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Thursday, March 23, 2017


After I graduated from high school, I went to business school.  Two other girls that I net met there ended up being my roommates when we all happened to move to Cedar Rapids, IA.  Little did we know at the time all of us had represented our high school bands at the same event, then attended the same business school at the same time and would then become roommates and all worked for different attorneys.

One of those roommates and I have remained in touch now and then and I always try to send her birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards. We also stay in touch through Facebook.  

Today is her birthday.  I made this card especially for her with the new Penny Black "First Blooms" die.  When cutting there are three pieces that are cut.  I attached the card stock to Stick-It before cutting and then colored them with Copic markers.  I think the wider margins on the red mat help make a really bold statement.  I'll be making more using other colors.  Spring is just around the corner.

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MEMORY BOX "Amana Circle" - Day 3

When I found the packages of butterfly stickers used on the last two cards posted, I found this one lonely little bumble bee sticker needing a home.  I embossed the yellow piece with the hexagon folder to look like a bee hive and then mounted that piece onto a piece of dotted black designer paper. The white card base was embossed with a folder that has random raised dots.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for another very pretty die.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MEMORY BOX "Amana Circle" - Day 2

I used another butterfly from that same sticker package on the same "Amana Circle" but then made a "banner" to add them to the card.  The pink banner was embossed with the "Swiss Dots" folder and the white mat was embossed with a folder from Darice (not sure what the name of it is).

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Kris is a member of our Yahoo group and today is her birthday.  I hope she is having a very special day!

The butterfly is a sticker and I added it to the center of the white die cut piece.  The Memory Box die is called "Amana Circle". Since  I don't live too far from the Amana Colonies this die probably jumped right into my online cart!  (just kidding)  It was one that I knew I wanted though partly because of the name.  Unfortunately I have had it for quite a while and this was the first time I had used it.  Tomorrow and Wednesday I will be showing you two more cards made in a similar way.  

Today's card helped me use an item that I had never used before, a sticker from a package that I have had for a long time and the gingham paper that I have had for a long time.  I really liked the way this one came together.

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Friday, March 17, 2017


I've shown this card before but this is the one I made for my brother to use.  It was so easy to do all of the different pieces and then assemble all 7 at the same time.  I don't think this one needs a lot of explanation, but if you have any questions, please let me know.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


I was thrilled when my brother ordered about 20 cards a while ago.  Those were all individual designs and for specific relatives and friends. l finished and sent them to him.  A few days ago he ordered 20 more cards.  He asked for 7 Easter for Adults, 2 for his graqndsons, 4 Anniversary and 7 Thanksgiving,  I have those all done now too.  For the holiday cards I was able to "mass produce" them so it went very quickly.  The anniversary cards are all different.

This is the card I made for one of the grandsons.  The "grass" was made with a Martha Stewart punch.  (Our youngest granddaughter loves making cards and always knows where the "grass punch" is to use on her cards.)  The other one is similar but a different bunny.

 The stamp set is from Lawn Fawn and has coordinating dies to cut out the pieces.

It was easy to make the two for the grandsons because I actually had left over pieces from last year.  I decided I  would use a couple more to decorate the inside of the card.   I love working with the pastel colors.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Detailed Floral Thinlit Die

Before getting into today's card, I just have to say THANK YOU to two great friends who came to my home yesterday and helped make the Easter cards for the staffs at the independent living center and nursing home where my mother and mother-in-law reside.  We had so much fun doing them and with three of us working all 97 were done by Noon.  I had promised that we would have fun playing with some new ideas if they had time to stay.  

Joanne had tried playing with alcohol inks on Yupo paper the last time she was here, but Carol inked a piece and thought it was fun to do.  Then I introduced both of them to Washi tape and they each made three pieces with a variety of colors.  Just that quick Carol had three cards to ready to send and Joanne was going to finish hers at home.  We're definitely not going to wait until it is time to make Halloween cards before getting together again.  This was just too much fun!

Our Yahoo group has two swaps each month.  The first one is for a card of our choice.  The second one is a color challenge given to us by one of the members.  I had just received the die set from Stampin' Up! and was very anxious to use it.  I added the white card stock to "Stick-It" and then cut the piece.  There are a lot of tiny pieces to be removed but most of them came out very easily.  I could have added a "shim" to give a little more pressure when I ran it through the Cuttlebug, 

The picture shows the same sentiment that I used on yesterday's card.  The dies for the sentiment are from a set of dies from Spellbinders.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Monday's Card (a day late)

I totally forgot to post a card yesterday even though I had this one marked to show you.  I saw a card on Pinterest similar to this.  The embossing folder is a good one to use as a sunburst.  The large butterfly from Memory Box is one of the many dies I have with butterflies on them.  I attached it with a glue dot.  I made this card several days ago and forget what happened, but there was a little "boo boo" so I covered it with a punched butterfly.  It wasn't planned but I didn't want to throw the card away.

Tuesday's Card

Today's card turned out differently than I planned too.  When I bought the circle die, I thought it would cut out all of those little places and that I would mount it over a colored piece of card stock.  Well, they are not meant to cut out so it just gives a swirly design.  The pretty little butterfly from Jolee Stickers (at Michael's) went well with the Stampin' Up! paper.  The sentiment (On Your Special Day) is from a great little stamp set with 5 sentiment stamps that I use a lot.

I do have cards planned out for the rest of the week so I hope you will come back and check them out!  Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, March 10, 2017


This card didn't turn out quite like I had hoped.  I took the idea of one I saw on Pinterest using different stamps and adding another strip of tape. I also put the little Happy Birthday on the circle die cuts and popped with foam squares.   I think I would have been happier if I had left the bottom strip off.

Another Friday has rolled around so I hope you'll come back here on Monday.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


I have such a variety of tape colors and patterns.  I really like the pink/black/white combination.  After I had the tapes applied to the 4" x 5 1/4" layer, I used a Memory Box die to cut the bird.  

When I stamped the sentiment on the layer, there was black ink on the ridge of the rubber and I covered that neatly with the strip of little black metal dots.  I'll probably used this as a birthday card.

Tomorrow I have one last Washi Tape card to post for the time being and then I'll move on to something new again.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


These Washi tapes didn't photograph very well, but they are all very pretty and are from Stampin' Up!.  Once again I used some gold glitter paper to add the die cut butterfly.  It is so much prettier in real life.

Tomorrow I hoe to have something completely new for you.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WASHI TAPE - Day 7 (For my Sister)

This is my very favorite of the cards that I have done with the Washi tape.  Two of the tapes had a metalic gold pattern so I decided to die cut the butterfly and sentiment with glitter paper.  This card was sent to my sister who is celebrating her birthday today.....age to remain private.  I figured she deserved some sparkle!

I'm not quite done with Washi cards so tomorrow there will be one last one for the time being.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, March 6, 2017


I am going to use this layout for many of the Washi tape designs that I have.  I donate cards to the nursing home where my mother-in-law resides so that the staff can give cards to the residents on their birthdays.  Doing this with different colors will work for the ladies and gentlemen who live there.

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Friday, March 3, 2017


This card was made for my friend, Nancy.  The Washi tapes are all from Stampin' Up!.  I have the coordinating paper pad and punched the balloons. After I finished it, I was wishing I had matted the white layer onto one of the colors.  Next time. 

It's Friday so I hope you'll come back on Monday.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, March 2, 2017


The Washi tape for this card is from Stampin' Up!.  I stamped and die cut the Flower Shop piece and added small black metal dots to the center.  The Happy Birthday die cut is from Whimsy Stamps.  This was a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


This design is a case of a card I saw on Pinterest.  I loved it and I actually used the same colors.  My "hello" is slightly different but I think this is a really fun card which can be done in a variety of colors.

Come back again tomorrow for Day 4.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


These tape pieces are a coordinating set and are a fabric tape.  This time I started by stamping the sentiment and then working the tape around it.  I like that the white space at the top and bottom are about equal in size.

Come back tomorrow for Day 3.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, February 27, 2017


The idea of using Washi Tape this week was started by our Yahoo Group's Color Swap challenge to make a red and white card.  I have quite a few rolls and decided it was time to see what I could put together.

Initially I just did the lower 6 stripes and then stamped "happy birthday".  It just seemed like the top portion was too empty so I filled it in with the same tapes.  It's definitely "red and white".

Rather than cover the front of the card base, I used a 4" x 5 1/4" piece and then mounted it onto the A2 size card base.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2.  Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, February 24, 2017


This beautiful die cut was made with a Poppy Stamps Distressed Benson Corner.  I had the card part laying on my craft table.  I found some Origami papers and chose this one to use under the open portion.  The photo doesn't show it clearly but the die cut is on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of card stock.  The Origami paper was taped to the back and then the entire piece mounted on a white card base which is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

It's Friday so I hope you will stop back on Monday.  I'm playing with Washi Tape and will have some fun ideas.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


One of my mother's friends will celebrate her 100th birthday today.  We know this lady as well so I made this card for her and wrote a personal note inside.  What a special milestone in her life.  I can't even begin to imagine all she has seen in her lifetime!

The stamp I used for the image is Penny Black's  "Dreamy".  I used Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


This card was super easy.  I already had a die cut of the Get Well from a Tutti die.  It is such a pretty piece it doesn't need much else to make a card.   The white card stock had been adhered to "Stick-It" before die cutting.  I chose the plaid designer paper from a large stash of papers I have.  I cut it to 4" x 5 1/4" so it was slightly smaller than the A2 size card base.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


This is another card to fill my brother's order for cards.  Our sister's husband has a December birthday so this is the card my brother will send him next December.  The designs are from a Stampin' Up! set "White Christmas".  The picture doesn't show it but I ran a line of Stickles over the stamped slope where the snowman sits.  This is a fun stamp set!

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Monday, February 20, 2017


This may seem like a strange card to post right now with Spring just around the corner.  It is one of the many I made for my brother to use.  His son-in-law is a hunter and his birthday is at an appropriate time of year to get this type of card.  The background was made with alchohol inks on Yupo paper and it made me think a little of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).  The two dies used are from Memory Box.

I'm late posting today's card because I have been struggling with income tax returns.  I do our own, but I also do one for one of my granddaughters, her parents and now this year my mother's.  Turbo Tax is a wonderful tool!!!!

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Friday, February 17, 2017


One time my friend, Harriet, made a card using this die.  I thought it was such a fun design that I figured I had to have it too.  I do really like it but the die cuts out the entire design in one color.  For this one I cut the design with black card stock which was adhered to "Stick-It".  Then I die cut the various shapes of the die in the blue, yellow and red.  Because they are adjoining each other, it was a little difficult to paper piece the shapes.  Using a white gel pen I added the little white swirls on the balloons.

For this card, I decided to cut the entire design from white card stock and then colored the various portions of it with Copic markers. I think I will definitely pull this die out more often now and simply color the shapes instead of trying to paper piece them.  The sentiment used on both cards is from PapertreyInk.

We haven't had a really bad weather compared to some parts of the country, but today through the weekend we are going to be getting a real peek at Spring-like weather.  It is most welcome! 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017


I really love this collection of dp from Stampin' Up!  Since I have had it for awhile, I don't remember what the name of it is.  

Previously I posted a card using these same papers and the die to cut the ice cream cone. Since the paper shows a different shaped cone, I die cut it but then trimmed it to the same shape.

My mother wants a card to send to one of her great grandchildren and I thought the colors on this would work great for a little girl.  And who doesn't love ice cream?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I have this cute stamp from DeNami Design and hadn't used it for quite a while.  When I made the card which I posted yesterday, it reminded me of this stamp.  I went with the same colors but used markers to color the ice cream instead of die cutting card stock.  The dp and pink mat are from SU card stock.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


OK, I know this isn't a Valentine card!  And it is 11:15 PM!  My intention was to post this earlier today but I got busy making Valentine cookies and decorating them.  Time just got away from me and then I just didn't get on the computer until now. 

I actually am borrowing the picture from my friend, Kris.  I made this card to send her for our group's February Artist's Choice Card Swap.  The material's are all from Stampin' Up! and a die set from My Favorite Things.

There is a card I want to post tomorrow.  Hope I get to it a bit earlier than 11:15 PM!

Monday, February 13, 2017


Included in the order my brother gave me for cards was a request for two sympathy cards.  I created both of these using a card from Pinterest as my "inspiration".  The stamps are from three different SU stamp sets.  The one above is all done with black ink but then matted with a grey layer onto a black layer.

The one below is a little different because I sponged the round area with shades of a blue and a green.

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Friday, February 10, 2017


My brother and his wife have gone to Arizona to spend the winter months.  He asked me to make a special note card for him to use to send Mother a note.

The vanilla card stock goes very well with the Oragami paper that I used under the die cut.
Stampin' Up! "Night of Navy" ink was used to stamp the Thinking of You.  The die is from Poppy Stamps - Distressed Benson Corner.  I love this die!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017


This card for my brother's youngest grandson is a little "busy".  I tried to pick up the colors of the balloons on the SU designer paper.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


My brother recently ordered over 20 cards from me to use for his relatives and friends.  His oldest grandson enjoys his love of trains with "Grandpa".  I had already used this stamp for the younger brother but did Evan's card completely different.

When our group of ladies gathers once a year, we often bring things that we no longer want and offer them to each other.  This train stamp from Stampabilities is one that I got from one of those situations a few years ago but hadn't used until now.

The designer papers are all from Stampin' Up! and I colored the train with coordinating SU markers.  The alphabet letters are from Hero Arts.

Tomorrow I will have a personalized birthday card for Evan's brother.Thank you for stopping by today.