Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Climbing Rose Bouquet

Hello Friends and Happy Last Day of August!  Wow, where does the time go?  Today I'm sharing a sweet and simple card design in a shape I don't often create - a circle.

The image and sentiment are from the Climbing Rose Bouquet Digital Stamp Set by Varada Sharma Designs. This set is part of the larger Blooming For You digital release for April 2022.

My circle cardbase measures 6" round and I've colored the image using my Prismacolor Pencils.  The black mat is 1/4" smaller than the base and the black dots were simple punched from a piece of black card scrap; mainly because I don't have black enamel dots but after adhering them, I thought "that was a great idea"!

This is a lovely image and so versatile.  I didn't get to feature it during the April Release so I just has to showcase it now.  The way the image is drawn makes it perfect for a round shape or for a corner.  

Thanks for stopping by today and until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Double Trouble partnering with Crafting Happiness

Monday, August 29, 2022

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge - Birds

Hello and Happy Last Monday of August.  This is also the 5th Monday of the month which signals a themed challenge at the Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge.

Our theme this week is Birds and there is a Gift Voucher up for grabs from Power Poppy.  For my team project, I've created a Twisted Easel Christmas Card using the Season of Serenity Digital Stamp from Power Poppy.  The Holiday Season is fast approaching so no time like the present to get started on those Christmas Cards.

To start, I've printed the image on Canson Mixed Media paper in order to watercolor.  The mixed media paper is medium weight, handles water great and my printer does not struggle to print on it.  Using my Staedtler Watercolor pencils, I've colored the image and splattered the panel with gold watercolor paint.  

I've created mats using patterned paper, die cut the focal image and sentiment using dies from Cheery Lynn Designs which were purchased via Amazon.  I've adhered the mats and focal panel flat while popping up the sentiment in order to act as a "stopper".

I tire of creating the standard top folding cards in Landscape and Portrait orientations but rarely have time to create fun folds or rather I should say I don't take the time to sit still and create them.  Easel and Twisted Easels create a lovely presentation and are quick to make.

Join us at the challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this week, we would love to see your Bird-inspired projects.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Friday, August 26, 2022

Respond with Grace

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-YAY!  I hope you have something special planned for this weekend.  It's been a very hot, rainy and humid day here today so I decided the best way for me to pass the time indoors was to play with alcohol inks. 

To start the process, I've used Ranger and Jacquard alcohol inks in shades of cranberry, ginger, latte, mocha, gunmetal and bronze along with Tree-Free non-absorbent card. This is not Yupo paper, I've found an alternative that comes in sheets of  8x12"card that's 300 gsm/140 lb. and 20 sheets to the pack.  If you're interested, you can find it at the USA Amazon Site HERE.  

Using the Fantasy Floral 3-D layering Die Set from Altenew, I've die cut all the floral layers from the alcohol inked card.  I've die cut a triangle stitched frame, embossed a 3.75 x 5" cream colored card panel and cut the leaves from olive green card.  To give the leaves added interest, I've finger creased them which gave them some shape.

Before embossing the panel, I stamped the sentiment, from the Altenew Magnificent Branch Stamp Set, using Rich Cocoa Ink from Memento.  I did a "dry run" with the arrangement before adhering to the panel.  Once happy with the look, I picked everything up with Press & Seal Cling Wrap, popped the florals on craft foam and adhered the arrangement to the panel.  Lastly, I've added peach enamel dots to complete the design.

That's all I have for you this Friday.  I wish you a wonderful weekend and until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Freesias Congratulations

Hi Friends!  I'm back with my second post for this Tuesday.  Today I'm featuring the Freesias Landscape digital stamp from Varada Sharma Designs

The card is a mini slimline, measuring 6.25" x 3.25".  The focal panel measures 6" x 3".  I've colored the image with alcohol markers and kept the design CAS.

The focal panel has been popped on craft foam for dimension and water droplets have been added for additional interest.  The sentiment is included in the set, there is another sentiment included also.  This is a very versatile set, perfect for any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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INTAAS - Color for Grapes

Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge - Orange and Yellow

Happy Tuesday Crafty Friends!  I hope you are well and enjoying a great day.  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge round at the Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge Blog and the team is designing with the colors Yellow and Orange.  My card today features the lovely Serenity Fairy Princess  from the Serenity Collection from Polkadoodles.

Isn't she lovely?  She has been colored using alcohol markers, the panel die cut with a fancy edged die from Alina Craft, designer papers from the Pink & Main Summer Splash 6x6 paper pad, Gold Mirror card from Recollections, sequins from my stash and the sentiment is part of the Serenity Collection and has been cut using a circle die from Kat Scrappiness.

Please visit the challenge and join in for your chance to win a lovely prize from Polkadoodles.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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INTAAS - Colors:  Oranges and Lemons

Saturday, August 20, 2022

A True Classic

Hi Crafty Friends and Happy Saturday!  I have a quick post for you today featuring a Classic Truck digital image from Polka Dot Orchard.  The image is the "A True Classic" digital stamp and the sentiment is included in this digi set.

My husband is a Vintage Car and Truck guy, he wishes he could get a "project" to work on but he just can't crawl around underneath them like the young fellas anymore, so I thought I'd get him a vintage truck for his the form of a card!  

I've colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils and kept the design CAS however it wouldn't be one of MY cards if it didn't have some sort of embellishment so I've added a small flag with twine and sequins in the four corners.

Now to hide it away and give to the hubs on the 17th of Sep.  I think he will like it, I must admit that he seems to like all the cards I make for him, he has saved every one.  

Thanks for stopping by today and until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Friday, August 19, 2022

Colour Crazy Challenge - Advanced Spells and Conjuring

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!  It's time for a new bi-weekly challenge at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.  Our sponsor this round is Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and I've used the Advanced Spells and Conjuring image for my design team project.

The image has been colored with alcohol markers and I've kept the design simple using only 2 layers behind the focal panel.  Also, everything has been adhered flat, no bells and whistles added either.
The sentiment was generated on the computer by me.

I've left the design without embellishments as I plan to mail to my brother-in-law for Halloween.  He like Wizards, Dragons, Gargoyles, etc so I thought this was right up his alley and he'll get a kick out of it.

Please visit us at The Colour Crazy Challenge this round, we would love to see all your hand colored or painted projects!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Modern Christmas Trees

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm sharing a Christmas in August card featuring a set of Modern Christmas Trees.  The digital image is from Varada Sharma Designs and is part of a larger set which can be found HERE.

The simplicity of the images appealed to me and I thought this image would be great foiled.  In order to foil digital images, they need to be printed using a laser printer.  I have an inexpensive HP Laser printer I use for crafting and I like it because it handles heavy card like a champ.  I printed the image and hot foiled using a laminator and toner reactive foil.

While photographing, I tried to pick up the shine of the foiling, it really adds lots of pizazz to these simple, modern trees.  I added color using alcohol markers, the plaid paper is from the Memory Box Christmas Plaids 6x6 paper pad and the mini sentiment is from Cardz TV.


Have you started creating your holiday cards yet?  Do you post cards every season?  I do and usually send an average of 30 handcrafted cards each year to family, friends and neighbors.  

Thanks for stopping by today and until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Monday, August 15, 2022

Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Turkey Day with Lawn Fawn

Hello!  It's time for a new challenge week at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our sponsor this challenge round is Lawn Fawn.  For my team project, I felt like going with an Autumn Holiday theme.  It will be Thanksgiving here in 3 months so it's time to switch gears and start those Autumn projects.

I've created a simple Easel fold card using the Lawn Fawn Turkey Day Mini Stamp Set. and papers from Alina Crafts.

The turkey has been colored using Prismacolor Pencils.  The focal image and circle mats were cut using nesting circle dies, the colored circles were also embossed with a small basketweave pattern.

The turkey was looking lonely and needed something so I looked through my die cut basket and found a sunflower I cut using the Cricut last year.  I added it to the design as an afterthought and now wonder if I should have left it off.  It's on there now so hopefully Mr. Gobble approves.

Please join us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this week!  We would love to have you join in the fun.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Inspiration Station Challenge #36

Hello and Happy Monday!  It was a hot, rainy and humid weekend here so I had an opportunity to work on home projects and design team obligations.  I'm beyond ready for a break in the heat, rain and humidity.  

Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge at The Inspiration Station Challenge Blog.  Inspiration Photo #36 for this round is:

I was inspired to create a water themed card and remembered I had a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps that I've not opened yet.  It's the Life is Cool set and features some lounging Quokka's on their pool floats enjoying a hot and humid day (hmmm..what I should be doing but the rain is cramping my style).

The images have been colored with Prismacolor Pencils, fussy cut and popped on craft foam.  The "pool" background is an ink blended panel using 3 shades of Catherine Pooler Inks, spalttered with water, white acrylic gloss spray and shimmer spray.

I've cut a frame using a stitched rectangle die, out of designer card that has a whitewashed wood appearance.  The sentiments are part of the stamp set and have been adhered flat to the panel.  Lastly, clear droplets have been added for additional interest, adding to the water theme.  I should be starting Autumn projects and will start soon, in the meantime I will carry on with Summer!

Please drop by the challenge and enter to win a gift voucher from Whimsy Stamps.  We would enjoy seeing how the photo inspires your projects.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Sweetheart Florals from Varada Sharma Designs

Hello Friends and Happy Thursday!  Today I'm sharing a card created with the lovely Sweetheart Floral Digital Stamp from Varada Sharma Designs.  This set contains one large floral image and 9 mix and match sentiments.  

I've kept the design CAS and colored the image using Staedtler Watercolor Pencils.  I forget I have these pencils in my stash and it was nice to use them again.  The image was printed on Canson Mixed Media paper to handle the water.

I've cut the focal panel using a stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness, the sentiment has been cut with a nesting circle die, also from Kat Scrappiness.  The "Hello" is included in this digi set.  The focal panel and sentiment were backed with black card, the sentiment was popped on craft foam and all were adhered to a card base of 110 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card.

To finish, I've added nest of gold thread behind the sentiment and a few iridescent gold sequins for added interest and shine.

Thanks for visiting me today and until net time, Happy Crafting!


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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Cheers Friend!

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!  This week is scootin' right along.  I some time to play at the craft table last night and thought experimenting with geometric patterns was a good idea.  I came up with a Birthday Card for a friend living in the U.K.

My card today was inspired by Ardyth Percy-Robb and the card she posted on Instagram yesterday.  I love how Ardyth thinks outside the box with her designs, never uses patterned papers and always has the most amazing ink blended color combos.  Check her You Tube channel HERE.

For my card, I ink blended a white card panel with Catherine Pooler Cranberry Fizz, Catching Rays and Over Coffee Inks.  I splattered the panel with water as CP inks are water reactive and dried with my heat tool.  I proceeded to cut the blended panel into 1/4" strips along with strips of gold mirror card.

I did a dry run, arranging the strips in a pleasing pattern and once I was happy with the layout, I snapped a reference photo. I then proceeded to adhere the strips to a white card panel that measures 3.75" x 5". 

I trimmed the overhanging strips around all 4 sides and adhered the panel to a black mat, then to a cardbase of 110 lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card.  I die cut the sentiments and ahered flat to the card front and called this card complete.  No bells and whistles were added, I think the mirror card is enough shine.

I like experimenting with geometric shapes and I like using card designs like this for masucline cards.  It takes the guess work out of deciding on a design - just go geometric!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Little Dude Back to School at Digi Choosday

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday!  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge round at the Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge Blog.  It's all about Back to School and the design team has come up with lovely inspiration projects using this theme.

My design team project features the Student/School Little Dude image.  This would make a wonderful card to give a little dude on his 1st day back to school.

I've colored this Little Dude up using alcohol markers, the papers used here are a bonus addition to this digi set.  The set also contains bonus sentiments however my sentiment is from Gina K. Designs and has been stamped/heat embossed.

Please stop by and join us at the challenge this round.  My teammates have created some wonderful projects and we love seeing everyone's entries.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Monday, August 8, 2022

Cheers to Pour Decisions

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was wonderful and you did something you enjoy.  Today I'm featuring a Mixed Media Tag created featuring the Cheers to Pour Decisions Digital Stamp from Polkadot Orchard.

Using a pre-cut watercolor tag from Joggles, I've adhered snippets of decoupage papers from Studio Light and Washi Tape from my Stash.

I've printed the image using a Laser Printer and hot foiled using a laminator.  I've also colored her skin using alcohol markers.  I thought about leaving the skin uncolored but decided it would look better colored.  

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time - Happy Crafting!


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Alphabet Challenge - Interest is Wine Tasting LOL

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Paper Funday Challenge - ATG with Opt. Friendship

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!  Today begins a new challenge month at The Paper Funday Challenge Blog with a theme of Always Anything Goes with the optional Twist of Friendship.  The generous sponsors this month are Star Stampz and Fred, She Said.  

For my team project this month, I had the pleasure of using the Growing Together digital stamp from Fred, She Said to create an A2 sized card in a landscape format.

I love the sketchy way the flowers are drawn and I wanted lots of bright color so I re-discovered my Staedtler Watercolor Pencils and decided to watercolor using them.  The image is printed on mixed media paper because it handles water very well yet it's not as thick as watercolor paper and perfect for cardmaking.

I almost added color to the background but decided to leave it bright white.  I'm glad I did, I like the CAS feel of the focal panel.  I matted with black card and adhered to a cardbase of 110 lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card.  The sentiment is from Varada Sharma Designs and is part of the Sweetheart Digital Stamp Set.  Lastly, I've added Black Nuvo Drops to the flower centers, no bells and whistles this time. 

Please join us this month at The Paper Funday Challenge.  We love seeing all the lovely projects and are always inspired.  In turn, we hope to inspire you with our projects.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Monday, August 1, 2022

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge - Narly Mermaid

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back!  It's a new challenge week at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our sponsor this challenge is Newton's Nook.  For my team project, I've created a fun card using the Narly Mermaids Stamp set from Newton's Nook (this set may now be retired as I was unable to find it in the shop).  I did locate it at The Frantic Stamper HERE.

To create my card, I started by stamping the little images included in the stamp set to create a background panel.  I decided to keep the panel black and white.  I've die cut an oval panel using a die from Alina Crafts and stenciled using the Waves Stencil from Sugar Pea Designs and Distress Oxide Inks.

To give the water scene more interest, I've splattered the panel lightly with water.  Distress Oxide Inks are water reactive, so the results were "bubbles".  After the oval was dry, I stamped the sentiment directly to the die cut and weaved Baker's Twine through the fancy scalloped edge.

The mermaid was colored using alcohol markers and has been adhered flat to the panel.  The panel has been popped on craft foam for dimension and clear sequins added for additional "bubbles".

Please join in the fun at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this just may be a winner!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge - Angels Heard on High

Hello Again and Welcome Back!  We're cruising along with challenge start-ups today and the next one up is Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges.  It's a new month and Jan has released 2 new sets for August:  Angels Heard on High and Crafty Friends.

Jan is also having a huge sale on Gertrude and Friends Sets this month.  You can find that Sale HERE.

For my team project, I've used the new Angels Heard on High image to create a CAS Holiday card; only featuring a few Pops of Color.

Such a sweet image and an easy color; I've used alcohol markers for the focal coloring.  The patterned paper is from The Paper Studio "Rustic Noel" 6x6 paper pack.  

I added iridescent clear sequins for shine along with using a Sparkle Gelly Roll pen on the Halos and wings; the sparkle is always hard to capture in photos.

Please join us at the Jan's Challenge Blog this month and we hope you'll find some inspiration there!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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