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Daddy's girl...

Six years ago today, my dad passed away after a battle with cancer.  He was a good man and I learned many a life lesson from him.  I loved him.  I love him still.  I miss him.

For you pops! dad

A close up look at the stacking of the die cut. dad stack


Supplies: Stampin' Up! CS: tangerine tango, so saffron, basic grey.  SU! stylish stripes embossing folder.  SU! tangerine tango ribbon (retired).  SU! linen thread.  Lil' Inkers dad die. HVAC aluminum tape. Free pattern paper.


Today is another single layer card.  Quite a departure for me as I tend to like layers on my cards.  I recently purchased some stencils from My Favorite Things and decided today was the day for the test drive.  I used the checkerboard stencil and Stampin’ Up! chalks (now retired).  I taped the stencil down on the CS with washi tape and then took a cotton ball and applied the chalk.  I used riding hood red, tangerine tango and daffodil delight.  I liked how this turned out.  The red ended up more pink which is why I used pink twine.  The sentiment was a freebie from Lawn Fawn.  All in all, I am quite pleased with this card.  Easy to make but nice to look at I think! sending hugs checkerboard
Sorry for the darkness of the photo, it was the only way to show the checkerboard.  I am adding another photo to show the contrast. checkerboard

Enjoy your day!


Supplies:  PaperTrey Ink white cardstock; My Favorite Things checkerboard stencil, Stampin’ Up Chalk – riding hood red, tangerine tango, daffodil delight, Memento black ink, Lawn Fawn sentifment, twine from my stash.

Seeing Stars....

An organization that I belong to recently held their annual convention.  I was charged with making the tags for the baskets for the officers.  I knew I wanted to make bookmarks and had purchased a really cool banner die set called notched stars from PaperTrey Ink. I started with garden green cardstock for the base and then cut a single layer out of daffodil delight CS to go over it.  This die set has two parts, the base and the top with the notched stars.  I used the top banner on white CS and glued all the layers together.  I liked how the yellow peeked out of the stars.  I then used my stitched stars to cut the two sizes of stars and glued them together.  The final step was punching a hole and running some hemp string thru to be able to tie to the baskets.  I heard that the tags were well appreciated!  It is always nice to hear positive feedback! star tags

Enjoy your day!



CS: Stampin’ Up! garden green and daffodil delight.  PTI white CS

Dies:  PTI notched stars banner, Lil’ Inkers stitched stars


Rhonda's Camper

One of the gals who goes to my stamp club found a really cute camper pillow on pinterest.  Determined, she found a way to make it into a card, without the aid of a die.  This is the result: Rhonda's Camper

I love it!  I think she did use some dies/punches/cricut cuts to do some of the details but I think she did a great job.  I do like to hoard certain cards and this will be one of them.

Enjoy your day!


Pals Paper Arts Challenge 207

I was happy to see the colors for the Pals Paper Art challenge.  I was intending to make this card for the fourth of July so I just moved it up a bit.  When I first saw the Two Kind stamp set, I saw fireworks.  I thought the blooms were perfect for exploding fireworks and had planned out the card I wanted.  This is a single layer card with a lot of bling on it.  But, hey, if you have fireworks, you need some bling! 

I used night of navy ink and stamped off one time before stamping on the whisper white card stock.  Using real red ink and the distressed stripes stamps from PaperTrey Ink, I created a flag at the bottom of the card, using the smaller bloom for the “stars”.  I then attempted to put the bling in rows like stars. 

I made this card a couple of days ago but didn’t have a chance to photo and post.  My apologies to the other stamper who made a card using the Two Kind set as well.  I hope she will not be offended that I decided to post my card anyway. two kind

Enjoy your day!


Supplies: Stampin' Up!:  whisper white CS, night of navy and real red ink, rhinestones, Two Kind stamp set.  Papertrey Ink: distressed stripes stamp set.



a hunting we will go....

I have a brother whose birthday is in October.  He is an avid hunter and his birthday usually coincides with the opening day of hunting season.  Last October I made a card for him that I think really impressed him.  When I first saw the Remembering Christmas stamp set in the Holiday 2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog, I really didn’t see the Christmas connection at all.  Put a red nose on him and maybe but only if you were willing to accept Rudolph mounted on a wall.  Personally I thought this would be perfect with a bullseye on it.  So that is exactly what I did.  I used nestabilities to cut out the circles and a rhinestone for the center.  I liked it.  I still do. bullseye

I used Stampin' Up! real red, crumbcake, and whisper white CS.  Real red and crumbcake ink.  And a SU! birthday sentiment (belonging to a set that I could not find to get the name off it of!).

Enjoy your day!


ride like the wind....

When I was a kid, our neighborhood would run bike races.  It would be an all afternoon event, lucky for us we lived on a street that wasn’t very busy.  We even made ribbons to give to the winners.  This bike makes me think of those races.  Good times!

I made this card using cardstock, ribbon and dots that I had in my stash.  The image is from a retired Stampin’ Up! Set – Pedaling Past.  For the background I used SU! retired shimmer paint and a scrunched up piece of wax paper to “sponge” the cardstock.  A simple technique I rarely use which is a shame, it makes a beautiful background. pedaling past

Thank you for stopping by today!  Enjoy the journey and your day!


Tiptoe thru the tulips....

Tulips...always a wonderful sign of spring.  Between the tulips and the daffidils, I am always happy to see Spring.  And even though we are in the first week of June (already!) I thought I could use a reminder of spring.  I made this card and 13 more just like it for my card club.  I love the combination of yellow and green and don't know why I don't use it more often.

I stamped the image in memento black ink and used colored pencils and a blending pencil to color the tulips.  I like how other crafters can use colored pencils and get an effect that looks like a marker.  With some more practice, I have hopes of eventually being able to do that.  I cut the image using a stiched oval from Lil Inkers and placed it over a piece of Stampin' Up! gumball green coredinations cardstock (retired) and some lemon tart striped papertrey ink paper.  I chalked around the image with a light yellow chalk to help the image pop. I used the sander to work over the coredinations CS and used the tipped top dies from PTI to cut the shapes.  The button and linen thread is Stampin' Up! SU tulips

So with this little reminder of spring, we are headed full force into summer.  It won't be long until July 4th is here and then the kids will be back to school.  Remember when our parents always told us that time would speed up as we got older...don't you hate how right they were?

Enjoy your day!  I hope it feels like summer to you...we are expecting cooler weather for the next few days - which I never mind!


P. S. If I put that song in your head, I am sorry - it is rolling around in mine!

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #206

Today I am posting a card that fits in with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  The challenge was to use baked brown sugar, pacific point and so saffron.  Many things are new to me today -  the baked brown sugar cardstock and ink, the Wetlands stamp set, the baked brown sugar twine, and adding a project to a challenge.  

Without even thinking about it, I had my idea for my card (ok, that doesn't make much sense, does it?).  I stamped off the weeds once before stamping on the so saffron.  Then I stamped the duck, full strength, on top using the baked brown sugar ink.  I love me some twine and am super excited that SU! gave us the thick twine for the in colors.    I really wanted to put a button somewhere on the card but it just didn't work.  So I tried the sentiment and was satisfied with that.  Although I like Pacific Point, I would not have paired it with the other two colors.  And there is the challenge.  So I opted to keep it more in the background.

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Although this card seems a bit plain, I liked it anyway.  I will apologize for my photography.  My family can attest to the fact that I will not be the next Ansel Adams.  We have plenty of photos with everyone's head cut off or the images are blurred.  *Sigh*  So the fact that these pictures turn out in any way shape or form is pretty good for me!

I have high hopes that I will be able to link this card to the PPA Challenge.  This will be my first try to do something like that.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!


A Great Day!

Recently my niece and I spent the day shopping in Billings.  This was an 8th grade graduation present from her Grandma and I.  So we hit Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  My niece has always been a crafty sort but I have managed to drag her over to the "dark side" of paper crafting.  At least, I am pretty sure that is what her dad thinks!  He seemed shocked that she only had three bags of goodies when we got home.  He kept saying "That's it?  That's not too bad."  Little did he know the price tag of those 3 bags!   Or maybe he was distracted by the Little Caesers pizza we brought home!  My niece was able to pick up some awesome paper, paper flowers, twine, ribbon, beads, and more stuff that I am pretty sure I didn't see.  Mainly because I had my own bags of goodies to sort thru!

The next day, my niece brought me this great thank you card.  Her card making skills just keep on improving and I am so proud of her!!  The paper, paper flowers and twine are all new and purchased at HL and Michaels.  The sentiment is from the SU! sale-a-bration a couple of years ago. 

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I am glad to be able to share this paper crafting addiction with her!  She gets all the stuff that I have grown tired of or when I need to clean the craft cave of too much stuff. 

Enjoy the day!  Thanks for stopping by!