Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Squeee! I love how this turned out! The trees are a combo of wet on wet watercoloring, smooshing (ground) and spattering. I layered those and left them curved from the water so they have even greater dimension. The cool thing is that they lie flat but spring right back up so great for mailing. I framed them with a circle in white so the scene really pops. I used Copics to color the rest of the card. This card is a great example of why I have a stupid amount of Copics--so I always have the perfect colors!  LOL.

I'm entering this in Make My Monday #55 Autumn Colors, HLS September Watercolor Challenge, HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge, SIP #117 Watercolor

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Timber, Shake It Up and Fall Borders dies, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs, Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Copics, Canson 90lb watercolor paper

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Even though I knew it was coming, it seems like the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop snuck up on me. Hi! Miss me? Why, yes! LOL.

I've made a few cards for the hop, including this little number using a new character, Lili C, to the Love Cynthia lineup.  Isn't she adorable? I paired her with a variety of pumpkin images and fall paper in an homage to everything pumpkin spice. I may hate the texture of pumpkin pie but I love me some pumpkin spice!
The Details:  Love Cynthia Lili C #1 and Coffee Addict, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3, Thoughtful Greetings and Giving Thanks (pumpkin), Lawn Fawn Forest Feast (pie), Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, PTI Kraft cardstock, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Scor-Tape, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Copics

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cards in Envy Easy as 1, 2, 3

My card for the current Cards in Envy Challenge is indeed easy as 1,2,3. I wanted super easy and reproducible. This card totally fits the bill.  Stenciled leaves, simple diecut and an embossed sentiment. Boom!

I'm entering this in AAA #99 CAS Autumn Colors, Less Is More #346 Take Flight

The Details:  Waffle Flower Feeling Gratitude, Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks die used as stencil, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Versamark, mystery embossing powder, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed, Distress Oxide Candy Apple

Long Time No Tea

Another fall-inspired card using some of the elegant florals from the Midnight Haunting pad. And a two-fer for using NBUS with the MFT stamps and dies. Woo hoo!

I'm entering this in the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop, Fusion Teacup Flowers

The Details: MFT Cup of Tea and Tea Party dies, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade, Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Recollections Mirror Board, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Fine White Embossing Powder, Versafine

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Shh . . . Coffee Time

I have another fun card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop using Stamplorations--working on the Stamplorations cards for the hop launch yesterday made me go through my stash and find stamps I had forgotten about.  Becca's line is one of my favs because of her love of the snark! Isn't that sentiment and image perfect for a funny Halloween card? And so true!

I'm also entering this in the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #93 Lost and Found and the Stamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge

The Details: Stamplorations Dark Coffee - Big Grins and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks, Carta Bella Witch Hats stencil, Sugarpea Designs Spooky Border die (bats)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stamplorations and the Coffee Hop!

Stamplorations has released some new coffee sets just in time for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop!  They are divine! Go check out the main post for more ideas on how to use them.

These typografia sets remind me of old timey sandwich boards--large and in charge and fun. For the first card I wanted the illusion of freshly poured coffee, like a LOT of coffee. Check! I had thought to include a background of clocks on my design then realized what I had on hand was a compass. Sorta close. LOL.

For the second card, I went back to the sandwich board and pieced together a girl with the mug as her skirt. Stands between?  Get it? Oh, yes, I went there!
The Details Card 1: Typografia Coffee NowCoffee Happy, Dark Brown Brushos, Copics, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, Zigs

The Details Card 2:  Typografia A Girl and Her CoffeeParty GirlCoffee Happy Stamplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mice Friend

Playing with one of my new CCD sets. The country girl in me is peeking out!

Notables notes for this card:
  1. I used a stencil and Distress Oxide Ink to create the subtle shading on the skirt.
  2. I used a Sakura white gel pen for the dots on the apron.
  3. I mottled the scarecrow's face using a tiny sponge and Copic 0 various ink
  4. The subtle green at the bottom of the circle reminds me of Autumn so much as the colors of summer leach away.
The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Wishes and Harvest Borders die, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill 6x6 paper, Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Broken China, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Banner die, MFT Pierced Circle die, Copics, Echo Park Diagonal Buffalo Plaid Stencil

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why, Hello, Birdie

These little birds are stuffing themselves silly in preparation for winter--just like me! Love the fall images in the THD challenge board. My favorite time of year is Autumn so you'll be seeing lots of that from me!

I stamped the image on watercolor paper but forgot I was doing that and used Memento which bleeds with water.  Poo! My Copics worked wonderfully on this paper tho so no worries.  I think it has a good tooth for colored pencils too but who has time to experiement with that?

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday CAS, Addicted to Stamps and More 259 CAS, SIP 116 CAS Fall, CAS on Friday 116 Color Me Pretty (Use Pencils or Markers)

The Details:  Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie and Enveloper Hello, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Canson 90lb watercolor paper

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halloween Hello

I loved the colors featured in Sunday Stamps 161 Color Rainbow and am so glad I was able to fit them into a current project.

Fav things about this project:
  1. Love the stitched swirl on the two layers.
  2. I used purple and like the outcome.
  3. That broom kicks coloring ass.
  4. Spattering water on a sponged background looks cool even partially hidden.

The Details:  MFT Witch Way is the Candy, Hero Arts Star Confetti Cover Plate, Simon Says Stitched Whirl Background Cover Plate, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean, Copics

Friday, September 8, 2017

Autumnal Sympathy Card

A masculine sympathy card today.  Always sad to need these but good we cardmakers can offer comfort in unique ways.

The Details:  Simon Says Birch Tree Window, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop, Distress Oxide Candied Apple and Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Versamark, MFT More Essential Sentiments, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Gmund Savanna Limba Woodgrain Cardstock

Thursday, September 7, 2017

So Thankful

A batch of cards for a few coworkers. We've been working hard and deserve a treat!

I'm entering this in AAA CAS #98 Creatures Great and Small

The Details: Lawn Fawn Forest Feast, Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks Die and Sunset Shimmer Sequins, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Broken China, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Super Fine White Embossing Powder, Versafine, Gmund Savanna Limba Woodgrain cardstock

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

THD Challenge 16

Time for a new challenge at The Heart Desires and ever so perfect for the season. Don't know about you but I am SO ready for fall, my favorite time of year!

I smooshed some Distress Oxides and Inks to create the changing colors of the leaf.  I could have easily used Brushos. Next time! I cut the leaf out of both kraft and the smooshed panel then pieced it all together. Of course, the cat got to part of the little bits so using the rest for a second leaf didn't go as planned. Instead I used a vibrant apple green impressed with the die. I don't know why my camera doesn't like that color. It's much more like the color in the inspiration pic. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Vintage Sepia. I love using that color, especially in Autumn!

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks and coordinating dieVersaFine Vintage Sepia, Distress Oxide Candy Apple, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade, Distress Ink Squeezed LemonadeCandied Apple, Wilted Violet

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fall Window

This is what I did on Labor Day. If only every day were a holiday!

I'm entering this in Lawnfawnatics #12 Create a Scene, AAA CAS #98 Creatures Great or Small

The Details:  Lawn Fawn For You, Deer; Ready, Set, Shake; Wonderful Window Die; Stitched Cloud Backdrop Portrait Die; Stitched Tree Border Die; Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper; Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and Broken China, Gmund Savanna Limba Woodgrain Cardstock

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall is Just Around the Corner

I'm over on The Heart Desires blog with a card that is all about the transition between summer and fall.  Go check it out, why don't you?!

I'm entering this in Naughty or Nice #43 Framed, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Lawnfawnatics 12 Create a Scene

The Details:  Waffle Flower Fruity Thank You, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait dies, Everyday Sentiment Banner die, Picket Fence die, Simple Grassy Hillsides die, Stitched Cloud Portrait die and Jump for Joy (sentiment), Carta Bella Magical Plaid Stencil, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, and Tumbled Glass, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Scor-Tape

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cards in Envy Cheers to You!

We're kicking off the Cards in Envy September challenge with a fun one!  Come join us in making a celebration card of some sort.  Easy peasy!

I've been playing around with ombre coloring these past few weeks so went super bright with the ombre in this one.  BRIGHT yellow transitioning down to a deeeeeeep pink.  On fire for sure! A few layers of sponged clouds with a stitched whirl--oh, yes! Lots of details but ever so CAS!

The Details:  MFT Magical Dragons and Large Cloud Stencil, Simon Says Stitched Whirl Background, Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Copic 0, Y11, Y13, Y15, RV02, RV04, RV06

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Guesting for the Sisterhood

I'm guesting for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers--woo hoo!  Challenge #92 is J for Jumble. Think collage, mixing up a bunch of images, supplies, etc.  Very fun!

Now if this card doesn't make you chuckle AND cringe, then nothing will! LOL. I started out stamping the mutt then put down a Distress Crayon yellow focal point and a blue ground. I added a brick stencil using Distress Ink. What an easy way to create shadow and depth. Next I colored the mutt using Copics which performed beautifully on the Strathmore mixed media paper.

The string gel guts, colored with a bit of acrylic paint, turned out perfectly in the pouring (used a q-tip with the tip broken off) but I wanted to keep working on the card rather than waiting for it to dry. Leaf on the guts? Covers fingerprint. Swirls? More fingerprint covering.  All turned out fine tho.

I used a branch die to create ivy and layered another die on top of that for the ivy leaves. That's about as collagey as I get! I did layer the sentiment although my CAS self wanted to stamp it directly on the background. The things I'm willing to do when I'm guesting!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Cards 4 Guyz #177 Something with the Letter D, Addicted to Stamps and More #257 Make Your Mark, Mod Squad For a Friend  

The Details:  Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, Distress Crayons Mustard Seed and Chipped Sapphire, Distress Ink Fired Brick and Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Ink, Black Enamel Accents, Glossy Accents and Multi Matte Medium, CZ Designs Simple Sentiments 1, Memory Box Grove Branch Die, MFT Spring Wreath and Brick stencil, Copics, Liquitex Spring Gel and Basics Acrylic Light Portrait Pink, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6 paper

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bear Witch

Were you expecting to see a sandwich? Bear-wich? LOL.  This WF set is adorable and I had to use it in a super cute and not-at-all-scary Halloween card.

Used Distress Inks to sponge and mask. The base is mounted on gray cardstock then Wink of Stella added for sparkles. 

I'm entering this in Watercooler Wednesday 134 Anything Goes, Simon Say Wednesday Anything Goes, SIP 114 Sketch, Tuesday Throwdown 358 Masking

The Details:  Waffle Flower Boo, Hero Arts Stars Cover Plate, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Square Tags die, Lifestyle Crafts Nested Circle die, MFT Mini Cloud Edges Mask, Wink of Stella Clear, Copics, Distress Ink Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Grrrr-reetings, Creatures of the Night

Another Distress smeared and spattered background. The perfect sunset and time for Bunncula to come out and slay us with cuteness. I didn't get around to using this PPP set last year--I was a fool! Ack, just so so cute!  Take a look at the big version of the pic and you can just see the glitter in the stars. Used my favorite Scor-tape as the underlayment for that.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Addicted to Stamps and More #257 Make Your Mark, Shopping Our Stash #318 Favorite Season   

The Details:  Pretty Pink Posh Halloween Friends, SugarPea Designs Spookyscape die, Hero Arts Star Confetti Cover Plate, Distress Ink Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry, Flavors Gourmet Smoked Sea Salt cardstock, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Doodlebug Sugar Coating Lily White Glitter, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Halloween Card of 2017

I posted yesterday on IG about my accidental discovery that smearing a Distress Oxide Ink background that's been spattered with water created a really cool effect. Well, I spattered it again and while that was drying started working on the bezillion other bits that make up this uber fun Halloween card. So flippin' cute!!!!!!!!

I'm entering this in Lawnfawnatics #11 Cards for Kids, Addicted to Stamps and More #256 Anything Goes 

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Costume Party, Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait die, Shut the Front Door die, and Grassy Border die, Copics, Distress Oxides and Inks, Flavours Gourmet Smoked Sea Salt cardstock

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fall is Here, Almost

Another Autumnal card.  Oh, that's right. I've been making them but am holding off on posting.  Well, you'll see them some day!  This one I decided to challenge myself with the TIME OUT speed stamping in mind.  Obviously I did not create this in 10 minutes or less because, as usual, my initial idea morphed into mega cuteness. LOL. I think this took me something like 2 hours. No idea. I was so absorbed in making it. Exactly the brain break I needed!

I'm entering this in TIME OUT #90 Autumn with the Optional Twist of Speed Stamping

The Details:  Waffle Flower Hooray, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop (leaves), Simple Stitched Hillside Borders, and Jump for Joy, Versamark, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Distress Ink Mustard Seed and Candy Apple, Distress Oxide Broken China and Twisted Citron

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Baby Joey

We learned recently of friends who are fostering to adopt a sweet little baby girl after a very long wait. Much happiness to them all!

I'm entering this in Moving Along with the Times #52 Letter B, Paper Players 358 CAS Get Coloring, Addicted to Stamps and More #256 Anything Goes

The Details:  Ellen Hutson/Avery Elle United We Flourish G'Day Mate, Avery Elle Letter Balloons, Pierced Clouds and Dotted Border Dies, Copics, Minc Adhesive Spray, Deco Foil Gold, Ranger Watercolor Paper, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, gold thread from my embroidery stash

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Miss Your Face, Beotch!

A quick little CAS card today inspired by CASology Bud.  Of course, I immediately thought of Bud from The Cosby Show. And then Psych. Finally my brain came around to this image and the fun snarky sentiment I picked up recently. Again, using my new favorite blue.

I'm entering this in CASology #263 Bud, Addicted to Stamps and More #256 Anything Goes, Paper Players #358 CAS Coloring

The Details:  Love Cynthia I'm Always Here for You, CZ Design Simple Sentiments 1, MFT Mini Cloud Edge Stencil, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, Distress Oxides, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cards in Envy Penny for Your Thoughts

It's Cards in Envy Challenge time!  This round we'd like you to use a thought or speech bubble on your card.

Don't have one?  Use a few shaped dies like I did to create your own!  My friend, Novell, is a huge Seahawks fan so I worked up this birthday card in team colors and included an homage to her love of baking, pups and books.  Did you notice the sentiment?  Novell instead of Novel?  How could I not?!

The Details:  MFT Our Story, YNS Lovin' from the Oven, LF Sprinkled with Joy, Lifestyle Crafts Nested Circle Dies, Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Big Sis!

My older sister's birthday is this weekend. She's not a card person but I am so there!  Cuteness overload!

I experimented a bit with the background, finally settling on Worn Lipstick clouds and Cracked Pistachio grass. I was hesitant to use my Copic over the Oxide grass but cleaned the nib right afterwards and it seemed fine.

I'm entering this in Naughty or Nice #42 Colors or On the Move Theme, Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment, Fab N Funky #361 Anything Goes  

I'd also like to remind you of the current The Heart Desires Challenge #15.

The Details: Love Cynthia Beary Happy Day, MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil, Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Die, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready, Set, Blow!

I will confess this is my favorite of this year's back-to-school cards!  So bright and happy and dotty. The background is Distress Inks and Oxide, naturally, overlaid with the MFT cover plate.  The pierced clouds are an Avery Elle die set I picked up a while back but first time I've used. Love them! Coloring up the dragon was interesting as I used blues I don't normally reach for. This has definitely made me appreciate those Copic B single digits more for sure.

I'm entering this in Markerpop #127 Back to School, City Crafter #375 No Flowers, Tuesday Throwdown #356 Anything Goes, Shopping Our Stash #316 Chillaxin and Relaxin, Creative with Stamps #17 Boys to Men, Simon Says Wednesday For a Child

The Details:  SugarPea Designs Blow Me Away, MFT Circle Cover Plate die, Avry Elle Pierced Clouds, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Eyelet Outlet and Doodlebug Designs Enamel Shapes, Copics

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rooting for You!

One of my nephews is starting high school--blows my old mind! I'm going to transition to making a different kind of cute card for him.  Sigh.

This one features rootbeer bottles quickly sponged with Distress ink and Copic colored labels. I love this color combo on top of the blue--masculine yet fun and fresh.  Of course, the punny sentiments help with the cute factor--see, I'm sneaking in the cute.  Shhhh!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday For a Child and Addicted to Stamps and More #254 CAS

The Details:  MFT Soda Pop stamps and dies, SugarPea Designs Starburst Cover Plate, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Banner Die, Eyelet Outlet and Illustrated Faith Enamel Shapes

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pawsome Together

My sister and her husband have been married a coon's age--like 25 years. That's a lot of pawsome together time.  Congrats, you two!

I'm entering this in CAS(E) This Sketch! #234

The Details:  Waffle Flower Pawsome, Distress Oxides, Hero Arts Hearts Cover Plate, Paper Smooches Balloon die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Kite die (string), Lifestyle Crafts Nested Circle die, Doodlebug Design Patriotic Picnic 6x6 paper

Friday, August 11, 2017

I've Seen Your Future . . .

It's back to school time for my niece and nephews so you'll be seeing back-to-school cards from me for a few days. I love having young ones to design for!

My niece is all girlie girl so I went all girlie girl with the card. Lots of designer paper with stars, ruffly curtains and, of course, a fortune-telling penguin.  Duh.  LOL.  The inside says: "This year will be amazing, just like you." So perfect, right?!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday For a Child, HLS August Anything Goes with Dies

The Details:  Your Next Stamp Waddles Fortune Teller, Echo Park Perfect Princess 6x6 paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, LawnThe bu Fawn banner die, Memory Box Lacy Curtains die, Doodlebug Designs enamel heart

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smooth Operator

My stepson's birthday is coming up and like so many young people, he thinks he's the smoothest operator in town. Um, yeah, no.  LOL.

I'm entering this in Less Is More #340 Tropical Fruits, Seize the Birthday, Lawn Fawnatics #10 Custom Sentiments

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words die and So Smooth, Copics, Ranger Glossy Accents

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What Uppppppp?

A humorous hello card for my kid sister who is NBA tall--not wNBA, NBA. She's going to get such a kick out of this.

I'm including pics of me back in the day experiencing firsthand the joy of slimy giraffe tongue at a giraffe sanctuary outside Nairobi. Eww!

I'm entering this in CASology #261 Safari, Addicted to Stamps and More #254 CAS, Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #90 M is for Mink (furry creatures)

The Details: Carabelle Funny Face, Simon Says/CZ Design Simple Sentiments, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Copics (E20s, E50, E49 for shadow, T for tongue)