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

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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 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.

Ornaments and Winter Birthdays

It’s getting close to Christmas, so I made an ornament for our tree.  This year, we only decorated the top 2/3 of the tree as we weren’t sure how Milo would deal with the tree.  He has pulled at some of the bottom branches, but didn’t knock it over or do anything dramatic.  It was fun to watch him stand on his hind legs to try to sniff the lower ornaments.  He only growls at it when the lights are on and he’s trying to nap.  Pretty funny.  Now, I’m a little nervous about actually wrapping the presents and putting them under the tree.  I left off the tree skirt this year as Milo loves pulling and scratching at blankets, rugs, etc. to get them comfy before he lays on them.  As one of my grandmothers did these amazing stitched decorations around the tree skirt, I did not want to chance him getting at it.

Sorry, back to the ornament.

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  • White card stock
  • Moroccan Accents (Spellbinders)
  • Little Church 2012 (MFP Heinrich Collection)
  • Silver ink (Inkadinkado)
  • Liquid Adhesive (Tombow)
  • Silver Cord (??)

I cut out 6 of the snowflake type Moroccan Accent, used paper to cover all but “God” on the sentiment and stamped in silver (cover rest of sentiment with papers and apply ink, then remove papers and stamp), folded each “snowflake” in half and adhered left side of one to right side of another until all were together.  Before adhering the end of the last to the front of the first, I pulled all the pieces together and applied liquid adhesive down the line laying the two ends of the cord on top.  It didn’t work wonderfully, but did work.  Hot glue might have been better for that part.  Then I adhered the front of the first to the end of the last to pull it all together.  This is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week.  The silver ink looks more gray than silver, but it does have some sparkle to it in the light.

My grandmother has a birthday coming up the first of February and her favorite color is purple, so I worked on her birthday card this week, too.

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  • Parisian Garden patterned paper pack (Gina K.)
  • Parisian Garden accompaniment card stock pack (Gina K.)
  • Vintage Chic stamp set (Gina K.)
  • London Fog ink (Memento)
  • Silver glitter pen (Sakura)
  • Ribbon, brad, rhinestones, lavender thread (assorted)
  • Embossed piece was sent to me by a friend – love the words on it

I knew I wanted to use the embossed piece my friend sent me as it is a purple, which is my grandmother’s favorite color and it had wonderful words all over it, so I found a patterned paper in the pack that worked with it, then found the card stocks to go with it, but in different colors, as well.  For the stitching, I placed my stamped kite on top of an old mouse pad and pushed a needle through to make the holes, then found a needle and started stitching.  I taped the one end on the back of the piece.  Cut all the pieces to an appropriate size and started adhering together.  For the sentiment, I traced the “Moxie” with the silver stardust pen to give it some sparkle.  This is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch with a Twist challenge for this week.

Now, over at, we are trying to spice things up a bit and add some more fun to the board.  So, you need to keep heading over there and checking it out.  As it is just before Christmas, there won’t be too many new things for the next couple of weeks, but if you like to work with paper, it is a great place to be.  It’s free to join and fun to chat with others who love playing with paper.  I’m hosting the Wednesday challenge this week starting 12/18/13, so come play along.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


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.

Purple Pleasure

There is a challenge at ScrapZee this week to make a Sunshine Mail card for a child.  The challenge for MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV this week was to make a card with banners or tags.  I don’t usually do that, but gave it a try.  Wasn’t sure what to put on the flags, so just left the color.

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Supplies Used:

  • Celebrate In Style stamp set (Gina K.)
  • Grape Jelly ink (Memento)
  • Parisian Garden patterned paper (Gina K.)
  • Stardust Glitter Pens in purple and silver (Sakura)
  • Rhinestones and ribbon (?)
  • Banner Basics Two (Spellbinders)

This is pretty basic.  I just stamped the skirt part of the image on the patterned paper 3 times and then cut it out, folded the pieces in half and adhered together, then to the base image to give it some dimension.  I traced around the image with the Stardust pens to give it some fun shine.  On the image piece, I went around the outside with the Grape Jelly ink pad to make it stand out a bit.  The inside just has “Smile” in a fun font.  I’ll write the message just before I send it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!