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Distressed Sunset

Hello again!!  I have a super easy, super fun card for this week’s theme at Always Fun Challenges.  The theme is Fun at the Beach.  THIS is my idea of fun at the beach.  I like to lounge around in the sun, reading a good book, while sipping on an adult beverage from time to time.  Because let’s be honest, certain alcohol’s taste THE best when it’s nice and hot out.

This card really reminded me of our Costa Rica trip last year.  The sunset, the palm trees, the sentiment is what got me.  That’s pretty much what we did while we were there.  We lived in the sunshine and swam in the sea…  For hours…  and hours…  It was so hot there, that’s all we could do!!  And the water was the perfect temperature.

But getting to it, I used several distress inks to achieve this background, all of which are listed below.  Then I just used that gorgeous palm tree die cut out of black card stock and added a sentiment, which I then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Oh, and I added some birds too…   Once I had the front done, I popped it up on some black fun foam and attached it to a black card base.  Voila!!  Card complete!!

The only modification I did was the bottom of the palm tree die was open and I wanted a solid hill.  So I just left the bottom portion out of my big shot when die cutting it and then I went in with a razor and cut around the trees.

That’s it.  Thanks for stopping by.  Head over to Always Fun Challenges if you want to join in on this fun theme or just want to see what the rest of the design team has created.

See you next week!!


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Sketch Challenge

Hi crafty friends!!  So this was different for me this week… but I liked it.  I don’t ever do sketch cards.  I don’t even know if that’s what you call them.   The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is Sketch.  We’re using a sketch by Paper Play Sketches and I have to say, being new to sketches, I was pretty happy with this one!!  I’ve saved a bunch of sketches on Pinterest, but I’ve never used any of them.  I think that’s going to change.  This was fun!!


I really didn’t think I was going to pull this off this week.  We left for vacation on Thursday and come Thursday morning, I still didn’t have a card made…  Although I had a million and one things to do before we could leave town, I decided to sit down and dedicate a half hour to making a card.  This sketch made it super easy to get a card done in the little amount of time I had.  There’s also a process video at the end of this post too.

Anyway, since I’ve never really used a sketch before, I first used a piece of copy paper and started guessing at what sizes I wanted for all the shapes.  So there’s 3 outer pieces (the black cardstock) and 3 inner pieces (the patterned paper).  The top outer piece, I cut to 1.75″ x 3.5″.  Top Inner is 1.5″ x 2.75″.  Middle outer piece is 1.75″ x 2.75″.  Middle Inner piece is 1.5″ x 2.25″.  The bottom outer is 1.75″ x 2.75″ and the last piece which is the bottom inner piece is cut to 1.5″ x 2.25″.  The inner pieces, the patterned paper aren’t as long as the outer black pieces simply because it was going to be hidden behind my sentiment anyway and I was just saving a little of that lovely patterned paper.

I’m writing this from an absolutely gorgeous house in Chico, CA. that my parent’s rented for us for 4 days.  We don’t do Christmas gifts anymore, there’s just too many of us and we’re all adults (except for the grandkids) so instead of my parent’s getting us all gifts,  they/we decided several years ago that we’d all go on a family vacation each year instead.  There’s 20 of us now so it’s nearly impossible to schedule these trips each year, but somehow we all manage to do it!!  And because there’s so many of us, the houses we have to get to sleep all of us are always spectacular!!  We’ve gone to Tahoe several years in a row and then Santa Cruz for a few.  The destination all depends on which big houses are available for the 4 days we want.  This year is just happened to be Chico.  But it really doesn’t matter where we are.  We have a blast!!  They’ve even rented a beach front house in our hometown and it still felt like we were on vacation!!  Hey, any time I don’t have to worry about household chores, it’s a vacation to me!!

It’s time to get back to my family so I’ll leave a few more pix.  I hope everyone is having a great summer!!!



Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Father’s Day Card No. 2

Hi friends!!!  Wow, I feel like I haven’t posted in ages!!  I had some health issues and landed myself in the hospital for awhile and I’m just now getting my energy and strength back!!  I’ve missed you guys!!  I’ve also failed at staying up to date on my lovely friend’s blogs, but I’m hoping I can get back into the swing of things really soon.  Especially now that school is out.  I know I’ll have more time, that’s for sure!!  I spent the whole last week at my kid’s school!!

Getting to it, this week’s theme at Always Fun Challenges is for a male/Father.  And like I said before, I have 4 of them to make so I feel like I’m killing 2 birds with one stone….  Yeah, that’s a horrible saying, but you get my point, right?  I made a pretty simple card Friday night, since I had a house full of kids.  It’s really a miracle that I got a card made at all.  We let Jayden have a sleepover on the last day of school so we had 7 boys here.  The only one we were missing was my part time kid, Bubby.  He’s my son’s best friend, but unfortunately his guardian is not very nice.  We sure missed him though!!  So back to my card…  For not having any idea what I wanted to do, I think it turned out A OK!!



OH!!  Before I go, I have SUPER exciting news!!  Well, it’s exciting to me.  I was picked as Blog of the Month in the June issue of Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine!!!!  It’s a UK magazine and I would have never even known about it, if IsntSheCrafty hadn’t congratulated me!!  Well, I FINALLY got a hold of someone and they mailed me out the issue.  It’s not much, but it sure made my entire month!!  I don’t even care that they misspelled my name!!!  So thank you, Isn’tSheCrafty for letting me know about this!!!


Anyway, I hope you guys join in this week at AFC.  I love seeing all of the entries.  Thank you so much for visiting me today.  I hope y’all have a fabulous week!!!