Spooky house

I have a Halloween card created for specific person. A young lady has gone through a terrible car accident and is in a nursing home learning to walk and balance again. She needs cheering up and loves Halloween. My goal is for this card to bring a smile to her face.


The card front has an ink blended background using Lawn Fawn blues and purple inks with a bit of Gina K Designs Black Onyx. The house is from The Stamps of Life hauntedhouse2stamp colored with alcohol markers. The ghosts and moon came from the same set. The pumpkin is from goodies4wheelbarrow. I wanted a tree and the tree I used is from Maymay Made It called Sittin’Tree. It is fussy cut out as there are no dies for the manual machine.

Spooky House inside

The inside brings fun with Paper Smooches ghoulfriends set. I love the greeting! I am sure this will bring a smile to the young lady’s face.

This card will be entered in the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.

Halloween cards

I have been making Halloween cards for residents of an Assisted Living Center. All are inspired or copied from SU Demonstrators work found on Pinterest or blogs. Many have provided sketches which I used. Dawn Griffith is a favorite SU Demonstrator and has made several Halloween cards using sketches, so I followed a few of hers. Enjoy these cards.

Witch in the Moonlight
Vampire Bat
Scary Halloween
Monster Eyeballs
Monster Duo
Halloween Critters
Elephant Trick or Treating

The above card is a CASE of my daughter’s work. She came into my craft room and told me exactly what colors she used and I simply stamped everything she told me.

Pirate Duck Trick or Treat
Purple Monster

I have a total of 15 cards going to this Assisted Living Center. All stamps used were Stampin Up. The majority came from my Mother’s stash. She made cards for Shut-Ins and Halloween was never left out. A few came from my daughter’s stash as she loves Halloween. I own two sets and both were used here in some capacity, but I really do not make many Halloween cards. Maybe I will make more as I have images colored, cut, and waiting to be used sitting in a bowl. Thanks for spending time with me seeing my stash of cards heading out soon.

summer up

As You See It Challenge – Challenge #258

Challenge #258 – In The Air is the theme for the As You See It Challenge blog and anything that is in the air.

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If you look closely at my very brightly colored background you will find several in the air items. And although not an actual rainbow, my background is rainbow colored. But just to meet the challenge requirements, I added several hot air balloons. That wonderful background is from Taylored Expressions’ Summer Vibes red rubber background stamp. The hot air balloons are Gina K Designs’ Up & Away stamp set illustrated by Theresa Momber.

This may be too much color for some but I’m loving it. This card went to my niece’s daughter in Florida. I’m hoping she will love it.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Stay safe and have a great day.

inky swipes

September 2021 Monthly Mix Challenge

Gina K is hosting the Monthly Mix Challenge for September and has challenged us to create a background using ink cubes direct to paper. Although I haven’t invested in a lot of cubes, I was able to create my background using Sea Glass, Blue Lagoon, Tranquil Teal, Turquoise Sea and Applemint ink cubes. These were newer GKD colors and are colors that I enjoy so opted for the cubes for storage purposes. Any way….for my card today, I swiped the different colors across my cardstock ending with the Applemint, then added some Applemint to each of the other colors to add some interest. To me the background needed a little more interest so I pulled out GKD’s Leafy stencil and stenciled over that using Wild Dandelion. Why stop there? I then ran the stencil still attached to my cardstock through my Big Shot to dry emboss and add some more texture. Why stop there? Well, yes I did except for adding the sentiment and butterflies from GKD’s Birthday Blessings stamp and die set. LOL!! The butterflies were stamped in black onxy and sentiment in white pigment and added white embossing powder.

Fun challenge!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Stay safe and have a great day!!

Leaf Option

AAA Cards CAS Game #198

Another week and a half of summer before we can expect some cooler temperatures and the leaves begin to change colors….but who’s counting? Certainly not the thermometers since it’s supposed to be back in the 90’s the next few days in Pennsylvania.

The CAS challenge with AAA Cards is up to One Third + optional twist Leaves. Since I’m getting ready for fall, I am opting into the twist. My leaves are layered on one third of the cardstock which was sponged using GKD inks in Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango and Coral Reef and I partially dry embossed the sponged area with Cuttlebug’s Forest Branches embossing folder. The leaves are GKD/Thermoweb Stamp N Foil Thankful Leaves. I stamped and die cut the leaves instead of using the foil option. Since my one third section looked a little crooked after sponging (to be expected), I added a thin strip of glittery paper and stamped the sentiment from GKD’s Autumn Splendor StampTV kit in SSS Dark Chocolate. The sentiment is surprisingly pretty straight especially since it was a red rubber stamp that I had to cut….yikes!!

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Cute Cats

The Sisterhood of Crafters: CAS – Cute and Simple

CAS challenge with The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog has a little twist. Not Clean and Simple but rather Cute and Simple! Fun play on CAS. So I opted for a cute image from SSS’s Happy Haunting stamp set with cats and pumpkins. I decided to make my pumpkins more colorful and the card lighter, too. My background for the cats and pumpkins is a Taylored Expressions stencil “Play the Angle” which was sponged with more lighter non-traditional Halloween colors.

Looks cute to me! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe.


Just Us Girls Challenge #600 Word Week

To help celebrate the 600th challenge for the Just Us Girls Challenge. The word week challenge is 6 of anything. Using my Tim Holtz Sizzix cut out leaves dies, I lined up 6 of the decorative leaves and I do believe they are straight too…..LOL; stamped the sentiment in GKD’s Honey Mustard and sponged lightly around the border. The sentiment is from GKD’s Haunts and Harvest stamp set from the Festive Fall card kit. The patterned paper under the die cuts is Gilded Ink paper pad by Recollections.

Fun challenge and I’m getting anxious for fall to begin with some cooler weather.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe.

Dog Days of Summer

Retro Rubber has a picture for inspiration for the current challenge. I made this card for a dear friend who’s turning 80 soon. All stamp sets are by Gina K Designs and are all older than 1 year. The pitcher is from Stately Flowers 9 (2015). The flowers are from Daisy Delight (2017) Birthday Blessings is from Beyond Baskets (2012) 80 is from For the Grad (2019) and was just about the perfect size to go with the rest of the sentiment. The daisies were colored with Copics YR02, YR04, YR07, Y02, Y08. The card base is Lemon Yellow. The gingham is from my stash, matted with Sweet Mango. I’m also entering this in the Color Hues challenge. The current challenge is to use Yellow and Orange. They are celebrating their first anniversary.

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