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, August 4, 2022


Welcome friends to a new SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE!
And the challenge this time is to use NO STAMPING on your birthday card!
What a fun and clever challenge, Glenda, thank you!

Friends I used a new Pinkfresh Folk Floral Stems set.  And there is NO STAMPING on this card, I promise!!  I used silver hot foil, then ink blending, and the sentiment is also a foil sentiment from Spellbinders!  The gems are from Pinkfresh also!

So, as you can see from visiting the blog and seeing all the awesome cards from the design team, there is lots of ways of making a birthday card without stamping!

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

More birthday cards from The Ton

I love cosmos flowers, they are so bright and so tall and pretty in a garden.
I bought my BFF the Climbing Cosmos for her birthday back in June.
We finally had a play date and I went to town using that set!
It is a stamp, stencil and die set!
I already posted one card using this set for the Color Hues Peach and Gray challenge which is going on right now.
You can find that Here and Here
Here are 4 more cars made with this set! 

I think this is my favorite, I LOVE the colors in the background!
the sentiment is from The Greetery Print shop spring mix.

I simply added a soft blend of blue for the sky and green for the grass.
The butterflies are from Pinkfresh: Butterfly garden.
the sentiment is again from The Greetery Print Shop Spring Mix

This one I did NOT use the stencils, I thought I would try the colored pencils and gamsol look!
My sentiment is from Altenew: Stained Glass window.
My background is from Craft Companions EF that came with my Gemini Jr. machine

I went with a very soft peachy color this time and I did use the stencils.
My sentiment is from Pinkfresh that a friend gave me!
I added a striped colored strip from PTI: melon berry pattern paper.

I am building up my stash!
Thanks for having a look!

This is what I am doing on our 90 + 100 degree days!

Good idea, right?

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Hello friends!

Welcome to our August CAS CHRISTMAS challenge brought to us by Trina!

She is asking for a "Pine" card!!

I masked off a rectangle card front and lightly sponged over with an aqua color ink.  I also masked a strip so I could stamp the sentiment.  I stamped the trees and sentiment from Gina K Winter Whimsy stamp set.

We have TWO special guests this month: Elizabeth Stewart you can find her HERE

and Luci HERE

Please check out the rest of the design team for more fun pine trees!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, August 1, 2022

SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY and COLOR HUES in honor of Lindsey Martin-Penny

Hello Crafters,
We are deeply saddened to share the news that we lost our treasured friend and teammate, Lindsey, last week, following her hard-fought battle with cancer. Lindsey was well-known for her amazing creativity, witty sense of humor, and immense capacity to support and encourage her design team members and challenge participants. The crafting community will miss her shining light.
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Today The Seize the Birthday Team is playing along with their Sister Challenge-Color Hues where Lindsey was also a Design Team Member. This challenge was to be hosted by Lindsey, so the Design Team wants to honor and celebrate her beautiful, creative life by sharing "Lindsey Inspired" projects using her Blue and Purple combination, along with things she loved the most, as inspiration. We hope that you will join us as we pay tribute to our dear friend and teammate.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
humor, cats
love of reading
*If you are a regular at Color Hues and/or Seize the Birthday you might also know that Lindsey loved Clean and Simple cards too.
We would love for you to join us and you can find all the details along with inspiration from both of the Design Teams over at the Color Hues blog below.  

I can picture her in her garden cutting the flowers to bring into the house.
I used The Grettery: Pitcher-esque for the vase
Pinkfresh: Beautiful Blooms
the Greetery:  Sentiment Suite; thinking of you

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Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, July 31, 2022


I am always a little behind the ordering on release day, I decided it was best for me to wait at least a week (and then I usually need to wait longer because things are OOS!! LOL), that way I get to actually see the product used many ways and if it is something I think I will use a lot.
Print Shop Spring Mix is one of those that I think I will use a lot.
It makes such an awesome garden bouquet of flowers and so easy to change up the colors!
And the other thing I love is that there are extra pieces to add on top of the flowers to give added dimension.  LOVE that!
So I have 5 new birthday cards!!  YEAH!!

My sentiments on ALL the cards are from The Greetery:  Birthday Blooms! 
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
This is a stamp, stencil and die set from The Greetery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, July 29, 2022

A few random cards for fun!

Welcome friends! 
I was just in the mood to make cards for no particular reason other than to play with some new goodies!
One card I did make was for a specific person who was turning 90.  I will show that one first!  He is a member of my church and sings in the choir!

The candles are Spellbinders Glimmer Birthday candles Background
 inside I add the happy birthday and a big 90 number!

Pinkfresh:  Botanical Bunch
The Greetery:  Windowpane Plaid
This was for a special friends birthday!

building up my birthday stash:
The Greetery  Honeysuckles Stems
The Greetery:  Jumbo Curiosity butterfly

The Greetery:  Honeysuckle Stems

The Greetery: Opposites Attract (sentiment)

Memory Box :  butterfly dies

Pinkfresh:  Geo Arch (hot foil plate, used as embossed)

Pinkfresh: Ornate circle

Pinkfresh:  Peony Fantasy

Well, that is probably enough for one day!

Thanks for stopping by

Heart Hugs, friends!