Wednesday, May 20, 2020

My Dad

My heart is broken.

My Dad passed away Sunday morning but I only found out Monday evening.
My family could not put their feelings aside to contact me to let me say goodbye.
He will forever be in my heart and missed every day for as long as I live.

I love you, Dad!


Friday, May 8, 2020

Delightful Day

Hello & Happy Friday!

The weekend is here and my hubby took a week off work for vacation.
We are going to run to Sam's Club today after his doctor appointment then I have a card order to deliver. By early afternoon more rain is to move in after a beautiful day yesterday!
Then we are going to get a blast of winter. Mother Nature is confused for sure!
We are also going to get started on painting the downstairs this weekend!
I have been asking to do that for the last year or so and it's finally going to happen!
I'm excited about that but I know it's going to kill my hands & back but sometimes we just have to do what we have to do!

So, if you have been following along with me all week you know that I have been pulling out the retiring stamp sets and making cards with them.
Today I am using Delightful Day...
It only came out last June and truthfully it's a great set but not one that I have reached for too much.

This card is loaded with retiring product!
First off, the inks are Blueberry Bushel & Call Me Clover which were In Colors for 2018-2020 and they sadly will be leaving us at the end of the month.
The Call Me Clover ribbon & enamel dots as well.
The paper on this one is from the Noble Peacock Suite and it is a foil print!
Very pretty and this is the first time I have broke the pack of DSP open and now it's retiring, too!

Card Details:

Stamps: Delightful Day
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Noble Peacock Foil Sheets, Noble Peacock Specialty DSP
Accessories: Stitched Nested Dies, Detailed Trio Punch (corner), Call Me Clover Grosgrain Ribbon, Call Me Clover Enamel Dots, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I hope that you enjoyed seeing some cards I made this week with retiring stamps, ink & paper!
All of these stamp sets will not be leaving my collection so you will see them again in the future!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Beautiful Day Butterfly

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope your having a good week!

Today I have another card to share made using retiring products.

Beautiful Day is the stamp set that has been in collection for a few years.
It's a fun one with easy to color images.

Also on my card I used the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder which is retiring too.
This is probably one of my most favorite embossing folders!
Sometimes I hate change! LOL

I stamped my butterfly image with Memento Black and then colored with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends.
Then on the Rich Razzleberry section I put on a thin coat of Wink of Stella for some sparkle!
I really love the colors, don't you?!

Card Details:

Stamps: Beautiful Day
Ink: Memento Black, Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Layered Leaves EF, Rich Razzleberry Enamel Dots (retired), Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Glue Dots, Dimensionals. Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stay tuned for tomorrow!
I have one more card to share that uses retiring products!
You won't want to miss it!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A Big Thank You

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

A rainy day is on tap here in Pennsylvania.
I'm not sure if the tree people will be here today or not.
Yesterday they got all the 3 trees taken down and all the branches were mulched up as they went.
They had this neat little contraption that you stand on and drive around that had a set of jaws on the front that picked up all the tree limbs whether they were little or big! Then they took it to the mulcher where it got mulched up in a matter of seconds! 
Never seen anything so cool! 
Guess that was why there was only 2 people tackling this job! 

So as I said, today is another damp & rainy day.
I got another card order I need to start today if I can get motivated. 
Me & this dreary weather do not get along!

I also have another retired card to share that I made with a stamp set that I just got called A Big Thank You!
My card lady always orders Thank You cards so this set will be wonderful for that in the future.

This is such a pretty one with that All Dressed Up DSP that will also be retiring the end of this month. I snagged 2 packs of this when the January - June 2020 Mini Catalog came out! 
Such beautiful prints on it!
Also retiring is the Stitched Labels Framelits which I am sad about!
I used this under my sentiment in Petal Pink. 
I love all the stitching on it!
That teeny tiny stitched heart is also a part of those dies.
As I have said before....I am no longer a SU demo and none of these stamp sets & coordinating dies will not be leaving my craft room!

Card Details:

Stamps: A Big Thank You
Ink: Lovely Lipstick
Cardstock: Lovely lipstick, Petal Pink, Whisper White, All Dressed Up DSP
Accessories: Circle Layering Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Mini Dimensional, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

So pleased with how this turned out!
It was a great day at my stamp table yesterday!
I will have more cards to share tomorrow that uses retiring products so stay tuned!

My thoughts today...

To be completely honest, I am over all this rain we've had this winter/spring!
It sure would be nice to have a few weeks of sunshine & 70 degrees!
This picture reminds me of how my backyard is looking.
Sad, I know...

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit!
Make it a wonderful day even if it is raining!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Abstract Impressions Thank You

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Going to make this a quick post today as the tree company is coming to remove the 3 trees on our property! Yay!

This week I am making cards from stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of this month.
Today I am saying Goodbye to one of my absolute favorites, Abstract Impressions.
This set may be retiring but it won't be leaving my stamp room!

Those roses remind me of an older Stampin Up set called Roses in Winter. 
Do you remember it?
Abstract Impressions is loaded with lots of wonderful sentiments that I find myself using alot.
Also retiring on this card is the Tufted EF, that pretty Highland Heather Gingham DSP and that gorgeous Granny Apple Green Textured Ribbon. I am sad about that!

Card Details:

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Ink: Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green
Cardstock: Highland Heather, Whisper White, Highland Heather DSP
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Tufted EF, Triple Banner Punch, Granny Apple Green Textured Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I'm always in need of Thank You cards for on my card rack so that is where this beauty is going until it's needed!
Stay tuned to see what I will share tomorrow!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific day!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Saying Goodbye to Flourishing Phrases

Hello & Happy Monday!

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day!
Last I heard they were calling for rain but that never happened!!
The sun & warm temps were much needed and appreciated!
I made my way down to my stamp table after supper to work on a pack of sympathy cards for my card rack. I pulled out the soon to be retiring Flourishing Phrases bundle and got busy!

My intentions were to fussy cut those pretty Island Indigo flowers out but my hands were not having it so I diecut them out with a Circle Layering Framelit. The flourish was also diecut from the Flourish Thinlit Dies. This is one bundle I have not used too much over the last several years except for the sayings that are in the stamp set. It is a beautiful bundle!
The sentiment comes from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and my paper is from a retired pack called Blooms & Bliss.

Card Details:

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings
Ink: Island Indigo (retired), Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo (retired), Blooms & Bliss DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Flourish Thinlits, Circle Layering Framelits, Classic Label Punch, Mint Macaron Shimmer Ribbon, Glue Dots, Rhinestones, Dimensionals & Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I love this pack of paper and hope to get the last of it used up over the next few weeks!
I am going to get back to creating some cards for my Stamp Day w/ Friends get together's in hopes that our social distancing will soon end. I really miss making cards with my friends!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Butterfly Gala Notecards

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Hope your enjoying your weekend!
Yesterday we had a sign of it being springtime.
Our neighbor came over late in the afternoon and tilled up the garden for us!
We weren't expecting that for a few more weeks but now it's all done and ready for some vegetable plants to get put in. Not sure when Shawn will do that and this coming week they are calling for more cool weather.

Today it is cloudy but no rain yet.
I have laundry waiting on me and maybe I will hit my stamp table for a bit.
First though, I have a set of notecards to share that my card lady requested.
She loves her cards to write various notes in to friends & family.
She specifically asked for this butterfly paper that was from SaleABration 2019 called Botanical Butterfly.

This paper has butterflies in several colors.....Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove & Balmy Blue.
I stamped one small butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and then stamped it with one of those colors and punched it out. I layered it onto a Stitched Circle and a Scalloped Layered Circle in that same color as the butterfly. I popped up the butterflies with a Mini Dimensional and added a Rhinestone to each. 
My customer does not like sentiments on some of her cards so she can use them for whatever would come along.
I really liked these with the circle panel on them and a different colored butterfly!

Card Details:

Stamps: Butterfly Gala
Ink: Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Groave, Balmy Blue
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Lemin Lime Twist, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Butterfly Duet Punch, Rhinestones, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I was pleased with them and you know I don't care to make cards without a sentiment!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Fun Fold Retirement

Hello & Happy Saturday!

We are up early this morning to go run some errands and then get some yard work done since we are in for a nice day!! That felt great to say since we've had many of gloom & doom days recently!
Not sure how much help I will be since my neck is still a little bothersome but everyday it is getting better.

Today I have a pretty retirement card to share that was part of the last card order I had.
My card lady originally requested something with a cardinal on but since I have nothing with a cardinal that isn't Christmas related I went in a different direction.
You know I love making fun fold styled cards so I enjoyed creating this one!

I started out with using more of that beautiful Magnolia Lane DSP that is sadly retiring!
I have another package of it coming so it will keep on being loved in my stamp room!
I diecut a pretty label from the Stitched Label Framelits in Petal Pink.
I also diecut my sentiment from the Oval Layering Framelits.
My sentiment comes from a retired set, Wild About Flowers.
Lastly, I added a Petal Pink/Champagne Bow and coordinating Champagne Rhinestones!

Card Details:

Stamps: Wild About Flowers (retired)
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Cardstock: Petal Pink, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Magnolia Lane DSP
Accessories: Stitched Labels Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Petal Pink/Champagne Ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

This one is very pretty & so dainty!
It came together quite easily, too!

My thoughts today...

For me today, it is chores then crafting!
Going to try to take advantage of a nice sunny day while we have it!
Hope you get to enjoy it too!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day, my friends!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Good Morning Magnolia Pocket Card

Good Morning & Happy Friday!
Happy May 1st, too!

Yesterday sure was a total washout!
It rained darn near all day with heavy downpours and gusty winds!
It's crazy how our weather is anymore!

I went downstairs to stamp then ended up cleaning the bathroom and getting my basement back together. I don't think it's been cleaned since Ryan was staying down there during the bathroom renovation. Believe me, it needed it...BADLY!

Today I plan to go do some stamping.
I have really been unmotivated in the last few weeks.
Yesterday the Dermatologist office called to cancel my appointment which was rescheduled twice already thanks to COVID 19. It's now been pushed to the first week of August!
My Psoriasis has been pretty good but as of late I am getting some new spots on my leg.
It may be time to get a few sessions in the tanning bed to keep it at bay.

Today I have another cool card to share that was part of Debbie's Facebook Live a few weeks ago.
I have not participated in any of her FB Lives in the last 2 weeks with working on a huge card order.
This was so much fun! We made a different type of Pocket Card.

This card reminds me of a postcard with a pocket in the front!
So cute!
I'm telling you, that Debbie has all kinds of creativity!
I made mine with the same measurements & products that she listed but decorated mine different.
The Good Morning Magnolia Suite is amazing and one of my favorites!
The DSP is equally as pretty and very well loved in my stamp room!
The Magnolia Lane DSP is now on the retiring list!  
I had to order another pack before it's gone!

Card Details:

Stamps: Good Morning Magnolia
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink
Cardstock: Petal Pink, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Magnolia Lane DSP
Accessories: Magnolia Memory Dies, Circle Layering Framelits, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Layered Leaves EF, Petal Pink/Champagne Ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

The backside of my pocket card I placed a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock and fancied it up but totally forgot to take a picture of it!
If I remember I will take a picture of it and post for you to see!
This is definitely a fun fold that is easy peasy to create!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your Friday!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

5th Card for Bella

Hello & Happy Thursday!

It's trash day here and with all the heavy rain and crazy winds I had to run out and fetch my cans!
Yep, we are having another gloom & doom day!

I have the last card to share today that I made for my card lady.
She requested a variety pack of cards for a little girl named Bella. 
For this card I pulled out a Whipper Snapper doggie stamp.

I colored my dog with Stampin Blends then took my Color Lifter over it so soften it a bit.
The doily border that is under the dog panel is from Stampin Up from a few years ago.
I'm not even sure the name of it but it has an adhesive on the backside which stuck very well.
I'm sure I must have grabbed it off the Clearance Rack sometime.

Card Details:

Stamps: Whipper Snapper
Ink: Memento Black, Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Basic Grey- Sugared
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Doily Border (retired), Old Olive Ribbon (retired), Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dots (retired), Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

It's always fun to pull out the old stash and use it up!
I loved Basic Grey papers back in the day!
Is Basic Grey still around?

My thoughts today...

That is the most perfect picture for today!
A blustery, heavy rain and it's the last day of April.
I hope May brings us more sunshine and warmer temps!

That's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pretty Butterfly

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Hope your week is going well!

Yesterday I spent all day picking at that 1000 piece puzzle!
I'm about half way thru it and is it ever hard!
I will share a picture of it when it's completed.

I woke up this morning to sunshine but now the clouds are rolling in.
It sure would be nice to have a week of nice sunshine and warm temps!

So today I am sharing card #4 that I made for my card lady that requested the cards for a little girl.

I went searching thru all kinds of papers and pulled out this piece of Basic Grey paper and went to work!

At one point I took all my sheets of Basic Grey and cut them down to 6 x 6 sheets and placed them into a zippy bag and labeled them.
This sheet is from the Basic Grey Urban Praire and I covered my Thick Whisper White cardbase with it.
I love the pretty colors and pulled out the Bermuda Bay color within the butterflies.
I diecut a butterfly from the retired Bold Butterfly Framelits.
I added some Rhinestones and adhered it to my cardbase and called it done.

Card Details:

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey Urban Praire
Accessories: Bold Butterfly Framelits (retired), Champagne Rhinestones, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I think this one is my favorite!

My thoughts today...

Very true!
Hang in there!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day, my friends!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Beautiful Friendship Hello Card

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday whooped my butt doing all that housework!
I even got my downstairs done except for the bathroom.
Since Shawn is the one who usually takes care of that one I just clean everything else aka family room & my stamp room.
He was late getting home from work last evening so he did not have time to do the bathroom.
I broke out a cool puzzle that Deb left me borrow months ago and started it at my kitchen table last evening. I sat there until my eyes went wonky which was after midnight.
I may continue to pick at it today! Those things are addicting and a great way to pass the time!

So today I am sharing another card that I learned to make at one of Debbie's Facebook classes.
I'm not sure what this card style is called but it was really easy to make!

Then the white panel opens up for you to put your saying inside.
This card is exactly like Debbie's as I stamped right alongside of her when she had class.
It's been wonderful having these classes!
She gives us the measurements and colors, dsp or whatever we need ahead of time.
I have everything she used but I changed up my sentiment on the front.

Card Details:

Stamps: Beautiful Friendship, Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay, Soft Seafoam
Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White
Accessories: Basket Weave EF (retired), Oval Layering Framelits, Bermuda Bay 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

These classes she is holding on Facebook are teaching me new things which I will share with my stamp girls once we are able to be sociable again!
I hope it's soon because I am in major need of some girl time!
You too?

My thoughts today...

Amen on that!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Woven Heirlooms Card Holder w 4 Cards

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope you had a nice weekend!
Saturday was a nice day and I managed to get my card order delivered and finish up laundry!
I even got to see my friend Deb for a few minutes as she stood in her driveway and we were down on the street still in our car. Yea, that social distancing thing is just still odd to me!

So, today is my cleaning day and with having a bum neck, not sure what I will get accomplished.
I have another Card Holder and 4 Cards to share with you today!
I have been on a roll with making these because they are so fun!

My Card Holder is made with the same Woven Threads DSP as Debbie used in her class.
I have had my eye on that suite since the catalog went live last June and I finally ordered it recently.
I used a different layout for my cards than hers.
My stamp set, Woven Heirlooms is perfect for a variety of sayings which is what I used on each card.

Project Details:

Stamps: Woven Heirlooms
Ink: Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose
Cardstock: Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Whisper White, Woven Threads DSP
Accesories: Heart Punch Pack, Circle Layering Framelits, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon, Rhinestones, 2 Sided Tape, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

This Card Holder is already SOLD!
I gave the green one with the Daisies on to my card lady yesterday and she just raved over it!
She is to let me know how many more she wants this week so you'll be seeing more!
Good thing I have enjoyed making them!!

 My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a happy Monday!