MIUCB - Aperture (Fabulous or Fail)

Hi friends! Welcome back to this month's challenge at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog - APERTURE! I'm not sure if I accomplished the challenge? What do you say? I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I had all these flowers stamped, so I decided to follow Jennifer McGuire's shadow box card video to create my card - boy did I learn a lot!

There really is a 'heavy' card stock that is - for me - too heavy for this type card. I used Brutus Monroe's Not Your Mama's Cardstock, it's 130 lb. and it certainly makes the card heavy weight, but doesn't crease as easy or elegant as something a wee bit less heavy weight. #lessonlearned

I also should have placed the butterfly much closer to the edge, it's really too far over for the design. 😖 But once you've used 2 way tape AND glue, there was no moving it. The card was fun to put together and I love how it turned out; it should fit an A2 envelope, but with such a heavy weight card stock, I found it was too think for an envelope. That's okay, it can easily be tucked into a gift bag or given directly to your recipient.

All flowers, sentments, and dies are from The Greetery, Always in Bloom. The circle dies are from SSS, HERE. The background has a heart stenciled with another stencil over the top, it looks cool IRL. Thanks for stopping by; I hope you join us; we truly love seeing your creations!


Stamps: The Greetery Always in Bloom, (butterfly from CHF, discontinued)
Papers: Brutus Monroe Not Your Mama's Cardstock, TE Cupcake. PTI Bitty Big
Accessories: The Greetery Always in Bloom dies, SSS circle dies, Copics


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Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Hi friends! July is my birthday month, my ABSOLUTE favorite holiday! 😁 I hope I get to spend lots of time crafting!!

The challenge this month at Love to Scrap is Anything Goes; EVERYONE loves those challenges! I've gotten better at creating two-fers - you know, you have your supplies out, might as well stamp some extra things and make two cards at the same time. 

I used The Greetery Square Dance Stencil on both cards; one correctly, one not. lol Regardless, I think they both turned out great. Also, for both I used the Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Die; on one I debossed, the other embossed. I cut the middle panel using the Pinkfresh Diagonal Stitched die and mounted with fun foam. Added some Old Paper sponging and then the layering begins! I used The Greetery Signed & Sealed stamp set and die and Mimosa Musings. I embossed the envelope for both; added ribbon to one and to the other, a sentiment on the envelope and embossing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you join us over at Love to Scrap!


Stamps: The Greetery Signed & Sealed and Mimosa Musings
Inks: VersamarkInks from TEOld Paper Distress Ink
PapersNeenah 110 lb. white, TE Lollipop (base card) and Cupcake (base card)


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LTSCB #146 - No Rulz 4

Oh this is FUN - No Rulz over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog, would you join us? I have PLENTY of patterened paper and I decided to pull 2 pieces out that were similar and find a way to use them. On one I used Glimmer Paste and Shimmery Goodness on the other. It is next to impossible to pick up the glitter paste in a photo, but it's there.

I stamped the flowers, then embossed THIS background in white over the flowers; I love this background because it is clear, so you can see easily where you are stamping. I mounted the designer paper and added some pre-made birthday banners I had - LOVE this set and being able to get so many birthday greetings at one time!

I also used this fun die for some extra dimension; I left some leaves whole, others with only part of the leaf. Almost forgot, I embossed both backgrounds with this Mama Elephant Scales die.

I hope you will join us at Love to Scrap this month, it's a great / easy challenge!


Accessories: Stencil ??? - sorry, MFT Scribble Roses dies, TE Simple Strips die, Mama Elephant Scales Cover Die


MIUCB #50 - Stamping

Hi friends! Hope you can join us this month at Mix It Up - we're focusing on 'stamping', so hopefully lots of friends can join us!

Did you see recently the postcards Jennifer McGuire created? She has a free template you can download and use too! I printed several and created lots of postcards with this SSS Sketched Flowers - all different colors. I'll share the others over time; they were super fun to make!

This one was embossed in white and watercolored with Karin markers. I used sentiments from the Written in Ribbons stamp set and a color wash for the background. 

I hope you will join us at Mix It Up this month, it's a great / easy challenge!


Stamps: SSS Sketcched Flowers, The Greetery Wirtten in Ribbons


Big & Bold Cupcake - Pink Frosting

Hi - remember THIS card and I said I would stop back in and share the other one I made...here it is and I included a photo so you can see the shaped card. 

Love this big and bold cupcake from Colorado Craft Company - can't wait to use it again! I used the die to make a shaped card and worked on my copic coloring. I added a couple layers of clear wink of stella glitter and some glossy accents.

I did a wrapper like this one other time; white with various sized pink polka dots - I LOVE polka dots!😍

Thanks for popping in; I appreciate your visit!

See you again soon!


CTD643 - blue and green roses

I absolutely love the color combo at Color Throwdown thtaylos week, LOVE! So much, I saved it to my color inspiration on Pinterest. 😊

I used 3 Roses from Rubbernecker - I don't see it on their website any longer, but they have several with the same type watercolor look. The image comes with a solid image you can color and stamp over the roses and leaves, but I enjoyed coloring with Copics and colored pencils. 

Before I stamped the image (in TE Earl Grey), I used TE's bokeh stencils in Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles and Mint Julep, all from TE.

Once I finished coloring, I used VIBES from Stamp Unity in the same colors, some in 2nd generation,  and added some fun mixed media images. I then splattered with black ink, mounted on black card stock and finally on a Salt Water Taffy vertical card. The hello (Reverse Confetti Cup of Friendship) is stamped in VersaFine black.

Thanks for peeking back in; see you again soon!



Cupcake - good enough to eat!

 Hi friends - hwo are you doing? I am doing really well...I have my 2nd major oral surgery next Friday, May 28; thankfully, it's Memorial Weekend so I'll have an extra day to recovery!

I ADORE this big and bold cupcake from Colorado Craft Company. I used the die to make a shaped card and I just love it. I used it to work on my copic coloring; I also did one with pink frosting - I'll share it later this week.

I colored the 'wrapper' in rainbow colors, made a chocolate cupcake and had tons of fun coloring the lemon wedge and berry. 😊

I added a couple layers of wink of stella clear glitter to the frosting and some glossy accents to the lemon and berry.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will come back when I share the pink frosted cupcake.

See you again soon!


All the layers - but PINK!

Remember when I shared THIS card and I told you I had made a pink version? Here it is, I love it just as must as the blue one!

I stamped a ton of flowers and greenery using the Signed and Sealed with a Kiss stamp set from The Greetery. The envelope and seal come from THIS set, the postmark comes from THIS set. I die cut the postal frame from heavyweight white card stock and blended on some sprinkles ink; popped up with fun foam onto some soft stone designer paper. The envelope was embossed with white embossing powder, the seal was embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder. I used a 2 way glue pen and sprinkled on glitter

Once I had all the pieces and parts finished up, it was a matter of assembling. Oh yes, I finished the berries off using a variety of Nuvo drops.

PS - why did my font change? 😐😖

See you again soon!


Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Hi there, thanks for stopping by! This month at Love to Scrap, ANYTHING GOES - always a favorite!

Remember THIS card? I created another one using different colors and different embossing folder - this one says SPRING to me! Raise your hand if you're ready for some gorgeous temps? 🙋

I also colored this one with Copics, softer colors. I blended Sprinkles ink on the background and a bit brighter blue, Gumball, on the focal point.Very clean and simple; I used Nuvo drops to finish off the berries.

See you again soon!


Stamps: SSS + Honey Bee On My Mind
Accessories: embossing folder, Copics,,clear wink of stella, glossy accents, MFT Blueprints


Layers - all the layers for MIUCB

Hi friends! IT. IS. MAY.

Serioulsy, how did we get here? Goodness, this year is flying by!

This month on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog, we're focusing on layering, I love me some good layers! AND I made two cards pretty much identical, just switched out colors. I'll show you the other one a little later. I guess you could say I am enamored by the sparkle on this card - HA! My cards were inspired by Kelly Lunceford. I stamped a ton of flowers and greenery using the Signed and Sealed with a Kiss stamp set from The Greetery. The envelope and seal come from THIS set, the postmark comes from THIS set. I die cut the postal frame from heavyweight white card stock and blended on some sprinkles ink; popped up with fun foam onto some soft stone designer paper. The envelope was embossed with white embossing powder, the seal was embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder. I used a 2 way glue pen and sprinkled on glitter

Once I had all the pieces and parts finished up, it was a matter of assembling. Oh yes, I finished the berries off using a variety of Nuvo drops.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join us this month with some layering cards!

See you again soon!


Color Me Crazy - and yep...I went crazy!

Hi friends! It's another fun coloring creation for Colour Crazy Challenge! For this challenge, I'm using the sweet Purple Balloon from Ching-Chou Kuih.

But boy, do I have a doozie to share with you! I knew I wanted to color this dress in rainbow colors - did that, loved it! Then I did the hair, loved it! Then the eyes and, 😖 THAT'S where it all went wrong. I tried a few things to fix it, but couldn't; however, I still wanted to share the coloring with you, because regardless that it was an ultimate fail, I was proud of the rainbow dress. 😉

Hope you join us at Colour Crazy Challenge, we always love seeing your creations!

See you again soon!


Stamps: Purple Balloon (digital)
Inks: None



More Easter Cards

Hi! I promised to return and show you the detailed Easter cards I made for my friend - these were super fun. You can make this wreath for EVERY season throughout the year and the dies, again like the Bunny Hop dies shown yesterday, offer lots of variety and flexibility. It's not often I enjoy mass producing, BUT when you can change up small details - like the colors of the greenery or mushrooms - it makes it fun. 

I stamped all the wreaths at the same time, changing up colors as I mentioned - and same thing, I die cut them all at the same time. In my head, I wanted a really soft yellow background - don't ask me what happened, but I used watercolor and it turned out SUPER bright. LOL WHY I did not ink blend on the yellow, I will never know. I splattered on some color and then thought about it for a few days and decided to add vellum to tone it down a bit. I sewed the vellum to the water color paper; heat embossed the sentiment and adhered the wreath with fun foam. As you can see, I cut the card layer with 3 different dies; only two shown here - but it added a nice variety to the cards. 

Thanks for stopping by; let's see if I can pop in more than once a month - that's my goal! With the loss of my father, moving my mother - twice in less than 90 days - changing jobs, and regular life, things have been a bit crazy!

See you again soon!


AccessoriesThe Greetery Bountiful Wreath Dies, various A2 die cuts, Janome Sew Mini, black embossing powder



LTSCB - Spring Forward

This month at Love to Scrap, we might be springing forward, but I'm HOPPING forward. 😉 Hope you will join us!

I had a friend ask for 10 Easter cards, so I took this chance to use several, new to me, stamp sets from The Greetery. First up, these super fun bunny cards; the die gives you so much flexibiliy, but I took a page directly from Betsy V. and created almost identical cards. I had already made 6 super detailed cards, so I kept these very simple.

Stop back tomorrow and I will show you the detailed cards I made using more fun products from The Greetery!

I used the Bnnny Hop stencils and blending brushes to add the bunnies and kept going from there changing up the greens I used for the greenery - won't these bunnies be great for baby cards too? So fun! And again, like Betsy, I added the eyes and noses with a sharpie. Die cut the inner portion of the bunnies and stamped the sentiment in the middle. The card base is from PTI, Vintage Cream

Bunny bunches - cards and envies

Thanks for hopping by - hope to see you again tomorrow!


Inks: All from Taylored Expressions
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream

  The Card Concept (Clean and Simple)