Monday, November 29, 2021

Manly Monday Birthday Balloons, Cakes, and Presents cards

 Blue paper is by Studio G and the green paper is by Making Memories.
I sewed strings for the balloons with embossing floss by DMC. I then put foam adhesive under the balloon to accommodate for the height that the floss adds to the element.
The scallop circle sentiment is stamped and punched out of dimensional foam. The card uses stamps from Stampin'Up.

The ribbon is by Stampin Up. Patterned paper by Studio G. Label die cut by Design Objectives. Yellow rectangle by Spellbinders. Border punch by Tim Holtz.Brads from stash. This card is a total fail but I can't take it apart and start over.

This one is so ugly and I don't know what to do with it. It's definitely manly.

Brown presents

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Scrapbook Layout of cottage pictures taken winter 2004

This is our cottage. The paper fits perfectly with the added Spellbinders snowflakes and Cricut year die cuts.

Cindy Groh

Cindy Groh

Cindy Groh

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

First Summer at the Cottage layout us w Max and Joe, Paul, Tim, Dan Scrapbook layout

Today I have a scrapbook layout for our cottage book. 
The word July is a stamp from Stampin Up. The Leaf, names, and year stamps are by Close to my Heart. The paw stamp is by PSX Stamps.
The stump die-cut was cut out with my Cricut (Bits and Pieces). I inked it with distress ink.
The background patterned p
aper is by Webster’s Paper.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November Calendar Layout Two Little Indians

This calendar layout is from my brother's Nov 2020 calendar. Aren't my Mom and I cute? She couldn't understand why we were dressed this way (costume party at the living center) She passed away in 2019-failure to thrive due to dementia. I miss her but I should say I miss the Mom from before 2013. She's in a better place and I would hate to have her be around when Covid hit America and life as we knew changed. You know what I'm talking about.
The background paper is by Colorbok and the patterned paper frame is by Accord Publishing. Stickers on the side are by The Paper Studio. The wood leaf is by Maya Roads. The word Thankful is by a Lawn Fawn alphabet stamp set.Thanks for looking

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Happy Holidays metal sentiment Card

I made a Christmas card. The tree stamp is an oldie by Stampin' Up and colored in with Copic markers. The star on top is an eyelet. The background patterned paper is an oldie by Provo Craft. The green layer behind the tree is cardstock from my stash and then the next layer is a sticker that I've been trying to use up.
The sentiment is metal and engraved with happy holidays. It is from Making Memories. The tag that it is under is by My Mind's Eye. The silver paper circle punch is by Creative Memories. The brad inside the circle is from my stash.

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This card also uses the same metal sentiment

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time for Cake-Mimi's Work photos Double Page Scrapbook Layout

The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye. The stickers are unknown. The chipboard is by Prima (I'm almost finished with this package of chipboard. Sounds silly but it is an accomplishment. The pen is a Dreamweaver stencil that I inked the design with distress pads and then added translucent embossing paste over that. The arrows were cut out of my Cricut. I hate writing on layouts but there's no room for a typed-up explanation. As well as, Idk what the occasion was for these pictures but they were "professional" type photos. Here are my thoughts, maybe there was a teacher that was into photography and took these pictures. But, again IDK, and Mimi is so gone that she can't tell us.

I do not love these layouts but I still want to document them on my blog. 
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Friday, November 19, 2021

FLoral Friday with flower stickers

Here is a plain card fitting a 12x12 border all the way around the edges of the card front. The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn. The flower stickers are from my stash. The label is by Martha Stewart.

Here is a similar card
Scroll down. I probably made the 2 cards at the same time.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Value of an idea Card

This sentiment is a great lead-in to a belated birthday card. The idea is to send the card on time.
I find it funny that recently I used ribbon on a card and now ribbon has been on a bunch of my cards.
The centerpiece of the card is an ATC that I give credit to in the picture below.
I stamped the background with Close to My Heart stamps. The ribbon is by Offray and the dots are by Gina Marie. 

Below is the ATC designer.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

November Calendar Layout 3 of the Great Nephew cousins are together

The border punch is by Martha Stewart. And the patterned paper is by Scenic Route. I'm guessing the other patterned papers are by Colorbok. Just using up my stash. The die cut with the quote is by Cloud 9 Designs. Thanks for looking. This calendar layout is from the 2020 home Calendar.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Purple Lawn Fawn Coffee Card

This Lawn Fawn coffee stamp set is so cute. The patterned paper is by Fancy Pants.
Die-cuts: Spellbinders and the flower is by K and Co called Life's Little Occasions.
The middle layer is a pearlized paper from Recollections and the corners were punched with a corner punch by  Family Treasures.
The coffee cup and steam with matching dies are by Lawn Fawn.

These are other cards I made with this stamp set.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Manly Monday Yellow Sympathy Cards

I made these for a male colleague whose father passed away. I think they work well for a dude and that's why I'm posting them for Manly Monday. The patterned paper is by K and Co, the Danny O 12x12 double-sided designer paper. I've used it a few times in the Groh Boy Books.
The sympathy stamp on the first card is by Fiskars and it is stamped onto a Spellbinders die cut. The 
sentiment stamp for the card in the center is by  Hero Arts. The sentiment on the left is by Stampendous.

Side note...I hate my indoor setup for taking pictures. I can't get the lighting to capture the true color of my cards. I've searched and watched Youtube videos on how to take photos of crafts with the angle of the camera, the lighting, or lightboxes and never found the right video that worked for me and my area.
Then, I found one lady that I really liked. She was taking pictures of cards and not just crafts. I watched her first and second videos with excitement. But just when she was going to go to the next level, I'm thinking of a third video of what to do... she offers a class to get the rest of the information.
So I go and look up her class price thinking it might be worth it. The class was $65. I might have paid that price but and there's always a but, that $65 was for one section of the class on taking pictures of cards.
Say What?!
After that, I had to give myself a break from watching YouTube videos on taking pictures of my cards. The disappointment of getting nothing out of time spent and wasted was bumming me out.
Here's my example of how I can't get the true color.
This card below was taken in my craft room. It just isn't the same color as the real cards. It is a work in progress and a challenge to conquer.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

1985 Mimi's Work photo Layout

The patterned paper is by K&i Memories. Name and coffee cup stamps are by Lawn Fawn. Age and year stamps by Close to My Heart. The tape dispenser stamp is by Newton's Nook. Both the tape dispenser and coffee cup were colored in with the Peerless watercolors. The telephone is a Cricut draw and cut. 

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Floral Friday Belated Birthday wishes with a wreath

On my cards today I used chipboard from the same package by Prima. This first card uses a wreath die cut that is unknown. What I do know is that I dry embossed it by switching out my Cuttlebug plates with the paper (by Basic Grey) still in the die.
Then recently I pulled it out from a bin and thought it matched the chipboard circle in the center. I used chalk over the raised areas of the entire wreath. (or maybe distress ink-not sure).
The ribbon is from my stash. I tied the bow with the ribbon wrapped around the front panel. Then once the bow is to my liking I use a Zot or two to secure it to the front of the card. I then go to the back of the panel and cut the ribbon so I can pull it tight resulting in no sagging in the front. With the two ends of ribbon, I use Gorilla packing tape to secure them to the backside of the panel. I hope that made sense. The sentiment is by StampingScrapping (no longer in business)

On these two cards, I took a pre-made border and made it fit around the edges

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

November Calendar Layout Utah family in Michigan

Not much to this one. Flower punches with brads in the center. The title is a Close to my Heart stamp. The patterned paper strips are scraps from my stash. This is a layout from my brother's 2020 calendar. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Lawn Fawn Summer stamps on a shaped card

I colored the Lawn Fawn stamps in with Copic Markers. I fussy cut the seashells out. The oval is by Spellbinders. The background stencil is by Tim Holtz.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Manly Monday Kenny K Cheers card

Manly Monday card with Kenny K in=mage colored in with Copic markers. The background is dry embossed with a gears and cogs embossing folder by Darice. I used it to go with the is clock on the green paper. The embossed background paper was inked with Distress Oxide. The yellow paper by Basic Grey was embossed with the same folder and lined up with the blue embossing. The Cheers stamps is maybe Sion Says Stamp with Versa Fine Black ink.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

July 2011 up north trip layout

I have another layout for my nephew's scrapbook. The Circle die cut is by Elle's Studio. The patterned paper is by Fancy Pants from 2011. H2O paper is by Splash of Color LLC. Fiskars border punch on the orange cardstock at the top.

This next picture is the pocket page card. 

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Gabe’s Outdoor Adventures with Grandpa Layout

Here’s another layout in my nephew's scrapbook. The Left side: Patterned paper by Me and My Big Ideas and The Paper Loft. Tags are by Chatter Box. Hat and shovel stickers by Creative Memories and the word stickers are by 

Patterned paper by Stampin Up and Tim Holtz. Number stamps by Close to my Heart. Ink by Hero Arts. Letter stickers by Making Memories. The pine tree embellishments are by Jolee's Boutique-EK Success. The ephemera title thing is sooo old. I love to use old stash and like it when it doesn't look like an old stash. 

Tag Question-

Should I set the hole with an eyelet?
Should I put some jute or twine in the holes?
Tags are a grey area for me. I never know what to do to the top.
The stitching on them is a really nice touch. Shout out to Chatterbox if they are still around.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Floral Friday Sunflower decoration

I don't usually make decorations but this will go well in my bright yellow bathroom. I'm going to adhere a white circle behind the hoop. My Cricut cut out the 6 layers of cardstock.
The Sunflower almost fits into this quilter's sewing hoop.
I added dimensional adhesive under the red layer. I worked so hard to color the edges of the foam adhesive to match the paper but you can hardly see it.

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I'm entering the Moving with the Times Anything but a card challenge.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Unique background Fall colors card

My card was created using one distress ink and a Post-It note. The leaves are die-cuts from my Cricut and one is a Marvy Punch. 

This is how I finished it.

I'm super tired of my phone camera and how the colors are not true to the card.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

November Calendar Layout Let's Eat

November home Calendar 2019. Patterned paper by K and Co. Cricut title with Jolee's stickers and a pie die-cut. Thanks for looking

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Halloween envelopes to the kids

I used some of the envelopes that are the card to send to with a couple of great-nephews and friends' kids. I stamped the inside with SU stamps.

Then I stamped a bunch of images to color in.

Thanks for looking.