Friday, June 30, 2017


 Today I decided to make two cards using the scraps on my table.   There were two panels, some dsp and two small strips.

Also on my desk was "Flowering Fields," a Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration stamp set.

For the first card, I chose a confetti card base.  After attaching the panel with Fast Fuse, I stamped the circle with one of the flowers from the stamp set.  Then I used colored pencils to color in the flowers and leaves, which covered up the underlying design.   I then chose a bold sentiment which is stamped on the dsp strip.

The second card started with a textured white card base and the gray panel.  After adding the strip of dsp on the left, I stamped and colored the flowers on a white rectangle.  I used a pale yellow for the flowers, matching it to the yellow in the dsp.  After tying some bakers twine around the bottom, I added the greeting on the other strip using Versafine Warm Gray to keep it soft.

This was a fun self-challenge!.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


I received this beautiful card last week from a blogger friend.  Isn't it beautiful!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


This easily could have been a Simple Saturday card since it was assembled in less than 10 minutes from scraps on the table.

The dsp was just large enough to cover the oval opening, so I taped it to the back of the blue cs and mounted the panel to the white card base with dimensionals.  Next I glued the dragonflies, left over from a previous card, to the panel.

The greeting is from a wavy banner set from Frantic Stamper which includes 2 banner dies.  Once I attached the greeting, the card was done!

Monday, June 26, 2017


 I can see I'm going to enjoy using this new set from Stampin' Up.  In addition to some fun images having to do with stamping and coloring, the sentiments are also very appropriate.


 After fussy cutting the scissors, I coated them with Versamark and clear EP to give them a realistic shine.

(The enlargement below is blurry, but
you get the idea.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

MORE THANK YOU NOTES (See previous post first.)

These first two cards were for some of the gifts we received for our anniversary.

The daisy card (and matching envelope) was for our DIL who collaborated with our daughter in some of the decorations and also for the gifts she and our son and grandchildren gave.


Last Sunday our daughter hosted a Golden Wedding Anniversary party for us at her home, and this was the thank you card I sent her.  The flower is glued to the bottom left of the embossed square barely visible in the photo, but visible IRL.

This card is very appropriate in style since she decorated the table and even the cake in white on white with gold accents.  Our whole family was there, including my sister from Long Island.  They showered us with gifts, which are much appreciated.

I can't believe how fast the last half century has gone by!

Monday, June 12, 2017


Aren't these caterpillar bookmarks adorable?  Linda brought everything needed to make these during her visit.  We made them while Joan and Joyce were here, and I made one for each of my two youngest grandsons who are also avid readers.

To hold the circles together, we used  glue sheets folded over, adding the eyes on top.

Scroll down for Part One of the amazing Silver Stamper visit!.


This past week I had a wonderful visit from two Silver Stampers, Linda (from Minnesota) and Sheila (from California.)  They arrived Thursday just before 5 pm, and we were stamping by 6!  We made some summer wreath cards with my peg stamps, then had some grilled chicken and homemade salads for dinner.  What adventures these two ladies have had so far on their drive across our beautiful country!

The next day, we set up the dining room table for experimenting with Color Burst.  This card is one of those I made after spritzing with water, adding blue and purple CB particles and spritzing again with a water/Perfect Pearls mix.  We had a visit from Joan and Joyce who dropped in to say hello to the adventurous travelers.  After making some adorable caterpillar bookmarks (separate post,) we headed for lunch at the local chinese restaurant.  We later returned for a game of Mexican Train (dominoes) on the back deck.

After relaxing for awhile, the next project was re-packing Sheila's car for the next leg of their journey in the  morning.  The trunk and back seat were packed tight, although wisely allowing the rear window to remain unblocked.  Their plans are to continue to Maine where they can take the ferry to Nova Scotia, then travel back west on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence with stops along the way.  They will visit with one of Sheila's daughters before crossing back over the border to the US.  Linda won't be getting home until August 5, and Sheila shortly after that in San Diego.  What an amazing way to see the country!

Imagine my surprise when I saw that this week's challenge was to use Color Burst powders!  HERE is the link for the challenge.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


For this card, I used a SU wood mounted set from 2006 and watercolor pencils.  After coloring and mounting the image, I added the silver embossed sentiment and some tiny gems for the flower centers.

Inside, I wrote my own message:

"Birthdays are no longer about how old we are; they're all about how long we've lasted!"

I think  this is very appropriate for a milestone birthday.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Since tweeting is "in" these days, I made this card for a friend.  It was a quick card to make, and a masculine one as well.

Inside, there's a tiny wooden bird "tweeting" out a birthday message.

Monday, June 5, 2017


It seems like I've been using dies more than stamps lately--how 'bout you?

This card used a total of 4 dies and 2 punches.  The fishtail frames are from Die-namics, and the leaves are from one PTI die snipped apart and glued in place at the stem end.  One think I like to do when attaching a flower or leaf is to glue just enough to keep it on the card, but loose enough so it  doesn't lay flat.

The butterfly antennae are made with blue wire and held on the back with a glue dot.

Check out the other entries for this challenge HERE.

Friday, June 2, 2017


I finally cleaned out my closet, determined to get everything off the floor.  Jenny appreciated that...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Here's a use for credit cards that a husband can love.  All it takes is an old credit or gift card, three or four Distress Oxide inks, some water and cardstock.

For this card, I chose Broken China, Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet; and I smeared them onto a craft sheet.  Should have been easy, but I messed up my first attempt.  Instead of water, I sprayed the inks with stamp cleaner--is that dumb or what!  Once I figured out what was wrong, I started over again, with my water spritzer--much better.

All you do is take your credit card, swipe the edge into some ink (one color per swipe works best) and spread it on to white cardstock.  I added some black lines using the edge of the credit card and a black ink pad.  Let it dry while you proceed with your design.

For my design, I started with a piece of  Marina Mist cs cut to 4x5 1/4".  After cutting out the middle (and saving it for a future card) I glued it to a white card front.  Next, I die cut the inked cs with the same die (Lil Inker) and popped it up in the empty space with dimensionals.  I noticed a piece of glitter paper that matched the card color, so I added that a third of the way up from the bottom.  Then I die cut the violets (Poppy Stamps) and attached them with glue dots under the leaves.

For the finish, I punched a small butterfly from a piece of scrap, sponged the edges with Wilted Violet and added some pearls for a body.  In spite of my earlier mistake, I made it to the finish line with a card that turned out better than I thought it would.  Whew!

Monday, May 29, 2017


Since I have no weddings or anniversaries on the calendar (except ours--our 50th) I made this card an all purpose one instead.

With an all-white card, texture is a necessary element.  I also added some shine with the greeting done in silver embossing.

Thanks for the inspiration HERE.

NOTE:  Be sure to scroll down for the Paper Players challenge.


I think this coordinated stamp/die set, "Botanical Blooms," is THE BEST set Stampin' Up has ever come up with!  I love the dsp, and the dies are to die for.  (intended pun, sorry...)

The Paper Players sketch was a joy to work with.  The dsp does most of the work for this card, and the floral centerpiece gives it focus.

Other cards using this sketch can be found HERE.

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!