Monday, May 31, 2010


This is a card I already posted one other time but thought I would bring it back out in honor of Memorial Day. The American Eagles is such a beautiful symbol of our country. God Bless the USA!!!


Saturday, May 29, 2010


This stamp makes for a quick card, but I did find that I had a little trouble getting the ink applied evenly on the image. It definitely worked better to stamp it with the paper on a craft pad rather than on a hard surface.

The blue and yellow card stock and the blue ink is from Stampin' Up. Embossing folder is from Sizzix Birthday Set #2.

Next week, I'll start posting something new again.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful 3-day holiday weekend. One of our daughters and her husband are celebrating their anniversary a little early so we are keeping their two daughters here tonight and part of tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Very simple card to make. Using Papertrey white card stock I ran the front of the card through the Cuttlebug using the Congratulations embossing folder.
I adhered two strips of card stock using the local school colors. The strips were very thin to try to using double sided tape, so I ran them through my Xyron at the same time so as not to waste too much of the tape. I love the Xyron for adhering narrow pieces of paper or ribbon as well as other items.
The image was stamped onto white card stock using my JustRite Stamp but the hat in the middle was stamped separately. I then grabbed my Marvy Uchida Circle Scalloped punches for quick scalloped circles and attached the layered circles.
Thank you for stopping more graduation card and then I'll be on to something else.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

GRADUATION - Another w/Vertical Stamp

I like to make cards for the local graduates using the school colors so I stamped the Paper Inspirations vertical stamp in the SU Blue ink. Then I ran the right hand half of the card through the Cuttlebug with the Congratulations embossing folder.

Final touch was to add a couple of thin strips of the card stock between the stamped image and the embossing and I was all done.
Thanks for stopping by.............hope this helps with some ideas for you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


This card is like one I made last year using the year 2009. It is a case of a card my friend, Harriet, made and I thought it was such a great idea to personalize the year of graduation.
The Graduate sentiment is a vertical stamp from Paper Inspirations. They have a lot of different vertical stamps with various sentiments.

I used my VersaMark pad and Silver Embossing Powder to do the stamp. Thank you for stopping by....................hope you stop back again soon! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TIME TO SHINE - Version #3

Yesterday's card mentioned how I had cut the star stamped background in half and used just one piece. The other piece didn't go to waste. I did cut down the length and mounted it on black SU card stock.
That piece was then adhered to the front of the card which had been run through the Cuttlebug with the Sizzix embossing folder.
A gold shimmer paper layer and a white layer were cut out with two of the Spellbinders Labels 7 dies. I did stamp the sentiment before cutting out the white layer.
Thanks for stopping for more Graduation cards to come.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Check out my Hero Arts blog page for pictures of all the new stamps available for Summer 2010.

TIME TO SHINE - Version #2

For today's card, I used that same Hero Arts stamp to make a background of stars on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of white card stock by heat embossing it with Egyptian Gold embossing powder. Then I cut it in half. I embossed only the lower half of the card with the Sizzix embossing folder and then adhered the star strip to the upper half.

Using Labels 7 from Spellabinders, I cut the black and the gold layers. I stamped the sentiment on white card stock using black this time because I liked it better than in the gold - it reinforced the black layer I had cut.

This is a card that could easily be done in school colors to make it more personal.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest addition............come back again soon!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


The background on this card was made using a Hero Arts wood mounted stamp, VersaMark ink and Egyptian Gold embossing powder. I then embossed the sentiment on a piece of the white card stock and cut it out using the Labels 7 Spellbinders dies. The gold shimmer paper was then cut out using the next larger die.

This was a very quick and easy card to make and I liked how the sentiment went so well with the star background. It's also pretty safe to use for any graduate if you don't know their school colors.

Thanks for stopping by...................hope you come back again soon!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


The first card was made using local school colors (blue and gold) so I used SU Brilliant Blue and Summer Yellow papers along with the main colors. Embossed background was made with the Cuttlebug Congratulations embossing folder.
The second card was made using Black and SU Summer Yellow papers along with the main white card stock. The embossed background on this card was made using a Sizzix embossing folder.
The stamped images are from a Penny Black stamp and were colored with SU and Copic markers and then cut out using Spellbinders Classic Rectangle dies.
Thanks for stopping by...............hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 21, 2010


I saw a card on SCS using the Autumn Days stamp set and it really inspired me to case it. First I stamped the pheasant onto the white card stock. Then I stamped it a second time on a piec of white typing paper and cut it out. The "mask" was then placed on top of the original one and I stamped the other images. The embossed piece at the top of the card was done with a Cuttlebug border embossing folder.

Papers: SU Chocolate Chip and Papertrey White
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip

Thank you for stopping by...............hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


These two were made when I was working on cards that could be used for men. I don't think they don't give a femine appearance but still wondering if they would work for the guys. Anyway the brown and white definitely make a bold statement with the contrast of colors.
On the first card I did use a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The design is from the SU Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. I used Chocolate Chip card stock from SU for the solid brown. The other brown papers are DP that I have had for a long time. The layers for the stamped image were cut and embossed with the Spellbinders Labels 4.
Thanks for stopping by...................tell me what you think (positive or negative comments are welcome).

Monday, May 17, 2010


Taryn (Age 2) - she is such a silly little girl and so fun!
Not sure if she'll ever be a track star but she is trying.......

Tucker (age 4) - ALL BOY!
View the video and you'll see a future NASCAR driver.

I have been absent for three days but I haven't been goofing off. If you viewed the video you'll see who has been keeping me busy. Except for about 4 hours on Saturday, we had these two grandchildren from Thursday morning until yesterday about Noon. Oh how I wish I had their energy. :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010


This may be short...........I have 4 year old grandson and a 2 year old granddaughter sitting beside me and wanting help with things. :)

The background on this card was made using one of the Fiskar plates that looks like waves. The image was done with a brass stencil on sticky paper and then sprinkling on the gold. However after I sprinkled it on and removed the stencil, I realized I had mistakenly used I had accidentally used embossing powder. Before I heat embossesd it, I sprinkled on Crystal glitter to the remainder of the sticky paper and then heated the gold embossing powder. I was glad that it still worked out fine.

This layer was then mounted onto some gold paper and then onto the card base.

Sorry if this is a little confusing -- concentration is difficult with two little ones chattering at me and "needing" things. :) They are sure a lot of fun though.

Thanks for stopping by...........just email me if you have any questions about how this was done.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I don't do a lot of cards that look appropriate to send the male species. I don't think most men probably just love cards with flowers and butterflies like I do. Sorry but they are going to have to at least put up with a butterfly on this one.

The stamped designs are from the SU Autumn Days set and were stamped with the SU Chocolate Chip ink. I really liked this set but hadn't used it yet and decided it would work with the striped paper I have. It was just too plain so I punched a Martha Stewart butterfly and thought that would be enough of an embellishment on this one.

Thanks for stopping by.............your comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


One of my friends (a/k/a Harriet) made a lovely card using this layout and butterflies. I love butterflies and decided to make one like it in these colors. The yellow and green papers are from 6 x 6 Kaisercraft paper pad "Lilac Avenue Collection". The butterflies and border are made with Martha Stewart punches. I love this layout and I know I'll be making more of fact a variation of this will probably be on tomorrow. :)

Thanks for stopping by..................hope you come back again soon!

Monday, May 10, 2010


This card doesn't really need to have me tell you how I made it. It is from a 6 x 6 Basic Grey paper pad "Two Scoops". The narrow strip of the green patterned paper is actually a piece I had trimmed off earlier and I decided I liked it to break the contrast of the white right next to the solid green paper.

Thanks for stopping by............please stop again soon.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Wishing all of you a very Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a relaxing day with your loved ones.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


It's late and I really need to make this quick but I wanted to get a card posted for the day. The striped and pastel yellow paper is from the 6" Kaisercraft Paper Pad "Lilac Avenue Collection." The image was stamped with my glue pad and then I added the Ranger Embossing Glitter -- yes, it was heat embossed. It was then mounted onto a piece of SU Lavender card stock.

The punched edge of the pastel yellow layer was made with a Martha Stewart punch and the stripe was a scrap I had of the striped paper and I hate to waste such pretty papers.

Sorry if this isn't one of my more organized postings, but I figured the picture was pretty self-explanatory.

Hope everyone has a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY tomorrow. We will be having a family gathering. And remember even if you do not have children of your own, all of you who nuture others should be celebrated as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 7, 2010


The stamp used on today's card is one of my all time favorites from Penny Black. It is called "Blush". I colored it with markers and then stamped it quickly three times without reinking. The Gold layer is SU paper and the brown ink used was SU Chocolate Chip. It's a quick card to make but I do like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


This is another card I made for Mother's Day using a Dreamweaver stencil and embossing paste. I colored the image with a stiple brush and SU inks. I then applied the embossing paste and when I removed the stencil, I added the crystal glitter. The embossed edge had been done before I added the design.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I have a granddaughter here today. She is in Kindergarten and because of Kindergarten Roundup for the next year's class, she doesn't have school today.

Today's card doesn't need a lot of explanation. The only thing that doesn't show up very well is that I used my Scor-Pal to make the diagonal lines on the card base. I think the rest of the card speaks for itself. The stamp is from Penny Black.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This was a fun card to make. I started with a card base made of SU Real Red card stock. I cut a piece of white card stock that was 4 x 5 1/4 inches. I put the stencil I was going to use on the paper and made a pencil mark of where I wanted to put the embossed edge and then ran the white layer through the Cuttlebug using the D'vine Swirls embossing folder. (Notice I didn't use the Swiss Dots this time.)

Next I put the stencil back onto the white layer and masked off the entire area around the stencil. I stippled red and green chalk into the design and then very carefully applied Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste. After removing the stencil, I shook Hero Arts Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter over the wet paste. This had to be put aside until the paste was completely dry.

When the embossing paste was dry, I adhered the white layer to the card base and then made the "Happy Mother's Day" piece and popped it on the front.

I feel the Black ink was just a little too bold for that design but I still like the card. Thanks for stopping by. Your comments on the blog are always appreciated!

Monday, May 3, 2010


Mother's Day is coming up this next Sunday, and I have made several cards to sell in a local gift shop. The paper I used for this card is from a 6 x 6 Basic Grey "Two Scoops" paper pad. The "lace" piece was cut with a Spellbinders die.

Recently I was enabled by a friend to get a Cuttlebug alphabet die set for a real bargain so the first thing I did with it was to cut the letters for this card.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you come back again soon. :)


I was given this Sunshine Award by three friends, Harriet, Lynette and Sheri. Thanks so much!! It's nice to know that our comments make other stampers happy! I know I love to get comments on my blog posts! So now here are my some bloggers on whom I am bestowing these awards:

Harriet at Allycat Cards

Now, here are the rules:
1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award to 10-12 other bloggers. (Sorry I don't have 10 who visit & have blogs)
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.
Thanks again to those of you who visit my blog and leave the comments!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Not too long ago I purchased the stamp I used on this card. I just discovered that it went perfectly with the paper I had purchased in the KaiserCraft paper pad. The reason I bought the pad of paper was because of a card I had seen on a blog. I thought I saved a picture of it but can't find it. (Does that happen to you too?)

I stamped the design using a VersaMagic ink pad and then added Crystal Stickles to the buds.

The card doesn't take any more explanation than that. I have more to post using these papers so keep watching. :)


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