Monthly Archives: June 2013

Patriotic Miss You – 365Cards Sketch Day 174


  • Stamps – Hero Arts “You’re Always in my Heart” set
  • Patterned paper – Reminisce “Let Freedom Ring”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny Dots
  • Memory Box Pearl Stickers

I made this card for our new local stamp store, Runaway Art and Craft Studio, to showcase some patriotic papers and stamps they got in for the 4th. I used a sketch from 365Cards Day 174. I used Ranger Distress Inks around the edges of the various elements and also a shot of my homemade ink spray that I made from Distress Ink Reinkers and water. This would make a good Any Hero card for Operation Write Home–not for them to send home, but for them to receive with a note. Have a great day–it is a warm one here in the Pacific Northwest!

Summer Card Camp 2 – Thank You


  • Stamps – Layers of Color Art Stamps “Flutterescent” set (butterflies) and Printworks “Thank You”
  • Patterned papers – from Fancy Pants “Country Boutique” Paper Pad
  • Cardstock – BoBunny
  • Bling – Kaiser Pearls and Mark Richards Crystal Stickers

This is a clean and simple card. I stamped the butterflies on a tone on tone patterned paper and attached the panel with dimensional adhesive. I then popped up the sentiment banner and also have it extending past the card base for a little more visual interest. The sketch I used was from a pre-class challenge at Online Card Classes for Summer Card Camp 2. I’m excited that this “camp” will be beginning in a little over a week. These classes are always top-notch! Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Retirement, Dani & Nancy!


  • Stamps – Just Rite “Botanical Medallions & Banners”
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Nested Medallion Label” dies
  • Corner punches – Fiskars and Martha Stewart
  • Patterned cardstock – Chatterbox “Fine Engraved Paper” – Alabaster
  • Cardstock – BoBunny Dots and Bazzill
  • Gems – Mark Richards – 3 mm crystal stickers

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This week we had a party at work for two special ladies who had worked for the Legislature for over 60 years between them! That’s even longer than I’ve worked there! So I made these cards for them for us to write our good wishes as they go on to a more relaxing chapter in their lives. I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and added a little bit of bling. Thanks for visiting.

Clean & Simple – Sketch 245 – Party Like It’s 1776


  • Patterned papers – Reminisce “Celebration Dots,” “Celebration Chevron,” “Celebration Stripe,” “Celebration Stars”
  • Die cut sticker – Reminisce “Made in the USA”
  • Cardstock – Bazill

This is a very simple card that showcases a new Reminisce paper collection. The owner of our new LSS asked me to make some things using this collection to show shoppers some ideas. I used Sketch 245 at Clean and Simple Stamping as a guide for this. I thought the little flags might be kind of fun with the patriotic patterns. Thanks for visiting today.

OWH – Midweek Throwdown – Cards 4 Kids


  • Stamps – Studio G “Series 10”
  • Patterned papers – Reminisce “Superheroes” and “Out of this World”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

One of my favorite themes for cards is kid cards! The patterned papers took the lead on this one, which I made for the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps Midweek Throwdown Challenge this week: Cards 4 Kids. I particularly like the penguin super hero–he’s very cute! I hope this will bring a smile to a child’s face when they receive it from a real hero. Thanks for visiting!

Happy Father’s Day – Summer Card Camp 2 Pre-Class Challenge


  • Stamp- PSX
  • Patterned paper – Fancy Pants Designs “Swagger” by Nancie Rowe Janitz – 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Die cut – made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Resplendent Rectangles” set
  • Baker’s twine – Doodlebug Design Co.
  • Buttons – Vintage set from Buttons Galore
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Today is Father’s Day and this is my husband’s card. It features some perfect paper for masculine cards! Lots of hats and stripes, for example. The sentiment stamp is one of my oldest. The date on it is 1992, which makes it over 20 years old! It’s a classic! I also used a color scheme that is part of a challenge for the upcoming Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. We were challenged to use 4 out of 5 of the following colors:

With this paper collection, I was able to nail it! I also double stamped the sentiment with Smokey Grey and Onyx Black Versafine ink. Thanks for visiting today.

OWH – Things With Wings – Butterflies Thank You


  • Stamps – Hampton Art “Butterflies” with matching Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies
  • Sentiment stamp – from Stampin’ Up “Sincere Salutations”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “In Bloom” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Decorative Tile Set”
  • Tag – Darice “Core Tags”
  • Pearls – Blue Hills Studio
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

The Midweek Throwdown challenge this week at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps is to create a cards featuring Things With Wings. I used the matching cling stamp and die set from Hampton Art and Spellbinders for the butterflies. I repeated the pattern in the embossing folder with the patterned paper. Thanks for stopping by.

And now for something completely different…


As most people know, I’m a card maker. I like to try a little bit of everything, but I make cards all the time for family, friends, and Operation Write Home. But my interests temporarily strayed…

So Trenton was in the musical “Once Upon A Mattress” recently at his middle school. He played The Minstral and now has taken a liking to the mandolin! Today they had their cast party and the director asked me for help with a cake–she thought they really deserved something special for their hard work on this production. So I thought about it for a little while and thought that it might be fun to recreate the bed featuring a pile of mattresses that the evil queen hid the pea under. I have played very little with cake decorating. I think I used rolled fondant one other time (almost 14 years ago) for Trenton’s first birthday cake! But I watch Cake Boss–I can do it, right?!

I set to work, beginning by making two 9 X 13″ yellow cakes. I “glued” them together with vanilla butter cream. I think I’ve lost count of how many sticks of butter I used for this cake, between the frosting and the cakes themselves! I covered the layers with some more butter cream and then rolled out some yellow fondant, cut it in a rectangle and covered the cake with the blanket of fondant. I took the dull side of a paring knife and drew a diamond pattern (scoring the surface, not cutting) for a quilted look, and then added some white sugar pearls. I made fondant pillows and then decorated some bedding under the top blanket with colorful icing. I created a headboard from a little foam crown and some white plastic Grecian pillars, then added a little strip of miniature wooden fencing for the ladder that the princess had to climb. It is amazing what you can find when you wander through a craft store!


If you look closely, you will see the green pea beneath the mattresses. Okay, it is an M & M! The kids were happy and enjoyed the cake. I also made some cupcakes with bright green frosting (pea green, thank you very much!), not knowing if the cake would be big enough for everyone. I did find that this was not an original idea! Many others have made such cakes.

Cupcakes - Pea Green Frosting

And we all lived happily ever after, eating cake! The End. Thanks for visiting. It was fun to dabble in baking and decorating, but I’ll probably stick to card making! I can’t eat my cards! Have a great day.

Clean & Simple Sketch #243 – Ducky Birthday


  • Duck sticker and bubbles – Jolee’s Boutique
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Whimsical Happy Birthday”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Nine”
  • Patterned papers – Doodlebug Design Inc. “Take Note”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Border punch – Fiskars “Upper Crest”

I made this card for a rubber ducky lover. I saw these stickers some time ago and knew I had to use them for Olivia! The stickers are vellum, so the duck looks translucent which makes it look pretty realistic. I used Sketch #243 at Clean & Simple Stamping for inspiration. Hope your day is just ducky and thanks for stopping by.


OWH Midweek Throwdown: Transportation


  • Stamps – Penny Black “Loads of Love”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Indie Chic ‘Ginger'”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Gems – Darice “Earth”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Dotted Scallop”

Hi there. Today’s card features a hedgehog driving a dump truck. Yes, its true! I colored this image with Copic markers and added a little bit of bling at the tires. The Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home  this week is to create a card featuring transportation. I figure this guy fits the bill. The design was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #88.