Good morning all!

I just thought I would drop in a  quick post to let you know that I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off both to regroup the creative energy and also to dive into a much-anticipated family vacation. Actually, I’m pretty sure the vacation will inspire the creativity quite handily!

If nothing else, I  promise to come back with lots of incredible photos.

Catch ya later!

Good morning!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Our weather took a pleasant turn into some much warmer, and thankfully less windy, territory and my productivity seemed to get a boost along with it.  I spent Saturday morning pulling things together for my Send A Smile Card Charity event that took place on Sunday  and then wrapped up a stunningly beautiful day with some time on my sunny deck. The card event went well and we had a lovely group of ladies participating again this year.  A HUGE Thank You to all of the card makers who joined us and helped to make the event a success!

So, welcome back for a new Monday Medley. This week I’m featuring a long-loved set that just never goes out of style. Lovely as a Tree is definitely one of those sets that I will likely never part with.

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My first card today is a gatefold. I started with a half sheet (4.25×11) of Always Artichoke scored at 2.75 inches from each end. The two flaps were then covered with a panel of First Edition Specialty DSP. The stamped tree panel is a piece of River Rock stamped with Always Artichoke and tied with a piece of Tim Holtz narrow burlap ribbon and then mounted on a slightly larger piece of Chocolate Chip. The sentiment was stamped on River Rock as well, punched with a 1-1/4 inch circle punch and layered on a Chocolate Chip piece that I punched using the Bracket Label. This piece was adhered to the card with a foam dimensional to pop it up a little. Finally, the left half of the stamped panel was adhered to the left flap of the card.

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My second card is a standard book fold. I started with a card base of Baja Breeze then added a panel of Soft Suede. The hardwood background was stamped on ivory with Soft Suede and adhered to the Soft Suede layer. The tree is stamped on ivory in Soft Suede and layered in the same way. I also stamped the tiny little leaf, punched it out and created a matching brad using my build-a-brad kit. A little scrap of Baja Breeze got the embossing folder treatment to add a little texture and the brad was secured to that before adhering to the card. The tree piece was added next and I wrapped things up with the sentiment which was stamped, punched and layered on a piece of punched Baja Breeze. For that I used the word window punch and the Modern Label punch respectively. A couple of foam dimensionals pop the sentiment up off the card a bit.

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My last card today boast a little more color. My card base is Not Quite Navy folded sandwich-board style. The trees were stamped on ivory in Memento Tuxedo Black and I used sponges and ink to fill in the grass and sky. The sun was a circle that I punched from a Post-it™ to mask off part of the trees and I just sponged over the top with Pacific Point and Lucky Limeade. After I removed the mask I used So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie to fill in the sun. This piece was layered on Tangerine Tango cs and mounted directly to the card. A trio of tangerine colored candy dots finish it off.


Thanks for dropping in! Here’s the supply list:

S: Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself, Hardwood background, Hero Arts: Small Greetings,

P: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Baked Brown Sugar, White, 1st Edition Specialty DSP

I: Always Artichoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point, asic Brown

A; ribbo, 1-1/4 inch circle punch, Bracket Label punch, foam dimensio

Good morning all!

My apologies for being absent last week. I came down with the plague that has been, well, plaguing nearly everyone I work with for the last month and it literally laid me out flat for two days. Today I finally feel like a human again without the need to cough, sneeze or down copious amounts of cold medicine to stay alive. Praise the Lord.

I’m back this week with a very pretty set called Bloom with Hope. He He…Funny how timely that seems in light of feeling like I was on my death bed! Anyway, there’s nothing like as few flowers to make things look better right?

Let’s get started!

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My first card today is a VERY simple, monochromatic black and white birthday. I paired our featured set with a Verve set called Joyful Blooms but kept the palette clean. A trio of flowers, a simple wish and a few rounded corners turned a simple design into a striking card. The card base is a 5-1/4 x 10-1/2 piece of white folded and layered on a 5-1/2 inch square of Basic Black. The 4 squares are each about 1-1/4 inches and are layered on 1-1/2 inch squares of Basic Black.

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My second card today is a soft and pretty sympathy card. I started with a card base of Pirouette Pink and stamped the flowers and leaves with Memento Rich Cocoa on white. These were colored with Copics and the piece was then layered on Pretty in Pink cs. The sentiment is stamped with the same ink on white, punched with the Modern Label punch and popped up on a couple of dimensionals. The ribbon is wrapped around the card vertically and the bow near the bottom was tied around the band of ribbon once I had the floral panel in place.

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My last card today is another birthday card. I sort of veered back toward the basic black and white color palette for the card base and the decorative washi tape accent, but the flower and leaves add a bit of color. Both were colored with Copic markers, hand trimmed and adhered to the card with foam dimensionals. The birthday sentiment is stamped directly on the card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This one has a little lace peeking through with a lacy bottom edge.

Thanks for dropping by today!

I hope you have a fantastic week.

S: Bloom with Hope, Verve: Joyful Blooms

P: White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Pirouette Pink

I: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa

A: washi tape, Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, ribbon, 1/4 inch corner rounder, foam dimensionals

Copics: E55, YR21, YR31, BG90, YG93, R37, YG95, RV32, YG83, R20

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a lovely Easter. We had our kids and their significant others here with us which is always fun. My menu came off without any problems, we have enough leftovers that I won’t have to cook again for a day or two and we shared some laughs over a couple of board games when all the food was put away. All in all, a pretty great day!

Today, I have a few cards to share that, I guess you could say, are Easter leftovers. I really should have posted them last week but I got my dates mixed up. Darn it. The featured set this week is Terrific Tulips. It’s an obvious choice for Easter cards but it is also a go-to set for wedding and sympathy.

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My first card today is a bright and happy Easter card. I was going for a sunny field of tulips when i started this one and I have to say, I am pleased with the result. The card base is a half sheet of Peach Parfait cs layered with a panel of So Saffron, The tulips are stamped on ivory with Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry and I sponged the edges and background with Crushed Curry to get that sunkissed look. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, punched with the Word Window punch and layered on a Modern Label punched piece of So Saffron. I used a couple of dimensionals to mount it to the card and added a trio of orange gems along the edge.


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My second card is a birthday card that uses a three panel layout. The card base is a half sheet of Regal Rose. I stamped the Hello Doily background medallion along the bottom edge of the card in Rose Red first then stamped and layered three tulip panels on the same color. The tulips are stamped in Rose Red in first and second generation ink with Certainly Celery stems & leaves. The panels were arranged evenly across the face of the card and the sentiment, stamped and punched with the same Word Window and Modern Label idea as my first card today, I finished with a trio of pink gems.


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My last card today is a little more involved. The base card is Wisteria Wonder. The panels, inside and out, are layered with a pretty green leaf print DSP from the Twitterpated collection. I held to a green and purple color scheme with Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant flowers and Lucky Limeade (first and second generation) leaves. The tulips and sentiments are all stamped on ivory and either die cut or hand trimmed. I stamped extras of the flowers and leaves so that I could play with arranging them on the card a few different ways. That left me with a few for the inside of the card as well. The sentiments are layered on die-cut eyelet circles of Wisteria Wonder and I used a scallop edge die from my Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-it Card Framelet to trim the edge of the first front fold. When closed, the two circles that you see in the photo overlap. I finished with a pearly button threaded with thin organdy ribbon for the front to sort of tie the little bouquet together and a coating of ultra-fine glitter on the flowers for a little sparkle.


Thanks for dropping in today. Have a fantastic week!

Here’s the supply list:

S: Terrific Tulips, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hello Doily, Stampendous: Friendly Phrases

P: Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Ivory, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Twitterpaded DSP

I: Kiwi Kiss, Always Atrichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Wisteria Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant

A: Word window punch, Modern Label punch, gems, 2 way glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, button, ribbon, Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small and Eyelet Circles, Sizzix: Triple Circle Flip It Card Framelits

Happy Monday and while we are at it, welcome to the end of March. Where has this month gone?!?!

I find that the closer I get to my trip in May the faster my weeks are going and Easter is next weekend already. Thankfully, other than groceries for our dinner with the kids I pretty much have things in hand. I spent some time yesterday working on my place setting markers and have those ready to go.  This is a good thing because I have a tendency to wait until the very last second on those and then I’m scrambling – often ON Easter Sunday – to get them put together. So, no procrastination this year! Yay!

Today, I am going to share some cards that I did using the new Lotus Blossom set. Working with this set was a little different, but I hope you will agree the results are fantastic. That extra layer of ink really makes a difference. So, here we go!

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My first card is a fresh, peachy birthday greeting. I started with a half sheet of peach cardstock and centered a kraft colored doily on the front. the flower is stamped in Groovy Guava and Dusty Durango in first and second generation ink depending on which part of the stamp I was using. The stem is done in Certainly Celery and I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds to speckle the background with Dusty Durango. This piece was layered on a panel of Dusty Durango with a strip of Chocolate Chip in between and then trimmed with a couple of Chocolate Chip scallop edges. The sentiment is a rub on that I had in my stash.

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My second card is a symphony in pink. The card base is a half sheet of Pretty in Pink. I stamped the flower on ivory using Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery (stem) and lightly speckled the background with Melon Mambo. This piece was wrapped with a piece of ruffled ribbon then layered on a slightly larger piece of pale pink vellum. A second panel of ivory was folder embossed with dots and also layered on the same vellum with a wave scallop edge along the bottom. This was adhered directly to the card and the flower added on top. A pearly button and some wax thread finish this one off.

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Finally today, my last card is a get well in a warm golden color scheme. The card base is More Mustard and is layered with DSP from the Autumn Vine and Thoroughly Modern assortments (now retired) with a band of lace ribbon to hide the center seam. The flower is stamped on white with Crushed Curry, More Mustard and Soft Suede with a Lucky Limeade stem. I oval cut this piece out and layered it on a scallop oval of Soft Suede. The get well tag is stamped with Soft Suede and punched with the Artisian Label punch and then cut in half so I could tuck it behind the ribbon. A button and jute twine complete this one.

Thanks for stopping in today

2015 Send A Smile-IconDon’t forget to register for the Send A Smile charity card event on May 3rd!  Registration is open now and we still have lots of spots.  Just click HERE to jump over to the registration page, or click on the badge on the top right hand side of my page , or visit my Charity Events page and click through to register there. Be sure to spread the word to your stamping friends too! Let’s work to fill up those spots so we can send a great big box of cards to this wonderful charity!



Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: Lotus Blossom, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Express Yourself

P: Pretty in Pink, Light pink vellum, Ivory, Peach CS (Basis), Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, White, Autumn Vine DSP, Thoroughly Modern DSP

I: Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade

A: Fiskars Wave Dot border punch, buttons, wax thread, gathered pink ribbon, Dots embossing folder, Happy Birthday rub-ons, kraft paper doily, Artisan Label punch, Spellbinders: classic ovals large and scallop ovals large dies, twine. lace ribbon