Christmas 5

The challenge for day 5 was to use scraps. So, I used another of the background pieces made earlier in the week and some scraps of turquoise and silver papers to make the flower and sentiment.

I quite like this one, though it’s a bit thick to mail.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. I am thankful that God gave me the time and ability to make this and to share it with you.


Christmas 2

Day 2 of the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Class 2022 was making your own plaid and using it.

That did not go according to plan. But, added some silver ink along some of the lines and it worked.

Had fun with this one. I have another plaid piece left that I added green and red lines to that I have the start of an idea for.

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

A Quick Card

Was able to get this made quickly, as the background panel was cut and splattered last night.

This is another one for the current MFT Sketch Challenge, if I can get it posted in time. It’s using a retired Christmas set, that I love.

Here’s one of the birthday cards for the men.

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


So MFT Camp Create Day 4 was Monochromatic Magic.  So everything shades of the same color.  As Turquoise is my favorite, I went with light turquoise, turquoise, dark turquoise, and teal.  Definitely had fun with this one.


I used the MFT Marble Background stamp for this, covered the whole panel with Sheer Shimmer spray and cut out the sentiment with the Happy Christmas Die-namics.

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I even took the time to use Nuvo Mousse to ink the edges of my white card base, so it went with the colors and sparkles, too.

Now, I am off to get ready to go to church and worship God with a bunch of other ladies this evening, so I won’t even get started on today’s challenge.  Thank you for spending some of your time with me.

Camp Create Day 5

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 5 is Glitzy Glitter:


Had lots of fun with this one!  It was problematic, as well, as my black Souffle Pen wouldn’t work, so had to try other options for getting my image on the glitter paper in order to color.

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Heat embossed one of the Santas from the Jingle All the Way set on a sheet of glitter paper, then colored him with alcohol markers.  As I didn’t have a white marker and the glitter paper wasn’t as white as I would have liked (see his skin), I found some white paint that I used for the white parts.  It was actually the stuff where you can make your own “pearls”, so the beard has a bit of depth and texture to it, which my husband loved.  Granted, the paint covered up the sparkle of the glitter, but I like it.  Added a strip of paper from one of the MFT Christmas paper sets, then heat embossed the sentiment in red.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the Santa on the strip or in the white area under the sentiment, but finally decided he needed to go on the strip, so stamped the tree from the set in the white area (it was too much white area) and colored it with Sakura Stardust pens to add even more sparkle.

Whew!  Lots of creating, lots of Christmas, and LOTS of fun!

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

Camp Create Day 3

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 3 was Spectacular Shakers:


For this one, I knew I wanted to use an alcohol ink background for the inside of the shaker, and I knew I wanted to do a tree.  What I wound up with was not at all what I had been imagining, but that’s how I create.

First I picked some paper that went with the alcohol ink panel I chose, then I found a tree die.  Cut the tree out of the paper, mounted the alcohol ink panel behind where it would be, created my shaker area with foam tape, added sequins that went with the colors in the background, stamped a sentiment on the paper and then had problems.  I used some silver pigment ink to stamp with, as I wanted it to shine.  Unfortunately, you couldn’t really see the sentiment.  So, went over it with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Following the lines of the sentiment wasn’t easy (it was also late at night and I don’t do late well).  Anyway, this is what I wound up with:

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Even though the sentiment is a bit wonky, I absolutely love the shaker part of it.  The sentiment stamp is from the Seasonal Sentiments set and is really pretty when done correctly.

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

Christmas Out of the Box

On July 25, a stamp company I like was having a “Christmas in July” sale.  As I went and perused their adorable Christmas images, I thought how cute they are, but how they almost all included snow.  Now, I was born and raised in the desert.  Granted, our desert has gotten snow a few times in my life, but usually not enough to stick once the sun comes up.  So, as much fun as it is to see snow in movies or pictures, maybe drive a couple hours up north to get out and play in it for a bit, it really isn’t a part of my life.

When I make a snow person card, I tend to use brown and make them tumbleweed people. I do have a friend that LOVES snow people, so I generally make a few cards with actual white snowmen and send her family one.  I’d be willing to bet those of you that live where it snows really don’t want most of your winter and Christmas cards to show you MORE snow, too.  (I am so very glad I live in the heat rather than where it snows.)  So, I suggest we make at least a few Christmas cards that are out of the trend of snow and red and green.

I have made a couple of Safari Christmas cards, recently, and wanted to give you an idea of what I mean.

Products Used:

  • White card stock (??)
  • Green card stock (??)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Scissors
  • Guillotine paper cutter
  • Scotch Adhesive: tape runner & 3D mounting
  • Stamp sets all from Gina K. Designs:
    • A Little Something
    • Wild About You
    • Holiday Tags
    • Scooter Diva
    • Seasonal Labels
    • The Good Life
  • Koh-i-Noor woodless coloured pencils
  • Various Gina K. Designs inks: Sweet Mango, Sweet Corn, Grass Green, Kraft, Powder Blue
  • Sponge daubers

To start, I formed my card base, which was 5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″, folded in half.  I also cut a piece of green card stock to 5-3/8″ by 4-1/8″.  Another piece of white card was cut to 5-1/4″ by 4″.  On that smallest piece of white card, I stamped the elephant and tree from the Wild About You set.  That gave me my “safari” background.  On some scraps of white card, I also stamped the little Santa head from the Holiday Tags set, and the trees from The Good Life set.

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Using some colored inks (just various Gina K. Designs colors), I stamped the presents from the A Little Something and Scooter Diva sets.  Then, I colored.  I used colored pencils to color in the hat from the Santa head, the large tree from the 2 trees, the elephant and the tree.  Then, I used some sponge daubers to use the listed inks and shade in my background.

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I very carefully sponged a bit in the white spaces in the tree and between the elephant’s legs.

Using sharp scissors, I carefully trimmed out the Santa hat, the large tree and the presents (which I had also colored with pencils).  With all my pieces ready to go, I started assembling.  The green layer was adhered to the base card front, with my “safari” panel on top of that.  Just before mounting, I added the sentiment.  Then I used some 3D mounting tape to adhere the hat to the elephant and the “Christmas tree”.  Some of the presents were adhered with tape runner, while others had mounting tape.

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Now I have a fun Christmas card with no snow, and not done in the traditional red and green.  In person, you can see all the depth with the tree, hat and presents.

Take the time to try something different with images, than what you usually see.  Here’s another one I did a while ago, that I really like.

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Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Go enjoy the rest of your week and remember to think outside the ordinary.

Creative, Or . . .

There are times I think I’m fairly creative, times I think I just have a different way of looking at things, and times I wonder if I just recycle what others do.  Then again, I’m pretty good at trying to figure out economical ways of doing something.  Okay, the economical is probably most of it.

Here are a few things I’ve done in the past week or so, that I thought I’d share with you.

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These first nine were all from the crop last week at ScrapZee.  There were 8 challenges, but I did 2 for the “Crown” challenge.

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The weekly challenge at StampTV this week was to use polka dots, but there was a twist.  You were supposed to use black and white with 1 other color.  That was all well and good on the first ones, except, I typed up my image/sentiment as they were thank yous for the winners of my Mad Libs game and the pre-crop game.  Oops, no StampTV image, so they wouldn’t work for the challenge.  Then I searched for black and white polka dot paper, but found I had none.  The second  picture is what I actually used for the challenge.  I made my own polka dots using a sponge dauber, a pencil eraser, and an embossing tool.  Then made pink polka dots with a Perlen-Pen by Viva.  That one actually turned out pretty cute.  And made an unusual Christmas card, too.  The last one, I was rather stuck on polka dots, so used 2 different polka dot papers, as well as a striped paper for the Patterned Paper Background challenge at ScrapZee.  It was a fun new baby card.

Now, I’m not sure any of these are actually all that creative, except maybe the hippo polka dot card, but then I’ve been having problems concentrating the past couple of weeks, too.

I was amazed at how God works: when I pray about helping me to feel better, and the doctor’s office was closed when I called last night, so I called when they opened this morning and asked to see my doctor, they had an appointment this morning.  He got me started on some medication, just in case, and has me scheduled for some tests and set up to see a specialist if the meds don’t work.  I REALLY like this doctor!

Now, hopefully they will be able to figure out what’s wrong and I can get my diabetes back under control, be able to focus better and not be completely drained of energy all the time.

Sorry, this last bit sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m actually just thrilled at God working in situations at just the right time.  How often can you get an appointment with a good doctor within a week, much less within an hour?

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I know schools have started back up already, but go enjoy the rest of summer, before fall actually arrives!

A Few Cards

My husband is amazing and got a Silhouette Cameo for me for Christmas this year.  What was really funny was that my father-in-law said that he had been trying to figure out how to get a Cricut for me for a couple of years, but couldn’t quite figure it out, but it sounded like Rob (my husband) had gotten me something even better.  When I was talking to my mom the day after Christmas, she said that my dad had wanted to get the Silhouette for me for Christmas, but she figured Rob probably would, so she was glad she was right.  I think it’s pretty funny they all had the same idea.  Hmmm, guess that tells you a bit about me, too.  Yes, I really am into making cards and fun things.

The past couple of days, I have been watching all sorts of videos and trying to figure out how to get the machine to do what I know it can and want it to.  My first attempt was not successful.  I know I need to watch more tutorials and figure it out, but last night was not a good night and today I just wanted to do something profitable.  So, this afternoon, I went back to StampTV and remembered that I had some ideas for the 4 challenges they have for this week.  I had gotten one done earlier, but I did the other three today and wanted to share them all with you.


This first one was for an inspiration challenge that was a Christmas picture with lots of red and gold with sparkle.


This second one was to use a die cut or punch AND the reverse for two different cards.  I used some fun tan and white snowflake paper by Gina K. and then did a lot of embossing.  It doesn’t look like the embossing is white, but it really is very white.  I did use some fun black sparkle embossing powder for the sentiment on the die cut snowflake.  I love the Moroccan Accent die from Spellbinders for snowflakes.


This third one was a CAS (Clean And Simple) Christmas card.  I used one frame and a sentiment, then used a couple of Stardust pens to make them shine.  Can’t get much more CAS than that, but oh how it sparkles.



This fourth one was a sketch challenge.  We were given 3 different sketches to choose from and then had to make a Christmas thank you card.  I  thought these two S.E.I. papers that I had went wonderfully together and would make a fun card.  My idea was to do a tri-fold card, so I did, then added a flap on top.  The 3 snowflakes were my first attempt at cutting using my Silhouette Cameo.  They weren’t real clean and I didn’t get them off the mat very well, but I was able to salvage them for this.  They really went well with the papers, as did the fun embossing powder I used.  This one is on its way to my folks, as turquoise is my mom’s favorite, too.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I hope you had a wonderful celebration of God’s coming to earth as a man this year.  Now, it’s back to work and regular life for me.  I look forward to sharing a bit more of my life with you in the coming year.  Thanks for your support of me this past year.  However, no one answered my question about chestnuts.  Anyone have an answer for me?

Have a wonderful New Year celebration this week!