Thursday, December 11, 2014


Good morning!

My good friend Patti likes to have fun 
making cards so she gathered
seven of us together to do a 
Christmas/Winter card swap.

It was so much fun to 
see the different cards come in,
 that we decided to take it one step further,
 and do a blog hop with our swap cards!

This is just for prizes, 
but we hope that you are inspired 
by something
that you see today!

Here is my swap card:

A few details about the Little Penguin at the North Pole Easel card:

*Mostly Stampin' Up supplies used: the owl punch, his little wings are the vest cut in half. This punch has a lot of mileage on it, used it for a graduation card just this last spring.

*the red Santa hat is punched from the top section of the Festival of Trees punch and the hat trim is the scallop part of the pennant triangle punch. I punched one side on the bottom side of the triangle and the with a sticky note holding it, flipped it around and made the other scalloped side. 

*the embossed snow is made from the jumbo Die-Namics clouds, My Favorite Things.

*the tree is from SU! Festival of Trees stamp set, as is the red bird, in the current Holiday catalog, punched out of All Is Calm specialty designer series paper also in the current Holiday catalog. I punched the trees 3 times, trimmed the bottom of two and stacked them.

*Warmest Wishes sentiment is from SU! retired stamp set, Warmest of Wishes. 

*the North Pole sign is computer generated, which was my daughter's idea, thanks Kim!!!

Decided to include a pic of another Christmas card I made this year. 
A bunch of us  'girls' get together once a month to just Stamp and have fun.
This card was made on the night my daughter gave 
a lesson on the technique of coloring with alcohol markers. 
She demonstrated Copics and Stampin' Up! new Blendabilites. 
I went ahead and made more of them because the school district I work in has a tradition of each building sending holiday greetings to all the other schools.

Now, you can hop on the Winter Express and see what the other folks created!

Sally McDonald  -  this is me!  

 Debbie Seyer     Sue Drees     Cheryl Winget

Thanks for stopping by -Wishing you and
and your family a safe 
Merry Christmas
 and a
Happy New Year!

Entering the Skating Bird into the Cute Card Thursday Challenge

Entering the Little Penguin Santa into the Crafty Creations Challenge

Entering the Little Penquin Santa into the Corrosive Challenge

Entering the Little Penguin Santa in the Christmas Card Challenge


Monday, March 3, 2014

From Watercolor to Pop-Up Box Card

From a CAS Watercolor Card...

A simple one-layer card to enter into the challenge - 
Used my aqua watercolor pen to fill in the flowers and leaves. 
A really relaxing technique!

to a Pop-Up Box Card...

A few more details than the watercolor card 
but not as difficult as I thought it would be.
Of course my challenge is in the embellishments!
Think I'll save this for Administrative Assistant Day.
Just need to make one more!

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Ghost of a Snowman...

It's been a year and a half since I've posted on this blog.
I've been making cards for a lot of reasons, just didn't take the time to post.
Now I'm sticking my toes back in the water and
will see if I can make creating cards more of a priority...

Decided to start simple and make a CAS One Layer card to enter in a challenge on a new blog (but not new challenge) called

The following card is my inspiration.
It is created by Martha Inchley - Inch of Creativity.
 Sure need to practice my shading, her shading is perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy 2014 to you! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Back to School - Vintage Style

Back to school and back to neutral colors...
Haven't used SU! Greeting card set for quite sometime.
Love the Campbell Soup kid look.
Inspirational challenges are listed...
Crafty Card Challenge - Browns/Creams with optional choice of tag
Catered Crop - Distress
Allsorts Challenge - Anything but square
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday  - Anything goes
Totally Stampalicious - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamps - Anything goes
No Matter Which Challenge - Die cuts and/or punches
Sugar Creek Hollow - vintage school days
Lollipop Crafts - Back to School
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Back to school
Crazy Challenge - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Back to school
Creative Belli Challenge - Back to School and use forgotten supplies,
   which is everything on this card!
Do You Stack Up? - Back to School
Pixie Dust Studio - The Bell is Ringing, Back to School
Cute Card Thursday - Stitch in Time (mine is faux, if you could see
   my house now you would know why I didn't get the machine out!
Simply Create Too - So Old or vintage
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Oh yeah, Back to School! That's where I've been - getting ready for the kids! Did 2 large bulletin boards and helped the librarian with hers. Then it  was clean and put my office/classroom back in place. Paperwork, lesson plans, meetings, and lots of etc. Oh and then we (DH  and me) gutted the kitchen. He has the cabinets  in but still waiting on the sink/counter. It's been 3 weeks, how long do you wait for a sink/counter to be delivered? Getting anxious to get it done, floor in and just look at it and not cook!

Think I'll give this card to my new principal.
She has really put in some time acclimating
to her new building and getting to know all of us.
but you didn't expect that - did ya?!?
Love making slider cards, just haven't done it for quite some time
so had to dust off my engineering degree and get everything to work.
Toot is on Split Coast if you want to give it a try.
Inspiring challenges are as follows:
The ABC Challenge - "V" is for Vanish (my hidden sentiment!)
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge - "Bump Up", add embossing
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Feeling Fruity
Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Pixie is play Chef
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Back to School or College
Simply Create Too - Back to School
Crop Stop Challenge - Back to School
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Back to School
Thanks for stopping by and by the way -
The cute girl image is from Dearie Dolls (free!)
Have a great week!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

From Summer to Winter...

Aha, it is summer.
But soon,
it will be winter.
Keep scrolling down to see Summer and Christmas~

Summer card...front

Summer card...with the front relaxed a bit...

And, summer card...back view...

What a fun card to make.
If I had to do again, I would look carefully and
make the back design run in the same direction as the front.

Inspirational Challenges are:
Love to Create - spots and dots
Saturday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
The Play Date Cafe - Color Challenge (Cobalt...Goldenrod...Peony)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - 3 pattern papers (2 on front, 1 on back)
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls
Stamping 411 - Sketch
First time I looked at this sketch, I immediately thought
of a diamond fold. So...that's what I did!
Crazy 4 Challenges - what you love to do on a Hot Summer Night
I like to walk around the flower beds and enjoy the flowers.
Lately it's a necessity and I added watering to gazing.
Kaboodle Doodles -'What's in' in the crafting world
I picked punched flowers and fancy folds
Do You Stack Up? - Friendship
One Stop Craft Challenge - Just good friends
Simply Create Too! - use it twice
(flower is stamped/punched twice and layerd)

Now, let's move on to winter and a non-traditional Christmas card...
New embossing folder from the soon to be introduced
Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog (Aug 1).
*I used the debossed side
*2 step bird punch
*Stamp set Perfect Punches
*Pink color is the new in color Primrose Petals

Inspirational Challenges are:

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty
 (2nd entry but way different from the first!)
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Inspirational Photo
I used the wreath to inspire this card.
Craft Your Passion - black, white plus one
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Creative Card Crew - Use black card stock
Creative Craft Challenge - pink and black
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
The Order of the Opus-Gluei - Seasonal (I picked Christmas)
Party Time Tuesdays - Christmas in July
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - Christmas theme
Sugar Creek Hollow - Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas in July
Top Tip Tuesday - It's All About Circles
Totally Stampalicous - texture (dry embossing and wreath)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012


I found some really cute images at Dearie Dolls
 to make it even a better day - they are free!
Want an even better day?
You can get them already colored!
For free!

But I decided to use my investment in the Copics company -
I colored mine!

I was inspired by the following challenges...

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty Celebration
Touch Twin Challenges - color Inspiration photo
p.s. - chance to win free markers!
Color Creative Challenge - Anything Goes w/ a Girly Twist
(Image MUST be colored with Copics, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!)
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger Inspiration photo
This Week's Tuesday Trigger
Incy Wincy Designs - Let's Party!
Anything Goes Challenge - Let's Not Be Square!

Thanks for stopping by.
And thanks for the brief break of rain and cooler temps.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Doesn't feel like Christmas here in the Midwest
with 90-100+ temps for weeks now.
Although my DH did accused me of having Cabin Fever.
Honestly, I don't.
I love the peace and quiet.

But with all the Christmas challenges
I just HAD to make a Christmas card!
Y'all left me no choice!

Inspirational challenges at this holiday season are:

Totally Gorjuss - It's Christmas!
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Blog hop and Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenge - emboss resist
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
Corrosive Challenge - Sentimentally Yours
Totally Stampalicious - favorite embellishment (pearls)
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
The Pink Elephant - Christmas in July
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - sentiment as focal point
(ornament and sentiments stamps new, never been used!)
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Crafty Creations - Free for All
ABC Challenge - T for two
Totally Paper Crafts - Lots of Layers (at least 3)
Party Time Tuesdays - Punches, Die Cuts (used both)
CCEE Stampers - Reverse Masking (ornament on tag)
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge blog - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by -
Gotta go water some more flower beds!