DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge, August 2018

Daddy was such a good sport letting me bathe him in my new
baby doll's bathtub I got for Christmas 1962 at Pop and Grannie's.
     Today I have a layout for the Stack-a-holic Challenge over at DCWV. I used the Country Floral stack to create my layout. You can vote for your favorite layout here: https://www.facebook.com/DCWVInc/
I wish I had made my blue squares and rectangles bigger. I think it would balance better with the size of my photographs. I'm sharing it anyway.

     I love the memories this page brings to my mind. I had so much fun with Dad in my early years. We came back around to each other a few years before he died.

     Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for stopping in.

     Here's a copy of the sketch we had to work with. I'll use it again. 

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DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge, July 2018

     Today I have a card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge at Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). I used their Country Floral stack to make my card. The thing I like most about working with stacks is that I can be sure all the colors and designs go together beautifully.

Designer Tip: To make my die cuts pop, I ran the edges across an ink pad. I used a chalk ink pad on this card, but I've found that most all die pads work well for this technique. Here I inked the edges of the large oval and the sentiment tag.

     Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you have a minute, check out all the entries on  the DCWV Inc. page on Facebook and vote for your favorite.

     Here's a copy of the sketch we had to work with this month. I'll use it again.
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Homesteading in the Alaskan Wilderness

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     Thanks so much for stopping in today.


DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge, May 2018

     Are these flowers not gorgeous!?! They are from the Botanical Beauty stack from DCWV, Inc. So many pretty sheets in this stack. Some have gold foil embellishing like the gold bees on my card. I made this card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge for May at DCWV.
     First, I trimmed my card front. Yes, it was hard to cut through these beautiful flowers, but you can do it! Next, I stamped and die cut my sentiment tags and adhered them with foam tape. To finish up, I added a few epoxy dots.
         Lately, I have been making 4.25 x 5.5 cards, but I wanted more of the flowers to show on this card, so I made this one 5 x 7.
     We had the sketch below to work with this month. There is still a little time to join in the fun if you have an idea for your own card. Details are on DCWV's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DCWVInc/.  
    Thanks so much for stopping in. Hope you are having a great day, Pamela
Materials Used:
cardstock- Botanical Beauty (DCWV)
stamp- A Happy Hello (Gina K Designs)
dies- frames (Spellbinders Card Kit)
ink- chalk Wisteria (ColorBox)



DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge, April 2018

     Today, I have a layout for April's Stack-a-holic Challenge at DCWV. This is my favorite picture of Mom and I. It was taken at the Amarillo airport. The horse in the background is one of the famous painted horses you can find around Amarillo. The journaling reads:

     Mom always said, "We have two choices when difficult things come our way. We can choose to be miserable, or we can choose to be happy. I choose happy!"
     Mom now sits at the Master's feet. I miss her.

     I used DCWV's Botanical Beauty stack to create my layout. The stack is all double-sided cardstock with gold foil on many of the sheets.

     To create my title and journaling tags, I printed them from my computer onto vellum.
     When printing on vellum, you must be careful not to let the ink smear before it dries. Mine dried in about ten seconds. I planned to only use vellum for the title, but I thought I needed a bit more color to this layout so I ran the vellum through my Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered it to a piece of the cardstock.

     The deadline is now passed for entering a project this month, but you can still vote. I would appreciate it if you would vote for my layout, or any of the other entries you might like better. You can find the details on the DCWV, Inc. page on Facebook.

     Thanks so much for stopping in. Check back with DCWV at the first of the month for May's Stack-a-holic Challenge.

Materials used:

cardstock- Botanical Beauty (DCWV)
                  solid gold (Spellbinders)
dies- Fancy Foliage (ODBD)
        filigree (Spellbinders)


Happy Birthday, Simon Says Stamps

     Today, I have a card for the "Happy Birthday Challenge" over at Simon Says Stamps. They are celebrating their 9th Anniversary this week. So excited for them!

     I don't usually use ready-made stickers, but I won this flower sticker in a kit from Spellbinders. It's so pretty that I had to use it for this card.

     You have plenty of time to join in the fun before a new challenge goes up next Wednesday. Here's a link to the rules.


  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate the time you spend here with me.      

Materials Used:
     cardstock, sticker, pearls - Spellbinders
     cardstock, ink - Gina K Designs
     stamp, die - ODBD
     double-stick and foam tape


Anything Goes, Simon Says Stamps

     Today, I have a card for the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamps. They are spotlighting Stampendous products this week. The sentiment I used on my card is a Stampendous stamp that I've used many times.

     As you probably know, according to the laws of aerodynamics, the bee should not be able to fly with its large body and small, thin wings. And yet it does! Bees always remind me that all things are possible with God.

     Want to join in on the challenge? Here's a link to the rules: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-48/
     Thanks so much for stopping in today. 

Materials used:
   stamps-  Stampendous!, Stampcraft
   cardstock-  Oh My Lemons (the Paper Studio), Grass Green (Gina K)
   ink-  green (Gina K), black (ColorBox)


Floral Frenzy Challenge, Simon Says Stamps

     This is my first time to enter a card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamps. This week's challenge if Floral Frenzy.
     I heat-embossed and die-cut the flowers. I chose not to heat-emboss the foliage and sentiment so that they do not take the focus away from of the flowers.
     I see that there is a new challenge every Wednesday highlighting a different company's stamps, dies, etc. You can still join in even if you do not have those particular products. I love the freedom of that! Since I'm busy writing my next book, I'm not sure I'll have time to join in the fun every week, but I should have time to create a card once or twice a month at least.
     Come on over and join in the fun with me. Here's a link to the rules: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Materials used:
cardstock- black, white, grass green (Gina K Designs)
stamps and dies- Bold and Blooming, Boho Flowers (Gina K Designs), Lattice Background, Double Stitched Pennant Flags (ODBD), Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays)
inks- grass green dye (Gina K Designs), orchid pigment (ColorBox)
embossing powder- clear (JoAnn Essentials)
pearls (Michael's)

Sketch Challenge, Paper Smooches, March 2018

     I created this Easter card for the monthly sketch challenge over at Paper Smooches. This is my first time to join in with their challenges.

     I heat-embossed the sentiment onto clear vellum. To create the cross, I barely touched the cross stamp to my StazOn teal ink pad. Then I stamped it lightly onto shiny gold cardstock. I fussy-cut the cross and adhered it with foam tape.

     There is still time if you want to join in the fun. Here's a copy of the sketch and a link to the rules.


Materials used:

cardstock- Moonstruck (Pink Paislee)
stamps- Easter Blessings (Paper Smooches)
ink- black (ColorBox), teal (StazOn)
powder- clear embossing powder (JoAnn Essentials)

Black & White with a Twist Challenge MMC32018

      Today, I have a card for the monthly challenge at Stamp TV and Gina K Designs. The challenge this time is to use black and white with just a pop of color, and a bow.
     I stamped and die-cut four flourishes in black. I adhered the back two with double-stick tape. For the top two, I used some thin foam tape at the far ends to make them pop up a bit. Then, I stamped and die-cut two sizes of flowers and added a brad center, and a bow.
     There is still time for you to join in the fun and get your own card into the challenge. Check out the rules here: http://stamptv.ning.com/.

     Materials used:cardstock- black, white, grass green (Gina K)
stamps and dies- Boho Flowers (Gina K)
ink- black, grass green (Gina K)
ribbon- black (Offray)
brad- green (the Paper Studio)
adhesive- foam and double-stick


DCWV Stack-a-holic- March 2018

UPDATE: Super excited and very honored to learn that this card was a winner in its challenge. Thanks so much DCWV!

     Thanks so much for stopping in! Always so nice to have you here. Today, I have  card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge at DCWV. I used the Beach House stack to create my masculine birthday card.
     The deadline for entry is coming up this weekend, so be quick if you want to join in the fun. You can find all the details on DCWV's Facebook page.

     DESIGNER TIP: When using such an intricate die, try using wax paper between the die and the front of your cardstock. I find my dies, like the one I used here, come out much easier and with no tearing.

     Here's a copy of the sketch we had to work with this month.
    Materials used:
          Cardstock- Beach House stack (DCWV)
                                gold (Spellbinders)
          Dies-            Tropical Paradise (Spellbinders)
          Stamp-        Birthday (Our Daily Bread Designs)
          Gems-          Liquid Texture Gems (Faber-Castell)    


DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge - January 2018

     Today, I have a card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge at DCWV.  I love the way this card turned out. I'm learning to use my Prismacolor pencils, and I must say that the higher price of these pencils are definitely worth it.
     I used the Beach House stack to create my card. I'm especially fond of the


More Kindness Cards - Stamp TV MMC12018

     I have more cards today for the Kindness Challenge over at Stamp TV. I love this theme for this challenge and decided to make several more cards for my stash. My friends and family love digging through my stash for their favorites to take home. Thinking-of-you type cards are the ones I send most.
     To create my patterned cardstock for this card, I stamped the flourish several times on white cardstock. Then, I trimmed it to fit as you see here. I added a strip of matching cardstock to set it off.
     Next, I stamped and die cut the sentiment and adhered the "you" with foam tape. I used Blue Raspberry cardstock and ink from Gina K Designs on this card.
     I used Grass Green cardstock and ink from Gina K Designs on this card. 
    Here are all the cards I made today. Once I had my design created, it was easy then to make more cards. Coming up with the design is the most time consuming part for me. If I really like a card I've made, then I usually make several.

     I'd love to see your "Kindness" cards too. Here's a link to the challenge rules at Stamp TV - http://stamptv.ning.com/
     Thanks so much for stopping in today, Pamela
Materials used:
    cardstock-  white, blue raspberry, grass green (Gina K Designs)
    stamps-       Boho Flowers (Gina K Designs)
    dies-             Boho Flowers (Gina K Designs)
    ink-               blue raspberry, grass green (Gina K Designs)
   gems-           pearls, gems


Kindness Challenge - Stamp TV MMC12018

     Hello everyone! Today, I have a card for the Monthly Mix Challenge over at Stamp TV. The inspiration this month is "Kindness".
     I snuck a pin wheel that a dear friend gave me for my birthday a few months ago into my picture. She gave it to me so that I will always remember to have fun.
    There is still plenty of time to join in the fun. You can find the challenge rules here: http://stamptv.ning.com/

      I used the following Gina K Designs products for my card:

     cardstock- white and blue lagoon
     die-            Royal Frame
     stamp-      A Happy Hello
     dye-           blue lagoon

     Thanks so much for stopping in. I always appreciate your visits and comments, Pamela