Sunday, June 30



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Saturday, June 29

Coral, Cantaloupe and Brides

That's quite a title, isn't it?  It describes the colors I used on my card today:  CALYPSO CORAL, CRISP CANTALOUPE AND BLUSHING BRIDE.  I saw this card on my fellow demonstrator's site, Debbie Henderson and knew I just had to case it.  Thanks Debbie!!  I am using different colors than she did, but the idea is hers.

 I used my SECRET GARDEN FRAMELITS and my SIMPLY SCORED to create the front of this card.

 Then I put the three different color card stocks behind the die cut flowers and added it to a calypso coral layer and then onto the blushing bride card base.

Ruffled ribbon in calypso coral.  The "THOUGHTS OF YOU BRING SMILES" is in melon mambo and was cut out with the layered labels framelits.  I had cut the cantaloupe layer behind it.

One more look at my complete card.  Thanks for stopping by.  Stay creative.

Friday, June 28


A few days ago I showed you my vase cover I made and was going to get some red, white and blue carnations.  Well, best laid plans and all of that...

Instead, JoAnns had their silk flowers on sale for 70% off so I used those instead in my arrangement.


If you have any questions, plet me know.

I am entering this in:


LNS Party Challenge

Color Throwdown

Sisterhood of Crafters

Thursday, June 27


Another new stamp set that coordinates with punches is POLKA DOT PIECES.

I used the layout of another card I posted recently and changed it with this cool stamp set.  Here it is:
Isn't this cool in RICH RAZZLEBERRY and assorted PINKS?  I used my markers to color the large flower stamp with Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Summer Starfruit and  Melon Mambo.  The same with the bird sitting on the branch.

 Two different greens on the leave and two different colors on the bird.  The bird, wing and branch are all ONE stamp so that it is easy to punch it out with the bird punch.  They are both the same configuration.  Easy Peasy!!  I popped the wing up on a dimensional to give it more of a 3D effect.

 A close up of the flower stamp that I colored and shaded with my markers.  Love all the polka dots on all these stamps.  Too cute.  Had to get my BIG SHOT involved with this card.  I used the doilies die for the layer behind the flower.  I used the 2 1/2 inch circle punch for the flower.

Designer paper and then it is complete.  LOVE THIS STAMP SET.  You don't have it yet?  You NEED it!!  Click below to go to my shop and it can be shipped right to YOUR DOOR.  I even have a MYSTERY HOSTESS CODE for you to use to put you in the running for the HOSTESS BENEFITS.


Make sure you use this code when you order and YOU could get the hostess dollars to spend on whatever you want!  It will be closing in just a few days.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay creative my friends.

I have entered this card at:


CAS(E) This Sketch

Sketch Frenzy Friday

Wednesday, June 26


I LOVE INDEPENDENCE DAY AND ALL THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE.  I love America and enjoy Americana decor.  Therefore, this patriotic decor item I made is just what I need for these next couple of weeks!!

 Two decorated flower vases with flags in them.  I am going to purchase some red, white and blue carnations to go inside them as we get closer to Independence day.  The one on the left with the yellow star says "FOR YOU".  I am giving it away at my card class tonight.  I didn't like how much the vase shows on that one because it is a bit short, so I made a taller one on the right.

 Here is the first one I made, a bit short for the vase.  I thought I could find a shorter vase, but have not been able to locate one.  I think with flowers and maybe even some greenery it will be fine though, don't you think?

 The shreds of blue paper are just to fill in a bit until I purchase the carnations.

This is the second one I made and it is the full 8 1/2" width of paper in height.  You just score every 1/2" and then fold them in and out to make a star.  The hardest part is adhering a star at the bottom to keep its shape. You stamp however you want to make it look patriotic.  I chose to make the vase covers look like flags themselves.

Hope you enjoyed my patriotic decor.  Thanks for stopping by.
Here's to the red, white and blue!!

I entered these items at:


Tuesday, June 25


I don't usually make a square card for two reasons - one, it costs extra postage because the post office doesn't like square cards.  And two, I am more of a rectangle-shape card lover.  I don't do many round cards either for that matter.

Here is a simple but striking square card for you:
 This fun black, white and vanilla card is made with the First Edition Newsprint DSP backed with black card stock.  The fabric flower is made with faux leather and some kind of upholstery fabric, with an antique brad in the center.  I LOVE to use my big shot for decorations like these flowers!!

 This is the retired single THANK YOU stamp that I just love with the elegant swirlies around it.  I backed it with black card stock also.

Just a close up of the flower for you.  The marks on the fabric is stitching.  My Fun Flowers die cut through this thick fabric "just like a knife thru butta"  (That is my New England accent coming thru)

Hope you enjoyed this clean and simple card.  Thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card at:

Addicted to Stamps and More

Just Add Ink

Sketch Frenzy Friday


The LOVELY ROMANCE set coordinates with the Chalk Talk Framelits.  There are actually 3 or 4 sets that coordinate with these Framelits in the new annual catalog and I GOT THEM ALL.  (grin)

 Crushed Curry and Soft Suede on Whisper white are the colors of this card.  I used the Chevron Embossing Folder and rolled ink on it before running it thru the Big Shot. .Texture and color - gotta love it!

 The sentiment is soft suede with a soft suede layer behind it.  LOVING these FRAMELITS and STAMP SETS that COORDINATE, aren't you??!!

I put some yellow pompom trim along the left side of the chevron layer, and sponged crushed curry ink all around the entire card base. See the bling of a large pearl on the sentiment.  Just a little something special.

Did you notice the pretty DSP down the left side of the card?  AND the cute butterfly double layered on the right side?  FUN FUN FUN

I am entering this card at:

Techno Stamper Monday Lunch Sketch

Mojo Monday

Retro Sketches

PCCCS #48: Card Sketch

Monday, June 24


HELLO from Texas JennyWren's nest - today I have a DIFFERENT nest to tell you about - a cardinal nest right at our front door.

Pretty Boy and New Wife (my names for the cardinal couple) have built a nest inside my jasmine vine that is climbing up the front of my house.  It is right at my front door.

I have tried several times to take a photo by holding my camera up and shooting, but have been unsuccessful until today.

Here are the GLIMPSES of the baby.  It seems like there is only one baby, but there might be two.  Feathers are already starting to show.  From the date I saw Pretty Boy starting to bring food to the nest, I think the baby is 9 days old.

 Sorry the photos are so horrible, but with the vines, the height of the nest and me trying to snap the photo quickly so the parents don't know I was there....this is the best it gets.
 The baby opened it's mouth thinking that momma or daddy was bringing goodies.

But he wasn't fooled by me this time.  Look at that "stink eye" he is giving me.  "Wha' chu lookin at?" seems to be his thought.

Nature is so wonderful.  I am glad that Pretty Boy and New Wife chose to build their nest next to our home "nest".

Until next time, stay creative!!

Saturday, June 22


I love that quote from E. E. Cummings that is included in the FABULOUS FLORETS stamp set.

I used Coastal Cabana ink for this  quote as well as for the two leaves I added.  The flowers are Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  The slush looks a bit darker than normal because it is stamped on this Confetti Cream vintage card stock.

Here is the full card.  I water colored these flowers with my aqua painter and the ink pads.  I shaded with the markers.  The ribbon is Primrose Petals, which is a very close color to Strawberry Slush and I think works well on this card.

 Another closeup so you can see the shading I used in my water coloring.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

I have entered this card at:

Addicted to Stamps

Freshly Made Sketches

Just add Ink

Make My Monday

Friday, June 21


Do you have the HELLO DOILY stamp yet?  It is a beautiful background stamp of a crocheted doily, just like grandma made for us!!  LOVE IT.  My next stamp class will be cards made with this stamp.  Here is one we are making:

 Isn't this card so elegant yet simple?  The perfect card to let someone know you care and know of their sorrow.

 I used crumb cake card stock and then stamped the doily in Versamark and used CLEAR embossing powder with the heat gun.  Can't really see the stamped image until you sponge on Crumb Cake ink all over and around the doily.  Follow that with sponging Early Espresso ink just in the middle part to darken it up a bit.

 I used the Natural Ribbon with just a knot tied and the tag punch for my sentiment, tied with bakers twine around the knot.

Here's another look at the completed card.  IF you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

This card is entered at:

CAS-ual Fridays

Try Stampin Tuesdays

Thursday, June 20


For special occasions, I LOVE my envelope to match my card.  It shows special care and love to the recipient.  I was delighted when I saw instructions on Jackie Topa's blog to make these cute open ended envies with string closures.  They are in the new Annual Catalog on several pages and now we can ALL know how to make them.  Thanks, Jackie.

 This one I am going to show you is for a regular 5 1/2 x 4 1/2" sized card.  Let's get started.

 Cut a piece of designer paper at 10 1/4 x 6 3/4".  Score 1" up from the bottom and 1" down from the top.  The widest measurement is going across the WIDTH.  Put your card on top of the envie and score 1/8" wider than the card on both sides. Now cut off the tabs where the scorelines intersect on each side.

 Use your hole punch or Crop-a-Dile to punch holes for the top and bottom brad closures.  The bottom brad must be punched BEFORE you adhere the two sides together or else it might be too close to the top flap when closed.   Add little punched out circles of card stock or paper with a brad.  Tie a piece of string around the top brad.  Then adhere the two sides together.

 Round the corners of the top and bottom flaps and adhere the bottom flap.

When you are ready to insert your card and close up your envelope, just wrap your string around the bottom brad a few times and you are finished!!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  ALSO, if you would like directions on how to make these for OTHER SIZED cards, leave me a comment and I will post those directions as well.

Thanks for stopping by.