Sausalito, California

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Love Bunnies!

Before April is over, I wanted to show the 2 Easter cards I made for my children.  One is an Easel Card and the other a tunnel card.  Elizabeth Craft has the cutest bunny/rabbit die that I had to use it on both cards. The carrot that the bunny is holding is so small and so darn cute!  Love it!  The Martha Stewart balloon punch worked great for the size Easter egg that I needed.  Closer look at the individual cards are featured below so you can see the background of the tunnel card better. Thanks for stopping by that checking these cards out!

Easel Card
Tunnel Card
Spring flowers popping up with a bird on the embossed branch from Cuttlebug.  Of course, there are more Easter eggs.  The clouds are from Stampin up's cupcake punch.  Just love this card!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Coffee Pocket Letter

Having a theme for a pocket letter is the best!  This one is for my sister, Phillis' birthday which is today!  She is a coffee lover!! She called me last week and said she got it and also said that everytime she looks at it she finds something new!  Perfect!  I have been working on it for a month now and was happy with the result.  The coffee/tea cups from Elizabeth Craft was so cute!! It was a fun die to decorate the pocket letter.  The Gerber Daisy is a Sizzix die which I got from Stampin Up years ago. It was fun to find all the sayings and sentiments regarding coffee!  Happy Birthday Phillis!  It's your day!!

This is the back of the pocket letter.  A picture of Phillis when she was in high school playing field hockey.  I actually went to that game and took some other pictures.  She was a great athlete!

Here is a closer look at the stack of cups from Elizabeth Craft.  Can't wait to use them again - love them!  Just love making these pocket letters!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Baskets Galore!

With Easter this weekend, I have been working on Easter Baskets for my daughter and her roommates.  I have made Easter Baskets similar to these with the Envelope Punch Board but I saw these on Pinterest using just one or two pieces of cardstock.  These are good size baskets too! As you can see, they hold the Lindt chocolate bunny and some candies too.   I have decorated them with Gerber Daisies and punch art bunnies and ducks.  These are made with 2 sheets of cardstock measuring 6 x 9 inches and then glued together, overlapping to give the basket some strength but you can make this same basket with one sheet on cardstock measuring 9 x 9 inches.  If you want a larger basket use cardstock measuring 12 x 12.  The scoring for this  basket is below with pictures of each size.  Check out more pictures of my baskets.

Love the purple

Punch art Bunny

Purple & Yellow
Punch art Duck
I hope you can see these pictures of the templates for the baskets.  2 different sizes of Easter baskets to make depending on your gifts/candy.  Another tip which I did in the last few baskets was to round the corners on the sides.  Have fun making these.  Happy Easter!
Overlap for strength
1 piece of cardstock
12x12 cardstock/large basket

Monday, April 10, 2017

Big Bunny!

It has been a while since I used my Sizzix Bunny and perfect for a double Z-fold card!  The inserts are smaller bunnies hoping around for Easter eggs.  The grass is from Die-namics which I use all the time and the bunnies are from Impression Obsession.   This is the last of my SU Designer paper, love the purple!

A closer look at the inserts with grass and bunnies.  I used the MS balloon punch for the Easter eggs which worked perfectly!  On the back of the card I made a pocket for a gift card.  I am sending this card to my son.  I have made a bunch of Easter baskets which I will post later this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Pocket on the back with Gerber Daisy

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Birthday Album!

Birthdays Galore this month!  Here is  a punch art, easel card for my brother-in-law's birthday next week.  Brothers' Johnson was "a favorite album" of his.  I guess I should say it is an inside joke.

For this record player, I used mostly circle punches and dies.  The music notes are from Memory box and cuttlebug EF was used for the record pad.  Easel cards are easy to display and I never get tired of making them.  Enjoy your day Lenny!

Inside of the card

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gorgeous Floral Thinlet Gift Box

Just a quick post to show this box. It is such a pretty box that I saw on Pinterest and just had to make it!  Just click here for the video that shows how to make this box.   When I make this again, I am going to use the floral die on 2 sides instead of 4.

At the top of the box, is a place to put your sentiment or a place for a picture.  I can't wait to make some cards with this die from Stampin Up.  It is so pretty!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beach Babes!

Birthday Card for a Beach Girl!  My girlfriend, Anna, has a bunch of people who call themselves "Beach Bums Society of America" -BBSOA and they get together every nice day in the summer at Pine Point/Old Orchard Beach.  They are crazy for the sun!  I saw this stamp from "Art Impressions" and immediately thought of Anna and her friends at the beach.  Life is a beach for them!

Here is a closer look at this Z fold card with the inserts making the ocean and some fish.  I had the sun which is a sticker in my stash and thought it would be perfect!  The side has a sentiment from Stampin up.  I really love how this card came out!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this card and below is a picture of the back of the card -Beach Rules from Graphic 45, By the Sea!

Love Graphic 45!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Another Wiper Card

Just a quick post because in the previous post I made these wiper cards and posted the tutorial there. Needed another birthday card so made another one.  The Happy Birthday Die is from Elizabeth Craft and it has a shadow look to it because of a black die cut behind the tan "Happy Birthday"!  Hope that makes sense to you.

The back of this card is a sentiment from Stampin Up called "Everything Nice".  Such a cute and easy peasy card to make!  Just love using my new balloon and stamps from SU.  Wiper cards are cool! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Birthday Wipers

March has been a busy month with birthdays, of course, retirement, and a new baby!  So I have been busy in my craftroom which is not a chore at all!  Love it all!  This is a Wiper card which I saw on Pinterest.  This card is for a friend's birthday and her favorite movie is the Wizard of Oz.  I used the paper from SU with the hot air balloons!  The pop up are hot air balloons which I purchased from Memory box.  It was perfect to coordinate with this card.
Just pull the tab on the left and it pop ups!

Added a flap for more room!

Here is a great tutorial for a wiper card.  You will be amazed at how easy this card is to make.
Another with red wording

The pop of for this card are balloons but you can use whatever you want.  I want to try one with flowers and maybe someone peaking out from above.  How cute would that be?? Not done with this type of card for sure.  Thanks for checking my blog out!

Back of this card
Crazy birds are too much fun!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bundle of Joy

Right off the bat, I  am going to give you the link to this fun mini wallet size album.  Just click here.  This is Part I and Part II is off to the right hand side on youtube.  It was a fun little album to make for my niece's new daughter, Aubrey.  I copied some pictures off Facebook and added them but there is plenty of space to add more pictures.  I am sure they will be taking a lot of pictures since this is their first child.  I decorated the album with Echo Park's Bundle of Joy collection.  Just love both collections, they have one for baby girl and one for baby boy!

In this pictures the area where it says Baby's First Year, I did add some pages because I thought she might have some bigger pictures and this was a great place to add those.   The accordion pages are for smaller pictures or you can use it for journaling.

How cute is she! Love this picture of Aubrey!  Since she lives in Georgia, I haven't been able to meet her yet but hopefully in the future.  Her little hat is adorable! I love how this little album all came together.

Everything that I used in this album was from the paper collection.  There were 2 sticker sheets which I have used for cards and this album and I did  make a bigger album for a friend.  I don't have any paper left and very few stickers.  I did use a magnet to keep this checkbook area closed even though I don't think  I really needed to but love to use the magnets!   Welcome little Aubrey!  and Congratulations Danielle & Kyle!  Enjoy your Bundle of Joy!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Retirement!

Love making these Z fold cards!  My sister has retired from banking and I know she is looking forward to this spring and summer to watch her flowers grow!  (Even though, today in the northeast we are having a blizzard!)  But spring is just around the corner and the snow will be gone!!  The bank had a little retirement party for her and it is definitely well deserved!  Congratulations Chris!

I have seen a lot of cards on Pinterest with the insert for a baby crib but I thought it would be cute with a fence for a flower garden.  The fence is MS fence border punch.  The paper is Graphic 45 French Country which is retired but I still have a 12x12 that I have been hoarding and decided it was time to use it.  The flowers, I think, are from Die-namics and I use it alot!!  The wheelbarrel is a Memory box die.  The cute little frog, which is adorable, is a sticker from Michael's.

Here is a closer look from the side showing the inserts with the fence.  Graphic 45's French Country is so pretty and I love sunflowers!!  Who doesn't right?  Enjoy your retirement Chris!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pretty Succulents!

I am loving the succulents that I am seeing on Pinterest!  I don't have the SU succulent stamp set and dies but I wanted to try and make them with other dies that I have.  I have a number of flower dies and punches and was happy to use them for this.  The succulents in the picture above are made with Tim Holtz's Tattered flower die and a couple of punches that I have.  I alternated with some of the flowers and then used the same with others to change it up a little.  I like the way they came out, although, not perfect like the ones from Stampin up.    The little cactus-like one in the middle is just made with the extra-large circle punch from SU. I think I punched out 8 ovals to make the cactus. All the flowers are inked with Ranger's distressed inks.  For the inks I used concord grape, forest moss and barn red.  There are more pictures to show the side view.  I love the little container that I used. I bought it at Michael's for only $5.  What a deal!

Dies and punches used
Side view
Love this pink one!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

St Patrick's Face

I love doing punch art and this St Patrick's Day card was fun to make!  I have made it before and wanted to make a St Patrick's Day card for my son.  So here it is again!  Some SU punches and Spellbinders dies were used for this card!  I added a few emerald gems!!

I have been working on succulents that I have seen on Pinterest but I don't have the SU stamps and dies so  I am using some other dies and punches I have!  See you soon to show you this!

Friday, February 17, 2017

With Sympathy

Just a quick post for this Sympathy Card.  This Double Z card was made for a friend.  Her dad passed away this past week. The paper is from Stampin up that I have had for a while so I can't remember the name of the collection.  Love the purple and white paper.  This is a fun fold to make for any occasion.  All I used was punches and dies.  Thanks for stopping by to check out this simple card.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Minions for February!

Minions are the cutest!  My brother-in-law's birthday is next week and this past summer he was here doing the 4-corners of the USA on his motorcycle with his son-in-law!  They did it in 21 days and I can't remember how many miles but what a tremendous trip for them!  While Sandy was here, he had a minion that he couldn't put down so appropriate is this card.  It is a pop up card from Sizzix.  The small minions on the front are punch art using the owl punch from  SU.

Inside is the pop up minion holding his balloon!  This minion is a little bigger using the a framelit die from SU.  Click here for my inspiration for this minion.  I found it on pinterest (where else?)

Here is a closer look at this cute little minion.  It feels good to be back in my craftroom  This is my first card I made since being home on a 2-week vacation in Florida visiting friends and family.  Here are a few photos of our trip.  We went from Orlando to Sun City to visit my husband's 99 year old aunt, then back to Orlando.  We traveled the next day to the Everglades, Key Largo, Key West and then back to the Everglades.  Our friends took us to Bok Towers and then the last week went to DisneyWorld.  It is good to be home even if we did get 15 inches of snow the following day but it sure was a super trip!!  Check out some pictures below of some of my favorite pictures.  I did say some because I took a  lot of pictures!!

On the run!
Dear Friends
Key Largo Sunset
Key West Signage!

Bok Tower
More fun with Friends at Disney