“Present” Surprise Birthday – FMS639 & AAA Birthday#62


I’ve had the best time creating this card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge albeit it took me a awhile.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I had the idea of birthday presents.  The idea came fast but the execution…not so much.  But like I said, it was fun!  HERE’s the sketch…

I’m also playing along with a new to me challenge, AAA Birthday.  They are asking for cute birthday cards this month.

I have the most fun creating when I can reach into my stash and coordinate lots of different elements from various companies.  It’s really satisfying to create with products that I haven’t used in a while.  And this card is a culmination of quite a few of those products.  I’ll list everything below.

And a peek inside…

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care,





Stamps: It’s a Mice Time to Celebrate (MFT), Itty Bitty Birthday – front sentiment (MFT), unknown set – inside sentiment (CTMH)
Dies:  Build a Gift (Pretty Pink Posh), Scalloped Contours (SU)
Card Stock:  White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green (SU)
Patterned Paper:  Patterned Party DSP (ret. SU)
Ink:  Versa Fine Black, Versa Mark (w/white embossing powder)
Misc:  Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (Sizzix)

Thinking of You Fun Fold – #TTTC249

Welcome back to a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  My good friend, Jeanie has created a really fun challenge board that is sure to get your creative juices flowing.  Here’s the board…

…and here’s my card.  I went two ways on the board…the first column down:  Layers, Die Cut, Patterned Paper and the second column down: Thinking of You, Fun Fold, Floral.

Once again, I reached into my retired stash and pulled out this pretty patterned paper, SU’s All My Love DSP to create today’s card.  I tried to find flowers that most resembled those on the paper and chose SU’s Darling Details stamp & die set to create them.

Here’s the fold.  You can find all the measurements on this card HERE.

And this is the inside sentiment and embellishment.  The sentiment is from SU’s So Sincere stamp set.

For more inspiration, please head over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge to check out the wonderful projects my fellow teammates on Team O have created.  I hope that you, too will be inspired to join us!

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate it very much!

Take care,


Wildflower Birthday – SSC336

Today I playing along with the Sunday Stamps Challenge with this pretty birthday card…

Once again, this paper!  This pattern is from the same paper collection I used on THIS card earlier in the week.  It came from an old Simon Says Stamps card kit and has been in my stash for a couple of years.  In an effort to get over a paper hoarding issue that some of us (maybe most of us) have, I’m making a concerted effort to buy less and use more.  And I must say, it’s not as hard and a lot of fun!  The sentiment panel is also cut from the paper and stamped with the sentiment.  Even the butterfly is an image cut from the paper.

Here’s a look inside..

The inside sentiment is from Gina K’s So Many Sentiments stamp set.  I cut the embellishment from, you guessed it, the patterned paper!

My layout inspiration came from the Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.  I really enjoyed working with this sketch and it could really lend itself to many interpretations.  It’s definitely one I’m going to keep in my file for future cards.

As always thanks for taking the time for look at my project.

Take care,


Dear Friend – #TTTC248 & PP692

Today I have a pretty summertime friendship card inspired by a couple challenges.

The “star” of the card is this beautiful paper that I’ve had in my stash for a few years.  It’s from a long ago Simon Says Card Kit.  I really wish it was available as a paper pad collection.

The inside is also embellished with the paper…

Here are the challenges I’m playing along with…

I chose the right diagonal: Car/Truck, Free, Die Cut

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

Take care,