Rescued Zoo Animals!


If you’re like me, you save various items with the hope that you will find a use for them someday. Hopefully, that ‘someday’ will come sooner than later. One item I have saved, or rather tucked away in my craft supplies, were some puffy stickers of zoo animals. I vaguely remember purchasing these for a page in my sons’ Creative Memories scrapbooks I created over 10 years ago!

When a customer requested a birthday card for her grandson, I decided to use the die cut from Sizzix that has recently become one of my favorite dies. It is so versatile! I knew I wanted to have something fun on the card that a child would enjoy. Off to my stash I went and rescued my puffy zoo animal stickers from the depths of my storage vault. Their ‘someday’ was here!

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The little puffy animals were perfect for this fun card. I carefully cut around the backing so the stickers can be removed from the card and the birthday boy can use them. (I hope he and others will enjoy the card before they take it apart….that is the most important reason to give special cards!)

The grass was created from a die-cut from Die-namics. It was dusted with a bit of brown chalks to add to the zoo effect! You know what I’m referring to! :) Glittery papers added some sparkle.

I hope this little boy has a terrific time at his birthday party. He is so fortunate to have a grandma that will give him his own special birthday card!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Have you visited HorseMark Cards lately? I would love to create a special card for you!

Enjoy your Creative Day!

~~ Vickie~~

Birthday Card for a Golfer!



Well, January is behind us and hopefully you are enjoying the days in February. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weddings, and other special events are all a part of February. Today’s post is all about birthdays! In this case, ninety-two birthdays!

I would like to share a birthday card I created for a 92 year-old gentleman that enjoys golf. Yep! Golfing is a sport one can continue well into their golden years, as long as their health allows them!

Creating this card was like a fun puzzle. The small die-cut golf cart set from Memory Box has several little pieces. I added some sparkling stickers for the wheels of the cart. The polka dot embossed background was inverted so it would resemble the tiny dimbles of a golf ball. The stamped balloons from Darcie’s Circus Birthday collection were hand cut and tied to the back of the golf cart with silver thread. They were also mounted on foam squares to add more dimension to the card.
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My customer requested a funny card, so I matched the inside message with the golf score. (Which is a golf score I would love to have!) I hope the birthday golfer will get a chuckle from this message.
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Creating personalized cards for special people is one of the reasons I enjoy handmade cards. When someone receives a card they know was created just for them, they are sure to appreciate the extra effort the sender gave to thinking about them.

Take some time to check your calendar for special cards that you need to send to someone special. A personalized card would put a smile on their face! If you need some ideas, I am here to help!

Enjoy your creative time and thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!

~ Vickie ~

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Super Bowl Party Thank You Card!

Super Bowl Party Thank You Card!

Hello Dear Readers! I hope you are all enjoying your creative time and managing to spend some quality time with your family and friends.

My husband and I just returned from Seattle, where we enjoyed the company of family and friends. We also enjoyed a fantastic Super Bowl party and game, that is until the last minute of the game. My husband kept repeating, “Why didn’t they run the ball?”….a question many SeaHawks fans are still asking. Oh well, there is always next year! (Congrats to the Patriot’s fans!)

I wanted to share a thank you card I created for the hosts of the Super Bowl party we attended in Seattle. It was a great party, with lots of food, decorations, cheering, eating, laughing, and good times.
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Thank you card
I used the Sizzix ‘Love You’ die cut set #660025. As you can see, it has hearts, but this fun die can be used for so many other applications. When I created the football party thank you card I cut the tops of the pop up hearts off, leaving just enough to attach my football, helmet and thank you images. The tiny footballs were stamped, hand-cut and popped on the card to add dimension. A few blue sparkling stickers added the finishing touches! My thank you message was written on the back of the card.
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Many other ways to use this die cut are in my ‘idea memory’, that is, my little notebook. (Gotta write things down these days!) I hope to share more card ideas with you soon!

Have you used this die cut set? I would love to see what you created! Your comments are appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

~ Vickie ~

How Do You ‘Stick It’ ?



I hope this title didn’t offend you, but sometimes we all have to ‘stick it’ to something! (Hopefully not someone!) The crafting market is filled with so many choices of adhesives to use on various projects. If you are like me, chances are you have tried several types of products and found favorites that work for you.

When you use a lot of adhesive products, cost becomes a ‘sticking’ point. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) I have found that one of the most economical products is the Miracle Tape. They offer these adhesive strips in many sizes. You can tear off the amount you need or cut it. I cut it with my ‘Sticky Scissors’.

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I can even trim some of the pieces to fit into corners or make them even thinner. They offer 1/8″ wide adhesives, but sometimes that may be a bit too wide for some projects. When I need a skinny strip of adhesive, I usually cut a portion from the 1/4′ wide roll and it works just fine! I also cut angles on them, like I did with the tiny heart.

The corners of all the cards I make are adhered with Miracle tape, and I usually fill in the sides of the papers with tape from my tape glider. (I use and love the Scotch Advanced tape glider. It works for me!)

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These adhesives are used on every card I create. Of course, the Glue Dots are also one of my favorites. They also come in many sizes and types so they are useful in many applications.


Speaking of ‘Sticking It’, I also use a small piece cut from a larger mouse pad to use as a cushion when I need to punch a hole with my paper piercer. I can insert a brad and also use the tiny mouse pad to invert it so I can close the clasps without damaging the brad.

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These are just a few of the ‘sticky’ products and ideas I use when I create my cards. I know you have your favorites too! Since I ‘stick’ to these products, I don’t know if any new adhesives have hit the market. (OK. I’m done. :) )

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope I have given you some ideas on using adhesives in your projects!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie ~

(I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies in any way, or receive compensation from them. I just happen to like their products.)

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My Kindle ‘Kozy’


Have you every had an idea and wanted (or perhaps needed) to act upon it in a hurry? That is exactly what happened to me yesterday. Let me explain….

My husband, being from Seattle, is a big SeaHawks football fan. Well, as many of you know, they are playing in this Sunday’s Super Bowl game! Since his family is in Seattle, yesterday he decided that we should make a quick trip to Seattle to watch the big game with them!

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This is where my idea comes into play. (Yes, pun intended!) I have recently purchased a new Kindle, but did not buy a cover for it. Since I knew I wanted to have it at the airports, it needed a cover!

Searching through my fabric collection, I found this floral fabric left over from a quilt I had made for my late mom several years ago. The darker colors of this fabric and the colorful flowers were perfect for my Kindle cover.

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Pretty Fabric for Kindle Kozy

In my excitement of creating this simple cover, pictures were not taken during the process. However, it was so simple to make. I added a bit of scrap batting inside for a bit of cushion for the front of my Kindle. I thought about adding a decorative trim, but just went with straight stitching on the top border.

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There are many types of covers you can make for your Kindles that are listed on Pinterest. Many of them include great tutorials!

Now I have a cover that will keep my Kindle protected as I slip it in and out of my carry-on bag!

We are looking forward to our trip to see family and cheer for the Seattle SeaHawks!

Thanks for stopping by…now I am off to Seattle! ~ Vickie