Monday, December 30, 2019

Snippets Birthday

Another year over. Straightened and stored Christmas stuff. Now on to resupplying my stash so I don't have to fret at the last minute making a card. This one is for birthday
 and made with scraps which I never seem to make a dent in.

The card base is Grapefruit Grove from SU. The snippets are also from SU, a discontinued paper pack from a couple of years ago. Leaves are an SU punch in shimmery gold. The sentiment is also SU, several years old. The rose is an old unlabled stamp, colored with SU blender pens.
Entering in Snippet challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. And playing for any of the 5 prizes Di is offering this time.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Gift Bags

Gift are purchased. Not to wrapping. Or in my case, decorating the gift bags.
My son's family are all runners, even outside in the cold and snow. So they are getting warm socks with lip balm, Starbuck's cards, other gift cards, and for the girls--bath bombs for a warm tub soak after running, all tucked inside the stocking.
The socks are what inspired by gift bag decorations.

These are great ways to use up some leftover bits of Christmas design papers. The stocking die is from My Creative Time. To get a set, die cut one, then flip the paper and die cut another.  I punched holes in the edge of the bag--don't punch the whole circle, just half so the hole is not too large.  Run the ribbon through and secure inside the bag with glue dots. Attach the stockings with tiny clothespins. I used glue dots to secure the top of the stockings and small glue dots behind the clothespins just for a little more security.
I love how these turned out.
Entering in
Just Us Girls,  Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash. Happy Holidays
Pixie's Crafty Workshop   Snippets Playground And playing for the prize because I love those adorable unicorns which my granddaughter would love to be made into cards for her.
Another gift bag for a hostess gift of lavender candle and bath soak.
Here I stamped lavender flowers and then rubbed SU Highland Heather ink over them. And some green ink to ground them. The sentiment is also from SU.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Teen Boys

I have finally recovered from last week. My daughter's family of 5 were here for 5 days. It was sure fun to have them here as they live in Texas and we don't get to see them much.
She asked if I could make some teen boy birthday cards for her 2 sons to use for birthday parties.  It is pretty expensive to buy cards as well as gifts.
I used a NBUS stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. This is a great set for teen boys who are big time gamers.  I die cut a bunch of the circles from primary colors and white so I would have a bunch for making several cards.  I don't know much about video games so I'm sure I didn't get the control buttons right. I the boys will notice that right away. The card base for all of these cards is a note card set from SU.
I am entering in Just Us Girls anything goes challenge.
Here are a couple more card I made for the grandsons
The guitar and headphones are from SU and the Rock On die from Die-Versions.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy Turkey

Getting in 1 last Thanksgiving card featuring a cute happy turkey. Do you think he probably does not know what's coming?
The turkey is from Winnie and Walter stamped then colored with Stampin' Up! blends. The scalloped circles mimic the turkey feathers.  The 4 strips are from the scrap bin. The sentiment is from the same W&W set. I stamped some leaves on the Old Olive card stock for some background interest.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall Colors

I love the display of colors in southern Indiana in the fall. And of course love using them on card designs.
Kraft card base. Very Vanilla card stock stamped with Falling Leaves by BoBunny using Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red from SU. Next layer is Pumpkin Pie. Then another layer of Very Vanilla card stock stamped with the tree trunk from Sheltering Tree by SU. I sponged the same 3 colors on the tree with sponge daubers. The falling leaves are made with a falling snow stamp that left its original package and found its way to the box of snowflake stamps. The sentiment is an old one without ID.
Entering at Let's Craft and Create challenge with option of Thank You
The Paper Players

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Thank You

"Tis the season-- for thanks.
Working on some Thank You cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids
Entering in the challenge at Just Us Girls
The DSP is retired from Stampin"'UP! Then a tilted layer of blue vellum. The sentiment is from ? I have bundled a bunch of Thank You sentiments in one box so can't always remember who made what but it is handy to find a thank you sentiment when I need one.  I stamped a flower from SU's "Oh So Succulent"
I have been really productive. Checking some sketches I have saved from Pinterest, I made 3 more

Snow Much Joy

I have a fun winter card to share today. You can tell these little snowmen are having a great time.
The snow patterned paper is from my scrap box. Not enough of it left to identify source. The snowmen are from SU, stamped, colored, and fussy cut. The sentiment is cut from a card from last Christmas. Aren't these guys having a blast tumbling in the snow?
This is for Send A Smile 4 Kids. I can just see some little kid's face lighting up with joy after receiving this.
I am also entering in Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #364. This one certainly had lots of snipping going on. Love Di's tree and butterflies. Definitely playing for the prize.

And Time Out Challenge
Because my snowmen are grateful for all that snow and having lots of laughs with it.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


Getting in 1 more card for the Celebration challenge at Send A Smile 4 Kids
Try this party trick if you will--hop on one foot while juggling. OOPS! he lost control of some of his sequins.
The panda if from Mama Elephant Pandamonium set. The background paper is by Ms. Sparkle found at JoAnn's.
I found inspiration for my card on Pinterest made by Di Design.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

More Large Snowflake

I love the first large snowflake card and decided to make another while I had all the supplies out. You can see that one here.

I used the double impression folders technique.  First the falling snow, then the large snowflake. The tree is punched with a tree punch from SU with some green glitter paper.. Sentiment is by SU.  5 punched snowflakes (Maartha Stewart) from SU white glitter paper adds more glitter.
This sketch is by Freshly Make Sketches


When I first saw the picture of Cas(E) this Sketch! challenge, I immediately thought of the large snowflake impression folder from SU.

Then as I read on, I saw that Darnell had the same idea. Great minds think alike! LOL!
Here is my version of the large snowflake:

I recently saw on Pinterest about double impression. I tried it here. First I used the falling snow folder  from SU. (you probably have to click on the picture to really see that. Then I used the large snowflake folder--also SU. The sentiment is by Neat and Tangled, stamped with Versamark and embossed with silver. I added some punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes from some white glitter paper by SU.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Quick and Simple

I need a lot of Christmas cards for a Holiday Market at my church where I have a table. Quick and simple, not even any stamping, is a good thing.
Papers by Paper Studio--6x6 pack called Gifts of Gold. I fussy cut 3 ornament. When you have sentiment printed on the paper, no need to stamp one anywhere. A strip of gold foil paper adds more shine.
The inside has a computer made sentiment. I had extra room so fussy cut another ornament for the top.
The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Swirling Snow

Last year I found a pack of paper that had the Frozen movie as a theme. I have made lots of little girl cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids. The papers were double sided--love that, it seems you get twice as much paper per pack. Today's card has the very last scrap of snowflake paper and that was perfect for todays Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge.
The background swirl pattern paper is Marble Paper Pad by Ms. Sparkle and Co. found at JoAnn's.
The swirl accents are a die from SU, cut with their blue glitter paper. I also added 3 Martha Stewart punch snowflakes from the blue glitter paper.  The sentiment is from a Newton's Nook set. In case you have trouble reading it, it says "Snow one else like you!"
Looking at this kind of makes me shiver. Although it is beginning to cool off here, I am not ready for that kind of cold weather.
Here is Tuesday Morning Sketch

Here are a bunch more with the Frozen theme papers

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Santa Cats

 Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge this month is Celebration Cards.
I upcycled these images of Santa Kittens from a card and envelope from last year's greeting cards. Cut them out and glued to this card. I used some Snow Marker on the fur parts to make them fluffy.
The sentiment is done on the computer. The DP is a pad by The Paper Studio. I added a strip of gold foil paper at the bottom. 

Sunny Sunflower

Fall is finally finding Indiana. Nights and early mornings are cooler. Great time to visit the craft room and create while the temps warm up. Late summer and fall in Indiana means sunflowers in bloom.
All but the ribbon here are Stampin' Up! products. I stamped several of the sunflowers at one time and cut them out with my Scan 'N Cut so they are easy to grab for a quick card.
I am submitting this to Let's Craft and Create Challenge #152 - AG + Option COLORS OF FALL

and to Just Us Girls
I could make tons of cards with the designer papers I have hoarded! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Secret Garden

Beautiful florals

I have found a new to me challenge. I love to read so this one is right up my alley. The Library Challenge. They suggest a book title for your inspiration. The current one is
This past summer, I found a beautiful pad of floral double sided paper pack at The Papertrix, a nearby craft store. And 1/2 price too. What a great deal. I have made a lot of cards with it.

The background papers are from this pack. The roses are a Stampin" Up! stamped with a light pink and a rose color and fussy cut. The leaves are an old die that lost it's original package. The sentiment is also SU.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Deck The Halls

For Tuesday Morning Sketches
I've finally pulled out the Christmas papers and stamps. I only have a month until my church's Holiday Market so I need to get busy with Holiday cards.
The sentiment and image are digitals by From the Heart. Colored with SU Blender Pens, The papers are also SU.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Penguin Twofer

Nothing like sliding in just under the wire. If you have not played Darnell's Twofer Challenge this month, you only have 1 more day. The prompt is critters.
I love penguins. I could watch them play around all day as long as I am at the warm zoo and they are in their polar ice room. If you have not seen the Disney documentary production about Penguins in 3-D, try to find it in your area. It is one of their Earth Day productions. So cute!
In my first:
Pete the Penguin is having such a wonderful dream, frolicking in the surf on a warm, sunny tropical isle.  
Then whamoo! He wakes up back to reality and cold.
And yes, I know I am mixing my continents. Penguins are at the South Pole where Christmas is in their summer season. Igloos and dark in the winter are at the North Pole. But he is so cute with that igloo.  Oh wait, maybe it wasn't all a dream. Where did that red inner tube come from? And his little pool of water?
I used a bunch of different stamps and dies for these two.
Penguin and palm has lost its label, I think maybe Lawn Fawn.  (MFT, thanks Cat for that info) Igloo from Winnie and Walter. Waves and sun are die cuts from SU. Glitter "snow" paper and stars are from SU
I used bunches of snippets from the scrap box so also submitting to Pixie's Crafty Workshop
Her Mimosa card is so cute. I would love to win the prize she is offering. It would go really great with that tropical theme of my first card.

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"