Thursday, March 31, 2016

Last of the Easter Cards

More cards I whipped up for Easter this year. 
It was good to get back to crafting after months
of doing nothing and moving my craft stuff. 
Yes, it is possible to be out of crafting shape
and injure yourself when you do a marathon day 
(or three in my case!) of crafting - I know first hand ;)

Thanks for looking 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friend Card

Another card for the 
NOTE: The postmaster at my local post office
made me buy extra postage for this card
due to the brad (not the first time this has happened).
I get charged the extra "non machinable" postage
regularly - one small bump that they feel requires it!
So with that in mind, technically, I guess my card
won't qualify for the challenge.......

The stamp image was heat embossed black 
onto water color paper then 
water colored in.  I'm unsure of the manufacturer,
it was gifted to me (same with the mini flower brad).
I trimmed it out with scissors and mounted it onto purple card stock.
The embossing folder is an old one from Stampin' Up!
as are the Happy Easter sentiment and wheel I used on the envelope. 
The banner was hand cut.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Paper Bag Bunnies

I made these two silly bunny bags to give to my
nephews. I think this will be the final year
I make them something (they are 15 and 13 after all !)

White paper lunch sack
Pencil to draw the ears on the sack and pink paper
Scissors to cut them out
Circle paper punches for the eyes and "cheeks"
Hand cut with scissors a nose and whiskers
White Signo gel pen for eye highlights

I did crumple my bags up before assembly because I didn't like 
the sharp fold lines on the bags. Plus, it gave them more character ;) 

I trimmed out the inside folds where the ears are.
I then glued the bag front and back together along the ears.
I should have glued all along the top edge of the head, too.
I gave the ears a pinch at the base to finish them off.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Wishes card

Dry embossed (old embossing folder from Stampin' Up!)
then colored with chalks (Stampin' Pastels from Stampin' Up!)
and a blender pen. I used a sponge tip applicator first,
but it the colors were too soft for my liking. 

Old rubber stamp images and paper punches were also from Stampin' Up!

Hot pink glittered chipboard butterfly, from my stash of supplies found
 at Big Lots long ago, manufacturer unknown.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my mail friendly card in the
(although mine isn't all purple.....).

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Side Step Easter Card

Happy Easter 
to those that celebrate!

This is called a "side step" card.
It folds flat and fits into a regular
invitation size (A2) envelope.
The instructions were found at

The stained glass stamp image is an old one from Stampin' Up!
I stamped it on water color paper with Versamark ink
then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.
The image was water colored in with inks from
my Stampin' Up! Classic ink pads and an aquapainter. 
I squish the closed lids onto the ink pads, flip them open
then use the aquapainter to lift ink from inside the lids
to water color with. 

Daffodil Delight card stock was run through a 
Cuttlebug embossing folder, Oriental Weave.

The larger Midnight Muse card stock piece was die cut
with a Scallop Rectangle Frame from Sizzix, 
The smaller was punched with an old punch from Stampin' Up!
(I'm unsure of the name, perhaps Modern Label?).

The larger white piece was die cut with a Sizzix/Stampin' Up! die, 
Chalk Talk Framelits.
The small white piece was paper punched with the old 
Word Window punch from Stampin' Up!

I lightly ran the edges of the white pieces across
a silver Encore ink pad before adhering them to
the Midnight Muse pieces. 

Sentiments from Everlasting Joy (?)
and Teeny Tiny Wishes, both from Stampin' Up!,
were stamped with 
Midnight Muse ink onto Whisper White card stock.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Mania - Easter

One Stitch At A Time - Embossing

Words 2 Craft By - Easter /Rebirth

Great Impressions - Bunny Hop

Stop by each of them to see wonderful design team projects as well as
entries by the other challenge participants !

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Stained Glass Flowers Card

I'm quite pleased with how this card turned out. 

I stamped the Stained Glass image 
(and oldie from Stampin' Up!)
with Versamark ink onto water color paper 
then heat embossed it
 with black embossing powder.

I water colored the image with 
inks from my ink pads and an aquapainter.
I squish the closed lids onto the ink pads
(Classic inks from Stampin' Up!),
flip the lids open the use the aquapainter to 
pick up the ink from inside the lids to color with.

It is mounted on circular die cut piece of purple card stock
that I added two purple eyelets to.

The stamped image is attached to the
dry embossed card front with pop dots.
The embossing folder used was from the
Paper Lace II set by Cuttlebug. 

I ran white 5/8" satin ribbon through the eyelets
then underneath the embossed top piece.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cute Easter Bunny Card

Aww, I think this this Easter card turned out pretty cute ! It was time consuming, but making the basket full of Easter eggs  (and the bunny himself) the way I did makes a big difference in the look of the card I believe.

I stamped and water colored the bunny image on white card stock then carefully trimmed it out.
Originally I thought I'd do paper piecing on it, something I never do, but couldn't find any papers I was happy with in my stash to use.

I did the same thing to the basket then oh so carefully cut it out with an Xacto knife.

Little scraps of pastel colored card stock were stamped with the teeny tiny egg image then hand cut with sharp, tiny scissors.

A small scrap of green card stock was "fringed" to make grass by snipping along one edge with the tiny scissors.

I layered and glued in place all of the eggs and grass behind the basket top to make it appear they were in it.

The basket is attached with a dimensional/pop dot.

I stamped extra bow images, cut them out, slightly bending them for dimension before gluing into place on top of the base images.

The bunny is glued in place on the torso mainly so the ears and arms pop away from the card base for some dimension.

The pale yellow, slightly textured card base was run through an embossing folder (oldie from Stampin' Up!, I think it was called Tulip) before adhering all of the pieces.

The rubber stamp images are from an old Close To My Heart stamp set.
Inks and card stocks were from Stampin' Up! except for the yellow card base which is unknown. I bought a set of them with matching side opening envelopes on clearance at Big Lots long ago.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my bunny card into the following challenges, Visit each of them for lots of wonderfully inspiring projects by their design teams and challenge entrants.

Cardz4Galz Challenge #18 - Cute and Cuddly

Penny Black March Challenge - Feature A Creature

DragonflyJourneys Challenge #49 - Hippity Hoppity

Make My Monday Challenge - something fluffy

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Country Bunny Easter Basket Card

More fun water coloring in old stamp images
from Stampin' Up! , making Easter cards.
I use ink from my ink pads and an aquapainter.

This is actually a two part image:
the basket is stamped first then a seasonal
"basket filler"is stamped on top.
 It can be tricky to line up, you'll notice on one 
of the cards it isn't aligned as well.
Yes, I have one of those stamp positioner tools,
but I never bother to dig it out (not certain where it is right now
after the craft room move anyway.....). 

It's been too long since I've made anything (months!).
The past two days I've spent a little time working on cards,
the first time to make anything in my new craft room
on the upper level of the house.
No more fear of  flood waters getting to my toys now !

I'm trying to adjust to the new
(smaller!) space and table as well as the arrangement
of things. It will take some getting used to after
working in the old craft dungeon basement for years,
knowing where everything was. 
On the bright side, I have better natural light and fresh air :)

I'm entering my first card, the one with ribbon on it,
 in the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stained Glass Angel Easter Card

I had fun coloring in the black heat embossed angel image
on this card I made for my Mom. I used inks from my 
classic dye ink pads. I squish the lid onto the ink pads, 
open them then lift the ink off of the inside of the lids with
an aqua painter and "paint" away.

Supplies used: 

Stamp images were from Stampin' Up!
(Stained Glass II and Teeny Tiny Wishes)

Cuttlebug embossing folder, I think it 
is called African Batik.

Stickles Diamonds glitter glue was placed in the 
small circular indentations from the embossing folder. 

Watercolor paper, white, yellow and blue card stocks. 

A scrap of vellum for the sentiment.

Angel image is attached with dimensionals/pop dots. 

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the following fun challenges.
Visit each of them for lots of great inspiration 
from their design teams as well as challenge entrants.

Easter card I made for my Mom, our first after Dad's passing

5 layers on my card, yet still easily mailable

dry and heat embossing both on my card

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stained Glass Cross Card

Heat embossed stamp image water colored in.
Image is an old one from Stampin' Up!

Embossed lines on the card base were made with 
a stylus and a scoring board.

This is a card I made last year and never shared.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Tulips Card

Stamp images are retired from Stampin' Up! 
I colored directly on the rubber with water based 
markers to create the multi colored bouquet. 

Easter egg eyelet, unknown. It was gifted to me.

Jumbo circle paper punches I'm unsure of the manufacturer.
They too were gifted to me. 

Decorative paper is from and old stack by Die Cuts With A View.

This is a card I made last year and never shared.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lucky Stars digi kit

 facebook timeline cover

Pages created with the new Lucky Stars digi kit by
JMC Designs at
These layouts are totally inspired by some I saw online;
unfortunately I don't remember where or whom 
they were created by..............
I used My Memories Suite 7 software.

kit contents

Full Alphabet
9 Cardstock
30 Patterned Papers
8 Flair
8 Journal Cards

69 Unique Elements:
3 Arrows
3 Clovers
3 Clover Flairs
12 Flowers
3 Hearts
2 Horseshoes
Mini Flower
2 Mushrooms
4 Bows
5 Buttons
2 Frame
5 Ribbons
Star Clip
Butterfly String
4 Strings
2 Tags
3 WordArt
1 Word Bit

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Music Notes Birthday Card

A fairly clean and simple card I made for my nephews birthday. He is turning 15 and plays an instrument in his high school band, so this is what I came up with this year. Next year I get to make a birthday card that is new driver / automobile related since he'll be 16  ;)

I used a sheet music embossing folder on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock than the card base to create a textured background.

I found a sheet music image of the "Happy Birthday" song online, cropped and printed it out then mounted it onto black card stock.

The black music note was something from a really old set of black pre-cut images that were in a kids craft set. Remember when doodling on black paper with neon colored gel pens was "cool" ?  I added white gel pen and water colored black highlights then attached it to the card front with a pop dot.

I'm entering this card in the Creative Playground Challenge #2 - Birthday
and the Cardz4Guyz challenge, create your own background.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Where Is Spring digi kit

Two layouts created with the new

The first layout uses a template from the challenge forum
at Scraps-N-Pieces.
The second layout is a freebie from
kimeric kreations

Kit contents

(many images not shown in the above photo)
Full Alphabet
9 Cardstock - 12X12 300DPI
24 Patterned Papers - 12X12 300DPI
9 Wrinkled Papers - 12X12 300DPI
6 Journal Cards - 3X4 300DPI
61 Unique Elements:
2 Arrows
5 Bows
4 Buttons
5 Flair
5 Flowers
Flower Circle
3 Frames
3 Leaves
3 Grunge/Paint
3 Hearts
3 Labels
5 Ribbons
2 Stars
5 Strings
3 Tabs
3 Tags

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Celebrate Everyone digi kit

Two card fronts I created with the fun new
Bits N Pieces digi kit by
NOTE: text is my own; there are word arts available.

I used My Memories Suite 7 to create the card fronts.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Skip To My Lou digi kit

A quick card front I created using the new 
Skip To My Lou digi kit by

I used My Memories Suite 7 software. 

NOTE: The text is a font from my collection.

kit contents
9 Cardstock - 12X12 300DPI
16 Extra Papers - 12X12 300DPI
15 Patterened Papers - 12X12 300DPI
48 Unique Elements:
2 Bows
4 Buttons
2 CLips
3 Flair
5 Flowers
2 Frames
2 Girls Jump Roping
4 Hearts
2 Leaves
3 Ribbons
2 Tape
Tiny Flower
3 Word Bits

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Silhouette Challenge

The challenge at 
House of Cards for March is

My card is pretty simple,
I stamped the image with black Stazon ink
onto white glossy card stock.
I then lightly sponged blue inks over it.

It is layered onto a piece of shimmery white paper 
and mounted with pop dots / dimensionals.

I crumpled black paper and tore it to resemble
a mountain, layering it over blue card stock.

Paper piercing and black faux layers created with 
wide chisel edged marker finish the card off. 

Thanks for looking at my project =)

Be sure to check out all of the other inspiring
projects created by the design team:

Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo | Em | Emily | Heather
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Sue T. Susan | Tina | Toni

You have all month to play along with our challenge!