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Tis’ The Season…#52, Christmas that is

This week I mailed out to my hospitals, all my Halloween boxes of cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  I will still be accepting Thanksgiving and Fall cards, but it’s time to get in the mood for Christmas cards! 🙂  It may seem early, but we need cards not just for the kids, but for the kids to give to their parents, siblings, favorite staff members! 🙂  That’s a lot of Christmas cards! 😉  Of course, there are the every day cards that can be made with Winter themes and colors! 🙂  I love Christmas, I hope you do too! 🙂

And, I made a Christmas card! 🙂  I’m going to enter it over at Tis’ The Season….#52.  I’ve never entered a challenge at TTS, so this should be fun! 🙂  Their challenge is Christmas all year, this week they have a sketch.

ts52fFor those of you who know me, you will be surprised that I didn’t follow the sketch exactly, but I’m not far off;)

SDC17912You may also be surprised that I made a square card.  I almost never make square cards, but this design just worked out better that way:)  No, I didn’t make the bokeh by hand:(  I bought it on Esty, I’m not sure where, sorry:(  But I love it!  The vine is from Memory Box, as well as the ornament and the ornament background shape.  You may not be able to see it well, but the ornament was cut from Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, it’s beautiful! 🙂

The ornament background was cut from Stampin’ Up! Red Foil Sheets, they’re in the new holiday catalog.  I also cut the berries from the Red Foil using my Owl Builder Punch.  The Owl Builder punch has so many uses, it’s amazing!  The Holly is also a Memory Box die, and I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green. The silver ribbon is also Stampin’ Up!

I’m very thrilled the way it turned out, especially since I was going to go another way at the beginning.  I couldn’t find the die I wanted to use, so I went with another die, and the whole concept changed:)  Life is just full of surprises! 🙂

Now, I have even more inspiration for you with some guests!  First up is Vicki Luebke of IN!  Vicki is a repeat sender, and I love the way she makes cards that can easily go into an envelope and be mailed! 🙂

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI actually love when cardmakers use the same papers and change the layouts and/or images! 🙂  I love all of these, they’re so cute!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese 4 cards are all Fred She Said images, I love FSS! 🙂  Here’s the store link for Emma the Hugger, but you can scroll through the Christmas list and find all of these images! 🙂  Thank you Vicki for all these wonderful Christmas cards! 🙂  I know they’ll be loved whatever hospital gets them! 🙂


Next I have Alissa McKinney from IN also:)  This is the first time Alissa has sent in cards to us, but she’s off to a good start!  Alissa has told me she bought a Silhouette Portrait, and she buys cards online to cut out her images.  I have a vague idea how this works, so I hope you understand:)


Alissa has used lots of designs and bright colors, perfect for kids!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these cute?!  Mugs of Coco and a fun Santa.  All of the main images are popped up.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAll of Alissa’s images are colorful and fun, but wait for the next ones!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at all these fun Santas enjoying the sunshine on the beach!  These are so cute!  I think the kids will have a good laugh when they image Santa taking a break from his work to go to the beach!  Thank you so much Alissa for these great cards!  I hope to see more of your cards in the future! 🙂


Now because it is still Fall, I want to end with a few Fall cards also using Fred She Said images.  These cards are made by a repeat sender, Holly Blaskie from MI:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the link for Emma in the Leaves, that’s the one with the leaves in the air.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the link for Raking, I love both of these images and have used them quite a bit myself! 🙂  Thank you Holly for these great Fall cards for the kids, I know they’ll enjoy them! 🙂

All of these cards will be going into boxes for Send A Smile 4 Kids!  Thank you to all the cardmakers who make this possible for the kids! 🙂  SAS4Kids also has a challenge blog where you can enter a card or just check out what others are making! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I’m thankful for your interest, even if you don’t send in cards;)  I hope you come again to see more cards for inspiration! 🙂




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Merry Monday #165 and SAS4Kids

Here’s another really short post.  I’ve been working on this card for two days!  Hubby has been off work all the kids are home and my daughter took two day trips and let me with everyone!  It’s been slow going making a card:(  But, everyone is finally in bed and I have a few minutes before I fall over and go to sleep!  This card actually took a while because I had to search for all the components and I changed my mind half way though;)

I’m going to enter this card in the Merry Monday #165 challenge🙂 This weeks challenge is candles and flowers:)  Of course, my card will be going into the Christmas box for Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂

165Now, I was going in a totally different direction with this card, I even had the design “approved” by my daughter;)  I was going to use gold glitter paper as my background and gold ribbon.  Well, that’s not what I made;) lol



This is the paper I started with, I didn’t make it, I found it on Etsy listed as Bokeh Christmas Digital Paper.  I love this paper!  It’s actually a deeper red down on the left  and bottom.  I have so much trouble getting all the colors to look just right with the lighting I have available:(

The Bokeh looked like reflections of the candle light to me.  Anyway…..I used an image from Fred She Said called, Christmas Rose Coloured Set.  I cut it out with a Spellbinders die, and popped it up with Stampin’ Up! dimentionals.  I also used Stampin’ Up! 1/8″ Ribbon Taffeta (retired).  The top corner snow is called Snowflake Corner, by Memory Box.

I’m still living partially out of boxes, so I had to search for my ribbon and my Memory Box die, so annoying! 😦  I was going to use what I had on hand (gold) but then decided I really wanted the white:)  I hope you like my card, it really was Simply Made;)

Thanks for coming by to look at my blog! 🙂  Most people will probably be out watching fireworks, but two of my little ones are afraid of the noise, so I put them down early, hoping they would sleep through it.  So sad:(  Lawrence was actually excited about the fireworks until he remembered how loud they are:(   I hope you all have had a safe and happy 4th! 🙂




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Valentine: Send A Smile 4 Kids

Wow, you’re not going to believe that I actually made 4 more cards this week!  Good thing they invented lights, because I’m up very late at night making cards!  It doesn’t get quiet here until about 10pm, my hubby has been taking over in the morning:)  Even still, I’m up by 9am, that’s when I have to get up whether I want to or not;)  lol

I’m just posting cards today, if you would like info regarding supplies or techniques, please ask:) These cards are all for Send A Smile 4 Kids, except the last one, it’s going to my granddaughter;)  All digital images are by Doodle Pantry, so far, I have only worked with the pre-colored images.

Half-fold Card2 Half-fold Card3 Half-fold Card4 Half-fold Card5

I CASEd the card with the XOs from Susie B at SplitCoastStampers.  I think I found it on Pintrest.  Susie’s had a bear, really cute, thank you Susie for the inspiration:)

I hope you like my cards today.  Lawrence was taking a nap but he’s up now, and Grandpa is sleeping so I have to go be in charge:)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look:)  I hope to have more cards by next week.  Hopefully it will be warmer next week and the kids will all go back to school so I can make cards;)  Please stay warm, or cool, wherever you may be! 🙂




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Merry Monday #88 & Fred She Said Christmas Party

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party Giveaway! From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23 Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT’s fabulous projects 🙂  Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog for a chance to win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter project  using Fred She Said products for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate 🙂

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page there will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway.  All you have to do there is post a recipe ( or link to a recipe) of your favourite holiday recipe or treat 🙂  All details are at the Fred She Said Blog.

I wanted to be sure and tell you about the Fred She Said Party over on the FSS blog! 🙂  Be sure to check it out for some great giveaways!

Now I have three cards to share! 🙂  I’ve already entered one at Merry Monday #88, but I think I can enter one more:) I’ve given all the cards away, so I will have to post details as I remember them.

Here’s their challenge:

MM New Look Sketches-021Here’s my first card:

Poster3This is a very simple card, but I love it!  I know my DIL checks out my blog now and then, so I have to ask her to not tell Matthew this is his card;)  I got the background from Raspberry Road Designs.  It’s called Blue Christmas Paper Set.  There are other Blue Christmas sets to match, including a freebie:)  Right now they are having a 50% off sale, so hurry over there!

Anyway……I picked out the paper and thought about what I would do next.  I flipped the image, and knew the deer would be perfect!  The deer are a Memory Box die called Deer Trio.  I cut them apart and placed them in the “snow”, I glued them down with sticky dots, not pop ups.  Then I looked at it a few days and thought about what I wanted to add.  I decided I didn’t want to add anything;)  It’s clean and simple, and I love it, I hope my grandson will too! 🙂

My next two cards are alike in that they use a technique called Starburst , I found the technique instructions here.  My next card:

Half-fold Card2I just couldn’t get the colors right for this photo, at least not to my satisfaction;)  But the card is gone so I had to do the best I could to present it.  The papers are from imaginisce, the series was called Polar Expressions.  I had a number of the papers and some chipboard stickers.  The bear is a chipboard sticker that is popped up with Stamin’ Up!,  Stampin’ Dimentionals.  I bought it several years ago, but I still love it! 🙂  I used the fronts and the backs of the papers to make my Starburst.

Last card for tonight:

Half-fold Card1Now the colors in this photo look awesome and I don’t know why, I took the photos one after the other.  This card uses a chipboard sticker from the previous pack of stickers, but the paper is something I found on ESTY.  I am so sorry to say I don’t remember where on ESTY:(  It was listed as Christmas paper, but it looked a little Spring like to me.  Finding Cardinal papers was almost impossible!  I do love how it turned out though! 🙂 I attached the Cardinal with glue dots.

Well, I’m off to get more done.  The grandkids will be home from school for two weeks, so I have to use my time wisely…..if that’s possible;) lol

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll come again! 🙂  Be sure to check out all my links for special deals! 🙂

In case I don’t get back, please have a safe, peaceful, and very Merry Christmas!!!! 🙂



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Merry Monday #79, Friday Mashup #132 & Operation Write Home

I’m having so much trouble fitting my card making in:(  I have two cards today that look pretty simple.  Actually they weren’t too hard, just time consuming.  To send to Operation Write Home, I have to make sure everything is glued down well, but no glue can be sticking out anywhere.  That way the cards don’t all get stuck together during shipment.  Here is my first card for Merry Monday #79, but first the challenge;)

MM New Look Sketches-012

Today we have a colour/theme challenge for you!!! We are looking for Blue, Silver/Gray and White with Snowflakes!!

Half-fold Card1I love the Memory Box die that I used for the bottom of the card!!  Boy, is it hard to glue down!!  I used Stampin’ Up! Tombow glue, and put little dots on the back everywhere!  For the really tiny spots, I put some glue on a piece of paper and used my craft knife to add just little, tiny bits of glue at the very tip of my craft knife.  I was walking through Michaels, and saw this ribbon that looked perfect for the challenge.  I glued it to my card using a tape runner.  The words are Peel-Offs.  Peel-Offs are very popular overseas, I “found” them about 5 years ago, on a card making site. Peel-offs are pre-glued like stickers.   You can find some here.  Here’s a photo of one page, you can see I’ve used most of the “Merry Christmas” and a few of the bells and trees.

Half-fold Card3


If you’re not good at heat embossing, you might want to try these.  They come in Silver, Gold, and a number of other colors like black, white, copper, or holigraphic. I used cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Tempting Turquoise.  This card is going in the Operation Write Home box:)

My second card is for the challenge over at the Friday Mashup #132.

Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a project with a “Tree or Leaves.”
Create a project using the “Color Orange.”
Or Mash it Up and create a “Project with Leaves/ Tree & the Color Orange.”

Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2I struggled with this card, because I had sooooo many choices!  I finally settled on this digital image that I bought on Esty, from BaBaPuff.  I actually found it by accident so I don’t have a link for you:(  I printed it on my special brochure paper, matte.  Then I printed a second one the same size and cut out the small square.  I backed the square with Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango cardstock, also the bottom colored layer.  The little tag is Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners. This set has a matching die set called Framelits-Bitty Banners.

I’m getting pretty used to making everything close to the card.  Anything I send to Operation Write Home needs to not have “sticky out parts”.  They can catch to other cards and get pulled off.  My layers are glued as close to the card as I can get them.  Actually I tape them and glue them. It’s become a habit now;)

Operation Write Home is working on Winter cards now, Christmas has been sent or are about to be sent.  Here is a list of themes they will be needing, besides Winter, and Valentines Day:

Accepted themes:
Thank you
Missing you
Thinking of you
Blank (no sentiment)  All cards should be blank inside,with plenty of room for writing. Blank (no sentiment) means no sentiment on the front, just decorated.

Also, please don’t forget about the Children’s Hospitals.  Send A Smile 4 Kids has less restrictions, and is a very worthy cause.  I’m sending Halloween this week and than it’s on to Christmas! 🙂  Because the Hospitals are right here in the USA, cards can be sent closer to the Holiday:)

Do you know card makers with ties to the military, or just appreciates the sacrifice our service people are making, anyone who has a special place in their hearts for children?  Don’t have a lot of extra cards?  Don’t worry, any amount will do.  But think of card making parties, friends, relatives, anyone who crafts.  I know Christmas is very stressful for a lot of people, that’s why I make Christmas cards all year, at least one a week! 🙂  Take a look at my cards listed under the OWH, and SAS4K  categories, pop over to their websites and see what others are making.  Everything should be handmade, but it doesn’t have to be filled with embellishments.

As a matter of fact, if you want to send notes or letters to our troops, they can be store bought cards.  They do not need envelops. They can be sent anytime.  Our troops love hearing from people back home, you don’t even have to craft.  There are coloring pages on the OWH website, children can color or write letters.  Ask your school or church to help out! 🙂

Ok, sermon over.  I guess my Holiday Spirit has kicked in already! 😉  It breaks my heart to think of anyone alone and sad on a Holiday, or anytime really:(

I’m so glad you stopped by today! 🙂  Crafters are one of the best people to know, they are kind and giving, and usually patient;)  I hope to see you soon:)





Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Fall-Autumn, Friday Mashup, Operation Write Home, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!

Freshly Made #101

Here I am again:)  I thought I would whip together a quick card tonight;)  Ha, ha!  This card looks simple, and it’s not hard, but it took forever!  I was thinking of sending this to Operation Write Home.  Now everything I make for this cause gets taped and glued!   I’m used to using the Stampin’ Up! Tombow glue.  I use it for all my crafts and I think it works great, plus it gives me a few seconds to adjust my layers before setting them.  With tape, it grabs right away and I don’t have any time to adjust:(  Some of you may notice my layers aren’t as perfect as they should be:(  Next time will be faster and better……I’m hoping;)

Anyway….I made this card for the challenge over at Freshly Made cards #101.  Here is their sketch:

FMS Final 101-001I know, looks pretty simple, right?  Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2Still looks simple, but keep in mind, every layer was taped and glued!  Also, I don’t remember where I got this digital paper from, but I love it, and I made the plain paper to match the image paper.  If you click to enlarge, you can see that the snowflakes are made with a Memory Box Die, that’s the top layer.  Then I have the blue snowflake paper, layer 2.  Below that is the dark blue paper that I printed on brochure-matte paper, layer 3.  There are two layers of cardstock under that layer to make it level with the flags, layers 4 & 5.  Under that is a layer of swiss dots, layer 6.  Then another layer of dark blue, layer 7, and finally the card back.  I also layered the flags onto each other, and mounted them on a piece of cardstock so the dots wouldn’t show through the papers, they aren’t very thick.

Wow, I’m exhausted just telling you about it!  I just printed the snowflake paper, and cut it to size.  All the blue sheets I made from the original snowflake paper.  I have a free program called Artweaver, I opened my snowflake paper, then two empty boxes.  I used the eye dropper tool to pick up the colors I wanted from the original, then used the paint bucket to fill the empty boxes.  After that you need to save the boxes to your computer  in a folder with a name.  You need to make sure you save it in jpg format.  Not so simply made, but I think I made it look simple;) lol

If you’ve left a comment on my blog in August, I will be choosing a winner this week from all the entries for the Stampin’ Up! embossing folder.  So be sure to check back:)

Thanks for coming by today, I said I’d be back soon;)  I’m always glad when you come by! 🙂   I’ll see you again this week, maybe twice:)



Filed under Challenges, Christmas, Freshly Made, Memory Box Dies

Freshly Made #60

I just can’t stop making Christmas cards!  I have two more for you today:)  First I have a card for Freshly Made #60.  Here is the sketch for this week:

Here is my card, clean and simple, you can click on it to make it larger:

The hardest part for me is always picking papers!  For this card it might seem obvious, but I actually tried a different green and rejected it.  I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant:)  I used a Memory Box die for the snowflakes, with some gems for accents.

The main image is from Fred She Said simply called Christmas Wreath. It comes in several different colors and also B&W if you like to color yourself;)  That is pretty much it for  this one.  I told you, it would be clean and simple:)

If you have a printer, you can make a card today! 🙂 Here is my second card:

This is a really simple card as well:)  The main image is the same set as above, Christmas Wreath, by Fred She Said. The red paper is also Fred She Said, Christmas Papers 1-2009. These are digital images and papers, you can purchase them, download them and then print them out to make a card,  all in about an hour, start to finish! 🙂  Oh, I forgot, the wreath set comes with several sentiments:)

Fred She Said has a Blog Hop coming up next week!  You could win credits toward her store and get free images!!  If you sign up for the FSS newsletter, you will get updates on contests, new digital images and sometimes freebies!!  There are new images in the store right now, so go have a look! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today!  I’ll be back again soon! 🙂


Filed under Challenges, Christmas, Fred She Said, Freshly Made, Memory Box Dies, Stampin' Up!

Merry Monday #38

I have so many cards made for Christmas, it will be hard to decide who gets what!  That won’t stop me from making more! LOL

The card today I made for the challenge over at Merry Monday, this one is #38.  Here is their sketch for this week:

I flipped the sketch up and made this card, you can click on it to make it larger:

This is another awesome, cute, pre-colored digital image from Fred She Said! This super cute image is called Winter Westie.

Here are the details: –

includes BOTH the DIGI and Pre-Coloured versions.
-DIGI ( uncoloured ) is in JPG, PNG + printable sheet.  Digi also includes an alternate Wesite WITHOUT a scarf.
-Pre-coloured are in JPG and include 2 versions of scarf + printable SHEET.

Ok, I copied and printed that part, I didn’t want to get it wrong;)

I learned how to take a color from the image and make matching paper, that’s how I got the matching green.  The red snowflake paper is also FSS-Christmas Papers 2009.  I cut out the image with a Spellbinders circle die, and the snowflake trim is a die from Memory Box.  A touch of black cardstock and white cardstock for the card background and I was done:)

Very Simply Made;)  I hope you like it:)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon! Don’t forget to stop by Merry Monday and look at all the beautiful cards!  Next week Fred She Said will be having another Blog Hop, be sure to stop back for prizes!


Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Fred She Said, Memory Box Dies, Merry Monday

Friday Mashup #81

I’ve been making Christmas cards all year, and finally, everyone else seems to be catching up:)  This is my card for the Friday Mashup #81.  Here are their details:

So here is the “Mashup” Challenge:
  1. Make a project with a “Christmas Ornament”.
  2. Or Make a project with some “Sparkle”.
  3. Or “Mash it Up” and create a “Christmas Project with some Sparkle”.

You know me, I try to “Mash it Up”  as often as I can;)  Here’s my card, you can click on it to make it larger:

The photo doesn’t do this card justice:(  This card is really sparkly!  I used the new Glimmer Paper from Stampin’ Up! called Champagne for the background and the ornament. It was kinda hard to cut the first time, but then I got it:)  The embossing folder is also SU, it’s called Northern Flurry.  The sentiment comes from the SU set Come to Bethlehem.  The ornament and the bow are both dies from Memory Box.  I love the simplicity of this card, and of course, all the sparkle:)

Be sure to stop by over at the Friday Mashup page and have a look at all the other cards!

Now before I go, I want to show you two more Halloween cards I’ve just mailed out, they’re alike, but not the same.  See if you can spot what I’ve done differently;)









Thanks for coming by today:)  I’m off to my next challenge, see you soon:)


Filed under Challenges, Christmas, Friday Mashup, Memory Box Dies, Stampin' Up!

Merry Monday #33

OMGoodness, I am so late this week!   It’s been a really busy week!  I only have a short while to get this posted, so I will get right to it!

This card is for Merry Monday #33, head over there and check out all their Christmas cards!  Here is the sketch for this week:

Here is my card, you can click on it to make it larger:

This card is pretty straight forward, so please see my supply list below.  I used a pre colored digital image from Fred She Said, called Emma the Caroler.  Be sure to check out the Fred She Said Store for some new products:)  Also, remember to come back Friday for the next FSS Blog Hop, there will be prizes!

I am hoping to have my Freshly Made card up today, tomorrow at the latest!

Thanks for coming by, see you soon! 🙂


Stampin’ Up!

Stamps-Snow Swirled, Beautiful Season

Paper-Real Red, Basic Black, DSP-Night & Day (retired, but still available in My Digital Studio)

Misc-Scalloped Punch, Extra-Large Oval, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow glue

Other Supplies

Pre colored digital image by Fred She Said, Emma the Caroler

Misc-Memory Box Die-Crips Bows


Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Emma, Fred She Said, Memory Box Dies, Merry Monday, Stampin' Up!