Archive for May, 2017


There are rare moments when the creative ‘lightning’ just strikes me, and the card that’s in my head turns out exactly like the one I made – this is one of those moments, and yeah, I am celebrating by doing the happy dance!!! This card is for Nance’s Clean and Simple Butterfly Challenge over at The Paper Players. Looking at the fabulous cards of the Design Team really inspired me, and it was a pleasure coming up with this card. This is also for the CAS “Memories” Challenge by KelliJo at SplitcoastStampers: my Mom taught Science in the elementary grades, and her classroom was filled with butterfly and moth specimens of all sorts. She was a great teacher and inspired her students to really be curious about their environment. The butterflies and moths were not collected by my Mom, they were actually brought in by her students – eager to show her and the class what they discovered in their garden, or in their nature walks.

The butterfly/moth was cut from vellum using my Silhouette – the same cut file was enlarge twice, then the cut pieces were stacked together, with the smallest at the top layer (it is about 1  3/8″ wide, the next is 1  5/8″, and the largest is 1  7/8″ wide). Black rhinestones were put in the middle for the insect’s body. Here is a close-up of the butterfly/moth:


The watercolored background was done by making stripes using a wide brush, one color at a time, with the rainbow colors. After drying, several drops of water were put where the red stripe started and allowed to drip all the way down. I really like this drippy effect! Finally the sentiment was printed and adhered to the bottom of the card.

Thank you for coming over to take a look!

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I’m taking a break from the embroidery floss flowers…nope, not tired of them yet,  just needed to play with the Paper Players but didn’t have a good substitute for Claire’s Color Challenge. So, I dipped into my stash of designer papers, and really, that’s like going down a rabbit hole! I spent more time trying to choose which wonderful paper I’d use than making the card itself, because, you know, there are papers that I just like to look at and can’t bear the thought of cutting them (anybody relate?). It’s like my stash of fabrics also…but then, I digress.

Claire chose bright, happy colors: Tempting  Turquoise, Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Pear Pizzazz, and although it reminds me of blue skies and flowers (or blue seas, a sunset, with red crabs tangled on seaweeds, LOL), I opted to focus on just the sentiment this time, and cut letters from the designer papers using a Silhouette. I also cut a white “shadow” using the offset function. Next, I cut strips of the papers, and adhered them side by side until the entire card front was covered (yes, these are strips, so I didn’t use that much paper – except for the orange polka dot one, which I had plenty of).  The word “Happy” was repeated four times (that means really happy, yes?)  and printed on vellum.

Now, I like the effect of vellum, but I really am always stumped when it comes to attaching vellum to the card. I’m so glad that Sabrina challenged us to use Hardware and Metal accents today over at SplitCoastStampers, which made me dig out my stash of brads and eyelets. Woohoo! I actually have some eyelets with the challenge colors, yesss! Okay, so vellum is attached, and one last thing: I also dug out a scallop border punch to add a little bit more “frill” to the card. This birthday card now looks more feminine…but, I also made a masculine version:


The  designer papers I used are: Bazzill Basics “Navajo” & “Ruby Slipper”, Colorbok (plain green), Jillybean Soup (orange salt, stewed tomatoes, garlic flakes – and this is making me crave spaghetti, lol), American Girl (Green with stars). Thank you for coming over to visit!

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Comforting Thoughts composite

Last Saturday, Audrie, over at SplitcoastStampers, urged us to do something different for the Inspiration Challenge: make your own mini book. This challenge was perfect for me, as I was trying to think of a project which would put together comforting thoughts from the Scriptures, something that I needed since I am going through a pretty rough “storm” right now.

It’s not going to be something that can be easily done in an hour or two, well, not even a day! It was a project that would need the services of my trusty ol’ Scor-Pal and the use of my favorite spring colors  (that’s why I’m linking this project to Scor-Pal’s Favorite Color Combination Challenge). I would need to make plenty of flowers – which are all over our backyard right now and answers Robin’s question for Friday’s Free for All Challenge. It would also need a humongous amount of paper piercing…but, it was going to be fun and oh, so worth it!

I started making the pages first: I cut white Georgia Pacific cardstock into 8″ x 3.5″ strips, scored the middle and folded them to make 4″ x 3.5″ pages.  If you think that the design and layout look familiar, it’s because it is exactly the same as my Special Day Tag Card. I used the same paper piercing pattern but I printed all the Bible verses on a different sheet (using BrodyD font), then punched into 2-inch circles. The circles were then glued onto the paper-pierced frames. There are 12 pages in all – and to attach them all together, I made “hinges” by scoring a 12″ x 3.5″ strip at every half-inch mark. Check out this picture from Pinterest that inspired me how to do it. For the book covers, I used Bazzill Basics papers to cover two chipboards that were cut 4 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (a quarter inch larger than the pages, in both length and width).

Other notes: I plan to make other mini books like this since it was fun, but I will not use white glue or transparent glue gel to stick the circles in – it made the card stock warp! I will either use the ATG or rubber cement.

Here are pictures of the entire book – and I hope, that you, the reader, will be comforted if you need it, too!

Comforting Thoughts Cover

Comforting Thoughts 1


Comforting Thoughts 2-3

Comforting Thoughts 4-5

Comforting Thoughts 6-7

Comforting Thoughts 8-9

Comforting Thoughts 10-11

Comforting Thoughts 12

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I still need a few Mother’s Day cards to make and needed some kick-in-the-you-know-what to get me going today, so I was totally delighted when Tricia over at SplitcoastStampers asked for some May flowers in the CAS Challenge. Yay! This card is also for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: A Hint of Pink (although, there’s more than just a hint of pink here, LOL!).

I had already made these daisies sometime ago from DMC floss #743 (for the yellow centers),  #703 (for the green calyx of the buds) and “blanc” (white). The flowers were made just like pompoms using a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss together and also serve as the stem. For the buds, I started the same way, winding white floss on a piece of 3/8″ cardboard. After tying together the floss at the base with wire, I slipped another wire at the top and twisted the wire tightly to keep the floss from spreading outward (the wire is hidden at the back of the bud). I then got a piece of the green floss, moistened it with white glue, and wound it around the base of the “bud”, then let it dry. Here is a close-up of the flowers:


The rest of the card came quickly together after the flowers: the sentiment was printed on a strip of white cardstock using CaslonNo450SwaD font, the cardbase was cut from Bazzill Ballet embossed polka dot, the leaf came from Recollections (which I trimmed quite a bit because it was quite large). I hot-glued the daisy bouquet over the sentiment, and called it done!

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I made a clean and simple (to me, LOL) tag card today for a few challenges at SplitcoastStampers: Maura’s Color Challenge to use Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Cucumber Crush (the colors scream of spring!!!), Toni’s “May the Fourth Be with You” Challenge (although I have “your” in my sentiment – I hope that’s fine) and Jeanne’s It’s CAS To Me Challenge (I normally have a 2nd or 3rd layer on my card for the sentiment, but for this one, it’s just the card base – one layer, yeah!). This is also for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – A Hint of Pink!

I decided on the sentiment first on this tag card – it should be something that can be used for a birthday, a graduation, Mother’s Day, Retirement Day – because I always seem to be needing tags for occasions like these. “It’s your Special Day” fit the bill for all of these – and printed several on Georgia Pacific 110 lb white card stock using Frenchscript font. These were then cut to 7″ x 3.5″, and folded in half.

The paper piercing pattern came from Gem’s Cottage Paper Piercing Floral Set. I printed  it first, cut it to size, then by holding it against the light, positioned the pattern on the reverse side of the sentiment.  ( I normally do my paper piercing on the reverse side because I want the nubby holes to be on the front side – I like the texture showing that way.)

The flowers were made with DMC embroidery floss – #4020 (variegated blue), probably #335 – this came from my scraps (pink), #973 (yellow) and #703 (green). These were made like pompoms, only that I did not trim them, and used a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss together and  become the stem. A Martha Stewart leaf punch was used for the green leaves behind the flowers using a green Colorbok cardstock. Here is a close-up:


I made several of these tag cards, so that when that “Special Day” for someone comes, I’m ready – yeah!

Thanks for coming to see what I’ve been up to!

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Yoda Birthday Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects



I’m taking a break from my floral cards to post this masculine birthday card – because the wonderful teacher of my son is having his birthday today! He is the kind of teacher who inspires his students to learn, and to be excited about learning,  the kind of teacher who cares about his students, is patient and understanding… well, needless to say, my son thought that we (which means I) should come up with an awesome card to show how much his teacher is appreciated.

We went for a Star Wars theme since his teacher is a fan – I chose Yoda because of the way he speaks (my son remarks, “I wonder if Language Arts teachers go crazy when they hear him.” LOL). This card is a shameless CASE of Carlene’s card. Thank you, Carlene, for the layout and elements on your card which were just perfect! Since I do not have a Yoda stamp, I paper-pieced him instead (I made my own templates), and used googly eyes. Green paper is from Colorbok, tan paper is Bazzill, and the coffee brown tunic is Recollections. The edges  were sponged with distress inks (peeled paint, tea dye). The “belt” is twine that I dyed with the distress ink. A close-up of Yoda:



For the “starry” background, I used a black cardstock spattered with white acryclic paint. I made some spots big, so that they look like faraway planets or moons. The “moon” was cut on the Silhouette using light yellow cardstock (Colorbok), matted on another mustard yellow circle, and the edges were sponged with tea dye distress ink. The “sand dune” was also cut on the Silhouette using a scrap of Bazzill cardstock. The sentiment was printed using Freshbot font, and matted using the leftovers from the “starry” background.

This card is actually 8.5″ x 10.5″ – yup, it’s big, because my son’s entire class will be signing it! Inside, the sentiment goes, “Yoda best, Mr. Rossen! Happy Birthday we wish you!” (Yes, some kids groaned about the pun, LOL!)

Did I mention that this card is also for The Paper Players‘ challenge this week? No? Well then, I just did, right? (Sorry, conversing with 12-year olds makes me like this.) This is for the fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge by Jaydee – I did the top row:  Circle, Green and Twine. This is also for Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

Thank you for coming by to take a look!

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