Friday, April 20, 2018

It's a TwoFer Again

Hello!  I finally came up with a couple ideas for Darnell's 4th monthly TwoFer card challenge. As you may know, I volunteer with a dog rescue organization and foster Shih Tzu's until finding them a forever home. While I am really a dog person, I do like cats and have had this kitty stamp for ages, so here are my cards! Hope you like!


The kitty wooden stamp is from Inkadinkado and is quite old, although I saw it at Michael's not that long ago.
I love that she looks so furry and sweet. On the first card she is stamped in Memento London Fog onto a snippet piece of light gray heathered cardstock from my stash. I made a really simple card just cutting out the frame with MFT's Die-Namics Peek-a-Boo Window die. I just love this die; so versatile. My go-to base cardstock these days is PaperTrey Ink Basic white. I like the thickness and it is very white. My sentiment, "Adopt Me" of course, reminds me of my volunteer work and a cause I fully support - adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group not from a pet store. The die cut letters in Stampin' Up! Basic Black are also from PTI, their Upper and Lower Block alphabet collection. I used my T-ruler to try to glue them straight.
My twofer has a bit more color! Again using white cardstock, I embossed the card front with Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder called Birch Trees for a little texture. The kitty was stamped in SU Baked Brown Sugar which I think was an In-Color a while back. I colored her fur with a Marvy La Plume marker in Rosewood which made her look like an orange Tabby cat. To enhance the fur and stripes, I lightly drew on each line with the marker and a brown Crayola colored pencil. The kitty was lastly fussy cut out. I had to really think what sentiment to use, so I am saying this kitty was adopted and so she says thank you! The die cut out in SU Island Indigo blue paper is from Impression Obsession, called Greetings Top Edgers

So that's my story and I am sticking to it. 'Cuz I used so many snippets of paper, I am entering this card into Pixies's Snippets Workshop Challenge # 324.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge


Since I love puppies and particularly Shih Tzu's, I have many dog stamps. So I made a card with one of my favorite stamps in order to enter the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #283.  Here she is, all prettied up for Christmas.

Once I decided what color the pup and the background should be, the card came together pretty quickly. The Shih Tzu stamp is from Dog Stamps Plus. I inked up the stamp with Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake onto a snippet of Whisper White c.s. Taking the same color marker, I highlighted the lines of the fur to make it stand out more. I popped her up with dimensionals on a background made from the SU Brick Wall embossing folder done on Very Vanilla card stock. I drew a bow near where the top knot would be on an adult with an In-Color Emerald Envy marker. Added some Wink of Stella for sparkle. The sentiment is a clear stamp from Poppy Stamps, Inc. called Christmas Greetings inked in Real Red. Using my MISTI, I curved it to fit a banner die from Hero Arts, Stamp & Cuts. I like that the stamps come with matching dies. The card base is SU Real Red along with a narrow frame in Emerald Envy completed my card.

 One more card for my Christmas stash! YAY! Thank you for stopping by. 💚

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I Love Blossoms

Hello!   I am so ready for Spring! How about you? Here in Minnesota the snow is melting, some green grass is peeking out, but it will a while before the trees bud and the blossoms come out. That is OK. I can do Spring colors on my cards. Here are my two for Darnell's March Twofer Card Challenge!

As the call was for blossoms, showing different uses of the same image, I chose a floral die that is one of my favorites. Have a look-see!

My salute to Spring is the birthday card. Snippets of card stock from many companies were die cut in pale blue, lilac, pink, pale yellow and bright yellow for the blossoms. The leaves are done in Stampin' Up! Cucumber Crush. Boy, did my Big Shot get a workout. Lots of snippets here, so am also linking up this card to Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop #322. I ran out of sticky back paper to use when die cutting, so all these cuts are glued on. My question is: Why, oh why does liquid glue always get stuck coming out even with special tops on the bottles? I was smiling as I finished, though, as the colors make me happy. The card is completely flat, so good for mailing. I have several Spring birthdays in the family coming up.
I have been experimenting again with Ranger Alcohol Inks. For my second card I used a piece of  thick vellum and played away. Some of the alcohol inks are just called Ranger, and some are older ones called Adirondack. The colors used are Wild Plum, Cool Pari, with small touches of Stonewashed blue. In real life, the inks are much more blue violet, not the wine color the camera picked up. All the colors were blended together in several layers with the blending solution and tool helping out. I framed the part that I liked best in black with part of the Impression Obsession's Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames cover plate. The other ones that cut out at the same time will come in handy later. My blossom is called Coy, by Penny Black. As it is always good to have a sympathy card on hand, I finished with a sentiment from the My Favorite Things set called Grand Peaceful Wild flower. As usual, I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink. My favorite. I like the peacefulness (is that a word?) and simplicity of this card,

I hope you will be getting some Spring weather soon! Thank you for visiting. Take care and come visit again soon. 💙

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Funny Bunny

Hello!   Today I completed an Easter card for my grand daughter Maddie, and realized that I had used many snippets to make it. So am entering it in the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #321.

This card was fun to make even though it took quite a bit of fussy cutting. The bunny makes me smile. How about you? He is from a die by Cheery Lynn Designs called Funny Bunny. The die cuts only the outline and details, so I traced the outside edges onto black card stock, fussy cut it out, and glued it behind my white die-out. He is sitting in the grass made with a Taylored Expressions die called Grass Border from a snippet of green card stock. The pretty eggs I found in my "to be used" (TBU) box in black and white. I colored them with colored pencils and cut them out. Only 3 of the five eggs would fit my design. I've no idea where I got the tidbit of paper, nor do I have the stamp. The background is really a snippet of lilac colored Bazzill textured paper, although it looks gray in this picture. Purple is Maddie's favorite color (this month). To finish the card, I cut a mat in black for a thin border and placed it all on a top- folding card base. Lately I've been using more of this type of card base than the traditional A2 folded card.

I stamped Happy Easter inside with a 2003 Stampin' Up! stamp along with a little basket of Easter eggs that I stamped, colored, and cut out  The stamp is also by SU and is dated 1997. It too was just waiting to be used. Just for fun, I put some grass there too! Here is a little look .

Whew, I have finished all three cards for the grand kids early this year. Guess I am longing for spring instead of more snow. We got socked on Sunday with several inches of snow so now I get to move my car so they can plow. Oh well, the snow is really pretty to look at! So sorry our storm is heading east as I know they don't need more snow there.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you will stop by again soon. 💜

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Card For February Card Chain Challenge

Hello!  Am posting today my card that was sent to Jutta in Canada for the February CCC. I really like sending and getting cards from all over the world and making new cyber friends. So I encourage my readers to play along. 

Here  is my latest card. I chose the friendship option as I wanted to use the special die-cut that was sent to me
with my January card from Gail in Norway. The globe was cut from shiny gold paper and I think it is a great representation of the CCC idea. On a top folding A2 card base in PTI basic white card stock, I made the opening using a die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs die set called Beaded Circle Frames that I've used before. I wanted the globe to be the star of the card and to keep the card CAS, my favorite type of card making. The sentiment is stamped in Stampin' Up's Early Espresso ink and is from my NBUS Altenew stamp set called Crafty Friends. Lots of great stamp ideas for and about crafters in this set. I see that it is sold out, but probably worth going on a wait list, IMHO. I just wrote a note on a Post-It instead of writing inside the card in case Jutta wants to pass it on.

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by. I sure love that so many friends come to visit and leave comments. I try to do that often too! 💙💚

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here's My Two


I found it really difficult to come up with an idea for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #2. How about you? But I kept looking at my stamps, dies, and videos that I had saved and came up with these two. In the end, I am quite satisfied. Whew. Done. Smiling.

 The Twofer element requirement this time is hearts, but I am burned out making valentines, so made a friendship card and an Easter card using fancy circle dies on both along with the same heart die.

This multi circle card was done first. It is a CASE from the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube video Technique Friday by Els posted in July 2016. My card is white cardstock, not sure why it looks kind of blue in the photos, a 5" square which is an unusual shape for me. This is the first time I have used these Elizabeth Craft Designs dies called Beaded Circle Frames. My Big Shot got a work out as I was trying to decide what colors to use. Chose Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, and Marina Mist that I believe are all retired from Stampin' Up! The hearts (with a touch of Wink of Stella) and sentiment are done with Pink Pirouette. The hearts are from a die set by Verve called From the Heart. The phrase "I'm So Lucky To Call You My Friend" is from the SU set Sprinkles of Life. Almost all the elements are from snippets of paper, so I am also entering this to Pixies Crafty Workshop Snippets Playground #319.

Personally, I love stripes and found this snippet of an old SU DSP in my stash. It is so pretty. The colors are pink, blue and a touch of green along with white, but I am not quite sure the name of the paper. A heart is covering up a bouquet of flowers that are on the original wooden stamp. It is from a set called Easter Blossoms where the sentiment is from also. Another scrap of blue for the heart almost matches the stripe.  I chose to stamp the little girl with the Easter basket as a silhouette using my go-to ink, VersaFine Onyx Black. The base is SU Basic Black, and is an A2 top-folding card. The dotted circle was done in a scrap of white cardstock.
It was truly a labor of love making these cards.  ❤ Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

January CCC


My card for the Card Chain Challenge for January did not photograph well, but here it is anyhoo (MN speak, LOL). Really a simple card to make using the suggested colors, purple, green and yellow. All the cardstock is from Stampin' Up!, Blackberry Bliss for the base, and Emerald Envy for the mat. Barely Banana, a long retired ink, was applied with a roller to glossy white paper. Loving flowers, and needing a touch of Spring, I used the ink resist technique to stamp a flower. The old stamp is labeled from Stampa Rosa Inc.,  prorbaly closed, dated 1999.  I cannot find the name. It is a Magnolia flower, I believe. Using VersMark and Wow white embossing powder and heat embossing finished up the card front. By wiping the white with a soft cloth, the image show prettily.  In real life, anyway. Inside I wrote a note about friendship to my recipient, Sara in Missouri.

I really like getting cards from crafters around the US and the world so I encourage my readers to check out the CCC challenge.

Sorry to close on a sad note, but I want to let you know that my rescue dog Digger went across the Rainbow Bridge last week. He was a remarkable dog at 19-1/2 years old. I miss him terribly, but realize he is no longer in pain or discomfort. He came to me about a year ago from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota as a hospice foster dog, and we became good friends. Here is his picture taken just a few weeks ago. Isn't he a cutie? I also encourage rescuing and adopting dogs that need a home.  R.I.P. Digger. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bear in the Snow


Am trying to beat the deadline for Muse: ChristmasVisions 91. I finished this card while watching the Vikings football game. Sigh. So, here's my little friend sitting in the snow.

This is a Memory Box wood stamp called Fredward Bear. He has a little smile on his face and I think he is cute. To make the snowbank, I used Wendy Vecchi  Embossing Paste. The cloudy sky is just Distress Ink in Broken China swished on with a snippet of white cardstock to help make the clouds. Fredward was stamped in Memento London Fog ink on another snippet and fussy cut. He is mounted on white foam. Fred's scarf is paper pieced with some striped paper from Stampin' Up!. The banner sentiment is from the SUset called White Christmas. It continues inside saying ...And Sending Every Good Wish For the Coming New Year. The whole panel is just placed on a top folding card of SU Basic Black cardstock. A pretty easy card to make except for the fussy cutting! Not my favorite thing to do.

Horray, made my first Christmas card for 2018! Gotta go get the dog out!   

Bye for now. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's two!

Hello Friends!

I've been trying to get decent photos the last several days before writing this blog. Oh well. Here's what I am submitting to Darnell's new gig called Twofer Card Challenge.  Her first challenge is to use feathers. Here is my entry:

The "twofer" stamp is an Inkadinkado stamp with a feather and an ink well that I have had for years. I cannot find its name, but I do like it. It is a NBUS to me as I don't think I have used it before. I hope you like it too. Below are the details with some close-ups of my two cards. 
I made the sympathy card first using a really pale pink textured cardstock. It looks white in the single photo, but better above. It's probably from Bazzill, but I am not sure as I got it at a craft store that was closing quite a few years ago. A touch of Wink of Stella is in the inkwell center, but it hardly shows. For a bit of bling, I added three enamel dots from my stash to finish the card. It is matted with Stampin' Up! Basic Black and placed on  Basic Gray cardstock.
The feather stamp, (did I tell you it is on wood?) was inked with Versafine Onyx Black and the sentiment is from SU dated 1993, also red rubber and wood. I really like and still use many wooden stamps. The technique is the oldie but goodie, straight ink to paper.

The embossing resist technique was used for my second card. I stamped with VersaMark, dusted with WOW Fine White embossing powder, and heat set it before attacking the background. My goal was to make it look like a night sky. Ranger Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Black Soot were blended with touches of Distress Oxide Salty Ocean for my darkish sky. For the first time I tried to do some splatters to look like tiny stars. Not having any white paint, I used Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink in Frost White. Not too bad, but maybe too many. Used a paint brush for the scattering. Shiny silver cardstock from SU is my mat and Basic Black is the card base. This card was number 3 or 4 as the other ones went into the circular file. Finally done, but I could not miss this challenge. I am not sure which takes longer for me, making cards or writing! I am sure you all understand. 😕
Edited to add that the sentiment "This is me missing you" is from Jillibean Soup! Handwritten Sentiments
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Deer In The Woods

Hello and Happy New Year!

After reading about Darnell's new blog starting on the 10th and noticing a new challenge to me that she entered that asked for embossing, I am entering a card I had just finished to the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 131. The card has both dry and wet embossing. Sorry about the photo, it's the shiny silver paper's fault. lol

Recently I found this great idea on Splitcoaststampers and realized I had most of the supplies she used. So I CASED  Melissa Kerman's Impressions of Tarnished Foil. I followed her instructions pretty well and I highly recommend watching her video. Changes I made include using a piece of Silver Foil paper from My Favorite Things for the base of my focal point. That was first stamped several times with VersaMark using a tree from Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree set, than heat embossed with several colors of powders: Stampin' Up!Copper, Ranger Gold and Liquid Platinum. The embossing folder and die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix called Birch Tree were next. More heat embossing was done randomly over the birch tress. Finally, the black Stazon Jet Black ink was rubbed on to highlight the texture from the die (I had used a rubber mat) and the embossed area. I cropped the best part of the project, added part of the deer from Memory Box Standing Deer Oval Frame and started matting. The first mat is more of the silver paper, the second is SU Baked Brown Sugar all placed on a top folding card of Basic Black. The whole project took quit a while-one evening and part of the next day, but all was worth it. Whew! I really like the card. No sentiment inside yet, however I have need for masculine cards coming up.

Also I am adding my card to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 271, although it might not be considered a holiday card.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Candles of Snippets

Hello!  Merry Christmas!

A quick post that I started on the 23rd when I was supposed to be wrapping presents. Just wanted to get a card to Di for her Pixie's Playhouse 311 &312, but when I checked it was too late. So now I'm submitting my card to Weeks 313 & 314.

My card really is made of snippets! I notice the date stamp says Feb but that's an error. Should be Dec. I have to take the sim card out of my camera to transfer pics to my computer (long story) and I don't always re-set the date correctly. :-(

I made this card CASEing one I made last year when Taylor of Taylored Expressions visited Minneapolis at my favorite craft store and showed us how to make a fancier card using her candle die called Poinsettia Candles. I don't believe it is available any longer. This card is made with SU Thick Whisper White cardstock and is top-folding. I partially cut the candle out of several snippets of white, silver, red and green then paper pieced them onto the silver cut out. A chore, but I ended up liking the simplicity of the card. The silver mirror paper from My Favorite Things. The red poinsettia part is from a SU Cherry Cobbler scrap and the green is a tiny bit of DCWV foiled cardstock. I wish I could find another pack of it! The greeting is inside and if I remember correctly, was silver embossed. It's been mailed, of course.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. Have a Wonderful New Year too. See you next year.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Merry Monday Christmas Pup

Seasons Greetings! Merry Christmas!

I just had to use one of my newest Christmas stamps! I've been buying a lot (my poor budget) but sure have gotten many great ones. More to come as I get time to blog. ;-)

Today's card uses the Patient Pup stamp from Stampendous. Isn't he adorable? I am entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #268 - Santa Hat.
Being a dog lover, I had to have him! I used Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake to stamp him and fussy cut him out. I was afraid to try to color him, so I just let the details show in the black Versafine ink. His hat though, to me is special, so it was colored with the Zig Clean Color Carmine Red. To try to make the fur stand out, first it was colored with white colored pencil then with White Wink of Stella. Can you see I colored in circles with both to make it look furry?

Completing the card is a frame complete with Merry Christmas from Taylored Expressions called Picture Perfect - Horizontal. I bought it last year and never used it. More Ziggy in green this time along with the red colored on the letters looks festive to me. It was a challenge trying to figure out what to put inside until I got the idea to use an old stamp of unknown origins that says Peace*Love*Joy. Done. I am pleased.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Circle a Deer for Christmas


Have made a start on my Christmas cards using some NBUS. Not that I am late getting started, you know. lol  This one is a CASE of one by Drucie at my favorite local craft store Crafter's Haven in Minneapolis. The new goodies are the silver mirror paper (forgot to check the mfg label) I only used a (snippet of the paper) and the wonderful die by Memory Box. The card front is made with a oldie embossing folder from Cuttlebug called Snow Flakes that is at least 4 years old. I am linking the card to CASology Week 277: Round and to MUSE :ChristmasVisions 90 challenges. Edited to add to Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Snippits Playground Weeks 309-310 .

I am really pleased how this turned out and had to laugh when I noticed reflections in the die-cut. It is lovely in real life. The scalloped circle surrounding the deer fits the CASology challenge and it is a truly CAS (IMHO) card with a lot of white space. I like the elegance of this card. To preserve the elegance on the front, my sentiment, a curvy Merry Christmas die cut a snippet made from the same mirror paper was put inside. That die is also from Memory Box, called Merry Christmas Script.

The MUSE challenge calls for any holiday card. A fancy deer and snowflakes to me are holiday themes. Making holiday cards sure is fun!

Gotta get busy and make more Christmas cards, so bye, bye and thanks for visiting.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Leaves Re-Done and a Halloween Card


Here is the re-do of the leaves from my last post! I tore the salvageable leaves off the original card both from the card front and the inside. Still loving the alcohol inked leaves, I am entering this in the current Addicted to CAS #123 challenge which is asking for leaves.

Quite simply, the leaves were just placed on an off-white textured cardstock called Cream White from The Paper Company. Not sure if you can get that paper any longer. I am sorry it looks white in the picture. In real life, the leaves show up much prettier. To cover the stained area of the one leaf, I just made a little tag on a snippet of Bazzil c.s. using the Stampin' Up! Happy Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. Haven't done sponging on edges in a long time. How about you?

It has been a great Fall here in MN with really pretty leaves. The last few days have been unseasonably cold and windy, so there are not many leaves on the trees now. So sad.  I do love autumn colors.

Since Halloween is tomorrow, I am posting one of the cards I made for the grand kids. Also made a couple treat boxes but don't have photos. This card was made at a make and take at my SU demo's house. I tweaked it by adding the polka-dotted vellum skirt and orange bow while moving the bow tie to her head. I think Maddie, who likes to wear things in her hair, will like the card. The ribbon, vellum, skeleton and bow tie are from SU. The cat is from Impression Obsession Dies and the stripped c.s. is Recollections from Michaels. I did enjoy making this card.

Now on to make more Thanksgiving cards and then Christmas cards! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Leaves

Gracious Hello!

Where has the month of October gone?  I was too late to join any of the Fall leaves challenges, but wanted to post a card where I used my new favorite technique. Alcohol Inks. I know I am late to the party, but they sure are fun!

To make the card, I got out some of my new Very Vanilla heavy card stock for the base and used my NBUS embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Petal Burst for the background. That card stock is SU Early Espresso. My new friend Eileen, whom I met when she was my physical therapist after my hip surgery, gave me the wonderful gift of the alcohol inks set. I received 3 colors, and the blending solution by Adirondack plus a Tim Holtz wooden ink applicator and the felt pads too. Yay! I watched several videos on using the inks but don't have any Yupo paper that was suggested. So I used a sheet of glossy paper. No idea where I got it. It made the leaves look shiny and I do like that! The 3 colors were plopped on my craft mat and mixed with the blending solution. Colors are Butterscotch and Wild Plum and a bit of Stream. Interesting how swirling the mixture around seemed to make orange and dark red and yellow. What fun making the mess. When the paper dried, I really did think it was just a big mess until I started experiments with dies and punches to cut out some shapes. Seemed like the large maple leaf punch from EK was perfect for a Thanksgiving card. The tiny leaf is part of the SU Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies set.

I stamped a wreath from Inkadinkado saying Happy Thanksgiving in a circle coloring direct to the stamp with SU  Espresso and Pumpkin Pie markers. I put another little leaf in the middle.

I am quite pleased with this card and I think someone will be pleased to receive it.

Bye for now. Thanks so much visiting and I love your comments! Hopefully I can get my Halloween cards photographed and posted soon.

Edited before finishing my post! Am sad to say this card today got coffee spilled on it at a small bazaar I attended to try and sell a couple cards. Eeeeeek

Edited Again: Adding to Pixie's Creative Playground Weeks 303/304.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time For Some NBUS

Hello!  Yes, it is time for Darnell's NBUS challenge and I just have to play along. I admit to still be buying new crafty things. Can't help myself! Can you? Here's my card for NBUS #12 using my new die called Front Door from Impression Obsession that I bought just last weekend. My local craft store had it on sale and I think it can be used in a number of ways. Lucky me!

A Christmas card came to mind first, so that is what I made. I could not decide where to put a sentiment, so it will have to be inside. Besides, I wanted to showcase the shiny pattern of the door/moldings. The black paper is one I have been hoarding the last bits of. It is from Hot off the Press, called Crocodile Black Specialty. The several pieces are popped up with black craft foam. Also a NBUS is the wreath that came from a Stampin' Up! set called Stitched Felt Winter Wishes that I bought at least a year ago. The holly and leaves are separate and glued on with Ranger Glossy Accents as other glues did not work on the felt. I did some surgery on the wreath part so it doe not overwhelm the door so much. Trying to make two of the panels look like windows in the door and not having any pale yellow cardstock, I used a piece of yellow Post it Note. Looks white in the picture, funny enough. My card base is Real Red from SU. 

Well, now I have 4 cards made for the upcoming holiday. This one cannot even be mailed as it is quite thick. It's a start. Right? Thanks, Darnell for your challenge! Take care and thanks for visiting! I love visitors!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Some Cards and Some Snippets

Hi Friends! Have a few cards to post that I have been working on. Hope you enjoy. So many were really fun to make!

First up is a card made to post as an entry for the last Retro Rubber Challenge but I missed the deadline, alas. The challenge is to use old stamps, which I have done.  As I am not ready for autumn yet, I still love to use flowers on my card.

My card was made with snippets of designer paper from an unknown company on a card base of Stampin'Up! heavy white cardstock. For fun I cut the paper on an angle and matted each piece with black cardstock from Bazzil. My focal point is an oldie but goodie flower from the SU set called Stipple Floral that is from 1998! I did not know the names of some of the flowers, so Splitcoaststamers members found out for me. It is called  Morning Glory  and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black . The coloring was done ages ago, with generic colored pencils in various pale blues and greens, and the snippet was in my "to do" box. The blue of the paper matches the flower much better in real life! Honest! Narrow snippets of black cardstock help ground the two areas. To me the card looked like a sympathy card, so used another old stamp saying Deepest Sympathy from JustRite Clear on the inside. I am entering this card in the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Playground.

Next up are a few of the 12 cards I made fund raising for Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota. I've adopted one dog from them, and for the last year have been  fostering  then helping dogs get adopted. I still have Digger. He's doing well  for a really senior dog. The gray one and "woof" ones are sympathy cards for pet owners and the pink one is a fun birthday card. This Shih Tzu stamp is from Rubber Hedgehog Rubber Stamps and fussy cut out. The cardstock is SU Basic Gray as is the ink. The embossing folder is from Darice. Isn't it wonderful?

Next up the 3 woofs are saying goodbye. The die is from 7 Seven Paper/Studio Calico. The simple sentiment is from My Favorite Things Grand Peaceful Wildflowers set. I just used white and black for a peaceful card of sympathy.
Lastly is a pink Shih Tzu looking pup that is saying happy birthday inside. I used  SU retired Pretty in Pink cardstock with Impression Obsession 6-in-1 Frames dies in a couple of sizes. The stamp is from the SU set called Bella & Friends. I used a regular pencil to try to make her look furry like the Shih Tzu breed! It was really fun to try to do.

So that's it from here for now. Whew, a long post for me.Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Sunflower CASEing


By Chris
Today I am CASEing twice this wonderful card by Chris Dayton posted back in July. You can check out her wonderful blog and many videos at  I just had to have this stamp and a new die of daisies too!The stamp is by Impression Obsession called Double Cone Flowers.

My card was made using Ranger watercolor paper. I inked up the whole large wooden stamp which is a background stamp with etched in flowers using my favorite go-to Versafine Onyx Black ink. That is how the background looks bumpy which I kinda like. I colored the flowers and leaves with Zig Clean Color markers along with some generic colored pencils plus clear, white, yellow and black Wink of Stella. Whew! I had to stop myself from tweaking more so not to ruin the whole thing.  LOL  The black WS is mainly on the center of the flower. I wish the sparkle shows; in real life it is really pretty. The sentiment is a 2012 wood Hero Arts stamp. I sent the card to my sister-in-law for her birthday.

My second card was much more simple to make. Just inked up the lovely stamp again this time with Stampin' Up! retired Midnight Muse ink. Quite an easy-peasy card! For contrast I mounted the image on a piece of  SU's Daffodil Delight cardstock and centered all onto the base card. Notice some scoring on the top and bottom. Finished up with a couple of yellow dots. Done.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and for wishing me well with the new hip. I am feeling great, walking without a cane, and can drive next weekend!

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