Card 2

So, for February, this is what I came up with:

You can’t see it in the picture, but there’s a bit of sparkle in the yellow center flower, which is popped up. I borrowed the set from my friend, so I know it’s Altenew, but not sure what it’s called. I also used the Sunburst stencil to highlight around the edges. Definitely like how this one turned out. The base card is actually the dark green you can see around the edges.

Thank you for a bit more of your time!


Made a card for some friends’ anniversary.  Used the MFT Sketch challenge for this week as the basis.  Not sure I’m thrilled with it, but it’s definitely different.

7-26-20 MFT Sketch

I used the Beautiful Bloom stamp, as well as the Splendid Swans set for the sentiment.  Used Opal Blaze on the embossed background.  It got all over and I spent quite a while trying to clean it up enough to look good.  It really looks better in person.

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


The last MFT challenge for World Card Making Day 2018 was “Flower Power”, so to use flowers.  This one I definitely had fun with.

10-6-18 MFT Flowers

I embossed the big, beautiful flower from their card kit a while ago onto watercolor paper and just had fun with some watercolors.  When I was done, it just seemed too flat, so I sprayed a bit of Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray onto my work surface, then used it to paint over the flowers.  There is so much sparkle!  Finished it off with a die cut hello from glitter paper.

So, lots of sparkle to end the day!

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


Ombre as in shades of the same color.  You see it all over on women’s heads nowadays, as well as in all sorts of different design schemes, and you’ve seen it for years on cards.

Simon Says Stamp had a challenge on Monday to use Ombre.  As I hadn’t had a chance to make my card, yet, Gina K had a challenge to use “tone on tone” this weekend.  So, I’m using it for both.  The We Craft Cards forum had a flower themed challenge on Monday, that I put it in, too.  Yep, got a lot out of this card.  Even got to explain masking and layering to my son, who was watching me make it.  Best of all, it’s going to a friend.

5-12-18 SSS STV Ombre

Shades of turquoise and teal, with a few touches of a bluish green thrown in for contrast.

I cut the “you” out of the same color card as the base card, 3 times, then layered those together and put some shimmery embossing powder on top.  You can see that I masked off a circle area, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it (lots of masking involved in that).  Afterwards, I pulled off all the masks and stamped my center.  The sentiment had a “you” at the beginning, so I masked that off when inking it, so I could use my die cut “you”.

Added some coordinating ribbon and sequins and put it all together.  I did pop the front panel up, which my husband thought was a bit strange, but he did get that it gave it more dimension.

Here’s what I used:

  • Gina K Turquoise Sea card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon ink
  • Stampin’ Up Mint Macaroon ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Gina K Made With Love stamp set
  • Gina K Wreath Builder set
  • Gina K Boho Flowers “you” die
  • Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder
  • Zig 2-way Glue Pen
  • Stick It
  • Pop dots
  • Teal ribbon
  • Assorted sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Block

Yep, that’s a lot of stuff, but I like how it turned out.  I’m hoping it will bring some encouragement and a smile to a friend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Dragonflies and Flowers

Here are two cards I made today for some friends.

4-29-14 Dragonflies


  • Vellum
  • Ivory Heavy Base Weight card stock (Gina K)
  • Turquoise Sea card stock (Gina K)
  • Follow Your Dreams stamp set (Gina K)
  • Irish Spring embossing powder (Sprinkle n’ Sparkle)
  • Fun Fiber Adornments (EK Success)
  • Modern Mosaic embossing folder (Stampin Up)
  • Tuxedo Black ink (Memento)
  • Broken China distress ink (Ranger)

I found out last night that today is a friend’s birthday, so I had to make her a card.  It will be late, as I won’t see her until Wednesday evening, but I’m sure she’ll understand.  This one is also being used for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge.

4-29-14 Bleach in Flowers


  • Passionate Pink card stock (Gina K)
  • Lovely Lavender card stock (Gina K)
  • Jelly Bean Green card stock (Gina K)
  • White Heavy Base Weight card stock (Gina K)
  • Stately Flowers 3 stamp set (Gina K)
  • Grape Jelly ink (Memento)
  • Bleach
  • Clear Embossing Powder (Recollections)
  • Green colored pencil (Koh-i-Nor)

For this one, I embossed the flowers, then painted a LOT of bleach on the edges of the flowers to lighten them.  Unfortunately, as much as my bleach smells, it seems to have lost its bleaching ability.  You can see a bit of fading on the Passionate Pink paper, but it seems to have darkened it a bit on the Lovely Lavender paper.  Oh well, I still think it looks pretty good.  This one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge.

Now, to get them written and ready to go.

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

Olympics 2014

I don’t know about you, but watching the Olympics always makes me want to kick a bit higher, run faster (if I could actually run) and just step out a bit further.  So, here are a couple of cards that step out a bit.

2-14-14 MFP STV Olympics

This first one was totally inspired by the shirt the young Japanese skater wore in his short program the other night.  I really enjoyed his skating, but his shirt really jumped out at me.  After he was done and coming off the ice, where I could see the shirt better, I told my husband, I want to make that.  So, my background piece is a light blue (swirled with ink) with a bit of darker blue swirled in and instead of rows of rhinestones, I used offset dots with my Stardust pen (Sakura).  This was also inspired by the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge, which was woodies (cars with wood panels) at the beach.  So, I added a wood panel embossed piece cut with a border die (on both sides) that reminded me of the 60s.  There is silver sparkle embossing powder on the border for the background, which I thought would look a bit like sparkling waves.  I also added a fun hibiscus flower to add a bit of a different color and as Hawaii has waves all around, throws a bit of Hawaii in there, too.  Whew, a lot in a card, but I sure had fun with this one.

2-14-14 MFP Flower Soft


For the MFP SpeedyTV  Tutorial Time challenge this week, we were to use a sponge and make our own “Flower Soft”.  Now, I’ve never used flower soft before, but I think the centers of my flowers turned out pretty well.  However, it wasn’t as loose as I would have liked.  Hmmm, having extra sponges probably would have helped (the kitchen sponge is a bit shorter than it used to be).  The flower, I added lots of layers and gave them all dimension.  I love the way it looks, but it certainly won’t mail well.  Adding all the dimension was something I rarely do and was tons of fun.

So, this was my stepping out a bit further.  I hope you enjoyed this.  What does the Olympics inspire you to do?

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!