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

Friday, April 21, 2023



Hey friends, thanks for stopping by my blog today!  It's time to get those Christmas card making supplies back out of storage (or if you're like me, they are never too far out of reach!), and get some cards made for this year's supply!  Here is one card that I have ready for my stash:

I created this card based on the current sketch #32:
This card was put together using all My Creative Time products.  I just love Emma's CUTE stamps, dies, and papers!  These all come from the 127th edition release, and the 128th edition mini release from the end of last year.  The papers are from the Let It Snow paper pad, and the Dots, Solids and Stripes paper pad that was made to coordinate with it.  I think I have mentioned this before, but the thing I love most about Emma's products is that she creates designs in the papers that can be die cut with the dies that go with the stamp set!  Isn't that just awesome? That way, if you need a quick card, or don't feel like coloring a stamped image, you can just die cut one from the paper pad, and it is all perfectly coordinated!  That's exactly what I did here with the cute snowman.  He is resting on top of the beautiful Snowflake Tag die, which is currently out of stock, but don't worry, I'm sure it will be back soon!  Another thing that is so fabulous about Emma's stamp and die sets is that she creates dies to coordinate with the sentiments, at least most of the time.  That sure makes it fun to add a sentiment in a different way than just on a banner or strip.  I added some fun dimension by adding foam tape to the snowflake tag, the snowman, and the sentiment.

OK, so I hope my card has inspired you to get those Christmas card making goodies out and get creating!  Don't forget to add them to the blog post for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors!

Take care and see you next time!


Friday, March 31, 2023


 Hello crafty friends!  My Squirrel Sisters and I are back at it today, sharing cards we made with some neglected supplies, with the theme of INTERACTIVE BIRTHDAY cards.

So, if you've been here before, you know how this works.  Each month, we decide on a theme and/or add a technique/supply that we utilize to give love to some crafty goodies that haven't ever been used, or haven't seen the light of day in a long time.
For my card, I decided to dig out this awesome Big Candles stencil from  A Colorful Life Designs, which I had never used before.  A couple of the Sisters had challenged each other to also use foil this month, so I joined in.  This led me to using another product that had not been used yet, Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo.  As you can see from my pic, I clearly need more practice using this stuff, as there are quite a few places that are bare!  But, I figured this was going to be inside a shaker, so it would be OK. 😳  

Somewhere in my craft room, I have a gallon size zipper bag chock full of recycled packaging for making full panel shakers, but do you think I have ANY IDEA where it is?  Nope!  I had to cut apart one of the packages I had kept a slimline die in to make this shaker.  🙄    I kept it simple by only adding sequins from the Honey Bee Clear Iris mix, which I may or may not have used before, I have no idea!  I die cut the happy birthday sentiment from Honey Bee's Bitty Buzzwords die set, using both the words and the shadows layers for more presence. I then glued the whole shebang down into a 5.5" square card base.

Well, that is it for me!  Our hop is a little bit shorter this month, as one of our Sisters had to completely trash her card after she dropped an ink pad on it... 😳.  So please hop onto the next Sister in line, which is the fabulous Karen at Misplaced Mojo.  I know you will not be disappointed that you did!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

~ Marie

Monday, February 27, 2023


Hello crafty friends!  Welcome back to my neglected blog!  It's that time of the month again where my crafty besties and I blow the dust off of some idle supplies and actually USE them!  I apologize for being late this month, but time got away from me, and I just wasn't able to finiish on time.  We like to call this the Squirrelz Stash Bash!

This month, we decided to work with animals/critters and texture and/or glitter paste, and here is my card:

I absolutely ADORE Tracey Hey stamps, and I am on an unofficial mission to collect them all.  There are actually more out there than I originally thought, so it may take me a while!  Anyway, I loved this lion from the first moment I saw him, so I wanted this to be the first of Tracey's stamps that I used.  I recently watched a YouTube video from Marilyn G where she colored an adorable Dianna Marcum bunny stamp using the dot method, and I was so inspired by it, that I decided to do this lion the same way.  This took me QUITE AWHILE, my friends!  Trying to make the dots as random as possible, while also varying their size was an interesting exercise in patience for me, but I am totally IN LOVE with the end result!  I used 3 shades of each color, and tried to follow the colors as they are shown on the stamp packaging:

I also added white gel pen accents here and there.

ANYWAY, I created the background by spreading Martha Stewart Onyx glitter paste through my favorite stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, called Up Down TrianglesI think these triangles work very well to give a "tribal" feeling to the card.  Now, as far as Martha Calling this a "glitter" paste, I think it's a bit of a misnomer.  This color has nowhere NEAR the glitter that her other colors have, so I decided to sprinkle some Simon Says Stamp Unicorn Confetti glitter over the top while the paste was still wet.  This stuff really adds the EVERYTHING!  😂 When the paste was dry, I cut the panel down with a Whimsy Stamps Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and glued it onto a super thin black matting layer.  That was then glued down to the A2 card base.  I popped the lion up on foam tape.  I combined the "Be A" and "warrior" sentiments, and then stamped the largest swish on top of the warrior word with Barn Door Distress ink.  I trimmed down the sentiment strip with my mini Tim Holtz trimmer, and then also went around the edges with the same red ink.  And that's it!

OK, your next stop on the hop is the uber fabulous Karen at Misplaced MojoOur hop is but a small one, and we would love it if you would hop all the way through...and perhaps subscribe if you haven't already!  Oh, and we also love to get comment love from you, so please leave us some comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by and take care! 💗

~ Marie

Friday, January 27, 2023


Hey friends!  Super short and sweet post, as I have very limited time to post tonight.  It's that time where my crafty besties and I dig into our stashes and create some beauties to look at.  That's right it's time for...
This month we focused on LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP with ink blending.  Here's my card:

I used the Lawn Fawn Lots of Hearts stencil set to do my ink blending through, and used Gina K inks in Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink, Lovely Lavendar, and Wild Lilac.  I had wanted to add a clear glitter paste on top of the lighter colored hearts, but my paste had dried up, and that was the only one I had.  I tried to use Stickles, but it went all over the place, so this is actually panel #2.  😏  I die cut the ink blended panel with a Wonky Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs.  The black layer behind the panel is glitter cardstock I had lying around, and so is the die cut sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps honey cuts set Bitty Buzzwords.  The die cut heart is from Spellbinders, and I embossed the white layer with a Spellbinders Embossing folder of the month called Spreading Love.  I finished the inside with the sentiment "to know you sweet friend" from the Bitty Buzzwords stamp set.

Next in the hop is the super talented V of Passions and Distractions, and I know you won't want to miss out on what she has created!  Please subscribe to our blogs if you haven't already and leave us some comment love!  Take Care!

~ Marie 

Friday, December 30, 2022


Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  My Squirrel Sisters and I have managed to squeeze in *one more* hop for this year.
This month's theme is FAVORITE TECHNIQUE, so you are bound to see that we all have our favorite things to do when it comes to this card making hobby we all share.  After some pondering, I decided that my favorite technique (for now anyway) is die cutting.  Now as far as a theme goes, you know that I will ALWAYS choose Christmas, and that I can't pass up a cute critter, so my card encompasses all three of these things.

Now, I REALLY busted through my stash for this card!  I have a small basket I keep uncolored images and completed die cuts in, so I rummaged through it, looking for something I could throw together at the last minute.  Like, literally.  It is after midnight as I type this, and we are leaving for Gettysburg tomorrow morning!  ANYWAY, I found some shimmer backgrounds I had made ohhh, probably this past summer or maybe even last summer.  Then I found this Cheery Deer from Lawn Fawn that I had assembled some time ago too.  I fell in love with the idea of that cute deer sitting in the middle of this shimmery background.  I cut the background down with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs, then popped the deer up on foam tape.  I die cut the fa la la from Lawn Fawn's Winter Big Scripty Words lawn cuts from black cardstock and glued it down at the bottom of the shimmer panel.  All of this is adhered to a standard A2 top-folding card base.

OK friends, I have got to go to bed!  The lovely Ms. Anna is next in the hop lineup this time, but please won't you take a little extra time to hop the whole way through?  We love it when you do!  We also love it when you leave us some comment love!  Take care! 😊

~ Marie 💗

Friday, December 23, 2022

{BYSHC} SKETCH #29 -- DECEMBER 23, 2022

Hello friends, happy Friday, and happy Christmas Eve eve!  Are you all ready for the BIG DAY in 2 days?  I can hardly believe that it's that close already; I remember as a kid it always seemed that Christmas was SOOOOO FAAAAARRR AWAAAAAAY, and now it just comes and goes in a flash!  Sigh, to be a kid again at Christmas!  What a magical time!

Anyway, I digress...I'm here today to share the first card I made using the current sketch at {BYSHC}, Sketch #29:

As meticulous as I like to be when making my cards, this sketch threw me for a loop when it came to placing the triangular pieces on the green vellum mat "just right."  I NEEDED to have all the spacing equal or I would go crazy!  I tried just placing the patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Knit Picky 6x6 paper pad onto the vellum, but it just kept sliding around, so I finally tore off some pieces of        Therm-o-Web's Pixie Tape (love this stuff!) and made hinges over the edge of the vellum to keep the pieces in place while I glued them down.  They are still a *little* off, but I think this method worked pretty well overall.

Now, the centerpiece of this card is made up of the negative pieces of this Circle Ho Ho Ho Die from My Creative Time that I used to make this ornament.  I just thought they would make an excellent focal point also, as the Ho's are so easy to read.  I glued all of the layers (7 or 8 of them) together with the white glitter layer on top and added them to a die cut circle of the green vellum.  This may have been a bit of overkill for the front of a card, as now it is pretty heavy and bulky.  I will know better for the next time!  I really like how you can still see the patterned paper, especially the red, through the vellum.  All of this is adhered onto a white A2 top-folding card base.


The Paper Funday #48:  ATG w/optional twist - Holiday Time
A Place to Start:  ATG w/optional twist - Happy Holidays
Fab 'n' Funky #563:  Last Minute Christmas
The Holly and Ivy #130:  ATG Christmas (3/3)
Crafty Gals Corner #238:  Tis the Season
CCAYR:  Waiting for Santa

OK friends, thanks for stopping by today!   Head on over to the {BYSHC} blog to see what DT creations there are to inspire you, and then head on over to the Facebook Group to join in with a card if you have some time to spare in this "crunch time" before Christmas.  Take care!  😊

~ Marie 💗

Sunday, December 18, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  As you may or may not know, this will be my last post as a DT member for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, please see my previous post for the reason.

OK, this month we are being sponsored by the fabulous

Alex Syberia





The design team could choose any image or cut file for their project, so I chose this gorgeous Layered Christmas Ornament and Bow cut file.  Here is what I created:

I was in need of some presents for my purple-loving work besties, so I got to work choosing glitter and shimmer cardstocks and regular cardstocks to go with them.  For some, I didn't have cardstock to match, so I busted out some Distress inks in regular and Oxides to make my own papers.  That would be the lightest layers on the first 2 ornaments.  For the third one, I just chose a silver shimmer paper to add to the mix.  I made 2 of each, for a total of 6.  That way, I could give them each a set.

  My last day of work for the year (YAY!) was this past Wednesday (thanks in part to some inclement weather on Thursday), so I have already given them to my besties, and they loved them!  This cut file was very nice to work with, and I love that it gives me that layered look that some of those expensive dies have, for much cheaper!  Thank you, Alex for the pretty cut file!  Oh, and I didn't get the chance to add the bow, although I would have loved to!


Winter Wonderland:  End of Year ATG (3/3)
Sparkles Christmas:  Non-traditional Christmas Colors
SheepSki Designs #69:  Tis the Season (3/3)
The Crafting Challenge:  Christmas (3/3)
Fab 'n' Funky #563:  Last Minute Christmas (ATG)
The Holly and Ivy #130:  ATG Christmas (2/3)
QKR Stampede #457:  ATG (3/3)
Papercraft Challenges #89:  Decking the Halls
Crafty Gals Corner #238:  Tis the Season (2/3)

Well, I so appreciate you stopping by today!  I don't know if I will be posting again before Christmas or not, so if I don't, I wish those of you who celebrate to have a Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year and may we all have a Blessed New Year in 2023!  Take care! 😄

~ Marie 💗

Saturday, December 17, 2022


 Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  I have some exciting news that I have been DYING to share with you all...I am now a member of the Whimsy Stamps 2023 Instapinner team! 

I am BEYOND EXCITED about this yall!  When Crystal Komara asked me about joining a few months ago, I was totally flabbergasted to have even been noticed by anyone, and since then I have been chomping at the bit to let it be known!  I have not always been good at keeping secrets, and sometimes I still am not good at it, but I did manage to keep this one under wraps until a couple of days ago, when it was announced.  So being an Instapinner is probably pretty self-explanatory to those of us familiar with Instagram and Pinterest, but just to be clear, those are the places where we will be concentrating on sharing our projects.  I may or may not have time to add them here to my blog, so I may be silent here for a while.  I'll have to see what happens once the ball gets rolling starting January 1, 2023.
For the time being, I am stepping down from all of my design teams, with the exception of {BYSHC}.  I signed up for a 6-month term, and I plan to follow through with it.  Once that time period is up, I will be better able to see if I can handle staying on the team or not.

ANYWAY, that's my exciting news!  I am super excited to see where this new adventure will lead!  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my last Lil Patch of Crafty Friends blog post coming tomorrow.  Take care! 😄

~ Marie 💗

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


Hello, my friends and welcome back to my blog!  It's time for another ABC Christmas challenge, and this will be my last one.  I haven't been on this team for very long, but it sure has been a very pleasant experience for me, and given the chance in the future, I would love to become a DT member again!  Many thanks to Helen for this opportunity to work with her and the rest of the DT!

Anyway, this challenge is for the letters

Y for Youngsters (for or featuring a child)


Z for Zoom (mode of transportation)

This card features stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp called Paw-liday Pups.  I let the patterned paper from the Journey to the North Pole 6x6 paper pad from Recollections do the majority of the work on this card.  I hardly ever do this, but I really like the end result!  I used Wonky Stitched Rectangles from Gina Marie Designs to cut the dark green cardstock mat layer, and also the image layer.  The striped layer was die cut with a Spellbinders card creator die, but it was so close in size to the image panel that I could hardly see it.  I decided to cut it diagonally and offset it a bit behind the image panel, which I liked much better.  I stamped, die cut and colored the doggie, and added white gel pen highlights and shimmer with Wink of Stella.  Since he's zooming down that hill, I mounted him to the card with a mini action wobbler.  The sentiment was stamped with Versa Fine Clair Nocturne using the MISTI.


Winter Wonderland:  ATG end of year challenge
Sparkles Christmas:  Non-traditional Christmas colors
Critter Crazy #69:  ATG with a featured critter
The Paper Funday #48:  ATG w/optional twist, Holiday Time (2/6)
A Place to Start #12:  ATG w/optional twist, Happy Holidays
SheepSki Designs #69:  Tis the Season (2/3)
The Crafting Challenge:  Christmas (2/3)
Incy Wincy Designs:  Christmas and/or Movement (2/5)
The Four Seasons Challenge:  ATG Winter (2/3)
Fab 'n' Funky #563:  Last Minute Christmas (ATG Christmas)
The Holly and Ivy #130:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
QKR Stampede #457:  ATG (2/3)
Crafty Gals Corner #238:  Tis the Season (1/3)

I thank you so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head on over to the ABC Christmas challenge to see what the rest of the DT made, and to join in!  Take care!  😊

~ Marie 💗

Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Hello dear friends!  How are you doing now that we are mere WEEKS away from the BIG DAY?  I myself am starting to freak out a bit, as I don't have any cards ready to mail out yet.  UGH!!  Making them is one thing, but sending them is quite another, isn't it?  I'll be off Thursday and Friday this week, so I am planning to put a dent in it then.  Cross your fingers for me, will ya?  😉

Anyway, for today's post, I have 2 cards to share with you that I created as a guest designer for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 challenge.  Each month, there are 2 sketches provided, and you can work with one or both.  There is also an optional twist to spark your creativity.  Here are the sketches for this month:

The optional twist is Ditsy & Dotty (Spots & Stripes).  Here are my cards, using only the first sketch:

For the blue card, I used beautiful papers from the 6x6 Oh Holy Night paper pad from Hobby Lobby, and this gorgeous Momenta dove die set, also from Hobby Lobby.  I cut the dove parts from gold foil paper, and I partially cut the wing design from the white glitter cardstock I have been using lately in order to inlay the leafy part of the design back into the gold wing. Honestly, I did that to hide the fact that I made one HECK of a mess getting glue on the gold foil.  UGH.  I did my best to clean it up, and the finished result looks fine.  I used some white Diamond Dotz over the holes in the design, and a holographic one for the eye.  When I bought these, I actually thought that the holographic ones looked black, which is why I bought them.  Guess I'll have to go back to JoAnn's for some more!   The peace and joy words are also part of the dove die set, so I cut them from the same white glitter cardstock and used them as the side elements on the sketch.

For my second card, I used papers from the Christmas Gingerbread Kisses 6x6 paper pad from My Creative Time.  This company is fairly new to me, but I have to say that I am in love with their gingerbread products!  SO CUTE!!!  The cutie patootie gingerbread in a hot cocoa cup image also comes from the paper pad, and was die cut with the die that coordinates with the You Warm My Heart stamp and die combo.  That's another thing I love about this company...Emma (the owner) sells the stamp sets and coordinating dies together, and the price point is excellent.  Not only that, but oftentimes the dies will correspond to images in the paper pads that you can cut out for quick card making.  How's that for fantastic??  And that isn't all; the die sets always contain dies to cut out the SENTIMENTS!!!  My mind is literally blown by how well-thought-out Emma's products are. 💥 Obviously, the sentiment comes from the You Warm My Heart stamp set.
I was lucky enough to find coordinating cardstock colors in my stash to make mats for all the papers on both cards. 😁


Winter Wonderland:  ATG (1/3)
Crafty Calendar:  ATG (1/3)
613 Avenue Create #12:  ATG w/optional twist --Up in the Sky
Critter Crazy #69:  ATG with a featured critter (dove)
The Paper Funday #48:  ATG w/optional twist - Holiday Time
A Place to Start #12:  ATG w/optional twist - Happy Holidays
SheepSki Designs:  Tis the Season (1/3) 
Crafty Friends #162:  Traditional Christmas Colors
The Crafting Challenge:  Christmas (1/3)
Incy Wincy Designs:  Christmas (1/5)
Sparkles Challenge #15:  Dies and/or Punches
Fab 'n' Funky #562:  Die Cuts or Embossing only, NO Stamping
The Sisterhood of Crafters:  ATG Christmas or Winter
Cardz 4 Galz #187:  Anything from the 12 Days of Christmas (dove)
Double Trouble #127:  Kaleidoscope of colors (Thing 1 choice - you choose the theme and colors)
Peace on Earth Christmas #29:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
QKR Stampede #457:  ATG (1/3)

I thank you so much for dropping by today!  I know that the designers over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 have created lovely projects using these sketches, so head on over to the challenge blog to check them out!  You have all month (pretty much) to play along, so hopefully you can find a few hours of creative time here and there to join in with a card or two!  That's all for now, friends.  Take Care.

~ Marie 💗


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, shal...