Friday, July 30, 2021

Alphabet challenge - I for insect

I used this great design paper for this "insect" requirement for this challenge and a Tim Holtz die. The TH tag says "Let Life Surprise You."  You can find the details of the Alphabet Challenge this week here:


Make the card challenge #26


Enjoyed making this card for the Make the Card Challenge using some gifted paper that I received from a friend,, adding dies and embossing with gold, using some washi tape for my stripes,  You can find the details for this challenge here:

Pour me another cup

With the theme of  "Pour me another cup of coffee" for the Free for all challenge on Splitcoaststampers I thought immediately of this cute digital from Stamplorations. I added the sentiment and actually paper pieced it. Love how it turned out. I am also adding it to Stamplorations' Anything goes challenge that can be found here:


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Freshly made Sketches #496


I made this card for the Freshly made Sketch challenge #496 and you can find the details here:

I used the ballet slippers stamp from Impression Obsessions, the rose stamp is from Inkadinkadoo, and the sentiment is from a stamp set by artist Laurel Burch. 

CCEE2130 International Tiger Day

 Today is International Tiger Day.  Lois; challenge for this week is to include a tiger (or other cat) on your card -- tiger, lion, your own little tabby (you get the idea).

Check out the samples the team left over on the CCEEstampers website:

This is the only tiger I have in my collection. So I used this MFP tiger from a set long ago. I had fun with this layout and tried to make use of some of the colors from the background design paper. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Fab n' Funky Christmas challenge 534

I made this card for the Fab n' Funky challenge today and the theme of the challenge is Christmas. I always love a Christmas challenge that offers me a chance to get my Christmas stash going during the year. You can find the details for the challenge here:

I stamped this Unity image with versamark ink, then added gold embossing powder to it After heating it, I colored the tree green with a copic marker. I added a silver gemstone star to the top of the tree and added these holly stickers to the corner.. 

Monday, July 26, 2021



I love my house mouse stamp collection, which started over 18 years ago, and thought this was a good one to use for this week's House Mouse challenge with the food and drink twist. I tried to get a glossy finish with my clear Nuvo spread over the image.. I colored this with colored pencils. The sentiment is made from dies.  Here are the details for the HMFM:

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge #244


The challenge today on the Inkspirational challenge was to use spots/dogs. So since this design paper supplied some spots or dots for me I added this Impression Obsession image that just came an order today. Always anxious to try out the new toys in my collection. I used some polka dotted design paper for the butterflies that were punched using a Martha Stewart punch. I colored my image with copic markers.  

Friday, July 23, 2021

Make the Cards challenge #25

 I made this card for the fun challenge on Make the Cards challenge #25. It is a 3-2-1 challenge using 3 flowers, 2 ladybugs, and 1 sun!  You can find the details here:


Here's my card made with stamps from Unity and a stencil from Gina K. I used distress oxide inks for the sun, versafine black for the image and sentiment and copic markers for the coloring. The little ladybugs are made of wood. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Man takes to the air


I am using this card for the Ways to Use challenge on Splitcoaststampers today and also for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge #495 with the details found here:

The cloud stamp for the diagonal strip is from Impression Obsessions and the dies are from Sizzix .

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

CCEE2129 National Hot Dog Day

 Yesterday (7/21) was National Hot Dog Day, so include this national treasure on your card.  If you don't have a hot dog image, you can use any kind of fast food item. Thanks, Lois for this terrific challenge. 

I've had this little stamp in my collection for quite some time, but it had a hamburger. I drew a hot dog and glued it over the hamburger just for this challenge. I love the sketch challenge over on SCS this week , so I used that design for my layout. 

Summer is passing so fast, but hope you are enjoying yours!!! Thanks for checking in on our challenge and hope you will check out all the team's samples over on the blogsite here::

Saturday, July 17, 2021

JUGS 595 color challenge


My card was made for this color challenge this week at Just Us Girls. I used masking tape to section off the portions on the front of my card. I used distressed oxide inks to blend into the spaces. Then I stamped over with a textured stamp from Stampabilities. I also stenciled in over some of the yellow space with a stencil from Divinity designs. The cowgirl image and sentiment are from Unity. They were stamped in versafine black, and colored with copic markers. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

CCEE2128 - Cow Apprecialtion Day

It's Cow Appreciation Day! Lois is asking su to  put some kind of farm animal (cow or otherwise) on your card. Not having a cow in my stamp collection, I used this fabulous rooster silhouette from Impression Obsessions. The sun was stamped with a large stamp from Stampin' Up and the clouds were stenciled using a stencil from A Colorful Life. I masked off the bottom to create a fence like image. 
The sentiment is from American Crafts. 


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Daring Cardmaker - In the background

I have been experimenting with some new background stamps I have purchased from Impression Obsessions recently. I have use 3 different ones for this background and I love how it turned out. I used distressed oxide inks for the background. The image is alsoo a stamp from Impression Obsession that was a lovely surprise in a "grab" bag purchase. Those are always fun to see what is included and this was a sweet little collection of birdhouses, I colored it with colored pencils 

 The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Idea ology sticker pads. 

Checkout the details of the challenge here:


Friday, July 9, 2021

Color Throwdown 650 and Mod Squad challenges

This is for the Color Throwdown challenge this week to use gray, yellow and black. . 
Here are the websites for the details on these challenges:

I used gray and yellow distress oxide inks for the stamped background. The large background stamp I used was from Impression Obsessions.  Over this I stamped an old SU background stamp with versafine black. I stamped the cross (from Unity) onto white cadstock colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it to add to the background. I punched small flowers with a Martha Stewart flower punch out of vellum and added to the cross. I added white glittery enamel dots on the cross. 


Tuesday Morning Sketch 613

I loved this sketch that I found on the Tuesday Morning sketch challenge I found this week.
You can find the details here:

I used design paper, night of navy cardstock, and a die cut for the focal point, I embossed the sentiment in gold so that it would stand out. I love ideas that make use of smaller scraps. This one was great.


Christmas in July


I am using this card for my Splitcoaststampers' MIX 441 challenge, and also for the DL Art #281 challenge with the theme Christmas in Julu.  You can find the details of the DL Art challenge here:

Lots of fun things were used on this card: versamark ink for the embossing, lots of fun papers, paper punch, and I love this Tim Holtz paper Doll photo that just helps vintage and modern come together on these fun creations. I used a Santa hat sticker for her festive hat! The center of the snowflakes are sparkly enamel dots.  The embossed image is from Unity Stamps. 

Krafty Chicks #567 Christmas


Lots of challenges with Christmas in July themes and a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas cards done way ahead of schedule. This one I made for the Krafty Chicks #567 challenge that can be found here:

I used some great Christmas plaid paper and on the oval I used a poinsettia stamp from Unity. I colored it with Copic markers and then added the gold chrome paper "Joy" and I used a gold metallic pen to accent the centers of the flowers and the berries. I also used the metallic pen to draw a gold line on each side of the plaid to add a little additional accent. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

CCEE2127 Honoring Dotsy

 Today Loiis is our hostess and we are honoring her sister's birthday, so  use something on your card that begins with each letter in her name -- DOTSY.

For mine I used D- a dog, O-orange and ovals, T- triangles on the design paper, S- silver foil on the design paper and it's a slimline cardm and Y - yellow and YAY (on the design paper)! 

Check out the team's samples over on the CCEEstampers blogspot found here:

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Jingle Bells - stars and stripes

What a perfect challenge for Christmas in July - stars and stripes! So I made this card with those elements in mind and entering this card into the Jingle Bells challenge for this week You can find the details of this challenge here:

This is a digital from Sassy Cheryl designs. I used a Sizzix die for the senntiment. The stars are buttons with the shanks taken off the back.  I added a little sparkle pen iink to the stars on the snowman's sweater and the fur on the cuffs.  This is a fun way to get started on my Christmas stash!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Daring Cardmakers July Inspiration challenge

Here is my card for the July Inspiration challenge you can find here:


Add a little doodling for fun


Zentangleing is one of my favorite ways to doodle. For this card I used some stamps from a set I ordered from Impression Obsessions that had some ffabulous doodles. The butterflies, leaves and the flower in the left lower corner were part of this set. The other lines I added my own doodling in addition to tie this design together. The sentment is from a Verve sentiment I have in my priced collection (especially shince this company is no longer in business.)  sure loved the sentiments Julie put out and miss them. I used a blacck Micron pen to do my added doodling. I added a few touchs of red to the part of the design that were the stamps. The leaves were stamps but I did not add red to them. 

There are ttwo challenges going on that used dooddling as part of the challenge so here they are if you are wanting to check out the details of the challenges:

Your Next Stamp Challenge 167


Nothing speak "home sweet home: to me better than my state of Texas. I am a native Texan and have lived here all my life. The vintage cowgirls are a stamp from Technique Junkie, and the sentment is from a Texas based company Deadbeat Designs. t punched my "Punch Bunch" Texas paper punch and then used the negative side to stencil the shape of Texas onto the front of my card. The background was done with the smoosh method using distress oxide inks.  I used a versafine black pad for the image and the sentiment. 
This is for the Your Next Stamp Challenge #167, You can find the details of the challenge here on their site:

Thursday, July 1, 2021

CAS on Friday - ladybugs

I love this image designed by Marcella Hawley that I stamped onto watercolor paper and then watercolored using distress oxide inks. The larger ladybug is a little wooden embellishment the smaller one is drawn on the image. I scored the white paper just to give it a little finishing touch. 


Bitten by the Bug - for the guys challenge

I personalized my husbands cup this week using my Cricut Joy and some silver shimmery vinyl. It looks great against this royal blue cup.. 

I am entering this picture to the Bitten by the Bug challenge going on here:


Just Us Girls Inspiration challenge

 Here is my card for the Just us Girls challenge this week. 

I used an Impression Obsession background stamp with various blue distress oxide inks, then I stamped this Unity image and sentiment to add to the card. The image was colored with Copic markers.  I mounted the card front on blue cardstock. 

Fusion - Summer dreamin and red and blue

Doing challenges are a fun way to get your creative juices flowing, so here's the one I did for the Fuson challenge. Here is their link:

These shells are from an old retired set of stamps from Flourishes (which are no longer in business) but they looked perfect with these patriotic papers. 

I also used this card for the Color Hue challenge to use red and blue with the details found here:

Crafty Chicks #566


These stamped images are from a set by Impression Obsessions. I colored it with colored pencils and mounted it on yellow cardstock. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Ideology tag. I did this  for the Crafty Chicks challenge #566 - 

Seize the Birthday by adding a little water

 I am using this card for two challenges that I am taking part in today. One of the challenges is for the Seze the Birthday challenge to use an embossing folder, and the other is the Splitcoaststampers' Ways to Use challenge to use water on your card. So I decided to use a different way to use my embossing folder that might not done very often, but it is fun and easy. I embossed an interesting piece of design paper and then after embossing, I sanded the color off the paper to leave a white pattern from the embossing folder popping forth. Then for the SCS challenge I used Dina Kowal's Misty water color tutorial on SCS to use water in my printed image. I used Unity stamps for the image and the sentiment.  I used melon mambo cardstock for the card base. Inside iis a birthday sentiment.  Hope you like it:

You can find the details of both of these challenges here: