Friday, December 30, 2016

Let the Adventure Begin

Wow, is it really the end of 2016 already?!? So much has happened this year that it seems to have flown by for me. I'm looking forward to more adventures in 2017, aren't you?

Today I made this card in honor of one of those new adventures. You may not know that I joined Fun Stampers Journey 2 months ago and I am loving it! You can find my website here. The catalog is chock full of 316 pages of goodies, plus there are 4 mini catalogs throughout the year. Thank you, Richard Garay, CEO & founder of FSJ, for this amazing company! 

The image and sentiment on my card are from the ATS Begin Adventure, AT-0194. The ATS stamp sets are all a great price point and the perfect way to start your FSJ collection. I stamped with Black Licorice ink, IP-0009, onto Whip Cream card stock, CS-0040. The edges were sponged with Beach Ball ink, IP-0047. 

My card base is also Whip Cream card stock, to which I adhered a layer of Beach Ball card stock, CS-0088. The strip of cloud paper is from the Magical Journey Prints, PP-0038. The Magical Journey Collection debuted in the Oct-Dec 2016 Mini Trends Catalog, and I am head over heals in love with the entire collection! The collection is full of Walt Disney quotes and is delightful. The pattern paper and stamped panel were adhered with Journey Foam Squares, AD-0085. Richard's motto is, "When in doubt - pop it out!" That always adds just the right extra touch, don't you agree?

I used the sketch from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches #268, so I will enter my card there. I am also entering it at Time Out Challenges #73 , where the Inspired by Words challenge is -  
'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'. At the Simon's Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge it's 'Anything Goes", so I'll add it there, also.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today. It's been far too long! My wish is for everyone to have a wonderful New Year! Enjoy!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sending Pugs & Kisses

Hello! Today I'm sharing a Christmas card I made for my son, daughter-in-law & 5 year old granddaughter. They recently got a new puppy. Meet Averie & Rocky!

Of course, I absolutely had to buy the Clearly Besotted Bah Hum-Pug! stamp set. I am head over heals in love with this sweet set! For my card, I stamped 2 of the cute pugs and sentiment in black & colored with markers. I've added some WOS for some shine on the star, Santa hat and lights. The die cut panel was matted with gold glitter CS and added to the card base. I finished my card with a sprinkling of sequins. Aren't they adorable?!?

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Merry Christmas, everyone! Enjoy! 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dog Crazy Birthday

Hi! It's been so long since I've posted. I have been making cards, along with getting my new business with Fun Stampers Journey started and growing my Nerium business. Then there's so much to do for Christmas! Who says retirement is boring?

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my son earlier this month.

I love these Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamps, don't you? I used Zig watercolor markers to color and then fussy cut the pieces. The pieces were popped up with foam onto brown card stock that had been embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder. I added some twine to the balloon and anchored it to the bone. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk set. Love how it turned out!

I hope you're getting in some crafty time during this busy season. Enjoy!


Friday, November 11, 2016

I'm Back!

Wow! I cannot believe how long it has been since I've posted. So many wonderful things have been happening that time sure has gotten away from me. My Nerium business is keeping me very busy. If you haven't heard of Nerium yet, please check out my website at We are an anti-aging skincare company that is shattering sales records everywhere.

My latest venture is that I have signed up as a Fun Stampers Journey Coach. Richard Garay, the creative genius behind the company, brought the Fun Stampers Journey Amazing Tour to Syracuse last month. I went with some friends, one of whom was already a coach, and fell in love with all the products What to do when you want everything? You sign up to sell, of course. Now you understand why I've been so busy, don't you?

Here's the first card I created with a few of my new supplies.

Those super fun aliens are from the retired Greetings Earthling set that I had purchased from my friend. I used Turbo Teal, Sour Lemon and Electric Lime  inks to stamp my little cuties. FSJ inks are hybrid inks and they stamp fabulously. The sentiment is from Rock Notes and embossed with FSJ Black Embossing Powder. It is so shiny IRL and these embossing powders are my new favorites.

I splattered some Sour Lemon Silk on the panel, and then added some sequins and enamel dots to embellish. My stamped panel was framed by Black Licorice, Sour Lemon and Turbo Teal card stock and the layers were all popped up. These colors are so vibrant and fun!

I'm entering this into the current challenge at Seize the Birthday , no toppings for me.

Now I have to start expanding my FSJ supplies. My friend and I are planning to teach classes and I am really excited about that! Please browse my site to see the entire catalog of amazing FSJ products. I hope you'll order some new goodies of your own to play with. I promise you'll love them!

Hopefully, I'll be sharing more projects soon. Meanwhile I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful Day

Hello. I hope you are having a beautiful day! I recently saw this post on the Penny Black blog and wanted to case the design of the cards in it.

I decided to bring out my NBUS Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set to play. I stamped only the outline layers of the bloom and leaves on the top and bottom of the card base. I masked off the inner shape and added Spun Sugar DI with a dauber. Then I used a dot stencil with the same ink to add a bit of texture. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

When I finished the card, I realized it's loosely the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #181, so this will be my second entry there.

Now I have to find an afternoon to practice layering the stamps from this gorgeous stamp with different shades of ink. Can you tell that the layering stamp sets from Altenew are my latest addiction? Love them!

Have a beautiful day! Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Altenew Peony Love

I love, love, love the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set! I stamped and die cut quite a few of them the last time I played with them. This one came in handy to use on a quick card for the current challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, which is a sketch.

Today I only needed to add the leaves and sentiment to a card base. Then I popped the peony up with dimensionals and this CAS card was finished in no time! I love the blues in the Altenew Glacier Caves mini inks set. So much so that I just realized today I have 2 sets of them! Anyone else double buy and realize it a couple months later, or is it just me?

I'm also entering this into AAA Cards: Game #69 - One Stash Favorite. The peony was in my stash and they are definitely one of my favorites.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening. Enjoy!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Cheering for You

Hello! Happy Monday. I spent today making cards. I've purchased so many new sets in the past couple of months and I haven't had time to play with them. So I decided today was a playday!

Are these cheerleaders adorable or what? I recently bought a couple, few, ok - several stamp sets from Clearly Besotted. I love Stephanie Wincott's (Stamping & Sharing) stamps so much. All so cute and fun!

Three of the same little cheerleaders were stamped in the middle third of a panel that had been die cut with a wonky stitched rectangle die. I then colored them with some new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Have you tried these yet? After watching my favorite enabler, Jennifer McGuire, compare these and Wink of Stella pens here, I just had to try some for myself. They are so shiny! Hopefully, you can see all the shine in the close up picture below. The sentiment is from the same set and the panel was added to a card base. Very quick, very easy, very CAS.

I'm entering this card with these cuties into some challenges -

     CAS(E) this Sketch #181 - shown below
     Less is More #285 - Repitition
     Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! Enjoy!


Sunday, July 17, 2016


Hello! Yes, I'm back. I cannot believe how long it's been since I've blogged or made a card. I did get to go away for a few days over the Fourth of July and I've been super busy. Needed a break today to make some cards.

I always seem to need birthday cards. I made this today with a NBUS set, Stamplorations Kathryn's Big Wishes. The candles were colored with distress markers and then covered with clear Wink of Stella. I also added a coat of Glossy Accents to the flames for extra shine. You can see the shine better in this close up.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, Of course, I used my mini MISTI to line everything up. How did I ever stamp before MISTI came along? Well, I did stamp, but mostly crooked. I also added a yellow frame made with one of my stitched rectangles dies. This will go to one of my great-nieces.

I'm entering this card into some challenges:

     Addicted to CAS - Stripes (my candles)
     Seize the Birthday - with toppings - Bold & Bright (colors)
     CASology #206 - Art (rainbow colored candles)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Enjoy!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Can't Thank You Enough

Hello! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a few challenges and for my crafty blogging friends, as well. I just can't thank all of you enough for all your inspiration and kind comments on my posts. This one is for all of you!

Loosely following the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (shown below), this is my card. I white heat embossed the panel with an image from CAS-ual Fridays Loving Thoughts and watercolored with distress markers. The colors are from this week's Color Throwdown #398. I then stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Frankly set in the same colors, applying the colors directly onto the stamp. The panel was die cut with Mama Elephant Femme Frames. I then added a twine bow and adhered it flat to a card base.

I will also enter this into CAS-ual Fridays #150 - Thanks with Twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have  a great week. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

More Faux Bleach

Hi. I'm back again with my 2nd post today sharing another card using a different faux bleach technique with a stencil.

Once again I created a rainbow by ink blending Distress Inks onto a masked card panel. On my earlier card here, I sprayed wayer directly onto the stencil and then placed the stencil on the ink blending. For this panel I sprayed the stencil with water after placing it on the ink blending. This way the water reacts and bleaches the stenciled area rather than the background area., giving a totally different effect. The stencil I used here is the Simon Says Circle Dots stencil.  The sentiment is from the Sweet 'n Sassy Keep in Touch, Too set.

This will be my 2nd entry at Less is More #281 - Faux Bleach. I am also entering this into Virginia's View Summer Challenge - All About Colors and The Paper Players #300 - Celebration.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing 2 different ways to create this effect with a stencil. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening. Enjoy!


Faux Bleach Bold Florals

Hello. Today I have a card for the challenge at Less is More. This week the challenge is to use the Faux Bleach technique.

This is such a fun technique and can be done many ways. For this card I masked off the top of my panel and ink blended a rainbow on the bottom with Distress Inks. Next I used an ARTplorations Bold Florals stencil. I sprayed water on the stencil and then placed it over my inked panel. The inks react with water and start to bleach away. I carefully removed the stencil after about 60 seconds and this is what was left. The flowers are still brightly inked while the background where the water reacted with the ink is faded. I love this technique.

After heat drying the panel, I added a thin black strip of card stock, stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a card base. I really like how this came out.

I'm also adding this to Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge - Ghosting and Addicted to CAS #90 - Aloha.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bold Butterflies

Hello. Today I'm sharing a quick card that I made with some bold colored butterflies. I love butterflies, don't you?

Aren't those butterflies beautiful? They're from another new stamp set I hadn't used yet - Clearly Besotted A Better You. I stamped them in some bright Hero Arts inks. The sentiment was included in the same set. I die cut the panel, adhered it flat to a card base and added some sequins. 

I'm adding this to CAS on Sunday - Butterflies and Just Us Girls - Colours: turquoise, mustard and hot pink. Love these colors!

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Oh Happy Day!

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope your week started off nicely. We've had some beautiful weather here in Central New York and I've managed to find some time to make more cards.

I've had the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp set that was designed by Julie Ebersole since it was released forever ago and hadn't used it yet. What was I waiting for? I love these flowers! I stamped the blooms and leaves in some Hero Arts shadow inks, masking the blooms to add the leaves. The sentiment is from the same set. I then die cut the panel with a stitched rectangles die (I'm obsessed, I know!) and adhered it to a Hero Arts notecard

I really like how it came out. I'll definitely be playing with these more, especially since I bought the matching dies, also.

The challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a colour challenge this week, so those were the colors I used. I'm also entering this as my 2nd card at Inkspirational, where the current challenge is masking.


As always, thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a wonderful day. Enjoy!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Just For You

Hello. Happy Monday. Today I'm playing with one of my newest stamp sets, Altenew Dahlia Blossoms. I am so in love with all the Altenew layering sets right now.

This set is easier to line up than some of the others and only has 3 layers. Of course, I have to use my Mini MISTI. I find myself using it on almost every card I make. I've inked the layers of the large and small dahlia images with Altenew Summer Afternoon mini inks. After masking each bloom, I added the leaves with the Altenew Green Fields mini inks. The sentiment is from Altenew Painted Greetings inked with Hero Arts Cup 'O Joe.

After trimming down the panel I matted on brown card stock and added brown twine tied in a bow. Then the panel was adhered to a card base. In retrospect, I wish I had added the leaf to the small bloom further down in the right hand corner, but not enough to redo the card. I want to make a set of these with different sentiments, so I'll change the leaf placement on those.
I am adding this to the Color Throwdown #397. This will be my first time playing there. Also I'm playing at Inkspirational #111 - Masking and Simply Create Too #111 - Use buttons or bows. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week. Enjoy!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Hello. It's Father's Day here in the US and the weather in Central New York is perfect for outdoor activities. I made a masculine card using leftover pieces from older collections of Graphic 45.

Graphic 45 is my absolute favorite paper crafting company and I never throw any piece of it away. Never. I have a hoard of their papers and other products. This card was made using pieces from Ladies Diary,  Kraft Reflections and possibly others I don't recall. I've distressed all the edges with a paper distresser and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I love all the rips and tears. The text paper was added flat to a blue pp from Ladies Diary. The cut-apart images (love these!) were popped up with foam and I added a tiny Tim Holtz paper clip for added interest. I did not add a sentiment to the outside so the card could be used for Father's Day or a birthday.  

Although I share mostly CAS cards here on my blog for challenges, the pieces I create with Graphic 45 are actually my favorites. Yes, I love to watercolor and am obsessed with layered stamps at the moment, but I love my G45!

Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your day with me. Enjoy!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Happy Saturday!

Hello. Happy Saturday! I made a couple cards today for challenges that are closing soon.

My first card is for AAA Cards where the challenge is watercolors. My card is embossed resist with watercolor made with distress ink. I gold heat embossed a sentiment from SSS Hand Lettered Encouragement onto watercolor paper. Then I added Picked Raspberry DI to an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and smooshed it over the embossing. I also added some water droplets after the panel dried that reacted again with the DI. A gold frame was added to finish the card.

My second card is for CASology where the theme is masculine and I've loosely followed the sketch at this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It doesn't get much more CAS than this 2 minute card. Both the image and the sentiment are from the Sweet 'n Sassy Timeless Classic set that I no longer see available on their site. I am also adding this to Time Out Challenges #59 without the twist.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Enjoy!