Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Three Anniversary Toasts

Hello there!
In my stash of cards, my "Wedding / Anniversary" category is really slim.  So one day I got out a few stamps and made three anniversary cards with those same supplies, changing the patterned paper for each card.

Papertrey Ink Propose A Toast glass stamp & matching die, Inside And Out: Love sentiment; rhinestones; Rubber Stampede grapes rubber stamp

Bizarro grape cluster; Papertrey Ink Propose A Toast wine glass,Inside And Out: Love sentiment; Hero Arts Old French Script Background stamp; ivory dots

Bizarro grape cluster; Papertrey Ink Propose A Toast wine glass,Inside And Out: Love sentiment; Hero Arts Old French Script Background stamp; ivory dots

Definitely need to make more, but goodness, there are only so many hours in a day and so much energy in this girl!!  LOL

Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pink Hydrangea

Hello Everyone!
Hopefully this reaches you via, the new email service I chose for my email subscribers.  You can opt out if you wish, of course, but I hope you will keep me company here.  😀  I had imported my active email subscribers from Feedburner before making the switch.  The only thing I have left to figure out is how to add the icon / link on my sidebar.  My old brain just couldn't figure this one out yet.  LOL  The help team at merely directed me to one of their articles on how to achieve this, so I'll need to read through it again.  

Just popping in with one card today, made for my daughter's 23rd birthday earlier this month.  I happen to love hydrangeas, and when I saw this die release from HoneyBee Stamps, I had to have it!

HoneyBee Stamps Lovely Layers: Hydrangea dies; Verve Small Phrases sentiment stamp; Ranger Glossy Accents; Stampin' Up! Artisan Textures distress stamp

I used three shades of pink cardstock from my scraps organizer.  The darkest pink is in the back, and then a mid-range but still bright...(I think Pink Passion from Stampin' Up!), and a paler version at the top layer.  Once I assembled them for practice, I thought it looked weird, until I added splatters on all of the petals.  I used a Stampin' Up! dotted/distressed stamp from Artisan Textures and used a darker red ink to create the splattered effect.  Do hydrangeas exist in nature this way?  Not sure.  LOL  I just happened to think it looked neat!  

There is one leaf die in this HoneyBee die set.  I cut it out three times from Old Olive cardstock, then used another distressed-type stamp from Artisan Textures in Always Artichoke to give those leaves a variegated look.

A black background, a Verve sentiment and some Glossy Accents 'dew drops' finished it off.

I hope you like it!  Can't wait to try different color combos for the hydrangeas.  Definitely blues and purples!

Hope you have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

God bless you!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Herbed Chicken

Good morning!  I'm learning how to import email subscribers to a new service called, which I've seen other card bloggers use recently.  Hope to have this nailed down very soon, since Feedburner email subscriptions are going away in a matter of days.  Ugh.  

In the meantime, I'm popping in with one card, which used a piece of a pretty calendar my mother-in-law no longer needed.  The calendar panel has the words 'herbs' and 'rose(mary)' on it, along with a little illustration in the corner of a green herb.  I added more to it by stamping the names of herbs in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Was happy to have a chance to use that stamp set for a change!  (see caption)

Inspired By Stamping - Spice Jar Labels herb name stamps; Stampin' Up! Flower Trio punch; yellow rhinestones; Graphic 45 patterned paper

The patterned paper is by Graphic 45; one side has the muted bold floral and the other side has chickens and roosters. 😀  I trimmed one of the roosters and added him to the herb panel. The final touches were a row of little punched flowers and gems.

Okay!  Back to figuring out this email subscription thing.  
Have a wonderful weekend!

God bless you! 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

A Quartet of Birthday Cards

Good morning!  I am relieved it is the weekend.  It was a hard week of work, and boy do I need today to decompress.  I've got to make a graduation card for my nephew today, wrap Father's Day gifts, begin a customer-requested dog sympathy card, wash sheets, and more.  But first, I wanted to quickly share several birthday cards.

Papertrey Ink Penned Elegance sentiment; Anna Griffin roses sticker; pearls; Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles die

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday To You cake stamp, Itty Bitty Accents flower punch; pearls; Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags tag die; linen twine; The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Birthday sentiment

Jolee'sBoutique hibiscus stickers; DCWV Mariposa Stack orange patterned paper; orange pearl, rhinestone; Papertrey Ink Penned Elegance sentiment

Stampin' Up! Bella Toile background stamp; The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Birthday sentiment; Webster's Pages rhinestone border; Inspired By Stamping A Lovely Birthday floral banner 

What do you have going on today?  I hope you're able to sneak in some time for pursuits you love.

God bless you!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Little Aqua Houses for you and me

Hello friends 😊
One of the categories of cards I sell at the local shop is "new home".  I made these two for sale, and it gave me a chance to use a new-to-me town house die that is so cute!  It's from Poppy Stamps.  So versatile.  Wish it came in a slightly larger size too, but it's okay.  I have PLENTY of supplies to choose from, I don't need to shop for more craft supplies right now.  Ohhhh, I think I've uttered that phrase countless times in my life!  LOL

Both cards have a strip of mirror cardstock on them, but you know how hard it is to photograph that kind of thing.

Poppy Stamps Town Houses die; Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die; mirror cardstock; Stampin' Up! patterned papers

The card below is supposed to feel like nighttime, with the stars above, and the yellow 'lights' in the windows.

Poppy Stamps Town Houses die; Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Night Sky die, Boards and Beams sentiment; mirror cardstock

Psalm 127:1 NIV
A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Wishing you a most beautiful day!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Shabby Chic Traveler

Hello!  It's so nice that, as we emerge from the pandemic, people are traveling again.  So many travel plans had to be put on hiatus last year, including our own family trip.  We'll get back to it maybe next year.

So in lieu of actual travel, here's a travel card!  Ha!

Our Craft Lounge Vintage Traveler Eiffel Tower, ticket stamps; Inspired By Stamping Vintage Postcards all other stamps used; Gina Marie Designs Big and Little Chain Rectangles die 

The blue rectangle does stand out against this mostly neutral card.  In retrospect, I wish I had added something else small and blue on the card to balance it all, but it's too late now!

Do you have any plans for a vacation this summer? 

These pics are from our trip to Ireland (a slice of heaven!) in 2019:

Blarney Castle

Me in front of Blarney Castle

Dublin University - and notice how sunny it was that day!

Thanks a bunch for coming by.
God bless you!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

French Nail Polish

Hello there!  I've got a rather "pink" post today.  The first card, man, I don't think it even looks like something I made...but it was fun and different!

Years ago, I had ordered some stamps from, I think, Ellen Hutson.  In the package was a small sample of ribbon as a gift, and this little piece of paper with the nail polish bottle you see below.  So I trimmed it out, and tried to build a card around it.  I had watercolored a background as a practice run, and it was pink and orange (SO not my usual colors!), but it looked too bland.  I found a fleur-de-lis stamp and since we're talking French 😉 I thought it went well with the nail polish.  Then, the hot pink background looked too I added an Eiffel Tower stamp all over.  There's a My Favorite Things flourish die cut on here, too.  Again, just filling in some space.

My Favorite Things Four Corners flourish die; Technique Tuesday Mon Ami Paris Eiffel Tower stamp (background); not sure about the fleur-de-lis stamp, I can't remember!

The card below is super, super simple, and I just made it for my stash.  I used a panel from a calendar my mother-in-law was getting rid of, and added a sentiment and a few punched flowers.  

Altenew Label Love;  Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents flower punch; Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch; gold gems; panel from calendar

I hope your day has been a good one, or is about to be a good one, depending upon when you are reading this!  Thanks for your visit!

God bless,

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dog Sympathy Card

Hello there! 😊  Last year, my friends lost their dear beloved dog and they were heartbroken.  Their dog was quite the queen around the house, and what she wanted, she got!  LOL  I wanted to make a feminine sympathy card in memory of their sweetheart.

Stampin' Up! Happy Tails dog, sentiment, paw and heart stamps, Lace 3D Embossing Folder; rhinestones; Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers: 2 1/4" Oval die

I used mostly all Stampin' Up! products here, except for the oval die (from Papertrey Ink).  I gave the puppy a very stately rhinestone collar, too.  I sure do like using gems on my cards.

Take care of yourself, and I hope you have a terrific day!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Wedgwood Tea Pot

Hello again!  Hope you're not tired of seeing me after being silent for so long.  While I've got a chunk of time, I'm getting these posts ready in advance.

Though I much prefer coffee to tea, I do so love using this tea pot die and coordinating stamp set.  They are so sweet!

My Favorite Things Tea Party tea pot and tea bag dies and Cup Of Tea stamp set (sentiment); Stampin' Up! Friends 24-7 damask (used to create blue background); pearls; half of a scalloped circle die cut;  Inspired By Stamping Delicate Doilies II lace border stamp

Are you more of a coffee drinker, or a tea drinker, or neither?  Or both!  

In any case, thanks so much for your visit again.  
God bless you!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Whale of a Day!

Happy Sunday!  I'm sharing a nautical-inspired card today.  See the little whale?  He came in a Stampin' Up! scrap bag from my demonstrator.  Adorable!  I don't own that stamp set, so I needed to pair him with something else from my own stash.  The older set, By The Tide, was a good match.  And it gave me a chance to break it in, too.  I had purchased BTT from an online 'garage sale' app.  It was barely used, or brand new, can't recall, but I'm tickled to have it as a go-to for masculine cards.

Stampin' Up! By The Tide seahorse, sea fan, fish, anchor in circle, background script; also the whale and the patterned paper, but they came in a scrap bag so I don't know the names!

Proverbs 30:4 ESV 
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!

"Sea" you soon!  Thanks so much for your visit!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

A Trio of Cards, No Common Theme!

Hi again! 👋 I've got three cards to share in this post.  There's absolutely no common theme, except that they were made by me (ha), and you know I generally like to cluster my cards together in a theme, if at all possible.  Not possible here!  LOL

The first card I made for my in-laws' anniversary either last year or the year before...I think last year?  They are REALLY GOOD COOKS (and my mother in law is an amazing baker, too).  So, this seemed like an unconventional but whimsical anniversary card for them.

Close To My Heart Tasty Treats sentiment; Memory Box Classic Tags die; Jolee's Boutique stickers; Stampin' Up! Hardwood background stamp; crochet lace

The next card I sent to my youngest daughter while she was still away at school.  She has taken an interest in growing plants - among them, succulents - and when I received one of my fun Stampin' Up! scrap bags, this cute succulent paper was in it.  Perfect!  I found a Power Poppy sentiment to go with it.

Power Poppy Summer Berries sentiment; Stampin' Up! Ornate Frames die; Inlovearts Heart Clover Wave Frame Border die; pearls 

And lastly, this was truly made up of scraps.  LOL  The sentiment, the punched flowers, the velvet ribbon snippet, and that Altenew leaf cluster stamp...they were all lying around on my desk for a good while.  I was determined to use them up!

Hero Arts Sending Smiles Messages sentiment, Leafy Vine background stamp; Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents flower punch; pearls; Altenew Build A Flower: Rose leaf cluster stamp; gray velvet ribbon  

Thanks for your visit again!  😀
God bless!


Hello again!  After not blogging for quite some time, I've made an opportunity to get on here and share more cards.

Where are the cat lovers?  I do love all animals, great and small (okay, maybe not mosquitoes so much, if we lump them into the animal category).  But cats have a special place in my heart.

I used a neat pack of cat dies from Impression Obsession to create a little scene here.  I imagined they were romping through some tropical foliage. ;-D  A sentiment from Papertrey Ink was perfect here.

Impression Obsession Cat Set cat dies; Stampin' Up! Flower Trio punch and all patterned paper scraps; yellow gems; Papertrey Ink Everyday Cat Sentiments sentiments 

And though it is subtle (I do like subtle details!), can you see the sentiment stamped along the bottom of the damask paper (which is OLD, from Stampin' Up! - in Apricot Appeal - like I said, it's old!)?

And here is our own kitty, Cristabel.  She is very much loved by all of us in this house.  However, she doles out her love for us in, shall we say, varying increments?  LOL

Have a blessed day!

You did it!

Hello there!  One day I started playing around with some snippets of interesting patterned papers from my stash (these are all older ones, from Stampin' Up!) and stacked them in a pleasing way.  I guess the ledger paper reminded me of school, which reminded me of graduation. And so this card began!

Hero Arts Everyday Sayings sentiment stamp; Impression Obsession Mortarboard and Scroll die; Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Congrats die; ledger, Stampin' Up! 'royal garden' and striped patterned papers; Inkadinkado Floral Damask damask stamp

I used a damask stamp as a very subtle backdrop for the mortarboard and 'congrats' die cuts; you can barely see it.  The Distress Ink called Antique Linen is a favorite of mine for creating super-subtle designs.

The finishing touch is a sentiment from Hero Arts, near the top.   I like how this turned out; it's rather different for a graduation congrats card.

Wishing all the grads of 2021 the very best!  So glad many of them actually got to have their ceremonies in person this year, as compared to 2020.  

My youngest daughter's graduation day in 2020.

My oldest daughter's senior year pic, side by side with my own.😊

The years are flying by!

God bless you!

Friday, June 11, 2021

Purple-Themed Floral Cards

Purple is one of my favorite colors and has been since at least middle school.  Who's with me? ✋  (Not my friend LeAnne, I know this for sure!)  All of the cards I'm sharing here are centered around this glorious color.

Stampin' Up! My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin (April 2020) flower, leaves, sentiment; purple and white twine; Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags tag die; lavender and pink pearls

Flourishes Sweet Violets violet flowers; Papertrey Ink Words of Comfort sentiment; Hug Snug Periwinkle seam binding

Stampin' Up! (papers, stamped flowers and sentiment); rhinestones; EK Success Lattice border punch

Flourishes Lilac lilac and magnolia stamps; white crochet lace; pearls; Stampin' Up! Smooth Sailing banner die

Exodus 26:1 ESV
“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.

My daughter took this evening sky photo at Temple University last fall.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Blue, pink, purple.  A beautiful tapestry in the sky!

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