Jar of Love

Hi there, another project from the last week here 🙂  I was going through my digi files, and once again stumbled across stuff that I forgot I had.  I find that digi’s are so easy to aquire, with their instan download, that I tend to splurge past the time I have available in a lifetime to use!!! This sweet jar of buttons is from Beyond the Fringe.  Not only does Carmen have some amazing freebies, she has great images in her Etsy Shop as well!  If you haven’t heard of these digi’s, check them out!  I colored this image with what seemed to be every red and pink SN and Copic that I own, then added some accents with white gel pen before fussy cutting it out.  The size that I printed it made it perfect for a gift card holder 🙂 Gift cards are good on any occasion, I think!

I cut the base from red CS, then added a polkadotted pocket that coordinates with the bow on the jar 🙂  A stamped sentiment and some stitching detail with my white gel pen finish this off.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

{PIN}spirational Challenge – #209

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Lots of Pink and/or Red

The Sketchy Challenges – #136 ATG

Angie’s Digital Stamps Challenge – #17 AG with optional twist Love

Creative Craft Cottage – #104 Love is All Around


Hi there 🙂  I got a few cards done during the week, so it’s time to start blogging them!!!  I used the beautiful “Love” image, from Ching-Chou Kuik for this card.

  I colored her with my Copic and SN markers, then partially fussy cut her out, so she flowed out of the heart frame that I cut on my Cricut.  To dress the frame up a bit, I scored it, then used Liquid Pearls at the intersecting points of the scores, and around the edges.  I found a piece of ribbon in the perfect green, to coordinate with both the image, and the background paper, which was a freebie in a magazine some years ago.  I also added a strip of lace before diving into my treasured flower supply.  I found some blooms that really complemented the whole card layout, and I actually USED them!!! I’ve been hoarding so many of my supplies, that it is definitely time to start using them every once in a while.  Even the freebie papers from the magazines (not to say anything about my other DP), have been sitting unused for eons.  I keep telling myself that it’s not like there isn’t enough paper in a pad or a sheet to make a card or two with, and still have some left over…..but I haven’t been listening to myself!!! After adding a few drops of Liquid Pearls in the corners, and matting everything with pink, before putting it on the card blank, I called this card done 🙂  I left it without a sentiment, so that way it can be used for any number of occasions 🙂

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

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – All You Need Is Love

Crafty Friends Challenge – #77 Love Is In the Air

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – #161 Have a Heart

Stamping Sensations – February, Anything With Flowers

Deep Ocean Challenge – #174 Love is all Around

Foxy Anniversary

Hello there 🙂  Ever have a card turn out completely differently than what you had originally planned?  I’m sure I’m not the only one!  This card is just such a project 🙂  These foxes are from Sami Stamps, but are, unfortunately, no longer available in her store (but there’s tons of other cute images to play with!)  I colored the image with my Copics, adding some clouds with a white pen.  I dug around in my scrap file to find some papers, and came up with a few pieces from different collections, but they coordinated well together 🙂  I matted everything with a dark brownish green, the same color I used to die cut the sentiment with.  I dug around in my precious flowers, and found the ones I used, adding some die cut and punched greenery to go with it.  I added some brown pearls in the corner to finish this all off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets Challenge – #319 ATG with Snippets

Creatalicious Challenge – #132 ATG with optional Love/Anniversary/Thinking of You

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Classic DT Open Challenge – #22 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #231 Flower Power

Penguin Buddies

Hi there 🙂 With all the cold weather and snow that we’ve been getting, Christmas and winter cards are where my mojo is taking me lately.  I’ve had this image, Percy and Pete’s Find (the picture in the link is different, but the file name is the same), from Di’s Digi Stamps for a long time, and can’t believe I haven’t used it until now – it is just the sweetest!!!  I colored these sweeties up with my Prismacolor pencils, and added a background of trees (the guys had to pick their tree from somewhere, right?  lol).  I then added the snow by dotting on some white acrylic paint, as my gel pen died on me 🙁

I dug through my scrap bin and found a number of pieces that coordinated well with each other, and the image, and began distressing and laying them out.  I die cut some snow flakes to peek from around the image, and managed to partially cut one, to make the tag for the sentiment which was computer generated.  Lastly, and before gluing everything down, I tied some twine around the middle just to bring everything all together 🙂  I have a few penguin loving friends, who I’m sure would be thrilled to receive this cute card next Christmas!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Di’s Digi Challenge – Winter

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – #173 Let It Snow

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #371 ATG (option of quick and easy, not taken)

Crimbo Crackers – #151 Anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – February ATG


Valentine Pup

Good morning 🙂  How cute is this pup, from Eureka Stamps???  Heart Puppy is so perfect for a dog lover’s Valentine 🙂  When I printed him, I was sad to see that my black ink wasn’t working (it’s full, I just got it…something must be plugged), but me, being to cheap and lazy to get it working and reprint it again, lol, took my black pencil and traced over the image.  I shaded in the rest of the pup a bit, adding color on his tag and tongue, then fussy cut him out.  The grid DP made me think of a notebook, and I have just the edge punch to finish off that look 🙂  I stamped black hearts on a white scrap, and punched out some little red hearts to put on the grid paper.  I used some stickers for the sentiment, as I am always looking for ways to use those “weird” letters that seem to be left on every sheet.  For the layout inspiration, I used the February sketch, from the Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Viva la Verve Sketches – February sketch, shown above

QKR Stampede – #281 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #212 Have a Heart

Tuesday Throwdown – #377 Favorite Color —-> mine is RED, all the way

Mod Squad Challenge – Valentine/Love

Bundled In Blue

Hi there 🙂  I’ve made a card using the Diamond fold today.  I had the template in a file with assorted patterns, and figured it was time to make a card with it….since it’s been a few years since I’ve done one like this!!  I used this cute image, from Lemon Shortbread, as the focal point of this project.  I colored her up with my Prismacolor pencils, then cut her out with an oval nesting die.  I matted the image in the same dark blue CS that I formed the card base from.  I found a pretty DP with blue snow swirls on it, and cut 2 lacy squares out.  One I used as a background for the girl, the other, I trimmed and glued to the base.  I had a few silver poinsettias left from a while back, and some silver and white snowflake embellishments that I picked up on clearance after Christmas.  I tied a floofy (?) bow, and put one of the poinsettias in the center, then arranged the rest of the embellishments around the image and on the base.  Finally, I put a small dab of white liquid pearl in the centers of the white snowflakes, to give them just a little “extra”.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Cuti Pie Challenge Blog – #119 January Blues

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – January ATG

Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge – February ATG with a Handmade Bow

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – #173 Let It Snow

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #60 ATG


Fairy Stitches

Hello 🙂  I think this card just blasted me out of my little trend of CAS!! Lol!!  I’ve had this image for a few years, it’s by Cootsy Creations, and was available in the Stichy Bear shop, which is closed now, sadly.  I colored this sweet little fairy up with my SN and Copic markers.

  I knew just the papers I was going to use for her – I purchased a bunch of sewing themed DPs at a Dollar store (!!!!) while on a girls’ weekend at the spa this summer.  These papers are double sided, and a lovely weight, which make it an extra value.  Once I started layering, you can’t see that the base layer actually has some sparkle on some of the odd spools.  Anyhow, I used both sides of one of the sheets here, and took my sewing machine (which has an issue with tension), and stitched around them.  I recently got this old fashioned sewing machine die from AliExpress, on an impulse, and was wondering where I’d ever use it……lol, wouldn’t ya know…..perfect with this 🙂  Since I was on a real roll, using some of the neglected sewing themed stash I have, I kept digging, and found the tape measure ribbon.  Of course I had to sew a few buttons in the bow centre!! The one corner of the image seemed naked and begging for “something” – so I poked a few dressmaker pins through…..keeping with the theme, ya know?  The sentiment is computer generated, and cut with a fishtail banner die which I think is from Elizabeth Craft (but I’m not 100% sure, because I’m old, lol).

I’d like to enter this in the following:

As You Like It Challenges – Favorite Way to Add Stitching….real….why? because it adds such a nice texture, and it puts my poor sewing machine to good use!!

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Feb. ATG

Cuttlebug Mania – Hip Hip Hooray, Jannie’s Birthday Challenge

Crafty Calendar Challenge – Feb. 2 or More Layers

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG


Good morning 🙂  Somehow, I managed to go all autumn on this card.  It must have been the bouquet of sunflowers that the lovely Anna, from Sweet Escape Digis is holding 🙂  I colored her with my Copics, then fussy cut her out.  I mounted her on some die cuts, the top one from plain brown CS, the green one peeking through is cut from the opposite side of the big sunflower background paper.  I used the same papers for the strip running across the card, which I tied with a piece of orange twine.  The get well card supply was getting a bit low, so I used this sentiment, stamped and embossed in gold…..and perfect for this card, with the reference to sunshine 🙂  I added some Liquid Pearl in the corner and on a heart that I attached to the middle of the bow 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #02 February ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – February ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Week of January 30

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Creative Knockouts – #231 Flower Power

Love Grows

Hi there!! I seem to be angling towards a more CAS style for my cards lately….but trust me, that will change, as I tend to be “all over the board” with my cardmaking style!!  This card is a sweet little Valentines card, made with the current freebie image from Limited Runs Stamps.  I colored it with my Prismacolors, and added some shine to the hearts with some white gel pen.  I blocked off the image, mounting it, and another piece of white CS on some subtle print DP.  I left room between the 2 pieces to put the die cut sentiment (Tim Holtz Sizzix die).  For a bit of sparkle, I added some sequins.  I tried a few different colors for the sequins, and nothing looked quite right until I tried these peach-y ones!!! Bingo!  And way better than trying to match up shades of red!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Crazy Challenge – #267 – Love

The Mod Squad Challenge – Valentine/Love

Aud Sentiments – #196 Valentine or Love Sentiment

Brown Sugar Challenge – #275 Valentine Day

Digi Choosday – Week 05 ATG

Baby Ellie

Good morning 🙂  I had some vacation time left over from last year, so decided that it was a great time, with it being sooo cold here, to take a 4 day weekend.  Lot’s of time to play!!  My stack of colored images was getting a bit high, so I figured it was time to get some of them onto cards!!! I always seem to get orders for baby cards…you know, “I need it RIGHT AWAY”   It’s not like people are expecting their child for months beforehand, and in most cases, even know the gender of the baby!!  So, I decided I better get my stock of baby cards built up again, particularly the girly ones.  I saw this image at Whimsy Stamps, and just had to have it!!!  Baby Ellie is just beyond cute, and so perfect for a new baby card!  She is colored with my Prismacolor pencils, then cut out with a die from Xyron (I think).  I found the piece of pink polka dot paper, but in my thousands and thousands of sheets, I just couldn’t find a paper that went well with the dots and the image.  So, I made my own, on my computer 😀  I followed this sketch, from Tuesday Morning Sketches, for the layout.

I added a border of liquid pearls to the polka dot part, to give it some extra definition, then added a few dots to the edge of the image and to the corners for a bit of an accent 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – sketch #438, shown above

Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog – #103 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #515 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #11 ATG with a Critter

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG