Thursday, December 28, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNETTE!


Lynette, is celebrating her birthday today  It's very cold where she lives so I hope she is able to still do something special.   I believe a wintery card is very fitting the weather that they are having.

This cute little snowman is "Snowy", a stamp from Penny Black.  I've had it for quite awhile but hadn't ever used it.  Not sure why because he is so cute.  When Penny Black came out with the matching die, then I knew I would be more likely to use the stamp.  This is my first project. 

I used the "Softly Falling" embossing folder on SU Bashful Blue card stock and placed it behind the Memory Box "Woodland Oval" die cut.  Some snowflakes from a Penny Black "Snow Time" die were added.  To finish off the card, I added some glitter under Snowy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNETTE!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! BELLS & BOUGHS


It's Christmas Eve and we will soon be leaving for Christmas Mass.  We are blessed with special music each year.  I hope that all of you are happy, healthy and fortunate to be with loved ones and are celebrating the holiday of your faith.

Friday, December 22, 2017


Earlier I had cut out some of these ornaments from the Stampin' Up! Keepsake Ornament dies. I still had this one on my craft table and wanted to get it finished.  The gold is a textured gold metallic paper.  The designer paper is from Stampin' Up!

Thank you for coming by today!  By the way.....I don't usually post on Saturdays and Sundays, but I have a couple more holiday cards that I will be showing so be sure to stop back again.  My favorite will be posted on Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER-IN-LAW


My brother-in-law loves to golf.  Recently I had purchased the Tutti die for the golf bag so I turned to Pinterest for an idea to begin. The trees in the background were stamped with one from the Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree set.

This card is similar except the card I saw didn't have a golf bag.  It was just the "18th" hole and the ball.  The dimensions are a little out of whack but I think he'll still like it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

SANTA'S ON HIS WAY

 
#1
 I have a nephew and two nieces who have small children and thought it would be fun to send their families a card that the children could enjoy.   The card base for this one is SU Not Quite Navy.  I used a stamp from the SU Gorgeous Grunge set to stamp the snow with Craft White ink.  The white piece was added.   "Believe" is from Penny Black, trees from Impression Obsession and Santa is from Taylored Expressions.  I used a Spellbinders circle to cut the moon. 

 
#2
Instead of using Not Quite Navy for the card base, I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece to a white card base.  This one shows a town setting cut from a Penny Black die.  These two cards were really fun to make.
 
Thank you for coming by today!
 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

REJOICE


This past summer when our group of ladies gathered in June, I saw a card very similar to this at the stamp store where we spend our time together sharing supplies and ideas.
 
The angel is a Sue Wilson Creative Expressions die and the "Rejoice" is a Penny Black die.  I stamped the card base with a "Music Background" stamp from Penny black in a gold metallic ink.  The card stocks used were ivory and a textured metallic gold.  This was one of my favorite cards that I made this year and I only made one.
 
Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, December 18, 2017

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS


I started with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock and used a die from a retired Stampin' Up! set to cut the "window" for the scene.  I used a small piece of SU Pool Party card stock to emboss with the Softly Falling folder.  The trees and the houses were cut using an SU Sleigh Ride die set and added to the embossed piece.  The card base was assembled and snowflakes from a Penny Black die were added.
 
Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, December 15, 2017

GENTLY FALLING SNOWFLAKES


The basic design for this card came from one I saw on Pinterest.  The one I saw used a different embossing folder but I really like the "Gently Falling" one from SU for mine. Instead of a red snowflake I decided I really like the Pool Party color much better for the middle one. The card I saw also added the embossed layer to a white card base but I liked it better with the Pool Party card base.  The Snowflake Ribbons are from Memory Box.  I really like how this card came together.

Thank you for coming by today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend but make sure you come back again on Monday because there are more to come.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT


I'm not sure this card needs much explanation.  The "Joy" die is from a set of three words and I'm sorry I don't remember where I got them.  I can find out if you are interested.

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASHLYN!

I have mentioned before that two of our granddaughters love playing with alcohol ink.  When they were here just before school started, they made some pieces for me and challenged me to make cards with them.. This is one of them.......


I wasn't real sure what to do with it but I did manage to make three cards from it.  This one is my favorite.  Two of them have been on my blog previously but I had mentioned the third one would be shown for our granddaughter's birthday.  Today she is 17!  


These dies are such a great way to use alcohol ink pieces.  There was a small piece left and I hated to waste it so I cut the dragonfly with a Penny Black die.  I think she will enjoy getting a card to which she contributed.

Thank you for coming by today!  Tomorrow it is back to Christmas.

Monday, December 11, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! BELLS AND BOUGHS


This is a card I actually made last year - not sure if I posted it then or not.  I found it today hidden in the case with this stamp set.  I think I must have put it there to use as an idea for this year.  I think I may make a few more of this one because I have a lot of cards to make yet.

I stamped the design with black and colored.  The ribbon was colored with a gold gel pen.  The Cherry Cobbler strip was embossed with an SU folder..

Thank you for coming by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

STAMPlorations December CAS Card Challenge



Surprise!  I have a second card for you today.  I saw this challenge and just had to take part in it.

The striped designer paper is from a Stampin' Up! paper pack.  The ornament is from a set of SU  ornament dies..  The "Greetings" which doesn't show up very well here was cut using gold glossy card stock with a Penny Black die.

Thank you for coming by today!

A MERRY CHRISTMAS


The two snowflakes cut with SU Pool Party card stock were made using a "snow time" die from Penny Black.  The set contains four snowflakes....two designs - each in two sizes.  The rest of the card is totally from Stampin' Up! supplies.  I finally broke down and bought the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I love it!

After I embossed the white card stock (4" x 5 1/4") I used a die from the SU Festive Flurries die set.  Before adding it to the card base, I had to place the die cut trees behind the snowflake window.   I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment inside the opening.

Today is Friday so I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Be sure to stop back next week because I'm going to have more to show you.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CHRISTMAS "PEACE" #2


The embossed front was actually done on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white card stock. I prefer not to have the embossing show through the inside of the card when possible.  The designs have deer and trees so I used a set of Impression Obsession dies for the evergreens and "snow tipped" them with a white gel pen.  The pretty "Peace" is from a Penny Black die.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CHRISTMAS "PEACE"


I started by cutting the Memory Box "Fractal Snowflake" from glitter paper.  I was going to add it to white card stock but it actually looked better on the ivory card stock.  I matted with red.  I'm sorry I don't know which company makes the "peace" die that I used.  There was going to be an open space at the bottom of the card so I embossed it with a Cuttlebug snowflake border folder.

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

PENNY BLACK WHIRL WREATH


This is about as easy as it gets.  I cut the Penny Black Whirl Wreath out of a textured metallic gold paper.  It was added to the card with spray adhesive.  The red bow and "Joy" die cut were also added using the spray adhesive and I was done.

I have more to come so keep stopping by each day!  

Monday, December 4, 2017

LET CHRISTMAS CARDS BEGIN


Well, things have quieted down somewhat next door with the building going on.  I got motivated over the weekend to get some Christmas cards ready to post. I'll start you off with one of the more simple cards.

This one was made using a Stampin' Up! die from the Ornament Keepsakes set.  I cut it from gold metallic paper.  There is also a "solid" ornament the same shape which I used to cut the "window" in the navy card stock.  After matting the navy layer with white, I inserted the gold ornament back into the window and added some tiny metallic ribbon.

The lower corner of the navy looks scuffed but it is just a reflection of light that I didn't catch in time.  I have a variety of holiday cards I'll be posting so I hope you will come back and check them out.

Thanks for coming back today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I MAY BE ABSENT

There is a construction project going on directly across the alley from our house.  Three condominium units are being built and the noise is really getting to me.  The large trucks and other machines are constantly making those beeping noises when they back up.  Between the beeping and the pounding, I am having a really difficult time working in my computer/craft room.  It's pretty hard to concentrate and feel inspired.  

The window in my room look out on all of what is going on.  While it has been fun to watch some of the process, the noise has finally gotten to me.  So I may be absent for a few days while this goes on.  

Please stay tuned because I do want to start posting Christmas cards very soon.....if I can get some made.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Sending wishes to all of you who follow my blog a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I hope that you are able to enjoy the day with family and/or friends.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS


I bought packages of these very pretty poinsettia dimensional stickers last year at half price. I bought 6 packages so we would have enough to make the Christmas cards for residents where my mother lives.  I used a 4" x 5 1/4"  piece of red foil for this card.  I didn't have enough of the red foil so we used red card stock as the mat instead.  

I used the Memory Box Small Circle Burst die on a piece of white card stock - 3 3/4" x 5".  This piece was then embossed with a folder.  The die cuts out a solid circle from the center.  That solid circle was then cut again with a Spellbinders scalloped circle and added back into the design before attaching the sticker.  We made 44 cards like this.

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VERY SIMPLE CHRISTMAS CARD


I have been trying to concentrate on using supplies that I have had for a long time.  When I found two packages of these green cards with green envelopes, I was determined to use them up this year.  I had purchased them at Michael's more year ago than I care to remember.

When my friends and I made Thanksgiving cards recently and also got the Christmas cards done for the staffs at two centers, this is the Christmas card we made for the nursing home.  The white card stock was embossed with this beautiful folder and added to the front of the card.  Doesn't get much easier than that!

Thank for coming by today!

Monday, November 20, 2017

JUST SAYING HELLO


Today I got to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with my mother at the independent living center where she lives.  The staff prepared a wonderful buffet and each resident was able to invite two guests.  I'm still hoping that she will join our family Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

After having been gone for a lot of the day, I was tired when I got home.  It's about 9:00 PM and I hadn't scheduled anything for today so I am posting this very simple card.  I found the piece in my "parts tub".  The design had been stamped and colored.  I added the sentiment.  The corners were rounded on both pieces and then added to a card which was embossed with a Stampin' Up! folder.

Although I post this at 9:00 PM on November 20, you probably won't get it in your messages until November 21 at some time.  I'm not sure why there is a delay even when I schedule things for a specific time.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Friday, November 17, 2017

2 THANKSGIVING CARDS #8 and #9


After glittering most of the designs from the Elizabeth Crafts peel-off stickers, I add some to card stock and colored them with Copic markers.  These were two individual pumpkins which I cut out and made the arrangement above.  The pretty Maple leaf was cut from a set of Prima Dies.


Ever since my mother and my mother-in-law have moved into an independent living center and nursing home respectively, we have realized just how many of the people in those homes are people that come from our community. It is our intent to let hem know that they are always remembered - especially at the holidays - so we have a list of 20 people that we send cards to in addition to the ones that we make for the staff members to hand out.

This is another version of the same card but using two other leaves from the Prima Dies.  I have one last Thanksgiving card that I will post on Thanksgiving Day.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THANKSGIVING CARD #7


After I had used most of the designs from one of the sheets, I had these left.  These were all added to adhesive, glittered and colored with Copic markers before cutting them out.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THANKSGIVING CARD #6


This is just another version of yesterday's card by using the larger die for the "Thanksgiving" die.

I have several more cards for Thanksgiving that will be posted so I hope you will keep coming back.  Thank you for coming by today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THANKSGIVING #5


I have so many sheets of the Elizabeth Crafts peel-off stickers and really love the sheets with these pumpkins.  For many of them I added them to double sided adhesive sheets and then glittered.  The designs were colored with Copic markers and then cut out.  

The die to cut "Thanksgiving" is from Cheery Lynn  Designs and comes in two sizes.  The die cut was added by using a spray-on adhesive which works great with designs like this.  The dots for the eyes are very tiny and hard to handle so I used the Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip marker which matched the card stock.

Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, November 13, 2017

ANNIVERSARY FOR A FRIEND


I'll start by saying that the "stuff" that is going around with sore throats, coughing etc. caught up with me and it has been close to two weeks.  For the last several days I just hadn't had the energy to think about posting.  The cough and sneezing are still holding on fiercely but I'm going to try to get back in the groove here.

One of the members of our Yahoo Group lives in Canada so I always try to send her cards plenty early in order for them to arrive on time.  This one got to her earlier than expected.  Her anniversary isn't until November 20 but since she has seen the card, I wanted to use it today.

The dies used for this card are the Poppy Stamps "Tulisa Collage" and the Cuttlebug "Flower Bramble".  The Cuttlebug die cuts a large piece which makes it possible to trim away the part that you want to use.

I hope all of you are staying healthy and avoiding this "stuff".  Thanks for coming by today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PENNY BLACK Coordinating stamp and die

Today I will be working as the Chairman of the local precinct for city elections.  I'm scheduling this post on Monday since Tuesday will be very hectic.  I'm grateful that this election is not one requiring the very early morning hours that all future elections will be.  This will be a long enough day - 11 AM until 9 PM (I hope) by the time I get home.


These two cards are alike other than the color used for the Poppies and each has a different sentiment inside.

The stamp is part of a PB set Blooming Garden (30-155).  The coordinating die I used is called Field of Dreams (51-030).  .


Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, November 6, 2017

3 THANKSGIVING CARDS #2, #3 AND #4


Lasts month I posted cards for a nursing home that we made for Halloween using stickers.  I I had purchased them at 50% off.  At the same time I purchased enough sheets of these leaves to use for Thanksgiving 2017 at 50% off as well.  Below are two more of the sticker designs.......and there were others.


There were enough stickers on each of the 5 sheets to make 53 cards for the nursing home plus a few more that I will use for my husband and I to send to others.


Thank you for coming by today!

Friday, November 3, 2017

THANKSGIVING CARD #1


I missed a couple of days posting cards.  I've been busy cutting pieces for my two friends and I to start making cards for the holidays.  The three of us met here at 9:00 yesterday and after chatting a bit we started an assembly line. 

You're not going to believe this...........I couldn't believe it!  We completed 97 Thanksgiving cards before Noon.  Fortunately I happened to have everything all lined up for the Christmas cards as well.   We continued on and completed 53 Christmas cards and 75% of the additional Christmas cards that we need for the nursing home and independent living center.  150 completed and 44 more almost finished.  We worked until around 3:30.  It wasn't all work though .....we had a lot of fun visiting throughout the process.

We made 44 of this card for the independent living center where my mother resides.  I have an over abundance of Last Impressions papers so I chose what I think is called a "weathered" piece of this rust colored card stock to use for some pieces.   The strip at the bottom was embossed with a folder from The Paper Studio.  The stamped design was done with a stamp from Inkadinkadoo and colored with Copic markers.

Monday I will post pictures of the cards that will go to the nursing home.  In the meantime, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN


Since I already posted the cards I made for this year, I decided to pull out my favorite card from last year.  

Hope all of you have some spooky little goblins come around trick or treating tonight.  My husband is a school bus driver so we get a lot of the school kids that know him from riding his bus.  Some of them always ask if he is home so they can say "Hi".  A fun night!

Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, October 30, 2017

COLOR SWAP CARD




The October color swap for our Yahoo group was Rust and Cream.  This is the card I sent to my partner.  

I used Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango card stock for the card base, mat and die cut leaf.  The "Cream" mat was embossed with a "tree" folder.  Before adding the Maple leaf to the cream square, I sponged Dusty Durango ink on the piece.  


I also had an Oak leaf already cut on the table so I added it to the inside.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, October 27, 2017

THREE MORE CARDS FROM PIECES

All of the flowers below had been stamped and colored.  The three pieces had been in my "parts tub" for a long time.  I even had the black mats cut for them. 


The embossing which was done with the new SU "Petal Burst" folder was done on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white card stock and then added to the front of the card base.  (Most of the time I do this so that the embossing doesn't show on the inside of the card.)


I think these cards will be great to use for any one of several choices of occasions.


This one has the sentiment matted.  It is actually the first one I did.  When I stamped the sentiment my ink pad wasn't "inky" enough and it didn't stamp completely.  The stamp is a wood mounted sentiment so I couldn't use it in the MISTI to stamp it a second time and have it lined up perfectly.  The only choice was to stamp it again using a different ink pad, matting it and adding it over the first try.  I do wish I had matted it with black though.

Thanks for coming by today!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ANOTHER CARD PART


This little bird had already been stamped, colored and matted on the scalloped piece of Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze card stock.   I'm not sure why I hadn't just gone ahead and used it on a card when I had it that far.  All I did Tuesday was to take a strip of the Baja Breeze designer paper and add it to a white card base.  The design was added with foam dots and I stamped the sentiment.  In a little more than 5 minutes I had the card finished.   

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

USING A STAMPED PIECE



After I posted my card yesterday, I decided to get into my tub of card parts and pieces and see if I could get some of them put together.  I pulled out several and got them made up.  Sure felt good but it didn't begin to make a dent in all of them. Some of them probably just need to be tossed!

The flowers from a Rubbernecker stamp set had been stamped and colored on the white card stock.  I had also used the Rubbernecker Freehand Frame.  That much was already done.  I trimmed down the piece a bit and matted it with black.  Then it was added to the top fold card base.  It still needed a little something.  I squeezed a little of the Stickles glitter glue onto my finger and dabbed it around on the flowers to add just a touch of shine.  (In the picture, the glitter apears to be tiny white dots.)

The other cards that I was able to put together yesterday will be posted in the next few days.  Thank you for coming by today!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

QUICK AND EASY


I didn't have anything made in advance for today so I decided to do a one-layer CAS card.  I ran across the picture of a card I had seen a long time ago on Pinterest.  This is my "take" on it.

Rather than use a rectangle shape for the background, I cut an oval into a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white card stock.  I used the negative portion of it for a mask to lay over the card base and then sponged SU Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush inks through the "window".

Next I stamped the design from the SU Simply Sketched stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored with the coordinating markers.  The sentiment is also from the same set (and kit looks crooked in the picture although it isn't).

The card I used as an inspiration had used the white layer as a mat and added it to a colored card base.  I like it this way too.

Thank you for coming by!

Monday, October 23, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES


I saw the idea for this (as usual) on Pinterest.  I had the supplies I needed so I decided to give it a try. The die for the pumpkin is from the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Branches thinlits set and can also be used for a tree and a Hydrangea.  The whole set is so versatile.

I made some changes of my own with the pumpkin.  The card I saw had a banner across the white portion with a sentiment.  I decided to leave that off and just stamp an Autumn or Thanksgiving sentiment inside.  

The white mat was embossed with the SU Woodland folder.  I then used a stamp from the SU Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to lightly stamp some lines which don't show up real well in the picture.  I sponged some Pumpkin Pie and Olive Olive around the bottom and the upper left corner.  Then I stamped some of the little leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  The final step was to spray the back of the pumpkin with adhesive and add it to the mat.  

I have to say I really like how this card turned out and thank the person who came up with this idea in the first place.  I don't usually take quite a much time on a single card, but this one was really worth it.

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, October 20, 2017

I CASED THIS CARD


One of the blogs I follow is Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ.  This is a CASE of a card she posted on October 12.  She and I have it in common that we CASE cards made by others.

Recently she has been posting some great cards using Maple leaves.   She explained how she takes the card stock leaf, scrunches it up and then sponges it with ink.  I'm not sure I accomplished the same look with my leaf.  It does lend to a little more realistic look so I'll be trying it again.

So thank you to Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ for what a great card to use as an inspiration.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

BIRTHDAY CARD FOR THE GUYS


I was running errands yesterday and saw some really beautiful trees with the colorful leaves.  I have several sets of dies for leaves but I think this one is my favorite.

The basic idea for this came from someone else's card but I made it my own by making some changes .  Instead of using a designer paper, I embossed a piece of Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa card stock with a folder of trees.  I cut a Maple Leaf and an Oak Leaf from a set of Prima Dies "Forest Leaves".   I also used my own sentiment and sponged the edges of the piece.  

My mother asked me to make a card for my husband's birthday which will be in a few days.  Hopefully these are the only leaves he'll have to deal with since we don't have any trees of our own in our yard.  

Thank you for coming by today!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

IN SYMPATHY & FRIENDSHIP


Making sympathy cards isn't my favorite kind to make because it always means that we have lost someone in our lives.  Unfortunately we need two right now.

This is one of my favorite stamp sets to use though.........Stampin' Up! "Love & Sympathy".

The card base, mat, and inks for the design are Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze.  

The embossing folder is a Sizzix design from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is from a little My Sentiments Exactly! acrylic stamp set inked with VersaFine Onyx Black..

And finally the little butterfly is from an Inkadinkadoo set of 3 butterflies.

Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FIVE YEARS AGO I POSTED THIS


Yesterday I was trying to get caught up on a few things after being gone for a few days and I didn't get a card made for today.  I was looking through posts from five years ago and ran across this one.  It made me smile. I hope it brings a smile to you too.  It was a card I made to send to one of the children of a niece or a nephew.

Hopefully I'll have something new for you again tomorrow.  Thanks for coming by!

THANK YOU TO MY SISTER

My sister and her husband gave us a beautiful basket of goodies for our 50th Wedding Anniversary.  I thanked her in person, but it just...