clean and simple, like the fabulous photo.

Thanks for hopping by!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #261

October is Men's Birthday Month at the Ford home, so I was thrilled when I saw this week's MIM.  This will be one of many (6 to be more precise!) masculine birthday cards in the coming days...

Had to use my new favorite floral set to add a bloom, but the Color Pop Autumn and Spruce and Sprigs came in to play. My sentiment is from Keep it Simple Birthday for that more masculine font.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Create Along With Us: September 2016

I'm playing along today for the September Create Along with us today.  I loved Dawn's pretty Christmas card and how she used the bookmark die.  I had to give it a try!

Here is her card

Isn't it beautiful??  I made mine into a Fall Birthday card, using my Color Pop Autumn kit.

I have a double cut of the word Bountiful, as the first layer of Canyon Clay just didn't pop enough. The top layer is Pure Poppy, and I offset it a little.  I'm going to do this again, thanks Dawn for your inspiration!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Saffron Spice for Fall Leaves

Loving my new Floral Sketches stamps. I made this yesterday in Autumn colors. 

The sentiment is from In My thoughts. The card base and leaves were stamped with Saffron Spice, my new fall favorite leaf color!

Monday, September 5, 2016


I'm not usually one of the firsts to create their MIM cards, but with the holiday, I thought I'm going to get one made first thing this morning, I have a busy week ahead!

I don't have any open leaf stamps! So, I got a little creative with some black leaves from TANL, and there is a little bit of green down the left....

Fun challenge this week.  I'm off to Michigan on Thursday for my nephew's wedding. I realized I haven't been home for a really long time! Can't wait!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Make It Monday #259 - Ombré Cluster Stamping

This morning I made an anniversary card for my daughter and son in law.  They will be married three years this month, and fall is totally their favorite season. I pulled out one of my fall favorite stamp sets, Mums the Word, to use the Ombré Cluster stamping technique for their card.

The colors are Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay and Summer Sunrise, with Spring Moss leaves. I love all the fabulous detail in these blooms!! The sentiment is from Meadow Greens.

Enjoy your weekend all...

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Got my first Halloween card made for one of the grandkids!  I made my tag for this week's Make it Monday, using some inexpensive Hobby Lobby paper, and my Coverplate Angled Stripes die.  I adhered it to another tag cut from scraps to make it a little stronger.  The Coverplate was cut from Summer Sunrise, and my ghosts from vellum.  The faces are embossed with Black Sparkle embossing powder, and behind those faces I used a drop of gel adhesive to get them attached.  The was fun!

Nice to have one made way ahead of time!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

This month our inspiration photo is full of soft colored brushstrokes. I love pink and brown together, a long time favorite.

I needed a birthday card for a coworker, and thought she'd like some pink and a teacup!

I started with applying my inks using Watercolor Wonder, and then I took a wet brush to soften and spread the color. After my background was dry, I added the teacup, made with Cocoa Bean. The steamy froth and design on the front were watercolored and highlighted with a Wink of Stella clear pen.  The sentiment is from Friendly Flowers. 

Happy Hop Day!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Super Girls!

The end of August, I celebrate the birthdays of two of my granddaughters! Addison will be 11, and Brooklyn will be 7.  I think they are Super Girls,  so I made Superhero cards for them!

And one of the insides, using multiple stamp sets....

That's all for today!  I'm off to create....

Friday, August 19, 2016

Create Along With Us: August 2016

So much inspiration from the design team this month! I kept going back to Danielle's card...

I loved the unique colors, and felt like I could use things I already had to case her card.  I started by making my own plaid background, using Stormy Seas, Saffron Spice (yes, my order came today!), and Dark Chocolate.  I used the Over Under Easy set for my embossed edges.  The sentiment is from Autumn Hils and my fall spray is from Quilted Autumn. 

And there you have it! Have a great weekend!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Watercolored Wedding card

I have a watercolored card to shar e today. It's somethings I've tried to improve my skills in and made this with my new Peony Scrolls stamp set from Altenew.  I used the inspiration for this month as my starting point...

I used the no line technique, by stamping my blooms and leaves with Soft Stone.  Then I used pinks for the flowers, and a gray/green ink for my leaves.  

I mounted it with a piece of fun foam which helps it keep it flat.  The sentiment is from PTI's Meadow Greens stamp set.  

That's for stopping by! Have a great week.


Thursday, August 11, 2016


Fun, easy challenge this week from Lexi! I got off work earlier today, and had a chance to play along.  I pulled out Bowl of Sunshine, it hadn't seen ink for a while!

I chose to ink the bowl in Hawaiian Shores, because I had this exact bowl when I first got married!  I'm also linking this to this week's Color Throwdown challenge. 

I don't know about you, but I get very eager to stamp during release week!  It's always very inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Splits - Best Wishes

Headed to a Bridal Shower this afternoon, and I made this card to tuck in a Giftcard. I think using some color, helped to make this more of a shower vs wedding card...

Love the Splits series!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

SAF Redo...

So I immensely disliked my splatter card from SAF.  It just came across to Christmasy, and so when I sat down to create today, changing that card was at the top of my list.  I carefully took the round tag off, and added a new die cut that covered the original area.  I also kept my colors a little more simple, only using Pure Poppy ink.  I like it a lot better!


New and improved...

What do you think?!

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

At the moment, I'm preparing for the 2016 Stamp-a-Faire. I know it will keep me busy this weekend, so I've already made my card for the July Blog Hop.  The colors in this month's photo, just spoke to me, and I was totally inspired!

I didn't just use the colors, but also the design in the curtains, and the pretty flowers in the pillow.

I used Soft Stone with a stencil for the background, and attached the card front to an Aqua Mist card base.  The sentiment is from Choose Joy.

Can't wait to see what others came up with! 


Sunday, July 24, 2016


Oh! I can't believe it's over!  Thank you, thank you, thank you Papertrey Ink!  I think this could have been my favorite Stamp-a-Faire ever! I love how we focused on our art, and the wonderful Masters, and I'll include the design team in that list.  I especially loved the clips about the artist and their techniques. I was mesmerized.  Can't tell you how much you are loved and appreciated!

Until next year......!!!


My last card, and I love this (new to me) set from Lexi.  It worked perfectly for the Andy Warhol color blocking technique.  I chose fun, happy colors for my card...

I think it will work for any kind of celebration, not just birthdays!  And let's face it, you can never have enough ice cream!!


So dear Lizzie! This challenge was the hardest one for me! Of course, I got it in my head to use a red background, so it would mimic one of the paintings shared... The yarn with yellow paint, really didn't show up, but I still worked with it!  I'm afraid my project looks a little Christmassy, but maybe someone has a birthday around then! 

Haha! I still had a lot of fun trying this out, and know I'll use the techniques she shared for many more cards! Thank you Lizzie!


This challenge was easier and faster than I thought it would be!  Trying to find the right stamp, was a little bit harder, but opted to use Vintage Linens again.  The sentiment is from the new set, It's the Thought, which I already love!

Thank you Heather, for a fun and new way to ink up our stamps!  


I have really always loved the art of Monet, so I chose to style my card off Dawn's water lilies inspiration.  I found another piece of his to use as mine, he painted many irises too. 

I fell in love with the rich purples and blues!  And here is my finished piece...

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to finish more challenges today!  

Saturday, July 23, 2016


This was so much fun!  I had to hunt for a set that had outlines, and Vintage Linens filled the bill.  I also looked at some photos on Pinterest, to help choose the colors to use.  The basics are Pale Peony and Aqua Mist. The colors I used for watercoloring, are Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet and Vintage Jadette.  

I used the larger Friendship Jar, because the flowers are bigger, and used a French Scrip background stamp all over.  The tag is from Tinier Tags with a bow made from silver thread.

On to the next challenge!


For this challenge, I decided to use a Coverplate Pretty Frame.  I actually had one cut from Sweet Blush, that never seemed to work with anything. Voilà- now it's gold!  I've used the Navy Pin Dot paper, and the flowers are from Mums the Word.  I added some vellum leaves too.

The gold paint was smelly, but worked great!  By the way, have you watched "Woman in Gold" starring Helen Mirren? Fabulous film, and the painting in the film is much like the artist and clip that Danielle shared. I loved it and so will you!


I'm a big fan of designer Amy Sheffer, and just watching her work her magic on the night sky was awesome!  I made two panels, thinking the first was too dark, but it did dry lighter like she said it would, so now I have a second panel for future use!  I forgot to get black ink, so I've left her tree skyline for another time, probably on that extra panel....!

I picked a simple verse from Light of Life, stamped and embossed on vellum.

Thanks for looking!


Oh my! Amazing inspiration to start us off today! I can't wait to make more from this awesome list of beauty.  To start this morning off thought, I chose Renoir

Such richness in some of my favorite hues.  This was the direction I went ~ Some Like it Hot! Haha, I just knew those pinks were screaming for my new flamingo!

Off to try out a night sky now.... Love VanGogh too! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF 2016: Share Your Masterpiece!

I actually have two, but I'll only pick one as my masterpiece. ;)  This first one, was one I loved, because it was a customer request, and all he asked for was the sentiment, "Just Because". I loved how it turned out, he loved it, and so did his wife!

But, this was what I would consider my "Masterpiece" this year.  It was for one of Melissa's Make it Monday's, to make one of her awesome scrappy bows!

It just turned out exactly how I wanted it to, Watercoloring, Embossing on Vellum, and my attempt to create a shabby chic scrappy bow!

Looking forward to a fun weekend! Thanks PTI, for helping us to create masterpieces all the time!