Monday, May 4, 2015

This is an older card that I don't think I ever shared.  It's one I kept detailed notes on, so I am glad to find the information in case I ever want to make it again!

The papers are from the DCWV Spring Fling mat stack, which doesn't seem to be available anymore.  I cut six strips, each 1" wide; three are 4-1/2" long, and the other three are 3-1/2" long.  I measured up 3/16" and cut the ribbon end, then attached them to my card base, placing them 1/8" apart.  The blue ribbon across the top is from Stampin' Up!, and the lace from my stash.  I used baker's twine through the middle of each button between gluing them to the ribbon/lace.  Finally, the sentiment is an old stamp from Holly Pond Hill, which I stamped with black ink. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Too Quiet

I do apologize for being so quiet the past six weeks.  My last scheduled post went up the week after our dog died unexpectedly following surgery.  A week later, we adopted a third cat!  That was unplanned; we'd had to go to Fairport, a village about half an hour from our home (yes, we call some of the towns around here villages), and thought we might go by the local humane society, but they had only older cats on the website, and we wanted one a bit younger.  On our way home, we stopped by the pet store to pick up some things, and as we always do, stopped to look at the cats.  (Two of the local shelters have cats at the store.)  One kitty stole our hearts!  When I picked her up, she nuzzled my nose and gave me a hug!!  We weren't able to take her that night, so they held her for 24 hours, and we brought her home the next day.

Three year old Katie, as we've named her, is so sweet, but a bit crazy at times.  She's still suffering the after effects of having an upper respiratory infection that she picked up at the shelter; she was on multiple courses of antibiotics, and our vet thinks it's going to take a while for her immune system to get back to normal, so meanwhile, we wipe her nose and clean up the walls and floors after she sneezes.

We are happy to say our three cats are co-existing rather peacefully, although there's always room for improvement.  Happily, Katie is very laid back and doesn't mind if she gets chased or hissed at.  (Lately, she's doing her share of the chasing!)

I've also been dealing with what my doctor says are severe allergies.  This has been going on since mid-February.  My coughing was getting worse and worse, so I finally went to the doctor, who put me on Zyrtec and a strong cough syrup.  A second refill of the cough syrup wasn't working, so this week I've been on Prednisone as a last resort.  Unfortunately, Pred and I do not get along, and I've been just miserable.  Two more days, and I hope to feel better, even it's just from being off the Pred.

Despite feeling poorly, I managed to write and schedule a few blog posts tonight.  I do hope to get back to some other crafts besides cardmaking.  Or perhaps the flowers will bloom - after the horrible winter we had, everything is taking it's time coming up.  Until then, enjoy my cards.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Patterned paper:  Lady Rose by Kaiser Craft
Embossing folder (top of card):  D'vine Swirl by Provocraft
Punch:  Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace
Hello die:  Simon Says Stamp (7 layers)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card

The most difficult part of this card was weaving the papers!  The sentiment is by Stampin' Up!, and is stamped in Coffee Bean Brilliance ink.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I started by embossing the purple piece of cardstock with the Damask embossing folder by Darice, using my Cuttlebug.  After mounting the piece on a piece of black cardstock, I wrapped a piece of silver ribbon around the middle.  My scrap box furnished the tree papers on the left side of the card, which I cut to different lengths and layered on more black cardstock.

The circle was stamped in Versamark ink with one of the stamps from Stampin' Up!'s Baroque Motifs set (I love this one, but sadly, it's no longer available), then embossed with black embossing powder.  I cut it out with one of the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies.  It is layered on a scalloped circle.

To finish the card, I stamped Happy Birthday (Hero Arts) in Versamark ink and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  It is cut out with one of the Classic Rectangles Large and layered onto one of the Lattice Rectangles.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Birthday Card - Two Versions

I embossed each side of a 4.25" x 5.5." piece of white cardstock using the Dots embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Just My Type collection, then added score lines using my Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  The patterned paper is from the Linen Closet and Spring Fling paper packs by DCWV.  I used an Impress marker in Teal (#10) and a Memento marker in Rose Bud to ink my sentiments; they were attached to the card using Pop Dots.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thinking of You

Today's card is a variation on the one I shared here.  It's the same size, and fits in a business sized envelope.

The background is a piece of patterned paper I had in my stash, which I cut slightly smaller so I had a border around it with a light purple cardstock.

Using my Cuttlebug, I cut one size from the Nested Lacey Pennants set by Spellbinders five times from white cardstock.  Then, from scraps of patterned paper, I cut five Nested Pennants (Spellbinders) and layered them on top of the Lacey Pennants after rounding the corners.

The small circles were cut using the smallest die from Spellbinders' Standard Circles Small set after I stamped either a flower (Avery Elle Simply Tags Christmas) or heart (Simon Says Stamp Pillow Talk).  I used Color Box ink in either Royal Silk or Sapphire Silk (both discontinued).

I used a piece of natural twine to create a "clothesline" to attach my pennants to.  The tiny birds are from a Memory Box die called Resting Birds.  Aren't they cute?

The sentiment is from Thinking of You Kite by Hero Arts.  The butterflies were punched using a really old punch I have in my collection.