Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Shaker Flower Cards

I got a new die from AliExpress to make a shaker flower card.
For the life of me I could not figure out how to use this die.
My son came over and helped me to figure it out.
It took him 3 seconds being the engineer that he is.
Thank you Johnny!

Once I learned how to make these cards, I went
crazy with different colors and sequins, some with
tulle and some with acetate.

I found that the tulle was easier with no static.
I also discovered that using double sided paper made
all the designs go better.
I like using up some of my patterned paper
as even though they are busy papers, they
work with this design.
I like putting a touch of colored sequins inside to give
the card a little zip and bring it all together.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed
making them, once Johnny showed me what to do!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thank you

My cousin asked me to make her some thank you cards.
I made her a couple of these among other ones.
These are from one of the sets that I was given at
the Junkie Fest I went to in June.

I popped up the owls on the circles to give
the card more dimension.
I happened to have some owl paper in my stash
that work perfectly and the blue strips are 
from the back of the paper.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Gina K. Inspired

I made some cards today using Gina K. Sentimental Summer kit 
that I bought while at Junkie Fest.

I water colored these flowers and leaves with Zig markers.  
I wet my paper with water then colored the flowers yellow.
Then I went back and added orange and just pooled the 
color around with the water and the yellow ink.
I popped up the flowers but not the leaves for a cool look.

This is the same stamp set.  I heat embossed silver onto black cardstock for a different look.
The camera makes it look purple but it is not.  
It is all shiny silver like the top flower.
I tried every angle of the camera to not get this purple look.
I am not liking this one as much as the first card.
Of course, it stands to reason because I usually
make cards with bright bold colors.

I totally got my ideas from Gina K. videos. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Foil cards

I recently went to a Stamp Junkie fest and the hostess was Gina K.
Her new product is foiling on cards.
I told my friend Cindy on the way that I was not jumping on that
bandwagon and getting into foiling.
Well, when I got to Village Paper and Crafts, the foil cards were amazing.
Of course I had to buy some foils and all that goes with it!

I made these cards today and I am so happy with how they turned out.

Here is a picture of myself and the amazing Gina K.
Look at that smile on my face!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Distress Oxides

I got some Distress Oxide inks with a 40% coupon at Michael's Crafts.
Johnny got me a gift card for Mother's Day so this is what I got with it.
This morning I decided to make some backgrounds with them.
I watched some Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire videos to learn how 
to use the inks properly.
I made these backgrounds and thought they came out beautiful.

I stamped my image in black ink on the background and then heat embossed it.
Love the way this turned out and I made 4 of these.

I made 4 of these also. 
I stamped and heat embossed these the same as the first card.
 I just love how the oxides make such great backgrounds.
I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.
I definitely like these new ink pads.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Graduation Shaker Cards

One of my nephew's is graduating from Northwest High School on Saturday.
That is the same high school that my kids graduated from.
I made this shaker card for him in his school colors.

Another nephew on the other side of the family is graduating
from The School of Medicine at Toledo University on Friday evening.
He will go on to his residency at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
I made this more plain shaker graduation card for him.

I like how they both turned out and I plan to make more shaker cards now that I have the hang of it on my own!  Of course I had to call Cindy while I was making them for advice!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thank You Cards

My sister Nancy passed away last week and I needed to send a lot of sympathy cards.
I made 6 of this design. 

I made 6 of this design also. 

This was a new die I got and wanted to use it.
I cut them all out in black first and then went back and cut them
out in pink and red.  Then I had to fill in the pieces like a puzzle to
make them look right.  I then ran them through in green to get the leaves.
The cards look simple but they were very time consuming.

I will get these all mailed out tomorrow and I am so thankful for all the 
food, visits, gifts, messages, texts, phone calls, cards etc.

May Nancy Rest in Peace
September 22, 1947-May 8 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zig Watercoloring today

All the cards (except one) that I am showing here today were colored 
with my Zig Watercolor Markers!

This card was using a new stamp I got.
I put a scalloped background and a pink bow
and that is all it needed.  
I love how the colors turned out on this one.

After I put this picture on this blog I saw it was off centered.
To fix that I put a pretty bow on the right side where it was off
and it came out so pretty.

These next two cards were using a stamp
that my friend Cindy R. gave me.
She brought over a whole box of
stamps and I could pick whatever I wanted,
The first one is colored with Spectrum Noir
and the second one is colored with Zig markers.
They are each different but so pretty.
I did not realize until I posted this that the first one is off center.

The next three cards are card kits that I
made for my friend Ann M.
I made one card and cut pieces for 5 more of each of them.
This is just a very subtle orange and so delicate.

This is a new dogwood stamp that I got.
I heat embossed it and then water colored it. 
I added some sequins for embellishments.
I had trouble placing the sentiment
as I did not want to cover up the pretty flowers.
After seeing this card on the blog, I did not like the sentiment.
I have since made a few more of these and used a pink vellum sentiment.
This is a Stampin Up Flower that is water colored.
The sentiment is from Cindy's box.
The twine is from Cindy's Etsy store.
Of course, I added sequins.
After I added the photo, I put leaves behind the flower.

I hope Ann M. likes all these cards kits.
It was a productive day and I had fun water coloring.
I am going upstairs to make a couple more card kits.
I have some ideas in my head and John is watching tv
so I will go up and create!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cindy's Visit

My good friend Cindy R. came to visit me from New Jersey.
She spent a couple days here and we had so much fun
playing in my craftroom.

Cindy brought the pieces to this card and with my inks and her pieces
we created 18 of these beautiful Christmas cards.
I am so very happy with the way they turned out.

I taught Cindy how to do this card.  I had taken a class at Archiver's
a long time ago and learned how to make this card.
We each made 3 of these and they are all colored different 
and each one is prettier than the next.

I just got these new flower dies so we came up with this design
that I really love.  I think they came out so darn cute.
We each made 3 of these.
Cindy has a good eye for picking background paper!

We made 8 of these cards.  I decided to turn them to see how they 
would look and I kind of liked it.  So I made 2 of each and 
Cindy did too.  We had a terrible time lining up the stamped flower
with the punch.  I had John come up to my craftroom and between
the three of us we got it figured out.

I got a new dogwood stamp and we came up with this design using
that stamp.  We stamped in black ink and then colored the image 
with white pencils.  Then Cindy drew lines around the whole cards.
I love, love, love how this came out.

I wanted to learn how to make a shaker card so Cindy taught me.
We made the santa one from a Mod podged napkin.
The polka dot one was using some pre cut circle things
that Cindy brought and they made it super easy.
We also made the purple one in the previous blog post.
I can see more shaker cards in my future.
They are such fun to make!

I got this new stamp and Cindy stamped them and I colored.
I did mine in this color and she did hers in oranges.
A sentiment on vellum and easy peasy and so very elegant!

Cindy brought this stamp that I love and I stamped 5
of these and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers.
I added some black sequins for embellishments.
Love how this turned out.

Cindy brought her Ken Oliver Colorburst powder
for me to try.  I loved it!  I still have some blue stains on my fingernails!
These are some backgrounds that we made.  I love how they turned out.

I made this card yesterday using one of the backgrounds pictured.
I just love these backgrounds as they make amazing cards.

We had such a wonderful time and I sure hope that Cindy comes back to craft again.
We have so much that we did not get to do.
Maybe next time!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Shaker card

My sweet friend Cindy came to spend a couple of days crafting with me.
She lives in New Jersey.
She taught me how to make a "shaker card".

We used a mod podged napkin for the background and added
some sequins, glitter and beads.

We then put a strip of paper on the front and 
use a die cut "happy birthday".

I thought it turned out so beautiful!

We sure had a wonderful time and I learned a lot of new techniques.
We shared supplies and had so much fun together.

I cannot wait till we craft together again,
We work well as a team!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Gold Christmas cards

I made 5 of these pretty little cards this morning.
My friend Ann sent me the beautiful Merry Christmas dies.
I got this neat paper from my friend Steff as I asked her to
get me some Christmas pads when they were 70% off.
She got me this gorgeous 12x12 pad of all black, gold and white papers.
I added a little sequin and the card was done.  I tried putting on some
gold snowflakes but they just did not look good.

I also made 5 of these Christmas cards today.
The image was a stamp from Hobby Lobby.
It was a gift from my husband. The sentiment
is from a retired Stampin Up set.  I used shiny
gold paper to make it more Christmas like.

Holly Christmas Card

This morning I made 5 of these Christmas cards.
I started with the holly and cut it out with green glitter paper.
You could see all the white paper through it and that just did not pop for me
So I cut the die out again in a darker green.
I then took the negative pieces and filled it in.
I really like how it turned out.

Friday, January 27, 2017


Well, by now you know me and flowers.
I love them!
Here are two cards I made using some big flowers.
I colored the red flower with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
The sentiment was stamped for me by my friend Cindy.
The yellow flower was water colored with my Zig markers.
The sentiment is from Joanns that I have had forever.
I got the enamel dots at Adventures in stamping last year.
I cannot wait for April to go this year.
I just like how the cards turned out so I thought I would share with you.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cards inspired by Jennifer McGuire

I was watching some Jennifer McGuire videos and decided to make
a few of the cards she was demonstrating.

This card looked easy enough but it kicked my butt.
First you cut all kind of strips of paper and put them
on sticky back paper.  Well I did not have any sticky back
paper so I had to improvise.  That did not work so I was
back to square one.  I finally figured out a way to adhere
them so that part was done.
Next I cut the hello out of the striped paper.
Then I cut out a white hello die and put it in the striped paper.
The hard part was I had to fill in all those little pieces from the
die.  I had my tweezers out and it was not fun.
I finally got the card altogether and it looks simple
but believe me it was not.  I made four of these and 
that will be all I make of these for a while!  LOL

From another Jennifer McGuire video I made this card.
I took distress inks and blended them and then
added Perfect Pearls on top to get the metallic look.
I made 2 of theses cards thinking they would be good for
masculine birthdays.

I am done crafting for the day!  These two cards were not easy,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

6 more Christmas cards

These are 6 more Christmas cards that I finished yesterday.
That makes 11 cards which completes my goal for January.
I already have ideas for my February cards, now if I can
just remember that idea till then!!!

New Zig Markers

I got new Zig Markers for Christmas and wanted to try them out.  I wanted to try many of the colors so I colored all these flowers. (Of course I did flowers!)  I turned them all into cards today and thought I would share with you.  Enjoy!