Thursday, December 29, 2022

A Couple of Christmas Cards


Sharing today a couple of the Christmas cards I made and mailed. I love making Christmas cards, however, most sent this year were made ages ago and I don't remember how I made them. These are more recent.

This Christmas Scottie stamp set and punch are by Stampin' Up! I love all dogs, you know, so this set was a must to buy. I am showing the inside too. The colors used are Real Red and Versafine Onyx Black along with basic white. I've put away all my Christmas supplies so cannot identify the Merry Christmas stamp. Isn't the woof greeting precious? I think so.  :-)


Next is a card made this year using older goodies. The wreath die is from an old Concord & 9th set called Joyful Noel. I cut it using shades of green, SU's Evening Evergreen and Gumball Green cardstocks. Shiny red balls from my bling drawer accent the wreath. I used the largest Scalloped Contours die to make a background for the wreath. The white cardstock is all from PTI. The Merry Christmas in Real Red c.s. again, is the same Elizabeth Craft designs die that I have used previously.

I am glad to be finished making holiday cards; next up more winter scene cards, I expect. We have lots of winter left here in MN. 😀

Happy New Year to you all.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Snowflakes and Stars

Hi and Happy Holidays! 

I don't know where I've been, busy, I guess, but I just realized this is the final challenge for the Squash It team. So I just have to participate in Let's Squash It Challenge # 27 that calls for snowflakes and stars. I am really going to miss this challenge. It has been fun! Thanks Gail and Jo.

Here is my card:

 Choosing an embossing folder was my first step. Luckily I use Evernote, so I could see all my snowflake and stars folders. This is a new one from Simon Says Stamp called Faceted Snowflakes. Still available.

Next I made an A2 side opening  base card from Night of Navy cardstock, a perennial favorite color of mine by Stampin' Up! The snowflake ef was run through my Gemini Jr. using PTI white cardstock. 

The idea for the sweater is a CASing of a card I made years ago, maybe 2018 and probably blogged about on my old blog. Remember it? Lucky I save everything. Teehee. Anyway, the die is from the retired Elizabeth Craft Designs called Winter Sweater, and for sale a couple of other places.

For the stars I punched them out with an old SU mini star punch. And finally, added Brrr in the navy using a die from another SU/Sizzix retired set named Snowflake Card Thinlits. A layer of white is inside for a note or sentiment when I am ready to send this out. 

Done. What do you think? Because the embossing folder is new, I am adding this to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #45 and as the Brrr is from a snippet of paper, am also entering Di and Sarn's Snippet Playground #443. 

Goodbye my friends. Hope to see you next time. Sending Happiest Holiday Wishes to you all!!


Friday, December 2, 2022

CCC November 2022 + One More


I just cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. It's December now? What? I just don't feel like making Christmas cards right now, so here are a couple I made instead.

First up is my card for the November Card Chain Challenge. It's a big flower stencil that I have used before. This time I tried to use the challenge color suggestions of chocolate, orange and slate. Mine don't match exactly, but that is okay. I also made it a friendship card 'cuz it went to a friend!

I used an Uniko stencil called Gerbera on a SU Basic Gray cardstock, The flower was colored with a sponge in SU Mango Melody and the center and sentiment with Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is stamped onto a label cut with the old SU Washi Label punch. I found this great saying from Stamplorations called Blooming Buds. It apparently recently sold out. The stencil is still available.

Next up is a card made following a video by SU Demo, Sharon Armstrong and I had most of the supplies she used. The idea was to put color through a die.

The die set is called Artistic Dies from SU and the colors I sponged on are Concord Crush and Lemon Lime Twist, all retired now. The green leaves are hard to see. The cardbase is also Concord Crush. I chopped down the panel as not all of it was usable, using a SU Rectangle Stitched Framelits die. Just for fun, a coordinating rectangle is behind the focal point.  The hello is in Basic White ink from the SU poly set called To A Wild Rose, also retired. Hard to see, but it is there. I have new stuff, don't you know, but need to love some of the older goodies too. Right?
So, I'm doing flower cards like I promised and am happy doing them. 🌼

Bye for now from a snowy evening in Minnesota.

Friday, November 25, 2022

A Squashed Christmas Card

Hello There,

I finally finished my entrance to the Let's Squash It Challenge #26. Had an awful time sizing it and don't like my letters askew, but, here I am anyway.

I dug around my embossing folders until finding just the one to use. I can't find it anywhere, but it is an old Sizzix folder. Can you see all the snowmen playing?

To add to the card and letting the e f be the star, I used a Die-Namics die set called Filled With Joy to make my partial snowman. I like his smile. 

Why, why do I never remember to to back my word die cuts with double sided paper before cutting them out. Dang. I'll fix it before mailing. I did use snippets for the words and snowman, so am also entering this into the Snippets Playground #441 which is closing soon. The Merry Christmas in Real Red is an oldie from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Sorry, all these items seem to be sold out or not available. 

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, hope you in the US did too. Now on to making Christmas cards. Bye from a not-typical 50 degree late November day here in Minnesota. 

Friday, November 11, 2022

A Rose

 Hello Again!

 Tonight I am showing my entry to The Flower Challenge #74 where they asked for us to add embellishments. As I really prefer CAS type cards yet needed a sympathy card, I hope this card will be okay. 

I think the stamped rose, embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder can be the embellishment, but added 3 faceted black dots to be sure. There is not label on this bling, so I don't know who made them. Of course the card was difficult to photograph showing the shine, but you can see some. Looks like gold, doesn't it? 

The With Sympathy stamp, that I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, is an old one from Stampin' Up! I will write a note before mailing. 

I am also adding this card to Addicted to CAS Challenge #323 which is ending soon. 

A cold snap is here in MN, hit only 30 degrees today. Snow might come this weekend and I'll like that, native that I am. Bye for now. 😊

Monday, November 7, 2022

A Christmas Card


I know I promised posts with flowers, but going through my tons of patterned paper, I found a lovely one from 2020 called Plush Poinsettia by Stampin' Up! It has berries and leaves, so close enough to flowers, right? Seeing it I just had to make a Christmas card. I am hoarding the really dark green paper! 😀

The design of this card is CASEing one from a video by Jackie Bolhuis at Klompen Stampers, her Fun Fold Cards Tutorial Vol. 3.

I made mine opening from the top rather than the side. A 1" belly-band shown here is needed to keep it closed. Besides the specialty plush vellum paper, I used SU's retired Handsome Hunter card stock and red glitter paper. 

The Merry Christmas die is retired from Elizabeth Craft Designs, dated 2014, and is a die I use a lot. I remembered to back the glitter piece with double sided adhesive paper before cutting it out, a first for me as I usually forget and struggle gluing small cutouts. The berry stems and leaf are fussy cut from a snippet of the above designer paper. When opened, there is a nice rectangular piece of white paper ready for a holiday message.

Are you making Christmas cards yet? I have done several, but I sure miss the old CAS Christmas challenge. Take care, my friends. Best to you all from me in MN.


Sunday, November 6, 2022

A Repost


The card today is a repost of one I posted just before my old blog disappeared. I wonder how many people saw it. If you did and made a comment, thanks. Hope I can remember how I made it. It is still on my desk, a special fold card CASED from Lisa at Lisa's Stamp Studio from about four months ago. 

A while back I saw a method to use when CASEing a card using the acronym LIMES. I think by Loll. Anyway, for the L, meaning List, I used color, flower, and the twisted ribbon technique. For I-Include, I used blue, dsp, and a die cut. For M-Modify, I added dsp under the flower. For E-Exclue, I didn't add bling or a sentiment. For S-Spin, not much of my own ideas here. 
But thanks, Lisa, your video is great and I loved making this card like yours.

For supplies, the dsp is from the Stampin' Up! 20-22 In Color 6x6 pad. The flower came from the Tim Holtz Wildflower I die set. PTI Basic White is the card base.

I am really making new cards and have a new flower stamp and die, but the rearranging of my craft space is taking precedence. I have too many supplies and too little space. I appreciate you visiting. Hugs and joy coming to you from MN!

Thursday, November 3, 2022

A Special Birthday Card


My grandson's birthday is coming up and I just finished his card. I have CASED a card by Di at Pixie's Crafty Workshop from October. I had the same sentiment that she used in my parts basket, and just did my own thing with what number dies I had in my stash.

I chose orange for the numbers because that is my grandson's favorite color. The smaller ones are from the Blackboard Numbers die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Since the set has never been used, I am adding this card to NBUS #44

The large 21 (as that is what age he is turning) is from my old Papertrey Ink set called By The Numbers. It seems that both number sets are still available, which is wonderful. To add a little interest I added some bling in the same color as the happy birthday. I think the black layer makes the colors pop. The base card is my usual PTI Basic White, a nice weight c.s.

Inside, I stamped "May Your Birthday Be As Special As You Are" with a 2002 Hero Arts wood stamp onto a piece of matching blue cardstock found in my stash.  A gift card for some gas put inside completes this for this special grandson. 

My new blog is slowly coming along. Thank you for visiting. Hugs from MN.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

New Blog, First Card


My old blog has been removed and I am still trying to figure out why. So here is my new one. I am going to emphasize cards with flowers this time but setting it up is still in progress. Ya know?

This is the card I sent to my BFF in California. I sure miss seeing her on her special day. I made this card for World Card Making Day but have never posted it. 

The flower is from the retired Prized Peony set by  Stampin' Up! I fussy cut it out and placed it with dimensionals on a Subtles embossed white A2 card. 

I colored the flower with SU Blends in Pink Pirouette, Granny Apple Green, and Soft Suede. Trying to add some sparkle I added some SU white shimmer paste, but think that was a mistake. Oops, but couldn't get it off and the card needed to get mailed. 

The greeting is from the Happy Birthday To You set also by SU. I like the font. Inside I just wrote a note with only the flower bud stamped. 

That is it from me for now. Back to creating this blog. I did try to edit my profile info, but only succeeded with changing the picture. Sigh. 

I do appreciate everyone who finds this and stops by. Thank You!