Anniversary Wishes

 I decided to combine a few pre-made embellishments with a stamped sentiment and twine to make this anniversary card for a neighbor of mine. Silly me thought it was be quick and easy since I began with a few pre-made bits, but in reality it probably took twice as long as if I had made it from scratch! The adhesive that held the champagne bottle together had yellowed over time, so (being a glutton for punishment) I took it all apart, traced and cut, layered and glued it back together. Same with the heart, which I traced and cut from another piece of paper. Half the sequins fell off, so I set to work gluing on more sequins, and then they fell off again, hah! I added extra purple vellum to the bottle neck to cover the yellowing that I couldn't get rid of, then die cut tiny butterflies by Winnie & Walter.  The sentiment is by Stampin' Up and green card base is actually an upcycled medical brochure that I got from my doctor.  

Allsorts challenge 628, butterflies and bugs

Butterfly Spot challenge 158. I used the element of Pairs (two butterflies), and the colors of periwinkle, plum and peach.

DL. Art's June linky 

Word Art Wednesday 495-496

Double Trouble challenge 86. I used Thing 1, 2 and 3 

If You Give A Crafter a Cookie challenge 157

Wonderful Day

 I've been going through my really old stash and pulling out projects that I had completely forgotten about. It's time to either toss them, or finish them. In this case, I turned these butterflies (embossed and colored, and then layered with a vellum layer) into a card. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp and the fancy frame die is by Spellbinders. This can be either a birthday card, anniversary card, or to celebrate any occasion.

 Butterfly Spot Challenge 158. I used the elements of Pairs , and the colors plum , peach and periwinkle, along with my butterfly

Double Trouble challenge 86. I used all three Things for my project 

If You Give a Crafter A cookie challenge 157. I used the photo as inspiration

DL.Art June linky 

Word Art Wednesday 495-496

Creative Fingers challenge 210 

Allsorts challenge 628, butterflies and bugs

CHN June PP challenge 


Great Teacher

 My daughter put in a request for a teacher thank you card for my granddaughter to give to her first grade teacher next month. They've been doing distance learning since last March, and her teacher this year is young, energetic and wonderful. The classroom motif is a cactus, so daughter wanted something modern, fun, colorful...with a cactus. Yikes, I felt intimidated, and put it off for several weeks. However, I pulled out a set of fun cactus stamps and dies by ArtC that I won in a giveaway by Holley, of Holley's blog:  and combined it with a stenciled background by Faber Castell. The tag die is by Papertrey Ink, which was given to me by the lovely Darnell of djkardkreations:

This was the first time I used Distress Oxides with a stencil. and I like the subtle look of it. The stamped sentiment is by Gina K Designs. By the way, making tags, and stamping and fussy cutting are great ways to use those little snippets of scraps in your stash. Just stamp, cut, and layer away!

 Pixie's Snippets challenge 405. Snippets are great to stamp and cut...and layer away on tags!

Word Art Wednesday

Stamplorations June stencil challenge

Creative Fingers 210
DL.Art's June linky 




Do What Makes Your Soul Shine

I recently won a stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh that has some really wonderful sentiments on it. I combined this one with the layered wave set by The Ton for a simple, mature themed design. This sentiment works for just about any occasion, and I plan to make several of them to have on hand.

DL.Art's June Linky
Word Art Wednesday 495-4967  

Creative Fingers 209 

Stamplorations June theme challenge, stamps and two colors

Stay Crafty with Hero Arts #24. This card works really well for guys, don't you think?


Teacher Thank You

My granddaughter was fortunate enough to get an amazing teacher this past year, who enabled her to not only adjust to distance learning, but to thrive.  Mr. H, had office hours every day after class, and my granddaughter was comfortable asking for clarification of those things she didn't understand in class, rather than having to ask in front of other students. Because of that, she is proud to be in the top math group in class, instead of the bottom, for the first time.  

So, when she asked me to make a card for a "man teacher", I pulled out an old paper pad and some vintage stamps to make this. Grandaughter will write a letter inside, so I left it blank.

Word Art Wednesday week 495-496

Crafty Hazelnut's June PP challenge 

DL.Art's June linky

Creative Fingers challenge 209 

Cardz TV challenge 142


Enjoy Today

 I used the Trendy Butterflies stamp set by Stamplorations, along with a tag die by Gina K Designs and stitched circle dies by MFT to make this pretty springtime card. A striped brad and some bling make this even more special. Entering this in the Stamplorations Spring Fling Hop!

Double Trouble challenge 84. I did Thing 1 and Thing 3 but missed the deadline for Thing 2

SSS Wednesday, AG 

Creative Fingers challenge 2099

 Stamplorations Spring Fling challenge. I used a stamp set by Stamplorations

Stamplorations AG challenge, use Stamplorations product

Word Art Wednesday 493-494 

CHN May PP challenge 
 We Love Chocolate Baroque May challenge, bright and sunny

DL.Art May linky 

World View

Di, of Pixie's Crafty Workshop, and I were recently discussing (by email) printed backgrounds that are a quick and easy option for cards, and I lamented that I hadn't seen any in my local stores. I have always wanted to try making a galaxy or night sky background, but never got around to it. Then, I remembered that my wall calendar last year was a Stargazing calendar, and I had kept it. We crafters tend to be hoarders, and it was a good thing because it was perfect for my card.  My daughter requested that I make a card for my granddaughter's science teacher. They've been studying the stars and planets, so I wanted to go with that theme. Fortunately, I remembered that I also had this beautiful globe die by Spellbinders, called World View, which I had never used. The continents were inked through the die and I shaded the oceans to look more dimensional. The postage stamp frame die is by Avery Elle (to continue the travel theme), and stitched stars are by Fun Stampers Journey. Now I have a whole calendar's worth of galaxy and night skies to upcycle, and that makes me happy.

 Pixie's Snippets challenge 405. I used snippets of a wall calendar, and of a financial porfolio cover that I've had for ages. Lots of snippets here.

SSS Monday challenge, frame it

 SSS Wednesday, AG

DL.Art's May Linky 

Cut It Up challenge 226, use a die with nature theme

Creative Fingers challenge 209, AG 


Let Yourself Go!

I cut bits of paper and turned them into a kite some time back, but never got around to adding it to a card. With the windy weather we've been having, it was the most natural thing to do. The papers were crimped with my (very old) Fiskars crimper, and hand cut to make this fun kite. I popped a bright brad in the middle and mounted it on cloud patterned paper. A bunch of colorful fiber and bakers twine for the tail was the finishing touch. I entered this in the Stamplorations Spring Fling blog hop, because what's more springlike than kite flying?!

Allsorts Challenge 625, use bright sunny colors
 DL.Art's May linky

Word Art Wednesday 493-494 

SSS Wednesday, AG

CHN May PP challenge 

Stamplorations Spring Fling, join in with any spring themed project!



Happy Holidays

 I look forward to Christmas challenges all through the year because it keeps me on track to avoid that last minute crunch that used to plague me each December as I madly worked on my cards. I used my favorite Tim Holtz snowflake embossing folder, and an ornament die by Sweet and Sassy to make this CAS card. The stamped banner, rhinestones, and silver bakers twine are all it needs to send a festive greeting.

May Rudolph Days challenge, make a Christmas card

ABC Christmas challenge, J is for Jewels 

CHNC challenge 543

 SSS Wednesday, AG

DL.Art's May linky 

Word Art Wednesday 493-494

CHN May PP challenge 

Happy New Year

 I made this New Years card with stamps by Fiskars and hexagon punches by Stampin' Up that I borrowed from a friend. The hexagons were stamped with a pattern on different colors of cardstock, and then cut. Yes, I know that New Year's Day is long past, but finally getting around to posting this one! I have great hopes of 2021 being much better than 2020, and so far (with vaccinations etc) it seems to be on track. 

Pixie's Snippets challenge 403. Stamped and punched or fussy cut on card stock snippets

DL.Art's May linky

SSS Wednesday challenge, AG 

Word Art Wednesday 493-494