Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thankful Fox Card

Good day! It's gloomy outside today with overcast skies and scattered showers. So, I've been working on my Thanksgiving cards. I need to mail them on Saturday which means time is running out.

This Thankful Fox Card was made using the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge. The fox image is from the Harvest Tails stamp set by Newton's Nook and was colored with Copic markers. Patterned papers are from the Fall Market paper pad by Carta Bella with cardstock colors in Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede by Stampin' Up!. I liked the way Becky Noelle added the die cut sentiment on her card, so I found a thankful die and followed her lead. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Card - TMS #530

Hello and happy Tuesday! We are starting a new sketch today at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I would love for you to join us this week! I'm using the sketch to make several Thanksgiving cards. It's a pretty simple sketch and easy to make multiples if you're short on time (like I am). The design team used a variety of occasions for their examples. Click HERE for all the inspiration, challenge details and this weeks prize. Just remember to have your creation linked by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

The images on both of these Thanksgiving Cards are by Newton's Nook and were colored with Copic markers. I have fun playing with patterned paper and it's the main reason I started making cards. When I make multiples they are really not the same, because I use different papers. I rarely make two identical cards. Everything on these cards were adhered flat for easy shipping and I chose not to add any embellishments. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Thanksgiving Raccoon Card entered into the following challenges:


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Friday, November 15, 2019

Christmas Card with Pink

Happy Friday! I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope all is well in your world. Even though I need to focus on Thanksgiving cards I caved and made a Christmas Card with Pink. The colors were selected to play along with the Inky Paws challenge that closes today. I'm not a big fan of pink, so it usually takes a challenge to make me use it. I figure one of my nieces will get this card for Christmas.

The images and sentiment are from the Festive Fawns stamp set by Newton's Nook. In fact, with the exception of the inks, papers and rectangle die all other supplies used on this card are by Newton's Nook. They include: Forest Scene Builder Die and Land Borders Die. Copic markers were used to color the images and the coordinating die cuts were used with a Big Shot. For the focal panel I did a little ink smooshing using Tumbled Glass distress ink. That's pretty much it! Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks again for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Newton's Thanksgiving Card

Good day crafty friends! Last night I was looking at the calendar and realized I still need to make several Thanksgiving cards to get them mailed in time. I definitely need to focus and stop getting distracted! So, this afternoon I made this Newton's Thanksgiving Card using the photo inspiration from {PIN}spirational as my starting point. The layout was based off a card my Samantha Mann from last years release debut of the Newton's Thanksgiving stamp set. The images were colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. To add some detail I dusted off the sewing machine and added some stitching with ivory thread. That's it! Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Merry Christmouse Card - TMS #529

Hello and happy Tuesday! It may be fall but it feels like winter outside! The cold nip in the air is a good reminder that Christmas in on it's way. Do you have your cards done? If you need some inspiration we would love for you to join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and the design team has created a variety of inspiration for you. We are also welcoming Lisa Lynn who joined our design team and will rotate bi-weekly with KT Fit Kitty who joined us last week. I hope you will join the fun! Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

This Merry Christmouse Card features an image from the retired Merry Mice stamp set by Stampin' Up!. The image was the perfect size to fit the sketch and it was colored with Stampin' Blends markers. The patterned papers are form the Wrapped in Plaid dsp from this years holiday catalog. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Because of the Brave Card

Good day! It's Veteran's Day here in the United States and I made this Because of the Brave Card to mark the occasion. When I think about all the sacrifices made by the soldiers and their families throughout the history of our nation it's always emotional. Saying thank you doesn't seem like enough!

The image and sentiment on this card are from the Home of the Brave stamp set by Jessica Lynn Original and Copic markers were used to color the image. The papers were selected to coordinate with the colored image and three stars added for some sparkle. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Floral Thinking of You Card

Hello! There are many times in life that a Thinking of You Card is needed. This Fall Floral Thinking of You Card was made for my grandmother. She has dementia and the last month has been really rough for her. Yesterday I went through all of my cards and none of them were what I wanted to send, so I made this one special for her.💜

A couple of years ago I saw a card by Nancy Leedy and fell in love with the colors and floral arrangement. She used the Birthday Blooms stamp set with the leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set both by Stampin' Up!. I would have never thought of combining the two stamp sets without seeing her card. It's taken me a couple of years to use the two together but I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now I have the perfect card for my grandmother. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Using different colors for the flower I made as second card to send to a family friend who is fighting pancreatic cancer. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thanksgiving Card with Squirrel

Good day! Over the next few weeks I'll be making several Thanksgiving cards to send to family and friends. When creating this Thanksgiving Card with Squirrel I was thinking "what could be more thankful than a squirrel with a arm full of nuts". We have several squirrels that frequent our backyard and I buy them nuts, I'm a sucker for cute critters.

The images featured on this card are by Newton's Nook. They are from three different stamp sets, but the squirrel is from the Harvest Tails stamp set and they were colored with Copic markers. To create the sunset I used distress oxide inks and the scene die cut is called Birch Tree Collage by Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box. As usual, everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Wishing Joy Card - TMS #528

Happy Tuesday! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we are happy to welcome KT Fit Kitty to our design team. She will be a co-designing with Lisa Lynn and they will alternate weeks. I'm thrilled to be working with both of these talented ladies.

This weeks sketch was designed by Debbie Foster and it made me think of a neglected snowflake die I had tucked back in my cabinet. It's been a while since I've used it and I'm trying to use my older supplies. So whether you have something older or something new to use, we would love to see your take on this weeks sketch. You have until 8 pm EST on Sunday to link your creation. Click HERE for the design team inspiration and challenge details.

Challenges entered: Artsystamper (Monochromatic), Crafter's Castle (Anything Goes), Dragonfly Dreams (Christmas/Winter) and Dream Valley (All That Glitters).

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Latte Birthday Wishes Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share this Latte Birthday Wishes Card. The Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop started on Friday and this is the first card I've had time to make. The papers are by Bo Bunny from the Stay Awhile collection and they were already on my desk from a card I made last month. I decided to use a Tim Holtz image from the Fresh Brewed stamp set and Copic markers were used to color the image. The sentiment is by Jaded Blossoms from the Coffee Break stamp set and it was heat embossed using Vintage Pearl embossing powder by Ranger. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and two sequins added for a touch of sparkle. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spooky Halloween Card

Happy Halloween! Well... it's almost over, but I usually make a Halloween card while waiting for trick-or-treaters. This Spooky Halloween Card was this evenings creation. I made a inky background using distress oxide inks. The stamped images are by Hello Bluebird from the Halloween Party and Little Haunters stamp sets. Copic markers were used to color the images and then they were die cut with the coordinating dies. The spooky tree was a freebie I received with a recent Simon Says Stamp order and that's it. The tree definitely added the spooky vibe to the card. I hope you had a fantastic Halloween and thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered: Addicted to Stamps and More (Photo Inspiration), Aud Sentiments (Anything Goes + Sentiment), Simon Says (Anything Goes), Southern Girls (Happy Halloween) and Little Red Wagon (Scary It!).

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Thanksgiving Card with Raccoon

Hello! It's a rainy and cold day which make the perfect crafting days. I decided it was time to make a few cards for Thanksgiving. When it comes to coloring images I can be pretty slow, so smaller images work better when I'm making multiple cards. This Raccoon image is from the Bushels of Love stamp set by Newton's Nook from the 2016 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive. The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment stamp by Stampabilities is a wooden stamp that I found on clearance last summer. All patterned papers are from the 2015 Fall Friends paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. Can you tell I'm trying to use some neglected supplies? My purchase rate far exceeds my crafting speed. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!🍁

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pick of the Patch Card - TMS #527

Happy Tuesday and welcome back for another new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch is pretty simple and can be utilized for a wide variety of occasions. I went with Halloween and made this Pick of the Patch Card for my three year old nephew. He recently went to the pumpkin patch and had a great time, so I thought all the pumpkins would be fun. The image is called Halloween Peeker Ghost by Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment is from a Newton's Nook stamp set called Boo-tiful Night. Three orange stars added to the green strips of paper to follow the sketch and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping.

We would love for you to join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches! You can find the challenge details and design team inspiration HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your card in the gallery!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Where is the Candy? Halloween Card

Only a few more days until Halloween! Our yard is decorated and I've bought the candy, because it's all about the candy. Unfortunately, the weather is going to be cooler than normal for Halloween night. I'm hoping we still get a good number of trick-or-treaters! If not my hubbies coworkers will get some candy. 🎃

All my cards have been mailed for this year but I'm still in the Halloween mood. So, I made this Where is the Candy? Halloween Card to get a head start on next years cards. The sentiment and images are from the Where is the Candy? stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs. After the images were colored I fussy cut them (because I couldn't find the coordinating dies, they are somewhere in my mess). The patterned paper is from the Pumpkin Party paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. I love the colors in this paper collection! Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and three sequins added for sparkle. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Peeking Cat Hello Card

Hello! There are only hours left of this years Cat Lovers Blog Hop, so I made this Peeking Cat Hello Card to honor our middle cat. We adopted him five years ago and for the first year we thought it was a big mistake. Previously he was adopted as a kitten from our vets office then he was returned at five months old. The owners said they couldn't take care of him due to a death of a family member. The poor boy was evidently left alone a lot and had severe separation anxiety. He was a challenge, but we knew if we gave up on him it would break his spirit. Now, five years later he is the most affectionate cat we have and we couldn't image life without him. He just needed time to adjust to all the changes! There are days he is still a little crazy but he is so loveable it makes up for it.💚

Last year I saw a card using the Feline Curious image by Stampendous! and I knew it would look great colored like him (photos below). Although I've been hesitant to use it because coloring with black Copic markers is a little intimidating, but I think it turned out okay. Once the image was colored I fussy cut it and adhered it flat to the plaid and woodgrain paper. The sentiment is from the Pretty Kitty stamp set by Stampin' Up!. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

#tongueouttuesday

Photo bombing sisters two year birthday pictures:

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Kitty Trick or Treat Card

Greetings! Overnight a cold front moved in and brought with it some rain, which we needed. When I left the house to run errands I didn't bring a jacket and definitely wished I had. It's that time of year here in Oklahoma where it can be short sleeves one day and coats the next.

I'm almost done with my Halloween cards and plan to mail them on Saturday. I like the cards to arrive right before the holiday. This Kitty Trick or Treat Card features an image from the Newton's Nook Boo-tiful Night stamp set and trick or treat die cut from the Halloween Trio Die set. The background was made with Distress Oxide Inks and then I stamped some grasses from the Nature's Beauty stamp set by Stampin' Up!. It was adhered to a swirl patterned paper by Doodlebug Design from the Boos & Brews paper pad. Three sequins were added for sparkle and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

On My Mind Card - TMS #526

Happy Tuesday! This month is flying by and it's time for the start of another sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I think you will like this weeks sketch! It was designed by Laura Jean Nygaard (LJ) and it features a tag for the focal area. When creating my card I didn't notice the different layers on the sketch until LJ posted her finished card. After seeing her card I looked closer and then I saw the slight different shades to indicate another layer. My vision is definitely not as good as it used to be! 👀

We would love for you to join us this week. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


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Monday, October 21, 2019

Cat Thinking of You Card

Good day crafty friends! Today is the start of the 2019 Cat Lovers Blog Hop and I've made this Cat Thinking of You Card to play along. It features the Really... Kitty? stamp set by Unity Stamps and the image was colored with Copic markers. The kitty was colored to look like my first house cat that I had when I was in high school (photo below). She lived with me for twenty years before she crossed the rainbow bridge and she was the sweetest kitty I've ever had (so far). I wanted to use Fall colors and found the brown hearts paper from the Penelope paper pad and mixed it with the leaves from the Beautifully Brisk paper pad both by Bo Bunny. The sentiment is retired from the Wetlands stamp set by Stampin' Up!. For a little sparkle three sequins were added and that's it. The Cat Lovers Hop is going on through October 26th and you can find all the details HERE. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Trick or Treat Card

Hello! I'm still working on my Halloween cards and the time is nearing to get them mailed. So this afternoon I selected a few challenges and made this Halloween Trick or Treat Card. The image and sentiment are from the Happy Howl-oween stamp set by Newton's Nook and were colored using Copic markers then die cut with the coordinating die. The polka dot paper is from the Boos & Brews paper pad by Doodlebug Design (2016) and the green is by Lawn Fawn from the Watercolor Wishes paper pad (2017). A few sequins to finish it off and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: Addicted to Stamps and More (Holiday), Creative Knockouts (Halloween), Cute Card Thursday (Spots and Dots!), If You Give a Crafter a Cookie (Photo Inspiration) and Simon Says (Halloween).

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

You're the Best Card

Good day! It's really beautiful outside today and I probably should be doing some yard work, but I decided to make my hubby a card. He does a lot for me and I could do a better job at giving recognition. Although I may say thank you it's been said that actions speak louder than words and I do believe that's true. So I'm trying to be more aware of my actions of gratitude and hopefully he will notice. 😊

This You're the Best Card features a bear from the Patience & Hugs stamp set by Unity Stamps. He was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a cross stitched die by My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from the Butterflies and Sunbeams sentiment kit by Unity Stamps and all patterned paper is from the Take Flight collection by Pink & Main. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bold Birthday Card - TMS #525

Welcome back and happy Tuesday! This weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches was a ton of fun to put together. I love using circles and decided to create a masculine birthday card using the sketch. The birthday sentiment is by Unity Stamps from their Say it Big sentiment kit from May 2019. The circle stamps are by Bo Bunny from the Circular Textures Stamp set. For the colors I decided on Blueberry Bushel and Granny Apple Green by Stampin' Up!. We would love for you to join us this week! For the challenge details and wonderful design team inspiration click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your card in the gallery this week.


This Bold Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges: Alphabet Challenge (One Word Sentiment) and The Paper Girls (Birthday).

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Mummy Halloween Card

Hello! The hubby and I decorated our front yard last night for Halloween. We have a dozen inflatables and we put lights on the trees and bushes. It makes it fun for the kids and our yard is known for it's Halloween decorations. My favorites are the black cats and one of our neighbors told us that her daughter blows kisses to them when they drive by, so cute.

Well, onto this Mummy Halloween Card featuring a retired image by Bugaboo Stamps. It's been printed for a while and I thought it would work well with the current Stella Says Sketch challenge. I mixed several different patterned papers and used a trick or treat sentiment from the Happy Howl-oween stamp set by Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the image and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. One more Halloween card done and about six more to go to have enough for my family and friends. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Kitty Witch Halloween Card

Happy Friday! This month is quickly getting away from me and I still have several Halloween cards to make. If you've followed my blog for awhile then you know I love cats, rabbits and pretty much any cute critter. Earlier this year I found a new to me stamp company called Hello Bluebird and they have some super cute critters. This Kitty Witch Halloween Card features images from their Halloween Party stamp set which were colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. A piece of star paper from the Bootiful Night paper pad by American Crafts (2016) was selected and the focal area was made with Distress Oxide inks in: Carved Pumpkin, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves with a touch of Black Soot. The final touch was adding the Happy Halloween die cut from Impression Obsession. Like most of my cards everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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It happens all the time! I get up from my craft chair and return to find one of my cats taking advantage of the warm seat. This is one of the reasons I don't get more accomplished. I let him keep the chair and I wait until the little chair thief moves on. 😊

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Celebrate Birthday Card

Hello! Today I remember my sister as it would have been her 43rd birthday. It's been 8 years since she passed but it still hurts. The occasions are the hardest but the hole of our missing relationship is always present❣ Making cards has been my therapy, so it was only fitting that I made a card on her birthday.

To make this Celebrate Birthday Card I used the sketch at the Inky Paws challenge for the layout. Since my sister liked dogs I decided to use the Let's Pawty STAMPtember set by Newton's Nook (it's sold out). At one time she had a yellow lab named Cooper, so I colored the image to look like him using Copic markers. All patterned paper are from the Happy Birthday paper pad by Echo Park (2017). Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. I feel like this card could be given to anybody and it's nice to have a few of those in my stash. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! ❤

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