Well, I guess it’s officially fall now!! The calendar does not lie :)  It’s also time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  This time our theme is Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving.  That pretty much allows for anyone’s taste in cards :)  Of course, we have some super sponsors, and this time, they are:


GratefulI was given the Long Tall Cattails image by DRS Designs.  I bounced around a few ideas in my head, but things really started coming together for my plans for this card when I saw this color combination over at

Cupcake Inspirations.

My orange color in my card looks way redder, thanks to the joys of photography :P  I printed the cattails up, and colored them black, to give them the silhouette effect.  I fussy cut them out, and covered them with Glossy Accents to give them some dimension and shine.  For the background, I played with one of my favorite background techniques, that I discovered a few years ago.  For this, you use some fusible webbing (from your sewing stash), I just used pieces of fusible hem tape.  I heated the paper enough for the web to adhere, then sprinkled embossing powder on it.  I did this multiple times, alternating dark purple, orange sparkle and forest green (actually called “Pond Scum”) embossing powders.  When the web and embossing powders are heated together, the web separates and makes some beautiful effects :)  I cut a window in this, matted it in a dark purple card stock, and layered it on a piece of black, which I had stamped and embossed the sentiment on in the orange embossing powder.  After adhering the cattails, I added a few black baubles for balance.

Courtney's Kitties

More Kitties :)

Hello there!! I hope everyone had a great week, and is ready for the new challenge at Come and Get It Challenges :)  Our theme this week is Lots of Layers – a great way to use up scraps, I find.  The sponsor is

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who have some fabulous images for the lucky winner to choose from.

Courtney's KittiesI used Cat/Kittens from our sponsor.  I’ve been practicing my fur coloring lately, and this was a great image to continue with :)  I used my Spectrum Noir markers, with a few touch up/accents with a very fine point Micron pen.  I work with a girl who loooooves kitties, and the color pink, so made this into a birthday card for her.  I die cut the backing of the cats from a pretty pink polka dot print, then found 2 other coordinating prints for some of the other layers. I stitched around the edges of these pieces to add a bit of definition.  Everything was matted on white card stock, which I edge distressed and inked.  The flowers were from my stash, as was the ribbon (I was going to go with MORE pink for the ribbon, but the lime green really popped, and coordinated well with the flowers).  I added some adhesive pearls to finish the card off.

Snowman Trio

3 Little Snowmen

Good morning :)  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and there are lots of smiles in your life :)  We are back to the regular schedule of bi-weekly ATG challenges at Creative Fingers.  This time around we are sponsored by


Stop by the challenge blog and check out the amazing creations of our talented DT, and enter your own ATG creation :)

Snowman TrioI was given the Little Snowman set from Scrap N’ Dipity.  I was having a hell day and did not have any mojo at ALL!! :(  I colored parts of the snowman with my SN pens, did a confetti background with same, then hit the little guys with glitter.  I found some coordinating papers, and layered them up… the light blue sparkle paper :)  I cut a sentiment on my Cricut, then added some bling to balance it out.  That’s all I got …..  darn life!

Kitty Cup

A Cup of Kitty :)

Hi there!  It’s a beautiful fall day here.  It’s amazing how fast summer passed us by :(  That being said, I’m certain that before we know it, winter will be upon us, and with that, Christmas.  So, it’s the perfect time to start on your Christmas cards, if you haven’t done so already!  And…..that is exactly what our challenge theme is this week at C.R.A.F.T.!  We have 2 fabulous sponsors this time around:

   and  The Stamping Boutique

Stop by and get in the Christmas spirit with the wonderful DT cards!

Kitty CupI was given “Cup of Love” by Pickled Potpourri to work with.  It’s not in their Christmas section, but it is such a versatile stamp!!  Depending on your choice of color scheme, it can be used at any time of the year :)  After merging the kitty into the cup, I colored it up with my SN markers.  I added gold and some sparkly highlights on the mug pattern.  I stamped a pretty sentiment in the corner of the image piece.  All the paper I used was from my scrap folder…it’s time to be using some of that up :)  I added a strip of a brown paper bag, and a bow at the bottom, and some little blingy things that I made from polymer clay around the image.  A few more swipes with the glitter pen on the sentiment and the bow, and everything was coordinated quite nicely :)

Thank You Squares


Hello!  It’s time for this week’s challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!!  This week, we have everyone’s favorite theme

Our sponsor is

 who is offering 2 digital images to the lucky winner!  The DT girls have gone all out with their inspiration projects, so be sure to check them out!

Thank You SquaresI was in a autumn-y mood, but had no idea what I wanted to make, so I rummaged through my stuff (ok, for a few days, lol) and found these dies I forgot I had, and some plain colored card stock in fall colors.  I popped the die cuts up with foam dots, then cut a Thank you sentiment on my Cricut, which I added Glossy Accent to.  A few sequins, a piece of ribbon, and some feather die cuts, and I was done :)

Flower Girl CU

Flower Girl

Hello there!!! The weather is getting cooler….fall is fast approaching!  So better time to make a really spring/summery card?? :)  Our new challenge at Come and Get It Challenges is with the theme of Flowers, with two generous sponsors:

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Flower GirlOne of the sponsors, My Besties, generously provided the image that I used on my card, found here.  I colored the adorable Cat Lady up with my SN markers, then paper pieced her dress and headband with some of the same floral paper that I used in the layout.  I had fun digging up as many flowery things as I could for this challenge :)  The papers were all scraps from some coordinating sheets, and the trim was found when I re-organized all my trims and ribbons :)  The layered blooms were also from supplies that have been laying around waiting to be used :)  I hope you can stop by and visit, check out the fabulous DT creations, and enter your own Flower creation, at Come and Get It this week!


Birthday Dawg :)

OK, this didn’t publish when it was supposed to!!

Todays card is for the current ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers.  We are sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo stamps.  Since our challenge is always ATG, make sure you check it out!! There is always wonderful inspiration projects from the DT, and we would love to see your creations :)


I was given the Bugaboo image, Rottweiler Puppy Hello to work with.  I have a birthday coming up for a guy at work, so decided to kill two birds with one stone, and make my DT project a card for him!!  I colored the pup with my SN markers, then fussy cut him out.  I went rummaging through my paper stash, and found these papers – they were on a 12 x 12 sheet, with 4 different, coordinating prints.  I  punched a border and the sentiment from the same solid CS that I matted everything with, popped the dog on with foam dots, and added some brads to the corners :) (Love the fire hydrant – I forget what cool brads I have stashed away, lol).  Hope you like it :)



Mr. and Mrs. Snow

Hi there!! Where on Earth did August go? The leaves are already starting to turn! Although I love fall, I really dont like the cold that comes with THAT season that follows…  You’d never guess, with my card for this weeks challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this week is a technique – embossing, and we have Crafty Sentiments

as our generous sponsor!   Stop by and see the beautiful embossed goodies that the design team has made to inspire you this time around :)

MrAndMrsSnowI was given this adorable image from our sponsor.  Mr. and Mrs. Snow was colored with my SN markers, and added some clear Wink of Stella to the snow people. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to selectively emboss around the image, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on another panel. I matted everything with coordinating card stock, added a few silver dots in the corners, and called this card done!

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Use a Sentiment

Hiding In My Craft Room – Any Holiday

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Snow People

Craft Your Passion – ATG #327

Crafting From the Heart – ATG #125


You’re Amazing

Hello there :) Another Wednesday has rolled around and that means it’s time for another challenge at

We are at the CAS part of our theme cycle right now, and have the wonderful

as a sponsor!  The DT ladies have created some beautiful projects, so please make sure you stop by!

AmazingI used the Ribbons and Stars border from Eureka, and kept it VERY simple (for me, anyway!).  I added a sentiment before printing, then colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers. I couldn’t resist adding 2 different shades of silver glitter to the stars. I matted it with black CS, and was done :)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:

                                                                            Sweet Stampin – No Designer Paper

   Moving Along with the Times – CAS

      Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – ATG #40

Tuesday Throwdown – #309 CAS

Robyn’s Fetish – ATG

Teacher Preparation

Prepare Yourself!!!

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of August already, and the kidlets are getting ready to go back to school.  Not only kids, but teachers, EAs, and other school staff as well.  This time of year brings mixed emotions from everyone – excitement, dread, relief, resignation, determination…..I’ve been hearing all kinds of reactions, depending on the perspective.  I can remember quite a few of these feelings from when my kids were younger, as well!!

Today marks the start of a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. and the theme this week is Back to School.  We have 2 wonderful sponsors this time,


that have generously provided the Design Team with images to work with.  We would love it if you would stop by the blog, and maybe be inspired by the DT’s creations to enter your own Back to School project!!

Teacher PreparationI decided to take a totally different direction in the Back to School theme, and used the image JJWine from Bugaboo.  I’ve got a friend who’s an EA, and we joke about when it’s time for her to go back to work, and how much she has to drink to prepare herself :)  She loves kids, and is absolutely fantastic with them, so the jokes about wine are only in fun.   I added a computer generated sentiment, and colored the image with my SN pencils….still need practice with these guys, but I’m rather happy with how it turned out.  I kept the design of the card pretty simple, as the image was quite large.  The background paper was kicking around in my stash, the wavy strip and the enamel dots were added for just a bit of extra detail.  I’ll be taking a bottle of wine over to my friends place on Sunday, to prepare…..or celebrate :)

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