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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!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MEMORY BOX - "Graceful Branch Oval" #1

On July 28, my friend Lynette posted a card using this die.  I didn't have it at the time but the ladies on our group tend to "enable" each other.  Since I found it at a sale price, I decided I could have some fun with it.  The first card I made used one of the pieces I had made with alcohol ink and Yupo paper.

The die cuts the entire piece including the frame.  I added the birds using the "Resting BIrds" die from Memory Box.  I have a different take on the design which I will post tomorrow.  

I always love to read comments from those of you who stop by so I hope you will tell me what you think.  Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Friday, September 2, 2016


These cards are another result of time with my friends in Des Moines last June.  Kris gave all of us the chance to cut out pieces with her die.  I finally dug out these two "sentiment" pieces from the card parts that I had brought home.  

I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend and stop back again next Tuesday.  Thank you for coming by today!

Thursday, September 1, 2016


I saw three note cards at the craft store where our group gathered in Des Moines.  I loved the designs to be used as silhouettes on the various colors of dp.  I purchased the three that they had.  

There is actually a fourth die but the store didn't have that one.  The first three cards shown below are using dies from Joy! Crafts (www.joycrafts.nl). It would be nice to have the complete set but looked through my hoard of dies and found the one that I used on the fourth card. I think it went nicely with the other designs.

All of the background papers are from the abundant supply of paper pads that I have.

Joy! Crafts - Vintage Flourishes #1

Joy! Crafts - Vintage Flourishes #2

Joy! Crafts - Vintage Flourishes #3

Poppy Stamps - Meadow Leaf

A nice set of four

I think these would make a nice set to give as a gift.  Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


This was an extremely easy card to make.  I stamped the border design with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with clear powder.  I repeated with the sentiment stamp.

School started here last week already and now here we are at the end of August!  Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


I posted several cards earlier using this beautiful Memory Box die.  For tihs card I turned the die cut layer on the side.  I really like it used this way too.

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Monday, August 29, 2016


This weekend I suddenly realized I had been neglecting my blog since last Tuesday so today I am showing you two cards.

This first card is one I made after using alcohol inks on Yupo paper.    I really like using a "silhouette" image on them.  The image is from Stampin' Up!.

This is a new design from Ken Oliver.  The design is made with a stamp and coordinating die.  It worked great for cutting those delicate stems of the Poppies.  If anyone is interested, I can get this set for you at a discount.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


When I attended business school many years ago, there weren't dormitories available so I stayed with three other girls in a rented apartment.   My boyfriend (now husband) introduced one of his cousins to one of my roommates.  They dated and married a year later.  They celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past Sunday.  I was so glad that we were able to go because as it turned out, I was her only bridal attendant who came.  We were introduced to everyone and Jo told the story of how she and Dave met through us.  It was a fun celebration!

This card was made using the same die cut but I noticed a smudge of some kind on the lower right edge - something that couldn't be covered up easily so I trimmed the piece trying to keep a similar margin around the design.  I like the die cut piece better if it doesn't have to be trimmed, but I think this will work as a masculine card because of the color of dp and ink used.

This is another example of a "goof" underneath that I had to cover.  Part of the sentiment had not stamped.  Since it was a wood mounted stamp I couldn't stamp over it a second time so I stamped again on a separate piece of card stock and then used an SU oval punch to cut it out.  I edged it with an ink that went well with the color of the dp.  Some days I feel that my "goofs" are my specialty.

And one last example of a way I used the Memory Box die.  There was ample room to use this very pretty Memory Box butterfly.

It isn't often I share more than one card on the same day, but today you are getting 4 examples of how I used this great design.

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Monday, August 22, 2016


When our group met in Des Moines this past June, our firend Kris gave each of us a kit to make this card.  I put it together soon after I got home but then recently I did a second card.

I had die cut additional pieces from the die she used and ha those pieces in a poly bag on my table.  And I had some "burlap" ribbon from SU so I did a different version of Kris's card using just the strip of burlap which I had run through my Xyron to make sure it was stuck down firmly.  I love that sunflower!  I think I have one more to use.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016


I don't usually post items on the weekend.  We had our two youngest grandchildren here on Wednesday evening through yesterday afternoon so I didn't have a lot of time to be on the computer.

I didn't have anything scheduled for Thursday but I had intended to post this card yesterday. One of our granddaughters celebrated her 15th birthday yesterday and this is the card I made for my mother to send her.  I wanted to make the ice cream cones pastels so I used some Lasting Impressions papers for the colors.

Hope you are enjoying some wonderful weather this weekend!  Ours is cloudy today but much cooler and tomorrow is supposed to be 75 degrees and sunny.  Perfect weather to attend a 50th Anniversary celebration!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Our Granddaughter, Allissa, is celebrating her 18th birthday today!  It seems like just a short time ago that we were welcoming with so much joy our first grandchild.  Those years have gone by so fast!  She will graduate high school next Spring which will be another milestone.  I had posted this card when i first made it, but I keep some back for special family birthdays.

My friend Kris and her husband are celebrating their anniversary today.  This is the card I made for them.  The stamp is Penny Black "Poppy Gems".  I colored the design with Copic markers.  

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Gentle Whisper

I have had this "music" stamp for a long time and failed to use it.  I decided to use it as a background for the Penny Black "Gentle Whisper" stamp.  Both of these cards were inked with Distress Markers.

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Monday, August 15, 2016


Last Friday I posted a sympathy card our granddaughter was going to send to her softball coach on the death of his father.  The mother of the coach was a school employee at one time and knows our daughter's family so they also wanted to send her a card.  For the mother's card, I chose this Stampin' Up! Two-Step Terrific Tulip. I used  SU Blushing Bride ink and card stock.  I love the soft design!

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Friday, August 12, 2016


Recently one of my daughters asked if I would make her two sympathy cards.  The father of my granddaughter's softball coach had passed away and they wanted to send a card to him.  I have used this stamp for sympathy cards in the past and I thought it would make a nice design to send to the coach.  I colored the design with Distress markers.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Gentle Blooms #1

To date, this is the only card I have made with the stickers from this sheet of "Gentle Blooms" stickers.  It's a very simple card but I think the sticker makes a nice statement by itself.  After see the other stickers from this set, you can let me know if you would like to purchase a sheet of them.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #6

This is the last card from the sheet of "Flower Gallery" stickers.  It's a CAS card but I really like it.  Here is a picture of the sheet of stickers in case you are interested in purchasing one.  The cost would be $2.00  plus a small amount for sending it.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Today is Taryn's Golden Birthday...........she is 9 years old on the 9th.  The two cards below are being posted before I know who will be sending which one but these are the cards I made for my mother to send and one for us to send.

These cute little mice are from a Penny Black stamp.  I've had it for a long time and haven't used it as much as I should.  It is a fun design to color and I think it makes a cute card for kids.  I scribbled some light green with a Copic marker under the design so that the mice weren't running in mid air.  It doesn't show very well, but I did scribble some very light blue (B000) for the sky.

Several years ago I went a little crazy and purchased a lot of Precious Moments stamps from eBay.  I fell in love with this one and actually have the matching figurine.  I thought this woujld make a really cute card for Taryn since she is petite and very "girly".  The Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride card stock and dp matched the Copic R20 "Blush" which I had used to color the little girl's dress.

Our grandchildren are growing so fast.  Taryn's older sister will be a Senior in High School when school starts again later this month.  Where does time go?

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Monday, August 8, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #5

Last Tuesday I started posting cards that I made from this one sheet of stickers from Penny Black.  This one is probably my 2nd least favorite.  I love the sticker, but not really pleased with how I used it.  The last sticker from this sheet will be shown here on Wednesday.  Tomorrow is our youngest granddaughter's birthday so I'll be showing her cards instead.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #4

Next week, there will be two more cards using the stickers from this sheet.  After you have seen all of the cards I made with the Flower Gallery set, let me know if you would be interested in a sheet of them. I have extras.

Thank you for coming by today..............and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #3

This piece of Yupo paper had more red ink added to it which worked well with this sticker.
I don't think it needs any more explanation.  Thank you for coming by!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PENNY BLACK STICKER - Flower Gallery #2

This card is definitely an improvement over the one you had to see yesterday.  I love seeing what each background is going to look like when using various colors of alcohol ink on the Yupo paper.  I had this one on my table and decided this sticker looked really great on it with those colors.  First I added the sticker to a piece of white card stock, trimmed it down and then matted it with black.  The sentiment was stamped with Staz-On black ink.

I'd love to hear from you with comments on my cards - positive or negative - I'm open to any critics!  Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PENNY BLACK - Flower Gallery Sticker #1

The rest of this week I will be featuring cards made with this Penny Black set of stickers.  Sometimes I like to share a card that I'm not happy with and  I have to admit that I'm not starting off with my favorite using this set of stickers.!!!  I had used up all of the others on the sheet and still had this one.  I also had a piece of Yupo paper that had been used with alcohol inks.  The colors blended pretty well with the flower so I used it.  It looks like I just taped some pieces together......which I did.  

PLEASE!  If any of you have any ideas you would like to share with me, I'd really LOVE to hear them.  I could still make some changes or additions to it.  

Thank you for coming by today!