Age Gets Better with Wine | Art Impressions

Wine Girls detail

Hey there! 

I’ve been trying since last week to get a video done sharing with you a new Spinner card and it keeps crashing my laptop.  (sad face)  I am going to give it one more try because I really want to share it with you. 

Until then, I’ve got another Art Impressions card to share with you today. 

AI Wine Girls

Today is one of my best friends’ birthdays and I wanted to use this image for her.   It makes me think of her and I and our other friend.  We haven’t ever been sophisticated enough to use wine glasses tho.  However, I used puprles for her, because that is her favorite color.  I found this paper from an older Teresa Collins pack, that reminds me of something she would have in her house. 

Because I wanted to sentiment on front, and I didn’t want to cover too much of the image, I stamped and heat embossed it on the vellum cardstock. 

Then I took some jewels/gems from Stampin’ Up! and I colored them with my dark purple Copic Marker.  They look black on the photo, but IRL they have a great purple tint to them. 

I’m excited to share this with her this weekend.


If I don’t go crazy, I’ll be back with a video. 

Tips & Tricks Video | MFT Donuts Die

Green Donut detail


TGIF!!  School is out early today and yesterday for ball tournaments, but I’m going to take advantage of some free time at home.  Smile 


However, I had some time to play around my the Donut Dies I got last week from MFT Stamps.  I shared with you a video on this post HERE.  However, I had some ideas in my head about the sprinkles and how to add them to the donuts.  There is also the option of stamping them with the stamp set the coordinated with this die set.  These are just other options. 

You can also watch it on YouTube. 




These are a couple of the cards I created with the donuts I made. 

This one is probably my favorite technique, using the embossing paste on the frosting.  I ended up with quite a bit of paste left over, so I went ahead and made about 6 total donuts and cards like this. 

Green Donut


For this one, I used the Inlay Donut that I made.  After I got going, I saw that I’d lost one of the sprinkles.  Miraculously, I found it and stuck it back in.


I saw a sketch that I liked and went with it, but altered it some to work with my donut.

For the background, I’d used my new Polka Dot stencil and the embossing paste with pink ink. 


After I got it completed, I added a few gems – aka sprinkles of bling!! 

Sprinkles Detail



I’m glad that I tried out some of the new techniques that I wanted, and I hoped that you enjoyed it. 


Stamps:  MFT Donuts and Sprinkles.
Dies: Donuts Die
Stencils : MFT Polka Dot
Cardstock:  Kraft, Cream, Vellum, Blue, Orange, Yellow – Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powder: Stampin Up White; WOW Black
Ink : AMuse Studio Sky
Other: Stampin Up Photo Corner Punch (no longer available, but you could use a square punch.)  Mono Multi Glue, QuickStik Pen, ATG Gun, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Ink

Smile | Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

PTI Blog Hop Detail


I’m participating in this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  Check out the details on Nicole’s blog HERE. 

If you are hopping over from the Hop, WELCOME!! 

Blog Hop Inspiration

This was the inspiration that Nicole shared for this month’s hop.  I had big ideas, but after messing around, I came back to a plainer version. 

PTI Blog Hop Card

I water colored the paper in a color scheme to match the inspiration piece. 

I choose the PTI Wet Paint stamp set and dies, although I left the die white.  Kind of a reverse on what it should be. 

I stamped the rest of the sentiment on vellum and heat embossed it in black. 


I recently ordered some higher quality water color paper and I can’t wait for it to come in. I wanted to play around some more with water colors. 

Sprinkled with Love | Watch Me Video

cupcake detail

Hey there!! 

I am skipping my Saturday Share and sharing a card and video instead!  Yesterday, I was home and in the craft studio all day and whipped up some donuts.  I mean, a card – with donuts.  Hee Hee. 

cupcake image

I’m playing along with this week’s MFT Sketch challenge again.  I really wanted to break in these new stamps and dies. 

I made a video so you can watch to see how the card came together!  Enjoy. 


As always, you can watch HERE on YouTube. 


Stamps:  MFT Donuts and Sprinkles.
Dies: Donuts Die
Stencils : MFT Polka Dot
Cardstock:  Kraft, Cream, Vellum, Blue, Orange, Yellow – Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powder: Stampin Up White; WOW Black
Ink : AMuse Studio Sky
Other: Stampin Up Photo Corner Punch (no longer available, but you could use a square punch.)  Mono Multi Glue, QuickStik Pen, ATG Gun, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Ink

Stamp Club 12 Pack | February and March

feb detail


Hey Howdy Hey!! 

We had a very long, lovely 3 day weekend with President’s Day.  And all weekend, I kept saying I need to get my cards done for Stamp Club – I shouldn’t have waited!!  AHHH.

So on Sunday afternoon, I finally sat down and started on them. 

stamp club feb

I wanted to use the chalkboard paper I picked up last month, and I knew I had this really old There She Goes Chalkboard Greetings stamp set.  I stamped it with white ink from SU, and then sponged the edges. 

I used Stampin’ Up! paper and put it all together.  I stamped this banner from the same set, and colored it with Copics and Wink of Stella.  Very simple. 

That is always my Stamp Club theme!!  HA!

So – I went to throw them in my bag and what do you know – there is my cards that I already made! 

I am on top of things, even if I don’t know it. 

march stamp club details

I had created these awhile back and will save them for next month.  Unless I do the same thing!  lol…I could!!

Stamp Club March

I used my watercolors and the watercolor paper to make the background.  I made all kinds of colors but I love the rainbows the best! 

Then I used the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I knew that we all always need some of these kind of cards. 


Stamp Club was Tuesday night, but I skipped out and went to a painting class with Greg.  Kind of a late Valentine’s Day date.  ♥ 


I’m sharing this one because Greg was very adventurous and tried to paint a portrait of me.  (The theme was Romanticism and things you love. ♥)  I think he was doing amazing for his very first time painting ever!!  However, he kept going and it didn’t do well, so he got frustrated.  I said even professional painters can take days to paint faces!!  He did great!!


Here were my two – I loved the color on both of them.  I loved the swirly of the trees – that first one was really fun to paint.  Both were inspired by Pinterest pins.  The second one that I saw had silhouettes of trees, but I changed it up and went with the kids on a hill.  They were super tiny to paint!  lol… 



Now, we are on another three day weekend – 2 in a row baby!! 

Sadly, I’m doing taxes this weekend, but I hope to get some playing time in.  I got some new MFT! 

Have a great Friday!! 

Retro Rubber Challenge 8 | Eyelets

Hey there!! 

I hope you are coming to me from the Retro Rubber Challenge blog – but if not, click over there today and check out our new challenge. 


We are challenging you to dig deep into your stash of embellies and find some eyelets. 

I had to go and buy some!!  And then I had to dig around for my eyelet setters and it dawned on me, I had the Crop A Dile.  We only use that thing for punching holes in the kids’ belts!!  HA!! 

So I had to remember how to use it. 


retro detail

The eyelets I picked up were springy colors and I had this layout in my head.  So I dug around for a stamp set to match and came across this one from Stampin’ Up – For the Birds.  It has some cute stamps to color with Copics. 

retro 8

I used some scraps and cut them to 4” strips and then added the eyelets.  I decided the card would look better cut down to a 4.25” square card. 

I wanted my lil wagon to be red, so I don’t know if it goes with the colors, but it’s cute!! 

8 copics

Make sure you dig around and find some eyelets and play with us!!  We’d love to have you!!

Saturday Share | Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!! 

As a married adult, it’s really another day, isn’t it.  Hee Hee. 

This year, McKinley was the only one who needed treats, and after many attempts to MAKE something, we ended up with some candy treats from Walmart.  lol 

I also picked up a couple small things for the kids and for Greg, but not a big thing. 

We celebrated with a Chinese dinner Thursday. 



Check out my Bling-a.  lol  This was one of the candy bouquets I bought.  HA! 


Today, we are supposed to go to Plentywood MT for basketball. 

I looked it up online.  It’s 215 miles from here. 

Montana is a pretty big state, and we live about 1/3 of the way from the North Dakota border.  And Plentywood is about on the ND border.  So, it’s a long trip for a basketball game. 

Just wanted to put it in perspective for you. 

Anyway, it’s supposed to storm too, so we are just waiting to see what happens. 



This will be the end of basketball discussion for awhile.  This is David’s last week of basketball practice, as he doesn’t travel on the Varsity teams to tournaments.  He also ended Driver’s Ed this week – so we are feeling like there will be a slow period for a week.  I really think he needs it. 

Now I get to be the passenger on the way to and from school. 


I do love my time at home and covet it even more with working a full time job.  It’s another reason why I don’t take on anything else beside work and mothering/wifing. 

Wifing is totally a word.  Look it up.

But at the same time, my kids totally enjoy being active and being involved in things. 

I know that I’ll be able to sit again when they are gone.  Until then, I’m enjoying it all.  As much as we can. 



Next week is totally opposite - we are off Monday for Presidents Day.  And then off again Friday for basketball tournaments. 

Let the R & R begin. 

You Are the Only One | Sweet Sketch Sunday


Hey  you!! 

Tomorrow is Friday!!  YAY!! 

Although, I wished all day it was Friday today.  I just love Fridays! 

I got my latest order from Stampin Up! from our club meeting and I wanted to play along with Karen’s Sweet Sketch Sunday.  ♥

Sweet SKetch2'

I got the new (?) Chalkboard paper, and had to cut into it.  I stamped this sentiment from an older MFT set in white ink.  It’s juicy, so it smears.  However, that is OK with a chalkboard effect.  I took a sponge and rubbed it around the edges too, even over the hearts. 

For the side strip, I used a stencil and embossing paste.  I’ve done this technique before, and it’s fun.  Although, I do not know if it was the stencil or not, but some oozed under it.  I’m ordering some new stencils and going to give this another try.  I’ve seen so many amazing things with the paste. 

Anyway, the cork heart was left over from Tuesday’s card/video.  So it was a pretty simple creation! 


Thanks for stopping in.  Hope you enjoy your Friday!!