Oct 14, 2018

Maple and Birch

Today I have a card that is really simple, yet beautiful.

Here's another view that shows the layers of different textures - a grid that is dry embossed, handmade paper, and inlaid maple and birch real wood paper.

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Oct 9, 2018

A Beary Special Birthday

We recently celebrated my daughter's birthday - this card was for her.  When she was young, she loved panda bears.  I just couldn't resist - this patterned paper was so darn cute.

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Oct 7, 2018

Bright and Sunny Birthday Greetings

Today's card is so bright and sunny.

Isn't that smiling pineapple so cute - that's a die from Paper Smooches.  The "happy" background stamp is from Impression Obsessions.

Hope you're having a good day!

Oct 5, 2018

You Mean the World to Me

Today I have a card to share that I made for each of my kids, because they do mean the world to me.

I don't think the picture does this card justice.  I didn't have time to get out my light tent, so I just snapped a pic with my phone.  I really do love the way this card came out, and used products from Papertrey Ink (die), Lawn Fawn (the sentiment stamp), and Neat and Tangled (origami map stamp).

Have a great day!

Oct 3, 2018

Tropical Pugs

I've been very busy creating lots and lots of new cards for Pug Rescue of Florida's fundraiser, Pugsgiving.  I wanted to create some "tropical pug" themed cards.  Here's a few pics of them.

That pug with the sunglasses - it just makes me smile.
Have a great day!

Aug 22, 2018

Med School Congrats

My nephew just started med school, so this card was sent to him.  We are all so very proud of him.

Have a great day!

Aug 18, 2018

Inlaid Butterflies

Today's card is simple, but I really liked the way it came out.  And it's already in the mail to a good friend's mother and should brighten her day.

I simply cut the die (DoCrafts Wildflower Beauty) four times, first out of black cardstock then out of three different color paper from an old 6x6 Recollections paper pad (Michaels).  I just inlaid all the colored pieces back into the black frame.  It did take a bit of time, but was easy to do.  I then layered it over a stitched rectangle and vellum and onto a grey card.

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Aug 17, 2018

A Dress Die? No Way!

Many online papercraft supply companies will sometimes send a "freebie" along with your order.  Sometimes this is something cool and useful, sometimes not so much.  My friend Jan recently received this dress die as a "freebie".

We got a real chuckle because it seemed like such a strange die.  We just couldn't imagine that many people felt the need to purchase this - maybe that's why it was a "freebie".  But I do love a good challenge when it comes to card making, so I thought I'd try to use it in non-conventional ways.  I was able to make two cards.

For this first card I cut several "dresses" from two different yellow colored cardstock, inked the edges just a bit with distress inks and combined with some leaves and a brown scribble diecut to create a big flower.

For my second card I diecut the dress from both black and a multi colored glittery cardstock, layered together and tied with black twine around the middle to create a couple of butterflies.

For both cards I layered my "faux-dress" elements over patterned paper and added a hello diecut from Impression Obsessions.  Maybe they're not my favorite cards ever, but I DID meet the challenge to use this die in a very different way.

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Aug 16, 2018

Crafters for a Cause and My Favorite Things Summer School

Several weeks ago two of my cardmaking friends and I each purchased a box of goodies from "Crafters for a Cause".  This was a hurricane relief fund raiser through Simon Says Stamp.  For making a $50 donation, you received a box of goodies valued at $100, and your entire donation went to hurricane relief.  Living here in Florida hurricanes are a big part of our life.  Last year we dealt with evacuating and power outages that lasted nearly a week.  So, this seemed like such a great idea.

My friends and I get together about once a month and have started participating in our own "challenges".  One of us comes up with a challenge, and we each need to make a card putting our own spin on that particular idea.

Earlier this summer My Favorite Things Stamps had what they called "summer school".  This was an online explanation of 5 different card design concepts and a call for participants to make cards using these concepts and post them online.  The 5 concepts were white space, repetition, symmetry, primary colors and complimentary colors.

We were too late to participate in "summer school", but my friends and I decided to combine these concepts with our challenge and our Crafters for a Cause boxes.  So, our challenge was to make 5 cards using these concepts but each one also had to use something from our boxes.  This turned out to be harder than we first thought.  Some of our boxes were WAY better than others.  Dee was lucky, her box was the best.  Poor Jan, her box was definitely the least desirable.  Mine, was sort of in between.  But, we did have a lot of fun, and each made a donation for hurricane relief.

Here are the cards we made.  I'm sorry the picture quality isn't good.

First up, Dee's cards.

And here are Jan's cards.

And here's mine.  Of course I had to sneak a few pugs onto my cards.  I actually made 6 of each of the pug cards because they will be sold at Pugsgiving (in the fall) to raise money for Pug Rescue of Florida.

Now, lets just hope for a very quiet remainder of the hurricane season.

Thanks for visiting today!

Jul 4, 2018

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!  I have two simple cards to share today, both the same design, just using different patterned papers.

Both the stamps and the dies are from PaperTrey Ink.  Here's a close up so you can see the sparkle of the glitter paper peeking out all those tiny holes.

Have a great day!

Jun 26, 2018

Penny Black, Beach Day

Today I have a fun card to share using the Penny Black Beach Day stamp set.  This card was made for my sister who loves the beach more than just about anything.  I think she did love this card.

And here's the inside of the card.

This card was so much fun to make.  All the images were stamped on Neenah solar white and colored with Copics.  I used real sandpaper (from the hardware store) for the beach and a die from My Favorite Things.  I've found that if you use a fine grit sand paper it die cuts great.  It does leave a little sand residue on your cutting plates, but that cleans up with a baby wipe.  I also used some handmade paper (very old, in my stash) for the water.  The inside sentiment was computer generated.

Thanks for visiting today!

Jun 25, 2018

Alcohol Inks and Gold Foil

Today's card was kept simple to show off the beautiful background paper made with Alcohol inks and Gold Foil.

A few weeks ago my friend Jan and I got together and played around with a technique using alcohol inks on Yupo paper and adding gold accents with gold foils.  We did create some beautiful backgrounds.  Each one was so unique.  I haven't had a chance to turn any of them into cards yet but I will definitely share them in the future.  This card uses a background Jan had made previously using the same technique.  When I first saw it I thought it was so beautiful and really needed to be the focus of the card.  I added a happy birthday and balloon diecut from shiny gold metallic paper and a little gold thread and that was it.  Simple, but I really liked it.

In the second picture you can see a little more of the shine from the gold foil.  It really is stunning in real life.  I also used a PaperTrey Ink envelope liner die to add coordinating gold to the inside of my envelope.  I really, really LOVE this envelope liner die and think all of my cards will now have lined envelopes. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

Jun 24, 2018

One More Father's Day Card

I have one more father's day card to share.  This one was made for my husband who really is the best dad ever.  I know I'm a bit late in posting this, but life has been very crazy lately.  And this post will need to be really short, or I'm afraid it might not get posted at all.

This card uses two dies from Paper Trey Ink.  The "dad" die was cut from Barc real wood paper.  This wood paper die cuts great and gives so much texture to simple or last minute cards.  I confess, I didn't make this until the night before Father's Day.  I'm usually way more on top of things, but I think I have a good excuse - our daughter is getting married next week.  I do have a few more cards that I've done recently.  With a little luck I'll get them posted in the next couple days, but no promises.

Hope you have a great day!

Jun 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.  Here's a couple "dad's day"cards I had made for my Etsy shop.

Both cards use a die from Papertrey Ink.  I apologize for the very short post and the slightly out of focus pictures.  I've had a lot of things going on and my blog has been at the bottom of the list.  I have done lots of card making lately, but no blogging.  Hopefully I can get my act together and get more cards up here on my blog.

Have a great day!

Apr 1, 2018

Happy Easter, Bug Style

Happy Easter!  I have two last Easter cards to share, both feature bugs - that is bunny pugs.

Hope your day was good, and Happy Easter!

Mar 30, 2018

More Easter Cards

Here are a few more Easter cards.

It's hard to see, but that last little bunny was heat embossed in silver.  I wish these photographs were better, but I was in a hurry to get them photographed and into the mail before Easter was here and gone.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Mar 29, 2018

Tim Holtz Easter Blueprints

Wow, I can't believe Easter is just a few days away and I haven't posted any of the Easter cards I made.  Here are two that were made using one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Easter Blueprints set.  I've had these stamps for several years and thought they needed to be used one more time.  The first card was stamped and white heat embossed.

This next card was stamped, heat embossed in gold, and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

You can see the gold shine a little better in this photo.

Supplies used also include paper from My Favorite Things Subtle Plaid 6x6 pad, Brown Cardstock from Gina K, and the Avery Elle Sweet Scallops Die Set.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Mar 16, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This is my favorite of the St. Patrick's Day cards that I made.  I really, really love the way this card came out. I just love that rainbow (a My Favorite Things die) and that pug with his pot of gold (which was actually a witch's cauldron stamp).  And the leprechaun hat - that was a pilgrim's hat stamp.  It's so nice to stretch your stamps and make those crafty $$ go just a little further.

Thanks so much for visiting and happy St. Patrick's day!

Mar 14, 2018

St. Patrick's Day, Take Two

I have two more St. Patrick's Day cards with pugs on them to share today.

I apologize for such short and infrequent posts.  Just super busy trying to get ahead of cards needed in my Etsy shop and doing what seems to be endless yard work before the heat of summer returns.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Feb 28, 2018

St. Patrick's Day, Take One

I recently made a few St. Patrick's Day cards with pugs on them, for my Etsy shop.  The sale of these benefit Pug Rescue of Florida.  Here are two of them.

 Thanks so much for visiting today.



Feb 24, 2018

Stampin Up Birdhouses

Today I have a card that I made quite a while ago, but never posted.  It uses an older stamp from Stampin Up that  I borrowed from a friend.  This card is so simple but I really love the way it came out.

I love coloring.  For me it's so therapeutic.  It really helps me relax.  This stamp was a lot of fun to color since all the images are tiny.  You could really change up the feel of the card by choosing totally different colors.  I wanted to layer it over this blue patterned paper (from My Favorite Things) so I chose some blues and neutrals, and a little pop of red.  I diecut the edges of the strip with an Avery Elle Dotted Borders die.  It still looked a little plain so I added a strip of vellum.  I thought about adding some sequins but decided to leave it without.

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Feb 17, 2018

Hello Chum, One More Time

Today I have a card using the Hello Chum stamp set by Avery Elle.  I've used this several times in the past.  I really struggle with making boys cards and  don't have much in the way of stamps that would work for this type of card.  When I look at my boxes of stamps I find this hard to believe, because I do have A LOT of stamps.  Just don't tell my husband that!  So  I looked through each and every one, couldn't come up with a better option so decided it would be sharks again.

And here's the inside of the card.

The sentiment comes from the Hero Arts Manatee stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Feb 14, 2018

Simple Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day!  This past month I was super swamped with orders from my Etsy shop.  So, my personal valentines had to be quick and easy.  They all used the same exact design, just different pattern papers.  These patterned papers are SO cute!  Here are pictures of some of them.  And I computer generated all my sentiments so that it was really fast to make multiples of each.

Supplies used include:  All patterned papers are from the Menagerie by Reminisce, Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle and Stitched Heart Dies from My Favorite Things

Thanks so much for visiting today.