Spring Easter Blog Hop

so many creative designers in this blog hop. So thrilled to be apart. Like many, the wonders of spring brings hope…needed so much in so many ways.

Easter and spring was the theme of this hop. I have had so many ideas floating around in my head. I hope you enjoy what I am sharing.

Springing in Michigan

Well, spring is not blooming here in Michigan. It is trying, we are having a cold rainy day today and tommorrow is going to be sunny. This is the pokies in our yard….daffodils when they are blooming.

I was going to going with flowers and they shout Spring/Easter, but I went the bird route. Spring to me is flowers and birds…plus trees. Love Spring. There is a stamp set called Birds and Branches with die set that I have had and hardly have used. I am sad cause it has been out since 2020 and this week I know it will be on the retired list. Yes, things come and go quickly like the seasons.

Birds and Branches with matching die set
Getting thoughts together
Final Easter Spring Card

I used crumb cake as the card base, I cut a piece of the horizon dsp to 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the back layer. I used the horizon dsp for the die cuts of leaves and birds, as shown above. Simple and sweet, my motto.

The sentiment is from Timeless Tulips, a lovely set with matching punch.

Linda Moore
Libby Fens
Caron Bailey
Mo Rootes (UK)
Karen Egan
Diane Evans
Tricia Butts
Kelly Taranto
Melva Peters
Mickey Moore
Helen Jennings
Betty Bickford
Lorraine Tierney
Robbie Susan Chandler
Candi Suriano

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First Post December, Where Ya Been?

Yep, been a while. I am 10 weeks out from Knee replacement….no fun but so happy it has been done. I waited for over a year….2020 was a wash and cancelled like so many things. 2021, I had to wait, September I had to cancel cause of Teeth problems, than finally October it was done! Long story of it move to another hospital cause of Covid and than I was sent home the same day. My husband is a saint.

Ok….now about the card shown. It is from the Peaceful Cabin Stamp set….sadly it is not available any longer….it was retired and sold out! Yikes.. but good news, new Catalog with amazing items coming…

The card has die cuts of cabin and trees…the deer are from Snow Front, retired last year…

OK, the trees and Merry Christmas which is base of card, is a card from the dollar store. Yes, I cheated or you can same I worked smarter, not harder? Do you like it……

Yes, when in a pinch, glam up a card with designer series paper (dsp) or die cuts… and it is appreciated……

I will be here more in 2022….another year of uncertainty with the news of new strain…. This is why I love stamping and creating, truly makes me a happy person and I am always in a better state of mine.

Go create something!

Sympathy Cards no fun to Create

Colorful card
Black white version
Flowers and Navy and White

The above cards are from a old stamp set, real old.  That is why you see me say get this stamp set now, before retired and not sold anymore.  Yes, life constantly changes.

One good thing, basic black, basic white and night of navy are my go to colors.  The stampin Up! Card stock is 80 pound weight, this in turns creates the best cards you are happy to create and give.

Click on any photo below to go to my shop.  I have been having some back issues, so I have not been faithful with this blog.  Those who know, everyday pain starts to interfere with enjoying life.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Rejoicing in thankfullness. Yes, even in these trying times. Our family has faced much, but our new life is pressing on. I pray this finds you fine and doing what you love.

I made a Thanksgiving card for special people in my life. I used old stamps, yep, real old, 1995 and 1996. Companies that are no longer in business.

I did use the Stampin’ Up! ink, love their colors and ink, it is easy to clean off with just water…water soluable. Safe, non-toxic.

Cinnamon Cider is the color I used, it its a limited ink color for 2020-2022, it is my favorite right now with intense brown but not dark. I did a water color wash on water color paper…simple but gives a nice look.

I am card making and sending but as for sales and Stampin’ Up! products, they are dead in the water. I no longer have my store to order on line, they charge $12.95 a month and I have had no sales in the passed 8 months. That would be $155.00 for a year, a waste of money cause no one orders and we have no income right now. I will continue on and if you are interested in ordering you need to contact my by email. My heart aches that life changes but it could be worse.

Hugs. Enjoy this special time, no matter what.



The big day is here! Hurray! We hope everyone has a great World Card Making Day!. And remember, once we finish creating our beautiful cards, let’s all be sure to send them off with a handwritten message to brighten someone’s day! In fact, Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 goal is to give away 60,000 cards worldwide, so if I and all demonstrators send at least two cards to someone who could use a little sunshine, we can easily reach and even exceed that goal.

To extend one more challenge, should you choose to accept it. That is—give one of your handmade cards to a professional to show appreciation for their hard work. That person could be a store clerk, an animal shelter worker, a nurse—or the UPS delivery person. Are you in? Let’s smash that 60,000 goal! #makeacardsendacard

Measurement suggestion for inch-users:

On Thank You card:

• Card base: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2 • White layer: 4” x 5-1/4”

To note: Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Trimmer #152392 supports both imperial and metric measurements.

Betty Bickford, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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