Monday, June 30, 2014


I saw a sample card like this at Heirloom Designs so I bought the die to make one like it.  It is such a lovely piece and can be used for various occasions.  I used Stampin' Up Pool Party card stock for the die cut and the bottom mat.  I also happened to have some tiny pearls that matched the color and added those to finish off the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have a moment, let me know what you think of today's post.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Kris, who is one of the members of our Yahoo Group, brought a kit for each of us to make this card.  The bird design is from a Penny Black stamp set.  The SU Night of Navy striped dp gives a nice border on the bottom of the front.  The card was made from white card stock slightly smaller than 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  and then mounted onto a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of SU Night of Navy card stock.
I wasn't sure what sentiment if any I would put on the front but I may stamp a small one slightly above the ribbon on the left side.  This is a style of card I can see my self making more with various designs and dp.
Don't you like this design?  Thank you for stopping by today!

SPECIAL NOTE:  I was asked about the flowers on the cards that I posted yesterday.  The first two cards used the Cuttlebug matching die and embossing folder.  I'm not sure about the third card but I think we were told it was a Cuttlebug item as well.  The last card has flowers that were die cut from a Memory Box die.  I'm sorry I don't know the exact names of them because they were already pre-cut for us.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


These are the four cards that we all made in the class on Monday at Heirloom Designs in Des Moines, Iowa:

So what do you think?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



The annual gathering of some of the ladies in this Yahoo Group was the past few days.  We met on Sunday for lunch at Applebee's and then shopped in three craft stores.  Ending with the evening meal at The Machine Shed.  Members from California, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa were represented this year.
Monday  we were welcomed at Outstamping Designs in Valley Junction (South edge of Des Moines).  One of the ladies there gave us a class and we made four GORGEOUS will be posted tomorrow.  Lunch at "The Longest Yard" bar and grill and evening meal at a great Italian place.
Tuesday it was back to Outstamping Designs to do some more playing and when we finally felt we had to say farewell to each other we all headed to Biaggi's for a final meal together.  (Love that place! Their Chicken Florentine Soup and Lemon Tower Cake are to die for!)
I'm still getting things put away from the trip but will be taking pictures of some of the projects we did while we were there.  I am so blessed to have such a special group of friends!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


My post today is another very simple card to make  I stamped a music design on the front of the white card base.  Then I cut a piece of SU dp to measure 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The circle was cut out using a Spellbinders die and then adhered to the card  base.  I am away from home at the time I am scheduling this post so I am sorry I don't remember who made this flourish die but I can let you know if you are interested.  Any design of this type would work fine. 

This is a similar card I made with a second die:

So what do you think?  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, June 23, 2014


I found the embossing folder with this bird design at Joann's a couple of months ago.  It certainly made a quick and easy card.  Rather than put a sentiment on the front, I used a second Cuttlebug folder to emboss the border and added it. 
If you have any questions, just let me know.  Thank you for stopping by today!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014


Using Daffodil Delight flower and dp
Border of the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug border folder.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014



Today through Friday I will be showing you cards that I made up with the flower pieces I had shown you a few days ago.  This one is using the Costal Cabana flower and dp.  I love this about you?

Monday, June 16, 2014


Last Friday my post told you that we were heading off to watch one of our granddaughters and her teammates play in a State 12U Softball tournament.  It certainly was an exciting weekend and lived up to the expectations of what those girls are capable of doing.  Please forgive me for doing a little (maybe alot of bragging).

This is our granddaughter doing her awesome job catching.  She can make moves that blow my mind!!!  At 12 years old she  knows how to stop pitches at home plate, get runners including at home plate and can throw them out at 2nd base.  Plus she got some great hits!!! 
For this tournament 60 teams were there.  60!!!!  It was a double elimination tournament.  After one loss a team moves to the loser's bracket and has to earn their way back.  Two losses and a team would go home.
The Ladycats played one game Friday night and won 12-0.  They only played one game again on Saturday and I think they won that one 5-0.  Sunday was looking like a hard day ahead.  They one game one the first one on Sunday.  I think they were feeling pretty cocky at that point and all added yellow ribbons to their ponytails.  They lost the next game - ribbons were removed and they washed their bats with soap and water to get rid of the Bad Carma.  LOL   To get to the top they had a lot of games ahead.
These girls were not going to go home without a fight!  They won two more games putting them up against a team with no losses, but they won.  How bad did they want it?
They won the 6th game of the day with a score of 2-1!!!!!
This picture is out of order but since it was Father's Day, all of the father's got to present their daughter with the Championship Plaque.  What a way to celebrate Father's Day!!!
These four girls will hopefully be playing Freshman/JV Softball next summer for their high school.
This special young lady is our granddaughter, Emma. 
She is one awesome catcher!!! 
We are so proud of her and the entire Ladycat team!!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014


Today we are off to watch our granddaughter's 12U Softball team play in a state tournament.  We're hoping for great things for these girls.  If they continue to play as well as they do they should have a really great team when they get to high school.  Our granddaughter is the main catcher for the games and does a SUPER job!!!  (But them I'm probably biased.)
The card I am sharing today was made using Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi inks and the Too Kind stamp set.  I cut the layer to 5 1/4" x 4" and popped it with foam dots.

Thank you for stopping by today!  If you have a moment, let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


We just learned that some friends of ours had celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary over the weekend.  I didn't have any "Anniversary Cards" already made but had just finished this one yesterday.  I decided that the main thing was to let them know we were thinking of them and sending our congratulations.
I saw a card on Pinterest that had used this basic design and colors. The top layer measures 5 1/4" x 4".  The flowers were stamped using the Blended Bloosom (large stamp) and one of the flowers from Bloom with Hope.  I colored them with the new SU Blendabilities.  
The next thing I did was to die cut a partial circle on the right side of the layer.  I'm not sure if the card I saw had the flowered layer popped or not but I wanted to give it a little dimension for the punched heart.  The heart was punched from white card stock but then colored with the same Blendabilities marker.  The butterflies were also punched from white cs and then colored with the Daffodil Delight  (medium) to match the large flower.  A very tiny pearl was the finishing touch to the butterflies and the heart.
To see the original card that I cased you can see it here.  I didn't have the colored twine and had popped the layer onto the card before I thought to add any kind of that explains the butterflies to fill in.
Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you have a moment, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The color used for this card was Marina Mist. 
The stamp set is Stampin' Up! "Too Kind"
NOTE Regarding Yesterday's card:  Last week I went ahead and scheduled the card for June 9.  Things have been a bit hectic around here with the summer schedule so I forgot to go back and give any description.  If you happen to have any questions about it, please let me know. 

Friday, June 6, 2014


One of the new Hostess stamp sets from Stampin' Up! is Bloom with Hope (1 of 2 and 2 of 2).  This design was colored with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities using all 3 colors, 2 of the Daffodil Delight and one of the Old Olive markers for the stems.
I then spritzed the white background with the regular Cherry Cobbler marker, cut and embossed it with one of the Spellbinders Classic Oval dies.  The Cherry Cobbler mat was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Classic Scallop Oval die.   These layers were added to one of the White Tea Lace Doilies.
The Cherry Cobbler card base was embossed with the new SU Decorative Dots folder.  I'll have another card on Monday using another stamp from this stamp set.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I have been coloring with Copic alcohol markers for quite a while now.  When I saw that Stampin' Up! was coming out with an alcohol marker, I wasn't sure about whether I would purchase them. 

1.  I already had all of the Copic CIAO markers and a lot of the sketch markers.
2.  I also had all of the SU regular markers
3.  I aso had a lot of other markers

How many markers does a person need?  Of course as soon as the opportunity came up that I could pre-order them, guess what I did.  I ordered five different colors.

The three pictures below also show the *NEW* Blended Blossom stamp which is a great design on which to practice. (wood mount only)

Rich Razzleberry (Dark, Medium and Light)

Daffodil Delight (Dark, Medium and Light)
Brown portion of center was colored with Copic Marker E33

Coastal Cabana (Dark, Medium and Light)
Cherry Cobbler (Dark, Medium and Light)
Daffodil Delight (Dark, Medium and Light)
Each color comes in a set of 3 shades.  The other color I ordered is Old Olive.  They were very easy to use and blend.
The three flowers shown here were colored and then cut out.  I placed them on a piece of white card stock for the photo.  When I colored them I colored outside the line on the edges so that when I cut them out there would be no white edge.  I may go back and trim a little closer now.
So what do you think?  Are they something you would eventually like to try?  Come back tomorrow and I'll show you a card I created with a new stamp set and colored with the Blendabilities.
I have enjoyed doing this blog page but sometimes get discouraged because I'm not sure if anyone out there is looking or wanting to see what I have been doing.  I'd love to have you take a moment to leave a comment now and then so I know.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2 FOR 1

Yesterday I was absent because I was working at the Primary Election in our local precinct.  A very long day but as the chairman for our precinct I am very lucky to work with two great people who help pass the time when we're not busy and also do a great job helping with setting up and tearing down.
Since I didn't get something scheduled for yesterday to show you, I decided to give you two examples today using the same SU Watercolor Wonder dp.  The stamp on the second one is from the SU Happy Watercolor stamp set.
Thank you for checking out today's post!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014


If you are interested in seeing what is new from Stampin' Up!, the new catalog is now available to see on line  Click here:  2014-2015 Annual Catalog

And if you would like a hard copy of it, I have catalogs here to share.  Let me know if you are interested. 


The "Too Kind" set from Stampin' Up! is such a fun little set to use.   I stamped the stems first.  Each of the blooms are made with two stamps.  I inked the larger pieces with Daffodil Delight but stamped them off once first and then onto the stems.  The final step was to ink the small pieces of each bloom and then add them to the lighter color which gives them some faux dimension.  Of course I had to add my favorite little butterfly as well.

I didn't realize until I saw this picture that the gingham strip I added has the design crooked.  It is from one of the SU dp packs.  The yellow dp is from the Watercolor Wonder  dp pack.  The other strip and mat are Island Indigo.

I think I'd better give this card another try because now that I am seeing it here on my blog, I'm not satisfied.  Thank you for coming by!


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