Friday, December 30, 2016


Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!  I hope 2017 brings you much joy and happiness.  Enjoy the celebration and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Little Mailboxes

It is time to think about Valentine's Day projects now that Christmas craft items are put away.  I saw these cute little mailboxes on the internet and as cute as they are, I spent way too much time making these two!  Even though I cut everything as was stated, the pieces just didn't line up perfectly.  So, don't look too close!  I made these two and they are the last two!  The little plastic boxes filled with Valentine Hugs and Kisses and decorated with pretty ribbons are looking really good---lol! Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Special Reason Flowers

We had a great Christmas weekend.  And then yesterday, it was "after the parties cleaning day"! I actually got quite a bit accomplished although that might be because the older I get the less fussy I am!  I even had time to make a quick card using Stampin' Up products which are in the new Occasions Mini.  The flowers were created by using Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks and an aqua painter.  After the watercolored paper dried, I used  framelits from the  new Stylish Stems framelits set to die cut the flowers and the outline of the flowers from coordinating cardstock.  I stamped the leaves (Special Reason stamp set), die cut and adhered them to the white cardstock layer, placing the flowers over the leaves.  The sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set, stamped on a die cut using another framelit from the same set.  Before adding the Enamel Shapes, the white layer was too plain.  I used my scoring tool to make  an embossed frame around the outer edge of the white cardstock.   Have a great day!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a  very Merry Christmas as you celebrate with family and friends. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and look forward to more love and laughter today as we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus.   

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Christmas Favors

 Not sure where the time has gone, but Christmas is only a few days
away and I still have to bake cookies!  Sydney is coming over on Friday and she will be baking and helping me get ready for Christmas Eve.  Today I am posting my favors for the Christmas Eve dinner table.  They are quite simple, but very pretty~~in my opinion~~lol.  I used the clear 2" x 2" boxes I purchased at a couple of months ago.  They are filled with Christmas Hugs and Kisses and the cute little Santa Hat Kisses purchased at Target.  Sometimes all you need is pretty ribbon to make pretty favors.  I did not even make tags for the favors this year!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kathy Z's Favor

Today's favor was made by my friend, Kathy Z.  She did not use a die or framelit, just her paper trimmer and scoreboard.  She used Crumb Cake cardstock for the box, Candy Cane Lane DSP and a sentiment from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  The little deer face was stamped with the Jolly Friends stamp set and then cut out with the Cookie Cutter builder punch.  Inside each box is a Santa shaped Hershey bar which Kathy purchased at Walgreens.  I am amazed at the favors Kathy makes.  But what truly amazes me is that she makes 80 of these for the teachers at her daughter's school!  (Her daughter is an elementary school principal.)  Thanks for sharing, Kathy.  Have a great day and stay warm!

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Card For Sydney

Today's post is that of the fun card I created for Sydney.  The little bird is from the Penny Black stamp set Winter Wonderland while the North Pole image is from Stampin' Up's Christmas Magic.   I used Spetrum Noir markers to color the North Pole sign and the little bird in Nipper's colors.  The sentiment is from the retired Endless Wishes stamp set.  The addition of glittery snowflakes finished off the card.  Needless to say, Sydney was thrilled with the Nipper Christmas card!  Have a great day and stay warm. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Thank Yous

Yesterday afternoon I made some Christmas thank you cards.  The "thank you" and the little
additional phrases are from an upcoming Sale-a-bration set, So Very Much.  I used the Wonky Frames from Avery Elle to cut out the white layer on all of the cards.  The images are from a variety of stamp sets.  The Santa hat was made using the Stampin'  Up Jolly Hat builder punch.  Sale-a-bration begins on January 4th and if you are a customer of mine, your SAB and Occasions Mini brochures will be arriving soon~~I hope!  Have a great weekend, keep warm and stay safe!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Magic

I finally finished my Christmas cards and they should be in the mail later today or tomorrow!  Today's card was created using the Christmas Magic stamp set, Candy Cane Lane DSP and Spectrum Noir markers.  Once I figured out the pieces and their measurements, the stamping and coloring was quite easy.  Of course, when I am coloring in images, I do a much better job when I stamp the image in black Versafine ink and then heat emboss using clear embossing powder.  It is easier to stay in the lines when it is embossed.  Bundle up and have a great day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mediterranean Moments

Taking a little break from Christmas to post a card created with a stamp set that will be in the new Occasions Mini, Mediterranean  Moments.  I started out using the new watercolor pencils, but those didn't turn out so great.  So, I stamped the image on Shimmery White, heat embossed it and then used my ink pads, water and a paint brush. Using the water and paint brush worked much better for me.  I will need to spend a little more time with the new watercolor pencils.  The images in this set are very pretty and can be colored in using markers, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, watercolor inks, etc.  I know that once my Christmas cards are finished, I will be playing with this set a lot more.  Have a great day and keep safe and warm!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Santa Birds

The idea for today's post came right off Penny Black's Flicker page.  The cute little birds are images from Penny Black's Winter Wonderland stamp set.  I colored all of the little birds with my Spectrum Noir markers and brushed clear Wink of Stella glitter on the white sections of the hats.  I ended up lining the backs of the tags as the alcohol ink bleeds thru the Whisper White cardstock and it looks much neater.  The sentiments are from a variety of stamp sets.  And of course, I had to make a Nipper Santa for someone special's present!  Have a great day!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Elf Tags & A Tree

A few of my friends were here on Saturday for a little crafting/socializing.  As always, we had a great time and did a lot of sharing.  Cherie brought a tag for each of us to make using MFT Stamps' Santa's Elves stamp set and coordinating dies.  We used a tag from MFT's Tag Builders Blueprints Set 5 (green and red rectangle tag) on which to adhere the little elf.  He was so cute that I stamped a few more of him.  Yesterday I colored the elf images and. made two more tags.  For these tags I  used SU dies, Delicate Ornaments and Layering Squares.  On Saturday, we also made the cute little Christmas Tree box.  The trees  are actually cake slice boxes Cherie created using her Cricut.   Have a great day and keep warm!

Friday, December 9, 2016


I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and there were many cards with feathers.  There were many pretty ones, but I do not have one single feather stamp.  So I used what I did have~~feathers that Nipper loses~~to make today's card.  I used Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures stamp sets for the background and Gray and Indigo Blue inks.  The retired corner stamp, silver thread and some pretty sequins completed the card. Have a great weekend and be safe if out and about in the snow!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nipper Colors

I did not have anything ready to post today.  So, you get
to see a couple photos of Nipper when his drinking water plate became a bird bath one morning.  He has many different colors of blues and grays.  And when he is all fluffed up he looks even cuter than always!  Have a great day and stay warm.    

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Bear

I have used this bear image for baby cards and when I saw the bear used for a Christmas card, I had to try it.  The bear is a three step stamp, but I stopped after two steps so I didn't mess up another one~~lol!!  The sentiment is from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and is the perfect sentiment for this card for John's Mom.  She lives in Arizona and we will be thinking of her at Christmas, as we do always.  I used the Layering Square Framelits collection for the red and white scalloped squares.  After die cutting "Mom" and adhering the letters to the card, I brushed Wink of Stella clear glitter over the letters, the bow and his cute little nose! Keep warm and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Circle Ornaments

Last year, I made Christmas cards using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the coordinating dies, Delicate Ornaments.   They were very pretty.  While playing in my scrap room yesterday,  I decided to make ornament cards using circle framelits for the ornaments together with the ornament hanger/top from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlets.  .First I made the larger ornaments card and thought maybe the ornaments were a little too big.  So I used a smaller circle for the second card.  I think they are a little too small.  Next time, I will use a circle die in between!  Either way, they are both pretty cards and the glittery ornament tops add much to the card.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Nuggets

Yesterday was Cricut Sunday and I made these favors for the girls.  These are the easiest to make and dress up with any paper, twine, ribbon, netting, etc.  I wrapped Hershey Nuggets in Candy Cane Lane DSP, made a little red cardstock tray to put them on and slipped them into the 2" x 8" cellophane bags.  I closed the bag using sparkly twine and ribbon and added a little tag.  The top of the cello bag was trimmed down  and I had this festive treat to give my friends.  Have a great day!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Merry & Bright Penguin

I had it in my mind to create a penguin card using the owl builder punch.  So when  I went down to my scrap room yesterday to clean, instead I created (again)! The hat is from Lawn Fawn's Hats Off To You dies.  The hat is a little big, so I will have to research how people are making hats on Pinterest cards. The sentiment is from a My Paper Pumpkin from last year.  The Designer Series Paper is Candy Cane Lane and is in the current Holiday Mini. Today I will get around to cleaning my scrap room!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Little Owl

How long has the owl punch been part of Stampin' Up?  However long it has been, I finally broke down and purchased it!  I am blaming it on the ladies who come here for Cricut each month.  I saw a cute little penguin and then Sheryl showed me a photo of all the different little critters you can make with the punch.  Today I am posting the first owl card I made with the punch.  In the future you will be seeing penguins and who knows what other little critters! 

I just thought this was cute:  Sydney is teaching Dexter how to open presents for Christmas.  She is wrapping his old toys for him to practice! As you can see, he has unwrapping down pat!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Calypso Coral Birthday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I sure did.  Sydney came here on Wednesday so she could help me get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.  And she was a big help.  We also enjoyed some TV/bed time with Nipper.  When Sydney is here, little Nipper sticks close to her.  On Thursday morning, Matt came over with Vinny (his girlfriend's son).  Between Sydney, Matt and Vinny my morning couldn't have been better! There were 16 of us for dinner and it was wonderful.  I truly am blessed with the very best family and friends. 

Today's card was made when I took a break from die cutting snowflakes~~lots of snowflakes for my Christmas cards.  I used retired Designer Series Paper with Calypso Coral cardstock, ink and twine and a white card base.  It was quick to create and it is a birthday card without balloons!  Have a great day!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Favors

Today I am posting the favors I made for Thanksgiving at our house.  I wrapped each Hershey Treasure in Lawn Fawn pattern paper, made a little tray for the candies and slipped them into SU's 2" x 8" cellophane bags.  The sentiment is from the Basket of Wishes stamp set.  After stamping the tags I needed, I used the Labels and Tags framelits to cut them out.  I then sponged the edges and tied them on with twine, adding off white tulle and decorative embellishments.  Once again, I trimmed down the length of the cello bags.  I made these for a Halloween post last month and I thought those were cute.  These, I think, are very pretty.

There will be three children here, so I made them little boxes using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Treat Box die and Stampin' UP's retired bow punch.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Owl Punch Turkey

Isn't this Thanksgiving favor cute?  My friend, Kathy Z, made these.  She used Stampin' Up's retired Fry Box die and the Owl Punch.  She layered different sizes of scallop circles on to the front of the fry box.  The turkey's body is the owl body from the punch, minus the ears and adhered using dimensionals.  She added the google eyes, a sentiment, a tiny little beak and heart.  Inside the fry box is a Reese's Peanut Butter cup wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with pretty ribbon.   If I hadn't already started on my Thanksgiving favors,  I would have copied this one!  Have a great day!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Navy Thinking of You

This was a quick card I made while I was cleaning my scrap island.  I used a Night of Navy card base and a piece of patterned paper that I have had in my stash for quite some time.  The frame and the sentiment cardstock were cut using My Favorite Things Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle dies.  The sentiment is from SU's Wetlands stamp set and the flowers are from SU's Love & Affection set.  I used dimensionals to adhere the border frame to add a little dimension to the card. I  never did clean my scrap island~~later today I will get right to it!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Distress Ink Happy Birthday

I saw Tim Holtz Distress Specialty Stamping paper that had a matte
coating that offers a smooth surface for blending and coloring.  I wanted to see if I could get that smooth look when sponging distress ink that you see on the cards on the internet.  So the paper arrived and I used it.  For some reason, my sponging with any ink never looks as smooth or even as most I see online.  Well, this paper didn't make any difference for me.  I could still see all the circular motions I made and the unevenness of the sponging.  So, I used my balloon punch and MFT die to create today's pretty birthday card from the sponging that was blotchy~~and it looks perfect!  Have a great day!  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Card~~Maybe

Yesterday was a Christmas card day in my scrap room.  Today's card is one that was a possible design for the cards I will be sending out this year.  I used Shimmery White and Marina Mist cardstock and the pretty Frosted sequins that are in SU's Holiday Mini.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Get Well Soon

I started working on Christmas cards over the weekend.  I am thinking I should really should be working on Thanksgiving favors!  If you don't see daily posts from me, it is because I am working on
those projects instead of creating new cards for my blog.  Today's card is a cheerful get well card.  I used Lawn Fawn's On The Mend stamp set and dies for both the image and the sentiment.  The vase of smiling flowers was colored in with Spectrum Noir markers after it was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.    I used scraps of DSP and water colored Shimmery White on the card front.  The card was finished with a little white baker's twine bow.  Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

First off, let me start my post by thanking all of the Veterans of the United States military.  I have always been proud of my Dad, my great uncle and friends who served in the military over the years.   To all who served our country~~thank you.

Today's card is another idea from Pinterest.  I used a Wonky Stitches die from Avery Elle and a SU circle die for the top layer of the card.  The Pool Party and Pistachio Pudding leaves were stamped using stamps from SU's Love and Affection stamp set as are the  the Crisp Cantaloupe flowers.  I stamped off once when I inked the Pistachio Pudding leaves and meant to stamp off for all the little flowers, but I forgot to on one of them--oops!  The sentiment is from the Endless Thanks set.  Whatever colors you use for the leaves and flowers, just make sure they are pale enough for the black sentiment to stand out. I embellished the card with a few sequins, but you could use buttons or enamel dots or whatever is your favorite embellishment.  I did adhere the top layer to a white card base using dimensionals. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Snowy Tree

As I looked out my office window yesterday, I saw that most of the colorful leaves on my trees were almost gone.  It made me realize that soon those bare branches will be snow-covered.  The thought reminded me of a card I saw on the internet that I wanted to make.  I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set and both the images and the sentiment are in the set.  The "snow" is white craft ink which does need a little time to dry.  I first stamped the "snow" and once it dried, I stamped the tree using Black Memento ink.  I am hoping the branches on my trees stay bare for a very long time!  I am not ready for snow.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Holiday Hostess Gift

What a night!  I couldn't stay up for the final election results but I have been watching and listening to various TV networks this morning.  So much happiness for some and much disappointment for others. 
A friend asked if I would make cards that she can give as hostess gifts during the holidays.  I have been working on this, making a few sets for her the past days.  Having the Misti sure did make a difference when stamping the sentiments on numerous cards.  When the cards were all completed and the envelopes stamped with a coordinating image,  I put the set of cards in a cellophane bag and tied it with a ribbon~~ready to give.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Beautiful Tree

I was out with my son and daughter on Saturday and we saw this beautiful tree!  It was so vibrant, I had to take a picture of it for my blog.  It was like we were standing right in front of the sun.  Even though my card isn't as grand as this tree, I used the photo as inspiration.  After die cutting the leaves in a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, I lined the front of the card base (which is also Early Espresso) with orange/yellow pattern paper I had in my collection.  This way, the pattern paper would show thru the leaves when the top layer was added to the card base.  I added a strip of the same pattern paper to the bottom of the card on which I had stamped a sentiment.  (I wish I would have added a little twine above the pattern strip, but too late!)  The finished layer was adhered on the card base using dimensionals.  Adhesive dots and Fall color sequins complete the card with a Very Vanilla liner on the inside of the card base.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Cricut Favors

These favors couldn't be easier.  Actually, if I had just tied the ribbon or twine around the box, without the leaves, that would have been easier!  Anyway, I was placing an order at Clearbags a couple of weeks ago and the 1-1/2" square food safe clear boxes caught my eye.  I have the Stampin' Up clear 2" square boxes, but a smaller size might be better for loose candies, such as M&Ms.  A bag of M&Ms will go much further when using the smaller size. The little leaves were die cut using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies after randomly sponging a piece of cardstock.  These would be cute with candy corn, too.  Have a great day! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Crisp Cantaloupe Card

Since the retired In Color DSP was on the island, I decided to make another card with my favorite In Color DSP.  I had a scrap of Crisp Cantaloupe that I added to a white card base and then used my scoring tool to make a design of embossed lines.  Just remember that if you want the embossed lines to show on your card front you do need to put the score lines on the backside of the cardstock.  Every 3/8" I would score.  I added a water colored, die cut butterfly on another piece of white cardstock, stamped the sentiment and adhered that to Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  I then adhered that to the card base using dimensionals.  And those pretty sequins were definitely needed!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

So Exciting!

So excited for the CUBS!  I like so many of players on the team and they all deserve the win, but it is so nice to see David Ross retire with this World Series Win.  Great to see so much happiness. Congrats to all the Chicago Cubs and their families!

Lately, I have been posting pretty/cute cards but most of them were shades of orange and brown.  And soon I will be posting Christmas cards, which means a whole lot of red and green over the next couple of months.  So I pulled out the package of my all-time favorite In Color DSP (2013-2015) and chose Coastal Cabana for today's card.  The image is from the hostess set Gift of Love and the sentiment is from Circle of Spring.  I embellished the card with my all-time favorite embellishment, the coordinating In Color sequins.  I look at this card, and it makes me happy!  Of course, I am sure that happy feeling has something to do with the fact that the CUBS WON!!!!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Another Santa Card

Once again, I used the Detailed Santa thinlets dies for not only the Santa but also for the decorative trim on the bottom of the card front.  If you are looking for an easy card to create, this is it.  I placed the Santa thinlet and the decorative trim piece on the cutting plate at the same time.  I used a post it note to hold the trim in place as I rolled the paper and dies thru the Big Shot.  I then stamped the sentiment.  If I was making a few or more of this card, I would use my Misti to stamp the sentiment.  I also would center the decorative die and the sentiment a little better, too!  Since my sentiment and decorative trim are a little off center, I did add a couple little sequins to the right edge of the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Greetings from Santa set.  Have a great day and GO CUBS!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FYI~~November Special!

Starting today, Stampin' Up has a couple of new promotions.  Stitched framelits are here, ahead of their official release in the 2017-18 annual catalog!  Actually, SU is offering 12 stitched framelits (4 each of stitched squares, stitched circles and stitched ovals) for $30 plus tax and shipping.   
And during the month of November, there are a select number of coordinating stamp sets available at a 25% discount!

145372Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares$30 USD/$40 CADNo Discount
142069 (HC P. 11)Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set$27 USD/$35 CAD$20.25 USD/$26.25 CAD
143269 (HC P. 11)Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set$19 USD/$25 CAD$14.25 USD/$18.75 CAD
142114 (HC P. 15)Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142049 (HC P. 19)Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set$35 USD/$43 CAD$26.25 USD/$32.25 CAD
142142 (HC P. 23)Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set$23 USD/$30 CAD$17.25 USD/$22.50 CAD
142145 (HC P. 23)Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set$17 USD/$22 CAD$12.75 USD/$16.50 CAD
142180 (HC P. 33)Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142206 (HC P. 43)Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set$28 USD/$36 CAD$21 USD/$27 CAD
142209 (HC P. 43)Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set$20 USD/$27 CAD$15 USD/$20.25 CAD
140386 (AC P. 31)Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
141859 (AC P. 61)Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set$26 USD/$32 CAD$19.50 USD/$24 CAD
141784 (AC P. 139)Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
I know there are a couple of stamp sets I will order and the framelits have my attention, too (although not on sale!)  If you have any questions, send me an email or go directly to my website, and click on Shop Now.

A Christmas Card

Believe it or not, today's post is a Christmas card!  My friend, Paula, was here on Saturday and brought her newest toys~~SU's Detailed Santa Thinlets Die and the Greetings from Santa stamp set (p. 11 Holiday Mini).  Paula also brought the materials for me to create today's card.  We both agreed that we don't usually send Christmas cards with black cardstock, but this one looks perfect with the red glitter paper against the black cardstock.   The Greetings from Santa stamp set does not have framelits,so I fussy cut the "naughty or nice list".  After fussy-cutting the list and placing it against the black, you could see a few little white spaces where the cutting wasn't perfect.  I took out a black Spectrum Noir marker and ran it across the edges to cover up those spots.  I can still see a few little white spaces, but you have to be looking for them! Have a great day!