Tuesday, July 18, 2017


When I decided to use the PI Clowning Around, I know the square had to be a little wonky. I colored her with Copics and stamped a greeting from the set on the frame. We all need to "be silly" sometimes and just enjoy life!

Monday, July 17, 2017


I knew when I saw these colors that the flamingos had to come out. It has been a long time since I have played with them. Such beautiful pink colors have been released and I love the way they turned out. Die cuts, paper and ink are all from MFT stamps.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I chose the middle vertical row for my card. I am loving the MFT diagonal design background. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed it with Blue Silver embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. I chose die cut champagne flutes cut from vellum and colored with copic markers on the back and the matching liquid dies, cut from MFT gold sparkle paper. The sentiment, cut from MFT black licorice paper, was layered for depth. This was mounted on a top folding black card base. 

Friday, July 14, 2017


I love these colors and they went so well with MFT butterflies. I used a light gray background but it looked too plain so I stamped with a background in Versamark then embossed with silver detail embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. The same embossing powder was used for the sentiment. 

Monday, July 10, 2017


This is a relatively new challenge for me. I am enjoying it a lot. Sometimes the colors are not ones that I would choose and so this lets me try different combinations. I like the way the light changes the colors, too. I have a lot of birthdays in the summer, so I chose this theme. I used stamps and papers from last year's birthday kit from MFT.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Well, I thought that I packed enough supplies to make most any card for any challenge, but nowhere in my thinking did Christmas occur. We are on vacation visiting our kids and I must say that some entries have been a challenge. MFT's card kit for last month was "All About You" and had these wonderful die cut "you"s in various type faces. When I looked for some design help in my stash, this "you" jumped out and said I can be your "Joy"!  And it was. Die cut hexies completed my card.

Friday, July 7, 2017


For my element I chose an MFT flower from the Tropical Blooms set, stamped with gold Delecata ink and colored with watercolor on watercolor paper. I added a gold strip of paper, stamped my sentiment on vellum and embossed with white detail embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle and finished with some enamel dots.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The theme for this week's card was things in a park. This reminds me of a park in Wisconsin where a friend has a cabin. It is so peaceful, it seems that time stands still. This card was made with stampscapes on glossy cardstock, then colored with distress inks. I did spray with clear fix-it so that the colors would not fade.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I chose coral crush and peach bellini for my colors after coloring in a flower from the Fancy Flowers stamp set. In preparation for my trip, I had stamped and embossed some flowers from this set as well as others for inspiration. The sentiment is from the All Occasions Sentiment set. I stamped it in coral crush using my Misti. When it was dry, I stamped it again with Versamark and embossed it with White Pearl embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. I love the look and will definitely be using again!

Monday, July 3, 2017


This is my first time playing with the Color Throwdown ladies. I'm not at home with all my supplies so in addition to a color challenge, I have challenged myself to use what I have on hand to complete my cards this month. So far I have been able to survive, but have made a list of other supplies I wish I had on hand. I used all MFT supplies in shades of orange, green and brown. I am quite pleased with the combination that I chose.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

MFT color challenge 72


I really like this color combination. I think it will be good for a man's card as well as patriotic. I'm sure I will use again. For my entry I chose the wavy greetings strips for the water, the sailboat die (got it on sale) and a greeting from Mermazing. A good combination, don't you think?


The theme for this week is summer fun. Is there anything that tastes better on a hot summer day than ice cream? We are in Cincinnati this week and just returned from a walk up to the "Dairy Farmers" for a scoop of fresh peach ice cream! Delish.

I used the MFT stamps and papers for this one.

Friday, June 30, 2017


This is my first time to play with this challenge. Unfortunately the linky closed just as I clicked it! It is so hard to keep up while we are travelling.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


I found a piece of cardstock that I had embossed for another project and then did not use. It worked out perfectly to showcase this seagull. A little pop of color in the sun and I love the look!

Monday, June 26, 2017


I am loving the new card kit. I like the more subtle colors of the prints against the vibrant solids. So many wonderful sentiments are included to fit most any space. I got a little crazy with my dots on the sentiment, but since everything else was patterned, it seemed naked!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


We are on vacation so I have limited supplies on hand, but I managed to match these colors which really pleased me. I used a die cut from MFT as the frame and added strips of color behind the frame. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with  "silver lightening" embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle.

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.