One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Thursday, January 20, 2022


Last month I missed the red and purple Color Hues challenge...I did make a card and I was posting it (after checking to make sure it had NOT ended) and I was good to go, but then called pulled away.  When I came back (that same day!!) and posted it on my blog and was ready to enter it, the Link was CLOSED!  Don't you hate that?  No problem, I saved it and will use it for another challenge!
But this time I decided the best thing is to get on this silver and white challenge ASAP so I don't run out of time!

I decided since Valentines is coming up, I would make this a valentine card and enter it for the Color Hues silver and white challenge too!
It's all about hearts and LOVE, right friends?
PTI:  Mix & Mat Hearts Die
SSS:  Detail Floral Heart Die
Silver Mirror cardstock
The Greetery:  Sentiment Suite Love 

I did make one more card using silver and white:

Memory Box:  Eucalyptus Collage

Gina K: Scripty Sayings (sentiment)

Heart Hugs, friends!


Welcome friends to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CARD CHALLENGE!
Barbara is our hostess and asked for us to use embossing on our cards.
There are so many ways to emboss. There is dry embossing. ( embossing folder) 
Heat embossing with powder. Embossing of your sentiment. 
If you cannot think of a way, just go to Jennifer McGuire on Youtube and type in Embossing.  There are a ton of ideas there. I sure hope that you use the topping on your card. 
And be sure to check out our special party guest:  Vicky and the rest of the design team for more inspiration!

I decided if I was doing one, I should do more than one!  I need to build my stash up, so perfect opportunity!  But I have to tell you it was NOT an easy day, must have been out of practice or something!  My first couple of embossing I tried with a brayer and ink pad, that didn't work out like I wanted, so I gave up on that and just used plain colored paper or like the one above, white! And I did emboss the sentiment and the pretty stars with white embossing powder!

 And my very first try is this one below, but when I was ready to post it, I realized, it was NOT an embossing folder, but a background die (a senior moment or just a brain freeze)!  And even though I did emboss the sentiment, I wanted to do more than just the sentiment, so that is when I started over and made the two above!

And even this one was my second try, I ruined the first background because it didn't cut all the way through in parts and when I went back to cut it again, it moved slightly, so you know what that looked like, a huge pile of pieces!

But I persevered and in the end I do have three birthday cards, so for that I am pleased!

The Greetery:  Pinwheel Party (stars)  Balloon Bouquet (sentiment)  Big Balloons (balloon die)
Cuttlebug folder:  Numbers & Happy
PTI:  Balloon String
Gina K: Fancy Greetings
The Greetery:  Delightful Numbers  (background numbers)

 So, friends, I sure hope you will give this challenge a try and emboss, dry or with powder and make a birthday card and join us in the gallery!  And you know, even if you don't want to use embossing, we love any kind of birthday card!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, January 17, 2022


 Welcome friends to our mid month reminder to make your CAS Christmas card using silver and gold!
Those two colors brought to us by Julia are sure inspiring elegant cards, aren't they?

For this card I used an embossing folder by Darice and my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot foil plate (Essential Dual Lines Rectangle) for the sentiment and the GOLD outline. The ornament is Sunny Studios Retro Ornaments stamp set embossed with silver ep.
I have one more just because I am rebuilding my stash and so much easier to do more than one when the products are out on my desk!

This is another PTI Brilliant Baubles gold embossed.
I once again used the Essential Dual Lines Rectangle Glimmer Plate by Spellbinders for the gold frame and then framed that with Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles.
My ornament cap and hanging string are embossed with silver ep as is my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  I hope you have been inspired and I will look for you in the gallery!  Have a fabulous day friends!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, January 7, 2022


Welcome friends and Happy New Year!
I am continuing to make my Christmas cards, 
and I found a new to me challenge called Christmas Craft Creations
The challenge ends in 4 days and the prompt is:  MAKE A SCENE!
So I did!

This is the first time I have played with this challenge.
I am going to continue to look for Christmas card challenges so I will be sure to have plenty of cards next December!

A Colorful Designs Life:  Marvelous Masks Ornaments Stencil
Hero Arts: Christmas nativity set (it is an old Demo set)
Sunny Studio:  Holiday Style (greenery)

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, January 6, 2022


Hi friends, welcome to the first SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY Challenge of the NEW YEAR 2022

I am hosting the challenge this month and decided my topping would be a BLUE and GRAY color challenge.  As always you are free to make any kind of BIRTHDAY card if you don't want to use the toppings!

I invite you to check out the design team and our Special Party Guest Vicky from Crafting Inspiration 
for this challenge!
This is what I used:
Gina K:  Fearless Joy stamps & dies
PTI: soft stone paper
The Greetery: Crimped frame
The Greetery:  Sentiment Suite Birthday
Spellbinders:  Glimmer Essential Duo Lines Rectangle
Catherine Pooler Ink:  twilight, something borrowed, it's a boy
See you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, January 3, 2022



We welcome 2022 with a new challenge for CAS Christmas:  Silver  & Gold on your Christmas card!
Julia is our hostess this month.
And Lisa is our special guest you can find her HERE

I used PTI Pierced Feature Frame embossed with silver ep.

PTI Brilliant Baubles embossed with gold and silver

I know many of you totally put away Christmas and that includes stamps as well.  But I must tell you how wonderful it is to have ALL of your Christmas cards made early and ready to be mailed in December.  So start now, keep the spirit of the Christmas alive and flourishing in your heart as well as in your Craft room!  Come join us with the first CAS Christmas of the season and make a silver and gold Christmas card!  See you in the gallery and if you need more inspiration, please do check out the blog posted above and you will be inspired!

Heart Hugs, friends!