Monday, April 24, 2017

Thinking Of You Card

Happy Monday!!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I needed to make some "Thinking of You" cards over the weekend and decided to ink up my Kind Koala stamp from SU that I haven't used yet.  I thought this stamp was so cute.  I decided to CASE this adorable card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers.

I used Smokey Slate CS from SU for my base card and layered it with Sweet Sugarplum CS.  I embossed it with my Polka Dot folder and adhered it to my base.  I cut a piece of Whisper White Thick CS 2" wide and used my Scalloped Tag punch.  I used Basic Black to stamp out my Koala Bear.


I colored it in and then added some pink ribbon I had on hand.  I adhered it to the front of the card with some dimensionals to pop it up.  I thought it turned out so cute!



For my sentiment, I used a stamp from the Pretty Kitty stamp set from SU.  I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes in my craft room and setting everything up.  It is so nice to be able to see my stamp sets and pick one out instead of going through boxes to find something!!  Every box seems like Christmas!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Bunny Card

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  It was so busy here with coloring eggs, an Easter egg hunt and of course eating lots of goodies!!  We had a great time.  I have one more Easter card to show you that I made for my daughter Jeannie.  She and Jennifer had seen it stamped out laying on my desk a few weeks ago and mentioned how cute the bunny was so I decided to make it for her.


This is a Easter stamp from SU that I had purchased last year.  I think it is so cute - but I love bunnies.  At one time, when my girls were young we had four rabbits and Rachel and Sarah were involved with 4H Club showing their rabbit - Gilbert!  He was the best rabbit I have ever seen.  I used Whisper White for my base card and used a scalloped oval die to cut out some DSP paper.  After coloring my bunny, I adhered it to my base card making sure it was centered in the oval,  I then popped up the DSP with some dimensionals.


I felt like it needed something else, so I added some pink ribbon I had in my stash and it was finished.  I think it turned out so cute!  My daughter loved it.  Here is the inside sentiment that I used.


Well, now it time to put away all the Easter goodies for another year.  The house always looks so empty without all those eggs!!  Hope everyone has a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

I entered this card in the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #238 - Holiday.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Lamb Card

I had purchased this stamp set from SU last year and love it!  I decided to use it to make Jennifer an Easter card as she is such an animal lover.


It came together so quick.  I adhered DSP I had for my layer on some Whisper White paper.  After I colored in my lamb, I embossed my second layer and cut out an circle.  I placed my lamb on the DSP making sure it was centered in the circle and then popped up my embossing layer with some dimensionals.


I made a banner stamping only the greeting from the stamp and then glued some pink ribbon underneath it so it would show up more.  For the inside sentiment, I used another $1 stamp from Michael's.  I love looking through their bins!


I can't believe the temperature change here.  It is 80 degrees!!  And I love it!!  All my flowers are popping through and all the buds are appearing on the trees.  Can I say winter is finally over??  Hope everyone is having a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter Cross Card

I love making note cards and when I saw this VIDEO I decided to make some for Easter.  The only problem was that I didn't have the new version of this punch, but fortunately Brenda had made an earlier version using the old punch.  So I combined the two versions, as I liked using a colored layer of CS.


I made a bunch of these and these are a few samples that I have left.  Here is the VIDEO of the older version for you to view.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.


Here is the inside sentiment I used that I got from Michael's years ago!


These cards can be used for other occasions as well.  You can use any color and DSP that you have on hand.  It is had to believe that it is Palm Sunday weekend.  Fortunately, the weather is suppose to warm up this weekend as it has been very cold, windy and raining here.  Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Card

I wanted to try out my new debossing folders on a birthday card.  I didn't have any of these and thought it would be neat to try them out.  I saw cards that used many different ways to color the debossing and decided to use my Party Pants stamp set.

  
Since I needed a card for a boy, I chose these colors - Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral.     I stamped my balloon stamp in Lost Lagoon randomly across the debossing and then filled in with my Daffodil Delight ink.  I loved how it made the debossing showed up.  I used my  Butterfly Basics stamp set to stamp only the birthday sentiment of the stamp.  


I dressed it up with a star stamp and some sequins.  For the inside sentiment I used my stamp set Party with Cake.


I was really pleased how it turned out.  The other debossing folder says Celebrate, so I'll  try that next. Sunday I had a great time at the Craft Show in Allentown, PA.  I always enjoy doing some make n' takes, plus they picked my name for a door prize which is always nice.  Here is a picture of one of the cute make n' takes I did.






It was at the Melissa Francis booth.  I thought the tags were so cute.  I purchased extras so I could make some for Jennifer's friends at daycare.  The larger one is a picture I fell in love with and made to have on hand for a card.  They are both backed with chipboard, so are very sturdy.    I also decided to purchase her Glass Glitter.  I just loved how easy it was to work with.  I used her brand glue and sprinkled the glitter on and was impressed how it stayed on and I didn't have a mess on my hands or on the desk when I was finished.  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cool Treats Card

I needed a bunch of birthday cards for the upcoming months.  I had purchased SU's Cool Treats stamp set and decided to try it out.  Every Tuesday, Brenda from Qbee's Quest, does a Casing from SU's catalog.  She did a really cute birthday card with this stamp set - check out her VIDEO.

I love using my note cards and loved how this card turned out.  I haven't masked anything in awhile and really liked making the ice cream cone.  The only problem I had was stamping the chocolate topping over the scoop of ice cream.  I had about 1/8" not covered on the top, but used my SU Chocolate Chip marker to fill in.


Here is the inside of my card with the sentiment from Party with Cake stamp set.


I have been trying to make two of each cards I make, using one and keeping one in my stash.  This card was no exception.  When I went to embellish the front of the second card, I realized that I had gotten an ink mark on the front of my panel.  I couldn't decided how to cover it up and then reached for my flowers to hide the mark.  Then I added a cute little butterfly to top it off.  Saved another card from the trash!!


I want to thank everyone for their good wishes and prayers for my daughter's fiance.  He is home, recuperating and doing very well.    It has only been a week and he looks so much better.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music Note Birthday Card

I have a friend who is an excellent piano player.  She even tried to teach me piano when I was a child to no avail.  So when her birthday rolls around I try and create a card that has to do with music.  Last year at the Craft Fair, I purchased this great stamp of sheet music.  I made a tent card out of SU's Basic Black CS for my base in a A2 sized card.  My layer is 4" x 5 1/4" of SU's Whisper White which I stamped my sheet music in Basic Black.


I used my Sweet and Sassy Framelits to cut out two hearts.  I applied a scrap piece of Real Red CS on my base card and then popped up my layer with some dimensionals as well as the smaller heart.  I used part of the sentiment from SU's Party With Cake and popped that up as well.


For my inside sentiment, I used SU's Party With Cake as well stamped in Basic Black.  This card came together really quick, and I loved how the cutout hearts looked on the front.  We have had a very busy week.  My daughter's fiance had major cardiac surgery yesterday for a torn heart valve, and I'm so pleased that the surgeon was able to repair it and he is doing well.  We also had Jennifer for her first overnight last Sunday which was so much fun.  She was so good and definitely kept everyone's heart happy.  I'm pleased to say that our snow is melting and with rain in the forecast I hope its days are numbered!  Sarah's birthday is Sunday - hard to believe that she will be 15!!  Where does the time go?  Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Pencils

I wanted to make something for Jennifer to take to daycare for St. Patrick's Day to give to her friends.  I saw this at DYI and thought it was so cute,  They made their own shamrock out of CS, but I really didn't like how it turned out, so I purchased these cute shamrocks at the $1 store.


I put them in a paper cup just for ease of traveling.  She was so excited when she saw them.  She loves all that sparkle!  I just cut two slits in the shamrocks so I could slid the green pencils through,


 Then I computerized this cute little saying - How lucky for me to be friends with you - Love Jennifer.


Since I'm half Irish, I always have the tradition dinner for St. Patrick's Day - corn beef, cabbage, red potatoes and carrots.  While I was looking for a dessert, I found this bundt cake on Pinterest.


It turned out so good.  We had to taste it tonight to make sure!!


It's hard to tell in the picture, but the cake is green!  It was so simple to make.  Here is the recipe:

Shamrock Bundt Cake

1 (18.25 oz.) package of yellow cake mix
1 (3-4 oz.) package of instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. almond extract - I left this out due to reviews against it
drops of green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.

In a large bowl mix together cake mix and pudding mix.  Make a well in the center and pour in eggs, water, oil, almond extract and green food coloring.  Blend ingredients, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.

Pour into prepared 10 inch tube pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

When cool, dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze.  The beautiful green color is a beautiful surprise when you cut into it.

We are still digging out of almost 2 feet of snow and ice!  What a mess!  Then this afternoon we got another 2" of snow.  Hopefully, Spring is on its way!  We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nancy

I have entered this post in Cardz TV Anything Goes Designers Challenge #5.



Friday, March 10, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Card

Here is another card I made for St. Patrick's Day.  I had been wanting to use my tree stamp I had purchased last year at the Craft Show along with the stub shamrock.  They are both from Stamps by Judith.


I knew I had them packed away in a box and was able to find them.  This card was so simple to put together.  I used SU's Garden Green for my base and SU's Very Vanilla for the layer I stamped my tree on.


I used my Teeney Tiny Wishes stamp set for the sentiment and popped it up over some thin gold thread I had.


I used my St. Patrick's Day greeting again for the inside with some shamrocks floating around.  I wanted to get them in the mail before the snow came today.  We watched Jennifer yesterday and she had fun with some shamrocks I had purchased from the $1 store.  By the time Mom came home, we had decorated a lot of windows!!  It snowed most of the day, but we only got a few inches.  Joe is getting ready for the next storm which is due next week, which is supposed to be a big one.  I told him his plowing days were over yet!  Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stop by,
Nancy

I entered this card in Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #233 - Holiday


Sunday, March 5, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Card

Well, I finally got back to finishing some cards that I had started.  Jennifer came up yesterday, and we were too busy having a tea party to make cards - so today was the day!  I saw this card on Pinterest and changed it up a bit.


I used SU's Old Olive CS and the matching DSP I had left along with Whisper White.  My first layer was 3 3/4" x 5" and the second layer was 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  I used my dot embossing folder and then punched out hearts with my punch.  I cut out my own stem and used some buttons and twine for the center of the shamrock.


My sentiment came from SU's Teeney Tiny Wishes.  That set was definitely worth the money.  I have used it over and over again!


My inside sentiment is an Inkadinkado stamp that I have had for years.  I bring it out every St. Patrick's Day to use.  I love the saying!  I have some more cards that are laying on my desk to finish.  Hopefully, I'll get them done before the 17th!!  I'm also looking for something for Jennifer to take to daycare for her friends.  It is a challenge - no food!




Believe it or not we had snow here along with nasty winds on Friday.  It is still so old that the ground its still covered.  I have hope though.  My daughter and Jennifer went to Tractor Supply this AM to get some bird seed and the ducks and chicks have arrived!!  That means Spring has to be on its way!



Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Birthday Card

This week I needed a birthday card for Jennifer's Dad.  I didn't have a lot of time but this card came together rather quickly, and I like how it turned out.


It was pretty clean and simple.  I used Sky Blue for my base card.  My first layer in Daffodil Yellow was 3 3/4" x 5".  My next layer in Sky Blue was 3 1/4" x 4 3/8".  Using some DSP and Daffodil Yellow I used my balloon punch to make some balloons which I popped up on dimensionals.  My greeting was stamped in Basic Black from SU's Perfect Pairings stamp set.  I used SU's Avant Gardens to make my stems and decorated one balloon with a rhinestone.


I stamped the inside of my card and I was done.  Sometimes I hunt and peck over what paper to use but these colors just seem to go together.  I had a rough week.  On Wed. while going into my craft area my walker tilted and I fell, with my head hitting the desk and ending up on the floor!  I really have no idea how it happened, but I guess that's why they call it an accident.  My glasses went flying but fortunately, my cell phone was within reach and I just started pressing numbers.  The first number was Rachel's as I had just finished talking to her. She didn't answer but I left a message.  The second number was Dave - my daughter's finance.  He didn't answer.  The third number I tried was my daughter who was working an hour away but she called Dave.  Joe had gone to the store for some milk, so I laid on the floor until I heard the garage door open and in came Joe, Dave, Rachel and her boyfriend all at once.  After deciding that nothing was broken, they managed to get me up to my relief.  I had a nice bump on my head and my elbow was tore up a bit.  Today is looks all yellow and green!

Needles to say, I took it easy the rest of the week.  Jeannie and Jennifer came to visit for the day yesterday loaded with dinner and flowers.  Jennifer was so cute.  She wanted to see my boo-boo.  When I uncovered my elbow, her eyes got really big and then carefully covered it up again.  She informed me that she had picked out some tulips for me  so I would feel better.  Gotta love that kid!! So you can see why this card turned out very quick and simple.   Jeannie hung my curtains in the craft room and Joe and Dave brought up some of the furniture, so we are getting there.  We went from warm weather to cold weather with rain and then some snow today.  Personally I have had enough of this weather and am looking forward to spring.  I started some St. Patrick's Day cards and they are laying on my desk lookibg to get finished.  Tomorrow's another day!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

I entered this card at Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #231 - Anything Goes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yummy In My Tummy Shaker Card

I wanted to make something different for Jennifer for Valentine's Day.  I had purchased SU's stamp set Yummy in My Tummy and made this into a shaker card.  It turned out so cute.


I used Real Red CS for my base card - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half.  My layer in Black was 4" x 5 1/4" .  I stamped my monster in Basic Black on Whisper White layer of 5" x 3 3/4".  I embossed a window sheet with the sentiment in Bubble Gum Pink and used some foam sheets to create my shaker.  I put in some Sprinkle Embellishments and backed it with some Black CS.  Even with the sentiment, I felt like it needed something else, so I decided to quill two red hearts to put on the front of the card.  I used to do a lot of quilling and really miss it.  There is just so much time in the day for fun!!

I forgot to take a picture before I gave it to her.  By the time I did, she had enjoyed a lot of shaking as you can see with the wrinkle!!  It was such a beautiful day - heat was off and windows opened!!  Tomorrow is going to be even warmer !! Hope you are having a great weekend as well!

Thanks for stoppig by,
Nancy

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Goodie Bags

I'm almost through making goodies for Valentine's Day!  I just love this holiday!  Today's post is a cute little bag of goodies that I made for the hospital and Wellness Center.  I saw this great VIDEO  at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts Blog.  They came together so easy and quick.  Here are a few that I have left.


Fortunately, I had the little bags, but I'm sure your local craft store has the same sizes.  I made 25 of them in no time,


I need to find a home for these tomorrow, or they will be too tempting for us!  As I was making them, I realized that this little goodie bag could be make for any occasion.  They would have been perfect for Jennifer's daycare - but no candy!  Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Thanks for topping by,
Nancy



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sweet & Sassy Heat Boxes

Here is another great idea from Brenda Quintana.  I have loved making all her tutorials with the candy kisses and this one is no exception.  When I saw this I fell in love with it.  I purchased the tutorial on her website - Qbee's Quest.  So far I have only made two of the hearts but hope to make the third one.


This is the largest one.  It was so easy to put together.  Brenda does such an amazing job when she writes up her tutorials.  She is very detailed, which I love, and has lots of pictures which she includes.
Here is a picture of the second one I made.


Jennifer was watching me make this one and told me she wants this one for Valentine's Day.  These cutes hearts could be used for other occasions as well, other than Valentine's Day.  I think I might make these for my daughter's wedding favors.


I'll wrap these hearts up with some other goodies and give the larger ones to the girls and the smaller one to Jennifer.  Joe just finished plowing our driveway.  We got about 5" of snow which wasn't too bad.  But it is still pretty windy outside.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Falling Petals & Treat Box

When I saw this embossing folder, I knew I had to have it.  I just love how it embosses the cards, but when I saw what Brenda did with it I decided that was the card I was going to make for my husband for Valentine's Day.  Check out her VIDEO - you'll love it!  The petals look like little hearts falling!   As usual, I thought I had all the supplies but I didn't have the blush glimmer paper she used.  Thanks to Hobby Lobby they had a nice pink shade.


I love how using ink on the embossing folder shows up the little hearts.


Using the embossing folder on the treat bags turned out really cute as well.


It's hard to see the embossing, but they look so cute!


Here is a picture of the card and treat box together.


I decided to put a little package together for some other Valentine's as well.


I snuck some little kisses in the bags as well.   It was so nice here today - in the 50's.  We loved it!  But the rain is coming in tomorrow, so I won't be able to open the windows.  Well, the new carpet is finished in the back rooms where the girls were, so I am one step closer to having my craft room back!!!  Now to move the furniture back.  It will be like Christmas opening up my boxes that have been sealed for 3 years!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine Goodie Box

I just realized that I didn't post my Valentine goodies I made for the Wellness Center.  I love making crafts for Valentine's Day, especially for my daughter to take to the hospital and the Center.  I urge everyone to look around in their local communities and see where they could brighten some one's day with a special thought for them.  It doesn't take much.  Just the fact that someone thought of them! Well, back to the goodie box.  I haven't made a 2,4,6,8 box in a long time, so this is what I ended up making.  There is a lot of tutorials out there, but it is pretty simple for those who haven't made any. Just cut your CS 5 1/2" by 8 1/4".  You will then be able to get two boxes out of one sheet of CS. Score it on the Portrait side at 2" and on the landscape at 2,4,6 and 8" - thus the name of the box.


Since I make so many, I cut them all out first, put on DSP on the front and back (3 1/4" x 1 3/4") and make some type of greeting.  For these I used a stamp from CardzTV and punch them out with a circle punch.  I do mine assembly style.  You can close them various ways, but when I'm making a lot I choose the easier way, which was bringing them together, punching a hole at the top and tying them together with some ribbon.


I used SU's Sending Love paper stack - I love this paper!  I think I have used half of the pack already!


Here is a picture of one tray of the goodie boxes.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend - getting ready for the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, our team didn't make it but we'll celebrate anyway!

I submited this Goodie Box to CardzTV Anything Goes Designers Challenge #2.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy