Kiddie Cards

A few months ago I needed a couple boy birthday cards.

The first card is pretty straight forward.

The second card I used some bits from a card that failed me months before. The little banner and the cute monster are from my scraps bin. I pulled the rest together around them.

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Free Spirit: Boy, Free Spirit Sentiments, Offbeat Backgrounds (WMS);
Ink: Going Grey (SU); Black & Red markers (SU);
Paper: White, Kraft (PTI); Pacific Point? (SU);
Other: Limitless Layers Circle (PTI);
HB 2 U
Stamps: Make a Monster (SU); Tiny Treats: Valentine, Birthday Bash Seniments (PTI);
Colors: Real Red, Pacific Point (SU); White & Black (PTI); Celery or Olive? (SU);
Other: Twine, Black ribbon (SU); star die (?);


I created this card for the Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge (wmsc85).

The sketch is a hard one if you don’t have the right stamps…but I turned it on its side and found it much easier.

I’ve been in love with this swoop image since I bought the set – but I haven’t used it yet. For this card, I inked the image first with Aqua Mist then went back and touched the outside edge with Hawaiian Shores. It is a light gradient, but it is more obvious in person.

No idea who I’ll give this card to – but it was fun (and quick!).

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Free Spirit – Boy, Free Spirit Sentiments (WMS);
Colors: Kraft, White, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Calypso, Saffron (SU);
Other: Dimensionals;

Willow Wishes

I created this card for both the Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge (wmsc82) and the Clean & Simple challenge at SCS (cas155).

I admit, I had a hard time with this particular inspiration picture. In the end, I went with the colors and my own memory (we had wonderful willow trees near my childhood home which I loved to hide under).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Best Wishes
Stamps: Blessed by You, Fancy Phrases (WMS);
Colors: Not Quite Navy (ink & paper), Baja Breeze, Vanilla (SU);
Other: Petal Patch DSP (SU); Tag die (Spellbinders); button, twine, Leafy Vine die (PTI);

Garden in the Orient

I created this card for the For Your Inspiration challenge (fyi22).

My stamping time has really taken a hit since we adopted a new puppy last month. But I’ve had an idea in my head for this challenge ever since it was posted. I finally made myself stamp last night. I could have created a few different cards I was so inspired by the image, but I settled on this one because the colors and bridge in the IP is what caught my eye first.

I love this set by Waltzing Mouse and this was just too good an opportunity not to use it! I did have a couple false starts with it, but I am happy with the final product.

I also feel good because that green velvet ribbon is from my HUGE stash of ribbon. Sometimes it is nice to be able to find exactly what you need!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Asian Garden & Additions (WMS);
Colors: Canyon Clay, Vanilla, Avocado, Chocolate (PTI); Saffron (SU);
Other: Green velvet ribbon (stash);

Birthday Rainbow

I created this card for the Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge (wmsc80).

I took a little liberty and imagined each stripe in the sketch as its own color – instead of two alternating colors. I also dropped the sentiment panel down because that just felt right. To steal words from Amber, it felt too predictable otherwise.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Say it Loud (WMS);
Colors: Hibiscus, Summer Sunrise, Lemon, Chartreuse, Hawaiian, White (PTI); Wisteria (SU);
Other: bracket border punch (EK Success);

Sweet Pair

Today is Waltzing Mouse’s Blog Party. The theme this month is “Sweet Things”.

I struggled with what I would do. But it finally came to me last night!

I paper pieced (just out of cardstock) the pears from Peace & Plenty. Then I stamped the pear bodies with the smallest Gingham image.

For the sentiment, I used a font and printed it on my computer.

Since the theme is “sweet” I wanted to keep my colors light and sweet – so I had to work in some pink. I found some old StampinUp paper that worked nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!

Quite the Pair
Stamps: Peace & Plenty (WMS); Gingham (WMS);
Colors: Lemon, White (PTI); Pear (SU);
Other: CK Daydreamer sentiment font (CK); Circle dies (Spellbinders); Heart die for scallop border (PTI); Lemon ribbon (PTI); Banbury DSP (SU);

Glad Tidings

I was pretty stumped about the latest sketch challenge (wmsc78). I didn’t want to do a Christmas card (so done with those), but I don’t have a star in my WMS stash. But finally (just 12 hours before the deadline) I finally figured out what to do!

Teeny Trees to the rescue! I used one of the tree foliage images to create flower petals – and the center is from that set too! I must say it took a very long time to figure out how to arrange the silly petals, but I finally figured that out too.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Glad Tidings
Stamps: Teeny Trees (WMS);
Colors: Limeade, Suede, Curry, White (SU);
Other: Kiwi DSP (SU); Rectangle die & Label die (Spellbinder); Rhinestones (Hero Arts); Button (PTI); Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI);

Festive Foliage

One of my favorite Waltzing Mouse sets is Festive Foliage because I love holly and these have big bold images. The set is so easy to use – and it pairs up so well with the Compliments of the Season sentiment set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

A Merry Christmas
Stamps: Festive Foliage, Compliments of the Season (WMS); Fillable Frames 11 (PTI);
Colors: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Very Vanilla (SU); Black (PTI);
Other: Fillable Frames 11 die (PTI); dimensionals;

Sweet Cards

I made it to round 3 of the SCS CAS challenge DT try-outs! The final challenge was an inspiration challenge. The image was of lots of Christmas candy, but the top left corner photo is what inspired me most. It had sugar-covered, sherbet-colored trees and gumdrops in white containers.

I actually made a couple cards – but I’ll start with the one I did enter. I started the card with the rainbow to capture those sherbet colors. I ended up doing each color separately – coloring the stripe I wanted using markers (this was easier than I thought it would be!!). I created my own candy lollipop (complete with sugar aka glitter) using a stamp from the Teeny Trees set by Waltzing Mouse. Even though the sentiment leaves it open, this will make a great birthday card!

This is first card I made for the challenge. I love it, but I wasn’t sure it was CAS enough for the competition. Again, I emulated the sugar trees. I thought about doing a rainbow tree, but decided one color would be enough. I decided on the green background because of the wall color in the photo. The tree stand is embossed so you have the same white on white as the containers in the photo.

Since I’ve decided not to make this a challenge card, I may go back and add a topper to the tree – maybe a little yellow star.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sweetest Day
Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds, Teeny Trees (WMS); Something Sweet (SU-sentiment); Faux Ribbon (PTI);
Colors: White (PTI); Lilac, Bliss, Wasabi, Daffodil, Peach, Regal Rose (SU);
Other: glitter (SU); tag & circle dies (PTI); Daffodil ribbon (SU);
Happy Holidays
Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds (WMS); Happy Everything (SU);
Colors: White (PTI); Wasabi, Pretty in Pink (SU);
Other: glitter (SU); Mat Stack 3 (PTI); Dot embossing folder (Sizzix); Pink ribbon (SU);

New Challenge

I found a new challenge site: For Your Inspiration. It is a photo inspiration challenge. This week’s challenge is a beautiful sunrise/set photo (fyi18).

I paired that inspiration with the sketch challenge from Waltzing Mouse (wmsc74).

From the FYI challenge, I was inspired by the sunrays. I would have used a red hue in the card, but that just felt a bit to empire-rising-ish.

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Asian Gardens (WMS); Timeless Tags (The Cat’s Meow);
Ink: Olive (SU); brown (Palette); Baja (SU);
Paper: Chocolate, White, Spring Moss (PTI); Baja (SU);
Other: Grommet Tag die (SB); Silk ribbon (PTI);