Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Today's card is one we received from my friend, Kathy Z.  She used the retired Acorny Thank You stamp set together with the current Leaflets Framelits.  Perfect for Thanksgiving.  Or even to tell someone you are grateful for their kindness or their friendship.  Actually, it is the perfect time for me to tell you that I am grateful for you all~~I have some of the best family and friends anywhere!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Christmas Card

This past Saturday, Paula came over for a little crafting time.  One of the cards Paula created is today's post  Isn't it so 50's/60's and adorable?  Paula copied it from the Occasions Catalog (page 17) and I love it!  I have looked at this set, Christmas In The Making, a few times and thought it was cute.  Now that I saw Paula's card, the set is more than "cute"!  I stamped a few images for future use. I know a special lady who this set really reminds me of, especially the image of the lady in a dress with an apron.  I will be sure to post the card once I make it.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Glass Block Nativity

Yesterday was Cricut Sunday.  For the first time in a long time, we all were busy creating.  And, we were all doing Cricut Explore projects!  Sheryl was the instructor and did a great job teaching us the finer points of making glass blocks.  This block was created by Nancy.  Sheryl cut it out on her Cricut and Nancy did the weeding.  It is very pretty~~prettier in person than this photo shows.  Kathy Z made a glass block with the pumpkin file that I used for the glass block I did a few weeks ago.   It still need lights and embellishments.  When it is done, I am hoping she will send a pic.  Nikki was busy working on a snowman block and a word glass block.  I am hoping she will send photos of her finished projects, too!  Have a great day!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Favors For The Kiddos

I am really making use of My Favorite Things' lip balm dies and pouches.  Making favors are quick and easy.  I used retired Close To My Heart paper for the front and Stampin' Up cardstock for the back.  And this time, I used the perforation strip for the back!  Hopefully the kids will be able to pull the strip open without spilling the M&M's all over the place!

With the holidays upon us, I will not be posting every day.  I have to spend some time making Christmas cards, shopping, etc.  So if a day or two goes by without a post, I have been working on Christmas
things.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Birthday Wishes

I have been looking at Stampin' Up's Happy Birthday Thinlits ever since the Annual Catalog came out in June.  There were other things I liked more.  The other day I was on the Design Studio for the Cricut when I was looking for something similar to the Happy Birthday thinlet.  Nothing was jumping out at me, so I decided to just try "Birthday Wishes" on the Explore.  I sized it the same as Stampin' Up's thinlet.  After putting the card together, I said to myself, "I just saved $20.00!"  That being said, it is much easier to pull out a framelit and run it thru the Big Shot versus starting the computer and the Explore and getting the mat for the paper, etc.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Yesterday Stampin' Up introduced a new tool, the Stamparatus.  I know you have all seen me using my Misti for stamping and many of you have the Misti.  Stampin' Up has their own version now and below is the link to the video which tells all about it:

I have not seen it in person nor read any reviews on it.   The Stamparatus is different from the Misti so I will be very interested in seeing comments, videos and reviews.  This product will be on a preorder basis.  You can order it in mid-November and then it will be shipped in February.  It is big news for Stampin' Up, so had to share it. Here in the United States it will cost $49 plus tax and shipping.  I also got to see the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs that come out in January.  There are some cute things in them both.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Thanksgiving Favors

I had a great weekend!  I started and completed my adult Thanksgiving favors (13).  I used the Prima Amber Moon Paper Collection.  I ordered the paper a couple of weeks ago because I thought it was so pretty.  Little did I know then I would be using it for Thanksgiving favors~~rather than hoarding it because it is so pretty.  Cherie's favors that I posted the other day were my inspiration.  Speaking of Cherie, she came over for a couple of hours and we had a non-productive time, but it was time well spent sharing, catching up and enjoying friendship.  The friends I have gained because of my Cricut and paper crafting are treasures to me.

On Sunday, Matt took me to the Pet Show here at the Kane County Fairgrounds.  At the Pet Show, Matthew volunteered at the Hoof Woof Meow Rescue Booth and Jenny and Sydney volunteered at the NWI Chinchilla Booth.  Sydney also participated in a service dog presentation.  While I was walking around the Pet Show, I was just beyond words as I watched how giving and kind my children are and that at 13 years old, Sydney is right there with them.  I am so proud of my family that sometimes I burst with pride and yesterday was one of those times.  Have a great week!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I don't usually post on the weekends but today is one of those days that I can't just let go by without acknowledging all of those men and women who have served and serve today to protect all of us.  Although old and fading, today I am posting a photo of my Dad when he had just entered the Navy (sailor on the left).  He was a young teenage boy at the time.  And the second photo of my Dad a few years later.  He served on the USS Iowa when Japan was bombed and then on President Truman's yacht, the USS Williamsburg. He was very proud of his service to our Country and I am proud of him.  And so today I say, "Thank You" to all of our service men and women who have served/serve and protected/protect all of us. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pretty Fall Favor

Thanks to my friend, Cherie, I found my Thanksgiving favor!  Isn't it  pretty?  Cherie used the Envelope Punch Board (which I have not used in forever) to make the packaging.  Inside is a Ghirardelli Chocolate Square.  The paper is perfect for Thanksgiving as are the twine, ribbon and raffia foil.  I will be adding a tag to each one and use them as place setting cards, too.  Thank you, Cherie for this great idea.  Have a great weekend and keep warm!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

In The Meadow

When John and I were out on Sunday, we saw a few deer in the open areas around our house.  They looked so pretty just grazing peacefully.  When it came time to make a card, I used the retired In The Meadow stamp set.  After stamping with Chocolate Chip ink, I used colored pencils to color the images and to add some colorful Fall leaves on the trees.  The sentiment is from Special Celebrations in the Annual catalog.  I used a pattern paper from the Wood Textures DSP stack for the background layer.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Autumn Thinking of You

The sentiment used on today's card is from the Count My Blessings stamp set as are the leaves and acorn images. I really like the font and size of this sentiment.  The images were colored using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  Since this set did not come with coordinating dies, my first stamped and colored image was fussy cut.  Well let me tell you, the fussy cut job was so bad, that it went right into the trash!  I stamped it again directly on the white cardstock.  Since I still needed something towards the lower left corner, I colored in a leaf and an acorn and carefully cut them out. The copper thread is perfect under the stitched oval.   I debated adding a few sequins and then decided sequins were not needed.  It looks good the way it is.  Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas Favor

As I've mentioned before, I have been playing with my Cricut Explore again.  Over the weekend, I wanted to be able to make a holder for the lip balms.  I do have the framelits from My Favorite Things Stamps, but I thought that if I needed to make a large number of these favors, it would be nice to let the Cricut cut them all out.  I was hoping that I could scan in the Scallop Tag Topper punch from Stampin' Up. I was not successful.  So, I used a tag that was in the Cricut Design Studio, added the opening for the pouch and it worked perfectly.  Today's photo is my test favor using the Cricut to make the holder and it turned out good.  I am still trying to figure out how to scan a Scallop Tag Topper but I at least I have a favor that the Cricut can cut, if needed.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sheltering Tree

I have not used the Sheltering Tree stamp set for a while.  My friend, Kathy, was here over the weekend and she was using it to make her Thanksgiving cards.  It was the incentive for me to make a card using Sheltering Tree.  Since I have the perfect view of the maple trees in our front yard (beautiful crimson leaves), it was my inspiration.  I decided the leaves would be Cherry Cobbler stamped off once and then stamped directly the second time.  The tree trunk was stamped with Soft Suede as was the sentiment.   Have a great day!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Count My Blessings

Back to thinking about Autumn cards.  For today's card I used the Count My Blessings stamp set in the Holiday catalog.  Since I did not purchase any Fall Designer Series Paper, I made my own background by stamping an image around the edges using brown Memento ink.  I then colored the leaves using two Spectrum Noir markers.  After stamping the sentiment I die cut it using a Square Stitched framelit.  The next size stitched framelit was a little too big, so I just layered the sentiment on Cajun Craze cardstock, leaving a small border.  When stamping the image, I knew I was going to add twine, so I left a small portion of the edge not stamped.  Some pretty sequins filled in a little of the white space.  After adhering the layers to the card base, I was wishing I had used some Copper ribbon or copper metallic thread.  Oh well, next time!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pink & Black Birthday

I like the Merry Little Christmas DSP collection in the Holiday catalog, but I have not yet used it for a Christmas card!  Pink Pirouette and Black is a favorite color combination of mine.  After stamping the sentiment on white cardstock, I die cut it using a Stitched Oval framelit and then die cut a larger black stitched oval on which to layer it.  The black and white plaid paper is wrapped with retired Pink Pirouette ribbon and embellished with a matching bow  The sentiment is adhered using dimensionals and the  little Pink Pirouette adhesive stars complete the card.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hello Friend

After all the Halloween cards and favors and the cards by my talented friends, I was at a loss as to what to make.  So I looked at Pinterest and got quite a few ideas.  I don't have an orange/yellow ombre ink pad so I sponged Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango on white cardstock.  I then used the hello die from the Hello You thinlets and centered the die over the center of the sponged area.  The flowers and leaves are from the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating dies.  I had a little oops so out came the sequins--lol!  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Isn't this Halloween card so cute?  Kathy Z sent this to me and John and I wanted to share.  I also want to share the favor Kathy Z made for the teachers at her daughter's school.  Kathy made a total of 80~~yes~~80 favors!  I think abut 70 went to her daughter's school.  The others went to her grandchildren's teachers.  At any rate, they are  "spooky cute" and I am sure will be admired by all who receive them.  Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pretty Leaves

My friend, Nancy, created today's pretty Fall card.  I love the colors she used.   I can look out my windows and see colors that are very similar to this card.  Nancy used the leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and from the Seasonal Layers thinlet set.  She brings it all together by using Crushed Curry cardstock and the Crushed Curry DSP from the Color Theory DSP Stack with touches of orange.  So very pretty!  Have a great day!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lip Balm Favors

Aren't these so cute?  The lip balm framelits and pouches are from My Favorite Things.  I used Stampin' Up's Scallop Tag punch for the holders/bases. The pink and green favor was my first one.  I wrapped the ChapStick in paper that coordinated with the tag.  The Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ribbon together with the bright pink pattern paper and Melon Mambo twine make for a happy favor.  Then I moved on to making the Halloween favor.  The sentiment is from the retired Good Greetings stamp set and the DSP is from last year.  I added a decorative edge to the bottom of the favor and then added the ribbons and sequins.  And that is when I realized that I didn't put the little frame around the lip balm as is on the pink one!  Won't these be cute for a Christmas favor or as a little gift for your co-workers and/or friends?  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Witch Hat Shaker

This card was created using the Queen & Co. Halloween Hoopla shaker kit.   Everything on this card, with the exception of the bats, is included in the kit~~including the pattern papers and a stamp set.  The card is straight from a card I copied on Pinterest.  I don't usually buy kits, but after seeing Queen & Co.'s kits my enabler friends purchased, this Halloween kit called my name!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cute Little Witch

This is the Halloween card I made for my favorite girl, Sydney!  I used the Sizzix Side-step framelit for the card base.  The little witch from My Favorite Things' Which Way Is The Candy stamp set by Birdie Brown is so darn cute!  So are the bat, cat and moon cute and from the same stamp set.  The sentiment next to the cat is from a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  The color combination of lime green, black and purple just screams Halloween even without the color orange.  This card was colored using Copic markers.  It was a very fun card to create.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5x7 Wedding Card

Today's card was created by my friend, Kathy Z.  This is the card Kathy made for Nick and Nikki. It is gorgeous and something you don't usually see here~~a 5x7 card!  Kathy used embossing folders, both white and gold cardstock, pearls and the bride and groom stamp.  Kathy even made the coordinating envelope! Beautiful!  Have a great day! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Wedding Card

Yesterday we celebrated Nikki's very recent wedding during Cricut.  Today's card is the one I made for Nick & Nikki.  I used print paper for letters, die cut the letters using the Large Letters framelits, and popped up on letters die cut from craft foam.  Being gray and white, I just can't capture the colors very well.  This is one of those "the card is prettier in person" cards!  Nick & Nikki  received some very pretty cards yesterday.  Have a great day!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall Thank You

The pattern paper on today's card is gorgeous.  It is from Prima's Amber Moon collection.  I ordered a couple of the patterns and one is prettier than the other.  The pattern I used today has touches of copper foil in it so Stampin' Up's copper ribbon makes for a perfect embellishment.  Between now and Thanksgiving you will be seeing a few cards I create with Prima's Amber Moon Collection.   Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Merry Little Christmas DSP

Today's card ended up being totally different from what I first thought it would be!  The black and white pattern paper is in the Holiday Occasions catalog (Merry Little Christmas DSP) and originally I was going to use Old Olive patterns from that collection.  As you can see, there is not one bit of Olive Green.  Nothing I was trying was coming together.  In the end though, I think the black and white DSP looks pretty good when combined with the red background, balloon and stars.  The card has a masculine touch to it and masculine cards aren't that plentiful in my stash.  So even though this card was not what I had in mind, it looks good.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pool Party Thank You

Last night I was watching television and remembered that I did not have a card for today.  You see, I was going thru all of my stuff in my scrapbook storage area for the better part of the afternoon deciding what I should just let go.  You know how that goes!  I spent more time admiring craft things that were in my storage space than I spent actually cleaning, but I am making progress.  When my program ended, I ran downstairs and created today's card.  I am using retired scrap paper and a leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets set.  I have been using so many oranges and Fall colors, I changed things up and used the color combination of Pool Party and Soft Suede.  Not so bad for a last minute card!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

First Glass Block

Last week I posted a glass block that Sheryl made and in that post I mentioned I had purchased a glass block a couple of years and never did anything with it.  Sheryl came over the next day and told me to find my glass block and she would teach me how to use my Cricut Explore and vinyl to create the pumpkin. Yesterday I was at Hobby Lobby to get the lights and some black ribbon to decorate the block.  I added the "Happy Fall" to fill up a little blank space (I placed the pumpkin a little to low.), inserted the lights and tulle and added the ribbon, embellishments and bow.  Photo on left is with lights off; photo on right with lights on.   I think it looks really pretty and now I have to decided what I will make with the extra blocks I purchased yesterday!  Thank you Sheryl for the private lesson on using vinyl with my Explore to create something pretty!  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Little Cauldron

When we went to the Scrapbook Expo a couple of months ago, I was introduced to Queen & Co.  They have some really cute shaker card kits.  I didn't purchase any~~even after my enabler friends showed me the cute kits they purchased.  And then I saw the Halloween Hoopla set Queen and Co. recently released and I bought it.  The set includes a stamp set, dies, embellishments (known as toppings), shaker forms and more.  I saw some really cute Halloween cards on the Internet created with this set so I ordered the it.  Today's card was my practice card.  Everything on today's card is included in the set with the exception of the cardstock and the stars.  The set includes a paper pad of fun prints, pumpkins, witch hats, candy corn and the cauldron~~enough to create 12 cards.  I made a couple others and will post those after they are mailed and received.  Have a great day!.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cat Eclipse

I am still playing around with the eclipse technique, but this time it is with an image instead of a word.  This card is actually copied off of a card on Pinterest.  The flower from Wood Words was stamped in Night of Navy ink on whisper white cardstock.  Then the cat was punched.  After adhering the white layer on to the Night of Navy layer, the Navy checked ribbon was tied around the card and the sentiment stamped.  Now is when I wished I had purchased the Spooky Cat stamp set so that I did not have to try and add a little face to the cat.  I could have just stamped it!  Again, popped up the punched cat with dimensionals so a bit of the Navy underneath would show.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Little Sunshine

It has been so dreary the last couple of days, that I decided to make a sunshine card.  The word "sunshine" is from Stampin' Up's Sunshine Wishes Thinlets; the "sending & hugs" from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  WPlus9's Sunshine Layers die set includes the cute little two piece sun die.   Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango is a color combination that completes the cheerfulness this card will bring someone.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Glass Block

My friend, Sheryl, is quite proficient with her Cricut Explore.  While I make cards, Sheryl creates many home décor items.  Her latest is this glass block pumpkin.  (The only things I ever made with vinyl and my Cricut were ornaments with vinyl names on them.)  When Sheryl shared this pretty pumpkin glass block, I had to share with you.  After cutting the pumpkin using Oracal vinyl, Sheryl then had the patience to weed out all of the unnecessary pieces.  After successfully adhering the pumpkin to the glass block, she added lights to the inside of the block and tied it up with pretty ribbon.  I purchased a glass block a couple of years ago and that is as far as I got with making a home décor glass block! Maybe one day.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Little Halloween Crate

Quick and easy to make, this little crate can be filled with a variety of Halloween treats.  After die cutting the crate and putting it together, it was time to decorate.  Couldn't be easier to decorate than this: punch the cat; cut the pumpkin (Spooky Nights DSP); and adhere to crate!  Filled cellophane bags with mellowcreme pumpkins and tied the bag with orange, black and purple ribbon.  Cute little favors!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sympathy Jar of Love

Over the weekend  I was playing with the Jar of Love stamp set.  While just playing, I made today's pretty card.  I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock and ink and Garden Green ink, stamped off once.  After stamping the leaves,  I die cut the oval (retired).  After adhering the flowers, I then adhered the layer to a Rich Razzleberry oval.  The white background layer was embossed using the new Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.  Once again, for my purposes, I did not need to dampen the cardstock first.  The embossing is just deep enough without the water.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, one of the sets that will be kept for a long, long time.  Have a great day!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Basket For Fall

Today's card was created after watching a video by Bobbie of The Paper Jungle.  The basket is from Stampin' Up's Basket of Wishes stamp set.  The foliage and flowers were created using images from Jar of Love.  I colored the basket with two Spectrum Noir markers.  I liked the idea of combining the two stamp set to make this pretty Fall card.  There is space left for embellishments or a sentiment.

Speaking of markers, Stampin' Up is re-introducing alcohol markers.  In the beginning they will be available to demonstrators only.  After a while, they will be available to all.  Since I have both Copics and Spectrum Noirs, I am taking a pass on SU's new markers.  But when demonstrators start giving  their reviews, I will pass the information on.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Little Fall Favors

While at Walmart the other day, I saw these cute Hershey Caramel Apple candies.  I purchased a bag, not sure what I was going to do with them.  But then I decided to use Stampin' Up's 2x8 cellophane bags to make a favor that would show the little apple shape and the gold leaves imprinted on the apple's foil.  I wrote "Happy Fall" using the Cricut and then die cut little tags using the Wood Crate framelits.  After sponging the edges, the tags were tied on using the red ribbon.  Now is when I wish I had some burlap ribbon!  That would be really perfect for a Fall favor.  I cut the bags down since I was only putting two candies in each cello bag.  I have been using quite a bit of brown and orange the last couple of weeks, so it was fun to use red for a change.  The chocolates inside are shaped like little apples~~very cute!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cricut Thanksgiving Cards

The Cricut keeps calling my name.  I see an image someone used for a sign or a card and I have to try cutting that image or saying.  Yesterday I was browsing through the Fall/Thanksgiving images that are available in the Cricut Design Software and those on today's cards caught my eye.   The "H" is a little lower than the rest of happy, but if I tried to fix it, I would mess up the whole card.  So, I will have to send this to someone who most probably will not notice~~I hope!  The second card took very little time to create and it is a pretty Thanksgiving card.  I can't believe that I haven't finished my Halloween cards and I am making Thanksgiving cards!  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two More!

In my post last week, I mentioned that I would be making a couple more cards using the Stylish Stems framelits and here they are. The black and white card needs no explanation~~die cut the daisy and adhere the negative space on the white card stock.  The sentiment can be anything you want it to be, but birthday cards are always needed.  The yellow card took a little more work.  After die cutting the flower, I placed the negative space against the white cardstock and then placed the petals and leaves back into the negative spaces adhering each piece.  When I carefully removed the negative space, the petals and leaves stayed on the white cardstock for a perfect daisy.   Have a great day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Happy birthday, Matthew!  A few weeks ago, our son drove to Bowling Green, Kentucky to meet a dog rescue transport from Georgia. The dogs were from a shelter in Georgia that was in the path of Hurricane Irma in Florida.  If a number of rescue groups had not taken the dogs, these dogs would have been euthanized.  Matt had seven dogs which he (with Pat, also from HWMR) then drove from Bowling Green to the Hoof Woof Meow Rescue in Gilberts, IL.   Thanks to his volunteer drive, I have a new grandpuppy~~Irma.  She is the prettiest girl and very loving.  Sydney drew the charcoal and colored pencil drawing of Irma for Matt's birthday present.  Sydney is so talented and needless to say, I am a very proud Grandma~~of both Sydney and Irma!!  Have a great day!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stylish Stems

Today's cards were fun to create. Using the Stylish Stems framelits, I die cut the flower first on a piece of white cardstock and then die cut the stem and leaves.  (The first time I die cut the white cardstock, I cut both the stem and the flower at the same time.  That left too much space between the stem and flower.)  I die cut the stem/leaves using green cardstock.  After adhering the white top layer to the flower color cardstock layer, I inserted the green stem and leaves into the negative space.  I also cut the flower in another color, just to have the center of the flower a different color.  The sentiment is from the  Special Celebrations stamp set.  Over the weekend, I will make a few more cards using the same die as a set for gift-giving.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Halloween Cat & Jack-o-lanterns

Today's adorable Halloween card was created by my friend, Paula.  Needless to say, that little cat is the focal point of the card and she really stands out against the textured wood background.  Paula fussy cut all of the jack-o-lanterns.  The Spooky Night DSP was used for the cat, jack-o-lanterns and the word paper on the lower portion of the card.  I do enjoy creating Halloween cards and admiring and copying the cards created by others.  I have said it before, "I hang out with some very creative ladies!"  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!