Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Design Team - Woohoo!

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm so excited to share that I am now a designer for Kitty Bee Designs!

Today is my first DT Spotlight post.  I will be sharing a Kitty Bee Design project on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Here's my first project using Cupcake Surprise Pup.

I've colored using Copic Markers.  I also used Jaded Blossom Birthday Dies, Card Mat Dies, and Card Layer Dies.  The patterned paper and Sprinkles are from Doodlebug Designs.


Kitty Bee Designs also has a challenge blog,

You'll find a new challenge every other week with a great line up of prize sponsors.  
I encourage you to join our challenge fun!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Always Fun Challenge ~ Tags

Hi Crafty Friends,

This week's Always Fun Challenge #20 is to make a tag (or something that includes a tag.)

I have just purchased some new dies from La-La Land Crafts and I wanted to put them to use right away so here is my challenge project.  I used Jaded Blossom's Luggage Tag Dies for the base.

I cut everything using my new Gemini.  Wow, it only took 2 passes through the machine for everything to be cut and every die came out perfectly - that's 12 different die cuts!  All I added was a tulle bow and my tag is ready to put on a Halloween treat or gift.

I hope you'll visit the challenge blog to see more DT projects and to enter our tag challenge.

You can visit HERE

Thanks for visiting,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Guest Designer for Pause, Dream, Enjoy

Hi Crafty Friends,
I am so thrilled to be one of the Guest Designers for Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges.  This week's challenge theme is Birthdays.
It seems I always need masculine birthday cards.  I created this one for my brother-in-law.
The background was created with the Sun Ray Stencil (My Favorite Things) which I inked in with Distress Inks.  I used a Jaded Blossom Tropical Die for the "sand."  The other die cuts are from La-La Land crafts.  I used an old DCWV Rustic Stack for the papers for the die cuts.  The sentiment is from Jaded Blossom's So Many Birthdays.
This is the first time I've used a stencil for a background and I love the effect.  I'll definitely be using this technique again!
Thank you, Janis, for allowing me to share my design on your blog challenge.
Please visit Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges to join in the fun.
Thanks for being here!

Hugs and Happy Crafting!

Challenge Reminder ~ My Besties International Challenge Blog

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today's post is just a reminder that you still have plenty of time to join
My Besties International Challenge for August.  The optional theme is Nautical.
Remember, you can use any image from any artist.  There will be prizes given to DT members and NON members.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join the fun at
My Besties International Challenge Blog.

Here's my reminder project.

I used Besties Sailor Boy.  You can find the image HERE.

The design idea came from Simon Says Stamp Sail Away With Me Kit inspiration. I stenciled the background using Distress Ink and then stamped the waves from the SSS stamp set.  The sailboat was a die included in the kit.  Sailor Boy was colored using Copic Markers.

I hope you'll join our challenge!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Going in Circles

Hi Crafty Friends,

What a fun theme for Always Fun Challenges #19: it's Going in Circles.  

I used Jaded Blossom Stitched and Scalloped circles to create this birthday card for a sweet friend.

The patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's Petal Lane line.  I love the colors!
I also used La-La Land Crafts Stitched Happy die and Sizzix Celebrate set for "birthday."
The numbers are from Jaded Blossom's newest Alphabet 2 die set.

Join us for this week's "Going in Circles" challenge.  Just follow the link above.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Step Up (with a Step Card)

Hi Crafty Friends,

Challenge #128 for Cut it Up Challenge Blog is "Step Up."  We're asking for step cards - so much fun to make.

Here's mine.

I've used the Simple Bracket Step Card cut file from SVGCuttingfiles.  The characters are a print and cut file from our sponsor, Fleuerette Bloom.  I used my Silhouette for the step card base and the print and cut elements.  The leaves are from Jaded Blossom's Fall Dies set and the sentiment is from JB's Fall Signs stamp set.

Here's everything that comes in the Little Critters set from Fleuerette Bloom

I hope you'll join us in our Step Up challenge.  Show us your step card and don't forget to use a die cut!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daisies for your Birthday

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post over on the Paper Crafting World blog.

Today I'm sharing a sweet card that I'll use for a birthday.

I used the Card Daisy 516 CF

I cut the file using my Silhouette.  I love all the card layers yet the flowers were simple to assemble.
The papers are from an older DCWV paper stack.  I added a little inking and some sequins.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll head to Paper Crafting World and check out our wide variety of cut files, digis, and print and cuts.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Always Fun Challenge ~ Let it Sparkle!

Hi Crafty Friends,

Challenge #18 at Always Fun Challenges is
Let It Sparkle.  Well, there's nothing better than a little sparkle on your card, right?

Here's my card - a birthday card for my sister-in-law.

I hope you can see all the sparkle.  I used lots of La-La Land Crafts dies on this card.  The "Make a Wish" sentiment was cut from La-La Land's glitter adhesive vinyl and so was the heart banner.  I used classic white linen-pearl card stock to cut the flower and candle and pink pearl card stock for the birthday presents border.  I tied the tag with glittery tulle and added Stickles to the border cut and candle flame.  All of the die cuts were cut using my Gemini - wowzers, do I ever love this machine!! The patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's Petal Lane collection.

So, get your sparkle on and join us for challenge #18.  Just click the link above.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Besties International August Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's a new month so a new challenge for the 
My Besties International Challenge Blog.

Our optional theme for this month is

Remember that you may use any image by any artist so I hope you'll play along with us.
There are prizes given for both DT members and NON DT members so you'll have a great chance to win!!

Here's my project for the monthly challenge.

I had this fun patterned paper in my summer stash.  I also used  Jaded Blossom's Tropical Dies, Scalloped Rectangle Dies, and Border Dies 2.  This image is colored using Copics.

You can find the image HERE.

Please follow the link at the top of the post to join in our monthly challenge.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Always Fun Challenges ~ Anything But a Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have spent a large part of this week cleaning, sorting, and rearranging my craft room.  I finally have enough space to have three small work areas and enough shelving for the majority of my crafting goodies.  I'm the type that likes to have everything labeled but in full view otherwise it's forgotten.

I knew I had been saving Frap bottles, just wasn't sure where.  When I found them, I knew I had the perfect thing for this week's ANYTHING BUT A CARD challenge at
Always Fun Challenges.

A special friend is having a birthday and LOVES cinnamon candies so here's my little gift to her.

This stamp and sentiment is from Darcies.  I used Jaded Blossom's Wine Tag die set and Tropical Flower Die set as well.  I colored using Copics and then added some sequins and tulle.  I know she'll love the sentiment.

I hope you'll join our Always Fun Challenge this week.  Just follow the link above.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friendship ♥

Hi Crafty Friends,

Well, after almost three weeks away from my craft room I'm finally back.  I was in Louisiana helping my daughter settle into her new home.  I didn't even take my computer because we were without internet until the very last day!  All my posts had been prescheduled up until this one.

Today's post is for Cut It Challenge #127 FRIENDSHIP.

For this card I used Jaded Blossom Coffee Dies and Card Mat Dies.  The stamp is from JB's Java Time set.  The papers are Doodlebug Designs Cream and Sugar.  Finally, I added Doodlebug Designs twine and glitter Sprinkles.

This challenge is being sponsored by
Heartfelt Creations

Come on over to Cut it Up Challenge Blog to join in the fun!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Always Fun #16 Color Inspiration

Hi Crafty Friends,
Our Always Fun Challenge this week is a color inspiration challenge.
Don't you love it when you're looking through your stash and you find a set of papers and embellishments that are the perfect color combination AND it comes with just the right add-ons?  There are those crafty times when you want to make something the requires little time or planning.
Here's my card using a an older Bo Bunny set I've had in my stash for quite awhile.  All I added was ribbon, a card mat and some bling.
This is our color inspiration (which happens to have some of my favorite colors!)
Image may contain: outdoor and water
To join in our challenge, just follow the link above.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #15

Hi Crafty Friends,

The challenge for Always Fun Challenges #15 is Paper Piecing.

I made this 6 x 6 mini album page using punched flowers and a border and then embellished with ribbons - quick, easy, and cute.  It just needs a special summer memory picture.  Small album pages are far less intimidating than 12 x 12s, especially to a card maker LOL.

Come on over (click the link above) and join this week's challenge.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Besties International ~ July Challenge Reminder

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today is a reminder that you still have time to enter My Besties International Challenge July Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes with the option of using Glitz, Glam, and Glitter - that's always fun, right?

Here's my reminder project using one of the Knobby Knee Besties found HERE.

Isn't she cute.  I glammed her up using Stickles on her bow/bone and also around the floral mat edge. 
I colored using copic markers and used Jaded Blossom's Flower Dies and Scalloped Ovals.

You can join our challenge by using the link above.  Remember, you may use ANY image by ANY artist.  We look forward to seeing what you share.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas in July

Hi Crafty Friends,

Woohoo!  One Christmas card completed!!!
Cut It Up Challenge #126 is Christmas in July and with the fabulous files provided by our sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, it's easy to get off to a great start.

Here's my card.

I turned this file into a shaker card by placing a piece of acetate behind the "Joy" and then popping up the card by surrounding the sentiment with dimensional tape to make a pocket for the sequins.  I finished the card by adding the red cord.

We were given the Christmas Card Fun file which can be found HERE.
There are 12 different cards and 17 sentiments in the set.

Thank you so much Regina for our wonderful files.

Please follow our Cut It Challenge link above to join in the fun.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just Pigcause

Hi Crafty Friends,
Today's project is for the Always Fun Challenge #14, Anything Goes.
My daughter just moved to Louisiana and I wanted to make her a special card because I know she is missing the family right now.  Aly graduated from the University of Arkansas and then coached softball there for 5 years.  She is a true Razorback (even though she's living in Tiger country) so I always try to find or create things with piggies.  This adorable stamp and sentiment is from
Craftin Desert Diva's Just Pigcause stamp set.
My patterned papers are Authentique and Bo Bunny Double Dots.  The edges were cut using a Jaded Blossom Border Die 2.  I colored the image using Copic markers.
Follow the Always Fun link above to join in our weekly challenge.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Layout!

Hi Crafty Friends,

I know, I know, you thought I only made cards!  Well there are those times when I do create a simple page layout (emphasis on simple). 
It's my turn to share on the Paper Crafting World design team blog and I chose this fun page layout cut file from Paper Crafting World called "Sweet Summer Title".

Here's my 12 x 12 layout.

I cut the file on my Silhouette (it was already sized to fit a 12 x 12 layout) and just added the mat for a 4x6 photo and then tore the edge of some tan paper to make the sand - easy peasy.  I've had the background paper for ages so I can't even tell you the manufacturer.

Thanks for stopping in today.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #13 ~ Patriotic

Hi Crafty Friends,

This is the month to celebrate America and I have one final patriotic project for you.
Our Always Fun Challenge theme is Patriotic so I got out several of my Jaded Blossom stamp sets and had fun creating this for you.  I have challenged myself to use my stamps in more artistic ways rather than just always for sentiments.  As a Copic colorist at heart, this is new ground for me LOL.

Here's my card.
To create the background I used JB's Party Splatters.  The outline stamp is from the 50 States set and the sentiment is from the Celebrate America set.  I added some sequins and washi tape to add a little more embellishment.  The patterned paper was in my stash.  I think it's Echo Park and the mat is 
Bo Bunny Double dots (still one of my favorite card stocks!)

Why don't you join us for our Patriotic Challenge.  Just follow the link above.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Besties International Challenge ~ July Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for a new challenge at My Besties International.

This month's optional theme is Sparkle, Glam, and Glitter.
Remember that you may use ANY image from ANY artist; it doesn't have to be a Bestie to enter.

Here's my project.

Isn't she fun?  Definitely a glamour gal!  You can find the image HERE.
My patterned papers are from an older DCWV stack called Lemon Flower.  I also used classic linen pearl and classic linen gold to cut some of the dies.  The die cuts are from La-La Land Crafts.  I colored this Fashionista using Copic markers.  I also added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle.

Just follow the link above to join our monthly challenge.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Cut It Up Challenge #125 ~ Patriotic

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share our patriotic creations at Cut it Up Challenges
 I love decorating for Flag Day and 4th of July and I love using patriotic colors for my card designs.
I was exploring the Silhouette Design Store and found this simple design which I loved.

The patterned papers are from Authentique.  I heat embossed a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Celebrate America set.  The lines are clean and simple and I was really happy with the way it turned out.

This Cut It Up Challenge is being sponsored by

Heartfelt Creations


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #12 ~ At the Beach

Hi Crafty Friends,

After the heat wave we've had here in northern California, I'm sure we're all ready to head for the beach!  

For my "At The Beach" themed project I designed this birthday card for my brother-in-law using lots of La-La Land Crafts dies.  I love the way Irina and her designers use lots of dies tucking them here and there to really add dimension and interest to the card.  This design is based on one that Irina shared at a Make and Take that I attended.

The papers are from an older DCWV Rustic stack.  All of the dies were cut on my Cuttlebug (which has just been replaced by a brand new Gemini - woot, woot!).

Dies used:
La-La Land - Postage stamps, Shell border, Lighthouse, Build a Frame, Birds
Jaded Blossom - Stitched circles, Border dies 2

Come on over to Always Fun Challenges and share your beach-themed project.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We're a Great Pair

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm sharing this card over on the Paper Crafting World blog.

Today is our 48th Anniversary so I made this simple card for the hubby using a retired file from Paper Crafting World.

Besides cutting the file on my Silhouette, I also designed the sentiment and then sent it to my printer.
The base for the sentiment is from Jaded Blossom's newest die set, Label Shape Dies.

Happy Anniversary to us and Happy Summer to you!!

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