Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Thanks for stopping in to check out this week's challenge!!

I have had these canvas cut outs for about 2 years.  I bought a pack of 20, and have maybe used 2!!  So I thought this would be a great opportunity to break the jar out and play.  I chose a large butterfly from the jar, and colored it green with a gelato and water.

The card base is shimmery gray. For the next layer, I ran a Tim Holtz Weathered Wood ink pad down the birch tree embossing folder from Stampin Up, and embossed it on white cardstock  I stamped the tree ring stamp from Concord & Ninth with same ink and fussy cut it. I adhered the tree ring with dimentionals, and attached the butterfly to the tree ring with glue dots.  I had weaved some coated wire through the body of the little butterfly, and curled the tips with a pencil.

The sentiment is from a Fiscars set, simply called Sentiments.

Again, thanks for stopping in.
Happy crafting!!
Hug your pets!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I was so excited to get my new chicken stamps in the mail, I knew I was going to figure out a way to incorporate them in to the next challenge.... no matter what!!  lol  Turns out, it was a pretty good fit.....

Then the dilemma started..... which chicken to use..... what is my one color gonna be....  sigh...... It is rough having new toys.  lol

Tuns out, my color is yellow. I love me some yellow....

The new set is called "Hey Chick" from Stampin Up.  I have to admit I couldn't stop at one card.....I made 5.  lol   My cousin has a b-day coming up (which she reminded me when I posted one of the other cards on my facebook page) so I think I will send the bundle to her as a b-day gift.

Not a complicated card.  The base is plain old black. I used the little egg stamp from the set to make a background. Cut that layer out with my stitched rectangle die.  Cut my chicken out with a stitched circle. The colring was done with varios yellows, including colored pencil, copics, and Crushed Curry ink (the chicken wire background stamp on the banner).

Turned out pretty cute.  I just love this set!!  Peeps are gonna be sick of seeing my chickens soon, I think.....  lol

It has been so cold here in northern Wisconsin, and last night the fan motor on our wood stove decided it was done.  Then our propane furnace, which is our backup, decided it wouldn't come on. Luckily, my brother has a friend that used to work at a heating place, and he was able to help Titus get it up and running over the phone, and today they are going to hunt up a replacement for the fan motor.  Sigh.....always seems these things wait for the bitter cold weather to happen.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Make it a great day!!
Stay warm.
Hug your pets (and bring them in from the cold)!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Thanks for checking out my card for challenge #80 at Stamp, Ink, Paper!!

Cardmaker's Choice is always a struggle for me.  I get too distracted, can't decide what to play with....

This week, I am waiting to get my new chickens from Stampin Up.  So, while I impatiently wait, I decided to play with my chicken set from Raisin Boat....

The "Just Chicken In" sentiment is from Crackerbox Palace, everything else is from my "Chicken Coop" set from Raisin Boat.  The cardstock is from The Paper Cut, the color is FOSSIL.  The wire embossing folder is from Darice.

And now the inside.....

All colored with Copics.

Thanks again for stopping by!!!
Happy 2017, hope it treats you well.

Hug your pets,

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Welcome to the 70th challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper!!  Thanks for stopping by.  Once again, it is our annual "Anything but Christmas" challenge.  :)  The possibilities are limitless (well, except the whole they-can't-be-Christmas thing).  lol

My sister asked me for a batch of cards of various sentiments to give out as Christmas gifts to her friends.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it.  I thought it would be perfect for my English teacher sister, and all her friends.  And, it seems once I inked it up, I couldn't stop!!  lol  I love to color, and so I just kept experimenting with different colors, then tried finding paper to match, and here they are.....

This one might be my favorite.  Might be.  lol Or it may be this next one.....

I just am not sure.....

I also made her some kids birthday cards, some thinking of you, a few just because cards, and some thank you cards.  Sent them out this afternoon, along with a few of her favorite Christmas treats, as I finally got around to some baking today.

I hope you each have a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2017.

Hug your pets, and bring them in from the cold!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


I have a huge card order I need to be working on.....  I was looking for some inspiration this morning when I saw this sketch at Paper Craft Crew, and right away had an idea!!

The card order is for an assortment of sentiments.  She wants birthday, thank you, sympathy, and so on......  This sketch is a great place to start.

On to my white card base, I used the eraser of my pencil, tapped on to my ink pads to make the dots along the top of card. The colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green, Hello Honey, and Sweet Sugarplum.  The sentiment is the "Time of Year" hostess set, stamped in some of the same colors.  I like how fun it turned out while still staying pretty simple.

Hope everyone is having a great day.  It is cold and windy here, so a good day to stay inside and make more cards.  I best get back to it!!

Thanks for stopping by.
Hug your pets!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


I am still trying to come up with a Christmas card to send out to my family and friends, so this challenge was a good opportunity to come up with another idea to try...

And this is my latest idea......

Card base is Pool Party, embossed layer is Pear Pizzazz, next a piece of burlap ribbon, some twine, and a stitched circle from some retired dsp to tie my colors together.  It is topped off with a tree cut with the Perfectly Pines thinlits and some sequins.  The sentiment is from Endless Wishes.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!
I finally started my baking today. My 'to do before Christmas' list is long..... here's hoping I accomplish most of it!!  :)

Make it a great day!!
Hug your pets.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


I love winter.  Well, until I have to drive in it.  :)
I love to watch the snowfall from indoors, love how pretty the yard looks after a new batch of snow falls.  But, don't care for shoveling it or having to drive in it.  Especially when winter goes on and on....   But, right now it is just beginning.  We have only had snow on the ground for a few weeks, so it is still pretty....... for now.....

I love snowflakes and snowmen on cards, though, and never get sick of either of those!!!
So this challenge is perfect!!!

I have a cousin who is battling cancer.  I try to send her a card every week or two.  When I saw this Unity set, I thought of her right away.  And when I saw this challenge, my thought went right to pairing my new stamp with some snowflakes.

The ard base is Pool Party cardstock. The image and sentiment are cut out with my stitched rectangles from Gina Steimel. The embossing folder is the retired Northern Flurry.  The coloring is done with copics.

Now to send this off to Michele..... which means going outside into the snow......
Thanks for stopping by!!
Hug your pets!!