Memory Box Candle Centerpiece CAS card…

The days are getting away from me again!  How are you? This is ‘take two’ for this card…the first one…well, it got trashed! lol  I used a couple more dies and pattern paper and yikes…back to CAS! haha

I love this combo of candle, pine and holly.  I die cut it in white…heat embossed the outline with gold embossing powder twice, then colored the pieces with Copic Sketch markers before I inlaid them back in.

To keep the pieces together, I piece them from the wrong side and use 3L thin mounting squares to hold them together.  I cut the squares into 3 strips and it really works quite well.  You could do this with any foam type mounting adhesive. I’ll have to take a picture of what it looks like next time I do it. Take for example, where the holly is coming off the side of the candle…great place to stick one and it holds the inner leaf to the outline of the candle and to the candle.

The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas Sentiments stamp set HERE.   I just started using the Tim Holtz Stamp Press HERE….I like it a lot!  The die is called the Candle Centerpiece HERE and the strip of pattern paper is from Pebbles Merry Merry Collection, HERE.  (it’s from the strip on the bottom of the paper where one side has the name and the other side is complementary to the pattern, on the Holly Berries sheet)

Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add a Sentiment

Happy Little Stampers – August Christmas Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies August Challenge

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes with dies they carry in their online store

Thanks for stopping by today! It’s so fun to get started on Christmas cards. This is #1 for this year…a late start for me, but it’ll be ok. hehe




MFT Warm and Fuzzy Birthday card…

Hi and welcome to a beautiful Summer’s eve campfire! This set is so cute, can’t believe it’s the first time I’ve used it.  The kids have used it but me, I’m the last one!  Now it’s retiring but we know there’s always more cute coming… You can still find it HERE and the dies HERE…hurry if you want them!

This was our grandson Cedryk’s 5th birthday card.  They live in the country and at night they’ll go visit the cows in the gator… the cows love to come talk to Cedryk! lol  Actually Ced talks to them and they listen!  lol

I used Distress Oxide inks for the sky and grass ink blendingwater dripped on and dabbed off for the faint spots in the sky.  Puffy cloud dies, you can find them HERE.

So cute!  Love that little hedgie!  I colored the images with Copic Markers on MFT  Sweet Tooth Card stock.  I have a little trouble with the copics bleeding on it but I like how easy it blends. A basic A2 size card.

Sharing my card on some challenge blogs…

The Paper Players – The Great Outdoors

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Birthday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – For a Child

Seize the Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and hope these critters made you smile!




Addicted To CAS Challenge – One Layer Card…

I’m so excited to be a guest designer over on the Addicted to CAS Challenge blog today! I love CAS, coloring and dies so I really enjoyed this! Thank you for having me ladies!

The challenge this week is One Layer!  I hope you’ll join us!


I decided to make a one layer die cut inlay card using My Favorite Things Beach Scene Builder Die-namics set and Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies.  All the pieces are cut from an A2 size white card-stock panel, inked with Distress ink and the ink blending tools, fit together like a puzzle, taped together on the back and adhered to an A2 card base.


I did go back in with Distress Markers to accent the embossed lines of the Palm Tree die cut.

The sentiment is from Printworks Collection E4730 Escape the Ordinary.  If you love beach images…you have to see what all PW has…lots of fun images and sentiments.  Check out the releases HERE.

The cutie little crab is from Lawn Fawn Palm Trees die set. I die cut two and glued them together at the very tip of it’s claws.  Pretty cute little photo prop! hehe

Linking my card to some other challenges…


CAS on Friday – Exotic

Crazy 4 Challenges – Summer Fun

Stempelgarten Challenge – Summertime

MFT Color Challenge 74

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Share your Summer creations

STAMPlorations – CAS vacation

A little SALE info while I’m linking to some of the products I used.  At…
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While you’re shopping ’til you drop…keep in eye out over on SLS and her clearance category…. but you know…every category at her store is fabulous and great prices all the time!  Yep, she has the new Distress Oxides, the new TH stamp platform and SO MUCH MORE!  Happy Everything to you!  hehe

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon!










Simon Says Stamp Happy Swimmers Birthday Card…

I love these cute characters from Simon Says Stamp!  This is the Happy Swimmers stamp and die set, out of stock right now though. I linked it anyway. You can always sign up to get notified when it comes back in stock.  The sun die is from Lawn Fawn, the waves from My Favorite Things and the sand from Taylored Expressions but I’m linking you up to the poppystamps Stitched Landscape die set.  The sentiment is from another Simon Says Stamp set called Happy Block Greetings. Don’t shoot me!  It looks like it’s discontinued!  I just got it not that long ago.  Sorry about that. HERE is another cute set though…

Just a fun, cute card for Gena who’s turning 10 this month!  Doesn’t seem possible! She’s still a little girl at heart though and she loves hugs from Grandma, making cards, her chicks and kittens!  Oh and swimming! lol

Linking my card to some challenges…

SSS Flickr Challenge #76  – Anything Goes

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my Summer card making fun!



Memory Box Graceful Cattails, Dragonfly Stems and Tall Grassy Stems Corners…

Monday greetings everyone! Back with a masculine birthday card…very Summer-ish!

I had fun playing with the Distress Oxide inks again on Mixed Media card-stock.  I blended the ink on with the ink blending tool and then spritzed it with a mister bottle of water.

At first I didn’t like it so it’s taken me a few weeks to finish this.  I’m glad I persevered! lol  Always nice to have a man card in the stash!

I used the following dies…the Dragonfly Stems Corners are layered on top of the Grassy Stems Corners.

Graceful Cattails

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner

Tall Grassy Stems Left Corner

Dragonfly Stems Right Corner

Tall Grassy Stems Right Corner

Scribble Happy Birthday

I die cut everything from Mixed Media Card-stock and colored them except for the happy birthday sentiment.  I cut it from black 2mm craft foam and black card-stock. I glued the card-stock cuts to the foam and then glued them to the card after I assembled all the scene pieces.

This ended up a little over a 5 ½ inch square card. I get my square envelopes HERE.

Linking up to some challenges…

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge – Butterflies, Bees and Bugs

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

*** I bought some new paint brushes at Dick Blick and thought I’d share that it’s free shipping there now on a $35 purchase…a great deal for Copic markers, paint brushes, paints, pencils, Mixed Media card-stock pads, Watercolor paper and so much more!  It’s nice to be able to order sets or just ones when you need to replace a short color pencil or get Copic refills etc.  Appreciate this lower shipping option! Thanks for shopping through my links!  I appreciate it so much! ***

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoying Summer here right now..the humidity isn’t so bad!  yay!






MFT Birdie Brown Party Like a Pirate Birthday Card…

I think I know what they mean by the lazy days of Summer…you feelin’ it? hehe

This birthday card was for Jace, Rogan’s big brother, turned 7!  This pirate looks like him too… a ginger that loves baseball! I used the matching die set to cut the pieces.

I love it that Torico had this card in one of the MFT release classes, I just had to make it! There’s a pdf file and photos on the MFT website.

I used different card-stock for coloring this time and kept forgetting that it bleeds…so excuse the bloody mess here and there! lol

I colored the water, land and tree with Distress Oxide inks.  The sky with the MFT cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the mini ink blending tool.

oh, the wave cuts in the water are a Lawn Fawn die

Torico’s images are so fun to color!  Four more birthday cards to share and then I’ll get back to some die cutting and yes, CHRISTMAS!

Memory Box didn’t offer me any of this release but I did see there’s a design team call.  I did buy a few dies from SLS so I’m looking forward to using them! I have some ideas…hope they’re good! hehe

Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer creations

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope this cute pirate made you smile!


Avery Elle Birthday Bus…

Hi everyone!  I’ve been making birthday cards for grandkids!  So much FUN!   This one is for Rogan’s 3rd.

I die cut the Avery Elle party bus, die cut it, colored it, created the scene and mounted the bus on the regular size wobble!   He loved it!  Here it is in action  on Instagram…click the arrow (when you roll over the center) to start/stop or click to Instagram via the sidebar.


Such happy critters…their van is silver so I colored it in grays…

The grass die is from Lawn Fawn, the Quiet Cabin Landscape and Puffy  Clouds are Memory Box.

I die cut the whole scene new Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die.

Even with the wobble it still fits nicely in an A2 envelope.

Linking to some challenges…

Addicted To Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Work it Wednesday July 2017

Rogan is at such a fun/cute age.  I took a video of him stamping the other day…he’s very teachable and even cleans the stamps before he puts them back away! I added that 40 second video to my blog FB page… link over in the sidebar, click on Expressions…   His favorite stamps right now are those little block stamps from Hero Arts that came in tubs. Always glad to add another stamper to the family! lol He wasn’t sure about the zip line we bought him but after the first time doing it… he was sold! yay!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back with some more birthday fun!