Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hey There

Using the sketch from My Favorite Things and a springtime House Mouse stamp, here's a simple slimline card for any occasion.


I used markers and pencils to color the image, a CTMH stamp for the sentiment, washi tape to make the two lines, and a freebie magazine die to cut the frame.



My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge # 539 - see sketch above

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #339 - AG, option-Slimline Card 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - AG

The House That Stamps Built Challenge A2821- AG

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #404 - Any Occasion

Krafty Chicks Challenge #557 - AG

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Graduation time

 Other than making something for the

 Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge # 503

I had no real plans for today's card.  But after I chose the papers, stamped the butterfly first on cs and then on green velum, fussy cut it,  popped it on the inside oval, chose the stick-on 'take flight' sentiment,  and added the bow, it occurred to me that it would make a nice graduation card for a certain young lady who will soon be receiving her nursing degree.  

All it needed was the "Congratulations" 

The oval dies are by Spellbinders and the word die by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The butterfly stamp was a freebie by Sheena Douglas from a Quick Cards magazine.  The take flight sticker was a freebie that came with my last order from Stamplorations.  Gotta love those freebies!

This is the sketch from TSOT that I was following:


The Design Team for Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge really did an outstanding job with their sample cards this week.  Several are fancy folds.  If I hadn't visited one of their blogs, I never would have known that one of the cards is actually a gate fold.  So, if you have some time, I'd suggest making a few visits and collecting a few tips from this talented group.


Additional Challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door Week of April 27th - AG; Paper Minutes Challenge #689 - Butterflies; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - AG; The House That Stamps Built Challenge - AG; Addicted to Stamps Challenge #404 - Any Occasion


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #603


Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
 Here is the sketch for this week
and my card.

How simple is that! 

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!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Flowers for Double Trouble

 I knew I was forgetting something.

Double Trouble started a new challenge last week 

and I never made a card.   

This week's theme, compliments of Thing #1, is Flowers in celebration of Spring.  Thing #2 encourages you to also enter your card in the Make the Cards Challenge.  But, in order to enter that challenge, Thing #3 reminds you to use these colors:


This is what I put together for Double Trouble Challenge # 82 and Make the Cards Challenge #13

The stamp is by Honey Doo Crafts and the die is by Momenta.

I borrowed the grandkid's water paints to make the random flecks of color and added a few sequins at the last minute.


Have a great day everyone!


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Looking for the right paper

While looking for the perfect paper to make a special card, I came across a Decoupage Pack by Papermania called OWL FOLK.  How these owls managed to hide among my patterned papers is beyond me.  The package has never been opened and must be a couple of years old.

It's been opened now.

 Here's a thank you card I made using one of the punch out circles with a 3 layer owl.  There were actually 6 layers in the pack, but I stretch the designs by only using 3.  It also doesn't make the card too thick for mailing. 

Using a Sizzix die, I cut the brown circle.  Then I went in search of some patterned paper which would compliment the image.  Not only did I find paper, but I also found a punch out sentiment to match.  What an easy make. The only ink involved was a bit to distress edges.

Now to get back to looking for the perfect paper 

to make that special card.  


After I enter a few challenges:

Mix It Up Challenge #48 - No stamping; Crafty Catz Challenge #548 - AG; The Alphabet Challenge - B is for Bird; Moving Along with the Times April Challenge #129 - Animals/Birds; Cute Card Thursday Challenge #683 - Green; Creative Knockouts Challenge #358 - Wings and Things

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tower Fold card 4 My Friend

 The mailman just collected this card from our mail box. 


I promised a friend a recipe and since she is a great card maker I felt she needed a special card.  Serendipity placed the Splitcoast Stampers Weekly Inkling in my inbox and this card fold was front and center.  The tutorial is easy to follow and it was a quick make. 


Actually, I started this post yesterday; left to go to a freezing cold baseball game at my grandson's high school; and never got back to my computer to finish it until now.  That means the mailman picked this card up yesterday and it is on its way.  It also means I can do absolutely nothing about the fact that the sentiment is crooked.  I remember stamping the sentiment a bit wonky.   I flipped over the paper and stamped it straight.   But somehow I managed to glue the wrong side up.  Oh, well.

 Papers are from CTMH; sentiment stamp is CTMH; stamp for blue flower is SU; flowers are MFT die cuts and punched.



Creative Creases Challenge - AG with a fun fold

Taylor Made Cards 4 You Challenge - Serendipity

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Bright, Cheerful Colors

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Old and New (stamp is old, pp are new)

Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge #502 - More than one fold

 Top Three Badge

 Thanks for visiting!

Challenges at My Favorite Things

 First, this card is for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.



The Happy Birthday die and the Small Flourish die are both MFT products.  Papers are CTMH.  Butterfly is an Inky Antics stamp.



And this second card is for the MFT Color Challenge.



Die cut for the tree and grassy borders are MFT.  The cute critters having a tea party are MFT stamps. Sentiment is a SU stamp and the scalloped ovals are from Spellbinder dies.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #602


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

 This is my version of Sketch # 602.
The pretty corner flower die cut is from Pink and Main.
The dove and sentiment are CTMH stamps.
The center die is from Spellbinders.
And the embossing folder is from SU.


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!
The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels

Thursday, April 15, 2021

MFT Sketch Challenge

Keeping in mind the theme for Cardz 4 Guys and following the MFT Wednesday Sketch, I created this card.

The Cardz 4 Guys Challenge theme is the same as the premise for the NBUS Challenge - using that Never Before Used Schtuff  in your stash.  The sentiment stamp is from a Lawn Fawn set and is the only one I hadn't used.  The background stamp is from Papermania and is also new stamp.  The diamond embossing folder is by CTMH.  The embossing folder I used on the black strip is a Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp.   Oval dies are from Spellbinders and SU.  And finally, the fussy cut crow is a digi from Gecko Gals that I never used before.


ChallengesCardz 4 Guys Challenge #268 - Use something new to your stash; Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Week of April 13th - AG; Moving Along With the Times April Challenge #129 - Animals/Birds; Fab n Funky Challenge #519 - Embossing; Lil Red Wagon Challenge #597 - In the Air Tonight; Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #313 - All Things Masculine; 

NBUS Challenge #25

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #537 -


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday Morning Sketches #601


Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
 This is the first card I made for Andrea's sketch.  Sketches are basically a great starting point.  When I posted this card below the TMS sketch, I felt I missed one of the key points, the 3 shapes.  I was going to put a seagull at the bottom for my third element, but he obviously flew off.  I know not where.  

I decided to make another card, now that I'm back in PA and have my entire stash at hand.
I am much happier with this version.
Since the card is a mini slimline, 3.5"x6", I decided to make and decorate an envelope, too.



I hope you'll have time to play along at

 Occasionally we have prizes and this week
Andrea is donating a prize: 6 assorted colored mini slimline envelopes from Taylored Expressions. 
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!
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - What's Your Angle (patterned paper, Artistry Cricut Tag, gold flower centers are CTMH) ; Cardz 4 Gals Challenge #144 - Slimline Card; Crafty Catz Challenge #546 - AG; Taylormade Cards 4 U Challenge - Serendipity; Inkspirational Challenge #236 - Grow;  Stamplorations April Stencil Challenge - AG (used Dots All Over stencil)

Monday, April 12, 2021

Happy Birthday With No Stamping

 Hello my crafty friends.

Today I'm sharing a card with no stamping.  With all the beautiful papers and wonderful dies in my stash, stamping isn't always necessary.   However, when I don't stamp, I feel just a little guilty.  And, honestly, I don't often post them on my blog.

 I specifically didn't put any stamping on this card  so that I could enter it in the Mix It Up Challenge # 4.


 The gorgeous paper is Graphic 45, leftover scraps from another project that I managed to piece together to use as the background.

The purple frame is from SU ornate layers dies.  Luckily, I found a sentiment sticker which was the perfect size for the cream cs with punched borders.   The butterfly stickers are from the same sticker sheet.

The die cut butterfly is 3 layers; a gold backing, a yellow layer, and a velum layer to tone the yellow down just a bit.  The die is from Crafter's Companion.



Mix It Up Challenge #48 - AG but No Stamping 

Allsorts Challenge #619 - Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

Crafty Catz Challenge #546 - AG 

Bastel-Traum Challenge #99 - Butterflies 

Simon Says Wednesdsay Challenge - Happy Birthday 

Make The Card Challenge #12 - Butterflies 


April Outlawz Progressive Challenge

 For the April Outlaws Progressive Challenge, participants in the March Progressive Challenge were given an image by Bugaboo stamps called Bug Brats Easter.

Image was colored with markers and fussy cut.  Banner was cut on the cricut and the sentiment is a CTMH stamp. 

Additional Challenges I am entering:

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #442 - All Things Spring

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Easter/Spring 

Fab n Funky Challenge #518 - Easter

Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #155 - photo inspiration (eggs, bunnies, lots of spring colors)


The Crafting Challenge April - AG /Easter 

Aud Sentiments Challenge - AG + a sentiment 

My Time to Craft Challenge #454 - AG

Catch the Bug Week One Challenge - AG

 Have a lovely day.

Thanks for the visit. 


Friday, April 9, 2021

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Thought this might be a cute birthday card for a child in the hospital.  Even though most of the hospitals to which SAS4K  donates cards are not accepting them at the current time, I still have a box set aside to send out as soon as they are.

I used Stampin' Up stamps, 

which required minimal coloring with a marker.  

Here is this week's My Favorite Things Sketch, which I followed.



My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #536 - see above 

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Happy Birthday 

Aud Sentiments Challenge #272 - AG + a sentiment 

Moving Along With The Times April Challenge #129 - Animals,Birds 

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Double Trouble Challenge #81

 We just returned from 3 relaxing months in sunny Florida.

It's hard to get those gorgeous palms, the sunny weather, and peacefulness out of my head.

Hence, the theme of my card for DTC #81- Dream Bubble.

CTMH papers, Sizzix scalloped circle die, La la Land stitched circle die, CTMH Artist cartridge cricut cut clouds, and Stampendous House Mouse stamps colored with pencils.



House Mouse Challenge #337 - AG option Easter/Spring

Double Trouble Challenge #81 - Favorite vacation spot, cloud with words, play at Cupcake Inspirations, too.

Cupcake Inspirations # 516


Tuesday Morning Sketches #600


Welcome to my blog, where I have
a new card
to share with you each week for
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
This week I've made a super easy card using  a piece of recycled striped paper, from a Thank You note I received in a CTMH order just yesterday, and bits and pieces from my scrap pile.  Circle dies
are by Sizzix and "hi" die is from Momenta.

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!
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge - Recycle/Reuse (striped paper)
Mix It Up Challenge #48 - AG;No Stamping 
Dies R Us Challenge #166 - AG (Sizzix dies used)
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Window or Aperture Card
Taylor Made Cards 4 You April Challenge - Serendipity (How coincidental that my CTMH order should arrive with a Thank You card in it that I could recycle for this card.)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

MFT Challenges + Imagine That

 Here is a last minute Easter card I made to enter in the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 



 and the My Favorite Things Color Challenge.

The Tea Cup Bunny image and Easter sentiment are freebies I received from Imagine That! Digistamps for participating in their March Progressive Challenge.  It is part of a new kit from IT! called Rosy Tea Party    I colored the image using watercolor pencils and blended them with clear Wink of Stella before fussy cutting.



My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - see above;  My Favorite Things Color Challenge - see above; Imagine That! April Digi of the Month Challenge - Tea Cup Bunny; My Time to Craft Challenge # 454 - Easter;

Send A Smile 4 Kids April Challenge

 The theme for the April Challenge at 

Follow SAS4Kids on Facebook!

is Mother's Day Cards 4 Kids
or Anything Goes 4 Kids.

It would be great if you joined the fun at the
April 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:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - For a Special Woman (sentiment was stamped)
Double Trouble Challenge #80 - Something, Anything, and Everything : create something new, color (I used watercolor pencils because they are easy to blend.), enter a partner challenge**.
Dies R Us April Challenge #166 - AG with a metal die sold by DRU (I used Elegant Oval Dies by Spellbinders and Heart Border Dies by Pink & Main)