For the Love of a Horse

It’s spring and the horses are ready. “Here we come Churchill Downs!” Rosemary and her filly Include Betty are ready!

For the pony obsessed, I present this sweet card

The paper is from Stamperia Romantic Horses and vellum I had in the stash. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Unicorns and stamped with Versamark Clair Morning Mist. The white and rose pink cardstock is from the stash as well. The technique for this card comes from a Stampin Up youtube video by Rachael Tessman; fast forward to 6:03 for the technique of the video to start.

This card was inspired by the Double Trouble Challenge. Thing One requests a card to be spring-related; I could think of nothing more “Spring-y” than the Kentucky Derby. I received this paper as part of my Christmas gift last year and thought these sweet flowers fit the Spring vibe well. Thing 2 is desiring a “fun-fold” card. I stumbled across this fun-fold card layout by Rachael Tessman and had to recreate it for my DD14 whose 15th b-day will be in just a few short weeks. She loves horses and this girl and pony from the ephemera pack by Stamperia I thought was perfect. A little velvet Ribbon from Tim Holtz, gives it a finishing touch.

Have a Pawsome Day!

β€œNow! Now! Have no fear. Have no fear! My tricks are not bad,” said the Cat in the Hat.

I am presenting my version of a CAS card this sunny, cold Saturday morning. My Cat in the Hat was created by Eden and then placed into a button and added to a spotted rosette. Four coordinating strips of patterned paper create a more interesting background. A simple sentiment in Versafine Clair Monarch completes my birthday card.

Challenges entered: AAA CAS Challenge, Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, Watercooler Wednesday Challenge

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting….so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss


Happy Hump Day! My friend, Winnie is enjoying some chocolate she received for Valentine’s Day earlier this week. Doesn’t it look good?! Winnie comes from the Etsy Seller PolkadoodlesDigi. She was printed on 80lb Nina Solar White paper and colored with a combo of Copics and Prismacolors. Then, with fingers crossed and breath held, cut out with a Scan ‘N Cut. The Rabbit Hole Designs provides her sentiment that is embossed with Versamark ink and Emerald Creek’s Just Java powder.

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, Papercraft Challenges, Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (White, Free(digi stamp), Sentiment),

Give Credit Where Credit is Blue

“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.” Paul Gauguin

This card is 100% Tim Holtz-inspired. This is a background that was in my “stash.” I made this background about two months ago when my splat-box and I were spending quality time together; I had just received the Christmas Mica Sprays and had to play. I found it last night and thought what a lovely background for the embossing technique demonstrated on yesterday’s YouTube Live. The stencil is by Rebekah Meier Designs for TheCraftersWorkshop. I used the grit paste and then “sprinkled” the various embossing glazes/embossing powder over the paste. I allowed it to dry for 30 minutes and heat embossed it. Pretty simple. But WOW! Such a fabulous result. Given that my stencil had some good detail, I decided to just frame and mount it as-is on the card. I even “borrowed” the layout for my photo from Tim’s blog. 🀭 Enjoy your Sunday!!

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies areΒ blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Judy Garland

Challenges entered: SSS-Wednesday Challenge, The Color Throwdown Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, A Perfect Time To Craft,

One Sip at a Time

Rosie and Bernie have met up at Le CafΓ© Tournon in Paris, France They are enjoying a beautiful sunny afternoon on the patio. As they await their food, they savor some coffee and good conversation. What a lucky duo!

This pastel couple has been brought to life as a result of becoming a guest designer for Double Trouble Challenge for the month of February.

The recipe for this card had a few ingredients to merge to meet Double Trouble’s requirements. Thing One has ordered a color challenge with a palette of pastels. I opted for green, pink, lavender, and yellow. Thing Two requested hearts. So, bookending my sentiment are a pair of hearts; you can find them at Kindred Stamps. Stamping Bella’s Rosie and Bernie are stamped in Versamark Onyx black ink and colored in Prismacolor pencils on Nina solar white 110 lb card stock. The Parisian background was created using lime green cardstock, Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink, and Gabrielle Polacco’s stencil, Blueprint. The Rabbit Hole Designs- Perfectly Blended contributes to the sentiment. A thin frame of white and black adds a little finishing touch.

Coffee. Smile. Laugh. Repeat.

A Mother’s Love

TGIF, makers!!! I hope everyone is warm and safe! I have today a CAS card; these are not my forte. But, I love seeing all the CAS cards out there. I used Distressed Ink in Candied Apple and Kitsch Flamingo for the background, along with a little gold watercolor. A little Versamark black ink and May May Made It’s “Vinne’s Fav” provides the focal point. A small red frame with a sentiment from Clearly Besotted and you’re done! I hope you like it 😁

Challenges entered: SSS Wednesday Challenge, CAS Colors and Sketch, Wednesdays Creative Inspiration Challenge, Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, AAA CAS cards, 613 Avenue Create

Colorshifting Shanna

Shanna, the She-Devil, is trying to evade Poseidon; he is none too happy with her possession of his trident. She has color shifted above to pink. She seems to think the Poseidon is dim enough not to recognize her. πŸ™„ The pink didn’t work, so she decided to shift to a third color, purple.

Which color suits Shanna best? Red? Pink? Purple? What are your thoughts? Look out for a how-to video. Coming soon to Colorful Options TV on YouTube.

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge, A Perfect Time To Craft, Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge (the cards are 6″square 😈)

Stay Safe and Warm, Craft Goddesses! It’s Cold Out There!!

How the Devil are You?

Shanna the She-Devil is here welcoming you to a fun-filled February! She is up to some antics as she has stolen Poseidon’s Trident. Apparently, she is hanging out with Hades in the Underworld. I hope for her sake that Posiden ventures to the Underworld to retrieve it. Until then, Shanna bids you a warm embrace.😈🀭

Shanna is originally from Marvel, circa 1972. My 2022 version was created with the help of a few items……..

  • Image: Whimsy Stamps Digital image
  • Copic Colors: R27,R29,R47,N2,N4,N7,C1,C3, G14,YG13, R14,Y17,E21,E11,E17
  • Bacground: Whimsy Stamps 6×6 paper pack Vampire
  • Fence: Cricut Design Space
  • Fence embossy powders: Emerald Creek Spiced Candy, Nuvo Crimson Red
  • Sentiment: 1929 Royal Typewriter, Candied Apple Distressed Oxide, Aged Mahogany Distressed Oxide
  • Embellishment: Gellroll pens in white and red.

I hope Stan Lee approves! πŸ˜‹

“How the Devel are You” was produced for you this month as a design team member for the Colorful Options Challenge. The color for this month is RED. Don’t know that challenge? It is a monthly color challenge. GO CHECK IT OUT!

Fairy Friends

Little Bess, a mushroom fairy, is hanging out with her friend, Flopsy. The two are on their way to tea with Rosetta and Fawn. It is almost spring, which means that the garden talent and animal fairies are soon to be very busy. On their way to tea, they stop to pick some strawberries. They are hoping they go well with the tea and crumpets.

Bess stands about 18 inches tall and her pattern comes from Unicorns, Dragons, and More Fantasy Amigurumi by Sedef Bay. Yarn supplies: Red-Yarn Bee, White- DMC embroidery thread, tan and pink from the stash. The embroidery hook sizes were a #2.2mm for the white and a #4.2mm for all other colors. This adorable doll was created by Eden as a design team member for the Colorful Options’ February Challenge. Don’t forget, Colorful Options welcomes ALL crafts. Stop by and check out the other team members’ inspirations.