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Friday, April 12, 2024

U Rock...

I made a couple of cards that I thought would work for a teenager who likes music or maybe plays a guitar. Of course, these cards could also work for an adult.

I had a small piece of this guitar-patterned cardstock left in my stash, and I wanted to use it. It is years old, possibly as many as eight!

I cut out the letters three times and stacked them for dimension. Big letters like this can be difficult to line up exactly, but my 6" T-square helped me line them up perfectly.

I stamped a sentiment and a few notes on the inside.

Since I had run out of guitar paper, I turned to Bing/Create to use AI to give me another guitar-patterned background.

This time, I made my card as a portrait layout, which meant there wasn't room for the exclamation point, which I thought was ok.

Once again, I stacked the letters for more dimension, and this time I did a little inking around the edges, as well.

The inside was similar to the first card with a stamped sentiment and a few stamped notes.

I am staying at my daughter's this weekend so I can take care of their four dogs while they are out of town. If only the pups would sleep in--but they are used to getting up at the crack of dawn, so I guess I will, too. lol

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


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Mother's Day cards...


I started making Mother's Day cards a couple of weeks ago. Since my mother passed away long ago (1992), I've been donating them to the thrift store. They sell quickly there, so I guess there is a need for them.

This is a top-fold card, and I used a border die to create the scalloped bottom edge. Because I used a white card base, I added a piece of lilac cardstock on the inside so that it would coordinate with the DSP on the front.

This one is also a top-fold card. I used the same DSP, dark purple ribbon and sentiment as I had on the first one. I also added sine lilac cardstock to the inside.

Here's a peek at the inside of the second card. Even though the white sentiment panel is fairly small, there is still plenty of room to write a brief greeting and to sign it.

Here are two more cards I made using the Spirelli technique to add metallic thread to the shell shapes.

The pretty fan shells started out as scalloped circles. Then I followed directions on how much to cut off of each circle to create the shell shape. I added a pretty, sparkly sticker to the center before adding metallic string. Here is a brief tutorial on simple Spirelli string art.

I cut the top of my DSP with a large scallped edge die and inked the edge a bit to resemble water.

The letters for "MOM" were cut three times and stacked for dimension before gluing them to my card.  The strip sentiment was stamped and popped up on foam tape.

This card was made the same way, except for the  way I embellished it. Instead of adding a few scattered gems, I added a row of purple Nuvo Drops to the left of "MOM."

Here's a closer look at the Spirelli fan shells. It is clearer in this photo that the metallic string I used was purple. You can also see some of the sparkle in the stickers.

Both of these cards had a simple, stamped sentiment on the inside.

I will have more Mother's Day cards to share with you in future posts, as I really enjoy making them. 

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


Monday, April 8, 2024

Requested masculine card...

One of the employees at the thrift store where I volunteer asked me to make an Army-themed birthday card for his son, so this is what I came up with.

I found a free camouflage print online and printed out a half sheet of it. I cut it to fit my card front and adhered it with a stitched strip on the left and right. I thought these strips added a tailored look to it.

Then, I also found an image of military dogtag shapes. I printed them on mat silver cardstock with a sentiment on each one.

I added them to my card front with silver string and foam squares.

I thought the dogtags were a little large, but I decided not to resize and reprint them. I think it's ok to take a few liberties when making cards.

The inside held this nice pop-up surprise, which I cut with my Silhouette. I kept the colors in line with the colors on the front of the card. I thought the stars were another nice military touch.

The card was very well received. In fact the person for whom I made it said he loved it. I hope his son loves it, too.

My tulips have finally begun growing like gangbusters. It won't be long before the flower heads appear. Now if we can just keep the bunnies away from them!

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


Friday, April 5, 2024

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #206: Anything Goes or Beautiful Butterflies (use a butterfly)...


I'm so glad you've stopped by for a little visit, and I hope you'll be inspired to take part in the latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create. The special option this month is to use a butterfly on your creation. If you're anything like me, you have loads of butterfly stamps, dies and embossing folders.

I decided to use one of my favorite 3D embossing folders to make my card.

I started with a white panel of cardstock and used my embossing folder and machine to impress the butterfly design. When that was done I turned my embossed panel over to the debossed (back) side and added color to the butterflies and plants using some ink pads and blending brushes. I didn't have to be careful about it either! I just brushed on some color until I was happy with it. 

Then I used a black ink pad to swipe ink over the entire panel on that same (back) side. This is what gives this technique its name--the blackout technique. The result is a dramatically pretty image panel.

I added a sheer ribbon to my card. The ribbon had actually been pale pink to start with, but I colored it with a purple alcohol marker.

Once the ribbon was in place, I adhered a stamped sentiment circle with foam squares, and then the entire panel was added to my lavendar card base.

I opted for no more drama on the inside of my card and used just a stamped sentiment.

There are many videos on YouTube you can watch if you just search there for "Embossing Folder Blackout Technique."

I hope you'll join our April challenge, but before you do, be sure to check out the fabulous projects the Design Team has made to inspire you. You'll find them all here. 

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


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Setting sail...

 I was given a couple of sailboat stickers and they'd been laying on my desk for far too long. I decided it was time to use them.

I thought these stickers would make some great masculine cards.

This first sailboat sticker reminded me of a book I finished reading not long ago. It is titled "Over the Edge of the World" and was written by Laurence Bergreen. It is the story of Magellan's espedition to find the Spice Islands and circumnavigate the world. It's a fascinating read and I highly recommend it. Anyway, the five boats under Magellan's command may have looked something like this one.

I used a couple of stencils on my oval--one for the clouds and one for the ocean. I first taped off the edge in order to leave a white border.

The oval is popped up on foam tape.

I wanted to add some interest to the inside of the card, so I stenciled the panel to create some fluffy clouds. I cut my computer-printed sentiment out with an oval die and adhered it over the clouds.

This sailboat sticker sheet also included a lighthouse and a seagull, so I used them both on this card. The lighthouse was connected to dark blue "waves." I didn't want to try to pry it off, so I simply created some more "waves" with some lighter blue cardstock to fill in the rest of my panel. I used a large scalloped edge die that was very close to the size of the darker scallops.

This card is much plainer on the inside with just a stamped sentiment.

The sailboat stickers I used on these cards were pretty detailed with their sails, flags and ropes (threads). I know they would have been quite costly, as far as stickers go. The only ones I buy nowadays come from Dollar Tree!

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


Monday, April 1, 2024

Two tulip cards...

I love tulips, don't you? The ones in our yard are peeking out of the ground, wondering if it's safe yet to start forming their pretty heads. The weather is always unpredictable during a Minnesota Spring, so I don't dare encourage them.

I got a new tulip die set a short time ago and decided to have a little play with it.

These layering dies are a very nice size. As you can see, they fill up a good portion of an A2 card front.

I cut the pieces out of colored cardstock, but then did some shading with ink and a finger dauber to add a bit of dimension before assembling them.

I popped the largest flower head up on foam squares and added a gingham bow.

The dots on the sentiment oval were made with Nuvo Drops. 

I added some of the DSP to the inside above a sentiment that had been printed with my computer.

There was one more tulip in the set, so I decided to use it on another card. This time I did a bit of a fancy fold and used some coordinating designer papers.

After inking and assembling the flower, I added it to my card front. I also added some Wink of Stella to the flower head to coordinate with the little bit of glitter in the striped DSP.

The strip sentiment was one I had laying on my desk, so I decided to use it.

On the inside I usesd the same die-cut panel that I had used on the front and placed it directly behind the front one so that you wouldn't see it when the card was closed.

Finally, after stamping my sentiment, I used a marker to color in the word "wonderful."


We had a lovely Easter weekend, and I hope you did, too. We had our local family members here for brunch on Saturday, then attended church (I had to usher) on Sunday. Later in the afternoon we took Mickey to a dog park. He's loves going and playing with the other dogs, and it's fun for Gary and I to talk to the other dog owners.

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

Friday, March 29, 2024

A few final Easter/Spring cards...


I had a single dimensional sticker of a cross, so I made this card with it. I simply stamped the sentiment first and then used a pierced sunray background die to add the pierced lines to my panel. Then, all I had to do was adhere the cross and add a stamped sentiment to the inside.

I made a few bookbinder cards for Easter, too. This cute bunny image was perfect for them. I die-cut the stamped sentiment, the wonky lace along the "binding" and the two tiny eggs. A small bow finished the card front, and a stamped sentiment was added to the inside.

I had fun die-cutting and assembling this little bunny in a cup. This card was donated, and I'm pleased to say that every single Easter card I donated to the thrift store was sold. I've since started on Mother's Day cards for them.

I also made a few of these cards to donate.  I thought there might be a few grandmothers who would buy them for their grandkids.

Finally, I made this card for a friend who doesn't celebrate Easter. I still wanted her to know I was thinking of her, so I made this fractured "Happy Spring" card. I thought the mix of gray and soft pink in these pretty papers was perfect. The flower was a premade one that I layered up and added a tiny bit of pink ink to. I die-cut a few leaves out of dark gray to match those in the patterned paper.

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment and added two strips of the pink paper.

It's hard to believe that Easter is already upon us. To all of you who celebrate, I wish you a blessed Easter. And I'd like to wish a happy Spring to everyone else. I look forward to seeing some pictures of flowers on the blogs I visit regularly. I know I'm anxiously awaiting the blooming of my tulips and peonies.

I even bought a few seed packets yesterday when I was running some errands. I only wish I could get them in the ground already!

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


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Smile! You're on camera! (and a few more Easter cards)...


This is a masculine card I made to donate. The "Happy Birthday" die-cut has a retro look, don't you think? I filled the little holes in the banner with some Nuvo Drops.

The camera is actually a dimensional sticker from Dollar Tree. I thought it was such a great image and perfect for a guy card.

I love the old-fashioned, burnished look of it. And it has some real dimension in the way it is made.

I don't often find stickers like these at Dollar Tree, but when I do, I buy them even if I have no idea at the time how I"ll use them.

I didn't have any stamps that were camera/picture-related, so I created one with my computer.

I also added a strip od DSP as a bit of decoration on the inside.

These Easter cards are bright and cheerful. The patterned paper on the bottom of each card came from a gift bag I bought at Dollar Tree. I saw the gift bag and thought the colors were perfect for Easter.

The fest bunnies were from my stash. I gave them enamel dots for tails. "Easter Joy" was cut from some glitter cardstock and glued onto the front of each card. The inside of each card has a stamped sentiment.

I still had some of the gift-bag paper left, so I made some slim-line cards for each of our grandsons.

I don't often use my largest alpha dies, but they worked perfectly on these cards.

"Happy" was popped up on foam tape.

The decorative white strip that separates the top of the card from the bottom was made with a very old punch. 

I die-cut three eggs and arranged them on the bottom of the card, popping up the middle one and adding a cute little die-cut bunny.

Once again, I added a computer-generated sentiment on the inside, along with a strip of the colorful paper from the gift bag.


Old Man Winter has paid us a visit, even though it is officially spring. He dumped quite a lot of snow and rain on us--enough to make the roads icy and dangerous. There were hundreds upon hundreds of accidents, spin-outs and jack-knifed semis in the metro area. The hubs had to take his brother to a doctor's appointment during the height of the storm, so I got to walk our dog. Mickey loves the snow, so he was happy as a lark to be out in it. Me...not so much.

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


Monday, March 25, 2024

More Easter cards...

I used a free image that I found online on these cards. I thought the little chick was so cute and worked nicely for a circle die-cut.

This card is simple and straightforward. I adhered the image to a shadow layer and popped it up on foam squares.

Finally, I added a pink ribbon and a stamped sentiment on the inside.

This card is a little more complicated. You see the chick image through an aperture on the front of the card.

For the inside layer, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 1/4" high X 6" wide. It was scored at 4" on the 6" side, and this flap was folded towards the center of the card.

The card was then closed and glue was added to the circle layer on the right hand side in order to adhere it onto the flap through the aperture.

This photo shows the inside of the card with a piece of scalloped  DSP and a stamped chick for a little embellishment.

I made a few of these cards, too. I had some "starry sky" DSP, and it worked perfectly as a background for my fancy cross. I added some purple gems to this one, but I decided I liked them better without the gems. 

For this card, I used four different patterns of DSP to create a fractured design. The flower is from a box of pre-made flowers I've had for years. I just added a little blue ink and a gem in the center to finish it off.  I used navy blue quilling strips that I had on hand for the fractured design. I don't plan to do any quilling any time soon, and they worked really well for this design.

I was able to get to the library yesterday to pick up some books to read this coming week. A snowstorm was moving in, so I wanted to make sure I had some reading material while we wait for the storm to subside.

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