Saturday, August 13, 2022

Warm Christmas Wishes

It is Trend Week at Just Us Girls Challenge #645 and we are using stencils!!! This pair of (surfboard) stencils makes a quick and easy background that really adds a lot to a card. One stencil does the surfboard itself and the other adds the details. So fun! And the best I have another Christmas card ready for December!

Products I used:

Jane's Doodles: Surf's Up stencils

Sunny Studio: Surfing Santa

Reverse Confetti: Circle die

The Greetery: Postal die

Circle punch

Stampin' Up!: markers

Prismacolor pencils

Nuvo Crystal Drops

Wink of Stella pen

Distress inks

Blender brushes

Foam tape (for dimension behind Santa)

Simple card after stenciling the background. Santa's beard and hat have sparkly Wink of Stella on them and the Nuvo Crystal Drops add more splash to the scene. A few bloopers along the away making this card. Nothing new! We hope you will make a card using a stencil and put it in our gallery this week!


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Jolly Flamingos

For the Christmas Craft Creations August theme our theme is Winter Activities! I know that not everyone lives in a warm climate like I do, but I thought that it might add variety to the design team cards for inspiration. Here is my ice skating, decorating trio for you.

Products I used:

My Favorite Things: Festive Flamingos

Cuttlebug: embossing folder

Copic markers

Unknown source sentiment die

White glitter card stock

We hope you will join us with your Christmas winter activity cards! Think of skiing, playing in the snow, Santa on a surfboard, cookie baking, wrapping gifts, decorating the Christmas tree. Many possibilities!

See you in the gallery!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Get Well Wishes

A cat loving friend of mine just had knee surgery and I decided to make a get well card that would make her laugh. A while back my husband had surgery and I made a dog with a cone card, so I knew what I was going to do for this cat version. I am playing along with NBUS #41 (Never Before Used Schtuff) with this cat stamp.

Products I used:

Cat, sentiment, ribbon: Stampin' Up!

Cone: vellum and a mini brad

Frame: Avery Elle

Foam tape

I punched a half circle out of vellum and kept cutting off more and more of the straight edge until the cone would fit the cat. I secured it with a little brad. Everything else is easy and obvious. I can't wait to hear from the recipient of this card!!!! Here is a link to my original dog in a cone card from 2021. My husband laughed out loud when he saw it because he was wearing a neck brace at the time after his neck/spine surgery and I was calling it the cone of shame.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend,


Saturday, August 6, 2022


This week at Just Us Girls Word Week #644 we are all about Butterflies! You have to see all the pretty cards! Be sure to click on the link above and check them out! My mini slimline card ended up looking like a baby girl card, so I am leaving off the sentiment for now, in case I need to add a name to it with little letter stamps or dies. Baby cards are fun to create. Simple and sweet.

I wasn't sure I had any butterflies in my stash, but then I remembered that I had a punch. I ran some white card stock and an embossing folder through my Big Shot to get the scallops on it. Then I punched out three white butterflies.  I also punched out a butterfly in the middle and two ends of a strip of pink floral and bee patterned paper. I popped up the butterflies' wings with foam tape in the spaces where the butterflies were cut from the patterned paper. I love this cute floral and bee patterned paper and like it with the butterflies. I added a yellow striped border and some sequins to finish it off!

Products I used:

Stampin' Up!: butterfly punch and scallop embossing folder

Patterned papers


Here are some other baby cards I have made in the past. They are quite simple to make.

We hope you add some butterflies to our gallery this week. See you there!


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Cue the Confetti

Thanks for stopping by! Our new board for the Tic Tac Toe challenge TTTC173 is a birthday theme! I chose the middle column moving down: Frame it, Birthday, Free...and I used a Jennifer McGuire technique found here called Floating Die Cut Frame. Can you see the stitched rectangle opening in the center of the card? The flowers are popped up on foam tape, hence, floating.

I die cut my flowers until I thought I had enough to cover a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel. Then I ink blended them in aquas/teals and pink/corals. I followed Jennifer's tutorial, then chose a sentiment. I stamped my sentiment and cut it into a rectangle that fit the center of my frame perfectly, then brushed teal ink on the edges. I could have just stamped it on the card, but I wanted to define the center rectangle shape to make it more obvious. I added jewels and my card was complete!

I hope you will join us this week in the gallery with a birthday (or other) card using this festive board!

Products I used: 

Papertrey Ink: Into the Blooms II dies

Distress Inks

Stampin' Up!: Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set

My Favorite Things: Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle dies

Pretty Pink Posh: jewels

Foam tape

Press and Seal

Ink blending brushes


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Look on the Bright Side

Hello friends! We have a really fun week for you! For our team member Ina's Just Us Girls Challenge #643 Wild Card Week: CASE a Designer, I chose to make this graphic style card after a quilt called Scrappy Suns by designer Corrine Sovey here and below I added a link to card designer Hannelie Bester whose sun card I just love as well!

Scrappy Suns quilt pattern by Corrine Sovey

I have had this quilt photo saved for rainy day, no, pun intended, in case I get good enough at piecing and quilting to make it! Love the colors and patterns!! Hannelie's card is adorable with the octagons and bright colors against the mostly white card. I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk cardboard sticker for my sentiment. The rest was just cutting shapes with  a circle punch and my paper cutter!

We hope you will join us this week for this fun and different approach to cardmaking!


Sunday, July 24, 2022


The My Favorite Things Color Challenge #193 uses beachy hues and I had to make a beach lover card using them as well as my new MFT cover up die that I've wanted forever!

Die cutting is the main technique on this card, but I also ink blended the background to look like sand and surf. I literally got this MFT Snow Swirls Cover Up die today and made this card right away! I know it will be put to good use for winter cards too, but I always thought it could have other uses...I've looked at it a long time and finally bought it!

Products used:

MFT: Snow Swirls Cover Up Die

Spellbinders:  Small Die of the Month June 2022

Sugar Pea Designs: Card Front Element Builder dies

Distress inks

Blender brushes

Patterned paper

Silver card stock


So many ideas swirling in my head (pun intended) for this Snow Swirls die! Check back soon.