My friends and I gather in my card cave to stamp, share ideas, talk, and eat!
Enjoy some of my card cave creations!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Can't Make Up My Mind…Christmas Card Dilemma

This year, because one of the dies I ordered didn't come until three days before Christmas, I ended up making two cards.  I hope the post office and Santa can get them all there before Christmas!

We have the blue, blue Christmas card above!

Here's a variation…the "Merry Christmas" die finally arrived!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hello Kitty! Happy Birthday!

My granddaughter is turning four and is a big fan of Hello Kitty!  I found a digi image of Hello Kitty and to add an element of surprise, I made a pop-up birthday cake on the inside of the card.

I entered this card in the following challenges:
                          Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe #142--Cute Kids
                          QKR Stampede Challenge #57--Balloons

Big Top Birthday

Update:  My card was a Top 5 Pick in QKR Stampede Challenge #57--Flying High with Balloons.

 In September I have to make birthday cards for four of my grandchildren.  I went to a circus with one of my grandsons, so I thought a "big top" card would be perfect for his birthday!  I added some balloons and sparkly "stars" as embellishments.

I entered this card in the following challenges:
                          Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC117--Birthday Theme
                          Whimsy Stamps  Challenge #63--Masculine
                          Card Crafters Circle Challenge #93--Toys Children's Cards
                          Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe #142--Cute Kids
                          QKR Stampede Challenge #57--Balloons
                          Eclectic Ellapu For a Boy
                          The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog Challenge #53--A Cute One for the Boys

Have a Ball on Your First Birthday!

Update:  This card was one of the "Top Fivers" in Eclectic Ellapu's "For A Boy" challenge.

My grandson loves playing with balls, so I thought I would design a card that featured balls for his first birthday.  I used a variety of balls that I found on the Internet as well as some embellishments.  He really enjoyed his card, and his mother used it as the centerpiece for his birthday celebration!

I entered this card in the following challenges:

                   Whimsy Stamps  Challenge #63--Masculine
                          Card Crafters Circle Challenge #93--Toys Children's Cards
                          Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe #142--Cute Kids
                          Eclectic Ellapu For a Boy
                          The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog Challenge #53--A Cute One for the Boys
                    Crafty Little Fairies A Numbered Birthday

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It's A Girl! (Gray and Pink)

     I recently bought a new Anna Griffin embossing folder that also has an embossing border included in the package.  The daughter of a friend of mine recently had a baby girl.  Her nursery is painted gray, so I thought I would make a gray card and use pink embellishments for accents as well as the embossing border as a belly band.  The flower die is from Memory Box and the stamp is from Stampin' Up.

     I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ten Candles on the Card!

Update:  My card was picked as a "Top 2 Pick" on Use It Tuesday: Challenge #59:  Birthdays!

My card was picked as a "Top 3 Pick" on Ladybug Challenge Blog--Birthday Greetings!
     My grandson recently celebrated his tenth birthday on July 3, and I did not want to make him a "little boy" birthday card!  I was able to CASE a card that I found on, and since his birthday was on the day before July 4, I added a little sparkle by painting Stickles on the candle flames!
     I found two buttons in my button box that I took off of some old sweaters--finally a chance to use them.  And I punched out those candle flames last year but did not use them; thanks to Use It Tuesday, I am finally getting around to digging through my stash!

I entered this card in the following challenges:  Birthday Creations Week: The Birthday Card Challenge
  Birthday Greetings from LCI
  Use It Tuesday: Challenge #59: Birthdays!!
2 Sisters Challenge #152 ~ Make It Sparkle

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Round Up" Birthday Card

Like many other paper crafters, I always have problems designing a masculine card.  My son-in-law is celebrating his birthday, and I searched through all of my designer papers to try to find a paper that was not "frilly, flowery, or feminine."  Well, I found a retired DSP from Stampin' Up and decided to use it as I had some solid card stock that would coordinate with it.

I recently purchased a Sizzix Circle Flip-its die which makes circle flip cards a snap to make!  The card flips open to reveal a message on the back of the circle.  

I entered this card in the following challenges:  

Circle Anniversary Card

I recently purchased a Sizzix Circle Flip-its die.  This die makes flip-it cards so easily!  My brother-in-law and his wife are celebrating their anniversary in May, so I used the die to make them a card.  The card flips around "in a circle" with a space for the message on the other side.

In order not to have to cut any designer paper, I found the "Four Seasons" stack by DCWV on sale at AC Moore.  These papers are perfect for the flip card as they are printed on card stock--heavy enough to not require another sheet of card stock as the base.

I entered this card in the following challenges:  Creative Moments--Challenge 17--Circles and Crafty Creations Challenges #222--KISS.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Dollar Store" Easter Cards!

     I have five grandsons, ages 5-9, and although they enjoy getting the cards that I have made,  my time spent making them does not equal their appreciation of the cards!  When I was wandering through the local dollar store, I saw some Easter window clings, Easter gift bags, and Easter egg stickers.  I thought to myself, "Hmmmm???  Why don't I use these items to made the Easter cards for my grandsons?"  So here are their "Dollar Store" Easter cards!

My newest grandson (age six months) will get this cute Easter bunny card made from a gift bag.

His brother will get this bunny card with additional Easter eggs that I made from a window cling.

My five-year-old grandson who lives in Virginia will get this Easter card made from a gift bag.

I made the Easter "basket" from a Spellbinders hexagonal die and added some Easter egg stickers that I found at the dollar store.

The only card that I made for my grandsons that did not have embellishments from the dollar store was this twist fold card that I made using papers from Michael's.

Hopefully they will all enjoy their Easter cards!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

When It's Spring, It's Easter!

My 11-year-old granddaughter loves the color purple, so I decided to make a two-tier Easter card for her in shades of purple.  Instead of having a tab or ribbon to use to pull up the second tier, I used a butterfly.  I needed a purple flower, so I dyed a white flower using a blender pen and a purple stamp pad!  She also loves bling, so I applied glitter to every one of the eggs!

I entered this card in the following challenges:
Celebrate the Occasion -- Happy Easter
Cutie Card Thursday -- Easter Parade
My Creative Moments -- Springtime

Celebrate Easter!

I recently made a triple tier birthday card for my daughter.  However, when it came to making an Easter card for my granddaughter, I could only manage two tiers!  It is really hard to put embellishments on the layers that are hidden "inside" the card, but I did manage to get a little chick to pop up and say, "Celebrate Easter!"

I entered this card in the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash -- Easter or Spring
Eureka Stamps -- Easter Basket
Pink by Design -- Easter Theme Design
Victorine Stamps -- Anything Easter
In The Pink --  Spring/Easter in Pink

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Boy, Oh Baby Boy!

Update:  My card was chosen as one of the "Top Fivers" in Eclectic Ellapu's Challenge.

My nephew and his wife recently had a baby boy.  I have been creating a scrapbook for my latest grandson, and I found some perfect papers in my scrapbook stash to use to create a card. 

I have entered this card in the following challenges:  
Eclectic Ellapu --Pregnancy or Baby
 Divas By Design -- Baby/Toddler

Monday, March 4, 2013

In Sympathy

     I recently had to make a sympathy card for a dear friend whose father unexpectedly died.  She thanked me for the card and showed it to her friends and relatives who came to her home after the funeral.  I was able to CASE a card by Mary Fish that featured a unique fold and closure.

I entered this card in the following challenges:
     DRS Designs Challenge #61 -- Sympathy
     Great Impressions -- Going Green

A Triple Tier Slider Birthday Card

Update:  My card was chosen as one of the "Top 3" by the PIO Design Team!

I was checking Pinterest for some fancy fold cards and came across this triple tier slider card posted on the Stamp With Heather blog.  My daughter's birthday was March 1, and I thought it would be the perfect card to celebrate her day!  Although the directions were posted, watching the video really helped in making the card.  Needless to say, my daughter was quite impressed with the card!

                                                       This is the first "tier" of the card.                                        

This is the second "tier" of the card.

This is the third "tier" of the card.

I entered this card in the following challenges:
     Divas By Design -- Anything Goes
     Artistic Inspirations-- Things With Wings
     Addicted to Stamps and More! -- Stamp, Stamp, Stamp!
     DigiStamps4Joy -- Birthdays Are Fun!
     Flutter By Wednesday #229 -- Three or More Layers
     Pile It On -- Happy Birthday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Pink and Green Valentine

For my second granddaughter who is three, I designed a Valentine with a retired SU set that included a cute mouse holding a heart!  It is another box card; you would think I would get tired of making them since most of my Christmas cards this past year were box cards!

I entered this card in Challenge #75--Valentines at Cards und More and the Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge which was to use pink and another color.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Purple Valentine!

My card was "Showcased" on the Die Cuttin' Divas Blog for Challenge #102!

One of my granddaughters loves the color purple, so I decided to forgo the usual red hearts and to create a purple Valentine for her.  I tucked a small treat inside the envelope for Valentine's Day.
I entered this Valentine in the Amusing Challenges--All About You Challenge which was to create a card using the word "you," the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C172 which was to make a Valentine's Day card with hearts but no pink or red colors, and in Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #102 which was to use a die cut (SU's envelope die) and the colors red, pink, purple, and/or white.

Pinkalicious Birthday Card

My sister-in-law's birthday is two days before Valentine's Day so I do not use a lot of red when I make her card.  Mary Fish posted a creative card with a unique fold, so I decided to CASE the card in order to create a birthday card for my sister-in-law.

I entered this card in Platypus Creek Digitals Challenge 25 Pretty Party Time.

"All You Need Is Love"

On the CAS-ual Fridays blog, challenge CFC89 is to create a card that is inspired by a song.  Since it is Valentine's Day on Thursday, I chose "All You Need Is Love" for my song.  Since I am giving this card to one of my grandsons, it does not have a lot of embellishments on it.

I also entered this card in Fresh Brewed Designs "Hearts and Dots" challenge, the Catered Crop Polka Dot Recipe Swap Quickfire challenge, and the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #67 Love/Anything Goes.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Christmas Thank You Cards

Keeping in the spirit of Christmas, I used some retired SU DSP to create some thank you cards.  In addition, I used the same card to send get well wishes to a neighbor.  Although I have only posted one card, I rearranged all of the circles on the cards so that the cards were similar but not identical.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss some snowflakes on the card.