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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Roar of a Shadow

This is another Puddle Jumper stamp from Lori Boyd.  Lukas' friend is a little lizard who thinks he is a great big dinosaur, at least the shadow says he is. 

It's amazing what light can do... shed "light" on the subject,
Make the subject appear bigger, or bend minds around corners.

Dinosaur from Create a Critter, Lizard and Lukas Stamps
Fancy Pants papers
Rawr - Create a Critter
Copic markers

You've Got Mail

Is there anything better than getting a letter in the mail.  A card or letter someone has penned to you.  Not a bill, not a form, but a real letter.  That's why I make my cards, to send them to someone and let them have a smile that something was made for them. 

I used the mailbox and letter on the Doodle Charms cartridge
Grass from Easter 2010 
Letters from Lyrical Letters  and Cricut Fonts
The bird from 50 States
Stickles for a little sparkle
LePlume Markers, Spica and Copics

This was a fun forming in my mind, so the colors are fantastical and bright.
I know just the right person for this card.

Spring Challenge - Fantabulous Cricut

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Perfect Summer Day

It's not summer yet, but I'm thinking about it! 
This is Noah Puddle-Jumper and his little dog out for the summer day. 
The Puddle Jumper stamps are made by Lori Boyd. 

\Copic Markers E00 and E50
G00, G12, YG00, B00, B12
Stabilo Markers
Fancy Pants Sticker
Star Buttons
Faux stitching
Cricut and scrap papers
Uniball White Gel Pen

Top Tip Tuesday Tip -When creating faux stitching use a scoring roller like this: 
It creates a beautiful line of stitching holes along the paper.   Add in the white gel pen between holes and anyone would be hard pressed to tell otherwise. Even the feel is there.... without all the time and broken needles. 

Tip Top Tuesday - Use 3 Things (Buttons on lower left)

Eureka Stamps - Buttons and Bows

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dots and Puddle Jumpers

I got my first (very) small set of Copics this week.  I took the class a month ago, but as most of you probably know, they are not cheap.  I used my discount from the Copic Standard Certification class to get a set of 24.  It is going to need a lot of supplementing just to get me to a place where I can use the minor skills I've learned.

This stamp is from my Puddle Jumpers set by Lori Boyd.  I love these kids!  My stamp sets are mostly full of words and sentiments.  These stamps were the first time I ventured into using stamps to color and create cards.  All that changed as I fell in love with the Cricut and became a major paper layering addict. I'm not as IN LOVE with the Cricut as I used to be and beginning the appreciation for coloring again.

Cricut cuts for the circles and scallops.
Fun use of dots at every layer
Paper Flower
Ribbons and Ties

So combining the best of both worlds, I'm going to learn to color again. 

TIP TOP TUESDAY TIP:  When adding stitching to a card, use a rotary tool, like this one: 

Entering in:

Crafty Cardmakers #137 Dots

Tip Top Tuesday - 3 of Something  - 3 Blk Brads

Monday, April 20, 2015

Crazy Dinosaur

A friend of mine puts silly jokes on her Facebook page every day.  I love them, the sillier the better.  It fits right in with my quirky sense of humor.....

Trees from Serenade and Walk in my Garden
Dinosaur from Create a Critter
Cloud with home-made paper and trimmed in shape of cloud

Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes #56

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rock-a-bye Birdie

I've been super busy with church stuff and back pain.  I got shots for the back pain and I could sit at my craft table and actually concentrate, so I got 3 cards done in one sitting.  sometimes I could only get 1/2 a card done in a day.  Getting this much done in one day, plus laundry and dinner, is tremendous.

This card was inspired by a Mary Engelbreit drawing below.

My card barely looks like hers. I'm limited by the cricut cartridges I have etc.  
I love ME art pieces.  I like the movement on my card, the bird swings 
like it is rocking to sleep and I'm re-enjoying 
3 Birds on Parade cartridge. 

My own - Sending you a smile stamp
3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge
Dotted Swiss Embossing folder
Flower punches

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flower Growth

It's spring and the surprising rate of things blooming in my yard is incredible.  My hydrangeas came back, my rose bushes bloomed today and my chrysanthemums are greening up.  So this is my card for spring growth.

The seed is deep in the ground but doesn't mind the struggle of the rock, it just moves around it. 

Rock is a cloud from Going Places Cartridge
Walk In My Garden Cartridge for flower, rose, snail and butterfly
Dragonfly punch
Life's a beach seaweed for plant underground
Paper trimmings for the grass
Fancy Pants Papers
Torn pieces of paper

.This is the positive note to this card
We don't grow when things are easy,
we grow when we face challenges. 

Entered in:
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Spring Flowers

Path of Positivity -- Growth

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LOVE birds

These are love birds with their own nautical signs. I love this Nautical Paper I got in a little kit from Pick Your Plum.  A site I have become addicted to... and enjoy daily.

Talk about 2 birds who flock together. 

Cricut Cartridges
3 Birds on Parade

Hand Cut Banners
Fancy Pants Nautical Paper
HighLife Paper
twined silver wire
black wire

Entered in:

#136 Wings at Crafty Card Makers

Pile It On #63 - Die cuts and/or Punches

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Cricut Cartridge - Basic Cuts and Shapes
Walk in My Garden
Close to My Heart Markers
Close to My Heart clips
Brads and Eyelets Flowers

The bunny is made with circles, stretched, sized and cut. 
8 circles
8 Ovals for ears
10 ovals for nose, oval punch
Triangles for dress collar
Half Circle for Dress
Walk in my Garden, flowers with Floral Brads
Scrap Ribbon to tie around Bunny's Head
Michaels $1 sale bunny stamp
Sentiment:  Happy Easter
Washi Tape-Lace

I'm Still learning the flicking move.  This time to create fur, shadow and depth. 
She's a happy bunny.  

He is Risen! We are redeemed! 
What's not to be happy about? 

Entered in Fantabulous Cricut - Easter #248

Pile It On #63, Die Cuts and Punches

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with a Sentiment #123

Friday, March 27, 2015


Hello.  On this card I was practicing color flicking, shading, gradients and blending.
These were things I learned in the Copic Standard Certification class. Which is exceptionally difficult when you are limited on Copic collections.  Most of the colors worked out well with my Italian Stabillo pens.  Even the two that I didn't like worked with the embossing on them.  I have to keep practicing and buying more Copics.

I used cartridges George and Basic shapes
Hello- Beyond Birthdays
Various stamps
Embossing folders - Divine Swirls
Floral Swirls

Entered in the following challenges:

 Challenge 128Anything Goes {plus a sentiment!}Mar 26- Apr 7, 2015

Pile It On #61 - Sentiment as focal point

Challenge #24--SERENDIPITY: March 2nd - April 5th, 2015

Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise".

Especially if one knows that the other is having a rough time.  
This is the most serendipitous thing I get to do. 

This is the inside of the card, "hello."
 and Goodbye. :0)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Serendipity,  luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for...
This is how I feel about traveling.  We always know what the end destination is, but the journey is what makes it so wonderful. Tom and I have often found our home away from home along the way.  We've traveled all over the world with the U.S. Navy and Tom's current job with Tetra Pak.  It's so exciting to find out what you will love in the new place.  A positive attitude is what has helped when we have had to move from a place we truly loved, to find new things to love in the next place.
Enjoy The Journey

Inside the card sentiment:  Enjoy The Journey, which I did in Shrinky Dink. I love how the words turned out wiggly as if on a map of curvy roads.  Cartridge cuts from My Community and Create a Friend. Card stock from Hammermill White, Travel the World Paper pack, Le Plume pens.
Entered in:

Path of Positivity Challenge - #24 Serendipity

Easter Cardz

I decided to go with a black bunny instead of the traditional white.  I saw them at the pet store last month and they were just so beautiful.  So, my Easter bunny is black with a sparkly puffy tail.

  and then he stops to see a crazy chick with flower fluff.  Spring brings the new and the unexpected

Cartridge: Easter 2010
Scrap Papers 
Metal "Hi" tag
Green and Yellow Baker's Twine
Black Gliltter

Card entered in 

Cardabilities-#135 Spring Has Sprung ……

Easter Bunny Tag
Bo Bunny Paper

Friday, March 20, 2015

I don't want to taco 'bout it.

Taco from Ole' cartridge
Papers from an old  Annie's set
Coloring from Marvy LePlume
Sentiment - Printed

Entered in Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Something 

Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Pelican Love

This pelican is looking over his domain.  The dolphin loves him.  Especially since his brother saved Nemo. :0)

Okay, on with the show:

All items in this scene are from Life is A Beach cartridge
Scrap paper
Copic Markers
Delightful Swirls embossing folder
Copic AT YOU Spica Pen

 This was a fun scene to create.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello - Good Bye Birdie

Some bright flourescents and gelly pens and I have these hello birds on a fence.
The love of colorful wings.  This card is part of a set that I made for my mom for Christmas.  Some confessions..... when I was at my parents house while my dad was ill.  I swiped (borrowed without permission) some things from their house and used them as inspiration pieces for things I made them for Christmas.  I took a really pretty basket (except for the fact that some little kid had written their name across the top) painted it and used it to hold the things I made.  On my mother's shelf she had this little picket fence house.  So, a whole series of cards have picket fences.

Walk In My Garden
Paper Doll Dress up
Just Because Cards
Scrap papers, top one crinkled and smoothed.
Heart Punch
Inside is blank but paper lined.

Thanks for visiting me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cardabilities Sketch-Monocromatic


All the DT examples at  Cardabilities had the scallop as the whole card, which were beautiful, but I sized down the scallop from the cartridge Paper Trimmings layered all 18 layers, then the small white flower on top, with the metal tag that says, "Hello." 

A leaf trail from Serenade.

Cricut embossing folders 
Dotted Swiss
Divine Swirls
Cursive Writing
Lace Washi Tape

Cardabilities Sketch #119
Imagination Station - Anything Goes

I made Top 3 at Inspiration Destination

Friday, March 6, 2015

Painting Bunny

This is my painting Easter bunny card. 
I was really proud of my fluffy bunny tail.  I threaded some twisted twill through a button several times, tied them in knots and cropped the tine close to the knots.  It turned out just like I wanted.  

My vision with this card started with a Easter bunny out painting his egg, standing on a ladder to reach the top with his brush. 
And.... when it was all painted.....

He painted his way out of it and left his impression. 
I crack myself up in little giggles when I start a story of a card. 

Easter 2010 Cartridge
Tuesday Morning Paper 
Bazzill Paper


Pile It On #58 - Adhesive embellishment 

National Old Stuff Day -Bitten By the Bug 2 - Old Cartridge Easter 2010

Bowties, Adhesives, on anything goes.

The animals are dressed up and ready to go. Gerald Giraffe, Bella Bunny and Max Monkey put on their bows and bow-ties, moved through the leaves and shamrocks to thank this person who joined their team.  Inside says:  We are Lucky To Have You

New Arrival (The cartridge I haven't used in a while)
Create a Critter
Cricut and Bazzille Papers
Round Paper Clips
Peel off Shamrock stickers
Ribbon and Bow on Bunny Embellie
Blue Chip Flower Embellie Bow Ties and Other Things - Anything Goes with a Twist

Pile It On #58 - Adhesive embellishment National Old Stuff Day


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Owl Be There For You

I've never really liked owls, but I saw this pallet of colors in my book and decided to use it.  It turned out adorable for these owls! The little white tag had a star on it which goes with the starry night,, wispy winds, and crazy colors. It was really fun to make this card. 

The inside says, "Owl Be There For You" reflecting the colors used on the front of the card. 
I used Just Because Cards, Paper Doll Dress up and Serenade. and Marvy Le Plume markers. I added those little googly eyes because I like them.  The paper was from a weird mixture of paper that I picked up at Tuesday morning. Patterns are really hard for me, but these papers were easy and all on the color wheel. 

Simon Says - Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafting From The Heart- Use Your Passions
Tuesday Throw Down, Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge

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