It’s a HAPPY Birthday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

After starting this year, I tend to “look back” on my stash items and take a good “inventory” of what I have and the things that hardly EVER get used, if have gotten used at all!  And of course I try to tell myself…”no more!”  LOL!  I honestly just let all of my card kits just sit and don’t dive into them and use them!  I get so excited about them when they come out, oooh and aaahhh over every single item in the kit and then it just sits…then before you know it, another kit comes out!  It’s an endless cycle that I’d like to stop!  Does anybody else have this problem?!

**This year, I hope to not only just open the boxes with content, but also make some creations with them!  If I’m already suscribed and getting boxes, then why am I not using them?!  You saw in a previous post the Snowflake set of creations, so I plan on doing more of that this year…so stay tuned! 🙂

I actually have made a card from a fun special edition “Sweet Birthday” card kit from Simon Says Stamp last year that I was super excited about, but only dug in enough of it to make this one card:  (Hanging head…..)

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At least I made ONE with it, right?! LOL!  I just thought this was such a happy, colorful and fun card kit that it was just perfect to send a birthday smile for someone that really needed some “happy” sent their way.  My schedule was crazy and then I forgot to get it posted!  LOL!

The stamp set used in creating this one from the SSS card kit was called Sweet Birthday and I was excited to be able to get the coordinating dies to go with it too.  It’s very simple with the cardstock and pattern papers from the kit for the layout design.  I used an additional piece of black cardstock to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set, cut it out with my scissors and pop it up along with the party hat cloud and balloons with the black “strings” underneath them.

I used a white gel pen to add “dots” to the blue balloon and then added some sequins from the card kit over the design.

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Here’s a closer look at the images and how I’ve colored them up with my Copic markers.

At this point I don’t remember if I’ve added a glitter brush pen over anything, but more than likely I probably did because I like using it! LOL!

I’ve also used a sanding block around the edges of the pattern paper as I like to distress my papers sometimes too.

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I didn’t know who this person was that received this card, but a request came from a crafty friend who asked to send smiles to someone for a loved one’s birthday and of course I was happy to get creating and hope that this helped in some way to lift spirits.

And I hope that this has helped put a smile on your face too!

Thanks so much for popping over here today and I truly enjoy seeing your comments!  Please let me know what you think of YOUR stash?  Is it “out of control” like mine?  LOL!  Would you like to see me making posts using more of my card kits?  Share your thoughts below! 🙂

I’ll see you again soon my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – LTCCB42 Jan. Anything Goes
  2. Love to Scrap – LTSCB129 Jan. Anything Goes
  3. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + Toppings:  Layer It!2020-01-02-LayerIt
  4. Use Your Stuff– Anything Goes
  5. Try it On Tuesday – What a Cutie/Make Someone Smile

Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends here and I’m honored to be a little part of your life with you in some way…I hope you know that!

**This is a pre-scheduled post to wish you all a special happy day.  I’m away spending time with my family right now, so sit back with your favorite beverage for a time out and I hope you enjoy today’s long post.**

Just wanted to share BATCHES of the cards and creations that I’ve made for the Holidays this year.  I know that I make lots of creations, but for the purposes of mailing cards, I try to keep these particular cards as “mail friendly” as possible, so these are more simple in style for me, but really enjoyed making them and just had fun:

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I tend to do bulk cards in a set of 4-6 so that I don’t get “bored” with it or run out of a certain supply or something! LOL!  So this first set of 6 cards is using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Winter Woods”.  I stamped up the scene background and then covered the entire panel with double stick adhesive and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter.  (The deer I added is from a favorite Newton’s Nook stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.)  The white heat embossed greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Itty Bitty Christmas”.  (I think this set was probably my favorite to do!)

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I just *had* to get these penguins in there somewhere! LOL!  These set of cards are actaully all just a bit different, but I colored up the penguins from the “Pablo the Penguin” free stamp set included with the Making Cards Magazine for December and cut them out in different ways and then mounted them onto cards.  Some of them use some of the free papers that were also included with the issue.  So this is another set of 6 cards that were mailed out.  Love those cute penguins with the different hats! LOL!

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Here’s another set of cards that I’ve made to send out, but because these were even more simple than the ones above with very little stamping involved, I made 8 of these.  (So if you’re counting, I’ve made 20 total so far…not including some other special cards I’ve mailed out to people along the way.)  – I absolutely fell in love with this die set from STAMPlorations called “Two Reindeer” and was so excited to see that I had won a gift certificate from their blog and this was something that I knew I would be getting right away!  This was cut from gold cardstock and mounted over a piece of various different Stampin’ Up! pattern paper from my stash…it’s always nice to be able to use up more of my hoarded paper stash!  The sentiment is again from the Stampin’ Up! “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set.

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Now I didn’t want to leave out a couple of cards that I made especially for my boys.  They know their mom likes to stamp, but they know I have to add in a bit of my goofy humor with them as well! 🙂  So of course I had to pull out this fun Simon Says Stamp “Gnome for the Holidays” card kit (sold out) to make them!  I think I ended up using ALL of the wobblers in the kit too!  I told my son that this is me wobbling with the presents about to drop everything and my hubby is trying to save everything! LOL!

Here’s a little wobbler action for you too…

And of course I had to make another card for my other son too…

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I absolutely feel in love with all of those cute gnomes that came out everywhere this year for crafting…so I still have more that I didn’t get a chance to use, but thought this would be perfect for my son with this trendy style design…of course using a wobbler too!  And I do love him GNOME matter what! 🙂

For some reason, I thought the wobbler action on this one was more fun! LOL!  Not sure if it’s because of the weight/size or what…but cool to see the difference.

And whilst in the middle of making up all of these cards to mail out, I also had fun playing with the Christmas Advent Calendar that I had purchased from Brutus Monroe a while back.  Because it’s an “Advent Calendar” you start with December 1st and open each day.  So each day to open was pretty cool because there was a new surprise stamp inside!  So I took each day’s stamp and made a tag for each one clear up until today’s last window to open: (obviously previously opened and made to finish! LOL!)

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I will show by the week.  So this is week 1 with the first 5 days opened.  The stamp that I received for each day is noticably featured in each tag.

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And these are the tags made for week 2.  The angel tag was made with Deco Foil in the background.

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These are week 3 tags made.  The purple colored tag on the left bottom is actually a shaker.  The window sheet was glaring in the camera.

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This is week 4 of the tags.  Hubby picked out the candy canes as his favorite of all of them.  Mine was the stockings tag.

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And here is the final last week of the tags from the Advent Calendar.  Really cool to have all of these tags on hand for gifts!  I needed them! 🙂

And of course I wasn’t done with the Advent Calendar box itself because I thought I could “recycle” the little window flaps on the box because they had some cute images on them for each day…so I cut them off with my scissors after I opened that day and kept them:

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So I thought it would be fun to use them to create a card!  They had numbers on them, but I have covered them up in certain ways so that they’re not showing.  The cover die on the card base comes from Brutus Monroe as well.

Whew!  Now to get finished up with my wrapping and “merry making” before the big day!  I hope you are or have enjoyed yourself a wonderfully HAPPY Christmas day no matter how you’re celebrating it!  Thank you for spending some of your time here on my blog today!

Leaving you with this video of a wonderful song and light show that is just not Christmas for me without this music. Enjoy!

I’ll be seeing you soon my friends!

It’s Christmas at Cute Card Thursday!

Well here we are friends!  Happy Halloween!!!   I hope whatever your plans are that you have a safe and wonderful evening!  I also hope the little trick-or-treaters don’t get too cold this year with the snow over my way!

Well, although it’s Halloween today, we are having a “Christmas” theme going on this week at the Cute Card Thursday Challenges!  So if you’re all packed up from making Halloween, then this would be a great time to start working on your Christmas makes for the year!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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Isn’t this image just beautiful?!  I was so happy to pull out this stamp… finally and color it up for a Christmas card!  This was my purchase during STAMPtember from Paper Rose.  I had never heard of this company before that time, so this was the stamp set/die combo I picked to get as I fell in love with it.

I stamped the large image over a piece of Copic Blending Card and then stamped the sentiment from the set right underneath it.  Colored with Copics and then trimmed it down to fit over my card front.  I layered this panel onto a pice of brushed gold cardstock and then a piece of red.

For the card base, I took the two pine sprigs from the stamp set and randomly stamped them over a kraft colored A2 sized top folding card base.  I used the same ink color to stamp them with and then used that color to sponge around my image panel before attaching all the layers together.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done over the image.  Although the brushed gold cardstock is a bit muted, you can see the slight shimmer in it.

I’ve taken a Copic marker and done some random “dots” all around the flowers.  I’ve also used a gold gel pen to color the center of the flowers as well as add some more “dots” around the poinsettias.

For the “berries” within the branches, I’ve added some Nuvo Morning Dew Drops which dries clear over them.  This would be the only dimension on my card which makes it nice and flat for mailing.

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I’m actually really happy to add another Christmas card onto my pile for this year and I have many places to send cards to, so I know I will be making more!

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at what the rest of the team has come up for this challenge and enter your project there too!  Hope you can join in the festive fun with us this week!

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Make Your Own Background Paper (stamped on card base)
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1943
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Christmas

 

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!

Cute Card Thursday is Sentimental

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and the theme for this week is “Sentimental“.  We look forward to seeing your interpretation with your creations for this challenge!  Our sponsor is Crafty Doodle Chick, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s how I’ve interpretated the challenge this week:

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I really love sentiment stamps and sometimes they just seem to get used when you need to add a sentiment with your design.  I actually like to use them as not only the focal point of a design, but I like to also use them for backgrounds!

For my card today, I have used an older Simon Says Stamp card kit. (Nov 2016)  I really loved the font and the wording in this set and the different sizes that you can mix together.  The images are from the SSS Thankful Heart stamp set.

I started by stamping two of the images from the set with white ink over the A2 sized top folding card base and then added some papers from the card kit on the bottom portion.  I took a piece of white twine around the center of the card and added a button and bow.

The heart was die cut from a piece of cardstock from the kit with a stitched heart die and then I white heat embossed the sentiment and added some craft foam behind it before attaching it to the card.  I’ve also added a couple of hearts that were cut from white cardstock.

Very simple card, but a good one to have on hand for someone!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please be sure to join along with us this week!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Double D – Focus on the Sentiment
  2. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + Sentiment
  3. Retro Rubber – rrcb120 – Anything Goes + stamps older than 1 year (circa 2016)6a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4d5b421200b-320wi
  4. Shopping Our Stash – embossing
  5. Sweet Stampers – Use a Sentiment
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday is Square

Hello friends!  It’s “Hip to be Square”, right?!  That’s what the theme of this week’s new challenge is over at Cute Card Thursday!  So please hop on over and check out the inspiration and play along with us!  Here’s the card I’ve made for the challenge:

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What better card to make than one for a crafty friend! 🙂   I’ve used a past Simon Says Stamp card kit from February 2018 for this one.  I thought that I would carry the “square” theme throughout the design. – It’s great to pull out past kits and have a play with them!

The stamp set is called SSS Crafty Friends (Still available) and I’ve randomly stamped some of the images on a vanilla colored cardstock and then cut out each one with a stitched square die cut.  I’ve also used the same die to cut out a square piece of decorative paper contained in the kit which also has a colorful square pattern on it.

For the paint pallete image as well as the tube of paint panels, I took some of the watercolor provided in the kit and added it for some color with a water brush.  I took some twine and wrapped it around the top left panel with the hearts and sentiment and then placed the bow over top.  I then added the scissors wood veneer over top which was also included in the kit.  The turquoise colored cardstock base and squared layered panels also came from the kit as well.

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Here’s an even closer look at the different squared panels .  You can better see the watercolor over the panels as well as the turquoise colored Nuvo Glitter Drops that I’ve added to the paint tube on the bottom panel.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my “SQUARE” card and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery this week too!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and take a look at the rest of the inspiration from the design team!

Thanks so much for dropping in!  I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1920 Anything Goes
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Tie a Bow for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Here we are at another Thursday already!  Where does this time thing go?!  I’m trying to embrace Spring for as long as possible.

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and this week we’d like to see your “Tie a Bow” creations!  I am a huge fan of ribbon and have WAY too much that I could never possibly use it all in my life time!  LOL!  How about you?  Do you have a big ribbon stash too?

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So does it feel like we are at the salon?  She’s fashioning her “new do” which I think would be so fun to go have a spa day with mom or your favorite female person, right?!

The sponsor for this week’s challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used this cute image from the store called “New Hair Do” for my card today.  Now although she does already have a bow tied to her hair, I thought this was a good opportunity for me to pull out some of my ribbon and actually tie a bow!  I thought this image would make for a wonderful feminine/mother’s day card too.

I started out by white heat embossing a piece of purple cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp Background stamp called Flower Explosion.  The sentiment on the black banner was also white heat embossed and placed over the design right above the “mom” sentiment that was die cut with silver mirror cardstock.  I layered the purple embossed panel over a piece of black cardstock.

I ran a piece of white organdy ribbon around the two layers and then added the oval cut image panels onto the card front.  I added the tied bow with the organdy ribbon off to the right side and then layered another bow I tied with some silver cord and then topped that with a pearl accent.  All of these layered were attached to a 5″ square white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of the image.  I’ve used Copic markers to color her in with and brushed some Wink of Stella over her bow.  (Which is hard to see of course!)  I’ve also taken some tiny pearls and randomly added them to her hair.

The ovals were cut out with the Tonic Studios Basic Oval dies and then I also sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges of the scallop image panel before attaching it to the black oval panel.

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By the way, I have chosen the color theme purple for my card today as it’s my favorite color.  I have actually used many of my favorite items for this card, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!  (purple, ribbon, metallic, heat embossing, die cut sentiment, Copic coloring, pearls, florals, background stamps…I have too many favorites! LOL!)   Do you have lots of favorites too?

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration from the design team and be sure to play along with us for a chance to win something from our wonderful sponsor!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks for dropping in!  I’ll be back soon with some fun pics!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – (April) Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge – ADU image + use favorite color(s) (purple)
  3. Always Fun – #109 Female/Mom
  4. Crafting By Designs – Girls
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – For a Special Lady
  6. The House That Stamps Built – Tic Tac Toe M819 (I used first across:  Moms, Black & one color, gems or pearls) or (Diagonal:  Moms, Shimmer or Sparkle & Die Cuts)m819