Sunday, July 31, 2011


Recycled Greeting!

This card was pretty easy! I received a manufactured Thank You card, which I only keep for a short time before  tossing , unless the sender has written something meaningful on the inside. I thought the embossed piece with the pansies on it was too pretty to trash, so I cut out the center sentiment, under-mounted a stamped greeting, placed it onto textured purple CS using mounting tape, decorated it with ribbon, pearls, a cameo brad, and a punched butterfly. Now I have a card all ready to go out to the next Birthday Girl!

No matter what I tried,  I could not get a picture that was true to color! It really is a rich,  deep purple, but appears very blue in the photo.
 I've entered this in the Allsorts Free and Easy Challenge and the challenge at
Sentimental Sundays...Garden with a Sentiment

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

In Mint Condition!

Just for Fun!
I've had time lately to just color and make cards that aren't for DT's , customers, or even for me to send to friends and family. It's fun to do that on ocassion!
SU! discontinued their color called Mint Melody a few years ago, but I still have some sheets left. It was never a favorite color, but lately I seem to be using it a  lot.  I like it with some of the other SU! colors like Tempting Turquoise and Cool Caribbean.

This is a vintage image from Digital Two for Tuesday. She has some really pretty images from days gone by. She was reaching for butterflies in the image, but they were cut off when I used the Nesties.

Tools: Cuttlebug with Nestie circle, and Marianne swirl die, Martha Stewart Bird and Lace border punches, Tacky Tape

Papers: SU! Mint Melody & Barely Banana, Gold metallic, Neenah smooth white,  Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Ruffled lace, Ribbon slot lace, Satin ribbon, Small roses and buds from WOC, Two sizes of pearl cabochons, Metallic gold doily

Beach Glass

This didn't turn out the way I had intended, but I'm sure someone will buy it  anyway! LOL!'
I do like the beads, though.  They look worn and hazy......just  like beach glass.

The inside says, " play every day!"

Images:"Sand Castle" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment (?)

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Label Nesties and embossing folder, Oval punches, Diamond Glaze

Papers: SU! Mint Melody, Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Glass beads, Real and plastic shells, Printed grosgrain ribbon, Shell bad, Flower Soft

Glad you stopped by!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 93

I've Got a Sweet Tooth!

As hostess for the challenge this week, I've chosen the theme of "Something Sweet," which should be easy because Mo has so many images that portray kids with  cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, and candy! Don't have an image that would work?  Use any of Mo's images with paper or embellishments that follow the theme.

I've used "First Birthday Girl" for my card. I think this is such a cute image, and the balloons are so much fun to color!  It's also available in a boy version.

Images: "First Birthday Girl" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment from Dorcas Designs

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Circle punches, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, Neenah smooth white, Paper Pizzazz DP

Embellishments: Ruffled lace, Ribbon rose, Ruffled gingham

Now we're waiting to see your creations. Use one of  Mo's 'sweet' images and enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win an adorable digi! 

He's Sweet, Too!

This sweet little boy is a digital image from Sugar Nellie.
I love this artist's work! (Here's another from the same artist from a previous post.)
I made a patchwork background with scraps of patterned paper.....I never throw paper away unless it's too small to do anything with.!

Image: "Nathan", a digital image available at Funky Kits

Tools: Copics, Martha Stewart Fence punch, 3/4" square punch, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Barely Banana, Pacific Point, Neenah smooth white, Scraps of Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Gingham ribbon Narrow satin ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Of Mice and (Wo)Men!

Rick St. Dennis was out of commission for a while due to a surgery, but he's back creating again and has some great new images in his shop with more to come soon!

The Goddess!

I love his image! We all need our morning coffee before we begin to feel human!

The inside says, " ...And I am sorry about that! Happy Anniversary, Honey!"

Images: "Morning Goddess" from Rick St. Dennis, Digital sentiment from Ginger's House

Tools: Copics, Martha Stewart border punch

Papers: SU! Dusty Durango, Cool Caribbean, Neenah smooth white, My Minds Eye Stella DP

Embellishments: Large enameled brad, Brads, Grosgrain ribbon, Flower Soft

 A Bit Cracked!

This little guy is from a sheet of assorted spring images that includes a duck, frog, turtle and more! Isn't he cute?!

Image: Teacup Mouse from Rick St. Dennis

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Cuttlebug with Nesties circles, Creative Cottage embossing folder, QuikCutz Swirl die, Mounting tape, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Dauber, Bashful Blue ink pad

Papers: SU! Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Certainly Celery, Gable Green, Wild Wasabi, Neenah smooth white, White scalloped border, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Tiny crocheted flowers and Pearl sprays from Wild Orchid Crafts, Pearl cabochons,  Paper doily

Up, Up and Away!

Images: High Flying Mouse by Rick St. Dennis, Digital sentiment from TLC

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Martha Stewart border punch
Papers: SU! Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Pyrus DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Brads

So check out Rick's Etsy shop to see the rest of his new designs and tell him I sent you!

Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Late For My Own Party!

Mo's Challenge # 92

Yikes! I fouled up this week and first posted next week's challenge card! I didn't even have  one  made for the Summer Vacation theme, and I'm the hostess this week! I managed to get one done, though, and here it is!

Fun in the Sun!

Tool: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, White gel pen, Slice, Tacky Tape, Glue Dots

Papers: SU! Only Orange, Summer Sun, Neenah smooth white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments, Prima flowers, Button, Raffia cord, Ruffled gingham, Narrow satin ribbon, Popsicle brads

Check out what the rest of the team has done and join us by entering your own card in Mo's Challenge. We'd love to see what you will do!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Man and a Woman

Sounds like a French film! 
I had fun making these two cards.
For a Man

I love making cards for men! I have several images printed up, so I'll be doing more over the next week.

Images: Tractor from Just Inklined at La Pashe, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestie ovals, and Embossing folder, SU! oval punch, Glue dots, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Going Gray, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Buttons, Gingham ribbon, Stitched red ribbon

For a Woman

Inside says, " Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned your birthday!" 

 Images: Lizzy in a Tizzy (also available as an AA) from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment made using JustRite Stamps

Tools: Copics, SU! Oval Punches, Cuttlebug with Marianne Swirl die, Martha Stewart Zig-Zag border punch

Papers: SU! Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Not quite Navy, and Bayou Blue, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Pyrus DP

Embellishments, Grosgrain ribbon, Brads, Prima flowers

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just for fun!

I have a little respite from cards I have to make and can spend time making some just because I want to! Here are a few I've made over the past few days.


I don't think you can beat  red, blue, and yellow for a bright, cheery card! 
Image: Melissa from Sugar Nellie Digital Stamps available at Funky Kits

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Quikcutz swirl die, Martha Stewart Lace border and Fence punches, Sewing machine 

Papers: SU! Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Yo-yo Yellow, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye DP

Embellishments: Flower Pin, Hummingbird bead, Pearl beads, Narrow satin ribbon, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts


Tools: Copics, Martha Stewart Border punch, Cuttlebug with Nestie circles 

Papers: SU! Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Barely Banana, Neenah smooth white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments: Gingham ribbon, Narrow satin ribbon, Embroidery floss, Wooden buttons

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 91

Black & White

Our hostess, Cathy, has asked that we make our projects this week in all shades of black and white (like an old B&W photo) with an embellishment in a contrasting color. Since I don't care for gray skin, I usually use an animal for this type of challenge. Luckily, Mo has plenty of animal images that work! If you have Bella and Bronte images, you could crop out Bella and use just Bronte.

I used one of the cats from Mo's "Fat Cat" set. There are five different cat images in the set, each one as cute as the others!

The inside says, "But you've aged so purr-fectly! Happy Birthday!"

Images: "Fat Cat" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment fro TLC

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Craft Concepts embossing folder, Marianne swirl die, Nesties circles, ovals, and Daisy die, Martha Stewart Border punch, Mounting tape, Red marker

Papers: SU! Basic Black, Neenah smooth white, Paper Pizzazz black Gingham

Embellishments: Red gingham ribbon, Narrow gray satin ribbon, Polka dot brads, Tiny rhinestones

Now it's your turn to try your hand at this challenge. Grab one of Mo's great images and get coloring! Your entry might be the random winner of a free image!

Thanks for stopping!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Such Sadness.

In Keegan's Memory

Our hearts are broken. Our youngest son's friend and best man at his recent wedding lost his battle with Hodgkin's disease a few days ago. He had almost completed his chemo therapy and was to be pronounced cancer-free, when he suffered a severe reaction to one of the drugs. He was placed on a ventilator and put into a medically-induced coma in the hope that his lungs would recover.  Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, and he died shortly after his family and friends got to say their final goodbyes. He was just 31 years old.

These are the cards I made to send to his family and girlfriend.
He had been planning on proposing to her when he was done with his treatments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 8, 2011

$1.00 Digital Image

Mo has designed a wonderful image that she is selling to raise money for deserving charity.

Dollar Donation Digi -- Bronte Kisses. 
In honor of Molly, Bronte, and all our beloved pets -- those here and those departed. 
All proceeds for sales of this stamp (including three "doggie" quotes) while it's $1 will go to Pet Orphans of Southern California:

You can find it at her new store.

Please support this wonderful charity!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 90


Our hostess, Cathy, gave us the challenge this week is to make something with a vintage look using distressing and lace.

Mo just came out with another great image based on her grandmother called "Mummu in Summer."

I have most of her images of this wonderful old girl...I just love the spirit she portrays!

I hit the ribbon with a quick blast from a heat gun to 'age' it. Careful! If you hold it just a fraction of a second too long, it will melt!

The inside says, "Hope you will always have time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life."

Tools: Copics, prismacolor pencil, Martha Stewart border punch, Distressing tool

Papers: SU! Cool Caribbean, Not Quit Navy, Mauve Mist, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Cameo charm, Pearl cabochons, Sheer ribbon, Lace trim

This was fun for me, and now it's your turn! 
Join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win one of Mo's great images!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 4, 2011

More Mo!

So Many Images...
So Little Time!

I have a huge collection of Mo's images and have dozens of them all printed up, but there never seem to be enough hours in the day to color and play!
All but a few days since school got out, we've had two of our grandchildren and, some days all three, here swimming, playing, and riding their four- wheelers through the woods while their parents are at work!  I love having them, but it does mean more work cooking for them and cleaning up after them, and that takes away from my play time!

I have managed to grab a few minutes here and there, so I have a few cards to show you.

Cherry, Cherry!

Now this little sweetie can join Mo's other little fruit girls. I posted the Blueberry, Strawberry, and Watermelon  girls previously.

Image: "Cherry" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nesties and Quickutz Swirl die, Martha Stewart ribbon and lace border punches, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Neenah smooth white, Paper Pizazz red gingham DP

Embellishments: Cherry Charm (Charm Barn), Red satin ribbon, Narrow lace, Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts)

I've entered this is the Stamp Something Challenge , use a digital image, and the Pink Elephant Challenge,  use red, white, and blue.

 I love this set...five of the cutest little fairies!
My favorite of these two cards is the first one, which is odd, because I'm not fond of lavenders and purples in general. I think it's because I really like the delicate floral paper

I had a difficult time coloring the hair of this one...just couldn't get the highlights right. I ended up just coloring it all one shade!

Images for both are from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Spica clear pen, White gel pen, Tacky tape on both, Cuttlebug with Nesties and Parisian Accents die, Martha Stewart border and branch punches, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set on second card

Papers: SU! Mauve Mist and Orchid Opulence,  K & Co. DP (First card), SU! Groovy Guava and Mint Melody, MME Stella DP (Second card), Neenah smooth white on both

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Flowers, Lace on both, Flower-headed hat pin with bead and pearls on first, Stickles and Pearl cabochons on second

I have a few more, but will leave those for another time.

Happy Fourth of July!