Saturday, March 28, 2020

Finding time to stamp!

I took some time and played with a stamp set on Thursday & Friday while my mother in law napped.  I'm finding that I don't have as much time for myself.  I used to get work done in the morning and then stamp in the afternoon,  that no longer works!!  oh my getting into a new routine isn't easy.

I'm not sure that I like this last card with the tree stencil and colored embossing paste on the background.  For one you can't tee much of the background trees and another my browns didn't match up.  Well some we love and others we are just okay with.  I added sentiments then sent them out and on their way I do hope that they will make someone smile.
One word to the wise...... when using a set with the photopolymer stamps (actual clear stamps) if you have small stamps like this set does be careful where you put them down.  After finishing these cards I now have a missing stamp!!!!!!!!!!!! (the one that made the leaves on the trees) :0(
I don't know what happened to it!  I Thought I'd put it away but those little stamps can sorta stick to  you or your clothes - and I was up and down a good bit going to check on my M-I-Law.
    Thanks for stopping by and if you would tell me what you think of my cards, I do enjoy my stamping time and would love to get some feedback.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TSOT Jungle Fever for #450

Fun Fun who doesn't enjoy going to the zoo and seeing all the animals from the jungle and all the other countries?!  On a side note I put myself through college working at a Children's Zoo in the summers.  :0)  I worked mostly in the "petting" area which had lots of farm type animals.  chicken, ducks, young goats-lots of them the children could buy ice cream cones filled with dog food to feed them,  3 pigs in a Three Little Pigs space...they were NOT little!!!!  lamas, tortoise, fallow deer and a special animal each summer, one summer it was a baby camel!

Now I know these are not all jungle animals but I couldn't resist. With  all the craziness in the world right now I decided to send cards "just because"!!!  Jennifer McGuire suggested to make cards to give to employees at grocery stores.....but since I'm not able to go anywhere do to caring for my mother-in-law I'm sending cards.  Soooo as I said last week make a card and give/send away to make someone smile!!!!

Optional Theme: Jungle Fever

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

TSOT #449 Pop Of Color

 Life can be hard at times, I’m just thankful that I have a heavenly father who helps us during those times, even as far as carrying us and we can’t go on. My husband’s family has lost two cousins just since his sister passed away in our home on March 26. I know you didn’t stop to hear about all that but if you think about it and you have a moment and say a prayer for us.

 I did manage to find some time to work on a card for this I was so glad to get in my craft room, it’s an uplifting place to be for me and it makes me smile to be able to create something. Don’t let the hardness of life take away your joy still do the things that make you happy. Here is my card I know it’s pretty simple I think I followed the schedule pretty well. Have a wonderful day and make a card, send it to someone, make them smile.

SAB set - Thoughtful Blooms
Colors – Seaside spray, granny apple green, daffodil delight, blueberry bushel 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TSOT challenge 445 Double Trouble Team Up

Yee Ha!!!  I made it into my craft room today.  (Both my "patients" were napping)
Wanted to do something with this new Sale-A-Bration set that I received FREE (The Gangs all Meer) and so this is what I came up with.  Freebies are always nice - would you like to know about this? just contact me below in comments and I'll be glad to share with you.

Teaming up with Double Trouble and they wanted a tall card.  this is a 7x4.25 card so it's taller than the normal ones I usually make.  I stacked up the "meers" guess I could have gone higher with them but decided to make this a general card with  the word smile so I can use later for birthday, encouragement....whatever I need. 

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you'll check out all the other designers.  It always amazes me how different all the cards end up looking.

Double Trouble team up  -   Tall and Skinny Card with sketch

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Joy Of Sets February Blog Hop - LOVE is in the Air

We can never give away to much love!   I made this card a little while ago for our Anniversary to give to my husband. I love our busy farm life so different than how I was raised in the city.  I have loved this man for the last 33 years!   I love our 4 Sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 4 grandchildren.   The family I married into is terrific.  I grew up in a family of love....... I do believe that it fits the bill for the theme at least in my life.......

The only reason I didn't get a new card made just for this hop is because life has gotten full.  I have taken in (Feb 26th) my mother-in-law (stroke 3 years ago, right side paralyzed unable to communicate legibly)  and sister-in-law (cancer stage 4, just out of Hospice hospital on oxygen getting weaker) I love them both and couldn't bear for them to be in a nursing home.  We are doing this with much help from others in the family and some friends.  Ok sorry about all that, it’s not why you came by is it?

I used an old Sell-a-bration set from last year.  Sometimes when the new comes out we forget all about the old.  I'm not one to just discard a set because it isn't current so if you like this I can tell you it's not available  from Stampin' Up anymore but they do have many new sets and supplies. . I haven't been able to figure out how to post a video so I took still pictures of this "flip card"  or it could also be called a waterfall card.

Be sure to check out all the others that are involved in our Hop - such fun and talented designers!  If you can please leave a comment, we all love to read what people think of what we've created.  Here's the line up if you'd like to use it to go to each creators blog just click on their name.  - Gez Carpenter  is next after me if you click her name above the next button(couldn't remember how to attach the name and button!??) you can get to her and then  each blog should have a next botton to get you through. 😍
                     Gez Carpenter.
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Vicki Milyard  You are here

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TSOT 442 Patel Colors Happy BIrthday!

 My goodness, can you imagine one month of 2020 is almost over, My how time flies!
My card uses the Happy Birthday to You Stamp set from the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalog. If you’re not familiar with it that’s a small catalog that is put out by Stampin Up that you can get the products free from with a qualifying purchase from the main and mini catalogs that Stampin’ Up has. I liked the set when I first saw it and now I like it even more! Stampin’ up has brought out some dies to help cut it out with.  These will be available Feb and  March while supplies last.

I designed this card following our sketch and optional theme-pastels- for a card class.  I wanted to show off the Embossing folder along with the cake, more of a clean and simple card. Looking forward to seeing what you will come up with! Thanks for stopping

Optional Theme: Pastel Colors

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

TSOT 441 Weather or Not

 Happy Tuesday! Another week has rolled around and that means another challenge. Today our sketch is a throwback # 83 from  years ago before I was ever a part so this is a new one for me.  The stamp set and punch are available as a bundle from the mini catalog that stampin’ up put out in January. It is called Weather or Not.  I used a piece of foil paper for the diagonal because I don’t have anyway to do foiling. The card is an interactive card that I made for a friend. I have another post with a card using this die from Lawn Fawn.  It’s the posting right before this one called -fun cards for my stash.
Thanks so much for stopping by I do hope that you will hop on over to all the other blogs and join us in this challenge.

Optional Theme: Foiling

Throwback to Challenge 83

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fun cards for my stash!!

I had a card that I had to get made, and decided to make some extra for my children’s card stash. Seems like it is always empty because there are so many nieces and nephews which equals tons of great nieces and nephews! I love to make interactive cards for them. This card uses the lawn fawn magic picture changer die. Which one do you like best? 😀

Pull the tab and a new picture emerges, ohhhh what fun!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TSOT 440 Mix up challenge

Mix up Challenge these are fun and I choose to use both.   I used Watercolor paper for this card. I colored each section with the marker and stamped it down by using the stamparatus. That tool is so handy you can do detailed coloring like this one,  color one section at a time with markers -the stamp is left in place and stamped over and over giving you Exact placement every time!! I then took a watercolor brush and pulled color from each of the sections to add depth with a lighter shade. So yes I did the theme which is wet, and the sketch is right on this time.😊. This is a free set for Sale-A-Bration with Stampin Up, it’s earned when you place a qualifying order. Stampin Up has a mini catalog with a wide range of stamps/DSP/a cutting die that matches a stamp set/ twine&sequins combo pack/a card kit/a punch that matches a stamp set
So much for you to choose from!! If you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested contact me at I’d love to help you.
Stamp set: Happy Birthday to You
Stampin Markers and aqua painter (watercolor brush)
Birthday Bonanza DSP
Seam Binding Ribbon-whisper white colored with aqua painter and marker.


Here is the sketch/theme

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Joy of Sets Blog Hop something new!!


Welcome to the first blog hop of the year for The Joy Of Sets! Thank you for hopping over.
I decided to make a gift bag and card all in one. Have you ever made a bag like this where the card hangs on the front of the bag? It’s a nice decoration for the bag and the card won’t get lost. I made the card with Stampin’ Up’s new tulip set - so that’s my new thing.  Actually I was at a friends house and stamped  the tulips to take home, it’s not my set. I have some new products coming but they’re not here yet. The bag I decorated with some stamps that I found is my stash then used the lovely new tulips on the card as the focal image. It’s always nice to have a pretty bag to use and my supply was rather depleted.

Hoppin around seeing what everyone has created is a lot of fun for you! Know what would make it extra special for all of us?  😏 leaving us a comment!  Sometimes we are extra excited to do these hops and then wonder if anyone likes what we've made.

Hop on over to Alejandra Gomez, she's next in the line up(couldn't get the link on the graphic so click on her name above the graphic to go to her blog) or if you missed one you can click on their name below and it will take you to their blog. We have a lot of really nice projects by all who made a project for this first blog hop.        Thanks for hoppin over, ENJOY!!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

TSOT 439 ThankYou

Happy New Year !  Wow it is hard to believe that 2020 is here !  Another year to use our stamps, ink, cardstock, embelishments, embossing folders........ I could go on and on :0)   Are you a beginner stamper? seasoned stamper?   I guess I'd consider myself a seasoned stamper that likes to play around with stamping.  Not just for cards but also home decor and packaging. Are you new to us this year or one of our 'oldies"  whichever one you are, please join in on the fun and if you have a moment leave a comment once in a while.

 Aren’t new stamps fun to play with? Tulips always remind me of spring they pop up and they’re so beautiful, sometimes we get snow around here and there they are standing in all their glory and beauty. These tulips come out of the new mini catalog Stampin’ Up has out, it runs from Jan to July. January through March is a great time to get something new, it’s Sell-a-bration time! Here in the United States for every $50 you spend you get to pick a free item out of a catalog that has Specially made items Available only during these months. It has a wide range of items in it I’m sure there would be something in it that you would like, Stamps, DSP, ribbon packs, card kits…If you would like to see the mini catalog or the sell-a-bration catalog please contact me I would love to share them with you, and if you do not have a demonstrator I would love to help you get some wonderful products  that you could us and make lovely cards with.
A Friend and I got together and we used this set from the mini catalog that she had gotten, One of the perks for being a demonstrator is that we can get the stamps early before the catalog goes live. They have an extra special offer right now if anyone is thinking about signing up now is a good time to do it!
 This set did not have the pot in it, I decided I wanted my tulips in a pot so I scrounged ground and found this in another set that I have. The good thing about these tulips is that it comes as a bundle with a punch that will cut out a larger tulip. I’ve used the smaller tulip on this card and used my stamp scan N cut machine to cut them mainly because that was going to be quicker then cutting them by hand. They could be cut by hand fairly easily I was just meeting to get this card done and since I had a page of stamped images I used my scan N Cut.
Thank you for coming by I do hope that you will enjoy this year of Stamping and maybe stretch yourself to learn something new and try new things. Be sure and check out all the design team members!

Optional Theme: Thank You