Saturday, August 17, 2019

Washi on Shiplap, plus 1

Hi fellow crafters!  We all have situations when we don't have much time to make a card, and need something we can grab and adapt.  I think I found the solution in this roll of washi tape that has several large florals and lots of tiny ones.

supplies: white cardstock, Pink Fresh Studio Painted Florals Washi and matching Floral Elements dies, MFT Watercolor Wash dp in peach, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank cling, stamped in a pale peach, sentiment from Concord & 9th Brushed Blossom, peach ribbon, adhesive foam squares to lift wreath

There's also a large bouquet of flowers that fills an A2 size card front nicely.  I like the pink watercolor wash behind it.  Here I just applied it to white cardstock, then trimmed it out with a border die.

supplies: white cardstock, Painted Florals Washi, sentiment from Simon Beautiful Flowers, Penny Black Stitched Stackers die

I am very pleased with the quality and ease of use of this washi - it has a nice matte finish, not shiny as I had imagined it might have been.  I believe, but haven't tried yet, that you can even stamp and emboss right on top of it!  This will be wonderful for quick cards!  The washi also includes a tiny border 5 1/2" long, and lots of tiny floral sprays that can be layered together. And for those of you who want to choose your own colors for these motifs, there's a lovely stamp set that is available, called Floral Elements, which also works perfectly with the dies.  Pink Fresh has thought of all the possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Simon Says...........Midsummer Blues

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


This week our theme is Midsummer Blues, and we are featuring Avery Elle products.  If you have any of their products, we'd love you to use them, too, but it isn't a requirement to enter our challenge.  Just go with the blue theme.

supplies: white and Cornflower cardstock, Avery Elle Layered Rose stamp set, Altenew Lapis Lazuli and Green Valley mini inks, sentiment from Simon's Delicate Flowers, Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts embossing folder, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border die, Doodlebug heart sprinkles

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Please don't forget about our Kids' Challenge going on all month.  The theme is Anything Goes with Sparkle, and it's open to kids 16 years and under.  HERE are all the details.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

For Someone Special

Here's a card made for a very special lady celebrating her birthday today.  I used her favorite colors.

supplies: white, purple, and black cardstock, various Doodlebug patterned papers in bright pinks and purples, Spellbinders April Small Die of the Month, sentiment from Simon's Delicate Flowers, Penny Black Stitched Stackers die

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Simon Says.........Add a Die Cut

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is "Add a Die Cut" and who better to showcase than Memory Box?  We'd love to see you using them, too, but you can use anything  you'd like, as long as you follow the theme. 

I chose these sweet Daisy Silhouette dies to use this week

supplies: white and Cornflower cardstock, Memory Box Daisy Silhouette, colored with Zig markers, sentiment from Simon's Sketch Lotus Flowers, oval die and faded jeans and blueprint sketch distress inks, blue gingham ribbon, glue dots

I think gingham and daisies are a perfect match, so I chose some blue ribbon and matched my inks to that.  I pulled up the petals of the daisies, securing them to the card with some glue dots.

And in keeping with my gingham theme, here's another, in happy yellows.

supplies: white, black, desert storm, and front and reverse of a patterned paper from Sunny Studios Classic Gingham pad, Memory Box Daisy Silhouette, mowed lawn distress ink, Paper Smooches Fab Frames, and Simon's Smile Circle dies, Doodlebug sprinkles

It just seemed natural to pair a sunny yellow gingham and it's reverse with my daisies.  To make the flowers stand out better I chose kraft as my card base.  And the perfect sentiment with these happy elements is "smile", don't you agree?

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Many of you probably don't know that my husband and I are long-time followers of drum and bugle corps, known as DCI.  Drum Corps are made up of young people, musicians and color guard, who are 21 years old and younger, and their seasons are roughly from April to early August.  We are fortunate to have a corps that calls our hometown its hometown, the Canton Bluecoats.  This year their show is featuring music from the Beatles and as of this writing they are in first place in the rankings, and will hopefully cement that over the next few days as they compete in the Finals in Indianapolis this weekend.

Their music is uplifting and their costumes are bright and happy.  I tried to capture that in my card today, after seeing the Bluecoats perform here last night.  Here's my love letter to them.

The musicians are dressed in various bright blue prints, and the color guard in shades of yellow, gold, orange.  The conductors and a few of the color guard wear various black and white prints throughout the show.

Here's a closer shot to show you that I used some glitter paper here and there across my card (on a few flowers) to capture the sparkle that those uniforms give off under the stadium lights!

If you're interested, here are a few links to get to know our Bluecoats better:
their website
and some YouTube videos

If you're ever able to catch ANY drum corps show, I'd highly recommend it!  And if you hear the crowd yelling "Blooooooooo", you'll know the Blucoats are part of the show!  

Thanks for indulging me today!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Coffee & Cream

Hi!  Here's a unique backstory for the making of my card today.  Last Saturday night,  I woke up about 3 am with a headache.  Thank goodness I don't get migraines, and these headaches I've had all my life have lessened as I get older, but this one was bad enough to wake me up.  So I took a caffeine pill, and it took awhile before it kicked in.  In the meantime, you know how your thoughts are in the wee hours - I went from caffeine to coffee, and then I had the idea to use these beautiful cafe au lait colors for a card.  When I got up the next morning, I decided to recreate a design I've done before using them.  Here it is.

supplies: cream cardstock, various browns/tans and a green from Doodlebug Rainbow paper pads: ginghams, florals, stripes, dots, MFT Stitched Blooms dies, sentiment from Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies, stamped in vintage photo distress ink, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle die, ancient My Mind's Eye enamel dots

Brown flowers wouldn't usually be my first choice, but I do like how this turned out, with all the little patterns mixing in that 1 color - what do you think?  Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, August 4, 2019


Hi crafters!  There's just something about lime that I love, so today I decided to pull out a beautiful floral spray and try and do a card in mostly lime.

supplies: Bristol paper, black and Green Leaf cardstock, a dotty paper from BoBunny, Simon's Beautiful Flowers image and sentiment, embossed in white, Tonic Irish Clover markers, white pearls

This year I even found some lime zinnias for my garden, and I've been enjoying mixing them with all the other colors!

It's a beautiful day today - think I'll go spend some time outside, maybe pick a bouquet!  

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Simon's Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge!


I wanted to make sure that you knew that Simon Says Stamp is launching a month-long Kid's Challenge!  We do this every year to give our young designers out there the spotlight.

The theme is Anything Goes with SPARKLE.  It's open to all children between the ages of 2 and 16.  You are allowed to help them a little bit, if necessary, but we really want them to create something all by themselves.

We have THREE grab bags of craftiness as prizes for 3 random winners.  The challenge will remain open until 6 P.M. August 29th, and the random winners will be announced soon after the challenge closes. 

This challenge is open for CHILDREN ONLY, and any entry from anyone over the age of 16 will be deleted.  Please make sure to add the child's age along with his/her name when you post your entry.

Have fun!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Heart of Flowers

Here's a simple little card that uses an older Simon die.  Since it's summer, I colored the flowers in all different colors, like you'd see in a garden at this time of year.

supplies: white cardstock, watercolor paper, Simon's Heart of Roses die, Penny Black sentiment from Peaceful Time, Zig markers (light pink, pink, yellow, bright yellow, english lavender, violet, and light green), MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square die, clear sequins for some sparkle, adhesive foam squares to pop up panel

This works for so many occasions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My July Faves

Here are my favorite projects from last month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Simon Says...........Anything Goes

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


This week it's Anything Goes, and my teamies and I are playing with Penny Black goodies!  We'd love to see you using them, too, but you can use anything  you'd like, as long as you follow the theme. 

supplies: white and Audrey Blue cardstock, Bristol paper, Penny Black Peaceful Time stamp set and Stitched Stackers die, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle die, Zig markers and water to color, tumbled glass distress ink and water, adhesive foam squares

There is a matching die for the bird set, if that's your thing, but I just took my time and cut it out myself with my little scissors, then popped it above my base.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Love & Hugs

Hi crafters!  Today I have a card using my new Antique Rose Label Die from Memory Box, which I fell in love with at first sight......

supplies: watercolor paper, white and aqua cardstock, Memory Box Antique Corner Rose Label, alcohol markers to color, sentiment from Simon's Beautiful Flowers, Sunny Studios Quilted Heart embossing folder, Paper Smooches Fab Frames die, tiny heart sprinkles

Once again I used THIS technique to color my first cut of this die, then mounted it on an embossed panel framed in scallops.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 29, 2019


Here's a card inspired by the happy colors of this card by Laurie Schmidlin.

supplies: white, 2 shades of teal, 2 shades of orange, 2 shades of lime cardstock, adhesive white foam, striped dp from Doodlebug Sweet Summer, MFT Scribble Roses Overlay dies, Simon Single Roses leaves and Four Seasons dies, Memory Box PinPoint Rectangle die, lime sequins

I cut 2 of each shade of each color for the flowers.  While the die was still attached to them, I used single-sided tape to hold everything together on the back.  After releasing the flower from the die, I cut it again in a different shade and used only the outline over the full flower.  I similarly mixed the insides and outsides of the leaves in 2 lime colors.  

The stripes were also cut apart and pieced so that I had only the 3 main colors in my background, then trimmed with a pinpoint rectangle die.  I cut my sentiment from adhesive foam so that it would be thick and show up better.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying your summer!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

With Love

I have a ton of birthdays next month, so I'd best get some cards made!  I think these will be for my sisters.......

supplies: white cardstock and striped dp from Sunny Studio Rainbow Bright pad, Pretty Pink Posh Floral Hearts stamp set, Zig markers, sentiment from Tammy Tutterow's  Sew Tiny Sentiments, Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts embossing folder, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square die, adhesive foam strips, Tonic Detail scissors

I stamped the smaller heart inside the framing one and popped it up for this next card.

supplies: white cardstock, Pretty Pink Posh Floral Hearts, (retired) MFT Blueprints scalloped die, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle die, adhesive foam squares

This is my first time using this darling Floral Heart set - love the hearts sprinkled among the flowers!  There are matching dies for it, but I didn't have any trouble cutting it out by hand.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a beautiful day!