Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Fab Floral for Simon Wednesday Challenge!


This is my simple take on this week’s challenge over on Simon Says Stamp for this Wednesday’s challenge – Fabulous Florals.

All of this week’s design team’s inspiration made me just jump into a card even though I was tired after a day at work.  I was so glad too, as I find creating cards a most relaxing and enjoyable pasttime.  I would even count it as good therapy and good for the soul. 

I used:

Stamp – Simon Says Stamp – Texting

Brad – My Mind’s Eye 

Stamp – Floral – Stampin’ Up

Embossing Folder – We R Memory Keepers 

Tombow Marker (black)

Distress Inks – Tim Holtz 

Embossing Ink – Versamark (clear)

Embossing powder

Thanks for dropping by to check out my card!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Bit of “Repitition”– LESS IS MORE 285


I decided to try my hand at this “Less is More” Challenge #285 -


First I stamped these sweet florals into postion using a Tricia Santry Studio stamp (Fiskars) and Versafine ink then embossed the lot.  Next I decided to create a simple stencil for the circles using my Silhouette Cameo.  Now I used Tim Holtz (mini) distress inks in three pretty shades to color the circles in. My final touch was to add the ‘grateful’ stamp by Stampin’ Up.

And I’m not quite sure but I may add a few sequins in the middle of each if the temptation strikes me later on.

I hope you were inspired here today!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FREE Corny download for Silhoutte Cutting File


Ah I was just playing around with some reflective yellow vinyl the other day and thought it might make a sweet card  when the sentiment jumped right out at me too. I don’t have an actual stamp that says corn-grats, but I have several sets of individual letter stamps that I pieced together to make the wording the way I wanted it.


I decided it would be fun to whip up a cut file right there on the spot and so this I did.  In my original cut file, unfortunately, I crossed the twisted leaf lines over and it created that leaf in two peices so I’ve since gone in and corrected it.  I bumped the corn out using foam tape.  You can’t see in the bottom photo (took it using my ipad so the quality is just not there) but I used something small but blunt to “carve in” some kernels in a pattern.  You could easily use nice cardstock for your project! 

I hope you enjoy! 


.studio file format

(zipped file)

Personal Use Please

Friday, July 15, 2016

My version of MFT Sketch Challenge 289

It’s a blowy day outside, and cool – the perfect kind of day to snuggle in and craft but not so good for taking pics of my cards out of doors for they tend to want to do the paper airplane thing.  Do YOU prefer to use natural light to take your photos or do you use a lightbox or window?  I’d love to know.

MFT Wednesday 289 Barb Derksen

My card is based on this sketch from My Favorite Things Challenge #289

Love the clean-ness (you know when you spell a word one way and it just doesn’t look right?  I tend to make up my own spellings then) of this layout – great sketch MFT!


I let the paper do all the work on this one! 

I used two different neutral shades of textured cardstock from American Traditional designs and ran it through a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for the wonderful crinkle effect.  Don’t you just  ♥ the height and texture this embossing folder creates? 

I sliced and diced and layered up and fixed it all to the cardbase.  I added some punched stars, placing teeny tiny gems in the centers.  The final touch is this sentiment from MFT – I tend to use this stamp set over and over and OVER!  (to the neglect of many other sets I’m afraid!)

I hope you’re creating up a storm today too – thanks for taking time to stop in.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My card for Freshly Made 245


On the last day of my sister’s visit we whipped up a froth of cards – they just kept coming on.  This was my second take on Freshly Made Sketches 245 challenge (the first I just was not happy with).  Based on this sketch:


I didn’t use much in the way of stamping for this card other than the sentiment from Your Next Stamp.  The paper is K & Company while the chipboard is Bo Bunny.  All I really had to add was a twist of twine and highlights with Wink of Stella.

Sometimes simple is best!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My take on Mojo Monday #456


Howdy and hope you’re enjoying summer!  I’ve got my sister Nina visiting and we are whipping up a couple of challenge cards while we get the chance and in between some serious snacking and just catching up.

This card is my take on Mojo Monday #456 Challenge – going off the following sketch:

I used a nice slice of Crate Paper for the base, layering it up with a few circle cuts. The top circle is a brown/green shade cardstock which I embossed in leaves using Close to my Heart Romantic Backgrounds with a copper embossing powder. I punched a few dots out fo paper and used the same embossing on them to coordinate.  Lastly I created a tag and stamped it with a My Favorite Things sentiment. 

Stay tuned as I’m hoping to post a few more cards in the coming days!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pretty Shimmery Glimmery card for some Challenges!


I almost never do this, make a card for two challenges at once, but this card just begged to be made and nicely slotted into two different places.  So I’m putting this card up for both Case This Sketch 178 – following this week’s sketch:

As well as entering my card into Simon Says Wednesday – ADD SOME SHIMMER!


I love this designer paper by SEI which is shimmer all in itself.  It’s actually a double sided paper but I chose the soft gradient side.  I stampped the sentiment with “hello” from Paper Smooches and placed it in a frame from Stampin’ Up. I punched it out and glued it over some white crochet twine. 

The finishing shimmery glimmery touch are these lovely chipboard florals by K & C Company. I placed both a sequin and a teeny tiny gem in the middle of each  for maximum bling! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mojo Monday 453 Card


I’m posting my card for the Mojo Monday 453 Card challenge (which I’m playing along with my SIL Judy today)  I used a few strips of Colorbok Delilah DP which matched nicely with the butterfly color.  The butterfly and daisies are from K&C Company.  I layered bright white cardstock onto some lawn green and sewed it upon my sewing machine.  The final touch is the flag which I stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp! 

Thanks for popping in today!

Baby Milestones Heart FREEBIE for your Silhouette



A little tiny nose, ears like two delicate shells, rosy cheeks and soft lashes, downy hair and sigh-soft baby skin – I’m a Gramma for the second time and I wanted to celebrate by making a FREE cutting file which will help me mark each milestone along the journey.  I couldn’t find anything out there that was already made up so I designed my own. 




(Zipped File Folder)

For PERSONAL use only

This download includes all you need to mark off all the special months and years.  This is a sweet prop which you can customize as you need.  Personally – I used the small single heart template(move the “1 month old” off before cutting”  out of paper but then used it to cut a nice stiff heart from foam core board.  The outside “frill” from paper – I chose a pretty watercolor paper (on the firm side)  The numbers have coordinating offsets.  I used black vinyl for the black offset, then glitter cardstock for the actual numbers, gluing them on.  This ends up being just over 6 inches in size, the perfect finishing touch to baby’s photos. 


Any suggestions of what else I might design for baby?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fluttery Card for CAS on Sunday #85


I can’t believe it has been SIX WEEKS since I posted last!  So many wonderful things have happened in the meantime – life is like that.  More about that tomorrow when I will be posting a FREE new cutting file for your Silhouette Cameo or cutting machine which handles SVG files. 

I decided that rather than be a lazy bum and go to bed early (though the bed looks SO inviting these busy days) that I would take a card challenge and this week’s one appealed to me – I choose:

CAS on Sunday # 85 – the theme being “BUTTERFLIES” 

I am glad it is a simple theme, this one practically made itself.  I used Momenta watercolor look cardstock for the base (couldn’t watercolor it better myself Winking smile) a swirl stamp I believe by Fiskars, Thanks sentiment from Paper Smooches and the pretty butterfly from K&C Company (I replaced two amber gems of the wings for pretty mauve sequins. 

I thank you for stopping by!

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