Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Tulips are one of the flowers that don't grow where I live.  You can plant them but if you want them to come back the next year, the bulbs have to be dug up, put in the frig, and re-planted.  too much work for me.  I loved the colors on both these cards so I decided to put them in the same picture.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Happy Anniversary

Today would have been my parents 71st wedding anniversary.  Thinking of them today.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

Traditionally school started the day after Labor Day.  Boy am I showing my age.  The truth is as a teacher I always started back before Labor Day, one year as early as July 31.  Now I am enjoying a constant summer vacation in retirement.  I love this new die from Stampin' Up!.  Thanks to Lyssa for the inspiration for this card.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By the Sea

I am always looking for different greetings for my cards.  When I saw these greeting at Technique Junkie, I knew they would go perfect with these Gina Marie dies that I had.  The mermaid is cut out of glitter paper and really sparkles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Orchids and Bamboo

Look at the embossing in the background of these two cards.  I bought those embossing folders at least 10 years ago and never used them until today.  They were in a package with other folders that I have used a lot, but I just couldn't find anything to use with them.  I have one more that I need to use out of that package so I am looking for ideas.  When I saw this new orchid Stampin' Up! set, I knew I had found something to go with my Asian folders.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Daisy Punch

I was so excited to finally get my daisy punch.  Daisies and sunflowers are two of my favorite flowers.  One of my card buddies asked me to teach her how to make a card with this lattice design.  This was one of the cards I made while learning the technique myself.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lemons in Life

Everyone has heard the traditional when life gives you lemons..........saying.  When I saw this greeting at a recent stamp show I had to buy it.  They #techniquejunkies also had the background stamp so of course I had to add it to my purchase too.  I also knew I had a retired Stampin' up  lemon stamp to finish off any card I would make.  Which version of the card do you like best?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Flirty Flamingo

I love this flamingo die and think it goes so well with the tropical designer paper.  This is one of the cards we will be making at card class Monday.  Hope they like it.  After I use it as a model in class, I am going to send it to one of my crafting buddies who recently had heart surgery.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mr Hedgehog

We were watching the movie Sing with some of the nieces and nephews this past week.  When the porcupines showed up I had to ask if they were porcupines or hedgehogs.  Not that I don't know the differences but for some reason I couldn't really tell.  So that made me think of this little hedgehog guy.  I checked and I haven't posted him before so I thought it was time for him to make an appearance.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Christmas and Cats

We do not have a cat but my family did have one when I was growing up.  All those hanging ornaments are so much temptation for the poor kitties.  I know several people who own cats and have been to their houses when the Christmas tree is up.  Most of them have unbreakables near the bottom so the cat can enjoy the tree too.  We are doing a cat show this year so I am starting to work on various cat cards.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Treble Clef

Does this picture bother you?  It bothers me and it should bother you also.  If you look at a piece of music you will see that the treble clef does not look quite like this.  But no worries it's ok.  When he took the picture he was looking at the back.  So when it is hung correctly, the clef will be right.  I know I can rotate pictures but I don't think there is a way to flip something.

My community band will be performing a patriotic concert this Thursday in Sun City Center.  Then we get the month of July off for a little break.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Father's Day

I know the card says Happy Birthday and the title is Father's Day.  I usually don't make Father's Day cards but if I did this would be a good one to make.  I got a new die and wanted to give it a try.  I remembered I had the tool stamps as part of one of my masculine sets and thought they would go together well.  It turns out it is my sister in law's birthday and Father's Day but this is not her card.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Glass Flowers

This is one of those hard to photograph pieces since the glass is all clear.  The blue you see in the background is our pool.  If you click on the picture it will look a little better.  The flowers and vase are all glass dishes.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Seagulls Having Fun

One of the things I like about going to craft shows is meeting new people.  About two years ago, I met a lady at a show who also is a card maker.  She and I recently met at a sandwich shop and traded napkins.  I know that sounds strange, but if you've followed my blog for a while you know I make some of my cards from napkins.  This napkin was one of my favorites that she gave me.  When I saw it I thought immediately about my pansy stamp and punch.  The napkins are a bit two short so I always need to put something along the edge to cover up the end of the napkin.

Monday, May 15, 2017

April and the Baby

Did you get hooked on watching the live feed of April?  I did check in each day but didn't spend a lot of time watching.  The day she had the baby I was at a friend's house and we missed it.  There were lots of re-runs to watch so no big deal.  So of course we have to get in on the giraffe trend too so here is Jim's giraffe.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

One Last Dragonfly

I still have a few more cards with dragonflies, but I decided this will be the last one.  I saw the layout on pinterest and thought this paper with butterflies would be a good panel.  If you look at the embossed piece of card stock, it also has a butterfly pattern of sorts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dragonfly Sympathy Card

Here is another one of the dragonfly cards  I made with all the extras I had.  I never have enough sympathy or thinking of you cards to send.  When I have extra parts I usually try to get a few of this type of card made.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

So Many Dragonflies

I got carried away with cutting dragonflies for my last class.  I wasn't going to toss them, especially the large ones made from gold foil paper.  I could have saved them to use in the future but decided they would get bent.  So I checked out Pinterest and came up with a bunch of ideas to CASE.  So the next few posts will be cards made using the extra dragonflies.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Succulent

This is the other card I made using the succulent designer paper and punches.  The paper is on sale right now so I bought some more of it.  I plan to use it on my teabag holders when I get back to making them.

Tomorrow we are doing a craft show.  Normally we don't do anything after January but this one is sponsored by the craft guild we are in so we thought we should participate.  I don't have enough made so we will only have glass and not that much of it either.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Succulents have become real popular the past few months.  I could have bought a die to cut out all the pieces of the succulent, but instead I used what I already have.  So many of the punches I have look very similar to the pieces that are in the die set.  I did buy the designer paper though.  I have one more card with this theme that I will post in a few days.