Friday, February 3, 2023

You & Me Always

Playing along with the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: "Love Is In The Air."

Made this one for my husband :)

Thank you so much for visiting!

Have a great weekend!!!



Stamps: Dreamboat (Avery Elle)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Icing on the Cake and Fiesta Blue (Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)

Designer Series Paper: Country Gingham 6x6 (Stampin' Up)

Copic Sketch Markers: E00, E30, E31, E33, E23, E25, Y35, Y32, R22, R24, YR16, YG13, YG17, B00, B02, E44, E47, E55, E57, R20, N4, N6

Dies: Dreamboat (Avery Elle), Scallops & Dots (Catherine Pooler)

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Adhesive: 1/4" Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), 1/8" Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up) 



Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Sending You Love and Strength

Today I'm playing along in a new-to-me challenge: Daring Cardmakers

This was just the challenge I needed to get my mojo going. A dear friend recently asked me to make some handmade cards for her to send to four of her friends who are currently battling cancer. The description of Viva Magenta on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge blog prompted me to check out the description of this color on the Pantone website. You can read more about it HERE but not only do they say that this color promotes joy and optimism but they also say it's "expressive of a new signal of strength" and refer to Viva Magenta as "brave and fearless." I found this all so inspiring and immediately got to work on a Viva Magenta card. Here's my creation:

The butterfly is hot foiled---LOVE the shimmer and shine!!!

Color was applied to the hot foiled butterfly image using blending brushes, the coordinating butterfly stencils and inks (all supplies are listed at the bottom of my post).

Thank you so much for visiting.

Have a great day!



Stamps: Just Sentiments - Thinking of You (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), It's A Girl/Party Dress/Flirty Fuchsia/Icing On The Cake (Catherine Pooler)

Hot Foiling Plate: Butterflies (Pinkfresh Studio)

Glimmer Hot Foil: Pewter (Spellbinders)

Cardstock: White (Neenah), Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)

Dies: Butterflies (Pinkfresh Studio), Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT), Sparkling Diamonds (Pinkfresh Studio)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Connect Glue (Gina K) 


Friday, January 13, 2023

I Flipping Adore You

Working on some Valentine's Day creations and playing along with two card challenges: (1) Day of the Month Card Club - "Squirrel Appreciation Day" and (2) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - "Too Cute!"

Apparently January 21st is National Squirrel Day in the United States :) Who knew?!?!!! But when I saw this challenge prompt I immediately thought of the totally adorable Jump For Joy stamp set from Neat and Tangled.

Here's what I made:

That soaring squirrel ALWAYS brings a smile to my face!!! Soooo stinkin' cute!!!!

These images remind me of my niece :) She loves to jump on the trampoline and she frequently convinces Aunt Lisa to join her whenever I'm visiting! FUN!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic weekend!!!



Stamps: Jump For Joy (Neat and Tangled)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Copic Sketch Markers: E000, E30, E31, E23, E25, W2, W0, R30, R27, R29, BG15, BG13

Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)

Dies: Jump For Joy (Neat and Tangled), Basic Set (Mama Elephant)

Gel Pen: White Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up) 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Happy Birthday

Happy New Year! Hope 2023 is off to a great start for all of you!

Today I'm playing along with two super fun challenges: (1) AAA Birthday - "Anything Goes" and (2) The Paper Players - "Tag, You're It!"

I wanted to create an extra special card for my neighbor friend who just celebrated her 50th birthday :) Here's what I made:

I used the Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery dies from Stampin' Up in combination with an assortment of Catherine Pooler inks (my favorite!) to create a sweet little flower arrangement. After all...who doesn't love to receive flowers on their birthday?!?!!...especially with the cold, snowy, winter weather we've been having here in the mountains ;)

The white background panel was embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder from Stampin' Up. I absolutely LOVE the look of flowers and woodgrain! Just something about it that makes me so very happy :) The tiny tag (from the Gift Bag and Tag set by The Stamp Market) was stamped with a sentiment from Beautiful Bow (Avery Elle). This is an oldie but goodie stamp set---one I still reach for all the time---especially when I need a smaller sentiment.

I hope you like my card for today! It's been ages since I've posted here on the blog. I made LOTS and LOTS of things during the holiday season but just never had a chance to share them here. I also FINALLY opened an Etsy Shop to sell my handmade cards!!! It's going really well so far! I'm learning a lot and having tons of fun with it! You can find the link to my shop in the sidebar of my blog. I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think :)

Thanks so much for visiting!!!

 Have a fabulous week!



Stamps: Art Gallery (Stampin' Up), Friendly Hello (Stampin' Up), sentiment from Beautiful Bow (Avery Elle)

Ink: Whipped Honey, Martini, Juniper Mist, Rockin' Red, Cranberry Fizz, Coral Cabana (Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: Basic White (Stampin' Up), Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)

Embossing Folder: Pinewood Planks (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Floral Gallery (Stampin' Up), tag from Gift Bag and Tag (The Stamp Market)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal) 


Friday, November 18, 2022

Jolly Santa


Happy Friday!!! Today I'm playing along with Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge :) 

Here's my card featuring Happy Santa from Pretty Pink Posh (Gosh! Lots of "HAPPY" around here today, right?!?!!! *wink)

Not too long ago I was at a crafty retreat and my sweet friend, Dana, let me borrow this set. (Thanks so much, Dana!!!) He's got to be one of the cutest Santas I've ever seen! I love him!

My layout was inspired by a technique I saw Lynn Dunn use. I believe she calls it the "Scrappy Strip Technique." Such a super fun way to use patterned paper! You can check out her post HERE.

Thanks for visiting!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!



Stamps: Happy Santa (Pretty Pink Posh)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)

Copic Sketch Markers: R27, R29, E00, R20, W1, T1, E93, YR24, N2, N4, N6, E55, E57

Cardstock: White and Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink), SnoCone (MFT)

Specialty Cardstock: Pixie Dust Sparkle Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)

Patterned Paper: The Holiday Collection 6x6 (Avery Elle)

Dies: Happy Santa (Pretty Pink Posh), Scallops and Dots (Catherine Pooler), Cabin Dies (Stampin' Up), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (, Connect Glue (Gina K)


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Happy Fall Neighbor Gifts

Hello there! Today I'm playing along with The Four Seasons Challenge: November Anything Goes Fall :)

I recently put together some festive little gift bags to deliver to our neighbor friends.

Here are the tags I made using the Pumpkin Treat Wrap Dies from Taylored Expressions:

I stamped a simple sentiment from Tiny Tagalongs (Concord and 9th), die-cut it using Tasteful Labels (Stampin' Up), and adhered it to the back:

I made 15 tags...5 of each color:
I found some cute white and kraft striped bags in my stash (I've had them for so long I can't even remember where I bought them) and filled them with chocolates and other candies. I closed the bags up with a strip of ribbon, the pumpkin tags and some clothespins. I think they turned out super cute!!!

And here they are...all ready to be delivered to our neighbors' mailboxes!!! Fun!!!

I love making little packages like this and sharing them with neighbor friends! It brings so much joy!!!

Thank you for visiting :)

Have a wonderful day!!!



Dies: Pumpkin Treat Wrap (Taylored Expressions), Tasteful Labels (Stampin' Up)

Stamps: Tiny Tagalongs (Concord and 9th)

Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Rustic White, Canyon Clay, Honey Nut, Enchanted Evening, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Twine: Rustic Jute (Canvas Corp)

Ribbon: (World Market)

Adhesive: Connect Glue (Gina K), 1/8" Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), 1/4" Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It) 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Harvest Blessings

Happy Saturday! Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving. This was my first attempt at a Z-Fold card, a fun fold technique that I learned from one of Rachel Tessman's YouTube videos (you can check that video out HERE).

Here are a couple of more views to give you a better idea of what the "Z-Fold" looks like:

I had so much fun trying out this new-to-me fun fold and creating this card!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Have an awesome weekend!



Stamps: sentiment from Fall Foliage (Reverse Confetti)

Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: Queen's Gold (Ranger)

Cardstock: Basic White and Bumblebee (Stampin' Up); Smokey Shadow, Rustic White, Honey Nut (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Halloween Harvest (Honey Bee)

Dies: Pumpkin Treat Wrap (Taylored Expressions), Scallops and Dots (Catherine Pooler)

Jute Twine: (Canvas Corp)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It), Connect Glue (Gina K), 3D Foam Circles - Large (

Embellishments: Gold Glitter Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up)