Monday, June 12, 2017


This is my first time posting to FMS. I had seen a card on Pintrest that I liked and when I followed the links, I came across this site. This sketch spoke to me and here is my interpretation. I love simple clean lines which let the elements take center stage.


This is the last sketch for Mojo Monday. I have to say that Julee is responsible for my growth in card making. Although I did not begin submitting my cards until 2013 when my blog began, one of the first sketches I used was #121. I made several cards using that one and checked every week until one caught my eye and then used that one. It wasn't until I got more serious that I made myself use each sketch whether I liked it or not. It was the smartest thing I ever did for myself. I am sorry to see it come to an end, but I have a library of endless possibilities. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Roar Birthday

This is for my great grandson's birthday. I tried a little of the pencil coloring and I love the way  the white color adds such dimension.

SIP Challenge #102

Today is our 55th wedding anniversary and I made this card for my husband. He likes cards with a little sparkle or shine, and a pop of color. I think this fits the bill! All the products used are from My Favorite Things except for the embossing powder which is silver detail from Sparkle n Sprinkle. I hope he likes it!

Sunday, June 4, 2017


I used the lined up circles background stamp in Gravel Gray on Stone Gray cardstock. I added a piece of paper from the black and white paper pack. The roses from the Pretty Posies set were stamped onto Cherry Crisp cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with Vanilla Ice embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. A sentiment strip embossed with a greeting from Essential sentiments with detail white embossing powder completed the card.


For the last Monday of the month, a square design was chosen. I am not usually a fan of this style since it is not in my comfort box, but I am pleased with this one. I love this pattern paper from MFT and once I chose the color, the card came together quickly. The simple sentiment really fits this type of a card.

Monday, May 29, 2017


Another shaker card for great grandson's birthday. Only one more to go! I used the zebra stencil on orange zest paper. The tigers have to be bright since we are from Cincinnati and that's the color of the football team uniforms!  LOL. I added some depth and shading to the tigers after watching Stephanie's video on using colored pencils on cardstock. I love how these little guys turned out!

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I always love a chance to pull out a piece of designer paper and add it to a card. I am pleased that the simplicity of this sketch allows the paper to really show. I added some layers stitched flowers and used leaves in various colors for the accent strips.

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!