Puzzle Card

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Every time I make a card I try to make it unique to its recipient with their likes and dislikes in mind.  I also LOVE it when the card speaks to something that has special meaning to themThis card meets these standards.

First, the card and then I’ll explain its special meaning and it’s recipient.  The card is this “Twisted Easel Card” :


I am the chunky but adorable baby  sitting between my two big brothers.  This is my favorite picture of us.  Throughout our childhood and her life my Mother loved playing games and putting puzzles together.  My eldest brother and I share her love of “working” puzzles.  He recently got me hooked on Dowdle puzzles after giving me a couple for Christmas and later sending me a box full of them just because.   What a GREAT Big Brother!!  I made this puzzle card for him. 

These Dowdle puzzles are created from the artwork of Eric Dowdle. They are very scenic and usually very challenging.  Below is a picture of the latest Dowdle puzzle my eldest brother and I conquered together called New York.  Just look at those buildings, do they all look the same to you because they did to us, now just imagine them divided into 1000 little pieces.  LOL.  You can visit Eric Dowdle’s website HERE , he has GREAT puzzles. 


Stamps – Love Is (SSS) ; All My Love (SSS) ; Paper – Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin Up) ; Black Glossy ; Die-cuts – Love (SSS) ;  Puzzle Background Die (Impression Obsession) ; Double-Ended Tags Die (Spellbinders)


Check out this book if you want a GREAT read:


Until Next Time,


 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  

Comforted By Chocolate

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Have you ever envisioned something and then when it came time to execute the plan nothing went right?  That’s this card in a “Nutshell”. 


I made this card for one of my favorite people in the world who loves Chocolate and vowed to go without it and ALL things sweet for 115 days.  A good laugh always makes things seem better even when giving up something you love.  Although it’s not funny until it’s over that’s why I waited until he was back on chocolate to give him this card.  LOL.

By the time I decided the card was finished it was a 6×6 square card instead of the 5×7 horizontal  top-folding card I set out to make.  And I had paper-pieced the background and image which I vowed NOT to do but I was so frustrated I did it anyway.  The color scheme didn’t go as planned either and I didn’t think it looked quite done but everything I thought of adding was over-the-top or risky and not worth messing up the card for and then, God forbid, having to start all over.  So I’ve declared it finished and I think I’m finally pleased with it.

The only things that went according to plan were coloring the image with copic markers (although I needed to do it twice) and changing the “chips” bag and “TV remote” control to a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a box of chocolates (Cadbury in my mind) respectively.

For this card I used the “Lazy Boy” Art Impressions stamp and made the changes noted previously and the sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps.  Hope he likes it.



 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  

“Hapkido Master”

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Just a reminder, any words highlighted in PINK in my posts are links and if you click on them it will take you to whatever is referenced.

Hapkido Pic Close Up Stamped

This card is for my eldest brother inspired by his Mastery of Hapkido.  This is the last of the four cards I pledged to make him so this post is bittersweet.  I have enjoyed making cards with him in mind because he has so many talents that coming up with a card themes was probably the easiest it’s ever been for me.  However, given that he’s a male, it was a battle at first to not use flowers or ribbon or bows or pink in my card creations.    I did however, get to use perhaps my favorite card element: BLING (glitter, stickles, wink of stella, anything that sparkles).   BLING is apparently universal and gender-neutral.  As always the sparkle doesn’t show up well on camera but trust me it’s there.

So I was also excited to make this card because I was able to use a Joanna Sheen die I hadn’t used before.   If you’re not familiar with Joanna Sheen she lives in England and has an online craft store.  Some time ago I ordered 3 dies from her online store but I hadn’t had an opportunity to use any of them until now.  The best thing about ordering from her online store was that the shipping was FREE and you can’t beat that especially coming all the way from England.  The down side was it took a little longer to receive my purchase, about 10-14 days. She has beautiful edge dies.  I also purchased one of her lace edge dies that I can’t wait to use.

My brother, like Joanna Sheen, is an author.  You can get the first book in his latest police thriller trilogy on Amazon eBooks and you can go right to it by clicking here .   Below is a little teaser:

Materials Used-  Dies: Martial Arts (Joanna Sheen), Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Dies (MFT);  Embossing Folder: Brick (Taylored      Expressions); Ink: Pumice Stone (Distressed Ink)


Until Next Time,


 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  


Sax Man Easel Card

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

It’s been a while but I’m back with the third of four cards dedicated to my eldest brother.  He is multi-talented and this card’s theme highlights one of his many talents, playing the saxophone. This is Sax-Man:

So for this card I used stamps from one of my favorite stamp companies, Rubbernecker Stamp Co., both the image and sentiment.  I tried a few different card types but settled on an Easel card because I wanted him to be able to see both the image and the sentiment at the same time. 

I tried a new technique for me with this card and used some new products.  I wanted the image to be sparkly and after seeing a card someone did using this technique I adapted it but basically used the same concept.   I stamped the image on white cardstock and then covered it with Elizabeth Craft double-sided adhesive and then covered it with Elizabeth Craft micro-fine glitter.  Next, I colored the image with Copic Markers but I only used two colors to try and create highlights and used each sparingly because the color really travels on the glitter and can easily bleed outside the stamped lines.  I used my stitched square die-cut to double mount the image and I used two great embossing folders in the card background:  the Sizzix holly swirls and sheet music embossing folder set and the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Gemstone.

So I have one more card to dedicate to my eldest brother because I promised four.  It’s been a joy to design cards with him as my muse so I do see more cards to come beyond the fourth one promised.  I don’t know what is next but thank goodness he has many talents from which I can draw upon for inspiration.


Until Next Time 

 God Bless and Happy Stamping !   



Making Amends – Grillmaster

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Where has the time gone!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post.  I’ve been busy and I seem to have gotten myself in a bit of “hot water” since I last posted.

My BIG BROTHER’S BIRTHDAY was last month and I didn’t call to wish him a happy Birthday until the day after.  However, there were extenuating circumstances.  This is what happened and you judge for yourself:  I remembered his birthday was coming all week but I was sick with Strep Throat on the actual day.   I stayed in bed all day with fever, sleeping and taking medication.  In the midst of my ailment I neglected to call to wish him a Happy Birthday.  But in my defense the next morning, after my fever had resolved and I realized my faux pas, I called him right away. 

Does that really count as forgetting his birthday?  He certainly thinks so, but I hope you’re on my side.

Please weigh-in on this important issue and place your vote below.

I feel particularly bad because he has been such a Blessing and a Wonderful big brother my entire life.  I have vowed to not miss his birthday again!!  

However, count it to my head and not my heart because he really does mean the world to me!  So, I’ve decided to do something to acknowledge how special he is to me.  I’m going to dedicate the next four cards I make to him and make a post for each.   This is huge because I usually only make one card every 2-6 months depending on my free time.

This FIRST CARD celebrates one of his many talents: cooking.  He is an EXCELLENT cook and is particularly skilled with a grill.   So, seeing as he is the family GRILLMASTER, I created this card making adaptations of a card I saw on another blog.


GM Signed

Time To Vote


How This Card Was Made:   I used the Taylored Expressions, Brick, embossing folder.  I like it so much better than the other brick embossing folders I have because it has nicer detailing on the bricks.  I watered down some Pumice Stone, Distress Ink and applied it with a brush between the bricks to give them greater depth.  The background sky is hard to see in the picture but I used Memento, Summer Sky, to make it and masked my clouds using a Fiskars, XL Cloud Punch, and masking paper.  I cut my grass with my Silhouette Cameo making adjustments to the ‘grass border’ download.  I cut it twice and made two layers of grass and used dimensionals between the layers, off-setting the outer layer just a little.  After assembling the card I realized I should have stamped the bottom sentiment higher but I didn’t want to cover up my cloud so I decided to add another sentiment stamp “you’re the best” at the top.


Materials Used: Inks: Distress Ink- Pumice Stone, VersaFine- Onyx Black;  Paper: Stampin Up– Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow,  Gary BurlinGlossy Black, Hammermillwhite;   Dies: Taylored Expressions- Grill,   SilhouetteGrass Border;  Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Punny Man,   Unknown– “you’re the best”,  Punch: FiskarsXL Cloud


Until Next Time. . .


 God Bless and Happy Stamping !                  I