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Way to go, Dude!

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I created a congratulatory card for the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. My Rad set from CAS-Fridays is still so new to me that it kept called out for my to ink it up again. So that is the set I used it to make my card.

CAS-ual Fridays Rad

I also used an older alphabet set from Stampin Up for the U R in the center of the card.

First I stamped the black in on the sentiments and then I stamped them again with the neon orange  and green ink from Hero Arts. And for the final touch I added Glossy Accents to the U and the R to give them a little more punch.

On a unrelated note I wanted to share with you a photo of a little visitor who hopped by my craft room when I was making this card.

Bunny Rabbit

My cats had a field day staring at this rabbit through the sliding glass door. I think that the rabbit saw them too since he sat frozen like that for about 3 or 4 minutes before he finally turned tail and ran.

My mother lives around the corner from us and she has seen rabbits in her yard recently too. Of course my mom being the worrier that she is, has already expressed concern that we may become overrun with rabbits. I say “if they kept the lawn trimmed, let em breed”. LOL

Anyhow, I will be entering my card into the CAS-ual Fridays: CFC103 Congratulations Challenge.


Happy Stamping,


How to Make Love (cards)

It has been weeks since my last post. Between the Christmas Holiday and getting a horrendous cold the day after Christmas, I had not been in the mood to post anything. However, I had been playing around in my craft room.

I put together a picture by picture view of a Valentine’s Day card that I made. Hopefully you will find it interesting to see how I put my cards together to make the final project. One of these days I might even learn how to make a video tutorial and then I can show you step by step.

Valentine's Day Cardstock

I used a hugs and kisses stamp over and over again to create the background for my card.

Valentine's Day cardstock

Next I added some hearts in a darker color.

.The Paper Studio Embossing Folder

At this point the background for my card was still pretty bland. So I used an embossing folder to jazz it up.

Embossed Valentine

See what a difference that small change made? I think this looks much more interesting and romantic.

Handmade Valentine

Finally I added my image to my base to finish the card. In retrospect it might have been nice if I showed you the steps for  creating the focal point of the card. So sorry about that but, I really will be looking into upgraded my account to allow me to include videos and then I can create more detailed tutorials.

Happy Stamping,


Can I Get a “Toot, Toot”?

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CAS-ual Fridays is hosting a challenge that asks participants to create a clean and simple card based on his or her blog header. My blog header is actually a photograph that my mother snapped of a butterfly on her Bottle Brush tree. It is such a happy and serene scene and it represents the way I feel when I am creating in my craft room. This was a great creative exercise and win or lose, I really love the card I created.

I couldn’t decide where I wanted to place the sentiment so I stamped it on a scrap of paper and took two different photos to decide.


Doing this visual exercise usually helps me when I can’t decide about placement or color of my sentiments.

There are still a few hours to join in on the challenge CAS-ual Fridays Toot Your Own Horn

Happy Stamping,


Fast Fall Cards

I created a quick set of Fall cards this morning. The longest part of the whole process was when I rewrote one of the tags 3 times because, I hate the way my handwriting looks. In the end I just had to accept the fact that I never got an A in penmanship for a reason.

I used my Inkadinkado Autumn Leaves clear stamp to create this fall card. First I inked the stamps with my Stampin Up Stamping Spots and then I misted them with water before stamping onto the cardstock. I inked the outlines of the stamps with stamp markers and stamped over the images a second time. I cut out the tag on my Big Shot and then I hand wrote my Haiku. (Well really I’m one syllable short of a Haiku. You just have to pronounce Dazzling as Dazz-a-ling and then I’m golden)


I used the Stampin’ Up Pursuit of Happiness stamp set for the sentiment on this card because, I just couldn’t stand to see my ugly handwriting on another card. LOL     I cut out the Nestabilities tag from a paint swatch and then I stamped onto it with StazOn ink. I love the the sheen of the paper as well as the color.


Here is another card I made using the Inkadinkado Autumn Leaves stamp the I bought at TJ Maxx. I am not normally a TJ Maxx shopper but another blogger alerted me to the fact that they have stamps and punches there for very little cost.  This chartreuse tag is a paint swatch sample too. I like the way it contrasts the soft reds, yellows and oranges on the rest of the card.


I made one final card with a kraft paper sentiment. Although I think it looks nice, I think I would use raffia or twine next time instead of the ribbon. I think an orange colored Baker’s Twine would work well too.


Happy Stamping,



One Good Thing Leads to Another

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I won this adorable snail from one of Birdie Brown’s Blog Challenges. He comes as part of a set called Spring Bugs. In a effort to create something fun and whimsical I colored his shell in a rainbow pattern.  The rainbow colors made me think of Peace, Love and Harmony a’la 1970’s hippie tie dye! And that led me to this sentiment from the Pursuit of Happiness collection from Stampin’ Up.

After I pierced the holes around the snail the card still looked a little plain and I was stumped as to what I wanted to add. Then I looked at this week’s Put a Bling on It challenge over at CAS-ual Friday’s and I knew just what to do. I think the rainbow colored jewels are the perfect addition for this card.

I will be entering this card in the following challenge: CAS-ual Friday’s Put a Bling on It CFC55

Here is a closer look at my groovy sentiment.

Happy Stamping,


It’s Not an Addiction if Nobody Gets Hurt.

My husband’s mother is staying with us for a few days this weekend. I didn’t want to be rude and not visit with her but, I also didn’t give up my crafting hour either. So last night I sat on a tiny little step stool at one of our living room side tables to create these two beauties. This way she and I could chat while I stamped, colored, cut and mounted my cards.

They say that one of the signs of addiction is when your habit interferes with your family life. But I avoided that addiction label by being a good hostess at the same time that I was feeding my need! Now if I could only find a way to craft while I exercise I could make cards while I whittled away at my midsection. Imagine that infomercial!


I made five of the orange butterfly cards for the craft show in April. The thank you card is for our daughter Sam’s band director. He has been really great about carting Sam, and 5 other kids from her band, back andforth to All District Band practice.  The school colors are green, gold and black.

Flights of Fancy…Cards

This Martha Stewart stamp was on sale last spring so I snapped it up. I made a few cards with it but, I wasn’t thrilled with them. So I shelved the stamp and I hadn’t played around with it for a long time. But I recently thought about trying the stamp out again with watercolor paints. The watercolor paints made all the difference for me. I think the second batch has better coloring and I like the way I mounted them better too.

Here are the cards from my first go around. These were colored with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.

  Martha Stewart bird stamps Martha Stewart Stamp Chickadee

For the next set of cards I used Aquarelle hot pressed watercolor paper and an ancient watercolor paint set my dad gave to me. (I think it was the one he used in college) I also used the Spellbinders Nestabilities: Reverse Wonky Rectangle  dies and Lifestyles Crafts: Nested Rounded Squares that I got for Christmas. The Lifestyles Crafts brand was way cheaper than the Spellbinders version and it included more die cuts too! Two thumbs up on these from me.

Martha Stewart Bird Stamp       Mocking Bird        American Red Breasted Robin

Chickadee Bird   Southern Mocking Bird   Martha Stewart Stamps This is the stamp set I used. I’m not sure if it is still sold in stores. But that is what EBAY is for!

Gratitude with an Attitude.

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My daughter Sam needed some thank you cards for friends that had given her Christmas gifts. I wanted to make something feminine, yet young and fun. Here is what I came up with.

  I stamped this butterfly over some gold and ivory patterned paper and then I stamped over that with green ink on a plaid patterned heart. The green rhinestones add that little bit of bling middle school girls love.

This card was for Sam’s friend and  fellow band student. I thought that the musical score (from Stampendous) was a cute tribute to their shared love of music. It is hard to see, but I added purple gems to the scalloped flowers too. The plaid patterned heart can be see on the pink band.

I used a wood grain stamp that I bought at Michael’s Crafts  a while back to stamp the heart shapes I cut out. The stars on the pink band are from the Midnight Feast set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.  Although the stars come from a Halloween stamp set, they look great on this card too.

I sometimes make more involved and ornate cards but, clean and simple cards are my favorite. These types of cards are quick and simple to make but  the results are still so pretty!

Lime Doodle Design

Card Making Inspiration by Debby Hughes

Better After

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Crafty Sisters

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Simon Says Stamp Blog!

My Craft Room is My Happy Place.


My Craft Room is My Happy Place.

Burton Avenue

My Craft Room is My Happy Place.

Birdie Brown

My Craft Room is My Happy Place.