RSG: Cut it out!

Hi friends!

Happy Friday!

Today's card is for the Ready, Set, Go Challenge for July

and I'm the hostess this month :)

Growing up, mum would always tell my brother and I

 (irish twins we were)

to "Knock it off!" or "Cut it out!"

And, of course, we usually wouldn't, LOL!

So using a play on those words, my challenge is:

Create a card or project with 'cutting it out' as the main focus.  You can be as creative as you like!  You can use a simple die like an oval or get fancy schmancy and REALLY cut up your card - it's up to you!  BUT! Because there are 3 of us, you must use at least 3 cuts on your card.  I will leave it up to you how you interpret where those cuts will be :)  Everything else is as you wish - colors, theme, etc!

 So for my card, I just got the new Prize Ribbon distress ink

so I decided to give it a try.

It's gorgeous!

I started by embossing the floral image from Altenew with white 

embossing powder from Taylored Expressions,

then blended prize ribbon and salvaged patina haphazardly onto it.

I used my mini mister to spray water on the panel and let it dry.

Once it was dry, I cut it with a 1. stitched die

and then 2. a straight die down the middle but wonky.

I realize now that I completely failed the 'use 3 dies' but 

I honestly thought I did!

We'll just pretend we don't see that :)

Be sure to see what Barb has created and Jeanette has created

with this theme.

We post once a month with a mostly crazy or extreme theme 

and we 'card online together' because we can't be in person :(

If you are inspired to create as well, join in!

It's a beautiful thing to inspire others to create, too!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to: Word Art Wednesday


CCEE2129 ~ Hot diggity DOG!


Hi friends!

By now, I'm sure you've heard it was National Hot Dog Day!

That's one food I don't think I have EVER been able to eat!

Not as a kid and not now :)

So, instead of an actual hot dog (of which I have ZERO stamps),

I thought I'd create a pun-ny card and use a hot DOG :)

And just in case you may be confused as to why I'd need one ....

that's the new CCEE Stampers challenge of the week from Lois!

Her challenge is:

Yesterday (7/21) was National Hot Dog Day, so include this national treasure on your card.  If you don't have a hot dog image, you can use any kind of fast food item.

I've used a fun stamp from Raisin Boat Stamps

with these cute puppies in costumes :)

None of the sentiments really made sense with my card

so I turned it into a Halloween card, LOL!

The sweet hot dog is masked off and I blended around the pup

and then added the fun sentiment to the top in a speech bubble.

Remember to add your cards this week using the Linky

here on the blog and see all the DT cards, too!

Thanks for stopping by!


Double Duty - Hero Arts!

 Hi friends!

Today's cards are for the Double Duty card group

and the idea is take one stamp company - create 2 cards!

I just got in from a 12.75 mile bike ride

and my eyeballs are crossed

so I'll try to make sense of this post, LOL!

We are to make 2 cards, either with the same or different stamp set,

but with the same stamp company = Hero Arts.

I have so many of the Hero Arts kits and just love them!

I really should get them out and make some cards with the kits :)

For today, I chose 2 different stamp sets and each one is super fun.

First up, Winter Time Fun which is a beautiful stamp/die set

with winter forest critters.

My background is a blended distress inks sky

and I colored the images with copics and splattered the tree with snow.

I wasn't sure where to put the sentiment so I set it to the left :)

Next up, I used another fun one called Naughty Elves - SO FUNNY!

I actually have done the stick the tongue to a frozen pole

as a young child and I was frightened out of my wits!

My brother told me to do it, so I did it,

and truly one of the dumbest things I ever listened to him about, LOL!

This is also colored with my copics

and they are all having a fun little winter's snow day - 

being good (this week!)

You can see Barb, Carol and Jeanette's cards on their blogs

as we are members of the Double Duty card group!

I just realized this photo isn't super clear so I'll have to retake it

and post again when I can actually SEE!

Here's another look at both card:

Two more Christmas (in July) cards done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1 entered to:  Winter Wonderland - Christmas Songs (Oh Christmas Tree)

Card #2:  Cardz4galz - entered to Christmas in July


Shark Week swims away ..............


Hi friends!

I love Shark Week!

It's truly one of my favorite parts of summer :)

Even with the movie JAWS, which changed my life!

I was 6 years old ......... and wow!

Still a classic :)

We're swimming away from Shark Week, 

 a week long burst of new shark videos,

documentaries and learning tools to make the world a better planet :)

But each year, in addition to watching the Discovery channel, 

I try to use my shark stamps in creative ways

to showcase these mighty creatures ... like today's card.

This was truly SO MUCH FUN to make!

Lawn Fawn has a challenge to create a summer theme card

and for me, it's always beach time and we do a lot of snorkeling.

I've had ear surgery that doesn't allow me to go below 6' of water

so I stay really close to the surface and glide snorkel :)

On our honeymoon in Hawaii, we saw a shark swimming below us

and I did some Olympic quality swimming to get back to our boat!

Truthfully, it didn't pay us any mind and was living in it's home

and swam peacefully away but I stayed on the boat the rest of the time!

And I just love, LOVE this card <3

It was a lot of fun to make .... so let me tell you how!

I started with blending a background using Distress Inks.

It dried quickly so I used my wave embossing folder and Simon Hurley's

lunar paste in clear skies to give it extra oooompf :)

I adore the background! 


 for. sure. 

be creating background again!

Finally, I stamped/die cut/colored all the images for an underwater scene

to show the cute shark 

("He's a nice guy!" - my 2 y/o granddaughter, Alice)

and the beautiful coral reef with colorful sea life!

And that's my card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Entered to: Stamplorations - summer

Cut it up challenge - Movies!  Jaws!


You are FIN-tastic!

 Hi friends!

Happy Weekend!

I hope yours is going to be FIN-tastic!

We LOVE Shark Week at our house :)

 It's been a super fun couple of years that my son and I 

would watch each show as he's a HUGE shark fan.

He's gotten older and is now a teenager ....

and most of his friends are WAY cooler than me :)

So I mostly watch it myself, lol ....

and make shark cards!

This is one of the ones I've made

and I used an older Heffy Doodle stamp set: Oceans of Love.

I used a watercolor panel and die cut that into waves.

I colored/die cut the sharks and ocean life and popped them up

onto the background frame.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope your day is Jaw-some :)


CCL: For the love of CLOUDS!

Hi friends!

I have 2 posts today ....

If you would like to see my CCEE Stampers cards, it's here

It's also the day we post our cards for the Classy Card Ladies ~

which is 2 teams of friends 'dueling' with cards kits ~

one theme, two different hostesses that send out card kits.

This month, Jeanette and I were the hostesses for this month's duel

and our theme is:


I also gave the Diamonds (my group) homework! It's at the end :)

This theme is SO SWEET!

My kids and I have been cloud watchers for years and it makes such 

sweet memories ~ one I hope to continue with my granddaughter.

My card kit included an assortment of cloud papers,

the cute girl from C C Designs from Unicorn and Rainbow.

I sent the girls on my team this sweet girl and a cloud and sentiments,

as well as all the cloud papers I could find :)

One of the other items that I sent was the die cut cloud frame!

It was optional to use it and I decided that I wanted to :)

I chose the rainbow-y cloud paper and colored her to match the paper

and added the sentiment, also from the stamp set.

The Diamond's HOMEWORK!

I asked ....

Do you ever catch yourself looking up into the clouds?

Do you look for shapes or check the weather :)

What's the best shaped cloud you remember seeing?

For me, I remember seeing one while we were at the park

and it was the perfect shape of an angel!

How I wish we'd had cell phones on the ready like we do now!

Here is how you can see all the cards from the Classy Card Ladies






Suzy - in the SCS Gallery



Deb - in the SCS Gallery


Thanks for stopping by today!


CCEE2128: Cow's it going?!


Hi friends!

I hope your day is MOO-velous!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers 

and we're celebration Cow Appreciation Day!

For my card, I've used several different MFT Stamps

stamp and die sets.

I went though my stash to find a little of this and a little of that

to build a sweet little farm scene.

I started with the sunrays stencil and did a quick blend for the sky.

The images were colored with my copics and arranged so

the farm girl and cow were chillin' on the farm :)

I also created the 'dirt' by using a die to create the ground

and blended it with crumb cake.

To link up your cards and to see what the DT created,

head over to the CCEE Stampers blog!

Thanks for stopping by!