Sep 19, 2023

September Creative Crew Duel (just a bit late)

The Creative Crew is a group of card makers and we have a monthly challenge or "duel" as we like to call it. We take turns creating the challenge and then each of us has to create a card according to the criteria established by the host. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

September's challenge is the brain child of Jeanette. She sent each of us a die called "Stitched Scallop Edge" by Your Next Stamp.  However...our challenge is to NOT use it as a die.   Hmmmmm  🤔

After some false starts I came up with an idea. Use the die as a stamp to create an image. Here's my card:

The background is a stencil called "Mini Butterfly Meadow" by Jaime Echt of The Crafter's Workshop. Inks were applied using blending brushes.

The die is inked with "Grass Green" ink by Gina K Designs and stamped onto white card stock. Then the die is inked a second time and flipped around to stamp the underside of the inch worm. 

He was then sponged with the same ink and the stencil placed over him to create the grass along his body. The inch worm was cut by hand, a tiny brown gem created his eye, and he is popped up with some foam tape.

My first ideas were to try to make a flower out of the die, by cutting it into segments and arranging them into a circle. I'm glad that I tried to do it with pencil and scrap paper before jumping in and cutting apart the die. It didn't work (or I couldn't make it work hahaha) so I would have ruined the die for nothing.

Thank you Jeanette for such a fun and unique challenge this month!

Hop on over to admire the rest of the cards from The Creative Crew:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Aug 14, 2023

Creative Crew's August Duel!

Today is the 15th and it's time for me to post my Creative Crew Card!  I'm getting set up (slowly) in my apartment...moving takes time.  It feels good to finally make a card, it's only been since May 😉.

This month's challenge is hosted by Lovely Lorraine and she has chosen two of her favorite things: Wreaths and Gingerbread People!  Here's my card:

Lorraine's kit had so much goodness in it, I wanted to use it all. However, I had to settle for using almost all of it, hahaha.

The wreath image and sentiment are from Your Next Stamp's "Holiday Wreaths" set. 

The designer papers are "Gingerbread Kisses" by Simple Stories and Photoplay's "Sugar Cookies".

The cute ribbon, gingerbread man and red gems are from her stash.

The wreath and Merry Christmas banner are colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I wanted to add some sparkle, but haven't found my Wink of Stellas just yet.

Thank you Lorraine for making such great kit with wonderful papers and goodies to work with!  Before we know it, we really will be in the holiday season.  Hard to believe that it's the middle of August now!

May 12, 2023

Hot Mess=Success for May

Time for another Hot Mess = Success card!  Requirements:  Get messy and make a card!

This month I tried my hand at using the Lunar Paste with Embossing Folders.  

This was made with the 3D Embossing Folder "Wildflower Spray" by Lisa Horton Crafts. White stock was embossed and then die cut with the coordinating die.  An extra blossom was embossed and fussy cut by hand.

The Lunar Paste was applied with a light touch using a sponge blender. The large piece was sponged with "Later Gator" and the extra flower was lightly tinted with "Prom Queen".

Then the pink blossom was fussy cut and the large image was die cut.  The die cutting process flattened the image so I ran it through with the embossing folder a second time and the image popped back to life!

The next step was to fine tune the coloring. I sponged on hints of "Slippery When Wet" (gold). This broke up all the green and toned down the pink a bit. 

I used a small, stiff paint brush to apply some pink to the flower buds, then also tinted with the gold paste.

A white panel was die cut using "Blanket Stitch Layers" die by Waffle Flower.  I masked off the center and sponged "Slippery When Wet" Lunar Paste along the edge to create a frame.  

Now it was assembly time. The large floral is popped up with foam tape and the pink blossom is also popped up.  

I didn't care for any sentiment on the front, so the inside has a hand written note specifically for the person who received this card.

This was a fun creation process!  I really like the versatility of the Lunar Paste and using them with embossing folders is great.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be sure to stop by the Hot Mess Team and admire their creations!  Here are their links:





Apr 30, 2023

Catch Up Club-April

Here we are on the last day of the month and it's time for Catch Up Club!  We are a group of friends who attend several virtual events together, and each of us subscribes to various monthly card kits.  We decided to designate the last day of each month as our Catch Up Day!  

The idea is to go through our stash and create a card from an unfinished kit, class or subscription.  

This month I chose two cards from a fantastic virtual event that we attend, Create & Connect by Pinkfresh Studio.  The classes were held February 25-26, 2023.  

These cards were in a class taught by Heather Hoffman and feature their "Farm Fresh" stamps, dies and layering stencils.

Both cards also used their "Rounded and Braided Rectangles" dies. 

This card shows the fine detail of the die cut and I included a pale blue panel on the inside to highlight it.

For this card, you use one of the dies and cut a mask for the card front. Then pale blue ink is blended, leaving the center part white, or very faintly blue.

I added clear Wink of Stella to make the jar sparkly. 

Both cards have the flowers colored using the layering stencil. The sentiments combine gold embossed sentiments from the "Farm Fresh" stamp set and their gold Ombre Glitter Drops.

This is a lovely set and it will certainly get a lot of use from me!  Now I'm about an inch closer to being current, hahaha!

Here are the links for my Catch Up Club friends.  Stop by and leave them some love.

Barb's Inkin' to Retirement

It's Totally Terry

Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy

Apr 22, 2023

Pinkfresh Double Duty!

Here we are on the 22nd and that means it is time for another Double Duty Challenge.

This is a challenge created by Barb and I'm having a lot of fun playing along. On the 22nd of the month (note the double in the date) we have a predetermined stamp company or theme, and we are to make 2 different cards, using the same stamp set and as many of the same elements on each card.  Creating as many doubles as we can.

This month we feature any stamp set by Pinkfresh Studios. I used "Handpicked Flowers" stamps, dies, and stencils.

My first card is created by gold embossing the image, die cutting it and then blending inks onto it using the layering stencils.

I used "Ornate Banners" dies by Pinkfresh Studios to cut two background layers.  The pale yellow has a little ink blended around the edges to give it more definition. 

The sentiment is also by Pinkfresh and is part of their Foiled Sentiments pack.  The card is embellished with three Ombre Glitter Drops by Pinkfresh Studios.

The second card features a gold embossed image (double duty) on a black panel.

The image is watercolored with some shimmery paints and die cut with "Ornate Banners" dies, layered onto a larger panel also from the same die set (double duty again)

This photo shows sequins for embellishments, however the sequins did not survive the flight back home. (This card was made at the No Foolin' Retreat organized by Barb)  I added the same Ombre Glitter drops used on the first card in place of the sequins (another double duty)

I really like how both of these cards turned out. I'll be using this set again, that's for sure!

Be sure to visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:




Apr 15, 2023

Creative Crew-April

The Creative Crew is at it again with another challenge, hosted  by Carol.  She picked a great image to celebrate National Zoo Lover's Day on April 8th.  Here's my card:

Kit Contents:

Image: Artful Stamper--African Queen
DSP: giraffe paper is from African Safari Scrapbook paper (I found on Amazon) The other DSP came from my stash
Embellies: misc from my stash 
Ribbons: all came from my stash

If you look closely, you can see that she included little eyelashes for the giraffes!  How great is that??!

Here's a peek at the inside panel. 

Carol also asked us to post our favorite zoo animal.

Hmmmm...this is a hard one for me. After a lot of thought, I would have to say that penguins are right up there in the top 3, along with elephants and sea tortoises.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Creative Crew blogs/galleries using these links:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Apr 12, 2023

Hot Mess=Success for April

Hello friends!  Today is the 12th and it's time for another Hot Mess = Success card.  The challenge is to make any sort of card, as long as it is messy during the creation process.  Doesn't really matter how messy, or if anyone else considers it messy...just as long as you consider it messy.  

Here's my card:

This card features a navy blue panel that has had Simon Hurley's Lunar Paste applied using a Hero Arts Stencil.  The color of the Lunar Paste is "Slippery When Wet" and the stencil is called "Daisy Mosaic".  

The paste was applied using the wood handled blending tool by with a sponge circle attached. (I don't know the exact name of the tool, but I suspect that all of you know what I'm talking about)

I sponged a solid layer of the Lunar Paste onto a scrap piece and die cut the sentiment using the "Thank You" script and background dies by Picket Fence Studios.  The base of the card stock is white with more of the Lunar Paste sponged around the edge to make the gold border.

I have to say, this was REALLY FUN! I will definitely be getting messy with Lunar Paste again!

Stop by the blogs to admire the Hot Mess cards created by my friends:





Thanks for visiting.