Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Star Wars

This month's theme at Send A Smile 4 Kids is Cards 4 Boys.  I found some Star Wars themed paper in my stash. I think the boys will love it. I am amazed at how long Star Wars has been popular. My son some 40 years ago had a lot of Star Wars characters. When he grew up and left home, I cleaned them out and gave them away. Then years later, when my grandsons came along, suddenly all those characters were popular again--and more valuable.

I'm sorry I can't remember who made the papers. The Yoda image is from Google clip art. I added 3 punched gold glitter stars to balance out the black strip. Star Wars should have stars, right? I left off the sentiment so it can be used for any occasion. 

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Golf Season

 Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is  #292 Equinox Seasonal Change - Spring. I normally think of flowers for spring cards but they are usually too feminine. So what is spring for guys? Getting back on the golf course.

I actually made this last year and did not use it. The patterned paper is a scrap from SU. The golf bag is google clip art. The sentiment is Die-namics. I used the debossed side of a polka dot EF and punched out small circles for golf balls.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Pretty Daffodils

A second blog post today. I have been waiting for a plumber to arrive and now waiting for them to finish the job. So, I have had time to make 2 cards.

 This is another card using the Daffodil Afternoon DSP from SU. 

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches

More Daffodil Afternoon.

 Still playing with Stampin' Up!'s Daffodil Afternoon DSP free from this years Sale-A-Bration. I am enjoying all the daffodils popping out around my neighborhood. But, I don't have any daffodils because the squirrels and rabbits always eat them. I guess they feast in my yard and leave the neighbors alone. So I am getting my daffodil fix with paper.

Colors include Mossy Meadow, Pale Papaya, and Mint Macaron. 

I used this sketch from Make the Cards Challenge

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Floral Birthday

The spring flowers and trees are all starting to bloom in my part of the world. Bad for the environmental allergies (sniff, sniff) do love all the pretty colors.

Today I am sharing a floral birthday card. I'm pretty sure all women would like to get flowers for their birthday, whether real or paper.

 The papers are from SU's Daffodil Morning.The sentiment is a retired one from SU. I added a couple of sequins as daisy centers. Then every flower garden needs a butterfly. The butterfly is an SU punch. I added black NuVo drops to the center. Inside I did a computer sentiment. A few days ago, I read on a blog"you can never have too many butterflies" so I added 3 more punched butterflies as accents inside.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also posting with The Paper Players

Thursday, March 17, 2022


 I don't know what the technique is called. I made my own backgrounds by rubbing ink pads on a mat, spraying it with water, and then pressing the card stock onto it. Is that called smooshing?  Having a senior moment here? Help!

Anyway, I made my own backgrounds for these 2 cards.

The turtle and sentiment are from Technique Tuesday. The turtle is lightly colored with Prismore colored pencils. Behind the turtle is some shimmer paper from SU. I popped up the turtle with foam tape. The sea shells are stickers, also from SU.

The green one has a retired SU stamp and sentiment. The bird is also lightly colored with pencils. I sponged some Pool Party around the bird for a little sky. Behind the bird is a piece of green vellum stamped with seaweed from SU.

I am using the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

The green one I will keep in my stash.

The blue one will go in the stash for Send A Smile 4 Kids

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Daffodil Garden

 Tuesday Morning Sketches has an extra with their sketch this week.  They ask us to "create a scene"  I guess that could have a couple of connotations  :) but I chose a daffodil garden scene.  I haven't seen any daffodils in bloom in my area yet. If they were, they would probably get their little heads frost bit tonight. But that is not an issue on paper. 


The background is from the Daffodil Afternoon papers that were free with SU Sale-A-Bration. The stamps are from the You're Inspiring retired set from SU. I colored the flowers with SU Blends. There wasn't a die for the large flower so I had to fussy cut it. I made grass border with Martha Stewart "grass" scissors. The sentiment is from SU's Easter Friend in the current mini catalog. A punched butterfly with black nuvo dots completes my spring garden.

Here is the sketch which I did in landscape mode.

Friday, March 4, 2022


 I purchased a paper share from the SU mini catalog. You get 6" sections of each of the DSP designs in the catalog. I wasn't sure whether I would like the Symbols of Fortune DSP and would not have ordered that on my own. ButI really like the serenity of it. When I saw this paper, I thought of the area near me that is a wildlife refuge where sandhill cranes migrate through twice a year. There is a festival there called Marsh Madness which we will be visiting tomorrow. 

Enlarge the image to better see that beautiful scene. One of the papers had the crane scene in repeat. I was able to crop several with an oval die. I backed that with dark grey. The cloud paper is another in this series. That is backed with white. I left off the sentiment until I decide where this card will go.

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches

Here is another version with a little more bling. The background paper has gold foil branches so I sided it with gold strips. I put some printed vellum behind the oval scene. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022


 Time to get out the spring colors and patterned papers. Also time to restock my stash of sympathy cards.

The papers are from SU Daffodil Afternoon, one of the freebies during Sale-A-Bration.  Love freebies, right?  Even if they cost something to get them :). The leaf branches are die cuts in SU's Forever Fern set. The sentiment is a retired one from SU. I don't usually use sequins on sympathy cards but this seemed lacking something. I found some old sequins that were the same color as the Pale Papaya card stock. They filled in that blank space nicely.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches