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Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Green

The Curtain Call challenge is to use green for your inspiration.  I tend to use green as an accent color, as in leaves on a pretty floral card, rather than making it the primary focus.


I ended up making three since I wasn’t quite satisfied with any of them.  My favorite of the group is the top one.  The supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!





  • Cardstock:  White 110 lb (Recollections); New Leaf (Papertrey)
  • Patterned Paper:  Still Life: Summer Patterned Paper Collection (Papertrey)
  • Ink:  New Leaf (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer (Papertrey)
  • Dies:  Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer (Papertrey)
  • Accessories:  Sherbet Shimmer Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge – Young at Heart and Curtain Call: XOXO

I knew exactly what I wanted to make for this week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge – Young at Heart and Curtain Call Challenge: XOXO.  I bought this die thinking that I would use it to make my boys Valentine’s cards.  My boys are 8 and 9 and they LOVE Minecraft (computer and video game).  The shape of the die makes the perfect pixelated heart. And if you’ve never seen Minecraft….it has old style block style of graphics.  Neat and Tangled pixelated heart die is perfect for this!  And the coolest thing is that it makes a die cut that allows you to create a heart that pops up from the inside of the card.  Can you tell I’m excited about this card.  I need to make another one so each boy has a card but I wanted to post this one.  The color choices of green and pink are a bit strange but I picked up the pink from the inspiration photo and needed green to match the Minecraft background.  The Minecraft terrain has this kind of blocky green background that I tried to imitate.   The card supplies are listed below.  Happy blog hopping!





  • Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin Up); New Leaf (Papertrey); White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps:  Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz); Tremendous Treats: Valentine (Papertrey)
  • Dies:  Pixelated Heart (Neat & Tangled)
  • Accessories: YG06, YG11, YG17 (Copics); Clear embossing powder (Stampendous)

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Icicle

One more card for today….I was inspired by the inspiration photo for the current Curtain Call Challenge – Icicle and the long-lasting snow we have outside our door.


I was inspired by the blues and silvers and tree branch in the inspiration photo and made the following card.  I ended up with 2 photos of it since the background shows up so much better in the 2nd photo but the trees shimmer more like they do in real life in the first photo.  Love the sparkly embossing powder!  I sponged the background to get the ombre look and then misted it with perfect pearls to get some texture in the sky.  Also made a more complicated banner with double stacking it. Happy crafting!  Supplies are listed below.




  • Cardstock: Enchanted Evening (Papertrey); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey); White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink: Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Tumbled Glass distress inks (Ranger); Versamark
  • Stamps: Through the Trees (Papertrey Ink); In the Meadow (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey); Mister (Ranger); Tinsel embossing powder (Sparkle n Sprinkle); Silver embossing powder (Ranger); perfect pearls (Ranger)

Curtain Call Lead Designer!

I’m feeling very lucky!  I’m this week’s lead designer for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!!  You know when you have the pressure of creating something that you want to be really special and then you go through a mountain of cards trying to get the right one.  I’m sparing you the rejects but it was ugly.  The thing that spoke to me the most about the inspiration photo was the strong colors of black, red, and green and then the contrast of patterns between the polka dot wrappers and the shiny candied apples.  There’s lots to be inspired by!


I knew I wanted to use the black polka dot pattern in my card.  I have some washi tape that was the perfect match for the wrapper pattern in the photo.  How often does that happen?  But that meant that I needed to place a bunch of washi tape stripes across my card base.  It was a bit of a pain but on the happy side, I used up some of my overflowing washi stash!  Does that justify me buying 5 more rolls the other day?  I think not.  I also covered over the inside of the card with a piece of white cardstock so I didn’t have an ugly background of torn off washi tape strips showing on the inside of the card.

Next I prepped my card front and attached a piece of fun foam and then ran the front through my die machine with the thanks die-namics.  I also cut out a die cut for my apple.  I’ll tell you secret…I’m short on apple stamps and converted this peach image into a candied apple.  I first inked up the apple with pure poppy and then lightly inked up the top side of the apple stamp with scarlet jewel before stamping it on the die cut.  I then stamped the leaf and stem.  My last addition to the apple was to add some sherbet glimmer glitter drops to it.  I thought about using glossy accents but liked the sparkle from the Nuvo.  I tied a bow around the prepared card front before attaching it to the prepared card base.

I think I’ll use this card for my son’s favorite teacher sometime this fall.  My son’s teachers can never get enough thanks from me.  They do amazing work with kids everyday and seem to figure out how to bring out the best from my boys.  Ok…enough from me.  Hope you’re enjoy all of the lovely cards inspired by the Curtain Call candied apple photo.    My card supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock:  White Heavy Cardstock (Recollections); White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey); Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey); Limeade Ice (Papertrey); New Leaf (Papertrey); Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
  • Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Thanks & Hello Die-namics (My Favorite Things); Black Polka Dot Washi Tape from Beautiful Brushstrokes Make It Market Kit (Papertrey); White Fun Foam (Darice); Black Embroidery Thread (DMC); Sherbert Shimmer Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Unicorn

The newest Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge has the lovely photo shown below and the subject of unicorns.  Well…..not a unicorn in sight at my house.  I’ve got construction stamps, sports stamps, video game stamps but with me being the only female at home except for the cats, I’ve stayed away from unicorns.  So I opted for the wonderful colors in the inspiration photo shown below for my card.


I kept my card pretty simple and used the wonderful pinks, oranges and abundance of white for my card.  The supplies are listed below.  Hope you are having a great day!



  • Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey); Watercolor (Ranger)
  • Ink:   Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest (Papertrey)
  • Accessories:  Text Block: Let’s Party Die (Papertrey); Enamel Dots (My Mind’s Eye);

Card for Curtain Call and CAS-ual Friday Challenges

The Curtain Call Cherry Bomb Challenge and CAS-ual Friday Color Challenge CFC151 had me thinking of a 4th of July themed card.  Both challenges have a red, white, and blue colored theme.  I kept it pretty simple so the glitter paste background stood out.  Supplies are listed below.  Hope you’re have a great start to your weekend and getting some crafting time in!

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  • Cardstock:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey); Pure Poppy (Papertrey); White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Happy Day (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Sequins (Simon Says Stamp); Amber Glitter Paste (Viva Décor); Happy Day die (Papertrey); Concentric Circles Stencil (My Favorite Things)

Curtain Call Challenge and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge

The current Curtain Call Challenge is a rainbow theme and  Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is to create a rain or shine card.  I combined the two challenges and made this card.

I’m on vacation this week and away from most of my supplies but I’m spending my time making cards with what I brought along.  However a rainbow stamp was not in the mix.  And to tell you the truth, I think I only own 1 small rainbow stamp that was part of a set. I’m just not a rainbow person.  Couldn’t tell you why but they are in the category of owls and feathers….I tend not to take a liking to stamp that have those images.  So I was more than a little stumped this afternoon and wasted a few card fronts trying to wing a rainbow.   Who knew winging it when making a rainbow tends to look like crap.  I tried my watercolors, my zig markers and nada.  Just an awful mess.  So I ended up cutting a stencil with my circle die set and sponging the various colors.  Not my favorite card but it was a good exercise on making things work with limited supplies.  I added some wink of Stella to jazz it up a bit.  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock: White and smokey shadow (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Royal Velvet, Blueberry Sky, New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy (Papertrey)
  • Stamps: So Striking (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: clear embossing powder, wink of Stella