Saturday, November 24, 2012

Joann's Birthday

 We were invited to our friend Joann's surprise birthday party a couple of weeks ago so. She likes pretty things and is always right in style.  I just love Penny Black hedgehogs and this cute stamp is one I use a lot for the ladies!  It was a fairly quick card to make too, even when I did some fussy cutting!!

STAMPS: Penny Black "Escarte,Splits, Pirouette"; Our Craft Lounge "Big Birthday Wishes"SU "In Step"
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Basic Black & Pretty in Pink and SU DP paper stack
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black

ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Sissix EF "Sheet Music", Xyron, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Michaels Store ribbon, Glossy Accents
COPIC COLORING: C1, C2, C3, C4, R0000, R000, R00, R20, R81, R83; R85, YR0000, YR23, YR30, YR31, BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV02


Christmas Candy Box

Grouped together they make a cute Christmas scene!
This past year my Rotary Club kept up the tradition we set last year of doing a Progressive Dinner for our Christmas/Holiday party.  I wanted to give all the hosts a little something as a thank you and decided to do these little treat boxes.
I copied the template for these boxes from one I made at a class.  The instructor had used an SU die which had to be much easier than cutting out four of them like I did these!!  I still had fun doing the project and the hosts all appreciated them.

Close up of one box
DETAILS:STAMPS: Stampin'Up Asian Artistry and SU Baroque Motifs, Hero Arts Special Birthday and Blossum Etchings
PAPER: SU CS Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Neenah Solar White

INK: SU Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Cuttlebug EF, Glue dots, Tape, SU Punches, ribbon from my stash
COPIC COLORING: Inside Flower - R81,RV000,

Rylinn's Birthday

Our friend Rylinn had a birthday in September and she has kitty she likes really well, so I thought she'd like a birthday card with a cat on it! It went together really easy and with a few embellishments was fit for a cute little girl!

STAMPS: "Oliver"" by Whipper Snapper; "Big Birthday Wishes" by Our Craft Lounge
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, DP Bo Bunny "A Gift of Love",My Minds Eye "My Love", CS Stampin' Up Cherry Cobler
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black, SU Cherry Cobler

ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Michaels Store ribbon
COPIC COLORING: R00, R000, R24, R27, R29, R85, E00, YR0000, BG01, BG000, T0, W5,C1, C3

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lloyd's Birthday

 Lloyd's birthday is on Halloween, so I always try to make it NOT Halloween anything!  But it is in the fall so I chose this paper that has apples on it.  The layout was simple and assembly was fast!
STAMPS: "Big Birthday Wishes" by Our Craft Lounge
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, Karen Foster Bushels of Harvest DP and SU Christmas paperstack
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black

ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Michaels Store ribbon
COPIC COLORING: E31, E33, E35, R24, R27, R29, R39, R59, YR23, YR24, YR31,V04, V06, V20

Sam's Birthday

Sam likes cats, he and my sister have two who are quite the characters.  So, I just had to use this cute new WhipperSnapper stamp "Oliver"!  I also used another new toy, Die-namics "Pet Charms". 

STAMPS: "Oliver" by WhipperSnapper, and "Happy Birthday by Inky Antics
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Old Olive, & Basic Black CS, A Fish Tale by Moxie, and Gone Fishin' Collage by Paper House DP
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun
COPIC COLORING: W00, W1, W3, 0, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5,YR15, YR23, YR0000, Y38,BG000 BG01, BG02, BG05,RV000, RV02, RV04,R000, R00

Inside footprints

Amy Lynn

 My daughter-in-law Amy's birthday was yesterday.  She love, love, loves cats. So, of course,  I found this cutest stamp to make her card.  This is the card I patterned the Card Swap card from.
This was probably one of the easiest cards I've done - it was easy to just grab this and that and put it together!

STAMPS: "Cat on the Moon" by Penny Black; "Big Birthday Wishes" by Our Craft Lounge; "Paw Prints" by Inky Antics 
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Cherry Cobler CS, Bo Bunny Crazy Lovestripe DP and SU paper stack

INK: Momento Tuxedo Black 
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, stickles, Kaiser Craft Pearls
COPIC COLORING: C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y06, Y38, R0000, R000, R00, R30

The inside is pretty too!

Card Swap


My favorite store Memories of Time is having a card-swap.  There will be a maximum of 6 people involved.  Each will make a card and then make 5 kits with instructions and materials for the others to make.  The trick is to be able to put it together in 15 - 20 minutes.   I just love the Penny Black kitties so I used "Cat on the Moon".  I stamped the image on the star paper (thanks for the idea Tam!), stamped in again on white, colored, and then fussy cut it. I colored some silver metal stars with a copic marker.  I made 5 kits which will go together in the alotted time!
STAMPS: "Cat on the Moon" by Penny Black, and "Paw Prints" by Inky Antics 
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Night of Navy and Daffodil
CS and "Good Life" by Terri Martin, "Happy Haunting" by Graphic 45, and an SU paper stack "Home" 
INK: Momento Black Tuxedo
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Xyron, Colorbok Metal Stars colored with B39, Sakura Glaze clear
COPIC COLORING: C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, Y38, Y06, Y02, Y00, Y0000, R0000, R000, R00, R30, B39

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wedding Anniversary

My son and his wife celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary at the end of September.  They are a  nice, modern, handsome couple who enjoy doing a lot of things.  They spent their anniversary at the coast this year, hiking, taking photos and just getting away from the normal every day routine. I created this cute card with a Penny Black stamp.  I used various papers I had and of course, colored the image with Copic markers. 

STAMPS: "Looking at You" by Penny Black 
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Riding Hood Red & Basic Black CS, and Welcome Neighbor DP, plus other designer papers from my huge stock of paper 
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black

ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Dianamics Flower Trio, Kaiser Rhinestones, Sakura Glaze pen, Sizzix emboslit Scalloped Heart of Hearts
COPIC COLORING: YG13, YG17, R24,R27,R46, R85, E33, E42, Y21, YR14, YR24, C00, C2, C3, C5  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Brother Birthday

My big brother is a farmer and or logger at heart! He's been clearing land that my Dad had planted as Christmas trees which over the years grew into quite the forest!  With the land he's cleared my brother has planted grapes - he's starting a vineyard!!  What fun - the family says the old barn should be his tasting room when he's all finished!  But he says to slow down - he's doing things as he goes along and doesn't have huge plans.  He just loves doing it!

He has an excavator to help do the heavy work, but he has a tractor to do smaller jobs.  I found this neat tractor stamp from Our Craft Lounge that I like a LOT, found some neat paper from my stash that I got from my favorite craft store, Memories of Time, did some cutting and quilling, and voila - I have a birthday card for my brother!!!

STAMPS: "Bountiful Harvest" & "Vintage Wine" by Our Craft Lounge 
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Old Olive, Riding Hood Red & Basic Black CS, Karen Foster Veggie Stripes DP, Cosmo Cricket Sunday Picnic DP
INK: Ranger Distress Black Soot

ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, Quill tool, Quilled Creations Fringed Mums
COPIC COLORING: YR00, YR04, YR18, R05, R08, R24, G07, G29, G99, YG13, YG25, YG41, YG45, YG93, Y13, C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C0, C00, E09, E23, E33, E42,  R0000, BG10, 0, T3


 A few weeks ago my brother, sister, and I had a chance to visit our Aunt and Uncle who had just moved into a retirement village.  They've always been one of my favorite couples as they've gone through life and for such wonderful people, they've seen more than their share of tribulations.  When going to their home throughout the years, it has been warm and welcoming, and visiting their new home is no different.  They have cherished items including a painting of my Mother's and several lighthouses.  They always loved going to the coast as they live inland where it gets very warm and the decorations always have reminded them of the cool breezes and beautiful sights.  I've thought about them every day since we visited and I don't want them thinking I've forgotten about them. 
After I snapped these pictures I added the sentiment "You're never more than a thought away" from the SU set " Whimsical Words".  I used the tutorial for the Sailor's Knot from Paper Pursuits.
STAMPS: "Coast to Coast" by Stampin'Up! ; "Whimsical Words" by Stampin'Up!
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Marina Mist & Basic Black CS, Neenah Solar White CS, and SU Sweet Pea DP
INK: Ranger Distress Black Soot
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Score Pal, paper cutter, Nesties, tape gun, glue dots, cotton twine, Inkssentials white opaque pen, Sakura glaze pen clear

COPIC COLORING: B000, 0, B45, B91, BV23, BV25, BV29, Y11, YG61, G20, G21, G24, G28,E00, E09, E15, E30, E31, E33, R46, R29, R27, R05, C00, C1, C05, 110, T0, T1, T2

Inside always is decorated
Sailor's Knot

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pablo Graduation

Pablo is a Rotary exchange student from Spain.  It has been the honor and pleasure of my Rotary Club to host him, mentor him, and enjoy him while he's been here in America!  He has grown so much in his understanding of people, his skill with the English language has grown immensely, and he has truly become our own child and our friend!
One of the culminating events of his year here was his graduation from high school.  He's only 16 years old, so what a great accomplishment for him!  He will be returning home in just about a week, and we're going to miss him, his smile, and his humor!  I'm sure we will continue to be part of his life once he return's to Spain because he is now a member of our family!

DETAILS: STAMPS: "Go Graduate" by Stampin'Up!
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Chocolate Chip and Daffodil Delight CS, Karen Foster "Grad Collage" DPINK: Ranger Distress Black Soot 
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, tape gun, paper cutter
COPIC COLORING: Y18, E23, E25, E27, R46, B16, B93, B97, V09, RV09, C0

Family Wedding


My husband's brother just got married so of course I wanted to make a nice card for he and his bride.  I just love the OCL stamp set "Bride and Groom".  I use it a lot for weddings and bridal showers. 


Inside is pretty too!

STAMPS: "Bride and Groom" by Our Craft Lounge
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Rich Razzleberry CS, and Bella Blvd DP
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, paper cutter, Glossy Accents, Ribbon and brads from my stash, glue Dots, Tape gun
COPIC COLORING: RV000, RV09, RV17, RV19, RV34, Y38, C0, C3, C5, T2

Grandson's 8th Grade Graduation

Card closed
It's hard to believe, but my Grandson just graduated from the 8th grade!  He's such a great guy and a great student, too!  He received awards for his work in Science and History.  His history teacher says "Brendan has the knack for asking the right questions at the right time"!   Following the end of school he was fortunate enough to be able to go on the 8th Grade history trip to Washington D.C. and New York City.  The itinerary is amazing - I wish I could have tagged along!!!
In honor of and congratulations for his accomplishments I made this graduation card.  I used SU's "Go Graduate" stamp set, which you just have to love!  I also googled his school, printed the mascot, cut him out, and adhered it to the card which I cut from SU Garden Green which matches his school colors.  The card idea is one I got from a Splitcoaststampers tutorial called Grad Hat Fun Fold Card  The part I loved best?  The tassel..which was very easy!!
Card opened
STAMPS: "Go Graduate" by Stampin'Up
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Garden Green CS
INK: Momento Tuxedo Black

ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, ribbon from my stash, tape gun
COPIC COLORING: G09, V09, RV09,YR23,B93, B97, E31, E35

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Neighbor's Birthday

Our neighbors have a really nice family!  When one of them have a birthday they have a huge taco feed.  I am lucky enough to be invited when they do this.  Today is Russ's birthday celebration so I found my cute stamp set "Slow & Steady" by Our Craft Lounge and created this cute card.  The paper I used is the prize I received for a challenge over at my favorite craft store in the whole world, Memories of Time.

Inside is cute too!

DETAILS: STAMPS: "Slow & Steady" by Our Craft Lounge, "Hooray blast" by Stampendous
PAPER: Neenah Solar White, SU Old Olive, Cosmo Cricket DpINK: Momento Tuxedo Black 

ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, Glossy Accents, Ribbon and brads from my stash, glue Dots, Tape gun
COPIC COLORING: G14, G20,G21, YG13,YG17,YG23


Recently we were notified about the passing of one of my husbands friends.  His friend Dick was his teacher in high school.  They became friends and kept in touch throughout the years.  We exchanged Christmas Cards and each time my husband visited his home back in Massachusetts, he was sure to visit him. They would have lunch or meet at his home. The last time I was there I met him for the first time and could see why Michael and he were so fond of each other.  He was a very special man! I don't keep this kind of card around "just in case" and thankfully I don't have to make them too often, so I started looking for ideas.  I always look to my friend Tammie for inspriation - her cards are always so great - not sure there is anyone who can color as well as she does!!!  Keeping in mind that imitation is the best form of flattery, I used her idea for this card. You can see her blog at
DETAILS: STAMPS: Stampin'Up! Thoughts & Prayers, Asian Artistry, Baroque Motifs
PAPER: Stampin'Up Basic Black CS N eenah Solar White

INK: Momento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, Brads Offray Ribbon, Sakura Glaze Pen, Computer generated sentiment on front

Son's Birthday

I even stamped the envelope
My son Ryan is my baby.  My baby is all grown up, not quite as old as Gramps here, though!!??
Ryan is a son that anyone would be proud of, and I don't say that just because he's my son - everyone who knows him says that!!!
Ryan has always loved to play golf, but as with a lot of us, doesn't get the time to play as often as he would like.  So, I thought that using Golfin' Gramps by OCL would be the perfect theme!  He loved it!!  As always I  get all of my supplies at myfavorite store Memories of Time!

DETAILS: STAMPS: "Golfin' Gramps" by Our Craft Lounge
PAPER: Stampin'Up Not Quite Navy CS, Animal Stackers Three Bugs in a Rug DP, Neenah Solar WhiteINK: Ranger Distress Black Soot

ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, Die-namics Mini Rolled roses, Twine, Button, Stickles
COPIC COLORING: Pants B23,B26,B34,B93 Skin E00,E02,E31,YR30 Shirt BG0000, C00, C0 Vest YG03,B93,YR23,RV17 Clubs C0,C3,C5,B01,B37 Balls B0000,B95,B97 Hair C0, C5  Tee W00 Bag R24,R27,R29,R46,C1  Club Covers YG03,YG11,YG41 Flag R29, C0,C3 Green YG13,YG23,Y17

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Grandson Brendan's 14th Birthday Card

It seems as if it were yesterday that my Grandson Brendan was born, but he just had his 14th birthday.  He's growing into a nice, polite young man and I'm really proud of him!   Where did the time go?!  I'm happy that as of yet he still looks forward to visiting for a couple of weeks each summer.  He told me last year that he didn't think he'd ever get tired of coming to our house!!  Warmed my heart, it did for sure!!
DETAILS: STAMPS: "Pat the Bad dog" by Our Craft Lounge
PAPER: Stampin'Up Marina Mist and Imaginations DP,Neenah Solar WhiteINK: Ranger Distress Black Soot, SU Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties,Twine, Button, Stickles

Baby Congratulations

Baby Girl Card

Baby Boy Card

Two of my friends were due have new babies, one in January and one in February.  Using this adorable giraffe by Stampendous which I picked up at my favorite craft store Memories of Time I made cards for both a boy and a girl.  When I had kids we found out what our baby was when we had them, but these days  parents can know months ahead if they choose.  Since I never had the choice, I'm not sure what I would do now - how 'bout you?  Would you want to know or be surprised?! 

STAMPS: "A New Baby" by Stampendous; "Giraffe" by Inkadinkado
PAPER: Stampin'Up Bashful Blue, Bicycle Baby Safari, Animal Stackers,
Neenah Solar White
INK: Ranger Distress Black Soot
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties,Twine, Button, Stickles
COPIC COLORING: Body Y21,YR23 Spots YR 23 Muzzle Y11, YR30
STAMPS: "Twinkle Poem" by Stampendous, "Giraffe" by Inkadinkado
PAPER: SU Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink, Bicycle Baby Safari, Neenah Solar White
INK: Ranger Distress Black Soot
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, Nesties, Perfect Pearls, Stickles, Kaiser Craft Pearls, DieNamics Flower, Sheer Creations Ribbon
COPIC COLORING:  Body Y21,YR23 Spots YR 23 Muzzle Y11, YR30
Inside Cards

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rotary Driver Gift

In my last entry I showed the thank you gift I gave each of the hosts at my Rotary club's Progressive Dinner.   Well, we didn't have to drive between each of the homes, but we had vans and drivers taking us between each place.  These little milk jugs are the thank you gifts I gave to the three drivers who helped us out. 
DETAILS:STAMPS: Stampin'Up BigL Die Mini Milk Carton         
PAPER: SU Riding Hood Red, Neenah Solar White
INK: SU Riding Hood Red
ACCESSORIES: BigShot, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, pop dots, tape

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie in a Christmas Theme
My neighbor asked me to make a card that she could give to her niece for Christmas.  Her niece is one of my stamping friends so I just had to make a card she would like!!!  My neighbor BeckySue said it needed to be something that would say what her present was when she looked at it.  What was the present?  Home made Chicken Pot Pies!!  What a unique gift!  I thought about the stamps I have that I could use.  I brought out SU Country Morning and used the chicken from that.  I wondered what I could use for the pie and found my OCL set Life's A Picnic.  I stamped the image of the ants eating the pie, made some minor adjustments to take the ant out of the stamped image, then cut out the pie.  The inside was decorated with a the same paper and a chick & egg stamped image.  Rishia loved her present but before she even read the message inside said "Becky made this!" 
DETAILS:STAMPS: Stampin'Up Country Morning and Our Craft Lounge Life's A Picnic
PAPER: SU CS Cherry Cobler, SU DP Jolly Holiday, Neenah Solar White
INK: Distress Black Soot
ACCESSORIES: Scor-Pal, BigShot, pop dots, tape, Wright's ribbon bordeaux 
COPIC COLORING: Y02, Y11, Y38, YR04,Y424, E00, E09, E31, E33, E35, E49, E57, R24