Wednesday, February 28, 2024

February Calendar Layout Sitting by the Fire

February cottage calendar layout with a title and fire cut out with my Cricut the stamped images on the left side are by Simon Says Stamp. The patterned paper is by My Mind’s Eye. Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Manly Monday Thank You Card

The thank you sentiment is from a store bought card. The patterned papers are by Studio G.

Here’s another thank you card using the same patterned paper and a sentiment by The Paper Co.

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Floral Friday Pink Flowers Destash Card

This card used up most of my small pink flowers. I will probably regret that in the future but there are other pink flower accents that I can make. 

 When I started placing the flowers on the card I didn’t know where I was going with it. I just went for it and glued them down and added Stickles to the center. That wasn’t the best decision. I should have made the pattern then glued the flowers down. I thought:

Oh well I liked the top better than the bottom.

 It was the bottom and so I was OK with it. 

The top is cleaner than the bottom. 

Nobody will see the bottom.

I found the tiny plate with letter die cuts and cut out “Thirty 1993” for my Niece’s 30th birthday. I adhered the letters around a rhinestone cluster that I found in my stash. I had to cut off the edges to fit on my card base. It wasn’t until then that I realized…I put the letters on upside down. I was crushed. I tried to take the letters off. Nope. Removing the letters was destroying the flowers, which I had a very limited quantity of.

Looking at it now, it’s no big deal. You can hardly tell or see what I’m talking about. 

But for me this piece of paper was sitting on my desk for weeks waiting for the right pattern placement only to trip at the finish line. 

I have to remind myself that,

It’s handmade. Not Ha11m@rk.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February Calendar Layout Visiting Mimi

The patterned paper is from a friend. I added some flowers and rhinestones. The title is a Cricut cut.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Manly Monday Pocket full of Birthday Wishes Card

Card for Spencer’s 22nd birthday 

This card came together so quickly because I already had the pocket cut out from a digital file. I adhered all but the top edge of the blue pocket in order to make a pocket on top. I put some money inside the pocket but I wonder if he found it because he didn’t say thanks. Then all I had to do was add the sticker by Bo Bunny. 
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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

February Calendar Layout Nora on the red bench

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I started by matting the pictures on to red cardstock by Stampin Up and added a red border to both sides of the red cardstock. I adhered that red clump to a piece of heart paper by Recollections. The title embellishment is from an unknown company. I’ll try to look at the package.

I made this calendar layout for the cottage. The picture of Annora B. was sitting on the red trailer as it was at the cottage that weekend. Mr Paul told her that she was sitting in my seat. 
Why? When I walk Rusty at home I have to take a pain break and I sit on the same red trailer. 

The second picture is us getting Dairy Queen for our 25th wedding anniversary. We’re high classy type peeps.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Criss Cross card

I saw this idea on YouTube. If I can find it, I will link back to it. The patterned paper is by Studio G and Colorbok. The word die cuts are by SMS. The green layer of pp is a project Life card.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2024

February calendar Layout Love on the Beach

The pattern paper behind each of the pictures are by by Provo Craft and then the sand looking paper is by Creative Memories. The shell is a Cricut cut. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, February 03, 2024

Love Birds Framed in a Kiss green and aqua card

The background paper is a thin glitter paper by DO Crafts. I don’t like how much it sheds! The Coordinations cardstock is from my stash. The frames and the birds die cuts by K and Co. The little heart is by Lawn Fawn. Thanks for looking. 

Thursday, February 01, 2024

You're a Dancing Shining Star


The background paper is by Karen Foster and the other layers are cardstock. The pink paper in the center was stamped with a Stampin Up wheel/rolling stamp thingy. The star brads are by Creative Imaginations. The sentiment is a sticker by Sticko  

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Black and white with blue Chipboard Card

The polka dot velvet patterned paper is by the Doodlebug. The white, black, blue, layers are chipboard pieces layered on top of each other. The blue chipboard is by Colorbok and the others are by American Crafts. The sentiment is by Fiskars. 

I’m going to try and explain this ribbon thing so that the future me will understand, maybe.

The ribbon is two sided; one side is black and the other is black with white polka dots. So what you’re seeing is both sides of the ribbon because the ribbon goes around the whole stack of chipboard you see the side with polka dots closest to the card base and when it comes out from behind the back you see the polka dots pattern. When it goes around the front, it passes through the belt buckle shaped chipboard and up to the top with the black facing front. Then I stapled them in place. It’s going to cost a little bit (a lot) of postage to mail it but it will be worth it.

 Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

You’re one of my Nicest Thoughts

Card for Evalynn…Just because I haven’t seen her in a while.

I used a white on white background. The pretty die cut in the center is by Scrapbooking Made Simple (green paper by Color-Aid). The sentiment is by Hero Arts. 
On the inside of the card I wrote! “Well”. She didn’t get it. I thought it was funny and it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t get it. Oh well.
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Friday, January 26, 2024

Floral Friday Autumn like colored cards

Background patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket. The patterned paper used in the Sizzix die cuts is by Papertrey Ink. The brown paper is a scrap and the gold letters, no clue. 

The second card has green opulent paper by Sizzix on the bottom half. The center cardstock is a dry embossed border by Cuttlebug. I don’t use those nearly enough but I should because when I do, I really like the way they look. The tag is an upcycled item from my stash. The sentiment is by Just Rite. I wish I could remember how I got the ombré color on the sentiment. It is looks great.

The above card started out as a birthday card but the sentiment was hard to read. (See below)

You can see why I changed it.
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Monday, January 22, 2024

Manly Monday Balloon Slimline Card in greens and blues

Today, I gave this old Stampin Up stamp a new-to-me twist by using different colored inks and aligning the balloons side-by-side. I haven’t used this set in a while and the only reason I did is because I’m rearranging my room to be ergonomically correct and any stamp sets like this, ones which I haven’t used in a long time, are taking up prime real estate in my craft room. I decided to use the ones I liked or hadn’t used yet before I needed to get rid of them. 

This is a 4 x 8 1/2“ card.*

The patterned paper is by Studio G and Cosmo Cricket.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

January Calendar Layout Snow Day

The patterned papers are from the Carte Bella paper pad. The Snow Day title is cut out with my Cricut.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Christmas tree card with Mulberry Paper

This is a crazy card. The snowflake background paper is by Making Memories. The snowflakes are a flock sort of touch.
The blue background is a mulberry paper. I did a few things with it. First, I pulled the edges apart using water and a tool from Creative Memories. Second, I added small stars that I retrieved from a corner punch. Lastly, I sprayed the mulberry paper with a mixture that I made where I added perfect pearls into a water bottle.
And here's the last part about my card the tree. I used distress markers to color in the rubber area before stamping it down. Then I fussy cut the tree and adhered it to the mulberry paper with foam adhesive. Not pleasant or easy to do. Anyway,
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Monday, January 15, 2024

Manly Monday Snowmen in a bucket

I have this card with the same image
This reminds me of the “boys” in the hot-tub on Tuesdays for what my husband calls “Hot Tub Tuesday “. Anyway,
I colored the Stampin Up snowmen stamp with Copic markers. That’s all I know about on this one. I did mess up the back side with a stupid ink spot. So I stamped the backside with the snowflake stamp. (Thanks for stopping by and looking at my layout.
So, according to the blogger website only 5-11 people visit my blog. Lol. Leave me a comment below so I can see who the 11 people are. Lol.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

A Mini Slimline Birthday Card

This mini slimline card uses a die by Scrapbooking Made Simple, Simply Defined collection. The greenish background paper is by Cosmo cCicket. The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts. 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

January Calendar layout Grandpa Brian

Here we go with another year of Calendar layouts on Wednesday. This one was for my brother’s 2023 calendar. The blue background is the actual calendar base. February is pink. March is green. April is blue and so on. Sometimes I used the color instead of adding anything to it.
Anyway, I used some really old products for this layout. The snowflake paper circa 2005 and is by Colorbok. The large white snowflake on the right side was cut out with my Cricut. I have not touched my Cricut in well over a year.
The border at the bottom is a blue vellum by Creative Memories. The title on top is a Sunborn die cut and I can’t remember if the letters/words were in the circles or if I stamped them. I think that the letters are perfectly straight, so I’m going to say I didn’t stamp them.
Thanks for looking. 

Monday, January 08, 2024

Manly Monday Confetti Birthday Card

This is a square card and the confetti patterned paper by Accord Publishing was a 5 x 7. Therefore, I had to cut it down and make it mesh together to fit seamlessly. And I can honestly say that when I look at this picture, I can’t tell where that seam is.

 The star punch is by Creative Memories and the paper is a glitter paper, but it’s almost waxy and it is by The Paper Studio

The wavy rectangle dies are by Stampendous. The sentiment die is by Scrapbooking Made Simple. The wonky shaped die, red cardstock die in the center, it is by Scrapbooking Made Simple. 

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Sunday, January 07, 2024

When Life gives you Scraps Make a Quilt card

This card has some straightness issues but it happens and it is what it is.
The patterned papers are by Cosmo Cricket. The die in the shape of a quilt square is byGina Marie Designs.
The sentiment stamp was by Stamp N Plus Scrap N and it is stamped onto an eBay rectangle die. 
Thanks for looking. 

Friday, January 05, 2024

Pink Floral bouquet shiny up cycled card

The floral bouquet covers up a 25. It is an upcycled wedding table card that I thought would be worth a try. The floral is a die cut by my friend Rosie. I added a few sequins and then the title is guess is Cricut. Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 01, 2024

Manly Monday Musical Christmas Easel Card

I made this card for my nephew and his roommate who are at Western Michigan University and are both in the music program. I was inspired by the Craft Roulette parameters:
Color- nest
Random-add a cat
Obviously a square. The tan colors look like a nest. The bow on the horn looks like cat ears. And then on the inside of the card, there is patterned paper that has a keyboard that one could say looks like a ladder.
The patterned paper on the front is by Me and My Big Ideas. black die cut is by Spellbinders and the other is by Design Objectives. The DO die cut is out of a wallpaper sample.
Check out Craft Roulette. It sure is fun and such a great challenge.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

December CaleNdar Layout wearing Shorts in winter

I made the mistake of asking him what he thought of this layout to which he replied why do you do you have Santa heads with shorts? I didn't think it mattered because I mostly go by colors in the photos and this worked.

The Santa paper is by My Mind's Eye. The whistle was made with my Cricut. The green corners are a square cut corner to corner. The words were made with letter stamps from OTC.

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Manly Monday Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Green with Stars Card

Merry Christmas. This is a fatter slimline card with Basic Grey patterned paper and DCWV green opulent cardstock. I stamped this old sentiment stamp from my stash onto a Dreamweaver Stencils die cut. The jute is by Tim Holtz. The stars are the bits that fell out of a Marvy corner punch. 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Deep Red Stamps City Girl News Flash

For my card today, I have a City Girl stamp by Deep Red Stamps. She was stamped with Memento black ink and colored in with Copic markers. The teal papers came dry embossed and the sentiment sticker is by Close to My Heart.  Thanks for looking 

Monday, December 18, 2023

Manly Monday Blues and Greens Christmas card

 The background paper is by Stampin Up. I dry embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Then I lightly inked the raised area with distress ink. The plaid background stamp is by Just Rite stamps. I inked it with a bunch of different ink colors because I was testing the ink pads on a mint colored cardstock and ended up liking it. I inked the edges before taping it down. 
The tree stamp is by Cloud Nine. I stamped and colored it in with Peerless Watercolors. After that, it was off to the die cut using a Spellbinders die. I inked blue to look like the sky and then Stickles to look like snow.

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Floral Friday Christmas Cricut Slimline card

Slimline cards are a challenge for me. I feel like there’s so much wasted space yet if you fill it up, it’s just too much. 

The background patterned paper is by Bo Bunny.  The poinsettia is a Cricut die cut (Image set called Christmas Noel).


I dry embossed one of the layers of the poinsettia with a Cuttlebug embossing folder before adding Stickles to the petals.

The sentiment is by Hero Arts; I heat embossed it in gold and then colored in the frame with a mixture of paint and chalk. The ric rack is from my mother-in-law‘s stash.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

December Calendat Layout Pink Christmas


Above is the before and below is the after. I felt like it needed something more. I could have done a title but didn’t think of it. The embellishment isn’t that big of a difference but it enabled me to use one of the many baby stickers that I have. The patterned paper is pink color that matches two of their tops. 
The borders are by K and Co.

And after:

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Manly Monday Simple Christmas card

I recycled the image/sentiment from a Christmas card and then matted it onto another recycled piece of packaging. The next layer is a journal card by…My Mind’s Eye. The background paper is by Creative Memories. Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 08, 2023

Floral Friday Coral Floral Card

The patterned papers are by My Mind’s Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Gray. The sentiment by Hero Arts is stamped onto a Martha Stewart label sticker. The flowers are by Prima and brads probably from Making Memories.

Papers are same as above. The sentiment stamp by Hero Arts is stamped with Versa Fine black ink on a scrap of paper that has powdered chalk on it. It punched out beautifully using an oval punch by Marvy. The sentiment stands out from the white flowers most of which are by Prima. Thanks for looking.

The above photo is the rough draft of the 2nd card. I like what I went with. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, December 07, 2023

Craft Roulette Fabric Wreath card

I have another fabric card to join the many others that I have made. These are squares of fabric that my Mother cut out for her potholders. She had heat and bond on the back so once I inherited them all I had to do was iron them onto the paper of my choice. This time it was a Spellbinders die cut. Then the background paper is by Creative Memories. The gold papers by Sizzix are supposed to resemble a present. 

As you read in the title, this card is for my new obsession called Craft Roulette. Check out the video that I linked below.

Craft Roulette 192 parameters were: a thank you card. I thank my Mom for cutting these out for me to use after she was gone. Colors-Farmers Market. Our farmers have apple farms, hence the green and red. Yard-the green in my wreath looks like grass . Confetti-the red berries in the wreath but now that I look at it the confetti could be the patterned paper.

Check out Craft Roulette on Fridays and then on they have a show on Tuesday.