Friday, March 31, 2023

Cuppa and a Card

 At our last Cuppa and a Card at Paneras Bread Company I gave Sally a little break.   We usually get a cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate.  Oh did I mention a pastry - Bagel, muffin, or cinnamon roll.  We usually meet at 8:30ish and share our weeks creations, visit, socialize, and then try and start at 9:00 ish on our card of the week.   The theme was "What is your Shape".  We often tend to forget about shapes when we look at a current catalog of SU,CTMH, etc. and there are so many possibilities with litterally shapes.  I used Water Color Shapes - and when the girls came in  I asked them if they were square or round!!!  Just to mix up the seating a bit. 

What a fun time we had - my friend Donna who came from St. Louis on Monday and stayed all night came to Cuppa and a Card as well and we all stayed for lunch.  

So next time you go shopping either in person on on line or from a "new catalog" don't let the shapes pass you up.  There are so many possibilities to use these stamps.  All stamps used in these cards are from SU. 

Monday, March 27, 2023

Marathon Stamping

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Marathon Stamping

One of my besties "Donna" came for an overnight on Monday March 20th.  I met Donna when she was pregnant with her first born son when we were both RN's at DePaul Hospital.  Well her son is now 40!!!  She has 2 beautiful grandbabies with this son and 6 (yes) 6 with the youngest son.  So she is truly blessed.  

We both come up with "shoebox" projects - with projects usually  cut, scored, and ready to put together and either color with Copics, watercolors, or ink smooching.  We had a 9+ hour marathon on Monday, when at 9:30 I told her I was going to bed!!!

We made several cards - we each had 5 shoebox projects (I think).  When she got here she "dog sat" our Buddy dog as a neighbor passed and hubby and I went to the funeral home.  She was such a good sitter.  And Buddy likes to be with her as she "bribes him with treats".  Hubby cooked lunch for us as well as cleaned up and we started on our marathon.  This is a few of the cards that we made!!!

The first card on the left is a lattice card - oh so much fun - and then Happy Thoughts on the right.  Again another fun one.  

These two cards - first on left is done with the DP paper from Dainty flowers from SU and a darling cute bumble bee for some extra bling.  The card on the right is a creation by Donna - the die cut is a SU die, and then she die cut the flower and did some in water coloring on the flower and leaves.  

The card on the left is a "twisted ribbon" - once you get the first and second placement you have it made.  The card on the right is a twisted angle gate fold.  We decided to go with Easter Bunny theme on this one.  

 The card on the left is a ink smooching background - in which we smooched some ink and then used coarse salt on top.  Using coral, seahorse, and some cute little fishes we completed the card.  The card on the right we used some DP that worked perfect for the beautiful sea creatures.  

Like I mentioned at 9:30 I told my guest I was done and going to bed!!!  The next day we had Cuppa and Card at Paneras Bread company and I was the "guest" instructor.  The theme was "what is your shape.  Cards to follow.  

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Platform Card - Playing in the Rain

Despite having had a flu bug - which lasted almost 3 weeks I was still able to find time to stamp.  I went to a class - and this is one of the creations our SU instructor Ruth Petzel had a workshop.  We worked on our cards first - took a break for a lunch at the Marketplace (which has really good food) then we finished up our cards.  One of my favorite cards we created was the Lawn Fawn platform card using Playing in the Rain stamp set that as offered in the Sale-a-bration catalog this spring.  It was a very popular stampin/die/DP/bling set that was very popular asSo much fun and it sold out quickly but thankfully it is back in stock.  

 So much fun to create with - plus the Paper Pumpkin stamp for February featured this set plus some additional stamps etc. to go with this set.  

Lawn Fawn really knocked it out of the park with this die set Lawn Fun Pop-Up .  It works with so many applications as well as so many stamp sets.  I LOVE this card we created.  

The stamp set is back in stock as well as DP, dies, stamps, bling.  It is a set that is well worth the investment. 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Spring Animals Shadowbox

 So - been under the weather for almost 2 weeks now - NOT COVID - tested negative - but just the "seasonal flu" .   It is still hanging on with no energy.  I get a couple of things done then it is time to rest.  But hopefully this will improve as the week goes on.  

Our "shadow box" group did our spring animal swap a couple of weeks ago and I did manage to get it done and a picture taken.  

 Aren't they adorable???  This group has been a lot of fun to work with and now we have completed all 4 seasons.  We may think of another one this summer but I love this.  I keep my displayed on my bar between the kitchen and living room.  Rabbits seem to be a favorite of the spring animal but check out the skunk, the little fox, oh and the sheep jumping over the fence.  I didn't forget about the darling owls or the cute little hedgehog.   

Monday, March 06, 2023

Feels like Monday

 I am having so much fun with this set from Close to my Heart - so many cute images as well as great sentiments.  

No coloring on this card - just stamped and die cut the cat and dog.  This card looks really displayed open on the mantle or end table.  

For us retired folks everyday is Saturday.  Or whatever day you want it to be.  I have been retired for 5-6 years now and love being at home.  Although most weeks I'm not at home much.  Lunch is my favorite hobby - next to stamping - and I love to get together with my crafting friends.  

This card will probably go in my stash - and will be ready when I need a card for a working 9-5 friend.  LOL

Friday, March 03, 2023


 This is one of those sets that you see and think "I have to have this set".  It is from Close to My Heart - and has so many cute images (and diecuts) as well as a lot of sentiments.  

How many times have you thought UGH Monday (for those of you that work).  I don't really remember Mondays as I was a RN and weekends required coverage and everyone had to take their turn.  

This style is a faux step card - another fun fun card to make, there are several different instructions on Pinterest.  Easy Peasy - so much easier than a regular step card and still get the same punch.