Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


At the Cat's Pajamas challenge we were to make our own embellishment using die cuts. The embellishment on this card was made by using shapabilities pendents fleur de lis ( large red die ), Heartfelt Creations multi-frame die (white) and small design from Classic Frame spellbinders set. All stamps are by Cat's Pajamas. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and corner to make the frame for the card. You can see the challenge at --

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Little Black Dress

Isn't every woman supposed to have one of these in her wardrobe? Over at Impression Obsession, the challenge is New Year's Resolutions! Well, this card depicts that I will try to fit into a little black dress this coming year! It will certainly have to wait until after all the holiday food! LOL! The pink rose background is from Impression Obsession. It is one of their card cover backgrounds that I bought at the Heirloom Convention this year. I love these backgrounds! The little black dress is by Stampabilities. You can see the challenges at http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish all of you a wonderful,blessed and safe Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Slide Fold Cards and More

Last Thursday at the Whipperstamper  stamp club, Marie taught us several projects. We made these neat slide fold cards that I just love. Also we made this cute turkey and Christmas card! Thanks, Marie, for teaching us these wonderful projects.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

I promised I would announce the winner today of the blog candy that I am giving away to celebrate my 6th month mark in having my blog. Thanks to those who left a comment on that post saying what your are thankful for. I wish all of you and those who stop by, a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Without further ado -- the winner is Kate who has the Small Bits of Paper blog!!  Congratulations! Here is what she won.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings

The challenge at Stamp Something this week is to make a project about thanks. For the background of this card I stamped a large Hero Arts maple leaf several times onto cream card stock using the Creole Spice Kaleidacolor stamp pad. I then spritzed the inked stamp with water and stamped. The stacked pumpkins are from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I colored them using colored pencils and Gamsol. I stamped the saying and tore around it, edged it with purple ink and pop-dotted it above the pumpkins. For embellishments I used a silk leaf and leaf brad. You can see the challenge at ---


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cool Christmas Cat

Over at Cat's Pajamas this week, the challenge is to be inspired by their 60s chair pattern. The red patterned paper that I used on this card reminds me of the chair pattern.  I used Cat's Pajamas stamps, cut them out and glued them on for the scene. I added glitter, ribbon and snowflakes as embellishments. I love this "cool" sassy cat!  Check out their challenge at ----


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Flower

For this card I used glitter patterned paper. I stamped the flowers from Heartfelt Creations onto burgundy patterned paper, cut them out and layered them. I stamped the leaves from Heartfelt Creations on green card stock and cut them out to add to the flower. I used a label die cut and gold vellum to stamp the Noel on. This card is entered in the Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge.

Also, I am giving away blog candy to celebrate the 6th month mark of my blog, so please scroll down to see how you can be a winner! Have a wonderful day. It is gloomy and rainy here, so it has been a good day to work on Christmas cards and challenges! You can see the challenge here -----


Friday, November 12, 2010

Merry Christmoose!

This card is being entered in The Cats Pajamas sketch challenge this week. I used the cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder for the white behind the moose. The moose was colored using colored pencils and Gamsol. I used white Liquid Applique on the moose's cap and beard. The border was made with a Martha Stewart punch. I used a white satin bow and poinsettia as embellishments.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Win Blog Candy!

In December I will have had my blog for 6 months! I can't believe how time flies! I want to thank all of you who come look, comment and follow my blog. I never thought I would be able to make and maintain a blog because  I am not that computer savvy. I have enjoyed it immensely and I look forward to much more creating and sharing. I know December is the 6th month mark, but knowing how hectic December can be I decided to celebrate the 6th month mark now by giving away some blog candy! I will make it easy, so here is what you need to do! With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought you could just leave a comment on this post about what you are thankful for. On November 20th I will randomly pick a name from the comments and that person will win the blog candy that I have posted here. The package is worth around $40 and includes --

specialty window cards
Maya Road fabrics
Madonna charms
alphabet stencils
Martha Stewart stamp set
4 mini G stamp sets
Flower chipboard book
40 sheets printed paper pack
little box
3 set stickers
1 set rub ons

I am very thankful for the many talented ladies in my life, the ones I craft with and others that I have met online. I get such wonderful inspiration from you, and I enjoy looking at your great creations as well! May you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Hugs, April

Monday, November 8, 2010

Reindeer Caroler

Monica on the gingerwood board shared this cute reindeer and I just had to try it! I used die cuts and punches to make him. Hers was a little different because she had different dies. I used and oval nestibilities die for the head, a cuttlebug oval for the mouth and a cuttlebug die for the antlers. I cut the ends off an oval shape to make the hands. A small paper punch was used for the nose and I cut white card stock for the teeth! There are many different ways to make this reindeer, just get creative with your dies!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sketch Challenge

This is my card for the sketch challenge over at Stamp Something. I used nestibilities die cuts and the reindeer is from Cats Pajamas stamps. I made the pine cones using a small heart punch and building them up to form a pine cone. I then added some white flower soft for snow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

All Blue

I made this card for the Flourishes challenge. We were to use blue. I used light blue glitter card stock as my base. I stamped an Inkadinkado snowman in blue to match the card stock. I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch around the white frame, a sizzix label was used to cut out the center and then I ran it through a snowflake cuttlebug folder. Snowflake cuttlebug dies were used to embellish the corners along with a blue sheer ribbon bow. I used stickles glitter glue on the embossed snowflakes.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Old Fashioned Santa

I made this card for the November challenge over at Stamp Haven. We were to use the cracked glass technique. I have seen this technique quite a bit, but I have never actually tried it, so it was fun to work with this technique that was new to me! It was easy and it turned out well I think. I stamped a Tim Holtz Santa using Fired Brick Distress ink. I then used a clear Versa Mark ink pad and tapped the pad all over the stamped image and covered it with clear embossing powder and heated it. I did this same step 3 other times. I let the image cool and then bent back the card stock and this made the layers of EP crack to look like cracked glass. I then rubbed  a Walnut Distress ink pad over the cracked glass several times and wiped over it with a tissue.  This brought out the cracked places in the piece. I used a swirled snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder on the green card base and rubbed over the embossed areas with a darker green ink pad. The reindeer is a cuttlebug die cut.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Swinging Snowman

I am entering this card in the Sparkle N Sprinkle winter card contest. I had this cute swinging snowman of theirs and I just had to use him. I used the ornament cuttlebug folder to emboss and then I swiped red ink over the embossed areas to enhance them. The frame is a Nellie's multi-frame die cut. I used white Flower Soft for the snowman's body, but it is hard to see. Isn't this snowman a cutie?

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