Saturday, February 27, 2021

Playing with Paper

 Yesterday a friend and I had a paper play date.

It was so much fun and wonderful to be together.

After a bit of show and tell, we made this pretty card:

Side fold?
or Top Fold? 

Because of the card's versatility, we both decided not to put a sentiment inside right now. 

We used a stamp and die by Honey Doo Crafts called Floral Crest from Petticoat Parlor.


  Inspired by a Christmas card my friend showed me yesterday, today I made this fancy fold card with belly band.



The papers are from CTMH.

The stamps are from MFT.

The cake die was a magazine freebie.

Scalloped edge die is from Pink & Main.



As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Reason to Send a Card  (I love sending birthday cards.  Everyone enjoys being remembered on their special day.); Cardz 4 Galz Challenge - For Mom or a Special Lady; Krafty Chicks Challenge #548 - All Occasions;Allsorts Challenge Week 613 - Feminine; Alphabet Challenge - X for Xtra folds; Through the Craft Room Door week of Feb. 23rd - AG

Time Out Challenge #182 - Birthday or Celebration;

 Creative Creases Challenge #1 - Fancy Folds;

Friday, February 26, 2021

MFT Challenges

Today I've used Tea Party Stamps and the Polka Dot Pops Die from My Favorite Things to create 2 cute cards.  

The first is a slimline card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

I love this little mouse in a tea cup from the Tea Party stamp set.

Papers are all from CTMH. 


The second card is for the MFT Color Challenge

 These stamps are also from the Tea Party set.  I fussy cut them both and paper pieced the hat.  I used a piece of MFT glitter paper under the MFT die cut to add a bit of shine.  Those little brown enamel dots are actually the dots that punched out of the die cut with a nice layer of liquid glass on top.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Imagine That! 8th Birthday Celebration

This card is for the Imagine That! Birthday Celebration Weekly Challenge #4  where the theme is Bling. 

 The digital image, Porcupine with Cake by Imagine That! , was printed in grayscale and then colored.  

(I need a new colored ink cartridge so it was grayscale or nothing.)


Imagine That 8th Birthday Celebration Challenge Feb 22-28 - Bling

As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Reason to Send a Card (Birthday - I think everyone enjoys being remembered on their birthday.) 

Time Out Challenge #182 - 7th Birthday Celebration 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - AG



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Outlawz February 2021 Progressive Challenge

 It's been a while since I played in the challenges at Outlawz.  Thought I'd get back in the habit of playing.  My first card is for the February 2021 Progressive Challenge using the digital image  Piggy Back from All Dressed Up.

The image was colored with watercolor pencils and then fussy cut.

I used SU stamps and a die on the center oval and CTMH paper. 


February 2021 Progressive Challenge - All Dressed Up PiggyBack; 

All Dressed Up February Challenge - AG with an ADU image;

Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge #23 - AG;

Dream Valley Challenge #242 - Hand Colored  Image


Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #594


Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches

Our first new sketch for 2021 is by Melissa. 


My oldest grandson turns 21 next week.  This birthday card is for AJ.


I hope you'll have time to play along at

this week. 
The Design Team would love it if you'd visit our blogs.
You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours!
Have a great and crafty day!
I followed the top line, Stamp, DSP, and Dies. The balloons are a Stamplorations stamp, the DSP is from CTMH, and the numbers are Sizzix dies.  I'm not sure where I got the Happy Birthday die.); Shopping Our Stash Challenge #439 - All About Family (This card is for AJ, my oldest grandson.);Seize the Birthday Challenge #208 - AG, Make a Scene option

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Curtain or Skirt Fold?


When I first saw the double sided freebie papers in the Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration catalog, I was attracted by the deep colored flowers on one side and the wonderful patterns on the opposite.   I knew they would make attractive skirt/curtain fold cards.  

I started this card by making the folds for the bottom half and the pale pink strip to cover the edge but I had no vision for the top.  It sat on the desk for a couple days, waiting to be finished.  Today I thought I'd play with the Pretty Perennial stamps and dies.  Before long I had a nice selection of flowers and leaves to finish off this card.   Then all it needed was a quick Happy Birthday and a few gems.  (BTW, the Happy Birthday stamps are from CTMH.)

Now, do you call this special fold a skirt fold or a curtain fold?  Are they one and the same?  If not, what is the difference?  I'd be interested in your responses?



Mix It Up Challenge #46 - AG with a fancy fold; Crafty Catz Challenge #539 - AG, twist: in the garden ; Creative Creases Challenge #1 - AG with a fun fold; Creative Knockouts Challenge #389 - Lots of Layers; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Favorite Technique (special folds); Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Week of February 16th - AG; The Flower Challenge #53 - Use your newest stamps or dies (The Pretty Perennial Stamps and Dies just arrived last Monday.  First time I used them.);


Friday, February 19, 2021

MFT Wednesday Sketch and Slimline Birthday Challenges

 My cards today were made for two challenges at My Favorite Things.

The first card I made follows the sketch for this week's 

Wednesday Sketch Challenge


I've used a MFT sentiment stamp, CTMH papers, and various die cuts to make this card.

 The second card I'd like to share in the MFT February Slimline Challenge, where the theme is Birthday Wishes.

The Alphabet Dies are from MFT, a Christmas gift from my bestie in AZ.  She actually sent me a gift certificate online and I've been wanting these large letters for a while.  Thanks Dawn!

Papers, banner and birthday stamp are from CTMH and the cute little donkey is a SU stamp which I fussy cut.


Hope you all are staying well.  

Thanks so very much for visiting!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Double Trouble Challenge #77 & Imagine That! Birthday Celebration

Today I am sharing a birthday card featuring a digi image  I colored with markers from Imagine That!.  There are at least 9 layers, by my count and not including the bow or 9 colored pearls, a strip of lace, and a tag with an Imagine That! digital sentiment.  In keeping with the title of my blog, you will also find embossed vellum, holographic paper, glitter paper, silver foil die cut bow, a stamped border and a few stitched die cuts.


Double Trouble Challenge #77 - Layers, Lace and/or Pearls, Crafter's Cafe Challenge

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #260 - Lace and/or Pearls

Imagine That! Birthday Challenge Feb. 15- 21 - Tags

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #593


Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches


To start the year off, everyone on the TMS Design Team has chosen their favorite sketch from last year.
This was Tammy's favorite sketch.

All the cute papers are from an Echo Park Paper Pad I picked up last year.
The lightly watercolored bunny image is a stamp by Art Gone Wild.

I hope you'll have time to play along at

this week. 
The Design Team would love it if you'd visit our blogs.
You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours!
Have a great and crafty day!
Sweet Stamping Challenge - Cards for Teens/Kids
Get Creative Challenge #98 - AG; twist use red or pink
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #21 - Animal and/or buttons


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Pop- Up Flip Card

Yesterday's newsletter from Splitcoaststampers had a tutorial for a fold I had never tried, a pop up flip card.

I had colored the image from February's Imagine That DOTM Challenge the day before and thought I could use it to make this special card design for my granddaughter's upcoming birthday.  Unfortunately, it was too big for an A2 card.  I began adjusting the measurements in the tutorial to make an A6 or 4.5x6.25 inch card.  Everything was going according to plan until I tried putting in the pop-up flip gizmo.  I cut a lot of paper in a lot of different sizes and just couldn't get it to work.  

I decided to just finish the A6 card as an aperture card with the image on the inside of the card but showing through to the front.

The image was colored with watercolor pencils and markers, then fussy cut.  The spray of strawberries is an old digi from Becci's Place, colored with markers and a green glitter brush.  The sentiments were part of the Imagine That! DOTM, Birthday Bunny, available at a discount this month.  This is a Progressive Challenge.  If you use this month's digi set and enter the challenge, you will receive next month's digi set for free.  Imagine That! is also having an 8th Birthday Celebration and you might want to check that out as well.  



Having failed in my attempt to make the Pop-Up Flip Card yesterday, mastering it became my goal for today.   Sometimes you just have to walk away and come back at another time.
That's really all it took, and reading the directions very carefully.  I thought it best to follow the tutorial as written this time and make an A2 version. 

Here is my very first, successful Pop-Up Flip Card!

Card front. CTMH paper. Fussy cut SU stamped flower and leaves.
Inside of card.  Sentiment from MFT.

side view


Mix It Up Challenge #46 - AG + Fancy Fold ; Die Cut Divas February Challenge - Fun Fold; Dream Valley Challenge #241 - Add some Green; Through the Craft Room Door Challenge for Feb 9th - AG; Crafty Creations February Challenge #418 - AG; Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #398 - Birthdays; Aud Sentiments Challenge #268 - AG with a sentiment.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

8th Birthday Celebration at Imagine That Digis & MFT Sketch #528

 My printer needs a new color ink cartridge.  But instead of waiting to purchase and install one, I decided to print this cute pre-colored Imagine That Digi in grayscale and add some color myself.  

I used a bunch of scraps, mostly CTMH papers, Sizzix dies and stamp, and various markers.

This is my entry for this week's Feb. 8-14 Birthday Celebration Food/Cake Challenge at Imagine That Digis by Kris.




The sketch at My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #528 is super easy this week and their design team has made some really nice cards using it.


Here is my version:


 Hope you all had a nice day.



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #592

 It's Tuesday Already?

Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches


To start the year off, everyone on the TMS Design Team has chosen their favorite sketch from last year.
This was Patti's favorite sketch.

The sentiment stamp is by CTMH; The XOX die is from Pink & Main; The bow is an IO die cut.

I hope you'll have time to play along at

this week. 
The Design Team would love it if you'd visit our blogs.
You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours!
Have a great and crafty day!


Sunday, February 7, 2021

Guess who is 7 soon?

 It's hard to believe that my first great-granddaughter, Laila, will be 7 soon.  Time sure does fly!  And she already has 2 younger sisters, too!

Every year since Laila was born, I have made her a special card using quilted digi numbers from Beccy's Place.  I'm glad I purchased the whole set, because I think they are retired now.  This year I've used one of Beccy's digis and also one of her tutorials to create this 

Four Fold Card. 




I colored the turtle with markers,  and then fussy cut.  I colored and cut a second head and neck section and then popped the top and glued the bottom to give it some dimension.  Before mailing, I will tuck a $5 bill and two $1 bills behind the blue striped section.  

The Happy Birthday die is from Die-Version and the stamped sentiment is from Stampendous.


 Happy Birthday, Laila!

(To see Laila's past birthday cards, click on her Label to the right.)  


Challenges I am entering

Krafty Chicks Challenge #545 - Stamp Act

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #398 - Birthdays 

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Put an Animal On It (I used the Cuttlebug for all the die cuts and the embossing.)

Digi Choosday Challenge Week 5 - AG 

Through the Craft Room Door Week of Feb. 2nd - AG 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies February Challenge - AG with an animal 

Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge #78 - AG 

Mix It Up Challenge #46 - AG Fancy Fold


Dies R Us Challenge #162 - AG (I used  an Elegant Oval Die from Spellbinders.)

Die Cut Divas Challenge - Fun Fold 

Beccy's Place February Challenge - AG with a BP Image 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids February 2021 Challenge

 The theme for the February Challenge at 

Follow SAS4Kids on Facebook!

is Spring/Easter Cards 4 Kids
or Anything Goes 4 Kids.
Here is my card:
I recently came across a new Digi shop on Zibbet called Createful Heart Design and couldn't resist this adorable digital image called Violet Bunny.  Heart border die cuts are from Pink & Main.
Dazzle eggs and Happy Easter are from my stash.
Velum and image die cuts are from Spellbinders.
 It would be great if you joined the fun at the
February Challenge.
(Cards only, please. And they need not be donated.)
Please take some time and visit the fabulous blogs of my teammates.  They work so hard and are very creative! 
Challenges I am entering:
Creations in Pink Challenge #30 - AG mainly in Pink; 
Cuttlebug Challenge - Put an animal on it  (Used my Cuttlebug for all the die cuts.)
Alphabet Challenge - V is for vellum (pink vellum under the image)
Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!