Sunday, August 6, 2017

wreath for all seasons

Happy August already! Or is it September? The weather this past weekend sure felt like fall! I stopped in my local Michaels Craft Store over the weekend and was amazed at all the fall and halloween decor being displayed! And here I sit, mentally making a list of what I need to pack for a quick 3 day trip to the beach this week!
August is a month chock full of birthdays! My card today uses a stamp set by Papertrey Ink, cardstock and pattern paper are from Stampin Up.

I stamped the wreath and flowers on white cardstock and dry embossed all 4 sides of the panel using my scoring tool. I adhered it to orange striped pattern paper, tied a turquoise ribbon around both pieces and adhered it to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Tempting Turquoise card front. I stamped "Happy" on a tag, added a turquoise gem and popped it up across the wreath. I stamped Birthday in the bottom right corner. I love these 2 colors together!
Thanks for peeking in - enjoy the week ahead!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thinking of you

Good Sunday morning! I'm sharing another card I made a few weeks ago while taking my stay-cation(stay at home vacation). Using the Avant-Garden stamp set by Stampin Up again -

I stamped the flower, stem and leaves on white cardstock and cut it out using a circle framelit. I adhered it to a blue scalloped circle die cut. I stamped another flower and leaf, fussy cut them, and popped it up on top of the stamped image. I added some Wink of Stella on the flower which you can't see in the picture.  I cut a  1 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of pattern paper from the Painted Blooms designer paper (Stampin Up) and adhered it to the left side of the card front.

I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner. I then glued the back of the card to a piece of matching blue cardstock which you can't see in the picture.
After I took the pictures, I added some crystal gems onto the circle die cut.

That's all from me today. Thanks for peeking in at my little blog! Have a great week ahead!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Love is in the air!

Good Sunday to you! I'd like to share another card I made as part of the 'assortment' of cards  I made last week. I'm sure a lot of you do this - go on Pinterest for ideas? Lately it seems I am not creative at all. I pick out a stamp set or a collection of pattern paper, search for it on Pinterest and look at all the cards and mini albums made with either stamp set or paper.
This card I took off Pinterest and changed it up by using a different color scheme. I used the Stampin Up Carried Away Designer Series Paper and Lift Me Up stamp set with matching thinlits. I used silver cardstock to cut out the hot air balloon and the heart was punched out from a scrap of silver foiled cardstock. It actually changes color and sparkles when you move the card this way and that way!

I plan to mail this card to the daughter of a friend of mine who got married a few weekends ago. A very sweet couple!
I've been missing my grandson these past few days- his mommy took him to North Carolina with her parents to spend a few days at the beach. Here are a few pictures she sent to me. Enjoy!

 His first airplane ride
I wonder what he is staring at?

It was a breezy day - look at his hair!

Thank you for visiting and your comments are appreciated!
Have a good week ahead~

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer time fun

I have been off all week and am finally spending my last day of vacation in my craft room making cards...lots of cards. I had planned on spending every day making an assortment of cards to have when I needed them. Plans changed... I had my grandson every day, all day. What a joy it was! Even better, my godson Aiden came and stayed over night! We had gorgeous weather here too. Here's a pic of the 3 of us spending time in the sunshine!

One more to share - at the zoo.

Here is a card I made for a friend celebrating a July birthday -

I took a panel of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin Up, dry embossed it, wrapped a ribbon around the panel, made a double looped bow and adhered it to the front of a white card.

Using the Avant-Garden stamp set from Stampin Up, I stamped the flower and foilage on to a stitched circle framelit die cut and adhered it to the embossed panel. 
I stamped the sentiment on a hand-made tag, sponged the edges and adhered it to the lower right corner.

Thank you for visiting and your comments are appreciated!
Have a good week ahead~

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Easter Express Mini Album

Good Sunday morning!
I'm sharing another mini album I made to journal my grandson's first Easter. I used Doodlebug's  Easter Express papers and embellishments. It's another new syle mini album for me. I got the tutorial from Ginger Ropp's Youtube channel-

The mini album measures 4.5" x 6.25".  The inside pages measure 4.25" x 6".

Here are a few pictures from the mini album.
This is the cover. I plan to journal the year on the banner -
Here is a view of the top of the album. It holds 5 pages, (each  piece of paper makes 6 pages each.) 2 of the 6 are pocket pages. And each of the 5 sections has a side pocket for photos and journaling.

I enjoyed making this pocket mini album - I was amazed at getting 6 pages from 1 12x12 sheet of paper!

We celebrated my son's first Father's Day a few weeks ago - here's a picture to share!
Enjoy the week ahead -

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Hi there!
I finally finished up the last of the mini albums. I tried something new with these 4 albums - at least new for me - I added some charms and a cute tassle to the spines on each book.

 I've seen this done on so many books but never had the nerve to try it. I'm glad I did as I was happy with the way they turned out. Each album had a different colored tassle along with charms that had a vacation feel to it. I'm sure I'll be adding more of these to all my albums!

I'm finally able to get back to making cards which I miss dearly. And, I'll be starting my grandson's First Easter album - better late than never!

And here is Bradley's 9 month picture -

Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May Birthdays

Hello there! Today's cards are for 2 of many May birthdays I have to celebrate. This first one is for my son Jake who turned 31 yesterday.

 I used Stampin Up's World Traveler embossing folder and shaded the raised embossed parts with light brown ink. I adhered it to a piece of a mustard color card stock.

I took the coordinating stamp set, Going Global and stamped the image with mossy green ink on turquoise card stock. I added a gold brad to the center. Using the coordinating pattern paper, Going Places, I cut 2 banners and adhered them on top of the embossed panel along with the banner with the sentiment, Happy Day. I adhered the image with foam adhesive squares to the banners. Here is the finished card.

This next card is for my high school best friend. Her birthday is tomorrow and we'll celebrate it over dinner one night that is good for both of us.
I used the Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamp set. This set is gorgeous and one I'll be turning to often.
I stamped the image in versa mark on water color paper and heated with silver embossing powder. Then I water colored the hat in yellow, her skirt in blue and her top in tan. I stamped the sentiment using Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink. I adhered the water color image to a piece of blue card stock.
My card base is made from light blue card stock. I mounted pattern paper from the Fallin in Love paper pad (Stampin' Up) to a piece of ivory card stock and tied a piece of lacy ribbon around the panel and adhered it to the front of the card.  I adhered the watercolor panel to the front of the card.

That is all from me for now.
Enjoy your week ahead.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful You

No, I'm not MIA!! I have been busy trying to meet a deadline on some mini albums I was asked to make for a friend's Cancun birthday trip.
Today I have 2 cards to share with you. I used the new Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up.

I stamped the girl in black ink on white cardstock and paper pieced the hat and dress from the In Color designer series paper using Mint Macaron paper, ink and ribbon.
 I wrapped gold metallic ribbon over the Mint Macaron lace ribbon, added gold metallic nail heads in the upper right corner.
 This 2nd card uses the same stamp set. I started with a Kraft card base and layered a piece of cream card stock and a piece of  Stampin Up Falling In Love paper to it. I paper pieced the hat and dress using the same paper line.

 I die cut the image and layered it on top of a scallop circle die cut. I wrapped a piece of lace ribbon around the panel and adhered the circle die cut to the front of the card. I punched out 3 flowers from color coordinating card stock, added pearls to their centers and adhered them to the circle die cut.
And now some pictures of my handsome little grandson who turned 8 months on Easter Sunday! Have a good week ahead -

                                                    Love his expression on this one!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

So Glad We're Friends

I am sharing a card I made for a dear friend's birthday. Terrie and I go way back to when we were in high school together! And friends, that's been many years ago!
 I attended a Stampin Up Technique class and water coloring was the focus.  I tried my hand at water coloring which is way out of the box for me.

 I stamped the flowers in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder on water color paper. I started with a dark purple ink using an aqua painter by Stampin Up and filled the inside of the petals with a lighter shade of purple. The hearts were painted with a medium shade of pink but it looks red in the picture. I outlined the flowers using a greenish blue ink.

 I took a piece of white ribbon, made 3 loops and using glue dots, adhered it to the back of the oval. I adhered the oval onto a purple,embossed panel which was adhered to a white card. The card was adhered to a light purple panel.

My grandson was christened on February 19th. Here are a few pictures to end my post for today.
Enjoy your week ahead.

                                                         My daughter Dana was Godmother -


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Up and Away

Good Sunday afternoon!
I have a couple of cards to share today using a new bundle of stamps and dies by Stampin Up called Up and Away. The stamp set can be used for just about any occasion. I decided to make my nephews valentine cards using this set.

 I used red cardstock for the base and layered a piece of white cardstock on top of the red and die cut a circle; then added a piece of pattern paper from Stampin Up's Stacked with Love tablet of paper and adhered it to a piece of black card stock and adhered that to the bottom half of the front of the card.
 I stamped a hot air balloon in red ink and used one of the die in the set to cut it out. I added clear Wink of Stella to the red stripes. You can see it better in the top picture.
For the inside of the card, I stamped hot air balloons in navy and green inks and the clouds were stamped in navy ink. I also added Wink of Stella to parts of the clouds and balloons.

 My second card was taken from a card I saw on Pinterest. Again using red cardstock for my base, layering light gray and white panels on top.

I die cut a hot air balloon using dark gray cardstock; backing red behind it and adding red gems to the center.
I die cut a heart and added a crystal gem and adhered it to the panel making it look as if the balloon is pulling the heart through the air!

Now off to think of a design for baby's first Valentine!!
Have a good week ahead - N~