Tuesday, July 31, 2018


This card said inside surprise to me, so that's what I did. When my kit arrived I cut out all the balloons out of all the sparkle paper and some of the regular cardstock. I cut my circle out of the front and arranged balloons so that they could be seen through the circle. I love the Boysenberry card stock, but wanted to tone it down. I used the diagonal stripe stencil and some white pigment ink, matching the angle of the vellum sentiment.  I really like the way it turned out. I added stenciled clouds to the background  and strings for the hippo to hold the balloons.

Sunday, July 29, 2018


I love the way this card turned out. I used a technique where the detail layer is stamped in color (gray here) and then the base layer is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This traps the original color and allows for inking over it without losing the detail. I inked with oxide inks then added the leaves. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Another Christmas Card. I'm almost back on schedule for them. When I saw this sketch, I thought of a package and this is my take.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Beary Happy Birthday

           This is my take on the Birthday Project for this month. I have a special little guy in mind for this card.

Monday, July 16, 2018


I love these colors together but just had a hard time putting it together. I love this flower set and chose 2 different shades of yellow for the flowers and 2 of gray for the leaves. Quite a stunning outcome.


I was going to skip this sketch this week, because I just couldn't come up with anything, then I got one of my MFT card kits out for something else and it just came together. The first things I saw were this teal and green paper. The "you" die-cut and matching sentiments were part of the kit. Finding the stripe paper was another thing. It needed to contain both of those colors and I found it in an old paper pad also from MFT. Just perfect!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

MFT color 97

This challenge contained some of my favorite colors. I stamped the image on no line paper with grout gray ink and colored with copic markers, using MFT's copic matching chart.  I love the way this turned out. I have several friends who need cheering up right now and I think this will fill the bill!


I chose to make a snow globe shaker card. I embossed the background with a snowfall embossing folder, cut out the opening for the snow globe and added glitter to most of the snow on the background. I used the MFT snow globe kit which contains many items which are proportioned to fit. I chose the house, some trees and a snowdrift. After many minutes assembling the background, i added some sequins and beads and it was ready to go. Lastly, I added the base cut from some wood paper. I love the finished look that it gives. I will not be making lots of these this year but I do love the result.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MFT Color #96

I found patterned paper in the colors of the challenge in various paper packs. I love the depth using the patterns gives the card.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


I have loved this set since I first set eyes on it. I don't use it often enough. This is not the design that I had in mind, but once I stamped the images and colored them with copics, it took on a life of its own!
I love the result and have someone in mind to send it to.

Monday, July 9, 2018


Isn't this a stunning color combination? I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I stamped the flower in Versamark, heat embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder and water colored it. I added a gold leafy flourish behind it and I think it complimented the flower well.


An interesting sketch this week. I"m happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, July 8, 2018


I've begun my Christmas in July. I'm going to try to make some cards each week so that Christmas doesn't find me trying to get caught up on them as well as all the other activities during December. I love this little elf and the way this card turned out. There may be more than one of these in the mix.

MFT Summer School Symmetry

I think that I do pretty well with symmetry because I like things lined up or going in the same direction. I like a balance of lines, colors and sparkles. This was my favorite of all of the lessons!

Since this was the 5th and final lesson, I'm now a graduate!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer School Complementary Colors

So, I printed out a color wheel to see complimentary colors and after much thought, I chose red and green. I do love making Christmas cards so this one was pure joy for my afternoon. I stamped and heat embossed the tree with gold and then water colored it, cut it out and added it to my card. 

Summer School Repetition

I've never made a card like this, but I like the simplicity of it. I used the wood plank strip from Blueprints 17 to make the wood strips, with a white one to accent the sentiment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer School Primary Colors

This turned out better than I thought it would. The flowers are actually "Sunshine" yellow although they have a green tint. 

Summer School White Space

White space is not easy for me. I keep thinking something is missing. I do like the way this turned out and I have the negative space to make another card! Thanks, Laurie, for the great instruction and inspiration.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


I really love this sketch. I wasn't sure which direction to take, but I thought it is time to begin Christmas cards so this is the direction it took. I did a wash with Broken China Oxide ink, adding Perfect Pearls at the end. I stamped some small images from Santa's Elves and the Snowflakes stamp sets. The sentiment is a very old set and I'm not sure it has a name. All mounted on Silver sparkle paper for a very festive look.

Monday, July 2, 2018


I love the way the focal point really stands out in this sketch and the strip on the bottom really grounds it. I cut a strip of kraft paper and heat embossed it with "Hit the Beach" embossing powder from SNS. The stamps are from Hero Arts as are the inks. I added some glitter highlights on the waves.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


I love to make shaker cards. MFT came out with some pouches which make the shaker even easier. Don't you love the aquarium? I used some seed beads which I think look like sand. The background was done on watercolor paper using peerless watercolors. The coral was stamped right on the background. The fish were stamped and cut out, then mounted on the background. I kept the rest of the card simple so the focus was on the aquarium. I love the way it turned out.

Winner of This week's challenge