May 192022

Perhaps the greatest joy in life is to watch your children and then your grandchildren grow and thrive. Well my twin granddaughters have done just that!

They started out so tiny. But they were fierce.

They have both always had such kind and loving hearts towards their family, their peers and all creatures great and small.

Now they are graduating from high school and are off to college in a couple of months.

They’ve worked so hard. In fact, K is her class’s Valedictorian! Wow! Right!!

Both girls are so smart and talented. (And I’m not at all bias! lol)

I’ve added lots of layers and dimension to their cards. Since I will be hand delivering them, I didn’t have to be concerned with mailing issues. Even added some metal flowers and large rhinestones. Now that was fun!

Inside the card, the sentiment panel was popped up with foam tape on three sides. One side was left open to form a pocket for the ever important graduation reward.

Congratulatons, girls! Love you and am so proud of the beautiful young women you have become.


Addicted to Stamps and More: “Challenge #429 – Any Occasion”

Crafting Happiness Challenges: “#123 May: Always Anything Goes”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “May 2022: Use Patterned Paper”

Love To Craft Challenge Blog: “LTCCB #68 Anything Goes”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: “Layer It Up”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company “Graduation Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; We R Memoroy Keepers “Indian Summer” Designer Paper; Basic Grey “Little Black Dress” Designer Paper

Inks: Printer; Copics:

Accessories: Ric Rak Ribbon; Basic Grey “Metal Flowers”

Nov 182021

Here’s a birthday card for my son who just recently adopted one of the sweetest smartest little dogs ever from a rescue shelter!

I used the die to cut several pieces of the dog shape and then glued them all together onto the stamped colored image.

This made the piece thick and sturdy, so foam tape wasn’t needed to “pop” it up.

Couldn’t resist a picture of Benny. He was living on the streets, but now he has a cozy warm bed with lots of blankets by the fireplace. Love this sweet little guy.

Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #418 – Birthdays
Aud Sentiments: #288 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Cardz 4 Guys: #284 Gingham, Checks or Plaid
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper: November 2021 Challenge
Critter Crazy: Challenge #56 – Anything Goes with a Featured Critter
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Happy Little Stampers: CAS Challenge – Loveable Pets
Love to Craft: LTCCB #64 – November Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Tim Holtz “Dog Talk” and “Things/Talk”

Papers: PTI Select White; Simple Stories “I Am” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Cardboard; 1/2″ Corner Punch; Tim Holtz “Dog Talk” Die

Oct 082021

I have had this image for some time and was so happy to color it and create this happy fall card.


I love this time of year.. now, but it hasn’t always been this way.  When I had my four rambunctious little boys that loved playing outside, fall was a sad time for me.  It meant all that energy was going to be confined inside!  We lived in a Chicago suburb and had a large unfinished basement.  So my hubby screwed swings into the joists and we laid down gym mats on the floor.  We would bring in their hotwheels and let them ride circles around the central staircase.  It helped, but was still no substitute for the great outdoors.

But now all four are grown and married and have lots of little rugrat rambunctious-ness of their own to deal with!  And my feelings of the season have changed, too! 

Used several of my favorite elements like a button and linen thread and a doily and scalloped circle and of course my Copics. Popped up some of the layers just for fun.


Lots of autumn based challenges this week/month for inspiration.

Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All Challenge: F4A607 “Fall Season”
The Four Seasons Challenge: “Anything Goes FALL”
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: Challenge #67 “Autumn and/or Halloween”
Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #63 – “October Anything Goes”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October 2021
Unicorn Challenge Blog: Challenge #70 “Autumn and/or Halloween”
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #415 “Die Cuts and/or Stencils”
Craft Rocket Challenges: Challenge #86 – Autumn and/or Mushrooms”
Moving Along with the Times: Challenge 135 for October “Bingo Board”
     (For this challenge I used row “Wording/Patterned Paper/Buttons”).
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Basket of Wishes”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Canyon Clay and Canyon Clay Swiss Dotted Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Lots of Copics!

Accessories: Doily; Button; Linen Thread; Spellbinder’s “Classic Circles” and “Lacy Circles” Dies

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

Nov 092017

Here’s a quick CAS card that has been 43 years in the making.  That’s right… 43 years.  So how can I say it’s quick if it took 43 years?  hehe


Well this quick CAS card is for my hubby, and today is our 43rd wedding anniversary.

Happy us.


These little ladybugs are playing along in some challenges, too.

Simon Says: Snow White (use a lot of white)

CASology: Week 274: TINY

Challenge #267 – Make Your Mark

Challenge LTCCB #16 – November Anything Goes

Challenge #27 Anything Goes

Challenge #133 – CAS

Challenge Blog Week 387 – Love and Peace, Man

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Love You Lots” and “Gorgeous Grunge”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Heart Brad


My son took this picture as we were cleaning up after a sunset surf last summer.  That’s my hubby.  And that’s the beautiful sunset that inspired my card today.


The cardstock was masked to leave a large strip where several sunset colors were sponged onto it.  I’ve said this before but it absolutely makes me giddy when the masking is removed and there is this crisp contrasting line of ink. Smiley.Yes1Ani

When a sympathy card is needed, it can be hard to feel creative.  Fortunately this card is just for my stash, but it’s nice to have one on hand.


Playing along in a few challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “The Great Outdoors”
Simon Says Stamp Blog Logo

City Crafter Challenge: “Week #360 – You Can Do It!”
Take it, it's yours

Aud Sentiments Challenge: “#179 Flowers + A Sentiment”
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge: “Anything CAS Goes”

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “May Challenge – May Flowers or Trees, Bushes and Grass”
The Diva's that cut ....paper!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Wild About Flowers” and “So Sorry”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities Die

Is January really almost over?!?  Between all the Holiday activities, building a house and hitting the slopes, I have been helping my son’s girlfriend make some fun and crafty projects for her 1st grade classroom.  I need to visit her class and take some pictures of the agenda strips and job charts, the library checkout system and the attendance magnet board to name a few of the projects I’ve worked on played with.  It has been quite a journey for her as she travels through her first year of teaching!  And it’s been so fun for me that she has let me help her “decorate” her classroom!

Well it’s good to finally be back in my craft room making a few cards.


Made this one with a few challenges in mind to help get the rusty creative side brushed off:

Less Is More: Week 260 Recipe to include a SILHOUETTE in your creations.

Inkspirational Challenges: Challenge #100 – Blast from the Past – Chose Color Challenge #59 – blue with white or cream.

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Challenge #147 Anything Goes + A Sentiment


This second card is for my DBIL.


Again used some challenges to help get the cobwebs out of my brain!

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog: Challenge #104 Spots and or Stripes

Addicted to CAS: Challenge #80 – Code Word RED

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

CAS(E) this Sketch!: Sketch #156


Hope to be back soon.
Happy Crafting!

Blue Card:

Stamps: PTI “Brushed Off” and “Think Big Favorites #12”; SU “For All Things”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy and Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Sequins

Red Card:

Stamps: SU “Gorgeous Grunge” and “Bombs Away Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; Doodlebug Design “October 31st” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Baker’s Twine; Button, Washi Tape

Sep 142015

Here are the cards for my twin granddaughters’ birthday this year.


The icing on the cupcakes was popped up with foam tape for some depth and dimension.


A strip of the designer paper was added on the inside, too.


And of course their favorite part of the card… the money!  lol


Since they live so far away its hard to know exactly what they want/need.  But this year I had some cupcakes delivered to them that I ordered from a local bakery there.  One can always use cupcakes!



Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Stamp and Punch/Die Cut”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Things With Wings”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

House of Cards September Challenge: “Stitch It Up!”

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

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Sprinkles of Life” and “Papillon Potpourri”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:

Accessories: Rhinestones; Sequins; Grosgrain Ribbon; SU “Tree Builder” Punch and “Elegant Butterfly” Punch; Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders” Die

Today is the final day to upload cards for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, and I have five cards to share!

This first card fits into four of the challenges: DTGD15DiniA, DTGD15vdutchr, DTGD15UnderstandblueA and DTGD15LMcAree.


This was the first time I’ve played at making a watercolor wash background and admit to using a big background stamp to help me with it.  Once the stamp was inked, I spritzed on some water and then stamped.


This card is for the DTGDvasunshine challenge.  It may be my first Christmas card for the year.  Gotta start somewhere!


The star is popped up on foam tape for some fun dimension.


This third card is for the DTGD15StampmommaB challenge.  It is what I call a “recycled” card to help my hubby out of an awkward situation!Smiley.TeeHeeAni  (See below.)*


Lots of foam tape on this image panel and the sentiment.


*Over the years with birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and other miscellaneous occasions my DH has accumulated quite a large number of handmade cards from me.  And he doesn’t know what to do with them afterwards.  He doesn’t want to toss them.  He thinks this would hurt my feelings.  But he really doesn’t have any place to put them either.  So I decided to rescue him from his dilemma.  After he has had them out for a week or two, I take them back and recycle them.  He is TOTALLY okay with this.  In fact, I think he is relieved!  lol  It is especially fun to dress up the earlier cards.  Below is the original of the card above.  The new version is already off to my DBIL.  And he can do whatever he wants with it afterwards with no worries.  Smiley.GrinHugeAni


Original card on Splitcoastampers..

Card four is for the DTGD15JeanneS challenge.


This gears die seemed like the perfect companion for this Graphic 45 patterned paper.  The large butterfly is popped up on foam tape for some depth and dimension.


Made a trip to my local craft store over the weekend and found lots of NFL goodies.  Had to have some!  Will be sending these fun stamps off to my Tucson Seahawk loving son and family.  Kinda hard for them to find much of this sort of thing there.  lol


Made a card for fun with some of the designer Seahawk paper to go along with it all.  Added a little football brad to finish off the fun.

This card will be playing along in the DTGD15StampmommaA and DTGD15fattire7 challenges.


Hand drew a frame around the image of Seattle and added a “12” flag at the top of the Space Needle.


Hope that you had a chance to play in the fun DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, too!
Happy Crafting!

Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Market Fresh”, “Watercolor Wash” and “Sprinkles of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Spring Rain; Watercolor Paper

Inks: Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick; SU Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Prima; Self-Adhesive Pearls

Card 2:

Stamps: PTI “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: SU Kraft; Doodlebug Design “Home for the Holidays” Designer Paper

Inks: Tim Holtz “Old Paper”; Memento Tuxedo Blac

Accessories: Star Button; Rhinestones; Twine; Spellbinders “Stars Five” Dies

Card 3:

Stamps: SU Ancient Art, Canvas, Antique Cracking and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal and Basic Black

Inks: SU Basic Black; VersaMark; White Gel Pen; Copic100

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Clip; Brads

Card 4:

Stamps: SU “Floral Wings” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”

Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Accessories: Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon; Organdy Ribbon; Rhinestones; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die

Card 5:

Stamps: Rubber Soul “Seattle”

Papers: PTI Select White; Scrapbook Customs Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy; Copic Black 0.1 Multiliner: Copics:

Accessories: Football Brad; Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon

Splitcoaststampers (SCS) is the world’s largest stamping community, with more than 400,000 members of which many are Fan Club Members.  Each year several of the past and the 12 current designers at SCS (known as the Dirty Dozen) have a week long challenge-fest (40 challenges this year!) known as “Dare To Get Dirty (DTGD).” These challenges are especially for the Fan Club Members to say “Thank You” for their support.

Today is Day #1 of Dare to Get Dirty, and I am hosting a challenge which you can see HERE.  (You must be a Fan Club Member to access.) The cards that I am sharing are example cards for my challenge.


Here’s a little tip.  I like to punch different colored circles to place behind buttons.  By doing this you can really change the look and “pop” of a button.


This second card will be for my father-in-law’s birthday.  My hubby was recently saying how much he appreciates the fact that his dad, even in financially thin times, had a small boat that the family would enjoy all summer long.  It made for some happy family times.  He can write his dad a note on the inside to that effect.


A little piece of twine adhered to the punched anchor adds a fun element and completes the card.


I’ve also entered into some of my favorite blogland challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

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

Stamp and Create July Challenge: “Patterns”

Hope to see you in the DTGD Galleries!!
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Flower Patch”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Authentique “Legacy”
Inks: SU Rose Red and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Pearls; Button; SU “Flower Fair Framelits Dies”; 3/4″ Circle Punch

Stamps: SU “The Open Sea”; Impress Sentiment
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy; SU Night of Navy; Authentique “Seaside”
Inks: SU Night of Navy: Copics: y000w000.jpg
Accessories: Martha Stewart Anchor Punch; Twine

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