Friday, May 18, 2018


It's hard to believe that I haven't spent much time (yet) playing with new Stampin' Up! products that I pre-ordered from the brand new catalog--and it's kind of sad since I paid extra to receive the box of happiness in two days.  I would have expected myself to immediately start creating with some of the new stamp sets, designer paper, and punches, but the new ink pads were the first thing that I pulled out of the box.  I'm sure you've been seeing them all over the web--that's where I first saw them, too--and they are a stamper's dream!  I love them!  But . . . new stamp pads have nothing to do with the card that I'm sharing today.  It features the brand new Under the Sea Framelits dies.

How do I feel about this product?  It. is. fantastic!!!!!  Those little fish . . . so cute!  There is a coordinating Sea of Textures stamp set but, as you can see, it's easy to create an interesting card using only the dies.  After the school of fish were cut into the cardstock, I used sponges to give an underwater colored background with Soft Sky (I'm having trouble letting this color go), Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, and Pacific Point.  A strip of Pineapple Punch cardstock was placed behind the fish, and I used Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam (lightly sponged with Coastal Cabana ink), Whisper White, and Calypso Coral for the die-cut shapes.  Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes were placed near the top to mimic bubbles, although they don't show up too well in my photo.  And there you have it . . . a simple, colorful, and fun little note card.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


My mail carrier probably wonders why I send so many cards near Mother's Day.  Surely I don't know that many people having birthdays and since they're all addressed to women, they must be Mother's Day cards.  She might think that I was literally raised by a village of special mothers.  The truth is . . . I send a lot of cards.  Some of the cards that I send are to friends of my mother's (some were even friends with my grandmother), and some of the women that are on my mailing list I have known for as long as I can remember.  It's great to hear that the cards are so well-received.  I think people don't send cards as often as they used to, but the joy of getting a greeting card in the mail cannot be duplicated with an email or a verbal claim after a holiday or occasion such as, "I thought of you on _____________ (your birthday or other occasion)!"  Following are some of the Mother's Day cards that I made.  I loved these cards!  They were actually fun to make, and Stampin' Up!'s Stamparatus tool made the stamping a very, very quick process.  The Petal Garden designer paper was a perfect feminine choice, don't you think?

For my mother, I made an easel card (literally, with strips of cardstock), and the focal point was a cut from one of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum papers (a new product available next month) that I colored with Stampin' Blends.  

I wish all mothers a very happy and blessed Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Never fun to make, but sympathy cards always deserve a special bit of my time, thought, and reflection.  

This card features a foil-dotted vellum overlay and gorgeous papers from Stampin' Up!'s Share What You Love designer paper.  I like the simplistic design with just a couple of embellishments.  

Friday, May 4, 2018


Today is my nephew's 23rd birthday.  Oh, to be 23 years old again.  There are some things that I wouldn't want to repeat, but it sure would be nice if there was a "take me back" button that we could press--just for a day or two--every now and then.  My 23rd year was one of those that I call my "blur phase", and that phase was a long one.  Ha!  There have been quite a few conversations with my mother and sister that have left me wondering where I was during a certain time and/or why I have no recollection of whatever the event or situation was, so I started calling those times my blur phase.  It's kind of like someone asking you to remember a day when you were 3 years old . . . the memory just isn't there.

Anyway . . . it's Bryson's birthday, and I want to share the card that I made for him.  I tried to make it a design with which he could identify, and I was so pleased when I got a text from him that read, "Thanks for my card!  It's so me!!!"  

It's not the best photo, but this was the best of many that I took!  I have thoroughly enjoyed Stampin' Up!'s True Gentleman designer paper!  I feel like I've used it a lot, but I still have a generous supply.  It's really one of the best masculine collections I've had the opportunity to work with, and I love it.

Shout it with me . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRYSON!!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Today I want to share the swaps from my April class.  I chose another sketch, and it was #491 from  Following is a picture of the sketch and the swaps:

Debbie created a background for one of her layers using
Brusho Crystal Colour.  Doesn't it look great?!?!

And this is the card that I created:

I think all of the swaps are great!  From the color combinations to the assorted embossed textures, it's always fun to see the variety that comes from a sketch.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Last summer, I purchased Chalk Couture's "Star Spangled Banner" Chalk Transfer, but today was the first time that I used it.  I knew that I wanted to use a few colors of chalk paste with the images, and I guess I was afraid that the paste would dry before I could get the image covered.  I shouldn't have waited because this project came together so easily!  I'm quite excited about it and wish that I had a patriotic room to hang it in.  It's been a dream of mine to have a patriotic bedroom--maybe one day.  July 4th doesn't seem too near, but it will be here before we know it--and I'll be ready!

I have to share this photo, too.  Ramsour was so excited to be outside during the photo shoot and, of course, we had to play ball.  It paid off, though, because he posed so handsomely for this photo:

Well . . . I might as well share this one, too:

Ramsour is so obedient, and he genuinely wants to be pleasing.  He's still young (will be 2 y/o in June), but he is such a good fellow!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


So today is my daddy's birthday, and I'm excited to share the card (and boxy envelope) that I made for him.  The whole time that I was creating the card, I was either listening to or humming ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man".  Daddy is a really sharp dresser, and he ALWAYS looks soooooo neat.  For as long as I can remember, his friends, co-workers, and relatives have enjoyed joking with him about stepping on his shiny shoes or boots.  If I was to stumble and could either hit the ground or save myself by stepping on his shoes, you can bet that I would take a hard splat to the ground!  I'm telling you . . . I learned from a very early age to never step on his shoes!

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to
Silk suit, black tie
I don't need a reason why
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
~ from ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man", written by 
Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill

Even though we sometimes jest about how neat daddy is, I am proud that he wants to look sharp!  He doesn't look anywhere near his age, and I'm proud of that, too.  I would love to share a picture of him (and his closet that is oh, so stinkin' organized and tidy)), but he has put his shiny-shoe-clad foot down on that!  I am happy, though, to share his card:

Daddy wouldn't EVER be caught in a suit quite as flashy as this and might never wear a bowtie, but I knew he had to have a sharp-dressed card.  I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to make, but I wasn't sure how to mimic the jacket.  I had seen cards made to look like a vest or a jacket or a dress shirt, but I wanted a card, similar to a gatefold, that included a shirt, vest, jacket, and tie.  After a few tries with scrap paper to get the "bones" worked out, it was time to construct.  In the end, I really loved the fun fold design.  See the inside:

Of course, the bowtie couldn't get squashed, so I created a boxy envelope to be hand-delivered.

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide
DSP:  True Gentleman
Stamp Set:  Truly Tailored
Punch:  Tailored Tag Punch
Accessories:  Metallic Enamel Shapes

to the sharpest-dressed man
with the shiniest shoes and
the cleanest vehicles and
the most organized closet I've ever seen!
I love you, daddy!!!

Monday, April 2, 2018


While cleaning my stamp room recently, I found a few items in the "bowl of parts" that I keep on the edge of my table.  Any time that I have stamped, punched, or die-cut elements that I end up not using, I put them in the wooden bowl, and that's where I found the die-cut fence and bicycles on this card:

There were two bicycles, but I adhered them together so they'd be more sturdy.  Originally, they were cut from Soft Sky cardstock, which didn't show up very well, so I colored the top bicycle with Stampin' Blends.  

One of my mother's friends was having a birthday, and I made this card to send to her.  I don't actually know her--maybe have never met her--but who wouldn't like to find an extra birthday wish (even a belated one) in the mailbox?

Stampin' Up!'s Tree Builder punch was used to create the clouds, and I used fringe scissors to cut the grass.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Pool Party, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Vellum cardstock, linen thread (from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit), Rhinestone Jewels, and White Perfect Accents.  I don't know why, but I almost always want to put one of those accents on my vellum clouds.

I hope you're having a stampin' good day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The swap theme for this month's class was to create a pocket card, and I think my stampin' friends did a fantastic job!  You'll notice that some of the cards have two pockets, and I love that they're all different!  

Aren't they great???  I wonder what our April swap theme should be.  Got any ideas?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


My great-niece is 16 years old today.  When I sat down to make her birthday card, it seemed strange that I wasn't using bright colors or balloons--or anything festive, per se.  In my mind, there was going to be a pig on her card since she raised a pig for one of her classes at school.  Not surprisingly, she got a bit attached to Vega (the pig) and, instead of losing her to an unfavorable fate earlier this year, Vega was able to move to a forever farm home--one where she has a boyfriend.  I thought and thought and thought about a design for the card, all the while this day was getting closer and closer.  Last night it came to me . . . a barn door card.

If you're like me, you kind of expected a pink pig.  Until I had the pig stamped and ready to color, I had thought it would be pink, but Vega is black and white (or gray).  The striped embossing folder that I used on this card is one of several that I sent to my niece along with a Texture Boutique embossing machine.  Can you imagine how thrilled I am that she enjoys making cards????  Although she won't receive the large box FULL of all kinds of card-making items on her special day, she should have it by Thursday or Friday.  I'm a bad aunt to send the card and gift late, but late is what I do very well.  I think the gift will be worth the wait--I know it sure would thrill me to get a box like that!

Vega at her forever farm home