Sparkle & Sprinkle October Challenge “Anything Goes”








Here is my entry for this month’s “Anything Goes” Challenge.  The Thank You is a die cut out of Sparkle & Sprinkle Sticker Paper, sprinkled with Silver Bills Embossing powder, then embossed with a heat gun for a smooth finish.   First time I have tried the technique . . . and I’m in love.

Hope you enjoy,




Card in Envy Challenge “Cute and Cuddly”

Good evening cardmakers and scrapbookers.

After some time off of cardmaking, my mom and I are back at it for awhile and I’m getting back into entering some card challenges.

Time to visit my friends at Cards in Envy!   The theme for their challenge this month is “Cute and Cuddly”.  I immediately thought of this adorable card that my mom made recently and had to put it up . . .



The image including the hat, elephant, skirt, and shoes are from on of my favorites Stamps by Judith and Heather.


Happy crafting,


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


Operation Write Home – Card Challenge #238


I am excited to once again participate in an Operation Write Home Challenge . . . this time Sketch Challenge #238.

Here is the original sketch:












And in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month here is my version of the sketch:
























And happy cardmaking,