Jan 182021

One of the most challenging cards to make for me is the ever needed masculine card.  With 4 sons and many brother-in-laws and nephews and grandsons..  well you get the picture!  Here’s a quick and fun card to stock that stash.  It works for almost any age, too.

The chess pieces are popped up on foam tape onto the checkerboard background which in turn is popped up on the card base.  I love to give my card designs some depth.

With a black card base a necessary white panel for a note was added to the inside.  And why not pop up that panel, too?  Here the foam tape is on 3 sides to make a pocket..  you know just in case you want to add a little surprise for the nephew.

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers CAS621 – Stock Your Stash

Country View Challenges January 2021 – “Squares”

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Love to Craft LTCCB #54 – January Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters Challenge #36 – Anything Goes

Craft Rocket Challenges Challenge #77 – For the Boys/Men

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #396 – Make Your Mark


Stamps: SU “Game On”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; SU Going Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray (Inside); Copics:

Accessories: Washi Tape; Baker’s Twine; Chess Die

Dec 312020

Grandma’s garden just grew a little bit more!  Haven’t been able to hold him yet, but did get to see him in person.

Of course, I had to make him a welcome card!

This was so fun, and I always love the little surprise that a shaped card delivers.  Here is a template:


Simon Says Monday Challenge: Celebrate!

The Card Concept #HOL20: Christmas Tree, Holiday Decor or Fav 2020 Card Challenge

Die Cut Divas Challenge Blog: Anything Goes (Use a Die or Embossing Folder)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog LTCCB #53: December Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC302: Marsha’s Special 3-Week Anything Goes Challenge

International Art & Soul Ch#98: Anything Goes with a Bow

The Creative Crafter Challenge #35: Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Something for Baby” and “Everything Baby”

Papers: PTI Select White, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart and Limeade Ice

Inks: SU Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Summer Sun and Sage Shadow

Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon; SU “Baby’s First” Framelits Dies

Woohoo!!  It’s that time of the year for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoastampers!  Dare to Get Dirty is a week packed with challenges and prizes for our Fan Club members. The event runs from August 22 through 28, with 5 or more challenges each day. It makes for an amazing week!

Here is the card that I made as a sample for my challenge.

The zebra has been die cut and then popped up on dimensional tape.  It is slightly offset from the negative die cut which creates a shadow effect.

Since this will be a birthday card for one of my sweet grands, a pocket was created inside for a surprise.

So come on over to Splitcoaststampers and join the fun. (You must be a member of the Fan Club to play along.)  Hope to see you there!


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper August Challenge

Aud Sentiments Challenge #258: Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Love to Craft: LTCCB #49 – August Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Zany Zebras”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Doodlebug Design “At the Zoo” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pink Passion (Inside)

Accessories: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbon; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch

Jul 242020

Loved all the challenges this month challenging everyone to get those Christmas cards started.

After making a list of several challenge requirements, I went in search of images, sentiments, embellishments, papers, etc. that could be used to fill those requirements.  I ended up finding this sweet angel from a 2016 set to create a couple of cards.

The first card uses a no lines coloring technique.

The second card uses the much more common technique of stamping the image in black so that the lines remain visible.

Both angels were colored with Copic markers.


International Art & Soul Ch#88: Christmas Card Based On a Carol

Simon Says: Reach For The Stars Wednesday Challenge

Just Us Girls Challenge #545: Color Week

Craftyhazelnut Christmas Challenge: CHNC#499

Craftyhazelnut Patterned Paper Challenge: July 2020

Aud Sentiments Challenge #256: Things With Wings + A Sentiment

Iinkspirational Challenge #217: Painting or Colouring

Retro Rubber Challenge #139: Buttons Galore!

Sweet Stampers #46: Christmas in July

Christmas 24 Challenge #014

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU “Wonder of Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Warmth & Cheer” Designer Series Paper

Inks: VersaMark; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Star Button; Washi


Stamps: SU “Wonder of Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Peaceful” and “Tradition”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Stickles “Xmas Red”; Doily; SU “Ovals Collection” Framelits Die and “Occasions” Paper Piercing Pack; Paper Piercing Tool

It’s been so much cooler than usual here in Seattle.  But according to a little birdie, summer will finally arrive today!


I applied the ink to the rubber stamp using horizontal strokes with a marker.  Love the textured effect on the tree trunk.

The little bird was cut out using a circle die and then popping up the image on foam tape.


Hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine, too.


Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge:  #IC763

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Early Birds

Love to Craft LTCCB #48:  July Anything Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge #190:  Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations: July – All Creatures Great and Small

International Art & Soul Ch#87:  Tiny Things

Crafting Happiness Challenge #57:  Always Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Nuts About You” and “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Chocolate Chip

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: SU Grosgrain Ribbon; We R Memory Keepers Washi; Spellbinders “Classic Circles” Die; EK 1″ Corner Rounder Punch

Decided to give a few old retired stamps some love today.  The number “1” stamped on the balloon is a set from 1998!  The sentiment is from a 2009 set.  The pretty kitty is from a 2016 stamp set.


The balloon is adhered with foam tape to the image panel which is also popped up for some depth and dimension.


Every once in awhile its fun to dig through those stacks of oldie goldie stamps and use them!


Splitcoaststampers F4A542: “Party Animals”

Retro Rubber Challenge 138: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept #138a: Inspiration Photo

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: July 2020

Love To Craft LTCCB #48: “July Anything Goes”

Crafty Animals #40: Anything Goes with an Animal

Tuesday Throwdown #461 – “Polka Dots”

Show Us Your Pussycats #56: “Furrything Goes”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Pretty Kitty”, “Balloon Celebration”, “Look Who’s Turning” and “Alphabet Attitude Numbers”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Regal Rose and “Birthday Bouquet” Designer Series Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Black Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Washi; Martha Stewart Border Punch; SU Balloon Punch

Jul 012020

Before the world stopped this past Spring, I used to go to the gym several times a week and do indoor spin (cycling) classes.  Well that all came to an end in March.  So now… I ride my real bike!  Where there’s a will there’s a way.


I LOVE this sentiment!!


The image panel and border were cut out with a couple of rectangular scalloped dies and popped up with some foam tape.


I also love the sentiment on this second card.


And like the first card, the sentiment/image panel and border were cut with the scalloped dies and popped up with foam tape.


Hope that everyone is healthy and staying safe.


 Healthy Crafting 

Card 1 Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Take Me For a Ride”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

The Male Room “Challenge #139 – Use Die Cuts”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper June Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: “#45 Something Beginning With B”

Dare 2B Artzy: “June Challenge: Masculine”

Through the Craft Room Door: “Anything Goes WB 30th June 2020”

Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Enjoy Life”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday” (Inside)
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; Graphic 45 “Home Sweet Home”
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinder’s “Classic Scalloped Rectangles” Dies; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder; Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon; Printer

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Enjoy Life”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday” (Inside)
Papers: PTI Select White; American Crafts Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray
Accessories: Spellbinder’s “Classic Scalloped Rectangles” Dies; SU White Taffeta Ribbon; Pearls; Printer

Jun 122020

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so today I’m sharing a set of 3 cards made with Stampin’ Up’s “Happy Celebrations” stamp set with a coordinating embossing folder.


On this first card the letters were colored in after stamping the word “happy” but before embossing them.



On this second card the different colors were stamped on the letters after the letters were stamped and embossed.


The letters are embossed with a negative impression.  This leaves only the outlined inner letters at the same level as the card base.  So when ink is stamped over them only the outline is affected.


On the last card the green ink was applied inside the letters directly onto the embossing folder.


After embossing, black ink was gently added to the outlined inner letters.


Lovin’ this coordinating stamp and embossing folder!

Happy Father’s Day to all those great dads out there!


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: It’s A Man Thing

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something Metallic

Unicorn Challenge Blog: Challenge #55 Masculine

Try it on Tuesday: Make it Masculine

CASOLOGY clean & simple: Week 370: FATHER

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog: Challenge #246 Father’s Day

Time Out Challenges: Challenge #163 – Proust Quote

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge: CIC495

Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes June 9th, 2020

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #253 Anything Goes + Sentiment

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Happy Celebrations”, “Guy Greetings” and “Tasty Trucks”

Papers: PTI Select White, Summer Sun, Enchanted Evening and Pure Poppy; Authentique “Everlasting” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Handsome Hunter, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Really Rust and Yoyo Yellow; Copics:

Accessories: Star Eyelet; Washi Tapes; Hemp Twine; Plaid Border Punch; “Drippy Goo” Border Punch; 1/2″ Circle Punch; SU “Celebrations Duo” Embossing Folder

Apr 192020

Here are a couple of Mother’s Day cards.

I let two of my favorite coordinating designer papers bring some rich color to this first card.  The sentiment is stamped right on to the pattern.

A single line of embossing at the top of the card adds a little fun.  A rhinestone is placed on the sequin.  I think it makes it look like a sparkly little flower.

On this card the leaves and flowers are stamped on colored cardstock.  They have been colored with Copics and the flowers have been die cut.

I like the look of the lavender cardstock border on the die cut flowers.  Usually I stamp on white card stock, so when the image is die cut it leaves a white border.  However with these flowers, the border blends into the floral image.  And again rhinestones are placed on the sequins.  Just can’t help myself! 


Time Out Challenge #159: Inspired by Words – Garden

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April 2020 Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: April Anything Goes With Dies

Love to Craft: LTCCB #45 – April Anything Goes

Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog #50: Bunnies, Birds and/or Bears

Little Red Wagon Challenge #555 – Maaama!

Modsquad Challenge Blog: Birds

Simon Says Monday Challenge: ‘E’ is for (Embossing)

Happy Crafting!

Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Serene Garden”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Mother”
Papers: PTI Select White; SU Night of Navy and “Garden Impressions” Designer Series Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: SU “Garden Scene” Framelits Die; Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Frills” Embossing Folder; Sequin; Kaiser Rhinestone

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Serene Garden”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Mother”
Papers: PTI Select White, Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria, Pinefeather and “Pinefeather Striped” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Garden Green and Perfect Plum; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: PTI Winter Wisteria Polka Dot Satin Ribbon; Sequins; Diamante Rhinestones; Washi; SU “Garden Scene” Framelits Dies

Apr 032020

For several months out of the year, I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The symbol of PV is the seahorse.  So when I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it!

All of the images were stamped and colored with Copics.  They have been cut and arranged into a fun beach scene.

So far PV has had very few cases of this virus that is traveling the world.  The governor of Jalisco (the state in which Puerto Vallarta is located) decided 2 weeks ago to have the state go on lockdown.. long before any cases were reported in the entire state.  Hoping now that that may have been a very wise (though at the time seemed drastic) decision.  Praying for the world.


Splitcoaststampers F4A528 Challenge: Beach Fun

Simon Says: Happy Birthday

The Card Concept #132: Photo Inspiration – I was inspired by the colors and composition of the different items in the picture.  I made a Clean and Layered card.

Love to Craft LTCCB#45: April Anything Goes

Try it on Tuesday: Beauty of Nature


Stamps: SU “Seaside Notions”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel and Old Olive; Copics:

Accessories: Sequins; Pearls; Cuttlebug “Snowflakes” Embossing Folder

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