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Monday, May 22, 2017

Pretty butterflies...

I was messing around with my Brushos dye crystals the other day, but didn't like the colored panel I ended up with. However, when I decided to cut some butterflies out of this panel, I LOVED them!

My pretty butterflies and the word "hello" were cut with unbranded dies. If you look closely, you'll see that I cut a second "hello" in blue to give a hint of a shadow.

My lacy edge was cut with a Marianne Designs die called border stitch lace.

Here you can see the fabulous dimension my butterflies have.

I gave them each a body of rhinestones. I didn't have any yellow rhinestones, so I just colored some clear ones with an alcohol marker. It works perfectly!

I left the inside of my card blank except for the strip of pink CS that provides a background for my lacy edge.

This is such a simple card, but I think the butterflies make it really special. You can be sure I will be getting those Brushos out again to make more color combos for butterflies.

We are busy getting our RV loaded and ready to take off for North Dakota on Thursday. It will be the inaugural run for this particular RV, and we're very excited to get it on the road. Hopefully, later this summer, I'll have some time (and a bright, sunny day) to take some photos of the inside and share them with you. It's very small and compact, but it has everything we need.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Golden Wedding Anniversary card...

Today's card is another one that was intended just for my stash, although my sister said if I hung onto it for a few years, I could give it to her. LOL

I had just a smidgen  left over of a Zen doodle design that I had found online. I ran it through my laminator with some gold foil to give it a touch of elegance.

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It's nearly impossible for me to photograph the gold foiling so that you can clearly see it on the design, but it's there and it's so pretty!

The gold glitter washi tape added even more sparkle to my card.

I cut some leaves using a Memory Box die and sandwiched them between my fancy Spellbinders oval and a pierced label die (unbranded).

My sentiment was heat-embossed with gold embossing powder with a tiny piece of my die-cut adhered below it.

On the inside of my card, I used another gold CS mat. I also foiled my sentiment, although you wouldn't know it by looking at this photo.

This isn't a good photo, but at least you can see that the sentiment is actually foiled!

As it turns out, one of our guests from Germany was going to be helping his parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this fall. I asked him if he'd like to give them this card, even though they don't speak English. He said he'd LOVE to, and that he'd interpret it for them. So, it will now be given to someone in Germany whom I've never met, and I couldn't be happier. It's always fun to have my cards used and appreciated.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The sweetest little teddy bear...

I made this card a short time ago for my stash. No baby to welcome to the family . . . yet. I don't think any of my children will have more babies, and it's still too early for grandchildren to be starting families. I do have hope for more babies from my nieces and nephews, though.

Isn't this teddy bear so cute. The photo doesn't even truly capture its cuteness. It is made with an unbranded die, as is the little scalloped trim at the top and bottom of my card.

After cutting out my teddy, I embossed it and then inked it through the die.

I happened to have this DSP sitting on my desk, so I decided to use it and let one of the circles dictate where my little bear should sit.

The stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot, and the heart is a Recollections punch to which I added some Glossy Accents.

On the inside of my card, I added a couple more scalloped borders, another stamped sentiment from the same stamp set and an additional punched heart.

I did pop my little bear up on a single layer of double-sided foam tape. I think you can just barely see that in this photo.

My company has left after 10 busy days with us. I was so tired when they finally drove off at 10 a.m. this morning, that I laid right down and took a one-hour nap! And now it's not even yet 10 p.m., and I'm tired again!

We are busy getting our RV ready for the first outing of the year over Memorial Day weekend. We will be traveling to North Dakota where we will visit family, attend a high school graduation, and also stop to honor the graves of my mother and father.

I actually did get my flower boxes planted over Mother's Day weekend, even though we still had company then. And my little seedlings were blessed with a nice shower this morning. Love when it happens in that order!

We've had some glorious, sunny days here in Minnesota, and I hope you have, too, in your neck of the woods.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sympathy card for my stash...

I made this sympathy card for my stash since I was down to only one card in that category. I really don't like making these cards under pressure to get them done quickly, so I always try to keep at least two on hand.

This card uses some branded dies, unbranded dies and some upcycled CS.  The soft gray patterned CS is actually the inside of one of those cards we all get in the mail from charitable organizations when they're soliciting donations. I save the ones that have any sort of usable areas.

The lattice opening was made with an unbranded die. I love the look of it.

My butterfly is a two-piece unbranded die. The bottom solid shadow piece was cut out of vellum, and the lovely butterfly itself was cut from silver CS. The shadow was also originally behind the antennae, too, but I cut that part off. I wanted only the wings shadowed.

I added the strip of tiny pearls to give a little dimension to the body.

My stitched oval is a My Creative Time die and my Stampendous sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with silver EP.

I added a stitched panel (unbranded die) on the inside of my card and, once again, heat-embossed my sentiment (Technique Tuesday).

I love heat-embossed sentiments on the inside of my cards. They just add a tiny bit of class, I think.

It is late on Friday night as I type this. I am looking forward to buying some flats of flowers tomorrow and getting them all planted in my window boxes and flower beds. It never feels like summer has really started until I get my flowers planted.

To all you moms, aunts, grandmas and women who play an important role in any child's life, I want to say, "Happy Mother's Day!"

I have informed my DH that I will NOT be cooking on Sunday. I think for one day, my family members can treat me, for a change. Should be interesting!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hello, there...

I was looking back through my card photos from earlier this year and realized I had not shared this card with you. It was made as a Valentine, but I think it could be used as a general "thinking of you" card, too, if the inside sentiment was omitted.

The three stamps that I used (owl, mailbox and sentiment) were all from a Recollections Valentine set. I found this fun arrow paper in one of my 6 X 6 paper stacks. I'm not sure of the brand, but I thought the arrows were particularly good for a Valentine, since Cupid is almost always depicted with a bow and arrow.

I added some googly eyes to my little owl, giving him lots of character. I'm not sure there are any owls with golden wings, but I thought he needed a little color other than brown!

The inside of my card was very simple, using another sentiment stamp from the set. I thought the sentiment seemed a bit incomplete since it didn't include the word "DAY," but I used it anyway. :)

I always have a hard time coming up with Valentines that are not too girly or lovey-dovey. My grandsons are getting to the age when I need to tell them I love them in more subtle ways sometimes. I think this little stamp set helps create those kinds of Valentines.

I finally got a few flowers planted outside. I'm hoping to be able to share a few photos of my flowers here on the blog from time to time. Not that my flowers are that spectacular, but I like to have a sort of record of them for those cold winter months. Then I can go back to those photos and dream of warmer weather.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #125: Make your own background...

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I can hardly believe we are nearing the end of the first week in May already. And that means it's time for a fun new challenge over at Let's Craft and Create. This month the design team has done a fabulous job of creating all kinds of backgrounds for their cards and other projects. You really need to hop over there and take a look.

For my part, I have created two cards; I simply couldn't decide on just one handcrafted background!

For this card, I first used some Post-It tape along the fold line of my card so that I could lay it flat while I inked and not get any of that ink on the backside of my card. I rotated a strip of cardstock around the center of my card front and applied some Mustard Seed Distress Ink with a finger dauber to make the sunny rays. My image is a digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps, which I've colored with ProMarkers and adhered with foam tape.

What I love about making this kind of background is it is very quick, but still looks impressive.

I've added a tiny tag (Sixxiz stamp and die) and a little red bow to the stem of my flower.

Did you notice that little wooden ladybug in the corner of my image panel? My sister and I bought some of these a few years ago, and I've been looking for an excuse to use at least one of them. Isn't it cute? They're self-adhesive, too, which is nice.

I left this card plain on the inside so that their is plenty of room to write a personal thank you note.

For my second card, I wanted to use a collection of bug stamps that I got at the thrift store where I volunteer. When I got these stamps, I thought they would be fun for my grandson to use when he comes over and wants to "get crafty with Grandma." But they also work well for grown-up cards like this one.

Once again, I taped off the back of my card, and then began to stamp five or six different bugs randomly on the front of my card. My cross-stitch banner is an unbranded die. I created the sentiment on the computer using a Harry Potter font.

On the inside of my card, I decided to stamp an entire line of ants, something we all contend with at one time or another.

My stamped sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.

This challenge was so much fun that I actually created a third card with a foiled background, but I'll share that one with you in another post.

I really hope you'll head over to Let's Craft and Create and look at all the other wonderful projects. Then join in the fun and add a link to your creation. Just remember, it needs to feature your very own uniquely created background.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Another CAS birthday card...

I had this stamped scalloped panel sitting in my card parts box for quite awhile, and when I had just a small piece of the pretty floral DSP left, it was time to put the two together.

My lovely rose was created with a multi-layered stamp from Altenew. It's so much fun to stamp these flowers--especially now that I have a stamp positioner!

The little strip of DSP above my sentiment was the only piece left. I used a border punch to give it a more interesting edge. I think the border punch is by Martha Stewart, but since I'm not under oath, I won't swear to it.

I'm not sure where the sentiment stamp came from either. Possibly Woodware.

I had a couple of surprise visitors today who stayed for several hours. They didn't say much, and even managed to take a nap (at least the Mallards did--with their heads tucked under their wings).

I took both of these pictures from my front doorway. My visitors didn't seem the least bothered to have me there. In fact, I had to make a noise to even get them to look up for the camera.

I love visitors like this--except when they help themselves to my flowers. Whenever I see a tulip beginning to open up, I rush out and pick it for a vase inside before my bunny friends can eat it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tea cup cards...

Each year I send my aunts a Mother's Day card. I have three aunts, and had only one Mother's Day card in my stash, so I needed to make two more. I decided on a simple design (ID #47201) from the Silhouette Design Store. I thought this card would be cute with a real tea bag tucked inside for them to enjoy.

I pretty much let the DSP and the card design do the work for me. I simply added a sentiment and a flower cut with some dies (possibly Impression Obsession, but I'm not sure).

The design included a faux tea bag/tag on the inside of the card, which I've allowed to hang free. I plan to write a little note on the card beneath it.

I stamped the little scalloped border on the tag to maybe suggest some tea in the cup. I really should have stamped this border in brown.

I also made envelopes for these cards, as they turned out to be a little different in size from the usual card.

Here you can see how I often make envelopes from DSP that I probably won't use for any other purpose. I've got a couple of big stacks of assorted patterns/colors, and it's the perfect weight for envelopes.  And I like that the inside of the envelope is a pretty surprise.

Here's a final look at both teacup cards--for two beautiful ladies in my life.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #245...

When I saw that this week's challenge over on the Merry Monday Challenge Blog was to use kraft paper on a card, I couldn't resist. I had just received a little gingerbread man die in the mail and wanted to cut him out - what better paper to use for him than kraft!!

Here's the smiley little guy on the front of my card. Isn't he cute? I cut him twice - once out of kraft and once out of white. Then I inserted the white pieces into the cutouts on the kraft die-cut. I did use a ProMarker to color the bow tie red before I inserted those pieces. The pieces were all held in place by a little tape on the back.

This little die is one of the unbranded ones found on eBay.

Here's a look at my entire side-step card. I had a terrible time photographing the trees. I used some free plaid papers from a card-making magazine, and they have that "magazine sheen" that reflects the light. The paper was actually very thin, so I adhered it to some kraft cardstock, using a glue stick, before I cut out my trees.

The card base, trees and sentiment stamp and die are all Sizzix dies.

On the inside of my card, I stamped a sentiment and a candy cane border. I can't recall what company made the sentiment stamp and the border stamp is an unbranded one.

It feels good to add this card to my Christmas Card Box. It looks very lonely in there, but I will be adding more in the weeks ahead (I hope).  There's still time for you to play along at Merry Monday and make a card, too. C'mon and join in the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Quick get well card...

I am trying to replenish my stash of cards while I also try to get all the summer birthday cards made. And in my family, that's a LOT of cards. We have so many birthdays in June, July and August that I figure there must have been electrical blackouts in the Midwest during certain years which resulted in everyone staying home and "entertaining" themselves during the months of  September, October and November. he he

Anyway, enough of my rambling and back to replenishing my card stash. Here's a quick card I made with a die my sister kindly gave me. It's one of the unbranded dies that are so popular now.

If you look closely, you'll see that only the butterfly is glittery. I added some double-sided adhesive behind the butterfly portion of the die-cut and then burnished some clear glitter into the open spaces. It actually looks really pretty IRL.

Here's a little closer look at the die-cut. I'm not sure why I often seem to get a blurry portion on my pictures. I guess I need to work on my camera settings.

I had just a little strip of my patterned paper left, so I decided to use a border punch (not sure of the brand) and make a decorative piece for the inside. I backed it with a piece of pink CS so that the pink would show through the punched holes. There's still lots of room to write a personal note.

I had a call today from some friends in Germany who will be coming to stay with us for 10 days in May. We are looking forward to their visit, but I've got lots to do before they get here! I may have to quit making cards for awhile and get my cleaning face on!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple pop-out card...

Today I'm sharing a simple pop-out card that I made for my stash. It was definitely QAS (quick and simple)!

I first embossed a panel for my card front using an older Cuttlebug embossing folder. I'm not sure it is even still available. I cut a couple of banners with an unbranded die I got off of eBay and switched the star cutouts around for a little interest. I just used a little piece of Washi tape behind each star to hold it in place.

I glued some little baker's twine bows at each end of my banners.

I used my glitter pen on one of the central "happy" words and then heat-embossed the "birthday" in white on black cardstock.

You can't really see it, but my black banner is attached with a single layer of foam tape.

As a little surprise on the inside, I created a double pop-out, that I hope looks like a couple of gifts. I'm not sure about those bows! Maybe two on each gift is too many...

My inside sentiment is from a Stampendous birthday set.

 That's my card for today. I'm looking forward to a warm, sunshiny day tomorrow. I hope to get outside and do a little yard/flower bed clean up. I've also got a few tulips blooming that are destined for a vase inside!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

14th birthday card...

I am still working on the many, many birthday cards that I need to make for family members and friends over the next few months. One of my grandsons will be turning 14 this summer, and here is the card I made for that occasion:

As a starting point, I used Design ID #67299 from the Silhouette Design Store. But since that design is actually for a "40th birthday card," I had to do a bit of redesigning for my flip panel. I removed the 40 and welded a 14 to my frame instead, before cutting it out.

The balloons are not part of the cutting file. I punched them out with a Stampin' Up punch, added a "shiny" spot with a white marker, and then adhered them to my card. The strings were hand-drawn with a black pen.

I thought my grandson would get a kick out of us asking him, "wanna party?" It was one of those extra stamps in a set that I had not yet used. I thought it fit well on this card. My dotted line in the decorative strip was made with a Paper Smooches die from the "Dots and Dashes" set.

That's it for me today. I will keep soldiering on with the birthday cards, hoping to get them all made way ahead of time. So far I have all the cards I need through the middle of June. Just 3 1/2 months worth yet to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter treats...

I've been busy making Easter treats for the grands who will be coming over tomorrow to have Easter dinner with us. I just got a new unbranded die off of eBay for a small milk carton container and decided to use it.
For each little container, I had to make two die-cuts and adhere them together. It's very easy, and they go together in an obvious way - no instructions or tutorials needed! I added a piece of cellophane packaging material on the inside to enclose each window, and cut the little circle embellishments with some assorted dies and punches. These went together SO quickly! I'm sure you can tell that I put them together pretty fast by the looks of my wonky ribbon bows.

Here's a peek at the backside, where I've added a tiny tag with their name. If you're interested in this die, here's a link to one company that sells it on eBay. You'll find a number of other companies that sell it by doing a search for "cutting dies box."

I also made these treat covers for some Kit Kat candy bars. I just made up this cover in my head. Nothing fancy, just a little more Easter-y than looking at the candy wrapper. The bunny is  Darice die, the butterfly and grass are Fiskars punches.

Here you can see how I've sandwiched the candy bar in my little holder. I think I cut a piece of cardstock to 3" X 10". I scored this at 4 3/4" and 5 1/4 " to give me the 1/2" base in the center. I used a Spellbinders #8 label die to cut the fancy edge at the top, punched a hole and added a ribbon.

I also added a couple strips of double-sided tape with my ATG gun to one side to hold the candy bar in place. It worked perfectly, and the candy seems quite secure.

I will be busy cooking tomorrow and celebrating with family. We are promised a nice warm day with sunshine. The TV weather people had better be right for a change!

If you also celebrate this holiday, I wish you a blessed Easter!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.