Saturday, August 29, 2020

My Crafty Week

This was a bit of a crazy week, as I helped both of my kids get packed up and out to the airport to fly East to go back to college.  In between everything, I had snippets of crafty time, and today I am finally ready to put the finishing touches on everything and write up this blog post.

First up is a little set of flat thank you cards I sent my daughter back to school with..her birthday is coming up, and it's always good to be prepared to send thank you notes.  These flat note cards are her favorite type--just enough room for a proper thanks, but not the vast open expanse of a folding card.

My cute puppies are from Mama Elephant Puppy Play, and I am entering them at Inspired by #139.

My next few cards use a technique called SWINKING that I just learned from this video by Ardyth.  It is so fun, easy and absolutely addictive.  Basically, you just swipe your inkpad directly on your card.  For this card, I used inkpads in orange, pink, yellow and peach, and just started swinking.  The result could have been an absolute mess, but actually turned out so pretty.

I had to figure out what to do with this beautiful background I made, so I decided to put a black birthday die cut on it as well as wipe the edges in Wink of Stella.  I am entering this card at Color Throwdown #608.

Still in a SWINKING kind of mood, I wanted to play along with Seize the Birthday #198: Add Gold, and wondered what pink paper swinked with gold would look like.  It's very hard to see how shimmery this pink background is, but trust me it really shines in person.

Here is a closer look at the SWINKING.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Penned Elegance by PTI in gold on a Big City die by Ellen Hutson.

For my last SWINKED card, I used gold ink on white cardstock.  I stamped a trio of gold butterflies right on top as well as my sentiment in black.  I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday #198: Add Gold and at Just Us Girls #551: Butterflies.  My butterflies are from PTI Butterfly Blooms and the sentiment is from PTI Ombre Sentiments Birthday.

My next card is inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #450 and features these 2 adorable Nom Nom Kitties by Mama Elephant happily sharing their ramen.

This card ended up so very different than my initial idea....I stamped a bunch of Brownstone Houses from Altenew and intended them for this card.  But, I couldn't get them to work with the sketch, so I went another direction..using stencils from MFT for my clouds and sun rays and plant from Altenew Indoor Garden.

I am entering this card at the sketch challenge for August at Altenew as well as Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Beautiful Botanicals.

And...this is what I did with all those fun and colorful brownstones I stamped.  I am entering this card at Inkspirational #220: Rain or Rainbow.  I think of this as sort of a Painted Ladies of San Francisco meets the Brownstones of Brooklyn.

Getting tired?  Almost done.  My next two cards are made from the latest batch of stamps and dies from this month's MMH kit.  I am entering them at Stay Crafty with Hero #14: Critters (cat in 1st card, cat and bird in 2nd card), A Blog Named Hero: Cute, and Shopping Our Stash #427: Pile it On.

I am also entering this first card at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Beautiful Botanicals.

Thanks for sticking with me all the way to the end.  Please stay safe and stay crafty.

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Oh my goodness....seriously, how many hours are in one of your days? Where I sit you must have at least 36+ Love all you fabulous cards, too many that I love to choose a favorite. Love your SWINKING and that final card, just kicking back with a book is simply perfection these days!

  2. You are such a helpful enabler mom, with that sweet set of thank you panels that also nudge your daughter in the right direction! ;) I haven't quite got to swinking yet, but am extra encouraged by your beautiful results! And I like the idea of swinking in gold, looks terrific. Of course I love the ricebowl-munching kitties! Such pretty use of stencils and stamps for your get well card - hope it's for your stash and not needed. The anything but brown brownstones are so much fun! I have been quite liking the newest MMH kit, and love the two cards you have made using it. Reading, cats, sunshine - it's like the ideal life! :D So glad you thought of Seize the Birthday and Inkspirational with your cards!

  3. Oh, I love all your cards. The puppy ones and the brownstone one especially. tfs

  4. Fabulous set of card, Joyce - you've been busy!! Stopped by to comment on your Stay Crafty with Hero cards and found so much more inspiration! Love you cute flat thank yous and all the rest too!!

  5. Your cards are fantastic, love that notecard set so much, absolutely darling! Thank you for sharing with us this week @ IB, can't wait to see more of your creations!

  6. What a fabulous set of cards, Joyce! I stopped by to say how much I loved your ramen slurping kittens for the FMS challenges, but have been treated to so much more inspiration. I might head upstairs and start swiping gold ink on pink cardstock after seeing your beautiful skyline card. Wishing your young adults safe travels!

  7. Those little thank yous for your daughter are so CUTE! All of your cards are terrific Joyce. So happy you joined us at IB!

  8. Gorgeous cards! Those cats are just perfect for the sketch! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  9. You had a great time crafting, Joyce, and it shows! Thanks have never been cuter... thanks for sending these sweet pups over to us at IB!

  10. Joyce there are so many fabulous card here I don't know where to start. Love the puppies and what a great idea to plan ahead--way to go mom! You swinking is fabulous, is it not the most fun to do? I really like both of your city cards, the night and the daytime. As much as I love anything you make the highlights for me are those two cards you made with your MMH kit. They are so fun!!

  11. Oh my, Joyce, this is a totally fabulous collection of cards!!! Excellent takes on each of the challenges! And thanks for sharing about the "swinking" technique. I haven't seen that video yet but will definitely check it out! Your swinking cards look amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I love your swinking and all the cards!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown this week!

  13. Just amazing cards and you know I love the sky lines best but have to say-kinda wish I was that last person!

  14. I envy what you can get done with a snippet of time, Joyce. Your cards are all so wonderful. That swinked sky behind the cityscape is glorious. The gold butterflies melding into the background on the birthday card is lovely. Thanks for sharing that one with us at Just Us Girls.

  15. What a great week - all your creations are wonderful! I really love the rainbow-stones - such a simple idea but so skillfully executed. Thanks for joining in at Inkspirational Challenges.


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