Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Hug a Rawrus Today

 Aloha!

Ok. Isn't he a cutie pie? I wanted him ever since I laid eyes on him 🐱‍πŸ‰ Look at how tiny his arms are!

And I found this coolio tutorial on YouTube by Lisa Curcio using a fun fold called "Curvy Pop Up." It isn't that hard. The front will have a bendy panel and the back is a regular card spine so it stands up. Even better, it lays flat and fits right into an A2 envelope. I'm going to cut out fun letters to spell the little girl's name across the bendy front.

I've been following a family whose two yr old little sweetie, Eliza, is going to lose her battle with a rare cancer. She loves dinosaurs, hence this cute card. I had to make it for her. She is still able to run around and have fun but she is on hospice at home. She also has had the company of a tan & white stuffed owl ever since she was a baby and chews on the little tag it came with. I have a couple of owl cards I would like to make for her, too. You can read about her and how uber sweet she is by googling Eliza Moore or her parents, Chance (he's a nurse) and Kate (a pharmacist). She has at least a gajillion followers on social media.

Stamp Set: T Rex Love by Fun Stampers Journey
Cardstock: Accent Opaque White, Stampin Up Old Olive
Pattern Paper: Gina K. Designs
Colored with Copics
Lime and purple gems



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Sweet hugs!


Saturday, April 17, 2021

15 Minute Thank You Card

 Aloha!

We wanted to thank a neighbor for trapping 3 stray kitties for spay/neuter program. Someone had dropped off a female and, of course, it became pregnant in no time. She had 3 cats and they are now all "fixed," and cared for by our neighbor. It happened so fast, in our parking area, and I wanted to make a quick cat thank you card. Whew! It took less than 15 minutes but close enough. The inside is stamped and colored, too, but they were already here so I couldn't grab a picture of it. We am grateful to have a neighbor who has kindness and concern to control the cat population, as well as trying to socialize them. I hope it works out. Now to try and catch Mama cat before this happens again. She already knows what a trap is though.

Stamp: SU Pretty Kitty
Ink: Memento and Versafine
Crayola Crayons
Accent Cardstock
Enamel dots

I'm going to share with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Kathy encourages the coloring world to just jump right in. It is highly inspirational. 



It's CAS, square & fast!
Thank you for taking a look!




Friday, April 16, 2021

Baby In A Basket & What's Up With Google Blogger?

Aloha, friends!

You know what happy means? A new baby! Babies touch me right here, in the smack dab middle of my soul. I just love babies. They are so sweet, chubby, cuddly, and beg for little sweet kisses. That new baby smell is better than flowers, puppies and new cars put together. Ok, I get carried away.

Our friends have a new grandbaby, a baby boy to join his older brother. They live locally and on a coffee farm. Doesn't that sound like fun? Hard work, but fun. They have 3 generations living, working and loving together. It's a simple card, no interactive parts, but it was way easier to make. Some days easier is better πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ I would like to share this in Kathy's 30 Day (really 10 day) Coloring Challenge! You can read about it HERE.

And what IS up with Blogger? I see they will no longer allow anyone who signs up for email notifications to receive new posts from this platform. The "fix" seems too advanced for this old mare. I have a WordPress blog but oooh, the hassle of trying to export and import, bleh. Me no likey technical changes and challenges. Google Blogger is creating such a headache. Please share your ideas with me. Not sure what to do about this one.


Stamp Set: SU Bundled Baby
Inks: Memento Gray Flannel
Colored with Crayola color pencils
Gina Marie Stitched Scalloped Oval dies
Cardstock: Accent White, SU color
Pattern Paper: Doodlebug
Enamel stars
Foam tape



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Monday, April 5, 2021

Copic Markers and Wildflowers

 Aloha,

I took a Copic coloring class from Sandy Allnock, link here: Mini Copic Wildflowers Class 1. It's an inexpensive class that builds confidence using alcohol markers without needing to sketch first. Just start coloring on white cardstock. I was terrified but after tossing a couple tries, it started to get easier. I say jump in and do it - you won't be disappointed. She has since added Copic Wildflowers 2 but I have not taken that class yet.

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Copic markers

Various embossing folders by Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug, Sizzix & Darice

Gems and crystals, Glossy Accents

Cardstock: I tried some new to me cardstock that Jennifer McGuire spoke about in her favorite things 2020. It's from Amazon, called Accent Opaque Digital, 16 pt "Smooth" 120# white, 8-1/2 X 11 inches, 150 sheets. It truly is smooth, super thick and sturdy, feels almost like chipboard and takes alcohol markers and color pencils well so far. I accidentally dropped a bit of water onto it and it swelled right up, so not good for watercolor, even a little. For the price, I am very impressed with this cardstock either for card bases (the sturdiest I have ever used), bright white, I used the metal cut plate more when die cutting but the die cuts look GREAT using this cardstock.


Copic Wildflowers 1


  • Color, then die cut




  • Swirly Sweet Peas





  • Wax Flowers Bunch




  • Paintbrush





  • Branch of Sweet Peas




  • Thistles





I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can freehand with Copic Markers!
Thank you for stopping by!









Friday, March 5, 2021

A Cat In The Heart

 Aloha!


I made this card yesterday. It's for an all grown up young lady I knew when she was much younger. We both love kitty cats. Recently I ordered this cool heart die from SSS and paired it with the MFT kitty cat stamp for a simple window card. I put the little cat on a sketched rug, wood floor and wall papered with teeny hearts. The die cuts a heart out while leaving the double stitched lines around the frame. I adhered the heart scene inside the card and the heart window is open to the kitty. Sorry the colors are off - I used two different editing sites.


Stamp Set: "Smitten Kitten" by MFT

Die: "Shimmer Heart" by SSS

Paper: Neenah 110# Solar White

Inks: Memento and Copics

Sparkly Ribbon by SU, Glossy Accents, Flat Sequins PPP









Thank you for looking!







Hidden Treasure

 Hi, friends!

Bet you thought this was going to be a pirate card, right? Surprise! It's the name and type of die set I used. When you pull the top tab upward, the flap goes up with it, revealing a secret panel underneath. Way cool!

I made these back in November or December but just can't remember the name of the stamp set I used. Thank you to Becky and friends at SCS for encouraging me to keep going despite the challenges life throws at us!

The dies are from Scrapbooking Made Simple who uses Tonic to make their dies. Stacey is the owner and is such a sweet, generous and kind crafty store owner in Santa Clarita, Ca. She's going on 400 YouTube videos and she really explains products and techniques in a super easy way to understand. 

These are more of a Thinking of You, Grateful for You, type of card. The sliding portion reminds me of a Pizza Peel shape. There is plenty of room to write a note on the back of the card and on the top of the "peel" or tab portion of the sliding back. When you pull the top tab up, a scored panel die cut opens up below to show a sentiment! It was very confusing and hard to make these so I made a few practice ones first. They are very fun to open now that they are completed!

How does it work? There are 3 main dies: one cuts out the front and scores the line on each side as well as above a window and shutter flap opening that slides up. A narrow fold line is scored on both sides to attach to the back, forming a channel for the large sliding 3rd die cut to pull the front flap up. Honestly, it was really hard for me to figure this out πŸ€“πŸ§“πŸ½πŸ”¬  This sliding piece slides between the front of the card and the scored channels. The 3rd piece looks like a pizza peel. The handle forms the pull tab which slides the front shutter open or closed. The bottom of the window shutter flap is adhered to the bottom front of the back, pizza peel shaped sliding piece. Whew! Pulling the tab on top pulls the window panel up, exposing the sentiment. 

Die Set: Hidden Treasure Reveal Base by SCS
Cardstock & Inks: GKD
(Wreath stamp set, lost the post it note I wrote it on...if you can recognize it, I'd appreciate your helping me to remember it)
Copic Markers
Other: Plain twine w/silver thread, PPP clear sequins, ScorTape 






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