Wednesday, July 31, 2019


This week Lois begins the month of August as our hostess,  and is asking we use a die and a ribbon on our cards. I decided to get a Christmas card done in July, as some of the other design team members did as well.. I am way behind where I usually am this time of year for my Christmas cards, and will be probably really busy in October and November trying to catch up.  This stamp set was one I found recently for a discount price at Tuesday Morning. I accented it with gold leaf ink to give my card a more elegant look.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Who knew the moth would have a whole week dedicated to it!!  Use a moth (or butterfly) on your card today.  Extra credit if you actually have a Moth stamp/digital you can use.  

This is an opportunity to add to your Birthday, Thank you Thinking of you or just all-occasion card stash.  LET THE INSECTS FLY!

It's been fun thinking up challenges this month.  Hope you enjoyed them!  Vicky

I used a Power Poppy digital image that I colored with alcohol markers. The sentiment is from a retired SU set. I used white cardstock for the base and design papers for the other papers on my card.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

cceestampers 1929 stencils

Vicky is  back with another challenge we hope you will join in with!

If you're like me, you have lots of stencils.  I have a drawer full that I never think of!  Get one of those out that you haven't used (or haven't used in ages) and put it to good use!

Have a fun, creative day!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Cute card Thursday - Pink

I made this card today for the Mixed media challenge on Splitcoastampers  and I saw that it fit the theme of pink for the Cute Card Thursday challenge as well. I used Tim Holtz distressed oxide inks and his stamps. I also used pink acrylic pant, gold embossing powder for a few other types of media. 

You can find these challenges here:

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CCEE1928 - thinking of you

Most of us probably know an older person who may or may or live alone  Let's make a "Thinking of you" card and actually send it out!  If you don't know anyone, send it to a local nursing home and address it to "Someone Special" or any other phrase  you can think of.

Let's cheer up some people today!  Have fun.

Check out the other team members' cards HERE.

I used some oxide inks to make this smashed color as the inset for this die. This die is from SpellBinders. Perfect for today's challenge. I added some diecut leaves and punched flowers.

Sunday, July 7, 2019


This month's Crafter of Faith' s challenge is to use something we have saved.

 July 2019: Hostess Sue (bensarmom)

Scripture: Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

This design paper I used I have saved in my stash for quite sometime. Because of the gold foil sea designs on it, I was waiting for the perfect challenge. So, I decided I would use it for this challenge. I love to save seashells, and consider them God's treasures from the ocean. I also loved that this paper had an anchor on it. So I also used the Tim Holtz stamps of the anchor and the sand dollar because the anchor is such a symbol of hope and I remembered that the ledge  the sand dollar reflects Christ's life and death.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There’s a lovely little legend
That I would like to tell,
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely
You’ll see that you find here,
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter Lily,
Its center is the star,
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
Etched on the other side,
Reminds us of His birthday
Our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open
And here you will release,
The five white doves awaiting
To spread Good Will and Peace.

This simple little symbol
Christ left for you and me,
To help us spread His Gospel
Through all eternity. 

Here is my card::

So I am letting this card and its symbols be my words that "Jesus is Lord", that He died for my sins, that He is risen from the dead, and He will come again. I believe this with all my heart and profess it in any and every way that I can. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

CAS on Friday color 161

Here is my card for the color challenge over on CAS on Friday  using so saffron, bermuda bay, and pool party.  The background stamp is from Stampin' Up, and the bird is from Tim Holtz, and the sentiment is Inkadinkado .    

Thursday, July 4, 2019

stars, stripes, red, white and blue challenges

Stars and Stripes  and red, white, and blue seemed to be the themes of the week for many challenges, so here is my card for all of them.

I used it for the following challenges:
SCS - MIX336


 Vicky is taking her turn to play hostess for the month of July.

Since both Australia and the USA have red, white and blue for their colors, let's use those colors to make a card.  It does not have to be for a holiday, just red, white and blue....but, of course, if you send out patriotic cards, go for it!  Have a fun, creative day!

My sister, Lynn gave me this wonderful stencil recently and thought it perfect for a red, white, and blue background for this card. I used distress oxide inks and my fabulous make up brushes to apply the ink. I stamped my Unity girl onto a different piece of paper, colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it to add over it. I stamped the sentiment over the stenciled portion with versafine black. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Honoring our fabulous Joanne Grzelak

I was so saddened to hear at the end of May of the passing of one of my stamping pals who inspired my creativity by her wonderful designs that she created on challenges on Splitcoaststamper, CCEEStampers, and Crazy for challenges.  Today we are honoring this sweet and creative woman with this blog hop. Below I have posted one of Joanne's creations. I always loved the dynamic looks of her black and white cards, her fabulous collection of silhouettes, and her great talent in the paper piercing catagory. So I used black and white for my card, a silhouetted group of wild flowers, and because I never mastered the art of paper piercing, I did kind of a faux piercing by dotting with black dots rather than punching through the paper.

                                                               Joanne's card

                                                                     My card

Your beautiful art is your legacy to us, Joanne, and we miss you dearly. Although you and I never met in person, we were kindred spirits with many of the same loves in life, and I am so blessed our paths crossed in this life and I look forward to seeing you face to face in the next life. Save me a space on stamping row in Glory Land.

The next card in the hop is Vicki Garrett
Here are all the others taking part in this tribute to our beloved Joanne. Stop by each blog to see just how much Joanne has inspired our talents and our love for this form of art:

Monday, July 1, 2019

Sunday Stamp challenge and The Paper Players challenge

I made this for two challenges. The sketch is for the Sunday Stamps and The Paper Players  had a little bingo going on their challenge.  The items from the Bingo card I went with were patterned paper, yellow, and birthday.  The cake stamp is from Unity and the sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up.

ATS176 - CAS summer

I stamped this clean and simple summery beach scene for the Addicted to Stamping Challenge for this week. I used an old Flourish set and water colored with Distress Oxide inks. My interpretation of CAS also means a one layer card that is easy and cheap to mail.