Nov 182021

Here’s a birthday card for my son who just recently adopted one of the sweetest smartest little dogs ever from a rescue shelter!

I used the die to cut several pieces of the dog shape and then glued them all together onto the stamped colored image.

This made the piece thick and sturdy, so foam tape wasn’t needed to “pop” it up.

Couldn’t resist a picture of Benny. He was living on the streets, but now he has a cozy warm bed with lots of blankets by the fireplace. Love this sweet little guy.

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #418 – Birthdays
Aud Sentiments: #288 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Cardz 4 Guys: #284 Gingham, Checks or Plaid
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper: November 2021 Challenge
Critter Crazy: Challenge #56 – Anything Goes with a Featured Critter
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Happy Little Stampers: CAS Challenge – Loveable Pets
Love to Craft: LTCCB #64 – November Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Tim Holtz “Dog Talk” and “Things/Talk”

Papers: PTI Select White; Simple Stories “I Am” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Cardboard; 1/2″ Corner Punch; Tim Holtz “Dog Talk” Die

Oct 292021

I’ve had several stars cut with this fun dangled stars die.  Finally used them!

Love this sentiment, and it seemed so perfect for this starry night card.

The large rhinestone star sticker was adhered to a paper die cut star before popping it up on the card.  The sentiment is also popped up on dimensionals.

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More: “Challenge #417 – Christmas”
Aud Sentiments: “#286 Christmas Sentiment”
Love To Craft: “LTCCB #63 – October Anything Goes”
Merry Little Christmas: “MLCCB #39 – October Anything Christmas Goes”
Simon Says Wednesday: “Simon Says: Anything Goes”
Splitcoaststampers Free For All: “F4A610 – Light It Up”
The Holly and Ivy Christmas: “Challenge #104 – Anything Goes Christmas”
Tic Tac Toe: “TTTC137 – Top Row: Sparkle/Embossing/Any Shape Die”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Star of Light”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; SU Brushed Gold

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy

Accessories: PTI “Dangled Stars” Die; Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Divine Swirl” Embossing Folder; Recollections “Bling Stickers”; SU Star Punch

Oct 112021

Used some Copics to color up this great image.

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The fabulous plaid patterned paper helped give the card a masculine feel which was wanted since it will be for hubby’s birthday.

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The inside sentiment was printed from my computer.  Thought it was super cute.

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Challenges:
SCS Color Challenge: “CC865 Sipping Cider in a Pink Cabana”
Love to Craft Challenge Blog: “LTCCB #63 – October Anything Goes”
613 Avenue Create: “October 2021 – Challenge #11 – Anything Goes”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October 2021
Krafty Chicks Challange: “#580 Week 1 (Stamp Act)”

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Inkadinkado “Flamingo Fun”

Papers: PTI Select White and Hawaiian Shores; Photoplay “Campfire & Lakeside” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Hemp; Printer

Oct 082021

I have had this image for some time and was so happy to color it and create this happy fall card.

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I love this time of year.. now, but it hasn’t always been this way.  When I had my four rambunctious little boys that loved playing outside, fall was a sad time for me.  It meant all that energy was going to be confined inside!  We lived in a Chicago suburb and had a large unfinished basement.  So my hubby screwed swings into the joists and we laid down gym mats on the floor.  We would bring in their hotwheels and let them ride circles around the central staircase.  It helped, but was still no substitute for the great outdoors.

But now all four are grown and married and have lots of little rugrat rambunctious-ness of their own to deal with!  And my feelings of the season have changed, too! 

Used several of my favorite elements like a button and linen thread and a doily and scalloped circle and of course my Copics. Popped up some of the layers just for fun.

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Lots of autumn based challenges this week/month for inspiration.

Challenges:
Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All Challenge: F4A607 “Fall Season”
The Four Seasons Challenge: “Anything Goes FALL”
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: Challenge #67 “Autumn and/or Halloween”
Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #63 – “October Anything Goes”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October 2021
Unicorn Challenge Blog: Challenge #70 “Autumn and/or Halloween”
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #415 “Die Cuts and/or Stencils”
Craft Rocket Challenges: Challenge #86 – Autumn and/or Mushrooms”
Moving Along with the Times: Challenge 135 for October “Bingo Board”
     (For this challenge I used row “Wording/Patterned Paper/Buttons”).
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Basket of Wishes”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Canyon Clay and Canyon Clay Swiss Dotted Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Lots of Copics!

Accessories: Doily; Button; Linen Thread; Spellbinder’s “Classic Circles” and “Lacy Circles” Dies

Sep 302021

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted!  With the new format here in WordPress and me being extremely non-techy,  well let’s just say its been hard for this old dog to learn any new tricks!  (Took me so long just to figure out how to upload a photo.)  But let’s give it a try.

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This is a silly card for that friend in your life who has celebrated several 49th birthdays.  I have a few of those dear friends myself!!

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This second card is just a quick and easy somewhat masculine card.

The word squares are popped up to give it a little interest and dimension.

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Challenges
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Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All Challenge: “It’s a Zoo”
Simon Says: “Anything Goes”
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC325 – “All Things Masculine”
Daring Cardmakers: “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Make My Monday: “#158 Embossing – Either”
Crafting Happiness Challenges: “#115 Always Anything Goes”
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge: “September Challenge – Happy Birthday”
Krafty Chicks Challenge: “#579 Week 5 (ATG)

Happy Crafting!
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Zebra:

Stamps: SU “Age Awareness” and “Zoo Review”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder “Bubbles”; Cabinet Bumper Dots

Cake Day:

Stamps: SU “Age Awareness”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp “Tri Square” Die; SU Washi Tape “Color Me Autumn”; Brad

May 132021

Here is a birthday card for my 12 year old granddaughter.  She loves cats, and she loves to read.

Her favorite books right now are the “Warriors” series written by Erin Hunter.  She loves them so much that I decided I would read them, too, so that we could talk about all the adventures of the many cats that the books are about.  Okay.  I didn’t realize that there were nearly 100 books (so far!).  My granddaughter has every one of them!  She reads them as quickly as they are released.  I am starting the 3rd or 4th series.  We have so much fun talking about all the quests and life’s lessons that the books present.

The card is a fancy fold card box.  My card is a total CASE of the one found HERE on the tutorial for the design.

The card closes to a standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ size perfect for mailing.

A sentiment was placed on the black card stock band which keeps the card closed until easily removed.

On a totally random note:

I love my Stamparatus, but the magnets are so strong that it can get really hard to pick them up and place them.  I saw this idea somewhere (wish I knew where now so that I could give credit).

Just wrap the magnets in some fun designer paper, and it makes a great flap.  It allows for a much easier and controlled pick up and placement of the magnet.  AND..  you get to have these super cute designer paper covered magnets.  Seriously, what could be better!

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers WT844 – Take the Scenic Route

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Spots & Stripes (The kitties have spots and stripes!)

Show Us Your Pussycats – Challenge #66 Furrything Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Week 623 Create a Landscape or Scene

Crafty Animals – Challenge #50

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – May 2021 (Love this blue mulberry paper with embossed silver stars!)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog – LTCCB #58 May Anything Goes

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Stamps: SU “Nine Lives”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Enchanted Evening; Stars Designer Mulberry Paper

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; SU “Cat” Punch; Martha Stewart Tree Border Punch; Fiscars “Grass” Punch; Circle Punch

It’s time to start making those wonderfully fun and floral cards for all the special mothers in our lives.

For this card I let the patterned paper do most of the work!  Love these yellow and black blooms.  A Copic  was used to color the primas on the stamped flowers.  Pearls dot the centers.  All the stamped images are popped up on foam tape including the black stamped frame and sentiment strip.  What fun!

Happy Spring!   Happy Mother’s Day!   Happy Crafting!

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Challenges:

Love To Craft LTCCB#57 – April Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April 2021 Use Patterned Paper

613 Avenue Create April 2021 Challenge #4 – Anything Goes w/Twist: In the Garden

A Place To Start April 2021 Challenge #4 – Anything Goes / Make It Elegant

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Mellow Yellow

Modsquad Challenge Blog – Flowers: Spring has Sprung

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC314: All About Occasions

Inkspirational Challenges Challenge 237 – Taxi Picture

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Stamps: SU “Framed For You”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Mother”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Authentique “Classique: Beauty” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU So Saffron; Copics: 

Accessories: Primas; Pearls; Washi; Linen Thread; Martha Stewart Border Punch; Unbranded Dies

Here is a quick and easy gift card holder design.  I’ve made these for Christmas giving, but a birthday or other occasion sentiment could just as easily be stamped and different patterned papers used.

Speaking of stamping, one of my most favorite stamping tools is my Stamparatus.  The sentiment on all of these cards had to be positioned only one time.  I could then stamp all the cards so fast and so easily with perfectly aligned/straight sentiments.  I’m not a Stampin’ Up demonstrator any more, but I still recommend this tool.  Love it!

A metal tab holds the card closed.  To open the card, just turn the tab.

Here’s a template if you want to give it try.

Oh and if you do decide to make this card holder design, be sure to attached the brad and tab before taping the sides of the card holder pocket.  (Believe me as I speak from experience, it’s much harder to put on the brad after the sides have been taped!)

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers FS740

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes

Merry Little Christmas MLCCB#33 – April Anything Christmas Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #402 – Christmas

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Stamps: PTI “Tree Trimming Trio”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; BoBunny “Powder Mountain” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories:  Metal Photo Corners and Brads

Apr 052021

Every once in awhile I just have to make a card with lots of layers and lots of patterned paper.  Today was such a day!

The butterfly and the popped up layers add some dimension.

It’s hard to see in the above pictures, but the black layer was embossed for even more texture.

So many layers + So much patterned paper = So much fun!! 

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CC838: Black/White/Gray + One Other Color

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Layer It

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Little Red Wagon Challenge #595: Happy Birthday

Pearly Sparkles Challenge #61: Animals, Birds and/or Insects

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes

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Stamps: PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday III”

Papers: PTI Select White, Harvest Gold and True Black; Authentique “Classique: Beauty” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Pearls; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and “Butterfly Beauty” Dies; Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies

Here’s a birthday card for one of my granddaughters.  She introduced me to the song “I Am the Blue Whale”.  We sang the song over and over and giggled and had such fun.  Thought this was the perfect image for her card.

This big big big blue whale was colored with Copics and is popped up on foam tape to lift him right out of the water!

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CAS631: Sea Creatures

Stamping Sensations: March – Monochromatic

We Love Chocolate Baroque: March – I Love …. (THE SEA!)

Addicted to CAS Challenge #194: Birthday

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Addicted to Stamps and More #401: Make Your Mark

Love to Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #56 – March Anything Goes

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Stamps: PTI “Keep Swimming” and “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bordering Blue and Not Quite Navy; Copics:
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Accessories: PTI “Keep Swimming” Die; Sequins

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