Wednesday, March 22, 2023

woodland winter

 Hello crafty friends and welcome!
I'm sharing a card I created using nothing
but cardstock:

It's really hard to see, because of my crack
photography skills, but I added gray smudges on
the trees to give them even more of a birch tree vibe.
I also stamped the deer die cut with a linen stamp for
more texture.

And of course, I finished the inside:

Now I have one less Christmas card to make in December. LOL!
Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Simple Strips Christmas, Handlettered Holidays 2, Linen Background
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Gina K. - Kraft
CS: Taylored Expressions; Neenah; Thunderbolt
Accessories: GC; Taylored Expressions - Birch Tree cover plate, Birch Tree Accessories, Simple Strips dies; MISTI; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; Faber Castell - black PITT Artist pen; Spectrum Noir markers - IG1 & blender
Adhesives: Bearly Art glue; SA by 3L - tape runner; Taylored Expressions - foam sticky strips

Monday, March 20, 2023

Easy peasy birthday card

 Hello crafty friends and welcome!
I'm sharing a quick card I made
for the current Paper Players challenge:
It's a clean and simple challenge with a flower theme.

I used an ATC for my main panel, added a thin black matte,
stamped a sentiment and that was it!

Another simple sentiment finishes the inside:

I've used products from STAMPlorations.
If you follow the blog, you'll know that the owner, Shery Russ,
has been battling a cancer diagnosis for the past year. To focus
on her health, she made the incredibly hard decision to close the
store except for a handful of bundles and the digi stamps.
She just recently received the BEST news from her
doctors! Here's a link to her blog post so you can
read it in her own words. 😍 I'm beyond excited for her!

That's all I've got for now. Thank you for visiting, and I
hope that you have a great day!

I'm entering this at The Paper Players #632

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Birthday Bash, Sketched simple gift (retired)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; Cardstock Warehouse
Accessories: STAMPlorations - mixed media spring ATC ephemera; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, March 18, 2023



Welcome snarky peeps!
The new challenge has started at the
Y is for YUCK!
Interpret this however you'd like. I'll admit I had no clue what
to do with the prompt, but as I was looking at the stamps
I had from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, I came across this
image that immediately reminded me of
Spanish Inquisitors. I printed out the sentiment
on my computer and this is what emerged:

I'm not really sure if that is an actual quote from the inquisitors,
but it sounded like something they'd say. LOL!

It's your turn to challenge yourself and create something 
yuck-worthy and add it to the gallery at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! Need more ideas? Simply 
visit the blogs of my Sisters and our reigning Queen,
Beverly, to see how they interpreted the challenge.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - monk image from plate 1505
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa
CS: Taylored Expressions
Accessories: MISTI; computer and printer; Tim Holtz distressing tool; blending brush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Friday, March 17, 2023

Here's a cute 1st birthday card

 Hello crafty friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May the luck of the Irish be with you always! 💚

I'm popping in with a card I made for
one of my grand nephew's 1st birthday:

Here's the inside:

I decided to shop my stash again and use some products
by Paper Smooches. (I miss their stuff!)
The main panel needed a bit of something extra, so
I sponged a darker blue ink through a star stencil
before assembling my card.

I found a #1 sticker that fit perfectly on the onesie 
to complete the front of my card.

I hope that you have a wonderful day, and if you are
celebrating St. Paddy's Day, remember,
Erin Go Braugh(less!) LOL!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Digits; Honey Bee Stamps - Inside Birthday Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk
DP: Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid
CS: Darice, Taylored Expressions, Thunderbolt
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - Onesie die & Frames 2 die; Echo Park - Twinkle twinkle little star stencil; TE - blending brush; Colorbok - #1 sticker; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Sunshine and Rainbows

 Hello and welcome!
The other day was a very exciting one for me.
I met Jules, one of my fellow design team sisters face to face
for the first time from the
We had a nice visit, getting to know each other better,
and having a good time.

(Don't mind the mess. We recently moved and we are still 
trying to figure out where things go!)

Jules made quite the impression on Colby. We tried to
get him in the picture with us, but all he wanted to do
was play tug-of-war with her!

We look forward to getting together when she's in town again. 😊

Yesterday was a sunny, but another very cold day here, so
I spent some time making some bright, cheerful cards.

here's the inside:

I played with the color arrangement and created
some more cards:

and the inside:

I've had this stamp set for a few years and I think only
used it once, so it was time for it to see some ink again.
I love how you get a different look to the rainbow
simply by changing which color you start with!

Well, that's it for now. Colby is in my face telling me
he wants to go out. LOL! Thanks for visiting,
and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Dare2BArtzy - Sunshine and Rainbows; Hero Arts - Let's Celebrate
Ink: Memento - Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Bahama Blue, Paris Dusk, Grape Jelly, Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: MISTI; GC; Penny Black - Elegant Stitching rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Think Spring

 Hello friends and welcome!
Recently, I had some fun in my craft room
making a rainbow of background
panels using Magenta Nuance powder dyes.
I could have sworn I took a picture of them before I cut into 
some of them, but no, so I took a quick picture
 to show the fun panels I made:

Using the three shades of purple and some designer paper,
I made pretty coneflowers using some new dies I recently purchased:

Here's the finished inside of my card:

Since I know the recipient of this card received it,
I felt it safe to blog about her card! 😊

I just adore these coneflower dies, and will be making more
flowers with them soon!

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day!

I'm entering this card at:

Honey Bee Stamps - Inside birthday sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Craft Consortium - Ink Drops: Vivid; Mintay - Shabby Book
CS: Neenah; Strathmore mixed media paper; scraps
Accessories: GC; Honey Bee Stamps - Lovely Layers Coneflower and Inside birthday sentiment dies; Avery Elle - double pierced rectangle die; Magenta Nuance powder dyes; water mister; Nuvo Crystal Drops - Crushed Grape; MISTI
Adhesives: Ranger - Multi Medium Matte; SA by 3L - tape runner and thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, March 4, 2023



Hello and welcome snarky peeps!
It's time for the new challenge starting at the
As those fabulously amazing sleeves on Edna suggests,
we want you to get INKY! Blending, stenciling, smooshing,
splattering. How ever you want to use your inks,
we want to see it!
I decided to so a bit of smooshing with Distress Oxides,
and created a couple panels to work from:

I came across a card that I saw, liked it a lot, so I cased it,
 putting my own spin on it. (Thank you for the inspiration, Bobbi Smith!)

I didn't smoosh the flower panel, but I did sponge around
the edges with Antique Linen DI to age it a bit. I used
Small Talk stickers for the sentiment. The inside
was simply stamped with Happy Birthday to finish.
Not super snarky, but just a bit of sass. LOL!

I hope that you'll get inky with us at the
Need more inspiration? Simply check the inky projects my
Sisters and our reigning Queen, Sanna, have created!
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Stamps: Honey Bee - Inside Birthday
Ink: Ranger DOX - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed; Ranger DI - Antique Linen; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore mixed media paper; Thunderbolt; Cardstock Warehouse
Accessories: GC; Memory Box - Daisy Stems die; Tim Holtz - Small Talk Occasions stickers; MISTI; water spritzer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Happy Birthday balloons

 Hello and welcome crafty friends!
I've been a bit MIA here on my blog lately,
except for the scheduled posts. I took
a trip home to Illinois for a bit of a visit,
and more importantly, to join my family in
celebrating my Mom's 90th birthday.

She's so cute...and keeps shrinking! LOL!

So, now that I'm back home, I thought it was time to
kickstart my crafty mojo by making this card:

Here's the inside:

I spent way too much time trying to find some red striped paper
in my stash, with no luck, so I made my own:

I mixed the red Magenta Nuance powder dye with water and painted 
some stripes on my paper. I wound up reapplying a couple more
times to get a deeper red.

This turned out pretty good, and so perhaps I'll be
revisiting the 'paint my own paper' thing again. 😉
That's all I got for now. I hope that you
have a great day. Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Sunny Studio - Inside Greetings Birthday
Ink: Altenew - Lagoon
CS: Neenah; Bazzill
Accessories: Magenta Nuance Red powder dye; paint brush; GC; Avery Elle - double pierced rect. dies; Paper Smooches - Balloon dies; MISTI; white Gelly Roll pen; Faber Castell - black PITT Artist pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, February 18, 2023


Hello and welcome, snarky peeps!
It's time for one of my favorite challenges at the
E for Expletives!
Let's see you use those swear words in all their glory!
Here's a little somethin' I came up with:

I had the brilliant idea (I thought) to use the wreath builder template
with a bunch of swear word stamps. LOL!

How glorious! 😂😂😂

I hope that you'll join us in our expletives challenge at the
For more ideas, do check out what my Sisters and our
reigning Queen, ___, have created.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Issues - Oh Hell No sentiments; Gina K. - Mini wreath builder 
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart, Cottage Ivy, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue
CS: Neenah, Taylored Expressions
Accessories: MISTI; Gina K. - Wreath Builder template; GC; Sunny Studio - Stitched circle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares
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