Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

I thought I would post a quick Happy Thanksgiving card just to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend.  However, quick just doesn’t ever seem to work out for me…………………….

I think it did turn out well in the end,  even though we may up having fried Bologna for Thanksgiving dinner rather than turkey due to time constraints  Oh well,  what matters is FAMILY together, not what gets eaten.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


When Pigs Fly

In our previous posts we mentioned that Simon Says stamp has a special Challenge to feature their new stamp character, Dexter.  Now Dexter is a pig and I just  happen to have patterned paper entitled “When Pigs Fly” in my stash (wouldn’t everyone??).  Whatever, it is a match made in heaven, so I just had to create another card entry for this challenge.

Just want to make sure that you know that I am not mad at anybody or have someone mad at me over something……………..there is no hidden meaning in this card…………no drama happening……….no axe to grind…………but this card will occupy a  special place in my stash should the occasion arise. 🙂


Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Dexter and Simon stamp set, Spellbinders Up Up and Away and Labels Twelve die sets, Unknown wood grain card stock, Hero Arts ink, Recollections card stock, Graphic 45 patterned paper, Recollections embossing powder, Copic markers, Copic multiliner,  Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Memento Tuxedo black ink and Scor tape.

Paper Smooches Anything Goes Sparks Challenge

Sandra has made the cutest card to enter into this week’s Paper Smooches Anything goes challenge.  It is cute and colourful and creative.  Love it.

woohool Sandra

Paper Smooches


Sandra was inspired by a Paper Smooches challenge from a couple of weeks ago but was only recently able to put it all together in this cute card.

Supplies: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums and Chubby Chum Pals, Close to My Heart patterned paper, Doodlebug sequins, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Glossy Accents, Sewing stick pin, and unknown button.

Putting buttons on a Llama

Sandra has created a card for the Pretty Cute Stamps Challenge this month.  The challenge is pretty simple…………..just use a button on your project

I am thinking that I need to build a guilt-o-meter for this blog.  It would be like a thermometer but measure guilt units instead of temperature.   So for instance if I entered this challenge, my guilt-o-meter would go down because I would be using at least one of the hundreds of buttons I have in my stash.  Conversely, if I do a blog post where I admit that I ordered yet another stamp set with critters or butterflies, the guilt-o-meter would go up.  The worst case of where the guilt-o-meter would go up. would be where I order a stamp that I already HAVE in my stash.  Now I am not saying I did this, but a certain friend of mine recently did ………………I am not saying who but her name rhymes with Panda.  This would cause a guilt-o-meter Tsunami………….just saying.

Anyway, here is Sanda’s …I mean Sandra’s entry:i miss you sandrea pretty cute stamps

Supplies:  Pretty Cute Stamps Little Llama stamp set, Studio Calico and Doodlebug patterned paper, unkown buttons, Copic markers, Bazzill and X-Press It card stock, Memento Tuxedo black ink.

Sandra and Deb play “Dueling Cards”

Simon Says Stamp has a special challenge on to share cards using their new character,  named Dexter.  Dexter is a pig and hangs out with his friend Simon who is the namesake of Simon Says Stamp and a dog.  Just suspend your disbelief and go with it.  In fact, after all the weird animal friendship videos that have been popping up on my Facebook, it really isn’t that hard to imagine a great friendship between a dog and a pig.  I have definitely seen stranger on You Tube, like a lion and a monkey (albeit after the lion ate the monkey’s mother for lunch……but I digress).

The great thing about this challenge is that Sandra and I both have the introductory stamp set called Dexter and Simon.  We decided to make it a challenge within a challenge and thus the title of this post………..Dueling Cards.

I have to post this in two posts so that I can link both the cards to the SSS challenge, so make sure to have a peek at both posts.piggy Sandra

Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Dexter and Simon, SEI patterned paper, Stampin Up and Neenah card stock, Stampendous embossing powder, Versamark, Memento and Tim Holtz Distress inks, Copic markers, and unknown ribbon.

“Dueling Cards” Two

This is the second post for today.  Sandra  and I are entering a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp that requests that we use the new stamp character Dexter on a card or project.  Because Sandra and I both own the introductory stamp set, Dexter and Simon, we decided to have a challenge within a challenge and  each make a card for the Simon challenge.  Are you still with me?

Here is my entry.  You can tell it is my entry because of the pink.  Sandra doesn’t like pink.  Now I am thinking that with a name like Dexter, he is a male pig.  It is not toooooo much of a stretch though, to be thinking that…………REAL PIGS WEAR PINK!……………………… here it is.


Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Dexter and Simon stamp set, Pretty Pink Posh Ribbon and Bows die,  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain card stock,  Simon says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 die, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, 3M foam tape, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Copic markers, X-Press It card stock and Scor tape.

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge

Sandra has created a card for the recent Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  She took the cactus from the Wild West Stamp set and literally made it a Christmas cactus.    Turned out really cute.

happy card making day sandra

Supplies: Taylored Expressions Wild West and Party Grumplings stamp set, X-Press It and Bazzill card stock,MME Sleigh Bells Ring patterned paper,  Michael’s ribbon, Copic markers, Wink of Stella.

It’s all about the Stripes on Make it Monday Papertrey Ink

I recently got the Friendship Jar Fall Fillers from Papertrey Ink.  Their stamps sets are large and chock a block full of different stamps and sentiments that always make them versatile and timeless.  I have been wanting to do something with the Candy Corn stamp ever since I got the stamp set.  Here is the thing………………………….I love the look of Candy Corn….. especially in large quantities.  That obsession led me to buy a huge Costco sized bag of the stuff……………just to look at……………as I don’t actually like taste of Candy Corn.  Never did………… was always in my “trade for something edible” pile when I was sorting my haul from Trick or Treating, when I was a child.

With that introduction, I will bet you think I did a card with the Candy Corn stamp.  Well, nope, I fooled you.  The challenge today was to use stripes and I chose a stripe from the Ombre Builder stamp set.  I felt that the Candy Corn would have been too busy and would have competed with the stripes.  Instead, I used the Pumpkins on Sticks stamp.

I am loving the Friendship Jar as a shaker die, too.  It makes constructing a shaker card pretty easy.  It is always fun to make up a unique mix of shaker ingredients .  I used some delightful little orange flowers from the Shakers and Sprinkles Kit and added some dollar store sequins and seed beads.


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Shaker die, Ombre Builder and Friendship Fall Fillers stamp sets, Papertrey Ink sequins,  Craft Medley sequins and seed beads, Hero Arts dye ink, DCWV foil card stock,  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers, Pico Shimmer Embellisher,  Wink of Stella Purple glitter brush, SSS card base an Scor tape.

AI Challenge Sandra Shakes her Booty

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Sandra made a card with  an action wobbler to enter into the latest AI Challenge.  I believe this stamp set was originally for a Valentine’s Card but looks great in this more general purpose card.

lets hang out Sandra AI Challenge

In this card the head shakes on the action wobbler.   You will have to take my word for it.  My camera is still hanging his head in shame from the picture I tried to capture of the Glow in the Dark image on my last Halloween card.  No amount of coaxing from me is going to get my camera to catch the wobbler wobbling!


Supplies:AI Owl and Monkey Mini and Main Squeeze Cat stamp sets, Authentique patterned paper, Bazzill and X-Press It card stock, Copic markers, unknown ribbon and brads

Going for the Gold! Day 7

Sandy Allnock has done a class of seven FREE cardmaking videos this week entitled Going for the Gold.  You heard me right………….FREE.  I have been watching all week but it is only today that I thought about uploading to the Gallery for Fun and Prizes.  I have to hurry as the gallery closes today.

You are allowed to upload using either the products or the techniques presented in the videos.  Well, I had some of the products and know some of the techniques but today something I hadn’t tried was showcased with a product that I had on hand.  This is my version of “working out”…………….none of that sweaty stuff happening here!

So I cased Sandy’s shaker card using a different Memory Box die and a different style frame.  I also decided to leave the outside trees white instead of gold.  Don’t ask me why………I just did. So there!



The technique that was new to me was using a Gold Wink of Luna Brush like it was a watercolour brush (which I guess it is).  For some reason I had only used it full strength to make embellishments or to colour things like the house in this card.  The line of trees in the far background was created using the Luna Brush with water.  This was a perfect place to try freehand watercolouring of trees.  As Sandy showed in her video, all I had to do is paint in a soft line and add some hash marks for trees.  It doesn’t look too bad for a first attempt.

The other neat thing that she used was Polar White Flower Soft.  Dang if I didn’t have this in my stash too……………It was a long ways down in my stack of storage boxes but I was able to pluck it out of the box without turning the stack into a miniature Pompei.

Supplies:  Wink of Luna Gold Brush,  Memory Box Winter Cabin Landscape die,  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Card stock,  3M Foam Tape, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Paper, Flower Soft, Mama Elephant Rectangle die and Scor tape