Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plaid Country Heart


I hope this card isn't girly looking as it's for one of my 3 nephews in college.  Ben always wears a plaid button up shirt over a tee shirt so I figured I'd use plaid on a card for him.

Products Used:

Cheery Lynn Christmas Bells 7 (bow)
Frantic Stamper Country Heart (cut 3 times)
Memory Box Precious Hearts

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Swirly Valentine


A Valentine card for my 16 year old niece who loves everything girly.

I used the following products:

Frantic Stamper Country Hearts
Frantic Stamper Heartfall
Frantic Stamper Elementals #5 -- Arches Frames
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Sizzix Celebration Words
Nellie's Choice Swirls embossing folder
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Silver Foiled Cardstock


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, January 19, 2018

Shore Bird Hugs


Another card for some blog challenges:


I used the following products:

Impression Obsession Shore Birds die187
Impression Obsession Hugs die516
Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames die242
Background paper from my stash

I'm also entering this card in these challenges:



Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Special Friends


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is "I Adore You".

Since I don't have any Impression Obsession heart dies or stamps yet, I went through all my IO stamps and dies and came up with the combination of boy and his dog.  I used the IO Bored Silhouette cling stamp and the IO Puppy Set.

I got my very first dog when I was 25 yrs old.  I had always been afraid of dogs so I decided to become a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  I knew I'd be given a 6 wk. old puppy, and what better way to get over my fear of dogs than with a tiny puppy.

Even though my puppy was tiny, his teeth were very sharp.  It took a while to let him chew on my hand before I was no longer afraid of being bitten.   He was an Old English Black Lab who did not make the program (hip dysplasia) and was released to me for the rest of his life.  I couldn't have been happier; I had become so attached to him.  Having a dog opened a whole new world to me, not only the bond between us, but getting to know new people through my dog.

Needless to say, dogs became a huge part of my life.  I have since rescued a Golden Retriever mix as a companion for my first dog, met my husband through our love of dogs, and have rescued two abused dogs (mother and a pup) who are now 12 and 13 years old.

I used the following Impression Obsession products:

Bored Silhouette D13552 cling stamp
Special Friends D6970 cling stamp
Sunburst Cover-a-Card background stamp
Puppy Set die142

I'm also entering this in the SSS Wed Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Rustic Lots of Love Hearts


This is a card for my 22 year old nephew in college.

I like to send him mail every now and then with a little money inside as I know how hard it is being at college with no income.

I used the following products:

Wood plank paper from Michaels
Marianne Design Creatables Lots of Love Hearts LR0450
Sizzix Celebration Words

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Autumn Leaves Thinking of You


These leaves were leftover from another card I had made where I heat embossed some copper powder on the Impression Obsession Tree Line stamp.  I cut the leaves out with the Impression Obsession Leaf set and inked them with some distress inks.

The greeting is from an old Stampabilities set called Card Phrases.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band


My nephew needed some thank you cards so I made this one with the Frantic Stamper Thanks card band.  I absolutely love this die; it's so versatile.  I've used it several times on my blog but I like it most when used with designer paper.  This paper is from Michaels as part of one of their Recollections stacks from 2016.   Since I used pattern paper, I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed challenge:  Use Pattern Paper.

To make the card, I simply placed the die in the center of my card base, opened the card and ran it through my die cut machine.  I then cut the designer paper to fit the top and bottom panels and backed them with some white cardstock to stand out more.  You can position this die anywhere on your card, even diagonally as I have on past blog posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Ann


Monday, January 8, 2018

Feeling Blue?


The current challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Something Blue.  I know I've been feeling really blue since right after this cold weather began after Christmas.

Today's card was made using the following products:

Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Squares
Sizzix Holiday Words
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set
Simon Says Stamp Alexis Snowflake
Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Red and Teal Merry & Bright


The fancy oval had been left on my desk after not making it on another card, so I decided to finally use it.  Easy card to make:  cut the oval into the teal paper, layer it on a piece of white paper then attach to another layer of red glitter paper.

Products Used:

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection - Background die
Sizzix Holiday Words
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set
Simon Says Stamp Abby Snowflake

I'm entering this is Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge:  Something blue

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A is for Antlers



I used a new Darice embossing folder called Pine Corners and highlighted the embossing with black and pearl gilding wax.  I also added some snowflakes cut out of red glitter paper.

The deer bust is by Frantic Stamper and the bow tie is a mini EK Success punch.  The plaid paper is from a 12x12 Christmas pack by Recollections.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Say Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Something New (new to me embossing folder) and
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge

Products Used:  Darice Pine Corners embossing folder
Frantic Stamper Deer Bust
Poppy Stamps Simple Snowflakes
Creative Expressions Black Onyx and Pearl gilding wax
EK Success mini bow punch

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Puppy Love


I used to love making Valentine cards for my nieces and nephews when they were young, but they have all grown up except for one;  I'm finding that I'm not making many of this type of card anymore even though I'm sure they would still love getting them from me.  Upon second thought, maybe I will make one for each of them (14 total) and surprise them with a little love.

  Today's card is for my niece who is studying at Unity College in Maine.  She loves dogs and is part of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy raising program at the college.  She has a black lab living with her in her dorm room.

I used the following products on the card:

Darice embossing folder
Impression Obsession Puppy set
Sizzix Celebration Word dies
Various heart punches

I'm entering this is the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Something New (embossing folder)

and

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Something New (Sizzix dies)

and

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann