Monday, October 7, 2019

Creative Time Off

Hi Everyone!

I am here today with just a quick announcement to let you all know that I am taking a break from blogging for the rest of this month. I am very behind on making my Christmas crafts because I haven’t wanted to start posting Christmas items yet here on the blog so I have been making other items to post.

It’s too hard for me to be able to have time to do craft both Christmas and non Christmas items and do all the blog work. Soooo....I’m going to be very busy over the next few weeks prepping lots of great things to share with you during the Holiday Season!

There is still a lot of great inspiration (If I do say so myself) for you find here, however! Have a look around if you have a few moments! I hope you find something that catches your eye and inspires you to be crafty and creative!

Thanks everyone and I’ll see you again November 1st!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Cross Stitched Autumn Blessings

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day and looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I am just hoping for some cooler temperatures to start showing up here in NC. It’s still been in the upper 90s lately and  just feeling like anything but Fall. I am so ready for crisp mornings and breezy afternoons. I’m definitely ready break about my Fall wardrobe and I am anxiously awaiting the first neighborhood Fall Fire pit social event. Until then, I’ll just keep myself cool with the AC inside!
Today’s project is a little bit different as it is not a card. I actually decided to make a small piece of art  to frame for my Autumn home decorations.

Since I’m a little late posting this today, I’m going to just share the pictures. If you have any questions about the supplies etc, drop me a comment and let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. Addicted to Stamps and More
2. Crafting by Designs
3. Crafting with an Attitude:
4. Lavinia World Challenges
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6. Polkadoodles:
7. QKR Stampede
8. Ellibelle’s Corner Crafty Wednesday: Stamp it.
9. Fab n’ Funky Challenges: Autumn Challenges

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Watercolor Autumn Trees

Hi Everyone!
 I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog today! Today’s card is another Autumn themed card featuring a watercolor background. This background was actually made at the same time I did the one in Monday’s card.

While the background of the first card was still wet, I laid a piece of watercolor paper on top of it and “smooshed” the two pieces together. The result is that the second piece had a slightly lighter layer of watercolors than the 1st one. I smooshed it around a couple of times and then lightly added some additional color to finish filling out the background. The intention with this background was to keep it light and subtle.
For the center image, I turned once again to my Lovely as a Tree set, which the original wood block set that I have had for more years than I care to admit!  (Let’s just say I think my now 15 year old son was still in diapers when I got it)

I decided to just take a chance and inked it randomly with a few distress inks. (Side note...I got my first set of Distress Oxide inks yesterday, look for a blog post soon! Anyhow, back to regularly scheduled programming...) I used Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress inks along with Simon Says Stamp’s Green Apple. I just inked the stamp and hoped for the best. It actually took about three tries to get it the way I wanted it; but I was happy with the final results.

I did some die cutting and layering to frame the center image before adding the sentiment at the bottom which is also from an old Stampin Up wood block set (I have no idea which one...)
Finally, I added some May Arts twine as a bit of a finishing touch to separate the main image from the sentiment.
I hope you like it! Leave me a comment so I can come visit you and return the favor! Have a great day everyone and I’ll see you again on Friday!

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Fall Watercolor Window Card

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was good. I set up my fall decor inside which seems a little odd since it still in the upper 80s / lower 90s here in NC. I’m fairly certain summer is never going to end! Maybe by the time I decorate for Christmas, it’ll finally feel like Fall.
Anyhow,  I decided to break out some watercolors and make a Fall colored thank you card. I used Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper and my Gansei Tambi watercolors to create a simple background.

After it completely dried, I cut out a circle from the panel and stamped one of the trees from my much beloved “Lovely as a Tree” set from Stampin Up using Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I cut two more circle frames from rust color card stock and also Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink. I used the larger circle frame on the front of the card and I layered the tree image and smaller circle frame on the inside of the card
To cover the hole in the front of the card, I added a piece of acetate to the back of the front watercolor panel and then used some foam tape to adhere it to a standard size card made from cream colored card stock.

I white heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom which is from my ever- present and much used Hero Arts “ Everyday Sentiments”
I added some white dashed lines around the outer circle frame and a some sparkly dots around the inner frame for the finishing touches.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today! I hope you like what I made. Feel free to scroll around and see some of my other creations!

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Altenew Fine Frames: Thank you, you are a blessing

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day! Thank you for visiting me today. My card for today features the “Fine Frames” die set from Altenew. I have to admit, I had a bit of difficulty using this die. I couldn’t get it to cut through on the top and bottom but only on the sides. Now, I have to give due thought to the fact that I have a very old (1st edition old) Cuttlebug die cutting machine and it could be very well be the reason it isn’t working well. I’m hoping Santa might bring me a new machine for Christmas! For now, I will probably just use this die as a one piece frame and I plan to order another set that has the frames as individual dies.

I wanted to do another fall colored theme card. This is a bit of a non traditional fall colored card, so I included the picture that inspired it, so you can see where my thoughts started.

 I began by layering the individual frames as shown and then I knew I wanted a bold sentiment in the center panel. I actually dug around and found an old ‘Thank You” wood block stamp. I heat embossed it with white powder and added the smaller sentiment from Altenew’s “You are” set

I added a couple of small embellishments, twine  and white dashed lines around a few of the frames for some final finishing touches.

Have a great day, everyone!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thankul: Embossed Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it has been a few days since I posted. Last week was a bit of challenge in the mom world for me. As you may remember, my daughter had her wisdom teeth taken out last week and unfortunately, she had a rough recovery, so lots of TLC was necessary. She finally turned a corner this weekend and seems to be getting back to normal. I did get some crafting done as well; but just finally got around to getting some photos done this morning.

The card for today is an Autumn themed card. I will admit, I am not one to make a lot of autumn/ Halloween type cards. I just don’t send them out to people, so they’re not really of great use to me.
Usually the only reason I make them is to have a few things to show on my blog during the Fall season. I also try to make them multi-functional such as a Thank you card.

I used the Falling Leaves Background Stamp from Simon Says Stamp. This is an older stamp from last year’s Stamptember release. This stamp is perfect for a background focal point. I decided to heat emboss it and I actually did it several times before decided to mix it up a bit by using two powders: Enchanted Gold, and Copper. The copper embossing matched well with the scrap of copper paper I found in my stash.

I originally white heat embossed the “Thankful” sentiment on to the copper paper; but made some mistakes, so I trimmed out the sentiment and attached it to a new piece of paper. I added some tiny hearts that I punched out and then added some sparkle with my Spectrum  Noir Glitter pen and topped with glossy accents. I added some dashed white lines around the card edge as well as the bottom line of the copper sentiment piece. I added some little gemstones and sequins for final embellishments.

Have a great day everyone!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pink Fresh Studios Modern Mandala Die Cut CAS card

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today.  Recently I purchased the Modern Mandala Die Cut from Pink Fresh Studios and it’s been sitting on my desk in the “to do” pile for a while. I finally got a chance to play with it and it was a lot of fun. I can definitely see many more uses for it in the future. For this first one, I decided to die cut it from both light pink and dark pink card stock

I took scissors and separated the different sections and then pieced them back together in alternating layers. This was also an easy way to get two cards done rather quickly.

Since the medallion was the main focus of the card, I added a thin frame around the edge of the card and simple sentiments in the bottom corner. For the second card, I lost the tiny little middle piece (I’m sure it’s in the trash) so I added a small prima flower with a little glass flower embellishment. I thought this was a nice way to make the two cards the same; but also just a little bit different.

To add a bit of final interest, I added some liquid pearls to the various points of the medallion and added some glitter with my (new to me) Spectrum Noir glitter pen.
So two rather  simple cards for today. I hope you like them and I hope it inspires you to create something too!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you again soon!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Layered Medallion Stencil: Wishing you only the Best!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was full of fun and crafting and family time, so it was good! My son ran a 1/2 marathon and finished 9th overall and 1st in his age group! So super proud of him!! We did some reorganizing and decorating in my daughter’s room that she’s been wanting to do for a long time. She had her wisdom teeth removed today, so I’m glad her room will be a nice peaceful place for her to recover for a few days. I was able to get a good bit of Christmas crafting done this weekend as well.
The card I’m sharing today features the same layering and rotating stencil technique I used on the Sparkle and Shine shaker card I posted last week. This stencil is one I got from Hobby Lobby a while ago and I really like it; but I often struggle with ideas to use it. This technique worked rather well, however and I look forward to using it more often.

I die cut a scallop heart from white paper and then inked the edges with Simon Says Stamp Coral Reef ink. I also die cut another small heart from a piece of paper that I heat embossed with silver powder a few times to make it very shiny! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Best Hugs set.
I’m a little late in the day posting this, so that is all for me today. I hope you like the card and I hope you all have a great evening!

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. A Gem of a Challenge
2. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends
3. A Bit More Time to Craft
4. Love to Craft
5. The Creative Crafters

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sparkle and Shine Layering Stencil Shaker Card

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you are all doing well. I have been very busy formulating and designing some new Christmas crafts which I will be sharing very soon. Today, however I have a simple card that actually has a couple of detailed elements to it which make it super fun!

The inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire. Whenever I am stuck for ideas of how to really use some of the supplies I have, I will visit her blog and I always find the inspiration I need! I’ve stated in some previous posts that I’ve been really trying to use my stencils a bit more. Stencils are just so inexpensive and really, once you search around and find some inspiring ideas to use them, they are a lot of fun as well. For this technique I used Jennifer’s idea of layering and rotating the stencils. You can see Jennifer’s video showcasing this fun technique here
For my card, I started with a piece of Simon Says Stamp Island Blue Card stock. (The color is a bit off in the photo, bad lighting I suppose) The stencil is from Hero Arts and I began by ink blending some Salty Ocean Distress Ink over it. Then I shifted the stencil so that it was a little off center from where it was and blended a heavy layer of Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink over it and set it off to the side to dry.

While it was drying, I made the center shaker panel. There are a wide variety of ways complete with You Tube tutorials about how to make a shaker card. I feel like I do a different way each time! For the sentiment in the center, I white embossed the “Sparkle and Shine” which is from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit set on to a a piece of heat resistant acetate.
I decided to put a small strip of white card stock across the center because the shaker circle just got lost against the stenciled background when I just had it directly against it. I added some white dashed lines around the edges of the die cut circle, and two large silver sequins to finish the card.

Ok, that is it for me today! A fun card to make, if a bit time consuming! Go check out Jennifer’s blog...she’s always great!
See you again soon..

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. Lemon Shortbread 
2. Through the Craft Room Door
3. Crafting By Designs
4. Crafty Creations
5. Crafting with an Attitude

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cross Stitch Hello

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great day! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I am back home and finally getting back into a normal routine after our little “hurrication” Today I have another cross stitch card to share with you. I made this one around the same time I made the other ones I have shared; but I figured I’d save it for a little while. This was a fun pattern to stitch and I will definitely use it again.

For the center I use the framed rectangle die cuts from Simon Says Stamp. I cut them so I could inlay the layers instead of stacking them. I wanted this card to have layers; but I thought if I stacked all of these, it would just make it a little too bulky.

The sentiments are both from older Hero Arts set: The “hello” is from “Living Life” and the other one is from “Everyday Sentiments” which is one of my favorite and most used sets.

For card stock, I used Enchanted Evening from Paper Trey Ink, New Leaf and Surf Blue from Simon Says Stamp, Neenah Solar white and a grey that I found in my stash.
That is all for me today. I do want to let you know I am starting to work on some Christmas crafts which is keeping me busy, so I may not be posting as frequently for the next couple of weeks. Don’t worry though, I’ll be around as much as I can!
Have a great day, everyone!

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Floral with Prismacolor.

Hi Everyone!

Well, the damage from Dorian seems to be minimal and everyone is safe back home, so the kids and I will return home tomorrow and life should just get back to normal by next week. I’ve been a little busy the last few days while staying with friends, so I haven't had tine to blog until today.

I’m sharing  another card using the Cosmos Floral Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I posted another one recently. If you missed it, you can see it here. For that first card, I used Copic Markers to color floral images. For this card, I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils. I chose an all red theme and basically used the same pencils, I just colored some lightly and some more darker.
It was all easy and fun to do! I added the sentiment which is also from SSS “Handwritten Greetings”

As with the previous card I made with this background stamp, the focus is on the background, so you really do only need a simple sentiment to complete it.
Short and sweet post, today; but I wanted to make sure I popped on and at least shared something!
Have a great weekend; and I will be back again next week sometime!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stencil Ink Blending: You are the best

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day and enjoyed your Labor Day holiday. We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Dorian here in Eastern North Carolina and making preparations. For now however, I have a quick card to share with you.

For this card, I used stencils from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things. I started with the circle stencil from Simon first and stipple brushed a light coat of distress ink in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Picked Raspberry. Then I laid the other sketch down positioning it the way I wanted over the circles and then used my ink blending tools to put down a slightly heavier layer of ink in the same colors.
The sentiment band is from Simon Says Stamp “You Matter” set. I probably should have centered the three smaller sentiments a little bit better; but honestly...that’s never my strong suit. I added some iridescent sequins and white dash lines to various parts of the circles for a little added interest.
Simple card overall, I think; but still with some interesting elements.

Have a great day; and I will update again as I can depending on the Hurricane Dorian situation.


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Friday, August 30, 2019

Copic Colored Flowers Thinking of You

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you’re all having a great day. I am so excited to share today’s card with you. I recently treated myself to a couple new crafty items and one of them was the Cosmos background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I knew as soon as I saw it that the possibilities for coloring it were going to be endless! I have another example to share with you later in the week; but first, let’s talk about this one.

I stamped the background stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 80lb Neenah White card stock. I know there are a lot of Copic friendly black inks out there; but this one is my favorite. I will always reach for it first, with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink being a close second. I let it dry for about 15 minutes and then just for a little added insurance, I took my heating gun and just lightly ran it over the image just to make certain the ink was completely dry. Once that was done, I set to coloring. I won’t bore you with all the blending details. Let me just be clear, however, I am NOT a Copic Color artist! I’m not certified, I’ve never taken a class or anything close to it. I just do what works for me. I take the tips and tricks and tutorials I’ve seen on You Tube, Pinterest and other blogs etc and try to learn from them and then apply it. So, please don’t criticize my coloring!

Red flowers: R35, R46, R59.
Turquoise flowers: BG45, BG15, BG49.
Yellow flowers: YR15, YR16, YR09, R59
Flower centers: E25, E29
Leaves: YG03, YG17, 25, 67
Background: W1, W3

After the coloring was completed, I added some highlights with a white gel pen. I die cut my new “Thinking of You” die 3 times from white card stock and once from black card stock. I stacked all the white die cuts together and adhered them to make a 3D type sentiment and then I off centered it with the black one, to give it a bit of shadow or depth behind it. Without that black piece behind it, the white words just get lost against the background.

That finishes the card. I have to admit, I was rather tickled with the results. I hope you like it too! Have a great weekend and I will see you all again soon!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mojo Monday 521: Friendship has its Perks!

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great start to your day! I’m so glad you’re taking a moment to visit with me! Today’s card is for a Mojo Monday sketch. I haven’t done one of these in SUCH a long time! I was sad to hear Julee closed the Verve Shop last year. Many of my favorite stamp sets are from Verve and I continue to use many of them frequently. (Having said that, I did go with a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for this one, however.)

This sketch was fun and easy to work with. I decided to break out some patterned paper for this as well. I don’t use it very often but it definitely makes the card easy to put together! I just pulled some pieces from my stash that seemed to go together.

The stamp set from Simon Says Stamp is “What’s Brewing” and it came as part of a stamping kit of the month  a couple (?) of years ago. I stamped the mug from the set and then colored it with Copic Markers (E09, E19, E84, E87, E29) I stamped the “hello” sentiment in SSS dark chocolate ink and then I fussy cut it out and added it to the mug. I stamped the other sentiment in red ink (honestly...don’t remember which one) I die cut some circles, blended some ink over them for a little added color and interest. I layered the card as shown and finally added two small sequins in the corner of the small patterned paper piece and finished the card!

That is it for me today! Have a great one, and I will see you all again soon!


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Monday, August 26, 2019

Die cuts and Stencils Thank You

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! I hope you all had a great weekend. I am back with another card using masking with die cuts and stencils. This card uses the mask of the die cut in the center to keep it protected while I stipple brushed distress inks in the background. For this one, I used Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce. Honestly, when I first thought about these colors together, I wasn’t quite sure I was go into like it! They just sounded very odd together. I should know by now, however, to just trust Kristina Werner’s keen color sense because I LOVE this color combination so much!

After adding a soft layer of color, I layered the swirl stencil from Hero Arts and secured it in place with some purple tape and added a darker layer of the same ink colors. I die cut the U several times which is from  an old Verve Stamps set and then stamped the Coordinating “U” stamp in Chipped Sapphire. I layered them all together for a “chipboard” type letter. I stamped the “thank” part of the sentiment which is from the same set in Iced Spruce and then layered it on the U as shown.; and then adhered it in the center of the die cut. I added a layer of diamond stickles to make it all sparkly and shiny.
That wraps it up for me today! Have a great start to your week and I will see you all again soon!


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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Masking with Die cuts and Stencils: Friend You are Awesome

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you so much for spending some of your day with me, I do so appreciate it! I have one more cross-stitch card to share with you; but I haven’t photographed it yet, so we’ll take a break from those for a couple of days and move on to some other cards I’ve been working on. Sometimes, I scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and I see all the manufacturers in the industry promoting their new sales and new releases and I ooh and aah and start immediately planning in my head all the “really cool things” I could do with all “that new stuff” Then, I pause a moment and look around at my desk and my bookcase where I store the majority of my items and I think to myself, “look at all this stuff you already have, Dori. Why not take a look through and see what you haven’t used or think of techniques you haven’t done in a while?” So, that’s what I did! And way in the back of a container I have, I rediscovered my stencils! I haven’t done anything with those in SUCH a long time. So, I scoured Pinterest and You Tube for some inspiration and went to work!
The card I’m sharing today started with a white card base, top folded. I cut a Pendant Nestablities die cut from Spellbinders and then used the negative piece of the mask to put over my white card card front, so only shape of the die cut was in the center. I then took my Martha Steward stippling brushes and brushed on a light blending layer of Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jean and Dusty Concord Distress Inks (yes, just the regular ones)

After that, I took my Swirls Stencil by Hero Arts and carefully laid it over the front of the card, positioning the areas I wanted over the die cut piece in the center. I secured it with some purple tape (which is a new purchase and fabulous!) and then took my ink blending tools and layered on a heavier coat of the same colors of ink over the stencil I pulled the stencil away, removed the mask
negative and viola! I had a very cool die cut center on my card.
For the “Friend” in the center, I took some of my old Quikutz dies and cut the letters individually. Each letter, 4 times in white and once in black. Yes, it took a long, I didn’t mind. I stacked the letters and adhered them all together; and then placed them across the center of the die cut. I used a T square ruler to try to get it all straight and centered; but I think I still managed to get it a little crooked somehow!  The simple sentiment “you are awesome “ is from Altenew’s “You are” set that I’ve been reaching for a lot lately. Finally , I added some small clear sequins and some little white paint dots to the stencil background for a little pizazz! For the final touch I ran the edges of the card along my cracked pistachio ink pad just to bring a little more definition to the edges of the white card.

Phew! are you exhausted from reading all that! I think it took me longer to type out all the steps the card took than it did to actually make the card! If you haven’t tried this technique, I encourage you to give it a whirl, it’s a lot fun and really easy to get great backgrounds. Have a great day and I’ll see you all again soon!


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cross Stitch Happy Friend

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for visiting with me today, I always appreciate your time spent here. The other day, I shared the first of a few cards with cross stitched backgrounds. If you missed it, you can check it out here

I’m back today with another card using this same technique. I was really pleased as punch with the final results of this background! I would definitely repeat this pattern again with different colors. (In other related news, I got my cross stitch die from Altenew in the mail yesterday and was SO excited, until I realized I ordered the wrong one! 🙄😫 Oh well, I’m going to do one or two backgrounds with it and persevere a bit with it; but will ultimately need to order the correct one to do the backgrounds I really want) Anyhow, I digress...

Since the focus of the card is ultimately to be on the background, I decided to keep the rest of it very simple. I used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings” and paired it with a Nestabilities label 1 die. I added some buttons and twine to finish the center panel. In order to draw even more attention to the focal point of the background, I added some gold stickles to the center of each colored design. Yes, stickles...I still use them, all the time!  

Anyhow, I hope you like it and I hope to see you all again soon!


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4. A Perfect Time to Craft: Anything Goes 
5. Crafts Galore: Anything Goes 
6. Love to Craft: Anything Goes 
7. Papercraft Business: Anything Goes 
8. The Creative Crafter: Anything Goes

Monday, August 19, 2019

Cross Stitched Hello

Hi Everyone!

So sorry I didn’t post more last week! I was very busy last week crafting and creating so that I will have things to share with you! This week I have several cards featuring cross stitched backgrounds. I have been inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s stitching on cards for a long time now. This was the perfect way for me to pass time in the car last week during our very long road trip to and from Colorado

 The trickiest part of these were punching the holes for the stitches. I have since come to my senses and ordered the Altenew Cross stitch die cut! Can’t wait to get it and make even more backgrounds.
For this card, I chose orange, turquoise and purple for my background colors. I die cut the “hello” which is from Hero Arts several times from white card stock and then stamped one of them with the coordinating stamp using my MISTI tool to line it up just right. I stacked all the die cuts for some dimension and then layered a coat of glossy accents.

The sentiment below is from Altenew “you are” set. This is a set I often forget about; but have recently rediscovered it and hope to use it even more in the future.
I hope you enjoy the card and I hope it inspires you to create your own stitched backgrounds. Have a great day and I’ll be back soon!

Challenges for this card:

1. A Gem of a Challenge Anything Goes
2. Little Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
3. The Corrosive Challenge : Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
4. Dare 2B Artsy: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Polka dot pinwheel birthday and Estes Park!

Hi Everyone!

I am finally home after our wonderful family vacation in Colorado. I’m sharing a couple of photos at the end of this post. If you ever get a chance to visit Estes Park, I highly recommend it!

So, now back to the matters at hand. I have another birthday card to share. I know I’ve been sharing a lot of those lately. Full disclosure:  Many of the cards I’ve been sharing since I started blogging again have been cards I made a while ago and had just stashed away.  So this is the last birthday card I have and now I’ll need to actually get situated at my craft desk and make some cards!

This is another super simple card I made using some polka dot pattern paper. I made some simple pinwheel flowers and added the sentiment at the bottom.  I added the panel to a piece of Aqua Mist card stock from Paper Trey Ink and attached it all to a white card base.

Not a whole lot else to say about this one. I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll be back again as soon as I can!

Challenges for today’s card:


1.  Dare to Be Artsy: August Anything Goes
2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
3. The Corrosive Challenge: Anything Goes


1. PammiesInkyPinkies: Anything Goes

 Finally a few pictures from our vacation!

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