Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Mini Slimline Egg card

I did a lot of masking on this card. The stamp is from Michael’s and I colored it in with Copic markers. The sentiment is a stamp by Stamps of Life.  The ribbon is by Martha Stewart.  Thanks for looking
Cutie Pie Challenge-Begins with a B (Bunny and butterfly on the ribbon)
Love to Scrap- Anything goes
Simply Creating-Spring colors
We Love Stampin-Stamping with Spring
Fab 'n' Funky- Lots of layers (layers of eggs)
Never Before Used stuff-AG with something you've never used before. That stupid ribbon has been in my baby girl folder for years. It was brand new because I thought it was just for babies until I looked again and 3 out of the 6 ribbons can be used for Easter.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Manly Monday Hold Your Horses card

The horse stamp is and I've stamped it with brown Stampin Up ink. I die cut the image and it's next larger die by Spellbinders. I inked the white cardstock with distressa ink, blue on top and brown on the bottom with Ranger's distress ink. The patterned paper of the die cut behind the image is by Papertrey Ink. This card came together when I found the horse image (Inkadinkado) in a drawer. It’s a drawer of images that could be referred to as any of the following: misfits, projects to be finished, or maybe I was stamping one so why not stamp a bunch of them. Whatever the reason that I had extra stamped horses that is my card for today. For other examples using horse stamps check out  my links.  

Monday, March 20, 2023

Manly Monday Emoji Poop belated birthday Card

The inside of this card says, "Poop! I missed your birthday". I used my Cricut to cut out the 💩. The embossed background is an Impresslit from Sizzix. It cuts out the center square as it goes through the machine to emboss.  I inked the raised area of the background with distress oxide and that’s it. This die/embossing folder would make a good shaker window.

Did you know...that the Oxford Dictionaries declared emoji as the word of the year in 2015?

Thanks for looking
Cut it Up- This makes me happy (March 10-22)

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

March calendar Layout Togethness

I used all Creative Memories products on this old calendar layout. Thanks for looking. 

Monday, March 13, 2023

Manly Monday I Run Because I Really Like Beer card

I made this card for my BIL’s birthday. The background are strips of scraps. The sentiment is a draw and cut using the Cricut. Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Hearts Patterned paper Love you card

There are naughty words used at the end of this post. This is your warning.
The patterned paper is by Recollections, and the hearts were cut out using dies by eBay, Papertrey Ink, Cricut, and a punch by Creative Memories. The I Love You stamp is by Forever in Time.
My card today was made as an example for my niece. Last month she did a collection for the American Heart Association. I sent her some card stuff so she could create some awesome thank-you cards for those people that donated. 
I was just playing around with the products and then like a little kid that takes a toy out of the donation box I liked the paper and want to keep it all to myself. I just played with a few and sent the rest.
Naughty 👇 Words.
Somewhere in the last 9 months or so I lost my confidence in my cards and layouts. It was a few things that people said and it was more things that people didn't say. One of those was this month last year and it was that incident that I was told, that I can expect people to react a certain way about the cards I give them. Why not?
It made me wonder, why am I putting all of this effort into a card, are my cards not good enough anymore, why don't people acknowledge that they received them (with fucking thank you. Is that really too much to ask), why don't people appreciate my cards anymore, and why am I letting their ignorance affect whether or not I blog. I don't know the answers to those questions. 
But I do know this, I like to look back on my blog and see what I made 10 years ago. I want to be able to look back on 2022 and 2023 and see what trend was popular, what thing I was trying to use from my stash that year, and remember that I like I LOVE to play with paper. So,
Fuck them! Because boys are dumb! 
They will not get a calendar next year!
They will not get a kick-ass card for their birthday! and 
They will never take away my confidence ever again!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Floral Friday Puple and Pink Daisy card

The card today is a birthday card. The patterned paper is from a 6x6 paper pad by a Hampton Arts company called Studio G. The flower stamp is on a Spellbinders die cut. 

Idk why I stamped the flower onto purple cardstock, seriously idk why. But then I used a Spellbinders die to cut it out...crooked. So it sat in my drawer until recently, before calendar season. I'm looking at it going, what do I do with this thing, which direction should the card be, why did I put foam adhesive on it and why didn't I hide the foam better? Ugh! I took a Copic marker and colored the foam adhesive purple when my hand jerked and the marker went on the die cut. Awesome. I colored the edges in the darker purple and again my hand jerked so I brought the color in toward the flower. The flower got lost on the die cut so I put Stickles in the center and I wish I wouldn't have. The card's orientation is portrait. Here are some other cards using the same stamp. Thanks for looking.The die cut in the center is a Cricut cut. It is 2 layers with the pink paper by Sunborn and the purple cardstock from my stash. Here is a fun fact about that die cut, on the back  it says, "CCR Cartridge Freebie called Labels." 
Let me dissect that lingo; CCR is "Cricut Craft Room". That was the second computer software that the Cricut company used and could be used with the archaic Cricut Expression. The word "Cartridge" should also be a giveaway that these are old die cuts because Cricut went away with cartridges when they introduced the "Explore Air". When they released the Explore Air they also created a new software called "Design Space" to take place the CCR. Sadly, Cricut still uses the same DS software that it did back then. SMH.
Anyway, below are links of cards using the same daisy stamp.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

KCTC February calendar layout

This is my nephew and his dad, my brother, at the KCTC. end of the year ceremony. I think it stands for Kent County Training Center. Idk. I'm guessing. He went there as a high school student to learn about law enforcement.
So, I made the background with scraps of cardstock and added a few stickers at the bottom by Creative Imaginations. The pennants/banner were cut out with my Cricut. I stamped the letters with Stampin Up alphabets stamps, with SU ink. I sewed the banner on with embroidery floss. Thanks for looking.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Floral Friday Bright Pink Card

This card is not my favorite but they don’t all have to be my favorite. The cardstock used is by Recollections. The stamp is by Inkadinkado and I colored it in with Copic markers before I used a Sizzix die to cut it out. I added some rhinestones and enamel dots from my collection. I put some washi tape on the side to make the card look less, and I mean less crooked. It doesn’t make it straight. It makes it less crooked. This card is an anniversary card. Thanks for looking.

Here are some other cards using the Same Stamp

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Debra's 60th Birthday card

Debra is a Zoom friend. I used two identical Project Life cards, one on top and the other on the bottom then I added these Making Memories number stickers on top of a Colorbok chipboard buckle. The ribbon is from Pebbles. Thanks  for looking.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

February Calendar Layout Video Chat

This is my Brother's 2023 calendar. I never realized how much I video chat with the kids. Upper left is nephew Spencer and in screen is Emberlee. Then the middle picture is my great-nephew Andrew. And then the last picture is of my niece Evalynn. 
So, the patterned paper is from Michael's (Recollections). The border on top is a Cricut weld of circles. The video chat circles are Close to my Heart alphabet stamps and Creative Memories circle punch. The hearts in the border are Lawn Fawn dies. The hearts in the center are Cricut dies and a Creative Memories punch.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

February Calendar Layout Measure twice, Cut Once

This layout has wood paper from a small local business. I have to ask my family about it because I can't remember. The sawhorses are stickers by Creative Memories. The saw sticker is by Peter Horjus Design. The tape measure at the bottom is patterned paper from Tim Holtz. Thanks for looking.

Friday, February 03, 2023

Floral Friday Poinsettias in circles Cards

Check out these Poinsettia cards.

Cindy Groh
Cindy Groh

I clear heat embossed the poinsettia stamp, then inked it with distress ink to give them color, and circle punch by Creative Memories. The background embossing folder is by Creative Expressions (That's a guess). Thanks for looking I think I have a few more of these flower stamps to bore you with.

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

February Calendar Winter Wonderland Chair Ski

The background paper is unknown. The frame around the picture is by Forever in Time. The title and snowflake are cut out with my Cricut, The stickers are unknown. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Blueprint Present Birthday card

I used the same Tim Holtz stamp on watercolor paper and colored it in with Peerless Watercolors. The background paper is by Bo Bunny. The center die cut is by Spellbinders and the other two were cut out with my Cricut. Thanks for looking.
Other cards with this stamp:
Triple fold
Blue Present card

Friday, January 27, 2023

Floral Friday Pretty in Pink Flowers and Crown card

Today my cards are just easy and 

The card below uses small stamps by Close to my Heart in Creative Memories decorative square punch. The top and bottom are turned and the middle one is a frame made with a large and small punch and white laid into that frame. Striped patterned paper is by Echo Park (Sweet Girl by Lori Whitlock) and polka dot paper is by Making Memories (Flower Patch)

The next card uses patterned paper by Basic Grey (Konnichiwa). The frame is by My Mind's Eye, Doily by Martha Stewart, and the crown is by Three Bugs in a Rug (I always thought that it was a strange name but there are others out there that make me wonder where such names came from for a stamp company.) I digress.

I had the opportunity to use this card for a 16th birthday card. The flowers on the side are from my stash. The sentiment went perfectly for the occasion.

As you can see with these two photos side by side my ongoing photography problem continues. You can see where the picture has a brown background and how the pink's warmth is more apparent. I think the background gives the pink background patterned paper more of an orange hue to it. The picture taken above was taken outside but on an overcast day and not on a sunny day. again where the true color of my cards are

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Brown and Off white Joy Christmas Card

The background paper is from Stampin Up and the Peace, Hope paper by American Crafts. The off-white die cut is from Spellbinders. The sentiment is unknown. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

January Calendar Layout Joy

I used a border punch by Fiskars on the white cardstock. The rest of the papers are from my stash. The title is cut with the Cricut and I glued it on top of a flower. Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Floral Friday Green and Blue Chipboard flower card

The green chipboard flowers are by Colorbok. The center chipboard flower was painted blue and then I brushed it with an emery board. The patterned papers are by Basic Grey and ??.  I put green rhinestones all down the center. Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Cuckoo clock Lovebirds card

This cuckoo clock die is from Spellbinders. Some of the papers were inked with distress ink. The patterned paper is wood grain. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn ABC stamps. Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Floral Friday Cricut Wooden Basket Card

I used the draw-and-cut feature on my Cricut for the flower box. The sentiment was from a friend and the two papers were scraps. Super easy. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

2 cards with the same distressed striped paper

The patterned paper is by My Mind’s Eye. The star stamp is from Stampin Up. The star dies in the center are ones I bought off of eBay. The ring with small stars around it in the center is by Jillibean Soup. The sentiment die on the other card is by Creative Expressions. The black decorative line underneath the sentiment is a rub-on from American Crafts. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

January Calendar layout Holland Party

I made a border using very old Creative Memories die cuts and then put holly stickers inside the open square. The letter stickers are by The Girl's Paperie. The paper is so old. Thanks for looking. 

Monday, January 09, 2023

Manly Monday layered Orange and Black Birthday card

I thought the card above was finished, but then I decided to add the plaid patterned paper behind the front card panel and liked it so much more. 

So for the new card, the patterned paper is by Cosmo Cricket. Birthday die by Clearly Besotted. I cut out one with orange Bazzill cardstock and another with black Recollections cardstock. When I glued them together I offset the black one under the orange.

The epoxy stickers are by Cloud 9 which is a company of Fiskars. The dotted line is made with an orange pen. Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 06, 2023

Floral Flower Pink Flower with a Chipboard Ribbon Card

The background patterned paper is by Basic Grey. I inked the edges with distress ink. The pink flower paper was made with Copic markers spritzed water.

For the flower, another new die by Simply Defined. The chipboard buckle in the center is by Colorbok. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

January Cottage calendar Gabe is helping.

So a large tree stood tall over our cottage and deck. A tornado, one of many that touched down that day, took our tree down. That tree was 2 feet away from hitting the cottage. Craziness! (This is from the 2020 cottage calendar.) 
These are old supplies. The top patterned paper is by The Paper Studio (Della Fantasia) and I can't find the other one. The border is super old and doesn't have any manufacturer. The three stickers are from Jolee's Boutique. The word "helping" is a font stamp set by Stampin' Up. Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 02, 2023

Manly Monday Train card

The train die cut is by Three Bugs in a Rug. The ribbon is from my stash. The black and white patterned paper is by Colorbok. The white wood paper is by Basic Grey. The border punch is by Fiskars. The card base paper is by Die Cuts with a View. Thanks for looking. 
I'm entering this card into the transportation challenge at The Male Room

Friday, December 30, 2022

Floral Friday Pink n Green up cycled ATC

The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey. I used a Fiskars border punch on the side. I inked the edges. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

December calendar Layout with funny disguise

The background paper is from the Vintage Christmas pad of paper by My Mind's Eye. The word stickers at the top are by Little Yellow Bicycle and the puffy stickers on my BIL and girlfriend are by The Paper House. The border was cut out using my Cricut and the stamped border underneath it is a roller stamp by Stampin Up. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas A Child is Born card

Merry Christmas. A friend sent me this die cut and so I made a background using distress ink and flicked a little bit of water on it. I put wood-patterned paper behind the words. The patterned paper behind the front panel is by Colorbok. Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Floral Friday Gatefold Christmas cards

Some of these cards have flowers in them so why not post them on Floral Friday. Here are  4 gatefold cards. Each picture of a new card is followed by a list of supplies used.

The patterned paper is by Stampin Up and Anna Griffin. The stamp is by Stamp N Plus Scrap N. I colored it in with Copic markers and chalk.

The patterned paper is by Provo Craft. The sentiment stamps are by Hero Arts. The flower die cuts are by Spellbinders and stickers by EK Success.

The patterned paper is by My Mind’s Eye with border punch by Martha Stewart. Square image is unknown. 

The patterned paper is by glitter paper by Die Cuts with a View and The Paper Studio.

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

December Calendar Layout Lots of Circles Christmas party

There are a lot of scraps of patterned papers in this layout. It's super busy and I don't think that I would do it again. Thanks for looking.