Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Hello, Bloggin' Buddies:

I had a special event last week - I met up with a high school classmate I hadn't seen in 45 years (does that ever date me?)! We had become Face Book "friends" and arranged a meeting. Such fun to see who we are today, rather than who we WERE. I like us both NOW so much better!

I made her a set of four cards that I thought she would like based on what I'd learned of her on Face Book. This is one of the cards. I have always loved these stamps by Emerson Quillin at American Art Stamps - I've had about 4 of them for years and will never let them go.

I colored the great gal with Copics, added lots of patterned papers, die cut a doily and punched out some flowers.

This card was such fun that I made a similar one for a special friend going through a rough time who needed a big hug.

Hope you are having a glorious week. Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello, Bloggin' buddies!

I have a special friend who celebrates Lunar New Year so I try to make her a special card every year. This is the year of the ram/sheep/goat (there is some apparent confusion).

Red is a very important color, so I did it up with lots of red! The gold (very traditional) glitter paper (DCWV) adds the perfect sparkle to the background.

The image and sentiment are from the internet with lots of color and embellishment added by me.

Happy New Year, Joanne!

Thanks for the visit and have a great day,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bee Mine!

Dear Bloggin' Buddies:

Time for another heart! This one features The fun set from paper Smooches called Bee Mine. I have loved this set forever, and Kim recently came out with dies to go with it - perfect! I tried some water coloring with Distress Inks on this happy fella with some Wink of Stella on his wings. Pretty darn cute.

I again used Jennifer McGuire's great stacked shape die stacking technique with Memory Box Stitched Hearts dies. Love the look!

I haven't entered a challenge in ages, but this is just in time to enter into the Paper Smooches Valentine Challenge.

I can't believe it, but Kim and Gang are celebrating their Fourth Anniversary this month - congrats and thanks for all the super-great designs!

Wishing you a day filled with love and fun. Thanks for the visit!

Friday, February 6, 2015

It's Heart Time!

Dear Bloggin' Buddies:

I love hearts! And, it is that time of year - yay! My cards have been made, mailed and received, so I can now share some with you. I had so much fun making them this year.

This adorable guy is from a new set from Stampin' Up - such sweet critters! I got this set from my friend Dottie, who was also the recipient of this card. I changed his banner into a string of shimmery hearts and used the "stacked shape die technique" featured by Jennifer McGuire.

The stitched heart dies are from Memory Box and the sentiment is a die from the Wet Paint collection by Paper Trey Ink. Love it all!

Happy Heart Week and thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Hello, dear bloggin' buddies!

I needed a cowboy card and I have no stamps with any kind of western theme (no surprise, eh?). So I got online and found this adorable digi cowboy at Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. Pretty dern cute, eh?

I colored him up with Copics, framed him with the stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp and mounted him on a piece from a new My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad that is full of all kinds of wood patterns (got at Michael's with a coupon). The sentiment is computer generated and the brads are from my stash - yes, I still have brads!

I even found some better light for photographing!

See ya'll 'round and thanks for the visit!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Glow On!

Hello, dear Bloggin' Buddies!

My husband's best friend (since 2nd grade!) - he's my friend now, too - recently had a milestone birthday so I thought I'd make him a card. I don't really like to make masculine cards, but one of Larry's hobbies is collecting antique and vintage lanterns. When I found this perfect stamp, I knew I had it handled.

This lantern stamp is from a San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley) company from which I have bought stamps for over thirty years - Leavenworth Jackson. Very cool and unique stamps! I haven't bought many from them recently since I am trying to avoid wood-mounted stamps, but this was worth an exception!
I sure wish you could see this in person - I just haven't figured out the best spot for natural light photographs in our new house.
The Hero Arts gold embossing powder seriously glows.

For the background I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Cup O' Joe, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The lantern is cut with Spellbinders Labels 4, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts "Birthday Messages". On the insdie I used Hero Arts "Glow Girl" set and stamped "Keep Calm and Glow On". Perfect!

Thanks so much for the visit - have a glowing weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

29 again?

Hello, dear Bloggin' Buddies:

Today I am sharing a fun stepped card that I made for a dear friend's birthday. This is another great set from Art Impressions - doesn't she look like a typical Grandma? I colored her with my Copics and went with a pink theme (patterned paper right from Granny's kitchen!) and added a couple of birthday sentiments from Hero Arts.

Hope you are having a great week! To all my eastern friends - stay warm and safe!

 Thanks for the visit,

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Good morning, Bloggin' Buddies!

I made this set of four note cards for a dear friend with whom I used to bowl. Well, truth be told, we didn't do all that much bowling - but we had the outfits and ALL the accoutrements!

This is a great stamp from Art Impressions and the printed paper is from my stash. Fun to color!

 Thanks for the visit and have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Playing with Watercolor

Hello, dear Blogging Buddies:

I was so inspired by this lovely card by the amazing Laura Bassen (can you believe her?!). I love her blog - please check it out.

I did NOT make my own flower (what can't that gal do?) as she did, but used a Prima from my stash. I water-colored the background with Squeezed Lemonade and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks. This is not an easy technique for me.

To help soften up the lines and add a bit of shimmer, I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist. That is always a good thing to add to any design, as far as I'm concerned.

The stamp is an old one (2009) from Hero Arts ("Birthday Frames") that I almost sold at the annual used stamp sale in which I participate, but I thought it might just be perfect for the chalkboard technique, and I think it is. I did some heat embossing and added some Hero Arts Snow Chalk Ink and white colored pencil to achieve the look.

The leaves were cut from vellum with another oldie - Spellbinders Foliage dies.

I made this card for a wonderful gal in my card-making class who has been so friendly to me - she is super-fun and very talented. She has already thanked me, so I am safe posting it.

Have a great week and thanks for the visit,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

So long!

Hello, dear blogging buddies:

We had to say good-bye to some really dear neighbors today. They had been so kind to us when we moved in less than a year ago and we have really enjoyed them. They are moving closer to their grandkids, so who can blame them?

This card was made with an old Hero Arts stamp and die set (DI028) that I picked up a couple of years ago at their warehouse sale in Richmond, CA (that was such fun!); it's an Archiver's Exclusive. The sentiment is from Hampton Art Stamps (BG5041 - Fun Farewell). I added some pearls for some pop!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We are looking forward to returning to our "routine" lives now that the holidays are over! Take care and have a great week!


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