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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


When I attended business school many years ago, there weren't dormitories available so I stayed with three other girls in a rented apartment.   My boyfriend (now husband) introduced one of his cousins to one of my roommates.  They dated and married a year later.  They celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past Sunday.  I was so glad that we were able to go because as it turned out, I was her only bridal attendant who came.  We were introduced to everyone and Jo told the story of how she and Dave met through us.  It was a fun celebration!

This card was made using the same die cut but I noticed a smudge of some kind on the lower right edge - something that couldn't be covered up easily so I trimmed the piece trying to keep a similar margin around the design.  I like the die cut piece better if it doesn't have to be trimmed, but I think this will work as a masculine card because of the color of dp and ink used.

This is another example of a "goof" underneath that I had to cover.  Part of the sentiment had not stamped.  Since it was a wood mounted stamp I couldn't stamp over it a second time so I stamped again on a separate piece of card stock and then used an SU oval punch to cut it out.  I edged it with an ink that went well with the color of the dp.  Some days I feel that my "goofs" are my specialty.

And one last example of a way I used the Memory Box die.  There was ample room to use this very pretty Memory Box butterfly.

It isn't often I share more than one card on the same day, but today you are getting 4 examples of how I used this great design.

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Monday, August 22, 2016


When our group met in Des Moines this past June, our firend Kris gave each of us a kit to make this card.  I put it together soon after I got home but then recently I did a second card.

I had die cut additional pieces from the die she used and ha those pieces in a poly bag on my table.  And I had some "burlap" ribbon from SU so I did a different version of Kris's card using just the strip of burlap which I had run through my Xyron to make sure it was stuck down firmly.  I love that sunflower!  I think I have one more to use.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016


I don't usually post items on the weekend.  We had our two youngest grandchildren here on Wednesday evening through yesterday afternoon so I didn't have a lot of time to be on the computer.

I didn't have anything scheduled for Thursday but I had intended to post this card yesterday. One of our granddaughters celebrated her 15th birthday yesterday and this is the card I made for my mother to send her.  I wanted to make the ice cream cones pastels so I used some Lasting Impressions papers for the colors.

Hope you are enjoying some wonderful weather this weekend!  Ours is cloudy today but much cooler and tomorrow is supposed to be 75 degrees and sunny.  Perfect weather to attend a 50th Anniversary celebration!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Our Granddaughter, Allissa, is celebrating her 18th birthday today!  It seems like just a short time ago that we were welcoming with so much joy our first grandchild.  Those years have gone by so fast!  She will graduate high school next Spring which will be another milestone.  I had posted this card when i first made it, but I keep some back for special family birthdays.

My friend Kris and her husband are celebrating their anniversary today.  This is the card I made for them.  The stamp is Penny Black "Poppy Gems".  I colored the design with Copic markers.  

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Gentle Whisper

I have had this "music" stamp for a long time and failed to use it.  I decided to use it as a background for the Penny Black "Gentle Whisper" stamp.  Both of these cards were inked with Distress Markers.

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Monday, August 15, 2016


Last Friday I posted a sympathy card our granddaughter was going to send to her softball coach on the death of his father.  The mother of the coach was a school employee at one time and knows our daughter's family so they also wanted to send her a card.  For the mother's card, I chose this Stampin' Up! Two-Step Terrific Tulip. I used  SU Blushing Bride ink and card stock.  I love the soft design!

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Friday, August 12, 2016


Recently one of my daughters asked if I would make her two sympathy cards.  The father of my granddaughter's softball coach had passed away and they wanted to send a card to him.  I have used this stamp for sympathy cards in the past and I thought it would make a nice design to send to the coach.  I colored the design with Distress markers.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Gentle Blooms #1

To date, this is the only card I have made with the stickers from this sheet of "Gentle Blooms" stickers.  It's a very simple card but I think the sticker makes a nice statement by itself.  After see the other stickers from this set, you can let me know if you would like to purchase a sheet of them.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #6

This is the last card from the sheet of "Flower Gallery" stickers.  It's a CAS card but I really like it.  Here is a picture of the sheet of stickers in case you are interested in purchasing one.  The cost would be $2.00  plus a small amount for sending it.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Today is Taryn's Golden Birthday...........she is 9 years old on the 9th.  The two cards below are being posted before I know who will be sending which one but these are the cards I made for my mother to send and one for us to send.

These cute little mice are from a Penny Black stamp.  I've had it for a long time and haven't used it as much as I should.  It is a fun design to color and I think it makes a cute card for kids.  I scribbled some light green with a Copic marker under the design so that the mice weren't running in mid air.  It doesn't show very well, but I did scribble some very light blue (B000) for the sky.

Several years ago I went a little crazy and purchased a lot of Precious Moments stamps from eBay.  I fell in love with this one and actually have the matching figurine.  I thought this woujld make a really cute card for Taryn since she is petite and very "girly".  The Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride card stock and dp matched the Copic R20 "Blush" which I had used to color the little girl's dress.

Our grandchildren are growing so fast.  Taryn's older sister will be a Senior in High School when school starts again later this month.  Where does time go?

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Monday, August 8, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #5

Last Tuesday I started posting cards that I made from this one sheet of stickers from Penny Black.  This one is probably my 2nd least favorite.  I love the sticker, but not really pleased with how I used it.  The last sticker from this sheet will be shown here on Wednesday.  Tomorrow is our youngest granddaughter's birthday so I'll be showing her cards instead.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #4

Next week, there will be two more cards using the stickers from this sheet.  After you have seen all of the cards I made with the Flower Gallery set, let me know if you would be interested in a sheet of them. I have extras.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #3

This piece of Yupo paper had more red ink added to it which worked well with this sticker.
I don't think it needs any more explanation.  Thank you for coming by!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #2

This card is definitely an improvement over the one you had to see yesterday.  I love seeing what each background is going to look like when using various colors of alcohol ink on the Yupo paper.  I had this one on my table and decided this sticker looked really great on it with those colors.  First I added the sticker to a piece of white card stock, trimmed it down and then matted it with black.  The sentiment was stamped with Staz-On black ink.

I'd love to hear from you with comments on my cards - positive or negative - I'm open to any critics!  Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Flower Gallery Sticker #1

The rest of this week I will be featuring cards made with this Penny Black set of stickers.  Sometimes I like to share a card that I'm not happy with and  I have to admit that I'm not starting off with my favorite using this set of stickers.!!!  I had used up all of the others on the sheet and still had this one.  I also had a piece of Yupo paper that had been used with alcohol inks.  The colors blended pretty well with the flower so I used it.  It looks like I just taped some pieces together......which I did.  

PLEASE!  If any of you have any ideas you would like to share with me, I'd really LOVE to hear them.  I could still make some changes or additions to it.  

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Monday, August 1, 2016


These cards were made a few days ago.  This time I used alcohol inks on glossy paper and stamped the Penny Black design with Memento black ink.  Then I panicked!  Would it dry?  I waited and it did.  YAY!

For this card I used a different Penny Black design and it was also stamped with Memento black ink before I realized I should have used Staz-On.  To show the difference I stamped the sentiment with Staz-On.   The main reason I don't like to use Staz-On is that it stains the stamps more. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016


Today is my Sister's and her husband's 49th Anniversary.  One more year to a milestone anniversary!    The stamp is from Penny Black - Elegance in Motion.  I did not use the entire design on this card because it measures more than 5 1/2".  The "Wishing You" is from a Verves stamp set.  The set has a variety of additional stamps to use inside the card.  The design was colored with my Copic markers.

For this card I did use a larger portion of the design since I wasn't leaving room for a sentiment on the front.  First of all I pulled out one of my Impression Obsession large stamps that cover the entire front of a card.  I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa ink but stamped it off one time so it would be lighter.   I also stamped the flowers with the same ink.  Since I stamped the design with my MISTI, I was able to darken the outline of the design to make it show up more by reinking and stamping it more than one time.  (Love my MISTI!)

Using the same Copic markers I colored the flowers and then added Clear Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers and to the bow.

I tried matching the blue from the flowers to some of my card stock and couldn't find one that matched so I made my own.  I took another layer of the vanilla card stock and colored the edges with the Copic blue marker that I used in the design.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016


This is a card that was pretty easy.  I used two Memory Box dies and added them to a Stampin' Up! So Saffron card base.  A small sentiment like "HI" could still be stamped in the upper right hand corner.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Poppy Gems Stamp

The Color Swap for our Yahoo Group this month was red and lime.  I don't typically color leaves with a lime marker, but I thought that with the dominate color of red on my card, I could go with it.  The white space needed a little something so I added a strip of three black metal gems.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


This is another version using a Penny Black sticker that we had used in Des Moines.  Once again the card we made in the class was larger so I scaled down my card to an A2 size.  It may not show but I added black glitter to the Poppies.

This is the card we made in class:

Although this card is a little more detailed, I didn't have the die yet for the fern leaves when I made my own version.  Since I have more of these designs, I can now add some of those to my cards as well.

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Monday, July 25, 2016


Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday my husband, one of our daughters and two granddaughter braved the heat (Heat Index of around 110 degrees) and traveled to the Iowa State Softball Tournament.  By the way, the team for our school district WON the tournament and our pitcher set two new records with her performance!  

I do not do well in the heat and was quite satisfied to have that time just for me to do what I wanted and when I wanted.  I got to eat some things that my husband doesn't like - or to be correct foods he won't try.....tacos and my favorite soup from Biaggi's..  A lot of time was spent making cards.  Those cards will be appearing on my blog a little later.

On June 23rd, I posted this card that was made at a card class in Des Moines.  

After coming home from Des Moines, I placed an order with Penny Black and purchased more sheets of the stickers we had used in the class.  When I was ready to use this beautiful design on another card, I realized that the one in class had a larger card based.  Also I didn't have red ribbon that would work so I made my own version with an A2 card base and like it just as much.  Without the ribbon it will be easier to mail.

I think this card is just as striking because of the red/black/white combination.  I was going to stamp the sentiment on the white space below the mats but was afraid I'd get it crooked, so I just added it to a separate piece of white card stock.

By the way, I do have more sheets of Penny Black stickers with several different designs.  If you are interested, I can email you pictures.  The sheets are $2.00 each.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


This card used a larger piece of the Yupo paper but made a nice background for the Memory Box "Bella Bouquet" die cut.  Both the floral die and sentiment were but from white card stock that had been added to "Stick It".  The "Stick It" is great for adding die cuts with delicate pieces.

NOTE:  I purchased a small can of a spray adhesive to use when I forget to use the "Stick  It" before cutting out a design.  It works fine, but I really don't care for it.  My reasons:  1) I placed a die cut into a card board box before spraying it.  The over spray makes it harder to use the same box a second time.  2)  I placed a piece of paper in the box and then held a die cut using a tweezers before spraying.  My tweezers got really sticky and I still got some on my fingers.  I found it a pain to get off.  I really need to remember to just keep a package of  "Stick It" on my craft table!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I started with a white piece of card stock measuring 4" x 5 1/4" and cut out a feather which I set aside.  The original piece was then embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.  I taped a piece of the colored Yupo paper behind the area which was cut out and added it to the white card base.  The white feather which had not been embossed was placed off to the side.  "Celebrate" was cut from a scrap of the Yupo that had been added to "Stick It" which made it easy to add to the card without using glue.  

The picture doesn't show the embossing very well, but if you double click on the picture you can see a larger version which shows it just fine.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Yesterday's card showed the negative cut of the "Lucienne Tile" die.  Today's card is using the actual piece which I saved.  I added it to a card base that was not embossed.  It looked so plain that I decided to add a layer of white card stock which I had embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.   That left a narrow plain strip on the far left so I added a narrow strip of the leftover scrap that had been embossed.  When I had played with these colors I really thought the result would make great feathers so that's what I did using Spellbinders dies.  I was able to get pieces for several cards using that one 5 x 7 piece of Yupo.

This is one combination I wish I could repeat, but it is impossible to come up with the same look twice yet the possibilities are endless.  Remember -- you can contact me if you are interested in purchasing the paper, inks and/or tools.

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Monday, July 18, 2016


I just can't stop playing with these inks on the Yupo paper.  The Memory dies are:   on the left is "Lucienne Tile" and the one on the right is "Caserta Bloom".  I save the "scraps" of the colors I have put together because they are perfect for cutting out small pieces such as the flowers.

I have more examples to show this week so I hope you don't get bored seeing what I have been doing.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016


The best way for me to reply to a comment on my blog is to make a special post.  There has been some interest in the Yupo Paper.  I have packages of Yupo Paper for sale and can get the alcohol inks and tools to use with them.  Contact me if  you are interested. My email address is vboddicker@aol.com.

Friday, July 15, 2016


This card was made Monday and sent to my partner for the July Artist's Choice swap. I used a small portion of a piece using alcohol ink on Yupo paper that I showed a few days ago.   The "Joy! Crafts die from a company in the Netherlands is one I purchased in Des Moines

Yesterday, I made this card for a totally different look.  The alcohol inks really make a great background for die cut designs.

If you are interested in alcohol inks or Yupo paper as well as the tool to use them, let me know.  I can now get them too.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


While our granddaughter Taryn was here she REALLY loved playing with the alcohol inks and seeing what designs she would create.  She also wanted me to do some.  This is one of the pieces I made.  I thought it would make a great piece to put behind this Taylored Expressions die cut.  It sort of reminds me of a stained glass window.  The die cut is slightly smaller than an A2 card so I mounted the piece on a white card base.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016


I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided I just had to make one close to what I saw.   I believe the one I saw used ribbon behind the piece with the die cut.  I added the cut out piece below the negative cut out to make the card my own version.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PENNY BLACK - "Dreamy"

This card turned out  differently than I had planned.  I had the card totally assembled when I felt the stamped image was a little plain.  My thought was to add a little sparkle to the bloom so I got out my Wink of Stella "Clear" pen and decided to add some sparkle.  OH NO!!!!  I had used Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler ink and when I brushed the Wink of Stella onto the flower it speared!!!  What else could I do but just keep adding more over most of the design. It's not quite the way I had envisioned it.  So what do you think?

Here is a close up of the bloom which shows the sparkle a little better.  It's hard to get a good picture of it.

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Monday, July 11, 2016


I searched on the website for this company to see what the name of the stamp is but I couldn't find the stamp.  I saw a card like this in Des Moines and bought the stamp.  

First I stamped the image with VersaMark and then embossed it with JudiKins Black Opal Embossing Powder. The first mat is a gold glitter paper and then onto a black mat before adding it to the white card base.

This picture gives you a better idea of the sparkle in the embossing powder.

Below is a second card I made using a different color combination.

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