May 112022

Here’s an easy and quick way to add interest to a sentiment.

The sentiment was first stamped on the card base. Then it was stamped a second time on the aqua cardstock and die cut using this Tri Square Wafer from Simon Says Stamp. To build some thickness and add dimension to the tiles, I cut out three more sets of squares.

All the pieces were glued together forming the tiles. I colored around the edges to create a distressed look and then placed them on the card base sentiment over the corresponding area.

Super fun and fast for a card that can be given to anyone!

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More – “Challenge #429 – Any Occasion”

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge – “#295 D is for…. Die Cuts

Craft Rocket Challenges – “Challenge #92 – Birthday”

Crafting Happiness Challenges – “#123 May: Always Anything Goes”

Die Cut Divas Challenge – “Anything Goes” Using a Die Cut

Happy Little Stampers – “HLS May Anything Goes with Dies”

International Art & Soul – “CH#133: 3 of Something”

Love To Craft Challenge – “LTCCB #68 Anything Goes”

Moving Along With The Times – “Challenge 142 for May: Birthday”

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge – SC905

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic:

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp “Tri Square Wafer” Die; SU “Iridescent Pearl”; Washi Tape; Twine

Apr 222022

Thinking pink today!  Had fun coloring up this image.  The card construction is just straight forward layering with lots of pretty in pink papers and ribbon and coloring.

Popped up the image panel for some interest.

Have a sweet day!

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All Challenge – F4A635 Pink Backgrounds

Cardz 4 Galz – #171 Think Pink!

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April 2022 Challenge

Happy Little Stampers – April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Daisy Chain Challenges – Challenge #62 – Birthday

Crafting Happiness Challenges – #122 April: Anything Goes Always

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Birthday Goodness”

Papers: PTI Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow and Lavender Moon Patterned Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: SU Rose Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Sequin; SU “Garden Gateway” Die

Remember Inchies and Twinchies? I have had these square floral dies for awhile and finally realized that they would pair well with them. So it was fun digging into my stash and using some Twinchies to create this card.

Love the drama of the black Twinchies as a backdrop for the white and red die cut floral squares! My love for these little tiles has been renewed!

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use Challenge #WT883 – It’s Hip to Be Square

A Bit More Time To Craft January Challenge – Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Week 662 Anything Goes with option Red Flowers

Crafting Happiness Challenges – #120 February: Anything Goes Always

Creative Crafting Uncles #25 – Happy Birthday

Happy Little Stampers – February Anything Goes With Dies

Love To Craft Challenge Blog – LTCCB #66 Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC334: All About Occasions

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Perennial Birthday”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, True Black and Pure Poppy; SU Sahara Sand

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Black Twinchies; Washi; SU “Floral Squares” Dies

Oh I had so much fun coloring and creating this birthday card for my grandson!

The card is held closed with a “band” of twine.

It needed something easy for him to pull off to open the card. Hope this works.

So many cute little critters!

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All Challenge #624 – Unusual or Different Design

Critter Crazy Challenge #59 – Anything Goes with a Featured Critter

2 Sisters on the Blog Challenge #59 – A Card With More Than One Fold

A Bit More Time To Craft January Challenge – Anything Goes

Creative Crafting Uncles #25 – Happy Birthday

Love To Craft Challenge Blog – LTCCB #66 Anything Goes

Crafting Happiness Challenges – #120 February: Anything Goes Always

Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Challenge #403 Spring or Bird

Creative Creases Challenge #25 – Anything Goes With a Fun Fold

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Stamps: SU “Woodland Wonder”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Black Pearls; Twine

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

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

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