Saturday, July 31, 2010


A while back I saw one of Selma's cards using the Graphic 45 butterfly paper and the SU Banana Cream paper and I loved the combination. My card is totally different otherwise. The green accents are Bazzill paper which I had bought years ago in a package of shades of green.

Using Sizzix dies, I cut the large "solid" butterfly and then the light colored one. The top layer is a cream colored textured vellum.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Correction: The dies used for the butterfly are from QuicKutz....not Sizzix.

Friday, July 30, 2010


This card was made using another of the stickers from the Penny Black Flower Field sheet that I posted a couple of days ago.

I used a piece of Papertrey Ink white card stock and ran portions of the front through the Cuttlebug using two of the border folders, leaving the mid section blank for the striped dp.

The red border around the flower is part of the sticker. I mounted this sticker on some of the pink card stock from a Basic Grey Bittersweet 6 x 6 paper pad. The striped strip is also from the same paper pad.

I left the inside of the card blank so that it can be used at a later date for a variety of different occasions that might arise.

Thanks for coming by.................hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Today's card is one I made for my sister and brother-in-law's 43rd Wedding Anniversaray. I haven't used the Spellbinder's Labels 10 very much so I was pleased how this card turned out.

The Stamp is from a "Flower Garden" Stampin' Up set which I purchased recently at sort of a garage sale where a lot of crafters brought their things in and "dumped" them on tables for others to go through and buy. It was fun rummaging through all of the items. The embossed background on the card base doesn't show up very well, but I embossed it with a retired Dreamweaver stencil that I also purchased at that same sale. It added a nice texture to the background.

Sharon, if you happen to look at my blog today, I hope you and Tom are celebrating in some special way. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Thank you everyone for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I have a new sheet of stickers from Penny Black and decided to use it for today's card. Below you will see the sheet of stickers.
This is the card I made using one of the stickers from the sheet above.
The card base is Papertrey Kraft card stock. Part of the front was run through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder. I had scored a couple of lines but they didn't show up very well so I decided to run the sticker strip over the lines instead. I put the flower sticker onto a piece of SU Wild Wasabi card stock. It was attached to the front of the card using glue dots. The "wishing you well" was stamped using SU Chocolate Chip ink.
If you like these stickers and would like a sheet just let me know. They are $2.00 plus the shipping.
Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I love buying the Basic Grey 6 x 6 pads that have such a nice variety of mix and match papers. This paper is from the "Origins" pad. These aren't colors I usually grab to use, but I like the way the card turned out.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the other two are from an Inkadinkado clear set. The rectangles were cut with my small Fiskars cuttter. The circles were punched very quickly with my Marvy Scalloped circle punches.

Thank you for checking out today's card..........hope you come back again soon!

Monday, July 26, 2010


Today's card is using the same materials I used yesterday. This time I had a scrap of the Basic Grey paper and added a scrap of one of the coordinating papers from the same pack. The scalloped punch was a piece I had saved from yesterday's project. I used Labels 11 for the sentiment from Hero Arts to be stamped. The vellum is the same as yesterday's card but I punched the layers with Martha Stewart punches.

The flowers made from vellum give such a delicate embellishment to cards. Have you now realized just how much I like making these?

Thanks for coming by.............would love to know what you think.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Yes, another vellum flower. I saw that the color of this vellum went so nicely with the 6 x 6 sheet of paper from the Basic Grey pad of "Wisteria". I simply cut the piece of dp to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and adhered it to the front of the card. The white scalloped edge was punched on both sides of a strip using Martha Stewart punch. I used glue dots to attach the flower and then stamped the sentiment from Darcie's and lined it up with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig -- a great tool.

I don't think it needs any more explanation than that. Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Have you seen all the Hallmark Christmas ornaments in the stores already? Right after the 4th of July you probably start hearing things now and then about Christmas. Lately I was hearing ads about some of the on-line retail stores having special sales already as incentive to make purchases for Christmas.

While working with all of my vellum flowers the last few days I ran across some beautiful red pieces. Well, you know I had to do something with them. The card above is the result of hearing about Christmas already and the flowers I've been having fun with.

The card base was run thrugh my Cuttlebug using a Sizzix Poinsettia embossing folder. I had a piece of plaid paper with the perfect "red" in it. After I adhered the paper it needed something to run along the seam. I tried various ribbons and found this gold metallic piece that seemed to pick up the gold gems I had put in the center of the flower. I then attached the Poinsettia - which I made with the Spellbinders Poinsettia dies - using glue dots. (Let me know if you would like to order the dies. )

OK, So I'm a little early, but it was a fun card to make when it's so HOT outside.

Thank you for coming by!

Friday, July 23, 2010

BASIC GREY "Origins"

While I still had some of the Basic Grey "Origins" paper out from yesterday's card, I decided to use the same ones again. I changed the layout and used a stamped design as the focus. The stamp is from an Inkadinkado set. My friend, Lynette, was able to purchase 3 different packages of five sets each for only $15.00 at Cosco a year or two ago so I had her get me all three packages. What a bargain........15 sheets of stamps for only $45.00! What I like is that some of the designs are smaller versions of designs in other packages.

After stamping the design and cutting the image so it was slightly small than a scrap of the "Origins" flowered background, I realized there was a little too much margin around the image. I decided that adding some scored lines as a border around it would help fill that in. I'm sorry not all the scoring shows in the picture because there are vertical score lines as well.

The black gems were the final touch which I can get for you through Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Last night I decided to make another flower but using yellow vellum. I cut two of the largest ones and one each of the medium and small sizes. The layers were put together using Glossy Accents as the adhesive because it dries so quickly. Once the black button was put in the middle, I flipped the petals up. What is nice about vellum is that even though these will be flattened out when mailing the card is that they will pop back up when removed from the envelope.

The card base was run through the Cuttlebug with my ever faithful Swiss Dots embossing folder. The patterned papers are from the Basic Grey "Origins" 6 x 6 paper pad.

I always appreciate the comments that you leave on my posts. Thanks for stopping by!


Last night I made another vellum flower with the Spellbinders Daisy Heads


Today's card is another one with a flower made with the Spellbinders Daisy Heads Dies. (Let me know if you'd like to order a set.)

The card base was run through the Cuttlebug with my ever faithful Swiss Dots folder. The patterned papers are from a Basic Grey "Origins" 6 x 6 paper pad. The flower was cut from yellow vellum and then I

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Did you think you were going to be seeing a Wedding Card? Nope!

Today's card has something old and something new on it. :) And I guess I could say something borrowed was idea I saw on another blog. Yesterday I received an order of Spellbinders items and one of the items was for myself. So the something new is the Daisy Petals die set. Something old is the pink vellum I have had for years in a drawer of other vellum colors. And I'd hate to think of how long I've had those brads.

Again the idea for this flower came from Selma's Stamping Corner. She had made a box with a flower on top using the Daisy Petals die but had used card stock instead of vellum for her flower. I have really liked the look that vellum gives to flowers ever since I saw the first ones she made. I can see myself making a lot more vellum flowers in the future.

I cut two of the large dies, and one of each of the medium and small dies. The papers are from the Basic Grey "Two Scoops" 6 x 6 pad.

Thanks for stopping by! Tell me what you think..................

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

GARDEN FLOWERS from Inkadinkado

In an effort to start using some of the MANY stamps I have purchased and NOT used yet, I pulled out the Inkadinkado "Garden Flowers" set from my stash. The set has four sentiments on it and several designs including the border used here.

On my first try I colored the "flourish" and sentiment with SU YoYo Yellow and Moss Green markers. When I stamped it, the image was terrible. I consulted my ever faithful group of ladies on Yahoo and was reminded that I should try "treating" the images by rubbing them with my emery board or a pencil eraser. I gently roughed them up with my emery boad and was much happier with the stamped image that I got. I haven't found this necessary on some of my other clear stamps but it certainly worked on these.

This card was made using SU Passion Pink and Mellow Moss markers. It's not a fancy card but it was quick (once I scuffed the stamps) and sometimes that's just what I need........QUICK!
Thank you for stoping by!

Monday, July 19, 2010


A few days ago one of the gals on our Yahoo Group (Lynette) made a card like the one above. I had the same Hero Arts stamp so I copied it as close as I could.

But in all fairness I thought I should do something different with it so I made a vertical card.
Both cards were made using the same materials. Card base is made from PTI Kraft card stock. The images wer stamped on the Kraft CS with SU Craft White Ink, sprinkled with White EP and heat embossed. Then I took SU markers and colored in the design. (I believe Lynette sponged the color onto the flowers but I wasn't having much luck getting quite enough color.) The bottom layer of CS is SU Perfect Plum. On the second card I scored two lines above and below the sentiment but I'm afraid they don't show up very well........the Kraft CS is very firm and I had a hard time getting the lines with the Scor-Pal AND the MS Scoring Board.
Thanks, Lynette, for the idea. I just loved what you did and had to make these for myself. :) And thank you everyone for stopping by!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


I'm not sure where the name comes from for this cling stamp, but it is Hero Arts CG141 Engraved Flower. It makes a quick, easy card to put together.

I stamped the image on off white card stock using SU Chocolate Chip Ink. It doesn't really "need" any further coloring to use it like this. I cut two pieces using the Spellbinders Labels 11 - one on SU Chocolate Chip card stock. The other piece was cut using off white card stock and run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

Using pop dots, I mounted the layers onto the card base which had been run through the Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I have had a piece of white glossy paper that I had done with Jim Holtz Alcohol Inks some time ago. While I had the Exotic Flower stamp handy, I decided to stamp it with the SU Craft Ink, sprinkle it with White Embossing powder (which had a little sparkle to it) and heat emboss it. Alcohol Inks are a lot of fun to work with on glossy paper. I have access to purchasing them as well as the glossy paper so if you are ever interested in trying them, just let me know.

The white later which is white glossy paper and the image layer were cut with my Long Rectangle Nesties.

The embossing folder I chose worked out nicely to have the part of the design showing that had a couple of birds.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010


Both of the stamps I used for this card are from Hero Arts. (I can order these for you if you are interested in them.) The background is done with a cling stamp and the Exotic Flower is done with a wood mounted stamp. I used Labels 11 for the mats. If you want any further explanation, just let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Last night I made this card. It's always a good idea to have a sympathy card ready to send a friend who needs comforting. The card base was run through the Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls folder. The SU Lavender Lace layer was run through using the Swiss Dots.

For the image, I used the SU Thoughtful Prayers stamp set and colored the flowers, branch and sentiment using SU markers. I really like this stamp set.

This design could also be used on a birthday card with a different sentiment. On a card like that I would put small gems in the centers of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


One of my favorite blogs to visit is Selma's Stamping Corner. Today's card is a case of one she made a couple of months ago. She was very kind to post a second card and showed the items she used to make the card.

On my card I used the same basic design but turned my card horizonally and embossed the card base using the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls.

The Label 1 was used to cut the SU Petal Pink paper. The white squares were cut using a Cuttlebug embossing die. The petals of the flower were made using the SU small oval punch and sponged with Petal Pink chalk on white card stock. The black center of the flower was cut using black paper from Lasting Impressions and the smallest Plain Petite Oval and then using just a portion of it. Leaves were stamped on SU Wild Wasabi paper using leaves from a Heartfelt Creations stamp set.

Hope you have a great's going to be near 100 degrees here today so for me it's an exceptionally good day to stay inside and make cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Just a quick announcement that you can begin seeing the new Spellbinders dies that are being previewed over the next few days. I will be posting pictures of them on my Spellbinder dies blog page. I am going to post two of the new ones there tonight. Take a look!

Monday, July 12, 2010


My goodness I didn't realize it had been last Wednesday since I had posted something new here. Where did the time go?

A few days ago I got an email from Frugalities and they were having a 49% off sale with flat rate shipping of only $3.99. Well, that just was too good of a deal to pass up. I bought some paper (which I do not need), a stamp and some 3-D Butterflies.

Today my order came and it had been sent Priority Mail (for only that $3.99). In the package was a lovely 11" x 6" sheet of PSX Design Stickers as a free gift as well as two sheets of scrapbooking paper which will make great backgrounds on a card.

I couldn't wait to make something with that beautiful oval with the spray of flowers. Since the inside of the design was open, it was a little tricky to handle but I think I actually got it on straight. All of the designs are stickers except for the "Special Thanks" stamped design which is from My Sentiments Exactly.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comments I receive on the cards I have been posting!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I love these flowers. I bought them at Michael's and I have more but I can't find them to tell you what company they are from. I think they are from K & Comopany but not sure.

The embossed circles on the front were done with a Cuttlebug folder spacing them out equally along the bottom of the card. Lines were scored with my Scor-Pal. Yellow paper is from Lasting Impressions Banana Cream Dots and the label with the sentiment is a Spellbinders Fancy Label. The sentiment is from Penny Black.

The yellow and white combination just feels so "Summery".

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I purchased the unmounted stamps used on these cards from Repeat Impressions. I liked what I saw when I looked on their website, but I had a hard time coming up with cards that I was satisfied with.
Any suggestions here would be very much appreciated.
I used SU card stock and inks. I also used a Tonic Border Butterfly punch on the fourth card and then used the little punch-out pieces.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 5, 2010


This is a card I made a while back. The card base was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The patterned paper an the solid color paper are from a Basic Grey 6 x 6 paper pad.

I used a Martha Stewart edger punch on the patterned layer although it doesn't show up very well here. And the butterfly is also from a MS punch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Following the big celebration here with the Grand Opening of our Baseball Museum, I wanted to send a personal thank you to the couple who really kept things going from the very beginning of organizing the museum. I had stamped off alot of this design a while back and it is such a fun one to color. I used my Copic CIAO markers. Small gems were added to the wings of the butterfly.

The SU Wasabi card stock was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
When the card was received, I got a very nice email from her.
Thank you for stopping by...............hope you all stay safe this weekend!


Friday, July 2, 2010


While our group gathered in Des Moines the middle of June, one of my friends (Kris) was making cards by using beautiful tulip vellum paper on the front of the card. They were all gorgeous! I had long forgotten that I had some printed vellum sheets stashed away. When I was looking for a colored sheet of vellum for another project, I ran across the patterned vellum sheets.

From this sheet of vellum I was able to get three very pretty cuts to put on the front of cards. This one leaves me the option of being able to use appropriate ink and stamping a sentiment in the upper left hand corner, but I do believe I will just leave well enough alone. I'd hate to have the ink smear.

I wish I could remember where I got this beautiful vellum. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


This cute little couple is from a Stampendous set of stamps which I purchased at Archivers last year. I'm not real thrilled with the way I colored them, but I wanted to make sure I had my July calendar done on time. My SU markers were used to color the images.

We'll be enjoying fireworks on Saturday evening. My husband's sister and husband have a home on a lake and they have FABULOUS fireworks every year.

On Sunday, July 4, my husband and I will celebrate our 42nd Anniversary. In looking back, it is hard to believe those years have flown by.

As you do your celebrating this weekend, please be safe!

STAMPIN' UP! - Varied Vases #6

The punched vases are from a 6 x 6 package of designer papers and for this card, I just left the flowers without coloring them. Thank...