Sunday, December 18, 2022

Snow Family Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge the colors are icy, wonderland perfection…ice blue, pink, and gold…

I had to use the whole Snow family from Sizzix/Tim Holtz for my card! “Twigs and Stump,” with their kids “Chilly and Freezy”…the fun Diecember Limited Edition set by Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp!

I framed their Christmas card photo pic with Papertrey Ink’s “Shape Shifters Square 3” dies and used a sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps “Alpine Christmas.” The gingham background is made with The Greetery’s “Square Dance” stencils.

This color combination is SNOW much fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Birthday Wreaths Throwdown

Ohh a bit of a trick (but also a treat to try) with this week’s Color Throwdown …plum, blush, and sage!

I made a background with The Greetery’s “Print Shop: Calico” and some mini eucalyptus wreaths with “Mini Boxwood Wreath Stamp & Cut!”

I added a sentiment and some little floral elements from “Birthday Blooms” and “Blessed Blooms.” This card reminds me of 80’s proms and curtains 😂…but it will be fun to send in the spring! 

Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

Monday, October 3, 2022

Topsy Turvy Tea Throwdown

Made a topsy turvy (slightly overgrown) tea party this week for the Color Throwdown this week! Blue, orange, kraft, and cream!

Used adorable stamps and dies from Pigment Craft Company including “Tea Cup,” “Blooming Teapot,” “Spring Florals,” “Tea Baggie Fillers,” and “Pocketful of Joy!”  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Coneflower Throwdown

Love the sunny colors at Color Throwdown  this week…turquoise, yellow, green, and brown!

I used the amazing Honey Bee Stamps “Lovely Layers:: Coneflower” dies!  The background was made with The Greetery’s “Square Dance” stencils and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in “Uncharted Mariner” and “Peacock Feathers.” The sentiment is made with The Greetery’s “Sentiment Starter” dies and “Bold Alphabet” dies. I am on a never-ending quest to align die cut letters 🙄😂! They always look SO straight to me, until the glue dries 15 minutes later. It’s like they wiggle around behind my back ðŸĪŠ! 

Gorgeous colors this week CTD! Thanks for stopping by! ☀️

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Fall Porch Fusion

This weekend craft therapy was in order, and I always turn to my favorite challenges for a brain getaway! This week at the Fusion Card Challenge was this lovely “Front Porch” inspiration photo!  

I loved the colors and flower mix! Used The Greetery’s “BotaniCuts “ Collection including “Sunflowers,” “Lavender,” and “Pussy Willows,” along with “”Let’s Have a Word: Autumn,” a mini hello from “Curio: Labels,”  and ivy from “Macra-made for You Fillers.” 

The background was made with the “Shiplap Builder” dies and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Weathered Wood, Milled Lavender, and Hickory Smoke, painted over with white gouache, and splattered up a bit. So fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 💛💜

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Woodsy Arches Sketch

 This week I combined two challenges on one card…the Color Throwdown colors of aqua. Kraft, and cream

And Cecile’s beautiful sketch at 

I used The Greetery’s “Tartan Plaid Background” stencils over Kraft cardstock, along with “BotaniCuts: Toadstools” and “BotaniCuts: Mighty Oak,” a sentiment from “Hoop Wreath,” and some paint splattered “Essential Arches” from Ellen Hutson.

This card was heavy on the Kraft, so I thought that some moody mushrooms were in order. It was so much fun to distress those little arches and add blue to the leaves!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 5, 2022

Autumn Bouquet Throwdown

 This week’s Color Throwdown was my trickiest combination yet… pink, coral, purple, and green!

A perfect fall jewel tone palette, but not colors I teach for as much! I used many stamps and dies from The Greetery…

I reached for “Budding Beauties: Autumn” first, then made a bouquet with “It’s a Wrap: Posy Pocket,” “BotaniCuts: Wheat,” two “Plucked” dandelions that I turned pink, “Let’s Have a Word: Autumn,” “PreText Sentiments “ and die, “Seed Catalog Background,” and a Woodgrain background front Hero Arts! 

School starts here TOMORROW!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Ocean Fusion

 For this week’s Fusion Card Challenge, the inspiration was “Seagull Beach” with this beautiful color scheme…

I used Papertrey Ink’s “Salt Air Collection” for my card….including the “Flora” and “Fauna” stamps and dies, and the coordinating “Salt Air: Sentiments” set.

The background is made with Stampin’ Up’s “Gentle Waves” background stamp using lots of Distress Oxide Inks and my Misti to repeat stamp/blend them.

I just returned from Manahawkin and Long Beach Island in New Jersey (the Jersey Shore!), and I miss it already! 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Lakefront Throwdown

 A tricky color scheme this week at the Color Throwdown…black, green, brown, and white! What?! No pink, red, blue, YELLOW?!?! 😂

But I got it done, though, with a nature card using The Greetery’s stamp and dies!

I used “Sitting Pretty,” “Sitting Pretty Accessories,” “Reflections,” a bit of greenery from “Macra-made Fillers,” and a sentiment from “Fresh Air.” I didn’t even cheat, the water is technically a light gray neutral color, haha!  It really is so much fun to go out of your color comfort zone and try something new.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Beehive Sketch

Inspired by Amy’s triple play on the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I used triple hexagons to make a sweet hive creation for The Greetery’s “ Honey Bees!” 

Also used “Buzz-worthy Sentiments,” “BotaniCuts:Wildflower Mix,” and “Honey Jar,” along with some other mini flowers and Hero Arts’ “Fancy Hexagons Die” impressed into the background!

Thanks for buzzzzzing by! 🐝

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Summer Harvest Throwdown

I adore the color combination at the Color Throwdown  this week…powder blue, cream, and kraft…

I decided to make a warm and sunny card, inspired by the wheat fields I pass by every morning! 

I used products from The Greetery for this card including: “Jumbo Curiosity: Dragonfly,” “Leaves All Around,” “Tartan Builder Diagonal,” “BotaniCuts: Wheat,” a sentiment from “Bountiful Wreath,” and a mini flower die from the 2022 Anniversary stencil set. I just love this time of year!

Thanks for stopping by! 💙

Monday, July 25, 2022

Beach Tiers Fusion

I was so inspired by this “Beach Tiers” photo at the Fusion Card Challenge! It reminded me of my days growing up at the Jersey Shore, and our upcoming vacation to LBI!

I got out some new and old favorites from Papertrey Ink and the Greetery including (PTI) “ Salt Air: Flora,” “ Salt Air: Fauna,” “Sand Swatch,” “Just Sentiments: A Happy Hello” and  (The Greetery) “Curio: Divider and Details” (1). “Curii: Summer Findings,” “Pretty Postmarjs,” and “Create-a-Crate.”

I was inspired by the beach items and theme, stars, neutral and muted colors, with pops of green leaves!

So much fun to create, thank you for stopping  by!

Friday, July 15, 2022

Spellbinders for Christmas!

I am so excited to share a card featuring amazing new products from Spellbinders Paper Arts! They just released two beautiful new collections for the holidays.

How amazing is the new “Ice Skate” die from the Winter Garden Collection?! Had me reminiscing about days when I sat glued to the TV watching the Olympics. I had a Dorothy Hamill doll in 1976, and practiced layback spins and double axels in the middle of our living room in the 80’s (getting big laughs, but no applause 😂 from my Mom and sisters)! 

I paired the skate with the new “Stylized Merry Christmas” die from the Celebrate the Season Collection. The gold accents perfectly match their beautiful “Cheerful Occasions” paper pack. I topped my skates with a sweet “Mini Bow!” 

I can’t wait to give this one to my sister this Christmas! Be sure to visit Spellbinders Paper Arts to see more of these amazing holiday collections!

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Fusion Card’s Hello Hat!

Playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge this week, with this sweet hat door decor as inspiration…

I was also inspired by Betsy Veldman’s bee card for the “Sweet & Sunny” release…

She paired the largest bee from the “Honey Bees” die set with the “AlphaBuds Bold Floral Details” dies and stamps!  I used the “Leaves All Around” stencils for my background, and a sentiment from The Stamp Market’s “Have a Nice Day” stamp set. I love botanical labels and these sets are perfect to recreate them in all kinds of styles!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Happy 700th Throwdown!

The Color Throwdown is celebrating challenge #700! How DO they come up with so many inspiring ones?!

This week is yellow, orange, kraft , and brown! I almost went with a fall theme, but remembered The Greetery’s “Print Shop: Peachy Keen!”

Also used The Greetery’s “Create a Crate” dies, a sentiment from “Destination: Summer,” and some new items including a bee from “Honey Jar” and sweet blooms cut with “BotaniCuts: Hollyhocks!”  

Thank you for always inspiring me Color Throwdown! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Happy 20th Birthday, Spellbinders!

I am so lucky to be participating in Spellbinders Paper Arts 20th birthday celebration! They are launching a special “Birthday Celebrations Collection” with all kinds of products to make sending fun birthday cards a breeze!

My card features a balloon bouquet featuring papers from the sweet “Cheerful Occasions Paper Pad” (SCS-91) cut with the  “Color Block Balloons” dies (S4-1201). They are all tied up with a perfect “Mini Bow” die cut (S1-055). I added a background with the “Hand Drawn Scallops” embossing folder (SES-038). The glittery gold sentiment is cut with the dainty “Stylized Happy Birthday” die (S2-342). 

I have loved the innovative Spellbinders dies and products since my first die purchase 20 years ago…still have that set, and use them all the time! I’m so excited that I got to celebrate this birthday milestone with them! 💕

Monday, June 6, 2022

Lavender & Bluebells Throwdown


This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, the colors are green, blue, lavender, and silver or gold! Perfect for a bouquet made with The Greetery’s new “BotaniCuts” dies…”Lavender” and “Bluebells!”

I used the new “Garden Gear: Glove” die and coordinating stencils, and a mini “Market Baskets” die cut from silver cardstock. I made a background with the “Square Dance” stencils, then stamped tiny hearts and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s “Love Lives Here” stamp set. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Blue Floral Birthday Throwdown

I LOVE the colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge this week! They are lime green, aqua, and navy!

I made a funky, preppy floral bouquet with stamps, dies, and stencils from The Greetery!

I used the big, bold blooms from “Lovely Blossoms,” small floral clusters from “Print Shop: Fresh Floral,” and the sentiment combo of “Sentiments Squared” and “Opposites Attract.” The background was made using the “Tartan Builder Diagonal” stencils (of course)! Most of my inks were Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks…particularly in Twisted Citron, Salvaged Patina, and Chipped Sapphire…with a few extra shades of ink thrown in!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Lots of Pots Throwdown

A fun color combination at the Color Throwdown this week…pink, orange, and green!

I chose some succulents and greenery from 
The Greetery!

I used The Greetery’s stamps/dies…”Pot-Pourri,” “Macra-Made For You,” “Macra-Made Fillers,” “Curio Labels” stamps, and “Curio: Dividers & Details II” (custom cut for 2 hanging plants)! 

Thank for stopping by today! 💚

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!

 This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, the colors are perfectly pastel for an Easter card…pink, sage green, lavender, and blue.

I chose to make an Easter bouquet with lots of “BotaniCuts” flower dies from The Greetery!

I used “BotaniCuts” dies including “Lily,” “Tulips,” and “Wildflower Mix,” as well as a little frame from the “Nordic Slimline” die set, and a sentiment from “Blessed Blooms.”

Happy Easter! Thank you for hopping by! 🐰

Friday, April 15, 2022

Teacher Sketch

A card for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!

I made a card for a favorite teacher…

Used Papertrey Ink’s “Treasured Teacher” and “Apple Prints” stamp sets along with the “Cover Plate: Apples” die. The fun patterned papers are from an oldie but goody set from Echo Park called “This & That.”

Thanks so much for stopping by! ❤️

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Patterned Bunnies!

Playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge’s “Cloth Bunnies” this week!

I used my favorite bunnies of all time from The Greetery’s “Bunny Hop” stamp and stencil set!

I stamped some old gingham and ticking stripe background stamps, using the stencil as a mask, to decorate my bunnies. The base is stamped with Impression Obsession’s “Cover A Card: Screen.”

The sentiment is a combination of The Greetery’s “All Kinds of Happy” die and a banner sentiment from “Springtime.”

Thanks for hopping by! 💙🐰💙

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Macrame & Bunnies Throwdown

 Playing along with a fun and unique set of Color Throwdown this week…tan, yellow, gray, and black!

I decided to add a lot of white in the background for an airy spring card!

I used The Greetery’s “Bunny Hop” stamps, stencils, and die set and a sentiment from “All Kinds of Happy” (stamp set, die, and shadow die, too).

The background was made with elements from The Greetery’s “Macrame” set of die products. So much fun to mix and match!

Thanks so much for hopping by! 🐰❤️