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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A final Thanksgiving card...

This photo is not quite all in focus, but I had to post it anyway, as I couldn't retake it. The card was sent in the mail days ago. I think you can get the idea for my card just the same.

I had only a scrap of this pretty leaf-patterned DSP left, and wanted to use it on a card.

I found some cardstock in the same shade as the background of my DSP. I used this to cut out the leaves with some very old Cuttlebug dies, emboss each one with a different embossing folder and then swipe the raised embossed areas with a white ink pad.

I used the last two little strips of my DSP on the inside of my card, along with a stamped sentiment and flourish.

Today I will be baking pies for Thanksgiving--apple, cherry and pumpkin. I'm not hosting the meal this year, but still trying to help out. I will also be heading to a local Scandinavian store to buy some lefse. It's a Scandinavian potato-based flatbread that we always have during the holidays. I like it rolled up with just a little butter on it, but my kids love butter and sugar, or even butter sprinkled with a sugar/cinnamon mix.

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My youngest sister makes her own lefse from scratch. It's a very time-consuming job requiring special equipment, but the fresh stuff is the absolute best!! I sure hope her family appreciates the effort she puts into it.

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wish you a wonderful time of family, good food and fun. If not, enjoy the rest of your week anyway.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A couple more Thanksgiving cards...

I happened to have just a scrap of this pretty gold leaf patterned CS and wanted to use it on a card. It was only big enough to cover the bottom portion of my card, so I grabbed another scrap of gold textured CS from my never-ending pile of scraps and used that for the top.

I liked the look of the black mat behind the gold and patterned papers, but what to use for a pumpkin? Well, we've all seen those white pumpkins, right? So white it was! I used a small stitched oval die by My Creative Time and cut it out three times. The stem for my pumpkin was cut by hand and my "vine" was made with a Cheery Lynn die.

My little open scallop trim was made with an unbranded die.

To decorate the inside just a bit, I matted my sentiment panel with black and warm brown CS (that matched my patterned scrap perfectly!).  Then I cut out the only remaining intact leaf from the patterned paper and adhered it above my stamped sentiment.

For this card I used a couple of unbranded dies (leafy frame and leafy sprig). To give my open leafy sprig a little personality, I wiped its surface with Versamark ink and then covered it with Perfect Pearls gold powder. To set the powder, I just misted it with a little water.

I added just one "personality plus" leaf to the inside above my computer-generated sentiment.

I managed to finish off 10 more Christmas cards today. I've made about 40 so far, but I've got to at least double that number before I'll have enough.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, November 13, 2017

We always need extra thank you cards...

I happened to have this pretty die-cut butterfly laying around, and I decided it needed to be put to good use.

To make the butterfly, I had inked up some watercolor paper with Brushos crystals, spritzed them with water and let them mingle with each other and then dry. Once it was perfectly dry, I cut out a few butterflies, using all of them on cards except this one.

To create my patterned background, I cut a piece of peach colored cardstock and then used a stencil and finger dauber to apply a couple different colors of ink. I tried to capture some of the same colors of my butterfly.

My white rectangle was cut with a Spellbinders die, and the sentiment was a freebie that came with a magazine.

Just a few flat-backed gems finished off my card. I actually really liked how it turned out.

Here's one final peek that shows how pretty the butterfly is when its wings are lifted up a bit. I always wonder if those who receive cards like this ever think to do that...because you know they get flattened in the mail!

I am busy now making Christmas cards, trying to make 10 of each design that I come up with. I will be sharing them with you in the days ahead.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Diorama Christmas card...

If you follow my blog, you may remember that I posted the instructions for making a diorama Halloween card here. Well, using those same instructions, I made a couple of Christmas cards. They're both the same, so I'll only share one of them here.

The front is pretty simple. A Penny Black sentiment stamped on a stitched oval die-cut.

I used my Cheery Lynn holly die to cut three holly leaves and another unbranded die to cut a couple of fir tree twiglets (not sure that's a word, but I like the sound of it).

The berries are three red half pearls, and my sparkly strips across the bottom are simply off-cuts from some glitter paper.

The inside is where the fun begins. I used a couple of stitched oval dies to make my aperture and my glittery frame.  My little bird ornament stamp (isn't it cute?) was heat embossed with dark blue EP and a little silver EP for the eye hook and string. Then I colored in the red and light blue with ProMarkers.

This cute ornament stamp came from a set of seven clear stamps by Lyn Dillin/Inkadinkadoo. I picked it up at a Marshall's discount store for $1.99, and it's been worth every penny and then some!

The Christmas tree bough was cut with the same die that I used on the front for my fir tree twiglets. I also added a little light blue chalk to the background so that it wasn't so stark and offered some contrast to the white frame.

My Merry Christmas banner was heat embossed using a stamp from another set (not sure which one) that happened to have a little bird on it. Perfect for this card!

As you can see, because my cardstock is pretty dark, I added a white rectangle at the bottom for a brief note and/or signature.

This photo shows the dimension and diorama affect when you open the card. it can still be opened all the way to lay it flat for signing.

I just love these cards, and I plan to make a few more for my Christmas stash.

It is freeeeeeezing here today. It was only 8 degrees (-13 Celsius) this morning. I don't even want to go outside today, but I've got to run some errands so I'll just have to bundle up and grin and bear it.

One of two trees in our front yard decided not to drop hardly any leaves until AFTER I had raked the entire yard. That night (our first night with temps in the low double digits) I think the shock of the cold caused it to drop them ALL! I couldn't believe it! I looked out the front window in the morning to see my once clean lawn completely covered with frozen still-green leaves. And the tree branches were completely bare. They may just have to lay there until spring if it doesn't warm up enough for me to rake again.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #131: Anything Goes with option of Fall Colors/Thankful...

Our latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create is just in time to inspire all of you who make Fall or Thanksgiving cards. But we don't want to exclude anyone, so we always have an overriding theme of "Anything Goes."

As a member of the Design Team, I chose to get started on my Thanksgiving cards in creating some inspiration for you. As I said in my last post, I don't make too many--just enough for family members. But I have a pretty big family, so I usually make around 20 of them. That means I keep them pretty simple, as there are so many other things going on at this time of year.

For this card I die-cut a four-part frame out of black cardstock. This frame die is unbranded, but my leaves were cut using some very old Cuttlebug dies. I love the size of these leaf dies and use them often. They were cut out of some multi-shaded (mostly reds and oranges) cardstock.

After cutting my leaves, I inked the edges, drew in some veins with a brown colored pencil and then liberally added some Wink of Stella. They're actually much prettier IRL!

I used my frame die to cut the longer space out of white cardstock, which I stamped with an old Thanksgiving stamp I've had forever. I may have purchased it used or from the dollar bin at Michael's. Three pretty sequins finished the front of my card.

On the inside of my card I added a computer-generated sentiment and a small leaf, made with a Martha Stewart punch and glamorized (he he) the same way as the leaves on the front.

Now it's your turn to join in on the fun at Let's Craft and Create. We'd LOVE to see your creation, whether it fits in the Fall Colors/Thankful category or Anything Goes.

To make this even more fun, there will be a prize for the winner. You can check out last month's fantastic prize here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Getting started on my Thanksgiving cards...

I have been working on Thanksgiving cards for my family members. I don't make too many of them - just a few for the relatives to let them know we're thinking of them on America's day of thanks.

I had these feather dies (unbranded) and wanted to use them, so I made a few different versions of this card. I'll just show you two of them here, as the differences are pretty minor.

I enjoyed cutting the feathers from different colors of cardstock. I think this card could actually be used for several different occasions since the design isn't specific to any holiday.

But what could I put on the inside that would tie it all together? I decided to write my own sentiment, and here it is:

As you can see, I stamped a feather behind my text by first stamping off and then stamping again, without re-inking, onto my card.

If you're looking for a unique sentiment to use with your own feather dies or stamps, please feel free to use this one.  I'm always happy to share anything that I write myself.

Well, I finally cracked the "C" plate for my Cuttlebug right in half! Actually, it broke into pieces that are approximately 1/3 and 2/3 of the plate. I checked at my local Michael's store to see if they had any in stock, and they don't even carry the machine, much less the accessories for it!! I may just have to order one online. If you know where I can get a good price, please let me know. In the meantime, I'll be doing my best to die-cut and dry-emboss with a broken "C" plate.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The last of my Halloween cards...

I love making the pop and twist cards, so here are two I made for Halloween.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on my tag (which was also cut with a Cuttlebug die) and then lightly brushed over the raised portions with a white ink pad. The cool skeleton is an unbranded die as are the spider and web, but the "Boo!" was cut out with some very old Cuttlebug alphabet dies. Did you notice the green gems I put in the skeleton's eye sockets?

The fun part comes in embellishing the inside panels. I've used a variety of stamps, dies, punches, stickers, and cut-outs from paper pads to finish them. It's a great way to use up all those odds and ends!

Fun cards, don't you think?

Finally, I made a waterfall card. The flipping panels on this card gave me a chance to use some of the little stamps I rarely seem to get a chance to use. I also found some little pumpkin eyelets in my stash that I didn't even know I had! The sentiment on each panel was printed with my computer.

Here's a collage of photos of each small frame on my flip panel.

And, at last, a peek at the inside of my waterfall card.

While these cards take a lot of time to make, they are definitely satisfying when they turn out well.

As it is now past 9 pm on Halloween night, the stream of trick-or-treaters to our door has pretty much stopped. We have only a few packages of treats left, so it seems I calculated fairly accurately, even though it was pretty cold here (32 degrees Fahrenheit). The little ones were all so cute in their costumes. I love seeing them and wishing them Happy Halloween.

I hope you've had an enjoyable evening, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Don't judge a card by its cover...

This Halloween card looks pretty ordinary. I used a heat-embossed sentiment on a stitched flag/banner. I also added half of a spider web doily.

The spider strip came from the same 12" X 12" Halloween stack as the paper for the card base. I just cut it out, matted it with black and adhered it to my card. Oh, yes, I also added a few black gems in between the spiders. They're casting those weird green shadows from the green paper my card is sitting on.

But when you open up this very ordinary card, the inside has a fun dimensional aspect that is SO EASY to achieve.

My little scene is set inside the window with a sparkly bat adhered to one of the bottom corners.

Here's how I did it:

I decided that I would make a 4" X 6" card, so I cut a 12" X 12" piece of striped cardstock in half.  Then I scored it at 3/8", 4", 4 3/8", and 8" and reinforced those score lines with my bone folder.

I adhered a strip of strong double-sided tape between the end of the CS and the first 3/8" score line. You need to put your tape as close to the fold as you can, without covering the fold.

Between the first and second score lines, I cut an aperture with a rectangular nesting die (you can use any shape), then I cut a frame for my aperture with that die and the next bigger nesting die. You can see that I also added a bat and a small triangle where I can write a brief note and sign the card.

The panel on the far right (above) is the card front, which I embellished as I've described.

Then it was time to decorate the inside. When the CS is flipped over, the aperture should be on the right, and the panel to decorate is now between the first and second scores from the left. I cut a piece of black cardstock that was about 3" X 5 3/4" and added my embellishments so they would show through my aperture. You really only need a piece large enough to cover the space behind your aperture. I just used this longer piece because it was there!

Now lay your inside panel flat between the first and second score lines and make sure you can fold the front of your card easily over the inside. If not, slightly trim that first 3/8" flap (where the double-sided tape is) so that you can easily fold your card. Once that is done, pull the backing off your tape, and continuing to hold the card flat, fold the front over to the right and press down so that the tape makes contact with the inside front.

Now, when you open the card, the back of your card will form a little 3D scene, almost like a shadow box.

Here's a look at the card from the top when it's open. The beauty is it will lie flat in your envelope.

If you would rather make a 5 1/2" high card, you can easily just cut your 12" X 12" cardstock to that height and proceed the same way. You'll end up with a 4" X 5 1/2" card so it will fit nicely in an A2 envelope.

I made a couple of Christmas cards using this technique, and I'll show you those in a later post. This post has gotten long enough!

Just one little whine, though, before I go. Guess what it did here today? It SNOWED! Ugh! And they're predicting that we are going to have a cold and snowy winter - which could mean 70-100 inches of snow. Double Ugh! I just hope it isn't too cold for the little ones to go trick or treating on Halloween.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween box card...

I made this fun box card recently. I actually used a die (unbranded) for the card base, but made my actual box a little taller than the die by not cutting the bottom edge and extending the side cuts and scores by hand. Hope that's understandable.

My flying bats are actually stickers that are held up with a narrow strip of clear plastic packaging. I stuck them onto the strip and then backed them with some black cardstock.

My stamped sentiment on the front flap is by My Sentiments Exactly.

My moon (stitched circle die) and witch are both unbranded dies, but my spooky tree was cut with a Spellbinders die. The tiny little stars came with the box card die set. I love this size of star - it makes the perfect tiny little embellishment.

The front of my card was decorated with a pale orange web and black spider (both unbranded dies). I think you can see in the photo that I've added some sparkle to the body of the spider. I also rounded his body with a flower-shaping tool and then used a pop-dot to keep it elevated in the center.

The back of my card has a white panel so that I can write a personal note. Just a funny little spider stamp to decorate it!

Well, my problems continued with my computer (less than a year old), even after it had been sent back to the manufacturer where they replaced the hard drive. I contacted the tech at the store, and he told me it would have to go back to the manufacturer AGAIN for repair of the graphics card or mother board. He wasn't sure which.  I was so fed up that I took it back to the store and told them it was a lemon!!! I said I wanted them to take it back and give me a new one. After a little hemming and hawing (and after I threatened to beat up the manager...in a humorous way), they said I could go ahead and pick out any computer in the same price range as an even exchange. Well, I couldn't get back to the computer display room fast enough. I didn't want to give them a chance to change their minds!

They had an upgraded version of the same computer as my previous one on sale (so it was the same price) and I decided to go with that. It's a mid-price computer, and there really wasn't much else to choose from with all of the attributes I wanted.

I've now had my new computer all of one day, and I'm still in the process of reloading all my programs, etc., that I use on a daily basis. It's a lot of work, but so far I'm happy with this one. Fingers crossed it continues to work well. If it doesn't, beware--there will be some four-letter words included in my blog posts!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Up, up and away...

I love hot air balloons - I even took a ride in one once. It was such a peaceful ride, other than the occasional firing of the burner to keep the balloon aloft. The view was incredible! It's surprising how many animals are hiding in the landscape below and come scurrying out when they hear the sudden noise of the burner. 

I made this card for my SIL's birthday, which is today (Happy birthday, Marcel!). The balloon and cloud dies were purchased online from an unbranded source. I cut the bigger balloon four times so that I could piece together the different colors. I kept all of the extra cutouts so I can use them on another card or two. The smaller balloon was backed with double-sided adhesive and then the cut-out areas were filled with glitter.

I think you can see in this photo how I've attached the larger balloon and one of the clouds with foam tape to give them a little "lift" (pun intended).

The inside was kept pretty plain - this is a masculine card, after all. :)
Today, I am doing the laundry and also hoping to get my fall decorations out. It's definitely time to do that. If I don't get at it now, it'll be too late, and I'll just have to skip over them and go right to Christmas. LOL.

I hope you have a spectacular week. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Three-step flower stamping...

I made this card before we went on our trip, but I'm just getting around to sharing it with you now. I used an unbranded stamp set for the hibiscus image that called for three different colors of ink. It's definitely not the most sophisticated stamp set, but I still think it turned out rather pretty.

The embossing on my pink strip at the bottom was made with a border embossing folder (by Darice, I think).

Here's a close-up of the flower.  The butterfly and the sentiment are from a freebie set that came with a magazine.

I've used a couple of ProMarkers to color the butterfly.

If you look closely, you can see that I used a gold metallic pen to draw in the stamens for my hibiscus.

The sentiment on the inside of my card is one from a Fiskars birthday set.

The fancy corners here and on the front of my card were made with a Cheery Lynn die.  I don't usually think to use my corner dies, but I'm glad I did here.

I've been working on Halloween cards, lately, and I'll be sharing those with you in the near future. I've still got lots more to make, so I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone, as they say.

I also want to share a few pictures of our trip with you, but I've got to get them onto my computer first. Hopefully, I can get that done sometime this week, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #130: Witchy or Autumn...

It's that time of year when we all get to enjoy some Autumn splendor (at least in my hemisphere) and look forward to Halloween. For our latest challenge over on Let's Craft and Create, I decided to focus on the "Witchy" part.

I first cut out a circle from a Post-It note, to be used as the mask for my moon. Then I set about inking up the rest of my cream-colored panel with blues and pinks and even a little yellow ink around the edges of my moon.

Once that was done, I used some unbranded dies to cut my witch, tree and grass out of black CS

My sentiment is from one of the various Halloween stamp sets I have collected over the years. I used some Versafine ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to help make those tiny letters more legible.

On the inside of my card I added a die-cut sentiment and a stamped and heat-embossed cat. If you look closely, you'll notice that I gave him some green eyes!

Now it's your turn. Do you have as much fun making Halloween cards as I do? Well, then, join us for this super fun challenge. Just post your creation on the Let's Craft and Create blog, and we'll pick a winner the first week in November.

This is just the impetus you need to get those Halloween cards made, right? I'm REALLY looking forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your projects. Halloween is my favorite card-making holiday!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, September 29, 2017

A couple of quick birthday cards for my stash...

I wanted to add a couple of quick birthday cards to my stash, just to keep the number of cards on hand at a comfortable level. You never know when you're going to need a card on a moment's notice!

I grabbed a couple of kraft card bases and a couple different colors of cardstock.

Then I picked out a Recollections flower punch, along with an unbranded flower die, leaf die and "wavy lines" die.

Oh, yes, I also picked out a CTMH Happy Birthday stamp.

With all my tools at the ready, I first stamped my white panels, adhered the wavy lines, and then ran them through my Cuttlebug with two different embossing folders (just to see what I would like best).

I inked the punched and die-cut flowers, layered them and glued them on with the leaves. As a final touch, I added a sparkly enamel dot to each flower center.

The inside of each card looked like this, but the other one had a pink mat and stamp, of course. The stamped sentiment is from Fiskars.

Two cards, done and dusted, in no time flat!

I will soon be sharing some photos with you from our trip to Europe. It's so much fun to go, but it's also fun to get home again.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh-- a little or a lot--every day.