Tuesday, March 26, 2024



I had a lovely afternoon crafting with Peggy via face time.  I am limited on the time I am comfortable sitting at my desk crafting, part of the reason I am not posting as much.  But I had a lovely time today and played with a new stamp set from Stampin Up  Blueberry Bunches. The set has two images, and 5 sentiments.

I made a few cards for my stash.

  My thank you cards are quite depleted, so I decided each time I make cards there have to be a couple of thank yous in the batch.

It doesn't hurt to have a few just because Hello's in the stash either.

This one is just so busy, and uses clusters of the second image that were fussy cut and layered on the card, but I just love it for some reason...maybe because it is crazy busy.

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Friday, March 22, 2024



Hubs and I got out of the house before noon yesterday to go see some cherry trees...but before that I had a play with Simply Zinnia, a new Stampin Up set.  I love that Zinnia's are pretty much a single color - meaning that shading isn't a must.

ETA- I forgot to time my card, so I have removed it from the challenge.  I'll try another card.

We found a new place to view the Cherry Trees (which peaked last week along the tidal basin). Its usually so crowded with slow moving traffic, so we headed out to Hains Point in East Potomac Park just a short distance away from the tidal basin.  Afterwards we drove to the National Arboretum to look at more flowers and trees. My favorite Magnolia tree is there.


This is along Ohio Drive through East Potomac Park.

The magnolia in the largest square is my favorite tree in the Arboretum. I just love those yellow blooms. Prior to visiting here, I had only seen white and pink magnolia blooms. This variety is called Ivory, but it is a lovely shade of yellow.

Tonight and tomorrow promise rain, so I am glad we got out to see the blooms.  We usually go on my birthday, but I don't think they'll be holding out til next week.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024



Got a chance to face time craft with Peggy today. I needed two specific cards to get into the mail tomorrow.  So, I dug into that pile of "new" stuff, and a panel that I had cut for my Easter cards by did not use.

Truly, I have had this Uniko stamp forever, and today it finally made its debut.

This Stampin Up paper has been sitting around for at least two years maybe 3... The beige is the b-side of the blue.  The sentiment is also from Stampin Up.

 Well, now its time to put my feet up a bit before I head downstairs to make our salads with chicken breasts for our dinner.

Hope you're all having a good week. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, March 15, 2024



Oh its time for some of the hardest cards to make...those darn man cards.  I love making the girly flowery cards, but it is my luck to have a lot of men on my birthday list...hubs, nephews, brother's-in-law, father's-in-law, my Dad, my Godson, a few friends from work and that adds up to TWENTY man cards a year. Yikes.

I have found that nature is the easiest way for me to overcome this challenge.  Stampin Up has a lot of nature stamps that work well for man cards.  Both of these cards feature the set Waterfront.  

I stamped the mountain, sand, and water twice to make it across the card front.  Added a gold embossed sentiment from Ellen Hutson.

This one has the stamps stamped once, then cut with an oval. I added the Honey Bee lovely layers rod and reel to the card over a backround stamp of Stacked Stone(SU) and a piece of vellum. The Happy Birthday oval covers a badly stamped sentiment, but I like the "new and improved" lol  look. Gotta save a card when you can.

So I've made 4 man cards this year of the 20 I need. Fortunately my last two April birthdays are gonna be girly cards.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024



Time to seriously attack that bin of new stuff.  I have stuff not unpacked yet and I need to make room! So I grabbed a handful of items to use and cards will be made.

 Three items out of the bin...MFT's Happy You Day, PTI Love to layer charming brackets, and sizzix simple plaid die. Pearls are from SU and copic colors below.  (the caio marker is V000)

Next up some die cutting. The set is Friendly Florals from Concord and 9th.  Sentiment is CTMH.

For the card below the stamp set is Beautiful Bunny from MFT, sentiment is computer generated; Copic colors below, and the clouds are an MFT stencil - Rolling Clouds.

So that's 6 cello envelopes of stuff out of the bin...still have a ways to go...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024



I am getting the last of my Easter cards done so they can go in the mail by the end of the week. My international cards have already been mailed.


The tulips are from Altenew. The die cut panel is PTI. 

The sentiment is from Avery Elle. I foiled the sentiment, then die cut it. Then foiled the left over foil piece using a full foiling plate and die cut them as well. The negatives give an outlined foiled sentiment. This is a win win 2x's the sentiments one set of foilings.

 I'll be placing these into the galleries at Double D and Triple B. One for each.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024



It's the same old story, when the vampire hours hit hard I get nothing done.  The only thing I can do is wait them out. So I am...waiting...impatiently!

I did manage to get inspired for a card by the mood board at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge. Those pink blooms are fabulous. 

Altenew's book engravings were inked up for the second time. I used the Cherry Blossom trio of Altenew's alcohol markers. I sometimes have a hard time finding the right rv copic shades to get the pink I want, and these markers are the perfect pinks. The sentiment is from SU's teeny tiny wishes.  

Oddly I have nothing sentiment wise for a bridal shower.  So this had to do.


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