Color Challenge

MFT’s current color challenge is the following:

I thought these were interesting colors. Now, I have Fire Coral in ink, but not in card, so had to improvise with that one. But I smeared some ink on a piece of white paper and found the closest card I could.

I cut strips of all the card, except for the kraft, some wide, some narrow and made a couple of backgrounds. I thought the floating letters would be good on the thin stripes and the wider stripes would look good behind the cut outs. Found a bit of “bling” to match, then used shimmer pen over the floating letters. I like how they both turned out. As I used the positive and negative of the one die, it worked to show them together.

See, Camp Create has gotten me creating again. That’s a good thing.

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


Play Time

Had a few minutes here and there the past couple/few/several weeks, but no time to post. Here’s a bit of what I made.

Dad’s Bday

Okay, had fun with this one. The “ground” is made out of brown tissue paper just glued on.

Jon’s 28th Bday

I was hoping for a sushi set with cats, but couldn’t find either, so took a Tim Holtz set and made my own. Gave it to my son this morning and he loved it. I used a wall paper sample a friend sent me to add texture to the background dot piece. You can feel it more than see it, but it really added to the card. Thank you Bonnie!

31st Anniversary

Made this one for my husband and my 31st Anniversary. Good grief, that makes us sound so old. I’m hoping he enjoys this one. I used the Altenew Mini Set for May and did some masking for the background piece.


Had lots of fun making this one. It’s being entered in the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week. I used several of their sets and Die-namics to create it. I have to tell you, I have TONS of trouble doing the scripty birthday die and making it work. If I add adhesive to the back before cutting, it just shreds and rips. This was about try #3. Adhered it with some liquid glue and used clear Nuvo Crystal Drops to give it some dimension and shine.

Oh, my husband really did not like this card. He likes it when I color the images. He’s not fond of mixed media backgrounds, either. Oh well. I really like it.

That’s enough for this post. I’ll probably do a couple more posts today. Ha! I had some time today, not a lot, but some and it’s the last of my time for a while. I’ve been really busy, as well as trying to get some thing crocheted for my niece, whom I adore. (Maybe I am that old?!?! I’m on bonus year 11, which is 50 in years, so yep, I really am getting there.)

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend/week.

Sunday Cards

Took a bit of time, yesterday, to make a couple of cards.  Definitely had fun with them and I like how they turned out.

This first one is just sentiments, with no images.  You can’t tell from the picture, but there is shimmer and shine all over this card.  Used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in a couple different colors to add that shine.  It’s subtle, but there.  Used the Gina K. Designs stamp set Wealth of Wishes for this one.

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Now, this next one I did for 2 different MFT Stamp challenges, their sketch challenge for the week, as well as their birthday challenge.

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Used the MFT Safari Party stamp set.  The hats and bow at the top are from the Happy Hippos set, as I liked those party hats better than the one in the Safari Party set.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Have a wonderful week.

Birthday Card Playing

This week on We Craft Cards, the Monday challenge was to make a paper project that represented your favorite childhood book.  Ummm, I read and loved too many books to have a favorite.  However, my brother’s absolute favorite was The Digging-est Dog.  So, I made this:

8-12-18 WCC SSS Book

Now, the Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Card Challenge was to Distress.  So, I went distress crazy.  I used 3 or 4, maybe 5 different brown Distress Oxide Inks for the “dirt” section of the card.  I actually used 3 different blue Distress Oxide Inks for the “sky”.  As there was still a bit of “white” showing from the water color paper I was working on, I used some of the Ranger Distress Ink Spray, then inked on some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink after it had dried.  Wiped with a dry paper towel and had a fun dirt look.  I water colored my dog to make him look like he’d been digging, then water colored my presents.  Had to add a bit of brown Distress ink on them so they would look like they had been or were being buried.  I actually used a craft knife to cut little edges to tuck the presents into.

Had so much fun with this card.  Fortunately, I actually found time to make it.

The We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge was to make a Rock-n-Roll card.  Had a lot of fun with this one, too.  It was fairly simple to make and will fit perfectly into an A2 envelope, as it is 5-1/2″ wide and 4-1/4″ tall.  Yep, I measured while making it.

8-12-18 WCC Rock n Roll

Make a few minutes here and there to do something fun.  It makes life so much more enjoyable.  I’m hoping these bring a smile to the recipients.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Fall Cards

It’s terrible when you try to be a few months ahead of the game on birthday cards, then realize the end of September that you have no cards for October on.  So, I’m working on getting caught up with the fall birthday cards.

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This is what I came up with for the Inspiration Challenge on MFP SpeedyTV for last week.  Which uses their 2012 Big Dogs set.  Inside there is an image of a boxer with the sentiment for a friend that has a couple of boxers.

Here’s one I did for another friend, also a guy, that has the same birthday as the previous person, just a few years earlier.  The inside will have a fun saying about decorating his cake with leaves.

9-28-14 SZ STV Watercolor Leaves

This one was made using the Signs of Autumn set by Gina K.  I embossed the leaves on the background and some on a separate sheet with green embossing powder, then used watercolor paint to add the fun fall look to the leaves.  Granted, I live in Phoenix AZ, where we don’t really have “fall”, so I’m just creating a fun look using my imagination.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  We are less than a month out from my daughter’s wedding, so I may only be on here sporadically.

Time Flies

It’s always amazing how quickly time flies.

3-9-14 Time Flies

For this card I made a fun clock for my center using the Silhouette Cameo.  The sentiment is from the Bold Sentiments set (MFT) using Teal Zeal ink (Memento).  The circular paper just seemed to go with the clock theme I wanted and is from Recollections, as is the coordinating paper behind the clock and sentiment.  This is for the MFT Wednesday Challenge MFTWSC166 and for the Simple Salutations challenge and MFP SpeedyTV.

3-9-14 Hot and Spicy Birthday

This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  I had a lot of fun making this one.  The “Hot & Spicy” is from the Hot & Spicy 2012 set (MFP) and I did the rest of the sentiment on the computer.  The chilies are from the same set.  For this one, I used some water-color paint (Crayola) mixed with a few drops of water and then some white glue (Elmers).  The Hot & Spicy is heat embossed with Red Apple embossing powder (Sprinkle N Sparkle).  I love the bright red it gives.  The twist was to add some bling, so I added some rhinestones to a few of the chili peppers.

Now what sort of fun birthday cards have you made or received lately?  I love coming up with fun ideas and would love to hear any ideas you might have.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

File Folder Cards

There are LOTS of fun File Folder Card tutorials out right now, so I won’t bore you with another video.  Here is a card I made using the directions Stampin Up has out there.

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This type is made using the new Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.  They make one for Stampin Up now, too.  I have to say, I love the tool as you can make envelopes in just about any size you want out of whatever paper you want.  It’s also fun to make these cards, there are boxes, and many other ideas out there, too.

Basic instructions for this card is to take a card base (5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″ card scored at 4-1/4″), cut off 1/2″ from the front, then put the left edge of the front piece up along the notch cutting area (inside) and punch.  Line the left edge of the card front up at the 3″ line and punch again.  Now, flip the entire card around so the back edge is at the top and the inside of the card is still down.  Follow the same instructions.  The next part is the hardest. . .use your cutter to cut off the extra piece, below your tab you just created on both the front and back.  I have a rotary cutter and a guillotine cutter, and lining up the rotary part right in the center of the notch isn’t simple.  After you’ve cut that off, you can round the square corner of the front edge, if you want.  I used some patterned paper and just rounded the two edges and put a strip of it inside, then decorated the front.  Easy, pretty quick, and really cute.

However, not everyone has one of the Envelope Punch Boards, so as I was working on a stack of files at work last week, I worked out in my head approximately how to make one.

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For this one, I used a regular card base, trimmed 5/8″ off the front, then measured in 1/2″ along the back edge all the way across.  I made a 1″ tab, which is probably a little small, so marked that off.  Then I used my cutter to cut up to the tab and trim off the rest of that 1/2″ piece.  On the front piece, I measured down 3/8″ under the tab and cut that area out, too.  Then I rounded my corners.  However, the two corners inside the tab wouldn’t work with my rounder, so I cut the one on the actual tab by hand (it’s not perfect, but not too bad) and left the one on the front.  To do the patterned paper on the front, I cut a piece 1/4″ smaller than the card front, then put it up against the top to trace the tabbed out area, adding about 1/8″ on the inside side, then cut that out.  Decorated the front and had a pretty cute card.

It was really a lot easier than it sounds.

Now, for the fun part.  I am hosting the rotating challenge this week on and I’d love to have you go check it out and make one of these for the challenge.  If you’re not a member of, it is free to join, simple, a fun place to chat with others and have fun challenges and crops (next one is coming up in early November).  Also, you might get one email a month (at the most).   Even if you choose not to participate, it’s fun to see the ideas everyone comes up with.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Have a great rest of the week.

Same Sketch Different Ways

I worked on this sketch to make a birthday card this week and thought it would be fun to do the same sketch using the same stamps/dies trying to make a masculine and feminine version.

Here’s the sketch:


Here is the first card I did.  As I was looking for inspiration for a birthday card, I found a set of fun birthday “signs” and chose one of those to use.  That inspired the colors to be used, then I looked through my stash to find papers that went along with it.


Then I decided to put the sketch back up the way it was given and do it two times using the Die-namics Contempo Cage set with different papers, ribbon and inks to try to show both a masculine and feminine version.



So, which do you think is which?  I will tell you that the one on the bottom has the bird made from a bluish shimmer sheet.  Also, you can’t see the embossing on the vellum, but it is dots and circles to go along with the circle patterned paper.

Can you tell that I am low on birthday cards?  I turned to December in my card calendar to see when the next card needed to be mailed and only found one card for the 6 upcoming birthdays.  Oops!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!  Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Don’t forget, enjoy the next few weeks, even if you are busy.  Jesus is the reason for this season, the other stuff is just add ons.  Also, if you have little kids, they usually like the wrapping paper and boxes better than the gifts.  Older than that, it doesn’t matter so much what it is, just that they get the same number of gifts as everyone else.  Adults enjoy it, but it isn’t totally necessary and they usually love something handmade, just for them as much as the big expensive things.  So, take time to relax and enjoy!