Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Brrr.  It rained all night and by the time I got up this morning it had turned to snow. It snowed ALL morning and afternoon. It stuck a little but I knew it wouldn’t last – it rarely does.  By dinnertime all the snow had melted. Snow in March is not all that shocking; I mean, it is still winter afterall. BUT snow in March in the south on the coast is a little less expected. Especially since it was almost 80 degrees last week. The good thing about getting this rain and snow is that it washed away all the pollen that accumulated all week. Everything had been covered with that fine, yellow dust. So, even though we got a Sunday Surprise, Spring is still on my mind and it was a blessing in disguise. I’ve got spring fever so I incorporated some spring elements into a few challenge cards I did this week.

I guess I’ll start off with this one.

I combined two challenges for this card:

  1. This week’s Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp focused on cards or projects for a special lady or girl with a nod to Penny Black products.
  2. I followed the layout from this week’s sketch challenge #635 on Splitcoaststampers.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Black Licorice, SU! Kiwi Kiss, Neehah Solar White, My Mind’s Eye 6″x6″, Penny Black Stamps – April Showers, MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, foam tape

Next up are some fun, colorful pups…


I combined three challenges for this card:

  1. I participated in this week’s Teapot Tuesday Challenge MMTPT450 over at Splitcoaststampers and this card will be sent to a special 13-year old girl who has been battling cancer most of her childhood. She loves dogs and they were to be the focus of our teapot cards this week.
  2. I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #278. I stuck pretty much to the exact layout.

                3. The colors from MFT’s Color Challenge #65 were perfect colors for a
girl’s card and make for some fun colored puppies!

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Lavender Fields, Smooth White, Razzle Berry, Cornflower, Watercolor Paper, MFT 6″x6″, MFT stamps Lucky Dog, (ink) MFT Lavender Fields, Razzle Berry, Cornflower, SU! Bordering Blue, Versamark, Embossing Powder, foam tape, MFT die-namics

Next, is a card for this week’s Color Throwdown CTD433 : Cornflower Blue, Green, and White.


Products used: (cardstock) MFT  Smooth White, Cornflower, MFT 6″x6″,  MFT stamps Tropical Flowers, (ink) MFT Field Day, Limelight, Versamark, Embossing Powder, foam tape, MFT die-namics, Nuvo Crystal Drops

Monday’s Challenge at Simon Says Stamp challenges us to make our own background with a focus on Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Products. I came up with this card by stamping and heat embossing the large butterfly stamp onto watercolor paper, then spritzing various colors of Dylusions ink sprays.  The sentiment is also a Dylusions product.

SSS Monday Challenge 3-6-17

Products used: (cardstock) MFT  Smooth White, Black Licorice, Watercolor paper, (stamps) SU! Swallowtail, Dylusions, Dylusions ink spray (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Pure Sunshine), Versamark, Embossing Powder, sequins

And, lastly is this card that I made for MFT’s Sketch Challenge MFTWSC323.


I combined the sketch challenge with this week’s Ways to Use it Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. We were to include glasses in our design.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT  Insulation Pink, Black Licorice, Peach Bellini, silver mirror CS, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper, MFT Die-namics

I’m happy I managed to get a few cards done this weekend and look forward to new challenges this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Another Year Older…

Well, hello there! I didn’t post anything last week because it was my birthday week and there were a lot of things going on. My friend’s birthday is a couple of days before mine so she and I (and our husbands) go out to dinner to celebrate. Then, my dear BFF and her husband came to visit for a few days. Yay! We had so much fun. We’d have even more fun if we didn’t live 700+ miles away. *sad*

Although I did make a couple cards for a few challenges last week, I ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to post them. I got back in the groove and made a few cards this week.  First up is this little feathered cutie:


I combined a few challenges for this card:

  1. MMTPT449 SCS Teapot Tuesday called for Alice in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts, or playing cards. I included a stamped image of the Queen of Hearts (see it in the lower right corner?), mini hearts cut outs, and miniature playing cards. Oh, and a little crown for this special birdie. Being the first Tuesday of the month, it was “Tickle a Teapotter” which means this card will be delivered to a fellow teapotter’s mailbox. Can’t say who’s going to get this cutie but I will say it’s heading to Alabama.
  2. F4A367 Friday’s Free-For-All Challenge on SCS was to make a card based on Mary Poppins. It could be a quote or song from the movie, a character or perhaps a scene. I based my card on the scene where Mary is singing about the little old bird woman (tuppence, tuppence). I love that movie. I could make an entire set of cards based on quotes and songs from it.
  3. MIX214 I also played in SCS Mix-Ability challenge this week. We had to have some sort of peeking element. I cut the little hearts out on the gray top sheet so the white card base peeks through. My mixed elements include Brushos and Colorburst for the bird, Distress inks for the crown, SU! Basic Gray ink for the edging and Queen of Hearts images, and Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Next up is one of my new favorites…A-LO-HA! I made this for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge FMS277:


There’s a back story to this card…PAJAMAS.  I recently got a new pair of pajamas and the bottoms look just like this! They’re royal blue with alternating rows of white and green pineapples. I love the color combo. I immediately thought of a card design but it took a couple of weeks to actually get it worked out. And, here it is!  I used the little pineapple stamp from MFT’s Birdie Brown Polynesian Paradise set. I alternated with white and bright green embossing powder starting with the white row in the middle. Then I moved on to the green rows and finally the two outer rows. The aloha sentiment die was layered four times to give it some dimension.

Last up for this week is my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge CTD432:


The colors for this challenge included Red, Yellow, Green, and Aqua. To create my card, I started by first laying a stencil on a piece of watercolor paper then I sponged on distress inks: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass. After I lifted the stencil, I spritzed a little water over the entire piece letting it bleed a little bit before blotting with a paper towel. When it was completely dried, I ran it through my Vagabond with the HUGS sentiment (MFT). I cut an additional three layers and pieced them all back in the cutout ending with the colored pieces for a subtle ghosted effect.

Do my photos look a little better this week? It might be because I did get a lightbox for my birthday from my bestie, Michele. Now I just have to work on the sizing to eliminate the fuzziness. Baby steps.

Thanks for stopping by.

Another Week Wrapped Up

I don’t know about you but I live for the weekends. I get more done in those 48 hours than I do all week. After working all day I’m too pooped to do anything. Once I get home, I’m home.  I rarely go back out. I try to get a little crafty time in here and there during the week, but with it still getting dark out at 6:00 it feels like 9:30 and my energy level is drained. One of the things I do like to do is catch up on blogs and tutorials during the week. I keep track of the challenges on a tracking sheet I created then I do some or all of the challenges on Friday night or Saturday.

So, here we are at the end of the week – I only made two cards for three challenges this week.  I’m having house guests next week so I spent a good time Saturday straightening my craft room as my BFF and I will be spending some time in there during her visit.  Today I had a dear friend and her 87 year old mother over for dinner and games. Fun times.

First up is this cutie…

Otterly Adorable

I used the colors from this weeks Color Throwdown [ctd430]: Turquoise,  Sage Green,  Kraft/Gold,  and Dark Brown.

I used SU! cardstock in Tempting Turquoise and Sage Shadow for the waves which were cut out using MFT Die-namics. MFT cardstock in Kraft and Smooth White make up the card bases.  I colored the adorable sea otter (from MFT’s Otterly Love You) with Copic markers and popped him up with foam tape so it looks as though he’s bobbing in the waves.

CTD430 was combined with this weeks Freshly Made Sketche 275.

Next, is this purr-fectly content kitty from My Favorite Things Cool Cat set.

Pretty Kitty

I used MFT color challenge combo #63: Coral Crush, Peach Bellini, Spearmint and Green Eyed Monster.

I made a one layer card – well, two if you count the matting. I did some masking on the kitty and her little pet bed then used a Clarity stencil brush to stencil on the color in the background. I used MFT Peach bellini, Coral Crush and Spearmint premium dye inks. The kitty and bed were colored with Copic markers. The light sucks in my room once it gets dark out. I asked for a light box for my birthday (which is next week) so hopefully better photos are on the horizon.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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…