Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I wish each and every one of you a blessed 2016. 
May all of your wishes come true. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Stamp Along cards and fun adventure

Birthday cards are needed all the time. 
Here is a choice for this time. 

Monochromatic is always a good choice and the Island Indigo works well for masculine and feminine. This one is quick and easy. 

Wiinter is coming even though we have had extra mild weather so far. 
Make these cards and you will be able to send warm wishes when the cold arrives!

Please remember to use the hostess code if you are placing an order on line. 
Thank you!

Yesterday, Linda and I went to see the Nativity display at the Lutheran Church on South Tenth in Manitowoc. It was amazing! People from the community bring their Nativity sets in and they display them. We were in awe of the wonderful way they put sets next to each other by color or size.
Here are a few of the sets.

This was the first grouping. The background has large pieces of sheet music. 

This is a very tall display with many individual sets on it. 

These two are for children. They are each a "hands on" set. One is a puzzle and all the pieces fit into the stable. The other is made of fabric. All the pieces fit into the barn. 

This was one that I especially liked because of its simplicity. 

On the way home we went to the light show at the Zoo. 

We stopped at the shelter and saw the elves and had a cookie!

Another fun day! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Stamp Along

Another month has slipped away!
I was the demo for the stamp club this month so I revisited the Bargello technique. 
Here is the card that we made. It is a little time consuming but is a pretty technique. 
We had fun and they all seemed to like the technique. 
What do you think of the card? 
Definitely not the traditional Christmas colors! 

Following are a few of the cards that I have ready for the Stamp Along on Monday the 14th of Dec.

Several of these could be for Christmas or for a winter birthday.
Are you finished with your Christmas cards?
I still haven't decided on a design for mine. That will be my next project after the Stamp Along is ready. 

i have been going through my stash of stuff and decided to share that with you. 
This card is made with the beautiful Mirricard paper that I found. There are several choices of color  from which you can choose. 
It is plain and simple but very elegant at the same time.
The picture doesn't do it justice.

Here is another plain and simple. The white piece is textured with the softly falling embossing folder.
It doesn't show very well on the picture. 

One more for today. This one has a very pretty poem on the inside that is the legend of the poinsettia. Another thing I found in my stash. I hope that you don't mind if I share my "contraband" with you. 

Stampin' Up! is having a big end of the year sale that you can check out on my site. 
You can add these items to your Stamp Along order and get free shipping with participation in the Stamp Along. If you wish to order and can't make it to the SA, please use the hostess code
Thank you!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

File Folder book class

 This special memory book is made from a file folder. 
Yes, one file folder and some card stock. 
Would you like to make one? 
I will be doing a class on it November 18th
at 1:00 at Schroeder's. 
The fee is $25.
I will have all of the supplies you need and they will be cut for you.
You will learn how to cut and assemble it so you can make more if you would like. 

This one is for Halloween. It is the one that I made when I took the class to learn how to make them.
You could make any theme that you would like once you know how to cut and fold your file folder. 

When you untie the ribbon and open it you have his section. 
There is lots of room to add photos and I will have several additions things that you can add.

Each of the above sections opens again. 
The top sections pull down and has space on both sides for your photos. 
The bottom one fold down and provide more spaces!
The one on the right has a pocket to slide in a small keepsake like a ticket. 

I still have some more work to do on this but I will need to know if you would like to make one by next Monday. This is the next project and I will start cutting the pieces on Tuesday. 
I will have a completed one for you to look at on Monday at the Stamp Along. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lots of choices

Same fall scene in both of these but the cards are totally different. 
Which one do you like best?
Sure, you can make both of them if you would like. 

These two are the same up to the frame you choose to use.
Yes, I found parts left from other projects. 
There comes a time to use the parts and move them out! 
This was a good place to use them. 
This is such a beautiful set! I am sure that it is the one that I will use for my Christmas cards this year when I get around to making them. 
There will be one more using this same set at the SA. Maybe you will get a picture of it tomorrow. 

There will also be this choice of a New Year card for those of us the just don't get the Christmas ones finished in time to send. 
This one, also, will have choices. It is stunning in different colors. I will have several different colors available for you to choose. 

Here is one for those of you that like the putzy stuff. 
The cutting is so easy because of all the framelits. Just stamp them and run them through the Big Shot. Don't forget your dimensionals! They look so cute when they are raised off the card.

This one is quick and easy if you need a birthday card.
These little critters are so cute! 

Hope to see you on Monday! 
The hostess code for ordering this time is
Thank you to everyone that places orders. I can't do this without you!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November Stamp Along

Another month has slipped away! 
Again, I have done many fun things but blogging wasn't one of them. 
But you already knew that! Right?
I have been getting some cards ready for the Stamp Along though.

Tis the season to be thankful! 
This is such a pretty script that I did this simple card for Thanksgiving. 
This is from the Six Sayings hostess set in the Holiday catalog. 
The pretty embossed border hardly shows up on the photo and the colors are off also! They are Delightful Dijon and Tangelo Twist. 

Sometimes it is nice just to say Thank You so I did some with the Layered Letters Alphabet on the same colors. The script sure does make a big difference! 

Of course there will be some Christmas cards available for you to make. 
Do you have your Christmas cards all made and ready to send? 

I finally used those antlers from the Wonderland set! 
I love the way it makes it look like the deer is peeking out of the forest. 

This is one that has a little "extra" to it. There are two inside pages and a different cut to the card. 
This is the front.

Here is the first opening. 

You will have to come to the Stamp Along next Monday to see the next opening! 
If you can't come but really want to see this card, place a $50 order on line (or send it to me by email) and I will send you one! 
If you are ordering on line please use the hostess code 
which will link your order to the SA order but send it directly to you. 
This code will only be good until 8 PM on Nov 9, 2015.
Thank you to all who order! I appreciate you so much! 
Have you been enjoying the little gift in with your order the last few months? 
Just wondering. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It's been an amazing month!

Here are a few more cards that will be at the Stamp Along on Monday.

There is at least one cool technique on each of the above cards. I hope that you will enjoy making them on Monday. 

Following is a personal post about my amazing month.
It started with a visit from one of the Silver Stampers.
I belonged to this group many years ago and kept in touch with a few of the members.
The gal that took this picture of the group that got together to stamp at Pat's house is the one that came to visit. We had a wonderful time stamping and visiting! 

Next, Linda and I went on a crafting trip. We stayed at this cute little motel in northern Wisconsin. 


We stayed two nights and took three craft classes. We took some nice walks, met some nice people, and found a nice thrift store! It was very relaxing. I didn't have to cut and prepare anything! I love doing that but once in a while it is nice to have it done for me. 

This is the product of the button class. 
Linda's is the calico on the left and mine is the one that looks like our CT.

They were fun to do and I love how it turned out. 
We did several cards the second day.
The third class was a book made from a file folder. Very nice. I hope to do a class on one of these with a winter theme. Let me know if you would be interested. 

On the way home we went to Philips, Wisconsin and visited the Concrete Park. 
Very interesting! There are hundreds of these concrete creations! 

Then I did a party and prepped for the class with eleven cards from the Winter Wonderland Specialty paper from Stampin' Up! 

The class went well and I am doing it again on the 28th of October. If you are interested, I have openings for two more. It is at Schroeder's at 1:00. It includes the pack of Specialty paper and you have more than half of it left to use later.  The cost is $30. 

Next, I was off to a retreat in Northern Wisconsin with two friends. 

The camp is on a beautiful lake. It was cool so I didn't spend much time outside. 
The colors were beautiful on all of my "trips."

We went on a wagon ride to see the whole camp. Debbie is there next to me but all the others are "new" friends. It was a wonderful group of ladies. 

Another activity was a craft project. We painted boards and used leaves to print. i am happy with both of mine but will probably add some lettering to them at some point. Any suggestions?

Next, a trip across the state with five friends from our Red Hat group. We went in two cars as the bus was full and we still wanted to go! It worked out really well and was less expensive than it would have been on the bus. We boarded the paddle boat on the Mississippi River and had a wonderful lunch then went upriver to a set of locks. Nice trip! 

 If you have read this far, thank you joining me on a quick reminisce of my amazing month. 
Here is one more of the cards that I have prepared for the Stamp Along. 

Retirement is busy! But it is all fun! 
See you Monday!