Christmas Tags

I made some Christmas Tree tags to go on some candles for gifts and wanted to show you how quick and easy they are.  The picture isn’t fabulous, but you get the idea.

12-2-13 SZ MFP Glowing Lights


I used some green card stock and one of the Sizzix Framelits Trees, Christmas #657944 dies to cut out the trees.  Then I used one of the sentiment stamps from the MFP Christmas Bridge Mini and stamped that using Cottage Ivy ink (Memento).  The green ink was a bit darker than my card, so I figured it would show up well.  After that, I used a white gel pen to draw dots all over my trees for lights.  I started with the one on the right and realized that was WAY too many lights, so didn’t add as many on the others.  After the ink was dry, I used a small applicator (a Q-tip would work) and some chalk and made little circles on top of and around the white dots.  Blew off the extra chalk and wound up with these simple little tags.  They are fairly large as I had to fit all the candle info on the back, which I just printed on the paper first, then cut out the trees around it.

These are being entered in the MFP Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week of anything but a card.

This next one is a card, which I did for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge this week.  I really liked the colors on one of their photos and all the leaves, so came up with this one.

12-5-13 STV Color Stamping


I used 3 different Gina K stamp sets designed by Melanie Muenchinger on this one and stamped with brown and purple, then used some colored pencils to shade in.

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

Funky Birthday

I made this card for my nephew’s 21st birthday.  It is being entered in three challenges, the ScrapZee weekly challenge which is a CAS challenge, the StampTV challenge which is heat embossing, and the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV challenge which is to use a sentiment only.  I heat embossed my sentiment on a plain black card, that I just cut at an angle across the front and used an edger, then layered a piece of black and bronze patterned paper under.  The only thing is, my bright red embossing powder was barely visible, so I tried to go over it with a bronze Sakura Stardust pen. That looked pretty horrid, so my son suggested using a piece of bronze paper and embossing in black.  I didn’t have plain bronze, but I kind of like the funky-ness of this paper. I cut out the sentiment in a fun shape, added some piercings (holes with a pin) and I think it came out pretty fun. I’m hoping he’ll like it.

Funky Birthday

I apologize, but the computer still isn’t fixed and I can’t get the links to work.  I really suggest you go to, and and see the other wonderful creations that have been done by others. Play along yourself, too. All of the sites are free to join and it is so much fun to play along.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Clean and Simple

Yesterday I made a clean and simple (CAS) card all out of grays featuring a sentiment.  I took 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ light gray paper, cut it in half at 5 1/2″, folded that in half for my A2 card base.  I then cut off a 3 3/4″ piece of the other part of the light gray sheet and cut the other direction at 5″ to make it 3-3/4 x 5″.  I also cut a piece of slate gray card 5-1/4 x 4″.  I knew what sentiment I wanted to use, so I determined it should be a wide card rather than a tall one.  I then used an edger to get a fun top and bottom edge on the small piece of light gray paper.  I used a dark gray ink to stamp the sentiment, but it has very fine lines and didn’t show up as well as I liked, so I traced over it with a gray Sakura Glaze pen.  Unfortunately, the further I went, the more freely the ink flowed, so it got a bit thick towards the end.  Anyway, I just wanted you to see how CAS can also be elegant.  This also works for a masculine card.  It is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge for this week.

7-30-13 SZ STV MFP CAS Gray Sent

It looks like there is a smudge on the card, but there really isn’t.  I’m thinking I’ll need to clean my camera lens.  The sentiment says, “Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. ~Sir William Osler.”

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

CAS (Clean and Simple)

I am the host of the weekly challenge at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap.  My challenge this week is to do a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using only 1 ink and 1 image with 1 sentiment.  This is a simple way to do a bunch of cards at once.  Since it is a CAS challenge, I only want people to have 1 layer.  However, a bit of ribbon, or a few rhinestones, etc. may be added.  Take a look at these examples and come up with your own.  If you post it in the challenge thread at CardSwap by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, October 21, 2012, you will be entered into the drawing for a prize.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.






These are done in twos as per the image and sentiment, but you can see some are inked around the edges, some have rounded corners here and there, some have ribbon or twine, one has rhinestones, etc.  Had I stuck with 1 image and 1 ink for all of them, they would have been even faster than these were.  However, these are a wedding gift for a friend, so I wanted a variety.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with and post on CardSwap.  The drawing for winner is random, so no matter if you don’t like your card, or you do, you have an equal chance and you will get lots of encouragement!


I completed three challenges in one card today.  However, it did not turn out quite like I had envisioned.  The first challenge was a sketch on CardSwap, the second was a CAS done in pink regarding love and hope for StampTV, the third was a distressing challenge on SpeedyTV.  The distressing is a bit overboard, but it pretty well follows the sketch and definitely the pink CAS.



  • Worn Lipstick distress ink (Ranger)
  • Rosebud ink (Memento)
  • Blushing Pink embossing powder (Stampendous)
  • Labels Ten (Spellbinders)
  • Clear glaze pen (Sakura)

First I taped down my base card, ripped some paper and taped it down over the top leaving space between.  I then inked it with the distress ink.  After that, I took a rectangle of paper and cut the label out of the middle.  Then I inked the center area.  Stamping the sentiment on came next, followed by stamping the flowers on my inked area and embossing.  I then used some tape to pull up a bit around the edge of my card and inked that.  The sentiment didn’t stand out much, so I went over it with the clear glaze pen.

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My daughter’s boyfriend is having a rough time, right now, so I wanted to encourage him.  There is a challenge on Stamp TV this week to use candy in a card.  Of course, that would work!  I also wanted to use a specific verse on the card to encourage him.  As he is a guy, I went fairly simple.  When I had my son look at it, he loved it just for the candy, though the amount of words inside took him back a bit.  What do you think?




  • Recollections – blue paper
  • Computer and printer
  • Jolly Rancher candy

This is also being used for the MFP Speedy TV Sketch with a Twist challenge this week.  Can’t figure out what the sketch might be?  Ha!  That’s the twist.  This is fairly CAS (clean and simple).

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Hopefully this will encourage you, too.  God is large and in charge and I’m so very glad He is.  Even when things seem to be going all wrong, He will bring it all together for good, though we don’t always recognize the good until much later, if ever.  Remember, sometimes our rough times bring good to those around us, too.  This I know from experience.

What is Masculine?

What makes a card “masculine”?  That was my question to my family.  My husband thought a card with a muscle across it.  His other idea was a girl in a bikini.  My son said something really simple with just one image that just says, “Happy Birthday” right in the middle inside.  My daughter said blues and greens.  Hmm, obviously not quite the way I think as you can tell from my last post.  Here is what I came up with from their suggestions.

It is blues and greens with “Happy Birthday” right in the center inside.  My husband was disappointed I used a dragonfly rather than a big, flexed arm muscle.  Like that was going to happen.

This is kind of fun as the dragonfly looks like it’s flying.  Unfortunately, it’s not going to be able to go through the mail.

I used a paperclip to get it to fly high.  I had to use wire cutters to make it a bit smaller, so hey, there were tools involved.  Inside, I used a large glob of glue and covered it with a thick piece of card stock (couldn’t find the same color, which would have been better).

Have some fun in life and try new things!

I used:

  • Recollections card stock in a teal/turquoise and white
  • Hope Grows stamp set from Gina K. Stamps (leaves)
  • Follow Your Dreams stamp set from Gina K. Stamps (sentiment)
  • Art Accentz Stickeez Decorative Adhesive (dragonfly)
  • Green glitter
  • Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold
  • Paint chip from Ace Hardware

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Make sure you come back tomorrow as I am hosing the “Funky Fold” challenge at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap, and the instructions and examples will be here.

Much With Little

Don’t ever convince yourself that you can’t do a lot with what you have.  You can, in so many ways.  God always gives us what we need to do what He calls us to do.  Even if you can’t see how you are supposed to do what God has called you to do, just obey and He will work through you.

A quick card demonstration of being able to do much with little . . .

Starting off with two simple stamps, a card base and one ink pad.

I won’t even get started on one piece of paper and some folds.  We’ll save that demonstration for another day.

Remember, God equips us for what He calls us to do.  Thanks for spending some time with me today.