Masculine Birthday

I made this card for my cousin’s birthday. I had a lot of fun creating the background using an embossing folder and some paint splatters. Then, coloring the image was lots of fun. The first time I did the car in silver, but wasn’t thrilled with it, so went back and changed it to blue. Now, I really like it. The image is popped up a bit to give it a bit of dimension. The ribbon is just for fun and because it looked like it would work for “masculine bling.” ūüėČ

Try making something just because it appeals to you, or in a way that you think might be fun. Not because anyone said “this is the way to do it”, but according to what you like. Have fun creating.

This is being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge: On a Roll (gears and wheels). It is also being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background. Gears with dark paint to look like grease spots.

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


Having Fun

So, on WeCraftCards this week, the challenge was to make a “Lift card”.¬† I’ve seen these before, with a different name, which I can’t remember at this point, but here’s what I made.

Used a fun holographic paper for my background, then did some Oxide Ink for the inside, with the Hero Arts Jellyfish background embossed on it using Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder so they would pick up a bit of color from the background and look more like real jellyfish.  Used water just inside the jellyfish bodies to make those lighten a bit.  The stamps and dies are all from the Hero Arts March 2019 MMA kit.  Saw that one and determined it would definitely be a good one to have.  My husband agreed, so I got it.  Love it when he tells me to go ahead and get something because I get so excited about it.

I also got the Betta Fish set at the same time.  Here are a couple of cards I made with that one:

6-3-19 Happy Bday Fishes

And this last one is what I made for my husband for our anniversary:

6-3-19 Rob Anniversary

You can kind of see from the top inside corner that shows, that I splattered both colors of the ink I used inside, as well.  The ink was what came in the kit, 2 reactive Hero Arts inks.  Splattered a bit of Spectrum Noir sparkle ink in the background and used the brush pen itself to add a bit of sparkle to the fish.  My husband loves the card.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Doggone Birthdays

This was created for my husband’s birthday, which is coming up.¬† We have a corgi and MFT just came out with the CUTEST Stamp set: BB Best In Show.¬† Fortunately, my friend ordered it and let me borrow it, as I was at her house when it arrived.

3-16-19 Rob Bday Outside

3-16-19 Rob Bday Inside

Our corgi looks a whole lot more like the one on the inside.¬† I’m thinking my husband is really going to like this one.¬† Just wanted to share it, as I know he’ll never see it on here and it turned out pretty cute.¬† My Favorite Things has some of the cutest sets you can imagine.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a great rest of your weekend.

Sailboat Race

Okay, this is a fun card.¬† Let’s leave it at that.

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Who doesn’t love an interactive card that you can actually have races with?¬† Used the MFT stamp set Party Like a Pirate for the sailboats and the seagulls.¬† The top sheet is one I did with alcohol inks.¬† The base card I just inked with some Distress Blueprint Sketch ink.¬† This is a penny slider card, so those boats slide across.¬† As I used two tiny pop dots, the ships don’t turn upside down, they just move across.¬† They tip a little, as the pop dots aren’t perfectly aligned on the pennies, but it is still fun.¬† Granted, I had to move them back and forth quite a few times to get them sliding properly.

Here’s the inside:

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It’s not your typical Father’s Day card, but I’m pretty sure it will be enjoyed.

I’m entering this in MFT’s Sketch Challenge this week.¬† Take a look at the sketch and see what you think.¬† In fact, check out everyone else’s entries, as they are all so different and fun.¬† Putting it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog challenge for a masculine card, too.

Have fun with whatever you’re doing.¬† Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Circle Card

It was nice to get done with everything at work this morning and get to come home early, as it’s my birthday.

Saw an article on FB this morning about a little boy whose birthday is this week and would really like a lot of cards, so I got to make one for him.  As the MFP SpeedyTV FOSTV challenge that was posted this morning was to make a circle card, I did that.

9-15-14 MFP FOSTV Circle

Now, to get this written and in the mail for his birthday.

Oh, I also am in the process of making some candles, which is a great thrill to be able to do. ¬†So, it’s a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Time is flying by

Boy, is time flying by. ¬†I’ve really not been feeling well for a couple of months now, which makes it more difficult to get things done. ¬†I do, however, see a specialist on Tuesday, so maybe he’ll have some ideas on what is wrong.

My daughter’s wedding is getting closer and closer, which means there are lots of little things to get done. ¬†Her bridal shower is next Saturday, and I am making the “cake”, so today I made frosting. ¬†A LOT of frosting. ¬†It’s been a couple, if not several, years since I’ve made and decorated a cake, so it’s a learning/remembering process. ¬†I realized after I made the first batch of frosting, but before I started the second, that I used to measure 1 ingredient a certain way and why. ¬†It would have been nice to remember that before the first batch, but the 2nd was a bit easier in that regard. ¬†Now, hopefully, this will be enough frosting, if not, I’ll be making more white next week while I do the baking and first part of the decorating.

9-6-14 Frosting Bridal Shower Cake

The pink and white are in gallon size bags, while the green is in a quart size bag.  I really hope this is enough!

Anyway, the baking and decorating is Thursday evening after work and before Bible study, and all day Friday. ¬†Oh, we’re going out with my in-laws on Friday evening, so I have to be done by then. ¬†Putting all the pieces together will have to happen at the home where the shower is taking place. ¬†That means I’ll have to get there really early, which I’m hoping isn’t a problem for the lady hosting the party. ¬†I can’t tell you how amazing this woman is to host the Bridal Shower, as she is the mother of one of the two maid of honor’s boyfriends. ¬†Also a former high school teacher of my daughter.

Well, even not feeling well, I have made some cards in the past few weeks.  Here is a quick look at some of them:

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Every one of these is for someone specific and hopefully the recipient will enjoy them.

This one is my absolute favorite and is for my nephew’s 14th birthday. ¬†His birthday was last Monday, but our family celebration is tomorrow. ¬†I can’t wait to see what his reaction is. ¬†He rides motocross, so it’s appropriate.

8-29-14 STV Extreme Texture

If all goes well, I’ll try to get a picture of the “cake” and show you after the shower next weekend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Burned Lemon Technique

There is a challenge on ScrapZee to try the Burnt Lemon Technique, which consists of stamping with lemon juice, then heating that until it “burns”. ¬†It took a lot longer to get to that point than I had anticipated and my pieces were fairly small, so I wound up burning fingers, messing up the table finish in one spot, and actually burning the paper a bit in at least one spot, too. ¬†However, it did turn out pretty “antique” looking, which is cool. ¬†The sketch and theme are from the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge.

3-18-14 SZ Kick MFP SWAT


I used lemon juice, ivory and brown papers and the sentiment is stamped using Rich Cocoa ink (Memento).  The pocket watch (top), old-fashioned alarm clock (bottom) and hourglass are from the Timeless Treasures set (Gina K), while the sentiment is from the Follow Your Dreams set (Gina K).

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  If you try this, let me know what you think of the technique.

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!

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!