Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure? birds



Love this little bird from Unity Stamps. I like to make panels for backgrounds with my left over scraps of design paper so I used one for this card. I mounted it on white card base and then ran it through my big shot using a 3-D Sizzix folder. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Idea-o-logy snarky pad. The little flower is an embellishment glued on.  I did my coloring of the image with Copic markers.  You can find the details of this challenge here:

Color Throw Down 787

I love making card backgrounds with left over scraps. I am using this one for this week's color thrown  down challenge this week. The dies are from sizzix and the sentiment is from Stampdendous.  You can find the details for this week's color throw down challenge here:


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Seize the Birthday - spring florals

I made this card for the Seize the birthday challenge this week which was to use spring flowers. 
I stenciled my background using A Colorful Life stencil with distress oxide inks. Then I dry embossed the stencil using a 3-D embosing folder. This stamp set I got from Unity and it is designed by Gina K. I used blending brushes with distress oxide ink for the flowers and I used alcohol markers for the hightlights on the flowers and also for coloring the leaves. I mounted this card front on a lavender card base. The sentiment is from Impression Obsessions. 
You can find the details of this challenge here:


Thursday, March 28, 2024

Inspired by.....basket challenge #282

This stamp in my Easter stamp collection was my basket stamp that seemed perfect for this challenge today over on the Inspired by...basket challenge #282 that can be found at this link:

I used various design papers from my stash and stamped the image from Stampin' Up with versafine calir black ink. I used alcohol markers to color the image. I added some greenery from a die from Spellbinder.  The sentiment is a little craft smart image inked with aa bright pink ink and punched out with a SU oval punch. The added butterfly is a Martha Stewart paper punch. 


Monday, March 18, 2024

Challenge collaboration - Birds of a feather

I made this card for the Just Us girls challenge this week and the theme is birds. 
I used stamps from Unity and this cute design paper. I colored the image with alcohol markers and mounted it on a red card base. You can find the details of the Just Us Girls challenge here:

and the Time Out challenge link is found here:


Just Add ink 693

I made this card with the 2 choice criteria in mind that is the challenge this week on Just Add Ink. I used a square shaped card and a few square design paper scraps in the background and I used a saying.
This is a multi-media piece made from white paper, design papers, various stamps for the background and featuring a Tim Holtz vintage photo and a Tim Holtz snarky sentiment saying as my sentiment, I used Distress Oxide inks for my background stamped images.  I had such a great time creating this one, You can check for the details for the challenge here:


Sunday, March 17, 2024

Color Throw Down Challenge 784

I found the perfect design paper for this color challenge this week for the Color Throwdown challenge of light blue, grey, and brown. I stamped this image from Unity stamps and colored it with the same coordinating colors of alcohol markers. I embossed the design paper with a 3-D Sizzix embossing folder and then sanded off some of the color. It made a lovely background for this image. I mounted it to a kraft card base.  You can find the challenge details here:


Thursday, March 14, 2024

Allsorts Challenge - yellow

I made this card for the Allsorts Yellow challenge this week. I used a 3-D embossing folder for the background. The stamps are from Unity. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. I colored the tulips with alcohol markers. The card base is kraft cardstock. You can find the details of the challenge here: 

The Paper Players color challenge #680


I made this card for the Paper Players color challenge to green, pink, yellow, black and white. On the black design paper that was sectioned off into shapes I actually did some free handed zentangle designs with a white gel pen. The stamp is from Stamplorations and the sentiment is a Tim Holtz sentiment strip. The image was colored with alcohol markers.  The white card base was embossed with Darice embossing folder. 
You can find the details for the challenge here:

Christmas Craft Creations

I made this card with scraps of Christmas design paper. The die is from Momenta and the sentiment is from Impression Obsessions. I made this for the Christmas Craft Creations challenge for the month of March. You can find the details for the challenge here:


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Inspiration Station #59

I loved the pattern in the girls' skirts so I used that in my basic design for this card. I added some gemstones as musical notes and drew the stems. I also added my handwritten sentiment that says:

"Music-the universal language."  You can find the details for this challenge here:

Just Add ink #692 sketch

Thought this would be a cute card using the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink #692.
The stamp is from Unity. I used a black  and a piece of design paper. Then a strip of washi tape divided the sections. I used the same pink cardstock for the card base that I used  to mat the circle. St. Patty's day is coming up and thought these would be some interesting drinks would be great to add to the celebration. 
You can find the details for the challenge here:

I used alcohol ink markers to color the image.  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy strip from his snarky tablet. 



The kraft panel is embossed, I just am using the back side of it. I used some brown distress oxide ink rubbed over the raised image to get this look on the flipped side. The HM image is colored with alcohol markers and the sentiment tag is from Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy strip tablet. I am as eager about spring as this little house!! I've been having fun trying to plant some new plants around my house. 

You can find the details for this challenge here:

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Inspired by ...Luck 279


I traced 3 hearts as my pattern to stamp my Tapestry peg stamps of leaves on the penciled lines. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy sentiment strips. 

Word Power #3

I wanted to try out this new challenge that I have not participated in yet. Here is the link to their site:


I used a sentiment from Stamploration and Tapestry Pegstamps for the greenery and flowers. I blended the edges with distress oxide ink.  

Global Design Project - theme challenge

I made this Easter card for the Global Design Project challenge this week 

Easter will be here before we know it and I haven't had much time in my stamp room this month, so it was fun to get a chance to make this card. I used some wonderful design paper scraps for this card and got out those Easter stamps I only get to use once a year. The flowers were punched from a Martha Stewart punch. I even added a little washi tape to this.


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Can you handle the pressure - Circles/squares


I used this 3-D embossing folder for this challenge this week on Can You Handle the Pressure?  challenge. I used some dies from Momenta. You can find the details for this challenge as well as their link here:

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketch 745

I quarter turned this sketch for my card. I used a stamp from Unity Stamps for the verse and used espresso distressed oxide ink. The plaid paper is design paper from my scrap pile. I used a Sizzix oval die and a Sizzix flower die with Sizzix leaves die as well. The centers of the flowers are pearl embellishments. I thought this would make a great Easter card for the upcoming season. 


Allsort Challenge 768


I made this card for the Allsorts challenge 768. The criteria was to use shades of pink. I inked the inside of a 3_D embossing folder with pink distress oxide ink,  and then pressed my white cardstock between it. I really loved the look I achieved by that. The floral digital is from Power Poppy and is colored with copic alcohol markers. The sentiment is from Unity stamps and was stamped in versafine clair black ink. I mounted thiis front onto a pink cardstock base. I added a few pearls as embellishment. 

You can find the details of the Allsorts challenge here where you can also find the linky to play along:

Celebrating International Women's Day - Festive Friday challenge

My supportive sentiment for this challenge for the International Women's Day is "She is brave."
I also used pink, blue, and embossing.  I did use florals pieces although I would not call this a bouquet. I inked the inside of my embossing folder to get this lovely background. Those 3-D embossing folders are amazing! This one is from Sizzix.  


Friday, February 16, 2024

Inspired by quilts

I made this card for the Inspiration challenge ....quilts 

I used some pink scraps and even did a little zentangling on the pink squares with white gel pen, I used some washi tape in between thhe squares. The rose stamp is from an old retired Stampin' Up set. I used a sentiment from Tim Holtz's idea-o-logy pad that says "It's always the small pieces that make the big picture. 



Creative Knockout challenge 515

I wanted to try out one of my newest stencils from A Colorful Life using blue, green, and purple distress oxide inks, I used a Spellbinder die for the flowers and purple panel. The centers of the flowers are green sticker dots.  You can check out the details for this challenge here:
The sentiment says: Be Grateful.


Monday, February 12, 2024

Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge and pink/red/white

 This card is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge #564 and for the Cupcake Inspiration color challenge to use red/pink/white. You can find the details for each challenge here:


Here is my card:

I got to use some of my great Valentine paper scraps on this card. The stamp is an old retired Stampin' Up rose stamp. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy sentiment strip. 

Sketch Saturday challenge 744

 This is my card for the Sketch Saturday challenge :

I used a cranberry cardbase, added a kraft design paper for the back panel. I used a design paper for he corners and the middle panel. I added white gel pen details to the edges and also to the kraft background panel and the floral design paper. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy sentiment strip.  

Can you handle the pressure? challenge - red and pink

This card was made for the Can You Handle the Pressure this week. The theme is pink and red. I used a half of sheet of design paper mounted to a red piece of cardstock. Then I ran it through my Big Shot using a 3-D embossing folder from Sizzix. Then I rubbed a pink distress oxide ink pad over the red. The sentiment is a piece of washi tape. I added red puffy heart stickers as the embellishments. Then I mounted this to a pink cardstock base. The details for this challenge can be found here:


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Valentine challenges

Hearts and love seem to be the main theme this week before Valentines' Day, so this card fits the theme for at least 3 challenges for me:

I used double sided design papers to try the double twisted ribbon technique, punched out 3 paper hearts and stamped small sentiments on each one. I added flower sequins to each heart and small punched leaves. 

Friday, February 9, 2024

HMFMC 408 - Valentine

Always love using a house mouse stamp for any occasion and use this Paper Studio paper to go with this layout. The die is from Impression Obsessions and the heart die is from Spellbinders. I used puffy metallic red hearts for my embellishments. 


Love is in the Air for many challenges

I did this card for a couple of challenges that had a LOVE theme. I also made it for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and used the row with Rose/die/Love. I used a die from Momenta for the roses and a die from Impression Obsessions for the LOVE. The list of challenges and their links are below:


Thursday, February 8, 2024

Artistic Impressions challenge - You Spin me Round 369


I made this card for the "You spin me round" challenge. I love this frog stamp from my collection of Artistic Impressions and matched it with this dotted design paper. I added a few paper circle punches to the front of this card as well. I colored the images with copic alcohol markers. You can find the details of the challenge here: