I’ve really been into making cards using dies lately. This one is using a snowman die from Cottage Cutz.
This was a more simple card to put together. I cut the dies with white cardstock and colored them with copic markers.
I layered all of the pieces together, which was pretty easy. I added some highlights with a white gel pen and added some dots to the scarf.
I used some cute patterned paper for the background and then stamped the sentiment “There’s snow one like you”. I adhered everything to a white cardbase and added a little enamel heart to finish it off.
Its funny to be making fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards when its still so hot outside but as a card maker I have to think ahead. This card is for Thanksgiving and I love how colorful it is.
I stamped the image and did some basic copic coloring. No shading other than a tiny bit on the turkey. I used a few different fall colors and I really like how it turned out.
For the background I used two different patterned papers and then just adhered the image on top using some craft foam to give it dimension. I added a few little fall colored gems and thats it. Quite quick and simple.
Its funny to be thinking about fall/autumn as we are still hovering around 100 degrees here in Northern Utah! I love fall but I don’t like the fact that it means winter is just around the corner. So I always leave summer behind with mixed feelings.
This card was made using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions called “cutting edge”.
I stamped the image and colored it with copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut the image out, leaving quite a bit of white space at the bottom. I layered it with some fall colored patterned paper.
I then stamped the sentiment “autumn wishes”, from the same stamp set, in the bottom right corner. I added some tiny images from the stamp set around the sentiment, along with some fall colored gems. I then matted it with black cardstock and added it to a white card base.
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.
We had some rain earlier this morning and now the sun is trying to come out. I bought some cute fabric yesterday to make some face masks and those are in the washer right now. Its been hard to find elastic but I ordered a bunch from Etsy the other day and it should be here in a few days.
Yesterday I made a Mother’s Day card. Unfortunately my mother has been gone for a long time but she’s always in my thoughts, especially on days like Mother’s Day. I went through years of infertility and so for many years I hated Mother’s Day. I didn’t have a mother and I wasn’t able to be a mother. Finally we were able to adopt our daughters and my feelings towards Mother’s Day have changed dramatically! Here’s the card I made:
I love using embossing folders and dies..for this card I used both. Its a standard A2 sized card made from my usual Recollections Heavy Weight cardstock. I then embossed some white cardstock with an embossing folder from Darice called Flower Frenzy. I framed that with some blue cardstock. Then I used the dies from Sizzix…Flower set by Lisa Jones…and cut the pieces for the flowers.
I glued the leaves down flat to the paper and used some foam pads to give the flowers some dimension. I also cut some hearts from the die set and glued those down. For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Mothers Day” from a stamp set by Hero Arts called “Happy Mom’s Day”. That completes the card!
I hope this Sunday morning finds you happy and well despite all of the challenges we have been facing.
How are you? We have been enjoying unseasonably mild weather for January, but it looks like all of that is going to change this weekend with snow on the way. I’ve been so busy with my Etsy shop, mostly with paper hearts. Lots and lots of people have been ordering, which is great, but I… Continue reading Busy, busy…
I’ve been working on Valentine cards, trying to get through the January blues. Do you deal with that? The holidays are over and we are in the midst of winter. This year with the pandemic going on and all the unrest in the world, it seems worse than usual. So I’ve been trying to do… Continue reading January blues.
I’ve been horrible at updating my blog lately so I’m hoping that now that the holidays have passed, I can get into a better routine. How were your holidays? We had a very quiet, but nice time. I’ve been trying to get into my craft room to make a card at least once a day.… Continue reading Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away! I am not ready. I haven’t finished my shopping and I haven’t even felt like it’s the Christmas season this year. We’ve been watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music but it all just feels weird this year. I know it will… Continue reading Christmas and mermaids and stuff!!
I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but didn’t realize how long it had been. We’ve had a lot going on health-wise in our family but I think we are back on track. One of my daughters and I suffer from chronic health issues and once in a while they flare… Continue reading Where does the time go?
We’ve had snow showers in and off all day. Thankfully it’s not sticking to the ground but it’s definitely a reminder that winter is just around the corner. The card I’m going to share today fits in with the snow theme. I got the semi circle stitched dies from Sunny Studio Stamos and I love… Continue reading Snowy Day
We have warmed up a lot here in Utah but it looks like winter will arrive on the weekend so I doubt we will see these nice temperatures for a while. I am enjoying making Winter and Christmas cards but I’m trying to squeeze in other types of cards too…though not today!! This one is… Continue reading Winter card
Growing up in Scotland, we were taught to knit at a very young age. I remember being taught to knit a pair of slippers in elementary school. I love to knit. It’s something I’ve done for almost my entire life. I don’t do it as much now as I spend so much time making cards… Continue reading Cute penguins and knitting!
We are in the middle of a bad cold snap right now and even got a little snow on Sunday. I’m glad it’s going to gradually warm up again by the end of the week but it was a reminder of winter being just around the corner! I’ve been cozy and warm inside making cards.… Continue reading Brrr…
Today I’m sharing a card I made with Newton’s Nook Main Street Christmas stamp set. For this card I used some Hero Art’s reactive ink for the background and sprinkled some water on it to get the effect that I love. I stamped the image and then colored it with copic markers. I wanted something… Continue reading Christmas Village card
A week or so ago we drove up into the mountains to see the fall leaves…unfortunately most of the leaves were gone already but it was so beautiful anyway. We even saw a little snow. Here’s some pictures: Today I made a few birthday cards using a stamp set from Penny Black and some dies… Continue reading Birthday cards
The weather has finally changed and things have cooled down, so it feels like fall now! Yesterday my girls and I went to the pumpkin patch for our yearly tradition of picking out pumpkins. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. Its been a busy time so I haven’t blogged… Continue reading It finally feels like fall!
Its finally cooled down a little for a few days but it’ll warm up again by the middle of the week. It really doesn’t feel like we are almost in October but Im still enjoying making Halloween cards. This one is a slimline card. As always, I stamped my images and then cut them with… Continue reading Halloween slimline card
This card was inspired by my granddaughter who just turned 5 the other day. When she was up here visiting the other week, we were in the yard playing and she picked a dandelion. I told her she should make a wish before she blew on it. Her wish was “I want to be a… Continue reading I want to be a Princess already!!
This card features the stamp set from MFT called “Best Witches”. I did some ink blending on a piece of Strathmore Smooth cardstock using some distress oxide inks. I then splattered some water on it. Once that was done I left it to dry while I colored my images. I colored them with copic markers… Continue reading Best Witches!
I’ve really been into making cards using dies lately. This one is using a snowman die from Cottage Cutz. This was a more simple card to put together. I cut the dies with white cardstock and colored them with copic markers. I layered all of the pieces together, which was pretty easy. I added some… Continue reading Cute snowman die cut card
I came across this die from Cottage Cutz the other day and I had to have it! We love our family vacations in our RV every year and so this was right up my alley! There are a lot of tiny pieces in this die and I cut everything out in white cardstock and then… Continue reading Halloween RV card!
Its funny to be making fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards when its still so hot outside but as a card maker I have to think ahead. This card is for Thanksgiving and I love how colorful it is. I stamped the image and did some basic copic coloring. No shading other than a tiny… Continue reading Thanksgiving?
It’s been a hard week. Just over a week ago we found out that one of my husbands brothers passed away so we’ve been dealing with that and having family in town. Then Utah had hurricane force winds that caused so much damage. Thankfully we didn’t have any damage but thousands of people are still… Continue reading It’s been a hard week…
We finally got a few days of cooler weather but by the end of the week we will be almost 100 degrees again! It doesn’t feel that fall is around the corner but I’ve been enjoying using my fall stamps to make some cards anyway! This is one of my favorite stamp sets for fall.… Continue reading Another fall card!
Its funny to be thinking about fall/autumn as we are still hovering around 100 degrees here in Northern Utah! I love fall but I don’t like the fact that it means winter is just around the corner. So I always leave summer behind with mixed feelings. This card was made using a stamp set from… Continue reading Autumn Wishes!
We have been in the middle of a heatwave…temperatures have been over 100 degrees all week. We should be around 91 degrees right now so its much hotter than normal. I’m looking forward to things cooling down a little. I still haven’t organized my pictures from our vacation but here is one that I took… Continue reading Heatwave!
It’s been a while since I posted. Our family went on a vacation to beautiful Montana and Northern Idaho. It was so nice to get away for a while and to see some beautiful country. Whenever we take our yearly roadtrips, we always imagine what it would be like to live on a farm in… Continue reading Its been a while!
Maggie wasn’t feeling good last week and her ears were bleeding. Initially we thought she had allergies and made her ears bleed by scratching them so much, but it turned out she had major infections in both ears. After a few hours at the vet’s office, she came home with lots of medication. Some of… Continue reading Sick dog and Halloween cards
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days stamping, coloring and cutting images for cards. This way I will be able to put a card together more quickly…I hope!! Today I made a floral card on an embossed background. It was a pretty simple card to make. To start I embossed the… Continue reading Floral card
Its been a while! I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted on the blog. Life has been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to make any cards. I did make a few yesterday and I’ve also started working on some wooden decor for Halloween! Here’s one of… Continue reading Where does the time go?
Today I decided to make a clean and simple card. I usually love to layer patterned paper but I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little more simple. I love how it turned out. I used a die from Simon Says Stamp called “Sunflower Frame” and cut it from white cardstock 3 times.… Continue reading Clean and simple cards
Despite all that is going on in the world and the challenges we all face in our daily lives, there are always things to be thankful for. This is something I have needed to be reminded of a lot lately as we are facing a lot of trials. So I made this simple card today.… Continue reading Feeling of thanks
We’ve had lots of wind and rain today…our temperatures have dropped significantly. Its kind of a relief from the hot sun, as long as it doesn’t linger! As usual, its been a busy week. My daughter deals with three chronic illnesses and we’ve had Dr’s appointments this week with more coming up. I didn’t get… Continue reading Stormy Sunday
I hope those of you celebrating Fathers Day have a wonderful time. My husband is taking a well deserved break from work today and we will be having a barbecue tonight. I really appreciate how hard he works and looks after our family. I’m also thinking of my dad today. He has been gone for… Continue reading Happy Fathers Day!
I love butterflies. We have had a swallow tail butterfly hanging around our yard for a little while. Some people believe that when a butterfly is near, a loved one from the other side is saying hello. Its nice to think that could be true. Today I made a couple of cards featuring butterflies. Both… Continue reading Butterflies
Today I used a stamp set from MFT that I have used before, but I love it so much. Its a set called “Hanging with my gnomies”. Here’s the card: I created the background using some die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs and also ink blended the sky using a cloud stencil from MFT. I… Continue reading Hanging with my gnomies!
On Friday it was our first 100 degree day this year. By yesteday it was 45 degrees! Welcome to Utah!! Its still cold and cloudy today but it should be warming up again later in the week. One of the best ways for me to spend a rainy afternoon is in my craftroom making a… Continue reading Rainy weekend
I’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I… Continue reading Busy few days
I still haven’t been feeling the greatest but I was determined to work on something, so I made a couple of quick cards with the new stamp sets I got from Gerda Steiner Designs. The first card is made with the chicken scratch stamp set. I stamped the images and then colored them with alcohol… Continue reading A couple of quick cards
I have atrial fibrillation. Its been an issue for 7 years and it gets more and more frequent. I’m averaging an episode every 10 days or so. I’m one of those lucky people that are debilitated by it. Some people have it and don’t even know. I am so symptomatic that I’m stuck on the… Continue reading Down for the count today
I went shopping today and picked up some new stamp sets…not that I needed any more but you know how it is! I bought a few stamps and dies from Photoplay and I made a card with them today. I’m not a big joke person…and I don’t think I’m very funny, but I love a… Continue reading Punny cards
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best… Continue reading For the love of dogs
Before I left on our trip I ordered a few things from one of my favorite stamping stores “My Favorite Things”. The box was here when I got home so finally this afternoon I got to play with some of my new things. I chose the die set “Fishbowl Die-namics”. This is what I made.… Continue reading Something’s fishy!
I don’t have a card to post today but I will try to get one up later on. Last week was very busy and so I didn’t have much time to post. We always go away for Memorial Weekend and this year we weren’t sure if that would happen or not. With the virus going… Continue reading Its been a while!
I have a birthday coming up, a big birthday! Its tomorrow. This morning there were some flowers delivered to me from one of my best friends who I don’t get to see much anymore since we moved away. All of my close friends live far away. Its hard at times. Anyway, the flowers are beautiful.… Continue reading Good start to the day
Its been a week already and its only Wednesday! On Monday I went into afib so that pretty much took me out of commission for the day. Yesterday I had a Facetime appointment with my cardiologist. It was interesting to say the least. Kind of nice to “see” him from the comfort of my home… Continue reading What a week so far!
Hello all! I hope that all of the mothers out there are having a good day. We are having a quiet day. The girls and my husband gave me some cards and bought me some flowers for the front porch and the deck. One of my daughters is making dinner and we will have a… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!
This is a card that is quite different from the cards I usually do but the stamp set came in the last kit from Simon Says Stamp kit and I love it. Its a perfect time to send an encouragement card as so many of us are feeling the stress of what is going on… Continue reading Encouragement card
There hasn’t been too much going on so I don’t have much to talk about today. I’ve been tired as I couldn’t go to sleep last night so I’ve been dragging all day long. Its a beautiful sunny day. We have an old grill on our deck that we need to throw away. In our… Continue reading Baby birds and bugs!
Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today. I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one. I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave… Continue reading Saturday afternoon
There’s not a lot going on so lets just jump in and share a card! This is a card I made the other day so we will start out with this one. This is a slimline card (9″x4″) I made using a stamp set from My Favorite Things called “Party Animals”. I will add all… Continue reading Hello!
Today was another very busy day. We’ve decided since my daughter is only working one week and then off the next week (due to Covid-19) that its time to redo her room. So today we spent the afternoon going through a lot of her stuff and organizing. We will do some every day and then… Continue reading Busy, busy!
It was a beautiful day today but very cold and breezy. My daughter and I spent the day looking for a sewing machine. I guess those are hard to come by these days. We lucked out eventually at Joann’s who had just had a shipment. My last sewing machine is 25 years old so this… Continue reading Busy Day
Happy Easter! I hope you are having a nice day. We got some snow this morning but thankfully it didn’t last. The girls opened their Easter baskets and now we are waiting for dinner to cook. The sun is now shining, even though it is very cold today. I have another Mother’s Day card to… Continue reading Happy Easter
We are having another beautiful day today. I pulled out my patio set on the deck and its been nice to sit out in the sun, even though its not super warm yet. The trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping so loudly! Even our resident woodpecker is back, pecking holes in… Continue reading Mothers Day card
I’ve been busy the last couple of days with lots of ideas for cards and so thats been fun. Somtimes its hard to come up with new ideas and sometimes its much easier. Yesterday I made a card to send to someone you are missing due to social distancing. I love how it turned out… Continue reading Creative juices flowing!
Its so fun to buy new things, especially when it comes to card making. There is always something new available and its hard to resist. With things being so uncertain, I’ve been trying to use what I already have…some of which I haven’t even opened before! So this card is made using things I already… Continue reading Using what I have…
Its been an uneventful day. I’ve spent most of the day in my craft room without too much to show for the time I’ve spent in here!! I really should clean and organize it but that seems like too much effort! It would be nice to be able to find what I’m looking for though! … Continue reading Hello
There’s nothing like waking up at 3:30am and not being able to go back to sleep. So I got up and got ready for the day very early this morning! I’ve been tired all day but I, unfortunately, am one of those people who cannot nap, otherwise I’d be up half the night again tonight. … Continue reading Oceans of love
Hello! It’s been a few days since I last posted. I hope all is well with you. We are doing fine so far although I just learned that my brother in Scotland probably has the virus. He’s been told to self isolate for 7 days. He feels pretty awful and I’m praying it doesn’t get… Continue reading Its been a few days….
It was a beautiful day yesterday and it really felt like spring. We reached 68 degrees with lots of sunshine. Today it is lovely and sunny again but we are expecting rain and then snow over the next few days! Its definately springtime in Utah. Yesterday we spent most of the day going to 3… Continue reading Calm before the storm
Its definately spring! We are having another rainy day. We have some crocuses growing in the front yard. Flowers are blooming in all the neighbors yards. It will soon be time to go buy some flowers to plant in our planters that we keep on the front porch…if we are allowed to do that. Our… Continue reading Another rainy day!
Some days are hard. Its hard to get past the anxiety and depression of whats going on and feeling like nothing will get better. Other days I can feel a little bit of hope. I put myself on a weekend break from the news as I get sucked in and keep watching all day, then… Continue reading Happy Sunday!
One of the benefits of people staying home more than usual is that some of us have spare time that they didn’t have before. My best friend in Scotland is usually so busy that we don’t have much time to talk, but in the last few weeks we’ve found that we’ve been calling each other… Continue reading Friendship
Yesterday was a busy day so I didn’t get much done in the craft room. We woke up to 3″ of snow but thankfully it has all melted off now. Its cold today but the sun is shining. This set of cards are pretty easy. Its always nice to have some notecards on hand and… Continue reading Set of notecards
We woke up to snow this morning! Its turned to rain now but we are supposed to get more snow overnight. Thankfully these spring snow storms usually melt off quickly. Despite the rain, I can see people out walking their dogs in the park. I’ve been watching Netflix this morning, curled up in a blanket,… Continue reading Woke up to snow!
Today has been one of those days where I haven’t have much energy to do anything. Its been raining on and off and it looks like we may get some snow over the next couple of days! I’ve been in my craft room all afternoon and haven’t yet been able to create a card! So… Continue reading Low energy day
Not a lot is going on today. We are still dealing with aftershocks from the earthquake and felt a pretty big one last night. Its pretty unnerving. My brothers both messaged me today (from Scotland) to let me know that they are now on lockdown for at least 3 weeks. They both have essential jobs… Continue reading Unicorns and glitter!
Its a beautiful spring day today. The sun is shining, that always helps me feel better. It just lifts my spirits. We are going to have a rainy week so I am enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. I often have a hard time making cards for boys/men. I recently got a stamp set from… Continue reading Beautiful day
So today was another day spent at home. I am trying to stay home unless I have to go out. Our state has limited contact to 10 people or under. My husband and daughters are still going to work, although my daughters have reduced hours now. I am trying not to stress over everything but… Continue reading What about a box card today?
I look out on to a park from my craft room. Its cold today and we had some rain but the sun is trying to poke through. Things are starting to turn green again. I love spring. It does feel like we have a huge cloud hanging over us with this virus going around. I… Continue reading Shaker card
We are starting to relax after the earthquake the other day. We have had hundreds of aftershocks but I haven’t felt any, thankfully. So life is starting to get back to normal, or as normal as it can be right now. So I spent some time in my craft room and today I want to… Continue reading Settling down…somewhat!
Well we had a lot of excitement yesterday when we woke up to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake here in Utah! It was pretty scary. It first sounded like thunder, or a sonic boom and then everything started rolling and shaking for about 30 seconds. We had many aftershocks throughout the day which kept everyone on… Continue reading Excitement…of the wrong sort!
Its a beautiful, sunny day here in Utah today. Looking out you would never think there was anything scary going on in the world. This is such a scary time for everyone. It would be so easy to start stressing out but I’m trying to stay as calm as I can. Its so easy to… Continue reading Beautiful day
We said goodbye to my friend on Saturday. It was a beautiful service. Its hard to believe she is really gone and I will miss her a lot. I’ve made a few cards over the last few days. Its been very stressful here with many different things to deal with, not to mention the stress… Continue reading Trying to de-stress!
Today I lost one of my best friends. She passed away after a long battle with cancer. I have known her most of my life and was my “American mum”. I was nanny to her kids many years ago and she introduced me to my husband and I left Scotland and came to live a… Continue reading Sad day
What a day it has been so far! On the way to the passport office our car just died in the middle of the street. We know we have a sensor issue with it but its been working fine for a while. Not today when we have so much to do! Thankfully after resting for… Continue reading What a day!
Hello! My name is Mary and I have created this blog in order to share some of the cards I make as well as some of the goings on in my life! Today the clocks went forward and I am already feeling the effect! It usually takes me about two weeks to get used to… Continue reading Hello
Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today.
I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one.
I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave me some motivation! This stamp set is called “Fetch” and its from Photoplay. I love dogs so its always fun to use them in a card. My card base is by Recollections and is their white heavy weight cardstock. I cut it to 9″x8″ and scored it at 4″. So the finished base is 9″x4″. I layered some burgundy faux stitched cardstock on the base, leaving about an 1/8th of an inch of the white base showing. I then cut some plaid paper with the Whimsy Slimline Marquee die. I then cut the same die with some heart cardstock and filled the openings in with those.
I used copic and spectrum noir alcohol markers to color the images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a heart and stamped the sentiment on that, using some distress oxide ink to shade the edges. The sentiment I chose was “Missing you is RUFF”.
I used some Scotch foam adhesive tape to give some dimension to the window panel and then adhered everything together. I like how it turned out.
Since we are on the subject of dogs…here is a picture of our little Maggie!!
I hope you will stop by again soon to see some more cards. See you soon!