Sunday, May 21, 2017


Another card with the amazing Mermaid set from MFT. This time I water colored the background with Peerless watercolors. I colored the mermaid, rock, shell and turtle (all included in the set) with Copic markers, fussy cut them and added to the scene. I stamped a group of gold fish added some gems and called it finished. I am sure there will be more appearances of this set here.


I love the roses paper pack. These papers need very little in the way of embellishment. I used a curved edge to soften the line between the papers and a large sentiment on the diagonal for the top stripe. I love the way it turned out and hope it is not sent too soon.


This is another card using the shaving cream background. I loved the subtle colors in this one. I chose to bring out the touches of pink by using ripe raspberry cardstock as a mat and the flower. I used vellum for the mat behind the flower so as not to detract from the background. A strip of brushed silver was used for the diagonal to add some shine to the card.


Friends of ours moved from our park into a new one and I wanted to send them a card. This sketch provided a wonderful feature space to create a little scene. I used materials from MFT's card kit. I love the wood paper and the sentiments about home. Hope it lets them know how happy we are for them.

Happy Birthday Frank

Our friend, Frank Backscheider turned 85 and I thought an antique car was appropriate! This one is a silhouette file.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #69

I was so excited when my card kit arrived. I had already stamped, embossed and cut out the "Funky Flowers" in the appropriate colors but wasn't quite sure how to finish the card. I had chosen the "Bold Stripes" cover up but something was missing. When I saw the "You" in the card kit, I changed out the bold stripes for the "Diagonal Sentiment" cover up and featured the script "you". I love it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


This background was made using shaving cream and reinkers. When I saw the teal color in it, I knew it would be the perfect setting for my mermaid. I didn't want to hide any of the background so I made the back of my shaker with acetate as well as the front.  I love the way it turned out!

Sunday, May 7, 2017


I really love this sketch. When I saw the strip across the top, I immediately thought of this sentiment strip. I first stamped the background with the Lined up dots background stamp with Versamark ink. I heat embossed it with "Vanilla Ice" embossing powder from "Sparkle N Sprinkle". It really adds some sparkle. Next layer is dry embossed. I used a sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies, I believe. I stamped with Gravel Gray and then clear embossed it for shine. When I was testing the embossing powder to see how it would look, I stamped the rose. I felt the card needed a touch of color, so I used some Red Hot ink and a water brush. I pulled the color down from the top until it was pink. I added some Jelly Bean leaves and a flourish for final touch.


This card really has lots of glitz. I stamped the background with Dleacata Gold ink. For my strip across the bottom I used MFT gold sparkle paper. My flowers are MFT Bold Blooms and of course touched up with clear Wink of Stella. 

My Inner Jennifer McGuire

This is an idea from Jennifer McGuire. She did a video on shadow embossing and I had to give it a try. I like the way it turned out.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I love this background. I stamped it with Versamark ink  and heat embossed it with a black sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. It really does sparkles in the light. I colored the "tropical Blooms" accent flower with cherry crisp ink and a water brush. I had previously stamped and embossed it on watercolor paper with detail gold embossing powder. Once I colored it, it resembled a poppy, so I added a black center with Nuvo drops. Gold leaves and a white sentiment on cherry crisp paper finished the card.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 68

I saw a Jennifer McGuire video where she took strips of colored paper, glued them down on a paper and then cut it up to use on cards. That is what I did for this challenge. I love the way it turned out and I think it makes a very masculine card.


I've had this background cut out in my stash for a number of years. I have a box that I call "card parts" and every once in awhile I take some things out of it. This was one of those times. I saw the background along with the flower, which just needed coloring and I was on my way. I need 3 sympathy cards and 2 birthdays along with some "miss you" cards, so this was my starting point.

Monday, April 17, 2017


I love the way this card turned out. The "Tropical Flowers" set is one that I love to stamp many times on watercolor paper. When I have time, I can sit and try different color combinations. I always have them in my crop bag so that if I finish a project early, I still have something to keep my hands busy. Thanks for the great sketch.


This card turned out so cute! I chose the colors to go with the layout and was deciding what to put on the focal piece. I asked my husband for a suggestion-flowers, butterflies? He thought the card colors were too masculine for either of those, so I began pulling out some other stamps and when he saw this sentiment, he immediately chose that. I don't think he was too sure about a cow on a card, but when he saw the finished card he loved it!

Sunday, April 9, 2017


I always like when the layers are tilted. I think this one turned out really well. I like the way the plum stands out against the white. I couldn't believe that I even had embossing powder to match!


One of our dear neighbors are leaving for the final time and parting will be bittersweet, They have been here a long time, but his health is slipping rapidly and she doesn't feel she can care for him much longer so they have gone north to be near family. I loved all of the layers on this card and chose to keep it neutral. I water colored the butterfly and I think the neutrals really make it stand out.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I made this card for a special friend's birthday. I love the brushed silver paper. It gives shine but in an elegant way. I live relatively close to "Sparkle n Sprinkle" here in Ruskin, and they make glitter and embossing powder. In fact, I have taken a piece of paper up there and they were able to make some embossing powder to match it. The silver embossing powder on the butterfly is called "Silver Lightening" and it has silver glitter in it. It really sparkles in the light!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


 I did't have a speech bubble and it stumped me for awhile, but as I changed my design about 10 times, I came up with the flowers in a frame and the natural addition was a beautiful butterfly from last month's kit!

Sunday, March 26, 2017


I am loving this black and white paper pad from MFT. Many different geometric prints along with stripes and dots. It goes with everything!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Once again, this flower was on that I had colored sometime ago. I stamped it in silver Delicata ink and colored with Zig markers and a water brush. I carried the silver theme through using the gray chevron background paper along with a silver accent tag and silver embossing on the sentiment.

Friday, March 17, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 65

 I wondered how I would mix these colors. I was putting my card kit from last month, when this butterfly slipped out of the bag. I couldn't believe that it was the proper colors! I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Wavy Coloring Book background. I used Blue Yonder and Cornflower to color the background and then wiped with a tissue so that the embossing would show through. I used white Nuvo Drops and colored with the cornflower matching copic marker. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I love this sketch. I got to use my new blueprints, paper from the last month's release and do a little search to find just the right sized balloons. These came from the "Happy Pandas" set which I plan to use with some of the items from this month's release. (I had forgotten that I had them).

Sunday, March 12, 2017


I love the sketch for this week. Julee was kind enough to provide some awesome sentiments as digital files for St. Patrick's Day and I thought they fit very well with the sketch. I have lots of friends who get these cards so I always appreciate new ideas. I chose the colors of the Ireland flag for this one!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


This card took quite awhile to come together. I was blessed to be at a card making retreat last week with some very talented ladies 7 of us taught a class and new techniques were learned. I had stamped these flowers some time ago and never got them colored. I took the opportunity to do so and was able to  pull this together. I am loving the way it turned out and the vibrant colors. I stamped with silver Delicata ink and it really gives a nice shine in the light.