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February 2016


Happy Leap Year Day! If I would have been thinking, I would have made a leap year card! But I didn’t! Instead I made a card using the colors from the Pals Paper Arts challenge and inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches sketch. I have to admit my interpretation is pretty fast and loose!


I started by using a cotton ball and the ink (blushing bride, pear pizzazz, and night of navy) and swooshed them on a piece of white cardstock. ppa fms 1 (640x523)

Then I added the flower and the sentiment and ran white CS thru the linen impression plate. Then I adhered the card front directly to a piece of crumbcake. ppa fms 2 (640x354)

Really clean and simple! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow! It will be a busy day with new challenges for the Retro Rubber Challenge and the House of Cards Challenge!

Supplies: CS: SU! white and crumbcake. Inks: SU! night of navy, pear pizzazz, and blushing bride. Stamps: SU! you’ve got this. PTI choose joy. Other: PTI linen impression plate.

A Bold Sentiment...

Welcome to a new As You See It challenge! Today’s challenge is a fun one – just fill in the blank with your favorite sentiment.

#125 Feb 26 16

Now, it is pretty hard for me to choose just one sentiment. So my favorite is a bold sentiment that can be the center of attention. I opted to use this lovely quote from Maya Angelou. aysi 125 1 (507x640)

I kept the card super simple, allowing the sentiment and the image to shine. I ran both the card base and the sentiment thru the linen impression plate and used a zig zag die for the sentiment. aysi 125 2 (640x459)

It’s your turn! Break out your favorite sentiment and make a card. Link that bad boy up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! I am off for the weekend! See you Monday!

Supplies: PTI white. Inks: Memento black. SU! daffodil delight. Stamps: SU! over the rainbow. RC shine from within. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT zig zag rectangle.

Friends I Think...

Today’s card is for the Fab Friday sketch challenge and the Pals Paper Arts color challenge.


 I started by stamping the sentiment on white and adding the flowers in blushing bride and pear pizzazz. Then I layered the white on night of navy and quite like the elegance of the white and blue together. ff ppa 1 (519x640)

A bit of crochet thread and lace were placed in accordance with the sketch and just one pearl for an accent. A card base of crumbcake pulled everything together. ff ppa 2 (640x443)

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

Supplies: CS: SU! white, night of navy, and crumbcake. Inks: SU! blushing bride and pear pizzazz. Memento black. Stamps: SSS many thanks. RC a friend like you. Other: Lace, crochet thread and pearl. PTI linen impression plate.


Today I am playing along with both CAS(E) this Sketch and Just Add Ink by combining a sketch and a color challenge.

I thought of many options for the stripes in the sketch and finally went with the SU! over the rainbow stripe. I am going to admit right now that rich razzleberry is not a color I ever reach for. Yet, when I do, I love the color. Note to self – use it more! cts jai 1 (481x640)

After I stamped the stripes in pear, razzleberry, and pink, I die cut seriously three times and adhered together. Once it was on the card front, I snugged the rest of the sentiment in and added some bling. I layered the card front and was finished. cts jai 2 (640x383)

I made this card on Sunday and the more I have looked at it, the more I like it. I do have plans to send it on its way to a friend so that they can enjoy it too!

That’s it for today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. SU! rich razzleberry and pink pirouette. Stamps: SU! over the rainbow. Lil Inkers awesome. Dies: Lil Inkers seriously. PTI linen impression plate. Inks: Memento black. SU! rich razzleberry, pear pizzazz, and pink pirouette. Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #32 part two...

Welcome to week two of the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. It’s a winter theme, so just use wintery outdoor stuff and you are good to go! It was hard to feel like making something wintery since we have had above average temperatures here and that puts you in the mood for spring!


I started by stamping and die cutting a pair of skis from the PTI Two Feet Deep stamp set. Then I put together a sentiment from my Lawn Fawn love you smore stamps. And then die cut the oval and added to the card front. rrcb ss 1 (533x640)

Be sure to play along and link up your RRCB creations HERE. rrcb ss 2 (640x347)

I am using the sketch from Sunday Stamps and had a bit of fun turning it into a winter theme!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white. SU! crumbcake. Stamps: PTI two feet deep. Lawn Fawn love you smore. Inks: SU! crushed curry. Memento rich cocoa. Dies: MFT mini scallop stitched ovals.

Your Worth...

Welcome to Monday! (again!) Today’s card was made for the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and the theme challenge at the Card Concept. Although I am playing a bit fast and loose with the Card Concept – using a smidge of flowers and a bit of the color.

I started by stamping the sentiment in the corner and adding a bit of color and images behind the sentiment. fms cc 1 (521x640)

I ran both the card front and the card base through the linen impression plate and then added a bit of striped paper to add a pop of color and to follow the sketch. fms cc 2 (640x435)

That’s it for today! Be sure to stop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white and Hawaiian shores. Stamps: PTI choose joy. SU! perpetual birthday calendar. Inks: SU! pool party, tangelo twist, and so saffron. Memento black. Other: PTI linen impression plate.

Gracious Flowers...

Welcome to a new As You See It challenge! This week we have a sketch challenge for you. And I like it!

#124 Feb 19 16

I started by cutting an angled piece of pinstripe paper, adding a bit of lace and then covering where these meet with a piece of naturals cardstock. aysi 123 1 (506x640)

Now, I hate to admit this, but I cheated a bit. I had some leftover flowers and leaves from my SU! watercolor wishes card kit so I used those to make a small bouquet. And I love how well they worked! I added the sentiment on the card base and a smattering of pearls and I was done. aysi 123 2 (640x445)

Be sure to join us and play along with this fun sketch! Link up your awesome creations HERE!

I am entering this card in the Addicted to CAS challenge with code word bloom.

Thanks for stopping by today! I am off for the weekend but will see you back here bright and early Monday morning!!

Supplies: CS: SU! naturals ivory. DSP from stash. Stamps: RC the Lord’s strength. Other: Bits and pieces from the SU! watercolor wishes card kit. Pearls. Lace.


Today’s card is fairly clean and simple. I love making cards that are just a few stamps and a sentiment. Hmm…does that even make sense? I guess what I mean is I love a simple pattern in various colors to help the sentiment shine.

I am using the colors from the Paper Players color challenge of pool party, daffodil delight and tangerine tango. I stamped these circles in the required colors and then placed the sentiment between them. pp 1 (525x640)

I added a few candy dots because I wanted a little something extra. I decided to add the card front to some pool party before adhering to the card base. pp 2 (640x451)

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white. SU! pool party. Stamps: MFT party patterns. Clearly Besotted sunburst. RC the Lord’s strength. Inks: SU! pool party, tangerine tango and daffodil delight. Other: SU! candy dots. PTI linen impression plate.

Watercolor Texture...

Today’s card was made for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge. I liked the sketch and thought I could try out a new technique that I recently came across. The technique was to emboss the paper with a die and then watercolor to bring out the embossing.

I started by using my PTI argyle impression plate and a piece of watercolor cardstock to get some texture. Then, using some distress inks, I watercolored on the paper. Hoping that the colors would bring out the texture. cts 1 (542x640)

And it kind of does, in real life. Unfortunately, it does not show thru on the pictures. Oh well. I added the sentiment and some bling and then layered the watercolor paper on a piece of tangelo twist and kraft. cts 2 (640x435)

It was fun to try this and I will give it another try with some other dies. The technique I watched used a die to emboss (not cut) the paper, so I thought an impression plate would work too. And it does, as long as you aren’t taking pictures of it! LOL!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI kraft. Watercolor paper. SU! tangelo twist. Stamps: RC a friend like you. Dies: PTI argyle impression plate. Other: Distress inks. Enamel dots and rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #32...

Welcome to a new Retro Rubber Challenge! Today is a theme challenge all about winter! Just use winter or outdoor themes and you are good to go! Don’t forget to mention how old your stamps are!


I used this cute snow angel image from the SU! Wonderful Winterland stamp set which came out in 2013.   I loved to make snow angels when I was a kid. So I stamped and colored this image and die cut with the mini stitched scallop circle die. rrcb 32 1 (528x640)

I made the background by using some distress inks randomly on my gingham background stamp and then applying to the white cardstock. I ran both the circle die cut and the card front thru the linen impression plate. I added some wild wasabi twine and the sentiment and then adhered to kraft cardstock. rrcb 32 2 (640x502)

Now it’s your turn to get crafty and link up your card HERE!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white and kraft. Stamps: SU! wonderful winterland and happy scenes. MFT gingham background. Dies: MFT mini scallop stitched circles. PTI linen impression plate. Other: SU! wild wasabi twine. Distress inks. Colored pencils and gamsol.