A Scottish wish from a little Scottie!

Hi all,

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Together with  Crafty Creations  I am hosting Challenge      # 349, our Sponsor this challenge is from Fred She Said Designs. They are adorable! Anyway, I just love this little dog! You can get it with mistletoe hanging over his head but I just decided to put a hat on his head. He’s colored in Copic markers. I decided not to put a sentiment on the outside as it can be an anything card.DSC_0123

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Exploding fun!

For the last couple of weeks I have been trying out other types of cards. I had come across exploding boxes and have always liked them but was kind of afraid to try it out but…no time like the present so….

I set to work and had a ton of fun! I made an exploding box birthday castle with a dragon  and another with flowers using Elizabeth Craft Design Dies Rose 2, cutting them in white cardstock and spritzing them with gold

The castle was made by rolling us cardstock and glueing it all together. The Dragon is from MFT Magical Dragons

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There are two inserts with which to write a greeting (see the white strips? Those pull out).

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A wee bit of Scottish Highlands…

I have been gone for the past couple of weeks on vacation to the beautiful country of Scotland. My husband and I had been wanting to go for a while but after seeing the Outlander series we were determined!

I could go on and on about the beauty of the country. Yes, it is wet and cool but the landscape varies from highland mountains that seem to weep (near Glencoe) up to rolling meadows and cliffs that hit the north sea near John O’Groats.

The constant in this nation is the dotting of these black faced sheep…everywhere! Yes, there are also white faced ones as well, but the black faced ones are adorable. The sheep dot the green landascape and from a distance can seem like little puffy white clouds. On some of our treks, we would walk right in the middle of the herd and they just look straight at you and then go “behhhhh” and walk away. 🙂

To remember these images I decided to draw some images (I will make them in digi stamps), played around with a layout and drew away. I have a feeling I’ll be making a series of these.

They were colored with copic markers and then matted. Enjoy! Now, I need to work on the heilin’ coos and have a dram of whisky. Cheers!


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Birthday Flyby…..

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I’ll be heading to Scotland at the end of the month and couldn’t help but think that it would be fun to make a card that somehow gave the “taste” of Scotland. What better way than castles and dragons and plaid?

I saw MFT MFT’s Sketch Card Challenge   

and thought to give it a whir. I have the Magical Dragons by MFT stamp set and  Princess Castles by Tiddly Inks digi stamp. I used the Memory Box Stitched Cloud Trio Die and cut a square frame using a couple of different nesting dies that I’ve had for ages. They are of different brands and I apologize that I do not remember who they are from. The paper is Graphic 45 By the Sea. Image result for graphic 45 by the sea    I change the color scheme a tad by going over the lines of the plaid in Copic markers and cut the borders using    SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills. Just added the google eyes and I was set… Enjoy!

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Fly away and an Iddly biddly Tiddly birthday

I’ve been awol these past few days (longer actually), not because I haven’t been working on cards but BECAUSE I have been working (or trying) something new.

I have fallen in love with those magic slider cards. I even got the kit from Lawn Fawn, which is great BTW. But, I had seen where the colored image comes out of the card and I really wanted to try that one so….

I found many a site with tutorials on how to do the card. I tried several and even tried to do my own but the outside of the pull out was bulky. Today, I came across Splitcoasters.com /magic card tutorial like it best. I have made serveral over the past week 1/2 and unfortunately, many was a ripped up. lol I also have been giving some as birthday cards to friends. Here is my first set included Lawn Fawn’s Plane and Simple stamp set. My first set had the plain white background but I preferred another approach so I made it look like it was flying through clouds.

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As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I adore TiddlyInks digi stamps.  I had ordered Thankful Heart Wryn but was waiting for my new printer to arrive. (I have an Epson Stylus 1500W and I have never had a problem with smearing.) I printed out my images and ended up with this card.  I love how she turned out.




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So very happy to color, color, color….

As I have mentioned before, I love Tiddly Inks Stamps. Her little characters make me smile! Chirsty Croll is so talented!  That being said…

Tiddly1  Tiddly2A while back I had downloaded one of her coloring books because I love to color. I found this image that I thought would make an adorable card so I resized it, printed out two copies, colored with Copic markers, cut out one and pasted it on the other to form a 3D effect. As I wanted her coming out of the frame, I drew in the part of the hat that was cut off in the original and just glued in on the back. I added a bit more dimension using Glossy Accents on all of the circles in the picture as well as on the butterflies.


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Oh baby, baby….

I was asked over the weekend to make a baby card for the birth of a baby girl. I really didn’t have much time as I had been  away for our Rotary District Conference this past weekend, but said that I would get started on it as soon as I got home. I started work on it at 8 pm and the gal came to pick DSC_0042the card up at 9:30 this morning.


Since I still had stuff all over my desk from my last card (the quilt) I decided to make a baby quilt for this one. I still have a ton of scraps and I am glad to be using them up. The difference with this card, as compared to the last, is that I cut the pieces out as I went along instead of pre cutting them because I wasn’t quite sure of the design I wanted. I drew a grid, lightly with pencil, on the card first to help me with placement and then began playing around. The paper is still Graphic 45 “From Baby to Bride”. After everything was laid out and glued down, I cut it down to size and pasted it on peach cardstock. The inside is personalized with the child’s name. I embossed the patchwork with the Sizzix embossing folder “Country Foliage”: I think I’ve used this embossing folder more in the last few days than since I bought it several years ago! LOL

I could’ve (and was tempted) left the front with no added embellishments but but I cut out the baby carriage for Mariann Designs Dies, added a touch of bling on the wheels and a bow in the middle of the carriage.

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I like how it turned out and my friend was quite pleased.

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I was cleaning my craft room yesterday and found tons and tons of scrap paper from Graphic 45 that I had used in making an album for a friend of mine. These scraps were really too small to use in anything but I had put them in a box and had forgotten about them……until…..

So, I was going to throw them out but then, I remembered seeing the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it calls for the use of patterned paper. So, I got to thinking about a card that looks like a quilt. I knew I could piece together the bits and pieces but wasn’t quite sure how to  really make it look like a quilt.

I searched on Pinterest for quilt patterns (which I based my card on) and found a site for paper quilting ideas. There was a photo of a card that looked like a quilt. I clicked on it and found Stampinpretty.com “Quilting with Paper”.  It talks about how Mary Fish, blog owner, shares Ellen Smallwood’s designs on quilting with paper. They are gorgeous! But, it just gave quilting patterns. I needed to know how they made it look like a quilt so, looking closer I notice that they used an embossing folder. I looked through my stash and found Sizzix Country Foliage and thought it might do the trick.

There isn’t too much thinking on what to do except cut and paste and lots of measuring. If I made a boo boo, I wasn’t going to stress on it.  I cut piece down and gluing it to olive green cardstock.

Like Ellen Smallwood, I kept the front without any further embellishment as to not detract from the “quilt”.

I will definitely do this again to use up bits and pieces….


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Happy Father’s Day!!!

As I reflect on God’s grace I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings in my life!

My parents raised me with fortitude and grace during some uncertain times. My father always made his decisions, not on what he wanted, but on what God wanted; how could he do God’s will and still provide for a family of 7? Easy…we prayed. My father taught me to pray and that, in turn, to rely on God and have faith that he will provide for all of our needs. And…taking that leap of faith is difficult but so far, I’ve never been disappointed.

So, on this Father’s Day, I wish to thank God for all my blessings, my own father for all the love and sacrifices he made for us while growing up and to my wonderful husband who is a fantastic father!

Here’s a card to all fathers everywhere!

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Materials used:

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White on white (with a hint of blue)

I was asked to make some Christening cards this past week. I like to make personalized cards. I used white mirror paper with Neenah Solar white and Spellbinders cross dies (aren’t hey beautiful? as well as some other Spellbinder background dies that I’ve had for ages. I framed them in MFT Die-namics Frame Dies and embellished with stuff I had in my stash and outlined certain elements with Copic blue.

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