Thursday, December 17, 2015

Santa Love

Hello. I hope everyone is well and getting ready for the holidays. Me? Not so much, but I have a whole week, right? Yikes!

I made another quick Christmas card that I can just squeek into the Just Us Girls Challenge #323 . It's Trend Week there and the trend is sequins. You know I love my sequins! 

This card was made with my favorite Santa stamp. It's old and I just love it! I inked it up in Delicata Goleden Glitz ink. The gold foil is from DCWV. Both pieces were die cut with stitched rectangles and adhered to the card base. I added lots of gold sequins. It's so shiny and sparkly IRL. Hope you like it.

Have a great Friday. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happy Holidays

Hello. I'm back with another Christmas card. I spent some time today making a few flat cards so that they would be easy to mail.

This CAS card came together quickly. I used the WPlus9 Holiday Boughs set and cased this gorgeous card by Maureen Merritt. I love that beautiful big sentiment. The boughs were inked with 2 different green inks and the panel cut with a stitched die. The panel was adhered flat to the card base.

I am entering this into these challenges:
     Fusion - Season's Greetings using the photo only (the pine boughs & berries)
     The Male Room - Christmas or Seasonal Greetings                                                                                                          
That's all for today. I need to get back to Christmas preparations. Have a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy!


Friday, December 11, 2015


Can you believe it is only 2 weeks until Christmas? I am not at all ready and really need to get going! First, I finally have a new card to share.


I made this CAS card for a Make & Take weekend at my LSS. I used CAS-ual Fridays Must Love Snowflakes  and CAS-ual Fridays Snowflake Splendor stamp sets for this quick and easy card. The snowflakes were inked in AMuse Ocean ink onto a strip of white CS and adhered to blue CS. The panel was then adhered flat to a card base. The sentiment was inked onto a die cut tag to which I added baker's twine, The tag was adhered with foam tape.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
     CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #146 - Snowflakes
     Addicted to Stamps and More #174 - CAS
     Addicted to CAS Challenge #78 - Joy

That's all for now. I need to get back to Christmas preparations - like getting my tree up! Have a great weekend. Enjoy!



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Time for Snowflakes

Hello. If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I hope it was wonderful! I had a lovely dinner with my all of my sons and their families. It was the first time we had Thanksgiving all together in 4 or 5 years and I loved it.

I finally have a card to share. November has just about slipped away and I haven't been able to make any cards in so long.

For this card I die cut a retired Memory Box snowflake die, Beaded Snowflake, from CS 4 times and from white DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper once. I adhered all the die cuts together with Multi Matte and then inlaid the piece into one of the CS pieces that had been die cut with SSS Stitched Rectangles. It was then adhered to my card base. The sentiment is from WPlus9 Iconic Christmas. Some clear gems finish off my card. I hope you can see the glimmer and sparkle. It is lovely IRL.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
     Freshly Made Sketches #214 - a sketch by Jen T.
     Time Out Challenge #45 - Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies
     Paper Players #273 - Tic Tac Toe challenge by Sandy. I have a diagonal tic tac toe left to right with snowflake, sparkle or shine and punch or die cut.

It's back to work for me tomorrow. Have a wonderful week. Enjoy!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Sweet 16

Hello. Sorry, I've been extremely sick again. Sadly, I've been out of work for days, but unable to do anything. The only card I've made is one for my granddaughter's 16th birthday.

I finally used my WPlus9 Bubble Talk stamp and die sets. Aren't they adorable? The number balloons are Avery Elle Numbered Balloons dies. The pattern paper is one of my favorite collections - Lawn Fawn Let's Polka. It doesn't get any better than elephants, balloons and polka dots, does it? Of course, I used my stitched dies to layer everything onto the card base. 

I'd like to enter this into the current challenge at Seize the Birthday, which is 'Anything Goes'. I'm also playing in Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 203 as I've used several snippets of my precious pp.

Have a fabulous week. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday

Hello. Another week has flown by! I have several birthdays coming up, so today's card is for a child turning 5. I have a great-niece turning 5 today and the Irish Princess's little brother will be 5 on Sunday. Another little one turns 3 on Saturday and those are just this week's birthdays.

This one was so fun to make. I used the WPlus9 Unforgettable set to stamp the elephant, party hat and round balloons onto Lawn Fawn Let's Polka paper snippets. I then fussy cut the stamped pieces. The #3 was die cut with Avery Elle Numbered Balloons from another snippet. 

I tried to blend some clouds onto a white stitched rectangle with Broken China distress ink. Not a very good attempt, I know. That panel was adhered to a white card base and all the pp pieces were added with foam. I added twine to each balloon and secured the balloons to the sweet ellie's tail. 

I will add this into Seize the Birthday where the current challenge is "Anything Goes". Also, I will play in Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #201. 

Have a fabulous Friday! Enjoy!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas Poinsettia

Happy Friday! Today I have another Christmas card to share.

I finally used my WPlus9 Pretty Poinsettias stamp set that I bought last year - or maybe the year before. It's a multi-layered poinsettia set and I love it! I've only used 2 layers on this card. For both the petals and the leaves, I've used the stamp and the vein stamp. I stamped with SSS Hot Lips and Hero Arts Field Green. The ink needs to be completely dry on one layer before you add the next layer or it will not be darker on the next layer. The pollen was added with The same green ink and Mustard Seed distress ink.

The sentiment is from the Penny Black Christmas Cheer stamp set. I love the different fonts in this sentiment set. I die cut the panel with a SSS stitched rectangle die, added it to green CS and adhered it to the card base.

I am just squeaking this in to the Happy Little Stampers October Christmas Challenge where a poinsettia needs to be featured. Also I will join in at Time Out #43 for their Christmas challenge without the twist. I am also entering Addicted to Stamps & More where the theme is Holiday.

Tomorrow morning I'll be off to a feis bright and early to watch my Irish princess compete. Then in the evening it will be trick or treating time. I hope you have a great Halloween. Enjoy!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Less is More Week 247

Hello. We're almost to the weekend! Today I have a card to enter into Less is More Week 247. It's similar to yesterday's card.

The LIM challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  I used a Great Impressions stamp and again I colored directly onto the stamp with Distress Markers. The colors I used were Peeled Paint, Festive Berries and Ground Espresso. Deciding to stay with less is more, I chose not to color the ornaments. Now I have another very CAS, very quick card for my stash. 

Tomorrow being the last day of school before Halloween, will mean it's a wild day in school, but maybe by Monday the sugar highs will have subsided. At least we can hope!

On Saturday morning the Irish princess will be competing in another Feis. Then, of course, Saturday evening will be trick or treating for all my little ones. I can't wait to take pictures of all their costumes. Have a great day! Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #146

Happy Wednesday! Today's card is for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #146.

I've followed the sketch and made a one layer card using SSS Holly Berries designed by Clearly Besotted. I used Distress Markers in Festive Berries, Pine Needles and Ground Espresso to color directly onto the stamps. Then I "huffed" on the stamps (another very technical stamping term) to reactivate the inks and stamped onto a white card base. Another Christmas card to add to the stash. This would be an ideal card to mail during the holidays - flat, therefore no extra postage.

Be sure to check out the gallery as well as the cards by the DT at CAS(E) this Sketch. There are so many lovely ones. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Something Wicked

Hello. How's your week going? The weather is beginning to turn cold here in central NY, the leaves have turned to their glorious autumn colors and are falling. Only a few days until Halloween and I have more more card to share.

I went super CAS for this card. The stamps are all various older wooden stamps from my stash. The green stitched frames were still sitting on my table from my last Halloween cards. I just stamped the images onto a white card base, added the frames and I was done. Super CAS, for sure.

I am entering this into these chllenges:
     Addicted to CAS #75 - Spooky
     AAA Cards Game #51 - Halloween All Styles
     Shopping Our Stash #225 - Go Paperless (no pattern paper)

Here's to a great rest of the week. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Glitter Ornament

Ok, where did the weekend go? The work week never seems to pass as quickly as the weekend, does it? Before we know it, Santa will be here. Time to get more Christmas cards made, so today I have one to share that my friend, Rosalie, showed me how to make.

I love this glittered ornament! It looks elegant, yet it's easy to make. I die cut white CS with a SSS stitched rectangle die and then a circle die. Then I adhered heavy duty packing tape to the back of the white CS, sticky side up. I added fine glitter to the sticky packing tape and really pressed it in with my finger. A snippet of pattern paper was added to red CS and the white CS was adhered over that. The panel was adhered to a card base and a ribbon hanger was added to the ornament. I added a sentiment and the card was finished. 

It may sound difficult, but it really isn't. Imagine all the different ornaments you could make by changing the pp and color scheme. I think a few of these packaged together would make lovely gifts. 

I'm entering this into Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 200. I'm so thrilled that Di chose this card I made as one of last week's picks. Thanks, Di!

That's all for today. Have a great last week of October. Wait! Can it really be the end of October? I need to go buy candy for the trick or treaters. Enjoy!


Saturday, October 24, 2015


I hope everyone had a great Saturday! Today I have a couple of cards featuring zombies to share. Zombies seem to be the rage these days. However, having not watched television (other than the morning news) in over 20 years, I have only heard of The Walking Dead from what seems like everyone I know. A lot!

The images are from SugarPea Designs Undying Love stamp set. I heat embossed them in black on watercolor paper and then watercolored with Zig Real Color Markers. The images were then fussy cut, adhered to white and green CS that had been die cut with SSS Stitched Rectangles, and added to a  card base. The sentiments are from the same stamp set. Aren't they cute and fun?

Card #1 will be entered into:
     CASology #169 - Zombie
     Addicted to Stamps #167 - Make Your Mark
     SugarPea Designs Monthly Challenge #21

I am entering Card #2 into:
     Freshly Made Sketches #209
     Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monster Mash
     Inkspirational #94 - Cute Halloween
     The Male Room # 21 - Halloween

I hope you liked these. They were sure fun to make. Have a lovely Sunday. Enjoy!


Oh, wow! I just noticed that this was my 200th blog post. That seems crazy to me. Thanks for spending time with me. I so appreciate all of you. Mwah!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Happy Friday!

Hooray! It's Friday! Two full days to do whatever I want ... after cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, laundry, grocery shopping... then maybe a card or two will get made. Why aren't weekends 3 days long?

Sorry for the awful picture, but I wanted to finish this last night so I could post it today in some challenges before they close. I made this with Time Out Challenges #42 photo challenge in mind. The image is an older Inkadinkado wooden stamp that doesn't have a name on it. I simply stamped it in black and colored with an orange marker. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy's Keep in Touch, Too stamp set. I love the sentiments in this set. There are so many great ones. I then adhered the panel to black and orange CS, and added it near the bottom of a top folding card base. I was inspired by the colors, stripes and pumpkins in the Time Out photo -

I am also entering this into these challenges -

     Curtain Call Challenge - Pretty Pumpkins
     AAA Cards: Game #50 -  CAS Halloween

Have a great weekend, even if it is too short! Enjoy!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Grateful for You

I'm back with another CAS card today. This one is for The Paper Players CAS Challenge #267 - Leaves.

I created the leaves from the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves Bigz die. One leaf was die cut from pattern paper, sprayed with Perfect Pearls and crumpled. The middle leaf was die cut from a piece of embossed and ink distressed paper. The third leaf was die cut from a piece of paper that had been stamped with a text stamp, distress inked and crumpled. I love the dimension you achieve by crumpling and then flattening paper back out, don't you?

The leaves were then tied together with May Arts Natural Twine. Again I used the Fun Stampers Journey Ink Splat stamp in the middle of a kraft card base. I adhered the leaves over the ink splat and added some pearl dots to further embellish the splatter effect.

I am also entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Wrap It Up and Pixie's Snippets Playground #199. All of my leaves began as snippets of paper. 

Only 1 more day until the weekend. I can't wait! Enjoy!



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Addicted to CAS

Yes, I have become addicted to CAS! Clean and simple cards were always so hard for me to make. I'm more of a many layers, distressed, ribbon, and bows vintage loving card maker. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer those cards, but I'm loving CAS cards these days. Here's what I made for Addicted to CAS Challenge #74 , where the code word is "Sparkle".

The stamp is Technique Junkies The Right Shoes that I purchased at the Rubber Stamp Show held locally back in May. (Another NBUS, Darnell! Hint, hint.) After stamping in black, I colored with a Wink of Stella Glitter Red pen and added Wink of Stella Clear Glitter over that for extra sparkle. The panel was cut with SSS Stitched Rectangles and adhered to DCWV Red Foil. Then that was adhered to a card base and some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins were added with Multi Matte

Here's a close up showing the sparkly shoes - 

Gotta love Marilyn Monroe, but do not think for one second that I can wear those 'right shoes' anymore. Sadly, those days are long gone.

Now I'm off to conquer the world in flats. Hope you had a great day and your tomorrow is even better. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More Christmas Cards

Today I'm squeezing a couple of cards in under the wire at some challenges.

My first card is for Just Add Ink # 284 - Fancy Fold. I made a side step folded card and added paper to each section. Once again, I used a Tim Holtz Crazy Bird and adorned him with the Santa hat from Tim Holtz Crazy Things. Both the bird and hat were watercolored and I added glitter to the hat. The tiny sentiment stamp is from AMuse Studio. Buttons and twine embellish the third section.

My second card is for Tag You're It Challenge # 32. The inspiration is this tag created by Kelly Szafron -

I was inspired to use the same shape tag as Kelly did with ribbon and a single image. My tag is the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 die cut tag. The holly is Penny Black Holly Berries die and the poinsettia is SSS Poinsettia Parade die. Some pearls were added to the die cuts, as well as a piece of ribbon that was attached with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I embossed the card base with a dot embossing folder and added my tag with foam. 

I am also adding this card into the Happy Little Stampers October Christmas Challenge - Poinsettia.

Now I have a couple more Christmas cards to add to my stash. Have you started yours yet? Have a great week. Enjoy!