Monday, October 16, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 3

Hi everybody! I'm slowly but surely coming back with more homework. Today's card is for Day 3, and I followed a video by Gina from Gina K Designs.

The idea for today's homework is to use stamps that aren't particularly made for the holidays. I used a few from a Gina K Design's Stamp TV Kit called The Simple Things, including the dot, the bud and the flower. All were heat embossed in gold, as well as the sentiment from Gina's Holly Jolly set. All were layered on black. I added a ribbon, also from Gina, for the final touch (with help from Snuggles).

Like I said, I created this while following Gina's video, so it's really a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) and not an original by me. Of course, I'd LOVE to take the credit but that's not fair.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ as soon as I get Day 4 done!

Friday, October 13, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 2

Hi everybody! I'm back with homework from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Merry Making. I followed a video by Jennifer McGuire to create this card. It's fairly simple yet appealing to the eye. That's my kind of card!

Lines were drawn every 1/4th inch across the bottom using my scoreboard by Martha Stewart.The stamp set I used is called Poinsettias by Inspired By Stamping. I've had it forever and got it when I won a gift certificate for their products. It was hard to choose which products I wanted, and I remember adding a good bit to this order. I've used this stamp set every Christmas since, so I'm very glad I got it.

The ink is from Gina K Designs, the cardstock from Stampin Up! I also used my Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter on the poinsettia center and also for the veins in the leaves. That's not visible in this photograph, unfortunately.

The ribbon had to be tied a few times -- Snuggles got a hold of it and kept untying the bow faster than I could re-tie it. I finally took the original off and started over again. Frustration! (I know it sounds like Snuggles is always a frustration, but I do really, truly love her...especially when she's sleeping!)

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Monday, October 9, 2017

OCC Merry Maker Day 1

Hello everybody! I'm here today with homework from Online Card Classes Merry Maker's first day. This will be a holiday class where we will make a variety of cards for the upcoming holiday season. YAY! They didn't offer this class last year, and I was so disappointed! This is where I get my ideas for the year's cards I send out.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to blend the colors for the background. Then I heat embossed the snowflakes in white. (All the snowflakes are from various stamp kits I've collected over the years.) The large "JOY" was from a stamp & die kit from Simon Says Stamps. I heat embossed that in silver and then die cut it. The rest of the sentiment was also heat embossed in silver.

Kristina Werner showed us how to do the "bokah" technique, and I like it. I've always thought that would be hard, but it wasn't. All I had to do was draw white circles with a paintbrush and water and then dab the excess off so the ink would lift. This works particularly well with Distress Oxide Inks. You'd think that wasn't challenging, but it was. Snuggles kept drinking the water!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stitched Leaves

Hello everybody! I'm back already with a card I'm entering in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV. We're asked to use vellum on our creation, so I added that's where I put the sentiment.

I've had a few difficult days waiting on test results (thyroid), and my friends have been very supportive. This card will go to one of them who really reached out to me and kept my spirits up right until my last doctor's appointment (where I was told we're going to "watch it" for another 6 months -- UGH!) Anyway, I need to make several of these!

I created the background using the two-step stamps in the Stitched Leaves set by Gina K Designs and then added the piece of vellum on top with the sentiment. The stamps came in a mini kit, complete with adhesive, stamps, dies and cardstock. Can't beat it! I die cut the word out several times and layered it before adhering. The die came separately, btw. The phrase was heat embossed in VersaFine Black ink.

In case you were wondering, yes, Snuggles helped! She grabbed my trimmings and chased them around the table while I was trying to heat emboss. That was FUN...right!

Thank you for stopping by again today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Bats & Webs

Hey everybody! How's your day coming along? It's nearly the weekend, YAY!

I'm still trying to get Halloween cards done. Only a couple left, except my neighbor has now ordered several of the card with the shoes that you saw in my previous post. Time is ticking...

I love the sentiment on this card! Over the past several years, I have made friends with quite a few crafting folks through the Internet. We share our cards and send them to each other when someone is down, sick or celebrating an occasion. Amazing friendships!

This card is especially appropriate for friends like that. I couldn't resist purchasing the stamp set called Bats by Gerda Steiner Designs once I saw the sentiment. The cat on the inside is from Gina K Designs' Boo stamping set. The rectangle die with the dots cut out is from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life. I created the background myself using other stamps from the Gerda Steiner stamps.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ another post is right around the corner!

Friday, September 29, 2017


Hello good friends! How are you doing? It's the weekend! YAY!

I'm trying to get my Halloween cards done. To get in the spirit, my friend, Kevin, helped me put together a new banner for this blog. I picked out the images I liked, and Kevin put them together. In addition, I changed the background color to purple. Do you like it? Snuggles is even in there!

This card was created using Dare 2B Artsy's Good Witch Shoes stamp set. I also have the dies that go with it but didn't need them for the card. The background paper is from Gina K Designs.

I'm sending this card to my sister since she loves shoes and has a great sense of humor. During Halloween, I usually only make 4 cards -- one for my brother, sister and two sons. Halloween isn't a big holiday for me, but I can at least make a few to go with the theme.

Hope you're having a good weekend so far. Our weather is beginning to change here, with temps moving from the 80s and 90s to the 70s. Not exactly sweater weather, but close!

I appreciate you stopping by today. Your comments and visits mean the world to me, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Hi everybody! How's your weekend coming along? I am happy to post again. It's been too long!

For this card, I used a stamp from Gina K called Wicked. It's full of fun Halloween stamps, and I could hardly wait to use it.

On the front I glued a paper spider web I purchased from Stampin Up! (No Longer Available) They are very delicate and not easy to glue, but I had some Ranger Multi Medium Matte that came with a brush, so I just brushed it on and it worked! The circle dies came from Gina K Designs as did the patterned paper. The twine is from my stash, but I believe I purchased it from my local Hobby Lobby store.

This was a fun card to create. I am including it in Stamp TV's Mix It Up Monday Challenge where we're supposed to include twine.

Time to sign off -- Snuggles is having a rambunctious day and it's very hard for me to get anything accomplished here. If she catches on that I'm on the computer, she'll jump on the keyboard and add a few words herself! Help me! I'm too old for this. ❤

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Foiled Birthday

Hi everybody! How's your crafting coming along?

Stamp TV has a Mix It Up Monday Birthday Challenge going on that I decided to join. We were to pick from a numbered list of cardmaking techniques the date of our birth DAY (15th) and follow that for the design of our card. Mine turned out to be (1) One Layered Card, and (5) Foiling. Other options corresponding with numbers include stitching, die cuts, markers, etc. It's a fun challenge, and one easy enough for me to participate in.

I took a Tim Holtz stencil called Rays and put Transfer Gel Paste over it. Once removed from the stencil, I took my designed cardstock and let it dry a day. Then, I ran it through my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine with a piece of Deco Foil's Amber Watercolor over top. The result is what you see on my card. I added some Fossilized Amber and Orange Marmalade Distress Inks along with a few gems to resemble raindrops.

This card will be sent to my nephew. I've already missed his birthday, but I want him to know I'm thinking about him. He's 22, I think...anyway, he should enjoy the card, especially the gold foiling. He's really into art, and this would be something a little different from a store-bought card.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Have a happy weekend! (Oh, check out the P.S. below! Sure to put a smile on your face.)

P.S. Ready for a Snuggles update? I heard an odd noise coming from the bathroom the other day, so I went in to check it out. There was Snuggles, hiding behind the shower curtain. She has found a new hiding place!