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Dream Big Easter Pig

>> Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Easter is just right around the corner!   

I have always loved speckled Easter Eggs (and candy) and I recreated them in today's first card.  
 I made the background for the card using the ink, spray, smash technique.  Then I stamped the Dream Big Graduation Greeting and the new Easter Ears Leonard Pig image (isn't he the cutest?).  I colored Leonard and his egg with colored pencils and then swiped on some water colors.  Next, I splatted the egg and the background to get a speckled effect.   

Next I have a cute little CAS card made with the same Easter Pig and the Happy Tails to You Greeting.  The image is colored with Prisma Pencils on Kraft with a pom pom glued on for a tail. 

Hope your week is going well.  

Many hugz!


Irish Friendship

>> Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a couple of Irish/St. Patrick's Day/Friendship cards to share with you.  I tried to get out of my comfort zone, and flipped through my sketch binder and found this interesting one.

Beginning with a green card base, I attached a shamrock embossed background.  I punched out some brown and green 1 1/4" squares, stamping them using the Tree Slice Woodgrain and the
Shamrock Scroll , and then attached them in the pattern seen here. This left a spot for an image on top and a sentiment below.

I chose to stamp and die cut the Claddagh, coloring it and attaching it with dimensional foam tape.   The missing you was an old die from Cuttlebug/Provocraft and I thought it would be appropriate for a card for a far away friend. Lastly, I attached a green metal clip for embellishment.

Here, I began by stamping the Irish Friendship Greeting, die cutting it and adding some sponging around the edges.  Taking inspiration from the greeting,  I used some Copic markers to create the rainbow background and some colorless ink to make the water droplets.  Before attaching it to the card base, I came across a scrap that had been stamped using the Silhouette Branch Background, so I added that as well.  Love using up those bits.  Just because it didn't work out that one time, don't toss it away!

The two images, Snail Toadstool and Tree Home Gnome were stamped, colored, punched out and added with more dimensional tape. 

Thanks for visiting today!


Love Bug Hugs

>> Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy Monday.  Hope you had a great weekend! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that feature the new Ladybug Toadstool and the Love Bug Hug greeting

This first card uses the open calendar image which I stamped onto white CS, hand wrote the dates and computer generated the Month and year. The tiny ladybug was stamped on the 14th day, colored with copics and then I cut the calendar out and attached it to the red banner that was stamped with the easy dot background in Versafine Black Onyx ink. The greeting was stamped with Memento Lady bug red ink, die cut and attached with foam adhesive for some dimension. The new lady bug Toadstool was stamped, colored, fussy cut and glued into place. I smudged some black ink at the top of the card, so the black gingham ribbon was added to cover that up!

The red panel was stamped with the checkerboard background image using Ladybug red Memento ink, as was the greeting. The ladybug toadstool was stamped, colored with Copics, die cut and layered onto some red CS. The white layer was die cut with an edge die and embossed with a strip of small hearts. I added the red plaid washi tape to the white panel before putting it all together. The bow was created using a Martha Stewart punch that I've had for years. I punched out several bows, glued them together for dimension and added a red rhinestone to the center. 

Thanks for stopping by!



It's the Easter Piggy!

>> Saturday, February 16, 2019


I know it's probably a bit early for Easter cards, but I'm sure you know how it is when you get a new stamp - you just want to get it inky!

I started my card by stamping just the grass and flowers from Leonard Pig Blowing Bubbles several times on the bottom 1/3 of my card.  I made 2 masks of the grass and several cloud masks so I could cover the bottom and sponge my sky using turquoise ink.  I colored the grass using watercolor pencils and the flowers using markers.  I stamped our new Easter Leonard and some Jelly Beans on scrap and colored, fussy cut and attached them to the grass.  Since my Happy Easter Everybunny was already in pieces it was easy to stamp each section in the clouds.  I finished up by adding a black edge with a stamp pad and attaching it to a folded blue card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Toadally Magical

>> Friday, February 15, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff
 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I hope you like these toad ally magical colored toadstools..I had a very good reason for choosing these colors, but I can't show it to you yet. I also head up the Inspiration Challenge team on Splitcoaststampers & my colors came from the picture that inspired me, but the challenge won't go live until much later tonight. 

So anyway, I stamped the different toadstools, masking a little here & there, then colored them. I did my out of the box along the top and added the panel w/ the colored tree slice behind it. The extra toadstool & little frog were fussy cut & added.  I thought a couple of dragonflies would fit in so I added those, as well.
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copic I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper: X-Press It white, Staples 110# white
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Copic markers, Rubbernecker stitched rectangles, stitched hills dies, Misti


Sleep Tight

>> Thursday, February 14, 2019

Good morning!
Oh yes, we have been having snow/hail and rain for about a week and
 expect more for the next week but I am happy as a clam!
Yes, we ALWAYS need as much water as possible in any form
 for our poor forest, lakes and reservoirs. So I say bring it on!!
I have to admit though, our lowest temps have only been in the 
teens not sub 0 degrees like some places! 
We have a nice cuddly woodstove that keeps us warm too!

I have a couple of Gnome cards for you today!  These guys are so cute!
This Gnome is sleeping under a starry starry night!  The background under the stars is done with Color Burst (Ken Oliver). I used DRS stamps: Tree Slice Woodgrain , Ladybug Toadstool and Sleeping Gnome .

The stars and plants- Sizzix dies, tree background- Karen Burniston die.

My other card Uses DRS stamps: Tree Home Gnome Snail Toadstool ,
Wonderful Day Gnome and Toadstools 

Dies by Spellbinder (upper part of tree trunk), MFTs (sun) and Memory Box (greenery).
All these toadstools, Gnomes and bitty bugs are so darling, they remind me of a fairy garden which I just love!
I wonder what scene you might make up with some of these guys.  Hope to see some on Facebook soon!
Thanks for visiting!


Magical Forest

>> Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hope everyone is staying warm (or cool if you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm).  It was so warm here a few days last week that pollen released and covered our cars.  The next day we were shivering and bundled up in coats.  That is winter in Alabama - you never know what you are getting. 

This gnome is comfortable in his little magical forest.  I started with the Tree Home Gnome image.  It comes with part of the tree, the fun door, the gnome and some mushrooms, but I finished off the tree, added in some more trees, put in the start of a little bridge, and added some more mushrooms.  I also added in a mushroom from the new Snail Toadstool (I took off the snail) image.  For the sentiment I cut up the new Wonderful Day Gnome Greeting.  To finish it all off, I used a couple of butterflies from the 4-in-1 Garden Bugs image. I colored everything with watercolors. 

I do hope you have a wonderful day!




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