A little late for Christmas

I know it’s a little late but I’ve been behind ever since I broke my arm last May. So I’ll start catching up by posting my 2014 Christmas card and I’ll try to keep up from now on! This card was made with all retired stuff so I’m not going to bother listing the “ingredients.”

2014 Christmas card

I’m thinking of branching out with this blog to include other crafts, cooking and whatever else strikes my fancy, so stay tuned to see where my creative muse takes me.

No time to stamp?

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Love & Sympathy #3

When I saw this card on splitcoaststampers.com, I knew I had to CASE it. I stamped the flower from Love & Sympathy three times and embossed it with white embossing powder. I made a few other changes – no ribbon, so I split a piece of card stock and stamped it. This is a neat trick that comes in handy when you want something that looks like ribbon but you don’t have the right color. Using the bone folder, break down the fibers until you can peel the layers of the card stock apart. The result is a fuzzy side that looks great on a card. Other stamp sets: Gorgeous Grunge and Happy Watercolor. Accessories: punches and gel pen.


This card was inspired by Michelerey.

Love & Sympathy #2

This stamp set is simple but makes the most beautiful cards. Here’s the second one for this challenge:


This is what we call CAS – clean and simple. The only layers are the white and Primrose Petals. I used the Happy Watercolor set from the Occasions Catalog (still available; contact me to order) for the background colors and stamped the image by inking the flower separately from the leaves. I didn’t have the right markers so I carefully inked the stamp with the corner of the inkpads. This one was inspired by googoobaby (thanks!).

More challenge cards

This month I’m posting cards for what I thought was last quarter’s challenge. I found out that promotion from my SU upline is over! I somehow managed to win a free stamp set every quarter for the whole challenge period, so no more freebies, but I am going to continue doing this just for the fun of it. It really is a challenge to use one stamp set for five cards, although I must admit CASEing most of them. Here’s the first one, using the Love & Sympathy set:


I embossed the Whisper White card stock with the Stripes folder, cut out the main piece with the Labels thinlits, sponged it and popped it up. Instead of brads, I made paper brads by punching out little circles and gluing them together. They are flatter for mailing and I’m all about being able to put a card in an envelope so it’s flat enough so I don’t have to pay extra postage! This card is a complete and total CASE (copy and share everything) by Nancy Littrell.

Lots of little boxes

The same friend who needed purses for her women’s retreat also needed boxes for the men’s retreat, so guess who made lots of little boxes? You guessed right! I love the matchbook box die, it makes the cutest boxes and they go together in a snap. Nothing fancy – they were for guys, after all, but still cute. Here’s the top:


And here are all 26 of them!


Lots of little purses

Every now and then I do big projects for friends, like wedding reception favors or cards for a conference. Earlier this year, I made a bunch of little purses for a women’s retreat. I love the Petite Purses die! My friends says she’s paper challenged, so I offered to do it for her and as I’ve done many of these, it was a snap. The designer paper isn’t SU (don’t tell anyone) but everything else is. I used different colors of card stock, stamped and punched the sentiment with the round scallop punch and added a little silver glitter heart to the front.


Here’s what 27 petite purses look like: