Thursday, October 8, 2015


Since the dsp is a heavy weight with white on the other side, I used it as the card base.  I stamped the oak leaves in black, then used a black pen to draw matching details on the wood embellishments (SU) below.  Although it doesn't show up here, I also used some clear Wink of Stella on the wood pieces.

The striped dsp has some sparkle in it, which adds just enough accent to the card front.  Another easy card!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Since the dsp used on this card suggested the wind, I arranged the leaves to suggest their being carried along.  I may change the sentiment later to something a bit larger... not sure yet...  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Since I received over 50 birthday cards and like to respond, I will be sending a bunch of these out for Thanksgiving and include a thank-you.  The leaves and embossing folder eliminate the need for stamping, except for the inside.  Thanks to Evelyn who supplied the pre-cut leaves and the embossing folder.  The card base is Tip-Top Taupe from SU.

The hardest part of this card was gluing down the leaves with TomBow Mono glue.  Once I run out of these, though, I will use solid ones.  That should cut down the time to under 5 minutes per card!

Monday, October 5, 2015


Since this is a card for one of my friends who loves the Victorian style of decorating, I changed it up a bit after the photo was taken.  After carefully peeling off the scalloped square from the card front, I replaced the two ribbons with one organza ribbon that went around the card just above the square.  (It is a top fold card.)  I tied a big bow and reattached the square just below it.  It looked much more feminine after that.  I plan to hand deliver it tomorrow.

TIP:  I came up with a better way (for me) to store my 
12x12" dsp.  Since I no longer do scrapbooking, I cut each sheet into 4x6" panels for cards and store them upright in a clear plastic container on my table.  This makes them handy and keeps them in plain sight.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Gotta love those peg stamps--they come in handy for so many card themes!

To make this wreath, I punched out a circle of fun foam to use as a guide for my "twig" base.  I loosely traced the first circle around it to avoid making a wreath that was oval or square-ish.  After making several circles in three different browns with SU markers, I used peg stamps for the leaves.  Then I splattered the card front with brown Distress Ink, added the "thanks" and attached the embroidery floss bow.

This makes for a quick and easy Thanksgiving card with lots of variations.  As shown in yesterday's Simple Saturday post, it also makes an even quicker Christmas card.

BTW, I'm still having to get a lot of rest because of the Epstein Barr virus, but I cut back on my activities for awhile.  This leaves more time to spend stamping in the "Tower."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015


I hope to be back soon.  Meanwhile, I've been celebrating my birthday yesterday and today, which has been fun.

What hasn't been fun is dealing with a recent diagnosis of Epstein Barr which makes me very tired by midday.  Since it is a virus, the only way to get over it is to get lots of rest until it goes dormant again.  (You never get rid of it entirely.)  So far I've been able to get my work done early in the morning and nap in the afternoon, but that leaves little time or energy for stamping.

Things could be worse, so I'm not complaining.  My recent mammogram came back negative, and the dry patches the dermatologist removed from my face also proved negative.  I'm truly thankful.

"See" you soon!