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Friday, January 14, 2022

As I was organizing and putting away...

 ...all of my Christmas card supplies, I came across a die-cut cluster of snowflakes and some die-cut words. So in the middle of my mess, I stopped and made a card.

The snowflake cluster and words had been in my stash since last year! I just couldn't bring myself to store them for another year or throw them away. The background paper was a portion of a 12" X 12" sheet that was begging to be used, as well.

I searched through my gems to find some blue ones of different sizes and added them to the centers of the snowflakes.

The inside of the card was stamped with a simple Christmas greeting. Finally, a card for Christmas 2022 is done! Now I just need to make about 100-125 more of them for my personal needs and for the thrift store to sell. Thank goodness I have 11 1/2 months to get them done.

Last night we attended a jazz band concert in which our granddaughter Polly played trombone. It was such a fun concert and the kids played so well! There is so much talent in the group. Our feet were tapping the floor in rhythm to the music during every song. Jazz is my DH's favorite music genre, so he really enjoyed every second of it. I hope she continues with the jazz band for her two remaining years of high school. The concerts are such a treat!

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


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Creating tiny pearls with Nuvo Drops...

I have seen handmade cards online that featured lines of tiny pearls that the crafter made with either Perfect Pearls or Nuvo Drops. I thought they looked so pretty, so I gave it a try with some of my Nuvo Drops. I didn't really succeed, as mine aren't nearly as perfectly shaped as the ones I saw...but it was fun.

I added a vellum oval to some pretty paper from Stampin' Up. The vellum was adhered along its edge and underneath the die-cut flower and sentiment. 

It took some time to add all my tiny pearls. I also had to wait until they were fully dried before I finished the inside of my card.

This flower was made with one of my favorite die sets. The petals are a good size so that I can place a small piece of foam tape under some of them for added dimension.

I tried to match my die-cuts to the colors in the DSP.

While I waited for my pearls to dry, I made another card.

This card was put together with bits and pieces from my card parts. I know my doily looks like it has been adhered at an angle, but it really is straight. Really! I'm just a very bad photographer.

ETA: On the advice of master cardmaker, Darnell, I am entering this card into challenge #419 on the Snippets Playground blog. My card, after all, was made entirely from snippets (except for the base).

On the inside of the card, I added a stamped sentiment. I also added a stamped sentiment to the inside of my first card, but I forgot to take a photo of it.

I am currently making some thank you cards for the thrift store. I have misplaced one of my favorite "Thank You" dies. I sure hope I didn't accidentally throw it out with all my paper scraps when I was cleaning and organizing my craft space.

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

Friday, January 7, 2022

Balloon cut-out...

 I had a small piece of balloon patterned cardstock and thought I'd use it to make a quick birthday card.

To add something just a bit special to my card, I carefully cut out one of the balloons and made it into a shaker. Then I added a die-cut of the word "Happy" and a "BIRTHDAY" word banner. So quick, so easy!

On the inside, I added some more die-cut balloons and four different sentiments, stamped at different angles.

Now I wish I had more of this balloon paper to make a few more of these!

I have succeeded in putting away all of the Christmas decorations and also cleaning up the Christmas card-making chaos in my craft space. Isn't that a mouthful? 

We will give the house a thorough cleaning this weekend. Maybe THEN I can really concentrate on getting some cards made for the thrift store and for some upcoming family birthdays.  

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


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #179: Anything Goes with an option of Something New (new home, new baby, New Year, etc.)...


Oh, my gosh, it's 2022! Can you believe it? The older I get, the quicker time flies. 

It is time once again for a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create. We hope you'll join us with your creation. Remember, you can choose "Anything Goes" or "Something New" for inspiration.

I decided to to make a card to send congratulations on a new house. Because I enjoy making slimline cards, that is the format I chose.

I started with a pale blue panel and matted it with a pale yellow panel.

I heat embossed my sentiment, "Congratulations on your new house," onto the blue panel.

My streetscape was cut twice from white cardstock and adhered together for more dimension before it was glued to the blue panel. The special house, which was backed with some of the yellow cardstock, was popped up on dimensionals.

Since I like to make more than one card when I settle on a design, I made the same card again using gold metallic cardstock instead of the yellow.

I really like the way the metallic cardstock is so reflective in the windows of the house.

I kept the inside of each card very simple with just a stamped sentiment.

Here's a peek at both cards together.

Now it's your turn. Be sure to hop over to Let's Craft and Create to see what the Design Team has made to inspire you. There is a prize for this month's winner, too!

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

Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy Beerthday...

Quite a while ago I purchased a package of random small dies, and this beer mug die was one of them. It came with three pieces--the mug shape, the inside piece (for the beer) and the foam.

The mugs were cut from white, translucent vellum. I know it looks blue in the photo, but that's just my blue circle of cardstock showing through.

The beer pieces were cut from gold cardstock, covered with double-sided tape and adhered to the backsides of the mugs.

The foam was cut from poster board, giving it lots of dimension.

The sentiment on the front of the card was computer-generated, and the inside sentiment is an old wood stamp that I got from the thrift store.

This slimline card was very quick (and fun) to make. I think it works great as a masculine card (if the guy likes beer, that is).  I have a few males in my family who enjoy having a beer, so I think this card design will get some more use.

I hope your new year has started well. We've had a brief spate of cold weather, but it is supposed to warm to 30 degrees today, so that will feel almost balmy! 

 I have begun putting away the Christmas decorations. It usually takes me a couple of days to get it all done. When do you put yours away? Soon after the holiday, or weeks later?

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


Friday, December 31, 2021

Flowers for a wintry day...


I have a set of stencils and a coordinating die that make this pretty floral wreath. I recently made a couple of cards with them that I donated to the thrift store. And since it's looking pretty cold outside--we'll have temps well below zero tonight--I thought they'd be perfect to feature on my blog today. 

The first card has a dry-embossed background, made from a scrap of blue CS I found in my stash.

I have popped my wreath up on dimensionals, as well as my sentiment.

My only other embellishment was three iridescent sequins that reflect whatever color surrounds them.

This card was made the same as the first one, but with a piece of DSP in the background--another scrap from my stash. Once again, I added the iridescent sequins. See how pink they look on this card? 

Each card had a simple, stamped sentiment on the inside. The photo on the right shows the one inside the first (blue) card.

We are having a very low-key New Year's Eve celebration today. My brother is coming to help my DH fix a bathroom faucet and staying for dinner. My brother-in-law will also be here, as he has been staying with us since before Christmas. We'll probably have a glass of wine to toast the New Year, and that will be it!

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


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Simple sympathy card...


I needed some sympathy cards and came up with this very simple design.

I had a pretty border die of a row of flowers--they look like water lilies to me. I decided to use it as the focal point of my card, keeping the layout really simple.

I found some silver cardstock with a "brushed" design on it. I cut a strip to back the die-cut and also used it to cut out my sentiment.

The silver cardstock was pretty heavy, so even though I didn't layer my sentiment, it still had some dimension.

On the inside of my card, I stamped a sentiment with no other embellishment.

I'm going to make a few more of these cards so that I have some on hand and also have some to donate to the thrift store. 

I think the rich purple and elegant silver are what make this card special. I have a 12" X 12" stack of cardstock in jewel tones, and I think those papers will be perfect to make more of these.

We had a lovely Christmas with some of our family members able to celebrate with us. So much food. So many gifts. So much fun. 

Here we are with three of the grands and one of their dogs. This was taken Christmas morning after they had finished opening their gifts.

I hope your celebrations were as merry as ours. I am looking forward to a New Year filled with blessings. After all, there's no sense in looking forward to doom and gloom!

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