Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy Halloween

I actually managed to make a few Halloween cards but will I manage to mail them all out in time? :):)

This is a Small Folding Pocket Card, the directions are at the bottom. They have a cute little bookmark that goes into the pocket.

 Here are all 4 of them, all folded up and ready to mail.

Outside of orange card, inside of one of the blue cards and bookmark.

Inside of card with bottom flap folded up.

Directions, please pay attention to the spot that states, "sample only - squares are NOT to size!"
Pumpkin, broom, sentiment and cat stamps are all from Plum Purdy, she no longer sells stamps and I was very lucky go get the ones I have.
Background stamps - on ghost page is a Unity stamp and the one on the bookmark is from Prima Marketing.
Die Cuts - Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge.
Backgrounds all colored with Gelatos.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Autumn Wishes

Fall is in the air even here in Arizona. It has actually been chilly most of the week, we turned the ac off on Tuesday and it is still off. I want it to warm back up FAST!!

I made this card to enter into a few different challenges. And I used Fall colors on it.

I followed this sketch from:

The color inspiration came from:
 I want to enter this into these challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack - #157 - Anything Goes
DL Art - #189 - Fall
Just Us Girls - 362 - Photo Week


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

County Fair Winners Layout

When I saw that Dies R Us was having a challenge involving something that you might see at a county fair, I decided that I had to play along as I had just come home from seeing that the 3 cards I entered into the 70th Mohave County Fair had all won blue ribbons. Next year I really hope that I can make a good enough project to win Best of Show.

I made this page in celebration of my wins!!!

All papers are from Quick Quotes
Creative Time Dies - Build a Banner Kit & Star (on airplane ride)
Art C stamp & cut sets - Arrows and butterfly, there are no names on the packages.
Cricut - Summer Vacation Cartridge - Plane Ride
VERY OLD - Memory Boutique Specialty Stickers
A bit of bling from my stash

I am entering this layout into these challenges:

Dies R Us - Challenge #57 - County Fair
Blog Quick Quotes - Challenge #67 - Use Embellishments

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Lana

I am sooooooooooooo EXCITED!!!! I entered 3 cards into the Mohave County Fair and all 3 of them are Blue Ribbon winners. I'll post pictures after I pick them up from the fairgrounds Tuesday evening.

Today I have a birthday card that I made for my pen pal Lana in Montana. Now I'm hoping that she doesn't peek at my blog before her birthday.

I ran the card base though my eBosser using my Teresa Collins Honeycomb folder.
The flower basket stamp is from Plum Purdy, I have had the stamp for 3 years, Renee no longer designs or sells stamps.
The, "Happy Birthday" stamp has been in my stash for about 10 years I think. I picked it up at a street fair in Michigan.
I inked up the edges on the stamped layers and added some jewels to the corners.
I am entering this card into these challenges:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Scraps By Gracie C.A.S.E. a Card Blog Hop

Remember the old kids game, Telephone? You know the one where a secret is told to the first person in line and then they tell what they think they heard to the next person and they tell the next person and so on and so on.  At the end of the line, the person says what they heard and the first person tells what they originally said and laughter erupts because the two things are nothing alike.  Well today's hop plays that game, but with card making instead of secrets.

This hop is un-like any you've probably ever been too. 

We took one card created by Alicia  and sent it to the next blogger who then C.A.S.E.d the card (copy and steal everything) and sent her card on to the next blogger who C.A.S.E.d it and sent her card to the next blogger.  You get the idea. 
When you are done hopping you'll see how different or maybe how similar the last card is to the first.

You should have arrived here from Lisa's Blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning visit Alicia's blog.

We'd like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by September 30th. Email her at with your order. 
All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs. That's it! It really is easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 
Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).  Now on with the hop!
Here is Lisa's card :

And here is the card I made:
As you can see I kept the blue and white color scheme but I changed it from an oval scallop to a round scalloped card and the windmill to a butterfly, I also made the butterfly dimensional.
Spellbinder's large scalloped circle die
Cuttlebug butterfly die - negative cut on white, positive cut on butterfly, matching butterfly embossing folder
I also added a bit of blue to the white and the butterfly with my EBrush.
Foam pads

Thanks so much for hopping with us! Here's the entire line up in case you get lost:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

SIP Challenge #64 CAS

I came across this challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper and decided that it was the perfect challenge to use my new embossing paste for. This is my first CAS card as well as the first using embossing paste. I live in a rural area and it takes a long time for, "new" crafting idea products to be available. As a matter of fact, I had stopped in at the gift shop inside the hardware store last week in search of some embossing or texture paste because they have a very small scrapbooking/stamping area. The girl behind the counter assumed that I wanted something to repair my stucco walls...well, I don't like my stucco walls because the entire house is stucco, walls and ceilings. A little bit of stucco is ok but the whole house?

Anyhow, here is my card:

I have had this stencil in my stash for a long time, I added some green StazOn ink to the embossing paste that I used on the stem and leaves....the pinkish in the top area of the rose was kind of a mistake, I had used the stencil with my Spectrium Noir markers and wasn't able to get all of the color off but that was years ago so I don't know why the embossing paste picked it up and only in that area. I liked the way it looked so I used it.
The sentiment is wet embossed and I added a few pink pearls.
I am entering this card into this challenge:


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Muse Challenge #181

I have finally gotten back into the crafting mood after our seemingly never ending trip. It actually took me a couple of weeks to fully recover, riding the bike in all of the heat and humidity really took a toll on this old lady.

Anyhow...back to my card. Or should I say cards? I made this for the: Muse Challenge #181  this is a CASE challenge, here is the original card:

I really liked everything about this card when I saw it, especially the colors and use of washi tape which I usually have a hard time trying to work it into my projects.

And now my cards:


I made 2 cards using slightly different processes on the butterflies. The first one I embossed the butterfly then used watercolor pencils to color it and a watercolor brush to blend the colors. The 2nd one I stamped, used the same watercolor pencils on them and blended with a regular paint brush then I  added some Glazed Dimensions on a few parts of the butterfly to add a bit of shine.

The green strips are washi tape and the flower border is from a set of Close to my Heart border stamps I won on a blog hop a couple of years ago.

The sentiment on the first card is stamped with blue ink and the 2nd card was stamped with green ink.

I am entering this card into this challenge:

Muse Challenge #181.

All of my Photo Scavenger Hunt Photos in One Place.......

I decided that it was time to put all of my scavenger hunt pictures into one post. I have also included a list of the items on the list. There is a link at the bottom of this post if you would like to join in the fun.                                                 
 1. A "wild heart" - a naturally occurring heart (like the rock above, but it doesn't have to be a rock)2. A footprint or pawprint
3. A skeleton, bone or x-ray
4. A book or magazine read during 2016
5. A porch or deck
6. A camper (caravan)
7. A family gathering
8. A drawing, art project, artistic photograph, scrapbook page, greeting card, or art journal page created by you.
9. Someone playing with, in, or around water.
10. A bicycle
11. Fresh produce
12. A window
13. The moon
14. A buffet of food
15. A team logo
16. A map showing a trip taken during the time period
17. Twins
18. A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries
19. A seasonal cocktail or beverage
20. Someone laughing
21. A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period covered in the Hunt. Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.

Alternatives - if you're having trouble finding any of the above, you may substitute from this list (but you may not substitute for item #21):
alternative 1: a lighthouse
alternative 2: a baby (human or animal)


There is still some time to play along if you want to here is the link:

Last of the Summer Scavenger Hunt Photos

Here are my last 3 Photo Scavenger Hunt photos. I had to use 2 alternate photos, lighthouses in place of 17. Twins and 20. Someone Laughing. There is no alternative for 21. Picture of yourself holding a newspaper or calendar taken during the time frame for the scavenger Hunt.

17. Got this picture on our never ending trip to Michigan, we had planned on taking the tour but it didn't work out with our tea time.

20. Part of my lighthouse collection, I have a few more scattered throughout the house, these all sit on top of my china cabinet here in my craft room.

21. Me holding a calendar. The calendar was a gift from my pen friend Joel who lives in Phoenix.
It was fun to play along with the scavenger hunt and I hope to be able to take part in it again next year.

If you want to play along, you still have time:

Photo Scavenger Hunt