Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Week of July 21, 2014

Like the Sentiment says......"Relax & Enjoy" your day in your "Flip Flops".  That is what summer time is all about.  Gotta LOVE those darling shoes.  Those of us who live in snow country, we love trading our boots for these wonderful little shoes.  Only issue for us women.......we have to keep our toes painted!!!

I was sitting today and thinking about what I was going to create for TWO PAPER DIVAS Team Card this week and it occurred to me that I needed to get out my huge storage bin and dig through the "baggies".....this is how I store my 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pads.  I went looking for a special paper pad that I knew that I had from Echo Park.  It is called Paradise Beach!!  I know why does a Mountain Girl need "Beachie" paper?  Well for times like this.....silly!!!!  In this pad of paper (and I have two pads ...... never know when one needs more and I always buy at least two) ......but anyway there are so many fun papers and what I have used here is just a small sampling.  So let's GO TO THE BEACH or at least shopping with these cute Flip Flops on and do not forget a beautiful polish on those toes!!!

Products that were used on this card:
  • Two Paper Divas stamp set ......"Life in Flip Flops"
  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad .....Paradise Beach
  • Card Base - Bazzill Card Stock ...... Banana Split
  • White Paper Rope by Recollections
  •  Prima Marketing flowers on the Flip Flops - Limeade
  • Tiny Lime Green sequins
  • Lime Green Glitter on the Flip Flops (used Quickie Glue Stick)
  • Fresh Ink Pigment Stamp Pad - Grass
  • Inside Die from the Femme Frame set from Mama Elephant (My favorite Die right now)
  • Label Punch

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I have loved the "stair step cards" since my friend, Melissa Rodgers one of the Co-Owners of TWO PAPER DIVAS, came out here to Pagosa and did a special class in March of 2013 with my ladies who attend my weekly classes. One of the cards which she taught was an Easter card done in the stair step fashion.  After that the ladies said that they wanted to do more.  So, I began to create more designs and one that I created is what you see here using  the TWO PAPER DIVAS set of clear stamps called "Loads of Fun".  Besides the Sentiment which I show on this card, "Just droppin' you a line", there are three more that work so well with this darling set.  You must pop over to the TWO PAPER DIVAS website/store and check it out. AND while you are there be sure to see ALL of their latest sets.


TWO PAPER DIVAS stamp set "Loads of Fun"
Memory Box "Resting Birds" Die (love these birds whether you use one or all five included in the set)
Poppystamps Mini Picket Border Die    
Fiskars "cloud" Punch
Glossy Accents for the rain coming out of the clouds & butterflies
Various card stock (unknown) for the "Paper Piecing Technique" used on the card
Small Butterfly punch purchased from Paper Wishes (two set punch/embossing)
Tiny Grass stamp from Rosies Roadshow
Copic Makers
SU Whisper White Card stock

Next up on my Blog will be a batch of some of the cards which I have been teaching lately in my weekly classes.  Stay tuned and thank you for stopping by and "hanging with me"!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVA'S Design Team Card - Week of July 7, 2014

Have you ever just gotten a little excited about your mail arriving.......well I did today!!  I knew that sometime this week, and I hoped that it would be today, that I would receive some NEW stamps from Melissa and Gayla, owners of TWO PAPER DIVA'S.  AND......Yes there they were .....thanks Randy, our mailman!!  So I tore into the envelope and got so excited because the stamp that I have featured on this card was what I was hoping for......YAY!!!!  I still love color, especially being a designer in my career that I had for so many wonderful years.  Isn't that a part of the enjoyment of cardmaking as well??   This saying is so beautiful and should be my mantra!!!!


Card base:  Woodgrain Embossed Cardstock by Ellen Hutson
Vellum:  Bazzill Basics Paper
Designer papers:  "Here Comes the Sun" by Gina K. Designs
Multi colored card stock:  By Gina K. Designs
Embossing Powder:  Zing in "leaf" color
Washi Tape (Actually from a pack of 6 x 6)
White Seam Binding
Enamel Dots   

Hope that your 4th of July, America's Holiday, was delightful.  Hugs to all and I will see you soon for more postings.  Been busy with classes this week!! 

Friday, June 27, 2014


A little "friendly" card in honor of such a beautiful day today in Pagosa.  When the late afternoon was occurring it was already 73 degrees outside and a gorgeous evening.  This is why we moved here in 2003.

The floral on this card is from Two Paper Diva" stamp set "Seed Packet Flowers"; the Butterfly and the Sentiment are from the stamp set "Mason Jar Fillers 1".  Both of these sets are gotta have sets in your collection.  There are so many ideas on each.  Please go to the Two Paper Diva's site and enjoy shopping!!

The green, the blue and the printed papers are from Gina K Design.  The leaf pattern is from her new 6 x 6 series called "Here comes the sun".   The black and white check ribbon is from Gina K Design.  The blue card stock was dry embossed.

See ya next time!!  :-)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cards from Card Classes during part of the month of June, 2014

Yes, we live in Pagosa Springs, CO. which is truly a place in Paradise.  So many of my gals in my card classes now have the P.S., CO. stamp so they wanted me to produce some cards using the stamp. We were so lucky to have Two Paper Divas design this stamp for us.  You will see another card below using the stamp again.  In the first card, it was so appropriate for me to use the Balloon/Mt. stamp which I have had for a number of years.  We live in this type of beautiful scenery with Mts., the River and the Balloons flying overhead!  In the second example, we are "picture perfect"!!

My "Thinking of You" card was very nicely received by my ladies in class this past Tuesday.  I took an online "Stencil Class" earlier this year and just recently purchased this tiny butterfly stencil by Magenta.  Just way tooooo cheery!!!  I am so in love with Stencils and I have been for years.  I have a drawer full that I used on children's clothing when I use to design on them.  But, I am new to using the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and get such a thrill out of the outcome.  Worth the experience if you have not tried it!!  This card will be going to my Mother in a few days.....Shhhh do not tell her!!

Just a card because I wanted to use the Simon Says "Oh Happy Day" die.  The leaf paper is from Gina K Designs and a beautiful 6 x 6 paper pack called "Here Comes The Sun".  Cannot wait to use some more of these papers.

I am so in love with this Woodgrain Embossed card stock which I discovered sometime ago through Ellen  I never want to run out of it!!  The Happy Birthday is a die by "Dee's Distinctively" and I used glitter paper to use with this is a happy card in person!  I do not know what I am more obsessed with.....wooden embellishments or anything feathers!!  So, I used both on this card......

 This "Sunshine" card inspiration came from online and a Julie Ebersole creation.  When I watched her do this shaker card, I knew that it was on my agenda to do SOON.  This sweet sentiment is the song (one of the two Sunshine songs) that we have sung to our first two Granddaughters at night when we put them to bed.  So, it will be going to #2 Granddaughter for her Birthday this summer. Thanks to you, Julie, for this creation.  It is made and ready to go in the mail in a few weeks.  The precious stamp set is from Mama gotta love their stamps.  And....then there is that "wooden" bird!!!  It had to be red because that is #2's favorite color.  I must say this card was pushing my A.M. ladies but they got it and had a ball making it!!  Now shhhhhh and do not tell #2!!

All I can say about this one is thank goodness for the Simon Says "Partial Cut Flower" die and Distress Inks by Ranger (even in these soft colors).  If you have not purchased the "Partial" are missing something delightful for cards these days!!

Some years ago my dear friend, Hope, gave me boxes of stamps because she was done with them.  Her passion for stamping was waning.  From these stamps I picked a few that excited me and then I gave the rest back to her to pass on to someone else lucky to go through them as well.  Thanks HOPE!  So when you slide the real wood veneer band off this cute card.......check out the inside!!  There is our Pagosa Springs, Colorado stamp again.  AND appropriately after seeing that beautiful scene on the front.  Then ladies there are Mts. inside as well and I am so lucky to see the Mts. around us in Pagosa out my huge kitchen window 365 days a year.  Enough said!!

So last but not least a favorite old set of sentiments that I love to pull out from time-to-time and have fun with.  But, this time I decided to use this darling stamp of the lady in her hat and it looks like she is definitely speaking these words.  The "Poof" part is on one of those "Wobbles".  To all who have Birthdays in June, I send this greeting to you.  Both of our children are celebrating their Birthdays today and tomorrow!  Happiness and Hugs!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS DESIGN TEAM card for the week of June 23, 2014

SUNFLOWERS are always a favorite flower with a lot of card makers.  Thank you to Melissa and Gayla, owners of TPD,  for giving Two Paper Divas a beautiful example of such a stunning flower.  Ladies go to the Two Paper Divas website and go shopping for your clear stamp needs and then grab your copic's and color away!!

I wanted some interest behind the "Taylored Expressions" Quatrefoil Die which I used on this card and I went to one of my favorite Black/White (or slightly cream) printed "toile" card stock from Recollections to add that difference instead of using just black.  It tied the ribbon from Gina K Designs that I knew that I wanted to use and the color of the centers of the flowers.  In order to not interrupt the visual but enhance it, the Interior Designer in me decided to use the Wild Orchid card stock by Gina K. Designs for the Quatrefoil layer.  A final touch is the "diamond" in the middle of the bow.  A girls just gotta have those diamonds!!

Happy Crafting this summer to all of you!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVA'S design card for week of 6/16/14


With the beginning of Summer upon us this Saturday,  it seems appropriate to do this special card using the "Life in Flip Flops" stamp set by TWO PAPER DIVAS which also included the sentiment.  Check out their website and you will find this darling set in their store.  It is a great one with all the sentiments relating to these wonderful foot gear that we all wear in the summer time.

To make this card I decided to use the Label Card Thinlits Die from Stampin' Up to help show off the Flip Flops in a special way.  The following are the additional products that I used:

Card stock:  Stampin' Up and 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad Six by Six by My Minds Eye
Dies:  Simple Banner by Poppystamps;  Tessatina Border by Memory Box
Ink:  "Coffee" Archival Ink by Ranger
Enamel Dots (Teal) for decoration on the Flip Flops
Glitter Paper - Unknown - Just to add some sparkle to the card

A handwritten note can easily be written on the back of the card.  Happy Summer to ALL!