Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa Thank You Note

Well hello everyone! I hope your day is going along well, mine is so far!

I received a Christmas gift earlier this month and thought I would make this cute little 3 x 3 inch thank you note. I slipped this note inside the Christmas card that I sent to one of my clients, thanking them for remembering me at Christmas time. The only thing stamped on it is the sentiment, which is Teeny Tiny Wishes from Stampin" Up!. I first saw this Santa over on Patti Bennett's blog, he is made entirely with Stampin Up! punches. Isn't he just too cute and not very hard to make either. My upline Chanda, sent a kit to me to put one of these together, you can see her take on this cutie HERE. Chanda has all of the supplies listed on her post, so I will not repeat it here.

Well this is all I have for now, hope to see you again really soon! Oh, and have a crafty one too!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snowman Christmas 2011

Wow..I'm on a roll with my posting, and it sure feels good to be here to and visit with all of you!

I've had this Penny Black stamp, Hot & Cold, for about three years now and everytime I see this little guy, it brings a smile to my face! I made two of these cards to send to two young ladies who are in basic training with the Army. I thought it would brighten their day. The stamp and the embossing folder are not Stampin" Up! but everything else on the card is.

Ink: Stazon and Bashful Blue
Card Stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise and Pretty In Pink
Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Pretty In Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa (retired)
two-way glue pen
Dazzling Diamonds
blender Pen
sponge dauber
Stamp:Christmas Greetings
score tool

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing this cute snowman, have a wonderful day! Mary

Friday, December 9, 2011

D is for Dog Christmas Card 2011

Hi everyone! I'm so glad that I can come back here to visit with all of you! I finally got all my Christmas cards made and most mailed out except for the family ones, have to write a note in those, but those seven will go quickly.

Here is a card that I made to send to our vet this year. I've always have tried to stamp some kind of animal on the front, hopefully I will be able to find one for next year, maybe a cat? All products were Stampin' Up! except for the embossing folder and the Santa hat sticker. Can you see the mistake I made? That's because I stamped the sentiment and the lower portion didn't come out as dark as I wanted, so I re-stamped it on a scrap piece of paper, cut it out and put it over the mistake. A stampers gotta do what a stamper needs to do, lol!

Stamp:Heard from the Heart
Ink: Stazon, Bashful Blue
Card stock: Whisper White, Black and Real Red
Glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds
sponge dauber
scoring tool

Well, that's it for this post. Hope you all are ready for Christmas. Today I'm going to get my parents gift and some supplies to make my Cookie Platters for the neighbors. Hope you all have a crafty day too! Mary

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shaving Cream Technique Card

Hi everyone! Did you all survive the Black Friday sales? Nope, I don't go to them, too wild and crazy for me, ha!

Today I'm going to share a card kit that my upline, Chanda, sent to me recently. Isn't it so pretty?! I love the colors that she used and boy is it ever pretty in real life, this picture does not do the card justice! You can find Chanda's card HERE and the list of supplies that she used to make this card. If you would like to watch a video on how to make the shaving cream section of this card, you can see one HERE.

Well, I'm off to the craft room to start on my Christmas cards, hope you all have a great wee-end! Mary

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Cards 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I've got all of my side dishes made and my turkey breast roll is in the crock-pot cooking, so I thought I would share my two cards that I made with you. Aren't these little turkeys cute! I'm sending these to two young ladies who are in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. going thru basic training. I found the request for cards for the young ladies over on SCS and thought these turkeys were too cute not to share with them! I found the directions on how to make the turkeys HERE. Inside sentiment reads, "Happy Thanksgiving".

All the supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Card stock; Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Black and Whisper White

Punches; Owl Builder, 5-Petal, Scallop circle and Scallop Ribbon

Embossing folders; Hounds tooth and Square Lattice

Linen thread

I think that is all for this card. I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families! Oh, and try to have a crafty one too!!!! Mary

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Card, Take #3

Happy Monday to all of you, hope your week is off to a great start! Today I'm sharing another Christmas card that I made. Isn't it beautiful!! No, I'm not bragging, as it is not my design. I found this card on another stampers blog HERE. Didn't she do a lovely job?!! I just love the clean and simple design of this card and it goes together so quickly, which I need, as I need to make around 30 Christmas cards yet, yikes!! As you can see, I did add a thin piece of red card stock and three pearls to the card to make it my own. Now I didn't have the same pine cone stamp as she used, so I found the one I had in my stash of older stamps and I think it works just as well. I did add three small punched out berries and some Dazzling Diamonds to the snow on the pine cones. Sentiment inside reads "Merry Christmas".

Card Recipe:

Stamp set: Peaceful Season (retired) SU
Pine cone is non- SU
Card stock: Whisper White and Real Red- SU
Ink: Black- SU
Markers: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip- SU
Dazzling Diamonds-SU
Punch- Scalloped Edge Border punch and Owl Builder Punch- SU

Hope you all enjoyed my share today and hope you all have a crafty day too! Mary

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crosses of Hope

Hello to all of you! The card I'm sharing today is for a lady who has pancreatic cancer and has decided not to receive treatment. Her daughter requested cards for her and I immediately thought of this stamp set. It is one that is passed over by many in the Stampin' Up! catalog but it has so many occasions you can use it for.

This is one card that I envisioned and it actually turned out like I envisioned it to be! Boy that doesn't happen very often either. I first stamped the image and cut it out, then I laid it on my card stock and sponged over the cross mask so that when I put the finished cross on, it would have the sponged blue background. I used my Martha Stewart fern punch (so glad I got that years ago!). The rest of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Card Recipe:

Stamp set: Crosses of Hope (page 77)
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Pretty In Pink
Ink: Baja Breeze and Black Stazon
Markers: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery and Old Olive
Ribbon: Whisper White
Seam Binding: Baja Breeze
Scallop Trim Border punch

Well this is all for my share today, thanks for stopping in and have a crafty day! Mary

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Good day to all of you! First I would like to take this time to say "Thank You" to all those who have served or still serving in the Armed Forces. Thank you for the many sacrifices that you have made to keep our country save and free for all of us to enjoy! I know many resturants will be offering free breakfast, lunch and dinners to all veterans on this day.

Here is a card that I will be mailing out once it gets closer to Thanksgiving to someone, I don't want to say who, as they read my blog from time to time. My friend Chanda, sent a card like this one to us when one of our relatives passed away last year. I really liked the layout so I kept the card. Yep, I get out the handmade cards that I receive and look at them from time to time! Chanda sent me the necessary pieces so that I could make this card for myself. She cut out pieces of thin cardboard to use as masks, than you take a piece of sponge and apply the colors of ink that you want for the background. It is a fairly simple thing to do, and I will be making some more of these again. I than used a marker, the fine line tip, and free-hand the line on the front. I used gold embossing powder on my leaves and a sponge dauber and sponged some ink on those. Sentiment inside reads, Happy Thanksgiving.

Card Recipe (all products are Stampin' Up!)

Card Stock; Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink; Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Soft Suede and VersaMark
Stamp sets; French Foliage and Gently Falling

Thanks for stopping in to see my creations, I appreciate you!! Mary

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's a Wrap Holiday

Hi everyone, happy Wednesday! I hope you all are staying warm, it's cold here. Still trying to get use to the time change.

Today I want to share with you a card that I made to send to one of my clients who will be moving to another city soon and I wanted to send her a Thanksgiving card to welcome her to her new apartment. This will be a big life changing move for her, so I want to send her a card to let her know that I'm thinking of her. The stamp that I used was made to stamp onto Avery address labels, which you than wrap around a Hershey's nugget. I've seen other cards made with this stamp in this layout, so I wanted to try one too. The inside sentiment, of course, says "Happy Thanksgiving". I used VerasMark ink and clear embossing powder, I than used my sponge daubers to apply the colors to the embossed image.

Card Recipe, All products are from Stampin' Up!

Card stock; Old Olive, So Saffron, Very Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie
Ink; Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie
Embossing Folder; Square Lattice
Whisper White ribbon

There you have it, quick and simple! Thanks for stopping by, see you soon...................Mary

Monday, November 7, 2011

RAK Card for a Little Boy

Good day everyone! Hope you had a wonderful week-end!

I would like to share with you a card that I made for a little boy, 3 years old, who is fighting cancer. I found the request for cards on Splitcoaststampers and decided to make one to send to him. The person who requested the cards stated that he liked football, baseball and basketball. I used a set that I found on e-bay quite awhile back, thinking that it would be a good set to have on hand to make some boy cards with, so I was glad that I had it and could finally use it! The stamp set is a retired one called Two-step stamping Good Sport. I didn't use the second part of this set, just the ball images. All paper is from Stampin' Up, as is the ink.

Thanks for dropping in to see my creations, have a great day! Mary

Friday, November 4, 2011

FREE MDS Digital Downloads from Stampin' Up

Hey everyone today starts the free digital downloads from Stampin' Up! I believe you get a total of 4 free! Way cool! All you need to do if fill out a survey HERE, or HERE If they get over 50,000 to fill out the survey they will add a 5th one for free! I believe this runs thru the 7th. Have a wonderful day!


Peaceful Season 2011

Hi everyone! Hope your week has been going along well! Things have slowed down some here, for right now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring, right?!

Today I'm sharing a second card that I thought about using for my Christmas cards this year. My friend, Chanda, sent me a card kit last year for this card, but I did change it some. I'm trying to make sure that my cards are pretty flat so I don't have to pay extra postage, so I left the pretty brad off. I did add a tree that I made from the Petite Pennants builder punch. The little tree stand is a stamp from the Pennant Parade. I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder that I brayed some Crumb Cake ink too, it looks like I could have added just a touch more of the Crumb Cake ink to it to make the embossing stand out some more. The sentiment stamp is from the retired Peaceful Season's set that was offered as a mini catalog hostess set last year.
Once again, I'm stumped on what sentiment to stamp on the inside of my card, any suggestions?

I appreciate you taking the time to stop in to see my cards, I appreciate it so very much! Mary

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Peace On Earth

Hi everyone! Hope you all survived all of the little goblins and ghouls that made the rounds on Monday. We ran out of goodies, so we had to shut off our front porch light!

It hit me the other day that Christmas is coming..SOON!! So I've been playing around with my Christmas stamps trying to design a card for the one's I will be mailing out this year. Yes, this card does look very familiar, doesn't it. That's because I made one very similar last year, but this time around I used a brayer and applied the ink to the embossing folder that I used instead of sponging the background. Applying the ink to the background makes this card very simple and FAST to make. I used some Bashful Blue ink for the background and Black for the sentiment. I also used the Northern Flurries embossing folder. I used some Heat and Stick powder, than added some Dazzling Diamonds to give the snowflakes for sparkle. Now I'm trying to decide what sentiment to stamp on the inside of the card. Any suggestions??

Well off to try another idea, maybe this will be my Christmas card this year, we shall see. Thanks for stopping by to see me! Mary

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hello Doily Happy Birthday Card

Hi everyone!! Long time no see. Sorry to be missing for so long, will try better to stay more on top of things! Boy it has been such a long time since I sat down and made a card, it sure felt good to make this one!

This card is very simple, quick and easy to make. I started with Very Vanilla card stock and used Versa mark ink. Than I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder. I than sponged on some Soft Suede ink so that the embossed image would stand out and make the doily look like ecru. Than I use my spritzer tool and my Soft Suede marker to add to the background. I put a pearl in the center of the doily for just an added touch. I used the scallop oval and wide oval punch for my sentiment. I wanted to add just a touch of color, so I used the flower punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack and also added a pearl to each center. The flowers are made from Bashful Blue card stock with some Soft Suede lightly sponged to the edges. Stamp set is Petite Pairs.

Hope you like my simple card and have a wonderful day! Mary

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Four Frames Card

Good morning to all of you! It's such a beautiful day here, I hope it's sunny and fallish where you are too!

I made this card to send out as a RAK card to a lady who is going through cancer treatment right now, I hope it lifts her spirits some when she receives it. This card will remind you of the one that I made for Chanda as her birthday card. I had some left-over items to use, so I came up with this one. I used the Four Frames stamp set and the sentiment stamp from On the Grow. This time I lightly sponged the raised embossed areas with Soft Suede ink, added some Pretty In Pink ribbon, some more crochet trim and thought it looked finished. Card stock is Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla. I lightly colored in the roses in the frame with Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery to add just a hint of color. I used my Decorative Label punch to punch out the frame and added some Rich Razzleberry card stock behind it so it would stand out from the Very Vanilla.

Well that is my share for today, thanks to stopping in to see what I've been up too! Mary

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Chanda!!

Hey everyone!! I have a birthday card I would like to share with you, it is for my special Internet friend, Chanda! Today is her birthday and I wanted to make a special card for her, well, because she is special! She has the GREATEST sense of humor, just love it!

Okay onto the card. First I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry because when it is paired with Very Vanilla, looks elegant, to me anyway and this is a special card. Than I took a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and ran it through the small frame embossing folder, which I than cut out. Hmm....the frame needed something else, so I took my retired Sanded background stamp with some Crumb Cake ink and used that to add some character to it, perfect! Than I took one of the stamps from Just Believe and stamped out the image I wanted onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, the sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set. I lightly sponged the edges of the "picture" inside the frame. I ran some Very Vanilla card stock through the Stripe and Dotted Swiss embossing folders, cut them to the size I wanted, than I added some 3/4" circle punches cut into half the the top part of the Stripe card stock piece (click on image to see better). I found some old crochet trim in my craft closet and added that too! I used my Bow marker and some Crumb Cake seam binding to make a bow that I attached with glue dots. It seem to be missing something, so I got out my tag punch and the Tag stamp set and a safety pin and added the "friends" to the trim below the bow. Whew...this card fought me tooth and nail to be made, nothing seem to go right when I was making this card, but I was determined to win the battle, LOL!!!

Inspiration for this card was found HERE

Well that is my post for the day, hope you all have a good one, especially, you Chanda!! Mary

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wedding Invitation Re-make

Hi everyone, I hope you all are having a great day today. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words of sympathy, they really help me through this hard time with losing our Molly. Some days are great and others not so great but we are starting our healing process.

Today I would like to share a card that I made from a wedding invitation that we receive about a month ago. I know I should have taken a picture of the actual invite, but just plain forgot to. The circle with the "S" on it was part of the invitation, I used my 1 3/4" circle punch to punch it out. The two side pieces under the "S" was a long strip that was used as a belly-band to hold the invitation shut. I took that piece and put it through the lace ribbon border punch. Than I was at a stand still for a couple of weeks. I finally got around to making the card just last week. I cut out a piece of Whisper White card stock to adhere to my card front, but before I did, I used my bone folder and paper cutter to score some accent lines around the piece of card stock. If you click on the picture, you will be able to see it much better. I adhered the two small pieces of lace ribbon border on the card, than popped up the "S" with some dimensional. For the finishing touch, I added two pearls to either side. Stamped my sentiment on the lower right hand corner and was done. I love the clean, simple and elegant look of this card! Oh, I also took some left over border pieces and adhered them to the inside of the card along with a sentiment. This is the card that we will be giving to the new couple next week-end, sure hope they like my re-make of their invitation!

Stamp set: Petite Pairs

I hope you enjoyed my simple card today and thanks for dropping by to see me! Mary

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Good-bye to Our Sweet Molly

Good-bye, sweet Molly we will all miss you so much. You were our gentle giant and you gave us unconditional love for the last 12 1/2 years. We were so lucky to get you from the family that could no longer keep you and you brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. Now you and Samantha can run and play, once again, with each other. Until we see you again, love you much.

Love from your human "pack".

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pizza Anyone??

Good morning to everyone! I hope your Wednesday is going great so far. Oh, I'm enjoying this cooler weather, it has been so nice.

Today I'm going to share a card that I made as a thank you card for my husbands' cousin. She invited us to a local pizza place last week to join her and her siblings to chat and visit, it was so nice and than she surprised us by paying for everyone's pizza too! So I just had to make a special card for her. I found the directions for this card HERE It is time consuming, but so worth the results and you can easily add more "toppings" to it. The pizza we had that night was pepperoni, so that is what I wanted to make. The only stamp set I used was the Petite Pairs by Stampin' Up for the sentiment on the inside. The card stock I used was Very Vanilla for the cheese, Crumb Cake for the crust and Cajun Craze for the pepperoni and the sauce. The pepperoni was made with the one inch circle punch with Cajun Craze marker dab around along with a white gel pen. Crumb cake ink was sponged around all of the edges. After I was done making this I wanted a piece of pizza so bad!

Well that is my share for the day, hope you get some crafting in today too, now back to painting trim in the house. Have a crafty day.............Mary

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day 2011

I wish you all a safe, happy and lazy Labor Day! Thanks for stopping in to say HI!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Petal Cone Santa

Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you! So far our's has been quite and restful, which is nice!

Today I wanted to share a 3-D project that I made. I found the inspiration for this cutie in the current Current catalog that my daughter got in the mail this week. The minute I saw this, I knew I could make those with my Petal Cone die from Stampin' Up. Wouldn't these be cute as table favors?! I included the picture from the catalog so you could see what my inspiration looked like.

I cut out two petal cone die shapes from Real Red card stock, this would also be so cute made with the Red Glitter paper too! I took a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and ran it thru the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, I than cut the piece to measure 1 3/4 inches tall, used some Tombow glue to adhere it to the box and trimmed the sides. Than I sponged some Blush Blossom ink (retired) onto another scrap piece of Whisper White, used Tombow glue, and adhered it right above the beard, trimmed again. I used the Two-step Bird punch and puched out two wings to use as Santa's mustache, attached with Tombow glue. Oh I did lightly sponge the edges with Bashful Blue ink to give it some depth. For the collar of his hat I used the Scalloped Circle punch and punched it twice, adhere. Nose was punch with the circle from the Itty Bitty Shape Punch Pack. Eyes were punched from the Cupcake Builder punch, used a white gel pen to make highlights for nose and eyes. For the pompom on top of hat, I used the 3/4 inch circle punch and than added Dazzling Diamonds.

There you have it, I think it turned out very nice, what do you think? Hope you all have a fun, safe holiday with your family and friends, oh and some crafting too! Mary

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On the Grow Birthday Card

Hi everyone it sure was a hot day here again and for the next 2 days too, so it was a good day to stay inside and play in the craft room!

I think this is about one of my favorite stamps that I've gotten recently. I LOVE to color, even as a little girl. One year for Christmas I got a box of crayons with 96 crayons in it and I really had a hard time letting anyone else use them as I didn't want my boy cousins' to break them, I wanted them to last forever! I really had a fun time with my blender pen and ink pad and markers the other day coloring this. I will definitely be making more cards with this stamp!

See the plaid background? I did that with an ink pad, brayer and the new Stampin' Up Stripes embossing folder. You ink up your brayer and apply the ink to one side of the embossing folder, run it thru your machine, than re-ink the folder again, but turn your card stock, than run it thru your machine a second time and that is what you get! I found this techiqune HERE, you will have to scroll down the post to see the card, Jan's card is so pretty too!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: On the Grow, Petite Pairs
Ink: Pool Party (use this with the blender pen to color the glass jar with), Black StaZon, Pretty In Pink and Black
Markers: Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Bashful Blue
Card stock: Pretty In Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Embossing folders: Dotted Swiss, Stripes
Seam Binding: Certainly Celery
Punch: Oval-medium
Sticky Strip

Well, that is it for this post, I hope you all have a great day too! Mary

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunny Fun using Color Coach

Hi everyone! Sorry to be MIA but with hubby at home every day, life is different around here now, not in a bad way, but it is just different! We've been busy around the house and yard trying to catch up things that were put off because of the very HOT summer we had.

Here is the third image that is in the Sunny Fun stamp set, it also has two sentiments too. I didn't know what colors to use so I pulled out my Color Coach and started with Tempting Turquoise as the card base. I also used Real Red and Pumpkin Pie. This is way out of my comfort zone but seeing it here on the screen, I like how summery and cheerful it turned out! I colored the image in with my markers and put three brads in the top corner. Before I put everything on the card base, I ran it thru the new embossing folder, Stripes, from Stampin' Up to give it some texture.

Well that is it for today, hopefully I will be able to schedule more time in the craft room this week, have a great day! Mary

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hello Doily Retro Card

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great day today, I know I am.

Well as you noticed on the post title, I called this a retro card. You are probably wondering why. As a small girl growing up in a small town in Iowa (1950's), I saw many of these types of doilies in my Grandmother's house. She would daily pick up her crochet hook and do some kind of creating with it. I remember seeing at least one doily crochet with turquoise thread. Boy, some of the doilies that she use to make were really works of art. Oh and of course you had to always starch them to make them lay just so or even stand up with some of the patterns. Oh and not all doilies where white or ecru, they would use other colors too!

When I saw this stamp set in the catalog, I immediately thought of my mom and grandma, so I had to get it. My mom is going thru some health issues with her one eye and so I made this to send to her to let her know that I have her in my prayers. I sure wish I could share this with my grandma! I used all Stampin' Up! products.

Card recipe is:
Card stock: Black, Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise
Stamp: Hello Doily!
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Black

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my simple creation! Thank you so much for dropping in and visiting with me for awhile, I LOVE company, lol! Have a crafty day......................Mary

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sunny Fun Using Sketch Challenge #215

Hi everyone, sorry to be MIA, but the hot spell has been broken here and hubby and I have been busy working in the yard, which was way long overdue because of the heat. The yard is finally starting to look good again and YA we had over an inch of rain too!

Here is another image from the stamp set called "Sunny Fun" out of the holiday mini from Stampin' Up!. I also used the Stamping 411 sketch from last week end and flip it on it's side. I left the sentiment off and will add one later as I need it.

Card stock: So Saffron, Pool Party, Whisper White and Not Quite Navy
Designer paper is from the Subtles package
Embossing folder; Lattice Square
Ribbon; 1/4 inch So Saffron
SU markers

Thanks for stopping in to see me, I appreciate it! Mary

Monday, August 8, 2011

Touch of Kindness, Sketch Challenge #215

Hi everyone, how has your day started off?

Today I want to share a card that I made so that I could play along with the Stamping411 gals. You can find the sketch challenge HERE. They can be alot of fun to play along with.

I used all Stampin' Up! products for this card. The stamp set is in the summer mini and it is called Touch of Kindness. I used Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Whipser White card stock. The larger piece of Marina Mist has been run thru the lattice embossing folder. I used StaZon black ink to stamp my image with and markers to color it in with. Seam binding is also Marina Mist. Crumb Cake seam binding would have been nice on this too. Oh, I used the subtles designer series paper for the background behind the cat.

Thanks for visiting with me today! Have a crafty one................Mary

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Moments Thank You Card

Hi to all of you! Well, it has cool down some in our neck of the woods, hopefully this awful heat wave is over!

Today I want to share a card that was inspired by THIS ONE. As you can see I didn't copy it totally because for one thing I didn't have any of that ribbon and I don't have any of those brads either, so I used what I had handy. The ribbon was a scrap that was lying on my table but was not long enough to make a bow with, so I put down some red sticky tape and made the ends pretty and bunched it up in the middle! Now I added a safety pin with a tiny tag punch stamped with "Thank You" on it. Since it is just pinned to the ribbon, I can always change the sentiment, if I need too. The embossed area is done with the new embossing folder from Stampin' Up!. I love how elegant it makes a card look and feel! The stamp set is a retired one from Stampin' Up! called Happy Moments; card stock is Whisper White and the image is colored in with SU markers. Ribbon and safety pin are non su. A very clean and simple card and quick too!

Hope it is starting to cool off in your parts and thanks for stopping by.................Mary

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quilted Thinking of You Card

Hello to all of my card making friends! Hope you are all doing well and your week too! Yesterday it got to 108 degrees here, now that is just WAY to HOT! I can't wait for fall now, my poor flowers and yard are just totally gone.

Today I want to show you my first attempt on making a inlaid embossed quit pattern. It's ok, I think I should have made the rings a solid color instead of using designer paper or used solid card stock for the pieces in the circles. I'm going to experiment with this some more to see if I can improve on the looks of this. I found some samples of this type of card on Mary Fish's blog HERE . Oh my are they ever so pretty! Click on the picture to get a better view.

I used mainly Stampin' Up! products.
Card stock: Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Black
Lattice die
Stamp set: On the Grow (sentiment)
Ribbon: Pretty In Pink
Designer paper- non SU
Tombow glue (green and white container)

Well that is my share for today, I'm glad you stopped by to visit with me, stay cool! Mary

Monday, August 1, 2011

Elegant Wedding Card

Hi everyone, how are you all doing? This heat makes me think of a Sonny and Cher song, "An the Beat Goes On", except it should be..."and the heat goes on, and the heat goes on...". Now try and get that out of your head for the rest of the BAD!!

Ok, I want to share with you a card that I made for one of my cousin's who is getting married next month, well actually, I think he is my second cousin, but none the less, a cousin. I asked his mom what the colors were for the wedding and she said they were black and white with just a hint of red. Well the first thing that popped into my head was this card. I showed one of these last year on my blog HERE. I found the pattern for this card on Stamp-n-Design. It is a FREE pattern!! This time when I made it, I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the dress, so pretty! I used Stampin' Up! Bride Speciality paper which is retired, scraps of red ribbon and red card stock and some non-SU button brads. Just click on the picture to get a closer view of the card. Also added a pearl because I didn't have any sparkly brads to use, but I think it came out really nice! What do you think??? Please leave a comment and let me know, thanks!

Well that's it for today, hope to see you back again soon! Mary

Friday, July 29, 2011

Awash with Flowers Thinking of You RAK

Hi everyone! Are we all well done by now, or do we need to be flipped over and cooked some more!? I sure hope it cools down sometime soon, alot of the yards around here are all brown and it is like walking on straw.

Today I used a stamp set that needs to have more use than what I've been giving it, it's really a easy stamp to use, it is what they call a two-step stamp. First you stamp the out line, than you stamp the inside. I've seen where some stamp the outline on designer paper, that is also another way to use it too.

This one is one I will send out as a RAK to a young women who will be going thru cancer surgery again and needs some cheering up. I hope my simple card will brighten her day some. I used Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Marina Mist card stock. For the ink I used Marina Mist, Pretty In Pink, Black, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz. Seam binding is also Marina Mist. The sentiment is from the On the Grow stamp set. I also lightly sponged the edges of Whisper White with some Marina Mist. All products are Stampin' Up!.

I think that is all for this post and please stay cool and make sure to check on your older friends to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool too. Have a great day....................Mary

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Elegant Bouquet Thank You Card

Hello, hello, hello! I'm so glad you are here to visit with me!

Ok, here is a card that I made to give to my husbands' boss. My husband is going to retire on Friday after working for the government for over 40 years! My hubby didn't want a big retirement party, so just his immediate co-workers, him, oldest daughter and I went out for a nice lunch at one of his favorite BBQ places. Hubby's boss was so kind to buy our lunch for us, so I needed to write a nice thank you note to let him know how much we enjoyed and appreciated his kindness!

I ran the Crumb Cake card front thru the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. Than with a piece of Marina Mist, I embossed it with the rectangle Designer Frames. I cut a piece of Whisper White to insert inside of the frame. I used the Sincere Salutations and Crumb Cake ink for the sentiment. Now, if I would have been making this for a female I would have added some ribbon. Very simple and easy to do! All products are Stampin' Up!.

Thanks for stopping in, hope you have a crafty day................Mary

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello Card

Hi everyone! Hope your week starts out good and continues that way too!

Today I want to share an easy card that I made. My friend Linda (Hi Linda!!) came over last Friday after we had gone out for our monthly breakfast date. She's asked me a number of times to come and see how I make a card, so I shoveled out the dirt and dog hair in the house and said "come on over". I recently got this stamp and it was out on my table, so I grabbed it and a few markers and this is what I stamped. Than I sprayed some homemade glimmer mist on it, of course you can't see that in the picture but we could! Than I showed her how to sponge around the edges to add more color to the front. I asked her if she wanted to try and she said no...I'm going to work on her and have her come back and teach her how to have fun! I told her that later I would do something with it, and here is the card that I came up with. I used a piece of seam binding leftover from another card, just enough to make this pretty bow for the front of the card. Ran some Marina Mist thru the tulip embossing folder and added to Pear Pizzazz behind the stamped image. I colored in the stamp with Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.

All products used were Stampin' Up!.

Thanks to stopping in to see me, would love to hear from you, have a great week! Mary

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lace Ribbon Thank You Card

Hi everyone, just click on my blog and saw it was blank! I swore that I had something written (it's 6:10 pm here in KC). So I better get busy and tell you about my card!

I recently got some new items to stamp and punch and play with, so I had to make a card. The paper is called Pool Party and I just love the color of it! The embossing folder is a mini one, it comes in a set of two and this one is just so elegant, love how this turned out! Than the punch piece is a new Lace Ribbon punch. I dressed it up by punching out 1 inch circles of black card stock that I glued to the back, just the right touch of color to the card. The sentiment is from a stamp set called, Watercolor Trio, which is retired. All of the products are from Stampin' Up!. I found the inspiration for this card at rubberfunatics.

Hope you enjoyed our visit and hope to see you soon! Mary

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blossom Bouquet Thank You Card

Hi everyone!! Hope your day is going great!

I got to play in my craft room a couple days ago and here is a card that I made. I found the layout for this card at TwoHappyStampers. I don't have all of the colors of card stock that they used so I used what I had on hand and also made this for my daughter to use. I apologize for the not-so-wonderful picture, looks so much better in real life.

I used all Stampin' Up! products and here is the card recipe:

Stamp set:Pretty Postage

Ink:Stazon white

Card stock:Pretty In Pink, Whisper White and Black

Punches:Postage Stamp,Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, Scallop Edge and small flower-non SU


Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder

Tombow glue (green and white bottle)


Thanks for dropping in to see me and have a crafty day too..................Mary

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunny Fun

Hi everyone, hope you are are staying cool, we are having a heat wave, for the next 5 days, 99 degrees or more everyday! I feel sorry for people who don't have any air conditioning.

A couple weeks ago, our neighbors asked us to come over for hot dogs and swimming. Now the hot dog part I'm cool with, but the swimming part, well let's just say that my body hasn't seen a bathing suit in over 10 years! So hubby and I enjoyed sitting by the pool and talking, we even got to meet some other neighbors, which is always nice!

When I saw this stamp set in the holiday mini, I immediately thought of our next door neighbors, this is a really fun set to have. It also has flip-flops and various ice cream treats too, will have to show you the others soon.

Card Recipe (All SU products unless noted):
Stamp set: Sunny Fun
Card stock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Early Espresso and So Saffron
Ink pads: Pool Party, Stazon-black and Bashful Blue
Various markers to color in the image (I LOVE to color!)
Blender pen, sponges
Flip-flop punch: non SU

Thanks for dropping in to see me and stay cool too...................Mary

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

All Occasion Card using Strength & Hope

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great day today!

I wanted to share a simple and easy card with you today. I'm trying to get my mojo back and this is a good start to getting back into the card making groove, you know what I mean, "wink"! I was off all last week and had great plans to be in my craft room the whole time, but it just seemed to happen, there was always something else more important that would come up and I just didn't get awhole lot done, unless you consider cleaning the house so the health department didn't come and put tape across the doors important!!

OK, enough with the blabber, no I didn't forget to put a sentiment on the front of the card, I left it blank on purpose so if I needed a card really quick, all I would have to do is make one and stick it on, love that! I cut some squares and rotated them to get the background under the butterfly.

Card Recipe (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Strength & Hope, EnFrancais, Solid Stripes (I used this to make my own designer paper under the butterfly!)
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Pear Pizzazz
Card stock:Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and Pretty In Pink
Dazzling Diamonds (you'll have to click on the picture to see it better)
Glue pen

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, good friends and good food too! Be safe and enjoy the fireworks!

Happy crafting.................Mary

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Welcome Neighbors, SSC209

Oh, Hi everyone! Sorry to be missing for a whole week. Just been goofing off and not doing much of anything.

Today I'm sharing a card that I made to welcome some new neighbors that have moved in two houses up from us! Hope they are nice and friendly! I used a sketch layout that I found over at Stamping411, it sure makes it alot easier to make a card much faster when you have a layout to follow. Now I found that the measurements for layer 3 had to be tweak just a bit, so make sure you lay out your layers first to make sure you have some space in between them.

Card Recipe:
Stamp set- Good Neighbor (SAB-retired)
card stock- So Saffron, Mellow Moss (retired) and Welcome Neighbor dsp (SAB-retired)
Ink- Old Olive and Crumb Cake
Markers- Real Red and Early Espresso (used black to write in "Welcome")
punches- scallop and 1 3/4" circle

Thanks for dropping in to see my creation today, hope you have a crafty one..............Mary

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ice Cream Bar Card

Well in a couple of days it will be my dad's birthday. It is so hard for me to find cards for men, as I don't like to buy stamps that after making one card with you can't use again, meaning, you can't keep using the same one for all future cards for the same person. Does that make sense? Anyway, one day I was blog surfing and came across this cute little card at Polka dot and Paper. She actually had two ice cream bar cards on it and I decided to make this one. Of course, after I had the card all put together, noticed that I forgot to emboss the ice cream bar, but that's OK. Once you figure out how big to make your bar, it goes together very quickly!

Card Recipe:
Ink-Early Espresso
Stamp set-Bring on the Cake
Card stock-Whisper White, Early Espresso and Mellow Moss (retired)
corner rounder
scallop circle and word window punches
All products are Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stoppin by to see me, I appreciate any or all comments.....................Mary

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Have a New Blog

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that from today forward I will be posting only cards or paper projects on this blog. In the future I will post everything else like recipes, hints, tips, crafty projects on my other blog I Can't Believe I Made That. I hope that you will come on over and view what is going on over on it! Thanks for all of your support, oh and I will continue to do this blog too, I know, crazy!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day, Dad

Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there, a day early! Hope you all have a relaxing, fun day with your family.

Here is the card that I made to give to my dad tomorrow. He loves dogs, so this is perfect for him! I will add a gift card of some kind for him to enjoy.

I used all Stampin! Up products. I lightly sponged the background so that the images didn't look like they were floating in the air. I even stamped the dog on the envelope too.

Card stock; Whisper White, Baja Breeze and subtles designer paper
Ink; Baja Breeze, black, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, real red, brilliant blue, certainly celery and bashful blue
Stamp sets; Friends Fur-ever, Sanded and Teeny Tiny Wishes

I hope you all have a great week-end with your love ones..................Mary

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Flower Garden Sympathy Card

Hi to everyone! I hope all is well with you. A friend of ours recently loss her husband, he had been sick off and on for many years and had just recently found out he had lung cancer. We were sorry to hear of his sudden passing. This is the card that I made to send to her and her family.

I used an embossing folder to make the flowers on the card stock, than took sponge daubers to apply ink to the raised areas. Maybe next time, I will add a few pearls to it to dress it up some.

All products Stampin! Up.

Card stock- Whisper White and Regal Rose

Testured embossing folder- Flower Garden

Stamp set- Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink- Marina Mist, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose

Ribbon- Pretty In Pink

Bye for now.................Mary

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Postage Stamp Thank You Notes

Hi to all of you! Sorry to be gone for so long but was very busy with the garage sale, which turned out to be a very big success, especially for the oldest daughter, she sold over $400 worth of clothing!! We got rid of alot of other items too, so we all were very happy and will be doing another one when our home associations has it in September.

Here are some more thank you notes that I did for the daughter, this time with the colors done differently. She wants black, white and pink so that is the colors I will stick with for her. I used all Stampin! Up products. After seeing them in the picture, it looks like I needed to take more time to put my pearls on straighter, next time I will be more careful!

Card stock- Whisper White, Black, and Pretty In Pink
Ink-Pretty In Pink
punches- Postage Stamp and Decorative edge
Stamp set- Pretty Postage and Easter Blossoms

Thanks for dropping by to see me, hope you have a crafty day..............Mary

Friday, June 3, 2011

Masculine Card

Well this week went by fast, my week is all messed up from the holiday we just celebrated. It is Friday right, lol!

Today I want to share another card kit that my upline, Chanda sent awhile back, just got around to putting it together. You can get all of the details by visiting her blog HERE. Her creativity just amazes me at time, she is very creative for sure! Thanks Chanda for your card kits, I really enjoy receiving them!

I hope you all have a great week-end. I may be missing for a couple of days, trying to get ready for a garage sale, but will post if possible.....have a crafty week-end......Mary

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just Believe

Hi everyone, hope you all had a relaxing Memorial week-end! We were busy trimming bushes and what not around the house, but glad to get a good start on it before the real heat of summer sets in! Oh, and we didn't get any poison ivy either, big plus for hubby!

This is another RAK card for a lady who takes care of elderly people and she hurt her neck, hope she has a fast recovery!

I used all Stampin' Up! products. I stamped the image, sponged the background and just wasn't too happy with the results, so I ran it thru the square lattice embossing folder and I think that added some interest to it. I probably could have added some pearls too (if I had thought of it).

Ink- Pear Pizzazz, black & Marina Mist
Card stock- Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz & Marina Mist
Seam binding- Marina Mist
punch- Decorative label

Thanks for droppin by to see my latest creation, I appreciate it.............Mary

Friday, May 27, 2011

Daughters' Thank You Notes

Hi to all of you!

I just wanted to show you three of the thank you notes that I made for my daughter, had to get her approval before I make too many of them, lol! She requested black, white and pink colors. These are 3" x 3", she had decided that she will include these in with her customer's orders. Now she wants some A2 size ones to give to whomever host a party with her.

Note card recipe:
Card stock- Whisper White, Pretty In Pink & Black
Ink- Pretty In Pink
Stamps- Lovely Letters, Easter Blossoms, Tiny Tags
Punches-Scallop circle punch, Tiny Tag punch, 1 3/8" punch, Eyelet border punch
ribbon- non SU
safety pin- non SU

Hope you like my small thank you cards, thanks for stopping by.............Mary

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thinking of You Card 2011, #2

Good day to everyone, hope your day if off to a good start.

The card I'm sharing today is one that I made for my friend, Esther. She had one of her knee's replaced last week and I wanted to send her a card to let her know I'm thinking about her and to wish her a speedy recovery too.

I semi-followed Stamping 411 sketch, #204. You can see the sketch by clicking HERE .

It sure does help making a card alot easier sometimes, especially when you have had little sleep because one of your dogs is afraid of thunderstorms, not that I would know about that at all, lol!

All Stampin' Up products used, here is the recipe:

Stamp sets- Herb Expressions, Teeny Tiny Wishes

card stock- Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

designer series paper- subtles collection

ribbon- Certainly Celery

Markers- Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace


Thanks for stopping by to see my latest creation, have a crafty day...............Mary

Monday, May 23, 2011

Joy Fold Card

As promised, here is the last of the card kits that I received from my upline, Chanda. I'm late in showing these to you as these were the cards that her club members made in April. You can find the card recipe on her blog by clicking here I just love the color combination that she used on this card, it is so pretty!

This is all of the card kits for now, will be posting some more in the future, now I need to get busy and make some thank you cards for my daughter, she has just recently started selling Mary Kay, so I had better get the move on!

Thanks to stopping to visit with me today..........Mary