Friday, October 22, 2021

Sweater Weather


Finished up my card for Let's Squash It Challenge #13 today. This challenge is asking for double embossing. My card uses an embossing folder and embossing powder technique to make the warm winter sweater card. I would love wearing this sweater! An extra bonus is my background, where another folder shows off the textured sweater.

Here are the details: 

To start I took a large piece of Stampin' Up! Just Jade cardstock and following a Jennifer McGuire's video, applied VersaMark onto the embossing folder then running it through my Big Shot. Next I sprinkled on Ranger Fine Detail Clear embossing powder and melted the powder. I like how the shine makes the embossed area darker. I tried really hard to get a picture showing shiny parts. Can you see the shine?

The embossing folder that helped make the sweater is an discontinued SU/Sizzix folder called Cable Knit Dynamic Textured. Several stores have this folder. 

The cute sweater die and hanger are by Elizabeth Craft Designs from the Winter Sweater set. The set is around a few places on-line, but I had had mine since 2019. I could have made the color, hem and cuffs out of plain c.s. but chose not to do that. 

The brrrrr sentiment die is also from Elizabeth Craft on the Words 5 die set which is available several places. It's a nice set with lots of holiday and winter words. Guess I hang on to my supplies! LOL

For even more texture I placed the sweater onto a piece of SU Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with an even older Sizzix folder called   Snowflake. The base is also VV, an A2 card size.

Bye now from a colder morning and day here in Minnesota. It was 32 degrees this a.m. when Willie wanted to go out. He wore his sweater!


Monday, October 18, 2021

Happy Holidays

Good Evening~

I came up with an idea for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge for October and just finished it tonight. Hope you like it. I do, as CAS is my favorite kind of card to make. I hope this is CAS enough as there is not a lot of white space. 

The red dry embossed rectangle is a cut down part of the whole image done with a Sizzix embossing folder. This folder is from a discontinued set called Christmas Words and Dots. For some dimension, the happy words piece is mounted onto some red fun foam. 

The gray card base is a top folding A2 size card done in Stampin' Up! Basic Gray cardstock. The white piece was sitting on my desk just waiting to be used and was just the right size.

I have a few friends I like to greet that don't necessarily celebrate Christmas but do enjoy the festive holiday season. Therefore my chosen greeting from a Simon Says Stamp set called Holly Jolly Sentiments Strips that I bought last winter. The set is still around. I like the simplicity of this strip that I cut down to fit on the card. In the picture it looks crooked, but is OK in real life.

Am sure pleased to have another card ready for sending. Inside I put a strip of matching red onto white cardstock ready for a handwritten message.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you are enjoying this autumn and not dreading winter. I personally love snow, just not the shoveling! Hugs from Minnesota where the temp was in the 70's today.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

For The Flower Challenge


The Flower Challenge is celebrating its 5th Birthday. Happy Birthday to all!  Wow, five years of beautiful creations submitted by crafters. I've only sent in a couple, but this time and my love of pink prompted me to make a card with a pink flower, of course. For October, The Flower Challenge #61 is asking us to use a shape.

Here is my card:   

First I stamped the flower with VersaFine Onyx Black onto my chosen shape. My flower is a darker pink than I wanted. I was trying to do shading, but that didn't work out so kept on coloringSo my peony spray which is from the retired Prized Peony Stampin' Up! set is done in a pretty dark pink. I colored it with an Altenew marker called Cotton Candy. Coloring over the petals several times probably darkened the original color. Oh, well. The green and brown colors are from Altenew sets. 

The hexagon shape die cut is one of many goodies I received from my crafter friend Linda W of her blog  called Scrappin.Bari fame. 

I placed the hexagon shape on a top folding card of textured SU Basic Gray. The texture is from a Spellbinders embossing folder called Horsehair which is available several places on line. Finally, I added a sentiment from a Taylored Expressions pre-printed set called Simple Strips in Reverse. Surgically altered it a bit to cover some boo-boos, if I am being honest.

Done. Am just OK with the card and will send it out soon when I figure out just the right person to get it. 😉

I sure appreciate visitors. Be sure I know how to contact you so I can visit you! Many cyber hugs from Minnesota where the leaves have turned and are falling.



Saturday, September 18, 2021

My CAS Christmas Card

😏Hi There!

Finally, I finished my entry to the CAS Christmas September 2021 Challenge. We were all to use something that is plaid.

I have had this fun Christmas stocking designer paper in mind for a couple of weeks, but struggled without a bigger stocking die to compliment the paper. Eureka, an idea! I scanned the paper into my computer, saved it, then enlarged one of the images before printing it out onto cardstock. The colors are muted but OK, I think.

Next I fussy cut out the stocking and mounted it on fun foam for some dimension. A snippet of Cherry Cobbler tops the sock and some hemp cord was added making it ready to hang up on the fireplace mantle. Because snippets were used for the stocking and its topper, I am entering my card also to Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #412.

Here's my card:   

Everything used on this card front is from Stampin' Up! The dsp is from the Wrapped In Plaid 6x6 paper stack from two years ago.  The sentiment is from the retired Cup of Christmas stamp set. Sorry so many things used here are gone, but the CC paper and hemp cord are still available. 

I am pleased with this card and happy to have another card finished early for Christmas sending. I only send out about two dozen, but I like them to be special.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy hugs from Minnesota, where it is getting dark way to early!  ðŸ˜‰

Sunday, September 12, 2021

I've Been Busy

 Hi There!

Just in case you have been wondering why I have not posted in quite a long time, I've been making cards to raise money for the dog rescue group I belong to. All the funds raised (lots of people made blankets and winter coats) go to take care of new dogs that come into the rescue, their medical needs, food, grooming etc. My Willie who is a hospice rescue who is not up for adoption is also being cared with money raised. I made sixteen cards and managed to sell 10 on Saturday.

I am posting just a few of them. Details not given today, but of course I followed the rules for selling, so all information is on the back of each card. 

Sorry. Please contact me or comment if you would like any information. 

Here we go:



A you can see, I haven't cropped or spaced these pictures really nicely here. It's harder and harder to do so in Blogger these days, don't you agree? 😕

Hope you enjoyed this quick visit. I loved making the cards and now I need to catch up on a couple of birthday cards due as well as join a couple of challenges before they close.

Bye for now from MN. Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

A Final Twofer

 Hello Friends!

I have not played much in Darnell's Twofer challenges and now she is ending it. Sad, but true. I really have loved looking at the entries but to be honest, have been too lazy to enter. Anyway, since I am making cards to sell and raise funds for my dog rescue group, I am joining the Twofer Card Challenge #41 that is asking for dog/cat. 

Here are my two cards together:  

Each card I made is emphasizing the breed Shih Tzu which is the dog my rescue group, the Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota specializes in. My hospice rescue, Willie, that I have mentioned before, is from them. 

These dogs come in many colors, but black and white or shades of tan seem to be the most prominent.

Next see the cards individually and have some information on how they were made.

First up I made a Christmas card using a wooden stamp from Rubber Hedgehog Rubber Stamps #2013. He is stamped in SU! Basic Black on white cardstock and fussy cut out. This stamp is still available. The fun banner is from Hero Arts, (also available) called Merry Christmas Banner.  It's die cut in Real Red.

The card base is SU Basic Gray and is horizontally top folding. It is left quite simple for ease in mailing. CAS cards seem to be my favorite style.

Next, the same dog stamp is inked up in SU Crumb Cake and stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock. The base is also top folding, done in Early Expresso paper. This card was made to congratulate a new owner who has adopted and rehomed one of our rescued dogs. The sentiment is a 2002 SU stamp and the paw print is from Dog Stamps Plus

All the cards have just a clean piece of coordinating card stock inside ready for a note.

Question for you: do you always put something on the inside of your cards?

I pledged to make 15 cards to sell and these are just the first ones. Wish me luck finishing all by the due date soon in September.

Happy Hugs from a cloudy day and stormy night to come here in Minnesota. Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

My CAS Christmas Card


Today I finally finished my entry to the CAS Christmas August Challenge. Completed the greeting this morning, so here I am. I am also posting this card to the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge # 409

What do you think? Does this card have enough white space? 

I took this picture with the card atop my TV cabinet in front of some plants. It's the best light up there, although many photo tries went into the trash.

Starting with PTI White cardstock, I die cut three boughs with the handy I.O. Die called Pine Branch. Next I used Erin Lee Creative Holographic card stock to die cut the lights garland from Waffle Flower. This die set called Holiday Lights Die is for sale many places online. I cannot find the silvery 6 x 4-1/2 c.s. anywhere but the branch die is around. The camera picked up the holographic colors, but in real life it seems like just silver color. 

Anyway, the branches are snippets of dark green cardstock, probably Hunter Green (retired) from S.U. I wove the lights strings the best I could among the branches. Another snippet of Real Red c.s. was die cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs small die called Merry Christmas. I think it is just the right size to finish up the card and it is still available. Stick It adhesive sure was helpful.

Done. The card was easier to make then to photograph. So far I have made a card for the above Christmas challenge every month this year.

I appreciate all my visitors and love comments. Be sure I can reach you to return the visit. Cyber hugs from a sunny Sunday and warm evening in Minnesota.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Slimline Celebrate


Welcome to my first attempt at a slimline card. I just cut a piece of PTI White Linen cardstock following directions I found online. Also, I wanted to use the celebrate die cut that was a gift. So a slimline card was necessary. I am entering my card to The Flower Challenge #59 that asks for a die along with a flower. And an option called for a slimline card!

For the flower, I used a stencil from Uniko called Pure Florals: Gerbera which is still for sale and a NBUS #29 to me. I used brushes to add Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves and dots of SU Daffodil Delight. The purple color on the flower match the background much better in real life. The whole flower was covered with Wink of Stella Clear. I fussy cut out the big flower. This celebrate die is part of a Picket Fence Studios Slim Line System die set and is called Scallop Frames. It is for sale several places online.

The background is part of my saved/hoarded stash of the old Bazzill Basics paper that has a nice texture, but I don't know the color name. 

I am not sure who will receive this card nor what occasion is to be celebrated, but am fond of the card anyway.

That is all for me now. I am making several doggie cards for a benefit sale, so I will be busy the next week or so. Thanks for stopping by and please visit again! Bye from summery days in Minnesota.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

July CCC

 Hello There!

Robyn in Australia finally received her card for the Card Chain Challenge, July 2021. So now I am sharing the card. It really was fun to make! 

I chose the challenge option which called for a fancy fold and friendship is always a suggestion. 

To create this, I followed the video by Rachel Tessman at Stamp Your Art Out on Youtube. She called it a Shutter Fold card. I, of course, chose different designer paper and colors to CASE her card. It was somewhat tricky to make, but well worth it. I suggest that you watch her video if you want to make one.

Almost all the supplies I used for this card are from Stampin' Up! The card base is in So Saffron c.s. The dsp is from the retired Garden Impressions 6x6 pad, which you can find online a few places and so is the sliding card closing piece in mottled blue. Can you see the blue rectangle is cut with a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies set? I die cut the poppies from the retired Painted Poppies cling stamp set in Mango Melody, added some dots and mounted it all with dimensionals. 

Next you can see the card partially opened with the slider off. Fully opened is where I stamped the sentiment. That is from Jilllibean Soup, the Handwritten Sentiments set also still found places online. 


Robyn seemed to like the card. I hope you do too and will make one yourself. Many thanks for stopping by my blog. Be sure I can reach you to comment. 

Bye bye from summer time  in Minnesota's heat and humidity with lots of flowers!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Celebrate The Embossing Folder

 Hello Again!

This card was made to enter the fun Challenge #10 - Shimmer and Shine at Let's Squash It!  The embossing folder is quite a large one, by We R Memory Keepers. It is called Next Level Bouquet. There are two folders in the set, this one being my favorite. It appears to be discontinued. 

What do you think? I love flowers, roses particularly, so set out to make my embossed image sparkly. Using a water brush and my US ArtQuest Jewelz Watercolor Palette which is pigmented mica watercolor paint, I got to work. The colors are Duo Blue-Green, Duo Red-Blue, Pearl White and Sparkle Gold. This pallet of 10 colors I got many years ago but the website has some things similar.  

After dry embossing the folder on a large piece of watercolor paper, I just could not cut it down after it was colored. Can you see the shine? The e f is about 5-3/4 x 5-3/4. so I cut down one of my hoarded Martha Stewart Beetle Black cardstock for the card base. I don't know who made the sentiment Celebrate which is heat embossed with Zing White Opaque embossing powder. To cut the sentiment end, I used Stampin' Up's newer punch called Lovely Labels.

I sure appreciate the comments you leave. Thanks! I hope you are having a nice summer or winter! I am, although it is really hot here in Minnesota. My home state as you may have guessed. Lived many years in California before returning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Monochrome Hugs


Thanks to the encouragement and gifts from new friend Linda W, I have made this card. It's my first card for The Diva's That Cut...Paper! challenge. For July, what they are asking for is monochrome colors using dies, so here is my card. Thanks Linda!!

The gift used here is the wonderful medium gray cardstock that I used for my base. I do not know who makes the paper, but Linda says she hoards it. Teehee. Anyway, after choosing the base color first, I then added layers of Stampin' Up! grays, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate along with an unknown gray paper. 

The die, a NBUS one, is also from SU, and called Sending Hugs. It is still available. Isn't that a wonderful die? Love it, and no, I am not a demo. I popped up the die cut with some dimensionals and the card was done. Inside I layered a big piece of c.s. ready for a note when I send this card.

Extra high heat and humidity here in Minnesota. Good weather to stay inside and create. My foster dog Willie hates it outside and pulls to go back in quickly. 

Bye, bye for now fellow card makers and be safe. 


Monday, July 12, 2021

JUGS Trend week #592

Hi There!

After a long absence, I am joining the Just Us Girls Challenge #592: Trend Week. I happened to have in my to-do pile a colorful and sparkly polka dot rectangle background that came from a pet sympathy card I received many years ago. Perfect for the challenge asking us to recycle something.

To make this card, I cut down the recycled piece to fit nicely onto an A2 top folding black card base. The black card stock is probably Stampin' Up! The dots really do sparkle. So to mimic that, I dug through all my glitter paper to find somewhat matching colors for the balloons. Sorry, I do not know the craft company names because they are all snippets of paper. So am also posting this card to Pixie's Snippet Playground #407. I missed #406 by a few hours, sigh. 

The balloons were done with a retired SU punch called Balloon Bouquet. It was fun getting out that punch, as I haven't used punches for a long time. I have 3 drawers full of them! How many do you have and do you use them? 

Not having any black bakers twine, I colored some neutral SU twine with a black permanent marker. The un-colored tiny bow was made with my bow maker. To finish, added happy birthday made with old My Favorite Things Label Maker Sentiments stamps and dies set. 

I hope you are having a nice summer, I am staying in with the air conditioner on, having lots of crafty time here in Minnesota.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

My Poinsettia Card

Happy July To You!

Tonight I am posting my entry to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge for July. It was really difficult choosing which of my many poinsettia stamps and dies to use from all that I have accumulated. However I remembered some special vellum I had hidden away for just the right time. 

The vellum is by Stampin' Up! and called Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper, and now it is on clearance. It is a white flocked design on vellum. Boy, it was hard to do cutting into the one 6x6 piece I had from a product share I bought last winter. Anyway, here is how I made this card.

First up I die cut a green frame from the Summer Glitter Paper Pack by Concord & 9th. They call it Lime, but it is really a nice more pure green. I used the largest die from Papertrey Ink's Pierced Feature Frames Die set. Both things are still available online. I realized the rectangle piece from the center could be placed back in to show off the poinsettias. So did it after adding green felt for some dimension. Finally, I cut into the lovely paper positioning the nicest part in the center. I glued this paper down with a bit of Connect Glue just under the flower center. Three gold gems probably from SU, hide the glue. The top folding A2 card base is SU Thick White.

I really could not decide where to put on a Christmas sentiment, so left one off. I'll probably do one inside. I do hope that is OK with the challenge monitors. 😀

Am very happy with this card and it is sure to go to someone special on my Christmas card list. What do you all think?

Thanks for stopping by. Bye for now from a nice cool evening in Minnesota.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

My First Watercolor

 Summer Greetings!

Today I finished my entry to the Let's Squash It! Challenge #9. Oh, does anyone remember the chant, Number 9, Number 9 from an old song, I think. Sorry, couldn't help say it.

Anyway, the challenge asks us to use an embossing folder and a nature theme. The folder I used is a retired Sizzix/Stampin' Up! one called Flower Garden. Flowers are a big part of nature that I love very much.

Here is my card:

A NBUS to me is the water coloring set I bought and never used before. Called Watercolor Art For Beginners, it is full of supplies from Faber Castell. There is paint, a brush. watercolor paper, pencils and stencils. I confess to not trying to do watercolor mostly because my grandfather was an artist with it and he sold most of his work!  Several, if I can brag, are in the Minnesota History Museum, although not on display right now. I am intimidated.

After embossing a piece of w.c. paper, I used the purple and green paint diluted with water to color in the impression. Did a touch of yellow for the center of one flower. 

I mounted the topper onto a piece of light green cardstock and a dark green card base. Neither one came from a pack that was labeled. A scrap of the watercolor paper has the sentiment colored with a Marvy La Plume II Pine Green marker. This stamp is from the new SU set called Artistically Inked

So, another card done for my stash. I'll link this card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #27. I thank you for visiting  and sure appreciate comments. Bye for now from a hot day in Minnesota. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


 Happy Hello!

Marga just let me know my card for the May Card Chain Challenge has arrived at her house in Spain. Some slow mail! I have held off blogging about it all this time, now I have to remember how I made it. LOL

The background is done with Ranger Alcohol Inks, not sure of the colors. I know I used Yupo paper. One of the theme options for this challenge always is friendship, so that is what I chose. This sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Fable Friends, a retired cling set. I expect I wrote a note inside.

The overlay in white cardstock was done with a die by STAMPlorations called Bloomtangled #2 Coverplate Die and is still available for sale. I wonder how I glued it onto background piece, but I know it was probably a struggle as I always do forget to use double sided paper. The card base is probably SU.

May is gone and June heading that way. I hope you are having good health and good times wherever you live. Cool in Minnesota today, but the heat and humidity is coming back. Lovely rain came yesterday. Bye for now, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 18, 2021


 Hello Fellow Followers!

I have joined Bloglovin' and not using follow it. I would love it if you would follow me using the new form on my sidebar. Also, can you email me letting me know if the form works? I am not sure why the form looks blurry. These changes have me baffled as I am not as computer literate as I thought I was. LOL

Thanks very much. 👵


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

My Snowman Card

 Joyous Greetings!

Here is my card for the CAS Christmas Card June Challenge

My snowman looks joyful to be celebrating Christmas. Me, I am not so pleased with this card, but am pleased to have another holiday card completed. I have several friends who do not celebrate Christmas, so this card will be sent to one of them. 

The snowman die is from Penny Black, called Showman Joy circa 2016. I glued two cuts together for some dimension. Likewise, I cut two of my simple sentiment from snippets in white.  The Joy Dies Stampin' Cut & Emboss set is by Stampin' Up! The snowman is available on line, but not the word die set, unfortunately. The White and Night of Navy cardstock are both SU as is the dsp panel. I took a snippet of leftover snowflake paper from the Snowflake Splendor dsp pack from 2020. Using snippets makes the card eligible for Di's Pixie's Playground Challenge #405

Quite a simple CAS card, I think. Inside is just a piece of white c.s. ready for a note. I like to write notes in my holiday cards. Do you do that too?

We sure could use some cool Christmas weather here in Minnesota. It is too hot...9 days of temps in the 90's or more along with tropical humidity. Luckily the humidity dropped the last three day, but it is going back up this weekend. Grumble, grumble. 😉

Take good care, my friends. I hope you are having a nice summer. I am loving all the flowers blooming now.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Squashed Stars

 Hi Again! 

It's me, again. *Coming in just under the wire considering the time difference, I finished up my card for the Let's Squish It! Challenge #8. I really do like these challenges as I have oodles of embossing folders some dating back to 2004 when I started and purchased the Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots folder. Everything in this post are oldies but goodies from my stash that I have not given some love in ages. Most are online many places even to this day. 

No, I didn't use Swiss Dots, but embossed with the Sizzix/Stampin' Up! folder called Lucky Star. Before the embossing, I made the aperture with the middle sized star die from the old SU Stars Framelits Die set.

Continuing with the old and used things, I added sticky blue stars for bling atop the embossed ones. Aging SU things, again. They were the wrong color blue, so I dabbed them with the SU Blends pen in Night of Navy. Oops, that pen isn't old nor is the A2 Basic White cardstock. 

Anyway, lastly I added my sentiment to make it a 4th of July card stamping with the aged (1999) SU wooden set called Happy Fourth! The Happy 4th stamp was too big, so chose instead I ❤️ America!  A fast card to make once I could find where everything was around my craft space. LOL

As always, I appreciate you visiting with me. Take good care. The weather here in Minnesota is hot and humid. Yuck! 

* Silly me, I thought this challenge ended on the 24th, but it goes until the end of the month. Senior moment(s)!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Christmas Wishes


I am just getting around to making a card for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge for May. A really busy month for me, with my granddaughter's upcoming graduation, her party, and several family and friend's birthdays, and my own too!

Finally, here is my card for this challenge:  

I had to re-do this one a couple of times as I could not for the life of me get this bordered stamp lined up properly on the white and embossed cardstock. Still isn't, but it is hand made, right?

I started by choosing this image from several leaves and berry stamps in my stash. This retired one is by Papertrey Ink called Botanical Blocks IV. I stamped it using my MISTI in Stampin' Up! Handsome Hunter, a retired and saved -er, hoarded ink, refill and paper collection! I've left it as is only coloring the berries with Christmas Red Stickles. Online I found out one could reconstitute old Stickles with water and that worked well. 

The embossing folder is the popular 3D one by SU called Subtle, which is retired, unfortunately, done on a piece of their thick c.s.  I mounted the white panel with dimensionals onto a tent folding card in the above lovely dark green. The holiday sentiment is done in the same ink. 

All in all, I am pleased with this card. Another one done for Christmas 2021!

 Thank you for stopping by. Much needed rain today in my home state of Minnesota. Bye now!