Category Archives: Always Playing with Paper

Finally, a card! :)

OMGoodness, this was a terrible week to try and make cards!  The grandkids had two weeks off school for the Christmas holiday and went to school for one day, and then they have been off for 3 days because the temp is below Zero! My little darlings love to help! lol  I’ll have some photos at the end:)

For this card, I will be sending to challenge #22 over at Always Playing With Paper. After that it will go into the pile of cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

All the supplies in this card are Stampin’ Up! unless noted. I’ll post all the supplies at the end, but ask if you have questions:) Here’s the sketch I used. Obviously, I didn’t use the color challenge;)

Challenge 22


Half-fold Card1

What do you think, will this be cute for a little girl?  I like to stick pretty close to the sketch samples.  Especially now, I haven’t made any “real” cards for over a year:( I’m almost frozen looking at all my papers and supplies.  I worked on this card for three days!  Ok, all the grandkids were here running around, but seriously, it feels like with the new year, everyone’s style changed, except mine:(

I did use a newer punch from Stampin’ Up! called Hearts Border Punch.  It made the four little hearts on top of the image.  I actually punched four hearts and three of them show the background.  The fourth heart, on the far left, I cut out of the paper and taped it to the hole so they would all be the same color.  For the hearts on the right, I used a small heart punch for the biggest heart and for the small hearts and the little dots, I used the Owl Builder Punch.

It never seems like a lot of supplies until you start writing it down!  I don’t like to retire my supplies, even though we’re supposed to.  You could use a current Stampin’ Up! image instead. I think the only thing on this card that is not Stampin’ Up! is the card base, it’s an extra heavy cardstock because I also send cards to Operation Write Home and the card bases need to be extra sturdy.

Ok, for those of you who have been asking, here are a couple of photos:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s Lawrence in his car, that his cousin made for him:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALawrence at his school Christmas party.  They got a cookie, frosting, and some sprinkles and they got to decorate their own cookies:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALawrence with Grandpa coloring on a really big piece of paper.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere are three of my granddaughters.  Lawrence is on the right making funny faces!  This was the best out of about 8 or 9 that I took!  Trying to get four kids to smile and look at the camera, all at the same time is nearly impossible! lol

Thanks for coming by today to have a look:)  I hope to get back onto a schedule very soon. I hope you stop by again:)


JanetKay_KissesSupply list

All supplies are Stampin’ Up! except noted above

Stamps- From the Heart-retired, Tiny Tags

Paper &  Ink- Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo,Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Punches- Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Hearts Border Punch, Owl Builder Punch

Embossing Folder- Textured Impressions Adorning Accents




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Merry Monday #48

Hmmm, well, that took longer than expected:(  But here I am with another blog challenge card.  This card is for Merry Monday #48.  This week they have a color challenge:

MM48Here is my card, you can click on it to make it larger:

Half-fold Card2I wasn’t sure I could pull off these colors, but I think it turned out okay:)  I used all Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I love the little Mitten Builder Punch!  I hope they continue it into the new catalog!  I saw a similar layout on Spitcoaststampers, I think.  I changed it up a little, but overall it’s pretty much the same.  I don’t remember whose design I CASED, but if you see this, please let me know:)

If you have questions about supplies or technique, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for coming back by! 🙂  I’m always happy to have visitors!  See you again:)




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Merry Monday #43 (final challenge for 2012)

Wow, it’s hard to believe, Christmas is about a month away!!  I have been making my Christmas cards faithfully all year with Merry Monday, so I have a good supply of cards to mail:)  Here is their last sketch for this year:

Here is the card I made, you can click on it to make it larger:

Okay, I didn’t use circles, I hope squares are ok;)  I used a Lace’ template to cut my design.  Lace’ templates are no longer made:(  Lucky for me, I found a number of them before they were all gone:)  There are some new templates out there that you can use in a Sizzix or such, but I did mine the “old fashioned” way.  I cut by hand with a craft knife.

Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso for the very back, on top of that is Old Olive that I stamped with Pines & Poinsettias (retired), using VersaMark ink.  It makes a nice subtle imprint:)   I cut Very Vanilla with my SU Scallop Trim Border punch.  Then Real Red and finally paper from Berry Bouquet (retired) I believe you can still get it in digital form from Stampin’ Up!

I sponged Old Olive over the back of my paper before cutting with my die.  The sentiment is from Hand Penned Holidays which I embossed with SU silver embossing powder.  Finally I added a little gem from my stash. Not as hard as it sounds:) lol

Be sure to check out Merry Monday before they go on their “winter” break!

Thank for coming by today:)  Hmmmm, I’m not sure what I’ll be making next, I guess we will all be surprised:)


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Merry Monday #39

Okay, Halloween supplies are safely put away and it’s on to more Christmas! 🙂   This card is for the challenge over at Always Playing With Paper, Merry Monday #39. I had lots of fun making this one:)  Here is this weeks sketch, in case you’d like to play along, or just go see what everyone else is doing:

Here is the card I made, you can click on it to make it larger:

I love this card!  Plaid, blue, snowmen, mittens….how could you go wrong?   I used Early Espresso backing cardstock and ink.  The plaid paper is digital Frostwood Lodge.  It’s from last Christmas but you can still get it through My Digital Studio.  Which is what I did, I love to resize my papers and once you use your supply, what else can you do;)  The mittens are also from last year, but they are so darn cute, I had to use them!

The red paper is Cherry Cobbler, and the blue is Marina Mist.  The green is Garden Green used with a Memory Box die. The stamp set is in the new 2012 Holiday Catalog, Winter Memories.  I used some Basic Pearls in the top left.  To me this is a perfect Midwest winter card:)  Just my opinion….but you might agree;)

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoy my card:)  Pop on over to Merry Monday, they have lots of inspiration for you.  If you haven’t started on your cards yet, now is a perfect time to start! 🙂


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Merry Monday #36

I’m back again with another Christmas card:)   Here is the sketch from Merry Monday this week:

This is the card I made, you can click on it to make it larger:

This is an awesome retired Stampin’ Up! set called A Cardinal Christmas.  I love this set, but I’m going to sell it to one of my customers, so they can enjoy it too:)  I also used Simple Snowflake and the snowflake punch (both retired).

The Cardinal set is actually still available in digital form from Stampin’ Up!  The Cardinal here is digital, I reversed it, printed it, cut it out, and then popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals 🙂 I used the actual rubber stamps for the Chocolate Chip sentiment and the Wild Wasabi leaves.  I used Chocolate Chip and Real Red  cardstock.  I also used Real Red for the snowflake and button.

I love how this came out!  I’m going to make a couple more cards before this stamp set goes off to it’s new home;)

Thanks for stopping by today:)


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Merry Monday #35

Here’s a Christmas card for Merry Monday #35, but first the sketch for this week:

Now for my card, you can click on it to make it larger:

Yes, Pacific Point is my new favorite blue;)  I love the way this looks!  Not exactly what I started with.  I originally wanted black, but changed my mind.   This was a pretty simple card to make, the hardest part was cutting those silly tails on the banners. lol

I will list all my supplies below, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask:)

Thanks for coming by today:)  I hope to be back before too long:)

Supplies are all Stampin’ Up! unless noted

Stamps-Tags til Christmas, Hand Penned Holidays

Paper-Pacific Point, Shimmery White, cardstock

Ink-Pacific Point

Misc-Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Ornament Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Other supplies

Misc-one small piece of vellum-unknown source


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Merry Monday Challenge #29

I had some company this week:)  I got a little behind on my card making:(   But, I’m going to catch up:)

This card is for Merry Monday over at Always Playing With Paper.  They have a number of challenges to play in, so check them out:)  This challenge has a sketch, here it is:

I like to stay pretty close to the sketches, and I’m a CAS (Clean And Simple) kind of girl, so not a lot of “fluff” on my cards.  Here’s the card I made, you can click on it to make it larger:

Gingerbread men are soooo cute!  All my supplies are Stampin’ Up! today, except for some plain cardstock.  I keep most of my supplies right on or near my “desk”, it’s actually one of those heavy duty fold up tables.  Anyway….my supplies are close by and sometimes I don’t realize how many products I’m using.  I created a pile today and there are a number of items!  I will list them all below:)

Thanks for stopping by:)  I hope you’re getting in the mood for Christmas! 🙂

All Supplies Stampin’ Up! unless noted

Stamps-Scentsational Season

Paper-Soft Suede, Old Olive, Real Red

Ink-Soft Suede

Stampin’ Write Markers-Real Red, Soft Suede

Misc-Framelits-Holiday Collection (127814 Holiday Mini catalog), Framelits-Labels Collection (125598), Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (retired), Bakers Twine-Early Espresso, Designer Buttons-Holly Berry Bouquet (retired), Stampin’ Around Handle, Stampin’ Around Wheel- Gingerbread Man (retired), Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Glue



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