Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #403 with All Dressed Up Stamps

For this week's new Tuesday Throwdown Challenge, I've used a homemade cloud stencil to create the background for the digital image Summer Swing by All Dressed Up Stamps, the sponsor for this challenge. 

 All Dressed Up Images can be found in their  Etsy Shop.  The All Dressed Up Blog has lots of inspiration and fun challenges.  And they also have a fun Facebook Group that they would love for you to join.

It would be lovely if you'd share some of your stenciling at

Challenges I am entering:
All Dressed Up July Challenge #83 - Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up image
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #32 - AG with a cat
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #217 - AG

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Center Step Gift Card

If you subscribe to the Splitcoast Stampers Weekly Inkling Newsletter, you may have seen the tutorial for this 
Center Step Gift Card.

This CTMH Festive Friendship paper is one of my favorites.  
I love a navy/yellow color combination.  And, I was big fan of the Pemberly paper.  But, the Festive Friendship may have moved Pemberly one step down on my All Time Favorites list.  
Why? It has tea cup paper. 

In making this birthday card, I fussy cut the tea cup full of flowers from one of the project life cards included in the paper pack.
I also cut the little birthday tag (CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge)
from one of the cards.   

The little inside pocket is just perfect for the little Birthday Prayer card that I wanted to send. 

This card is my monthly contribution to the 
heARTful stamping challenge.
The theme is always Anything Goes.
Hope you'll join the fun.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop at Simon Says Stamp

One more Christmas card this week...
I wish it could even begin to compare with the fantastic projects displayed on the Simon Says: Christmas in July Blog Hop.  
Maybe I could add a good splatter of white paint?
 Nah.  It would take a lot more than that.
I have used Kraft paper and some Tim Holtz stamps
and I'll be entering the 

Here are a few more challenges I am entering:
Papercraft Challenge #16 - Christmas in July 
As You Like It Challenge - Ribbons or Buttons (Ribbons - They are flat.) 
Crafty Gals Challenge #170 - Christmas in July 
Crafty Catz Challenge #427 - AG and option of something yellow (One of the bows) 

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day # 7

It's the last day of the 
Christmas in July Fun! with Bugaboo Stamps.  

Day #7 is a Photo Challenge

Notice the snowflake under the sentiment, in keeping with this week's overall theme of Baby It's Cold Outside.

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Krafty Christmas
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas in July + a Sentiment 
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #99 - (This picture needed a palm tree.  Thanks for the inspiration.)

Bitten by the Bug Challenge - Hit the Beach or Lake (I used the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge to cricut cut the palm tree.) 
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Fresh Air Fun (Recognize the little ornament in the palm tree?  That's a CTMH stamp. And I used the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.)

It's been a fun week playing with some of my favorite digi stamps.  Thanks Bugaboo for taking my mind off of my summer cold! 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day # 6

The Bugaboo Christmas in July Fun continues today with a 
Color Challenge using a Bugaboo oldie.
This digi hasn't made it to the new store, and I'm fairly certain it's at least 5 years old.  I flipped it in my paint program before printing so the candy cane could be used as the "J" in joy.
Sweet Stampers Challenge - Christmas in July 
Fab n Funky Challenge #404 - Christmas in July 
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #170 - Christmas in July 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Christmas in July

Thanks for visiting.
Wishing you joy today and everyday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day # 5

Make It Funny?
I have a stupid and very annoying summer cold and now I'm supposed to make something funny for Day # 5 of the Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge.
Seriously? Funny?

This is as funny as I can muster today.

Challenges for this Christmas cat include:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Christmas in July 
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #123 - Christmas in July 
Snarky Stampers Challenge #114 - C is for coloring 

I think a nap might be my next activity.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day #4 + Double Trouble Challenge #5 Card #2

Today I decided to combine the Catch the Bug Challenge with the Double Trouble Challenge.
And I am doing it with a miserable summer cold, which is a challenge in and of itself.  
 The Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge has provided a Bingo board for everyone to use for Day #4.


And Double Trouble #5 is also celebrating Christmas in July + a sentiment, with a fancy fold twist and an extra entry if you link to the Anything Goes Christmas in July Heart 2 Heart Challenge.

I decided to make a simple gift card holder.

When you open the card the inside pocket with the gift card is exposed. 

Challenges I am entering ..... 
Catch the Bug Tuesday Bingo Challenge - I used the center row down- Die Cut, Bugaboo Image, and Pink Striped Washi Tape.
Double Trouble Challenge #5 - Christmas in July with a sentiment + a fun fold 
Heart2Heart Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas in July (stamp, washi tape and glitter tape are CTMH)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Non traditional Christmas (hot pink and lime green are a bit non  traditional)
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #216 - Green and Pink
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Crafty Christmas 
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge #53 - AG
Die Cut Divas Challenge #379 - Christmas in July (scalloped frame)
Christmas with the Cuties Challenge #18 - Add some Sparkle

I'm sure the gals at Joyce's CTMH card class are having fun and making lovely cards.  Although we share many things around Joyce's craft table, I decided NOT to share this miserable cold.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day # 3

Today's Fun Christmas in July with Bugaboo Stamps excludes cards.  
So, with a piece of dp, several folds and a few snips, I've made a simple box.  Since my grown grandsons perfer cash for Christmas,  this box is the perfect size to hold a few rolled bills tied with holiday ribbon. 

This is my entry for:
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #123 - Christmas in July 
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Christmas Gifts 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #208 - Christmas + a sentiment
As You Like It Challenge - Ribbons or Buttons  (Definitely ribbons.  Poking that ribbon through the holes of the button was not easy.  Tying a bow is a snap.)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day #2

Today the challenge at Bugaboo's Christmas in July Challenge is to use this sketch

and a favorite Bugaboo image.

 How'd I do?
Papers and sentiment are from CTMH, the stiched circle die is by LaLa Land, the embossing folder is from Stampin' Up, and there is clear Wink of Stella on the ear muffs and snow at the bottom.

Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Christmas in July 
Brown Sugar Challenge #280 - Use 2 patterned papers 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #208 - Christmas in July + a sentiment 

Thanks for the visit!  Have a lovely day! 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day #1

Finally!  Bugaboo's Christmas in July begins today. 
I always look forward to this annual week of holiday challenges.  
In fact,  I went through all my Bugaboo digis at the beginning of July, selected about a dozen, and printed them up in preparation.
Let the fun begin!

Saturday, July 21
Create a project using the Theme - Baby It's Cold Outside!

Here's card #1:

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Christmas in July 4 Kids
Crafter's Castle Challenge #7 - Christmas in July
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Christmas in July 
Aud Sentiments Design Challenge - Christmas in July + a sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 477- Christmas in July

Oh, before I forget, here are the cards I made on Thursday with a fun group of Red Hat Ladies.

I'll be back tomorrow for Day #2 of 

  Bugaboo's Christmas in July.
See you then.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Beach Birthday and CTMH Card Class 7/17/2018

Before someone chastises me for neglecting to post the cards from Joyce's class on Tuesday, here they are:

Cute, huh?
Yesterday I taught a class for some of my Red Hat gals. 
(I'll show you those cards another day.)
While I was preparing for that class, I made this card using some  leftover items.  After I had it made, I decided I liked it better than the one I had already designed and cut for the class.
As You Like It Challenge - Ribbons or Buttons  (Definitely ribbons!  Buttons are lumpy for mailing and, in my opinion, always look better when there is thread in the holes.  Too much trouble threading a needle.)
Southern Girls Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (I'm using a Happy Birthday die cut and a stitched frame die cut; a CTMH lighthouse stamp, and blue.)
Time Out Challenge #114 - Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the colors and the beachy feel of the photo)


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use a die and/or punch (I used a die for the words and the center image.)
Cards in Envy Challenge - On the beach (lighthouse, sand, grass and fence) 
Use Your Stuff Challenge #321 - Birthday (I think a day at the beach would be a perfect way to spend a birthday.)

That's it for today.  I need to take a book outside and enjoy this beautiful day. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Double Trouble Challenge #5

It's been a little hectic around here.  I managed to get a card made yesterday for the new Double Trouble Challenge #5, but I didn't have time to post it until now.

This week Double Trouble is celebrating Christmas in July along with the Heart2Heart Challenge with a fancy fold twist.
And just for fun, I thought I'd use the colors for the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #301, too. 
 Here is my z fold card.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I followed Sketch #273 from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
 The poinsettia and word 'Noel' are from the CTMH Flower Market cricut cartridge, while the four oval cuts are from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

I'll also be entering these challenges
Crafter's Castle Challenge #7 - AG; option of Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash Challenge - Christmas in July

***Hazel has some awesome blog candy on her blog, My Crafty Outlook. Be sure to visit for the details.

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #401 with Kitty Bee Designs

Today a new challenge begins at Tuesday Throwdown.  
Our wonderful sponsor, Kitty Bee Designs, has supplied two cute digi stamps for Team B to use for this week's 
Stitching, Real or Faux, Challenge.
I just couldn't resist trying them both.

My first card features the Panda Trike digi from Kitty Bee Designs.  I used a stitched die and also pierced 3 sides of the black mat before connecting the holes with a glitter pen to give the appearance of thread.

For my second card I used stitched dies and added just a bit of real stitching in the corners of this birthday card featuring Jazz Cats.


 Kitty Bee Designs has some of the cutest animal digis out there.  Be sure to check their Etsy Shop.  They also have weekly challenges on their blog.

And, please, hop over to Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog to see the fun cards my teammates made to inspire you to join this week's Stitching Challenge.

I am entering the Jazz Catz card in these challenges:


Friday, July 13, 2018

What was this for?

Did you ever find something in your stash 
that made you scratch your head?
When going through some images the other day,
I came across 4 pieces of dp all cut to the same size 
and 4 matching scalloped borders???
I had no memory of what I had intended to do 
with these mystery pieces. 
This is what I decided to make (x4):
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #215 - Dies and/or Punches (I used 1 of each)
Unstampabelles Challenge #81 - Fancy Frame or Borders

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart July Blog Hop

Welcome to the July

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.
And, there's a new girl in town!
We are welcoming CTMH consultant Joyce Gough to our monthly hop.
 This card uses CTMH Beautiful Friendship papers and stamps from the Festive Birthday Workshop Your Way.  The design is also from the workshop kit, although I made a few minor changes.

This card will be one of the 4 that I make with my Red Hat friends later this month.
I stamped a dozen of those tiny 3/4" cupcakes, fussy cut and assembled them.
But, when I put the individual kits together I was missing one.
I can't find it anywhere.
Don't you just hate when that happens?  
And then you find it in the strangest place.

Now, since this is a blog hop,

you might have arrived here from  Andrea Sherman's blog.
Your next stop is Marie Flayer's blog.  

The hop is circular.  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

Double Trouble #4 Card 2

Thank you for stopping by to check out the Thank You card I made for the Double Trouble Recipe Challenge:
 3 colors; a 2 word sentiment; and 1 image

 I chose Bashful, Pacifica and Mink as my 3 colors, so I can also enter the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.
Image may contain: text 
At the request of the Twisted Sister, the tea cup and flower were heat embossed in clear and the bashful square and pacifica banner were dry embossed, although I'm using the debossed side.
And, I'm also using Sketch # 272 from the 

Additional Challenges I am entering:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Flowers + a Sentiment (on the tea cup and embossed square)
CASual Fridays Challenge #203 - heat embossing (tea cup outline  and flowers)

My next post will be for the July Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 
 I hope you'll come back.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

One Thing Leads to Another

I started out making this card for my niece.

and ended up making a few more cards..... 

 The Mickey Mouse background for my niece's card was originally part of  a magazine advertisement.  Since Jenny is a big Mickey Mouse fan, I put it aside for her birthday card.
The sentiment is a Rubbernecker stamp and matching die, which I popped using a piece of craft foam also cut with the die. 
Sparkles of various colors finished off the card.
I am entering it in the following challenges:

To make the eight card grouping, I used every bit of 1 sheet of double sided patterned paperEach card features the same Rubberneckers Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp, using both the positive and negatives of the die cut.  They all have one of Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds, complete with party hat, watercolored and fussy cut.
These will go on the pile for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  
I think they will make great teen cards.