Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet n Simple

Here's a card that is easy to make but very appealing to the eye, thanks to a couple of paper punches, one stamp, a piece of ribbon and this year's Sale-a-Bration  designer series paper, all from Stampin' Up!:
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sailor!

My husband's birthday was this past Wednesday, and since he lives and breathes sailing, making him a sailing card for it was a given.  For this card I used all Stampin' Up! products:
I'm loving the new Lost Lagoon color (the color used on the sailboats).  I'm also becoming more and more comfortable with the photopolymer stamps.  I've discovered the trick is to not press too hard on the ink pad with them.

Hope you have a super day and can find some time to create!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

I Heart Snow

I know, I know, I hear it all the time.  But I love snow!  So when Stampin' Up! released this new snowflake card framelit, it went to the top of my "must have or die" list.  When it finally arrived, I couldn't wait to start playing with it.  Here's my first card with it, looking at it from the front:
And here is how it looks when you open it:
All supplies for this card are from Stampin' Up!  It also fit in nicely with this week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, which is using your stash of glitter and bling.  I'm going to have a lot of fun with this card framelit!  It came with other framelits, too, such as the two snowflakes, the heart and the word "snow", among others.  It's great for Christmas and winter cards.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Got Mistletoe?

I've been wanting to use this stamp since last summer when it was released by Stampin' Up!, but I never got around to it til now, when 52 Card Christmas Throwdown posted their most recent challenge, "Mistletoe and Wine".  Perfect opportunity!  Here's my submission:
All products are from Stampin' Up! except the mistletoe embossing folder which is a retired product from Cuttlebug.

Thanks for visiting, and hope you're inspired to start your Christmas cards soon!


Friday, August 15, 2014


There's a very special woman from my church who has a birthday coming up.  I wanted to make something unique to not only wish her happy birthday but to give her an idea of how much she is loved and appreciated.  Here's what I came up with:
And here is the front:

I used products from a lot of different companies, but mainly, the bench is a die from Karen Burniston of Elizabeth Crafts, the bike and coordinating die are from Hero Arts, and the airplane and banner dies are from Impression Obsession.  The "hello" and "#birthdaysrock" stamps, inks and papers are from Stampin' Up!, and I just don't remember who made the "good things" stamp! 

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you get time to craft today!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Calling All Heroes

My oldest daughter developed a love for super heroes while she was a tween.  She's since grown into a smart, lovely young woman, working on her own just outside of Tokyo!  She's developed other interests, but she still loves her super heroes!  When Stampin' Up! released the Calling All Heroes photo polymer set, I knew I had to get it and make stuff with it for her.  Here's my first project:

Kinda fun, huh?

Thanks for stopping by during your busy day.  Hope you find some time to create this weekend!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Had some fun with the circle framelit flip-it by Stephanie Barnard.  The one I used is retired but she has a newer design for sale.  The rest of the products I used are from Stampin' Up!

Flip-its are kinda fun in that they're interactive cards but aren't very complicated to make.

Hope you find some time to craft today!  Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Here's another layout highlighting a castle we visited during our recent vacation to Germany.  You can also see it on page 183 in the July issue of Create, the fabulous, FREE, on-line magazine!
To download the magazine, click on the "share" link and some more links will pop up, and one of the options is to download.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit!  Hope you're inspired to do some creating today!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sending You a Hug

Sometimes a stamp is so cute you just have to get it -- which is how I felt when I saw the "Duke" dog stamp from Rosie's Roadshow.  It's just a simple sketch but so adorable.  I did the following with it:
Perfect for my mom and my two daughters, all three of which don't live anywhere near me.

The card stock, ink and embossing folder is all from Stampin' Up!, and the message stamp is from Verses (a stamp company specializing in message stamps).

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you're inspired to craft today!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So Sorry

Ugh, I wanted to let someone know how sorry I was for an event that happened last week.  I had already apologized, but I wanted her to know how much I meant it.  So I decided to make and send her the following:
All products used are from Stampin' Up!

What do you think...will it do the job?

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Deck the Halls

Time for another Christmas in July....I can almost feel the snowflakes on my cheeks!  At least, I wish I could as it's miserably hot and humid outside.

I made this card as a submission for a Christmas in July blog hop sponsored by 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  There were four options to choose from, and I chose the Color challenge, which wanted mostly to see a lot of pinks:

The designer papers are from an old release by The Angel Company, and everything else is from Stampin' Up!, including the bow that I made using their Gift Bow die.

It's a great day to stay inside next to the closest air conditioning vent and craft!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Adorable Imp

Had some fun with these cute pictures of Julie from back in the day.  One day while vacationing at my parent's beach house in New Jersey, I took my kids down to the beach with my camera loaded with a roll of black and white film (yes, film!!).  At the time I wanted to hand-color the black and white photos.  This was long before Photoshop!  Years later, the b/w pictures were scanned so now I can do a little more with them.
I used a bunch of different companies' products for this:  Basic Grey Hang Ten, Skate Shoppe and Lily Kate, Cosmo Cricket Snorkel, Jessica Sprague Travel Log and I made the journaling strips.  This is entirely a digital layout

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Everyone is a Star...

...and deserves to twinkle."  Do you know who said that?  I didn't either, but it was Marilyn Monroe!  I found a stamp made of that saying (by Verses stamp company) and had to get it.  Here's what I did with it:
I think it's a really sweet saying and plan on using it a lot.  All the other products I used on the card are from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you've been inspired to do some of your own crafting today!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Banner Blast Birthday

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to stamp with some of my fellow Croppin' Queens!  Four glorious hours of uninterrupted stamping with the friendliest and funniest ladies in NOVA!  Here's one of the cards I made today:

I'm particularly happy with this card because I used Sahara Sand with Strawberry Slush, and it's the first card I've ever made with Sahara Sand!  I've had a hard time liking that color, but I think it looks good here.  Everything I used in this card is from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for visiting, and have a good week!