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Thursday, September 16, 2021


Welcome to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE where we are looking for real or faux stitching on your BIRTHDAY card!

Barbara is our hostess this time around and she has an amazing stitched card to share, so be sure to visit the blog and check out her card, you will be blown away by hers and so many of the other ladies that really took this challenge to heart. And once again we have Jenny from My Paper Epiphany joining us as our Special Party Guest.

Me, I used a Penny Black die called Stitched Nested Frame!  I obviously went with the "faux" stitching!

The other products used are:

The Greetery: Robin & Wren, Bottled Up, Budding Beauties: Summer

I hope you will join us and have fun with this challenge!

I will see you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Thanks for stopping by and checking out more inspiration for the CAS Christmas Challenge using Plaids.

This is what I used:
Trinity Stamps:  Joyeux Noel (all die cuts)
Plaid is from a Tonic Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack
Hero Arts Nov. Monthly Kit: Christmas (sentiment)

And I have a bonus for you because I totally forgot I made my plaid cards months ago and just found them while posting these, so here is one more I originally made for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and looking, I hope you are inspired by all the awesome plaids you have seen on the blog and you are ready to get inky and join us in this challenge.  You have until the 24th to post your card!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Congratulations to Nancy the creator of this awesome challenge called Color Hues!
And to the design team who have given us such wonderful inspiration for each challenge!
I couldn't pass up this momentous occasion with a card!
I am going to be curious what our normally beautiful fall colors on our trees will be this year, the only thing I see changing is to a brown and it might be because we have had so little rain this season and very hot and dry weather.  Usually in the Pacific Northwest, we have magnificent fall foliage colors.
That is why I chose to make a tree filled with the beauty of yellows and oranges for this card. 
And I couldn't resist a couple of pumpkins resting by the trunk.

 This is what I used:
The Greetery:  Fir & Foliage #1
MFT:  Fall Friends (pumpkins & sentiment)
PTI pattern paper in Harvest gold and orange zest cardstock 
Gina K: Master Layout #2

And lastly I want to share a picture of my latest grandson, Jackson who is 4 months old in this picture.
He traveled to California with his Mom and Dad to watch his big sisters play in a college tournament at Long Beach last weekend.
They both play for Portland State University.  Ellie is the libero and was named the Libero of the year for the Big Sky League.  Her sister Lily, will have to wait to play that position when Ellie graduates!

He is so much fun now and I am lucky to have him live right next door to me!

Friday, September 3, 2021


Hi friends!  This month I am hosting the CAS Christmas Challenge and I thought using plaid on our Christmas cards would be fun!

I used two stencils to mask off the space I wanted for the plaid background.

First I used a Taylored Expression Rectangle stencil, but I wanted it a little smaller, so I added some masking tape to all the sides, then I placed the Catherine Pooler Just Plaid Slimline Stencil over the top and used CPD inks:  melon ice in center and deck the halls for the outer edge.

My little bird is from The Greetery:  Robin and Wren

The branch is from The Greetery: Merry Sprigs 

The sentiment is from HA November Monthy Card Kit: Christmas


Please check out the design team because they have more amazing inspiration for you using plaids in your Christmas card design!  And our special guest Melanie has an amazing card as well you can find her HERE

              Heart Hugs,           

Thursday, September 2, 2021


Welcome to the Seize the Birthday Challenge where JoAnn is our hostess and she is looking for pastel colors on our birthday cards!  As always you are welcome to make any kind of BIRTHDAY card if you don't want to use the topping.  And our Special Party Guest is Jenny from My Paper Epiphany

I used CPD:  Make a Wish

The Greetery:  Delightful Digits (background)

And I have another bonus card (I am getting low on birthday cards *wink)

This time I used an older MFT stamp: Make a Wish


I hope to see you in the gallery friends!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, August 26, 2021


Hi friends, I couldn't resist the new Color Hues challenge # 24 with the Turquoise and Teal colors, I love that combo!
I had a crafty day with my BFF who also happens to be the guest designer this time at Color Hues so of course I had to play along!  And on top of that she brought the new kit from Gina K with the butterfly and flower this month!

These are the products I used to make this card:
Gina K: Fluttering Fall Layering Stencil, Ink: Tranquil Teal & Turquoise Sea, Warm Glow
CPD inks:  Coral Cabana, Samba
The Greetery:  Shiplap Builder
Hero Arts:  Spring Sprigs Stencil
Pinkfresh Studio:  Just a Hello:  sentiment

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Heart Hugs, friends!