Time to Play

Some friends of mine have been playing different challenges and two of the ones they’ve done this week inspired me to play along.  So, . . .

1-4-20 4 Challenges

This one is going into the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, the Mod Squad Patterned Paper Play Challenge, and the Double D Punch Challenge.

It was the purple part of the Mood Challenge board that caught my eye.  I was glad there were some blues, greens, and yellows in the back of the picture to play with, too.  Yes, I made a turquoise/blue penguin.  His beak and feet are purple, though they look black in the picture.  My Distress markers are getting dried out.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets:

  • Gina K “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and
  • MFT “Sweet Holiday Penguins”.


  • White ??
  • Gina K. Wild Lilac


  • EK Success ??

Ink: All Gina K.

  • Powder Blue
  • Sea Glass
  • Lovely Lavender
  • Ocean Mist
  • Blue Denim
  • Turquoise Sea
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Black Amalgam Ink

White embossing powder ??

Thanks for taking the tie to check this out.  I’m also using for the weekly challenge at WeCraftCards.com, which was a Random Act of Kindness.  This is going to a lady at church that is a widow, that I try to encourage frequently.  Love that lady!

Thanks for spending some of your time with me.  I hope you have a wonderful new year filled with love, encouragement, and new adventures.

Heat Wave

Not really, but I did have the windows and door open today.  I made this card for one of the ScrapZee “Ode To The Silver Screen” crop challenges as well as for the MFP SpeedyTV Color challenge this week.

2-8-14 SZ Heat MFP Color


The heat technique I used on this one was to use clear embossing powder, then add some Perfect Pearl powder while it was still warm and then reheat to melt it in.  Had to do it a couple of times, but I love how it turned out.

This next one was done for the MFP Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week to make a baby card as well as another crop challenge at ScrapZee.

2-6-14 SZ Yellow MFP FOSTV


I had some Valentine cards to make for friends this week, so I did this one to meet the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  Had a lot of fun with this one.

2-4-14 MFP SWAT


This one is for both a SZ crop challenge and the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge.  I have to say, this one took some thought and brought up some memories.

2-5-14 SZ Quilt MFP SS


Okay, last one for you today is for another SZ crop challenge and for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge this week.  I’m definitely going to have to use this Northern Lights technique again.

2-6-14 SZ Spaceballs MFP Inspiration


If you like any of these, take the time to check out the ScrapZee crop and MFP SpeedyTV and check out what other people did for the challenges.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Playing with Styles

I’ve been playing with different styles and techniques, lately.  Well, not too different as I know what I like, but I do like to try things at least once.

This one is a “Fall” card where I used different shades of yellow with a touch of green and rich red.  It was done for a Fall-Friend challenge on StampTV as well as a Bingo challenge on MFPSpeedyTV.  The way a Bingo/Tic-Tac-Toe challenge works is that a 3×3 grid with different things is done up and you find three in a row that you include in your project.  For this one, I used a diagonal of Flowers, Ribbon and 3 Punches.



  • Various Verses Stamp set (Gina K.)
  • Cantaloupe, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento)
  • Adornments (EK Success) – green fiber tied through button
  • Sheer ribbon (Celebrate It 360)
  • Ribbon Tag Trio Two (Spellbinders)
  • Flower Layers #3 (Sizzix) – I used two different sections
  • Ivory Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight (Gina K.)
  • Paper (??)

This next one was done for a challenge on StampTV to use one of the wood grain techniques.  I went with putting score lines in every 1/2″ and then some at varying places to look like slats of wood.  The paper is blue, with white ink pulled across it to imitate painted cabinets.  I’ve never found a really good white ink, so this might have turned out better with a different ink.



  • Holiday Basket Stamp set (Gina K.) – got this for my birthday from my amazing husband
  • White Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight (Gina K.)
  • Ocean Mist, Tan Leather and Lovely Lavender Pure Luxury Layering Weight (Gina K.)
  • Rich Cocoa and Grape ink (Memento)
  • Glaze Pens (Sakura)
  • Ribbon (Celebrate It Sheer Creations)
  • 3D mounting tape (Scotch)
  • Brads and Button (??)

I used Glaze Pens to add a bit of shine and depth to the flowers.  I also stamped the image twice and cut out part of the center piece of the end flowers and used some 3D tape to mount them and give a bit more depth to the flowers.

It really is fun to try some of the challenges out there and find out if there are other techniques, supplies or ways of doing things that you might enjoy.  When I started making cards as a kid, I never thought of stamping and didn’t actually try it until a few years ago, now I rarely make a card without some sort of stamping involved.  There are an awful lot of supplies that I now have and use in card making that I never would have considered 10 years ago.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Painting with Chalk

This is being entered in various challenges this week.  It follows the sketch challenge for My Favorite Things, I did the technique challenge on MFPSpeedyTV, the Vintage/Shabby Chic challenge on StampTV, as well as the red challenge on CardSwap.


This is about as vintage/shabby chic as I can get.  Hey, it includes both lace and trim with a flower.  The technique was to use a blender pen and chalk to “paint” an image.  My bird was done with bright red chalk, yellow and orange.  I’m glad I tried this technique, but it’s not one I plan to use again as my bird looks very washed out and not too red.


  • Die-namics Contempo Cage (My Favorite Things)
  • Winter Crocus (Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection)
  • Rhubarb Stalk ink (Memento)
  • Floral Burst Cut-Fold-Tuck (Spellbinders)
  • Assorted chalk, papers, lace and trim

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


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.

Joy Fold to the Extreme

This afternoon I made a card for 3 separate challenges.  Challenge #1 is from CardSwap and it is a recipe swap to use 3s and have a banner.  Challenge #2 is from StampTV and it is to use gold.  Challenge #3 is from MFPSpeedyTV and it was to do a Joy Fold card.

Here is what I came up with:


I added another little section to my Joy Fold so it would have 3 as well as be 3 papers.  I also wanted to try my new teapot die set, so that got thrown in as well.  The cups and pot are highlighted with gold, as well as the 3 brads in the 3 flowers and one of the papers has gold in it as well.  The teapot die and stamp set (all images) came from My Favorite Things (MFTStamps.com).  The dies are cut from Pure Luxury 120lb base weight card stock from  Gina K.  It was colored with Worn Lipstick distress ink by Ranger.  The gold highlights are just a gold glitter pen.  The flowers, ribbon and brads are out of my stash.  The green and brown inks are Memento.  The papers are Recollections, Colorbok and DCWV.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Oh, all the challenges are from Monday (7/23/12), so you have until Sunday evening to complete them if you want.