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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Thank you Pinterest!  I don't know who made the card that was posted, but I loved it.  I have so much dp from Stampin' UP! and it is time that some of it gets used!  This didn't take very much of it though.  

My card is only different from the one I saw because I used a different leaf and used a wider strip of black card stock.  

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Monday, April 24, 2017


In 2012 my husband I made another trip to the Grand Canyon.  It is absolutely my very favorite place to vacation!  We had never been to the North Rim before so after staying on the South Side for a few days, we spent one night on the North Rim.  That evening we were visiting with a couple of travelers who we met on one of the walking trails..  One was from Minnesota and the other was from Spain.  

After a couple of encounters with them and watching the sunset with them, we were asked where we were headed next.  We were heading to Zion National Park and since that was the same general direction Jaime was headed they asked if we would consider giving him a lift.  We NEVER give rides to hitchhikers!  I'm not sure why we did but it was a great decision.  We enjoyed our time with him so much.  It was only a few hours but we remain in touch now and then.

His sister recently contacted me through Facebook.  Jaime had been traveling all over the United States and other countries.  During his travels he made a lot of friends so his sister is encouraging as many as she can to send him a video or birthday card for his 40th birthday. He has since settled down, has a baby boy and teaching in the UK.  This is the card I mailed to him.

I doubt very much we will be picking up any more hitchhikers any time soon but this is one time that it worked out very well.  Jaime was so considerate with us.  To thank us he sent a wonderful book about the area in Spain where his family is from.  I hope he receives many, many greetings from all over the world!

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Friday, April 21, 2017


When I pulled out the Stampin' Up! Cherry on Top pack of dp,  I discovered several small pieces of the patterns and found a card similar to this on Pinterest.  The card I saw mounted the dp combination on SU Pool Party or Soft Sky card stock.  It does appear to be one of the colors in the dotted dp, but I'm not real fond of it with the brighter colors.  I'll have to rethink this one if I do it again.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


I just hate throwing any paper scraps away if there is any way to use them.  Recently I had some of the SU Cherry On Top papers out and had some small pieces left.  I had also seen cards on Pinterest that used them in a woven design.  At the time I thought it wold be too fussy trying to get them put together.  WRONG!  I spaced the red strips vertically and added just a small piece of adhesive to the top edges of all three.  Then using one strip at a time I added the top one by adhering just the left hand side, weaving and then taping it down.  The last two were added the same way.

This fun style can be done with so many different combinations.  And what a great style to make with colors and prints that would be appropriate for the men and boys that are hard to do.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Pick a Petal #3

This was another idea for this stamp set that I saw on Pinterest.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Pick a Petal #2

A few days ago I started pulling out some of older wood mounted Stampin' Up! sets.  This is one of the sets that I was considering selling at the time.  I went to Pinterest and found several cute ideas. I really like the way this one had the SU "grassy" area behind it. Although the stem and leaves are very similar to the one I saw on Pinterest, if I do another one, I definitely want a different stem and leaves that are more proportionate to the flower.

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Monday, April 17, 2017


Recently I received a wonderful "Happy Spring" card from my Canadian friend, Annie!  She even enclosed stamp off's that were embossesd with gold powder.  I chose similar colors to color the two designs she sent me and then mounted them on coordinating colors of card stock.  Isn't this design cute?  Like Annie, I popped the bird houses with foam dots.

I showed you this card a few days ago but after taking the picture that I posted, I added the little butterfly.  I really like it much better now.

Easter Sunday we had perfect weather here.  The temperature was 70 degrees and just a light breeze.  I hope those of you who stop by here to visit had a wonderful day too!  Thanks for coming by today!

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Wishing all who are celebrating this Easter Sunday a Blessed Day!

Friday, April 14, 2017


A few days ago I posted the picture of an Easter card with a cross on it that two friends and myself made for a nursing home.  This is the card we made for the staff  at an independent living center to give to the residents.  The stamp is SU "Blessed Easter". 

When we meet to make these cards, I have everything cut and ready to go.  Normally the mats I use for designs are a narrow color.  I really liked the boldness of the wide red frame on this one.  The tulips were colored with Copic markers.

After making 97 cards for the nursing home and independent living center as well as 26 other cards for Grandchildren and others, I'm ready to move on to some new designs.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017


These two cards will go to sisters.  The cute little bunny peeking over the edge is a Darcie's stamp.  I stamped and cut out the bunny's feet and popped them up with foam dots.  I matted the Darcie's "Happy Easter" with shiny gold.  Hearts were cut out with Spellbinders heart dies.  The little jelly beans and egg designs were stamped from a Lawn Fawn stamp set and cut with the coordinating die set.  All the coloring was done with Copic markers.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Several years ago I purchased these stickers in Des Moines when our group gathered and then kept hoarding them instead of using them.  These two cards will go to our two youngest Grandchildren.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Card #2 for one of the Granddaughters was made using a stamp set from Penny Black.  I used four stamps from the set:  chicks, basket, bunny and "chicks rule".  I thought she would get a kick out of the "chicks rule" being added.  The designs were colored with Copic markers and I added little touches of "grass" with a marker under each of the designs..  "Happy Easter" is a stamp from Darcie's.  The design was matted with a narrow border of SU lavender card stock and then added to a turquoise card base.

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Monday, April 10, 2017


Today's card is the first of Easter cards for our Grandchildren that I will be posting this week.  This cute design is from Darcie's and I have had it for a long time. 

I stamped the design and colored with Copic markers.  I added the sentiment carefully by using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure it was centered and even.  The SU lavender paper went well with the tulips so I cut the mat to 4" x 5 1/4".  I realized that there would be a border at the bottom of the mat so I embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder and added a scored line above it before adding the stamped design to it. (The scored line doesn't show up very well in the picture.)

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Friday, April 7, 2017


Georgia is a member of our Yahoo group and today she is celebrating her birthday!  I made made this card a few weeks ago and knew that I wanted it to go to someone special.   Georgia is special.  :)  I hope she is having a really great day!

This is a Tutti design die that I used.  I cut it from white card stock and colored it with Copic markers.  It was cut with "Stick-It" backing on the card stock.  After adhering it to the card base, I inserted the large piece of white that would have been discarded back into the design.  It was the perfect place for a nice vertical sentiment.  The sentiment stamp is from The Stamp Barn, a Canadian stamp company.  Because I really like the sentiment and the font,  I also have the same sentiment in a horizontal format.  (I'm afraid the sentiment doesn't look like it is perfectly straight.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  I'm always happy to help if I can.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Pick A Petal

This was an easy card to do.  I always like black and white cards with a little color added.  I stamped the petals and cut them out.  I used the smallest Spellbinders circle die to cut a center for the flower.

When I started to assemble the card I had a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the black dotted designer paper.  FIrst I put the flower center on the card with a glue dot which left the edges of the yellow piece loose.  The petals were added with a short strip of adhesive on the back side of the large end and tucked under the center of the flower.

The border was made with a Martha Stewart punch.  After I took the picture, I thought it needed a final touch so I added a little yellow butterfly made from the same paper as the flower center.  (Can you imagine seeing it?)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Our youngest granddaughter (age 10) LOVES making cards and every time she is here she wants to play with my things.  When it comes to dealing with the Cuttlebug, she needs no instructions.  She's been making cards with me for several years. She even teaches her older sister what to do when she is here too.

This isn't the best picture, but she chose a light pink card stock for her base and then embossed the design around the edge with a Stampin' Up! folder.  The tulips were done using colors of her choice and are from a SU set.

She also has to decorate the inside of her card which is pictured below.  She nearly always begins with "making grass" with a Martha Stewart punch.  The designs below are all stickers that I had and I told her to use whatever she wanted to make her own design.  Of course if you have grass you have to have a sky so she stamped a hot air balloon and rainbow and then die cut two clouds.  She colored the hot air balloon and rainbow with the same colors she had used on the tulips on the card front.   It is so fun to see what she comes up with.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


This card was an experiment.  I have used this die before but in a much different way.  The white card stock was added to a  "Stick-It" adhesive sheet and cut using the Cuttlebug.  After cutting, I colored the entire piece with Copic markers.  After peeling off the backing of the adhesive, I adhered it to the white card base and then sponged an SU ink which happened to match nicely with the light coral color on the flowers.  There was a little space at the bottom that looked like it need a tiny sentiment.

To be truthful, I'm not "in love" with this card.  Your opinions are always welcome though so feel free to tell me what you think.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

STAMPENDOUS - Flower Cross

Recently two friends came to our home and we made cards for a nursing home where we know many of the residents.  We made a simpler version of this card for the staff there to hand out to the residents..  

To simplify we did not add the layer of embossesd dots.  We also colored the flowers with a light lavender and matted with the same color.

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Friday, March 31, 2017


I realize Thanksgiving is a long way off and yet it's going to be here before we know it the way time flies.  This is actually the design I used for the cards I made to fill my brother's order.  The "leaf" embossing folder works beautifully with the large die cut oak leak.  The designer papers and card stock used for the oak leaf are Cajun Craze from Stampin' Up!

Now you have seen all of the cards I made for my brother and I'll be on to something else so I hope you will come back again next month -- or should I say Monday!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


This is similar to a card I posted earlier but I cut the window with a rectangle die. By putting the die cut sprig off to the left, I was able to stamp "In Sympathy" onto the vellum.  I stamped the sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa ink so that it would dry and not smear.
For this card I did remember to emboss the middle panel of the tri-fold card before attaching the vellum.

I thought I had centered the rectangle but it appears it is a little low.  If I had realized it, I would have flipped the card 180 degrees before adding the branch and stamping the sentiment.  One of those "oops" that I couldn't fix.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


I used both of the dies from the Stampin' Up! Detailed Floral Thinlits dies for this card.  With such beautiful die cuts the card doesn't need anything more than just the "Happy Anniversary stamped between the two cuts.  These dies can be used on so many different colors and make beautiful cards for many occasions but especially for anniversaries and weddings.

Thank you for following along with the cards that I made to fill my brother's order. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


These anniversary cards that I am posting are the ones I made to fill the order from my brother.  I used a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the pretty designer paper from the "Falling In Love" pack and attached that to the ivory card base.

The pretty gold foil die cut  was made with the Stampin' Up! So Detailed Thinlit die.  I didn't buy the coordinating stamp set but had this little floral design from another SU stamp set.  I embossed it with gold powder and then used a Copic "Blush" marker to add just a little color to the edges of the petals.  Once again, the sentiment is "On Your Special Day".

I'll post the fourth anniversary card I made for my brother to use.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, March 27, 2017


This card went together very quickly.  It's another tri-fold card.  I used the stitched rectangle die to cut out the window out of the middle panel.  I added the light green vellum behind the window and then taped down the backing to hide the vellum.  The pretty floral sprig is the Memory Box "Bella Bouquet" die.  My first cut didn't come out of the die very well and I had an extra few pieces from it so I added the little blossom in the lower right corner.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


This is one of the anniversary cards I made for my brother to use.  I cut and embossed the Memory Box "Evershan Branch" with ivory card stock that was adhered to the "Stick It" adhesive.  I then colored the leaves, blooms and branch with Copic markers.

The card is a "tri-fold" card.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the oval in the middle section, added the light green vellum behind the oval and then attached taped down the one fold to cover the vellum. (Not sure I explained that very well.)

I do wish I had embossed the center panel of the ivory card base with a folder and would definitely do that the next time.  It just adds so much texture to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Since it's Friday, I hope you will comb back again on Monday to see the other anniversary cards I made for my brother..

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.

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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!