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Friday, March 16, 2018


This past Monday my friends, Carol and Joanne, met with me to make the 97 cards that we needed for Easter.  This is one of the designs we made.  I forgot to take a picture of the other one before I delivered them to the nursing home.  

The solid and dotted pieces are Lasting Impressions paper that I am trying to get used up.  I die cut the crosses using a Spellbinders die from the Crosses Two die set. The die was cut and then embossed so it took 88 passes through the Cuttlebug!  The lavender mat was also cut and then embossed.  My Cuttlebug gets quite a work out preparing for these cards.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


My friend Joanne (who helps make the 97 cards) made some of these before Christmas and gave one to my mother.  When my sister saw it she asked if I would get her the pattern.  The main pieces are all made with the envelope punch board.  Isn't he adorable?  And if you keep scrolling down you'll see he brings a little surprise with him.

If you look closely, you can see that the eyes and mouth are the pieces left after making the punches on the top of the hat.....very clever use!

My sister isn't going to be able to punch these pieces herself since she doesn't have a punch board.  She only needs two so I offered to give her the pieces to assemble.

A side view of the snowman shows that there is a little place to slide in a miniature candy bar.  The candy bar actually helps the snowman to stand.  When I made the score lines I followed the pattern.  I would have made the base a little wider so the bar could be flat on the bottom but this worked OK.

Spring is getting closer so I'm afraid "Frosty" and my other wintry items will be stored away for a few months.  Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

TATTERED LACE - Morning Chorus Tapestry

I purchased this die at our TCE*** Group Gathering a couple of years ago.  Tattered Lace dies are expensive but for some reason I thought I had to have this one.  I definitely need to use it more often to justify the cost.  Their dies are more intricate than some and they do cut very well and have such beautiful designs.

The paper I used  is Stampin' Up'! So  Saffron.   The die leaves an entire frame around the entire design but I cut off the top and side portions of the frame which made it possible to mount the matted piece onto a So Saffron card base. 

Square cards are not something I do very often.  Since square envelopes require additional postage,  I still use the A2 envelopes.

*** TCE = Our group is called The Creative Embossers.  We did start off making our cards using brass stencils for most of our designs.  We gradually found ourselves doing more stamping and using dies than using brass stencils but have kept the name.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

TUTTI - Butterfly Scroll Die

For this one I made a matching lined envelope.  The designer paper is from a paper pad that I have had for a long time.

The designer paper on the first card was lavender and white.  This designer paper from the same pack had an ivory color with the blue so I cut the pretty design from ivory card stock.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TUTTI - Butterfly Vine Border

This is such a pretty design that makes a really easy card.  I used some designer paper on the white card base and then added this die cut which I had sprayed with adhesive spray.  Not much else needs to be explained.  The die is actually a little too long to fit on the standard A2 size card that I normally make but i was able to trim off a portion to make it fit.

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Monday, March 5, 2018


I have several corner dies like this, but this one is my very favorite.  It makes such a beautiful design and covers a good area of the card.  I cut it from white card stock and then layered it over the Ballet Blue card stock from Stampin' Up!  It leaves such a nice amount of space to add a variety of greetings.

Thanks for coming by today...........or I should say this evening since I am really late posting.

Friday, March 2, 2018

TUTTI DIE - Celebrate

I'm trying to get back into posting but it seems like I am seriously lacking motivation.  I did make the two cards below a few weeks ago so I thought I would show them to you.  

The peach colored designer papers on both cards are from a paper pack and the "celebrate" was cut from ivory card stock.

Once again the colored designer papers are from that same paper pack.  Masculine cards area always difficult to make but I think I could do this card with different colors even though the die has three little flowers.  I don't think it is too feminine.  What do you think?

Thanks for coming by!  I'll try to get back into more regular posts.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MEMORY BOX - Wild Blooms

All of the beautiful dies that are available have definitely become my "vice" so recently I started pulling some out that I hadn't used in a while.  I had this blue card stock on my table from another project and decided it would make a good one to use with the Wild Blooms die.  I love how easy it is to use this one and have a pretty card in no time.

I used this card along with some others to use as a gift to a lady who stepped up filling in for the lady who usually trims my hair.  It brought a smile and she said she will use them to send memorials to the Ronald McDonald House.......one of which will be in memory of my mother-in-law.  

It's really hard to believe but tomorrow will be March 1st.  Spring isn't that far off now.  Thank you for coming by today.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

IN MEMORY...........

I've been absent from my blog since February 16.  My husband's mother has been in a care center for nearly 3 years but was "called home" on February 19.  She would have been 98 on February 23.  She was a hard worker and could work circles around me....a good lady!  Our children and grandchildren were so fortunate to have known her and her love for them.  Since then there have been various duties that needed our attention and it just seemed inappropriate for me to be posting blog entries.

In addition today is the fourth anniversary of a dear friend who passed.

Today's card is for my mother-in-law and my friend.

Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, February 16, 2018


A few days ago I showed three cards that used this pretty Penny Black stamp but done in yellow.  I made this additional card using lavender.  I don't think it shows but I did add some clear Wink of Stella to the bloom and bud for a little shimmer.

When the card is closed the white liner of the card shows through the punched edge.

Thanks for coming by today!  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #4

I think this card is the most striking of the four I've made so a far.  I really like the colors behind the black die cut.  

Thank you for stopping by each day.  I hope you know that when you leave a comment, I truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #3

Today's card isn't exactly what you'd expect on this holiday, but since I had already shown you the Valentine cards I made, this is what I had to show.

This is another alcohol ink piece behind the black die cut.  The colors were done by one of my granddaughters and aren't actually quite as dark as the picture appears.  This was one half of the ink covered Yupo paper.  The sentiment is from The Stamp Barn (a Canadian company).  Tomorrow I'll show you the other half which is my favorite.

Thank you for coming by today - and I hope you all have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #2

Today's card features the same die but in a vertical position.  I had a small piece on my table that had been colored with alcohol inks.  Since there were portions that had a "rust" hue, I found a piece of Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango card stock that blended well with the alcohol inks.  Mounting it on white card stock just wasn't going to do it justice so I attached it to an ivory base.  I stamped the vertical "Happy Birthday" with Dusty Durango ink.

If you're interested, be sure to come back tomorrow for another version of this design.

Monday, February 12, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity

Last week I mentioned that I would be posting some cards that I made with this die.  This is the most simple of the four.  I really like the back and white.

Since I don't think this will need any further explanation, I'll leave it at that.  Tomorrow I will show another card using this design.

Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, February 9, 2018


Since I hadn't posted something every day I though I would end the week showing the rest of the Valentines I made.  Besides the 97 my friends and I made together, I made an additional 26 for the grandchildren and friends.

These are some of the Valentines that my husband and I send to people that we know personally in the Independent Living Center and the Care Center.  To begin I embossed 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces with either a heart folder or the dotted swiss.  I used a Memory Box die for the first card and then a set of dies from Spellbinders for the other five. 

The Spellbinders set includes two large hearts and two smaller hearts.  The large hearts can be used separately.  The two smaller hearts can be inserted in the center of the open large hearts and run through the die cutting machine.  And the two smaller hearts can be used in either of the large dies.  You will see below #2 and #3 use the same large item but then different inserts for the design.

#1 (Memory Box die)



#4 I popped a smaller heart in the opening

The next two cards used the second large die and with the different inserts.



Today I actually took the time to make four cards.  It felt really good to do something besides Valentines.  All four cards use the same die but I will post them individually next week for you to see.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


When possible, I try to make cards that are personal for our grandchildren.  Our "favorite and only" Grandson, Tucker, has been playing basketball in a "league" for the past few weeks so I wanted to do something around that theme.

I have (or maybe had) a Stampin' Up! set that has stamps for several sports.  I remembered that there was a basketball and a hoop.  Do you think I could find it?  I don't remember selling it but that is a possibility.  Desperation set in so I turned to Pinterest.  I combined the idea from two different cards that I saw.  The lines on the "ball" don't show up very well in the picture but my husband said "it is close enough".   Hmmmm......not a very strong endorsement.  I hope Tucker knows what the circle is supposed to be.  But my husband also added, "He'll be more interested in the check that is inside."  Probably true!

Tax preparations are coming along so I hope to be back to making some new cards very soon.  Thanks for coming by today!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CASING Stampin' and Scrapin' in GJ

I follow Stampin' and Scrapin' in GJ and she has a lot of cards that I really like to case. Preparing financial information for tax returns was making pretty good progress so I needed a break.  Yesterday (January 30) she had a card that I decided to make.  You can check out her card to see the changes I made. I believe she used an embossing folder for the large snowflake but since I have a large die for a snowflake that is what I used.

I've had this Stampin' Up! stamp set for the mittens a long time and I think this is the first time any of them have touched ink.  The border at the bottom is one of the SU Wheels......which I had not used.  In fact when I got the wheel out I was trying to ink it with an ink pad.  That didn't work the best.  And even once I remembered to attach the ink cartridge it took several tries before I got the design added in a straight line.  The bottom edge of it didn't ink well so I just cut off that edge.

It had been a while since I actually made a new card and I told my husband that it felt like I was a beginning all over again.  

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Friday, January 26, 2018


I made this card quite awhile ago but had not shared it here yet.  I have some Iris plants and they are so beautiful but don't last long enough.  

I have been working on getting our finances up to date on my computer.  I tend to end up entering several month's information for several accounts in January to prepare for tax season.  Intentions are always good at the first of the year to do better but last year didn't work out that way.  I will also be preparing my Mother's information for her income tax, my daughter & son-in-law and also their daughter who is now employed. 

So I guess what I'm saying is that while I am preparing to complete four tax returns, making cards is going to be very irregular as well as posting things here.  

The best way to follow my blog is to sign up for the daily reminders so you will know when something new is posted.  

Have a great weekend and thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

When I was going through my designer papers I found a small strip of this SU paper and used it for this card instead of the layout I used for the two previous cards.  It definitely makes a bolder statement.  I also added the little butterfly from an Inkadinkado stamp set.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PENNY BLACK - Watercolored Iris #2

This is like the card I posted yesterday, but using the Stampin' Up! Garden Green card stock.

Since I'm short on new cards to post, I will add one more variation of this tomorrow.  

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

PENNY BLACK - Watercolored Iris

I am a lover of Penny Black stamps.  Our Yahoo Group's second challenge for January was to make a card using a watercolor technique. This is the card I sent to my partner. The easiest one for me was to color this Iris with markers from Stampin' Up! and then spritz it with water.  

Last week a friend was here and we made cards for a nursing home and independent living center.  When we were finishesd, I showed her how to do this and she made several really pretty stamped images.

The image was added to the matching SU card stock mat. I left the right edge wider so that I could cut a design using a Martha Stewart punch.  I did add two scored lines along side of the punched edge although they don't show up in the picture.

I have more different cards made using this same stamp that I will be posting so I hope you will come back again.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Saturday I posted a card using one of these stickers which had been added to white card stock and colored. For this card I added the sticker to a double sided piece of adhesive, glittered the piece and then colored with markers.  

This particular set of stickers makes great CAS cards.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018


I almost missed the  email for the STAMPLORATIONS Blog January CAS Card Challenge using an Elizabeth Craft peel-off sticker which was added to the white card stock, colored with markers and then matted with the black.  The stamp is from a set of Stampendous stamps.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


I don't have a name for the die I used since there is no package for it.  I really like this design.  I don't think it needs description about the rest of it.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


To begin, I used the Martha Stewart Heart Scroll punch to cut the border.  The card base sat on my table for a couple of days then to decide where to go from there.  I embossed a piece of white card stock with the random dots folder and cut it down so it came up to the edge of the punched design.  A strip of red card stock was added to conceal the "seam".  

Last year I purchased the Impression Obsession die and had one of the designs in the package with the die.  It was a little too long so I trimmed down the design and added it with spray adhesive.  This card will be for our personal use.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

VALENTINE Using all card parts

A long time ago when I purchased some new folders, I embossed some of each of them and placed them in a basket as samples. The embossed design is still another piece from my card parts that I decided it was time to use.  It was added to the white card base.  

The two fancy scrolls were pieces that I had cut from the Spellbinders Royal Love heart.  It was a shame to throw them away so I added them to the embossed design.  I still had a plastic bag with a bunch of punched hearts from last year and added one.  I ended up with a pretty Valentine and used some of my "hoard" of card parts.

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Monday, January 15, 2018


This was actually the very first Valentine I put together this year.  I was trying to come up with an idea for the 97 cards we'll making for the care center and independent living center.

I really like this one using red glitter paper but I realized I didn't have enough glitter paper to complete the project. 

I remembered that months ago when I was already thinking about this project I decided I wanted to use some of the huge supply of Lasting Impressions papers that I still have.  What I like about this dotted paper is that has a white core so all I had to do was cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece and fold it.  The border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  I added the Heart Swoosh with spray adhesive.  The solid color heart is simply the center of the "swoosh".

Once again I did't have enough of the dotted card stock to make 97 cards.  Plus I usually have things all cut and ready to assemble when we get together to make the cards.  Punching the border and cutting the dies one at a time was going to be pretty time consuming. These cards won't go to waste though because I'll be using them for my grandchildren.

Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, January 12, 2018


Still another 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece in my card parts.  I added the heart design from the Spellbinders die.  The die actually cuts a design 5 3/4" wide so I trimmed off edges from both sides to fit on this card.

When I cut this design part of the card stock tore so I trimmed it down and added it to this 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" embossed design.  I like that the die is versatile in the way it can be used.

Thank you for stopping by!  Come back again next week for more Valentine ideas.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018


When I found this embossed piece in my card parts it was a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece so I added it to a white card base.  I simply added the three sizes of hearts.  Nothing all that spectacular but I think it will pass.

This was another of those 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces in my card parts and added it to the white card base. I added this pretty little heart with spray adhesive.  The heart is from a Memory Box Peyton Heart die.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Our Yahoo Group had a December color swap making a card with white and any shade of green.   I used the Poppy Stamps Snowflake Oval Collage die.  I cut the design from white card stock and placed a smaller piece of silver glitter paper behind it.  The next step was to double mat the piece and add it to a card base.  The green I used is Stampin' Up! Garden Green card stock.  I added a couple of white snowflakes from a set of Penny Black dies to finish off the project.  I think this will be a great design to use with various colors of card stock.

Tomorrow I'll begin showing some of the cards I have come up with for Valentine's Day so I hope you will take a moment to come back again.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"SNOWY" Scene

This will be the last "Snowy" card ...........at least for now.  I got the idea for this one from the back of the package that the die came in.  I cut the snowflakes with from the dies that are included with the "Snowy" die with glitter paper scraps that I had.

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