Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Tuesday Throwdown, Verve Stamps

Create Your Own Background

The current challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is to create your own background. I love the look of watercolor backgrounds but never seem to achieve the look. My goal for participating in challenges is to “CHALLENGE” myself. So I found my ink pads and went to work on creating the background on this card.

I used Distress Inks and when it dried I stamped the images from SSS Spring Flowers stamps in Versa Mark Ink and then embossed with white detail embossing powder. I cut the frame using MFT Blueprints 27 and the sentiment is from Verve Stamps Floral Notes also embossed with the powder.

I was very sad to learn that Verve Stamps will be closing their shop the end of June. Go over to Verve Stamps site to receive 55% off.

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Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Christmas, Die Cut, GinaK Designs, My Favorite Things, Verve Stamps

Christmas, Circle Frames and Singing

Today’s Christmas Card features a black and white theme (full disclosure – this card was cased). I would like to enter this card into the Cards In Envy Challenge (Framed with Circles), Always Fun Challenges (A Christmas Carol).

I used papers from my stash and the Verve Stamp Set (Jolly Jingles), the heart border was created using a Martha Stewart Heart punch. The circle frames are SSS and the card base is GinaK Designs. The music background stamp is from MFT. I really enjoyed this card because no coloring was involved and it was simple to put together.

In addition, I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Words 2 Craft ByChristmas
Die Cuttin DivasHoliday
Sparkles Christmas Challenges: Snowmen

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4 Crafty Chicks, Card Making, Challenges, Christmas, Craftaholics R Us, Crafting By Design Challenge, Tuesday Throwdown, Verve Stamps

Angels Voices

I have been so busy receiving cards and packing boxes for shipments to Children’s Hospitals (SAS4KIDS) for the holidays. I took a break today to make a few cards.

One of our card makers for SAS4KIDS is on the Design Team at Tuesday Throwdown and I have been making an effort to participate in their challenges. Debi is a faithful contributor to SAS4KIDS. I had the pleasure of meeting Debi, Sybilla and Eileen this past summer and I was so blessed and motivated with our visit — they refer to themselves as the “Three Musketeers”. Our card makers are so generous. My goal is to introduce SAS4KIDS to as many hospitals as I can so we can put more smiles on those sweet faces.

So here is my card to be entered into Tuesday Throwdown (use ribbons and lace):

Verve Stamps/dies used, colored a little with copics and on the wings I used Zig Wink of Stella gold marker. The ribbon and lace are from my stash.

In  addition to Tuesday Throwdown I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Crafting by Design – Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks – Anything Goes
Craftaholics R Us – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

Card Making, Challenges, Christmas, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Verve Stamps

Tuesday Throwdown Shaker Card

The challenge this week over at Tuesday Throwdown is to make a shaker card. So for me this is a real challenge. I haven’t made many shaker cards because I dislike all those little bits you put into the shaker (much the same reason that I don’t care for glitter). So here is my attempt for this week’s challenge:

I somewhat cased this card from somewhere in cyber land. The stamps and sentiment are from Verve Stamps and everything else is from my stash.

This card will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids (I am a shipper).

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Card Making, Challenges, Christmas, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Verve Stamps

Christmas Card #1

This is my first Christmas Card for this year (I make 4 of each card, 3 go to SAS4KIDS and the other for my box of cards). This is a clean and simple card and took about 30 minutes to make all 4.

The stamp set I used is from Verve and the snow banks were created using MFT dies. Copic markers were used on the stamps as well as the tops of the snowbanks to make them stand out.

I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Tuesday ThrowdownClean and Simple
Merry Christmas ChallengeAnything Goes
Sweet Stampin ChristmasAnything Goes

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Challenges, Die Cut, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Stamps of Life, Verve Stamps

Easter Challenges

Always Fun Challenges  weekly challange has an Easter theme this week. Craftaholics R Us monthly challenge is also Easter. I made this card a few weeks back and included it in the shipment with all the wonderful cards I received from our faithful cardmakers at SAS4KIDS.

I created the background using pan pastels (love love love them). Paper, card stock and ribbons from Stamps of Life and the stamps and dies are from Verve Stamps! I adore those little carrots.

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Die Cut, Family, Stamps of Life, Verve Stamps

Congrats Syd

I have been practicing drapery folds on my cards. I wanted to make a fold that would fit on an A2 size card using 6×6 cardstock.


This card is going to Sydney a wonderful girl we have seen grow into a kind, caring, loving and thoughtful young woman. She will be heading off to college next month. Congrats Syd!

Papers are from Stamps of Life; used gold embossing for the sentiment (Verve).

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Card Making, GinaK Designs, Hero Arts, Stamplorations, Verve Stamps


Dana Joy and her friend Tony have started a card drive for the survivors, family members and friends of the victims in Orlando. Here is the link to get you started. Thank you Dana and Tony for allowing us to use our cards to reach out to all those who mourn this horrible tragedy. Here are my first three cards. I will be making a few more over the weekend so I can mail them on Monday.





Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and keep praying for Orlando.

Die Cut, Hero Arts, Live Love Cards, Mother's Day, My Favorite Things, Verve Stamps

Psalm 19:14 for Mother’s Day

I am continuing making cards for a local church for the Pastor to send Mother’s Day cards to single moms of the congregation. The inside of the card is stamped Thinking of You, Happy Mother’s Day.

P4150029Using Versamark the background was stamped using Lacy Background from MFT and heat embossed using white fine detail embossing powder.  Tim Holtz Distress inks were used to sponge creating a watercolor effect. Using an oval die the shape was cut into the center of the background panel (saved the cut piece for another project). Then using the Psalm 19:14 from Verve Stamps I stamped it onto heavy weight vellum, again using Versamark – this time heat embossed using silver fine detail powder. I cut the stamped vellum piece using the next oval size up (so I could adhere it onto the panel). I then spritzed the panel using ink sprays. Using watercolor cardstock, the butterflies were created with a Hero Arts stamp and die set (which I have had forever, but is one of my very favorites) and water colored with Distress Inks. The next one I make I will turn that bottom butterfly in the other direction. No foam was used to elevate the butterflies, but because the vellum sits behind the panel it makes the butterflies appear to be lifted.

I am linking this up at Live Love Cards for the April Challenge (butterflies).

Copics, GinaK Designs, My Favorite Things, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Verve Stamps

MoJo Monday 415

After a weekend of cards  going into my Makeover Drawer, this morning I received the faithful email from Mojo Monday and I was able to finally create something I liked.

Mojo Monday 415

The stamps and papers are from GinaK Designs, the tag and embellishment are dies from Verve Stamps. The kraft card base is stamped with the woodgrain background stamp from MFT.  I colored that cute little owl in Copics and popped him up for a little added dimension. This card will be going to Send A Smile for Kids.

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