Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Photo Card

I haven't blogged in a while, but it's not that I don't have any thing to show you!
Here is a fun card in the theme of WINTER.  I hope this holiday season has you
all warm & toasty crafting away in comfort.

I love using random old black & white photographs on cards.
This cute gal was all bundled up for the winter weather.
I added the snowflakes & sentiment with my Unity brand stamps.
The tape is Smash brand.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Patriotic Tags

I'm sure you are all geared up for the holiday.
In case you have extra time this weekend to
browse blogs for crafty ideas, here are a few
red, white & blue tags...

I used Tim Holtz white Distress paint to
make a resist image for the backgrounds. 
The Distress ink doesn't stick to it & you can see how
cool it looks!  He also has some great
washi tape that I used.  The  star &
Lady Liberty stamps were also his brand.

I hope you have a fun, safe holiday!
Maybe you can sneak a little craft time in
this weekend!

Monday, June 27, 2016


At the last minute I decided to join in on
Tim Holtz blog challenge.
He has a cool technique for the June tag of 2016.

I chose to use some kraft packing paper
that was in a recent package I received in the mail
instead of tissue paper.

I stamped dots with the Tiny Textures set.

Then I used a punch instead of
die cut machine.
To make my buck stand out clear,
I used black background paper.
The ticket stamps are from
At The Movies.
I stitched around the tag
and added the Simple Sayings
Life is Good.
A tiny scrap of book paper &
a little stitched on button
finished my project!

As always, Tim's tag is inspiring &
I love the way he made plaid for
the background.  No doubt I will use
this technique on some upcoming cards. 
It's a clever way to use a line stamp.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Texture Paste

I took my time getting on the 
texture paste bandwagon.
But I'm sure glad I did.
Why did I wait so long?
I watched some Youtube videos
to see how it works & 
couldn't resist the art examples
at my local scrapbooking store.

A tip they gave me was to spread
the paste with an old credit card.
I didn't even buy the little 
spreading knife.

This card will work great for graduation,
since I used our school colors.

This last one is my favorite.
Those raised white dots look
sharp on kraft color paper.

Almost all the stamps used here 
are Unity brand,
 "Congrats" is CTMH. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tulips & Daisies

I am anxious for some flowers to bloom.
It will be a while, here in Minnesota, 
before even the tulips start.

This set of stamps is new to me
and I am SO very glad I bought it.

These images will work well for
any card theme.  They look great with
some Stickles glitter glue.

The Bobunny brand dot paper 
works great for the backgrounds.
It's not an overwhelming pattern
and allows the image to stand out.

This pink card is my favorite.

These watering cans with flowers
just COULD NOT be any cuter!

Have a happy Easter.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Jars

I'm back!
Sorry for the delay, but life has been crazy.
I'm back to my seasonal work & that is always 
a major adjustment.

This triple jar stamp from Unity
is just right for spring!

These make a basic, all occasion theme.
I often add the dragonflies for a bit of whimsy.

The butterflies look cute too,
with this very special sentiment.

Did you notice my "table" area?
I mask off a line & the cover the bottom
of the jars and spread distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Retirement Cards

I always struggle make retirement theme cards.
I think it's because I lack a good supply of 
stamps with that theme!  One day I got the idea
to really get creative with the whole idea of 
what retirement actual means.


I used some "photo real" water paper
and this Close To My Heart boat stamp.
Lets face it, you see a lot of retired fellas
out on the lakes on weekdays.


Here is another CTMH brand stamp
that just looked like a fun image
about having more spare time to 
do some activities like travel.

A few other ideas that I hope to 
try on future retirement cards are:
lawn chairs
garden gloves & trowels
beach theme
any fish stamp
birds (bird watching)
quilts & sewing

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


I love using old book pages on cards.  
Dictionaries are ideal,because they are 
easy to find at rummage sales.  
Sometime they're as cheap as .25!  
Not many people still use them, 
since we all have spell check now.

I use my Cricut machine to cut various
silhouettes and carefully glue them onto
the old pages for simple blank note cards.

It's fun to match the image with the 
book page words.
Did you notice this???

No stamping on these cards.
They're just basic vintage inspired 
creations for sending that
meaningful handmade snail mail.

Linking up to:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Holtz Tag ~ Feb. 2016

Hi folks.
I'm sharing a quick entry for
 Tim Holtz's February tag challenge.
You can see it on his blog:

I used an authentic vintage
photograph from my collection 
of ephemera. 

I love the sassy look this
gal from back in the 30's
has going on!

I used small portions of the stamps...


Even though the words turned
out imperfect, I still like it!

You can see I did two different layers/colors 
of background stencils using distress ink.

My unique touches are the 3 strips of washi tape,
photo corners and the flowers.

Friday, February 5, 2016


I've taken the challenge to 
on a card for the Frilly & Funkie blog.

The butterfly was embossed,
then cut out of the mini blueprint
That Tim Holtz sentiment is also
from the F.J. online shop.

I was on a roll with them embossing &
made some more cards using this
butterfly stamp.


This card features an old black & white
photograph from 1938.
How cute are those girls???


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MOJO 433

I love the continual designs
offered on the MOJO MONDAY blog.

I flipped it on it's side,
for a little different style card.

The three stamp brands include:
flower =Verve
sentiment =Unity
rectangle =Hero Arts

The pretty paper is from Authentique.
That large sparkle brad was a nice way to 
finish off this sympathy card.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

J.U.G. Challenge

I'm joining in on the 
blog challenge.
I chose to take the middle row, top to bottom!
So here is my card using:

The stamps are Verve (leaves).
The set is called Great Friend.
I used CTMH garden green ink.

The die-cuts are Tim Holtz  (happy birthday).
It's a trick to glue them on,
but they are worth it!

I used some soft summer colors.
Those chunky brads have glitter,
for a little extra sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 25, 2016

True Friends

I'm still at it, with my collection of
vintage photographs!

I love this darling group of gals,
in their vintage apparel...

They are all jazzed up with
their fur trim & hats.
You can only image where 
they were headed off to!

The stamps are all Unity brand.
Flowers + friends = priceless
You + me = bliss (flowers)

One little trick on this card,
was using the flower LEAF
to cover a shadow.
The person snapping the picture
back then was casting a shadow
onto the group of ladies.


*visit my other blog for another project*

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Valentine cards are so fun to make,
with the pretty colors & hearts.
The challenge over at Unity Stamps
is to use PINK & RED.

You can see that I used Tim Holtz 
washi tape along the bottom.

I punched a few glitter hearts
and glued them on.

The stamps are from
Love Is Grand by Unity.

I colored the bird red with
my Copic Marker.

Thanks for stopping by 
my blog!