Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Today our challenge at
Double D Challenges is being hosted by Team Darlene
and the theme is 
Sentiments/Quotes and using the mood board below for inspiration.

I went with a stamp I bought because it had a special meaning to me.
Anyone that has ever had the pleasure of loving a pet will understand my silliness!

I used to sing this verse to my Nellie dog and flapped her ears while I was singing it to her,
I always called her sunshine every morning, I greeted her with
'Good Morning Sunshine"
She always loved it with her head in my lap,
I can hardly hear those words anymore without tearing up
but it's a good memory right?

I know silliness, but it just fit her....
so I was so happy when I went to Hobbylobby one day and saw this frame...perfect...
it sits in my kitchen so I can see her sunshiny face everyday!

I used Sparkle N Sprinkle Daffodil embossing powder
and the paper is from Penny Black, my first paper pad from that company
and I absolutely love it!!

So take a peek at the wonderful variety of creations the girls at
Double D challenges have come up with...
amazing as always!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Birthday Wishes

The weekend sure seemed to fly by and I had a HUGE list of things to get done.
Of course that didn't happen we had too much company drop by
but I did manage to get one batch of salsa made!

 I do have something new to put on my blog today and that is a
birthday card made with a cute Tutti Designs die

I used a dots embossing folder for the background
(the entire front is embossed, but my camera did not pick it up...sigh)
and then 3 Tutti Designs Nesting stitched Circles,
one of which I stamped the sentiment on.

Did you know that the Tutti Designs Nesting dies are only $12 a set...WOW...
I can hardly believe the price of these (and  I have them all of
Well, I will be back tomorrow with something fun and new...don't miss it!

Entering the following challenges:
Glitter 'N' Sparkle .... Embossing 
Watercooler Wednesdays .... Birthday

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fancy Corners Challenge at Dies R Us

Time for a new challenge at the
Dies R Us challenge blog.

Grab our Badge!

Our theme is Fancy Corners.

There are so many beautiful fancy corners to choose from....
smaller ones that you can use in each corner or the larger fancy ones
like I used:
Cheery Lynn Designs Lacey Pumpkin Corner

For the background of the die I used 
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circles
and the smaller circle in the set for the stamped sentiment.

I added a few small leaves 
Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set
and a hemp bow to finish.

Take a peek over at the Dies R Us challenge blog
to see all the beautiful creations my DT sisters have created
and why not join in with us too?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle September Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to the September 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

The Blog Hop is on the 15th of each month.  On the 1st of each month, SNS will release a new Video Kit Club.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:

Birdhouse Friends 852
(Digital Version DIGI852BG)

Lovely Magnolia 853  
(Digital Version DIGI853FS - see below)

A Puppy's Halloween 863
(Digital Version DIGI863FS)

Victorian Camille at Christmas 864

(Digital Version DIGI864LS)

DIGI853FS - Lovely Magnolia huge digi bundle (lots of extras not included in the rubber version.)

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)


Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  
This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today!

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

Happy Hopping!

Now onto my card.

I used the gorgeous stamp set 

I started out by making my own background paper on brown card stock.
I first stamped the smaller of the magnolia from the set in random places
all over the  card stock with Versamark embossing ink.
Squash Marbled embossing powder was then used to emboss the flowers.
I love the pretty color of this EB powder!

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark,
then embossed with Coffee embossing powder.

I stamped the large flower with Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad Acorn Brown,
colored it with Copics, 
then I went around each petal using one of the pens from
then hand cut it out using Tonic 5" mini scissors
and popping it up with foam dimensionals..
I added a bow to the flower to finish it off.

I wanted to add a bit more 'sparkle'
so I die cut a Spellbinders Lovin' Diamonds die
and added 1 1/2" Tear-ific Tape around the edges then sprinkled
Aztec Gold Glitter.  I then added the flower panel using 1/2" Tear-ific Tape.

Thank you for visiting with me today!
Leave a comment for your chance to win the release!
Next on the hop is our lovely and very talented Shona.

Easy List of Products Used:
GlitterAztec Gold G1006
Embossing PowderSquash EP445,
Misc:  SB Die Lovin’ Diamonds,
Ribbon, Pop Up Dimensionals

Harvest Hello's

I have been working steadily on Christmas cards and needed a little break,
so I looked around blogland at some of the challenges and found
this one at Impression Obsession that sounded fun
'Harvest Hello's'.

To create my card I started with a much neglected embossing folder
from Sizzix 'Come In', I don't think I have ever used this folder
before but thought it would be a fun base for all my fall 'decorations...
kind of welcoming, don't you think?

I inked the edge of my door panel with TH Distress ink 'wild honey'.
Next came all the die cutting.
The cat and I (Chloe) sat on the floor at 3am and die cut all these fun
little dies...(it was one of my insomnia sleepless nights).

For the wreath on the door I used Small Leaves Die Set DIE030-S
and Leaf Cluster DIE066-C.
I added a little hemp bow to finish.

The rest of my 'door scene' was made using
Bushel of Apples DIE204-B (I cut the apples from a red foil paper),
Pumpkin Patch DIE-202G and the little squirrel is Squirrel Set DIE-213D.
A few leaves left over from the wreath above were added as well!

Chole and I had a lot of fun creating this card and the dies have a lot of
embossed details that my camera just didn't want to pick up.

Don't forget to stop by my blog at 9pm tonight for the 'reveal'!!
You won't want to miss it!

Entering these other challenges as well:
Craftaholics R Us .... Pumpkins
Always Fun Challenges .... Create A Scene
Pause Dream Enjoy .... Apples
Scrapyland .... ATG with a Die

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Birthday Cupcake

Today is a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
and the theme was chosen by our 'sistah'  Agata
which is  'Oh Boy, what next'....what makes you say "Oh Boy".

I had to give this one a little thought,
but as I was looking through some already printed digitals
from past design teams I found this Kenny K little image
I had printed and not used.
(I normally, when printing digitals print more then one
in case I mess up along the way, I just grab another).
I think the little guy carrying the cupcake above his  head
and so high in the air would make anyone say "Oh Boy"!!!

I colored him with Copics and a few glitter gel pens for some tiny sparkle.
He was cut out on a Cheery Lynn Designs fishtail banner.

I had 2 of the Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched banners sitting on my 
work table and they seemed just perfect to use with 
my colored image!

The design paper underneath is from a very old paper pad
and it went pretty good with all the rest!

So head on over to The Sisterhood and see all the fun things
the design team has to inspire YOU to join in with us!

Entering the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinky .... ATG (9/17)
Digi Chooseday .... ATG (9/26)
Tuesday Throwdown .... Happy Birthday (9/27)
Make My Monday .... Something for a Child (m)
Sweet Stampers #11 .... Lots of Layers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let's Hang Out

This is my 3rd and final card I did for the
Just Us Girls Block Watercolor Stamping challenge.

I used a different size block for this one, and one with a scalloped edge of sorts,
making it a bit smaller.

TH distress inks used were Mowed Lawn~Mermaid Lagoon~Picked Raspberry,
a MUCH brighter combo then my first 2 cards.

The stamp set is an older one from Flourishe's 'Friendly Reminders'.

I embossed the image with Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder
using Versamark.

The sentiment is part of the stamp set mentioned above.
It was stamped with SU Melon Mambo.

Well, I certainly had fun with this challenge,
something very different form the ordinary!!

A Day of Joy

This is the second card I made for the 
Just Us Girls Block Watercolor Technique

I once again used my TH Distress Inks, the colors are
Cracked Pistachio~Abandoned Coral~Shaded Lilac.

I also used Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Detail Embossing powder
and Versamark to stamp the Flourish's image and sentiment
from the Kids At Play set....not sure how old this set is, I would guess at least 5 years or older!

Really loved how this one turned out.
I will be back later this evening with my 3rd and final one.
This was not only fun, but easy...give it a try!!

Entering these additional challenges:
Retro Rubber ...ATG

Happy Halloween

I needed a little DT break and something to get me excited to create
and I saw this challenge at
and decided it was just the inspiration I needed.
I did watch the video as recommended and I can 
see myself sitting down this winter making an
entire selection of these cards!
I do have the TH water color paper as suggested, 
however I couldn't find where I had stashed!

Entering the following challenges:
Just Us Girls .... Block Watercolor Stamping

I did 3 of these panels for cards and will show the other 2 later today.
I actually made these on Sunday, but they had to sit awhile (2
while I figured out what I wanted to do with them.

First up is a panel if did with TH Distress Inks
Carved Pumpkin, Dusty Concord and Mustard Seed (I think)....

Well these colors certainly reminded me of Halloween
so I chose an oldie but goodie stamp set from SU 'House of Haunts'
I embossed my house and sentiment with
Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Detail embossing powder 
by first inking with Versamark.

I have to admit that my acrylic blocks for this technique were
covered with glue and etc., so I had to first clean my blocks with
'Goo Gone', which led me to cleaning all my scissors, tweezers and
bone folders as well.....
do you ever do that, it's like when i clean up my clutter in the kitchen,
take what goes into another room, 
then see something in that room that goes somewhere else, 
pick it up and go to the next room and on and on...
NOT a very good use of my that's how I operate...
anyhow, once I had all my tools cleaned I managed to finish not one but THREE cards!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Winner Winner of the Pumpkin Trio Cut File

I have a WINNER of the Pumpkin Trio Cute File from the Cutting Cafe
but first I want to say thank you to all that left a comment, 
it was very much appreciated!!

The winner is Sheila from LaLa Crafts....
Sheila please send me your email and I will get The Cutting Cafe File
right out to you...have fun with it, I did!
Please email
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Sunday, September 10, 2017


This is my post on the
Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today..enjoy!

Today I have a pretty 'fall' card to share with you using the new stamp set Basket of Hope.
I added a bit of glitzy 'goodness' to it, let me tell you how I did it.

I die cut a pretty background to go under my stamped image using
Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.
After it was cut I grabbed a piece of SNS Sticker Paper.

Peeling back the protective covering, I simply 'adhered' the die cut to the paper.

I then sprinkled Sparkling Snow glitter in all the open areas.  A little tip is to use a coffee filter
or a piece of scrap paper (like I did) folded in half to catch all the excess glitter, making it easy to just dump it back in the container.  Once done I used Tonic 5" Mini Scissors to trim around the die, then adhered to my red card stock base.

I found that the Tutti Designs Nesting Rectangle die fit almost perfectly on top
of the SB die, so I stamped the Basket of Hope image on to that using Nuvo Hybrid Ink Acorn Brown.  I also stamped the sentiment with the same Acorn Ink.
I colored the image with Copics, then stamped just to jar cloth onto a scrap of gingham paper
and once again using the Tonic 5" mini scissors, I cut it out and paper pieced it onto the jar.using Nuvo Glue Pen Medium.  Once done I used pop up foam to attach the image to the glittered die cut.

This was an easy card to make with the beautiful Basket of Hope stamp taking center stage!

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Autumn

It certainly is feeling like Autumn in my neck of the woods.
It has been raining the last couple of days,
but that is okay as we need it badly!
I love Autumn!!
There is just something about the clean, crisp air,
and sweatshirt weather I love.
It is cooler early here, but to warm back up next week.

Anyhow, it made me want to share a card I made for Tutti Designs.

It is using the newly released die Leaves Background.
I love this die, and you will see it here a couple more times.

I backed it with a piece of Kraft (SU crumb cake) card stock,
added a cute little embellishment from a card paper pack
and a pretty 'fallish' flower I purchased from Hobbylobby.
The feathers around the flower, are all part of it!

That's it for today....I am hoping to get all of Sept DT work done
so Ican have some 'free time' to do a few creative things I have seen in blogland.

I am sending thoughts and prayers to all the Floridians,
wouldn't it be nice if the meteorologists were wrong!
We had a home in Key Colony Beach (right off of Marathon)  a beautiful place, we sold about 14 years ago,
my SIL still owns the house right next door to it,
I certainly hope those hurricane shutters hold!

Entering the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals .... Get Krafty
Aud Sentiments .... ATG with a Sentiment
Craft Rocket .... Something beginning with 'F' (Feathers)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Cutting Cafe Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

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Welcome to the cutting cafe’s blog hop. Today we are doing something a bit different in each of the ladies on the team are giving away the very set(s) that we used to create our projects. You should of came from Shanta Newby's blog.

To create my project I used the Pumpkin Trio Shaped Card. If you would like to win this set, just leave me a comment letting me know what you think about my project. I will be drawing one winner on September 10th.

I had a ton of fun making this set using my was so EASY!
It took me more time to choose the papers then it actually did to make.
I have always loved the shaped card cut files TCC has to offer
and this is one of my favorites!
It comes with several different sentiments and a few other options...
oh, and if you don't have an electronic machine,
there is a PDF file, just for you!

I added a bow and a few stitched felt leaves from my stash.

Next up please visit my dt sista Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak , she will have a fun project and cutting cafe set for you to win.
If you get lost in the hop, you can view the participants below. Be sure to visit each blog for a chance to win.

Entering the following challenges:
Pause Dream Enjoy .... Autumn
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... ATG with Ribbon
Craft-Dee BowZ .... ATG with Bow (m)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper.... Patterned Paper(m)