Tuesday, June 30, 2020

58th Anniversary

We usually go out for a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary, but his year things are a little different. We are now in the at risk age and opted to have dinner at home. It was a nice evening nonetheless. I made this card for hubby as he had seen me stamp the flowers and commented on how beautiful they were. He loved that I used them to make this card for him.

Mark's Birthday

Our oldest son loves craft beer.When I saw this stamp from "The Ton" I just knew that it would be perfect for him. It is 7 layers of stamping, but worth the time. I added some sparkle flocking to the foam for an even more realistic look. I had just received the plaid stencil from Taylored expressions and used toffee ink on a toffee cardstock. I used honey for the second stencil layer and mounted on a honey card base. He did love the card.


The new background stamps are so beautiful that I had a hard time deciding what to order. I chose this one because of the "white space" and the flowing stems. I stamped on watercolor paper and cut it down to the size I wanted, then watercolored it. I love the way it turned out and I can make another card with the remaining piece. The ric rac die has been one of my favorites ever since I got it. I have used is many, many times. I love this sketch.

Monday, June 29, 2020


I love this sketch. I can see a few more cards with it. I used Taylored Expressions Cardstocks and die cut. The patterned paper was from my stash. The die is an old one called petal pop ups. The sentiment strip is from one of the TE sentiment strips collection. I have so many folks to send this one to. Guess I will have to make a few more!

Saturday, June 27, 2020


When I saw these colors, I knew this background stamp from Taylored Expressions would be beautiful! I heat embossed the stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with fine detail gold embossing powder. This stamp comes with clear stamps to fill in the flowers and leaves. I used a thin gold border to emphasize the gold embossing and added sentiments from TE. I have been trying to send a few of these thinking of you cards each week to friends I am unable to be with in person.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


I pulled out one of my favorite stencils for the background of this card. It is the first 2 step stencil that I purchased. I love the monochromatic look of this card. I have a young lady in mind and hope she likes it.

Monday, June 8, 2020


I just got this stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life and these colors just said sumertime to me so I thought the sun glasses would be perfect. I think they are so cute.


We have had lots of rain here in FL for the past 10 days. I was looking for something sunny and fresh and I think the simplicity of this card fits the bill.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020


I was going to make a Christmas Card with snowflakes, but as I was looking through my sentient stamps, I came across the star ones and thought this might be more appropriate. I'm happy with it and later may use it again for Christmas.

Monday, June 1, 2020


This sketch was a bit of a stretch for me, but once I began, I loved it and now can see many other ways to use it. Not as messy as I thought and I was able to control the colors. Thanks for the encouragement!

Sunday, May 31, 2020


I love these colors and the way this card turned out. I had a hard time getting it all balanced, but I do love the result.

Mojo Sketch 537

I am so grateful for all of the talented folks who have taken the time to offer a sketch or another challenge during this time of crisis. I know for myself, it is a life saver. Even if I do not do all of them, I look and dream, saving some for another time. I looked at this sketch from the time it was posted and believe it or not, it was the background that challenged me the most. When I came to the decision that I would use a stencil, the card came together.
 Thanks, Julee.

Monday, May 25, 2020


These colors are quite popular right now, but I wasn't sure how to translate to a card. I found out that friends were celebrating their 65th anniversary and with that thought in mind, I was able to come  up with this card. I used vellum for the leaves an although they don't show up as well in the photo they were a nice added touch.


I have been wanting to try this technique with masking stencils and ink blending and I am quite pleased with the result. This is for a frien's mother who is celebrating her 90th birthday and since she cannot have the celebration that she deserves, her daughter asked for cards, so this is my contribution.

Monday, May 11, 2020


This has to be my all time favorite color combinations. I have used it many times, sometimes with green instead of gray, but those two shades of blue with gold are some of my favorites. This is another Altnew turnabout stamp.


I am loving these sketches. They are always doable and get my creative juices flowing. I had this beautiful paper which was a little too busy for my taste, but in little bits is just perfect. 

Monday, May 4, 2020


These colors went together much better than I thought they would. I used a turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th and Taylored Expressions in Plum Punch, Lollipop and Peaches and Cream. I just love the names, don't you. My final round was stamped in HA watermark ink and embossed with silver to add a little bling! The greeting was cut from Plum Punch paper and mounted on a white circle. I just love the result!


I really love this sketch. I have a few stamps with a "splat" and the resulting dots. I combined several of them to make this design. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions and is from one of her sentiment strips collections along with the backer die. I don't have anyone in mind right now, but I'm sure that I will!

Monday, April 27, 2020


I have to admit I love these colors but was not inspired until this afternoon when I was working on a scrapbook page that used these colors. I remembered a technique I learned this spring at a retreat. You stamp a silhouette stamp with versamark on dark paper, then heat emboss with white embossing powder. After the image cools, it is colored with alcohol markers. The look is kind of abstract or water colored. I love it and I love this card.


Taylored Expressions came out with a new set of mini strips for front line workers. When I saw the "life saver" one, I knew what I wanted to do with this sketch. I love the way it turned out and now to decide who to send it to!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hero Arts Challenge #5

Hero Arts has a weekly challenge to keep us busy. I was drawn to this one because I did not get to use this particular stamp last year. I went with more of the Retro look as opposed to the traditional one. I think this detailed tree is just beautiful on its own with just some snowflakes falling.

Monday, April 20, 2020


I really love this combination. I made an afgan for one of my sons using this combo. I knew what I wanted to do when I first saw it and I am loving the way it turned out. Stormy weather here today so the colors aren't as vibrant in the photo, but it is beautiful in person. A great card to mail these days!


I think this is a great sketch for using patterned paper. That was my first thought but then I went with a beautiful background stamp. I love the way it turned out.Stamps and sentiment are from Taylored Expressions.

Monday, April 13, 2020


When I first saw this sketch, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I've been sending lotsof cards like this to friends. I just want them to know they are being thought of!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


In keeping with creating cards of cheer and support, I chose one of my favorite PI images. Who couldn't use a hug these days? I'm trying to send cards to those whom I think might be needing some encouragement during these times. I love this sketch and have many more ideas for its use.

Monday, April 6, 2020


I have really been pushing myself to use stamps which I have not used before. These tulips are from the Greetery. I put them in a mason jar and I love the look. I'm also trying to mail a few cards a week to folks I have not seen in awhile. I have gotten some really nice phone calls which made me smile.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


This card is for a Hero Arts Challenge called "Never Seen Ink". The challenge was to use a stamp that you had bought but never opened the package. I did even better than that. I bought the combination consisting of the stamp, die and inks. I had not used any of them and I really do love the stamp and the colors. Now that I have put ink to stamp, I'm sure there will be more hydrangas. This is a favorite flower from my childhood. My grandfather could grow anything and we had these in every color imaginable.