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A Case of the Mondays

Happy Monday!? Personally, I think that’s an oxymoron. Unless, of course, you’re on vacation and it happens to be Monday, or you don’t have to get up for work or be anywhere in particular. Then, I guess Monday would be like any other day. But for me, Monday is probably my least favorite day of the week. Sorry, Monday.

But, on a brighter note, Monday kicks off a week of new challenges. Over at Lawn Fawn they recently announced their new challenge blog, Lawn Fawnatics. March is Lawn Fawn’s birthday month so their first challenge has a birthday theme. I jumped in and created this little cutie…

Lawnfawnatics #1I combined a couple of stamp sets to create this birthday shaker card. I used the little octopus from Lawn Fawn’s Critters of the Sea and the presents from Year Five. I also used the balloon and party hat from a Hero Arts set called Party Time. I did some masking to make it look like the octopus was holding the balloons and added the presents with some other shaker elements. The images were colored with Copic markers.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid paper too…aren’t those colors just dreamy? Happy Birthday Lawn Fawn! And, many more!

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Summer Splash, Sweet Tooth, Lawn Fawn 6×6: Perfectly Plaid, MFT 6×6 Dots & Stripes Sorbet, (stamps) Lawn Fawn (Critters of the Sea, Year Five), Hero Arts (Party Time), MFT; MFT dienamics, Copic Markers, Foam Tape, Glitter, MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink



Color Throwdown and FMS Challenge Cards

Hi, I’m back with another post for today…this time I’m adding a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #435. This week’s colors are: Turquoise, Yellow, and Orange.

CASE CTDI used a combination of patterned paper and stamped images in the challenge colors. I cut 1-inch by 1-inch squares and arranged them in a grid. This is not my design but one I CASED from Splitcoaststamper mschatzma.  Here is her card that I cased:


The Free-For-All Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week was to CASE a card that we had saved in our favorites folder. I had mschatzma’s card saved for quite a while. The grid patterns and detail on the individual squares caught my eye. My card is similar in theme and style but mine is not quite as tidy…I didn’t have a grid die and hand cut the tiles so my little squares are a bit off kilter.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Kraft, Graphic 45 6×6: Voyage Beneath the Sea; (stamps) Avery Elle (The Reef); Versamark, Embossing Powder, Twine, Starfish Charm

I almost forgot I also have a card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #280.  I’ve got Spring fever (again) so I went with a springy theme for this one.

Rainy SpringI paper pieced the umbrella with a cute plaid from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid 6×6 pad.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, PTI Spring Rain, Blueberry, Lawn Fawn 6×6: Perfectly Plaid; (stamps) Penny Black (April Showers); MFT Hybrid Ink: Black Licorice, Foam Tape, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have a couple more posts during the week so I hope you’ll check back.

Calling All Coffee Lovers

Spring Hop 2017

Hello there. Today I’m sharing a card I made for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop. There are lots of fabulous prizes being given away so hop on over and check it out.

Cuppa CoffeeThis card is just full of cute little coffee cups in all kinds of bright fun colors. Look at all those adorable little faces. I followed this weeks MFT Sketch 325 and used MFT’s Perk Up stamp set.  I’ll be back later with another post.

MFT Sketch Challenge 325 #mftstamps

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Black Licorice, Daffodil, Sour Apple, Razzleberry, Doodlebug 6×6: Cream & Sugar; (stamps) MFT (Laina Lamb Designs Perk Up); MFT dienamics, Versamark, Embossing Powder, Foam Tape

Hello Bunny Friends

Just poppin’, or should I say “hoppin'” in to share a card today. Aren’t these bunnies (Mama Elephant) absolutely adorable?


I just got the yummy Distress Oxide inks last week and have been trying them out. I used a blending tool and Distress Oxide ink in Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick on smooth Bristol paper to make this dreamy background. The ink blends so smoothly – I was able to blend it much better than regular Distress Inks. All the bunnies were stamped on Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Paper (SNUSP), colored with Copics and cut out with matching dies. The greeting was stamped using Versamark then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I am certain these Distress Inks will be getting much use. I will be keeping an eye out for the next set of colors to be released.

Until next time –


For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way – 
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

One of my dear friends is the stereotypical Catholic Irish(American) from Boston. I like hearing her stories…stories of when she was younger, stories of her family, and her visits to see her grandmother in Ireland. My friend loves her Irish heritage and she loves celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We celebrated this weekend with the customary corned beef and cabbage (and, of course, Irish beer).  Slainte!

I managed to get a few cards done today even though I mostly sat and lolly-gagged in my craft room for a good part of the day…in my pajamas.  Sshhhh. First up I’ve got a green card to keep the St. Paddy’s day weekend going…

MFTWSC Shamrock

I didn’t really want to make a St. Patrick’s Day card but it was leaning that way so I kept the sentiment generic enough so I can send it anytime.

I used the colors from this week’s Color Throwdown CTD434:  Green, Black, and Gold

combined with the MFT sketch #324.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Sweet Tooth, Elf Green, Sour Apple, watercolor paper; (stamps) MFT (Lucky, PI sentiment); MFT die-namics, Distress Inks, MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink, Wink of Stella

Next, I’ve got this springy card…

No Line Crocus

Growing up in Buffalo, NY, the crocus peeking up through the snow was always a sign that Spring was just around the corner. So what better image to use for a spring challenge?

This was my first attempt at no line coloring. I stamped the image using Memento Desert Sand ink then colored the image with ZIG clear color brush markers – the verdict is still out on them. I’ve had them for a while but I don’t know that I really like them all that much.

I combined two challenges for this card:

  1. Adding to Friday’s Free-For-All #369 on Splitcoaststampers. The theme was Think Spring!
  2. Also adding this to Monday’s Challenge at Simon Says Stamp which was to use handmade flowers

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Daffodil, watercolor paper; (stamps) Technique Tuesday Crocus, Mama Elephant; ZIG Clear Color Brush Markers, Versamark, white embossing powder (Hero Arts), Memento Ink – Desert Sand

I’ve been incorporating cat and dog themes with some of the challenges I’ve been participating in because I’m preparing to send a stack of cards to a group that is collecting cards for animal shelters. Here’s a kitty card I made to fit SCS Color Challenge #626 (So Saffron, Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach):

Kitty Color Challenge Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Sour Apple, Chocolate Brown, misc. patterned paper, X-Press It Blending Card; (stamps) MFT; Copic markers, foam dimensionals, MFT die-namics, MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink, Wink of Stella

Thanks for checking out my cards. Have a great week!