Thursday, October 31, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Feels Like Frost (scrap)

This is the portion of the beautiful piece I used on yesterday's card.  I trimmed a small piece from the top and matted it with silver card stock.  I cut the two silver pieces from a Tim Holtz set of dies and added another vellum piece for the sentiment.

Even though this is the "scrap" from a previous card, I actually like this card even better than the first one.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Feels Like Frost

Stampin' Up! has had several really beautiful designer papers.  This 6 x 6 pack of the designs is so appropriate for this time of year.  As hard as it was to force myself to cut a portion of this paper off, I cut it down to 3 3/4" x 5" and then matted it with white before adding it to a Perfect Plum card base.

I tore a piece of vellum after stamping the sentiment and added it to the card using a special tape for vellum and t really doesn't show.

Thank you for coming by today! By the way, there was no way I was going to throw away the strip of this beautiful paper  Come back tomorrow and see the card I made with it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


This is another CASE. I changed mine to a vertical instead of a horizontal format and used a different die cut for the design in the corner.

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Monday, October 28, 2019


I saw a more elaborate card like this on Pinterest but simplified it.  The dp is the back side of one of the Stampin' Up! Perennial Essence designer papers.  The flower was made with pink vellum.

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Friday, October 25, 2019


I had actually started this card before I did the others using this same designer paper.  I had cut the stitched frame using Blackberry Bliss card stock and actually had it taped down to the dp.  I wasn't happy with it so I put it aside.  Once I found that I preferred the Perfect Plum card stock with it, I carefully removed the dp and added it to a Perfect Plum stitched frame.

The sentiment was added and I thought I was done.  Later I found a scrap of a paper doily and decided to lay it on the card.  Using the "Glue Sponge",  I was able to add enough adhesive to the back of the doily and added it to the card.  What do you think?

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - 2 cards

I matted the piece of designer paper with Blackberry Bliss card stock and using foam squares added it to a 5 1/2" x 6" card.  The little tag was made with a Taylored Expressions stamp and die set.

For this card, I used Perfect Plum card stock for the mat. In real life, I liked it better because it wasn't as bright.  Once again I added it to a 5" x 6 1/2" card base and used a Taylored Expressions tag.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Perennial Essence dp

The package of designer paper lists the colors that coordinate with the designs of the patterns.  I don't have the Petal Pink but instead used Blushing Bride which I thought worked very well, too.

When I want a narrow border of card stock behind the designer paper, I don't use an entire panel of it.  I cut narrow strips and attach them to the back on each side.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Perfectly Plaid dp

OK.......I know your first thought is that this isn't "plaid" paper.  It is from the SU pack and these two are the flip sides of the plaid designs.  After making the card I posted yesterday, I realized that Christmas will probably mean giving several gift cards.  This is another really simple design to tuck a gift card into  it.  It's actually a "Gatefold" and the Night of Navy strip of card stock covers the seam where the two folds meet on the front.

I really loved the Christmas Stocking design because some of the ones I make will be used as stocking stuffers.  Below is a picture of the inside of the card.  The navy piece was tucked in temporarily to show how there is a pocket for the gift card.

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Monday, October 21, 2019


Recently when I was shopping, an insurance check we had received ended up on the ground of the parking lot at a Walmart.  A young man found it so he went inside to see if they would page me.  They asked him to give them the check but he said he would get in touch with me himself.......and he did.

Needless to say we were very grateful to him for handling it himself and calling me later that same day.  I hadn't yet realized it was missing so I never had to go through the panic of wondering what had happened to it.

The young man was in a neighboring town and offered to drive to my home to return it.  I told him it wasn't necessary and that I'd be grateful if he would even just drop it in the mail to me.  It arrived the next day.

Naturally a token of gratitude was called for and Saturday morning there was a blog post with a card like this specifically for a gift card.  The gift card will go into the pocket where I tucked the little piece of ivory card stock.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Beautiful "Perennial Essence" DP

This was the first card I completed with this beautiful paper from Stampin' Up!  You'll be seeing more as I get more cards made.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

HERO ARTS - Palm Fancy Die

A few days ago I pulled out some dies that I hadn't used in a long time and this one that had never been used.  It was still taped down firmly in the original package.  I cut it from a piece of Yupo paper that I had colored with alcohol inks a couple of months ago.  The colors are great for this time of year.  

Once I had it cut I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  Before adding adhesive I placed it on some white and then ivory card stock but both were too bright.  I had a package of cream card stock that until now I wasn't crazy about because it was too yellow.  It was just what I needed.

The 4" x 5 1/4" was embossed with a folder from Stampin' Up! and then mounted onto the card base using foam squares.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019


I had this strip of gingham paper left and another piece with the birds that had already been colored.  It made for a very quick card.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Gingham dp

I can't keep track of what the name of all the fancy folds are.  I had the card base in my "pieces" but had never added anything besides the designer paper.  I had an extra stamped design with the birds and decided to use it.  Below you will see the inside of the card. I added a scrap piece of the reverse side of the gingham paper.

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Monday, October 14, 2019


The first card was made with a Martha Stewart spider web punch and dies from my friend, Carol. I used a black card base and then put a white 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock inside for the sentiment and signature.

I cut enough of the "Boo!" to make more cards that will be sent to our mailing list. See below......

To save time I did the base with white card stock and then used a couple of ghosts on each one to tie it together of the white base.  For this version I didn't have to cut additional white pieces for the inside of the card.

It's good to have these all done and ready to address for mailing in a few days.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, October 11, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Botanical Butterfly designer paper #4

This one is probably my least favorite ones using this designer paper and the layout.  I decided to emboss the white "frame" before adding the dp back into the window.  I think I'd have like it better if I had just left it plain like the one I posted on Wednesday.

I don't consider this a "technique" really, but it showed me how you can make use of pieces that are cut out from designer paper and not waste it.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Botanical Butterfly designer paper - #3

The card base for this one is Pear Pizzaz and I used a Spellbinders die for the cut out piece.  The sentiment is from Stampabilities.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper #2

I was surprised at what a big difference there was by using the reverse of the pieces I used yesterday.  I love it! The butterfly is another one that I fussy cut from a different sheet from the package.  This card base is from the Balmy Blue card stock.  I am loving this color!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper #1

When I saw this paper from Stampin' Up!, I knew it was going to be one that I had to have and it was going to get used instead of hoarded.

The card base is Lemon Lime Twist.  I cut a piece of the dp to measure 5 1/4" x 4" and then using a stitched rectangle I cut the piece out of the center.  I did the same with a piece of white card stock and tucked the white rectangle into the window area.  A fussy cut butterfly from another sheet of the designer paper.  The sentiment is from Penny Black.

Tomorrow's card will be the reverse of this card so I hope you'll come back again.

Sunday, October 6, 2019


Saturday we were invited to a wedding reception for the son of Carol who helps make the 100 holiday cards several times a year.  I sent their daughter a card after they were married this summer and wanted to make something different for her son.

I knew from Carol that a "coral" color was being used as part of the wedding colors.  This was as close as I could come to coral.  The idea came from a card on Pinterest. I enlarged the dimensions slightly so it wouldn't look so small in an A2 envelope.  Instead of leaving the hearts plain, I did emboss them and added the Wedding Wishes by matting it.  I happened to have this ribbon (which is much prettier in person) and loved the way it went with the gold sentiment.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! - 2 More Madison Avenue

As I mentioned last week, I was ready to take this set to a stamp sale last weekend.  In a last minute decision I checked out Pinterest and found some interesting cards made with the set.

Years ago my sister gave me some supplies that she was no longer wanted because she wasn't making cards anymore.  There were about a dozen of these note cards that had the scored border.  I added the two scored lines to separate the sentiment from the design on the top.

I decided to make more with these note cards using different colors. Here's where the craziness came in.  I stamped the design onto the note card only to discover that I had stamped with the opening for the card on the left side (because I had stamped it upside down).  The mistake turned into a much better card.  Check out the card below..............

I cut the note card in half and then trimmed the front down to fit on a Balmy Blue card base. That left the other half of the note card and I attached it to the inside of the card.  Therefore there was nothing wasted after all.   In truth, I really am glad I made the mistake because this makes a much more attractive card.  I learned a long time ago not to give up if I made a mistake and most of the time I'm able to find a way to still use the project.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

HALLOWEEN - Washi Tape and Black Cat

Today my friends, Carol and Joanne, will be joining me to make 100 of this card. These will go to a care center near here and to the living center where my 97 year old mother resides.  The cards will be from the staffs to the residents.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019


I used the "Birch" stamp for the background.  I stamped the daisy six times and doubled up each one of them. I love gingham papers and was able to purchase a bunch from Ann.  This is a CASE from Pinterest.

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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...