Monday, February 8, 2016

Big Hug

Our landscape has turned white again. We are supposed to have snow showers for the next few days. It's sticking to the grass but not the driveway. I'm grateful that we may not have to shovel (at least not yet). My FIL went home today from his visit this weekend. We had a nice time together. Tomorrow it's back to the routine and work. Retirement looks better all the time.
My card tonight was one that I thought would be really easy to make and I had to start over 3 times before I got a viable card.

The background was made by inking a new embossing folder that I received today as blog candy from my buddy Debbie (waving hi!) It's from the Sizzix Damask Set. I used Fired Brick distress ink and then spritzed it with water before embossing. I backed it with red card stock on a white base. I heat embossed the sentiment and the border with black embossing powder on vellum. The sentiment and border are from a set from Simon Says called Happy Every Day. I fastened the vellum with two heart brads. I like the way this turned out even though it took me so long to get it right.
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I have to get my little gifts done for my co-workers for Valentine's Day. That's my next project. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you had a wonderful start to your week. Hope to be back soon with a new project. 

Hugs to you all!


Sunday, February 7, 2016


Welcome back! I am slipping this card in at the last minute for the i {heart} sketches with a twist challenge. Faith has some adorable new snowmen in the shop and my heart just melted for this one.

Of course plaid is my favorite so I had to use it on this card (and it happened to be out on my desk). The image is Snowman Valentine. I colored him with Bic markers. I punched the snowflakes and then added glitter to them to make my own embellishment. The twist is hearts and there are a few in the image. I used glitter on the snowflakes and the snowman's hat. I followed the sketch at i {heart}sketches.
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Thanks for stopping by again today. Watching the Super Bowl as I type. Go Denver!


Make a Card for a Friend

Oops I forgot to post this one this morning. Better late than never!
It's CAS time again at The Outlawz and this week we are creating cards for a friend and then sending the card. We are celebrating Send a Card to a Friend Day. The card that I made is for a friend who's birthday is coming up.

Our sponsor this month is Scrapcuts by Judy and I used the Owl Birthday set from Judy. The prize you could win is a $10 gift certificate to the store.

I added the image to the inside of the card and then cut a window into the front of the card and added a plaid frame to highlight the window. The sentiment was added with my MISTI tool. The Birthday Wishes is from Hero Arts and the For a Friend is from a set from Simon Says. To finish it off I added several sequins.
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I hope you'll play along with our CAS challenge this week and put a smile on a friend's face. Thanks for stopping I'll be back shortly with another card for today.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

You Moo-ve Me

Happy Saturday! It's a bright sunny day here in Indiana. Rather chilly this morning but I think the sun has the temperatures above freezing now. After I went to the grocery store early this morning I chose to stay in and play; first with food and then with a card. LOL!

There is a story behind this card. This week I started an exercise class at work during my lunch hour on Thursday. I'll go to the class for the next 14 weeks. The class is supposed to help with strength and flexibility. So during the class, each participant is paired with an undergraduate student who is taking a class to learn to teach people how to exercise. So my student's name is Cooper. He's just the nicest and friendliest young guy and I like him a lot. Part of our class is walking on a track and getting to know one another. He asked me what I did for fun and I told him I made greeting cards. I don't think he quite understood that. So during the class the head instructor called us "movement buddies". So one night this week while I was tossing and turning and not sleeping, I came up with the idea for this card for Cooper for Valentine's Day. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #337

The image is from DeeDee's digis (who unfortunately is no longer in business) and I did the sentiment on the computer. The background paper is from a paper pack called Safari by the Paper Studio. The circular element is die cut with Spellbinder's Heart Circles (which I thought was appropriate). I used some of the hearts to add to the banner tag for the sentiment. The banner is from MFT. The image is cut from MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Corner Squares. Here's the inside of the card.

I embossed a smaller Spellbinders Heart Circle and added the sentiment from a Simon Says stamp set. And finished it off with some more hearts from the die cut on the front of the card. I hope Cooper likes his card. I'll give it to him this Thursday when we have class again.
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I hope you like my unusual valentine today. Are you rooting for a special team for the Super Bowl tomorrow? I'm torn. I would love to see Peyton Manning go out on top and win it again. But North Carolina has had a great year and they deserve to be where they are. So I guess I'll be happy no matter what the outcome. I'm just so happy that the Patriots aren't playing! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you'll visit again soon.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

For a Friend

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today. I tried a new technique that I read about today. I found this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She calls it Negative Space Coloring.

I colored the background with 3 different colors of Copic markers. I think I need to practice this more. After the background is colored I heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder. The image is from a retired Gina K stamp set. The sentiment is from Simon Says and is heat embossed in gold also. I mounted the image and sentiment on white fun foam which is attached to Spellbinder's Scalloped Rectangles. The card stock base is a lighter blue to pop the colored background.
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It is snowing tonight. There wasn't anything in the forecast so hopefully it won't last long. My FIL will be visiting this weekend. Hope you have some fun things going on too.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Love of my Life

Monday is almost over. It's been a whirlwind day. We unloaded two semis of Girl Scout cookies today and gave them out to leaders in the area. Then it was dinner and wishing our oldest son a very happy birthday. I wanted to color a little bit and relax a bit so I did this card.

The frame and bird are Love Birdy from Bugaboo Stamps. I colored it with Bic markers and on the hearts I added Wink of Stella. The sentiment I added is from Ginger's House. I added the background layers: one is black card stock and one is some heat paper from the Paper Studio. I added some velvet ribbon and a re bow for embellishment. The image and sentiment is popped up over the fairy thick velvet ribbon.
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I hope your week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by. I am suddenly very tired so I'm calling it a night. Back to work tomorrow. Take care!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy Valentine

My second post for today. My card is for Valentine's Day. I used another From the Heart Stamp for this card called Snowman Valentine. I fell in love with this darling snowman. And he's only $1 right now.

I colored the image with Bic and Copic markers. I stenciled the pink card stock base with a Simon Says Heart Pattern stencil with Spun Sugar distress ink. The red strip from my scrap box was stenciled with the same stencil with Picked Raspberries distress ink. The darker pink with pink hearts is from the Paper Studio. I cut both the image and the darker pink paper with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Corner Square Stax. I die cut the heart from Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner. The heart is backed with with white fun foam to pop the heart up. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch  #336 as inspiration.

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Got to get ready for the Girl Scout Cookie delivery tomorrow. Have to load a table into my car with the clip boards and grocery nags. It was pretty mild today. I'm hoping that tomorrow will be the same. Have a wonderful start to your week. Thanks for stopping by.


Special Delivery

Happy Sunday! This is my off week for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz but they have a really fun challenge this week that I hope you will play along. This week they are making a background for the card. You really need to check out the awesome creations my DT sistahs made. They are simply amazing.
I've been kind of absent this week from my blog. It was a busy week and my mojo seemed to wane for the cards so I changed crafts and started a granny square afghan instead. But today I am back with a card and I hope to do another one yet today as I am behind in some of the challenges that I like to play in. The first one today is the From the Heart I {heart} sketches with a twist challenge. The twist this week is vintage and that isn't my style usually so I didn't do the twist this week. But I did do the sketch.

This is one of Faith's newest stamp sets Special Delivery Snowman and it's available right now for just $1. I think he's just adorable! I could have used this card for The Outlawz challenge if I hadn't added so many layers. I made the background with a snowflake stencil. I started with Island Blue card stock from Simon Says and used the Simon Says snowflake stencil and Salty Ocean distress ink to create the background. The image and sentiment are die cut with MFT inside and Out stitched rounded square stax. The other two layers were scraps from my scrap box die cut with Spellbinders Square dies. Here's the sketch I used for inspiration.

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I hope to get another card done today. Although tomorrow is my off day I will unloading semis of Girl Scout cookies tomorrow. The trucks should arrive by 9 o'clock and the leaders will start arriving by 10. We'll have to check and load lots of cars, trucks and vans with cookies. So soon, if you ordered cookies, you should be getting them. I think the trucking companies spend this entire week delivering cookies to different areas. It's supposed to be above freezing temperature-wise but we have a chance of rain. I'm praying it will hold off until later in the day. It's pretty miserable loading in the rain or snow. 
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll make a return trip later if I get my other card done. Have a super Sunday!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Reindeer Joy

Happy Wednesday! It was very chilly today but partly sunny. I didn't walk but exercised inside. I must have been thinking of Christmas because that's the kind of card I made tonight.

Who could resist these reindeer? They're from Imagine That! called Joyous Reindeer. I colored them with Copic and Bic markers. I used Wink of Stella on all the red and the lights on Rudolph. I love Wink of Stella but it's really tough to get a good picture of it. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I die cut it with Spellbinder's Ribbon Tags. Instead of ribbon I used an embossed piece of card stock embossed with Holly Swirl embossing folder. I inked the sentiment while it was still in the die so the dots would be green. To finish I added a few self-adhesive red pearls. I think this is a fun card!
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That's it for me tonight. I took tomorrow off to spend the day with my daughter. I hope to get some crafting time in early tomorrow before we go out. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


I was inspired today by a card I saw on Christina of Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls blog. Her tutorial today was about how to use small dies on cards. Here's my take on her tutorial.

I water colored two sheets of water color paper with the same colors of distress ink: abandoned coral, fossilized amber, peacock feathers and salty ocean. I used the block method where you added the ink to the block and then spritz it with water and stamped the block to the water color paper. It was interesting that I used the same colors on each paper but the papers turned out very different. I used the MFT Pierced Stars that I bought a while ago for the first time. The sentiment is the same one I used on last night's card that I won as a blog candy. I tried to match the color in the stars with the background card stock. I embossed the white background with the Flourishes embossing folder. I used the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch for inspiration.

I'm going to send this card to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive that Jennifer McGuire is having to support those families who lose a child from miscarriage. Losing a child can be devastating and since we lost our grandson last year this was a great opportunity to give back. I hope you'll check it out.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your support. Make it an awesome Wednesday.


Monday, January 25, 2016

One for my Mom

Monday is almost history. I can't believe how fast it went. I organized my yarn today. Almost got it all done. Just a little more to go. I did have an image colored so I made this quick card tonight.

So this is one for my Mom. She loved pansies. She used to say their little faces were so cute. Pansies and Gladiolas always remind me of her. This image is from Imagine That! called Teacup Pansies. I colored the image with Copic markers and die cut the image with MFT Cross Stitch Ovals. I backed the image with yellow card stock die cut with Spellbinders Beaded Ovals. The purple plaid background paper is Purple Tartan Paper by Create with TLC. The sentiment is one that I won in a blog candy and no way to know where it came from. But I really love it. I die cut it with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags and inked it with Mustard Seed distress ink. To finish off I added some self-adhesive purple rhinestones.
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That's my quickie for this Monday. I hope your week has started off on the right foot. Make it a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Under the Weather

Happy Sunday! Are you a football fan and ready for the play offs? We'll probably be watching today. My Colts aren't in there but I'll be routing for Denver for sure. Of course Peyton Manning was a Colt for a long time but I just don't want the Patriots in the Super Bowl again. My son lives in Boston and he says it's just unbearable there if the Pats get into the Super Bowl. And don't get me started on how much cheating the Pats have gotten away with over the years. Anywho, onto more important things. How about a card! Given the nasty weather around the country I think there must be lots of people under the weather (literally and figuratively). If you are one, I hope you are safe and warm.

This is a stamp set called Drenched at From the Heart Stamps. I colored the image with Copic and Bic markers. The background is water colored with Salty Ocean distress ink. I thought it kind of looked like a big puddle with splashes of rain. The banners are die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags in two sizes. The image is doe cut with MFT Cross Stitched Ovals. I used the i {heart} sketches with a twist #135. The twist for this week was to add something from nature. If you count rain as something that Mother Nature sends our way then you could say I used the twist too.

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I'm sending this card to me brother who isn't doing very well. I just want him to know I'm thinking of him often. Hope it brings him a smile. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I aapreciate your time and comments. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Birthday with Red

Welcome to the new CAS challenge at the Outlawz. This week, Lori is our hostess and she's celebrating her Dad's birthday. His favorite color is red, so she's asking for birthday cards with red and of course in CAS style.

My card uses a new Die-cember die from Simon Says Stamps called Single Roses Wafer Dies. I never used this die before. I water colored the background by adding Salty Ocean distress ink to a acrylic stamp block and spritzing it with water. I then pressed the block to the water color paper to create the background. I die cut the roses and leaves in two different color card stocks and then distressed the edges with Fired Brick for the roses and Mowed Lawn for the leaves. The sentiment is from Birthday Greetings stamp set from Gina K stamped with my MISTI.
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I hope you will play along this week with the CAS challenge at The Outlawz. My DT sisters have made some outstanding designs. I hope you'll stop by to take a look. Thanks for stopping by here to see my card today. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Bugaboo Last Day

Happy Friday! The week is winding down. I'm glad. Looking forward to some craft time this weekend. We have dinner and a bridge date tonight but the rest of the weekend is free. My card today is for the last day of the Bugaboo Birthday Bash challenge. Day 7 is a recipe: 1 animals, 2 layers, 3 brads/bling/buttons.

It's been a fun week and I have some birthday cards in my stash now. Next week I'll have to start sending them for February birthdays.

This is Button Bear 2 by Bugaboo. I colored her with Copic markers and cut her out with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square. I cut the square from the heart paper also so the image fits into the square on the paper, making it only 2 layers. I added 3 buttons to match the button in the image. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and is embossed with black embossing powder. The bow and button have Wink of Stella on so they sparkle.
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Thanks for stopping by today. Happy weekend. Relax, enjoy and if you are in the path of one of the storms, stay safe. We are praying for you.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's Your Birthday

Back with a quick post tonight for Day 6 of the Bugaboo Birthday Jungle Celebration. Today's challenge is a photo inspiration.

I focused on some of the colors and the circles on my card.

I used Bugaboo Lion Love. I fussy cut the lions after coloring them with Copic markers and mounted them on the blue circle die cut from Spellbinder's Circles. The background paper is from the Paper Studio ( a scrap from my scrap box). The tag and sentiment is from Simon Says Banner Sayings die cut with Simon Says Folded Banner. I wasn't able to find them on the SSS web site so they may be retired. I used the same blue paper to line the background on a kraft card base. A pretty easy peasy card.
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The storm that we were predicted to get tomorrow is going south of us. If you are in Kentucky, Tennessee and south please be safe.  I'll be back for the last day of the Bugaboo Birthday challenge tomorrow. Hope your weekend starts out with a bang!

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