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!

Monday, June 27, 2022


Hi friends!

Today a group of us are celebrating a very special lady because today is her birthday!


 LOLL, I so respect and admire you!  I thank you for all your endless hours in pursuing this hobby of hours and sharing all your talents with me.

Thank you for all the CAS Challenges that you monitor and keep up and running!

You will always find LOLL here sitting at her desk and making magic happen: . At this place you will come to know and love her CAS style and all of her magnificent creations!  You will also find videos giving awesome techniques that are easy to follow and duplicate!

So today we CELEBRATE YOU!  

 We give you thanks for being our friend and for sharing your gifts with us.

May you have the  most blessed and wonderful day surrounded by your family!

And a very special HEART HUGS TO YOU, LOLL!




Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 23, 2022


Hi friends, so good to see you here!
A summer activity card is requested by Barbara as our theme for this challenge.

I didn't have to think to hard to come up with what I would like to do for a summer activity.
I really only live a little more than an hour from the Pacific Ocean, but I don't seem to be able to get over there very often these last few years.
However, when my girls were younger we vacationed there annually and I have so many wonderful memories from the beach.
Today, I suppose I can now picture myself sitting in those chairs, people watching, bird watching and  going for walks along the water's edge.
And now that I also have a one year old grandson, I suppose I can see myself making sand castles and chasing a little one around in the sand!
I hope you will take some time to make a card and share your favorite summer activities!
You are always welcome to make any kind of BIRTHDAY CARD TOO! 

Now check out the design team and our special party guest for more fun summer activities!


Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, June 17, 2022


Welcome to our reminder post for a wreath on your card for CAS CHRISTMAS!!

Altenew:  wreath stencil

Pinkfresh:  Thrill of Hope (sentiment)

My BFF gave me this Altenew wreath stencil and I had fun using different shades of green and moving the position of the stencil several times to get depth with the images.

 I am looking forward to seeing your card in the gallery!!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Playing with The Greetery ~

 Hi friends, well after a few days being on a craft retreat, it sparked new inspiration in me!
I had to come home and play with some new things that were waiting for me!

I purchased the Greetery Print Shop Daisy Days and I love it!
I made several cards to share here today:
the first two are a TWO-FER! 
After stenciling I cut it in half, made a birthday card and then "just a note" card!

This was cut in half the other way and I used both halves on the card.  The sentiments are all from The Greetery as well (this last one is Opposites Attract)  the above was from Birthday Blooms.
My birthday stash was getting low, so I am building it back up!
It was fun to just play for the fun of it!

This card was made from the paper pack "fill in the blank paper" from The Greetery.  It is black and the image is white so you can use the stencils and extra stamp pieces to color it in.  I did not use the stamped accessory images, I used a white and black gel pen to add the extra details to the petals.
Definitely fun to play with this set of stencils and stamps and dies and I am anxious to do some more in different colors!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

More stenciled cards from my craft retreat!

After a two year delay because of Covid some friends got together for a little craft retreat.

It was so fun so spend some days with a new friend and ones I have met before.

Top left Linda from Lin's Craft Corner

Top right Greta from GG Creations 

Bottom left Vikki from Vikki's Paper Trail 

Me (bad hair day!)

Below, our hostess who arranged the retreat is Darnell from DJ Kardkreations

We had a wonderful 4 days of catching up and playing!
The cards below were made at the retreat.  Greta had us playing with stencils, using ink, spritzing with water and then after it was dried, we ran the card with the stencil through the die cut machine to make an impression.

After getting home I cut down my stencil embossed paper and mounted it on an embossed Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions embossing folder.
The birthday die is from The Greetery and the Happy is also from TG: Birthday Blooms

This card uses a Gina K stencil Harvest Flourish and after putting ink direct to stencil and spritzing, I placed a piece of cardstock on top, rubbed it with my hand and lifted it off.
I dried it with my heat tool and then I used blending brushes with the same color of ink I had placed on the stencil and blended it in for a soft look.
The sentiment die is from Vikki and the stamp is from Darnell's stash. (Pinkfresh)

One more using the Gina K Harvest Flourish stencil and this time I borrowed a die from Vikki that had a shadow die with it.  This was a Simon Says Die.

I suppose there will be more to show you, I have been inspired to get inky and get to making more cards!  We played with alcohol inks and we did colored pencils with more to share in the next few days.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
It was so wonderful to spend time with new and old friends after the last two years of isolation.

I hope we can do this again!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Seize the Birthday ~ A favorite technique

Hi Friends!  Welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge!

Ashwini is hosting this challenge and she asked us to use our favorite technique on our Birthday card!  It just so happened I was on a craft retreat with some friends the last 5 days and we did a lot with stencils.

This was just one of the techniques we did!  We of course first ink blended the stencil and then we ran it through the die cut to emboss the image.  It is hard to photograph, but in real life you can see all the indents and dimension!

The stencil was from a friend's stash and I do not have a name for it.

The sentiment is from Pinkfresh.

The image reminded me of hot air balloons or just fun balls!

I thought it was very festive and would be fun for a birthday card!

Our Special Party Guest is Lorraine, check out her amazing card along with the other team members for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


Heart Hugs, friends!