Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Weather Together Thank you

 Hi Everyone.  I made a few cards the other day and forgot to post them.  I was playing with the stampin up weather together set and then it just seemed so gloomy to me. All I was doing was stamping about rain.. ugh.. so I decided to search pinterest for ideas, and oh my word the possibilities.. some gals even use this cute set as a beach umbrella .. I would not have thought of that.  So going to try that soon.  The last card was just a thank you that I made for the craft fair.  It's getting closer, and I'm getting nervous, been dealing with more pain then usual, but so thankful my daughter took off work to help me out.  I don't think I can do this by myself yet.   My son is so bummed out about his hand.. the doctor said about 4 more weeks with pins in it.  Please pray he heals quickly and whole.
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Hope you have a blessed day.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #218~ Umbrella

Today I made this card for the sketch challenge at: Case This Sketch
I used the stampin up weather together set with matching framelits.  I had to add the second row of clouds because I smudged the rain drops.   I think my subconscious knows how much I dislike rain at times.  (haha) I then added some glitter paper to the umbrella and the handle to bling it up a bit.  I also used little jewels beside the sentiment.   For the top clouds I positioned my framelits where I wanted the clouds to be and then ran it through the big shot.  I  stamped the same cloud image on white paper and used pop dots to line up the images.. I think it turned out nice. 
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #399~Beautiful YOU

I'm so excited to play along with the challenge at: Tuesday Morning Sketches
This is such a great layout.  The possibilities were swimming in my head, but I finally settled on this one.   I used  stampin up sets: Papillon Potpourri for the butterflies and Beautiful you for the young lady and sentiment.  I then found some fabulous paper to fussy cut out the dress and hat.  I love how it goes with the orange background.   Oh and I embossed that background with the vertical stripes, but chose not to sponge it.. just clean and simple.  One little button with yellow twine for some dimension finishes this card off.   I needed a bit of bright and cheery, as it's cold and raining here in WI.
   I also posted both pictures because one shows the sparkly dress better, and the other shows the embossed background, so of course I couldn't decide which one to pick ~ So I added them both.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


This card I made for my son, who had surgery last week.  He shattered the bone in his hand and had to have pins put in it.  He is doing well.  It's just hard for him to take it easy,  He is a BMX bike rider that does the fancy tricks/stunts and such.  It's dangerous.. so we pray a lot, but he loves it, and we're so proud of him.   He grew up loving trains too.. and so fitting since we've always lived by the tracks and in this case train yard now.. any ways.. this little shirt I made for him I even tried to tie dye it the way he would like it.. I wish I could get one made for real for him.  He said he loved the card.  Also He got it today on the 19th.. which is symbolic to us because his birthday is the 19th of Sept.  and my kids like their dates.. so sweet.  
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This here card I made for a friend who just bought a house and also got a little puppy.  I couldn't resist making a card for this lovely family.   I didn't have a bigger house stamp, and I wasn't quite sure how to balance the dog verses the house.. so that made me think of balance by way of a teeter totter and there you have it...a "scale" if you will.    I hope my friend and her daughters will like the card.  
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HSS Sketch Challenge #262~BABY

Today I made a cute baby card for the sketch challenge at: Hand Stamped Sentiments Blog.  
I used stampin up Moon Baby and Banner Banter to create this card.  I embossed the background with clouds and sponged on some color to brighten it up a bit.  I then made sure to match baby's umbrella with her sleeper.  I couldn't layer the circle dies because the bottom was to large, so I trimmed off the out ring of the smaller circle and layered it that way.  I think it turned out fabulous.  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.  
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Sunday, April 16, 2017



RRCB60~Baby Elephant

 Today I made a card for the  theme challenge at: Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We are to get creative with critter babies. 
 I chose this baby elephant from stampin up: Out of the box.  I checked on split coast stampers and the earliest I can see this set is 2009. It appears to be a hostess set.  The little elephant is adorable.  I found some cute baby theme ribbon laying around so I thought it would work lovely with this card.    I made two cards because I couldn't decide which color I liked better.  
 I really wanted to do a baby giraffe because April had her baby but I didn't think of that until after I stamped the elephant, and plus my giraffe stamp is not that cute. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Challenge #81~Butterflies

I made this card for the: Time Out Challenge Blog.  Here is the picture we are to gain inspiration from↓
I chose to stamp butterflies, with a black card stock punched shadow behind them, I also stamped the  background with a soft sand ink to give it some dimension, Then added a pearl to each of the butterflies to give them some bling.  I thought the birthday sentiment went well with the clock in the picture, as to mark the "special time" of the year 
when we celebrate our day.   
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*I'm going to have a super small table at a craft fair coming up in May, and I'm just curious as to what you all would think I should make more of?  What would sell the best? I've pictured a few of the projects in previous posts.  Let me know what you think is best.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #398~Buds and Butterflies

As you probably all read in my previous post, what a week thus far.. so I located another challenge to play along with and this one is at: Tuesday Morning Sketches  to keep my mind busy, and not dwell on the negative.  I thought this was a delightful challenge, and it turned out to be just that.  I had such a "great" idea, well that fizzled out fast when it seemed practically impossible to do.. so this is what I came up with.  I used stampin up: Special Reason, Designer Tee, Papillon Potpourri, and Love without End.  I embossed the background with a floral print, and then used my dies for the ovals.  I added a couple pearls to accent the flower and the butterfly.  It was so much fun to use crisp lines on this design.  
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SSC150 BANNER LOVE TAKE TWO~Bold and Beautiful

I figured it was time to make a card, especially after the week I've had.   I even took a break from all the craft fair projects.  I really need a little card therapy. I"ll share a bit of my week thus far, It all started with the oven not wanting to heat up anymore, then the refrigerator started leaking, and we don't even have a water dispenser/ice cube maker, so I don't know what that is all about, then the vacuum cleaner decided to break, and my nice little 40 dollar food processor blew up as in billows of smoke.   So it was no surprise(haha) to me when I went out to our vehicle with my son, who just had surgery to put pins in his hand..that I had a completely flat tire, (did I mention we were in a different city for the surgery)  Talk about feeling utterly alone.   However God sent us an angel.. and that man even had difficulties removing our flat tire.. but Praise the LORD he got our spare on, and we made it home safely.    So as you can imagine, I just wanted to spend today stamping.. BTW-our son is doing well.  another BIG blessing. 
Onto the card now.  I found the lovely sketch challenge at: Sunday Stamps and I loved how clean and simple this looked.  In fact as I'm typing this I'm thinking of another fabulous idea.. oh gosh I wonder how many times a gal can enter into this challenge?  I used the stampin up: Designer Tee and Special Reason stamp sets.  I like the bubble bee colors today.  Bright and bold.  
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Monday, April 10, 2017


Here are a few of the fabulous notepad covers  that I've been making for the craft fair.  Take a scroll down and check them out.  If you have any questions, let me know.




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Here are a few of the cards I've been working on along side the other paper projects.   My desk has been in complete chaos the past few days/weeks.. ok, you got me, since I started stamping.  I just kind of lose track of time and anything else, like my glue, the scissors.. oh the joy of it all. Does that ever happen to you?
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AW~  How super duper cute is this little treat bag?  I made it using the stampin up: Bella and Friends set.  I love it.   I put 15 mini dog bones in the cello bag, they fit perfectly.  I am hoping these will be a hit at the craft fair as well. 

There is even more projects to follow.... on the next post. 
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My apologies.  It's been way to long since my last post.  I just got all wrapped up in the upcoming craft fair.  I've been making all kinds of projects and such that I will share on a few posts today.
I also wanted to ask for prayers for our son, he will be having surgery tomorrow morning, and I'm a bit nervous for my boy.  
Thank you so much. 

Now onto the card I made for my daughter and her boyfriend, they moved into a new apartment.. I think this is a cute little shadow box for them to display. (if they want too) 
I hope you are having a lovely week. 
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Thursday, March 30, 2017


I just wanted to pop in with a quick post to show you a few of the projects I have been working on for the craft fair.  These darling little boxes are quick to make and I'll fill them with some treats.  I tried to do a variety for people to choose from.    What do you think I should make more of: these little boxes, recipe cards, or stick with the greeting cards?  
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


 Sometimes do you ever make a project and it turns out way better then you expected?  Well here is this fabulous album I made.  I originally planned on putting it in the craft fair, but golly gee I'm so in love with it, I think I might keep it for myself.   I just have to decide how to decorate the inside. Should it be for pictures, favorite verses, or a prayer journal?   Any Suggestions?   Here are a few snapshots of the album.  I really love the spine of the little book, it looks so real.  I also like that there are pockets to store items in.  How super fantastic is that?

  If you are interested in making one of these super amazing albums for yourself check out this YouTubeVideo for a tutorial.  I hope you will give it a try.  I would love to see what you come up with.
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Monday, March 27, 2017


 Goodness Gracious... My last post for today.  Big exhale here, probably for you too my friends. 
 I just wanted to show you this spectacular card I made.  I fell in love with this stamp set at Michael's a few weeks back.  I didn't buy it originally so then I had to make a second trip back because I couldn't stop thinking of it.  My husband sure is good to cart me around.  He's like, "is there anything else why we are here.. how's your glue??"  aww.. isn't that sweet.    
The butterfly is a die that I had on hand and added to the flower. The lady bug I stamped came with this set, and I also added one of those clear dimensions to the flower center next to the butterfly, they come in all sizes.  I think it gives the card great depth.
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 Here is a little 3x3 journal I made for the craft fair.  I tell ya, I had high hopes for this little gem because I made a lovely 6x6 one that I will post tomorrow in more detail and share a link.

However this little one is from a different site, and it's not nearly as nice, because it's so tiny and bulky.  The one positive is you can make if from a standard size piece of card stock instead of the 12 x 12 as is with the nice one I'll show you tomorrow.    I don't typically buy that big paper so I was really excited about this little project, but nevertheless lesson learned.  I tried to make it cute, but I had to reinforce the insides with shipping tape to keep it from ripping open.  Perhaps I could try again but with less paper.  The instructions called for 8 but maybe 4 would be enough.  Well just wanted to share that with you too.  I figure some little gal might like to play with it.   

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