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,


Fight For Hope

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Hi everyone,

I know today is officially Halloween, but I wanted to share a card for breast cancer awareness.  I am a little late with it, but technically it is still October!!!!

Everyone knows cancer is very close to my heart with my Dad first having esophageal cancer and beating it.  Then to be diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Cancer is a hard fight for everyone involved, especially the individual who is fighting it.  We take it day by day.

14 years ago, I had a friend who passed when her breast cancer returned and then had it spread to her bones.  She was a fighter and such a sweet lady.  I was pregnant with my second son when she passed away.  I still hear her telling me things…like NEVER leave the house with the dryer on and other words of wisdom she passed along to me over the years.

Every October I try to make something for Breast Cancer Awareness that helps keep her memory alive.  This year I made this card for a friend who started her breast cancer journey at the end of last year.

I hope some day cancer will be a thing of the past and no one will ever have to go thru this journey.

I miss you Lori.

Thank you for stopping by!



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Crazy About Leaves

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Hi everyone,

Today I am back feeding mt addiction for fall leaves.  I love when the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to turn color.  When my boys were younger, I loved it when it was time to rake them up and have them jump in the leaf piles!!!  Some of my best memories!!!

Now that they are 14 and 19, I have to get my fall leaf fix the crafty way!!!  I recently got the Simon Says Stamp Leaves and Scribbles stamp set and I have been having fun making backgrounds with them!!!

I loved pairing the stamp set with The Hero Arts Ombre Autumn Ink pad.  Together they make gorgeous backgrounds!!!

I made three different cards using the same background stamp set and ink pad, just changing up the design and image.


First was this adorable snow peep from Unity stamps.  I love these snow peeps stamps.


Second one was with this adorable bear from Wplus9.


And my third one was with this scroll tree from Hero Arts.

I had so much fun making all three!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and Blessings til next time,



You Are Amazing!

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Hi everyone,

I am back today with some floral cards.  One of my IG crafty friends was sweet enough to send me and my Dad a  card and I also received 2 sets of stamps!!!  So sweet!!!  I just love all of my IG friends, they have been so supportive of my Dad and me while he fights his brain tumor.  We are truly blessed!!!

It took me a little time to have some free time to play with my stamps but I am sure loving them!!!

I stamped them using a masking technique and colored them with my Copics. I also used a new stamp from Technique Tuesdays for the sentiment.


While I had my stamps out playing I also made this card with them.  Flowers are not that easy for me for some reason, but now I can practice, practice, practice!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Big Hugs,