A Couple of Cards


You probably think I have been slacking since before Christmas, right?  With K’s wedding approaching, I have been spending all of my free time working on things for her–and I can’t post them here until after the wedding.  So, please rest assured that I am still crafting away–and won’t be going postal any time soon!!

I have a few events coming up–a baby shower this weekend and a wedding next weekend.  Both of the women like the vintage/rustic/burlap and lace look–so I decided to make my life easy and make them both basically the same card.  (Is that cheating?)

I used Crumbcake and Pink Pirouette card stock–along with some Pink DSP and vellum, gold foil and gold embossing powder and some framelets.  Really simple and easy.  Added a lace border to finish it off.  

Luckily, the women aren’t so close that they will see each other’s card and call me a slacker!




November Blog Hop


Welcome Back to the Blog Hop!  You should have just come from Caren’s blog here–if not, use the link to go back and check out her tags!

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Here are my Christmas tags–they are going to be a Thanksgiving gift for my favorite aunt and uncle.  One of my favorite holiday traditions is wrapping all of my aunt’s presents over Thanksgiving weekend.  She is quite a buyer–so we spend all day on Saturday watching football, eating leftovers and wrapping gifts.

So now, you will want to hop on over to Sami’s blog–enjoy!

Bits and Pieces




This is a card I made for a friend’s 50th birthday (youngster!) and the envelope was made using DSP and the new envelope punch board which I LOVE!!!  




And another with help from Sami–I had the thinlit dies for the words–and hadn’t used them yet–and wanted to make a Thanksgiving card.  I got all of the leaves on it–and, no matter what color word I tried, it kept getting lost in the leaves–so Sami and her magical talent pulled out the burlap ribbon (I always take out the stitching–that is the point of burlap, right?  To have fraying edges?) and I backed the “thankful” with that.  Can you guess who will get this card?  

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Yes, I have been temporarily MIA–work is crazy busy (praise God!) and I have been traveling–so slacking on the blog posts.  Have no fear, it’s not like I haven’t been crafting!  

So, Sami and I decided to have a Christmas card/tag day–she made the cards and I made the tags–and a box so that you can give them as a gift.  Mine will be going to my favorite aunt–I always wrap her Christmas presents when we visit them at Thanksgiving–we sit in her room with the door shut and the football games on and she writes the tags while I wrap the gifts.  My daughters think I am crazy, but I find it very soothing!  So, here is the box–



And here are the tags.  I didn’t make multiples of each like we did on Saturday–so I will be making more so that she has a full assortment!


Banner Blog Hop!


This month’s blog hop is one of my favorites–I love the new Build a Banner Kit and have had so much fun with different banners!!  You may be coming from this blog–isn’t Denise talented?

My eldest daughter is getting married in May–and my friend, Sami, hosted her first shower–a Pampered Chef shower.  I wanted to create a banner for the  shower that Kendall could also use for any other events in the future–so decided to make one with the word, “Celebrate”.  Here is the finished banner:


And this is what it looked like for the shower–with photos from the years they have dated.  Obviously, I think that, if a little is good, then a lot is fabulous!!  Remember, from here, you want to be sure to visit my mentor, my hero, my friend, Sami!Sept Blog Hop banner



Yes, well–sometimes life gets in the way, right?  Obviously, the card challenge pwned me.  Please don’t think I have been sitting around eating bon-bons–although we have been drinking some wine–we have been prepping for our BIG CRAFT DAY!!!  That’s right, on Saturday we are hosting a 4-5 hour event complete with lunch and a boatload of fun projects.  We are making a version of the Boo Banner, Sami’s fabulous mixed media Thanksgiving canvas, Gina’s amazing project (Is it a Christmas card?  Is it an ornament?  It’s two, two, two projects in one!), a flip card and a coffee cup project.  

Stay tuned for photos!

The other thing I have been working on is a Save the Date for my daughter’s fiance’s sister’s  (got that?) March wedding.  Can’t show you that either–cause that would ruin the surprise.  

SO, because I like pictures, here’s a fun birthday card I made some months ago–I do like the shutter cards!



DIdn’t make it with anyone in mind–just wanted to try the technique.  Here is a link to a great tutorial:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trishuttercard/

You can always find GREAT info on the Split Coast Stampers site–and I love how they are organized.  I promise to get back on this after our event.  Until then, enjoy your day!  Linda

Halloween Blog Hop!

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This is my first Blog Hop–and Truth be told, I don’t have any idea what this is about!  So, please bear with me as I learn.  If I understand the concept, you should have come from Cali’s blog–and head to Sami’s after you visit mine.  Hoping I have links correct here–obviously, I work in technology!!

I LOVE banners!  They add a cute festive touch to my home–and I love to decorate with them.  Here is my Halloween themed banner:


Want to know how I made it?  I started with two items–the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit and the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit.


Then, because I wanted to zhuzh it up a bit, (BTW, whatever happened to the Queer Eye guys?) I grabbed my Summer Starfruit, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie paper and stamp pads, and my Black and Orange Stampin’ Glitter.

I started by using the image stencils.  If I was more organized, I would have purchased the ink refills or the sponge daubers and looked like a pro.  Instead, I cut up a home depot sponge I had from another project and used that with my ink pads and the stencils to color my banners.  They ended up looking like this:


You will notice that the placement of the blank area for the lettering is not consistent–I noticed as well–when I laid them out for this photo.  If I was more detail-oriented, I would have been disappointed–but, since I am not, and since this was going to say, “boo”, I decided that this just made it more whimsical and that it was a happy accident!

Now comes the fun part–deciding how to decorate this!  I love the layering–so started with a black flag and orange glitter for the “b”.  I tried to use my black StazOn Ink pad for the two “o”s (Is that how that should be written?  I don’t think so–but, can’t figure out how to do that correctly.  Teachers?  Grammarians?  Please pull our your red pen and fix that for me!) but, it wasn’t dark enough.  (Note to self, order the Jet Black refill)  SO, I decided to use the Tombo glue and black glitter for those.  Image

Now, onto the REALLY fun part–choosing the decorative elements!  I used a few items from the Halloween kit–the black rosette and a starfruit center, the spider web, one black and one starfruit button.  I added a bow to the button with linen thread from my stash and a designer builder brad with an orange “jewel” to the rosette center.  (You do know the secret of making a jewel any color you want, right?  Use a Sharpie to color the clear ones-it works PERFECTLY!)  Now that I had both of the outside flags looking good, I knew that I needed something in the center flag that was “more” than what I had on hand.  So, I made a jack-o-lantern with an oval framelit and my pumpkin pie paper, cut quarter-inch strips of paper to give it dimension, and spread the black glitter on black paper and cut out his eyes, mouth and top hat.  He is certainly unique!

I threaded the jute through and I was done.  Until I decided to add some ribbon between my letter–I may decide to add some to the ends as well–but, for now, here is the finished banner!Image

Happy Halloween to each of you–enjoy your trick-or-treating and may you get the GOOD candy!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!  Linda

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