Need a quick, fun birthday card?  If so, check out My Grafico for these adorable pre-colored birthday party monster images!  My Grafico is the sponsor for the current Seems a Little Sketchy challenge.  All the designers were given a set of these super cute images and turned loose to create!  There are a lot of really cute cards on the Seems A Little Sketchy blog following our sketch #49.  They  are sure to inspire you!

For this card, I used My Mind’s Eye 6×6 papers from the “My Girl” collection.  I used my distress tool to get a tattered look around some of the edges and punched out the sentiment with a scallop punch.  The sentiment is a stamp from Papertrey Ink–Daily Designs and I used Prima Chalk Ink in the Blue Jay color.  I fussy cut all the pre-colored images from My Grafico and attached them to the card front.  The birthday cake and sentiment are attached together and then affixed to the card with a Wobble spring.  I added a yellow pom-pom to the top of the birthday hat to finish it off. Definitely a bright and cheerful birthday card!

I would love to see you join us at Seems A Little Sketchy for this challenge.  All you have to do is create a card following sketch #49 shown below.  One random entry will win a set of digi images (up to $5 value) from My Grafico.

Happy Crafting!

Yes, I know it’s not October yet but it is AUTUMN!  Whoo Hoo! We’ll still have some rather hot days here in Texas that many would consider summer but for us, it is different now. The nights at least are much cooler and you can just feel the difference plus now and then we’ll have a wonderful mild temperature day or two or three.

This card is for the current Digi Haven Challenge–two colors.  You can make a card with any two colors and it doesn’t have to be a Halloween card but it must have a digital image or two on it.  The Digi Haven Designers were given Halloween images from our sponsor My Grafico for this challenge so of course our cards are Halloween with two Halloween colors.  I chose to go with Orange and Black as my two colors.

I colored the Jack-O-Lantern and “Happy Halloween” with YR65 and YR18 Copic markers and then added Stickles–Black Diamond for the cat and bats and Orange for the words and Jack-O-Lantern. Around the Jack-O-Lantern image I added Crackle Accents to give it a crackly look but that’s hard to see in the photo.  It turned out awesome! I used a large scallop punch to cut out the Jack-O-Lantern which has a Halloween phrase around it.  My Grafico has lots of great Halloween digital images to use for your Halloween card crafting and some of them are free.  All the papers for this card are from an Authentique 6×6 pad called “Thrilling.”  The orange and black stripe ribbon was perfect for my two color card!

The Digi Haven challenge starts today and runs for 2 weeks and there is a prize for a random winner from our sponsor.  I hope you’ll create a card with a favorite digi image and two colors.  See you there!

 Happy Crafting,

Ooops! Didn’t make it back to do a blog post yesterday as promised (well I did say maybe, right?) featuring my Christmas tag so I’m gonna share it today.  If you missed my post with pics of my Halloween Tim Holtz style  tags and the details of the tag class I took with Nanci at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks in Mineral Wells, click >HERE< and go have a look, then come back here.  I’ll wait for you….


Are you back?….

Okay, I love my Halloween tags but I love Christmas tags too.  Along with the two Halloween ones, we also made this Christmas tag at the class.  This one is made flatter so  it can be used as a gift tag. You also finish the back and use a “To and From” stamp for gift giving. For this one we used a Tim Holtz stamp and stamped the gingerbread man image right on the tag.  But first we inked the tag with Antique Linen Distress Ink (I think) anyway a light ink color.  Then stamped the image and used Distress ink (I forgot what color I used) and a bit of water to water color paint the image.  I then stamped with Mowed Grass Green Distress ink the pine branches.  Once I got home I added red Stickle berries, red Stickle on the gingerbread man’s trim and some crystal Stickles.  I tied the pretty red ribbon included with the class kit to the top of the tag.

I’m sharing this post with Wow! Wednesday on Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog.  If you leave a comment here on this post, on Cat’s Wow!Wednesday post and on the posts of those who’ve linked for Wow! Wednesday, you’ll have a chance to win a prize from Cat chosen randomly from all the comments.

Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for a post featuring a Halloween card I designed for the Dig Haven Challenge.

Happy Crafting,

There’s a graveyard in my dining room this time of year and I decided it was the perfect place to showcase my Halloween tags.  A few weeks ago, I took the Tag Class by Nanci at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks.  She does the class every month and I haven’t been attending them because I didn’t need any tags for general occasions but I could not resist Halloween Tags.  Nanci and Cat provide the kit for you to make the tags and Nanci demonstrates various Tim Holtz style techniques.  I love all the intricate details and layers of this fun Boo Pumpkin tag.

In the one below, Nanci had us melt the tulle with a heat gun. Awesome. It just melted into that incredible creepy look!  The poison bottle is doubled layered and the background is a plaid technique done with Distress inks.

There’s another tag class at Cat’s in October.  I plan to attend it as well as I know we’ll be making at least one more Halloween tag.  During the September class we also made a Christmas tag.  I’ll try to share that one tomorrow.  If you live in the North Texas area and would love to attend Nanci’s Tag Class, check out the details on Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks Facebook page (under events) or Cat’s website.

Have a great day!  I’ll be spending the evenings this week watching the grandson’s football game!


Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks had a Designer contest earlier this month.  I bought the kit, Lucy’s Crab shack by Bazzill, and took on the challenge–create a 2 page layout, a card and another project out of the leftover stuff.  The ladies attending the scrapbook retreat this past weekend voted and I won!  I’m pretty excited as I get a $35 gift certificate from Cat’s and will be featured on her blog.  Granted, only two of us finished the challenge and Shaunery, the other challenger, does some amazing stuff.  I haven’t seen her creations yet but I’m sure they were fabulous so I’m thinking that my “Treasure Box” (shown above) is what won it for me.

All of these photos in this post were taken by Cat as she still has my items at her store.  I stole the photos from her Facebook wall. I just had to share and she said it was okay.

I created the the two page layout first (12×12 size) to make sure I had enough to get that done.  I’m not sharing photos of the pages because sometime at the retreat someone spilled their coffee on mine and Shaunery’s layouts!  There’s a pretty bad coffee stain across the top of both my pages.  I’ll have to see them in person to figure out a way to salvage them.  I may opt for making them stained on all sides.  We’ll see.

After I created the layouts, I made the card.  I also made a matching envelope for it.  I created pinwheels out of scraps of the paper from the layouts and added banner stickers that were included in the kit.

Next I made THE PROJECT.  A treasure box.  I actually used math (a great feat for me) to get this done.  I designed, measured, cut and glued together chipboard and made the box and lid.  I then covered it with papers from the kit, added a knob on top and lots of lovely embellishments.  We were allowed to add our own flowers, ribbon and bling from our stash.  I also added seashells that I collected on our recent trip to the Gulf Coast.  This is my beach treasure box.

The lid is not hinged.  It lifts completely off the box.  Inside the box I put two mini albums that I made out of the papers from the kit.  We had a lot to work with!

I had so much fun with this challenge and I’m thankful to Cat for giving me this opportunity and to all the wonderful ladies who voted for me at the retreat. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.  I’ve already picked up my kit (Halloween) and can’t wait to get started.  Game on!!

Happy Crafting!