Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Swing Birthday

Another friend has her birthday this month too. I used another vinyl sticker on this one and did some distress marker coloring.

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Die - Stampin Up Thinlet (swing card)
Stamps- Stamps of Life
Ink- versamark
Embossing Powder - Hero Arts Silver
Papers- Stampin Up

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Birthday My Friend

A long time friend and former co-worker has a birthday today...a significant one. The big 5-oh my. It is a day to celebrate! Have a wonderful birthday my friend!

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Vinyl Sticker-Elizabeth Crafts
Glitter- Glitter Ritz
Markers- Spectrum Noir
Ribbon- American Crafts
Paper-Various scraps, Neenah Aspen White
Stamp- Hero Arts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Boy and Girl Holiday Cards It is almost over, and I have so enjoyed this class. I really appreciated having 1 day between lessons. I did not feel so rushed with my homework. 

I made two very similar cards. I changed colors, cut out shapes, and sentiment fonts to lean a bit more to the feminine or the masculine. The long die cut on the boy's card had all the hearts removed and replaced with star shapes.  The girl's card I removed 1 start shape and replaced it with a heart.  

What do you think? Is one more boyish than girly?

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Dies by Memory Box, Sizzix, Spellbinders
Hero Arts Embossing Powders
Versamark Ink
Stampin Up and Hero Arts Sentiments

Blues and Greens 

On day 4 of Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop, I so fell in LOVE with Shari Carroll's color palette. I had many of the Hero Arts blues and greens used by her to make fabulous cards.  My cards are very basic, I was just loving the colors.  I made three cards and there is something I love about each one, the colors! Definitely the colors.

I am at this homework again past midnight, so the pics are not the best.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches 112

I have been enjoying a new to me challenge blog.  A sketch is provided each Wednesday.  This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is below:

I took out my as yet un-inked Mosiac Madness Stampin Up set and went to work.  I used Hero Arts midtone shadow inks in Tide Pook and Red Royal, and stamped the SU sentiment in Onyx Black Versamark ink. I added some gems to the stamped and punched out pieces, and mounted them on the card front with foam adhesives. The lower corners were rounded with my corner chomper.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 3, Clean and simple homework assignment for the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop. Today's lesson was clean and simple hard for me. I feel like my versions of them look like something is missing.  This one I am happy with, maybe because the white space...isn't white!  I am still working on Thanksgiving themed cards.

Super quick and easy, sentiment and image stamped in versa mark and heat embossed in gold. Stamps are from Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn. Papers are DCWV.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


I am so enjoying the Online Card Class - Holiday Card Workshop -2013.  I especially love the new format, one day on and one day off.  I don't feel so rushed with my homework.

Our second day, Jennifer McGuire made a layered inlaid die card.  She took several dies, determined how she wanted them layered, cut them out and replaced them in the cardstock.

I don't really have any single word dies that work well for a sentiment for this type of card, so I did a bit of a hybrid. I am still not ready to switch to Christmas, so another fall card for me. The card size is 3.5" square.

I used 3 Spellbinder leaf dies, some wonderful Simon Says Stamp woodgrain paper (which was SO much fun to ink up with distress inks!) and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment set. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Oh Ship!

When I first saw this stamp set over at Simon Says Stamp, I knew it would have to be mine. It had me giggling with delight.  I have had it for a bit of time, and while it is so fun and cute.  It is kinda boy/male-ish and I usually am pretty good getting birthday cards out in time.  So it has been languishing in my stamp bin.

I did recently have one birthday sneak up on me though, and I wasn't able to make/mail the card until my friend's birthday.  So, finally I get to use the set.  But, alas my friend is a wonderful LADY.  In deference to her gender, and my sense of humor...I used gold on white to make it somewhat girly!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

OCC HOLIDAY CARD CAMP 2013 Day One love watching the process of card making. So it is no surprise that I am taking another class at Online Card Classes.  Today's class was focusing on the card interiors.  Several videos showcasing different ideas were presented.  

Today's were all Christmas themed, but I am not quite ready for making Christmas cards.  I decided to make a Thanksgiving card.  My card has a "z" type fold with a banner that appears to stretch across the entire card.

There is still time to sign up for the class!
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Stampin Up Card Stock
Recollections Card Stock
Lawn Fawn Stamps (LF325, LF560)
Hero Arts Embossing Powder-White
Versa Fine - Vintage Sepia
Versa Mark
Memento-Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers (YR23, Y17, YR04, R24, YG03)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Two Cards, Two Challenges
   I have been back in Maryland almost a month now, and I finally feel settled in with my card making and crafting. I've got a good start on the family Thanksgiving cards (a later post) and our Christmas card is rolling around in my brain, almost ready for a dry run.  

   Today I took some time to just play with a couple of challenges.  I will present them in order of expiration of challenge posting time.  

   First up is Mojo Monday, I used some Jellybean papers, an impressions obsession stamp, a MS shape punch, distress ink in fired brick, distress marker in same, versa fine black onyx ink and some snug hug seam binding died with distress ink. I loved the sketch so I had to play.

   Next up is Freshly Made Sketches. This was an interesting sketch.  I have trouble with clean and simple, I keep trying though.  I think white space scares  
   I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set, Copic Markers, We are Memory Makers ribbon punch tool, versa fine ink, american crafts ribbon. 


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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Winners and a pretty fall picture

We are about to have some snow and rain and these gorgeous leaves will be on the ground by week's end.

Thanks to those of you who were able to stop by and leave a comment on my 200th post.   I have put your names into and the recipients are:

Commenter #2 was Joy,  Commenter #6 was Chark. Ladies, please send me an email (blog title at with your mailing addresses and I will get your packages out to you this week.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

200th Post and some Blog Candy

It is fitting that my 200th post shows my latest Hero Arts Scramble card.  I joined the Hero Arts group in March of 2012, participating in my first scramble.  The ladies of the group were all so very kind and encouraging that I eventually began writing this blog.  I have "met" more card/craft bloggers through this endeavor and it really has been wonderful to interact with so many talented, creative and genuinely nice women.

Here is my card for the scramble, our parameters were snowflake, blue (and neutrals) and make it a tag card(shape).

I am not quite ready for Winter/Holiday crafting yet, so I choose a cheeky sentiment. I used stormy sky distress ink on a white tag which had been dry embossed with a sizzix folder. I colored the tops of some of the embossed bumps with a white gel pen.  My Hero Arts snowflakes were embossed with white Hero Arts embossing powder on black cardstock to make them stand out. I also heat embossed the sentiment and die cut letters.

As a celebration of my 1 year of blogging (September) and my 200th post I have some blog candy. Please leave a comment let me know what you like most about blogging...or just surfing blogs.  I will pick 2 people from the comments submitted through 11:59PM EST Friday 11-8-13, for the blog candy. (I will ship internationally.) I will post winners on Saturday 11-9-13.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to those of you that stop by to visit and to those that take time to leave me such encouraging comments.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


A rather odd aspect on this photograph.  This card was very hard to photograph, this was the best I could come up with.  The stamp is from Heartfelt Creations. I colored it with Copic's then die cut it with a Spellbinder's die. It was inked with distress ink.  I admit to putting that sentiment on a separate piece of paper because I did not want to ruin the original card trying to stamp a rubber stamp in the exact right space on the card...had I been in Maryland with my stamp positioner...I probably would have stamped it on the card face.

Friday, November 1, 2013


Feel Better and Get well, I have two cards going out in the mail to cheer on my Dad who has a cold, and my best scrapping bud who injured herself while on vacation. I went for a fallish feeling on both cards.  

You know those MAN cards are so darned tough to make, but I am sure my Dad will appreciate the fall leaves.

I am sure my friend will love the sunflowers.  

My Dad's card is up first. While in California I stopped by Stamp Fever and ordered a few Lawn Fawn stamps, I had hoped to pick them up, but the store was out of stock. Linda kindly offered to mail them to me in Maryland, and they arrived last week.  I took them out for a spin!

Supplies for this card are: Stamps-Paper Smooches, Lawn Fawn (x2); Ink-Versafine, Memento; Markers-Copic Y17,yr04. yr23.yg63, g 24, yg03, yr24, yr07, r24, Memento-Rich Cocoa; Papers-Neenah, Recollections; Unknown twine bit

My second card is also made from Lawn Fawn stamps, with matching dies. I die cut the flowers after coloring them.  The pot and leaves are stamped on the panel. Since this is going in the mail, I put strips of yellow cardstock framing the image panel in stead of matting it. I have one sunflower popped on a thin 1/16 inch foam square. This should easily mail without extra postage or padding. Supplies used are Stamps- Lawn Fawn; Ink-Versafine, Memento; Markers-Copic Y17, y08, y13, yr23, yr27, e33, e57, Zig- Wink of Stella Clear; Papers-Neenah, Recollections; Embossing folder Sizzix.

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