Beware of Tutorials

I love reading through the various tutorials that I find, both online and in my inbox. But sometimes they can mean a lot of work. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily, but in this case it meant nearly two weeks of work.

Not long ago, Operation Write Home posted a tutorial on using one 6 x 6 paper pad until it was all used up. Kristie did a wonderful job, creating 24 beautiful cards from one paper pack.

I had some 6×6 pads and decided I’d give it a try. I picked the one I happened to like the least, just in case my efforts didn’t prove as fruitful as Kristie’s. (You know, if it might end up in the circular file, then don’t use the good stuff!)

I used “Dilly Dally” by Miss Caroline/My Mind’s Eye. I picked a few sheets of coordinating solid cardstock and set to work. This is my starting point.


I added a couple sheets of black along the way in addition to my own A2 card bases (mostly white).

In the tutorial, Kristie made several cards using the same sketch, ending with about a half-dozen different designs. I started out on that path, but quickly went looking for other sketches to create my cards. In the end, most are unique with only a few similar cards – some that turned out especially nice.

Anyway, I finally quit after completing 32 cards. Whew! (Like I said: a lot of work.) So without further ado, here are the cards I made in the past two weeks:

01  0203  0405  0607  0809  1011  1213  1415  1617  1819  2021  2223  2425  2627  2829  3031  32

Yes, it was a lot of work. Yes, I had a great time doing it. I still have a few pieces that might be big enough to use somewhere, but not enough different sheets to do anything worth while. Here’s what is left over from that original paper pad:


It’s very rare that I “use up” something, but that’s exactly what I did with this project. And it feels good to have done that. However, I’m ready to work with other colors and patterns after two whole weeks of nothing but these. Smile

The round sentiments used on some of the cards came from Pinterest. Unfortunately, I didn’t re-pin the link so I can’t share that here. I downloaded the file and printed it a couple times to get all I needed for this project. (If you want a copy, let me know and I’ll email it to you.)

Most, if not all, of these cards will be sent to Operation Write Home to be shipped off for use by our troops serving overseas.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s also why I haven’t entered any challenges, lately. But now that this project is completed, I intend to return to entering card challenges online.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.


Sympathy Card

After learning of a friend’s passing today, I wanted to make a sympathy card for his wife. I started out by picking the image I wanted to use and then started looking for a sketch to get the mojo working. This sketch caught my eye – this week’s challenge from Critter Sketch Challenge.


This is my finished card, along with the inside.



Supplies used:

  • white A2 card base, cut to square
  • patterned papers from Miss Caroline “Howdy Doody” 6×6 Designer Paper Pad from My Mind’s Eye
  • black and white cardstock from my stash
  • Bearded Iris pre-colored digital stamp from Fred She Said
  • Green Flowers digital paper from Designer Digitals (no longer available)
  • silver peel-off sentiment from my stash

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

Mojo Monday #246

Here’s the sketch for this week from Mojo Monday.


Here is the card I made based on the sketch.


I’ve categorized this card under “inchies”, however the squares are actually about and inch and a quarter. It’s the same principle, just a little larger.

Supplies used:

  • white A2 card blank
  • kraft card stock from Recollections
  • patterned papers from The Spring Fling Mat Stack from DCWV (I bought it at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts but can’t find it online to give you a link)
  • 1/4” pink ribbon from Offray

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

Clean & Simple #162

I love the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping this week. It truly fits my style (except for the stamping part).


I made a card yesterday using this sketch, but just wasn’t thrilled with it. So I started over and I must stay, I’m fairly proud of this one. And my sister will LOVE the inchies I used.


Everything used came from my stash. The dimensional flowers are from Jolee’s Boutique and the rub-on sentiment is from Making Memories. The border punch I used is from Fiskars.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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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Stars & Stamps #60

I’m back into making cards and wanted to do this sketch from Operation Write Home. I’m partial to “inchies” and this was just the ticket to get my mojo flowing.


Here is the card I made, based on the sketch:

card 074

I’m gearing up for a craft fair at the end of the month, so I did a little extra to the inside of this one. Here’s what that looks like:

card 074a

I had a little bit of the front patterned paper that had to be cut away to center the pattern in the square. So I just cut it in thirds and used it to spice up the inside.

The black and white patterned papers are from The Paper Studio. The teal rose is from Prima Marketing. Everything else came from my stash.

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Inchie INKlings #8

This is the current sketch from Inchie INKlings:

Here is the card I made based on the sketch:

Supplies used:

  • black cardstock from my stash
  • digital papers and elements from the Le Creme kit from 300 DPI
  • clear crystals from Cell Phone Bling by Horizon Group USA
  • Doily Lace Edger Punch by Martha Stewart

I love working with this Le Creme paper pack. The papers are so elegant that it makes it easy to make an elegant card.

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