Sunday, February 18, 2018


When I saw the AAA Cards Challenge #109 today, I was immediately drawn to it. The challenge is to  use die cuts ONLY, and of course keep it CAS. I immediately got my thinking cap on. I just got this new die from Concord & 9th and I decided it had everything I needed. I then looked for a color scheme inspiration, found the Just Us Girls Color Week challenge #428, and decided to go with it. It needed a little more umph, so I added the Hero Arts 12 Point Stars Infinity die behind the main image/die. I like the way that it affects the whole composition of the card.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Thought Of You Makes Me Smile

ATCAS Challenge #130 - Cat is up and running. Our challenge is hosted by Doni. Our Guest Designer is wonderful and talented Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards, and our sponsor is
Happy Little Stampers

Winner will receive a $20 gift card to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Please head over to the ATCAS blog and see what the designers have created for your inspiration. Play along with us for a chance to win!

Thursday, February 15, 2018


A simple Birthday Card done with smooshing Distress Oxide Inks, stamping and die cutting. I'm playing at:

Our Lives Are Like Quilts

Time Out Challenge #103 is up and running with a theme of Hobbies. There is an optional twist of making it a one layer card. The challenge runs from Thursday, February 15, 2018 to Wednesday March 1, 2018.

The challenge sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays. A $20 gift voucher will be awarded to a winner chosen at random from those entrants who twist.
Guest Designer for challenge and reminder is Ashwini whose work is absolutely wonderful. You will be so glad that you visited her blog,

When I thought about the theme, my beautiful mother, who was my craft buddy, came to mind. We used to do a lot of quilting together. She is 95 years old now and suffers from dementia. This card is for her.

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge blog and see the awesome cards that the Design Team has created for you. See where the theme takes you and play with us for a chance to win.

Monday, February 12, 2018

I Love You

Love is in the air, and I have created this Valentine with CAS-ual Fridays stamps and dies, Zigs and some clear embossing powder. I used the colors of Color Throwdown 479, but was about a minute late to post my card in the gallery. That's OK. I love the way this card turned out and am glad to share it in a few places:

CAS-UAL Fridays #192 - using Cupid's Arrows and Heart To Heart

Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Deer Friend

Time for a new round of challenges at Happy Little Stampers. The February Christmas Challenge is up and running with a theme of Anything Goes with an optional twist of Hearts. Very fun!

Winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE. You do not have to use Happy Little Stampers products for this challenge; however, if you use stamps by Happy Little Stampers and you chosen as a random winner, your prize will be doubled.

Head on over to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge and see what the marvelous Design Team has created to inspire you. Open your heart and your Christmas stash and see where the challenge takes you. You have until the end of the month to join us in the gallery for a chance to win!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Let's Be Mermaids

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted To CAS. This time the code word is TEAL. My mind immediately went to mermaid. I love this mermaid's tail image so much and so I pulled it out, embossed it in silver, watercolored it with teal ink and popped it up on the scalloped rectangle. I love the silver and teal together, and the way the ink is heavier in some spots than others giving illusion of  movvement. I stamped the spatters with the teal ink and added the sentiment.

The ATCAS DT has created some wonderful inspiration pieces to get your creative juices flowing. Our Guest Designer is the wonderful and talented Gerrina of Gerrina's Creatieve Wereld. Gerrina's work is so unique and imaginative... go for a stroll through her blog. You will be so glad you did.
As always, our challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. Challenge winner will receive a $20 gift voucher for the Happy Little Stampers Store.

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Supplies:Stamps ~ Ellen Hutson Mermaid's Tail by Julie Ebersole, MFT Distressed Patterns
Ink ~ VersaMark, VersaFine Onxy Black, SU Taken With Teal
Paper ~ Neenah Solar White 110# and 80# cardstock
Accessories ~ Ellen Hutson Mermaid's Tail die, Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle dies, SU Silver EP,  Foam Tape

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dahlia Happy Birthday

Time for a new challenge at Time Out. Challenge #102 is a Home Sweet Home Challenge - a photo inspiration with a homey twist. I focused on the color scheme using gold and copper metallic inks along with black and dry embossing. The "happy" is die cut from copper metallic glitter paper, popped up on three layers of black, and inlaid into the stamped panel. I debated on whether to use gold or copper for the sentiment, but on the advice of my favorite in-house card critic (my 18 year old son, Greg), I went with the copper. It was very hard to capture the copper embossing on the little black banner in the photo, but it really looks great IRL.

The challenge runs from February 1 to February 14. Head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog for all the details and to check out the awesome cards that the DT created for your inspiration. Guest designing with us for this challenge is the awesome and talented Trina of My Crafting Closet. Trina is a wonderful designer with a mad coloring and ink blending skills. Visit her blog, her work is sure to delight and inspire you.

Our sponsor is STAMPlorations. A winner will be drawn at random to receive a $15 gift voucher to spend at the STAMPlorations store.

See where the inspiration photo takes you, take some Time Out to create, and join us in the gallery. I can't wait to see what you create!

Paper~Neenah Solar White 110#, Antique metallic gold cardstock from Hero Arts Monthly Kit December 2016, American Crafts Glitter Paper Pad, Gina K Pure Luxury Black Onyx.
Ink~Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz and Celestial Copper, Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark.
Stamps and Dies~Concord and 9th Turnabout Dahlia stamp and die and Happy Card Frame Dies, PTI Wet Paint stamps and dies, Winnie and Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy stamps.

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