Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Wishes...

I wish peace, happiness, and love, to my family and friends. May your creative juices flow, all you crafty people in blogland.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Jeanne and Reba Li

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wreath in Window and Three Baby Birds

Hello All. Sorry to have been away so long. It's been a busy several weeks! Family birthdays, Thanksgiving, my first craft show, and starting my holiday cards, finally. Bet it is busy at your house too. Here are two of the things I have been working on. Did you notice Reba's new friend Maukie on the blog?

First, I must shout out to Kittie at Kittie Kraft for her beautiful cards using this window die. She and Julie at Paper Pleasing Ideas gave me the idea for making the trees outside the window. I fell in love with this window from Poppystamps the minute I saw it. Isn't it adorable? This is the small Madison window die. I cut it from Stampin' Up's Early Espresso card stock and mounted it on some Real Red. The cloudy sky and ground are sponged using Ranger Distress inks, Iced Spruce, Forest Moss and SU's Night of Navy and craft Whisper White inks. The naked tress are stamped in Early Espresso, and the tree stamps are from The Stamp Pad Co., and a company in Canada called Magenta. I stamped off the brown ink onto scratch paper a few times to give a dimensional look. A bit of faux snow from Aleene's is on the ground. It doesn't show up much in the picture, though. A few snowflakes are coming down made with an American Crafts gel pen. Finally, I die cut the wreath using my Big Shot and the small nesting flower from QuicKutz. Lastly, I placed on a red cord bow and tiny circles for berries. Crystal Effects  (SU) makes the berries shiny. The Merry Christmas greeting stamp is a no-name one, that I really like. The simple inside is just two layers and says "Warm Winter Wishes", another no-name stamp! Whew! This card took a while to make, but I am happy with it.

Can't do just winter or holiday themed cards! Hee, hee. This is a birthday card. I guess these birds are robins, but the stamp is just called Birds on a Branch, by Inkadinkado. This card has just happy birthday inside and was sent it to a new friend at SCSs as a BRAK card. For those not familiar with BRAK, it is the birthday random act of kindness group at It is really fun to surprise someone you do not know, which is a good thing this time of year, right? OK, then, the birdies are stamped on SU! Whisper White  and colored with markers and an aqua pen. Colors are all SU, Dusty Durango, Basic Black, and Chocolate Chip. For the layers, I used an old retired color card stock called Pale Plum (please come back) and Night of Navy. I sponged the sky and below the branch so it doesn't look quite so stuck in the middle of the air. Guess I am like a little kid, I love to color and just about all colors! Thanks for joining Reba and me today. She is right here sitting on my guillotine cutter saying "It is dinner time." Come back and visit again. Oh, and I love the comments left for us; thanks everyone.

Friday, November 18, 2011

With Sympathy - for Katie

I have felt for over a week that it would be a good thing to send a card to the Renz family acknowledging what Katie's blog meant to me and mourning her passing. She was a cyber space friend. I just couldn't get myself to make a card. After a good cry yesterday, (about several things; am okay, everyone!) I began this card. Finished it just this morning. Simple, but pretty, I think. Now I need to decide what to write inside underneath the With Sympathy sentiment. Is it hard for everyone else to know just what to say?

This flower stamp is from Inkadinkado; have not used it before. After stamping it with Memento London Fog ink for a softer image, I got out my water color pencils and set to work. The pencils are from Staedtler, Nos. 6, 25 & 38. Before going over the image with my aqua pen, I added some shading. The focal point rose is done on SU's Very Vanilla paper and placed on top a Concord Crush mat and card base. I used dimensionals to make the tone-on-tone frame stand out. I scored a line edge to complete the main image. Inside, the sentiment (no stamp company name on it) is inked with the London Fog and VersaMark. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder from Ranger. The inside paper also has a scored edge.

Although making this card triggered some painful memories for me, I am glad to have done it. Katie Renz, Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CFC28 So Grateful Tag

Hello Fellow Crafters!  Happy Fall and a Very Happy Thanksgiving too.

I was just about finished with this card when I remembered Jaydee had mentioned the Cas-ual Friday blog and this challenge. I had been looking for something to make this gate-fold card stay closed so made the hand-cut tag. It works! The card also fits being grateful - see the badge on the blog edge. (FYI The card is much prettier in person than in my pictures. Need to work on my photographing.)


It was a fun card to make. I cased a technique shown at card club with Kelly Emerson awhile back. First I punched out a leaf with the EK Success large maple leaf punch, then dabbed dots of ink onto a cotton ball with reinkers from Stampin' Up! and inked up the leaf.  Aren't the colors pretty all smashed together? Inks used are Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Yo Yo Yellow, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede. The pretty leaf is popped-up on the left panel with a dimensional and off-set to open the card, while the tag is on the right panel. The sponged tag sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Autumn Splendor set. Inside, using the leaf negative, I stamped several times turning the cutout. The small leaf is from a 1997 SU set, not sure the name. The panels and matting are Dusty Durango & Chocolate Chip on a bi-folded Very Vanilla card. The inside Happy Thanksgiving sentiment on a Modern Label punch and sponged, is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Thanks for stopping by checking out my blog.   Oops - too late for the challenge.   :{

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just For You

Hello Fellow Crafters!  I was making this card for my card club swap tonight when I noticed the {Freshly Made} Sketches #7 had nice vertical lines too, so I added the scallop border and Voila! my card was done. What fun. I had begun the card last night, but had gotten too tired to finish. Happens to all of us, right? Why do we craft late at night? Anyone know? Guess that is when my creative juices flow.

Anyway, here I used one of my favorite dsp called Elegant Soiree and heat embossed just the line image flower from the Stampin' Up! 's Fifth Avenue Floral setBaja Breeze and Soft Suede along with Very Vanilla for the card base, are the only colors on this card. Pretty simple in style and to make.The sentiment is a Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp popped up on a  punched tag called Modern Label. All supplies are from Stampin' Up.
Take care, and thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Join The Gratitude Challenge

Quoting Susan in her Simplicity blog, "Thanksgiving here in the United States gets lost between Halloween and Christmas. It's become just another day to over-eat and watch football. Sadly, its original purpose--to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings of a plentiful harvest--has been lost. The Gratitude Challenge asks you to make cards and send them to people for whom you are grateful, to those who have contributed to the plentiful harvest of your own life."

I am in full agreement with Susan and her friend Sarah who designed the badge that I placed on the right here, so am posting today a fall card. I made it ages ago, but never sent to anyone. Not sure who is going to receive it. :) All the supplies are from GinaK Designs, her Autumn Splendor collection from 2010.  Who is going to join the gratitude challenge? No posting required, just follow your heart. Happy autumn everyone, my second favorite season!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Paper Players Challenge #63

Today I tried another challenge! I chose the paper first as I knew I did not have all the required ink and paper colors. These colors are all the ones Nace wished for, Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Whisper White. My Big Shot is fairly new, so I played with it several times for this card. The SIZZIX BIGZ die is called Flowers, Daisies # 2 and it is placed on a Textured Impression embossing folder called Square Lattice. Isn't texture fun on cards? For even more texture, all the elements on this card are popped up with assorted dots and dimensionals. I used the Scallop Edge border and the Decorative Label punches. The pearl is from the retired Pretties Kit. This Happy Birthday stamp is most likely retired, as it is labeled 1997.  To make the foliage, I found in my stash another 1997 oldie but goodie SU stamp that I inked up with VrsaMark on an Old Olive scrap. Each leaf is shined up with Crystal Effects before I hand cut them all out. Inside I glued a BIGZ Top Note in white with a small gray and white daisy. All the supplies used are from Stampin' Up! No ribbon this time, unusual for me. Hope you like this card, I do. But why, oh why does it take me so long to make a card?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Love Pink

Hello Everyone!   I made this card to show on the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch 217 layout, but, alas, I was too late and the linky closed! Thought I would show it here anyway!

I am really happy with the colors and the layout suggested. But gosh, what a lot of work! The supplies are all from Stampin' Up! The pink paper is from the In Color Designer Series pattern paper pack and the green paper is one of my favorites, Wild Wasabi. The focal point squares are layered on Very Vanilla. I cut out ALL the squares my little 'ole self on my trusty desktop guillotine cutter. All my fingers survived, barely,  lol. The SU! sentiment is from the Short & Sweet set placed on a punched-out oval. My kingdom for a square punch! This small bow is made with the Very Vanilla seam binding to ground the card a bit. Learned something new last night at card club - the SU! marker I colored the Basic Pearl with, won't ever really dry due to the make-up of the ink. Who knew. Oh, well. I think it is pretty, don't you?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mr. Penguin, Kitty and Bird

My grandson Gavin is the one who asked me to post his card, 'cuz I had posted one from his sister, Maddie previously. He has not been into card making, but recently saw Mr. Popper's Penguins and found my stamp!  Mr. Penguin, you notice, is waddling. Inside Gavin wrote hello and thank you. SU!'s Real Red is the card base. The penguin is stamped on a scrap of white. Yea for using my scraps! The image is a 2009 Hampton Art/Studio G stamp by Kolette Hall.             

Maddie's named her card, Kitty and Bird. She has the kitty and the bird thinking ~ see the bubble she drew with a marker and the penciled "meow, meow" and "tweet"? The cardstock and marker used are Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay on a white scrap. For the bird she used SU!  Bashful Blue. The kitty is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink, and is from Inkadinkado and the bird called Chirp is from Stampcraft. Didn't both kids do great work?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We're Back! ...and a couple of cards.

Hello!! Reba and I are all moved and 97% unpacked. She sure does like boxes! LOL Me, not so much. I am really pleased, though, with my new crafting area. I bought a big corner desk with storage. Not quite enough stoarage space, of course. It is just about all arranged now and my mojo is coming back. Hope you will like what gets posted.

Just had to play with my new Stampin' Up! set, The Open Sea. It reminds me of an old dream of mine to go on a really long trip aboard a sailboat. Back in the 70's I did go out with friends on a 32' wooden sailboat for two weeks traveling due south and west of San Diego. What fun. All the supplies here are from SU! even the Basic Pearl which I colored Real Red with the marker to match the flag/ribbon. Other colors used are Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White.

I call this next card Harlequin Blue. I was trying to use some of my older stamps that have not seen ink in ages. Many of the stamps I have been lucky enough to get at yard sales, including this diamond patterned stamp called Large Harlequin, a 2005 Hero Arts stamp. The branch is from Hot Potatoes and the bird has no names on it at all. If someone knows who made it, please let me know. The cardstock is SU!'s Soft Suede, and some scraps of stash white paper. Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, and Soft Suede inks are all SU! The bird was stamped and then cut out and placed using dimensionals. I used Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon to separate the main image and the stamped background area.

Thanks for coming by to see us today.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Paper Players Challenge #41 - Recycling

Posting again, sorry it's been so long! Am getting ready to move, that is my excuse and I am sticking to it! lol

My 1st challenge! Looking through my stash of goodies and wishing to play with some of my new toys, I came up with this card. It went together pretty quickly. Got to use my brand new Big Shot, the Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder, and the hostess set Because I Care. What fun! The Basic Pearls are colored with my Rich Razzelberry marker which I also used to ink up the stamp. Everything used to make the card is from Stampin' Up! except the white cardstock and the image. The paper colors are Rich Razzelberry and Kraft. For my recycling I cut out the focal point flowers from an old and cracked plastic bookmark formerly used in my FranklinCovey planner. Yes, I am "old fashioned" and use the planner instead of a Blackberry. Thanks for stopping by my blog~Reba Li says Hi!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Special Birthday Card in Blue

I made this card for my best friend Beth to give to her mother on her 80th birthday. The card traveled from MN to CA and then to FL! Because her mom's favorite color is blue, I made the focal point using this beautiful stamp Crysanthemum from Me & Carrie Lou. The flowers were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and colored with several shades of blue markers all blended. I used SU! Bliss Blue and Ballet Blue along with Marvy Blue Grey, Salvia Blue and Fabrico, Sky Mist. The leaves are blended Zig Writer Pure Green, with SU! Wild Wasabi and Green Galore. The white and black paper are from my stash and the blue and brown are SU! Bliss Blue and Chocolate Chip. The brown border shows off the flowers, while the sentiment mimics the flower's curly shapes. The 2002 SU! stamp, For You is cut using my Cuttlebug with Spellbinder's classic scalloped ovals. Happy Birthday was stamped inside on another set of ovals. The ribbon and bow placed on the left side is part of a bunch I received from another friend's mom; sorry I don't know the name. I understand Beth's mom liked the card!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Maddie Creates Too!

This card was made last Saturday by my dear granddaughter Maddie. She is eight years old. She made her own white cardbase using the bone folder like I taught her and dug into my scraps to make the card. She loves using my small Fiskars guillotine cutter (which has a safety guide) and makes great shapes. Her hand printed greeting says "Peace". The colored paper is from The Paper Co. - Patriot Blue and the flowers are scraps from an old designer paper. She created both the front and inside layouts herself . The Happy Birthday Wishes stamp is from Mark's Finest Papers.
Didn't she do a super job? I proudly think so. Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Reba and Me

Hello again. Happy day to all who read this post. Here is the card I finished, finally. It was made for one of my granddaughters. Too much in a hurry to get to the post office, so did not get to photo the other two cards. This card is made of Real Red and Cherry Cobbler (SU!) paper, with white cardstock layering. The stamped flower is from the Va Va Va Voom set (Technique Tuesday) with lots of diamond and gold glitter. (Ranger's Stickles) A tiny heart (SU!) is stamped and placed in the middle outlined with a white gel pen. The punch is a Fiskars one I bought last summer at a yard sale. I am spending the evening at the home of one of my daughter's for heart shaped pizza and cake. Get to see my dear granddaughter too! Lucky me. Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reba Li Helping Again...

Just a quick post tonight. Here I am trying to make some Valentine's Day cards, and Reba has to be right on top of things. I quickly propped up a card topper next to her and snapped this picture. Does she look as if she likes it? I will post the card when it is finished. Stay warm everyone. It is below zero here tonight. Thanks for visiting with us.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Anxious for Spring

These colorful and simple cards were made to send as a surprise to some members at Splitcoaststampers as a birthday Random Acts of Kindness. I used a free digital design from as the hummingbird focal image and colored it with watercolor pencils from Staedtler called Karat Aquarell. Colors used are #6 (purple), #56 (yellow green), #5 (medium green) and #2 (red orange) that are blended with a aqua pen from Stampin' Up! The faint blue sky is sponged with Ranger's Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen. The white cardstock and pretty ribbon are from my stash and the limey green and dark lilac paper is most likely SU! The ink is Versafine Onyx Black and the frame is Bazzill Basics Raven. This was fun to make and feeds my longing for spring and summer and COLOR.

Using colors in the purple family again, this butterfly card is also a simple design, but I used some Shimmer Spritz from Tsukinko to jazz it up. The sentiment and paper is from SU!; the set is called Flight of the Butterfly. The main image is from Hero Arts. I stamped the butterfly in Onyx Black again, spritzed for shimmer and cut it out. To pop-up the butterfly I used a SU! dimension
and scored the white cardstock with the Scor-Buddy from Scor-Pal.

I like to let my card recipients re-use the cards, so I just put a note inside saying "Happy Birthday" and that they may send the card on its way. Thanks for looking at my blog today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stamping in Minnesota's Winter

These are a couple of the cards that I made for the Snow, Snow, Snow swap on Splitcoaststampers. While I am getting tired of shoveling out my car, the snow is beautiful and I like my cards. What do you think?

The " Love Snow" stamp and snowman stamps are from The Stamp Pad Co. with a little 2006 Stampin' Up! red heart. White paper is from my stash and the Real Red paper is from SU. Used the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, and VersaMark with SU Night of Navy ink for the heat embossed background.

This cute little guy sledding and "Snow Fun" are from Close to My Heart on SU paper. He is colored with SU and ZIG markers. I used Allene's True Snow for the snowbank and falling snow.

I didn't photograph any of my Christmas cards to show, but am now more than ready to use flower stamps! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Love These Roses!

Good Morning. This card uses my new Stampin' Up! textured impression plate called Manhattan Flower. I made this as a thank you card for one of my daughters who granted my wish for a rose stamp and gifted me this embossing folder too. The technique is a CASE from Patty Bennett at Patty's Stamping Spot that she called Watercolor Roses. The White Craft ink and embossed image was spritzed with water and the color was applied with an Aquapainter. Not having but one reinker (yellow), I grabbed the colors directly from the dye ink pads. Colors blended are all from Stampin' Up!, Yoyo Yellow (retired), Pink Pirouette, Rose Red. The roses and embossed green leaves also from SU were attached. The layering paper is Rose Red and a SU Thank You stamped and embossed inside. Hope you like this card, my first attempt at blending inks with water. Thanks for looking today.


All Stampin' Up! except glossy paper from
ANW and ZIG green marker

Saturday, January 15, 2011

We are here! Watch and see what is created...

The Real Reba Li
Reba Li sits on my crafting table and watches me create. Mostly, though, she wants some ribbon to play with. I create custom greeting cards for the enjoyment of family and friends, and Reba helps. Ha Ha.

Watch for pictures of my latest creations coming soon.