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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Here is a quick St Patrick’s day card.  Hope it is a great day for all.  I am looking forward to the St Patrick’s Day Rib Cook Off that happens today!



Sandra enters the MFT Sketch Challenge

Sandra has a made a super cute card using the sketch from the Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things.  There is a problem though……………….have you heard the expression …………a day late and a dollar short?  Well we are all a dollar short, I think, but Sandra is also a day late with her entry.  Entries closed yesterday at noon.  She sent me this to post at 11:34 PM yesterday.   So I can’t enter it into the challenge, but at least we can take a look at how cute it is.



Cardstock – Stampin Up

Pattern Paper – Authentique

Stamp Set – MFT Lucky Dog

Ink – Memento & Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Markers – Copic & At You Spica


Make it Monday # 262 Papertrey Ink

The challenge this week was to use pumpkins in three different ways.  This is one of my favourite types of challenges, so I dropped what I was doing (housework………so it was an easy choice) and started to get to fun.  I decided not only to use pumpkings in three different ways but to use the very same pumpkin stamp in three very different ways,  Additionally, I decided to make the three cards in three different styles with three different techniques.   Amazingly, they all came together and I like them all!  Oh happy day!


Card #1: Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set,  Recollections gold embossing powder, Inkadinkadoo masking paper,  Copic markers,  My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die, Recollections card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Elen Hutson 40lb Vellum and Scor Tape.


Card #2 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks stamp set, Lawn Fawn Sequins,  Ranger Sticky Back Canvas, Memory Box Cross Stitched Rectangles die,  Zig Real Brush Markersm Reminisce Fall Harvest patterned paper collection, Recollections embossing powder, Lawn Fawn sequins,  Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape



Card #3 :  Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Friendship Jar shaker die, Unknown glitter paper, Color Burst watercolor powders, Judikins Microglaze, Wink of Stella, Lawn Fawn and Craft Medley sequins, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.


And finally, here they are in one picture.




My Favorite Things Superstar Challenge 2016-3-Sandra

Here is Sandra’s last entry into the Superstar Challenge at MFT:





Cardstock – Neenah and Bazzill

Pattern Paper – Bobunny

Memento Black Ink Pad

Copic Markers

Michael’s Ribbon


My Favorite Things 2016 Superstar 2 – Sandra

Here is Sandra’s second entry to the 2016 MFT Superstar Challenge:




Pattern Paper – Bobunny

Cardstock – Neenah, Recollection & Bazzill

Copic Markers

Memento Black Ink Pad

MFT – Penguins in  Paradise Stamp Set

Circle Punch


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


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



My New Addiction

Last winter in Phoenix, I was introduced to the ancient game of Mahjongg.  What a humbling experience.   My first few attempts at the game were pathetic and I felt like I was on a roller coaster…………………….hanging on for dear life ………………and feeling totally out of control.  Each game got a little easier though, and eventually I would add a few more elements to how I would play (like some defense and having a back up strategy)  I am still pretty lousy but am totally smitten with the game.  So smitten, in fact, that I wanted to combine this new addiction with my other addiction of cardmaking.

I could not recall ever having seen a rubber stamp with Mahjongg as the image subject, so I was anticipating problems.  I needn’t have fretted though, as it was Ruths Jewish Stamps to the rescue. I am not kidding …………this is the name of the stamp company at which I found Mahjongg stamps.

Here is the first card I made with these precious stamps.  It just makes me smile.  Thank you to Ruths Jewish Stamps for making my day.


Supplies:  Ruth Jewish stamps Mahjongg Diva and tile stamps,  Inky Antics Gambling Worldly Women, Memory Box cross stitched rectangles, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, Copic markers, unknown scrap glitter paper, Scor tape

Paper Smooches- Summer Challenge

I had a couple of new to me Paper Smooches stamp sets in my new drawer.  I thought that this month’s challenge would be an opportunity to try them out. The problem was that one of them had absolutely nothing to do with the subject of summer.  It is the stamp set called Off the Charts and has graphs and pie charts and the like.  It looked more like school than a beach!  What to do?  Using the”Got Lemons, Make Lemonade” philosophy, I decided to make a scene depicting “Summer School”!

In the end, I pulled out just about every Paper Smooches stamp set I have, to pull together this card.  I have to mention that the stamp set Great Chemistry from Paper Smooches gets my personal award for versatility.  I have made the Chemistry Professor into every one from a monster, to Mark Twain and to today’s Beach Bum.

In fact, I am going to post the Mark Twain card here today as well.  My co-blogger Sandra told me that I was probably the only person in the world, that would see the humour in this card.  Probably, has something to do with my interest in the history of English literature, which is not a wildly popular subject among cardmakers.  Anyway, she was right as it did not get picked for publication on a theme about Mark Twain quotes……………………sigh.

Still and all, my little Chem Prof is pressed into service today as a hairy-legged beach bum, and I think he is adorbs.


Here he is in his role as Mark Twain.  He even LOOKs like Mark Twain!



Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches – Challenge Layers

The June challenge at Paper Smooches is to use layers.  It seemed odd to me at first as I think Paper Smooches is the Poster Child for CAS cards (Clean and Simple).

Sandra has made a card that shows that you can do CAS with layers.

paper smooches june layers

Paper Smooches



Cardstock: Stampin Up

Pattern Paper: DCWV & Craft Smith

Ink: Memento Black

Markers: Copic

Die Cut: Simon Says Stamps