Isn’t she a cutie!  She and that sweet little heart are from Hero Arts’ Clear Design “Sweet Wonderful You” set.


The frog is from Hero Arts’ “Prince Charming” set and the sentiment if from their “Message Bubbles” set.  The girl and Inchies were colored with Copic Markers.  The paper pieced dress as well as the two paper pieced Inchies use Basic Grey’s “Olivia” designer paper.


The sentiment and dress were cut out and then popped up on foam tape. Tip: Only the lower half of the dress was raised to give it a little flair.

(Maybe someday one of my creations will be accepted for publication.  But if not, they’ll be content to live here.  lol)

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Hero Arts “Sweet Wonderful You”, “Prince Charming” and “Message Bubbles”

Papers: PTI “Select White” and “Pure Poppy”; Basic Grey “Olivia” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; White Gel Pen; Copics:

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Accessories: Inchies; Green Grosgrain Ribbon

Can’t believe that summer is almost over, and it’s time to start thinking “back to school”.  So today’s post is looking back to the August ’07 Dirty Dozen Gallery at Splitcoaststampers to a couple of cards that I made.

The first is a backpack shaped card.


The backpack was cut from a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of brown card stock. It was then mounted on a white card base which was also cut to the backpack pattern. The straps in back were adhered between the brown and white card stock so as to not inhibit the opening and closing of the card itself. A sewing machine was used to pierce the paper and then a marker was used for the faux stitching.

Here are the measurements if you want to make your own template.


The second card is also a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ size.


The vase is on one layer of foam tape. The sentiment is on two. The canopy is on three! I used the 1/16th” and 1/8th” hand held circle punches for the ‘locks’. The locker vents are hand drawn with a gel pen.

Thanks for dropping in today.  Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.

Happy Crafting!




Stamps: SU! “Sporting” and “Canvas Backgrounder”

Papers: SU! Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Silver and Whisper White

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Classic and Marker, Cranberry Crisp, Ruby Red Marker

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Silver Brads, 1/4″ Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine


Stamps: SU! “Fabulous Flowers” and “Vases in Vogue”

Papers: SU! Going Gray, Basic Gray, Silver, Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, WW, Apple Cider DP

Inks: SU! Going Gray, River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Jet Black Stazon, Blush Blossom and Garden Green Markers

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, Primas, Scalloped Scissors, Circle Punches, Gel Pens


“Share in Our Marriage Celebration of Love, Devotion and Family”

Isn’t that a wonderful sentiment for a wedding invitation!  One of my son’s best friends for many years is getting married, and I was asked to help design the wedding invitations.  The bride loved the tree from Stampin’ Up!’s “Season of Friendship”, and with a Fall wedding what could be better than that tree image with a smattering of autumn colored leaves.  Here is what we came up with.


Each leaf has been embossed with clear embossing powder.  What a special touch.  It added just the right amount of detail and style.


This was so fun!  Best wishes to the bride and groom for a long and happy life together!


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Post Edited: As I have received several questions about this invitation and in particular concerning the pocketfold folder, I wanted to clarify that I only made the inside portion of the invitation (the stamped cards that slip into the folder).  The bride actually purchased the beautiful shimmery folders, and I do not know the dimensions.  Sorry for any confusion.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Season of Friendship”

Inks: Stampin’ Up! “Chocolate Chip”, “Ruby Red”, “Pumpkin Pie” and “Certainly Celery”; VersaMark

A few weeks ago Ellen Hutson had a summer promotion “Craft With Your Kids”.  And even though the promotion has ended, it’s still summer and I have another project to share that could keep those little kiddie hands busy and happy on a rainy summer day.  Of course at my house in the summertime its always a ‘rainy’ summer day..  even when the sun shines.

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Blocks and Inchies!  Aren’t these adorable.  They are like over sized dice and could be a delightful travel game rolling the dice to see which items you have to find next along your journey.  There are lots of possibilities just depending on what images you choose for the blocks.

I started with three 1″ square wood blocks, a dozen Inchies and several stamps from the Inkadinkadoo Clear Inchie Stamps Sets.


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The blocks’ end edges were colored with Copic Markers, and three different patterned papers from Basic Grey’s “Max & Whiskers” 6 x 6 collection were chosen to decorate a couple of the sides.  They were cut into 7/8″ squares.



Prior to gluing, I laid out the papers and blocks to determine how I wanted each paper placed.



I adhered both the Inchies and the patterned paper with Mod Podge.



If kids are helping with this project, no coloring or easily colored images could be used.  Here are the finished blocks.



Just remember, the main thing is to have fun!

Happy crafting!



Stamps: Inkadinkadoo “Cats Galore”, “Dog’s Life”, “Butterfly“, “Butterflies and Birds”, “Heart Full of Love”, “Special Friends”

Papers: Basic Grey “Max & Whiskers” 6 x 6 Patterned Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics:




Accessories: Inchie Art “Inchies”; 1″ Square Wood Blocks

It’s a Blog Parade, it’s over in the CLASSroom, and the theme is “Flowers”.  How fun is that!  Here is the card I made to play along.


The poppies were colored with CopicsEnamel Accents were used to dot the centers of the two largest blooms which were cut out and popped up.


My card today also represents something near and dear to my heart.  My son, Jeff, whom I have spoken of before, will be graduating from dental school in the Spring.  Jeff is also in the Army National Guard and works on soldiers at an Army Processing Center to ensure that our soldiers have their dental needs taken care of before being deployed overseas.  One of his colleagues has opened a Veteran’s Dental Clinic as a memorial to his brother Sgt. Clint Ferrin who was killed by an IED on March 13th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq.  The purpose of the Clinic is to help restore our veterans’ oral health free of charge.


Here is the story behind the Clinic:

“Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ferrin was an American hero. He served in Bosnia, West Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman. During training SFC Ferrin had a front tooth knocked out. Frequent deployments, training and a lack of desire to take off work kept him from receiving the proper dental treatment. Two years after he lost his tooth he was given a removable partial denture with fake tooth. Clint was later killed by an IED on March 13th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. We know there are more of our servicemen and servicewomen who are like SFC Ferrin. Our clinic serves a variety of veterans.”


Jeff (front left) with his fellow National Guard Dental Students

“One aspect of the clinic serves members of the National Guard. Unlike the active duty troops, they do not get 100% of dental treatment covered.  Most of those who join the Guard do so to help their struggling budgets. Thus, the lack of 100% coverage of dental insurance persuades many of them to avoid dental treatment overall. The qualifications that we give the National Guard Units when they refer soldiers is that they have no dental insurance, are experiencing financial difficulties, and have served in a combat zone or have a deployment date with their unit. The other groups of veterans that we are focusing on are those who are not currently in the service. We will serve those who were never called to be a combat zone. However, we will give priority to those who actually served in war zones in wars including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans.”


I have added a link to Sgt. Ferrin Veteran’s Memorial Dental Clinic in the sidebar here on my blog.  If you would like to donate to the clinic to help restore our veterans’ oral health, please know that 100% of donated money goes towards treating veterans.  0% goes to administration, 0% goes towards advertising and 0% goes towards the website.  The dentists (and dental students) all donate their time.  Even the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine donates the space and equipment.  The main expense for the clinic is the lab work, and even that is done at cost.  So any donation goes a long way in helping our veterans.

The administration is still in the process of setting up PayPal donation capabilities so until that time all donations can be made by calling:

Donations: 702.774.2507
Information: 702.774.2460

Email: [email protected]

UNLV School of Dental Medicine
Attn: Veteran’s Dental Clinic
1101 Shadow Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89106


Hey, thanks for sticking with me today!  I do hope that you can have some fun and play along in the CLASSroom’s Blog Parade with Flowers.  If you do, be sure to visit this CLASSroom post and leave a link to your creation.

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Hero Arts “Poppy Background” and Cornish Heritage Farms “We Remember”

Papers: Neenah “Solar White” Cardstock

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Archival “Jet Black”; Copics:



Accessories: Ranger Enamel Accents; GG Ribbon

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