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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Take A Little Time To Coast

Hello peeps,

Getting back into my stamping mode, I have my card for this week's Paper Players Challenge. Joanne is our hostess with the monthly theme challenge "Beside the Seaside." 

Using some new-ish Gina K Designs stamps, I created a framed window looking out to the sea and a sail boat. 

I used Gina's Wreath Builder to make the flower frame, and then some masking and ink blending for the scene inside the frame. This was a super fun card to create, and I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I did  making it.

Most all stamps, inks, paper, dies and supplies are from GKD, with the exception of the Copic markers that I used to color flowers and the boat and sails. The seagull stamp is from Hero Arts.

The greetings inside and out are from a single stamp that I split between the front and on the inside. I just taped off each section to stamp Happy Birthday for the front, and then the rest of the stamp for the inside here.

Enjoy your Wednesday, and thanks for looking in,



From Gina K Designs: Take Time to Coast stamp set, Black, Sea Glass and Layering white card stock, Black Onyx, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Mango, Sea Glass, Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Powder Blue inks, Master Layouts dies, Wreath Builder system, Hero Arts June 2018 My Monthly Hero Beach set, Copic Markers, Misti, Gemini Jr, SU Dimensionals, liquid glue

Monday, August 2, 2021

Oh Hello

Hi everyone,

After an extended vacation to visit friends on the East Coast, I'm finally home. It's always great to do some traveling and spending time with great friends, and it's always great to get back home. We arrived back late Tuesday night, and the rest of the week was super busy. But, yesterday, I pretty much spent the day in my craft room stamping.

I knew that I could rely on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge to get me started with a sketch after such a long vacation from stamping, and when we had our mail delivered, I had some new Concord & 9th stamps to play with for the sketch.


I made three panels with different C&9th ink colors using the new Flower Garden turnabout set. Using dies from GKD, I cut the panels to sizes to work for the sketch, and cut mats from solid card stock colors.

The large flower and sentiment are from another new C&9th set called Flower Shaker Shapes. I cut them out with the corresponding dies and popped them up in the center. 

All papers, stamps and inks are from Concord & 9th.

Here's the inside, using the dies that come with the Flower Garden Turnabout bundle. (The die cut element looks black in the photo, but it's cut from C&9th Eggplant card stock.)

One of the many things that kept me busy last week is that I picked up my new car. Because for the past 30 years, I drove a company car, I had to buy a car after retiring. I ordered it at the end of last March and it arrived this past Monday. I picked it up on Thursday afternoon, and so far, I am loving my choice! I decided I wanted to go all electric and after doing tons of research, I went with the brand new Ford Mustang MACH E SUV/Crossover with a single full charge range of 300 miles. Here's a picture of it. This car is "smarter" than I, LOL!

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Concord & 9th sets Flower Garden Turnabout set and Flower Shaker Shapes set with corresponding dies, Concord & 9th card stock and ink in several colors, Gina K Designs Master Layouts dies, Misti, Gemini Jr, SU Dimensionals, liquid glue

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Cocktails Kind of Day

 Happy Hump Day Peeps,

Today my blog post comes from the opposite corner of the country from where it usually does. We flew from San Diego to Boston last night for a five week stay with our friends who live outside the city. 

While our friends and Denis will be hard at work everyday (Denis can work remote as long as there is a good WIFI connection, which is why we can be here for five weeks), this newly retired girl will be hanging at the pool, reading, and a doing few crafty activities to keep me occupied. Unfortunately, no stamping as I didn't feel like figuring out supplies to ship, but I did bring some stamped images and my colored pencils. I also may get some yarn and start a baby blanket for my niece. Her first child will arrive in late November.

Today's post is my card for this weeks Paper Players Challenge. Joanne is our hostess with a fun summer theme of fruit. I have many stamps with many different actual fruits on them, but I took a more "creative" approach to Joann's theme and made this card with those previously mentioned working folks in mind. The fruit is in the form of a fruity cocktail, perfect for happy hour once work is completed for the day. After all, it is summer and and we can celebrate that friends who live thousands of miles apart are together again after The Pandemic.

I started with a panel of SU Whisper White and ink blended a rainbow of colors around the edges. I cut the center element using the SU dies from Hippo and friends. The stamped greeting and lime daiquiri images are from the newer SU set called Love You More Than and the small half lime slices are from an older SU set called Happy Hour. While there is some layering on the card, I think it's "uncluttered" enough to be considered CAS for the challenge. 

I just received this Love You More Than stamp set and I think it may turn out to be one of my favorite SU sets. It's a photopolymer set, and has both outline and solid images to use to "color" the outlined images. Plus, the sentiments are awesome, and important to me, it has the corresponding die set. 

Speaking of awesome sentiments, I used one for the inside greeting.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I didn't bring any stamps etc., so this will be my last blog post until August! But, I will be checking in around blog-land often to see what's happening.

While here, we are planning to spend July 4th weekend in Boston to watch fireworks and do some shopping and eating. The workers will be taking some PTO to make long weekends and we will travel around other areas of New England, Newport, RI and Mystic, CT are two we are thinking of.  We've visited each before, but it's been several years ago. The last week we are here, everyone will take the a week of vacation time and we will be heading to Portland, ME and Woodstock, VT. In VT, we are taking a baking class at King Arthur Flour Company. The four of us did a class at KAF four years ago and it was a blast! KAF opened classes again recently and we were fortunate enough to grab a spot.

Have a great July, and thanks for checking in! Happy Stamping,



Stampin' Up stamp sets: Love You More Than and Happy Hour, Dies: SU Love You More than and Hippo and Friends. Paper: SU Whisper White Ink: Gina K Designs Red Hot, Coral Reef, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Key Lime, Blue Raspberry, Wild Lilac, Turquoise Sea, Black Onyx, Big Shot, GKD Blending Brushes, SU Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Happy Birthday

Hi peeps,

Happy Tuesday afternoon to all. I have a couple cards that I made after watching this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She calls this the Sparkled Glass Technique. Super fun to do and I probably would have done some more practicing, but I discovered I had just one half sheet of acetate window plastic left. Needless to say, I ordered more!

This first card is made using Claire's colors for this week's Paper Players Challenge. I used the closest shades of Copics in BG, RV and YG to match the SU colors. The stamp set is by Gina K Designs, the sentiment strip is a pre-printed SSS sentiment, and the background glimmer paper is SU from a few years ago.

I followed Jennifer's instructions very closely and the cards came together pretty easily, although not quickly. IRL, they are very pretty, but my amateur photography doesn't really show the true effects. 

On this second card, I used Erin Lee Holographic card stock in the background. It is actually very cool looking. All stamps on this one are from Honey Bee, and the sentiment cracks me up!

Since I have several different types of shimmery papers in my stash, I really think I'll try a few more of these when I get the acetate.

Thanks for checking in, and have a great Tuesday evening.



Delightful Blooms stamp set by Gina K Designs, Birds of Paradise and Tropical Tweets stamps sets by Honey Bee, Gina K Designs Heavy Weight white card stock, SU Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral card stock, SU white glimmer paper, Erin Lee Holographic card stock, VersaMark ink, Copics, Gina K Designs white EP, heat tool, Misti, MFT Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Scalloped Rectangle frame dies, JudiKins acetate window plastic, Big Shot, Connect glue

Friday, June 11, 2021

USA - Happy 4th of July

 Hello peeps,

I'm so late trying to get my post done this morning. Many technical difficulties in setting up some things on my new computer, especially things related to my blogging. In addition, my light box's light strip broke, so my pictures are dark! I will try to fix, but I think I'm going to have to try another light source for it.

Here is my 4th of July, summer themed card for this week's Paper Players Challenge. I'm using Linda's sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches.

These are images from the Tylored Expressions 4th of July Wreath. The bottom of the card is embossed with a SU Stars EF, and the fireworks dies are also TE. I added some die cut stars cut from holographic card stock using a SSS die.

Here is the inside of the card using the sentiment from the TE stamp set.

Happy Friday and thanks for looking in,



Gina K Designs Red Velvet and Layering Weight white card stock, GKD Black Onyx and Red Velvet Ink, Copics, SU Brilliant Blue card stock and Stars Embossing Folder, Erin Holographic card stock, Taylored Expressions 4th of July Wreath stamp set and Fireworks dies, Simon Says Stamp Many Starts die, Misti, Gemini Jr, Connect glue

Monday, June 7, 2021

Sending Happy Thoughts

 Happy Monday Peeps,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I hear some areas of the U.S. were scorching over the weekend. Here on the San Diego coast, it was our usual June-Gloom, very cloudy and misty in the morning, but by the mid afternoon, we had some sun and breezes. We spent a good portion of Saturday watching our little friend play in a Little League playoff game. It was actually a really good game, and his team won 1-0, so tonight we'll be watching him in the championship game. 

I made a card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge after the LL game on Saturday, but I didn't get around to taking a picture until this morning, hence, I'm squeaking in just under the wire.

Since there are rainbows all over blog-land this month, I jumped on the bandwagon and made a few cards with ink blended rainbows. This is one of them. 

The inks are all GKD as is the card stock. The wreath die is from PinkFresh Studio. I cut it 3 times from heavy weight white card stock and glued the layers together, then glued it to the rainbow. The small flowers are from my stash. I think I got them at a scrapbooking store in Sacramento a few years ago. The sentiment strip is pre-printed from SSS. I cut it out with a sentiment die, also from SSS.

Have a great week! Thanks for looking in,



Gina K Designs heavy and layering weight white card stock, Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Ocean Mist, Wild Lilac inks, blending brushes, Connect glue
MFT Rounded Corner Stitched rectangle die
Pink Fresh Studio Wreath Die
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment die and pre-printed sentiment strip 
Gemini Jr

Thursday, June 3, 2021


 Hi peeps,

Happy Thursday! 

While cruising around blogs this week, I watched this video by Jennifer McGuire and fell in love with these house cards. Of course Jennifer used some awesome new dies to create them, and also of course, I don't have the dies, but I do have many other dies that I thought I could use to try and make some similar cards. The basic shape was pretty easy, and using some border dies, an older SU scalloped circle punch, a circle die, and some flower and star dies, I came up with a couple of cards.

This first card is a shaped card that fits into a regular A2 envelope. I used red, white and blue colors to participate, again, in this week's Paper Players Tic-Tac-ToeChallenge.

The card base is made from SU Very Vanilla card stock. Using some Gina K Red velvet ink and the SSS Sweet Garden background stamp I stamped the front of the card. The house trim is cut from SU Brilliant Blue card stock, which is decorated using stars in various sizes that were cut using a SSS die from Very Vanilla card stock. The Hello die is Gina K and is cut three times from Red Velvet card stock and glued together with liquid glue. After gluing it to the top of the card, I painted on some clear Nuvo Aqua Shimmer, then covered it with Crystal Effects.

The birds are from the SSS Spring Birds set, colored with Copics and cut out with the set dies. Their perch is made with another older SU punch.

I used more images and a greeting from the Spring Birds stamp set on the inside of the card.

In the video, Jennifer made a popup card in slimline format. I also gave that a try and it turned out pretty well, but next time I need to use a heavy weight card stock for the base. It's a little top heavy with the large greeting die glued on top.

The flower dies are made using the SU In Bloom dies. The Thank You die is from SSS. The Scalloped borders are a Taylored Expressions border die, the birds and greetings are from the SSS Spring Birds set, and the background is made with the SSS Friendship Text background stamp and white craft ink.

Here is a view of the side of this one.

Such fun cards to make. I'm seriously thinking of ordering the actual dies, but they are a little pricy. (Like that's ever stopped me before, LOL.)

Have a great day. I will be trying to setup a new computer, so I see some periods of frustration ahead.

Thanks for looking in,



Simon Says Stamp: Spring Birds Stamp set and dies, Sweet Garden and Friendship Text background stamps, Many Stars Party die, Scripty Thank You die
Stampin' Up: Very Vanilla and multiple colored card stocks, In Bloom set dies, Scalloped Circle and Word Window punches, Dimensionals
Gina K Designs: Hello die, Red Velvet and Kraft card stock, Red Velvet and Black Onyx ink, Connect glue
Taylored Expressions: Small Scalloped Border die
Spellbinders: Circle die
Hero Arts: Unicorn white craft ink
Misti, Gemini Jr, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Glossy Accents, red enamel dots

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


 Hello peeps,

Over the last few days I've been working on "Thank You" cards to send to friends that sent me Retirement gifts. I finally got most of them finished and now I just need to get them in the mail. This card is one of them.

Using the Tic-Tac-Toe gird from this week's Paper Players Challenge and using the middle horizontal options of red, twine and die cuts, this is what I came up with. The background is made using Tim Holts alcohol inks on black Yuppo card stock. The new GKD Monthly Mix June 2021 Challenge is backgrounds, and this card will be entered there too.

The stamp set is from Gina K Designs, as are the inks, card stock, (other than the alcohol inks and Yuppo) and dies. If you look closely, there is a red heart eyelet that I attached to the board and threaded the loop of twine through.

Here is the inside of the card using more images from the GKD stamp set.

Happy Hump Day to all and thanks for looking in,



Count It All Joy stamp set and dies, Red Velvet, Black, Layering Weight White card stock, Red Velvet, Black Onyx ink, Master Layouts 2 and 4 die sets,  and foam squares, all Gina K Designs. Tim Holts alcohol inks, Yuppo  black card stock, large heart eyelet, black and white Baker's twine, Misti, Gemini Jr,  

Friday, May 21, 2021


 Happy Friday Peeps,

Before I get to my card post, I have some news. Last Friday was my last day of work. I've joined the officially retired set, and I couldn't be happier. No more driving the freeways of Southern California, no more getting on planes. 

So, how did I spend my first week at home? Lots of reading, I started walking again each morning, and of course some stamping and craft room organization. I'm kind of home bound for a few months without wheels. I've had  company cars for the past 30 years, and my last one was picked up last Friday at 8:00 am. I have ordered a new car, but due to the micro-chip shortage, it doesn't go into production until June 14. Denis, Mr. Personal Chef as I usual refer to him, of course has a car that I can drive when needed, but this first week, I was very content to hang at home.

On to my card, I received some retirement gifts from friends that I wanted to make "Thank You" cards for. Using this week's polka-dots theme at the Paper Players Challenge, I made a few cards. Along with polka-dots, this is also CAS week, and this card is the most CAS of the cards that I made. It's a one layer top folding card base that I embossed using an older SU large dot EF.  The flags are cut from a panel that I made using the C&9th Scattered Dots Turnabout stamp, stamping each rotation with VersaMark ink, then heat embossing with gold EP. The Thank You die is also an older SU die, and I added the gold twine because it just needed a little something more.

You'll notice that the background in my picture looks different than usual. Denis surprised me with a small foldable light box to take my pictures. I usually take my cards out to the deck and take pictures in the sun, so he thought I needed a better setup. It's a small white plastic box that can be folded flat for storage, and it has several colors of fabric to use for the backgrounds. It also has a strip of tiny LED lights that uses a USB connection to turn them on. I can see a bit of a shadow behind the cards, so I clearly need some practice. 

I hope you all have nice weekend plans. Our surrogate daughter's family arrived yesterday to her parents house from NYC. Due to COVID, we've yet to meet her new son, who will turn 1 year old on Sunday. A beach party has been planed. Our plans are to spend as much time as possible with them over the coming week, starting with dinner tonight. Today's plans are to make his BD card. I'm thinking Lawn Fawn jungle animals. We'll see what I can come up with. 

Thanks for checking in,



Concord & 9th Scattered Dots Turnabout stamp, SU Powder Pink, Basic Black, and Gina K Designs Layering Weight white card stocks, SU Large Dots Embossing Folder, VersaMark ink, Gina K Designs Fine Detail gold embossing powder, heat tool, Gina K Designs Stitched Flag die (Master Layouts 2 Dies Set), SU Thanks die, gold twine, Misti, Gemini Jr, liquid glue

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Hi There!


Did you see this video on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She teaches us a cool way to do ink transfer using Distress inks, heat embossing, stencils, water and a die cutting machine. It looked like a super fun technique so I decided to give it try Friday evening after work. I ended up with several panels, some that look pretty good, others not so much. Two that worked well, I've used on these two cards.

The darker one on the right is the panel that I applied the ink to and then embossed with the background stamp. The lighter card on the left is the ink transfer card. For these two cards, all of the stamped images are from Hero Arts.

As the Hero Arts Background stamp is bee themed, I combined it with another Hero Bee themed stamp set to make a card using this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout. I used the Hero Infinity Hexagon die set for the focal element in the sketch.

For the second card, I use the SSS Hexagon Hi die, in keeping with the bee theme. Using a gold gel pen to make the bee's trail on the "Hi" cutout, and then I popped the little bee image like he's "flying off."

This ink transfer is a really fun technique, and once you get going, it's kind of hard to stop, LOL. In Jennifer's video, she uses some stencils in the process. I tried those too, and mine turned out pretty well. Now I just need to make some cards with them.

Happy crafting all, and thanks for checking in,



Hero Arts stamps Bees & Flowers Background, Bees & Flowers Wreath set, My Monthly Hero Jan. 2021 set, SU Bumblebee, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Black card stock, Gina K Designs Heavy Weight white and Honey Mustard card stock, VersaMark, Tim Holts Distress Inks in various gold and yellow shades, Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Copic markers, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Hero set dies, Hero Infinity Hexagon dies, Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Hi die, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1, 2 and 4 die sets, Misti, Big Shot, Gemini Jr, enamel dots, gold gel pen, SU mini Dimensionals

Stay Cool!

 Hello peeps,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I spent most of Saturday sewing some face masks for a friend who asked me to make her some more. We are all vaccinated, but think we will feel comfortable with face masks in crowds through the summer. Today, I set the sewing machine aside and did some stamping.

As Sunday's bring us the new Paper Players Challenge, I like to see what the ladies have cooked up for us. This week, Joanne is our hostess with a fun "card for boys" challenge, and indeed, I had loads of fun crafting this card.

This stamp set by Avery Elle is called Stay Cool, and it's perfect for boy's cards. Today, I made a fun fold card with a belly band. The card is the "mini" slimline size, 6 inches by 3.5 inches. The patterned papers are older SU called Bubbles and Fizz.

For the focal image on the belly band, I stamped the skateboarding bear with Memento tuxedo black and colored him with Copics, then cut the image out with the corresponding die. The circle of stars die is also from Avery Elle and I cut it twice. Once in white card stock and once with holographic card stock. On the white one, I colored the starts with Copics to co-ordinate with the stripes in the patterned paper. I used some foam squares to pop the bear over the star circle cutouts, then used some orange Stickles on the wheels and some Stardust Stickles on the board. I also added some Glossy Accents over his sunglasses. The rectangle base is cut from Gina K Designs stitched rectangles.

Here's the inside of the card, which uses another of the animal images from the set.

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for checking in,



Taylored Expressions Lime Green card stock, SU Bermuda Bay card stock, Gina K Designs heavy weight white card stock, SU Bubbles and Fizz DSP, Avery Elle Stay Cool stamp set and dies, Avery Elle Circle of Stars die, Gina K Designs Single and Double Stitched rectangle dies, Memento Tuxedo Black, GKD Stormy Skies, SU Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist inks, Copic markers, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Misti, Gemini Jr, Foam tape and foam squares

Monday, April 26, 2021

Just For You

 Hi all,

Happy Monday. It was rainy and windy in my neck of the woods this morning, but now the sun is shinning, although it is still windy. Luckily, I worked at home today and didn't have to drive anywhere.

Before I get to my cards, I have been doing more craft room organizing. I have many, actually very many, SU DVD boxes that the stamp sets now come in that are empty. If anyone is interested in them, they are free. Just email me at cbegley@cox.net. We can work out the postage.

I have a couple of cards that I made using Claire's sketch for the new Paper Players Challenge.  I love the layers and elements of the layout and I put it to use for two cards. 

On this first card, I ink blended two white card stock panels with GKD Sandy Beach, Sea Glass and Peach Bellini inks and blending brushes. On one panel I stamped the silhouette image from an older SU set called Just Believe using Black Onyx ink, then cut it out using a stitched oval die. Using the other inked panel as a background I layered it and the oval with black card stock onto a Sea Glass card base. For the horizontal element, I used some SU black beaded cording, and finally added some black enamel dots for embellishments.

For the inside of this card, I used another of the silhouette stamps from the Just Believe set along with a greeting from the SU Happy Thoughts set.

The second card uses the "Kraft Magic" technique. The flower images are stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white EP, then colored with pencils. The background wood paneling is made by scoring the kraft card stock with a Scar-buddy then dragging an ink pad over the panel. I used both white craft ink and dark gray ink. The horizontal piece is made the same way, but I used a kraft ink pad to rub over the paper. The flower and leaf images are cut out with the corresponding set dies and glued with foam squares to the oval. I found some matching kraft enamel dots, (that look blue in the photo), in my stash for embellishments.

This card is going to a good friend and, one of my co-workers who had ankle surgery on Friday, so the inside is Get Well themed.

All supplies on this second card are from GKD.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Thanks for checking in,



Just Believe and Happy Thoughts stamp sets by Stampin' Up, Gina K Designs Layering Weight white, black and Sea Glass card stock, Sandy Beach, Peach Bellini, Sea Glass and Black Onyx ink, blending brushes, GKD Master Layouts 2 dies, GKD Stitched and Double stitched oval dies, SU black cord, enamel dots, Misti, Gemini Jr, foam squares

Elegant Asters, Easter Blessings and Take Care stamp sets by Gina K Designs, Kraft and Layering white card stock, Kraft ink, Hero white craft ink, GKD Stormy Skies ink, VersaMark ink, GKD white detail embossing powder, heat tool, GKD Master Layouts 2 and Stitched oval dies, Scor-buddy, Faber-Castell colored pencils, Misti, Gemini Jr, foam squares, kraft enamel dots

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hope You Have a Great Birthday

Hi Peeps,

Spring has definitely come to the Southern California coast. It's after 6:00 pm and it's 77 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. I hope the weather is equally as nice wherever you are.

I enjoyed the afternoon by having the door and windows wide open in my craft room while I stamped and watched baseball. My two favorite springtime activities.

I wanted more practice coloring images with colored pencils and this Lotus image from Gina K Designs is a good image to use for it. I made two cards, one which fits Laurie's CAS Birthday theme for the new Paper Players Challenge, and another using dies and layers.

The GKD stamp set has two sizes of both the lotus flower and the lily pad images. On the Clean and Simple card, I stamped the smaller images in the bottom part of a single layer card base, masking where needed. I colored the images with colored pencils, then put masks back on the images so I could do some ink blending over them. After the blended ink dried, I stamped the sentiment using the Misti.

Here is the inside of this card. The sentiment is and dragonfly are from two other GKD stamp sets.

The second  card uses the larger lotus and lily pad images. They are stamped, colored and cut out with the corresponding dies. The theme and layout are basically the same as the first card, just more layers, so less CAS. 

Here's the inside of this card.

Have a great week, and thanks for checking in!



Most all supplies are from Gina K Designs

Lovely Lotus, Beautiful Wings, Petals and Wings, Spring Tulips, Bitty Blossoms, and Wishes stamp sets, Heavy and Layering white card stock, Black Onyx, Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Blue Raspberry and Blue Denim ink pads, Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, Gamsol and blending stumps, blending brushes, Lovely Lotus dies, Masking Magic, Misti, Gemini Jr