Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cranberry Hill's Used Rubber Stamp Sale 2018

Used Rubber Stamp Haul - 2018
My favorite event of the year is Cranberry Hill's used rubber stamp sale. It's this weekend and I stock up on some super cool stuff. There are so many new releases, it would break my bank account if I got everything when it's first comes out. So I've learned if I wait a few years, what I want will come to the used stamp sale. In my next post I will show some of the stamps and or products I've been waiting for. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Quilted Kimono Card 2018

I've been cleaning up my project boxes which always seems like an endless crafter's task. I put together a kimono die cut and a quilted washi paper background. The background just fit the die cut so I guess it was just meant to go together. Great way to use up all those scraps you just can't throw away. :) 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Whale Baby Quilt

Covers a queen size bed
I have a super good friend who makes some amazing quilts. I asked Patty if she could make a whale quilt for another good friend who just welcomed her first grand baby. I wanted a ocean theme because that is what we have in common. It turned out so awesome!
Backing print
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Bead Cards 2018

FabMo Workshop March 18, 2018 
I've done these cards for a class before but I think it's a good one to repeat. The beading is very simple but it really makes the card pop. Finding the seed beads in the right colors is getting to be a challenge. Back in the day there were 4 bead shops in my area. With the new Apple campus going in, retail rents have got through the roof for most mom and pop stores in my area. : (
I use pony bead patterns, which are very easy to follow. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Cards 2018

I've been looking for a German Shepherd stamp for a long time. Most of the dog stamps out there, are cute little dogs.  At Cranberry Hill's last used rubber stamp sale, I finally found a stamp set "Gone to the Dogs". It's an old set, no longer available but I think it's a My Favorite Things stamp. 
My daughter's birthday is coming up and I thought it would be cute to have Annie and Itchy-ba (her dog) on the card. Still haven't decided what to put inside. 
I'm also going to make a get well card for a friend in the hospital. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Washi Paper Heart Valentine's - 2018

While making my Valentine's cards, I decided to use up some of my washi paper scraps. I make a ton of iris folding cards using washi paper and end up with tons of scraps too good to toss. I used fun foam to pop the hearts up and a little wink of stella for some shimmer. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Valentine's Day Card

Valentine's Day 2018

I'm really having fun with my new Paper Smooches cross stitch die. Having been crafting all my life, I have a lot of stuff to pull from. With enough thread to cover a house, it's fun to finally pull them out of storage. I went with clean and simple because I do send out a lot of cards and cross stitch takes time. It was a goal for the last 2 years that I send out cards for every holiday, birthday and just because. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cross Stitch Cards - 2017

I finally got the die cut (Paper Smooches) that makes the little holes to cross stitch. Big thank you to Jennifer Mcguire, who did a great Youtube video that inspired those of us who love to cross stitch & card making to convert over to paper. I plan to do a workshop at Fabmo using this die. These aren't fast cards so at least for me, they only go out to card worthy friends. :)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Used Rubber Stamp Sale Stamps

With the 2018 used rubber stamp sale coming up next month, I have to hustle to use the stamps I picked up at last year's sale. My goal is to get stamps or supplies that I will use within one year. I usually don't put anything on the inside of my cards but after watching Amy R of Prairie and Paper videos, I made the leap and adding some embellishing on the inside. 
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Simply Thank You Card 2018

Penny Black Stamp & Copic Markers
Getting ready to mail out my thank you cards and many of  these friends aren't card makers, so I kept the card simple. I know they will be tossed in the trash as soon as they read them. 
This is also one of the cards for the FabMo Paper Crafters Workshop this month. It's a good beginner copic coloring class for those who no nothing about the product. 

FabMo Paper Crafters January Workshop 2018

Star Dream Card Stock
Inspired by a blog post by Jennifer Mcguire, I pulled out a very old Stampin Up stamp set (2004) to do a simply water color on an heat embossed card. 
Doing classes at FabMo, the cards have to be simply since I don't know the crafting level of the people attending but still look nice. I also like to use what I have in my stash since the workshop $$$ is donated to FabMo. 
Zig Clean Color Water Color Brushes. 
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Honey and Lemon Get Well Card 2017

I'm a fan of honey and lemon as a cure all.
This card was inspired from a Pinterest post a while back. 
I didn't have all the parts, so I waited several months for the black Friday. I still had to break out my Cricut machine to cut the Ampersand to get the correct size. 
This is the first draft, it still needs a little sprucing up but I got the proportions right. Will be part of my January card class in 2018.