Tomorrow We Get Back to The Grind

But today, we still get to play.  Actually, my kids get to play still, because frankly, with what I do, I always get to play.  When you pick up a paint brush, or a stamp, lets be honest, it is adult play time.

And I will be honest with you, I am ready for our schedule to get back on target, with the husband at work and the kids doing school hours, and activities in the evening and the crockpot knocking out dinners.  I like the the routine and schedule that our lives have durning the week, and while it is fun to change things up, I like routine better (and honestly so do my kids.  They like having a few days off, but really they like school).

But I digress.  Today I have the honor of posting a few cards that I have worked on over the week.  I think they are pretty, but then again, I can be a little bias to my own work. (as every artist should be).

FMS217First up we have a challenge from Freshly Made Sketches, that asks that things remain Clean and Simple (CAS).  And boy is the sketch this week simple.  It presents the question of how do you keep to the simple design, and yet make things original and interesting?  I thought I would work with multiple dimensions to see if  could achieve that interesting original thing.

I pulled out My Favorite Things Snowflake


Flurry stamp pack with coordinating dies, and embossed some snowflakes and die cut them out.  Then I adhered them to the paper using different dimensional tape so the snow flakes were on different plans.  I added a few white and blue sequins tho the card to finish things off and added the banner and sentiment, “All things that glitter is snow!”

I’m not sure I like how this came out in the end, but I like where the idea was going.  I think I just fell short on execution.

cqc322Next up we have a new challenge for me.  See over the holidays most of my challenges took a break from everything, and I might have gotten a little bored waiting for things to pick back up.  So needless to say I went searching for something new, and I found it in Colour Q.  I think at this point we all know I love me a good color challenge, and add the element of a picture theme and I am all over it.  The challenge this week is asking for basic black, Coastal Cabana, Gold and white, an interesting and challenging combo.

I love the picture of the mason jar spilling out.  It sort of made me think of

cQc #322

a wishing tree or money tree that some use to celebrate the new year, so that is where I went.  I embossed a tree from Darice’s Leafing Tree onto white card stock.  Then I stamped out some little babbles with Brilliance Pigment Galaxy Gold ink and Distress Ink cracked pistachio.  I added the little bows and strings in Archival Permanent Ink jet black and the sentiment wishes.  I attached the whole thing to a piece of black card stock and attached that to my A2 card.

I really like how this card came out and the appeared simplicity of it.  (I won’t lie, getting the strings on right was not easy.)

SC119-dec21-jan8Finally this week we have a challenge from Stampin’ Celebration!  They gave a slightly complicated sketch, which lets be honest a always fun.

So I totally cheated today and pulled out some really great card stock from Craft Smith 12 x 12 Watercolor, that totally looks like hand watercolored work.


These flower are gorgeous and I just couldn’t help using the paper.  I embossed a piece of white card stock with Sizzix Textured Impressions Peacock Vine Set embossing folder and turned it into a banner.  I pulled out some kraft paper, and cut a wider, shorter banner, and added a few wood dots.  I adhered everything to an A2 cut piece of card stock.  Finally I stamped the sentiment ‘for you’ below the banners.  Yes the whole card is simple, but the paper makes everything extra special.

On this Sunday, I hope everyone enjoys their last day of vacation and chaos, and tomorrow finds what they are looking for on the real start to the new year.






  1. Looks like you had a great time playing! Your cards are great, love the dimension, pops of color and that watercolor designer paper is gorgeous! Thanks for including Stampin’ Celebration in your play! We are happy to have you join us! And I agree, I am also looking forward to the return to status quo!


  2. I love the dimension you got with the snowflakes. It does add such interest to the sketch! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


  3. Beautiful cards! You have been a very busy lady. I love the card you created using our sketch at Stampin’ Celebration and the water coloured paper is stunning. Thanks so much for playing along with our latest challenge. Hope you will join us again. And, yes, very much looking forward to the routine of school and work at my house too! 🙂


  4. Adult play time in the craft room is always fun. It must feel good to be back on a schedule. My kids went back to school on Monday too. Thank you for playing along with the sketch challenge at Stampin’ Celebration!


  5. A wonderful collection of cards! That floral background on the last one is gorgeous and works perfectly with our sketch! Thanks so much for joining us at Stampin’ Celebration


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