Summer Shaker

My blog is not wanting to play nice today. It may be mad as I haven’t posted in awhile, but life gets in the way of crafting and sharing.

Summer Birthday Shaker

Made this fun birthday card using a Hero Arts layered flamingo stamp set, some of their shaker pieces that are under water themed, a Darice stripes embossing folder, a WRMK Next Level Waves embossing folder, a bunch of inks and shaker pieces, and the My Favorite Things Stylish Happy Birthday Die-namic. Had a lot of fun making this and am entering it in 3 different challenges:

Hero Arts July Challenge

Can You Handle The Pressure July Challenge

Four Seasons July Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Father’s Day #1

Had fun making this to go along with this week’s challenge on the We Craft Cards Discord. It’s for my FIL for Father’s Day.

The fence is popped up, as well as the flower heads.

I actually used my friend Bonnie’s technique about printing on tissue paper and applying it. Had fun trying that and will definitely do it again.

The inside. So you can see the saying my son and I came up with.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.


I haven’t had much time to craft for a while, but did these in the past couple weeks and wanted to share them.

Impressed background and die cut flowers.
Inlaid die cuts.
Trinity Stamps Fangtastic Friends.
Graduation card for a friend.
I love this set!
Having fun with cats.
Curtain technique.
The other piece had to be used.
Online Card Classes Fun!
Absolutely love the way this technique turned out. Gave this to my folks for their anniversary.
Softball birthday card.
Background pieces
Reverse Joseph’s Coat technique
Ink lifting from areas.
Had lots of fun with this one
My dad’s birthday card

Okay, these are from the past month, but those times of creating bring rest and joy. God has truly blessed me with time, things, the ideas, and amazing people to send cards to.

Thank you for spending some of your very valuable time with me today. Have a great rest of your weekend and week to come.


I haven’t done many, if any, challenges for quite a while. I am on the Search Team at my church and we have been very busy for the past few months finding a new lead pastor. But, God led us to HIS choice and now it’s up to the Elders to recognize him as God’s choice, too.

So, I actually looked at a challenge this week. The MFT Sketch Challenge looked like fun and I actually did it.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have an amazing week.

President’s Day Cards

Okay, I know that sounds weird, but I’m in charge of the challenge at the We Craft Cards Discord site this week and my challenge is inspired by our Presidents. As paper money honors presidents, the challenge is to make a mini slimline card that is close to the size of paper money and fits in the envelopes that hold money. There’s a bonus to the challenge, that if they use different sized circles, representing the coins that also honor our presidents, they get an extra entry.

Here are two examples:

These are both close to 3″ by 6″ and both have different sizes of circles, just in different ways.

Now this second one, I did in pink and black and included dragonflies to work for another challenge a friend of mine found. It’s called Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges. This is their second challenge and is an Anything Flies (goes) with just pink and black. So, a shimmer dark pink background, black shimmer dragonflies, black embossing powder, and pink bling. This bling was called Spoonful of Confetti. I have no clue what company made it, but these are great pink holographic holeless sequins. They are wonderful! The shimmer sheets are from MFT, granted they are old, so probably retired. The top dragonfly is a Spellbinder’s die and the bottom is called Light Dragonfly from Couture Creations. The sentiment is from a Gina K set called Grand Garden.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a wonderful weekend.


The following is this week’s MFT Sketch for their sketch challenge. I like it, but changed it up a bit.

I have a friend who is having knee replacement surgery on Monday. She also LOVES coffee, so thought this would be a fun one for her.

My “square” is a shaker with lots of fun elements that went well with the paper, as well as some dark browns for coffee. Inside is a sentiment from the BB Hug It Out set, “I Know Hugs are Healing, so I’m sending you my best hug ever.” Used some glitter paper for the coffee cup.

My take on the sketch is a bit different, but I had fun with it and made it for someone in particular.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a great rest of your weekend.

For any of those who know about my health, I started on a new type of pump on Thursday. The sensors arrived today, which will help keep me level. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Tandem pump and the Dexcom sensors help stabilize my diabetes.

Color Challenge

A friend found and shared a new challenge which is a monthly color challenge. Their February color is red. As I have a friend with a birthday the end of this week, who loves red, I made the following card for her per the challenge.

I know it looks like there is pink in the background, as well, but it was supposed to be red. So, I’m calling it a pale red. 😉 I took a Spellbinders class with Bibi Cameron last weekend and the kit for the class included a butterfly stamp set and die set that will be released on February 14. I know I’m sharing it early, but it’s a great set. There are other pieces that will be released as well that look amazing. I’m figuring this is good advertising for them.

The die in the background is from My Favorite Things and is called Graphic Roses. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. The butterflies are using the Spellbinders die set.

My husband doesn’t like the “messy look” of splatters and sprays, but I think they give a lot of character. I’m pretty sure my friend will enjoy her card.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Sketch Challenge

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a sketch challenge, so thought I would try the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge. It’s not exact, but I needed the bookmark to be removable and usable.

This is a galentine, yes, a card for a friend on Valentine’s Day.

Used the Graphic Roses Die-namic from MFT, as well as a hearts Die-namic. Neither of which they still carry. That’s really sad, as they are both great dies.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

It’s Been Too Long

I haven’t done a blog post in way too long. For the past week and a half I’ve been down sick. Had no clue it was Covid until my doctor refused to see me AFTER I was in her exam room. She did do a virtual appointment, though it would have been nice to know that before wasting my time to go. I did get tested and yes, I have it. Best thing she did was order a Z PAC in case it was something else. The Z PAC helped.

Anyway, I’ve been too busy to be upright for more than a few minutes at a time. I had signed up for an online Spellbinders class today and even though I hadn’t gotten all the prep work done, the class was a lot of fun. I was actually able to stay upright through the whole thing.

As few people as see my blog, I’m going to share what I did. I’m betting you’ll check it out when they release it on Valentine’s Day.


For the class, the kit included a stamp set and 1 die set, as well as the pieces for the pop up. That’s a good one I’d want to get, if my BFF hadn’t offered to share.

I do recommend Bibi Cameron’s class and the sets from Spellbinders. It was fun, especially as I haven’t been able to create for a while.

More Class

So, Day 8 was Winter Themed Envelopes. I didn’t make my own envelopes, as I had some already made, so decorated those. I wasn’t impressed with how many of them turned out, but it was still fun trying something different.

Now, Day 9 was Coloring Hot Foiling. I figured that out as I played in September, after getting my Glimmer machine for my birthday. But, I did it a bit different here, as I foiled onto some of the backgrounds that I had done and were in my “to be used” file (it’s HUGE as I like to try a lot of things when making backgrounds). Then, I added color to the images. I used a couple different ways. I actually did more than these, but didn’t take pictures.

The second one was my favorite and actually the first I did. I had foiled onto a piece of acetate that I used alcohol inks on the back of. Then colored the foiled images with alcohol markers. Heat embossed the sentiment on it with some fun glitter embossing powder.

Day 10 was Stencil Resist. Oh, this one was fun. Granted there are tons of ways to do a resist, but for this one, paste was applied through a stencil, then watercolored over. The paste picks up some of the color, but not too much. Definitely had fun with this one.

When I did this, I added too much water to my panel and washed most of the color out, so went back and added more color. I liked the color better after just the markers as it had more blues and less yellow, but thought this was good for Christmas. My poinsettia was also smaller than I remembered, but after adding a few bits of bling, I think it worked. I hot embossed the poinsettia, then added a bit of color to the image.

Day 11 was to add Snow. So many ways to add “snow” to cards and I think I’ve tried a good number of them. For this one, I used some Cosmic Expressions Fluffy Stuff that expands when you heat it. So much fun to play with! Granted, it does break off and get smooshed, but still fun.

Day 12 was Storybook Style Coloring. That’s pretty much how I color, so here are a couple of tags that I did for the Day 14 DIY Striped Patterned Papers with the images colored sort of like that.

Day 13 was a see through shaker. It was supposed to be a card and I did have plans, but no time. I needed to do more tags, so made see through shaker tags.

Day 14 I already told you about, but here are a few more of the tags.

I had a whole lot of fun trying things in different ways and trying a few new things in this class. I do recommend the Holiday Card Workshop 2021. If nothing else, you’ll have some fun creating.

Now, I’ve gotten very behind on other stuff, so probably won’t be around for a bit. Thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me!