Monday, January 29, 2018

SCS TeaPot Party #495

This card will go to a couple in Hawaii.  He is having major health
 issues, and she is struggling to cope with the situation.  I added the musical note because  music is important to him.

Scripture TLC digi; Spellbinder circle dies; chalk for distressing. gold mesh strip; ribbon, distressed edges.  The musical note is from a new packet of die cuts I just got (Paper Wishes).
Sketch:  Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Distressing:   C.R.A.F.T.
Layer it up:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Something new:   Die-cut-divas
Blue:   Pink Gem 
Any:   House that Stamps Built 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tag/book mark

I thought I would make a few simple tags to enclose in thinking of you cards - they can be used as inspiration or as book marks.  The stamp is one I have had for a long time - by Rubber Stampede.  I used chalk to sponge around the edges and added some yellow.   Not much too it, but It will serve my purpose.
Tag:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
           Incy Wincy
Blue:   Paper Shelter
            Pink Gem

Saturday, January 27, 2018

SCS TeaPotParty for the Mitchell family

A few weeks ago the SplitCoastStampers Tea Pot Party send cards to the Mitchell family - they are grieving the recent loss of several family members.  I am late to the party but wanted to send a thinking of you card.
Image - SU Herb Expressions; all papers from a new to me Scrap Pad from K&Company; a bit of Washi tape; green gems. I have used some very favorite dies - the Spellbinder circles.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
New:   Penny Black at Allsorts
Layer it up:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Inspiration - last photo:   Double D
Old Favorite:    Allsorts
Any:   Aud Sentiments
            Paper Nest Dolls

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hearts for a TeaPot party RAK

Here is another card for the TeaPot party at SplitCoastStampers - we have a weekly challenge to send some one cheer.  I am way behind, and will use this for one of the past recipients.
The image is by Scribbles and the sentiment by QKR Stampede - though I may swap that out, depending on the situation.  I colored the hearts with various shades of Twinkling H2O inks, and used a Spellbinder Labels 4 die cut as back up.  The paper is by Paper Studio.  I think this fits as a Valentine/love greeting.
Sketch; theme - curves:  Stamplorations
Valentine:   Cuttlebug Mania
Valentine or red/pink:   Star Stampz
Valentine + red:  Mod Squad 
Feel the love:   Art Impressions
Layer it Up:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:   Crafty Gals Corner
           Aud Sentiments

QKR Stampede DT card for Anything Goes Challenge #280

The weekly challenge at QKR Stampede is always anything goes.  Please join us for a chance to win digis from the company.  You may enter as many as 3 times by Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.  I opted for this cute Valentine image this week colored with Prismas and an aqua pen.  I added some shiny gold ribbon and Cuttlebug die cut hearts.  The embossed heart background is from a folder by Darice.
Sketch:   VLV Sketches.
Valentines Day:   Cuttlebug Mania
Love:   Dream Valley 
New to me (image):   A2Z Scrapbooking 
Any:    Corrosive
            Crafty Gals Corner
             Aud Sentiments
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Thursday, January 25, 2018

SplitCoastStampers Teapot Party #489

I have some serious catching up to do with the TeaPot Tuesday RAK challenges at SplitCoastStampers.  I used to be a regular, but have been more of an occasional participant recently.  I need to do better.  This card goes to Martina whose sister, her last family member, recently died, and Martina is lonely.  I used her favorite colors and another favorite, a butterfly.  This scripture, from TLC, seems appropriate.  Information on the TeaPot Party can be found here.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Peacock, green, and a butterfly:  Butterfly Spot Challenge 
Butterfly:   Allsorts
Ribbon:    Crafting by Designs
Any:   Quick Quotes
            Crafters Castle  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


She just looks kind of grungy, right?  Colored with water color pencils, and backed with new to me K&Company paper (yard sale find).
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Grunge it up:   Rubbernecker

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Belated HB, Leah

Our granddaughter was touring Europe on her birthday, so this card will be late.  I thought this castle from the SU set Provencale would be appropriate, though I am not sure whether or not she did see any castles.  I think this is appropriate for "new" challenges as she has been between seasons with her job - working on the activity staff for American riverboat cruises.  She has not yet heard her new assignment..  I used the ink pad to distress the embossing - folder by Lifestyle Crafts.  I am hoping it looks a bit like stone building blocks.  The edges of the image are also distressed.  The Granddaughter sticker is new, and the post mark sticker is from a set I found buried in one of my boxes!
Sketch:   Your Next Stamp
Distressing:   Fussy and Fancy
New:   Crafty Friends
            My Time to Craft
Add sentiment:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
My word - happy thoughts:  Frilly and Funkie
Any:   Word Art Wednesday 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another try for Janet's BDay

I like this version of the Tuesday morning sketch better than the one in the previous post - though I did change the circle to an oval.  Once again, I flipped the design to have the bird facing the center rather than the edge!  The bird is a stamp by SU  - does any one know the set?  I used a gold sticker strip and gold ribbon with my new (yard sale!!) K&Company papers.  The edging is chalked and distressed.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Distressing:   Tuesday Throwdown 
                        Fussy and Fancy  (10 challenge max)
Birds of a feather:       Simon Says Stamp Monday
New:   Penny Black at Allsorts
Sentiment:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:    Crafty Catz

Not so happy with this one

I was disappointed when I put the final touches on this - I did flip the sketch so the bird was facing mid card rather than the edge - does this bother any one else?  But in doing this I misjudged the size of the vertical strip - too much dotted area and not enough of the other patterns.  I plan a re-do.  The bird image was a single stamp from a yard sale - it is SU but I have no idea of the name.  Coloring is with water color pencils.  Papers by Lily of the Valley.   I distressed the edge of the circle and the edges of the papers. The Washi tape strip is from a new roll.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
 Distressed:    Tuesday Throwdown
                        Fussy and Fancy
 New:    Penny Black at Allsorts
Birds of a Feather:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Colored image:  Hiding in my Craftroom

Friday, January 19, 2018

QKR Stampede DT card - Anything Goes Challenge #279

For this week's QKR Stampede Anything Goes challenge I used this adorable image - Bedtime Bear.  I distressed the edges and added a bit of chalk shading to the image as well as the edges of the patterned paper. The narrow strip between the papers is a sticker. The image and sticker are new to me.
The QKR Stampede challenge is open, with up to 3 entries, until 4 p.m. EST on Thursday.  
Prizes are given for a card using a QKR image and for one using any product.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Critter:   2 Crafty Critter Crazies
New to me:   A2Z Scrapbooking 
                       Deep Ocean 
Distressing:    Tuesday Throwdown 
Any:    Angies Digital Stamps
            Crafting With an Attitude
            Crafters Castle 
            A Bit More Time to Craft 
            A Perfect Time to Craft 
            Classic Design Team
            Love to Scrap
            Love to Craft
            World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reverse Print

Image - SU Reverse Print; gold/white cord; misc papers
(IRL the colors match better than they appear on the screen!)
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any:  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Monday, January 15, 2018


Image and sentiment by Verve; coloring with Twinkling H2Os;  papers, pink ribbon, butterfly washi tape; Spellbinder oval dies.
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
Ultra Pink, with butterflies:   Butterfly Spot Challenge
Thankful:  Time Out Challenges
 Washi tape:   Crafting by Designs
Flowers:   Cuttlebug Mania
Any:   Art Impressions 

DT card for Crafter's Cafe Challenge #188 - Lots of Bling

I used Heart Doodle 5 by Scribbles to create this card with lots of bling - the theme for the current challenge at Crafter's Cafe.  We hope you will join us!
I used several different shades of shimmery Twinkling H20's to color the hearts, and a shiny gel pen to highlight the border doodles as well as the sentiment (It is a freebie from Scribbles.)  The pink background is shimmery cs.  I added pink gems and metallic cord for more bling.  Red glitter along the border provides even more bling - but I mostly covered it with the cord!
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Love:    City Crafter
Any:   Country View Challenges 
            Crafty Gals Corner
            Inspiration Destination 
            Crafty Sentiments
            Digi Choosday 
            Word Art Wednesday 
            Classic Design Team
            World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Starting on Christmas 2018

This meets a couple of my coals for this year - make more cards, and remember to upcycle.  This is paet of one of the lovely cards I have received -and that I am reluctant to toss!  I just added an embossed background (Swiss dots) and banner with a computer sentiment.  My interpretation of new beginnings - this is a new beginning for this image from another card - and I will use the verse on the inside.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Blue:    Simon Says Stamp Monday
Christmas:    C.R.A.F.T
                       A Snowflakes Promise
New beginnings:    Ikes World Challenge
                                Paper Shelter                      

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sympathy remembering Wendy

Sadly, I need another sympathy card.  My sister's step daughter passed away yesterday.
This uses a stamp by SU and I can't think of the name.  I used watercolor pencils and an aqua pen for the soft look.    The die cut (Spellbinder) sentiment is from my stash,  and the embossed butterflies are a Darice folder. The gold  ribbon is new.
I am also trying to reach a goal of 300 cards for the year - I should be on track!
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
Tic Tac Toe (middle row):   House that Stamps Built 
Something new:    Penny Black at Allsorts
Layer it up:  Tuesday Throwdown 
Embossing, die cut:  Cuttlebug Mania
Goal:   Cut it Up
Blue:   Simon Says Stamp Monday

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice cream and cake

Image by TLC (check the site for freebies!).  Pattern paper by Recollections.  Twine, dark pink cs.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Birthday (inspired by photo #2 and #3):   Double D
Layers:Tuesday Throwdown
Any:   A Bit More Time to Craft
           Crafty Gals Corner
           Inspiration Destination

DT Card for QKR Stampede Challenge #278 - Anything Goes

We hope you will join us this week for the Anything Goes Challenge at QKR Stampede.  You may enter as many as 3 times for a chance to win digi images - the deadline is 4 p.m.. EST on Thursday.  If you use QKR/Eureka images and win, you get more images!  See you there...
This image is called Bathing Turtle.  The sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  I added some sparkle to the soap suds, and tied it with Baker's Twine. I used 3 different papers for the background, as well as the dark green.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
New to me (image, sentiment):   A2Z Scrapbooking
Pattern Paper:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
Pattern design inspiration:   Cupcake Inspirations
Any:   Angies
           A Bit More Time to Craft 
           A Perfect Time to Craft
            Cards Galore
           Art Impressions 
           Love to Scrap
           Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
           Classic Design Team  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sympathy - Cross and Blossoms

I will most likely use this for a sympathy card.  The stamp, one I have had for a long time, is Cross & Blossoms,  by Paper Inspirations.  I stamped it on subtly patterned paper - all in tones of blue/blue green.  The mats and leaves are a dark teal.  The strip on the left  (patterned paper) is from a set of banner dies (Spellbinder) that I have had for a while, but have not used - so they are new to me. The leaves are from a Sizzix die, and the background is a butterfly folder by Darice.
Sketch:  Sketch-Tanten
New (banner border):   Die- Cut-Divas
                                         Penny Black at Allsorts
Flowers:   Cuttlebug Mania 
Die Cuts:    Happy Little Stampers
Blue:    Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any & Fav. color:  Digi Stamps 4 Joy
Pattern paper:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
Any:    Polkadoodle

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Kraft, black and white

(If this looks too dark, tilt your screen just a bit!)
This is a combination I really like - but for some reason, I struggled with this card.
Base - black cs; unnamed stamp; computer generated sentiment; Spellbinder ovals;   cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, sheer ribbon; snippet of black and white DP.
Sketch:  Die Cuttin Divas
Kraft, black, white:  Mod Squad
Any, with a bow:  Craft-dee Bowz
Any:   Country View  
            A Bit More Time to Craft

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mistletoe Kitty in non-traditional colors

This adorable Mistletoe Kitty pre-colored image is from Imagine That Digi Stamps - as well as the sentiment. I used Spellbinder circle dies, a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Washi tape, and miscellaneous papers.
Sketch: Die cuttin Divas
Christmas/winter:  Imagine that Digistamp
Non-traditional Christmas colors:  Pile it On
Fun in the snow:  Patties Creations  
Cats only:  Show us Your Pussies
Any:   Polkadoodle

DT Card for QKR Stampede challenge #277 - Anything Goes

Beginning with this challenge, the QKR Stampede weekly challenge will be a favorite - Anything Goes.  You have a chance to win some QKR images - more if your entry uses a QKR/Eureka digi or stamp.  The deadline (up to 3 entries) is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.  We hope to see your entry!
The digital image I selected is called Bandaged Cat.  I am not sure if this is technically paper piecing - since I printed and fussy cut the entire image from a piece of DP!   The sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  I used various pieces of patterned paper, adding sequins and bits of ribbon. The images are new for this challenge, and the sequins are from a never used pack.
Sketch (10 challenge max):   Feeling-Sketchy
New:    Simon Says Stamp Monday
             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
Cats only:   Show us Your Pussies
Any:     Scrapbook Stamp Society
             2 Crafty Critter Crazies
             Corrosive Challenges

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sympathy, using Blue

Unfortunately, I need to add to my stash of sympathy cards.  This older SU image is a favorite of mine - I have lost track of the name.  I used water color pencils for some subtle coloring.
Sketch:  Your Next Stamp
Things with Wings:   House that Stamps Built 
Monochromatic:  Card Mania
Any - optional wishes:   Creatalicious

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TY to Joyce

This image is one of my favorites, and it allows me to use another favorite- black and white.
Image - digi from Beccy's Place; Herringbone (?) embossing folder, black gems, misc. papers
Sketch #126, one of my 2017 favorites:  Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Any:   Beccys Place
           Hiding in my Craftroom
           Corrosive Challenges

Monday, January 1, 2018

First card in 2018

Recipe: misc. papers, QKR Stampede sentiment, punches and dies.  The papers are part of a large collection I acquired just a few weeks ago at a yard sale.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Something New:   Simon Says Monday
Any:  Inspiration Destination
           Simon Says Wednesday
           Word Art