Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011



Good Monday evening - batten down the hatches - snow is coming to Wisconsin - and they are saying blizzard on Wednesday. I am not going to fight this snow - I am staying home - of course - I think I am getting a cold - so I started pushing fluids tonight.

How about a snow card with a friendly penguin on the front to honor more winter. YUCK. Mr Penguin is sweet though. The card is based on the sketch at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps
It is Oldie Moldie Monday so I dug into my old paper - I like the colors in this paper. I do not know who the company is - but I don't believe they are in business anymore.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Card details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Stamp: Whipper Snapper Designs colored with Copics
SRM Sticker
Spellbinders

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011



Good Sunday afternoon - where does time fly - it seems I have not been too productive in the card making department lately. I was gone Saturday and came home early Sunday - so was a little tired - hard to be overly creative when you are tired. Do you have that kind of problem? I need to get some cards made. I need to make more cards for Operation Write Home - want to get a box sent in the next couple weeks - I have lots of spring cards in there - some are for Easter but some could be used for Mother's Day.

Today's card is based on the challenge at The Play Date Cafe - it is a color splash challenge - sometimes I have a hard time doing those challenges - but this one was pretty easy - it was one color - lilac - with a neutral color. I wanted to make my boss a good luck card - she is interviewing for a new job this week. The lilac paper is recycled - it is from a beautiful envelope folder - letter size - so I have enough to do a couple projects with. The flower is made from recycled tissue paper - I cut the paper with spellbinders and then hold them together with a brad and just wrinkle up each layer to give the flower dimension. I used the Stampin Up die cut and embossed it with a cuddlebug folder. I also die cut a flourish from a Sizzix die cut. Add a SRM sticker and you have a very simple but hopefully elegant card.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Card details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Cuddlebug Embossing Folder
Die Cuts: Sizzix and Stampin Up
SRM Sticker
Imaginisce Brad

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Good Thursday evening - yeah the week end is coming - makes me happy. I am excited I am going to be taking a Copic coloring class on Saturday. I hope I learn lots - but even if I come away with a few tips to help me color or shade better - I will be very happy. I would love to see their sprayer used also. It is being held at Creative Pals in Brookfield, Wisconsin. This store has the largest collection of Whipper Snapper stamps so you know I won't get out of their without buying a couple new stamps. My card tonight uses one of their stamps.

My card tonight is based on the sketch at Cardabilities. I had bought this new packet of paper from Echo Park and it inspired me to make a valentine card. I think this card will be for my daughter who's middle name is Bea - after her Grandma Bea.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Card Details:
Size: 4.5 x 5.5
Paper: Echo Park
Stamp: Whipper Snapper Designs colored with Copics
Stickles to highlight the bea
Diecut: Echo Park
Ribbon: someone's Xmas clearance this year
Spellbinders
Pop Dots

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011



Good evening - a short post tonight . very tired - I did get my dishes done as soon as I got home - now to find some dinner and a nice cup of tea - and maybe some mo jo - I don't know if I have any of that in the cupboard.

My card tonight is based on the weekly sketch at Card Patterns - it is a spring card for Operation Write Home. It could be used for Easter or Mother's Day or just hello - with no sentiment it makes the card very versatile. Tulips are the harbinger of spring and I am ready. I wish it was time for these to be popping up in my flower gardens.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011





Good Monday evening - oh did you hear - the Packers are going to the Super Bowl. Yippee - Wisconsin is very happy.

Today is Monday - time to use up some of your old unloved supplies. I dug into this paper - I love pink and black together so wanted to use this particular grouping of papers and when I do the weekly sketch at Stars and Stamps (Operation Write Home's card blog) - I like to make a feminine and masculine card using the sketch. I hope you enjoy my take on the the sketch.

I wanted to use this digi image from I Brake For Digis. Just looking at it - it makes you want to SMILE - and so therefore - I thought it would make great cards for Operation Write Home.

Everyone enjoy your evening.

Card Details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Digital Image: I Brake for Digis
Paper: 2 Daisies Designs

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011




Good Saturday afternoon - greetings from the cold state of Wisconsin - we did see the sun for a small amount of time today - of course I live on the side of the street that the sun does not shine on the sidewalk and driveway. Grrrrrrrrr. So I decided to make spring cards - trying to be hopeful and cheerful.

This type of card is not a typical "Barb" card - only two colors - very simple design - I am all for how many layers can you get on a card person.

I am participating in several challenges here. Two of the challenges are White and Bright. The Shabby Tea Room - first time I have participated in one of their challenges and also Operation Write Home "white with a contrast color". The card design is based on the sketch at Get Sketchy.My scrapbook store had a 30% off everything sale today - and I treated myself - so much for not spending any money on stuff in January - oh well - I am stimulating the economy. I bought the new eyelet spellbinders - I have been wanting them - but did not want to pay full price for them.

I think the little bunny card will be great for Operation Write Home - even if you don't get it sent home for Easter - it will still work for a card to be sent home to a loved one. The card with the tulips is going to my Mom to cheer her - winter is getting her down. Hopefully it works.

Everyone enjoy your day and evening.

Card details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Stamps: Studio G ($1 stamps)colored with Copics
SRM Sentiment Sticker
Spellbinders
Computer generated sentiment on bunny card

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011



Yeah - it is Friday - for a short week - it was really long. I am glad I have a couple days to regroup, hopefully do something creative and watch the Packers win.

I needed a thank you note for some special people at work so I used the sketch from Card Postioning System. I love this thank you stamp and this paper collection from Kaiser Scrapbooking is so warm and has such soft colors.

Very cold in Wisconsin so need to stay warm.

Card details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Stamp: Hero Arts
Paper: Kaiser Scrapbooking
Twine: May Arts

Everyone have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011



Good Wednesday evening - brrrrr - I found some time to create earlier in the week - last night - I laid down on the couch and watched TV through my eyelids - it was a great show.

This card is my first valentine card for the season for family - I already made 50 some valentine cards for Operation Write Home - now I need to make some valentines for family and friends. This card will be for my Mom - I started drinking coffee with my Mom when my father died so she would have someone to drink coffee with - lots of sugar and milk back then - but I am still a coffee drinker and so does my Mom but now she drinks decaf. Pink is her favorite color. The design is based on the sketch at Our Creative Corner.

The image for the card is from I Brake for Digis. It is called Heart Mug. I wanted to use this large sentiment sticker from SRM - I think it is the perfect touch to finish my card.

Everyone have a wonderful evening - off to maybe make a card or some cards.

Card Details:
Size: 5 x 7
Paper: Basic Grey (would you believe this is from a Christmas collection)
Digi Stamp: I Brake For Digis colored with Copics
Sticker: SRM Stickers
Lace and brads from supplies
Pop Dots

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday, January 18. 2010



Today my baby brother turned 50. I remember the day he was born - I stayed at my Aunt Charlotte's while they went to the hospital. Gee time flies.

Cold here in Wisconsin - YUCK - and it is suppose to get colder. My snow is all shoeveled and blowed due to the kindness of neighbors. I was not looking forward to shoveling the end of the driveway - or finish it - I shoveled enough to get my car out this morning. If someone could figure out a way to let it snow, so it would not snow on roads, driveways, sidewalks - I could be happy with that.

Tonight's card is to send to my daughter and husband - since I can't be there to give them a hug - I will send them one in the mail. I bought this stamp for Operation Write Home - I know it will get lots of use for cards for OWH. On this card I paper pieced the word HUG - I really like how it turned out. I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop. I had this new paper I had to use it. I hope my daughter forgives me because it does have some pinkish color on it - but I think it is more coral.

Everyone enjoy your evening - I have something good in the oven cooking so looking forward to enjoying my share. I made enough to freeze for the kids.

Card detaisl:

Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Stamp: Stampabilities
Flowers from my supplies
Ribbon: American Crafts

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011






Good Monday - a holiday from work today - and it is snowing and the wind is blowing so it is a good day to be at home - now have I gotten anything accomplished today - no - but I still have the afternoon to get some things done. I have one card on my "to do" list and then after that - anything that I do in the card making department is a bonus.

Today is Oldie Moldie Monday - time to use some of those old supplies - I am trying to use up these pieces of this collection from Basic Grey - I think I have accomplished that - I did save the solids and put them back in the Basic Grey box - I think the scraps made some wonderful masculine cards for Operation Write Home - I even used a new stamp set I got - the What's Shakin sentiment and salt and pepper shaker - from Unity Stamp. The midweek challenge on the Operation Write Home card blog - Stars and Stamps - was to use your oldier supplies. I do believe this qualifies.

Everyone enjoy your Monday.

Card details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Stamps: Unity Stamp; Stampabilities; Cornish Heritage Farms; Sentiments - Hero Arts
Paper: Basic Grey
SRM Sticker

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011




Good Sunday morning from a cold state of Wisconsin - of course - in January it is always a cold state or a snowy state. Each day we take a turn at one or the other - tomorrow is snowy. Oh yeah - I get to shovel again. I guess I could call it exercise. That is a 4 letter word, isn't it.

Would you believe it has been 52 weeks that Operation Write Home Stars and Stripes Blog has been posting sketches - of course - there is the missing sketch 34 - which I will still do sometime this week. These sketches are a great way to kick start your creativity and make some cards for OWH. Richt now OWH has a card drive to get your spring cards - they want 50/50 boxes by sometime in February. Half springish cards and this includes Father's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, general spring and the other 50 percent should be general cards - birthday, missing you, thinking of you, etc. I have made some Easter cards but I have a feeling my box will be more 20/80 - although some of the masculine cards could be used for Father's Day.

This post also qualifies for using your older supplies - which is the midweek challenge on the Stars and Stripes blog. Both cards are using two older collections from Basic Grey. The feminine card I am going to send to my Mom - to just brighten up her week. I did a little paper piecing on the owl.

Everyone enjoy your day - did you see that fantastic win by the Packers last night. I wonder who they will play next week.

Card Details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Stampabilities (owl); Stampendous (cat); Hero Arts (sentiment on owl card)
SRM Stickers
Spellbinders
Brads from my collection

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011






I was the featured cardmaker on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog on Wednesday of this week. The inpiration was to use some of your old supplies - if you have come to my blog at all - you know I almost always do Oldie Moldie Monday so this was an easy project for me to undertake. This papre has been floating around my card area for several years - I think this was one of the first stamps I ever bought - and I think it was on clearance then. But the stamp is great for a card for Operation Write Home - for a Hero to send a note home to family and friends.

I hope you enjoy this use of old supplies - stop over to Stars and Stamps and dig out some of your older supplies and make some cards for our heros.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011



Good Thursday evening - sorry did not get this card posted last night - I fell asleep very early. I am looking forward to my 3 day week end - I can do some napping - and maybe lots of paper therapy - snow and cold in Wisconsin this week end. I have a friend leaving for Florida - do you think they would notice me sitting in the back seat when they left town.

This is a birthday card for my brother - he is turning the big 50. I used the same papers and image from my Tuesday night post. It is the same digital image - but I could determine the size fish I wanted for each card - that is the value in a digi image - you can do so many things with it - you could even flip your fish so you had two facing each other sharing a loving glance. The image is from I Brake For Digis.

Everyone have a wonderful evening - stay warm and dry.

Card Details:
Size: 5 x 7
Paper: Basic Grey
Digi Image: I Brake For Digis
May Arts Twine
Brads from the supplies
Pop dots

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011




Good Tuesday evening - on the news tonight they said that Florida was the only state without snow - even Hawaii had snow in some mountains. It snowed lightly all last night and today - so the sidewalks and driveway need to be cleared - I did clear the sidewalks when I got home and now I am watching UW Madison basketball game - go Badgers. After the game I will head outdoors and finish up my driveway. The joy of living in a snow state.

The card I am sharing tonight is for my son in law Chris - he has a long battle with cancer before him so I wanted to add a smile to his day. Chris likes to fish and he has a wonderful sense of humor so I know he will appreciate the little pun also. The fish is a digi from I Brake for Digis - I just printed it on my base paper - I just lined three of them up and then I printed them on a contrast color and cut them out. I really like the way it turned out. I added some Stickles to the bubbles. I based the card design on the weekly sketch from The Sweet Stop.

You need to come back tomorrow night and see "A Birthday Fish" - the versatility of digis - the different sizes you can make them.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Card Details:
Size: 5 x 7
Paper: Basic Grey
Digi: I Brake For Digis
Stickles
May Arts Twine
Pop Dots

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011




Good Monday evening - I was out of the house and at work shortly after 6 this morning so no time to do a Monday post - I will be posting in the evening this week - Need to feel like I am in control of work rather than work controlling me - hopefully by the end of the week that will be the truth and I can enjoy my three day week end.

I did get a couple cards made - I actually did some more out of these same papers and stamp but they are not put together. The cards are all from Operation Write Home - Everyone loves Snoopy. I have a whole pack of this paper - it is from 2 Daisies Designs - it is several years old. I like the colors - makes a nice masculine card.

The design of the card is based on the weekly sketh on the Operation Write Home card blog - Stars and Stamps I did a card in each direction.

Sorry - not too talkative tonight - everyone have a wonderful evening.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011




Let's think about spring - it is so chilly - and it is not even the middle of January yet. I guess I just have to adjust - eventually I will have to go out and buy food - I go to work - I come home - I go no where else.

I made some Easter cards last week end. These cards are for Operation Write Home - need to get a jump start on the holidays plus bunnies are pretty easy to color. I like that. I did use some scraps of paper on this - the plaid was a new sheet of paper that spoke to me at the store - it screamed spring. The paper with words on it came from Hobby Lobby - I find that is an easy way to make a card if you can find paper that has your sentiment on it.

Everyone stay warm - I am hoping to make some more cards tonight.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011





Good Wednesday morning - why is it that during the work week - you could sleep in the morning and on the week end - we are wide awake when it is the time we normally go to work. At least today is hump day.

The cards I am sharing for you today are cards for Operation Write Home - do you like to make cards, do you have lots of card making supplies, do you like to buy new stuff for card making, do you like to make people happy - then Operation Write Home is for you. Why not put your talent, desire to help people, and use up some of your supplies to a good use. Make cards for Operation Write Home. And to top it all off - it is tax deductable.

I had 4 6 x 6 sheets of coordinating paper - double sided - that I made these cards from. The first card is based on the weekly sketch on OWH's card blog Stars and Stamps. It felt good to use up those pieces of paper that have been floating around my work area for several years. I had just bought the stamp on the week end because I thought it would be a great stamp for OWH cards. The image will make everyone who sees the card smile.

Well I must go and get myself ready for the day. Everyone have a wonderful day.

Card Details:
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Paper: Piggy Tales
Stamp: Stampendous colored with Copics

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011




Good evening - another busy day at work - but the day goes fast.

I hope that I will be able to play with paper tonight - I think I may try to make some cards for Operation Write Home - my goal is a card a day - or 7 cards a week - sometimes you get on a roll and you can get them all done at once. I will be posting some of my recent Operation Write Home cards later in the week. I used a new stamp I bought and if you need some Easter inspiration - stop by.

Today's card is based on the sketch at The Sweet Stop - I like all their layering and I had this new 6 x 6 pad from Basic Grey of their Hopscotch collection. This collection has some wonderful colors. The image for the card is a digital image from I Brake For Digis called appropriately Elephant. What a great value for $3.00 because you can print the image in any size you want. I printed the elephant on one of the plain colored patterned papers and also printed it on the alphabet patterned paper. I cut out the image on the plain colored paper and then I inked it up. I love how the coloring turned out and I just had to color her nails.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Card Details

Size: 4.5 x 6
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Digital Image: I Brake for Digis
Sticker: SRM Sticker
Ribbon: American Craft
Twine: May Arts
Flowers from my supplies

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011




Good Monday morning – another work week – another new year of work – I am thankful for my job and the good people I work with plus it is a job that is interesting and keeps my mind active and always learning. Of course, then when I come home I can play with paper and be creative – as long as work has not sucked the creative juices out of me – sometimes that happens. I do lots of my creating on the week end – just because it is easier to get on a role.

Today’s is Monday – so that means – it is Oldie Moldie Monday – time to dig into some old paper. This paper is only about a year old – I bought it the summer of 09 – and I know where I bought it – that doesn’t happen often that I remember when and where I bought something. The challenge card on Case Study blog is the inspiration behind this card – the black and pink combination are what spoke to me from this inspiration card. The card is for my daughter’s birthday – she never use to like pink – but I hope she likes the card. Don’t you love the tulle on the card – it is so light and airy for a bow. Doesn’t weigh a card down.

Well I must go and get myself ready for work. Everyone have a great Monday.

Card Details
Size: 5 x 7
Paper: Heidi Swapp
Sticker: SRM Stickers
Pop Dots
Flower – handmade from tulle and tissue paper
Brads: American Crafts

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011




Good Sunday morning - today I must do laundry, dishes, get some groceries, etc - an entire work week - I haven't worked one of those for several weeks - reality returns in 2011. Plus it is a very busy time at work so no time to sit back - full steam ahead. I like being busy at work but not so busy that you don't know what to do first.

I spent some time creating yesterday. I have some birthday cards that needed to be made. I have one more to do for the month of January and I may get that one done today. If I get that one done - then I can start working on cards for Operation Write Home - my goal for the new year is one card a day - I may not get a card made each day - but hopefully 7 in a week. If you have extra supplies around, please make some cards for Operation Write Home. Just make sure you stop over and read the do's and don'ts of cardmaking for OWH.

My card today is for one of my son in laws - both son in laws have birthdays in December - that is a bad time of the year for a cardmaker - and of course who works ahead - maybe that should be a goal for next year. I bet both of them would be in shock if they got a birthday card near their birthday. I always have to send Chris his birthday card in the early part of January because his wife's birthday is January 7 - so he needs his card first. Come back tomorrow to see Staci's birthday card.

Chris's card is based on a sketch from Unscripted Sketches (you can use any of their sketches from 2010 this week - this card is based on sketch 35). I also found a new challenge site yesterday when I was blog hopping - it is called City Crafter Challenge Blog and their challenge this week is stamping. This truck stamp is one of my favorites - one color stamping - no coloring - easy peazey.

Everyone have a great Sunday - I hope you find some time to be creative today.

Card Details:
Size: 4.5 x 5.5
Paper: Bo Bunny
Stamp: Cornish Heritage Farms (no longer in business)
Sticker: SRM Stickers
Brads: Creative Imaginations

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011



Happy New Year - 2011 - I hope the new year is full of happiness and health - if we have those we can live our life to the fullest.

I am enjoying a quiet week end at home - I have my daughter's dog as company - they are traveling - Mo is lots of company but she is a Husky so she is very hairy and we vacuum lots.

I did do some retail therapy yesterday. I had said I would not shop in January unless it was a necessity - I suppose I could make anything a necessity so I could buy it - but I just want to try to get through the month and not buy more paper stuff. I really do not need anything - I could create for years and years. Do you also have that problem or addiction?

I needed a baby card for a little girl and wanted to use this beautiful buggy image from I Brake For Digis. It is so beautiful in its lines. It could be colored but I liked just the beauty of the image on the patterned paper.

The design for the card started with Sketch #7 from Unscripted Sketches. It follows the sketch until we get to the sentiment - I didn't really have room for it alongside the buggy os I added it to the bottom of the card. I think I achieved balance with the image, bow and sentiment. Do you know what you do if your lace is white and you want it cream colored - you dip it in your leftover morning coffee- it is no longer white. The doily was also very white - but it took a coffee bath also - and came out a very nice creamy color to add to my vintage look. The flower is made from coffee filters cut with spellbinders - and guess what - they were dipped in coffee also to make them creamy colored. Now I want another cup of coffee.

Going to watch the Rose Bowl - the Wisconsin Badgers are playing - go Bucky. Everyone enjoy your day and have a wonderful 2011.

Card Details:
Size: 5 x 7
Digital Image: I Brake For Digis
Paper: Paper Studio
Brad: American Crafts
Sentiment: SRM Stickers
Lace and ribbon: from my supplies
Scallop Diecut: Papertrey Ink