Saturday, August 27, 2016


Ever have one of those "RUFF" days? Well apparently this dog did, because he sure looks unhappy doesn't he? LOL Maybe he'll feel better now that he's out of the package and on a card. I colored him with Copics and fussy-cut him, then placed him on a Nestabilities Labels 18 die, edged with a brown marker, then placed him on a larger die that was edged with a white marker. The little white bone seemed to balance everything out nicely. The background was embossed with a Darice pawprint ef, and I pulled a snippet of striped dsp from my stash for the vertical strip. The letters were done with my Quickutz and I called this one done. I'm sharing this over at Darnell's 7th NBUS challenge with this Tim Holtz Crazy Dog being the NBUS. I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot more of this guy in the future :)

Do you want to use some "NBUS" and play along? Sure you do!! Just click the badge below and it will take you to Darnell's awesome blog for the details. In case you didn't already know...NBUS is Never Before Used Schtuff.


Thanks for stopping by and make it a wonderful weekend whatever you're doing!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Tiny Trees

When I have small leftover pieces of green cardstock, I often punch them with a SU! mini tree punch and keep them in a tiny box. For this card, I glued a bunch of those trees onto a piece of white cardstock, then die-cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I die-cut another large tree from the SU! Peaceful Pines framelit set and stamped the sentiment, then dotted with red liquid pearls. The final touch was to place a punched red star on the top. I used the Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies on all layers.

I'm sharing this over at the August Rudolph Days where you have until the end of the month to make your Christmas card and enter it into the challenge.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's Hip to be Square (again)

I entered a challenge a few days ago that was "Hip to be Square" and now Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is also "Hip to be Square" - make a square card. That old Huey Lewis tune has now become an earworm, but I liked that song, so it's all good :)
I often make 3x3 square cards with matching envelopes for little thank-you's, and this is one of those. I used a Joanna Sheen daffodil die that I won from the Snippets Playground some time ago. I cut it from white and colored it with Copics, then adhered it to a celery green panel, adding a retired SU! sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a good one wherever you are.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Birthday Double Fold Gate Card

Last month Wendy posted this card on her blog and I knew I wanted to try making one of my own, so here it is.I used some double-sided American Crafts SoHo Garden dsp along with some pale pink and old olive cardstock. I used a SU! sincere salutations sentiment, and then punched 2 types of flowers, layering them and dotting them with tiny pink gemstones and a little twine bow. The medallion was made with SB circle and scalloped circle dies.

Here's what the card looks like opened. I die-cut some Darice daisies and added some more tiny punched flowers, and left room inside for writing a message.
If you want to make one of these pretty double fold gate cards, Wendy shared Dawn's link for the tutorial. Thanks Wendy and Dawn! They fit into an A2 envelope too, so that's always a plus for me!

I'm sharing this with the Little Red Wagon challenge #356 which is "Happy Birthday." One can never have too many birthday cards in their personal stash, right?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is one of your best yet!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Make it Sparkle

Today I have a card with a digital butterfly image from SNSS. After printing I colored it with Copics, then added Stickles in yellow and turquoise to the darker colored portions of the butterfly. I sponged the edges of the image panel with some pale blue ink, and matted with white, blue, a square lattice embossed panel, and some rust-colored cardstock. I placed this on an embossed panel (sorry -I forget the name of the ef) and added a birthday sentiment with SB ribbon tag and grommet tag dies, and some ribbon from my stash.

I'm sharing this with the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #TT308 which is to "Make it Sparkle."

Thanks for checking in and I wish you a wonderful day!


Monday, August 22, 2016

It's Hip to be Square!

The challenge at Cards In Envy is to make square cards, or cards with squares on them. I used my Gina Marie stitched square dies to create a square thank-you card. I just layered some brown, orange, red, and honey cardstocks, placing a MB vivienne butterfly on top. Of course I cut the butterfly in several colors, swapping the inserts for assorted colors. For the final touch I added some very tiny gemstones to the body and antennae. The inside has a nice thank-you sentiment.
I'm also sharing this over at the Snippets Playground #243 which is to always use snippets. This butterfly has plenty of those!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Have a Colorful Day!

The Penny Black Saturday challenge for August is to use your favorite technique. I have many favorites, but one of them I use often is to use my leftover strips of dsp and cardstock to create herringbone backgrounds. Here I created one of those backgrounds and embossed it with a chevron embossing folder to make it pop. The PB image was colored with Copics and die-cut with a GinaMarie stitched square. The herringbone panel and dark purple card base were die cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangles. The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn and I added a couple punched stars for accents. I used the square stitched die to add the stitches to the sentiment panel by cutting one edge at a time.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful weekend!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Patient Pup

I went to my favorite stamp store a couple days ago for general supplies, and  I spotted this stamp lying on a table as soon as I walked in the door. I wasn't shopping for stamps, but I had to have it. It's a cling stamp by Stampendous called Patient Pup. I stamped it with Memento Black ink, and colored it with Copics, adding glossy accents to those big brown eyes and wet nose. I added liquid applique to the Santa hat and die-cut the panel with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I added a felt snowflake with a silver brad, and white-embossed the Verve sentiment on black, hand cutting it to fit the card.

I'm not entering this into any challenges, but I'll definitely be making more because this little guy is so incredibly cute!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sometimes Life is a Pain in the Neck...

Today I have an encouragement card based on the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #365. The elements are there, but when I placed the focal panel a little off-center as the sketch shows, it just had no balance, so I centered it instead. The background began with lots of 1" punched squares of a retired SU! dsp, all glued down in a patchwork pattern, then cut with a top note die. I embossed it afterward with a Cuttlebug decorative tiles ef. The sentiment panel was done with a SU! framelit die and Here for You" sentiment, and I edged it with a matching Copic to give it a bit more definition before adding some candi dots. The inside sentiment is "Hang in there." All the flowers were done with SU! punches in hello honey and coastal cabana cardstock, and I dotted the centers with a black glitter pen. The ribbon is from my stash, and the card base was die cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Border Interest

This dog's expression says "wanna play?" so that's the sentiment I put inside. Once again, I've used another Tim Holtz crazy dog image, and colored him with Copics. I fussy cut him and placed him on top of a die-cut stitched rectangle. All the papers are Basic Grey and I matted the dsp panels with caramel and celery cardstock. The vertical border was done with a scalloped star border die, and after cutting it twice with both the caramel and brown dsp, I swapped the tiny stars for a little interest. The final touch was a thin strip of celery cardstock to edge the star-scalloped border and tie it all in together. The card base is Soft Stone.

Thanks for checking in today and I wish you a wonderful Wednesday!