Saturday, October 14, 2017

Recycling Business Cards

Our day started with a soccer game.  
And I am happy to report that grandson Matthew's team won 2-0.

A few weeks ago, one of the other soccer grandmoms and I were talking.  Norma was very interested in my cardmaking and asked me to bring a few cards to the next soccer game for her to see.  She channels her creative talents into her flower business, Thorns and Petals, in Sellersville, PA, and gave me a few of her business cards.   I'm hoping she'll give me a few more to pass out, because this is what I did with the ones I had.

 Don't they look good on a card????
(That's a CTMH sentiment stamp.)

 I had planned on giving this to Norma at the game this morning but she wasn't there.  Guess I'll surprise her and pop it in the mail
as well as a few....

Always Fun Challenges #27 - Anything Goes 
Star Stampz Challenge - Lots of Pink
In the Pink Challenge #126 - Ribbons and/or Bows
Craft Rocket Challenge #42 - Birthday or Pretty Pinks

Grandson Nicholas's baseball tournament begins at 6:30pm tonight, with an 8:30pm game following that, and another tomorrow, with even more if they are winning.  
Hope you'll be making memories, too, this weekend!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More purple leaves

Back in August I made a card for a challenge that required masking.  (You can see it here.)  I cut out 3 maple leaves in 3 different sizes on my cricut and used them as masks.  Since that time, those 3 maple leaves have been floating here and there on my work table.  After a bit of embossing, they have been permanently relocated to this fall card.
 That piece of purple tuille, another table top loiterer, also found a home in the cricut cut tags.  And the piece of leftover baker's twine was just long enough to wrap across the front of the card.
The papers, stamp, and gold puffies are from CTMH.


Have a Happy Day! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #364 with Sparkle n Sprinkle

Pull out your stencils, or make one like I did,
 and join us for this week's  

Our very generous sponsor, Sparkle N Sprinkle
 gave all of the Team B members at Tuesday Throwdown their choice of digital stamp sets for our projects this week.  
I chose Digital Stamp Set 825,
Eggs-Ordinary Kindness .

Personally, I don't do much stenciling.  I may have 2 stencils in my stash.   But it's so easy to make a stencil using the negative from a die cut or cricut cut, as I did here.   I printed the digital image twice, one I cut out for a mask and the other I colored for the card.  After masking the colored image, I laid the stencil over top, secured it with a bit of washi tape, and used a dauber and ink to sponge in the design.  Worked for me!

Sparkle n Sprinkle has recently moved to a new web site.
 If you do a lot of stenciling, you definitely will ooh and aah over the mousses, pastes, and Stampendous Stencils in the Sparkle n Sprinkle store. 
Be sure to check it out for lots of fabulous products. 

Creatilicious Challenge #124 - Anything Goes w/ option Create Your Own Background 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Close To My Heart October Blog Hop

Welcome to the October

Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  

Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.

This month I've made a few Christmas cards using new stamps, both new and old papers, and a fair amount of bling to make the snowflakes sparkle.

Now, since this is a blog hop, 
you might have arrived here from Tracey Pierce's blog.
Your next stop is  Michelle Loncar's blog.   The hop is circular.  So if you are just starting here, simply continue hopping until you find your way back, making the full circle.  If you get lost, the complete list of participants is on Joyce's blog

Since the 3rd card is my favorite, I am entering it in these challenges:
Scribbles Design Challenge #57 - Embossing (I used both wet and dry.)
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
Thanks for stopping by today.  
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas/Holiday cards and have time to enjoy the rest of the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop.

Fall colors

Here is another card that was 'in progress' and cluttering up my work space.
 The image is one of my fall favorites from Bugaboo Stamps.

Always Fun Challenge # 27 - Lots of Layers 
Cards in Envy Challenge - Fall Leaves 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #7 - Anything  Goes with a critter
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge #141 - Anything Goes + Happy Birthday
A Gem of a Challenge #204 - Birthday Cards 

Coming up on my blog....
Joyful Stars CTMH Blog Hop 10/10
Hope you'll stop by.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Going Batty

Sometimes there are so many cards in the process of being completed on my work table, that I have to take a day, or two, and force myself to finish them all before I go on to anything else.  
This card was all but finished.  It just needed "something".  
Then I saw the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.  
It was like it spoke directly to me.
"Add a bat"  
So, I did and now it's done.
(Sentiment and frame stamps are CTMH stamps, bat and ghost are CTMH cricut cuts.)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Soccer Nuts

Both my grandson and my BFF's grandson are soccer nuts.  I made 2 birthday cards like this for their birthdays this year.
With cash inside they are sure to like them. 
And they are kind of cute, the cards and the boys, too.

 The image is a Bugaboo digi stamp, 
paper pieced and colored with markers.
The stamps on the card front are from CTMH.
The inside stamps are SU.
The inside die cut is from DieVersions.
The card front paper is Graphic 45. 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #190 - Use a die cut and a sentiment 
Craft Rocket Challenge #42 - Birthday or Pretty Pinks
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #9 - Anything Goes with a Bugaboo image 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Child's Birthday Card

This card was made with the current 
It features 1 layer of paper, which is actually glued to the back of a 5.25 x 4.0 card,  1 word sentiment, CELEBRATE, 
and 1 embellishment, the little bow on the elephant's tail.
The Birthday Elephant digi stamp is from Bugaboo Stamps and is colored with pencils.  The sentiment is a CTMH stamp.  And I never could have made that tiny bow without my
I used Glossy Accents on the 2 balloons to make them shiny, and it really warped the card stock, which I'm not too happy about.  It's the first time I tried GA.  Any suggestions?

Additional Challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #7 - Anything Goes with a critter 
A Gem of a Challenge #204 - Birthday Card
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge #141 - Anything Goes, twist: birthday
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #9 - Anything Goes with a Bugaboo stamp

Dinner time.  Bye for now.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chocolates anyone?

I made this little bag as a small raffle item.  Would you buy a ticket?  There are chocolate truffles inside!
All the products I used are from CTMH.
Unfortunately, they are all retired.
Ike's World Challenge #98 - Anything Goes + Food 
Craft-Dee Bowz October Challenge - Anything Goes with a handmade bow 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #172 - Anything Goes with ribbon


Sunday, October 1, 2017

heARTful stamping Anything Goes

Today begins a new Anything Goes challenge at
As usual, the masculine CAS card I started to make 
morphed into a not-so-CAS card.  
The masculine part still works, don't you think?
With the exception of the Darice embossing folder, the card featutres all CTMH products.
The sentiment is a cricut cut from Flower Market.
The Little St. Nick stamp is from the new holiday catalog.
And the dotted background piece is from the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.

A Snowflakes Promise Challenge #44 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #36 - Anything Christmas Goes
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
Allsorts Challenge Week 435 - Sentiment in Focus

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Which Witch?

Here are two cards featuring two different Bugaboo Witches?  
I just couldn't decide which witch to post.

 The sentiment stamp and frame are from CTMH.

Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #9 - Anything Goes with a Bugaboo Image 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #189 - 2 Word Sentiment

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bears Everywhere & CTMH Card Class 9/26/17

The other day, while shopping, my friend and I came across one inexpensive sheet of cute teddy bear stickers.  
We had one of those discussions ... are you going to buy them?... well, do you want to buy them? ... I don't need to buy them...
really, I don't need to buy them either, but they are cute....
so who's going to buy them?... Okay, then. I'm going to buy them!
And I did!
Not that it mattered which one of us bought them.  They are going to end up at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Cards In Envy Challenge - Easy as 1-2-3

Yesterday at Joyce's CTMH card class we welcomed back Carol and said goodbye to Cindy.
We also polished off one really yummy lemon sponge pie!  
Thanks, Joyce.  (She knows it's my favorite!)
In between we made these cards:

And the mailman brought me this card, made by my friend Betty.

 And I'm truly grateful for all my crafty friends and blog visitors.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #362 with Sugar Pea Designs

More Than 1 Fold is the theme for this week's 
Today I've used the  Merry Christmoose stamp set 
to create a scene on this Triple Step Pop Up Christmas card.

(A tutorial for this Triple Step Pop-Up Card  can be found at Splitcoast Stampers.)
Card front.
My teamies have worked very hard on their More Than 1 Fold projects to inspire you to join this week's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  Please check out their projects on the Tuesday Throwdown blog and visit their blogs for more details. 
I hope you'll also have time to visit the Sugar Pea Designs store, where you'll find a nice selection of stamps and dies.
I really love making cards with multiple folds and can't wait to see all the entries for this Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  
I always hope I'll find a new fold to try.  

Challenges I am entering:
Pile It On Challenge #134 - Feathers/Scales and/or No Patterned Paper 
Always Fun Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge #281 - Old and New (The stamp set is new; everything else is old.) 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #352 - Anything Goes; option for a male 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Purple Leaves???

There was a card similar to this on pinterest.  I thought it quite unusual but very pretty at the same time.    So, I decided to give it a go using some CTMH stamps from my stash.

Do Al (1) Challenge #9 - Autumn Equinox 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #89 - Use a 2 word sentiment 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HB GG and Aunt Eileen

About a month ago I posted a baby card I made using a drawing by my BFF's granddaughter, Layla.  I made two more birthday cards using her drawings, one for her great grandmother...
(card front featuring a Layla's drawing of the cat sleeping on the arm of GG's sofa)

(inside of card)

and also one for her Aunt Eileen ...

(This drawing is of Aunt Eileen's new puppy.)

 Layla's brother has the next birthday.  I can't wait to see what she draws for on his card.  Last year it was a big hippopotamus!
This is really easy to do with any drawing.  
Scan the image.  Save it.  
I open the image in my Paint program, 
resize it and print it just like a digi.  

Speaking of hippos, 
here is the baby card I made for Eileen's new little boy. 
The stamps are from CTMH.

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Patterned Paper 
Crafty Animals Challenge #6 - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Pop It Up (I used foam tape to pop the hippo's head.) 

That's it for now.  
I have a couple new badges I'm anxious to add to my blog.
Enjoy your day and thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bugaboo Owl & CTMH Card Class 9/19/17

Normally when I take pictures to share with you, I try very hard to hold the camera steady and straight.  Then I take multiple pictures to make sure I get a good one.  And this afternoon it dawned on me that if I intentionally put the card on an angle, all that is totally unnecessary.  

 Works for me!

Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Fall Colors 4 Kids 
Make My Monday Challenge #55 - Autumn Colors 
Always Fun Challenge #24 - Fall Colors 
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Golden Harvest 
Do-Al(1) Kreatives Challenge #9 - Autumn Equinox


Here are the cards we made at Joyce's CTMH card class yesterday.

The last card (3 photos) is actually from the From the Heart card kit that CTMH has as a special this month.    There are several variations you can make with this 12 card kit.  Click the link above to see more pictures.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bugaboo Witch

We have a couple hours between my grandson's baseball games on this beautiful late summer day.  
It's just enough time to post this Halloween card.  
The digi image, colored with markers, is from Bugaboo stamps.
The bats are from one of the CTMH cricut cartridges.
And the embossed sentiment is a CTMH stamp. 
Catch the Bug Challenge:  Bingo (I used the bottom row: Sentiment, Sparkle, Bugaboo Image.)
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #206 - Anything Goes with Bugaboo Stamps
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - 4 of Something (bats)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leftovers again? + CTMH Card Class 9/12/2017

Today I am sharing 2 cards I made from leftovers.  
Did you see the upright z-fold card I made for the Joyful Stars CTMH September Blog Hop
I managed to make birthday cards for both my brothers with the bits and pieces remaining.

Some papers are just good to the last scrap!
Allsorts Challenge Week 432 - Use at least 2 dps 
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Sentiment as Focal Point; no images 
Seize the  Birthday Challenge - Birthday; optional topping balloons
Scrapy Land Challenge #73 - Anything Goes (I used a die from DieVersions.) 
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Anything Goes with die cutting or embossing

Here are the cards we made at Joyce's card class on Tuesday.

Well, my husband's birthday cake should be cool enough to ice.
Take care.  Thanks for stopping!