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Age is just a Number

We had quite a few significant birthday’s in our family this year. So I created age specific cards with numeral die cuts from Papertrey Ink, for those special people.

Up first is the card I made for my niece, Jenna. She turned 21, so she got a card that represented the significance of that age here in the United States.

Beer Mug Card

In order to make the mug I simply rounded off the corners of some rectangles, sponged them with yellow distress ink and layered them over a grayish paper. The handle is just a circle die cut with a smaller circle cut out of the bottom.  By spattering the yellow papers with water before I adhered them to the gray paper I was able to create the look of bubbles. The foam is made from little cloud die cuts that are lightly sponged on the edges with yellow. The numeral dies come in a wide and narrow format. I used both to create the shadowed effect you see here.

My nephew Buddy (Geoff) is my birthday twin. He was born on the same days as I was born 19 years before him. He turned 25 this year. And I happen to think that being a quarter of a century old is pretty significant. But it is not a reason to feel old or passed the age of having some fun. So I made a card that was sort of fun and funky for Buddy.

25 birthday card

I used Hero Arts Neon Inks for this card. They are even brighter in person than they are in this photo. I created the number by sponging the ink inside of the stencil I created by die cutting the numbers. After I finished inking the numbers I outlined them by hand. And finally I covered them with some clear Stickles (glitter gel).

Another nephew of mine named, Joey turned 30 this year. And before you start thinking that I must be pretty old to have a nephew who is 30,  just bear in mind that he is only 14 years younger than me. I hadn’t even begun my freshman year of high school when he was born. But his turning 30 really did make me feel a little bit long in the tooth!

30th birthday card

This card features the wide and narrow dies too. And I have been really having fun with the glitter paper I purchased at my local JoAnn’s store.

Next up is my sister in law Jill’s card. Jill turned the big 40 this year! I wanted to create a classy and fun card rather than one that teased her about her age. (Especially because I’m even older than her)  Jill is a fun, yet classy kind of woman who deserves a glityz, feminine card.

40 and Fabulous

For this card I only used the narrow number dies and I placed a gold glittered paper beneath the negative space where the numbers were cut. I saved the interior of the 4 and the zero and I glued them onto the gold paper. On the very top of the pink and gold paper I added a clear sheet of plastic and two golden  enamel dots. The final addition of the plastic made the card appear very polished and professional. (In my opinion, anyway.)

And last, but certainly not least, is my brother in law Geoff who turned 75 this year. I come from a family of six siblings and my eldest sister  is married to Geoff. Theirs is a May/December romance which is a romantic way of saying that she married a man who is a couple of decades older than her. Geoff is the very first son in law to my parents and my first brother in law and I love him very much.

75 birthday card

I kept Geoff’s card very simple and elegant. The card base is dry embossing (embossing folder) with a wicker design. And I used a ivory and metallic gold paper underneath the numbers. Sometimes a really simple card can make a really big statement.


Happy Stamping,





When a Doodle is as Good as a Stamp

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I went to a friend’s house a few days ago to craft some cards together. Although I have fun crafting together, I find that I never get much done because I’m so busy chatting. However, I did get a card completed and I had fun with Kim and Linda.

I have been thinking about buying a stamp that features birch trees. There have even been a few birch tree stamps in various shopping baskets of mine online but, I just kept balking at the cost. So the other night I decided to see if I could doodle some instead. And the result was really pleasing. Plus I saved myself at least $10!

Stacy Yacula Studio stampsI doodled the trees and the banner as well as the presents, grass and dandelions. The adorable animal stamps are from A Sweet Summer set by Stacey Yacula Studio. You can find them here at Purple Onion Designs And all but the shading under the black on the birch tree bark, was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil.

Next time I would stamp the birds first and then draw the wire under them. It was hard to see because, they are red rubber and not clear acrylic stamps. But hopefully my niece won’t notice that the bird is not quite on the wire.

Happy Stamping Doodling,




Under the Sea Enchantment

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Just a quick post to show off a card I made using my Cricut. I have had the machine for 6 years or so but, I rarely use it. (like once or twice a year) I can be a bit of a technophobe at times and I can’t seem to get into using the machine as much as I use my metal die cuts.  So making an entire card with my Cricut is a really big accomplishment for me. LOL

Create A Critter by Cricut

image Close up view.



This card is for the granddaughter of a good friend and co-worker. She was having an Under the Sea themed first birthday party. These images are just a few of the different animals and accessories available from the Create a Critter cartridge.

The card stands up like a kickstand on a bike. And I just wrote my sentiment on the back, which sits on the table when the card is displayed.

Happy Stamping,


Harry Potter Miraculum Maximus (Surprise Party) Card

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My daughter’s good friend was hosting a Harry Potter themed birthday party a few weeks ago. So I set out to make a unique card featuring the adorable stamps from the Bugaboo Stamp series Har Repotter. These are digital stamps so you can make them as large or small as you want and you can arrange them as closely or far apart as you want. Digital stamps are so versatile because, of that.

Har Repotter Sneaky One

For the front of this oversized card I decided to feature Professor Snape monitoring the hallways of Hogwarts Castle. The floor, walls and torch are all hand doodled. The stones are colored using colored pencils and Baby Oil for blending. I didn’t want to waste too much of my Copic ink on the inexpensive paper.

Once I had completed the background for the corridor I glued on Snape, whom I had already colored and cut out. And I added the sentiment which I had simply printed out along with the digital stamps. (I use Word for all of my digital stamp projects. You don’t need any fancy imaging programs)

Bugaboo Har Repotter

For the inside of the card I created a Surprise Party scene on a simple Pop Up card base.  Each character is an individual stamp but, I grouped them together in my Word Doc before printing them out. This saved me lots of time and fussy cutting! The dragon and unicorn are part of the Critters Ever After stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The wall and clouds are hand doodled and the presents and cupcake are some stickers that I have had for eons.  And lastly the sentiments on the top are ink stamped.

I hope you are inspired by this card to try your hand at adding some doodles to your own work. It is a great way to stretch your artistic muscles without having to be all that talented. 🙂

Happy Stamping,





Falling Behind Since the Fourth of July

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I haven’t posted since May but, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been crafting. This summer just seemed to be flying by and I just kept procrastinating about blogging. But I am back! And I am finally going to post my cards from the Fourth of July.

As you may know by now I send out 10 cards for every major and minor holiday for my nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Below are the cards that I sent out. I made some duplicates and that is why I am only featuring 6 cards today.

 Aero Boy Deasy Design I used a digital stamp set from Deasy Design called Aero Boy for these first few cards. Additionally, I paired the little pilot with some fireworks that are part of a digital stamp from Stampin Up. The sentiment is handstamped and I hand doodled the diagonal stripes on the wings.

Aero Boy  Here is another image from the Aero Boy collection.  For both this card and the one above I added little star stamps to the boys shirt to make it even more patriotic.

Aero Boy Deasy Design This set of digital stamps from Deasy Design is so cute and it’s really a bargain. You get 15 or 16 individual digital stamps for only $7.50!  You can find these stamps here DeasyDesigns on Etsy.


Whimsie Doodles Stamps Whimsie Doodles Stamps Whimsie Doodles Stamps

I have a few nieces as well as nephews, so I made a few feminine cards as well. This card features a freebie from Whimsie Doodles called July4day. I colored each girls hair just a little differently to represent the niece to whom I was sending it. One of my nieces has the cutest curly hair so I doodled in some wavy locks.


Birthday Cheers for the Black and Red

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My brother-in-law, Jamie is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. And he really lives, eats and breathes Black and Red. So I wanted to give him a card that represented UGA without being overtly bulldogish.  And here is what I came up with.


I used the Mighty Bloom- Coverplate die from Papertrey ink to create leaf burst red portion of the card. And I used the Hero Arts – Magical Background stamp for the heat embossed area on the black card. The bullseye medallion was made using four different circle punches and then layering the papers together. I topped it all off with a black enamel dot.


Here is a close up view of the heat embossing. I love adding heat embossed elements to my cards. It always seems to make them seem so much more professionally finished.


I am going to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Die Crazy  and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – M (anything relating to M words) My take on the M challenge is that this is a Masculine card for my brother in law.

Happy Stamping,


Hats Off to You, Grad

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My good friend Kim’s daughter, is graduating High School in a few days. Her name is Katie and she is brilliant, beautiful and super sweet. Katie received a full scholarship to USF and she deserves every bit of it.

I made a fun card for her. She has an infectious smile just like the little Yeti on the card. (the Yeti is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Yeti, Set, Go)


The school’s colors are Green an Gold, so I colored the mortar board accordingly. And I drew a little diploma in the Yeti’s hand. For the background of the card I used the mortar board from Lawn Fawn: Hats Off to You stamp set. The Yeti is mounted on a green circle that is mounted on top of two die cut stars. For further definition Ilined the edge of each star point with a deep green marker.

Iwill be entering my card into the Lawnscaping Challenge: Create Your Own Background

lawn fawn

Congrats to all of the soon to be grads and to all of their happy, moms and dads!



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