Monday, June 29, 2015

Taking Off

I first discovered Serendipity Stamps early this year, when I was searching for a good hollyhock stamp.  This line is based in Smithville, Missouri, and owned by Mary Dew Lee.  Her beautiful stamps...and great, personal customer service!...keep drawing me back.

I created this card yesterday, using the Geese 1230K stamp. 

Other supplies:  The Paper Studio Boho stack from Hobby Lobby; Fossil Leaves stamp set from Inkadinkado; Wicked Black dye ink from Clearsnap; and the Grand Nestabilities oval dies from Spellbinders

I'm entering this card in the SSCB #44 My Guy!
I ask your prayers for my mother as she goes into the hospital to get a new knee this afternoon.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and leaving your comments!

Blue Card Trio

Need a bundle of cards in a hurry?
Don't have all day to spend digging through your paper and stamp collection?
I created this trio of cards using just three sheets (really two and a half!) from the Momenta Vintage Basics stack.

Other supplies:
Stamps:  Blooming Garden set Penny Black, Chelsea Sentiments set Inkadinkado
Black dye ink Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Deckle scissors (Fiskars)
Paper Studio multicolor brad set (Hobby Lobby)
Glue Dots 

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I appreciate all your comments!

Monday, June 22, 2015

CardMaker Blog Hop with Avery Elle


Welcome to the next stop on our hop with CardMaker and Avery Elle.  If you've been following along, you've just come from Karolyn Loncon's blog.  If you're just joining in, be sure to start at the CardMaker blog.  You won't want to miss any of these great designs along the way.
Don't forget to enter the give-away at Avery Elle!  One lucky reader will win a $30 Avery Elle gift certificate, and that could be you!

Several weeks ago I received an envelope in the mail from Jamie, containing the new Avery Elle Peonies clear stamps and matching die set.  Peonies!  I felt like these were made just for me.  My great-grandmother Purthena's peonies bloomed in the back yard again this spring, and they smelled oh-so-good, so much sweeter than the new varieties.  I admit it.  I'd never used matching stamps and dies before, so this was an interesting challenge for me.  And a delightful one as well.   This set included a lot of great little sentiments, perfect for almost any occasion.

For the first card, I wanted to try all watercolor.

Other supplies:  watercolor pre-folded card from Strathmore; pink, grass green, spectrum blue and ochre watercolor pencils from Derwent; ACo27 My Notebook stamp set from Hero Arts; black dye ink from Tsukineko

Other supplies:  Vintage Charm stack from My Mind's Eye; Rouge and Moss Green chalk ink from Clearsnap; Paper Studio 3-D foam adhesive squares from Hobby Lobby; Grand Caliber Nestabilities Oval dies from Spellbinders

Other supplies:  ivory pre-folded card and pink shimmer cardstock from American Crafts;  Pastel Pink and Olive green chalk inks from Clearsnap;  S2-011 Shapeabilities D-lites Wrought Iron Die from Spellbinders

I love the look of chalk on kraft paper, don't you?  I think this was my favorite!

Other supplies:  Paper Studio Poetic Postage stack and kraft cardstock from Hobby Lobby; Chestnut Roan chalk ink from Clearsnap; pink and Bice green pastel pencils from General's

Other supplies:  green and pink patterned cardstock from My Mind's Eye; Paper Studio Beach House stack and 3-D foam adhesive squares from Hobby Lobby; Espresso dye ink from Ranger; Rouge and Olive chalk ink from Clearsnap

Next, hop along to Jamie's blog at

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I appreciate all comments!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CardMaker Hop with Ellison/Sizzix

Hello, and welcome to your next stop on the CardMaker and Sizzix Blog Hop!

I hope you've been following along.   The CardMaker  and Sizzix blog teams have joined up for more than a week of cardmaking fun.   Sizzix is hosting an incredible giveaway on their blog, so you won't want to miss a stop along the way. 

I couldn't believe it when this huge box of goodies from Ellison/Sizzix arrived at my door.  Thank you, thank you!!!  I've been saying those words every day as I use my new Big Shot.   And I LOVE that Extended Mulitpurpose Platform.  No more hunting around for something to add a little extra thickness to my "sandwich."   Everything glides though so easily, I think there's no way it could have cut, but there it is--all the perfect little pieces I need, trimmed beautifully.  

We were given our choice of Stephanie Barnard designs to work with.  I picked Triplits Spring Birds.

Dusty Pink Card Duo

I made these two cards with basically the same supplies, just switching out the base card color, using a different branch (cut at the same time!) from the Spring Greenery set, etc.

Supplies:  brown cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle; white cardstock from Bazzil Basics; Botanical stack from Prima Marketing Inc.; pink patterned paper from My Mind's Eye; Single Iris stamp from Penny Black; Chestnut Roan chalk ink from Clearsnap: Quickie glue pen from Sakura; calligraphy pen, fine nib and brown ink from Sheaffer: deckle scissors from Fiskars; Nestabilities classic large ovals and scalloped ovals from Spellbinders; Triplits Spring Birds die set #660136 (die 1) and Jim Holtz Spring Greenery die set from Sizzix

Hello, Birdie
When I opened up this set of dies, first thing I pictured was somehow making a tree with my bird.  I tried several different methods, but none of them pleased me.  Then suddenly this came to me.  I covered the whole card front with the brown patterned paper from my favorite Tattered and Worn stack, and then I cut this Apron Dots paper slightly smaller with an angle on the left side.  Pairing it with a die cut branch from the same patterned brown, it looks like the tree I wanted!

Supplies:  cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle; Paper Studio patterned paper from Hobby Lobby; Apron Dots patterned paper from My Mind's Eye; Triplits Spring Birds die set #660136 (die 2) and Jim Holtz Spring Greenery die set from Sizzix; chocolate Zig pen from Kuretake

Barn Door Bouquet
You know me.  I can't resist doing one of these with my watercolor pencils.

Supplies:  cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle; Paper studio patterned paper and brads from Hobby Lobby; agapanthus cluster stamp from Stampendous;  yellow, orange, red and olive green watercolor pencils from Derwent; watercolor paper from Strathmore; Triplits Spring Birds die set #660136 (die 2) and Jim Holtz Spring Greenery die set from Sizzix

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I woke up yesterday morning with this idea in my head.  I love polka dots!  
Supplies: Paper Studio white cardstock and foam adhesive squares from Hobby Lobby;  polka dot cardstock and white grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts;  Triplits Springs Birds die set #660136  (dies 2,12 and 13) from Sizzix;  Stitched Banner duo die set from Pretty Pink Posh

June 7th, hop on over to Aida Haron's blog.  Her designs are absolutely mouth-watering!

Thank you so much for stopping by!