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. ūüėČ 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.


Cards with Shine

Today I made two cards with shine.  No, not anything weird, they just have some shiny parts to them.  This first one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge of making a black and white card.

1-13-14 Black and White Shine

For this one, I used a white card base with a black layer on that. ¬†The top layer is a white shimmer sheet on which I used Black Spark embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle to emboss the borders (Petite Borders by Gina K) and the sentiment (Elegant Post by Gina K). ¬†Not sure where the fun black glitter flowers with the clear rhinestones is from, but they fit the card perfectly.

This next one I did for the SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge this week. ¬†The twist is to use a die cut or punch, so I die cut the butterfly using the Flying Beauties from Spellbinders. ¬†The shine on this is that I used a pink Stardust (Sakura) pen to highlight the butterfly, the two pink rhinestones and the yellow ribbon. ¬†The sentiment is also from the Elegant Post set by Gina K. ¬†The fun paper is from a set called Emma’s Garden by Jennifer Ellory. ¬†I got it as a freebie with my Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine a while back. ¬†I have to tell you, the freebies that come with every issue of the magazine make it so worthwhile, not to mention all the fun ideas.

1-14-14 Butterfly Shine

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Birthday Fun

Today is fun as it is my birthday and in our family, we have the tradition of starting the day with breakfast together and opening cards/gifts. I got some fun card making supplies from my husband and a DVD I really wanted from my son. My daughter is taking me out next week for some surprise “firsts”. That will be lots of fun!

It was also fun to be able to go to church and worship God with friends on my birthday, too.  In fact, a friend at church has the same birthday, so we wished each other a happy birthday. It was lots of fun to get lots of well wishes from FaceBook friends at church, too.

Anyway, I worked on a birthday card for my brother this week using Kraft card stock (Kraft is a color and is pretty much paper bag color) and some fun stamps and a t-shirt die.  This is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week to make a masculine card.  I also used it for the weekly challenge at

9-9-13 SZ Kraft MFP Masculine

This card is just a fun card that I can use for anyone at anytime.  I try to keep quite a few of these around that I can use as is for anything, or stamp something in for a birthday, or other occasion. This one was done for a CAS window challenge at ScrapZee, as well as the Simple Salutations challenge at MFP SpeedyTV.

9-11-13 SZ Window STV Stitches

Did you notice all the links? ¬†Yep, that means we have the regular computer back! ¬†It’s taking some time to get everything set up and running, but I am thrilled to have it back.

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Now, go out and enjoy the rest of your day.  Do something fun and eat something sweet, you can use celebrating my birthday as an excuse!

Fun With Sketches

I worked on 3 cards this weekend for different sketches and challenges. ¬†This first one was for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge for the week, but I didn’t really like the way it turned out.

6-1-13 Butterfly SketchSo, I did the sketch again with different elements:

6-1-13 Peppers


I like this one much better.  If you notice the ribbon behind the peppers, it has lip prints all over it.  This one is an anniversary card for my husband and I definitely had fun with it.

This last one I did for the Tutorial Time Challenge on MFP SpeedyTV this week, as well as the sketch challenge for MFT. ¬†This was a fun one, too. ¬†I’ll show you the closed version so you can see the sketch, then open so you can see the swing part.

5-29-13 MFT Sketch


5-31-13 SPTV Swing


It’s a bit different, but definitely fun. ¬†What sorts of fun ideas do you come up with?

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Rainy Day Play

On a rainy weekend in Phoenix, you have to play inside.¬† So, I played with paper this weekend (not that I don’t on sunny weekends, too).¬† Here is what I made this weekend:

Patterned Love

This valentine (another for my husband) is all black paper (Black Onyx by GinaK) with Love stickers (Recollection) on top.  I took a smaller piece of the black paper and embossed it.  This one is being entered in a sketch challenge for MFT this week. Tea Party

My Favorite Things is also having their monthly Guest¬†Designer challenge, which is always a sketch that this one is being entered in.¬† The teapot and cups are cut out using the Die-namics Always Time for Tea set (MFT).¬† The cups that are embossed on the background piece are from the Signs of Autumn set (GinaK).¬† I used Broken China (Ranger¬†Distress) ink for both the inking on the background piece and the teapot.¬†¬†It’s amazing how different it looks used in different ways (I blended it on the background piece).¬†Sunflowers

This one is also for the MFT Guest Designer challenge this month.  I love both the Wood grain Fence Die-namic and the Sunflower Die-namics that were used on this one.  The butterfly is a metal charm (Making Memories).  Definitely had fun with this one.Flower Box

This one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week, which was to use a flower.¬† I got the flower box piece from a friend and the two sentiments are from the Winter Crocus 2011 set (MFP Heinrich Collection).¬† I stamped them with yellow ink, traced over with a fine Zig glue pen, let the glue dry and then used transfer foil on them.¬† Unfortunately, the “fine” Zig tip was a bit too much, so the words are a bit run together, though you can see it clearly enough in person.¬† Layered Dog Butterfly Joy

The layered dog card was made using the MFP Heinrich Collect Fabulous Dogs 2012 set, which I just love.  It is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge for the week.

The butterfly one is being entered in the MFP Simple Salutations challenge for the week, as well as the MFP Speedy TV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge to use ribbon creatively.  I wove my ribbon through the top layers for the butterfly trail, as well as made a flower out of it.  This one is also being entered in the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge for the week, though I took liberties with the sketch.

I am just loving the rain this weekend, but was happy to have time to play with paper, too.  Yes, I did go out and get in the rain.

Thanks for spending some time with me!