Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Just stopping in to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my blog readers. Let's all hope and pray for peace and joy to be in all lives here in the U.S. and all over the world.

See you in 2016!



Thursday, December 24, 2015

No Card Today...

Hello All My Blogger Friends! I don't have a card to post today, but will share a couple of holiday cards I made soon. Busy, busy - like all of you!

We probably won't have a white Christmas in this part of Minnesota, which is highly unusual. That's OK. The driving will be safer. So here's my wish:

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for visiting and all the wonderful comments!



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Golden Joy

Hello!  Today I am entering the Muse: Christmas Visions 31 challenge where I was inspired by Chriss Blagrave. Her card is so very elegant and I had some foiled cardstock out for making my Christmas cards. Can you see the shine? Now I have five done. Whew! Twenty-some more to go. Wish me luck!

As  I wanted an elegant card, I used gold paper fromThe Cardstock Stack - Foiled by DCWV beneath the glittered tree and little sentiment. The stitched frame is from Lil' Inker Designs. The tree was done a couple of days ago, but I hadn't decided yet how to use it. It is a Memory Box die called Frosted Christmas Tree that I cut out from a Scor-Tape adhesive sheet and glittered up with Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up! The tree die does have wonderful snow dimension but the glitter covered it up. Still pretty, though, I think. The joy die is from the SU Snowflake Card Thinlits set and is retiring soon, I believe. I stamped Merry Christmas from another old SU set in Encore! Gold Metallic ink. It matches the gold cardstock perfectly. This card makes me really joyful! I wonder who I should send it to?

Thank you for visiting me. I hope you are not as behind in making your cards as I am. :)

Edit:  I just realized that in the picture it looks like the glitter is blue and that I used blue cardstock for the base. IRL it is white, really! Just fixed it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Through the Snow

Hello from Minnesota! It's snowing and was most of yesterday and last night. That makes me happy. I'm one person who loves the snow and I do not mind the cold. The air can be so clean and fresh and I love it when the sun shines from blue skies when the ground is covered in fluffy snow. Here's my first snowy card for the year.

Recently, I have been playing with a new to me watercolor palette called Jewelz from USArtQuest. The colors are pigmented mica watercolor paint. What fun to use the ten duo and interference colors. On today's card, I just painted with the Pearl White trying for shiny snow beneath the silhouetted sleigh and horse. Can you see the shine? I used Smooch Pearlized Top Coat  to make the stars in the winter sky. I have been learning to use Distress Inks, and was trying for a late afternoon looking sky with a touch of pink for the sunset.  I like the simple black focal point on the fussy card base for contrast and texture.

I am entering my card to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #273 over at The Paper Players. It fits the diagonal snowflake, shine and die cut option, I think. All in all, a fairly clean and simple card!
Here's some more details:
Paper: Papertrey Ink white, Bazzill Texture Ebony
Ink: Ranger Distress inks in Broken China and Spun Sugar
Background: Stampin' Up! Snow Burst embossing folder (retired)
Die: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
Inside Sentiment: Papertrey Ink, Dashing through the snow...
Extras: SU Stampin' Dimensionals and Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love visitors and comments and try to return the favor as often as I can.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Creating at Merry Monday and The Paper Players


Man, the month of November is getting away from me! Bet that happens to all of you too. Smile.

Today I couldn't resist submitting this card to the new challenge from Merry Monday. My reindeer is a NBUS die to me that I got from my LSS and it is from Impression Obsession.  I.O. Rubber Stamps is a new company for me, but I sure like this die.

I wanted a simple card, kind of a masculine card that is easily mailed. It is also quite CAS with just textured paper, bling, and of course, the fancy antlers. Can you see the wonderful texture of this really old paper that I've had for years? I found some on E-Bay when I look recently.

Here's the details:

Card base: Real Red, S.U.
Die: I.O. Die336-V
Paper: Craft from my stash & Sizzix Little Sizzles Texture
Sentiment: Inside, Merry Christmas, S.U.
Ink: Real Red, S.U.
Bling: Stash again

Thanks for stopping by.
Edited to add that I am submitting this card to  The Paper Players PP271and this card was chosen as a CAS Favorite for the Week ending December 6, 2015.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Just a couple of Fall cards!

Hello! Here's two I finished recently. The first is my Society of Sampaholics October 2015 CCC card (Betty has received it) and the second is for my BFF in California, Beth, who has a birthday today. Who knew mail from MN to CA can get there in only 3 days!

Lots of pasting for those little leaves, I tell you. But then I remembered a trick from somebody or other...lay down a layer of double sided tape or tape runner, placing the main image die negative on top. Then the pieces go in easily and stick. Works great.

Which one do you like better? The photo of the one with the white background is much better, I do know that! 

Here are some details. The stamped sentiment and die are both from Papertrey Ink, sets called Mighty Oak, and are CASEd mostly from designer Heather Nichols. I used many colors to make all the leaves, though didn't stamp them with the various patterns available. Made use of some scraps that are mainly Stampin' Up! colored card stock. I tried to make the blue background look like the sky, so had to make some ground too. The dark brown tree and some leaves are recycled from some junk mail as I liked the texture. 

That's all for today. Happy Fall to you all. I hope the leaves are pretty wherever you live! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Card for World Card Making Day and PP #265

Today is World Card Making Day 2015. Happy Day to you crafty card makers! I hope you all had a chance to make a card today.

Being that it is October now, here's my first Halloween card. It will probably go to one of my grandchildren. Well, maybe not. In all honesty, the kids are probably all too old to go trick or treating, but they'll still get a card from me! What age do you think kids should stop dressing up in costumes and going out for candy? Also, do you make cute cards or scary ones? I vote for cute, myself.

Isn't this little guy cute? It is from Recollections. I've had it for years. The smiling goblin was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white opaque embossing powder from Zing. For emphasis, I placed him on a black circle die-cut probably from Spellbinders. The background is just sponged with some Black Soot  Distress Ink onto piece of white card stock. The little plastic treat bag is from my stash of Halloween doo-dads for some added fun and texture. The whole focal point is on a layer of Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie orange and placed on a card base of purple from Bazill. I am quite happy with my card. It was fun to make and made me smile.

I have made a lot of cards lately, so I hope you will stop back and visit to see some! Thanks for coming by.

Edited to add a link to The Paper Players PP 265 and their logo! Hope you like!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Purple and Blue Hello

Here's the card that I recently made for the Society of Stampaholics  September 2015 challenge. If you are not familiar with it, check it out and come join us! This monthly challenge is called CCC for Card Chain Challenge and this card was made specifically for Lisa at The Purple Place. She also loves purple.  :-) The card is pretty clean and simple with plenty of white space. Can you see the dry embossed background? It is much prettier in real life. The only stamping is the flower. I used the in-laid technique for the hello die with some blue bits and added enamel dots for balance. The card may meet the suggested friendship guideline, but the dots were supposed to be for the up-coming October challenge. Oops.

I used PTI white for the card base. The Bashful Blue, Purple Plum and Basic Black card stock, an embossing folder called Fancy Fan, and the Candy Dots are all from Stampin' Up!  The hello die is from Mama Elephant. The SU flower is from a set called Mixed Bunch and is cut out with the matching punch.

I am so into dies and punches and embossing folders that I rarely seem to use stamps anymore. Need to remedy that. Anyone else not using stamps much?

Thanks much for stopping by. Be back soon with fall or Halloween cards.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thinking of You

Hello again!

Today I am posting my second card for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #5.

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The NBUS today is the embossing powder just called Blue that I used for my sentimentI've had it for probably years, and never used it. I picked it out since it matched the blue in the striped paper so well. In real life, anyway. Sorry the shine doesn't show up very well in my photo. I am picky about matching shades and hues of blue, in particular, a teaching from my dad and my grandfather who both were painters. My grandfather painted in watercolors, which is probably why I am so scared of doing it. ;-) I do get my love of color from them, I'd imagine.

This pink card is a CASE of Dawn Olchefske's Double Fold Gate card. Did you see her tutorial on Splitcoaststampers last week? My card was really fun to make, but choosing what double sided paper to use was hard. I am not sure the name of the DSP, but I like the main pink, the retired Pretty in Pink, and the green is Old Olive. I couldn't figure out the name of the blue used in the stripes. So many "blues", so little time! LOL  All the paper supplies and the embossing powder used today are from Stampin' Up! The circle dies are from Spellbinders, which I have not used in ages.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Many thanks too, for those who comment. Love them!

Friday, September 11, 2015

I Love Roses

Hello!  As the picture of Double Delight  roses by my blog title suggest, I love roses. Sure miss growing them like I did when living in California. Anyway, here is my card for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #5 .  

Two NBUS goodies show up here, the wonderful embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers called Bouquet, and the rose and leaves dies from Essentials by Ellen called Bold Blossoms. I think they are both wonderful. What do you think? The lovely card base is called Pale Plum, a retired color from Stampin' Up! as is the touch of color, called Garden Green. My mat is called Ash, a gray paper from Bazzill.

Not being sure if the focal point for this card is the background or the single rose, I completely left off a sentiment. Besides, the card is for a card drive sponsored by Jaydee and is intended for a hospitalized cancer patient. The nurses, as I understand it, write inside and give the donated cards to patients. You can find more information on the drive by following the link to Jaydee's blog.

That's all from here, a beautiful fall day in Minnesota. I hope you are having a wonderful day! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Plain and Simple for CCC

Hello Friends and Visitors!

Here is my CCC card for August. I went for one-layer card this time, a difficult thing for me. Love making layers! This was fun to make, though, as I to like to color. The challenge colors were melon, stone and mustard with a friendship sentiment. I tried to hit everything! My stamp, a NBUS to me, is called "Flowers with Vase". It is a 1998 one from Hero Arts I used Melon Mambo, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake and Lucky Limeade markers from Stampin' Up! to stamp the image and also to color the leaves and flowers. The sentiment, which is kind of hard to read, is saying "Hey Friend" and is from Stampendous. I think this looks a bit like water coloring, but it isn't. Good water color paints, pens or brushes are next on my wish list. :-)

Thanks for stopping by. I love visitors! See you again, I hope.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Christmas Heart Challenge

Hi again! Twice in one month! Aren't you impressed? tee hee

I recently bought the Memory Box Heart of Hearts die and could not resist the Christmas Heart challenge over at Merry Monday. I keep thinking I should start my holiday cards earlier this year. This is the first!

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This card was so fun to make as I fell in love with the festive heart die after receiving a card using it from Darnell back in February.

To make my card I first cut a piece of water color paper (not sure from where) and sponged Distress Ink in Festive Berries and Peeled Paint onto the taped down die. I wanted to get each and every little heart colored. You can see the transition between colors, but it is OK, I think. I have had these inks for ages, but haven't done much with blending. The sentiment uses the same green is done with a "no name" Merry Christmas stamp I got at a LSS that has closed. I just used a piece of tape to mask off the merry. Can you see the word "at" is hand drawn? I do not have a stamp. I used an old Marvy LePlumeII marker in Jungle Green to do it. The oval is from EK Success with a little sponging around the edges and the card base is Red Pepper Linen from The Paper Company . Just for fun I used the old whale style Ticket Corner punch from Stampin' Up! on the top of the card base. Whew! One card done!

I hope you enjoy my card. Thanks for coming by to visit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Card Chain Challenge

 Hi!  I hope everyone is having a nice summer! It's lovely today here in MN.

I saw a card by the famous and fabulous Darnell that she submitted to the Society of Stampaholics  CCC challenge a while back, and decided to give it a try. I like the idea of the one-on-one card exchange. Shown is the card I made for the July challenge, and it has been received by Patti J.  I see the June date on the card is wrong - that's my error in adjusting my camera date settings after removing the little chip to load my cards into the computer. Does anyone else have to go this cumbersome route to try and get a picture to post on their blog? If only I could find the cord that came with camera, this would be all easier. Sorry about the whining.

Anyway, here's the details on the card. I followed the challenge colors and ocean suggested theme when making this card. I remember so happily doing some ocean sailing back in the day.  :-)   The background ocean-y DSP and Dusty Durango orange layering piece are from Stampin' Up! and are both retired. The seaweed and little seahorse are from the SU set called By the Tide.  I used PTI white cardstock for the base. It was really a fun card to make except for fussy cutting the seahorse! I stamped a little piece of seaweed inside with a piece of the dsp and left rest clean for the final recipient to use whatever sentiment desired.

Thanks for stopping by. I love having you visit!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Maddie

Hello Friends! Here I am again!

My youngest grand daughter, Madeleine is turning 12 tomorrow! Where has all the time gone...I do not know. :-) Guess what her middle name's Jeanne. I know, I know, proud Grammy bragging rights opted for here. She is getting the card and a gift certificate at her dinner out tomorrow night.  I hope she likes it.

Anyway, I am entering this in Addicted to CAS Challenge #65 : Butterflies. I hope it is clean and simple enough. It is full of silver sparkle, though, with the  PaperTreyInk "Life is Beautiful" butterfly die and the Elizabeth Craft Designs happy birthday die cut from a silver holographic paper from my stash. If anyone knows who makes this paper, I'd sure like some more! The textured purple card stock (Maddie's favorite color) is an older Bazzill one layered on foiled silver from DCWV and a PTI white card base. Inside is the full happy birthday and a big silver "12th". I hope you can see the sparkle.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Bunny Baskets

Happy Easter to you all who celebrate. Like many others in blogland, I followed the directions from Stampin' Up! demo Linda Parker that I found on YouTube. I made these treat baskets for my 3 grandkids. The one in brown, a bit more masculine one, is for my only grandson. They all loved the baskets that I filled with jellybeans. Thanks, Linda. The paper and punches are all from SU!

I hope you had a nice day today and that spring is coming to your neighborhood. It is supposed to rain here tonight, so possibly the grass will start to get green. I see tiny buds on some of the bushes; I am so happy!  Thanks for coming to visit.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Noble Flower

You gotta know I'd do a NBUS card! Right?

My entry is a card made for a friend using my new stamp from Penny Black called Noble. Such a pretty flower, but I do not know what kind it is. Anyone have an idea? I used Stampin' Up! Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock along with their red ink and some retired Certainly Celery green. Using my Magic Bow Maker from Lee Conrey, I made a triple bow from Offrey organdy ribbon. What a wonderfully easy way to make a bow! No sentiment, but I stamped a couple of leaves inside to carry on the flower theme.

Congratulations, Darnell, on having such a huge number of followers! You show a lot of love for card making and we all send love for you back! Your sense of humor makes my day.

I've some more cards recently (got some mojo back after my move) and will try to post again soon. Thanks for stopping by, friends.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A January Birthday

It's been so long since I have posted I had a terrible time finding my picture in my computer, and now am trying to link it to Darnell's challenge! Computer ineptness, but I hope I am forgiven.  I made this card for my BFF Jayne's birthday which was last Sunday. She loved the card and loves the embossed edges. My NBUS is the Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Filigree Frame. Isn't it pretty? The flower I made from the Flower Patch set and die combo using SU's Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder card stock. A shiny gold brad centers the flower and tries to match the purple and gold embossing powder I used to stamp the sentiment. I wish my photo was better! The stamp is an old SU one from 2001. Still love it. 

I posted on SCS that my word for 2015 is DO. I promise to try, folks, to do some more blogging. Also need to stock up on birthday cards for all the family ones coming up.

Take care, dear readers. Thanks for stopping by.