April 11, 2024

Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #28

Hi there friends, it's been a while. I got up this morning and decided it was time to make a card for the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #28. I purchased the Concord & 9th Cup of Kindness Stamps & dies back when the set was introduced and today it finally got some love. I have been trying to use what I have because their are so many sets that I had to have but have not gotten much love.

My background was stamped with Ellen Hutson's Fa La La stamp with Catherine Pooler's Rockin' Red ink. The same stamp was used to stamp and white emboss the red cardstock for the coffee cup.

The holly on the cup sleeve is from Ellen Hutson's Holiday Sprigs stamps & dies. I coloured it with Copic markers--R08, R17, R27, YG25, YG17.

This is also the first card I have made for Christmas '24! I have a few more to make--lol!

Thanks for dropping in today!


April 1, 2024

Color Hues #84

Welcome back! We have a new colour duo starting today over at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #84! Peach & Green makes me think of warmer days ahead! I used Altenew's Book Engravings stamps and dies. 

I stamped and die cut the two flowers using peach inks. On a 5 1/5" x 4 1/4" panel of white cardstock I stamped the leaves. The smaller flower was attached to the panel directly with glue and the large flower was attached with foam squares.The happy birthday sentiment is from an old Papertrey Ink birthday set.


I am also submitting this to Seize the Birthday #280 Spring Floral Challenge...

If you haven't already been there, please head over to the Color Hues blog to see the fabulous designs my teammates have made for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

March 28, 2024

Just Us Girls #720

Hey crafty friends! I'm back again with my final card for my March Guest Design at Just Us Girls! This challenge is a stencil challenge and anything goes. So with that I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Wild Blooms stencils because every time I use it? I love it more!

I started off picking lighter and darker shades of my greens, pinks and yellows. All my inks are Catherine Pooler inks and I listed them all in the supply list at the bottom of my post.

Wild Blooms comes as a set of 6 stencils. I worked my way through each stencil using first the lightest shade and then adding my darker shade from the base of each image and then finally finishing it off by going over the stenciled pieces again with the lightest coloured ink.

Once I had the whole piece stenciled I went around the edges of the panel with blue ink to give the panel more dimension and reality. Next I cut the panel with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles dies. It was adhered to the card base with foam tape.

I have been trying to use some older products that I have lately. The word spring is from a Neat & Tangled die called Spring, how apropos! The die comes with the word and a shadow. I cut the shadow with vellum and then I cut the word spring three times with black cardstock. The words were glued together to make a thick word, it was then glued to the vellum base.

TIP: I dotted glue on the back of the vellum piece behind the letters so it would not show through to the front.

I stamped and white embossed Happy & Birthday from yet another older MFT Stamps set and those were adhered around the word 'spring' with thin foam tape.

Thanks for hanging out with me this month as I was guesting with the Just Us Girls Challenge. I've had a really fun time and I hope to see your cards in the gallery. Break out those stencils, this challenge is a fun one!

March 16, 2024

Color Hues #83

Welcome back! We have a new colour duo starting today at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #83! This week we have a unique colour combination chosen by teammate Carol. I love this subdued pallet of cream and blue! I decided to make a birthday card that is masculine and yet it ended up very generic!

I used A Colourful Life's Rippling Squares to stencil on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel of cream cardstock using Catherine Pooler Ink--Tranquil. Be careful this pattern is a bit funky, but so very fun! 

I trimmed the panel down to 5 1/4" x 4" and adhered it directly to a cream coloured cardbase. I decided to make this card one layer to make for easy mailing. 


I made my own cardstock with Catherine Pooler Ink--Cove Blue. I simply pounced the ink pad over white cardstock panel and let it dry completely. The panel looks blotchy at first but with these inks it settles out as it dries! Now I have coordinating colour cardstock for my background.

Once dry, the sentiment Simon Says Stamp's Happy Birthday was cut from the cardstock.

If you haven't already been there, please head over to the Color Hues blog to see the fabulous designs my teammates have made for this challenge!

March 14, 2024

Just Us Girls #718

Hey crafty friends! I'm back again with m second card for my March Guest Design at Just Us Girls! This challenge with are having a Collaboration Challenge with Time Out Challenges for challenge #718. 

We are doing a two week challenge running from March 14th - 27th. At JUGS it's a word challenge and the word is Birds! I don't have many birds in my collection but I have MFT Stamps Seaside Seagulls and pulled it out to play!

I created a cloud background with the MFT Stamps Clouds stencil, then I cut it into a panel with the MFT Stamps Wonky Stitched borders. 

I used a bright blue cardstock for my background and I have gone through all my cardstock and still do not know what company makes it. 

I added some foam tape/dots to add some dimension behind the white panel and behind the bird and die cut clouds!

This is the now, sadly retired, stamp set I used, MFT Stamps' Seaside Seagulls!

All the images were coloured with Copic markers.

 I hope to see you play along with us!

March 7, 2024

Just Us Girls #717

Hi there crafty friends! Today I'm so excited to share that I am the guest designer for Just Us Girls for the month of March! 

The first challenge is for Color Week #717 and the colours are green, lime green and one other colour! I chose a coral pink for my other colour!

I used all Catherine Pooler products for my card. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I decided to make a card for the occasion. I used the Clover & Blooms stamps and dies and the Lucky Charm stamp sets along with the Lucky word die. I stamped the clovers in Grass Skirt and Lime Rickey inks and I made my own cardstock using Coral Cabana ink for the word lucky. 

All were assembled on a panel cut with the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle dies. The clovers were attached with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

This card would be suitable to give to a friend or someone you love.

I hope to see you play along at the Just Us Girls challenge this week. I can't wait to see what you do!

March 1, 2024

Color Hues #82

Hi there crafty friends! We have a new colour duo starting today at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #82! I'm so excited to be the host of this challenge and I chose these bright and cheerful colours as we transition into March and spring only a few short weeks away! Where I live we don't have a typical spring, in fact most years we don't really have much of a spring at all. It's not uncommon to have one last snowfall in April! This year I'm optimistic because Wiarton Willie, Ontario's resident groundhog, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, signalling 6 more weeks of winter and I'm holding him to it!

I used a very old Papertrey Ink set that might actually be my favourite, it's called Flower Garden. What I love the most about this set is that there is so much creative freedom. The flowers, vines and leaves can be arranged however you want and they always end up looking like the grew that way!

I stamped a variety of the solid stamps and then stamped the outline offset over the images.

Everything was stamped with Catherine Pooler inks--Cummerbund and Lime Rickey. I made a matching envelope for the card using the same method.

I was on a roll and ended up making a second card and envelope duo!

I don't think I'll be putting this set too far away. Sometimes something you have had for a long time and you bring it out to play, you remember why you bought it in the first place!

If you head over to the Color Hues blog you will see what the rest of the team has made with these colours. As always their creations are all amazing!

I can't wait to see what you do with these colours!