Here comes the End…

…the end of summer that is.  We are in the final count down here, and I am looking forward to having a little bit more of a predictable schedule.  The kids are also ready, and are willing to admit it.  We have the new shoes (you know the ones that actually fit for five minutes without holes in them somewhere), and the first day of school outfits picked, and backpacks with supplies all ready to go.  Now we just have to count down the last week and a half.

With the start of the school year starts my regular volunteering with the school’s choir.  Two days a week me and my partner in crime warp young minds with all our knowledge of music, theatre, and a combination of both.  It is pretty cool if  I don’t say so myself.

And this year we (with myself at the helm) launch a new program within the school (through the PTA) that gives actual art lessons and education to the students.  It is something I spent all summer working on and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am.  I mean real life art education.  For a while it will be me, but I am hoping to pull lots and lots of parents into the program.  Everyone who knows of this art program’s launch is super excited, and you would not believe the support we are getting.  Now I just need to get into the classrooms (or the large multipurpose room).

Yeah For School!!!!

And yeah for some quiet time to do a little more work at my art desk when school hours are going on.  Between volunteering at the school and training for a couple of upcoming adventure races in the fall, I won’t have a lot of time, but there will be more.

Today I have a bunch of cards to share since.  Somewhere within our crazy schedule I found some time to color and craft, and today am here to share it with you all.

Tpp306his week over at The Paper Players, the design team has given us a very fun tic-tac-toe challenge.  I have decided to use one of the diagonals, focusing my design on the enamel dots, patterned paper and die-cut.

I pulled out a bunch of printed paper and a dies from


Spellbinders.  After die cutting everything I grabbed some Distress Ink and a blending tool and distressed the edges of everything to give it some dimension.  Then using some more printed paper (the same I used in the cactus in the center) and added it to the card.  I assembled everything, putting a few enamel dots to the bottom.  Pulling out a sentiment from Stampendous sentiment pack, I stamped it in some Fern Archival Ink (it didn’t show well in the pick, but says “life is better with friends”).  I don’t know if we can call the card simple, but I like it.

CYCI131-Color-Challenge-300x300Next up we have a color challenge from the sleuths over at Can You Case It.  This week they are looking for the colors of gray, yellow and black.  Frankly, this color palette speaks to me so much I can’t even handle it.  I do so love cards that fall into the black and white category with a punch of color.

I pulled out a cute little stamp set from Paper Smooches and pulled


out the light bulb and lamp, stamping them onto a bit of card stock with black Memento ink.  Then coloring the light bulbs in with my Copics, I tried to pop the yellow shade.  Using gray tones, I put in a bit of a shelf for the stamp images to sit on, and added the sentiment from the same stamp pack.  I pulled out some yellow printed paper and a bit of two toned black and gray paper.  I assembled everything and realized quickly the card needed something else.  I found the zigzag ribbon and attached it with (lots) of glossy accents.  (Seriously the ribbon would not attach.  I think the first round of glue just absorbed into the fabric.)  In the end, I love this card.  It ended up just plain cute.

52CCT30-16The little elves over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week had a privious pick challenge this week.  We could redo any sketch from this year.  I decided to use the sketch from January 2016 with a twist (sort of).

I ended up die cutting a large circle into a bit of post it tape and


adhered it to some card stock.  I colored in the circle with several shades of blue Distress Ink.  Then I removed the post it tape, and added on the circle I orginally die cute out from the tape over my blue moon.  I cut up the tape I had previous used and made a land scape out of it saving the other piece.  I made the background out of more Distress Ink (tattered rose, victorian velvet, seedless preserves, and dusty concord).  I sprinkled water over the whole thing and dried it with my heat tool.  Then changing out the landscape tape, I colored in the landscape with black soot.  Finally I die cut out a christmas tree into tape, and applied the negative to the card.  With a heavy hand I added more black soot for the tree.  I stamped out a holiday sentiment in black archival as well as the sleigh with reindeer from Inkadinkadoo.  I added some black glitter paper to the side of the image and finished off the card.  I wish I had done darker colors for the sky, and left behind more white in the moon, but otherwise I like the card.

FMS Final 248-001This week over at Freshly Made Sketches, the designers passed out an interesting CAS sketch.  It was one of those sketches you can do some many different things with, it is difficult to actually decide what to do.

I needed a card to celebrate a fun achievement for a friend so I went


with a glittery glam card for them.  I pulled out a bunch of black and silver glittery card stock.  I trimmed down the first sheet, then die cut the next two sheets with a couple of dies from My Favorite Things dies.  I die cut a couple of extra white card stock for under the word ‘cheers’ so it could pop up over the word ‘celebrate’.  I put dimensional tape under the movie tickets so that the center was raised up, but the bendy parts were flat to the card.  Finally I pulled out a cake stamp from Ellen Hutson Essentials and colored in the image with gray toned Copics.  I added a bit of yellow copic to the flames which has a nice pop to the whole image.  I think I got the clean and simple of the sketch, but regardless of that, I think my friend will dig the card.

swatch404Finally today we have another color challenge from the gurus of color over at Color Throwdown.  This week they are asking us to craft with the colors of aqua, kraft and white.

I pulled out an old color spray (it is so old I don’t know who made


it cause the label has long since disappeared, but I do know it is not the normal players.)  Anyway, I sprayed some aqua color spray onto some card stock.  Then, using a stamp set from Ellen Hutson Essentials, I stamped out the floral image in Desert Sand and the sentiment in both Toffee Crunch and Espresso.  I trimmed out the whole image with some kraft paper and adhered it to the A2 card.  I finally added some cork dots (which I love) to add a little bit more detail.  I know there is really not much to this card, but I kind of really like how the effect worked.

That’s all for today (cause there wasn’t enough right?), and I am off to do the last of the summer stuff with the kids.  Hope you are enjoying your summer run down as much as we are.  Till the next time, craft something.


  1. Your work is always amazing and so beautifully done! How exciting that you will get to share your talent in the school! I would love to be your pupil! Always happy to see your work in the FMS gallery!


  2. This card is way cute! I love the lamp and the bulb…very sweet. Congrats on the art program; this sounds amazing. Thanks for joining us at CYCI! Dawn


  3. What an adorable card! I love it!! I love the lamp and bulb, makes me think of Pixar! So adorable! We’re so happy you joined us at Can You Case It!


  4. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful collection of cards! I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to, but I do really like how you used the FMS sketch. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!


  5. Love that you used an aqua color spray on your throwdown card! I just can’t get enough of that color and would use it on every card if I could – lol! Thanks for joining us in the challenge this week!


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