Yummy Cookies

card in blue and chocolate brown with jar of heart shaped cookies and hope your day is delicious sentiment
i’m playing along with the Your Next Stamp Tasty Tuesday Challenge, which provided an inspiration photo full of beautifully decorated chocolate/blue/vanilla cookies that look so yummy. i coloured the image with a paintbrush, distress ink pads and tombow marker, added stickles to the chocolate chips and border of the image, and popped it on foam squares. i stamped the sentiment and added a couple of gems to complete this CAS card. thanks for popping by.

Winter Scenery

christmas card with deer in snow around trees with a scallop frame surrounding the image
welcome to some new followers; thank you for taking an interest in what i create.

i’ve been a little under the weather and running out of time, so i created this CAS card with dies and stamps and combined a couple of challenges:

jingle belles – neutral noel and it’s due in 2 hours so i’m really just getting it done in time
rudolph day – my friend sandra encourages everyone to create cards on the 25th of every month
brenda – at floral fantasies is celebrating her blogaversary and almost 4000 followers – congratulations! i would never attempt to replicate one of brenda’s beautiful cards, but she does create some gorgeous outdoor scenes so that’s what i was thinking of when i made this card.

thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Mid Month – For The Boys

masculine birthday card with orange and yellow strip of paper featuring stamped leaves on a white card base
i made another DT card for our masculine theme this month at penny black and more challenge. i randomly stamped the leaf from flowers sweet, #30-096, sponged colour through some drywall tape and matted to create a CAS card. there are some fabulous prizes to be won – ribbon, stamps, and gift certificates; all you need to do is make a card that suits the theme, use a stamped image as a focal point (no digis) and link up to our challenge blog. for inspiration, the DT have created some amazing masculine cards.

thanks for popping by.

Shades Of Green

card in green with flowers and wishing you many lovely tomorrows sentiment
welcome to my newest follower and thank you for taking an interest in what i do! i created this card for the impression obsession challenge of shades of green. i don’t usually put sentiments on the fronts of my cards – they’re crooked (stamp positioner won’t work with curved blocks), they smudge because of my hands and uneven pressure or they just don’t fit in. this impression obsession stamp, #C8559, is so pretty that i wanted it to be the focal point. after i die cut the flowers, i sponged the edges with shabby shutters distress ink and added some stickles and punched leaves. thanks for popping by.

Artful Souls

watercoloured square in blue and gold with sentiment in black
i’ve been playing along with magenta’s 20th anniversary monthly challenges and created this for the december theme of My Most Cherished Memory (of the last 20 years). choosing one memory was very difficult; art was a big part of my childhood, as it was for both of my children, although it stayed with them well into adulthood. when i returned to my childhood love of colouring, my children encouraged me so i have a lot of memories surrounding art – this will stay on the mini easel on my desk.

i love creating my own backgrounds with watercolour paper and distress inks and stains; you can find some beautiful backgrounds and a tutorial at shirley’s blog, paper creations by shirley. thanks for popping by.


Walking Through Snow

christmas card with boy walking through snow and carrying a wreath
i made another CAS christmas card for my stash, using a new stamp i received for christmas. as usual, i coloured with a brush and distress ink pads, added snow and stickles and i’m submitting it to these challenges:
marianne’s design divas – it’s christmas!
Natalie and Amy’s – your favourite things (colouring!)
jingle belles – new toys
word play saturday – first challenge of ‘anything’
without words – baby, it’s cold outside
sweet stampin’ christmas – cold and frosty!

thanks for popping by.

Grapevine Wreath Card

christmas card with grapevine wreath, poinsettia, greenery and red ribbon loops
some of the challenges i play along with want to know about new toys, so i made this card with my new memory box grapevine wreath die and added some loops of new ribbon i bought with the gift certificate i won from the really reasonable ribbon challenge. you’ll want to visit the RRR blog to have a chance of winning one of three Blogoversary Giveaway gift certificates. i’m also submitting this to the jingle belles – look what santa brought me prompt (ok, i couldn’t wait for santa and bought it for myself) and the christmas cards all year round – anything goes. thanks for popping by.

Winter Cardinals


i created this card for my husband’s birthday at the end of the month; we’re lucky enough to see cardinals year round and no matter what season it is their beautiful colours stand out. i coloured the impression obsession cardinals, K7017, with distress ink pads, as usual, and i’m submitting it to the impression obsession challenge of ‘your choice,’ the hotshot craft CAS challenge, and also the allsorts CAS challenge.  thanks for popping by.

Inspired By A Sketch

clean and simple christmas card in reds and greens with tree, merry christmas circle sentiment and celebrate the wonder sentiment
this week Penny Black designer Jill Foster is showcasing christmas cards at the Penny Black blog – one cute and one elegant, along with sketches and i followed the day 1 sketch for my card. i coloured the tree with distress ink, added seed beads, stickles to the star and popped the die cut circle on top of the sentiment circle after sponging the edges. i traced the ‘celebrate’ sentiment with a stardust glitter pen. i’m submitting this to the holiday greenery theme at the papercraft star challenge and it’s my second card for sandra’s rudolph day challenge. thanks for popping by.

Polar Bear Snow Globe

polar bear in snow globe with merry christmas sentiment
it’s been a whirlwind two weeks with out of town conferences and volunteer work, but things are starting to settle down and it felt so good to have a bit of crafting time; now i have to get caught up on some commenting and blog viewing. i made this CAS card for: the jingle belles who are celebrating all living creatures, sandra’s rudolph day challenge and the circle theme at christmas stampin all year long. thanks for popping by.

A Banner Day

blue card with it's your special day sentiment on a circle and a banner at the top
making a clean and simple card using banners for the paper players challenge was definitely a challenge, so i really enjoyed making this card – besides, it went together quickly since i didn’t colour anything. i used the whimsy circle pennants dies for the banner, a penny black sentiment popped on foam squares and punched stars. i cut the banner behind the circle by hand.

i’m also entering this into the anything goes theme at the whimsy stamps challenge. thanks for popping by.

More Thank You Cards

thank you card with acorn and oak leaf on a circle against a strip of orange and gold paper on a white card stock base
i needed some more thank you cards, so i used the bobunny acorn stamp again, but this time i made a CAS card; actually i made eight of them since they’re all going to different people. instead of colouring with distress inks, i stamped on gold paper and punched the oak leaf out of orange paper and sponged the edges of both. thanks for popping by.

I Love Vellum!

card with vellum butterfly in teal on a teal patterned paper circlei don’t use it very often, but i just love vellum so i heat embossed this hero arts butterfly on vellum, coloured it with distress inks, cut it out by hand and popped it on a foam square. i followed another Hero Arts CAS sketch for their august contest and i’m also submitting this to the open theme of flutterby wednesday, which has just re-opened. thanks for popping by.

You’re The Best!

card with kraft base, heart and you're the best sentiment
i used this month’s hero arts sketch again, but this time to create this card for my husband. i’ve not been well for the past two weeks right after a month long RA flareup – he just steps in and takes care of everything and me so i thought the hero arts sentiment was perfect. i used foam tape to pop the die cut spellbinders heart and the memory box ticket, then sponged the edges of everything with vintage photo distress ink. thanks for popping by.

Hi There!

teal card with hi there sentiment and layered diec cut flower
i followed the hero arts august sketch for this clean and simple card, die cut the flower, added gel dots to the ticket and followed kelly’s embossed button tutorial. i mentioned the other day how some paper crafting tools are not universally accessible to people with disabilities, so instead of the tweezers kelly used (which i own but can’t use), i found a toothpick worked nicely. i’m also submitting this to marianne’s design divas ‘anything goes’ challenge. thanks for popping by.

It’s Santa!

green christmas card with santa image and happy holidays sentiment
sometimes i struggle when i want to play along with a challenge and i have nothing that fits the theme, but not this time. the jingle belles want to see santa or anything else you’d find at the north pole; i had no santa stamps until i luckily won this flourishes santa image last year from one of their challenges. i’m also playing along with the flourishes timeless tuesday christmas in july and this is my second entry to sandra’s rudolph day challenge. the image is stamped in sepia archival ink and i used coloured pencils on the holly and berries with distress ink sponged onto santa’s face. thanks for popping by.

Green Christmas

christmas card in green and white in embossed swirl and holly pattern
five christmas cards in green and white with embossed holly and swirls
i don’t usually like making duplicates, but sandra’s rudolph day challenge to make six in june has inspired me to create more than one card at a time; it’s a great way to build my stash and it goes faster with CAS designs. this one took a bit longer than i thought it would because i cut the sentiment separately and added it on top; i also sanded the surface to reveal the white. the jingle belles challenge was to use red or green, but not both and it was very difficult to resist adding red to the berries, but i like the look. thanks for popping by.

Magenta On Vellum

card with floral image and butterfly stamped on blue vellum with a touch of pink ink
i’ve been playing along with the magenta monthly challenges in celebration of their 20th year and the june challenge is to use the colours of their logo. i stamped this magenta image on blue vellum, heat embossed and coloured with distress inks, which is what i enjoy doing most when i create; even if it’s just a little bit while i’m waiting for my RA flareup to disappear, so i’m also submitting this to the stampalot challenge ‘what’s your crafty passion’ theme. i couldn’t get a photo to show the embossed detail, which looks so much better in real life. thanks for popping by.

Silly Birds On A Wire

four birds on a wire in pink, blue, yellow, green on a yellow card basei’ve had this magenta bird stamp for a while, so it’s about time i got around to inking it up; it’s coloured with marvy markers, sponged with distress ink and die cut and popped on foam tape. i love this embossing folder from my friend, anne, which i sanded after embossing. i’m submitting this card to these challenges:  paper and such design blog – our feathered friends, pixie dust challenge bird theme and crafty catz – embossing. thanks for popping by.

Bright Butterflies

card in orange with yellow ribbon and butterflies
everything on this card, except for the butterfly paper, is over a year old. orange is a colour i don’t use very often, but it’s growing on me; i just can’t wear it. the butterfly is coloured with distress inks and popped on the paper; i punched the corners and added a punched border with a ribbon and knot – very simple. i’m submitting this to these challenges: tuesday alchemy – beautiful butterflies, oldie but a goodie – things with wings and CAS-usual fridays – punches or dies. thanks for popping by.

Jingle All The Way

recycled christmas card with tree and sentiment jingle all the way
this is my entry for sandra’s rudolph day challenge (to tackle those christmas cards on the 25th of every month), the jingle belles peace on earth(day) challenge and hazel let me know that it fits her Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge to use any sentiment without the word christmas. i cut out the tree from an old christmas card sent to me and then added the red dots and stand because i wanted a brighter red than what it came with. i cut the front half of a green card with the lettering already done and i added the red behind so the letters were red instead of white. the polka dot layer was added and everything was attached to a white base. there’s only seven more rudolph days before christmas! thanks for popping by.

Cheesy Cupcake

birthday card with penny black mice image and cupcake
it would have to be cheese flavoured for the mice, wouldn’t it? i coloured the image with distress inks and popped it on foam tape, added stickles to the cupcake and around the border. i’m submitting this to the ‘happy birthday’ stampalot challenge since they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday; the ‘someone special’ joanna sheen challenge and the paper players, who want to see CAS projects using watercolouring. thanks for popping by.

Rudolph Day – March 2012

christmas card featuring a penguin holding a red poinsettia
i know it’s a bit early to think about christmas cards, especially with all this summer-like weather we’ve been having, but Sandra’s Rudolph Day Challenge is the perfect reminder to set one day a month aside to work on your holiday cards. by november, you’ll have a nice stash and you won’t panic; well not about cards anyway. i’m also submitting this to the ABC Christmas Challenge – ‘F is for Furry and/or Feathered Friends.’ i coloured the image with distress inks, added flower soft to his hat and layered up the poinsettia. thanks for popping by.

Skating Hedgie

i made this clean and simple card for the penny black saturday challenge of christmas + red + embossing, which was very challenging. the image is coloured with distress inks with stickles on his hat and you might be able to see the stickles for snow; it’s so dull this morning and we’re supposed to get some of that white fluffy stuff. thanks for popping by.

Thank You, Anne

blue card with small pink and yellow flower and thank you sentimenti made this for the keep it simple theme at the allsorts challenge and the splitcoaststampers’ free for all challenge to make a card of gratitude for someone who has done a kindness for you and deliver it to them. this card is going to my friend, anne; it’s not to thank her for my early birthday present of penny black stamps, but to say thanks for all the intangible gifts she gives – compassion, patience and humour. take a browse through anne’s gallery and in between all the elegant creations, her funny cards are there, always bringing a smile. thanks anne! no surprise, it’s watercoloured with distress inks. thanks for popping by.