Thursday, December 8, 2016

Flourishing Birthday

I used the color combo - Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White. I wanted something feminine yet something that said December... which I think the color Pool Party is a frosty flower.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Flourishing Phrases, Birthday Banners
Ink - Memento
Paper - Whisper White(thick), Basic Black
Accessories - Flourish Thinlits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, Precision Plate, glue dots. rhinestones

Friday, December 2, 2016

Snowmen Nuggets Holder

These are so darn cute! I saw Donna Kish's on Pinterest (she got her inspiration from France Martin (Frenchie). Thanks so much ladies for creating something so cute!

If you'd like to see the instructions, you can head on over to Donna's page and view her instructions for the box.

I started with a 6 1/4" x 3" piece of Real Red cardstock. Then, I scored it 1/2" and 1" on all sides. I cut the piece as shown below:

Now, I used Whisper White cardstock for the snowmen bodies. I cut my strips 1" x 3"... and used double-sided sticky tape first. It didn't hold to well together, so I switched to using glue dots to keep them on the chocolate nuggets.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Snow Place
Paper - Whisper White, Real Red
Ink - Memento, Basic Black, Real Red, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Big Shot, Magnetic Plate, Snow Friends Framelits, Simply Scored Tool, Scoring Tool, glue dots

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Caring Flowers

Our Aunt had open heart surgery to replace/repair to faulty valves in her heart. Since I cannot be there in person to give her flowers... what better way to cheer her up than sending cheerful flowers that will never wilt!

I used the Falling Flowers stamp set with the coordinating May Flowers Framelits. I didn't have a "current" Get Well wish sentiment, so I used a retired stamp from the Kind and Caring Thoughts stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Falling Flowers, Kind and Caring Thoughts
Ink - Soft Suede
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Big Shot, May Flowers Framelits, Basic Pearls, dimensionals, glue dots

More Leaves

I'm loving the cooler weather along with the color of Fall leaves. For my Thanksgiving cards this year, I wanted it to keep it simple, so I paired the stamp sets "And Many More" with "Vintage Leaves". Perfect!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, And Many More
Ink - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke
Paper - Early Espresso, Whisper White
Embellishments - Early Espresso Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon

Friday, November 11, 2016


Happy Veterans' Day to all Veterans! Thank you so very much for your service and our freedom! I have 5 people in my family who are veterans.... my Dad, my Father-in-law, my brother, and 2 brothers-in-law. Thanks!

Now, I cannot take credit for this lovely card. I saw a 4th of July card on Pinterest....and just knew I wanted to create one for the 5 gentleman Veterans.
Here is Kim Jolley's card, whom I copied. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Thoughtful Banners
Ink - Night of Navy
Paper - Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories - Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, scissors, Star Punch (small)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thoughtful Friend

My niece loves her little black kitty, so I thought I'd make a kitty card for her.... and her favorite color is blue, so I used Bermuda Bay with the matching polka dotted ribbon (retired).

I couldn't make a black kitty due to the fact the eyes and whiskers wouldn't show up on black ink, so I used Basic Gray instead. So it's a little gray kitty. LOL!

I used the heart within in the Foxy Friends stamp set on this card. I just inked up the middle size heart instead of the heart bubble that is within the set.

Thanks for taking a quick look!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners
Ink - Basic Gray, Memento, Bermuda Bay
Paper - Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories - Grosgrain Polka Dotted Ribbon (Bermuda Bay)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Swirly Year

I saw a cute card on Pinterest with the word "SMILE" in cut out letters on a card and thought what a cute idea.... I could do that for a Happy Birthday card. I think it turned out great! I added a few flowers around too to make it more feminine.

Now, I do have to say... the colors in the photo are off... it looks blue. The color is actually green -- the new In-Color - Emerald Envy. I'm sure any color would work well with this though. =)

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Number of Years, Swirly Bird
Ink - Emerald Envy
Paper - Whisper White (thick), Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Emerald Envy DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, glue dots, rhinestones

Monday, November 7, 2016

Wishful Party

I saw a card very similar on Pinterest (but with different colors)... I wanted to keep mine masculine for my nephews birthday.  Not sure if you can see it or not, but I used the Party Punch Pack (balloon) to punch out the balloon and added a glue dot behind to make it pop up a bit!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Party Wishes
Ink - Memento, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Paper - It's My Party DSP, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Accessories - Party Punch Pack (Balloon)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Pairings

I saw these colors together on Pinterest and just had to use them on this Fall birthday card. I LOVE Fall colors! Such a lovely time with all the changing leaves and cooler weather too.

I wanted to create a masculine card, as this is for my Uncle. I thought to dress up the rectangular piece with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Falling Flowers, Perfect Pairings
Ink - Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Paper - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon
Accessories - May Flowers Thinlits, Big Shot, glue dots, Linen Thread, Curvy Corner Trio Punch

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Foxy Banners

My niece loves animals, so of course I'm going to have a cute little critter on her card! LOVE this set!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Foxy Friends, Birthday Banners
Ink - Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand
Paper - Cajun Craze, It's My Party DSP, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Circle Collection Framelits, glue dots

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Love For You


I am happy to announce that my husband's parents are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary! Wow! What an amazing married life that they have lived so far! Congratulations to them!

I wanted to create something spectacular for their 60th.... the theme for 60th is diamonds... so I knew I was going to use some rhinestones on it.   My card measures 5x5. I found Amanda Bates' card on Pinterest, and loved her layout and design, so I re-created her card using the brushed silver cardstock (I know silver is for 25th wedding anniversary, but it worked well with my rhinestones!).
Here is Amanda's card:
Thanks Amanda for your inspiration!

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Momma and Pop!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamp Sets - Bloomin' Love, Banners for You
Ink - Smoky Slate
Paper - Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Die-Brush, Large Numbers Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, dimensionals, glue dots, rhinestones

Monday, October 17, 2016

Time For Flowers

For my hubby on our anniversary! Celebrating 14 years! I love you honey!

I utilized 3 different stamp sets for this card: Falling Flowers for the black vine and red flowers; Time of Year for the banner 'Always'; and Flourishing Phrases for the words 'I Love You'.

I love how it all came together so easily. I was not going to add the the vine is pretty on it's own, but with the added flowers it just steps it up with the wow factor!

I pray that we are blessed with many more years together!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamp Sets - Falling Flowers, Time of Year, Flourishing Phrases
Ink - Real Red, Memento
Paper - Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Bunch of Banners Framelits, May Flowers Framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Princess Ledges Calendar Page

With the coming of cooler weather comes the beautiful color display of leaves where I live. We hiked a little park near our new home...and saw a few leaves changing. The park which showcase a huge shale ledge...prevalent here in Ohio. It was a lovely walk...and we hope to go back when we can showcase all the beautiful colored leaves too.

This will be the October page for my 2017 Calendar. Which will show all the places we've seen in 2016.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background - Seasons (SJA ash)
Embellishments - Sweater Weather (border leaves)
Font - Chalkdust (mustard yellow)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Swirly Banner

Okay, so I have a confession to make... when I got the stamp set "Swirly Birds" I was perplexed as to what to use the 2 double triangle stamps for... I couldn't figure it out.  Luckily, other Stampin' Up! demonstrators figured it out and posted cards using those 2 stamps - whew!  They were used for making kites! LOL!

I'm happy to say that I was able to play with them, and came up with this great card!

I also used the Perfectly Artistic DSP for the background. I believe it's a fitting background for the kites!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Sets - Swirly Bird, Birthday Banners
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake
Paper - Early Espresso, Whisper White, Perfectly Artistic DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Bunch of Banners Framelits, glue dots

Flourishing Banner

I'd like to tell you how this card evolved. I originally thought to just place the white die-cut on top of the peach cardstock with the banner below.  It looked too plain to me. I then thought that the negative piece would look good on top of the peach cardstock with a black mat behind... I did like that, but felt it was missing something. I decided to add the die-cut piece back onto the opening BUT... offsetting it a bit, so it looks like a shadow! Lovely!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Flourishing Phrases, Birthday Banners
Ink - Memento
Paper - Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Die-Brush, Precision Plate, Flourish Thinlits, dimensionals, glue dots

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Falling Cards

I've seen a few cards using this layout with a slice of the top cardstock cut out, so wanted to try my hand at it.

I'm sure there is an easier way to do this, but I will share how I accomplished it.  With the front of the card and the Simply Scored Tool I scored a diagonal line on the carstock...then I moved only the bottom portion to create another score line. I then used my scissors to cut on the score lines. (The Designer Series Paper is covering the back portion of the card front, so that when the person who opens the card will see the left portion all covered).

I wanted to use the Falling Flowers and the May Flowers Framelits for the first time! Cute set... I can see so many possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Sets - Falling Flowers, Tin of Cards
Ink - Memento
Paper - Whisper White (thick), Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Botanical Gardens DSP, glue dots, rhinestones

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Phrase Affection

The new Floral Affections TIEF (Texture Impressions Embossing Folders) make creating elegant card easy!

With one swipe through the Big Shot... you have your embossed front...all that needs to be added is the sentiment and a few pearls!

I think my new favorite color is Sweet Sugarplum...such a lovely shade of purple.

Thanks for taking a look!

Stamp Set - Flourishing Phrases
Ink - Sweet Sugarplum
Paper - Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Floral Affections TIEF, Basic Pearls

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sugarplum Swirls


When I saw (on Pinterest) that someone used the Swirly Birds stamp set as a lollipop.... I just had to try to make a card with one too. Such creativity and thinking outside the box!

I took a close-up photo, so that you could see that I used Wink of Stella on the white parts of the lollipop to give it some shine too!  As an added note... I used the cardstock color Sweet Sugarplum -- How appropriate! =)

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Sets - Swirly Birds, Birthday Banners
Ink - Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake
Paper - Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Wink of Stella, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, dimensionals, glue dots 

Candle Banner

This card came together so quickly... I love when I can just use one stamp set for a card.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Time of Year
Ink - Dapper Denim
Paper - Dapper Denim, Dapper Denim DSP, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Bunch of Banners Framelits, glue dots

Friday, September 16, 2016

Birthday Friend

My niece loves kitties.... so what could be more adorable than a kitty card!  When the new Stampin' Up! catalog came out with the Foxy Friends and Fox Builder Punch came out, I just knew I had to get them. So much diversity in this stamp set.  Although, I do have to say.... it's difficult to decide which stamp to use with what...and the Fox Punch doesn't align with any stamp, so you need to punch several pieces of paper to just get the whole animal. (This was my first card, so hopefully putting together the animals will get easier the more I work with them).

I utilized a few different products on this card. The Designer Series Paper is from "It's My Party" paper stack. I used the Deco Labels well as the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The sentiment stamps are from Banners for You and Birthday Banners stamp sets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Sets - Foxy Friends, Birthday Banners, Banners for You
Ink - Crushed Curry, Memento
Paper - It's My Party, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Big Shot, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Fox Builder Punch, Deco Labels Framelits, glue dots

Friday, September 9, 2016

Peekaboo Banners

Sorry, this photo is a bit flashy... I tried to get the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the flowers (the without a flash photo...made the flowers look a bit dirty). Trust me... it sparkles! lol

I wanted to showcase the 'Banners for You' stamp set...and this is the only set I used for this card! Amazing - huh! Such lovely flowers and leaves that tend to get overlooked with all the words and banners within the set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - Banners For You
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach DSP, Whisper White
Accessories - Wink of Stella, Rhinestones

Banner Birthday

I was really impressed with myself, as I only used one stamp set in creating this card (as I usually use 2 or more different sets in one card... this is remarkable!).

Many, who are just getting started with their supply of stamps, ink and paper...may not have many stamps to choose from in the beginning. So, I felt it was time to try to create a card featuring just one. This is a great workshop or card camp card too!

I did use a bit of the masking technique to get the candles long, and not going through the banner.  I suppose I could have used the Bunch of Banners Framelits to achieve the same results with a bit of 'pop'. Maybe I'll try that on a different card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Birthday Banner
Ink - Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight
Paper - Pool Party, Dapper Denim DSP, Whisper White
Accessories - scissors, scrap paper (for masking technique)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Blossom Scribbles

I'm loving the new Swirly Scribbles thinlits! I saw a few cards on Pinterest using the scribbles as vines and wanted to try that on my card here.

The background is embossed using the Brick Wall TIEF. I then die-cut the scribbles thinlits on my Big Shot using Pear Pizzazz. Using the new In-Colors (Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach), I stamped each color on the corresponding cardstock and used the Pansy Punch to cut them out.

I probably should have stamped the sentiment before embossing the background, but it turned out okay stamping it after I embossed it.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used
Stamp Sets - Birthday Blossoms
Ink - Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo
Paper - Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Brick Wall TIEF, Pansy Punch, Swirly Scribbles, glue dots

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whipps Ledges Calendar Page

I had a bit of fun creating this page. The background is a combination of paper and overlays to create the "dirt" you see on the page. My family took a hike in the Hinckley Reservation Cleveland Metroparks in Ohio back in June 2016...where we got to explore the Whipps Ledges. Beautiful place!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background: Nov 2015 Blog Train (ddnd) - paper lightbrown
Embellishments: Charisma Mini Sampler (abdb) - leaf; Blooming (jds) - button
Stamp Brush Sets: Vintage Overlays (su) - overlays(brown); Happy Camper (su) - boot(brown)
Punch - Tasteful Trim (white)
Font - Boulder (white); At Last Greeting (brown)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

USNAST July Calendar Page

For my July Calendar page for our 2017 Calendar, I decided to use photos from our trip to the Naval Air Station in Tillamook (Oregon). The photo of us is inside the Guppy aircraft. It was great to visit around Memorial Day...and to now use these photos for our July Calendar Page... I can go all out with the Patriotic Theme!
It was great that I had an american flag background to use in my digital papers... I didn't need to add really anything else to finish off this page!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background: Americana July 2016 BT (SCA) - Grunge Flag
Embellishments: Pursuit of Happiness Sampler (QueenBr) - red ribbon with stars; Patriot (RvMcSou) - stars
Font - Freedom9 (white)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tillamook Calendar Page

In May 2016, Mike and I took the factory tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We even got samples at the end of the tour! YUM!  We had lunch and dessert there too....featuring grilled cheese, mac n cheese and (of course) Tillamook Ice Cream! YUMMY!!!!!!

Here is a page for our 2017 calendar.  I love how easy this page came together.... the background is blue with the stamp from 'Our Happy' in yellow on top.... yep, the lines and dots are part of the opening of the whole stamp. Perfect stamp for cheese, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background - blue
Stamp Brush Set - Our Happy(SU) - yellow
Embellishments - Sweet Shop(SU) - ice cream cone
Punch - Flag - white
Font - CK Cutie - blue

May Calendar Page

In trying to design our May Calendar page, I wanted to incorporate the rose bush that I planted in memory of my Mom... on Mother's Day last year 2015. So, I took this photo in 2016 when the roses were in bloom. Since the Mother's Day is in May, showcasing the rose bush was a must! I always want to add a photo of Mike and myself on each calendar month page too.... so this is when we went to dinner at Round Table Pizza. that place!

The digital flowers that I chose were a different color originally, so I recolored them pink to match my page.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background - green
Embellishments - White Grosgrain Ribbon (SU); White Flower Brads (SU); Spring Memories (Kasta) - recolored pink
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays - white (SU)
Punch - Scallop - pink
Font - Brannball Script -white

Monday, August 1, 2016

Banner Time

I am in love with the Bunch of Banners Framelits and the few stamp sets that go along with it.  So many variations, so little time! lol!

I used the masking technique to get the candle to through the banner (even though I used a framelit on top). The candle stamp was made longer with this technique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp set - Birthday Banners
Ink - Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry
Paper - Emerald Envy, Emerald Envy DSP, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Bunch of Banners, glue dots, masking technique used scrap pieces of paper, scissors

Friday, July 29, 2016

Trillium Lake Calendar Page

Resuming my pages for my 2017 Calendar with our trip to Trillium Lake in the Mt Hood National Forest in Oregon. Such a breathtaking backdrop! We hiked around the lake that day...gorgeous day for a hike!

I didn't have any trillium flowers in my digital stash...which would have been so much more appropriate than these flowers that I placed on my page. But, I love the look and coordination with the big picture that they provide. As you can see... I added a second text box for 'Lake' with white underneath the brown, so that it would stand out more (it tended to just blend in with the background).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background - Campfire Stories (MagsGfx)
Embellishments - Winter Blue (Dillie) - Flowers and Leaves; Walk In The Park (Stampin' Up!) - Leaf Border (recolored white)
Punch - Square (filled w/brown)
Font - Rockwell Extra Bold (white); At Mahogany Script (brown and white)

Birthday in the Meadow

I don't usually create scenes on my cards, but with this stamp set... I just had to give it a try. My final card turned out fabulous (In my opinion... LOL!)... but the work that I had to do to get there...whew!

Coloring in the scene took a bit of time to get it right. I first tried using just the blender pen.... but the "water" just didn't flow very well on the paper. I finally ended up using the aqua painter to achieve the results you see here along with the blender pen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - In The Meadow, Birthday Blossoms
Ink - Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate
Paper - Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories - Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Banners Framelits, Big Shot

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bandon Oregon

Mike and I took a short trip to the coast to celebrate my birthday back in March 2016... here is a calendar page to showcase our trip. This one will be for the month of we took this trip in seemed very fitting.

Just a note on how I got the yellow rope to go in front and behind the anchor on the page. I cropped part of the it - below the knot, so that part would be positioned in front of the anchor. Then I cropped the bow part out to just show the swirly rope part... this I placed behind the anchor. If you look closely, near the bottom of the circle of the anchor, you can see a slight shift in the rope... that's where I cropped both images and placed them together.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite
Background - End of Summer (Valerie)
Embellishments - Summer Vacation (LinJane) - scallop border, rope jetty, yellow rope; Beach (DDND) - button; Anchor Away Mini (Kapi) - Anchor
Punch - Flag (white)
Font - Beach (colored to match background)

Oregon Gardens

Continuing my work on our 2017 Calendar with our trip that we took to the Oregon Gardens in May 2016. Since this is my second page for my calendar.... this one will be for the month of February.
Now, with that said, I wanted to incorporate some hearts and pink onto my page even though the photos were all green and earthy colors. I really like the pop of pink on this page!

I chose a gravel background as that was what all the pathways were made out of around the gardens. The background wasn't dark enough, so I re-colored it darker to match the gravel in my photo. Clever - huh?

The word 'Oregon' was created using the Timeless Type Junior Letters from Stampin' Up! I added each letter, positioned and aligned them...then grouped them together, so that I could size those letters down proportionally.

Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software
Background - Campfire Stories (Mags Gfx) - recolored a dark gray
Embellishments - Love Blooms Eternal (MyCfts) - Heart Bunch; Love (Lpritchett) - Flowers; It's the Little Things (wendyp) - Flowers
Punches - Timeless Type Junior Letters (Stampin' Up!) colored white
Font - Brannball Small (black); Cerebral (white)

Saturday, July 23, 2016


I decided to play with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set along with a layout I found on Pinterest. For each card base I used 4.25x8.5...and folded in half (this way I could wrap the ribbon around the card with the ends falling behind the Deco Labels Framelits.

I embossed only the top portion of the card base with the Decorative Dots TIEF (Texture Impressions Embossing Folder), and then placed a piece of black or pink piece to the bottom portion of the base. I then wrapped the ribbon around the seam of the papers -- leaving the ends in the front, so that the framelit shape would cover the ends.

I die-cut the Deco Labels Framelits and stamped the bottom portion of the cupcake directly on the piece along with the sentiment. I attached the framelit to the card base.

I stamped the top portion of the cupcake onto colored cardstock and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the frosting. I used dimensionals to attach the frosting to the cupcake to make it pop.

I added the rhinestones to the I felt that the label was too plain.... now I'm thinking the label is too big. What are your thoughts?

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used
Stamp sets - Sprinkles of Life
Ink - Memento
Paper - Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Decorative Dots TIEF, rhinestones, Taffeta Ribbon (Real Red, Daffodil Delight), dimensionals, Tree Builder Punch

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aquarium Calendar Page


Well, it's been a very long time since I created a scrapbook page, so today was the day to get to work scrapping again (oh I've made a ton of cards...but just haven't been scrapping lately). It felt great to get back into the swing of things with my first page for my 2017 Calendar.  The pages will showcase all the places/things that my husband and I have gone/done in 2016.

Now, I am scrapping with My Memories Suite...and I did just upgrade to the new Windows 10 on my Windows 7 computer... so I had a hard time locating my Pictures on my computer through My Memories. Luckily I found them before getting too frustrated. LOL!

I saw this layout from JCDesigns on their website, and wanted to try working with it. Now I didn't add journaling to my page as it is going to be a Calendar page instead of a scrap book page.  When I get around to creating my scrapbook for 2016... I'll do the journaling then.

Thanks for stopping by!

Phrase Flourish

In need of a "Get Well" card... I made several to have on hand should I need some in the future. Sometimes it's hard to come up with a design on such short notice -- does that ever happen to you?  I got some inspiration from Pinterest using the 'Flourishing Phrases' stamp set from Stampin' Up! I decided not to use the matching framelits on these cards... just wanted to use the stamp set.

I wanted to incorporate the matching DSP for the 3 new In-Color that I used... Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I'm loving that Sweet Sugarplum color!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Flourishing Phrases
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White
Accessories - White Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tin Meadows

My sister and her family live in Colorado....where they can see the mountains out their back window/balcony. As it is my brother-in-law's birthday... I felt a card that showcased the mountains would be perfect for him.

Now, I do have to say that this is my third attempt at coloring in the images. I first tried a blender pen...not so good with a large expanse to color. Next, I tried a brayer.... ugh...the colors were too dark. Finally, with the one shown, I used an AquaPainter. I wish there was something that easily colored large areas without showing brush strokes.  Maybe it's just the operator and I don't know the correct technique with blender pens and brayers.  Anyways.... I'm happy with my results with the AquaPainter that I don't have to do attempt #4. LOL!

I colored the "flowers" and tips of the mountain with a white colored pencil then added Wink of Stella to them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - In The Meadow, Tin of Cards
Ink - So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Memento
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, AquaPainter, Wink of Stella

Monday, July 18, 2016

Swirly Sailing

I wasn't sure I'd like the stamp set -- Swirly Birds, but wanted to get the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.... and thought that getting the bundle would be a great deal! This is the first card I created with both the stamp set and thinlits! I was so happy with the results.  (Well, except for my over inked red stamp pad that was a little too juicy for my sentiment piece. LOL!).

I used the thinlits for the sun and waves... using the negative pieces for the lighter colors. Creating the ship was kinda cute with all the different stamps to choose from. (There are some stamps I have yet to figure out what they are for, though).  I cut out the boat with scissors.

For the sentiment I used the words from the Birthday Banners set. I decided to make it curved, so that it would flow with the wave thinlit.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Swirly Birds, Birthday Banner
Ink - Real Red, Dapper Denim, Chocolate Chip
Paper - Dapper Denim, Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Die Brush, scissors, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, dimensionals

Friday, July 15, 2016


Many Layers and NO stamp sets or Ink!  Well, the inside has the inked sentiment. LOL!

I just about fell in love with Narelle Farrugia's card that I saw on Pinterest and wanted to try recreating it using the supplies I had... I didn't use her colors, but I so loved the layout I had to make two! Thanks Narelle!

Here is her card:

As you can see I didn't add the sentiment to the front of my cards.... the sentiment is in the inside of the card (a Thank You and a Birthday sentiment).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango DSP, Rich Razzelberry DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Botanical Builder Framelits, rhinestones, glue dots

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Vintage Banner

I CASEd a card from Kylie Bertucci that I found on Pinterest. Thanks Kylie for creating such a lovely card. I changed mine just a bit to make it my own.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, Thoughtful Banners
Ink - Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, Memento
Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White, Dapper Denim
Accessories - Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, scissors, glue dots, Duet Banner Punch


With most card designs I create, I have a thought in my head (from either a layout or stamp set that I've seen online).... and I try to make something work with what I have. I saw a pretty card that had a die-cut heart with the cardstock color I felt it would work beautifully with my Butterflies Thinlits.

I started with a piece of white cardstock 3.5x4.75, and die-cut the butterfly in the top portion. I adhered the white cardstock (negative) to the colored cardstock 3.75x5. Then used the sticky tape to adhere only the middle section of the butterfly back within the die-cut piece.

I stamped the sentiment (Tin of Cards) to match the colored cardstock.

I created a bow at the end of my ribbon and instead of cutting off the bottom part of the bow on one side.... I used that piece to wrap around the edge of the focal piece.

I finished the card by adhering it to a thick white cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Tin of Cards
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Paper - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Butterflies Thinlits, glue dots, Taffeta Ribbon (Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Vintage Pair

I wanted to work with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies that I had, so I paired it with "Perfect Pairings" stamp set (ha... did you see what I did there!). I felt that the result was a bit too plain for my card, so I added a "Vintage Leaves" stamp.

I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) called "It's My Party" and I aligned the letters on the DSP so that all the little arrows were pointing down. It helps when you use the Magnetic Platform in the Big Shot!

Since the stamp within the "Perfect Pairings" stamp set had 'Happy Birthday', I used a marker to only color in 'Birthday'.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, Perfect Pairings
Ink - Memento
Paper - Delightful Dijon, It's My Party DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Little Letters Thinlits, Leaflets Framelits, White Baker's Twine, glue dots

18 Milestone


I liked the general layout of Michelle Last's card that I found on Pinterest.  However.... I needed a masculine card for my nephew who is turning 18! Thanks for your layout inspiration Michelle!

I stamped the leaves twice behind the numbers to give it a fuller look.  I decided not to use the banner stamp that was included with the Number of Years Stamp set.... I used the Bloomin' Love stamp set instead.  I felt that the leaves on the sides of the banner went along better with the leaves in the background.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Number of Years, Bloomin' Love
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Paper - Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, glue dots, dimensionals
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