Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: So Happy for You

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Judy and here’s what I did with it!
So Happy For You

This is my second card today.  The first uses retired products by Stampin' Up.  This card uses almost all new products!  The colors are the new in colors. I wasn't sure I'd love them (I'm not affiliated with Stampin' Up in any way so I can say that!) but I think I'll be using them a lot.  The red is fabulous - it's so much "softer" than any other red without leaning into pink.  The two bluish/purples are going to be fabulous for winter cards. The green and turquoise and are pretty close to past colors but they are colors that I loved so I'll embrace those too.  BTW - I do have Copic color matches to the new colors at the top of my sidebar. Just click, download and print. If you are reading on a phone, switch to "web" view (typically at the bottom) and you'll see the sidebar. If you are reading on email, you'll have to click on the title to go to my actual blog.

The butterfly is a new die set (I didn't get the matching stamps but the dies can stand alone). This is the tiniest butterfly in the set. I'm excited to use the bigger ones because they all have fun patterns like this one does. I was inspired by the banner in the sketch to put the butterfly on a branch and I found the perfect size in the Poppy Moments die set. At that point, I had used all the colors except red (the sentiment is stamped in a different color than the papers) so I found an older flower set and cut three little flowers.

So Happy For You

I really was not convinced I'd love the new colors - but I LOVE how they work on this card! It's so rich, yet so bright and cheerful!  I think these colors will come out to play often!

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


Stamps: Stampin' Up Good Feelings

Dies: Stampin' Up Build a Butterfly dies (new), Poppy Moments dies - the leaves, Floral Squares dies (retired) - the flowers

Paper: Stampin' Up Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, 2022-2024 In Color dsp

Ink: Stampin' Up Starry Night

The Card Concept: Red, White and Blue

 It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept: Red, White and Blue. My Clean and Simple card was inspired by the colors and by the patriotic theme which always fills me with memories of down-home picnics!

A Day Filled with Good Things

I used a retired set from Stampin' Up. In the years that I've had it, I only ever used the wine bottle and glasses (perhaps a sad statement on my priorities!) but it's exactly the scene that I wanted to build when I saw the inspiration photo.  The patriotism of the scene and the classic look of the porch took me back to my youth when patriotic moments were spent at the Elks Club swimming and picnicking on the golf course.  Of course, the patriotic moment coming this weekend in the U.S. is Memorial Day which honors those who died in military service and probably should be somber vs. what many of us do and that is revel in a day off work. But I guess I hadn't realized Memorial Day was this close, so I went with my picnic memories.

A Day Filled with Good Things

I used the colors in the inspiration with the addition of the kraft-colored picnic basket and a hint of yellow for the cheese and wine.

I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept.


Stamps: Stampin' Up Picnic with You (retired) and dies

Dies: Stampin' Up Layering Squares

Ink and Paper: Various brands and colors to match the colors in the challenge

Other: Stampin' Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Poppystamps: Stained Glass Butterflies

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with the gorgeous new Stained Glass Butterfly Collage!

Poppytamps: Stained Glass Butterflies

The "thoughts and prayers" card also uses the new Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background which coordinates perfectly. I used the background collage die offset in two different ways and then tucked in two different sentiments from Diamond Sentiments.

There are many more pictures and details on adding the glitter paper on the Poppystamps blog

Stamps: Poppystamps Diamond Sentiments
Dies: Poppystamps Stained Glass Butterfly Collage, Small Stained Glass Buttery and Background
Paper: Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad and Stormy Blue 6x6 pack for the blue body
Other: Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones, Fairy Drops

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: Amazing Things

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Karren and here’s what I did with it!
Graduation: Amazing Things

My card is definitely not a work of art but it's absolutely what I needed and I definitely thank Karren and her sketch which sent me in the right direction.

My oldest son graduated from college last week.  He took quite a circuitous route to get there so is graduating at 26 1/2 years old. Even if he weren't an older graduate, he is totally not into any pomp and circumstance so he did not attend (nor did we) any of the ceremonies.  All of that sort of stumped me when it came to making him a card.  I have a number of graduation cap dies that could fly through the air on the card, but that's the pomp and circumstance.  I have images of guys in robes - also pomp and circumstance.  But with the sketch, I started realizing I could use a meaningful sentiment along with stars in school colors. I am NOT a fan of his school colors, but they are what they are.

Just three stars didn't quite cut it so I started looking for different stars, patterns and a bit of glitter. I ended up doing one as a cut out with the patterned star on the inside. This is one of the very rare times that I decorated the inside.

Graduation: Amazing Things

For now, he's staying in his college town of Fort Collins, Colorado because he can work from home.  It's a beautiful town with a fabulous restaurant and bar scene.  We went up last weekend to see his first grown-up apartment and then he insisted on buying lunch (it was kind of cute!)  It's about an hour and a half from our house which is nice - we can visit, but not every day!

Graduation: Amazing Things

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: Pinkfresh My Favorite Things to Say

Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Stars and Free Star

Paper: Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce, and Bumblebee

Ink: Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce

Other: Heat and Stick Powder, glitter

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: I'm Here for You

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Amy and here’s what I did with it!
I'm Here for You

This was one of the very rare cards for which I had an idea right away and I stuck with it all the way through.  The Concord & 9th Friendship Garden dies have been calling my name and I hadn't had a chance to use them.  (BTW - I also used them on the other card I posted today).  There are multiple options in the set but I immediately decided the boot was just right.  My idea was the green grass paper for the ground, then the blue paper I thought looked like raindrops.  Unfortunately, then I couldn't find a sentiment that fit in the sketch about rain going away or sun coming out or anything like that - so I went with a general sentiment and probably lost the rain idea, but I still like it.

I pulled out my favorite bright colors for the boot and flowers and added a few sparkly gems.  I love the cheerful look but it's really entirely due to that wonderful rainboot!!

I'm Here for You

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: Avery Elle Speech Bubbles

Dies: Concord & 9th Friendship Garden dies

Paper: Honey Bee Stamps Over the Rainbow, Stampin' Up Cardstock in Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, and Flirty Flamingo

Other: Little Things by Lucy Caribbean Blue Jewels

The Card Concept: May Flowers

There’s a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept and the theme is May Flowers. My Clean and Simple card was inspired by the sweet pinks flowers and the colors.
Celebrate You

This card uses the Concord & 9th Friendship Garden die set.  I used it on the card in my other post today also.  I did the other card first, then as I was cleaning up I realized this planter and flower die pieces had a look that could work very well for today's inspiration!  (It's very VERY rare that two cards come together as quickly and easily as my two cards today!)

I did the flowers in the pink tones. Then I added their centers and the little heart in glittery orange. I did the planter in yellow but it's funny how much inspiration you can find in the photo, because the polka dots on my planter were inspired by the round lemons. I guarantee I wouldn't have thought of polka dots without it and I ended up loving them.

The sentiment is from an older Concord & 9th set - Little Thoughts - which was in my not-yet-used stash but I don't even think it's available on their website anymore (a sure sign that my stash is out of control!)  I used it anyway because I liked the way it grounded the planter. (The heart is from that set too even though the garden dies had one - that one was just too big.)

Celebrate You

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at The Card Concept!

Supply List:

Dies: Concord & 9th Friendship Garden, Little Thoughts and Stitched Stripe Card Front

Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Taylored Expressions Cupcake and Granny Smith, Papertrey Ink Lemon Tart, Doodlebug Designs Swiss Dot Rainbow Petite Prints, Memory Box Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Poppystamps: Anything is Popsicle

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today to say that "Anything is Popsicle"!!!

Anything is Popsicle

This was a very fun card to do! I started with the sentiment and I had pulled out the Whittle 
Popsicle.  Then as I continued flipping through my stash I saw the Arched Deco Cover Plate and I thought those arches would be fabulous behind the Whittle popsicles. Finally the light bulb came on and I realized that it doesn't have to be behind the popsicles, it could actually be the popsicle!  After all - anything is popsicle!  (I really LOVE that sentiment!)

Anything is Popsicle

There are more pictures and more details on the Poppystamps blog. Be sure to check it out!


Stamps: Poppystamps Life is Sweet

Dies: Poppystamps Arched Deco Plate

Paper: Poppystamps Woodgrain Paper Pack Kraft, Memory Box Twinkling Jewel Glitter pad (available at Poppystamps)

Other: Poppystamps/Open Studio Autumn Fairy Jewels

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: You Can Do It

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Cécile and here’s what I did with it!

 You Can Do It

I love Cécile's creative sketches (and her stunning CAS cards) and I tend to be quite strict about using them - for instance, the sketch has a leaf on a watercolor-looking swoosh and I would tend to do exactly that because I love it so much. So I gave myself a little internal challenge to use the concept of a sketch but with my own spin. I took the sketch as something less regular behind an image/diecut. As I was flipping through my stash, I came up with the idea of a coffee cup and a mug mat. I played with that for awhile, but I didn't think the mug mat was true to the idea of a background "swoosh". Then it hit me that I could make patterned steam!!  I know that it probably didn't come out looking like steam - but that was the inspiration.

The coffee cup is from Ellen Hutson.  I stamped the cup image, then heat embossed the foam design in white. To do the coffee, I stamped on scratch paper, cut out the center and used it like a stencil to brush on the coffee color - then wiped it off the white "foam" design.  The stamp set with the coffee cup also has nice sentiments - but I had a specific need for this card and none of them fit so I used a sentiment from Reverse Confetti. The stencil is from Memory Box - I used bits and pieces of it. It took me three stencil sessions to use the pieces that I wanted then letting it dry before adding a different section. The paste is pearlescent that I picked because of my steam idea.

You Can Do It

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  "You can do it!"


Stamps: Ellen Hutson Latte Love and die (the cup of coffee), Reverse Confetti For the Love of Latte (the sentiment)

Ink: Stampin' Up Cinnamon Cider, copics

Other: Memory Box Heart Confetti stencil (selective portions of it), Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Card Concept: How Does Your Garden Grow

There’s a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept: How Does Your Garden Grow! I picked the flowers in the beautiful garden in the photo and created a Clean and Layered bouquet! I was inspired by the delicate flowers and the beautiful colors.

Bouquet of Prayers

I love these sweet little bouquet - it's a fabulous set of dies.  There's such wonderful detail in the wrap and in the little flowers. I'm generally quite "literal" in my interpretation of inspiration photos, but as I was pondering the inspiration photo, instead of a full garden I was inspired by the delicate flowers. Then my mind connected to this little bouquet (and I guess that's why these are "inspiration" challenges!!)  

I changed the sentiment I was going to use at the last minute. This is dedicated to one of our own.
Bouquet of Prayers

It is a beautiful photo. I'd love to live behind that bright pink door - although I can only imagine what my suburban HOA would say to a bright pink door!! But how cheerful would you be every day going into the door or walking out into your garden!

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at The Card Concept.


Dies: Spellbinders Bouquet of Flowers, Hemstitch Rectangles

Paper: Sunny Studio Subtle Grey Tones, Stampin' Up Smoky Slate, Polished Pink, Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green, Taylored Expressions Peapod

Other: Simon Says Stamp Reverse Sentiment strips

Freshly Made Sketches: Mother's Day

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Brum and here’s what I did with it!
Mother's Day

There's nothing on this card that's new and trendy - but it totally works for my mother-in-law.  She prefers cute cards.  Actually she prefers snarky and sarcastic cards, but I don't have anything like that for Mother's Day.  So I dug deep into my stash looking for things that seemed like her.  The paper is at least a decade old - maybe even two decades - but I love its simple, cheerful look.  The stamp is long retired but it fit nicely into the open space while still having an interesting look.  And the dies are from a company that doesn't even exist any more.

Mother's Day

It always amuses me that I can so enjoy working with old and out-of-date products yet I keep adding to my stash! 

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Sentiments 

Dies: Lil Inker Perky Posies

Paper: Bo Bunny Sugar Shoppe

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Poppystamps: You Matter So Much

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this quick and easy card to tell me son he matters. He's moving into the world of adulting and, as we all know, there are just so many decisions. Every time we talk, I seem to add another "have you thought about...." to his list.

Poppystamps: You Matter

I think the Whittles are always a great decision for these types of cards. Their expressions are so cute and can look calm and peaceful (although with the right sentiment they can also look a little snarky - like a heavy sigh!).

Poppystamps: You Matter

I found exactly the sentiment that I wanted in the Diamond Sentiments set then I framed each element with the Whittles Circle Frames

Check out the Poppystamps blog for more photos and more details.


Stamps: Poppystamps Diamond Sentiments

Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Circle Frames, Whittle Sunshine, Whittle Birds, Whittle Squirrel and Woven Basket Pop Up Easel Set (just the leaves), Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles (retired)

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: Tall Type Birthday

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by me and here’s what I did with it!
Tall Type Birthday

I usually put my sketches together with a very strong idea of what I'm going to do with it (if not actually having the card made in advance!)  This card was not it.  I had planned on a long narrow image and a tiny little sentiment in the strip. But I have been in the midst of a major re-org and these alphabet dies popped out at me.

I have kept my dies in three-ring binders in the clear pockets that Martha Stewart used to sell.  They were 8 1/2x11 and they had four pockets each with a flap. For sets with lots of pieces, I used magnetic sheets to keep the dies displayed in the pocket.  As my die stash got bigger (and as Martha Stewart quit selling the pockets), I started putting dies on the back side of each pocket and it became harder and harder to get to them.  I had to lift the flap from the front but pull dies out from the back.  Ugh.  Consequently, many of my dies almost never came out to play because it was just too darn hard.  (And who am I kidding - new dies keep coming into my house too!)  A big problem were alphabet sets. Now my new organization method makes it all SO much easier and this alphabet came out on this card.

I decided to go with pocket sleeves and came up with these on Amazon (equivalent to Avery Elle) and for slimline dies, I'm using these. I also use these magnetic sheets.  Note that they are strong sheets but they aren't quite the right size.  The sheets are 8x10 so cutting them into 4 pieces is only 4x5 and the standard-sized pocket sleeves can fit a wider piece.  But they are the cheapest and strongest that I've found so that's what I use! (ETA - I just noticed that the price is higher on these right now than I usually pay.  I also see these which are $10 cheaper and the specs are the same.  I've ordered them but won't be here until tomorrow to compare.)

Then I had to figure out how to file them. I was going to go with refrigerator bins and they'd probably still be easier, but I saw these at Target and thought they would be gorgeous in my craft room. 

The first two notebooks I changed over were the word dies and the basics, then I used some of my favorite cardstock colors to add dividers. The flaps on my pockets are up - I think I'll leave it that but it was more because the magnetic sheets I took out of my 3-ring binders were just slightly too tall for the pockets and I just wanted it done so didn't take the time to shave off a bit from the top so my pockets closed. 

I saw something else at Target that I'm experimenting with.  I have tall spaces for storage and the pretty little bins in the above picture don't stack.  I combined a bathroom shelf with some containers with handles for this storage.  It's not quite as convenient but it fits my space!  I just got started on floral dies and still have space for leaves and Christmas!

Sometimes I think that "organizing" might be my favorite part of this hobby (I'm obsessive that way), followed by "collecting" (I'm compulsive that way) - with the actual card creation coming in third!!  Actually it's all a really nice mix - my left brain and my right brain are both involved!

So back to my card (since I'm guessing all of you already have favorite storage methods and probably not my level of obsessiveness!)  I do love this alphabet set by Concord & 9th.  I love the look and I love the coordinating tagalong sets.  The tagalong dies have the balloon I used and also things like a rainbow and a star and a pumpkin - it works for everything! Then the tagalong stamps have words like "birthday". So the combination gives you everything you need. I just pulled out my favorite colors and put together a cheerful "happy birthday"!

Tall Type Birthday

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches. I just love seeing the creative and unique ideas in the gallery!


Stamps: Concord & 9th Tiny Tagalongs

Dies: Concord &9th Tall Type Alphabet and Tall Type Tagalong

Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana, Taylored Expressions Cupcake

Other: Studio Katia pearls in Lemon Burst and Apricot Glace, Pretty Pink Posh pearls in Sea Foam

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: Every Little Thing

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Linda and here’s what I did with it!
Every Little Thing

The sketch stumped me to begin with so I flipped through my stash of dies that I hadn't used yet. These two sets by MFT - the benches ("perches") and the houseplants have been in my stash forever; in fact, I think the perches are now retired. They come out as a possibility for many different sketches but never make the final cut. When I realized they worked for this sketch, I decided they were finally going to get used. The sketch does say "any shape" so I figured benches and plants qualified! And I ended up thinking the sets were totally the right choice!

The sentiment is one of my favorites by the old Verve Stamps. They may be gone, but their stamps will always stay in my stash! I did it in a crisp black so then wanted to balance it with black in my little scene so added black striped flooring and a teeny little heart. 

Every Little Thing

I thought about getting a little more detailed with the colors or maybe some more patterns - different greens, a patterned pot, etc. but I kept looking at it in its basic colors and decided I liked the simple look.  Not to mention, these colors seem to show up on every other card that I make so I definitely have an attachment to them (see the card just before this one - and I already have next week's FMS card laid out - all the same colors!)  I used to try really hard to stretch in my cardmaking - new techniques and styles, different color combos, etc - but finally realized that I like where I'm at and am totally happy just settling into my style!  (And hope you don't get too tired of it!)

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


Stamps: Verve Stamps Let It Be

Dies: My Favorite Things Cat & Plant Perches, Houseplants

Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, MFT Black & White Stripes

The Card Concept: Vintage Style

There’s a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept and the theme is Vintage Style. Even with "vintage" as the theme, I created a Clean and Simple card using the elegant birdcage and the beautiful colors as inspiration.

Vintage Style

I have a love/hate relationship with this card. I'd like to have played with it a little bit more but it was either stop and snap a photo during daylight - or not have a card for this week's challenge. I love the idea of it. That birdcage was totally inspired by the challenge and it has such detail, I like the look of it on a fresh and clean card. The bird is so cute - and he looks so good with the pinks and greens in the background.  But after that it all kind of fell apart. The embossed square is the wrong size. The sentiment took my 7 tries to get right - seven!!  Seven wasted pieces of paper due to it being crooked or smudged or not all stamped (even using different tools to get it right).  Then I got one that was perfect, but this isn't it.  I had my little scene all put together and I picked it up with press-and seal, added my adhesive, then dropped the whole darn thing on my perfectly stamped card.  I could go on - but I think you can all relate to the drama that happens with some cards. Maybe the card isn't even all that bad - but the drama is impacting the way I view it!  Don't even get me started on the photo - my caring level was fairly low at that point - and the photo is so much harsher than the actual card.

I'm done whining! I do hope my card serves its purpose. I know the inspiration is named "vintage style" but there's always so much you can get from an inspiration challenge. This one didn't push me toward "vintage" but it did push me toward a beautiful birdcage and a sweet bird with flowers. I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept - and may your crafting session be fun and relaxing!


Stamps: Taylored Expressions Itty Bitty Sentiments

Dies: Penny Black Vintage Birdcages and Tweets, Spellbinders Bouquet of Flowers

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Polished Pink

Other: Alexandra Renke embossing folder

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Poppystamps: Panda Hugs

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with panda hugs!!

Panda Hugs with Poppystamps

The expression on the Whittle Giant Panda is so sweet and seemed just right for a giant hug, a little flower and a rainbow of color! This card is destined for my MIL who I've written about lately. Any card with a Whittle is prominently displayed on her fireplace mantle and after a recent surgery (that went very well!) she is going to need big hugs during her recovery!

Panda Hugs with Poppystamps

There are more pictures and details on the Poppystamps blog - be sure to check it out!


Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Giant Panda, Luscious Script Hugs, Potpourri Flower Set, Orchard Leaf Square Frame

Other: Autumn Fairy Jewels

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches: Cartoon Tulips

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Mitchell and here’s what I did with it!
Cartoon Tulips

I love these Cartoon Tulips by Altenew.  Actually I love all the flowers by Altenew! But this one kept calling my name until it finally came home to live in my stash. If you could see my stash - especially my flower stamps and dies, you'll understand that it takes something special for me to add a new flower. This one has kind of a quirky look which you might expect with the word "cartoon" in the name but I think it can also take on an elegant look. I tried for that look with my all-white background - a little lattice and some dotted detail - and a simple hello.

Cartoon Tulips

The coordinating ink trios come from Altenew ink sets. The sets are such a handy way to do layered stamping. I decided on purple flowers so I pulled out my Northern Lights ink set and stamped three purples - easy peasy! Then I needed a green and pulled out the Soft Succulents set. In retrospect, I'm not certain the greens in Soft Succulents were meant to work together.  The lightest color - Firefly - is in other sets that include much brighter greens for the darker colors.  This particular set goes a bit more olive for the darker colors.  I have to admit that I cringed when I first stamped the olive colors. I set it aside thinking I needed to start over, but the more I looked at the more I liked it.  The Firefly gave it a bright and cheerful base, while the next two colors added a richness.  I'm guessing they were meant to go together and most definitely the fine crafters at Altenew have a much better eye than I do!!

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


Stamps: Altenew Cartoon Tulips (and die), Sentiment Strips 2

Dies: Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing, Garden Trellis and Featured Sentiments

Ink: Altenew Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart and Purple Wine (from the Northern Lights or Rose Petal sets), Firefly, Forest Glade and Moss (from the Soft Succulents set)

Paper: Taylored Expressions Plum Punch

Other: Studio Katia Radiant Orchid Pearls

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Card Concept: Easter Blessings

There’s a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept: Easter Blessings! My Clean and Layered card was inspired by the various patterns, the "Easter Blessings" sign, and the colors.

Easter Blessings

The Impression Obsession Bunny Buddies has eight bunnies!  But I got the set for this particular bunny (and one other sweetie who is looking up). Then when I went looking for carrots, I saw the older Spellbinders Hop Into Spring Small Die of the Month set. It had the carrots and the flowers - and it has also absolutely charming bunnies.  I probably should have switched my bunnies to stick with one set (I tend to obsessively stick with one company (or a couple) on each card) but the little guy that I used had my heart.

Easter Blessings

I used a bold sentiment from Kat Scrappiness inspired by the sign in the inspiration. I put it on woodgrain (just like the sign). The buffalo check in the background came from the bunny next to the sign. 

There's so much to be inspired by in the photo! I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept.


Dies: Kat Scrappiness Easter Blessings, Impressions Obsession Bunny Buddies, Spellbinders Hop Into Spring - Small Die of the Month (carrots "grass" and flowers)

Paper: Doodlebug Designs Buffalo Check-Woodgrain Rainbow Petite Prints, Taylored Expressions Candy Corn, Peapod, Granny Apple Green, Sprinkles, Sea Salt

Other: Studio Katia Champagne Pearls

Freshly Made Sketches: Hugs and Butterflies

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Timko and here’s what I did with it!
Hugs in a Flower Garden

I happened to be organizing my flower dies (I think I like organizing my stuff as much as I love creating with my stuff!)  I had the Hero Arts Flower Garden background die out on my desk and it occurred to me that I could use a piece of it for the gray section of the sketch. A happy accident! 

I tried a number of sentiments but I ended up liking the look of the Hugs (by PhotoPlay) with the Flower Garden. Then I had used this little butterfly by Birch Press on last week's card but he really seemed to fit on this week's card too. (There's a bigger butterfly in the set but this little guy is a great accent.)

Hugs in a Flower Garden

My husband is heading out today to be with his mother through another surgery.  That's three times that he's been there since November plus his sister-in-law had to help her through an emergency problem. There's so little I can do, but I do inundate her with cards - at least twice a month and often weekly since she went into hard lock down during COVID.  I've known her for a long time and it's possible the sheer number of cards might even be a little annoying to her; I'm sure she rolls her eyes and thinks that I should have better things to do (like clean my house!)  I'm betting a lot of you can relate to our relationship! But I also know these cards fill her mantle so she sees them every day. I figure this cheerful "hugs" card will go out soon after this surgery. (I sent a number of "feel better" cards with my husband to use as needed over the next week.)

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


Dies: Hero Arts Flower Garden, Photoplay Say It With Stamps Hug/Hugs, Birch Press Simple Butterfly Contoured Layered

Paper: Doodlebug Designs Buffalo Check-Woodgrain-Rainbow Petite Prints, Stampin' Up Groovy Guava