a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bundle of Joy

 Sorry for the wonky picture-taking here-I'm failing at my photography skills these days.

I created this cute card for a colleague who just had their first grandchild this weekend.  He's a huge Penn State fan so I tried to stick to that color theme for the card.

I used the current Freshly Made Sketches #537 as I thought it would make a great masculine card.  Hope you enjoy the idea!

Card details:
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Sentimental Sayings
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy (SU), Balmy Blue (SU), Rustic White (PTI)
Inks:  Not Quite Navy, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate
Embellishments: Taylored Expressions Little Bit Stars and Mini Strips Flags die (I used the stars and stenciled it onto my cardstock), embellishments from Let's Celebrate You Kit from TE

Monday, March 21, 2022

Holding you in my heart


This has been a tough month of losses for family & friends of ours.  These are not the kind of cards you want to make, but I've found I'm making them more and more frequently lately.

I had some time this weekend to sit down for a little bit and get crafty and wanted to make a few of these to send out.  I pulled out the recent Fusion Card Challenge to make these cards.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my creations today!

Card details:

Stamps: Altenew Cherished Memories
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White
Accessories: gemstones

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Thank you for your kindness

It's been so long since I've done any blogging, but I have been creating all this time.  

Last night the weather here wasn't too great and plans for the weekend got changed-so I tried to continue on from last week and keep on creating.  I attended the virtual Stamp Joy last weekend and my sister-in-law came over to get crafty.  It was a great day, a lot of fun where I learned some new techniques and stepped out of my comfort zone.

Tonight I broke out a favorite sketch site, Freshly Made Sketches as well as an old set that I had that I wanted to put to use, W-9 Fanciful Feathers.

I turned the sketch on its side to make it work with my images.

Thanks for stopping over to check out my creations today!  I appreciate it and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

 Card details:

Stamps: W-9 Fanciful Feathers, Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Sentiments
Cardstock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Enamel Dots

Monday, April 26, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

 We had some baseball rained out this weekend which allowed me some time to spend in the craft room getting crafty.  I had gotten a new kit so it was perfect timing.

I used the As You Can See It #248 sketch.

The new kit I got was the Dandelion Messages from Simon Says Stamp and I used a sentiment from Verve Stamps.

Hope you all have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Stamps:  Dandelion Messages from Simon Says Stamp, Blessings from Verve Stamps
Inks:  Night of Navy, Pickled Raspberry Distress Oxide
Accessories:  Liquid Pearls Petal Pink

Monday, April 5, 2021

Eucalyptus Card Set


This weekend was a struggle trying to create cards-I couldn't seem to get in a groove, but I managed to create a few CAS ones.

My first was a small set of cards using the Layered Eucalyptus set from Gina K. and Timeless Tropical set from Stampin' Up! for the sentiment.

I utilized the FMS479 sketch which I rotated to fit my image.

Card details:
Stamp Sets:  Layered Eucalyptus from Gina K. Stamps, Timeless Tropical from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Teresa Collins Far & Away,  PTI Rustic White, Burgundy unknown
Inks: Simon Says Stamp

Friday, January 29, 2021

Birthday Floral

This is probably one of my most favorite cards that I've created recently.  It took me a little longer to create but it was well worth it.

Using one of my favorite sketch sites, this week's Mojo sketch.  I adore that Julee provides measurements for the layers, it's always so easy to follow.

I distressed all the papers on this card and then stamped my flower on patterned paper and added some watercolor to it.  I ended up adding some Enamel Dots to one of the panels to add a little to balance the image.

 Thanks for stopping by to see my creation today!

Card details:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers & From Us
Cardstock: MME Lost & Found Portobello Road
Inks: Simon Says Stamp, Stampin' Up!
Accessories: MME Enamel Dots, Aquapainter

Thursday, January 28, 2021



I've been spending a few evenings stamping while we are still off from sports most nights.  It's been great to get back into stamping a little more and using up some supplies I have.

For this card, I used the Freshly Made Sketches #470 and turned it onto the side (although now I realize my hearts are the opposite of the sketch).  The hearts were stamped & cut out of some backgrounds I had created using Distress Oxide inks awhile ago and hadn't gotten around to putting them together with anything.  The background on each of the cards were done using repetitive stamping of a background stamp from the Love Notes set from Verve Stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Card details:
Stamps: Take Notes & Love Notes from Verve Stamps
Inks: Distress Oxides, Basic Gray from SU
Cardstock: Confetti White from Papertrey Ink

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