Stars & Stamps #66

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a sketch challenge. So today, I decided to sit down and do this one. Here’s the sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps:


I liked this sketch from the start and was glad to find a little time to make it. I started out trying to use some of my digital stuff that’s been printed out and not used. That’s where I found the pretty pink rose. Here’s my card:


I got the rose focal from My Scrap Chick, though I was unable to find it again on their web site. It comes as a set of 8 tags. I cut off the top of this one to get it small enough to fit where I wanted it.

The green and pink patterned papers are from Aunt Gerti’s Garden by S*E*I. (I got this paper pack for 90% off it’s original price – what a steal!)

The card will go to a friend whom I met when we were both about three or four years old. We were classmate all through grade and high school. And then we were roommates for a while after high school. This card will carry my wishes to her for a very happy birthday in May.

Happy crafting to you & thanks for stopping by.


My Sister Sister’s Cards

My sister is here visiting for a few days and asked if she could learn to make cards while here. She wanted to make ONE while here. Well, in the last day and a half, she’s made FIVE – and I don’t think she’s done! She’s having a blast.

Sr. Carole Ann (my sister) wants to be able to go back to her convent and help other nuns to make cards which will be given to the people in the nursing home across the street from her convent. What a great idea! I’m all in!

We started with one similar to a card I had made for my other sister’s anniversary a couple years ago. (Recognize it, Karen?) She took the photo of this magnolia in our yard, printed it on photo paper and started working on the card. Here’s her finished product.


Sr. Dorothy will by 90 years old soon, and will hopefully enjoy this beautiful work done in her honor.

Her second card is for her granddaughter who will turn 7 soon. I think it’s just SO cute!


These two cards were done yesterday afternoon. Today we started up again after having lunch. This next card is for the same Sr. Dorothy, who is also celebrating 70 years as a nun. It’s an amazing milestone. I think my sister did very well in capturing the feeling of that milestone.


Sr. Carole Ann plans to write a sentiment down the left side of the card; she just didn’t get to it before the photo was taken.

He fourth card is for her grandson who will be having his birthday soon, too. He is progressing rapidly in the Boy Scouts of America, so we thought using that theme would work well for him. So we went to the internet where she found this logo. We used photo editing software to get the background paper. Here’s the card she finished for him.


I seriously doubt any other young man will ever get a card like this in the mail! He’ll like it for sure.

Unfortunately, I can’t show you the fifth card she made as the recipient (our other sister) will be reading this posting. Too bad, Karen, you’ll just have to wait. Trust me, though, you’ll like it.

Needless to say, I’m very proud of my “quick study” Sister Sister. She’s got a good eye and has picked up the techniques very well. I have to watch out: now I’ve got some competition!

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Birthday Card

I haven’t posted any new cards in quite a while. That is, at least in part, due to the fact that I just haven’t had time to make any cards. In fact, this card was started about 3 weeks ago and just got finished today.

This card doesn’t fit any of the current sketch challenges, which is why I usually post a card. But it turned out well and I haven’t posted in so long. Anyway, here is the completed card:


I used many of my favorite tools on this card. I used the Cuttlebug and two different embossing folders. The blue background was done with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder. The white was done using the Quickutz Diamonds & Dots folder.

I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut the labels used behind the sentiment. (I love my toys!) I found the SVG file for the labels at The Free SVG Blog.

I put the two gold butterfly peel-off stickers onto a light blue vellum and cut them out. I folded the wings up slightly to give the card more depth.

Now I have to turn my craft room into a guest room – my sister will be arriving in a few days and she’ll need a place to sleep.

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