Saturday, August 31, 2019

Stampin' Up! So Many Shells Meets Thoughts and Prayers Get Well Card

So Many Shells is a retired Stamp Set, but it's a great one! The sentiment is from the retired Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set (a double stamp set)...another great one! These two sets make it easy for me to decide what not to sell! AND, I think I'll send this card to myself today!! Getting well and recovery is a splendid, welcomed event, right? I hope the Watercooler Wednesday: WWC: 236 Heidi's All About Occasions Design Team agrees!

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Again, I'll show you the inside of my card first as that's where I used these sets.

Now for the front...

Just changing the color of the card base gives the card a new look. Here's the one I created back in July. I think I like the Blushing Bride Card Stock better.

What say you? I always look forward to your comments and opinions...except when they are "anonymous". I never post them but I do read them if they are short and it's quite obvious they are spam! I get a chuckle from their content!!

I have one more for you tomorrow using this EF, the sentiment die that Barb let me borrow back in July, and a different color card base. Then that will be it using this EF for awhile!

Update on surgery: All went well and I was home by 1 PM. Everyone was so nice and I couldn't have asked for more caring, skilled nurses and doctors. I still can have no BLT's (bending, lifting, twisting!) for a few days. I have no pain sitting or getting in and out of bed now and I think they told me the Kyphoplasty surgery was successful but life is like a fog when you are coming out of anesthesia and they have given you Fentanyl. Today I can go for a short walk to build up to the 8 mile dailies I do at Disney. I think this time, I'll cut back to 5 or 6 miles. That's easy to do at the Food and Wine Festival!

It's a beautiful blue-sky, no-cloud, no-wind, sunny day here in SWFL. I continue to pray that the God of the Universe will use His mighty power to calm Dorian down and even send him (it) out to sea to spare the east coast or wherever it is going at the moment. I can only watch the local weather people for so long and the news...oi vey! The Food Network is my main stay!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Stampin' Up! Love & Sympathy - Sympathy Card

I have to check into the hospital as an out patient at 7 a.m. and imagine the kyphoplasty will be between 8 and 9 a.m. Therefore, I am posting early to show you one of the sympathy cards I made back in June or July but never posted and haven't sold yet! I'll show you the inside first as it uses a retired stamp from the Love & Sympathy Stamp Set.

I used Sweet Sugarplum card stock, which is also retired. I think I'll add the flower on the side. I don't know why I didn't in the first place.

I still am in love with this stamp set and the MaGuo Sea Theme Plastic Embossing Folder Template Starfish Conch Shell, which you can find on Amazon. There are less expensive ones but those arrive on a slow boat from China I think!

Once I embossed the mat of Whisper White Card Stock, I made it into a frame with a rectangle die I inherited from Carole. I adhered it with Dimensionals to a larger Basic Black frame that I had in my stash. Then I mounted it to the Sweet Sugarplum card base. I had an extra die-cut sentiment (borrowed from Barb) and I adhered that to the center with liquid glue. I had the butterfly in my stash as well so I'm not sure what stamp set it was from. It might be Butterfly Gala and punched with the Butterfly Duet punch.

Too bad I couldn't find a "what's in your stash" challenge! 

Thank you for stopping by today and hopefully I'll be in good shape to bring you another card tomorrow!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Stampin' Up! Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Inkin' Thursday! Are you ready to ink up? You don't have to if you don't want to because it's a sketch week and I'm not using ink! Let me show you the sketch...
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Y'all know I need simplicity in my life at the moment and that's exactly what these card packs provide me. Take a look see.

The Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack features maritime images and I'll list what's in the pack below the hoppers.

I had an already-cut and scored Crumb Cake card base. I do that for every color and store them in the full wide stamp cases by Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals and In Colors. I also have a case for retired colors.

I took the striped 4" x 6" card piece and cut it down to 5" x 3 7/8" and adhered it to the card base with liquid glue. 

Then I had my son die cut the smaller compass design from one of the 3" x 4" double-sided cards using my Layering Circles Dies (I'm not able to do that motion currently). I cut a ship's wheel out of the laser-cut specialty card and adhered it to the compass circle. 

Using the ribbon from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack, I cut a piece long enough to follow the sketch. I adhered it to the card with glue dots in strategic places. 

The ship's wheel/compass was adhered over the ribbon with Dimensionals.

The "celebrate" is a sticker from the pack.

Now for the inside:

I had a 1/8" strip left over from the mat on the front so I adhered that at the edge and had a piece of Very Vanilla card stock in my stash that was 3 3/4" x 5" so I adhered that with liquid glue after I had flicked it ever so slightly with Crumb Cake ink. The sentiment is another sticker from the pack.

So, I hope whoever receives this will celebrate simply having a great day! It could be for a birthday, a day of feeling good after having a chemo treatment or surgery...the uses are endless. We all need great days. However, I think it might have to go to a man as it looks masculine to me. What do you think?

Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to that team member. I can't wait to get hopping to see what my teammates have created.

Karen Finkle - you are here!
Eva Dobilas

Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack contains:

*50 total double-sided cards (2 each of 25 designs) in 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.2 cm) and 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) sizes
* 6 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) single-sided laser-cut specialty cards
* 4 sticker sheets
* Acid free, lignin free

Coordinating colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Whisper White

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Stampin' Up! Magnolia Lane Memories & More Pack

Can you believe I made this card in my lap while sitting on my LazyBoy recliner? It's true. Now do you see the beauty of these card packs? As a reminder, here's what is in the pack...

  • 25 3" x 4" double-sided card panels
  • 25 4" x 6" double-sided card panels
  • 6   4" x 6" single-sided printed vellum panels
  • 4   sticker sheets

My card base is Basic Black 8 1/2" by 6 1/4", scored on the long side at 4 1/4".

I took one of the 4" x 6" panels from the card pack and colored it with my Light and Dark Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow Blends. I adhered it to the card front.

Then I took one of the 3" x 4" panels from the card pack, wrapped a piece of ribbon from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack around it and adhered it on the back with Dimensionals. From the same pack of ribbon, I created the Mary/Billie bow with the Mossy Meadow Linen Thread. I love this ribbon combo pack. The bow is adhered to the ribbon with a glue dot. I used one of the largest pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels for some bling on the bow. The art panel is adhered to the card front with liquid glue. Because of my bow, I am entering my card at the Dream Valley Challenge #208.

Voila fini! I haven't decided what to do with the inside. It might be an anniversary card for the Craft Fair sale or it might be something to do with friendship. We'll see. BUT, I can tell you what I HAVE decided...I've decided to enter it at Global Design Project 204 | CASE the Designer

My card tomorrow is one that I made standing up! After Friday, I will be able get back in my craft room and begin creating cards the normal way. Friday I will be having surgery on my back...kyphoplasty. Doc says I should be able to resume to normal routines by the weekend. Woo hoo!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll return tomorrow for our Thursday blog hop.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stampin' Up! Meant to Be Anniversary Card

Here's what part of my craft room looked like yesterday!

Lord Chesterfield (a/k/a Crafty Chester) has never done this in the 8 months we have had him. He is usually climbing all over me while I am sitting at the desk. However, I have not made any cards sitting there in the past three weeks so I think he thinks it's his space now!

I printed off four of my card front (not the sentiment) back in June 2018. A year later, I personalized three of them and mailed them. I can't find the 4th one and I can't find the file on my laptop...I need to make more! I do have the inside frame in Publisher so I'm on a mission to find the front, both in my craft room and on my laptop! If you have ever seen this image anywhere on the internet, please leave me a comment. 

I do remember the sentiment is from the Meant to Be Stamp Set and it's stamped in Merry Merlot!

I colored the still life with various Stampin' Blends and wrote each recipients' last name and marriage date with a Journaling Pen. This is the only one I remembered to photograph before mailing! I sponged the art panel, so it wasn't stark white, and adhered it to a mat of Merry Merlot and then glued that to my Whisper White card base.

For the inside, I found some Clip Art and printed that out with the printed sentiment using Publisher. 

I've decided to play at The Paper Girls Challenge #182 as I think my card uses their color scheme. This is a new challenge site for me and I hope you'll visit them. They have a scrapbook challenge every first and third Monday but I'm not into that...wish I had been years ago!

That's all for today, folks...and remember my mission; I hope you'll be able to help!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia and Sail Away Thinking of You Card

Welcome to another makeover Monday, my followers. What? Not a follower? Well, then, I hope you will become one. I thank the people who have clicked on that "follow" button! Pixie is one of my followers and I'm playing on her snippets playground #359...yes, for a prize! If you haven't visited her site, she is a delight from across the pond!!

Today I'm going to show you two cards together. The first one I posted June 13, where you can find the instructions. The other is today's card.

Can you see the difference? The second one has the Frost White Shimmer Paint  dispersed in a totally different way! Of course, you can see the difference in the sentiment! It's a snippet of Whisper White on which I have stamped the sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set. It is mounted on a snippet of Blueberry Bushel. The shapes are from the Layering Oval Dies. The lighthouse is from the Sail Away Stamp Set.

I had forgotten that I hadn't posted the second one. It came in handy for today! Tomorrow I meet with the neurosurgeon to discuss the results of the MRI I had Friday. I definitely have a compression fracture in T12 and the spine pain management doctor threw out the word "kyphoplasty". We'll see. I'm praying for wisdom for both of us.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope your day is not a "Manic Monday"...that's an earworm for Mary :-) and anyone else who knows the Bangles.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Unity Stamps: Include Yourself in the Beauty

Today is a day of rest for Stampin' Up! product and me, again. This is another beauty I received from Jeannie. You can see her original creation by clicking on the link...Splitcoaststampers

I have the one she created for me nestled in Psalm 139, my favorite Psalm, along with the envelope and her note card. I will treasure it forever, just like I do God's Word. I took it out for a moment so you can see what everything looks like.

Don't you just love this stamp and sentiment? I do! The color is spectacular but I'm not sure what color it is. I'm pretty sure she used the retired Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up! to make the envelope. The flower and leaves are heat embossed on the tag. The watercoloring is great and y'all know I love splatters.

Thank you for stopping by today. Tomorrow I hope to show you a card I will be making with a card pack. Have a blessed Sunday, peeps.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Stampin' Up! Above the Clouds

The card I'm about to show you is not one I made. 
The card was created by Julie Davison, another Stampin' Up Demonstrator. She sent this to me as a thank you for helping her out from a distance. Helping people is one of my goals in life. If you visit her blog, you will see she used pieces from the July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit called "On My Mind" for a card similar to this. I passed on this kit because I have so many other kits I need to finish. Do you know that feeling?

However, the Petals and Parcel Stamp Set for the  sentiment, the sequins and DSP from the Woven Threads Suite, plus the Hot Air Balloon Punch can be used to make this card as well. I have listed these as well as other items below.

The new 2019-2021 In Colors are really beginning to grow on me, especially Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile. If you are interested in learning more about Paper Pumpkin, just give a shout out. I had a tab at the top of my blog that you could click on but that has disappeared. I'll have to check that out. 

Thank you for stopping by today and tomorrow I hope to have a creation of my own!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Stampin' Up! Flower Power Thank You

TGIF, peeps. I labeled my post as Stampin' Up! because today's card uses SU card stock for the base and mat. I think the colors are So Saffron and Cajun Craze. I can't tell you about the DSP because I didn't create the card! It was another wonderful card sent to me by Jeannie. Take a look at this beauty...

I fell in love with this Daisy Girl and ordered the  stamp from Unity Stamps along with the Fashionista Stamps from Peachy Keen for the face. 

Jeannie has some fantastic designs and you can view her gallery at Splitcoaststampers. I can't wait until I'm able to CASE her beautiful card.

This morning I go for an MRI of my spine with a possible kyphoplasty to be scheduled. Wish me the best! I detest that jackhammer noise but at least I'm not claustrophobic. 

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will all have a great weekend. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stampin' Up! Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

It's a color challenge today, folks, and I used the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack for it. The colors in the packet are Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Whisper White. Perfect for these colors...

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Also, perfect for someone who is not up to snuff! Here is what I created for it...

I'm entering my card in the 2 Sisters on the Blog Challenge #30 - Vehicle, at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #234 Masculine + Sentiment and Inspired by Challenge: Inspired by Nautical Party.

If you have this card pack, the card is self-explanatory. If you don't have it, why not! Just kidding...let me explain. The Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack features maritime images and this is what is in the pack:
  • 50 total double-sided cards (2 each of 25 designs) in 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.2 cm) and 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) sizes
  • 6 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) single-sided laser-cut specialty cards
  • 4 sticker sheets
So, all you need to do is provide the card base and any other embellishments you want to add. For this card I chose to use a Soft Suede card base and chose not to add any embellishments. 

The Soft Suede rope on the edge is a sticker. The Balmy Blue boat mat is one of the 3" x 4" cards. With Dimensionals, I adhered it to one of the 4" x 6" cards which I cut down to 5 1/4". The words "The Good Life" were pre-printed on it. I added "Celebrate" with one of the stamps from Well Said. I stamped it in Night of Navy. This makes for a great masculine card, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to that team member.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stampin' Up! Piece of Cake Birthday Card

In the words of my favorite Mary, "Happy Happy Hawwwmp Day!" I could change it to "Horrible Horrible Humidity Day" but we have been spared that this morning...we can see out our windows! Enough about the weather. 

Let's bake a cake with the Piece of Cake Stamp Set. It's a delightful set and here it what I created with it.



  • Score and fold Blueberry Bushel at 5 1/2"
  • Cut off 1 1/2" from bottom front
  • Stamp Happy Birthday from Piece of Cake on Whisper White mat in bottom left corner.
  • Stamp sentiment of your choice in center of same mat and adhere to inside card base.
  • Adhere gingham piece to card front.
  • Stamp balloons in black ink with stamps from HB Gorgeous
  • Attach twine to back of balloons with Dimensionals
  • Cut scalloped circle and solid circle with dies and adhere together, then adhere to card as shown
  • Stamp and fussy cut lollipops, color them with marker
  • Stamp cake on scrap of WW, color with markers and punch out
  • Punch out Blueberry Bushel cake stand and adhere to circles so it lines up with the BB card front
  • Adhere cake above cake stand
  • Adhere lollipops to top of cake with a Dimensional
Phew, I'm exhausted, aren't you? This was a card that Meg had made as an example for us and it was fun! I feel like the card loosely follows the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches #517. What do you think?

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll return tomorrow for our Thursday Blog Hop.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet for Mickey and Minnie Birthday Card

Good morning, my peeps! I used the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set for the inside sentiment on my card today. But, first, let me show you the front. I think it will be self-explanatory!

One of my clients asked me to make more Disney-related cards so I made this one at the same time I did the Sorcerer's Hat and Mickey with the bowtie. I really like how this turned out and it was so easy to make. My idea came from a card by Kim

The card stock is Basic Black, Daffodil Delight Real Red and Whisper White. I colored the three Basic Rhinestone Jewels with my Cherry Cobbler Light Blend. I drew the balloon tails free hand with a Journaling Pen.

The "hello love" is from the 2014 Good Greetings hostess stamp set, which I was bequeathed by Carole. Oh, how I miss her! That's well over a year old so I know Retro Rubber Challenge #117 ATG will be pleased!

Again, I wish I had written down what size punches I used. I think it was 1/2" and 1". I promise I'll get my act together once my body is healed! I hope you'll bear with me 'til then.

The inside is quite simple...

When I use a stamp set such as Beautiful Bouquet for the sentiments so often, it's easy to remember. It's also over a year old!

Thanks for stopping by and have a magical day.

Card Stock Measurements:

Basic Black: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Daffodil Delight: 4" x 5 1/4"
Real Red: 3 3/4" x 5"
Whisper White: 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"; 4" x 5 1/4"
Scraps of each color for mouse ears and head

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