The Most Difficult Kind of Card...

Sympathy cards. As much as I enjoy making cards, these are the ones I least like to make, because it means someone somewhere is feeling sad. When someone loses a beloved pet it makes me sad, too. I know what a painful experience it is.

Even though I cannot make the pain go away, I can at least let them know I am thinking of them and that I am terribly sorry for their loss.


Three Amigos

I couldn't resist this adorable set from Mama Elephant any longer. These three little guys are so adorable and there are lots of sentiments for their signs.

I colored a lot of the little critters with Copic markers, die cut them with the matching dies (no fussy cutting here!), and made a couple of birthday cards for my pen friends.

There are so many ways to use these stamps, and they are pretty quick and easy to color - once I got the colors right, anyway. Trial and error, people. I think I like the brown kitty better than what was supposed to be an orange kitty. Kitty colors are difficult, at least for me.

I had to add a little Wink of Stella to them, too. No card is complete without a bit of shimmer, right?

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Birthday Kitty

I love this little kitty in a box from Simon Says Stamp. He could be used for so many different occasions. 

I stamped the image once on kraft cardstock and once on white cardstock, colored the white cardstock kitty and adhered him over the other one. Yep, more fussy cutting - no matching die available. The edges of the box were sponged with some Distress Ink to add a little dimension. The balloons were die cut from some Lawn Fawn patterned paper and one was popped up on foam tape. The strings are drawn on with a fine tip marker.

I will be using this little guy again and again, I'm sure.



I have had this set from Taylored Expressions for quite some time, and only recently got around to inking it up. My original reason for buying it, and the matching die, was to make bookmarks to sell in my as yet non-existent etsy shop. That hasn't happened yet.

Since I colored the images with Copics, I die cut a matching bookmark and adhered it to the back. Add a ribbon and you have a bookmark! I should make some of these for myself.

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So Very Happy

A pen friend wrote that he was engaged and I immediately decided to make a card for him. But, in all of my stamps do you think there was one...just ONE...congratulations stamp? What? Not one...well, not one more than 1/4" tall anyway, and that wouldn't do.

So I improvised. I used Lawn Fawn's Violet's ABCs and a Whimsy Stamps Happy die. Ha! Done. I think it turned out rather well. No sequins this time :-)

The bottom part of the card is stenciled. I am glad that stencils are back, they're so much fun to use. It's easy to make a really colorful card with not a lot of effort.

I have since found a decent size congratulations stamp. Wood mounted, unfortunately, but it'll do. 


Hello Sunshine

Every now and then I send my daughter a card, just because. She is my sunshine and I miss her smiling face! 

The sun was stenciled with Distress Inks and the sentiment is from a clear set by My Favorite Things. Yes, I overdid it with the sequins again, I'm afraid.

She will be here later this month, along with the most adorable 18-month-old on the planet - my grandson! I can't wait!

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I made this card as a thank you for a generous gift last month, and was happy to be able to finally break out my new Simon Says Stamp Sending die. I may have overdone the sequins a bit, though. The flowers are stenciled using Distress Ink. The scalloped border was cut with a Pretty Pink Posh border die.

 I die cut 3 of them and layered them together for a little dimension.

This is a shameless CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest. Same stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and the diagonal background is by My Favorite Things.  I stamped the little envelope in several different colors and cut them out. That much fussy cutting I can manage :-) The stamps on the envelope are from a new Hero Arts set.

This one may end up going to one of my pen friends with a letter enclosed, at some point.

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I know it's been a while...

No excuses, just a slacker, I am.

I made this birthday card quite a while ago and just forgot to post it. I used Taylored Expressions Birthday Grumplings, they are just too cute. Yes, that is a button in there, too. I haven't' used those is a long, long time but I can't get rid of them because soon as I do, they will be back. Just like almost everything else I've done away with over the years. They look pretty in the jars on the shelf anyway.

If any of you are still with me, thanks for hanging in there. I also wanted to let you know about a Facebook Group where you can buy or sell your previously loved stampy stuff. It's called Crafter's Purge, and you have to request to join, but there are some good deals to be had. I have quite a few things listed on there, so pop on over, join up, and browse.