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Friday, October 20, 2017


One of the blogs I follow is Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ.  This is a CASE of a card she posted on October 12.  She and I have it in common that we CASE cards made by others.

Recently she has been posting some great cards using Maple leaves.   She explained how she takes the card stock leaf, scrunches it up and then sponges it with ink.  I'm not sure I accomplished the same look with my leaf.  It does lend to a little more realistic look so I'll be trying it again.

So thank you to Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ for what a great card to use as an inspiration.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


I was running errands yesterday and saw some really beautiful trees with the colorful leaves.  I have several sets of dies for leaves but I think this one is my favorite.

The basic idea for this came from someone else's card but I made it my own by making some changes .  Instead of using a designer paper, I embossed a piece of Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa card stock with a folder of trees.  I cut a Maple Leaf and an Oak Leaf from a set of Prima Dies "Forest Leaves".   I also used my own sentiment and sponged the edges of the piece.  

My mother asked me to make a card for my husband's birthday which will be in a few days.  Hopefully these are the only leaves he'll have to deal with since we don't have any trees of our own in our yard.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Making sympathy cards isn't my favorite kind to make because it always means that we have lost someone in our lives.  Unfortunately we need two right now.

This is one of my favorite stamp sets to use though.........Stampin' Up! "Love & Sympathy".

The card base, mat, and inks for the design are Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze.  

The embossing folder is a Sizzix design from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is from a little My Sentiments Exactly! acrylic stamp set inked with VersaFine Onyx Black..

And finally the little butterfly is from an Inkadinkadoo set of 3 butterflies.

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Yesterday I was trying to get caught up on a few things after being gone for a few days and I didn't get a card made for today.  I was looking through posts from five years ago and ran across this one.  It made me smile. I hope it brings a smile to you too.  It was a card I made to send to one of the children of a niece or a nephew.

Hopefully I'll have something new for you again tomorrow.  Thanks for coming by!

Monday, October 16, 2017

PENNY BLACK - "Bee"utiful Day

We were gone for a few days and I didn't have anything scheduled for today.  Earlier a friend returned some stamps she had borrowed.  I decided to make use of three of them before I put them away.  Penny Black has so many cute stamps and I don't use them nearly enough.

My first step was to cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock.  Using my MISTI I stamped the Rubbernecker Freehand Frame.  By using the MISTI I was able to get it centered exactly where I wanted it.

I then stamped the three Penny Black designs with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers.  I am going to add glitter to the wings of the bee but wanted to get this posted right away.  

Confession:  I actually did another card first and stamped the frame right on the front of the card base making two mistakes.  Because I stamped them with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, I was unable to color with Copic markers because they would bleed through the card base AND Copic markers would smeer the VersaFind ink.  I'm not happy with that card..

Thank you for coming by to see today's post!

Friday, October 13, 2017


It seemed appropriate with today being Friday the 13th that I post a "scary" card.  To be honest, I made this card last year and did post it before Halloween.  Since I hadn't used it, I thought I would show it to you again since it is the last of the Halloween cards I will be posting.  This one will go to our grandson.

The black layer which includes the branch was cut with a Memory Box die.  The bats are from Impression Obsession.  The background was created using alcohol inks on Yupo paper.

I made 25 cards to send from my husband and I and helped with the 97 my friends and I made earlier.  I'm ready to move on to some other cards.  

Thank you for coming by today!  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Using another piece of the same dp that I used yesterday, I made this card using a different layout.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Ghosts played a big part in the Halloween cards I made this year.  Last month I showed you a card with this layout that some friends of mine helped me make for the residents where my mother lives.  

First I cut a white layer to measure 4" X 5 1/4". I had an odd piece of this dp.  I thought the stars would make a great background for the ghosts.  A strip of Stampin' Up! Washi Tape was added along the side.  I added the ghosts, stamped the "Boo!" and then added it to a Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry card base .  This card will go one of our granddaughters.

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Yesterday I started die cutting pieces for cards made with this design.  I made 22 using this design so that was a lot of die cutting!  Today I was busy putting them together so that I could have them ready to go when it is time to mail.  Two of these cards will go to granddaughters (Taryn and Abby)......the rest are being sent to elderly people from our community who are in care centers.  These are in addition to the ones they will receive that we made for the staff to hand out.  As fun as it was to make these cards, I'm glad that they are all done.  I can now move on to some other fun designs.

Dies used:
Tree - Memory Box
Fence - Impressions Obsession
Pumpkin - Top Dog Dies
Ghosts - Memory Box
Bat - Impression Obsession
Moon - Spellbinders Circle

Sorry this post is being made in the middle of the afternoon, but I didn't have anything ready to schedule ahead of time.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Last Thursday I showed you this piece that two of the granddaughters challenged me to use.  What do you see when you look at this piece?  Below is the 2nd card I did with it.

I had already cut away a corner of the 5" x 7" piece.  When I looked at the remaining portion of the colors, I turned the piece around and I saw a body of water and the lighter colored sky above.  There were two portions of white that bothered me so I trimmed it down further and added yellow with a Copic marker to represent the sun.  I used a white gel pen to add little waves in the water and already had a white sailboat in my "pieces".

Before adding the matted design to the card base, I cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece and embossed it with the waves folder. The folder is designed vertically.  I realized that if I matched up the design and ran it through a second time, I would be able to get it horizontally.

Thanks to granddaughters, Ashlyn and Taryn, I was able to get 3 cards out of this one piece.  I have the third one ready to go, but you're going to have to come back on December 12th to see it.  I'm using it on a birthday card for Ashlyn.  So be sure to come back.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

STAMPlorations October CAS Card Challenge

SURPRISE!!!  I have a second card for you today!

You can check out the details by clicking on the link above.

I had been working with some of these peel-off stickers from Elizabeth Craft designs and when I saw this challenge I thought it would be one that I could put together rather quickly.

The "Thankful" is from Penny Black "words of gratitude" die set.  The dp is from Stampin' Up! and the pumpkin and leaves are from a sheet of Elizabeth Craft peel-off stickers.  I colored the sticker designs with my Copic markers.  The entire piece was then added to an A2 ivory card base.

Thank you for coming by today!


Before I show you the card, I wanted to show you another of the Yupo paper pieces that my granddaughters challenged me to use.  I'll have to admit I wasn't sure where this would go.  I used a portion of it for the card below and have another two pieces cut with ideas.  We'll see how that goes.

Yesterday I mentioned that there were two of the three dies in the Tim Holtz set that I really liked.  This is the second one.

Since the Thinking of You die separate the words, I decided to add them to the card in a staggered fashion.  My mother likes to use Thinking of You cards for various things that come up so I think this one will be given to her for her use.

Thank you so much for coming by!  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TIM HOLTZ - SIZZIX - Mixed Media #2

I have a Memory Box die that is very similar to this but is smaller and fits more into the corner.  I found the set containing this die on eBay and was interested in one of the other two dies that the set included and the price was right to buy it even though I liked only 2 of the three designs.  You will see the other die I liked used on another card later.

I had played with alcohol inks on this piece of glossy paper.  It was almost full size for an A2 card.  All I had to do was cut off about 1/4" from the bottom edge of the card base to make it fit completely.  The white die cut piece was cut down accordingly to give a narrow margin of the glossy paper.

It's hard to see in the picture but the inks I used on the glossy paper included some metallic gold ink so that is why I chose to cut the "Thanks" from glossy gold card stock.

Thanks for coming by today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


This glittered design is another of the peel-off stickers from the Elizabeth Craft designs that I referred to yesterday.  I colored the design with Distress markers. When I was ready to use it, I noticed orange smudges that were on the white glittered area around the design.  I was so disappointed and discovered the ink had not dried and I had orange all over a couple of my fingers!   I briefly hit the design with my heat gun and put it aside until the next day.  

The only way to fix the situation was to cut out the design.  I remembered some plaid Stampin' Up! designer paper that I had from last year and added a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece to an Ivory card base.  I used a Penny Black die to cut out the "Thankful" with card stock and added the sticker design.

I wish I had more of this plaid designer paper since I have more of these sticker pieces to use.

Thanks for coming by today!  Your comments are welcome and appreciated!

Monday, October 2, 2017


I have a bunch (and I mean a bunch) of Elizabeth Crafts peel-off sticker sheets in various designs.  One of the designs is a sheet of pumpkins.  At this time of year, it was time to pull at least one sheet out and get busy with them.

First I embossed a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of card stock with the leaves and added it to the white card base.

This is actually the last design I did using up the last of the stickers on one of the sheets.  I added the two pumpkins to the adhesive first, glittered the entire piece and then colored them.  The leaves were all added to a sheet, glittered, colored and then cut out to add around the pumpkins.   

The easiest way to explain how this is done is to refer you to You Tube.  There is a great video there that takes you through the process step-by-step.

You will be seeing more of these on my blog so I hope you will come back again soon!  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated!!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"HALLOWEEN" CARD - #'s 2-5


Last year after Halloween, I was in Michael's and they had a 50% off sale on stickers.  I picked up 5 sheets of these and 5 sheets of another design that will be used for Thanksgiving cards.  Although the pumpkins aren't really a Jack-O-Lantern, they make a nice design for Fall.


First the card base was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  While I was doing that, my friends were attaching the stickers to pre-cut white card stock pieces and then matting them on the orange pieces.


There were a number of stickers on the sheets so we tried to arrange them to get "the most for our buck".   The #4 card actually has 3 stickers combined....as do cards #2 & #3.


This was a single sticker that had to be added to the card after everything else was in place. There are other cards that are designed similarly from a variety of these stickers.  A total of 53 cards were made from these designs and will be donated to the staff at the care center where my 97 year old mother-in-law lives.

We had a lot of fun working on these cards Tuesday!  I had pre-cut the card bases and other items for the cards and we managed to have all 44 of yesterday's cards and 53 of these completed in just under 3 hours.  And we still manage to get some great conversations during all of it.

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Yesterday I mentioned that I would be getting together with my friends, Carol and Joanne, to begin making cards for the holidays.  This is one style of card we made......44 of these will be going to the independent living center where my 95 year old mother lives.  They donated to the staff to be handed out from the staff for all of the residents.

I saw the basic idea on Pinterest and ran with it.  I had just the right supplies already on hand.  After we the card base (A2) was folded, "Boo!" was stamped to start off the spacing for everything else.  The next step was to add a strip of Washi tape and then the orange backgrounds with the ghosts on top.  "Happy Halloween" was stamped inside.

A clean and simple card that I think will be a big hit with the residents.  When I visit my mother, I have noticed on various occasions that some of the residents hang the card on the door to their apartment......which makes me feel really good knowing that they like them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Apothecary Art

I made this card a few weeks ago.  In order to display it I have it on a little easel.  It's a different fold that I saw and tried.  I'm afraid I don't remember where I saw it but probably on YouTube.

Last week I was happy that I had scheduled cards ahead for the entire week.  I'm not sure if I was having allergy problems or if my husband had decided to share his cold.  But I was miserable!  Yesterday was the first day that I actually suddenly started feeling better but wasn't able to spend time on the computer due to helping my husband with an appointment for a minor procedure.

Today I will be enjoying the company of two friends, Carol and Joanne, as we begin the process of making holiday cards for nursing home and independent residence staffs to hand out to the residents in those two places.  Today's project will be getting 97 cards made for Halloween.  I'll post pictures of them hopefully tomorrow and Thursday.

Thanks for coming by today!

Friday, September 22, 2017


I had borrowed a Stampin' Up! set from a friend when we met in Des Moines last June.  I loved the set so much I actually found it on eBay and bought one for myself.  I love the trees and other designs in the set......."Thoughtful Branches".  I consider this one not quite finished because I'm debating about what to do with the space above the trees. I will either stamp a sentiment or die cut a little cloud to add.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I think this embossing folder was available through Stampin' Up!  I must have borrowed it because I don't find it in my collection so I'm not sure.

It makes a very lovely card.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


As I said yesterday, the granddaughters created four colorful sheets using my alcohol inks and Yupo Paper.  I thought this one was going to be a bit more of a challenge than the one I showed you yesterday but......I really like the two cards I made with this mix of colors.

Check out the two cards below.  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


On one of the last visits, two of our granddaughters love playing with my Yupo Paper and alcohol inks.  I turned them loose and let them do whatever they wanted to do with them.

This is one of the four sheets they did.  I thought the colors were so pretty together.  It is always interesting to see what they bring me after they finish playing.  I told them I'd turn all of the sheets into cards.  This is one of two cards I made from this 5" x 7" sheet.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Be sure to come back because tomorrow I'll be showing two more cards that I made from another one of their creations.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Recently some friends became first-time grandparents and I thought it would be fun to surprise them with a card. I stamped the little angel twice and colored with Copic markers.   I have a "grandparent" sentiment which I used inside. It doesn't show but I added glitter to the wings and used a gold glitter pen to go over the "halo".  I love the sentiment stamped outside which is a retired stamp from Hero Arts.

I don't get a chance to make very many baby cards so this was fun!  Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, September 15, 2017


In August our Yahoo group had a "Black and Any Shade of Blue" card swap.  Thiss is the card I made for my partner.  I used strips of Washi Tape and then added stamped and punched flowers form the Stampin' Up! Flower Shop set.

Thanks for coming by today!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

MEMORY BOX - Tulisa #3

The Tulisa die cut doesn't have to be horizontal or vertical.  I decided cut it at an angle for this card and added two Memory Box Chloe Stem pieces on the top.

I have some more ideas for using this die and I'm sure they will show up here eventually.

Thanks for coming by today!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MEMORY BOX - Tulisa #2

For this card I centered the Tulisa die cut and then added a Penny Black "gentle whisper II" floral design over the top.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MEMORY BOX - Tulisa #1

A few weeks ago when I went to the Scrapmania store to purchase some supplies to make a University of Iowa card for our granddaughter, I saw the Tulisa die on a card sample.  And yes, I had to have it.  It had to be ordered but I received it a few days later.  It is such a great design to be used with other die cuts.  

For this card I cut the Tulisa design off to the side so that another die cut could be "wrapped" along the side.  The flower on this one is a Penny Black die "gaiety".  Tomorrow and Thursday I will be showing two more cards that I made at the same time.

Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017


Earlier I posted the picture of one of these corner fold cards with a Penny Black sticker.  This is actually the very first card I made using that fold.  I really like it.  The card on YouTube actually used the same card stock and stamp other than the little butterfly.  That is from a set of 3 Inkadinkado butterflies that are always within reach on my table.

I did have a little trouble getting the fold so that it was at the right angle, but I did find a way to make it much easier.  I know this is a fold I will do again because it does make a more interesting card.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

TUTTI - Scroll Bird Tree die

There are so many great dies out there to choose from that it is hard not to just want almost all of them!   (My husband may believe that I actually do have all of them.)  The Tutti designs are a completely different style.  I thought this was a pretty one although once I cut it out I wasn't really sure where to go with it.  

I decided to use my Copic markers and colored the birds with a  light blue.  Once I had colored the flowers pink, I decided that maybe I should have colored them with a different color so that it didn't look like a baby card.  

I have learned to love the spray adhesive that almost got given away and that is how I attached the design to the Swiss Dot embossed mat.

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


  The Penny Black stickers are so pretty and make quick and easy cards. Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Card #1
This sticker was actually rectangular but I decided to cut it down to a square so I could add it to one of the corner fold cards that I had fun learning how to do.  The light blue card stock really picks up the color that is in the sticker.

Card #2
I have had this flourish die for a very long time and I'm not sure I ever used it.  I thought it would be a great design to place beside one of the stickers.

Card #3
I double matted this sticker (same as on #2)  and added it to a card base which had been embossed with a Dotted Swiss folder.  I added the die cut butterfly and that's all it took.

 Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, September 4, 2017



I'll be back tomorrow.....hope you will be too.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

3 MORE Promise of Spring Stickers

Card #1
We chose this sticker to make our second card.  Because of the size of it, I wasn't sure what to do with it but this is the card I made.  I wanted to include the butterfly that was on the sheet but also wanted to emboss the card front.  The embossing would have caused the butterfly wing to be bumpy so I only embossed part of the front.  It might have been better not to do any embossing at all since it hardly shows.    

Card #2
This is the design that my friends did with their sticker and I think there decision was better.  I especially like their layout and die cut butterfly with the sticker allowing more of the design to show through.  

Card #3
There was one more butterfly to use, so I just stuck it onto a piece of white card stock and matted it with black.  I embossed a piece of Stampin' Up! Marina Mist card stock with a butterfly folder and then added everything to the white card base.

It's hard to believe that today is September 1st already!  This weekend many will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend.  Hope if you are traveling that you stay safe but have a great time! 

Next Monday I'll have the final cards made with these stickers.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PENNY BLACK Promise of Spring Sticker

When I started making cards for a nursing home and independent living center I did a couple of holidays by myself.  Then another friend started helping and now a second friend is helping.  We haven't done any holiday cards since Easter, but we decided that we have so much fun when we get together that we would just do some fun things with cards. It has been a real gift to me to have two friends who come and enjoy the same craft as me.

One of the friends has just started making cards herself and is a natural!  Her excitement has been contagious for the other two of us.  Last week I wanted to show them that some great cards can be made using stickers.  I have a lot of Penny Black stickers and happened to have three sheets with this design on it.  But then it was, "What are we going to do with it?"  Pinterest, here I come.  I found a card very much like this one.  That one had two more elements on it but we simplified ours.  

I already had the Cuttlebug embossing folder, a Penny Black die with the branch of birds (It's a bird's life) and the Memory Box die (Fresh Foliage).  Now three more sheets of stickers have been used and I love this card.  There were additional stickers on the sheet and some of those cards will be showing up soon.

Thank you for coming by!