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...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Squeeking In

Been a week already. As in an "is it bedtime yet???" kind of week. I made a card the other day, when I had time, and when DH was tucked in his recliner. Never found time to take a photo of it, or write a post. But I was determined to get to it today. And I found a smidge of extra time to make a quick card this morning. I keep running out of minutes in the day. If you see a headless chicken running around, don't worry, that's just me. I'm hoping to get to some commenting later on, but if DH continues to need that bit of extra help today, then I'll get up early (I hope) and visit your blogs then... And before I have to put off finishing this post, I'm going to get right to the cards.

This first card is going to head off to SSSWednesday Challenge, MFT's Sketch Challenge, and Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Mine looks like this:

All the stamps and dies are from MFT. I used two Altenew green inks, and added some green enamel dots just for funsies. Works for a fella, I think.

And I fell in love with the inspiration photo at Inspired By this week! I went with a sort of desert-y look with my card.

Isn't that adorable?!! My card was watercolored and stamped.

The sun is a My Cute Stamps stamp, which sadly, is no longer in business. The rocks and aloe are from HA, and the fox is a ME set. The die is from AE cut with kraft cardstock. A little watercoloring, a little stamping, and that's all there is to it. I do need to run for now, but I hope to see you in a bit. As always...

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I'm blessed enough to be able to say that for me, every day could be Saturday. I retired from the workforce a few years back to stay home and make sure DH is safe. He's got a few health issues, and needs a little help throughout the day. I don't mind. Some days, I can get crafty alllll day. Some days, not so much. But I'm right where I'm supposed to be and am rather content. But you didn't stop by to read that part...How about we look at some cards?

This first one is headed off to both of MFT's challenges. Both the sketch and the colors have been used on my card.

I saw a shaker card in this sketch, and I do so love this color combination, don't you??!!

All my dies are from MFT, as is the sentiment. I found this scrap of pink striped paper and a scrap of just-the-right blue for the scalloped circle. I tossed in some beads and sequins in red, blue, and pink. Didn't really take too long to make. 

My next card is headed off to CAS(E) This Sketch. I had a ping moment when I saw the sketch and knew exactly what I wanted to make. Turned out just like the picture in my little brain!

Here's what I made:

I took a part of a sheet of polka dotted (*sigh*) patterned paper from Doodle Bug, which just so happened to be reversible! Using my MFT 'happy birthday' die, I cut out the sentiment. I also cut some white chipboard to stack inside the sentiment before reversing the colors and affixing it. Found a sweet heart and used the "y" on the birthday part of the sentiment and cut a chunk out so that the heart would fit just where I wanted it to. Pretty fast card! It's now time for me to get to a few chores, then I hope to get back to do some visiting on your blogs. Have a great Saturday. As always... 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I Probably Shouldn't...

...make cards while migraining and on rescue meds. But I did. Because my brain is now in 'fuzzy' mode, I'll get right to it.

Card number one goes to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Sunday Stamps. I created my own background with different stamps and inks.

Here's my take:

MFT stamps and leaf dies, and an MFT rectangle. A couple of EH flower stamps, and a Verve Sentiment. The gray and blue panels are scraps. A smidgen of twine and done.

Next card is going to visit at Inspired By:

I was inspired by the berries, the colors, and the circles in this delicious photograph.

I used all scraps for this. I die cut panels with a ME curved border die. It's the same Verve sentiment, because it was out on my desk, it fit the white panel, and because I like it. I added a few flat red sequins to honor those berries on the inspiration photo. EZPZ lemon squeezy. And now I need to go see if I can find my brain. It seems to be missing...oh wait! That's just my normal, lol! As always...

Friday, February 16, 2018

"Pear-fect" Birthday

I make a ton of birthday cards. A ton. Not only do I have a rather large family, but I give the adult children, and now some of the 'grown-up' grandchildren boxes of cards that I've made over the course of the year. The kids have been requesting boxes of all birthday cards as of late... I figure that since they're 'requesting' cards, they must like them, and I must be doing something right! So here's another birthday card to add to 'their' stash! I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Take a look...I think you'll find inspiration there as well!

That sketch is simply delightful! I got one of my "pings" right away, and set to work. This card took, oh, um, all of about 15 minutes to make. The longest part was finding those perfect patterned papers among my scraps, lol! 

I love this pear die. It's from WPlus9, and I just grabbed my Impress Inks and went to town on a blank piece of white cardstock. I laid the die over the colored parts, found a place where I liked the look, and cut. I added a bit more color, and the brown dots. The "have a" sentiment is from Lil' Inkers, the "pear-fect" is from WPlus9, and the "birthday" is from PTI. I hope you don't mind if I say that the pear really trips my trigger. I like the way it turned out! Now. I'm going to run, as I want to do a little commenting, but you all have an incredible weekend. Sending blessings your way, and as always...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Less Is More

It's almost like watching little ones grow. When some of my favorite challenges celebrate a 'birthday,' like Less Is More, I wonder where the time went! These days, my craft time is more limited than it used to be, but I knew I wanted to play along at LIM in order to wish them a very happy birthday. I've seen so many fun cards in the gallery, and had to make a little something. Four of my grandchildren, all in the same family, are percussionists. They come by it honestly, as their parents are too. They've also played piano, violin, viola, and guitar as well. A musical family to say the least. A while back, a dear friend RAKed me with this cute Avery Elle set, and I was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. This birthday celebration is the perfect time to break it out! Thanks, Darnell!!

Happy Birthday, Less Is More!

As mentioned, this is a set from Avery Elle. I used a star from a N&T set, and gave the drummer a striped shirt with a scrap of patterned paper. I colored the cymbals and the edges of the drums with some ancient silver and gold gel pens, and used Copics to color the rest. To add just a dash of dimension, I cut the panel with an MFT circle die. And that's it. Happiest of Birthdays, Less Is More! As always...