Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #4

Happy April everyone, and welcome to this month's Twofer Challenge! I'm sure you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did! Here's our prompt for April:

Do you automatically think of cats and dogs? Or birds, hamsters, lizards, bunnies, and ponies? We used to have a couple of kitties around the house, Cinnamon and Sugar. They were the most fun critters, and I do miss their antics and the lap-sitting with their purrs going. And even though I had cats, I went with a dog stamp. I'm eager to see what you make, so grab your pet stamps, create a couple of cards and join us!

And "who-knew?!," I happen to have a couple of pet-themed cards to share with you today. Here they are together:

You can see that I've made one pet sympathy card, and one birthday card. Let's start with the sympathy card:

A dear, dear friend lost her sweet pup a bit ago, and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her. The base was covered with a piece of SU vellum that Geri G. gave me at the Lake House. The NBUS sympathy sentiment is from Avery Elle, and the pup is from Pinkfresh Studios. I tried to give the little sweetie a bi-colored coat, though I'm not sure it worked as well as I hoped it would.

Next is the birthday card:

You can see I used the same pup for this birthday card, but stamped him in an aqua blue. The balloon is from the same Pinkfresh Studio set. The die is from Pretty Pink Posh. I tossed a few yellow sequins on, and made some 'grass' with my Ziggies. 

I hope to see you all in the gallery this month! Grab those stamps, pet-themed this time, and let those creative juices flow! Hope to see you over at the Twofer Challenge!! 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Two Cards for Today

I'll just get right to it before DH needs anything. Lots going on around here, but since I needed several birthday cards for family and friends, I thought I'd post them real quick.

The first card will head off to SSS Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown

I think this birthday card turned out lovely in this color palette:

I found various circle stamps in my stash and used ME pink and red inks, and the green is a DO in pistachio. I cut the SC sentiment twice; once in black and once in mint and off set them slightly. A few blings in the same colors finishes it off nicely. Looks happy to me.

The next card is off to play at Poppy Stamps Challenge, Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge, and the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. Do head over to Veronica's blog to learn about how Autism has impacted her life, and join in by making a card, too. 

The blue in the photo is in the teal family, and the darn thing photographed more in the green range as opposed to the blue. 

I've framed my card with a chevron paper from LF. The giraffes are from Poppystamps, and I just love them! I upcycled a chevron bag and used it behind the giraffe cuts. An old Syzzix label die with a PTI sentiment and done! An EZPZ, CAS card. Hope to get the chance to visit your blogs a bit later today, too. Have a great weekend, and as always...
(ETA: As per Carol's suggestion, I'm also entering the second card at Cards In Envy, where we are to accentuate the negative space. Thanks C!!)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Spring is definitely not in the air. My son said they had 5" of snow in Minneapolis the day before Easter. Not very Spring-like there either. I guess it's just a waiting game for now. It will get warmer and sunnier, and one of these days in the not-so-distant future, I'll probably complain that it's too hot outside... Enough of the weather report. This is a card blog, so let's get to it, shall we?!

I haven't had much time to play in the craft room as of late, but I got up a little bit early today so I could make at least one card. Mission accomplished! I'm sending this little sweetie off to Inspired By, and SSS Wednesday Challenge.

I just love gingham, don't you?

Yellows, greens, and a bit of pink. Maybe these colors will help usher in some more Spring-like weather! The gingham *sigh* is a scrap from my files, and the flowers and branches are from a NBUS PTI set. The scalloped edge die is from PPP, and the little tag with its sentiment is from AE. I added a sprinkling of sequins just because I like them. And now I have to run. DH needs a little bit of help. As always...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

More Pink

I promise that after this post, I will use different colors. But I got in a 'pink' rut. Not a bad rut, as I like the color pink rather much, but a rut nonetheless. I hope you won't mind these two cards today. This first card will head off to a brand new challenge from Pinkfresh Studios. I'd won a GC blog hopping with them, and added some PFS stamps/dies to my stamp collection. And yes, I like them. Good stamping quality, and fun images! Go check them out. My second pink card will go and play at Time Out, and at the Poppy Stamps Challenge.

March Monthly Challenge


Card Number One:

I just used one Pinkfresh Studio stamp on this card. I loved the airiness of this foliage, so masked off a panel and stamped above and below it. I added two hot pink strips to give it a more finished look, and then used a SC 'celebrate' die. A few pink blings and done. Sorry about the bad photo. I really wanted to capture the colors, and had to put up with the shadows in order to do so.

Card Number Two:

A very CAS birthday card. The branch is from Poppy Stamps, and the sentiment is from MB. I colored the branch with Copics, and added a few sequins. While it's hard to see, the focal point has been cut with an MFT die. Pretty EZPZ! And now I've got to run. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and as always...

Thursday, March 22, 2018


I love the color pink. Not that I'm a 'girly-girl,' no, I've always been more of a tomboy, but pink has always made me happy. I've got a granddaughter who will graduate from LAW school (damn...how did she get so grown up so fast?!!), and when she was a tiny bit of a thing, if you asked her her favorite color, she'd say, "peenk." That's how our family says 'pink' now. Peenk. I don't think she's quite as taken with the color as she was when she was little, but her love of all things pink back then always sparks sweet memories of Jess. You can tell I'm about to show you a pink card today, can't you, lol?! I've actually made three cards in a row with peenk, but won't drown you in the color today. I'll save a couple for later, with hopes that I have time to post them. Been a bit busy around here with DH's PT appointments and such. If you see a headless chicken running around, don't worry, that's just me trying to keep up with all of my tasks....

I'd actually made this card last week, but my duties have kept me from posting it. I've used one of my favorite flower stamps; it's whimsical and fun, and dressed in pink, it does make me happy. It's headed off to Loll's CAS Watercolour Challenge, as well as SSS Wednesday Challenge.

That's a Studio Calico stamp garden, albeit, a small garden, and a MB sentiment. I cut my watercolor panel with an MFT Wonky die, and used my Zigs to color everything. I added a panel of pink edged with green ink and that was it. I hope your days are going well, and I'm hoping to pop 'round to all your blogs at some point today. Blessings to you, and as always...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #3

We've got another great challenge for you this month at the Twofer Challenge. It's rather fun and very appropriate for those of us anticipating Spring. This month's prompt is:

Oh so many things come to mind with this! Click the link to pop over there, and check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Design Team!

I'm soooo looking forward to the early Springtime blossoms in my flowerbeds. Until they start peeking through the ground, these will have to do! 

This card uses a green base with an MFT die cut frame, first stamped with a Brutus Monroe coverplate flower stamp, then colored with Copics. I added some fun sequins, and a Spring-like sentiment from MFT. To me, this is a very "happy" card!

Using the same BM stamp, only this time with ME Smoke Ink, I covered the whole front of the card. Then I grabbed that fun MFT die, and knocked out a panel, which I colored in soft blues and greens and popped back into place. The sentiment is from Gina K., and I placed it on a popped up scrap of SU Parisian Breeze cardstock.

I wonder where "blossoms" will take you all this month?! Looking forward to seeing what you've made! See you over at the Twofer Challenge. As always...

Monday, March 5, 2018

What's Wrong With Me?

It's Monday. It's not even noon. I've got all my chores done, and I got a card made already. What's wrong with me?!! Feels pretty good, as I have to take DH to a doctor's appointment this afternoon. After the doctor's appointment, and as a reward to myself for being such a good girl, I'm stopping at Michaels for a few things that I "need." I'm giving you all permission to do the same if you've been good today too, lol!!

During the basketball and baseball games yesterday, while DH was entranced, I made a quick little card, which I'll share first. That one is going to play at Inspired By, and SSS Create and Share.

I didn't have any dies or embossing folders that would mimic the hills in this photo, but I managed to come up with a little something.

For my hill, I used a ME die and ancient scrap of slightly patterned paper. I found a scrap of blue that gave me a nice sky. The Cross and sentiment are from Pretty Pink Posh (love this font!), and the 'sun' is from Avery Elle. EZPZ lemon squeezy!

Today's card will head off to Time Out. Their prompt is "Bold," and I'd made a couple late last week. They just didn't trip my trigger. This one does:

Those are some wild polka dots, aren't they?! With that much going on in the background, it didn't need much else. I found a white circle (WPlus9 die) in my stash on my desk, and the 'happy' is a die from MFT. It's as hot a pink as on the polka dots, but it doesn't show up well. Some day, I'm investing in a super-duper Nikon. But I'd have to give up buying stamps/dies for a couple of months...don't know if I can do that...hahahaha!! Now I'm off to get a little commenting done. As always...