Hi Everyone. Happy Friday. I don't know about you, but I am over the moon that it is Friday! For the past couple of weeks I have been unable to join in the fun and celebrate Freshly Made Sketches 400th anniversary. I've really wanted to play with the fun retro sketches - such a cool idea, by the way! FMS is one of my favorite challenges and one of my always go to places for sketches everytime I craft. So, congratulations ladies on celebrating 400 sketches and thank you all for your hard work and amazing inspiration every week. Here's... Read more →

Hi Everyone. Greetings from a warm and sunny (FINALLY) Minnesota. The temperature today is an outstanding 71 degrees and the sun is shining brightly. I know it won't stay that way for longer than today - but I intend to enjoy it for all that it is worth :-) I did get to spend a little time in my craft room today. I needed to make a card for the Paper Players challenge tonight and I went looking for a sketch. I found this great sketch across at . I love this sketch, but I couldn't get it to work... Read more →

Hi Everyone. It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a color challenge for us: I started with a Smoky Slate base and stamped flowers from Altenew's Sweetest Peas with the darkest grey. I then colored the flowers with a few different pink pencils that are as close to Melon Mambo as I could get. I added the slightest touch of yellow to the base of the flowers, but the photographs are showing much more yellow/orange than there really is! Here's my card: I hope you will join us and play along.... Read more →

Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday. Today was glorious. Absolutely glorious. After the -57 temps from earlier in the week, it reach 37 degrees. When we awoke this morning it was 14 degrees above zero and felt like summer. Really... .it was amazingly warm considering where we had been mid-week. It was also beautifully sunny. What a gorgeous day! Anyway, it' is the very talented Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week - and it's a theme challenge: I needed a Happy Anniversary card for my besties who celebrated their 37th anniversary this year. I decided that the Penny... Read more →

Hi Everyone. Happy Monday. Popping in with a quick post today. I did manage to spend a little time in my craft room yesterday and played along with this great sketch at FreshlyMade As the vertical element was going to be popped off the page, I didn't want to add more bulk to the card by adding an embossed or speciality paper for the middle element. I decided to use a stencil to create a pattern for that area instead. I then used my Ellen Hutson stitched dies to add a stitched detail above and below the stenciling. Here's a... Read more →