New Stampin’ Up in the house.

Today I am the luckiest of luckies. I received a box chuck full of Stampin’ Up! goodness from the new Occasions Catalog. Be sure to check it out and come back and visit for up and coming projects!

A super-quick tag for a baby shower this weekend…. isn’t this set darling! It’s called Happy Celebrations, there are tons of fun pieces.

Sesaons Givings Year 5 Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you all for your generous comments, my heart is full of creative love…. 🙂

I do have a winner for my prize of Stampin’ Up’s Just Sayin’ Wood Mount Stamp set, this is new and unused. A retired favorite of mine. In addition I’m throwing in two of my favorite colors of Hero Arts Inks Tide Pool and Orange Soda.

Number generator and winner from 67 blissful comments:

Congratulations Kari! and thank you for hopping along. I’ve sent and email and I hope to hear from you soon!

Season’s Givings, New Year’s Card and Giveaway!

seasonsgivingsimageIf you are hopping in order you just come from my sweet, long-time friend Meagan Hoeoppner. LOVE.HER. A warm welcome to my blog…. a big thank you to all who are visiting. I’d like to do my part to add to the “post” holiday cheer that so many others are putting out there into the creative world. I hope to start creating and blogging more, so please take a moment to add me to your reader list and subscribe in the upper right corner of my blog. In hopes of inspiring myself to create more I’d like to give away a little something:
In order to be eligible to win, please subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post stating that you’v done so and don’t forget your email. 

Stampin’ Up’s Just Sayin’ Wood Mount Stamp set, this is new and unused. A retired favorite of mine. In addition I’m throwing in two of my favorite colors of Hero Arts Inks Tide Pool and Orange Soda.

For a little New Year’s fun I created a card using one of Stampin’ Up’s new sets, It’s a Celebration:

A crazy watercolor wash serves as the base to my bright white fireworks, while some subtly embossed fireworks pull the white background into the framework of the eye catching centerpiece.

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Let’s continue the celebration by going on to each and every blog on the list below where there are giveaways galore and inspiration beyond your expectations. Go on…. take some time for yourself and see what is going on with the rest of the Season’s Givings Blog Hop!

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Reverse Confetti
Taylored Expressions
Paper Smooches
Neat & Tangled
Technique Tuesday
Clear & Simple Stamps
Richard Garay
My Sweet Petunia
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Sunny Studio Stamps
Inchie Arts llc
Scrapbook Update
Buttons Galore
Latisha Yoast
Julia Stainton
Cristina Nunez
Wanda Guess
Vera Yates
Amy Tsuruta
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Lori Craig
Lydia Fiedler
Jenn Shurkus
Lisa Henke
Dina Kowal
Libby Hickson
Emily Leiphart
Cindy Lawrence
Kelly Klapstein
Erica Houtghton
Elise Constable
Julee Tillman
Lee Murphy
Lisa Arana
Giovana Smith
Karen Baker
Lindsay Amrhein
Dana Joy
Marcie Sharp
Megan Hoeppner
Alicia Thelin  >>>>>> you are here!
Asia King
Debbie Seyer
Yvonne Van De Grijp
Tenia Nelson
Michelle Woerner
Christina Griffiths
Lori McAree
Barbara Anders
Jill Hawkins
Veronica Zalis
Leigh Penner
Margie Higuchi
Amy Coose
Melody Rupple
Karen Letchworth
Heidi Ramsey
Jennie Harper
Jodi Collins
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Gracie Chavez
Stephanie Klauck
Savannah O’Gwynn
Terre Fry
Neva Cole
Maria Levine
Misti Oblander

Happy World Card Making Day 2016

It’s been literally ages. Forever. Too long. I made a card! I even made a little graphic to celebrate the day.


5528edae7aeb324ae4a34ce211049c15I used a really, really old set from #sweetstampshop, Out in Space. I believe I received this set when I won PaperCrafts Stamping Royalty. I’m not sure… but it just goes to show you that you don’t need the newest stamp sets to make a cute card.


just ripe.

A Stampin’ Up! set, Market Fresh, i139344Gs front and center on my card today. I must be yearning for a warm spring and some fresh fruit… just looking at this card makes me hungry for strawberries.
Watercoloring seemed to be the perfect fit for this set. Giving the strawberries that “almost” perfectly ripe look was easily done with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I used water color paper for maximum blend-a-bilitiy without overworking the paper.

StrawberriesCard (2 of 3)
Twine is making a comeback of sorts in my card making. I seem to be using it quite a bet, especially the black and white.StrawberriesCard (1 of 3) StrawberriesCard (3 of 3)Happy creating my friends,

you are lovely.

Today’s card started out as what I thought was a mistake, I hated the two yellows together. As I worked with it a bit more I became quite enamored, isn’t it funny how the creative brain works sometimes? I used Altenew’s Painted Flowers stamp set and a greeting from one of the newer sets that Michaels has put out from their color splash collection to create the image and greeting. YouAreLovelyCard (1 of 3)
The colors are from Stampin’ Up!, Daffodil Delight and Delightful Dijon. The greeting was created with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I picked up the sparkly circle stickers from the dollar store. YouAreLovelyCard (2 of 3)
YouAreLovelyCard (3 of 3)Happy creating my friends,

sending lots of love.

This card was kind-of accidental. I basically lined-up the tiny envelope stamps in a row and created a pattern while experimenting with the images. Then I thought, why not stamp them in rows of different colors. So I grabbed a few of my favorite Stampin’ Up! inks: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry.
SendingLoveCard (1 of 4)
I stamped an extra envelope and trimmed out the flap, adding it to the uppermost center envelope in order to create some visual interest.
SendingLoveCard (2 of 4)
The heart over the greeting made for a sentimental touch… a bit more personalized.
SendingLoveCard (3 of 4) SendingLoveCard (4 of 4)

Happy creating my friends,

panda. take three.

Today our little friend, the panda, is balancing on a greeting from My Favorite Things called Bold Statements. The image was curved prior to stamping, because of the tacky nature of clear stamps, this is a easily done on the stamp block.
AmazingPandaCard (1 of 3)
The ink is from an old stamp pad that I have had sitting around for about 7 years. I cracked open the cellophane and it was as juicy as could be. It’s a Kaleidacolor Pastel Pad.
AmazingPandaCard (3 of 3)
I stamped the hearts in the “A’s” for a final touch.

Happy creating friends,

you are amazing.

Again with the triangles… well this is actually the first card that I made with this Altenew set, Sohcahtoa. I copied this from an example from one of their design team members. If I am ever stuck in a rut, I take a minute to just copy something another artist has made and then I am usually off and running with my own thoughts and ideas. It usually works out pretty well for me.
AmazingTriangleCard (1 of 3)
AmazingTriangleCard (2 of 3)
The sequins are placed and then a drop of Liquid Perler is placed in the centers to create a “new” embellishment.
AmazingTriangleCard (3 of 3)

Happy creating my friends!