Tuesday, July 2, 2024

A Sailing Ship

 Hello Again!

Well, senior moments have struck again...I forgot to take a picture of the card sent to Tina for June CCC. Hopefully she will send me a picture when she gets the card. Wish me luck. 

I am pretty sure I used the Maritime and Friendship option, using a ship from my wood stamps collection. If I am right, I do have that picture and can post it here. 

Well, my card has not arrived, but I think this is the card, so am posting it. OK? edit: card arrived yesterday! 

The stamp is an old one from Stampin Up that I stamped on a scrap of white with black ink and fussy cut out. Am pretty sure the green background map is designer paper.* The greeting is from SU set called Inked and Tiled. And I used as usual, PTI white for my card base. 

When I hear Tina has her card, I'll be relieved and glad I made this post. I apologize to all about my poor memory these days. 

Happy Summer wishes to you all. It is delightful here right now.

Theme Options: Summer / Maritime / Friends

* And the dsp is SU's Take to the Sky.

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Four Pups


Today I am entering my card to the June Edition Woodblock Wednesday Challenge.  I made this card for my old Shih Tzu rescue group to sell at their dog adoption reunion in September. Since this challenge ends soon,  I took a picture of the card with the wood block. 

The wood block is by Rubber Hedgehog Rubber Stamps and is dated 2012. I love this stamp. 
To make the card I first embossed a Very Vanilla card front with my Darice dog print embossing folder.

I inked up the doggie stamp with Versfine Onyx Black ink onto a piece of SU Pecan Pie card stock and then die cut it out with one of the Spellbinders Fluted Classic Recctangles. The greeting is from SU's Happiness Abounds set.

After glueing this focal point onto the card base I was done. The inside is blank except for a thin strip of the brown paper.

Today in MN it is cloudy and cool, just as I like it. Happy Summer to you all.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Flowery Thanks


Today I am joining a new challenge to me,  Color Hues The Color Challenge. They want pink and moss green which I have lots of both inks in my stash.

As I mentioned somewhere, I have been learning to stencil. This card is one of my first! I followed completely a Gina K video using the Layered Peony Art Stencil that I bought a while ago.

I used three colors of pink, Wendy Vecchi Pink Peony and SU Rose Red and Cheery Cobbler.  Luckily I have various sizes of blending brushes. The green leaves are colored Mellow Moss and Old Olive inks. The "thanks" is from the old Good Morning Magnolia Set 1. I embossed it with Brutus Monroe Alabaster powder.

The card base is Basic Black c.s. that I folded wrong, but the white piece inside shows okay, I.M.O.

I showed this card to my dauther a while ago and she asked me to make it again for her saying happy birthday. Mind you, her birthday is in December. LOL

It is supposed to rain some all week here, so card making and rearranging my craft area are things I can do. A messy crafter, I usually end up with just a small spot to craft in. You do that too?

Bye for now. Thanks for all the comments lately!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A Few Lotus Flowers

 Summer Greetings!

A lot of fussy cutting went into my card today, but I don't mind. The card turned out okay, if I say so myself. See? I am sending this card to The Flower Challenge #92.

As you can see, I followed their sketch closely. I started out with a SU embossing folder called Seabed inked up in Old Olive that was in my to-use bin. I pasted that onto a top folding A2 card base.

I chose an oldie but goodie stamp set by Dee at Stamplorations called Lotus Love for the flowers. They were colored with SU Blends in shades of Daffodil Delight and Magenta Madness and cut out.  A water stamp from the set has the flowers floating. 

I left off a sentiment as I am not sure for what occassion I will send someone the card. 

Because I used snippets of white cardstock to stamp my flowers etc. I am sending the card on to the Snippets Playground Challenge #482.

First card completed in June! I almost have too much stuff to chose what to make. That's why I like challenges. Anyone else have that problem? 


Bye for now from a rainy day in Minnesota. :-)

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P.S. I see my card is sideways in the challenges, I don't know why. If you do, please let me know how to fix them. Thanks.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Three Colors

 Hello Crafty Friends!

My card this month is wending its way to Germany. Hope it arrives by the end of the month. 

I used all three colors chosen for this month using the closest ones I could find in my stash of craft goodies. The Glorious Gingham 6x6 DSP from SU had this paper called Blueberry Bushel.  I die cut a piece of it with the PaperTrey Ink die set called Love to Layer: Torn Edges for a background. I really like this layout and will use it again.

My flower and leaf are from the new SU Happiness Abounds stamp set. After stamping onto white scraps, I heat embossed the two pieces with Ranger Gold embossing powder.  To finish this part I used the matchiing dies. 

This challenge always has a theme of friendship and I liked the friend word from the same set. I embossed that in the gold as well then fussy cut out around it.

Lastly to get a raspeberry color, I used SU Polished Pink cardstock for my card base. I have Ranger Distree Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry that matched well, so I knew I was on the right track.
Lovely late spring and going into summer weather here with warm temps and rain to keep the flowers growing. I sure miss growing a garden outside, but have lots of house plants. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

April 2024 CCC


This month I tried to use the suggested colors for my card that has gone to Massachusetts. For my sentiment I used one of the colors. I am happy with this card.

Theme Options: Spring / Food and drink / Friendship

So here's my card:   

The flower and leaf are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet kit. I am still learning how to use these layering stamps and dies. I heat embossed in white with Brutus Monroe power before coloring. I used SU blends in Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green to color the flower. Did you notice the white emossing became lilac? Happy accident. 

The purple card base is Stampin' Up! I am pretty sure, but am not sure of the color name. 

Done in Encore Silver ink, the sentiment is called The Only Flower by Rubbernecker. First time used, so am adding my card to NBUS #62 even though my card is for an April challenge.

 I wrote a note to Julia inside. I like making new friends with being in this challenge!

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Woodblock Wednesday April 2024

Hello Fellow Stampers!

This is my first entry to this challenge yet I have oodles of wooden stamps and still love them. I added this card to the Woodblock Wednesday challenge for April. Oops, not my first entry. I did one in February. 

Here's what I made last night and this afternoon. 

Onto SU Basic Black top folding card, I added a layer of Basic Gray emboseed with retired Print Texture embossing folder. Next I stamped my two woodblocks on a rectangle of cream cardstock.

The lovely feather and inkwell stamp is by Inkadinkado #60-0027. I have no idea how old it is. Because I need sympanthy cards, I used the SU stamp from 2002. Inside is just more of the cream c.s. ready for a message.

I found several unloved wooden stamps that I need to use. Watch for them coming soon. 

Lovely spring day here in MN, with temp in low 70's. Rain expected for the weekend, so good stampin weather. Bye for now.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A Few Cards

Happy April!

First up is a sympathy card I made to have on hand in case one is needed. It's the only one in my stash at the moment. 
I have the Stampin' Up! Painted Lavender stamp set, but this time used a new die set from Memory Box called Lavender Bouquet. As usual I did not think to use sticky back paper before die cutting, so used my green glue to glue the pieces. It wasn't easy, but it worked out ok.  Senior moments coming too often these days. LOL  Because this die set had its first outing, I am adding this card to NBUS #61

My card base is Gina K and is embossed with my retired SU/Sizzix folder called Brick Wall.  Leftover cardstock for the flowers and stems arealso SU, Gorgeous Grape and green that I cannot recall its name. The vase holding the stems is not really a vase, but a toadstool from The Greetery's BotaniCut Toadstool Gardens die set. Snippets of tan are used for that and highlighting the sentiment from retired SU Peaceful Moments stamp set. Because of all the snippets used, I am also entering this card in the Snippets Playground #477.

Next up are two of the Easter cards I made for my grandkids who are away at college. I know they both like getting mail.

This Easter Gnome is from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped and cut him out of white cardstock and colored with SU Blends. Stamped the sentiment from this same set onto a square of white making this a simple guy card.  My cardbase is SU Basic Black.The card on the right used an unloved set called Bunny Border from Impression Obsession. The Happy Easter is a 2002 stamp from SU all put on a nice piece of the Gorgeous Grape cardstock done with SU Fancy Fan embossing folder.

Spring seems to be here and my allergies attest to that! But am going to a spring flower show next weekend showcasing tulips, Fun. 🌷🌷

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

My March 2024 CCC Card


This month I chose to do the color option and made my card black, white, and pink! Once upon a time I hated the color pink, but after having two daughters, two granddaughers and now with a great-granddaughter, I LOVE pink. 

Pretty in Pink, a retired Stampin' Up! color is my one color choice. I have two stamp pads of this, both pretty dry. Unluckily, I don't have a refill, but I persevered. I do have refills for most of my stamp pads (from several companies) but goofed this time. Oops.

The many words of hello strip sentiment is from Taylored Expression.

 Inside I used a friendship stamp from SU's retired set called Friend Like You. Intrestingly, this set is for sale several places online and some are quite expensive. Go figure.

Spring seems to be here in MN, but we cannot rule out snow in March. Me, I am ready for spring and flowers blooming. ⚘

Theme Options: On The Farm / Postal / Friendship

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

I Love Tulips

 Happy Spring!

I am joining for the first time a Retro Rubber Challenge, doing #226 which is all about Spring and our  favorite flowers. 

It was difficult to decide between lilacs, daffodills and tulips, but tulips won out. Here is my card:

The tulip stamp is by Rubber Stampede, a wooden one I have had for many years, I bet 10 or so and never used. I catelogue my stamps in Evernote but the year bought is not mentioned. 

My card is a top folding A2 card made with SU Basic Black cardstock. I embossed it with a retired folder called Framed Tulips which does not show well in my picture. I should have snapped a close-up. Sorry.

After stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black, I colored it with SU Blend markers in Pink Piourette and regular markers in Cucumber Crush and Soft Suede. I have not colored anything in ages, so it was fun to do this.

The greeting is from the Taylored Expressions set called Simple Strips. There are several friends who have birthdays soon and it is Spring! I am also adding this post to NBUS #60.

A windy but lovely day here in Minnesota with fluffy clouds and blue sky. I sure love that the trees are budding, a sure sign of Spring.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come by again.  ⚘⚘⚘

Saturday, March 2, 2024

CCC February 2024


This time I used the suggested colors and the friendship theme to make my card. It took me a while to come up with an idea, but wanted to use some neglected items.


The bright lemon yellow is from an old paper pack called Textures by Sizzix Little Sizzles. I've had this pack for years, but I see it is being sold several places of eBay.

 The lime color leaves and stem that are gracing the flower is made with the Memory Box Luxe Peony die set. This set is available several places too. The yellow heavily textured paper added a lot of dimension, I think.

I ran a light blue cardstock from my stash through the Subtle SU Dynamic Textured embossing folder for the background.

To finish up, I cut out a sentiment from the new Cathy Z's Bestie sentiment strips pack. The ends I flag cut just for fun. 

The card base is my go-to PTI Basic white and I added another leaf inside along with a note for my new friend.

I thoroughly enjoy joining this international Card Chain Challenge and highly suggest you join up.

Theme Options: Balloons / Flowers / Friendship

Product / Technique Options:  Twine / Stencil

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Friday, February 2, 2024

CCC for January 2024

 Hello There!

This card has been sent off to Canada to my card pal for January. I followed a video by Joy Baldwin on YouTube, CASEing it pretty closely. The die set is called Lovey Layers: Winter Bird a set by Honey Bee.

I used a SU card base in Basic Gray and die cut the largest oval from an old SU/Sizzix set called Stitched Shapes. Because I wanted my cardinal to be the star of the show, this card is CAS, my favorite type of card. 

I constructed the bird from a piece of Red Pepper Linen cardstock from The Paper Connection. Have been hoarding that as I have have only one sheet. I followed Joy's video nearly completely here but changed up the other things.

After I glued down my bird, I realized I should have positioned him on the other side of the oval, but I sure didn't want him to fall apart. So unfortunately he isn't looking at the greeting. Oops.

From a scrap of brown paper I cut two branches from the Iconic Dies set by SU. Since the tail was not glued down, it was easy to slide the twigs underneath.

The friend greeting, another option this month besides birds, acknowledges this card exchange helps us make friends from all across the globe. The hello friend is from a SU set called Inked & Tiled. 

It is still available. While it was a bit fiddley making this cardinal, it was worth it, I think. A piece of white cardstock is inside where I wrote a note. 

Done. I hope it arrives before the end of the month. 

Theme Options: Mythical Creatures / Birds / Friendship

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

A Shih Tzu Thanksgiving

 Hello Again,

A quick post today. I discovered a new to me challenge asking us to use our wooden stamps. It is called Woodblock Wednesday with Amy Tsuruta. Since I had just finished a card using a new stamp and an oldie but goodie, I am joining the challenge for the first time.

So here is my Thanksgiving card that also shows the stamps:

My new peg type one is from Snuggleshoth.com called Alert Shaggy Shih Tzu. So am also sending my card to NBUS #59. 

Isn't he cute? I stamped him in the middle of an old stamp from Inkadinkado that I bought years ago at a yard sale. I am not sure of the stamp name. 

To finish this I stamped To You with another oldie clear stamp from PapertreyInk. 

MyA2 size top folding card is SU newer color called Pecan Pie. 

Just for fun I clipped the corners of my Very Vanilla topper with an EK punch.

See you next time. It's a lovely day here in MN with temps in the 40's. 😀

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Celebrate You

Hi Again!

Am joining the celebration of Di at the Snippets Playground Challenge #471 where she and Sarn have thrilled us with creativity, charm, and humor for years. Di has put in 12 year and Sarn a few less. Thanks you two.

Here's my card made with lots of snippets!

A lot of retired oldie but goodie dies used again to make this card. The celebrate is from PTI Birthday Cheer done with a Gina K Deco Foil Toner card front and lovely striped Deco Foil. First time in ages that I have tried laminating with my Minc.

Snippets of colored foil cardstock from an old Metalics Mat Stack by DCWV were used for the word you and the dots. I took out an old 1/2" punch from SU for the red circle and used two hand punch sizes to make the green and gold ones.

The Fine Tip Glue Pen from SU was essential in gluing down these snippets. 

The base card is A2 top folding and embossed with the old SU/Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder. The purple cardstock is from my stash. I do like using colored paper instead of just my usual white. 

It is a lovely sunny day here in Minnesota, but freezing temperature near zero with wind chill. A good day to stay in and create.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

A Snowy Night

 Happy Winter!

I've made a card to enter the Color Hues, the Color Challenge that is asking for Light Blue and Navy. I love all hues of blue, so this chalenge is just right up my alley. 

The star of my card is this great owl die cut that was a gift, however I have forgotten who sent it. Thank you, my friend. 

From my stash of card fronts, I pulled out a piece of SU Night of Navy and embossed it with their retired embossing folder called Softly Falling. I tapped white ink on it with Hero Hues white pigment ink carefully to just cover the dots making them snowflakes.

I used another retired die called Fremont Pine Landscape from Poppy Stamps cutting it with a snippet of white cardstock. The card base is my usual PTI. I only used part of the die.

To adhere to the rules of the challenge, I stamped my sentiment from My Favorite Things Greetings Galore in SU Boho Blue to complete the card front. Inside is more of the light blue ready for a note. I placed the rest of the die on it.

We finally have snow here and it looks so pretty. But it is cold! :-)

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

CCC December 2023

Happy December Greetings!

I am going across the bottom of the December Tic-Tac-Toe grid challenge for this month. It was hard to chose a row and to used what supplies I have on hand. BUT I found one! All the elements are here in my card: blue, brad, bear, and button! The button found in my stash has 4 holes, and I think it shows our moon's texture. lol

Starting with a piece of water color paper, I blended SU Night of Navy and Boho Blue to make the waves. I free handed a snippet to make the ice floe for my polor bear. Per another blogger's idea,  (sorry I forgot to write down who), next I applied a couple of layers of glue to make the floating ice shiny. Since them I purchased some Glossy Accents that might have worked better.

Anyway, before mounting the ice floe and my bear, I blended  the same two blue colors with a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink to make the cloudy sky, masking off a small punched circle for the moon. That gave me a place to add the button. I am not sure why I have a whole container of buttons, but I remember them being popular back in the day! You too?

I am sure you recognize the wonderful SU bear punch image  that I've used before. Cutting him from more of the water color paper gives him some texture. 

Next, I mounted my card front onto another piece of white cardstock, then both onto a SU Basic Black A2 card base.

For my sentiment I chose to use Peace On Earth from SU's current Regal Reindeer stamp set. I fussy cut around it so it would fit in the corner. 

The bronze brad completes the card and the bottom row of the challenge grid. Done and mailed.
Happy, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. Peace in our world would be my wish. 🕊

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