Monday, May 11, 2015

Gender Reveal Baby Card

My Sister-in-law asked me last night if I could make her a gender reveal card for a gender reveal party.  I had to think on this one!  Never made a card before like this but I was up for the challenge.  

The "babies" were made from circle punch and arrows cut from my cricut which were glued on.  It was hard to tie tiny bows so I just knotted the ribbon.  Pink for bows on top.  Blue for bow ties.

My husband helped me with the words on the inside 
"Good luck to the fastest swimmer!"

thank you for stopping by!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunny Birthday

It's a sunny day and beautiful day here in Florida.  The weather has been just perfect.  Pool is open.  I forget there are some who are still battling with snow falls and cold weather.  It's nice to live in paradise!  

When the sun shines everyone feels good so I brought a little sunshine to this birthday card.

I used Tim Holtz stencil and sponged the rays for the outside of the A2 card.  I used a bit heavier ink and lightening it up as I reached the top of the rays.  After sponging on the rays, I left the stencil taped in position so I could sponge on tiny amount of yellow along the bottom to make it look like the sun coming up over water.  After that I sponged on some blue on both sides of the cardstock, leaving space in the middle to be able to stamp the word Happy.  The word Birthday was stamped inside with lighter yellow rays.

I like my fun happy card!  

Hope you have a beautiful sunny day...even if the air is cold outside!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SBR-Us Challenge 56-Have a Bird

Have you seen the new Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp set called Crazy Birds? Oh My Gosh!  I am so in love with this set!  I just had to have them and after searching for a month I finally found a company who had them in stock (stores are having trouble keeping them in stock).  Most bird stamps are small but these 6 birds are on the large size and perfect for me.  I have so many ideas in my head!  
Here are a couple of cards I did with them over the weekend.  I got the idea for one of them on the net and I wish I had kept the link.  If anyone knows who it is please let me know so I can link your image for my inspiration!

thanks for stopping!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Butterfly Punch and Bokeh Technique

Have you seen the Bokeh Technique being posted on many blogs on the internet?  
When I originally searched the word Bokeh technique to find out the directions, the sites that came up first were photography sites. So I searched what the word meant and this is what I found...

"Bokeh in Photography is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.  Bokeh has been defined as the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."

Someone very smart figured out how to take that technique and transfer it onto paper using ink/water colors.  It looked a bit daunting to me but after researching it I discovered it was an easy and interesting technique. Possibly addicting!
(Check it out...Watercolor Bokeh Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers)

I used a butterfly punch to punch out a couple of butterflies after the Bokeh background was dry and covered the butterflies with Diamond Stickle.  While they dried, I put my card together.

Once the background was matted and glued down onto my card, I glued the butterflies back down flat onto where I had punched them out.  

Let me know if you give this a try.  I would love to see your creative work of art.

thank you for visiting!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

MojoMonday #387-Shake Your Ba-Donkey-Donk

Second post today!  I did another card challenge and this time I did Mojo Monday Challenge #387.

Inside the card it says 

It's your day...
go ahead and shake your ba-donkey-donk!!!

Here is the sketch we were to get ideas from.

It was a lot of fun working on this sketch.  The circle in the sketch became the sun on my card which I cut out and popped up on the card.

Too late to add the link for challenge but that is more inspiration for one more birthday card!

Night all...

SBR-Us Challenge #67-Flowers by the Bunch

I made a couple of Birthday cards and after I was done, I found I was able to apply it to SBR-Us Challenge to have 3 different shapes on our creation.  I did the same stamping on both cards with same colors: Stampin Up Pacific Point and Cherry Cobbler.  The center was colored with a Blender Pen dipped into Stampin Up Crushed Curry ink pad.  The flowers are from a Stampin Up stamp set called Best Blossoms.  The branch was stamped in Stampin Up Old Olive and I believe it is an Impressions Obsessions stamp.  I have all the rubber stamps for a few years.  The "Birthday Greetings is also from a Stampin Up set called Wetlands.  The Maroon and Royal Blue mats also use a Stampin Up item called Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   I guess today is a Stampin Up kind of day!

I think changing up the mat really changed the appearance of the cards.

PLOP!  Into my box of birthday cards they go!  2 more added in the birthday card box and 1 more challenge crossed off!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Not the Years...Its the Mileage!

Yesterday I posted a card using the Screen Divider Fold from Splitcoaststampers.  If you have not been there should!!  That place has a wealth of information, techniques and samples!  

I made a card previously using this same fold and I wanted to share it with you today.  The stamps are from Art Impressions.  I placed a white cardstock behind the dog parachute section to write a little something.  
 It was a fun card to make!

Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

SBR-Us Challenge 68 Eyesight Failing

Slowly weeding out the challenges I am behind in!  Today I worked on Challenge 68, which was to use 2 different papers.  Still working on building my birthday stash so I made the challenge into a birthday card.  I chose to make this Splitcoaststampers Screen Divider Fold.  

It folds flat and fits perfectly into an A2 size envelope although it is not an A2 size card.  An A2 size card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  The Screen Divider card folded is only 2 3/4 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches long.  The card is quite easy to make and you can actually use any punch to get the legs if you don't have the label punch.  I love the way  it stands up so the recipients can display the card!  

I made it once before and hadn't shared it yet.  I will post a photo of it tomorrow but for is the card I made today!

Love the saying!  I printed it out with my printer.  

This is the card folded.  As you can see, it stays pretty flat!

Come back tomorrow to see another cute birthday card I made from this very same fold!  


Friday, February 27, 2015

Birthday Step Block Card

I am always learning new techniques or fancy folds and I came across a very interesting card.  They did not tell us what the fancy fold name was. I went on the hunt for the name and for directions.

I finally came across the name Step Block fold.  Once I had the name I needed the directions.  Best place to get directions for pretty much anything in life is youtube!  After watching many, I found one...Papercrafter45.   She made it very easy to follow with all the directions typed right on the photos and very easy to stop and go.

A co-worker of mine is getting into making cards and it was her birthday.  I wanted to make a really fancy card so this one was perfect for her.  The card folds flat so you can slip it into an A2 envelope.  Because of the big flower on it, the envelope was bulky but this card can certainly be made to be flat and be mailed with no problem.

Here is my version! 

If you like fancy folds with a WOW effect...try this one!  It actually is very easy!

until next time....

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SBR-Us Challenge 65-Music

The Challenge I decided to conquer was Challenge #65-Music and what better card to go with this theme?  Birthday card of course!  There is always singing the Happy Birthday song in our household.  As a matter of fact...our family knows...on their birthday they WILL get a call from us.  My husband and I harmonize the Happy Birthday song in a do I explain it? ...colorful...ya that is a good word...colorful singing.  LOL.  Makes the family laugh and as much as they do not want to admit it....they love that we do it.  

I found this card made by Julie and decided to give it a go.  I wasn't sure how she created it so I did the best I could.  Thank you Julie for the inspiration!

The background music stamp was done on white cardstock and glued down.  The piano was handcut on black cardstock.  To punch the keys I used a Stampin Up Word Punch.  The ribbon was 2 pieces left over that I tied in the front and glued down.

Thank you for stopping by and have a super crafty day!  See you soon

Monday, February 23, 2015

SBR-Us Challenge 54-Butterfly

Working hard to get all caught up on the Challenges to a Yahoo Group I belong to.  Yesterday I was able to create two cards that matched their Challenge #54.  Each card has the same color and style but different flower stamps. 

Challenge was to have a butterfly on it.  

Hope you have a crafty day.  I am off to work.  My crafty time will be tonight!  
See you then..

Friday, February 20, 2015

Young At Heart

This card was fun to make for my boss's birthday today!  I took a picture of the card from the top so you could see the depth of the 3D card.

This technique is called Bendi Frame Card.  You can find the directions here at  It was a fun card to make but I must admit...not a quick simple card.  In between getting caught up on my tv show (The Walking Dead), figuring out exactly what was I going to do with this took me about 2 1/2 hours.

The stamp set is from Art Impressions His and Her Campers Stamp Set.  I tried to pull the set up at Art Impressions but the picture was not working so you can see the set here Amazon.  

Here are a couple more photos of the card.  

Inside:  Still young at heart...slightly older everywhere else.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Secret Invitations

January 1st was my Boss's 40th Anniversary for his business.  That was quite a milestone!  All of us at the office gave him a party.  We actually surprised him which was amazing as he finds out everything and so hard to surprise him.  We had about 40 of his closest friends and colleagues at the party.  

I volunteered to make the invites.  
My inspiration came from this Door Card.  
It was pretty easy to make.  I cut out all the pieces, glued them together, ran each door through the woodgrain folder and then glued them down on top of the card.  The door handles came from something I had in my stash from years ago. 

thank you for stopping by

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Christmas Thank You

Someone told me several months ago how thank you cards have died down from when she was younger.  She still handwrites and mails thank you cards for lots of reason.

I got to thinking why don't I do that?  I make cards but it is rare that I send out thinking of you or thank you cards.  After listening to her, I decided to go ahead and do that as well.  I know that I enjoy getting them when I do.  

I made several of these to thank everyone for my Christmas Gifts.  It was easy, quick, simple and I am sure appreciated once they received!


Monday, February 16, 2015

SBR-Us Challenge 61-Valentine Heart

Hello Hello!!  
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
Happy Valentines Day
Did I miss anything while I was away?

Yes I am still here!  Yes I have still been making cards.  Just time got by me so I apologize!

I am taking a much needed break from busting out 130 Christmas Cards which I used all but 4 cards.  Not much of a head way for 2015 Season but I will get there soon enough.  Lately I have been practising on how to color images for my cards.   The classes that I am taking are from Kit and Clowder.  If you ever wanted to take a class to color images (all types of alcohol markers, pencils and watercoloring), is the time!  Not only is the time is right due to the ratio of Aussie to USA but the classes themselves are the best!  Lots of support, feedback, videos and complete books you can print out.  Right now I am taking the skin and hair class.  I colored an image for my husband's Valentine first and then I did the class.  
WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!  The classes really

My first attempt looks like she hit the tanning booth and got a yellowish tan..UGH..

Here is my card after the first two lessons in the skin and hair class.  Many more to go as you can tell.  At least I have a "before" and will have an "after" as soon as I finish the coloring hair lesson.  That class is next in the lessons.  My husband loved the card and saw beyond the fact that the hair needed serious work.   That is what you call love *S*.

I bought this image from Slinky Tart and is called "From The Heart".  She has some serious cute images!  Will be buying more in the future from Slinky Tart.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christmas Card Swap

Did you know Christmas was only 12 weeks away?  wow...I swear the older I get...the faster time goes!!  

I joined a Christmas swap recently and had to make a Christmas card with layers size 5 x 5.  I do not normally use 5 x 5 cards but the cards that returned back was so adorable I will definitely have to use the cards!!!  I will post the cards I received tomorrow.  

The card I chose to do was mostly done with a punch, ink and cricut.  The Poinsettia is from Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland. 

It was easy to sit and put these together once I got all the pieces cut.   I tend to add a lot of glitter on cards lately...something my sister Faye got me hooked on.  Not a lot of glitter on this one.   I like the final results.  Layered but easy to mail still.

Next post I will share all the cards I received in return!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness

I got my inspiration from this card here  I loved how she placed scenery in the form of a strip down one side of the card with elements off to the side of it.  I enjoyed making the leaves by spraying them with a mix of water & glycerin in a spray bottle and crumbled them up to make wrinkles.  I opened them up a bit and let them dry.   After they dried I blotted them with some brown ink.  So the bird did not look like it was floating in the air, I added a branch behind it.  The bird was stamped 2 x's and I was able to cut parts from one bird to add an extra layer.  The neck feathers were created by using Tulip Puffy paint.  Finished off the bird with a party hat sequin from off the floor.  No seriously!  It was from the craft room floor!  Have no idea where it came from or how it ended up on the floor but it worked!!

Even though I have not posted photos of cards lately but I have been busy!  Hopefully I will get more posted soon!.
Thank you for stopping by!


 Sizzix  Branch & Leaves 
Sizzlets Thin Cuts Birthday Balloons #1

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fairy Happy Birthday

My Fairy Birthday card.  Lots of stamps and lots of fun!

I "cheated" on this card and did not use any masking.  After stamping all the stamps where I thought I wanted them to go, I just cut a white cardstock to go across the card and matted it with teal cardstock.  

I  combined the following stamps to create this card:
 Stampin Up Background Stamp "En Francais"
Stampin Up "Petal Parade" Set
Words from Fiskars "Birthday Cheer" (my FAV set)
Fairy "Sabrina" (cut out and glued on) from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design

Of Fairy is perfect without the hint of Diamond Stickles sparkling in her hair and wings!!  

Fairy Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Facebook Quote Inspiration

I came across a quote that was posted by many on Facebook and it was my inspiration to do this card. 

 Many liked the quote...I looked beyond the quote and took in the nighttime blues and the stars.  I thought..that would make a beautiful card!

I only used 2 stamps on it.  One was a Stampin Up tree stamp from the set called "Serene Silhouettes".  The other stamp "With Deepest Sympathy" came from Impression Obsession set called "Sympathy Sentiments".

To make the card, I brayered Stampin Up Pacific Point ink all over the entire white cardstock.  I stamped the tree 2 times on the card.  I used Black StazOn ink to stamp the tree facing up because I wanted a nice dark black color.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the tree facing down for the reflection.  The reason I used a different ink for the reflection is because I did not want that crisp black color.  I wanted to ink it and stamp off some of the color on a scrap piece of paper first and I could not do that with the StazOn ink.  

Next I tore a piece of towel paper with small bumps to mask off where I wanted the grassy knolls and inked up a sponge with StazOn.  After I was got the area I wanted sponged with black ink, I flipped over the ripped paper towel so I could ink the reflection of the grassy knolls in the water.

With another sponge, I sponged on Stampin Up Night of Navy ink to get the darker sky along the top and along the very bottom of the water.  

Finished the main part of the card with stamping the sentiment with Stampin Up Whisper White ink and using Gelly Roll Clear ink pen to make the twinkling stars.  Don't forgot to add the stars in the water as well for their reflection as well!

I made 2 more with same technique. One I forgot to take a picture before it was mailed off. =( 
 The sentiment on this card is from the same Impression Obsession set called "Sympathy Sentiments".

Hope this inspired you to try brayering and sponging on your creation!  Just be prepared to get some ink on your fingers!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Easter in...May???

Yup...I did it...Easter in May!  Little behind the 8-ball I think, lol.
I am using a bunch of challenges from all over to keep my card creating going and I have a notebook that I write in each time a new challenge is announced.  As I get one done I check it off the list.  One was to make an Easter card and obviously that was challenge for SBR-Us was posted prior to Easter. 
All I care about is I got the challenge checked off and a head start for next year!!  
The goal is to fill my box with finished cards!

I do not know what company this stamp came from or even if it is still available.  Prior to Easter, I went to a friends to stamp and I saw this stamp.  I thought it was so adorable so I stamped a couple for myself.  

thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Red and White Christmas

Still going strong on my Christmas cards!  I think I am pretty close to 40 made so far this year.  Cardstock is all from left overs.  I sat down and sorted all my scraps and placed them in 12 x 12 plastic containers.  Right now I have 2 colors in each but eventually will move them out into single.  I have them lined on a shelf and since I did that I find it is the first place I go to when I need paper or cardstock!  Great way to use it up because out of the choices in the containers, I will find something that will work with what I am doing.  The only speciality paper container I have is Christmas so while I am working on Christmas cards I will have the case open and ready to dig through.  


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Birdcage of Flowers

My Aunt was visiting me a couple of months ago and she bought a Spellbinders Die of two bird cages.  Before she went home I sat visiting while cutting myself a few of these in different colors.  I used an ivy die cut and flower punch and created a spray doing down the side of the bird cage.  My husband already nabbed the card to thank someone for donating their time at the Mothers and Others event they held on Mothers Day.  I am not sure why my camera refused to work with but the card was a nice light cream color.  

thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I looked at many of the pages I have scrapbooked in the past with pictures of my mom.  I miss her so much.

My Mom passed away several years ago.  Lost a long battle to cancer.  Today I am walking down Memory Lane because I love to run into her.  I found this one page already scanned that I did of Mom and her best friend Lottie.  I used a rose background because roses was my mom's favorite flower!

Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 Mother-n-Others Invite

This weekend will be the 12th big event at a local nursing home called Mothers-N-Others.  It is celebration held in the Alzheimer section for basically all the Caregivers and Families who take care of loved ones with Alzheimer.  For the past 9 years I have been making and donating the 30 invitations they needed.  It is difficult for me to sit and make 30 invitations (really more like an A2 card) the same way however  the nursing home does get great feed back on how the family members look forward to the invites.  One elderly gentleman has been saving them each year.  That is what makes it all worth while.  That is why we do what we do...make cards and give them away.  It is that smile that we get in return.

Thank you for stopping by..

“Your strength and patience reach forever
As we make this difficult journey together.
Please preserve the memories once shared
And protect my dignity when I lapse to care.
For each day I will need you a little more
To hold my hand and to reassure
As my thoughts fade and my memories dim
Know that my heart still loves you deep within.”

-Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Falling Silver and Blue Snowflakes

A couple of years ago I bought some silver glitter paper from Stampin Up but there was a problem.  It was the best thin paper to use with die cuts and was so pretty!  You do not get many sheets so I was not using it.  Was "saving" it for a special project.  Saving paper is a horrible habit that I am trying to get out of. It was difficult but I finally used the paper up.   Recently was shopping in Joanne's, I came across a DCWV glitter cardstock stack that had 12 different colors and seemed to be thin like the Stampin Up sparkle paper.   I decided to give it a try.  Not bad at all!!!! It's my new love when it comes to making Christmas Cards.  I was able to cut it with my die cuts as you can see on my card.  The snowflake was a die from Stampin Up.  
Here is the link in case you are looking for some glitter cardstock that you can actually work with.

Do you agree blue and silver go so well together?


Monday, May 5, 2014

Candy Stripe Christmas Card

I bought a new Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Set from Jo'Anne's called Radiant Rectangles.

This set was so much fun to play with.  I used some old Stampin Up striped red and cream paper to create this card with.  Some layers were raised and others were flat against the card.  
A little bling and a bow topped it off!  
Very cute..

thanks for stopping!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

PCC Inspiration-Mothers Day Card

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

In my absence, I have been making many cards.  I wasn't able to share as I was not online much.  I had family visiting for almost 2 months so now it is catch up time.  I will share them soon.

Today I worked on cards....again.  Some day I will get back to scrapbooking but for now...

I did a card for my Mother-In-Law today.  Paper Crafters Cafe used Urchin Colors as inspiration. 

 The only thing left to do is to find a pretty poem or quote online for the inside.

I hope you were able to get some crafting done!



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Relay For Life

I have some Relay For Life cards that I made left over from a prior Relay For Life.  I would love to sell them as I will donate 100% of the money to Relay For Life this year.  I will be part of the walk happening here in my town on April 12th.

Relay for Life is dear to my heart. I have lost many to the fight of cancer...including my mom. 

These cards are all A2 size and comes with an envelope to mail.  I will accept any donation for $5.00 and more!!  Please go here and leave a donation. 

Manetta's Relay For Life

Email me the donation amount you submitted, the card you would like and I will send it right off to you!!
Most are blank so someone can handwrite something special inside but if there is something special you want inside I can add that for you.

Thank you in advance!

1. Blank inside 
(Breast Cancer)

2. Blank inside 
(Leukemia and Kidney Cancer)

 3. Inside: It's the best medicine of all.
(Leukemia and Kidney Cancer)

4. It's the best medicine at all.
(Breast Cancer)

5.  Never Never Never give up 
(Liver Cancer)

6. Blank inside
(Breast Cancer)

7. Blank inside
(Breast Cancer)

8. Blank Inside
(Child w/Cancer)

9. Blank Inside

9.Blank Inside

10.  Inside:  You are still the most beautiful, thoughtful and courageous person I know.  That will never change.
(Breast Cancer)

11.  Blank Inside
(Liver Cancer)

12.  Blank Inside
(All Cancers)

13....until we met you

14.  ...until we met you
(All Cancers)