Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!

Today I am showing you a card for my monthly challenge for 2021--At Home With Gnomes. Each month I will create a card using one of my many gnome images. 

For this card, I picked a gnome and sentiment set from Photo Play Paper Gnome For The Holidays--Halloween--and it comes with matching dies! I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and die cut the gnome along with the candy corn and bat.  I added the Boo sentiment from the same set and bannered the end!   The background paper and grounded paper is from the same sheet of Echo Park Paper Happy Halloween collection called Bat Festival. I added some orange enamel dots for the final touch! 

I am sure I have more than enough gnome images to use a different one each month.  I will be back in November and will show you another gnome, so stay tuned!

Image/Sentiment:  Photo Play Paper Gnome For The Holidays-Halloween Stamp and Die Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape; Echo Park Paper Happy Halloween-Bat Festival Patterned Paper

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Orange Enamel Dots

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Bountiful Haul

Today is the day I am posting my card for our Challenge Your Stash group on SCS.  This is our 58th month of de-stash and we are in the middle of our 5th year of our challenges.  

The premise is to create a card or something else that uses only items that are in your own stamp room--nothing new is to be purchased.  The hostess each month posts their challenge to the group. Each person in the group creates their card with their own image, their own papers, their own embellishments with their own supplies--using up items from their own stash!  The card can be for any occasion and each person is encouraged to send the card on its way to someone so it can be admired.  It is a way for us to step out of the box a bit and create something that follows a challenge--isn't that what a challenge is supposed to be.  And--no money is spent as all items are to be already available in each of own stamping spaces.

Sue posted our October challenge--make a Masculine card for October, with at least one layer, some type embellishment. Can be with a sentiment or without.

I used a stamp set I remember purchasing at Junkie Fest in the summer of 2019 from the Unity pop-up booth.  It is called Bountiful Haul.  I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.    I layered it on an embossed background from Stampin' Up's Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder that I die cut from Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2.    The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  I added a few SU linen thread for the final touch.

Here is the inside of my card:

If you check some of the blogs on my sidebar, you may find others who have posted their cards in the next few days. There may be more posted in the thread on SCS, so you might want to check out the link here.  We also have a keyword for the SCS Gallery--it is CYSOCT.  You might see many cards there if you do a search.  They probably will be posted today or in the next few days.

I hope you enjoyed my card and I know I am excited to check out what my other hoarders, I mean stash reducers have made!  Thanks for stopping by today!  For November, Kari is up for our challenge.  Be sure to check back to see what we create then!

Image/Sentiment: Unity Bountiful Haul Stamp Set

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Mango Melody, Old Olive, Early Espresso

 Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Stampin' Up Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Linen Thread; Copic Sketch Markers; Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2

Friday, October 22, 2021

Bushel of Blessings


Here we are!  This is month #10 of another challenge for our group of 4 stampers—Barb, Jeanette, Kelly, and Carol!  This was a thought that I had in the middle of the night, similar to what Kelly has had in the past.  Plus, it is a bit of offshoot of our Stamp What Challenge! This one is called Double Duty! 

Each month, we get to pick a stamp set from a predetermined company. Then, we will use that one stamp set and make two cards from the set.  Different images and sentiments from the same set can be used, or use the same image two different ways—Double Duty either way!  But, as an added challenge, one item must be used on both cards—same color cardstock, same ribbon, same stencil, same something.  Double Duty Again!  We will post both cards on our blog on the the 22nd of each month.  See-Double Duty again!  We will be sure to have fun getting doubly inky each month with a different stamp company.  Let’s have fun!

For October,  the company that I picked was Taylored Expressions. They have some wonderful stamp sets, and many have coordinating dies.  For our challenge this month, I picked a a set called Bushel of Blessings and the matching Die Set.  The sentiments are also from a TE set called Hand Lettered Thanksgiving and that also has a matching die set!

For my first card, I stamped and colored the pumpkin image with Copic Sketch Markers.  I then die cut the image and layered it over an embossed background using Stampin' Up Pinewoods Plank Embossing folder.  I stamped and die cut the Thanksgiving Blessings Sentiment and layered it over a piece of Gooseberry Patch orange gingham cut from a Stampin' Up Stitched Rectangle die.  I added some linen thread behind the sentiment and some yellow enamel dots on the background.  

For my second card, I stamped and colored the same pumpkin image.  This time the image is layered over a circle from Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Circles.  The background layer is the same Gooseberry Patch Orange Gingham. The Give Thanks sentiment is also from the Hand Lettered Thanksgiving stamp set.  The same linen thread was used and this time some green enamel dots complete the card.  

I had a number of Double Duty elements on these cards.  I used the same pumpkin image and then two different sentiments from a second set.    I used the same colors of cardstock on both cards, along with the Gooseberry Patch gingham paper.  There are also die cuts used, linen thread and enamel dots.  Plus--the theme is Thanksgiving!

Here is the inside of my cards:

I hope you enjoyed my card for our group.  Please be sure to check out the other Double Duty cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's,  Kelly's  and Carol's blogs.    I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of sets of great cards! I hope Kelly, Jeanette and Carol like my card. Art Impressions is the company we will use in November so be sure to check back to see how we double up and make two cards on the 22nd!

Image/Sentiment: Taylored Expressions Bushel of Blessings and Hand Lettered Thanksgiving Stamp and Die Sets

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso; The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Gooseberry Patch Orange Gingham

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black; 

Accessories:   Stampin' Up Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Stitched Rectangle Dies; Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Circle Die; Copic Sketch Markers; Enamel Dots

Thursday, October 21, 2021

One Day Late!

Today is not the third Wednesday of the month, but it is my Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! For the second month in a row, I am late............  The 3 of us, Kelly, Jeanette and me, are back with another challenge for October, our 54th month!  That means we are into year #5 for us.

And--just a note about 2022.  We will not be continuing this challenge next year--we will be ending this as 5 1/2 years of cards!  There have been some great cards made over this time and some very fun challenges too!   This is the last challenge that Kelly will provide for us and it is a good one!

Kelly provided the challenge for us this month: My Santa Wishlist 

Nope.  Not A Santa image with a wish list! YOUR wish list 

Please create a card that shares with us something that you are dreaming of or longing for. Are you hoping for a vacation?  A new car? Some new stamp toys?  Peace and quiet?  Whatever reflects your heart’s desires, let your card reflect what you are wishing for. 

Ready Set Go! 

Yes- I do have a few items on my wish list. I just did buy a new car and pick up Bebe on Saturday.  So, that is checked off!  Vacation?  We have canceled our Ireland trip twice and the tentative plan is to go in May--hoping.........  New Stamp Toys?  I think I am set for awhile, but I am sure there will be something I need!  I decided that what I am really, really, really wishing for is a "normal"  Thanksgiving as we did not celebrate with our families in last year. We spend Thanksgiving day with my family in a Chicago suburb and then travel to Chicago on Friday for a celebration with Rebecca's family. None of that happened in 2021 and even though we have seen all of our family members during the summer at  various times, nothing compares to the Thanksgiving get togethers!   I love Thanksgiving--all of the food, the fun, the football and the blessings for the past and future!  Bring it on!

Back to my card--I picked 2 older, wood mounted Whipper Snapper stamps about Thanksgiving.  Neither have a name on them and I looked on the site and they are not there--so yes they are older.................  I colored the turkey with my Copic Sketch Markers and fussy cut him out.  I also colored in a couple of the letters of the sentiment.  The background paper is from Heritage Makers and is in the Thanksgiving package.  I added a few orange enamel dots for the final touch.

Please be sure to check out the other Ready, Set, Go cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card. I is up for the next theme, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on the 3rd Wednesday in November.  Pressure is on as it will be my last theme for this challenge!

Image/Sentiment: Whipper Snapper Designs--turkey and sentiment

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:   The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry; Heritage Makers-Our Memories For Life Thanksgiving Patterned Paper Pack

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Orange Enamel Dots

Monday, October 18, 2021

UIS #58!

This is my card for the 58th round of the UIS--Unidentified Image Swap on SCS.  Yes, the 58th round!  It is a group of ladies who are a part of a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same image, sent to us by the hostess.  The unidentified part is that we are to not discuss the image at all until the day they are to be posted.   The image for this round was provided by Janet!  She will swap the cards and include the next image that Darlene sent in our return envie. And then we get to do it all again--for round #59--in November! 

Janet sent everyone this sweet House Mouse image called Everything's Coming Up Roses. I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and die cut it with a Whimsy Stamps Zig Zag Rectangle. I layered the image over a Fancy Pants Simplicity-Forum Patterned Paper.  I added some gray enamel does for the final touch!

Here is the inside of my card:

If you check some of the other blogs listed on my sidebars, you may find some other swappers who have posted their creations--due date is today, the 18th--or they may post in the upcoming days. You can also check out SCS and use the keyword UIS58 to see some posted there.  I hope everyone in the swap likes my card--and that you do too!

Image/Sentiment: House Mouse Everything's Coming Up Roses
Cardstock/Patterned Paper:   Recollection 110# White;  Stampin' Up Smokey Slate, Rocco Rose, Sea Foam Green; Fancy Pants Simplicity-Forum Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Whimsy Stamps Zig Zag Rectangle Die; Gray Enamel Dots

Friday, October 15, 2021

Snarky Cat

Today is the 15th and the day we post our card for our group, the Crafty Card Ladies!   The team names are the Pearls and the Diamonds--very Classy names for us!   For our October Challenge, Laura Jean is the hostess for the Diamonds--the team I am on and Darlene is the hostess for the Pearls.   And we are all team Classy Card Ladies!  

The theme for October is humor or a snarky card! Laura Jean sent us this funny cat image from Tim Holtz called Snarky Cat.  She also include a number of sentiments, along with a pumpkin and witches hat!  Laura Jean included some fun Halloween patterned paper, some fall ribbons and embellishments. 

I did not need to color the cat image, but I did color the pumpkin with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I then fussy cut and pumpkin and placed it over the layer cat image.  The background paper is from Stampin' Up.  I then added the orange, brown and white baker's twine along with the flagged sentiment  I added some of the orange stars to complete my card.  This was fun card to make!

Here is the inside of my card, on a layer of patterned paper, along with one of the snarky sentiments:

I hope all of the Classy Card Ladies enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Diamonds as well the Pearls have created this month.  There are two members who do not have blogs: Suzy who is on the Diamond team and Debby who is a Pearl. You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!  See you next month in November when Carol and Shelly are the hostesses!

Image/Sentiment:  Tim Holtz Snarky Cat

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Halloween DSP

Ink:  Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Orange and Black Stars; Baker's Twine; Stampin' Up Mini Banner Punch

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Hot Mess Halloween

Today is the 12th and it is time for another Hot Mess card.  This is card number 27 and we are well into year #3. The idea of Hot Mess ~ Success started with Kelly and the general theme is to Get Messy and you will have Success!  Messiness can be almost anything that we come up with--glitter, alcohol inks, glimmer glitz, sponged backgrounds, etc., anything that is a bit messy.  We are a group of 6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.  The links to the other 5 members are on my left side bar and I will also link them at the bottom at this post.

For this month's messiness, I made 30 of these cards!  Yes, messy times 30 and my craft desk and hands were proof of it.  These are the swap cards I made for Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy, which was held last weekend in Des Moines Iowa--an in person event!  I am writing this before the weekend, but I am so sure I had a great time and also came home with 30 wonderful swap cards for other attendees!  And, I am sure some new TE stamping toys and probably some fun swag too.  Maybe even a door prize--crossing my fingers for that one!

This background was made with a stamp and a stencil combo from Taylored Expressions called Happy Halloween.  First, I stamped the words with Pumpkin ink--it is a very large stamp that almost covers the entire card.  Then, I lined up the matching stencil and used Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel in Black over the top.  The gel sometimes gets under the stencil, so there were a few errant glitters on the front!  I then added a couple of glittery bats that I punched out from the TE Black Glitter cardstock layer.  I added a few TE Black Drip Drops for the final touch!   I really like the look of this card and hope you do too.  I also sure hope my fellow swappers liked it too!

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of the glitter cardstock and another bat:

Here are the links to the other members of Hot Mess ~ Success.  Please be sure to check out Jeanette's, Terry'sKelly's , Carol's and Darlene's blogs. I am sure you will enjoy seeing how everyone got messy and was successful in making some great cards!   We will all continuing this year, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on November12th.  

Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Happy Hello Stamp and Stencil Combo

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Oreo, Pumpkin, Black Glitter

Ink:  Pumpkin

Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Black Drip Drops; Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel-Black; Stampin' Up Bat Punch

Monday, October 11, 2021

In Stitches

This is my October card for the monthly themed swap that Terry is hosting on SCS. Each month she will post a theme and we make cards using any stamp set we believe follows that thought. This is our 65th month and the theme for October is "You Had Me in Stiches--Sewing, Stitched Dies. Puns"

I decided to go with stitching dies and a Christmas Card.  I stamped a sweet sentiment from my Gina K Designs Noel set. I die cut that along with a background layer from CottageCutz Single Stitched Oval dies.  The background is Stampin' Up's Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper. I added a flag of Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and some kraft enamel dots.  I think this is a fun card and a sweet Christmas Card.

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of the patterned paper:

I hope Terry and the others swappers like my card this month too! Terry has already posted the November theme, along with all of the 2022 themes as we do not swap in December.  Be sure to come back in to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Gina K Designs Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Real Red, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Stampin' Up Real Red

Accessories:  Stampin' Up 3/8" Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon; CottageCutz Single Stitched Dies; Kraft Enamel Dots

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Boo Kitty

It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the sweet stamp set (yes, she sent us a stamp set!) sent out for October for Card #86!  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month and we hope that it continues for a long time!  Kelly is up for the November challenge, so be sure to come back to see what we create!  

This is the sweet set that Jeanette sent us--The Rabbit Hole Designs Boo Kitty:

I colored the Sweet kitty image with my Copic Sketch Markers. I did use a corner rounder for two corner for a bit of detail.  The background papers are from Echo Park Paper and the Happy Halloween line.  I also added some orange and brown bakers twine under the sentiment.  A few black sequins for the bling!  I hope Jeanette and Kelly along with you enjoy my card!

Here is the inside of my card:

Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is the link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today or tomorrow, so be sure to check out their blogs for their card!   As I mentioned before, Kelly is up for our November challenge.  Please be sure to join us again.  

Image/Sentiment: The Rabbit Hole Designs Boo Kitty

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Old Olive; Echo Park Paper Happy Halloween

Ink:  Simon Says Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Markers; Corner Rounder; Orange/Brown/White Bakers Twine; Black Enamel Dots

Thursday, October 7, 2021


This is my October Crafters of Faith card.  This is a great group that my friend Kelly started on SCS.  She hosted for 5 years and now Faith has taken over for year #6. We will continue as we have in the past with each month a new hostess gives us a scripture and challenges us to make a card with that theme. 

Rebekah is the hostess this month and gave everyone this challenge:

Scripture: Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

Challenge: Let’s show the vibrant glory of God’s handiwork in the earth when it’s autumn. The colors of the leaves on the trees as they die and let go and show us how beautiful it is to let go!

I love fall colors and knew I wanted to make a card using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks along with Rose Gold Alloy.  I used a piece of Yupo and added four fall colors of alcohol inks, rose gold alloy and some rubbing alcohol.  I moved the colors around with my Tim Holtz air blower.  I  then die cut four leaves (one is on the inside of my card) using my Spellbinder Leaves Dies.  I added a bit more shimmer and shine by using a The Paper Cut's Copper Mirripaper as the background layer, which I die cut using Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2.  The sentiment is a fun one from Whipper Snapper Designs called Loveliest Smile.  I really love the colors and like the look of this card! 

Here is the inside of my card, with another leaf:

I hope you and the others from the Crafters of Faith group like my card this month!  We are to post on the 7th of each month, so if you look on my sidebar, you may see other creations.  I know that there will be many posted in the COF thread on SCS too! 

Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Loveliest Smile

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White and Copper Mirricard; Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry; Yupo

Ink:  Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Rose Gold Alloy

Accessories:  Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2; Spellbinders Leaves Dies