Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy (belated) Birthday, Sandie!

Between the end of school year activities and starting a new job I have even less time to create. After an especially crazy week I really needed to recharge my batteries on Sunday by getting crafty...

I am terribly late (possibly the last) in wishing Sandie from London Days a very Happy 50th Birthday! But better late than never, I always think, and hope that Sandie will enjoy celebrating a bit longer!

Stamps: Happy Little Stamper (Happy Birthday), Avery Elle (belated)

My collection of washi tape has been whining that I keep forgetting about them and they were right, so I pulled them out. I honored Sandie's love of lot's of white space, CAS, and purple. The sentiment (in black) is from a set that I recently won from Happy Little Stampers. Love all the different fonts in that set! I added an assortment of purple washi tape and some flower gems.

There are two parties going on for Sandie and I am sending this card to both of them:

Time Out "Extra"

CAS with the optional twist of purple

Kylie, owner of Happy Little Stampers

Sandie, I hope this coming year will bring you lots of wonderful things and always enough time to create and do what makes you happy!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Masculine Birthday Card with Motorcycle

Hi there,

Just quickly popping in with a masculine birthday card.

Stamps: Doodlebug (motorcycle, flames), SSS (sentiment), Hero Arts (background)
Dies: Doodlebug (motorcycle, flames), MFT Die-namics (chevron border)


The Male Room #35 "Transport"

Seize The Birtday "Add Dimension"
The motorcycle w/flames and the sentiment are popped up.

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #148 "Birthday Boy"


Uniko #32 "Masculine"

ETA: Over at my Instagram account, Ardyth suggested that I enter this card also at

CASology #199 "Fast"

Be well,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Happy Retirement with Bird

I recently started working part time and almost at the same time one of the 7 Cardologists retired. This is the card I made for her and since she has received it, I can share it with you. You probably can guess what my inspirations was...

Stamps: SSS (happy), Winnie & Walter (retirement)
Dies: Memory Box (bird, branch), SSS (frame)
Other: Punch (Carl)

Challenge (click on the links for rules and lots of inspiration from the DT in the gallery):

Time Out Challenge #56
Yes, you guessed correctly! It was this beautiful card by Kay Miller. I tried to keep the light and airy feel of it and also used the lovely color combination.

Simon Says Wednesday "Flowers"

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Happy Little Stampers May"Anything Goes With Dies"

Memory Box Challenge #12 "For the Birds"

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Be well,

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"Thanks a Ton" in Mint and Navy

Before I show you today's card let me welcome my new followers 

and ra A (sorry, couldn't find a blog)

with this quote by David Steindl-Rast

It isn't joy that makes us grateful,
it's gratitude that makes us joyful.

Now to the card:
When I saw the colors for the new challenge at Inkspirational I immediately thought of the cute whale from Clearly Besotted and made this card:

Stamps: Clearly Besotted (whale, sentiment)
Other: Stencil (Memory Box)

If you click on the picture to enlarge it you will see the Stickles I added to the waves and the sentiment because I felt it needed something else.

Challenges (click on the links for rules and inspiration):

Inkspirational #108 "Mint and Navy"

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Stencil It"

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Be well,

Monday, May 2, 2016

Guest Designer for Happy Little Stamper May CAS Challenge

How are you all?

I am extremely pleased to have been invited as a Guest Designer for the May CAS Challenge "Inlaid Die Cutting" at Happy Little Stampers

This technique is perfect for adding interest to your card without adding any bulk. I had lots of fun making these two cards! 

Stamps: Impression Obsession (rose background), Uniko (sentiment)
Die: WPlus9 (heart), SSS (banner)

I die cut the heart from a panel, heat embossed the background in gold, sponged it with Distress Inks, laid it back into the panel, and taped everything on a card front. Added the heat embossed banner and some Glossy Accents to look like dew drops.

ETA: Loll suggested that I enter this card in this month's 

CAS Mix Up Challgenge
My card features stamping, heat embossing, and die cutting.

And the second card:

Stamp: SSS (sentiment)
Die: SSS (you)

This technique is also perfect for those very delicate dies that are difficult to glue down. Here I used a watercolored panel (not the one from this post but created at the same time), cut out the "you", die cut it also from a piece of gold card stock, put it in the green panel and attached it to a card with foam tape. Before doing that though, I stamped the rest of the sentiment and added some gold splatters.

A heartfelt thank you to the folks at Happy Little Stamper CAS challenge for inviting me to be a Guest Designer! Check out what the fabulous Design Team came up with and then play along! Hope to see you in the gallery!

Be well,

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