Masculine Birthday

I made this card for my cousin’s birthday. I had a lot of fun creating the background using an embossing folder and some paint splatters. Then, coloring the image was lots of fun. The first time I did the car in silver, but wasn’t thrilled with it, so went back and changed it to blue. Now, I really like it. The image is popped up a bit to give it a bit of dimension. The ribbon is just for fun and because it looked like it would work for “masculine bling.” 😉

Try making something just because it appeals to you, or in a way that you think might be fun. Not because anyone said “this is the way to do it”, but according to what you like. Have fun creating.

This is being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge: On a Roll (gears and wheels). It is also being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background. Gears with dark paint to look like grease spots.

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

Shaker Valentine

I wanted to make a fun Valentine for my husband. Granted, he normally gets a few throughout the day. The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to make a shaker card, so I went with that, as I enjoy making shaker cards.

This was quite a fun one to make, as it has a huge shaker. I decided to put the sentiment on the inside as I didn’t want to cover up much of the shaker window.

There’s not a whole lot of room to write on this one as the base is black, but it’s still a fun card.

Products Used:

  • Black and White card stock
  • Circle Die
  • Rectangle Die
  • Tulle
  • Chunky Glitter
  • White & Silver paint pens
  • Altenew To the Moon set
  • Foam tape
  • Liquid Glue

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Try something new and just have fun doing it, no matter how it turns out.


Had a bit of time this weekend to just do something fun. So, I tried making some mints. Those weren’t quite what I was hoping, but they are pretty and they taste pretty good. No, I can’t have much as I have diabetes, but I had a couple. I gave some away today and will give some more away later. Also took the time to make a couple of cards.

I joined the Altenew Mini Monthly subscription and my husband wanted to make sure it was worth it, so a friend, who also gets that subscription said we would challenge one another to use what we get each month before the next one arrives. We’ve both made a couple of cards with this Mini Delight: Pretty City Stamp and die set. For this one, I also used Altenew’s Hello and Hugs stamp set. Definitely had fun with this one, as the idea came to me when I saw their January challenge colors. Tried to do lots of different things with this one, as learning new things is fun. I used the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil for the clouds with Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry. The halo around the city was done with Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar. I also used Versamark Ink with the Ranger Platinum embossing ink, some random bling and card stock in white, gray, and 2 shades of pink. There’s a bit of sparkle in there with the bling and the embossing, so I’m thinking this works quite well for the Altenew January 2021 challenge.

Tried lots of new things with this card, as well. Hero Arts’ Stay Crafty Challenge #19 was to use a heart somewhere. So, I made heart bubbles. You can’t really see it in the picture, but there is Nuvo Crystal clear drops around the edges and in the heart to make it shine a bit, like a glass bottle would. For this, I used the Hero Arts sets: Enjoy the Journey CM169, Mermaid Kisses CM160, and CL392. I also used the following Ranger Distress inks: Frayed Burlap, Mowed Lawn, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, and Brushed Corduroy. Also used some alcohol markers and colored pencils, a Wink of Stella pen, as well as some bling.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. I hope one or both of these might have brought a smile to your face. Join me in trying new things, or things in a different way and lets see if we can grow in this new year. Have a wonderful week!

Birds of a Feather

Decided to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week, but wanted to be able to use it in the current ModSquad Challenge, as well. So, used the sketch and highlighted birds. My plan was to use butterflies, but I don’t have anything but tiny butterflies on any of the MFT sets I’ve got.

I took a water color piece I had done and embossed it with a feather embossing folder by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Then took some other alcohol ink and water color pieces I had to use for the pieces. I cut the hexagons using a retired MFT die. The birds are from two different retired MFT Die-Namics sets that were stamps and dies, one was Homespun Birdhouse and the other was Contempo Cage. Sometimes it’s really nice to just look through what you have, no matter how old it is and be inspired. Old does not mean bad.

I even remembered to add a few gems to this one.

This was fairly quick and it was fun to use something I haven’t used in a while.

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

Card 11

Woo hoo! Last one and I have completed my goal for the Altenew Year End Challenge, of doing a card for each of their challenges. It was fun. I tried new things, did things a bit differently in some cases, tried different color combinations than I would normally have used, and had fun along the way. Where’s the fun if you never try new things. Even if they bomb, you’ve tried and know. And sometimes they turn out great.

This one might be a bit busy, but I still kind of like it. I used Nuvo Mousse in a pink and turquoise on a dark blue card for the background, using Altenew’s Layered Dahlia Stencils. Let me tell you, it was quite difficult to clean my stencils afterwards (I’m one of those that likes to clean everything back to the way it looked before starting). I also used Altenew’s Perennial Beauty set for the flowers. All 4 of the purples used were from their Enchanted Garden mini ink cube set.

I hope you saw at least one of these 11 cards that you liked and might inspire you to try something new.

Thank you for spending some of your time with me today and have a great rest of your week!

Card 10

This one was another one that stood out to me. I really liked the October inspiration, too.

Spent time coloring the image, from one of Altenew’s sets (don’t know the name) with pencils and really like the way it turned out. Had fun putting different colors of card stock together for the background and embossing, as well. When it came to stamping the sentiment from Altenew’s Faceted Stars set, I was so very glad I had used a stamping platform, so I could restamp and use a brayer to press quite hard. Embossing first was not the best way to go. But it turned out pretty well in the end. I was impressed when my friend told me about using the brayer on the stamping platform for extra pressure. It works wonderfully.

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

Card 9

This is what I made for the September part of the challenge:

For Christmas, my BFF gave me Altenew’s Hello and Hugs stamp set, so used that for this card. Had fun playing with some special effects paste, which looks gloppy and uninspiring in the picture, but has lots of shine and catches the light really well in person. The red is a shimmer sheet, too.

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

Card 7

On to the July Altenew inspired card:

I liked the wreath and the colors, so had some fun with this one. You can’t really tell, but there is pink in the stenciling, towards the center, then out to dark brown. Used the Altenew Starburst Stencil and the Best Sentiments stamp set.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Card 6

So, finally had a chance to finish these. Here’s what I made for June:

This was inspired by the roundness of the bowls in the picture, as well as the wispiness of the smoke. It was definitely an “inspired by” creation. I used the Altenew To The Moon stamp set, as well as some of their inks.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.