Friday, May 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #16

Thanks for joining us last month for the Twofer Challenge. Your zoo animals were amazing, and it was so much fun to see all the different designs. Our brains are so darn creative, aren't they?!! This month, our prompt can take you (literally!) anywhere you want to go! Have a look:


I had a few cars in my stash of stamps, but they didn't call my name. I went through the list of wheely-thingies in my head... Cars, trucks, Ferris, color, steering, of fortunes, bikes...well you get the idea. Nothing struck my fancy. Then I remembered an older PTI set with an airplane and knew it had at least one visible wheel! Yep. That was just the ticket for me! See for yourself:

And individually:

This little airplane definitely has "wheels." For the birthday card, I have to tell you I was so inspired by another blogger, Andrea Tracy-Tucker. I just had to CASE one of her cards, which you can find on her blog here. I used all scraps for this card, except for that pretty plaid. That was an ancient 12x12. All MFT dies except for the leafy thingy around the circle; that's a Little B. There are three gray enamel dots, a bit of twine, and done.
For the second card, I grabbed a green polka dotted scrap for the hills. The clouds are LF scalloped edges and the 'flying by...' is also from LF. The sun is from Hello Bluebird, the plane and his banner are PTI, and I did some Copic coloring. I added dots around the clouds just because. And there you have it. One stamp, two different designs, for two different occasions. 

Sure hope to see you in the Twofer gallery. Do come and play! And as always...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

One Card Today

For whatever reason, my mojo went missing. And then it was time to get things in order for Easter. We'll see how things go the rest of the week! I've got one sweet CAS card to share today is all. It will head off to The Paper Players challenge, and Always Fun Challenges.

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Here's my card:

I first stamped EH's little lady onto some green and white flowered paper, and fussy cut the sweater and leggings. On the white panel I stamped her again, and used Copics to color the rest and then glued down her sweater and leggings. I cut the panel with an MFT Wonky frame die and added a sentiment from Sunny Studios. And that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and I'm planning on visiting with your blogs in just a bit. As always...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #15

Hi All! "Spring," as they say, "has sprung!" Yay!! Sure seems like it was a long time coming. Some of you may remember living through, or hearing about the Polar Vortex over the Midwestern US back in January. For those of us who managed to get through it, Spring is a welcome sight indeed! Since the ground is still a bit wet, I decided that card making rather than yard raking was a priority today. How about about you? Are you ready to play with us at the Twofer Challenge? We've got a fun one for you, and I'm sure we all have stamps in our stash that will work for:

Yep, that's right, zooish critters. I live three blocks north of our zoo, which is mighty handy when the grandkids come in the summer. There's a little train that runs around the perimeter, you can feed some of the animals, and we have lions (my favorite) who, when they start roaring and chuffing, can be heard at my house! There are also kangaroos, lemurs, orangutans, meerkats, asian bears, giraffes, rhinos, gibbon monkeys, and penguins, among other animals. Oh!, and white tigers. Anyway, I found these little critters in my stash, and they happen to be DH's favorite animal.

My Congratulatory Card:

And my birthday card:

For my Congratulatory card, I used an AE die to make the shaker part of the card, and filled it with a bit 'o glitter, and white and clear sequins. The sentiment is from Studio Calico, and the "&" is from PTI. That's an Ellen Hutson penguin. Isn't he a hoot?! 

For the Birthday card, I used all EH stamps, and created a background brushed on using pigment ink from Impress. I added a teensy bit of shading on the icebergs with Copic markers. Pretty quick card once I made my mind up to get busy. 

And that'll do it for me today. See how easy it is to make two differently designed cards with the same stamps (or dies or stencils), for two different occasions?! Nothing to it!! Be sure to stop over and check out what the DT and our Guest Designers have created this month. Here's hoping I'll be seeing you in the Twofer gallery!! As always...

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Yellow. Couldn't get it out of my head. The old brain demanded more yellow. I decided to comply to see if that would take care of my recent yellow obsession. And of course, polka dots. After making cards for a few years, and really, really thinking about design thanks in large part to being on the Twofer Design Team, I've come to realize a few things. 1.) I use patterned paper. I like it. 2.) I'm drawn to polka dots, stripes, and gingham. 3.) Dies make me happy. Love them. There are more things I could list, but that would get boring. Not going there...

I have just one card and one tag for today. As it turns out, yellow was a good color choice. Can you believe I've found not one, but TWO challenges that are calling for yellow. Yippee! (Sometimes I think I should listen more to the voices in my head....nahhhhhh! lol) The card will set off to visit the Rainbow Challenge and the Allsorts Challenge. The tag will go play over at Tag You're It!


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Here's what I've got for "yellow."

Oh you should see how cute this is in real life! That's a large scrap of yellow polka dotted paper, a scrap of some LF striped paper, an MFT circle die, a Studio Calico flower die, and a Uniko sentiment. I popped the flower up in the center of that circle and above the sentiment. Much easier to read irl. 

Now for the tag:

Just had to go with these colors (notice there's not a speck of yellow here? hahaha!) I used an RC die and striped side plate cut once in white and once in blue so I could get those blue 'innards.' That's an EH sentiment and coffee cup, colored with Copics. I added a few sequins that match the stripes and a smidgen of Verve ribbon to compliment it all. And that's it for me today. Hope your upcoming week is filled with blessings, and as always...

Friday, March 29, 2019

Going Literal

I saw that the new challenge was up at Time Out. It has a really cool photo inspiration, and it makes my eyes happy. Structure. Lines. Rectangles. Curves. Deep color. That's what my brain saw and then it smiled. Brain said, "You can do this. Go on...give it a try." And what do you know, a card was born! First try. No rippies-uppies. No feeding the recycle bin. It's masculine-ish too, which is something I wanted to do more of this year. Might get to another yellow card later, as yellow is still screaming "use me!!!!," so I might have to obey. We'll see. Oh! And Addicted To Stamps And More are doing a CAS this time. This one is very I'll play there too.

I also wanted to play again at the Double D Challenge, as I can squeak in another gingham card. It turned out quite nicely, and is a good girlie card.

Up first is a very CAS card. We've had weird light today, and while the white base looks a bluish gray, it's actually bright white. Sorry.

I scored a line at 3/4" to make the rectangle. I cut the stripes with an EH Skinny Stripes die in navy blue, and the gold half circle with two WPlus9 circle dies. The sentiment is from W&W and is stamped in navy blue. Can you tell how I was inspired? Check the walls of the inspiration photo, the pillow, and the coffee table. A pretty literal interpretation, but I like it. Looks really cool irl. 

Here's my girly gingham card:

I cut a pretty blue gingham paper from MFT with a ME scalloped edge die. I used an MFT scalloped circle die for the flowery bit, and a plain circle to help it pop. The sentiment is a new die by Card Deco, and I love its size. I added a few black blings and called it good. Works for me. Going to run, but you all have a great weekend. And as always...

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Two Cards

No chatter today, I need to get this post written before DH awakens from his nap. I have two cards today for two challenges each. Card number one will head off to Inspired By Challenge and Double D Challenges. Card number two will go play at CASology and The Card Concept.

This card has no sentiment on the front, but inside it says "Happy Mother's Day". I had help via a little FT chat with good friend Kylie, who helped me find a way to be happy with this card. Thanks, friend! 

I found this lavender colored paper in my paper tower, but don't know who makes it. The gingham paper is from MFT. I used an SU stamp (inspired/enabled by Marcia!!), and colored it with Copics and Winked it with a little Stella on the bow. The rectangle dies are also MFT.

Card number two:

The light blue base is from my scrap drawer. It's what I'd call 'aquamarine' if it had photographed better. And how about those fish?!! They're from a company in France called Simply Graphic, and if you haven't checked them out, seriously, go. I love these fish, and I think they fit the quirky side of me perfectly. I used the colors and sea theme for entry into the card concept, and it's most definitely a CAS card. And I've got to run. Much to do yet today. Have a wonderful week, and as always...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Feeling Springy

It must be because of the Spring weather, or the Daylight Savings Time, or the daffodils beginning to peek up out of the ground, but I seem to be using a ton of yellow these days. I have another yellow card to show you today. And polka dots (right, Marcia?!!) just because I love them. We'll get right to it then...

My yellow card will head off to play at SSS Wednesday Challenge (cute), and at the Rainbow Card Challenge as well. 


I live in Wisconsin. Hence, cheese. But wait!! This is cute cheese for sure!!

It is cute, isn't it?! I found a chunk of this polka dotted paper in my paper tower, and had to use it. I cut this and the smaller white panel with MFT's Wonky dies. The stamps are from Newton's Nook, and I colored that mighty cute cheese with some yellow Copics. This is the second smaller panel I've tried. On the first one, I colored in the holes in the Swiss cheese. Just didn't look right. I made another panel and left the holes white. I like it better as it works well with those white polkie dots. So there you have it. Not sure if I'm done with yellow yet, but we'll see. It's such a happy color. Have a great Wednes-turday. And as always...