Lovely Birthday – 3 in 1 Challenge

I spent a lovely 4 days on the Oregon Coast, but it was back to my happy place this morning when I made enough room on my craft desk to sit down and make a birthday card for my aunt!

I decided that I was going to go for the gusto with this card and combine the #jrlcreativechallenge with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #107 and Color My Heart Color Date #142.

I started with pulling all the ink pads of the color dare out of my organizer so I didn’t forget anything.  I decided to use the Lagoon cardstock for a base and used both the Zig Zag and Dot embossing folders to give it texture.  With the base for the AHSC being 4 separate pieces this came together in a fun way.


I then stamped the flowers and leaves from the Lovely Birthday stamp set in Pear, Glacier and Sunset, embossed them with the dots folder for texture and then fussy cut them.  I had a Smoothie Mini-Medley Accessory Kit left (I knew there was a reason I hoarded things) and pulled a button out to add to the stamped sentiment banner.  I also added sparkles to the flower centers and the vine because a little bling never hurt anything!


Don’t forget to make the inside pretty too…in this case I added a matching flower to the lower corner.

Thanks for stopping by today…it’s good to be home and crafting again!

Playing Match Maker – Mojo Monday 394 meets Color Dare 138

I loved the colors from this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare and couldn’t resist playing along with the Mojo Monday # 394 sketch, so since I had other things on my “to do” list today I combined them.

One of my favorite stamp sets is the Charming Chevrons and I love to match them with the Chevron Sparkles…I paired it with the Life Is Sweeter M size stamp, it just looks like those Chevrons are pointed right at the sentiment.  I used a little more of the Brushed Paper Packet and separated the papers with two strips of the skinny washi tape from the Carnival Washi Tape in the new Seasonal Expressions 2.  I think it’s one of my favorite embellishments from the new catalog.

I’m really enjoying playing in the Color My Heart Color Dare, it’s taking my stamping out of the box you should follow the link and play along too.

Thanks for stopping by!

To Late to Color My Heart

Well my idea for a last minute color date at Color My Heart was too late to hook up to the link challenge, however it made for a pretty card to add to my stash!


I used the Brushstrokes stamp set to make a fun pallet of colors, Juniper, Pear, Canary, Pixie, Hollyhock and Cranberry…all colors found in the Brushed Paper Pack which I used earlier in the week and then when looking at the color dare again I thought what a great rainbow, hence my card!  I then used the stamps from the new Operation Smile stamp set stamped in black over the top of the rainbow base.  I then mounted the entire card to a base card of black.  The rainbow was sprinkled with bitty sparkles.

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The inside was finished off with two strips of another rainbow stamped sheet cut into banners.  They remind me of paint chips from the hardware store.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you get the chance hop over to the Color My Heart Color Dare  and see what inspiration you can find!

Happy Anniversary – AHSC #103

The Brushed paper pack is really growing on me…thanks to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and the Color My Heart Color Dare, I might just get it used up!



This card was inspired by the AHSC #103 and my neighbor down the street who started talking to me about cards with belly bands, since I had the Brushed Paper still sitting on my desk I decided to play with it some more and make an anniversary card to put into my stash.

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The first thing I did was grab my envelope punch board and of course since it was on the bottom of a pile made a HUGE mess in the process.  Then since I haven’t used it in forever I promptly cut the envelope the wrong size so it’s not a standard card size, oh well all is not lost in crafting.  I layered black and colonial white cardstock to the inside stamped two groups of flowers which I colored with the Shin Han markers and popped up the little anniversary banner.  I also wanted to give the belly band some texture so I ran it through the Big Shot and tied it with a piece of thick twine.  The LOVE is centered on colonial white and black circles and that is layered on additional piece of Brushed B&T which was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I’m really quite pleased with how everything came together…thank goodness Spring Break is over and I can enter some challenges without someone else grabbing paper and stamps over the top of me!

Full of Challenge!

Last week it was suggested that I check out the Color Dare over at Color My Heart, I didn’t have time to make a second card last week, but told myself that I would try and incorporate it this week into the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge which I love participating in so much.


So after looking over the sketch,I checked out the color dare, Slate, Pixie, Colonial White & Silver.  No matter how much I tried, I could not bring myself to mix colonial white with the white daisy from the Brushed Paper Collection – so I guess I need to keep trying.



One of my customers gave Brooke this adorable stamp set with a puppy, kitten and two bears, I asked if I could use them and I think she felt honored after all I’ve got so many stamp sets of my own to choose from.  I also have pretty much brain washed her that Close to My Heart stamps are the best stamps around!

In sticking with a personal challenge to start doing what makes me happy, I used a fun fold card that opens in two layers.


I couldn’t find an actual name for this card type, but it’s real simple to put together.  The base layer is cut at 9 X 4.25 and scored at 3.5.  The smaller inside piece is 8.5 X 3 and scored at 3.75.


I embellished the inside with a zip strip from the Blossom paper packet, used last month’s Stamp of the Month and used the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Artfully Sent Cricut Bundle.  I just love how it all came together.

I was just informed that my blog is going to get hijacked again this week, so I guess I better get this posted so the other crafter in the house can get busy.

Thanks for stopping by!