Dec 13, 2017

Christmas Cards

So, I don't know about you, but I just can't seem to get it all done.  There just seems to be so much that "needs" doing before the holidays.  Yes, I know it doesn't all NEED to be done.  "Need" is a word we use too much.  But they are all things I'd like to get done and as hard as I try I feel like I just won't get everything done.  Each day I try to prioritize what is most important, and hope that all the important things get checked off.  But, at the bottom of the list has been writing blog posts since that's something I do for fun, for myself.  Since I do have a bunch of cards I want to share before Christmas gets here I think I will try over the next 10 days or so to just post the pictures and not write too much about the cards or the process.

I recently made a bunch of bulldog Christmas cards for my vet and his wife.  They are passionate about bulldogs and work with bulldog rescue.  So, here's a few of the cards from the ones I made them.





















Thanks so much for visiting.

Dec 6, 2017

Winter Cheers

Recently my daughter asked me to make a wine bottle tag for a good friend of hers - with a snowman on it.  This is what I came up.





I don't have a wine bottle tag die, so I cut a rectangle, scored the fold line, used a circle die for the top and an eyelet arch borders die (Simon Says Stamp) along the bottom edge.  I layered a bit of snowflake patterned paper and a couple of strips of white glitter paper.  The snowman and the little wine glass and wine bottle were stamped, colored and diecut.  And a little black "cheers" diecut finished it off.  I do like the way it came out - cute, and exactly what my daughter wanted.

Thanks for visiting today.

Nov 23, 2017

Give Thanks

A short post, just to say today we all give thanks.









Supplies used include paint chips to die cut the leaves.  I LOVE how this looks in real life - beautiful metallic colors.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 11, 2017

Pug Rescue of Florida's Pugsgiving 2017

Last weekend was Pug Rescue of Florida's annual fundraiser, Pugsgiving.  Each November this is held in Orlando and is always so much fun - lots and lots of people and lots and lots of pugs. 

It's always great to see so many of the volunteers that we have become friends with.  This year it was especially nice to see Jeannie as she has dealt with major health issues since we saw her last.  It is because of Jeannie that I became involved with selling my cards to benefit Pug Rescue of Florida.  When we adopted our pug Lena several years ago  Jeannie was Lena's foster mommy.  Jeannie has fostered an incredible number of pugs and is just an amazing, amazing person.  To thank her for being such a great foster I sent her some cards with pugs on them.  She loved them and said "we should sell these".  I thought ok? - it sounded like a great idea but I just wasn't sure if anyone would buy them. People do buy them, and we do raise a lot of money for Pug Rescue of Florida.

We sell on Etsy all year long and this was our third year selling at Pugsgiving.  And we raised a lot of money - almost $700 in one day.  And Pug Rescue of Florida received 100% of that.  Here are some pictures of our displays.

 











Here is a close up of some of the gift card holders.





 And the wine bottle tags.






And decorated gift bags.




If you're interested please check out Pug Rescue of Florida's website - here is a link.  And, thanks so much for visiting today.

Nov 3, 2017

Hooray!

Today I have a card to share that is a little different than my usual style, but I really love the way it came out.  I stamped the rectangle frames at a recent card making day with friends.  This is one of those cards that came out exactly how I saw it in my mind.  That doesn't happen too often.



Here's another view of it.



I stamped and colored the rectangles and cut out right along the black edges.  Running a black marker along those edges after cutting gives a nice finished look.  Then I simply added the Hooray die cut in black and vellum, and that was it.  Clean and simple, but so stunning.  OK, that's just my opinion.

Supplies used include - AlteNew Framed Stamp and Neat and Tangled Hooray Die, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Here are two final Halloween cards, both featuring super cute pugs.  This weekend is Pug Rescue of Florida's annual fundraiser, Pugsgiving.  This is the largest gathering of pugs in Florida, and each year raises a lot of money for this amazing non-profit organization.  I work all year to make cards to sell at this fundraiser, and donate 100% of the monies raised to them.  I also sell all year long on Etsy to help raise money for them - you can click on the "I sell on Etsy button" at the top right to see some of my other cards.











Hope your Halloween is lots of treats and few tricks.


Oct 29, 2017

One Cat, Two Ways

I have two versions of the same Halloween card to share today. 






I stamped, colored with Zigs and fussy cut this cute cat and pumpkin image from SimonSaysStamp (Hey Pumpkin stamp set) and paired them with either a diecut fence or a spooky tree.

I can't decide which I like better.  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting.

Oct 27, 2017

More Halloween Cards

I have three more Halloween cards to share today all using Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous.  I I really do love her style, so unique.















These images are really so much fun to color.  You could really change up the style of your card depending on how you colored and what you paired them with.  In each of these cards I used  patterned paper that I think really added to the Halloween theme.

Thanks for visiting today!

Oct 24, 2017

I Love Halloween

I love making Halloween and I love Halloween cards.  They are just so much fun to make.  Since I make quite a few I'll share some of them over the next week.  Maybe not write posts about how I made them, but just share a few pics.  Here's the first two.







I'll be back soon with more.

Oct 20, 2017

Imperfect Puffins

Today I have a card to share that I really do like, even though it is not perfect.  I made a "little" mistake at the very end of my card making.




I stamped the puffins onto watercolor paper and onto a piece of masking paper.  I also cut a curved mask to create the rock the puffins are sitting on.  I sponged on Distress Oxide Inks in Iced Spruce (for the rock) and Broken China and Faded Jeans (for the sky) using an ink blending tool.  After removing the masks I used Zigs to color the puffin beaks and feet.  Then I decided to spray my piece with Tsukineko Shimmer Mist to get some sparkle.  Jennifer McGuire does this ALL the time - and we all know how amazing her cards are.  It does sparkle a lot - you can see it a little below.



And this is when my mistake happened.  I REALLY don't like glittery messes.  I thought I'd just take my card outside and spray it so I wouldn't have a shimmery mess all over my craft room.  A word of advice - don't do this when it's windy out!  You will chase your cards around your neighborhood - and your nice little droplets that you wanted to look like stars will now be smeared little things.  I had already spent so much time making these cards (I made two, for both my kids who had recently seen puffins on trips to Iceland) so I just decided to call them shooting stars.  Other than my "mistake" I really did like the way this turned out.  And really, who will ever know that I didn't intend it to look this way.

Supplies used include Avery Elle Love Puffins Stamp Set.

Oct 17, 2017

Four Cards from One, Jennifer McGuire Style

A few weeks ago Jennifer McGuire did a video (here is a link) where she showed making 4 cards from one.  She makes EVERYTHING look SO EASY in her videos that you just want to try her techniques.  I don't have many layering floral stamps but I thought I'd try it with what I have.  So, here's my four cards.










I think they came out ok.  I do think I should have planned a little better where I was stamping which flowers - I have more concentrated at the bottom of the hearts than at the top.  And I think it would be better to have a more symmetrical stamp at the bottom of the hearts too.  This would be fun to try with different shapes (like maybe an oval) instead of a heart.  I did use my Misti to stamp the sentiment in exactly the same spot on each card - and to make sure I didn't mess them up after all that stamping.  I think I like the top one the best.  And those sequins on the second one - they cover up a couple of small green ink smears, but no one will ever know that.

Thanks for visiting.

Oct 14, 2017

A Folk Floral Heart Wedding Card

Today I have a wedding card made using a borrowed stamp, I believe it was from Do-Crafts.  I know I've made a wedding card before using this same stamp, but it's just such so beautiful.  And it's perfect for clean and simple cards.  You can get different looks by embossing in white or gold or silver and onto vellum or onto white cardstock.





Today the heart was stamped and white embossed onto vellum and colored on the back with Zigs. I layered this on a piece of white cardstock.  To adhere the vellum without the adhesive showing I wrapped another piece of vellum around adding adhesive to the backside.  I matted this in navy and added a navy congrats diecut sentiment. I tried incorporate the wedding party colors of dark green and navy and the colors of fall flowers.  This is one of those little details that I'm sure the bride and groom didn't notice but were important to me.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Oct 11, 2017

Happy Purrthday!

Today I have a card that was made for my daughter's boyfriend who has two cats, Moe and Maggie.  Hopefully these little kitties "resemble" them.





The images were all stamped, colored with Zigs, and cut out.  They were grounded with a piece of black ribbon and layered off-center onto dark grey checkered paper from Papertrey Ink.  I do think that little can of cat food with a candle is so cute.

Supplies used include Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? stamp set.

Thanks for visiting today.

Oct 8, 2017

Mr. & Mrs. Manatee

Today's card was made especially for my son and his wife, for their first anniversary.  It will hopefully have special meaning to them.




I simply stamped and colored the manatees and layered over some wavy patterned paper.  And here's a close up of the manatee couple.  You can see the shimmer just a little even though I used lots of Wink of Stella.




Supplies used include Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Manatee.

Thanks for visiting.

Oct 7, 2017

Impression Obsession, Deb's Field

Today I have a fairly simple card I made for a couple of friends who are celebrating their first anniversary.




I heat embossed the sentiment and image in gold and did some very simple and quick coloring with my Zig Real Color Brush Markers.  I diecut with a double stitched rectangle and layered onto some patterned paper that looked like greyed barnwood.  Lately I seem to be using a lot of papers that look like wood or waves.  My stash is getting a little low (only those papers, otherwise my paper stash is still HUGE).  I'm not sure why, but I love buying patterned papers.  The colors are always so pretty.  I do use them a lot. But even when I don't actually use the papers I may use them for color inspiration.  To finish my card I added a few gold threads, matted in green and that is about it.

Thanks for visiting.

Oct 6, 2017

A Mer-mazing Birthday Card

I needed a special card for a young girl and wanted to incorporate a mermaid.  With mermaids being so popular I didn't know how it was possible that I didn't have even one mermaid related stamp or die.  But it's true.  And since I probably wouldn't need to use them again I thought I'd try to find a piece of patterned paper with a mermaid.  This is a much cheaper option - $1 for a sheet of paper versus about $15 for a stamp set.  Here's the card I came up with.




My picture looks washed out, but in reality the card was very bright colors.  I don't know why sometimes my pictures come out great and sometimes not so great.

I personalized the card using stitched letters on a stitched fish tail banner.  I added some tiny pink diecut fish, clear jewels for their eyes and some tiny drops of  Nuvo Jewel Sea Breeze drops.

I know Zara really liked the card because I received a picture of her with a big smile while holding it.  This is one of the biggest reasons I love card making - I can make very personalized cards.

Thanks for visiting today.

Oct 4, 2017

Distress Ink Lifting

Today I have two cards that were started a very long time ago but just recently finished off.  They use a technique that Jennifer McGuire featured in a video back in February 2016 that she called "Distress Ink Lifting".







I made the flower panels right after watching the video but just never got around to creating cards with them.  Basically you stamp and emboss an outline image, then cover the entire piece with lots and lots of distress ink, and drop in water which lightens up the ink.  I think the trick is to really saturate the paper with the ink.  I then added wink of stella to the flowers for shimmer.  Both cards use the same stamp, the same technique, and a thanks sentiment but they each have a different look.  I do think I like the yellow flowers a little better.

The thanks dies are from Simon Says Stamp Script Thanks and Impression Obsession Line Thanks So Much.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Oct 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, To Me!

Today I don't have any new cards of mine to share.  But, I do have two really cute cards that I received for my birthday.  These were made by a couple of very good friends, who also happen to be excellent card makers.

This first card, a window card, is from Jan.  She did an great job of no line watercoloring and used some beautiful washi tape.




This second card, from my friend Dee includes party vellum (she knows I always love vellum) and a super cute hanging pinata with falling candy.



Thank you both for the cards - and the flowers and balloon and s'more cupcakes too!!

Sep 30, 2017

So, They Say It's Your Birthday

I have a card to share today made for my daughter's birthday.  I love her so much and can't believe I am lucky enough to have her as my daughter.  She's a fan of pink flamingos so this seemed like a perfect card for her.





This card involved only diecutting and no stamping.  I used two different patterned papers.  These flamingo with the party hats, just perfect!

Supplies used include:  Paper Trey Ink Cornered Die, Fabulous Ten & Twelve paper by Authentique

Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter!

Sep 29, 2017

Gilding Flakes, One More Time

A while ago I made several cards using gilding flakes.  Today I have one more card to share, and this one might be my new favorite.




I cut the Simon Says Stamp Kindness Matters die from a piece of cardstock covered in gilding flakes and a piece of bright blue cardstock, and then inlaid the letters.  My friend Jan covered a piece of cardstock with a stick-it adhesive sheet and then applied the gilding flakes.  It was a nice surprise to get two sheets of this gilded cardstock in the mail. Thank you Jan!  They're so pretty.  I really like the way they added that "something special" to this card. It is so hard to capture in a photo how pretty they are, but you can see the shine a little better in this next photo.




I "hung" the gilded piece with some silver twine, added one matching enamel dot, and used foam squares to mount this on a piece of wood-grain paper.  I think the stitched edging on the mat really adds a lot of detail yet keeps the card clean and simple.  This was a perfect card to send to someone who was recently very, very kind to me.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Sep 28, 2017

Another Older Card

Today I have another card to share that was made quite a while ago, but just never got blogged.





The wreath and bow were from  a borrowed Newton's Nook stamp set - thanks Dee!  They were stamped and colored with Zigs and layered on a piece of brightly colored patterned paper.  I love this paper (Kaiser Craft Fly Free) and wish I had bought more than one piece.  This happens to me so often - I'll buy a piece of paper because it's "pretty", then not use it for a long time.  When I do use it I decide I REALLY like it, think of so many different ways I would use it, but then it's too old to try to buy more of.  So, then I hoard it.  I hate to use that last little piece. Yes, it happens all the time to me. I know I'm not alone here.  The thanks die is from a Reverse Confetti Thanks Tag Die set.  I really love the colors of this card.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Sep 27, 2017

Penny Black Hedgy Gift

Well, I'm finally back after an unexpected break.  The past month I've dealt with a hospitalization and surgery, and then hurricane Irma.  Not the most fun month, and not a lot of crafting.  But I do have some cards to share that were made awhile ago, but never blogged.  Today's card is simple, just stamped and colored.




I really wanted the stamped image to take center stage, so after coloring with Zigs I diecut with a cross stitch rectangle die and added a light grey mat.  I do love the way this card came out, clean and simple.  And I thought it was perfect to send to a friend who is an amazing teacher, and also put us up when we made the last minute decision to evacuate before the hurricane.

Supplies used include the Penny Black stamp Hedgy Gift.

Thanks for visiting.

Aug 28, 2017

Stamping Bella Birthday Girl

The card I have today I actually made quite awhile ago, but didn't want to post until it got sent off to the birthday girl.



This image is so beautiful to color.  I stamped it on watercolor paper so I could use my Zigs for coloring.  I really wanted it to be the whole card, no distractions from adding a sentiment.  So I simply cut it with a stitched rectangle die and added it to a scalloped edge card (Avery Elle Ellements Sweet Scallop die).  This die is the full size of a card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) so I have found it is easiest to use by adding it to the front of a card that has been cut down by one-eighth inch on both the top and the bottom.  That way all you see from the front is the scalloped edges and not the card itself.  I did add Wink of Stella to the balloons.  You can see the shimmer better in this close up pic.




Thanks so much for stopping by.

Aug 20, 2017

Purple Onion Pot-a-Flower

Today I have two very bright and cheery cards using a stamp set by Purple Onion called Pot-a-Flower.

For both cards I stamped the flowers, colored with Zigs and fussy cut the images, then layered them on some older Basic Grey patterned paper (Lauderdale Grass Stain).

For my first card I used both sides of the paper inlaying one into the other.  It's hard to see but the inner rectangle was cut using a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle by My Favorite Things.  I thought that those little triangle cuts mirrored the triangles in the patterned paper.  Unfortunately they are so hard to see I'm the only one who will know they're there.  It's a little detail, but for me the little details matter.



For the second card I used a Simon Says Stamp Thanks Scallop Border Die and layered over a piece of light blue paper so that tiny bits of blue peaked out of the dots.  I had cut the blue piece at 4 by 5.25 inches so that there would be a light blue mat all around.  Unfortunately I glued my pieces down crooked and tried to trim it even  - a little on each side.  What happened was I made it more and more crooked so I just trimmed all the blue off and added a light grey mat.



I also added wink of stella to the flowers on both cards.  I think these flower images would be pretty to color in oranges and browns and layer over some fall print paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Aug 16, 2017

New Home Congrats

Today I have another simple card - a new home congrats card.





I love using this older Simon Says Stamp Congratulations Circle die (I don't think it's still available)  because there are so many ways to vary it.  The die comes with two parts, one is the house, the other is a circle with the words  "congratulations).  In the past I've used both parts together, but today I used only the house.

Because I inlaid the house and the sentiment this card is flat and would be easy to mail.

Whenever possible I will try to personalize my cards, for example make the house and door the color of the persons "new house".  In this case I didn't know the colors so went with a neutral grey with a pop of red.  The background is the reverse side of paper by BoBunny (Garden Party) which is very neutral but looks like it has dimension.  The sentiment dies are Impression Obsession Congrats Words. 

You can also use just the congratulations circle for many other kinds of cards - someone getting a new job, new baby, new pet, or even graduation.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Aug 14, 2017

A Super Simple Congrats Card

The card I have to share today is super simple.  In fact, it's so simple I almost didn't post it.  But I thought not all cards need to be fancy or complex.  I needed a masculine card for my nephew who is going back to grad school after being out of school for a number of years.  And this scrap of patterned paper seemed perfect.

 

 I added two die cut "congrats" on a strip of yellow vellum (so the sentiment wouldn't get lost on the paper) and a couple enamel dots.  That's it - I did say it was super simple!