Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Go Hybrid

It's Little Red Wagon time again and this week we have a great challenge offered by Janice.  She wants us to combine something digital with something stamped to see what we come up with.

I was recently introduced to a new to me stamp company, Kennedy Grace Designs.  This stamp was my first purchase from them and I love it!  I paired it with some digital paper from Samantha Walker and Nitwit Collections -

As always, I look forward to seeing what digital products you use and how you combine them with the more traditional stamps items.  Link up over at the Little Red Wagon so we can enjoy your creations, take a look at the makes from the Girlfriends while you are there.


PS - I also want to share that I will be joining the DT over at Kennedy Grace.  Can't wait to show you more of their beautiful products!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Birthday Pups at Sketch Saturday

Happy Saturday!  We have a new sketch for you over at Sketch Saturday...and I love it!

Here's how I treated the sketch this week.  I used Bday Pups from Bugaboo.  I couldn't find the link in the store, but sure hope they are still available because that are so cute -

Grab some time for yourself this weekend and use this great sketch to create a project.  The head on over to the Sketch Saturday Blog for a chance to win!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fur or Feathers?

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share you favorite between feathers or fur.  Use your favorite on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:

This week my card is featuring Baker's Assistant from Sassy Cheryl Illustrations -

I had a parrot for many years that was dear to my heart. He talked and imitated cats and dogs which made everyone laugh, but you can't cuddle a bird like you can a furry creature. Dogs are my most favorite furry creature.  So now, back to you.

We would love for you to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creations and to learn all the details about the challenge.  Besides, you know you what to see what the DT had created.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!


Sip It with LRW

Welcome to our new challenge over at Little Red Wagon.  Heather is our hostess and she wants to see  what a creation with a drink on it.

For my card, I used one of my most favorite images, our beloved Birdbrain needs Coffee, which may be my most favorite beverage -

I found this great coffee themed paper which is a freebie over at the CoffeeShop Blog, here.  

Can't wait to see what you do with this challenge.  Be sure to stop by the Little Red Wagon to link up your creation and leave the Girlfriends a little be of love!  

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Your's Only

Just a quick post to share another darling Sasayaki Glitter image.   I am honestly in love with so many of these darling images!  This cutie is called Your's Only and can be found here.  I used papers from an older Basic Grey stack called Picadilly.  He is colored with Copic markers and just a bit of Glossy Accents to make his glasses pop.  

For more Sasayaki goodness you can stop in at the blog or join in on the fun on Facebook.  Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thankful Trifold Card Tutorial

I've gotten a request to share how this card was made.  I'm not sure where the idea for this folded card came's pretty safe to say I didn't come up with it on my own.  Here's my take on a triple fold card and a really rough tutorial on how I made this one -

I cut a piece of cardstock 12" x 5 3/4".  I leave a bit extra in width so I can even up the edges after folding.  The finished card should be 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" but you could adjust and make it taller if you wish.

I used a scoreboard to score at 4 1/4", 7 1/4" and 10 1/4".

I folded the first score(4 1/4") into a valley fold using a bone folder to burnish.

Then I folded the second score (7 1/4") into a mountain fold and again burnished with a bone folder.

The last score line (10 1/4") was made into a valley fold and burnished.

It looks like this from the side 

and this from the top.

At this point I would trim the card base to assure the ends are even and the height is as I intended.  Once that has been established I cut the design paper 1/8" smaller and adhered it to the card base.  For this card, I chose 3 different design papers and cut them into pieces 5 3/8" x 4 1/8", 5 3/8" x 2 7/8" and 5 3/8" x 1 3/8"

I adhered the two larger pieces to this side... 

flipped it over and adhered the smallest piece to the other side and then folded it all together as shown in the very first picture.

Last of all I cut a piece of cardstock 1" x 10", scored it at 4 14" and at 8 5/8", wrapped it around the card and glued down after cutting a wide V and adding some gold cardstock beneath.  Slip this over your card and you're done!  Easy peasy, right?

Hopefully this is helpful.  I realize it's very rough, keep in mind it's my first tutorial and I need to learn from this.  If you have questions or suggestions, please leave in the comments and I will try to answer them.  


Dies - Frantic Stamper Elegant Thankful (FRA-DIE-10279), Wheat Stalk (FRA-DIE-10284)
Paper - DCWV Autumn Melody (found it!), Bazzill cardstock and gold posterboard from a local art store 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Frantic Stamper Thanksgiving Card

I wanted to share a trifold card I made with dies from the August release over at Frantic Stamper.  The dies used here are Wheat Stalk and Elegant Thankful.  These beautiful dies are so elegant and work so well with any of your Autumn creations.

I hope you'll stop in over at the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to take a look at all the wonderful creations the designers have created.  

Thanks for stopping in!


PS - here's the tutorial as promised, a little rough, but now I've done my first one!

Dies - Frantic Stamper Elegant Thankful (FRA-DIE-10279) and Wheat Stalk (FRA-DIE-10284)
Paper -I think its DCWV but it's MIA in my studio, gold poster board from a local art store

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LRW #407

Sandy has a fun challenge for us today.  She wants us to use bows or arrows on our projects this week.  This was the perfect time to pull out a set I got awhile back and hadn't had a chance to ink up.  It also gave me a chance to use some of the yummy Distress Oxide inks...gotta tell you, they are so nice to stamp with, such great coverage.  

Here's my card using "Go With It" from MFT -

It's always nice to have some cards in your stash to send when someone is having a tough go with life.  This should do fine.

Hope you can join us at Little Red Wagon this week!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Flamingo On The Beach

If it's August 15th and it is, that means there's a new release happening at Sasayaki Glitter!  I made my card with the freebie available for a very limited time over in the Facebook Group.  I would like for you to meet Flamingo On The Beach -

I wanted to make this look like a page out of her scrapbook.  Can't wait to see what you do!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Abstract Feathers

My card today is made with a beautiful Frantic Stamper background stamp, Abstract Feathers (FRA-CLG0B019) and the Elegant Thankful die (FRA-DIE-10279).  I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe's Copper Penny embossing powder.  The image was colored by blending Distress Inks onto the cardstock. This card has such a lovely shine thanks to the beautiful, intricate design.

Please take a minute to stop by the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to see the other wonderful creations made with this fabulous release!


Friday, August 11, 2017


There's a new sketch up at Sketch Saturday!  This is what we are asking you to be inspired by -

Here's my card using the darling Spring Ladybug provided by our sponsor, Star Stamps -

I took a little liberty with this sketch.  Hopefully you see the resemblance.  The DP is from Penny Black, Beau Garden and the cardstock is DCWV and SSS.  The darling image is colored with Copic markers with the sentiment being a vintage wood stamp from Endless Creations.

Thanks for taking a look!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ATG at CRAFT Challenge

It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in an Anything Goes Challenge this week. The sky's the limit.

Our Sponsor this week is -

I had the pleasure of using a digi provided by our sponsor.  This is "A Dunderton Abroad".  When I saw him, I knew exactly what I wanted to do -
 I fussy cut him and placed him "in the jungle" using this Amy Tangerine photo frame and camera die.  I colored him up with my copic markers.  The papers are from Bobunny - Beach Therapy.
I hope you will have some time to craft this week and that you will share your creations with us over at the CRAFT Challenge blog for a chance to win.

I appreciate you stopping by!


Favorite Embellie???

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share your favorite embellishment.  Use this embellie on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:

Here is my card, using my favorite embellishment (right now anyway), sequins.  The image is from 'Magnolias for Her' by Altenew -

It's kinda funny, I love embellishments but tend to use them rather sparingly...except for sequins, I LOVE THEM! I don't know if you can ever have to many sequins. I love the many beautiful colors they come in. I think I love them most because they can turn a simple design into something more interesting yet not make it difficult to mail.

  We would love for you to join us over at the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  I'm looking forward to learning what the most loved embellishments are.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for you to see!  


Image:  Altenew Magnolias for Her
Paper:  SU!, Canson Watercolor paper
Ink:  VersaMark
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Champagne, Spellbinders frame die, Brutus Monroe gilded embossing powder
Coloring medium: Peacock watercolors

Bugs and Slugs

Kate has a very fun challenge for us this week at Little Red Wagon.  She wants to see Bugs and Slugs on our cards.  I went with a From the Heart Stamps Faithful Friends digi called "Just Because"-

See the cute little bee on his shirt, that should work right?  I'm not sure why this coloring looks so blotchy, need to work on my photo editing I guess...but back to the topic at hand which is asking you to join us over at Little Red Wagon.  I'm looking forward to seeing what bugs and/or slugs you choose to showcase.  When you visit, be sure to leave the Girlfriends some love.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rainbow Maker Day 1

Just a quick post so I can share my card in the class gallery over at Online Card Classes.  I had fun doing this distress ink blending but so appreciate Kristina's advice to use a light touch.  

I used a Pink and Main stamp set that my friend, Aunty Dayna (aunty dayna's cards and things on Facebook) gave me.  Can't wait to try some of the other techniques from day one, just that perpetual problem of not enough time!


Monday, August 7, 2017

TCPTUES Reminder

It's reminder time over at The Cat's Pajamas.  Our challenge theme this month is How Does Your Garden Grow?  I sure hope you've been able to get your hands on some of the delicious July release from The Cat's Pajamas.  There are a number of sets in this release that are so perfect for this challenge.

Here's another card created with the very beautiful Big Blooms stamp set, the sentiment is from Simply Stacked Sentiments -

These flowers were stamped in VersaMark with Adirondack Cranberry embossing powder added to color them  Additionally, Stampendous gold embossing enamel was added randomly for more texture and interest.  The sentiment was stamped with Lawn Fawn's Premium Die ink in Hippo.

Here are the details for our challenge:
-Each month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
-If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
-You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
-On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

Thanks for stopping in.



Frantic Stamper - Thankful

I'm sharing another card using dies from the August release over at Frantic Stamper.  Today's card uses a wonderful panel die, Diamonds Galore Card Panel (FRA-DIE-10263), Elegant Thankful (FRA-DIE-10279) and Wheat Stalk (FRA-DIE-10284) -

By using one of my new favorite dies, Double Fishtail Labels (FRA-DIE-09735) on top of the card panel, this card went together super quick which you can beat around the holidays.  I hope you're checking out Facebook, there plenty more to be seen over there.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday!

If you haven't seen the new release at Frantic Stamper, here's a video that will give you a look at all the wonderfulness in the August release.  It's bound to get you thinking about Fall.  

I'm sharing a card today that uses the very graphic Modern Happy die (FRA-DIE-10273) -

I used the inlaid die technique for this card which was perfect for my MIL's 92nd birthday celebration.  For more inspiration, check out the Frantic Stamper Facebook page all month.

Thanks for popping by!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Lizards in Love

I'm sharing a little Sasayaki Glitter August inspiration with you today.  There is a story behind this card if you stick to the end.  I honestly think these little Lizzies are absolutely adorable and I had such fun creating something they could camouflage to (is that how you would say it?).  Here's my card using Lizards in Love -

Here's the story.  I live in Hawaii and the little lizards on the card (whom I love) remind me of these lizards below which abound in and around my home (which I do not love) -

Some of them recently set up house in my air conditioner and quite honestly, they have no control over their bodily functions.  Usually I have a live and let live attitude when it comes to wild life, but these guys crossed the line.  I declared war on them and went after them with my vacuum cleaner.  I think for the time being I have won.  Hopefully they will just continue to play outside in our yard and laugh at us from afar (they have a high pitched laughing type call).

So, I will bring this little rant to a close and suggest that you check out the cute lizards from Sasayaki Glitter on Facebook and the Etsy Store and get your hands on some of these darling images!