I have a lovely CAS card for you today. I recently purchased the Papertrey Ink Make It Market Kit – Garden Gate. I fell in love with the flowers and the gate die wasn’t so bad either! This was my first chance to play with the stamps and I anticipate taking full advantage of all of the stamps before long!

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I stamped the leaves in pear pizazz and then added the wisteria using winter wisteria ink. After that I added the vine and sentiment. I ran the card thru my linen impression plate because you would all be disappointed if I didn’t! LOL!

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Normally I would have a new challenge from the As You See It Challenge tomorrow but it is on a mini hiatus due to some website issues. Hopefully we will be back up and fully functional before too long!

I won’t have a post on Friday so have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by and I will see you back here Monday!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. Stamps: PTI make it market garden gate. Inks: Memento black. SU! pear pizzazz and soft suede. PTI winter wisteria. Other: PTI linen impression plate.

We Three Ships...

Today’s card was made for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge. And it caused great debate over what I should call this post – We Three Ships or Sail On. You can see what I decided on above – lol!

I am calling these ships The Nina, The Pinta, and the Santa Maria. I remembered the names but had to google them to double check myself. It’s amazing what information sticks in your head from grade school! I believe my teachers would be proud!

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So I die cut these ships and placed them on a wave that I cut out of a larger piece of beachy paper. I added the sentiment and was done with my card. Thanks to the Commodores, my earworm is Sail On. Go forth and sing my friends!

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A HUGE Thank You to Cecile for choosing THIS card as the Queen of Clean at Freshly Made Sketches! I was shocked and thrilled!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: SU! sahara sand. Paper from my July 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit. Dies: SSS sailboat. MFT scenic safari dies. Stamps: SSS flip flop season.

Retro Rubber Challenge #45 part two...

It’s the second week of the Retro Rubber Challenge! Come and play along with us using this great sketch!


I opted to use some newer stamps for my card this week. I recently received my Stampin’ Up order and I stocked up with a bunch of holiday goodies as well as some items from the current catalog. If you like what you see, feel free to click on the “need supplies” button in the right hand column and shop away!

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I used the SU! live, love, grow stamp set to stamp some succulents in blues and greens which work perfectly with the Sunday Stamps color challenge. Then I added a bit of blue chalk behind the plants and die cut with a stitched arch. I added a bit of striped paper and some rhinestones and enamel stars.

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I added the sentiment and have to say I am in love with the fonts in the stamp set. So delicate but they stamp very clearly!

There’s still time to play along and you can link up your card HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. MFT dots and stripes pattern paper. Stamps: SU! live love grow. Inks: SU! Bermuda bay, pool party, pear pizzazz and garden green. Memento black. Other: PTI linen impression plate. MFT stitched arch. SU! enamel stars and rhinestones.

A Dotty Hello...

Happy Monday! I have a fun CAS card for you today that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I started by using a dotted line die to cut the circles in the card stock. Then I added the sentiment.

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I stamped the flower using a bit of the rock n roll technique to get two colors of ink on the stamp to give the image a bit of dimension. Then I stamped away.

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A smart person would have stamped first and die cut second but I was originally going to die cut the flower and pop it up instead of making a one layer card. But I quite liked what I ended up with so was pleased that I didn’t follow my original plan.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. Stamps: PTI Bitty Bouquets. W+9 Strictly Sentiments 2. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT blueprints 14. Inks: PTI spring moss, ripe avocado, bright buttercup and summer sunrise. Memento black.

Retro Rubber Challenge #45...

Welcome to a new challenge at Retro Rubber! For this challenge we have a sketch that was created by DT member Claire Grantham. It’s a fun one and based on all of the design team inspiration – you can do a lot with it!


I stuck pretty close to the original. I dug out my retired SU! French foliage stamp set. It’s one of my favorites and I have had it 5 years or more. I stamped random images in wisteria wonder, lucky limeade and lost lagoon before die cutting using my stitched arch dies.

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I added a piece of pattern paper on my card base and then ran it thru the linen impression plate. I stamped the sentiment (from a set I have had about 3 years) and then punched it out using my SU! washi label punch. I put everything together according to the sketch and added a few enamel dots and rhinestones in place of the star on the sketch.

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It’s your turn! Be sure to play along with us and link up your card HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! School starts for us tomorrow so I probably won’t be posting until next week sometime. Too much to do and too little crafty time!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. MFT plaid patterns. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT stitched arch. Stamps: SU! French foliage. W+9 strictly sentiments 2. Inks: SU! lost lagoon, lucky limeade, and wisteria wonder. Memento black. Other: Enamel dots. Rhinestones. SU! candy dots.

Lavender Birthday Wishes...

It’s Monday! Today’s card was made for the Fab Friday challenge. I thought they had a fun sketch so I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to use my lavender die so I watercolored some paper in purples and greens and then die cut the flowers. I adhered the die to another piece of watercolor paper that I colored in blue. If you followed my posts last week, I tied all of the cards to the Olympics. I would like to think I can do that this week – but I came up empty. Oh well!

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I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and die cut with my washi die and then adhered to a piece of wisteria wonder. The wisteria paper was part of some scraps I had been saving that was cut on the diagonal. But I like the unusual shape that it gives to the sentiment – adds a bit of interest!

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I adhered everything to a base of kraft and was done!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow as a new Retro Rubber Challenge starts then!

Supplies: CS: Water color paper. PTI kraft and white. SU! wisteria wonder. Inks: Memento black. Distress inks. Dies: MFT washi tape. Memory Box long stem lavender. Stamps: PTI painted petals.

You're Grrrreat...

Yay! Friday – you know that means lots of uninterrupted Olympics – right? OK – so I am not sure that I will get to watch all that much but I do have one last card to leave you with for the weekend!

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A simple one layer card! I stamped my dinosaur in black and then added a palm frond as a tree. Besides the Olympics, I may be obsessed with the movie – Jurassic World. I am not sure why as I was never crazy about the first ones.  I mean they were good but I stop and watch JW every time it’s on. Oy!

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I added the sentiment in an unusual way mainly because I liked how all the images worked together with that layout. And since all the Olympic athletes are great – I thought this card tied into the games just fine!

Thanks for stopping by today! I am off for the weekend and will be back on Monday! Enjoy your weekend – whatever you end up doing!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. Stamps: PTI tropics. SU! no bones about it. Inks: Memento black. SU! wild wasabi.


Happy Thursday! Can I make a pineapple relate to the Olympics? Why, yes, yes I can! Pineapples remind me of the costume that Carmen Miranda used to wear. She was an actress and singer who was very popular in Brazil and America. See? Brazil = Olympics. Mission accomplished – LOL!

Seriously, I recently bought this fun pineapple stamp and thought I would see what I could do with it. This card actually started out following a recent Freshly Made Sketches challenge but I felt like I veered off the challenge too much to enter it. So you get to see it today!

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I started by stamping the pineapple in yellow and then adding some orangey markings. I did a two tone top to it and then die cut around it with a stitching circle. I used some yellow twine to stitch around the circle and then backed the circle with some cork.

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I added the sentiment (which I know is Hawaiian and not Brazilian – LOL) and then attached to the card base.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white and cork. Stamps: PTI some like it hot. SU! back to basics alphabet. Inks: Memento black. PTI summer sunrise, bright buttercup, ripe avocado and spring moss. Other: PTI stitched circles. Twine.

Olympic Butterflies...

So as long as I am watching the Olympics – I thought I had better make a butterfly card for the swimmers! I am using the fun sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

I punched four butterflies out of different plaid papers.

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I stamped the sentiment and then added the butterflies and curved their wings up a bit. Easy peasy. Clean and simple and I love the card!

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It’s been exciting to watch the swimmers and see how they do!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: PTI white. MFT plaid patterns. Stamps: PTI bitty butterflies. Punch: SU! bitty butterfly.

Retro Rubber Challenge #44 part two...

Welcome to the second week of the Retro Rubber Challenge! It’s all about color – aqua and lime green to be exact. Aqua = water and lime green = Rio. I am continuing my Olympic theme by basically finding a way to make every card I post this week relate to the Olympics!


This card actually relates really well – with a beach towel! I started by using some distress inks to water color some sand. Then I attached different colored stripes to a white card base and added a mixture of twine for the fringe.

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I did a bit of scoring on the beach towel, added a little wink of stella on the sand (it’s hard to see) and some bling. This would be a perfect little towel to use at the Copacabana beach that I keep hearing about. Every time they say Copacabana – I start singing the song!

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And speaking of little towels – I think this one is about the size that the synchronized divers were using! It’s your turn! Be sure to play along with the challenge and link up your card HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: Watercolor paper. PTI kraft. PTI new leaf, Hawaiian shores, and aqua mist. Stamps: PTI flipping out. Other: SU! candy dots and rhinestones.