My Happy Leprechaun is Back!

Good morning!  I was so happy when I found out the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set had been carried over to the 2018 Annual Catalog!  I just simply enjoyed transforming the Santa into a leprechaun!  Last years card I improvised my hat by using a stamp from Mixed Drinks.  If you want to see that card, you can find it here:  Happy St Patrick’s Day Card 2018.

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Sadly, as a beer drinking family, I was disappointed to see the Mixed Drinks set retire.  But then I was over the moon happy with the new stamp set Best Bunny!  It has a TOP HAT, what?!  Not only can this set make magical cards, it can also be used as a Snowman Hat AND my Happy Leprechaun has a new hat this year as well!

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Since this will most likely be the only St Patrick’s Day card I make for 2019, I knew I had to make it a good one!  I used the Buffalo Check Background stamp, but rather than make a card front (which is my usual way of using this stamp, because I can trim it if I go crooked) I decided to try my hand at stamping directly on my card base.  Nerve-wrecking you say?  Not at all, because I have a quick tip on how I used this stamp with my Stamperatus and was able to make not just one, but SIX of these cards and every single cardfront is stamped identically!  Want to see how I accomplished that?  Well, I made a very short video you can watch here: Tips & Tricks

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I hope my little leprechaun made you smile, and that my video was helpful.  Please consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  I only make videos when I feel that the content will be useful for my viewers.  That’s all I have for you today, have a wonderful day!

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Love Shadowbox Sign

Happy Valentines Day!  Today I have a bonus post to share.  You know it wouldn’t be a holiday if I didn’t stamp some candles or make a shadow box, right?  I actually did both for Valentines Day!  I had stamped my candles before it was even Christmas (because I thought I was using them at Christmas, but preferred my Christmas Buffalo Check to be Black and White).  When I purchased my Meant to Be Stamp Set and matching framelits I knew I stamped them in the Red Buffalo Check for a reason LOL!

Then when DollarTree started rolling out their Valentines Day Decor, I made this card:

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You may remember it from this post Inspiration is Everywhere!  When I saw my finished card, I also saw SHADOW BOX!  I actually made my Shadow Box Frame using 12 x 12 paper, and realized I prefer the frame to lay ove the card, so rather than adjust my measurements and make another shadow box, I just made another card, well card front, that was 4.5 x 8.5.  This way I had the decor piece for me and the card I could send to someone!

Because my Shadow Box was tall and narrow, I couldn’t use a standard easel, so being a paper girl I made an easel that is permanently affixed to the card.  I took a strip of card stock that was 3″ x 12″ and scored at 1″, 5.5″, 9.5″ and folded the score lines and adhered the two short ends to each other.  Then I adhered it to the back of the Shadow Box and voila! my Shadow Box stands perfectly on its own!

I hope you enjoyed my Valentine to you and that you get to spend the day with someone you love!  My husband and I are deferring our day until next month, we have tickets to see Guys and Dolls at our local Dinner Theater.  Back in our High School days, he played Lt Branigan in his Senior Play and little old me was in the orchestra.  I had such a crush on him, I loved going to every practice just to see him.  LOL  Young Love ❤

Happy Birthday Car Guy!

It’s Wednesday once again! Rather than use just a little DSP I used 5 sheets for one card!!! What? The never ending fun fold card is THE perfect way to use up some DSP!

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The Classic Garage 6 x 6 DSP is the perfect paper for the card because it all co-ordinates so well with each other!

Since this is the top and it opens up from the center I cut my Happy Birthday die in half. Fits in the space as if it were made for this card!

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I made the card for my brother in law. He has been in the auto body business his entire life and is quite a car enthusiast!

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But he also has a few Harley Davidson motorcycles! This paper was the obvious choice for his card!

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He would also rather drive than fly! They go on vacation drive 10 hours and after they check in to a hotel drive some more to check out the quaint town they are staying in! Like i said, he’s all about cars!!!!

And out of the 5 sheets of DSP this is all that’s left! Give the never ending card a try, you will be amazed at how easily it goes together using Stampin’ Up! paper packs! If you NEED this paper, send me an email, I’ll be happy to help you place an order 🙂

In other crafty news:

This year for Valentines Day I made each of my grandgirlies a small fairy garden.  All items from DollarTree (of course LOL)  I think I need to make one for me next LOL!

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Spinner Card

Good morning! Time for a Farmhouse/country Valentine Card. Oh, and surprise it’s a spinner card! LOL I do make spinner cards quite often, but with the Be Mine Stitched Framelits it was a must make!

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The tricky part was cutting the aperture from both pieces, the panel AND the card base. I used the die that doesn’t cut just stitches! Then I used my paper snips to carefully snip at the stitches and voila I had my 2 heart openings!

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I’m thrilled to have the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack. I punched a bunch to create my frame.

I stamped my 2 sentiments from Meant To Be and used the framelits to cut heart shapes. I sandwiched a length of fishing line between both hearts so there would be a message on both sides.

Before assembling my card, I ran my panel thru my Big Shot using the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder.

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To distract from my fussy cutting on the inside I simply adhered a scalloped heart frame! Don’t forget to spin your heart before putting it into your envelope so when the recipient opens the card it spins for them!

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That’s my card for today, I hope you have a crafty weekend!

Shaker Card

Hello Stampers! Wait! What? No stamping involved in this weeks card?? Truth be told I have way more Valentines Cards than people to send them to! So this one remains without sentiment until I use it. I’m thinking maybe anniversary?

It’s a fun shaker card, using aluminum foil! It really is my “go to” for creating silver/stainless/farmhouse style cards! But it IS Wednesday, that means I needed a card that uses DSP! I think I met the requirement with this All My Love DSP and the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies!

I used fun foam to create my shaker along with some hearts from the framelit die and it came together fairly quickly.

Thats my DSP Card this Wednesday, I hope it inspires you to think outside the box. Where some may see Valentines Day? I see Anniversary!

And in other crafty things, I worked on a quick wreath for St Patrick’s Day:

Don’t forget, if you need any of the products I’ve used now is an awesome time to make a purchase. It’s sale-a-bration and for every $50 spent you are eligible for a free item from a special assortment. I do t know about you, but free is one of my favorite 4 letter words!

Inspiration is Everywhere!

Good morning and Happy Groundhog Day! Has the little fella seen his shadow in your neck of the woods? I’m secretly hoping yes, at least here in Florida. It’s been cool here and a welcome respite from our blistering summer!

Now on to my card. I’m an avid Dollar store crafter. While the crafting world is reimagining these Valentine Signs found at DollarTree this year, I actually used it as my inspiration for my card!

I still have many envelopes left over from our 30+ years of sending photo Christmas cards! So I chose to make my card size 8×4. This way my “L❤️VE would fit almost perfectly! Of course I could have made it work for a standard card by choosing a smaller heart!

Notice my “galvanized tin heart”? Its aluminum foil! Yep, one of my favorite things to use is the foil that I adhere to card stock. Once adhered you can die cut or punch any shape you desire!

I used the scalloped heart framelits from the Be Mine dies. I only used the center for my card but have a “galvanized” heart scalloped frame for another project!

To get my crimped look I ran my foil heart thru my crimping tool because I do not have the Corrugated Dynamic Impressions Folder. If you don’t have a crimping tool, good news, the folder carried over from our Holiday Catalog and is available to purchase! It’s a must have if you are into the Farmhouse Style!

Of course, the letters were cut using the Large Letter Framelits Dies. A jute twine bow finishes it off nicely.

Its a simple card with a BIG meaning! That’s what I have for today! I hope you have a crafty good weekend!

Another Meant To Be with DSP!

Greetings from one of the few “hot spots” in the country!

Can you believe it is Wednesday again?  Today’s card not only uses a bit of the All My Love DSP it also uses the GORGEOUS Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet I received FREE FREE FREE with my $50 purchase!  Yep, it’s a Sale-a-bration item and it is AWESOME!  There are 4 sheets of Grapefruit Grove and 4 sheets of Lovely Lipstick.  Guess what???  They are 12 x 12 sheets!  Outstanding, right???!!!!

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There is a lot going on in my card, here are the highlights!

I recently learned a trick to cutting a double banner from my upline Connie Stewart!  I needed to try it straight away!

Next I took my banner and cut a scalloped heart frame using the Be Mine Stitched Framelits from the Occasions Catalog.  I lined up my banners edge with the center of the heart.

I stamped the image and sentiment from the Meant To Be stamp set onto Vellum.  By using my Stamparatus, I could stamp in Lovely Lipstick, then stamp again in Versa Mark and used my heat tool and Clear Embossing Powder to get the raised look.  I used the matching die to cut the image but only used the inside.  I then used Whisper White with the same die and had my frame.

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Now for the pink panel, I honestly don’t know what color this is, I had the panel in my stash just thrown in a pile (oops)  But I used the heart images and Versa Mark to make a subtle background and ran it thru my Big Shot with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit!  This way my stitched heart didn’t feel lonely (after all no one wants to be alone on Valentines Day LOL)

Remember I told you the Foil Sheets came in the 12×12 size?  That means, I’ll probably have more than I’ll ever use, but YET I felt the need to cut a stitched rectangle from the middle to use at a later time.  I can not break old habits, I’m OLD!  LOL

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That’s my card for this chilly Wednesday.  It’s great weather to hibernate in my craft room though, so I’m sure to have another card for you on Saturday!  Stay warm!

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