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Friday, February 16, 2018

PENNY BLACK - Iris


A few days ago I showed three cards that used this pretty Penny Black stamp but done in yellow.  I made this additional card using lavender.  I don't think it shows but I did add some clear Wink of Stella to the bloom and bud for a little shimmer.

When the card is closed the white liner of the card shows through the punched edge.

Thanks for coming by today!  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #4


I think this card is the most striking of the four I've made so a far.  I really like the colors behind the black die cut.  

Thank you for stopping by each day.  I hope you know that when you leave a comment, I truly appreciate it!



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #3


Today's card isn't exactly what you'd expect on this holiday, but since I had already shown you the Valentine cards I made, this is what I had to show.

This is another alcohol ink piece behind the black die cut.  The colors were done by one of my granddaughters and aren't actually quite as dark as the picture appears.  This was one half of the ink covered Yupo paper.  The sentiment is from The Stamp Barn (a Canadian company).  Tomorrow I'll show you the other half which is my favorite.

Thank you for coming by today - and I hope you all have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity #2


Today's card features the same die but in a vertical position.  I had a small piece on my table that had been colored with alcohol inks.  Since there were portions that had a "rust" hue, I found a piece of Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango card stock that blended well with the alcohol inks.  Mounting it on white card stock just wasn't going to do it justice so I attached it to an ivory base.  I stamped the vertical "Happy Birthday" with Dusty Durango ink.

If you're interested, be sure to come back tomorrow for another version of this design.

Monday, February 12, 2018

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS - Mini Triplet Infinity


Last week I mentioned that I would be posting some cards that I made with this die.  This is the most simple of the four.  I really like the back and white.

Since I don't think this will need any further explanation, I'll leave it at that.  Tomorrow I will show another card using this design.

Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, February 9, 2018

SEVERAL VALENTINE CARDS

Since I hadn't posted something every day I though I would end the week showing the rest of the Valentines I made.  Besides the 97 my friends and I made together, I made an additional 26 for the grandchildren and friends.

These are some of the Valentines that my husband and I send to people that we know personally in the Independent Living Center and the Care Center.  To begin I embossed 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces with either a heart folder or the dotted swiss.  I used a Memory Box die for the first card and then a set of dies from Spellbinders for the other five. 

The Spellbinders set includes two large hearts and two smaller hearts.  The large hearts can be used separately.  The two smaller hearts can be inserted in the center of the open large hearts and run through the die cutting machine.  And the two smaller hearts can be used in either of the large dies.  You will see below #2 and #3 use the same large item but then different inserts for the design.


#1 (Memory Box die)


#2


#3


#4 I popped a smaller heart in the opening

The next two cards used the second large die and with the different inserts.


#5


#6

Today I actually took the time to make four cards.  It felt really good to do something besides Valentines.  All four cards use the same die but I will post them individually next week for you to see.

THANK YOU FOR COMING BY TODAY!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

HAPPY 12th BIRTHDAY, TUCKER!


When possible, I try to make cards that are personal for our grandchildren.  Our "favorite and only" Grandson, Tucker, has been playing basketball in a "league" for the past few weeks so I wanted to do something around that theme.

I have (or maybe had) a Stampin' Up! set that has stamps for several sports.  I remembered that there was a basketball and a hoop.  Do you think I could find it?  I don't remember selling it but that is a possibility.  Desperation set in so I turned to Pinterest.  I combined the idea from two different cards that I saw.  The lines on the "ball" don't show up very well in the picture but my husband said "it is close enough".   Hmmmm......not a very strong endorsement.  I hope Tucker knows what the circle is supposed to be.  But my husband also added, "He'll be more interested in the check that is inside."  Probably true!

Tax preparations are coming along so I hope to be back to making some new cards very soon.  Thanks for coming by today!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CASING Stampin' and Scrapin' in GJ



I follow Stampin' and Scrapin' in GJ and she has a lot of cards that I really like to case. Preparing financial information for tax returns was making pretty good progress so I needed a break.  Yesterday (January 30) she had a card that I decided to make.  You can check out her card to see the changes I made. I believe she used an embossing folder for the large snowflake but since I have a large die for a snowflake that is what I used.

I've had this Stampin' Up! stamp set for the mittens a long time and I think this is the first time any of them have touched ink.  The border at the bottom is one of the SU Wheels......which I had not used.  In fact when I got the wheel out I was trying to ink it with an ink pad.  That didn't work the best.  And even once I remembered to attach the ink cartridge it took several tries before I got the design added in a straight line.  The bottom edge of it didn't ink well so I just cut off that edge.

It had been a while since I actually made a new card and I told my husband that it felt like I was a beginning all over again.  

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, January 26, 2018

ALTENEW IRIS


I made this card quite awhile ago but had not shared it here yet.  I have some Iris plants and they are so beautiful but don't last long enough.  

I have been working on getting our finances up to date on my computer.  I tend to end up entering several month's information for several accounts in January to prepare for tax season.  Intentions are always good at the first of the year to do better but last year didn't work out that way.  I will also be preparing my Mother's information for her income tax, my daughter & son-in-law and also their daughter who is now employed. 

So I guess what I'm saying is that while I am preparing to complete four tax returns, making cards is going to be very irregular as well as posting things here.  

The best way to follow my blog is to sign up for the daily reminders so you will know when something new is posted.  

Have a great weekend and thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, January 25, 2018


When I was going through my designer papers I found a small strip of this SU paper and used it for this card instead of the layout I used for the two previous cards.  It definitely makes a bolder statement.  I also added the little butterfly from an Inkadinkado stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PENNY BLACK - Watercolored Iris #2


This is like the card I posted yesterday, but using the Stampin' Up! Garden Green card stock.

Since I'm short on new cards to post, I will add one more variation of this tomorrow.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

PENNY BLACK - Watercolored Iris


I am a lover of Penny Black stamps.  Our Yahoo Group's second challenge for January was to make a card using a watercolor technique. This is the card I sent to my partner. The easiest one for me was to color this Iris with markers from Stampin' Up! and then spritz it with water.  

Last week a friend was here and we made cards for a nursing home and independent living center.  When we were finishesd, I showed her how to do this and she made several really pretty stamped images.

The image was added to the matching SU card stock mat. I left the right edge wider so that I could cut a design using a Martha Stewart punch.  I did add two scored lines along side of the punched edge although they don't show up in the picture.

I have more different cards made using this same stamp that I will be posting so I hope you will come back again.

Monday, January 22, 2018

ELIZABETH CRAFT PEEL-OFF STICKER - Glittered


Saturday I posted a card using one of these stickers which had been added to white card stock and colored. For this card I added the sticker to a double sided piece of adhesive, glittered the piece and then colored with markers.  

This particular set of stickers makes great CAS cards.

Thank you for coming by today!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

CLEAN AND SAMPLE CHALLENGE


I almost missed the  email for the STAMPLORATIONS Blog January CAS Card Challenge using an Elizabeth Craft peel-off sticker which was added to the white card stock, colored with markers and then matted with the black.  The stamp is from a set of Stampendous stamps.

Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CLEAN AND SIMPLE VALENTINE


I don't have a name for the die I used since there is no package for it.  I really like this design.  I don't think it needs description about the rest of it.

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

IMPRESSION OBSESSION - Heart Flourish


To begin, I used the Martha Stewart Heart Scroll punch to cut the border.  The card base sat on my table for a couple of days then to decide where to go from there.  I embossed a piece of white card stock with the random dots folder and cut it down so it came up to the edge of the punched design.  A strip of red card stock was added to conceal the "seam".  

Last year I purchased the Impression Obsession die and had one of the designs in the package with the die.  It was a little too long so I trimmed down the design and added it with spray adhesive.  This card will be for our personal use.

Thank you for stopping by today!




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

VALENTINE Using all card parts


A long time ago when I purchased some new folders, I embossed some of each of them and placed them in a basket as samples. The embossed design is still another piece from my card parts that I decided it was time to use.  It was added to the white card base.  

The two fancy scrolls were pieces that I had cut from the Spellbinders Royal Love heart.  It was a shame to throw them away so I added them to the embossed design.  I still had a plastic bag with a bunch of punched hearts from last year and added one.  I ended up with a pretty Valentine and used some of my "hoard" of card parts.

Thank you for stopping by today!



Monday, January 15, 2018

POPPY STAMPS DIE - Heart Swoosh


This was actually the very first Valentine I put together this year.  I was trying to come up with an idea for the 97 cards we'll making for the care center and independent living center.

I really like this one using red glitter paper but I realized I didn't have enough glitter paper to complete the project. 


I remembered that months ago when I was already thinking about this project I decided I wanted to use some of the huge supply of Lasting Impressions papers that I still have.  What I like about this dotted paper is that has a white core so all I had to do was cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece and fold it.  The border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  I added the Heart Swoosh with spray adhesive.  The solid color heart is simply the center of the "swoosh".

Once again I did't have enough of the dotted card stock to make 97 cards.  Plus I usually have things all cut and ready to assemble when we get together to make the cards.  Punching the border and cutting the dies one at a time was going to be pretty time consuming. These cards won't go to waste though because I'll be using them for my grandchildren.

Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, January 12, 2018

SPELLBINDERS "Royal Love" Die


Still another 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece in my card parts.  I added the heart design from the Spellbinders die.  The die actually cuts a design 5 3/4" wide so I trimmed off edges from both sides to fit on this card.


When I cut this design part of the card stock tore so I trimmed it down and added it to this 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" embossed design.  I like that the die is versatile in the way it can be used.

Thank you for stopping by!  Come back again next week for more Valentine ideas.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

TWO CAS VALENTINES


When I found this embossed piece in my card parts it was a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece so I added it to a white card base.  I simply added the three sizes of hearts.  Nothing all that spectacular but I think it will pass.


This was another of those 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces in my card parts and added it to the white card base. I added this pretty little heart with spray adhesive.  The heart is from a Memory Box Peyton Heart die.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

COLOR SWAP CARD


Our Yahoo Group had a December color swap making a card with white and any shade of green.   I used the Poppy Stamps Snowflake Oval Collage die.  I cut the design from white card stock and placed a smaller piece of silver glitter paper behind it.  The next step was to double mat the piece and add it to a card base.  The green I used is Stampin' Up! Garden Green card stock.  I added a couple of white snowflakes from a set of Penny Black dies to finish off the project.  I think this will be a great design to use with various colors of card stock.

Tomorrow I'll begin showing some of the cards I have come up with for Valentine's Day so I hope you will take a moment to come back again.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"SNOWY" Scene


This will be the last "Snowy" card ...........at least for now.  I got the idea for this one from the back of the package that the die came in.  I cut the snowflakes with from the dies that are included with the "Snowy" die with glitter paper scraps that I had.

Thank you for stopping by today!






Monday, January 8, 2018

A CAS "SNOWY" CARD


This little guy is certainly fun to use, easy to color and bring a smile to someone's face.  Tomorrow I have one more "Snowy" card to show.

Thank you for coming by!

Friday, January 5, 2018

DISTRESSED SNOWDRIFT COLLAGE from Memory Box


A friend of ours who rents my mother's farmland is having a birthday this coming Monday.  He recently had shoulder surgery so I made this card with a dual purpose.   With the weather we are having snowflakes are certainly appropriate.  The outside lets him know that we are thinking of him but inside I stamped Happy Birthday! 
 
I have 11 more cards lined up to post do I hope you keep coming back.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

POPPY STAMPS "Evangeline Floating Square"


Although it's been a while since I have been posting regularly, I did enjoy the time reading and just taking it easy through and after the holidays.  Break time is over here.   It's time to get back to making cards and sharing.
 
I really liked this die when I saw it but then found it wasn't quite as easy to use as I thought.  However, I really like the card I came up with.
 
Rarely do I make square cards but this was the perfect time to do that.  I had some Yellow Bicycle (yes, that's the brand name) double sided designer paper with the snowflake design on one side and the "falling snow" design on the other. 
 
First I cut out the design using white card stock and then layered it on the dp.  I cut the design a second time using the snowflake side.  I trimmed away the "frame" which was no easy task cutting around the edges of those snowflakes  It would have been easier to just cut out the square instead but I wanted the snowflakes to stand out against the white frame.
 
So what do you think?  I have three more cards I'll be posting and then will begin showing you what I have come up with for Valentine's Day........some better than others but I was just experimenting.
 
Thanks for coming by today!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNETTE!


Lynette, is celebrating her birthday today  It's very cold where she lives so I hope she is able to still do something special.   I believe a wintery card is very fitting the weather that they are having.

This cute little snowman is "Snowy", a stamp from Penny Black.  I've had it for quite awhile but hadn't ever used it.  Not sure why because he is so cute.  When Penny Black came out with the matching die, then I knew I would be more likely to use the stamp.  This is my first project. 

I used the "Softly Falling" embossing folder on SU Bashful Blue card stock and placed it behind the Memory Box "Woodland Oval" die cut.  Some snowflakes from a Penny Black "Snow Time" die were added.  To finish off the card, I added some glitter under Snowy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNETTE!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! BELLS & BOUGHS


It's Christmas Eve and we will soon be leaving for Christmas Mass.  We are blessed with special music each year.  I hope that all of you are happy, healthy and fortunate to be with loved ones and are celebrating the holiday of your faith.

Friday, December 22, 2017


Earlier I had cut out some of these ornaments from the Stampin' Up! Keepsake Ornament dies. I still had this one on my craft table and wanted to get it finished.  The gold is a textured gold metallic paper.  The designer paper is from Stampin' Up!

Thank you for coming by today!  By the way.....I don't usually post on Saturdays and Sundays, but I have a couple more holiday cards that I will be showing so be sure to stop back again.  My favorite will be posted on Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER-IN-LAW


My brother-in-law loves to golf.  Recently I had purchased the Tutti die for the golf bag so I turned to Pinterest for an idea to begin. The trees in the background were stamped with one from the Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree set.

This card is similar except the card I saw didn't have a golf bag.  It was just the "18th" hole and the ball.  The dimensions are a little out of whack but I think he'll still like it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

SANTA'S ON HIS WAY

 
#1
 I have a nephew and two nieces who have small children and thought it would be fun to send their families a card that the children could enjoy.   The card base for this one is SU Not Quite Navy.  I used a stamp from the SU Gorgeous Grunge set to stamp the snow with Craft White ink.  The white piece was added.   "Believe" is from Penny Black, trees from Impression Obsession and Santa is from Taylored Expressions.  I used a Spellbinders circle to cut the moon. 

 
#2
Instead of using Not Quite Navy for the card base, I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece to a white card base.  This one shows a town setting cut from a Penny Black die.  These two cards were really fun to make.
 
Thank you for coming by today!