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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jan 29, 2018

LOVE, MFT Gift Box Cover-Up

Today I have another card to share made with some of my goodies from our MFT shopping trip.

I diecut the background out of both red and real wood paper, inlaying the wood rectangles into the red frame.  I really like the texture that the wood adds to this card, and it diecuts beautifully.  I love dies with stitching detail.  It's such an easy way to add detail to your cards while still keeping them clean and simple.  And I think this super cute little dachshund puppy looks great sitting on top (mounted with foam squares for a little dimension).

Supplies used include:  My Favorite Things Gift Box Cover Up and Stitched Alphabet dies and Top Dog Stamp set, Elizabeth Craft Designs Props 4 Die set (for the paw print) and Real Wood Birch paper from Barc

Thanks so much for visiting.

Jan 24, 2018

End of the Rainbow

Today I have a card made using the End of the Rainbow Die Set from My Favorite Things.  This was one of the new dies I bought while visiting the My Favorite Things Stamps boutique store last weekend (which was very fun, by the way).

Because I make so many cards to raise money for Pug Rescue of Florida I thought this die set would be perfect.  The phrase "they crossed the rainbow bridge" is what many people use when their pets die.  Apparently it originated in a couple of poems that were written in the 80's to describe that place that pets went when they died to await their owners.

To make my card I diecut the rainbow from 6 colors of paper, layered them onto a piece of light blue cardstock and cut with a stitched rectangle die.  This is layered onto a piece of vellum to help create that light and airy feel and onto a very light grey card.  I also diecut two of the clouds that come with this set.  On one I stamped the sentiment and tiny paw prints in black and mounted this over the second cloud using thin foam squares.  This adds just a little dimension but keeps it easy to mail.  I love the stitched detail on the clouds, rainbow, and the edge of the rectangle.  Several tiny sparkling clear sequins look like raindrops.

Supplies used include: My Favorite Things End of the Rainbow dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies and Paw Prints on our Hearts stamps (for the sentiment), The Ton Dog Life (for the tiny pawprints), Paper from Bazzill (the rainbow) and My Favorite Things (Grout Grey and SnowCone) and Neenah Solar White, and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Jan 22, 2018

Three Hours of My Favorite Things

So, have you ever been so happy with a shopping experience that you just want to tell everyone about it.  That's how I am.  Too often I get disappointed in stores (vs. online shopping) because I can't find what I want, etc.  Well, on Saturday two of my good card making friends and I went up to this store, the My Favorite Things Stamps Boutique in Eustis, Florida.

About a year ago we found out that My Favorite Things had an actual brick and mortar store a couple hours from us.  We'd been using their products for years, buying online and been very happy with them.  We usually try to get together about once a month to make cards and try out each others new supplies.  Instead, we decided to do a field trip to this shop.  We could never come up with a good day to do it, life kept getting in the way.  Finally, we worked out a day and made the trip on Saturday.  On the way up there I kept thinking to myself that I hoped we wouldn't be disappointed, especially since it was a good drive away.

We absolutely were NOT disappointed.  It was great.  The store was a great size and everything was displayed so well.  The best part - was seeing all of the sample cards made by their display team members.  I know we see some of these online on The My Favorite Things Stamps blog, but seeing them in person was totally different.  I think so many of the details of the cards are missed when viewing them online.  And they had SO many card samples. Most of the samples had a list on the back of all the products used.  And the person working in there was extremely helpful.  She answered all of my questions, which were many.

So, three hours later we finished shopping. Time flew.  We had no idea how long we had been in there.  I do wish I'd taken some pictures of the boutique to share.  And - they have discounts that increase the more you shop, and we got that super cute bag (in the pic) to carry out our purchases.

If you're ever in the central Florida area (Eustis is not that far from Orlando) I would totally recommend stopping in at the My Favorite Things Boutique in the old downtown Eustis area.  You won't be disappointed.

Jan 16, 2018

Congrats, Simple but Special

Today's card is simple, yet very special to me.  It was made to congratulate my daughter, my baby, on getting engaged.  Her guy, no - now it's her fiance, is a really, really great guy.  And I think they're perfect together, they really complement each other.   I'm so happy for both of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jan 14, 2018

Thirteen from One

Finally, I got all my Christmas thank you cards made, written out and in the mail.  I made thirteen cards using one sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper.  Here are a few of them.

I used double stitched rectangle and square dies to cut out the different little bits of the patterned paper that had animals sitting in the birch trees (there were 13 of them), added a dark grey mat, layered on a large red stitched rectangle and added a thanks diecut to each.  To some of them I added Wink of Stella clear shimmer to the trees or little dots of snow with a pico embellisher.  Making them didn't take all that much time.  But, writing them out, that was a different story.  I'm just not that good with words. I was so thankful for each wonderful gift, but just have such a hard time putting it down into words.  I do hope everyone was able to look past my stumbles and know how appreciative I am.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a great day.

Jan 12, 2018

Celebrate, Two Cards

First, Happy Birthday to my friend Jan.

Today I have two cards, made with the My Favorite Things Celebrate Speech Bubble Die.  The first card uses an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper made recently at a card making friends get together.  We had all watched a video that Jennifer McGuire had done and it looked like so much fun, which it was.  But I do have to admit it was a little messy.  I think I had the ink everywhere.

It's really hard to see the beautiful shine that background has.  You can see it a little in this photo.

Since I had the leftover pieces from cutting the die from two colors cardstock  I made a second card.  I used a small piece of another alcohol ink background for the balloon.

I do love that die.  It's large and covers nearly the whole card front but allows just enough room for whatever background you use to really show.  I know some people find patterned paper hard to use.  I think this die makes that so easy.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Year, 2018

Happy New Year!  I have a card to share today made by my friend Jan.  It's really so pretty.

It has such beautiful metallic embossing - all the silver and the blue - which you can see a little better in this photo.

This past year was filled with hurricanes, sinkholes, and some serious health issues, so I am hoping for a healthy and uneventful 2018.

Thanks so much for visiting today.