Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Day 7 of Online Card Classes was all about letter dies and different ways to use them.  I made this card for my grandson who is turning 17 on April 6.

Can you find the hidden letters?
(Click to enlarge.)

Monday, March 23, 2015


This is another card using a border die in a different way.  The previous card used the rick-rack border vertically, this one horizontally.  Unfortunately, it will be used for a sympathy card that will go in the mail today.

This is a great way to use up some scraps!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Zig Zag Pastor Card

Using a border die for the middle of a card is a great way to extend the use of those dies.

I had picked up a pad of glitter paper last week by Die Cuts With a View.  The glitter in this stack of 6x6" papers is soft and smooth, not as glitzy as other glitter papers I've used before.  It almost feels leathery, if that makes sense.

To start, I chose the four colors shown here and cut them with my die.  I then attached them to a strip of  Post-It tape to hold them in place while I added them to the middle of the ivory panel.  Next I taped the panel together with regular Scotch tape on the back.  Then I ran the panel through the Cuttlebug again with the stitched rectangle die.  Once that was cut, I taped it with ds tape to the dsp mounted on the front of the card.

After stamping the Bible verse and tying some dark brown cord around the left side, the card was done.

Just a note:  Because I used my Fiskars stamp press, I was able to go over the verse in a darker brown than what I had originally stamped it in.  I figured if it didn't match up exactly, I would stamp it again on another piece that I could mount over it.  Thankfully, it worked the first time!

Friday, March 20, 2015


Online Card Classes have been offering lots of new ways to make use of our many dies.  Shari Carroll inspired me with her card today in using a stamp and die set to create a window with dsp behind the opening.

After stamping a piece of acetate with white ink and embossing with white ep, I attached it behind the matching die cut and popped the panel up over the dsp and a coordinating side strip.  The sequins, bow and glitter paper provide just enough bling, while the embroidery floss gives the card some color and texture.

The inside verse reads, "May your spirit keep the freedom of a butterfly in spring, may your heart be filled always with the joys of simple things...etc."

If you haven't tried an Online Card Class, treat yourself to one of them soon--you'll learn a lot of neat stuff!.


It's snowing like crazy around here today!
We already have 3 inches on the ground, with more on the way.
I have a stamp that says
"No matter how long the winter,
Spring is sure to follow."
Hope abounds...

Thursday, March 19, 2015


With another 3-6" of snow expected on Friday, this card may have to wait a bit longer before mailing!  Seems like the seasons are alternating this week.  Yesterday was very windy and cold (high of 34) today near fifty and tomorrow more snow, then up in the 40's again on Saturday.

I have a stamp I might use for the inside of this card:

"No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meow Card

I couldn't resist this cat dsp I saw at Hobby Lobby!

Using the cat die from last year's Halloween set, I made it look like Jenny.  The inside will remain blank until I decide what to use it for.

Meanwhile, Jenny (my "stampin' buddy") has a new bed in the tower where she likes to keep me company.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Thanks to all the snow storms we've been getting, (every week!) I've had lots of spare time to get creative.  I'm finally caught up with all the other things I've had to do, one of which was to send out 20 thankyou notes to friends who supported me with their prayers during the difficult days away from home with my dad during his last days.  When I got home, there were flowers, homemade soups and visits to help lift my spirits.  The Lord has truly blessed me with wonderful Christian friends.

Please scroll down to look at the cards I posted today.  It's been snowing (again!), but I think this may be the last of it until next winter.  I will NOT be sad to see it go, and neither will my cats!  Meanwhile, the stamping tower has been providing the opportunity to relax and stamp up a storm (excuse the pun.)


Nothing says Spring! like butterflies and blossoms.  Here are the first of five cards I made with the tags I punched from my scraps (shown in a prior post.) 

These should make good encouragement cards.


The weather forecasters were all over the scale in predicting the amount of snow we'd get today.  So far, we have 3" of new snow, but it has stopped here.  We were told to expect amounts up to 10 inches!  I sure hope this is the last of it for this season.  We haven't seen the grass since late January...time for crocuses and daffodils.  Even our cats have cabin fever!

I'm soooo glad the weather predictions were wrong this time.


This stamp set just cracked me up when I saw it in the SU! Occasions catalog.

For this card, I used colored pencils which made it easier to get into small places.  I just adore all these faces, don't you?

After coloring everything in, I decided the pig was just too pink.  One of my friends suggested it was because he was too clean for a pig, so I added some mud.  I like that much better!

This is one of those stamps that does all the work for you--just stamp it, color it and mail it.

PS.  Check out a really clever card on Split Coast Stampers using this set.  I saw it when I posted this card there earlier.  It's the one that's to the right of mine.


 My new SU! tag punch has come in handy.  I pulled out my dsp scraps and went crazy with it--what fun!

Can't wait to use these on some Spring cards...