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 →


Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday. It's my turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and I have a sketch for you: I decided to make this card for a work colleague who is coming up for her 3rd year of being cancer free. I thought the image, and the sentiment, from Beautiful You would be perfect to express congratulations on reaching this milestone. I'm also entering this card in the Time Out Challenge The friend this card is for - would love this quote! To add some interest to the background, I used my Altenew die-cut. I didn't want... Read more →


Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday. It's the fabulous Claire's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a theme for us: I decided to have a little fun with this theme and use some new goodies that I got before Christmas. I think I discovered them on Jennifer McGuire's "sale" post. Anyway, there was an image of a barn on their website and I loved it. Then I found some other little bits and pieces that went with it. Before I knew it, I had about 10 stamps in my basket! As this is a Clean and... Read more →