Monday, August 7, 2017

August 2017 Inspiration Challenge

What a wonderful inspiration piece! I love how it's fall colors, but not traditional! 

I chose watercoloring for my card. I just want to get better at this technique, and Altenew stamps offer great coloring choices for that.   I've used Peony Scrolls on this card. 

One of the things I did, was emboss with two different gold embossing powders. If you look, the scrolls are more glittery than the flowers. I love the finished look. I used some splatters and sequins to finish it off!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Good Morning!  Today I've got a card I made for two challenges!  This week's Make it Monday, and the Color Throwdown #453.  It was a great pairing of challenges!

You can find the ctd453 challenge  here,

Laurie gave three options for color blocking, and I chose to work with scrap papers., the bright colors paired nicely with my Some Like it Hot stamps. I topped it off with some fun new embellishments from Stamping up. 

Love it when stuff comes together! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Soft blues and pretty blooms were in our inspiration this month. 

I started by making a background with Faded Jeans distress ink. Then I hear embossed the leafy circle in Silver. 

I added a few flowers and leaves and finished with some white seam binding. Love the sentiments in Pen and ink, and this one was added in navy ink. 

Here is a closeup of the silver...

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the Hop!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


I was able to play Make it Monday this afternoon. This was a fun and easy technique! I chose Big Hugs to work with, it's a favorite, as I have lots of family far away.

I used Royal Velvet for the Sentiments and Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores for the blending. 

Have a great week, and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 16, 2017


So many pretty projects this month! I finally settled on this card from Dawn for my inspiration!

I was drawn to it because of the colors, all my favorites! Not to mention the great Coverup stamp...

Here's what I came up with 

My turquoise zig pen has run dry, so I used my peerless watercolors for the background. This will head to my sister for her birthday this week! Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. So thankful to live in a country that is free and full of blessings. Today I am off, it's an official holiday for the bank.  So I'm happy to have some crafty time this morning. I have a Make it Monday done already!

I'm glad I purchased the Herb Garden kit. It's a pleasure to use, and I happily pulled out the square stencil to play. I also used Spring Woods. It worked great for the card I planned. 

At first, I wasn't going to use a bird, but it just added a sweet touch for my sympathy card. 

Thanks for looking, hope you have a great day!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


I tried to go outside the box for my card today. Yeah, not so happy with it. I always love Heathers stamping on kraft, but it feels so dark for me. But I will send it off, in the fall maybe??

The flowers are from Grand Finale and the sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate and embossed with clear. I added a few gold dots with a pen, just to liven it up a bit!  I may need a do-over for this one!  Fun challenge!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Color Throwdown Countdown #448

I wanted to play these pretty colors today, and found I had colors that were close, but not quite!  I guess it's freedom of expression today!

Love this Watercolor Wonders set from Altenew. It makes the prettiest cards!  Thanks for looking!

Have a great week...

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Perfect image to inspire us this month!!

I knew right away I wanted to do a watercolor card for these awesome jars!  I used last week's Make it Monday technique for the flowers, using rolled up baby wipes! I loved making those blooms...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


This was so quick and fun to do! I looked through my stamps for a good image, and found Bowl of Sunshine. I thought it was a nice size, and had a cute sentiment. I did have to increase the size of my Square a little to accommodate the sentiment. 

The colors are Bright Buttercup and Green Parakeet, and I used a piece of paper from the Black & White paper pack for my background. 

Thanks Lexi! I love the cute inspiration of the Pantone chips and have created my own board on Pinterest now!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Fun

I had the day off today, and made this fun birthday card for my son. When I saw this sentiment from Offbeat Birthday, I knew I had to get it....

He just happens to be an Optometrist! Hahah! I can't wait to send it. :)

Saturday, June 17, 2017


I'm always inspired by Dawn's projects,especially the colors she uses! I too my inspiration from the card...

I can't wait to get those new Dies, but I used some that are similar to make my card. The flowers are a spray for Stamp-a-Faire a few years back.

I'm debating adding a button at the point, but for now I've left it simple.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Beautiful colors to work with this week!  Used my new Watercolor Wonders set from Altenew.

I have had a blast trying out different color combos for these stamps. The choices for this week's Color Throwdown worked perfectly!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Make It Monday #287: Baby Wipe Inking

Oh my goodness! I love this technique. Thank you Ashley for sharing it, I'm eager to make more!

One more... 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Make It Monday #286: Coordinating Card Pairs

I've been happily crafting away today, since I had Memorial Day off.  I let me get my submission for Make it Monday on Monday!  I too, chose Especially You to make my cards.  I'd been itching to ink it up, and wanting to watercolor it. So the first card I made was embossed in white, and then watercolored.  The second was much simpler, and I had to refrain from doing too much.  It's the step down version, but I think it's just as pretty!

If you don't have this pretty set, put it on your wish list! It's wonderful!

Hope you've had a Happy, Thankful Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Make It Monday #285: Felt Flowers

Hi! I have a card to share for this week's MIM. I don't have the pretty Medellin dies , but I remembered these sweet poppies from Stamp-a-Faire!  So glad I had some pretty papers too. It made this come together quickly! 

The sentiment is from Choose Joy, and it's on a Lemon Tart card base. 

Hope you have a lovely Memorial Day celebrating our service men and women!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 2017 Blog Hop Inspiration

Doesn't this photo just scream get out the watercolors?  Yep, I thought so!  So I used them for my card, and now I can't seem to stop making more!!  So lol for more watercoloring in the near future!

I used the no line watercoloring technique for this. I stamped with Soft Stone and then used inks to paint. As always, it's much prettier in real life!

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Color Throwdown #443

Just had to use these fabulous colors for a card yesterday!  So pretty!

Makes me want do redo my kitchen in these fresh clean colors! 

The stamps are Berries, but I think they are okay in yellow too!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

 I was inspired by Heather's Sun & Moon card, to make an Anniversary card for my husband.  I had a leftover panel from Stamp-a-Faire, that I "doctored" up to use! I added more color (island indigo) and added sparkle using the stars with Stardust ep. The moon was embossed with black and watercolored with silver paint.

I'm planning to add some star sequins I have on order too. Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Make It Monday #284: Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps

Got a quick thank you card I made last night, using Melissa's fun background technique. I'm in love with Pen & Ink, so I used that set too!

It's my birthday, and I have lots of thank you notes to write!  I'm off to spend the weekend with my kids and grandkids this weekend. We're having a double birthday party, as tomorrow is my grandson, Gabe's birthday too! It's going to be beautiful in Indianapolis too!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the great Moms out there !!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Color Throwdown #441

I did a bunch of watercoloring this weekend. Including this background for this weeks color throw  challenge. 

Such pretty soft colors!  This is going to a friend that is recovering from double knee surgery!  Long rehabilitation for her!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Make It Monday #283: Watercolor Wash Backgrounds

I am so tickled with my finished card using Laurie 's technique! I used my funky background to make a birthday card for my grandson!

I hope he likes it!

Friday, April 28, 2017



This was so fun and easy! I used Melon Berry, Sweet Blush and Pure Poppy reinkers. I kept my card simple because the background spoke for itself!

I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment, first in Pure Poppy and then with Versa-mark, then I clear embossed. I added sequins, dots and twine ~ all done!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 2017 Blog Hop Inspiration

I was so inspired by this photo with colors I don't normally use, that I made two cards for this months Blog Hop!

One for Mother's Day, and another for encouraging a friend! 

The butterfly is from Pretty Peonies and I used Sweet Blush for my watercolor background. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Color Throwdown Countdown #439

Such a perfect color scheme for a bouquet of Spring blooms!

I used Better Together from PTI. I embossed in gold and then used my watercolor paints. So much prettier in real life!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Had fun using Dawns technique for layering pattern under a window diecut. 

I cut my frame using Lavender Moon patterned paper. My flowers are from Fresh Bouquet and the sentiment from Garden Grace. I used a stencil directly on my card base. I loved doing this and will use it again!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Love all the inspiration we are seeing this month!  I couldn't wait to make a pretty Mothers Day card like this one. 

I used different colors, but I loved the Botanical Letters for MOM!

I don't have the dies, but it worked fine stamping directly onto the card. !

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Make It Monday #280: Stamping Outside of the Box

I don't make a lot of clean and simple cards, but this was so fast!  I got home from work, and put this together in no Time! 

I had the tulips made, and I've been putting Easter cards together with them. I love how this came about! The block was stamped in New Leaf, it is from the Superhero set.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Color Throwdown #436

 I made a card for my daughter this morning. I picked up a little gift for her "just because" and I wanted to tuck this in when I send it.  When I got to my craft table to put it together, the inks for this week's  Color Throwdown were sitting out, so there you go! Just the inspiration I needed.

It isn't quite this dark, it's a gloomy morning and tough to get a decent picture! Thanks for looking, it was a beautiful color combination this week!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Make It Monday #279: Curved Sentiments

One of my best friends is going through surgery today, for a double knee replacement! Praying all will go well, and I know she'll need some encouragement during the long recovery. She's in Canada, so I wanted something fairly flat to send. And I loved the Hang In There sentiment from the Keep it Simple set.

The curved sentiment is on a die cut from Bountiful Banners. And I really enjoyed inking up my new Beautiful Berries!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Color Throwdown Countdown #435

Had a chance to play with these beautiful colors this week!

Makes me ready for Spring!

The scripture is a new one from Papertrey Ink.  The colors are Auqa Mist, Harvest Gold and Melon Berry with a touch of Hawaiian Shores.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Make It Monday #278: Window Chipboard Sentiments

I I chose to make a springy birthday card this week. 

Once it was done, it called for decorating the inside too!

Fun way to make sentiments pop! Thank you Stephanie!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Blog Hop

I chose to focus on the picture with the bird in it for today's Blog Hop.  

I went with a lighter background of Auqa Mist, so I could include some background shading and stamping. You can't see it much in the photo, but after sponging the sides, I used the music notes from Songbirds.  The flowers are from Floral Sketches, the bird is from Spring Woods, and the sentiment is from Banner Style. When I got done, it looked a little like it was floating, so I decided to do some faux stitching around the edge with a Navy marker.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary

I finished my last project using one of my favorite floral stamp sets. How could I choose just one! I couldn't, so I had to choose the one that fit my project! I wanted to do a dark background like Stephanie had posted during the countdown. I used navy instead of black, and I love the finished look just as well.  I'll add my sentiment when I'm ready to use it.  It's always good to have one of those "almost finished" cards that would work for any occasion on hand.

I'm excited to see everything and decide what goes into my cart! How about you?

Monday, March 13, 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary

Thank you Shelly on the forum! Because she thought of having my daughter snap a picture of this card I sent to her of her fur babies. I was SO excited to send it after I made it for the PTI challenge, that I forgot to take a picture of it!!

She loved the card and already has it displayed on a shelf. Who could resist those sweet faces.