Sunny Thought Kit – Annie’s Card Making Kit

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Trying to clean my craft room that is beyond a disaster. There is so much to do to get it back in order. One of the things are cards laying around with sketches so I can post them. But as you tell the last few years I haven’t posted much. And this past fall/winter (2022) I didn’t even make any Christmas cards for orders. Just overwhelmed and busy. But in starting to get my life back under control I’m cleaning my craft disaster.

Here are some cards I have made in past year or two!!

I made this for an order. I used the Annies Cardmaker Kit of the Month Club – May 2021 – Sunny Thoughts. Then I made this one as version 2 with the supplies.

Water Can Flowers - Supplies:
Die Cut Flower Can - Annie's CardMaker Card Kit - Sunny Thoughts
Cardstock: Bazzill
Embossing Folders: Stampin Up - Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, Cricut Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots
Happy Birthday Die: Creative Expressions Craft Dies - Happy Birthday (CEDSS009)

Card Kit done in my style!

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So we went to Texas this past week for a week of craftiness! And it was just what I needed. We were snowed in so we had nothing to do but relax and play. Before the snow hit we met up with another crafty friend in the area that is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and she put on a little get together/card class. She had the You Are Amazing Card Kit for us to split so we could make 2 cards each. I love the stuff in the kit but the cards are not my style so I asked if I could make cards at home in my own style and she said I could. I did not think the shinny blue paper went with these colors and the design just didn’t speak to me. These are my versions made with the kit stuff! Still have a couple more to make but these spoke to me while I was cleaning so I crafted instead of cleaning!!

Watering Can Card: 
I had the watering can and tulips in my die cuts and had not used them yet and they were least in my opinion!!
I used sketch #5 of the Feb Card Sketch Challenge @ I'm also entering it into the Feb Inspirational Card Challenge - product - flowers.

Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up (You are Amazing Card Kit)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Piglet, Candle, Parakeet)
Metal Dies: Impression Obsession Dies (IO Dies) - Tulips (die147-A), Watering Can (die155-A)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (swiss dots)
Wild Flowers Card:
I originally did the design horizontal with a big sentiment stamp in the middle and two flower lying across the card. Well my first attempt one of the yellow stripes on the end was way skinner then the other end. So I decided if I turned it horizontal then it looked better. In doing so I took off the sentiment and placed the three flowers and liked it better. This 2nd card I was able to get the yellow layers more even. I used Sketch #1 from the Feb Inspirational Card Challenge (long and skinny 9 1/4 x 3 3/4 fits in long skinny envelope usually used for bills....much better to get this than bills!!) I thought these wildflowers stems #2 from Tim Holtz matched the paper pretty darn good! Was happy how this turned out.

Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up (You are Amazing Card Kit) 
Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Calypso, Whirlpool, Candle)
Metal Dies: Sizzix (Tim Holtz Wildflowers Stems #2)

Happy Birthday Balloons


Happy Birthday Balloons v1

A lady sent me a photo of a card she liked and said she wanted something like that for her ex-DIL. Most of you know I’m not good at or do a lot of watercolors or distress inks (I did buy 3 but haven’t opened them!) So I went through my stash and found this cool prism looking paper that I got at an estate sell this year. I don’t have stamps so I did the sentiment on the computer. I wasn’t sure about the cords covering the words so I made a version 2. Also my balloons are smaller than the original but I think it worked out okay.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons)

Happy Birthday Balloons v2

So I made a V2 with an embossed happy birthday paper so the strings wouldn’t be lying on the “wording” like in the first V1. I also grouped the strings together.
So I sent her both versions and she said  the loose balloon strings might drive her ex-DIL  crazy!!! Hehehehe. So a made a V3 just to make sure she got what she wanted.

CHALLENGE: Dec Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category

Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Happy Birthday)

Happy Birthday Balloons v3

So for V3 I went back to the original with the big Happy birthday (printed) on there. Instead of loose strings I tied them together. So I sent her all three so she could decide. She still picked #2!

Which version do you like?

CHALLENGE: Dec Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category

Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons)

Plaid Snowman

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Plaid Snowman w-stickles

My Christmas stash is gone so needed to make some Christmas cards. When I saw this FREE image I thought it would make super cute cards and I have a friend that would love it! And I think my step-MIL will like this one too! One of my regulars needed a card for a friend of his and he didn’t have anything in mind. So I thought this would work. I sent him a photo and his response was “can I have that one for my mom instead!” He said she loves Cardinals. So then I had to think of another card for his friend (see button Christmas tree). I added stickles to the snowflakes and snow mounds but the snowflake sparkle didn’t show up very well. I used this card from Taylored Expressions as my inspiration.

1) December Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Lift Category – lift a card from Taylored Expressions blog or Pinterest.
2) December Scraplift your Favorites @ – Any Favorite. You can lift a favorite layout, a favorite card, a favorite sketch, a favorite project or whatever your favorites may be. It can be a favorite from anywhere (Pinterest, blog,, etc).

Digital Stamp: Warm Winter Snow @ Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps (she has three versions with and without snow) My husband then worked his magic and made it a color version with no snow.
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Cardstock: Bazzill (bazzill red, white, raven)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Plaid Tidings)
Accents/Tools: Darice snowflake embossing folder, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Frosted Lace Stickles, EK Success 1/16 pop dots.

Mother’s Day Cards

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I needed a flamingo Mother’s Day card for a grandma. I have been making her cards for the past 4-5 years and she always gets a flamingo. I tried to use sketch #3 of the Card Sketch Challenge but the flamingo was too big so it didn’t come out looking like the sketch too much. But it was my inspiration. I used foil paper in the background and cut the words out of gold paper.

1) May Inspirational Card Challenge – Product: foil
2) May Card Sketch Challenge -sketch #3 – original Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #240.

Flamingo die cut – My Mind’s Eye (on trend 2)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Patina, Petunia)
Patterned Paper: Recollections foil paper, gold – Paper Studio
Twine: Target dollar store
Accents/Tools: Cricut, EK Success 1/16 pop dots

Colorful Mothers Day

I have a standing order for a mom that loves rainbow colors. So some years I do actually rainbow colors and other years I just do other bright colors. This year I picked the color category for the Card Inspirational card challenge with her in mind. I then used a card from Cardiographer and one from Simon Says Stamp Blog as my inspiration.
I also got to use new goodies I had just ordered after being influenced on here that I needed these goodies!

1) May Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Color Category

Cardstock: Bazzill (bazzill blue, Mexican Poppy, Passionate, Raven) American Crafts (Cabbage, Blossom)
Dies: Spellbinders (Marisa’s Bouquet) (fantastic flourish 1), Impression Obsession (IO stamps) Die (Happy Mother’s Day)
Accents/Tools: Xyron 510, Xyron X,

2 Hearts Anniversary Card

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I made this one and decided I liked it enough I made another one for another lady who also needed an anniversary card. I made the rectangle one because she needed to mail it right away so it couldn’t be any special postage or mailing to it (square cards cost .68 and have to be Hand Stamp Only…no machine)

The bonus sketch picked out by LindsayE for the November Card Sketch Challenge inspired this card. I needed something that would work with 2 hearts and was romantic and that sketch seemed like it would work. I went through my scrap drawers and found pretty paper and here you have the finished product.

1) November Card Sketch Challenge – bonus sketch. Original sketch was Cardabilities #131.
2) November Inspirational Card Challenge – Product – punches. Used Fiskars border punch.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Crabapple dark)
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Accents/Tools: doilies, Memory Box Botanical stem die, Recollections pearls, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge



Christmas Words


Christmas Words w Tree

I used Sugar Sketch Challenge #41 as my inspiration.

1) March Inspirational Card Challenge – product category – paper (or stamp) with words on it.

2) Sugar Pea Designs – Sugar Sketch #41 – make a project based off the sketch.

3) Christmas Card Challenge #13 – use the photo as your inspiration. I went with the tree and the sparkle.

4) Crimbo Crackers Challenge #101 – Die Cuts. The tree is a Sizzix die and the snowflakes were cut from a cricut cartridge.

Image: Sizzix Christmas Tree #2 original die
Patterned Paper: MME 6 x 6 paper pad – Christmas
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Pomegranate, Rain Forest)
Accents/Tools: Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge (snowflakes), gems, star gem, stickles (frosted lace)

Happy Birthday to you!

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It actually should read “Welcome Back for Fun Challenges!!” but since the theme this week is Birthday I decided to go with that! Yep, you read that right…For Fun Challenge is back. As the name states it is “For Fun” so she has changed things up a bit. Right now she doesn’t have a DT just asking people to GDT. And I was honored to be asked to help with re-opening day! I hope you will be inspired by the challenge and join us in making a Birthday Card but must have the word “Birthday” on it!

This card was a fun and challenging one to make. See this paper is from Creative Memories and is from an older Christmas Pack. I used up most of it last year making Christmas Cards for the Card Class at Church. Last year when I didn’t use it but was looking at it I thought it would make a great Birthday card. So it has sat and collected dust. I guess the timing was right to work with this paper because I ended up being able to make 3 different Birthday cards from the paper! I can’t show the other two till the 15th of month since I used a new digital stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps.

Thanks for looking and hope you will come play with us at For Fun Challenges!


1) For Fun Challenge – Happy Birthday with the word Birthday on it.

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (French Vanilla), Patterned Paper – Creative Memories (an older Christmas Pack)

Accents/Tools: Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, pop dots, small corner rounder

Wednesday Rewind Challenge #8


If you have not checked out this challenge it is a MUST! I love her cards and love sketch challenges so this was a win/win for me!

She will post a card she has done in the past and then she does a new version of it and so do we!

This month the card stumped me as I’m not a big ribbon user the way it was used on this card. But I was determined to play. So glad I did cause it made me think outside the “card” and I really like how this came out.

Go here to see the card that I “lifted”.

Here is my version:

Can you see the sketch but see how I made it mine! I love it!! Thank you Tarynne for the inspiration!


1) Made Fresh Daily Wednesday Rewind Challenge #8 (MFDWR8) –  On the 5th of every month I will post a card that I made from a couple months ago up to a couple years and I will lift the card. How do you play? Lift the card also! You can turn it, add to it, take away from it, as long as I can still see the original sketch in your card!

2) Alphabet Challenge Blog – M for Men Only. We would like to see projects for Men or with Men on them please.

3) Card Crafter’s Circle Challenge #33 – CAS – Our challenge theme for you this week is to be uncluttered, uncomplicated, but bold and fresh…. we want you to create in the style of  CAS – Clean and Simple

4) Critter Sketch Challenge #126 – Anything Goes!
5) Paper Playtime Challenge #80 – Anything Goes!
6) Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges #30 – Do you play SPORTS? Do you have a favorite HOBBY? Create any type of project featuring your favorite SPORT or HOBBY. (Believe me, if you catch butterflies for a hobby, that counts. If you compete in kite flying contests, hey – that’s a sport then. We are very flexible here. LOL)


Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper (cut out the image piece) – Echo Park Paper (Grand Slam)

Accents/Tools: red floss, white Signo pen, star punch, Cricut, Cricut Basic George Cartridge

Technique: stitching

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