Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All Choked Up

I'm taking a break today from holiday cards for this silly card using an Art Impressions stampset. Gotta love it.

This is going into the following challenges:

Art Impressions - 3 patterns/textures (I used restraint on these - a subtle application so as not to detract from the great image).

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - anything goes.

Speaking of challenges, my Halloween treat box got a "top honor" over at Decorate to Celebrate. This is a super-fun site with lots of great inspiration for partying. Check it out.

We are headed to the Napa Valley for a very cool children's Halloween parade and short visit. The fall is extra-beautiful there with the changing colors of the vineyards.

Have a safe and fun Halloween and I'll see you next week. Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Hi, friends!

Just one more Halloween card in under the wire for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog challenge - Halloween.

You know how I love critter cards and this one brings new life to some old favorite stamps - Hero Arts CL239. The paper is Graphic 45.

I  had fun distressing and dressing these guys for the big night. You can't see the dimension, but it is there.

Hope you have nothing but treats - no tricks allowed! Thanks for the sweet visit.

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's begining to look

like Christmas at my house! Sort of.

I have just finished making lots of holiday things for my friend's Christmas boutique - fun holiday earrings, vintage button Christmas trees, necklaces......but, I forgot to take pictures before delivering them to her. Ah, well.

I envy so many of my blogging buddies who have been producing beautiful Christmas cards for weeks. Ain't happenin' here, folks!

I have a couple more Halloween cards, then many Thanksgiving cards (I send more of them than any other type of handmade cards) before I even think about Christmas cards.

Gary found me sitting on the floor of my craftroom yesterday, surrounded by boxes. I just had to look at my Christmas stamps and dies........trying to get into the spirit.

Lucky for me there are a couple more days for the  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog challenge - Halloween.

This card uses a Whipper Snapper scary image and the sentiment is Hero Arts CL118. Paper scraps from my desk and some vintage rick-rack from my stash.

Hope you had a happy weekend! Thanks for the peek and have a great week.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Hello my friends! Today I have a cute Halloween party treat (there is a Snickers bar inside!!!). I learned about this fold-up box at a class at my local scrapbook store - thanks, Jeanne! It is fun and it can be decorated simply or with as much detail as you wish. I love my Martha Stewart Score Board!

The haunting paper is Tim Holtz and the stamp is Hero Arts CL118.

This will delight some special little goblins.

This is going into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - Halloween
Decorate to Celebrate - Ghostly Goodies
Craftin Desert Diva's - Halloween

Hope you are having a super week! Thanks so much for the visit.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


A rare Saturday post with one more for the current paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Draft Challenge.

There are lots of sailors in hubby's family,  so there is always a need for a nautical card. I love this boat with a matching die ("Wicked Nauticool") - and I taught myself how to make this sailor knot!

I am prone to seasickness and the "action" of this card has me on the verge. Hang on!

I do hope you are having a spectacular weekend - I'll catch up with you next week.

Friday, October 18, 2013

News Flash

I have made a fun card for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Draft Challenge for which this sketch is the inspiration.

Lots of possibilities. You know how I love these great Paper Smooches stamps and I had fun combining stamps from several different sets for this card.

A little crazy, but he makes me smile!

Take good care - thanks for the visit!
                                               PS Stamps: Boob Tubes, Little Fella, Surf and Turf

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Put a cork in it!

Good morning! I'm home from a little trip in time to post another card for Moxie Fab World's Handmade Cards Week, this one for the metal, wood and cork challenge.

Cork has such great texture and it's perfect for fall cards. I've had some in my stash for ages. Thanks, Cath, for inspiring me to use it.

I paired it up with a Hero Arts stamp (Tress of the Season, CG208) and some pearlescent watercolors from Yasutomo. The embossing folder is Sizzix and the sentiment is from an old CHF set (by Kim Huges).

I sure hope you are having a wonderful week. We have some amazing Indian Summer weather!

Thanks for the visit.

Friday, October 11, 2013


A quick post before I unplug and we head out of town for a few days.

This was inspired by one of the great challenges for Handmade Cards Week over at Moxie Fab World. This one is for using ready-made embellishments.

I put together some paper and chipboard pieces from Basic Grey's cool  "Fact and Fiction" collection.

The tag (Hero Arts Frame Cuts DI046) is made from some of the paper and the metal heart is from my stash. Don't you just love those chipboard screw heads?

Sure hope you have a wonderful weekend! We are going to explore the area around Sacramento, which is our state capital - about 3 hours north of here. A fun fall adventure.
Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I have been going through my supplies, trying to purge. I came across this Memory Box die (Loom Circle) that I don't think I have ever even used. So, I gave it a twirl (through the Cuttlebug!). I figured it was perfect for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge for "Lace".

I sort of ruffled the feathers on this cute "Chubby Chums" guy.

I decided on a monochromatic scheme with some fall patterned paper as my inspiration. In retrospect, it could probably use a little more contrast, but it looks cozy.

I am going to enter this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog challenge, which is to use a rubber or a clear stamp. Almost every card I make qualifies, as I rarely use a digital stamp......I love ink on paper! 

Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What the CLUCK?!

Hi, all. The current challenge at the Art Impressions blog is "Fun Folds". I have done easel cards, tri-pod cards, twisted cards, gate fold cards......I wanted to try something new. I made a "Center Step" card.

I had so much with this. Can you tell? I love the Art Impression image.......that chicken gal has it goin' on, eh? I used Spellbinders Labels Two, papers and embellishments from my stash and I did the sentiment on my computer.
I may not be able to give this one up, my friends.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Good Monday morning, my pals! Hope you had a fun World Card Making Day. I spent the morning at my LSS making six fun Halloween projects and having a serious blast. Thanks, Geri!

Today's card was inspired by Moxie Fab World's Handmade Card Week's Ready-made Embellishments Challenge.

Our nephew is crazy for robots and I have been hoarding these cute papers and matching chipboard stickers from October Afternoon's Rocket Age collection. I put them together with some splashes of silver (foil, metallic pen and rhinestones), Stickles and a phrase bubble I made on the computer.

It should bring a smile!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for the peek.

Friday, October 4, 2013


It struck me that I need to get cranking on some Thanksgiving cards. I make lots of them, so I keep them simple and flat.

I used the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog challenge, "We're Going Dotty" and the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge, which is "Anything Goes" as my inspiration for this simple card.

The Paper Smooches stamp is from the set "Falling For You", the metallic paper (it really sparkles) on the stem and leaves is from Sizzix and the sentiment is an SRM sticker.

I am heading out for a busy and fun weekend, hope yours is the same!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


It has been months since I played along at Moxie Fab World. No reason, just involved with other things. There is a fun series of challenges there now related to Handmade Cards Week.  You have plenty of time to play along. I made this card for The Stickers & Tape Challenge.

I don't know about you, but I always feel that using stickers on handmade cards is sort of cheating. But, Cath says we can do it, so I gave it a shot. I had been hoarding these cute papers and stickers from the Cake Walk collection of October Afternoon. The sentiments are from Hero Arts CL139, "Birthday Messages".

Some Stickles and twine add some fun punch.

I am also submitting this for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog's "Anything Goes" challenge.

Thanks for the visit! Hope you are having a great week.


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