Ho Ho Ho

** 12/11/18 Spotlight Artist Award at City Crafter Challenge Blog! **
** 1/6/19 Top 3 at Creative With Stamps! **

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! A new challenge has launched this morning over at Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for our Winter Wonderland challenge! We’d love to see you create something this month that reminds you of Winter! I created another Christmas card for my pile featuring Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky on a snowy Winter night!


I inked the background with several shades of blue distress ink, along with one purple shade. I started with the lightest, then using slightly darker ink with each layer around the outside of the panel, I left the center slightly lighter to depict moonlight. I splattered water with a fan brush and when that dried, I splattered Copic Opaque White pigment mixed with a tiny bit of water with the fan brush to mimmick snowfall, and then affixed the panel to the card base. I punched a circle of white cardstock for the moon and slightly inked it, and then cut the cityscape nightline from navy blue cardstock. I added these elements to the panel and colored the window openings in all the buildings with a mechanical pencil. I stamped Santa and his reindeer and the sentiment, and then added several tiny gemstones in the sky.


For the inside, I cut a white panel which I layered on navy blue cardstock and left just a tiny bit of border showing on all four sides. I added a leftover navy blue cardstock strip to the left side, stamped the sentiment and affixed the panel to the card base.


And one more look… love, love, love!


I’d love to enter this pretty Christmas card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #81 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #12 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: R for Reindeer
Card Mania: #111 – Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round: December Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week #441 – Santa Claus
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #12 – Anything Goes
Country View Challenges: December Christmas Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #58 – Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog: It’s Christmas Time
Crafty Friends: #98 – Christmas
Creative With Stamps: #33 – Santa or Gift
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #130 – Handmade Holiday Magic
Incy Wincy Designs: Create Your Own Background
Inkspirational: #175 – Designer’s Choice – Anything Christmas
Jingle Belles: Taking Back Our Eight Christmas
Not Just Cards: November Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: December – Winter Sparkle
Sweet Stampers Challenge: #26 – Christmas
Sweet Stampin Christmas: November Challenge
The Paper Girls: #165 – Die Cuts
Tuesday Throwdown: #420 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: December Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Night of Navy cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Cozy Christmas and Oh, What Fun stamp sets
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire; Copic Opaque White Pigment, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic Multi-liner Black pen
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Cityscape Nightline die, Stampin’ Up 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Fan brush, mechanical pencil, tiny rhinestones,

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a Wintery project with us this month! We can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Just wanted to say hello

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Stinkin’ Inkers and I’m happy to share a pretty ‘thinking of you’ type card for our Just Because challenge! A few weeks ago a friend commissioned me to create an uplifting card for her mother-in-law, and this is what I came up with. She said it fit the bill nicely and she loved it! Always like to hear those words!


I used a new Trinity Stamps Hello Friend stamp and die set. I absolutely love how this turned out – the colors are so vivid! I colored a couple sets of the flowers, and layered the main cluster on foam and then layered more of the flowers on top the base cluster for dimension. I used a dotted circle die and trellis frame die, as they are a couple of my favorites.


I left the inside blank so my friend could write her own message inside. I layered the panel on the dark purple cardstock and added a couple leftover colored die-cut elements from the front.


And here’s one more look…


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Let’s Craft and Create: #143 – Anything Goes + Option of Sketch (no option)
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #38 – Use A Sentiment
Your Scrapbook Place – November Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White cardstock and Stampin’ Up Elegant Eggplant cardstock
Stamps: Trinity Stamps Hello Sweet Friend stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Aqua: Leaf Green, Bud Green, Blossom, Rose Pink, Jasmine, Orchid, Heather, Sunflower and Marigold; Spectrum Noir IG4; Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Trinity Stamps Hello Sweet Friend die set, Sizzix Dotted Circles die, Yvonne Creations Trellis Frame die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Darice white Foamies foam, Nuvo Ivory Seashell and English Mustard Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a ‘just because’ project with us this month – this could be friendship, thinking of you, just a note, etc. We’d love to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you again next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Happy Halloween

** 10/13/18 Top 3 Winner at A Gem of A Challenge! **

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s a cool brisk morning here in Colorado (weather I truly love) and I’m happy to be back this morning to share my Stinkin’ Inkers DT inspiration project for The Eyes Have It Challenge! We want to see your project… yep, you guessed it… with eyes on it! I had an absolute blast creating this card. I have a pack of mini wiggly eyes in my stash and out they came, four pairs of them!


I cut a large circle aperture in my background papers and stamped the sentiment, a spider web and some bats. Then I stamped four mummies, punched them out and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I added the mini wiggly eyes and tiny shimmery hearts to them after I positioned them in the aperture.


I kept the inside fairly simple with a stamped sentiment and a couple bats on a layered panel.


One more angled shot so you can see how cute these little mummies really are, lol! And yes, the patterns on their mini wiggly eyes is from the LED lights in the top of my light box, and it does kind of give them a little creep-appeal, lol!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock, The Paper Studio Entirely Textures paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Spooky Fun and Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp sets
Ink: Spectrum Noir- GG1, GG2, GG3, BGR2, DR2, Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen, StazOn Black ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: EK Success 2-1/4″ circle punch, Stampin’ Up Cookie Cutter punch
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, mini wiggly eyes

Happy to enter this fun Halloween card into the following challenges:
A Gem of A Challenge: #228 – Halloween or use Halloween Colors
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #77 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge: #10 – October Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #78 – Dies & Punches
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #213 – Use A Two Word Sentiment
Crafty Sentiments Designs: October Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October Challenge
Creative With Stamps Challenge Blog: #31 – Halloween or Stamps
Cupcake Inspirations: #455 – Bump In The Night
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge: Week #40 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #128 – Happy Halloween
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #108 – Dies or Punches
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #37 – Autumn or Halloween
Your Scrapbook Place: October Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up something with eyes this month! We can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Every leaf speaks

Hi everyone! We’re almost a week into September… where has this year gone?! This is my first post as a new design team member over at Stinkin’ Inkers! I’m SO stoked! Come on over and play with us in our September Leaves Are Falling Challenge – we want to see your project using Fall colors! I created a fun quilt block card depicting a definite Fall theme. Fall is finally here… hooray!


What a fun card! I made one of these a while back for another DT and with a different theme, and I really enjoyed it. The little ‘quilt blocks’ are layered and popped up on foam for dimension. I stamped and cut several different leaves and faux tied them together with some twine, and then added a couple tiny buttons.


I decorated the inside with leftover pieces of cardstock and DSP from the front, along with an extra leaf, and then stamped the awesome sentiment.


One more angled look… I’m totally loving how this turned out!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla cardstock, Stampin’ Up Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Lighthearted Leaves and Vintage Leaves stamp sets
Ink: Stmapin’ Up Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron inks
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Leaflets Framelits
Accessories:  Tim Holtz stamp platform, Stampin’ Up Delightful Dijon twine and buttons

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with Fall colors this month! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Stinkin’ Inkers Design Team!

Hello, my crafty peeps! I’ve got some awesome news to share – I’ve been asked to join the Stinkin’ Inkers Design Team with a term start date of September 1st!

Stinkin' Inkers Design Team Badge

Funny story… I actually made the team LAST September (yes, that would be 2017, lol) and due to some lovely email/technology issues, Terry and I never hooked up after the team was selected, and consequently we both thought the other had changed minds, lol! So with this year’s DT call, it actually happened! I’m finally a Stinkin’ Inker, lol!

I hope you’ll come over and play with us! We’ve got some great challenges in store!

Thanks for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,