Category Archives: Handmade Cards

Just Add Color With Blends!

The new Stampin’ Blends markers are so fun to use!!!  But be warned, they are seriously addicting!  Once I got mine, I immediately started looking over all my stamp sets to figure out which ones I could color.  Then I remembered!!!  I had the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper is PERFECT for coloring with the new markers.  And what’s even better is that the paper comes… Read More »

Snowflake Watercolor #GDP112

This week, the Global Design Project challenge is to CASE (copy and share everything) one of the designers, Connie Collins.  Connie is one of my all-time favorite Artisan Designers.  I’ve followed her blog for years.  She is amazingly artistic … simply one-of-a-kind.  Every single one of her projects is meticulously perfect and detailed.  She’s just awe inspiring. The card she designed includes beautiful watercoloring and Fall colors.  See below for… Read More »

Favorite Sympathy Card

In the past month, I’ve had to make a few sympathy cards for some good friends.  While it’s a sad occasion, I think making handmade cards and writing heartfelt notes inside really help friends know how much you care and wish you could help ease their pain. One of my favorite Sympathy cards was one I made using past Paper Pumpkin stamps from August and September 2017.  You can see the original… Read More »

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!!  Hope you have a fun, spooky day! My little kiddies are all grown up and off on their own.  But, I still have wonderful memories of many, many costumes and fun Halloweens.  Plus, I like to let them know I’m thinking of them.  So, I made care packages to mail off and surprise them.  Bahahaaaa! OK, so I need to start off by qualifying that I did not… Read More »

October Paper Pumpkin

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called “Pining for Plaid.”  It’s the first in a series of two coordinated, back-to-back kits created for the holidays, and boy is it cute! If you’ve never heard of Paper Pumpkin, click here to learn about this great subscription service.  It’s only $20 a month.  Click here to subscribe before November 10th and receive the next monthly kit. The October Paper Pumpkin kit includes… Read More »

Blends With Mixed Drinks

Yesterday was my nephew’s 24th birthday!  He’s such a great kid!!!  (I still think of him as a kid.)  He moved to Florida about a year ago, has a great job with Northrop as an engineer, and just bought his first house.  Wow!!!  Talk about a success story.  We’re all so proud of him. Last summer, I made a card with the Mixed Drinks stamp set that my sister really… Read More »

Half Full & Stampin’ Blends

I just love the Half Full stamp set.  I love the sayings, the fonts, and the stamps as well.  Plus, it’s a PERFECT stamp set for playing with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!! These markers are currently only available to demonstrators for a short time, so we can practice using them, perfect our techniques, and get ready to teach classes.  But, they will be available to the public later… Read More »

At Home With You

Hello!  Hope you’re having a great Sunday.  I know I am!!! On Friday afternoon, I got a Stampin’ Up! shipment containing ALL the new Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers!!!  (Demonstrators have a few weeks in early October when we can pre-order these fantastic, new markers that will soon be available to the public.)  I was so excited to play with them this weekend.  Unfortunately, duty called and I had lots of… Read More »

Wonderful Life — #GDP106

Can you believe it?  Two posts in one day!!!  I had a super busy week at work, so I didn’t have time during lunch to work on my blog.  So, you get a two-fer today.  Yay! This week, there is a sketch challenge at the Global Design Project.  It’s a nice simple sketch that allows a lot of creativity to use different stamps, papers, and techniques.  Click on the sketch… Read More »

Layered Leaves — #GDP105

This week at the Global Design Project, they have a fabulous color challenge, including Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, and Lemon Lime Twist!  I absolutely love this combination and it’s perfect for Fall cards!!!  To see the challenge, and all the gorgeous cards created by the Design Team and participants, click HERE. I had a super busy weekend, including wine tasting with my dear friends visiting from Virginia and then a… Read More »

Bigfoot???

Last weekend, my daughter’s boyfriend had knee surgery for the second time in less than a year!  Poor kid.  He had only been at Redlands University for football training for a little over a week, when he tore his meniscus again!  I felt so BAD for him, because he was SO EXCITED to play football. The good news is that all went well, and according to him, he should be… Read More »

Fall Gift Box & More!

I have so many things to share today! First, I have exciting Paper Pumpkin news.  For the first time ever, the kits coming out in October and November will be coordinated.  While each kit will stand on its own, if you get both kits, they will coordinate to help you get a BIG jump on your holiday crafting.  We’re all so busy this time of year that who wouldn’t want… Read More »

Rustic Birthday

This week was my son’s 23rd birthday!!!  Yikes!  It’s crazy to think about it.  The years go by way too fast.  He was just a little kid, and then in a blink of an eye, he’s already graduated from college and is starting a life on his own. So today, I wanted to share his birthday card with you.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  It uses… Read More »

Patriotic Shaving Cream Cards

Last weekend, my husband asked me to make some “patriotic” cards.  He needed a sympathy card for a veteran friend who had recently passed away and a thank you card for another veteran.  (I decided to make an extra too, just to have it on hand.) I can’t take ANY credit for this, because I totally CASEd it from Kim Jolley’s website.  She’s the one who came up with the… Read More »

Gone Fishing – #GDP103

This week, the Global Design Project is having a theme challenge to design projects “For Him.”  Typically, I’m not very good at masculine cards.  But, this challenge came at the perfect time, because this month is filled with guy birthdays including my husband, son, and nephew.  Click on the photo below to go to the website and see all the great inspiration from the designers. I decided to use the challenge… Read More »

Watercolor Quilt – #GDP102

Hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!  It’s SO HOT where I live — 111 degrees yesterday!!!  Yikes!  Talk about one last blast of Summer.  Well, I’m staying inside where it’s nice and cool and having fun creating.  Sounds like the perfect weekend to me (except having to clean the house, but I got that out of the way yesterday, so it’s all uphill from here.) The other AMAZING… Read More »

GDP101 – Color Challenge

This week, the Global Design Project is having a color challenge!  I love color challenges, because they force me to use new and different combinations.  Actually, I love challenges period, because they force me to think outside of the box.  A few months ago, I felt like I was in a funk and doing these challenges over the last month has really inspired me.  (The feedback has encouraged me as… Read More »

Painted Harvest Thank You

Customers can start ordering from the new Holiday Catalog on September 1, 2017, which is right around the corner!  There are loads of great new products that you’re going to love. One of those is the Painted Harvest Bundle.  I particularly love this bundle, because it includes a stamp set (Painted Harvest) and a punch (Leaf Punch.)  Therefore, it’s reasonably priced ($33.25 for both the 13 piece photopolymer stamp set and… Read More »

Case The Designer – GDP100

This week at the Global Design Project, they are celebrating their 100th challenge!!!  It’s a big celebration, and they are giving out prizes!  The challenge this week is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) one of the designer’s cards.  Go to the GDP website to check out all the amazing cards created by the designers.  There are 10 different cards to choose from, so there’s lots of inspiration. I decided… Read More »

Sneak Preview – Half Full

Stampin’ Up! has a new Holiday Catalog that customers can start ordering from on September 1st! Earlier this month, I was able to place a pre-order, and I’ve been DYING to play with my new stuff!!!  I finally got a chance this past weekend.  One thing that really caught my eye was the Half Full stamp set.  It has some of the greatest saying (super funny) and lots of both… Read More »