Wednesday, November 14, 2018


This is one of my favorite challenges from PTI. The designers are the best in the business, and I just soak it all up every month!  I am often drawn to Michelle Leone’s designs, and this mont was no exception!(I think her style might be closest to what I like to make) her use of pattered papers is the best!  Today I styled my card from this one...

I fell in love with the colors and how she stamped on Kraft!  Just luscious!

So this is my take on those....

Thanks for your wonderful inspiration Michelle! Can’t wait to see what you make next!

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I will say, I had to watch Lexi’s video more than once on this challenge. I definitely loved doing it, but the scoring lines were challenging for this lefty! 🤣

So I ended up with 3 different sizes, cause you know, practice makes perfect?  Still not there yet, just sayin....

However, I learned something new and how to cover up those wrong scoring lines! ☺️

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Love to take are card I’m not happy with and make it better!  Today I pulled out Text&Texture Roses, to remake the top right card is this photo...

I didn’t like how the sentiment was lost, and it was so plain, even with the wonderful roses!

There is so much I like better in this card, starting with the gold border. And instead stamping the sentiment on vellum, using two shades of purple on a white background. It gives it much more interest. I also added some gold leaves and small flowers for a little pizazz as well.

Ahh, new life for an old card!


Today I have two cards to share for this week’s challenge.  For my version of the painted brushstrokes background, I changed fro, acrylic paint to watercolor, using my PTI ink pads.  I used a very dry brush, so I could achieve the same look, and it worked really well.  I used a pretty palette of blues and lavenders.

Because I struggle with white space on cards, I added some stenciling with Spring Rain on both cards...

I used a shapeshifter circle for my die cut.  I made a bunch of flowers and leaves like Dawn did, and had plenty to use on both cards.

The sentiments are from Kindness Counts, and It’s the Thought.

Long post today, but such a fun challenge, I wanted to share it all! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2018


It is finally fall like weather here, and I’ve seen lots of friends heading to the local pumpkin patch in the last few days.  The photo for this months inspiration could be a patch one of your hometowns as well! I love crisp fall days with blue skies against the autumn leaves. Today was just like that! 

This was our inspiration...

So pretty! I can almost smell the apple cider!  

I chose to create a card for a nephew that is having a serious surgery next week. I’d love it if you’d pray with me, for a successful operation and a complete recovery.  He is a sweet young man with a wonderful wife, and they have a long road of recovery ahead.  Thanks so much!


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Transformation Tuesday #23

Today I am sharing a remake of a card I made, that didn’t have the right colors for a good card. I felt it had a little Christmas feel with the red and green, even with the blue border. 

So I started by making a Stitch in Time Border in Autumn Rose. Then I made new Stitching Garden flowers with Lovely Lady, Lavender Moon, and Autumn Rose. I used Dark Indigo for my leaves, stamping off for the first layer.  The sentimyis from Kindness Counts. 

I always enjoy changing something up that I wasn’t fully satisfied with. This is one I like a lot more!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Today I have a post for this month’s Create Along With Us for Papertrey Ink. I fell in love itch this card from Betsy. 

Now my card isn’t nearly as wonderful as hers, but I was inspired to make this. 

The mittens are from Warm Woolens and I added some printed vellum behind the plaid cuts to lighten it up. I also used some foam tape to raise it away from the card base and let more light in. 

There was so much inspiration this month, hope you’ll play along too. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


This month is “masculine Birthday” month at my house. Always so hard to come up with good ideas for the guys. So after I did Laurie’s gold leafing technique, I thought it would work for a man’s card. My twin brother in laws celebrate soon, so I decided to create another card, using the leaves in a new way. 

My first card -

And my new card -

I used some new PTI papers and an old favorite, Turning a New Leaf. I used the newer Penned Elegance sentiment.  My first card had a lined envelope, so I did that again. 

Hope the BIL’s like them!

Monday, October 8, 2018


Today was a day I had off, so I had to get a card (or four) made for this week’s Make it Monday.  This technique is what I planned to do for my Christmas cards this year, so it was a perfect time to get going on them. But fisrt, I have a general card I made, using Cover Up Quartefoil, and the flowers from Dawn’s set from SAF.

I may add some pearls to the centers, but I kind of liked leaving them open.

So once I got going, I made three cards for Christmas. I have lots of Christmas papers, 
and plan on using them up, instead of stamping a design on the frames.

Thanks for stopping by.  I sure love the bold frame dies!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Make it Monday #338: Incorporating Packaging Dies Into Your Cards

So, I guess we were good to use tags for this challenge, and I immediately thought of the last set of tags I purchased.  I love that this makes a great ornament, but it can be used for other things as well.  But today I wanted to make my first Christmas card of the season.

I used some fun Christmas PTI papers and some greenery from Spruce and Sprigs.  The sentiment is from Wonderland and is embossed in gold.  Now I need to think about making more, but I still making Halloween cards!  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Transformation Tuesday....Third Time’s a Charm??

Sometimes we pick an older card for Transformation Tuesday, and sometimes we know right away it’s not working...  Today is the latter of the two.  I just posted a remake yesterday, and I was still not crazy about it.  I think I was trying to do too much with the busy papers, even though they coordinated well.  So this morning I tried again....

Yesterday’s card...

And today’s ...

I went with just two colors, pink and green. And I added a smaller tag for my sentiment in the green to give it an extra pop.  The ice cream and cone are popped up with foam tape. And I added a few sparkles on the ice cream.

And there you have it! Transformed for a third try...

Monday, October 1, 2018


Today I am transforming this card I made a while back...

I still had some of the coordinating papers left, and wanted another kids birthday card. 
The fun rainbow colors make them a good option for a boy or girl.

I used some Mix and Mat dies over the rainbow stripe, and added a strip of sentiment papers at the borrow. 
 The “happy birthday” die cut is two layers off set cut from the print and Green Parakeet.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 2018 Blog Hop

Hello! Happy Fall Y’all!  We had a beautiful photo to inspire us this month, and in combination with last week’s Thrrowback Thursday, I chose to pull out a great fall set called Sunflower Bouquet.  It’s a larger version on one of the vases from Autumn Abundance, and perfect for watercoloring.

I used Perfect Plaid for my pattern to replicate the table cloth, using Dark Chocolate, Honey Nut and Canyon Clay.  I also used some fun sparkly pigment paints for the vase. And my frame  was cut from Canyon Clay.  I think my bouquet would work for a fall Table-Scape! 

Enjoy hopping along!


Saturday, September 22, 2018


The idea of changing up and transforming a card you liked, was a great idea this week! I’m always thinking of how I can make a card better instead. I chose to recreate a card I liked and use some fall colors. 

This was my first card,

I liked using the darker color under the Wave Border die cut. So I wanted to keep that. And the Orchid! So much fun to stamp and use different colors every time. 

Here is my Fall colors version,

I’ve been using a lot of Fine Linen right now, and it seemed the perfect choice for my border cut. And I used Americana ink too, another Fall favorite.  It’s finally a cooler day today, so it feels like fall too!

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Make it Monday #336: Faux Gilded Leaves

So much fun to make these wonderful gilded leaves!  We had a wonderful tutorial from Laurie with a sprinkling of shiny embossing powders.  I love they way they turned out, and I make a lot of fall Birthday cards. This technique will come in handy for those. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Color Throwdown 508

This morning I made a card for this week’s Color Throwdown. I used King of the Grill, a new to me set that I just picked up. I think it will make a great card for my brother, who loves to cook. 

I even decorated the inside!

This is a great stamp set, for all those hard to make “guy” cards!  Had lots of fun building that burger! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I have this amazing bottle of Aqua/Green glitter from Martha Stewart, and really wanted to use it to sparkle up my ublays.  Can I just say my new Ocean Tides Bitty Big paper is a perfect match?!!  And I found a couple of sentiments from an older set that worked great for my fishy card!

I also used Pinefeather, and Shimmer White Cardstock for my Reef Builder dies.  So much sparkle!

Fun to make too!  Thanks Lexi for this great Make it Monday technique!

Sunday, August 26, 2018


The last session we went to was with Lexi Daly. Her garden box was full of darling pieces, including the sweetest little bee!  She thought of everything for this sweet little garden box. My friends and I think it would be cute for a Halloween ghost or monster card too. 

It was the last thing we made, and I have to admit, I was running out of gas! But we got it finished and it’s adorable! Thank you Lexi!

What a wonderful time we had!  Thank you to Julie, Jane and everyone else that made this an extra special event!



Dawn McVey is a beautiful example of a miracle. I was blessed to be able to meet her, and see for my own eyes, beauty, grace and a message of what He can do. She looked wonderful and her card was one of my favorites!  (Who uses brown leaves?!)  she does, and they look great on the card we made. I’ve got to think more outside the box like that!

She is the Best!  Dawn, so thankful to meet you and call you my sister friend!


I was most excited to take Betsy’s session on watercoloring. I love to watercolor, but always think I can to better. I learned so much from her, make sure you catch the video if you’d like to know more as well. 

We learned how to mix 5 basic colors into a spectrum of colors with no end to possibilities! 

Then we learned a couple of different ways to work with paint and water to color our image. I have to admit, I did some touch up on it before I picture, and am happier with the results! 

Thank you so much Betsy! YOU rock!


Can I just say how much I love Lizzie Jones? She is funny, sweet, and amazingly talented! In her class we learned all the basic steps for creating beautiful felt flowers. And, she has come out with a set of dies to make them easy. 

I think my favorite was the Melon Berry one of the bottom, but they were all fun.  I plan to put mine up at work, but I’ve got to get my leaves and a few more blooms to finish it up. 

Sending hugs Lizzie! Thank your friendship!

Green Thumb Garden Journal

So must people that know me, know that I can’t grow anything. Plants come to my house to die! So I love this sweet little journal, but it is going to be filled with my garden of friends and fun that I had at SAF 2018.   I’m eager to fill it up, and learned a great idea from fellow stampers in how to make smaller photos for the book. (Its called CVS) 😉

After a slow start, I was able to finish the outside and have my pages ready to fill up with info inside.   The instructions were from the Heather, and she made it easy to follow along. This session will help me work on my other journals that haven’t been touched much since I got it for Christmas!  I have a new friend too!

Heather’s daughter Hana was there too. What a sweet young lady who has inherited her mom’s crafting talents!  Lucky her!

SAF 2018!

This afternoon I’m taking time to post Stamp-a-Faire 2018, which was held in Cincinnati. Since it is so close to Lexington, I am happy to be able to go! I went with two friends from Lexington on Friday and got home last night. 

It was held at Hyde Park Country Club, but was broadcasted live so many stampers were able to follow along and create with the designers.   We were also joined with Ashley Canon Newall and Stephanie Gold,!

Two of the sweetest people ever! Ashley handled all the online questions and Stephanie was the runner for everyone!  They was such great help behind the scenes, and greatly appreciated.

We had Friday evening dessert with get aquatinted time wil all the stampers and designers   We also started the first project, Creating Plantable Paper with Heather Nichols. It was messy fun, and we were all able to make as many as we wanted. Well of course o needed one of each, so I have one each of aqua, pink and white!

Pretty cool, and I’m looking forward to making them into projects!

More to come...!