Monday, May 31, 2010

Cards Made By Erin, age 13

Here are the cards made by my sweet granddaughter Erin, who came and stayed with us for the weekend.
She loves to make cards, and she is a wonderful cook!! She and Grampy made popovers for breakfast this morning, and yesterday she made a chocolate cake with me.
We made a nice variety of cards. Some of these techniques were new to her. Doesn't she do a fabulous job? If you leave comments here for her, she can get them on her computer at home.
Enjoy the rest of the Memorial day weekend. We are enjoying the pool and hot tub, and Grampy at the grill!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Painting for WT272

Today I tried out Yasutomo metallic paints for the first time. They are beautiful, go on easily, and are very hard to photograph.

This card will be for DH for Father's Day. He loves this kind of dog, though he would never have one!

This is a sneak peek of a new set for June from Mark's Finest Papers, and is called More of Speedy the Cat's Friends.

I used MFP papers, and added my own bone charm with copper cord on the grosgrain ribbon. The dog is popped on top of nesties. Inside it will say, "You're STILL my hero!".

Thanks for looking. Hugs to you all.

THT051 Sketch!

Isn't this a fabulous sketch for the Treehouse Thursday challenge?? Ashley gave us a beauty to work with!

I used the owl from the Graduation set at Treehouse Stamps and also one of the sentiments for this card. Mr. Graduating Owl is paper pieced and colored just a little. Isn't he cute?

There are Five new sets being released at midnight:
Embrace Life, Celebrate in Style, Beacon of Hope, Friends and Flowers, and Octopus Friend. Be sure to check them out.

Add your card to our blog via Mr. Linky, and add THT051 to your keyword. See you next week!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sketch Challenge and the CBC (below)

The Sketch Challenge today on SCS was very simple. I used the layout to give you a sneak peek of one of four sets that will be released in June by Mark's Finest Papers.

This set is called Hollyhock and Pears.

I watercolored the hollyhock and hummingbird, punched a fence to add the sentiment, sponged the background, and added some glitter and brads for texture.

I hope you like what I've done with the sketch and images, and that you will check out MFP!

Creative Belli Challenge #92

The Belli Challenge this time is to make something using Sketch #2, and to use only FLAT embellishments. This is the layout ---------->

What I really love about the Belli Challenge is that every challenge calls for using what you already have in your stash..... no need to go out and buy something else! In this case, I had to put on my thinking cap, because I love to add bumpy layers. Making something flat is alien to me. I used a stamp I've had forever and punched it with the ticket punch as the embellishment. The sentiment (which is tiny) came from a miniscule part of a SU stamp in the set called Card Games.

I hope you will feel moved to join us this week. Please check out the DT entries, and please add your own with Mr. Linky to the See you again in two weeks!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

REAL RED for the CC today!

I just love it when the CC involves my favorite color!! Today, the additions to Real RED were Kraft, Bermuda Bay, and ruled paper for dessert. I had this wonderful kindergarten paper, and made a kindergartener to match.

This is one of the new images I got on vacation. I think this little girl from MFT is just so sweet. I'll be sending this to my BFF in Northport FL, who I miss every day, especially when I'm in the hot tub with my coffee in the morning. She loves to do that too, so I have her in mind daily!

I haven't made a flap card in a long time. I didn't really plan it, it just took on a life of its own. I hope you like it. Hugs to you all .... have a fun day.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Black Magic in RED!

What fun to be back to do the challenges!! Today, Holly chose to have us use the Black Magic technique.
Of course I had to use a very dark RED, which in morning light looks brighter than it actually is.
This will go to Mom as a thank you for all she did for us on vacation ..... after all, it is her condo!! Thanks for looking, and don't forget to check out the Halloween cards we made together below.

Back From Vacation.....Here's the PROOF!

Gee it's nice to be home! I love going away, but after a while, HOME sure sounds good!

Here is the proof that Mom and I made Halloween cards. We got a really good start on the number we have to make, but we need to do a lot separately, as we send to many of the same people ..... especially little ones. We were fairly frugal with the number of stamps we took, and we promised each other we wouldn't bring a lot of paper, but you know how much we all LOVE paper. I brought no RED, since I couldn't justify a RED Halloween card, but I did manage to sneak in a pink one of little pigs (you know, Pig Out. It's Halloween!)

Now I'm ready to get back in harness with challenges.....Boy! Did I miss those. I'm also ready to be looking at all your blogs and galleries. A slow laptop just didn't cut it, and besides, we had other things to do, like SHOP. I got lots of new wonderful stamps and some embellishments, and only bought 4 sheets of paper. Wow! was I good.

I missed you all. I want to thank those of you who sent me such beautiful (and mostly RED) carrds for my birthday. They were all so appreciated. Back later with a challenge. Hugs!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

THT050 CC by Yaneri

It's Thursday, and the Treehouse challenge today is colors, chosen by Yaneri! Pink, sky blue, cream, and brown are her choices.

I used image of a sandcastle from the set called Fun In The Sun.

We hope you will join us. Be sure to add THT050 to your keyword, Add to Mr. Linky on our blog, and remember to look at the entries made by the rest of the DT. See you next week!

DDIC#28 Simple Flowers

The Divine Inspiration Challenge this week comes from an advertisement for Clinique. I really liked the white background and the beautiful flowers. I wanted to keep that simple theme, and all I added was the lavender butterfly.

I hope you will join us in the challenge, and will upload to and link your project so we can see what you have done. You can also see the DT's entries by clicking on oour names. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please add DDIC to your keyword.

Monday, May 17, 2010

On Vacation But BIG NEWS

We are starting our second and final week of vacation in NH. We have had great weather, great food, and are spending our money as fast as we can. We have gotten some FABULOUS stuff, some much needed containers, and are still at it!

The BIG NEWS is that I am officially a DT member of Mark's Finest Papers. Faith made the announcement yesterday on the BLOG, and I will be using her wonderful images, papers, charms, ribbon, and what-have-you for the next six months! I am very excited to begin!

Mom and I have been making Halloween cards, and when I get home will post our fun creations. stay tuned.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


It's Thursday again, and time for the latest TreeHouse Thursday challenge. Today, the theme is Masculine cards or projects.

How fabulous to relax with a hot cup. My DH brings his coffee to the porch every morning (and mine too!) to enjoy the start of the new day.

I chose to combine two different TreehouseStamps sets.... Fun in the Sun, and Friends and Lattes. I think this is a card for a guy because it tells him (0r ALLOWS him) to relax. No guilt!!

Feel free to join us. Add THT049 to your keyword, and check in with the DT to see what they've done!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Belli Challenge #91 Holes! and My Birthday!

As you see this card for the CBC today, I am on Vacation in NH, and

The theme for this week is HOLES. They can be punches, eyelets, etc., whatever you have in your stash that makes a hole.

This week we are sponsored by We were kindly sent images to use for this challenge, and I chose these frogs, called Freddie and Frieda. They are printed on dp and cut out. I think they're kinda cute, in a froggie way! Please visit our sponsor, and tell them we sent you.

Also, please check out the rest of the design team, upload your own entry to Mr. Linky at our blog, and you could win some neat stuff!! Please put CBC91 in your keyword at SCS. See you in two weeks when I'll be home!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Speedy's Friends Challenge #2

Today is Speedy's Friends Challenge, to use corner punches. I couldn't resist doing one last card, even though I have put most of my supplies away to take on vacation.

What you see here is NOT going with me, except for the stamps. I got out my crimper, which doesn't get a lot of attention, to give a little texture to this paper pieced flower from MFP. This set, called Camellias and Apples will be released this summer.

Please join us in the challenge. Link your entry to Mark's Finest Papers blog, and you may win a stamp set of your choice!!

Bye all. See you on the 24th, when we return.

Inspiration Challenge

The inspiration challenge today at SCS takes us to a site called HUSET, a Scandinavian store selling items for home and family. I found a wonderful RED candelabra to use for this card, and just had to surround it with my Dala (Swedish horses).

I actually combined this challenge with the QFTD08, which was posted yesterday. The chosen queen was Lynn (allee), who has the most beautiful gallery, and she is known for her layered images. Her card that I cased however is CAS one, that I felt really worked with this Huset one.

Today I am packing for our vacation. We leave early in the morning. I'll be picking up Mom on the way with her stuff (mostly crafts like me!), and we'll meet DH at a restaurant for lunch. He'll have a computer so I can upload, but my comments will be few as we will be off and running. Be back home on the 23rd. Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cherry on Top Birthday

I hope you can see the shine on the cherry and leaves. They were done with Sakura Gelly Roll pens. The challenge today was to be 'gellin'', so I used both those and my white gel pen as faux stitching.

It seems I never have enough birthday cards, so I was glad to add one to my stash.

The cupcake is paper pieced, and came from the June release of "Cupcake Birthday" at
Mark's Finest Papers. This is a really fun set, with cake slices, lots of sure to check it out!

I am starting to pick out the things I'm taking from my craft room for vacation. So hard to make choices!! working with just a few things is so different than having everything at your fingertips!! Packing the clothes for two weeks is easy.....and I am ready for whatever weather NH has to offer!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Third and LAST post for today!

The problems at SCS continue. Here's hoping that by being shut down today, they can resolve the glitches!!

This morning, Julia posted early, so a few of us got a chance to post our entries for today's challenge, PINS.

I used Mark's Finest Papers paper, ribbon, and charm, and a fabulous image from the set called Pears and Hollyhock, that will be available next month.

A little framing, some painting, a little Asian character from Inkadinkado, some gold cord, and pin completes the card today. I hope you like it.

Please look below for the Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge, and for the TreehouseThursday Challenge. They were both fun!!

DDIC #27 Inspired butterflies

Today's Inspiration Challenge for the Divine Divas comes from The Inglenook Decor Photo gallery and has some really interesting bits and pieces to choose from. Frames, butterflies, shells, silver jewelry, necklaces.....WOW!

I chose to go with the lacy frames and butterfly images, and used only the white and silver metallic. I used no stamps or ink, but had fun with my piercer, nestabilities, and punches.

Just for fun I added some silver pearls, and a strip of Martha stewart paper lace flowers I've had for eons.

Please feel free to join us in the challenge, and be sure to check out what the other Divas have done with this by going to my sidebar and clicking on their names.

see you in two weeks with another fun Inspiration piece!!

THT048 Sketch

It's Thursday again, time for the Treehouse Thursday Challenge. This week we have a sketch as our project. I used the palm tree from the new digi set called


The colors are all from Stampin' Up, before some of them are retired. I tried to get in all the elements of the beach on a summer's, water, sand. The additions are raffia and brads.

Please join in on the challenge, upload to Mr. Linky at You just might win some wonderful images!! Check out the DT's cards and projects too! See you next week.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Back to RED today!

I just LOVE the sketch challenge easy layout, and wide open to any color or image!!

My granddaughter Samantha, an incredible animal lover of cats, dogs, horses, etc., is turning 13!! on the 27th of this month. This card is for her. It will certainly put a smile on her beautiful face!

All supplies are from Mark's Finest Papers. The image of the cat is from a set that will be available next month, called MORE OF SPEEDY THE CAT'S FRIENDS.

I hope you think this card will be fun for Sam, and that you are happy to see RED again from me!! Have a wonderful day my friends!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Final Mother's Day Card for Mom #7

This one finishes the cards I send to Mom for the week of Mother's Day. I had intended (and had promised) to make a RED card, and then I saw the challenges today at SCS, and here's my story (to coin a Mothermark phrase):

The colors prescribed were Gable Green, Lovely Lilac, and Cameo Coral. Very hard to sneak a little RED into that mix, so I just went with those colors, plus my neutral white.

The MMTPT92, however was a different story! The theme is Hocus Pocus, what is missing? In my case, what is missing (you guessed it) is the RED! There were 42,000 RED blossoms on this exotic lilac tree, and when the blooms were picked, all 42,000 of those little bitty flowers fell apart. Honestly!! David Copperfield couldn't even make them reappear!! That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! LOL!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Card #6 for Mother's Day

I just love the look of embossed vellum! I hardly ever think to do it, so I was grateful for the nudge from Holly today on the TLC. It also works for the CAS to make a Mother's Day card, or May Flowers card.

The image I used is the May Contest FREE image from TreehouseStamps. Pop on over and get this image to enter for some stamps!!

This is the 6th is the series of cards I'll be sending to Mom for Mother's Day. I like to send her one every day for the week. She just loves to get mail, and she displays all of them where she can enjoy them. I try to make them all different, so there's no RED today, but there will be for sure tomorrow!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Featured Stamper Day

The Featured stamper today is Michelle, and she has a wonderful gallery to browse through. Her cards are colorful, well laid out, and very straightforward. This is her card in blue I chose to CASE--->
If you would like to see her whole gallery, HERE it is.

Here is the card I made. You can see I kept her wonderful layout, but I really changed everything else. I used a new set from TreehouseStamps called Summer Fun. Thanks for looking. Have a fabulous Sunday. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

MFP Challenge #1

Today is the VERY FIRST challenge at MFP! The challenge is to use the colors RED, white and blue.
No problem for me!!I made this birthday card using a new set called Southwest Cowboy that will be coming out soon!! Not only a first challenge, but a SNEAK PEEK as well.
All images are MFP.
I'm off to the MFP Blog to link up my card.

Mother's Day #5....a watercolor.

Here, in a smaller image, is the painting I chose for inspiration for the challenge on SCS today. I just loved the colors (oh, surprise), and was daring enough to try a little watercoloring of my own. Never done this before! I think I like the result well enough to send this as a Mother's Day card to my Mom. This, I think, is #5 of the ones I will send to her as part of her Mother's Day week of mail. Even if she doesn't like the image, she will love the RED, white, and black.