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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Happy Birthday, Hannah!

Wow! March is a blink in the rearview mirror and it's already April. This month is so busy I don't think it will vanish with a complete blink. Yikes! And 15 years has gone by in less than 2 full blinks! Today is our sweet Hannah's 15th birthday. This little Bichon Frise has been the petite princess in our household since she flew to Seattle from Oklahoma 15 years ago. Everything revolves around those 4 paws of hers. We've enjoyed every single moment. Both of us think that she still looks and acts like a puppy.


I submitted a card for the first time to a card challenge. I liked it because it provided me with direction for a card layout that I might not otherwise have come up with. So, here's the challenge. You might want to click on the link and submit your own card design. This particular challenge ends at 12:00 Noon local time.

Freshly Made Sketches

Here's the link to the challenge site, "Freshly Made Sketches" . . .

Here's what I submitted:

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge No. 230, Hero Arts, IMAGINE Crafts, VersaMark, Ranger, Conqueror Cover Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Card Stock, So Silk Card Stock, Impress Rubber Stamps, Little B, Queen & Co.

Washi tape strips (sources unknown) on white card stock. Flourish stamp inked with VersaMark and then embossed with red embossing powder from IMAGINE Crafts.

A2 card base. Blue panel and sentiment panel from So Silk card stock.

Sentiment stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder. Adhered with foam mounting tape.

Orange bubbles from Queen & Co. Dragonfly from Little B.


handwritten happy birthday stamp by Impress Rubber Stamps in Tukwila, WA

flourish stamp by Hero Arts "Leafy Vines" CG509

Card Stock:

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (A2 base card)

Neenah Classic Crest 80# card stock in Solar White for washi tape base

So Silk Card Stock in Fair Blue (matting and sentiment panels)

From the IMAGINE Crafts' blog, they're showing how to use the ever-popular adult coloring book pages for your card making. It's a fantastic idea!

IMAGINE Crafts, Roni Johnson, Adult Coloring Books

Click on this link to the IMAGINE Crafts' blog post:

There is a blog I follow now. He lives on Long Island in New York and often travels into New York City, one of my all-time favorite places. So I "live" vicariously back there through Justin's blog (lol!). I wanted to share this sweet, simple and beautiful card that he posted today. By the way, it's a card for the same challenge I participated in (see above).

JK Cards, Justin Krieger, Freshly Made Card Sketch Challenge

Click on this link to go to Justin's blog, JK Cards:

Virginia Lu has created this beautiful card using a Penny Black stamp and her MISTI stamp positioner. Get your MISTI out because you'll want to make this card or one similar to it.

Penny Black Stamps, Virginia Lu, MISTI

Click on this link to Virginia's blog for more details:

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Sunday; I hope your day is as beautiful as our day is starting out to be. We've been spoiled with lots of sunshine these past few days.

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