Happy Birthday! SU! style

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I finally had a chance to play with my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies! WooHoo!! I saw this card on Pinterest from Closet Stampin’ with Jayme Ziemer. I can’t seem to find the picture of the card because it was from way back in May of last year. Found it on the challenge site, just not on hers. I saw the card through a challenge group she participates in called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday  and thought it was a perfect jump-start for me to get a feel for this thinlet set! I have been pinning all kinds of cute cards for this set and really hadn’t jumped in yet. This was my first attempt.

I did end up altering colors a little bit and used a different sentiment as well. I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE those framelits for sentiments!!! As I look back at these cards…I am being critical here…I see that lighter colors on the pink background paper were not the best way to go! I was attempting to conserve paper and sometimes that makes me do too many of one color/size and not enough of the other. I just really dislike wasting paper! I really need to challenge myself to use up all my dang scraps that I refuse to throw away! Haha!

Back to the cards…the sentiment was from a Paper Pumpkin box and was part of the free Everything anniversary set last March. That’s a great one I should play with more, too!

Overall, I have some very nice Birthday Cards to send out and am happy for the inspiration to use that Swirly Scribbles set!

So, what do you think? Be honest! I can take it! I already was critical myself, so you can make suggestions as well!

Happy stampin’ and crafting! Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Blessings, June

PS. I will be checking out the challenges on Try Stampin’ On Tuesday! They look fun! Stayed tuned to see what they inspire!

Materials used for these cards can be purchased  HERE or

Out of the Box! SU!

Hello and Happy Saturday!

Crafting weekend for you, too?! I’m scrappin’ all day today at a Scrap4Less crop and we’ll see what happens on Sunday! Hubby will be home, so it might be a movie day!

Here is another sketch challenge that I did over the holidays! This is another sketch from Stuck?! Sketches…a great challenge site! I love working with sketches! Most of the folks who entered this challenge and even the design team used stars. I chose white birch trees as my large back drop! Shh, not an SU! framelit. I was at a crop and a friend of mine showed it to me and it was so perfect for this page, that I used it! That elk was in the trees and it all blends nicely together! I put the Bald Eagle in a circle using the 2″ circle punch from Stampin’ Up!and then backed him up with a couple layers of papers. The tab punch is a retired item from SU!, but one of my favorites, so I use it often. I even have the stamp set that goes with it, which I used to embellish the paper.

Again, working on an 8×8 page to do a 12×12 sketch was a bit of a challenge, yet…it came out pretty good! Don’t you think? I even have a few trees leftover to use in my own album. Sweet!

Alrighty, off to scrappin’ my day away! Then I will have more to post! Cool beans!

Enjoy your day!

Blessings, June

Game Time!

Happy Tuesday, Everybody!!

Here is another sketch challenge that I worked on this past weekend! It’s another page for my sister’s Yellowstone album. If I don’t keep doing these sketches and stretching my creativity, the rest of the album may not be as exciting! Hahaha! Just kidding! My own stuff isn’t so bad!

The sketches are very motivating and I have been rounding up sketches on Pinterest for the future when I just can’t think of anything! It’s always nice to have sketches to fall back on!!

So, I took this sketch and flipped it sideways for my 8×8 album because it matched the picture much better! I just realized that I did not use a whole lot of SU! products on this one…oops! I did use my black journaling pen from the Project Life section…BEST PEN EVER, by the way! And the polka dot paper is also from a retired DSP set. The red and green cardstock may also be from SU! since I grabbed it out of my scrap basket and it is full of mostly SU! papers. Other than that, I could not even tell you where the card stock came from. I have a pack of 8×8 card stock that I am using for this album that I bought…oh-so-long-ago! I keep it in a plastic box, so the paper label is gone. Oh, well!


That ribbon flower was a bugger to make! At first I tried putting it on my poker. didn’t work. Then I just held the pieces together in the middle, got it on the poker (after about the 4th or 5th time of making the darn thing) and then took it off to put the brad in the hole. Nope! That didn’t work either because the brad legs kept bending! Finally, I got smart and used mini glue dots to hold the centers together and then cut off the brad “legs” and used a thicker glue dot to stick the brad flower onto the ribbon! That worked so much better! I wonder why it took me so long to figure it out!

The border along the blue edge is just my trusty black pen and some scribbles on short drawn lines. I really like the look of it! Added just the right touch, don’t you think?!

So, I had written the Game Time title and now realized I have bookoo alphabet stamps I could have used instead! Next time!

Off to more crating! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Blessings, June

PS. faces are coverd by request of family members.


Challenges this scrapbook page is entered into:

Sketch Saturday – Week #440 with The Paper Shelter






Sketch Saturday – Week #440

SU! S’mores!

Hello! Happy Monday!

Worked on some scrapbook pages for my sister’s Yellowstone gift album this weekend! Used sketches from some challenge sites. It was very fun and motivating!

Again, I covered faces with vellum because they don’t want their full faces online. Have to honor that. You can still see what I have done! I had not gotten my Outdoor/Camping papers out of storage yet, so I went with brighter colors from the Project Life travel set from SU! and some stamps from the Under the Stars retired set.

So, here is the sketch +3 that I used for this scrapbook page. I had to pick 1 item from each column at the bottom of the sketch to add to my sketch. I chose Glitz, Hashtag, and Indigo.

Here is my version of this sketch:


I used some Wink of Stella on the fire, and the marshmallows. Although it doesn’t show very well on this picture, darn it. I Used an Indigo glitter marker to draw the border around the red cardstock and the white polka dot banner. And, I used the hashtag with my S’mores title. I really like the way it turned out! May have to do the same page in my own album!


Blessings, June


PS. As I finished this page and was going to sleep, it occurred to me that I had seen another challenge earlier called 3 of a Kind…and there are 3 s’mores on this page…so I will enter it for that as well. Fancy that!

Challenges this scrapbook page is entered into:

Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog – November Sketch +3 Challenge

Crafty Gals Corner – Challenge #99 – 3 of a Kind



SU! I’m in LOVE!

Good afternoon! Happy Saturday!!

I’m in LOVE!! This is the best Santa ever!! It makes me think of my hubby! Almost twin like, wouldn’t you agree??

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It’s a thinlit from Stampin’ Up! called Detailed Santa Thinlit!  You can bundle the thinlit with the stamp set here. It’s in the Holiday Catalog.

I used Cherry Cobbler for the base and cut the Santa out of the front of the card and then put a Whisper White piece of cardstock behind it! I then stamped the Ho! Ho! Ho! in Cherry Cobbler on the white. There was a border created from the thinlit so I used my Dazzling Details silver to edge the frame of the Santa. Added some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s twine and another sentiment on top from the coordinating stamp set. I think it is a darling card, if I do say so myself! Had to have that thinlit when I saw it because it made me think of my loving hubby! We took this picture last year at Christmas! His beard is about that long again. (He had to cut it shorter for his job earlier this year, but has since let it grow out again and nobody has said anything)

Enjoy your Saturday!! Happy crafting!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card is entered in:

Hiding in My Craft Room – HIMCR #277 Any Holiday

Crafting by Design – Get Ready for Christmas November Edition

A Bit More Time to Craft – Challenge #32 – Anything Goes

Brown Sugar Challenge – Challenge #226 – Anything Goes

SU! Sparkling Christmas Pines

Good Evening!

I trust you all had a marvelous and delicious Thanksgiving yesterday! We were with about 20 family members on my husband’s side! He has a very large family and it was lots of fun and games after the eating was done! I love board games!

Then we came home and I got in the creative mood…but first, I made a messy blob! That was weird and funny all at the same time…and then my son said this morning that I could use my Dazzling Details as a weapon if someone came into the house. Boys!

Here’s the scoop… I was making this card and decided I would use it for a Silver and Gold Challenge so I needed to add some sliver. I grabbed my silver Dazzling Details and saw that it was a bit dry inside. Usually if I just squeeze it enough, it will make a little blob on my paper, but will break free. This time, however, it shot the top off and went whizzing by my arm and then the bottle unloaded in a complete blob on my paper! Luckily not the card!


I had to turn on more lights to find the darned top nozzle! It was under my desk. I cleaned up the floor and then looked in dismay at the blob! Then I grabbed my poker to smear what I could on my card and thought I would have to throw the rest away. (I do NOT like to waste anything!) Hubby to the rescue. We were able to scoop it back into the bottle, he cleared the dry nozzle and I was back in business! Then I got out a plastic kid’s paint brush and used it to brush on more of the silver on the pine needles. I really like how it turned out! And it would not have been so perfect if it wasn’t for the big blob, first!


The stamp set is Christmas Pines stamp set and happens to still be on sale this month for 25% off. I also used the matching DSP (Designer Paper Series) that goes with this set, as well as, the framelits for the pine needles. I really like how the card turned out. The card base and berry cutout is Cherry Cobbler. The pine needles and ink are Emerald Envy. The baker’s twine is Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. The Decorative Label Punch was used for the sentiment, which came from the Christmas Pines stamp set. For the Emerald Envy punch behind the sentiment, I just cut the punched out piece in half and pulled it apart to show the edge.

Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out. I trust you like it too!

Until tomorrow! Happy crafting!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card is entered into:

Fairytale Challenge – #156 Gold & Silver

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog – Challenge #226 – Anything Goes

Creative Craft Cottage – Challenge #76 – Anything Goes

The Crazy Challenge – CCH #236 – Getting Ready For Christmas

Through the Craftroom Door – TTCRD ATG Challenge 22nd November

A Little Bit More Time to Craft – Challenge #32 – Anything Goes

Crafting By Design – Getting Ready for Christmas November Edition

Christmas in July

Hello! Long time no posting…

My son and I have been on vacation “Glamping” in Wyoming with my sister, her husband, and grandson! We got to see the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone Park, and Jackson! What a fun time! I am looking forward to scrapbooking it!

Anyway, I am back on track and ready to create! First card up, is a Christmas in July card for my very first Card Challenge…HIMCR…Hiding In My Craft Room is the blog that I did this for and have been wanting to for a long time! I am excited! I even went out of my usual comfort zone and used a new technique! I spritzed! I know, you are thinking that is old news…for me, it is not. I have done it in a class and admired it from afar…this time I did it for myself!

I have forests and outdoors on the brain from our trip, so to come home to the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set, that I ordered before I left, was sooo perfect!! I am also a lover of sunsets, having grown up in Arizona! I thought I would see if I could create a winter forest sunset…I think it turned out pretty good!


I used Emerald Envy as my card base. I used Rich Razzlebery as my layer. Then on the Whisper White, I used my spritzers with alcohol and ink drops from Rich Razzleberry and a second spritzer of Elegant Eggplant. The sun was created with a dauber using Crushed Curry. Then I used a dauber of Night of Navy to darken the edges and make the night time look like it was coming. Over that, I stamped my trees. The back layer of trees is the second stamping of the first without re-inking. A favorite technique of mine!

I started to fold in the corner, but chose to use the Decorative Label instead to cut off the corner so that my sentiment could show. I stamped the sentiment, from Reason for the Season, in Staz On white in the upper right corner and added a rhinestone for sparkle. I added a bit of white organza ribbon across the bottom tied in a knot.

The other technique I used and love for winter scenes, is to use a white gel pen to create a snowy look on the branches. I learned that last year from somebody on Pinterest. It’s a brilliant idea and gave my forest just the right winter look. It looks like a peaceful wintery forest that I would love to walk through!

I found some other challenges, so I am taking the plunge! Wish me luck!

Challenges I am entering this card into:

Hiding in my Craft Room- HCIMR #260 – Christmas in July

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog- BSCB-208 – Christmas in July

Melonheadz Friends – Christmas in July

Fairy Tale Challenge Blog – #147, Weihnachten im July / Christmas in July

Thank you for checking in! That’s it for today! Be back soon!

Enjoy your day! *June*