Category Archives: Handmade Cards

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 »

Magical “Orange” Mermaid

Today, I have a really special card to share with you.  When I first saw the Magical Mermaid stamp set, I fell in love and knew I had to have it.  It’s perfect for my daughter.  (I’ll explain why below.)  I really didn’t have a specific reason for making this card, other than it just suits her.  She is leaving to go back to college in a couple weeks, so… Read More »

Eclectic Banners — Global Design Project #98

Last week, I had so much fun with the Global Design Project that I decided to try it again.  This week, the challenge is a sketch.  Anyone can submit designs, so I encourage you to go to the website, get inspired by all the projects from the designers and participants, and then create your own. My design features the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.… Read More »

Beachy Birthday

My Brother-In-Law is celebrating his birthday this week, and he’s a really great guy, so I wanted to make an extra special card for him.  He lives in Southern California and enjoys relaxing (like all of us!)  So, I thought why not create a beach themed card for him? I love the lounge chairs from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and thought they would make a great centerpiece for this… Read More »

Global Design Project #GDP097 — Color Challenge

This weekend, I decided to challenge myself and design a project to enter the Global Design Project #GDP097 Color Challenge!  I had seen some truly amazing projects created by both the design team and challengers.  So, I thought why not join the fun and see what I could come up with?  The challenge is simple, design a project with these three colors:   When I last looked, there were 55 entries!!!… Read More »

Mediterranean Birthday

We have lots of July birthdays in my family!  Yesterday was my Sister-In-Law Laurel’s birthday, and I know she reads my blog, so I had to be careful not to publish her card before she actually received it.  Her husband arranged a super fun “Girl’s Night Out” surprise party for her last night.  I even sent her a decoy birthday card in the mail so she wouldn’t suspect.  Hee, hee… Read More »

Here’s To You!

One of my new favorite stamp sets is Mixed Drinks.  It has so many fun elements to design delicious, “Summery” cards.  What’s even better is that I can use this set for both feminine and masculine cards! We have a friend that is so generous to our kids.  He is constantly showering them with gifts.  Recently, he gave them both money … my son for graduating from college, and my… Read More »

Mediterranean Moments

Last week at my mom’s house, we had a “craft day” and played with her stamps.  It’s so much fun to look at someone else’s stash and use goodies I don’t own!!!  Believe it or not, my mom has lots of stuff I don’t have!!! First, I have to digress and give a little back story.  Earlier that week, we were walking through the little mall in Mammoth and ran… Read More »

Watercolor Wedding

My husband and I are going to a wedding for one of his clients soon.  I’m obviously looking forward to the event, but I was also excited to have an opportunity to make a wedding card!  We haven’t had many weddings in our family recently, and wedding cards are one of my favorites to make. This weekend, I wrapped the gift all in silver with lots of glitter and sparkles. … Read More »

Free Tutorials!

Last week, I went on a wonderful vacation to my mom’s house in Mammoth Lakes.  My daughter and her boyfriend, Brenden, went with me.  (Unfortunately, my husband couldn’t make it, mainly because of work, but there’s always next time.)  They had just opened the Tioga Pass through Yosemite Park two days before we left, so we lucked out and got to travel through one of my favorite places on Earth.… Read More »

June Paper Pumpkin

The June Paper Pumpkin is here!!!  Whoo hoo! This month’s kit is so cute and summery!  I love everything about it, especially the bright colors and cute watermelon stamps.  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month, so obviously there are going to be some you love more than others.  Well, this is definitely one of my favorites.  I don’t have anything like this in my stamp inventory, so it’s perfect… Read More »

Life Is A Beautiful Thing

Life IS a beautiful thing.  I love that saying, because it’s something I truly believe. The other day, I was perusing Pinterest and found a gorgeous, tranquil photo that I wanted to copy.  On the surface, it seems so simple … a beautiful sunset, water, and one chair.  I decided to try to watercolor it. Here’s the photo I found so you can see my inspiration.  I had to change… Read More »

Mixed Drinks & Watercolor Pencils

I have a fun card to share today that uses several techniques AND another watercoloring tutorial.  I got to play with my new Embossing Paste this weekend, and as expected, I absolutely love it.  It’s so much fun to have another cool technique to use in my toolbox of tricks!!! The Embossing Paste comes in white, but you can color it very easily by adding a drop of re-inker.  To… Read More »

Oh So Eclectic!

My mom visited last weekend, and when we get together, we love to craft!  So not only was she able to attend one of my stamp workshops, but the next day, we had fun stamping and experimenting with new techniques! The card I’m sharing today includes two stamping techniques: 1) the background involves something new that I’ve never tried before, and 2) then I watercolored the flower and stitched circle, so… Read More »

Banners For You Graduation

My son is graduating from college!  We’re so proud of him!!!  Oh my gosh, it seems like yesterday that I was bringing him to his first day of Kindergarten.  Look at that sweet little face. Now, he’s graduating from California State University East Bay with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Studies.  He has a job as a Physical Therapy Aid, and he’s working… Read More »

Colorful Seasons Watercolor

Today, I have a fun new card to share with you featuring the Colorful Seasons suite of products.  I’m also going to start a tutorial series on watercoloring.  I recently had a customer ask for detailed instructions on watercoloring tools and techniques.  She indicated that she doesn’t have a local demonstrator, so I thought it might be useful to other customers who read my blog and are in the same situation. … Read More »

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

The new Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog is live!!! You can click on the photo below to go to my online store and shop.  Also, if you don’t have your copy yet, feel free to contact me.  (I will reimburse you for the cost on your first order over $50.)  You can also download a PDF version of the catalog from my blog.  (I love to put a copy on my phone… Read More »