Sunday, December 31, 2017

Final Christmas Cards for 2017

Sharing the last four Christmas Cards of 2017 I made for my Sister-in-law and Nieces.  They really loved them a lot! 

All four have the same Christmas Tree image but each tree was die cut from different papers.  And the backgrounds are all different.

(click on each image to get a closer view)

Thank you for all your lovely comments you shared in 2017.

Wishing all of you a Very Happy & Healthy New Year!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

So Many Snowmen and More

I made two of this card for my Grandsons.  It was really fun to make and they loved their card.

I made this card for Mandy and Steve. 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Well all the Christmas cards are made and mailed!  My list got a little bigger this year and I was so glad I started making the cards in November.  I made several different designs but only took photos of the ones I sent to my family.  Today I am sharing two cards with you.  More will come soon.

Snowflake Shaker Card

Snowflake Wreath

I guess by now you can see that snowflakes seem to be the theme I went with this year.  Each card I am sharing has snowflakes on them in some form or other.  My favorite themes for Christmas time are Snowflakes, Snowmen, and Christmas trees.

If you have any questions about these cards please feel free to send me an email.

Season’s Greetings!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend Judy who celebrated her birthday on October 29th. 

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire when she made a shaker card using tulle.  What I did was make the entire card front the shaker. 

I had a hard time trying to decide if I should put a sentiment on the card front but nothing looked right.  The Happy Birthday and verse sentiments are in the inside (not shown).

Thank you for stopping by,


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ghostly Greetings

I finally got my youngest Grandsons’ Halloween cards completed and they are in the mail!  The cards were such a challenge plus very tedious for me.  Now that its all behind me maybe the next time I make a pop-up box card it will be a little easier (wink).

I was unable to get a good photo of all the sides on each box but they were decorated with more little ghosts and spider webs.

All images were water colored using Zig Clean Brushes and were cut out using my Scan ‘N Cut.



Box Card Pop-Up Die: Lawn Fawn

Alphabet Die:

Happy Halloween Sentiment: Scan ‘N Cut File

Stamps: Fab-BOO-lous Friends--MFT

               Spooky Street—Newtons Nook

Papers:  Digital Halloween papers

Stash:  Distress Oxide inks, Nuvo Crystal Dots, Stickles,

             and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


My youngest grandson is playing football for the first time this year.  He is doing great (he got 3 touchdowns so far).  I made this card to show him how proud I am on how well he is doing.



All images are digital.  Football player was colored using Chameleon Colored Pencils and cut out using my Brother Scan ‘N Cut.  Name and Number on football image shirt was created in Paint Shop Pro. The goal post and flag pole was colored using Paint Shop Pro and cut out using my Scan ‘N Cut.  The team name ‘Avengers’ was created using two alphabet punches by Martha Stewart. 

Two stamps were used for the front and inside sentiments: You Make Me Proud (Technique Junkies) and Congrats-Way To Go using an older stamp which isn’t marked who made it.  Sky created using a stencil.  Grass area was created using Distress Oxide Inks.  Striped papers are digital.  And everything else is from my stash.

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Friday, September 22, 2017


My 10 year old grandson went to sailing camp for a week this past summer and learned to sail plus he took a water safety course too.  I made this card to express how proud I am of him for a job well done!



I used three stamps to make this card: Sailing (Simon Says Stamp), Life Anchor (Waffle Flower) and You Make Me Proud (Technique Junkies). And I did all the coloring using Chameleon Colored Pencils.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Levi!

Today is my youngest grandson’s birthday and I love to share the card and gift card holders I made for him.

Levi loved the film strip on his Mom’s birthday card and he said he wanted it on his birthday card too.

Newton Loves Cake B'day card_Front_FB772017

(his Mom’s card)

Decorated envelope and gift card holders.

(You probably guessed by now that the family are cat lovers.)

I cannot believe I used so many products to make one card & accessories, lol.


o Newton Loves Cake (Newton’s Nook Designs)

o Little Cat Agenda (Mama Elephant)

o Happy Birds (W Plus 9)

o Let’s Bokeh (Lawn Fawn)


o Alphabet Dies (Lawn Fawn)

o Celebration Balloons (Poppy Stamps)

o Stitched Film Strip (Pretty Pink Posh)

o Gift Card Die (Little B Gift Card Dies)

Other Products Used:

o Distress Inks (Background)

o Distress Oxide Inks used on balloons, L-e-v-i on envie, & dots on gift card holders.

o Zig Clear Brush Water Color Brushes (cat images).

o Martha Stewart Alphabet Punches (L-e-v-i on balloons)

o Water Color Paper, Sequins, Glossy Accents, Neenah Creative Collection Paper

Note: Some of the stamps sets and dies are old and may not be available.

Thank You for stopping by,


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Sister

This card was sent to my sister for her Birthday.

Items used to make this card:

o Abstract Flowers Dies by Impression Obsession

o Layered Leaves Dies by My Favorite Things

o Sentiment – Hello Flowers by Hero Arts

o Flower Centers – Mini Prills

o Background – Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers & Dusty Concord)

o Papers – From my stash

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated,


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Oldie But Goodie Technique

Sharing My First Bokeh Technique

Bokeh Card_Hello_FB7302017

I made a template with various circle sizes.  Then I used a mini sponge dabber to create the Bokeh look using the template and Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.

The backgrounds on both cards is blended Distress Inks (Dusty Concord & Peeled Paint).


“Thanks” – Impression Obsession

“Hello” – Papertrey Ink


“A Warm” – Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words: Hello)

“For All That You Do” – Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words: Thank You)

Thank you for stopping by,


Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy 40th Birthday

Newton Loves Cake B'day card_Front_FB772017

Hunter and Levi’s Mom, Mandy celebrated her 40th Birthday on 7/11.

Everyone in the family loves cats and that is the theme I chose to do.

The photos are of Hunter, Little Man (new kitty) and Levi. Everybody

including Little Man loves cake just like Newton!


Stamp Set – Newton loves cake (newton’s nook designs).

Sentiment – Celebration Stamp & card dies (concord & 9th)

Stitched Film Strip die – pretty pink posh

Newton and cake – water colored using Distress Ink Pads

Elements – Tiny gold stars, stickles on centers of stars, & spectrum noir sparkle brush Pen

Thank you for stopping by and your comments are appreciated!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Card


Flowers & Leaves – Sketch Ranunculus Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)

Sentiment – Hello Flowers Stamp Set (Hero Arts)

Butterfly – EBay (China)

Background – Stripey Backdrop Die (lawn fawn)

Flowers, Leaves, Butterfly, Blue background were water colored.

All papers and cardstock from stash.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Get Well Card

I created this card for my Step-daughter who recently had foot surgery.

Inside Sentiment:

  As You Rest And Heal

  Know That You Are Thought of Warmly

  And Wished A Quick Recovery.


Mondo Magnolia Stamp (

Natures Treasures II Stamp – Leaves (

Get Well Soon Die (

Zig Clean Color Real Color Water Color Brushes

Canson Water Color Paper

DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy 90th Birthday

My Aunt celebrated her 90th Birthday last week. 

Here’s the card I sent her.

o All papers and elements from my stash.

o Sentiment-Birthday Wishes Stamp by Mama Elephant

o Floral Branch-Beautiful Friend Stamp by Clearly Besotted

o Flowers and Leaves water colored using Distress Ink

o Stamp Image cut out using Scan N’ Cut

Thank you for stopping by,


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Grateful Easel Card




I made this card about 3 weeks ago for the employees at the front desk of my Doctor’s Office.  I thought I would give an easel card a try because I received a beautiful one for Easter and it perked up my mojo.

What I did a little different was I made a shaker window to hold sequins as the stopper to hold the front of the card.

I am sorry for the poor photography but if you click on the photo you may be able to view it better.

I cannot provide a recipe because I forgot to write down all the tools I used to make the card.  However, if you have any questions about the card feel free to ask me.


Thank you for stopping by,


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sharing Three Cards


Sent to My Doctor


Sent to the Nurses


Sent to My SIL for Birthday


Stamps Used:

Tea Cup and More Stamp –

Cosmos Floral Stamp –

Make A Wish Stamp – from Cosmos Floral stamp


Dies Used:

Grateful –

Single Roses –


From My Stash:

All papers, cardstock, and embellishments; Colour Blend pencils by Spectrum Noir; Delicata Golden Glitz ink; Mini Prills (center of flowers) by


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful Spring Birthday Card

(click on image for closer view)
My card inspiration came from Tatiana Trafimovich for

Beautiful Spring Stamp Set
Core’dinations 110lb Cardstock
My Favorite Things Rainbow Stripes 6x6 Paper Pack
Canson Water Color Paper (for flowers)
Zig Clean Clean Color Real Brush Brushes
Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One (Dies)
Stash: Sequins, Seed Beads, Sentiment, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pen
Note: Scan and Cut used to cut out flowers.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Some Bunny Loves You



Some Bunny Loves You Easter Cards Hunter and Levi 2017

(Click on Image to Get a Closer View)


Inside Views

(Click on Images to Get a Closer View)


I used a new stamp by Simon Says Stamp called Some Bunny.  The little Chick on the green framed card came from last year’s stamp set called Chirpy Chirp Chirp by lawn fawn.

All images and backgrounds were water colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush. I used Canson 140lb cold press watercolor paper.

The cards are one layered cards except for the chick on the green framed card. I used my SNC to cut out the chick and glued on top of the egg.

All the embellishments and cardstock came from my stash.  The colored card stock is by Core’dinations. 

Sequins used for added flair.  Sparkle from Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle brush. White dots and lines were made using a Signo Uni-ball pen. 

The corners of the card were cut using WRMK Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (Deco).


My inspiration for these cards came from Prairie Paper & Ink (AmyR):


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Card





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   Canson XL Water Color Paper 140#

   Core’dinations Cardstock White 110#

   Dahlia Close Up Cling Rubber Stamp

   WOW! Metallic Platinum Super Fine Embossing Powder

   Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

   Dusty Concord Distress Ink

   “Happy” Die by Cherry Lynn Designs

   “Birthday” Stamp by Simon Says Stamp

   Inside Sentiment: Birthday Wish by Stampendous

   Butterflies and sequins from my stash


*Sorry for the poor photography :(


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you leave a comment.

franani1_Sparkling Flowers  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

“Elementary, My Dear Watson”


You probably guessed by the quote above that the theme for  my husband’s 70th Birthday card is Sherlock Holmes.

Chuck has always been of big fan of Sherlock Holmes and I thought that he would really enjoy his birthday card.

 Tidbit: A documentary about the real life inspirations for Sherlock Holmes. A leading professor of medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell is a pioneer in a new field, forensic science. Joseph Bell is the real life model for the greatest fictional detective in history. He inspired his student, Arthur Conan Doyle to create a legend.

 I was inspired by a card I saw a very long time ago and I just had to have the Sherlock Holmes Stamp Set used on that card.  The stamp was purchased from Kraftin’ Kimmie about 4 year’s ago (I think) with my husband in mind.  And I just got around to using it, lol.  Here is a picture of the original card that I cased.


Sherlock Holmes Sample

Kraftin’ Kimme


I used the Zig Clean Color Brushes to water color the image.


CD of some of Chuck’s favorite songs.  And the label of Sherlock Holmes playing the violin was created using my printer and a printable CD.


Note: The Sherlock Holmes stamp is no longer available from Kraftin’ Kimme.


Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Two For One Post!


It’s been quite a long time since I posted to my Blog.  I came down with a bad stomach bug in November.  And when I felt better I began making my Christmas cards.  My Christmas list was almost three times longer than Christmas 2015.  I made 35 cards (and envelopes) to send out and let me tell you after I mailed them I was relieved and burnt out, lol.

After all cards were ready for mailing it hit me that I forgot to take photos of the different style cards I created except for one.  The photo is below.

The photo does not do it justice because the deer was made from a bright gold foil card stock and the camera wouldn’t give me a good shot of it.  I am blaming the camera not me, lol.


Reindeer Christmas Card


I cased this card from Nichol Spohr, LLC





Below is a photo of my Grandson’s Birthday card.  He turned 10 in January.  Like I mentioned above I was so burnt out from making Christmas cards that my creative mojo was gone!  But I knew I wanted to make a card for him so I worked hard to get my creative juices running again.  Once I started the card I began to have fun making it.  Most of the card is water colored.




Thank you for visiting my blog.  If you have any questions about the cards please feel free to send me an e-mail with your questions.