Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #83

I love to use the safety orange for stems and leaves. I think it gives a bit of a fall feeling to the card. The tropical teal and pure plum made wonderful flower colors and the latte brought it all together. I need to say hello to a friend who just found out that she has lung cancer.


WOW, it's hard to believe that this is the last sketch of the year. As I look back, I think I have grown by participating in the challenges and events this year. I have mixed stamp sets, tried new techniques, used color combinations that I never thought would work, and in general had a great year. Hope the next year brings new and exciting learning experiences.

Monday, December 4, 2017


I love this folder from TE and it fit the simplicity of the sketch.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


I had a class on folding this tree last week and couldn't wait to try it. The color palate this week certainly lent itself to the folding. I chose a medium  gray with white back for my tree, so that the white was visible on the edges of the tree. I added it to a piece of the same tone of gray which had been embossed. Accents of gold really helped this card to shine. A simple word in black keeps the elegance of the colors.


Wrapping a handmade gift has always been a challenge. I needed a clever gift for my crafty friends and this die set from MFT just fit the bill. I love the way it turned out and since I need 30 of them, I'm hoping to finish by Christmas!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Birthday Wishes

I saw a similar card on Pintrest a long time ago and saved it. The Technique Tuesday stamp fit perfectly for this design. The MFT papers really made the card a winner!


I had a hard time choosing the word for this card. I settled on the word grateful because I am trying to remember one thing each day for which I am grateful. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes very hard. Today I am grateful to have such a simple, yet elegant reminder that I am grateful for the ability to create this card.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I love the simplicity of this sketch. I love the Christmas tree and wanted it to be the focus, so I is the only different color in my monochromatic blues.

Monday, November 20, 2017


I love the sketch, but found it difficult to keep both corners facing up. All in all, I like the card.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Believe it or not, this card is not part of a challenge. The Reindeer dies arrived and I just had to use them. I used the mini cloud stencil and the snowdrift stencil to create the background. A birch tree die from Taylored Expressions some Sparkling Snow glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle finished off the card with the beautiful deer dies. Magnificant creatures!!


These are some of my favorite colors so this one was a no brainer. I used the stackable snowflakes from MFT in silver and light blue and the word "noel" from Technique Tuesday. These were all mounted on silver sparkle paper from MFT. Truly a hit!


I wasn't sure that I was going to make a card for this challenge as the fall colors, though beautiful, are not my favorites. Once I began stamping the daisies that all changed. The contrast with the dark brown was stunning and the pops of rust really brought all of it together.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


I love that little window in the sketch. I had a hard time deciding what to put in it, but the little critters from Up in the Air just fit and I love the way they peek over an edge. I have made so many Christmas Cards of late, that I was ready for a change.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I used a piece of gold dotted acetate for the center panel. I added a piece of white which holds a removal Christmas ornament for the recipient. The ornament is a diecut which I glued onto a piece of watercolor paper. I used Tombow markers and a waterbrush to color. Then I cut the ornament out. I love the look of the watercolor. It almost looks like stained glass.


These are such happy colors that I wanted to give each one equal time. I love the combination.


I had my elves out for coloring and just knew that this one would fit the sketch. I chose my colors from the plaid paper. I used to be a traditional kind of lady when it came to Christmas, but the elves are such fun and can be dressed in any colors.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


I turned the sketch upside down so that I could use the Hello die. This comes from a gift I received with a purchase during the remodel. The additional word die which is included is beautiful in a beautiful script. The simplicity of the sketch makes for an elegant card which is easily mailable. 

Monday, October 30, 2017


This week's Color Throwdown paired plum, olive and rust. No trouble with the plum and olive as the "Flashy Florals" card kit from MFT was my introduction to this beautiful Pure Plum color. The rust proved a little difficult but then I thought of the distress ink, Rusty Hinges. The card came together and I just love the combination. Will definitely keep this combo for other uses.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


This was a hard one. I could get one part I liked but then the other didn't fit. My husband said it reminded him of an award, so we tried that as well. I came back to old faithful, using the tree from Santa's elves. Love it.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Since I was finished with Halloween cards, I thought that I would do a flower, but I was putting away some card kits and came across my butterflies. I love the way the layered stamping makes them look so real (if there were purple butterflies). I added some Wink of Stella to make them glitter.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


This was a fun challenge. My row called for wood, die cut and twine. I fudged a little on the twine by cutting thin strips of paper instead so that it would lay flat. Lots of die cuts, though!

Friday, October 20, 2017


I have been making Christmas Cards so when I saw the star theme, I naturally thought of the bible verses which tell of the stars on the first Christmas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I love silver and dark blue together. When I saw this sketch, I thought of a night sky on Christmas Eve. I wanted to keep it simple and this turned out just as I had planned.

Monday, October 9, 2017


When I saw the colors, I knew that I wanted to color with pencils on Kraft. I am so pleased with the results. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white detail embossing powder. I used my Prismacolor pencils and all the shades of orange. I used the copic technique for shading from light to dark and it worked great! I finished with some orange bling!

Sunday, October 8, 2017


This stamp was given to me last week by a friend for my birthday. I had not seen this line before. It is called The Paper Nest Dolls. I colored her with my copics. The sentiment is one that I found in my stash when I was cleaning. It is from Whipper Snapper Designs, but I don't know how I acquired it! I really felt it went with this "doll".


Challenge 4: MAKE & MAIL

This challenge was to make a card and put it in the mail. A dear friend lost her husband this week and I want her to know that she is in my prayers.


Challenge 3: BY THE NUMBERS

This Challenge was to make numbers a focal point on the card. I'm getting an early start on the New Year celebration with this card.