Friday, May 26, 2017


I turned this one into a butterfly birthday card, and I love how it turned out (if I may say so myself.)

After water coloring the heart, I ran it through the Big Shot with the butterfly die and mounted it over the striped paper supplied in the kit.  After attaching the butterfly with foam tape, I slipped two snips of black cs underneath for the antennae.

The greeting, which fit the tag better, is from another SU! kit.  The b'fly body is just two of the "sprinkles" from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  For the flower center, which is hollow, I squirt some black diamond Stickles in the hole.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Rick and I are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this weekend!

We had planned to go to the Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC today; but the traffic was so heavy with heavy rain, we turned around after an hour of 35mph and only half way there.  We would have gotten there too late to see anything before having to leave.   It was so disappointing; but we will try again another day.

Tomorrow the plan is to go to Longwood Gardens, and I hope we'll be going early enough to avoid the Philadelphia rush hour traffic. At least it won't be raining (so they say...)

Meanwhile, having found an unplanned day for stamping, I made another Paper Pumpkin alternate card from the May kit.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 15, 2017


 This month's Paper Pumpkin is going to be fun!  This first photo is one of the projects:  a "donut card" in a paper bag.  It's adorable.

The second photo shows the kit as just opened.

The third photo shows the contents.  Check back for ideas for alternative uses of all the pieces.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Thanks to the "Dragonfly Dreams" die set, this top fold card was quick and easy.  After cutting the dragonfly twice and the body once, I assembled it as shown.  The bottom wings are from a scrap of rainbow dsp and the top wings are vellum coated with clear W-O-S.  The body was cut separately from a scrap of black glitter paper and glued on top. 

I mounted the blue oval on the cardfront and popped the dragonfly on top.  I had some matching blue glimmer paper which I glued to the bottom of the inside and shortened the top of the card so the glimmer paper would show.  The sentiment was stamped, cut and attached to the bottom of the card front...just to make it a little bit different.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Here is my latest attempt at water coloring.  It turned out better than I expected.

First I used a light color ink, stamped off once and then stamped the image on plain white cs.  This allowed me to paint without any lines showing when I was done.  In fact, the outline was so faint I unknowingly changed the shape of the center.

Once I was satisfied with the coloring, I outlined the image with a light turquoise marker to make it pop.  I added the tiny butterfly from a SU punch and stamped the small greeting.  For a touch of glimmer, I used clear W-O-S on the butterfly wings.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


This 6x6 pad of SU dsp was somehow hidden in my stash, and I rediscovered it the other day.  Using all three patterns from that one pad, I easily assembled this card.

Uh-oh, I'm starting to like "the dreaded pink!"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CASE of a Silver Stamper Card

This Happy Mail is for a Silver Stamper friend who sent me a GORGEOUS Spring card that I CASEd.

Her card featured a beautiful Spring wreath stamped on a die cut with 5 large scallops.  She colored it beautifully, which was quite an inspiration.  So I got out my peg stamps and went for it!

The design works very nicely.  Her wreath featured a bird's nest with four blue eggs.  Mine has a bumble bee in the same spot, which is part of the SU! dragonfly die set. 

The envelope features the same flower as the ones on the wreath, stamped over the lines from an envelope stamp set at Simon Says Stamp.  The name of the set is "Sending Flowers."  Very appropriate name, don't you think?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


I found this pre-folded green card base in my stash the other day, and I had no idea what it was planned for; so I used it for this card.

Starting with a scalloped circle die, I cut the dsp, added the dragonfly and the sentiment, and punch out 2 flowers from the back of the same dsp scraps.

The flower on the right acts as a lock to hold the card closed.  I wrote a note on a piece of white paper for the inside.  For a final touch, I added Wink-of-Stella (clear) on the dragonfly wings.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Today is the last class of this semester at Bible Study where we have been making some encouragement cards.  This involved a lot of die cutting, which I did here so I wouldn't have to bring my Big Shot.

The silver under the butterfly wings is from a pre-pasted sheet which apparently was too thin to be separated after die cutting it.  Here's a TIP on how to overcome that problem:

Cut a piece of the glitter paper, peel off the backing and apply it to a piece of scrap cardstock.  Then run it through the Big Shot with the die, add the wings on top and attach to the card with a dimensional.  Problem solved.

Another problem solved was how to use dryer sheets with the butterfly die so the little pieces would not have to be poked out. (Takes forever--ask me how I know!)  Simply die cut as usual, but then run the die, with the pieces still in it, through the machine face down over 4-6 layers of dryer sheets.  When you peel off the wings, the little pieces remain embedded in the dryer sheets.  No more mess!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


This gate card wouldn't stay shut, so I added a brad into a piece that would swivel (don't know what it's called or where I got it.)  The blue oval is attached on the left side, so when that "thing" is moved off, the card will open.

The bird is from a SU! die set, and I love this bird in particular.  Very easy--just cut and attach with a dimensional.

After adding the flower and gem, and some Wink-of-Stella, the card was done.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


This is definitely under 10 minutes to make,
but I forgot to start my timer!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PAPER PLAYERS #341--Sketch Challenge

I took a little artistic license on the sketch (HERE) since I re-discovered the label die in my stash!

Using my peg stamps, I created a "swoosh" of flowers and leaves, then added the bow.  The leafy panel is from a SU! pad of vellum designs.

The same peg stamps were used for the bottom corner of the envelope.

Friday, April 14, 2017



--filled with lots of goodies for making this first card and others.  The surprise gift from Sara was  really nice, too!  It was used here, but I won't spoil the surprise.

The black cardstock and envelopes give the cards a modern look.  The stamp set included has mix and match words to use for a nice saying like this one.  The envies have a white area for the name and address, and the inside is lined, too.

Friday, April 7, 2017


My usual way of coloring on vellum is to emboss the front and color on the back.  This time, after watching a video by Jennifer McGuire on blending inks and Wink of Stella on the front, I decided to give it a try.

This card came out ok, but it would have worked better to have chosen a flower with petals that were merely an outline so that the coloring showed up more.  You may be able to see the shimmer on this one if you click to enlarge it.

Stop in again later for another try at this technique with a better image.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THREE OF A KIND--Psalm 145:18

I finally got a chance to use a new die which I purchased from Papertrey Ink.

These are pastor cards which I will deliver today.  I did them assembly line style in no time!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

THREE OF A KIND--Global Design Project #080

 I made these three cards for a CASE challenge, but couldn't decide
which one to use; so I decided to display all three in one photo.

I think I like the one on the right best (even though it has a lot of pink
in it!)  The bottom butterfly was cut from a piece of black cs
and coated with gold Wink-of-Stella. 
The brown card features leftovers from a previous card.
The blue card will make a nice all-purpose card
for future use.  The larger butterfly was punched from a scrap
of the light blue cs and sponged with a darker blue so it would stand out.

If you'd like to join in the challenge, just click HERE.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


The main thing to remember about any gate card is to put your adhesive on one side only.  With an interlocking one, you need to add adhesive on the opposite side of each piece.

The chocolate bon-bon here is used to keep the card closed.  I made it with the fox punch and trimmed the bottom--otherwise, it looks like a hat.  If you don't have brown glitter paper, it also looks chocolate-y with gold Wink-of-Stella on brown cs.

Of course, you have to be careful not to leave chocolate finger prints on this card while you're putting it together!

Saturday, March 25, 2017


After reading about this month's Paper Pumpkin on YouTube, I was not expecting much.  There were numerous complaints about the colors and patterns of the paper.  However, once I came up with some of my own ideas for using this kit, it turned out to be delightful.  Here's what I did:

First, I followed the instructions for the bunny bags, except that I also stamped the whiskers on the back to highlight the bunny tail.  The bags (empty for now) are adorable!  I decided to use them as place cards at the dinner table.

That gave me an idea for the adults at the table.  Instead of making a tiny card, I cut off the dsp side of the card to die cut as flowers at a later date.  After wrapping the bakers twine around the square, I attached the square to the envelope front with Fast Fuse.  I added the bunny tail on the back of the envelope which will be used to hold a Ghiradelli chocolate square.  As you can see here, I plan to write each adult name on the front and place them on the appropriate dinner plate.

I'm looking forward to using these for a festive Easter dinner table!

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Yesterday, my order of Distress Oxide inks arrived--finally!  I purchased these over a month ago, but had to wait until they became available for shipping.  Today, I felt well enough to play with them.

First I used the smooshing technique on watercolor paper for the butterflies using the 3 colors shown.  For the front of the card, I inked up a background stamp with Broken China (blue) and spritzed it with water for a vivid effect on the kraft panel.  I then mounted the panel on a Very Vanilla card base.

Since I had one more butterfly left, I used it for an Easter card shown here:

Thanks for all your well wishes.  I'm starting to feel better today, so I guess the antibiotic is working.  Just two days ago I thought the cat was meowing next to me, but it turned out to be me wheezing--ugh!  The wheezing is gone, and I'm beginning to have more energy.  So glad to be back in the Tower, even if only for 2 cards!

Thank you for your comments.  I truly cherish every one of them.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Yesterday I found this card in my camera from some time ago.  Since I've been very sick (with bronchitis) and haven't had the energy to stamp for almost a week, I decided to post this for now.

This was for my grandson who turned 8 last month.  He wore an owl costume in his last school play, so it seems appropriate.

I managed to make some cards yesterday using leftovers from last year's April Paper Pumpkin.  It was nice to get a bunch done with little effort.  They're all addressed and ready to go for the April birthdays on my list.

One positive thing from being this sick:  Rick made dinner for us last night!  (Marie Callendars Chili Pot Pie--yummy comfort food.)

Friday, March 10, 2017


I've seen many cards with a die cut that was stacked and reinserted into the cut space and finally got a chance to try one myself.

Here's a TIP for gluing delicate pieces:

Squirt some TomBow Mono glue onto a silicone craft mat.  Place the die cut image or word upside down on the mat and dab with a craft sponge to apply the glue.  Adhere to card-- no more oozing!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Since I had the gold foil dsp out already, I made this quick card.

Sometimes I use my dies so much, I forget that I also have handy punches.  Since I have all three sizes of flowers, I used them to make this coordinated blossom, held together by a gold brad in the center.  After adding the gold and melon twines, I mounted the dsp panel to a scalloped panel and foam taped it to a colored cs base.  The greeting was stamped in green Versafine ink and attached just above the twines.

Quick and easy!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


As soon as I saw this challenge my first thought was to use the Vertical Greetings set.with its topiaries.  It also gave me the chance to use a piece of printed vellum that's been sitting on my table for weeks.

Starting with the top fold card base, I used Versamark to stamp around the edges with a background stamp.  Next, I added the vellum.

For the topiary and greeting I used various green inks.  The tree pot was stamped on green cs, fussy cut and mounted to the panel with foam tape.

The embroidery floss and sequins fit the color scheme perfectly. For the final touch, I spattered some green ink with a brush and mounted the panel with foam tape.

This was a fun Curtain Call Inspiration challenge!

Friday, March 3, 2017



Thursday, March 2, 2017


I came across this in my stash the other day, hidden behind something else on my table.  It's from Papertrey Ink, and I don't even remember ordering it.  Does that mean I have too much???......nah....

I colored the image with pencils and mounted it on a piece of gray dsp and then on top of a very narrow piece of Garden Green cs.  Putting it aside for a moment, I used a 3D ef for a basket weave panel, then mounted everything on the card front.

Easy card!  (I added a few tiny green sequins after the photo was taken.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


 By popular demand, I am doing a card class next Tuesday for 2 of my friends at Bible Study.  This is the card I came up with; but with its ragged edge at the bottom, it won't stand up on its own.  So I came up with an easel for the back of the card.  Problem solved!

The side view shows how the easel keeps the card on display. (I used white here so you can see it better.)

To make the easel, I started with a piece of cs cut at 3" x 4 1/2" and folded it at 3/4" on the long side.  With the short side at the bottom, I cut from the lower right corner to the top of the fold.  I then marked a spot 3/4" from the bottom on the edge I just cut.  The final cut is made from the bottom of the fold to the 3/4" mark on the right side.

To attach the easel, using a strong adhesive between the fold and the outer edge, mount the easel so that the narrow part is flush with the bottom of the card.  Open the flap to a 90 degree angle to make the card stand up.

I hope this easel construction makes sense!

PAPER PLAYERS 333--Sets of Three

 If you'd never seen this stamp set, I doubt you would ever guess what this whole chicken looks like, especially since I jumbled the parts!

Making this card was much easier than it looks.  First, I stamped the chicken wire, cut it down to a strip, and then mounted it on a slightly larger yellow strip.  Next, I punched through the double strip for the 3 holes that would show the chicken parts.  Then I stamped the chicken parts on squares, taped each one on the back and mounted the finished strip onto the card front with dimensionals.

After stamping the rooster on the front and coloring him in, I added his "call" on a tiny strip of yellow.

For the inside, I stamped the whole bird, colored him in and added the greeting.

Thanks, LeAnne, for making this a fun challenge.  Actually, I didn't even realize this fit the challenge until I looked at it again and saw the three elements:  the circles, the chicken parts and the "reveal"  inside!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


I'm having some fun with the SU! fox punch and Foxy Friends stamp set.  Having the punch makes this so easy.

The fox on the left was punched from Cajun Craze cs, and the rest of the pieces from a scrap of confetti cs.  The birthday greeting is from a wood SU! set.

Using a template that I punched on a large scrap of confetti cs, I stamped the body, head and tail through the template and punched all the pieces together as shown on several YouTube videos--much easier.  Once assembled, I mounted the fox on a thin piece of the tree stump and added some copper hearts.

Monday, February 20, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #381--Color Week

Kraft, red and black--what a great color combo!  The challenge can be found HERE.

To start, I loosely traced a few circles in black to create a wreath.  Next, I added some funky twigs with one of my peg stamps.

After adding some tiny white flowers (with another peg stamp) I stamped the three large  flowers in red.  Since I wanted them to be bold, I colored them in with Hot Cinnamon H2O's, leaving the white centers.  Next, I fussy cut them and attached them to the wreath with glue dots.

The sentiment was stamped in white onto a black scrap and embossed in white to make it stand out.  For final touches, I added some black spatter, a white ribbon and a rounded corner.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PAPER PLAYERS 332--Sentiment

Here's a sentiment with Biblical words of comfort and hope for those who believe in the Lord.  His "righteous right hand" is none other than Christ Himself, and He keeps His promises!  Thank you Paper Players for a card that will be going to our Pastor. Check out the other entries HERE.

As for the card, the challenge was to make the sentiment the focal point, and I chose a stamp that had some bold lettering large enough to fill up a lot of the space.  For the design at the bottom, I used the top half (upside down) of a split stamp set  from Papertrey Ink.(Just a Note.)  I stamped it in green to match the SU! dsp underneath.

We're having some unseasonably warm weather here in NW NJ, so I've been airing out the house a bit and getting a head start on Spring Cleaning.  I'm looking forward to longer, less dreary days ahead!

Monday, February 13, 2017


Are these the cutest faces?  They are from an old Hero Arts set of 4 wood stamps.

The card on the left is also being entered in the CAS challenge for use of corrugated cardboard.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)


When I saw this saying on line (somewhere) I laughed out loud.  Then I went to Amazon and ordered it!  (Funny Bones by Riley & Co.)

I used a smaller sized card for this one so that the saying could take center stage.  The apple was stamped twice, once on red and once on green for the leaf, then fussy cut and mounted with a dimensional. 

I hope you got a chuckle with this one!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CAS MixUp February Challenge--Corrugated Cardboard

The theme for February is to use Stamping, Corrugated Cardboard and another choice. For my choice, I die cut the daisies.

This will also become a Pastor card now that I've posted it.

The challenge details and cards submitted can be found HERE.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CASEing the iPad--Daisies

One of my favorite bloggers is "Birgit".  Her cards are always so simple, yet elegant.  I couldn't resist CASEing this one.

Using Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress inks, I started by sponging the area that would be showing from underneath.  Next, using a piece of linen textured cs, I die cut the wave and mounted the pieces with dimensionals.  Then I added the daisies with glue dots.

For the greeting, I chose a polymer stamp that could be curved and stamped along the curved edge.

Thank you, Birgit, for your inspiring card!  (To visit her blog, click HERE.)

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Well, Watermelon Wonder isn't quite so pink...

Dawn McVey posted her Christmas Thank Yous, and I just loved them--so, of course, I CASEd her design.  To make it a little simpler, I die cut the top panel and attached it with dimensionals. after stamping the leaves and flowers.

The purple blooms were done with one of my tiny peg stamps which I inked up once for each bloom and repeated the stamping to make them look like lilacs.

For the greeting, I chose a less bold font to coordinate with the airy-ness of the flowers.

Dawn's blog is HERE.


During the snow storm this morning, I made this extra Valentine.  I've always liked how some cards are punched or die cut on the side like this one.

The wooden pieces show up beautifully (IMHO) on white, especially a white-on-white card.  The card base is regular white cardstock, but the tag is textured and mounted with dimensionals...(not to be confused with "dementia.")

Now that the storm is over, the sky is bright and the sunshine is reflecting off the 6" of  fresh snow.  It's very pretty, but will not last long.  The forecast calls for temps in the 40's for the weekend.

I'll also be posting this card on the Paper Players Challenge blog HERE. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Using vellum for a background is tricky, as you probably know, because of the difficulty in hiding the adhesive used.  For this card, I solved that problem by mounting the vellum on a piece of white cs, folding it around the sides and securing it on the back with fuse tape.

Before placing the vellum panel on the card front, I embossed the front of the card with a hearts ef to give it some texture.  Using gold foil for the small hearts and "love"  gave it some shine.

No pop-up this time--just a quick and easy card that says "Happy Valentine's Day" inside.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


 Once again, I got to use a $5 stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  (The "Love" greeting was a coordinating die for another $5.)  Since hearts and flowers go together, I used a blossom from the SU!  Botanical Blooms die and stamp sets, plus a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves.

Inside is a pop-up of hearts using the same dsp and solid red cs.

Monday, February 6, 2017

THREE OF A KIND--Dragonflies

The Dragonfly Dreams bundle from SU! was just too irresistable, and these cards lived up to my expectations!

I don't see any dragonflies here in New Jersey during the winter, so it's uplifting to see something summery on a card.  These were all easy to make, and they will be going to our pastor for his use.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

THREE OF A KIND--Snowflakes

Since no two snowflakes are alike, these aren't either!
I came up with a much easier way to "quilt" these snowflakes.
First, I die cut each and mounted them on a square of dsp.
Next, I added just the vee pieces so that there would be some contrast.
After mounting them on the card with dimensionals,
I punched out the greeting and used dimensionals to adhere them also.
Then I placed a gem in the center of the snowflake.

Friday, February 3, 2017


This butterfly heart was made using a Memory Box die.  I had some trouble getting the paper out of this die, so it you have the same (or similar) one, use some waxed paper or a dryer sheet between the paper and the die.  Three of the butterflies were torn out while freeing the paper from the die, but I ran the die partway through on a scrap of silver cs and used the silver butterflies to fill in the empty spaces.  Actually, I like it better this way!

Due to the lack of border on this heart, it has to be cut on a larger shape (like this rectangle.)   Later on at Evelyn's house I die cut a large heart and ran it through this die to get a heart border.  Either way looks fine, but you would need the heart die to do it that way..

Sunday, January 29, 2017


 When I opened up my poppy die set, out fell these pieces from last year.  So I sponged the petals with black ink and assembled them on a couple of strips of double stick tape.  After adding the gold and black stamens, I mounted the flower on the card.  Then I added the stem and leaf.  The verse is from the same $5 Papertrey Ink set used on the previous post, except that it is on the front instead of inside.

The stamp I used inside is "Happy Valentine's Day" from a SU! set of  "Wacky Wishes."  This is also a pop-up card with various sizes of hearts that pop up when the card is opened.