Thursday, February 27, 2020


When I first saw the Peaceful Poppies Suite in Stampin' Up!'s January-June 2020 mini catalog, I loved it . . . the images, colors, coordinating products . . . all of it.  


Unfortunately, the entire suite wasn't in my budget, and it was difficult to decide which of the products I should purchase.  The product that continued to call to me was the Poppy Moments dies.  Whether I'd have to wait to purchase either or both stamp sets, I knew that I could make pretty things with just the dies.  FYI . . . the inventory is currently low on these dies, so order quickly if you're as smitten with them as I am!

Just look at these beautiful dies!!!
I finally bought them, and this is the first card that I made:

I love the layering cuts for the leaves, and doesn't the cut-out flower outline look pretty on its own?  This is a set of dies that I can REALLY use again and again, and I'm so excited to have them!

Other products featured on my card include:

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020


In my Facebook group, I posted the following sketch for this week's challenge:

The sketch was found on Pinterest, and I borrowed it from Julee Tilman's "Mojo Monday 521" blog post.  I thought it looked like a fun sketch, and it looked really easy, too.  As a matter of fact, it was fun and easy!  This is the card that I made for my aunt Betty:

Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather
Specialty:  Vellum cardstock, Silver Foil Sheets
Dies:  Stitched Shapes, Stitched So Sweetly
Embossing Folder:  Coastal Weave
Stamp Set:  Modern Heart
Accessories:  Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Silver Sequins, Stampin' Dimensionals

Would you like to play along with the challenges in my Facebook group (and see project ideas)?  Email me at with the subject "Join Facebook Group", and I'll send you an invitation.  I'd love to have you join us.

ETA:  A Stamping Sponge was used to color the front of the white envelope with Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather ink, and then I randomly stamped the image from "Flourishing Phrases" stamp set with Gorgeous Grape ink.

Monday, February 17, 2020


Between the layers on these cards, there's a scalloped circle that rotates to reveal four different words.  The stamped layer features Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Friendship images, of which I cannot get enough!  From the photo below, you get a glimpse of how those same beautiful images were used to decorate the inside of the cards.  The tiny hearts that appear in the word window are from the To Every Season stamp set from the 2019 Holiday catalog.

Stampin' Up! colors featured on these cards are Whisper White, Old Olive, and Petal Pink.  The frame around the "word window" is from one of the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Papers, which are jewel-toned with foil accents.  Foam Adhesive Strips were used to separate the layers on these cards.

So this completes the sharing of my 2020 Valentines.  I think now it is time to start working on Spring projects!

Saturday, February 15, 2020


Ready to see two more Valentine cards?  Not the best photos, but here goes . . .

This first card features a cross-stitched heart design that was framed with an embossed layer:

I had lofty goals of using this design for all of my Valentines this year, but it didn't take long to realize that I didn't have time to complete enough of them.  Along the way, I discovered a heart that was quicker to stitch, but this three-color design was my favorite.  On this one, I finished it by adding three hotfix Swarovski crystals, which added the perfect amount of sparkle!

The last card that I made was the quickest and most simple of all.  A stencil and white Craft ink were used to place the hearts on the Crumb Cake cardstock, and the sentiment was embossed with white Stampin' Emboss Powder onto Early Espresso cardstock.

Friday, February 14, 2020


Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I had every intention of sharing photos of a few "cards for the occasion" earlier in the week, but it just didn't happen.  Better late than never, right?  

First up is one of my favorites this year . . . a fun shaker card!  I absolutely love sequins.  Or maybe I love collecting them.  This week I actually used a few of them, along with clear beads, for the shaker bits.  If you're thinking this card looks slimmer than the standard A2 size, you're correct.  

I think the size of this card is perfect for its simple yet fun design, and the gold-embossed sentiment tag just looks nicer extending slightly past the edge.

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
To Every Season stamp set
Good Greetings (retired) stamp set
Layering Squares dies
Stitched So Sweetly dies
Window Sheets
Blushing Bride glimmer paper
Whisper White cardstock
Firm Foam adhesive
Blushing Bride ink
VersaMark ink
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

I have a couple more Valentine cards to share this weekend, but this is all for now.  Have a great day!!!

Thursday, February 6, 2020


At the beginning of last September, I decided to make rag quilts to give to family members for Christmas.  This was quite a huge decision since it would be my first sewing experience.  And so I spent hours choosing flannel fabric online and ordered 32 yards of assorted colors and prints.  I think it was the day after I'd ordered all of that fabric that I was offered a job.  Hmmmm . . . even though the job was part-time, it would tremendously cut into my sewing time.  There were times that it seemed nearly impossible to get all of those quilts made, but I did it!!!  When my mother mentioned to aunt Betty that I'd been feverishly working to complete some quilts, she said she'd like to have one so, of course, I needed to make a quilt for her.  I was fortunate to have enough leftover fabric from the quilts that I'd made for my parents and my sister, and I only needed to buy two yards of the tangerine fabric to fill in the gaps.  Aunt Betty's quilt didn't take long to make, and I delivered it to her last Sunday . . . with a coordinating card, of course.  This is what the quilt and card looked like all folded and ready for wrapping:

The feather and plaid fabric was leftover from the quilt I had made for my parents, and the tangerine and beetles fabric was leftover from my sister's quilt.  

For the card, I used poster board and cardstock held together with a brad in the corner to create a swing/slide opening.  Of course, the front needed a quilty design, and I used designer paper scraps for that.

I apologize for the quality of the photos.  Besides the fact that the tangerine color is difficult to photograph, I could have used more lighting in the room.  

Aunt Betty loved her quilt!  I'm sure she thought she'd NEVER see the day when I'd be giving her something that I had made with a sewing machine--but it happened!

Saturday, February 1, 2020


I love this card!  The colors, texture, bling . . . everything about it.

Doesn't the braided trim pair nicely with the Coastal Weave embossed texture?

The flowers were fussy cut from a piece of Tropical Oasis designer paper.  All of the papers in that collection are so pretty and, as you can see, the colors are vivid and gorgeous!  And yes, I used one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut the sentiment layer.  Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:

Cardstock:  Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Whisper White, Vellum
Designer PaperTropical Oasis
Stamp SetTimeless Tropical
AccessoriesChampagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Braided Burlap Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals