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May 2016

May Card Class "Farm Days"

In my May class we bid farewell to some retiring products and enjoyed the others that will continue on.  The retiring items we used are shown here.  Please go to bottom of this post to see all of the products used by card for May's class.

The first 2 cards use one of my new favorite sets that will continue into the new annual catalog (YAY!), which is Playful Pals.  These images were supplemented with Sweet Li'l Things Designer Series paper (retiring).

20160528 Rabbit with Watercolor message card

Somehow little rabbits and strawberries go together for me.  It must be that they are both little and cute.  The featured color is watermelon wonder.  To make the rabbit, I used the Playful Pals set--the same shape for the head and body and then another stamp for the ears.  For the rabbit's paws, I used the eraser top on a pencil with crumb cake ink.  The Playful Pals set has shapes that could be used for the paws, but we used them for the ears on the owl card and I didn't have 2 of the stamp set to use in class.

  20160528 Owl congratulations card with pocket 20160528 Owl card pocket

 This card has one of my all-time favorite critters, an owl, and could be used as a graduation card or any other congratulatory occasion.  Inside is a pocket to tuck in a monetary gift or gift card.  The finished card size is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".  Start with a piece of very vanilla that measures 4 1/4" x 10".  Score along the long edge at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2".  Fold up the flap to form the pocket.  Use the 1" circle punch to punch out half a circle tab from the small flap.  Then attach the corners using a glue dot for extra hold.  I used the Tree Builder Punch for the cloud and the branch.

20160528 Park with tree and bench card

I really like the Happy Home stamp set that we used to make this card.  I meant to use it more in class but it seems that time has run out on me since it is retiring.  The images remind me of a nice sunny and breezy day at the park.  It was also my last chance to use the retiring in-colors Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow in class.  

20160528 Cow with Ice Cream card

This card was the feature card that was made using the set Barnyard Babies.  I really like this cow and thought she looked cute eating an ice cream cone.  The ice cream cone is cut out from one of the papers in the Birthday Bouquet designer series paper set.  I used an exacto knife around the edge of the cow's mouth to create a slit to be able to tuck in the cone and ice cream.  I learned how to do the fold on this card from Linda Bauwin (  Based on the instructions from her website,  I included the directions for how to create this fold on my post from October 31, 2015.

Hope you enjoyed the May cards! 

Rabbit and watercolor message card:

Owl congratulations card:
Day at the park card:
Cow with ice cream fancy folds card:

Totoro and Friends Cards

After I made the Totoro card this weekend, I decided to make more cards, this time in the 3x3 size.  

20160522 totoro mini cards

I made the same Totoro as before on the 2 1/2" circle and added a little heart to it for some color.  See my post on May 22nd for how I made the Totoro.

  20160522 Totoro mini card

The other mini card has another kind of Totoro and his friend, a dust sprite.  Isn't the little dust sprite cute?  It's also known as a soot sprite.

20160522 Totoro with dust bunny mini card

To make the basic gray Totoro, I used the Balloon Bouquet punch.  I used the larger balloon size for the body by turning the balloon upside down and cutting off the end.  The ears are punched from the Word Window punch and then cut in half.  His tummy is the small oval punch and eyes are the 1/4" circle punch.  For the dust sprite, I punched a 1" circle from basic black.  Then I tore all around the edge to get the rough edges and reduce it down to about 3/4" or less in size.  This helped to make the dust sprite look like it had fuzzy edges.  Then the eyes are 1/4" circles.  The faces for both were drawn in using the Project Life journaling pens.

I made a tea bag holder (see post from November 21, 2015 for measurements and instructions) and tucked 2 of each card with envelopes in the pockets.  I wanted to make something cute for Ralene, Norine and Cindy for SWA Night.  Ralene and Norine are helping us by bringing supplies for the project tables.  I'm looking forward to giving these to them!

20160522 Totoro mini cards in holder

Here are the supplies used to make the card with only Totoro.

Here are the supplies used to make the card with Totoro and the dust-sprite.

Totoro Card

This card was inspired by the character Totoro who is a mythical forest sprite from Japan.  There is a movie, stories and all kinds of merchandise inspired by Totoro and his companions.  I have a few of these items too.  Ralene has been suggesting that I make a card of Totoro using the Playful Pals set. So here it is...

20160522 Totoro card

The body was stamped in Marina Mist using the shape from Playful Pals.  The shapes in the set weren't quite the right shape and size for Totoro so I drew in his ears.  His tummy is a 1" circle punched from whisper white.  And the triangle designs are from the Playful Pals set.  His eyes were punched using the 1/4" handheld circle punch.  He is on a 2 1/2" circle punched from whisper white also.  The grass is from Barnyard Babies stamped in Old Olive.  I drew his eyes, nose and whiskers using the Project Life journaling pens.  Then the sentiment is from Greatest Greetings.  I used the Lucky Stars embossing folder for the Marina Mist half of the background, which matches the fun spirit of this character.  The only retiring item that I used in this project was the 2 1/2" circle punch.  

I had so much fun making this little guy that I decided to use this card as my swap for our Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night next week.  

20160522 Totoro swaps

Stop by and visit later this week for more Totoro and one of his friends, a dust sprite (or soot sprite).  

Here are the supplies used for this project. 

Honey Bear and Bear Hugs

My stampin' buddy and friend Pam gave me this adorable, cute and original honey bear with a label made from Bear Hugs and other embelishments.  The candy inside is Bit O Honey. She always comes up with awesome gift ideas and has a designer eye. 

  20160501 honey bear

Here is a close-up of the label.  The little bear has a pretty red foil heart along with a honey pot.  The images were stamped using the Bear Hugs set and then cut out using the coordinating framelits.  She used corrugated paper for the background of the tag.  And added more bling using gold sequins.

  20160501 honey bear label

Here is the Honey Bear with other cards that she recently made for me as well.

  20160501 honey bear with cards

Thanks, Pam, for your thoughtfulness and always inspiring ideas and designs!


Supplies used to make the bear tag:

May Card Class "Farm Days" Sneak Peek!

Here is a sneak peek of the cards.  

20160504 May sneak peek

We'll be making 3 each of 4 designs.  The class fee is $20 and all supplies to make the cards are provided including envelopes.  Classes are at my home and there are 4 sessions to choose from--spaces are still available in the sessions listed below.  Please let me know if you'd like to reserve a spot ([email protected]).  When you sign up, I'll send you a reminder 7-10 days before class that includes instructions to my home. 

  • Saturday the 28th  Session 1 from 9 to noon
  • Saturday the 28th, Session 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Sunday the 29th, Session 3 from 9 am to noon
  • Sunday the 29th, Session 4 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek and that you'll sign up for class!

Here are some of the products being featured in class: