Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I purchased this stamp in a wonderful stamp store in Branson, MO. I knew I wanted to use it for part of my cards this year. I stamped the design on white card stock and colored with Copic markers (R59, Y17, G21 and G28). The design included extra little circles in three places where I placed Gold Stickles to add a little bling.   Then I made a vertical version also shown on this blog page.

MERRY CHRISTMAS - More Poinsettias

This is the second version of the Christmas Poinsettias card that I made.  I think I like this one better because I really like the "Merry Christmas" stamp from Penny Black.

THANKS FOR COMING BY....................comments are always welcome!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Recently I posted a birthday card which I mailed on November 10 -- it still hasn't arrived.  Here is another card that was sent the same day and it apparently hasn't arrived either.  I'll admit this one was sent to Canada, but normally cards do get there sooner than this.

My friend, Annie, and her husband celebrated their anniversary earlier this month and I had hoped that this would reach them close to their celebration. 

The first thing I did was to emboss a frame on the front of the card base.  I then placed two embossed borders along the sides of the top fold vertical card and then scored a line on each side of each of the embossed borders.  Sorry the scored lines don't show very well. 

The cute Precious Moments design was stamped and colored with Copic CIAO markers on the same white card stock and then cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Classic Oval. 

Annie, if you see this post, I'm sorry you didn't receive the card.  Hopefully it will eventually show up.

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY...........hope you come back again soon!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


This card was made especially for my friend, Harriet, who is celebrating her birthday today.  It was mailed on November 10 to her in California and our beloved postal service has failed to deliver it.  I decided to go ahead and post it now so she could at least see what I sent.

The papers are from a KaiserCraft "Utopia Collection" 6 x 6 paper pad.  I punched the bird using a punch from Stampin Up and the branch was made with a McGill punch.

Harriet, I'm so sorry you haven't received the card.........hope it arrives eventually!!!  Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


These two cards are something you can make with a kit available now.  They are available to be purchased in a two-card kit, individual card kits or available to purchase ready made.  If you are interested, go to My Card Kits.  Christmas card kits are also available.



If you are interested in purchasing a kit to make these four cards, you can go to My Card Kits and take a look.  Kits are available for individual cards as well as the four pictured above.  Individual cards are also for sale all made up.

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


Thursday, November 18, 2010


I have a couple of other cards I want to post but I need to know they have been received by the people that I sent them to.  So for today, I'll show you another of the cards I made using a piece from a Christmas card we had received in the past.  I cut the piece out with a Nestabilities Classic Circle and simply mounted it onto a white card base that had been embossed with my favorite Swiss Dots folder.  Some of these designs on cards you receive are just too pretty to throw away so think about recycling pieces from them.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010


As I mentioned on my previous post, I have information about new items from JustRite Stampers.  I am really excited to tell you that they are now making CLING stamp sets and have clear plastic cases to store these stamps in.  Even more exciting, they now have Spellbinders dies to match some of their borders and sentiment stamps. 

I will be posting pictures on my JUSTRITE STAMPERS blog page so you can see all these new items.  If you have any questions about them or wish to place an order, just email me at vboddicker@aol.com

Remember to ask for my discount.  :)


I've been trying to get my Christmas cards done for this year.  If I were smart, I'd make all of them the same so that they would go much more quickly.  But then I never said I was "smart".  :)  I have so many supplies and ideas.  And it is also more fun to make a variety even if it takes longer.

Today's card:  I embossed the front of the card with the Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The "Merry Christmas" from Penny Black was stamped with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Egyptian Gold embossing powder. 

The card just needed something more so I made the snowflakes with two sizes of Marvy Uchida snowflake punches.  I pressed the snowflakes into the VersaMark pad and then into the gold embossing powder.  Heating them was a challenge because I couldn't hold on to them.  I finally discovered if I pressed a ballpoint pen in the center of them to hold them down I could heat them without them flying off the table.  A clear gem was added to the center of each to cover any mark the pen had made. 

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!   I will be adding an announcement about new JustRite items shortly so stop back again.

(NOTE:  Egyptian Gold embossing powder is my very favorite and I can order it for anyone who is interested.  I can also order the Marvy snowflake punches in various sizes.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


My friend, Lynette and her husband celebrated their Anniversary this past Tuesday and this is the card I sent them.  I'm sorry to say I didn't get it made until the day of their Anniversary and mailed the following day.

The card base was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I then took the scrap of black and white paper and attached it to the left side of the card.  I liked the dotted paper with the embossing folder design.  I also had a scrap piece of black paper so I cut the one edge of it with a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Oval.   

I stamped the design with Black Memento ink and then colored small portions with a red Copic CIAO marker.  The Hero Arts stamp "Heart Owls" is available and I can get it for you.  The design layer and the red layer were both cut with one of the Spellbinders Ovals which were smaller than the one I had used on the black layer.

I still had some of the punched pine pieces.  I ran them through the Xyron and stuck them under the owls so they didn't appear to be "floating".

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Friday, November 12, 2010


Today's card was made using papers from a Basic Grey 6 x 6 paper pad.  I love the way they make all the papers coordinate so well.   Recently we were on vacation and spent a few days in Branson, MO.  There is a great stamp store there - Stampbooks Forever - so if you are ever in Branson, be sure to check it out.

I purchased the teapot stamp there and it has a design showing where to place stamped flowers.  They also carry the punches to go along with the stamp.  I purchased the punches as well but feel these are just a little too big or maybe if the flowers were in a lighter color they wouldn't be so overpowering.

I stamped the design with VersaMark and then heat embossed them using Egyptian Gold EP.  After coloring the leaves with a Copic Marker, I actually cut the design out after I had added all the flowers and extra punched leaves.  (When I started the design I didn't know if I was going to leave it on a white cardstock background or cut it out.)  I used the SU punch for the photo corners.

Later this month, I'll be sending this card to my sister-in-law.  I am very sure she doesn't see this page so it should be OK that I'm posting it now. 

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Thursday, November 11, 2010


Last year after I had all of my holiday cards finished, I made up about a dozen cards using the Cuttlebug wreath embossing folder and stamped the "Merry Christmas" at the bottom.  The cards would have been fine the way they were, but I saw cards being made by others where they were adding something into the center of the design.

While I had my Pine Branch punch out, I came up with this idea.  I attached the punches to the white die cut circle and added the three red flat back pearls.  It seemed like there was too much empty space above it so I got out my JustRite Stamper and added the N*O*E*L.  This was then added to the red die cut circle. 

This is an easy card to make and depending on what you put in the center it can be done very quickly. 

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Saturday, November 6, 2010


I can't take credit entirely for the idea on this card.  My friend, Connie, called me today and asked about a pine branch punch which she thought was larger than this.  I bought the McGill Pine Branch which I used here several years ago and haven't used it as much as I should.  We talked about how more than one of these could be put together to form a branch. 

I had received the Quickutz ornament die a few days ago and was really wanting to do something with it.  I loved the shape of this one so the idea began to form.

The front of the card was embossed with a 5 x 7 Cuttlebug embossing folder - although my card is actually only 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  The ornament was cut out from red card stock using the Quickutz die, and I heat embossed a flourish from a set of Hero Arts clear stamps.  Next I added a little gold "top" to the ornament.  A red cord was tied through the top of the ornament.  

I then punched five of the pine branches from a light weight "Willow" card stock from Lasting Impressions and ran them through my Xyron.  Before attaching the middle pine piece, I wrapped the red cord around one of the little branches and then using double sided tape affixed the ornament to the card.

The Quickutz die and embossing powder can be purchased through Creating Everlasting Memories.
The McGill Pine Punch is something I can get for you if you would like to purchase one.

Thanks for stopping by!  (And Connie, thank you for giving me the inspiration for this card.)

Friday, November 5, 2010

CHRISTMAS CARD (needs help)

These last few weeks have really taken a toll on my time for making cards and getting anything posted to my blog.  I miss being able to offer some new ideas but I hope to be able to get back to being a little more regular with cards.

I'll be perfectly honest, this isn't one of my favorite cards that I've made, but I wanted to show that you can make a card using a variety to patterns and not do any stamping.  The Kaisercraft 6" Paper Pad "Belle Collection" has really wonderful patterns and some die cut pieces in the back of the pad. 

I'm not sure what it is that I would change about this but I think it is either the flower I cut out from one of the papers with the oval Nestabilities die.........it just seems a little blah.  It might have been better to stamp a simple design there instead and color it with Copic markers that would be the same color as the papers.  Or maybe I should have left off the border along the left edge.  I do like the striped paper and the patterned paper that covers the front of the card.

I'll welcome any suggestions............THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!


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