Tuesday, February 20, 2024


Hello crafty peeps!  It's time for me to share another card for the A Colorful Life Design team.  This card features the St. Paddy's Heart 6x6 stencil:

I actually borrowed a page out of Miss Amy's book of tricks (Amy's Wares) from this video when I created this card.  I dry embossed the stencil as well as ink blending through it, and then added highlights with a white gel pen to add the look of lots of dimension.  I love how it came out!  I decided that the Garden Gnome die from Lawn Fawn needed to transform into a leprechaun to go with this shamrock-filled heart shape.  I had tons of fun paper piecing this guy together using green cardstock from my stash.  He's having fun throwing gold up in the air, and to create this look, I used some of the FABULOUS new bling also from A Colorful Life Designs.  This shiny gold is called Metallic Gold Card Bling, and this is just one of the absolutely gorgeous colors of bling that Mary Kay has in the shop!  What I love the best (besides the fab colors!), is that there aren't any holes in these for any glue to squeeze through.  This gold also pairs perfectly with the gold foil cardstock from Recollections that I used to mat the image panel.  For an added whimsical touch, I attached the gnome/leprechaun to an action wobbler.  The sentiment is from the Magic Messages stamp set also by Lawn Fawn, stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.  

That's it, my friends!  Until next time, take care!

~ Marie 💖

Friday, February 16, 2024


 Hello crafty peeps!  I'm back on the blog to share my DT card for the {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge, Sketch #42.  Here's the sketch:

And here is my card!

Friends, I am having the HARDEST time editing photos taken with my new phone!  My set up is the same as it was before, but the new camera just makes my pics look weird!  I have no idea what to do to change it, or if I even CAN change it.  <sigh>  

ANYWAY, I did manage to get a pic of this card edited to my satisfaction.  I had way more fun making this card then I did editing the pic!  I knew I wanted to use one of these adorable My Creative Time gingerbread die sets, and for this card, I chose the Sweet Gingerbread Companion for the body of my ginger.  Since the sketch challenge is also a Christmas card challenge, I used the Sweet Gingers Christmas Add-Ons die set to dress him up.  Isn't he just TOO CUTE dressed up like an elf?  I am IN LOVE with how he came together!  You can barely see it beneath the banner he is holding, but I also die cut the pirate vest from the Sweet Gingerbread Person Costumes #2 die set to add to his outfit. 

 The pink polka dotted paper is also from My Creative Time and is from the Ginger Chefs 6x6 paper pad.   The letters that spell out NOEL on the banner come from one of Emma's newer sets called Prim Hearts & Alpha.  Now, the cutie patootie face on the ginger comes from one of the MANY fabulous face sets from the Peachy Keen store, and it's called Rosie's Favorites Faces 1 1/8".  How can you not fall in love with a cute face like that?  Other supplies used to make this card include:

 White rectangle layer - Spellbinders A2 Card Creator Set A
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug/Provo Craft
Diamond Dotz - Frost
Oxide ink - Vintage Photo (ink blended on embossed panel)
Distress Ink - Festive Berries (cheeks)
white gel pen
Pompom - Hobby Lobby


Sparkles Christmas:  Use Kraft card
Christmas Craft Creations Feb 24: Use stencils or embossing folders
Thanks for dropping by today!  If you haven't already, head on over to the {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge blog to see what inspiration awaits from some of the other DT members AND join in the challenge yourself!  You KNOW you will be needing those Christmas cards, so why not get started now? 😉  

Until next time, take care! 

~ Marie 💖

Thursday, February 15, 2024


 Hello crafty friends!  I'm back to share my DT card creations for ABC Christmas Challenge, where C is for CATS, and D is for DOGS.  I made one for each animal. 

C is for CATS

D is for DOGS

I made it easy for myself this month by using some print and cut Silhouette files from Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings.  I own quite a few images from this artist, as I think they are so adorable!  For the backgrounds of my cards, I used 2 amazing stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.  The one I used on the canine card is called Paws, and the ornament behind the festive feline is the 5" ornament from the Marvelous Masks Ornaments set.  The sentiments are from Lawn Fawn, with "have yourself a merry little Christmas" coming from the Merry Messages set, and "meowy Christmas" is a combination of words from Meow You Doin'? and Christmas Dreams.  I was so excited that I was able to match up the "meow" so perfectly with the "y" from merry!  It's the little things sometimes, isn't it? 😉  Both of the critters are popped up on Dollar Tree foam tape for dimension.  The inks I used were Medium Spruce and Dark Spruce from Gina K for the paw prints, with a little bit of Weathered Wood oxide ink for a highlight.  The red ink is Memento Rhubarb Stalk.  The silver is Delicata's Silvery Shimmer ink, and the meowy Christmas was stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne.

I am happy with how cute both of these cards turned out, and they will be perfect to give to any dog or cat lover for Christmas!

I appreciate you stopping by today!  Please pop on over to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for this month's letters, and to join in as well.  There is always a chance to win a great little prize!


Sparkles Christmas: Use kraft card

Christmas Craft Creations:  Stencils or Embossing folders

Until next time, please take care! 😊

~ Marie

Friday, January 12, 2024


 Hello crafty friends!  Happy Friday, and happy long weekend for me!  One of the holidays that we celebrate where I work is Martin Luther King Day, so I am off work this coming Monday.  WHOOPIE!!  Even though I just went back to work last week after being off for 13 days, I need another break!  🤣🤣🤣

Anyway, I am here to share my card for Sketch 41 for the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers challenge.  

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Didn't this turn out cute?  I'm so happy with this card! 💓 I used a bunch of products from a variety of companies, which really makes me feel like I am using my crafty stash instead of hoarding it, LOL!  Who else can relate to that statement? 😉  OK, let me rattle these off...

Navy and black cardstocks-- Recollections 

Blue shimmer cardstock-- Recollections 

Silver holographic cardstock-- Recollections 

White glitter cardstock-- Walmart

Gingham Galore Holiday paper-- Honey Bee Stamps

Little Mr. Snowman die set (includes the snowflakes and the sentiment)-- My Creative Time The coffee mug is also from My Creative Time, but I forget which set it is from!

Scallop Circle Frames die-- Whimsy Stamps 

Miscellaneous-- R20 Copic marker for the cheeks, white gel pen for highlights, Bearly Art Glue, Dollar Tree foam squares to pop up Mr. Snowman

And that's it!  I thank you so much for stopping by today.  Now, don't forget to head on over to the {BYSHC} blog to see what the rest of the DT have created with this great sketch, and of course we want you to join in the fun, too!  You must enter your cards into the challenge album in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers FB group. You have until Jan. 31st at 11:59 PST to submit your cards, so there's still plenty of time. 



Caffeinated Christmas #25:  Snowflakes

Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round Jan '24:  Snowflakes

12 Months of Christmas Link Up #108:  ATG Christmas

Merry Little Christmas #54:  ATG

Crafty Calendar Jan '24:  ATG

Love to Craft #78:  ATG

Mix It Up #69:  ATG

Moving Along With The Times #162:  New Craft Item (snowman die & stamp set)

613 Avenue Create Jan '24:  ATG

Crafts Galore Encore #119:  ATG (2/3)

The Paper Funday #61:  ATG (2/6)

Die Cut Divas Jan '24:  NBUS (snowman stamp & die set)

A Place to Start Jan '24:  ATG

SheepSki Design #82:  ATG (2/3)

Mirtillamente #27:  ATG

Ellibelle's Wednesday Challenge Jan '24:  ATG

Ally's Angels #78:  ATG

Crafty Catz #663:  ATG

Gem of a Challenge #1:  ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #221:  ATG

Word Art Wednesday #629-#630:  ATG

Holly and Ivy #154:  ATG Christmas

My Time to Craft #525:  Something New in Your Stash (snowman stamp & die set)

Peace on Earth #55:  ATG Christmas

Krafty Chicks #698:  Christmas

Until next time, take care! 🤗

~ Marie

Wednesday, January 10, 2024



B is for BERRIES

Hello crafty friends!  It's time for me to share my first card being back on the design team at the ABC Christmas ChallengeI'm sure most of you know how the challenge works, but for those who don't; we spend the year going through the letters of the alphabet 2 or 3 per month and pick themes to go with each letter.  Then the design team creates Christmas cards based on the themes, and we invite everyone to join in!  It really is fun to see how the themes can be interpreted. The host of each challenge picks her Top 5 favorites from the link entries, and one lucky participant wins a prize!  This challenge is a great way to help get those Christmas cards made throughout the year, and the themes are a great starting point.

So, now that I have explained how the challenge works, let me show you my Anything Christmas card:

Actually, I made 2 very similar cards:

The beautiful pattern on the cards is from the intricate Lacy Edge stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This stencil is a 6x9 size, so I borrowed a page from Jennifer McGuire's book of tricks and stenciled 2 panels at once.  This video is the one I had in mind.  I used Gina K's beautiful Light, Medium, and Dark Spruce inks and a blending brush to achieve this look.  I mounted each panel onto gold mirror cardstock from Michael's, and mounted that to a green shimmer paper, also from Michael's.  The rectangular panels were die cut with Spellbinders A2 Card Creator dies, and the green shimmer paper was die cut with a Gina Marie Designs Nested Scalloped Stitched Rectangle die.  The elegant Noel sentiment is also from Gina Marie Designs, and I cut that from the same gold mirror cardstock and also from the green shimmer to act as a shadow layer.

I think these cards came out so pretty, and I really want to make more in other colors, and even for other occasions, as I think the Lacy Edge stencil can be used for pretty much anything If you decide that you NEED  this stencil in your stash, you can use my code MarieFan10 to save on your entire order, with the exception of the Master Creator Bundles.


Peace on Earth #55:  ATG Christmas
Daisy Chain #81:  No Design Paper

That's all for now, my friends!  Don't forget to drop by the ABC Christmas Challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team members have created, and to add your Christmas cards to the linky! Until next time, take care!

~ Marie

Sunday, January 7, 2024


  Hello, hello, crafty friends!  It's been a bit since my last blog post (October 20, 2023 to be exact.), and I have some exciting news to share!   I have decided to kick 2023 to the curb and only do things that I LOVE in 2024 and to start things off with a bang, I have joined the design team at A Colorful Life Designs!  

In case you haven't heard of A Colorful Life Designs yet, it is a small woman-owned business based in Texas, and the owner Mary Kay creates the most FABULOUS stencils, and she has just introduced 21 gorgeous colors of card bling as well.  For the stamp lovers out there, Mary Kay also has a few of those in the store.  I am super stoked to be on this team full of talented artists, and I can't wait to share my creations featuring A Colorful Life Designs products with you!

And to add to doing more of what I love this year, I am excited to be rejoining the ABC Christmas Challenge design team.  You guys know how cuckoo I am about making Christmas cards all year long, so I will be sharing 1 or 2 Christmas cards a month for this awesome design team as well.

 I will also be continuing on as a design team member for the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers design team.  I really enjoy the challenge of creating cards based on the sketches that Crystal provides, and the quarterly linky hops are loads of fun!

Last, but certainly not least, I will still be collaborating with my beloved Squirrel Sisters in 2024.  We are discussing making some changes to our blog hop, but haven't reached any conclusions yet, so watch this space for more details!

All of this will keep me plenty busy, but I am always open to any new opportunities that may come along!

Ok, that's it for my crafty update!  I am greatly looking forward to all of this creative fun in 2024, and I hope you will join me on this journey!

Take Care

~ Marie

Friday, October 20, 2023


 Hey, hey, friends!  It's time for another {BYSHC} Linky Party!  WOOHOO!!

That's right, crafty peeps, get those Christmas and holiday card making supplies out of storage (GASP!), dust them off and put them to use!  Or, if you're like me and keep them close at hand, just pick something out of your stash and start creating!

My first hop card is also my second card for Sketch #38:

This card did not turn out as I had envisioned it, but I still think it's cute.  I used two stencils from one of our FABULOUS sponsors, A Colorful Life Designs.  The white card layer features one of Mary Kay's newest stencils called Merry Christmas.  I masked off and inked every other row using oxide inks in Lumberjack Plaid and Lucky Clover.  After the ink was dry, I laid the stencil back over the cardstock, but just a little offset, and then spread Star Dust Stickles through it.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the effect is so cool in real life!  For the four smaller pieces of the sketch, I used another new stencil called Layered Gingerbread.  Since developing a love for gingerbread things (Thanks, Jillian Norwood!), I just HAD to have this stencil set!  I ink blended the cute gingy bodies with Ground Espresso oxide ink, and for the sweet little smiley faces, I used black Pops of Color from Scrapbook.Com.  To tone down the white of this layer, I blended the residual ink left on the brush all over the panel.
After everything was dry, I die cut the Merry Christmas panel with the largest Sprinkles Scallops Rectangle die from Whimsy Stamps and adhered it flat to a slightly larger green cardstock layer.  The gingerbread piece was cut to the specifications of the sketch and glued down flat to the Merry Christmas layer.  For the circle element of the sketch, I pulled out this ADORABLE 2x2 Gingerbread Man Stamp from Dianna Marcum.  I LOVE HIM!!!!  So, so cute!  I colored him with Copics, and for a special touch, I added white puffy paint to the icing, and Xmas Red Stickles to the heart.  He is also decorated with some white gel pen.  I did pop him up on foam tape for some dimension.  The sentiment is from the Gingerbread Kisses stamp set by Avery Elle and was die cut using one of the dies from the Quick Strips die set from Whimsy Stamps.  This die set is super handy for die cutting sentiments!

Well, that is all from me today, my friends!  I'm glad you stopped by, and make sure you head on over to the {BYSHC} blog to participate in the Linky Party!  There are many fabulous sponsors again this time, so you don't wanna miss it!  😊

Take care!

~ Marie

Saturday, September 30, 2023


Hey there crafty peeps!  How in the heck have you been?  It's been a little while since I have posted here, hasn't it?  Since I have been on the Whimsy Stamps Instapinner DT, I mainly post on Instagram and Pinterest.  It's so darn easy to use my phone for posting on IG, but I have always found it difficult to post to my blog using my phone.  Anyway, my Squirrel Sisters and I are back from a summer break, and we're ready to tackle some more of our sorely neglected stash.

This month's theme is ANNIVERSARY, with a supply of EMBOSSING FOLDERS.  I didn't overthink this one, and I actually finished it pretty quickly.  In our little group, I am usually one of the last ones to get a card done for our hops, but this time I came in second!  Although, I *am* writing up this post at the last minute, so there's that.  Here's my card:

I LOOOOOOVE how this turned out!  I chose the Spellbinders Embossing folder of the month from August 2022 called Intertwined Lattice as I thought it made a nice "basic" pattern for any type of card.  I chose to showcase the debossed side of the pattern, and then pulled out Uncharted Mariner Oxide ink and did some blending with a blending brush.  I went heavy toward the edges and kept a lighter hand in the middle (which is hard for me to do!)  I wasn't completely happy with the contrast I was getting, so I got the Black Soot Oxide ink pad out and added that around the edges.  I went back and forth between the two colors until I got the look I wanted, and boy does it look pretty!  For the sentiment, I pulled out the Tim Holtz Celebration Words:  Script die set, and decided on anniversary wishes, instead of the more commonly used happy anniversary.  After die cutting the words from my favorite Pen+Gear white glitter paper, I laid them against the background to see how it looked, but I thought they got rather lost.  I die cut a nice oval from some vellum, and that did the trick!  I love that vellum diffuses the background without really covering it up.  I adhered the glitter sentiment to the vellum oval using the tiniest dots of Bearly Art glue, and then I die cut the words once more from scrap white cardstock and adhered that to the BACK of the vellum oval right behind the glitter words.  That gave me the perfect way to adhere the vellum oval to the background, while also adding a little dimension.  Jennifer McGuire has shown this quite often in her videos.  And that, my friends, is it!

If you are hopping along (and why wouldn't you?), it's just 4 of us this month, as our beloved V had a heavy workload this month.  Here is the lineup for you:

Marie <----- That's me!

Let me know what you think of my Squirrel Sisters' creations...I know I can't wait to see what their fabulous hands and minds have created!  Please consider subscribing to our blogs if you haven't already and leave us some comment love!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend! 😄 Take care!

~ Marie

Friday, July 21, 2023


 Hello, hello!  Welcome back to my blog!  It's time for another Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Linky Party, WOOT, WOOT!  And since it IS July, that means it's a Christmas in July Linky Party!  Today is Day 1, and this party will be going strong until the 28th, so get those Christmas and winter holiday cardmaking supplies dusted off and get creating!

For my first card, I followed {BYSHC} Sketch 35:

And here is my card:

I decided I wanted to get a little fun and fancy with my layers for this card, so I used the Wavy Pierced Rectangles dies from Whimsy Stamps to die cut my patterned papers.  These papers come from the Fa La La La 12x12 paper pad from Recollections that I have had in my stash for several years now.  I just love the bright colors in this paper pad, and of course this gingerbread paper was the perfect match for this fun-loving gingie!  The image and sentiment are also from Whimsy Stamps and come from the Gingerbread Fun stamp set.  This stamp set is too cute, and I need to use it more often!  I also used a lot of my favorite white glitter paper from Pen + Gear (Walmart); once as the mat for the gingie paper, and then again to make the little snowy hill.  I partially die cut it with the same Wavy Pierced Rectangle die I used for the dotted paper so it would have the same edge.  I realized during the photo shoot that I hadn't followed the sketch exactly on the small panel, but I did hurry up and add some black enamel dots to at least have that element of the sketch.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink using my MISTI.  I love that tool!  It has definitely changed the game when it comes to stamping!  Oh, and the cute gingie was colored with Copic markers.  I love those too!

Additional items used:  Bearly Art Glue, foam adhesives from the Dollar Tree

Thanks for stopping by today!  I really appreciate you all taking time out from your busy days to drop by and read a bit about the creation of my card.  Ok, now it's time for you to get busy and create your own Christmas and/or winter holiday cards and get them linked up to the Linky Party!  Remember, you have until the 28th to join, and I forgot to mention that we have some fabulous sponsors joining us again, so you don't want to miss out!

~ Marie

Saturday, July 1, 2023


Hello, and welcome back to my blog!  My Squirrel Sisters and I are back again to inspire you with some Christmas in July cards for our Squirrelz Stash Bash Hop!

This month's supply is FOIL, in any form that it comes in.  I don't have a hot foil system, so I simply used some foil cardstock on my card:

So, I went WAY OFF BASE with my card this month by making a pastel rainbow unicorn slimline card!  OK, so technically it's a Pegasus, but I had it already stamped and cut out, so it fit the bill for our challenge, which is to use the stuff we have not been using!  By the way, almost of all the stamps and dies I've used on this card are from Whimsy Stamps.  The Slimline Fancy Frame die cut was also sitting around from a recent 180-degree card making turn.  So, I inked up the panel with the 6x9 It's Cloudy stencil, and while that dried a bit, I dug around for the light pink foil cardstock I KNEW I had (I couldn't find it at first!) to die cut this rainbow from the Array of Rainbows die set.  I die cut the larger cloud from the set from my favorite Pen+Gear white glitter paper and adhered that to the top of the rainbow with glue and foam tape.  The unicorn is from the Unicorn Wishes stamp set and I colored it with Copics.  It was suggested to me by a good friend (thanks, Karen!) that the unicorn needed a Santa hat.  I knew that I could most likely find something in one of my Lawn Fawn sets that sadly don't get enough use either.  The only hat I found that would fit was this one from the Yeti or Not stamp set.  I colored and fussy cut it out and glued it to the top of the unicorn's head.  This necessitated the removal of one of the unicorn's ears that stuck out from above the hat. 😨  The unicorn is also popped up on foam tape.  Oh, and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Winter Unicorn mini stamp set. 😉  The card base is a 3.5x 8.5 slimline.  Here is a better pic of the true foil colors (except for the holographic stripe in the middle) 😒

OK, friends, your next stop on the hop is the incredible Karen at Misplaced Mojo.  In case you get lost somehow, here is the full hop list (it's small!)

Marie (that's me!)

Thanks for stopping by today, and Merry Christmas in July!  


Monday, May 29, 2023


Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog.  It's been a hot minute since I've made a post, so let's see if I can still do it, shall we?

It's that time of the month again, and the Squirrel Squad is feeling pretty funny this time around


That's the name of the game for this month's theme and supply, and here is the card I made:

I've kinda had this card idea floating around in my head ever since I bought this Layered Cups stencil set from A Colorful Life Designs.  I was so inspired by the beautiful rainbow card that Amy's Wares created (you can watch her video HERE), that I just had to get this set, even though I am a lover of iced coffee myself.  
In keeping with the coffee idea, I used kraft cardstock to create my card.  I blended Lost Shadow oxide ink through the cup shape stencil with a blending brush, and then I ink blended the design stencil layer with Gina K inks in Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Lilac in a diagonal pattern. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I think it came out well!  I also ink blended the edges of the card base with Ground Espresso oxide ink.  The panel was die cut with the largest Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from Whimsy Stamps, and then I added a piece of fun foam to the back of the panel and glued it to the card base. The sentiment comes from the Coffee stamp set from A Colorful Life Designs, which I stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, and fussy cut in a flag shape.  I finished off the inside of the card (which I hardly ever do until I actually need it!) like so 😄:

I ink blended the same Ground Espresso oxide ink through the Coffee Beans stencil, also by A Colorful Life Designs, in the bottom right corner.  DECAF comes from the same stamp set and was also stamped in the Nocturne ink.  I think any serious coffee drinker would totally love this card! 

Ok, yall know how a hop works, so your next stop is the uber fabulous V over at Passions and Distractions.  I know I can't wait to see what she has created for this month!

Thanks for stopping by today and take care!

~ Marie


Hello crafty peeps!  It's time for me to share another card for the A Colorful Life Design team.  This card features the St. Paddy'...