Birthday Stars

Hi there πŸ™‚ I have SO many men to make cards for. It’s hard to find an image for guys that isn’t too cutesy and/or overly specific. This card is one I made for one of the (many) guys I work with. The Shine Bright background, from Angie Blom, is one of my favorites for male cards, as it is so striking, and is good for any age or lifestyle. This time, I colored it up in shades of blue with my Copics, then added a bit of silver sparkle in the background. A bold birthday sentiment, cut from some silver glitter paper and backed in black gets the birthday message across loud and clear. Some matting in black and silver sparkle frame the whole thing nicely.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Craft-alnica – Challenge #363: MALE CARD

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Stars and/or Stripes

Creative Moments – #259 Men and Boys

Papercraft Challenges – #107 For the Boys

Time Out Challenge – #267 Seeing Stars

Birthday Gnome

Hi there πŸ™‚ It was another sister’s birthday recently (I’m the youngest of 7), and this one loves her gnomes!! This little cutie from Conie Fong was perfect for a birthday card! I colored him up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out.

I assembled the card by layering a dotted print cardstock and a red cardstock with oval apertures cut in them over a piece of embossed cardstock. I adhered the layered, die cut sentiment and then popped on the little gnome with some foam dots. A sprinkling of hearts that I’d punched out were the finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dream Valley Challenges – # 318 – Summer Colours

Digi Choosday – Week 26 ATG

Mirtillamente Challenge – #33 July ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #125 July ATG

Crafter’s Cafe – #309 Include a Gnome

70th Birthday Bow

Hi there πŸ™‚ My sister turned 70 yesterday, and I had to make an extra special card for her. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a bow card, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to make one of these again. Since her (and mine) favorite flower are pansies, I went through my stash of images, and found this lovely one from Angie Blom. I colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I found some scraps of purple and yellow paper to cut out the number 70, and layered the 2 pieces before attaching the number and the image to a pretty oval die cut. I cut out all the pieces, as well as the card base, from a pretty mauve card stock (her fave color is purple). I edged the bow pieces with some narrow lace that I had, but it needed a bit more color to tie everything together. I searched through my bins and bins of ribbon, and could not find a shade that complimented the rest of the card!! You never realize how many shades of purple there are (and how gross some of them look together), until you are looking for something specific!! White ribbon and Copics to the rescue!! After I colored all the ribbon and attached it to the edges, I assembled the card. Usually, the cards I have to mail are very flat, but for this special occasion, I broke that rule. I’m happy to say my sis loved her card πŸ™‚

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Knockouts – #524-Fun Fold

Crafty Gals Corner – Challenge #256 ~ Anything Goes w/twist – Fancy Fold

The Paper Funday Challenge – Β Challenge #66 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Fancy Folds

Passion for Markers – Week 745 – add a number

Classic Design Challenge – Challenge #06-2024 Jun/Jul – Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Fancy Folds

For You

Hi there πŸ™‚ Today, I have my last GDT project for this month at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges. I want to thank Jo and the ladies for asking me to join them for the last month <3 This time, the challenge theme is Anything Goes, so you can unleash your creativity with whatever comes to mind!! Our ATG sponsor is the fabulous Sheepski Designs, who are generously offering 3 images of choice. Star of the Month will also be chosen, and this month the lucky winner will win a prize from Sweet N’ Sassy.

I’m using the Bunny Ears image from Sheepski Designs for my card. While printing the image, I also printed a sentiment that I had saved in my files. I colored it up with my Copics, then matted everything with a simple black cardstock. For a subtle finishing touch, I added a few dewdrops and sequins for embellishments. I hope you can join us at C.R.A.F.T. for another fun challenge this week, as we love to see your beautiful creations <3

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sheepski Designs Challenge – #87 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #232 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #574 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Digi Choosday – Week 25 ATG

Seaside Greetings

Hi there πŸ™‚ I have so many men to make birthday cards for, and I find it difficult to find images that aren’t overly cutesy for them. This free page from the Coloring Book Cafe is perfect for some seaside birthday greetings. I colored the image up with my Copics, then went to work assembling the card. After matting the image and the background, I added a corner rope die cut from Kaisercraft. A few sea shells from Marianne dies, and a simple birthday greeting finish this masculine card off!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:


Allsorts – Week 785 Masculine or A/G option

Papercraft Challenge – #106 – For the Boys

Crafty Catz – # 674 Make it Masculine

Time Out Challenge – #266 Photo Inspiration

Floral Thanks

Hi there πŸ™‚ For this card, I used my oldest stamp!! (other than some little ones I randomly stamped on wedding decorations, lol) – I guess you can call it my oldest “real” stamp. It’s from Stampin’ Up. I can remember going to a Stampin’ Up party (do they still have parties?) at a friend’s house, and having a blast!! My kids were in playschool and kindergarten at the time, I think, so this has to be at least 25 years old! It’s a rather large background stamp, so I stamped and embossed it with black powder, and used it as the whole card front. I used watercolor pencils to fill in all the lovely flower colors. A stitched die cut strip provided a nice contrast to the black die cut sentiment. Some matting, and this card was done!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Emboss It!

We Love Stamping – June Challenge, and 15 year blog anniversary – Fabulous Florals

Craft-alnica – #362 Stamp

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge – Anything Florals Goes with Optional Mood Board #18

Stamping Sensations – June moodboard – I used flowers (roses) and the colors

Sledding Bears

Hi there πŸ™‚ I’m back with another card for my GDT time over at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge πŸ™‚ This week, the theme of the Challenge is Christmas/First Christmas. Our sponsor is the fabulous All Dressed Up Stamps, and they are offering the lucky winner 2 images of choice. I was given the image Sleepy Bear to play with. I colored it up with my Copics, then cut it out with an oval die. I found a perfect size piece of black and white snowflake printed paper, and decided that this card would be in my favorite color combo of black, white and red! I matted both the image piece and the base, then die cut a red sentiment, that a placed over a strip of white. I arranges some tall die cut trees on either side of the image, then added a bit of sparkle with Stickles….because every Christmas card needs a bit of sparkle on it!!

Once again, I’d like to thank the ladies at C.R.A.F.T. for inviting me to be a GDT this month, and really hope you can join us in this Christmas challenge <3

I’d like to enter this in the following:

All Dressed Up Blog Challenge – #152 June ATG with an All Dressed Up image

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #232 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2424 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #574 ATG

Creative Inspiration – #15 ATG

A Star’s Birthday

Hi there πŸ™‚ It was recently my son’s birthday, and I wanted to make him a special card. I’ve tried this Mini Miura card fold before and love it! I alter the pattern a bit, extending the back and middle portion, so it stands for display better. After getting the card base cut and folded, It was time to decide on the DPs to use. My son is truly a star, so when I dug up this holographic star print paper in my stash, it was the perfect choice! I cut, matted and glued down all the pieces (so much measuring and math stuff). I dug through my dies, and found a shooting star die, of course out of it’s package, but I think it’s from Simon Says Stamp. I cut a number of pieces, white for the blue panels, and blue for the white panel in the centre. I punched a few silver stars to scatter around as well. A black and white birthday sentiment finished the card for my star off!

Here’s a few different angles of the card:

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Funday Challenge –  #66 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Fancy Folds

Allsorts Challenge – Week 785 Masculine

Creative Moments – #259 Men and Boys

Crafty Gals Corner – #256 ~ Anything Goes w/twist – Fancy Fold


Classic Design Challenge – #06 ATG with Optional Twist: Fancy Folds

May the Course Be With You

Hi there πŸ™‚ I was honored to be chosen as Star of the Month recently at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, and am thrilled to be joining them as a GDT for this month. This week’s sponsor is Polkadoodles, who are offering 3 digital images as the prize. The challenge theme is Transport/Sports, so I went the sporty route with this cute Golf Gnome from our sponsor. I colored him up with my Copics, then matted the image in a dark green.

I recently found a cool pad of papers at the Dollar Store and the colors went well with the ones I used on the image. I cut some pieces out and matted them with the same green as I used with the image, then assembled the card. I’m not sure what this particular type of card is called, with the image bridging the 2 front pieces, but it’s one I enjoy making from time to time.

I found the cute sentiment and printed it off and added it to the inside where it still is visible when the card is closed. I hope you can join us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge for our Transport/Sport challenge!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Moments – #259 Men and Boys

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 23 ATG


As You Like It Challenge – With or Without Words – With! why? my cards feel naked without some kind of sentiment, and words just finish it off the right way!

Cupcake Challenge – #596 For the Guys

Corbin and Holly

Hi there πŸ™‚ I love making cards that are customized for the recipient, so of course I had to come up with a special one for my son and his girlfriend!! My son has the most spoiled kitty EVER (yes, granny Susan contributes her fair share), and Corbin is really the apple of his eye <3 His girlfriend is a horse girl, and loves spending time with her beloved horse, Holly. I looked all over for the right image, and then came up with the idea to combine some favorites. I merged Horsey Holidays and Purrfect Gift together, both from Whimsy Stamps. I colored them up with my Copics, referring to pictures to make sure the markings were as close as possible to Corbin and Holly. I added a few touches with my Posca, before setting it aside to figure out the rest of the card.

I die cut a snowflake swirl, and a few spare snowflakes to pop on the swirl with foam dots for a bit of dimension. I added some gems in the centre with red glitter glue to give a touch of sparkle. The big Christmas die cut fit the width of the card perfectly, and a stamped “Merry” on a die cut banner completed the sentiment. I assembled everything on the plaid background, then just had to add a tiny snowflake on Holly’s nose to finish things off πŸ™‚

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #87 It’s A Gift

Creative Inspirations – Christmas In June

Passion for Markers – Week 743 Animals

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2423 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #231 ATG