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Friday, April 20, 2018


The die was still on the table so I cut out a bright yellow butterfly.  Our oldest granddaughter attends the University of Iowa and I had purchased some "black and yellow" papers to make her a special card using Iowa colors.  The black with yellow dots worked great with this butterfly.  I matted with yellow card stock and then added to the white card base.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! stamp set.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018


This butterfly was die cut to use on a different card but I decided I wanted something more delicate.  I pulled out my pad of black and white papers and put this simple card together very quickly.  I like it.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Waterfront

This was a set that I was not going to buy until I started seeing some cards made with it.  This is pretty much like one I saw on Pinterest except I added the "blue moon" and used a different stamped sentiment.  The one I saw also had a band across the middle.  I like this set because it can be used for guys.  It looks like there might be a bit of a wind because my trees look like they are tilting a bit.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018


OK......I couldn't resist one more card using the dies.  I had cut several pieces and was going to put them away, but decided to do just one more.

This was the third die with buildings.  I cut an oval window in a white piece of card stock measuring 4" x 5 1/4".  The piece was then embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  Once I cut the piece with the scene, I attached it to the back of the "window".  When added to the Night of Navy card base, I stamped the stars with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold powder.

When I make cards using a colored base, I almost always add a white liner for the message inside.  And if there is a small stamp that I can use to decorate the inside, it adds a nice touch, too.

Now I have two Christmas cards ready for 2018!  

Monday, April 16, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Hometown Greetings & Hearts Come Home

The day I actually made this card it was snowing outside and it didn't feel like Spring was ever going to show its face.  I had purchased this bundle after Christmas and decided to actually give it a try.  I love the dies from this set. They make a really neat scene on a card.

I used two of the dies to cut the buildings.  After they were added to the Marina Mist card base, I tore a piece of white card stock to add a little more dimension for a snowy hill. (Sorry it doesn't show up the best in the picture.)

The stars and moon were stamped with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with opaque white powder.  Seeing the card now on my blog, I may add a few more stars. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark ink and then embossed with silver powder.

There will be more cards in the future using this set.  I have a head start on Christmas cards for 2018!!! Thanks for coming by today!

Friday, April 13, 2018


I had made a card using this paper a few days ago and still had it on my table.  So why not use it when I had seen a card which was virtually the same.  Instead of ribbon across the top, I used a punched edge, a different sentiment and my leaf is slightly different.  

If you can't tell, I'm really having fun with this type of fold and CASING another card made this one go together very quickly........but it sure does make a statement.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018


Yesterday I had someone ask me for the link to instructions for the "Drape Fold" card I had posted...............Drape Fold video  Once you watch this one you will see that there are various videos on You Tube.  If you watch several as I did you will find other ideas.

One suggestion:  Try this first on paper that you don't like to make sure you get the results you want.

Here are three pictures that you can copy and print off if that would help you.  But watch the video.  The video says to use a piece that is 4" x 11 1/2".  I use the full 4" x 12" and then trim off the small piece on the right once it is on the card.....just to be sure it goes all the way across.

I saved the small piece that was left over, folded it like you do for this and it would fit on a card that is 4" wide.  Below you will see measurements especially for a vertical layout.

I am also adding two more pictures of samples that I made up for myself to keep:

I hope this has been helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

STAMPIN' UP! - Delightful Daisy Designer Paper

When I saw this piece in the package of designer papers I was a little skeptical about using such a big pattern.  I found some other cards that I CASED and this was a small piece left over from others i made.  I wasn't about to let it go to waste.  The striped dp is also from a scrap that was left over.  I added just a small piece of the solid Olive Green under the flowers to the right of the card.

The other cards I made are not finished yet.  A friend of mine is going to let me use her coordinating stamp set and punch to make the final pieces for those cards, but they won't get completed until our gathering in June.  I'm taking a Stampin' Up! stamp and die set that she didn't purchase for her to use. It's so great that we can share our "toys" when we get together.  Hope you'll keep coming back to see the finished cards.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Recently I saw a card on Pinterest using this fold.  It was so pretty!  I found several YouTube videos and each seemed to use different measurements so I pulled out some papers that I wasn't really fond of to experiment.  It took several tries before I got it right.  Some of the ones I tried didn't go from edge to edge even though I had used the measurements furnished.

Once I found one that worked really well, I needed to find just the right double-sided designer paper in my "stash".  The measurements I chose use a piece which is 11 1/2" x 4" which gives you enough to make 3 cards from one sheet.  However, I found that I was 1/2" short of reach completely across the card so I left it 12" x 4" and it came out just right.

To cover the top edge you could add a pretty ribbon but I chose to use a punched scallop.  The dragonfly is a Stampin' Up! die cut.  I didn't want to add the sentiment in black with such a soft color on the dp.  It looked very close to SU Baja Breeze....which turned out to be a little brighter but still worked.

If you want a link to the directions I used for this fold, just let me know.  Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


This is another pattern of the paper in the Stampin' Up! Floral Boutique designer paper.  Full disclosure:  The card is a CASE of one on Pinterest.    The beautiful die cut is from the SU "So Detailed" thinlits die set.  Placing it against the Night of Navy card stock really sets it off.  I did use a different sentiment.  The "Wishing You" comes from the Verve stamp set  There are nine coordinating stamps that go with it to use inside the card.  I think this will make a really pretty anniversary card for someone.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Floral Phrases

I can't take a bit of credit for this card.  Ok, yes, I made it but it really is an exact CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  The minor change I made was using a different sentiment.

I cut away an edge of the front of the card and added a piece of designer paper the same width along the inside edge of the card. The dp is from the Floral Boutique series.  It's a really beautiful collection!

Check out the picture below.  I lined the envelope with some of the dp from the same series.

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Friday, April 6, 2018


I think I mentioned on an earlier post that I am trying to make myself use some of the beautiful designer papers that I have here.  I buy them thinking they are so pretty and then find it hard to cut them up.  Well, it's time!

My friend, Georgia, will hopefully be celebrating her birthday tomorrow.  This is the card I made for her.  The colors look a little washed out in this picture, but are much more accurate in the picture below.  

I sent the card early and I know she has received it so it's safe to show it to you today.  The designer paper is from the Stampin' Up! Botanical Garden series. The card stock is So Saffron and Black.  I lined the inside of the card and placed a small stamped image inside along with a sentiment.

This picture shows the card inside the envelope which I lined with So Saffron designer paper.  I love lining envelopes for special cards but don't think to do it often enough. 

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Birthday Blooms

When I was seeing some cards on Pinterest using paper from the Birthday Bouquet designer series, I saw these stamps being used with some of it so I pulled out the stamp set.   I've had this set for a while and not sure any of the stamps from the set had been used.  I used Copic E42 to color the flower petals and YG63 to color the leaves.  The green is a little darker than I had planned but is OK.  

The mat is Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake card stock and goes so well with the color of the flower.  

I have really been having fun working on cards again and actually have enough cards made to post through next week!  I'll keep working.......no playing.......and getting some more planned for the following weeks.

By the way, I tend to make way more cards than I can use and right now don't have a lot of outlets for them.  I happened to learn that a Veteran's Home loves to receive cards for the residents to use.  I gave the local Ladies Auxiliary a bunch to take to the home for them to use as they are needed.  If any of you have extra cards, there are usually places that are very happy to receive donated cards.........and handmade cards are certainly a special gift.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


The very pretty floral paper was used in the card I saw but the contrasting paper they used was the cute little tulip design that you saw on the Easter boxes I posted last week.  They had also placed the larger piece of floral paper was on the bottom.  Naturally I wanted to make this my own so I flipped the design and used a different contrast.  The dotted paper appearsNew post to be almost black on the picture but it is actually from the designer pack and is Olive Green with the white dots.  

For the sentiment from Inkadinkado I punched a piece of white card stock on both edges which allowed a nice space for "On Your Special Day".

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

MORE STAMPIN' UP! Designer Paper

This is another CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  I used different papers and a different sentiment.  The flower looked a little plain so I ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.

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Monday, April 2, 2018


I saw a card on Pinterest using this layout.  I chose different papers which made my card a different color than the one I saw.  The sentiment I used is from Stampin' Up! as well but different than the card I CASED.  

My "stash" of designer papers needs to be used.  Although I won't be able to use up what I have in my lifetime, you will be seeing more cards this week using some of them.

Last Wednesday we picked up two of our grandchildren who were on Spring Break.  We love having Tucker and Taryn come and usually have some fun things to do.  Making a double batch of cut-out Easter sugar cookies was high on the agenda as well as making a double batch of chocolate chip cookies for Grandpa.  I still have a box full of Easter candy molds from "back in the day" when I was selling Easter suckers and boxed pieces of all kinds.  I had intended to sell them this year but forgot so I brought one of them out with some candy melts for them to make some little chocolate bunnies.  Needless to say Taryn latched on to several of the molds and took them home to play with there.

The kids went home on Saturday but we went to their home yesterday for a grand Easter Dinner.  Their father was a chef at one of the popoular restaurants in the Amana Colonies when he was going to college.  He is now a pharamacist but could sure open his own restaurant the way he cooks!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018


This was such a fun project!  The first one took a little time.  I made eight more boxes - six of them like the one above with the contents a little different in each one.  The cute little figures in the box are from two different Lawn Fawn stamp/die sets......Chirpy, Chirp and Eggstra Special Easter.  The dies have a little different name.  The pretty designer paper on the box is from Stampin' Up!  They went together very quickly after making the initial one.  I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they open this one.  They always get holiday cards from us (with a little something inside) but this one is over the top from what they usually get.

I have one to use as a decoration for ourselves.  When my friends Carol and Joanne came to make Easter cards, I showed them how to do these and Carol decided to make them for her granddaughters.

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Just Buzzin' by #4

I saw the stamp set used this way on Pinterest but I changed the layout to a vertical one instead of horizontal.  I also had to use different designer papers.  The card base is black so I added a white liner inside to add my message.  I really like these stamps and since I sold the set, I'm awfully glad I stamped off a bunch of them before I let it go.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Just Buzzin' by #3

This card shows the three different bees "buzzin' by".  I cut a piece of white card stock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", embossed it with the Hexagon folder and added it to the card base.  The colored designer paper is from a designer paper pad from Stampin' Up!

Thank you for coming by!  Just Buzzin' by #4 will be here tomorrow so I hope you stop back again!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Just Buzzin' By #2

Using those cute little flowers again, I cased a card I saw on Pinterest  There are three different bees in the stamp set.  When I made the card base months ago, I stamped them randomly across the top edge using VersaMark ink to give a watermark.  They don't show up very well in this picture.  Once again I added glitter to the wings of the bee and the bee is mounted to the card using foam squares.

Thank you for stopping by!  There will be another one tomorrow.

Monday, March 26, 2018

STAMPIN' UP! - Just Buzzin' By #1

Yesterday I had lots of time to play at my craft table.  I stamped off a lot of images from the Stampin' Up! set preparing to sell it and decided to finally use some of them.  This is the first one I'm posting here for you to see.  All of the ideas came from Pinterest.  I added clear glitter to the wings of the little bee.

There will be another card from this set tomorrow so I hope you'll come back to check it out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The die and cute little mouse are from Penny Black.  I've had it on my craft table ever since I ordered it.  The mouse was stamped on a small piece of card stock, colored and then added behind the die cut piece.  The die cut piece was then mounted on another piece of the white card stock and then added to the card base with foam squares.

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Monday, March 19, 2018


I didn't have anything prepared for today's post, so I'm showing you two cards I made months ago but didn't post at the time.  Dimensional stickers can make it so easy to put together a pretty presentation in just a matter of minutes.

The embossed parts of the cards were done on a separate piece of  white card stock and then adhered to the white card base.  I believe these dimensional flowers were from a set of K&Company stickers.

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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.