Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amy's Inkin' Krew Celebration Themed Blog Hop

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Welcome to this month’s Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop ...we’ve got a "Celebrate" theme today. Amy said we could interpret the theme however we like! So, I'm doing a birthday celebration for a member in our local Thursday card group. I hope you’ll spend some time hopping through all the offerings today provided by Amy's Krew...and free of charge, at that!




The stamp sets I used are Bright Wishes for the front and Number of Years for the inside. More about the inside later.

I stamped the wishing well and greeting on a piece of Whisper White (3 3/4" x 5") with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the art piece with Early Espresso, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencils. I then used a Blender Pen to  blend the colors. 

I wrapped a piece of Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon around the bottom portion and secured it on the back with tape. Then I tied a short piece of Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon to the Fresh Fig to create a faux bow. I then adhered that panel to a Fresh Fig mat 4" x 5 1/4". The mat was glued to my Old Olive card base measuring 8 1/2" (scored and folded at 4 1/4") x 5 1/2". Front...done!

For the inside, I cut another piece of Whisper White 3 3/4" x 5" and sponged it with Old Olive ink. I stamped "Look Who's Turning" with Fresh Fig ink. 

I lined up the Large Number Framelits for the "70" and Little Letters Thinlits (retired) for "MEG" on that panel and ran it through my Big Shot using the magnetic platform. I adhered that piece to a mat of Fresh Fig 4" x 5 1/4" and then glued that to the inside portion of the card base.

I then put the same framelits/thinlits on a scrap of Fresh Florals DSP and ran them through the Big Shot. I raised them up with dimensionals using one side of the DSP for the numbers and the other side for the letters, adhering them to the matching cut out portion. This technique is call "Eclipse" and You Tube has tutorials on this technique. I added the ellipsis and exclamation point free hand with a Fresh Fig marker. Inside...done!

But, you are not done (I hope!)...just click on the "Previous" button to view Amy's work of art and on the "Next" button to see Jaimie's creation. The participating hoppers are listed for your convenience as well.

Once again, thanks for looking!


  1. Karen Finkle: You are here!
  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Julie Johnston
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Linda Richenberg
  7. Jari Francis
  8. Jackie Trimble
  9. Amy Koenders





Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stampin' Up! Happy Scenes

This stamp set is one I don't have and wish I did, but it's retired and I can borrow it! The card is a CASE of Lisa Young and we made it at one of our Thursday card group get togethers. It was so easy to put together, but pretty, I think.
You can see Lisa's card here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! At Home with You

This card represents how I feel about the UPS man coming to our house with my SU order! It also is how I feel about having my husband and son here another year for Christmas. Neither one is in good health and they have been through so much. We are blessed in spite of all the trials!


We made this card at our group today. Our hostess had already pre-cut EVERYTHING for us! She is great!! All I had to do was add the red balls with Perfect Pearls, the door knocker, color the lanterns, color the swag and wreath with red and green Wink of Stella and stamp the sentiment. The set we used can be purchased by clicking on the product photo below. Aud Sentiments #194 is still running their Christmas + Sentiment so I just had to play again!

She prepared a delicious lunch for us and I just had to take a picture of her table...

I hope you enjoyed my photos and as promised, here's the major product that was used.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! Birthday Delivery

My card today makes me happy! I made it to celebrate a friend's birthday next week. She lives in my community and this little girl reminds me of how "can't mention her name" would have looked as a little girl. The poodle reminds me of a poodle skirt she would have worn...maybe!



This card was really easy to make using just one bundle! See the product list below. I'm not including the glue or die cutting machine because you can check my other posts or my online store for those!

My card base is Powder Pink 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2". The inside uses a Whisper White mat 4" x 5 1/4" and the DSP is 3 3/4" x 5".

On the outside I stamped the birthday hat and present in Powder Pink directly on the card base. From the Birthday Memories DSP, I die cut the poodle, balloons, banner (after stamping it in Pacific Point), little girl and the bouquet she is holding behind her back. Before I die cut the girl, I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored her hair, hands and legs with the new Blends (Ivory, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight). I dotted her dress with the light Night of Navy blend to make it look like the dress on the DSP. I also colored the bouquet with watercolor pencils after stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black and die cutting.

For the inside, I die cut the Happy Birthday twice...once in Whisper White and once in Powder Pink and adhered them to each other with spray glue. After snipping the words apart, I adhered them to the DSP mat, cockeyed (more artistic expression would be asymetrically, I guess)! I die cut the girl out of the DSP and raised her up with dimensionals and placed her on the sentiment at an angle (smile). I got my inspiration for the inside from Melanie Coverton. The rest just came to me as I was looking at the stamps and dies. I can't wait to make another card with this set. It is so versatile and fun. Please check back to see what I do with it!

I will stick a note inside as I didn't want to write on the card in case she wants to send it to someone else OR keep it on display. Of course, you know what I'm hoping for!  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and hope you enjoyed my card.

Products used for the card:


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ivory and Ebony!

Well, yesterday was ebony and ivory so I thought I'd switch it up! I also think I like black type rather than the orange, so I'm keeping it for my posts.  It's a lot less work for me in blogger...easy peasy!

Speaking of easy, this is another kit my friend put together so I have no idea what any of the product is...I only had to adhere the pieces and add my white gel pen to the pieces. I hope you enjoyed looking at it!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Ebony and Ivory!

Ah, today I'm changing my font color to match my card. Don't you just love the die cuts on this card? I have no idea what company they are from. I believe  the sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set and the other stamps were too. They were all wood mount stamps, well used! Unfortunately, I didn't get to stamp with the other women but I sure am glad Sue saved the kit for me. I do know the ribbon is Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon because I added that to keep the gates closed! This would make a pretty wedding or anniversary card I think, but with the verse, I am just celebrating my Creator. I'm so glad He gave me this passion to create cards! Once again, thanks for looking! I hope that Addicted to Stamps #158 Monochromatic takes a look see!





Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree


This card was for my friend's birthday. My card base is Bermuda Bay, one of my friend's favorite colors... in addition to Early Espresso. It's a square card, which I don't usually make so I also had to make an envelope to match. Easy to do when you have the right tool.

The DSP is from Painted Autumn. I used a stamp from Lovely as a Tree and stamped it in Early Espresso on brown craft foam. The technique is on You Tube, called Faux Leather. I also used Stitched Shape Framelits and Layering Squares. The ribbons are Linen Thread for part of the bow and Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon. Seeing how I used two bows, I've decided to join Craft-Dee Bowz for their December challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Stampin' Up! Stamp and Cut Quilt

I must have been out of my mind when I decided to use the Stack and Cut Quilt technique...or my math was really wrong! That technique makes enough for 5 cards out of one sheet of 6 x 6 paper. I used 7 sheets and I haven't run out of card fronts yet. Here is yet another for you to look at...and thanks for stopping by. The first one I am entering in Aud Sentiments #194 Christmas + Sentiment


and another!



Some of the products I used...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! Hearts Come Home

Can you believe it's December already and 2017 is almost gone? Wow...time flies when I'm making cards and posting!





My card for today features the Hearts Come Home stamp set, Hometown edgelits, Stitched Shape framelits, 1/8" Silver Ribbon and Woodland TIEF. My colors are Whisper White and Marina Mist. The Marina Mist fits in perfectly with the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays CFC188 - Winter Blues

The card is a CASE of the very talented Dawn Griffith and she has a great video tutorial on You Tube if you would like to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Stampin' Up! Sounding Joy



Does this card front technique look familiar? Why, yes, it's yet another Stack and Cut Quilt card! Here's the link to the technique in case you missed it awhile back...Stack and Cut Quilt Cards by Betty. Her cards are really pretty and she has a great video of the technique. 

My card base is Garden Green, accent mat is Whisper White, DSP is Quilted Christmas. 

My sentiment is from The Sounding Joy stamp set, which is retired. The holly is from who knows where! It's stamped in Garden Green ink on a scrap of Whisper White, die cut with the largest oval from Stitched Shape Framelits. I sponged Real Red around the edge of the oval. I adhered the sentiment to the card front with dimensionals; then I adhered the card front to the base.


The inside is from Sounding Joy as well and it is stamped in gold and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. There again is that little stamp from who knows where!

This card reminds me of the photo on the Fusion - Red Christmas Challenge
Thanks for looking!