Sending Prayers


Sending Prayers

Yes!! That is a stamped sentiment!! I love seeing all the stamped cards but it seriously is hard for me so I would much rather run it through my printer! But I had bought these stamps awhile back and thought it worked perfectly with this sketch and butterfly.
Simple card but sometimes simple works.

1) July Card Sketch Challenge @ – Sketch #1. Original sketch found here:

Butterfly die cut: My Mind’s Eye (My Story – Mixed bag)
Sentiment Stamp: Papertrey Ink (Inside & Out: Well Wishes)
Cardstock: Bazzill (watermelon, Raven)
Patterned Paper: from my scrap drawer
Accents/Tools: ribbon, scor-tape

Sympathy Bird

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I needed a sympathy card for a lady at work. I just used some stickers from this package so I thought that the bird would make a good sympathy card. So I looked through my sketches and liked the sketch picked for the Feb Inspirational Card Challenge @ I went through all my scraps and just couldn’t find anything that worked so I would to my closet full of paper racks. I pulled out my brand new DCWV Violet Leaf paper pack and it had paper with gold foil on it!! It was perfect…thank you Flutterbye0419 for telling me I NEEDED this paper pack last month!! And this is what came together when I combined my supplies and sketch! I was pretty pleased with it…different then what I normally do but I like it!

Feb Inspirational Card Challenge – sketch Category. Original sketch – Cardabilities #114.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Java)
Patterned Paper: Shiny Gold from Hobby Lobby, DCWV Violet Leaf Stack
Accents/Tools: Sizzix Framelits Dotted Circles, stickers from Hobby Lobby, Xyron 510

Yellow/Gray/Black Card

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So I posted the sketch on the Sketch Challenge (Feeling Sketchy #147) and Karen posted the color challenge (gray, yellow, white).


Well I happened to have a ton of yellow and gray scraps because I helped a friend last year with wedding signs and she gave me all the scraps. So I decided the sketch and color challenge should go together. Well then I went to Michael’s and guess what they had in their $1.50 bins….yep yellow, white, gray and black flowers. They were PERFECT!! They only had big ones in white…so I took off the center of the white one and put a medium black flower on top of it. So then I went back to the jewel aisle and found the perfect jewel swirls and got them discounted with a coupon!!! SCORE!!! I finally got a “wow” out of my husband when he looked at it….haven’t got one lately so I was excited!! I left the tag blank because it really could be for many different occasions…birthday, wedding, sympathy.

So I was going to go horizontal with the sketch but after seeing Cardiographer use a vellum tag to the side I decided to do that same thing with cardstock. Thanks Cardiographer.

1) August Inspirational Card Challenge @ – color category
2) August Card Sketch Challenge @ – Sketch #4

Cardstock: Bazzill (Ash, Raven, Mexican Poppy)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (The Garment District)
Accents/Tools: Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Michael’s Paper Flowers



Bird – with sympathy

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Sympathy Bird

I needed a sympathy card for a co-worker who lost her mother-in-law suddenly. I used Sketch #5 from NSD Card Sketch Challenge….just stretched it out to fit a 5 x 7 card since the bird was so big. And instead of having tags I used the flower.

1) NSD Card Sketch Challenge – sketch #5 – original sketch Viva La Verve Sept week 2 2011.
2) May Inspirational Card Challenge – Bonus Category – have a bird on the card.

Image: cut from KaiserCraft (Loire Valley Collection)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Crimson, French Vanilla, Raven)
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge, 1/16 EK Success pop dots, cutterbee scissors

Catching up on posting cards

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Okay I have made 2 cards last week for Deedee’s Digis Blog and haven’t had time to post them here so I’m going to so I’m caught up.

Rose Birthday

Made it for the Tuesday Morning Sketches #300 that Deedee’s Digis sponsored.


Digital Image: Rose Regards @ Deedee’s Digis

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Anna Griffin (Rose)

Heartfelt Sympathy

This one was made for the Crafting by Design Challenge which was to use flowers. I had to make a sympathy card for the family of one of my “regulars” in my craft class at the retirement home. When I was praying about making the card these were the flowers I felt led to put on the card. They are bright and beautiful just like she was.

I used Deconstructed Sketch #197 as my inspiration.


Digital Image: Bloom and Grow @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/ Tools: Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, black gems

humming bird

I made this one for the Outlawz Sketch Challenge. This is also one of the cards we made at the retirement home this month.


Ditgital Image: My life is blessed @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon ink-jet printer

Accents/Tools: Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, embossing folder

Old Barn Sympathy Card


Old Barn Sympathy

A friend’s father died last week so I wanted to make them a special sympathy card. The dad owned and lived on a farm so I thought this barn image from Doodle Pantry would personalize the card just for them. The red base is the only thing new and not from the scrap bin!

1) September Card Challenge @ – Bonus category – use any type of metal. I used brads I have had for YEARS. Funny how you won’t use a color for a long time then all of sudden it is the perfect on for tons of projects. I have use this color brad more in the last year than I have in 8 years of owning them!
2) Use Your Stuff Challenge #151 – Brads
3) Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #234 (SSSC234) – Use the sketch provided as inspiration. Instead of a circle image I went with a rectangle by making the card a 5 x 7
4) Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #50 (DPDC50) – Use a Doodle Pantry image on a project and get the Featured Product FREE!

Digital Image: Old Barn @ Doodle Pantry
Cardstock: Bazzill (Maraschino)
Patterned Paper: Brown (SEI), yellow (unknown)
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: brads, corner rounder

Learning about Australia at For Fun Challenges

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Helen at For Fun Challenges pulled out a challenge for me this week! She challenged us to make anything that was inspired by Australia. Well, I want to go there so learning about is as close as I will get right now! I didn’t want to do the Kangaroo or Kola because I like to be different and I didn’t have any stamps that would work. So I started looking up facts about Australia. I learned the following:

Australia’s national floral emblem is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.). On August 19th, 1988 the Governor-General, the Rt Hon Sir Ninian M Stephen AK GCMG GCVO KBE, proclaimed the golden wattle as Australia’s national floral emblem. National Wattle Day is the first day of September.

I also thought about doing something with a crocodile on it but I will save that for another day! I also saw that the Australia Open is going on this week.  I decide to look for images of the Golden Wattle. I found one digital image that was free at JJDezignz.  I thought it would be perfect for a masculine sympathy card since it wasn’t a girly looking flower. What do you think….does it work for masculine or should I stick giving it to females since it has a flower on it?

Wattle Sympathy Card

I hope you take the challenge and push yourself to create a card inspired by Australia! I love how my card turned out….thanks for the push Helen.


1) For Fun Challenge – inspired by Australia


Stamp: Golden Wattle @ jjdezignz

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Accents/Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, brad, ribbon, pop dots, scor-tape

Christian Sympathy


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This was made for the card ministry at my church. A lady just lost her husband yesterday so we will send her this card.


1) Day 305@365Cards – Use the sketch as your inspiration

2) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #108 – Use your favorite embellishment. I love brads and WAY TOO MANY!!


Stamps: Christian Sympathy Digital Image @ Clearly Digi Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: digital paper included in Christian Sympathy Digital Image
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon ink-jet printer
Accents/Tools: brads

Time to get wet!


Today’s challenge at Clearly iStamp is GET WET!! Anything to do with water or a technique that looks like water!

I hope you will join us and show us how you will represent the challenge to do with WATER!!


1)  Clearly Inspired Challenge  #56 – GET WET!  We want you to use wet images, use wet look techniques or eve products that would give a wet look like acetate or a dimensional glaze.  Just get creative!

2) July Card Challenge @ – Theme – sympathy


Stamps/Images: Sheltering Lights and Old Wagon
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Sheltering Lights digital paper
Inks/Markers: pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: ribbon, button, corner rounder
Inspiration:: My Favorite Things Sketch #77

Release Day at Clear Dollar Stamps!


It’s the 15th of the month!! Which means Clear Dollar Stamps releases their newest Digital Stamps. The designers really nailed it this month with all the gorgeous and fun digital stamps they made.

The first one I played with was Endless Beginnings Digital Stamp. I used the outline version and made my flower red and my highlights of the dove grey. I wasn’t sure how that was going to turn out but I’m happy with the results.

This card was completely inspired by Christina MaClaren’s card she did for the CASE Study Challenge #94 where she “cased/lifted” a card done by Joy Taylor.


1) Card Crafter Circle Challenge #26 – Monochromatic color scheme. I do not do these very often but I love how Christina’s card was done all monochromatic with just texture on her middle layer.

2) Tuesday Throwdown #102 – Critter. I wasn’t sure if they meant bug or animal but the DT used birds in theirs so I figured I was safe with this card!

3) Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #143 Choose one of the following for your challenge this week…  1) use an image showing action OR… 2) just an image on the front of your card (no sentiment) OR… 3) make an action card (make it move).
I went with #1 an image of action – flying!

The next stamp set I used was Sassy And Fabulous Digital Stamp, which also comes as a Clear Acrylic Stamp.

(Eeekk! I just saw that I forgot to cut out the back piece of the yellow heel! Off to fix it!)


1) Made Fresh Daily Wednesday Rewind #7 – Every Wednesday she will post a card that she made from a couple months ago up to a couple years and she will lift the card.  Then players are to Lift the card also! You can turn it, add to it, take away from it, as long as she can still see the original sketch in your card! Check this challenge out as she is really talented and has great cards to lift!!


Endless Beginnings
Stamps/Images: Endless Beginngings
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill
Inks/Markers: Tombow (green 158, red 856, light pink 850, gray N55)
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge, pop dots, white floss, Scor-pal

Sassy and Fabulous

Stamps/Images: Sassy & Fabulous Digital Stamps
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (white), Patterned Paper – Pebbles (Hip Hip Hooray collection), Orange Paper – Bo Bunny (Homespun collection)
Inks/Markers: printed on my Canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: brads, pop dots, flower punch, circle punch, xyron 510 sticker maker
Techniques: Paper piecing

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