Monday, March 30, 2015

Build a Snowman for Merry Monday

Another week has flown past and it's
time again.

This week our hostess is Kristie (Kreative Kristie)
and she chose....

I love these colors!

Michelle's tag was inspiration for this card. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's cards.
They're awesome!

Then put some turquoise, lime green and white on your Christmas card and join us at

I'm also entering into

And I'll enter in Darnell's NBUS challenge for the 2nd time
as it's the first outing for this snowman.

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Build a Snowman (Stampendous)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise, SU Markers (Lucky Limeade)
Paper: Solaar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Snowflake Lace Stencil (Memory Box), Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Anytime Tags Die (Lil' Inker), Kars Snowflake EF (Retired Cuttlebug), Tinsel (Tim Holtz), Bakers Twine, Polar White Flower Soft, Candy Dots, Dazzling Details

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Irresistible Butterfly

This month's Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge is almost over.

I have one more card to enter there.

We did a similar card in a Stamp Stack last week.  

One of the gals used the Simply Scored to score a few lines.  

I CASEd her card.

The Irresistibly Yours paper was sponged with Soft Sky, Baja Breeze and Lost Lagoon.

I love that it's already embossed and ready to sponge!

The Memory Box butterfly was in the loose butterfly box and it seemed a good home for him.

Since I used some snippets left over from class, I'm off to visit 

is having an ANYTHING GOES challenge.

It's turned cold here again.  The daffodils are shivering!

At least it's not snowing like in some parts of the country.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Gifts of Kindness
Ink:  Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Lost Lagoon
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Lost Lagoon, Irresistibly Yours
Other:  Simply Scored, Isabella and Pippi Butterfly Dies (MB)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bubbly Birthday Balloons

It's time for another Addicted to CAS Challenge.

Here's mine.

My dear friend Loll (Stamping with Loll) is the hostess this time.
and she chose

The Design Team, as well as our Guest Designer, Birgit,
 have lots of wonderful inspiration for you.

and the winner will receive a stamp set from our sponsor

The cute image that I used is from the Penny Black, Bubbly set. It was
stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers.

I coated the balloons with Crystal Effects for a little fun shine.


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bubbly (Penny Black ), Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Real Red, Whisper White
Other:  Crystal Effects. Stitched Mat Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Word Window Punch, Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Madison Window with a View

is about trees this week.

I've just been browsing that gallery and there are some awesome trees there!

I just happen to have another card with a tree on it.

The tree was die cut with a Papertrey Ink die 
then stamped with the pine boughs from the
Ornamental Pine set by Stampin' Up!

The scene through the window was cut from a
card design with a "levitating" snowman.
LOL, I was happy the window fit him perfectly.

So I'm taking my snippets over to 


I'm entering this into this month's



I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  White Christmas, Ornamental Pine
Ink: Going Gray, Lost Lagoon, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, SU Marker (Real Red)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Snippet of gold foil
Other: Small Madison Window Die (Poppystamps), In the Meadow Tree Die (Papertrey Ink), Stripes EF (Retired), White Gel Pen, Sequins (stash), Star Punch

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daffodil Delight

It's beginning to look like Spring here in central NC.

It makes me want to put Spring on a card.

I recently bought this Our Daily Bread stamp and die.

I colored the stamp with Stampin' Up! Markers, thumped and stamped.
Then blended the colors with a Blender Pen

I think this qualifies as a frame and I used my manual Big Shot to cut the frame out.

BTW, I see that my Fern Card was a winner over there for their
Woot!  Thanks so much.

Darnell is hosting another NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge
This is the first outing for the frame and the daffodil stamp.

has a Spring Pinterest Inspiration
SSS Pinterest challenge
I love all these pretty signs of Spring,
especially the daffodils.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Single Daffodil (Our Daily Bread)
Ink: SU Markers (Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies (Our Daily Bread)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 23, 2015

Merry Monday Word Tree

Good Merry Monday morning.

Let's see what we're doing this week.....

My friend, Loll (Stamping with Loll) sent me some of these die cuts
and I'm so excited to be able to use this tree.

And here's the challenge that Kathy chose for us.

The background is one from some I did last year using Loll's saturated watercolor technique.
I put some quickie directions on this blog.

Be sure to visit Merry Monday and check out all the awesome cards the DT have done.

Then I hope you'll find a Christmas tree and put it on a Christmas card 
then share it with us.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty week.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Re-inkers (Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry), Powdered Sugar EF (Sizzix), Christmas Phrases Tree (Jamie Koay/Silhouette America)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, March 20, 2015

Baby, Baby

Edited to add links to the baby dress templates.
Scroll down.

My sweet friend Rena became a grandmother yesterday.

I'm so excited for her.

This will be in her mailbox when she comes home from meeting her grandson.

I started by stamping this retired SU stamp "Two by Two" on 
Arches watercolor paper with Memento Tuxedo Black

Then I watercolored by swiping Stampin' Up! markers on an acrylic block
and picking up the color with an Aqua Painter.

The water is sponged on.

That allows me to take this to 

Lions and Lambs, oh my!
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
I have lions.

While I'm  on the subject of babies....
My Merry Monday teamie, Katie (Sweet n Spiffy)
recently had a baby girl.

Here's the card I made for baby Adelie.

You can find a template here.

and this one for big sister Ansley!

A template similar to this is  here.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lotus Blossom Framed

I'm still enjoying the Lotus Blossom Stamp.

I was demonstrating how easy it is to use this stamp to a friend.

I got totally mixed up and did the colors backwards.  LOL.

I thought it framed up pretty though.

I have lots of white space so I think this will work.

is everybody's favorite

Glad you could stop by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lotus Blossom (Sale-a-bration), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Tulip Frame EF (retired), Ovals Collection Framelits

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 16, 2015

Clock and Key

I don't usually post twice in one day 
but my friend, Darnell (djkardkrreations)
is the Guest Star over at

Congratulations, Darnell!

The challenge is Keys to the Time.

I remembered that I had some images with both clocks and keys 
already stamped.  I had borrowed the stamps from a friend
and tucked the images away.
(Another UFO receptacle, LOL!)

So I pulled one out and whipped up a QACAS (Quick and Clean and Simple)
card, as Darnell would say.

The challenge is about to close, but if you have some clocks or keys hanging around
maybe you can make it.

Thanks for stopping by.
Card Recipe
Stamps:  Artifacts, Happy Birthday Wishes (both retired)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other:  Naturals Brad (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Christmas Memories Gifts

It's Merry Monday time.

This week, Karren is our hostess

Here's what she chose

When I bought the Christmas Memories set, it was mainly for the little birds.

I was so happy to have an excuse to use another of these stamps.

I've stamped the image twice with Memento Tuxedo Black,
colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut the gifts from one of the sets,
and added them to the first image with dimensionals.
I added a diecut bow from a snippet of Origami paper.
Can you fine it?

I hope you'll check out all the fantastic cards by our Design Team.
Then put some gifts on your Christmas card
and deliver it to Merry Monday.

Thanks for visiting today.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Memories (Penny Black), Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R.)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Gumball Green
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Gumball Green, Whisper White
Other:  Copic Markers, Crisp Bows Die (Memory Box)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sponged Iris

I love irises and I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom soon.

In the meantime, I'll have to do with the paper kind.

This iris was die cut with a Penny Black die
from Whisper White cardstock.

I sponged on some color and used a marker to add some little squiggles.

QACAS (Quick and Clean and Simple) as Darnell would say.

Since I've used some snippets, on off to
One of my favorite places to play.


I see that I won a Favourite Award for last month's challenge there
with this card.

What an honor.  There were a LOT of awesome entries!

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, SU Marker (Perfect Plum)
Paper:  Solar White, (Neena), Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Other:  Iris Die (Penny Black), Square Lattice EF, Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lucky Four Leaf Clover

It's time for a new challenge at

Vicki (All I Do Is Stamp) is our hostess this time.
This is what she chose....

The winner will receive 3 images

The Itty Bitty Punch Pack has this clover punch.
It's perfect for a QACAS (Quick and Clean and Simple) card.

I punch 3 clovers out of a snippet of Garden Green and shaped them with
a bone folder on a mat then laid them on the "stitched" piece for placement
and stamped some stems.

I added the clover with glue dots and put a tiny pearl in the center of each one.

Finished with a bow of Linen Thread. 

Adhered everything together and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Meadow Greens (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Garden Green
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Garden Green, Whisper White
Other: Cover Plate-Stitched Die (Papertrey Ink), Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, March 13, 2015

B is for Backyard Basic Butterfly

I enjoyed doing that "watercolor smoosh" technique so much 
that I did another card with it.

This time I smooshed the colors around the edges of where my paper would lay, 
spritzed it and laid the paper on the ink.

I used bright colors but I love the soft look it gave.

I stamped the butterfly with VersaMark ink and embossed with Black EP, 
colored it with Blendabilities, smacked it with VersaMark and clear embossed it.
Makes it look very silky IRL.
After fussy cutting, it was ready to pop in the center of the card front.

B IS FOR........
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
I have blue butterfly.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
A butterfly flies.
Looking forward to seeing butterflies again.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Backyard Basics
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Versa mark
Other: Water Spritzer, Coverplate Stitched Die (Papertrey Ink), Black EP, Clear EP, Blendabilities (Coastal Cabanna set)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted