Monthly Archives: April 2015

Friday Mashup #206 & ALWP The Challenge # 32

Ok, this is going to be a short, quick post today:)  I’m entering some cards into challenges and I only have half an hour to do it!  Of course, I will be back soon with some more cards to share:)

This is the challenge over at the Friday Mashup #206:

This week’s Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project using ” Umbrellas”.
  • Create a project using “Polka Dots”.
  • Or Create a project using “Umbrellas & Polka Dots”.


abSDC15680So I have umbrellas and polka dots:)  I love polka dots! 🙂  I made a card almost exactly like this last year, but smaller.  This card is not an A2, it’s  just a little too big for an A2 envelope, but I needed to make the elements fit right;)  I used Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight for this one, and an image from Clear Dollar Stamps.  CDS has closed, but you can find some of their images at Doodle Pantry.


Here’s the challenge #32 over at Always Playing With Paper.  Also polka dots, yay!:)

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I could use the same card, but instead, since these cards are going to Send A Smile 4 Kids, I made two;)


abSDC15681For this card I used Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wonder.  Which one do you like better?  Maybe I should have used SU Perfect Plum, I’ll try it later;)

Thanks for stopping by for this short post, I’m off to submit my cards.  Check out both challenge blogs and see what others have made:)



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UPDATES-Merry Monday # 155 and Freshly Made Sketches #183

I have some updates for this post, I will add them as bold print:)

I have a lot to share today and it wouldn’t all fit in the title!  I have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, two different challenges, Christmas, images by Fred She Said and SAS4Kids! No time to waste, lets get going! 🙂

I made two cards last night, one for Merry Monday #155 and another for Freshly Made Sketches #183.  Merry Monday’s challenge was to use a cat or a dog.

I received an Honorable Mention for this card from Merry Monday #155.

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abSDC15665This image is from Fred She Said, and is called Kiss Me Scottie.  I also used an embossing folder with Holly (close enough to Mistletoe) Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock, and some really pretty washi tape, also Stampin’ Up! that you can get discounted right now, called All is Calm.  I used the same layout as the challenge for Freshly Made #183, which is coming up next:)


FMS Final 183-001Yes, I usually stay pretty close to the sketch;)


My ProjectThis image is also by Fred She Said, called Nolan with a Sign/Heart.  I love Fred She Said because you can get your digital images colored or b/w so you can color them yourself:)  I used Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, and Soft Suede cardstock. I think he’s so darn cute!


Switching gears, we are on to Mother’s Day with a new guest, Mairead Reid (rhymes with parade)  Mairead is from Ireland and is a good friend of mine:)  She is living in the USA now in the Northwest.

My friend, Mairead, had this to say about the kimono, “A Japanese lady I knew in Atlanta learned that I made cards and gave me a bunch of her old ones for me to “upcycle”. The cards had all Japanese images and of course are very unusual for us here in this part of the world. So I just cut them up and used parts to make new cards. Sometimes I add a border of stitching to make it more authentically mine and more handmade.”


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERATwo different, lovely pinks, the flowers in the first card are also from Fred She Said called Lenten Roses – Hellebores.  I was shocked to discover that I don’t own this design from FSS, I thought I had everything Fred She Said! It comes in 8 different colors.  A beautiful flower and I love the cut-out design!  The kimono is amazing, it appears to be a lazor cut design and it is gorgeous laid over the pink!

 Mairead gave me this info regarding the three lovely different colored flowers: “The three stamped flowers are colored with 3-D Ink Glaze pens – it gives an embossed look. The stem was a stencil.”

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERABoth of these cards are beautiful, the flowers in the top one are shiny, I don’t know how she did that.  The flowers in the second card also look glossy, and the pink strip is glittery.  The kids are going to love giving these to their moms.  Oh, dear, I forgot, all Mairead’s cards will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids!  But wait, there’s one more! 🙂

 Mairead gave me this update on the butterfly: “The butterfly on that last one was the left over (or negative) bits from a peel-off butterfly. There is a technique to pick up all the left over bits, so you don’t waste anything from your peel-off sheet.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at this beautiful cut-out!  It has a very delicate pattern that is hard to see here.  The butterfly is decorated with gold!  This card is beautiful in hand, the photo doesn’t do it justice!

Actually, all the cards shown here today will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids, they have a blog challenge that you can find here.

Be sure to check out the Blog Candy I have coming up in May, you can find it here! 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to come by and read my blog today! 🙂  Hope to see you soon with Father’s Day cards and more! 🙂



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Mother’s Day with SAS4Kids with 3 guests

Wow, I can’t believe how fast it got from Easter to Mother’s Day!  Time does go by quickly! 😉  I hope to have one more Mother’s Day post before we move on to Father’s Day, but today, it’s all about Mom:)

My first guest who has made cards to support Send A Smile 4 Kids, is Donna Wakefield, of Bedford, IN.  Donna has sent in cards before so she is a repeat donor, thank you Donna! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIsn’t this beautiful?  Great card by Donna, love the purples:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere are two more cards from Donna, these look really fun! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese cards are from Tammy Gullett, of Ottumwa, IA.  She sent 9 cards all the same.  They may not sound like a lot, but every card received is one more sent to the kids to share with their moms.  Thank you so much Tammy 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a closer look.  You can see she used Versamark to stamp the background, it’s just barely there.  I love this technique:)  She has layer of embossed cardstock on the right, as well as some flowers from Stampin’ Up!  All of them are lovely! 🙂 Tammy has also sent in cards before:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese cards are from Jill Blasche, of Houston, TX.  These cards are all beautiful!  Jill has sent multiples of each to share with our kids:)  Jill has also shared with us before.  Thank you Jill for thinking of us again! 🙂

All of the cards shared today are wonderful! 🙂  I know our kids will be excited to share them with their Moms! 🙂  I don’t think any of them are difficult to make.  I believe you could follow these examples of layouts and make some beautiful cards! 🙂

I’d like to have one more showing of cards for you to enjoy before Mother’s Day.  I’m expecting two packages tomorrow and I will take photos before I pack them to ship to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois:)  Then we move on to our Father’s Day cards:)  I know I’ll also be slipping in some cards for the kids:)

While your here, take a look at my blog post for May!  I will be having a drawing at the end of May for some Blog Candy! 🙂  Yes, you can join in, read my blog post and be sure to follow me to get all the details! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I appreciate your interest! 🙂  I’m off to make cards now, everyone is sleeping and it’s nice a quiet! 🙂  I hope you come back again! 🙂



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Mother’s Day with guest and more

I’m sad to say I received way more cards for Easter than I have gotten for Mother’s Day:(   But, I have received some beautiful Mother’s Day cards and I’m going to share some with you today:)  First some cards from Diane Herniman of Canada:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERADiane makes all her own envelopes, yep, this is the envelope:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERADiane makes mostly easel cards, so this is the inside.  You fold the blue part down and the Happy Mother’s Day will hold the card in place.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a side view with the front folded and in place.


This is what it looks like when you set it up.  So the part above the Happy Mother’s Day, is actually the front of the card.  Sorry for the flash:(

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the way the front only looks.  Diane uses a lot of photo images from around her own property!  She takes beautiful photos! 🙂


Here’s another by Diane:)


1aDiane HernimanHere I took three photos and made a little collage.  The blue envelope, the card opened all the way and bottom left, the card set up.  Beautiful card, Diane makes wonderful cards! 🙂


One last cards from Diane:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAnother pretty envelope:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe inside totally open.



The card set up with the easel.  Gorgeous papers and photo! 🙂


Now, a couple of cards from Donna Wakefield, from Indiana.




This is a beautiful card from Donna!  I have to say, I got a good photo as well;)  The colors are beautiful and the flowers are all popped up:)


The colors of this one are also beautiful!  I love blue and the added browns make it soft and soothing:)


Great cards from both Diane and Donna, all of them are beautiful!  Thank you ladies for donating these cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  They have a card challenge that you can check out here🙂

Please take a few minutes to check out my site about my blog candy coming up in May! 🙂


Thanks for coming by today, I’m thankful for your interest! 🙂   See you soon:)






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Freshly Made Sketches #181 and SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, it has been ages since I made a challenge card!  I saw the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #181 and an idea just popped into my head.  Of course, I’m always thinking of the kids, so this card will go in the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #181 where I will enter it in the challenge.


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Here is the card I made for this sketch.

abSDC15491b Anyone who has seen my sketch challenge cards, knows I usually stay pretty close to the sketch;)  It looks simple, but the hard part was those silly kite bows, or maybe it was trying to get the yellow polka dot triangles on the orange kite base, or it could have been getting glue on the kite strings and then getting them to stay where I wanted them!  I think it was the triangles on the kite base!  If anyone knows an easy way to get them on straight, please let me know!!  Until then, I won’t be making dozens of these for the kids, just this one.

I’m going to list my supplies near the bottom for anyone interested.  Mostly Stampin’ Up! and Lawn Fawn, but it will all be on the list.

Next I want to show a few cards from a guest, Holly Blaskie.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA                      SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these too cute! ?  So simple but awesome!  The kids are going to love these, Holly sent two of each design for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, through SAS4Kids.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHow about these really cute Mother’s Day cards?  I think a younger child would love to chose either of these to give their mom.  Colorful and cheerful!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASimple but elegant!  I think a teen might chose one of these for their mom.  They look even more beautiful here in hand, the papers are really lovely! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALast card for tonight.  I have to say even though this looks beautiful here, in hand, it’s gorgeous!  The papers are so luscious!  Holly does a wonderful job making her cards!  I appreciate all her cards and I know they are loved and enjoyed by all who receive them!  I will show more of Holly’s cards in the future:)

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  Don’t forget about my May Blog Candy for comment posters! 🙂  SAS4Kids also has a blog challenge take a peek at what others are making for the kids! 🙂  Please come by again soon! 🙂


Supply list

Stampin’ Up!

Papers-Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Embossing Folder-Cloudy Day

Lawn Fawn

Craft Dies-Forest Border, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Impression Obsession

Kite Die 153-I


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Happy Mother’s Day at SAS4Kids

Mother’s Day is coming next month! 🙂  I finally made some cards that I’ve been seeing everywhere!  I love these cards and I think they’re great for Mother’s Day:) So I’m going to get right to it.  I made all these cards myself:)  I’m going to enter one into the challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids, take a look:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the paper looked like before I cut it up.  It’s a sheet from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Blooms.  The other side is beautiful too! 🙂


I did the top row first. I used Soft Sky for the words and background.  I felt the words came out too light.  One the second card, I also used Soft Sky for the background, but Blushing Bride for the sentiment background.  I used Rose Red for the rest of the sentiments because I liked the way it looked;)  The third card, I used Crushed Curry, even though that wasn’t one of the colors listed for the paper package.  I thought it went better with the flower centers.


On this row, I used Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky and Rose Red for the backgrounds.  The center one has a little butterfly cut from the reverse side.  The card on the right has Dazzling Delights added to the purple flowers.  I couldn’t find any SU sentiments that I liked so I used a Mother’s Day stamp from Recollections, the Michaels brand.

There’s no shipping charges on any Stampin’ Up! order this week until Friday, April 10th! 🙂  Let me know if you would like to order anything:)

Here are some Birthday cards I made:)


abSDC15181For this one, I used some paper out of a stack by Prima, called Firefly, I think it’s retired, but still beautiful:)  This is one of the more plain papers, my granddaughter picked it out:)  I cut it with a Memory Box die, Grand Happy Birthday.  I added a little bow in Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight.  The bird I got from Dozens Of Paper Cuts on Etsy.  I ordered two sets and I requested Stampin’ Up! Brights and Subtles.  Sue does a great job! 🙂

abSDC15201Another bird from Dozens Of Paper Cuts. I used the same Memory Box Die as above.  I stamped the birthday hat from a SU set that I just can’t remember right now:(  I cut out the hat part and then cut a small circle with a Stampin’ Up! hand punch, I think the 1/16th.  The paper is Night of Navy, and the DSP is from the current Occasions catalog, it’s called Birthday Bash Specialty because it has some embossed gold foil.  I printed mine with My Digital Studio.  I’m going to use the “real” paper next time to get the gold embossing:)

abSDC15203Again I used Designer Series Paper, Birthday Bash Specialty, and Night of Navy. I used the same Memory Box Die.  The little dragon is from Lawn Fawn, called Critters Ever After.  It has a matching die set.  The balloons I cut out of SU cardstock, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and I think Old Olive, but I could be wrong about the green.  I colored the dragon with my Stampabilities markers.  I drew the balloon strings with my SU white pen.  I did use My Digital Studio to print my Birthday Bash paper, so it doesn’t have any gold in it:(  I like it, but I will use my paper package next time:)

I forgot to post some of my own Easter cards so I will add those here.  I made them for SAS4Kids, I was thinking teenager cards;)




For these I used a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog called, For Peeps’ Sake.  The SU DSP is retired, Kaleidoscope.  I got it when it was in the Clearance Rack! 🙂  I used SU Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay as my background cardstock.

Please be sure to read my post about my May Blog Candy!

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I’m not sure what I’ll be posting yet, it will be a surprise for all of us;)





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It’s April! I have a new guest for SAS4Kids

Mother’s Day is next month, so I want to be sure to show you plenty of Mother’s Day cards this month.  But first I want to take some time to welcome a new guest to my blog, Geri, from Spring Valley, MN.  Geri sent in a very large group of cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids, so I won’t be able to show a lot of them, but you will see a good example of her work shown over several  postings:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIt was hard to choose what to show first, so here are some April flowers!  The white is all embossed, it’s shiny and looks really beautiful in hand with the sprinkles of color:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at these!  Geri sent a bunch of these adorable ladybug cards!  There are two here, one shows the closed, and one the open.  Lots of room to put a note:)  My granddaughters are 8 and almost 10, they both loved these cards! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHow about this one?  There are several different versions of this card, I love it:)  I think the kids will love it too:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, a Mother’s Day card, actually it could be an any day card for a mom.  Geri sent several different versions of this card as well.  They all say Love You Mom, but they have different papers:)

I think Geri has done a wonderful job of sending a good variety of cards!  They could be used for different reasons, not just what I might think they’re for.

Send A Smile 4 Kids, appreciates every card received!  Our hospitals love to share cards with kids and their families!  We thank you so much for your time and effort, it means so much to everyone involved!! 🙂

If you’re visiting just to get some good card ideas, you certainly have gotten a lot to look at over the last couple of months!  Lots of different styles and ideas! 🙂  I’m going to be posting some of my own cards in a day or two, so please come back and have a look:)

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope you’ll take a look at the SAS4Kids blog, there’s more cards where these came from;) lol  Hope to see you again:)



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