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December 31, 2012
Yes, it's been a long, long time since I posted. The holidays will do that to 'ya!
So, one more card before this year ends. This is a pretty close copy of a card I saw
on Pinterest. It's made with the set, Reason To Smile, background script from French
Foliage, using one of my favorite techniques, Emboss Resist. First I stamped the script
in Soft Suede, also the sentiment, then stamped the flower with VersaMark and clear
embossed. Followed by sponging with Certainly Celery all over the design area, followed by
sponging with Old Olive just around the flower. Wipe the embossed area with a tissue to remove
any stray ink, add a little bow, and Voila!
October 25, 2012
Here's another card that uses my current favorite of Mo Manning's digis, Tall Cake.
October 12, 2012
I surprised myself again today, when I realized I'd never posted this card. It's another of Mo Manning's
wonderful digital designs, "Skating."
October 4, 2012
I can't believe I never posted this card, which I made for Cathy's birthday in January, 2011! Oh, well,
better late than never, I guess. This is "Kissy," another adorable digital image from
Mo Manning. I decorated the card with some bobbin lace, made by me, and colored the image with Copic markers.
The inside says, "Take a Bow."
October 2, 2012
If you've been reading my blog, you know that I am a big fan of the drawings of
Mo Manning. And I love, love, love my Copic markers. This is a new image from Mo called "Tall
Cake." I used a fancy fold that was shown on Lee Ann Greff's blog today.
October 1, 2012
I've decided to start sending cards to our servicemen and women through an organization
called "Operation Write Home." Our troops are stationed in parts of the world
where there's not a card shop on every corner. So the idea is that we make cards and
contribute them, others package them up and send them overseas. Then the servicemen and women
use the cards to send home to their loved ones for birthdays, holidays, or just thinking of you.
This is the first card I've made for them, a simple one-layer thank you note, using one
of my very favorite sets, "French Foliage."
September 29, 2012
I couldn't let this month slip by without posting a card. It's been a busy month,
I guess, although I can't remember what happened that made it so! Anyway, I saw a beautiful
card on Splitcoast, and I wanted to try to duplicate it. True confessions: some of the
prettiest cards I make are copies of cards that other, more creative people have produced. My
inspiration was this beautiful card from Heather Telford.
I thought I had a good mental picture of her card, and produced this:
I did all the sponging with blue inks, but then I realized I had too much space and had to
stamp the tree and birds twice. And I had too little space at the bottom for the greeting! So
I went back to Heather's blog and, Oh! Her card is vertical! This revelation led me to make
this card, which I like much better:
August 26, 2012
I love the new set, Serene Silhouettes, but hate when I need to make
a symathy card. Inspired by a Splitcoast sketch for the layout.
August 21, 2012
Yesterday's challenge on Splitcoast was to make a card that used no stamps, computer-generated
sentiments or digital images. I made this card without the sentiment, photographed it, posted
the picture on Splitcoast, then cheated and put the stamped sentiment on the front! This style
of card is my current favorite with lots of die cutting and dry embossing. I am still loving
the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die and Memory Box Primula Blossom dies.
August 20, 2012
I seem to be in a copying mode these days, but I have had this stamp set, Sweet Summer,
for a long time, and have used it only once. I saw a card on Wendy Janson's blog, and decided
to try to duplicate it. I'm still not that great with Copic markers, and I didn't get the spacing
quite right on my card, so there wasn't room for a greeting, but I plan to make the
design again and try to get it right. I really like this stamp set and the bright colors.
August 18, 2012
Each Saturday, Splitcoast has an inspiration challenge. They post a website where there
are pretty things for sale. The idea is that you go to the site, pick something that
inspires you, and make a card. Here's the beautiful scarf I picked as my inspiration, and the
card I made.
August 10, 2012
Two cards today! The first is an almost exact copy of a card I saw on Splitcoast. The stamp
set is retired, "Artfully Asian," one of my favorite oldies. Stamped in Memento Tuxedo
Black ink and colored with Copic markers.
Next, a card inspired by the blog of Andrea Walford. I used the retired Curly Label die
and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.
July 31, 2012
I made this card a few weeks ago, but had to wait until my friend, Ellen,
received it for her birthday before I could post it here. It's made with that
wonderful Memory Box Primula Blooms die and some punches, plus the Memory Box
Piestra Tile die, using some very bright colors!
July 23, 2012
Everything old is new again, and it's a good thing. This is evidently an old
technique, but it's new to me. Becky Roberts featured a card on her blog that uses
this technique, and pointed to the directions on
blog. It's called "Triple Time Stamping." I didn't have ribbon that was the right color, so I took some
white taffeta ribbon and colored it with a Copic Marker!
July 11, 2012
This is a shameless copy of a beautiful card I saw on Splitcoast. I changed a few
things, different patterned paper, different flower punch, slightly different greeting. I
like the way the Savannah border die is used here. I started with a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece
of white cardstock, placed the die and cut. Then I cut another border out of Old Olive
cardstock. I made a standard A2 card base from Gina K. heavy cardstock, and adhered
a 2" wide piece of patterned paper. Then I adhered the precut white layer, and finally
I applied glue to the back of the border, using a glue pen, and laid it in the cutout area
right next to the white layer. Add a a few flowers with pearl centers, a ribbon and a sentiment, and it's done!
July 10, 2012
This card was inspired by a sketch on the MojoMonday blog. The idea with sketch challenges is
to use the sketch to inspire you. An exact duplication is not required. You can see
I did make a few minor changes, but I stayed pretty true to the main features of the sketch. The
flower is from one of my very favorite sets, Bloomin Beautiful. I used Watercolor Wonder Crayons
and a VersaMark pen and clear embossing powder to give the flower a shiny surface.
July 7, 2012
Friends of ours are getting married next month. They're both into Harleys in a big
way, so it was fitting that their wedding card should have a Harley on it. The bride
and groom are another wonderful digi from Mo Manning. It's hard to see, but the back fender
says "Just Married." Thanks to Laura for the loan of
her motorcycle stamp, and to Cathy for cutting out the bride and groom with her amazing
July 3, 2012
I got a new die a couple of days ago, Primula Blooms from Memory Box. I am absolutely in love
with this die because it makes adorable little 3-D flowers that are small/flat enough to mail easily.
This card was made for a Splitcoast challenge, to use Navy Blue, Old Olive and White. I also used a Nestabilities
Fleur-de-Lis rectangle and the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die, as well as a Martha Stewart punch.
June 24, 2012
This card is for my friend, Judy, to congratulate her on her retirement. I think I'm more
excited about it than she is! The stamp sets are Vintage Vogue and Well Scripted, both of which are
retired. So is the beautiful Bermuda Bay color. I thought it was fitting to use a lot of retired
supplies for a retirement card!
June 17, 2012
This card is for a Virtual Stamping Night challenge, to use weaving in your card. I've never tried
this technique, so it was quite an adventure trying to get everything stuck down. I should have stock
in Sticky Strip! But I'm pretty satisfied with the card.
June 14, 2012
I'm still making cards for tomorrow's Virtual Stamping Night. This challenge was to look at a card in
your gallery and remake it. I chose the card I posted last April 23, Sprout. I decided to remake it with the same
layout, just different colors and different patterned paper. However, after I colored the image, I realized
I had printed this one out larger than the original, and it was too big for my oval Nestabilities. Hence
a completely new layout. I like both! The inside says, ". . . on your birthday and all year, too!"
June 12, 2012
Here's another card for this weekend's SCS Virtual Stamping Night, Journeys. I bought the Seattle Skyline stamp
many years ago on a visit to Seattle. Since then, of course, we moved here, but the card evokes memories
of our early visits. I couldn't resist adding the little bird with her umbrella, since it really
does rain here A LOT! I truly don't mind the rain, since you can stamp no matter what the weather outside!
June 9, 2012
Yesterday was our 49th wedding anniversary. Here's the card I made for Jim. The technique is
called "Emboss Resist." You start with white cardstock and emboss your design with white
craft ink and white embossing powder. Then stamp whatever background you like, let the ink dry, and
then start sponging different colors all over it. I used a combination of Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, and
Not Quite Navy. There may have been one or two other colors in there, too!
June 6, 2012
Here's the card I made for my husband's birthday last month. The image is another digi from Mo
Manning, Mr. Fixit. The inside says, " to the guy who keeps things humming around here." The paper is from
Stampin' Up! called Well Worn. The shapes were cut with Nestabilities.
I'm going to hostess again for a Virtual Stamping Night on Splitcoast on June 15. This card is one of my samples
for the "Journeys" theme. The stamp is from a retired SU set that I love. I used watercolor paper, Watercolor
Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter for the coloring. After running the Kraft cardstock through a stripe embossing folder,
I sponged all over the surface with Kraft ink to get a weathered look.
May 19, 2012
I love this little no-name bird stamp, which I colored with Prismacolor pencils and the Gamsol technique.
I used my Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Nestabilities for the little rectangle, and the retired "It's Beautiful"
wheel. Those wheels work really well if the ink pad is really juicy! The color is the retired Brocade Blue.
May 11, 2012
Splitcoast Stampers is having a mini challenge each Friday this month. This card is for the challenge to
make a card with an international flair. This is the first card I've ever made that's all black and white,
but I thought the paper had a kind of Paris feel.
May 6, 2012
I made this card for a challenge on Splitcoast. The challenge theme for a few weeks is
journeys; this challenge is "Sentimental Journey," to make a card where the focus is
the sentiment rather than an image.
April 27, 2012
A sympathy card for the son of my friend, Nylene, who died two months after her 99th
birthday. She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by many.
April 24, 2012
Birthday cards for teen and pre-teen boys are so hard. I figure it doesn't matter
all that much, because they're really only interested in the check that's inside, right?
Anyway, this is a card for our great-nephew, Brandon.
April 18, 2012
I joined a little circle of people who send cards to each other. Not sure how often
I'll play along, but this card is going to Arizona! It uses an old set that I love, Blossoms
Abound, and the Cracked Glass technique.
April 17, 2012
I've been wanting to try some of the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches,
and I finally used a coupon from Michael's to buy this set. I think the large size punches
are probably best for scrapbooking, where you need a big sheet. My punched piece started
out as 4" x 4," and as you can see, it just about fills up the front of the card. I used
the Fresh Vintage stamp set and coordinating paper, brad and ribbon for this card.
April 3, 2012
I am pretty darned excited about this next picture. I recently purchased a new
throw pillow for my living room sofa, and it inspired me to make this card, which
is a mixture of five stamp sets! It's actually a wonder that I can keep track of
my stamps, but I had to order the Eiffel Tower set and so this card has been rumbling around
in my head while I waited for the delivery. The sets are: Winter Post, French Foliage, Fresh Vintage,
The Open Sea, and Artistic Etchings.
April 1, 2012
A get-well card for our daughter and son-in-law, who have been sharing a cold. The
image is a digi from Mo Manning.
March 29, 2012
Here is an Easter card I made for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
February 28, 2012
This card was made with the retired set, God's Beauty. I love the bright
colors and the lifelike butterfly.
February 14, 2012
My physical therapist is an avid golfer, and his birthday is coming up, so
I decided on a golf theme for his card. This digi from Mo Manning was a perfect
February 12, 2012
I recently needed a very small gift box, and decided to go all out and make a special
one, using the SU Bitty Box die and the Sizzix 3-D flowers die.
The only kind of card I don't enjoy making is a sympathy card, but sometimes it's just necessary.
This card is for my daughter-in-law's mother, who lost her husband a few days ago.
February 3, 2012
Splitcoast Stampers really came through for me with a tutorial and template to make
this card for DH for Valentine's Day. Since he never, ever looks at my blog, I can post it
here for you to see!
January 13, 2012
This is the card I made for my daughter's birthday, which was yesterday. Lots of punched
and die-cut flowers and leaves!
January 11, 2012
I made only a very few of this card, and only very special people got them. I made
one in red and green, and the rest in this color scheme. They were very well received!
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