Friday, September 13, 2019

Gift Card Box

I was so inspired by Julie's treat box I just had to case it.
Here is Julie's box. She has a video and a template on her blog. Very easy to make.
I did a practice one and decided I wanted to put a gift card in mine so had to make another one an inch longer than hers.
So mine is 6 x 6 1/2 and the bottom score line is at 5 1/4. I used a floral double sided paper because it is heavier and holds shape better than the single sided printed papers. I decorated with a white ribbon belly band and attached a gold mini doily and a birthday sentiment.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Piling It On

Tuesday Throwdown challenge is "Pile It On",  adding layers.
I recently purchased an 8x8 paper pack by Papercrafting Paper, Floral Shoppe designs. The double sided papers are all so beautiful.  All these papers are from that paper pack. 4 layers of paper plus sentiment label.
The sentiment and the colored embellishments are from Stampin" Up! The punched label is also SU!.
Inside, I cut 2 coordinating papers to make corners. The sentiment is computer made from my home Hallmark program.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Batty Halloween

Time to make Halloween cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids
Trying to make cute, non-scary cards can be a challenge.
One pumpkin is happy, the other frightened so mixed reactions to bats. The pumpkins are both fussy cut from a scrap of some DSP by Stampin' Up! Bats are from an old small punch. The jar is from SU Jars of love made into a shaker.  The orange banners are all from the stash box. I tilted the jar lid a bit and glued some of the bats as if in flight.
Also linking to Let's Craft and Create challenge of "Put Some Extra Layers On"

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Honor Flight

We have a good friend who was recently selected to participate in "Honor Flight" to celebrate his years serving in the Air Force.  If you are not familiar with Honor Flight, it is an organization that gathers older veterans, flies each one with a companion to Washington D.C. for a day. There is a special celebration for them and they visit the war memorials. As a surprise to the participants, friends are asked to send cards to a collection point and they will be distributed to the veterans on their flight home.
Patriotic of course has to be red, white, and blue. The navy background is embossed with stars. The red waves are from SU's Swirly Bird die set. The navy with white stars is from the scrap bin. The star is a die cut by SU done in white glitter paper. Celebrating You are from word sets by SU.
Inside I copied this quote
The other side has a thank you and some star stickers
I have used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


My 76 yr old brother-in-law fell off a ladder while trying to put a hunting tree stand into a tree. Broke his pelvis and got several abrasions. Fortunately his wife was with him but with no cell phone reception, she had to get him into the car and to the local hospital.  When are these older men going to realize there comes a time when they should not be climbing ladders?
Here is the get well card I sent
That is real duct tape across the bottom. The sentiment is done on computer. The tree (SU's Rooted in Nature) and the strip of wood grain paper scrap are inspired by his building a tree stand. Just to carry on the theme, I added a small bandaid sticker to the side.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Monday, August 19, 2019


Wednesday is my husband's birthday. He loves to fish, although does not get a lot of opportunities. So I made him a fish card.
The fish and jar are from SU's Jars of Love set. I used a couple of blue scraps to make the waves with SU's Swirly Bird dies. And some green fronds from SU's Botanical Blooms dies. The background is a stencil from My Favorite Things.  I think the fishes are a bit too fascinated by the jar floating in the water. One of them already got caught.  Inside I continued the jumping fish.
This is one of my twofers for this month's Twofer Card Challenge with Nautical theme.

The other card is a background of DSP by SU (now retired) The sea grass is in 2 different greens from the Jars of Love die cuts. The sentiments are computer made. hard to see is the waves from a green printed vellum and 5 "bubbles" from the fish made with Nuvo Crystal clear drops. 
Maybe if you squint at or enlarge this close up.

Since there are lots of scraps on these cards. I am also entering Shopping our Stash challenge Gone Fishin.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Feel Better Syrup

OOPS! I almost missed this week's challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches.
So I have just a quick and easy one.
I am adding to my stash of Get Well cards with this fun pre-colored digi image by From The Heart.
I backed the image with some blue marble print by Ms. Sparkle. I think it brings out the blue eyelids on the chicken. Hope it is not too dizzy to make the recepient worse. The ribbon behind is just a strip from my stash. I anchored the image with 3 band-aid stickers I picked up for 1/2 price at Michael's.
How could you not feel cheered up with this adorable chickie spooning out and spilling his feel good syrup.  Hmmm. do we need to check out the ingredient label?

Sunday, August 11, 2019


It is a lazy summer Sunday afternoon. I have taken time to retreat to my craft room and create. After browsing some blogs, I realized I had not yet played with  Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippet Challenge #358 and would love a chance to win that Newton's Nook daisy stamp and die set.
The sky background is a sheet from Ms. Sparkle Clouds and Grass paper pad. The rest is a bunch of snippets. The Lemon Lime Gingham is from SU as is the sentiment.  I think daisies and gingham go so well together. The tiny orange strip is the very last bit of snippet from a sheet of patterned paper. See, never throw anything away, it just may be the accent you need. The daisy dies, stems, and leaves are from SU different sets. The butterfly was laying on my desk left over from another project. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019


They are stripping and then repaving my street today, making a lot of dust so I see a trip to the carwash tomorrow.  No going anywhere today though. Perfect day to spend in the craft room.

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. Stampin' Up!'s Painted Harvest is getting a lot of use. I stamped a bunch of sunflowers and fussy cut them so they are ready for quick cards. Punching out leaves in different shades of green also makes them readily accesible. I store all of these in the case with the stamps.
I left off the sentiment so I can add it for whatever occasion I need. The DP is from retired DSP from SU. Card base is Chocolate Chip. The ribbons are from Michaels.
I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!

Here are a couple more cards with the beautiful sunflower.

This is loose interpretation of the same sketch, if you tilt your head a bit.  Card base is Kraft. The background is grapefruit grove embossed with an SU folder. The sentiment is from Inky Antics stamped with Crumb Cake on a Stitched Nested Label (top edge cut off). Under the sunflowers, I added some strands of raffia.

The next one is CAS and quick. tape down a piece of burlap. (Money saving tip: buy 1/4 yard of burlap fabric and cut into pieces). Add a sunflower and some leaves.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pigs and Pumpkins

I am working on some fall themed cards for a regular client.
This adorable pig with pumpkins is a digi by From The Heart. Colored with SU blender pens and fussy cut.

The brown background is a piece of brown handmade paper from my stash. The DP is from SU. The sentiment is from the out of business The Angel Company. The label is Stitched Label Dies from SU. 
I was inspired by the sketch at The Paper Players