Sparkle N Sprinkle August Challenge “Anything Goes”

Happy almost end of August cardmakers and scrapbookers!

I went the Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg, IL yesterday and of course spent some quality time at one of my favorite booths . . . Sparkle N Sprinkle!

And of course this time I just went for it and bought an entire tube of a mixture of glitters and embossing powders!!

I was so happy to get an email this afternoon letting me know about their August Challenge which is Anything Goes as long as it uses loose glitter or embossing powder . . . check the challenge blog out for yourself at the following link Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Anyway, given that it is getting into football season, here is my entry.

I used Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder (EP) Irish Spring detail opaque for the tree in this photo.

All of the stamps from this project including the tree, the cheese, the beer mug, and the football are from Stamps by Judith and Heather.  Check them out!

Enjoy and Go Pack Go!



Happy crafting,



Cards in Envy Challenge: Autumn Leaves #2

Hi again all,

I happen to love everything about the season of autumn . . . football, pumpkin spice lattes, cool crisp weather, and of course the beautiful leaves.  So . . . needless to say this challenge is right up my alley as I love trying to capture the colors of the season in my cards.   Thank you Cards in Envy!!!

Here is a second entry I just whipped up tonight with some great autumnal leaves paper I found in my collection:




Add that autumn leaves paper with a Darice leave embossing folder, some great leaf brads from the Eyelet Outlet (check them out if you haven’t already), some gold ribbon, and alas, a nice little card to drop someone a line this time of year!


Thanks Cards in Envy,




Less is More Challenge: One Layer Card


Time again to visit my friends at the wonderful Less is More blog to see what their most recent challenge was and I find out the current challenge in to make a one layer card with two of something on it . . . perfect!

I am really enjoying participating in these card challenges as it makes me really expand my skills and push my thinking in a different way.  Looking at everyone else’s beautiful cards also gives me some wonderful ideas of new skills and new creative ways to think about my own cards.

Without further ado here is my challenge card . . .




This is the first time I had the chance to use this new border punch that my mom got me for my birthday.  I put a light pink insert into the card so that it would offer that nice touch of pink peeking through the card.  I happen to really enjoy the little pink pearl embellishments as well for a little pop!


Hope you enjoy!


Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge

It is that time again to visit my friends at Cards in Envy for their latest challenge which is . . . an Autumn Leaves Challenge!!

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year so a leaf challenge is just right for me.

Without further ado . . .


Instead of putting colored leaves right into the design, I wanted to capture the colors of autumn and leaves in more of a subtle format and went with embossing the leaves into the design, on each of the four squares as well as on the background purple mat.   Thank you for the Darice leaves embossing folder I bought on sale!!

Some leaf brads from one of my favorites, the Eyelet Outlet and I think it turned out rather well.

Happy autumn all,

And happy cardmaking


Less is More Challenge: Lucky Dip

It is time once again for a new challenge from the great blog “Less is More”.  I love this blog because it focuses on Clean and Simple cards with plenty of white space and nice clean, simple designs.

This week’s challenge is a Lucky Dip Challenge focused on theme of “I do like to be beside the seaside . . . ”

Here is my card . . .


The card is simple with lots of white space.

Here is what I used:

* a Darice embossing folder of the wave and palm trees

* the phrase and the little flower are from an Aloha set from Gina K designs

* I used blue embossing powder to add some sparkle in the waves

Hope you enjoy,

See you soon,


Challenge: “Less is More” Animal Challenge

Hi fellow crafters and cardmakers,

I have really been enjoying looking at many new card blogs in the last few days.  I have seen many absolutely beautiful cards of all different styles.  I have also been enjoying getting to see different card challenges that are out there . . . and there are so many good ones.

Today I came across this great card challenge blog called “Less Is More”

Please check them out if you get a chance.  They feature card challenges that focus on exactly that – Less is More – so clean and simple (CAS) designs and layouts, simple layering, not many embellishments.  I really enjoy making this clean style of cards, because they can be so beautiful and so elegant.

Anyway this weeks challenge theme is “Animals”.

Here is my cute fishy . . .

fishy Design products and elements:

*  Cuttlebug embossing folder

*  fish digi stamp from Doodle Pantry at (LOVE THEM!!)

* copic markers

* simple orange ribbon

*  digi stamp of speech bubbles which I then stamped “Hello” in


Check out this great “Less Is More” blog . . . you won’t be disappointed.

Happy crafting,