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Father’s Day Card No. 1

I’ve been chomping at the bit to use the Hipster set from Stampers Anonymous.  I’ve had it for a couple of months now and I just hadn’t found the right card to make with it until now.  Since the theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is Anything Goes, I decided to get a jump on my Father’s Day cards.  I have to make 4 of them so if I start now, I might have them done in time for Father’s Day…  Yes, as ridiculous as that sounds, it is the truth.  These boys keep me busy!!  If I’m not at the school, I’m either running errands or trying to make a card, edit a video, taking a pet to the vet, folding clothes, etc., etc.  Once 3:15 comes around, MY day gets put on hold.  It’s all about those 2 boys I love so very much.  Oh, and my hubby too when he gets home at 5.  I just don’t know where the time goes each day!!  It seems like time is slipping by faster and faster as each day passes.

So yeah, I’m starting my Father’s Day cards now, in hopes that I will have them done by Father’s Day.  I made this one for my Dad.  If you watch my video below, it’ll explain why I chose this particular image for my Dad’s card.  It’s fitting.  I used distress inks to color Mr. Hipster and then after  winging my way through painting the background, I added a stencil design here and there for some texture and dimension.  Then I popped Mr. Hipster up on some craft foam and put it all together.  I really like the way it turned out.

I didn’t do anything too fancy.  The most challenging part of this card was painting the background.  I used acrylic paints and I had no idea what I was doing.  I’ve never done a background with acrylic paint before.  It was looking pretty awful at first but once again, I persevered and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  At this point, I was pretty much panicking though..


I was sure I was just ruining this.  What a hot mess!!!  I thought the white would help me blend them together and it just didn’t.  But once I started adding more of each color, I was starting to like it.


I loved using the stencil sporadically.  I felt like I couldn’t really mess this part up even if I tried.


As an after thought, I added some Antiqued Bronze splatter and I was really pleased with the results.  It was just what it needed.



And I just had to give him some wild hair because it would have been too boring not to!!  I added some glossy accents to his glasses and I was done!!  How cool does he look..??



For the inside, I just stamped my sentiment and then splattered some more Antique Bronze.


As always, you are welcome to join us at Always Fun Challenges.  We have a new theme every week and the theme this week is Anything Goes!!  If you can’t join us, at least check out all the oodles of talent you’ll find there.  Thanks so much for your oh so valuable time.  I really appreciate it.  If you’d like to see exactly how I made this card, just click on the video below!  It’s that easy.  I’ll see you guys next week!!



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Happy Mother’s Day Featuring Rosie

I’m back with another Mother’s Day card!  Since I have 3 Mom’s, I thought I’d share the 2nd Mother’s Day Card with you too.  I am in LOVE with Rosie here.  She’s from Purple Onion Designs and she just makes my heart smile.  Isn’t she adorable??  I wish I could create characters like Stacey Yakula can.  She draws THE cutest images I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Anyway, let’s get on with it.

The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is Dry Embossing.  I actually created 3 additional cards using embossing folders, before I decided I needed to up the ante a bit.  I can’t believe how easy it was to make 3 cards in a matter of 5 minutes!!  And I can’t believe that I hadn’t done it sooner!!  But I wasn’t totally happy with my AFC contribution so I kept at it.

These are the 3 that I created in record time.  They were just so easy to make!!


All I did was use an embossing folder, trim it down to 4″x5.25″, add a matching background and die cut a sentiment.  Threw some Nuvo drops on one and a little twine on another and Voila!  See what I mean?  Easy peasy!  This is good for filling up your card stash with last minute must haves.  If you must have a card, you must have a stash.  Every time I try and build up my card stash, I do another craft fair and then I’m back to bare bones.  I see all these lovely ladies with boxes of pre-made cards and I’m envious.

Anyway, so after I made these super quick, super easy embossed cards, I turned my attention to Rosie here.


I used E0000, E00, E11 and E40 for the tan parts and W00, W0, W2, W4 and W6 for the shaded areas.  I colored her cheeks and inside her ears with R30.  The flower is E04 and G21 and YG63 for the stem.  I used W0 for her cute little fluffy tail.

To finish off my card, I used my clear Wink of Stella on the hearts and that black part of the flower and then covered the hearts with Glossy Accents.  That’s it.  I hope you like what I did with Rosie here.  I also made a process video which you’ll see below and as always, I’ve listed all the products I used below too.

Don’t forget to head over to Always Fun Challenges and add your lovely creations!!  These challenges are open to anyone who wants to join in the fun.  Even if you can’t participate this week, you can always head over to check out all the lovely talent.  Between the lovely ladies that make up our design team and all of your entries, it’s overflowing with beautiful talent!!

I’ll see you next week!!  OH! And Happy Mother’s Day!!!!


Cardmaking · Challenges

To the Absolute Best

Hello my dear friends!!  I know it’s a little early, but I have 1 of 3 of my Mother’s Day cards to show ya.  I don’t think any of them read my blog so I think I’m safe to share this with ya.  Blogging just isn’t really a “thing” in my little redneck town.  Neither is card making.  Which is why I treasure each and every one of your friendships so very much.

Ok, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.   I did a process video for this one, but I did it a little different than I usually do.  If you’d like to see it, scroll down to the bottom of this post.  Did you hear what I just said??  “It will be at the end of this post.”  I was so stinkin excited last week when I discovered that I can actually share my videos right here in my post!!!!  As if that isn’t cool enough…  I can also share them under the “videos” tab of my blog!!!  I was seriously hootin and hollering and singing and dancing throughout my house last weekend.  I can’t believe I JUST now figured out how to add my videos to my blog!!!  I’ve always just added a link, but now it will be one less step for anyone reading this here post, who happens to also want to watch my process video!!  Are you guys as excited as I am?!!??  Well, probably not, but I’m still grinning ear to ear just thinking about it.  And now that I have it all figured out, be sure to take a look at my video below!!

So much for short and sweet….  Let’s get to the point!!


I made this card for this week’s challenge at Always Fun Challenges.  The theme is “For a Female/Mom”.  And since I have 3 Mom’s, this one is for my actual Mom.  I’ll make another one for my Step Mom and also for my Mother In Law.

This card took me FOREVER to make!!  I think my problem was that I wanted it to be absolutely perfect for my Mom.  And I felt like no matter what I did, it just wasn’t good enough.  Well, 8 hours later, I finally have a finished product.  And I have to admit, I’m actually pretty happy with the results!!

Here’s a few more pix.



I was really wanting to use this embossing folder and the floral in the same card and I struggled with bringing them both together.  In the end, I think it came together quite nicely!!

Don’t forget to join us at Always Fun Challenges!!!  We have a new theme every week that runs from Monday through Saturday and everyone is invited to participate.  Even if you can’t participate this week, at least head over and check out all the awesome entries.  So far we’ve had some extremely talented ladies entering each week.

I hope you guys like this card as much as I do!!

I’m also entering this in the SSSflickrchallenge#70 – Anything Goes