Thursday, October 8, 2015


I'm so thankful for challenges like the Color Throwdown that allow me to use whatever supplies I like to make a card!  In this case, I pulled out some The Crafts Meow stamps (they closed their doors several years ago) to make my card.   I loved the pale pumpkin inspiration the challenge gave us, but had no current stamps that were the outline of a pumpkin, but I had several from TCM:

Color Throwdown #363

I also used another favorite of mine, washi tape, to bring in more of the colors, and I added some enamel and wood dots in those colors, too.  

Here's our inspiration for this week:


Blue is my favorite color, so I just had to play at the current Pinterest Inspired challenge for this month.

Oct Pinspiration Challenge

supplies: Die-Namics Spring Wreath, cut in a soft grey and 3 blues, Simon/Hero Arts Prayers clear stamp set, grey ink, silver pearls

Here's the lovely inspiration: 

Thanks for your visit!l

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Simon Says..........CAS Christmas


It's time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

This week our theme is CAS Christmas, and the Design Team are using products from Memory Box.  They make the most gorgeous detailed dies - I was lucky to snag a pretty wreath die called Catalina Wreath.  Here are 2 cards I made using it.

SSS Oct 7

supplies: red and green cardstocks, My Mind's Eye My Story patterned paper, Catalina Wreath, cut 3 times, 2 greens and a red, Simon's Christmas Blessings die, gold foil paper, gold sequins

This next one is not at all Clean and Simple, but I thought this patterned paper in the background went so nicely with it, I shared it with you anyway.   Love the country look of it!  I paper-pieced the flowers onto the green wreath, and added little white pearls in their centers to mimic the flowers in the paper, then popped the whole wreath up above the card surface to help it stand out a little more.  I paired it with one of my most favorite Christmas sentiment sets from Hero Arts, now sadly discontinued. The dotted letters just seem to go along with the whole style of the card.

SSS Oct7

supplies: white, red, and green cardstock, Catalina Wreath, cut in green and red and paper-pieced, white pearls, Simple Stories Cozy Christmas patterned paper, Hero Arts Miracle of the Holidays, and Red Royal ink

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Simon Says Stamp

Do you use Instagram?  If you do, we'd love you to add #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there, too! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A sneak peek from the Simon Winter Release!

Did you know that Simon Says Stamp is planning a Winter Release on October 15?  I was lucky enough to get a couple of the new sets - here's a little peek at them!

Winter Release sneak

WinterRelease sneak peek

I'll see you back here on the 15th for a reveal of these fun sets!

Monday, October 5, 2015

MasterBoard Background Building

On World CardMaking Day, Shay challenged us to make a MasterBoard, then divide it up into 4 sections and make at least one card utilizing it.  I don't think I've never done anything like this before, and it turns out, it's fun to do!  Warning, this is a looooooong post!

Here's the MasterBoard I started with, made by stamping a leaf in various distress inks all over an 8 1/2 " X 11" piece of ivory cardstock:

Master Board 1

I cut this into 4 equal parts, and then added something different to each panel.  Here are those results:

Master Board 2

Now the next step is to take each panel and make it into a finished card.  Here are all of them together:

WCMD Master Board finished cards

And separate shots of each of them:

Blessed WCMD

I used Winnie & Walter's scalloped rectangles from their Audrey Cutaways on this one, and lifted the smaller of the 2 above the card after cutting out the sentiment. 

Autumn WCMD

This is my least favorite of the 4, and I definitely need more practice with partial die-cutting.  I also added some dry embossing to this one and my Winnie & Walter product is their Autumn cutaway from Big, Bold Seasons.

Hello Beautiful WCMD

I overstamped the panel with a big wood stamp that has all these words of Autumn, and added W&W's Big, Bold, and Happy cutaway and the word from the Big, Bold Seasons stamp set.

Grateful WCMD

This one stands out from the others because of the blue stencilling I added.  The tag is from W&W's Audrey Cutaways die set.


Thank you, Shay, this was really fun!

Make it Masculine!

Here's a card for another of Winnie & Walter's World CardMaking Day challenges, this one Julie's Make it Masculine.  I used some sure-fire colors that men usually like and made a plaid.

WCMD Make it Masculine

supplies: pool and navy cardstock and inks, Winnie & Walter's Scenery: Stripes stamps, Lil Inker's Boxed Up Birthday Greeting and Stitched Stars dies


Have a good week!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Quilted Autumn

I finally ordered and received PTI's Quilted Autumn stamp set and matching dies, and played with them as soon as they came - here are a couple of cards using them.  I used blue backgrounds on each one because a big part of fall to me are the crisp blue skies highlighting the gorgeous fall colors:

Quilted Autumn

This first one is a mix of Doodlebug design papers and a favorite Hero Arts sentiment, sadly discontinued (from Made with Love).   The "warm wishes" is a perfect match for a quilt pattern, I think.

The next one was influenced by our recent trip to what we in Ohio refer fondly to as "Amish Country": Holmes County, Ohio, just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from us.  My husband and I spent a gorgeous fall day there on Friday, stocking up on bulk-food items, enjoying the beautiful scenery and a meal at one of the home-style restaurants.  It was decorated with lots of Amish-style quilts, which are always done in solid colors.  My sentiment on this one is a Simon Christmas die set, Christmas Blessings, and I used a Tim Holtz Kraft-Core pad for my solid papers.

Amish Quilted Autumn

And finally, I used the stamp set and stamped some patterns on the die-cut elements:

Stamped and Embosed Quilted Autumn

The dotty background is a BoBunny double dot paper, the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold, & Blessings, and I embossed everything with a circle-pattern Darice embossing folder, to make it look even more like a quilt.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


I think this will be my final card for World CardMaking Day, but I hope to continue on with some other challenges tomorrow.  This final card was made for Lydia's "Use Gold/Metallics" challenge at the Winnie & Walter blog today.  I kept it simple and let the gold be the star........I've always loved a gold and cream combination.

WCMD 2015 Gold

supplies: cream and gold foil cardstock, Winnie & Walter Big, Bold &You, Big, Bold & Extras, and Big, Bold and Happy for sentiment, embossed in gold embossing powder, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms dies, and heart dies from Winnie & Walter's Audrey Cutaways, gold watercolor splatters


Welcome Autumn


Here's another card for World CardMaking Day.......this one works for 2 of Winnie & Walter's challenges,Vanessa's Watercoloring and Gayatri's Sketch, and I'm sharing it for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring challenge, and entering it into Virginia's View All Things Colored challenge, too.

Welcome Autumn WCMD 2015

supplies: kraft cardstock and watercolor paper, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons cutaways and stamp set, Simon's One With Nature leaves, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, sequins

After coloring one of the larger leaves, I cut it out, glued on the autumn die sentiment, and popped them above the card.



WCMD color challenge


Happy World CardMaking Day!  It's rainy, chilly and dreary here in NE Ohio, a perfect day to stay inside and create!  I hope to make lots of cards today - there are certainly lots of inspiration out there today in blogland!  This card is an entry to Heather's Color Challenge at the Winnie & Walter blog today.  She asked us to make a card using aqua, mint, yellow and kraft.

WCMD2015 W&W color challenge

supplies: kraft, Audrey Blue, Mint, and yellow cardstocks, W&W Audrey's Cutaways dies, Taylored Expressions  Leafy Vine embossing folder, retired Memory Box Twig Wreath die, cut twice, Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves die, sponged with Hero Arts Mint Julep and Butter Bar inks, Wplus9 Doodlebuds "blessed" die, Paper Smooches flower sequins

I love wreaths, especially at this time of year, so I pulled out this discontinued twig wreath and layered away.  

I'm going to be lazy today and not link my products, except for the company which is sponsoring the challenge.  I think you can get there just the same by googling the description of each item. 

See you again soon!

Black & White

Here's a card for this month's Memory Box challenge: Black & White.

Memory Box challenge #5

I used their Bella Bouquet die, music paper from Lawn Fawn, and a discontinued sentiment from The Craft's Meow, black and white pearls 

Happy World Card Making Day!  

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Little Something.......

Here's a card for the Throwback Thursday challenge at WPlus9.  I was inspired by Maureen's second card, May Your Blessings be Plenty, and pulled her layout and colors from it.

wplus9 TT#7

supplies: kraft, ivory, 2 greens, gold, brick red cardstocks, Wplus9's Quilt Cuts 2 die and sentiment from their Blanket Stitched Blooms set, heart button, and twine

It is always a good day when I get to play with something quilt-related, and I really enjoyed putting this little one together.  I love these autumnal colors, too!  Thanks, Maureen, for a fun afternoon!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thanks a Lot

I have been wanting Paper Smooches' Best Buds set forever, and was finally able to snag a set recently.  And when I saw the colors at the current Color Throwdown, these were the first things I thought of to use for my entry.

Color Throwdown #362

supplies: Paper Smooches Best Buds, markers to color, Simon's Stitched Rectangles and Die-Namics Blueprints 20 dies, Doodlebug woodgrain dp from their Happy Harvest pad, orange and kraft cardstock

Here are the fun colors for this week:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just for You

If you're here to see my sample cards for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, please click HERE.

I have been missing in action for most of the last month, due to personal reasons, and so I've missed playing in some challenges that I usually participate in.  One of them is Winnie & Walter's monthly Rerun challenge.   But I have a few hours left to enter, and so here is my card for it, inspired by Lydia Evans card where she chose some of the smaller elements in the set.

W&W Rerun #4

I don't have the This Awesome House stamp set that is being highlighted this month, so I used a small twig, the cardinal, and a sentiment from the Winter Wonderland set.  I love wreaths, and it was fun to make this little twig one, using 2 shades of brown distress ink.  As I always do, I traced a circle lightly in pencil first, stamped my twigs, and then erased that circle.


Thanks for stopping by!