Too Much Fun

I’ve just been having WAY too much fun over the past two days. Well, it IS my birthday weekend! I have been making cards and I’m so proud of them that I just have to share. None of these cards fit any sketch challenges – some days are like that.


I made this card for our neighbors who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. They are having a party which we won’t be able to attend, so I wanted to do something special for them. The inside of the card has a small piece of the blue flowers and “Congratulations” in gold lettering. I hope they’ll like it.

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I made this card for the neighbors first. But I liked it SO well, that I decided to hold on to it for the craft fair at the end of March. (Shh, don’t tell them, ok?) I had some trouble making it, though. The photo I was copying, had inked the edges of all the parts. I didn’t have the right color of ink so I tried using chalk. In the end, it just looked dirty. So I ripped it off the base card and started over. I’m glad I did as I’m so much happier with this result.

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I’ve just been flipping through my card making magazines and I found something that was the base inspiration for this card. The black and white flower paper is from a stack that I’ve had almost as long as I’ve been paper crafting. It was just what I wanted for this card, though. I didn’t have any nice tags for the sentiment and then I remembered the labels template that I’ve also had almost forever. I added a rub-on sentiment and voila – it all worked.

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My border punches often sit neglected in their basket and I decided I wanted to do something with one of them. This was the end result. I’ve had this pink flowery paper for quite a while, too. It’s hard to see from the photo, but the diamond and the white strip on the left are both hand embossed under the silver peel-offs. I loved using these little roses to finish off this card.

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This last card was just SO much fun to make. I saw a similar card in the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine. It used stamps, which I don’t. So I went searching for teddy bear digi stamps. I never found what I really wanted until I got an email this morning from My Grafico. I hadn’t searched their site, though I’ve visited it many times. I found this cute little bear – for FREE no less. So I changed the color of the bow to suit my needs, then printed and cut them out.

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I just had to add one to the inside of the card, too.

Thanks for letting me show off a little. Like I said, I just had so much fun that I had to share.

Happy crafting!

Added later:

OK, so I couldn’t just stop, now could I? I’m on a roll. It feels good after what felt like a real dry spell during the past week. Anyway, here’s one more that I made today.

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I’ve had these flowers forever and when I saw a similar card in one of my books, I remembered them and went to work. Know anyone who needs congratulating?

OK, now I’ll stop for the day. Besides, it’s almost hot tub time!


Another Two-fer

It’s not often that I do a card that fits more than one challenge at a time. So this card is a bit of a departure for me.

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It is submitted to the following challenges:


I used my Cricut and Make The Cut! software to cut the white scalloped square. The papers and Easter sentiment are from my stash. The white flower is by Recollections.

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OWH #57

Here is the sketch from Operation Write Home’s Sketch Blog for this week:


Here is my card, based on the sketch:

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I loved the sketch from the first but I sure struggled in the end to get this card put together! I had these digital papers from Designer Digitals (discontinued now) that I felt would make a great background for this card. But when it came to finding the right focal – I was lost. I tried a number of flowers that I had in my stash but none really worked. I tried butterflies. I tried just about everything I could think of from my stash and nothing worked right. It took me about 3 days to remember that I had these digital flowers from Fred She Said. I was able to manipulate the color enough to get them to work with the background. I had planned to add a tag sentiment, but again, I could not find one suitable in my stash. So I decided to just leave the card the way it is. Sometimes it is time to just leave well enough alone.

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Sketch & Stash #55

Here’s the sketch from Sketch & Stash:


This is the card I made based on the sketch (with a few liberties):


The card is for my brother-in-law’s birthday next month. He’s an avid golfer, so I hope he’ll like it.

Anyway, I started out with this background paper (from my stash) and a completely different sketch. As I got into the card, the other sketch just didn’t fit with the golfer guy. So I picked this one and it “worked”.

I used kraft cardstock to make the five-inch square card base. Kraft is a very recent addition to my stash, but I’m already seeing how versatile it can be. I doubt I’ll be without it in the future. The green ribbon and metal dots have also been in my stash for who knows how long.

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One Card ~ Three Challenges

It’s not often that I make a card that fits more than just one card challenge. I mostly participate in challenges that provide a sketch. This week turned out to be just a little bit different. Here’s my card:

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It is submitted to the following challenges:


Most of the supplies used came from my stash. The central heart is from the Hearts and Roses pre-colored digi set from Fred She Said.

OWH Color Challenge

OWH Stars & Stamps issued a color challenge this week. Cards are to be “red, white, blue & kraft”. Using kraft cardstock is quite the rage and I just hadn’t added it to my stash until this challenge came up. I was making a trip to Michael’s to reap the benefits of this week’s sales anyway.

So here is my card:


I learned how to make these flowers last week and wanted to try the technique again. I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut out the flowers. I got the cut-file from The Digi Chick. The papers used came from my scrap bin. The leaves are from Prima Marketing.

Thanks for looking in at my work.

OWH Stars & Stamps #55

Here’s this week’s sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps:


Here’s the card I made, based on the sketch:

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This card was a case of not planning far enough ahead. I had picked a birdhouse digi that I had on hand to use as the focal for this card. In the end, it just didn’t fit. But I had already put together the background and was so happy with the results that I then went on a search for a better focal to use. I’m not sure this one is perfect, but it was the best I had on hand. It came from a Tag Art book from Hot Off The Press, which I’ve had for ages.

To make the background, I took the three colors of paper and cut them to size. I then glued them onto a lightweight piece of white paper and cut it all down to the right size for this A2 card. Then I ran all that through my Cuttlebug, using the Victoria embossing folder.

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