Monday, May 14, 2018


Today I'm sharing a card I made for the most recent CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

Here's the sketch:

 And here's my take:

At a crafty retreat in March I had lots of fun playing with some of the Nuvo Glimmer Pastes. So fantastic!!! And I love how they sparkle! On this panel I've used Blue Topaz and Sapphire Blue with the On The Diagonal Stencil from MFT.

The "Awesome" die is a new to me purchase from Neat and Tangled. I absolutely LOVE it and can see already that I'm going to use it a lot!!!

One of my neighbor girlfriends just went through Fire Academy to become a volunteer firefighter with our mountain fire department. Last weekend she had her final tests, and she passed, so I made this card for her :) I'm so excited for her!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stencil: On The Diagonal (MFT)
Cardstock: 110 lb Smooth Solar White (Neenah), True Black (PTI)
Specialty Cardstock: Silver Sparkle (MFT)
Glimmer Paste: Blue Topaz and Sapphire Blue (Nuvo)
Dies: Awesome Die (Neat and Tangled), Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Adhesive: Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Foam Tape (3M)  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Rainbow Happy Birthday

Today I'm sharing a card I created using the sketch from the most recent Lawn Fawnatics Challenge :)

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

I was so excited to have some time in my craft studio this weekend! Lots of birthdays and occasions coming up, so lots of cards to make!!! Plus, I finally had a chance to get inky with the Catherine Pooler inks that I purchased over a month ago ;) I really love these inks! The colors are gorgeous and the coverage is excellent. I had a chance to try them out at a craft retreat back in March and after doing so I just had to order some. BIG THANKS to Shay and Jen for the delightful enabling ;)

After stamping all of that rainbow yumminess in the background, I didn't want to cover it up, so I used a vellum scalloped circle die-cut to ground my focal point.

I'll be sending this off via snail mail to a sweet crafty friend who has a birthday coming up next week! Hope she likes it!!!

Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Party Dress, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia (Catherine Pooler); Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko); VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: White and True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Black and White Stripes 6x6 Paper Pack (MFT)
Vellum: White (DeNami Design)
Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)
Dies: Happy Happy Happy Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn), banner from Magic Color Slider (Lawn Fawn), Scalloped Circle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Mono Vellum Adhesive (Tombow) 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Advice From A Mountain

Happy Saturday! Popping in today to share a card I made using the sketch from the most recent Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

I absolutely LOVE this sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession! Great words to live by :)

My nephew is graduating from high school next month and will be heading off to the Naval Academy (yep...following in the footsteps of his big brother who is about to graduate from the Academy in less than two weeks). I'll be mailing this off to him very soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!!!

Stamps: Sentiment H17183 (Impression Obsession), Warmest Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Embossing Powder: Clear (American Crafts)
Copic Sketch Markers: BG10 and N1
Distress Oxide Inks: Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers (Ranger)
Cardstock: White, Kraft, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts), Large Cross-Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn), Warmest Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Stamping Mask Paper (Inkadinkadoo)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Today I'm sharing a Mother's Day card I made for the current Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge

Here's the gorgeous inspiration photo:

And here's my take:

This was my first attempt at coloring with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and I really enjoyed it!!! I still need a lot of practicing of course but it's lots of fun and I like the results. I'm still a bit heavy-handed. And I think I'd like to try some other cardstocks out that have more of a tooth, so I can get a better blend. Also thinking I need more pencils (imagine that!! hahaha!) to have a little bit wider range of colors (I only bought the set of 24 to start).

The card features a beautiful stamp set from Studio Katia called Spring Bouquet. A HUGE THANK YOU to Studio Katia for gifting this to us at a recent stamping retreat!!! I love it! The sparkling crystals are also from Studio Katia---so pretty in person!

I mailed this off to my mom for Mother's Day. Hope she likes it!!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a great week!

Stamps: Spring Bouquet (Studio Katia)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)
Colored Pencils: Polychromos (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Embellishments: Sparkling Crystals Mix (Studio Katia)
Adhesive: Studio Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal) 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Happy Birthday

Hello there! Playing along with two challenges today: Simon Says "Anything Goes" and Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes."

Here's my card:

I bought the Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die a while back and finally had a chance to try it out! I love that you can use the die-cut panel to cover your entire card base or you can just use the pieces and layer them up as individual flowers. So many super fun possibilities!

I mailed this off to a sweet friend today for her May 1st birthday! I hope she likes it!!!

Thanks for visiting :)

Stamp: Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: White/Lemon Tart/Bright Buttercup/Hibiscus Burst/Raspberry Fizz/Aqua Mist/Hawaiian Shores/Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Black and White Stripes 6x6 Paper Pack (MFT)
Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)
Dies: Spring Showers Cover Die (Altenew), Sentiment Essentials Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts)
Embossing Folder: Thin Lines (Darice)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura) 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Yay! Yay! Yay!

Today I'm sharing a card I created using the most recent sketch over at MFT Card Challenges.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

I love these adorable BB Birthday Chicks from My Favorite Things!!! They make me so happy...just like the sweet friend I'll be snail mailing this to ;)

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Stamps: BB Birthday Chicks (MFT)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Copic Sketch Markers: Y11, Y15, Y38, R32, R35, YR02, YR04, YG03, YG05, E30, E33
Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Really Rainbow 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn), Watercolor Wishes 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn)
Dies: BB Birthday Chicks Die-namics (MFT), Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT), Burst Die (Avery Elle)
Enamel Shapes: On Trend "Party" (My Mind's Eye)
Tool: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Xtreme Permanent Adhesive (Tombow), Foam Tape (3M) 

Friday, April 13, 2018

You Are Pawesome

Today I'm sharing a card I made featuring the Favor Bag Accessories - Dog - Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant. I absolutely love all of the different pups you can create from these dies! So adorable! But of course for my first time using these products I had to go with a pup that looks like my Pepper :)

If you follow me on Facebook then you know that Pepper has been recovering from several shoulder injuries. Over the past three months we've consulted with several vets and orthopedic specialists here in Colorado, and Pepper has been through lots of physical exams, imaging, procedures/treatments, forced rest and physical therapy. Throughout this entire time our dear friend, who is a vet and teaches at LSU's Vet School in Louisiana, has been an incredible help to us. Orthopedics is not her specialty, but each step along the way she's consulted with her colleagues who do specialize in orthopedics and together they've provided an additional set of professional opinions that have really helped in easing our minds and guiding us down an appropriate path for Pepper's treatment/recovery. This card is going to our friend and her colleagues along with a basket full of goodies. We will never be able to thank them enough. These people work crazy hours and have so much going on in their own lives, yet they took the time to help us. We will be forever grateful for their kindness. And I'm happy to report that we were recently given the go-ahead from the orthopedic specialist here in Colorado to slowly start ramping up Pepper's activity level. She's doing really well so far and loves being back out on the trails. I'll post some photos soon!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: You Are Pawesome (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: Favor Bag Accessories - Dog - Creative Cuts (Mama Elephant), Scalloped Pierced Rectangles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: White, Mint Julep, Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Adhesive: Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)