Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Big sister to the little rose in the previous post from the SU! "Birthday Blooms" set.

I stamped this on watercolor paper with Versamark and clear embossed it.  Then I used my  Peerless set to color in the rose and leaves. When it came time to mount it to a card, I first added the dsp and white glitter ribbon for the backdrop.  Then I mounted the finished image to a slightly larger piece of black cs. 

For the final touches, I applied some Crystal Stickles to the flower center and a small embroidery floss bow.  The panel was then attached with dimensionals.

I can see why this is such a popular set!

TIP:  To add some new images to your collection, try swapping sets with a friend for a week at a time!

Monday, March 28, 2016


This little rose is often overlooked in favor of the larger rose blossom in the SU! :"Birthday Bloom" set.  It does make a nice card, however.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016


He is risen, indeed!

Just as I like to keep Christ in Christmas, I also like to keep His resurrection central to Easter when making cards.  We'll be celebrating with a family meal and an Easter egg hunt for the grand kids on Easter Eve, just before our daughter and her family leave for WDW the next morning.  This trip was their Christmas gift to their two boys and has been much anticipated.

The stamp I used is one from SU! that I've had for years.  I like to add a black dot for the eye and some green gel pen on the olive leaves.  With the dsp I used and the die cut blossoms, this card was a quick one to make.

I wish you all a Happy Easter!

Friday, March 18, 2016


I thought this verse would be encouraging for a young man  heading off to college or out to the working world.  We could all use this reminder from the Psalms, don't you think?

The only embellishment here are the three color-coordinated sequins and the matching embroidery floss at the bottom.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Using blocks of color or patterns helps in making a card more masculine--as long as there are no flowers.

I saw a version of the card on the left with the punched square, but I can't remember where I saw it.  My apologies to the designer.  The card on the right was a pretty standard design.  It really is easy when you use a pad of coordinated dsp since all the colors will match.


Our pastor recently requested some masculine cards, so this is one of the images I used.  Black and white certainly works for more manly cards.  Notice the absence of flowers.

To add just a hint of color, I added some beige and brown chalks on the geese.

These were simple to make once I came up with the design!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


I must say, Stampin' Up was gotten better than ever lately.  This English Garden dsp is just perfect for Spring and early summer.  I also enjoy the bundles they've started offering in their catalogs.  (Not a sales pitch here, just praise for a job well done from a happy customer!)

Inside the card  reads "the best."  This set from Our Daily Bread Designs has a bunch of other greetings to follow "Wishing,"  which makes the set quite versatile.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


This is one of my favorite Easter cards this year.  All it took was a panel of the beautiful English Garden dsp from SU!

After stamping the verse on the dsp and mounting the panel to the cardfront, I added the embroidery floss on the side.  For embellishment, I kept it simple with crystals in the center of the blue flowers and some tiny black "seeds" in the Hollyhock blossoms.

Friday, March 11, 2016


This dsp makes the perfect backdrop for these daffodils.  All I had to do was stamp the image twice, once for the main image and another to pop out the blossoms with dimensionals.

A little Wink of Stella and some gray pencil to ground the flowers, and it was done!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


This card was inspired by a tri-panel painting in my husband's eye doctor office.  This is a simplified version, but what inspired me was the colors used against the foreground of the white bare trees.

The inside stamp shown here is one I use often in winter cards as encouragement that Spring will always follow Winter, which is never too soon for me!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


I still need a few more Easter cards, so that's what I'll most likely use this one for.

These Botanicals and matching dies are amazingly versatile!

Monday, March 7, 2016


I enjoyed a whole day of stamping
in the tower on Saturday, but never got to post this
because I came down with the flu bug
that's been going around.
After 36 hours of symptoms, I finally
started feeling better this afternoon and managed to
get some of the warm sunshine and mild temps.
Hope to have my energy back soon!