Hey There, Pumpkin!

It was really fun creating this Halloween card for our granddaughter, Theä! She is six years old and I’ve always called her my little “Pumpkin”. Hopefully she’ll get a smile when she opens her Halloween card, which also has a little SWEET TREAT that’s hidden inside! She is our one and only grandchild and she makes us smile! Which the inside sentiment says just that, “You make me smile!”

Creating the plaid background panel was a real treat because I’ve not done this little technique until now. I enjoyed the process and it’ll take me another time to get it just right. I’ll explain further in the card making details.

My card colors were inspired by a card challenge that I didn’t participate in due to lack of time. My card was done but I just didn’t have enough time to get it posted and linked before the deadline. I’ll still share the Color Challenge 397 image; which is also a link to that particular challenge so you can view the other wonderful cards over at the Paper Craft Crew.


  • Stamp Sets: Harvest Hellos & Buffalo Check Cling Stamp Sets
  • Cardstock:
    • Base – Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Scored at 4-1/4″
    • Front Panel – Highland Heather 3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Plaid Panel – Whisper White – 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ to make plaid background panel
    • Inside panel – Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • WW (2″ x 5/8″) & Highland Heather (2-5/8″ x 3/4″) for punch/die pieces for sentiment.
    • Pumpkin Pie & Just Jade pieces for punched pumpkin face/stem and leaf (stamp & fussy cut)
  • Ink Pads: Bumblebee & Just Jade & Pumpkin Pie & Jet Black Stazon
  • Stampin’ Write Markers:  Highland Heather & Just Jade
  • Tools: Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, Apple Builder Punch, Stamparatus (or use blocks A, B, D & F), Adhesives – Stampin’ Seal/Tombow Glue/Mini Glue Dots/ Temporary, Bone Folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Ruler (for adding the plaid lines in the buffalo check).

Using the Stamparatus & Small Grid Paper: Stamp the background stamp onto the grid. Position the WW panel (to create plaid background) with buffalo checks lined up behind it, then place down with a small portion of temporary adhesive to keep in place. Ink up background stamp and stamp image, may need to repeat. 

Using Ruler: Create lines with Stampin’ Write Markers using the ruler to make vertical lines and horizontal lines within the buffalo check to create the plaid panel. My vertical lines are Just Jade and my horizontal lines are Highland Heather. I love how it turned out that I have more Highland Heather lines to coordinate with the Highland Heather panel. NOTE: If you don’t have the Stampin’ Write Marker Highland Heather or Just Jade, use Stampin’ Blends which will be in the product table as well. I have the single Stampin’ Write Marker but you have to buy the Stampin’ Write Markers in the color families to get the one marker or better yet, buy the entire set of markers, Many Marvelous Markers and then you’ll also get the case! Refer to my image to see where I’ve placed the lines.

TIP: Be careful not to drag the ink with your ruler as I found out the hard way! Wipe ink from the ruler before using second color then wipe clean when finished.

Assemble: From here just refer back to my card and assemble!

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It’s a Panda Easter & Festive Friday Challenge #FF0003!


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Easter is just around the corner so I needed to create a cute card for my granddaughter, Theä. She is four years old and loves receiving cards from her Grammie, which is me! I created a unique Easter card using the Panda Party Stamp Set from our Sale-A-Bration brochure. I knew what I had in mind with the Easter Egg in place of the balloon but I struggled with the rest. It takes me a while to create from my own imagination but that’s okay. I always like a challenge.

UPDATE!! I was chosen as one of three Festive Friday Faves in #FF0003 challenge!! WooHoo!!

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Speaking of a challenge, check out Festive Friday Challenge to see not only my card but other cards as well! It’s a new challenge site for card makers such as myself. This Festive Friday Challenge is . . .

You too can make this card! I used the following: (Use retired stamp set Basket Bunch #143186 for the egg.)

Price: $110.00

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If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

Happy Halloween to My Little Pumpkin, Theä!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! Shame on me!! But I’m posting today! On a personal note, I’ve been having a few health problems which has landed me in the ER four times in the past four months, including this month (along with an Urgent Care visit). I’m doing okay for now but hoping that someone can fix me at some point! LOL! I still have another procedure to get through and then go from there. Moving on to a much happier topic . . . (BE SURE TO SEE SPECIAL AT BOTTOM OF POST!)

I made the cutest Halloween Card for my “Little Pumpkin”! Theä is my granddaughter who is 2 1/2 years old. She is in Texas and I’m in Illinois! I’m from Texas as well as my entire family of many generations. My husband (who is from Illinois) and I moved to IL on May 12, 2008. We haven’t got to spend a lot of time with Theä since she was born but I’m so thankful for Face Book and FaceTime! I’ll include some pictures of her in her Wonder Woman costume for Halloween. But first let me share my card I made for her. I usually refer to her as my “Little Pumpkin” when I’m talking to her so I just loved how my card turned out.


I also made Halloween Tags for treat bags that my daughter, Tenaya, bought for Halloween goodies. These treat bags were for Theä’s classmates at her school she attends two days a week. These tags were so much fun to make!! I used Jar of Haunts Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog as well as the Jar of Love Stamp Set from the Annual Catalog. I used the large jar from the Jar of Love. There is SO MUCH you can do with these two stamp set including the coordinating framlits!

For the tags I used Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers for Candy Corn in the jar. I also used Pumpkin Pie marker for the “dripping goo”.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals under the front jar with the pumpkin face on it.


Here are pictures that Tenaya sent me after receiving Theä’s Halloween Card & Tags!


My beautiful “Little Pumpkin”! I just LOVE her so much! She is certainly a WONDER!


Supplies . . .

For the tags I used Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers for Candy Corn in the jar. I also used Pumpkin Pie marker for the “dripping goo”.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals under the front jar with the pumpkin face on it.

Price: $110.00

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Stampin’ Up! Special . . . 

2016-10-su-specialTHIS SPECIAL ENDS OCTOBER 31ST!!

Hello September & Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog ~ NOW LIVE!

How exciting that September is here and fall is just around the corner, not to mention cool, crisp weather! In addition to this excitement is the NEW 2016 Holiday Catalog that just went LIVE today! There are so many AMAZING products to be used for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and The New Year whether it’s for making cards, projects, treat bags, gift tags, gifts and the list goes on and on! Be sure to check out all the wonderful kits that SU offers! These kits are also great for a family project to do with kids. Click on the catalog image to download the holiday catalog!

Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Holiday Catalog

Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog


Quick & Easy p. 4-5

Quick & Easy p. 4-5

Bundle & Save 10% p. 52

Bundle & Save 10% p. 52

Twinkle Tree p. 28

Twinkle Tree p. 28

Basket of Wishes p. 49

Basket of Wishes p. 49

Halloween Treat p. 54

Halloween Treat p. 54


The Thoughtful Branches Limited Edition bundle set is STILL available ONLY while supplies last! Stampin’ Up! announced that they will continue to sell the Beautiful Branches bundle while supplies last. BUT once the current supply is out, it’s gone forever and will not be included in future catalogs! I’ve been torn about getting this set because I’ve seen some AMAZING cards and projects using this bundle! To see more information on this item click HERE! You can also buy these items separately.

Thoughtful Branches Item #144328

Thoughtful Branches Item #144328



Between Sept 1 and Sept 21, Stampin’ Up! is offering a 25% discount on a handful of items from the 2016 Annual Catalog! There will be 3 weeks with DIFFERENT Special Offers! The first week will be Sept 1 through Sept 7! So be sure to check back each week to see NEW Special Offers! Be sure to add these items to your Holiday Catalog order! AND don’t forget to check out the CLEARANCE RACK while you are at it! Who doesn’t LOVE a great bargain! Here are the items discounted starting today and click HERE for more information!

Special Offer Week 1

Special Offer Week 1


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I hope I’ve not overwhelmed you with all that is going on! If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

ONE MORE THING . . . if you have been visiting my blog, you know I’ve had issues with my subscription widget. If you subscribe, you WILL get a confirmation email to confirm your subscription BUT for some reason when I post NO email notification is being sent out letting you know I have a new post. I’m waiting on Tech Support (once again) to help me out with this issue. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience! 



Every Blessing Christmas Card

2016.8.29 Every Blessing Christmas Card

Yes, it’s that time when we card makers need to be thinking ahead about our Christmas cards. This Christmas card design is for my MIL. I’m thrilled with how it turned out and better yet, she LOVES it as well. Yeah! I used her stamp set, Every Blessing, which is retired from the last Annual Catalog 2015-2016. I used Gold Vellum card stock from Hobby Lobby since Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry that item. I embossed it using the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I love how it turned out! I also used Gold Glitz Dazzling Details in the middle of the star. Believe me, it looks stunning in person! (If you are interested in the stamp set, you could check on eBay for availability.)

Here is an image of the Every Blessing Stamp Set . . .

2016.8.29 Every Blessing Christmas Stamp Set


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If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!


“Wild Animal” Theme at the Paper Players Card Challenge #PP295!

Deer are WILD animals! I couldn’t resist this challenge. I used a RETIRED stamp set, Remembering Christmas from the 2014 Holiday Catalog! I love this stamp! We live on 100+ acres bumped up to the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. My huge expansion of a front yard serves as a refuge for the deer as I have a “No Porch Shooting” policy! I love watching them feel at home and safe especially when they have little ones! Several years ago you could see nearly a dozen bucks from upstairs off to one side of our place bedded down. I had never seen that many bucks together! It was really special. I hope you like my card!

2016.5.20 Remembering Christmas Card


The Paper Players Clean-and-Simple Challenge #295


If you REALLY like this stamp perhaps you might find one on eBay or I could search for one on your behalf. It’s called Remembering Christmas – Wood Mount #131760 &  Clear Mount #131763 – It has a sentiment that says “Remembering you at Christmas and wishing you the best in the new year” to be stamped on the inside and a sentiment “Warm Wishes” for the front of the card. Both are in a beautiful cursive font. I just found this image to share with you!

2016.5.20 Remembering Christmas Stamp Set

I used the Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set to make the color. I did some tracing to fussy cut and fit it around the neck. I LOVE the way it turned out! The sweet little Merry Christmas sentiment is from The Petite Pairs Stamp Set which will NO LONGER be available when the NEW CATALOG goes live on June 1st! I truly love this stamp set and I hate to see it go!


Price: $110.00

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Retiring stamp sets are available through the *end of May* but “everything else” is different . . . when they are gone they are gone! If you see an X in the Not Available column, that item is GONE! This list is continually updated as well! Check it out! *Retiring stamp sets will be manufactured through May 22. After that date, once a stamp set is gone . . . it’s gone!

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If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!


Happy Easter with FMS Challenge!

This will be a really quick post due to a tragic loss in my husband’s family! I had meant to upload this yesterday and call it THROW BACK THURSDAY as I used retired items. We received tragic news of the loss of a loved yesterday and I just realized that I needed to get my card posted and uploaded to Freshly Made Sketches before being with Roy’s family for several days.

I love Cindy Hall’s sketch not to mention her beautiful card that she created! You really need to check her card out along with the other talented designers over at FMS! See the link below!

I made this cute Easter card for my one and only granddaughter, Theä Sage. She is a little over two years old and our pride and joy! I hope she loves the little bunnies!

2016.3.25 Easter_FMS229

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch . . .


My Supplies:

  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Everyday Enchantment DSP (from 2012)
  • Everybunny Stamp Set (retired)
  • Heaven Blessed Stamp Set (retired)
  • Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Archival Basic Black Stampin’ Pad

Have Blessed Easter and God Bless!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!


Lots of Joy with FMS212

It’s time for another card challenge at Freshly Made Sketches! This is a layout sketch by Narelle who is part of the “Clean Team”. I kept my card pretty clean! I hope you can tell that I trimmed my “plaid” tree and gave it a base mount on Crumb Cake cardstock. I started to add some embellishments but I want you to know that you don’t need A LOT to make a nice card to give to someone. It may seem that I have a lot of supplies listed but be sure to read my post so you’ll know that you DON’T need everything that I used to make my card. Although I would love for you to buy it all, and buy it from me . . . I mainly want to know that you, too, can enjoy making cards without spending a lot. It takes time to build your supplies and tools. I hope you like my Christmas card! It’s nothing flashy but it’s just one more way I can get more use from the Merry Moments DSP that I have on hand. 🙂


Please excuse the tinting you see on one side of my photo! I must get better about taking my photos as well as have a better way or place to take my photos. I’m new to all this so please bear with me!

Here is the layout sketch by Freshly Made Sketches . . .


I realize that a my card isn’t exactly like the sketch but it did provide me with a starting place for my creativity. I like to try to keep true to the sketch but it just didn’t work out that way.

If you go back and look at my posts on September 21 and October 5, you’ll see that I’ve used Lots of Joy Stamp Set and the Merry Moments DSP once before AND both with FMS sketches! You could also use the Merry Christmas sentiment from that set but I chose to use a sentiment from the Versatile Christmas Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog. Also notice that the Tree Punch coordinates with the Lots of Joy Stamp Set! LOVE IT! 🙂

Here are my previous cards . . .



FYI: Although I used the Squares Collection Framelits Die along with my Big Shot, you can cut the square pieces yourself.

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Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Joy to You! with FMS 211

Last week while I was uploading my card for Freshly Made Sketches, I was in a hurry to make the deadline. Not only did I get the challenge number wrong in my post title, the Linkup closed while I was uploading! It seems when I try to get something done in a hurry, mistakes can and will occur! LOL! But I loved my card and I loved that sketch from last week!

Here is my card for this weeks challenge, and yes, once again time is of the essence! But I’ll make it this time. Perhaps I should not wait until Monday to get my card made! Did you notice that I didn’t use a stamp set or ink pad on my card?


Here is the Freshly Made Sketch . . .

FMS Final 211-001

I actually “fussy cut” my poinsettia’s from Home for Christmas DSP! LOVE that paper! It’s in the Holiday Catalog on p. 9! I used Merry Moments DSP from the Annual catalog for the base, p. 143. I also used my Wonderful Wreath Framelits for the first time. I think it really made my card! What do you think? I hope you love my Christmas card!

TIP: I use SU’s NEW Fine-Tip Glue Pen for intricate glueing i.e. my word JOY. I wouldn’t use anything else to do this job! Also you can’t beat SU’s Paper Snips for “fussy cutting”!

Here are my supplies that I used . . .

I would love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Truly Thankful with FMS201 & PP269!

I truly am thankful for a lot in my life! I am blessed in so many ways. One of my blessings is being able to have a hobby that I love to do and share! I’m thankful that I also have a bit a background in technology that allowed me to build my very own Web site this fall. I don’t know what took me so long! Most of all I am blessed and thankful for my husband, my best friend, and partner in life for nearly 30 years! He has always supported me and understands how much I love doing this paper crafting thing that I do! Well I had better get on with sharing my card to day!

My card today is for two challenges!


I kept it simple as I LOVE simple! It also allows you to see that you too can make this type of card! I used my September’s Paper Pumpkin Kit’s Photopolymer Stamps and even the Stampin’ Spot that is Cajun Craze. You can use other small stamps to do this type of card and any color! Oh, and I love my brand new Hardwood Background Stamp Set (#133035)! It’s SWEET!! 🙂

Here is the layout from Freshly Made Sketches . . . I actually missed the deadline! I was in the process of uploading when the Linkup closed! I took the time to do the table below for the items I used knowing I was under the wire! I’m still thankful for the sketch! I LOVE IT! 


Here is the theme for The Paper Players . . .



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If you have any questions, please contact me! If you like my card, won’t you please leave me a comment? I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!