Thursday, May 3, 2018


Thanks to Bonnie Klass on her blog  HERE, I now have the "Grand Finale" card for my last Tuesday morning class! 

I opted to use sponging over the clear embossed background instead of Bonnie's water color version.  Since the ladies in my class are not stampers per se,  I've been keeping each project super simple focusing mainly on assembling the elements I provide ahead of time.  However, next week they will be doing the clear embossing for the backtround and switching to the white ep for the greeting.  I can't wait to watch their faces light up as they discover the "magic" of heat embossing! 

I still remember the first time someone showed me gold embossing--how 'bout you?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

PAPER PLAYERS #391--Tic Tac Toe

This is the birthday card I came up with for my sister.  I enjoyed making it for this challenge!

The stamp and dsp is from Stampin'Up.  The main flower, made from scraps,  is popped up with dimensionals.   The greeting is not as faded in real life.

Two stamp themes that I have a lot of are Bible verses and humorous sayings.  They certainly get a lot of use, or should I say "a lot of ink!"

Check out the other entries HERE.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

THREE OF A KIND--Locked Card

These cards are so much fun, I 
couldn't resist making a bunch at once!

The purple and another (not shown) are
Mothers Day cards I will be sending to my
daughter and favorite daughter-in-law with a note
about what wonderful grandchildren they've been raising.

The blue and yellow birthday card will go to a 
friend I've had since junior high.  She actually has
a pair of earrings that match!

(The dsp used on all the cards are from the current StampinUp
catalog that will retire at the end of May.)


Tuesday, April 24, 2018


After seeing this punch line last week, I just HAD to order it from My Favorite Things to use it for some Silver Stamper cards!

I first stamped and colored the dinosaur.  I then made a slit in its mouth and inserted a fern in it.  To give him a jungle setting, I took a piece of SU dsp and cut around the leaves at the top so that I'd have room for the greeting.

Finally, I continued the theme inside by stamping over a fern image.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

PAPER PLAYERS #390--Sketch Challenge

It's finally getting to feel like Spring here!
It's been cold, showery and windy for this whole week,
but it's sunny and in the 60's today.
I don't remember it ever being so cold for so long in April.

This was an easy sketch to work with, and I
enjoyed making this card.

Check out the other entries HERE!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PAPER PLAYERS #388--LeAnne's Colors


The Calendar says "Yes" but the weather says "No!"
At least we can finally see a few crocuses,
except for the ones eaten by hungry chipmonks.

Well, it's already Spring in the stamping world; and the colors
chosen by LeAnne say it best.  Check out the other 
cards HERE!

Friday, April 6, 2018


This squirrel is from another Hero Arts set, 
(CM201 Color Layering Squirrel)
 with 3-step stamping and matching dies.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts kit
featured in my previous post.

It was a long winter with tons of snow,
bleak afternoons brightened with stamping
and lots squirrel watching.

I made this for my grandson's birthday this weekend.
I can't believe he's 20 already!