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Penguin card made using SU 3 step owl punch.

Ballerina Birthdays are Tutu Sweet!

My adorable niece Addie is turning 7 tomorrow. Addie is a lover of all things pink, glitzy and girly. So I thought she might enjoy a card that features a ballerina in a pink tutu with a sparkly headband and pearls on her tutu.

Ballerina BirthdayI wanted to add some dimension to the card so I colored and then cut out a second tutu and then I glued it on top of the original image. In order to keep the tutu from standing up too high I used several cuts of cardstock underneath rather than foam dimensional stickers.

Ballerina side viewI didn’t want the skirt to be too thick so that I could add the tiny pearls as well and still be able to mail the card without having to have it hand cancelled. (I had it hand cancelled anyway because, I am a worry wort and I didn’t want the envelope to get torn in shipping)

Tutu Sentiment

This is the handwritten sentiment that I added to the inside ofthe card.


If you are interested in making a similar card you can download the free ballerina image from All Dressed Up Challenges Blog.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean and Simple

sss wednesday

Happy Stamping,


The Show Goes On

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I recently went through some of my stamps and decided to sell a few sets that I didn’t use much anymore. My collection of stamps includes about 100 sets which is not a huge number in the stamping world but, I like to keep my possessions to a minimum. And don’t like the idea of things just “hanging around” if I don’t plan to use them in the near future. So I sifted through my collection and sold off 8 or 9 sets and I have another half dozen or so that didn’t sell, so I will use them as gifts for my crafty friends.

One of the sets I sold is from Stampin Up and it’s called Under the Big Top. It is now available as a digital stamp set, so I decided to let the rubber set go in exchange for the digital set. This way I don’t have to store the set in my craft room and the digital version can be easily sized up or down depending on my project. And my sister was happy to add a new set to her stash at a bargain price.

Here are two older cards that I had made with this set but never showcased on the blog.

Circus card


This bear could have just been a ballerina but, by adding the balls she became a juggling ballerina. Very talented, bear!

Under the Big Top Stampin Up


I love this Strong Man character but, he is so darn tiny. So I look forward to using the digital version which I can print out much larger than the 1″ 1/2 that he stands at now. It will be a lot easier to color him at a larger size too! I am fighting off the need for reading glasses now that I am over 40 and bigger stamps mean I can put off the “Granny Glasses”  for a little longer. 😉

Happy Stamping,



OWH Midweek Throwdown, Water Theme

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I began creating cards in earnest, for Operation Write Home, within the last 6 months. Our son James is leaving for his Army boot camp training in less than 6 weeks and his enlistment reinvigorated my interest in making cards for our troops to use. Every time I read one of the soldiers posts about how grateful they are to receive our handmade cards it makes me that much more committed.


In order to play along on this weeks Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home, I have created a card that features water in some way.

sailboat card


The little sailboat is a digital image by Birdie Brown and the sun is the inside of a life preserver image from the same set. I just fussy cut the image to look like a cartoon version of the sun. The seagulls are hand doodled and the waves are just blue paper cut with wave shaped scissors. And finally the sky features Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the color Broken China.

I gave the boat some dimension by cutting the sails out from several copies of the image and then stacking them up.  The top layer of the sails is curled a bit on a pencil and then just the outside tips are glued to the sails below.

side view sailboat card


I hope this picture helps illustrate what I am talking about.

Happy Stamping,


Chicks Know How to Party!

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Denami Designs Large chick

Last night I was playing around with my Large Chickie stamp from Denami Designs. I had purchased a birthday stamp that included a party hat from Michael’s for $1 on Saturday night.Unfortunately, it turned out that the hat was too big for the chick’s head. 😦  But then I remembered that I had some tiny Christmas tree stamps that might work and they fit perfectly! (I did alter the clear Christmas tree stamp by cutting off the trunk of the tree)

After I finished the card I realized that I should have taken some photos of the step by step process to show any newbies the stamp masking process. If I have time tonight I will recreate this card and take photos along the way and then blog about it tomorrow.

The confetti is covered with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with Fairy Dust glitter for a little sparkle. And I used Glossy Accents for their beaks as well.

I will be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes, challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift card to  their online store. Woo hoo!

Happy Stamping,


Don’t Distress Over Your Birthday

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I created one more card for the CAS-ual Fridays Birthday Bash CFC99 Challenge. This one would be a little more appropriate to send to someone Michelle who is the owner and creative genius over at CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

Michelle it turning 45 and to celebrate she is spreading the love by giving participants a chance to win a $45 gift certificate to her stamp store. I would love to win this time! I already know which sets I would choose if I won…Woot Woot, Rad and WTF!

Anyway here is my card:

Clean and Simple Birthday Card

First I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then clear embossed it. Then I sponged on two colors of Tim Holtz Distress ink, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marlmalade. Finally I splattered the sentiment paper with water, let it dry and then die cut my shape.

The background of the card is done with a patterned stamp that I clear embossed as well. A little bit of Baker’s Twine and “Bam” it’s your birthday!

birthday bash

Happy Stamping,


The Purrfect Birthday Card

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I am so excited about the latest card that I made. It features the cat for the Storybook Friends digital stamp from Stampin’ Up. The reason I am so happy with this card is because the little ball of yarn I set out to create worked out just like I hoped it would!

Storybook Friends Cat


I wanted something without a lot of visual clutter but, that had something special to draw one’s attention. In some ways too, I guess I really love cards that have a tactile element to them.  My favorite books to buy for babies are the kind that have the different rub and feel pages like fuzzy ducks and scratchy sand and such. So that is why I added the little ball of yarn.

After several failed attempts (the glue was causing the ink of the stamp to run) I realized that the trick was to glue the yarn to a blank paper circle and then adhere that over the stamped version of the yarn ball.

I can’t wait to send this card to my niece Brianna for her birthday this summer. She really is perfect!

birthday bash I am entering this card into the CAS-ual Fridays CFC99: Birthday Bash Challenge.


Happy Stamping,


Oh Snap, It’s Your Birthday!

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My niece Amanda is turning one quarter of a century old on the 12th of April. I can’t believe it has been 25 years since I sat with my sister, Nancy and held her hand while she gave birth to Amanda. My brother-in-law, Geoff had to travel out of the country for a day or two and as Murphy’s Law would have it Amanda was born a week early while her father was abroad.

I was only 17 at the time but, I had attended one Lamaze class with my big sister and I was spending the weekend at her house while Geoff was out of town. So that qualified me to be the one to stay with her in the birthing room.

Nancy and I watched the Oscars on TV during her labor and I think it is the only year that I have ever watched the entire Oscars award ceremony. It was a good way to pass the time and for my sister to forget her labor pains for a while.

My sister didn’t have an epidural and yet ,she was so calm and brave the whole time. She did squeeze my hand very tightly at times and she muttered a curse word or two but, overall she really made the whole birthing process look easy. And when Amanda was born she and I shared tears of joy and relief together.

I made this card for Amanda’s birthday and I want her to know how much I love her. Happy birthday, Amanda!

Birdie Brown Freebie


The inside of the card says Happy Birthday. “A Little Birdie Told Me”

I am sharing this card on the CAS-ual Fridays blog Challenge: Chevrons and Flowers


and I am sharing this card on Birdie Brown’s blog for her April Freebie Challenge. The adorable image featured on this card is the April free digital image from Torico of Birdie Brown. Anyone can download this image and create a project to play along for a chance to win 3 more adorable digis!

Happy Stamping,




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