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miss you. mft sketch challenge.

Today I am visiting the design I used earlier this week, with a cat interacting with a greeting. This time I went with the latest color challenge at My Favorite Things.
MissYouCatCard (1 of 2)
I used two stamp sets from MFT: Bold Statements and I Knead You. I didnt’ use their specific inks, but I did have coordinating colors from Stampin’ UP!: Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi,  and Marigold Morning. Again, my Misti played a key roll in getting everything to line-up.
MissYouCatCard (2 of 2)Happy creating my friends,

cats are cute.

Sometimes a card design is just sitting there in my brain, here’s an example of one that turned-out even better than my imagination predicted. I looked at the latest My Favorite Things Color Challenge, #271, and I knew I wanted to hang this cat on a greeting.HangingCatGratefulCard (1 of 3)
I created a mask of the letters TEF and then stamped this darling feline after I stamped the greeting. One last addition came as I looked over the stamp set, why not add FUR YOU. It created a nice balance to the card visually and made it even punn-i-er. HangingCatGratefulCard (3 of 3)Happy creating friends,


This card started out as my first attempt at the My Favorite Things Color Challenge. As I finished and studied it for a moment, I knew something was wrongMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_38. But what? DUH. I totally forgot one of the colors. How in the heck does that happen? — I’d like to say it was something other than old age, but I can’t. Regardless, I like the card, so I thought I’d share it foible and all.
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I Adore You.

I seem to have love on the mind lately. Of Course Valentine’s Day is coming up, in addition to that I will be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary on February 9th. Before that my baby boy will be turning 16 on February 5th. Lot’s of love in my heart right now. Gratitude. Joy. Love.

Today’s card is pulled from a color challenge that is right up my ally. Kinda odd. Just like me. 🙂
IAdoreYouCard (1 of 3)-2
It started with a kiss, stamp that is. lol. I picked up this little image from the local crafts store for $1.50. It is just the perfect lipstick kiss. For the card I stamped the “swishes” one at a time, then the lips. I used my Misti again to get tons of color saturation. The little heart and twine give the card a little “umph”. The twine was black and white originally, I ran it over a yellow stamp pad to color the white portion yellow.
IAdoreYouCard (3 of 3)-2
Next I placed the greeting, but before I stamped the image I matched the curve of the swish that It sits atop of. Again the Clear Wink of Stella is brushed across the lips to add some sparkle.
IAdoreYouCard (1 of 1)
Happy creating my friends!

Celebrate Love.

oh the challenges… this sketch has so many possibilities. Once I stared at it for a while with a few of my MFT stamps close by the layers started to unfold. First came the woodgrain, next the word CELEBRATE. Of course I had to shadow it with some gray ink before stamping it in black. Then the greeting below. I actually sampled quite a few different choices, finally landing on a die cut word LOVE. The hearts mirror the tiny dots on the sketch, complimented by a swish or two with my Wink of Stella pen. Done. Happy with it? yes. 🙂 Well, almost. I cut around the letters of the word that came off the edges of the woodgrain before I mounded it on the card front with foam tape. Done now? Yes. For sure.

Celebrate Love

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CelebrateLoveCard (2 of 3)

Try your hand at the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #265, leave a link in my comments so I can come by and see what you made.


My friend Cath…


What I like about Cath’s new blog is the freedom the create as you’d wish, I invite you to check it out and enjoy the creative ride she’s sure to take you on — Hip & Hooray.

Cath’s first inspiration piece…


My project, I was a mix of ideas. I’ve been wanting to use some feather files on my Silhouette, then I saw a gift my daughter had made for me many years ago… a dream catcher. So I created my own cut files and a different kind of birthday card was born. I love the idea of making and giving something that can be hung and/or displayed. But being made out of paper, the recipient doesn’t need to keep it forever. Just long enough to spark a smile. I don’t ever want to burden anyone with the idea that they have to keep a handmade item forever. Keep it only as long as it inspires a happy thought. IMG_4469

Hot Pink, Black and White on Parade

Three for one today. I stayed up way too late last night just playing with all these pieces that I had all over my desk. I wanted to make a simple card for the Caardvarks challenge this week. The only requirement – Hot pink, black and white. I can’t say where the inspiration came for these, except that I ran across an old never-opened colluzzle template. The funny thing is that I like the “accidental” card, the card made of leftover pieces, the best. Which one do you think it is? I will draw a name from those of you who guess correctly and you will get your pick of these lovely lovelies sent to your own little mailbox. Leave a comment with your guess!

Moxie Fab World Challenge/Thursday

Here’s another for Moxie Fab. The challenge called for classy and elegant, with a little bling. I was so star happy that I decided to make an ornament too, it’s really just a bunch of stars(12 to be exact) with each point bent and glued to the next. I like these colors for Christmas: Kiwi, Pacific Point, black and white, feels clean and sharp. What are your favorite holiday colors right now? What do you think the big trend will be this year?