For the Bride

This past weekend our youngest daughter was home for her friend’s bridal shower. As I waited for her to finish her gift purchase at Bed Bath and Beyond I perused the greeting card rack. I guess I’ve had my head in the sand a while…I was pretty surprised at the prices. Cards ranged from $3 for just a card base printed with a greeting and image to $8.95 for a fancy card loaded with layers and bling.

We decided to make one…using colors and images that matched the bride-to-be’s tastes. I like the softness of this and the font is pretty.


We used all Stampin’ Up products. The retired stamp set Best Thoughts is one of my all-time favorites. Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla card stock provided the base paired with the new very vanilla ribbon and Falling in Love dsp. The flower was stamped in Sahara Sand and embossed in white. Jen then colored it using a blender pen with Blushing Bride and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. We then added Wink of Stella , clear , to add a bit more diamond flare. The font was stamped in Early Espresso. The squares are the new Stitched Framelits.

It was fun stamping with Jen and rewarding to be able to make this for someone’s special day.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Glad Tidings to You!

I’m back tracking a bit today catching up from the past couple of weeks.  We had a wonderful Christmas with all four kids home. We are blessed that they can all be here for the holiday.

I thought I would share photos of some of the Chrismas cards I made for coworkers. I used a few digi stamps that I’ve had for a while. The Penquins are a Penny Black stamp. For the snow I used clear Wink of Stella for a touch of shimmery cold…brr!

Coloring these images was really fun! It also can be a form of therapy to counteract the holiday chaos.


It’s a Paper Pumpkin Christmas!

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit was fun to play with. It originally came with supplies to make eight notecards. I wanted A-2 sized cards so I used some Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron cardstock for a base and white embossed with the Falling Snow embossing folder. Added some snow and sequins and together  made a calming winter scene.

Now…off to work on more Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by!


Fussy Cutting and Foil!

Today was a good day for stamping! I made my card kits for this weeks workshop. This month we are working with foil cardstock.

This first card uses the truck from Stampin’ Up’s Country Livin’ stamp set and the sentiment from a retired set. The new Sparkle embossing folder makes a great faux sheet metal back ground. Image was colored with Prismas.

The second card was inspired by Rae Harper. The new Petal Burst embossing folder and copper foil cardstock made a nice band. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Branches and the leaves from one my favorite standbys…Lovely as a Tree. Wink of Stella provided a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thoughtful Branches

I’m putting Christmas on hold…for now.

Thoughtful Branches is a stamp set/die set/ bundle you can only purchase this August. I almost didn’t get it as I have other tree sets but I am so glad I did, this is so versatile!

The new 6×6 dsp stack Serene Scenery is one of my favorite stacks as I actually like both sides of all the papers…all very pretty! (Annual catalog pg 174) I wanted to make a dandelion to match this sheet, shown below,to create a calm, comforting card. From the Thoughtful Branches die I cut the blooms from velum cardstock ( pg 175) then decorated it with Stickles Frosted Lace. I’m very happy with the results.


You can never have too many thank-you cards on hand. The leaves cut out so beautifully from the Gold Foil Sheets from Stampin’ Up. Also used the copper, silver and some Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the cards below. The sentiments for both cards are from  Thankful Thoughts.


These last two are just to show off the flowers more…I haven’t even begun using the trees in the set! I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards and that they will inspire you to get crafting.


More Christmas cards

I had a full day of crafting a couple of weeks ago…before the vacation and before we took our youngest back to school. Made a bunch of Christmas cards and tags. Well, I thought I posted them, but didn’t, so here they are…finally!  These cards and tags used the Peace this Christmas stamp set in our current Stampin’ Up catalog, page 27 (#141570 clear) and some retired dsp from last year. I stocked up/hoarded a lot of Christmas dsp last year, was glad to use it! Real Red and Garden Green cardstock as well as gold thread and bakers twine was also used. I made a dozen  of these simple cards and at least two dozen tags. Woohoo! Kept this bunch simple…may add more detail to the cards later.

So, today, I got out one of my favorite new stamps- Time of  Year. It is a hostess set and I’ve used it so much already, just love it!

I haven’t ordered,much from the holiday catty yet as I’ve been trying to use what I just ordered from the annual book first. But I did get the Candy Cane Lane dsp…I’m a sucker for gingerbread! Using Early Espresso and Real Red ink and some Crumb Cake and Real Red cardstock this is what I made today…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I’ve given you some fun ideas so you can start planning early for Christmas!



70th Birthday Gift Box!

We have been invited to help our neighbor celebrate his 70th birthday today. Chuck and I have a couple of things in common. One is that we both have lived most of our lives in the same house we grew up in ( he has been in his MUCH longer than me!) and the second is our determination on finding ways to keep the multitude of deer from eating everything in our yards! He and his wife have a lovely family and they are one of the reasons I like where I live so much.

One crafter I truly enjoy following is Pootles in the UK (  mainly for her tutorials on boxes.  Lately, Sam has been showing off her wonderful little gift boxes for “sweeties”  and such using the Stampin’ Up! dsp stacks.  But later this week, she mixed things up by using a 6×6 piece of dsp  to make a rectangular box with an open top. You can see it here .  A fabulous box, but for my gift it was just not tall enough. So I omitted one of the scores and closed the top like a milk carton.  I love this wood looking paper and  these tiny clothes pins add to the rustic charm. I’m really loving the feather dies and stamps from Stampin’ Up!  You will definitely be seeing more of those here in the future!

Paper: My Minds Eye dsp and nv red
(Scored along one side: 1 3/8, 2 3/4,4 1/8, 5 1/2  and the other side 1 3/8, 5 1/2)
Stamps: Wish Big by Savy Stamps.
Embelishments:velum from Stampin’ Up! and clothes pins from Michael’s
Dies: Stampin’ Up! Deco Labels Collection (2014-2015 catalog pg. 230) and Feathers Framelit Dies  (Holiday Catalog pg. 42).
Embossing Folder: Spider Web by Stampin’ Up!
Check out the coordinating Four Feathers stamp set, you can purchase both sets and save15%!

First Workshop!

Hosting my first workshop at my Open House in July was an eye opener!  I’ve participated in many shoebox swaps over the years where you make one card and about twenty kits of that one card, often including step by step instructions, to swap with other crafters at a particular event, but I have to say that running a workshop is a little different!  We made two cards and a little box.  I forgot to set out all of the tools I needed and didn’t anticipate the chatter and other distractions, and I was getting sidetracked a bit,  but I think, overall , it went pretty good! Everyone said they had fun and that is what’s most important.

This was one card from my first workshop. I really enjoy CAS ( clean and simple) cards now and then and love the fun colors of this one. It was made with all Stampin’Up! products including the new Polka Dot Pieces stamp set from the 2014-2015 catalog(pg.139) stamped in Coral Calipso and Pear Pizzazz. The washi tape, from the Sweet Sadie set (pg. 190) made for an easy background embellishment as did the Very Vintage Design button (pg. 208) and Linen Thread (pg. 206).

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