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..