Friday, December 19, 2008

My Christmas cards

Well, I can finally post my Christmas cards! Everyone has received them in the mail and I'm very pleased with how they turned out. I made 26 copies of a card that Taylor Van Bruggen created last year for Stampendous. The stamp is called "Doodle Joy" and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. They were probably the most time-consuming cards I have ever made, but well worth it. I have been very busy lately and haven't had time to create. I have lots of stuff waiting for me to work on in my studio, and it has been hard to stay away from it for so long. We were supposed to work today, but we had a "Snow Day", so now I'm off for our Christmas break for 16 more days! Woo Hoo! I'm sure I will get back into my studio soon. Thank you for stopping by today. I'm off to do some baking and last minute cleaning. I hope each of you has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Get well, Monique

Hello! This is the card I made for my daughter Monique. She had surgery this week and I hoped it would cheer her up a bit. I couldn't be there with her, (Tacoma, WA) so I hope the card is doing it's job, along with the flowers we sent. We bought a web-cam last week, so we were able to see her when she came home from the hospital. That is really cool! I think we will get a lot of use out of the new technology. My two sons also have web-cams, so we can all have fun with them. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today. Note: I replaced the first photo I used with this brighter one.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

From my daughters...

Hello! This card is from my daughters, Dawn and Monique. They are twins and live in Tacoma, Washington. (Half way across the world from me!) It is the cutest Halloween card I've seen this year and it is completely made from punches. The eyes and mouth were drawn on the ghosts and they were cut with swirly scissors. Pretty cool, huh? I love it when I receive cards that are great samples. Thanks for stopping by today. Hopefully, I will spend some time tomorrow in my studio and have some great new things to post here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

One last Halloween Card

Hello! I had to post this one last Halloween card. I love how the colors in my patterned paper match the cardstock. I used a sticker for the image and even the buttons matched perfectly. I never thought this blue would go with orange, but the polka dots pulled it all together. I have been a little under the weather for a few days, but hope to get back to making some more cards tomorrow. You should hear from me again soon. Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another Halloween card

Hello! I thought I'd post this cool card made with really cool Halloween paper. I sent this one to my daughter Monique because she really gets into Halloween. I love the spider eyelet and the row of skeletons. I have one more card to post later on today. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Cards

Hello Everyone! Here is the card I made for my grandkids for Halloween. It is so very simple - made completly of stickers. (I know it's cheating, but they are so cute!) My granddaughter is dressing up like a bat again this year. She really loves bats (and most other critters.)

I can't believe it is already the end of October!!! There are only eight weeks left until Christmas! Where did this year go? I guess I'd better finish my Christmas cards soon. Thanks for stopping by today. I'll post another of my Halloween cards soon.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Yoga class

My friend Lou Ellen asked me to make a thank-you card for her yoga instructor. I had been looking at this awesome stamp set from My Favorite Things (see link below, left) for a while now, and her request gave me a reason to order it. It is another of what I call their "headless" sets, which I love. This set is called 'Serenity Now' and has two main images, two smaller images and four sentiments. I'm very pleased with the way the card turned out, and Lou Ellen loved it too! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great evening.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great day. I made this card about two weeks ago and never posted it! Anyway, I love the stitched patterned paper because I used to cross-stitch and, it goes with this wonderful SU stamp set so well. I used my fake brads from Joann's and some cardstock I had on hand. This card is simple, but sweet! Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Card Re-Do

The card I posted on October 15th has been revised! I posted it and then was not at all happy with the way it turned out. So, I took it apart and started over. Here is the result. I think I like it a lot better this way. I've had another very busy week, but I promised myself that I will make more time to stamp. I miss spending time in my 'studio' and I have some cool new stamps waiting for me to play with up there.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great week!

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Hello - It's been a while again, but I'm back! I made this card for our wonderful front office secretary at work. She bakes the BEST cookies and brings them in for everyone at work to enjoy, at least once a week. We all appreciate her and I found this cool paper at Archiver's yesterday. (My BFF Katy and I went on a shop-hop of our own and had a great day.) As soon as I saw the paper, I knew I had to make a card for Nancy. I had the ribbon in my stash from Michael's one dollar bin, and it matched perfectly. The inside sentiment is "Thank You! For making the best cookies in the world ...and sharing them with us!"

This was the perfect card for World Cardmaking Day. Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Hello Everyone! I made this card a couple of days ago, but haven't had time to post it until now. I've had a VERY busy week so far and after work tomorrow, we are having our first Stampin' Up meeting since the new catalog came out. I can't wait! I've already put together quite a wish list, and now that I've had a chance to see the new Holiday mini, I have more to add to the list. This is another simple card without any coloring. I love the color and the sentiment, and the fact that it is so cheerful! Both the awning and the sentiment are Popped-up. Have a great day! See you soon.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm back...

Hello! I finally found some time to play. I am still adjusting to waking up early for work again. We are in a brand new school building this year and it's GREAT! I work in the library, and it is beautiful. We are still in the process of setting up, but soon we'll be up and running again. I had some time today, so I made a couple of cards. This one was very easy because I didn't have to do any coloring. It seems like I've had to color most of my cards lately, and I'm not nuts about coloring. This one is done in fall colors and I think the vinyl flowers on the bottom left gave it the touch it needed. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great week!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Remembering Summer...

Hello! My summer vacation from work is just about over! I am lucky enough to work at a school, so I have eleven weeks off during the summer. But I guess everything good must come to an end for a while, anyway. (We do get 16 days off for Christmas this year - Woo Hoo!) I have the district breakfast tomorrow, then two days of new technology training, a four day weekend and back to work. I wanted to use my Elzybell stamps for quite a long time, so here is one of them. It is just simple and I haven't stamped this image before but it reminds me of the swing in my yard, and how much I love to swing out there. I used my Stampin' Up markers, and the coloring leaves a lot to be desired, but I like it anyway. Have a great day, and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Breast Cancer Card

This is a card I made to send to my Aunt Mary Louise. She is currently undergoing treatments for breast cancer. Having gone through it twice myself, I know how much receiving cards can lift your spirits. I hope she likes this one. The stamp set is from My Favorite Things and I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots to emboss the background. Thanks for stopping by today. I am currently cataloging my Stampin' Up stamp sets. Who knew I could collect so many in four years? I can't believe it has taken me this long to create a database. See ya!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Peggy's BD

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I made this card for my sister Peggy's birthday. This is the first card I made with an awning and I Love it! I ended up changing it a little before I gave it to her though. After I realized that it looked like the 4th flower wasn't right, I removed it and centered the other three flowers. I liked it better that way - it seemed more balanced. I didn't have time to retake the picture of it because I was on my way out the door to meet my sisters for lunch. I made another card like this one for my sister-in-law Chris. The only thing I changed was the sentiment. I used the same center on her card that I used in my previous post, with the flower in the middle. It also came out very nice. Thank you for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Happy Birthday

Here is the last one I am including in the set of cards for my sisters. I brought them on Thursday, when we met for my sister Peggy's birthday lunch. This one is the same card as an earlier post, but with yellow cardstock instead of blue, and one background patterned paper instead of two. I like it because it is a 'happy' card - to me, bright colors are happy. I hope you are having a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another Masculine Card

This is the second masculine card I made for my sisters' sets. I like this one very much. The plaid paper is so rich and the embossed center works well with the rest of the card. The sentiment is popped up and I added the twine and the faux brads to complete the look. I hope my sisters like it as well. I am working on my Christmas cards this week, so pretty soon I will more to post. Have a great day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Masculine card

Hello! I thought this card would be great for men - not too frilly or cutsie. This is part of the set I am making for my sisters. I found the paper about a year ago and liked it very much. This card had to be a little wider than the average card to get the whole song on the front, but it was just a 'minor' adjustment. (LOL) I finished another card for the set, but I have to take the pictures again because the embossed part is covered with a glare. I hope you have a great day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Brother's Birthday

This is the card I sent to my brother Craig for his birthday. He loves to fish so I thought this card would be great for him. I made two of them because my brother Allan also loves to fish, so he will get his on his birthday in September. It was fun to make and I couldn't wait to use the great fishing lure ribbon I found a while ago. The inside sentiment is 'best fishes!' from a Stampin' Up set. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sympathy Card

Hello! This is going to be a part of a set of cards for two of my sisters. They want an assortment of greeting cards to have on hand. I am making six of each of the cards in the set. Each sister will have two and I'll keep two for me. I love the patterned paper on this card. First I had ribbon on it, with the sentiment on the bottom right. I didn't like the ribbon I used, so I tried something different and used the pearls. I like how it turned out. Now, I'm working on a birthday card for my brother Craig. He loves to fish, so we'll see what I come up with. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Hey Chicky...

I loved this stamp set since I first saw it. It's one of the cool sets from C.C. Designs, where my buddy Crystal is on the design team. The chick is so cute and I love the flower. I made this one a couple of days ago, but had to wait until the recipient got it in the mail to post it here. I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils, used some scraps of patterned paper and a little ribbon to match the cardstock. I love how bright it is, too.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a great day.

Monday, June 30, 2008


Hello! Well, it is official! Yesterday was my husband's last day of work!!! He is retired after working at GM for 39 years as a toolmaker. This is the card I made for him. It's very simple, because I wanted show off the cool printed paper. I just added the faux brads on the top left and stamped 'Celebrate' on the inside. Just click on the picture to see it up close.) Now, to get that list of his chores started...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Another Sister Card

Hello! I made this card yesterday for another of my sisters. I couldn't wait to use this stamp set from My Favorite Things. I adore all of their 'headless' sets. As far as the colors, I love the pink and brown theme, and this set fit perfectly. I am so happy I have time to stamp. It is so cool to be off work for the summer! I did lots of cleaning and laundry yesterday, so I could 'create' in my studio today. We will see what happens. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Class card

Hello! This is the card I made to teach to our Stampin' Up group last night. It was a big hit! I love using the color combination of River Rock and Always Artichoke. They compliment each other very well. I used the 'Posy' background stamp and the image on the card matched it well. It's a thank you card, but it could be used as a sympathy or a friendship card, too. Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Sisters...I have four! This card is for one of them, but I'm not sure which one gets it yet. I loved this stamp since I first saw it and knew I had to add it to my collection. I also couldn't wait to use this pretty ribbon, so I matched the cardstock with the ribbon. I usually forget about my buttons, but I think they added just the right touch on this card. I have another card finished but have to wait until after our card group meets tomorrow, because I'm teaching the group how to make it. Have a great day! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hope is...

This card is for my dear Aunt Mary Lou, who recently found out that she has breast cancer. Her daughter, my cousin Anna, just finished her breast cancer treatments about a month ago. Being a two time survivor myself, I know what she will be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
The inside sentiment is 'Hope is...believing in a brighter tomorrow.'

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Bright Birthday Card

Hello out there in Blogland! I made this card yesterday, along with another version of it. I'm not usually into mixing patterns, but in this case I think it worked well. The other version of this card has only the flowered paper as a background. I like both versions very much. I have a few things to do first, but I hope to get back in my studio today and create more! Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I Love Cats!

Hello! What a beautiful day! We had rain all week, but today it is in the upper 70's and sunny! My card today is another cat card. I have many cat-loving friends so I have to decide who gets this one. (I made two of them.) The paper is from my stash and I used a sticker in the middle, with some rhinestones to accent it. The cat sticker is outlined in gold, so it works well with the accents. Have a great day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

I Love Purple

Hello out there! Here is my latest - a gate card. My friend and Stampin' Up dealer, Crystal made a gate card and posted it the other day. After seeing it, I remembered how much I like that style of a card, and decided to create one in my favorite color. I am pleased with the results. I made two of these birthday cards to add to my box of finished cards. The paper is from my personal stash and the stamp is by Stampin' Up. I used my gel pen to add some sparkle and some pop dots to add dimension. I am finishing a second set of cards I started today and will post again tomorrow. Have a great day!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Cupcake Challenge

Well, I made a card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge, but I just realized I missed the 8:00am deadline. (I thought I had until 8:00pm - oh well!) I guess that's what I get for reading so fast. Here is the card I made. I used the A Muse cardstock I won last month, and one of my new clear cupcake sets, and I like how it turned out! It fits in a #10 envelope and will be used for a birthday soon!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Warm Hello

It is a nice warm spring day here in Michigan. We have had a great season so far this year, and today it is about 74 degrees and windy. I finally found some time to create and I really like this card. I have been waiting to use these stickers since I bought them about a month ago. I love flowers and the colors are great. I used Light Racy Raspberry cardstock from ColorMates and the stickers are Stickeroos (Flower Field) from Penny Black. I used mini-deckle scissors on the edges, and the sentiment is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps.

I have one more week of work until summer vacation begins and I will be off until late August when school re-opens in the fall. I should have lots more time to make cards soon! I hope all of you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by to view my blog!

Friday, May 09, 2008


Here is my latest creation - an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law. It was very simply made with a rub-on for the sentiment and some dollar store stickers. The ribbon is one I had for quite some time, and I used my scalloped square punch.I think it turned out very well and it is one of my new favorites!

Friday, April 04, 2008

The third card...

This one is my favorite, because of the cupcake and mostly, because I used my Cuttlebug! (Have I told you how much I love my Cuttlebug?) I used markers to color the image, and added a little sparkle with my gel pens. Overall, the class went very well and my friends said they loved the cards they made. Three of my sisters and a niece were supposed to come and create with me tomorrow, but had to cancel. :( I hope we can reschedule soon. I have "kits" to make these three cards all ready for them.

The second card...

Here is the second card I made for the class. As many of you know, I love my Elzybell stamps, so I had to use at least one in the class. The sentiment on this one is from A Muse, which is another favorite of mine. I used Lemon Ice Stickles to dot the center of the flowers on the background paper, and a strip of mini rick-rack to add some flair!

My First Card Class

Yesterday I held my first card class. We had fun - but what pressure getting ready! I don't know how Stampin' Up demonstrators or anyone else who teaches a class can stand it! Maybe it gets easier as you hold more classes. At first, I felt pretty confident that I could come up with a few really cool ideas for cards. Then, I drew a blank - for two days. Finally, the night before the class, I was able to create three pretty cool cards to teach my friends. This is the first one they made.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

An Oldie but a Goodie

Hello! This card is one I made a couple of years ago at a stamp class at 'Remember When' in Chesterfield, MI. (It's on the corner of my sister Joann's street - how could I resist going there each time I visit my sis?) Back to the card. I liked it a lot, but knew it needed something - but what? I finally decided to use little rhinestones for the center of the flowers and volia - I love it! I just sent it to a dear friend and hope she likes it too. FYI - My sister Susan moved to a new house in Eastpoint, MI and she too, has a shop on the corner of her street! (Paper Tales) I think they are trying to feed my addiction! It's a conspiracy!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I Love My Cuttlebug!

This card is the first one on which I used my Cuttlebug embossing folders, and I love my Cuttlebug! It is so easy to use. I just ordered a few more of the new folders and can't wait to get them in the mail.

The person who is getting this card is really 'Truly Amazing', as she has just adopted a teenage son. I've always known her to be a kind and generous person, and she has proven it again!

Happy Easter

Hello! This is my first Easter card. I've been thinking about using my crimpers lately and the idea for this card just came to me out of the blue! (See card for proof of the blue.) I love the Zoofari set - in particular, this stamp, and hadn't used it until now. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and crimped the background paper. The fake brads are from Joann's $1 rack, and the sentiment is from Michael's $1 basket. Happy Easter!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cards without stamps

Hello! This week a challenge was posted by a fellow blogger (Taylor Vanbruggen) to make a card without using any stamps. Well, since I had made up my mind to finish the insides of my previously made cards, (and I have many to finish and get ready to use,) I thought I would share this one. It has flower brads and a rub on. I also used a corner rounder punch. This was made at a class I took at a really cool scrapbook store called 'Remember When' in Chesterfield Township, Michigan. I finished forty-one cards this week and now I have quite a supply ready to give away.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Think Spring!

OK - I have another sinus infection! Enough! Now I will concentrate on feeling better and getting back to normal. I made this card yesterday and I think I really am starting to like it. At first I wasn't sure, but it is growing on me. I used flower stamps from two different Stampin' Up sets, and I sparkled them up with my clear gel pen. The sentiment is from A Muse Artstamps. The ribbon is a scrap that I recycled. I think the brads added just the right touch to complete the card. What do you think?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dawn's Card

For this card I used one of my new "American Art" stamps by Karen Stolper. The girls in this stamp line are adorable! My friend Sue sent a link to their site and I immediately ordered three of them. The card says "winter wishes" because Dawn and Monique live in Washington, where, in the winter, it rains a lot. I used a clear envelope to mail it and my mail carrier said she loved it!


Hello and Happy Saturday! I made this card for my daughter Monique. I love how the ice pond ended up. This is another of my Elzybells stamps and I used colored pencils and my clear Gelly marker to decorate it. I had to wait to post it until Monique received it in the mail. She called yesterday and said she loved it!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winter Greetings

Hello and Happy Winter! I made this card for my sister Sandy. She lives next to a nature preserve and has many deer visit her yard every day. She feeds them and cares for them as if they were her children. When I saw this stamp set (Dear to My Heart, by Memory Box), I knew I had to have it. I love the many different deer and choices of antlers in the set. I plan to make more cards with this set very soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

More Rosie's Roadshow

This card is one of my favorites! I had to wait until my daughter Monique received it in the mail, to post it. The stamp is called "bookies" and the ladies are librarians. Since Monique is a librarian, and I work in the local high school library, I knew she would love it! I used some of the little sticky dots from Joann's $1.00 rack to make the fake brads, and I colored the design with colored pencils.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rosie's Roadshow

Here is my latest creation using my new Rosie's Roadshow stamps. I love the little tree (he is called Douglas) and the snowmen ornaments. Over the years, I collected many snowman ornaments like the ones on this card. My kids called them my "decapitated snowmen." I love all snowmen ornaments, with or without bodies!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More thank-you cards...

I made a few of these because I love the color combinations. The patterned paper I used is one of my favorites. I made a New Year's resolution to spend more time working on my cards. I purchased some awesome new stamps in December and received a few more for Christmas, along with some great Stampin' Up gift certificates from my kids. Also, my friend Crystal is hosting our Stampin' Up new catalog open house on Saturday and I can't wait to see the new sets being offered.

I'm finally back...

Well, I'm finally back and ready to post! I have been busy throughout December and now, I'm ready to post some new cards. I have been working on my Christmas thank-you cards and here is the first one. Of course I had to use my Elzybells! I just love these stamps and can't wait to see what they come out with next.