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Marianne Design…Time flies and Happy Valentines Day!


All to true… time flies…a lot of Marianne Design dies in action here…the newest die is the branch, then the clock (I embossed it instead of cutting it), the flowers, the leaves and the frames are all from Marianne Design!


A little bit of inking with Dusty Concord Distress ink and the ink blending tool…

The butterfly die is embossed like my video HERE

5 1/2 inches square is the size…

Linking to the Cards Blog Challenge – their sketch inspired this card : )


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and then a simpler Valentine using this new mini stamp and heart die set from Marianne Design… A2 size…dies and of course my Paper Layers tools!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate it and love to share what I’ve been working with… I don’t have all my Valentines done… do you?  I have a feeling Tim will get one that I made a year ago or two!  I always have a hard time giving them to him after I’ve showed it to him in the process! lol  Take care and ttul!

Stamps and Supplies I used…linking to Stuff 4 Scrapbooking… lots of great prices right now on my favorite tools! If you love this postage look… grab this die set while you can… it’s an old one but I love it!  I LOVE these black foam squares… the best I’ve found for mounting… course you know how I feel about the ATG gun… the craft mat…everything here! lol  Thanks for shopping through my links!

Marianne Design products…
Col1307 Heart set
LR0257 Branch
CR1205 Butterfly
CR1202 Purple Flower
LR0242 Square Frames XL
LR0226 Open Leaves
LR0229 Baby’s Breath
CR1234 Clock

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Scrapping Center SALE and Caroling Daisy…

20% off PLUS an additional 10% off when  you use the code VETERANS!

The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup anymore!!!  It’s waking up to a SALE! lol   

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Meet Caroling Daisy… a new clear stamp from the Don and Daisy line by Marianne Design.  She is stamped on Hammermill 80# Color copy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The pattern paper is from the NEW Fancy Pants Christmas 6×6 pad.

I used the new Book die from Marianne Design and stamped a stamp from Embossing Arts on the book page.  I had to use a negative mask (I made it by stamping and cutting out what I wanted to stamp)  to stamp the image.

Martha Stewart holly branch punch and holly border punch. ok – the holly branch punch is hard to find, some places say discontinued… I found it at Blue Moon, link below… if you want it… grab it while you can!  The JOY sentiment is from Printworks Collection.

I wish I’d thought to stickle up the candle beams… there is always something I think of after the fact… this is already version 2! lol

Believe it or not,  I used the Sweet Stop Sketches sketch for my card!!! lol   I’m going to go ahead and link it up even though I had to take a detour or two! hehe

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it! I love hearing from you and appreciate all your awesome comments and friendship!!!

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Marianne Design Poinsettia…

Tis the Season…well…for Christmas card making for sure!  Just heard the weather report on the radio… you know you live in Iowa when one day is 80˚ and the next is down to 48˚!   I’ve got the air conditioning back on!  I wonder if it’s cold in TX?! lol

Marianne Design dies and a Printworks Collection sentiment HERE… I know… gold embossing powder even!  I used the superfine stuff and I’m happy with how it turned out on the texture paper this time… never know what’s gonna happen with textured paper!

I used the Poinsettia,  the mini Poinsettia,  Anja’s Square, Flourishes,  Snowflake and Pine Branch all from Marianne Design.   Bazzil Cardstock,  Hero Arts gold gems and Printworks gold cord.

Thanks for stopping by today for my festive card… oh,  almost forgot…I edged the papers and cuts with a gold pigment embossing pad and I used the pearl pen on the snowflake for the white dots.  I’m not very good with that thing! oh well,  still adds a pretty touch! hehe


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Marianne Design Vintage Christmas…

Merry Christmas to you!  Marianne Design has some lovely vintage prints you can buy, cut and use on your creations.  So pretty! (sorry, I can’t find a place to link to them in the US)  I used some new dies too… I’ll link them all below.  Merry Christmas sentiment is from Printworks,  tags and tag sentiments from Stampin Up.  Ribbon is by May Arts.  Sewing machine stitching and then to get the thread to match the paper, I used a Copic Sketch marker, the chisel end to go over the stitching to make it match the paper better.  The paper is an older line from Cosmo Cricket,  Winter Wonderland.  I have a bunch of it… ugh… used to over buy when I liked something and now I have way too much!  So you’ll be seeing  it again… lol    I really like it but I sure can’t get the colors to show up right in the pictures!  giving up and just posting them!

Beautiful dies to work with.. cut so well… take a look and enjoy creating your Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Marianne Design NEW dies…Merry Christmas!

My card today has some new, newer and older Marianne Design dies on it!  Once I get started… I end up with my 3 magnetic folders out and go to town!   Guess what die the curtain is???

Did you guess?   oh,  I’ll tell you!  It’s the top of the newest heart die!  I love the dainty open scallops all around the heart… then there are smaller hearts and a beautiful snowflake die in the set too.

The very newest dies are the candle and the tree dies. (I put links below but I don’t see them in this store yet) Tree die???  Well… I cut the tree up after I die cut it and embossed it and used it to make the window frame!   It sands up so nice with the Tim Holtz sanding block!  I used Coredinations and Bazzill card-stocks so the embossing and sanding really show up.  I did edge the pieces all with the ink blending tool and Distress inks also. (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen)

HERE is my video on deep embossing…

A little bit of stardust stickles on the candle and the center of the poinsettia.

The poinsettia is an older die set…love the embossing.  I did use the flower center from the mini poinsettia set though.  The holly leaves are from the holly wreath set.  The pine branch was a new die last year.  I used a stylus and mouse pad for the line down the center of the branches.  Then I used the ticket die and the Merry Christmas words.

The stitch lines are stamped on with this clear set that I love and Walnut Stain Distress ink… link below.  It is discontinued but I googled and found it… I’ve never ordered from here before but the price is great!

I used my Perfect Paper Layering Tools to create the mats.  The paper is from the Dec. 25th paper pad by Kaisercraft… last year.

Holler if you have any questions…email tab under the header picture.  Oh, to color the flame… I used the ink blending tool and Distress ink pads… lightly (sparingly) added Mustard Seed first,  then a little wild honey and then a teeny bit of Fired Brick.

Linking to the following challenges…
Creative Craft Challenges 2 – anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge – use more than 2 colors
Party Time Tuesdays – anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and THANKS for all your congrats and best wishes on the new addition to the family!  He’s a keeper and so cute with his cuz Cedryk! hehe

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Marianne Design…Passport to adventure

Silhouettes are so popular right now… I love them all so every once in awhile I have to try my hand at using them again!

I used a variety of Marianne Design products…
The travel/map papers are from Marianne’s Pretty Paper Bloc – Vintage Journey HERE
or preorder HERE
I used two dies, the Creatables die – Lord and Lady HERE or preorder HERE and the Craftables die – Lacy Rectangle and flower HERE or preorder HERE. (I cut the rectangle die down and just used the center part of it)
Stamps are from a Vintage stamp set called Journey CS0585 HERE.

I did the usual… antique linen and walnut stain distress inks on all the pieces… applied with the ink blending tool.  Perfect Layers Tools to cut the mats… the sentiment is from an old PSX travel set…. I wish they were still around!  It’s weird not to color but fun for a change too!

I’m linking to…

StampArtic  Challenge blog – make a card with dies
Delightful Sketches Challenge blog – punches and dies
Paper Pretties Challenge blog – Square card
Waste Not Wednesday Challenge blog – unused products
Word Art Wednesday Challenge blog  – encouraging/uplifting sentiment
Clear it Out Challenge blog – manly…use two pattern papers
Creative Card Crew Challenge blog – maps/newsprint/sheet music/script

Thanks for stopping by for something a little different from me! = )   ttul!

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Marianne Design Scandinavian House and Bicycle scene…

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As American as Bicycles, Baseball and Apple Pie is my little country scene today… Happy 4th of July!   I love the little stars on wires in the bicycle basket!
Lots of Marianne Design dies on this step card…

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(I just realized that when you load a video to You Tube they make it fit their window and it cuts off parts of the top and bottom.  Wish I’d realized this sooner… hope you can still get an idea of what I did)

This was so fun to make!  ttul!

Here’s the dies and supplies I used …

Thanks for stopping by!

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Relax….another boat!


I’ve never been in a sailboat so I don’t know if it’s relaxing or not!  I’ve been in several fishing boats and as long as I have a book… it’s relaxing! hehe

This is a Marianne Design Sailboat die, Classic Boats… if you live close to me… the Craft and Hobby Shop in Ottumwa can get it for you!  Online,  check it out HERE.  I embossed it while the cut piece was still in the die…then turned it over and with the ink blending tool I inked it with Distress inks, Brushed Corduroy and Tumbled Glass.  White Distress Stain and white pen on the tips of the waves and torn water card-stock.

The “sun”  so to speak is a stamp from a clear stamp set that Alice made me buy! OK,  she didn’t make me but when she pointed out the potential I grabbed it quick!  I am so glad she did!  It’s called Time Traveler by Tattered Angels… it’s been a couple years but I keep my stamps!  I might need them someday and sure enough… I’m always glad I have them!  There’s that Fiskars wave border punch again!

Linking up to Stretch My Stamps post by Virginia  HERE.  I just used part of the month/date circle stamp and then I used it for a sun instead of what it was meant for!  I love it!

The little seashell is from CC Designs NEW for Summer Sugarplums Beach kit!  LOVE it!  The word “RELAX” is from a CC Designs NEW for June Oh So Beachy Sentiments set… on the inside it says, “it’s your day!”



I’m going to use this for my swap card this afternoon at stamp club.  Glad Carolyn picked this theme because I needed to use this boat stuff!  So guess what… I’m on a boat kick… a couple more to use!  oh no! hahahahaha

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and I’ve been making badges for Tilda’s Town Challenges with the polaroid look… very fun!  Have a sailin’ good weekend!

Stamps and Such…

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A Birthday Boat!


Marianne Design has come out with these fun word dies… I love cutting them and layering them up to look like chipboard.  I did ink the edges with Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Here’s a link to them and if you go to the next page, you’ll see the new dies for June!  I don’t have them yet but I’m looking forward to having some in my possession soon!

The background Lure stamp is from Judikins… the main boat and dock image is an old PSX stamp.  DAD is an alphabet set that I picked up years ago at Hobby Lobby.  I have a thing about alphabet stamp sets… some people collect figurines… I collect stamps, dies, paper, you name it… lol!  I have a feeling you’re in the same “boat”!  Pun intended!

On the inside I used a belated birthday greeting from a CC Designs AmyR Stamp sentiment set.  Perfect Layers Tools to mat the image… link in the right sidebar.

Linking to the CCEE Stampers Challenge – Create a card with a Vintage feel…


THANKS for looking!  ttul!

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Marianne Design Basket Birthday Wishes…


If the woodgrain stamp is on my desk…I have to stamp it! hahaha… some stamps are just like that!  I really like the white basket on it though… I made the roses with the smallest flower from the CC Designs Phlox die and followed the tutorial on McGill’s website for mini roses HERE.  The basket is Marianne Design, the big leaf is a new die from her and so are the two new greenery dies I used with the roses in the basket.  The little white flowers are punched out of white card-stock and it’s hard to see them but there are three Martha Stewart pine branches punched out of brown card-stock in with the roses and greenery too.



The sentiment on the outside and on the inside are from CC Designs AmyR Stamps sentiment sets… Birthday Wishes is from the Great Greetings Set  and Thinking of you today is from the Best Birthday Wishes Sentiment set.  I used my Perfect Layers tools to mat … love them!



Our local -ish stamp store is now carrying Marianne Design dies!  If you are anywhere in the area… check out Craft and Hobby Connection in Ottumwa, Iowa!  It’s an awesome stamp store and tons of CC Designs stamps and other stamp lines too!  Holler if you want more info…


LR0226                                                                       LR0229                                               CR1206

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THANKS for stopping by! I appreciate it!  I’ll be back again soon… Summer is kicking in here…. hot!  A.C. running good! = )

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Tulip Time…

A pretty little Dutch girl… perfect for Tulip Time in May!  Marianne Design EWS 2203 is the clear stamp I used.  She is inked and stamped with Colorbox Wicked Black ink on Canson Manga Drawing Heavyweight card and colored with Distress markers.  I used a sentiment from Marianne Design Stampfairy Cling Stamp Sentiment set. It’s really a clear stamp set but they call it cling.  They stamp up really well on Bazzill texture card-stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink… surprising!  It’s hard to stamp words on Bazzill usually!

Tulips, Anja’s Leaves (new this month), fence and grass dies from Marianne Design too.  Charming dies and so fun to create little vignettes with!

The oval is a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die and the corners, an old Cuttlebug corner die.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I love sharing with you all and appreciate your kind comments and sharing tips for all this creating we do!  Have a beautiful, thankful week!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the new Sugarplums kit from CC Designs!

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May Day’s around the corner…

How about a Marianne Design May basket and some sweet little flowers just for you!  The teeny little leaves come with the basket die.. a little rose too but I didn’t use it this time.  The “just for you” are new word dies… cool!  Several words to mix and match!

One of my favorite things to do with die cuts is to cut 3 or 4 and layer them together…started it years ago and still love the look… hope you can see how it enhanced the words and the basket… yes,  I did get a little gluey! hehe

I love the MME paper pad… and especially this floral piece… course you know that.. I used it last week too! lol

A  Martha Stewart border, a Marianne Design stitching stamp and it’s good to go… oh,  don’t forget the Spellbinders Nestabilities!

Kinda charming!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned with some stamping and flowers  involved!  AND some shopping!

I checked All That Scraps for the latest and see the Magnolia stamps, dies and even the new magazine are all 50% off HERE!!!!  Whoa Nellie!  NEW Bo Bunny paper pads,  TGF, KK, Crate Paper, MFT,  HERE is where you’ll find what’s NEW.  Well, have fun! snicker…*cough*… see ya’!

Thanks for stopping by!  I love hearing from you! Take care!

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A Fishing kind of Birthday!

Relax, it’s cool!  How to celebrate a 10th birthday… fishing… Grandson Lane loved his new tackle box and lures from Grandpa!

New Stampfairy stamps from Marianne Design… Stampfairy Bear Fishing and Stampfairy Sentiments.  I also used Marianne Design’s tree, fence, grass and bird dies for this step card… it just makes me happy! So cute!  The three little trees in the background are a dollar stamp from M’s… I stamped and masked the bear first… just cut out half the mask… = )

I love how the dies emboss… I used the embossing with the stylus technique that I show in this video HERE and the tree is pieced like I show in this video HERE.

All the pieces are edged with Walnut Stain Distress ink, the green is edged with Peeled Paint Distress ink… and the ink blending tool!  MME Lime Twist Cloud paper again… I bought the last three sheets of it at the stamp store in Des Moines… love it!  I’ll link to the 6×6 pad that has it in it though.

Gonna switch gears and try watercoloring some of the new Printworks stamps….wish me good painting! eek!  I love a good challenge!  = )

Happy Fishing or for me… I prefer Stamping! lol  Thanks for stopping by!  Talk to you again soon!

Stamps and Such…

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Deep Embossing on die cuts…

Just sharing a little something that I feel really enhances the look of diecuts on your cards or other paper creations.   If you have six minutes to watch a quick video,  I think you’ll like what I have to share… if you have thoughts to add or ideas… be sure to leave a comment!  We’ll all benefit! The screw punch I’m using is the Aitoh brand and both of the links below are that brand. Scroll on down for the butterfly card and links to the die. Thanks for stopping by!

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Silhouette Ladies…

Yesterday I had some creating fun with the new Marianne Designs Creatables dies for MarchAnja’s Rose small corner and Baby Cameo.  I knew what stamp I wanted to use… a Hero Arts wood mounted image I just picked up last weekend at Michaels (I can’t find the exact one to link to, so linking to a similar one),  so I stamped it on the Basic Grey paper added an old Hero Arts sentiment, Style is eternal and the little stamp image on the edges is from a Tattered Angels Traveler clear stamp set.  The perfume bottle one of four stamps on a B Line Designs stamp cube.

The  rose corner is so pretty… there are a few more Anja’s Roses dies in this release…a border, a centerpiece and a large corner… very pretty…

A close up of the corner…

This is the Basic Grey Granola 6×6 paper pad.  The fancy black rose is from Marianne Designs also… comes as a strip of roses and I just cut one off… love the netting that it comes on!  I couldn’t make out the detail of it in my card photos so I took an up close photo and really lightened it. Might have to move your screen to see it… they’re pretty.  

Yes,  I used the Perfect Layers Rulers!  I thought about distressing the edges but I do love the straight mat look and I think it lends itself to the look of the classic silhouette ladies too.  HERE is my video about them and there’s another video at the Perfect Layers link in my right sidebar. I used the 1/8th and 1/16th in. on this card.

A fanciful card for a beautiful early Spring day in Iowa!  My DH should be out fishing but instead he’s dealing with a flat tire on his truck and working.  I noticed this a.m. while out picking him up that the weeds are already growing!!!  UGH!  Silly ground ivy… we’ve tried a few things to get rid of it but haven’t been successful.  I hate the idea of chemicals in the yard.  We play out there so much with the grandkids.  So many people walk their dogs by here too… they’re supposed to pick up their poo but they don’t always… ugh,  I hate stepping in it!  Isn’t there something you can put on your grass to keep the dogs from doing it?  Guess I’ll be googling away soon! chuckle!  Oh the joys of living in town on a corner!  I’d rather think about the next card!

ok  – I’ll catch  ‘ya later!

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