Saturday, February 6, 2016


 ...but not difficult--just time consuming.  Here is a tip for using numerous dies:

TIP Before starting to put together on the cards. first run multiple dies through the Big Shot at once to save time.  Just lay the small pieces of cardstock with the dies on top of the cutting plate and run all of them through at once.  Do it again with other colors as desired.  Be sure to put all the pieces in a small container so they don't get lost in the shuffle.

I had a pleasant day here in the tower with the sun streaming through the windows and all these beautiful Botanical Blooms to play with!

BTW, these two cards were made to fit #6 3/4 envelopes, which are cheaper than the usual invitation size.  The dimensions are 5 1/2 x 7", folded in half to form a card front that is 5 1/2 x 3 3/4.  You still get 2 cards per sheet of cardstock.  Since I send out 500 or so cards a year, the savings are quite a bit for me.

Friday, February 5, 2016


The metallic gold-lined dsp made the perfect backdrop for the two banners, two medium sized hearts, three smaller hearts and the sequins.  There are three more hearts inside with "Celebrate"  from the SU set, "Send a Celebration."  How appropriate!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Let's hope Phil won't be bearing the bad news of.six more weeks of winter.  So far, we've had it easy here in NW New Jersey.  I, for one, would like to keep it that way!


As soon as I saw Flowers, Die Cuts and Yellow in the same row, I knew just what I wanted to do, thanks to the Botanical Blooms set!

TIP:  To keep the inner parts of the petals from flattening in the mail, I prop them up with tiny pieces of clear foam tape.

HERE is the link to the Paper Players web site.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


These are two of the alternate Valentines that our demonstrator, Cycndy, had for us to make on Thursday.  She found these, and a few others, online somewhere; and they were very easy to make.  I came home inspired to come up with more on my own, so check back later in the week!

Saturday, January 30, 2016


For Stamp Ink Paper's challenge #32 I chose a diagonal row on the Tic-Tac-Toe board.  The card needs to have a heart, "Love" and Patterned Paper.

This was easy to put together.  For a look at the other submissions -- great way to gather new card ideas-- click HERE.


Thursday, January 28, 2016


I'm really enjoying these Botanical stamps and papers, especially in the middle of winter.  This first one looks bright and cheery, and I may just use it as an unconventional Valentine card...or maybe an encouragement card.  The raised petals are held up with clear foam tape.

This second card is on a Cajun Craze background which, unfortunately,  looks brighter here.  I stamped the veins and centers on the dsp and added some sequins for embellishment.  The "hello" is a die cut of black cardstock.

I hope the recipients of these cards find them as cheerful as I have while making them!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Well, all I can say is that it sure pays to host a Stampin'Up party!  I put together a catalog order with my friends to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration event (ongoing to March 31st) and used my Hostess credits and free stamp set rewards for the Botanical Blooms Bundle and matching cardstock, dsp and embellishments.  This is the first card I've made since UPS delivered everything yesterday afternoon.

I saw this card on a Frenchie Stamps video and couldn't wait to try it, so I asked my demonstrator, Cyndy, it she would teach us how at our next Technique class.  That was last week, so as soon as I got out my new supplies, I came up with this one.  I can't wait to make some more.

The "My friend" stamp is from the Sale-a-bration stamp set "Hello" (free with a $50 order).  I just love the tropical leaves and flowers, and it will go with a stamp I have that says, "Always maintain a kind of summer, even in the middle of winter."  Good advice, and this stamp set will help me do that!