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 »

2018 Desktop Calendars

I have two more 2018 desktop calendars to share with you today, including July and August.  If you’ve been monitoring my blog, I design these 4″ x 6″ calendar pages a year in advance so I can collect them throughout the year and prepare them for Christmas gifts.  I make eight sets each year to share with close family and friends.  They fit in a standard size frame and everyone… Read More »

August Paper Pumpkin

The August Paper Pumpkin kit is called Giftable Greetings and it’s beautiful!  It’s tropical themed, with bright colors and lovely flower and leaf die cuts.  I love it!  What’s even better is that it includes a darling decorative box you can use to wrap up all your lovely creations and make a thought felt gift. The contents of the kit are pictured below.  You get all these supplies for only $20 plus tax… 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 »

Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

This week’s challenge for the Global Design Project is to create a wedding or anniversary card.  Click the photo below to go to that site and see the inspiring projects created by the designers, as well as the numerous entries so far.  You are sure to find lots of great ideas! I just made a couple wedding and anniversary cards, so I decided to go a little non-traditional and make… 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 »

Fall Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Stampin’ Up! is offering a half off promotion to new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!   Join before September 10, 2017 at 9:50 (PDT) and use the promotion code HALFOFF0917 to qualify. The promotion only applies to new subscribers and for the first month.   If you continue your membership, you will be charged the full price for subsequent monthly kits.  You may cancel your subscription at any time, or you may skip a month,… 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 »

July Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  July’s kit is called Positively Picturesque.  This kit is so much fun for so many reasons.  It features several 2017-2019 In-Colors (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink), it has cute pre-watercolored card bases, and it has darling wood elements and words!!! Here’s a picture of all the contents, except the stamps and ink spots (shown below.) The kit also includes two Stampin’ Spot ink… 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 »