Our grandson, Tucker, turns eight today! He is an outdoor boy, happiest in the woods with some critters or at the pond with his Poppie fishing. The first thing he does when he arrives at our home is hop out of the car and turn over every rock in sight...


"8" is Great! and more...

"8" is Great!

Our grandson, Tucker, turns eight today! He is an outdoor boy, happiest in the woods with some critters or at the pond with his Poppie fishing. The first thing he does when he arrives at our home is hop out of the car and turn over every rock in sight to see what's under them. I wonder when that will stop, if ever? I had to use the Bear hugs stamp set to create Tucker's 8th birthday card.


This is a magic slider card that took some trial and error for me even with a great tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers! I felt like an engineer. The bear is stamped on a window sheet with Jet Black Staz-On ink. I added the lake from Always an Adventure and you'll see why in a minute. The Happy Birthday sign was created with the Labeler Alphabet. That bear probably feels great himself holding that big "8" cut with the Little Numbers Thinlit Dies (retired). I'm not going to describe how I made Tucker's card as it would take way too long, you can check the tutorial at Splitcoast for that, but when you pull the tab, also stamped with Labeler Alphabet, watch what happens....


The bear begins to slide up....


Until he's all the way up with his full string of fish! The sentiment, also from Bear Hugs, is perfect for the day because all Tucker wants to do is go fishing! I hope he ends up with a string full of fish too!

Tucker is the last of our daughter's four children to have birthdays this year. But...that's just the beginning of birthday season in our family. Our other five grandchildren and most of their parents all have birthdays during the summer too!

I'm happy to have a long weekend this weekend. I'm starting it by scrapbooking/card making with a couple of friends tonight. After that I have no plans except to get more retired/retiring product ready to sell, oh, and getting my order from the new catalog narrowed down! I hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend! - Dawn


Polka Dot Party

It's a party and it started with Emerald Envy card stock! The Polka Dots joined in soon after cutting the card base!


I sure hate that the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder is retiring (and it may already be sold out)! I have used it a lot. In fact, it embossed my card base here. More polka Dots were added with the piece of Designer Series Paper from Animal Party DSP from the Occasions Catalog. Love the colors in this piece of DSP and all the white space. That new ribbon, 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon, in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog is super cute with the DSP too. We made this card at Cards & Coffee Monday and everyone was pleased with how easily it tied. Finally, the new Happy Birthday Thinlit Die was cut from Tangerine Tango card stock. I added some Adhesive Sheet to the back of the card stock before die cutting it. Everyone was VERY happy at how easily this could be applied to the card. Can't wait until we can order some from the new catalog! 

Inside the card we used stamped images from Happy Birthday Gorgeous! The balloon was stamped on Crushed Curry card stock and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch Even the balloon string is included in this stamp set. I think this birthday card could go to anyone, even kids!


Only one week until everyone can order from the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. Are you getting excited? I am, even though I was able to order a limited number of things already. What is first on your Wish List? Up first on mine is Coffee Cafe! I've got a friend coming for lunch today and it was raining too hard last night to go to the store. I need a couple of last minute items so I better scoot! Have a great day! - Dawn



There's More Crowin' Goin' On!

On Monday at Cards & Coffee we used some new stamp sets for our cards. One of the sets we used was Wood Words, which everyone was thrilled to ink up! It was very similar to one I made last week here.


We started by inking up the Hardwood Background stamp with Early Espresso ink and applyied it to a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Hardwood looks like a good place for a rooster, doesn't it? I said it last week and I'll say it again, I'm loving this stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink and the Rooster in Bermuda Bay ink. Those Stitched Shapes Framelits are some of my favorite dies and after the stamping was done I cut the panel out with one of the stitched squares. I found a scalloped square framelit, in the Layering Squares Framelits, to back it with. Then I decided to staple on some burlap and Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon to pull that tag together. All of this was added to a Bermuda Bay card stock card base. I've got notes to send and this card won't stick around long. I'll get it in the mail soon. 

Inside the card I added one more rooster with another sentiment from Wood Words.


I thought I didn't have much on my calendar this week but it turns out it's gotten much busier than I planned. I'm off to grocery shop this morning and to take my mother to an appointment this afternoon. Then there's that list of cards on my desk I need to make. I better get going! Have a wonderful day! - Dawn



You guessed! My card today involves dinosaurs. My grandsons sent me a sweet Mother's Day gift and I wanted to send a thank you note to them. When I saw the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper I knew what I was going to do. I combined it with the No Bones About It stamp set for a Dino-Mite card to send those sweet boys!


I was so pleased at how the two of these paired up! This little piece of dinosaur paper from Pick a Pattern was layered over a Thick White card stock card base. The skeletons are perfect for the sentiment. The skeletons were stamped in Versa Mark ink onto Honey Dijon, Emerald Envy and Sahara Sand card stock. White Stampin' Emboss Powder was added over the Versa Mark and heat embossed. I used my Paper Snips to trim them out. They were added to the Whisper White panel with Stampin' Dimensionals along with the sentiment, which was stamped with Memento Black Ink, my favorite black ink. These dinosaurs are the perfect thing to Rawr out a big "thank you"!

Inside the card I added another sentiment from No Bones About it and more dinosaurs....


Since only two of the dinosaurs fit on the card's interior I added the third one to the envelope. He's following a trail for sure!


We had a good time making our at Cards & Coffee yesterday morning. I held the new catalogs hostage until after our cards were complete. I knew that they would take center stage if I handed them out first! :) I hope you have a terrific Tuesday! - Dawn



Thank You for FMS 288

I decided to slip a card into the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. I've taken a real liking to Emerald Envy over lately and I used it for a few cards that I made over the weekend including this one.


The Designer Series Paper is from the Moroccan DSP pack. This is a great sketch and there is so much you could do with it. I had just received the Label Me Pretty bundle, which includes the stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch, in the mail on Friday afternoon so I thought I'd pull that out. I used it for a thank you note I needed. I think this will be a punch that will get a lot of use in my craft room. I combined two of the images from Label Me Pretty stamp set for the thank you sentiment. After trimming off the Very Vanilla card stock left behind by the punch another punched backing could be punched from Dapper Denim card stock. Then I could layer the two punched pieces together for a great framed sentiment piece. I used some Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the two DSP sections on the Emerald Envy card stock base. The Ruched Emerald Envy Ribbon was folded and and placed under the "thank you" sentiment. One final thing was added to finish this up and that was the Dapper Denim Enamel Heart.

Inside the card I used a sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set. It's the perfect sentiment for the recipient for which it's intended. A strip of DSP was added to the side and a couple of Emerald Envy Enamel Hearts were added


Here's the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches that started my card.


You'll be seeing more Emerald Envy from me this week. In the meantime, I have Cards & Coffee this morning and we may just be using Emerald Envy too. I've got to get a couple of thank you notes in the mailbox before everyone gets here. Have a great day! - Dawn


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