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1000 Cards for Allyson

By April 8, 2017 Crafts, General

1000 Cards for Allyson's 11th BirthdayHello Friends!  I had planned on posting my 100 favorite things to celebrate getting more than 100 visitors in one week.

However, I hope you’ll forgive my change in direction.

I read this story today and – being a card maker – I wanted to share the story and encourage all of you to help out!

Allyson Peterson is a 10 year old girl who lives in Houghton, Michigan and who suffers from a condition known as Kabuki Syndrome type 2.  The condition is currently incurable and causes Allyson some difficulties in mobility.  One of the joys in her life is collecting cards.

For her birthday on April 28, she wished for 1000 cards.  I hope some of my crafty friends will consider sending her one or more.

Here is more information on Allyson’s Story.

Let’s share some HOPE with this young lady!

Cards can be send to:

Allyson Peterson

P.O. Box 1016 Hurontown

Houghton, Michigan 49931

Have a great day everyone!

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Four Super Easy “Swan Lake” Stampin’ Up! Cards

By April 6, 2017 Crafts, General, Stamping

Hello Friends!  Just a short little post today.  I love stamping cards and wanted to share with you how easy it can be!  These four cards were super easy.  I used almost all Stampin’ Up! products, including the new stamp set “Swan Lake”.  It is a “clear” stamp, meaning that you use acrylic blocks, but the stamp itself is still rubber – so you can’t see through it like a photopolymer stamp.



For this first one, I used Tempting Turquoise for the background of the card and I folded it so that it is the inside of the card too.  A lot of times I just use standard white cardstock for that folded piece that basically IS the card itself, and then I create the card front; but this time I wanted the inside to be blue. 🙂

The top layer, which I stamped on, is that standard white cardstock.  Then, I painted the colors using Stampin’ Up!’s now retired watercolor crayons.  If you want to get some of your own, I have also used these and I loved them.  I stamped these images using Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Archival Ink Pad.  I love that it dries instantly and it doesn’t run when I use watercolor.


The next one is also  very simple and I did the same thing with the Garden Green Cardstock that I used for the background and folded part of the card.  Since Garden Green is a darker color, I didn’t want it to be the inside of the card, so I used my standard white and stamped the lily image in a matching Garden Green ink on the inside.

For the front of the card, I used a smaller piece of Garden Green paper again, but lifted it up with these little foam dots.  Here’s my secret though – unless I really need the thing being lifted to be ROUND – I use cheap foam “tape”.  You can get it in the hardware department of Walmart or any home improvement store and – since they THINK it’s for “men”, lol, it’s WAY cheaper than if you buy the same thing for “craft” purposes!!

So, I used the smaller Garden Green piece as my “base” for the front of the card.  Then, I cut a slightly smaller piece of Designer Series paper.  A note about DS paper.  I have a problem.  For real.  I am addicted to this paper.  I have SOOOOOO much of it.  I don’t have any idea what is “current” paper – or even how long it stays current.  I just buy what I like.  Shhh.  Don’t tell hubby.

So, I love this DS paper.  I then cut a smaller piece of SU’s Pacific Point and another standard white piece.  The only real work is on that white piece; so I set everything else aside.  Then I stamped the swan and the swanlings (what are baby swans called anyway?!).

The next part is a little tricky, but you are so smart – it’s a piece of cake for you!

It’s called “masking”.  So, with the ink that’s left over from my bs – Baby Swans…no, we can’t call them that either…… Well, anyway, before I clean the stamp, I stamp the image on to a post-it note.  You want to make it so that the image you stamp will stick to the paper with your swan and babies.

Then, you’re going to cut out the babies on that post-it note and put the post it over the image for your card.  Last thing, you can stamp those cattails and it will look like they are BEHIND the babies!!  Cool, right?!

I used a sponge and dabbed Tempting Turquoise for the water and Wild Wasabi for the background.  I used brown and orange colored pencils for the cattails and the swans’ beaks.

The last thing that I used was some Pool Party colored Baker’s Twine – also from SU!  I put the “top” of the card together and then put my dimensional tape at random points on the back – about nine half inch squares in all.  Then I put the card together.  TaDa!

The next one was a little harder.  I used the sets, Swan Lake and an old but cherished set called “Lovely as a Tree”.  For the paper, I used a standard white for the actual folded part of the card and the images.  I layered black and Wild Wasabi paper behind the main image.

I started by stamping the trees in the middle of the upper part of the card.  It’s important to stamp the first image in the middle and then fill in the sides as needed.  If you start on the right and then stamp another image to the left, it can look like you didn’t plan it and you just ran out of room.  I stamped my first image in the middle and then filled in trees to both the right and the left – it still goes “off the side” in both directions, but it just seems more centered.

Next I stamped the Swan so that her head is just a little lower than the middle tree and I stamped the lilies off to the sides.

I sponged Basic Gray and Wisteria Wonder for the sky and Crumb Cake for the land.  Then, I watercolored the water and lilies; and put a very “gentle” touch of green on the trees, land and water line.

That’s it.  You’re doing great!

The last one was the hardest.  I used Very Vanilla paper for the main images, standard white for the Swans – cut out; and Island Indigo for the background.  I’m in love with Island Indigo.  I love the almost regal look of the deeper blue.

I used the Wild About Flowers and (retired) World of Dreams stamp sets for the over-hanging branches and I stamped them with Crumb Cake and Garden Green…I touched the stamp to the ink pad, then stamped it onto a scrap piece of paper before the final image, so that it was lighter than usual.  I then stamped the cattails with Soft Suede ink.

I watercolored the lily and the water and colored in the cattails with colored pencil.

The hardest part of this card was cutting out the swans.  Someone has run off with my paper-cutting scissors, (or I may have mislaid them). So I had to use scissors that were ginormous!   Sigh.

But, there you go! Another great card!

If you would like to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products shown here, please use the contact form to reach me.  Mention the word “SWANLINGS” for a special discount!

I hope you had fun.  See you next time!




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Stampin’ Up Garden in Bloom

By February 5, 2017 Crafts, General, Stamping

Hi everyone!  Today I thought I would show off a card I made for a Thank You note for a friend.

I used all Stampin’ Up products, though some are “retired”.  I used the “Garden in Bloom” stamp set; Island Indigo, Summer Sun, So Saffron, and Designer Series paper.  I used standard, off-white, grograin ribbon, and I used Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi ink.

It was really a quick and easy project.  I cut out all the paper and also an “experiment” piece in the same size as the So Saffron piece.

I wanted to play around with stamping the blue ink off once before using it on my image.  I think it worked pretty well.  There were some parts, like in the bottom right corner, that the image didn’t fully stamp; but I think that makes it look unique.  I meant to use the same method for the leaves, but forgot J.  So I ended up using the same color for the background leaves as the lines of the leaves.

I actually like the same color-on-color look.  It’s a lot more subtle and I think it looks more like a real leaf.

The Garden in Bloom set has some butterflies and I considered using them on this card.  I do love butterflies.  But, in the end, I felt like less was more.

I love Stampin’ Up and I have been a demonstrator on and off for the last 15 or more years.  The thing I don’t like is that they “retire” their products too soon.  I know they want to stay competitive with new products; but I have approximately 100 wood-mount stamps and another 100 that are either photopolymer or clear-mount.  Of the more than 200 sets that I have, only 32 are not retired.  And, the retired list for this year will come out in April or May to make way for the new catalog in June, so I expect that I’ll lose another 5-10 sets then…..of course, I also plan to buy a bunch from the new Occasions Catalog J.

The Occasions Catalog is one of SU’s “mini” catalogs that they have throughout the year.  The products in these catalogs may or may not make it into the yearly catalog in June.  If they do not make it, then they too become retired and then I feel guilty showing cards that I made with them.

This is especially disheartening with Christmas sets for me.  There are some Christmas sets that I bought and adored in 2016.  But, I just didn’t have time to stamp one card.  In fact, I was so completely overwhelmed at Christmas time that I was still wrapping presents at 1am on Christmas morning.  It’s the first year in 20 that I didn’t send cards to anyone.  And now, I’m looking at all the sets with sadness because I know some of them will “retire”.  L  I wish that each “new” product could have a guaranteed “life-span” of at least 2 years…3 would be even better.

In fact, as I type this, I’m thinking that I had planned to do a “Christmas in July” workshop.  But, I only have 4 sets that are not either retired, or from the mini catalog.  Of course; the new catalog will be out by then, so I guess we’ll see.

However, I will say that I love SU’s products.  They are always high quality and the couple of times over the last 20 years that I have had something wrong with a product, they have replaced it easily.  Also, my friend and upline demonstrator’s house burned down a few years ago and I believe SU donated some products to keep her going.

I do, on occasion, use stamps from other companies.  I love them; but they are really hard to find if someone wants the same stamp set.

So folks, that’s today’s card and thoughts.  I will make a few more this weekend and I’ll share them with you!


Hope you liked it!

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