Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sandra gets Busy-My Favorite Things Challenge

Sandra wanted to enter the My Favorite Things Challenge but as usual her breakneck speed lifestyle did not allow for much crafting time.  She managed to send me all three allowable entries for posting on the deadline day.

Today is a busy day for me as well.  I am filling in at the super fantastic Scrapendipity store all day, so that the super fantastic owner and sidekick, Selena and Holly can take the fully loaded super fantastic Little Green Truck (Scrapmobile) out to the Scrapbook Carnival site at Spruce Meadows and get set up.  The Scrapbook Carnival starts tomorrow and the theme is Super Heroes.  The Scrapbook Carnival is a lot of fun, and Creative Scrapbooker who sponsers the Carnival give away a swag bag that rivals the one at the Oscars!!!  Ok maybe I exaggerate just a little, but IT IS a gooder!

But I digress……………..Here is Sandra’s first entry:ghef-card-100-copy




Pattern Paper – Home Cooking The Paper Loft

Cardstock Recollection

Memento Black Ink

Copic Markers

MFT – Recipe for Happiness Stamps

Die-namics Die Cut – Place Setting


My Favorite Things-2016 Superstar Challenge

This is my last entry into the Superstar Challenge.  This card uses a bit older but still available stamp set and die set.  As I mentioned in the last post, I was at a Scrapbook retreat last weekend, and noted that a friend of mine picked out the same retired My Favorite Things stamp set that I used in that post and used it on the album she was working on.  Same thing happened for the die I used in this entry.  Another friend used the same die set to decorate a layout about our visit to the Coca Cola museum and store in Las Vegas. These two examples show the versatility and staying power of the My Favorite Things and Dienamics products.








My Favorite Things Dienamics Soda Pop Bottles dies, My Favorite Things Soda Pop stamp set, My Favorite Things Dienamics Stitched Banner dies, My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set,  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain cardstock, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts dye inks, Pico Embellisher,  Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

My Favorite Things-Superstar Challenge

I realized with a start today, that I had not posted my other two challenge entries to the Superstar Challenge at My Favorite Things.


The first card that I wanted to post is from a retired stamp set called The Beach.  That stamp set was out on my desk from making this challenge entry and so it went with me out to a scrapbook retreat I was on this weekend.  A friend of mine who is new to scrapbooking, picked it out of my huge pile of stamps and used it repeatedly on a Scrapbook album she was working on.  Just shows that great images have staying power and that you don’t always have to be using only the newest stamps.

Here is the card:



My Favorite Things The Beach stamp set, My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Circle die, Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails embossed cardstock, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts die inks, Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bronze, Copic Markers and Xpressit cardstock, Pico Embellisher in Clear, Simon says Stamp card base and Scor tape


Make it Monday # 261 Papertrey Ink

The challenge this Monday was to use a floral to make a masculine card. It seemed to me that the answer was to pick the right flowers and to “pretty” it down a bit.  So just like you tend to picture a man with a German Shepherd  and not a Pekingese, I pictured flowers that were more stylistic and graphic than fussy.  I decided to “pretty” it down by making the flower centers out of gears.  Voila!

img_7140 Supplies: Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers Stamp set, Recollections White embossing powder, Colorbox Frost White pigment ink, Bazzill cardstock, David Tutera card base, 7 Gypsies gears, and Scor tape.

My Favorite Things-Challenge

My Favorite Things has an amazing challenge on this month.  It is called the 2016 Superstars Card Contest.

The only prerequisite is that the cards be new and use only MFT stamps and dies.  Pretty simple I thought as I am a MFT fan and have a number of products.  What I found after digging through my stash is that I have more dies by far, than I have stamp sets. This makes things more challenging.  Because up to 3 entries are allowed, I thought I would use one retired stamp set, one older stamp set, and the newest stamp set that I have at hand.  I have a really new one coming by Pony Express but I don’t expect to get it in time for this challenge.

I decided to start with Recipe for Happiness as it was still sitting in my new drawer, even though I had ordered it the minute, I could find it in stock.

I think it turned out quite cute with its patterned paper background of a floured counter top.  I used the blanket stitch die to “sew” the edges of the table cloth and the fence posts from the Barbed Wire Fence die to make the table legs. I add red “spills” from the Abstract Art stamp set.  Pico Embellisher in clear gives the pot and utensils and salt shakers their glassy and enamel looks  Embossing powder in gold adds some shine to the Chef’s jacket.


Paper Smooches-Sandra enters a Challenge

Sandra has made a card and actually sent it to me to put on the blog.  This is a momentous occasion folks.  The world’s busiest woman has found the time to sit down and do some crafting.

Sandra and I are going to Retreats two weekends in a row this month, so a crafting storm is a brewing.  In the meantime, here is Sandra’s entry into the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge:


Paper Smooches


Memento Ink

Copic Markers

Chubby Chum Pals Stamp Set

Chubby Chums Stamps Set

Spellbinders Diecut

Patter Paper is My Minds Eye

Cardstock is Recollection and Xpress It

Papertrey Ink – Make it Monday – From Black and White to Colour

The challenge today at Papertrey Ink was to make something partially in black and white and partially in colour. I have done this type of card before with both a colouring/painting theme and with florals, so this time I wanted to try it with a different type of image.  I looked through my stamp sets until I saw the Keep Swimming set.  I thought the sea would be quite pretty in black and white and super cool in aqua colours.

In the end, I decided to add Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the fish.  That made my whale recede into the background and he was supposed to be the star of the show.  What to do, I decided to add the same embellisher to him.  I had what I thought was barely enough Shimmer Embellisher left in my bottle, so I squeezed quite hard.  Out came a TON  of liquid onto the whale (yes, pun intended) and it was quickly spreading and threatening to pour all over the ocean area.  What to do.  A quick run to the bathroom for a tissue to sop up some of the liquid, saved the day.  Now, the next Make it Monday may be posted before this image is dry enough to attach to the card base, but if I can just be patient……………………..


(go for a shower)


If I had the right keys on my keyboard, I would type out the Jeopardy final question music……………………..

Ok couldn’t wait and I took it outside and perched it on a stump of a tree and tried to take a quick picture before the wind blew the whole still wet  thing into the dirt below.  The picture is not the best but at least it is not covered in dirt.



Supplies:  Papertreey Ink Keep Swimming stamp set, Copic markers, Lifestyle crafts nested labels, fun foam, Pico Shimmer Embellisher, Elizabeth Crafts Metals 6 X 6 patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape