Thursday, December 31, 2009


Just a simple card to end the year. This is one of the cards I gave to my mother as a gift for Christmas.

Tonight we will be celebrating with two other couples...........dinner and a movie but in reverse order...........early movie and then dinner probably followed by some "mean card playing".

As I said on yesterday's post..............wishing all of you a New Year of financial stability, good health and much happiness!

See you next year!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This was a card I made thinking I could use it for multiple occasions. It doesn't show but I'm pretty sure the card base was stamped with a design using a shadow stamp. (Not sure since I gave my mother some of my cards as part of her Christmas present.) The light brown and plaid papers are scrapbooking weight. The dark brown paper is from SU as is the ink used for stamping the SU image.

Hard to believe there is only one day left of 2009..........where did the year go? In case I don't get back here tomorrow on December 31, please know that I am wishing all of you who visit here a year of financial stability, good health, and much happiness!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Earlier this year I made this card for a friend, Kris, who was celebrating her birthday. The stamped words are actually all one stamp from Hero Arts. Once the image was stamped onto the white card stock I simply took some markers that were the same colors as flowers I had here and highlighted some of the words. I then attached the silk flowers with an adhesive and placed a gem in the middle of each to give some "bling". I thought it made kind of a unusual, fun card. What do you think?

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Monday, December 28, 2009


To my friend, Lynette! It's a little late in the day but she has received this card from me already. The card was made from the wonderful white card stock from Paper Trey. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using two of the border folders. I left the middle portion of the card front blank so I could stamp three flowers across. The flowers are from an SU stamp set and were stamped using Pretty In Pink ink from SU.

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Friday, December 25, 2009


I wanted to take time to post one last Christmas card to all who celebrate this Holy Day. I hope all are traveling safely and are able to be with family and/or friends. May all of you be blessed making happy memories.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


My mother needed a card to send for her friend's birthday. I got this great stamp in a set of stamps from PaperTreyInk. They have two sets that were specially made to use with buttons.

Since I like cards with a lot of white I decided this would really put the emphasis on the cute cherries. Squares were cut with my Nestabilities dies and then mounted on the white card stock from Paper Trey that had been run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

This week will be getting busy with wrapping presents and finalizing plans for family Christmas. On Sunday, December 27, we will be taking care of four grandchildren - two who will be on vacation from school and two who have a day care center on Christmas vacation. Of course then we have New Years.

In case I don't make it back here for the rest of 2009............I am wishing all of you who take the time to visit my blog a Holiday Season filled with fun and laughter with your friends and family......and wishing all of you a New Year that is filled with many blessings.

Thanks for stopping by! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


On December 12, one of our granddaughers has a birthay and this is a card I made for her this year. Very simple..........embossesed with a Sizzix folder. The layers are cut with Labels 4 from Spellbinders. The ballet shoes were a rub-on piece I had. Our granddaughter is in dance so I thought this would be fun card to give her.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


In July of this year, we had a surprise invitation to take a hot air balloon ride with friends. It happened to be the day after our wedding anniversary so it was even more special. Riding up above and watching "the world below" is an awesome experience..........deer running, two young guys rowing a canoe, the crops in the fields and families in their yards waving at us.

Since the friends cannot charge for rides, my husband wanted to give them a little gift at Christmas so the card is a Thank You note at Christmas.

The stamps are from Paper Trey. After stamping the balloon baskets and the grass below, I inked the remainder of the white portion with Broken China Distress Ink. That piece was then layered on top of white cardstock and then the turquoise paper is from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was stamped with Wild Wasabi ink and then mounted on the same color of SU card stock.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I always try to make a special card for the pastor of our church. I bought this stamp quite a while ago but then wasn't sure to do with it to really do it justice. With the help of Mary Dew Lee at Serendipity Stamps she got my juices flowing.
The background is done using a Tim Holtz tool to apply Broken China Ink and Brushed Corduroy Ink. I then stamped the Three Wisemen on the stamp with SU Chocolate Chip Ink. I cleaned the stamp and then stamped the Star with VersaMark so I could heat emboss it with Egyptian Gold embossing powder. (After I did this in two steps, I realized this could have all been done at once - sure wasn't thinking.)
To carry through with the gold, I mounted the stamped piece onto gold metallic paper and trimmed it for a very narrow edge just to make the image pop. This was then mounted onto the main card which had been embossed with one of the newer Cuttlebug folders. It still needed a little something so I took the Broken China Ink and just ever so lightly went over the embossed image that was showing. Then I was satisfied.

Inside I used another Serendipity stamp "And Wisemen Still Seek Him".

Monday, December 14, 2009


Today's card is a little different than my usual Christmas cards. I sent this card to one of our Yahoo Group's newer members, Char. The stamp is from Inkadinkadoo. I used Real Red and Wild Wasabi ink to stamp it and then added red metallic decor pieces from Hero Arts for the berries.

The ovals were but with my trusty Nestabilites and mounted on the Real Red cardstock which had been run through the Cuttlebug using the snowflake embossing folder.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009


Many people in Florida don't ever know what it is like to experience snow and this card won't really do that. I'm not sure if my friend Nancy who lives in Florida has ever experienced snow first hand but I thought she "needed" some snow for Christmas so I made this card for her. It doesn't show up very well, but the left side of the card was embossed with a vertical design from the Cuttlebug folders. I then stamped the "Merry Christmas" with Bashful Blue ink from SU and adhered it to a layer of the Bashful Blue paper from SU.

After adding the sentiment to the card, I punched several snowflakes, applied glue from my glue pad and then dipped them in glitter. I used clear glue dots to put them on the card.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009


This card was sent to my friend, Kris. The images are from Penny Black. The little red berries were done with a dimensional paint.
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Friday, December 11, 2009


When 12 ladies from our Yahoo Group got together last summer, one of the ladies (Andrea) gave me some beautiful ribbon. She showed me how to cut off the wired edge and use it as an added embellishment. Before adding the ribbon to the front of the card with double sided tape, the design on the ribbon was quite centered so I cut off an additional edge of the ribbon and made a ruffle with it by weaving thread through the one edge. I adhered that ruffle to a circle made of gold card stock. A small circle of the gold card stock was punched and added to the middle of the ruffle.

As a final touch to the embellishment, I took the wired edge which had been removed, curled it around a pencil and then twisted a couple of them together and affixed them under the medallion. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using Egyptian Gold Embossing Powder.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009


The weather outside is frightful - blizzard yesterday and today FRIGID!!!!! My mother is staying with us for a few days since she lives alone in the country and we didn't want her to be stranded there in case the electricity was to go off and we would be unable to get to her. So during her stay, my time isn't necessarily "my time". Since I missed posting a card yesterday, I'm giving you two ideas today. Tell me what you think...........

My friend Georgia was the recipient of this card. Card stock is Brilliant Blue from SU. The tree design is from Penny Black, Inc. I stamped it with SU Craft White ink and then added the silver flat Metallic Decor pieces from Hero Arts. Not much explanation is needed with this card but I really liked the blue and white combination.

This is a card I sent to my friend Sheri. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots border to emboss the top edge of the card and scored two lines below it with my Scor-Pal. I then stamped the tree with VersaMark and embossed it with Egyptian Gold EP. As you can see, I added a diamond pattern with my Scor-Pal to the left of the tree design and popped a little "Seasons Greetings" sentiment on top. Final touch was to add the ribbon across the dotted border.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


This was the card I sent to my friend, Annie, in Canada. The card is made with SU Real Red CS and run through the Cuttlebug with the SU Poinsettia embossing folder. The white strip was punched with the Martha Stewart holly border punch. I popped a layered circle that had been stamped with a tiny wreath that I believe was from Clear Dollar stamps. I then added the vertical sentiment and adhered the strip to the card.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009


Today's card is one I sent to a friend, Harriet. She lives in California and I told her I thought she needed some snow for Christmas.

The bottom edge of the white card stock was embossed using a Cuttlebug folder. I punched the snowflakes with a Marvy clever lever punch, pressed them into my glue pad and then dipped them in crystal glitter. The sentiment is a stamp from Hero Arts which I stamped with Bashful Blue ink from Stampin Up and also mounted on Bashful Blue card stock from SU.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009


Today's card was made for one of the members (Lynette) on the Yahoo Group to which I belong. The main card is made with Real Red card stock from SU and embossed with the SU Poinsettia embossing folder. I took a strip of white card stock and punched the edge with the Martha Stewart holly punch and with a Real Red SU marker dotted each of the areas indicating the berries. The "noel" is a rub-on from Making Memories. I used a gold outline sticker for the Poinsettia, colored it with SU markers and mounted it on the two ovals which were cut with my oval set of Nestabilities.

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Friday, December 4, 2009


I have a second post for Friday. Today is also my nephew's (Christopher) birthday. He loves nature and watching for various birds so I chose this Eagle design from Stampin Up for his card this year. I mounted the image on the Night of Navy cardstock to match the ink used and then again onto a textured gold cardstock. The main part of the Night of Navy cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Star embossing folder which I thought went nicely with the stamped image.



Today's card is one I sent to a friend (Joyce) on a Yahoo Group. As the group receives their cards, I will be posting them here for you to use as ideas as well.

The basic card is obviously white card stock which I ran through the Cuttlebug using a folder from Stampin Up. I absolutely love that folder!!!

I then took a piece of white CS which was 5 1/2 inches long and punched the long edge with the Martha Stewart Holly edge punch. I wanted the holly leaves to be green so I put a narrow strip of green cs under the punched edge. I stamped the vertical sentiment and then added a narrow layer of Real Red cs under the white layer.

The small wreath from Clear Dollar Stamps was stamped with green and berries colored with the Real Red SU marker. Final step was to cut the stamped image with my circle dies from Spellbinders and adhere it to green and red layers from larger circle dies.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009


I didn't get a card posted on Wednesday and yesterday I had two little grandchildren here for most of the day. Just before I went to bed last night I decided I wanted a posted entry to show up for December 3 but didn't add any description.

This card was specially made for our Yahoo Groups Alphabet Swap using the letter "G". In this case, "G" was for "Gems", "Glitter" and "Glitz".

The 5 1/2 inch lower edge of the car was punched using the new Martha Stewart Holly punch. With the green cardstock under the punched edge, I didn't want the berries to appear to be green so I added red Gems over each one.

I used my treasured Scor-Pal to add a couple of scored lines just above the holly edge. The Hero Arts stamped image was colored with Copic CIAO markers and then I added the Stickles Glitter Glue over the snowy line. For Glitz I layered the stamped image on red sparkly paper. (I'm not sure what the right name is for that kind of paper but it was from Archivers and I bought it around just before the 4th of July. It is a bit thicker than regular cardstock but really adds to a card.)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009


This was a new experiment for me. I've seen these done and didn't know how easy it was to use an embossing folder and get that "blank space" in the middle.

The white card stock is from Paper Trey. I used the SU Poinsettia embossing folder for the background design. To leave the oval part solid, I placed the paper in the folder as I normally do and then put a wood frame which I got from Michael's over the embossing folder. My layers with the Cuttlebug were as follows:
A Plate
Paper in Folder
Wood frame with oval opening centered on the front of the card
B Plate

The stamped Poinsettia is from Penny Black and was stamped using SU Real Red and Wild Wasabi ink. I added the yellow with the Summer Sun SU marker.

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(P.S. To answer the question on the comments: the wood frame is 1/8" thick.)

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