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Friday, May 26, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! - Avant

This is such a fun stamp set to use.  This was the first card I made with it using Melon Mambo and Old Olive colors from SU.  

I've been seeing some cards made with stamped lacy borders and I had an old set of Hero Arts stamps that was actually still sealed.  I opened it and used one for a nice addition to this card.  

Memorial Day Weekend is the holiday that should be welcoming Summer.  Weather here has been very cool and rainy and it doesn't sound like it's going to be a nice weekend either. Two evenings this week we sat at softball games for our granddaughters.  Monday night was pretty cool and I didn't have enough layers to keep comfortable. Tuesday night I was triple layered with a Winter coat over my legs and sitting on a blanket to keep the air coming through my lawn chair!  It was time for a cup of hot chocolate when we got home!  I guess that makes us die-hard grandparents.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


One of our granddaughters was Confirmed a few weeks ago.  This is another Tutti design (Cross in the Vine) that "makes the card".

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TUTTI DESIGNS - Bird Tapestry

A card using this Tutti design needs nothing more added to it.  I saw a card using this and I knew it was one I could use time after time.  The die cut extremely well and was added to the card base.  The next time I use this I may try adding some foam dots around the back of the design to raise the image but not sure if that will work well.  It's a design that is going to be very pretty on many different colors of card bases.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

USING A CARD PART - (Tuesday's card)

And this is the card that I had intended to post yesterday.  When I cleaned off my craft table and put all of the unfinished "pieces" in a container, I pulled this one out and used it.  I think the flowered paper was from one of my many paper pads.  The Stampin' Up! Soft Suede ink and paper was a close match to the brown that was in the paper.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

LITTLE BIRDIE - (Monday's card)

This was the card that was scheduled to be posted on Monday.  A busy schedule took priority over blogging.  

I had discovered one last little bird dimensional sticker on a sheet and decided it was time to use the last one.  I found some DP from Lawn Fawn that was just the right color.  The picture makes it like there is a bit if the turquoise showing between the hearts strip and the sentiment.  That must be shadow because in real life it is white there.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


Yesterday we enjoyed helping our oldest Granddaughter, Allissa, celebrate her High School Graduation.  The party was held at a golf course club house which was a great way to keep under aged teens from drinking since ID's were required!  (Actually not many adults did either.)

Today I am just sharing a few pictures from the party.  Allissa had asked me to make table decorations for her.  She glittered the jars and then turned the project over to me.  It required a lot of hours before it was over but it was really fun seeing it all come together. Allissa will be attending the University of Iowa (Hawkeyes) this Fall so she wanted things done in black and gold.

Friday, May 19, 2017


I already have a nice collection of Washi Tape but when I saw these recently at a Joann's Fabric Store, I knew I would buy them - especially since they were 40% off!  Since I'm furnishing birthday cards for a local nursing home to hand out to the residents, Washi Tape can make great cards and quickly.

This set of Washi Tape had only the top and middle designs, but I had the striped one already in my collection.  I really love this one!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


I purchased this lovely stamp in Des Moines at one of our Yahoo Group Gatherings.  When I stamped it, I thought I would be using it vertically.  While in D.M. I stamped and colored the design right away using Stampin' Up! markers.  The piece has been in my card parts pile ever since. When I cleaned up my craft table recently, I put all those unfinished things in a Sterilite tub (way too many to count) and I found this piece.  It was time to use it.

I cut the piece down to 3 3/4" x 5".  I looked through some of my sentiment stamps to see what would fit in the area for a message.  I was thinking of something with more words on it, but when I ran across this one from Penny Black, I knew it was what I wanted.

I mounted the design on SU So Saffron card stock and then attached it to the white card base.  I really like how this card came together.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I love these chubby little birds!  The birds were cut with a variety of Core'dinations card stock.  The branch is from Memory Box and the sun is from a Lawn Fawn set.  It's fun to combine dies from different sets and get even more use from them.  

The sentiment stamp seemed perfect to use on this card.  I'm sorry I'm unable to make out the name of the company who issued it.  The copyright on it is 1999 so may be unavailable anyway.

A few days ago I mentioned that I prefer the card base to be white card stock.  This one is.  I just matted the design with a piece of the Core'dination card stock that is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TWO MORE Birthday Bouquet DP

(Sometimes I have trouble getting a straight picture.)

These two were my #1 and #2 favorites of the four I made.  The second picture here is my very favorite.  I love the designer paper!!!  I used the Martha Stewart punch on the bottom edge of the white card stock base and I think it really finished the card perfectly.  What do you think?

Sometimes I buy these beautiful designer papers and then I hate to use them because I won't have them anymore.............like there will never ever be any other designer papers that come out that are even better.  Even once I do cut into it and use it, I then sometimes have a hard time actually parting with the cards.  Does anyone else have that problem?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Birthday Bouquet DP

If you have beautiful designer papers, you can make great cards in just a few minutes.  Sometimes that is necessary.  These two were made simply because I just need to use up some of my "stash" but will make very nice cards to send someone.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Garden in Bloom

This is a neat stamp set.  It has the little bee and a little butterfly which is always a fun addition to a card with flowers.  The flowers and leaves are a two-step method stamping the outline and then the colored portion...or the colored portion and then the outline.  Since the stamps are truly clear it makes it easy to line them up.  I added a black metal do to the center of the flower.

Using a different color combination, I made this second card and used the little butterfly instead of the bee.  I also added three small metal dots and the Happy Birthday.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Blessed Easter

This was sold as a single stamp from Stampin' Up!  It does have "Wishes for a Blessed Easter" as a sentiment as part of the stamp.  I really wish they would have made it a set of two stamps instead.  I was able to mask off the sentiment for this card, but the sentiment does run very close to the leaves so it wasn't easy.  I used two small Post-It notes to block off the sentiment and then very carefully inked up the image to stamp right onto the designer paper.

I used designer paper from the SU Watercolor Wonder designer paper pack.

A second card using just the flowers and then adding my own sentiment beside the flowers on the white layer.  This time I used the designer paper as added panels for layering.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! The Art of Life

I think I may have mentioned recently that I am trying to shed myself of a lot of wood mounted SU sets......and I have sold some.  However, against my better judgment, I bought this one on eBay!  Once again I had seen cards made with them and decided I could certainly make use of it.  

I saw a card like this on Pinterest, but I changed it into a Sympathy card.  The sentiment is from a My Sentiments Exactly! stamp set I found at Hobby Lobby.  

 Most of the time I like to make cards with a white card base because it is easier to either stamp a sentiment or write my own message inside.  i do think I like this one better with the SU Soft Suede card stock just being a mat instead of the card base.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Stamp/Die Bundle

I really loved this stamp set with coordinating dies when I saw it - especially after I saw a lot of cards being made using them together.  The Primrose Petals and Crushed Curry flowers were stamped with my MISTI so I could make sure the colors were more intense.  They were but using the matching die.  Dies were also used to cut the leaves and cut the large flower out of the white card stock layer.  The white layer was matted with SU Tempting Turquoise card stock and then added to the white card base.  Then I added the small flowers and leaves. 

The sentiment "Hope You're Feeling Special Today" is great for a birthday but any day you want to make someone just feel good.  I'm thinking about making another one like this to give my mother on Mother's Day.  I have a few days to decide.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! Close as a Memory

I recently needed a card for one of my Yahoo Group friends whose mother had passed away.  I chose the SU set with the dainty flowers.  I colored the stamp with SU markers and then stamped the sentiment in black over the image.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

TUTTI DIE - Lily of the Valley

Using a tri-fold card, I made this card for my brother to give our mother on Mother's Day.  I die cut the piece with white card stock and then colored with Copic markers.  I'm not sure if I'm crazy about the way the leaves got colored, but if you could see the card in person, there is some minor shading on them.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


I saw a card like this on Pinterest (of course) using this same paper.  Since I'm trying to use up some of the many designer papers that I have, I cased it.  My sentiment on the card is different.

Using another piece of designer paper from that pack, I made a second card.  This is a fun card to make using all kinds of different patterned papers.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

MAY 1, 2 AND 3

I guess time got away from me.  I just realized I had not posted anything since last Thursday.  I had cards scheduled in my folder of blog pictures but they didn't make it to my blog.  So I am showing you  three pictures all at once.  A few days ago I got out some of my designer papers that I have been holding onto way too long.

All three cards are made using the Stampin' Up! Sweet Sorbet papers.  I also used the SU bird punch.  The first card is my favorite.  How about you?

It is amazing how many cards you can get out of a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper!  There is still more left to use in the future.  

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Thursday, April 27, 2017


This is the second card I made with this "technique".  I am much happier with this card!  Instead of using colored card stock for the base of the smaller squares, I simply used white card stock.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I've seen these cards a lot of times and couldn't figure out how they were made so i went to Youtube and found a great video.  It is so simple!!!  The video gave the measurements for the pieces.  I was off and running............well not running but cutting.  This was my first try and to be honest I'm not real fond of the color combination although the papers did come from the same dp pack.  Tomorrow, I will show you a smaller version of this with the second card I made.  It is another great way to use those small scraps of papers that are just too hard to throw away.  If you aren't mailing your card, a button in the center is a great addition, but a small punched circle lays nice and flat.

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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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