Monday, December 18, 2023

Cards using Brusho's

A couple of cards playing with Brusho's 

SSS stencil with Brusho's and a Crafters Companion die cut.

 Die cuts SSS and MFT.  Brusho thru a stencil. 

 Oh, I love House Mouse!  Image colored using Copics. Background is Brusho's thru a stencil.

I am entering my House Mouse card into the challenge at House Mouse and Friends for AG- Party!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

More Falliday cards!

Falliday is into week 2 and you have an additional week to get your challenge cards completed : )

This is a card for Dagmars challenge- use tissue paper from a napkin or similar to emboss, then watercolor.  I used a SSS 3 D EF that had bird dies included, and watercolored the birds using distress ink and a spritzer.....  I love the look IRL!  

The coloring was quicker than it looks, and I used a few Copic markers, and Distress inks with a small stencil brush.  The die cut and embossed tissue bled a bit as you can see, but I love the look of it.  Thanks Dagmar for showing us this technique!

A card for Jeans challenge- she gave us a few parameters :

This fun card is Mixed Media at its finest!  I used a stencil for the background, added the Santa image and sentiment, then wanted to work on the collage.  Fun to add a stamp and the stenciling too.  The images are from Inkadinkado . 

Challenges: TBA

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Falladay Day 1

It's Falladay at Splitcoaststampers!  We have 2 weeks of challenges and throwback tutorials- a bit more laid back that Dare to Get Dirty!

Three challenges for Day 1, which was this past Monday:

The first challenge is to use a piece of plaid flannel on our cards.

The candle/greenery die cut is a RAK.  The Sentiment die cut is by Memory Box. 

Next, we are to make a card using a 'real' postage stamp.  Bonus if you make it Mixed Media : )  

I used Gina K ink and a SSS stencil for the background. I added Nuvo Glitter paste over areas of the background.  The Snowflake in blue metallic card is also SSS.  Santa and the sentiment are Inkadinkado.  Colored pencils were used to color Santa, then a touch of Copics too.  I added glue then glitter to the beard. And, that is a real postage stamp- I love it for the Santa themed card.

Finally, the 3rd and final challenge was to make a 'peeking' snowman card.  

The Whimsey Stamps image was cut apart, and angled past the cardstock wall. The background was made with swiping Gina K blue spots across the back and blending them together.  Snowflakes were stamped in white from the Inkadinkado set I used for card #2 above. I used colored pencils for coloring the snowmen. 

If your up for a challenge, come join us at the Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers!

Card 1  ;TBA
Card 2 :
Card 3:   

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 The month of October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I wanted to participate in an Instagram Blog Hop to support women that have gone through this battle and also for those in the process of this battle!  

IF you are on Instagram, this hop begins with @bkeeleycrafts

 I made two cards- use your stuff, right!

This image is by Unity, the EF came with my Gemini.... and the sentiment is from a set by Concord & 9th.  Done using PINK Distress Inks and glitter paper. 
 This card uses a die from Die-Versions.  I cut it out multiple times.  I cut one apart and used it as a stencil using the words to brush on inks for the background.  The white die is cut 3 times and layered, and the center ribbon embossed. The color is a bit wonky here.... I tried to adjust it, but I am just not that great with technology : )  

Challenges: TBA

Please consider hopping on over to IG to support this wonderful IGhop!!!

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Back in the saddle!

I am a bit behind in my blog posts!  Thought I'd share a couple of my latest cards : )  

The Teapot Tuesday challenge from 8/29- we send cards to each other : )  My card is in the mail.  This is a digi image from Power Poppy. I colored it using Copic markers. 

DigiChoosday- cardmaking- AG

Next, I made a card for the Technique lovers swap- using the Bargello technique:

I used a Michael Strong image- colored using Copics.  I added a strip of cardstock from a multi color pack...not sure from where?   It was embossed using an old SU EF.  I colored the Michael Strong Butterfly using soft pastel colors. 

Hope you have a great day!

Dream Valley- Dry embossing

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

America! America!

We have had company here all of July- and 2 of the 3 kids left today.  I did a Zoom today with a SCS friend and created a card for the Teapot Tuesday challenge.  We are making patriotic cards for a woman who has been promoted to Corporal!  God Bless Her!

 I used a House Mouse image and an Artistic Outpost sentiment for my card. I just love these sweet images!  I colored the image using Copics, added a gold back layer and a white card inside to add a note. 


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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Image Swap catch-up!

  Hi- I have been on the road visiting friends in June- from Galena to Cincinnati to Greenville Ohio to Lebanon Indiana.....!  I am happy to get back to my creative space!
 I am part of a swap where we exchange images (from stamp companies that allow that).  I needed to catch up a bit...and am up to date now.  

 Our May image- Colorado Craft Company

 This image was colored using Copic markers, die cut and mounted on a Prima DP . I fussy cut the sentiment and bird apart.  How sweet is this!

Our June image- Terry S sent it already die cut/Scan and Cut ready!  SO fun

I had the perfect DP for a birthday card.  The image was colored using Copics. Pretty CAS for me, but I love these cards and fun images!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your summer is going well!


Monday, June 26, 2023

Rainbow slimline & a dragonfly

A crazy and fast paced summer is upon us!  I finally had time for a couple of cards.  One os for an Instagram Hop with a rainbow theme. 

For an Instagram Hop (  )  using the theme of rainbow.  I used Distress inks for the background stencil.  The butterflies are Memory Box and the sentiment is a  MFT die.  There are so many fun ideas for using rainbows or the colors from the rainbow.  

This card uses a hand carved stamp- the dragonfly.  It is very shimmery IRL.  The backing is watercolor paper and watercolor inks. 

 I carved this stamp IMO and to celebrate my nephews 10 year anniversary from his Wilms tumor diagnosis- a kidney cancer.  He had a kidney removed at age age 15 and doing well. He and his family were very involved with the Dragonfly foundation, which supports pediatric cancer patients and their families.  I also made an ATC which I love using this image.  
 The sentiment die cut is by Lawn Fawn and is layered in black CS

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Back creating!

We have been traveling a bit, and doing day trips when home.  I had a chance to try to work on catching up- very behind on Swaps!

For the May Technique challenge at Splitcoast, we made Salt technique cards.  I combined the challenge with the Alpha A=Avocado challenge.

 I used Peeled Paint Distress ink and salt on layer one- using the wrinkle free distress technique to apply color.  I used a blending brush to add more color and dabbed on a bit of water on the next layer.  I added splatters of white paint and black ink next.  I die cut a vellum ovel (Gina Marie Dies) and added daisy die cuts from Memory box (from SSS), adding a twine bow.  The sentiment is SSS. (Simon Says Stamp). 


Next is the April image from Diane (Glamour) and it has been sitting waiting to be mailed on my desk for a while- the image is Whimsy Stamps. 

 We make a card with our swapped images and mail them to each other.  This is off to Ruby in WA state today! The image is colored using Copics and highlights using a white gel pen. 

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Monday, May 1, 2023

May at Jan's Digital Stamps

 How I love Poppies- one of my favorite flowers!  Jan's Digital stamps has released 2 new sets, and I chose to create using the Poppies!

I used Jan's pre-colored digital image and used the scan and cut (and an exacto knife) to carve this image.  I layered it on a shimmery white cardstock that was embossed using a 3D EF. The DP is Bo Bunny and is a few years old....  The Die cut is from MFT.  The base cardstock is SU Poppy.  

 I used the MFT die inside as well from plain white CS , and added a bloom and a bud from Jan's pre-colored image from this set.  

My Mom's cousin is buried in Flanders Field, so I always think of him when I see poppies!  He died the day before the war ended : (  I salute all of our soldiers!

Challenges: TBA

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Colorful but simple......

 I took on this challenge today at Splitcoast- colorful but simple.  I love to have inspiration via challenges : )  I need to do a Spotlight card, so combined both!

I stamped this image from Unity Stamp Co. twice, and punched a number of the areas out, and then die cut the black circles backers.  I used a rainbow of colors using Copics, and also added a sentiment that would fit in the 1" circle punch from SU.....  

All of the colors of the rainbow are represented : )  

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Creative time

 I was happy to have time to create a bit today.  

For the CAS challenge at Splitcoast- let the sentiment shine : )

The die is by Crafters Companion- it is layered on vellum.  I love the pretty DP too.

Nest, I joined in the Teapot Tuesday Challenge- black and white with a touch of red.  Bonus challenge is to add penguins!

The image is Michael Strong.  It is masked and stamped repeatedly. The image is a circular image....  I split the image and added red then black over it. The penguin dies are from a stamp sale....  the Hello is Our Daily Bread- now Divinity Designs. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Honor Flight salute

 Over at Splitcoaststampers, the Teapot Tuesday challenge is for a gentleman who fought in Vietnam and is currently disabled.  He is an Army Vet.  He is being surprised in May with an honor flight. 

I made a slimline card for the gentleman. The card is Navy and I used a wrapping paper in gold with glittery stripes for the accent between the layers.  The 3D EF of stars in highlighted with gold metallic rub ons. The eagle image is Coronado stamps, the sentiment is SU. The gold stars are from the $1 Store, now $1.25...!  The gold cord and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges: TBA

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Monday, April 17, 2023

A card for Daughters : )

  Jan's Digital Stamps has a couple of beautiful new floral images in the shop this month.  We are just beginning to warm up and the daffodils are in full bloom here!  And, the Magnolia and Redbud trees. 

This card was created using  one of the newly released sets called Spring Flowers and Coffee. The set comes with B/W images for your to color, or pre-colored images.  
I used the pre-colored floral image as Jan's coloring is done so beautifully!  I will color the 2nd card, as I have 2 daughters (and a DIL). The flowers are popped up on dimensionals, so IRL the sentiment is not covered up at all.  I used a woodgrain EF just for added texture and dimension. 
  I used a die from MFT and Prima DP from years ago : )  

We'd love to have you join us in the monthly challenge at Jan's- the theme is always AG!

A Place to Start- AG option- women of the year (My Daughters)
Double Trouble- card for a special lady
Make My Monday- Frame it
Just Us Girls-  Mood board Spring themed

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Saturday, April 15, 2023

Life is Good... especially at the beach : )

 The past few days with 80 degree heat, I have been feeling the beach vibes, even though we do not have one too close by!  I took out this stenciled background and added some embossing and an image to finish it off.  Distress inks were used for the stenciling. The image from Newton's Nook was fussy cut and colored using Copic markers. Ahhhh!  This looks like bliss to me!!! 
 Inspiration from the Inspiration challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Ink and Paper and a couple of challenges

A little paper crafting fun was had today and I used challenges at Splitcoast for prompts for cardmaking. 

For the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers, the colors are Fresh Freesia, Parakeet Party and Calypso Coral.  The 'dessert' is Spring.  The stamp I used is called Field of Poppies from Rubbernecker. I used a combo of SU markers and Copics. 

Next, I used the sketch challenge at Newtons Nook. The DP is from my stash and also Newtons Nook. I used a sweet image and die that the company gave us at the No Foolin Retreat in Wisconsin recently.  Copics were used for coloring this sweet image. 


Finally, the Teapot Tuesday challenge at SCS was to made cards for a stampers father who is turning 80!  He likes to watch TV and golf is one thing he enjoys watching.  Also- he likes blue.  Since he is in his 8th decade, we used Octagons on our cards. The Octagon stamps are from Tonic Studios.  The golfer and sentiment images are from A Muse Artstamps.  I used Distress Inks for the background. 

Fun day and my fingers are a shade of blue : )  

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

VSN What's on the Menu

Posting cards for the current VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) challenge at Splitcoast.  This is currently ongoing! I have more to create and post......

For my challenge, Cutting Board.  Use a tag shape to look like a cutting board. This is an older SU set- and I was happy to create with it.

This card is for a desserts and 7 layer VSN challenge, and also for out Teapot Tuesday recipient.  She lost her son and is having a rough time.  She had alot of House Mouse images/cards in her gallery, so I hope this fun image will put a smile on her face!

Critter Crazy- include a critter

Finally, this card is for the Blue Plate Special.  I used a SU set and stamped it repeatedly, then added the sentiment. All SU except for the ribbon and twine.

Little Red Wagon-Spring (flowers)
Get Creative-Springtime Blues

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Monday, April 3, 2023

Jan's Digital Stamps April release

 It's April! This year is flying by!
 Jan's Digital Image has a beautiful new release- florals this month!  Check out the store HERE- a great sale as well : )

 I chose to work with the Early May Bouquet a beautiful set.  It comes pre-colored and black and white.  I chose to use the colored version of the image. 

 This Hero Arts diecut has been MIA in my stamp room for ages- and I just found it.  I think it is the perfect match for this beautiful floral image!

Beautiful Blossoms #3- mood board- floral image

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Spring-House Mouse

A card made for a couple of challenges : )  One is an A;pha challenge R=rubber duck.  The other is for Spring!  Well, in the spring in the Midwest, it is too cold for this little guy, but in the southern states and other locations- this is a perfect day!

The image is colored using Copics, and die cut is CC Designs.  I added a little DP and a sentiment from SSS.  

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Rediscover your Supplies!

 I joined in and Instagram Blog Hop that posts monthly and encourages us to use our stash!  Our theme this month is Easter.

Everything on this card except the cardstock (SU) is from a kit from the past from SSS aka Simon Says Stamps.  It is all fussy cut. Copics were used for all of the coloring.  

 There are lots of great and inspirational Easter card ideas- Check it out HERE

Challenges:  TBA

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Jan's midmonth

 Using the new Jan's Digital Stamps for March, I created this sweet card.  I used the set Rain Dance for this card.

 I colored the image using Copic markers. I added Glossy accents to the raindrops. The oval diecut is by Gina Marie. 

Challenges: TBA

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Jan's Digital Stamps March Release

The new releases at Jan's are so fun this month.  A gorgeous floral and a sweet little boy in the rain. 

 This digi set is called Dogwood Blooms. This set has so many design options, and as always, comes as black/white or precolored. 
 This card features the precolored floral blossoms that are fussy cut and layered up x's 3 layers. It surrounds the sentiment.  Layered on a 3D embossing folder that has ink on one side before embossing, then the raised portions lightly- highlighted with green Distress ink. 

Challenges: TBA

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Challenge your Stash

I joined into two stash challenges this week, one on Splitcoast and one on Instagram.

For the Challenge Your Stash challenge at SCS, Jeanette aka Forest Ranger is out Hostess. Her challenge:  ~~My husband Brent and I celebrated our 40th anniversary earlier this month. The color for 40th anniversaries is Ruby Red, so let's make monochromatic RED cards this month.
I used a digital image from Angie Blom.  Copic Markers were used for coloring the image. The cardstock is Ruby Red and is die cut using the Pinpoint Leaf Plate by Memory Box. 

I joined in a challenge on Instagram for using what we already have this weekend. 

I made 2 cards for the challenge

This first card is using a stamp set Multi Step Grand Peony by Kitchen Sink Stamps.  I love how realistic this set looks!

This card uses a Stencil by Pink Fresh Studio and a stamp set by Simon Says Stamps for the sentiment- the die comes with the set- love this!  I did add a touch of stickles to the center of the flowers. 

Challenges: TBD

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Alpha Challenge- K=Kite

 I had a bit of time to create- so nice- and Zoomed with crafty friends while creating : )  

 I created for the Alpha challenge at SCS, and this week is K=Kite.  This newly released image was sitting on my desk and ready for inking.  I love to color, although Jan has pre-colored images as well.  Copics were used for the grass, the boy and the kite.  The sun is a pre-colored image.  I used Distress inks and a diecut stencil I made for inking up the clouds. 

Challenges: TBA

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Monday, February 6, 2023

l Stamps Feb release

Jan's Digital Stamps has some really beautiful releases this month.  I decided to work with the Pre-colored floral peony images : )

   I could color this image myself- but Jan has pre-colored images and they are always magnificent- so I love using them......  I used a background with some leftover watercolor paint. Scan and Cut helped me fussy cut the images out. 

 We have a monthly challenge and it is always Anything Goes- hope to see you enter your card in our challenge at Jan's Digital Stamps challenge!

Challenges TBA

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Teapot Tuesday- Dots and Stripes...and a face

 This week the Teapot Tuesday crew are sending cards to each other.  We are to include Dots , stripes and a face.  

How sweet, huh?  Stripes on the bees, dots in the DP and yep-face too.  The image is colored using Copic markers. This is 

I would like to enter this card in the House Mouse and Friends challenge Frame it or AG

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

IG Hop- Rediscover Your Supplies

 I joined in HOP on Instagram to rediscover your supplies- and that is not so hard to do!!!  I made 2 cards for the hop:

 This Power Poppy digi was printed and colored 5 years ago!  I added it to a SSS background that was embossed using Queens Gold EP....  my absolute favorite EP that is no longer available!  I added distress ink to the background. I am going to send this to a friend that needs Hugs and Love right now!

 The 2nd card using a sweet set from Avery Elle

 Another encouragement card for a friend that needs a HUG right about now!  The BG uses Distress inks and a stencil from A Colorful Life. The images are stamped and fussy cut, colored using Copic markers. There is a touch of shimmer on the butterfly.  

Here is my Instagram link if you'd like to pop over for the IG HOP!  

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Bundle of Joy

This set of sweet cards use images from a swap on SCS

 One of these will be mailed to a partner in the swap and the other to a new Mom and Dad : )

 It's been a heck of a month, first, I caught Influenza....then, my SIL got rushed to the hospital and had a medical procedure which did not go well.... she ended up in ICU, then sent home on Hospice. She did not go down without a fight though! She has been battling duodenal cancer and was close to the end....and the procedure pushed her further....She died last Friday.

 Today was the first time I have created in forever- felt so great!!!

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Holiday Greetings

I took some time to color an image today.  I have a stack of RAK images and I love the House Mouse images so much!!!  

You gotta love this sweet cozy scene!  I added DP top the background to mimic wallpaper.  This image was chosen for the Candy Land Alpha challenge (SCS).  The die cut us by Paper Smoochies, and I used red glossy cardstock. 

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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