The Daily Marker 30: Day 1


I am finally going to participate in Kathy Racoosin’s coloring challenge this month! I may not get something colored or finished every day, but I will give it the old college try! This is my card for Day 1. Image stamps by My Favorite Things and sentiment from Taylored Expressions.



Just Purple


It’s been so long since I’ve added a post to this blog I think I may have forgotten how to do it! I have been making “stuff”, I just haven’t taken the time to post pictures and talk about it. This ATC is for a monochromatic swap, and even though purple is not my favorite color, I do love lilacs (background) and the text I used here makes me chuckle. The images are from Mischief Circus; mostly, if not all, Tumblefish Studio kits.

Watercolor Birch Trees


It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve made a few things, but have not taken the time to share. I really wanted to take the online class Watercolor for Cardmakers, so a few days into the class I decided to take the plunge and sign up. (I tried to win a spot on a few blogs before the class started, but no luck for me!) The class is over and I have yet to make a card or view a video. This is the main reason I hesitated to sign up!! May seems to be the busiest time of year for me, with so many end-of-year school activities with my children. Today I finally took a look at the classes, and I saw that there is a pre-class gallery. I did make a watercolor card a year ago that I sent to MD Anderson during the Hope You Can Cling To drive. This is the card I sent, and I decided to share it in the gallery. I hope I can get another card or two made before the galleries for this class close. At least there is lifelong access to these classes and videos — maybe I will get to them someday, if not this week!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge – 9 Things

A new challenge is up today at Papertrey Ink. They are coming out with so many fun, new products, I thought I would enter one of their daily challenges to try and win a gift certificate (to offset my next purchase, which is sure to be larger than I anticipate).



Each PTI designer has a list of design elements on their blog today. I used an element from each designer to build my card. The three colors I used are Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, and Summer Sunrise. My neutral is white, and my technique selection was inlaid die cuts (the bottom garland is inlaid into the white card panel). I used sketch #1 and my occasion selection, to point out the obvious, is birthday. I embossed the sentiment onto a piece of PTI twill ribbon (my fiber selection) because I wasn’t sure if I could use another neutral (black) to stamp “Happy Birthday”. Finally, I put a dab of glitter onto the candle flames. Whew! I don’t usually have this many building blocks to my cards! Almost all of my supplies are from Papertrey Ink.

I’m looking forward to seeing the new Building Blocks stamp set that inspired this challenge!

Washi Tree

Nothing like a weekly challenge to help me get going on my Christmas card supply for this year. The current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to use eight of “something” on a clean and simple-style card.


If you think my “eight” items are sequins, then you probably think that I can’t count. However, I did use 8 different pieces of washi tape to make the Christmas tree. It’s a good thing that washi tape is repositionable, because it took me several attempts to get the branches lined up!


Thanks for looking!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white, kraft); Bazzill (black).
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (‘Tis the Season Sentiments).
Washi tape and sequins.

Silence is Golden


Here’s an ATC I made for a springtime swap at Vintage Photo Images ATCs. The guidelines were to pick a silent film actor/actress and create an ATC using their image and one primary color (along with black and white). I found these images of Charlie Chaplin on the web and combined them with some digital elements from various Deviant Scrap kits. The ATC base was cut using a die from Papertrey Ink; it is 3.5 inches tall but just under 2.5 inches wide. I added the Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon to add some width to the ATC. It was a great swap and I got beautiful returns featuring many famous actors from that era. Thanks go out to Terri D. for hosting and coming up with this great theme!!

Off We Go, into the Wild Blue Yonder!


I hosted a swap with the Vintage Photo Image ATC group that I titled: Wild Blue Yonder. It gave me a chance to use some images from the Deviant Scrap kit of the same name, as well as an all-time favorite vintage image of a group of WASPs I found on the internet (linked from an NPR segment I heard some years back).

Gluebook — Orient Express



The next installment of the gluebook swap I was working on was a trip on the Orient Express! This theme was a bit of a challenge, as I did not find many vintage images via my internet searches that were specifically of the Orient Express. I used several images from Deviant Scrap, as well as the Orient Express poster and trunk I found on the internet.

Hello, Operator?


I made this ATC for a swap theme of “hard-working women”. When I saw these great vintage images of telephone operators, I knew that was the job I wanted to create my ATC around. I used a page of the phone book (not vintage) for my background and put a layer of Inkssentials ™ Glue n’ seal over the top to protect it from future yellowing. All the images were found on the internet. With the dreamy expression on the operator’s face, I couldn’t help but add the words to this ATC, which I printed from my computer.

April in Paris — Gluebook Pages

Oh my poor neglected blog!! I have been busy, but too busy, it seems, to post the projects I have been making. I was chosen to be on the Clean and Simple design team at Splitcoaststampers (SCS) for the past 3 months, so most of my paper creating was done as cards. I also made 100 inchies for a swap at SCS, but I’ll save those pictures for another day.

I am currently participating in a Gluebook swap where we make postcard-size collages with minimal embellishments (the idea being to make the cards into a book when we are finished). The on-going theme is a honeymoon trip around the world with the first stop in Paris. Perfect for spring!



This theme gave me a good excuse to go shopping at FrenchKissed for some new digital images. Both of the backgrounds (front and back) are postcards from Tricia’s shop, and the beautiful woman is a third image I purchased there. The French receipt is from Digital Collage Sheets and the flowers are some German scrap I had in the house. I also digitally added a couple images from Deviant Scrap: the flower branch to the front and back, and the grey wallpaper design to the back of the card. Next month we travel on the Orient Express….. I wonder what I will come up with for that? Thanks for looking!