Thursday, September 29, 2022

Vintage Monochrome

World Card Making Day is coming up this weekend! I won't have time to stamp that day, but I will now have plenty to share to inspire YOUR creativity! And I've got stuff ready to go leading up to it too!
yeay stamping time!!!

Today's card uses the SUO Challenges theme of "monochrome", with the sketch from Global Design Project, and the photo from Inkspirational Challenges! I thought about other colors for the monochrome theme, but I loved this inspiration photo and that worked! 

Stamps: Ranunculus Romance
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla card stocks
Accessories: Natural Ribbon, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Blending Brush, Timeworn Type Embossing folder, Dimensionals, big shot

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Autumn Leaves!

As is often the case, as soon as I post about no time to stamp.....I stamp. lol. I really really wanted to play and I was somewhere between totally stumped and totally overwhelmed. And then for no reason at all, this worked together beautifully, and I love it. 

I combined the SUO Challenge of "autumn", with the CAS Colours & Sketches color challenge, and The Paper Players theme to use either scarecrows or leaves! ...altho I'm not sure how "clean and simple" my card ended up... 

I thought the Merry Merlot, Calpyso Coral and Mossy Meadow would make great watercolored leaves, so I inked up a block with the ink pads, spritzed a little water on it, and laid the block onto Very Vanilla card stock. 

Then I die cut the leaves out of the watercolored section. I did a bit of stamping behind the leaves, which is the biggest reason I think it's not exactly clean and simple. But I like it so it's fine. haha! Everything except the card stock and ink came from the July-Dec Mini Catalog.  

Stamps: Perched In A Tree
Ink: Merry Merlot, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla & Mossy Meadow card stock
Accessories: Leaf Label & Amber Gem combo pack, Woven Ribbon, Aspen Trees Dies, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, big shot

Tuesday, September 20, 2022


Well, I am not having creative time, like I hoped, now that school has started. I feel like I'm actually busier! And more tired. But I do have a lot of Disneyland pages I haven't yet shared so there's that! I really need to finish making these pages, but in the meantime...  

This is actually one of the first layouts I did of this trip. In fact, Cinnamon Cider has retired between me making this page and today, haha. But that's okay- I love using retired product on my pages! 

Stamps: ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers, Yeehaw (retired! 2003)
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider (retired), Pacific Point, Real Red, Delightful Dijon (retired), Tangerine Tango (retired)
Paper: Sahara Sand card stock
Font: Giddyup Std

What are you making? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Stamp News!

If you follow me on facebook (link on the side bar!) you have hopefully seen that on Thursday only there will be a 24 hour stamp sale! Almost every set in the Annual Catalog will be 15% off! 

Also, every week in September, Stampin' Up! is offering Weekly Deals, where select items are discounted. You can find the current items HERE and that list will change on Thursday as well! 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Magical Birthday

Today's card mixes old and new stamps (seriously, first time ever using that cute fairy) for a fun birthday card that has been mailed out already!
I used the color challenge from CAS Colours & Sketches, and the latest Freshly Made Sketch

Stamps: Scary Cute, Magical Day (retired)
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Polished Pink marker
Paper: Basic White, Gorgeous Grape, Polished Pink, Mango Melody card stocks
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Blending Brushes

This fairy is meant to be a cute trick-or-treater, from the July-Dec mini catalog, but for this image, she's just a cute fairy with a basket of sparkles! I love using products a little differently than they were intended! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Lunar New Year Parade

Happy Tuesday to you! For once, I had a relaxing long weekend, how about you? 

Today I've got my newest layout for our Disney trip. I did this one in MDS, so that I could cram on sooo many pictures (we took about 100 of this little parade). We still sell both the Gold Glimmer and Red Glimmer papers tho, so if you wanted to recreate something similar, you sure could! The sketch came from HERE

MDS - long retired
Paper: Berry Blossoms DP, Red Glimmer, Gold Glimmer
Journaling Font: Papyrus

Also, I don't know if I've mentioned yet, but I have seen an idea to add QR codes to scrapbook pages, which take you to a video of the event. As soon as I figure out how (ha!) I'm going to add two of those beneath the title here. I think it will be really cool to be able to watch the videos of the fun things we did, while looking thru scrapbooks! 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop

September already?! I really hope the weather checks the calendar so it will cool off soon...! In the meantime, we've got a new blog hop for you to enjoy!  

This month we'd like to direct your attention to the July - December mini catalog. If you don't have a copy of your own, I've got it linked here on my sidebar, on the right. On page 5, you'll find the Nourish & Flourish kit that comes in an insulated canvas lunch bag! This cute kit makes 9 all occasion cards, with envelopes AND with every purchase Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to end food insecurity. I love that Stampin' Up! often has fundraiser products to help make a physical difference in this world.

Never underestimate the power your cards have to also make a difference. I promise, recipients are always so happy to get a hand-made card, and know that you were thinking of them.
Recording memories in scrapbooks is just as important. Writing your history down, and sharing the reason behind your photos will be a treasure your loved ones will be grateful to have. 

For my cards today, I used the sketch from Global Design Project, and combined it with the SUO Challenge to use die cuts! I used three dies, and an embossing folder! It makes a pretty birthday card that will definitely brighten someone's day! 

I actually really just wanted to play this day, so I tried a few different ways of coloring the flowers. That also shows you that you can use what you already own, or you can try something new!
This first one is just to stamp in a color of ink as always, and as soon as you do, use a Blender Pen to pull the ink into the image.

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Basic White
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Timeworn Type embossing folder, Blossoming Happiness dies, Blender Pens

This one uses the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens.

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Basic White
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Timeworn Type embossing folder, Blossoming Happiness dies, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens

and this one uses Stampin' Blends. 

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Ink: Memento Black
Stampin' Blends: Dark & Light Old Olive, Dark & Light Melon Mambo
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Basic White
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Timeworn Type embossing folder, Blossoming Happiness dies

In this case, my favorite is the one with the Blends, but, I haven't invested into very many sets yet, so I don't have a huge variety. And I have a much bigger variety of colors with the pencils and way more with ink pads! Use whatever you've got and make something pretty today! 

But first, click the button below to hop along over to Kimberly's blog and see what she's made for you. Then hop on thru to everyone's, and let us know what you think of our work! Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

No Stamp Princesses

I haven't gotten to create like I hoped because helloooo school germs... we had a super sicky weekend. Cleaning is more important than stamping this week, lol, so here are some simple but fun pages I made a few months ago. 

This reeally old DP (like, 2005 here) was perfect for meeting Belle! 

Supplies: (all retired but the Vanilla)
Paper: Very Vanilla card stock, Timeworn Collection Paper Heirloom DP
Accessories: Embroidered Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets
Journaling Font: Janda Stylish Script

And some shiny gold with white flowers was perfect for Tiana! 
Supplies: (all retired)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Gold Foil
Accessories: Paper Daisies, Glitter Enamel Dots
Journaling Font: Fairwater Script

One fun thing about these princess pages was choosing fonts that could have been their handwriting, haha. I got my kids' input on choosing fonts too! 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Bright Happiness!

Happy Monday to you! I am sure hoping for some serious crafty time this week...!

I got this one done quickly this morning, combining three different challenges! I used the colors from the Color Throwdown, the sketch from The Paper Players, and the challenge from TGIF Challenges! And this one gets to go on my display board! (almost every card I've made for the past two years is sent out in the following week or so! That display board has been too bare too long!)

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Ink: Starry Sky
Paper: Crushed Curry, Starry Sky, Tahitain Tide
Accessories: Brushed Brass Butterflies, Blossoming Happiness dies, Dimensionals, big shot

It's not a color combo I would have thought of, but I think it worked out pretty well! And no white card stock, just like the TGIF challenge asked for, haha! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Paper Pumpkin Kits = Birthday Cards!

Seeing a theme here? haha... This is the fifth post this year with roughly the same title. And these last two birthday cards from Paper Pumpkin kits are the only one I made from their kit, so they get a combined post.

This first one I want to estimate came out April of 2017? It was called Pocketful of Cheer with a Mother's Day/graduation kind of theme and was ideal for gift cards. It did have some full sized card bases tho, and I used one of them this day. 

Stamps: Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin kit
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush (long retired)
Paper: Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin kit
Accessories: Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin kit

And this second one came from the June 2020 Box of Sunshine kit! This one I actually used "up" on arrival, haha, but I still have some bits! I've used some leftover pieces from this kit in scrapbooks too! Love this one!! The words were part of a bonus set of Paper Pumpkin stamps.

Stamps: Bonus Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Basic White
Accessories: June 2020 Box of Sunshine kit

None of these kits are entirely used up, and that is something I love about Paper Pumpkin! You really can make a LOT of unique projects from one kit, in addition to keeping the stamp and ink spot forever! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Indiana Jones!

I haven't gotten to do much creating with three kids starting at three schools and lots of adventures, but here is a fun Disneyland page for you!
The ride *might have been the worst one of the trip, even tho those of us that have been before all remember enjoying it. I think it was in various states of broken... The journaling is honest, but so are the pictures of the games we played in line trying to last, haha! 

Supplies: All retired! 
Stamps: Zoofari (2007), Whimsical Alphabet Upper (2005)
Ink: Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Journaling Font: Rockwell

Anyway, I hope you're making pretty things and mailing off your cards! Hoping to create soon! 

Friday, August 19, 2022

More Paper Pumpkin Birthday Cards!

Once again, I have a couple birthday cards using some older Paper Pumpkin kits! This one was called Here's To You and came in March 2021. I used this kit "up" a while ago, but I had most of the envelope inserts leftover, which are pretty paper! So I made this using most of the original design

and this one was my own thought using this fun block background! 

Stamps: old Paper Pumpkin kits
Ink: Pretty Peacock (retired)
Paper: Basic White card stock
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Red & Green Adhesive Backed Pearls, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Princess Party

This one looks like it might be Disneyland, but it isn't! It was just a birthday party my daughter was invited to, and she "needed" new pages in her own book, haha.
I tried out several blue ink shades and then did a kind of ombre look with some of the best! Everything here except the cardstock is long retired. 

Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes (2001)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Seaside Spray, Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide
Paper: Balmy Blue
Accessories: White Sequins, buttons from a holiday mini, maybe in 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Golden Ranunculus

The last card from my class this month is a fun one! So fun in fact, that to save time, I did the die cutting of the ranunculus, both the detailed part and the shiny gold part, before class started, haha... Attendees got to do the embossing part tho, so they had some of the fun. 

I like the gold on vanilla look. I'm not a gold person, but I've used this combo before and I think it's really elegant and striking all at the same time.

Stamps: Lovely You
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Very Vanilla card stock, Gold & Rose Gold 6x6 Metallic Paper
Accessories: Brushed Brass Butterflies, Merry Melody embossing folder, Ranunculus dies, Dimensionals, big shot (retired) 

And this picture shows off the shiny paper! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Paper Pumpkin for Birthdays Again!

Sale-A-Bration is still happening, and this is your reminder that signing up for pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions will earn you FREE Sale-A-Bration items! Don't miss out, because it ends Aug 31! 

A few days ago I used four different old Paper Pumpkin kits to make a small stack of birthday cards, almost all of which are going out in the next few weeks...! This kit was my daughters' favorite so I'm starting here.
This kit came out August 2019 (The Gift Of Fall) and was a set of adorably small gift sacks and the supplies to make cute tags for them. I used the gift sacks, but I'm really not a tag person, so I use the supplies to make card fronts. 

This one uses words from another, older Paper Pumpkin kit. 

And these use a now retired stamp set from a previous Sale-A-Bration! Handy how that worked out...

Stamps: Sending You Thoughts, Paper Pumpkin kits
Ink: Merry Merlot
Paper: Crumb Cake card stock, Paper Pumpkin kit 
Accessories: August 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit, Dimensionals

Monday, August 15, 2022

Watercolor Pencil Flowers

Happy Monday and a new week to you! I got a bunch of cards made the other day so I *should have some fun posts for you this week!  

First up, this stamp set from the cover of the Annual Catalog, which I was just able to purchase. I was in the mood to color, so I just stamped a bunch of the three flower images, and colored them. I added a bit of shading in between and popped it up on a white base. Then some simple white-ish embellishments to finish it off! 

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Ink: Stazon Black
Paper: Basic White card stock
Accessories: White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon, Opal Rounds, Watercolor Pencils (both packs), Blender Pen, Dimensionals

And it's already gone out in the mail! Yeay for birthday cards, eeeven if sometimes they're late....

Saturday, August 13, 2022

And we're off!

I'm sorry this blog is being ignored, but at least we're making the most of the end of summer! School is about to start and I hope that means more regular crafting time for me, not to mention time to record it, lol! 

So today I have a simple layout that I think is still fun. The letter stickers and the patterned squares come from a Project Life kit. I used a Stampin' Blend to color the letters and I like that it isn't a solid color, more varigated. Then just a little hand written journaling finishes it off! 

Ink: Light Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends
Paper: Basic White, Daffodil Delight card stocks
Accessories: Memories In The Making PL Accessory Pack 

How are you spending the end of summer? Crafting??

Friday, August 5, 2022

Time to Relax!

Happy Friday!! I held the first round of my August class yesterday. This card had two options, the quicker version, or the more time-consuming coloring option. 

Which one do you think people preferred? 

Stamps: In The Moment
Ink: Orchid Oasis
Paper: Orchid Oasis, Basic White
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals

Stamps: In The Moment
Ink: Orchid Oasis, Memento Black
Paper: Orchid Oasis, Basic White
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals,
Watercolor Pencils: socks: Flirty Flamingo, cup: Gorgeous Grape, bed and top pillow: Garden Green, pants: Night of Navy, pillow: Balmy Blue, hair: Early Espresso, book: Daffodil Delight, blanket: Rich Razzleberry

Answer- no one colored it in, haha! But if you wanted yours to match mine, haha, I used both sets of Watercolor Pencils, and listed them all for you. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022


Posting earlier today, lol.
This time I've got a cute and quick thank you card! It's just some pretty paper, and then punched out letters- what could be easier? 

Stamps: Alphabest
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Basic White card stock, Pretty Prints DP,
Accessories: Best Label Punch 

Monday, August 1, 2022


Another evening post... lol! But I got some stamp time today so I'm going to share it! 
Tonight's card uses the sketch from the latest Fusion Card Challenge, and features this fantastic print from the Sale-A-Bration DP. This paper coordinates with all the stamps in the Ringed With Nature bundle, and purchasing that earns you this paper FREE! 

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts
Ink: Evening Evergreen
Paper: Basic White, Mint Macaron, Rings Of Love DP (Sale-A-Bration only!)
Accessories: White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals 

This card is simple but I feel still impactful. I thought this sentiment worked well with cute, welcoming cottages and houses. Annnd I might even know exactly who to send this to. So hooray for making it just in time! sigh...

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Blue Ranunculus

I almost never post twice in one day, but I wanted to participate in a couple challenges, so here I am! 
This pretty card uses the color combination from Color Throwdown, along with the theme from SUO Challenges. I actually used two shades of Balmy Blue- the ranunculus is stamped normally, the vine kind of flower is stamped off onto scratch paper before stamping on the card front. 

Stamps: Ranunculus Romance
Ink: Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Paper: Balmy Blue, Basic White card stocks
Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Blending Brush

This was also my first time trying out the Blending Brushes that are in the Annual Catalog. They're easier to use than sponges and much less messy, haha! And it was fun! I plan to use it at my next class, and I definitely recommend them! 

Ghirardelli Treats!

I meant to have posts scheduled this past week, but only got them all started, and never actually hit "post".

We are staying busy, getting all we can out of this summer and that isn't leaving a lot of time for other things. So here's another Disney trip layout for you! If you're going, I highly recommend visiting the Ghirardelli shop in California Adventure! We would get a few things and share them, so that we could try a variety, and everything here was UHmazing!! 

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Whimsical Alphabet Upper & Lower
Ink: Seaside Spray, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip marker
Paper: Seaside Spray, Bella Birds DP
Accessories: Tree Builder Punch, Crystal Effects
Journaling Font: English 157BT

How are YOU enjoying this summer?? 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Old + New

Happy Monday! I have a lot going on this week, but I am determined to have posts for you anyway! It's a hot week coming up- you might just want to stay inside and craft! 

So today I have a Disneyland scrapbook page for you. This page mixes this brand new alphabet set, and I really like this font, with some very. old. DP. I think this package of DP was purchased for my very first class ever. Really, really. And I don't love this sheet, at all, lol. But I felt like it worked well for this jungley lunch page. It was hot this day too, hence my melting daughters, haha. 

Stamps: Alphabest
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: So Saffron card stock, Petals & Paisleys DP (2006!)
Accessories: Sycamore Street Island Indigo ribbon (long retired)
Journaling Font: Grilled Cheese BTN

Friday, July 22, 2022

Paper Pumpkin for Birthdays!

Happy Friday!
Today's is a long post. But, the thing I really want you to know today is that if you sign up for a 3 month, 6 month or a 12 month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, you'll get to choose FREE Sale-A-Bration products! The Sale-A-Bration mini is on my side bar, altho the Pool Party & Soft Seafoam cards and envelopes have sold out (yes, already!). You can sign up easily by clicking right HERE, and the next beautiful kit's sneak peek is right here! 

It makes me crazy that I tend to forget birthdays until the birthday is TODAY, but that is apparently how my brain is wired and I haven't been able to change that yet...! And I am pretty good at remembering when "today" is someone's birthday, so I suppose that's something? Anyway, I was in need of an 'emergency' card, because who knew that birthday was coming up for the past 365 days, lol, and I also knew I would need a gift pretty soon too, so I completed the Paper Pumpkin kit from Aug 2017! 

First the birthday cards, (which use greetings from other past PP kits) 

and then finished the kit...  

to put together a gift, since that IS how it was designed!

The only other time I've used this particular set was in July 2020, which you can view HERE.
And here is what I still have left to play with on future cards or scrapbook pages!! Just in case you're not sure it's worth the price. It really is. 


And since late July is a good time to review goals for the year, here's a little update on that...
in 2022, I have made a total of 86 cards, and mailed out 31 of them.
I have made a total of 148 pages (132 of them are of Disneyland!!!) and my goal for the year was 110. ahem...
and I have finished off 5 Paper Pumpkin kits! Yeay!! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Giant Ferris Wheel

Today I have another of our Disney pages for you. This one ended up a really fun layout, and I'm pretty sure that's because I scrap-lifted someone else's layout, haha! You can see that inspiration HERE.

Almost every ride we did in Disney, we alllll did together. And we hit almost every single ride! But this ferris wheel is just too high for a couple of us, lol. My youngest really, really wanted to go on it, and worse than that, haha, she wanted a swinging cart! (that's them in the center of each of the first three photos) Fortunately she has a good daddy who is not afraid of heights who was happy to join her. And it did make for some fun photos. He even got a video of her singing her heart out enjoying the view! 

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (retired!), Alphabet Appeal Lower (retired!)
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Bumblebee (retired!), Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Glimmer Brads (retired!), Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon (retired!)
Journaling Font: Parade

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Bright Dragonflies

Today's cards are for The Paper Players' color challenge, and I couldn't decide which way to make it so I did both! 

Stamps: Dragonfly Punches
Ink: Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide
Paper: Whisper White, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide
Accessories: 2022-24 In Color Matte Decorative Dots, Dragonfly Punch, Dimensionals

Which one is your favorite? 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Sale-A-Bration DP!

Today I have a fun and quick card, tho another one really featuring DP! This is another print in the Rings Of Love DP, which is only available during Sale-A-Bration, thru August 31, or while supplies last! 

For this card, I used the sketch from Just Add Ink and did something a little different for me. Typically I stick to one or two stamp sets/bundles. But this time I really wanted a die from the Ranunculus dies, and I used words from the Lovely You stamp set, which all works but wasn't "designed" to! 

Stamps: Lovely You
Ink: Poppy Parade
Paper: Whisper White & Poppy Parade card stock, Rings of Love DP
Accessories: Ranunculus Dies, Glue Dots, Big Shot (retired) 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

A Pelican!

Last February we took our kids to the ocean for the first time ever, and it was my first time to see a pelican, that I know of. And yesterday was the first time I've inked up this pelican image!

Today's DP is from the Sale-A-Bration freebies and it really has a lot of cute prints! It coordinates with the Ringed With Nature bundle, found on page 62 of the July-Dec Mini, and if you purchase that bundle (which is 10% off!), the pretty paper is FREE!  
*Incidentally, to make this card, purchasing the Waves stamp set and die bundle also earns you this DP free!

For this card, I used the sketch from Global Design Project along with the nautical challenge from SUO Challenges and I absolutely love how this card turned out! 

Stamps: Waves of Inspiration
Ink: Gray Granite
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Rings of Love DP
Accessories: Waves Dies, Watercolor Pencils, Baker's Twine, Circles Dies, Big Shot (retired)

Friday, July 8, 2022

Gorgeous New DP!

Today was the first chance I have had to create anything this month, and I am prepping for a class! YEAY! (It's on Tuesday if you want to RSVP!) 

For this first card, I used the latest sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge and this gorgeous DP was easily the star of the show. I am the first to admit I don't love gold. I really don't. But I have two kids who like gold and shine, so I knew this DP would be great for scrapping and making cards for them. And then I saw all the pages in the pack and I love every side except one, haha! That's kind of huge! 

So for now, I used both sides of one sheet, and here's what I made! 

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Petal Pink card stock, Texture Chic DP
Accessories: Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals

And here's a view with the sun shining differently so you don't see the shine.
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