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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Unfortunately we have needed sympathy cards for several families in the last few days so I have made four using these stamps.

The first step was to punch a large circle with a Spellbinders die and then use the negative circle. I placed it over the white card front and sponged three colors of SU inks.  The sentiment is from a little pack from MSE! (My Sentiments Exactly!) which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The beautiful  scene is a stamp from Magenta (Country Landscape).  

I used the same design here with different colors and then matted it with the same Baja Breeze ink that I had used when I sponged the circle.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Today's card is another CASE from Pinterest.  My sentiment on the front is different and I mounted it on foam squares.  I clipped the right edge of the sentiment but that doesn't show very well.  Since I was stamping the design with my MISTI, I stamped a couple more in other colors.

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Monday, January 16, 2017


For our group's Artist's Choice swap this month, I made this card to send to my partner. The dies used are from Stampin' Up! (Swirly Scribbles) and the Memory Box Treble Clef.  I did the notes with a small Spellbinders circle die and cut thin pieces of black to finish the "notes".  

I have a "Just A Note" stamp somewhere, but unfortunately it is nowhere to be found.  

This was a case of a card on Pinterest, but I added the Treble Clef and an extra note to make it my own.

Thank you for coming by today!  (I'm a little late in the day to post.)

Friday, January 13, 2017


Using the same layout as yesterday's card, I used some feather stickers that I had purchased at the same time I bought the cupcakes. The "green" color goes very well with the SU Certain Celery card stock.  The Happy Birthday was stamped with the Certain Celery ink.

What do you think?  Would this be a card I could use for some guys?

Thursday, January 12, 2017


One time when I was at Michael's I found this package of cupcake stickers.  By using three at a time with this die cut, there were enough to make six cards.  My mother sends birthday cards to her great-grandchildren and I thought the cupcakes would be a fun choice for some of them.  I'll probably use a couple of them for some of the elderly in a nursing home.  I believe the die that cuts the three squares is from Papertreyink but I'm not sure.  If anyone knows the name of it, please let me know.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


This card was made using another piece of the Yupo paper design that our granddaughter made with alcohol inks.  The die cut is from the Stampin' Up!  Swirly Scribbles Thinlit dies. The mat and ink used were SU Tempting Turquoise.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


If you visited last Monday, you probably saw this piece that one of my granddaughters decorated with alcohol inks.  

She wasn't real crazy about it and let me keep it.  I told her it would make a great background to put behind a die cut.  I was able to make three cards using it.

This is one of the three that I made.  I emailed a copy of it to her so she could see that it is a really beautiful design to use.

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Monday, January 9, 2017


When my husband was employed by the town where we live, he made friends with some of the men who worked in the neighboring towns.  One of those friends just retired and we wanted to send him a card.

At one time the family living next door to us were far from the ideal neighbors.  We had problems with them over their children and their dogs which resulted in a lot of phone calls to the County Sheriff's office.  They were very patient with us and very helpful!  That sheriff also retired at the end of December and we wanted to send him a card and thank him for his service.

So I made two of this design.  It uses a similar design to the one I posted last Friday but more masculine using the brown along with the blue.

If you have any questions, just let me know.  Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, January 6, 2017


This year there are four people we wanted to send retirement cards.  You saw the one on Tuesday for my husband's doctor.  Today's card is for a friend of ours who retired from working at a local bank.

I saw a card very much like this in Des Moines a couple years ago using different colors.  These types of scenes take a little more time to create but they are so much fun and I was pleased with the results of this one.  The dies are all from Impression Obsession.

Thank you for coming by today.  Have a great weekend and be sure to stop back next Monday!

Thursday, January 5, 2017


A few days ago my friend, Lynette, celebrated her birthday and this is the card I sent to her.  I was looking for ideas on Pinterest as I do so often and found one similar to this.  The card I saw was square and used a pink background.  I decided to make mine into the A2 size.  I had just received the die for the bird on the branch, and I already had the stitched rectangles and the fence.  I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these.  

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


In December our Yahoo group's color swap challenge was to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors.  I chose the lavendar and pink combination.  I cut the ornament with a Memory Box die using Mirror Gold paper. (The leaves on the ornament really are all gold although the picture makes it look like one is green.)  Then I also cut a portion of the ornament two more times using the pink for the berries and lavendar glitter paper for the ornament.  

Thank you for checking in today!  I hope you will come back again soon!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


My husband's doctor is retiring much to the disappointment of my husband.  He has really liked him and gone to him for a very long time so he asked me if I would make a retirement card for him.  I like to personalize cards for people and Gary said that the doctor does a lot of biking.  The Stampin' Up! "Sheltering Tree" set is the only set I have that has a bike so I put this one together.  

After stamping the images, I sponged a very light blue for the sky down to the grass.  That left a white area at the bottom so I sponged Soft Suede in that area.

As much as I love making Christmas cards (I have so many supplies for them), it really felt good to be making something different.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, January 2, 2017


Last week was a very busy but very fun week!  Christmas Day our family got together and end enjoyed our meal together and exchanged our gifts which included a few gag gifts for our two daughters.  My husband loves to "pick on them" with something funny almost every year.

Our grandchildren, Taryn and Tucker came home with us and stayed for the week.  Their sister Ashlyn also joined for several of the nights.  We had a full house.  When I volunteered to have them all week, I thought I'd be very tired by the end of the week but it was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The biggest thing I noticed was so many more dirty dishes with five of us here.  

Taryn and Ashlyn are very interested in art.  Taryn has played with my alcohol inks before and she wanted to show Ashlyn how to do it.  (Younger sister teaching her older sister.)  Here is some of their results.

Taryn #1 - watermelon results

Taryn #2

Taryn #3  (I think this would work great under an open die cut)

Ashlyn #1 - (she left this one for me to use)

Ashlyn #2 - Her interpretation of abstract art

Ashlyn #3 - She made this for her mother

They had so much fun with the alcohol inks that I actually placed an order to get all the tools, Yupo paper, felt and inks for them.  I placed the order one evening and had the items two days later.

One day one of our other granddaughters (Emma) joined Ashlyn here and they made chocolate chip cookies for Grandpa.  All of the grandchildren have made cookies for Grandpa at various times but these two had never gotten to do it together and asked if they could.  The pictures of all of them are on my refrigerator and they wanted a joint picture of the two of them.

Taryn also loves to stamp.  I gave her two sets of my Stampin' Up sets with some cute animals to play with and ended up letting her keep them.  Before it was over they went home with a bag full of stamps, inks,and all of the alcohol ink things.

It sounds like Tucker was ignored while they were here but he just had other things he was doing and not so much into the crafty items.  He had his share of fun too.  He enjoys getting to watch movies on Netflix when he is here and has some different computer games that he gets to use. They also played the board game Sorry and Old Maid.   I pretty much let them do what they want (within reason) while they are here.

I hope all of you enjoyed your holidays as much as we did.  We took in a couple of great movies (Hacksaw Ridge and  The Accountant).before and after the grandchildren were here and had several meals out.  Now the house is quiet again and it is time to get back to "normal".  I'll have a new card for you tomorrow.   Thank you for coming by today!

Sunday, December 25, 2016


I saw a card on Pinterest that inspired me to make this one.  This is the style of card I sent to several acquaintances who are in care centers or are neighbors of my mother in the independent living center.  This was made using a set from Stampin' Up!

Our family celebrates Christmas.  I know some of you may be celebrating other holidays at this time and I pray that all of you are enjoying the company of family and friends.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Saturday, December 24, 2016


As you can tell from a lot of my cards, I love using dies to make scenes.  The bunny below the tree doesn't show up very well, but he and his "friend" are enjoying a quiet winter evening.  Time is busy right now so I'm not detailing much but if you have questions, be sure to email me.

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Friday, December 23, 2016


I made just a few of this card.  The die is from Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson.  I think it is such a pretty die.  I cut if from white and then mounted it onto a matted gold background.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 22, 2016



This winter scene was made using four different die sets.  I don't think it shows well in the picture but the "ground" was run through a Xyron so that glitter could be added to the entire piece before adding the trees and deer.  The "moon" is simply a die cut circle.  This was a fun card to make.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016



The die I used for this card came from China........and I mean mailed from China.  I happened across this one on eBay and it was only $2.50 with free shipping.  I couldn't pass it up for that price and it even got here in time to use this year.  It looks like the green mat is crooked on the gold background, but I thin it is just the angle of the card.


This card was made using a die set from Impression Obsession.  I cut the wreath two times to give it a little more body.  The flowers were cut and then I slightly rolled the petals for some dimension.  The centers are very tiny gold gems and the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


I was shocked when I looked at my blog this morning and realized I had not posted anything during the month of December.  I knew I hadn't posted last week but the whole month????  Time really got away from me between the shopping (much of which was done on line), baking and making no-bake items.  This is the one time each year that I try to make a variety of goodies because I like to give plates of them to others.  The shopping is done except for something for one of our daughters to give to my husband.  I promised I'd help her out since she is "drowning" in work at their Medicare!

This is a card I made using die cuts. I do have some other Christmas cards I have made and will be posting this week.  

I hope all of you are better prepared than I have been!  Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SYMPATHY #3 & #4

I made this card first.  I accidentally got a very tiny smudge so covered it with the tiny butterfly dimensional sticker.  I had some card stock which picked up the color of the sticker and added the 5 small flowers from an SU punch.

I wasn't real thrilled with this one so I cut the design a second time using the green card stock and added pink flowers.


Memory Box Fairhaven Oval Frame
Flowers are from a small punch
Sentiment:  unknown


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SYMPATHY #1 & #2

Normally I don't make sympathy cards ahead of time.  It just doesn't feel right somehow.  My mother did need one though and I decided to go ahead and make extra for her to have on hand.  I especially like the way these two turned out.  Tomorrow there are two more using a different die cut.



Poppy Stamps Woodland Oval
Poppy Stamps Oval Frame Background
Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster
Stampin' Up! Punch for flowers
Sentiment:  unknown
Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Friday, November 25, 2016


Some of you may be out fighting the crowds with Black Friday specials.  That is something I have not done for a lot of years.  Since I am scheduling this post ahead of time, I will probably be spending the day recovering from the Thanksgiving meal.  Maybe I'll do a little Black Friday shopping on the Internet from my nice warm home and hopefully getting organized for making our holiday cards.

Today's card is a definite CASE of one I saw on Pinterest.  The tree is cut with a Tim Holtz die which is different than the one I saw on Pinterest and the sentiment is one of my own too.  Very simple but I really like this one and plan on making a few more to send to those on our Christmas list................CHRISTMAS DAY IS A MONTH FROM TODAY!!!!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016


My friend, Joanne, and I made a little over 80 cards like these for the staffs at a nursing home and independent living center to give to the residents.  We need a total of 97 cards but I already had a few other cards that filled out the total we needed.

The leaves on the first card are some I purchased in Des Moines this past September and the leaves on the second card are some I have had for a few years.  

We are spending the day with our mothers, one of our daughter's family, and other family members.  I sincerely hope all of you are enjoying good company and a great meal!

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

STAMPIN' UP! Swirly dies

This is a card I sent to my friend, Lynette.  She and her husband recently celebrated their anniversary.  Since I forgot to take my own picture of it, Lynette was very gracious and shared the picture she took of it.  This card was made similarly to the one I posted yesterday using a piece of Yupo paper colored with alcohol inks.  This is a really great die set!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

STAMPIN' UP! Swirly Dies

To begin, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5 1/4".    I cut the swirled design from that piece of white car stock.  I had some pieces of Yupo paper on which I had added alcohol inks, added it to the back of the swirl and then inserted that piece back into the two remaining pieces of white.  

Next I cut a white swirly circle with the two dies and added a butterfly which had also been cut from the Yupo paper.  Before cutting the die pieces I added Stick It to the back of the portion that was going to be cut.  That made it very easy to adhere them to the card.

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Monday, November 21, 2016


Things have been pretty  busy around here but I wanted to show you three more cards I made with leaves.  If you have any questions about them, please let me know.  

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

STAMPIN' UP! - Swirly Scribbles Dies

I thought I had scheduled cards for Monday and Tuesday, but I'm afraid I've been really unfocused ever since the election.  My husband and I decided we needed to get away for a few days to relax and regroup.  It was a quick trip......we left Saturday morning and got home yesterday.....but it really helped.

We have a habit of finding some unusual places to visit.  Minnesota's Largest Candy Store was something that had us going "WOW"!   You will find it outside of Jordan MN.  Red Wing MN provided a couple of other stops......the Red Wing Shoe store which has a little museum with it (and it's free)...........and the Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery.  Our town had a celebration a few years ago and had Red Wing crocks made to sell with a special emblem on them and my husband wanted to visit them. Naturally I had to purchase a cute little stoneware casserole dish. 

Door County WI was our other stop.  A lot of the shops were closed for the season but we aren't really big shoppers anymore so it was just good to spend a little time there and relax.  If you ever go there, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant is a great place to have breakfast and The Wild Tomato is a great place for pizza.  Now it is back to normal routine.

As I do so often I turned to Pinterest to make a card using this recent purchase from Stampin' Up!  I needed a card for an Artist's Choice card swap  I saw one like this on Pinterest and it was a really easy card to CASE.  I used a different sentiment on the front.  It appears to be crooked but that is the way it is on the wood mounted stamp.

I added Stick-It to the back of the Pumpkin Pie card stock before cutting the three "pumpkins".  The leaves are from an SU dp.  After adding the leaves I used the SU marker to add the stems.

I'm really going to enjoy these dies......I've seen so many great cards using them.I almost didn't by the coordinating stamps.  I was afraid I would want them later and then I wouldn't benefit from the "bundled" price.

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Friday, November 11, 2016


To end the week, I am showing you one more card I made with the stickers that I found in my suplies.  It's a very CAS card.  I cut the ivory card stock using the stitched rectangles from Simon Says Stamps.  The piece is mounted to SU Dusty Durango card stock.  The sentiment is from  Ann-ticipations.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016


I am really trying to use up some items that I have had for a long time.  I found some fall stickers in my supplies and decided it was time for them to go.  The colors went so well with the SU Dusty Durango card stock.  The sentiment is from Paper Inspirations.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016


This was another stamped design that I had left over from 2015.  It was colored with Copic markers and matted with Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie card stock.  The sentiment was cut from Chocolate Chip card stock that had been attached to some Stick It to make it easier to add it to the card.

My post is being scheduled in advance so you can be sure that today I am very tired and glad the election is over.  

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016


I am scheduling this post in advance since when many of you see this, I will be working at the election at our precinct.  I will be "thankful" about 10:30 tonight after working at the election since 6:00 in the morning.  As tired as I will be, I do enjoy it and find it to be very interesting. 

I had a piece stamped with this harvest basket in the "tub" with my Thanksgiving stamps.  I colored it with my Copic markers and then mounted it with Chocolate Chip card stock from SU.  I added some Stick-It to the back of some Chocolate Chip card stock and cut the Thanksgiving sentiment from Cheery Lynn Designs.  

Thank you for coming by today!