Hello! Hopefully you're having a great week. I'm still working on my Halloween cards so I can get them in the mail on time. To make this Candy Rabbit Halloween Card I used the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge. The images and sentiment are from the Hoppy Halloween stamp set by Newton's Nook. Since mixing patterned papers is one of my favorite parts about making handmade cards, I used three different papers on this card. The candy paper is from the Trick or Treat paper pad by Pebbles (2016), purple watercolor by Ms. Sparkle & Co (Joann's) and Cool Lime paper by The Paper Studio. Some retired Halloween twine from Stampin' Up! was added and then the focal circle adhered with dimensionals. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Good day crafty friends! It's getting closer to Halloween and I'm behind on making my cards. I got a really bad sinus cold a couple of weeks ago and I'm just now starting to feel better. It's been years since I got a cold that bad and I didn't want to contaminate my crafting supplies. So that means I'll start making multiples of the cards I create instead of many different designs. I made three of this Halloween Trio Card. The design is all the same but the patterned papers change and the colors used on the image vary some. Distress oxide inks were used to create the background and then it was die cut with a deckle die by Tim Holtz. The image is by Newton's Nook and it's called Halloween Trio. A coordinating die was used the cut out the image and the little bats are from the same set. The yellow moon was added and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Hello and happy Wednesday! Today would have been my sister's 42nd birthday and although she has passed on I made this card in honor of her birthday. I had just started making cards before she passed away in 2011. The only handmade card I gave her was for Valentine's Day the month before she passed. Making cards became a form of therapy after she passed away and it continues to help me cope with everyday stresses.
For this Fab Flowers Birthday Card I selected colors I thought my sister would like for the flowers and used the Fab Flowers stamp set by Lawn Fawn. The Happy Birthday die cut is by Stampin' Up! and Blueberry Bushel cardstock was used. It took awhile to get the die cuts positioned and everything was adhered flat. The background paper is a subtle gray woodgrain and frayed burlap distress ink was sponged along the edges. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Hello! I hope you had time to make a card today during World Cardmaking Day. We ran errands this afternoon and then I took a nap, finally this evening I made this Hoppy Halloween Card. The stamp set is called Hoppy Halloween and it's by Newton's Nook. It coordinated perfectly with the candy patterned paper from the Trick or Treat paper pad by Pebbles (2016). Some twine and three glimmer dots finished the card and that's it.
It's time to shake things up and make a shaker card to play along with the challenge at Simply Create Too. The design team has created some fantastic inspiration, click HERE for all the challenge details. We hope to see your shaker card in the gallery! You have until October 26th, 2018 to link your creation.
This Halloween Shaker Card is actually my first shaker card. I watched a couple of videos and it really isn't as hard as I expected. The scalloped frame die and stamps are from Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the image and the coordinating dies were used to cut out the image. The bat paper is from the Trick or Treat paper pad by Pebbles (2016) and the grass paper was a scrap from my stash. A selection of sequins were added for the shaker element and everything was assembled. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!
A big welcome to the month of October!!! I love making Halloween cards and especially Halloween Cards with a Cat. It may be traditional to use black cats at Halloween but I decided to color this cat as a gray tabby. The image and sentiment are from the Newton's Boo-tiful Night stamp set by Newton's Nook. It was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. The coordinating die was used to cut out the image. On the focal area Wilted Violet distress ink was applied with a sponge dauber and then some green grass was added. All papers are from the Not Too Spooky paper pad by Pink & Main. The colors were selected to play along with the Inky Paws color challenge to use: Lime Green, Yellow, Orange and Purple. This is definitely my favorite Halloween color combination! To add a little sparkle three silver sequins were added and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Hooray for Friday! This morning I got up and finished this Purrrfect Day Card to give to the Humane Society of Tulsa along with a food donation. They have a lot of puppies and cats right now and have requested food donations, so when we can we try to help. 😺
The layout for this card is my "go to" layout. When I'm in a hurry it works for almost everything. Copic markers were used to color the cat from the Nine Lives stamp set by Paper Smooches. The cat and yarn images were fussy-cut and then adhered to the die cut square. All paper is from The Pets Stack paper by DCWV and some twine was tied for detail. That's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hello and happy Wednesday! My hubby was home the last couple of days, so there was no crafting going on at my house. He is at work today, but then he will be off tomorrow through the weekend. While I had some time to myself today I made this Autumn Bunny Card using a stamp by Whimsy Stamps called Bunny in Leaves (retired). The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a square alterations framelit die by Tim Holtz. Since the image is on the larger size, I opted to make a square card. The layout is from the sketch at Cheerful Sketches Challenge. The leaves and plaid patterned papers are from the Fall Blessings paper pad by Carta Bella (2015) and were matted to Shaded Spruce cardstock by Stampin' Up!. There is no added embellishments to this card, just a sentiment from the Harvest Tails stamp set by Newton's Nook. That's it and thanks for stopping by.
The weekend is almost over and Fall/Autumn has officially arrived. I'm happy to report we received some much needed rainfall and the weather is much cooler. When I was in my backyard this afternoon putting seed out for the birds I noticed several butterflies fluttering around the yard. They were all different, some large and some small. I have several perennials they like to visit and a sage bush that is also popular with the hummingbirds. The backyard butterflies inspired me to make this Butterfly Fall Blessings Card. The stamp is from the retired Watercolor Wings stamp set by Stampin' Up! and the patterned paper is from the Enchanted Harvest paper pad by Bo Bunny. To finish the card I added the Fall Blessings sentiment by Impression Obsession along with three retired candy dots by Stampin' Up!. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello and happy Friday! One more day until the arrival of Fall/Autumn! A cool front is arriving in our area today and we are expecting some rain, both of these make me happy. Our weatherman assured us the heat is over!!! So, bring on the cooler weather.
There are several Fall/Autumn challenges right now and I made this Autumn Newton Card to participate in a few. My intent when making this card was to send it to my Aunt Cindy, but now I kinda want to keep it. I just love the mix of colors and of course the Autumn Newton stamp. The floral patterned paper is from the Woodland Forest paper pad by Pebbles (2016) and the Fall plaid is by Lawn Fawn. I made the inky background using Distress Oxide Inks and then die cut it with a deckle die by Tim Holtz. After stamping and coloring the images with Copic markers they were die cut with the coordinating dies. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Last night before I went to bed I checked my Facebook feed and was heartbroken to read one of the dogs from Animal Aid of Tulsa named Stella passed away. Her story is tragic as she was shot in the head and left to die. Animal Aid and veterinarians worked with her and ended up removing one of her eyes. It had been seven months since her rescue but she had night terrors from her abuse, phantom nerve pain and so much psychological damage that she was miserable. Her caregivers made the hard choice to free her of her suffering. She was a victim of abuse and abuse is what killed her. May she rest in peace!
This Dog Sympathy Card was made for Stella's caregivers. I know they put a lot of love, time and effort into her recovery and their hearts are broken. Their work is so important and I hope this card helps in some way. The layout for this card came from this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. If you have animals give them an extra hug today. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Tuesday! In a few more days Fall arrives and I'm definitely looking forward to cooler weather. There are so many things about Fall that I love, the crisp air, smells of pumpkin bread baking in the kitchen and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. In my craft room I love using rich Fall colors! So today I made this Fall Card with Squirrel featuring the Autumn Squirrel image by Bugaboo Stamps. The look on the face of the squirrel is just so cute! To color the image Copic markers were used and it was a bit tricky with this being a digital stamp. There are several places where the black outline smeared, but I'm calling it shading. The background paper is from the Autumn Crisp paper pad by American Crafts (2013). A little twine was added for detail along with three sequins for sparkle. The sentiment is from the Harvest Tails stamp set by Newton's Nook and it was matted to a scalloped circle. That's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Hello! It's another Monday and I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty uneventful, but that's okay. We ran errands and did a few things around the house and that was it.
For this Cute Hoppy Halloween Card I decided to get a little inky with the background. Using mixed media paper and distress inks in: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves. Once the ink colors were blended I used a distress sprayer with water to lift some color, blotting with a paper towel. Then I used the heat gun to speed the drying process. The images are from Newton's Nook Hoppy Halloween stamp set, which I absolutely LOVE. Copic markers were used to color the images and then coordinating dies were used. The patterned paper is from the Boos & Brews paper pad by Doodlebug Designs, Inc. To accent the focal area a piece of green patterned paper was die cut with a retired edgelit die by Stampin' Up!. Then I decided to add two black bats using the Newton's Boo-tiful Night die set by Newton's Nook. Everything was adhered to a piece of Grape Delight cardstock by Bazzill and then adhered to the white card base. That's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Hooray for Friday! Halloween is a little over six weeks away which gives me plenty of time to make my Halloween cards. If I make two a week that will give me the right amount to send to family and friends. Most of them are one of a kind designs, but sometimes I'll make two if I get rushed. Here is my first Penguin Halloween Card. Isn't this the cutest Halloween stamp? It's called Penguin Spook Nite by Whimsy Stamps. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was fussy cut. The background panel was made with distress inks and watered down white acrylic paint for the splatter. A piece of chevron paper from the Not Too Spooky paper pad by Pink & Main was used to help pull the colors together. Two punched bats were added for detail and that's it. So glad you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Last week I was digging through a drawer of stamps and found this Zinnia Bouquet by Taylored Expressions which I had never used. I placed it on my craft desk to make sure it got inked up and not forgotten again. This morning I decided to use it on a card. The image was stamped with Memento black ink, colored with Copic markers and then die cut with the coordinating die. Although I only have orange zinnias in my flowerbed I decided to use a mix of orange, pink and yellow. The Enjoy Your Day sentiment is perfect for several different occasions like: birthday, wedding shower, anniversary or Mother's Day. I'm thinking I might send this card to my aunt for her upcoming birthday. To coordinate with the flowers some patterned paper was added from the Painted Blooms paper pad by Penny Black. The woodgrain background paper is from Stampin' Up! Since butterflies love zinnias, I added a little orange embossed butterfly with three small pearl accents and that's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Hello and happy Tuesday! This past weekend I drove to my parent's house which is a couple hours away. Along the drive there were lots of sunflowers on the side of the road. I loved looking at them, they make me smile and they were the inspiration for this Elephant Sunflowers Card. Instead of focusing on the pumpkins in the Edward Fall Pumpkins image by Bugaboo Stamps, I focused on the sunflowers.
The sunflowers paper is from the Heartland Farm paper pad by American Crafts, gingham paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad by Penny Black and the woodgrain is from the Knock On Wood paper pad by Lawn Fawn. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with a Alterations square framelit die by Tim Holtz. The sentiment is by Sugar Pea Designs and that's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Hooray for Friday! There are only 15 days until the first day of Fall and that makes me happy. The weather this week is cooler than last week and it's definitely getting darker outside earlier in the evening. All good signs of the upcoming arrival of Fall!!!
To play along with a few Autumn and animal challenges I made this Squirrel Happy Fall Card. The layout is from this weeks sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The image, sentiment and leaf/acorn die cuts are all by Sugar Pea Designs. Copic markers in light brown tones were used to color the squirrel and square Alterations framelit dies by Tim Holtz were used to cut out the squares. The patterned paper is from the Flea Market paper pad by Doodlebug Design and some enamel dots by Stampin' Up! were added for detail. That's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hello and happy Thursday! A couple of years ago I bought this Spring Bunnies stamp by Wild Rose Studio because it's darling and I love bunnies. However, I've been hesitant to use it because I didn't think my coloring skills would do it justice. When I saw this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches I decided now was the time to give it a try. Copic markers were used to color the image with light brown tones for the bunnies: E50, E53, E30 and E95. Other colors were selected to coordinate with the Bo Bunny patterned paper from the Early Bird Collection. To follow the sketch I used my sewing machine for the squiggly element and then I added a gold bow for detail. The sentiment is from the retired Good Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up! and three rose colored glimmer dots were added, that's it. So glad you stopped by and enjoy the rest of your day!
This Hugs and Kisses Card is entered into the following challenges:
Good day crafty friends! This morning I was feeling a little fruity and this cute Koala stamp by Newton's Nook caught my eye. So, I decided to use the Inky Paws current sketch challenge to make this Sweet Things Koala Card. The image was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers, then it was die cut with the coordinating die. The pineapple paper is from the Summer Fun paper pad and it was paired with a piece of green chevron paper from the Soak Up the Sun paper pad both by Echo Park. A little black and white gingham is peeking out and it's by The Paper Studio. The sentiment is by Impression Obsession and the yellow and white twine was the finishing touch. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!
Hello and happy Labor Day! Before my craft room turns completely Fall I decided to make this Pastel Birthday Wishes Card using the Bo Bunny Early Bird patterned paper collection. I found a great deal on the 6 x 6 pads last week and I bought a couple extras to giveaway! So, if you're a follower of my blog and you comment on this post, two lucky winners will receive the Bo Bunny paper pad from me. Winners to be announced in a couple of weeks.
The image on this card is by Bugaboo Stamps and it's called Flower Teapot. It was already printed and die cut, just waiting on my craft desk to be used. I thought the teapot goes well with the patterned papers, so I colored it with Copic markers and made it the focal image. A little Blushing Bride stamped butterfly was added along with the birthday sentiment both retired by Stampin' Up!. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Labor Day holiday!
This Pastel Birthday Wishes Card is entered into the following challenges:
Hello! I ended up having a little time to myself this evening when my hubby ran errands. So, once the washing machine and dryer were doing their thing... I decided to play.
Earlier in the week I found a really good deal on the Early Bird paper pad by Bo Bunny (2017), so I bought two. The colors in this paper are really pretty and I thought it would look good with the polka dot butterfly from the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set. I bought the stamp set several years back and have barely used it. I love the polka dot butterfly, so I don't know why I don't use it more. Daffodil Delight ink by Stampin' Up! was used for the butterfly and Memento black for the sentiment and butterfly detail. That's it! I debated on adding embellishments but decided against it. Sometimes less is more! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend!
It's a twofer Thursday! The hubby has the day off tomorrow, so I'm taking some extra craft time today! There are a couple of challenges that inspired this Quick Bird Card. The challenge at Cards in Envy is to use Yellow & Black and Creative Knockouts challenge is Something to Say. I love this sentiment by Stampendous and the Birds on a Wire die cut by Spellbinders made this a quick and easy card. The patterned paper is from the Summer Mood paper pad by Bo Bunny (2017). To add a little sparkle three yellow sequins were added and that's it. So glad you stopped by and enjoy the rest of your day!
Good day! If you're counting down with me... it's 23 days until the start of Fall! To get a head start on my Thanksgiving cards I made this Fall Card with Die Cuts. The stamp and die cut bundle will be released on September 5th in the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog. The stamp set is called Falling For Leaves and it coordinates with the Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies. Cardstock colors include: Early Espresso, Fresh Fig, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. Woodgrain patterned paper was used for the background and it was stamped with Crumb Cake ink using a leaf stamp. To add a subtle pattern a piece of scrap orange polka dot paper was used for the bottom trio of leaves. The sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso ink and die cut with a Tim Holtz Alterations circle framelit. Three sequins were added for some sparkle and that's it. So glad you stopped by!
Hello and happy Tuesday! This cute little Watermelon Bear image is a freebie from Gerda Steiner Designs and I've had him printed for awhile. Finally today the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches inspired me to color him and make this Watermelon Bear Card. Since watermelon is a sweet summer treat it also fits well with The Paper Girls challenge for Sweet Summer Treats. The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a cross stitched oval die by My Favorite Things. Most the patterned paper is from the Summer Lovin' paper pad by Carta Bella (2014) with the exception of the green stripe which came from the scrap bin. The sentiment is where I did a slight deviation from the sketch. Since it has a round design I just decided to skip adding the twine and added the sentiment. That's it! Thanks for stopping by.
It's Monday! Today I had an unusually early start to my day. I've already been to the grocery store, ran a few errands and made this Home Sweet Home Card. This card was pretty simple to make. The sketch at Sketch Saturday was used for the layout and I used the colored version of the Whimsical Cat image by Bugaboo Stamps. All I had to do was cut the patterned papers, stamp the sentiment (With You I'm Home sentiment kit by Unity Stamps) and assemble the card. Three aqua glimmer dots were added for detail and that's it! So glad you stopped by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Good day crafty friends! Today I'm sharing this Such a Deer Card that I made using the Deer Friend stamp set by Newton's Nook. The colors used come from the Inky Paws challenge to use magenta, yellow, tangerine and teal. It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to use the colors. I played around with several other ideas and finally this design evolved. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The little deer are so sweet! My edge punches don't get used that much anymore, so I decided to punch some yellow cardstock to mat the focal area to. All images are by Newton's Nook and the background patterned paper is from the Happy Campers paper pad by We R Memory Keepers. That's it! Challenges entered:
Hello and happy Friday! Last week we had a brief cool down with some rain and now the heat is back. So, if you're like me and counting the days until Fall arrives, there is 29 days until the first day of Fall. Until then... Stay Cool!
Several years back I won a challenge at Pattie's Creations and selected this Dog Days of Summer image for my prize. Isn't she cute? The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a square Tim Holtz Alterations framelit. All patterned paper is from the Sweet Summertime paper pad by Echo Park (2014). Some twine was added for detail and the sentiment was created on the computer, printed, punched, matted and added to the card. That's it! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Do you love making cards for Halloween? It's one of my favorite holidays to make cards! To send to my family and friends I make at least a dozen cards, sometimes more. I love the colors, patterned papers and the fun dressed up characters. Last week Newton's Nook released several new Halloween stamp sets and my favorite is the Hoppy Halloween set. It's hard for me to resist anything with cute bunnies! Needless to say this set immediately went into my shopping cart. Stamp LOVE... it's a thing!!!
To make this Hoppy Halloween Card I selected some of my favorite Halloween patterned papers form the Boos & Brews paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. A spider web border punch by Fiskars was used with white cardstock for detail and the sentiment was heat embossed. That's it! I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Hello and happy Tuesday! It's back to school for the kiddos and although I don't have kids I usually make a card for the occasion. This Fox Back to School Card will be given to the elementary school that backs up to my house along with a donation. Our neighborhood is having a school supply drive and I thought a handmade card needed to be included. The name of our neighborhood has Fox in it, so when I found this fox image I knew it would be perfect. Copic markers were used to color the image and the Frames & Flags die set by Newton's Nook was used for the blue frame. That's it, a pretty simple and easy back to school card. Thanks for stopping by!
Good day! I hope you've had a lovely weekend. We didn't do much, ran errands, did laundry and went to the grocery store. Nothing too exciting! However... I did find a local store that received a shipment of Crate Paper & Echo Park 6 x 6 paper pads for $2.99 each and that was pretty awesome. Not that I need more paper but it's hard to turn down a good deal.
This afternoon I made this Owl Wish Card using the Owlie Wishes Sentiment Kit from Unity Stamps. The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. Two patterned paper circles were die cut using some really old patterned paper by DCWV called Linen Closet. I thought the pattern coordinated well with the little dandelions on the stamped image. To accommodate the larger image size I made the card a little bigger than usual. The finished size of the card is 4.5 x 6.25. That's it! Thanks for stopping by!
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.
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!
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.