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World Cardmaking Day 2017

WCDNow I don’t need an excuse to hole up in my craftroom and make cards all day but at least I have an actual [holi]day and an entire stamping community to back me up today. Afterall, it IS World Cardmaking Day…it’s the Olympics of cardmaking! Come on, I have to make cards today. Even though it is a nice, sunny, warm Saturday not making cards today would be like not having turkey on Thanksgiving. Gasp!

Here are a couple of cards I just finished.

Ghostly Greetings 1

Ghostly Greetings 2I created the background by blending three different colors (Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet) of Distress Oxide Inks. I spritzed with water then added a few drops of black ink. I drew and cut out the little ghosts and added a few die cut elements. The pink dots are the new Nuvo Glow Drops – they glow in the dark. So cool.

Well, I’m off to get some more cards made…I’ve got lots of ideas swirling around my crafty head. Until next time…

Products used – (cardstock) Neenah Solar White; MFT Black Licorice (stamps) MFT Spooky Sentiments (ink) Gina K. Black Onyx; Distress Oxide (dies) MFT, Penny Black (misc.) sequins, Stickles, Nuvo Glow Dots, multi matte medium, mini action wobbler



Challenge x3

It’s the end of another week and I’m winding down. Back to the grind tomorrow. The weatherman got it wrong today…instead of 85 and sunny it turned out to be 70 (maybe) and cool AND RAINY! It poured rain all night and a good portion of the morning. It was okay though because we had no plans to go out and I did get some new goodies in the mail over the weekend. Perfect day to hang in my craft room and play.  I did make a few cards including a few challenge cards.

I’ll start with a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge ctd439. This week’s colors are: Red, Orange, Purple and Yellow. The bouquet in the challenge photo is gorgeous!


This was one of the new stamp sets I got…it’s called Message in a Bottle from Create a Smile Stamps. Aren’t those little germs cute? I colored the image with Copics then fussy cut the bottle and covered it with SU! Crystal Effects. I used a memory box stencil to add some color before adhering the bottle with foam tape.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Daffodil, Bristol; (stamps) Create a Smile: Message in a Bottle; (ink) MFT Red Hot, Daffodil, MFT Orange Zest, Black Licorice; (misc.) Crystal Effects, Stencil (Memory Box), MFT Dienamics, foam tape

Next up is a card I made for Freshly Made Sketches FMS284.

FMS284Products used: (cardstock) MFT Kraft, Tangy Orange, Black Licorice, Kraft Collection Solids & stripes 6×6; (stamps) MFT: You Give Me Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies; (ink) MFT Black Licorice, Tangy Orange; (misc.) MFT Dienamics, foam tape, Wink of Stella

Lastly, I made a card for the Casual Fridays color challenge CFC172: Pink, Navy and White.


I used SU! markers to color in the letters. The MISTI makes it super easy to change the letter colors. I also used my MISTI to stamp the bottom half of the sentiment on a curve.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, After Midnight, Razzleberry, The Paper Studio DSP; (stamps) Casual Fridays: Shenanigans, MFT Make a Wish; (ink) SU! Markers: Pixie Pink, Ballet Blue, Pink Passion, Night of Navy; (misc.) MFT Dienamics, foam tape, Wink of Stella, Versamark, White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

I’ve got a couple more cards to share this week so hope you’ll stop by to take a peek.


Unicorn Hugs {and hearts]

1.  Card Challenges
2.  Scrapbook layouts

I’ve decided this year that I’m going to try to participate in some online card challenges. In the past, I’ve completed a few here and there but I work full time and don’t always have the time (or energy) to create after work.  Then, I was putting pressure on myself to get them posted on the same day. But, by the time I take care of the pets, go for a walk, make dinner, clean up from dinner, spend time with my family, etc. I end up being too pooped to get creative.  The weekends are my time to craft.  When it’s chilly outside and the boys are preoccupied with football I spend all day (guilt free) in my craft studio. I keep track of the challenges posted during the week, come up with my ideas,  combining challenges where I can, and I’ll post them on the weekend.

I’m also going to try hard to complete a couple of scrapbook pages each month. I started out as a scrapbooker years ago even before I got into stamping. Once I started getting more into stamps and cardmaking, my scrapbooking fell by the wayside. As a result, I’ve got lots of albums, paper and embellishments that have been piling up. Not to mention, the years worth of photos that I printed with the intention of scrapbooking them.  Seeing I’ve only got a couple of days left in January, I may have to actually start in February (or challenge myself to do at least one layout tomorrow). We’ll see how that goes.

Meanwhile, here’s my first card…I made it with the intention of sending it to my almost 8-year old niece for Valentine’s Day. She loves rainbows.

Valentine Clare 2017

I used MFT’s Magical Unicorns Stamps and matching dies. The background is stenciled using Distress Ink (Festive Berries, More Mustard, Salty Ocean) and  I colored the unicorns with Copic Markers. All the pieces were diecut and arranged on the panel. This card, made by Lynn Put: The Queen’s Scene  gave me the idea to create the rainbow background:

Lynn’s cards are awesome – she’s super talented. I just love so many of her creations. After seeing some of Lynn’s photos and blog posts, I’ve decided mine look like ass so that may be the next thing I work on. I used to have a light box that I used for my photos but the cat jumped through it and broke it. I’ll save that story for another time. Anyway, I’m entering the rainbow unicorns in this week’s  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Spread Your Wings.

Thanks for stopping by…I’ve got a few more challenge card to post so I’ll be back with more!


Holiday Recovery – Happy New Year!

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted. I took a break during the holidays to absorb the festivities, travel, and just unwind. I finally made it back into my craft room and have been working on some Valentine cards. I’m starting off with a card I made using new MFT stamps and dies called I’m Owl Yours.

Owl Love

I paired it with a sentiment from an older MFT Pure Innocence mini called Owl Costume.  I followed MFT Sketch #316 and decided to play along in Splitcoast Stsampers’ weekly Color Challenge 618.

I’m going to try to participate in more challenges this year. AND I’m going to be more diligent with my blog and get on a regular schedule. I worked so hard to get it up and running so I owe it to myself to keep it active.  Happy New Year!

Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Monster Bash

BOO! I couldn’t resist these little creepies (aka Monster Mash) from Lawn Fawn. Aren’t they fun?! I paired them with MFT’s Grave Situation stamps and dienamics to create this spooky scene. I created the background Halloween sky by using blending tools and Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. I then splattered a little water and white Gesso with a small paintbrush to get the splotchy look. The headstones and little monsters were colored with Copic markers then arranged to create a fun scene. I just love it!

This week, I’m participating in SCS’s Mix-Ability MIX196 challenge and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge which was highlighting Lawn Fawn products. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!