Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Can you tell I'm lovin' these Splits from PaperTrey Ink??

These three each use a different set and are cut to three different sizes.  It was fun making these!

My favorite is the sympathy card, but it's sad that I needed it this week.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SPLITS--Thanksgiving Card

This set is going to make some nice Thanksgiving cards.  Before popping it up on the card, I stamped some oak leaves with my peg stamp.  Then I colored in the stamped leaves around the greeting and mounted it on the card front.

I added the jute and sequins for some embellishment and rounded the bottom right corner.

I think I like this SPLIT set the most!

SPLITS from Paper Trey Ink

I was so impressed with these Mini Sets of "Splits" that I ordered three different ones.  This is the first try, and already I can see that they're going to be used a lot.

This one is called "Just a Note," but there are lots of other stamps that will fit in the space provided.  The matching dies make them easy to pop up for dimension.  This one is mounted offset so that the dsp underneath would show.  I had sequins that matched the colors in the dsp, so I added them for embellishment.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Once again, the Botanical Builder dies come in handy for a summery birthday card.  The frame is from W Plus 9 which I used on a piece from the English Garden dsp pack. 

The greeting and scalloped punch are from SU!.

It seems the Botanical set has endless uses...

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Although not as masculine as others I've made for our pastor, I really like the soft look of this card.  I do think the embossed panel gives it enough texture to keep it from being too feminine.

The butterfly is die cut from a ;iece of dsp which matches the gray and yellow used on the card base and panel.  The Bible verse was done in an airy font, which complements the butterfly.

Friday, August 26, 2016


This shaker card, filled with bird seed, made an interactive birthday card for a blogger friend's granddaughter.

In addition to the shaker, I also put the bird on an action wobble for added interest!

Thursday, August 25, 2016


This little bird is just perfect for this card on which I added some birdseed at the bottom.  Very appropriate, don't you think?

After using some brown ink on the beak, feet and tail of the bird, I popped him up on the card. This will make a nice pastor card.

The message is from the SU! "Trust God" set, which I enjoy using a lot.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Evelyn and I got to play with her new fuse tool (which I gave her for her birthday,) and it was a lot of fun!

We each made this same card, filling a pouch with assorted sequins, beads and flowers.  The Fuse Tool sure made it a lot easier to make a shaker card.  Although it doesn't shake as freely as it would with two layers of foam, it also keeps the contents from falling to the bottom.  I guess that's what you call a trade off.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Since I'm teaching "De-clutter de House" at Bible Study this Fall, (along with Scripture references each week)  I figured I need to practice what I'll be teaching!  After spending Sat. afternoon purging my stamping room closet, I packed up 4 shopping bags/baskets full of giveaway stuff and called Joan to take it to her DIL.  She is a new stamper who will appreciate some free stamping items.

This embossing folder oval has a tree at the bottom which can either be used for Christmas or covered over for a different card anytime during the year.  It's been in my stash for a long time, so I'm ready to let it go, however.  I think I'll give it to one of my "J" friends!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I finally came up with a way to use this flower that has been sitting on my table for ages.  It was die cut from one of the dies in the botanical framelits set.  The plaid background paper was rediscovered from my scrap drawer, and the green label was cut from another leftover piece.

If you look closely, you can see that one of the flower layers was actually die cut from the same plaid dsp.  It sure is worth it to hang on to large scraps!

Monday, August 15, 2016


The gold foil paper really makes this card stand out.  I resisted the temptation to add a lot of embellishments, except for the gold twine bow and the purple button.

It's  been so hot here lately, that spending time stamping in the tower has been even more of a pleasure.  This set is really fun to play with!

Sunday, August 14, 2016


This card is on its way to a friend whose husband is dealing with some health issues.  Since it is a Z-fold, there is not a lot of room to write.

However, it doesn't take a lot of words to cheer or encourage someone.  Just sending a card you make yourself says even more than the words in the card.  Having been on the receiving end of cards from friends who let me know they were thinking of me during a difficult time was such a blessing.

Pass it on!


I've been admiring the wood backgrounds that look like boards or barn siding, so I came up with my own.

Using the woodgrain  background stamp I already have, I stamped it on white with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I cut the panel to 4 x 5 1/4" and used my ScorPal to make "boards" 1" wide.  After making the grooves, I used a ruler and gray marker to color them.  Then I drew lines across at varying intervals.

This will make a nice masculine card for our pastor to use.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES!  I just ordered it on Monday, so I was surprised to have it so soon.

This is the first (of many cards!) that I'll  make with this set.  After posting this, I removed the leaf because I thought it looked a little too big.  I'll make another and glue it on the inside.

Stay tuned for more creations with this beautiful set.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


I came across this oval die cut in my stash the other day and decided to put together another card.  All I did was attach the oval with double stick tape, mount the silver tree with dimensionals, stamp the greeting and tie the silver  cording on the side.  As Frenchie would say, "Voila!"

This card is now in the box with all the Christmas cards I've made so far.

I will add this post to the Christmas Challenge blog HERE

Friday, August 5, 2016


All it took was a piece of designer paper, the SU small butterfly punch and a die...oh, and about 10 minutes.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Since I send out over 100 Christmas cards, they have to be simple to mass produce.  This one is done with an Our Daily Bread Designs die.  To make sure all the little bits of paper can be removed easily, I use dryer sheets in the cutting process.

After die cutting the verse, I glued it to the card front (over  some dsp) and added 3 tiny rhinestones for some extra shine.

This is my first entry at the Christmas Card Challenges blog, and I enjoy seeing what others are doing.


This week's challenge was a Tic-Tac-Toe choice.  I opted  for the diagonal "Enamel Dots, Patterned Paper, Die Cut."  Since I don't have a small butterfly die, I used my SU punch instead.

The butterfly was punched from an empty  cardboard tissue box.  They have such nice designs now that I hate to just throw them away!

CAS stamping + Spraying + Choice

It took me awhile to find the sprays in my stamping tower, but this card went fast after that!

I've been using dies for so long, it was a pleasure to actually stamp an image.  The fern is from a Papertrey Ink set, and the greeting is from MFT Spring Tulips.  My "choice" was in adding punched butterflies.

After spritzing the background paper with Mr. Huey's Opaque White, I set it aside to dry while I gathered my stamps and punched the b'flies.  Next, I stamped the fern with Versafine Olympia Green twice without re-inking, then the greeting with Versafine black.  After adding the b'flies and "dressing" them with pearls, I mounted the finished panel on a white card base.


Is it just me, or is this summer going fast??

Now that July is over (and we're that much closer to winter) I've remade the July calendar page into a new card.  It will make a nice encouragement card for someone.