Saturday, December 29, 2018


It's time for a new Inkspirational Challenge!

stamps: My Favorite Things Sketch Flowers, Sunny Studio Holiday Style  dies: My Favorite Things Sketch Flowers, Sunny Studio Holiday Style, Papertrey Ink Brushed Off Rectangle  other: Acrylic Paint/Glitter Paint

This time, we are supposed to CASE one of our favorite cards this year or another designer.

I cased my card from a recent post.

My reasons were practical...I had painted backdrops already done and I wanted to create a non-seasonal card. ;)

Please join us with your unique creation!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Candles of Christmas

There's a new challenge up at Inkspirational~

stamps: A Jillian Vance Design Candles of Christmas  dies: Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Holiday Dies

Here's the gorgeous prompt:

Won't you join us????

Here are some other fun challenges:

Simon Says (Wednesday): Christmas

 Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, December 14, 2018

Joy, Bells & Bling

I went with traditional Christmas colors here:

stamps: Sunny Studio Holiday Style  dies: Sunny Studio Holiday Style, Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Joy

for the following challenges...
 Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pom Tags

Sometimes you gotta add a crazy pom for fun~

stamps:Hero Arts Joy to the World sentiment  dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dressed Up Tag, Papertrey Ink Spruce & Sprigs (purple tag), Technique Tuesday Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes (orange tag)

Buy yourself a new cat brush to tease them up a bit~

I'm submitting this to  


(Mixed Media Tag)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sequined Bear

Back to the glitter paint I mentioned...

stamps:Hero Arts Joy to the World sentiment   dies: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas bear, Technique Tuesday Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes, Avery Elle Double-Pierced Rectangles


Glad I can use that paint! ha!

Thanks for stopping by~

Good Vibes Christmas

 I've wanted the Good Vibes die for awhile now...and had to use it right away. ;)

 stamps: Technique Tuesday Being Unique/Mixin' Up   dies: Technique Tuesday Sparkle & Shine/Mixin' Up, Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes

The first is for my daughters' friend who's taking culinary arts in Pittsburgh, where it snows black and yellow! ;)

I'm submitting this to 


The second is based on the following sketch:

Thanks for stopping by today~

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Merry Dressed Up in Bling

There I was, minding my own business.

I was trying to focus.

I was shopping for grocery essentials and staying away from the pesky, fun, crafty aisles that send my mind into neverland.

I was focusing on snacks, produce, canned goods...

and what does Walmart do?

She puts paint...delicious, glittery paint...

 on an end-cap by the cereal aisle.


Bottles of glitter fell into my cart because, well, 

my defenses were down and I couldn't resist!  

Marlenaisfaithfullycrafting took over.

My mental list of meals went wooosh and

 I. was. done.

How's about the cashier cheered me on with

 "ooooh, I can't wait to try those."


It was too much.

What's a crafty girl to do with all that temptation.

I went home,
threw the groceries in the fridge and ran downstairs to craft. ;)

I painted backdrops and tips of word diecuts...starting with the following:

hosted by Melissa

dies: Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Holiday/Spruce & Sprigs


The more shine = more I right? ;)

I added sequins to the sprig and sealed them with Faber-Castell Texture Gem medium.

The hardest part was waiting for it to dry.

That's when I took a break to cook.

Might as well finish what I started. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and listening to my ramblings!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Button Bookmark Card

Here's a bright hello card for a little Christmas break~

and I need to use up candy corn die cuts I have lying around~


stamps: Santoro Frames   dies: My Favorite Things Gift Card Grooves/Cross-Stitched Ovals, Papertrey Ink Shaker Shapes : Candy Corn, Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Triangle, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Still Thankful Citrus

It's past Thanksgiving, but I'm still thankful to my parents.
They give way more than they time, money, and everything.
They are amazing.

stamps: Altenew Main Squeeze  dies: Altenew Main Squeeze, Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings
 Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, December 3, 2018

Blessed Christmas

stamps: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas, Papertrey Ink Geode Layers
~Blessed Christmas~
 Thanks for stopping by~

Whole Llama Love

stamps: My Favorite Things Llama Love   dies: My Favorite Things Llama Love, Technique Tuesday
Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes  other: Nuvo Drops

Giving this Llama set some love by using it for a Christmas card.

Here's the sketch that inspired me ( I was also inspired by the design team samples which didn't have a straight line for the images, but rather zigged and zagged a little)~

Thanks for stopping by~


Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Place Like Gnome

Coloring with Copics today~

stamps & die: Papercraft Essentials Aug 2017 Free Enchanted Corner Gnome

I love choosing hat colors~by the way...have you seen those new knit hats with the hole in it for a ponytail?

I highly recommend!!

 I have a huge peanut head which appreciates the extra room in the back for head curves~ha!
There are so many colors to choose from!

 Have a good one friends~


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Merry Ornament Card

I have a lot of die cuts stacked on my desk~so I used some of them for this ornament card~


 stamps: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags/What the Doodle Snowflakes sentiment  dies:
Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags, Altenew Merry Christmas

I anchored down the ornament with a strip of red, and underneath I left a shadow of the ornament, so to speak~

I hope to get another card done for the following, and maybe it will be a single layer!

The following photo at Laurel's had me at red, white, and a scalloped focal center~

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take it easy when you can!

There's so many extras we do in the month of December, and you only have so much strength & health, friends.

Don't overdo.

You feel me?


Merry Christmas Red & Yellow

It's time again for a new Inkspirational Challenge!

It's Christmas Anything Goes.

 dies: Altenew Merry Christmas, Technique Tuesday Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes

Please join us at Inkspirational with your unique creation~

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Transformation Tuesday Ornaments

Papertrey Ink's Transformation Tuesday is a great opportunity to take one of your earlier designs and redo or repurpose them.

Last week's Tranformation Tuesday hosted by
Lexi Daly
inspired me to take a card design and turn it into ornaments.

stamps: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags/What the Doodle Snowflakes sentiment/Vintage Ornaments II sentiment      dies: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags

Here's my original black and white card from last year, which uses the same kit.

I'm linking my project to this week's 

hosted by  Lizzie Jones,

in which she takes a card and changes the season.

You can transform a previous project anyway you like.

I think it's fun to revisit my older projects...I've had my blog since 2011.

If I go "bleh" when I see some of my older stuff, this is a great opportunity to redo.

If I like a project I've designed, I just revamp it with trendy colors or better skills.

ahem. ;)

Since I plan on gifting these (and more which I will share if I get around to it), I'm also sharing this at

Simon Says (Monday): Gift It

These should last a few years...they are chipboard ornaments.

Here is the link to a tutorial which I've drawn from many times.


The winter scenes are appropriate for this challenge too:

 Simon Says (Wednesday): Baby It's Cold Outside

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Monday, November 26, 2018

All Is Calm Peek a Boo Card

I went with a simple interactive card today~

 stamps: Seaside Stamping Ink Christmas Began,Papertrey Ink Corner Adorner: September  dies: Papertrey Ink Corner Adorner: September, Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap

 I snapped a pic of this special sentiment before I secured the panel down...

These are the colors I used~

Laurel's Christmas Packages pic got the ball rolling~

Hope your Monday is floating along alright...thanks for stopping by friends!!!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink November 2018 Blog Hop Challenge

stamps: Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Snowflakes  dies: Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Snowflakes/Brushed Off Rectangle/Wonderful Words Joy

Check out Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop Challenge this month:

I went red, white and blue like the photo~keeping it as simple as possible.

I did a partial red with the Brushed Off Rectangle...and did a second layer in white.

It's a subtle frame, but effective in bringing the focus to the center sentiment.

Plus, it gives me an anchor to arrange the snowflakes on~

Thanks for stopping by!

Winter Snow Oranges

When I created this card...I had in mind the days of old where an orange was an extravagant Christmas gift.
I love the fresh look of the citrus images in Altenew's Main Squeeze I built everything up from them.

 stamps: Altenew Main Squeeze  dies: Altenew Main Squeeze, Simon Says Stamp Winter Snow Wafer, Technique Tuesday Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes  other: Nuvo Drops

I sponged the slices with Tim Holtz  Frayed Burlap for a dried look~you wouldn't hang a fresh slice on a tree, right?


Orange is making a dent in Christmas decor these days...and I'm totally on board with that!

I could stamp citrus for dayzzzz.  :)

I'm submitting this to Simon Says (Monday): Let it Snow


 Thanks for stopping by this week~

Friday, November 23, 2018

Merry & Bright

Whenever I stamp Altenew's Main Squeeze,
I crave grapefruits or oranges.
I'm not even kidding. ;)
It literally helps me eat healthier.

 stamps: Altenew Main Squeeze/Halftone Circles/Bells & Bows  dies: Altenew Main Squeeze/Bells & Bows/Merry Christmas

Traditional Christmas colors in this inspiration helped me along...

I love when citrus images debut in holiday decor!

I also used the sketch from

 (pretend the larger citrus images are one and bring the horizontal strip to the front).

Thanks for stopping by today~


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Every Day is Magical

stamps: Unity Stamps Best Year Yet (kom 11/15)   die: My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips

This week my lovely teammates at Inkspirational have created with the following word prompt in mind:

I stamped and colored this Unity stamp flake (it was best to leave the panel in my Misti)....then stamped with Versamark and embossed.

We are heading into the magical season of the year...won't you join us and link up at Inkspirational?

Thanks for stopping by today~

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Life Fails to be Perfect

I swerve toward perfectionism at times, which steals my joy.
This sentiment is a great reminder~

stamps: Santoro Frames, Unity Stamp Maple Girl sentiment  dies: My Favorite Things Color Drops  other: Nuvo Drops

Thanks for stopping by~

Lobster Thanks

Hubby took me to Red Lobster the other night...

dies: Simon Says Script Thanks, Taylored Expressions Crustaceans, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Hexagons
hence the lobster in the middle of November ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 12, 2018

I Am the Clay

I absolutely love Pink & Main's Pumpkin Spice paper.

stamps: Santoro Frames, Verve Potter's Clay  dies: My Favorite Things Cross Stitched Ovals, Papertrey Ink Snowman

I saw these colors and was like yesssssss...we can do this with this paper. ;)

What's nice about coloring, is you can make it anything you want!

It sets the center piece for a card, you know?

Thank you for stopping by!

Soy Awesome Pom

This time I let a pom take center stage~

stamps: My Favorite Things Sushi Date sentiment  die: My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Window  other: corrugator, yarn for pom, Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Fresh Lime

My sweet teammate Sandie 
nudged me to make a card for the following challenge~ she knows how much I love making poms. ;)
I focused on blues and greens...corrugating a panel and spritzing with Dylusions sprays.

Today is a wonderful day to craft and rest and rest and craft...

Have a good one friends!