Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Yellow Card Box

Hello Everyone!

I told you in an earlier post I made 4 boxes for the lady who bought some of my cards.  Today I am sharing another one of those boxes.

This box uses some retired ds paper we got for Sale-a-bration one year.  The paper had enough pattern that I just added some retired ribbon that matches the card stock.  Here is another one of the boxes.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Did you know cards make a great gift for someone?  Make some cards and package them up.  Give them to someone who does not expect it.  It will make their day.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chevron Sunflower

Happy Friday!

How is everyone doing today?  I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend!

I saw a card on Pinterest that Barbara Anders created using stamps from another company.  I pulled out our supplies and made my version of her card.

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This will be one of the cards we make at my November workshop.  If you are in the area and want to come send me a message.

Thanks for visiting me today!  I am not sure what we will be doing today but I am sure it will be fun.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, October 24, 2014

The Paper Plunge - Halloween

Hello Stampers!

Well today I am off to North Carolina!  I am excited to go and visit Barb and see the area.  It will also be nice to get away and relax for a while.  It is a 6 hour drive so I will have lots of time to relax on my way there.

Today is The Paper Plunge challenge.  Our challenge today is to make a Halloween project.  I had basically put my Halloween stamping items away and moved on to Fall.  Since I was not in the mindset for Halloween I decided to see what I could do quick and easy.  I checked out the ds paper and there was one in there that I could use for the front of the card.  After I attached it I felt it still needed something.  I decided to use the butterfly punch and make some bats.  I then stamped some ghosts and cut them out and added them also.  My card was done!  Here is my Halloween card for our challenge.

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Head on over to The Paper Plunge blog to see what the other ladies created.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Are you finished with Halloween cards?  Make one more for our challenge.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Card Order Box

Good Morning Stampers!

Well as you read this I am on my way to North Carolina to visit my friend.  I am so looking forward to spending some time with her.  We are going to organize her stamp room.  It will be fun to work with someone else's room and work through the set up with them.  I always get ideas when I work with someone else and their rooms.

The lady who ordered a bunch of my cards several months ago put in a huge order again.  She wanted me to make boxes for them also as she sends them to her mother-in-law in Texas.  This is always a challenge as she has a huge order.  This time she wanted 80 cards.  I have a pattern for a box that I got from SUDSOL.  This box can hold 20 - 25 cards.  That meant I would need 4 boxes.  Making the boxes is not a problem.  The decorating them is the issue.  Here is one of the card boxes I made for her.

On this one I used a retired ds paper for the top and added a die cut butterfly and a ribbon.  This was an easy way to decorate the box.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Do you have any ideas for ways to decorate the box tops?  Send them my way as I am sure she will be purchasing more cards and I will need to make more boxes.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Fun Flower

Happy Midweek Stampers!

Well I have a full day today.  I have some errands to run, an order to deliver, some cards to deliver, as well as write my posts for the next week.  I may keep it short and sweet to get them done before I leave.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week I picked the picture again this week.

Stampin' Up color matches

I just loved the picture.  Those blue chairs make it fun.  I wanted to use my Fun Flowers die so I pulled it out and used different flowers and the swirl from it.  I had actually made 2 flowers from the die but when I went to put them on the card I only liked the one flower so look for the other flower in another card.   After making all the pieces, I just needed to put my card together.  Here is my creation using these colors.

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The next stop on the hop is Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate .  I am sure you will find an amazing project from her.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Will you be able to play today or do you have a busy day?  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments - embossed scene

Hello Ladies!

Well yesterday was not a good day for me.  I decided I needed to do some shopping.  I needed some clothes for the cooler weather.  I started with boots - not good, nothing fit.  I have a narrow heel and always struggle with finding shoes.  So I decided to try and see if I could get a pair of ballet flats.  No luck there either.  Gave up and left the store.  I decided to see if I could find some new clothes.  I wanted to look for some leggings and tops.  I went into Chico's but no luck.  I gave up and came home.  I will try again tomorrow and see if I can find anything that will work.  I have always hated shopping as I can never find things that fit.  It is the story of my whole life!  Oh well let's get on with the card.

Today is the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This week we had a sketch challenge.

When I saw this I thought of the ombre technique.  Then I thought about using different embossing folders.  After a little more thinking, I thought about using the embossing folders to create a scene.  When I had that idea I thought of using different colors to give the illusion of a scene also.  Now I just had to pick my embossing folders.

I recently got the On Point and Lucky Stars folders.  I pulled them out.  Then I thought about the colors I could use.  I thought about a blue and then a yellow for the sky and 3 shades of green for the ground.  After that I decided to add a sentiment to the shaped element at the bottom.  I then needed to add a bow and my card was done.  Here is my version of the sketch.

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I hope you will head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog  to see what the other design team members created using this sketch.  I am sure there will be some fabulous creations.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a full day today but will find time to finish up my cards for when I am out of town.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Santa and Co. Festival of Trees

Good Morning Ladies!

Yesterday was a very productive day again.  I got my workshop cards completed as well as some I needed for my blog.  When I am finished I will have my cards made through the end of this month and the first 2 days of November.  I am going to try and stay ahead by a few days as I have lot going on in November.  Michaela and Josh are coming home for Thanksgiving so I will have a full house.  I will not have time to work on anything so I need to make sure I am on top of things.

Today is the challenge from Mary Jo at Technostamper for the Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge.


 I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas card.  I really need to get going on making those for the blog.  For some reason I cannot get into them.  I am thinking it is because I loved the Halloween and Fall stamps and designer series paper.  I will be switching over soon so I can share some Christmas cards with you.

I order the Santa and Co. ds paper but when I got it in I really am not fond of most of the papers.  Thank heavens there is a second side as those are ones I can use.  I used some of that paper on my card today.  I combined it with the Bright and Beautiful set and star framelits as well as the Festival of Trees and punch.  This card is a little different from my usual style.  It kinda came together accidentally.  Here is my interpretation of her sketch.

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Do you recognize the paper I used for the card?  That paper is several years old.  I am really trying to get rid of some of my paper.

Make sure you stop by Mary Jo's blog - Technostamper to see what the other ladies on the team created.  It is always interesting to see the different interpretations of the sketch.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on scheduling my posts for the next week or so you have some goodies to look at.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Shimmer

Hello Ladies!

Well I got quite a bit done yesterday.  I bought a new refrigerator which will be here in 4 weeks.  It is a lot bigger inside than my current one and with 4 people in the house we need a large refrigerator.  I also started working on my spider web for my "HOME" letters.  And I also made my 12 weeks of Christmas idea for today and 3 cards.  In the evening I even spent some knitting.  It was a good day.

Now for my card for today.  I have loved working with the Freshly Made Sketches challenges for quite some time.  I love their clean and simple layouts.

I have a show coming up and thought I would use this sketch to make the card for the ladies.  I wanted a fall card so I decided to use the Color Me Autumn ds paper.  The sketch is pretty straight forward so here is my interpretation of the sketch.

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So do you think the ladies will like making this card?  I think it is a simple card but has a WOW factor. 

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on more cards today.  I would love to be able to get some Memory Keeping pages done for Zoie's album also.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Merry Snowflake

Well the weekend is finally here.  I was able to do some playing yesterday.  I had a huge order for my cards (120) so I made boxes to put them in.  I will share the boxes as a later time.  After that I made several cards for the upcoming week.

My card today is for the sketch challenge at Creative Club Challenge .  I liked the layout and immediately thought of some sets I could use.


I remembered the All is Calm Specialty ds paper and I loved the lavender color in the picture.  When I pulled out the paper, and looked at it there is no lavender in the paper.  I guess this is a photography lighting issue.  I did not like the look of what I was going to do with the paper so I decided to continue with my idea but modify the paper I was using.  I continued with the Wisteria Wonder card base but instead of using some ds paper I used the decorative dots embossing folder to add some interest.  I wanted to use the snowflakes from the Snowflake Card thinlit die so I cut one out of Shimmery White paper, one out of Wisteria Wonder cardstock, and one out of Brushed Silver paper.  I layered them and they were the half circle element on the right side.

I decided to use Seasonally Scattered set for the center panel.  I inked it up with Versamark and then Wisteria Wonder.  I stamped it on my paper and then heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice.  It is really sparkly.  To finish it off I added a bow with the silver ribbon.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

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I hope you enjoyed my card today.  I am going to look at refrigerators today.  We may be buying a new on as the one I have is 10 years old and lately I have some concerns about it.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on working on some more cards for my blog today.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Paper Plunge - Tags, Tags, Tags!

Happy Friday Stampers!

Well yesterday was quite interesting.  I was to meet a local yarn dyer to get some yarn for a test knit.  I went to enter her address into my Navigation and it would not let me.  That meant I had to go back to the dealership for the 3rd time.  I am so glad I have a trusted private mechanic who does the maintenance on my car.  This has to go through a computer so I had to use the dealership.  Needless to say I was not happy.

I set out with the directions from the dyer.  I did not know how much time it would take.  I had planned 1/2 hour.  I ran into traffic as they were repaving the road.  I live in a rural area so most of our roads are single lane.  I ended up waiting for 10 minutes.  That meant I would be late for the appointment.

After I got my yarn I had to turn in my signed contract and fingerprint check for a class I will be teaching in the Spring for Parks & Recreation.  After that I had to go to the dealership.  I again have an appointment to take the car in for another check.  I then left there and went to the winery to check on the success of some tags I made for them.  After that I finally got to go to the yarn store.  It was busy morning!  Ok, on to my card.

Today is our Paper Plunge challenge.  This week our challenge was to add a tag to our creation.   While I was making an earlier card, I thought it would be interesting to use the Serene Silhouettes and make a Fall card.  I then wanted to see if the stamp would fit in the Chalk Talk Framelits.  It did so I cut my tag.  I then stamped the image.  I added flowers made using the Boho Blossoms punch.  I added a Hello Honey satin ribbon but did not attach it.  I still felt it needed something, so I used the Chevron embossing folder on the upper corner.  I now needed to make my card.  I decided to use the swirl from Everything Eleanor for the background.  It still needed something so I pulled out the decorative dots embossing folder.  I then needed a sentiment.  After I stamped it, I punched it out with the hexagon punch.  It still needed a background so I used another framelit from the Chalk Talk.  I cut it out then measured the hexagon on it and put it back into the framelit and recut the piece shorter so that the punch would fit inside.  Here is my card with the tag on it.

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Want to see how the rest of the team approached this challenge?  Head on over to The Paper Plunge to see their creations.  I am sure there are some awesome creations there.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have Zoie this morning as Jess takes Beaker to the Vets.  We will have some fun!  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Clean and Simple Halloween

Hello Stampers!

Wow did we get some rain yesterday.  While we had bouts of heavy rain most of the day it was a nice gentle rain.  It was a perfect day to be lazy which is what I did!

I ran across a sketch while checking out my challenges.  I thought it would make a great Halloween card.  I used the sketch challenge at Clean and Simple   

I used some of my Motley Monsters ds paper for this one.  I did not cut my paper like the one in the sketch but it is close enough.  I love the candy corn paper in this collection.  I think it is the fact that it is on a black background which really makes it pop.  I combined it with some of the solid color paper in the 2 colors in the candy corn.  Then I just needed to add my sentiment.   Here is my version of the sketch.

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I used some of my retired ds paper to make the envelope.  I love using my retired paper this way.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Today is my day to go to the yarn shop and knit with my friend.  I am playing with my other passion today!  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Itty Bitty Flowers

Good Morning Everyone!

Yesterday was not a good day for me.  Anything electronic that could go wrong did.  My cable froze while I was watching a show.  I could not get it to go forward nor backward and I could not exit the program.  I turned it off and still nothing.  We finally had to unplug it and it finally came back on that I could change channels.  Then when I went to the guide everything said To Be Announced. 

I tried to call and ended up waiting forever before I hung up.  Then I wanted to see about the upgrade deal with Verizon for the iPhone 6.  I tried an online chat as well as calling and could get no where.  I finally gave up and will go today and see if I can do it or if I missed the deal.

Ok enough of my complaining on to my card!

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I chose the picture again this week.

Stampin' Up colors

I have not used Lost Lagoon much as the color does not appeal to me for some reason.  I decided to use it on my card today.  I combined it with Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi and I have my color combo.  I added a strip of vine down the side then punched some mini flowers from card stock and ds paper.  I stacked them and added them to the vine.  It needed pearls in the center.  The other side was bare so I added some score lines and a sentiment.  My card was done.  Here is my creation.

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Are you ready to see what the rest of the ladies created using this color combo?  Head on over to the next blog on the hop - Amanda's Our Crafty Playdate - to see what she did with the colors.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on some more items to add to my Etsy shop as I want to clear out some stuff.  What will you be doing today?  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CAS - Flourishes Hi

Hello Everyone!

Well the weather did not cooperate for me today.  It was dreary all day.  It did start to clear up this evening.  That is okay as I started to do some cleaning.  I pulled out a bunch of stuff in my closet and went through it.  I either will donate or throw it out as it is not going back in my closet.  I also pulled a bunch of retired paper and stamps out.  I matched up the patterned paper to card stock and will list them in my etsy store.  I will also list the retired sets I have for sale there also.  I need to get rid of stuff!

My card today was inspired with the color challenge at Stampin' Royalty.  When I saw the colors I knew I wanted to give them a try.

I also wanted to do the sketch at CAS - Clean and Simple Colours and Sketches.   I loved the look of this sketch.

I have done so many holiday cards lately that my other stamps were feeling neglected.  I decided to use some of my other sets and create an All Occasion card for my post today.  I wanted to use some patterned paper so I pulled out my Moonlight and Subtles ds paper.  After I had my pieces made and had them laying on my card, it seemed "naked".  I decide to emboss the other side of the card to add some interest.  Here is what my final project looked like.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a lot to get done as I need to do some more organizing and listing my items so I can turn on my Etsy shop.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Technostamper - Chrysanthemums

Hello Stampers!

I hope you had a great weekend and if you are still in the work force that you are able to enjoy the day off today.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for you and you can make some fun plans.

Today is the sketch challenge at Mary Jo's Technostamper blog.


I decided to make a fall card today.  Rather than use leaves, I pulled out the flower from Blooming with Kindness as it reminds me of a chrysanthemum.  I chose to use some fall colors also for the mums.  I also moved the 3 small circle elements to the top rather than the side as I didn't have room for them on the side.  Here is my creation for the sketch.

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What color is your favorite fall mum color?  I love the deep red ones.  Head on over to Mary Jo's blog - Technostamper and check out the other design team creations.   

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have to work today but I am doing it from home.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Diva Leaves

Good Morning Ladies!

Yesterday was a dreary day.  I had a hard time getting going.  I just want to curl up with a blanket and veg out.  I did manage to make a few cards as well as do some knitting.  It was nice to be lazy all day.

My card today was for the challenge at Add a Little Dazzle.  It was a fall challenge.   

dazzling diva challenge challenge 46 

I loved the picture and decided to play along.  I pulled out some of metal sheets which I have not used in a while.  I wanted to add some color so they looked more like fall leaves.  I tried sponging on the ink and the heat setting the ink.  It did not work all the way so I took the leaf and turned it upside down on my stamping paper and rubbed it.  Some of the ink came off and some stayed on the leaf.  I decided to use them as they were as I think they looked a little tattered like real leaves.  I also had to add some pumpkins since the photo had a great white one.  I left lots of white space because of the white pumpkin.  Here is my creation based on the photo.

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I have been using some of my retired ds paper for envelopes lately.  I really want to use it up so this is a good use for it.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I need to make a few design team cards today as well as do some organizing.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Freshly Made Ghost

Good Morning Ladies!

It was cool and rainy yesterday.  It is supposed to be the same all weekend.  The perfect weekend for crafting!  I made several cards yesterday so I am set for a few days of posting.  I will make my design team challenge card for Monday and then work on a few other events I have coming up.

I spent some time yesterday checking out my challenge blogs.  I ran across several that I like.  When I saw the sketch challenge at Freshly Made SketchesI thought it would be fun to do a ghost.

I pulled out some of my Motley Monsters ds paper to use for the other elements.  After I use the owl punch to make my ghost, I thought it would be cute to have it peeking out from behind a pumpkin.  I use the wide oval punch to make it and the Build a bird punch for the leaves.  The rest came together fairly quickly.  Here is my Halloween version of their sketch. 

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I think the ghost is so cute peeking out from the behind the pumpkin.  What Halloween cards have you made?  I need to switch to Fall cards so I have some of them.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Will you be crafting this weekend!  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Paper Plunge - Watercolor

Happy Friday Everyone!

I am so ready for the weekend.  I have been dragging all week so it will be nice to sleep in a few days.

Today is our Paper Plunge challenge.  This week we had a watercolor challenge.  I love to watercolor so I decided to do something a little different.  Many people would have stamped an image and watercoloring it.  I decided to do some watercolor backgrounds.

I took some watercolor paper and painted it with water.  I put some reinker in the lid of my stamp pad.  Using an aqua painter I picked up some of the reinker and touched the paper.  The water spread the reinker.  I continued in this manner until I was happy with the paper.  I then set it aside to dry.  My original plan was to use the paper as a background.  I had an idea to try stamping on it and then punching it out.  I played with this and I used the Flower Shop, Papillon Potpourri, and Petite Petals and stamped on the paper.  Here is a picture of the paper with the stamping before I punched it. 

I need to play with it some more as I get the dark splotches.  I think it would be better if I used the side of the aqua painter rather than just touching the tip to the paper.  After I had my images stamped I punched them out and created my card.  Here is my final creation.

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I am sure there are some awesome samples from the design team for this challenge.  Head on over to The Paper Plunge blog to check out the other creations.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to spend some time creating cards for my blog for the next week.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Baby Wearing International Memory Keeping Class

Hello Stampers!

I bet you are wondering about my title today.  My daughter's best friend is very active in the Baby Wearing Group.  She sent a message through Facebook looking for donations as prizes.  I donated a memory keeping class for the winner and 5 of her friends.

The winner was Amy Werking.  I am excited to share with her and her friends how easy it is to do memory keeping.  I put together a simple page we will be doing at her class.  Here is the picture of the sample.

I love the memory keeping done with the inserts.  It is so quick and not a lot of time spent laying out your page.  I will be sharing more of the pages I will be doing.  Would love to do a class for anyone else in the area that is interested!

Thanks for visiting me today.  How do you memory keep your photos?  Share them with me, I would love to see them.  Have a Great Day!