Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween Fun

I am not much into Halloween but my grandkids have looked forward to the event each year. I have made fun cards in the past and sent a treat (a few dollars) with their card. As they have gotten older I have not done it in a couple of years. I have one granddaughter going to college in California and her mother told me that Sarah was really into Halloween this year. So, I thought that maybe I could make a couple of mug rugs to send to her along with a card. Got the package in the mail this morning.

I really don't have much Halloween in my supplies, so I chose to go with a pumpkin theme. I made these pumpkins with the Swirly Bird dies and used the traditional black and orange color theme.

For the mug rugs, I purchased two quarter yard pieces of fabric, found some green and black in my scarp bin and made two. The finished size was about 6 x 10-inches. I was pleased with how they turned out. I hope she likes them. I just wanted Sarah to know that we love her and are praying for her each day. I hope these little mats will make her smile.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SC664 An Early Snowy Morning

Wednesday again. I love to do the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers on Wednesday when I have a chance. So----------

Today's sketch

My card

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I used my distress ink markers and the aqua brush to add color to the image. For the card base I used a piece of Baja Breeze card stock. I still have a few sheets of this retired color and I still love it. I found the glitter paper at JoAnnn's this past week. It is by core'dinations and so easy to use.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Cards from the Stamp Club meeting on Saturday September 23--

The gals had fun creating their own unique quilt block. This first picture is the card sample that I had made for the class. I purchased the glitter paper at my local JoAnn's store. It worked beautifully. We die cut several different colors and then re-assembled the block using colors of our choice. So much fun!

As I was cleaning up after class, there were lots of little pieces left from the other blocks that had been made. I started putting a block together and this is the resulting card. I love the contrasts between the blue glitter paper and the natural card stock. I know; it looks white in the picture but it is very similar to Stampin' Up's Very Vanilla card stock. This card also uses the new Quilt Top Textured Impressions embossing folder.

The next two cards are very simple.The first card is made using core'dinations card stock . The piece I used was black on one side and a blue on the back side. After embossing the paper using the new Winter Wonder embossing folder from Stampin' Up, I sanded the embossed image lightly. I just wanted to take off enough of the black so that the blue would show through. This is a very simple technique that acheives very pretty results.

The next picture shows the card that most of the gals made. Only half of the image is embossed which leaves room to add embellishments and a sentiment. The smallest snow flake was cut from the Stampin' Up's thinlet die set called "Swirly Snowflakes".

This last 4 1/4 inch square card is the 9-patch quilt block. It is  made using 1 1/4 inch squares from two different sheets of card stock. After glueing the squares together on a piece of white card stock and getting the piece trimmed, it was embossed using the "Quilt Top" embossing folder. Love that pretty quilted texture. Note: I made this card last year for a group of friends that I quilt with. They loved it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Sometime it is fun to create a project that really is not the traditional way of doing things. Example--making quit blocks out of paper instead of fabric. That is what I did the last few days. I was able to pre-order the Christmas Quilt Bundle from Stampin' Up a few weeks ago. Last week I had a few days to try it out. This is my latest project. The picture is not the greatest because of the reflections on the glass, but I didn't want to take it apart because it is tricky to get back together.

I used glitter paper that I purchased from JoAnn's and it worked beautifully. I had seen a few pictures on Pinterest using four blocks to create a larger unit. Finding square picture frames is a bit of a challenge. Here, I used an 8" x 8" frame that I found at JoAnn's. It turned out to be a perfect fit. I was wondering -- Could I create blocks that would represent all four seasons for the year?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baby Card in Plaid

Monday I did a CAS challenge with the theme "Mad about Plaid". I needed a card this morning for a baby shower. The couple is not telling if the baby is a boy or girl. As I was thinking about the card I needed to make, my thoughts returned to the card that I made on Monday. I loved the color. The plaids and polka dots together were so pretty, and I had lots of paper still left. So all I really needed to do was change the image. I remembered a stamp set that I have from Gina K Designs That would be just perfect. So, now it is time for me to show you a picture-----

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heated embossed it with clear fine detailed embossing power. Using my distress ink markers and aqua painted I watercolored the image and cut out several layers using my Spellinder dies. I was pleased with the result and happy to give the card to the expectation mother.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eight-Point Quilt Block

I finally got a chance to try out the new "Quilt Builder Framelites Dies" this evening. I am so excited about the possibilities. I cut out four sets in four different colors then I re-assembled the pieces in different color combinations. Here is a picture of my finished card. Of course I had to add in some black. Pink with black is one of my favorite color combinations.

The four colors I used were black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and a pink I found that was just a little bit darker than Pretty In Pink. I created several layers which I really love. The sentiment is  from a retired set called "Three Little Words".  So perfect for what I wanted to do. The words on the inside say "thanks so much".

I  put together two other pieces. Just don't have the cards finished yet. Love how there are so many ways to put the quilt blocks back together. Each one becomes so unique.

Love the saying that comes with the coordinating stamp set "Christmas Quilt"--

When life gives you scraps,
make a quilt.


Today's challenge--

For today's card, I used a stamp from the "Peaceful Petals" set from Stampin' Up. Used Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, then colored the image with Stampin' Up's watercolor pencils. The Card base is Daffodil Delight. Marina Mist, used to highlight my image, goes well with the Pacific Point polka dots. For layers 4 and 5, I used ribbon and a bow also in the Marina Mist color. As always, I loved working with this sketch.

Weekly Favorite at SCS for week ending September 16, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A One Sheet Wonder Set

This morning as I was looking on Facebook I came across a video and as I followed the link back to the original blog post, I fell in love with the cards. I had to try casing this set of cards.

I found some cardstock that was very close to the Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up. Then I took a 6" x 6" piece of designer series paper from the new Delightful Daisy package. Cut it following the layout and created my cards.

The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set called "Peaceful Petals". Then I used a stamp from my new set "Labels To Love", stamped it with Wisteria Wonder ink and punched it out with the coordinating punch.

Only one problem.When I looked at the last card, I realized that I had not been as careful as I should have been. This designer series paper had a "nap" to it just as corduroy or velvet, and I got this one upside down. Can't change it now.

Monday, September 11, 2017

CAS446 -- "Mad for Plaid"

"Mad for Plaid" was today's CAS challenge. So many ideas started going through my head. I started to do a navy and white color combination but that idea changed quickly when I saw this paper. I had purchased the Coordination paper at JoAnn's just a couple of weeks ago. I believe there were four different designs per color. I wanted to see what I could do with it.

Pool Party card stock went well with the designer paper. I used a very simple design because I wanted the paper to stand out. To make the daisy, I used the Stampin' Up set "Delightful Daisy", Pool Party ink to stamp the flower and the coordinating punch to cut it out. I found some enamel dots that were a good match so I used them to add a little accent.

Weekly Favorite for week ending Sept 16, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Give Thanks

My Thanksgiving Card--

I wanted to make a fall card.The pumpkins were made using an oval punch for the ones in the background and a circle punch for the one in front. The card stock was a yellow gold that I found at a garage sale some years ago for less than 50 cents for a large stack. After punching each piece, I sponged the edges with Cajun Craze ink. The card base is Cajun Craze. Crumb Cake card stock was embossed to create the brick wall. Before cutting the leaves, I sponged the cardstock with ink. I used the small maple leaf die from the new Stampin' Up thinlet set called "Seasonal Layers". The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Holiday Best".

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Christmas Bells


I printed a copy of this week's Splitcoast Stampers sketch Wednesday morning. I didn't get to work on a card until late this morning. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card. I pulled out a sheet of designer paper that I thought might work well with my new stamp set "Seasonal Bells". After trying many color combinations, this is what I created.

First -- the sketch

Now for my card. The designer paper is from Graphic 45's St. Nicholas Collection. The card base is real red card stock. The yellow was a scrap piece so I do not know what color it is. It just worked. I used Memento Rick Cocoa ink to do my stamping. The sentiment is from a new Stampin' Up set called "Snowflake Sentiments".  For the bells, I used the stamp set "Seasonal Bells" with the coordinating punch. The red bow was made using a new Memory Box die that I purchased yesterday. When I saw it, I knew that it was one I had to have.

I started to use an embossing folder on the yellow piece, but I ended up adding score lines 1/4-inch along all four sides. A simple process but it does add a little interest.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Christmas Cards Continued

The last few days, I have been enjoying going through my Christmas stamps and dies. I am finding some lovely stamps and dies that have never been used or used very little. These two cards were made with some Our Daily Bread Designs dies that I got a couple of years ago. I had cut it out before but never finished a card.

The die set, from Our Daily Bread Designs, is called "Delightful Decorations" released in 2015. The cardstock used in this first card is Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler. The top layer of the ornament is a gold foil cardstock that I found at JoAnn's. The sentiment comes from Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Christmas Mimi". I added two score lines above and below the sentiment to give a little more interest to the white background.

A special tip--When I have scraps of green cardstock left over, I try to cut as many leaves and branches as I can get out of that piece. I store them in a clear stamp box until needed. I love using different shades of greenery in a single project. I think it gives a natural feel to the card and adds more interest to the design.

This second card uses the second top layer die of the same set. The accent layer of cardstock on this card is Stampin' Up's Rich Razzleberry. The branch of greenery came from my little box. I also found the embossed piece of white card stock laying on my work space. Just had to trim one side. This is a 4 1/4-inch square card. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's set called "Petite Pairs".

Friday, September 1, 2017

Card Sample for Christmas

I am beginning to think about my "Christmas cards" for 2018. I know that it seems a long way off. I would really like to have some ideas of what I am going to do this year so I can begin to prepare. Last year I was not able to get started until after Thanksgiving and I remember how frustrated I felt. I don't want that to happen this year. I love Christmas and I want it to be a happy time.

Here is one of my first samples. I saw a card made like this on Pinterest but when I went back to see it, I could not find it among my "pins". So this was done from my memory (which is not always right). That being said, I really do like this card. A little time consuming but quite easy.

For the card base I used Stampin' Up's Island Indigo cardstock and ink. After cutting the oval from the front panel, I wanted to add some embossing texture. So I cut a piece of  cardstock 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  After some careful measuring, I cut out the oval to match the original card base and then used my new "Holly" embossing folder. It was then glued to the card front.

For the inside card, I started with a white piece measuring 8" x 5 1/4" folded in half. I placed the card on the inside of the card base and lightly traced some of the oval. I added my stamped image and erased the marks. Then I opened it and stamped the inside greeting.  Finally, I glued the inside card on to the inside back of the card base. I think it creates a unique fold. I don't have a name for the fold but I really do like it. Different.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


My daughter was here for a few days this week. She took her dad to Rock Steady (his exercise class) two afternoons and to his doctor's appointment in Ann Arbor. I got to have some time to myself and have lunch with a friend. I finally got my card made this evening for this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.

The Sketch

For my card I used a Stampin' Up retired set called "Wildflower Meadow" along with the "Touch of Texture" set. Perfect Plum ink and designer series paper was the color of choice. It was a fun sketch to work with once I got started.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Inspiration In The Most Unusual Places

Last Thursday (August 24) after having breakfast with friends at Cracker Barrel, I was looking at things that were in their store. I saw a small picture. It was about six inches square with a white frame, a navy blue background and one single white heart shaped doily right in the center. I immediately thought of some of the heart shaped dies that I have. Later that day I tried turning that inspiration into a card. This is the result--

The cards are 4 1/4"square. The heart die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love the delicate lacy design.

Then it was on to the next card. This one was used in my Saturday stamping class. The card base is Midnight Muse. I used a large scalloped edge die to cut the white layer and then three dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlets set by Stampin' Up. The corners looked really bare so I added some stamping in each of the four corners. Everyone loved the card. I also cut a scalloped square for the inside of the card. Lots of fun.

The inside

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Same Yet Totally Different

A couple of days ago, I came across a card on Pinterest that really caught my attention. I especially liked the way the scoring lines were used to decorate the front of the card. So yesterday I had to try CASEing the card I saw. Here is the LINK to that card.

It is a relative simple card. I really liked the way the score lines were used to decorate the front. Of course I had to try using the Daisy Delight flower with the coordinating punch.

I was thinking to use this card for my stamp club meeting tomorrow morning, but then I came up with another idea. I had recently received the Eastern Beauty Bundle and I had been seeing this sunflower made with the thinlets. I love the way the flower turned out so this is one of the cards we will be making. The weather has really been cool here in Michigan the last few days so it is making me think of "fall". As we drive around we see many sunflowers in full bloom. Love them.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SC659 -- A Lilac Birthday Card

Today's sketch was very interesting. Lots of elements arranged in a very unique way. I would love to know what you see in the sketch.

Putting together this number of elements can be a challenge for me. I first started thinking about what paper I would use. I had purchased this pad of paper not long ago called "Lilac Love". It contains 36 sheets of double-sided designer paper. 3 sheets of 12 different designs. As I played around with the paper, I found the elements starting to come together.

And -- this is my card. The base is Pale Plum. All the other layers are from the Lilac Love collection, except for the white piece. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set called "Simply Sketched" and the flower is from the new set "Daisy Delight". I stamped the flower twice onto one of the lighter colored sheets with Memento Sweet Plum ink, used the daisy punch and created the center using VeraMark ink and gold embossing powder. I want to try  making another card using this same sketch. I love the design -- so unique.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christmas Card Using SC657

I saw a video on how to glue vellum onto your project. I wanted to give it a try. I was also experimenting with embossing vellum using an embossing folder. This card let me do both.

To emboss the vellum, I first placed my card stock in the folder. I then laid my piece of vellum on top, closed the folder and ran it through my machine. The cracking of the vellum was kept to a minimum.

I then decided to use the layout from a sketch I had done just days before. I chose to use Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler card stock as my accent. Such a beautiful color. I trimmed the embossed vellum to the size I wanted, cut the Cherry Cobbler layer to the correct size, added glue to the vellum and laid it onto the card stock. Glue, tape or any kind of adhesive has a tendency to show when used on vellum. I followed the technique I saw on Connie Stewart's blog called "Simply Simple Stamping". Here is the link to her video -- Adhering Vellum Perfectly. It worked "perfectly". Finished up the other layers, assembled all and my card was finished.

Monday, August 21, 2017

CAS443 -- Sweet Birthday Wishes

Love the CAS challenge today at Splitcoast Stampers. "Sweet Birthday Wishes" I immediately thought of this stamp by Penny Black called "Sweet thing". It took me a while to find it. Then it was ready, set, go. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my Prisma Colored Pencils (with Gamsol) to do the coloring. I cut the image out with Spellbinder dies, found some coordinating card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper and the perfect birthday stamp. Finished. A very simple card. Just took a little bit of time to do the coloring.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pale Plum Sketch Challenge

Today was another day that I had a chance to do a card for the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge. I am always anxious to see the sketch even when I don't have a chance to make a card.

Today's challenge --

I was not sure where I was going when I started out. Layer # 3 was tall and narrow. I thought that it needed a large, tall image. I found this one in the set called "Insightful Meadows" by Unity Stamp Company. I also wanted to do something using the emboss resist technique. I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and used a fine detail clear embossing powder to do a heat emboss. I also used a large background stamp to add some interest to the background. For adding the background I used Memento Gray Flannel ink. I then sponged very lightly over the embossed image using Perfect Plum ink. Then I discovered that the retired card stock color "Pale Plum" was a perfect match. To add some depth to the color I used a paint chip that I had picked up the other night while out shopping at Lowe's. It was just what I needed. The sentiment on the vellum was from a 2004 Stampin' Up retired set called "Sweet of You".

I hope that you have some time to be creative today.

August 20, 2017
My card was mentioned in Favorites for the week ending August 19, 2017 at Splitcoast Stampers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Color Challenge

I was working on a card yesterday for a color challenge that my stamp class is doing on August 26. The colors are Marina Mist, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi. I can't wait to see what every one comes up with.

 I wasn't sure how this was all going to turn out but I do love these colors together. The die I used was from Gina Marie Designs. I cut the die three times--one in Marina Mist, one in Crushed Curry and finally one in white. All the die cuts were taken apart and then one was re assembled. I love the patchwork look. The leaves were cut from Wild Wasabi card stock. The flowers were stamped and die cut. I really do love these colors together.

The Crushed Curry frame was used in yesterday's card.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Clean and Simple Challenge


I read the CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this morning -- "Create a monochromatic colored card with a twist". The explanation for the twist read, "The twist is you can color one portion of your image, that is, if you use flowers, one flower only, not the leaves or other flowers." For this challenge white, black, grey and kraft are considered neutrals.

I was working on another card late morning when I got an idea. I was using a new die cut for my card. In the process, I had cut three images of the same die and I had all these extra pieces. I began playing around and this is the card that I came up with.

The die is from "Gina Marie Designs". I came across her dies at the Mega Meet that takes place in Novi, Michigan usually the second week end in May. She has some really cool dies. This one I purchased in May and had not used it. I had cut it three times: once in Marina Mist, Crushed Curry and white. I had already used the one in Marina Mist. This one in Crushed Curry was there waiting to be used. The little panda bear stamp is from the Unity Stamp Co. I stamped it onto the white circles using Crushed Curry ink. For the twist, I stamped a complete image using VeraFine Black Onyx ink and cut him out. I think this little panda is the cutest. I hope that the card will bring a smile to someone special.

August 20, 2017
This card was mentioned in the Favorites of the week ending August 19, 2017 at Splitcoast Stampers.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Latest Quilting Project

I have used this punch very little. I decided it was time to give it a try. I had seen a card similar to this. I had all these paper scraps together for another project. "Why would they not work for a card?"

As you can see, I tried it and they worked. I love the poka dots. I love the soft pastel colors. I love using something from my collection that has not been used very much. I love many of the retired stamp sets. This sentiment was from one of the first stamp sets I purchased "Always In My Thoughts" (2008). It was a perfect fit. I stamped it and punched it out.

Then I needed something for the inside of the card. I could have left it plain, but that didn't appeal to me. As I was looking through my stencils I found one that had little hexagons on it. Perfect!  I added a little bit of color using the stencil and some ink. Now, for me, it was complete.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sketch Challenge

I think that this is the first time I have done the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers in over a year. I printed off a copy of the challenge on Wednesday, SC657, and found that I already had several things that worked perfectly with this challenge.

Here is my card

The little floral piece was an extra one I had done several weeks ago when I was working on another card. The flower was also on my desk; I had made it for a class that I had earlier in the week. All the other elements came together quickly.

The details--
I used SU Blushing Bride card stock for my base and topped it with a piece of designer series paper. The floral strip was a little piece of scrap designer series paper that I layered with Island Indigo card stock, cut a piece of Baja Breeze card stock with a scalloped edged die and added it to the back. The flower is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Stippled Blossoms. The leaves were punched from a piece of Certainly Celery (retired) card stock. They were really plain so I added some veins with a stamp and sponged the edges with Old Olive ink. The verse is from a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set called "New Creature". When I finally got it all together, I was pleased with what I had done. I would never have come up with this layout by myself.