Get your Melon on….#melonentierchen

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I am so excited for today’s card.  This is my very first time doing the melonentierchen challenge. ( I am pretty sure it is in German) but it basically means take an image and melonize it!!!  The challenge is hosted by @pepitahasenkeks on Instagram.

If you are on Instagram use #melonentierchen and check out everyone’s awesome melon projects.  They crack me up!!  Especially the melon animals.

I had originally planned a melon animal, but as I was looking thru my stamps I saw that ice wall from Purple Onion Designs and I saw it in Melon Colors!!!  I have to say it was great fun making that melon ice wall and melon saucer!!! The challenge is open til 1/25/17.  I may have to make a another card to play along, it was so fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my fun card!!

Big Hugs,


Dots of Fun…

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Hi everyone,

I had some free time and I was dying to try this technique with dots.  I have seen it done a lot recently.  I subscribe to Cardmaking and Papercraf magazine and they recently did a huge article on this technique and I just saw Kristina Werner just made a card with a similar technique.

Since I was trying a new technique, I thought I would also try out different papers to see which ones blended the best. I tried Neenah smooth 80 lb (blue), Canson watercolor XL (purple), Strathmore Bristol(red) and Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper (black and gray). I was surprised that the Bristol paper did not want to blend very smoothly, the Neenah was a bit more of a struggle too, the Canson Watercolor XL and the Distress Watercolor paper both blended beautifully.

Here is a closer look at them. I did not get a good shot of the red one, so it is not included in the close ups. If you look closely at the blue one, My kitty Milo, decided he wanted to sleep on them before the ink was dry and transferred some purple ink to the blue one!!!  Milo is a mess!!!

For this technique, I first inked my entire piece of paper with my Distress ink and then I took my applicator tool (the round one) and applied circles around the paper .  Some circles were fully inked, some were 2nd, 3rd and 4th stamped.  Then I did the same thing white pigment ink.  The different shades give it a cool effect and awesome texture.

The blue one was my first try and on the Neenah paper and it came out less dramatic then the other ones.  The darker colors seem to have a better effect.

Side note…White pigment dries slower than dye ink, so you will have to set it aside to dry for awhile, or if you are impatient like me or have a cat that likes to help, heat set it with your heat gun!

I can’t wait to use these cool backgrounds to make some fun cards.

I hope I inspired you to give this a try.   It is a lot of fun!!

Big Hugs,




Category: Ink Blending, Tim Holtz

Quick Update

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Hello friends,

I just wanted to send out an update since I have been MIA for so long.  December was just a crazy, crazy month.  They had found another brain tumor on my Dad’s routine cat scan.  So that meant appointments and an all day radiation treatment.  Then my Mom had fell and  de-gloved the skin on her right hand.  So she was in the hospital and rehab and had to have 2 surgeries and a skin graft.  December was just not their month.  My Mom’s hand is coming along really good.  My Dad is just really tired and he is stuttering a lot more lately.  The doctor’s tell us it is from the chemo treatments, so we just keep praying they are right.

Also my youngest son was so sick for a few weeks.  He lived on the sofa.  We had tests, blood work and cultures and they couldn’t find anything wrong with him.  It was scary to see your energetic kiddo, so sick and drained like that.  He still isn’t 100 %, but he is so much better!!!  Praise God for that!

Plus it was December, so we had the holiday madness, which I don’t think anyone enjoys!!!  Though we had a nice relaxing Christmas and New Year’s just hanging out as a family.  You can’t ask for more than that!!!

Then believe it or not, the main person in the group home I work in quit, so it has been a real learning curve learning how to keep the house up and running, when I have only been there 5 months and I work part time.  Thank God for an awesome co worker from our day program, who helps fill in and figure things out.  She is amazing!!! Rock on Ashley!!!

We were having some major struggles with our foster son too in December. But we are slowly getting that worked out.

December was not my greatest month of  2016, but we made it thru by the grace of God and things are slowly getting caught up and not so crazy!!!

I am hoping by the time January is over, I am back into the swing of things and back to my card making and blogging.  I have lots of new goodies to play with, I just haven’t had the chance.  So here is looking forward to crafting and blogging again.

I hope everyone is having a great 2017!!!

Big Hugs,



Category: Digi stamps, life

Fun with Gerda Steiner Digi Stamps

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Hi Everyone,

Is everyone out there getting ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am anxiously awaiting my turkey dinner!!  My oldest son works in retail so he is scheduled to work the pre-black Friday sale on Thanksgiving, so no turkey for us until Friday, but that is OK, at least we will be all together!!!

Today I am bringing you some fun with Gerda Steiner digi stamps.  She has such cute critters in her store!!  I also colored this for day 8 of #thedailymarker30day color challenge at The Daily Marker blog.

Happy Fall Cat

This cutie was offered as a free download a little bit ago in her newsletter.  Make sure to sign up her newsletter, she is always doing nice things for her followers!!! Don’t worry, if you missed the free download, it is still for sale in her store!!!


And then my most favorite hedgehog!!  I really do love coloring him, over and over again!!!

He is also available in her store.

Cold Hedgehog Digital Stamp

I also colored this cutie as Day 7 of #thedailymarker30day color challenge

He also has some brothers available for sale in her clear stamps section!!!  Be sure to check them out!!!


Both of my cards are being entered into the Share Your Designs Challenge on her website!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Bug Hugs!!


Blessed (also Day 6 of #thedailymarkercolorchallenge)

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Hi everyone,

I have to say it is really starting to feel like winter here in Southern PA.  Yesterday in 2 hrs the temp almost dropped 30 degrees!!!  Just Crazy!!!

Today I am bringing you a card that I made for day 6 of the color challenge over at the Daily Marker.  I love the challenge.  I have only missed 1 day so far!!!  I was just too tired after work to color!!  Though I am coloring every day I am behind on posting.  It has been busy lately!!!

The pumpkin I colored is a freebie on Mo’s Digital Pencil website….just a pumpkin.  It also comes with a face, but I wanted to use mine for Thanksgiving instead of Halloween.

I also am a Patreon member for Vanilla Art’s Co.  Every month we get a new technique and a new image to color with an instructional video.  I am just loving her classes.  I had just finished the pumpkin video for October when I colored my pumpkin.  So I got to apply everything I had just learned.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  If you are interested in learning to color with your Copics from an artist perspective, you should check out her classes.  I guarantee her lessons are different from anything out there!!!  Be prepared to bring your humor with you too, she always gets me laughing!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Big Hugs,





No Talkie Before Coffee

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Hi everyone,

I am back today with a card about my of my favorite things-COFFEE!!!! lol If it wasn’t for coffee I may never get anything done!!!

I have been wanting this stamp set from Art Impressions-Hot Java Mama for quite awhile.  Thought I have never drank straight from the coffee pot before, I have thought about it!!!  Recently I had my first trip to Hobby Lobby.  I fell in love there with everything, but they do carry this stamp, so I had to have it!!!!

I colored it with my Copic markers for day 5 of #thedailymarker30day color challenge at The Daily Marker blog.

I then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and layered to different kinds of printed paper onto my card base.  I think it is the sentiment that really brings it home for me!!!  LOL Been there, done that!!!

Art Impression stamps just crack me up and they are so fun to color!

Hope you enjoyed my coffee humor today!!!

Hugs and Blessing til next time,


Naughty, Silly Puppy – November Progressive Challenge at GSD stamps

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Hi Everyone,

Today’s card is a super cute and fun one for the Progressive Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.

Isn’t this puppy way to cute!!!

I also colored this puppy for day 10 of #thedailymarker30 day color challenge at the Daily Marker.  I have been coloring every day, I am just really behind on my posting!!!



I had colored my puppy imaging and deciding how I wanted to turn it into a card, when I watched a Jennifer McGuire video on shaker cards and I knew exactly how I wanted to make my card.  She shows a really easy way to set up a shaker and it is much easier then some methods I have tired!!!  If you click her name you will be taken to the video.


It is not to late to come join the progressive challenge and the coloring challenge, we would love to have you!!!


Gerda Steiner Designs, LLC


Hugs and Blessings til next time!



Day 1, 2 and 3 of #thedailymarkercolorchallenge

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Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the color challenge!!  I know I am!!!  I have been coloring every day I am just really behind with posting and making them into cards!!!

For Day 1

I used this super cute Digi stamp from 2 Cute Ink.  That little birdie and his cupcake it just too cute!!!


For Day 2

I used my favorite elephant stamp from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  There is just something so sweet about that face!


For Day 3

I used another cute digi stamp from 2 Cute Ink.  I just love that hippo flying away on his balloon. I had so much fun making that spotted background, it is a stencil from MFT.


I have to say Day 1 & Day 3’s card came in handy yesterday when at the last second, I found out it was a co-workers birthday.  So she got day 1 from me and day 3 from the houses who live in our house.  Thank you color challenge because I was totally out of bday cards!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Big Hugs,


So Grateful

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HI everyone,

I hope everyone had a great week and is having fun participating in the color challenge at  I have been having so much fun coloring everyday.  I am really behind in posting my coloring and making my images into cards though.  It has been a crazy week at work and my Dad started new Chemo with week and a round of IV antibiotics that are suppose to work hand in hand with the Chemo.  I am hoping to get caught up soon and share my creations.

I just want to say Thank You to everyone who made my first experience with a blog hop, such a wonderful experience.  I had a blast doing it and checking out everyone’s amazing cards along the hop and reading everyone’s beautiful comments.  I read each and everyone of them and they just put such joy in my heart.  Thank you!!!

I am still loving the stamp and die set from Neat and Tangled.


Today’s card was made using the outline die.


I cut the outline die out of Neenah card stock #80 and used some Distress Ink applied with the sponge round distress tool to the main leaf area.  For the stem, I used the same technique but some brown distress ink. (Sorry I was just playing around when I was working on this card and I am not sure what actual colors I used)

Then I die cut a piece of Scarlet Jewel Card-stock from PaperTrey Ink with a large stitched rectangle die.  Next I centered my leaf outline die in the section of the die cut rectangle, where I wanted it placed, and ran it thru my SIzzix Big Shot again.  I decided it was too flat and not very exciting, so I ran the die cut rectangle with the leaf outline already cut out,  thru my Sizzix Big Shot one more time in a wood grain embossing folder.  (it is important to do the embossing folder part last.  If you run it thru the embossing folder before your die cutting is done, the pressure of the plates and the roller with flatten out your embossing.)

I really like the dimension it gave my rectangle piece.  So I adhered my rectangle to a card base made with Neenah Desert Storm card stock #80.  I was careful to center it properly.  After that was adhered, I stamped my sentiment onto my distressed leaf die cut and adhered it to the open leaf space on the rectangle.  I really like how the colors set each other off.

I still thought it needed a little something, so I attached some twine around the bottom of the card and tied a bow.  (Bow tying is a struggle for me, as you can see I did not come close to the perfect bow on this card.  I am going to go with the imperfection gives it artist flare!!!  LOL)

All in all, this card was really easy to put together.  Typing the steps is way more complicated then actually doing them.

I hope I inspired you to keep using those fall leaves in different ways on your projects!!! I still have not over come my addiction yet!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Til Next time,

Hugs and Blessings,






Blog Hop for #thedailymarker30daycolorchallenge….Leaves

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Hello! Welcome to Day 2 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Today is the FIRST day of a THREE DAY blog hop to jumpstart your creativity. If you’re new to the coloring challenge or have any questions about the coloring challenge you can refer to this post :

If you are coming from  Sarah Jay blog ( you are in the right place. To start at the beginning of the hop go to The Daily Marker’s blog here.

I am so excited to be part of this amazing blog hop and color challenge.

When deciding what card I wanted to make for the blog hop, I had a hard time choosing between two of them, so I am going to share both!!!

They both use the new Neat Tangled Maple Thanks stamp set.

Maple Thanks

I have having a real addiction to leaf stamps this year and this one is just amazing.

For my first card, I stamped the leaf multiple times on Neenah 80 lb card stock with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.


The using the Hero Arts Ombre Autumn ink pad, I mixed my inks with some water mixed with perfect pearls and gently water colored the panel.  I have a laminated piece of white card stock that I stamped the inks on and then sprayed the water on and gently mixed it.

I wanted a touch more contrast so I also mixed some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink with the water with perfect pearls and added a touch of that here and there.  I really loved the way the back ground turned out.

Then I heated embossed the sentiment with some gold embossing powder to a piece of vellum and added that to my water color panel before adhering it to my card base.

I wanted a base that would make the water color pop, so I made one using Papertrey Ink’s Scarlet Jewel card stock.

For card number 2, I used the same stamp set, the same card base, vellum and gold embossing power, I just changed the way I used them.


I stamped the leaf stamp onto the vellum using Versa Mark ink and heated embossed it using gold embossing power.  Then I flipped the vellum over to the back side and colored the image with my Copics.  When you color the back side of the vellum and then flip it over to the front, you get a really cool stained glass effect.

I then cut a frame out of 2 nesting square dies and some kraft card stock.  I also cut out a piece of chocolate card stock with tiny dots on it for behind my vellum panel.  I thought this would give it some additional interest.  After I assembled the parts to the frame, I felt like something was missing.  So I stamped some Versa Mark ink unto a piece of white paper (along the whole bottom side) and added some gold embossing powder.  This gave me matching gold paper for my card.  I cut a small strip of it and attached it to the bottom of my framed piece.  Then I attached it all to the same scarlet jewel card base that I sued in my first card.

To finish it off, I stamped the sentiment on the card base with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with the same gold powder.  That finished off my card,

So using a lot of the same supplies, but different techniques, I made two totally different feeling cards.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for today.

Before you hop on, did I hear some one say prizes????

GIVEAWAY : 12 GOODIE BAGS ! That’s TWELVE CHANCES TO WIN during the three day hop. The more you comment on each hoppers blog or instagram the more chances you have of winning. Winners will be chosen randomly FROM THE BLOGS and INSTAGRAM hop comments. The full list of winners will be announced Wed. Nov 16th 9 am. at (contest closes 11.13 at 11pm. EST)


Now it’s time to hop to my friend ….you are off to visit Jessica Frost-Ballas at


Thank you for your visit today and I hope to see you during the coloring challenge. Be sure to use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day so we can find your work or you can join the Facebook group here.

here is a list of the entire blog hop;

  1. Kathy Racoosin
  2. Barb Smith-Walker
  3. Sarah Jay
  4. Kim Kimmel Becker
  5. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  6. Lisa Tilson /…
  7. Kymona Tracey
  8. Dana Kersey Joy
  9. Barb Summers Engler
  10. Sonja Kerkhoffs |…
  11. Olga Pershina
  12. Sandy Boone
  13. Sarah Nottingham |…
  14. Marika Gewalli
  15. Monica Pineda
  16. Birka Reinitz
  17. Steph L-c…
  18. Mayra Duran-Hernandez…
  19. Jenny Lee Yamasaki…
  20. Liz Sarkisyan…
  21. Julia Altermann


Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs and Blessings,