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Gold Star Thanks

Happy New Year! Sorry for yet another absense.  I’m working on some big stuff – including a new craft space! Can’t wait to share it with you!

I do have a card to share today, a thank you card with a gold star theme – love that for thank yous!

Gold Star Thanks |

Sorry for the poor quality of the picture.  You can see the colors better in the close up picture.

I layered on my papers and stamped my image, then added touches of gold gel pen to jazz it up a little bit.

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The gold star was punched with a retired SU star punch  from a scrap of metallic gold cardstock – I’m pretty sure it’s Worldwin brand.  I hand cut the mat for it.   The Thanks sentiment is from a retired SU stamp set called Outlined Occasions.  Everything else is linked up below!

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My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:

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Peace & Joy

Recently I had a special commission to make a single Christmas card. I don’t know if the recipient has received it yet, hopefully I’m not spoiling it by posting about it today! I had just gotten a new Technique Tuesday stamp set so it was a perfect opportunity to use it. A little heat embossing and sponging and I was pleased with the final result…

Peace & Joy |

The picture doesn’t really show all the shimmer of the gold spray I did on the background paper, but trust me it’s shimmery!

I’m working on something special for Monday so be sure and check back!

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My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:


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Pinspiring Monday!

Happy Monday, friends! I got several cute cards made over the weekend that I can’t wait to show you this week.  Today, as usual, is a project I made based on a picture that was pinned to my Pinspiring! board on Pinterest.

This photo of cut dahlias in little class jars is just so pretty.  I tracked it back to Elizabeth Anne Designs photograph of an elegant wedding.


For my card I decided to make a huge paper dahlia.  These are so fun and easy to make – if you’ve never made one before there is an excellent tutorial over at OWH Stars & Stamps (written by my dear friend Kate!)   I tweaked it a little by using smaller circles and eliminating one fold.  I made one dahlia, then I added a second layer of petals underneath it to end up with this huge one. The large rhinestone in the middle started out clear – I colored it with a Copic.

The card base is a heathered-looking grey cardstock that reminds me of marble.  I die cut a large opening in the front of the card and adhered acetate behind it to create a window – inspired by the glass jars in the photo.

I’m pleased with the final card but it is pretty thick and lumpy – so I won’t be sending it to OWH, I’ll save it to give to a friend.


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About this card:  The cardstock is all from my scraps bin.  The acetate is an old transparency!  I used the Top Note die on my Big Shot to create the window in the card base.   The rhinestone is from Making Memories and was colored with a Copic marker. 

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CASE the Catalog!

Hello, friends! As promised here is my weekly project inspired by the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  On Sunday when my mom was over for Mother’s Day brunch, I handed her the catalog and told her to pick a card for me to CASE because I was running out of ideas! Of course she found four good ones in the first section that I had passed over!

I really liked the layout of this card on page 34…


My version is pretty dramatically different.  It isn’t a Christmas card, and I had to resize some of the elements to fit my stamp.  But the layout is pretty much the same, as is the layered, punched border and sentiment, and the use of a metal clip for embellishment.

I decided to brush up on my aquabrush skills (hah, see what I did there?) since I am planning to teach my card class how to do basic watercoloring for stamping later this summer.


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About this card:  The sentiment and flowers are both from the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society 04-12 stamp set and are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The flowers are stamped on watercolor paper and then colored using an aquabrush and Distress Ink in Barn Door and Fired Brick.  I then watercolored the background with Distress Ink Iced Spruce, going darker around the edges for a “glow” effect.  I used a green marker to color the tiny bits of green stem, and a gold gel pen dotted in the center of the flowers.  I matted this panel with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso cardstock.  The red polka dot designer paper is from my scraps bin, and I cut it with a deckle edge blade along with a strip of more Early Espresso and layered them.  The sentiment is stamped on Bazzill Kraft cardstock and is layered over more red polka dot, both are hand cut into a pennant shape.   The gold metal clip is from Making Memories.   The background paper is from the Bo Bunny Olivia collection.

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Happy Birthday

I have a cute birthday card to share today that is loosely based on an OWH sketch, #105.   This card will go in my Operation Write Home box – which is getting kinda full, so I need to pack it up and ship it out soon!


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About this card: The sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Elementary Elegance stamp set was stamped in SU! Chocolate Chip ink on a scrap of ivory cardstock.  I punched it into a circle and layered it over a punched scallop circle of SU! Cameo Coral cardstock.  I used a Viva Decor pearl pen to add pearls to the scallops and then adhered this piece with dimensional adhesives. The vertical background strip is designer paper from Making Memories hand cut into a pennant shape then layered over strips of SU! Cameo Coral that were border punched with the scallop trim punch.  The polka dot background is more Making Memories paper and the mat is SU! Brocade Blue cardstock. 

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To Wonderful You

I have been working on handmade thank you notes to send to all the ladies that came and made cards at my OWH cardmaking event on March 3rd.   Hopefully some of them will get a kick out of the fact that I’m using scraps from our kits to make the cards :)

I got the idea for this card from a card I saw on Pinterest ( or click here to see the original blog post ) from Lisa A of I’m in Haven.   Also a fun little tip – I’m writing my message for the inside on large post it notes and sticking them to the inside of the card, with a PS for the recipient to re-use the card!


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About this card: The flower is three separate flowers from Prima Marketing that I layered and accented with a large rhinestone from Making Memories.  The strips of designer paper and the cardstock base were donations to the OWH party that were leftover.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Sweet Little Sentiments and is stamped in SU! Basic Black ink on a white cardstock scrap, then punched with the Designer Label punch.  The front of the card base was dry embossed on my Big Shot with the Sizzix Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. 


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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Over the weekend I had a great Operation Write Home cardmaking event with lots of fun, talented ladies helping to make cards – stay tuned for the full report tomorrow!

Today’s card is inspired by a card on page 12 of the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  I loved the unique layout of this card!


I kept pretty true to their layout but completely changed the color scheme.  I recently saw a post on the OWH Facebook page about the best way to use neons so I decided to challenge myself and use these neon papers that somehow are in my stash and that I normally pass over.  I also had this neat rainbow ribbon that I’d received in a swap and wanted to find a good use for.  You might need sunglasses but the card came out pretty cute, I think:


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About this card:  The sentiment from SU! Something to Celebrate was stamped in SU! Basic Black ink and hand cut into a pennant shape.   The rhinestone flower is from Making Memories.  The designer paper is from the BasicGrey Lauderdale 6×6 pack and is punched with a scallop circle punch.  The rainbow ribbon was received in a swap.  The blue circle is punched from SU! Ballet Blue cardstock.  The pale green circles and the neon pink background cardstocks are random from my stash.

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Thank You Hero

In addition to the usual cards for troops to send home, this time at my OWH Cardmaking party we’re also going to make a card in which we’ll write a note of encouragement for the troops, what the OWH folks call an ”Anyhero” card.  They include a few of these in every box of blank cards shipped out, so they are always needing more. 

Here’s the one we’re going to make which features a free digital image from Handmade by Paula (thanks, Paula!):


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About this card: Pinwheel made from scrap designer papers and white generic cardstock.  The silver star brad is from Making Memories.  The sentiment is a digital image courtesy of Handmade by Paula and is printed on white cardstock and matted with SU! Real Red cardstock and adhered with dimensional adhesives.  The navy blue textured cardstock background is from Bazzill.

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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Happy Monday, all! I got in some good crafting time over the weekend so I have lots of cute stuff to share this week!

As always on Mondays, I have a card inspired by a project in the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  Today’s card is from page 154 – and is one that I have had my eye on for awhile.


I love the trendy text background of course, and the colorful butterflies. 

For my version I used some pages from the old worn out paperback that I’m gradually repurposing, as well as some scraps of designer paper for my butterflies – in the original version I believe they are stamped then punched.  I left off the stitching but added an additional butterfly and made the sentiment panel larger.  I also put my butterflies in rainbow order, just because I liked it that way :)


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About this card:  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Something To Celebrate and is stamped in Versafine Onyx ink on white cardstock which I hand cut into a pennant shape.  The large rhinestone is from Making Memories.   The butterflies are various pieces of scrap designer paper that I die cut with the Sizzix Beautiful Wings embosslit. I curled their wings up with my fingers before adhering them. The background panels are three pieces of old paper back matted on Bazzill black cardstock.  The base card is SU! Real Red.

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CAS Thanks

I thought I’d play along with the folks over at Operation Write Home who are showing off CAS (Clean and Simple) style cards today.   There are some really gorgeous cards to see over there!

I kept my card monochromatic for a CAS effect, and chose a simple sentiment and single bold embellishment.


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About this card:  I cut the sentiment on my Silhouette SD and layered it over a strip of burgundy grosgrain ribbon.  The large rhinestone is from Making Memories.   The background paper is Anna Griffin which I used to completely cover my cardstock base card.  I used a corner rounder punch on the two bottom corners.

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