Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hello again! Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Hey y'all!  I know it's been a LONG time, but I have excuses.  We made another major move to another state and then COVID hit.  I am finally feeling more settled and have time to post.  

The Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge is found HERE.

I used the Stamplorations "Framed Dogwood" stamp to make these Easter cards.  I stamped them with Versamark ink on watercolor paper and then heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  I used CTMH watercolors to paint the images.  I then mounted the images to a rectangle die cut (CTMH)from cardstock in cardstock that matches each image.  I then die cut a frame from samed die set (CTMH) to frame the image.  I popped the black frame up with dimensional foam adhesive.  The "happy easter" greeting (CTMH) is stamped with black ink (CTMH) and popped up like the frame and the image.  And that is it.  I loved all the color combinations that are possible with this stamp.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Easter,




Friday, August 2, 2019

The Paper Players: PP452 Sketch Challenge (Pet Sympathy Card)

Hey y'all!

Today I am back with another card based on a sketch challenge.  My daughter's caregiver lost her dog who was 17 years old this week.  She had him since she was 8 years old so they grew up together.  I wanted to make her a card so I found a sketch that would work with the stamps and dies that I knew I wanted to use for the card.  I chose the sketch for The Paper Players Challenge blog.  It is challenge #452 and you can find it HERE.  

I hope she finds some solace in this card.  I used a picture of her dog on FB to color the doggy image.  I used Copics to achieve that look.  I also the Rainbow Bridge stamps and dies from CTMH plus the papers are from the current Mix-in paper packet also from CTMH.  The little greeting is from the new Simon Says Stamp printed greetings that you can just cut out or die cut.  I just fussy cut mine.  And there you have it.  
Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, June 30, 2019

SOSS #138 "B is for the Birds and the Bees" and Freshly Made Sketches #394

Hey Friends,

It has been awhile, but I am still around.  I haven't had much time to do challenges lately, but these I had to make time for.  I love the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenges and decided that I needed to join in this time.  HERE is the link to their challenge blog.  
                                                                                                                                                      I knew what stamps I wanted to use so I just needed to find a sketch that would work with them.  I chose the sketch for the current "Freshly Made Sketches #394" since it was pretty simple and I didn't want a lot of detail to take away from the main idea.  HERE is the link to the sketch.
As I stated earlier I kept my design simple since I wanted it to be all about the image and the saying.  I just stamped the image of the pregnant lady (Taylored Expressions - Jenn) with black Momento ink.  I then colored her with Copic markers.  I fussy cut her out and popped her up with pop dots.  I added some CTMH mini sparkles to her earrings for a little touch of bling.  The paper I used is from the CTMH "Sweet Girl" collection.  I found the saying in the Taylored Expressions "The Inside Scoop - Belated Birthday" set, but I thought it worked perfectly for a snarky take on the Birds and the Bees.  And there you have it.  
Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Coffee Pot Head Card

Hey Y'all,

I found some time today to make a "coffee" themed card for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. You can find out more about the hop HERE.
I instantly (no pun intended!) thought of my stamp set from Jillian Vance Designs (Simply Said Pot Head set) that is hilarious.  I love this set because it is so funny.  I found some old Prima paper(the Pulse collection 6x6) that I thought would work well with the "Pot Head" stamp.  The paper has grafitti on it for a grunge look.  I kept it simple because the stamps speak for themselves.  I stamped the image and words with Versafine onyx black ink.  I fussy cut the pot after using a Kingart Dual Tip brush marker in dark brown to color in the coffee.  I then used my CTMH watercolor in pale blue to watercolor the glass part of the pot so that it blended with the patterned paper behind it.  I popped the pot up with pop dots.  I matted both the large paper and the smaller one with black cardstock (CTMH) so that the pieces would stand out more.  And that's it!  
Thanks for stopping by. 


Sunday, January 13, 2019

SOSS #126: B is for Books Take 2

Happy New Year to my peeps!
It's a new year so it's time for some new challenges.  Today I am sharing with you the second card I made for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  I love their challenges!  They take humor to a new level in card making.  It's so fun to try and come up with snarky cards.  This challenge is called SOSS #126:  "B is for Books".  You can go to their blog HERE!  

For this card I used the MFT stamp set called "I (Heart) Books" for the gal with the book.  The adorable little dog is from the MFT Pure Innocence set called "Dog-gone Cute".  I stamped both images with Black Memento ink and then colored them in with Copics and CTMH Shinhan markers.  I used CTMH "Seasons Mix-Ins paper for the aqua paper and CTMH "Rustic Home" for the woodgrain paper.  Cardstock is also from CTMH.  I printed out the quote, trimmed it and mounted it on the woodgrain paper.  I added some CTMH black dots for a little accent.  The card pattern I used is from the CTMH "Make It From Your Heart"  Vol. 2  pattern #22.  And there you go.  Done!  Thanks for stopping by, 


Saturday, July 28, 2018

SOSS #115: J is for Junk

Hi Y'all!

Today I get to try my hand at being the guest designer over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Because my card "Suck It Up Cupcake" was chosen as the winner card I am now the reigning Queen of the blog.  Part of my duties as Queen is to be part of the design team for the next challenge.  The challenge I get to be part of is "J is for Junk" which means you have to use recycled or upcycled on your project.  You can find the challenge HERE.

  For my card I am using an old Michigan map for my background.  Now that we no longer live there I feel safe to cut that puppy up.  

To make the card I first attached the old map and distressed the edges with Ranger Distress ink in Walnut Stain.  Let me just insert a comment here - I LOVE that ink!!!  It is the best for edging cards.  Just sayin'....  Anyway, Next I die cut the MFT Insert-It Instaframe out of white cardstock(CTMH).  I then die cut it again out of yellow (CTMH) cardstock.  I distressed all edges on both the white frame and the yellow window with the Walnut Stain.  I then stamped the greeting in Sapphire ink (CTMH) and added some Clear Star Gelly Roll pen to the "6" and "vacation" to give it a little bling.  (It is hard to capture that in the pictures.)  I also added some Blue Burlap (CTMH) to the bottom of the frame for a little texture.  I attached the frame with pop dots and the yellow insert was mounted flat to the card.  On a separate piece of white cardstock I stamped the airplane and 2 suitcases in Momento Black Tuxedo ink. I then colored them in using COPIC sketch markers.  I used C1 and C3 on the airplane.  I used E31 and E33 on the suitcases.  I then fussy cut them out and mounted to the card as shown.  The plane and the top suitcase are popped up.  It needed something else so I added some red dots from the CTMH Stargazer Dots embellishments.  

And there you have it.  I have so enjoyed my reign as Queen of Snarky and hope to have a repeat some time in the future.  Thanks for stopping by my humble blogdom. LOL

(aka Queen)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Queen of Snark Winner!

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited about being selected the newest
Queen of Snark!  over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.
My suck it up cupcake card was chosen the winner.  Now I get to be their guest designer next week.  I am thrilled and can't wait to see what the challenge will be.  Stay tuned....