Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Manatee Card

Hello! Last month Newton's Nook released a super cute Manatee stamp set called Manatee-rific and I just had to add it to my stash. Today I made this Manatee Card using the new stamp set along with the waves stencil. Salty Ocean distress ink was used for the waves and the Mantee and accents were colored with Copic markers. The coordinating dies were used to cut out the images and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. To add some green to the scene I used a foliage stamp from a Lawn Fawn stamp set. The outside frame is from the Newton's Nook Frames & Flags die set and the center oval was cut using a cross-stitched oval die by My Favorite Things. That's it! I'm pretty slow when it comes to crafting, so this Manatee Card took me most of the afternoon to make.

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Birthday Card with Elephant

Good day! Did you know last Sunday, August 12th was World Elephant Day? I had no idea until late that night when I saw a post from the Tulsa Zoo. It was too late to make a card for the occasion but I did print out this image and laid it on my craft desk. The image is called Peaches Balloons by Bugaboo Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. Marker colors were selected to coordinate with the retired Cherry On Top patterned paper by Stampin' Up!. I really love the bright colors in this paper! Warm Grays were used to color the elephant and neutral grays for the little mouse. A cross stitched oval die by My Favorite Things was used to die cut the image. To cut the mat a pair of deckle Fiskars scissors were used. The Happy Birthday sentiment was a freebie from Lawn Fawn that I received when I placed my birthday order. A punched circle was matted to a scalloped punched circle and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Butterfly Belated Birthday Card

Hello! If you're anything like me, a birthday gets missed every once in awhile. Not on purpose, it just seems life goes too fast to keep up sometimes. One good thing about Facebook is it reminds us we have friend/family birthdays coming up. Getting a card in the mail is a completely different story!

This Butterfly Belated Birthday Card was made for one of my cousins. Her favorite color is purple, so I colored the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set by Stampin' Up! with Highland Heather Stampin' Blends markers. The layout was based on the sketch challenge at Just Add Ink. Other Stampin' Up! supplies include: Marbled stamp, Memento black ink, Softly Falling embossing folder and silver sequins. The Smoky Slate cardstock circle was cut using a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things and the sentiment was stamped using the Hang in There stamp set by Lawn Fawn. That's it! Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Falling Flowers Birthday Card

Happy Thursday! Lately a lot of my cards have featured critters on them, so I decided to make a floral card. This Falling Flowers Birthday Card features one of my favorite stamp sets by Stampin' Up! called Falling Flowers along with the May Flowers Framelit Dies. The images were stamped with Memento black ink and then colored with a mix of Stampin' Blend and Copic markers. The birthday sentiment is from the retired Watercolor Wishes stamp set and it was heat embossed with white embossing powder. For the background panel I did a subtle version of the Faux Patina technique using an embossing folder along with Crumb Cake cardstock, Crumb Cake ink, Whisper White Craft ink and clear embossing powder. If the Faux Patina technique is new to you here is a link to a great video tutorial. If you want to see all the cards I've made using the technique click HERE. The layout for this card comes from a couple others I found on Pinterest. Sometimes the hardest part of making a die cut floral card is arranging the flowers and I really like how the others were done. One of the cards was by Sue Miller and the other by Tina's Creative Studio. It's amazing to see how color changes the look of the card. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Owl Just a Note Card

Hello! I hope you're having a lovely day. This afternoon I made this Owl Just a Note Card to add to my stash. After layering the patterned papers by Echo Park (For the Record 2 from 2012) I decided to add some stitching for detail. The Cute Owl image is by Bugaboo Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. A retired sentiment from Stampin' Up! was used and three glimmer dots added for some sparkle. That's it!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Giraffe Baby Card

Good day! When I first started making cards I just made whatever came to my mind or I found a challenge for inspiration. Now that my stash has grown I'm more purposeful in my card making. A couple of weeks ago a baby boy giraffe was born at the Tulsa Zoo and I made this Giraffe Baby Card to send to the zoo staff. We went and visited the new baby last weekend and although we didn't get a great view of him, it was clear he is a cutie. While we were at the Giraffe exhibit we got to feed an adult male a few pieces of romaine lettuce, their tongues are amazing. It was a lot of fun!

To create this card the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch was used for the layout. The giraffe stamp is by Inkadinkado and colored with Copic markers. All patterned papers are from the Snips & Snails paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. The Cutest Baby Ever sentiment is from the retired Label Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!. A stitched rectangle die cut out the image and a deckle die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix cut the bottom blue layer. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Giraffe at Tulsa Zoo

Friday, August 3, 2018

Colored Bookmark


Hello and happy Friday! It's time for the start of a new challenge at Simply Create Too and this time we would like you to Make a Bookmark. August is a great month to make bookmarks for all those kiddos going back to school. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. Simply Create Too is a monthly challenge, so you have until August 31st to link your bookmark creation. Hope to see your entry in the gallery!

The coloring bookmarks came from a coloring and creativity book called Super Cute World by Jane Maday. Since my Prismacolor pencils don't get the attention they deserve, this was a good time to put them to use. Two bookmarks were colored and adhered front and back to a piece of Call Me Clover cardstock by Stampin' Up!. I used a Scotch laminating sheet to finish the bookmark and then added some twine. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Heart Spots Card

Hello and happy August 1st! August is definitely not my favorite month, but we are one month closer to Fall and that makes me happy. This past weekend we went to the Tulsa Zoo and currently they have four snow leopards. The mother had three babies last year, two boys and a girl. My hubby and I love watching them. The boys are being kept apart from their mother and sister. Eventually they will go to another zoo as part of the species survival program. It makes me so sad to think about this species vanishing from our Earth. They are so beautiful!

Supplies for this Heart Spots Card include:
  • Stamps: Heart Spots by Reverse Confetti and retired Thoughtful Branches by Stampin' Up! (grass).
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento black ink and Copic markers, Warm Gray for the Leopards and Neutral Gray for the stone, YG17, YG25, V15, V17, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends marker. Tumbled Glass distress ink and Wild Wasabi ink pad by Stampin' Up!.
  • Other Stuff: Heart Spots Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti and Frames & Flags die set by Newton's Nook.
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Snow Leopard from Tulsa Zoo

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Newton's Ice Cream Card


This week I was really excited to receive my recent Newton's Nook order! The new Newton's Summer Treats stamp set is super cute! When I was growing up I remember my mom would eat ice cream almost every night. I'm pretty sure her motto is "ice cream solves everything," so when I saw this set I knew it would be perfect for numerous cards. This Newton's Ice Cream Card was created using the sketch challenge at Inky Paws. I was definitely feeling a sherbet vibe with the colors selected. All patterned paper are from the Sugar & Spice paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. Some Lemon Ice Stickles was added to the strip of yellow paper for some sparkle. Copic markers were used to color the image and I colored the kitty to look like my first house cat. That's it, no other embellishments were added and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and may the rest of your day be wonderful!

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My first house cat, she was so pretty and sweet.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Use Yellow at Crafty Catz

Hello and happy Friday! It's my last post as a guest designer at Crafty Catz and it's gone by super fast. The theme is always anything goes but we would love to see some yellow on your creations. The sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and my card features the Mouse - Big Flower image (one of my favorites). For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. I hope to see your creation in the gallery!

A miss you sentiment seemed appropriate for this image and this one by Hampton Arts (Jillibean Soup Handwritten Sentiments) had never been used. All patterned papers are from the For The Record 2 paper pad by Echo Park (2012). To color the image Copic markers were used and then it was die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. A little stamped and punched yellow butterfly was added along with three glimmer dots and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Let it Snow Card

There is still plenty of summer left but I would take a few snowflakes about now. We were lucky today and it stayed overcast and it wasn't blazing hot, it was actually nice for a change. The forecast for the weekend includes rain and my flowerbeds would be really happy if that happened. So, I'm thinking positive thoughts for rain!!!

It was nice making this Let it Snow Card and thinking about a snowy day. I started by selecting the Winter Cat and Puppy Dog image by Bugaboo Stamps. Then I selected the patterned papers by Doodlebug Designs which have been in my stash for quite some time. The image was then colored with Copic markers to coordinate with the papers. To play along with the Catch The Bug Christmas in July Day 4 Bingo Challenge I added sparkle die cut snowflakes and blue rhinestone brads for bling and I used a Bugaboo image, so I went diagonal from right to left. The Let it Snow sentiment is from the retired Snow Place stamp set by Stampin' Up! and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Candy Cane Charlie Card

Hello! I've made another Christmas card for a few Christmas in July challenges. Starting early really does help me get a good start on my Christmas cards and the challenges are a fun motivator. The layout for this Candy Cane Charlie Card is from day 2 of the Catch The Bug Christmas in July challenges. I used an image that was already printed in my stash, it's called Candy Cane Charlie by Bugaboo Stamps. The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a stitched circle die. Patterned papers were selected to coordinate with the image. The candy cane paper is by The Paper Studio, red polka dots from the Welcome Christmas paper pad by Pebbles and the gray stripe was a scrap from my bin. A piece of white glitter cardstock was cut for the banner detail. To finish off the card the Merry Christmas sentiment by Hero Arts was stamped with Memento black ink. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Season to be Freezin' Card

Good day crafty friends! It's always fun to play along with the Christmas in July challenges. Especially when the heat index has been over a hundred degrees for several days. At this point I would take a really strong cool front or an early Fall would be nice too. To help create some cooler thoughts I used the Meowy Christmas image by Bugaboo Digi Stamps along with patterned paper from the Altitude paper pad by Bo Bunny. Copic markers were used to color the kitties and then the image was die cut with a cross-stitched die by My Favorite Things. To finish off the card the 'Tis the Season to be Freezin' sentiment by Taylored Expressions was added along with two snowflakes cut with a Cricut machine. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Use Punches or Dies at Crafty Catz


Happy Friday! It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz. The challenges are always anything goes with an optional twist. This weeks option is to Use Punches or Dies, super easy! The sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies and I've used their Hoppity image. We would love for you to play along. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

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The last couple of days have been super hot here in Oklahoma. In the morning my outdoor rabbits will be eating grass but in the afternoon they are laying around in my flowerbeds where it's shady. I like to watch them, so I usually check on them several times a day. Below is a picture out my back window of one laying down by the bushes. My hubby put the white piece of lattice up to help give more shade and the rabbit will lay under it. The birds love to use the lattice to rub their head and bodies on, it's fun to watch. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

You're So Tweet Card

Good day crafty friends! There are only a couple of days left to play along with the current Inky Paws color challenge. So, today I made this You're So Tweet Card using the Newton's Nook Toucan Party stamp set and coordinating dies for my entry. It's always challenging for me to use black Copic markers, but I did it.  Neutral grays were used for blending and I tried a white gel pen for highlighting, but the pen was a little dry. Other than that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The papers are from the Summer Fun paper pad by Echo Park and the large pierced oval is by Avery Elle. That's it!

Challenges entered: Addicted to Stamps (Anything Goes), Craftaholics R Us (Anything Goes), Inky Paws (Color #76) and Simon Says Stamp (Use a Die and/or Punches).


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Think Summertime at Crafty Catz


Hello and happy Friday! It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz and this week the theme is Think Summertime. Summertime can mean different things to each of us and for me I think of bunnies, butterflies and flowers. My hubby and I aren't "summer people," so I enjoy the creatures and beauty of the season. We would love for you to play along and share what summertime means to you! For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE.

Card supplies:
  • Paper: Thick white cardstock, Melon Mambo cardstock by Stampin' Up! and patterned paper from the Summer Bliss paper pad by Echo Park.
  • Stamps: Bunny digital image by Di's Digi Stamps, retired butterfly stamp by Stampin' Up! and sentiment by Unity Stamps from ...With You I'm Home sentiment kit May 2018.
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento black for sentiment and Copic markers for image.
  • Other Stuff: Stitched circle die by My Favorite Things, deckle scissors by Fiskars, butterfly punch and glimmer stickers.

Photos of my outdoor Cottontail Rabbits:



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Butterfly Thank You Card

Hope all is well in your world! This week I was busy making a special order of baby boy burp cloths. I had all my sewing supplies put away since my surgery last August, so it was a chore to set everything up. Now that everything is out I need to make baby girl burp cloths for a gift. They really are fun to make and are great baby shower gifts!

Now onto this Butterfly Thank You Card... I made this card for my neighbor who orders Stampin' Up! supplies from me. When I delivered her latest order I included this card. All supplies are current and by Stampin' Up!. Supplies include: Thick Whisper White cardstock, Shaded Spruce cardstock, Soft Sea Foam cardstock, Garden Impressions designer series paper, Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends markers, Memento black ink, Butterfly stamp from Beautiful Day stamp set and Thank You sentiment from the Abstract Impressions stamp set. That's it, thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer Fun at Crafty Catz

Hello crafty friends! This month I have the honor of being a guest designer at the Crafty Catz Challenge and today is the start of a Summer Fun theme challenge. The sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter and they provided the design team with a couple of wonderful digital images to create with. Unfortunately my old printer decided to die, the poor thing had been making an awful noise for months, but that meant no digital images for me. So, I've used a House-Mouse Designs image called Umbrella Nap and colored it with Copic markers. We would love for you to join the Summer Fun challenge! Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

This Summer Fun Card is entered into the following challenges: Cute Card Thursday (Anything Goes), Through The Purple Haze (At the Beach) and Tuesday Throwdown (The Great Outdoors).

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Star Celebrate Card

Happy 4th of July! This holiday is always low key for us. We usually stay home and make sure the cats don't get too scared from all the neighborhood fireworks. Our oldest cat is thirteen and she gets calming treats, the loud noises really bother her. The youngsters are a little more resilient, but they all hide until the quiet night returns. So, if you're out having some fun... have a little extra fun for me!

This Star Celebrate Card is pretty simple. The layout is cased from one of my cards from February 2014. It's easy to duplicate and I really like the star focal point. The star was cut with my Cricut machine using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. All patterned paper is from the Patriotic Parade paper pad by Doodlebug Design Inc. A strip of silver glimmer paper was used for some sparkle and the celebrate sentiment is retired by Stampin' Up!. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Chubby Butterfly Card

Hello and happy July 1st! There a lot of people with holiday/vacation plans this week since the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday. I hope you will have time to enjoy with family and friends. Please remember to keep your animals safe during fireworks! The 4th of July results in many animals running away from home or getting injured because they were scared.

This Chubby Butterfly Card was made with a couple of challenges in mind. I used the recipe challenge at Catch The Bug to use Kraft and a BRIGHT POP of color. Dry and wet embossing were used to play along at The Crafty Catz and I'm also linking this card to the anything goes challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holiday week!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blue Butterfly Thank You Card

Wow! It's been a very long time since I've had two posts in one day. I'm definitely neglecting my household chores, but oh well!!! This Blue Butterfly Thank You Card was made for one of my neighbors who organized an outdoor activity for our neighborhood this coming weekend.

To make this card I decided to use a couple of Stampin' Up! supplies that I've had unused in my stash for awhile. I seem to buy supplies faster than I use them. The butterfly is from the Beautiful Day stamp set and was colored with Night of Navy Stampin' Blends. For the background the Marbled stamp was used with Poppy Parade ink. A strip of white cardstock was embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder and then the Thank You sentiment from the Abstract Impressions stamp set was heat embossed on black cardstock with white embossing powder. The completed panel was matted to Night of Navy cardstock and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Bear Feel Better Card

Good day crafty friends! It's been awhile since I made a Feel Better Card, so today I made this one with the Lil Bear Spring Digi by Bugaboo Digi Stamps. The colors were selected from the color challenge at Catch The Bug. To color the image Copic markers were used and then the image was die cut with a stitched square die by Lil' Inker Designs. The Feel Better sentiment is from the retired Sassy Salutations stamp set by Stampin' Up! and three small punched banners were added for detail. That's pretty much it, simple and easy. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: Catch The Bug (June Color), Sunny Day Crafting (Any Animal) and Creative Moments (Anything Goes).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Birthday Pug Card

Hello! My birthday card stash is really low, so I made this Birthday Pug Card. Although I was thinking masculine when I made it, I really think it works for male or female.

The cute little pug image is from the Pug Hugs stamp set by Newton's Nook, it was colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. To make the background distress inks in: Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean were used along with the Bubbly stencil by Newton's Nook. A little black and white paper along the edge and the panel was matted to Tempting Turquoise cardstock by Stampin' Up!. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy 21st Birthday Card

Hello and happy Friday! This weekend we are having a birthday party for my oldest niece who recently turned 21. I remember the anticipation of turning 21 and then when the day arrived it wasn't a big deal. When I went to the store to make my first purchase the clerk didn't even ask for my ID. I was a little shocked and disappointed at the same time. That was so long ago and hopefully things are different now.

This Happy 21st Birthday Card features my niece's favorite colors: Hot Pink (Melon Mambo and Turquoise (Bermuda Bay). The plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn and unfortunately all the stamps are retired by Stampin' Up!. I was really sad the see the Number of Years stamp set and Large Number framelits retire. They make wonderful milestone cards. The layout is copied from an anniversary card I made last year. When I made the card last year (click here) it took forever to get the placement of the flowers right. It was much easier to duplicate the design! Even though the cards have the same layout the colors and background paper make a big difference. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Butterfly Kindness Card

Good day crafty friends! I have a quick post to share my latest card. This Butterfly Kindness Card was made using new and retired supplies by Stampin' Up!. Unfortunately the Watercolor Wings butterfly stamp is now retired, but the paper and sentiment are new. The patterned paper is from the Garden Impressions designer series paper, cardstock colors are Calypso Coral and Shaded Spruce, the sentiment is from the Abstract Impressions stamp set and the embossed panel uses one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. Three retired sequins add some sparkle and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Happy News Card

Hello and happy Saturday! This afternoon my hubby is out running errands, so I'm playing in my craft room. Even though I have the house to myself a lot... I'll always take extra time to play, especially when it's hot outside.

This Happy News Card features my favorite new stamp set called Abstract Impressions in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog. I used it earlier this week and ever since I've been wanting to use it with the new purple colors: Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. The greens are also both new colors and include: Call Me Clover and Granny Apple Green. The layout was cased from an example card in the annual catalog on page 5. I don't have the punch shown in the example, so I added some banners and matted my focal area for extra color. To add some stamping to the banners the Timeless Textures stamp set was used and a little white twine bow finishes it off.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Crab Relax Card

Good day! I have a quick post to share my latest card. This Crab Relax Card features a retired image by Bugaboo Digi Stamps. It's been colored for some time and waiting to be used. All I had to do was find the right papers, do a little cutting and assemble the card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Always on My Mind Card

Hello! You know what they say "when the cats away the mice will play." That's exactly what I did tonight when the hubby worked late. I was inspired by the current Inky Paws color challenge to use: white, blue, green and yellow. After looking through my Newton's Nook stamps the Newton's Birdbath stamp set got the pick. The images were colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating dies and my Big Shot. For the background Tumbled Glass distress ink was sponged onto mixed media paper and then die cut with the Frames & Flags die set by Newton's Nook. Yellow polka dot paper was also die cut and some green grass punched with a Fiskars grass punch. It was a pretty simple card to put together. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If Flowers were Hugs Card

Happy Tuesday! We had a wonderful rain shower this morning and it cooled the air temperature, so I ran a couple of errands to take advantage of the cooler weather. With the gloomy skies it seemed like a good time to make a bright and cheerful card. A couple of weeks ago I received my order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog and I finally inked up the Abstract Impressions stamp set. Using new colors: Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch. To accent the stamped image both ends of the Mango Melody cardstock was embossed with one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. A retired butterfly stamp and punch were used for the little butterfly and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Sending Smiles Card

This past week flew by! Unfortunately I had migraines three days in a row and they zapped all creative energy. I'm feeling better today, so I made this Sending Smiles Card just in time to enter the Inky Paws sketch challenge. I'll be sending this card to Wild Heart Ranch a rescue and rehabilitation group in NE Oklahoma. They have been very busy with over 500 baby animals in their care. They take in all kinds of wild animals: deer, owls, rabbits, possums, raccoons, eagles, beavers, foxes, bobcats, squirrels, etc. I really enjoy following their stories and have great admiration for their cause.

The owl on this Sending Smiles Card is from the Sending Hugs stamp set by Newton's Nook. It was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with the coordinating dies. The floral paper is from the Family Ties paper pad by Pebbles and it was matted to Dapper Denim cardstock by Stampin' Up!. Some retired Island Indigo twine was added and the focal area was adhered with dimensionals. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Owl at Wild Heart Ranch

Friday, June 1, 2018

Masculine Congratulations Card

Happy Friday! It's hard to believe June has already arrived, although it's felt like June for the last couple of weeks here in Oklahoma. It seems we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer. Not my favorite time of year, but I'll suffer through it. Fall will always be my favorite!

Today starts a new challenge at Simply Create Too and the theme is For A Male. The challenge runs until June 29, 2018, so you have plenty of time to play along. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. I hope to see your card in the gallery!

This Masculine Congratulations Card was made for my brother because he recently obtained a new job. The brown die cut had been sitting on my desk for awhile (Glass Effects die by Spellbinders). It was almost used for another project and then I went with different colors. To cover up some blemishes, I painted the cardstock with Rich Espresso Metallic paint. The light blue background was created with watercolor paper and spray inks. It turned out okay but I wish the colors contrasted more. The congratulations is a die cut from Impression Obsession and I also painted it with the metallic paint. To finish the card three glitter stickers by Jolee's were added and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Three Cups Coffee Card

Hello and happy Thursday! When it comes to coffee... one cup is not enough! I must admit without my morning caffeine fix I'm not much of a conversationalist. My coffee drink of choice is cold brewed coffee but if it's freezing cold outside I'll drink the warm stuff too. This Three Cups Coffee Card features many of my favorite things: a cat, coffee, butterfly, flowers, gingham along with purple and green colors. All stamps on this card are by Newton's Nook. The cat and coffee cups are from the Sending Hugs stamp set, the flowers and leaves are from the Deer Friend stamp set and the little butterfly is from Newton's Birdbath stamp set. Copic markers were used to color the images and the coordinating framelit dies were used along with a Big Shot. The sentiment was created in a Word document and printed. Using a scalloped frame die by Taylored Expressions with black cardstock finishes the card and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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