Sunday, November 11, 2018

Christmas Gifts

Another Christmas card is in the books - I love sketch challenges most of all. That is what gets my creative juices flowing more than any other challenges. Thanks My Favorite Things for having one every week! I am not thrilled with the way that the stocking turned out but overall it worked. 

Monday, November 5, 2018


I had to make another card with these cute elves and decided to try using it for the MFT sketch challenge. I am not too thrilled with this one but it is done now. I used some white snow for the stocking and hat. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Christmas Elf

I had so much fun with this sketch that I made a second card using the adorable Santa's Elves set from MFT. I found some white flock that I had from eons ago and use that for the hat. I had a heck of a time with the Moroccan Die - it was tough to die cut and took a long time getting the pieces out. But if you don't look too close you can't tell (too  much)! 

Delightful Deer

This is for the sketch challenge at MFT. The photo doesn't show the silver glitter paper circle or the glittery silver sentiment but it does shine. And "YEAH" I have another Christmas card done! This is using the Delightful Deer dies from MFT, and they truly are delightful! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Christmas Deer

My first Christmas card for 2018! I loved these Delightful Deer die set the moment I saw them on MFT! I made the star using a self made stencil, sponged the inside with dark blue ink and then I used some Decofoil on the the dots. It is really hard to see but those dots glitter and shine. I put the cute cardinal on the lovely script sentiment that was not from MFT but I loved that one.  

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Birthday Chicks - Gift Card Holder

The photo didn't come out very well because it is a silver metal gift box container. I created a circle tag with the Birthday Chicks stamp set on an alcohol ink background piece that I had made with gold foil in it. I am sorry about the picture though, it truly is prettier in real life. The colors are purple and yellow.

Friday, October 19, 2018


I just loved how the sky background turned out! I love seeing the surprise that alcohol inks bring out. The sketch challenge on MFT was a real "challenge" I did my best with it. The trees are arranged in a star pattern and for good measure I placed a star shaped snowflake on top of one of the trees. The products used were freebies this month. The sentiment was from a SSS set.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lovebirds Anniversary

When you (as we are) blessed with 8 adult children there are many cards that are needed throughout the year. Right now I have several anniversary cards needed for 3 of our sons and their wives. This is one of them. I used the colors for the color challenge on MFT for this card. It took me a bit to find an anniversary sentiment to go with it. I found this one in the "A Tweet Hello" set. I think it went just fine with the peacocks. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Many Thanks

So often I take images and color them in a variety of ways. This time I did things a little different. I had this panel of alcohol ink trial panel and had not yet decided how I was going to use it. When I saw the sketch challenge on MFT I wanted to do something with that panel so I stamped the images on vellum and let the color from the background come through. I tied a little twine around each leaf and left it. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cheer Up

I made this card for my high school senior grandson who got a concussion at his last football game and is not out for the rest of the season. He is very down about this so I hope this fun toucan will cheer him up. This card is also for the sketch challenge over on MFT.

Products used are from MFT:
Cheerful Blessings
Toucan Do It

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CAS - World Card Making Day

Then at the last minute I decided to create another CAS card because I was concerned that the one first one was not simple enough. I was all out of the Stitched Blooms flowers so I used the Doodled Blooms and the Yay for You sets. The light was about gone for taking this picture but you get the drift. 


World Card Making Day - I love that MFT had a challenge to go with it and thank you for giving me Sunday to get them done! I had soooooo much fun! Last week I played around with some Yupo Translucent paper and alcohol inks for fun I was very glad to have that done and used the Stitched Blooms dies to cut out a bunch of flowers. With those I made 3 cards. The first was the ROYGBIV. I used the Stitched Basic Edges to create a rainbow, some of the flowers and stamped on a balloon and sentiment from the Bundle of Balloons. 

The second card was to make a CAS card - more of the flowers and a simple thank you from the Twice the Thanks dies. I used an ivory background with a dark brown card base.

The third card and this time I used some of the smaller flowers that I had cut and added the Vase die and the Smile dies. I used a kraft for the background and brown for the card base. I am really not sure which one I like best but I do know that I will enjoy sending them.

Products used are all MFT:
Stitched Blooms
Stitched Basic Edges
Flower Vase
Bundle of Balloons
Twice the Thanks

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Birthday Scream!

What to do for an 11 year old boys birthday - scream I suppose! That is what I was thinking. Boys are tough to make cards for - especially preteen and teen boys of which I have several! So the monster it is and I hope he doesn't mind the bow but I had just received that in my last order (along with the monsters) and just had to try it out. This card is for the color challenge on MFT. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Prayers Going Up

Sketch challenge card for MFT. I wanted to have the background a little lighter then it was but I think the effect was still okay. I colored the flower using Prismacolor pencils - not my favorite medium for coloring but it did turn out okay. This flower set called "Fancy Flowers" is retired but still such a pretty flower set. The following MFT products were used:

Sending Prayers Stamp Set
Prayer Die
Fancy Flowers - Retired I think

Fun Birthday Shaker

I made this fun birthday card for one of my contemporaries. I love the "Growing up is Optional" - makes me smile. This card is for The Birthday Project challenge on MFT. This time it was to make the card interactive. You can shake this card for fun. It really came together pretty quickly. I just love MFT's shaker elements. 

Products used:
Gift Shaker Window Frame
Cheerful Greetings

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sketch 403

I made this card for the weekly sketch challenge on My Favorite Things Stamps. I used the Painted Poppy stamp set and a sentiment from another company because it was exactly what I needed for this card. I usually make a card with a purpose. This is for a past co-worker who was just diagnosed with cancer. I had the back panel made with the diagonal distress ink stripe and then changed what I was going to use it for and made it work for this card. I stamped the poppy on vellum and then colored the reverse side with Copics. 

MFT Color Challenge 101

Are these not the cutest dragons ever???? Yup - love them. I made this just for fun. I am blessed with 26 grandchildren and #27 will arrive this winter. There are a few I don't see as often as I would like so this card will be sent to one of them. The colors were a challenge but I think I made it work. I colored using Copics and used the negative space for the miss you words. 

The wonderful MFT products that I used:
Magical Dragons stamps and dies
Miss You die
Stitched Basic Edges die

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hello Beautiful

If you have followed my blog posts - funny really since no one does - this is the flower that I also colored for the MFT big contest. This is the card I ended up making with it. This flower was colored using Zig Clean Color markers and I made it for the sketch challenge over on MFT. The stamp set is Beautiful Bloom and Hello Beautiful. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Innovation Master

Last card for the big contest on MFT and the most challenging for me. I wanted to make a shaker card but that is not as much of a challenge for me. Since I had just purchased the Essential Sentiments Rip Strips and the Interactive Labels I decided to make a card using these elements. I created the background using some watercolor pants and just using a brush splatter to make it look festive. I used the I Heart Celebrating balloon dies and used the Glitter Paper pack that came in the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit. The Birthday Chicks made it cute for a fun interactive birthday card. The sentiment under the rip strip is from the Bundle of Balloons. 

Coloring Virtuoso

My entry for the coloring virtuoso contest on MFT. I did struggle with this one since I do not see myself as a "coloring virtuoso" more of a coloring constantly practicing virtuoso! I colored this flower from the Beautiful Bloom card kit set. This flower I colored using only 3 Copics - YR18, YR14, and Y32. I did a lot of blending. The card stock is also from the card kit. I used the Stitched Basic Edges and placed the sentiment (slightly curved) in the middle of the panels. I added 3 clear Nuvo drops up on the top right to add some interest. 

Below is the other flower I colored using 3 Zig Clean Color markers (mustard, wine red, and yellow) after embossing the flower. Then I had to choose which flower to use for the contest - I chose the top one because it was softer. Since my chances for winning are slim to nil I decided to make a card I knew I needed to send to some friends. The bottom flower will show up on a future card. :-)