Sunday, April 13, 2014


Ohhh...  I told myself to get a card done tonight using this week's MFT sketch,  because I will not be able to do so before the deadline.  I got a late start.. but I just finished it up.. yeah!!  

I used this week's MFTWSC171 sketch layout for my card.  It went together rather quickly.. but was a lot of fun to make.    I cut into my new Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine paper pad for this one.


card stock:  Kraft, White, Black
pattern paper: Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine
ink: Versafine Black, Crushed Curry
stamps:  MFT Cheerful Blessings
accessories:  Scor-Pal, MFT Sun die, Circle punch, sponge, Paper Piercer, Mini Black Brads and Dimensionals

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SSSC214 "HELLO" card and a new printer.

About a week and a half ago.. maybe two, I seen a new Echo Park digital paper pack called Summer Adventure, when I opened the website up, I seen another one called Independence Day. I purchased both of the digital kits.. then set out to find a new printer.

We have an old HP Laserjet that prints in black ink only.. and a color printer, but only use it for the copier/scanner, so I went to see about buying a new HP Color Laserjet.   I had one in my cart, the extra toners and was ready to checkout and thought I should call HP first.    The guy asked by I wanted a Laserjet and I told him that I bought one from them years ago and loved it and the fact that the ink toner lasts a very long time.   He mentioned a different printer with high yield cartridges and the ink was less expensive..  so I read some reviews on the HP Officejet Pro 8600 and made my purchase.   We are members of the HP  EPP program where we get a discounted price because my husband is in the Army/Government Employee.   I ordered the printer and ink (which I got for even less using some other coupon discount codes ~ love that!) on a Friday and it arrived on Tuesday (of last week).. free shipping!!!   love that too!!

I didn't get a chance to set it up until Sunday.. because the NASCAR race wasn't on I had some time.   I didn't print anything until today, so I thought I'd give it a whirl and I printed off one of the papers and the "hello" wording.  

I seen the SSSC214 sketch laying on my desk..  and the sketch was perfect to use with my newly printed items.  


card stock:  Night of Navy, White, Riding Hood Red
pattern paper: Echo Park Digital Summer Adventure Kit
ink:  printer
accessories:  Scor-Pal, Embossing Folder, Riding Hood Red Ribbon and Dimensionals

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Monday, April 7, 2014


My son had a golf tournament today and my daughter and I went to ride along and watch him play.  We drove through a rain storm to get to the course he was to play at..  it wasn't raining when we got to it and the lady at the gate said that it had only rained a little since morning..   we had rain on and off again throughout the tournament and when they had three holes left to play.. it was coming down pretty good and we were hearing thunder, so it was called off.       I got home and then ran into town with my husband, went to eat and then came home..  I knew if I didn't get this card made tonight, I wouldn't get it done tomorrow because there is another tournament and I am going to it as well.   I did manage to get it made.. and now I am taking myself to bed.. as I am exhausted.  

Here is the sketch I used..  this week's MFTWSC170


card stock:   Kraft, black
pattern paper:  Trinity Paper Arts  Making The Team  Jerseys and Playbook
ink:  Versafine Black
stamps: MFT Masculine Graphic TShirt, MFT Jersey
accessories:  Scor-Pal,  silver brads, hole punch, Dimensionals, MFT Jersey Die-namic and MFT Sentiment Strips Die-namics.

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Friday, April 4, 2014


Today I did something that I hadn't done in an extremely long time...   I bought a 12 x 12 paper pad.. yikes!   I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY..  you get the idea..  DO NOT need anymore paper.. at all!!..  ever!!   ever, ever!!!  but sure enough, I couldn't resist the urge and bought one.  It's from Hobby Lobby, part of their Paper Studios pads and is called Cosmic Whammy.  

When I sat down earlier to make a card using this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #213..  I for sure wanted to cut into this paper and make a card.. and this is what I came up with.   ((pic above))

I actually had punched out another part of the sheet of paper that this funny character came from.. it had two aliens on it..  but I was in a hurry trying to use a black marker on the edges.. and bam!  I got black marker on the front.. so I tossed it aside and punched out something else.     That was the first boo boo on the card.....     then after getting everything all ready to put together..  I went ahead and adhered the layers with the embossed polka dotted top layer on the pattern piece.. and had ink on my finger, didn't realize it and smeared it on the paper.. yikes!   then I grabbed a paper towel.. that has been used and had ink on it...  tried wiping it and smeared it more..  I took a knife and ran it under the card stock to pull the layers up and started over.

here's my boo boo #2 on this card.  

This is the fun sketch I used:  SSSC213

NOTE: I will try and do a post with measurements and pictures if you like..   just let me know. 


card stock:   Real Red, Brillant Blue, White
pattern paper:  Paper Studio Cosmic Whammy
stamps:  MFT Complimentary Greetings
ink:  Versafine Black
accessories:  Scor-Pal, Circle Punches, Red Brads, Cropadile, Embossing Folder and Dimensionals

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Making 6 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" cards for the month of April.. Details/Measurements Included

I made the card above last night... Merry Christmas Card...    today I made 6 more..  here is how I did it.

This is going to be a long post..   Lots of pictures.   

Here is the sketch I used ~ which happens to be an OWH #218 Sketch:

First I cut all my layers..   After I make one card that I like and want to make more, I always start cutting all the layers.  I knew I had a lot to do this afternoon and so I opted to make just 6, but I usually make at least 12-20 more more.. I usually always use these same steps and find the cards get done rather quickly.

Just a tip..  when I was cutting the strips..  after I've cut them on the short side.. I put several of them in the trimmer and make one cut to cut them on the long side.  I don't always do this, because sometimes I forget.. but today I remembered.

After cutting everything..  I started with my layers.. and first thing is I score all my card bases.   I use a Scor-Pal.  I have three of these..  two large size ones.. a first edition and then the second.. and my mother bought me this Scor-Buddy and I have made thousands upon thousands of scores with this baby..  my most used tool beside my trimmer and ATG.   If you don't have one of these... I highly recommend getting one. 

I am going to emboss all the shimmery white layers using a Tim Holtz Snow Flurries embossing folder.

I do two at a time..  saves me time and they both emboss nicely.

Just wanted to share a tip...   I recently purchased a Magnetic Platform and removed the top tab off the platform I already owned.. now when I want to use embossing folders, no need to flip the top layer.. just put a clear plate on it, your embossing folder and another clear plate..  saves me so much time.  

 Since there is a lot of nooks and crannies.. I put adhesive around the outer edges and usually a big X in the middle.

Tip.. just wanted to mention this one blue layer..  I had either punched or die cut a circle out of a piece of it and realized I could use it for a layer on one of the cards because there was enough room between the circle edge and the edge of the card stock..  I only put adhesive around the outside of the shimmery layer that went on this one.. I put some adhesive on the blue layer.  This way I didn't have adhesive sticking out the back of the shimmery layer and sticking to everything.  I do this quite often.. especially if my card had a punched out shape or die cut shape and it's in the same color as a layer that will be covered up.  

I was asked the other day how I get my layers straight..   I hold the sides with my fingers.. lining up the bottom and then glancing to see that the top is the same.. then I lay the layer down.. making sure to push down on the left and right side because my fingers can cause the paper to curve a little bit.  

When I am putting adhesive on the layers.. I put it on either all of them at one time.. or if I am making a whole bunch, I usually do them 5-10 at a time..  this makes putting the layers together go much more faster.

Next I stamped all my sentiments onto the shimmery white strips.  I always lay a piece of dark card stock underneath any white layers I am stamping.

I am going to punch the ends of the two layers to make the banner end.. I line up the two layers and punch them at once.. so that they line up when I slide the white layer over a little bit after punching.

After I punched the ends..  I trimmed some of the white layer off.. then adhered it to the blue strip. I then used scissors to trim some off the end.

here is what the sentiment strip looks like after stamping, punching and trimming.

After I have got all my layers together.. it's time to assemble the cards:

First I adhere the green swirly layered piece on the front of the embossed layer, near the bottom of the layer.  I burnish (rub on it) to make sure it sticks together good.

I put my favorite thing in the crafting world on the back of the square panel..  Dimensionals!!  These happen to be ones from Stampin' UP!  love them things!!!

Then I put the square layer on the card.. more to the right side on the card front.

I move on to the sentiment layers..  I put a dimensional on the banner end and adhesive on the other.

Putting it on the card front..

Next I punch all three holes for the brads.. I punch the hole in the center first and then to the left and right.. usually right then left.

Putting three brads in the holes and adhering the card front to the card base.

and all the cards are complete.       I hope you give it a try.. using any sketch and theme for some cards.


card stock:  Shimmer White, Cherry Cobbler and Midnight Muse
pattern paper:  American Crafts Red Sleigh (scored at Tuesday Morning)
ink:  Cherry Cobbler
stamps:  MFT Christmas
accessories:  Scor-Pal, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder Snow Flurries, Photo Corner Punch, Hole Punch, Red Brads and Dimensionals.

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Monday, March 31, 2014

OWH Sketch #218 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" card

This week's sketch on the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog is done after a card I made back in January..  American Bald Eagle "THANKS" card.  

Since tomorrow is April 1st, I thought I'd get a head start on making my 5 Christmas cards for the month..   I made just this one to see if I liked it or not.. and I do, so I'll make a bunch more.. maybe even more than 5.   I did score some packs of red brads not too long ago at Tuesday Morning.  Ever since Hobby Lobby stopped selling in packages of just red brads, I have had a hard time finding them.   

Here is this week's OWH Sketch Challenge #218 layout:


card stock:  White, Shimmer White, Cherry Cobbler and Midnight Muse
pattern paper:  American Crafts Red Sleigh (scored at Tuesday Morning)
ink:  Cherry Cobbler
stamps:  MFT Christmas
accessories:  Scor-Pal, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder Snow Flurries, Photo Corner Punch, Hole Punch, Red Brads and Dimensionals.

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!

God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

CAS(E) this Sketch!: "YOU'RE A SUPERSTAR." card

This afternoon my son played in a golf tournament. He plays on his High School Boys Golf team.  I was going to go to the tournament but it started so late in the afternoon that I had to pick up my daughter when she got out of school, so my husband went.  He shot a 79 and finished 2nd overall.   

When I seen the sketch for this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch, I knew immediately what I was going to make. 

I chose the Red, White and Blue colors because I love all things Patriotic.

Here is this week's CAS(E) this Sketch CTS$70


card stock: Red, White and Blue
stamps:  $1. Michael's "You're A Superstar" stamp
ink: SU Midnight Muse
accessories:  Scor-Pal, Spellbinders Stars and Dimensionals

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Tomorrow morning we are heading to Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA to watch the NASCAR STP 500 race.    I thought I better get busy making a card for this week's MFTWSC tonight or I wouldn't be able to get to it until Tuesday because my son has a golf tournament on Monday.    I grabbed a paper pad that was sitting on my desk, and my card went from there.   

Here is this week's MFTWSC169 sketch layout:


card stock:  Black, White
pattern paper:  Sn@p! Simple Stories Color Vibe
ink: Versafine Black
stamps:  MFT Complimentary Greetings
accessories:  Scor-Pal, MFT Die-namics Well Worn Greetings, Flower & Leaf Trio, Heirloom Label. white brad

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quick & Easy Butterfly cards.. set of 32 made in no time at all.

This morning I seen a video by Jennifer McGuire and it reminded me of some cards I made a very, very long time ago.   I decided to make a bunch of these.  I grabbed a bunch of white and black card stock and got cutting.. I ended up cutting enough layers for 32 cards.   I already had the card bases already cut/scored and folded from when my son played basketball.. I used to go to his practice with cut card stock in hand, along with my Scor-Pal and I would score and fold lots and lots of card bases.

Since it was cold last night and this morning as well.. my stamp room was a bit cold, so I decided to do all my stamping on the kitchen counter.   I got Pandora on my laptop playing.. a cold Coke Zero (to the left of the laptop not in pic), my awesome Fiskars ProCision cutter~ which I absolutely LOVE!!!   I have made thousands of cuts with this thing and it cuts as nice today as it did the first day I got it..  worth every single penny I paid for it.

This was my counter after I got into stamping..  I had grabbed a bunch of stamp sets and ink pads from my stamp room and had so much fun making these cards.

Here's how I went about making these cards:

First I cut all my layers..  sorry for the blurry pic.   I cut the white layers at 4" x 5 1/4" and the black layers at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".     I did four stacks of 8.

I then stamped all the sentiments for each set of 8 cards, using Versafine Black ink..  awesome ink for sentiments.   *the green piece of scrap paper is a piece of card stock I use when stamping on white layers.  I always put a colored piece of card stock under the white layer while stamping ~ so I can align my paper to stamp my sentiment straight.

Next I got to stamping the butterflies.    I did the largest one first.    Ink up the stamp real good..   stamp it once, then twice and then a third time.. I would stamp the butterfly in one direction and then the other way and so on.

Then the smaller butterfly..  doing the same as the large one. Ink up the stamp.. then stamp it once, twice and three time.. alternating it's direction and location on the card stock.

After doing all the stamping for each color.. I would then layer each stamped layer onto a black layer.

 Here are all the layers stamped.. I really like the way the blue and the green turned out.

When I am doing multiples..  in order to get things done more efficiently, I have found that when it's time to do the adhesive on the layers.. I put adhesive on several and then put them all on the card bases..  then do another batch.  This goes much faster then doing them one at a time.  I have tried it both ways and this works so much better for me. I get the "putting together" done much faster this way.

Here are all the stamped layers on the black layers..

here's one of the cards all put together...

And all 32 completed...

here are the stamps and ink pads I used on the cards:


stamps: L-R:   Hero Arts/Sizzix Butterflies (657773), Hero Arts Truly Appreciated (CL380), Hero Arts Antique Engravings (CL383), Hero Arts Made With Love (CL491)
ink:  Versafine Black, Stampin' UP! Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse
card stock:  Neenah White, Recollections Black

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!

God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them