Thursday, October 20, 2016


I've got a card I made for this week's Make it Monday to share today.  I'm finally done with all the October birthdays, and have started creating for Christmas. One gal at work has asked for eight cards, so I have been happily pulling out sets from a year or two ago to make them. Two Feet Deep is my all time favorite, so I used it for this challenge.

I started with Spring Rain Cardstock, and used Fresh Snow ink with my snowflake die cuts.  Then I added the marvelous sled, a few small Spring Rain snowflakes, a Pure Poppy ribbon, and a few clear sequins.

Thanks Melis for your awesome technique and inspiration!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Color Throwdown #414

I needed a masculine Get Well card this week, and thought the colors for Color Throwdown #414, were a perfect mix of cheery and not too girly! 

I also thought the leaves were a great switch from flowers too.

The background was stamped with an old SU stamp called Canvas, using Fresh Snow ink on Smokey Slate Cardstock.  The rest of the papers, dies and stamps are from Papertry Ink.

Great colors for this week ~ thanks!!


This release has made me eager to do some Christmas cards.  I chose Betsy's beautiful card as my inspiration this month!  She used snowflakes...

And I used my (yet to see ink) ornament set.  I love these beautiful stamps & dies!  The bottom layer is shimmer white card stock that is so pretty in real life.  

Thanks for your continued inspiration, PTI girls!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Color Throwdown #413

I thought these colors would make a perfect masculine card. Since my dad is turning 90 this year, I decided to use them for his card.  

I used PTI's Paper Clippings - Birthday dies to create my card.  The card base is Night of Navy and Brushed Gold from Stampin Up, and Orange Zest from PTI.  I used some clear Wink of Stella sparkle for thr icing on the cake. Wish you could see it a little better on camera!

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Make It Monday #263: Background Building with Frames

What a fun challenge this week. It really got my creative juices going, so this morning I was finally able to sit down and put my idea into a card. I'm still working on October projects, and so I chose to make another Halloween card for one of my grandkids.

I used the frame from Gatsby Glamor, some Halloween paper from my stash, and Happy Haunting stamps and dies.  Just love these cute little ghosties!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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!