Saturday, February 16, 2019

Have You Seen It?

I wanted to open today's post with a question and an endorsement. Have you seen it? Have you seen Kara (from Bright Hope Creations) has a brand spanking new YouTube Channel? Well, she does, and mm-hmmm, girl can color with Copics. Need tips and tricks? Need to see how it's done? Head over there. Very, very cool. Have a little visit, and then come back - I've got a couple of cards to share with you this morning.

Two cards, four challenges. The first card will play along at Seize the Birthday, and Time Out. Card number two is off to SSS Wednesday Challenge, and The Flower Challenge

Here's the first one:

I do love the retro look of that bathing suit. Like the Barbie dolls way-back-when wore. I can see some cool white framed sunglasses with green lens' and a big picture hat, too... For this I used an aqua base and some aqua and black sequins. The image is from Photoplay, and the sentiment is from HA. I cut the panel with an MFT wonky framed die, then added a slender black panel to highlight everything.  Black, white, aqua. I like the way this works together.

For my second:

This set by C9 was one of the stamp sets I received for Christmas. Someone who knows my taste well thought I should have this (ok, ok... I gave myself a present...). I played with it a little, but really not until this week have I played with it. For this card, I started with a B&W striped paper from MFT and once the flower was finished, I cut the white panel with a LF border die. I added a Verve sentiment and some yellow sequins. I really like this one, and I hope you do too. Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Did you know....

Did you know, as far as I can tell, that there's only one word in the English/American language that rhymes with "orange?" It's an obscure word for something related to botany, "sporange." Can't write a good poem with that, can you? I will say that waaaaay back in the 1960s, on that (still funny) show, Laugh In, Judy Carne came up with "door 'inge." Door hinge. As a kid, I thought that was extremely funny. And all this leads into a couple of new-to-me challenges where I'm playing today. You'll see the connection to all my 'orange' trivia/nonsense/stuff you really didn't need to know in a minute.


The first challenge is called The Rainbow Card Challenge, and the second one is the Crazy For CAS Challenge. Love the bright color, especially when we're snow covered again, and that sketch is right up my alley. Here's my card:

I found a scrap of polka dotted paper in orange, and a scrap of orange cardstock for both the label and the 'sweet.' I cut the circle with an MFT die, and used the sentiment from C9. Three enamel dots, and that's all. So QAEZPZ to make! Fun thank you card! Hope all is going well with you and as always...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #13

I'll bet you thought that the Twofer Challenge this month would be "hearts," or "love," or something equally Valentine-ish, didn't you?! Nope. Though, I suppose Valentine's Day stars could be really romantic....

Except maybe here, or in even more northern climes. Usually early to mid February is, well, bitterly cold, with temps below zero. I think if I do gaze at the stars with my sweetie pie, it'll be from inside a nice warm house, lol! Got any plans for Valentine's Day? Ours will, I'm sure, include several college basketball games. Just can't get more romantic than that, can you?...hahahaha!

So let's see where the stars took me:

The green shaker card is a thank you card, and (as if you couldn't tell) the second card is a birthday card. I make tons of birthday cards. I have to...I have exactly 47,298,106 family members. Or so it seems, anyway! The sentiment on the shaker card is from WPlus9, and all the papers and MFT stars are scraps with some clear sequins (from Ardyth) tossed in for good measure. EZPZ to make. The birthday card uses an MFT paper, and the same die cut star as in the shaker. Just one on this one though. I added some flat gold sequins, and that's a Uniko (I think) sentiment. Another card in the EZPZ realm.'s not all that hard to make two differently designed cards with the same stamp, die, or stencil! If you're asking, then let me tell you that by doing this at least once a month, and actually, when I stop and think about it, I often find myself doubling up; making two cards with the same supplies - that way, I've always got that 'extra' birthday card, or sympathy card, or baby card, or which ever card the kids need when they stop by and ask, "hey ma/grandma, do you have a _____ card that I can have?" I don't often post the doubles, but I make them. Boy this challenge is handy! What will you do with 'stars?' Be sure you stop by the Twofer Challenge blog and join in the fun! I'll see you there, right?!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pig And Heart

This morning, my first card features a pig, whom I think is the personification of sass. When I first saw him and the rest of the set, I knew that I absolutely, positively had to have it. And that if I didn't buy this set, I'd regret it. I can still recall the ring I didn't buy at the duty-free store in Jamaica many years ago....Lesson learned. Anyhoo, I've got a bazillion things to get to today, so will show you a card with that pig, and one with a heart. Playing along at CAS(E) This Sketch, as well as CAS on Friday and the Card Concept.

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Here's my sassy little piggy:

I found some Doodlebug polka dotted paper that I thought would be alright for a CAS look. The sentiment, party hat, and the porker are all from A Muse Stamps. The balloon is from Maker's Movement. I cut the rectangles with an MFT die. A bit of Copic coloring and done. He makes me smile.

Heart card coming up next:

For this, I started with an ivory base, but it's hard to tell. Then a Gina K. kraft paper cut with an RC tag die. The heart and the "love" are all from C9. A bit of ribbon and twine finish it off. EZPZ. Love that quilted inside heart...And I'm off and running. You all have a great weekend. xo 

One more thing before I go... Our bloggy friend, Kara has started her own YouTube channel, where she's helping us all with Copic coloring. She's got mad skills with a Copic in her hand, and you should most definitely check it out, like and subscribe. Here's the link. I can't recommend it enough. 

ETA:  Bobby, one of the members of the Tag You're It Design Team, suggested that I add this card with the tag to their challenge, so I will (thanks, Bobby!!). The inspiration comes from this:

Friday, February 8, 2019

Valentine's Day Card/Tag

Whenever my act is together (hahahahahahaha, yeah, like that ever happens!) I try to at least mail out cards to the little grandchildren. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it might be time to get making and moving! Got a couple to share today that will hopefully bring big smiles to small faces.

First up is a tag, because in case you didn't hear, Tag You're It is back!!! Yay!! Yippee!! Woohoo!! Rather tickled to have that fun challenge back in blogland. Check out the wonderful work by the DT, then join me in playing along there!  I've also got a card for the current Time Out Challenge. Oh so much to choose from in that inspiration photo!

I was inspired by Jeanne's tag; her scallops and hearts and pretty little yellow flowers. Mine's quite a liberal take on her card, however.

I started with a RC tag die, popped the EH scallops die on top of that, and once the scallops were out, I colored them purposefully unevenly and reinserted them. The heart is from a NBUS C9 set, the little flowers are from Hello Bluebird, and the tiny tag is an older Studio Calico die set. That's a teeny-tiny AE sentiment. 

My card looks like this:

Thought this could go to one of the grandboys. Not too mushy, but still says that grandma loves them. The frame is from MFT, the sentiment is from Verve, the envelope is from StudioL2E, and the heart is from an ancient punch that I brought to Wisconsin in my covered wagon. Do you believe that when my middle son was little, he actually had the audacity to ask me if I came to Wisconsin in a covered wagon ??!! Worse, there was one of those naughty twinkles in his eyes when he asked! Yep, he's still sassy. Couldn't love him more! Anyway, I'd better get moving. Lots to do, and the hours are flying by. You have a good weekend and...

Monday, February 4, 2019


It's February already. I'd like to know what happened to January??! I just wasn't ready for it to be a new month yet. I've still got January things waiting, for Pete's sake! *sigh* Pretty sure I don't have a choice however, so will crack on with things as best I can. This past December when I was divvying up my stash of cards for part of my kids/grandkids Christmas gifts, I realized I had way too few masculine cards. In partial remedy to that small dilemma, I thought I'd concentrate for much of January and February on making those "manly" cards. I've got two to show you today. Let's get to them, shall we?!

I'm joining in the fun over at Addicted To Stamps and More, where it's "Anything Goes." And I'll also be playing along with Less Is More, where not only is the theme a delicious navy and yellow, it's their 8th Birthday. I hope you'll join me in wishing them a hearty congratulations! Great challenge and a great team!

My first card:

I layered kraft and white rectangles, which were cut with MFT dies. The striped stamps are from AE, the sentiment is from HA, and the nautilus is from Gina K. Navy blue ink. I brushed in a little pink color on the shell, and called it good. Good 'manly' card, I think. 

My second card:

I CASEd a card of mine that I haven't as yet posted, but hope to do so soon. It's a good CAS, masculine card. Navy and yellow cardstock cut with MFT chevron dies. A W&W sentiment stamped in CP ink. Done. Definitely a 'Happy Birthday' goes out to LIM! Now I've got to run. You have a wonderful day, and as always...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Now That Song Is Stuck In My Head...

It's a good thing I'm a Beatles fan. I've got their "birthday" song stuck on my brain, and it keeps going round and round. At least it isn't some random crapola song, lol!! And it's all because of a card I made. It's fun and funky, and looks so cool in real life; the photo just doesn't do it justice!

I was originally inspired by the Inspired By Challenge, where, at first I was beyond stumped. For the second straight day, a rather large PING smacked me, and a card came together. In addition to playing along at Inspired By, for the first time, I am also going to play along at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I'd heard of it, even visited it, but not until today have I played along. Head off to Darnell's blog and read why... After hearing of Di's hard work for all these years, I thought I should pay tribute to a fellow crafter and sweet person, and run headlong into the playground.

So here's my card:

I found this sheet of 12x12 number paper and cut it to fit the front of my card. It's reminiscent of the "score" of a football game. Mostly, I was inspired by the colors and textures over at IB. I found a scrap of kraft, and while rummaging in a drawer the other day, I ran across my ancient paper crimper, and thought it might add the dab of texture I was looking for for this card. First cut with an MFT triangle die, it was then run through the crimper. A teensy snippet of green from the scrap files fit my Studio Calico sentiment perfectly. A trio of silver sequins and all done. So there. Fairly EZPZ. Give your drawers and cupboards a good rummage. See what fun tool or supplies you find! By the Way... Can you guess what it says on the inside? Leave your guess in your comment if you are so inclined to do. Large hint in the first paragraph... As always dear friends...