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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

STAMPIN' UP! - Autum Accents Bigz Die #2

I chose three different colors of SU card stock and cut out the leaves.  I then distressed them with a dabber adding Soft Suede ink to the edges and a little on the centers of the leaves.  The ivory layer was embossed with the wood grain design.  I wondering if I should have lightly brayered some Soft Suede on to the embossing.  

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

STAMPIN' UP! - Autumn Accents Bigz Die #1

I have been wanting some leaf stamps that coordinated with a die but was hoping to get them at a reasonable price.  Well, I did and found them on eBay.  The seller had the stamps to go with this die listed along with the die for only $26.99 plus shipping.  I prefer thinlit dies but for this price I didn't figure I could go wrong.  The items arrive VERY fast and I've been having a lot of fun with them.

Today's card and through Friday you  will be seeing what I have made.  I saw a card on Pintrest similar to this that got me started.  

The dp is from an SU designer paper pack.  I didn't use the stamp set for these leaves but embossed the Maple leaf with one folder and the Oak leaves with another one.  I like the texture it gives to the design.

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Monday, October 24, 2016


I saw a card similar to this when I was in Des Moines last month.  I had the tree die and the squirrels already so I purchased the die set that included the leaves and rake.

Tree die:  Poppy Stamps
Squirrels and Leaves/Rake:  Impression Obsession

I'm sure by now you have realized how much I love working with die cuts!  The designs that are available have come such a long way since I first started using dies from Spellbinders.

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Friday, October 21, 2016


I used the same procedure to add trees to the embossing folder (although they are awfully light).  After embossing the design, I used a dabber to lightly add some SU Soft Suede to the birch trees.  I had a piece already cut using the Memory Box "Deer Trio" so I cut down the embossed image to fit the deer, added it to the embossed layer and matted it with the Wild Wasabi card stock.  I ran a line of Stickles Crystal Ice under the deer.  I think this will make a card that can be sent to any number of men for their birthday.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016


I have seen some great cards using this technique.  I stamped the trees on the inside of the embossing folder and then embossed the layer.  I added the two die cut pumpkins.  I wasn't overly thrilled about the result after adding the pumpkins.  Tomorrow's card will show a card I like better.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This was one of the last Halloween cards I made.  It will go to one of the people at a nursing home.  I had it stamped off so all I had to do was color it with my Copic markers, trim it down and adhere it to the card front.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016


I found some stickers in my "stash" that I have had for a long time so I decided it was time to use them up.

Monday, October 17, 2016


Pretty simple card.  The dp is from Stampin' Up!, Witch from Impression Obsession and Ghosts from Memory Box.   I hope these cards are giving you some fun ideas.

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Friday, October 14, 2016


This is actually a card I made last year but decided to show it again here.  Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


This will be the card our grandson receives.  The main die cut is from Impression Obsession.  The little ghost is from Memory Box.  The dp was perfect for this card and is from  Stampin' Up!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Dies are so fun to use for making scenes like this.  The dies I used are from Taylored Expressions, Memory Box and Impression Obsession.  For the fence and main image, I die cut them with "Stick It" adhesive on the back to make them easier to adhere to the card.  Stick It comes in sheets and is a double sided adhesive.   This is a card that will go to one of our six grandchildren.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I don't think this card takes a lot of explanation.  The dies I used are from Impression Obsession and Penny Black. This is one of the cards that I will be sending to our grandchildren.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

POPPY STAMPS - Swirly Bird Ribbon

I made this card to sent to my October Artist's Choice card swap partner.  I love the "ribbon" dies from Poppy Stamps.  The scalloped border was made with a Martha Stewart punch.  We usually don't stamp a sentiment on the swap cards we make so that the partner can use the card however they choose.  When I use this design for myself, I have a great stamp that reads "A little birdie toldme today is your Special Day."

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Friday, October 7, 2016


This is the first of the Halloween cards I will be positing this month.  A friend of mine came one day last week and we made 97 Halloween cards for the nursing home where my mother-in-law is residing and for the independent living center where my mother lives.   The cards are given for the staff to sign and hand out to the residents.

I made this sample card in advance but decided not to use the "Eeek" die cut on the 97 we made.  For the sample I had attached black card stock to "Stick It" before die cutting the word.  It was a little delicate even then to add to the card and it would have been dealing with 97 of them!  Instead we left them blank.  Later I did add a little sentiment on the ones for the 44 going to the independent living center.

 I made 97 owls and 97 branches using two Stampin' Up! punches.  And I die cut 97 "moons" and 97 bats using dies.

This entire card is Pumpkin Pie card stock.  When I decided to use this sample as the card we were going to do, I realized I wouldn't have enough to do 97 cards.  I cut what I did have into 4 pieces of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and ran each of them through the Cuttlebug with a spider web embossing folder.  The card base is white card stock.

I'm already working on pieces for the Thanksgiving cards we will make.  Thanks for coming by today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

MEMORY BOX - Luciene Tile

This is a card I made a while back to be used for an anniversary card.  The two dies are from Memory Box.  The "Wishing You" is from a Verve stamp set.  The sentiment inside from the same set is "a very Happy Anniversary".  There are nine stamps to use together with the "Wishing You".

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016


The card base is Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue card stock.  I ran the front through my Cuttlebug with a random dot Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Die cuts used:
Twiggy Tree - Penny Black
Cardinals - Impression Obsession
Bunnies - Impression Obession

After adding the two landscape slopes and the other die cuts, I ran Stickles glitter glue along the top edges of the two "hills".  I then put a small dab of the Stickles on my finger tip and dabbed it around on the open white area to give a more snowy affect.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


My card base is a piece from a Tim Holtz 12" x 12" paper pad.  "Into the Woods" die is from Penny Black.  The deer and trees are from Impression Obesession.  Before adding the die cut pieces to the card base, I did take the white "landscape" and ran it through my Xyron so that I could add glitter over the entire piece.  The "Moon" is just a punched circle.

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Monday, October 3, 2016


The dies I used for this card are from PapertreyInk.  This would be a fun card to send to someone who has moved into a new home.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

MEMORY BOX - Small Alder Tree

I love this little tree!!!  Today I am showing two more versions using the same dp and the Memory Box Small Alder Tree.  For this one I added birds in the tree and a squirrel.  It seemed like a little too much open space so I added the tiny "Happy Birthday".

This card used the same colors again but for some reason the picture makes the coloring look a little washed out.  (Different lighting maybe.)  I sponged light blue ink into the background before adding the die cuts.  I added a second squirrel to this one and included a couple of acorns for them.

There are so many dies out there and they really are fun to work with.  The scenes you can create are endless.  My collection of dies has grown and I need to start making better use of them.  I have more to show you next week.

Can you believe tomorrow is October 1st????  The holidays will soon be upon us.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


OK, I know I have my seasons a little confused here, but I just had a lot of fun putting this card together.  

The pretty dp used behind the panel with the scene is from a Stampin' UP! pack of designer papers.  

DIes used:
Clouds - Papertrey Ink
Small Alder Tree and Baby Kittens - Memory Box
Fence - Impression Obsession
Grass - Martha Stewart Punch
Flowers - An old punch

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Recently my friend, Kris, posted a card like this on our Yahoo Group.  I actually had the same tree and wanted the Cardinal die set from Impression Obsession because I have several dies that they would work so well with.  I just had to CASE her card.  

I used an oval die to cut the window in the white layer and simply added it to the black card base.  The white tree from Simon Says Stamps.  The tree was cut and added to the top of the card.  I added an extra Cardinal to my card.

For this card I decided to cut down the white layer and matted it with black before adding it to the white card base.  With the black card base I will add a white piece of card stock inside to stamp a sentiment or write a message.  By using the white card base, I don't need to do that and still have the same amount of layers.

There is actually enough room at the bottom of the front to add a sentiment with a small font, but I may choose to leave mine the way they are now.  I actually made two of each style.  

I don't make enough cards to do craft shows but one of my daughters is quite crafty and is going to have a table at a craft show or two.  I told her I would pay a portion of the table rent if she would have a basket of my cards and she agreed.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MAGENTA STAMP - Country Landscape

When my husband worked for the town, he made friends with contractors who would come into town for various projects.  One of those friends passed away last week and my husband was going to the visitation so I made him this sympathy card to use for the memorial money he was giving the family.   The stamp I used is one I purchased in Des Moines last week for the exact purpose of using it for sympathy cards.  I did this one very quickly.  I love this stamp.  The sentiment on the front and the one used inside is from a My Sentiments Exactly stamp set I had purchased from Hobby Lobby.

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Monday, September 26, 2016


A week ago when I was in my favorite stamp store, I saw a card made with this stamp and it was beautiful.  I normally make A2 size cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") but the sample I saw was larger so I had to scale down what I did with the design.

After I colored the images, I realized that the pink was a really good match for some note cards that I had purchased years ago.  The note cards made finishing this project quick and easy.

I didn't mat this image completely because I had a scrap of black card stock and decided to use it.  Once again, the color I used for the flowers closely matched the color of the lavendar note cards.  This was a perfect chance to use up some supplies that had been in my "stash" way too long.

The picture may not show it,very well, but I used a glue pen on the edges of the butterfly wings and then sprinkled clear glitter on them.

I stamped and colored several pieces and I know I'll be using this stamp again and again.  Thank you so much for coming back today after my being gone all last week.

Friday, September 23, 2016


I'm sorry there is still no new card to show you.  Monday I went to Des Moines and got together with four of the ladies from our Yahoo Group.  We we were so sorry that Lynette was unable to join us.  Normally we only get together once a year so this was a real treat.

The rest of the week was spent with family appointments and getting items ready to take to a Garage Sale for Stamps and Scrapbook items.  I spent a lot of time marking things down from previous sales and pulling out additional items to take.  Weather has not been good here in Iowa this week and due to the high volume of rain we are experiencing flash flooding in our county.  The city where I would take my items is going to have major flooding.  Every route I would take is going to have a lot of water around and possibly over some roads so I'm staying home.  I've had a lot of success at these sales so I'm really disappointed but would much prefer to stay safe.  Things will be stacked and ready for the next one in the Spring.

Since I won't be going to the stamp sale, I hope to be making some new cards for you to see next week.

Friday, September 16, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Poppy Gems

A friend of ours needed an anniversary card.  I had this card already made except for the sentiment which I added to the front.  I love the scripture of 1 Corinthians 13:13.  The verse is from My Sentiments Exactly!.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

ELIZABETH CRAFTS - Garden Notes Cosmos

The delicate white die cut is from Memory Box and provides a great background for the Cosmos flowers.  I had seen a card very much like this in Des Moines and had them order the flower die set for me.  The flowers were cut from some lavender card stock scraps.  To add a little dimension, I used a VersaMark marker to add the darker centers and then added some yellow Stickles to the center.  The sentiment is from Penny Black.

I made this card to give to my mother for her birthday.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I saw a card on Pinterest a long time ago and always had the intention of making this card.  I ran across the dies a few days ago and made this last week.  The branch is from Memory Box and the birds are from a Die-Namics die set.  The papers are from Core'dinations sample strips that I acquired somewhere.  I added a little dot from a black pen for the eyes.  It's a perfect design from Stampassions to use with that sentiment that I have had for a long time.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Beneath the Birches

I had just received this set in an order and decided to put this card together for a card swap.
Before sponging the sky, I cut a Post-It circle to mask an area for the sun.   Using the sponge I swirled Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy ink all over a potion of the card front.  SU Daffodil Delight ink was then sponged around in the area for the sun.  The white landscape piece was cut using a die from an Obsession Impression die set.

The deer and birch trees are from the Penny Black die set.  I sponged SU Soft Suede ink lightly on the trees.  By adding more layers of the Soft Suede ink on the deer I was able to get a nice solid color.  When I was finished adding the pieces to the card, I realized I had planned on adding Ice Stickles to the top edge of the landscape so that was added as the last step.  I also put a dot of the Stickles on the tip of my finger and then dabbed some of it around on the white portion.  Sadly that doesn't show up on the picture.

With a couple of hunters in the family, I have no doubt I'll be making addition cards for them with this set.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016


The Memory Box "Fresh Pine Landscape" die and the Impression Obsession landscape die helped me create this winter scene.  The first thing I did was to cut the rounded hill.  Then I cut two pieces with the pine tree die.   The middle section of this design is one cut of the lower hill with the trees on it.  I cut trees off of the second piece and applied them to various places on the back hill and one on the very front of the card.  I had some extra deer in the folder of the MB "Deer Trio" and added three of them.

I have a son-in-law and the husband of a niece who are both hunters so I'll probably hold this card for one of them.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MEMORY BOX - "Graceful Branch Oval" #2

After cutting the design using white card stock and using it on a piece of Yupo paper, I realized that I had another piece of Yupo paper that I had done with alcohol ink colors perfect for Halloween.  I cut another piece with the branch die but used black card stock.  I also went to my totel with Halloween designs and found two bats that had already been cut from last year.  

I like it!!!  Do you?  Thank you for visiting my blog today!