Tuesday, March 22, 2016


A late Happy Birthday wish to my dear, sweet friend & fellow BABE 

Late - yes....but this time I have a valid reason as we were enjoying an amazing 3 week vacation in New Zealand.  I honestly, truly did start the card before we left but ran out of time to finish it! But hey...better late than never!!!

Kim - I'm sure you had tons of fun at your awesome birthday celebration hosted by party planner extraordinaire  Bev.  That girl sure knows how to throw one heck of a party!

Card deets: Clearly Besotted butterflies, PS sentiment, and some in-real-life shimmery purple paper from the Dollar Store.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Guess who is celebrating a birthday today? 

It's our dear, sweet, kind, super-duper talented friend, Anita from France

Meeting Anita at our Lakehouse adventure two years ago was a blast! We are so fortunate to be able to do it again this October! 

Anita is one of the sweetest, kindest, talented ladies in blogland...and she has the coolest accent ever! I could listen to her talk for hours!  

My card is a bit of a 'general' CASE of Anita's delightful creations. Her clean and simple style always makes my heart sing! 

Wishing you a happy, happy day filled with sunny skies, uninterrupted crafting time and LOTS of cake and ice cream! 

I am truly blessed to call you friend.  MWAH !!!

Is it October yet?  

Card details - Clearly Besotted sentiment, Clearly Whimsey polka dot circles  

Monday, January 4, 2016

CASing Genius


I'm so excited and honored to have been asked by the delightful, energetic, creative and amazingly talented  Kelly Latevola from You & Your Big Dreams to be 2016's first Genius (who me?).

Kelly's dedication to CASEing Genius is to be commended! Her posts give us an opportunity to meet, share and be inspired by other crafters in our warm and friendly card making world! 

Now feast your eyes on Kelly's amazing card that was inspired by my cards (which can be seen here on Kelly's blog).



I'm smitten with the non-traditional winter themed colors, the glorious white space, the beautiful 'movement' of the swooshes and the glitzy snowflakes!

Please click on this link to see more of Kelly's creations as well as other card makers that have been featured in the CASing Genius series. 

Thanks again for this fun opportunity Kelly! 

Stay tuned for my CASE of Kelly's amazing card!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

MUSE #144

Thanks ladies!

And here is this week's  MUSE  card....

... perfectly crafted and colored by sweet Miss Kate from Platypus Krafts.  Yes....Ardyth's daughter! I'm sure we all agree that Kate is definitely gifted with some mad coloring skills!    

Wonder who she gets that from?

I happened upon this cute SU image and thought it would be perfect for the current MUSE challenge so I decked out the snow folks with some brightly colored hats, scarves and Winks of Stella.

Happy crafting :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

the challenge #53

My goodness...how time flies when you're having fun! It seems like mere days since my first guest designing post at 'the challenge' ...and here we are, five weeks later!  I had a blast! Thanks again for the invitation Kim.

This week we are encouraged to make a non-traditional Christmas card with this inspirational photo:

The trees are a Silhouette file, the "Happy" die...I honestly don't know!

I decided to use a bright (quite florescent IRL) color with a sentiment that would hint at a birthday wish until you open the card and find the word "Christmas"....which 'splains the Christmas trees on the front. 

Here's another version using the same images - this time with a bit of aqua glimmer paper and a wee snowbank. 

I hope you find time to get creative and share your projects with us this week at  'the challenge'

Happy crafting :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

the challenge #52

Challenge #52 photo is loaded with inspiration!  My mind went in a kazillion different directions (four other cards sitting on my craft desk are proof of that!). Quite obvious that I focused on the Ho-Ho-Ho and the red & green colors!

A clean, simple and quick card to make thanks to a Silhouette cut file! The letters are inlaid, matted with a softly vibrant green mat (looks amazing in real life), popped up with some foam tape and done like dinner!

I hope that you will find some time this week to join us at 'the challenge'! Check out the past challenges - they boast an incredible display of creativity and be prepared to have your holiday card making mojo roaring into gear!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

the challenge #51, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Holiday Style

Hey there crafters! Today's card is doing double duty as my Guest Designer card for the challenge #51 and my homework project for the current Holiday Style Online Card Class - Cute Christmas cards.

Take a peek at this "sweet" inspiration photo. Hot Chocolate & marshmallows....yummy!
Look really, REALLY, REALLY close in the bottom right hand corner and you will see a 'corrugated' looking piece of something (table linen perhaps ?)....so  I dug out my nine million year old paper crimp-er (Darnell...I found it in the box with the brass stencils) and crimped the center panel. The mittens are a MFT die, the snowflakes from a MS punch (also nine million years old).

Tons of inspiration to be had over at the challenge. See you in the gallery!

I'm also linking up to SSS Wednesday Challenge. Christmas!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Happy crafting!

BTW...our old cat Kiwi is responsible  for the stray cat hair in the top right corner of the photo!