Monday, June 27, 2016


What a great and simple card to make! I cannot take credit for this creation (at least in the brown/black combination).... I was inspired by Teneale Williams' card found on Pinterest.  Here is her card:

To achieve this lovely creation. I used a clear block (Block D = 2-7/8 x 2-11/16) and stamped that into the ink pad (Crumb Cake of Soft Sky) and stamped that onto the Whisper White cardstock.
I then stamped the leave stamp (Vintage Leaves) with Memento ink directly on top of the stamped image of the square. I added the sentiment (Watercolor Wishes) to the bottom section.

I finished the card by matting them with Basic Black cardstock and then attaching them to their card bases.

Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Vintage Leaves, Watercolor Wishes
Ink - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Memento
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Clear Block D

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wooden Celebration

Dawn Griffith's card was such a great masculine card.... I just had to create one for myself.  Thanks Dawn for your inspiration!

I created this card for my nephew who is turning 17, so I felt it was a great teenager card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Hardwood, Celebrate Today
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso
Paper - Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, dimensionals, glue dot, white baker's twine

Meadow Hunting

Happy Father's Day to all the Father's out there! Both my father and father-in-law are not hunters, but I fell in love with this stamp set "In The Meadow", and wanted to use it for their Father's Day cards. 

Do you see the tree on the left hand side? Well the stamp IS NOT that tall, but I stamped in a way to create a tall tree... the portion underneath the Botanical Gardens DSP (Designer Series Paper) stops and starts down a bit to achieve this look. I love the effect it has... I hope you do too!

I used an AquaPainter to color in the grass and deer.

The Father's Day stamp is not a Stampin' Up! stamp (gasp!)... I know, I try to use Stampin' Up! whenever I can, but when I don't have a specific stamp that I want to use... I must look elsewhere.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - In The Meadow, Father's Day Stamp (Non-SU)
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Memento
Paper - Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, AquaPainter

Graduate Year


I really liked the look of Michelle Leone's graduation card, so striking with the bold orange color. I wanted to create a similar card using the colors of Jacob's high school and the tools I had.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - Number of Years, Go Graduate Plus (made in My Memories digital program)
Ink - Night of Navy
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, Square Lattice TIEF, glue dots, dimensionals

Graduation Poem

My sister-in-law saw this Poem (words by Rascal Flatts) on Pinterest in a frame with a burlap background.  She wanted me to create something similar with a wood plank background, so that she could have it printed 11x14 and framed to set out on the graduation table for their son (my nephew).

As with the graduation invites... I provided many different wood plank backgrounds.  This one was the one she chose.  Hopefully, I will get another photo of the physical framed piece to show everyone here, as this is just my digital image that I created for her to have printed.

I used My Memories Suite software using many different fonts and a wooden plank background from Country Sunflowers.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Graduation Invitations


When my brother and his wife wanted graduation invitations for their son (my nephew)... I jumped at the chance to design them using my digital software (My Memories Suite).  They sent me his senior photos and I designed around 8 or 9 different (front and back) options to choose from. They loved them - and I was so happy to design them for them. After designing them, they ordered the invitations through the MPix website as they offer many different paper printing options.

Here are the other designs that I created that didn't make the cut:





All are so very amazing in their own right... it was hard for them to choose between them.
I hope to design them for all my nieces and nephews when they graduate.

Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Money Diploma

When I saw Cassandra's card on Pinterest.... what a cute idea to use money as the "1" in the year! Thanks Cassandra for your inspiration!
Now, I chose to use a one dollar bill.... as it says "1" on it, and I aligned it so you can see the one.  I'm sure any denomination would work though. =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Gold Foil, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, glue dots, baker's twine

Blooms for You


Tracy's card is such a beauty.... I just needed to create one of my own. Thanks Tracy for your inspiration!  As you can see on my card on the left... I did make a few changes to make it my own.

I gold embossed the 'Just For You' sentiment on Basic Black Cardstock. I then matted each rectangle in gold foil before adhering it to the Mint Macaron card base.

Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - Botanicals for You
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Gold Foil, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP, Mint Macaron
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, Heat Tool, Gold Emboss Powder, glue dots

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rose Blossom

Upon seeing Sharon Burkert's card on Pinterest.... I wanted to try something similar with the stamps that I had on hand. While I think mine looks good.... I really like the detail in the flowers/leaves on Sharon's stamp that she used for the background piece better than my own.

I created my cards as a 'Thank You' for all the generous people who donated to PurpleStride2016 5K Walk/Run -- which is supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Every little bit helps those fighting this deathly disease.... I hope they do find a cure for this soon.

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Rose Wonder, Bloomin' Love, Lotus Blossom
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits, dimensionals, glue dots, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon

Friday, June 10, 2016

Go Graduate

Graduating from College -- what a great accomplishment! Congratulations to our God-Daughter, Trina! We are so proud of you!

I used Trina's College colors -- umm..whoops! I think her colors are red/white. Oh my...gotta change this. I'll post it when I get it done.

I designed the circle cap and words in my digital software (My Memories) and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock.  I finished the card traditionally.

Okay.... I created another card with the correct colors... here it is:

Supplies Used:
My Memories - Go Graduate Plus digital stamps, font (Lavanderia Regular and June)
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Real Red
Accessories - White Organdy Ribbon, Navy Satin Ribbon, glue dots, Circles Collection Framelits, dimensionals

Botanical Cards


I fell in love with Debbie Mageed's card that I found on Pinterest, so I just had to create one of my own. If you look closely... I did make a few changes from her card to make it my own. Thanks Debbie for your inspiration!

I used Botanical Gardens DSP for each layer of cardstock (excluding the base)... I also used that same DSP for the center of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Botanical Blooms, Tin of Cards
Ink - Cajun Craze, Memento, Mossy Meadow
Paper - Cajun Craze, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, glue dots

Monday, May 30, 2016

Perfect Blooms

The Botanical Builder Framelits are beautiful when layered! I just love this set... that coordinates with the Botanical Blooms stamp set AND the Botanical Gardens DSP.

I paired these with the Perfect Pairings stamp set for the sentiment.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (inside leaves)
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Memento
Paper - Whisper White (thick), Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestones, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots

Watercolor Marlin

This masculine card came together so easily... I was so happy with the results! (I usually struggle making masculine cards). I started by using a card base from the Watercolor Wishes Kit. Then, I stamped the marlin on to white cardstock and die-cut it with the Deco Labels Framelits. After coloring in the marlin with the Marina Mist marker and my blender pen... I matted the piece with Marina Mist cardstock.  I used dimensionals to 'pop' the piece on the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - From Land to Sea, Sprinkles of Life
Ink - Marina Mist, Black Staz-on
Paper - Watercolor Wishes Kit (card base), Marina Mist, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, dimensionals

Friday, May 27, 2016

Prayerful Occasions

My nephew is going to have heart surgery. His heart rate is too high, so they want to do a heart ablation to correct it. Scary to think about... as my nephew is 19.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to do with his card... I knew I wanted a heart on it plus bandages. Most of my hearts are small punches... I felt that using the negative space from the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits would be a perfect fit for a teenager -- kinda edgy and hip.

I used a retired stamp for the bandaids and the square lattice TIEF, which is also retired.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Patterned Occasions, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink - Memento
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories - Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Square Lattice TIEF, Big Shot, glue dots

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sprinkles of Blooms

I saw Kaitlyn Zumbach's card on Pinterest (her's is on the right)... I had to try one of my own with the supplies I had. As you can see, I changed many things on my card from what Kaitlyn did, but the general layout is the same. Thanks Kaitlyn!

I used the leaves stamp in the 'Number of Years' stamp set... and the tiny flower in the 'Bloomin' Love' stamp set.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Sprinkles of Life, Number of Years, Bloomin' Love
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Big Shot, Basic Pearls, Blender Pen

Thursday, May 19, 2016

CuTe Elements

Our nephew, Samuel, is fascinated with the periodic table and the elements.  So, what better birthday card is there than to use the elements?

I actually saw a hand-drawn card on Pinterest and felt that I could create one using my digital software.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used
My Memories Suite
Font - Arial and Aharoni (Black, Brown and Gray)
Punch - Square


Love this dinosaur set! I know my nephew will love this card too! I usually use more than one stamp set on a card, so I was thrilled to see that I could just use this one stamp set to complete this wonderful card!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - No Bones About It
Ink - Memento, Crumb Cake
Paper - Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Basic Black
Accessories - Square Punch

Lagoon Meadow

Okay, so I saw the pink and brown cards on Pinterest... not sure who created there is no link to their website. I wanted to try my hand at creating one of them with a blue card base instead of pink.
I used my watercolor crayons to color in the mountains and trees (Black, Gray and White). I then masked out a moon and sponged black ink on the background.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - In The Meadow
Ink - Memento
Paper - Lost Lagoon, Basic Black
Accessories - Watercolor Crayons, Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon, Houndstooth TIEF, Big Shot

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Garden Wonder

Happy Mother's Day!  My Mom passed away 2 years ago, and she loved roses. In memory of her -- and for "other" Mom's in my life (my Husband's Mom, my Godmother, my Grandma and Mike's second Mom) these are for you!

I used the Rose Garden Thinlits to cut out the black rose outline in the center of the black cardstock. I had a bit of trouble running the thinlit through my Big it didn't cut parts of the paper. I used the Precision Plate the second time around.... and that helped some, but it still wasn't cutting all of it. So, I finally placed another sheet of paper (shim) on top of the die...and it cut just fine from there on out. Third time was the charm! ;)

Behind the cut out flower I used different papers from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Catalog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Rose Wonder
Ink - Memento
Paper - Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Black, Perfectly Artistic DSP
Accessories - Rose Garden Thinlits, Big Shot, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Round Corner Punch, Silver 1/8 Ribbon, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon, Fine-tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Wonder Gardens

I've been trying to utilize my pack of Botanical Gardens DSP (Designer Series Paper), and I'm so glad I decided to play with it.  I felt this paper (in particular) was very masculine, so wanted to create a card for our Uncle. Pairing it with the Cajun Craze cardstock... was perfect! I did fiddle with the card base color, but kept coming back to black. Hope it doesn't look too dark of a card.

I used the Deco Labels Framelits to die-cut the sentiment.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Rose Wonder
Ink - Memento
Paper - Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Deco Label Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wonderful Roses

I've seen so many cards with this fabulous layout that I wanted to try my hand at making a few.
I will give credit to the first person whose cards I fell in love with -- although, I'm sure there are many many designers that have made this lovely layout.
Here are Melanie Smith's cards:
Such a beautiful display! Thanks for your inspiration Melanie!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamp set - Rose Wonder
Ink - Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Suede
Paper - Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Rose Garden Thinlits

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Purple Rose

My husband and I are participating in the PurpleStride2016 Walk on June 11th -- we are helping to raise money (and awareness) for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Most people know that we care deeply for this cause, as my mother passed away from this disease in February 2014. 

I wanted to create some thank-you cards for the people that have donated to our page. When I found Lou Kitzelman's card on Pinterest.... I knew that I had to create something similar. I wanted to use the color of purple.... as that is the color for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, and roses are my mother's favorite flower.  Thanks Lou!

This card was a bit harder than I thought it would be. I started by cutting the base 5.5x4.25 in Elegant Eggplant, and then die-cutting the rose piece in that same color. (I did not adhere the die-cut rose piece to the base until after the white piece was finished). I then cut a 5.25x4 in Whisper White. On the White cardstock, I stamped the rose stamp. I used my AquaPainter to color in the rose and leaves.

After matting the White cardstock (elegant eggplant), I laid them together, so that I could place the die-cut rose piece in the correct position when the card is closed. I realized that the back of the card would show the edges of the die-cut piece on the back, so I placed another 5.5x4.25 piece of Eggplant cardstock on the back (hiding it).

I finished the white insert part with eggplant ribbon and the 'Thank You' sentiment.

I know....loads of layers on this card.  As you can see from my photo.... I attached a white piece of cardstock on the back of the insert too -- for my note of thanks and where I could sign our names.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Rose Wonder
Ink - Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Memento
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, AquaPainter, glue dots, dimensionals, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Loving Kindness

It's kinda funny how my design evolved. I was thinking of a central flower with sprigs of leaves coming out of both sides. When I placed the first leaf cluster.... I felt that if I placed one on the left -- it would look odd.... so left it off. Next, I wanted to place my "Happy Birthday" sentiment underneath the flower. I have many many sentiment stamps with the words 'Happy Birthday" but none looked good right underneath the central flower.... so I decided to place it far below the flower and add a ribbon.  I also wanted to try and keep it white and blackberry, but when I placed the blackberry DSP behind the focal lost something. So, I chose the Pear Pizzazz DSP.... wow... does this look classy (in my opinion!)! LOL

Well, I hope you enjoyed how my card evolved into the lovely creation it is now.
Thank for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Blooming with Kindness, What I Love
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Wonder Wisteria, Pear Pizzazz
Paper - Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Accessories - Rhinestones, Blackberry Bliss Satin Stitched Ribbon

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brushed Motorcycle

I haven't used this stamp in a while... as it is retired... yet it's the perfect stamp for my brother's birthday card. He owns a motorcycle and rides it whenever he gets the chance.

I used the brushed silver cardstock for the background with the Houndstooth TIEF -- which I think looks very similar to the metal on the bike (okay, not really... but it is close!).

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set - Motorcycle
Ink - Black Staz-on, Soft Sky, Night of Navy
Paper - Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Black Satin Ribbon, Deco Labels Framelits, Big Shot, AquaPainter, Houndstooth TIEF

Monday, April 18, 2016

Loving Wings

I cannot take credit for this lovely design.  I saw it on Pinterest (but cannot find it again to give the person credit). So if this design is yours.... thank you so very much.

I used a portion of the Apothecary Accents Framelits to create the bottom edge to the gray cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set: Loving Thoughts
Ink - Basic Gray
Paper - Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories - Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Precision Plate, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Birthday Blooms

This card is for my sister-in-law who is turning 30 this year. I chose one of her favorite colors - red and paired it with black and gray -- what a striking combination! I love how it turned out.  I know she will love it too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Botanical Blooms, Happy Birthday Everyone
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Real Red, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Basic Rhinestones, glue dots

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fields of Wonder

Such a Pretty in Pink card for my Best Friend for!!!!  She has been like a Sister to me! We've been friends for almost 40 years...eeek, that's a lot of years! lol

I used the 'It's My Party" DSP and the stamp sets Flowering Fields and Rose Wonder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Flowering Fields, Rose Wonder
Ink - Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP
Accessories - Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, glue dots
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