Birthday by Sketch

My Favorite Things has a fun sketch this week. I needed to make another birthday card for my son-in-law and get it in today’s mail. I used the sketch and came up with this:

Happy Birth-YAY

Used an MFT set by Birdie Brown and colored it with alcohol markers. I’m not sure what type of paper I stamped it on, but it might have been Bristol. Actually had fun coloring it. After I cut it out, I held it up against a few backgrounds I’d previously made, until I found that I liked the look of this one, with the blue at the bottom. None of my oval dies were big enough, so I used a Creative Memories tool.

Used a couple different patterned papers out of an MFT birthday set. The sentiment is on the inside, as is another piece of the oval paper lined up with the blue at the bottom.

I really like the way this turned out and I got it written in and in the mail in time. That’s always a good thing.

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

Comfort Zone

I have been working on trying new things and adding things in a way that is not in my comfort zone. This week, I checked the SimonSaysStamp challenges and had an idea for the Monday challenge of “Let’s be on Time.”

I needed a masculine birthday card, so went with a Tim Holtz stencil with clocks on it and added some clear gesso with Distress walnut ink mixed in. Added some of that to 2 backgrounds. It was a humid week in Phoenix, so it took quite a white for that to dry. Over the top, I used another Tim Holtz stencil and added some VersaMark ink through it and used some Crackling Campfire glaze. I really liked the look of that, so stamped a clock from a very old set (Stampendous?) onto some velum with VersaMark ink and added the glaze on that. Before embossing my sentiment onto the background, I added a couple of Diana Weekly Acrylic sprays in I think Night and Apricot (I didn’t have a dark orange or red one). Then embossed the sentiment, from that same stamp set using dark brown embossing powder. Added my vellum clock by putting Multi Medium Matte under the embossed areas and pressing down. Like I said, it was a very humid and rainy week in Phoenix, so it did not want to stick. The fact that my bottle of Multi Medium Matte is very old may have contributed, as well. Anyway, I think I wound up using some liquid glue under parts of it as well, to get it to adhere completely. When I had it all done, I trimmed off the overhang on the clock, then adhered the whole panel to some Gina K Coral card stock.

With the other background that I had started, I went a slightly different way. As the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes, I went a bit wild.

I knew I wanted to use some of the Altenew Mini Poppies I had embossed and cut out, so used a leaf stencil from Picket Fence and inked using some Distress mowed lawn and olive. I had an area that was light, so added a bit of tissue paper that I had used to clean up different water color inks and saved. Added a bit of that with some more of the clear gesso. Took quite a while for that to dry, too. Cut the sentiment, which is an MFT Die-namic out of black paper, then I smeared some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste over the top with my finger. This paste has fine glitter in it, as well as some big chunks of glitter and has a pink and orange color. You can’t see it well in the picture, but it’s fun in the light. The paste does come in different colors, this is the one I wanted and received for Christmas.

On a side note, I had planned to use some of my Opal Blaze Cosmic Shimmer polish, but was out of the right color. When I checked my others, most had dried solid. I added a few drops of distilled water to the jars and left them overnight and they were usable the next day. Not as good as when they were new, but usable.

Added my Altenew Mini Poppy flowers that I had done in red on both white card and kraft card. Added a few leaves and then went and got one of my K&Company Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers and added a butterfly. There wasn’t enough room left for the die cut butterfly I had planned to use.

Sometimes something will catch my eye, so I will purchase it, then don’t wind up using all of the pieces. Or, like these, they are thick, so require extra postage. As these cards are to be hand delivered, it works. I did use foam tape under the flowers to give them a bit of dimension, too.

So, neither of these cards is really in my comfort zone, but I rather like how they turned out.

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

Card 3

Back to the Altenew year end challenge.

Here’s what I made for the March one. I know you only had to make one, but I’ve just been having fun with it. This is one of my favorite ones.

I used the Faceted Stars stamp to emboss the background, then used watercolors for both the image and the background. Had a lot of fun with this one. The succulent stamp set is also an Altenew set, but I borrowed it from a friend, so don’t know what it’s called. The sentiments are from the Faceted Stars, too.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me!

March 2020

This is quite the month.  As so many activities were canceled, I actually had a bit of time to sit and create this weekend.  Unfortunately, our internet decided it doesn’t want to work, so have to try and post what I can from work.

3-22-20 Rob B-day

This was another attempt at a birthday card for my husband that I like.  I had the tree and really wanted to put a dinosaur with it.  Had this Rubbernecker set, which worked okay.  The background was the challenge.  Decided to use light watercolors, but they turned out way to dark, so covered with vellum.  Looks like my volcano is floating, however.  Oops!  My husband will get this one, whether I like it, or not, as he won’t care that the volcano is floating.  Oh well.

Here’s an Easter card I made following (sort of) the MFT Sketch challenge for the week.

3-22-20 MFT Sketch

All of the pieces, except the base are vellum.  Coloring the vellum took a while.  Did it with pencil.  Hope you enjoy this one.  Used three different sets, but as I’m at work, I don’t have the names of them.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me.  Remember, God is in control, no matter what the world looks like.  His plan is good.  Though as we fight Him tooth and nail, it’s harder from our perspective to get there.  I’ve read the last chapter, it all works out in the end, as long as we trust Him.  You, whether I know you, or not, are being prayed for.

Green Flight

As it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve been seeing lots and lots of green, so wanted to play a bit.  Decided to use the My Favorite Things Sketch challenge as the starting point, then add some wheels for the Mod Squad challenge this week.

Here’s what I came up with:

3-15-20 MFT MS

Use some MFT Dill Pickle paper, as well as some foil with greens from Elizabeth Crafts.  The foil is embossed with circles from a Sizzix impressions plate and the wheels are made with a die from the BB Saddle Up & Celebrate Die-namics set that has apparently been retired.  The dragon is from the BB Magical Friends set.

I started this one as a birthday card for my husband, but I’m going to try a couple more before I decide which one to give him.  Eh, I may give him a couple.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Go enjoy the end of your weekend, or your week.

Birthday Elephant

I haven’t gotten to craft much, lately, and I really want to, as well as need to.  There are a lot of birthdays coming up for March, April, and May that I have no cards for, yet.  So, getting in gear and starting.  Granted, I wound up not having much time to create, today, but hopefully I’ll get a few hours tomorrow afternoon.

Here’s what I made today:

2-23-19 Birthday Elephant

Not sure who this cutie is going to, but had fun making it.  Terrie at has a fun challenge this week to use paper piecing.  And MFT Stamps has a nice color challenge going right now, so thought I would work on both of them.  Found a couple different paper packs to get the correct (or pretty close) colors, that would work with my images.  Used the BB Adorable Elephants set from MFT stamps and had some fun.  Obviously, fussy cutting is not my forte, but it is useful.  (Not familiar with the term fussy cutting?  It just means using scissors to cut out around images.   I wasn’t fussy enough to leave the hair sticking up on the little elephant’s head.)

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some more fun birthday cards.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Birthday Bus

Came up with a double decker bus idea for the MFT sketch this week.  Unfortunately, just didn’t have time to do it.  And, when I do finally make a little time, it doesn’t turn out quite as planned.

2-12-19 MFT Sketch

Hopefully you get the idea.  I used a few MFT stamp sets on this one, for all of my “riders”.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


This was a rough week.  However, took today to rest and actually made a card.  Yes, creating is restful.

Here’s what I made:

12-23-18 WCC MFT

Used lots of different shiny papers.  The silver almost looks like a mirror and came out of a box.  The sequins are out of a fun pack.  Used gold embossing powder to add even more shine.  The pink is a shimmer sheet, as well.

Shimmer and shine all over.  Hopefully some friend is going to enjoy this birthday card.

For this one I used the MFT Stamp sets Beary Special Birthday and Queen for the Day.  Using this for 3 different challenges, the We Craft Cards weekly challenge, the MFT sketch challenge and their new birthday challenge.  So much fun to play along.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Fall Colors

My Favorite Things does a color challenge every couple of weeks.  Most of the time I skip the color challenges, and I almost did this time.  However, I thought they would work great on this birthday card for my niece, who’s birthday is coming up.  I used their BB Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set – such a fun one!  (It was one of the ones I could see using frequently, so purchased it right away.)

Their challenge is to use Persimmon (redish), Sour Apple (green), Milk Chocolate (brown), and Natural (tan).  Definitely had fun with this one.  I have a picture of the inside of the card, as it was fun, too.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Summer Birthdays

We often try to make birthday cards seasonally appropriate.  Personally, I tend to make them for the person, if I know things they are interested in.  But, for Summer birthdays, there are so many possibilities.  You’ve got flip flops, drinks, sun, beach, pool, and, of course, ICE CREAM.  Now, as one of my friends says, “Happy Cake and Ice Cream Day”, figured this would be perfect as a birthday card.

7-24-18 WCC HA Ice Cream

You can’t really see it too well, but each and every ice cream scoop has sparkle to it.  The ice cream and sprinkles are from the Hero Arts Ice Cream Layering set.  The cherry and chocolate chips are in that set, too.  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops to add some dimension and shine to all of the sprinkles and the cherry.  It actually rounded the cherry up, too.  There are a few bright pink sprinkles that were done with a neon pink glitter glue, too.  The sparkle on the ice cream is from a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in clear.  I used that over the sentiment, as well.

So, just a fun card for a birthday any time of the year, but especially in summer.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!