Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Happy Card

I have good news to good friend Jean is out of ICU, unhooked from many tubes and has been sitting up in a chair for a few minutes.  She has a loooooong way to go yet, but our friend Lavonne lives next door to Jean now and was able to go visit her in the hospital.  Lavonne called me and put Jean on the phone to talk to me for a few minutes.  What a joy that was to my heart.  Jean and I have been friends since the early 70's when we both were managers with a company called HODA.  Did any of you ever attend a HODA party?  I was with that company from 1973 to 1986.  I sold decorating accessories and learned so much during those years.  There were 4 of us managers who became very close friends and remain so  today.  I sent her the Belleek card I made a few days ago before she got out of ICU.  The card I am posting today is another one that I will send to her the first of the week.  My goal is to make one a week for her to brighten her spirits.  She still is in the St. Louis Hospital.

I wanted to do a gate card that was slanted.  I tried about 7 or 8 different dies  before I found one that would work.  It is a memory box die, not exactly what I wanted, but it worked.  I will make another card similar to this and perfect it, but it works for now.

Joy Stamp...........Impression Obsession c5471
Big Splash Border ..............Memory Box 98438
Happy Day Stamp...........Inkadinkado
Flower and leaves..............Marianne
Made by Hand  Stamp.............Inkadinkado
Tag Die........Sizzix 
 Flower Center Beads........Martha Stewart

Friday, July 22, 2016


As I mentioned before, I am trying to get a head on my Grandkids, Great Grandkids and kids  birthday cards.  Dylan's birthday is in September, so I am thrilled to have this ready for him.

I asked my Granddaughter Kara, what Dylan is "in to" right now and she told me Mine Craft and Soccer.

So, I found this cute Mine Craft Graphic and Soccer Graphic on line.  I printed them and fussy cut them out. I also used a fence die cut and this small happy birthday stamp.  Everything is popped up.  I think he will love it and I love making something the kids relate too and like at the time of their birthday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


When I moved into my new "studio" I found a bag of cards that I made several years ago.  I have been going through  those cards  and  repurposing what I can and making a new card.  This has been fun and makes me remember some very fun times I had designing them.  Have you ever done this?

This card is made using a very old (and favorite) Graphic 45 paper.  Sure wish they would make it or something similar again..  There are so many pretty papers in this set.  I also wish I could find The Perfect Day Stamp.  It is a JustRite Stamp and I have the set, but not this stamp.  I made my daughter a card using it before her fire and she kept it on her fireplace mantel and told me that every morning she would look at it and remind her that is is going to be a perfect day.
More memories.

My good friend is receiving this for her birthday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


One of my very favorite cards to make is one using the Belleek Technique. Are you familar with it?  If not, Kittie at Kittie Kraft does a great tutorial on it here.  She also has some beautiful cards using this technique.
 I used an Anna Griffin Embossing Folder, Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Blue Achiever Ink, Martha Stewart Flower Punch, several Marianne Leaf Flourishes and Magnolia Summer Foliage dies.  A Spellbinder frame die for the focal point created the look I was after.  I popped up a white card stock layer and also the Anna Griffin layer. 
I have a friend who is very sick and in ICU.  I plan to send her this card as soon as she is in a regular room.
Her name is Jean and can certainly use our prayers.  Thank you.

I love getting your comments and appreciate them so much.  It has been great hearing from so many of you.   Thanks so much.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Birthday Cards for August

We have two Grand Children with birthdays the first week of August, so I decided that I would get their cards made early.  I never get to do that it seems.  I had some things I reworked and these are two of those cards.

This card is for Esther.  The stamp reminds so much of her.  She is such a cutie pie with a quite disposition. She will love it.  They raise lambs, so it certainly fits her.
The stamp is by Sarah Kay.

This card is for Joshua who will  be three.   He is a happy little fellow and he never quits talking
We can't hardly understand him, but it doesn't matter to him.  He smiles all the time too.
They have dogs, so how fitting for him.

The Stamp is by Sarah Kay.