Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Candles 4 Quintin

Hello everybody! How's your week coming along?

I hate to admit it, but I missed another birthday and am just now getting a card out. My nephew turned 21 last week. This card might not look very masculine or for a 21-year-old, but he's a playful, young 21-year-old. We have a special, close relationship, and I wanted some bright colors in his life. He's had some challenging times, and I wanted this extended birthday to be especially happy.

I used all products from Stephanie Bernard's Stamps of Life. The stamp and die set is called Candles4Birthday, and I used a Square Flip-It Frame for the base. This is a new Flip-It frame for me, and I like it because just about anything fits on it. You can get all the Flip-It Frame dies from The Stamps of Life.

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Friday, August 19, 2016


Hello everybody! Surprise -- I'm back already! Can't believe I've posted 3 cards in one week. That's a record for me.

Today's card was created for the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Gina K Designs Stamp TV. We were supposed to create something for Back to School. My sister, Cecilia, is a Special Ed teacher in West Virginia, and I like to send her a card at the beginning of each school year. It's good to let her know I'm thinking of her when everything is so hectic getting her classroom in order.

For the background, I used a Reverse Confetti Cut called ABC Cover Panel, and I just love it. So versatile! You can add any sentiment on top; I used a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Keep Calm, illustrated by Beth Silaika. I thought the message was appropriate for student OR teacher this time of year.

Cecilia LOVES red, so I kept the colors red and white. She ought to appreciate that! Just about every card I send her is red and white!

The heart on the card is also from the Keep Calm stamp set.

Here's a picture of me with my sister. Love her!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Hello again! How's your week coming along? It's Wednesday -- you'll make it until the weekend!

This card was created for a friend of mine who had to have some unexpected surgery a week or two ago. She's our Youth Minister at the church I go to, and she does a great job. In fact, she just got back from a trip to my home state, West Virginia, to help with the Flood Relief.  She ended up working with my brother-in-law who lives where they went...what a surprise! Anyway, you can tell she's a great gal, and I hate to think of her suffering in any way.

I used another stamp set from The Stamps of Life called Bandage2Stamp. The dies, including the word dies, came with the set, and I just love them. There are so many options! The paper was from my stash, so I'm not sure of the names of the colors. I chose bright colors to help cheer her up. I stamped in the same color on top of the die cuts.

The bottom of the inside was signed, "Sharon, Your Twin" because many people at church got us confused. Someone would frequently say, "Hi Mary Frances!" when it was me! It was funny. They don't do that so often now that I've gotten my hair cut.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Proud of you, Coleman!

Hi everybody! I'm back with another card to Congratulate my son, but this time it's my younger son, Coleman!

He's about to start an adventure working with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra managing their box office. This is a lateral move -- he's been working with the Wallis Theater for a few years, but he wanted to take this opportunity given him to start working somewhere new. I'm excited for him!

My mother used to take him to all kinds of cultural events, even when he was in college. She loved it, and he did, too, especially as he grew older. What a special time that was. I'm very proud he enjoys that type of music. I grew up studying piano and even majored in it in college (the first time I went). Even kept taking lessons after my children were born. All classical! I don't have the talent for jazz, but I still love listening to it. Guess he's used to having classical playing throughout the house, because I sure practiced a lot!

Anyway, this card was created with the Sizzix Triple Circle Die that I purchased from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. In face, I purchased everything used for this card from the same place. Love her products!

The colors for this were different from the other one I just made. It almost started looking like a Christmas card with all the red and green, so I added some yellow.

Like the other card, I kept this very CAS. I couldn't think of anything masculine to add, so I left it as is.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Way to Go, Chris!

Hello everybody! Sorry it's been so long since I posted. I had my Cricut machine out for a couple weeks getting ready to use it for Kids Music Camp at my church. Since that was out, everything else had to be put away due to space. So, it's been a while since I created a card!

My oldest son, Chris, just got a big job promotion where he is an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at University of Central Missouri. He was an Assistant before, but he's moved up in rank. I'm so proud of him, I just had to make a card!

I used a Triple Circle Flip-It Card die by Sizzix for the card base. The words in a circle came from a stamp set called words4circles by Stephanie Barnard. She has a lot of fun stamps & dies, so you ought to go check her out at The Stamps of Life!

I kept the colors black and red, with a touch of grey, since they are the team's colors. I thought he might appreciate that. I did NOT add any bling since he's not a sparkly kind of guy. Just the basics are perfect for him! I'll sign that back panel with a note of Congratulations.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gold Foil

Hi everybody! How's your weekend been? I've spent my days inside, crafting. The clouds outside constantly look like a storm is brewing, so I don't dare go out until it passes.

Today's card is a Sympathy card for a friend of mine from church who's mother passed away. It's been a few weeks, but that's when I like to send cards. This is about the time the comments and cards start to dwindle after someone has passed, and it gets harder for the family to get through their grief.

I used gold foiling for this, using my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine. I wish you could see the shine -- I just love it! Gina K included in one of her recent kits some of these sentiments and patterns that have been printed with a Laser Printer, which is required for foiling. Actually, it's the toner that's required, and you get that from the printer or one of the pens they offer for sale.

The ribbon you see if actually two pieces put together. The black and white is from Gina K, and the gold is from Stampin Up! Since this is a card for a man, I thought it worked well on the inside for decoration rather than flowers.

The style of the sentiment on the inside bothers me, but that's all I had for an inside message. Just doesn't work well with the style on the front. Too late to change it now.

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Monday, July 4, 2016


Hi everybody! Hope you had a good holiday weekend! It's been quiet here, so I've been crafting.

July 2 was my sister's birthday. My card is late getting to her, which is happening too often. July crept up on me!

She likes RED more than anything, so I decided that would be the main color on my card. The supplies are all from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. I enjoy her products and have belonged to a few of her clubs -- Stamp Club, Die Hard Club, and Card Kit Club. Now I'm just a member of the Die Hard Club, which means I get a stamp set with the dies once a month. Love it!

For this card, I used the Circle Flip-It #2 die for the base of the card. Paper is from the Happy Collection, and the stamps & dies are from the Ladybugs2love set.

Here are a few (fuzzy) close-ups to show you the die-cut pieces I added to the circles.

I kept this fairly simple because it will have to go through the mail. I didn't want any bumps to tear up the envelope. I'm taking a chance with that knot in the ribbon. Let's hope it makes it all right!

Before I go, I wanted to share a picture of me with my sister, taken this past year when she came to help me after ankle surgery. What a blessing! Love her!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Hello everybody! Hope you are having a good week. We are having a rash of thunderstorms here in North Carolina, so I've been staying in and playing with my inks.

Just recently, I bought some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders in green, blue, yellow and red. This is my first card using them. It's a little dark but I still like it okay.

For the image, the Stampin Up! Swallowtail stamp was embossed in white onto watercolor paper. I could hardly see it, but that's before the magic happened.

For the background, I first wet the watercolor paper with water, then dropped some of the different colors of powders (green, blue and yellow) onto the paper. It had a cool effect but I couldn't stop! I took my brush and swiped the colors together across the page. The colors turned out pretty cool, and I got a different color of green than expected with the yellow mixed in the blue. The Swallowtail showed through pretty well.

The card was not difficult to create and it took little time. This is an easy technique to try when you need something with deep colors.

Soon I'll have to try the other colors, but that's all I have for now.

Before I go, I want to thank you all for your support when I posted about the floods in West Virginia and about my friend who passed away. It's been a shock to lose her; however, the recovery efforts in the cleanup have given me hope for a positive recovery throughout the State.

I know people's lives have been changed forever, and change is a part of life we all must endure. West Virginia people are strong and diligent. They will strive for a more positive future and work hard to create it. I'm proud to have roots from a State with such endurance.

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