Sunday, February 17, 2019

Key to My Heart

The inspiration at The Card Concept was all about love . . .

I was inspired by the color scheme and went with Clean and Layered . . .

Paper, silver thread, silver embossing and a little Nuvo drop heart.  

Love that script background. 

Supplies Used -You Hold the Key to My Heart
Stamps and Dies:  The Key Stamp and Die Set, Love Note Background Stamp, and Happy Together Stamp and Die Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark and Metallic Silver and White EP (Wow); Silver Cardstock (Bazzill);
Paper: Premium White and Midnight Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); Bazzill Cardstock Card Base
Other:  Silver Thread (Darice); Holiday Cheer Glitter Drops (Nuvo);

Saturday, February 16, 2019


No conversation heart candies in the stores this year . . . so I had to create my own!  This one is for House Mouse & Friends Challenge.  I adore these little mice. 

My background, oddly enough, was created using a rose stencil, but you can' see much of the rose detail due to the technique I used, which was to attempt a watercolor monoprint from another piece where the rose detail did show.  But it was till worthy of use.  

Adore these cute little mice!

I hope you find some time to create today.

Supplies Used - #YOUARELOVED
Stamps and Dies:  hashtags2stamp (The Stamps of Life); Rose Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs); With All My Heart House Mouse (Stampendous);
Ink & Embossing:  Black Onyx (Versafine); Clear Melt It Powder (Wow); Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Watercolor Markers (Zig Clean Colorbrush);
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor; Cardstock (Bazzill);
Other:  Yellow Ribbon (The Stamps of Life); Heart Epoxy Stickers (Doodlebug); Clear Wink of Stella;

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Wood for Just Us Girls

Just a bit of wood for Just Us Girls challenge . . .

I adore these flowers on that wood grain background, as they add a pop of color.  The stamps themselves were layering stamps and just gorgeous color! 

I hope you find some time to create.  

Supplies Used - I'm So Happy for You
Stamps and Dies:  Rose Garden Stamp Set and Dies and You Did It Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Icing on the Cake, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, It's a Girl, Party Dress, Bellini, Tutti Frutti, It's a Boy, All That Jazz (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Paper:  Premium White (Catherine Pooler); Desert Storm (Neenah); White Scrap (Bazzill);
Other:  Various Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

What I Love . . . by a Graph for Color My Heart

Sharing a card inspired by this mood board at Color My Heart Color Dare . . .

And here is the card I created . . . it's a bit of a graph . . . of me . . . cuz it's all about me, my loves and likes.  And I used those paper strips from the CTMH pattern papers.  

Made this card for my husband.  The graph shows he is above puppies (just barely).  

Hope you find some time to create. 


Supplies Used - Graph Card
Stamps and Dies:  A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Cardstock, Paper, and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);

Monday, February 11, 2019

With Enough Coffee . . .

Sharing a card created with the inspiration at Just Add Ink.  It was a "choose two" challenge, and I chose my two . . . sequins and colouring. 

What's not to love about House Mouse . . . except that this dude is a little on the dark side . . . although the coffee could have stained him. 

With enough coffee, I sometimes rule my own world.  The sentiment fits. 

I hope you rule the world and create. 


Supplies Used - I Could Rule the World
Stamps:  Warm Cup (House Mouse from Stampendous); Coffee Stamp (Inkadinkadoo)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Various Copic Markers)
Paper:  Desert Storm and Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper from my scrap stash
Accessories:  Charcoal Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Handcrafted Hello for Color Throwdown

Sharing a card for Color Throwdown, whose inspiration photo is listed down with my supplies. 

I used some watercolors that were in a kit to get to my red, orange and yellows.  I embossed the watercolor piece before adding the color.  

I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Handcrafted Hello
Stamps and Dies:  Crafty Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  India Black Ink (Hero Arts); Party Dress, Tiki Torch and It's a Girl Inks (Catherine Pooler);  Daniel Smith Watercolors;
Paper: Banana and White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Watercolor Paper
Other: Studio Katia Cupid's Kiss Crystals

Saturday, February 2, 2019

House Mouse and Friends Challenge

Hoping this counts as a bow!  For House Mouse and Friends Challenge, and little card . . .

Hmmm . . . is that a birthday cupcake in a cone?  Is it ice cream?  It's all happy!

 Check out those little hopeful mouse-kids. 

And now you should go create.


Supplies Used - Happy Birthday
Stamps and Dies:  House Mouse B'day Cone Stamp (Stampendous); Happy Birthday Sentiment (The Stamps of Life);
Ink & Embossing:  Versafine Black Onyx; Clear EP (Wow); Distress Inks for Watercolor (Ranger); Versamark and White EP (Wow);
Paper: Cardstock and Pattern Paper (The Stamps of Life December 2018 Card Kit);
Other: Ribbon (The Stamps of Life December 2018 Card Kit);

Something for Baby at SIP

The challenge this week at Stamp Ink Paper was "Something for Baby".  So with a baby boy on the way, it was time to play.  

I used an ink resist on the pre-embossed background, and while it wasn't watercolor paper, it has a nice distress look to it.  

I hope you find some time to create today.  

Supplies Used -  Oh Baby
Stamps and Dies: Oh Baby Stamp Set and Oh Baby Word Dies (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink & Embossing:  It's a Boy, Midnight and Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Inks); Blender Pen (Zig)
Paper: Sky, and Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Solar White (Neenah); Star Embossed Cardstock (Stampin' Up);
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Use Your Stuff - Enamel Dots

I always have enamel dots hanging around from kits, and I try to use them up so there isn't abundance.  So I went to my stash for this card inspired by the challenge at Use Your Stuff

For this card, I replaced dots in the pattern paper with some enamel ones to add dimension. 

 And I went with a pop of black so that my die would show on those pattern papers. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used - Adore
Supplies from The Stamps of Life December 2018 Card Kit:  Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Adore Heart Die and Shadow, Enamel Dot Stickers
Other Supplies:  Licorice Cardstock and Ink (The Stamps of Life); icecreamtruck2stamp (The Stamps of Life);

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Let's Talk Embossing - Tuesday Throwdown

So let's talk embossing, and let's also talk pattern paper.

I had this six-inch pattern paper pack from a 2015 kit.  that included a page of sentiments, some solids on the back sides of some patterns papers. I cut up the sentiments and thought, how can I dress up some of these and some solids?

And then I saw the prompt at Tuesday Throwdown.  Embossing! 

Two examples below using the same background stamp and two different embossing powders.

For this one, I used Ranger Frosted Crystal embossing powder (which I love).  I completely coated the sentiment and double layered the powder so it would match the embossed background piece. 

For this second one, I used some colored embossing powder for the background, but still used the crystal EP on the sentiment piece. 

 And I added a stamped sentiment. 

I love how these turned out and may try some backgrounds with some remaining sentiment pieces, 

The kit came in a box . . . and I thought outside of the box. 

Supplies Used - Happy Birthday
Stamps and Dies:  Kaleidoscope Background Stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; Frosted Crystal EP (Ranger);
Paper: Powdered Sugar and Pattern Papers from February 2015 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life);
Other:  Spring Blossoms Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Supplies Used - Keep Calm and Smile On
Stamps and Dies:  Kaleidoscope Background Stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs); Sentiment Stamp from August Card Kit 2018 (The Stamps of Life);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark; Frosted Crystal EP (Ranger); Tempting Turquoise EP (Stampin' Up);
Paper: Powdered Sugar and Pattern Papers from February 2015 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life);

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Coral, Hearts and Embossing

Created this card using the prompts from the Tic-Tac-Toe board at Stamp, Ink, Paper

 I went with a coral background, embossed by sentiment, and then black embossed those hearts for some contrast. 

I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Thanks
Stamps and Dies:  Thanks for Being There (Simon Says Stamp/My Favorite Things STAMPtember Exclusive)
Ink & Embossing:  Conch Shell, Sea Glass, Mimosa (Avery Elle); Black Onyx (Versafine); Versamark; Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Paper: Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah); Black (Bazzill)
Other: Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Wonky Chevron Stencil (My Favorite Things)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Golden Girls Inspired for Freshly Made Sketches

A one-layer card inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketches . . .

 I do have a friend who loves The Golden Girls, and I can't wait to drop this one in the mail to her. 

Go create!

Supplies Used - Golden Girls
Stamps and Dies: Best in You Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs); The Girls and Being a Friend (Impression Obsession);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight, Aquatini, Mint to Be, Bellini, Coral Cabana, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dusty, Garden Party, Lime Ricky (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Paper: Sky and Marshmallow (The Stamps of Life);
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fresh Coffee!

The prompt this week at CASology is FRESH!

I'm a big fan of coffee . . . I drink it black . . . and if there is one thing I like fresh, it's coffee.  Nothing like a fresh cup of coffee.  I'm a coffee snob.

I dug out this old kit from Simon Says stamp, and while the kit may be old, that little cup of coffee is fresh!  

I hope you find some time to create today!


Stamps:  Coffee and Tea Stamp Set and Coffee Love Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts);
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Cream and Sugar Paper (Doodlebug)
Accessories:  Epoxy Shapes (Crate Paper)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thank You for Stamp Ink Paper

This post has a sad ending for the card (check out the last paragraph of the post).

These were inspired by Stamp Ink Paper, I created this thank you card.  Two versions that I'm posting . . . positive images and negative of both the background and negative dies.

So first, created a watercolor background and die cut the background, saving all pieces.
Also die cut from white cardstock.

Then did ink to paper to create my sentiment (cut from a die).

Card one . . . the negative pieces of the watercolor piece inlaid into the positive piece of the white die.  (Am I making sense?)  The positive of the sentiment die (along with it's shadow piece). 

 The placement of the pieces back into the white die was like a puzzle.  1) fun . . . and 2) random!  I did not put them in their original space.  I also used a green background piece. 

My second card has the positive of the cover die, along with the negative pieces of the sentiment die. 

I did cut a second  shadow die for the sentiment. 

Card one gets my vote . . both for fun in the construction and the look of that amazing sentiment die.  

Thankfully I photographed them . . . before "the incident".  A 4-month old puppy ate the corners on both cards, rendering them garbage.  Keep those cards safe.

Supplies Used - Thank You Cards
Stamps and Dies:  Geometric Flakes Cover Plate Die, Thank You Layered Die and Amazing Floral Stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Suede Shoes, Limoncello, Mardi Gras Ink (Catherine Pooler); Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder (Ranger);
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler); Kiwi Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Watercolor Paper (Close To My Heart);
Other: Blue Lagoon Gems (Pretty Pink Posh);

Friday, January 4, 2019

Twinkle, Twinkle for House Mouse & Friends

My go to House Mouse stamp . . . that I adore to stamp . . . adore to color is this guy . . .

Is it the predicament of being tangled in Christmas decorations?  Or is it that I get to use multiple colors of lights to create the cuteness?   Either way, entering into the House Mouse & Friends Monthly Challenge

Adore this stamp.  

I hope you find some time to stamp.  


Supplies Used - Twinkle Twinkle
Stamps:  Light Wrap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous);
Ink: Hero Arts Black Ink, Versafine Black Onyx Pigment Ink; various Ranger Distress Inks used for watercolor of image
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper from my box of scraps; Canson Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs); Diamond Stickles (Ranger)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cupcake Truck Treat Box

I couldn't resist attempting this one.  I adore the stamp set, and I thought it would be perfect to turn it into a little treat box.  Entering this one into the Just Add Ink challenge. 

Both sides of the box have the little cupcake/coffee truck.  Hoping to put a gift card to a cupcake shop or coffee shop as a gift to someone.  I had so much fun piecing this little guy together.  

And how about that frosting!  And the awning!  And the shiny tires!  And the cardboard wrapper on that coffee cup.  And the shiny shelf the cupcakes and coffee are sitting on. 

There will be another version . . . can't wait for it.

I hope you found some time to create today.


Supplies Used - A Treat For You - Treat Box
Stamps and Dies:  Handle Box Dies and icecreamtruck2stamp dies and stamps (The Stamps of Life);
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life); Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler); Melt-it Powder (Wow);
Paper:  Pattern Paper and Cardstock from December 2018 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life);
Other: Grey Mist Jewel Drops, Gold Coast Glitter Drops, and Ivory Seashell Drops (Nuvo); Ribbon from December 2018 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life);

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Merry Christmas

Created these cards, inspired by the challenge at Dies R Us.  I used a die from Close To My Heart along with some old patterned papers from a kit that was hanging around.  I did a version in white . . .

Used sequins to resemble ornaments and lights.  

And a version in red . . . 

 I used jewels for this version. 

I'm definitely a fan of team white! 

Supplies Used - Merry Christmas
Stamps and Dies:  Merry Christmas Die (Close To My Heart);
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Red Cardstock (Bazzill); Pattern Paper (Doodlebug);
Other: Berry Bright Sequin Mix and Holiday Mix Jewels (Pretty Pink Posh);