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Saturday, April 30, 2016

You're in my thoughts & Prayers!

Hello again!

Can you believe this is the last day of April already?  Do you have your May baskets ready to go? I wonder how many young families still celebrate May Day?  I have lots of fond memories of May Day when I was young!  The popcorn & candy that you filled the baskets with....always putting EXTRA candy in the baskets of anyone you liked, of course!  We spent a lot of happy hours making the baskets, popping the corn & filling & delivering them.  I hope this charming tradition has survived!

Today I am sharing a sympathy card made with a new die. It caught my eye the minute I first saw it & I knew it would join my collection at some point.  I decided it would be a good sympathy card for a man.  Instead of mounting the triptych directly on the front, I cut the squares on the front & mounted the tree inside. Hopefully, the two pictures will show what I did.

I used the Poppy Stamps Tree Triptych die for this card.

Back tomorrow with something fun!

Friday, April 29, 2016

QKR Stampede Challenge # 189 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi, everyone!

Can you believe April is almost over!  We waited so long for spring & it has come & gone already. Where does the time fly to?  The QKR Stampede challenge today is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" and there are tons of options for you to chose from if you decide to go with a QKR Stampede digi.  I chose digi# 16005 Sunny Day Bear for my card.

Have fun with your cards!  I can't wait to see what entries we get!  Head on over to the Blog & you could be the lucky winner!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Flying by with birthday wishes!

Hello, again!

I'm having lots of fun posting so often!  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed posting nearly every day instead of just twice a week!

Today I have another fun Sassy Cheryl image.  I can't get enough of her adorable images! Especially the critters! Doesn't he just look like he is having the time of his life flying around in his own little plane with his scarf tied at a jaunty angle?   I fussy cut him out and used only one die, Memory Box Stitched Clouds, which has become my favorite set of clouds!  And the only ones I grab!  I just love that handmade country look they give a card.

This would be a great card for anyone, but probably especially so for a guy!  (Or a dog lover!)

I'll see you again tomorrow with the newest QKR Stampede challenge!

Back to work!  New dies & new stamps on my desk & I can't wait to try out some new ideas!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Happy Hump Day!

Your week is halfway over & I hope it has been a good one so far!  It's hard to believe it is almost the end of April already & spring is FINALLY here in Iowa!  There were days I didn't think it was ever going to come!  Especially the week we got the 14.5 inch snowfall!  The leaves on the trees have popped out over night and there are flowering trees blooming on every street.  My favorite time of year!

Today's card is one I made using a Mo Manning image I've had for years. I always wanted a cherry die to go with it & finally got one a few days ago.  So, of course, I had to pull the image out & make a card, right?
I combined it with the Marianne Anja's Oval Die and the cherries are from Memory Box Sweet & Sour Cherries.  The sentiment is from my old reliable Spellbinder Ribbon Tag dies.

I'm going to have to take some photography lessons from my grandson the next time he is up here. Thankfully, she looks much better in person.  ha ha

I'll be back tomorrow with a Sassy Cheryl birthday card!  Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A quick thank you!

Hi, again!

I almost didn't share this card today because I couldn't give you the actual name of the die I used.  My friend Gail had just gotten a set of new dies (which I believe were Spellbinder) when she came over one day.  She generously let me cut several of them out since I didn't have them.......(yes, there actually are some I don't have, believe it or not!) ha ha

Anyway, I grabbed one of them & made this beautiful thank you card with it!

How great is this!  I'm sure at some point, this set will have to find it's way to my collection!  lol

I have another card in mind for next time that will involve coloring!  I just can't go too many days without pulling out my markers or my pencils!  Ahh......addictions!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Pretty in Pink!

Happy Monday!

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!  I don't know about you, but I feel better just seeing all the extra sunlight each day! What a difference it makes in your overall happiness!

As promised yesterday, I have a birthday card to share today.  It takes very little effort and only 2 dies. Marianne Designs Anja's Oval Die and Poppy Stamps Suzanna Blossom.  I added an embossed background but it is just as beautiful on a plain one.

For those of you who like cards with colored images, don't worry!  I am still doing a lot of coloring too & will share those as well.  It has just been kind of fun seeing what card I could come up with using nothing but dies.  And they add up quickly when you are trying to build your stash up again.

I'll be back again tomorrow with a REALLY quick card!  Stay tuned!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Cottage Thank You

Hello, again!

Today's post will be a quick one.  A couple of new dies I got were just begging me to make a card and I thought they would be a perfect thank you note!  Poppy Stamps Kaysen Oval and Poppy Stamps Boddington Cottage were the 2 dies I used.  As you can see, it creates a beautiful card in a small amount of time.

You could easily change the colors on this card.  I could easily see it as a black & white card as well.

Catch you again tomorrow with another birthday card!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lavender Wishes!

Happy Saturday!

I've been busy lately so thought I would just continue to post.  I had a Sue Wilson die that I fell in love with & that's what started this card today.  The Sue Wilson Gemini Collection -Ara die is gorgeous beyond words! What I really love about it too is that the set contains 3 separate dies so you can cut out the gorgeous border on the edge of your card or cut it out as a separate piece.  For this card, I actually did both.  I cut it out of the border AND cut a separate piece to give it more depth. The frame is Die Namics Stitched Square Frames.

I'll be back tomorrow with a really simple & quick thank you card.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2016

QKR Stampede Challenge # 188- Color Challenge

Happy Friday!

Today's QKR Stampede is a fun one.  There is a color challenge (which you can find on the blog) and you may use any digi you like as long as you incorporate the colors.  I chose to use digi# 10404 Tea Party.

Stop at the QKR Store where you will find a lot of darling images.  If you use one of their images, you win more free digi stamps!  Head on over to the QKR Stampede Blog  for a lot of fun!

Catch you later!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

English Roses

Happy Thursday!

One more day to go before the weekend!  Hurray!!

I ordered a couple of new dies last week and am having fun with them.  I ordered Memory Box English rose Collage & Poppy Stamps Daphne Butterfly.  Here are 2 of the thank you cards I came up with.

For the first card I just mounted it on pale pink cardstock & used my micro pen to add some faux stitching.

For this card, I grabbed some ink pads & just made some random color behind the cutout.  This is a beautiful die & makes a fast card!

Back tomorrow with QKR Stampede's weekly challenge!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Country Birthday Wish!

Hi, again!

Well, as promised yesterday, I have something a bit different to share today.  I have to say this is the very first rooster I have ever done!  Yup, today's birthday card is a REALLY colorful rooster!  I debated on different paper choices for him & almost went with a gold gingham, but then I found this paper in my stash & just closed my eyes & went with it!  I guess at that point, I figured a bright image needed equally gaudy paper and this really had a country feel to it which was even better! ha ha

It's a shame my photography skills aren't better.  The shading on the rooster just doesn't show up on this and neither does the Wink of Stella that I used over him.   This rooster is from A Day For Daisies and the sprig under my button is Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of cards I made with some new dies.  See you then!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Birthday Celebration!

Hello, everyone!

I thought I would post the birthday card I made for a special friend in England last week!  I mailed it in plenty of time as I wasn't sure how long it would take to get to England.  I also wanted to be sure I had the correct postage on it.  Unfortunately, I didn't drive downtown to our only post office when I mailed it.  A couple of years ago, the postal authorities decided that closing all of our post office branches except the main post office downtown would save them money.  They also closed our huge sorting center and decided that driving the mail 90 miles NORTH of us to Sioux Falls would be a fantastic money saving idea too!  Unfortunately, for anyone wanting to mail anything, it wasn't! The interstate going north is usually closed at least once a winter because the road is too bad.  Which means we get no mail on those days.  We now have postal "sub-stations" located in several grocery stores where we are supposed to be able to mail our letters with store employees who have all been "trained!"  Right!  My beautiful birthday card came back to me Saturday while I was out of town & was waiting in the mailbox when I returned Sunday.  They had slapped a huge sticker across the address stating there was $2.00 postage due!  So much for getting it there on time! Grrrr!!!

Enough complaining!  ha ha  I've crossed my fingers & am hoping she gets it before her NEXT birthday!
Here is the card I made for her.

I used the beautiful Marianne Designs Anja's Oval Die for the central die and finished off the corners with one of the 3 dies in the Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B set.

I'll be back tomorrow with something out of the ordinary for me!  Stay tuned!!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Eureka #189 Buttons & Bows

Hello friends!

I have a surprise card to share today.  I am a guest designer for Eureka Stamps today & the theme is Buttons & Bows.  I fell in love with this cute puppy....digi# 33103 Patriotic Puppy and knew just what I wanted to do with him.  It may be a bit early to work on Fourth of July cards, but I couldn't pass him up!

He is such a sweetie and I can't wait to print him on patterned paper and paper piece his scarf so I can use him for other cards!

Have a fantastic week!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Dies R Us Challenge- Black & White

Hello again!

Surprise!  I actually have two posts today, so be sure you scroll down to the next one as well.  But first, it's time for the Dies R Us challenge that starts today!  And what a fun one it will be, too!  The theme for today's challenge is to use "Black & White" which gives you unlimited ways to create your card.  Here is what I used for mine.  Sue Wilson Canadian Collection Background and Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly Small #2 (which is currently out of stock).

I had so much fun with this one that I also did one in pink & black to put into my stash.

Head on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to play along & if you are the winner, you will walk away with a gift voucher to the amazing store!  Put your thinking cap on & see what you come up with! 

Have a wonderful weekend & find some time to craft!  It does wonders for your attitude!


QKR Stampede Challenge # 187 Snail Mail (Snails or anything postal)

Hello, again!

Busy getting your taxes mailed off or have you already done that?  ha ha  Hopefully, you have already filed and gotten a refund!

The QKR Stampede challenge theme for this week is a fun one!  Snail mail (or anything postal related).  QKR Stampede has lots of fun digi stamps that would fit this category perfectly!  I chose Digi # 3501 Snail Mail for my card.

Sometimes it is fun to make just a silly card to send someone.  What better way to bring a smile to someone who may be having a bad day.

Head on over to QKR Stampede's Blog to join in on the challenge!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Some "Tweet" Thank You Cards

Happy Saturday!

Hope your weekend is going fantastically and you are enjoying your down time.  I thought I would do a surprise post today with a couple of thank you notes I made yesterday.  I wanted to use a couple of new dies I had gotten thanks to a card my friend Leslie posted a while back.  I loved it so much, I had to have the dies she used. The Elizabeth Craft Birds die she used was out of stock, however, so I grabbed a Dies R Us Chirping Birds die instead.  The other one finally came in & I ordered it too.  Once I started making my cards, though, I actually liked the substitute die better!  In fact, if you remember it, I am posting a really cute birthday card I came up with on the Dies R Us challenge blog on May 15th. This first card is made with the Elizabeth Craft Birds die & Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig.

The next card is made with the Dies R Us Chirping Bird die, Memory Box Stitched Clouds & the Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig.  Which bird do you like best?

This bird actually has legs, which I cut off to sit him on the sprig.

Back to the drawing board!  Have a lot more ideas that need to be made into cards!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016

QKR Stampede Challenge # 186- Spring has Sprung (kites, animal babies, planting gardens)

Happy Friday, gals!

Are you ready to start enjoying spring yet?  Or is it still chilly in your neck of the woods?  Even if it is, just having more sunlight and longer daylight hours is enough to make ME happy!  I have SO much more energy when the sun is shining!

Today's QKR Stampede challenge theme is "Spring has Sprung!"  Get out any stamps you may have that feature kites, gardens....anything that means spring to you!   Enter & you can win your choice of some darling digi stamps!   Here is my card using Digi # 17704 Gardening Girl

Enjoy your weekend!  Get outside & enjoy this beautiful spring!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Back as Promised!

Hi, gals!

As promised, I'm back with another fun birthday card using another Sue Wilson die.  This time it is the Mini Gemini Collection-Dorado & I am just as in love with it as I was with the one I shared yesterday.   I ADORE lacy, feminine cards & these borders are perfect for creating a gorgeous edge on anything you do. I also grabbed the Sue Wilson string flowers for this one & some of my favorite paper....gingham.

A cute button brad in the middle of the flower & I was done.  Another quick birthday card!  Don't think I have given up on coloring!  I haven't at all...but sometimes it is just fun to grab a handful of dies & see what you can come up with!

Back to the drawing board!  Still have a pile of dies I want to play with! So don't be surprised if I pop in again before Friday!  Do something creative this week!  You will feel 100% better if you do!


Monday, April 4, 2016


Happy Monday!

Yes, I don't usually post on any days except Wednesday & Friday, but now that I am not doing the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog on Wednesdays, I have a lot more time to create cards just for ME!  Here is one I created with a new die I have been drooling over for ages....Sue Wilson's Gemini Collection-Vela.  LOVE her border dies.  They all come with 3 dies so you can cut the border out of the bottom of your paper or you can cut the die as a complete & separate piece.   I added a Cheery Lynn butterfly and a pretty oval & presto, it was done!  Pretty enough to send to anyone, but nothing that takes you half a day to create!

I'll be back again tomorrow with another birthday card I created from another new die.  (The die fairy was very good to me this week!) ha ha

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, April 1, 2016

QKR Stampede Challenge #185 - Foolish Thoughts-Something Funny

Happy Friday & Happy April Fool's Day!

Can you believe today is April 1st already....and also my cat's birthday, by the way.  ha ha  A fitting day for him to be born!  Anyone who knows me well, knows the story but I will share it again for those who don't.  I found him on a farm after following the ad they had placed in the paper.  I can't tell the sex of a cat by looking at it & there were 2 of the cats that looked exactly alike, (both tuxedo cats) so I picked out the one I thought had the best disposition and asked the owner what sex it was.  She didn't know, but another gal who was there looking for a cat that day lifted up the tail & announced it was a female.  Since I was still grieving my last cat who had been a male, I decided having a female would be a complete change & happily took "her" home.  I named "her" Emily.  That following Monday, I took her in to the vet to be checked out.  Everyone there was so happy for me & my new fur baby because they knew how devastated I had been to lose my Persian after 16 years. We had all cried the day he died.  The gal behind the counter held her arms out for me to hand her over when I took "her" out of the carrier.  She immediately started in on how beautiful she was and asked me what I had named her.  I said I had named her Emily!  She cuddled "her" for a minute, then lifted up the tail, turned to me and said "Oh, honey, you don't have an have an Emilio!"   Hence, the reason Brady's April 1st birthday is perfect for him.

On to the real reason for my post today!  ha ha  The QKR Stampede theme for this week's challenge is to post a card with something funny.  I thought Digi# 13310 Sneaking Away & #13410 Bear it All were perfect for this challenge!  Who doesn't need a good laugh when they are forced to wear these ridiculous hospital gowns!

 Head on over to QKR Stampede's Blog for a chance to win some great digi stamps!

Enjoy your weekend!