Tuesday, December 31, 2019


The Stacy Stamps set that I used yesterday also had this tree design as part of the set.  First I stamped it on the middle of a card front but put that aside.  Next I stamped it on another card front but moved the stamp up so that a sentiment could be added and still leave an equal border at the top and bottom of the card.  

Using a Spellbinders circle die, I cut it using a large enough piece of card stock so that I could mask the tree and sponge through the open circle with Daffodil Delight ink.  The image seemed to call for a sympathy sentiment. The one I used is from Papertrey Ink. 

I've heard many times that Cardinals may be lost loved ones visiting so I added the Cardinal from Impression Obsession to the tree.

It's New Year's Eve!  Another year that seems to have flown by.  However you choose to celebrate, please be safe!

Thank you for coming by today!

Monday, December 30, 2019


We are expecting some snow later today although it doesn't sound like much.  I decided that this would be an appropriate card to post anyway since so much of the country is experiencing snowy weather..........much of it very dangerous.

I started with a piece of white card stock measuring 5 1/4" x 4" and stamped the trees with Shaded Spruce ink from SU.  The Tree image is from Stacy Stamps.  Then I embossed it with the Stampin' Up! folder.  The deer are from the Memory Box Deer Trio die and the Cardinal is from Impression Obsession.

If you are in an area receiving the horrible storms, please remain safe! Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


This Christmas Eve we will be attending church services. My favorite Christmas Hymn is "O Holy Night".  Tomorrow our family will gather for our celebration.

Friday, December 20, 2019


This time I didn't need a sympathy card right now, but decided to make a few for my mother to have on hand.  The flower was from an old SU set.  Right now I'm not sure who made the sentiment stamp.

Things are finally falling into place for our family Christmas.  I think all of the gifts are bought but need to be wrapped.  Most of the cookies and treats have been completed.  Some cards may not be in the mail yet so they'll probably be late.  Everything seemed to come very quickly after Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, December 19, 2019


The daughter of one of our friends is retiring and tonight we will be going to a party to celebrate the next chapter of her life.  She has had health problems since having a stroke years ago which it's amazing that she survived.  The struggles she has faced could have left her a very bitter lady, but her spirit has signed through BIG TIME!  So she really deserves this party and now being able to enjoy her life outside of work!

She's a cat lover and has 2 or 3 beautiful special breed cats and my husband asked if I'd be able to make her a card with cats on it.  I have the little Impression Obsession kittens and the SU Cat punch.  After investigating Pinterest, I found one like this with the same colors and loved the layout the person had used so..........here is mine. 

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019


I refrained from doing much on-line shopping with the Black Friday sales, but I did get these dies for the sweater (from Hero Arts) and the mittens (from Poppy Stamps).  I thought the set would be fun to do with the Stampin' Up! Perfect Plaid dp and was pretty happy how they came out. 

Once the pieces were cut and the little green inserts put in place, I wasn't sure what to do with them.  In one of my last Stampin' Up! orders I had received the "Tufted" 3D Embossing folder.  The 3D folder took a little time to figure out what "sandwich" to use for embossing the design, but with a little help from a YouTube video it worked and I love the embossing!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019


In my Christmas card parts, I had 3 pieces of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces that had been randomly stamped with this design.  After coloring the leaves with SU Light Old Olive Blender Pen I added strips of Old Olive card stock behind the pieces.  The red "holly berries" were done with Ruby Red Liquid Pearls whenever it was that I had stamped the designs.

These pieces were then added to a standard A2 card base and a die cut "Merry Christmas" finished the 6 cards.

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Monday, December 16, 2019


I saw the idea for these on YouTube.  The items are made using Dollar Tree 3 1/2" x 5" Mini Note Pads.  If you search for "Craft Fair Idea #8: Chunky Note Pads" I'm sure you can find the video instructions.  If you want to make these, click on the "Contact Me" and I'll tell you a minor change I made in the pattern.  (See below for a few other ones that I have made.)

I'm using these as little unexpected gifts to our City Librarian, City Clerk and Postmaster.  Our granddaughters will each receive one too.  Couldn't come up with the right paper for our grandson.

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Friday, December 13, 2019


 Our grandchildren are getting more difficult to buy gifts for so we have turned to using a lot gift cards for them to use in various places where they like to shop.  I had so much fun making these that I just kept making more.  Some of been delivered to the beauty shop where I get my hair done.  Below yo can see several of the ones I've done.

This picture shows the inside.  A pocket on the far left has a notch in it to make it easier for the gift card to be inserted. There is plenty of room for a personalized message.   It isn't necessary to use double sided dp or a combination of two coordinating papers but sometimes it makes for a nice contrast.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019


My friend, Carol, had just received a stamp set and offered to let me see if it would work with this pretty die cut.  I love this die cut frame.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Today's card is a pretty close replica of one I saw on Pinterest.  I used a 5" x 6 1/2" card from a pack of cards/envelopes I purchased at Michael's.  The sentiment die is from Impression Obsession and the other die cuts are all from the Stampin' Up! "Pretty Pines" Thinlits.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019


I had to angle the camera to get a picture where there was little reflection from the gold foil.  The deer is a Penny Black die.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019


A few months ago I discovered that the Iowa Veterans Home appreciates cards for the veterans to use when they want to send a card to friends or a loved one.  I always have an abundance of cards on hand and have started sending bunches to them.  The local auxiliary ladies get them delivered for me.  

I had quite a few Christmas cards made up early and decided to put together a package of them to send. The cards below were all from a sheet of Penny Black stickers but I sent a wide variety of designs for them to use.  It's a small gift I can give them for their service to our country.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019


This was a piece which I did last year and was ready to mount onto a card base.  The snowman is a sticker from Elizabeth Crafts Designs.  I added the sticker to double sided adhesive and then covered the entire piece with sparking white glitter.  The design was then colored with Copic markers.  When using Copic markers on glitter I just dab the tips onto the piece because the glitter can ruin the tips of the markers.  

This piece from last year was added to a red card base and a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock was added to the inside for the sentiment.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


The 4" x 5 1/4" white piece of card stock was embossed twice.  First with the random dots and then again with the Tim Holtz evergreens.  The piece was added to the card base.  Stick-It was added to the red card stock and then the "Peace" from Penny Black was cut and added.

Another quick and easy card!  Thank you for coming by today!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

MEMORY BOX - Merry Christmas

When you need a last minute card, this is a a real easy one to put together.  I added a piece of designer paper to the front of a card base.  Then I cut the Merry Christmas  and added a punched tree.

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Monday, December 2, 2019


The "window" openings were cut with a stitched rectangle on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of card stock..  I placed the piece on the white card base so that I could stamp the designs appropriately in the openings.  All four stamps were from the dollar bin at Michael's.

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