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Magic Window Card Monkey

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 I made this card for my mother Janet, who is in a physical rehabilitation center for the next week or two.

The past two weeks have been very hectic for me and my family. My mother fell and broke her hip on Sunday April 22nd. Mom is only 74 but she has brittle bones and fast walking feet. It rained that Sunday and as my mother scurried into the daycare hall of her church, she forgot that wet shoes and shiny vinyl floors don’t mix.

Although,I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers I am the only sibling who lives close to my mother and father. So I had a lot of phone calls to make that day. I tried to keep the worry out of my voice as I passed along the bad news. My mother made that easy for me because, she had such a good attitude about her accident. I was able to tell my siblings that Mom was really impressed “how cute and buff the EMT’s were”. But she was also miffed because they had to cut off her her pants and she “only has two pair of pants good enough for church!” That little bit of mom-isms told my brothers and sisters everything they needed to know…That mom was hurting but, she was still her indomitable, unflappable self.

I wanted to make something that would make my mother smile but, also let her know, that she really was a strong woman whom I admire. So I tried my hand at my very first Magic Window card.


The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment that reads “Everything will be fine in the end. If it isn’t fine, it isn’t the end”.

Happy Stamping,


Jamming Animals

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  I love this new stamp set that I got from Recollections. It is called Jamming Animals and it is so cute. I love the expression on the Rhino’s face. He is really into his jam!

I stamped and colored  the images before I ran the card through the Cuttlebug inside the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. As a final touch I used Glossy Accents in a couple of places on the stamps to give the card a little more dimension.

I will be entering these cards in the Lawnscaping Challenge : Stamp a Scene

Happy Stamping,


Here Come Peter Cotton Tail or You Spin Me Right Round

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With all of the preparations and card making I have been doing for the upcoming Craft Fair I have been procrastinating making my Easter cards for my nieces and nephews. When I was a teenager I was the Queen of Procrastination. One of those who was known to say “I work better under pressure” but, now that I’m in my 40’s I am the Empress of Pro-activeness.  So having to whip up 10 of the world’s cutest Easter cards at the last minute is not my favorite thing to do.

I used an adorable digital stamp from Birdie Brown for my one of my Easter cards. I also used micro beads to give the bunny’s egg a little sparkle. Here is a closer look.

I used white chalk ink to sponge the clouds onto the blue paper and I used the Stampin’ Up Word Window punch to make the fence. As much as I would like to take credit for the fence it is not my original idea but, one that I saw when surfing the web a few weeks back.  I saw the idea for the fence here

I used Martha Stewart Flocking for the grass and then I used some Easter Egg stickers I had leftover from last year to make it seem as if this little bunny had just finished his deliveries. Cute, huh?

If you saw my post from yesterday you know that I made a spinning rack similar to  a Clip It Up. It only cost me about $20 to make including the clips that I bought from JoAnn’s,  the lamp kit parts I purchased at Home Depot and the two lamp shades I got for $4 at Goodwill. There are plenty of great step by step tutorials on how to make your own spinning rack on YouTube. Here are a few photos of the rack I made.

Ha, Ha. You can see my bloody Halloween heart in the background there. Halloween is always lurking around the corner in our house.

I am entering this card for the following Challenges: Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge, The Festive Friday Easter Challenge for Nicole Derendorf and at Card Making Mama’s Easter Challenge

A Chance to Win to a Set of Letraset Markers!

SJ at Little Musings has a really cool owl digital image for free. What is even cooler is the fact that you can win a set of Letraset Markers just for coloring this adorable owl and uploading it here at the Letraset blog !

So give it a go! Like I did.

Little Brains but Big Hearts

My little nieces and nephews all look forward to the cards I send them on holidays. (Hopefully it is the cards they love and not the crisp $1 bill inside!) And Valentine’s Day is no exception! This year I am making all of their cards with the digital images I bought from Pink Cat Studio a few months back.

Pink Cat has adorable images at a really great price. I got 4 dinos in a value pack for only $8.99. Digital stamping is an affordable way for beginning stampers to get crafting.

I used Pink Cat Studio’s, Cupid Rex stamp, for this card. I colored him with Copic Caio Markers and I used Spellbinders Nestabilities- Label Twelve die, to cut out the image and the pink background paper. I am entering this card at DYSU Challange Blog #58 Love  and also in the Simon Say Stamp Love is in the Air challenge.

Pink Cat Studios’, Rex Ate the Valentines is the digital stamp used for this card. I got the idea for the sentiment from a t-shirt I saw at Rue 21. The inside reads, “But me ate it!”. I used Glossy Accents on a few of the hearts and on his spikes. The bite mark is made with a scalloped circle punch. This card is going into the DYSU Challenge and also in the Simon Says Stamp Love is in the Air Challange!

I love the expression on this Pterodactyl face. (And yes I had to Google how to spell Pterodactyl) He looks like he is really enjoying his job as love delivery dinosaur.

This digital stamp is called Dacty Holding Heart. (Probably Melissa from PCS didn’t want to look up how to spell Pterodactyl!) I layered 5 different Valentine papers to border the bottom of this card and I used Glossy Accents on the heart. I will be entering this last card in the Simon Says Stamp

All a Flutter With the Hope of Winning

I am entering these cards into the Paper Sundaes Challenge #106 Clean and Simple.   First prize is a $15 gift card from Simson Says Stamp. I tried to make each card with very little visual clutter but, still with a little bit of pop!

Aside from the little bit of stamp masking that needed to be done this card was a breeze to make. I hand wrote the sentiment because I lost a few of the letters from my alphabet stamp set that this lettering is patterned after. Those darn letters are so small I seem to lose more of them every time I use them!


I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo that this butterfly is like a 3D effect on this card. The extra dimension of the butterfly “floating” on top of the card makes this card really punchy in person. The colors are really bright and fun too!


These little bees are so cute! My favorite part about this card is the way the colors are pop against the black background. The glossy balloons are fun too.

Three Clean and Simple Birthday Card Ideas

Although, I have been working on a few more cards this week, I hadn’t had time to post them yet. We have actually been busy at work lately! Which is a relief since the end of 2011 was very slow for the flooring business.

I would say these cards all fall into the cutesie category. And they are all birthday cards too.

  I stamped the giraffe clear stamp images onto plain white cardstock and then colored them with Copic Markers. At first the card seemed kind of “blah” but then, I  put it in an embossing folder, and ran it through my Cuttlebug. The texture made it so much more visually appealing.

As I am posting this picture I am realizing that it is kind of plain looking too! Guess what is going to get the Cuttlebug treatment when I get home from work today. However, I do love how the cake from the Candles on Your Cake set, from Gina K. Designs came out. I don’t remember the name of the stamp set that the monkey clear stamps came from. (It is one of the first stamp sets that I bought back in 2010)


Every Friday I check out the Bugaboo Stamps blog to see the Friday Freebie available that week. Then I download the stamp and let it sit idly by for weeks and weeks. It is just a matter of simple math really. 6 days of work per week + 2 kids + 1 husband + a 2100 sqft house to clean = not enough time to stamp!

Yesterday I finally got a chance to mess around with this cow image that I downloaded last October. I digitally cut out the sentiment and lightened it to make it look like I used the, stamp off method, to create a background stamp.  And then I digitally layered the image by bringing the cow image all the way forward. (I do all of this in a Word File because I am to computer illiterate and too software poor to do anything fancier) Some ribbon and a heart button later and…voila a CAS card!

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Card Making Inspiration by Debby Hughes

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