Monday, April 29, 2019

Exploding Gatefold Birthday Card

Inspired by Dawn at, this exploding gatefold card is created with black and white cardstock, DP by SU in the Inside the Lines paper collection.  A scallop punch and round punches, and sentiment from Animal Birthday stampset by Hero Arts, and the inside sentiment stamp embossed from Ranger's collection "Clearly Quotes".  The sentiment reads, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize that they were the big things." The butterfly is one of the  retired SU Butterflies dies. This card is for my sister's 73rd birthday and I will be sending her a whole bunch of "little things" to inspire her on her crafting journeys.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Life's Anchor

This is a get well card for my nephew who just had major cancer surgery, and is recovering so well.
The digital image is colored in Prismacolor pencils.  I do not have the source for the original digital stamp any more, but it is one that is over 10 years old in my stash.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Have a Doggone Good Birthday, Nicole

An adorable spinner card for a friend who has Pugs, wishing her a fantastic birthday.  Window is cut and ramed with "lots of labels" dies by SU.  The tip top taupe paper is embossed with a Cuttlebug swirls EF and the pawprint background paper is from Raspberry Road Designs from their kit "Dog Lover."  The card is inspired by Jennifer McGuire's "Surprise  Spinner Card"  The font I used for the sentiments is Brotherhood Script.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inside Surprise Spinner Card

I am so delighted with this Inside Surprise Spinner Card, inspired by Jennifer Mc Quire's tutorial.  This one is done on Crumb Cake (SU) cardstock embossed with "Weathered" EF by Taylored Expressions. The dies I used are Hero Arts Garden Fancy  Die (frame), Fairytale Flower border by Memory Box, Colette Butterfly Branch (diamond glitter paper) by Memory Box, smallest butterfly, and Thank You by "A Tag for All" dies by Avery Elle.  The diecuts are colored with copics, and embellished with enamel dots  stickles and Wink of Stella.  Tiny butterflies are diecut from Butterfly Confetti by Hero Arts on diamond glitter paper. A personal note is on the back outside of the card.  These cards are SO much fun to do, and the tutorial that Jennifer demos is so easy to follow and get right the first time.

Monday, April 15, 2019

All Good Things--Birthday

These pearl touched cards are created with Mint Macaron Papers (SU) using a tri-fold design inspired by Jennifer Mc Guire in her tutorial Window Surprise Cards.   The window is cut with Spellbinder's Wonky Rectangles dies. Stampin Up's "All The Good Things" stampset and  Happy Everything stamps by Honey Bee are stamped in Gina K Amalgum ink.  The starburst (Alte New "warp speed" is stenciled using Hero Arts Unicorn Dye Ink, touched with Wink of Stella. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easel Tray Card for 4x6 Post-it Notes

This beautiful "box card" creates an easel when opened  the tray holds 4x6" post it notes.  The sentiment reads "Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are."  It is created with a number of punches and dies, Wink of Stella, Rhinestones,  Stampin Up Designer paper, and SU matching Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake, and scraps.  The font for the sentiment is Brush Script.  The tutoria that inspired it can be found on Stamp Artic's blog

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

More Easter 2019

These are two of four or five cards I am making using Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross (ssd11962) The card on the left is die cut from white pearlized paper, cut again from blackberry bliss deep purple paper, and again from gold cardstock.  The card on the right is the gold cut outline detail  and the Cross is from white dimond paper. The Blackberry Bliss is inside liner is spattered with gold Kuratake "Starry Colors" watercolor paints. Inside the purple cardstock is edged top and bottom with 3/8" strips of the gold cardstock. The basic cardstock on both cards is white. The top card has an acetate window on the cover that has a 1/8" matching narrow frame around the opening. Easter sentiment pages will be on the insides of both of these cards. See Easter bunnies cards on the March 26th post to this blog. (Sorry the acetate doesn't show clear in the photo of the window card)

Retirement Card

This card is created with the SU stampset Wetlands.  It is for a retiring friend who is a birder,  wildlife photographer and traveler.  White cardstock and cover weight acetate, 2 images inkblended with SU and Distress inks, and sentiment stickers from PopUpsEtc.  Happy Retirement, Don may you have wonderful days ahead....Fair Winds....Following Seas...Happy Trails and all dreams for you come true.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Anniversary Card from my Sister

My heart rejoices today as I opened the Anniversary Card that my sister made for us on our 59th Wedding Anniversary.  When she was visiting at Christmastime last year, we got into my craftroom and OOOPS!---together, we cut, pasted, die cut, colored and played--and there she took off and  FLEW with a whole new hobby horse to ride.  Moving from years of crosstitching being her favorite creative passtime, she's discovered the world of paper crafting BIGTIME.  She's HOOKED!  I will treasure this card always knowing the love and the work, the creativity, the energy and the love that went into creating it.  THANK YOU BETSY!
This is perfect in EVERY WAY.  
Wishing you thousands of hours of creative fun, dear sister! 
Our worlds have surely collided in a most wonderful way!
Inside stamped sentiment reads: This warm and friendly greeting is dropping by to say That you are fondly thought about and wished a Happy Day.  Happy Anniversary.
Betsy Says that she made this card with Sizzix "Regal Stand Up" dieset, and that she found the papers by  Linda of  called "Mariposa"  each hummingbird on this paper is richly glittlered making the paper very textured and dimensional. This paperset is available at Amazon.

Happy Birthday, Ryan

This birthday card is created with the Lawn Fawn Picture Changer Dieset, SU papers.  Happy Birthday on the front is heat embossed and is from the Hero Arts Animal Birthday stampset.  The inside sentiment is from Penny Black's Happy Thoughts stampset and reads wishing you a Happy Day and a Happy Heart.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Happy Birthday Kathy L

The birthday card that matches the surprise box card  made for Kathy uses PoppyStamps Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame (and stencil) cut from very vanilla (SU) paper and mounted on embossed Blackberry Bliss with a Mossy Meadow cardbase. Birthday sentiment is a sticker from Pop Ups Etc.

This "card box" was created with Graphic 45 paper from the "Bloom" collection as well as SU Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The box card tutorial was inspired by Butterfly Kisses tutorial (modfied) The closure is a back wrap velcro button. The die that formed the window on the little box filled with Hershey chocolates was from the SU Lots of Labels dieset.