Balloons at the Beach

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Beach w Balloons

So I saw a photo that had balloons in the forefront of the photo and the beach in the background. The nurse liked the photo and wanted something similar for one of her employees birthdays and this is how my version was born. I used the beach background and the wood post digital stamps from Diane’s Daydreams Designs (no longer in business) and made this scene. I punched balloons from my Martha Stewart Balloon punch and tied them on with black string. I printed the background scene a couple times so I could pop up the sand and clouds to give it dimension.

1) June Inspirational Card Challenge – Bonus Category – Aquarium Month (something with water, beach, etc)

Digital Images: Diane’s Daydream Designs – beachscapes
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Recollections polka dot papers
Inks: pre-colored digital images printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: string, Martha Stewart balloon punch, 1/16th EK Success Pop Dots

Chicken Mother’s Day Card


Chicken Mothers Day

I had a request for a Mother’s Day Card with a chicken on it. So I dug out a retired Daydream Diane’s image and kept it pretty simple. The chicken is colored with the polka dot body so I just found similar paper in my stash that matched.

1) May Inspirational Card Challenge – Bonus Category – have a bird on your card.

Digital Image: Hen & Chicks – Diane’s Daydream Designs (not in business anymore)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Lava, Kraft)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (black eyelet 2007)
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: twine

Tea is Happiness


Tea Happiness

So my nurse friend ordered this card for her boss that has a birthday this week. Her boss loves tea so she asked me to do a tea themed card. I sent her several images and sayings and this is what she picked. The original pre-colored image has blond hair. She wanted the lady to have dark hair because she looks like her boss. So I once again batted my eyelashes and asked hubby to color in the lady and give her dark brown hair. Well he colored the whole image without even seeing the original and got so darn close to original colors. I then took the image and saying she picked and put them together to make this card. She loved it!  The image, Tea Time,  is a free one at Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps

I apparently like this sketch found on as I used it on two cards this month (see below for 2nd card)!


  1. March Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category.


Digital Image: Tea Time @ Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. Tea Time Accessories @ Diane’s Daydream Designs (no longer available)

Cardstock: American Crafts (green -unk name), The Paper Studio (pink)

Patterned Paper – unknown in scrap drawer (I embossed on it)

Inks: My wonderful husband colored the image in Photoshop and then I printed it on a Canon Inkjet Printer.

Accents/Tools: Roses are from Michael’s, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Rosa),

Sticker - St Patrick Day

Here is the 2nd card I made this month with the sketch from

I actually made this one first. Trying to use up these stickers that I got at hobby lobby over a year ago. I thought the sketch would go perfectly and it did. I plan on making several other months with the same sketch….just have to find the time.


  1. March Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Product Category – Paper, sticker or stamp with text/words
  2. March Sticker Challenge @ – use up stickers from your stash.


St. Patrick’s Day Sticker – The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby

Clovers – cut file but not sure where from

Patterned Paper – Reminisce (lucky stripes)

Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Classic Yellowgreen)

Our true gift at Christmas time

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Jesus is Gift - red

Jesus is Gift - Blue

I needed two more religious cards this season and had an ideal to use 3 wise men image for one but I wasn’t sure on the 2nd one. So I went looking through my digital stamps and came across this one by Diane’s Daydream Design (store closed in 2014). Then I remembered an awesome sketch posted in the December Card Sketch challenge on Then I remembered the color combo from last month on the Nov Card Challenge that I didn’t get to so I decided to use it on this card. So with those 3 elements in mind I went to work and this is what I came up with!! A little modern but the focus is still on Jesus…our true gift at Christmas. I made a red background version and then also made a teal background version.

The paper used for the circles is actually a digital paper (also discontinued at Diane’s Daydream Designs) I printed on Bazzill white. Then I just used circle punches and went to town. So I will also enter into the Dec Card Challenge – product category – use something digital.

Digital Image: Celebrating Christ Sentiments (Diane’s Daydream Designs – no longer in business)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Elegant Snowflakes (Diane’s Daydream Designs – no longer in business)
Inks: pre-colored digital sentiment printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: EK Success circle punches, Cricut, Elegent Edges Cricut Cartridge, X sticker maker, pop dots

Last Challenge sponsored by Diane’s Daydream Designs

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Today is a sad day as it is the last challenge being sponsored by Diane’s Daydream Designs. (There is still one going on that I hope to enter in with a DDD’s image but we will see if I get to it!) Diane honored the challenges she had signed up for January because she had no ideal till a couple days before January that the new VAT tax was going to shut down her business. So hopefully you will come over and play in Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challengeone layer card for a chance to win a prize pack of digital images from Diane’s Daydream Designs! Now technically mine is 2 layers because I laid the panel on the black card base but I just couldn’t have an all white card…this was as close as I was getting to a one layer card! I really like how this turned out because CAS cards is way out of my norm. This card was totally inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch #82.


I saw it and new it would be perfect for a one layer card. I then saw the sheep and the ideal to put the two together was born!! I printed the sheep and “Love you” and then ran it through the embossing folder. The sheep didn’t look right embossed so I printed a second sheep and stuck it on top of the embossed one. Love my Xyron X!! Added some punched hearts I had left over from another project and there you have a CAS Valentine/Love card.

Love Ewe


1) Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #70 – One Layer Cards (must be square or rectangle)

2) Jan Card Challenge @ – Favorites – Recreate a card or sketch you’ve saved in your favorites either on this site, a blog, or Pinterest. Just make sure to link up the card in the description.


Digital Image: Sheep of His Pasture (Diane’s Daydream Designs – closed shop)

Cardstock: Bazzill (white, raven)

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

Accents/Tools: Xyron X, Cuttle bug dots embossing folder, Cutter bee scissors

Happy Heart Day

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Happy Heart Day

We made this Saturday at the Retirement Home for our monthly craft. It is an 8 x 8 sign made out of chipboard that they can hang on their front door/window. They love decorating their door/window area of their apartment. I used images from Diane’s Daydream Designs (no longer in business), a doily from Hobby Lobby, Martha Stewart Heart punch and my cricut.


1) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #211 – Anything Goes


Digital Image: Diane’s Daydream Designs (no longer in business)

Cardstock and Patterned Paper: Hobby Lobby

Inks: pre-colored digital images printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/ Tools: Cricut, doily, Martha Stewart heart border punch, ribbon,

Cancer Encouragement card

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Bone Cancer Encouragment-email

A couple weeks ago I got in touch again with a friend that I met through a challenge. She told me that in December her 18 yoa son was diagnosed with bone cancer…he has 2 tumors in his hips. I asked her if it would be weird if I sent him an encouragement card and she said no that he would like it. She was actually trying to find ways to get cards sent to her son during this journey. So I wanted a simple and manly card since it was going to an 18 year old male. When I saw sketch #93 at CAS(E) this Sketch I knew it would be perfect for this digital image from Diane’s Daydream Designs. Unfortunately Diane’s had to close shop because of the new VAT tax law in Europe but I can still play with her images and pout that they are no longer available.


1) The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #99 – KISS (Keep It Simple Stamper)

If you play in the challenge you will have a chance to win the following discontinued stamps (due to store closure):

Prize Package: (the winner will receive the following digi stamps)

On the Move Color, On the Move Outline, On the Move Sentiments

Bouquet of Daisies

Sending you Love Color, Sending you Love Outline, Sending you Love Sentiments

Owl Always Love You Color, Owl Always Love You Outline, Owl Always Love You Sentiments


DIgital Image: Hope Endures Yellow from Diane’s Daydream Designs (closed store)

Cardstock: Bazzill

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

Accents/Tools: rhinestones, glue dots, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, ribbon

Selfie….Sort of!!


Selfie - Maybe

Wow…I need to scrapbook more! I was way out of practice! I got my niece for a couple days near Christmas and we went to see her dad (my brother). I gave her my camera and she took “selfies” using a real camera…and they turned out so cute! I love this picture with their smiles and gorgeous blue eyes. I decided to make this page for my brother and knew Diane’s Daydream Designs camera from On the Move Digi set would be perfect. Too bad Diane had to close her doors because of that stupid VAT tax law over in Europe. So this will go in my brothers 8 x 8 album I will give him and then send him pages from time to time for him to add to his book.

Since this is an 8 x 8 layout I couldn’t use the whole design but I got my inspiration for sketch #126 at Sketch Savvy.


1) Crafting from the Heart – Anything Goes


Digital Image: On the Move @ Diane’s Daydream Designs (out of business)

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Elsie, Grid digital paper pack from Diane’s Daydream Designs

Clean and Simple

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Even though Diane’s Daydream Designs is closed she is still honoring the challenges she signed up to sponsor in January. One of the challenges starts today and is Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge with an Anything Goes with a twist of Clean & Simple (must do the twist). I don’t do traditional CAS very well. I consider my cards simple but they do have layers so that isn’t what traditional CAS is. It also takes me longer to do a CAS card then to do it how I normally do it. But I made one! One of my regular Christmas card customers never contacted me so I assumed he didn’t need cards this year. Well, with 4 days before leaving on his Christmas trip he calls and tells me he needs 16 cards!! Diane’s Daydream Designs had these amazing journal/mat cards that were beautifully put together so I used one of those. I then printed off baby Jesus from the Little Bits of Christmas and added him to the mat. Stuck the mat on a card base and the card was done.

Baby Jesus

I so wish Diane’s Daydream Designs didn’t have to close. I’m still sad about it and probably will be for a long time. The short time I was on her Design Team we got close as friends. She is an amazing woman and an amazing writer too. Check out her blog and her devotions will touch your heart.

I hope you will play along in Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge because Diane is offering these amazing stamps as the prize:

Carrie Tea Time Sentiments Tea Time Accessories Color Tea Time Accessories OutlineTea for Two OutlineSnowbaby Love ColorSnowbaby Love OutlineSnowbaby Love Sentiments



Digital Image: Little Bits of Christmas and Journal Cards (no longer in business….Diane’s Daydream Designs)

Cardstock: Bazzill

Accent/Tools: pop dots

I conquered the sketch!!

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Oh Holy Night

It appears Karen, the hostess for the Card Sketch Challenge @, really likes this sketch, Sketch-N-Scrap Card sketch #7,  because she has picked it twice now for the challenge!

aug 5th

Not only has this been inspiration on her challenge I also saw it when it was originally posted! Love the sketch but apparently it scares me and my brain freezes when I try to do it. So I never conquered it…till now!! When I saw it again as inspiration on the Card Sketch challenge I knew I had to do it. Which this time wasn’t as hard as I had the perfect digital stamp from Diane’s Daydream Designs to work with – Christmas Wonder Sentiment Set. I love how it came it. It was also quick which was good because one of my regular customers forgot to play his Christmas card order for 16 cards and needed them in 2 days. So I made 5 of these! The blue patterned paper came from a DCWV paper pack that I got free from my friend Lisa.

If you like this digital image then you must get over to Diane’s Daydream Designs as she is closing shop on Dec 30th. This is what she wrote:

Daydream Designs will be closing December 31 due to tax regulation for online digital download businesses like this one.  The foreign tax is call VAT (Value Added Tax) and it requires US businesses to assess taxes for sales in countries in the European Union.  The regulations are cumbersome, and create an impossible paper nightmare for small companies.  One way around the situation would be to limit sales to US customers only, but that would cut into nearly half of all Daydream Designs sales. That scenario makes profit impossible  and necessitate the close of our store.

Hopefully there is one small silver lining for all of us….our CLOSE OUT sale. 

From now through December 30

USE COUPON CODE:  DDCLOSE50 to buy anything in the store at a 50% discount.

1) Card Sketch Challenge @ – Sketch #4 – use the original sketch, Sketch-N-Scrap Card Sketch #7, as your inspiration.


Image: Christmas Wonder Sentiment Set @ Diane’s Daydream Designs

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: DCWV paper pack

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

Accent/Tools: glue dots, gems,

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