Sunday, July 17, 2016

the hardest card to make

We never run out of ideas and we are so happy when we are creating  birthday, baby or wedding cards. It is much more difficult when we have to sit down and make a sympathy card, especially for someone we care deeply about. 

I never have a stash of sympathy cards, because it is cathartic to sit down and make a special card to help with someone's loss. I will give you a tip though, keep it simple with soft soothing colors.

My older brother's wife's dad just passed. He was well into into his 90's and lived life to the fullest. He was a happy guy with a great smile and laugh.

My card design was based on this sketch at  As you see it, another new challenge site I discovered.

I used the stamp set "turning a new leaf" from PTI. This is an oldie but goodie and is perfect for CAS card.

The saying and die cut is from Simon Says Stamp. I don't usually do anything fancy inside my cards, but it just felt right to carry the branch to the inside also. If you are wondering about the ombre, I don't have enough space to collect the HA ombre inks, but used my Marvy blending blox. Compared with the HA inks, I think they work just as well and I have every color.

Please check out this great sketch challenge at As You See It.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Birthday loot!

As I said in my last post, it was my birthday last weekend and I received a load of stamping stuff!! Woohoo!!!! The first set I got inky was this very cool set from Clearly Besotted- Dandelion Dreams.
It is a few months old but new to me. It is the perfect stamp to use with CAS designs as well as thinking outside the box.

To test drive this stamp set, I went traditional with this set. CAS on Sunday is having a color challenge- "Black and White with a Pop of White. This card just miraculously happened- very different from what I normally do. That is the great things about challenges- they make you stretch yourself.

I stamped everything with versamark ink and embossed with white and pink embossing powders. Added a few sequins and i think this is so elegant and whimisical. Is that even possible or is that an oxymoron?

Here is a close up:

As I was writing this post, I thought of a great twist for this card. I need to finish up and see if i can get it done and photographed before I leave for work!!

OK OK!!! I couldn't wait I just finished that card I was thinking!!

It is just the reverse of what I created first!! So cool!! Gotta try this thought process again!!

Check out what the DT and others are doing over at CAS on Sunday!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Yay for the red, white and blue!!


If you are living in the States, you will be celebrating our country's independence. My birthday is on the 2nd, so I plan a 3 day celebration that goes right into July 4th. When I was a kid I always told people I was born on the 4th. I wanted to be a little firecracker. Well all I can say I may not have been born on the 4th but I am still a firecracker!!

I took this weekend off from all things school and decided to do what ever I wanted which is stamping!! My hubby and bestie both got me lots of new stamping stuff including all of the Altenew inks, which are fabulous. For my card today I used Altenew's ruby red and sapphire inks.

It has been a month since I last blogged!!! Yikes, where does the time go?!!? I decided to check out some of my fav challenges to inspire me. Several were hosting red, white and blue challenges and since it is the 4th, I decide to join in with a patriotic card.

I am entering this card at CAS-ual Friday and Curtain Call for their red, white and blue challenges.

CASology's theme is the word "row". I went rather expected with my card. No surprises.

A new challenge for me is Cards in Envy. They want cards that can be sent through the mail!! Love that idea. Today's challenge is "stripes"

Sometimes the most simple card takes awhile, today's card was no exception. Getting the rows of stripes straight and not smudged and then adding the stars evenly. It took 4 tries.

So check back again this week, I hope to share other cards I have been working on over this holiday weekend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

House of Cards June Blog Hop!!

This is a very bittersweet moment. House of Cards was the first DT I was asked to be on. Mynn gave me my start. Today, HOC is the last team I am stepping down from. As I have said in previous posts, school and work has just gotten to crazy. So if I post sporadically, you will know why.

As usual our blog hop at HOC is full of fun, lots of inspiration, creativity and PRIZES!!

This hop will run FROM JUNE 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH JUNE 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

So, get ready and let's get hopping?!  Oh wait, hold the horses!! Before we get hoppin',  we have some fabulous sponsors to share with you!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!


Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Prize: 3 Digital Images
A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 1000 digital illustrations, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

Reverse Confetti
Prize: $25 Gift Certificate
REVERSE CONFETTI offers on trend, high quality photopolymer stamps, high quality CONFETTI CUTS steel dies and exclusive paper products to coordinate with our releases…all made in the USA.

Great Impressions

Prize: Prize Package
Great Impressions was founded in 1984 by Ken and Deone Mackenzie.  With a love for stamping, the company grew.  The result is a quality rubber stamp in either wood mount or stickable mount backing for all your stamping needs.  Great Impressions' goal is to provide the highest quality stamps and to inspire creativity!

Prize: Any three products of your choice!
MHKDesigns is a vintage digital stamp Etsy shop owned and operated by Mynn Kitchen from On A Stampage.  She creates vintage stamp sets and digital paper packs for all your crafting needs.  Contact her with any requests you have at!

And now, here's your hop order~

HOC Blog | Mynn | Sue T.Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily 
Heather | Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

MK Designs: Choice of 1 digital stamp set and 1 paper pack 
Great Impressions: Stamp Package
A Day for Daisies: 3 Digis from the Store
Reverse Confetti: $25.00 gift certificate


Our sponsor Reverse Confetti sent 8 of us free stamp sets- Woo hoo!!!! I was lucky enough to get the "Your a Star" set! I used the colors as my inspiration. This card is all RC- I used their awesome card panels, this one was from the "so very spring" set. The sentiment is from my fav set: "whole lot of happy". There is sentiment for everything!!

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop Cohenna!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too! 

If you have lost your way, here is the whole hop:

HOC Blog | Mynn | Sue T.Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily 
Heather | Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May showers bring June flowers?

Yesterday was a free day for me. I spent it with my bestie stamping. The fun thing about stamping with a buddy is you get to use their stuff!! I "borrowed" her Altenew Botanical Gardens set. I stamped every darn piece and embossed with gold and watercolored the images with bright sunshiney colors. I then die cut the images and had fun placing them in a pleasing design.

playing with placement  

My buddy Pat looked at the finished card and laughed. She said that is soooo not you. Where did this come from? She is right. I am more CAS and whimsical. This classic and elegant creation my have come from an alter ego.

We have had so much rain this May that I am hoping it will bring June flowers. Because of that I am entering this card the Time Out challenge.  The there is: 'May All your weeds be wild flowers'.

I am also entering this card at The Card Concept .

Sunshine brings flowers and my flowers are sunshiny colors, so why not enter this classy and elegant card!


 Done playing, time to get back to work! The pharmacology and pathophysiology of reflux and Barrett's esophagus. Woo hoo!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stamping just for fun

I finished my brutal research class and had three weeks off before I started back. I did what any self-respecting papercrafter would do with that much time on her hands- I STAMPED!!!! I stamped JUST FOR FUN!!! I didn't stamp for any of my DT blogs ( stepped down from just about all of them), I didn't make any required  BD or other required cards, I stamped just because I could!

Usually I have a specific challenge to meet, so I was a bit at a loss as to what to do. A quick perusal of Pinterest helped and got my juices flowing.

Today's card was built around one of my favorite sentiments from this Penny Black set. I used it a lot. It always goes well with a flowery card.

I added flowers from Hero Arts Lia Griffith mini set. The set included a cute little bird, who perched perfectly on top of the word "hope".

Because I have time, I can enter some challenges. something I haven't done for awhile. Addicted to Stamps and More has a clean and simple challenge. My favorite kind of challenge. Not only that, but they are having a DT call. Maybe at another time I might have thrown my hat in the ring, but life is just a wee bit to busy for structured stamping. But hey maybe one of you will go for it!! My buddy Kylie runs this challenge. I designed for her at Happy Little Stampers. She is a gem to work under. Be sure to check out her stamp company with the same name.

 Hope you enjoyed my stamping just for the heck of it! Hope to be back with some more inspiration!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Showing off

Some exciting news to share. Our health system really goes all out for Nurses' week and National Hospital week, both of which are back to back. One of the events this year is an employee art show. Employees could submit art work to be chosen to be displayed. Encouraged by two of my fav artist physicians, I submitted some of my mixed media art. I didn't think the art committee would pick it as it is rather different than the art usually shown. One most of it cannot be hung on the wall. Fearing that just openly displaying it would encourage those with sticky fingers, it was all displayed in a sturdy acrylic case.

Last Monday, there was a "meet the artists" reception. It was fun telling folks that I was "the artist" who created these works. I received lots of compliments. Several folks asked me if I sell my work. Another asked if I would take part in a craft show/fair. It was all sooooo exciting!

Throughout the past week, various people I work with have come up to me at work saying they didn't know I was such an artist. Makes me chuckle.

Everything will be on display for the next 2 months and the organizer for the event told me they would like to build a larger case for my work for next years event!