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Challenge Posts

Greetings! I’ve got a few challenge cards completed this week. I would have done more if I had a little more time. I’ve got quite a few birthdays over the next two weeks so I’ve been making birthday cards and buying & wrapping presents. A few are for local friends and I’ve got twin nieces who are turning 8. They live in Colorado so I have to plan ahead to get their things mailed. I took the easy route this year and got them each a Visa gift card to buy whatever they’d like. I’m sure they’ll have fun shopping.  One of the cards I made this week is for Natalie’s birthday (one of the twins):

HB Natalie 8

I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge. This week Simon called for “cute” and the featured vendor is Wild Rose Studio. I think this card definitely fits the cute category. I mean all of the Pure Innocence girls are stinkin’ cute! The girl on the left was made into a mirror image so her back would be towards the girl holding the balloon. After coloring with Copic markers, I fussy cut them and adhered them to the card. Incidentally, the patterned paper in the background is by Wild Rose Studio (Bella Paper) – it’s the only thing I had by this vendor.

My second card combines two challenges:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Young at Heart”
  2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge #621 which called for black, white, red

Love is in the Air

I used MFT cardstock in Smooth White, Red Hot and Black Licorice. The balloon and sentiment stamp is called Up in the Air by Clearly Besotted – it was stamped using MFT Black Licorice and Red Hot.

The Color Throwdown challenge (cdt429) this week was Black, Orange and Teal.

Here’s what I came up with for this challenge:

Color Throwdown 429

I used MFT cardstock in Smooth White and Black Licorice along with a strip from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot pad (also MFT).  Ink colors include MFT Black Licorice and Lush Lagoon and Hero Arts Tangerine. I did second generation stamping for the flowers and the leaves so I got a tone on tone effect. I used a die to cut the word hugs in the black cardstock and mounted it on white cardstock using it as a negative so the white base shows through. A little foam tape was added to some of the flowers to pop them up and give the card a little dimension.

My last challenge card of the week combined two more challenges:

  1. CAS-ual Fridays Color Challenge which called for pink, red and white
  2. Splitcoaststampers Free for All #364 which called for pink

Lick the Frosting

I was finished making Valentine cards last week so made a birthday card instead. I think I’ll be making more because I love the way it turned out. It’s so cute (if I do say so myself).  I used one of the [funny] sentiment lines from CAS-ual Fridays Shenanigans stamp set. I love that set – especially for humorous birthdays. The little plate and fork are [retired] dies from MFT. I used a Sizzix Nestabilities die for the placemat and I cut a little triangle  out of MFT Cotton Candy cardstock for the napkin.  I used stamps from MFT Abstract Art and Distressed Patterns stamp sets to create little chocolate cake crumbs and frosting smears on the plate. Isn’t it cute?? Looks just like crumbs, doesn’t it? Mmmmm.

Thanks for looking at my stuff. Until next time…



Frankenstein Valentine & Love

I am not a football fan so I have no interest in the Superbowl; although, Tom Brady does remind me of Frankenstein. However, that is not the reference of my title though. I came up with that to describe a card I made from scraps of old project pieces I had in my stash. It’s a combination of pieces I previously made for one thing or another but never used. It’s a Frankenstein Valentine!

Valentine Teresa

The background was created by spreading inked shaving cream through a stencil. The heart was stamped using Versamark then I sponged on color over it to reveal the words. I cut the heart out and adhered it to the back panel. I had this little MFT Pre Innocence girl already colored (with Copic markers) in my stash as well. I decided to use her because she’s wearing Valentine colors.

I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge and SCS F4A363, both called for Valentine’s this week.

I managed to combine two other challenges with this second card.

Love Lips

This week’s Color Throwdown called for pink, red and chocolate brown. Mmmmm, yummy Valentine’s colors (or chocolate covered cherries in my mouth). I combined the color challenge with Freshly Made Sketches sketch #273. I used the required colors and die cut three little lips (Paper Smooches). The LOVE sentiment (Lawn Fawn) was die cut four times and glued together so it’s thicker. I stacked three hearts and inlaid it into the “O”. I used Avery Elle’s wonky stitched frame die to make finished edges.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…


Have a Hoot of a Day!

I’m back today with one more challenge card to finish out my week.

Have a Hoot of a Day

I combined three challenges for this one:

  1. SCS Color Challenge 619: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Honey and Rich Razzleberry.
  2. Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge was Anything Goes with a focus on Carabelle Studio products. I had this cool wood BD stamp from Carabelle Studio
  3. Freshly Made Sketches #272

I used Copic markers to color the images which are (MFT’s I’m Owl Yours (and coordinating dienamics). I added other MFT dienamics (Clouds and Scribbles) to finish off my little scene.

Thanks for looking. Have a super week.

Monogram It!


Falliday Fest continues on Splitcoast Stampers and today I am hosting a challenge called Monogram It!  Participants are asked to create monogrammed cards or gifts. This little monogrammed box is what I made for my challenge example. I started with a plain little chipboard box (about 3 1/2″ square) that I covered with decoupage paper.


Mod Podge was used to adhere the decoupage paper to the box. I folded the flaps over on the bottom and added a piece of felt to finish it. On the top, I folded the edges over into the inside of the box.

Bottom felt  Completed bottom

For the top, I used a piece of coordinating paper that was cut to approximately 6″x6″. I placed the box top in the center and used a pencil to trace the box top so I’d end up with even flaps.

measured top

Before adhering to the box top, fold the corners in to where the pencil lines intersect.

folded corners

I started by adhering the paper to the top of the box, then started folding over the sides. When I got the corners, I folded the flaps under again so they’d lie smoothly when I folded them over.

top flaps

After I had all the paper on and it was dry, I added a chipboard letter that was painted with Anita’s craft paint (#11192 Macaroni Yellow). Once the paint had dried, I added rhinestone flourishes to add a little bling. There is also a row of rhinestones along the perimeter of the box top.

Top of box  FF16jacqueline

These personalized boxes make for a cute gift or it can even be used as the packaging for a gift. I hope you’ll check out my challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and join in the fun. I’d love to see your creation added to the gallery.


Twin Towers Me & Dad 1986       Twin Towers 2001

When I graduated high school in 1986, my father took me on a special trip to New York City. It was a commemorative year for the Statue of Liberty, which I loved (I even had her on my class ring), so it made the trip even more exciting.  That’s me and Dad (above) on the ferry heading to Ellis Island from Battery Park. We deliberately posed so we could capture the World Trade Center in the background. Little did either of us know that the backdrop we posed in front of would be forever changed one day. And in such an evil way.

It’s one of those times in history. One of those times that you’ll always remember exactly where you were and what you were doing the moment you heard (or saw) what had happened.  September 11, 2001, started off like any other normal work day for me. I hadn’t even been in my office an hour when I got a call from my mother.  She had been watching one of the morning news shows and called to tell me a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I immediately went to the break room and joined a couple of other co-workers who were standing in front of the T.V.  We watched in disbelief as another plane came in and crashed into the other building. What?! Holy crap!  I couldn’t believe what I just saw…it was so surreal; unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed.  Then, the buildings collapsed right before our eyes.  Gone.

For the next few weeks I spent every chance I had glued to the TV watching the  the news continuously. One day I remembered I had the picture of me and Dad.  I knew that scene could never be recaptured so I decided to preserve the photo by creating a layout for my scrapbook and included headlines and clippings of that fateful day in 2001.

9-11 Scrapbook Page

So, where were you on September 11, 2001, and how did you find out what had happened? Even today, fifteen years later, I continue to think about and pray for all those people that were affected by this tragedy. So many lives lost, so many lives changed. Never forget.

May God bless America.

911 image