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

Saturday, March 3, 2018


I think this basket of  blooms is so pretty and felt that it worked beautifully for the sympathy card that I needed to make recently.  I also really love coloring the flowers with Bermuda Bay and, of course, that adorable little tag.

Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Basket Weave embossing folder, burlap ribbon, doily, and Tailored Tag punch.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Blossoming Basket is one of the latest products that Stampin' Up! added to the Sale-a-Bration promotion, and it's already a favorite of mine!  Would you like to earn this bundle FREE?  It can be yours when you purchase Stampin' Up! merchandise (HERE) totaling $100 (before shipping and tax).  

Demonstrators were able to purchase the stamp set (and coordinating Basket Weave embossing folder) and, even though I told myself that I would just wait and earn the bundle for free, I ended up purchasing it because I just couldn't wait.  It is awesome!  This is one of the cards that I've already made with the stamp set:

Isn't that a lovely basket of flowers????  And that adorable tag stamp . . . ahhhhhh.  The "thanks a bunch" sentiment is from another fantastic stamp set, "Beautiful Bouquet", and it has such perfect (and gorgeously designed) sentiments!

My stamped image was colored with the Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends markers, and the sentiment was stamped with Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay ink.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


For the past couple of months, my stampin' friends and I have enjoyed a sketch challenge for our monthly class swap.  Our February swap was borrowed from operationwritehome.org and looked like this:

Lisa had a very creative interpretation of the swap (above)--I love that!  She also brought her January swap to class this month (below).  You can see the other January swaps HERE.

Below is the card that I created for the swap.

We decided that our March swap will be another sketch challenge, and I can hardly wait!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


There's really not much to say about this card, except that I ❤ Stampin' Up!'s Petal Palette stamp set!  It kind of reminds me of the awesome Butterfly Basics stamp set in that it has a little bit of everything that a stamper might be looking for or needing when designing a card . . . gorgeous focal points, sentiments, backgrounds/filler, etc.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to color the flowers, and that was just too easy and fun.

Cardstock colors are Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White.  There's even a set of coordinating dies (Petals & More Thinlits) to go with the Petal Palette stamp set, and I used one of them to die-cut the bird.

Sunday, February 4, 2018


One of my mother's sweet quilting friends recently made a rain coat for our Border Collie, Ramsour.  Of course, I had to make a thank you card and, of course, it had to have a quilt-esque (or patchwork) design.  Because I love, love, love Stampin' Up!'s Painted with Love designer paper, I cut some of it into 1/2" strips, which I randomly adhered to a scrap of cardstock.  I wish the photo of the card had turned out better.  I thought it looked okay in preview, but I later discovered that I should have taken the time to either change the camera lens or do something magical to the funky auto focus that transpired.  Oops!  You can see a little bit of the designer paper pocket that I adhered to the inside of the card, which held a sweet little gift card.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card are Melon Mambo cardstock to mat the decorated layer on the front, Whisper White and Powder Pink cardstock, white Baker's Twine, and a few enamel dots that were left over from last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.

I suppose you'd like to see a photo of Ramsour modeling his new coat.  He didn't know what I had just wrapped around him--he was mostly hoping that I was ready to play, but doesn't it look handsome on him?  

While it was raining buckets this morning, his new coat came in handy to keep all of that silky fur on his back nice and dry.  He looks a bit pitiful in the photo . . . as if to say, "Why must you take a photo now?"  Or maybe he'd like to know if he could get a hat and some boots.  It looks like two different dogs in the photos, but I promise they're both Ram.

Ramsour is just the best little dog!  He doesn't really seem to care what we put on him--all that matters is that we're ready to play.  He has worn his Panthers jerseys without complaint in the past, but I love that his new coat is easy to put on and doesn't look at all bothersome to him.  

Friday, January 26, 2018


For my class swap this month, we used this sketch that I found on Pinterest:

At first glance, I thought it would be perfect for an assortment of colors, images, textures, etc. but, when I sat down to work on my swaps, it became clear that this sketch was somewhat challenging.  I think my stampin' friends did an awesome job!  Just look at their works of art:

The inside of Terry's card

The inside of Jane's card
I don't remember if I tossed one or two of my attempts to follow the sketch, but this is the card that I swapped:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


These three items . . . 

became this:

Over the weekend, I painted the unfinished wooden mason jars with chalk paint and, once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded them to create a smooth surface.  A small amount of wax was applied to the surface where I would use Chalkology Paste, but I wouldn't say that wax is a requirement.  I used images from Chalk Couture's Under the Sea transfer to decorate the jar using Thai Teal, Nantucket, Mint, White, and Evergreen Chalkology Paste.  The top needed something, and didn't the twine finish it nicely?

Monday, January 22, 2018


As I looked at the chalkboard that I decorated for Valentine's, I kept thinking that it needed a little something.  A bird on the branch!

I had a little goof by his tail feathers but, still . . . it looks complete now, don't you think?  The bird image is one of the transfers that comes with Bless Our Nest.