Monday, April 10, 2017

Boo-Boo with Brusho


April came in for me with a bad case of the flu. Am now getting better enough to try to make a card for Darnell's Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11. My boo-boo card and NBUS challenge was an attempt  to get my new  Brusho Black to show it is made up of pretty colors like I have seen in YouTube videos. Sorry, I cannot remember who demonstrated this technique. Anyone know so I can give credit?

No matter what paper I used, I had trouble with blotches, the paper pilling and tearing and just ugliness. Most results went into the circular file! But I pulled out a piece to have something to show here!

Can you see the rip? And no matter how I tried, I couldn't get the paper to flatten out. I tried another forgotten technique to use both the negative and positive die cuts on a single card. The flower punch is called Blossom from Stampin' Up! and the stem and leaves are a die by Penny Black called Coy. I used retired Midnight Muse blue to try to bring out the blue in the flower and the cardbase is SU Very Vanilla. Am not sure why it look gray in the one photo. The greeting is a fun 2007 stamp also by SU.

Truly, I am not sure if this card will ever make it out of my house, but at least I prove one can try to make something out of nothing! Thanks for coming by!

Coming April 1-11, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Flower Challenge - Lilacs

Yay, today is the first day of Spring! I am so ready for some color outside. There has been little snow this winter, so what I see mostly is brown grass and bare trees. The current Flower Challenge #6 is so much fun this time as we can create anything, so I chose a large wooden stamp of my favorite flower, Lilacs.

So what is Spring all about in my world? Lilacs in bloom along the highways and bordering gardens. Not the freeways, you know, but the smaller roads connecting the Metro to the suburbs and beyond. No, lilacs are not in bloom here in MN yet, but they will be. So here's my card.

I've used this stamp before and will again as it is so lovely. By Northwood Rubber Stamps, Inc. it is called Lilac Glass Vase, part of the Spring 2013 supplement catalogue.The designer is Jean Arneson. Using Ranger water color paper, I stamped the image in VersaMark and Stampin' Up! Basic Gray ink then heat embossed it with Ranger Superfine Detail Clear embossing powder. For the flowers and leaves I used two Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, the purple and green. To soften the colors, I scribbled the pens with water on an acrylic block and painted with a small paint brush. I tried to make the vase area look more like water by combining the blue and black pens and lots of water to make gray. My 6 pen set doesn't have brown, so I mixed a lot of colors together with water to lightly color the submerged stems.

To finish my card, I simply matted the flower image on a piece of  black cardstock and centered it on a top folding basecard of SU's Basic Gray. No sentiment inside yet, but I think it would make a nice Mother's Day card or Spring birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Spring to everyone!

RRCB 58Editing to add this card to the Challenge 58 at Retro Rubber/Anything Goes since my stamp is from 2013. who would have thought something from 4 years ago is Retro? lol  

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Dog & A Card With Snippets!

Hello on this last day of February! It has been a good month for me, and I hope it has been for you too! 

Today I am sharing a picture of my new foster dog, Digger. Funny name, but I understand a child named him.
He is a wiggler and this is the best picture so far. He is 18 years old - can you believe it? His original owners had to find him a new home as they travel for work and hated to board him anymore. I am growing fond of Digger, and will keep him as a foster hospice dog instead of adopting him out! Unfortunately he has developed an eye infection/ulcer, so we've been back and forth to the vet often the last week. With meds, he is getting better.

I just had to play with Pixie's Crafty Workshop Weeks 269 & 270.
The snippets are the white stitched rectangle piece, silver foiled paper from DCSW, and some glossy white paper to make the birthday word pop. First I  smooched Ranger Distress Inks Peacock Blue and Faded Jeans onto my mat, painted it with a water brush onto the glossy paper. Following an idea I saw recently, but am not sure where, I then used some drywall tape and sponged on some more color trying for some texture. When dry, I die cut birthday from PaperTrey Ink . The shine and texture doesn't show very well here, but IRL it does.Another snippet was used to say happy with a NBUS set from MFT called Label Maker-Sentiments and matching die. The blue ink is Midnight Blue, a Memories Dye Inkpad that matches quite well the layering piece of unknown dark blue paper. To make the cupcake, I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs die. Isn't it pretty?

I did not make a flowery card like Di's pretty one for this card, hut it sure is full of snippets all glued together! Hope OK. Thank heavens for small tipped bottles of white glue! Snippets Playground Badge

I thank you for visiting me today. See you in March!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Promised Valentines

February is not over, so I still can post Valentine's Day cards. Right? Here are the last two of the three I made this year. This first one today was for my 13 year old grand daughter, Maddie. She loves design and is very creative, so I thought she would like this. It is fancier (is that a word?) than I usually make but I think it turned out OK. My card is a CASE of a wonderful card by Doris at The Stamping Tower that posted on February 7th. I too used some printed vellum by Stampin' Up! over an embossed background. It is by Darice that fits the whole front of the card. The red hearts are cut with a Die-namics duo by MFT and the gold ones are punched with snippets of gold paper with SU's retired Itty Bitty Accents heart. Love is made with another snippet of gold paper with a die from a PTI set called One Liners Collection that I cut down a bit to fit.

Last up is the card made for my grandson who loves hedgehogs and has one called Sherman. The banner sentiment is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink from SU on Real Red paper, and says Sending Hedgehugs. It is from the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set. Aren't they cute? I used the same background embossing folder as on his sister''s card. The red heart I found in my UFO box. A clean, quick, and simple card to make that I think Gavin liked.
That's it from MN. It's been spring-like weather lately, but we hear that a snow storm is coming Friday. OK by me! I thank you for stopping by to visit. 💟

Monday, February 20, 2017


Hello!  I am finding that doing challenges has helped my mojo. Cleaning up my space has helped too, 'cuz I found a few lost misplaced things.

I have wanted to try and do a card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - February, so here it is. This is one of the first mixed media cards I have ever done. Doing a CAS card is also challenging as I usually do layers. Right? It was hard to get a picture to show the shine and texture.Had to use a flash tonight as I won't be around the next few days to get this entry finished.

The Tim Holtz collection Bird Crazy for Stampers Anonymous still make me laugh. I am envisioning him thinking "Is this an egg, or what?" Thus the OMG. Notice the Ranger Glossy Accents on the eyes as they bulge out. This challenge required using some corrugated cardboard,  so I cut out an  over-sized egg with a Spellbinders oval die then set to work changing it. I used Twinkling H2O's Mediterranean blue with a water pen to get this color. I like the variation that came up. This paint and several others have been in my stash forever, but are NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff). Thanks Darnell!  The funny bird is fussy cut from some kraft paper that I found during my cleaning and popped up with  thick tape (I don't know who makes it). He's stamped using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink. My choice is the die cut letters from PaperTrey Ink on black card stock. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive to stick the letters down. The card base is Stampin' Up! discontinued Confetti Cream, although it looks white in my picture. 

Hope you enjoy seeing my card. Any suggestions on what his name should be?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Magical for The Flower Challenge

Hours...I spent hours trying to do justice to this challenge, finally after several cards went into the circular file, I finished. Then the real challenge, getting a decent photograph! I am submitting my card to The Flower Challenge #5.

I am CASING this lovely card by the Guest Designer Therese. I have created my card using most of her colors and mimicking her white outlined flowers. First change was to make my card top folding. Used some new and old goodies from many companies!

Next up, the flowers. They are the two coordinating dies from Memory Box, Pavilia Bloom Background and Outline. The pink card stock is Stampin' Up! and the white outline and base are PaperTrey Ink. The flowers are popped up with SU dimensionals. I used an Edgelits-Adorning Accents die and the dotted line stamp from SU  Bordering on Romance to make the card opening a bit special. Had to temporarily tape the edge down to get a photo. The sentiment is a NBUS from My Favorite Things called Rainbow of Happiness. It says, "I Hope Your Birthday is MAGICAL". In real life it is quite pretty. Used VersaMark and an old ink pad from, Kaleidacolor called Baby Powder for the colors and some shine. Inside I just put happy birthday with a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs on the retired Pretty in Pink card stock. To finish up I added a few sparkly sequins from Darice. Whew! Told you I like shopping different sites, didn't I?

Next time I'll share the valentine's I made for two of my grand kids. Megan got the one I previously posted here. Oh, and I got another foster dog! Picture to come.

Thanks for stopping by. 💓   

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fancy Flourish for MUSE and RRCB55

Here I am again! Twice in one week! A record for me, right? Today I am entering two challenges with this one card. Fun ~ makes me happy!

First up is for the  Muse Challenge 201. I was inspired by Guest Muse, Valentyna who has a wonderful card. Love the colors and the pop of black which I shamelessly copied. Or should this be called a CASE? Let me know, pretty please.

Anyway, I pulled out an old stamp with vines or flourishes. From a 2007 Stampin' Up! set called Baroque Motifs, I have only the one wooden stamp probably bought at a garage sale and rarely used. After applying VersaMark to a small piece of PaperTrey Ink white cardstock, I got out two colors of green embossing powder for some heat embossing. The powder is from an old set of 14 colors I got from Stampendous! years ago. I like the mixture of greens and the shine, but it doesn't show up well in my picture. Some pale pink hearts left over from a previous card added some color. For some dimension, I popped the black piece on craft foam. Worked well as I didn't have any white. The simple thank you was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and is one of the stamps from the Vertical Greetings set by SU. Some black round and faceted bling from my stash and rounding the bottom corners completes the card. I am hoping there is enough white space to be called CAS. I kind of like this card!

Secondly, I am entering this card to the new Retro Rubber challenge. They are asking for stamps older than one year (the flourish) and want a heart motif, so I think my card fits well. It is satisfying to use older forgotten stamps, I believe!

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NBUS Challenge #10 Oldies But Goodies


Here is my entrant to the NBUS Challenge #10 over at Darnell's place. I made this card while at a crop session at my favorite local craft store Crafter's Haven last Saturday evening.  I needed a sympathy card. So I pulled out an oldie but goodie single stamp from Stampin' Up! from 2012 called Blooming With Kindness-Flower that I had heat embossed on vellum and left in my UFO box. Here's my card:
Stumped, as usual, about how to adhere the vellum (from SU) to my card base, I bought yet another adhesive that promised to be invisible. Sorry, it didn't work. I do like using vellum, though. Then I remembered a hint by Jennifer McGuire about putting the adhesive behind something, so I looked around the store and found this wonderful ribbon. A NBUS, yay! The leafy ribbon is from May Arts in dark green with the veins nicely showing. It compliments the shine from the vellum that seems to have a greenish tinge. I like the white and green combo on the Soft Suede card base. I used SU glue dots to hold the ribbon to the vellum and also to the base. Worked like a charm. The vellum is left loose on the bottom of the card. To finish the card, I used something  even older from SU - embossing power called Forest Green for the sentiment. The stamp is from MY Favorite Things Grand Peaceful Wildflowers set, my second NBUS. This set is old,  but not to me. Sorry I cannot get a good picture due to the shiny vellum and embossed flower. I tried!

Thanks for stopping by and for all the comments I been getting lately. Love them!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Heart for NBUS #9 and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 255 & 256

Hi Again!

Couldn't resist submitting a card for Darnell's challenge called NBUS #9. I sure wanted needed to use some of my new stuff! Since Valentine's Day is upcoming, I chose pink and silver for my colors and tried to figure out how to do the hidden message technique. So, here's my take on it. Need some instructions, I think. Any suggestions? I appreciate your help! 

I took the easy way out, I'm guessing, and die cut the heart out of pink Bazzill textured paper with Heart of Hearts die from Memory Box. As I now have a million tiny pink hearts laying around, I could have made a shaker card, however that is another technique i have not mastered.

My NBUS is the Hi die (pun intended) that is part of the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Phrase Set One. Can you see it? I cut down the pink panel and glued it to a snippet of embossed white paper found in my "To Do" basket. The embossing folder is a favorite called Bouquet from We R Memory Keepers. Strips of silver cardstock accent the focal point which is just placed on a white card base. Pretty simple card. I like that. No sentiment inside yet, but the card will probably go to one of my sweet grand daughters.

After a second look at the options and rules, I need to acknowledge that my card is a total CASE of Darnell's card that she used in announcing this NBUS #9 challenge. CASEing her color, her heart and the bumpy polka dots too. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Darnell has prizes, wonderful woman that she is. So I encourage you all to enter this challenge to honor her five years of blogging! Send her a get well message too, if you can.

Since I used snippets of embossed paper and the silver strips, I am also joining Pixie's Crafty Workshop  Week 265 & 266 challenge. My first time. Fun! I've been watching for ages.

Thanks for visiting! I do  love comments and will visit you too! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NBUS Challenge #8

Hello Blogging Friends! I hope you are having a nice start to the new year and that you had a wonderful time over the recent holidays. I sure did.

A new challenge is here. Thanks to  Darnell who is celebrating her 5 years as a blogger with 3 challenges. Her "Blog Birthaversay" as she calls it. LOL

Hasn't it been a wonderful fun for all of us to get new stuff? But now we need to use it!  NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) was coined by Darnell and she is so right to urge us to use it. We do really need to give some love to what we buy. I personally am so happy to make a card to push myself to get creative again and to use neglected supplies. My mojo has been missing! Yay, it's back now!

Here's my challenge card.

It was a real challenge to find kraft paper in my stash ( I don't have any so used the closest I could find) and to use colored pencils. I was given a whole bunch of colors of pencils by my crop friend Therese, but never used them. She has hundreds of pencils, so gave me quite a few. Lucky me. My little scene uses several. They are from Crayola and the white one is from my Staedler Karaft set of watercolor pencils. Not wonderful choice of colors used, I guess, but trying is part of the fun. Right? The white doesn't show up very well, I know. I wanted a white dog with a few buff colored areas as this stamp reminds me of my foster dog Abby. (BTW - She will probably be going to her forever home this Saturday!)

The NBUS stamps are  from Stampin' Up! set called Stella & Friends.  The clouds are hand drawn as I tried to fill up some space without using dies for a change! teehee The papers are SU and PTI.

I am looking forward to seeing all the entries in this and the upcoming challenges. I love seeing other people's work. Bye for now and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Christmas Card or Two

I mentioned I would add some of the holiday cards I was making, so here are two! A challenge entry is the first one. It's for Kylie's Day 10 - Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge. It sparkles, like my special friend Darnell suggested. Can you see?

I sponged on the background using a lot of water and the Hero Arts Ombre  ink pad called Dolphin. Such a set of pretty blue, purple and pink inks, I think. Using my heat gun with Heat and Stick powder by Stampin' Up! and both Elizabeth Craft Design Silk Microfine Glitter and SU's Iridescent Ice embossing powder, I tried for some sparkle and shine. Used the same for the tree and star. The tree is a die cut from the PaperTrey, Inc. set called In the Meadow. I mounted it all within a stitched frame from Lil' Inker Designs. To finish, I die cut the little star from Memory Box. See, I support many companies! LOL 
Card #2. Using the same ombre ink pad to make a winter snow scene, I CASED a card by a wonderful crafter on the Splitcoasterstampers site known as Stamping_Crazy. I do not know her real name to give her credit. I changed up her dark background and used a different sentiment. For eyes, the snowman has raised black dot embellishments by Zva Creations and a hand-cut nose in orange. The snowman body uses dies from SU! called Swirly Scribbles. The middle one had some surgery! The water color paper is just left white on the bottom for the snowy texture. The card base is SU! Not Quite Navy. A banner sentiment is done with a stamp from the same PTI set as above.

Thanks for stopping by. I sure am enjoying all the Chrismas and holiday cards I've been seeing on your blogs. I appreciate all comments left here and will visit you too. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Best Wishes

Hello Again!

I've been wanting to do an entry for the The The Flower Challenge #3 so here it is. The challenge asked us to take out and use an older stamp. This one is called Framed Azalea from Stampa Rosa Inc. circa 1999. I believe Stampa Rosa has closed although I found this image among some House Mouse stamps on Google.

Azaleas come in all kinds of colors, but I love the pink ones. I first heat embossed my stamp with opaque white embossing powder onto a piece of linen cardstock from Ellen Hutson. After coloring with my watercolor pencils from Staedtler, I used a water brush to soften the pencil lines and get a watercolor look. Used 2 colors of pink, 3 of green and a yellow and brown. I matted the framed flower image onto a  piece of Stampin' Up!'s Chocolate Chip cardstock to frame it. Lastly, the whole focal point is glued atop the card base. To mimic the frame, the card front was embossed with the Sizzix folder called Plaid. The sentiment is a die from a Spellbinders set called So Sweet. I cut it twice out of SU's Melon Mombo for some dimension. What do you think? I like it and it was fun to not do only holiday cards!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

News! I've a New Dog...

Hello Friends!

What a merry-go-round the last few weeks have been! My foster dog Bucky was adopted by some wonderful folks who live on a hobby farm about 40 miles from here. When I took him to visit, I knew right away they were the perfect family, home, acreage and animals for Bucky. Missed  him terribly...for about a week when I was notified another foster dog needed me.

Abby, who is almost 11 was left with the Humane Society in Sioux Falls, S.D. and my group Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota was contacted. Of course I said yes to fostering her, and here she is!

Isn't she a cutie? Love at first sight for this little 9# Shih Tzu. Of course, as a foster mom, after she checks out with the vet, she will be available for adoption. That's our mission at STRMN. "Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-Home". A perfect passion for this retiree (me) who loves dogs.

Am busy starting - what am I late? my Christmas cards. I am so slow and picky. It is very hard for me to make more than one of a kind. Anyone else do that or are you all mass-producers? I admire that, honestly. It's just not me.

Take care. Some cards to post whenever I get the photography and writing done.

Thanks for looking in. Thanks too for all the comments. I very much appreciate them. :-) 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Happy Day


My one and only grandson turned 15 recently! What a joy he has been his whole life. He liked this card that I made especially for him using his favorite color, orange. Family joke on me... I've always pronounced the color "oinge" which naturally makes all the grandkids tease me. His birthday dinner at an Italian restaurant was no exception. Lots of laughter.

Here's my card for Gavin:

I CASED my card from the card shown below found in a video by Nichol Spohr LLC for Simon Says Stamp. The supplies she used were from the May 2014 monthly kit. I only have the stamp set, so I improvised the rest with what I have in my hoard collection.

The stamp set is called All Boy by Simon Says Stamp.  I used the shoes, dude and the 3 dots (surgically altered) stamps plus the small star from the set. A piece of navy cardstrock from my stash and the orange striped paper is from Michael's. My card base is PaperTrey Ink white. I colored the shoes with my NBUS ZIG Clean Color Real Brush  pens in the Bright Yellow, which looks orange to me when straight from the pen. I found it is yellow when mixed with water. I am truly at the "learner" stage! Inside I just stamped happy birthday with a message from me, Grammy. Sorry, forgot which of my many birthday stamps I used. One cannot have too many birthday stamps and dies, I always say. tee hee

Thanks for visiting. Oh, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate this week! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hop to Stop 2016 - Wonderful You


I am a bit late to this hop, but wanted to acknowledge Becca Cruger at The Damsel of Distress. She  posted a heart-rendering post recently alerting the stamping community to this hop. I am in complete support! Verbal domestic violence has appeared in my family, not physical, (thank heavens).

Here is my card in support of this cause. I hope some of my faithful and wonderful readers will join in. Kudos to all those who have before me.

Thinking to remind victims of domestic violence that they are wonderful, I pulled out My Favorite Things Simply Fabulous Saying set. Works well, I think. The words are heat embossed in white. I used Bazzill cardstock in purple, the color of this cause, and PaperTrey Inc. white for a simple card. Added 3 clear stones from Pretty Pink Posh for some bling and finished up with the diagonal strips of white cardstock. Fun how the stones appear pale purple.

Thanks for visiting today. I am thrilled to have received many comments lately! Thank you! Thank you!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Eeek! Halloween Scary Words

Happy almost Halloween.

 Here's a entrant to the October Challenge #49 at The Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. I only make a few Halloween cards mostly for the grandchildren. I couldn't seem to get a good picture...maybe a ghost making that shadow? ;-)

I got this Hero Arts background stamp called Eeek in a package deal from another blogger who was selling off her stamps. I don't know how old it is, but I've had it well over a year, maybe two. It took many tries to get the words all to show nice and black. The pumpkin  is a die cut out of orange glitter paper and it is from my Halloween stash where is has languished forever.  Happy Halloween is just stamped inside. A pretty simple card, but I like it.

Take care and don't let the spooky goblins that come around scare you on the 31st.

Thanks for visiting! I will visit you too, so leave a comment. :-)

A Taped Smile With Flower

Hello!  Somehow the month of September got away from me and here we are in the middle of October. My mojo was away for part of the time, but I did get some cards ready to try and sell at a bazaar. Some did! Yay!

I have long belonged to Splitcoaststampers (SCS) but rarely post. Their newest challenge called Falliday Fest has some great ideas and techniques new to me, so I tried this one called Masquerade by Dini K using painters tape for masking.

Using 3M Blue painter's tape, I placed it in rows right onto the cutting plate of my Big Shot. I die cut the word Smile from Cas-Ual Fridays Stamps, Fri-Dies, and the flower from Penny Black, called Coy, separately and carefully peeled them off and stuck them to the Ranger water color paper. After daubing and blending color on top with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, and Peacock Feathers, I then spritzed the whole card front with water. After drying and trying to flatten out the piece, I removed the tape and like magic, my design shows! What fun! To finish I just glued it to a top folding card base. No sentiment inside, yet. I'll keep it in my stash for just the right occasion to arrive.

A big lover of flowers, I am entering this card in The Flower Challenge as well as putting it on SCS. I am loving all the flower cards posted! Check them out, if you haven't already. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I sure appreciate the views and comments. Smiling today!

Monday, August 29, 2016

NBUS #7 Shih Tzu Sitting

Hello!  Since I am a new foster mom for Bucky, who is at least part Shih Tzu, I had to get a stamp!  Bought two,  if you want to know the truth!  LOL

Anyway, here's the first card I made using my NBUS stamp from Dog Stamps Plus. It is going to be a sympathy card. Isn't she precious?

I stamped the dog using my also NBUS Hero Arts Vintage Ombre pigment ink in silver to black. The silvery part showed mostly on her head, so I added a bow in SU Real Red to add some contrast and make this a card for a lovely girl dog who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Shih Tzu's come in many colors, but black and white are very common.

A pretty simple card with the dog focal point matted in Basic Black and put directly on the base card that I had run through my Cuttlebug embossing folder called Polka Dots. I like that the folder is the larger size, so it covered the whole card front.

Thanks for visiting. See you in blogland. I love buying and using new stuff, don't you? I look forward to seeing the creations you all make for Darnell's challenge.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CCC August 2016

Tonight I am posting my card for the Society of Stampaholics August challenge. It has been sent off to Michigan and I hope it has arrived.

The colors this month were lavender, smokey mint and deep teal with a suggestion to use a bird. Taking an ancient piece of cardstock I used the best colors that I had to make my focal point. In my picture, the purple-y colors don't seem to match much, but they do coordinate in real life. 

I first ran a piece of white cardstock through my Big Shot using an embossing folder (Stampin' Up!) for texture. With SU's Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Lavender Lace  ink pads, I sponged on the 3 colors to enhance the zigzags. The bird was done using the two-step stamping system (remember?), a solid and an outline stamp. There is no name on either wooden stamp. They are really old, amongst the first stamps I bought. I fussy cut him/her out (not my favorite pastime) then gave him something to say. The hello greeting is from My Favorite Things stamped in the blue onto an oval die cut from Spellbinders in the mint color. The birdie looks like he has a bit of sparkle, but to the life of me, I cannot remember using Wink of Stella but I must have. Senior moments creeping up again! :-) It was fun stamping again as I have been doing a lot of die cutting lately. 

So that's it from Minnesota for August. Time, as usual, has gotten away! I do appreciate all who visit! 

Thank You!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My New Family Member!

This time I have a good excuse for not posting. After a long wait and a lot of vetting, I have become a foster mom to a senior dog. His name is Bucky...see his  pictures below. It was taken by his first foster mom. Bucky is 13 years old, part Shih Tzu and part Corgi, we believe.  I think he is cute. :-) I've been wanting a dog for a long time time since Jetta went to the Rainbow Bridge two years ago.

We are settling in pretty well together. He loves the other dogs that live nearby and is very mellow. He is from a rescue group called the  Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota. I am making some "doggie" cards for a fund raiser they are having soon.  Bucky has some medical issues several of which are being taken care of next week. I may have him for a long time or a short time. I sure am enjoying him now! Yippee!

I have several cards made and photographed but not cropped nor ready to describe. I will get to it. Really!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Where has July gone?

Somehow the month of July has disappeared and I haven't been posting. Cards made, yes. Photographed, yes. Sent, yes! But editing the pictures and writing about them, nope! Sigh.

My daughter, Stephanie and I recently went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gardens to see the flowers (and lots of other things) where she took this photo of my favorite flower, the Double Delight. Stephanie has a fancy camera and can edit beautifully. She is a volunteer photographer for the Arboretum and has had pictures posted on their web page. Am so proud!

 BTW, she posts her pictures on her Instagram site if you would like to see more. Here is her user name:  2019saj_gallery

I am not sure how July has passed so quickly, but I know I have enjoyed spending time outside and with my grandchildren. Here in Minnesota, we have to take advantage of the wonderful weather while we can. Don't get me wrong, I, for one, love winter.

Anyway, that's my story, and I am sticking to it. Thanks for stopping by. See you in August, I promise.   :-)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Paper Players #300

Wow, 300 challenges by The Paper Players gals. Congratulations! Quite an impressive feat and surely worthy of a celebration! The design team's cards are just super this time... I can tell they all put a lot of thought into things that we celebrate.

 Here's my card which will be sent out to celebrate a wedding that is coming up. I decided to go with a CAS card letting the design of the  embossing folder take center stage.
This wedding cake embossing folder is a NBUS (Never- Before-Used-Schtuff) to me that I just bought.* I picture a luscious chocolate cake and fudge filling (YUM) underneath the almost all white decorations. There is just a touch of SU Pink Pirouette marker on the top flowers. The card base is 6 x 7, larger than I usually use. It is also NBUS; a card and envelope water-media set by Ken Oliver. I like the texture of the paper even though there is no water coloring here at all. I do have his Color Burst Brights concentrated color powder set, so look for a card using them in the future.

For some sparkle, I matted the cake focal point with Stampin' Up!'s silver designer glitter paper and used it for the banner sentiment too. The congratulations is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using Black Opaque Finish Zing embossing powder. I did have to enhance the letters with a black marker as they got a little lost in the silver. The clear stamp and matching banner die are from Hero Arts. I just plan to write a note inside sending the happy couple best wishes. A strip of the glitter paper brings the brightness of the front to the inside. So that is it from me. Whew, the deadline is tomorrow, so I made it!

Bye for now. Thanks for visiting.
*Edited to add: The embossing folder is by Darice.

Friends Make the World...

Challenges Galore! With this card I am completing the June CCC submission for the Society of Stampaholics and entering the June challenge from CAS Mix Up. I have started to enter more challenges finding them fun and besides, I've received so many nice comments. Thank you kind readers and followers!

At first I made the card just for my recipient at S.O.S. It's gone in the mail, so I feel OK posting it here. Than I remembered the monthly challenge by Loll and Bonnie, so decided to enter there too. So, my friends, read on about the details and see if I met all the rules.

The June S.O.S challenge asked for the colors Plum, Mulberry and Petal, had a sketch with a flower and a sentiment below, along with some bling. I think I hit all four ideas! LOL

The month long CAS Mix Up asked us to have stamping + die-cuts + a choice while being clean and simple. My card has a lot of white space, so I am hoping it is CAS enough!  The rays background is a die, the sentiment is stamped and the flower is my choice.

My base card is linen cardstock from Ellen Hudson. I love the texture. The punched flower is made with a newer punch from Stampin' Up called Flower Medallion. To color the flower pieces, I scribbled SU markers in Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum and Pink Pirouette onto an acrylic block and spritzed it with water and just painted away. After they dried I scrunched them up a bit for texture, glued them together in the center and added my SU bling. I am afraid this sparkely embellishment called Frosted Finishes,  is no longer availableThe flower was then placed on a background panel embossed with a die from My Favorite Things called Sun Ray. I used a rubber mat so the pieces of the die would not cut all the way through. I like this background as another way to get more use of my dies. Finally, the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark on the panel. It is from a Jillibean set I won in the February drawing at S.O.S. I heat embossed it with silver Zing embossing power for some shine to match the flower center.

I am quite pleased with my card, and hope you like it too. Thanks so much for visiting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thinking of You

Hello! I almost waited until the last moment to post my card for Retro Rubber Challenge 
Blog, Challenge 40/Kind of Sketchy.

Here's my card:

Can you see this wonderfully embossed black paper? Again it is from my LSS, Crafter's Haven. Isn't is great? It is called Crocodile Black Specialty from Hot Off The Press, Inc. I've been hoarding it. My card unabashedly copies the sketch closely, but my thinking was to highlight the paper. I attached a simple strip of dry embossed white paper using the Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Modern Mosaic. The oldie flower bouquet stamp, just done on a Spellbinders circle, is one from Stampin' Up! dated 1993. I only have this single stamp that I probably bought at a craft sale, so I do not know the set name. After the fact and the gluing, I realized I could have used black embossing powder to highlight it, but I like it just stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. I am loving black and white cards these days. This one could be either feminine or masculine. I do not have a particular use in mind for this card, but my stash is low on cards for any occasion.

Well, I do hope you all have been having a nice early summer. It has rained a lot here in Minnesota, so it is beautifully green. Today it is warm and mostly sunny, my favorite kind of day.

See you in blogland. I read many blog and I like to read the comments. Love getting comments here too!  :-) Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tulips for May 2016 CCC + One + A Challenge

Hello!  Well, here I am at last. Wow, May is heading to the end and I haven't posted anything. Shame on me. A busy month, though, with birthdays, concerts by two of the grand kids, plus needing to watch my oldest grand daughter who has taken up playing lacrosse. She is good, too. Bragging rights taken here.

Anyway, I finished and sent this card off to New Zealand as the May card for the S.O.S. Card Chain Challenge (CCC). One of challenge suggestion was friendship and the colors were pistachio, olive and peach.  Another idea was to use watercolors. My card is a combination of a lot of techniques, but I forgot to use watercolor paper for the flower. Oops.

For the focal point, I stamped the tulip with VersaMark, then heat embossed with white embossing power. This Hero Arts stamp called Tulips is from 1995. Anyone also like to use old and neglected stamps? Darnell would be proud! Getting out my Staedtler Watercolour Pencils I got to work. Not being sure exactly what the color peach looks like, I used several pink and orange pencils to color the flower. These pencils do not have names on them, but they blended nicely together when topped off with my water brush. Next I put on clear Wink of Stella for some shine. Turning my attention to a background, I inked up a My Favorite Things stamp called Etched Flower with Stampin' Up! Old Olive. A wonderful background stamp, I think. For the sentiment I just used a tiny stamp from the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes on a punched oval. For some emphasis, I lightly sponged around the oval with the retired ink Apricot Appeal. The frame around the tulip is also sponged. To finish up the card, I mounted everything on a card base of Pistachio Pudding by SU and hand wrote a note inside.

It just occurred to me that it is Fall in New Zealand. Oh well; hope Dawn does not mind! Lovely Spring days here in MN right now with lots of things blooming. My favorite season.

The + One:

Sadly, in April, I needed a sympathy card for a guy friend, so had made and not posted this simple card. I thought the sailing ship and sentiment were fittingly serene. I used an unnamed "with sympathy" stamp inside and wrote a note. The background  paper is from a retired DSP set from SU as is the ship and sentiment. The ink is Chocolate Chip. The stamp set is called Schooner, from 1998. It's one of my never-get-rid-of sets! Guess I have been into old things, lately. That is, gently used things! LOL


That is it for now. Thanks ever so much for stopping by. Till next time, happy blog reading.

Edited to add my Tulips for May card to this new to me challenge. I think the card fits perfectly. Hope the Retro Rubber Challenge #39 group does too.