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Spring Card Camp Day 5

Today’s lesson at Online Card Classes was taught by Debby Hughes and was to use a die-cut first as a stencil on a card front and then to use that painted up stencil as part of a second card.  I am often surprised to learn that something I thought was going to be easy is not and vice versa.  This is one of those times.  I pretty much love everything that Debby Hughes does, and I was expecting to make something at least somewhat similar to what she did.  It was not to be.  My first attempt ended up as the background to the background on the first card.  It was a colossal failure, in all honesty.

I changed dies and tried again. My second attempt was better, and I kept telling myself that if I didn’t like it……………it was just because it wasn’t finished yet.  You know, that kind of worked, as the finished product looks ok.

Here are the two resulting cards:


Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer 2018 Bloghop Day #5

One of the great things about making your own cards is that you can take personalizing to a new level.  Such is the case with today’s card.  This card is going to be a birthday card for one of my travelling partners.  When we were on a cruise of the British Isles last August, he thoroughly enjoyed slipping up to a quiet corner of the ship, where a barista at the specialty coffee shop, was eager to show off his coffee art talents.  This birthday card is a reflection of one of those small, but wonderful moments on our summer vacation.  I doubt if Hallmark makes a card that has both coffee cups and a map of the British Isles on it, but I was able to combine them on his birthday card.

The hardest part of constructing this card was in not having the coffee cups look like two fried eggs.  That is why I opted for blue coffee cups.


25 Days of Christmas Tags

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags is a challenge put on by Tracey McNeely.   I thought I hadn’t participated in this one before, but then realized that I had a number of tags photographed in a file.  I would only do this for challenges.  The nice part of this is that most of them were used to decorate  real Christmas presents rather than to pile up in a shoebox.  Yay!  I do like making my own gift tags, and I have gotten some new tag making stamps and dies lately, so this blog challenge seemed like a good thing in which to participate, again.  Loads of sponsors and loads of prizes added to the attraction.

The idea is to seek inspiration from the tags presented by the design teams and create your own tag from this.  I only noticed this challenge today and it is already Day 5, so I have some catching up to do.  As I said, I have some new tag making stamps and dies, but for Day 1 I was inspired by the tag by Lindsay M-p which featured a cardboard box.  I have had the box die that I used from Neat and Tangled for a few years now, but it is one that gets pulled out again and again.  I had a different dog in mind for the box, but I decided to use this one from Simon Says Stamp instead, as they are the sponsor for Day 1.  Knit Picky from Lawn Fawn supplied the patterned paper and the Merry Christmas is from Tonic Studios.

Neat and Tangled Stamp Set

Sandra and I took a little trip (if you can call 2400 kilometers little) down to Phoenix.  I needed to get my car down there  before the snow flew as it is strictly a summer car and since our respective partners were working (Ha Ha) off Sandra and I went.  We had a fabulous time in Utah taking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as well as the scenic drive through the Monument Valley.

That trip is my excuse for not having posted to the blog in over a week.  Today, though, I wanted to post a couple of cards that I am very excited about.  I could hardly contain myself when I saw the new release from Neat and Tangled.  They came out with a stamp and die set entitled More Cowbell!  Yup straight from one of the most famous skits ever on Saturday Night Live!  My three sons, in their younger years, would quote this skit often and  for them, just about every situation that arose in our house called for “more cowbell”.

Two of my three sons have birthdays coming up, so they are definitely going to have “more cowbell” on their Birthday cards.





Supplies:  Neat and Tangled Cowbell stamp and die set, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set, Karen Foster patterned paper, Tim Holtz Remenent Rubs,  Recollections cardstock, Stampendous Silver embossing powder,  Emerald Creek Craft Company Onyx Frost embossing powder, Unknown glitter paper. Photoplay Mad for Plaid patterned paper, Unknown wooden musical notes, Pico embellisher in clear, Hero Arts Ombre pigment ink, and Scor tape.

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

If you ever thought you were the only one who truly appreciated the life saving qualities of coffee, the just check out

I was introduced to this group the last time they had a blog hop.  With over 50 sponsors, I thought I had a good chance of winning a prize, but no, somehow my number did not come up.  I was lucky though as I saw Jane’s Doodles cards for the first time.  Now being the proud owner of a Jane’s Doodles stamp set, here is my entry to the blog hop.


Supplies:  Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp set,  Neat and Tangled box die,  Avery Elle Home Sweet Home stamp set, Paper Studio patterned paper, Hero Arts card base, Coredinations card stock, Copic markers, Simon Says stamp Sketchy Banners die and Scor tape