Hello and Happy Monday to you!  Today there is a  new card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  It’s a hard challenge but an easy challenge too.  How can that be? The theme is White on White.  It’s hard to wrap your brain around using just white on a card and to think of a design.  But once you do, it’s so quick and easy to put together and so very clean looking.  Of course, it is hard to stamp an image in white and a sentiment so it is okay to use black or other color ink for the sentiment and black for a stamped image but don’t color it in.  I went with a die image so everything would stay white except for the sentiment “hello.”

Here’s what I used on my card:

  • White Cardstock
  • Scallop Square Sizzix Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Aster Die #1219
  • Stampendous “Hello” Acrylic Stamp from Happy Messages
  • Memento Ink – Pistachio
  • Sheer White Ribbon

There are some wonderful White on White cards by the Designers on the Cards in Envy blog today.  I do hope you’ll check them out and then consider making your own White on White card to share for the challenge.  if you are having a mental block on a design, think about making a wedding card or a snowy winter/Christmas card.  Perhaps that will help you out.

Happy Crafting!


It’s hard. Making a card for a guy.  A card that’s not frilly.  Usually no flowers, no pretty ribbons.  It’s hard.   But that’s our card challenge this time for Cards in Envy.  Make a card that depicts “You’re the Man” or more specifically–a manly, masculine card.  So here’s mine.  I kept it simple.  Tried not to over think it and used some neutral “manly” looking papers.

My list of supplies for this card:

  • Kraft 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft 6 1/2″ Paper Pad–“Art of Life”
  • Circle Punch
  • Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Ink–Dark Cashmere (to ink the edges of the paper layers)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (for the sentiment)
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Stampin’ Up! Acrylic Stamp–“Endless Birthday Wishes”
  • Foam Tape (to raise the sentiment layer slightly)
  • Button String–Natural

Okay, so it was pretty easy after all with the right supplies.  Thinking about it was the hardest. Ha, ha.

Get your card crafting on and make a manly card!  We’d love to see it over on Cards in Envy for this challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Well here we are.  Halfway through the month of May!  It got really, really warm here in Texas yesterday and today will probably be the same–over 90 degrees.  Yes the air conditioner is running here at our house. But it has been now anyway for over a month.  If it’s cool enough it just doesn’t run but I leave it on as we can’t open windows because of allergies–me especially. Yesterday was Mother’s Day and Eddie’s birthday.   The big 70.  Mercy! Where has the time gone!! No big celebration.  He took his Dad fishing (who’s 94 by the way) out at the lake in the boat. Then he came home and we went out for lunch/dinner and later lit the candles and had his favorite cake.  Between that, we visited his Aunt Mary who is 92 to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.  Me? I don’t do much on Mother’s Day.  A simple Happy Day greeting is good enough for me as long as I don’t have to cook (except for that birthday cake) and I get to dabble a bit in the craft room. I stayed off the computer which is nice now and then and enjoyed a quiet day.

Today we start a new challenge for Cards in Envy.  Hopefully it will be a popular one as it’s really an “Anything Goes” with a Favorite Color Combo theme. I love to create cards with pink and had to think about what colors I like to use with pink. Usually it’s a teal color but I wanted to do flowers and for flowers I like blue with pink and a touch of yellow. I decided to play around with a different technique this time and did a bit of water coloring.  I really like how it turned out.

Here’s the list of what I used to create this card:

  • Smooth Heavy White Card Stock
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink–permanent & waterproof (with water coloring you don’t want your stamped image to bleed)
  • Stampendous Acrylic Stamp Sets–Daisy Thanks & Happy Messages
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Water Color Pens (Yellow, Pink, Haze Blue)
  • Water Brush Pen

If you have never tried water coloring, I invite you to give it a try. I love how the water coloring is also a part of the background behind the flowers.  But even if you don’t want to do water coloring, I hope you’ll create a card for the Cards in Envy challenge. Use your own fav color combo but make sure your card is flat enough to fit in an “envy” for mailing.

Happy Crafting!

It’s time for new challenge on Cards in Envy. With the coming of May, many start to think of Mother’s Day.  I no longer have a  mother except in Heaven so I don’t do Mother’s Day cards but that’s not stopping me from making a “motherly love” card for the challenge.  You see, you can make a Mother’s Day card for the challenge if you wish or you can make a card that depicts “motherly love.”  So I went with this super cute free digi stamp from Dearie Dolls with a girl and all her cats.  To them she is their mother and she cares for and loves them like a mother too.  At least I do for my cats.  How about you?

To create this card, I used the following supplies:

  • White Cardstock (smooth heavy weight)
  • Dearie Dolls Digital Stamp Image, Girl with her Cats
  • Copic Markers (assorted colors)
  • Recollection Color Splash 6×6 paper pad
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies
  • Wow! Just Saying Sentiment Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue

The image is lifted up off of the card base with foam tape, you can see the shadows just underneath the image from the lights and camera.

I hope you join me in creating and sharing a “motherly love” or Mother’s Day card with the challenge at Cards in Envy. You’ve got two weeks.  See you over there!

Happy Crafting!

There’s just something about pastel colors.  So soft, so pretty and so very Spring like.  The theme for the card challenge starting this week for Cards in Envy is PRETTY PASTELS.  I decided to make a “Thinking of You” card and just use pretty pastel patterns and papers along with pretty ribbon.  Here’s the list of supplies I used:

  • Color Box 12×12 “Homespun” Papers
  • Celebrate Ribbon & Lace
  • Lace Border Punch
  • Black Tuxedo Memento Ink
  • Acrylic Sentiment Stamp from Papertrey Ink, “Vintage Picnic Sayings”

I’m loving making these simple, quick but pretty cards.  Do you like to make simple cards?  Your card does not have to be simple to be in the Cards in Envy challenge but it does have to be made from Pretty Pastels.  I hope you’ll join us!

Happy Crafting!