Friday, November 8, 2013

CTS #53 - Thanksgiving

It has been soooo long since I sat down with paper and ink. I had a little time yesterday, and I was determined to create something. When I saw CTS #53 yesterday, I immediately thought of Fresh Squeezed Subway Series : Holidays. I cut the words out so I could place them horizontally.  Really enjoyed working this sketch.  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dynamic Duo #67 - Thanks

It has been a while since I have played with paper and ink. Summer fun is grinding to a halt.  We've had lots of sun and sand and adventure, but it's back to work tomorrow. I am happy to be spending a bit of time in creative mode today.  I did not have either of the Dynamic Duos #67 challenge colors in my stash, so I used SU retired Cameo Coral and PTI's Summer Sunrise inks along with PTI Kraft ink as a neutral.  Paper Smooches Calico set was calling me when I saw this color combination.  I die cut the sentiment (PS die) and placed it into the negative cut on the stamped panel. I added some bling as a finishing touch, and there you have it.  Thanks for stopping in today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hello Dear Friend

This creation is a very literal interpretation of the current CAS(E) this sketch challenge. I used PTI's 2012 Anniversary set for my images and sentiment. For some reason, I decided to use SU's Sanded background stamp to fill the frame.  I like the way it looks a lot, but then I wondered if it would bring to  mind a cracked mirror when my dear friend looked into it. lol! I hope not.  That was not my intention.
Sometimes I crack myself up...

Thanks for stopping in today. Stay cool in your craft...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Love To You

This week's CASology cue is NEON.  I really wanted to play, but I did not have time to get any neon supplies. THEN! I remembered that I had bought the neon Copics and they have been hiding deep in my stash of way too many markers. Then I got my idea...

The Freshly Made Sketch this week was perfect for the design in my head.

I colored strips of white paper with neon Copics and adhered them to a sheet of printer paper.  That panel was cut with Paper Smooches LOVE word die.  The arrows were cut with an SU punch. "To you" from Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler was embossed in white. Fun!

Thank you for stopping in today.  It is a million degrees here in Northeastern US, and promises to be the same all week.  I am staying cool in my craft room for now!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hey There

I just love this image from Hero Arts.  I decided to give her a paper-pieced-polka-dot-frock (try saying that 5 times fast) for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  Thanks for stopping in today.

Stamps~Hero Arts Peppermint Polly, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Ink~Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper~Authentique Curiousity
Accessories~Copic Markers, Spellbinders rectangle dies, Dimensionals

Monday, July 8, 2013

With Gratitude

The current Catered Crop Recipe Swap challenge is to add buttons to your project.

This is my very simple take on the button challenge using strips of paper from BasicGrey's Indian Summer collection, buttons from PTI's Vintage button collection,  SU linen thread, and sentiment from Paper Smooches Chit Chat set stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.

Thanks for your visit. Have a great day!

Sunday, July 7, 2013


This week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge is a trend watch with this picture as inspiration for your creation. Create anything with the OCEAN as the focus or as part of the design! 
ATCAS #17 - Take this code word and make it your own!

The fun card is born of these two challenges.  Of course, ocean and water are two things that I need to always be near.  This one was great fun to put together.  Thank you for coming by.  
Hope you had a great weekend!

Stamps~Paper Smooches and PTI
Embossing plate, ribbon and paper~PTI

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers

I made this card for this week's Less Is More challenge which is to use at least two shades of grey.  I used three shades of grey on this creation. The image is SU's Medallion. The sentiment is from Verve's Meditations collection.

Thank you for your visit and please know how much I appreciate your comment. Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


 This week's CASology cue is "Fireworks".  

It occurred to me that I do not have any images of fireworks in my collection, and I could not think of a clever take on the cue that did not include fireworks. Then as I was visiting blogs this morning, I found THIS card by Christie from SchnauzerCrafts Creations that was made with Memorial Day in mind, and I decided to CASE it for this challenge using this weeks' Freshly Make Sketch for my layout.

Stamps are The Alley Way ~ KA-POW.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you are celebrating Fourth of July, have a great one. I am so happy to be going to a BBQ that includes swimming in a gorgeous pool!

Be well.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thoughts of You

My blogger friend Joyce of Cards-by-the-Sea, who is such an avid crafter and is so supportive with her comments, made THIS fabulous card recently.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to CASE it.  So with her creation as inspiration along with this week's Retro Sketches challenge, 

and this week's Less Is More challenge

which for this week is to use the color, the texture, scenes of sandy places, sandpaper, actual sand... or wherever your imagination takes you,
I came up with this card.

I love these starfish and sand dollar images and dies from WPlus9. I have owned them for a while, but I have never inked them up. Joyce's card inspired me to pull them out and enjoy them.  The Retro Sketch was the perfect layout for my idea.  As for the Less Is More challenge, I have not played in such a long time. My crafting time has been slim over the last year in particular.  I am a beach lover, so coming up with something with SAND as my inspiration to play this week (finally) was fun.  The best part is that when my 13 year old son saw my card, he said "I love the way the background looks like a sandy beach". That is just what I was going for, so yay!

Thank you so much for coming by today.  I am off for the summer. That combined with the weather having been so stormy here in the North Eastern part of the US for several days, has resulted in my getting much longed for crafting time.  Be well.

Images-WPlus9 Guiding Light, PTI Crackled
Sentiment-MFT Essential Sentiments

Sunday, June 30, 2013

PS Hello

This card was inspired by a combination of this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect challenge 

in which we are inspired by this picture...

... and this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge which provided the perfect layout for my idea.

The paintbrush images from PS I Heart Art are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from PS Chilly Chums.

Thank you again for stopping by. It is rare that I post twice in one day. I really enjoyed being creative today. Therapy indeed.

Let Freedom Ring

This coming Thursday, July 4th, is a holiday here in the United States. Next to Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July is my favorite. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which announced the separation of America from Great Britain. It is a day to celebrate the United States, its freedom, and to display patriotism and unity as a country. 

I used 3 challenges as inspiration to create this card. 

This week's CASology cue word immediately brought Independence Day celebrating to mind. (There are some really clever interpretations of the cue in the gallery for this challenge. Go take a look.)

I used Freshly Made Sketches #92 For my layout.

CAS-ual Fridays theme this week is "Hunger Games" - CFC107: Create a Clean And Simple project that features at least one arrow.  I used an arrow die from the MFT Die-namics collection - Accent it Labels and Tabs.

Stamped images are from Verve's American Hero. Images on the left are from one sheet of Authentique DP from their Glory collection.

Thank you very much for stopping in today. I really appreciate your visit.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I'm Impressed

Good Sunday afternoon! Squeaking in again with a creation for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge which is a Cool Shades challenge.  The images are from Paper Smooches Squeaky Clean and PTI Polka Dot Basics.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  It's sunny and hot here in the Northeast. Perfect day to stay cool playing with cool shades!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

What's Up?

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Designer Draft. I love this little guy - he and the branch from which he is hanging are PS free digi images.
I created the cloud panel a while ago for another project that I never finished (story of my life these days).  It fit perfectly with this week's SPARKS challenge, so here it is. 

Sentiment~PS GOOD GAB
DP~My Mind's Eye: Away We Go.

Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, May 20, 2013

You Add Color

It has been months since I sat down in my craft room for more than a moment. Yesterday I had the afternoon and after tidying things up, I made this card.  It was inspired by the second fabulous card in THIS post by my dear friend Jenny, and the color scheme in this week's Dynamic Duos challenge.

Stamps~Paper Smooches I Heart Art and Shadows.
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, SU Pacific Point.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Always Have, Always Will

This week's Dynamic Duos colors immediately brought hearts to mind, and Heart is the code word for this week's Addicted to CAS challenge. It's hard to see the herringbone embossing on the card base and the tiny rhinestone stickers on the tiny hearts.  This is a third Valentine that works for DH - I will have to pick one lol.  Thanks for stopping in today.

Die cuts - MFT
Sentiment and hearts - Avery Elle
Twine - The Twinery

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Love You Forever

I am screaming in with less than an hour to go for submission of this card for a new challenge - Muse. The concept is a little different. Here are the details from the Muse blog:

This challenge is open to anyone. The only thing you need to do to become a member is make a card and submit it to one of our challenges. It would be great if you also placed the Muse member badge in the sidebar of your blog but this is not mandatory. It's also not mandatory to become a Guest Designer if you were to be invited in the future.

Here are the simple rules:

  • Use what you have in your stash, don't purchase anything new for your Muse cards.
  • Explain your interpretation of the Muse inspiration card in your post and link back to Muse. 
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow member’s submissions. 
  • Vote for one of your fellow member's submissions that you find inspiring.
The focus of my interpretation was white embossing on white cardstock like the flowers and stems in the inspiration piece, and sponging with ink to add color.  I chose a hearts theme because it is the season, and I need a valentine for DH.  I also covered the card base with DP as above, and attasched my hearts and flourishes on a white panel. I love that look.

Thank you for stopping by today. I am looking forward to seeing the interpretations of this challenge over at Muse.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blue Miss You

This week's CASology cue word brought the context of emotion to mind, although I am so NOT blue because after almost 2 months of no crafting, I made 2 cards in 24 hours! Woo Hoo! I thought of the phrase "blue without you" (hearing Elvis in my head), and that is how this card was born.  There is a french knot in the middle of the pillow.  I love that little touch!  Thank you for stopping by.  It's nice to be here.

Stamps are Paper Smooches Vogue Abode and Sentiment Sampler.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

i adore you

I am so happy to finally have something to post.  It has been a long time! Work and Family has been keeping me hopping and I have not had a chance to get into my craft room.  This is my take on CTS#11. Stamps are Paper Smooches Good Gab. Thank you so much for stopping in after all this time.