Silhouette Condo

I started thinking about the Can You Handle The Pressure challenge to use an embossing folder with a twist of birds/birdhouses. I thought I had the perfect stamps and embossing folder in mind and when I found my stamp, it was a mailbox not a birdhouse. LOL….So I opted for an Inkadinkadoo bird stamp and a Sizzix embossing folder. I found a oval mask that fit perfectly over the embossed oval and blended some Distress Oxide Inks. Sentiment is from Taylored Expressions.

I did make a second card, well actually, this one was made first and put aside. Embossed my tree with the Darice embossing folder, then colored the leaves and tree with markers, sponged some blue ink for a sky background, stamped my “condo” birdhouses from a Gina K Designs stamp set “Sweet Friends”, and cut a frame from Taylored Expressions’ Frame in Frame 3 cutting plate, adding a sentiment also from Taylored Expressions. It seemed a little bare so decided to add some splatter which in Pennsylvania is also called pollen. Pollen is on everything and giving me a seasonal allergy attack.

Today’s silhouette card will be shared with:

Can You Handle the Pressure: Birds/Birdhouse twist

Just Us Girls #681 Silhouette and CAS Week. I think the silhouette has lots of white space so I’m considering it CAS even though I just realized it should be a CAS challenge week. It must be the pollen.

For the second year in a row, Mama Robin built her nest above our porch light. So I was very carefully going in and out the back door until Mama didn’t seem to be around anymore. No mama, no eggs, so hubby took the nest down. A little disappointing but really didn’t need bird poop on my patio.

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Blue Recipe

I enjoy scouring the internet looking for new recipes. During the pandemic shut down my girlfriends and I shared recipes constantly. If there was a popular one, like Swedish Apple Pie it was shared over and over because someone wanted to prepare it but couldn’t find the recipe. That’s when we started our girlfriend recipe book. I now have 4 recipe books. I must admit that I didn’t make all of these recipes but it sure was fun finding, collecting and sharing.

The As You See It Challenge is a recipe which includes: Flowers, Die cut, Bow, Frame and Shades of Blue. My card has multiple shades of blue, a blue floral background with the occasional yellow, a frame, a bow and multiple die cuts. My card recipe usesTaylored Expressions’ Blooming Botanical stamp & stencil set for the background, Frame in Frame 3 cutting plate for my outer frame, Versatile Vases for one of my many dies, Flower Market stamp & die set and Bows die as well as the sentiment. I did add a oval die cut vellum under my vase so it didn’t get lost on the background. I debated on the sentiment and finally decided to add it.

My card will be shared with
As You See It Challenge #299 – Recipe for Framed Flowers in Blue

Hopefully I didn’t miss any of the recipe and my card will be a successful entry. 🙂

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Peace Love & Softball

If it’s the month of May and the middle of Spring it is also Softball and Baseball season for our grandchildren. We divide our time between going to baseball and softball games for them. It’s been very a very chilly baseball/softball season and soon there games will be over so I needed to get this softball card made for our granddaughter. I decided on paper strips in a few different sizes and colors to represent the baseline of a ball field. The black and white stripes to represent the umpire were inked using Sugar Peas Designs skinny striped stencil. The Impression Obsession sentiment was stamped and heat set on vellum represents having fun during the games!

My card today will be shared with:

The Four Seasons Challenge: Spring Season May 2023 challenge.

Another fun and inspiring mood board but I opted to go in a different direction with my card.

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Daisy Silhouette

The Taylored Expressions Daisy Dreams stamp, stencil and die set I believe will stay within my arms reach for awhile yet. I’m loving this set. After watching Gina K Designs Stamp & Chat Live YouTube video on Silhouette Stenciling, I decided to give it a try. After masking off the left side and bottom of my card, I ink blended oranges and yellow inks. I did stamp the Daisy Dreams image for the stems to show then used the layering stencils and inked all layers in black ink. My bottom edge got a little wonky so I had to cover with the die cut sentiment otherwise I would have placed that sentiment in a different location. It was a fun new to me technique.

I’ll be sharing my card today with Double D Challenges: FLOWERS.

The mood board has beautiful, colorful flowers but I decided on a different take on this challenge with the silhouette.

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Daisy Embossed

After reminiscing earlier this week when we celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary, I wanted to use the new Taylored Expressions Daisy Dreams stamp, stencil and die set. To continue on the daisy theme, I embossed my Lemon Drop GKD cardstock with the SimonSaysStamp Floral Field 3D embossing folder. This TE set may be my new favorite thing.

I’ll be sharing my card today with:

Can You Handle the Pressure? Challenge with an Anything Goes Embossing Folder Challenge With a Twist of Floral.

Did I mention that I carried Daisies in my wedding bouquet?

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Beach Party

I was looking in my stash for a bird stamp set and my mind went on the hunt for one that’s a little wonky and fun. These three birds reminded me of the birds on a beach. So after coloring in my very colorful Inkadinkadoo birds stamps, I added a sand line and some clouds in the sky. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Colorful Layering Waves as is the Beach Fancy Frame. I did a little surgery on the die by cutting out the bottom portion and then adding the larger pieces to the card front.

I will be sharing my card with the

Triple B: May Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Challenge

I was inspired by the lovely mood board to make a card for this challenge.

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Rainbow Pumpkins

The May mood board for the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge inspired me to find my Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stencil and make some happy rainbow pumpkins. The stamps are from SimonSaysStamp’s “Boo Day” stamp set. Colored in my pumpkins and suckers with marker, added a layered circle for the sentiment and some patterened paper from my stash. This card style allows a square image without being a square card….so it works well for me and the US post office.

Today, I’ll be sharing my card with:

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge: May Anything Halloween


Halloween Crafts All Year Round — Anything Halloween


Most Magical Time of the Year — Anything Halloween or Christmas challenge.

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New & Blue Mom Flowers

What’s new to me is a Taylored Expressions Ever in Bloom Create-In-Quads layering stencils and dies! With this new create in quads stencil, I achieved four card flower backgrounds which were inked in two different blue inks and added a sentiment that will be sent to my daughter and daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day this year.

Wow! One stencil, four cards and now I can share with 4 different challenges and they are:

As You See It Challenge: Challenge # 298 New Stuff

Colorful Options – May Challenge featuring the color BLUE.

Stencil Fun Challenge Stencils are our Game: May Challenge option FLOWERS

Cardz4Galz – Challenge #198 Mother’s Day or Flowers for a friend.

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berry Sweet

There is absolutely nothing better than raiding your grandmother’s berry patch and eating those fresh picked strawberries. Wonderful childhood memories and I’m sure my “Memmy” wasn’t too happy that we raided her patch everytime we visited. It was probably a few less jars of jelly that were made during those years!

My card today which will be shared with Double D Challenges and their theme of “Fresh Picked” but no flowers. Who needs flowers when you have strawberries. I pulled out an older Gina K Designs stamp set Enjoy the Sunshine StampTV kit for my strawberries and then another GKD set for the sentiment of the same name as the stamped sentiment. Patterned paper was also GKD. A little bling, some glossy accents completes my card for today.

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