Saturday, December 31, 2022

2023 April Calendar Pages

I skipped last week, posting calendar pages, in the holiday frenzy, but Happy New Year's Eve to you today! Thank you for sticking around for another year of crafting and creativity! 

This set of pages is actually copied and pasted, haha, because I added little white splats "behind" the flower petals on this image, and after that much effort, you know what? I was using it in both! And it worked out great! 

And THAT is how you work smarter, instead of harder. haha! 

Friday, December 30, 2022


So, like yesterday, these two cards were also made with supplies prepped for a card class. But the thing is, I spent a lot of time looking, and I can't find the original design on my blog...? So here is what I made for a class in March, using a bunch of about-to-retire products:

And here is what I made the other day! 
Stamps: Ranunculus Romance
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pale Papaya, Mango Melody, Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla card stocks
Accessories: Paper Doilies, ribbon, Dimensionals

Stamps: Nature's Harvest, Inspired Thoughts
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Paper: Very Vanilla card stocks
Accessories: Paper Doilies, ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Cozy Birthday Cards

Happy Thursday morning to you! I hope you all had a lovely Christmastime, (I sure have!) and are gearing up for a fabulous New Year!

I finally got to stamp and I can't even tell you how nice that was. I was in serious need of some birthday cards. I happened to have some kits from previous classes prepped and not yet used, so I figured that was a good match. Here's the original design: Just Beautiful.

Today's cards also happens to fit nicely with the Inspired by Challenge, for "cozy". 


Stamps: In The Moment, Happiness Abounds
Ink: Memento Black
Stampin' Blends: Dark & Light Night of Navy, Dark & Light Balmy Blue, Light Petal Pink, Bronze, Ivory, Light Old Olive, Light Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Balmy Blue & Basic White card stock, In Good Taste DP (retired)
Accessories: Woven Ribbon


Stamps: In The Moment
Ink: Memento Black
Stampin' Blends: Dark & Light Night of Navy, Dark Balmy Blue, Light Petal Pink, Bronze, Light Old Olive, Light Blackberry Bliss, Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Melon Mambo
Paper: Balmy Blue & Basic White card stock, In Good Taste DP (retired)
Accessories: White Crinkled Seam Binding

Saturday, December 17, 2022

2023 March Calendar Pages

Happy Saturday! Not a lot of craft time this month.... okay, almost NO craft time so far this month.... but hey! I have calendar pages for you! 

Here is March for my inlaws, which is just my own little family.

And March for my parents family which features many of my parents and their kids and grandkids!

I hope YOU get some crafty time today! :) 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


This is only for tomorrow, Dec 15! But don't miss out!

Saturday, December 10, 2022

2023 February Calendar Pages!

It's Saturday again, so here are the February calendar pages our families will get for Christmas!
Again, my in-laws get a calendar just of my household,  

and my parents and siblings get a calendar that has as many of my parents posterity on as many pages as possible. And this page has all of us!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

2023 January Calendar Pages!

If you've been here more than a year, you will know I make calendars for our parents every Christmas. I use the long-retired MDS to make them, and I make two - one of my own little family for my husband's parents and one of my parents entire family for my parents. In recent years, I have also given a copy to each of my siblings. They all seem to enjoy it, so the work is worth it, RIGHT? hahaha.... It actually ends up a lot of work tracking down photos of at least all the grand kids, and making them work together. And when you're featuring so many photos, simple layouts tend to work best. 

Now that it's December, I'm going to start featuring the calendar pages! So here's the January pages for you! 

Friday, December 2, 2022

October's Paper Pumpkin!

I have been sick and recovering for about two weeks now (frustrating lingering cough!) and that means basically NO creating time. So the other day when I needed to make something for the blog hop, I decided to start with my latest Paper Pumpkin kit. It's a good starting point when you're feeling out of practice.
I was hoping to make some alternate projects before I blogged it, but I was also hoping to blog a lot more often than I ended up doing in November. So here's the projects anyway, exactly as they're designed.

Supplies: Nov 2022 Paper Pumpkin

And here is the fun unboxing video for you: 

The next Paper Pumpkin kit will be tiny gift boxes, perfect for giving gift cards in. If you want to subscribe, just click the Pumpkin icon on my sidebar and sign up! Once you are a subscriber, you can order refills, past kits and add-on items that coordinate! You can see all that is currently available HERE

Thursday, December 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop: 'Tis the Season

And suddenly it is December and the most wonderful time of the year is officially here! The first day of the month means a new blog hop, and I'm glad you're here! 

I love Christmastime! If your house is anything like mine, December is bursting full of so many places to go and things we could do or make or watch or eat or...! Which I love!
See my card for today? It took about three minutes to put together. I think that paper is gorgeous and the soft colors and falling snow felt perfect with this sentiment of peace. The latest sketch from The Paper Players was an obvious match, and two little embellishments brought it all together. 

Stamps: Hope & Peace
Ink: Evening Evergreen
Paper: Evening Evergreen & Pool Party card stocks, Texture Chic DP
Accessories: White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon, Red & Green Pearls 

Cards don't have to take hours to make -altho they can, and sometimes that is a lot of fun! Just like the holidays don't have to be jam packed to be enjoyed. Sometimes that is a lot of fun, but sometimes it's just stress. I hope this year you do the things that are the most important and leave enough space to really enjoy your family and friends and the peace of the holiday season.

Our blog hop is small today, but I hope you're inspired to make something pretty and send it to someone you love! Hop on over to Tricia's blog using the button below

and then continue on to see what we've all created to inspire you.
And enjoy your December! 

And if you still need to make your Christmas cards this year, or if you're looking for crafty gifts for yourself or someone else, the Last Chance List was released this morning from the July-Dec mini, and it is full of holiday crafting supplies!
Also the Clearance Rack was updated and there are SO many cute things there! Both tend to sell out pretty quickly so run, don't walk, over and place your order! 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wintery Sympathetic Bird

Happy Thursday! 

Alright so yesterday's card is a pretty close replica of the day before, but its totally different too. haha... Same purpose, different colors.
This time I used the color challenge from Global Design Project, and actually, my daughter had suggested I try shades of blue the first round. So here he is in blue.  

Stamps: Perched In A Tree, Inspired Thoughts 
Ink: Memento Black, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy
Paper: Balmy Blue, Basic White card stocks
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Opal Rounds, Dimensionals, Aspen Tree Dies, big shot 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Sympathetic Bird

There have been a number of people passing away in recent weeks and I am in need of some more sympathy cards. This is what I put together yesterday.
I used the latest Just Add Ink challenge to add wings, with this little bird image I haven't used before now. The bird and leaves are die cut, the branch and specks are stamped directly onto the card front. 

Stamps: Perched in A Tree, Nature's Harvest
Ink: Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze 
Paper: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
Accessories: Linen Thread, Festive Pearls, Watercolor Pencils 1 & 2, Blender Pens, Aspen Trees Dies, Dimensionals big shot
Watercolor Pencils: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso

Monday, November 14, 2022

Seasonal Sale!

This sale runs from tomorrow (11/15) til Friday (11/18) and you won't want to miss out on these prices!

For ideas using the discounted items, you can view my projects here: 

Dragonfly Garden 
Happiness Abounds 
In The Moment
Inspired Thoughts
Lovely You
Nature's Harvest
Nothing's Better Than
Ranunculus Romance 
Waves of Inspiration

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Galaxy's Edge Scrapping!!

aka: Star Wars Land, at Disneyland!
This was the section my boys were the most excited about, but we're all fans of Star Wars in our house (some a bit more than others...). That means we took a lot of pictures in this area and that means there were a lot of pages to make! And now that they're done, here you go! 

Our first ride Monday morning was the very huge Rise of The Resistance! 

Then we didn't make it back until Thursday morning. Our first thing that day was Smuggler's Run, and that ended up being the favorite for many of us. It's a little like an interactive video game. As soon as we got off the ride, we ran around and went again! 

Then we tried the blue and green milks!
(this one is a traditional page. I just put the following ink pads directly onto Gray Granite card stock: Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Soft Succulent, Parakeet Party, Gray Granite, Old Olive, Mint Macaron)

And checked out all the scenery! 

And back to Rise one more time! 

Finally, we had to go back Saturday evening to see the whole land at night. Also, once again, we did Smugglers Run back to back, haha, but that didn't get it's own page this time, only the one photo.

I think it was a hit. hahaha..... 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Marching Band at Disneyland!

I have had a sick little one and no time for creating, but I still have LOTS of scrapbooking to share! Maybe one of these days I'll get some posts typed up ahead of time to share on crazy weeks... but don't hold your breath, lol. 

For today, I've got this fun page. My son looved his time in marching band and really enjoyed catching this marching band performance. So of course it had to be mentioned in our scrapbook! 

Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Black, misc DP
Accessories: Musical Instruments dies, washi tape, Big Shot
Journaling Font: Bradley Hand ITC

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Pirates Of the Caribbean

In October I managed to get 28 scrapbook pages done, which is super exciting for me. I'm trying to get Disney DONE but there's just so much to say! haha!

So here are three pages of the Pirates ride. We went on it our first day and our last day, and originally I thought I'd combine them in to one layout, buuut that just wasn't going to work. So the layouts use the same supplies and the pages end up in different books, so it's perfectly fine, haha. I loved getting to use that set "The Open Sea" again!! 

Stamps: The Open Sea
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, Crumb Cake, Delicata Gold
Paper: Pretty Peacock
Accessories: gold gems (old PP kit)
Journaling Font: Pieces of Eight 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop: Thankful & Thinking of You

And just like that, it's November already and time to share our gratitude for others! Which is why our theme this month is both Thankful and Thinking of You. These are some of the cards I mail out the most, and I had already thought I would try to send out several thank you cards this month. Altho my card today ended up working better as a Thinking of You.

Today's card uses a diagonal tic-tac-toe challenge from The Paper Players (orange/yellow, texture, fall) and the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments. And this lovely bundle from the July-December Mini catalog. 
Stamps: Perched in a Tree
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Linen Thread, Amber Gems, Dimensionals, Circle dies, Aspen Trees dies, big shot

There are a lot of aspen trees in my area and Mango Melody and Crushed Curry are perfect for the color of their leaves! I love how that worked out for today's challenges! 

Now hop along over to Cheryl's blog using the button below, and see what she has made for you. Then hop on thru to see everyone's projects. 
And then make something pretty and stick it in the mail to brighten someone else's day too! 

Monday, October 31, 2022

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween! I hope you have a safe celebration, whatever you do! 

Today I have my last Halloween card for the season! This also uses a lot of retired product, but that's okay! This cute girl is just from last year, but the DP is really old. I can't tell if it says 2008 or 2006 on the paper, but there you go. haha! 

Stamps: Seasons of Fun (2021), Good Greetings (2014)
Ink: Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Old Olive card stock, Halloween Night (2006 or 2008)
Accessories: Dimensionals
Stampin' Blends: Light & Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light & Dark Rich Razzleberry, Light & Dark Basic Black, Ivory, Bronze, Light Old Olive

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Pumpkins 2018!

Continuing on with the Halloween theme this week, I scrapped some more pics for my middle kiddo, of days of Halloween past. I used some of the same things I already had out, and as is often the case, everything is retired except the ink and card stock.

And this actually uses the colors from Inspire.Create.Challenge 

Stamps: Jar of Haunts (2016), Classic Numbers
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape
Paper: Basic Gray & Gorgeous Grape card stocks, Halloween Night Specialty DP (retired) 
Accessories: gray stripe washi, black polka dot washi (both long retired)

And here's a little close up of the edge.
Hope you get to make something fun this weekend! 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Cookie Cutter Halloween!

This first card has been mailed out, and this time uses a lot of retired product, which was fun. This stamp set is from 2016, and apparently I've only used this scarecrow stamp from the whole set! So first I added the crow and the trick or treat bag! Yeay progress? hahaha! 

I used the sketch from Just Add Ink and this totally qualifies for the SUO Challenge of "coloring". 

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween (2016), Good Greetings (2014)
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black card stocks
Accessories: Circle dies, Dimensionals, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (2016), yellow twine (old Paper Pumpkin kit), big shot 
Stampin' Blends: Light Old Olive, Light Night of Navy, Light & Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark Balmy Blue

This second card uses the rest of the little trick or treaters, and again the trick or treat bag. No sketch or color combo this time, just me making these guys work on a card for once! 

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween (2016), Good Greetings (2014)
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark
Paper: Mango Melody, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Basic White
Accessories: Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (2016)
Stampin' Blends: Ivory, Light Petal Pink, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Basic Black

Thursday, October 27, 2022

CAS Mummy!

Since I knew I was going to be making several Halloween cards, earlier this week, I pulled out my entire collection of Halloween sets and just got playing! 

Today's card is full of retired product, but I really like it, haha. This one uses the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches, which is why it stayed simple. The stamp sets are both pretty old but I've never used this mummy! Clearly, it was time.


Stamps: Jar of Haunts (2016), Good Greetings (2014)
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Dimensionals, Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon (lonnng retired)
Stampin' Blends: Ivory, Light Petal Pink

I actually made another on Monday with this set, but something is wrong with my phone synching to our cloud... I tried to do a blog post from my phone which also didn't work and it corrupted the photo. But Iv'e already given this one away so the messed up picture is the best I've got. rude. But it appears its teh first time I've played with this pumpkin or candy corn images too, so I'm sharing it anyway! And the Freshly Made Sketch I used has ended too. Apparently that was a "Monday"......... 

Stamps: Jar of Haunts
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Stampin' Blends: Dark & Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark & Light Old Olive, Dark Daffodil Delight, Bronze

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Spooky Cat!

Today I have a Halloween card for you!
When I saw the latest TGIF Challenge inspiration image, I knew exactly what I was going to do- play with the cat part of this die, of course! I paired it with the sketch from The Paper Players and now have one more card in my very short stack to hopefully mail out today! 

Stamps: Scary Cute
Ink: Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody
Paper: Mango Melody, Garden Green, Basic Black, Basic White card stocks
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Scary Silhouette dies, Blending Brush, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, big shot (retired)

Monday, October 24, 2022

Halloween 2019

Halloween is only one week away so I *might do a theme this week....

For today, I have this layout I did last week. I am super happy there is a package of black card stock for a hot minute in the July-December Mini! 
As is often the case with my scrapping, everything else is very. long. retired. The stamped little girl image was one of the first clear-mount sets I bought, and the alphabet was given to me from a friend, and came from before I ever heard of Stampin' Up! 

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Alphabet Attitude Lower, Alphabet Attitude Numbers (1998)
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Basic White card stocks
Accessories: Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots
Journaling Font: Dreaming Outloud Pro

These are the Stampin' Blends I used to color the cute little girl: 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

A Paper Pumpkin Day!

Lately I've noticed my card stash getting thin, especially in regards to birthday cards. Well, one of my goals this year is to use up my Paper Pumpkin kits and get them mailed out! So one day last week I had some time and pulled out all my Paper Pumpkin kits and got to work! 

This first kit I had previously made up about half of it. The idea was to stitch yellow twine through all the "YOU"s on each card. The kit came with a little needle! Okay, the thing is, I was raised by a seamstress and both of my grandmothers sewed allllll the things. I stamp because really, I haaaate sewing's guts!!! I think I stitched one of these, ever and that was more than enough, thanks. So today, as in the past, I traced the letters, making it "faux stitching" which was a cool technique when I started with Stampin' Up! haha... so its' fine. I actually had one of these in the mail before I thought to take a picture. So I got six cards from this box and I only have the stamps and twine left!! Hooray!! 

This next kit has been decently loved. This was the last card base. I had to cut my own Pumpkin Pie card stock to go behind the grid pattern. I have one "happy" sticker left, and the big star finished off the above kit. I do have a few small stars left, and of course the stamps. 

This next kit is really old. I had the center piece stamped and glued together for who knows how long but no card bases or fronts left. So, I cut myself a base from Basic White card stock, cut a neutral pattern from some very old DP and glued it together! I still have some mugs and some succulents left, but that's it! 

This last card combined a few kits. The base, florals and front panel came from one that is now completely used up. okay, okay, I have more floral die cuts and stickers and the letters that filled in the words, but that is it! The print that fills "friend" in this card was an envelope insert from a different Paper Pumpkin kit. And the "thanks a bunch" came from a third Paper Pumpkin kit! I think the rest of the flowers will go on a layout or two or three...and then it will be all used up too! 
So, that afternoon I got nine cards made, I used up some kits, and I was able to toss two now-empty boxes by the end of the day!
(My boxes are usually full of 3-4 kits to save space... I have a LOT more to do...but that is okay!) 
And really, I think it took me not quite three hours, including sifting thru the boxes determining what I was going to play with. 

What are you making this week? Who are you mailing it to? 
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