Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hang in there!

I made another card for a friend who's going through some difficult times.  This has been a favorite phrase in the last few years.  I cut out the layers with dies from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Rectangles.  I colored the mice with Prismacolor pencils and the dragonfly with Twinkling H2Os.  I'm a little out of practice (and lines) with the H2Os.  In real life, the wings look like a dragonfly's wings, but do not photograph well.  The inside says "Today is tomorrow's yesterday."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wooden punch tool

There was discussion on a group board that I follow about the difficulty some of us have with punches.  As we get older and we have weaker hands, we have problems pushing hard enough to punch through cardstock.  Many years ago I purchased a wooden helper for this problem.  I think a nice man made these to help us.  He probably got tired of helping his wife with the punches.  I don't know who he was, but this is a photo of this tool.

There is a wooden peg that can be moved to several holes to adjust for different sizes of punches.  I was asked who made it.  All I know is that there is a name on the end of the tool, but I can't read the whole name, so I took a photo of it.
These photos may help others to identify the maker of this tool or help someone else recreate it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Round card

I have some really cute large stamps that don't fit easily on my usual A2 size card.  I decided to make a round card with this one.  The brown background isn't part of the card.  I used a 5 1/2" circle die to cut the base card from folded cardstock.  The flat area on the left is the fold.  I used the House Mouse image on watercolor paper, then colored it with  Distress inks.    I used Glossy Accents to cover the jar of jelly beans.

I made this card for a friend who lost her husband a month ago and has lots of problems right night.  She needs encouragement to get through this difficult period of her life.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Farewell to friends

Last month was a difficult one, losing 2 good friends.  I have many memories, but will miss them.
I made this card on watercolor paper, stamping with Memories ink, then watercoloring the background with Distress inks and water.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bald Eaglet hatches

After far too much sad news recently, I'm delighted to share a screen capture of a baby bald eagle.
This was taken from the Decorah Eagle cam this morning.  This is Dad proudly showing off the first hatchling of the year D21.  You can watch the camera on UStream at this LINK.  There is a lot of activity coming with 2 more eggs to hatch and then raising these eaglets until they learn to fly in a few months.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Birthday!

I've made a couple more cards for family March birthdays.  The first one was similar to others I've made.
I use a purple frame for this one.  The ink is Kaleidacolor Royal Satin.  The background was brayered to the inside of embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot.  I then spritzed it with water with Perfect Pearls added.  This gives a nice shimmer in real life.

This card was made for my son who has a birthday on Friday the 13th.  He lives in an area with this kind of hills and trees.  I'm sure there are deer out there also.  Hope he has a great birthday!

I made this card with a variety of stamps and inks.  The cloud is die-cut from watercolor paper, then colored with Distress inks and water.  It is popped on Tombow Power Tabs for a little dimension.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Birthday cards

I'm still struggling to find some mojo.  I have a lot of family birthdays coming in March, so really need to make some cards.  I've managed to assemble 2 of them during the last week.

I'm still using the backgrounds that I made earlier with the inked embossing folders.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Taking a break

I haven't been keeping up my blog lately.  I haven't been making cards and don't seem to have much to say.  Yesterday, my dog decided to get me in my craft room.  He managed to get a plastic bag filled with old tags that were traded at a convention long ago.  I didn't realize there was some candy in those old 'matchbooks'.  That sense of smell got him interested.  He managed to tear up lots of paper and plastic.  I spent a lot of yesterday cleaning up the mess.

Apparently, one of these contained a tea bag.  I saw a brown spot on the brown carpet and assumed he had vomited.  After I put carpet cleaner on the spot, I discovered that it was loose tea.  Wetting it created a bigger mess.  If only I had vacuumed first, I probably could have saved myself some work.

At least my dog got me back in the craft room!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pushing the mojo

I finally made a couple of cards with the backgrounds I created in the previous post.  It's been several weeks since I started these.  I brayered Kaleidacolor ink into the inside of the Musical Notes embossing folder and embossed white cardstock in them.  After staring at my backgrounds for quite a while, I mixed up some Perfect Pearl mica powder into some water in a spray bottle and spritzed the backgrounds to give them some sparkle.  Then, I stared at this creation for a week or so.  Today, I finally turned a couple of them into cards.

I have a lot more to work with so will try to get some more cards assembled soon.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Since I survived through the Christmas season, I decided to attempt to make cards again.  I started with the idea to make cards for the friends who sent me Christmas cards.  I didn't send any at all this year.  I found and embossing folder in my stash and a stamp set that had never been used.
My first step was to brayer ink for multicolor Kaleidacolor ink pads onto the inside of and embossing folder and place white cardstock in the folder and emboss and transfer the ink for a background.  This is the results from my efforts.
After washing all the ink from my brayer, embossing folder and hands, I pulled out my stamp set.
My first attempt at stamping the sentiment made a big mess on the cardstock because the excess rubber hadn't been trimmed from the stamps.  I proceeded to remove rubber from the wood mount by placing stamps in microwave a few seconds to loosen the adhesive.  I then trimmed off the excess rubber.  Next, I added double stick tape to an acrylic block and arranged the sentiments on the sticky surface and stamped my sentiments.

My next step was to create a card using some of the created card parts.
I hope to soon create more cards from this mess I have created.