Autism Awareness Month

Autism front H2O

Inside of the card:

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Well, hello fellow crafty friends.  With everyone, everywhere, dealing with the Pandemic crisis, when has there been a better time to knuckle down into the craft room!  Plus, this week’s challenge is for such a good cause.  Because April is Autism Awareness Month, the challenge is to use the Autism Logo as your inspiration.  Read the challenge and see the logo here: Crazy4Challenges

I decided to use the challenge literally and make a card for someone with Autism.  My youngest daughter has a friend who has a family member with Autism.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This is the painful step!  Using the four colors in the Logo, I cut strips that measure 1/2″ x 11″ from each color twice. Then cut the strips in half. Note: Precision cutting is important. If you look at the front of my card,  you’ll see what I couldn’t see, because it is so minimal. The white showing through the red and blue stripes under the “you are strong” tag.

Autism front H2O

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 6″.  Cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive the same size.  Lay the white cardstock rectangle over the adhesive by removing the protective layer and matching up corners.  You can also glue the strips in place.  In hind site, I think glue would have been easier.  But in either case, this is where you pain painstakingly lay the strips in place as seen above.

Step 3:  I created the 3 sentiments on my computer.  I printed them on white cardstock and cut them with a fishtail banner set from Gina Marie Designs:2016-07-24 12.13.19Step 4: Adhere the 3 fishtail sentiments as shown.

Step 5:  Create a base card by creating the sentiment inside on your computer and printing out onto white cardstock.  Then scoring the printed piece of cardstock at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim to 5.5″ 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle from Black cardstock that measures 5.5′ x 6.5″.  Adhere to the base card.

Step 6:  Adhere the finished step 2 centered onto the black rectangle and then adhere this sandwhich onto the base care.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look!


Cute Easter Card

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

The third week of every month is a sketch challenge!  It’s always a favorite challenge for me.  Here’s the link to the sketch and all twelve inspiration cards made by the design team:   Crazy4Challenges  

For some reason, I’ve been in a mood  to color and watch TV when I’m not working. So because Easter is right around the corner, I decided to start making a few Easter themed cards.  This adorable stamp by Pink & Main is called “Bunny Costume“.  Unfortunately it has been discontinued.  It’s too bad because it is one I pull out every year!

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp something that will be the focus of the card.  Color and cut the image out.  I used Copic Markers.  I also stamped the Easter Eggs and the “chocolate Easter bunny” box.  After I colored them I fussy cut them out.  I applied clear Lacquer to the “bunny boxes”

Step 2:  I cut the image using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Nested Rectangles.

Step 3:  I cut the two yellow gingham 2″ squares using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Squares.  I hand cut the green and white polka dot rectangle.

Step 4:  My card is a 5.5″ square, so I made the base card by scoring an 11″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to a 5.5″ square..

Step 5: Adhere the yellow squares to the top front as in the sketch.  Adhere the green rectangle under the squares, and then the featured stamped rectangle on top, centered.  I then added some of the “fussy cut” bunny boxes and eggs as shown.  The two grass pieces I tucked them into were left overs from another project. Here’s another look:

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

Thanks so much and don’t forget to hop over to the challenge and join in this week!



White on White

White on white sm H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges  the challenge is to make a white on white card.  I was in the mood to make something floral so I decided to make white rose and one of my favorite embossing folders by Spellbinders:


The Steps:

Step 1:  First cut a pc. of white cardstock into a rectangle that measures 5.25″ x 7″.  Put this rectangle into the embossing folder and run through your cutter/embossing machine.

Step 2:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold for a book fold,  Adhere step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Make 3 roses and their leaves from white cardstock.  If you have never tried making paper realistic flowers by Susan Tierney Cockburn, here is the tutorial video for making these exact roses: Susan’s Rose 1 video tutorial

I constructed my roses directly onto the embossed folder layer on the front of the card making sure the finished arrangement would be centered into the oval.

Step 4:  I used a die for the sentiment that I honestly don’t know the manufacturer’s name, but use it often for sympathy cards. I bought on HSN yrs. ago and is a set of “word” dies. The butterfly is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, but is discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  I think white on white cards always look elegant no matter what the theme is, so go for it this week!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all white cardstock

Sizzix Cutterpillar Pro

PH Neutral Archival Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive


Honor those who served!

Kristi Lg H2O

This week’s challenge over at:  Crazy4Challenges,  the challenge is to put a woman on your card in honor of International Women’s Day!  I chose to use a digital stamp from From: FaeryInk   My granddaughter, Kristie, didn’t serve in the  U. S. Army, but did serve as a Sailor in the U. S. Navy!  She served two tours.  This challenge gave me an opportunity to honor her.  She is quite the young lady.  She came back safe and now has adopted a little girl.  I couldn’t be prouder!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print out the digital stamp onto white cardstock.  Then color the image.  I used Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using: 1537 -Stitched Hexagons by Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut out the now colored image.  Then using one size larger die from the same set,  Cut a larger hexagon from red glitter cardstock and adhere the image hexagon to it, centered.

Step 3:   Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5″ x 5.5″.  Cut a mat from navy Star cardstock that measures the same size as the base card.  Adhere this to the front of the base card.

Step 4:  Adhere the image stack to the front of the base card centered.

Step 5:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1288 – Thanks cut from white cardstock.  Now adhere the “Thanks” sentiment as shown.  Here’s another look:

Kristi Lg H2O

Thanks so much for taking a look.  We look forward to seeing what woman you put on your card!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive





Wine front H2O

Believe it or not on The Calendar of Days, it is National “Open a bottle” day!  So to honor this day, as the last week of my “Hostess” month this year, I am challenging all the crazies to make a card of “Celebration”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I had Karen Burniston’s” Wine Charms so I decided to use this set for my card.  I cut all the pieces in this set from white cardstock then colored each piece with Copic Markers and assembled the bottles and glasses.  I didn’t use the grapes die.

Wine Charms

Step 2: I cut the pieces for the S’mores from Karen Burnistons: Camping Charms from white cardstock and colored them with copic Markers.

Camping Charms

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5″ x 7″.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1 I cut the straight rope 4 times from tan cardstock.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment in my computer, printed the two on tan cardstock. Then using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1537 Stitched Hexagons I used the 3rd smallest die to cut them out making sure I made room for the charms.  Next I adhered the wine and camping charms as shown.

Step 6:  Cut a mat for the base front that measures 4.5″ x 6.5″.  I had this cork board look alike cardstock that I used. Adhere the mat to the card front and the hexgons.

Step 7:  I finished off the edges with the ECD : 1125 – Ropes 1  Here’s another quick look.

Wine front H2O

Thanks so much for taking the time to hop over here and as always I’ll be looking out for your celebration card!

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  white and tan cardstock

National Walk the Dog Day!

Dog gone day H2O

The sentiment inside says “Make it a Dog gone good day!”  So this week the challenge is to put a dog or any other kind of pet on your project this week!  You could even put a picture of your pet on the card.  I own a white dog that even my Vet has no idea what breed mix he is.  But whatever he is, he is the smartest, easiest going dog I’ve ever owned.  He knows the names of 25 or so of his dog toy’s!  Below is my Shelby with a raw hide roll.


The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 5.5″ x 5.5″ tent fold card.  So first cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square from white cardstock.  Then using Susan Tierney Cockburn’s “Clouds and Grass” stencil and Blue PanPastel I stenciled the clouds.

Step 2:  Make a tent fold card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″, fold over and trim to the finished size of a 5.5″ square.  Now adhere step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Next, I used Karen Burniston’s “Buster the dog”,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Country Scapes – “The Woods 1” (the tree and bird house).  The grass edge is from Karen Burniston’s “Outdoor Edges – 3 die set” for the grass.  The “Happy Birthday” is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I cut and assembled all the elements and adhered them as shown:

Dog gone day H2O

Next up is you!  I can’t wait to see what pet you’ll put on your card.

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 1/2″ roll

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Michael’s Craft Store: Cardstock


A Lady Bug Hello

Feb. Sketch H2O

If you’re a follower, then you know I love a Sketch Challenge!

Over at: Crazy4Challenges   Every third Saturday is a sketch challenge!

I am the Hostess for February so this is the sketch I came up with.  I thought it would be pretty easy since you could make it any theme that you want.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the card base by choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scoring it at  5.5″  along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to  the finished size of 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I cut a strip of brown cardstock that measures 7″ x 5/8″ and adhered it to the base front 1/2″ from the folded edge of the base card front.  I added the leaves from a discontinued die set from ECD called Curvy Leaves.

Step 3:  The 3 squares are from die cutting the smallest square from: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Step 4:  The lady bugs are an Elizabeth Craft Designs discontinued die set.

Step 5:  The “Hello” sentiment is from: Lawn Fawn

scripty hello

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!


Easy All Occasion Card!

Kite Front H2O

This week over at: Crazy4Challenges  I am the hostess, and found on the “Calendar of Days” that today is “Kite Flying” day!  So for this Saturday  Feb. 8th. the challenge is to put a kite on your card.  If you don’t have a kite then you can put anything else that flies on your card.  Or,….You can make a kite to put on your card like I did.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.5″ x 7″ from white cardstock.  Next I used a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Clouds and Grass” to stencil this background panel with PanPastels.

Step 2:  I made the kite by cutting a rectangle from Coral cardstock that measures 2″ x 3″.  Then I folded on the diagonal long side.  Then cut the shape of the kite.  Then fold across the kite.  Below shows the toothpicks I glued on the underside:

Kite under tooth

Step 3:  Cut out a 1″ x 6″  grass edge for the bottom of card with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Nature Edges.  The clouds are from an older Karen Burniston die set called: The All Season Tree.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of cardstock at 5..5″ and then folding for a book fold and trimming to 5″ x 7″.  Now adhere the cloud stenciled layer to the front of the base card.  Adhere the grass edge to the bottom of the card.  Then decide how you want the clouds and Kite.  I added a little foam dot under the clouds and top half of the kite.  Then I added a pc. of white bakers twine to make the kite tail.  Then just cut scraps of colored cardstock in tiny triangles and glued them on either side of the twine.

Kite close up

Step 5:  I chose the stamped sentiment from an older one from Karen Burniston “flying by to say” because I could make a few and stash them for almost any occasion by just adding the appropriate sentiment on the inside.  Thanks so much for taking a quick look:

Kite Front H2O

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock


Amazon:  PH Neutral PVA Glue


Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

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Today is “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day!  I could eat ice cream for breakfast every day! So the challenge this week over at: Crazy4Challenges  is to put ice cream on your project.

I chose to use a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1031 – Ice Cream Cone  However, it has apparently been discontinued as of this posting.  So, therefore there is not a link to this set.  But there are a lot of Ice Cream themed stamps and dies out there for you to choose.  I will from now on make sure that I don’t use discontinued products in future posts.  Here is a picture of the set that I used.  I’ll bet you could maybe find it on EBay.2017-08-16 13.10.02

I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1113 Stitched Ovals and 783 Happy Birthday (also Discontinued) but they have others.  I liked this set because it’s a great size.

The designer paper background is from Michael’s Craft Store and IS still available!

I’m choosing not to write up the steps this week because it’s pretty obvious what they are. But, I will be trying not to use products in the future that are no longer available.  I hope you will join us for this challenge and will be looking forward to your Ice Cream projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really do appreciate your time and can’t wait to see what you make!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

PH Neutral PVA glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive


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