Friday, June 10, 2022

Make A Wish Upon A Starfish


It's not cats, but I thought it was cute.  :)


Hi, Friends......

I am wading in here to share a Beach theme card I made with my Graphic 45 Ocean Blue that I won from the generous G45 folks!  ❤❤❤  It's such a gorgeous set!


When I have time, I like to decorate the inside of my G45 cards.  Here's what I did on this one:

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 - Ocean Blue collection
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set - (retired)
Distress Ink in Faded Jeans
Sentiment from
Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (retired)

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed seeing this beachy card.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  PIP Challenge #2223
2. Allsorts Week 679 -AG opt Sun, Sea, Sand
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 547-548 - AG
4.  DL.Art June Linky Challenge

Monday, May 30, 2022

May Rudolph Days - Christmas Magic


Hi, Friends.....

I got out a stray set of Graphic 45 stickers from the older Nutcracker Sweet collection that was kindly sent to me years ago by Gloria Stengel.  (Thanks, Gloria!!)  All I have from that collection are the stickers, but I knew I had papers and trim I could use.  I am squeaking this in as my entry into the May Rudolph Days over at ScrappyMo's!  

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet stickers
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (retired)
Scraps of patterned paper and solid cardstock for mats and panels
Ribbon and ric-rak trim from stash
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain

Thank you for stopping by today.  It is a very chilly, gray, and rainy Memorial Day here in Idaho.  I don't think it hit 50F today and we can hardly step foot in our gardens yet because it has been so cold and wet!  As usual, though, the weather will change to hot and dry all of a sudden and our chilly wet spring will be but a fading memory.  Hope all of you are doing well.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
May Rudolph Days
2.  Snippets Playground Challenge #429

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Keep Calm And Saddle Up!


Hi, Friends......

I have one more card to share for the Allsorts 13th Birthday Celebration.
A gal asked me to make a horse-themed card for her brother's 18th BD.  I got out some fun horsey supplies and got to work.  I had to use my computer to make the 18th BD sentiment, but the other one was stamped.  I did not get the ink colors to match perfectly but they are pretty close.  I chose twine tied in square knots for the suggest a rope halter.  

Supplies used include:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Farm Greetings stamp set (retired)
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Scraps of Patterned and Solid Cardstock from my stash
Twine from stash

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Have a lovely rest of the week.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Allsorts 13th Birthday Celebration
Word Art Wednesday Weeks 545-546 - AG

Happy Birthday - Graphic 45 Elegance


Hi, Friends......

I haven't been on my blog and family concerns have been a bit overwhelming.  But I have been playing with my Graphic 45 collections off and on.  Here's a birthday card for the Allsorts 13th Birthday Celebration.  A huge congratulations to the marvelous crew over there!!  Such a lovely challenge blog.

I used my Elegance collection and decorated the inside, too.  Such pretty papers!! 

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 - Elegance collection
The Project Bin - Born Yesterday stamp set  (retired)
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Ribbon from stash

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project.  I hope you are enjoying spring and ready for summer!!  Eeek!  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts 13th Birthday Celebration
DL.Art May linky
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 545-546 - AG

Thursday, April 28, 2022

We Will Miss You, Ike :(



Hi, Friends.....

I am sharing very sad news today.  As many of you have already heard, our dear friend Ike (Suzy Eisenhauer) of Ike's Art, Ike's World Challenges, and Show Us Your Pussycats Challenges lost her battle with cancer and passed away early Thursday during the night.  Since posts, FB posts, and emails have been showing up expressing what we all feel: grief and loss, but also a huge amount of gratitude for the privilege of knowing Ike, even if it was only on-line.  

Ike had the beautiful gift of making everyone feel special and valued.  I do not use digital images very much (rather, hardly at all!).  But anytime I used her artwork in a card or project she made me feel like a million dollars with her words of appreciation.....(even though my cards were never all that great!)

She was a loyal supporter of the Cat Lovers Hops here on my blog.  She sponsored our Hops from the very beginning in 2015 and graciously designed special sets of images especially for the Hop each year until she was too ill to do it.  I featured those images each year and designated Ike's Art as the official sponsor for the Daily Games feature on the Hop.  She was a dearly loved member of our Cat Lovers Hop family and it won't be the same without her!

She was a cat lover through and through and that's probably how she and I first got to know each other.  I recruited her to help me launch the first Cat Lovers Hop by submitting a project.....and then I couldn't get rid of her!!  Ha.  She stuck around and became part of the backbone of the Hops.  (What in the world are we going to do now???)

Ike was always positive and cheery in her outlook.  She spread joy and humor wherever she went.  Her emails and FB posts were often sprinkled with funny memes and wry humor.  Most times you would never guess she was suffering so intensely.  

She only mentioned occasionally that she was ill, but one could tell things were not good at all.  She courageously dealt with all life threw at her, including the nasty effects of chemo.  So it was a huge surprise to receive a package from her several weeks ago.  It was a birthday present.....this wonderful crocheted kitty lap afghan.  Sooooooooo fun and cute!!  

How she managed to make this when she had been ill for so long, I don't know...but it is something I will always treasure and remember her by.  How very like Ike to generously give of herself with a special handmade gift.  I know that many others have similar tales of the unique and creative gifts Ike sent "just because".....even with high postage costs and "donkey mail" clear from Greece! 

Ike will live on in the hearts of her family and her many friends around the world.  She made a tremendous impact on the papercrafting community and her art will continue to be loved...and used to bring joy to others!  

My prayers are with her family and to all those who will miss her dearly.  We will always love and remember you, Ike.  We are so blessed to have been privileged to know you! 💖💖💖


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April Rudolph Days - More Graphic 45

Haha....this made me laugh.
Credit to this post HERE.

Hi, Friends......

Well, here it is the end of April and time for Rudolph Days again!!  Where did this month go?????  Too much going on and nothing blogged....but I have been playing with my Graphic 45 again.  

I finished making all the 5x7 cards from the large cut-aparts in the G45 Let it Snow collection.....eighteen cards!  They are essentially similar to the ones I made in February, but I decided to dress these up with glitter and I LOVE it!!  Glitter gives them a nice vintage Christmas look and has the added advantage of spreading magical sparkle into every nook and cranny of my house!!  Ha...I know you all understand this concept well!!  (Even the cats ended up bedecked with it.  lol....  Gotta love glitter!! )  

You might have to click to enlarge the photo below in order to see the glitter.  So much fun!


Here's my set of eighteen cards!  Hey, who knows....YOU might get one of these this Christmas.  :)  

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 - Let it Snow Collection
Solid cardstock, ribbon, and glitter from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope spring is sproinging at your house.  It is here, but it is a chilly one.  Had snow on Easter and a few flakes since then, but the daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing.  The chickens and cats are loving the warmer weather.  It's rainy today, but April showers bring May flowers so it's okay.  :)  


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. April Rudolph Days
2. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2217
3. DL.Art April Linky Challenge
4. ABC Christmas - H is for HoHoHo (features Santa)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

March Rudolph Days


Hi, Friends.....

Quick post here because the rest of this week is jam-packed but I don't want to miss getting this card posted for Mo's Rudolph Days.

I dug out a package of Christmas motif felt stickers and got inspired to use this tree as a focal image with scraps for the panel and background.  I went very simple with my usual clean and layered look.  I debated putting a sentiment on the front, but decided I liked it better plain to let the stylized tree and fun background paper be the stars. 

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts - Green Christmas Felt stickers (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (scallops) - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Adhesive star from stash

Scraps of solid and patterned paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You still have another day to enter over at the March Rudolph Days.  See you there!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. March Rudolph Days
2. Snippets Playground Challenge #424
3. DL.ART March Linky