Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A Frantic Stamper Day!

 Frantic Stamper strikes again!   LOL I'm still having fun stamping and coloring.

Die Cut Divas Tic Tac Toe challenge is almost over. You only have until 9:00 p.m. Pacific time to enter, so get your project posted.  Below is the tic tac toe board.

Here's what I used for my card: Chocolate/Heart/ Patterned Paper
My teammate, Linda, sent me the die cuts for the book box and it is gorgeous paper and makes a gorgeous box.  She sent me chocolate too!  Well,  not the edible kind, but I really don't need the edible chocolate. 
Thank you to my fellow Die Cut Diva DT, Linda, for the die cuts.

What a gorgeous paper to make this box just so beautiful.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Book Box at Frantic Stampers (Thank you to Linda)
Altenew Enamel Dots Warm Gray at Frantic Stampers
Hero Arts Enamel Dots Sunset Hero Hues at Frantic Stampers
Hearts & Sentiment from my stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" (weekly- starts on a Tuesday)
Allsorts Challenge - 730 - Anything Goes (no stencil)
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes" Wk 11                        
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge "Anything Goes"
The Paper Funday - "Anything Goes" #53 w/opt twists - no embossing
Love To Scrap Challenge (always Anything Goes) #161
Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes #65 no embossing

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Third Tiny Matchbook Card, This one going to Craft Roulette

 My third Matchbook card, but I made it according to Craft Roulette's parameters with the categories being:
Project: Card w/flaps
Colors: Winter colors
Element - Children's story
Random: Tile(s)

I do think there are enough flaps to go around - LOL.  The roof folds down (the BRRRRRR is the bent part of the overhead). Santa and Xmas tree cover the winter colors.  Santa's Workshop or Santa settling in after his flight around the earth delivering presents to all the girls and boys.  Now the tiles are a creation from my own mind.  See all those whit dots on the paper?  Well, those are my tiles.  All in all, I'm happy with it.  There is even a rug under the train.
This is a combination of different matchbox scenes.

Oh, yes, this is a small card with its own envelope.
Close-up below.

Art Impressions MB Santa Christmas (Santa in chair & Xmas tree)
Art Impressions MB Christmas (train & shelving against back wall)
Art Impressions MB Template Dies (foundation of card, rug, wreath)
Art Impressions MB Envelope Dies (envelope beside card in 2nd picture)
Paper - Graphic 45 - (double-sided) in stash for 4 or more years
Copic markers
Nuvo Drops crystal - Simply White
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge #50
Peace on Earth Xmas "Always Christmas & Anything Goes" #40 The 12 months of Christmas challenge - "Anything goes" #100 w/opt twist of holiday decorations

Thursday, May 25, 2023

My Second Tiny Matchbook Card

 This time, I decided I wanted to try the Garden dies and I found some wonderful paper to create the matchbook foundation.  I'm going to give this to my granddaughter as she has a green thumb and would enjoy this.

I really love how this turned out and plan to try each of my matchbook stamp and die sets in the following weeks.

Art Impressions MB Garden
Art Impressions MB Den Set - "Enjoy the Little Things" sentiment only
Art Impressions MB Envelope Dies
Art Impressions MB Template Dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine
Paper in my stash - 12X12 - first time using it

I'm entering the following challenges:NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff)
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes" 
Beautiful Blossoms "Anything Flowers
FarmQuestGeneralStoreChallenge  "Anything Farm/Country Goes (flowers farm fresh)


Sunday, May 21, 2023

My First Tiny Matchbox Card

 My first TINY MATCHBOX card.
I just received my Art Impressions (AI) stamps and dies for about SIX matchbox die sets, one the template and one the envelope, while the others were for specific scenes.  I now have two Xmas scenes, one with Santa and one with an elf.

These are tiny, about a 9/10 in. tall & 2 1/8 in. wide when folded up.  But they really are so cute and you know how it is - I just had to have some.

This first picture is a bit dark because the top was closed over the scene.  Better pictures follow.

The top is open and you can see all the dies in the scene.

I included the envelope beside this tiny matchbox scene.  I cut the paper in the teeny, tiny envelope to slip inside for a little note.

I recommend this video and this video for putting together everything including the main template that is used for making every tiny Matchbox card from 
Art Impressions (AI).

AI Templet Dies
AI MB Santa Christmas includes two sentiments 
AI MB Envelope Dies
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Simply White
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Dandelion Yellow
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Caribbean Ocean
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Red Berry
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations Challenge - Anything Stamped (did not do option) 
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #50 - Every stamp & die
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes"  #70

Friday, May 19, 2023

Another Friday and Another Craft Roulette Challenge

The wheel spun around and landed on the following categories. 
Project: Slimine
Colors: Tea Party
Element: Word
Random: Hand Drawn Line(s)

This time around, I actually knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I dove for my Altenew tea pot and cups (already die cut and ready to color).  I had received a paper bundle of flowers from my daughter-in-Law (sounds funny, but the card spreads into a basket or bouquet of flowers).  That gift came in a beautiful large envelope that I thought was perfect for the back ground.  That's my Green Tea background (at least to me).  I used two greens and one orange marker for coloring - I haven't had coloring go so fast in ages.  LOL  The sentiment is "You're my BesTea".  I drew the flowers on the tea pot and cup, so you can see the extent of my personal drawing aptitude (NIL).  I still like this and it's the first time I used this set with some great categories to work with.

Altenew Tea Time Stamp & Die Bundle (on sale now)
Waffle Flower Mini Slimline Layers dies
Copic markers G20, G82& YR07
Papers in my stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Creatalicious - "Anything Goes" w/option (not doing the option)
The Paper Funday - "Anything Goes" w/opt twist( no embossing here) #53
Classic Design - ATG #5 
Crafty Calendar post Anything but square
Love To Scrap Challenge (always Anything Goes) #161 Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes #165 NBUS Never-Before-Used-Schtuff!  #50

Monday, May 15, 2023

May Wolrdwide Crafters and Colorists

 Worldwide Crafters and Colorists.

You MUST be a DT on any Design Team in the World to be eligible to enter this Challenge ~ New exception rule, this challenge is now open to any of Julia Spiri Facebook Members, and you are not required to be on a DT.

The challenge runs from May 15th through June 12th, 
2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

Visit Julia Spiri's Etsy shop for one of a kind marvelous images.

Check out the Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge Blog here!
Such a lovely face to color.  I wanted to do something unusual with the framing, so I mixed some dies to get some of the framing I wanted.  

Julia Spiri Onalee image
My Favorite Things Outside the Box Level Up die-namics - top two die-cuts
My Favorite Things Elegant Stitched Stax die-namics
Copic markers
Kat Scrappiness Ice Ice Baby Enamel Dots
Sentiment from stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes + did not do any embossing #65
Cra fty Catz  weekly - every Friday  "Anything Goes" #637
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
NBUS - challenge 50 - never been used - digital image, Onalee

Saturday, May 13, 2023

A Spin of the Wheel

Another Craft Roulette experiment and I think a fun one.  I went literal on this one. #163.

The Wheel spun round and round, round and round. The Resulst:

Project: 3 tags
Colors Rose Garden
Element: May
Random: Masking

I searched for a stamp beginning with the word "May".  I found a sentiment and the cute little penguins to go with it.  Next I chose my papers to work with.  Would you believe I went with the smallest tag die I own, which led me to making a mini-slimline card.

I have three tags out of this great patterned paper, and very RED Rose garden colors (you can't see anything but the flowers).  My sentiment starts with the capitalized word "May" and the middle penguin is actually wearing a small black mask, thought the two candy canes are doing quite a good job of masking that face too. 

My Favorite Things Penguin Party stamps & matching dies
I can't find the large red panel dies as this red panel was on my desk
Hero Arts Infinity Dies - Nesting Tag Dies
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Simply White on hats and 
Glossy Accents on the headphones
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes + did not do any embossing #65
Merry Little Christmas Challenge "Always Christmas & Anything Goes #50
Cra fty Catz  weekly - every Friday  "Anything Goes" #637
Krafty Chicks Different challenges - Week 2 Christmas 
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Sacramento Valley Storyteller Festival May 20th at the Dante Club!


From Joyce Ormond, SGG President

Dear Friends,

Please join the Sacramento Storytellers Guild for our first SACRAMENTO VALLEY STORYTELLER FESTIVAL on Saturday, MAY 20 at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento. This is an in-person event only.            ***There is plenty of parking. 

We will have 3 highly acclaimed storytellers who will present workshops and performances, 4 regional storytellers, 1 spoken word artist, and an open mic for those wishing to share an up to 8 minute story. 

Admission is $25. 

***You can attend all the events or just come for a part of it and come and go as you please 
If interested in learning the art of storytelling come for the 2 workshops presented by our featured storytellers

***1:00-2:00 - Corey Rosen & Claire Hennessey:  Your Story, Well Told”       
***2:15-3:15 - Willy Claflin:  “The Warthog and 
           the Valley  Girl:  Exploration
                     (and Celebration) of Voice          

To hear our 4 exceptional regional storytellers & 1 Spoken Word Artist:
***3:30-4:30 - Linda Kennedy; Tanner Feustel; Jean Green; CharRon Smith; Mark Berry

To sign up for an Open Mic spot and share your up to 8 minute story from any storytelling genre, sign up when checking in to the event.
***4:30-5:15 - Open Mic

Dinner Break:  5:15-6:45.  There are many nearby restaurants within walking distance or short drives. 

To listen to our 3 featured storytellers:
***7:00-7:30 - Corey Rosen
***7:30-8:00 - Claire Hennessey
***8:00-8:45 - Willy Claflin

***There will be an outstanding selection of donation prizes. 
:Must be present to win.
1.. 12 collections of 3 bottles of wine Value $ 75.00 ea --These prizes will be selected after each session during the day.
2.  1 Scribner Bend-Tour and Wine tasting for a group of 10 visitors Value $300.00-This prize will be selected at the end of the evening at 8:45
3.  1 Carvalho Family Winery - Tour and Wine tasting For group of 8 visitors Value $ 275.00-This prize will be selected at the end of the evening at 8:45. 

***Ticket Amounts 1 - $1.00 for Individual Tickets or 6 Tickets for $5 or 13 Tickets for $10.00 or  28 Tickets  for $20.00 

You can get your $25 registration tickets by going to the website, and click on the link at the top of the page or go directly to Eventbrite at .  Purchasing a ticket online is the best and quickest way. Otherwise, tickets will be available at the door for cash only..  

See you there,.  

Joyce Ormond
SGG President

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Who Doesn't Need A Food Truck?

I do love Elizabeth Craft's Food Truck, but I love and have so many of her wonderful dies, so I've been tempted, but had not succumbed yet.  I was lured into the Spellbinders website just looking around and lo and behold, there was a rather large food truck.  I think I could make this into a Christmas Gift Tag as the size is 4.45 x 2.80 inches.  The main die does not have the cut-out so it's doable as a nice folded gift card on a present.  The cut-out is a separate piece.  There are not too many pieces for which I am grateful.  LOL  PLUS it was only $5.

Just look at that awning!  I think that's the part I like the best.  It folds down for mailing.  This is the first time I've used the truck die or the Sunny Studio Cruisin' Cuisine stamps sentiment.  So many words and you can make many different sentiments.

The donuts and sentiment (3 separate sentiments) are from another smaller food truck set from Sunny Studio, which I love.  I think the donuts and sentiments work well here. I've sent this card to a friend to cheer her up and I think it will.

The three gals are from Rubbernecker and I only stamped the head and shoulders. I used the red rubber stamp and matching die, however these stamps have been discontinued, but they brought the image back in digital form (png).

Spellbinders Food Truck, Large Die of the Month (July 2022)
Sunny Studio Cruisin' Cuisine stamps & dies
Poppy Stamps Evangeline Pinpoint Frame craft die
Rubber Necker Daniella (only in PNG format now) 
Rubber Necker Cory (only in PNG format now) 
Rubber Necker Fayth (only in PNG format now) 
Papers in stash
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
The Paper Funday - "Anything Goes" w/opt twists - no embossing
Love To Scrap Challenge "Always Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes #65 NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #50 Never used the sentiment
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes"  #6

Sunday, May 7, 2023

My First Matchbook Card Playing the Craft Roulette Game

I've never make a matchbook card before and it was very easy to put together.  I just followed the directions for scoring and cutting.  I cut my front background panel sideways, but you can't really tell - I just know.  LOL.  I cut a die from white paper and colored everything.  I hope the little church can be yellow, but I'm not changing it.

I played the challenge that Craft Roulette spun the wheel to determine what four categories would be part of the challenge.  Here are the project categories. 

Project: Matchbook Card (This is my FIRST matchbook card)
Colors: Flowering Field (red, green, blue, yellow)
Element: Birds (two red birds in the trees)
Random: Woodgrain (two trees with wood grain)

The front of my card looks like it could be any regular card, but it's not.  The bottom piece with the sentiment is folded up and the top panel folds down into it like an old matchbook.  It was easy to make the base card if you know the measurement for scoring.  I watched a you tube video. on Barb Stamps YouTube.
I used the last piece of some beautiful background paper plus the sentiment paper scrap.

You tuck the top panel under the sentiment panel to close it just like a matchbox.

Frantic Stamper Winter Church in the Wildwood Card Panel
Copic markers
Paper and sentiment from stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
The Paper Funday - "Anything Goes" w/opt twists - no embossing
Love To Scrap Challenge "Always Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Anything Goes #65 NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #50 Never used the sentiment
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes"  #6

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Card Chain Challenge Reveal for April

 I find it so much fun making a card for someone somewhere else in the world.  I think we're making friends one card at a time.  

The challenge for the April Card Chain Challenge was to use at one of the options below, from Color Palette, Sketch Option, Theme Options to Product/Technique Options.  It's all your choice.  The new challenge for May is already up at Card Chain Challenge

I hadn't done any paper piecing for some time and I thought now is the time and I chose a Julie Nutting gal again. It's a 2014 copyrighted stamp set without a name and I searched for an hour to see if I could find a name and hopefully I found the right stamp name of "for you".   

Yes, I cut the dolls and dresses out by hand.

This is actually the first time I've used this stamp since I purchased it.  Shame on me.   The bees are a brand new set so I mixed some old with some new.  The lovely background is from an old calendar with such pretty pictures.  I thought it worked out well for a backdrop.

I cut up clear plastic from those take out clear plastic boxes you sometimes get from restaurants and keep them on hand for making clear sticks to back anything that needs a sturdy see-through base.  It worked out well for these ladies and the bees.  You can see them clearly here, but they really do blend in well in real life.

Another View

Julie Nutting "For You" Cling Stamp
My Favorite Things Honey Bees stamps & dies
Clear plastic from clear restaurant boxes (make bees look suspended in air)
Background from old calendar
Copic markers
Papers - left-overs from other projects 
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:
DL. ART "Anything Goes 
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes #4
Crafts Galore Encore - "Anything Goes" #111
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes"  #69
We Love 2 Create "Anything Goes" Challenge #4 My Favorite Things Challenge (Outside the Box die & bees - yes they are part of the Animal Kingdom)

Monday, May 1, 2023

It's a Big Day At Die Cut Divas with Frantic Stamper

 I'm having fun again, yet again, stamping and coloring.

***Due to strict new tax collection requirements, they will NO LONGER ship to any country in EUROPE (incl. UK). 
The Divas at Die Cut Divas have come up with a Tic Tac Toe challenge, thinking of Mother's Day and the things on our minds for our mothers.  I couldn't wait to try my hand with this Tic Tac Toe board.  However this doesn't have to be about Mother's Day.  It just sparked some creativity in our challenge.
I'm making a card with the bottom row, using enamel dots, butterflies and patterned paper.  I just went with this for the fun of it.

Close-up and picture shot from above the card.
I have to say I fell in love with the whole thing. This is so darn cute! Don't ask me why I chose to use clouds for the steps in this step card, but I did and no matter how or why my room decor sits on a bank of sunflower clouds,  I love it.  
I pre-colored all the images set on the steps and was able to just pull them out and start layering them onto the card before affixing them with glue.  The large panel at the back has little butterflies in the patterned paper.  There are enamel dots on the flowers, little girl's braid ties and desk handles.  I also added the butterflies on the bottom row for good measure.

At the Frantic Stamper My Favorite Things Our Story stamps & dies
At the Frantic Stamper My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants stamps & dies
At the Frantic Stamper My Favorite Things Outside the Box Level Up
At the Frantic Stamper My Favorite Things Outside the Box Clouds
Kat Scrappiness Simple Sentiments stamps & dies
Paper - Sun Kiss Collection 6 X 6 paper stack (years old) 
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss (Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean & Midnight Blue)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Liquid Mercury
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge - “Always Anything Goes”
Mix It Up Challenge Blog - "Anything Goes” w opt twist
DL. ART  - "Anything Goes"
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - "Anything Goes" #111 We Love 2 Create - "Anything Goes" #4 My Favorite Things Challenge (Outside the Box die, cat & dog)

May Time With Morgan's Artworld

The May Challenge for Morgan's Artworld is 
"Anything Goes" May 1st to May 27th.

You can use any image or project you have posted in April. For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images, please visit the website at
Morgan's Fitasimons Art Studio   

There are two versions of this beautiful flower, one no line and this, the lined version.  I thought it would be great made into a slimline card and I was right.  WOW, imagine that.  
I used this very old wooden stamp for the sentiment.  I started with yellow and did not care for it at all on the large flower, so switched to the red tones and was a little happier with it.  I set it aside for a night because I still wasn't happy with it and I know that sometimes the mind has an image and when the real life image doesn't match that ideal, it can cloud the mind.  I actually like it now, but had to approach it as something that I had no preconceived idea about.   

Morgan's Artworld at Creative Art Design Studio Flower 4 Greyscale
Kat Scrappiness Embossed Edge Nesting Slimline Dies
Copic markers G14, G21, YR12, R20, R22, Y04 & YG01
Altenew Enamel Dots Green Meadows
Old wood stamp sentiment from more than 20 years ago
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge - “Always Anything Goes”
Mix It Up Challenge Blog - "Anything Goes” w opt twist (no embossing)
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes #4
Crafts Galore Encore - "Anything Goes" #111 We Love 2 Create - "Anything Goes" #4