Just a Quick Card

You probably get a bit tired of all these cards, but here’s a quick one I did for the MFP SpeedyTV Color Challenge, as well as the ScrapZee Monday challenge for last week.

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A blue card with gray stamping and pink leaves.  Okay, I added a bit of pink to some of the shells and the starfish, too.  It worked really well for a get well card for a friend’s wife.  Until I put it in the envelope and a few of the bouganvilla petals got crushed.  I tried, but that’s what happens when using dried flowers.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


Using trees for these two cards was fun.  The first one is actually a picture from a trip our family took up to the Grand Canyon almost 3 years ago.  I loved the picture and thought it would be fun to imagine an inner tube going down to the river.  I know, not possible, but still fun to imagine.

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The bounce line and the sentiment are from the Die-namics You Move Me & Set (My Favorite Things).  I stamped on the vellum with Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento), but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so grabbed a green vellum marker (Zig) and traced over the top.  The inner tube I made by cutting out a circle and punching a small hole in the center.

This is for the MFT sketch challenge this week, MFTWSC167, as well as the ScrapZee Wednesday challenge to use a picture, and the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge.

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This card was made for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspirational challenge this week.  We have these amazing trees here in the valley (not a clue what kind they are).  The trunks are mostly gray with a bit of brown, they have these drooping branches of light green leaves and for a short period of time every year, they are just COVERED in pink and white blossoms.  The warmer it gets, the blossoms fall off and cover the ground around them.  I know it has been a very cold winter for much of the country, but it has been incredibly warm here, so there wasn’t much time of the blossoms and the trees are done, now.  But, this was the best I could come up with to share their beauty with you and that I did want to do.  I used the Primitive Blessings (Gina K) and The Giving Tree (Gina K) sets with Pear Tart and Rose Bud inks (Memento).  Also used the Labels 18 die (Spellbinders) with some fun fiber called Adornments (EK Success).

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Different Takes

After I did the last card, I had a couple more of the images I had done, but just weren’t quite what I wanted for it.  So, I had some fun making more cards.

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This one I did using the oval center piece, as well as one of the images.  I was going for a re-purposed surfboard feel, so I brought in some fun background embossing.  This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge this week.  I used the image from the Spring Mix set (Gina K) and a piece of patterned paper from the Parisian Garden paper pack (Gina K).  The inks I used are all Memento: Sweet Plum, Flannel Gray, Elderberry, Lulu Lilac.

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This one used more of the same and I just added some flowers (Recollections) and ribbon.  I did use Stardust pens (Sakura) to highlight the oval and the words.  This is for the Wednesday challenge at ScrapZee.com.

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Used totally different materials for this one, but sure had fun trying something new.  I used white embossing powder on black card stock for a fun look.  The sentiment is from the Western Sentiments set (MFT) and the image is from the Primitive Blessings set (Gina K).  Embossing powder is from Recollections.  Not sure where the fun paper is from.  I did use some Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento) and stamped a tree from the Primitive Blessings set on it, but that doesn’t show up very much.  This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV challenge.

I started another card, but haven’t had time to finish it.  Maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

Matching Envelopes

The ScrapZee Wednesday challenge was to make envelopes to go with cards.  So, as I did cards for other challenges, I made envelopes to “match” for that challenge.  The goal was to get 10 cards and envelopes done for a prize for the Ladies’ Tea at our church, but I just didn’t have the time.

These first two were done for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge of a stamped background.  The stamp on the first one came with my Cardmaking & Papercrafts Magazine this week.  Had fun with that and using a multi colored ink pad.

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This next one, for the same challenge I used one of the MFP Heinrich Collection stamp sets and did some coloring with colored pencils.

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This one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge this week about surf boards.  This looks pretty similar to one of the surfboards, minus the card shape, but I did round the corners.

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You can’t see the sparkle in the center and around the edges of each flower, but it’s there.  The flowers are from the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Floral 2 set.

The following card was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge.  I had a lot of fun with the “letterpress” technique and swirling in different blues (I used 4 different shades).  It also uses the MFP Heinrich Collection Gullible 2012 stamp set.

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For this last one, I used the My Favorite Things sketch challenge for the week and their CS About New Beginnings set.

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You’ll notice my background is different.  My husband has worked for the past few weekends making me a box out of melamine board that has a ridge around the outside for my little OttLite to stand on to take better pictures.  It was so fun to be able to use it today.  He did a fantastic job.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Week of Cards in a Night

I have not been feeling well this week, as well as it being a busy week, so last night, feeling miserable (allergies are trying to do me in), I made a few cards.  Hmmm, can you tell I’m not at my best?

This first one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge this week, as well as the ScrapZee Background challenge.

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The first picture is the 12×12 piece of paper I cut down for the background, then I cut the diamonds from some other paper in the same pack (Colorbok).  The butterflies are from the Enjoy the Sunshine and Spring Mix sets (Gina K.).  I stamped using Rich Cocoa (Memento) ink and did some highlighting with a Stardust (Sakura) pen.

This next card is for the MPF SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV challenge to use dry embossing and the StampTV challenge about love this week.



For this one, I used the LL540 Dreamweaver stencil and the S490 Lasting Impressions stencil for the dry embossing, then scuffed the paper (Berries-N-Cream Lasting Impressions).  The sentiment is from the Stately Flowers 3 (Gina K.) set and the roses are from the Holiday Basket (Gina K.) set stamped in Lilac Posies ink (Memento).  I used Woodless Colour Pencils (Koh-i-Noor) to add some color to the roses.  Not sure where the green ric-rac is from, but thought it was needed.

For the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week, as well as the ScrapZee midweek challenge, I came up with this one.

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The sentiment is from the MFP Heinrich Collection Little Church 2012 set, stamped in Cottage Ivy (Memento) ink.  Not sure where the brad is from, but the paper is from the Garden Florals set (Recollections).

The last one I was able to do is for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge this week.

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The background strips are all backgrounds I have made and kept as I had no use for them at the time.  Thought they went well together for this one.  The poodle and the sentiment are from the Fabulous Dogs 2012 (MFP Heinrich Collection) set stamped with Potters Clay (Memento) ink.

The way I’m feeling, I doubt I’ll do more tomorrow, but I have some Valentine’s to do for a swap, so I may have to do more.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

Bright Thank Yous

I know I’ll need some Thank You cards for after Christmas, so I found some brightly colored Christmas paper and used it as the background for these fun Thank Yous.  I used the sketch for the MFT Stamps weekly sketch challenge this week.

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  • Bold Statements stamp set (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics You Move Me (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics Oval Chain Border (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics Fringed Perennial (MFT Stamps)
  • Rose Bud ink (Memento)
  • 2 Way Glue pen (Zig)
  • Various Card stock

Now, for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week, I did the same layout using the same items, I just made one of the pieces into a tag (still tucked behind).

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A simple change, but it may have even added a bit to the card.

Don’t forget, I’ll be having a simple tutorial on here starting Wednesday that will be a challenge over at ScrapZee.com for a fun, but quick Christmas card/decoration in case you need a spare.  Or, you could do it as a thank you, too.  Take the time to go check out the fun changes at ScrapZee.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I really enjoy your company and your fun comments.

MFP SpeedyTV Catch Up

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten to play along with many of the MFP Speedy
TV challenges in the past couple of weeks, so I thought I would play catch up and do most of them for this week.

For the Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week, we were to make a Thanksgiving card this week.

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For the Sketch With a Twist challenge, you have to squint.  The flourish with the buttons (the twist) is the horizontal piece and the bird is the twisted vertical piece.

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The Simple Salutations challenge, was a Christmas card that uses the MFP Christmas Bridge Mini set.  It was also used for the telescoping technique challenge on ScrapZee.

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The Inspirational challenge this week had some great sock hop pictures to inspire.  I was inspired by the turquoise teal color in one and the poodle skirts in the other two, as well as “bling” from all of them.  Okay, please note that the flourish that looks like pearls is actually rhinestones.  It’s been rainy here the past couple of days (yeah!!!) which made the lighting interesting.  Both the sentiment and the image are from the MFP Fabulous Dogs 2012 set.

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The Tutorial Time challenge was to make your own chipboard, which I did using the Sizzix Puzzle Maker #2 die and the MFP Christmas Bridge Mini set.  This is a sympathy card for some friends whose son died this week.  Inside it says, “Sometimes an integral piece gets taken from us and it’s easy to question our faith.  Trust God completely.  He is with you, even when you can’t see that.  Know that you are loved.  You are in my prayers.”

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The pulled out piece is actually my chipboard piece on two layers of soda box.

Now, I spent most of today baking, and I haven’t forgotten that I promised to share another cookie recipe, which I will hopefully have time to do this week.  I will be making mints tomorrow and bar cookies on Tuesday, but I will do my best to share a fun cookie recipe.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Paper Addict

Last Thursday, my daughter took me to Scottsdale Quarter to have my hair styled, shop around a bit, then go to a dinner movie.  It was an amazing evening!  While we were “shopping around” we went into Paper Source and I saw this really cool paper, but decided I wasn’t spending $8 for a sheet of paper.  Granted, it’s a large sheet.  However, that night, I dreamed about the paper.  Good grief!  I figured that must make me a paper addict.  A bunch of my wonderful friends over on ScrapZee.com talked me into actually purchasing it.  However, for a drive all the way back to Scottsdale, I figured I’d better get more than one piece of paper.  I took my son with me yesterday, and I got two sheets of pretty paper, as well as some gold glitter wrapping paper and gold glitter tape for my daughter to play with for her wedding invitations.

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As the Friends of Stamp TV challenge over at MFP SpeedyTV this week is to make a card using your favorite color, and this fun circle paper has some teal in it, I used a card base in a teal that my secret pal from this summer sent me.  (Thank you, Koren!)  I also used a couple of stamps from the Vintage Chic set at Gina K. and some Memento Teal Zeal ink.  Think I used enough teal?  For the feathers, I used Perfect Pearls in blue and gold to go with the paper.

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Thanks for spending some time with me and understanding I have definitely got problems.


Have you ever made something that you’re not quite happy with?  Well, think about what would make it better and change it.  You can do that more than once, too.  Here’s what I did with a card:

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This seemed a bit bare, so I added to it:

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Better, but not quite:

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Much better.  In fact, I’m putting this one up for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist Challenge for this week.  When you’re adding, just do a little at a time until it seems right to you.  It is more difficult to take away, though not impossible.

My husband and I do this with cooking, too.  We try a recipe following the recipe, then discuss what we like and don’t like and what might make it better.  Then we try it again with our changes until we get it to where we really like it.

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:

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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!