Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Santa's Fireplace

These three cards were made for the October Christmas Card Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I used the large die of the month set from Spellbinder's Oct 21.  I plan on making about three to five more that Tom will actually do lighting for.  He's looking forward to that after doing the lighthouse cards.  Boy, there were so many little die cut pieces with these cards.  I getting more used to die cutting now.



Saturday, October 1, 2022

Cabbage Rose

 This is my October  entry for Morgan's Art World Creative Team.  I colored the image with Copic markers and Luminance Pencils.  I used a beautiful paper from Stampin' Up.  The bow is made of satin ribbon from May Arts  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes

Color Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Male Birthday Cards


I needed a couple of male birthday cards to mail today so I made them up pretty quickly with pre-colored images.  This first card was made with an image from Fred She Said.  The next card uses an image from Power Poppy.

Friday, September 23, 2022

More Christmas Cards


These cards were made with a stamp from Divinity Designs called Jingle Bell Time.  I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.  These are my entry in Splitcoast's Christmas Card Challenge for the month of July, bells.  Four more cards to go and I'll have the challenge completed. 

This card and the next uses Stampin' Up's paper and stamp set from Christmas Gleaming  I don't recall where the sentiments are from.

The next card  uses the stamp set and paper from Christmas Gleaming.  Finally used another set I bought, but never used!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

O Christmas Tree


I fell in love with this image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  It was a freebie this week from Mo's Patreon Group.  I was surprised I was able to color it.  I have been struggling with coloring because of my vision and arthritis.  I am happy how it turned out, though.  Which hasn't happened for a long time.  The paper is from a old Echo Park paper pad.  The holly was actually made for another card I am working on.  It's from a Stampin' Up stamp set called Christmas Gleaming.  She is colored with Copics and Poly Chromos pencils.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes Twist Leaves

Peace on Earth - Anything Christmas Goes

Christmas Card Throwdown - Anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, September 15, 2022

All Aboard


These two cards were made for Splitcoasts's Christmas Card Challenge.  They were made from Spellbinder's Christmas card kit for 2021, "All Aboard/"  The sentiment is bu Divinity Designs.  These cards are so incredibly difficult for me.  I'm pushing on, though.  I still plan to use all my unused sets of dies and stamps at least once each.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Santa Lane

These two cards were made with this year's Christmas box set from Spellbinder's called Santa Lane.  I love the images, but these were the two most difficult cards I have ever made.  Between clumsy fingers, losing pieces and a multitude of other problems.these took me a week to complete. I am happy with the finished cards.  I do wish I had put some sort of background on them.
 Needing to use my vast collection of card stock scraps led to a two day job.  I have a huge hanging file basket full of twelve years of card stock scraps sorted by color.  It was just about impossible to pull anything out of it or put anything in.  I decided to staple a file width pocket at the inside top of each file folder.  I put the small pieces of card stock in that pocket which freed up a huge amount of space at the bottom of the folders.  I can now easily pull the files in and out.  I plan on trying to use up all the small pieces first.  These cards were made completely out of small scraps of card stock.After all the troubles I had I am going to start their 2021 Christmas set called.  All Aboard.  I will be making to train cards.  I think they will be easier than these were.  I'm a glutton for punishment.





Sunday, September 4, 2022

Christmas Copper


This is one of my favorite cards that I have made recently.  Although, I have the most difficult time using my Glimmer System.  I ALWAYS put the foil on backwards.  I don't know why I can't get it right.  I read the directions and watched a video and I still did it backwards three times anyways!  I am going to put a sign up over my desk that says:


Maybe that will help me get it right.  Anyways I used Spellbinder's dies to make this card and copper card stock from Stampin' Up.

 I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes/Twist-Leaves
Peace on Earth - Christmas
My Time to Craft Christmas - Must be Christmas
 Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Pink PEarls and/or Sparkles

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Sweetest Times


I saw some cards made with this Stampin' Up set on Pinterest.  It's Sweetest Times and was released in 2020.  I made five cards from it.  I am way past the number of cards needed for this year.  I have been really struggling with my crafting.  It's a combo of issues between arthritis in my hands and worsening vision.  I try to keep coloring at a minimum. I have been buying Stampin' Up sets for years.  It's about time I start using them.  The last card is not photographed very well.  I'm too tired to redo it.

Little Basset


I absolutely love this little basset hound image by Morgan Fitzsimons.  It is available here.  This is my September DT entry for Morgan's Art World Challenge Blog.  I colored the image with Copic markers.  The dies are by Spellbinder's.  The paper is older than the hills so I don't know who it is by.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crazy Critter Challenges - Anything Goes with a Critter

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an Animal

Sheepski Design Challenge - Feature a Creature

Dare 2B Artsy - Animals

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Lighthouse Point


This is the first card that Tom and I have worked on together.  I did the die cutting and coloring of the water.  He did the lighting  We used two Stampin' Up Stamp sets, Lighthouse Point (Lighthouse and Rock) and Waves of Inspiration (Sea Gulls and Clouds.)  I unfortunately,  lost the small die for the under layer of the small cloud so I had to jury-rig it using cut pieces of the larger cloud. The bottom picture shows the lighthouse lit.  It is actually quite bright.  I didn't show the bottom of the card because I had paper clips putting pressure on the card so it would stay lit. To light it up you just need to push the "B" in Birthday.  My husband did a good job with the lighting.

We followed a You Tube video tutorial by Tina's Crafty Ink Spot.  Here is the link  Lighthouse Video  Tom actually changed the way it is done after making the first one.  He liked his way better.  We made seven of them.  I have lots of men on my birthday card list.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Make Over Card


This card is a remake of a card my daughter gave to my husband one Christmas with his gift in it.  I always loved the decoration on the card so I saved it.  I finally decided to strip off the decoration and apply it to a new card base. It originally was on a solid ivory.  I decided to go with green gingham.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Merry & Bright

I am trying to gradually work my way through the dresser full of stamp sets I have and have never used.  I bought this die set about six years ago, but for some reason never purchased the stamp set to go with it.  I now wish I had. It definitely needs something more, but I'm calling it a day,  It has a sentiment inside, my stamp on the back.  Officially complete!  This is for the November card challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I still need to complete June through October.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Christmas Cards


Here are a few more cards I made for the Splitcoast Stampers Christmas Card Challenge.  I saw a card made with this Santa digi and fell in love with it.  I went to the website and saw that the manufacturer was named Quigglefly.  I searched for a while and couldn't find them.  The next morning I remembered a company that I had purchased some of my first digis from back in 2010.  It was called Squigglefly.  I still have my folder so I checked and to my surprise, I already owned it.  Tom asked me how I could not have remembered that I already owned it.  Truth is I have almost ten thousand digis.  A lot were from design teams, even more I purchased myself.  Quite a few were given away as freebies.  I don't think anyone having that many would remember them all. I colored the image with Copic markers.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.

The next card is from a new Stampin' Up set. I thought this was so cute!  This was also colored with Copic markers.

This is another new Stampin' Up image.  No coloring on this one!

Monday, August 1, 2022

Owl in Tree


This is Owl1 available at Creative Art Design Studio.  I used Copic markers for the base colors and filled in with pencils for the texture and details.  The colors on the photograph are not quite the colors on the original.  I can't seem to get the lighting right.  I need to find another place to do it. Please come along and join us at Morgan's Art World Challenge Blog this month. Next month I'll have a cute, but somewhat sad looking little basset hound pup.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Place to Start - Anything Goes

Inspiration Station - Animal Kingdom

Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything Goes 

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Krafty Friends - Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes

Critter Crazy Challenges - Anything Goes with a Featured Critter

World Wide open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

QKR Stampede - Anything Goes

Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - Anything goes - with an Animal

Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, July 31, 2022




 I found this die on Amazon.  I had seen it used on Pinterest as a shaker card.  I had never made a shaker card before and had absolutely no idea how to do one.  I just did what made sense to me and it really didn't work out well.  I am still going to use it.  After I finished the card I looked on You Tube and found some much easier directions for making a shaker card.  That attempt should be coming up sometime soon.  I also forgot the gold ribbon to hang the ornaments on.  Oh well, next time!  Lots of senior moments going on lately!


Tuesday, July 26, 2022


I made these two Christmas cards using a pre-colored image from Jan's Digi Stamps.  I just couldn't resist the image.  The first card uses a Spellbinder's die.  The paper for both cards was in a pack ordered from Amazon.  These cards are my May entry for Splitcoast's Christmas Card Challenge.  I am officially done with homeschooling now so let the crafting begin!

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Karate Kid

My nephew James just earned his blue belt.  I thought it would be cute to design a birthday card that reflected his achievement.  The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I colored the image with Copic markers. and added some plastic starts for decoration.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Friday, July 1, 2022

Golden Eagle


I have been trying to find my way back to coloring animals which always has been my true passion.  I used Golden Eagle  available here: Creative Art Design Studio.  I used a mix of Copics for the base colors and Luminance pencils for the details.  I need seven male cards ASAP.  This is the first of them  July is absolutely full of birthdays for my family.  This is my Design Team entry for the July Anything Goes Challenge at Morgan's Art World Challenge Blog.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Coloring Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes

Fun Friday/Your Next Stamp - Anything Goes 

Pattie's Creations - Anything Goes

As You Like It - Fave Feminine or Masculine

Krafty Chicks Challenge - Anything Goes

Crafty Girl's Corner - Anything Goes

Paper Funday Challenge - Anything Goes/Masculine

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Dare 2B Artsy - Masculine

Critter Crazy Challenge - Animal as Main Focus

Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes

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