Saturday, February 26, 2022

Spring Is In The Air

 Today at Can You Handle The Pressure is a start of a new challenge.
As always it is an ATG with the use of an embossing folder and added
heat embossing if you want.  We also have an optional  'twist' and that is  THINK SPRING!

I used a never before used embossing folder from Darice 'Tulips'.
I embossed a piece of Coredinations Color Core paper
then sanded with a block sander.
The flowers I created with a cottage cutz die Spring Blooms, added a couple of bunnies
in the tulips and a sentiment from SNS Spring Bunny stamp set.

I had a hard time getting a good photo of the embossing folder
but trust me, the tulips are embossed deeply all the way across

I hope you will join us at our newest challenge blog
Can You Handle The Pressure and see all the pretty
creations from the Design Teams too

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Thinking of You

It's the start of a new challenge theme at The Sisterhood of Crafters
and being hosted by our 'sistah' Debbie!
She has chosen the theme of Favorite Pets!

I couldn't narrow it down to just one pet as we have
6 cats and one dog, so to be fair to them (my babies)
I used both lol!

I did a light Distress Oxide Stormy Sky inky background with a
few stenciled stars.
I added a grassy area and a 'thinking of you' sentiment from 
Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments.
The cat and dog are the easiest dies I have used yet from
Cottage Cutz Loyal Pets.

To see more cute and adorable pets head on over to The Sisterhood
and see the cute cards for my 'sistahs'!!

Entering the following fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday .... ATG
Pussycat Challenge .... Anything Kittycat Goes
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

It's Your Birthday

Have a card that I cased from one of my own HERE
and created for a birthday challenge at Less Is More.

I love CAS cards as not only are they easy to do, look fabulous
and are easy to mail!!  Especially since postage has sky rocketed the last few years!

I used an older but pretty stamp from JustRite Poppies.
They were colored in with Tom Bow Markers.
The sentiment is from The Greetery Sentiment Suite Birthday!
I added a few scored lines across the top for texture without adding anything
more to my CAS card!

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

Monday, February 21, 2022

Easter Blessings

 I am doing a fun and unique challenge I saw at 
Shopping Our Stash with the theme is
You Deserve  A Hand.

The theme kind of threw me for a bit and then I remembered I had
this pretty Praying Hands die from Tutti Designs that hadn't
been used in a few years and thought this was the perfect challenge for it!

I used an old designer paper background from my stash of many papers
and ran a strip of glitter paper down the side.
I haven't been using ribbons on my cards in ages but this one seemed to
call for it, maybe it can be 'hand' delivered!
The sentiment is from Stampendous stamped in Rich Cocoa.

Thanks for visiting with me today!!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Peace On Earth Anything Goes Christmas Challenge

Time for a new challenge at 
Peace On Earth
and our theme as always is Anything Goes as long as it is Christmas! 
We always have a fun inspiring mood board
that you can use or not and this one has numerous things
to choose from if you so desire!

 Anything Christmas

I normally always try to create my card using something
off the mood board, creating a challenge for me.
I have to say with this one I am guilty of purchasing a new die
just for this challenge!

Cottage Cutz came out with a new Christmas release this year
and this was/is one of them, Christmas Tree Farm Tractor.
I loved it as we just split 90 acres between my two stepsons and one has turned
his into a tree farm.  Or it will be once the trees have grown large enough,
He and my hubby planted over 3000 trees so far and more to plant this year.  So this die reminded me of all the work that was put into
planting his trees.

I have to say this was probably the most 'picky' one of their dies I have used
of theirs yet.  I think even a few bad words were said in the making of this card...bad me!
But some of these are tiny tiny pieces and then just by the picture I had
to figure out what each piece was and where it was going!!
I used scraps of paper and cut it completely out
with six different colors then just picking out what I need for each,
it seemed to be the easiest way to do it,
I just tossed the unused pieces I didn't need.

Take a peek over on the Peace On Earth challenge blog,
it's always fun and inspiring to see what the team creates!!

Entering the following FUN challenges:
Snippets Playground Challenge .... Snippets
Darnell's NBUS .... Never Before Used Schtuff

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Shades of Pink

Today at Double D we have a new challenge theme and a new mood board to inspire! 
Can you guess what it is?
It's all about PINK, we want to see all your PINK creations!

For my card I used a stencil from Pink Fresh Studio Floral Focus.
This is a 5 part layered stencil, allowing you to achieve so much detail!

The sentiment is an 'enabler alert', no kidding, this is a MUST HAVE
stamp and die from Pink Fresh Studios Perfect Sentiments.
This stamp set has nine sentiments all on ONE stamp
and the die is the same!  You stamp them all at once and then the die fits over to
cut all at once.  I love how well it works with my stenciled card fronts
as it doesn't cover up the stenciled details but yet is big enough to take notice.
I'm not kidding, YOU need this stamp and die!
There is also a hot plate for it if you have a foiling machine, I do and it is on my 'want' list!

So stop on over to the Double D challenge blog and see
all the pretty pink inspiration from our fabulous design team!!

Entering the following challenges:
The Flower Challenge .... Occasions 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

February Love

It's mid month and that means it's time for a new challenge at
Dies R Us!
Our theme for the month of February is Valentines/Love .

Obviously I went with a Love card now that Valentines is a day past us.

The IO floral lace heart was already cut and laying on my work table
so I put it to use!,  I added a plaid designer paper underneath die cut with
Tutti Designs Cross stitch Postage stamp die.
Digging into my Cheapo dies I used the cherry blossom die, cut twice so
I could paper piece in some pink flowers and snipped off the bird 
from Cheapo Dies singing Bird.  I want to mention that once the Cheapo
dies are gone in store they won't be back, sadly they have
stopped making dies, so get them while you can, they are very 
reasonably priced and make up adorably cute!

The Love sentiment is the larger in the Tutti Design Love word set.
All links are given below.

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!

Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts.  

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Two Old Bats February Halloween Challenge Reminder

We are half way through our Halloween challenge at
Two Old Bats.  It seems to fly by so quickly!

We have a fun pinkish mood board to inspire
but you can create any color, anything as long as it is

I used this cute Little Miss Witchy Poo set from Prima.
I purchased this from a friend of mine several years back and
it's the first time it has seen ink!

I did follow the colors of the mood board and went with pinks!
I also used a cat punch, one of my favorite Halloween punches.
The paper is also from Prima, new this year called Thirty One,
it is in mostly black and pink colors, perfect for my little witch!!

I encourage you to join us at Two Old Bats as it gives you an entire year long to be able to
use your Halloween stash, not just a few weeks!

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello and welcome to our first challenge at
Can You Handle The Pressure?  Yep, Dar and I are at it again
with a whole new challenge concept!  We were talking about how we
never use our embossing folders or embossing powders
and dreamed this challenge up!

You can read all the details and rules HERE!

I used both an embossing folder AND embossing powder on my card!

I started with a pink card stock embossed with an 
X-cuts Heart embossing folder.  I love this folder and not sure why I haven't used it
more often!  I die cut some Impression Obsession heart stems
added a little glitter die cut  bow then used Versamark and
Sparkle N Sprinkle Amour embossing powder for the sentiment
which is from Fun Stampers Journey Be Mine set.! 

It's a pretty simple card, but I like it
and I like that I have used a fun/pretty embossing folder too!

We would love to have you join in with the fun
at Can You Handle The Pressure, plus you can see
all the pretty inspiration from the Design Teams!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It
Creations in Pink Challenge #42 - ATG Pink

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Birthday Wishes

Today a new challenge theme begins at
The Sisterhood of Crafters and is being hosted by
our 'sistah'  Annie.
She has chosen the theme of Anything Feminine with Flowers!

As I have mentioned many times I'm sure , while at the lake
house last summer I stenciled many many panels to be made
into cards and this is one of them.

The stencil is Altenew's 2 layer Sweet Spring.
You will be seeing more of this as I did four of this one
though two I did the wrong side up, but they still turned out pretty!
I also used Altenew  inks for my colors.

Take a peek over at The Sisterhood and see all the pretty
floral cards created by my 'sistahs'!

Entering the following challenges:
The Flower Challenge .... Occasions (birthday)
Watercooler Wednesdays ... Occasions (birthday)
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Peace On Earth Anything Goes Christmas Challenge

It's that time again for a new challenge at
Peace On Earth!

I created a fun PINK mood board being February and all,
but you don't have to use it, it is for inspiration only! 
You can create anything you want, any color,  as long as it is Christmas!!

Anything Christmas


I don't have many Santa stamps in my collection but I did have this newer fabulous
Santa from Photo Play Jolly Old St. Nick stamp and die!
He was stamped, colored with Copics then die cut out.
The holly on his cap is part of the set as is the HOHOHO sentiment.

The background paper is Mintay Sweetest Christmas
die cut with a Gina Marie die.

I love how he turned out and he certainly is jolly!
Take a peek at all the fun and fabulous creations from our team at
Peace On Earth!

Friday, February 4, 2022

Celebrating You Today

 Hello Friends, today I have some exciting news to share.
I have joined the Design Team at the  new challenge at
Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges that debuted last month!

The challenges go live the first Friday of every month
and end the last Friday of the month!

As you can see this months theme is Pink and Black .

For my first Design Team project I used a favorite combo from

The inks are Altenew's Cherry Blossom mini ink cube set.

The sentiment is from The Greetery Birthday Suite.
I tried to add a link to it but there isn't one at this time.

I hope you will join us at Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges...
see you there!!

Entering the following Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Watercooler Wednesday .... All About Occasions 

Turner's Syndrome Instagram Card Auction Fundraiser

 This year there is once again a fabulous card auction
on Instagram where you can bid on cards created
by lots and lots of fabulous designers.
All proceeds will go directly to the
Turner Syndrome Foundation for research!
Don't know what Turner Syndrome is?.
You can read about (and should) all the information HERE!

TSF supports families dealing with Turner Syndrome by providing support and educational programs, research and outreach.

Turner Syndrome only affects females and they are born missing all or part of their second X chromosome leaving them with lifelong medical issues, learning disabilities and in some behavioral issues.  Turner Syndrome was recognized by Doctor Henry Turner back in 1938!!  Here we are in 2022 and most people have NEVER heard of Turner Syndrome!

Here is a direct link to the auction
  or can be found on instagram
at mulchlady6

This is my card I have up for auction.
Make sure to visit the auction and place your bids!!

Here is a direct link to MY card!  Hope to see you there.
LOTS of fabulous cards up for auction for a great cause!!

Entering the following challenges:
Critter Crazy .... ATG with a Critter
Crafty Animals .... ATG With An Animal
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper .... ATG with Patterned Paper

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Rosy Red Challenge

We are already at challenge #2 at Colorful Options
and this time our color is

Rosy Red

I used a stamp from now sadly out of business Sparkle N Sprinkle
and it is called Roses In My Heart.

I have to say this did NOT turn out as planned .
I stamped the image with versamark then embossed with a
Gold Detail SNS embossing powder.
After coloring with red Copics I decided to do
a technique that I've done several times before by
watering down some glue and spattering it on my card
then sprinkling glitter on.

I have to admit the technique was a fail for some reason and I have a total
glitter coverage.  I sprayed with hair spray to hold all that glitter on.
all I can think is that the air was so dry that static keep the glitter on,
who knows, but it was very cold out when I did , maybe 10 degrees so had to be static?

This is what it should of looked like:

Major difference isn't there?
On well, it is what it is like they say!
So, anyhow, head on over to the Colorful Options blog
to see all the pretty makes from the Design Team, some awesome talent there!

Love Bug

 Time for a new challenge theme at
Double D Challenges and it is HEARTS!

We have a fun mood board to inspire you but you can create
anything as long as it is HEART themed!

I have the cutest little Love Bug to share.
He is created with a die from Cottage Cutz.
These dies make the cutest cards and I have an never ending collection of them!

For my background, besides the gingham paper, I used one of my 
favorite dies from Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle.

For even more inspiration take a peek at the
Double D challenge blog and see all the beautiful
heart creations from the design team.
Join in with us too, there is always a fabulously fun
prize to one lucky random drawn player!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... With Love
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Watercooler Wednesday .... All About Occasions
Shopping Our Stash .... My Heart Beets For You

Two Old Bats February 2022 Halloween Challenge

Halloween in February?  YES, that's correct,
at Two Old Bats Halloween challenge we
celebrate Halloween every month
allowing you to work on your spooky cards year round!

We have this fun PINK Halloween mood board to 
inspire you, but you can use anything Halloween you want.
this is just for inspiration! 

I totally let the pink colors inspire me.
I had purchased a new Prima Halloween paper pad
Mostly in pinks called Thirty-One!
That is where the spidery pink background came from!

I found I had a nice size web in my Halloween ephemera packets
and a glittery spider die cut from Cheery Lyn Designs.
I added some Pink Fresh Studio Ballet Slipper gems for sparkle,
other then that I left it alone!

Like Halloween?
Then pop on over to Two Old Bats and see
all the fun designs from the DT, join in with us while there!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February Anything Goes Winter Challenge Four Seasons Challenge

We are at our LAST Winter challenge at Four Seasons
and I have created this fun wintery mood board,
hey it's February so had to toss some hearts in there right? 
You can use the inspiration mood board or not
as long as your creation is WINTERY!!

Anything Goes Winter

I have the what I think is the perfect die for this heartfelt winter challenge.
It is Memory Box Snowflake Heart!

It is one of those dies that doesn't cut out but INTO your card stock
so I used a Tutti Designs nesting heart die to cut it out
as I wanted to use an embossing folder behind it.

I cut a second Tutti nesting heart in red to place behind the MB heart die
to show off those pretty snowflakes.
The sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh Simple sentiments
which fits perfectly on the layered Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Strips.
I use these strip dies so much that now I just leave two of them out next to my 
Big Shot permanently!
I had a little white dove sitting on my work table so I added him too
to finish off my card!

Head on over to the Four Seasons blog and see all the LAST
wintery cards for this year form the Design Team, they are awesome as usual!!

Entering the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenge .... ATG with optional LOVE

February Hearts

This month at Dies R Us we will have a theme
all month long for both of our challenges in February
and this month it will be all about Valentines/Love! 

I saw a cute layout on Pinterest and somewhat followed it
but making it my own.
Black 100# card stock was used for the base with a few 
designer papers from Recollections I've had for a long time.
The Precious Marieke Floral Border die is one that cuts 'into' your card stock
but scored long the edge then cut it with my guillotine.
The bigger hearts ae Tutti Designs Nesting Cross Stiched hearts
and the little hearts are from The Cheapo Dies Love Machine set.
The Leaf Flourish is no longer in stock but I gave a link
for ALL the flourishes that are!
all the links for the other products are listed below!

 Poppystamps Stitched Swirl Stem
Leaf Flourish
Cheapo Love Machine (hearts only)

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!

Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts.  

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!