Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A Picture Perfect Birthday!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:
You should see my desk as I work on this post!
Christmas card supplies, weekly card supplies for our daughter away at school,
 stamps I need to find storage for, plus the normal stuff I keep on it. 
Sometimes, I just get lost in it all! LOL
But, I was able to create this card for my hubby's birthday.

I will also be entering this in
Impression Obsessions'
 challenge this month:
Autumn Colors
Found here:

It is hard to find masculine images that work.
Each man doesn't like the same things. 
So, you look for things they do like,
 & that is how you come out with a card in the end that the men in your life can enjoy! 
 I have found over at 
Impression Obsession, 
a particular artist that is perfect for masculine cards & other cards too. 
AND they're GREAT for coloring!

Found here:
The image used today & images in the link are by 
Gary Roberston
Classic pen & ink illustrations that invoke the nostalgia of country life.

Take a look:
A Picture Perfect Birthday!

This image is from I.O., as I already said. 
I stamped it onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth in SSS Premium Dye Ink, & I started with water coloring the image with Oxide Inks with a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush.

For deeper color, I used Prisma Colored Pencils,
& kept my pencils sharp with a Faber Castell Pencil Sharpener.

 This is also a Z-Fold Card. 
(Jennifer McGuire inspired this one with her tutorials not too long ago on her blog.)

I also added I.O.- Instant Photo Frame Die175-W for the photo corners
 & Tim Holtz- Mini Gears.

Just a little TIP about your coloring:
When I started photographing my card, & went to edit them,
 I noticed they looked washed out.
That was a good indicator I hadn't gotten my coloring dark enough,
 & went back & darkened the piece up a bit more.

Take a look & you will see the difference below:

Here is a full photo of the truck before I darkened it up some.
I wanted it to look old & washed out some,
as that is what happens when the finish on a vehicle looks after too much weathering.
Compared to....
My "Picture Perfect Birthday" just needed darkening up a bit.
Those "nooks & crannies" Kathy is always telling us about! ;)
You can check your own coloring this way too.

HOPE you like & check out Impression Obsessions fabulous images for coloring!

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 1rst, 2018" on SCS!***

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
(Have I told you? I'm married to an AWESOME MAN!) <3

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind.)

All supplies not mentioned above:
*Score Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder
* Tonic Guillotine
*Scotch ATG
*Misti Corners
*Glue Dots

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

I Am So Grateful!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:
I have a card that I so enjoyed making  & am excited to show you today!
I started with making one for our daughter to send before she comes home for Thanksgiving,
but when I finished it, 
I HAD TO make MORE! 
(Ever have one of those?)
It was the image itself.....
Those eyes.....

Take a look:
I Am So Grateful
I used I.O.-Baby Giraffe Stamp-WP771
matching die-DIE569-YY
I stamped her on Strathmore Bristol Smooth with SSS-Premium Dye Ink, in my Misti.

I colored her with
 Spectrum Noir Markers-
for the Giraffe itself.

I started by looking on-line for the correct coloring of the giraffe.
After making one & writing down the colors....
When I went back to make the others, I fowled it up some with the placement of those colors.
But thankfully, it wasn't too bad! LOL
I also popped her up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape for dimension.

I stamped the scarf on some designer paper- Paper Studio- Be Bold Be Bright.
I even used my Spectrum Noir Markers to add shadow to the scarf.
Colors used for the scarf:

The sentiment on the front is by SSS-Uplifting Sentiments- SSS101909;
Stamping it in SSS Premium Dye Ink first & then Versa Mark
sprinkling it with Stampendous Clear Emb. Powder & heat setting it.
The strip of designer paper up the front of the card is from the same stack,
 Paper Studio- Be Bold Be Bright. 

The inside sentiment is from the same I.O.- Baby Giraffe Stamp Set- WP771.

Lastly, I added Glossy Accents to those sweet eyes, & 28 Lilac Lane Sequins.

Dina Kowal is the designer of this set over at I.O.
If you're listening.....
How about some baby sentiments to go with this????

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Nov. 24th, 2018" on SCS!*** 
***This card was chosen "CAS Favorites for the week ending Sat., Nov. 24, 2018" on SCS!***

Hope you like!
I AM grateful for each of YOU!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind!)

P.S. Wouldn't you know, 
I still couldn't stop with three of these, & had to make JUST ONE MORE! ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Multi- Med. Matte
*Score Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder 
*Wagner Precision Heat Tool

Friday, November 16, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

Welcome back to my Baby Blitz- Day 5!

This is the last day of my Baby Blitz.
But, I have so enjoyed showing you everything I've made!
There is nothing more fun than creating projects for a little one! ;)

Today, I'll be showing you my last two 
One for a baby girl & one for a baby boy- winter babies.
They're expected around January & February.
The expectant mom's wanted to have the showers earlier to beat the holiday rush.
Good idea!
They'll all get together tomorrow & have the shower, & Thanksgiving together.
Our kids friends have become like family to them & I am happy for them for that. 

So, here's what I made for the baby girl expected:

I used Spellbinders- Grand Done 3D Card & Layered Bundle of Joy.
I moved the colored card stock panel to the front this time for lots of color & sparkle,
as I used Best Occasions Glitter Paper.

I did the same with the sky panel as yesterday with Oxide Ink,
the coloring done on
 the stork & trees using Copic & Spectrum Noir Markers on Strathmore Bristol Smooth,
along with the little bundle- using Simple Stories- Vintage Bliss Paper Pad,
  & sponging with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The layers.

The differences:
 Moving the colored glitter paper to the front,
die cutting the front sentiment from the same glitter paper,
 Cinch & Go Flower- I added glitter for frost- Martha Stewart- Crystal Clear Glitter, 
since this is a winter card,
& adding snowflakes & gems!

 The back- Stampendous- Baby Love VO89,
 done in Comotion Embossing Powder
  & sponged Oxide Ink over.

The snowflakes:
 Martha Stewart- Hand Held Punch, Poppy Stamps- Callum Stitched Snowflake
& Provo Craft- Snowflake #2 die cut in Glitter Paper.

Now for the winter baby boy's card:
I did the same for this one as the card above, only using Colored Card Stock,
 & adding Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen for a light glittery affect. 
This is for a boy after all.
I felt I should tone it down some.
And the snow flakes the same also,
only I used one for the
front & center of the card
 instead of a rose & a large blue gem.

That top crown is from the same Spellbinders Grand Dome 3D Card Die, 
just snipped in half 
& I used it on all three cards.

Now, just sit back & enjoy the photos:

I just LOVE all of the shadows created in the tunnel card  with all of the elements added!

How about you?

Now to show you the what I did to make this an
 "Icing On The Top" experience:
(Above is the card from yesterday.)
I put each card inside clear acrylic boxes.

Added a clear sticker that comes with them to the bottom of the box,
 to make sure the box will stay closed.
I left the top flap without a sticker, so it can be easily opened once the ribbon is removed.

I couldn't put the ribbon in the middle or I'd be covering what is inside,
but it definitely needed a ribbon & bow. ;)

Now, take a look at the  "Icing On The Top" effect I was talking about.....
Looking down into the gift bags.

I added a few more little things I picked up at the store too,
 & just wrapped them in tissue paper, as I did the other gifts.
 No tape, just folded the paper around the gifts.

Now, to tell you where I got the clear acrylic boxes.
You can find them here:
Clear Bags be seen

The boxes are 5 3/8" x 2"x 7 3/8".
You get 25 in the package, along with 50- 1 1/4" clear stickers.
I received them in good time also.

I HOPE you enjoyed this week of all things adorable!

I will be entering my cards in
Kathy Rocoosin's
Coloring Challenge:
 Found here:

*** The Winter Girl Card was chosen
"Favorites for the week ending Nov. 17th, 2018" over on SCS!***

To Babies,
 Showered with Love 

Welcomed with Hugs!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above or earlier this week:
*Beadsmith Magical Tray

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

Welcome to my Baby Blitz- Day 4!

I hope you are enjoying this week of all things adorable!
Today I am focusing on......

I SO ENJOYED making these baby cards!
I tried to make each one different,
in some way.

Because the ladies are having their showers together & they are friends,
maybe getting together from time to time,
 I tried to change things up for 
each gift,
 so things wouldn't get mixed up for them.
And they'd know what is their own.

Everyone likes to know they are special & unique & it is the same when receiving cards.
You don't want everything to be EXACT!
So, I tried to change them up a bit.

Today, we'll start with one card.
The card I'm showing you today is for the
Foster Baby!
He was born--guessing around the end of August or beginning of September.
He only recently was able to "come home" from the hospital.
From what my son tells me,
he was in the hospital for a little while, & the Foster Parents had to go in, & visit him in the hospital while he was there.
Maybe, premature or had other health problems,
I'm not really sure.
So, he was born when it was warmer weather.
So, trying to fit the card to when he was born is what I came up with!
(This is personalizing the card)

I used Spellbinders- Grand Dome 3D Card Die & Layered Bundle of Joy Die.
On this one I used dark blue card stock at the backside of this tunnel card
& covered it in Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.
(As shown on the package-darker card stock at the back.)
It gives the scene some depth.
You can see it below.

 I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth for the sky panel.
I used my scissors to cut a large cloud & used that as a stencil & sponged on Oxide Ink.

Here is where the coloring comes in for this card:
For the Stork- SB- Layered Bundle of Joy, the trees- I.O.- Birch Trees DIE079-U,  
I.O.- Leafy Branches DIE055-N & I.O.- Small Grass DIE178-C
I went over each with Copic or Spectrum Noir Markers.

Here you can see the layers.

I stamped the sentiment on the back before I put my card together.
I stamped it in Versa Mark & sprinkled Comotion Embossing Powder over it & heat set it.
Then I went over it with Oxide Inks to make it pop.
It is harder to see in the photos, but
the sentient says:
"a Baby
love stronger,
the nights longer,
savings smaller,
and a home
by: Stampendous
Baby Love- VO89 

The little bundle is done with designer paper- Simple Stories- Vintage Bliss Paper Pad,
 & I sponged with Distress Tea Dye Ink.

I used one of Becca's Cinch & Go Flower Dies for the rose.
(Sorry I can't give the exact die---I followed her advice & had this ready made ahead of time. ;) )
I wouldn't normally put flowers on a boy card of any season, but it is a warmer weather card.....
 allowing me to make some adjustments.
The greenery around the rose is PTI- Branching Out.
The Bundle of Joy sentiment on the front is from SB- Layered Bundle of Joy,
 & I went over it also with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

Lastly, I added Honey Bee- Waterlily Dew Drops & Nuvo Jewel Drops.

The question now is:
How to present this card?
With a gift bag full of goodies, this might get squashed!
An envelope?
It is a larger card than one would think....
I wanted it to be
"Icing on the cake!"
Everyone loooves icing right?
So, what better way to do that than with a clear box?

This was the closest size I could find to fit my cards.
(The Grand Cabinet 3D Card will also fit nicely in these boxes!)

HOPE you've enjoyed this post today!

I'll show you my last two cards.
One for a baby boy & one for a baby girl.
Plus, where to find the clear boxes!

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Nov. 17th, 2018" over on SCS!*** 

****** This card was chosen "FAVORITES for the BEST OF 2018!" on SCS!******

Anytime of year,
 whether it is warmer weather or colder weather
 Babies are 

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

I will be entering this in Kathy Rocoosin's
 Coloring Challenge
Found here:

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper- SU, Paper Studio, Recollections
*SB- Tool-N-One
*Multi- Med. Matte
*SU- Embossing Buddy
*Zig Embossing Pens
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Wagner Precision Heat Tool

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

Welcome to Day 3 of my Baby Blitz!

Today, I have something new me, to show you.

Today, I'll be focusing on
Baby Toys!
I usually sew up some small toys for the baby----
made out of socks,
But I've been wanting to try something new & this was 
the perfect opportunity!

I decided to try a pattern from a book I've had for awhile,
Simple Knits for Cherished Babies
Erika Knight
Found here:

There are so many wonderful patterns in this book!

Because this was a new pattern for me, I started by doing the pattern as a "trial,"
not knowing if I'd use it in the end.
I created 2 others trying out different yarns to see what worked best for me.
So, each of our kids got a new Teddy Bear as I was testing out the pattern,
 & they gave their approval as I made each one. 

So, here are the toys that are in this book & they are "simply made" just like the title says!
***The bears are the pattern in the book,***
 & I just changed it up a bit for the bunny with ears.
You can see the tags I created on each....

This the back of the stuffed toys--- I had to add a little tail to the bunny.
I stitched it down well--
You don't want any choking hazards!

I used Yarn Bee- Hint of Silk Yarn for each in Shantung (Color name).
I wanted to do a brown bear too, but they didn't have it in brown, 
& I couldn't find a yarn as nice as this to do one in brown either.
So, we went with making Polar Bears for each!(Oh! This yarn is SO SOFT!); 
 I also used Knitters Pride- Size 5 Needles & Plymouth Bamboo- Size 3 Needles.
You only need 1- 50g ball of yarn for each.

Same with the bunny, even with my small alterations.
I knitted the ears with left over pink yarn from the sweater & attached them where you would put the bear ears & then drew them up with extra yarn, covering that with a bow.
The neck is where you attach the head to the body & that needed to be covered too,
 so I used ribbon for the neck & I stitched everything down.
I wasn't as happy with how this one came out compared to the bears, 
but our son told me he liked it & wanted me to leave it as it was. LOL 
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;)

The second bear is the same as the other.
I embroidered the nose, mouth & eyes with DMC Embroidery Floss on each.
Each animal was stuffed with Polyfill.

I always like to add toys for the baby to my gifts!
Don't you think a baby would love one of these snugly critters?
Here's how I wrapped these critters up, just in white tissue paper! 
So easily done!

 I'll begin showing you the Baby Cards I created!
Just a hint,
I used Becca Feeken's
Grand Dome 3D Card!

I think these critters know they're going to a happy home where they'll be loved!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind!)

***No animals were harmed for this post! ;)***

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Row Counter
*Yarn Needle