Tuesday, March 26, 2024


 Happy Birthday to me!

I have arthritis in my hands and shoulders and have been wanting an electric die cut machine for quite a while. When I told my woodworker husband (who seems to buy a new tool for every new project) that I needed a new tool to replace a 12 year old one and he was all for it. I can tell you, so far, I love it.

Using the die cutting and embossing features, I made this card.

The turquoise papers are leftovers. A few years ago, Stampin" UP! had some DSP that had an overall bird design. I spent one afternoon fussy cutting all the birds from one of the sheets. Now I have a bird handy when I need it. I used an SU punch for the small daisies. An old sentiment from my collection die cut with an SU label die. The e/f is from Cuttlebug. I think it is actually poinsettias but they do look a lot like daisies.

I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday

Lots of challenges for this one. 

Can You Handle the Pressure use any embossing folder with a twist of adding a bird.

Cardz 4 Galz Spring flowers with die cut or punch.

Just Us Girls Birds of a Feather in collaboration with Time Out Challenges

Tulip Bouquet

 Spring has arrived in southern Indiana, tulips, daffodils, flowering trees.  Achoo!--allergy season has also arrived. Good excuse to stay inside in the craft room.

Last Tuesday of March and a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Here is my tulip bouquet card.

The background paper is SU!s Forever Love Suite DSP. I looked closely to see that tulip was written in the script so decided it called for a tulip bouquet. There are gold specks on the paper so I used gold foil paper for backgrounds. The tulip is an old unlabled stamp. They are colored with Stampin" UP! blends. I free hand cut the stems and leaves. The lace is from the stash. The sentiment is done on the computer.

I hope you have some time to spend in the craft room to create and share with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Let's Ride

Fun times for a little guy to give his dog a ride in the wagon.  But I hope he doesn't get a ticket for parking so close to a hydrant.

This is for Cardz 4 Guyz #434 Dogs or Puppies and for Send a Smile 4 Kids  cards for boys.

The wagon stamp is from Judi Kins. The dog and hydrant from Great Impressions. These are both old stamps so I don't know if they are available anymore. The dog and hydrant are on the same stamp. I cut them apart to use here. The coloring is done with Stampin" Up! blends and star gel pens. The road marks are an SU grunge stamp. I blended some blue sky for background. The strip paper is from the stash.

I left off the sentiment as Send a Smile 4 Kids often asks for no sentiment so they can use them for any occasion. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Study in Greens

A new Tuesday, a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. As always feel free to change orientation and shapes. Just so we recognize the general sketch. Have fun with this one. 

The world is beginning to green again so I guess I am in a green mood. I changed the orientation to landscape. 

The green papers are from Stampin' UP! I punched a row of pine trees with  an SU punch.

 I didn't want a lot of contrast for the sentiment so I stamped the hi with dark green. There is no die cut for it so I fussy cute it and then did 2 more in black so there would be more dimension. It is really camouflaged. You may have to enlarge the picture to really see it. 

Then I decided I should make one more true to the sketch. So I did a chain of daisies with gold sprigs behind them.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024


 Tuesday, a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I have a fun card for a teenage boy or girl who plays guitar. 

And surprisingly, I very closely followed the sketch design. The patterned paper is the new Rock "n Roll DSP from Stampin' Up! I broke out my old deckle scissors to trim the red card stock. The letters are die cuts from Tim Holtz.
This will be a great card for Send A Smile 4 Kids
I hope you are inspired by our sketch and find time to create this week to create and share with us,
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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Flower Garden

 Sharing a card today for Cardz 4 Galz challenge to use some green.

The patterned paper is from SU's Perennial Lavender. There are beautiful flower garden prints. I picked up a green from the pattern for the card base.

Behind the patterned paper is a strip of light purple to anchor everything together. I cut a 5"x4" pattered paper, then cut strips of each end. The center piece is glued to a scrap cardstock and popped up on foam tape. The sentiment is an old one from the stash and punched out with a label punch by SU. I added a gold edged purple ribbon behind the label.

This card is CASED from this card by Brian King

ngMeandering Meadows Designer Series Paper, Timeless Arrangements Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Big Letters

 Cardz 4 Guyz new challenge is "Use a Letter in your Design" I think I overachieved this time. I have used 5 big letters. 

My big letters making the shaped card are from The Stamps of Life. You can find it here. Check out their store, they have so many cute dies. I have used the happy die for several occasions.

The patterned paper is from SU. I snipped birthday from a stamped sentiment and backed it with black. The 3 birthday hats are from Newton's Nook.

Inside, I did a computer sentiment and then die cut it with the background die (the one I used on the red). I repeated the 3 party hats inside.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Masculine Thank You

 Do you need a thank you card for a man?

Even though the paper has polka dots, I think it i subtle enough to be masculine when paired with the other elements. The sprigs are a die cut from SU. The sentiment is from my collection of thank you sentiments, no label. Tying raffia and attaching to sprigs also adds to the masculine feel.

Entering this at Let's Craft and Create challenge of Anything Goes and/or thanks.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Ready for Spring

The new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

We are into March and there have been some days giving a hint of spring. It put me in the mood to make a spring card.

I've used green and yellow cardstock. The green is embossed with a Cuttlebug E/F. Do the curves remind you of butterfly flights? The ivy vine is from the retired SU Quite Curvy set. I punched 2 butterflies from a scrap of yellow marble texture paper. I attached the butterflies with glue dots and then placed mini-dimensials under the wings to hold them up. The sentiment is an old one from my thank you stash of stamps.

I hope you will find inspiration from our sketch and share your creation iwth us.
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