Saturday, January 15, 2022

Brand New Challenge - Paper Dragonfly!


Hi, Friends....

I am very excited to introduce to you a brand-new challenge blog:  Paper Dragonfly.  I happened upon it when I was browsing Paper Playful.  It is all about dragonflies and run by a gal named you know it is going to be a great challenge blog!!  Purr..purr!  lol...

Side Note: Do any of the rest of you visit Paper Playful?  I certainly appreciate the kind ladies that give of their time to keep us informed and up-to-date on the current challenges.  Be sure to comment on their posts every so often to give them a thank you!!
Now....I have to be honest. I am not really into dragonflies.  I am not into bugs or crawlies of any sort.  You might say that dragonflies are not crawlies....and that is correct, but they ARE bugs!!  😨  But even I have to admit that dragonflies are quite intriguing with their beautiful iridescence and the way they zoom around.  Best thing about them, though, is that they are mighty predators of things like mosquitoes!  So I have a respect and grudging admiration for their place in my yard and garden.....same as I do for yellow jackets!  Ha! 

That said....I have a lovely dragonfly die lying unused in my stash that was part of a prize given to me by Mrs. A over at the Butterfly Challenge.  (THANKS, Mrs.A!!)  When I saw this new challenge, I thought that I definitely needed to use it. 

The Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 theme is Winter Dragonfly.  Well, anyone with even half the winter we usually get here knows that dragonflies don't fly around in the snow!!!!  SO WHAT!  lol....  Cards do not have to reflect reality.  So I put the biologist part of me in a different part of the house and got to work with a winter-themed dragonfly card.  I made two of them and the one that I am showing you first is actually the second one....because I think I like it a tiny bit better than the first one.  But I ended up loving them both.  

This one ended up looking slightly Valentine-ish with the die cut row of hearts.  I used the debossed side of a snowflake embossing folder and a single die-cut snowflake along with my dragonfly cut from some wildly sparkly iridescent cardstock!! 

Now here is the second one............
Same colors, but even more shimmer with three dragonflies.  I sanded the snowflake embossing just slightly to add a tiny bit of contrast....but you can't see it.  lol....  I also added some sparkly gel pen to the centers of the embossed snowflakes.  I used gray card bases for a soft winter snowy sky look.  Which do you like better?

Supplies used include:
Tonic Studios - Rococo Delicate Dragonfly die
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (retired)
Simon Says Stamp - Studio Katia "Fresh Bunch" stamp set (retired)
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray

Hope you liked my cards.  And I really, really hope you will join us over at the Paper Dragonfly Challenge - Winter Dragonfly.  Let's support this new challenge as much as we can!!  ❤

Stay safe and warm....and watch out for dragonflies flying around in the snow!!  😉


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 - Winter Dragonfly
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
DL.ART January Linky Party
Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers)
6. All Sorts Week #659 - Add a Heart
NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (my dragonfly was NBUS)

Friday, January 14, 2022

Christmas Chickadee


Hi, Friends.....

I noticed a few days ago that Lost Coast Designs was having a "Let's Fly" theme for their challenge blog.  Hmmm....I have just the stamp.  But could I get a card made before the gates closed?????  Wasn't sure.  I decided to give it a try.  It is a "challenge", after all.  Right?

The lovely Jo Avery sent me this beautiful Lost Coast Designs Christmas chickadee stamp some time ago (THANKS, Jo!!), but I had never used it was lying there brand new just waiting to be inked.  It's totally gorgeous but I was a bit intimidated by it.  For one thing it was wood block mounted so stamping was going to have to be close to perfect first do overs!  Also, it is a large image which compounds the difficulty in getting a great image with no chance to try again.  

I decided to give it a try.  Oh,, fail, fail.  I tried several times with paper on top of inked stamp and inked stamp on top of paper using a variety of cardstocks.  None of my impressions was perfect.  Some of the actual images looked pretty good, but I had stray ink marks here and there.  Oh, bother!  (This is what I get for trying to make a card the day before a challenge closes!!!  Eeek!!)

I soldiered on, though, and colored Mr. Chickadee (Mr. Tit, to you Brits and Euros!) He was looking better as I got him colored.  Then I got brave and decided to splatter him with white scary!! But it helped. (Note to self: When you have stray ink marks.....add tons of stray ink marks to distract the eye. lol...)

I actually painted over some of the larger ink marks with the gesso, as well as some of the parts of the bird that are supposed to be white.  Then, throwing caution completely to the wind, I decided to splatter him with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink also!!  I hadn't ever tried splattering with two different inks technique!  It worked.....I liked him even better!!  "Hey!" thought I, "this card might actually be okay in the end!"

I distressed the edges of the image and the vintage looking Christmas papers I had picked out.  Then I threaded a touch of gold trim through some red ribbon.  A little sprig of holly sequins finished up my card.  What do you think?

Supplies used include:
Lost Coast Designs - Megan's Christmas Bird stamp (wood-mount)
Versafine Ink in Onxy Black
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Scraps of patterned paper, ribbon, and holly sequins from my stash

Hope you liked my card.  I am delighted with how it turned out.  Glad I stuck with it!  


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #135 - Let's Fly!
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
3. ABC Christmas - A is for Anything Goes Christmas
4. We Love Stamping January Challenge - Anything Stamped + Opt of Wings
5. TFJB Challenge - Out with Old, In with the New (I used a new-to-me technique and a "new" unused stamp and some very old patterned papers)
DL.ART January Linky Party
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #576 - AG Christmas

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Pray Always - Batch Cooking a Baker's Dozen of Cards Using a Sketch


Hi, Friends.....

Many of you have enjoyed the challenges that Mary over at CARDZ-TV has hostessed for many years.  It was always a fun place to get inspired and show off our creations.....and she was always so generous with her lovely Cardz-TV stamp prizes!  The challenges have sadly (for us) come to an end, but Mary has started something else on her blog:  Sketch Saturday.  It's not a challenge for prizes or anything, but she shares a video using one of her fabulous sketches (she has a ton of them!!).  

I got inspired to use the one she showcased last weekend.  I pulled out my bag of "blue/green family" scraps and selected several pieces from 5 or 6 coordinating patterned papers to use.  I took a few liberties with the sketch to better fit with the scraps I was using.  Sketches, after all, are inspiration launching points!  

Measure-measure, slice-slice, glue-glue.....before I knew it, I had 13 cards that were all the same....yet a bit different. I give a lot of cards and card sets to friends for them to use. These will be perfect for that.
used a lovely new die my crafty pal Karen Ladd sent me for Christmas. (THANKS, Karen!!) Love this die so much!! I ran out of the flowers I had started using and pulled another kind of flower out that was in coordinating colors. Then I ran out of those, too. (Hey, did you hear that....."ran out" means I am actually using things up!!!...Yay!!) So I scrounged around and found some butterflies to use. I also ran out of the glitter cardstock I was using for the sentiment die cut so I used a different color....which I didn't like as well, but it is okay.

Here's a shot of all 13 of my cards!  I know you can't see any detail.  I think you can click on the image and enlarge it if you wish.  Sorry for the shadow....Old Lady Photographer, here!  lol...

Supplies used include:
Diamond Press - Pray Always Die (247175)
Prima Flowers
Adhesive Gems
Assorted Scraps of Patterned Paper from stash
Solid Cardstock

Hope you enjoyed seeing the batch of cards I cooked up using Mary's lovely sketch!  If you enjoy sketches, be sure to watch for her next one on Saturday at her blog, CARDZ-TV.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Stay safe and warm!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
2. Crafty Hazelnut's January Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
4. NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (the sentiment die was NBUS)
5. Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
6. DL.ART January Linky Party
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #30 - Use Circles (I used polka-dot patterned paper)
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers + Die, Thing 3:  Prayer is my "Warm and Cozy", esp when I am troubled!)

Monday, January 10, 2022

Guest Designer - Let's Squash It! SEA-sons Greetings


Hi, Friends......

I am so honored today to be the Guest Designer over at the Let's Squash It! Challenge blog!  The theme this month is Dry Embossing + Under the Sea.  How fun is that?!!!  Thank you to Jo and Gail for inviting me to join them. ❤

As soon as I heard the theme was Under the Sea, I knew which set I wanted to use.  I won this super-fun and quirky Newton's Nook Designs - SEA-sons Greetings stamp set from Holley Barnhart last year during her February Celebration.  (THANKS, Holley!!)  It had not seen ink yet and it was time!! 

For my background, I pulled out some scraps of sea green patterned paper and die cut them into wave shapes.  Then I used a couple of embossing folders for some with bubbles and one with waves.  I sponged some Distress Ink over the embossing to give it some definition.  A few fish and sequins and some Wink of Stella for sparkle completed my card.  

Supplies used include:
Darice - Gradual Dots Embossing Folder (retired)
Sizzix Textured Impressions - Waves Embossing Folder
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Distress Ink - Lucky Clover
Newton's Nook Designs - SEA-sons Greetings stamp set (retired)
Lawn Fawndamentals Ink - River Rock
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies (retired)
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins
Wink of Stella clear pen
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will join us over at Let's Squash It - Under the Sea!  Have a phen-octopus day!! (Sorry...that's the best pun I could think of using octopus.  I should have used a fish image....and then I could have said "fin-tastic".  *sigh*  lol...)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #419 - Use Snippets
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers + Die, Thing 3:  Mittens....EIGHT of them!  lol..)
3. Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
5. DL.ART January Linky Party
6. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #30 - Use Circles (I used a circle embossing folder)

Friday, January 7, 2022

Merry Christmas

Hi, Friends...

It's been waaaaaaay too long since I have posted anything.  The holidays and winter storms really knocked the stuffing out of me.  I feel like I am finally getting my feet back underneath me.  I have a Christmas card to share with you that I am entering in the lovely Di Wray's Snippets Playground Challenge.

Before Christmas I die cut several of these gorgeous Poppystamps - Grand Pine Trees (sadly retired) for use on cards.  I strategically positioned them so I could use the negatives on a separate set of cards......tah-dah!  :)  I chose some of my layered "strips-o-scraps" backgrounds that I already had on hand to show through the opening.  Love that the patterned papers make it  look like a snow-covered evergreen.  ❤

I went quite CAS with no sequins or snowflakes and just a simple sentiment.  I kept having to resist the urge to put something else on it, but I didn't want anything to draw attention away from the tree.  What do you think?  Too plain?


Supplies used include:
Poppystamps - Grand Pine Tree die (retired)
Clearly Besotted - Modern Christmas stamp set (retired)
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Extra thick White Cardstock

Hope you like my card!  I have a few more cards that I will be blogging in the near future.  Have a safe and Happy New Year!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #418 - Use snippets on a Christmas Card
Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November Rudolph Days - Celebrate the Season



Hi, Friends......

I am here with my November Rudolph Days card.  I believe that November is the last of those challenges for the year!  I have managed to enter each month which allows me to participate in the special drawing for December.  Yay!

I also am playing along in the Let's Squash It Challenge.  The lovely hostesses Jo and Gail asked us to use a stencil along with our embossing folder this time.   I've never tried doing that was fun and easy!  (Just my sort of

My card turned out simple and cute.  I added lots of little adhesive gems to dress it up.  I even managed to sneak in a couple of "cheater" scraps of cardstock for the sentiment panel....not very creative, but I'm happy to just be getting a card done!!!  I will enter into Di's Pixie's Snippets Playground, also.  Yay!

Supplies used include:
Sizzix  - TH Texture Fades - Courtyard embossing folder
Delta Stencil Magic - Tree Medley (long retired)

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Clearly Besotted - Modern Christmas stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Satin Red
Distress Inks
Sponge Daubers

Hampton Art - Ki Self Adhesive Gems (retired)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope you liked my card!  I think I will use this new-to-me stencil + dry embossing technique again soon!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. November Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's
2. Let's Squash It!  Challenge #14 - Emboss + Stencil







3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Ruby's Memory Challenge #417 - Use Snippets
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #154
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #570 - AG Christmas
6. Word Art Wednesday Week #519-520 - AG
7. Double Trouble Challenge #98 - Playing Along with Thing 1: AG, and Thing 3 Twist: Dry Embossing
STAMPlorations November Stencil Challenge

Monday, November 15, 2021

You Warm My Heart


Did you participate in my Cat Hop????
Winners for the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop are Posted HERE!!

Hi, Friends......

I am here with another coffee card for the 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop.  I did this one in all purples....maybe I use more monochromes than I thought!!  :)

I used an adorable Love Nicole set from Holley Barnhart  (THANKS, Holley!!).  I had fun choosing purples from my scrap bag for the mug, heart, and steam and solid panel.  I think it turned out really cute!


Supplies used include:
Love Nicole - Hug in a Mug stamp and die set
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (retired)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set (retired)
Scraps from my stash of patterned and solid cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at my card!  I hope you Coffee Hoppers are enjoying this lovely event.  Have a wonderful week!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Double Trouble Challenge #97 - Deja-BREW (Just playing in Thing 1 and Thing 2)
3. Word-Art Wednesday #517-#518 - AG
4. Cardz-TV AG Challenge #153
5. DL.ART November 2021 Linky Challenge
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November
7. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #416 - Use Snippets
8. Ally's Angels Challenge #52 -AG