Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Two Deer Are Silhouetted


I finished my card for the CAS Christmas January 2021 challenge that is asking for a silhouette. Pulling out my NBUS set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, I chose the deer and trees stamp. The set is called Landscape Silhouettes and it is still available! 

This card is a horizontal format A2 card done on a base card of Stampin' Up! Basic Gray. The stamp I used is only 4" long and I wanted it to cover the whole bottom of my card, so I did some surgery (yikes!) and stamped away so could accomplish that. I used my MISTI with Versafine Onyx Black ink to make my border. I had to join up the images using a black marker. 

So here is my card!  

To make this a Christmas card, I used  two things from the SU set called Curvy Christmas, the sentiment in black ink and the line of stars in Hero Arts white pigment ink called Unicorn

The card is quite CAS, I feel, with a lot of open space and no layers. To be honest, I tried to cover a boo boo with some single stars but am not very happy with that. Sigh, a hand-made card. 😉Right? A card for my stash to join the ones I didn't use from last year.

All is well with me and my family. I do hope you are well too.  I am anxious to get a COVID vaccine. You too? In the meantime I keep making cards to be busy. Take good care and hugs to you from Minnesota. 

P.S.  It's going to snow tomorrow and Friday. 😮


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Wildflower Garden

 Hello Stampers!

I've finished a card started eons ago with this floral image. It has been languishing in my to-do box. I'm joining The Flower Challenge #52 after not adding a card for them in a long time. Opps! 

Have a look at my card. 

Luckily I had noted the info on the back of this card front. I heat embossed the old stamp called Wildflower Garden (2011) from Hero Arts onto a piece of white cardstock. I do like cling red rubber stamps. The rather thick embossing powder I used is from Zing, their White Opaque Finish. Using the sponging technique, I added subtle color with my Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Spun Sugar. All items used can be found on-line in various places. 

The card base is Night of Navy from Stampin' Up!  FYI, this color is listed as a neutral on their site. I stamped the Happy Birthday, a clear stamp probably from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark and the same embossing powder. The banner die is a NBUS to me and called Essential Stitched Sentiment Strips from My Favorite Things. I added a piece of light cream color c.s. at the left to mimic the flowers. No name on this one piece I found that matched. The card is one-layer so it will be easy to mail.

That is it for now. Glad to have 2021 here. Thinking of you and hoping you are all safe and well. Hugs from Minnesota!


Thursday, December 31, 2020

CCC for December 2020

Hi There!

Time to show my The Card Chain Challenge card, the last one for 2020.  It has been mailed to Canada and has been received. The idea this time was to chose from the tic-tac-toe grid that you see below. Going right down the middle, I did the black, birds and friendship. Silly me, though, I forgot to photograph the inside where the friendship part is. I need to ask Nathalie to take and picture for me so I can edit this post. 

I stamped only one bird, hope that counts as I still love these funny birds from Tim Holtz. Having a laugh is a good thing these days, right? The Bird Crazy stamp set is available multiple places. I chose not to color him leaving him black and white. I like his expression as if saying hello. That stamp is part of the Stampin' Up! set called To A Wild Rose as is the inside sentiment (if I do remember right) about true friendship. I treasure the friends I make through The Card Chain Challenge. If you haven't joined, I do recommend it!

The cute and funny bird is stamped on white Linen cardstock by PTI with my trusty Versafine ink in Onyx Black. Quite a simple CAS card, which really is my favorite kind of card to make. I should have added something else on the front, but was late in mailing the card that had to be there by 12/31. 

Today I want to thank all of my readers for your friendship throughout 2020. Thank you for visiting and especially for the comments. After such a strange and sometimes awful year, I bet we are all looking forward to 2021. I sure am!

So have a Happy and Healthy and Creative 2021. I look forward to reading your blogs and visiting you too. Hugs from a pretty, snowy, and not too cold Minnesota. 🎆😊

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Just For You

 Happy Almost Christmas!

Well, we've had a blizzard most of yesterday, so card making helped me through it. My dog Willie hates the snow and even with his warmest coat complete with a hood, he doesn't want to be outside. I just hope my car isn't plowed in. Well it was, but I dug it out this morning. Next time I think I will pay someone to do it!

Anyway, I finished up a card for Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #393. I don't feel like making next year's Christmas cards, so tweaking one started a while back felt great. Here's my card:

This card was started with snippets cut from Stampin' Up! (retired) designer paper called Bird Ballad and made at my demo's house. Kelly Duncan designed a card with the flowers, but I cut out the flowers and stamped the sentiment also from SU, and assembled everything. The technique used was called floating frame. Upon taking it home, I wasn't satisfied with it, so the unfinished card has been in my to-do box. I added a rectangular snippet of SU Pool Party cardstock to change up the card even more after eliminating most of the flowers. I also added like colored dots to accent the greatly reduced floral display. Now I quite like the card.

So that's it for now. I like posting and sharing my cards and really like reading your blogs too. Say safe, my stamping friends. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. 🎄🎅 Jeanne

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Deer in the Woods

 Hello Again!

I posting again to share a submission to Let's Squash It! Challenge #3. Cat, don't look, your card is in the mail! I messed up the coloring when trying to do some shading. Forgive me. ;-)  

Here is the card, both inside and outside. I like the inside the best. 

So here is how I made the card. First up I used an old Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder called Birch Trees on the front side of an A2 piece of Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake cardstock. Next I stamped the fawns from the My Favorite Things So Very Fawned of You stamp set and cut the two of them out with the matching dies. I colored them with my Crumb Cake marker and a Marvy marker in Pale Pink just for the ears. Yes, the set and dies are still available!

To finish, I made the snow drift with a SugarPea Designs Element Builder die on a white scrap, and made the sentiments. For them, I cut apart a card of holiday sayings from Simon Says Stamp called Sentiment Strips, Holly Jolly. I used the MFT Essential Stitched Sentiment Strips die for one and cut apart words for the inside. I had to tweek the die for the smaller words. All products are still easy to find for sale. Now am really done with making Christmas cards. Whew! I forgot to photograph most of them, however.

 All of my cards are out and all presents purchased. Next up some wrapping and making gift card holders.

Take good care, friends. Thanks for vising me. Happy thoughts to you from Minnesota and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Snippets of Gnomes


Well, I've finished my Christmas cards and have mailed the ones that go out of state. Next up are the local mail cards and a few to be hand delivered to friends.

This card, which, was difficult for me, is on the way to my nearby daughter and grandkid's house where I may be able to go for Christmas. COVID19 has come to the building I live in, so cross your fingers for me that I am still OK and can go and they can have me. 

My card uses lots of snippets so am adding it to the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #392.   

I am sure you recognize that I made this card with goodies from the Simon Says Stamp Gnome For The Holidays craft kit. Everything is from the kit except the card base of white cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Oh, wait...the silvery oval was cut with an old whale style punch from Stampin' Up! 

The assembly of the pieces and gluing them in place was quite tricky. I so wanted to use some of the wonderful included printed paper in fun designs. I do love plaid, don't you? The sentiment in front as well as the ones inside are part of the kit stamp set. 

This fun kit is a NBUS for me, so am also adding my card to Darnell's NBUS #21. For some reason I thought of gnomes as only Christmas guys or gals. ;-)  I will have to try and use them again.

I may not get to blogging again before Christmas, so let me add Merry Christmas to all you who celebrate this holiday. For everyone I wish for you happiness and good health for now and all of 2021. I do treasure all of you that come to visit and love reading your blogs. Take good care of yourselves. 

Thank you!

 Love and a hug from me in Minnesota!  Jeanne

Sunday, November 15, 2020

A Squashed Christmas Card

 Hello Again!

I have had this card unfinished on my desk for a week and finally put it together  today. Have I ever mentioned I am a procrastinator? My excuse this time is I had a hard time finding out the name of the embossing folder. 😏

Now it is time to play at Let's Squash It! Challenge #2 and Christmas Kickstart Challenge #42 that are both asking for embossing folders and stamps. Here is my entry.

So the embossing folder is part of a discontinued Sizzix Textured Impressions set called Christmas Words. I only have this one folder. It embossed so nicely on a rectangle of Stampin' Up! cardstock called Tranquil Tide. The color showing here is not very close to the real life color, which has more green in it. The side folding A2 card base is Very Vanilla. My little tag is made with two SU retired punches, Small Tag and Large Tag. The small one was a gift from my demo Kelly. Thanks a million Kelly!! I used snippets of Real Red and Very Vanilla, so I am also entering this card to Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #390. The ribbon bow is also SU, and long retired. I don't remember the last time I used ribbon. Almost forgot how to tie a bow! LOL  The Merry Christmas and holly sentiment stamps are from SU's photopolymer set named Cup of Christmas.  

That is it for me this time. My mojo is coming back. 😊 Thanks for visiting and here's a hug from windy Minnesota.


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Washi Tape Congratulations


I imagine you've discovered I post mainly to enter challenges. I find to do that makes me want to continue to make cards when I am feeling burnt out.

Anyway, here is my card that I finished today so I could enter the Altenew Get Wild With Washi Contest. Have a look at my card. I like it and love the washi tape that is called Misty Meadows. It's the Altenew 4.5 inch wide tape on a roll and there is a lot left to play with! Yay!

I hope you can see how beautiful this tape is, lovely shades of green and gold and white. I covered the whole 4" square of cardstock with the tape. Next, to accent the green, I placed a snippet of Stampin' Up! retired Gumball Green c.s. on the left side of a A2 size card in white. Not sure who made the paper. I never knew how different all my white cardstocks are from each other and how hard it was to get one close to the white in the washi tape.

The congratulations stamp is from an older Altenew set called Delicate Primrose. I've had the set for ages, but it is still for sale. I heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine embossing powder in gold. I added a few gold sequins from SU to finish the card. 

Actually, quite a simple card to make, and I am pleased with it. Gotta go now and get this posted before the contest closes. 

Bye, bye, stay well and here's a hug from Minnesota. 😀

Monday, November 9, 2020

My Favorite Festival

 Hello From Rainy Minnesota!

Spurred on by a recent video and many blogs, I decided to try foiling again. My Minc had not been used in months. I also had not joined a TIME OUT Challenge  in a long time. The TIME OUT Challenge #174 theme challenge helped me chose how to make this card.

 The multi-colored foil is iCraft Deco Foil in the Rainbow Shattered Glass pattern. To make the card, I took a rectangle of navy card stock to use with a  Dreamweaver stencil called Fireworks. Sad that it looks like black in this photo. The stencil is available several places on-line. I began by spreading Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the stencil. After it dried completely, to foil this time, I followed someone's suggestion to use the highest heat setting on the Minc and typing paper for a carrier. 

 Look, the foiling worked out!

I love the differed colors look just like the real outside fireworks on the 4th of July. An old Stampin' Up! (1999) wood stamp set called Happy Fourth provided the sentiment. On a bit of white c.s. I stamped and heat embossed it with Encore Gold ink, SU's retired Heat & Stick powder, and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I fussy cut around the image edges. 

To finish, I matted the focal point with a piece of SU Red Foil Sheet and mounted all on a white A2 card base. On the inside I pasted a sliver of the fireworks image and will add a message next summer. Winter first, right?

Well, our lovely Fall seems to have come to an end. Rainy and cool today with dropping temperatures. Maybe snow tomorrow. That is okay by me as long as I don't have to shovel. LOL Take good care, my cyber friends. Hugs from MN.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Best Wishes For The Season

 Hi Stamping Friends!

The next challenge for me was to make a card for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge November 2020. Here is the badge...they are going for non-traditional colors this month. 

Normally, I would have chosen pink and gray, or something blue. However, I had on my desk a card base in gold-ish yellow. So that was my starting point.  What do you think? I like it and hope it is Christmas-y enough. Maybe not CAS, though. 

The yellow base card stock is Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry that I dry embossed with their retired folder named Boughs and Berries. To mimic that, I chose the berry swag from a SU set called Holly Berry Happiness. Also retired; sorry about that. Next I cut a rectangle for the middle from a scrap of white paper. I heat embossed the berry swag with Ranger White embossing powder and got to work with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I first used my make-up brush, but sponging worked better for me. I am still learning how to blend using DI and Distress Oxide inks for backgrounds. 

I could not resist adding the tiny red KaiserCraft bling for berries. The sentiment is also heat embossed and is from the same set above. I like sending best wishes to friends that don't necessarily celebrate Christmas.

So that is another card for my holiday cards stash. Thanks Loll and friends for having this challenge to keep me on track. BTW, I did make a Thanksgiving card which is why I had yellow and brown on my mind. LOL

Many thanks for visiting. Please be sure I can contact you so I can stop by your site. Stay virus safe and here is a hug from Minnesota.  

Sunday, October 25, 2020

I Like Squares!!

 Hello, again!

As a long time participant in the Card Chain Challenges, I love Gail and Jo. Of course I made a card for their new challenge!

This challenge asks us to make the card showing both metallic and geometric things. I dug out my metallic card stock from Stampin' Up! and found I had two sheets each of gold and silver Galvanized Metallic Paper. Choosing the silver, my next task was to select the embossing folder. Yes, I have dozens and dozens of embossing folders! 😇 Love 'em. I figure this one from Darice fits the demands nicely. So, lets take a look at my card for Let's Squash It! Challenge #1

This embossing folder is called Quilt Blocks, and it is available many places. I like the different squares some of which have other geometric shapes. To mimic the squares, I die cut snippets of SU Melon Mambo  and PTI Linen card stock with SU's retired Stitched Shapes Framelits. I stamped the birthday package from The Stamps of Life store, Birthday4Cookie stamp and die set. You can still find it many places on-line. The happy birthday sentiment is part of the clear stamps that came with an old Paper Pumpkin craft kit. I've left the center of the card fairly simple to better show off the embossing folder. It looks crooked in this photo, but in real life it is straight. Honest! I do like how the card shines so much.

Congrats Jo and Gail on your new challenge site. I bet it will be popular!

Bye for now from Minnesota. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

A Christmas Bird and A Bear

 Hello Again!

Well, it took me ages to figure out what to do this month so I just finished my card today. I have used this stamp before, but it's a good one, I think. Of course I am linking the card to CAS Christmas Card Challenge: October.

Here is my card:  

This cute bear stamp is by Penny Black and is a wooden stamp I bought from a blogging friend. It is called Give Us A Kiss. I see it, however, as if the bird is giving a gift of peace to his bear friend. My stamp is labeled 2010 but it is still readily available! Mr. Bear is colored with red and green ZIG and several shades of brown Stampin' Up! markers. The small tips of the markers made it quite easy to color in the small spaces. To highlight the white on the hat and the snow, I used Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Luminate. It seems to be out of stock everywhere I looked. Mine is years old! 

The greeting is stamped using the same green Zig marker. I was surprised how well I could ink up the stamp this way. This clear stamp is from Lawn Fawn, called How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-On. You can find it for sale several places. I popped up the card front with green craft foam just for fun. The white card stock is my trusty Papertrey Ink Linen. I am loving this bear and bird stamp.

So, that is it for now, time to get this posted. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you will stop by again. Bye from still snowy Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

STAMPlorations Has A Birthday


I am joining many others to wish a Belated Happy Birthday to STAMPlorations. They are celebrating their 7th birthday by holding challenges including a birthday card challenge and Giveaway #1  and Giveaway #2 encouraging us crafters to show off our collection of goodies from them and to create a card. 

Also see my STAMPlorations stash photo on my sidebar!  I have stamps, thin dies. and stencils and love them all. A couple of these were used to make the card I am posting today. Here it is!

This card is an A2 side folding card with a Sahara Sand card base from Stampin' Up! The flower from STAMPlorations is called French Marigold that I heat embossed with Zing! Silver embossing powder onto a rectangle of dark gray 2014 Bazzill Basics card stock. I've hoarded the few pieces I have left! LOL Next I added a thin border of soft peach card stock.

The flower is colored with a Crayola pencil called Peach. I like that you can see the texture beneath the pencil coloring. For my greeting I used hey and happy birthday from a Stampendous! set called Happy Messages. It is still available several places and on the web site too. The happy birthday stamp was heat embossed with SU White embossing powder and for the word hey I used the silver ep again. It shows up much better in real life. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Shery and all her crew.  Hopefully I have completed correctly all the tasks for the birthday challenge. :-) It's fun!!

Bye for now and Hugs from snowy Minnesota!


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Halloween for CCC

Hello There! I have sent this card to Janis in Idaho for the October 2020 Card Chain Challenge and she has received it. I chose the theme option Spooky, although I realize this is not really spooky. Just am not into the scary stuff; I think fun Halloween cards are enjoyable to make and to send to my grands. The colors called for in October are Cherry, Pumpkin, and Chocolate, and I think I nailed it. 

The front of the card is embossed with a Stampin' Up! folder called Old World Paper 3D. Still available, I really like this embossing folder. The card base is SU Pumpkin Pie and is top folding. Trying for a bare tree just the right size, I got out my little used Papertrey Ink set called Mighty Oak. They still have it! From a piece of Sizzix Textures Handmade Papers in dark brown, I stamped and fussy cut out the tree (seem to have to do that a lot lately). I managed to lob off a couple of branches in the process. Makes it more spooky, right? LOL The little ghosts are from the retired 2017 Poppystamps Ghost Collage die. I cut off the area around the ghosts to just show them. To bring in the cherry color, I made a harvest moon using SU Cherry Cobbler paper and used the same ink for the greeting. I got the Happy Halloween stamp from Michaels years ago. 

So that is it for now. Take good care, my crafty friends. See you next time. I appreciate all visits!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Poinsettias and Plaid

 Happy World Card Making Day 2020!

Below is my card that I just finished. I followed a new video posted today by my demo, Kelly Duncan using what supplies I had in my stash. I also am submitting it to Just Us Girls Challenge #556 that has plaid as their word this week and to the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #388

I followed Kelly's layout and idea to use two different designer papers, gold paper and poinsettia. Not having a poinsettia die, I stamped two from Altenew, heat set them with WOW white embossing powder and fussy cut them out. This set is called Poinsettia & Pine. This set is on sale right now, although mine is fairly old. 

Can you see the polka dot dsp on the top flower? The papers used today are all from Stampin' Up! Real Red is the base, and the plaid and dots papers are from the Heartwarming Hugs pack. All are still available. The gold paper is a snippet and a snippet of white holds the sentiment from SU retired Holly Berry Happiness set. I stamped the greeting with Encore! Gold. I added a couple leaves from the current Cup of Cheer die set. To finish, I dug out an old container of SU's brads in gold to add dimension to the card. The one brad kept moving atop the other even though I taped it down! Bad brad. Oh, well, it is a handmade card. 

That is all for now. I've loved seeing all the World Card Making Day cards posted everywhere. Take good care of you and here is a hug from Minnesota!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Shih Tzu Pup


Tonight I am posting a card to The Paper Players Clean & Simple Challenge PP509.  I have an adult Shih Tzu, Willie, as you may know. But at one time I had a puppy. Hence I have several ST stamps, and this puppy one is a favorite. See, isn't he cute?

I do not usually create cards with a scene, so this really took me out of my comfort zone. I had the pup from Dog Stamps Plus stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut out so just needed to figure out how to make a CAS card with him. He is still available, Shih Tzu-ACF29.

Using white cardstock, I added some green grass with a SU marker in Gumball Green, and looked for a tree for the pup to sit under. Without a stamp the right size, I die cut the tree with my NBUS Taylored Expressions On the Line Cutting Plate. I only used part of the double tree die, cut it out and colored it with Ranger Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. It is Autumn here after all, you know. The trees outside my window are changing rapidly. 

Anyway, trying for a lot of white space, I only added a few clouds using another NBUS goodie, ARTPlorations by StampPlorations Clouds stencil. Here I sponged the trio of clouds using DI Faded Jeans. For fun (really to cover a boo-boo) I added some hand drawer bird images. 

I am also entering this card to  Pixie's Snippet Playground Challenge #387 since the pup and the tree are from snippets of white cardstock. Sharing with NBUS #18 too.

It is really pretty outside these days here in MN with delightfully cool nights and warm days. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Stay safe and well and keep creating, my friends. I am.

Edited to add:   Looking at my card more, it seemed dull with the plain paper. Luckily I could slowly take off the tree and puppy. I then ran the card through my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Subtle 3D embossing folder and re-attached my focal points. Looks much better. 



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Tree at Christmas


Here is my card, that I finally finished and photographed, for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge September 2020. I really struggled coming up with a design, so went looking on-line and found one from 2013 from Sheryl's Crafting Corner using the tree stamp I chose to use. I CASED her card with different colors, decorations, die, and sentiment. 

Here is my card. You can see the inside below. 

I first stamped the tree from Stampin' Up! retired Christmas Lodge wood stamp set onto a Papertrey Ink Linen cardstock piece using the direct-to-stamp technique. All are SU colors, Lemon Lime twist, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, and Cucumber Crush. The spritz of water helped mix and mute the colors. 

To make the snow, I drew and dabbed with Hero Arts Lacquer and Puffing Powder before heat setting. Kind of lumpy, that's for sure. LOL 

The card base is retired Cucumber Crush. It was tricky doing the die cut opening! Some c.s. was put in the circular file, I admit. It is the largest die from an oldie but hardly used S.U. set  called Framelits Labels Collection.

Finally, I heat embossed with white WOW embossing powder the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Clear set called Christmas Greetings circa 2016. To make the whole opening more stable, I cut a piece of black c.s. and glued it behind the front. You can see it on the inside photo. Another card for my stash. Yay!

So that is all from me today. Take good care of you and yours. Hugs from me on a nice autumn day in Minnesota.

Friday, September 11, 2020

A Shaped Card


Today I made my September 2020 CCC card that is off to Michigan. Linda, don't read this post!! I also am submitting it to Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #386 that is ending soon. The Card Change Challenge this month had for a theme option, friendship, and a technique option, a shaped card. My card fits both!

So here is my small shaped card and also the inside. It is 4 x 3-3/4 inches!

There is a reason why it is so small...I (for some odd reason) wanted to use an oldie but goodie stamp that had never gotten any love.  This wooden stamp of a watering can is by Stampin' Up!  Circa 1997, is part of a set called Definitely Decorative Wild Flowers. No matching die, of course. To make the card, I first folded a piece of Basic Gray cardstock, then stamped the can near the fold with VersaMark. Next, I heat embossed it with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder for some shine and texture. I then fussy cut the watering can out and began to decorate it. The leafy border, leaf stem and flowers are all from SU's retired Everything is Rosy Thinlits Dies set. I used snippets of Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist c.s. to make the front and back festive.  MM is still around, but LLT is not. To finish, I fussy cut a snippet of white to fit inside for the sentiment. 

The sentiment, which I love, is from another retired SU set called Incredible Like You. I just found it on eBay after looking for it for ages. 

I don't think I have ever made a shaped card before. This was fun. Creating should be fun, don't you think? 

Be well and I hope you come visit again soon. Hugs from Minnesota.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

First Festive Friday Fun

Hello Friends!

I found a new to me challenge and just had to use some of my new goodies and join in. I am loving the Fall weather coming in here in Minnesota and the colors speak to me on some of the new Stampin' Up! DSP. So I've made a card for Festive Friday Challenge FF0067. They requested three things from their list this time and I used leaves, green and gold. There are even acorns in the paper too. I am quite pleased my card. Most of the new products I used are from SU.

Can you see the shiny leaves on the background paper? It is from the Gilded Autumn Specialty dsp pack. I die cut the focal point single leaf from the retired Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies set. The gold paper for the leaf is called Brushed Metallic. A rectangle of green cardstock is popped up beneath the maple leaf. Both the leafy paper and gold papers are NBUS to me, so am adding my card to NBUS Challenge #18. These items are still available at SU. The sentiment is made from the retired Papertrey Ink Wreath For All Seasons stamp set. I heat embossed it with SU Copper embossing powder, I'm afraid that is gone too. Sigh. I used another retired SU color, Mossy Meadow for this top folding A2 card base. It is a really nice green for fall.

Some old and some new things went into making my card this time. I like using the older things that have been in my collection and ignored or unloved for so long. Don't you?

Happy Fall. Take good care of you and I look forward to seeing your creations. See you next time.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

HAPPY Birthday

 Happy Greetings To You!

I have been working on my card for the Pixie's Snippet Playground Challenge #385 for a couple of day. Time to get it blogged about before the deadline. For some reason I had forgotten to check out the newest challenge until recently, but I've had a summer cold. Not COVID thank goodness. So after using some snippets and something new too, here's my card.

One of the snippets I have used is this birdie designer paper of which I had only part of the 12 x 12 sheet left and had been hoarding it. I saw a reference on-line linking it to 2012, so no wonder I could not find it available anywhere. It's from Echo Park Paper Co. and called Betty Bird. The backside is the two shades of pink diamond pattern that became the shadow behind the happy. It's not often (if ever) that I use two patterns on one card, but tried it this time. My other snippet is the piece of yellow c.s. that I cut with my NBUS die from Simon Says Stamp! called Chunky Happy. It is still for sale. I inlaid all the pieces back in to make the happy stand out. Then I stamped and heat embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White e.p. only part of a PTI happy birthday stamp onto a piece of Stampin' Up! retired Rose Red. My MISTI really helped. I cut it out with an old whale style S.U. punch. The word looks crooked in this photo, but I assure you it is not. To finish, the whole sentiment was popped up with foam tape and added to my birdie paper. Hated to have covered up some of the cute birdies! The card base is S.U. Old Olive. Another card done. It makes me happy to look at it. 😊

I sure appreciate you visiting me and love your comments. Hope you stay well, my stamping friends. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

August 2020 CCC


OK, a blank post? That's what Blogger showed at first and showed a publish date of August 19th. But the post wasn't finished. How did I do that? Hit publish by mistake before doing anything but the title. Trying again, I am posting and scheduling the post date of my card sent to PA this month. I have chosen the option "pets" and "friendship". I used the color suggestions too, Tangerine, Teal, and Taupe as part of my coloring. Here is a link to The Card Chain Challenge. Think about joining us. 

Now here's a look at the inside. 

On to how I made this card. First, it's a one layer card using stamps by Newton's Nook Designs. The set is called Woof Pack. I bought it at the suggestion of  Kim at Cupcakes, Cards and Kim. Thanks Kim! I stamped the whole image in Versafine Onyx Black, my go-to basic. Secondly, I used lots of markers and colored pencils, too many to name them all. Sorry. Email me if you would like to know. 

Lastly, the cute sentiment is part of the above stamp set so that is the friendship part. Suzanne is a new CCC friend. The little pup with his tongue sticking out I found in my "critters" drawer, but there is no name on it. 

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you come again and I will visit you too! 

Stay well and happily create, I am. Hugs from Minnesota. 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Shiny Birthday Card


A shiny and happy birthday card this time to join the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge # 500. Just for fun I die cut the Happy Birthday circle from my NBUS Holographic cardstock bought from Erin Lee Creative. I forgot to use my double-sided adhesive paper before die cutting, so it sure wasn't fun gluing down the narrow letters.  Oops! 

My card:

Can you see how the holographic paper shines with different colors? So much fun, I think. I bought the Simon Says Stamp! made Birthday Circle and cupcake die set and it is still available at the online store. The frosting part, from the same set, is cut with some leftover holographic paper. I cut the cupcake outline this time from a snippet of white glitter paper. The card base is Papertrey Ink Linen, which I use often. A thin piece of gray cardstock from my stash surrounds the focal point. To complete the card I attached three sparkling dots from Stampin' Up! called Clear Faceted Gems. Sorry, they are retired but the first time used.

I have been enjoying submitting my cards to challenges. Am not selling cards very much these days, so challenges keep me creating. I'd better think about donating my cards. Joining NBUS # 17 again. 

Bye, bye. Take good care of yourselves. Thank you for visiting.