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Hello friends!  You may have been wondering what happened to me, since I haven’t posted anything for a while.  Well, I spent five days in Southern California visiting my daughter at college, as well as my mom and sister who were also in town.  We had a super fun visit including a day at Universal Studios, a girls day shopping and seeing the movie La La Land, and a surprise birthday… Read More »

Keep It Simple

Last week, I participated in a card challenge to design a simple birthday card, and then duplicate it twice.  No problem, right? Well, maybe a problem for me.  I rarely make simple cards.  I always feel like I need to add detailed watercoloring, or something to make the card look like I spent time and effort.  But, I also realize that’s not always practical.  In fact, I have a bunch of guy… Read More »

Love & Hearts

I have one last Valentine card idea to share with you today using the Sending Love Suite. This weekend, I was wrapping gifts and addressing cards for Valentine’s Day, when I realized that I was one card short!  So I broke out my favorite suite of products and designed one last card.  Now, I know I’ve been using watercolor wash backgrounds a lot lately, but I can’t help it!!!  They are… Read More »

A Sweet Treat

Looking for a quick way to make an elegant Valentine treat?  Well, look no further.  Stampin’ Up!’s Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are perfect!  (You get 16 boxes for only $7.50!!!)  I love them because you can see what’s inside and they’re just the right size for cute little treat. I decided to fill my box with silver chocolates and stick with a white and silver color scheme. The first thing… Read More »

Sent With Love

I’m working on finishing up the Valentine care packages that I’m going to send to my kids at college.  They love getting these packages, especially all the little “Mom” crafty things I put inside that make them realize I’m thinking of them while they’re away.  (I’m sure all the chocolate goes a long way too!) This little gift bag is a variation on one I made for my Stamp Club… Read More »

January Paper Pumpkin!

I get so excited when my Paper Pumpkin box arrives in the mail each month.  The contents are always a surprise.  It’s so fun to open it up and see what’s inside; and this month, I wasn’t disappointed.  Love is in the air!!! This month’s kit is called Adoring Arrows, and it includes supplies to make 24 adorable treat bags!!!  The contents of the box includes 24 gold foil food-safe treat bags… Read More »

Get Well Wishes

I have a good friend that hasn’t been feeling well lately.  I felt so bad for her.  She such a sweet person. I thought a pretty card might cheer her up, and it did!  I got a real nice message from her yesterday that she loved it:)  I think that’s the beauty of handmade cards; you’re making the effort to really let someone know you care. The concept of this card is… Read More »

Challenging Myself

First off, I want to give a big shout out to my mom who’s celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday Mom and I love you!!!! Now on to my card.  Last week, there was an amazing Artisan Blog Hop featuring the Sent With Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits.  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might have noticed that I really like that bundle of products and… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration Love!

Sale-A-Bration is so much fun!  You can earn free products each time you spend $50!!! Today, I’m featuring a card I made with the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set (page 9.)  This is such a fun stamp set.  I’m a girly girl and love lace, so this stamp set is right up my alley. To create the background, I started with a sheet of Shimmery White Paper and watercolored a… Read More »

Hostess Gift With Love

Yesterday, I got together with the gals for Stamp Club.  We gather together once a month to create four projects.  It’s so much fun; I really enjoy all of these ladies. Each time we get together, I have a drawing for a door prize.  The box below was this month’s prize. I created the bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  This is a great tool, because you can use… Read More »

So Elegant and Detailed!

I have a lot of favorites in the new Occasions Catalog.  One in particular is the So In Love bundle on page 52.  I absolutely LOVE the lacy, delicate So Detailed Thinlits Dies!!!  For my card today, I used one of the pretty border thinlits. To cut out these thinlits, I recommend using the Precision Base Plate and Big Shot Die Brush.  The plate helps get a nice, clean cut… Read More »

Watercolored Valentine’s

Is love in the air? It’s getting to be that time of year.  Valentine’s Day is only a month away.  When I looked through the new Occasions Catalog, I totally fell in love with the Sending Love Suite of products.  The stamps are so cute, and there are so many sayings that they should just about cover every possible Valentine wish you’d like to send out.  But, what I really fell… Read More »

Inside the Lines!

Have you checked out the Sale-A-Bration Catalog?  There are lots of great products!  You can earn one free each time you make a qualifying purchase of $50 or more from now until March 31, 2017. One of my favorites in the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper on page 11. This paper includes 12 sheets, 3 of 4 different 12″ x 12″ designs.  They are all designed to color using any… Read More »

Tarnished Foil Technique

I was looking through Pinterest the other day and saw a really cool stamping technique!  It’s called the Tarnished Foil technique. I thought I’d try it out this weekend, and if I could figure out how to do it, I’d design a card for my Stamp Club coming up on January 19th.  The card below it my test case (after one failure!)  It looks pretty similar to the examples I saw,… Read More »

Alternative Paper Pumpkin

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2017.  I had a super busy holiday.  This was the first time in years that I’ve been working full time during the holidays.  Plus, we had both kids home from college.  What a difference that makes!!!  Just the laundry … I got so use to doing just a couple loads once or twice… Read More »

Mountain Adventure

For Christmas, I always give my nephews money.  (It’s what they want!) Since I don’t put much effort into their gifts, I like to put a little extra effort into their cards.  This year, I decided to use the Mountain Adventure stamp set.  It’s perfect!  As a family, we frequently gather in Mammoth Lakes for the holidays, so I think this stamp set will make my nephews think of the… Read More »

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! I haven’t posted a while, because I’ve been so busy preparing for Christmas.  Now that it’s here, I can actually relax a little and share what I’ve been doing.  I have two projects to share today, and then I’ll post another soon (I promise!) During the Online Extravaganza at Thanksgiving, I picked up a Gift Bag Punch Board.  I’ve always wanted one, and when it went on sale, I… Read More »

New Occasions Catalog!

Today, I have a special treat … a preview of new products from the Occasions Catalog (products available to order January 4, 2017!)  As a demonstrator, I have the opportunity to pre-order items a month early in order to test them out and make samples.  And oh boy, are there some amazing new products!  I’m so excited to share them with you. The first group of products that particularly caught my… Read More »

Bear Happy Birthday

One of my husband’s best friends is about to turn 60!  (Yikes, I can’t believe we’re all approaching another big milestone!)  They’ve been friends since grammar school and have enjoyed lots of skiing and hiking trips in the back country of the Sierra. Meanwhile last weekend, we happened to be wine tasting in Lodi with my mom (which was so fun), and my husband discovered this great bottle of red… Read More »

2017 Desktop Calendars

It’s time to wrap up my 2017 desktop calendars, literally!!!  This weekend, my goal was to design the December page and wrap all 12 months so they’re ready to hand out as gifts. First, I created my December page using the Christmas Pines Bundle including the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I think this bundle is my favorite holiday set.  It’s hard to choose, but I… Read More »