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!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Christmas in July

Hi, what a wonderful long weekend we have this year!  Gorgeous weather and lazy days!  And I'm excited to be meeting with my stamping friends tomorrow afternoon to stamp!!  It's been way too long since I have been able to do that.

This month is when one typically hears about "Christmas in July", and since I never got around to posting my Christmas card from last year, I thought I'd do it now.  All products (except the trim at the top, which is Tim Holtz) are from Stampin' Up!

With a long weekend, you should be able to find time to create!

Thanks for checking in,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Little Treat

One of the new products from Stampin' Up!'s 2014-2015 catalog is the uber cute hamburger box die (contributing to my Big Shot obsession that I wrote about yesterday!).  It was number one on my "had to have" list!  I was able to play with it this week, and here's what I did:

Are those not the cutest?!  Here's a view from above:

Of course you can put anything inside, but I put in a little bag of mini starbursts....yum!  I thought they would go with all the colors of the papers!  Speaking of the papers, I used some old stock (and coordinating flowers) I had of Konnichiwa from Basic Grey, but the stamps and twine are from Stampin' Up!  I can't wait to use these for Christmas gift boxes!  Oh, the possibilities...!

Have a great weekend,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Big Shot Obsession

Have I mentioned that I absolutely love cutting dies?  I'm almost to the point where I only buy stamp sets that have coordinating dies, and I rarely make a card anymore without using a die in some way.  My favorite tool is the Big Shot, a sturdy hand-cranked desktop contraption that enables one to take paper crafting far beyond the conventional approach that stamps, ribbon and punches previously provided.

In the following card, I used three different dies, an embosslit and a paper punch:

The Big Shot has taken my card creating to a whole new level.  I don't know how I ever made cards without it!!

All products, except the "hello there", are from Stampin' Up!  "Hello" is from WPlus9, which has a coordinating stamp set.

Have a great weekend...I'm sure you'll find some time to create during it!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Lost my Heart in Heidelberg

Thank goodness for the new free, on- line magazine, Create by Scrapbook Generation!!  It focuses mainly on scrap booking, but also has card and tag ideas.  It is totally getting me out of the scrap booking rut I was in.  In each issue, they highlight a scrapbook company (this month it's Pink Paislee), and showcase a few sketches and all the different things you can do with one sketch.  They invite readers to make their own layout based on a sketch from that issue, and then submit it to their Reader's Gallery for a chance at publication.  This is the second time I was lucky enough to have the layout I submitted selected for print!  So exciting!!  Here it is (shown on page 217 in the June issue):

With all their fresh ideas, I've been happily scrapping my recent vacation to Germany! Why don't you try submitting one of your creations?

Magazine hint:  if you want to download it, click on the "share" button and an option for download will pop up.

Thanks for looking -- hope you get some create time in soon!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The 45 Record Card and Jacket

The other day, Deb Valder posted a card and envelope that look just like an old 45 record and jacket.  Immediately I knew I had to case it!  I have very fond memories of those days.  I even remember the first 45 I bought -- "Build Me Up, Buttercup" by the Foundations!  Anyone remember that one?

Anyway, here is my take on the 45 record card and jacket:

Is that not the cutest?  I'm going to give it to my brother, who listened to Casey Kasem every Sunday back in the 70's!  I want to make a bunch of these to have on hand for my friends who remember the days of the 45!

All the products I used are from Stampin' Up!, except the paper for the record jacket.  The stamp set is Blue Ribbon.  All the information on how to make it are on Deb's blog.

Here are some more views:
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you get some time to create today!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oh, What Fun!

The other day I came across the 52 Card Christmas Throwdown website.  It was one of those rare "aha" moments -- the music started playing and angels hovered above me!!!  I absolutely LOVE Christmas, and I start obsessing about making my Christmas cards in April or June -- no kidding.  I'm still not sure what exactly the title of the blog means, but basically, this has one challenge/week, each with a Christmas theme.  I was born to do this!!!

This week's theme is Rudolph/Reindeer, so here is my submission:
Thank you for visiting, and hope this inspires you to start your Christmas cards early!!