Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

I hope everyone is taking time to enjoy today with your loved one or loved ones or treating yourself to some pampering of your choice!  I’m taking it easy … just “chill-laxing” in my recliner and watching some movies, with the yorkies in my lap — possibly ordering in a nice hot pizza. Life is good!

I thought I’d share the Valentine’s cards I made.  Since the recipients should have received them by now, I thought it appropriate to share some cardmaking love with you all!

Please forgive the wonkiness of the photographs – the cards were all made straight, but the angle by which I took the pictures is odd in some cases.  I am working on my photography skills and saving for a new camera.  I am currently using my cell phone.

These first three were made for my great-niece and great-nephews.

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The card stock for the bases is from Gina K. Designs.  The patterned paper is from my stash. The sequins are from http://www.ccartwright.com. The card base was die cut with Little B’s Hearts die set – fabulous set!  You can cut or just emboss or cut AND emboss with this set. The card was cut with the largest die and embossed with the next largest die. Love it!  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession’s Valentine Hearts set.  It was stamped with Versamark Ink and set with various Zing! embossing powders to match the cards.

These next cards, I call a “companion set” as I switch die cut elements between the two cards to get different looks.

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The embossing folder used in the background is from Lifestyle Crafts Sweetheart embossing folder set.  I use this same embossing folder in another card in this post, but with a slightly different twist.  The hearts and frame around the hearts were cut in the same colored cardstock as the embossed piece – however, the frames where switched between the two cards – providing contrast to the background.  The die used is Memory Box’s Heart Ensemble.  The arrowed sentiment is from My Favorite Things Die-namics Straight To My Heart die set.  All papers are wood grain embossed.  The card base is paperandmore.com’s Woodgrain Limba White cardstock #111 – best wood grain cardstock on the market, IMO. The colored wood grain cardstock is from Taylored Expressions.  I used Zig’s clear Wink of Stella to add shimmer to the hearts on both cards. I chose these color schemes as my sons are in their 20’s and not into the flowery, mushy valentine’s stuff (although I did slide in some glitter! lol)

These next three cards use Memory Box’s Woodland Heart Frame die to create simple, yet elegant cards.

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To vary the look of the cards, I used different colored cardstocks and embossing folders for the backgrounds.  For the card on the left, I used craft cardstock embossed with the same folder used above – Lifestyle Crafts Sweetheart embossing folder.  I also embossed the center heart with Darice’s Basketweave folder.  This makes for a great valentine’s card for any man in your life. For the middle card, the background is embossed with Spellbinders M-Bossibilities Enchanted Design B. I pieced cuttings from several die cut branches using C. C. Designs Leafy Branch.  This added more texture and interest to the card front.  The ribbon flowers are from Papermart.com.  For the card on the far right, the green card stock was embossed with a die – Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Filigree Delight.  The heart was embossed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Spring Leaves folder.  The ribbon flower is from Papermart.com.  Card bases are Neenah Solar White cardstock.  The red cardstock is paperandmore.com’s Crimson Red Metallic105# 5×7.  The green cardstock is paperandmore.com’s Metallic Botanic Green — it’s absolutely beautiful in person.

These next two cards used the same die, but in in different ways.

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The card on the left, used Memory Box’s Butterfly Heart as  designed – it cut the outline of the wings so that they can be lifted up for dimension.  I used Zig’s Wink of Stella in red to paint the wings to add more contrast.  A piece of blue vellum was put on the back for contrast.  The gauze ribbon is from papermart.com – the most economical way to buy ribbon.  (Hint, buy ribbon in either white or cream and use your paints or inks to color them to match your project!)  The card on the right also uses Memory Box’s Butterfly Heart die – however, this time I used my craft knife to continue cutting each of the butterflies out and placed them on a  white card base.   The sentiment is from Impression Obsession’s Valentine Hearts set.

Because it is getting late, I will wait to share the remaining  cards tomorrow! Take care and sweet dreams!



OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 2, Day 1, Sketch 1

Hi all! I’m baaaaaaaccckkk! lol I’m caught up with the homework! Yee haw! (that’s the okie coming out in me!)

Our color scheme for this week is cream, brown, blue and 2 variations of green.  I have to admit, this is not a color combination that I would have picked out  myself – so it is definitely a challenge.  This is a great color combination, in my opinion, for male cards.   Here is my homework, using the 1st sketch, which Kristina so fabulously demonstrated in class –


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  • Stamps: Hero Arts Star Wreath (CL555), Technique Tuesday Awesome stamp set
  • Papers: Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine (card base), The Linen Door 4.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad (second layer), Grafix Vellum in Surf (3rd layer), Grafix Vellum in Clear (sentiment)
  • Punches & Dies: Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Circle mats, My Favorite Things Dienamics Blueprints 1 (stitched label die)
  •  Inks/Color Mediums: Versamark
  • Embossing Powders: Adirondack Bottle, Zing! Chestnut
  • Other: Hemptique hemp cord – brown

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 3, Card 1

Time for my daily homework from onlinecardclasses.com’s Summer Camp 2 class!  (Although today is really day 4 in the class, I am a day behind on my homework!) lol

For the day 3 homework, I combined the inspirations from two of the guest designers – Laura Bassen  (stitched banners) and  Kelly Purkey (masked backgrounds)!

Here is my homework, using the second sketch and the color palette for this week –

ImageI love the “you rock” sentiment from Paper Smooches Knick Knacks stamp set!  It’s just too cute!

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Hope you all are keeping up on your homework! (I am off to watch today’s videos and more homework!) Hugs!

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 2, Card 2

I’m back!  Needing to make another card – this one is for my soon-to-be 22 year old son’s birthday – I thought I could whack two birds with one stone, so to speak – a birthday card for my son that also fit the requirements of one of today’s lessons!  However, this really ended up to be an exercise in problem fixing – as you will soon see what I mean!

I was doing the multi-inking technique for my card, actually finishing the card, thinking “oh this turned out great!” – THEN, I took a picture.  If you take pictures of your cards then you know that the picture shows EVERY LITTLE FLAW!!! lol  Here’s the picture, of what I thought was a finished card —

ImageApparently, I did not ink up the “Let’s Celebrate” very well.  So, I was going to stamp back over it, which would be easy enough as it is a clear stamp.  Just as I was going down to press, my hands tremored (good ol’ Multiple Sclerosis!) and this is what I ended up with —

ImageNot so pretty, huh?  Well, I wasn’t going to let all that great cardstock, ink and effort go to waste – so, I came up with a “fix” — I re-stamped the sentiment on a seperate piece of cardstock and die cut it out with a Spellbinders die from the A2 Matting Basics B die set. I inked the edges to add some definition to the shape. Then, I popped it up with dimensional foam tape.  I wanted to be able to read the sentiment above and below it, so I went with the smallest rectangle that would fit the sentiment.  I actually like this look better! Here it is –

ImageSo what do you all think?  I appreciate any feedback or other fix strategies! 🙂  Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 2

Today in class, we covered three more techniques – (some you may already be familiar with if you have been stamping a long time) – including making watercolor stripes with Faber-Castell gelatos and stamps, multi-inking with masking, and stamping over painted images.

The technique I chose to do on my card today was demonstrated by the fabulous  Shari Carroll – who demonstrated the making of watercolor stripes with rubber stamps and gelatos – this is a new twist on an old technique for me (I had already done the other techniques in the past), so I was excited to give it a try!

I performed the technique on bristol paper.  Since I wanted the lines to be full of color on both ends (and not taper off), I pulled the stamp across the paper starting on each end (if that makes sense!)  I die cut the finished piece with one of the Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched rectangle dies.

Since I had the other half of the sheet of Gina K. Blue Raspberry cardstock sitting on my desk from yesterday’s homework, I used it as the cardbase.  Again, I used the largest of the Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles just to dry emboss the edge of the the front panel.  The sentiment and little “flying” chick are stamps from Stamps by Judith and Heather. (The “flying” chick used to be a standing chick, but I cut off his legs by accident when fussy cutting – though I have to say I like to see him flying! lol)

I did use the 3rd sketch from class as well as the color pallete.  Just have to say that I’m LOVING this color palette!

Here is my homework for today! 🙂

ImageI hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am in class, and I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!


OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1 Day 1

Today is the official start of Summer Camp 2 at onlinecardclasses.com! Wooohoo!  I find that attending classes, such as this one, force me to think outside the box and inspire me to sit down and get creating- especially when there is HOMEWORK!  Today’s lesson combines using a specific color palette with the option of using one of three sketches.

I chose the second sketch – putting my own personal spin on it! Instead of using different colored strips of cardstock, as demonstrated by Kristina in class, I decided to go with a piece of designer paper that has stripes of chevrons in varying colors – including the colors in this week’s color palette. Here is my card –


The card base is Gina K.’s Pure Luxury cardstock in Blue Raspberry.  Both the orange and yellow frames were cut from DCWV cardstock  with Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangle dies.  I just love these dies!  The small rectangle was also cut with a die from the set -using chevron paper from Basic Grey’s Kneehigh 6×6 paper pad.  The “you” die cut with a die from Cheery Lynn Designs. The sentiments on the chevron rectangle were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder from Ranger.  The sentiments are from Simon Says Stamps “BE” clear stamp set.  The texture on the cardbase and the white circle were made with Papertrey Ink’s Linen Impression Plate.

It’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun! Take care all! Hugs!

Manly Music Card

A friend of mine is turning 60, and both he and his wife are very talented musicians! Here is the card I made him, with a peek of the envelope I stamped to match.  The glue on the top two notes was still wet when I took this picture, but will dry clear and won’t be noticeable.


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Hope everyone is having a wonderful evening! Hugs!