Wednesday, March 13, 2024


 Hello crafty friends!  I'm dropping by really quickly to share what I created for this month's ABC Christmas challenge, which is 


F is for FAUX


Since gingerbread was my suggestion, of course, I chose that for my card:

I apologize for the quality of the photo, but my new phone changes what some of my pictures look like after they are taken, and I haven't figured out how to fix it yet.

Anyway, I finally busted out the MFT Gingerbread Greetings Card kit that I bought when it was released.  So, so cute!  I do need to re-do the sentiment though...I stamped it directly onto the glitter paper, and it didn't fare well at all.  I added lots of shimmer and shine by using glitter paper, shimmer watercolors, Stickles glitter glue, and Diamond Dotz.  This was a fun card to make, and I hope I get to make some more for this coming Christmas!

Head on over to the ABC Christmas challenge to see what the rest of the DT has created, and don't forget to join us!  We love to see what you create!

Until next time, Take care!

~ Marie  💖

Wednesday, March 6, 2024


Hello again, crafty peeps!  I'm back on the blog today to share what I created as the guest designer for The Paper Funday challenge for March, where the challenge is:

The DIES have it! (use dies/die cuts in your design)

Here is my project:

Aren't they adorable?  I created these sweet ginger bunnies using dies from My Creative TimeThese cutie patooties are the Giant Ginger (left side), and Giant Girl GingerEmma, the owner, is always coming up with such awesome stamp and die sets, you really should check out her shoppe!  I die cut the ginger bodies from Almond Creme Bazzil cardstock, and blended Vintage Photo oxide ink around the edges.  To make these cute gingers into bunnies, I added the bunny ears and Easter baskets from the Ginger Easter TWO set, as I thought the sizing was just right to fit the Giant Gingers.  Now, since I had dressed the girl ginger using the Giant Girl Ginger Accessories die set, I had to give the boy an outfit as well, so I cut the boy ginger die from one of Emma's more masculine-looking patterned papers to make him a shirt, and then from a piece of dark navy cardstock for his shorts.  I think that turned out so cute!  I added Star Dust stickles to the frosting squiggles and "hair", but I noticed after I took the pictures that I forgot to add some to her bun.  I will fix that later.  The paper pads I used all come from My Creative Time:

Christmas Gingers 6x8.5" (boy shirt)
Ginger Chefs 6x6 (dress)
Script, Hearts & Solids 6x6 (Easter eggs)

Here are pics of the boy and girl separately:

To add some texture to the baskets, I ran them through my Cuttlebug with a plaid embossing folder.  The sweet smiling faces both come from the Giant Ginger stamp set.  I stamped them in VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added Tattered Rose distress ink to their cheeks for blush and used a white gel pen to add dots to the blush, and also to the eyes.  And then I called this project finished!

Be sure to check out The Paper Funday challenge this month and submit your die cut projects into the linky.  This kind of prompt is definitely open to lots of interpretation, so I am expecting to see lots of entries!  I can't wait to see what you all create!  

Until next time, take care!

~ Marie 💖

Monday, March 4, 2024


Hello crafty friends!  It's finally time!  My crafty Squirrel Sisters and I are BACK!  We took a hiatus over the holidays which ended up stretching out just a *little bit* longer than expected.  While we were off, we took some time to contemplate what our next moves were going to be.  I still don't think we have it all completely settled, but HEY, one thing at a time!

For now, we are back with the theme of:


For me, that could mean any number of new things, but I chose to work with this ADORABLE chicken from Peachy Keen Stamps.

ACK!  Isn't this just THE CUTEST chicken stamp EVER?!?!?  The chicken is actually made from 2 different sets of stamps; the chicken body comes from the PK-1375 Faceless Chickens set, and the face is from the PK-1374 Chickie Faces 1 1/8" set.  These were on my secret wish list for a LONG TIME, and then when the owners of Peachy Keen Stamps had a sale on Valentine's Day, I jumped on the chance to get my inky fingers on a set!

With this card, I hope I was channeling my inner Anna Wight and Jillian Norwood with the vintage vibe I was going for.  The cute gingham papers come from the Honey Bee Stamps Gingham Galore Fall 6x6 paper pad, that I got multiples of when Honey Bee put them on the retiring list.  I mean, come on, who doesn't love some cute gingham paper?  Both pieces of gingham were die cut with 2 sizes of Gina Marie Designs Wonky Stitched Rectangles.  I die cut the image with the largest of the Spellbinders Classic Oval dies, and the mat layer is from the largest Lacey Oval die.  I inked it up with Iced Spruce oxide ink, as that matched the green gingham paper perfectly.  The cute chickie is colored with Copics, and highlighted with white gel pen.  The sentiment banner was cut with a die from Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.  I cut multiples of the same die and cut them apart to accent the upper left corner of the card.  I inked all the paper and cardstock edges with Vintage Photo oxide ink.  And that's it!  

Now, if you've been here before, you know this post is part of a small hop, and the next talented gal you should be checking out is V at Passions and Distractions  Before me, you should have come from the fabulous Lounon at Craft Me, Craft Moi.

I thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you will have fun on our little hop!  Until next time, take care! 

~ Marie 💖


Howdy, crafty friends!  The time has come for my Squirrel Sisters and I to get together and use some of our supplies that have been languish...