Thinking of You

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Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a card design that I made several times, I just used different colors on each card.

I love PaperTrey Ink paper and inks and they have matching colors.  So I decided on my design and then I made a few in different colors.




I wanted a simple, easy design that I could recreate pretty quickly.  I was making a large amount of these cards to donate to a local nursing home in my area.  So I just went thru my stash and matched what inks and papers I had and off I went. With the help of my MISTI tool, it was even quicker to just make a bunch at one time.

So have a card design you like, try making a few in different colors and have a few extra cards in your stash!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs and Blessings til next time!!!



Old card design, New Fresh Look.

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I was asked to do a card exchange with our new home school evaluator and I was so excited.  While I was thinkng about what cards I wanted to make, I remembered a card I had made some time ago and thought that would be a great card to remake and add to the card exchange.


Here is my original card I had made.

I really love the way the first one turned out.  Those are some of my favorite colors. Since I was going to recreate this card, I decided I wanted to try a new color combo.

I am glad I did.  The new card is brighter and cheerier!!!  But I really enjoy them both!!!

So if you need a card down the road, it is ok to redo a card that you really enjoyed making before!!!  Just have fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and Blessings,



Happy Birthday Dustin!!!

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Hi everyone,


I am back today with my card for Day # 16 of #thedailymarker30day color challenge on the Daily Marker blog.  One of my former foster kiddos turned 22 yesterday!!! (I can’t believe he is 22 already!!!!) He is actually in from Philly staying with us and we celebrated his birthday with him last night.  He comes and stays for a week or two every year over his birthday.  We really look forward to it!!!

I used my stamp set from The Stamps of Life-friends4cookie to make his card.  He used to have a dog that looked just like the stamp and it was his favorite pet, so I thought it would make a great birthday card for him!!!!  The balloons are from Birthday Smirthday from Technique Tuesday.


This is Dustin.  We have a birthday celebration tradition in our house started by one of our foster kids years ago.  We dress the birthday person up nice and silly and then you have to get all your birthday candles in your mouth and have your picture taken!!!  It is a lot of fun!!!  Thouigh Dustin complains aboutit every year, I can tell he loves it just as much as we do!!!!



Taking pics of the process of getting those candles in there, is my favorite part!!!!!

Takes for joining in and sharing Dustin’s birthday with us!!!!

Hugs and Blessings until next time!!


Can’t Leaf Without You – Day #14 #thedailymarker30day

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Hi everyone,

I am back today with a quick card I made for Day 14 of the 30 day color challenge on The Daily Marker Blog.

I am having so much fun coloring everyday.

For my Day 14 card, I used the Leaf Without You stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.  I had gotten this stamp a long time ago during an awesome sale.  Unity Stamp always has great sales!!!  Again this is a stamp that has been sitting waiting to be used.  I was so happy to ink it up and color it!!!

I just went with some fun and easy Copic coloring.  It was my first day of training for my new job and after 8 1/2 hrs of craming info, very dry info, my brain hurt and I just wanted to enjoy my coloring without thinking about it!!!  I am just a few days behind posting it though!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs and Blessing until next time,





Have a Monster of a Birthday!!!! Day#13 of #thedailymarker30day

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Hi everyone!!!

Today I have a fun post.  I made this bright and funny birthday for my foster son who turns 13 today!!!!

I love these monsters from Gerda Steiner!!!  The grumpy one cracks me up because he does not look happy about giving up his cupcake!!!!  The balloons are from Technique Tuesday.  I use these balloons a lot in my cards!!!

This is also my card for Day 13 of #thedailymarker30day color challnge on The Daily Maker blog.

Time to go make some every unhealthy birthday pancakes for the birthday boy!!!  Instead of cake he wanted pancakes filled with white chocolate and peanut butter chips and topped off with whip cream!!!  Totally unhealthy but so good!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Hugs and Blessings until next time!!!


Day 11 & 12 of #thedailymarker30day

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Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I am starting training for my new job tomorrow.  I will be taking care of adults with disabilities in an assistant living setting.  There is so much training to do.  I actually have training before my training that I am working on.  So a good chunk of today has been working on that!!  It was all starting to sound the same, so I thought I would take a break and work on a blog post!!!

I have been working on my mail bear for the color challenge the past 2 days.  I thought I would try him a few ways with different color combos, so for Day 11 and 12 I colored him again.

I had so much fun making the background for day #11.  I used my Heidi Swapp color shine sprays and some perfect pearls diluted in water.  I haven’t pulled those color shine mists out for quite awhile.  I forgot how fun they are!!!  The background in real life is so sparkly!!!

Day 12


For day 12 I tried my first color combo again for Day #8, but went with some brighter colors for the other parts of the image.  I also had to give him so rosy cheeks!!!

Day 8 – first attempt


So you can see, how you can take one image and maqke ity into totally different cards!!!

Ok, back to my training modules!! only 3 1/2 more to go!!!

Hugs and Blessings until next time,




Day #8, 9 and 10 of the #thedailymarker30day

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Hi everyone,

Wow, it is Friday already!!!  Where did this week go?  It has been super busy here.  But Thank Goodness it is almost the weekend!!!  Tomorrow Dustin, our former foster son and now permnant part of our family, will be coming in from Philly to spend next week and his 22nd bday with us!!!  That should be lot of fun!!!  Plus our current foster son turns 13 on the 19th!!!  We have 2 bdays at our house next week!!!!

OK, I got a little behind on turning my coloring into cards and posting them for the color challenge on the Daily Marker, but I got all caught up last night!!! So here we go!!!

Day #8 Mail Bear



I hate to admit this, but I have had this stamp for probably over 6 months and have never used it.  I love this image and it is so cute, but I thought it might be a challenge for me to color and it turned out I was right.  I think it was the shade of marker I used.  It just didn’t look the way I wanted it too, no matter how many times I went over it.  So finally I took a colorless marker (0) and went over it to give it texture.  Though it still isn’t the way I want it to look, it is much better than it was!!!


Day #9 Hug Bear



I love this digital stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs, just love him!!!  You should be seeing him again in the near future!!!

I tried a different brown color combo on this image too, not liking it so much.  But you don’t know until you try. I have been  trying to practice what I have been learning in the Copic Jump Start class!!!

I had so much fun making the background.  I did a bunch of ink blending with my Distress inks and then I sprayed a fine mist of water over the whole piece of card stock and watched it react!!!  Love it!!!  Then I took a dry cloth and dabbed off the excess water and there you go!!!  I love the way the look completely changed!!!  No wonder Tim Holtz if always so happy!!!  Playing with his products are just so much fun!!!!

Day #10


Last nigt I was running gout of time, so I went with an easy image from The Stamps of Life.  I like her stamps because she included the solid piece in the stamp set if you want to stamp in the color or you can just stamp the outline and clor in the image!!!  Since it is the color challenge, I decided to color in my watermelon!  We have been learning all different ways to use our markers and colors in the Copic Jump Start class. So again I applied my homework to my color challenge image.  I used a green marker in my red part of the watermelon for shading!!!  It gives it a nice realistic look!!!

I hope everyone has a great day and an awesome weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Hugs and Blessing until next time!!!




One card design, lots of different cards.

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Recently we had to get a new evaluator for doing home school. (At the end of each year, we go to an evaluator and have her look over the years progress and then she writes us a letter stating that we fullfilled home school law)   We had had the same one since Sam was in first grade and he graduated this year, so we were hestitate when we needed to get a new one.

What a blessing the new evalautor turned out to be!!!  She is a real God send!!!  So as a Thank You I sent her a handmade thank you card.  When she recieved it, she sent me an email saying how inspired she was by my card, that she was goign to get her supplies out and start making cards again!!!  She asked if I would like to do a card exchange where we exchange 3 cards with each other!!!  I was so excited.

This is one of the cards I made to send her.  I was really liking how this card turned out and it was very easy to put together, so I decided to dupilcate the card several times. Each time change some elements in the card, to make it different.  I changed background papers and ink colors, and the sentiment from the original card  but the design remanded the same.  Here is what I came up with.






I did choose not to add the string to some of them.

But it is neat to see how changing two simple things in a card, can really change the feel of a card!!!

This was also a great way to use up some paper scraps.  I encourage you to try this at home with one of your card designs.  Keep the same design but change out an element or two and see what you get, I had a lot of fun putting all of these together.  Plus since all my supplies were out, it didn’t take me very long to get them all done.  Now I have more cards in my card stash!!!

It was a win win!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs and Blesings,




Hang In There- Day #7 #thedailymarker30day color challenge

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Hi everyone,

I managed to squeeze in day #7’s card on day # 7!!  Woo Hoo.

I made a cute squirrel card using a stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs.  This was actually my 2nd attempt at this card.  If you follow me on IG you probably saw my totally fail pic.  I was talking to my mom on the phone while I was coloring attempt #1 and I kept making boo boo’s but I could recover from them until I used black gel pen on his eyes to make them pop more and then accidently rubbed my hand across the card.  The poor squirrel had long black lines coming out of his eyes!!!  I thought about turning them into lasers, but decided just to try making the card again!!!  I am glad I did, cause I like how I made the scene better on the second try!!!

I struggled with how to make the card fit with the image.  So I decided to go a little distressed since he is outside and in the end I like how it all came together!!!

Some days it just takes a little longer to get thaty finished result!!!!!  LOL

I decided to add some pictures of my flowers that I took this evening.  Nature pictures are always so inspiring to me, so I wanted to share them with you.






Thanks for stopping by and visiting!!

Hugs and Blessing until next time!!


Magic Narwhal- Day 6 card for #thedailymarker30day Color Challenge

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Happy Monday Everyone,

It is feeling like monday to me for sure!!!  Hopefully after some fresh brewed coffee,  it will feel like a Tuesday!!! LOL

Today I am bringing you my day #6 card.  I am a day late getting this one up, but we had a busy weekend.

I love this narwhal stamp from Lawn Fawn Arctic Critters.  I have had it for quite a long time, but it is still one of my favorites.  After watching a video of a fellow crafter on making rainbow unicorns, I was inspired to make a narwhal with a rainbow tusk. ( it is really a tooth, but I am not sure what they call it, so I am going with tusk)

I thought since my narwhal was going to be magical with it is rainbow tusk, I would make him a magical background  too.  I used my distrress inks to ink blend a rainbow background.  Then I added my sentiment.   I decided  since all magical creatures need sparkle I would add some wink of stella to his tusk and top it with some glossy accents.  Plus I felt my narwhal definitley needed some sparkley sequins!!!  When you are magical there is no such things as too much sparkle, right?


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Monday!!

Hugs and Blessings,