Leaf Trio

I made a card today for a Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The theme is leaves. I see that the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge is also leaves. I will add it to that challenge as well.


The leaves and swirls are from a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Stitched Leaves. The cardstock I used is called Blue Lagoon, also GKD. The greeting is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I had several sheets of backgrounds I created a few months ago using the Polished Stone technique. I stamped the leaves and cut them from two of those pieces.

I love challenges that enable me to use my stash. It has been a long time since these images have seen ink and I enjoyed creating with this set.

Clear Fall Attempt #1 Revisited

Can You Handle the Pressure – Anything Goes with a Twist of Leaves

The one thing I learned from all my Stamping Buddies is just because something is in the trash doesn’t mean it belongs there and should have a second chance!!! Yesterday’s card with the overlay acrylic coverstock piece that was a fail at heat embossing with gold embossing powder ended up in my trash. The acrylic coverstock was not heat resistant and warped and curled like crazy. So today, I pulled my first attempt of that card back out of the trash and hit it with more heat from my heat gun. It curled and buckled but with off and on heat I attempted to get it a close to usable level. I rolled the piece of the edge of my table, ran it through my Big Shot then thought maybe the laminator. The laminator actually worked. Of course it did pull up a few areas of the embossing but I consider that due to mother nature!!

To enter this card into the Can You Handle The Pressure challenge is to use an embossing folder and anything goes with a twist of leaves, I found my lovely Darice embossing folder and embossed ivory cardstock. Using my previously inked blending brushes, I added some soft rainbow colors over my leaves, and attached my panels to a ivory cardbase to complete this card.

Thanks to my friends to always reminding me with their makes to save those extras that seem like a fail but actually still have some use left in them.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Clear Fall

Double D Challenges: Things That Fall

Make the Challenge #64 – Washi Tape

My card today was inspired by a recent Kristina Werner card using clear acrylic coverstock and embossing powder. Attempt #1 -after prepping card front and stamping in versamark and gold embossing powder I discovered that it was quite a mess. Kristina said the embossing powder will stick to the acrylic front and it sure did. So I tapped, and brushed and tapped and blew off as much as possible and started to heat my acrylic piece of cardstock which apparently was not heat resistent and it warped and was not useable. Attempt #2 – stamped with different brown inks and of course they all wiped off but at least I could save the card front. Attempt #3 – Staz-On ink and that worked. It does wipe off with hand sanitizer so hopefully the recipient will not use that on the card front. As with Kristina’s card she used Washi tape to adhere here acrylic layer to her patterned background. I opted for the green dotted swiss washi tape that was on my desk to adhere these two pieces (acrylic and patterned paper) together. The patterned paper is from a beautiful patterned paper pad. The two layers are then adhered to an A2 card base.

Fun and determined card to make and complete and always fun to play in challenges to keep me motivated. Happy Fall! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Royalty Tribute

I played with a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers honoring Queen Elizabeth II using any kind of mixed media. I do very little mixed media, but chose to give it a try.


I used several stamp sets in completing this card. I used Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness for the greeting and castle. The crown came from Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After. The corgi’s came from My Favorite Things Best in Show along with the pedestal the queen dog is standing on.

The background is on a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I began with a stencil and acrylic paint. I came back after it dried and began adding green ink colors, but that wasn’t enough. Then I remembered I had Ken Oliver pigment powders, so I shook a few colors on the background and applied a lot of water. I let it dry then sprayed gold spray onto it. This gold is from Stampin Up and I must have added water to it at some point; it is in a small mister bottle that I shake. After drying, I decided it finally looked like a lawn fit for a queen.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed creating this card. I am not sure when I will dive into the mixed media again, but I know I can create this way when I choose to spend the time.

Pug AND A mug

Hello and welcome.

Today’s card is for my niece who loves her pug and likes having some beer. During the night this sentiment popped into my head then I knew what kind of card to make. It is all computer generated which makes this a very short post and feels like I cheated. Whatever would I do without Google??

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halloween window


Hello and welcome. Hope this week is starting out to be a good one for you.

Today’s card will be entered in two challenges, Two Old Bats anything Halloween and JUG”S color week orange, green & brown. Mat layer was run through a Tim Holts Bricked ef, window is Small Madison Window die from Memory Box. Window frame is popped up. Top border is Running Goo border punch from MS. Pumpkins are from an online coloring page colored with Copic’s, fussy cut and popped up. Spider web is a piece of a die cut web in my Halloween stash. Green background for the window is just a scrap piece of cs. I see now that I should have colored the pumpkin eyes a much lighter green. Oh well, you know what they say about hindsight.

Bummer, I wasn’t able to enter Two Old Bat’s because there were already 3 entries from this site.

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happy anniversary

Hello and welcome.

Today’s card is for one of our granddaughter’s anniversary. Again, I went to Google and found out wood is traditional for 5th anniversaries. I don’t think gray is a popular color for anniversary cards but to include wood I was kind of limited. For the light gray layer, I scored diagonal lines every 1/2″. I have the diagonal piece to go on top of the Stampin Up score board. For the dark gray piece I scored straight lines every 1/4″. Woodgrain pp was found online and punched with a hand punch and popped up. SU’s Word Window and Modern Label punches were used for the sentiment. After punching “happy” I put it back in the punch and punched again to make it shorter. I did the same thing with the Modern Label punch.

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One Layer Sympathy

I usually have a few sympathy cards in my stash, but often not a one layer one. I like having several so when I need them, I don’t have to rush and make one.


I was inspired by buddies Gayle and Johanna to create a one layer sympathy card. I used the Simon Says Stamp Vintage Garden set to produce this card. I embossed everything in clear powder over black ink, but wanted a bit of color. Out came Stampin’ Up markers to add a bit of color using Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

Thanks for the nudge to create this card.