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Monday, May 15, 2017

Dies That Traveled Far

I got several dies on Amazon that traveled from China... dirt cheap and free shipping.  They arrived several weeks ago and I had not tried them out yet.  Yesterday, I decided to sit down and use some of them.  

I must admit, they cut excellent and I rarely had to poke any pieces out after.  Most of them fell right out.  If you are like me...I dislike dies that are time consuming.  

Here are some of the dies.  I have a few more which I hope to use soon!

Celebrate card has two new dies used.  The stitched square and green leaves. 

 I used the butterfly square for the Birthday Wishes card.  It was a scrap piece of paper I had experimented on with water colors. 

 I think this palm tree with the person laying in a hammock is my favorite die out of the bunch (so far).  Again for this card I used a background that went wrong.  I was able to salvage it by cutting it down for this card.  You see the birds?  That is a die that came with the hammock die.  I almost threw it away thinking it was a piece of left over metal!  It is so tiny so if you buy this out for the little guy!

 This peacock card also used up some scraps.  I glued the peacock onto some sparkly cardstock.  I fussy cut all around the peacock so the feathers showed the sparkly purple.

To be able to play again is so much fun!  I missed it!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful craft day.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Mothers and Others Day

Every year my husband has a big event on Mothers Day for  Alzheimer's unit at the nursing home.  It is a celebration for the caretakers...Mothers & Others.  I make the invitations each year.  This the invite this year.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great crafty day!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Four-Fold Get Well Card

Four-fold...great card when you need a lot of pages for many to write a message!  The best fits into an A2 envelope for mailing.

Here is the 1st page I left blank for writing.

The card opened showing all 3 pages for writing a little get well message.  Sorry for the shadow.  I just could not get the lighting to work for me today.  

Have a great crafty day!

Rubber stamps: Stampin Up "Thoughts & Prayers"
Leaves: Impression Obsession DIE334-Y
Cardstock: Stamping Up
Stamping Up Butterfly die

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No..It Is Not Christmas Season

...but because of all the snow everyone got North of us....
I am sharing a Christmas Card I made using 

Thank you for stopping by!



Watercolor Scene

I tried out watercoloring with a stamped image that was heat embossed with white. 
 Need more practice but it was fun.  Will definitely play with this technique some more.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

So Many Dies

Wanted to show you all what I have been busy working on for the past week!  I have been working on re-organizing my dies every moment I could.  A task I have been avoiding because I was not sure what to do, but after much thought, I got a plan.

 I used Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage 5 5/8" x 7 3/8" Pockets.  I cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside the envelope and glued a  magnet on it.  The magnet size all depended on how many dies or how big the die was.  The magnets I used were the big sheets I got from Home Depot...made to cover the front of an air vent.  Worked perfect and much cheaper.   I used my Dymo to make the labels.  
I was able to go from this........(4 shelves worth of cases and containers, bags, envelopes etc)....

to this.....(1/2 shelf)..... 

 I have 2 envelopes left over so I just made it.  I was able to put 98 different sets of dies from many different companies into 60 envelopes and those all fit in one 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" container!  

Here is the side view...

A couple of them have something a small magnet on the back if the dies did not all fit on the front but 98% of them are just on the front.  I wanted to make sure I had more supplies for future so I tried to order more today at Amazon but they are discontinued.  Avery came out with an envelope slightly larger than what I have which disappointed me because I like to keep everything the same.  After much searching I found another company that had the exact size and according to the write-ups, the envelopes are pretty close except the cost.  Much cheaper!  

 I went to Michael's and found the perfect containers I wanted to store them in.  They were on sale this week for only $4 and used to put a plant in.  The sides are straight and not slanted like most baskets and such.  They hold 60 envelopes in each.  There was only 3 available so I snatched all 3.  

All the dies are now in my book 
Manetta's Organized "A" to "Z" Book and Everything Between
  so now I know exactly what I have for Dies and they are easy to find!

It feels good to get more organized in my room.  Some day I will be done...right?  


EXAMPLE of the Magnets:  Magnets
Substitute Envelopes:  CheckOut Store
Ashland Greenhouse Market Container (sold at Michaels) 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy Day Chicken

Today is one of my sister's birthday.  
Happy Birthday Brenda!!

Brenda is crazy in love with chickens.  She has those fancy ones with tuffs of feathers off the head...ones that lay eggs bluer than a robin...ones in many colors.  When I saw this set of stamps from Stampin Up called Hey Chick ...I just had to have them to make her a birthday card!  She loved it.

I learned in a Stampin Up class how to make the chicken wire.  We used an embossing folder called  "hexagon dynamic textured impressions folder".  Before we ran it through the Big shot, we inked it carefully with black ink.  It really does look like the chicken wire my sister uses around her chicken coops!  I used a sponge to lightly color in the sky to give it some color.

The card was so her!  lol

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Do you keep a stash of cards and when you need one, you just pick one out....or are you like me?  I do not have a stash of cards and make them as I need them.  I try to think about the person as I make their card.

Someone I know had a birthday on Valentines day but I didn't want to make a card that had a Valentine theme.  I wanted something totally different.  She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Gracie, so I found a free image online and colored it with Twin Markers.  I used a picture from her FB page to use as a guide to color her with.  I used rectangles to cut the image so I could layer it up.

The background took a bit between the layers and drying.  I cut a piece of black cardstock in the size I wanted.  I brushed a layer Lumiere  Metallic Bronze all over the cardstock.  I was not fussy and some of the brush strokes left black showing through. After I was done, I tilted the cardstock up over the trash can and sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in colors blues, greens, peach, lemon and candy red.  I just kept spraying the colors to let them run down mixing in some areas. After I was happy with those colors my final coat was Heidi Swapp white color shine which I just sprayed over it in different areas.  I linked what each product was in Amazon in case someone wanted to see what they looked like.   I ran it through the Sizzix with an embossing folder while it was still a little bit damp.   

I popped it into the mail to her and had to wait to post the card here so she would not see it ahead of time. she has received the card so I was safe to post it!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spot's Get Well

I had fun this morning coloring the free digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Spot.  I needed two get-well cards and this image was perfect!
Thank you Mo's for the image!

Microsoft Word was used to print out the image.  I used Twin Touch Markers on the brown Spot and used Dick Blick Markers to color the grey Spot. You cannot see the background very well on the brown spot card but I used the old Stamping Up  Watercoloring crayons on both cards.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am now off to go make my cards I need in March.  


Friday, February 17, 2017

Bloobel Progressive February Challenge

I wanted in on the progressive monthly fun so I bought the Bloobel February digital stamp "Bake Me a Cake".  I make a lot of birthday cards so nothing wrong with having one more stamp to play with!

Here is my card using the Bake Me a Cake digital stamp.

I used Tim Holtz Window and Window Box Sizzix to cut the window out.  The cardstock was all scraps from my scrap paper pile.  The candles were punched from a Stamping Up punch.  The image...of from Love Lisa Bloobel's digital stamps and have several. 

 If you are looking for something different for your cards, check out her store!  Lisa is also offering a progressive challenge (check out her blog  where each month you get a free image emailed.  The requirement you must post your creation before the end of the month to be "in" on the next month.  If you want to join...just purchase the digital stamp and get creating! 
Thank you for visiting!

Submitting this card into Bloobel 2017 February Progressive Challenge

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Cards

This year I bought 4 digitals images from Mo's Digital and right now there is a great sale going on for the Valentine images.  
Spent Sunday coloring while waiting for the big game to begin. On Monday morning, all 4 were mailed off!  I wish you could see the sparkle on each card but I still struggle with trying to get the glitter to show up when I take a photo.  I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pens on each card and they look super cute.  The images were colored with a mix of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. 

(click on each photo to enlarge)

I am not a huge lover of Valentine's Day.  I try to get my husband to stop buying me something.  He normally buys me a fruit bouquet which I share with everyone at the office.  I think it is a day for companies to make money.  I believe we should be showing love 365 days a year in many small ways each day.

With that do not understand it all.  They think of it as a nice party day at school!  Being one who loves to make cards, I can't pass up making my 4 Grandkids a Valentine card but they are the only Valentine's Day cards I make.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Joy of the Season

Tonight I whipped up this card as I just HAD to try out my new tool...the Big Shot Plus!  My Big Shot died on me yesterday and that was a huge disappointment!  My biggest card making season and no way to use my Christmas dies and folders.  I headed straight to Amazon and was so lucky as it was on sale.  Talk about perfect timing.   Ordered it late yesterday and I received this morning!   The Big Shot plus is the same as the Big Shot but just wider.  An 8 1/2 wide sheet of paper fits in it with room to spare.  I am in heaven.

The dies I used came from Stampin Up Big Shot set called Pretty Pines Thinlits and Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.  The verse came from Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages.  The cardstock was leftovers.  

November Stamp Camp Christmas Cards

On Friday, Lisa Reber had one last Stampin Up Stamp Camp until the new year.  It was so much fun seeing everyone!  These are the cards we did.  There was also a goodie box and a bag topper which I did not get done.  

Makes me happy as I have 4 more cards to add to my Christmas stash!

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Serenity Cards

Hello folks
Cooler weather is upon us, even for us in Florida.  
Today I cracked open my Derwent Inktense Water Pencils.  I thought the Christmas Chapel rubber stamp would be perfect to color.  I have seen many stamps colored in one color before and gave it a try.  I think most colors would be pretty.  What you can't see...once the hint of sparkle on the snow that was colored with the signo white pen.  I enjoyed the look so much I did it with a brown pencil.  Both the tag and bow was cut from Stampin Up dies.
The cards were stamped inside with a simple word..Peace.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy the cooler weather!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tattered Lace Snowflake

Hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend!  Mine has been great.  Celebrated my 12th Anniversary, the sun is shining and there is a nice breeze blowing.  
I have been busy crafting today and decided to stop a moment to blog.  I wanted to show you a Christmas card I made this morning using a Tattered Lace Snowflake die and Spellbinders Oval Regalia die.   

The cardstock came from a DCWV Latte Matstack.  White is glittered and the grey is textured.  Hard to see both in the photo.  The red glitter is Xmas Red Stickles.  The inside was decorated to match the outside.
 It's was the first time these dies met up with cardstock so I was happy to show these neglected dies some love. 

I am off now to craft some more.  Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sympathy Sunset

One of my favorite stamps from Impression Obsession is called Trees and Lake.  I have used it for birthday cards before and this time it is a sympathy card.  The tree stamp was inked with Stampin Up Basic Black.  I used distress inks and sponges to create the sunset.

These two cards were easy but one of them was also the hardest.   One of the cards will go to a very close family friend, Jeff.   Jeff lost one of his sons a couple of years ago and on Friday, he lost his last remaining son to a car crash.  Both sons were very young and both were lost suddenly.  To top it all off, on Saturday his wife had a heart attack and is in the hospital.  I can't imagine the stress and what they are going through right now.  My heart goes out to them both. 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Another Winter Bluebird

Another free digital image from Kajsans Scrapbook Blog!  There are several and I think they are so adorable.  

This fold is called Stair Step Fold.  I made a band to hold it closed for mailing.  The back is the size of an A2 card so it fits perfectly into the A2 envelope. The embellishments came from Stampin Up Pretty Pines thinlits and Martha Stewart pine punch.  I discovered recently how nice white flock works for fur so I used it again on the hat.  The image was colored with a mix of Spectrum Noir markers and Twin Touch markers.  Check out the different views below.
Thank you stopping by!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Winter Bluebirds

Hello Everyone!  
It's been a long time since I have been able to print something from my computer.  I never realized how much I use a printer for crafting until I did not have one available.  I had a wireless printer  for a long time when all of a sudden, after updating the software,  we ran into trouble.  If I fixed my computer to start printing from it, it knocked my husband off.  When he fixed his computer to be able to print on it, I got knocked off.  I finally left it alone and stopped fixing mine as my husband uses it to print off billing receipts.  The last time it took him over a day to get his computer printing again.  Ouch!!

He finally decided I needed to get my own wireless in my craft room.  His decision could have come from the fact that I was whining all the time...LOL.  After lots of searching and studying what is available, I decided on a Canon.  I am once again a happy crafter because I can start using some of my diggies collection.

   I found some free and cute Winter/Christmas bird diggies at Kajsans Scrap Blog a long time ago and decided to finally print them out and play with them.  I was experimenting with sparkle pens and Inktense watercolor pencils.  Some of my experiments did not look so great but I finally have a couple I am happy with!

For the snow on top of the hats and branch, I used Tulip Puffy White paint.  The fur on the hat was painted with Wink Of Stella clear and covered with Stampin Up Crystal Effects to give it some dimension. 

The birds have a nice sparkle on them which I was able to show you by holding the card closer to a lamp to take the photo with.

Only 10 more weeks to Christmas.  I still have more cards to make so I better step up my game!!
Where are you at with yours?  Almost done?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Santa Bears

Today I water colored using an acrylic block and distressed ink.  I have never used this technique before where you stamp the distressed ink on the block, spritz it with a little bit of water and paint with a brush.  I really did not know how I would color this image so it was stamped on regular white cardstock.  The plan to use watercolor came after so I had to be careful not to over soak the paper.  

I cleaned up and decided to put my white tulip fabric paint away someplace new last weekend.   I normally use it to do snow or white fur.  I have looked under, in and around everywhere...for the life of me cannot find it!  It never pays to clean up. lol  A disorganized mess works better for me I guess.  I really wanted to make the fur part stand out on the card so I had to come up with another plan.  After digging around I came across some flock I have had for years and rarely use.  I actually like the results!  

What is Christmas without some sparkle right?  I covered the hat and bear with ripped towel paper and sprayed Heidi Swapp White Color Shine to give it a hint of sparkling sheen to the sky.  For the finishing touches after the card dried, I used my all time favorite Signo white pen to put a hint of snow falling in the sky.  

Yesterday was World Card Making day....the day that kick starts making holiday cards for the season.  I do not have anything to show for that day however I did craft.  I was trying to learn a new technique.

I hope you have started making your Holiday cards as it is only 8-9 weeks before everyone starts mailing them!

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Retirement Card-Whatever..

My big brother retired this week so I wanted to send him a Retirement card.  I had no idea what to make so I started searching the internet for retirement...looking for inspiration.   A Retirement clock popped into my search and I knew I could change that into a card easily enough.  I cut the hands out and glued them all down.  The numbers were stamped using a set from a company called See-D's.  My set is about 8 years old.  Not sure if they are still around or not.

My brother received his card today so it was safe to post it on my blog. 

My brothers comment was 
"Thank you Manetta - I am exhausted at the end of the day."
He is hilarious.