Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Big Sis!

My older sister's birthday is this weekend. She's not a card person but I am so there!  Cuteness overload!

I experimented a bit with the background, finally settling on Worn Lipstick clouds and Cracked Pistachio grass. I was hesitant to use my Copic over the Oxide grass but cleaned the nib right afterwards and it seemed fine.

I'm entering this in Naughty or Nice #42 Colors or On the Move Theme, Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment, Fab N Funky #361 Anything Goes  

I'd also like to remind you of the current The Heart Desires Challenge #15.

The Details: Love Cynthia Beary Happy Day, MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil, Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Die, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready, Set, Blow!

I will confess this is my favorite of this year's back-to-school cards!  So bright and happy and dotty. The background is Distress Inks and Oxide, naturally, overlaid with the MFT cover plate.  The pierced clouds are an Avery Elle die set I picked up a while back but first time I've used. Love them! Coloring up the dragon was interesting as I used blues I don't normally reach for. This has definitely made me appreciate those Copic B single digits more for sure.

I'm entering this in Markerpop #127 Back to School, City Crafter #375 No Flowers, Tuesday Throwdown #356 Anything Goes, Shopping Our Stash #316 Chillaxin and Relaxin, Creative with Stamps #17 Boys to Men, Simon Says Wednesday For a Child

The Details:  SugarPea Designs Blow Me Away, MFT Circle Cover Plate die, Avry Elle Pierced Clouds, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Eyelet Outlet and Doodlebug Designs Enamel Shapes, Copics

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rooting for You!

One of my nephews is starting high school--blows my old mind! I'm going to transition to making a different kind of cute card for him.  Sigh.

This one features rootbeer bottles quickly sponged with Distress ink and Copic colored labels. I love this color combo on top of the blue--masculine yet fun and fresh.  Of course, the punny sentiments help with the cute factor--see, I'm sneaking in the cute.  Shhhh!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday For a Child and Addicted to Stamps and More #254 CAS

The Details:  MFT Soda Pop stamps and dies, SugarPea Designs Starburst Cover Plate, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Banner Die, Eyelet Outlet and Illustrated Faith Enamel Shapes

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pawsome Together

My sister and her husband have been married a coon's age--like 25 years. That's a lot of pawsome together time.  Congrats, you two!

I'm entering this in CAS(E) This Sketch! #234

The Details:  Waffle Flower Pawsome, Distress Oxides, Hero Arts Hearts Cover Plate, Paper Smooches Balloon die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Kite die (string), Lifestyle Crafts Nested Circle die, Doodlebug Design Patriotic Picnic 6x6 paper

Friday, August 11, 2017

I've Seen Your Future . . .

It's back to school time for my niece and nephews so you'll be seeing back-to-school cards from me for a few days. I love having young ones to design for!

My niece is all girlie girl so I went all girlie girl with the card. Lots of designer paper with stars, ruffly curtains and, of course, a fortune-telling penguin.  Duh.  LOL.  The inside says: "This year will be amazing, just like you." So perfect, right?!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday For a Child, HLS August Anything Goes with Dies

The Details:  Your Next Stamp Waddles Fortune Teller, Echo Park Perfect Princess 6x6 paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, LawnThe bu Fawn banner die, Memory Box Lacy Curtains die, Doodlebug Designs enamel heart

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smooth Operator

My stepson's birthday is coming up and like so many young people, he thinks he's the smoothest operator in town. Um, yeah, no.  LOL.

I'm entering this in Less Is More #340 Tropical Fruits, Seize the Birthday, Lawn Fawnatics #10 Custom Sentiments

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words die and So Smooth, Copics, Ranger Glossy Accents

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What Uppppppp?

A humorous hello card for my kid sister who is NBA tall--not wNBA, NBA. She's going to get such a kick out of this.

I'm including pics of me back in the day experiencing firsthand the joy of slimy giraffe tongue at a giraffe sanctuary outside Nairobi. Eww!

I'm entering this in CASology #261 Safari, Addicted to Stamps and More #254 CAS, Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #90 M is for Mink (furry creatures)

The Details: Carabelle Funny Face, Simon Says/CZ Design Simple Sentiments, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Copics (E20s, E50, E49 for shadow, T for tongue)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Amy!

Today's is the birthday of my friend, Amy.  Happy birthday, girl!  We're having a little hop to help her celebrate.  You should have reached here from Kimberly and are on way to Tonya.  Happy hopping!

If you've seen pics of Amy, you know she's a tiny thing.  So how could I not use my new Love Cynthia with that abso-perfect sentiment? I was all about balloons thanks to the recent CASology anniversary hop so mounted the diecut girl with foam tape on the MFT Happy Bday circle which provided the perfect spot to tuck in the end of the twine. I looped it because Amy is all over the place--squirrel!  I also used lots and lots of green, her fav color.  Have a wonderful birthday!

I'm entering this in Seize the Birthday Tie One On

The Details:  Love Cynthia Celebrate, Lawn Fawn Hemp Twine, Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Cover Plate, MFT Happy Birthday die, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Monday, August 7, 2017

Let's Flamingle

I'm over on The Heart Desires Blog with this tropical number. Time to party!

The Details:  SugarPea Designs Let's Flamingle, Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio, Versafine Onyx Black, Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Ink, Scor-Tape, Ranger Multi-Medium Matte, American Crafts Sunny 6x6 Paper

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cards in Envy Bug Me!

This round at Cards in Envy we're asking you to use an insect of some sort on your card. Easy!

I chose to create a simple sympathy card using a butterfly as my supply is dwindling unfortunately.  I kept it even simpler by working up the flowers in white--rather elegant. Hopefully I won't need to use this for a good long while.

I'm entering this in Mod Squad The Wing's the Thing, The Paper Players #356 The Great Outdoors

The Details: Flourishes Butterfly Blossoms, Stampendous Butterflies, Stamplorations Lotus Love (sentiment), Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ahoy, Matey!

I made this for my stepdaughter who's visiting for a week. We're going to have a great time! Oh, look, even our cat has been on the lookout for her plane--LOL.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Splatter It and Just Add Ink #371 Just Choose 2 (kids and pets)

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Yo Ho Ho and Rice Paddies stencil, Distress Inks and Oxides, Copics

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Your Future Looks Primary

I'm always in need of graduation cards at work so I made a fortune-telling penguin card, naturally. My primary colors were inspired by SIP #110; these are not my standard colors so that was interesting. Next time lighter on the red although it does have a certain va-va-voom to it.  You can just see the Wink of Stella and sorta kinda the Glossy Accents on the lights. Much better pic of that, sorta kinda, below.

I'm entering this in SIP #110 Primary Colors and The Paper Players #355 Tic Tac Toe (bottom row)

The Details:  Your Next Stamp Waddles - Fortune Teller, stencil made with my Silhouette, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi-Medium Matte, Scor-Tape, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Wink of Stella Clear and Gold, Copics

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

THD Challenge 15

Time for The Heart Desires Challenge 15! Come join in the fun!

Notice there's NO stamping on my card? Do I need to give you a moment to pick yourself up off the floor? LOL. I die cut, sponged and colored a bit but that's it. I especially love the EP Fireworks stencil and how the GMD flowers turned out. Heck, I wish _I_ were getting this card!

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Cheers die, Gina Marie Designs Tropical Drink set, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade, Echo Park Fireworks Stencil, Copics, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi-Medium Matte, Doodlebug Design 6x6 Fun in the Sun paper

Friday, July 28, 2017


I saw a rainbow cloud background (can't remember who or where :( but thank you!) and riffed on that with my new Waffle Flowers goodies.  Hooray, indeed!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes and Addicted to Stamps and More #252 Make Your Mark

The Details:  Waffle Flower Hooray and Fruity Thank You (the cat), Waffle Flower Cutaway Alpha, MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil, Recollections Gold Mirror Board, Hai Supply Flower Sequins from Impress, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Worn Liptstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TIME OUT Reminder

My second card guest designing with TIME OUT! As a reminder, Challenge 88 is Inspired by Words:
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. --Roald Dahl
I focused on the face this time--look at the bliss radiating from mermonkey--so cute.  Some sponging, coloring, spattering, blinging, diecutting--geesh, about everything in this card!  Thanks to my friend, Amy, for helping make my birthday even more special!

The Details:  Waffle Flower Little Mermaids, Neat & Tangled Making Waves die, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade, Versafine Onyx Black, Scor Tape, Doodlebug Spun Sugar Glitter, Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words die

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HUGE Thanks

A quick thank you card for a buddy of mine who loves elephants. The background is both brushed and sponged then spattered with water. I loved the tone of the yellow paper against the purple plus the somewhat tribal pattern.  The grass stamp was different and better than I thought.  I'm going to be using this lots in my scenes!

I'm entering this in SIP #109, City Crafter #372 Something Beginning with S (Silhouette)

The Details: HA Arts June card kit, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Everyday 6x6 paper, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch, and Seedless Preserves, Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves, VersaFine Onyx Black, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle die