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Friday, October 15, 2021

Happy 17th birthday...

 Our grandson Sebastian turned 17 years old this month. He has received his card, so I can now share it here with you.

For me, it is particularly difficult to come up with ideas for cards for teenage boys. This is a pretty basic card that includes a shaker element that adds a bit of fun. 

I had a sheet of this bicycle-patterned paper in my stash and thought it would be perfect for Sebastian--he loves to ride bike. He lives in Heidelberg, Germany, and bikes nearly everywhere he wants to go.

The shaker frame was die-cut from blue CS and the numbers from glitter CS. I accented my card with a yellow Happy Birthday and yellow CS at the back of my shaker, along with some yellow and blue sequins.

On the inside I added a computer-generated sentiment.

I know there are some cardmakers out there who say that masculine cards are their favorites to make. I wish I was one of them!

There is a definite chill in the air--so good for sleeping at night. Tonight we are going to a football game to watch our granddaughter participate in the marching band performance at halftime. She plays the trombone and really enjoys it. I love a good marching band, so I'm looking forward to it.

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


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

They say you're only young once...


I just love this image. His name is Gus, and he's from Bugaboo Stamps. It's a digital stamp, so I printed him on white cardstock and then cut him out with a dotted border rectangle die. He's been colored with ProMarkers, and I added some Glossy Accents to his glasses.

I adhered navy blue layers of cardstock under the image and under the pale blue dotty DSP for added dimension.

The sentiments on the front and the inside are from a couple of old wood-mounted stamps that I purchased at the thrift store. I like them a lot and have used them several times. I think they work perfectly with this image.

I heat-embossed both sentiments with white EP and used double-sided foam tape to pop up the one on the front. Just for fun, I placed it at a "jaunty" angle.

As you can see in the photo at right, I added the second heat-embossed sentiment on the inside. I like this look, and plan to use it on lots of cards in the future.

It's so nice to not worry about stamping straight when adding a sentiment strip. I only have to make sure I apply the strip straight, which isn't hard if I use my t-square.

This is another card that I donated to the thrift shop. It sold right away. I think people love humorous handmade cards--especially for guys!

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


Friday, October 8, 2021

I've made a few Christmas cards...

 This is a prototype of a Christmas card that I made recently. I used a dotted snowflake background die for the white panel and some silver mirror cardstock for the snowflake and sentiment.

I believe my snowflake is a Sizzix die. It's so delicate and pretty. The photo really doesn't show how lovely it is.

I plan to cut some of the snowflakes (and the accompanying sentiments) out of holographic cardstock, too, for a little different look when I make more cards like this.

My inside sentiment was stamped with Versamark and  heat-embossed with silver embossing powder. I punched three little snowflakes to add around it. Not sure they look all that great. I think I'll use a stamp next time and heat emboss a few snowflakes.

I also made the same card using a white card base. Which do you like better? I'm a little partial to the white, but I think the navy blue card base works well, too. 

When I come up with a card design I like, I usually make at least 10 of them. This one will be no exception.

We've been looking at homes for sale lately. If we could find one that met our needs, had room for a relative to live with us, if need be, and was the right price, we'd buy it and move.  A TALL order!  

Also, we're looking in only one small area of St. Paul, MN, because that is where my husband would really like to live, so that definitely limits the selection of homes available. Who knows--it may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, we are hoping to have some work done on the house we've lived in for the last 20+ years and are meeting with a contractor later this month. I have to admit, I get a headache just thinking about all the work involved in both scenarios--rehabbing our current home or moving into a new one.

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

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #176: Anything Goes or Things with Wings...


It seems as though September--one of my favorite months--simply sped by, and we are now well into October. That means the weather is cooling, the leaves are changing colors, and it's time for another challenge at Let's Craft and Create. This time the option is "Things with Wings."

I briefly thought about using one of my many butterfly stamps and/or dies to create a card. Then I looked at a couple of owl dies...but I still wasn't inspired. It wasn't until I came across a really old dragonfly die by Spellbinders that I began to form an idea for a card.

After die-cutting a pink scalloped mat and a white panel, I stamped my sentiment, using two different colors of ink--black soot Distress Oxide and picked raspberry Distress Oxide. I wasn't happy with the way the pink looked, so I went over it with a self-outlining metallic pen.

My sentiment looks a little off kilter in the photo, but that's due to my lack of photography skills. It really is straight!

I cut the dragonfly from pale pink vellum and embossed it with the die. There are many Spellbinder's dies that also emboss a pattern into the die-cut piece. 

I also cut the dragonfly out of pale pink cardstock, and, cutting away the wings, I added the cardstock body to the vellum one.

I did a bit of inking around the dragonfly's body and some coloring with a marker on the back side of the vellum wings. If you look closely you'll see that I also added a little sparkle to the wings with a glitter pen and two tiny pink gems for the eyes.

The dragonfly was mounted onto a holographic cardstock circle that featured wonky stitches and scallops. The circle was popped up on foam squares.

On the inside, I added another pink scalloped mat, identical to the one on the card front, and a stitched panel on which I stamped a sentiment.

I hope you'll join the challenge this month with your own creation. Remember you can choose "Anything Goes" or "Things with Wings." Some other ideas for the latter option might include airplanes, butterflies, bats, bees, birds (even emus and flamingos!) and angels. 

Want more inspiration? Head over to Let's Craft and Create and see the fabulous projects the Design Team has created.

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


Friday, October 1, 2021

Pretty cardstock, two cards...

 I had some pretty patterned cardstock in my stash, and since it was a nice heavy quality, I decided to make a couple of card bases with it.

My first card was a simple "Happy Birthday" card. I die-cut a fancy rectangle and carefully adhered my die-cut sentiment with some glue.

I wanted a little glittery sparkle, so I added some Nuvo Drops and sprinkled them with white glitter while they were still wet. I think I lost control and went a little crazy, though. I should have stopped at three! 

I added a simple stamped sentiment on the inside.

This is the second card I made with the pretty cardstock. This time I die-cut a flower out of white cardstock and then inked the edges of the petals with gold metallic ink to make them look a bit like the ones in the cardstock pattern. I added some deep yellow Nuvo drops to my flower center and a few white sequins to my framed rectangle.

Another stamped sentiment on the inside finished off my card.

As I walked into the thrift store today for my volunteer shift, I was stopped by a lady who asked if my name was Sherry. I said, no that wasn't quite right; my name was Cheryl. Then she asked, "Do you make the cards?" I told her yes, at the moment, I am the one making the cards. She proceeded to tell me how much she loved them and that she had purchased several. She was anxious to see what cards I had brought in today (I only had nine new ones as that is all I was able to make this week). It was so sweet of her to take the time and effort to let me know how much she liked the cards. It gives me renewed energy to continue making them!

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


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Happy birthday burger and fries...


I've had a Spellbinders die set that features a burger, fries and a soft drink for a really long time and have never used it--until now. I finally pulled it out to make a couple of cards for the thrift store, and I thought they turned out pretty cute. I'm certain I purchased this set during one of Spellbinder's big sales, thinking it would be great for my own teenaged grandsons, but it will also work well for a tween boy or girl.

After cutting out all the pieces, I used some finger daubers to add a little ink to most of them before assembling. To properly stack all the parts of my hamburger, I added some double-sided tape to a narrow strip of cardstock and then carefully adhered the bun bottom-burger-cheese-tomato-lettuce-bun top onto this strip.

The sentiment on the inside was computer-generated.

For this card, I followed Jennifer McGuire's video directions for making a circle flip card. It was pretty easy and actually turned out well.

This is how the card looks when fully opened. I added two white circles on the inside, making sure the one on the right was placed exactly behind the front circle. I left a little room on the bottom of the right-hand circle for a signature. 

Both the birthday definition on the left and "Happy Birthday!" on the rectangle at right are stamps.

We had a nice weekend. The weather has been absolutely perfect--warm days, cool nights, and soft breezes. In fact, it's been perfect weather for growing grass, too. Ours is getting high and will have to be mowed this week. That will be my job, of course, since my hubs is still recovering from his knee surgery. I'm not complaining, though. I actually don't mind mowing the lawn--it's good exercise!

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


Friday, September 24, 2021

Congrats on your new home...


This card was made with another card part--the image--from years ago. I had printed out this image and then colored it with Promarkers. I colored this one shortly after I got my Promarkers (can you tell?) and had no idea how to use them. I'm still not very good at it, but I've learned a few techniques since then. This card has already sold at the thrift store, so I guess someone thought it was ok.

I started this card with a kraft card base. I stamped a woodgrain pattern on the front with navy blue ink.

One of my favorite things to do is to add some clouds in the background with my new cloud stencil. It takes so little effort to get a nice cloudy sky!

I also added some Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers.

The word "Congrats" was cut three times and layered for a little dimension. My strip sentiment underneath it was popped up on foam tape.

As you can see in this picture, I just couldn't help adding more clouds to the inside. This time I added them over a circle stencil and put a strip sentiment in the center. I like the way it turned out though, so I think I'll keep this in mind for other cards.

Tonght we are bringing pizza to one of my husband's cousins who is homebound for a while because she had surgery on her foot and is in a cast. She is not allowed to put any weight on her foot or even drive.  We haven't been going anywhere either since my hubby's surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago, so we're looking forward to the outing.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with lots of sunshine and balmy weather.

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