Friday, March 27, 2020


Kris celebrated her birthday last week and this is the card I sent to her. It was a fun layout that I had never used before and  like the way it used two pieces of designer paper that had great designs on both side to use.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020


Recently I received a free stamp set for my order with Stampin' Up!  I chose "The Gangs All Meer" set as my free set.  My brother spends January through March in Arizona and I thought it would be fun to make him a card using the Meer Cats and cactus stamps.

When I finally got down to making a decision of what I wanted to do, I turned to Pinterest (as usual) for inspiration.  I saw several cards that would be have been fairly quick and easy.  Then I ran across a video from Laura's Craft Closet for making a "Pull Up" type card.  My first thought was NO WAY. Then there was something about the video that was saying, "I dare you to try it!".  So I did.

First I made two masks of the cactus and went about stamping on the card stock.  For full explanation, I am referring you to the video:

The card took me between 2 1/2 and 3 hours to accomplish.  I watched the video, paused it with each step so that I could make mine along with the video.  There are definitely changes I would make when stamping the cactus.  The first one would be to sponge the lighter color of tan instead of using the marker so that the entire area below the cactus would look like the ground. I wasn't terribly pleased with the way these were grouped.  I'll be making more cards with this really cute stamp set, but not sure I'll be doing more "Pull Up" cards.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

STAMPIN' UP! - Butterfly Basics

Sunday I was needing to focus on making something.  I had gotten two FREE packages of the  "Irrisistably Yours" DSP  when it was offered in a previous Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration but had used very little of it and yet the paper is really fun to use.  It has an embossed white design on it and color can be added with ink so that only the background is colored.

First I cut several 3" x 4" pieces of the flowered design and colored them by dragging an ink pad across them and then wiping off the excess that was on the embossing.  I was stuck with what I wanted to do with the pieces. When no ideas come, I turn to Pinterest and this time I searched for ideas using the Irrisistably Yours DSP.

I found a card that I CASED using one of the other sheets.  Using a sponge I added Old Olive ink just in the portion you can the card on Pinterest.  I did make three changes in this card.  I didn't have the same ribbon so I used a strip of black card stock and I used a dragonfly instead of a butterfly.  My sponged piece was slightly smaller so I matted it with Old Olive card stock before adding it to the black card base.

It felt really good to use three items that had not been used in a very long time......Basic Butterfly stamp set, the dragonfly die and the embossed paper.  I really like this card and think it would be fun to do in different colors.  Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Nothing too difficult about this card but a good way to use up small pieces of designer paper that are just too pretty to throw away.

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Monday, March 23, 2020


Someone at our group's gathering last June had a die for this intricate die cut of birds on a branch.  I had two of them that had been cut with "Stick It" adhesive on the back and they have been on my table for a very long time.  It was high time they were on a card!

I'm not terribly fond of the one below but I'm glad they have been used.  

How are all of you doing during this time we need to isolate ourselves?   Stay safe and stay healthy!

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Friday, March 20, 2020


I forgot to schedule cards for yesterday and today and since they both use the same papers, I'm sharing both of them with you for this post.  

This card is actually getting mailed to a friend of mine who I lived with after getting out of business school "years ago".......too many to admit.  It's wonderful that we have stayed in touch all this time.

The Covid-19 has not come to our county yet but my husband and I are being very careful about staying in and not traveling outside our small town.  My husband love the outdoors but fortunately he likes to read......that only goes so far.  He's feeling a little like a bear in hibernation.  As for me, I'm very content staying inside and either reading or sitting at my craft table.  

It's also one time for sure that I am grateful that we don't live in a big city.  One of our daughters is offering to grab any groceries we might want or need.  We are fortunate to have family so close.  Please take care wherever you are!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


I have had two of our grandchildren here for a few days due to their school now being closed for a month.  I wanted to have them come early in their time off before we decide to close off visitation from anyone.  This virus is causing so much disruption in everyone's lives and we are trying our best to stay healthy.

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Kris celebrated her birthday last week and this is the card I sent to her. It was a fun layout that I had never used before and  like the...