Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Echo Park Baby Card

The Cards in Envy challenge is to create a pink or blue card that will fit into an envelope. 
My favorite Echo Park Baby Girl papers and sticker.  Lots of pink love!!!

Come show us how you define Liberty at Words 2 Craft By!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Colored Card Base One Layer Card

This was a tough challenge from Less is More and AAA Cards.  For a layer-lover like me, this is really difficult for me.
Navy blue card base, paint blob by Your Next Stamp, white ink from Simon Says Stamp stamped multiple times with my MISTI, older SU! letter inked on top of the white.

How do you define Liberty?  Show us at Words 2 Craft By!!


The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to create a Clean and Simple project.  Here is my first attempt:
It's OK.  I like the butterfly's pop of color, the silver border, and all of the white space, but something was missing.  Here is my second attempt:
I made the panel slightly larger, cropped it a little differently, and adding the sentiment.  Much better!! 

How do you define liberty?  Come show us at Words 2 Craft By!!

Christmas in July

I make Christmas cards all year so that I don't need to use store bought.  Makes the holidays a lot less stressful, and the card a little more meaningful.  I am joining in challenges at the Color Throwdown and CAS-ual Fridays
My response to CTD uses the appropriate colors, but is the complete opposite seasonally!!
I love pink and green for Christmas.  I thought I would put some of my (shamefully) large ribbon collection to use!  I taped ribbons to a base, die cut and embossed the white layer, added the bow and sentiment, and attached with a tiny safety pin.  This makes me happy!!!

How do you define liberty?  Come show us at Words 2 Craft By!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Words 2 Craft By #44 - Liberty

This Words 2 Craft By challenge is based on a quote from George Washington:
 Liberty is a year long idea to me, one that can be expressed in many ways through themes, colors, occasion, etc.  

SU Sincere Salutations sentiment, Oh So Lovely image, Derwent watercolor pencils, stash ribbon for the bow. Please join us at Words 2 Craft By.  How do YOU define liberty!?!  Show us HERE!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Color Throwdown #450

This week's challenge and my response: 
The primary colors in the inspiration image made me think of Legos!!  I dragged the edges of the punched circles in Versamark ink to make the circles look dimensional.  I miss the deadline to link up to the CTD challenge last week - hope I don't miss it again!  Check back on Wednesday for the next Word 2 Craft By Challenge.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Birthdy Wishes

The Color Throwdown challenge looks like this:
I loved the orange poppy, and decided to pair Alte New Painted Poppy set and Sincere Salutations:
Same stamps and payouts, slightly different colors and dimensions.  Happy with both versions!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

White Wedding

I finally made something worthy of posting (I hope!).
Copper heat embossed sentiment one the card base, Gina Marie embossing folder.  I am sharing this with 3 (yes, 3!) challenges.

Less is More Sketch Challenge 20:

Addicted to CAS #144 and Cards in Envy White on White challenges.

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By Love challenge!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017


The Fusion challenges always intrigue me.  I am pretty literal, so venturing away from the actual image is difficult for me.  I think I strayed outside my comfort zone in this one!!  Here is the image:
I tried to use the framing, the colors, and the shapes in my card:
Quad layered, flourishes, punched stars, older SU! sentiment.  I was inspired by the stars, the blue and white lines, and the framing in the sketch.  Happy 4th to all!!!

Plenty of time to play along with our Love challenge at Words 2 Craft By!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fusion Challenge

The Fusion challenge looks like this:
I love the green in the bike, and the sketch is deceptively simple.
SU!  Succulent papers, Watercolor Words sentiments.  I struggle with stamping on patterned paper, but I think that the heat embossing is strong enough!!


CAS-ual Fridays has a color challenge this week:
 And the Mod Squad challenge is to make a square card. 
Spellbinders and Imperial Gold die cuts.  I like this color combination for a sympathy card.  Soft, but not morbid.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By "Keep love in your heart" challenge. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

W2CB #43 - Keep Love in Your Heart

Hi, everyone! Here is the June/July Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Come play along with us through July 5.  This month's words come to us from Oscar Wilde.

Keep love in your heart. 
I made 2 different versions of the same card - I had trouble deciding which one I liked best!

Which one do you like better?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stay Wild, My Friend

I love the Always Playing With Paper sketch this week:
Turned it on it's side,it's perfect to showcase some really fab paper:
Older (hoarded) DCWV Safari Chic papers, Recollections stamps in Kaleidacolor Autumn ink.  Stash brown ribbon. Check back on Wednesday for the new Words 2 Craft By Challenge!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Baby Boy

I pulled out some of my hoarded beloved Echo Park Bundle of Joy scraps for a cute baby boy card using Mojo Monday's last sketch - their 500th.  500 amazing sketches!  Thank you for all of the inspiration over the years.
I am also sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash Dude challenge (baby boys can be dudes, right?). 

Saturday, June 3, 2017


All I can say is, I tried.  I love the look of chalk, but it always seems messy.  I tried to clean things up.  Maybe it's meant to look distressed?
The squares are older Jillie Bean stamps, the sentiment SU!.  Love this 3.5 x 5 sized card!!  Sharing this with the Fusion Chalk Baking Challenge.  The cake counts as baking, right?!?!?

A few more days to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!!

A Beary Merry Christmas!

My big brother loves bears.  I took the Cuttlebug Mania Frame It challenge and the jingle belles Oh Holey Night challenge to make him a Christmas card.  The front:

The bear is a cute button with the shank cut off and set inside the window.  The plaid paper is from the DCWV Project Stack and distressed with Crumb Cake ink. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

More Swirly Bird

Here is another card using the Swirly Bird set from SU! 
I am sharing this with The Color Throwdown in response to this prompt:

 Still a few days left to play along with the Words 2 Craft By Let's Party Challenge!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pop -Up Birthday Card

I snagged Staampendous pop-up die, and have been enjoying the many possibilities.

I love how this came out, but I guarantee there won't be many more.  12 die cuts for 1 card is a bit much for me!!!  I am sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash You Are So Sweet challenge. 

There are still a few days to play along with our Words 2 Craft By Let's Party challenge!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sparkly Butterflies

I have this fabulous Paint Chip paper pad, with each page full of different shades of the same colors.  It's perfect for someone like me who has problems matching colors!!

Butterflies were die cut from an older Spellbinder set.  I added the rhinestones, a narrow ribbon, and DONE!  Sharing this with the CAS-ual Fridays CFC 174 sketch challenge:
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party Challenge!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Favorite Color Combo

I love gray, all 50 shades of it :).  Pairing it with lime green or lemon yellow makes me happy.
Very old (hoarded) Amy Butler patterned paper layered on dark gray, Watercolor Wishes sentiment, stash glass accents.  I'm sharing this with the Cards in Envy Favorite Color Combo/Anything Goes challenge. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!!

I Like Your Style!

The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to use fabric on a project. 
I layered the mirrored copper on a black card base.  The dress is cut from flannel backed satin and hung on a copper hanger.  The purse is made from shiny black paper and linen cord and heat embossed in copper.   Perfect birthday card for my fashionista niece!!

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Love-ly Tag

Joining in the Tag You're It challenge to use this image for inspiration:

I loved the pretty red/pink shades and the layering.  
I stamped used AlteNew Poppies is shades on pinks, and layered it on solid cards tock.  The sentiment is from Art C. 

Getting Inky...

The Color Throwdown this week uses great spring colors.
I used the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge:
and came up with this:
I started with a mottled gold base, and added a Recollections resist paper inked up in yellow, green, and blue.  I also inked white paper and dies cut the thanks and the circle, added more mottled paper for the base circle layer, and popped up the focal point.

There's still time to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Buttons as Cherries?

The Shopping Our Stash challenge this week is to use buttons.  I have been hoarding a few shiny red buttons, waiting for the right project!!
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shaker Birthday Card

The current House of Cards sequins challenge prompt looks like this: 
I immediately thought of a shaker card, and decided to include different shapes in my sequin confetti. 
Loving the hot pink glitter paper with the white glitter paper!  I heat embossed the "birthday" in white on the pink.  This card makes me happy!!  Come play along with us for our Words 2 Craft By Celebrations challenge!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Opportunities for Embellishment.....

I started out playing with the Color Throwdown:
 Then I dropped my ink pad on my card front and I smeared black ink in the white space of the card.  :(.   Then I remembered the CAS Mix Up Challenge! 
Rather than toss it, I flicked more black ink on it to make it look intentional.
I decided to try again.
While both cards work, I prefer the second one.  The white space is more my style.  Watercolor Wishes sentiment, Meadows image, Yellow, blue, grey, and stone ink.   

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!