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.  

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Pet Sympathy Card

 Recently a friend's  pet "kids" crossed the rainbow bridge.  I know how truly missed he is and I will miss seeing pictures of him on their FB page.  We recently lost one of our beautiful pups - at the age of 13 - a long life for a big dog. But we do miss her terribly.  Hoping the card helped eased the pain for my friend and her husband.  

Saturday, February 05, 2022

Turner Syndrome


February 4-7is Turner Syndrome card auction. This is being presented by Lori Koblar who has a daughter with this syndrome.  Each year she presents a card auction from various card artists and puts them on insta-gram aution for sale.  All proceeds to the the Turner Syndrome Foundation.

I made 3 cards for her aution:

If you have an insta-gram account you can go to #turnersyndromecardauction and #turnersyndromefoundation

I was so happy to be able to be a part of this card auction that helps Turner Syndrome.

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Happy Valentines Day

 As most of you know I am a chemo angel - I currently have a teen boy as well as a female and a senior male.  Well I had no problem coming up with a valentine as well as a giftie for my woman and my senior man but my teen boy - and my hubby came up with a McDonalds Gift card.  So while I was out today running errands I stopped at McDonalds and picked up a gift card.  Came home and started looking through my Valentine box and came up with this:

absolutely perfect for my boy plus the Mc Donalds gift card - 

The stamp I have had in my Valentine stash for many years and is by Peddlers Pack - and the date on it is 2003.  Oh Wow - talk about feeling old!!!  Anyway I thought this paired up perfect with the gift card and it will be in the mail tomorrow.  Already mailed my other chemo buddies cards and gifts.  The grandkids dad stopped by and picked up their gifts (shipping is so expensive) and I have their Valentines ready to go in the mail the first part of next. week.  

Got one made for hubby which I will be posting soon.  Can't forget the DH. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Lady Bug Valentine


WOW - it has been almost a month since I posted a card - what can I say?Mojo on winter break, who knows.  BUT...when I got some new stamps and punches from SU - I decided to start with the lady bug punch.  What a fun set this is and the punch is easy peasy to line up.  I had just a couple of sheets of the red sparkle paper from years ago so used that for my base, cut out a pink heart outline from some pink shimmer cardstock.  Punched lady bug out - and decorated her wings with some fun little punched hearts.  Very simple but I like how it turned out.  Going to be in my room some more this week so hopefully I will post a couple more fun new cards from SU spring mini catalog.