"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

June 30, 2012

For the Newlyweds

Gary's niece married on June 16th and this was the card I made for them.  Their colors were chocolate brown and olive, but I just couldn't fit much olive into a wedding card!  Melissa married a good friend of Gary's and we're so happy for both of them.  The wedding was very, very western as our new nephew, Richie, is as much of a cowboy as any man can be!  Melissa is a recent college graduate (nursing) and it's been a busy couple of months for both of them.  I hear she's pretty handy during branding time, too!

Card base: Very Vanilla (SU)
Layers: Gold, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla (SU)
Stamp Set:s: Apothecary Art & Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU); Rose from Golden Years (CTMH) and embossed with gold embossing powder
Labels Framelits Dies (SU)
Gold Pen for edge of sentiment
Roses & Leaves colored with Mellow Moss & Barely Banana makers (SU)
Cream sheer ribbon: JoAnn's

Note: the brown edge on the left & bottom is poor photography, not part of the card!

June 29, 2012

Alcohol Ink + Bike Helmet

How does that saying go?

If it doesn't move, paint it!

My husband recently purchased a new bike helmet for me because I refuse to ride without one. This helmet was plain white with a black visor.  I purposely chose a plain helmet because I was thinking: ALCOHOL INK! 

Since there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, fashionable about this necessary safety item, I painted my helmet with Silver and Sailboat Blue and the visor in just Silver alcohol ink (Ranger).  It now matches my bike and is one-of-a-kind!

The best thing is that the silver reflects light so I'll be much more visible at sundown!

Pocket Fun for Girls

This card is made with a very old stamp set called Pocket Fun.

Card base: White CS
Stamp Set: Pocket Fun (SU)
Sentiment: Card Chatter (CTMH)
Paisley DP: I think it's SU but not sure!
SU Markers used for coloring
Glitter: Stickles (Ranger)

June 28, 2012

Three Flowers

This is a "10 Club" card shared with us by Pam, my local SU Demo.  Her original card is slightly different than the card below - I needed more color!

Card base: White CS
Purple DP: Cloud 9 Designs
Scallop Edge: Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Sentiment: Teeny Tiny Wishes & Word Window Punch (SU)
Leaves: Certainly Celery CS (SU) & Sizzlits Die (Sizzix)
Flowers: Purple DP (above) & Lavender Lace CS (SU), Spring Blossoms Punch (SU)
1/2" White Sheer Ribbon: JoAnn's
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Rhinestones: Michael's

June 27, 2012

Flowers in a Row

This is another stamping adult ed card - this time by Pam.  It's time consuming placing all the little flowers and leaves, but I like the results.

The base card is folded on the top instead of the left edge and is a light gray and embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The pink cardstock for the flowers and scalloped strip is Pink Pirouette (SU) and the leaves are made using the Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge and Certainly Celery cardstock (SU) and the veins on the leaves were made with a Certainly Celery marker (SU).  The flowers are cut with a punch by EKSuccess.  The pink ribbon has a picot edge and is 1/4" wide (Offray).  I used Perfect Pearls (Ranger) for the flower centers.

June 26, 2012


I am not sure who originally designed this card, but the first time I made this card my friend, Gloria, showed us how in our local stamping adult ed class.  I decided it would be ideal for birthdays.

Thank you TyAnn for the use of your punch and to Gloria for sharing this card with me!

Card base is Always Artichoke (SU), both mats are black and the printed DP is SU.  The olive DP is from a pack of paper I bought years ago at my local Pamida store and sort of looks like a crackle design. I used the Labels Framelits dies (SU) for my layers and the Boho Blossom punch for flowers (not sure of the purple cardstock!).  For the butterflies, I first stamped with one of the flowers from the Mixed Bunch stamp set (SU) with embossing ink, then embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die(SU).  I stamped flowers on the center DP in black, but I'm not sure what stamp set they are from (sorry!).  The leaves from cut using a die from Sizzix. 

June 25, 2012


This card started out with all squares and then I decided it was too plain, so I set everything at an angle.

The margarita glass is from an old stamp set called "Southwest" and I'm not sure of the company.  The background stamp is from SU, and the cardstock colors are Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke from SU, cut in 1/2" increments.  I printed the sentiment with my computer and printer, then trimmed to size.

June 24, 2012

Gears & More Gears

This card was made using Sizzix/Tim Holtz mini gear dies (movers and shapers) and the gears embossing folder.  I distressed the gears using Weathered Wood and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.  The background cardstock is a light gray and the card base is black.

June 23, 2012

Orange it is!

Here's a color I rarely use in a card - orange!
This is one very bright card!

June 22, 2012


This card is made with the "Need for Speed" stamp set from SU.  I've actually made it in a few color combinations.

June 21, 2012

Graduation Hedgie

I really enjoyed making graduation cards this year!  Of course every one was different, depending on school colors.  This stamp set is from Penny Black.

June 20, 2012

Driving By

It's been a while since I posted, and I've been very busy making cards.  I've gotten all cards done for 2012 and all but Thanksgiving and Halloween for 2013!  So, I'm going to start posting just a few of them and I hope you enjoy! 

This card is for a little boy made with the "I Dig You" stamp set from SU.