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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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CAS Fall card…

Back today with a CAS card I forgot to post last month!  I CASED it from this gal’s blog… HERE.  Memory Box branch die… EK Success border and small punches for the leaves and an Impression Obsession sentiment.  Neenah Super Smooth Classic Crest 80# Natural white card-stock for the card base.  Oh, the sentiment is stamped with Olypia Green Versafine ink.

Such a pretty time of year… I can see a maple tree from where I’m sitting.  Glorious Autumn beauty!  Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges I’m linking to…
Simon Says Stamp – punches and dies
Addicted To Stamps and More – CAS

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Joy, Joy, Joy…

I do love stamp edge/postal stamping kinds of things!  In 1998 when I went to the first Art Continuum, I had a stamp made before I left that looks like a postal cancellation and it says “Pam going postal”.  We all had books and went around collecting each other’s stamp images!  I still love my stamp!  In the center of the circle part, I stamp a red heart.  So fun!

I saw Loll’s card on her blog, HERE and knew I wanted to CASE it and she said I could!  Thanks Loll!

I’ll link below to the products I used.  The stamp square is an old McGill punch and I couldn’t find it anywhere to link to,  so I’ll give you some other options.  It was really hard to punch through my Bazzill card-stock anyway. ugh!   I LOVE this Cuttlebug die set of stamps… I own it and it’s great!  The square die in the set, is the same size as the punch I used.  I used the circle die on this ATC HERE.  Then I own the Spellbinders stamp edge dies and use them too.  HERE is a card I used a larger stamp square from the nestabilities set on… cool.

The alphabet die set I used is from Quickutz called Tangerine.  I googled and found it HERE.  It’s a discontinued set so it surprised me that it showed up!

Couldn’t find the holly punch I used to link up to either… sorry about that.  I own these other two that I linked to below and they will work and look great too!  That’s what I get for grabbing without looking first!

Use your Perfect Paper Layering Tools to create even spaces between your shapes.  Watch the video HERE

I HAVE to tell you about my latest NEW tool!!!  LOVE!  The NEW MINI Martha Stewart SCORE BOARD!  It’s awesome!  The coolest way to make envelopes on the back side!!!  So lightweight and easy to use and scores like a dream and the score tool is WAY better and even hooks on the front!  The price… well… it’s awesome too!  Here’s the description…

MARTHA STEWART CRAFTS-Mini Score Board. Score flawless crisp lines in seconds! Perfect for card makers; it will accommodate papers up to 8 inches wide with scoring grooves spaced at 1/8 inch increments. An easy-to-use guide is printed on the back surface with standard card sizes and grooves for creating matching sized envelopes. It is made of durable melamine and includes a bone folder that clips onto the surface for compact storage. Overall measurements of the board are 9-3/4×7-1/2 inches. Each package contains one scoring board and one bone folder.

So good to be back blogging!  : )  I just mailed off 20 cards to Printworks Friday afternoon!  Wow!  I designed 8 cards for them and then I’m making multiples for store sample boards… so… if you are in Orlando, FL the first weekend of October for the wholesale trade show…check out the first four designs I sent!

Linking up to some challenge blogs…
Challenges 4 Everybody – anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges – photo inspiration (optional)
Squiggles and Giggles – punches and dies

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ve missed being here and emailing!  Have a great week and can’t wait to see what you’re stamping these days!

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Martha Stewart punches…

I was just looking at my blog stats and you know how it is… one place leads to another on the internet!  So glad I found this though!  I have this punch (still unopened). They used it for this paper chain and I love how it looks!  It’s going to have to come out of the package now!

This picture is from HERE.  I doubt that I ever make paper chains but if you click on the link you’ll see how this looks flat and how other punches look too!  Fun!  This site also tells you what size to cut your card-stock.  I see potential for cards!

I wonder if EK Success or Martha Stewart came out with any new punches at CHA?  Such a weakness! lol

I’ll be back on Friday with a Magnolia card for Tilda’s Town!

Our daughter and new grandson are doing well!  Won’t be long and they’ll be home!  YEA!


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Sweet November Patriotic Betsy…

Rah, Rah, Rah!   It’s daytime,  so I made pinwheels instead of keeping with sparklers, for Sweet November Patriotic Pixie Betsy!  I ❤ them! I used a 5/8 inch square punch to punch the double sided pattern paper… poked a hole in the center of the square… cut up toward the hole from each corner… then folded one tip from each corner up to meet the center hole.  When I put in the teeny 1/16th in brads,  I caught those tips and kept them under the brad.

It’s June Release Tuesday Review on the All That Scraps Blog today, HERE.  If you want to see lot of fabulous designing… click over!  You won’t be disappointed!

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Betsy is inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Hammermill Color Copy 80# Cover card-stock,  cut out and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  Hair – E50, 30, 23, 25, 27, 29,  Skin – E0000, 000, 00, 21, Cheeks – R20 diluted with R00, Red – R24, 27, 29, 59,  Skirt – B91, 93, 95, 97, 99.

I used CC Designs Butterflies Postage set (images stamped with Pumice Stone Distress ink), It’s Your Birthday Sentiment set and Beach sentiments set (stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink).  I did use my Stamp a ma jig to position the sentiments.

The pattern paper is from K & Company. One of their little pads they make and say they’re for matting photos. I’ve had it for a couple years though… sorry… it’s a good one!  I was sure tickled to find it stashed away here!  lol  Edges all inked with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.  I found an Americana 12×12 paper pad from K & Company online… linked below… not the same thing but might give the older style look…

The little clouds are from the smallest Fiskars cloud punch series… so cute! (the smallest I could find says medium)  I colored them a little with some Warm gray copics…  W0, 1, 3.

The grass is CC Designs Cutters Grass border die!  oh,  I LOVE this die!  I crimped it too… love this little crimper! hehe… sorry gals…JK! lol   I gave it some inking with Peeled Paint Distress ink and the Ink Blending tool.

I used the Perfect Layers 1/8th in. tool to cut the red layer.

Card base is 5 x 7, cut from an 8.5 x 11 sheet of kraft card-stock.  Scored with a Martha Stewart score board.

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Challenges I’m linking to…

Fun With Shapes – Summer and use punches or dies (square punch for pinwheels, label punch for sentiment)

The Kraft Journal – use kraft and the Good ‘ol Summertime (kraft card base)

Paper Playtime – Anything Goes and a sentiment

Paper Pretties – Red White and Blue

Simon Says Stamp and Show – a bit of brown

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well… hip, hip, hooray!  Have a great day!  Thanks for visiting!  Wish we could get together IRL!

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just “beachy”…


Emma says “Seas the day!”   Reality is… yikes where did the morning go!  I got up at 5:45 a.m.!   I didn’t realize my E000 and E00 needed refilled,  so that equals ruined skin and not from the sun either! lol  Do over… ugh!   At least I used a piece of ribbon!  Why do I have all this ribbon anyway! lol   Oh and I used a deep edger EK Success punch I don’t know if I’ve used before!  Good for me!!!  hip hip hurray!  I even used the stamps I was supposed too! lol


I drew the two lines in the background with a copic multi liner pen… then colored the water and the sand with Copics.  Everything is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Hammermill Color Copy 80# Cover and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Rosies Roadshow cloud template and Memento Summer Sky ink to ink up the clouds. I used the stamp a ma jig to stamp “Seas the day!”  along the bottom of the card.  A sweet Summer card… Did you have a nice weekend?  I shopped to much… didn’t even leave home! lol  Read a couple books… ttul!


Stretch Your Stamps Challenge by Virginia – I used a sentiment stamp over and over to create a border!

Cute Pie Challenge Blog… Die cuts and punch creations (I used two punch border punches)

Paper Play Challenges… Summer lovin’

Celebrate the Occasion Anything Goes

Deep Ocean Challenge… Swirls (border punch)

Die Cuttin’ Divas… Anything Goes

Fashionista Challenge Blog… Simply Summer

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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…


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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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Swiss Pixies Butterfly Lucy for Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #3…

It’s the second Monday of the month and that means it’s Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge time!  The challenge starting today is… your favorite fairy, pixie or sprite!

Here’s Butterfly Lucy from CC Designs to charm you with a little scene I created.  I woke up at 4:19 Saturday a.m. with the idea to make the new fence die a heart fence… well…then I had to figure out how to do it because most punches punch from the bottom and would be upside down if you tried to punch from the top!  Here’s a video to show you how I did it!  I love it!  Hope you’re inspired to try it too!



You can click over to YOU Tube if you want to watch the video in High Definition. Click on the gear looking thing next to the red talkie box and it’ll let you choose HD.

My first Fence video is HERE.

A close up photo of the fence…

Butterfly Lucy is stamped with Colorbox Archival Wicked Black ink on Canson Manga Drawing heavyweight paper and colored with Distress Markers.  I stamped the Butterfly Logo with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bazzill Dawn card-stock and cut it out with a Fiskars mini pinking scissors.

The Flower Border die is cut out of three colors of card-stock.  I leave the green together and glue the pink and yellow on top of the green.  The Grass Border die is die cut and then crimped with Quilling Creations crimper!  LOVE this fun tool!  Links below…

The three yellow butterflies flitting around the scene are an EK Success paper shapers punch… the tree limb is my favorite Leafy Branch die from CC Designs Cutters… links below.  I used the Rosie’s Roadshow cloud template, Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad and ink blending tool to make my cloud background.  I edged the papers and fence with Distress inks and the blending tool.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  oh,  this was long but I hope you had a good time!  I had fun creating this to share with you!  Hope you can click over to check out the SSPC blog too!

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Happy Easter…

I don’t have a new card to share today but I pulled this Happy Easter card out of the “archives”…   So cute!

We’re enjoying the weather in IA… 6 of the grands here to play yesterday afternoon… so fun!  A couple of the girls and I cut scrap paper into useable sizes part of the time… fun to see that paper stack up.  Now if I could just get that card finished that I started last week! ugh!  I keep moving it out of the way to do something else!  lol

Take care and ttul!

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NEW Wings stamp set and die…

Isn’t it so much fun to have dies to match stamps?!!!  I’m lovin’ the fun things to create with dies and stamps! Today I used one of the butterflies from CC Designs new Wings Stamp set and the CC Designs Cutter Wings die.  I stamped the butterfly, used my clear die cut template I cut with the guide holes for marking where to place the die on the stamped butterfly before you cut,  then cut!  I love this butterfly with the dots… I used my Japanese screw punch to punch the holes and wrapped the center with wax linen.

So fun to get out some other stamp sets with a butterfly theme to use too… this is the Butterfly Postage Rubber Stamp set.  The dotted line on the postcard is from a Marianne Design border clear stamp set called Don and Daisy Decorations.

I cut the red doily out of the October Afternoon Thrift Shop paper… the pattern paper for this card is all from this 8×8 paper pad.


Happy Spring wishes winging your way!  ttul!

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Ima Butterfly…

So…I tried the no outline coloring… I love it but… when I took the pictures this a.m. her face looked awful in the photos!  ugh! boo! whine!  So,  I tried to blend it more…well,  we all know what happens then… ugh!  So the photo above is the second photo session because of that evil E11! lol  It is not my friend in photos anyway.  I thought the coloring was fine until I took the pictures!   I used V20, 22, 25, 28 for her dress and boots. E30, 31, 34, 37 for her hair. YG0000, 00, 01, 03 for her wings and a clear Spica glitter pen.

The pattern paper is Basic Grey Sugar Rush 6×6 pad. Dies and punches and of course the Perfect Layers Rulers!

Here’s the first photo I took this a.m. before I tried blending and removing color on her face.  I think in trying to get the shading I just used too much ink!

I’m not throwing the card away because IRL,  it’s cute and I really like it! Figures I can’t get a photo that does it justice!  Oh well,  click over to the ATS Blog and see the fab cards by the some of the other ATS gals.  Tons of new stuff in the store @ All That too… Scroll down to see my post about the coupon code for the NEW Magnolia Princes and Princesses collection and magazine!

Have a great day!  Not sure I should try anything else new this week! hohoho  I do need to do some more creating so who knows what will happen! lol

Thanks for stopping by and here’s the stamps and such that I used today…

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Flashback Friday….

The challenge….your first ever black and white creation…I just had to go looking!  It’s fun looking back through your own blog!  This is from March of 2009!  Original post, HERE.   Flashback Friday  Challenge Blog HERE.  I just felt like wishing you a happy, happy day!  weekend!  Take care and stamp a little!  Thanks for stopping by

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An ATC and two tags…

Merry Christmas to all!  Every year I’m more amazed at how fast time goes by!  ssssshhhh I don’t want to admit it’s because I’m older and just slower! pout!

Here’s an ATC (artist trading card) I just made for a “four for four” mail swap…had fun with the  In the Meadow stamps and dies from PTI (Papertrey Ink).  The Winter Town stamp is from Hero Arts.  I used Distress stains to ink up the stamp… can’t remember which two now…ugh!   Frosted Lace stickles for the glitter.

For stamping and die cutting the sledder, here’s what I did… I die cut the sledder,  tacked it down with a little tape to my craft mat.  Used the stamp a ma jig to stamp the image on the die cut.  I tried stamping it first and then cutting but I just couldn’t get it lined up good enough to suit me that way.  The partial silhouette of the snowman is an older Stampin Up punch. The sentiment is from PTI also.

A couple gift tags…

This was for our oldest daughter, Heather.  Her birthday is Christmas Day.  The nurses had sewn up flannel stockings for the Christmas Day babies…I have photos of her as a baby in that stocking.  When this Tilda image came out,  I had to have it!  Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  Hair E30, 15, 08. 17 and 18 or 19,  can’t remember at the moment.  Skin E000, 00, 21 and cheeks diluted R20.  Green BG93, 96, Red W3, R35, 37, 39 and 59.  Fluff E40,41, 42, 43 and a white gel pen.

I stamped this Hero Arts typewriter on kraft card-stock and on natural card-stock too.  I cut out the natural and adhered it to the typewriter after I stamped the message on it with the stamp a ma jig.  The two holly leaves are an EK Success punch and the bow is an old quickutz die.

I could go on creating for Christmas for months and still have new stuff to use!  Crazy!  My favorite time of year!  What a mess I have in my stamp room! EEK!  oh well,  I’m resting up today and enjoying the Christmas tree a little bit longer!

Here’s what 1800 lights on a 9 foot Christmas tree look like at night and it didn’t tip over once this year!  yea! lol  (my photo skills don’t do it justice!)

Merry Christmas and God bless you!  I appreciate your friendship and support through this blog!  

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Happy Birthday boy….

Super cute boy with his dog stamp from Penny Black for our Grandson Bryant’s 5th birthday!!!  Little boy logo from Close To My Heart… Happy Birthday to You from Hero Arts.  Star border punch is from American Girl…Zig Zag border punch is from EK Success.  Pattern paper from October Afternoon.  Fence die is from My Favorite Things. Links below…

I used the sketch from this weeks challenge sketch from the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog, HERE.  Always love their sketches and the inspiration from the DT there!  The challenge on the Penny Black and More Challenge blog is birthdays!

A cling mount stamp, inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Hair – E50,  30, 23, 25, Skin – E000, 00, 21 and cheeks R20 diluted with a little R00 refill,  Shirt – R24, 27, 29, 59,  Overalls – BG70, 72, Dog – E30’s, Shoes – E40’s.  Papers were edged with Walnut Stain Distress ink…on sale at All That this week!

Thanks for stopping by!  ttul!

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I heart YOU….

How sweet is this NEW Lula Big Heart!  Part of the December CC Designs Release!  I paper pieced her heart with Basic Grey pattern paper from the Eskimo Kisses 6×6 pattern paper pad.  The card base pattern paper is from the same collection but it’s  a piece from the 12×12 size.  Such a happy Swiss Pixies Lula!  The “I heart you” sentiment is from the new AmyR Stamps Heart-y Sayings set.  Martha Stewart heart border…Fiskars teeny heart punch (hand held paper boy type punch)…holly is from an old All Night Media border punch or the old Fiskars holly border punch has tiny holly leaves too.  Can’t find either one to link to though… sorry!  I love teeny stuff… sometimes I buy something I don’t like just because of a teeny part of it I want! lol

On the inside I used another piece of the Eskimo Kisses pattern paper from the 6×6 pad.  The heart and lacy border are the new Big Hearts die from the CC Designs Cutters December Release!  So cool!  They emboss a stitching line around it too!  No sentiment yet,  but I will use something from the Amy R Sentiment sets for Christmas.

Lula is stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Papertrey Ink select white card-stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

Hair – E50, YR31, YR21, YR23

Face – E000, E00, E21 and R20 for the cheeks (this R20 is one I diluted with some R00 refill)

Dress and socks – B000, 00 and some light warm grays

Uniball white gel pen for the dots on the scallop heart and cheeks

I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge HERE

I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper because I saw the challenge on the Basic Grey Challenges blog was Anything Goes HERE

The Challenge at Wee Memories Challenge blog is Holiday HERE

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