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Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Now that we have grandchildren who are teenagers, it gets a little harder to know what type of a card to make for them.  When it was time to make a card for Emma, I happened to be going through a container of butterfly stamps.  I thought this might make a simple but fun card for her.

After I had given it to her, I was disappointed that I hadn't planned better because this was her 16th birthday last Saturday.  I guess Grandma isn't perfect after all.  :)  She did tell me she liked this card though.  She is a very responsible young lady and has had a school permit to drive to school.  But Saturday she had a pretty special day because she was able to even get her driver's license on her birthday.  We're so proud of her!  She has been accepted into an Internship at a hospital so the first two hours of her school day will be spent doing a new type of learning.   

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Monday, August 21, 2017


On July 11th I posted this card using a die from Obsession Impressions.  Later I saw another way to use the die using just a portion of it and made the card shown below.

I rarely make square cards but liked the one I saw done in black and white so this is the one I made.  I am not exactly fond of the scallop but I didn't have a die with a more delicate scallop.

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Friday, August 18, 2017


The card is a tri-fold.  I embossed the middle section first with the Swiss Dots folder and added a piece vellum behind the window and taped it down.  The next step was to stamp the 50th Anniversary sentiment with Encore Gold Metallic ink Recently I made a quick stop at Michael's and saw Recollection packages of these dimensional flowers.  They simply said "wedding" or "anniversary" to me so I had to buy them. 

The card was sent to a couple who celebrated their 50th last weekend.  Thanks for coming by today!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Our oldest granddaughter is having a very special birthday today!  On her 19th birthday, she is moving into her dorm at the University of Iowa.  I thought it would be fun to make a card fitting the occasion.  I found only one store that had "Iowa" items other than fabrics.  They even had a couple of stamps.  As you can see I stamped "Herky" on the envelope and on the flap of the envelope I stamped "Proud to be a Hawkeye".  I rarely remember to line the envelope but I did  for her with the dotted paper.

Attending college at a large campus is going to be quite a change for her and we are wishing her every success as she pursues her goals.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Our oldest granddaughter, Allissa, will celebrate her 19th birthday tomorrow.  My mother likes to send birthday cards to her great grandchildren so this is the card I made for her using another fun Penny Black stamp.  I love the little critters on the PB stamps!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2 PENNY BLACK - Cling Stamp "Dreamy"

I love this stamp and how it looks like it is blowing in a gentle breeze.  The first thing I did was to cut the white card stock pieces to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Then I cut a circle out of the area where I wanted the stamped image to show through.

The white layer was placed on top of the card base and I stamped the border design over the entire piece.  Then the white layer was trimmed down to 3 3/4" x 5".  

The stem of the flower is a lot longer so I had to mask of a portion of the card base so that the black stem would show out from under the white layer. (Clear as mud?)

I felt the pink card was pretty plain, so I added the strip of striped black ribbon around the white layer on this one.  

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Monday, August 14, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Lovely as a Tree

When my husband worked for our town, he became friends with the guys who did the same work in the neighboring towns.  The mother of one of those friends passed away recently and this is the card I made for the family.  

I can't take credit for the layout or design - I saw one on Pinterest very similar.  Since it was going to be given to a "guy", I didn't want to have it flowery and thought this was very appropriate for someone who works outside.

Thank you for coming by today!  Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, August 11, 2017

PENNY BLACK - Cling Stamp "Softly"

These two cards don't take a lot of explanation.  I stamped the image with two different positions on the white layers and colored them with Copic markers.  

I matted both with black and then added the tiny black gems.  Thank you for coming by today!  I hope you'll come back again on Monday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


One of my friends had this stamp when we met in Des Moines last year.  I had stamped off two of the images but they were in my card parts all this time.  It was time to use them since I already had the two mats for each cut.

The images were stamped using VersaMark ink and then carefully adding the different colors of embossing powders.

After I assembled the stamped images and mats onto a white card base, I chose an ink that would go with the colors of the buildings and stamped "happy birthday".  Since "guy" cards are hard for me, I think the one done in browns will work for one of those "guys".

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017



We enjoy watching Taryn and one of her sisters each year in their dance recital.  When I saw the dies that Poppy Stamps released with several designs, I knew I could make good use of them.  The wings are separate so you can use them or choose not to.  I thought Taryn might still enjoy a dancing fairy.

The "fairy" was added to a glitter paper oval cut from a Poppy Stamp die.  The Poppy Stamp Woodland Oval was attached over that oval and onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of embossed white card stock which was on my table.  All was added to the white card base.


I have two other dies with the two different poses so I used them inside the card but without the wings.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PENNY BLACK - Heat Embossed Dreamy

One of the pieces I had in my card parts was this background which had been done with alcohol ink on Yupo paper.  I trimmed it down to 4" x 5 1/4".  

I stamped the image with VersaMark ink.  Since the Yupo paper is smooth, I wanted to make sure that the image didn't "slide" as I was stamping it so I used my MISTI to hold everything in place.  I then heat embossed with Egyptian Gold powder.  

There was a scrap of vellum on my table so I heat embossed the sentiment and added it over the stamped image.  

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PENNY BLACK Birthday Card

Tomorrow one of our granddaughters is celebrating her birthday.  I made this card for my mother to send her.

Since I have a tub full of Penny Black fun stamps, I thought this would make a fun card for Mother to send her.  I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that I could color it with Copic markers.  These little hedgehogs are so cute!

Come back tomorrow and see the card I have made for our granddaughter.  Have a great day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2 PENNY BLACK CARDS - Butterfly Trio

This first card is very simple.  I had a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of this dotted paper and just added a die cut of the butterflies.  Then I added the little sentiment.

I also had a piece of the blue glitter paper on my table. I placed it behind the two embossed white pieces that had been cut with a curved die.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017


The stamp I chose for this card is from Great Impressions.  I've had it for quite a long time but haven't made good use of it. I had some of this Lasting Impressions card stock that I purchased in Des Moines.  

My post yesterday used this gingham patterned paper as well.  I haven't taken part in a challenge in a long time so decided to use another piece of this paper which is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and covers the front of a white card base.

The lavender color is quite light so I decided to stamp the design right onto the patterned paper and color with Copic makers.  I cut the stamped and colored piece using a Spellbinders die and mounted it onto a larger white mat.  

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Saturday, August 5, 2017


I don't usually post on Saturday, but today is the birthday of a friend I met when I was in 6th or 7th grade.  We met at Bible Camp and hit it off.  She was from a town about 40 miles from where I grew up but we managed to get together in the summers either at her house or mine and spend about a week together.  I was even in her wedding a few years later.

As it happens with many friends, we lost touch for a long time but have now reconnected through Facebook.  When we found each other on Facebook I would post a picture of a birthday card for her but now I am able to send her one in the mail.

The gingham patterned paper is from Lasting Impressions.  I found the stamp and the paper in Des Moines and modeled my card after a sample they had posted.

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Friday, August 4, 2017


The main die used on all three of these cards is an exclusive Die-namics die from My Favorite Things.  This is the horizontal cover but is also available in a vertical format.  I like the "stitching" that it makes around the cuts.  The flower die cut is a Sue Wilson Creative Expressions die - Daisy Cluster.

No sentiment was added to the outside of this one.

For this card I reversed the die so that the smaller area was on top and added the flowers to the middle of the card.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017


When I was fingering through my tub of card parts, I found this one layer card that had been started months ago.  The flower had been stamped using a Stampin' Up! set - Stippled Blossoms.  I must have laid the card aside and eventually put it in the card parts.  I decided if I added a sentiment to the outside I could consider the project finished.....simple as it is.

Inside the sentiment reads, "Hope your day blossoms into something special".

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Love & Sympathy

Unfortunately we have had several deaths recently in our community.  Because we are a small town we know or are familiar with a lot of people and reach out to families at those times.

This is one of the cards I made recently to express our sympathy.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Last Saturday we attended a wedding reception and this is the card I made for the couple.  It is a 5 x 7 tri-fold card with the window already cut from the middle section.  I bought a package of 10 (which included the envelopes) when I was in Des Moines.  

The first thing I did was to emboss the middle panel with a 5 x 7 Cuttlebug folder.  A piece of light green vellum was placed behind the window.  The flowers were cut and embossed with an Anna Griffin "Flower Vine" from Cuttlebug.  I used a Spellbinders Labels 10 die to cut the sentiment which had already been embossed with Egyptian Gold powder.

To finish the card, I added tiny pearls to the center of each of the flowers.

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(NOTE:  I forgot to schedule something yesterday but those cards will show up here eventually.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017


My sister and her husband are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary today.  When we were in Des Moines last month, I saw a card similar to this.  I used the same format but a different die for the middle section and different embossing for along the edge.  The die is from Spellbinders - Mary Border.  The folder I used for the embossing is from a Cuttlebug set.

After I made this card for my sister, I made a few more cards using the die and placing a variety of glitter papers under the openings.  Here is an example of one of the cards:

I placed score lines above and below the design but they don't show up the best on the picture.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Thoughtful Branches

My friend, Kris, brought her set of the SU Thoughtful Branches stamps and Beautiful Branches dies to Des Moines to share with us.  I cut some pieces but didn't realize that for the full affect, the blossoms needed to be stamped as well.  Once I got home, I started watching eBay for the stamps and die set.  It didn't take long and I found a real bargain!!!

I used the Stampin' Up! Brick Wall embossing folder for the background.  Before running it through the Cuttlebug, I rubbed the Crumb Cake ink pad over the inside of the folder to give a more realistic look.  I really like the results.  Below is a second card I made in a different color.


Thursday, July 27, 2017


I stamped off this design while in Des Moines from a Stampin' Up! "Totally Trees" stamp set.  It is one of those sets that I wish I had but was able to borrow.  The piece has been in my card parts since and I am trying to get some of those used.

I colored the branches with Memento Dew Drop ink pads......Rich Cocoa, Pear Tart, Lilac Posies and Tea Zeal.  That mat is Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry which goes pretty well with the color used on the middle tree.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DIE-NAMICS - Abstract Cover-Up

I recently ordered three cover-up plates from My Favorite Things.  I was close to getting free shipping so I ordered this die.  It's a lot outside the box for me but it  is a fun one to use.  To get me started I turned to a reliable source........Pinterest.  

I ran the die through my Cuttlebug and then used the pieces that popped out.  I was just eager to get a card made so the colors were done like one I saw on Pinterest.  The colors are all from Distress Inks that I sponged with the round Tim Holtz tool.  I placed the main cover-up piece back on the card so that I could get the spacing right.  It's going to be fun to see what I can come up with using this die the next time.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Botanical Builder

Recently I received a swap card for our Yahoo group pink and gray color swap. My friend, Kris, used a horizontal striped cover plate and these flowers.  I had just purchased the Lawn Fawn diagonal stripe over plate so I cut it in black and adhered it to the white card base. Using the Botanical Builder dies, I cut the flowers and foliage to add.   It makes quite a bold statement with the black/white/yellow combination.  

I think I'm going to do it in black/white/red combination soon.  If I do, I'll show that one here too.

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Monday, July 24, 2017


Our Yahoo group color swap for July was to make a card using pink and gray.  This is the card I sent my partner.  The dies and card stock I used are all from Stampin' Up!

After some hot humid days we are finally in for at least one or two days of much more comfortable weather.  Some areas of our state received a lot of rain lately and some communities are experiencing flooding.  Weather in so many areas as really been violent.  I hope all of you are safe from floods and storms.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

LAWN FAWN - Using 3 die sets

Lawn Fawn dies tend to be on the "cute" side.  This was a fun card to make and I look forward to sending it to someone in order to brighten their day.

The lattice background is made from the Lawn Fawn Stripey Background die.  I had to cut it twice to get the lattice look.  The sun is from the Spring and Showers die set, and the Grassy Borders die set made the grass, tulips and little butterfly.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


As I prepare this post, I cannot find this stamp in my "collection" of Penny Black images so I'm not sure of what the proper name of it is.

The card was made several weeks ago so I'm not sure if I spritzed the image after inking it or not.  The sentiment was stamped over the image using VeraFine Onyx Black ink.  I mounted the image on Old Olive card stock and then added it to a card base made of Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant car stock.  When I use a dark card base, I always add a piece of white card stock inside to use for a note or stamped sentiment.

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NOTE:  Since originally posting, I have found the stamp. It is called "First Waltz".

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SIZZIX - Step Card Dies Set

So often I see a new stamp or die set that I "just have to have".  Having access to so many items through a wholesale company, I sometimes purchase and then don't use it.  This die set is one that I have had for a long time.  Over time I have seen so many really neat cards made with this style but was always skeptical about trying one.  When I saw this die set did all of the cutting and scoring of folds, I took the chance.

The set consists of 21 dies.  I received a step card like this for Valentine's Day using hearts, but the hearts are part of the main die and won't work for other designs. (See a picture below of the card I received from my friend.)

The dotted green pieces are all cut with dies that fit perfectly onto the white card base.  All of the colored papers used are from a lot of Lasting Impressions paper that I have.  I added the flowers to the card using toothpicks.  A flat toothpick would have been better, but  both would be difficult to send through the mail without extra precautions.  

The main pieces of this set are ones that I can easily use again with various embellishments.  What a fun set!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PENNY BLACK - Effulgent #2

Using the same stamp as I did yesterday, I simply added more brown ink to the stems but didn't ink the blooms a second time.  I spritzed slightly and stamped it using a different angle on the card stock.  I really like this image!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

PENNY BLACK - Effulgent #1

This is one of the latest Penny Black cling stamps that I ordered.  I inked up the image, spritzed it with water and stamped it.  I love how the stamp gives a variation in the color in the blooms without any extra effort.  I added three Stampin' Up! Candy Dots, matted it and added it to a Stampin' Up! Soft Suede card base.  A 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock was added to the inside for stamping a sentiment at a later time.

Come back again tomorrow to see how pretty it can be to do a second stamping of the image without reinking the stamp.'

I have posted a variety of Penny Black stamp on my blog.  If  you like what you see, just let me know if you are ever interested in ordering Penny Black items.  I would be happy to get them for you the next time I order.

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Friday, July 14, 2017


Today my friend, Joyce is hopefully celebrating her birthday!  Joyce is a return member to our group on Yahoo.  It is so great to have her back with us again!

This is one of the several Penny Black cling stamps that I have.  It is called "Dreamy".  This flower looks like it is just blowing in the breeze.  I love the simplicity of it.  I inked the image with Stampin' Up! Night of Navy and Old Olive inks.  

Thank you for coming by!  Have a great weekend!  I hope you will come back again next week.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


A friend of mine had a strip of this pretty border and gave some to each one of us while we were in Des Moines.  Doesn't it make a lovely border?  And it certainly made a very easy card!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PENNY BLACK - Peony Cling Stamp

Penny Black makes such beautiful floral cling stamps.  After I got this stamp, it took me a long time to give it a try because it was so large.  Sometime I just have to force myself to give it a try.  

Using my MISTI, I inked it up using some of my Memento Dew Drop inks, gave it a slight spritz of water and stamped it.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I added the Happy Birthday sentiment.  The sentiment would have been better if I had stamped it on a separate piece of card stock and then popped it up with foam dots.

I'll be using this stamp again using other colors for the blooms.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


This is another "must have" after my trip to Des Moines meeting with friends in June.  There was a card made like this on one of their sample boards.  They even had the same paper for purchase.  This die and paper made such an easy card.  I cut the design with white card stock first................

but he Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride card stock went well with the designer paper so I cut a second one and added it.  I like it done in white the best.

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Monday, July 10, 2017


A few days ago I posted a card using a portion of the Yupo paper that had been colored with alcohol inks.  I had cut it in half to get the most use out it since I really loved the color combination.  This piece was attached behind a die cut using the Memory Box Luciene Tile die (one of my very favorites).

The panel was attached to a white card base.  I thought about different ideas of what to add to the white portion of the card front.  The Stampin' Up! Lavender Lace card stock reallly went well with the lavender alcohol ink.  I used the Penny Black Iris die to cut the design.

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Friday, July 7, 2017


I borrowed this die from one of my friends when we met in June.  I wasn't sure who made this die but I found it on a web site and it was listed as:  "Memory Box Floral Stem Collage Poppy Stamps Craft Die".  So I'm not sure if it is really Memory Box or if it is really Poppy Stamps design.

I placed the die at an angle for this card and simply mounted it on a piece of yellow striped paper from a Lawn Fawn paper pad and then stamped "Hi!"  The die has an extra piece for the petals which I added to the main piece using foam dots.

I like the yellow and white combination.  Thank you for coming by today!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Dragonfly #4

These dragonflies are from a single die and from the same set as the ones used on the previous cards.  I had a piece of Yupo paper on my table that had been colored with alcohol inks. (I think our youngest granddaughter had done this piece while she was here.)  I added it to a piece of white card stock slightly larger than the colored piece.

The Stampin' Up! Lavender Lace card stock worked perfectly with the colors in the background.

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