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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 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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Happy Birthday to me Blog Candy!

I’m changing my Blog Candy to May instead of April.  My birthday is in May, two of my grandsons have birthdays in May, and my husband’s birthday is in May.  What a great month!!:)

So here’s what I’m thinking…..throughout the entire month of May, you can make a comment on my blog, this will get you one chance to win.:)

You can send me a card for a “child” 1 year to 19 years, that will  get you two chances to win:)

If you make a comment during May, and send at least one card, you will have three chances to win! 🙂

If you’ve been following me for the last couple of months, you know I am doing volunteer work for Send A Smile 4 Kids, you can find my address and info here.   This is a wonderful group of people who make, collect, and donate handmade cards to children’s hospitals:)  Any and all cards sent to me will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Illinois:)

What kind of Blog Candy do I have, you might ask.  I have 4 items that I will send out.  You will be able to let me know what your wish list is by numbering the letters 1-4.  One being what you would like the most, but this is not a guarantee.   These items have not been donated, all these items are from my own personal stash of craft items and are unused!  So here’s my list of Candy:)

A-From Stampin’ Up, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I love this folder! 🙂




B-From Stampin’ Up, Tagtastic, cling mount stamp set.

pic80Samples were part of the catalog display, not included.




C-From Stampin’ Up, You Brighten My Day, cling mount stamp set.




D- From me, die cut outs.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI cut these out myself and took a photo, all are included.  I have cats in black, top center and white so you can color yourself.  Kittens, in white, below the cats, and black.  I have puppies, in Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip and white.  There are two guitars one in silver and one in black.  Bottom left is a boy on a sled in black.  I love all of these cut outs, so I thought someone else might like them too:)

So, now, I’m hoping you’re wondering what kind of card to send;)  Here are the SAS4Kids suggestions. You could send birthday, thank you, thinking of you, sending prayers, thoughts & prayers, have a great day, encouragement, no sentiment with a cheerful image, Father’s Day is in June, so that would be fine as well.  Please no Get Well, some of these children will not get well:(  We would like to concentrate on cheerful cards:)

I will announce the winners by June 15th, so please follow me so you will be notified of the winners:)  Also, if you send cards, make sure you include your email address and I will be able to notify you personally:)

I’m already planning on Blog Candy for the Fall;)

As always, thanks for coming by and reading my long note! 🙂  I’ll post cards with these items as I make them;)





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