Thursday, December 31, 2009

Scrap Drawer #2

This light blue scrap is the last of the snowflake paper for this year and not too Christmas-y. It will go out as a birthday card.

The shimmery blue paper had just enough on the edge to serve as a scalloped border and still provide some pieces for the Boho Blossoms punch. The white snowflake brad with the silver twine bow was left over from last year's Christmas cards. The silver brads added a little more bling. I thought the combination of the snowflake and blossoms coordinated with the saying also.

The bee was enhanced with Frosted Lace Stickles on the wings and Black Diamond Stickles on the body.

After assembling the dsp and embellishments, I mounted it on the white cardstock with SU dimensionals. Enjoy!

Out of the Scrap Drawer

Here's a new Stamping Tower theme for 2010--a way to use some of those scraps we all hang on to! I plan to show a "before" and "after" for each card made with only scrap dsp from my drawer of leftovers, with added cardstock and embellishments, of course.

I already had this blank gate-fold card, perforated on the right side for a tear-off bookmark. The matching dsp was cut to fit the two sides, with enough left over to punch out the boho blossoms and the scalloped oval. The blue/brown plaid was on the reverse side. I had ONE triangular blue eyelet in my stash which I added to the top with some leftover embroidery floss, both of which matched my color scheme perfectly. Two blue gems and some matching glitter gave it some bling.

The inside greeting says "Celebrate with style."

As you can see by my scrap drawer, I have plenty more card possibilities!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Thanks to the 50%-off sale at Hobby Lobby, I now have a long-desired Rolling Tote! (Check out their flier, if you have a Hobby Lobby near you.) It has tons of open storage space inside, with lots of zippered or velcro pockets around the outside for punches, scissors, tape rolls, etc. There was even a 12 x 12 plastic paper holder included as a bonus.

I also picked up a mini tote with lots of pockets around the outside of it for an additional $3.50. I plan to use it for small items that I can lift right out as one unit from inside the tote.

This will certainly help me with carting supplies in and out of our church building for the Mothers Class--well worth the waiting!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009



Check back next week to see what new stamping goodies Santa brings...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Here's how I keep track of my Christmas cards:

1. Make a list (using last year's as a guide) with 50 family and friends on the left side and 50 Silver Stampers on the right side. This year, I did it on my computer to make it easier to amend next year.

2. Color Copy (4 to a page) each card design. Then I use the 3-hole punch on the pages (usually only 2 or 3) and store in a 3-ring binder.

3. Since I make batches of 4 or 5 designs each year, I write down which one I'm sending next to each name.

4. As cards come in, I put a red star next to the name for reference next year. (I limit my cards to 100, so I may have to drop one in favor of someone new. I hate to do that, really; but I need to draw the line somewhere.)

5. After Christmas and New Years, I add the list to the binder and store in the Tower until next November when I start all over again.

Hope this helps!

RAK from LeAnne

Is this a gorgeous card or what!! Thank you LeAnne Pulgliese from Wee Inklings for sending it. It's one of my favorites of this season.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Please say "HI" to Archie in the previous post--he loves to get comments! This will be my last Simple Saturday post until January. Meanwhile, have a wonder-filled Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009


...will have to wait a few days. We got distracted with all the snow! (See previous posts.)

Archie is resting up for his next adventure. This is his idea of a Simple Saturday!

Keep watching--I'll be posting some cards again SOON!

Blog Candy on Inky Hugz

Check out Shelly's blog (link at right) for a chance to win a beautiful Christmas stamp set!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

And This Morning...

A beautiful sunrise and the promise of temps above freezing.
(According to the same people who predicted only 2"...)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Four Hours Later...and still snowing...

Compare to previous post (below!)

What a Difference a Day Makes!

We've just gone from a warm Autumn day in the 50's yesterday, to a snowy wintry day in the low 30's today! The first snowfall is always so exciting, but I'm sure we'll be tired of it by the end of January.

Here's hoping we have more good weather for Christmas traveling! After that, it can snow all it wants...well, maybe.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Don't forget to count your blessings--we have so much to thank God for!

...not to mention an abundance of stamps and supplies...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Combining Stamps

The cat stamps make a great all-purpose card, but I wanted to use the "C" for a Christmas card. How this idea came to me, I don't know; but I do like the way it turned out!

First, I stamped the "C is for Cat" in blue on a white scrap. Then I stamped the last half of the Merry Christmas stamp (from a Hero Arts set) on another scrap. Using the word slot punch, I punched out the word "Christmas" and pasted it over the word "cat". Since the lettering is the same size on both stamps, it lined up perfectly.

After using the oval punch, which also fit perfectly over the image, I attached the new saying to the card with dimensionals.

Here are three other Christmas cards made with the same technique:


Saturday, November 21, 2009


(This one really needs to be "clicked" to be appreciated.)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fuzzy Blue Jay

I recently ordered a set of embossing folders from HSN, and this is one of their exclusive images. After embossing on a piece of neutral cardstock, I colored it with chalks, added Stickles to the snowflakes and a gem for the eye.

Somehow, this photographed a little fuzzy... even after several attempts. The softness of the chalking and embossing was very hard to capture, but I'm sure you get the idea. (It looks better when you click on it.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Workshop Today...

...and, of course, I forgot to take pictures while everyone was here! (as usual...)

Everyone made four of three different designs, but this one was my favorite. Unfortunately, the scanner doesn't do it justice. After punching out three of the snowflakes and attaching the ribbon, the cuttlebug design was attached to the white card front using dimensionals. We stamped the snowflake in blue, attached the Merry Christmas with glue dots and added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the snowflakes. Using one of the snowflake circles that was punched out, we added a blue gem and attached it below the ribbon with another glue dot.


Monday, October 26, 2009


Shelly is giving away some blog candy in celebration of her blogaversary. Check it out at Inky Hugz (link at right.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009


This was a fun card to make, and soooo easy! (...but not so easy to explain...)

Using the standard card size of Soft Suede cardstock, I used my Scor-Pal to make the middle crease plus another fold in the middle of the card top to create the base for the easel.

Next, with a scrap of metallic brown cs, I gold embossed the leaf and cut two slits on each side for the striped dsp to pass through.

Then I cut a sheet of Baja Breeze to fit over the card front and mounted the coordinating dsp over it. After threading the striped paper through the leaf image, I mounted the pieces and added the embroidery floss bow. Using Scotch double-stick tape, I secured the finished front part onto the lower half of the card top.

For the easel "stop" I mounted the oval greeting with dimensionals so that it would hold the card front in place. Although you can't see it here, I also added a wider strip of striped paper behind where the image sits just to give it a finished look for when the card is first opened.

After I finished the card, I added a mini Post-It note inside so the recipient would know how to prop up the Easel. Then I tested the instructions on my DH, and he did it!

(For further ideas, go to SCS Gallery and type TLC242 in search box.)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009


Our visit with family in Prague was wonderful, as usual. Now that we're back, I'll be posting photos and video of the grandkids on our Fox Mtn. blog (link at right.) Just give me another day to recover from jet lag!

Meanwhile, since you may be wondering why it says "Saturday" on Friday, it's because I'm announcing my intent to post an easy-to-do card on Saturdays. Be sure to stop by each week for something elegant and simple that you can CASE in ten minutes or less!

Monday, October 12, 2009


...where else? Can't wait to see Laura and family, especially Owen who is 4 and 11/12ths as he would say.

Meanwhile, Evelyn will be covering for me with the Mothers Class. They'll be making Halloween treat holders with the Sweet Treat cups in the mini catalog. If you haven't tried them yet, order a box and play with them. You don't need the stamp set that goes with it, although that's fun too. Of course, when it comes to stamping, "need" is a relative term!

Look for a new post when I get back--more Christmas card designs coming.........

Sunday, October 4, 2009


This is how Joan and I celebrated World Card Making Day at the Tower!

I just love this set!

Using the Joseph's Coat technique, these cards were fun to do. Three were made with SU dsp, the other (far left) with colorful designer paper from my stash. Because of the busy-ness of the colorful leaves, it almost looks like a "find the hidden leaf" kind of card ;)

The baja breeze (blue) card came out like a leaf within a leaf, although I didn't notice it until I was done. Next time, I'll try to line it up intentionally. The little squiggle at the bottom is from the retired Fall Whimsy set, which coordinates well because of the similar curve.

The two kraft cards would serve well for masculine cards.

Which do you like best?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Backpack Encouragements

Now that kids are back in school, my daughter asked me to make little postcard encouragements for her to add to my grandson's backpack. I thought I'd post them as an encouragement to you moms who might like to try the same thing!

Each one is different and each has some kind of tactile embellishment for my grandson to enjoy. If you click on the picture, you can get a closer view of each one!

Let me know what you may come up with for YOUR little one...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Autumn Grid

Here's my version of Dawn Griffith's Faux Grid technique--thanks Dawn! (May 29, 2009)

Following Dawn's video, I used white cardstock for my grid and mounted it on dark brown cs. Instead of her cute fishies, I used leaves and an acorn from an old retired SU stamp set (Fall Whimsy.) After coloring in the squares and images, I added the greeting. For the finishing touch, I used Ice Stickles for a little glitz.

We all enjoyed making these cards at Mothers Class, too!

(Check out Dawn's videos--link at right!)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Special Card for a Special Person

Using the same technique in the previous post, I made this card to send to our Pastor who had a stroke last week. His recovery so far is miraculous!

Technique Tuesday Remake

Here's a new card made with the technique we learned at Cyndy's Technique Tuesday class.

The tricky part of this technique is cutting the paper so that you get the stripes going in two different directions for the chevron look. After cutting strips in varying widths, they were attached to a piece of plain cardstock that was run through the Xyron machine.

For the "bow," I taped the ribbon around the cardstock. Using another small piece, I tied a knot and added it to the ribbon with a glue dot.

The image was popped up using dimensionals, with the finished piece mounted over coordinating textured cardstock attached to a white card.

I plan to make another card using Fall colors and a leaf image. This technique is fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Today was my birthday, and it was wonderful! The weather couldn't have been better, the party was a lot of fun with all my good friends here, and Rick just took me out to dinner so I didn't have to cook. Old age does have its benefits;)

The dining room table was used to display all the Silver Stamper cards I received, along with a few others from friends and family. In the foreground are the little thankyou treat bags I made for each guest.

The cake was solid chocolate cake with whipped cream icing--yum! The only thing I wanted on it were the roses and the LXV candles I added.

Since I didn't want any gifts, everyone brought things for the Hope Food Pantry instead. Joyce had lots of items to bring down there afterward, so my party benefited others as well. You might want to consider doing the same thing in your neighborhood, even if you don't have a birthday coming up. Food pantries are being stretched to the limit in this economy.

I'm so grateful for such wonderful friends who have helped me celebrate all my special occasions over the years.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Card

Choosing scraps of Fall colors, I used my MS square punch again for this card. With the squirrel brad, it will go to a friend who traps squirrels and releases them on the other side of the highway so they leave her bird feeders alone!

This format is so versatile--every card can be different depending on what scraps and embellishments are used.

(Sorry for the blurry look--it's because of the button and brad in the scanner.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Christmas Card Design #2

Here's a simple card using only one color.

First, I stamped the trees on white cardstock with green ink and colored over the bird with a black marker. I carefully tore the paper to remove the green lines under the trees, repositioned it to look like snow and stamped the verse below in black.

After mounting the white pieces on sage green cs, I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the torn edge.


Monday, September 7, 2009


Here's a fun way to decide how you want to arrange the pieces on a card--just use DOTTO to temporarily attach all the parts and move them around.

This card is another version of the previous post, shown two different ways. Since I had no brown ribbon left, I cut the white piece and mounted the halves apart to simulate a ribbon look. By using the DOTTO, I could then stand my card up to view it from a more distant perspective. Once I decide which way I want it, I'll use permanent tape to assemble it and mail it out.

I think it will be the second one with the oval placed slightly higher. Or maybe I'll make it vertical instead of horizontal...hmmm...or maybe...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Versatile Card

Here's a card that can be used any time of year, and sooooo easy!

First, with removable tape, I attached torn typing paper on the diagonal corners to mask the card. Then I stamped the flowers in black ink, sponged over them with the green and yellow inks, highlighting the centers with a white gel pen. After adding some dots with a black marker, I removed the masking pieces to finish the card.

The ribbon is mounted around the white cs and taped on the back. The bow was tied on separately so that it could be moved up and down to where it looks best. I then mounted the white cs to a green layer before attaching to the yellow cs. The oval punches were used for the greeting and popped out with a dimensional.

Imagine this same technique with fall colors and leaves OR blue and white with snow flakes! Maybe a Christmas card with red and green...

The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thankyou Card

It was so sweet of Germaine Ferrao to include this little clear stamp in her letter to me recently. So, of course, I used it to make a thankyou note for her.

The flower was stamped once on white cardstock, stamped again on another piece of white and watercolored. The second image was cut and the petals applied to the bottom layer with tiny pieces of foam tape. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the ferns and mounted all to the card after adding a green gingham strip.

A few Dew Drops and a sentiment, and the card was done. Thanks again, Germaine!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


WOW! I really like using natural lighting on the dining room table for photographing my creations. This one, especially, was a challenge because of the "stairs" of the folds.

It was fun filling this one up with cutouts and images for each "step" while avoiding the temptation to overdo it. There were lots of ideas in the gallery at Split Coast--check them out!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Treat Holder Thank-you

After watching Dawn Griffith's video for her treat holder using the Movers and Shapers die, I wanted to try my own version with my Cuttlebug. At first, I was going to use the butterfly shape as my window; but the antennae wouldn't release. Then I decided to leave it that way with the treats just peaking out the sides. Adding the dsp butterfly on top and bending the wings really made it unique.

Dawn used velcro for her closure on top, but I found that removable glue dots worked just as well and were easier for me to apply. After all, with chocolate in the cello bag, these holders would only be opened once!

You can check out Dawn's videos by clicking on her link at right.


Here's my first wiper card, shown opened. I tested it out on my DH, but he couldn't figure out how to open it. I guess I'll have to be sure and send it to someone who would know what it is!

The heat wave has broken here this week, bringing fresh crisp air from up north. It won't be long before the pumpkins hit the local farm stands and cards with fall leaves and pumpkins hit the blogs.

Thanks, Beate, for your wonderful tutorial on Split Coast/You Tube.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Don't you just love a bargain? This set has been one of my favorites and now it's part of my collection. Thanks to Cyndy, I was able to purchase it gently used for only $5! Is that cool, or what???

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Dawn Griffith always has such good video tutorials, which is what inspired this card. Another great way to use up some scraps!

The mosaic pieces were attached to a sticky sheet that I found in the back of a drawer here in the "tower" from ages ago. Don't you just love it when something you need for a project is right there in your stash???

The side panel was applied directly on the card front. For the greeting, however, I mounted it on a piece of white cs to give it some weight before punching it out with the scalloped oval punch. Then I attached it to the card with dimensionals.


Finished the Card We Started at Cyndy's

Here's my finished version of the Flower Pot Card we started last night for Technique Tuesday. The flowers were a little unbalanced to the left, so I added the butterfly. Kind of whimsical, don't you think?

Thanks Cyndy--you always have such fun projects for us!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


What I love about these apples is that you can make them red, green or golden. Since I had a scrap of green gingham left over, I inked up the apples to match. I also had some dew drops and ribbon in the same green. Handy, huh?

The Scor-bug lines also help fill in some of the blank space to make it work...

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Here is the card that won First Place at the NJ State Fair. After retrieving my card and blue ribbon tonight, Rick took me to Applebee's for dinner. What a nice way to end the week!

(Don't forget to click on the image for a closer look at the details.)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Back to the Tower!

Now that VBS is done (and I've recovered) it was great to be back stamping again. This time I played with some new "toys": a new Martha Stewart punch, the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug and some dew drops that arrived in the mail yesterday.

The punched squares were inspired by Kristina Werner, except that I added a grid with my Scor-Pal. The grid on the upper right card was done with the Score-Pal tool, the one on the lower left with the Scor-Bug. The green card has no grid, but features a square displayed on the diagonal. The tan card has Scor-Bug lines on the bottom of the front and also on the inside. (Click on photo for a closer look.)

These were fun to put together and easy to vary...also a great way to use up some scraps!

NOTE: Leave a comment naming your fave of these 4!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Vacation Bible School

For a few details of my week at VBS, see my family blog. Just click on Fox Mtn. on list at right...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Citrus Slices

Somehow, the scanner doesn't do justice to this card which looks better IRL. For one thing, the dots on the side are raised with clear ep, and the entire image is attached with dimensionals to give the whole card more of a finished look than captured here.

This design was inspired by Kristina Werner's tutorials where she often rounds one corner of her card. She's also unafraid of bright colors and patterns--thanks Kristina!

The card will be mailed out right away for Evelyn's birthday. She gave me the dots stamp and the Fiskar's rope edge punch, so I included them in my design. Inside is a birthday greeting with another orange slice. I also wrote "Don't worry--you're not ready for Medic-"ade" yet!"

I'm glad that all my good friends have a sense of humor...

Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Shutter Card


(I'll have pictures next week when I get it back from the Fair.)

Thanks to Dawn Griffith's tutorial, I've been making my shutter cards using a full card-sized piece for the front.

This one features flowers with white Flower Soft in the centers, mounted with SU dimensionals. The polka dot dsp seems to fit the SU designer paper just right, and brightens it up a bit. Both were used on the inside panels as well.

Another card that I made the same way a few weeks ago has been entered in the NJ State Fair. I'll let you know if it wins a ribbon!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

1 Down and 99 to go!

Here's what I came up with for my Christmas card this year, although it's showing up a bit dark in this photo. It's partly CASED from the sample in the catalog, with the dove from a card I saw on Gretchen Barron's blog this morning. (Hers is done in blue and is gorgeous! To take a look, click on the link at right.)

I used popping pastels on Very Vanilla cs for the poinsettias and yellow Stickles for the flower centers. The dove was stamped on white cs with Sahara Sand craft ink, cut out, and filled in with Frosted Lace Stickles. I then attached the dove to the main image with SU dimensionals. Versamark was used for the smaller poinsettia stamp up the right side and once on the inside next to the verse.

TIP: For an easy way to tie a ribbon, first cut a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the piece you want to cover, fold over each end and tape the ends underneath. After fastening the image to your card, take a shorter piece of ribbon and tie a knot around the other piece. Pull tight, trim and slide the bow up or down to where you want it.

Old Technique, New Card

Here's a card I did the other day using Embossing Resist with clear ep on white cs.

After inking over the flowers with Distress Ink (Broken China)I cut the cs to size and mounted it on red cs, leaving a very narrow border. With a bow of two matching colors of embroidery floss, I then mounted the design onto a darker teal textured cs with double stick tape. Using the Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug folder on white cs, I attached it to the Baja Breeze cs, then mounted the image layers to the dotted swiss with dimensionals.

I don't know what made me choose red for the accent, but I like the way it turned out. It seems to have given it a little "punch"...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunny Note Card

Here's an easy card done with black ep and yellow ink sponged over it. Some black and white check in the paper and ribbon, a butterfly stamped on yellow dsp and some yellow buttons finish it up.

It's always good to have some blank cards on hand for a quick note!