Friend Fun

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter 2021. We were able to get together with family again this year, which was nice, but also a lot. Couldn’t get everyone together at once, so 2 get togethers. However, I did have a bit of time to play this weekend and got these 2 cards done.

Build a Birdhouse

Lots of texture and layers on this one. There is a lot of dimension that you can’t really see in each of these birdhouses. Put a bluebird of happiness on each one, as well. This was my last Easter card and was done for my BFF. The challenge this past week was to use a birdhouse with a twist. My twist was lots of fun colors and layers. This was hand delivered, as it was not going to go through the mail. All of the dies were from MyFavoriteThings.


This one was done for the MFT Sketch challenge this week. The fence die is from them, as is the plaid patterned paper, and the fun Bunny stamp. Had a lot of fun creating this one. It was pretty quick and easy, as I had already stamped and colored the bunny. It was just a matter of cutting it out. I used the exact same die I used for the green piece behind it, but made it smaller, as I didn’t want it that large.

Even if you only have a few minutes, find some pieces you have laying around that you never used and put together a fun card. On this one, the sentiment is inside. You can design a card however appeals to you. It’s something made by you, so use what you want how you want. There are no set rules for making a card. When I started making cards, as a kid, it was all about a long sentiment I created with fun fonts on the computer, then a fun digi image printed on the front. I’ve come a long way in my creating since then . . . less writing and more creating in fun ways. But, use what you have and make it from you. You will encourage someone else.

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

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, 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.

A Day of Creating

Last week started off pretty well, until I tried to clean the shower on Tuesday evening.  When we moved into our house almost 20 years ago (good grief), there was a crack in the grout about half way down our shower wall.  I didn’t know what to do as I was only 23 and had two kids (my folks had always taken care of everything when I was growing up).  Anyway, a few years later, the tiles just below that crack got bumped and pushed back a bit.  I called a countless number of contractors to come give us an estimate on fixing it as I had never done tile work before and my husband wanted a “professional” to fix it.  After all those calls, one person came out and looked at it, then said he’d have to have his tile guy give us a call before they could do an estimate.  That call never came.  I duct taped it up and we continued to use the shower.  This is at least 6, maybe 10 or 12 years later and as I was scrubbing the shower, the tiles below that area pushed in a bit.  My husband decided God just wasn’t going to help us, even though he has.  Good grief, how does my husband think the wall lasted for this long after I duct taped it together?  Besides that, God led us to someone from church who will do the work for an amazing amount.  (We figured it would be a WHOLE lot more.)  Then, we went and purchased all the tile, wall board, etc. and that was less than expected, too.  Me, I see God watching over us tremendously.  Especially as I had been praying about this.  I guess my husband figures God isn’t involved since we actually had to spend money rather than have it suddenly be provided for us.  AHHHHHHH!!!  So, he didn’t go to church with me today.  Yes, there’s more to it than this, but this is just what it is this time.  Anyway, I needed to make some cards this afternoon, when my son and I got home from church.  So, here they are:


Yesterday was World Card Making Day 2012 and I didn’t make a single card.  There was a challenge posted at StampTV to do a single layer card that looked like more than one layer, so I did this one.  My background masked area was too small for my image, so it barely shows around the edges, and I didn’t mask like I should have, but it was still fun to do.  I used the Holiday Basket set by Gina K. for this.  The stamping was done using Memento inks and the coloring was done using Koh-i-Noor Woodless colored pencils and Bic Mark-It markers.


This one was done for a challenge at StampTV to use an image stamp for the background and have the sentiment as the focal image.  I used the Wild About You set by Gina K. and Memento inks for the background on an aged parchment paper.  This is also for the SpeedyTV challenge to use distressing, hence the aged parchment paper and inking around the edges.


This last one was for a StampTV challenge to use two different patterned papers, as well as a SpeedyTV sketch challenge.  The patterned papers are the silhouette image and the small rectangle at the top.  I’ve been wanting to use this silhouette piece, which came from a friend in a swap a while ago, for several weeks.  This was the first time I could make it work.  The sentiment is from the Vintage Chic set by Gina K.

Still not back to my normal happy self, but I am feeling a bit better.  Please keep my husband in your prayers.  He just needs to see how God is working around him.  Thanks for spending some time with me today and listening to my whining.  I’m feeling a bit better, now and I’ll be back to normal by tomorrow.  I know God is good and ALWAYS provides!  He has a plan for my husband, too.