Monday, June 5, 2023

Birthday Wishes


Today I'm playing along with Seize The Birthday Challenge :) I skipped the toppings this time around and just went with the "Anything Goes Birthday" option ;)

Here's my card:

This is a new-to-me stamp set from Stampin' Up called Sea Turtle. I absolutely LOVE sea turtles!!! I think they are such magical creatures and I literally squeal with delight every single time we encounter them on snorkeling adventures!!!

My sister-in-law is also a huge fan of anything ocean or beach related. She's about to turn 60 later this week, so I just dropped this in the snail mail for her. I hope she likes it!

I had so much fun making this card that I made a second version too...

On this one I used a darker solid background panel and some Halo embossing powder (WOW! inspired by...Catherine Pooler) on the bubbles. The iridescent sparkle is so fabulous in person!!!


Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a wonderful week!!!



Stamps: Sea Turtle (Stampin' Up), sentiment from Mini Messages (The Stamp Market)

Distress Oxide Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Prize Ribbon (Ranger)

Ink: Whipped Honey, Sea Glass, Bay Breeze, Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler); VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts); Halo (WOW! inspired by...Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: Basic White, Pacific Point, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up); True Black (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Bristol Smooth (Koh-I-Noor)

Dies: A2 Layers (Waffle Flower), Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal) 


Sunday, May 14, 2023

AAA Cards Challenge 240 - Pink Birthday


Happy Sunday! I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer for AAA Cards Challenge - Game 240 - Pink Birthday!!! Thank you so much to the team for having me!!!

I was inspired by not only the theme of "pink birthday" but also the balloons in the inspiration photos :) I immediately thought of an older but fabulous stamp set that I have in my stash called Birthday Balloons (Papertrey Ink). Here's my card:

I inked the balloons up in Ballet Slipper and Honeysuckle (Concord & 9th), stamping two directly onto the focal panel and then die-cutting the third one so I could pop it up. The "happy birthday" sentiment string is part of a coordinating stamp set called Birthday Strings (Papertrey Ink). I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the confetti but it was challenging to capture in the photos.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and plan to make some more cards using different colors and some of the other sentiment strings.Yay!

I had such a great time playing along with this challenge and hope you'll join in on the fun!!! Can't wait to see what you create!!!

Have a fantastic day!!!



Stamps: Birthday Balloons (Papertrey Ink), Birthday Strings (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Ballet Slipper and Honeysuckle (Concord & 9th), Limestone (Altenew), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Basic White (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Scallops and Dots (Catherine Pooler)

Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It), Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up) 


Friday, May 12, 2023

You're A Good Egg

Today I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #585 :)

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

One of my husband's colleagues recently gave us some eggs from her chickens, so I wanted to send her a thank you note. I knew I definitely wanted to use the Good Egg by Brandi (Essentials By Ellen) stamp set and coordinating dies to make my card. And Judy's sketch made me think about the Watercolor Stripes Cover Die from Altenew that's been in my stash for ages but hasn't seen nearly enough love. I decided to try die-cutting it from woodgrain cardstock to create the look of wooden planks. What do you think? Success? I layered it up with a piece of sunshine rays patterned paper and that set the scene for my cute little hen.

I had so much fun making this card!!! I hope my husband's colleague likes it :)

Thank you for visiting! Have a fantastic weekend!!!



Stamps: Good Egg by Brandi (Essentials By Ellen)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Copic Sketch Markers: E00, E000, E23, E25, Y17, R27, YR24, YR27

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Cardstock: Thick Basic White (Stampin' Up), True Black (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Woodgrain Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)

Patterned Paper: Picket Fence 6x6 (Lily Bee Design), Hello Sunshine 6x6 (Lawn Fawn)

Dies: Good Egg by Brandi (Essentials By Ellen), Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT), Watercolor Stripes Cover Die (Altenew), stitched circle (MFT)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Double- Sided Tape (X-Press It), 3D Foam Circles - Lg ( 



Wednesday, April 26, 2023


Hello there! Today I'm playing along with this fabulous sketch over at The Paper Players Challenge:

Here's my take:

A friend of mine (whom I've known since kindergarten) requested a couple of custom cards recently :) One of those cards is for her son who will be graduating from high school in June. After graduation he's going on to study to be a pastry chef. I instantly thought of this Recipe For Happiness stamp set from MFT. Fun!!!

The school colors at the university he'll be attending are red, gray, and white, so I incorporated those into the design.

I hope she likes this card option...but I have another just in case ;) I'll share the second option later this week.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a great day!!!



Stamps: Recipe For Happiness (MFT), sentiment from Chatterbox (Practicing Creativity Designs)

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

Cardstock: White, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)

Copic Sketch Markers: R27, R29, E00, W1, E23, E25, E30, E31, N0, N1, N2, N4, N6

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Dies: Recipe For Happiness (MFT), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower), Burst (Avery Elle)

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


Monday, April 10, 2023

The World Is Full Of Amazing Things


Playing along with a couple of challenges today: (1) The Male Room Challenge: Stencils And/Or Dies and (2) Never-Before-Used-Schtuff Challenge :)


This was my first time using the Moon Bay Stencil Trio from Waffle Flower. I love the beautiful, peaceful scene this set of stencils creates. However...I was SOOO indecisive about my color choices. Anyone else struggle with that when it comes to stencil sets??? I have such a tough time visualizing how it's going to come together in the end. Well...after several attempts I was pleased with how this one turned out and decided it would be a good card to send to our nephew who was recently deployed to eastern Africa. What do you think?

I hope he'll be excited to get some happy mail from back home.

Thanks for visiting!

Have a great day!!!



Stencils: Moon Bay Stencil Trio (Waffle Flower)

Stamps: sentiment from Kind Hearts (Birch Press Design)

Ink: Whipped Honey, Sauna, Icing On The Cake, Terracotta, Clay Mask, Sea Glass (Catherine Pooler)

Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn) 


Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Enjoy Your Special Day

It's snowing here in the mountains today, so I'm having lots of fun spending time in my craft studio and making cards for upcoming birthdays :)

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes." I'm linking this one up over there:


My neighbor friend has a birthday coming up later in April. We really enjoy going on hiking adventures together, so I thought this Mountain Scene Cover Plate from Erin Lee Creative was the perfect fit for making her a card for her special day!


She also loves bright, happy colors, and that's what inspired my color combo.

I paired my scene up with a foiled sentiment from an ephemera pack by Pinkfresh Studio. These are so handy to have around and I love the touch of shimmer they add to my creations!


And that's it. Pretty simple. No stamping on this one (*gasp)! That's a rarity for me ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Have a great day!!!



Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up); Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)

Dies: Mountain Scene Cover Plate (Erin Lee Creative)

Other: sentiment from Foiled Sentiments Ephemera (Pinkfresh Studio)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Zots Bling - Tiny (Therm-o-web)


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Wishing You A Happy Easter

Popping in quickly today to share a couple of Easter cards I made :) Linking these up at the current Global Design Project Challenge.

I don't have very many Easter-themed supplies, so I went with some Springtime florals and an Easter sentiment. I was so happy with how this little number turned out that I made another in a different color combo:


Planning to send one to my grandma and the other to my mom and dad :)

Thanks for visiting!

Have a wonderful day!!!



Stamp: sentiment from Hoppy Easter (Honey Bee Stamps)

Ink: Icing On The Cake (Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: Basic White (Stampin' Up), SnoCone (MFT), Harvest Gold/Hibiscus Burst/Sweet Blush/New Leaf/Hawaiian Shores/Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Spring Fling 6x6 (Lawn Fawn)

Dies: Sew Cute Bunny by Heather (Essentials By Ellen), Scallops and Dots (Catherine Pooler), Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 (Taylored Expressions)

Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up), Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue