Sweet and Simple ~ Picture Perfect Birthday # 2

Two weeks ago I became a statistic………… coming down with the flu which I have never had before!  I spent 5 days in bed (never done that before either) another 3 days feeling as weak as a kitten – even had to sit down for a rest after taking a shower!  and now left with an irritating cough, but at least I am able to think straight now.

Occasionally I will write my posts in advance, particularly if I know I am going to be away for a few days but I really much prefer to write them either the day of or day before posting – it is much fresher and I feel more connected with you all that way.  But since I did not know I was going to fall sick, I was not able to ‘prepare’ ~ so I have fallen behind. Continue reading

Dramatic Painted Harvest ~ Thank you

I just love the card I am sharing today – well I love all the cards I make, share and send but the one today just shouts out at me, it has everything I love to put on a card, layers, bling, ribbon and finally that it uses the Painted Harvest Stamp set carried over from the 2017 Holiday Catalog, I have used this stamp set in all sorts of ways, with all sorts of color combinations but today I am using dramatic black and white with just a smidge of grey. Continue reading

Sweet and Simple ~ Picture Perfect Birthday

I have set myself a little challenge ~  to make a card every week to 10 days, using a small amount of equipment and supplies – kind of like one of those cookery shows where you are given 3 or 4 ingredients and you have to turn it into a spectacular 4 course meal.  Then you find the basics such as stock, herbs and spices etc are ‘pantry’ items and it turns out that the meal was made with a whole host of ‘hidden’ stuff we did not know about.

So the ‘pantry items’ for my challenge are going to be, adhesive, Stampin Trimmer, Bone folder and Paper-Piercing tool.  I am going to attempt to create  with 1 stamp set and some ink pads, 1 embellishment (other than paper or card)  and one additional tool, probably a punch.  Wish me luck! Continue reading

Painted Harvest Lions

We have a brand new Occasions catalog but we can still get the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and that really cute Cat Punch, both of which I used to create this card.  I used the one of the greetings from the stamp set but it would make a perfect birthday card for a child I think.  This card also uses a couple of products from my stash that get overlooked, the Starburst Punch and the Wood Texture DSP Stack.
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Lovely Friends – Feeling Blessed

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US, and while it is not a holiday that we recognized before coming to live in this country, we have embraced the sentiment behind the day.  It is traditional to think about the things you are thankful for today and there is much to be thankful for – not least the friendships we have made since coming to the US and those I have made thru my lovely ladies who come to my classes and workshops.

Today’s card is not a typical Thanksgiving card but it does say exactly what I feel………….
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Delightful Daisy Floating Image Card

One of my Yorkie’s is called Daisy – it is such a lovely light and fresh name, and because she is a Southern Belle she is formally known as ‘Miss Daisy’.  If she had not have been Daisy she would have been Poppy, again because it is a bright and happy name ~ and I just love flowers!

When the Delightful Daisy Suite became available as a pre-order for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators it was at the top of my list particularly the Designer Series Paper which I am featuring today, along with the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and a brief appearance by one of my favorite sets ‘ One Big Meaning’ Continue reading

Birthday Blossoms ~ with a touch of watercoloring

So everyone has a birthday – apart from thank you cards they are the ones I probably make most of.  I like to keep a stash of cards ready for when they are needed ~ well,  that is my excuse for making cards for no specific reason other than to have some crafting time.

The Birthday Blossom stamp set has such pretty images and I am drawn to the lovely cursive greetings that it has.  I used it as one of my virtual on-line stamp classes last year and I am thrilled to have used it again in the card I am sharing today. Continue reading

Help Keep Families Close ~ Ronald McDonald House Charities, special offer

Helping a sick child fight a serious illness or injury places a huge emotional strain on a family. Add worries about finances and a family can become overwhelmed. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) help families stay near their hospitalized child at little or no cost, allowing them to focus on helping their child heal, not on where they will stay or get their next meal.

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