Sunday, October 24, 2021

Birthday cards for the Guys

 Happy Sunday Friends and Welcome Back to the Blog!

While hubby was busy watching College Football yesterday, I got busy creating a few masculine birthday cards using a VERY OLD stamp from a company that's been out of business for several years now.  The stamp is from the GM Series - 1955 GMC Truck and the company was Cornish Heritage Farms ... remember them??

Here ya go . . .

 After coloring my image using Tombow markers, I went through various paper pads to find green background panels that I thought looked masculine and came up with these two.

On this second card I felt the background panel also needed a black matting but didn't want the weight of yet another panel so I took a black marker and carefully went around the outside edge.  Viola!  I also used the excess ink that was on one of my green TH ink sponges to add color the the white panel my truck is stamped on.

Here are a couple more in a different color . . .

Once again going through my paper pads and came across these stripes & dots panels which were actually double sided so played around a bit for my background designs.

A few little dots of black Nuvo Crystal Drops was all the added embellishment needed on these two cards.  Guys don't like a whole lot of 'fru fru' on their cards so I've tried to keep these relatively simple in design ... letting the old truck take center stage.

Challenges to share in:

Inkspirational Challenge #250 (ends 10/30) - Boys or Men
Seize the Birthday Challenge #225 (ends 10/26) - ATG Birthday (not using topper)

 2 Sisters on the Blog Challenge #55 (ends 10/31) - Masculine
Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge #65 (ends 11/20) - Masculine

Today's another Football Day so I should be able to get a lot more cards done again today.  My first craft show is Nov. 6th so time is ticking away!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you've liked what I had to share today.

As always . . .

Saturday, October 23, 2021

More Birthday Cards

 Hello Friends and Happy Weekend!

Here are a couple more birthday cards I created using the Easy 3D Topper with Glitter paint from Hearty Crafts images that I picked up at the Adventures in Stamping Convention here in Akron, Ohio in the spring. 

 I have used an older Memory Box stencil (#88574) for my background and inside coordination.

A very CAS design style but I wanted the focus on the layered floral elements.

Here are a few challenges I'd like to share in:

Krafty Chicks Challenge #582 (ends 10/27) - CAS
Gem of a Challenge #22 (ends 11/4) - ATG
Allsort Challenge #647 (ends 10/29) - ATG

 I hope you've found inspiration in today's creations. 
I never seem to have enough of a variety of birthday cards for my fall shows and with two shows back to back this year I'd better get busy.  I will not bore you with all the cards I'll be creating but I will share from time to time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today ... I hope to be back tomorrow with a few more birthday cards ... maybe a few for the Men in our lives next time.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Layered Images

 Hello Friends and Welcome Back!

I'm still busy working on cards for a couple upcoming craft shows but thought I'd take a quick minute and play in a few challenges.  This card I thought fit well for the Crafty Catz Challenge  (10/28) - Anything Goes twist/add layers.

This is another Easy 3D Topper with Glitter paint from Hearty Crafts that I picked up at the Adventures in Stamping Convention here in Akron, Ohio in the spring.  

I've used the Autumn Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz for the background and the sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkado.  TH oxide distress inks were used for my stenciling colors.

Other Challenges to share in:

Alphabet Challenge  (11/5) - O is for Outdoors
The Card Concept (11-1) - Fall Fun  (inspired by the fall colors)

 Dare 2B Artzy October Challenge (11-8) - Fall

 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by ... I greatly appreciate it!!

As always . . .

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Make The Cards Challenge #38

 Welcome back friends!

It's time for a new challenge over on  Make The Cards Challenge.
Today we are having a Color challenge ...


Using my The Greetery 'Shiplap' die set, I have created this birthday card perfect for any guy on your birthday list.

A happy birthday die in white was all that was required to finish my project.  Talk about quick & easy!

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun ... here's the link for you one more time ...

Make The Cards Challenge

 As always . . .


Double D Challenge - Sunflowers


Hello Dear Friends!

It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm happy to say I am hosting today's challenge and our theme is:
and here's an inspiration board I've created to help get you started . . .


 An easy peasy card that packs a punch when you just want to let someone know that you are thinking of them!  I'm using an old Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set called 'Thinking of You' and coloring was done with Tombow markers.  The sentiment is also a stamp from the same set and I've used Tutti Designs scalloped stitched circle & rectangle dies for my panels.

 The prize that you'll be playing for this time around is:

The Crafter's Workshop Sunflower Stencil

 Remember, it's a random draw for the winner so it could be YOU!!

 So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all the details and amazing samples offered up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D! 

  As always . . .

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

It's PARTY time 2021 . . .


 Hello Friends!

Sorry I've been a little preoccupied recently, but this year in lieu of our annual Neighborhood Christmas party (which we totally cancelled last year due to Covid) we decided to have an Octoberfest in our backyard.  We felt our friends/family might feel safer with it being outdoors even though it was a bit chilly & drizzly.  

The first photo shows everyone that was there at the time of picture taking ... a few more came in after that ... so we had a wonderful turn out.  Here's  a photo of just the neighbors . . .

We had PLENTY of food & drink to share ... here's the menu:

  • Sauerkraut with various sausages & hot dogs
  • Pierogies & onions 
  • Mark's Famous Chili
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip w/Scoops
  • German Potato Salad
  • Fresh Mixed Fruit
  • Linguini Salad made with Pumpkin Shaped Pasta
  • Hummus & Pita Bread (thanks Hala)
  • Pepperoni Roll (thanks Lona)
  • Meat & Cheese Platter w/various crackers
  • Chips & Dip

  • Apple Crisp
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Donuts (thanks Christy)
  • Mulled Wine
  • Mulled Apple Cider
  • Various Beers & Wines
  • Various Sodas & Water


We had two sets of Corn Hole set up if anyone wanted to play.
Had the Solo Stove burning to help take the chill off and lots of places to sit and just 'catch up'!


I was so thrilled to have my 'kids' here!  It's an hour drive for my daughter & SIL ... about the same for my grandson Jon, Destany & 5 month old Great Grandson Landen and it's a TWO hour drive one way for Granddaughter Morgan, hubby Mark &  2 year old Great Grandson Charlie.  It truly made my day to have them all here!!

 I think everyone had a good time  ... at least they said they did!  LOL
How blessed are we to have such wonderful family, friends/neighbors!

After everyone headed home, Mark & I decided to sit and enjoy a little quiet time around the fire before heading into the house to do 'after party clean up'.  It was such a clear, beautiful night!

The end to a PERFECT DAY!

Now it's time to get busy making sure I have everything I need (which I know I don't) for the two upcoming crafting shows I'm signed up for the first two Saturday's in November.

Thanks for stopping by!

As always . . .

Sunday, October 17, 2021

It's time for Peace on Earth

And also time for a new challenge at the

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge Blog

 Hello Friends!

 I hope you're having a wonderful day! 
This is our second challenge over at the new Christmas blog and I hope you'll come join us.

Here's our inspiration board to lend you a helping hand but remember you DO NOT need to follow the board ... our challenge is ANYTHING CHRISTMAS!

 Here's what I've created today and be sure to pop over to see what the team has created ... AMAZING INSPIRATION you won't want to miss!

I have so many Christmas stamps & dies, I could make a dozen cards for each challenge and still not use all the products I have!  (I don't think I'm the only one that can make this statement!  lol)

Anyways, I've dove into some older dies & stamps to create today's card using

Cheery Lynn Designs - Winter Neighborhood Border (B323)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Santa's Sleigh & Reindeer (B326)
Stampin' Up - Merry Christmas stamp

I started by sponging Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks onto a panel of white card stock then spritzing with water which was dabbed dry to create my snowy background.  Though difficult to see in my photo, I have torn white card stock and place it below my neighborhood border to create mounds of snow.


I do hope you'll come join in our Christmas Projects fun.
You can create ANYTHING CHRISTMAS to enter into our challenges and who knows, we just might surprise everyone with a prize from time to time (we've been known to do that lol)!

Thanks so much for stopping by and here's wishing you a fabulous week ahead!

As always,

Friday, October 15, 2021

Perfectly CAS Challenge #20

  Hello Friends!

Today starts a new challenge over on the Perfectly CAS Challenge Blog. 
Here's our theme for the month of October:


 Two stamps were used on today's creation and a little watercoloring to highlight ... quick & easy and says it all.  The Crosses stamp is an old DRS Designs wooden block stamp and the sentiment is from another old set, this time from Stampin' Up.

 I hope you will join in the challenge - just make sure you understand the rules.

For all the rules check out the 'How To Play' TAB under our challenge header.

The challenge is all about helping you stay
within 1/3 of your card to make sure it is CAS.

I look forward to seeing what you create.
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
As always . . .


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Two Old Bats Mid Month Reminder

 Hello Friends! 
OLD BAT Darlene
here to remind you we are half way through the month and you don't want to miss out on joining in the fun over on the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge Blog.

I've created a card to help inspire you  ... what do you think??


I have used striped paper from the Pink & Main 'Not Too Spooky' Paper pad and my image is a rubber stamp from Rubbernecker Stamp Company called 'haunting cat' (I don't see where it's available any longer ... sorry!)  The googlie eyes I've had in my stash for years.

Challenges to share in:

This Is Halloween October Challenge - ATG
Crafting Happiness October Challenge #116 - Color Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Mood Board (inspired by the black cat)

Crazy Critter October Challenge #55 - ATG w/critter
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - Halloween


Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Make The Cards Challenge #37


 Welcome back friends!

It's time for a new challenge over on  Make The Cards Challenge.
Today we are having a theme challenge ...


So, how do you like my witch?  Creepy huh!  LOL

There are lots of cool images out on Pinterest and when I spotted this one I knew it was what I wanted to use for this weeks theme!   By printing it onto Glossy photo paper it really looks cool!  I printed it out onto 4x6 photo paper then used one of the extra frames I had 'hanging on the hook' to bring attention to both the witch & the cat's eyes!

My sentiment was computer generated then I used a Sue Wilson 'Stitched Flags' die to cut out the shape.   I have an entire container of googly eyes ... hence my embellishment idea.

Challenges to share in:

This Is Halloween October Challenge - ATG
Crafting Happiness October Challenge #116 - Color Challenge
Crazy Critter October Challenge #55 - ATG w/critter
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - Halloween

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun ... here's the link for you one more time ...

Make The Cards Challenge

 As always . . .

Sisterhood of Crafters - Happy Birthday


 Hello my friends!

Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Our theme, chosen by Sistah Diane, is:
(AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE ... It just happens to be Diane's birthday TODAY!!!
be sure to pop over to her blog and help make her day special!)

For today's card, I actually rummaged through my scrap box of designer papers and came up with this design.  My Happy & Birthday dies are by Tutti Designs and the Anchor is by Cutter Bee (EKSuccess) and the set is called 'Nautical'.

 I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

 As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!