Jacob’s Birthday Card

I decided to make a birthday card for my nephew’s son Jacob this year. He is such a sweetheart. He probably won’t remember me from last Summer but I wanted him to know I think of him often.                                                                              I decided being a boy he probably spent a great deal of the Summer on his bike. I actually used a Magnolia stamp haven’t used one in years as I’ve gotten into the digi scene. It was fun to dig them out again. so here is my card for Jacob.

Jacob's B'day

I had so much fun coloring and making this card for him. You can’t see it but I did use Glossy Accents on the reflector on the bike.                                                       I’m so glad I had this done before we went to Glacier. I couldn’t believe it when I tripped over a tree root. I had walked over the rocky dried river bed and 2′ from the edge I tripped and messed up my left side from top to bottom. Then I’ve been doing my Fall cleaning and today twice I fell off my three-step stool. I hurt from head to toe. Specially my left wrist. I have the bedroom all tore apart so I have to keep going.

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Sydney’s Birthday Card

I have another card. Shocking isn’t it! 🙂 I have looked at this Mo Manning “Summer Girl” for a couple of years and thought this would be the “perfect” image for Sydney! She has the little pigtails and wears adorable little sundresses. Even looks like her. I finally bought the image a couple of weeks ago. So here she is.

Sydney's B'day

flesh: E000 E00 E11 E04 R21                                                                                                       Lips:  YR02                                                                                                                                     hair: E53 E55 E57                                                                                                                   all blues: B00 B02 B16 B18 B39                                                                                                glasses: BG23 BG32 BG34 BG49 C1 C02 C03                                                                               popsicle: YR61 YR02 YR65 YR68                                                                                       Diamond Glaze on glasses-Judi Kins                                                                                 make a wish stamp – Tim Holtz – Just Sayings set

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Randy’s Birthday Card

I did some things I’ve never done before and discovered I liked the technique. I had bought a set of Brusho crystals and had never used them. Don’t we all do that? I had this card all planned in my head and for once it pretty much turned out like I had imaged it would. I used Tim Holtz Bird Crazy bird and Crazy Things balloon stamps and dies. Love those dies! I colored them with copics.

Randy's B'day

I’ve also been working on images for my Travel Journal for our trip to Glacier National Park next month. I colored up “Office Pretty” from Saturated Canary. I did some practicing with my zig-zag shading.

Office Pretty

The next image has to be one of my all-time favorite images. “Where are we going” from The Paper Shelter. They are a new digi company I discovered and I love their images!

Where Are We Going2

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Three Birthday Cards and a Book

It feels like forever since I’ve done anything to post. Before I know it another week has passed and I’ve accomplished nothing. June has three birthdays one right after the other in the first week. So I had fun doing three completely different cards. Each one for what I thought they would like.                                            The first card was for my sister. She loves robins and can’t wait for Spring when they come back. Tammy Tutterow had a tutorial on a speckled egg background. Perfect! I had my eye on another of her tutorials and it was perfect for this card also.

Bev's B'day

The next card is my other sisters birthday card. Deb loves Gerber Daisies so I used Memory Box “Glorious Gerber Daisies” die. I learned this technique from Annette a friend from Iowa when we lived there. I have to say it took me quite awhile to do this card. There were a lot of pieces to assemble!

Deb's B'day

I didn’t have the Papertrey Ink linen impression plate for the background so I quick ordered it but it didn’t arrive in time for this card. Will definitely do this technique again. Yes, Linda, I couldn’t make three cards and not have any orange on them. 🙂                                                                                                                                    The third card was for Linda another friend from Iowa. I also made a faux Midori book for her.

Linda's B'day

Linda is a Tim Holtz fan so I found this idea here. I made a card instead of a recipe box. I used Memory Box “Ariel & Lunette butterfly” dies for the butterflies.  I had a lot of fun making this card. Here is a side view.

Linda 2

Here is the faux Midori book.

Linda's Book

Over Memorial Weekend we went to Bismarck. On our way home Monday we saw our first moose. We were so excited. People have been seeing them in the city but we haven’t seen them. Happy to finally see one. They are HUGE!

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Made a Small Book Today

I had so much fun this morning making a faux Midori book. I love making books and this was quick and fairly simple. I found a you tube video here for the leather cover. Here is a video on making the books to put in it. This was my trial and error book. I do need to use heavier elastic as the thin probably won’t last long. I will put all the books in a book press to flatten them. Also more flexible bookmark thread.

My next project will be with heavy leather and will be using an orange die for the cover. Loved the sample of the color in the store. Yes, Linda, orange leather dye!

There are quite a few pictures so here goes.

Leather Bk Cover

I also stamped my name in the side of the cover.


Side View

Front Books

Back Books

I can’t wait to make more of these. It was so much fun. I haven’t decided what I’ll use it for but love just looking at it and smelling the leather. LOL

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Happy New Year!


Matchboxes For My Favorite People

I always do things the hard way. I decided about a week before Christmas I was going to make Randy, Drew and Madyson a matchbox for their Christmas card. I took a class from Kate Crane online on how to make matchboxes. I had so much fun doing them that I hope to make more!! Madyson’s box was using Tim Holtz die so that was easy. Randy and Drew’s I had to find a pattern that was bigger. Then cut the pattern out of plastic so I could reuse it over and over again.

I decided for the guys to make books. That required sewing with a machine. Ok, sewing is not my thing. First book, whew, no problem! Second book, oh no, my machine got stuck in one place so I had a big gob of thread. Yikes! So I had to try and fit a piece of duct tape over the first piece. If you have every worked with duct tape you know how much fun that was. 😦

They are a combination of Distress Inks, Mixed Media and rubber-stamps and pens. Both images were from Stampotique. The angel was one Kate Crane’s images called Angel Squared and Heart Boy by a different artist. I colored them with copic markers. I’ll warn you a lot of pictures.


Randy's Box

Randy's 3


Drew's Box

Drew's 3


Madyson's 2015

Madyson's 3

I thought she could practice her ABC’s on the little book. What a keepsake for her when she gets older and looks back and her first printing.

I wish you all the best in the coming new year!

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Christmas Projects

I’ve been busy working on many Christmas projects and cards. First off Randy bought some flat agates and small buffalos to give to the people who work in his office. After every trip to the Black Hills he would come back with some buffalo for his herd. He bought the flat agates and I told him he needed to buy a buffalo to go with the agate. So they will remember him after this job is done. I had these boxes for forever and decided they would be perfect for him. So I made 8 boxes!



Next I made some cards following the you tube video here. I LOVE holly bushes! We had a row of them in Iowa and they are gorgeous! Loved looking out the window and seeing the red berries and the Cardinals eating them all Winter. I miss seeing them. Here in North Dakota in our neighborhood we do not have birds. Most of the trees are twigs so no birds. 😦

I write everything down that I use on cards but in my mess I cannot find it. I’m pretty sure I used DI pine needles to edge the card. Merry Christmas and Peace & Joy are Hero Arts stamps. The die is holly flourish from Cherry Lynn Designs. Berries were a glitter glue. This card brings back very special memories for me. Oops guess I didn’t take a pic of the inside.

Christmas '16

I will have a post on the Mini Matchboxes I made for the guys and for Madyson for Christmas. A lot of pics so will do it sometime this week. I had sooo much fun making them. I plan to make more of them.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will be a blessed and healthy year for you.

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