Friday, December 19, 2014

Don't Forget the Bus Drivers!

Hello Friends!
I tend to spend way too much time making really "fancy" Christmas cards . . . according to my 9 year old son. He is my biggest fan and I just love that, but he's right. After making almost 50 cards this year, I started getting a little more simple this week as I finish the last few. I took some really pretty scrapbook paper and punched a 2.5 inch circle near the top and placed in the center a glittery snowflake chipboard piece I've been hoarding. It took minutes to whip these together and you know what . . . they are a little "fancy" looking I think. I was please with the little time it took to still make a pretty card. I won't be posting the products used for these cards pictured above because they are from last year and retired . . . but you get the idea at least and maybe can use up some supplies you have on hand with this layout.
I had planned to blog way more than I have this holiday season, but the time just flew. New Year's resolution . . . more blog posts!  Look forward to that!
Lastly, don't forget to send a card with your child to give to the bus driver this holiday season. Our bus driver is amazing!  As a child, I had to wait outside in the cold & rain because if you weren't out there, they would drive by. Our bus driver allows Brandon to wait inside the house and if they don't see him coming when they pull up, they will honk the horn. Lucky Brandon! They also have to deal with all the kids personalities and nasty weather. I have an appreciation for what they do. I enclose a little gift card with the card as well.
Enjoy this last weekend before Christmas! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Woodsy Christmas

Hello Friends!
Are you ready for Christmas?  I am getting close. The tree is up, decorations are out, and a few cookies are made. I almost have all my Christmas cards made too. I stamped a bunch of the ones pictured above. It was a easy card to mass produce. I think it looks a little woodsy with the tree and wood star embellishment on the top. The stamp set, Be Joyful, is from one of my favorite online stores . . . Simon Says Stamp. I belong to their card kit of the month. Worth every penny!  Check out the details HERE. I have never been disappointed and look forward to receiving the box of goodies every month.

Merry Christmas Card Supplies:
Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp Be Joyful
Stampin Up InkChocolate Chip, Old Olive
Stampin Up Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Embellishments: Studio Calico Stars
Stay tuned. . . I'll be posting more Christmas cards soon!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for you

** All supplies from Stampin' Up!
I hope you and your family
have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
God bless!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter Trees

We had our first official snow fall last week . . . and let me tell you, it was huge! About 1ft of snow fell. It was crazy. It really made me feel like it was Christmas. I actually thought about putting up my tree.

My Christmas card marathon is on!  I am just lovin' this little Winter Trees die from Simon Says Stamp. I first die cut it in Brushed Silver card stock for the outline of the trees and then used green glitter paper to die cut once more for inside the outline. See picture below to get the full effect of the trees from a side view. It's so much prettier in person. I am making of bunch of these to send out!
I must add, the glitter paper I used from DCWV is like no other glitter paper I have used. It's called Glitzy Glitter Paper Stack. It has a smooth texture, not too thick, and best of all the glitter doesn't rub off on your fingers!  It is a delight to work with and looks so pretty and delicate. The stack comes with 6 different colors, 24 sheets in all. Well worth every penny!
Merry Christmas Card Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Stampin Up Four the Holidays
Ink: Tsukineko Silvery Shimmer Ink Pad
Stampin Up Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Garden Green, Whisper White
DCWV Glitzy Glitter Paper Stack
Tools: Big Shot, Simon Says Stamp Winter Trees Die, Stampin Up Filigree Embossing Folder

Enjoy and happy stamping!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sweetest Birthday

This past weekend my son & I were invited to a 3 year old birthday party for a friend of ours. Lucky me . . . I got to shop for little girl presents! With only having a son, this was a treat for me. I also had the opportunity to make a fun, girly card. I didn't have a lot of time, so Doodlebug Design products were the way to go!  Fun paper and stickers to match . . .  what's not to love? 
I stumbled across the perfect saying for the inside of the card from the Stampin Up set Crazy for Cupcakes, and a simple "happy birthday" from And Many More set.

I hope you are having the sweetest day ever!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ornamental Pine

Today was a GORGEOUS day in Pennsylvania! I had to use that natural sunlight today to take a picture of this card. We don't have too many warm & sunny days here in November.
I stamped this card using the new Ornamental Pine set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I just love the natural feel of this set and the simplicity of it. You'll see some holiday cards I made using this set in the upcoming month. This one was really simple, but if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! The supply list is at the end of the post.
This weekend I started my Christmas card making marathon. I make about 50 cards every year. It gets tiring, but I just love being creative. I'll be posting them all . . . so you'll be seeing some regular activity from me.  Hopefully you'll be inspired to make your own holiday cards this season!
You're in my prayers Card Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Stampin Up Ornamental Pine, Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Greetings
Stampin Up Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Basic Black
Stampin Up Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Studio Calico Hearts Die-Cut Wood Pieces
Enjoy and happy stamping!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Guess which candy in the picture is mine? Lol.
I bought some amazing chocolate pumpkins on a stick from a local confectioner and die cut a bunch of happy die cuts from Papertrey Ink. I tied the bottom of each with some Halloween colored bakers twine. They are so easy to make! I made about 25 of them for my co-workers and friends at work. They must be a hit because they are all gone!!!! Good thing I slipped one in my son's lunchbox this morning.
Have a happy & safe Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Love you a latte

It's a cold day here in Pennsylvania!  I'm heading to my son's football game shortly and will be grabbing a cup of latte to keep me warm.  Speaking of latte, I had a little time today to play with one of Lawn Fawn's newest sets love you a latte. Love the little coffee beans and coffee cup! You'll see more cards I made with this set over the coming months.
Love you a latte Card Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Stamp & Die Set: Love You A Latte
Stampin Up Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
Stampin Up Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Twine
Tools: Big Shot paper crimper
Keep warm and happy stamping!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy Fall

What do I love most about fall? EVERYTHING!!!!
I love the cooler temperature, the gorgeous color of the leaves, bright orange pumpkins adorning my doorstep, and the fragrance of a cinnamon pumpkin spice candle lingering throughout my home. I also feel very crafty this time of year. Not sure why?
Lawn Fawn has not let me down with their latest fall release. Sweater Weather is the perfect stamp set for your autumn themed cards. With cute little leaves, acorn, apple, heart, and flowers . . . you can use this set year-round. Don't forget about the matching die set too. I used the tree from the die set and stamped the tiniest leaves in the set all around the tree in different colors. I distressed the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock using the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.
Happy Fall Card Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Stamp & Die Set: Sweater Weather
Stampin Up Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Pool Party
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Stampin Up Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper: Fine & Dandy
Tools: Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

What do you like best about the fall season?  Let me know by leaving a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!!!

Happy fall and happy stamping!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I was looking back at some of my past posts . . . reminiscing I guess you call it. This particular post caught my eye for three reasons:

1) The card looks similar to my last post!  Love those neutrals.

2) My son looks so young!

3) He still likes to help me take pictures of my work and get in on the picture.

Enjoy your day and happy stamping!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

With Heartfelt Sympathy

I tend to gravitate towards neutrals when I’m looking to make a soft, sensitive themed card. The best example I have for this is a sympathy card which everyone hopes they never have to use, but it’s always good to have one on hand.
I started with a rich Chocolate Chip card base and added a layer of Crumb Cake on top embossed with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The sketchy flowers are stamped from a retired Stampin Up set called Simply Soft and the sentiment is from Close As A Memory.  Although these sets are no longer available through Stampin Up, the Love & Sympathy set would give you the same type of look and it has the loveliest saying for the inside as well. Bonus!
After I stamped the images on Very Vanilla cardstock, I layered it on a slightly larger piece of Chocolate Chip to match the card base. Sometimes this extra layer makes your images really stand out. I wrapped some delicate looking lace around the base and added a daisy border to the bottom.

I recently found this darling package of Recollections Butterflies at Michaels and thought this would be a good place to use one. It matches my color scheme perfectly! Lastly, the top right-hand corner looked a little bare so I added some brownish little rhinestones to finish it off.

Stampin Up Stamp Sets: Close As A Memory, Simply Soft
Stampin Up Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Tools: Stampin Up Embossing Folder Perfect Polka Dots, Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Accessories: Lace Ribbon from local craft store, Recollections Butterflies, Paper Studio Rhinestones
Coming soon . . . I have some new stamp sets that arrived on my doorstep from Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, and Stampin Up. I’m looking forward to sharing some fall themed cards with you soon using these newly released sets.

Thank you for visiting today and happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You're perfect in my book

I'm going to visit my nephews in a couple weeks and I always take them something I handmade . . . along with some of their favorite Halloween candy. Since they both love to read, I made them each a bookmark like the one above. I'm hoping they like it!
The To Thine Own Self stamp set from Simon Says Stamp is perfect for making bookmarks or cards
for teachers, students, office workers, and book lovers. Each book is separate in this set so you can arrange them however you choose. There are even 4 shelf lengths to choose from and some cute accessories to put on your shelf.

The bookmark is a die from Paper Smooches Wise Dies. I die cut it on heavy Neenah 80 lb solar white paper. You definitely want to use a heavier paper weight for bookmarks since they are more frequently handled than your typical card.

Enjoy a good book today and don't forget to make a fun bookmark to mark your place!

Happy stamping.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flu Shot Anyone? get well soon

I just scheduled a day to go get my flu shot. Yuck! Hard to believe it's that time of year again. My son came down with his first cold of the season a little over a week ago. It was actually his 2nd week into school. Those little kids love to spread germs!

With the cold and flu season fast approaching, it's a good time to stock up on "get well" cards. I just adore the stamp set from Lawn Fawn called on the mend. It is so cute and fun!  It is my go-to set when I need to make someone a get well card. Lawn Fawn always makes a coordinating dies with their stamps so you don't have spend endless time cutting out the images. Bonus!

The card I am sharing with you today is a simple one you can easily create a bunch at one time to have on hand. The card size is 3x6 inches long.

I die cut the tissue box and then stamped the image in black ink. I colored it in with the Stampin Up color Soft Sky. I repeatedly stamped the "get well soon" from the set on Crumb Cake (SU!) cardstock in Crumb Cake ink. One phrase was stamped in black ink to pop out that sentiment on the card. I attached the tissue box with a pop dot.

Stay healthy so I don't have to send you one of these cards. Lol!

Enjoy your weekend and happy stamping.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Hello ... I'm Back!


A very Happy Hello and welcome to my new and improved blog!!!!

Although I may have taken a break from blogging, the card making has never ceased.
Whether you are new to my blog or a returning follower, you will find inspiration, techniques, instruction, and product reviews all related to card making. I have so many ideas to share with you that I am really excited about!
Be sure to subscribe to my blog to receive notification as to when I post. The subscription window is on the sidebar to your right.
Last but certainly not least . . . I would love to hear from YOU!  Please leave comments on my posts and feel free to e-mail me if you ever have any questions.
Ok, now that you know what's going on  . . . how about some details about the Happy Hello card that is pictured above? The nice big hello die is from Simon Says Stamp. All of the cardstock colors (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise) are from Stampin' Up.
To make the rainbow of colors for the word hello, die cut hello in each color you want to use. Next, cut apart the letters and carefully glue them into place connecting one letter to another. Don't throw out those letters you didn't use!  You can make another card in a different color scheme with the leftovers. The Happy stamp inside the "h" is from the And Many More stamp set by Stampin Up.
Thank you for visiting today and happy stamping! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coming soon .... all new blog style and content!