Swanson thinks this stamp is weird...I like it!Swanson asked me to make a birthday card for a friend’s mom, Karen. She is very fun loving and easy going, plus the whole family likes cats. So I decided to use this cat stamp from The Cat’s Meow set. It’s playful, and fun and don’t think it had ever seen ink before!

I stamped the image in Basic Black onto watercolor paper and colored it with SU! markers and aquapainter. After the image had dried I went over the water in the fish bowl with glitter glue. I also did the same with myHopefully you can see the sparkle balloon stamp. After the glitter glue had dried on the balloons I cut them out and mounted them onto the watercolor panel with glue dots, then drew the strings with a black marker. I sponged Almost Amethyst around the edges of the panel and mounted to a scrap of purple cardstock from my box of scraps by the pound days.

The Teal panel is also a scraps by the pound remnant that I stamped with Paisley BG in Taken with Teal. The Apricot Appeal strip I stamped with what I call the Sneeze pattern in Apricot Appeal and sponged the edges, then stamped the Bear Paw from Button Bear (still my all time favorite set) stamped off in Close to Cocoa.

The designer paper is from a set that I picked up at the Dollar store, of all places, but the colors were very summery and pretty and the price was right!

Happy birthday stamp from Little Hellos stamped in Taken with Teal.


Stamps: The Cat’s Meow, Little Hellos, Button Bear (Paw & Balloon), Paisley BG

Paper: Watercolor paper, Apricot Appeal, purple, teal, designer unknown

Ink: Basic Black, Almost Amethyst, Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal, Close the Cocoa

Accessories: SU! Markers; Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Green Galore, Temptine Torquoise, Almost Amethyst, Regal Rose, Creamy Carmel, Bliss Blue, Basic Black, Aquapainter, Krystal Glitter Paint

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I made this card the Splitcoaststampers Color Combinations Challenge #173. This week’s challenge uses Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and Certainly Celery. Well, I don’t have Wild Wasabi or Purely Pomegranate, so I had to improvise with Old Olive and Rose Red. Not nearly as pretty together, but at least I get to play along.

I also dug out this designer paper that I have had for at least six years. I don’t even remember where I bought it. I bought 3 sheets of it and I still have them. Well now I have 2 and a half sheets. I have never done anything with them because I could never work out in my mind what would look good. And this card for sure didn’t turn out like what was in my mind! But after I had cut my pretty paper I had to use it on the card *sigh*

I also made this card a bit bigger than normal, it is 5.25″ x 6.5″. Stamped the flower outlines and leaves in Basic Brown and watercolored the leaves with my aquapainter. Stamped the inside of the flowers with the flower stamp once full color then again second generation in the Rose Red. Stamped the Butterfly large base in Certainly Celery – stamped off, not full color – then stamped the smaller body stamp in Old Olive full color, then stamped the body outline in Basic Black. But now, after having had time to looking at the card while writing this I think I should have done the butterfly bodies in Basic Brown.

I stamped the Certainly Celery cardstock with Aida Cloth in Certainly Celery and sponged the edges. Stamped the Old Olive cardstock with Aida Cloth in Old Olive and sponged the edges. Punched a circle tag out of part of the main image cast-offs and sponged the edges with Rose Red.


Stamps: Simple Sketches, Painted Posies, Aida Cloth BG, Noteworthy (friend on circle)

Paper: White, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Black, flowered designer unknown

Ink: Basic Brown, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Rose Red

Accessories: SU! Grosgrain ribbon, spiral clip, aquapainter

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I made this card for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Michele’s gallery is a joy to look through and I had a hard time deciding. Here is the card that I chose to case. I kept the layout, tag, twine and twill tape the same. I had to change to stamps, papers and charm as I don’t have those in my stamping stash .

I colored my little guy with pencils and blended with paper stumps and odorless mineral spirits. Distressed the edges of the tag and the white cardstock layer behind it and sponged with Creamy Caramel.

The bottom panel is vanilla cardstock that I swiped my More Mustard ink pad across repeatedly in a back and forth motion to get a wood grainy look. Then I just touched it up with a sponge along the edges. After it had dried I distressed it with a sanding block.


Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Noteworthy

Paper: White, Vanilla, Red & White Generations, paper tag

Ink: Basic Black, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Twill tape, twine, colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits, paper stubs, starfish charm

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It’s hard to believe that my baby is 15 years old today. Time seems to go so fast, especially when you’re not paying attention! My little chicklette has blossomed into the most beautiful butterfly, thus she was my inspiration for her birthday card.

I didn’t want to use a lot of background stamps or papers, but I did want texture so I used the TP technique from Leslie Miller’s wonderful blog Running With Scissors. Of course, we are running low on TP because I forgot to pick some up from the HEB store so I had to improvise with a cotton round. It’s like a cotton ball, except it’s flat and round like a silver dollar. It did the trick. I scrunched the cotton round up and loaded it up with the Apricot Appeal ink then pounced it on the Apricot Appeal cardstock until it had a nice sueded look. I wish you could see it in the picture.

I sponged Apricot Appeal around the edges of the cardstock, stamped the butterfly outline from Sweet & Sassy in Pumpkin Pie ink across the bottom of the panel and stamped Happy Birthday! in Basic Black. I used the same TP technique on the green panel using Certainly Celery and sponged around the edges. I stamped the Lavendar Lace panel repeatedly with the Fluttering Butterflies from Beyond the Basics in Lavendar Lace and sponged the edges.

I stamped the Daisy outline stamp three times on White cardstock then used a template to draw a frame around each flower with a black fine point pen and went over that with a basic black marker. I colored them in using Stampin’Up! markers in Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Lavendar Lace. I put a little tape on the layers to hold them down while I sewed them together.

Last I stamped the Butterfly outline from Sweet & Sassy three times on White cardstock and colored them using my aquapainter and Apricot Appeal and Lavendar Lace reinkers. Then I cut them out and used glue dots on the bodies to put them together. The bottom butterfly is glued down by the wings.

Here’s the supply list:

Stamps: Petal Prints, Sweet & Sassy, Beyond the Basics, Friend to Friend

Paper: White, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Lavendar Lace

Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Markers; Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Lavendar Lace, Basic Black, Aquapainter, SU! Reinkers Apricot Appeal and Lavendar Lace, Michael’s Dotted ribbon, Fine Point Black Pen

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It’s amazing how intimidating a blank box can be. Waiting to receive whatever musings my mind manages to eek out these days.

I have no idea how all of the bells and whistles on this blog work yet, but be patient with me it will eventually be passable.

Things I plan to write about: (Not in any particular order)

Journey through the fog; Five months of my life in a rocking, unsteady, cognitive fog & how I am still fighting to come back

My Pathway to Purpose; God’s purpose for my life and how He led me to find it

Life happenings; My amazing family & friends that God has blessed me with

Life applications; Sometimes stuff hits you square in the forehead and you want to share it with everyone

Crafty stuff; Cards mostly, I love to create cards for others and I will share them here

Anything else that floats my boat………..