Easter cards

I was a little late making these, a little late mailing them, and a little late posting them, but here they are!  These cards were made with little bits and pieces of paper and leftover cuts on my desk and in my stash.  I love when that happens; it’s a way to make something I need and clean up my desk at the same time without adding to my stash of leftovers!

I just couldn’t throw away the leftovers from this card.  The colors were just too beautiful.  The white and black pieces are also leftovers from that card, set aside during my cardmaking process that day.  That butterfly has been flitting around my craft area for a couple of years.  I think she may have been from when I was on the Paper Crafting World design team.

You’ll remember this tag from my Easter treats.  The leftover tags made it onto several different cards.The music paper for this one is leftover from here.

The paper for this one is left over from a project I haven’t completed or posted yet.  Hmm! It’s from the same AC Moore $1 paper packet that I used on this card.

So now that I made 60+ tags that use rabbits in negative space, I have 60+ little white rabbits on my desk!  Placed on the aforementioned AC Moore leftovers and paired with some pretty flower paper from my stash, they made a cute #10 sized card.

This card uses leftovers already mentioned.  The little chickie is from here.  The flowers are from what I (stupidly) thought was a border punch.  It’s not.  It’s just a row of flowers.  It was going to be on the project that’s not finished yet, and I can’t tell you how many I cut out before realizing it’s NOT a border punch.  So now I have rows of flowers on my desk.  Not sure if I’ll use them on a future project or just be mad at them and throw them out.  And here’s my last one.  It’s mostly leftovers, but I did cut into a full sheet of paper that I got in the clearance section in Michaels, that yellow hexagon paper.  This card design was from Operation Write Home and is a great way to use little scraps that you just can’t bear to toss.

So! Hope your Easter was happy!  Our Easter bunny left me a solid chocolate bunny, so I’m good!  🙂



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Cut it Up – Music

Music, music, music!  That’s what’s stuck in my head.  It’s a bit of a song that I can’t remember the rest of.

Anyway, that’s our theme today at Cut it Up Challenges.  I’ve never had any talent in the music area, but I did get to sing while growing up.  I loved Music class in school and can remember most of the songs we learned even now, so many decades later.  I love to sing, and there’s a song for every occasion.  (I know, because they always pop up in my head.  There’s almost always a song going on up there.)  Also, I’m a terrible singer!  I can’t carry a tune in a basket! but that doesn’t stop me.

One time my husband bought and installed a CD player in my car.  I drove to visit my daughter at college, which was six hours away.  I sang at the top of my lungs the whole trip.  When I got to the hotel, I looked at my phone and saw about ten missed calls!  My husband had been trying to call me to see how the drive was going, but I hadn’t heard the phone ring because the music was so loud!  He was not amused.

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays.  They generously gave each one of us a physical die to work with.  I got the Treble Clef Fri-Die.  It cut like a dream in my Cuttlebug!

I needed some Easter cards, so that’s what I went with.  The music paper was just downloaded from the internet, and the rabbit stamp is from Unity Stamp Company, called Hunny Bunny.

Here is my second card using this die:I cut it out three times and layered it.  The little bunny chick was from the Michael’s dollar bin a few years ago.  I stamped it, scanned it into my computer, brought it into the Silhouette software, colored it and printed/cut.  There are about a million of them on my desk right now.  I’m pre-scheduling this post, so you probably have already seen some other cards I have made using some of them.  🙂  (edit – or WILL see!  tee hee!)

So that’s it for my Music post!  Hope to see what you create over at Cut it Up!  You could win a $15 store credit from CAS-ual Fridays!


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DCD #313 – Any Shape Card

April 26th is Secretary’s Day.  Secretaries are indispensable in any office, business, or school.  Our school is located in two buildings on our campus, so we have two secretaries.  Although I see nothing wrong with the term secretary, they prefer to be called Administrative Assistants nowadays, so that’s what I used for Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ Any Shape Card challenge.  But I gave a nod to the old fashioned term by using a retro phone for my cards!  🙂

This gorgeous phone was from SVGcuts.  It must have been a freebie, but it’s not on their site anymore.  I made two of these cards, one for each AA.

Did your family ever have a telephone like this?  It’s fun to remember what it was like when there were no cell phones attached to everyone’s hips.  When I first memorized our family’s telephone number, it was “Lambert 5-4323” or LA5-4323.  That morphed into 525-4323.  And it was a dial phone.  We also had a party line.  That meant that when you picked up the receiver to make a call, you either got a dial tone or you heard one of your neighbors’ phone calls.  You had to hang up and try again later.  When the phone rang, you said, “Hello” because you didn’t know who was calling.  It could be someone calling for you or another family member, or it might be a wrong number.  “Who’s calling, please?”  Our phone was in the kitchen, the heart of the home.

Check out the other cards over at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then link your own!  Shape cards are fun to make, and fun and surprising for the recipients.


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Stick it Down – April 2017

Here is this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down sketch challenge blog.  I vacillated between making a shaker and trying a new inking technique and decided to do the inking.  I have so many stamps and inks and distress inks that hardly ever get used, so I’ve been eager to work with them.  Unity Stamp Company has tons of Quick Tips that are around 1 minute long showing and explaining how to do different techniques, and I followed this one for my card.  I love how it turned out!

It’s a birthday card for a friend of mine.  I used Lil’ Inkers Stitched Rectangle dies for the inside “frame.”  It’s hard to see in this picture, but it is stitched.  To make the colored panel, I started with a piece of cardstock.  (I think next time I’ll try water color paper because the inks didn’t blend as nicely as I’d like them to.)  The butterfly and sentiment are A Lovely Butterfly Day by Unity Stamps, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Then inks from Tim Holtz were added (Distress inks in Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Pine Needles, and Shabby Shutters.)

The next step didn’t work as well for me as it did for Angeline at Unity.  I used my water-filled pen to “color in” the butterfly.  It was supposed to remove some of the color so that the stamped image was highlighted.  It didn’t work for me, so I brought out my watercolor paints and did a little fussing with it.  It wasn’t the look I was going for, but I do like how it looks!  The last step was to make the water drops.  That worked beautifully!  Squirt water on your hands and clap!  🙂

I cut down the pretty panel, a little offset to match the sketch, mounted it on black card stock, and added the black stitched frame.  Inside there’s a white panel for writing on and a stamped Happy Birthday.

Hope you can join us this month at Stick it Down for either the card sketch, single page scrapbook layout, or double page!


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Angry Birds

Is that still a thing?  🙂  I’ve never played.

Last year, we had a young visitor who celebrated a birthday during his visit.  This young man loved to play Angry Birds, so I decided to make an Angry Birds birthday card.  I did a google image search and came up with these two characters, brought them into the Silhouette software, and made this simple card.

They certainly do look angry, don’t they?  Anyway, I was looking over the photos on my computer and there are many of cards that I made and never posted, so I’ll be showing them to you in the coming weeks!

Have a great day!


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DCD #312 – Spring and/or Easter

We have a choice this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas – Spring or Easter.  My Sunshine Committee duties called for Easter treats — many!  —  so that means simple!  These tags were easy to mass produce in Silhouette Design Studio:  two layers, print and cut for the sentiment, a little bit of adhesive and some twine . . . DONE!  I need 50 of these, but here are just two.  I couldn’t decide which way I wanted to put them together, so I did it two ways.

The cute bunny tag is from Jamie Lane.  I love the beauty and simplicity of it.

You should check out what the other design team members did with this challenge!  Then link your own over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cut it Up – CASE it!

I have to say, I have an awesome team over at Cut it Up!  They’re so talented and  always come up with really great projects for all the challenges.  I’m lucky to have each and every one of them to inspire me!  They inspire me so much, I’m always wanting to copy their work.  That’s where this challenge comes in.  I chose it – CASE it!

Each of us is CASE-ing someone else on our team.  I’m CASE-ing Sarah.  I had a hard time choosing from all the goodness over there.  I really wanted to CASE one of her shelf cardsbut that’s going to have to wait until summer.  What I really need now are cards that people can sign, so I CASED this cutie:Here’s my version: The font I used for the name is Girls Are Weird, tweaked by Denise from Denise’s Craft Room to be a stencil font.  I made the label it’s on myself in Silhouette Design Studio.  It’s supposed to look like a music thingy.  (Obviously not musical myself!!)  I embossed using a dotted folder that came with my eBosser. This adorable music note is from Lettering Delights, their Musical Instruments and Symbols collection.

After I got done and photographed my card, I realized I didn’t actually CASE Sarah’s card.  I was just inspired by it.  So, I tried again.

Here is the one I CASED as best I could.  I sure wish I had noted the URL of the posts of all the pictures I downloaded from her blog so I could link, but I wasn’t that smart.  😒

I love trees; white birch is my favorite.  Orange is my second-favorite color.  So this was a no-brainer for me.  I love everything about it!  Here’s mine:Both the maple leaf and the birches are from SVGcuts, but neither is available anymore.  Here’s a close up of the maple leaf with the birches behind it.  The colors in the above photo are true.  I don’t know what happened to the colors in this one!!

The font is another stencil font from Denise’s Craft Room.  It may be called Nelson.

So that’s it!  For you to participate in this challenge, simply CASE a project.  It doesn’t have to be from the Cut it UP Design Team members – just anyone!  You could win a $20 gift certificate from our sponsor, Heartfelt Creations.






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