Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today's Card

I shared a card similar to this earlier this month and somehow this version of it never made it to my blog before now. I added a piece of acetate to the front flap of the card (which of course being clear you can't really see here) for stability. There is a greeting inside the card that is hidden by this front piece when the card is closed.

This came from a kit and the card was designed to be like this (minus the acetate). I'm not sure I would mimic this design often. I like the front of my cards to be robust and cover the inside. It's fun to try different things though.

The Fine Print: Card topper and part from Club Scrap.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Rudolph Days

I was going to post this yesterday but when I turned my computer on it said, "CPU Fan Error." Well, I figured that sounded dire and I didn't want the poor thing to overheat so back off it went. So until I get that fixed I'll use a rented mule borrowed computer.
I made this card for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Days challenge to prove that I do indeed make Christmas cards. Although truth be told I tend to make Christmas card parts these days more than finished cards.

This one came about because I found the Wondrous Wreath die set in with my dies this past weekend. That confused me because I've never used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set before, and I love so I would totally use it if I had it, but why on earth would I have just the dies?! I had to do a lot of searching high and low before I found out that I do indeed own the stamp set to match. It was never used before because it wasn't in with the holiday stamps. That has all changed now.

The Fine Print: Wondrous Wreath stamps and matching die set by Stampin' Up, designer paper by DCWV, bling from my stash. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bugging Me

I zapped up nine of these little bug themed ATCs the other day. I love ATCs. And by that I mean I love what other people do with such small canvasses, layering on this and that and making things so artsy and creative. Me? The best I can do is make a tiny card. I did layer the umbrella even though it looks flat in this photo.

The Fine Print: Bug stamp by Penny Black, bug border punch by Martha Stewart.

Friday, June 24, 2016


So I wrote a post and scheduled to go live yesterday and now I see that Blogger ate it. Since it was about cookies I totally understand why it got eaten. I'm a big fan of cookies myself.
I'm such a big fan that as soon as we were given our mystery item last month I knew exactly what I was going to do with it--turn it into cookie monster eyes!

The mystery item was the white plastic pull tab from a milk carton (or two). I cut off the part you put your finger through, made some sharpie eyeballs on it and then made this punch art cookie monster. It was fun and easy.

The Fine Print: Various circle dies by Spellbinders, letter dies by A Muse Studio. Why, yes, I do still have my fingers left after cutting the pull tab apart with an Exacto knife. Have you been talking to my husband again?!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Workspace Wednesday

Okay, I know it is really Workdesk Wednesday, but all the interesting stuff has been happening in the space around the desk. Check it out.
The desk, pretty much the same as always, but does anyone notice the shelves behind the desk? Wider and taller! Yes, there has been a swap out.
Here's the closet I showed you last time that had the giant heavy paper holder crushing those carts to death. It's gone and I did not replace it with the not-as-heavy paper holder as planned.
Instead I replaced it and several other items with this fabulous 3-drawer lateral file cabinet. Thank you Stacy for suggesting I look for a used one. It will hold a ton of wonderful things and makes for an excellent workspace on top. Things are put away willy nilly so I could have a play session. It looks rather neat and tidy just don't open any boxes, bins or drawers!
Last, but not least, is a card I received along with my Snippets Playground winning prize signed by Di and Parsnip. So wonderful!

The Fine Print: Use as directed, may cause certain side effects including hearing loss, the inability to breath underwater, rash, dizziness, unexplained spots, the growth of extra limbs, temporary hair loss, ignorance, and the collapse of civilization. Not valid with certain offers.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Doggy Balloon

The Fine Print: I can't tell you who makes the stamp because I don't know and I can't write any more words than this because I ain't got any.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tied Up with String

Sorry I haven't been by in awhile but I haven't been creating much lately. Unless you count creating a big mess! It's all for a good cause though. The cause being that my new craft room really needed an overhaul. I moved in and plunked down my stuff and called it good, which really meant, "Good enough for now."

Meanwhile, I do have this card for you to check out. I had to make a card with no stamping. My go-to non-stamping techniques are decoupage and iris folding. I thought it was time to branch out into some paper embroidery. This was a lot of fun to make but don't expect me to pick up needle and thread too terribly often.

The Fine Print: I have one book called Basics of Embroidery on Paper II, but this design did not come out of it. HA! Corner punch by Martha. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pen and Quill Birthday

I put this card together with the idea of sending it to a dude friend of mine who was having a birthday coming up.
Of course now I can't find it in the rubble of my craft room. I'm quite sure it is on my desk but so are huge piles of THINGS.  The clock is ticking. I guess it is time for me to break out a shovel and go looking for it.

The Fine Print: Stamp and supplies from Club Scrap "Bookshelves" kit. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Your Journey Part II

I had two of the "Your Journey" card toppers in the latest old kit I pulled out to work on. This is the second one. It is a top fold card where most of the bottom is cut off. I thought I'd try out that card design for this card. The other ones I had in that same design I augmented with acetate over the bottom half of the card. It felt too naked otherwise.
The Fine Print: Embossing folder by Cuttlebug, everything else by Club Scrap.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Your Journey

I'm really impressed with the vintage look to this card. I followed some written directions substituting what they asked for with what I had. It makes me happy!

The Fine Print: Embossing folder by Cuttlebug, inks by Memento, photo corners by Recollections, card base and topper by Club Scrap.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Bricked Garden

A couple of Wednesdays ago I had a partially completed card on my desk. This is it finished off. It was inspired by my front yard which is all bricked over. However, those bricks have faded in the hot desert sun  (which we lack today because of cloud coverage).
The Fine Print: Brick embossing folder by Darice, Sweet Pea vine by Tattered Lace, Butterfly die by Memory Box, and flower die by A Muse Studio.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Daisy, Daisy...

...I'm half crazy.

Actually I'm all crazy, let there be no doubt about that. Here is a sparkly pink daisy card I made when it was still spring (you know, like 2 weeks ago).
The Fine Print: Stamps be DeNami Designs, punches by Marvy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Work Closet Wednesday

Hello! It's Workdesk Wednesday today where we share our work desks, but that's not where the real work lies for me, In the spirit of game though here is my desk where I've done some playing recently.
The real job lies behind the desk and into the closet, which you can see has become a dumping ground for all sorts of things. See that paper holder on top of the carts? Well, it is so heavy and putting so much weight on the carts that I can no longer open the bottom drawers.  Yeah... that's not going to work for me.
Hubby has kindly brought in my plastic paper holder from the storage room in hopes that switching out to that will help remedy the situation. The wood paper holder alone weighs a lot more than the plastic one. The plastic one holds less which means less weight will be in it as well.  I'm considering getting a file cabinet for the paper, but for now I'm working with what I have on hand.
For those of you here to see cards, here is a birthday card I made for me friend. It turns out that her birthday is mid-July not mid-June so I can procrastinate on mailing it for awhile.
The Fine Print: Card parts all by Stampin' Up. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Ultimate Survivor

I think I've just about convinced my coworkers that tomorrow's mystery meetings in groups with the boss is a survivor style challenge. I told them each group will be given sporks and must battle amongst themselve. The winner of that group will fight the winners of the other groups. The ultimate survivor will get the manager's job (since he's retiring). They are all looking quite forward to it. In fact, I heard one coworker tell another, "I will SHANK you!"
That's me, fostering teamwork and camaraderie! 

The Fine Print: stamps 'n stuff from Club Scrap "Bookshelves"kit.

Saturday, June 4, 2016


I just wanted to say that I miss having a birthday. For weeks on end the mail was filled with all sorts of great cards, like these two.  In fact, it isn't too late to send me birthday cards; latecomers will not be turned away.

The Fine Print: Cards by MER and BE but that's really all I know.

Friday, June 3, 2016

At the Beach in My Frock

I often tell people that I really adore the beach and all things to do with the shore. Probably I should clarify that to say in theory I really like them. I can't say for sure as I don't recall having ever participated in one
Although I've been told that I have laid eyes upon both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans in person, along with Lakes Winnebago, Michigan, Elephant Butte, and Patagonia; the Erie Canal, a river or two (both with and without water) some large swimming pools, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub.

So based on my extensive knowledge beaches and the shore they are way cool!  Well, maybe they are hot with all that sand baking in the sun, but whatever... beaches rock.

The Fine Print: Decoupage beach scene from my stash, shell stamps by DeNami Designs. Don't ruin my delusions with tales of polluted water and sand in your crack.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

No Rain in the Forecast

We don't have rain in the forecast today. In fact, the forecast says it will be like 400-bazillion degrees today, but that's just business as usual for us.
The lack of rain doesn't mean we can't all enjoy this card I made though, celebrating those not so dry days (they do happen here, I swear, we get at least 1.5 a year if you add all the hours up).
This is one of those rare cards where I decorated the inside as well.
The Fine Print: Stamps by Stampin' Up, large scalloped rectangle dies by Spellbinders, umbrella by Memory Box. I'll be on the road or in meetings all day, so either freezing or melting. I'm looking so forward to it. Not.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


I'm sorry about my delay in posting my workdesk today, but I was trapped in an internet-less world this morning, then there was 5 million tasks to do, then there was a plethora of grumpy people and now here I am disappointing you with my ultra tidy desk.
This is the one lone project I am working on right now. The red cardstock is embossed with a brick pattern. I'll be adding flowers and a ribbon. I have other projects lurking around under the cubbies in my desk in case you are worrying I lack crafting things to do.
And here is an obligatory cat. She gave up trying to convince me to give her the bagel I was eating so she went off to eat her own food.  That's all I got.

The Fine Print: Brick embossing folder by Darice, sweet pea vine die by Tattered Lace, and butterfly dies by Memory Box (cut out of the Kensington Branch, could be wrong about that name).  And happy day--the grumpiest of the grumpy people came back to apologize. That's life in customer service.