2018 Desktop Calendars

I’ve been debating with myself whether I should continue posting my desktop calendars this year.  For those of you who don’t know, each year I design twelve 4″ x 6″ desktop calendars for the following year.  I usually make one page a month and accumulate them over the year so I can give them out as Christmas gifts in December.  The only thing is that making these calendars is a perfect opportunity… Read More »

Retiring Picture Perfect

This is both an exciting and sad time of year for me.  I get so excited when the new Annual Catalog is coming out!  The new products help inspire my creativity.  And boy oh boy, this year’s catalog will NOT disappoint you!  It is AMAZIMG!!!  I think it’s my all time favorite, seriously! On the other hand, it’s also time to say good-bye to old favorites.  My card today uses several… Read More »

Fun Tutorials

The last few weekends, I’ve been busy designing projects for my upcoming Stamp Club on May 11th.  As a result, I haven’t had many projects to share on my blog.  So instead, today I’m sharing a couple tutorials created by the Stampin’ By the Sea Team. I belong to a great group of demonstrators, lead by Kimberly Van Diepen, who collaborate once a month to create projects we can share. … Read More »

Painters Tape Masking

Today, I have a fun technique to share with you.  It involves creating a mask with painters tape! I heard about this idea from a fellow demonstrator and thought it was so clever!  I had my daughter buy me the widest painters tape available at Home Depot.  (She hangs out there a lot, because that’s where her boyfriend works!  Ha!!!)  Initially, I thought I would need to select a die cut that… Read More »

Old Retiring Favorites

Stampin’ Up! recently announced the list of retiring products.  Several of them are on sale and are available only while supplies last.  The best way to see an updated list and view the sale prices is to go directly to Stampin’ Up!’s website. One of my all time favorite stamp sets and coordinating framelits is retiring:  Botanical Blooms.  I love the tropical flowers and leaves in this set!!!  As of… Read More »

A Sara Thing – Paper Pumpkin

This month was the 4th anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! created a very special box.  I have to say, this is my all time favorite, Favorite, FAVORITE Paper Pumpkin ever!!!! The kit was designed by Sara Douglas, the Stampin’ Up! CEO and it included a special gift in every box.  And, guess what the gift was? … Watercolor Pencils!!!!  Oh, my gosh, what a treat!  I… Read More »

Happy Celebrations

We had lots to celebrate last week!  Two birthdays and Easter!!!  Not only did my daughter have her birthday, but so did her boyfriend that she’s been dating for almost a year.  He’s a great kid that we’ve really enjoyed getting to know. For his birthday card, I used the new Happy Celebrations stamp set and coordinating Celebrations Duo embossing folder.  I again got my inspiration from a card on… Read More »

A Special Birthday Girl

Last Monday was my daughter’s 19th birthday.  I’m sure you all know how much I adore her.  She’s such a fun-loving, smart, and beautiful soul … I know, I know, I’m proud, I can’t help it!!! Anyway, she really appreciates my cards, so I really enjoy putting in a special effort.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, but this is what I came up with. I… Read More »

Elegant Easter

I’ve made several “cute” Easter cards with bunnies and chocolate, so this time I wanted to create something different … something elegant and pretty.  Also, just to make sure you read until the end of this post, I have a link to the retiring products list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog.  Both catalogs will end on May 31, 2017 and the retiring products will only be available… Read More »

Solid Chocolate

What’s better for Easter than solid chocolate bunnies, right?  Ha!  Well, how about a nice Easter card about solid chocolate?  Hmm … not exactly the same, but it’s a cute idea. When I saw this sentiment for the Basket Bunch stamp set, I KNEW I had to use it on at least one card.  I mean, it’s really too perfect for words. Once again, I stamped my images on Shimmery… Read More »

Easter Treats

My daughter will be home for Easter, but my son is staying at college.  So, last weekend I boxed up a bunch of treats to mail off to him and his girlfriend.  He LOVES chocolate, so I know he’ll appreciate it. 🙂 It’s hard to mail an Easter basket, so I opted for an Easter bag.  And, even though Sale-A-Bration is over, I couldn’t resist using those cute chick stamps.… Read More »

Egg-stra Special!

It’s been an exciting week!  First, I had my Stamp Club on Thursday night (which I always love.)  I have so much fun getting together with these nice ladies once a month to create.  Then, I went home to realize my computer monitor bit the dust.  It’s frustrating to realize how much I rely on my computer!  No way to upload and edit pictures, which means no blog updates.  Yikes!… Read More »

Glitz Up Your Gifts

This is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!  I wanted to remind you, just in case there was anything you still wanted to earn for free.  (Some items have run out, so check availability.) Today, I have a couple fun gift wrapping ideas to share.  The first features the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  It’s a gift I made for my Stamp Club yesterday as a door prize.  (And what’s inside is… Read More »

Happy Celebrations

I have a great stamp set to share with you today.  It’s perfect for masculine cards, something I struggle with.  But not any longer, because now I’m flooded with great ideas!!! This stamp set coordinates with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impression Embossing Folders: one that says “HAPPY” and another that says “Celebrate.”  You can see a subtle impression of the HAPPY in the background of my card below. I stamped the… Read More »

March Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Hopefully, you read my earlier post today showing the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  Now, I have two alternative ideas for projects you can make with the kit and a few extra supplies. I love to watercolor, and Basic Gray Archival ink (which is what we got in the kit this month) is made for watercoloring!  It doesn’t smear or blur when wet.  On my cards, I stamped the images on Shimmery… Read More »

March Paper Pumpkin!

The March Paper Pumpkin Kit is here!!!  And it’s full of bunnies, bunnies, BUNNIES!!!! This kit will set you up for Easter treats and cards!  It’s called Bunny Buddies and it’s full of Spring colors and adorable embellishments to make all your loved ones happy.  The contents of the kit are shown below, including 9 card bases (3 each in 3 designs), 9 vanilla envelopes, 9 fabric bunny treat bags,… Read More »

Plastic Bag Watercolor Technique

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!!!  I’m spending mine having fun in my craft room.  Yay!!! I have a really fun technique to share with you today using watercolor paper and a plastic sandwich bag.  Sounds crazy, but it’s super easy and fun; and what’s great is that it turns out different every time you do it.  At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link to download a complete… Read More »

Watercolor Pencil Technique

I have a fun new technique to share today.  It’s another way to use the new Watercolor Pencils.  This technique allows you to add color and definition to stamped images, but it’s time consuming so it’s not a technique I could easily teach in a class.  Therefore, it’s perfect for my blog. I used the Watercolor Pencils to add colors to the stamped images from the Special Reason stamp set.  Let me… Read More »

Inside the Lines – Watercolor Pencils

I thought and thought about whether to get the new Watercolor Pencils.  It’s true that I absolutely LOVE watercoloring, but I’m a big fan of Aqua Painters, so initially I wasn’t too keen on using Watercolor Pencils to basically achieve the same look.  BUT, I was wrong!!!  I started noticing some really beautiful cards on Pinterest that featured Watercolor Pencils, and I realized that the pencils actually resulted in quite… Read More »

An Oscar Thank You

On Oscar Sunday, my daughter had an incredible opportunity.  Her good friend Ian’s dad (who works as a Marketing Manager for an NBC affiliate in Sacramento) invited both Ian and Shannon to an Oscar party!!!  They arrived around noon to walk around and watch all the excitement.  The hotel, where they were going to the party, was right across the street from the Dolby Theater and the red carpet.  She… Read More »