Saturday, May 29, 2021

Happy Birthday with vellum

It's Saturday and I FINALLY got a chance to make some cards!! I have some birthdays coming up so I made this for my friend Mary who's birthday is Tuesday. She is the one who got me the job so I can hand deliver it instead of mailing it to her since I am still training all next week. I decided to add a little vellum to this basket :).

Fab Friday - Challenge #214
Three Room Studio - Birthday

Stamps and dies by The Greetery
Vellum used under basket

Friday, May 28, 2021

Hello Misted Watercolor

I tried a new technique over at Splitcoast called Misted Watercolor and you can see the video here. I used a stamp set from Concord & 9th and used Jane Davenport watercolor paints. I think I was a bit heavy handed on my watercolors as I only had to go over it twice. It dried pretty dark in between the layers.

I have survived my 1st week of working full-time and I got 31 hours for the week. I am really enjoying it even though I am totally exhausted by the time I go home! LOL I hope to get some crafting done this weekend. I have Monday off for Memorial Day. YAY!!! :) 

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Flowers
Moving Along with the Times - A Bouquet of Flowers

Stamps by Concord & 9th
Washi tape added to the side of card
White acrylic paint added to center of flowers

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Today is Day 3 of my new full time job and let me just say, I am EXHAUSTED!! LOL  Here is a card I made a few months ago and realized I never posted it. I know it's only been 3 days, but I haven't made a card since I started this job.  

Shopping Our Stash - Gnome Doubt About It

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Sending Some Happy on a tower card

This is my first tower fold card. I learned about it at Splitcoast and you can see the description here and the video here. It goes together pretty easy once you watch it and you spend more time cutting all the paper pieces versus doing the actual folding. I believe it's going to need some extra postage though.

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #519 Brown/Pink/White

Stamps and dies by Concord & 9th

the other side looks like this standing up

Monday, May 24, 2021

Happy Birthday

I had to make a male birthday card and I wanted to use my mushrooms dies so I made this for this challenge. 

I had a great birthday yesterday. Kids (they're not kids anymore. They are 28 and 26 but I still call them kids) made chocolate chip cookies in the air fryer with ice cream in the middle. Yummy!! See pics below!! I start my new job today so we'll see how much time I have to make cards now LOL.

Just Add Ink - Color #555

Stamps and diecuts by The Greetery
Stencil by The Greetery
Colored with Copics

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Just Bee-Cause

I am sending this to my chemo buddy who I send cards to once a week. You can find info about the organization here. This is my 4th chemo buddy in 2 years. I find different sentiments online and put those inside the cards. Always encouraging :). 

Creative Knockouts - Finish the Inside

Stamps by Simon Says Stamp

Sentiment computer generated

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Happy Birthday Bouquet

Tomorrow is my 58th birthday!! I have ZERO plans but that's ok since I start my new job on Monday at 8 am :). Just going to relax or make cards! 

Seize the Birthday - Make It a Bouquet

Stamps and dies by The Greetery
Inks by Catherine Pooler

Friday, May 21, 2021

Happy Retirement

Something other than a rainbow card LOL I have a friend in Michigan who is retiring soon.

Sunday Stamps - Petal Power
Festive Friday - #0084 (flowers, die cut, green)

Stamps and dies by The Greetery
"Happy Retirement" hand written
Catherine Pooler inks
Copic markers on baskets

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Have a Lovely Day!

Sunday Stamps - Petal Power (I did rainbows with the colors instead of flowers)
As You Like It - Favorite Coloring Medium and Why (my favorite coloring medium is my copic markers. I just love how they blend and I can shade with them. I cut white strips out of the rainbow and colored them with my Copic markers instead of using colored cardstock here)
Krafty Chicks - CAS

Stamps and dies by Concord & 9th

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Hey there Beautiful Friend

 Just Us Girls - Challenge #584

Stamps by Concord & 9th 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

You're Amazing

Yep, another rainbow card :). 

Color Hues - Purple/Teal
The Paper Players - CAS with polka dots

Stamps and dies by Concord & 9th

Monday, May 17, 2021

Sending Some Happy

I seem to be "addicted" to rainbow stamps and die cuts lately. LOL

A few days ago, I mentioned we're having a gas shortage here in NC - do you know I still cannot find gas anywhere within about 10 miles from me?  Did I tell you I start a new job next week? I haven't worked full-time in about 10 years so this will be very interesting. The pay is good and I get insurance benefits and dental. So ... I hope I have time to stamp once I start working full-time!!!

Just Us Girls - Challenge #584

Stamps and dies by Concord & 9th

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Picked Fresh for You

For one of these challenges, I had to have spots and stripes. I decided to make my own stripes using painters tape. It's very easy, you just dip your painters tape into the ink, tape it onto the paper and press it on. You can see it done here.

Color Throwdown - Challenge #642
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Spots and Stripes

Flower stamps and dies by The Greetery
Dots by Concord & 9th
Stripes by painters tape inked 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sending Bear Hugs

This was a fun sketch as I knew I had some fishtail banner dies in my stash but wasn't quite sure how to make a card for this sketch. All my dies were wider than the sketch shows so I decided to glue the die cut onto the card, then stamp on top of that so it hangs off the banner. I kinda like how it came out :). 

Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #485
Animal Friends - Bear

Stamps by Catherine Pooler
Fish tail banner die cuts by Gina Marie Designs
Inks by Copics
Cloud ink and sentiment smudging by Catherine Pooler inks

Friday, May 14, 2021

May 14, 1991 - 30 years ago today we flew to St Thomas to be married. We wanted a small wedding on the beach. I insisted on no shoes. Who wears shoes in the sand? Not us! We had to find 2 witnesses at the last minute. The preacher found these 2 teenagers skipping school and asked if they would stand up with us (lol). Luckily they agreed and the rest is history!! We had wanted to go back to Magen’s Bay for our 30th anniversary where it all began but due to Covid, we decided not to. Hopefully one day again we can go back and visit that beautiful heart shaped beach! Happy 30th Anniversary to my best friend!

Swing Easel card

I believe this is my first swing easel card. I did a challenge over at Splitcoast and combined it with the challenge at Color Throwdown. It took me forever because the challenge at Splitcoast was for a bigger card and I decided to make it fit into a standard A2 card. 

Here are my measurements in case you want to duplicate it. Keep in mind, I did extra layers to accompany the color challenge so some layers may not be needed:

4 1/4 x 11 base card
3 x 3 1/2
2 7/8 x 3 1/4
2 5/8 x 3 (stamped image on this)

Inside measurements:

4 x 5 1/4
2 1/4 x 4

Die cut is 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 and I have it popped up

You can see video here

Color Throwdown - Challenge #642

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet

The more I play with these 2-step flowers and basket dies, the more I love them! I sent this to my bff's mom who turns 83 on Monday. She is here visiting from FL and we went to lunch the other day and I almost forgot her birthday was right before mine. It was so nice to eat INSIDE a restaurant.

Spot Challenge - Color Challenge #161
Cuttlebug Mania - Flower Power (I used The Greetery dies and cut it with my Big Kick)
Addicted to Stamps and More - Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Stamps and dies by The Greetery

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Happy 80th Birthday Mom!

Made a card for my mom who turns 80 this summer!! My mom has Alzheimer's and lives in an assistant living home in FL. I haven't seen her in over a year, since before Covid. Not sure when I will get down there but hopefully I can make it for her 80th birthday. She has had Alzheimer's for 6 years but still recognizes me which I am thankful for. She has a hard time remembering to take her diabetes meds and her short-term memory is really bad.

The Paper Players - Challenge #PP540

Stamps by Flora & Fauna

A Day at the Beach

If you ever have wanted to try and watercolor a beach, this video tutorial by EmiKay Art will help. I watched it and then tried it and actually I love how it came out. I decided to add some birds (stamp by Repeat Impressions) and the girl on the towel are by Stamping Bella. I remember I got 4 of these Stamping Bella stamp sets several years ago and I love making scenes with them.

I wish I was on the beach today. If you haven't read in the news, we are having a gas shortage in NC (all stations in Charlotte are supposedly TOTALLY OUT OF GAS as of last night). Some pipeline was breached that comes to our area or something like that. Our governor called a State of Emergency so they are not allowed to raise the prices really high and that caused complete chaos yesterday and everyone ran out and topped off the tanks, just in case. I did not do that. I have plenty of gas in my car and will just stay home a few days. 

Make the Cards Challenge - Beach

Stamps by Stamping Bella
Birds by Repeat Impressions

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Red/Orange Rainbow

Another thinking of you card for Cards for Kindness

Color Hues - Red & Orange
Craft Rocket - Favorite Color Combination (red/orange)

Rainbow stamps by Unity Stamps
Sentiment by Concord & 9th

Monday, May 10, 2021

With Deepest Sympathy

Allsorts - Create a landscape or scene
Make My Monday - Sympathy

Stamps by Stampin Up
Sentiment by Techinque Junkies

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

It's Mothers Day in the US today. Here is another Mother's Day diamond fold card I made with different patterned paper. It does need extra postage to mail it. Kids are coming over and we are getting japanese take-out and I am excited because I don't have to cook!! Yay!!!

Inspired By - Celebrate Her
Beyond the Blue - Copic marker coloring

Stamps by Colorado Craft Co.