Sunday, October 2, 2022

Truly Grateful...

Today I'm playing along with The Four Seasons Challenge. Just look at this gorgeous inspiration board!!!

Since the aspen trees are exploding with color here in the mountains I couldn't resist creating another autumn leaves card :)

I love the Welcoming Woods stamp set from Stampin' Up! Those aspen tree trunks are so realistic looking and I love how the set includes leaves and snowflakes so it works for anytime of year :) 

Many people think that aspen leaves only turn yellow in autumn, but we actually see quite a bit of orange and even some red. Here are a couple of photos from yesterday's walk around the mountainhood.

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!!!

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Welcoming Woods (Stampin' Up), sentiment from Fall Foliage (Reverse Confetti)

Ink: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up), Tiara/Ginger/Terracotta (Catherine Pooler), Rich Cocoa Memento (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Basic White (Stampin' Up), Canyon Clay (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Autumn Sparkle Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)

Jute Twine: (May Arts)

Dies: Tasteful Labels (Stampin' Up)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It), 3D Foam Squares ( 

Friday, September 30, 2022


Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a couple of cards I created using the awesome Circle Mountain River Die and the Go.See.Do stamp set from Erin Lee Creative. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE anything and everything about the mountains, so of course when I saw Erin's Land and Sea release I had to place an order :)

I'm also linking these up at the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Here are my cards:

I had fun experimenting with this muted, earthy color palette (although I had a really tough time photographing it...a photographer I am not...ha!) They look so much better in person. Oh well.

On a personal note...and to further prove my adoration of the are some photos from yesterday's hike. We summited Woods Mountain. It was breathtakingly beautiful!

Thanks for visiting!

Have a lovely weekend!!!



Stamps: Go See Do (Erin Lee Creative)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up); Vintage Cream and Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)

Dies: Circle Mountain River Die (Erin Lee Creative), 1/4" Quick Strips (The Stamp Market), Circle Layers (Waffle Flower)

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


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Every Leaf...

First time playing along with Double D Challenges. Just look at that gorgeous inspiration! The theme is "Things that FALL." 

(THANKS to Michele for posting a card to this challenge and thereby "introducing" me to it.)

Here's my card:

I used the Autumn Bliss Stamp and Cut Combo from the Greetery to create my falling leaves panel. I'm pretty much smitten with all autumn leaf images but I especially LOVE how these leaves were illustrated to look like they're fluttering. So beautiful! I inked them up in one color and then tapped the edges with a second color (using a mini blending brush) and stamped them again.

Thanks to Laurie for letting me borrow this set at a recent crafty get-together! I had so much fun creating these colorful leaves and making this card :)

Have a wonderful evening!



Stamps: Autumn Bliss Stamp and Cut Combo (The Greetery)

Ink: Crimson, Maple Yellow, Midnight Violet (Altenew), Marmalade (Concord and 9th), Cinnamon Cider and Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)

Cardstock: White (Neenah), Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Autumn Bliss Stamp and Cut Combo (The Greetery), Crimped Frames (The Greetery)

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


Autumn Happy Birthday

Hello there! Today I'm playing along with the sketch over at Global Design Project :)

My card features a new-to-me stamp set from Stampin' Up called Welcoming Woods. I absolutely LOVE those aspen trees!!! This time around I added yellow leaves (inspired by our beautiful aspen leaves here in CO which are turning now), but the set also includes snowflakes for creating a winter scene :)


I'll be snail mailing this to a very special friend in October. I know she adores autumn leaves, and I hope she loves this card!

...and here's a quick photo I snapped on a walk around the mountainhood yesterday...

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a fabulous day!!!



Stamps: Welcoming Woods (Stampin' Up), sentiment from Art Gallery (Stampin' Up)

Ink: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up), Tiara (Catherine Pooler), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Cardstock: White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up); True Black (Papertrey Ink); Black (Recollections)

Embossing Folder: Timber (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 (Taylored Expressions), Stitched Leaves (Lawn Fawn)

Other: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (Stampin' Up) - for creating splatters

Adhesive: 1/4" Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It), 1/8" Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wishing You A Spooktacular Halloween

Quick post to share the final card I made using the 4th panel of the Create-In-Quads-Halloween stencil set from Taylored Expressions :) This panel was my favorite of the bunch! Isn't it so super duper cute?!?!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!

I heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum with Halo embossing powder (didn't want to cover up too much of the background panel) and the frame is die-cut from black glitter cardstock. Sooooo super sparkly in person!!!

Thanks for visiting and for all of your sweet comments! Each and every one makes my heart so happy :)



Stamps: Big Bold Halloween (Taylored Expressions), Ghost Gang Die and Clear Combo (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Midnight Violet/Maple Yellow/Almond Butter (Altenew), Marmalade (Concord and 9th), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: Halo (WOW! inspired by Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), Kraft (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Black Glitter (Recollections)

Vellum: White (Papertrey Ink)

Dies: Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 (Taylored Expressions), Ghost Gang Die and Clear Combo (Taylored Expressions)

Embellishments: Enamel Stars (Jillibean Soup)

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

Monday, September 26, 2022


As promised, I'm back to share another card I made from two more of the panels I created with the totally fabulous Create-In-Quads-Halloween goodies I talked about it my previous post. I also used this lovely sketch from the As You See It Challenge:

Here's my card:


The Create-In-Quads series by Taylored Expressions is a set of layering stencils that creates 4 card panels in one go. Such a brilliant concept! The black cat on the card in my previous post was panel 1, and here on today's card I've used panel 2 (the background) and panel 3 (the cauldron with witch's feet---which I die-cut with the coordinating die).


I had so much fun putting this together!!! I'll be back later today with the card I made using the 4th and final panel from the Create-In-Quads-Halloween stencil set :)

Thanks for visiting!

Hope your week is off to a great start!!!



Stamps: sentiment from The Last Bite by Julie (Essentials By Ellen)

Ink: Midnight Violet and Firefly (Altenew), Marmalade (Concord and 9th), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: Holographic (Ranger)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), Orange Zest and True Black (Papertrey Ink)

Vellum: White (DeNami Design)

Stencils: Create-In-Quads-Halloween (Taylored Expressions)

Dies: Create-In-Quads-Halloween Cauldron (Taylored Expressions), Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn)

Pens: 08 White Gelly Roll (Sakura), Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)

Embellishments: Sprinkles - Christmas Assortment and Silver Assortment (Doodlebug Design)

Adhesive: Black Foam Tape (Gina K), Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It)

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Halloween Cat

Hello there! Today I'm sharing a card I created using this sketch from the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge:

I recently attended a crafty retreat with 13 super fun, sweet and talented friends! We had such a great time!!! While I was there I borrowed the Taylored Expressions Create-In-Quads-Halloween stencils from Lori (THANKS SO MUCH, Lori!!!) and all I can say is OH MY GOODNESS!!! This was my first time trying out any of the Create-In-Quads and let me tell you...they are absolutely AMAZING!!! So easy to line up and they make such awesome card panels!!! I will definitely be adding some of these to my shopping cart very soon!

Here's the card I made using the above sketch and one of the panels (the black cat) I created with the Create-In-Quads-Halloween stencil set:

I die-cut the cat from the stenciled panel using the coordinating die. I added some sparkle to her eyes, the moon/stars, and the green part of her hat. I love how it shimmers in person!

Tomorrow I'll share the other cards I made from the remaining 3 panels :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: The Last Bite by Julie (Essentials By Ellen), Playful Patterns (Concord and 9th)

Ink: Midnight Violet and Firefly (Altenew), Marmalade (Concord and 9th), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Orange Zest/True Black/Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Gold Glitter  (Concord and 9th)

Stencils: Create-In-Quads-Halloween (Taylored Expressions)

Embossing Folder: D'vine Swirls (Provo Craft)

Dies: Create-In-Quads-Halloween Cat (Taylored Expressions), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Baker's Twine: Lilac (The Twinery)

Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Kuretake)

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Thinking Of You


Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing a card I created for the current Just Add Ink Challenge. This time around it's a "Just Choose Two" theme and I chose "foliage" and "masking"---such a fun combo!

My card features a couple of products from The Greetery including Lovely Silhouettes from the Wild Elegance Collection that was just released in August and an older stamp set called Sentiment Suite: Thinking Of You. The products from The Greetery are always so gorgeous, and I was super lucky to borrow these stamps from my sweet and talented friend, Laurie Willison, at a recent crafty retreat in order to make this card (Thanks so much, Laurie!!!).

I used some torn pieces of Gina K Masking Magic and blended Distress Oxide Inks to create the colorful strip on my focal panel. I've seen Gina K do this technique several times in her videos and I always LOVE the results!!! (You can find her YouTube channel HERE.) I stamped the silhouette foliage over top and then die-cut the panel with A2 Layers dies from Waffle Flower to be slighter smaller than my card base. I stamped the sentiment and then added some black splatters. I adhered the panel to a white card base and then finished it off with some gold glitter enamel dots. Simple and pretty!

Thanks for visiting!

I hope your weekend is off to a great start!!!



Stamps: Lovely Silhouettes (The Greetery), Sentiment Suite: Thinking Of You (The Greetery)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)

Distress Oxide Inks: Barn Door, Carved Pumpkin, Scattered Straw (Ranger)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Other: Masking Magic (Gina K), for creating splatters - Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (Stampin' Up)

Dies: A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Embellishments: Gold Glitter Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (X-Press It)

Monday, September 5, 2022

Thanks A Bunch


Happy Labor Day to everyone in the US! Today I'm sharing a card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

I've really been enjoying the Gardener's Treasures Bundle from Catherine Pooler!!! Isn't that patterned paper gorgeous?!?!!! LOVE the colors! And the images in the Dried Treasures stamp set are absolutely fabulous :)

Thanks a bunch for visiting!

Have a wonderful day!!!



Stamps: Dried Treasures (Catherine Pooler), sentiment from Full of Flowers - Singles (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: Terracotta, Apricot, Wintergreen, Tranquil (Catherine Pooler); Amalgam (Gina K)

Colorless Blender Pen: N00 (Tombow)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Gray (Stampin' Up), Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)

Specialty Cardstock: Bristol Smooth (Koh-I Noor)

Patterned Paper: Gardener's Notebook 6x6 (Catherine Pooler)

Dies: Dried Treasures (Catherine Pooler), Stitched Banner Duo Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Embossing Folder: Polka Dots (Provo Craft)

Twine: Gray (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesive: 1/4" Double-Sided Tape (, 1/8" Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn) 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Footprints in the Sand

Happy weekend! Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Summertime Blues :)

Our oldest nephew is getting married next weekend :) Gosh how time flies! He was just 6 years old when he was a ring bearer in our wedding. He and his soon-to-be wife will be living on the west coast just outside of San Diego. They love the beach, so I thought an ocean/beach-themed card would be perfect for their big day!

This Ocean Minded stamp set from Gina K Designs is so unique and totally fabulous! I can't wait to make more cards with it!

Thanks for visiting!!!



Stamps: Ocean Minded (Gina K)

Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko); Something Borrowed/Fiesta Blue/Sand Castle (Catherine Pooler)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Recollections)

Glitter Pen: Clear Wink of Stella (Kuretake)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape ( 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Happiest Of Birthdays

Hello there! Today I'm sharing a card I created using this lovely sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge:


I used some fabulous new-to-me products from Catherine Pooler including: Dried Treasures stamps and coordinating dies and Gardener's Notebook 6x6 Patterned Paper. Soooo in LOVE with all of these goodies!!!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Hoppy Birthday!


Today I'm playing along with Happy Little Stampers August Birthday Challenge :)

I love this Hoppy Days Cling and Clear Combo from Taylored Expressions!!! It's so much fun! Our friend and fellow craft beer enthusiast, Eric, has a birthday coming up later this month, so this one will be heading via snail mail to him very soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Have a super weekend!!!



Stamps: Hoppy Days Cling and Clear Combo (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: Lime Rickey/Grass Skirt/Limoncello (Catherine Pooler), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Cardstock: White/True Black/Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Black (Recollections)

Dies: Hoppy Days (Taylored Expressions), Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn), speech bubble from Peek-A-Boo Pets (Avery Elle), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape ( 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A Girl And Her Horse

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sneaking one in just in time for the current "Anything Goes" theme over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

My card features some new-to-me silhouette dies from Paper Rose---aren't they beautiful?!?!!! My niece will be celebrating her 10th birthday later this month. She's been taking horseback riding lessons and is currently obsessed with all things horse-related :) So, when I saw these dies from Paper Rose I knew they were a perfect fit for her birthday card!!! 

The ink blending color combo in the background was inspired by THIS VIDEO Daniel created for Catherine Pooler's Swatch It Like It's Hot Hop. In the video Daniel shared his "Gone Camping" ink blending color combo (Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress, and Catching Rays) ---- so stunning! I don't have Catching Rays in my ink collection (yet *wink), so I used Tiara which is just one shade lighter on the color wheel. YAY!

I added some iridescent rhinestones to the sky and oh how they sparkle in person!!!!! Plus, all girls love the bling ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day!



Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah), White and True Black (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress, Tiara (Catherine Pooler)

Dies: Girl With Horse Small (Paper Rose), Gum Tree Landscape (Paper Rose), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Embellishments: Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up)

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

Monday, August 1, 2022

Birthday Flowers


Today I'm playing along with the Seize the Birthday Challenge. I skipped the optional topping this time around and just went with "Anything Goes" --- I love that they always give us that choice ;)

My card features the Full of Flowers Cling and Clear Combo from Taylored Expressions and the coordinating Full of Flowers Stencils. I LOVE how easy it is to add color to the flowers and leaves with the stencil set and the results are fabulous!!! Can't wait to make more of these in different color combos! The possibilities are endless!

I'll be delivering this to my sweet neighbor friend whose birthday is tomorrow. The wildflowers are amazing here in the mountains right now so this seems like a perfect fit :) I hope she likes it!

I also wanted to share some photos from my recent overnight backpacking adventure (in case you saw my previous post and were wondering how it went). Thank you for all of your well-wishes and encouragement! Feeling so grateful for the opportunity to experience such incredible natural beauty!


Thanks for visiting!

Hope your week is off to a brilliant start!!!



Stamps: Full of Flowers Cling and Clear Combo (Taylored Expressions), Handlettered Sentiments (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Something Borrowed/Limoncello/Tiki Torch/Party Dress/Lime Rickey/Grass Skirt (Catherine Pooler)

Embossing Powder: Queen's Gold (Ranger)

Stencil: Full of Flowers (Taylored Expressions)

Dies: Handlettered Sentiments (Taylored Expressions), stitched circle (MFT)

Embellishments: Gold Glitter Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)