Friday, October 28, 2022



This fun little Halloween card was created for the There's A Stamp For That Challenge. To create this card I started with a panel of white cardstock that I blended on Tim Holtz distress inks in shaded lilac, villainous potion, and black soot. I took a distress sprayer and spritzed it with water and blotted off the excess for a nice, distressed look. I adhered an American Crafts Halloween spider web doily straight onto the panel using some liquid glue. I die cut the panel down using a stitched stacking rectangle die from MFT and popped the panel up off of my white A2 card base using 3M foam tape. I then stamped, colored, and die cut all of the images from MFT's Witch Way To The Candy stamp and die set. I adhered all of the images to the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. For a finishing touch I added highlights to the individual images using a white gel pen. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!!

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Ah, Autumn-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb


Hello, and welcome to the October Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. This month we chose to use pumpkins as our inspiration. I kept my card pretty simple. Using only papers and cut aparts from the Echo Park Reflections Fall 12x12 paper pad I created a scene of pumpkins on a hilly autumn scape with house, trees, and lots of pumpkins. The pumpkins were created with Lawn Fawn's So Thankful stamps and Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I added a little dimension to them by coloring over the patterned paper with my Copic markers. The leaves were created with a mini Recollections punch and more of the patterned paper from the collection. I couldn't make up my mind on this card and created a second card using all of the same elements from the Lawn Fawn stamp set, the patterned papers, and the Recollections punch. You'll have to tell me which one you liked better. 

I usually go buy a fancy specialty coffee for my collaborations with Deb but this week I kept it simple. The coffee is my standard Seattle's Best dark market street dark roast served in a simple mug that sums up my life...Thankful! Now, be sure to hop on over to Debra's blog and see how she was inspired by this month's pumpkin inspiration! 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Always Grateful

 This card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I stamped the medallion and leaf images from Stampin' UP's Day Of Gratitude stamp set using Memento Dandelion, Gina K Design's charcoal brown, and Stampin' UP's not quite navy inks. I splattered the background panel with the same inks and a small round paint brush. I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Paper Rose. I layered it on some early espresso cardstock from Stampin' UP and adhered it to my card base. I fussy cut the leaves and attached them the card with foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Close To My Heart's Always Grateful Trees stamp set and more of the same charcoal ink. I cut it down to a panel and bordered it with more early espresso cardstock. I popped it up with foam dimensional and adhered it to the focal panel to complete my card. Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Happy Meow-lloween-SAS4Kids October 2022

Hello, and happy October! Fall is here and I am so very happy. This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Holiday cards, and I just couldn't help myself. With Halloween coming up later this month I had to create another Halloween card. I created my card by layering a piece of orange and white polka-dot paper from the American Crafts Haunted 6x6 paper pad onto my A2 card base. I then took a piece of basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP and die cut 3 circles using my Spellbinders stacking circle dies. I adhered that panel on top of the patterned paper and added white dashed lines around the outer edges and around each circle for added contrast. I stamped the sentiment from C.C. Designs Meow-lloween stamp set using Versamark ink and white detail embossing powder from Ranger. I stamped the images from the same stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and placed them around my card panel to create a pleasing Halloween scene. I finished my card by adding some orange enamel dots from Hobby Lobby around the card for some added interest. Now, be sure to pop over to the SAS4Kids blog and see what the rest of the design team  created for us this month!

Warm Winter Wishes


Hello! I was invited to guest design for the October Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge! This month's challenge is sponsored by Miss Ink Stamps, and they were kind enough to send me some goodies for the challenge. To create my card I started by die cutting the focal panel from a Gina Marie Designs scalloped rectangle die and some real red cardstock from Stampin' UP. I then cut down a smaller panel and using the Miss Ink Stamps Diagonal Lines stencil and Tim Holts distress inks in Shabby Shutters and Fired Brick I created the inked plaid background. To create more interest I freehand drew in some white lines with my white gel pen and added some tiny black dots at each intersecting line. I mounted that panel onto some plain white cardstock and die cut an oval window using a My Favorite Things oval die. I then die cut a smaller oval window into the red scalloped panel using a Spellbinders oval die. I adhered all of the panels together and mounted them up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I stamped the gnome from Miss Ink Stamps Big Mugs stamp set, colored it using my Copic markers, fussy cut the image out, and mounted it in the oval window with more foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from Miss Ink Stamps Season's Greetings stamp set onto white cardstock using Versafine onyx black ink and cut it down to a small sentiment strip. I mounted more red cardstock behind it and adhered it to the card. I finished the whole thing off with some cute little black gem stickers from Honey Bee Stamp's Fresh Brewed collection.