Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sweet Little One

 This is for a dear friends new grandson.  For this card I used Elephant Parade stamps and Hippo Happiness dies both from Stampin Up.  I love this stamp set and have had a lot of fun using it.  Colored the elephant using copics, shaded the tub with some distress ink.  The sunshine rays layer used StampinUp stamp as well.  Just makes a happy card especially for a new baby. 

I put an Amazon gift card as my gift for the new baby.  I also completed the card with stamping an envelope to match.  


Welcome to the world sweet baby.  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Hippo Happiness Make a Splash

 I have been having a lot of fun with this set Hippo Happiness from StampinUP, although it is no longer available.  I had just made a baby card with another set and I thought oh the hippo would work out well for this.  


Can be used for another baby card or a "toddler" birthday card.  The sentiment and the splash die cut  Make a Splash I have had for a long time and it came with a magazine I bought.  Fun card to make. 

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Happy Birthday Balloons

 I recently got this balloon die from Simon Says Stamps - (plus a nice birthday gift coupon from them as well).  A couple of weeks ago our four musketeers crafting group got together each of us bring a shoe box project to share.  This was the one I shared.  I cut 10 different colors of glitter paper for the balloons - and it was like a puzzle to fit them all in the correct place.  


 I think I will get more than one or two uses from this die.  I also got some sticky paper from Simon Says and that worked real well for the balloon dies as well as the balloons.  

I am enjoying playing with NBUS (never before used stuff), and will hopefully be posting more frequently on my blog.  

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Pet Sympathy Card

 I really need to make a few of these up when I have to make a pet sympathy card - they are hard to make when the pet crosses the rainbow bridge.  Our dear friends dog crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday.  


This card was in my "cards to case file" on Pinterest and I thought it was very simple and meaningful.  I blended oxide distress inks for the rainbow - then sprayed with my distress water bottle giving a nice fine mist.  The sentiment inside was also one I had in my files 

makes me cry when I read it.  So I hope the card is a comfort to my friend during this sad time for her. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Happy Birthday

 I have to share my birthday cards from my talented crafted and great friends.  I celebrated birthday all week - lunches, crafting get togethers, lunch with hubby, Happy Birthday singing from grandkids.  

I broke them up in three groups so I could get them all in. 


BD card on the left is a tuxedo card from one of my friends Donna - she said she really struggled with it (in fact had to have her hubby Steve help!!!).  Middle card is from Patti - triple diamond card with special beautiful envelope, and the far right card is from Cheryl - lots of die cuts and fancy framing.  


Far right card is from my friend Sally (also my upline with Stampin Up), middle card is from Diana and far left card is from my adopted Mother - (Donna's mom) she is 91 and does beautiful work.  I hope I can still do this at 91.


This last card is from Donna - yes I got two from her.  Love shaker cards - and glitter.  This card depicts Donna and I crafting - Donna is on the left and I am on the right.  Great match - she even colored the hair to match our hair color.  

What a great birthday I had - who can guess what birthday it was?  Ok my friends who know you can't divulge.  

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Hippest Hippo

 I have "most" of my Cinderella chores for the day done - so I am going to play while hubby watches the ball game.  I have had this set from StampinUP since salebration started and I placed my first order but this weekend is the first time I have had any spare time just to play.  The first card is done in purples - which is a pretty simple layout.


Used a bit of vellum behind the circles.  This will go to great grand daughter - as it has love you a TON sentiment.  The next one I did in pinks


This is going to a friend who just finished 20+ radiation treatments for her cancer.  She surely deserves something to make her feel like she has accomplished something.  I need to adjust the tight rope (black and white bakers twine) so her foot is on the twine.  I think I can do this without taking it apart - at least I hope so.  This set comes complete with dies - so many accessories - love the glitter sunglasses and umbrella.  

Off to make two hippo boy cards for the two boy great grands.  

Monday, August 01, 2022

Benefits of a Friend

 Where oh where has the summer gone - I was looking through my fall stamps thinking I need to get them out - but still having fun making summer cards.  In fact I think summer cards are my favorite to make.  Well except Christmas.  Here are two cards that I made from Unity images.  I stayed all night with my dear friend Donna when my hubby had surgery June 30th.  His surgery was in St. Charles MO. and Donna lives about 15 minutes from the hospital so it worked out perfect.  She had just won two Unity stamps so she "shared" with me.  Love both of these stamps and they have already been sent out.  


Love this image - colored with copics die cut with SU and I had a crocheted flower that  one of my home patients made for me when I had her for nursing home care.  She made me several in different colors and I still have just a few left.  


 The second image is also a Unity stamp that Donna won - sunflowers.  This went together so quickly as I had this lovely sunflower paper.  I colored the flowers with distress oxide and a water brush.  Quick and easy.  

Thank you Donna for sharing.  

P.S. Hubby is "finally" doing well after his surgery, was a rough three and a half weeks complicated by an infection.  But he has turned the corner and is well on the road to being completely "normal" again.  Especially his mood. LOL

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Hello Summer/Flamingo

 Oh talk about hot - I think we are going to top 100 today - staying inside this afternoon. 

This week for my female chemo buddies I made "Flamingo" cards as I was sending them as my giftie a flamingo tea towel/or socks with flamingo.  I try to coordinate a card to go along with the giftie I send them weekly.  I don't always succeed but it is fun to find a image to match the gift I send them.  For my women it is easy - but for my man - well that is a bit harder to come up with.  I usually don't make many masculine cards - but I have made a few and I keep those in a separate folder.  I have a 16 year old chemo buddy - male and a 75 year old male senior buddy. I have been doing this for well over 15+ years and I get so much happiness in my heart.  This week here are the cards I send my female buddies.  


 


I made these cards with an older set from Amuse Studio - (from TAC I went with The Amuse Company a direct sales), and I have kept several of the stamps that I acquired as a demonstrator.  I am currently a Stampin Up demonstrator - and yes I am my best customer.  Lets just call it like it is - I LOVE rubber stamps.  
I especially love the stamps that have the dies that can be purchased separately but I don't limit myself to just SU.  I make a lot of my own gifties to send to my chemo/senior buddies - always looking for that special little something to include in their weekly note and card.  I currently have a female buddy and I made her 6 thank you cards - with envelopes including the stamp that she can use to send out for her personal use. 
Stay inside where it is cool - this too will pass!!!


  

Sunday, July 17, 2022

National Ice Cream Day

 Has it really been three weeks since I posted???  Well...has been a busy three weeks.  First my friend Patti and I had our first in person stamping class since Covid.   We had a great turnout so great that we divided the class into two days.  We had 18 students and 9 pick up kits.  (I will show the class cards at a post this week.)

Second - hubby had surgery - overnight stay in the hospital - and has had a really rough two weeks of recovery.  I think we have called the doctor almost everyday with a new issue to deal with.  Currently dealing with an infection so is on a coarse of 2 weeks of antibiotics. I'm hoping he is on the right track now and each day will be a bit better.  He is usually a fast healer and doesn't complain of pain but this surgery got him down.  

So today is National Ice Cream Day - July 17.   I made up my ice cream base yesterday and will make the ice cream today.  We have a countertop ice cream maker that makes one quart - perfect size.  Our favorite homemade is coffee toffee.  

Here is my card to celebrate - I made 3 of these and will send to my chemo buddies this week along with a DQ gift card.  


I used a retired SU set - along with a scrap of DP that goes with the stamp set.  I wish I could still get the paper but... I stamped the envelope as well with ice cream cones.  I think my chemo buddies will enjoy their creamy treat.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Happy Birthday

 Last Wednesday our stamping group of 4 (we are the 4 musketeers vs the 3 musketeers)  got together to celebrate Sally's birthday.  We made it a surprise trip - she knew we were going someplace but she didn't know where.  We have a darling boutique/ craft store in Bonne Terre (about 12 miles north of Farmington).  It is called the Fancy Crow and it has a little bit of everything and the owner is a delight.  

We then went for pizza/salad at   also in Bonne Terre - wonderful pizza and the price is beyond right.  One of our musketeers Cheryl lives in Bonne so after lunch we went back to her house for cake.  Is this not beautiful.  


Cheryl had it made - and it was not only beautiful but delicious as well.  And then Cheryl send the remaining left over cake home with us.  (The best part).

Here is the birthday card I made for Sally.

It is a cascading fold card - cased from Dawns Stamping Thoughts video.  Well I said some not so nice words before I finally got it figured out.  I had to work from the completed card back to the basic card.  I don't think it was Dawn - but more me getting it all to come together.  I love the final result.  I used Stampin.up Sending Smiles I like the final end result.  I enjoy cards that you can set on a shelf or desk and display.  Happy Birthday Sally

One more birthday to celebrate - MINE!!!  That will be in August.  


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Hedgehog Happiness

 I have been enjoying this set from Stampin Up - Hedgehog Happiness.  The hedgehog uses a punch to punch out the image.  


I like the colors I used on the hedgehog better than I did on the last hedge card I made.  Then the little birdie offering him a cute flower.  I also love the sentiment.  Mounted on orange gingham paper, a white scallop die and tied together with some cute orange and white ribbon from my massive collection of ribbons.  

I usually send at least 4 chemo cards out a week and I think this one will brighten a person going through chemo days.  


Thursday, June 09, 2022

Congrats Grad

 My hubby's great nieces (twins) graduated from high school this year - how did the time go so quickly.  Their party is this weekend - so I made 2 cards alike BUT different.  Their school colors are green and gold.







I borrowed my supplies from a friend Patti and I have already given them back to her so I don't know who made the dies, stencils, etc.  One card I did the Congrats in gold, and the second card I did just the opposite.  Love the grad hat stencil which I stenciled on with a dk green distress oxide ink.  I have used the die of the grads celebrating before - guess I really should get this one for my collection but it is nice to be able to borrow and exchange with friends.  
Put a couple of crisp GREEN bills in the cards and ready to go to the party.

Friday, June 03, 2022

Happy Hedge Hog

 I love whimsy - just about anything whimsy including this cute Happy Hedge Hog by Stampin Up.  

This little guy was punched out - punch has two separate pieces, the entire hedge hog and the top half of him.  Colored him up with some copics - (made my next one lighter in color).  The clouds are punched out with a cloud punch and cloud paper that came with another set of papers, but works perfect for this.  

This one was mailed midweek to a new chemo buddy that I just recently got assigned.  I'm hoping it will bring a smile - as well as her introduction to her chemo angel - ME.  

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Fortune Crane Happy Anniversary

 We have some very dear sweet friends that will be celebrating their anniversary anniversary.  When I saw the Crane set from SU I knew this image was for them.  Such a beautiful collection of designer papers and in this fun fold I got to showcase several of the patterns.  I am thinking they will both enjoy their card - and in fact I'm thinking about getting her the set/dies before they are retired.  This set is simply her style and I know she would use it.  



A little handwritten note inside and card is in the mail.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Fun Girls Craft Evening

 Two cards left to share with you from a couple of weeks ago when we had an overnight craft evening at my house.  We had not gotten together since before Covid so it was a special time.  The two cards I am sharing today are from Donna and I love both of these cards.  One is very CAS 


Love the ombre stenciling - then just the simple sentiment double layered.  These are so easy and fun and quick to make.  And it does pack a punch.  This card went in the mail this week to a chemo buddy.  

The next card was a fun fold card - I love fun folds - and this is a variation on a Wfold card.  I have done a variation on a W fold but love this idea as well.  



These images are from a retired SU set - one that I will keep in my retired stack as I love the lady bug images.  So glad we were able to get together and be creative after a long hiatus.  I'm keeping this for a pattern then I will mail it on once I make another one. 

Monday, May 23, 2022

Happy Birthday

 One of my Chemo Buddy has a Birthday coming up this week so here is the card I sent and inside I put a Dairy Queen gift card so they could go get some ice cream.  


I bought the ice cream cone punch from SU while it was on clearance - I think it was under $5 - I had some ice cream cone paper in my stash - two sided so I punched the waffle cone out of the backside and the ice cream from a polished cardstock again from my stash.  I had some cute little hearts in two sizes so I used the larger heart (as my cherry) on the ice cream and die cut happy birthday.  

Happy Birthday sweet lady - keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  

Monday, May 16, 2022

Kindergarten Graduation

 Great grandson Carter is celebrated  his graduation from kindergarten this past weekend.  His Mom home schools him as well as his older sister and younger brother.  I am so proud of her and the kids as she has done an amazing job as a teacher and the kids have been great students.  Here is the card I made him:

using Lawn Fawn Color my World stamp set and die.  This was so much fun to put together.  Enclosed a little "green" inside his card for his accomplishments. 

and here is his last day of school and his graduation invitation picture. 



I know you will do well in first grade.  

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Girls Overnight Crafting Marathon

 Last week two St. Louis friends came down for an overnight crafting marathon session - so much fun.  Here are the two cards Diane brought to share:   


Both of these cards use new sets from the StampinUp 2022-2023 catalog.  I think I am going to have to have both sets.  

Monday, May 09, 2022

More Fun Cards

 Two friends from the St. Louis area (really St. Charles, MO.) came down last week for an overnight girls stamping and crafting marathon.  We had not gotten together since pre-Covid so it was quite a treat.  We each did two make-n-takes and below are mine.  



This one used the  SU New Horizons paper and stamp/die set.  This paper stands alone in card making - and Donna discovered there was enough left over to make a bookmark to go with the card.  A card and a giftie.  


Both of these cards are from SU - love how the marble paper coordinates with the cardstock and the coloring blends.  This is a faux stepcard - so much fun to make.  

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Lawn Fawn Platform Card

 OK - is this not the cutest??? We have a group of 4 crafters that get together quite often, so last week we got together to make this card.     This is Lawn Fawn's new platform die and wild adventure card.  This came in a kit done up by a crafting  friend, Ruth Petsel.  There were 5 cards in the kit but this one was by far my favorite.  Thank you Ruth for "enabling" me yet again.  Of course I had to have the set of 2 dies.  I already had several Lawn Fawn sets that will work with this die.  


There are several videos out there as well as samples for ideas.  I have watched one this afternoon - so plan on cutting my pieces out and putting it together as I watch the video again.  So much fun.  It folds flat for mailing in a regular A2 envelope - I'm thinking there will be extra postage but...this is a giftie in itself.  Go to Lawn Fawn platform cards in Pinterest and check out all the samples.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New Horizons SU Papers

 A couple of weeks ago our little group of four got together to celebrate another spring birthday - Happy Birthday Patti.  It was a surprise - and I kept thinking she wasn't going to come as she had a cold with sniffles, and lethargy so I finally told her she had to come help me figure out a card I wanted to make.  So with a bit of reluctance she came - we had banners, balloons, and a special lunch - homemade vegetable soup, crackers with peanut butter/honey, a homemade cake and my DH made homemade ice cream.  Did we take pictures - NO - totally forgot but did take pictures of one of the card we made compliments of Sally  and Paper Pumpkin.  


I just love not only the Paper Pumpkin kit using the New Horizons, but the paper as well as the stamp set and dies.  I will have pictures of Cheryl's cards in a couple of days.  

I am so glad we all live close enough that we can get together often and exchange ideas as well as enjoy our friendships.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

You Are Fierce Birthday Card

 Seems like I am needing more masculine/boy cards lately so I recently made a "tiger" card using Wild Cats from SU - the tiger/leopard are a bit tricky to stamp but again I used my stamp positioner so I could get the stripes right.  


This is another corner tuck in flap card - but it works really well for this card and easy to make.  This card went to the son of one of my chemo buddies.  I always try and include them in my cards, notes, and sometimes a gift like for his birthday.  

 This is such a fun set to play with:


Once I had the stripe placement worked out - I went ahead and made a couple of these cards to put in my masculine stack.  This one I used to send to my chemo teen boy.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Hummingbird - A Touch of Ink

 I really struggle with the two step stamps from SU - that is unless I use my stamp positioner.  The two step stamping is supposed to look like a watercolor and isn't supposed to be perfect but the OCD in me wants to make it "almost" perfect to line up.  This set has four images in it and lots of fun sentiments.  I did two different techniques, one a fun fold and a stack, cut and shuffle.  My friend Cheryl  was my inspiration for this style. you cut and shuffle 4 different design papers that all coordinate.  I like this and you get at least 4 cards- all different.   


The second card is a tuck in the corner that I have made before (Pinterest) and the top right corner tucks in on the base card.  A fun card to make and again I used A Touch of Ink using a little bit more coloring on the hummingbird.  I took a sponge dauber and sponged in his light ruby belly.  Both of these cards will go out in the mail next week to a couple of chemo patients.  



Sunday, April 10, 2022

Cup and a Card

 It was so nice to join some of our Cup and a Card gang last Tuesday.  We had coffee, a sweet treat, lots of talking, and oh made a cute cute card with the new ladybug set/punch.  Out hostess Sally had everything cut and ready to put together (so we could spend more time catching up on the last 2 years).  Here is our card. 


This is such a cute practical stamp set and punch - good for so many occasions and leaves lots of room to be creative.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Man and his Dog

 These two cards have no stamping on the outside - I just with with the simplicity of the die cut and the beautiful Horizons paper pack from SU.  A friend had send me the die cut - probably a year ago - yep - I misplaced them (well ok lost them) and as I was going through some stuff I found them.  That was my sign to make a couple of cards before I lost them again.  Thank you Cheryl for sending them to me. 




I used the same die cut on the second card - but cut off a dog from an extra my friend sent me.  This would make a great pet sympathy card, thinking of you, or a just because. I currently have a senior buddy and a chemo teen that I send cards to weekly so these are already earmarked for them.   With the New Horizons paper there is really no extra stamping needed except maybe a sentiment.  These papers are absolutely beautiful - and have a big seller.  

Monday, March 21, 2022

Stamp Workshop

Got together with some dear friends on Friday in St. Louis for a stamping workshop.  Oh what a fun day we had - besides spending time with friends, we made  some really sweet cards.  


This was the first card we completed at the workshop - I will post the second card when I get a picture.  

This stamp set is from Stampin Up annual catalog To the Moon and is such a practical set to have on hand, graduation, love you. congrats etc.   

It is amazing how much you can accomplish with just a stamp and some ink pads, no coloring tools necessary.  Quick and easy.  My kind of card.  

Thanks Dianna for a great workshop - despite the rain we had a pretty sunny fun morning inside the Panera in St. Charles county.  


Monday, March 07, 2022

St. Pat's Candy

 A dear friend Patti,  gave me one - so I decided to look online and see if I could find the directions.  Well success!!!



This little matchbook will hold two Andes mints, perfect to send the grandkids.  I had some St. Pats pattern paper in my stash - doesn't take much - and the sentiment on the front is from SU - which is perfect for St. Pats Day.  

I can see an Easter Bunny with some nice spring/Easter Paper. 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Bumblee Card Anniversary Card

 Don't you love it when you can use a stamp set/punch more than one way???  Wish I could say this was my idea but it was "case'd".


What a fun card to make using the Hello Ladybug Stamp Set from SU. Black/yellow strips, sweet vellum wings and a black gem to cover up the glue dot behind the vellum wings.  Punched out a couple of little yellow flowers to hide an oops smudge.  Black organdy glitter ribbon adds the final touch.  Have several anniversary dates coming up in the next couple of months - and I really thought this would work for an anniversary. On the inside I used a sentiment Side-by-Side.  

I need to try making more than just one style with my stamp sets - I think maybe this gave me the motivation I needed.   


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Moving On

Our next door neighbors are leaving tomorrow for their move to Tacoma WA. (we are in MO.)  Here is the card I made for them. 

Their PODs came yesterday - loading them up today and leaving tomorrow.  
They were the BEST neighbors - and saying goodbye tonight (we are having them for dinner) will be so hard.  They are our adult kids age but we just clicked.  He got a promotion and part of the promo was he had to move to WA.  She works from home so location is not a part of the equation.  
I made the card using Best Delivery from Stampin Up.  I looked up POD trucks for colors.  I cut out POD in white letters using an old Amuse alphabet die.  Mounted the letters on red, made the cab of the truck red and added some glossy accents to the windshield.  
The card was easy to make - but saying goodbye is going to be hard this evening.  
But.....we have plans to fly to Seattle in either June or September to see them.