Friday, July 21, 2017

One More Daisy Card

I am ending the week with another Delightful Daisy card created by Kathy Z.  For today's card, Kathy stamped the daisy on Daffodil Delight cardstock.  She used the Stitched Shapes framelits which is another of my "good investments".  The doily is something I rarely use on my cards. Kathy's card was a reminder that even sections of a paper doily are another embellishment to use on cards!  Thank you, Kathy for sharing yet another card!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

At The Farm

Our granddaughter, Sydney, has been attending various farm camps at the Volkening Heritage Farm at the Spring Valley Nature center in Schaumburg for the past seven years.  She is now old enough to volunteer at the farm and after a week of training, last week Friday was her first day as an official farm guide.  It is an actual farm with horses, pigs, chickens, cows, etc.  The kids do a variety of chores including mucking the stalls, slopping the pigs, collecting eggs and more.  If you live in the Schaumburg area, I would highly suggest you check out this farm.  And if you have children or grandchildren, check out the camp programs that are offered.  It is a special place.

While working on today's card, it reminded me of our visit to the farm last week~~a little rustic.  I used the Wood Textures DSP stack and the Wood Words stamp set. The images were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Have a great day and keep cool!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Saying Thank You

There are many ways to say "thank you" and this card from Kathy Z is a very pretty way to do just that.  Kathy created the Z fold card base using Old Olive cardstock.  One of the patterned papers from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack was used for the top layer and stamped with "Thank You".  Kathy then made the cute little crate using the Wood Crate framelit  and covered it with stamped and punched daisies.  The crate sits against the card.  I now have a pretty piece of d├ęcor and Lindor chocolates, too!  Again, Kathy, thank you for the cards to post and for today's special card.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fancy Fold

Thanks to Kathy Z, today I am posting a very pretty card that Kathy originally saw on Pinterest.  Kathy created this fancy fold card using  everything Daisy Delight~~Designer Series Paper, stamp set, coordinating punch and Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock.  The person receiving this card is definitely card-worthy!  I can only imagine how much time was put into the card with all the cutting of paper/cardstock and then assembling.  Since Kathy Z has provided me with the cards for these days, I have been able to work on a couple of special projects.  But I cannot share them until next week, after this upcoming birthday weekend!  (Can you believe that my little Sydney is going to be a teenager?)  Again, thank you, Kathy, for sharing!  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Daisies

Yesterday a few friends were here and Kathy Z showed us some pretty cards she had created.  So I have a week's worth of posts from Kathy and they were all created using the Daisy Delight Designer Series paper, stamp set and coordinating punch.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Special Celebrations stamp set.  Inside the card, is a coordinating sentiment from the same stamp set.  The center of the daisies are SU's Faceted Gems~~much prettier in person than I thought  from pictures.  She completed the card using the new Daffodil Delight 1/4" double-stitched ribbon.  Thank you, Kathy, for sharing!  Have a great day. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sending Hugs

One more card created with Zig Real Color Brush pens.  Once again, I just inked watercolor paper with the Zig watercolor brush pens and then brushed water across the color strokes.  You can make the colors as vibrant or as light as desired by using more or less water.  The flowers on yesterday's card were softer compared to the flowers on  this card which are much brighter.  The palm fronds and larger flower were die cut using the Botanical Blooms framelits.  The little flowers were punched using a retired punch.  The word "hugs" was cut using a Lawn Fawn die, Scripty Hugs.  I splattered the white cardstock layer lightly using an aqua pen that still had some aqua ink on the bristles before adhering anything to the layer.  The flowers have rhinestones, but the card still needed a few sequins.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Watercolor Flowers

I was playing with my Gansai Tambi watercolors and trying out different color combinations.  On one piece of watercolor paper I used a pink and a yellow.  On the other, I used a green and a yellow.  After the papers dried, I used my retired Botanical Blooms framelits to die cut flowers and leaves.  The colors are very soft as I used a lot of water while blending.  The card base is retired Regal Rose cardstock and the same color ink for the sentiment.  Making this card was very relaxing~~or maybe it was not trying to think of what to create.  It just happened once I die cut flowers and leaves.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oceans of Love

The mermaid on this card is so darn cute, isn't she?  She is one of three mermaid images in My Favorite Things' Mermazing stamp set and coordinating dies.  The background and images were watercolored using Zig Real Color brushes.  And how perfect is Stampin' Up's Coastal Cabana cardstock embossed with the Seaside embossing folder for the main layer on the card?  After water coloring the mermaid, I used my clear Wink of Stella pen on her mermaid tail and top.  This card is such a happy card~~I love it!  Have a great day and stay dry! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Just Baseball

Today I am posting the card Kathy Z made for her grandson's birthday.  Isn't it perfect for a little boy?  Actually, he is not so little any more.  He is now 9 and loves his baseball.  His Mom even took him downtown last year when the Cubs won the World Series so he could see the parade and be part of the excitement.  Back to the card~~Kathy used all Stampin' Up products.  The retired stamp set, Just Baseball, includes the ball, bat and hat images.   Kathy fussy cut the hat in order to pop it up using a dimensional. I like her use of the Layering Square framelits and the color combo.  Great card for an All-American boy!  Thanks for sharing, Kathy.  Have a great day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Embossing Folder

Today's card was created using a variety of products.  The sentiment is from the retired set, A Dozen Thoughts.  After stamping it on white cardstock, I die cut the rectangle using MFT's Word Window Rectangles.  I then cut the word window a second time using Night of Navy cardstock to frame the sentiment.  The embossing folder Layered Leaves is new to SU's Annual Catalog.  It is a 3D Dynamic Textured embossing folder.  This folder creates deep, dimensional impressions.  For the best impression, it is suggested that you lightly mist the cardstock prior to embossing.  This embossing folder is thicker than the embossing folders that you usually see.  That means a different sandwich for the Big Shot. I wrapped the white cardstock with the beautiful new Night of Navy gingham checked ribbon.  A couple of butterflies and little adhesive navy dots were added to complete the card.  Have a great day!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Oceans of Joy

I decided that I would use Sunny Studio Stamps' Oceans of Joy stamp set and dies to create a shaker card.  For some reason, shaker cards seem to take a lot time. But this time, I used Stampin' Up's Foam Adhesive Strips~~a real time saver.  (No more cutting wide strips of adhesive foam in half with the scissors sticking to the adhesive and then the need to clean the scissors.)  The dolphins and turtle were colored in with Spectrum Noir markers.  SU's Seaside embossing folder was perfect for this card together with Soft Sky and Pool Party cardstock.  Now that this shaker card is finished, I wish I would have added a colorful fish or two with the turtle. Next time!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Across The Miles

I have been working on a present for Sydney for her birthday and I realized I didn't have a card for today.  So I turned to the internet and recreated a card I liked on Pinterest.  I used the  Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating dies.  The colors used are Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and retired Coastal Cabana.  After die cutting the clouds from the white cardstock layer, I set the clouds aside for another project.  To the white cardstock layer, I adhered hot air balloons and sequins and stamped the sentiment.  Peekaboo Peach twine was wrapped around the cardstock and then adhered to Coastal Cabana cardstock using dimensionals.  I think it is a good non-specific card which can be used for just about any occasion.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Note Card Thank You

Today's cards are copied from a set of cards I saw on the internet.  I used the note cards with envelopes that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  They are a bit smaller than the usual cards I create, but very convenient when you need a card in a hurry.  Having the Misti made it even easier.  I stamped one stem on each of the cards; moved the stem over and stamped the cards again.  I then did the flowers (Daisy Delight) in different colors, again using the Misti.  I kept a wet shammy and after each stamp, wiped off the ink and did the next card/color.  The sentiment is from a retired SU stamp set.  Again, the clear stamp was placed on the Misti and made quick work of stamping the thank you on each and knowing it was in the perfect spot each time!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and happy holiday while enjoying our freedom! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Friday!

Since many people are beginning their 4th of July weekend today, I thought I would post a red, white and blue card.  Wouldn't it be fun to be somewhere and come across a row of patriotic beach cabanas with fireworks above?  The palm trees are from Lawn Fawn's Life Is Good  stamp set and the cabanas are created using Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp.  Have a great weekend and safe travels for those going away. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Two More

I am sharing two more birthday cards made specially for me.  The cute puppy card is from my friend, Kathy Z.  Kathy used one of my favorite stamp sets, Bella and Friends.  The paper is SU's designer series paper, A Little Foxy.  Kathy also used the Layering Square framelits~~very cute card! 

I received the pretty Birthday Wishes card from my friend, Nancy.  I have never made a card using this design, but I will in the future.  The front of the card has a piece of acetate between the top and bottom sections of the card front.  Nancy then added the stamped flower layer and it looks like it is holding the card front together.   Birthday Wishes is stamped on the inside of the card and shows thru the acetate.  As I said yesterday, I am blessed with great and talented friends.  Thank you all for your birthday wishes and gifts.  I truly appreciate the kindness and thoughtfulness of all.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pretty Yellow Cards

Today's cards are from Sydney and my friend, Paula.  They are both sunny, happy cards.  Sydney combined yellow with Melon Mambo.  The strawberry is cute and she knows how much Grandma Gay likes sequins.  A happy card from a happy child to a happy Grandma.  My other yellow card is from my dear friend, Paula.  When I see yellow and orange together, I think of sunshine and happiness.  The heart border is really pretty.  (I might have to borrow that one day.)  A happy card from one happy friend to another! Thank you Sydney and Paula.  I am blessed not only to have friends and family who care but they are talented, too!!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Birthday

Today is my birthday and I have received many pretty handmade cards.  So this week, I will be sharing some of those beautiful cards.  Today, I am sharing a pretty card and the prettiest little cake~~both from my friend, Cherie.  The card and cake were created using My Favorite Things' stamp and die sets, BB Mermazing.  I have been telling myself I do not need that stamp set since it was released.  Now I need it!  I don't know which I like more~~the card or the cake!  Have a great day!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Another Ellie Card

Since the WPlus 9 stamp set, Unforgettable, was still on my counter from the other day, I used the little elephant again.  I watched a Jennifer McGuire video on different ways to use dies earlier that day.  So, I tried one of the ways on today's card.  I placed the elephant die on the white layer just where I wanted it and ran it thru the Big Shot, leaving a negative space on the white layer.  I then stamped and colored another elephant on a piece of white cardstock a little larger than the negative opening, adhering that to the red card base.  After stamping the sentiment, I used strips of foam tape to adhere the white layer in just the right place on the red card base so the colored elephant would show thru that negative space.  Punched stars, a little balloon and sentiment were added to complete another cute card!  Have a great day.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Last week a few friends were here and we were coloring.  One of the things everyone colored was the cute little elephant from the WPlus9 set, Unforgettable.  (Ellie is so cute!)  We used Spectrum Noir markers and then added a little color to the white card base using a Clarity Brush and Distress Ink.  Both Ellie and the balloon were die cut using coordinating dies.  (The thing to remember is that if you stamp directly on the card base and color the image with alcohol ink, then the ink will show on the back side.)  The note card used for this card  measures 5" x 3-1/2" and a pack of 20 envelopes/cards is only $6.00.  Even though they are smaller, they meet size requirements of the U.S. Post Office using standard postage.  Sequins and twine complete the card.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Swan Family

Another camp card for Sydney.  I used Stampin' Up's Swan Lake stamp set.  The images are colored with alcohol markers. The stamped layer was adhered to the pretty cardstock that was die cut using a Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle die. Another die I used is from My Favorite Things' Rectangle Word Window Frames.  The set consists of three sizes of frames.  Each die cuts the center and the outer rectangles.  I cut the word window twice~~once in Pool Party and the other in white (after I stamped the sentiment).  I am sure Syd will smile when she opens this mail.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Just Lovely

Earlier this month I posted a card created with the Designer Series Paper, Whole Lot of Lovely.  I used the same paper for today's card and in keeping with the quick and easy cards I have been posting lately, today's card definitely fits in that category.  I adhered a piece of retired DSP to the black card base.  To that I adhered a piece of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP which was mounted on a piece of craft foam.  The sentiment is from the retired Wetlands set, stamped on white cardstock and layered on black.  I spent the most time cutting out a little flower for the inside of the card! Today's card may be quick and easy, but it is very pretty!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Camp Time!

This week Sydney is off to the Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp down in Rolla, Missouri.  This will be her fourth year attending this camp and she loves it.  Here she is with Snickers (an alpaca).  Since she is there for a week, we each send her with "mail" for two of the days.  That way, she has something to open each day without getting too much mail. 

Today's card was created after seeing something similar on Pinterest.  I used distress inks for the background.  The WPlus 9 Sending Sunshine stamp set and coordinating die were used.   After stamping "sunshine" on white cardstock,  I die cut the word three times, layering them so the word stands out a bit. Before adhering the word, I stamped "hello".  I adhered the white layer on a piece of orange polka cardstock that I had left over from Amuse~~a company that shut down a couple of years ago.  A Green Galore card base and pretty sequins complete this summery card.  Have a great day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dad's Day

This is the card I made for John for Father's Day.  With a Smokey Slate card base, the Basic Gray cardstock layer was die cut using a die from Gina Marie Designs.  The card was a little too plain so I used my score tool to create the embossed lines around the edges.  After adding the sentiment, stamped on Smokey Slate, I added the two Candy Dots that are now retired.  I really like those dots and I wish I would have stock piled more than I did.  Have a great day! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Different Daisy

The other day I was looking through things in my storage area and I found some papers that I forgot about.  Among those papers, I found this pretty daisy paper.  The daisy from Stampin' Up's new daisy punch was a little too big, so I punched a daisy from a smaller punch I have had for quite some time.  I used a yellow card base, a layer of white cardstock and then the daisy paper.  You cannot see it well, but the paper is very delicate and it has a light amount of glitter on it.  I added the sentiment and once again~~a quick and simple card!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Elegant Eggplant Daisy

Another one of my quick and easy cards!  After stamping the daisy twice using Elegant Eggplant ink, I die cut and sponged the daisies lightly.  Only stamped the center on only one daisy before adhering them together since only one would show. I then used a die from My Favorite Things to cut the square in the white cardstock layer.  Once the sentiment (Sheltering Tree) was stamped, I adhered the white layer to the Elegrant Eggplant card base and adhered the daisy to the center of the square.  And there you go~~a pretty card that was quick and easy!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Colorful Birthday

What a fun birthday card!  After die cutting the white cardstock using Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches die, I used Stampin' Up's Little Letters framelits and a variety of cardstock scraps to create the card front.  Originally, I stamped "happy" (retired Endless Wishes set) directly on the cardstock but it ended up crooked.  So, I covered up the error completely.  The balloons were created using the balloon punch~~another favorite punch of mine.  Then adhering the pieces began.  I think the card is cute and good for just about any age. 

Changing the subject, today is Flag Day!  I think we will see more flags than usual.  Have a great day!

Watercolored Flamingo

With  the hot weather we are having, I thought I would post a tropical card.  Once again I used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  This time I stamped the image on watercolor paper using black Versafine ink and then watercolored the image using Melon Mambo ink and an aqua painter.  Since I only used two of the flamingo images (the body outline and the legs), it went much quicker than my earlier flamingo card.  The palm fronds and sea grass are included in the Fabulous Flamingo set and I stamped them in Old Olive ink.  The tropical background paper is from a Close To My Heart pack of paper.  The black piece of cardstock pulls everything together.   Now I just need to decide what sentiment to add in the upper right corner.  Keep cool and have a great day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Swan Lake

On Friday we went to see our beautiful granddaughter's recital at the Schaumburg Prairie Center For The Arts and I am sharing this beautiful photo  of Sydney from that day.  The swans are in the background and that prompted me to create a swan card.  A new set in the new annual catalog, Swan Lake consists of a number of images to color and pretty sentiments.  For this card, I stamped the images using black Memento ink and then colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  The graceful swans at the Schaumburg Village Hall are definitely white.  But, I wanted to add a little color to the image so this swan is light gray.  After coloring the images I used the Oval framelits to die cut the scene.  And in order to get a little something to match the new Tranquil Tide cardstock, I added a little dragon fly and colored it in using Tranquil Tide ink and a blender pen. The Tranquil Tide cardstock was embossed using the Seaside embossing folder.

Sydney danced beautifully in the ballet number.  Her tap and jazz numbers were fun to watch and she did a great job during those dances, too.  (I am just partial to her ballet numbers.)  We are all so proud of her.  Have a great day!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Such Pretty Paper

My very favorite item in the new catalog is the Designer Series Paper Pack Whole Lot of Lovely.  The colors and the patterns really caught my eye.  And now that I have the paper in hand, I wish I would have purchased the coordinating stamp set!  Since I did not have that set, I used the Wood Words set and the little tag from the wood crate framelit set.  The Tangerine Tango cardstock was a little too bright for the tag~~at least for me~~so I used a scrap of the retired Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  I also used retired black checked ribbon to tie the tag.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!  

Thursday, June 8, 2017


I received my new catalog order on Tuesday evening and after thinking about which item I should use first, the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set won out~~no surprise!  The flamingo actually uses 4 stamps for various layers and I did have to practice on quite a few flamingos!  I used Black and Flirty Flamingo inks for the flamingo on today's card.  After stamping the water, I added blue using an aqua painter and Marina Mist ink.  The word "thanks" is part of the stamp set; "many" is from another set.  The Flirty Flamingo twine is also new in the annual catalog.  There will be more flamingo cards in the future!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Pretty Thank You

Today's card was created using an old Sale-a-bration set, What I Love.  The set actually includes the three-step flower, but I only used two of the steps.  The outline of the flower was stamped using Dapper Denim and for the layer of color in the flower I again used Dapper Denim ink, stamping off once.  For the background, I stamped off twice to create the powder blue image.  The sentiment is also from the What I Love stamp set, stamped in black.  I fussy cut the flower and adhered it using dimensionals on top of some silver twine.  The card needed a little more something~~sequins!  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Number of Years Flowers

Since I had the Number of Years stamp set on my counter and the new Bermuda Bay ribbon, I decided to make a card using both.  I stamped the flowers and then used a Stitched Square framelit to die cut it, layering it on a Bermuda Bay piece of cardstock.  I stamped the leaves in Olive Green and then the flowers in Bermuda Bay.  The stamp set being photopolymer made it easy to stamp the flowers in the proper places.  I wanted to keep the stitched look on the white pieces of cardstock, so I used a die from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle set for the larger white piece of cardstock.  I wrapped that in the pretty Bermuda Bay ribbon after stamping the sentiment.  The centers of the flowers were colored in using a Zig orange glitter pen. Retired Old Olive adhesive dots complete the card.  Have a great day!

Monday, June 5, 2017

50 Years

Over the weekend we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our dear friends, Mickey and Lenora.  The Flirty Flamingo card is so pretty.  I made this card for Matt to give to them.  I used the Large Number framelits for the "50" and the coordinating stamp set, Number of Years, for the flowers and sentiment.  Pretty little rhinestones added a little bling. 

The card we gave Mickey and Lenora was created using a 5-1/2" square card base.  I layered the card using Ivory and White cardstock, one layer embossed and one layer die cut.  I used the Large Number framelits again and finished off the card with a pretty white ribbon.  We had a great time celebrating with them at their anniversary party.  Have a great day!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Navy Just A Note

Lately I keep going back to the daisy punch and Daisy Delight paper.  Today's color combination is one I like~~Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy.  I tried something a little different with the punched daisy today.  I shaded the white petals using a gray colored pencil and two yellow/orange pencils for the center.  The daisy in the Daisy Delight stamp set would add an outline to the daisy, but the colored pencil looks a little more muted.  Next time I do this, I will use the colored pencil for the petals, but I will use the stamps for the center of the flower.   I stamped the sentiment with white craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I was hoping it would be more prominent against the navy.  Next time, I will use white embossing powder.  The scallop edge and the little yellow embellishments are retired.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Life Is A Beautiful Thing

Berry Burst is such a pretty color.  On this card I used a white card base and the white is nice and crisp against the Berry Burst.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The flowers were stamped using the retired Special Reason stamp set and die cut using the Stylish Stems thinlets.  I can't forget to mention the pretty, new Berry Burst ribbon.  Everything is Stampin' Up with the exception of the Couture Creations embossing folder used for the Berry Burst layer.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Butterfly Sympathy

Today's card is very pretty as that butterfly is so delicate.  The cutout die is the Vivienne Butterfly from Memory Box and the solid die is the Darla Butterfly also by Memory Box.  The pattern paper is retired Stampin' Up paper and the corners were made pretty using the long ago retired Scallop Corner punch.  I have decided that I need to once again start using some of my 12 x 12 paper.  (The collection grows and sits on my shelf!)   The butterflies were cut out of long ago purchased Bazzil cardstock as was the cardstock that the sentiment was stamped on.  I used my Misti when stamping the sentiment as I knew it would have to be stamped a few times to cover the texture of the cardstock.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A New Nest For Mom

My mother-in-law moved into an assisted living community recently.  She is 95 years old and this is a big change for her as she has been in her own house all these years.  I am sure it is not yet home, so I decided to refer to her new place as her new "nest".    She has her own apartment with her own furniture and decorations.  From photos it looks very nice.  This card was created using Sunny Studio's A Bird's Life.  It is hard to see, but the card base is the new Berry Burst.  It is the one In Color that called my name.  Now that I have seen all the colors in person, it still is my favorite and I will be ordering Tranquil Tide (and a few other things) come June 1st!  Have a great day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tiny Little Favors

I am ending the week with cute, little favors.  I used paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP.  This little favor uses a piece of paper measuring 3" x 4-1/4".  Inside is a Hershey kiss.  Both of the favors were closed with a staple/  On the pretty print one, I just wrapped a piece of Calypso Coral twine and tied a bow to cover the staple.  For the Tranquil Tide favor, I added a little banner and stapled it closed.  After stamping the sentiment on white cardstock, I used a circle punch, brushed the edge of the circle with ink and adhered it to the banner, covering the staple.  This is a little favor, but it is darn cute!  Have a great Memorial Day weekend.  Stay safe and enjoy!