Sunday, July 31, 2016


Oh, Shaker cards give me the willys!! I have such a hard time with them, but I still gave it a shot this week at . It took me THREE hours to finish this card, but all in all I am quite happy with it.

Gear Paper - Single sheet rack at Michael's
Sentiment - Stamped with Stazon ink using an old rubber stamp
Embossing - Cuttlebug "Gears" folder
Black Frame - Cricut cartridge image cut on Explore
I added two metal" gears" by Bead Landing from Michael's, couple of BB-like balls, silver and black metallic stars. To the scalloped circle I adhered some snaps (kind used on clothing), I don't have very many shaker items for a male shaker card. Sorry the card is crooked, trying to take photo at night and had to use a flash. Too much refection from the acetate.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Male Room

Fireman Boy & His Dog
Had so much fun making this card. At first I thought it would be too complicated to many layers, but once I started putting it together it just fell into place so easy and was not complicated after all! And, I think it is a great sketch and is one I will use again, soon.
Image - Is a Dearie Dolls "Fireman Boy" digi.
Cardstock - Scrap box, so proud of myself lately for going to my scrap box and using up my scraps instead of always starting with a whole new sheet for one small cut.
Embossing - Cuttlebug "Houndstooth" (banners) and "Cane Back Chair" (yellow panel) folders.
Photo Corner - Is a metal die from My Little Paper World Co.
Sentiment - I created text and printed out on my Explore.
Added silver brads to the Wheels. I also used my trusty Gelly Roll Clear Glitter pen on the helmet's badge and on the to add a little bit of sparkle to kids cards.
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Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge

Using this nice sketch by Melissa at to make this card with this awesome quote by Henry Ford. I believe it is perfect for anyone going through some sort of "turbulence" in their life and could use some comfort.
Map Pattern Paper - Printed on computer
Sentiment - Internet download
Plane - Is a Provo Craft metal mini die, plane is cut from shimmery silver cardstock and matted with Dk. Blue . I added pop dots under it, it looks so cool like it is actually flying waaaay up high above the clouds!!
Banners - Cut on the Explore. The light blue banner and the stripped panel I used my CuttleBug "Clouds" folder to emboss them.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Paper PLayers

This card I made using the sketch at designed by LeAnne  and  thought it was perfect to make a Shaker card. I used a 3" plastic dome for the shaker, the digi of thekitty, (sorry  don't have the name/designer of it).  I used a clear glitter Gellyroll pen to highlight the balloon and ears. I added gems, glitter, sequins and a gem flower. The birthday paper is a scrap, on the pink panel I used a corner punch and matted them with pink glitter cardstock for sparkle. The panel is embossed with a "Tide" folder. The banners are cut using a red semi-sheer ribbon with glittery hearts on it.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Mojo Monday

I created this western themed card using this week's sketch at . Living out here in Arizona you see lots of cowboys and boots and you hear a lot of "Howdy Pardner" greetings. I was gifted a southwestern Cuttlebug embossing folder by my sister-in-law, Donna, a while back and I finally made a card using this folder for a background. I like the way it turned out.
I don't own any of the stitch dies to use as on this sketch, so I used my trusty Tim Holtz ruler that has piercing holes on it and used it. So, my card ended up with holes instead of stitches...oops!!
*Boot -  Is a matted image using a Cricut cartridge and cut on Explore. I added a silver brad to the top of the boot and to the center of the spur. 
*Howdy Pardner - Is also a matted Cricut image and cut on Explore. I added a "Lasso" I made from the threads of gunny sack fabric..
*Happy Birthday - Is also cut and printed on my Explore.
*Star - Is actually an iron-on star  made of fabric.
*Background Embossing - Is a Cuttlebug "Pueblo" folder.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Paper Players

I am having so much fun doing water color challenges, they seem to be trending at this time. I had never done these types of cards before now and it is actually quite fun and easy. Love how you can create so many color combinations using water colors or assorted types of inks. This week at we are challenged to make such a card. The card is a little wonky, guess I used too much water. I did leave it overnight under my cutting mat, it helped to flatten it a little. Here is what I came up with.

Earth - Internet download, double layered with chipboard for depth.
Sentiment -  "You Mean the World to Me" printout and matted with purple cardstock.
I used assorted watercolors and stamping inks in blue, green and purple. I added some sparkle throughout the card and sentiment using a Gellyroll Clear Glitter Pen  for some "far away twinkle", not very noticeable.... sorry.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Come and Get It

Nothing like a good laugh to cheer someone up. Found this funny riddle on the Internet and thought it is perfect for a Get Well card....though by the look on this Chicken Lady's face it doesn't  look like she finds this riddle too funny!!
Chicken Image - Internet-downloaded, added small gold brads to corners
Embossing - CuttleBug "Chicken Wire" folder
Background Papers - 
Checked - Studio Calico "Darling Dear" stack
 Corrugate - DCWV "The Corrugate Neutrals" stack
Sentiment - " A Chuckle to Brighten Your Day!" Computer printed and matted with brown cardstock, added gold brads
Ribbon -  Assorted Trims packet from Michael's Craft Store
Added a yellow brad to center of flower and specked it with a black marker (trying to give it a "sunflower" look).


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Posted at the following Challenges: - Sketch - Make Us Smile  - Checks/Stripes

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Christmas in July
I created this card for the challenge at this week. The papers
are all scraps from my scrap it when I am able to use up bits and pieces and end up happy with the results. I cut the holly on the Explore with an image from a Cricut Christmas cartridge. I added red beads for the "berries" and the glittery trees are stick-ons I have had for a while. The ribbon is pre-printed with "Merry Christmas".

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Come and Get It Challenge

Over at this week we are to make our own background paper! This is quite the challenge for me since I have never made my own paper before. I looked at a lot of techniques on Utube and decided to try the "smooching"  technique using water colors.
Paper - I used Simply Art Watercolor Paper by LoewCornell and regular water color paints in pink and lavender. The color combos are endless. It is a very simple technique where you put the color on a piece of acetate, spray it and you put it over the water color or cardstock paper and the you drag it off and use heat to help it dry faster. The color combos are endless. Easy and fun to do!
I embossed the circle and used a Verve stamp for the sentiment. The flower is premade and the leaves are a Sizzix die cut. The corners are by My Little Paper World

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tag You're It

Red Flowers
Thank you Donna for this very pretty tag and inspiration for mine. When I first saw your tag the bright red flower with the bright-as-the-sun yellow center really popped at me. My favorite color is yellow and that center just pulled me in! THEN, I noticed everything else, like the awesome pretty inked green water color background. I like the small touches of black and the big yellow bow is the perfect touch. Love it! I do have a question...what size do you Ladies make your tags?
Donna's Tag 
**Flowers - I found these red bunches of flowers in my closet (why in there? I have no idea) and thought they are perfect for my inspiration from Donna's tag.
**Tag - Is a Cricut cartridge tag image cut on my Explore.
** Paper - Is very elegant pearlized cardstock by core'dinations "Pearl Cardmaker Series".
**Sentiment - CTMH stamp from the Cricut Artiste "Kudos" collection using Stazon red stamp ink. After I posted I noticed the flower is covering the letter "Y" in the word "You're". Sorry about that!
I embellished the tag with ribbon, lace and pearls. To the strip of ribbon to hang the tag I used a metal heart shaped brad to close the ends with. 
My Tag
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Circles and More Circles

I'm not very good at mixing odd paper patterns together, so I don't do it very often, but am quite pleased with the way this card came out.
Papers - I made this card using the pattern paper from DCWV "Fiesta Forever" stack for the background base. The circles pattern cardstock is from ColoBok's Signature Double-sided "Wild Indigo" stack. The plain cuts are from my scrap box. 
Banner and Sentiment -  Are cut and written on the Explore.
Embossing - Is a Cuttlebug "Spots & Dots" folder 
I added iridescent sequins to the corners. I have some clear sequins I at first applied to some of the embossed circles. Good thing I had not glue them down because after looking at it they seemed like overkill on sequins, so I stuck to the old adage..."less is more"!

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Posted to the Following Challenges:  - -Sketch   - Color Theme


Monday, July 11, 2016

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

I made this card with the sketch at . Seems like when crafting we always can depend on the good ole primary colors to help us create. I decided to use these colors as a theme for my card.

Image - Dearie Dolls colored image (does she remind you of yourself !??)  LOL!!
Papers - All from my scrap box
Circle - Cut and printed on Explore
Embossing - Used a Darice "Hearts" folder on the red panel. Used CuttleBug folders "Swiss Dots" and "Cane Back Chair" on the yellow and blue panels, repectively. 
Ribbon - I took the colors red, blue, and yellow of embroidery thread and twisted them together and matted it with a narrow strip of yellow cardstock and made a bow.
        The sketch at SSW2:    

 My Card:

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Male Room

This is a card I made from this beautiful floral print I found online. The colors and flowers reminded me so much of Hawaii. I hope to send it to some lucky person that gets to go on vacation to Hawaii someday, pretty sure it won't be me, anytime soon. I hope it's YOU!

Floral Paper - Download
Yellow Circle - Is a felt Doily by Studio 18
Strip and Banners - Cut from a Circuit cartridge image on the Explore
Sentiment - I created and printed on the Explore.        

Challenges entered:  - Sketch  Male Card/Flowers

Thursday, July 7, 2016


The theme this week at is to include a country theme on our card and what better than an old Scarecrow out in the cornfield!

Image - A Dearie Dolls image using water color pencils and matted on gunny sack material
Papers - Recollections "Bright & Basic 6X6" stack
Text - Written on my Explore using a Cricut pen in "Blueberry" ink
Embossing - Darice "Hearts" folder
Hearts - Mini paper punch.

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Tuesday Morning

My supply of male cards is running low so I decided to use the sketch at this week's to make one. My grandson is in the Navy and will come home on leave in a couple of weeks and I started thinking of all the husbands/wives, girl/boyfriends, parents, family and friends that are home waiting for their loved ones to return. Actually, once I finished the card I think it will even work for a guy to send to a girl in the military.

Musical Pattern Cardstock - DCWV "Industrial Chic" stack sheet that I matted with plain dark brown paper.
Tag - A Cricut cartridge image cut on my Explore. The sentiment is text I wrote and printed on the Explore, too, added brads to the corners.
Jute Cord - Is from an assorted packet of jute trims from Michael's called "Summer".

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Come and Get It

It is so hot here in Arizona today...104%!! So glad a couple of the challenges are having "CHRISTMAS in JULY " themes this week.....will keep me thinking "cool thoughts" as I work on this card.

I made it a slim  5X7" card with brown tones and not too blingy,  more suitable for a male recipient.
*Embossing - CuttleBug "Holly", "Swiss Dots" and "Tiny Bubbles" folders
*Holly & Berries - Cut from a Cricut cartridge on my Explore. Added red glitter to the berries for a little Christmas bling.
*Sentiment - Computer-download
*Ribbon - Shimmery-edged sheer organza.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Christmas Gold

Today I created this Christmas card using the following:
* This silver striped vellum paper has a very nice sheen to the silver lines which is not very visible in the photo, but looks very pretty, anyway, I placed it directly over the white card base so that the white would show through.
* Snowflake  -  Is a Cricut cartridge image I cut on the Explore using a very nice gold foil cardstock.
* Sentiment - Matted cuts are from my scrap box and I used an acrylic stamp (sorry, don't have brand) and Dew Drops Brilliance ink in "Galaxy Gold.
Finished it off with a gold button and sheer ribbon to make the bow.

I will post this card to the following Challenges: - Use Gold, Silver, Blue and White - Used this week's  sketch by Debbie Foster