Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stuck on You - August 2020 Card Chain Challenge

Hi, Friends......

It's reveal day at the Card Chain Challenge for our August cards. This is such a fun group and I strongly encourage you to sign up to get involved!


I received this cheery and colorful card from Chris in Illinois:

This is the card I made for Hillary in the UK, using an adorable cactus NBUS stamp set from my crafty pal, Karen Ladd. (THANKS, Karen!) It's hard to tell from the photo, but I added sparkle to the succulents with my Wink of Stella pen, too.

Supplies used include:
Craft Smart - Cactus stamp and die set (have to scroll down to find the right set...)
Lawn Fawn Pottery Barn Ink Cube Set
(contains Jellyfish, Crunchy Leaf, River Rock, and Jet Black)
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Markers
Distress Ink
Wink of Stella pen
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Scraps of DCWV paper and white cardstock
Twine from my stash

Sign-up for the September exchange HERE is still open for a few more days! Hope you will join us.

Take care everyone....esp those of you who are additionally affected by the terrible fires in several parts of the world. Thankfully, our community has not had any nearby fires this year. Thank you for stopping by today!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #454-455 - Anything Goes
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #122
3. NBUS Challenge #18
4. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Double Trouble Challenge #65 - Thing 1: AG

Monday, August 31, 2020

August Rudolph Days - Christmas Wishes

Hi, Friends......

I am squeaking in here with a quick and easy entry into Mo's August Rudolph Days challenge. I NEED quick and easy right now! I am getting ready for the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop in October...(Have you seen my list of sponsors on my sidebar so far????!!!! WOW, right?).....AND I am also getting ready to homeschool my 4th grade granddaughter for this school year....AND I have a new grandbaby due at the end of October, too, and a baby quilt to make!!! Yes.....I NEED quick and easy!!! lol....

I was inspired by a snowflake embossed background I found in my stash.....but wanted a tag. As you know, if you die cut a dry-embossed background, it kind of flattens out the embossing. So I grabbed a fresh piece of the extra-thick white cardstock I like for dry embossing and cut a tag. I misted it a bit with water for a good impression and then dry-embossed it.

I used a lovely sentiment die from Di Wray (THANKS, Di!!) and some red scraps to make the bright sentiment. I had a large scrap of the background from an ancient DCWV stack which I used. I topped it off with some pretty crinkle ribbon from Diana Larson (THANKS, Diana!!). I had a enough of the background for two cards so I now I have two more Christmas cards in my stash for this December! Yay!!

Supplies used include:
Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson - Mini Christmas Wishes die
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder (retired)

Crinkle Ribbon from DL.ART 
Scraps of red cardstock and DCWV patterned paper
Coordinations 110 lb white cardstock
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired (for background and tag)
Thank you so much for stopping by today. And just like that.......there goes August running off into the pasture! September is already meowing at the door ready to come in.....and I can even hear the holidays beginning to scratch on the screens!! What a wild ride this life is!!! Wheeeeeeee-eeeeeeeeeeee!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days August Challenge - AG Christmas
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #385 - Use Snippets
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #505 - AG Christmas
4. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #122
5. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #454-455 - Anything Goes

Monday, August 10, 2020

Life's Just Better in Flip Flops - Guest Designer

Hi, Friends.......

I'm here with a fun one-layer beachy card to share with you. The lovely Dunja over at Cards und More invited me to be a Guest Designer for their August Challenge using this lovely mood board for inspiration:

Here's my take......
Supplies used include:
Fresh Squeezed Stamps - Beachy Keen (retired)
Lawn Fawn Pottery Barn Ink Cube Set - Crunchy Leaf
Distress Inks and Distress Markers

Hope you enjoyed seeing my summery beach card. Please join us at the Cards und More Challenge! Thank you again to Dunja and all the Design Team at Cards und More for the opportunity to Guest Design.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #120
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #450 - #451 - AG
3. DL.ART August Linky Challenge

4. Dare2BArtzy August Challenge - AG 
5. The Artisitc Stamper August Challenge - AG with stamping

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Card Chain Challenge (July) - Stenciled with Glitter

Hi, Friends.......

In July I joined the Card Chain Challenge where participants from all over the world sign up to make and send a card following one of several theme options to one of the other members. A handy, easy to follow info sheet and list is provided by our lovely hostesses, Gail and Jo, who coordinate the whole thing. 🖤
It is sooooooo fun!!

My card went to Suzanne Harkinson and I received this very lovely one from Elena Chamberlain.

THANK YOU, Elena!!  🖤

You can see all the fab cards that were exchanged HERE.

If you are interested in joining in, the signups for August are open until August 6th and can be found HERE. Hope you will join in!!

One of the themes for July was stenciling. I had been wanting to try the old stencil double glitter technique. I even had purchased a roll of the double stick adhesive for it. So one day when my granddaughter was here we did this glitter project, each making several backgrounds. Oh, my....oh, my.....the house looked enchanted with magical pixie dust sparkling everywhere. It was beautiful and messy!!! Just right for a grandma project with a 9 yr old. 🖤🖤🖤

This was the prettiest of my backgrounds and so I used it for my card for Suzanne. I used a NBUS "For You" die to make the sentiment from scraps, some Prima flowers, and some rose-gold foiled scraps for diecut foliage. LOVE!!! I chose sequins for the flower centers so they would be flat for easy mailing.

NOTE: I often use this retired set of Verve foliage dies in several sizes. It's great for mindlessly diecutting my odd-shaped scraps while I watch Netflix. The smallest of the dies doesn't require a very big scrap at all and also will fit easily between previously cut "holes" on a negative scrap. (Yes....I do save EVERYTHING! lol...) I sort the foliage cuts into small zip bags by color. Since I love to use flowers on my cards, it is very convenient to have a good selection of leaves on hand!

Supplies used include:
Lawn Fawn - Scripty For You die
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set (retired)
Prima Flowers
Sequins from Doodles Paper Playground - Sparkle Blend Hey Chickie
Artistcellar - JKB TEXTures 2 Series 4-stencil set
Glitter from stash
AJ Sign World - Double-sided Adhesive
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
White cardstock
Scraps for leaves and sentiment

Hope you enjoyed seeing my first contribution to the Card Chain Challenge. Remember there are still a few more days to sign up HERE for August. I hope you will join us!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. NBUS Challenge #17
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #383 - Use Snippets
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #120
4. Word Art WednesdayChallenge #450-#451 - Anything Goes
5. HA Stay Crafty Challenge #12 - Friendship
6. TTCRD Week Beginning Aug. 4 - AG

Friday, July 31, 2020

CIJ - Another Fairy Christmas Card

Hi, Friends.......

I am sharing another one of the Fairy Christmas series I made. This time I am using the old version Blogger (still available for only a few more weeks.....ugh!) so I should be able to make this post okay. (I hope...)

NOTE: For any of you who are having trouble with the "new" blogger, be sure to send them feedback with your complaint by clicking on "Help and Feedback" on the left sidebar of your dashboard page. (I have used it several times already!! lol...)

One-layer CAS is not my usual style. I tend generally more toward a clean and layered look. But it is fun sometimes to dabble in other things and this stamp set seemed perfect for CAS. To be honest, I don't know how to make a CAS card that is not an OLC! lol...

You can't tell from the photo, but I have added Wink of Stella sparkle over the fairy dress and the dream bubble on this card...for just a little extra magic.

Supplies used include:
The Cat's Pajamas - Fairy Christmas stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Distress Inks for watercoloring
Wink of Stella marker on the fairy dress
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock
Thank you for visiting my blog today. We are in a blistering heat wave right now and I can't really do anything but sit at my computer. Hope you are staying cool and safe! Merry Christmas in July to everyone.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #120
2.  DL.ART July Linky Challenge - AG   

3. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #103 - Christmas in July

Thursday, July 30, 2020

CIJ - Magical Christmas - July Rudolph Days

Hi, Friends.......

Don't know about you, but this "New" Blogger and I are NOT on speaking terms! I lost most of this blog post....not all of it, mind you, it DID save part of it....but most of it disappeared.  Grrrrr!  So this is going to be a very abbreviated post. Sorry about that! :(

Supplies used include:
The Cat's Pajamas - Fairy Christmas stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Distress Inks for watercoloring
Wink of Stella marker on the fairy dress
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock

Sorry for the short post....I just didn't have the energy to rewrite the thing! Hope you will join in over at Scrappy Mo's July Rudolph Days Challenge and at Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

Stay cool and safe!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. July Rudolph Days Challenge
2. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #34 - Starry, Starry Night
3. ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for No Fuss (I did a one-layer CAS card)
4. Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Challenge #500 (AG Christmas)
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #370 - Christmas in July
DL.ART July Linky Challenge - AG  
7. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #103 - Christmas in July

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

CIJ - Graphic 45 Mailer Upcycle

Hi, Friends......

Do you sometimes receive advertisements in the mail that are just tooooooooooooo pretty to discard???  I feel that way whenever a Graphic 45 mailer arrives.  So out come the scissors and punches to slice and dice the pretty parts for a card.   Here's one I did the other day.  I used the page featuring the G45 Twelve Days of Christmas and my Lots-o'-Dots background idea.  I embellished it by cutting up a Zva swirl that had been in my stash for quite awhile. 

I was glad I remembered my trick of using Press 'n' Seal for applying my swirls.  You might recall I often have trouble getting my swirls separated from their backing and onto the card without losing some of the gems.  So I cut the swirl to the desired size, smooth a piece of Press 'n' Seal firmly over the top of the jewels, then gently remove the acetate backing of the swirl to expose its adhesive.  I can easily see thru the film to position the embellishment properly.  I press the swirl down firmly onto the card and remove the piece of wrap. Easy peasy and I don't lose any gems!!

Some background stamping along the margins of the candy cane print and inking on the edges of the circles and panel completed the vintage look.

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 Mailer
EK Success - Circle Punch (1" diameter)
DCWV Patterned paper
Holly on margins of background - Stamper's Anonymous - TH Collection 2016 Stamptember Holiday stamp set (retired)
Simon Says Stamp - Khaki ink
Zva Swirl

Hope you liked my upcycled card.  Thank you so much for joining me in my Christmas in July series!  Stay cool and craft on!!!