Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Card for Babies, A Little Wild Cutness

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm planning out my cards for my Just Cards Class coming up on July 19. I am hoping to get a lot done as we're going to the beach next week. I usually try to plan cards for all occasions (birthdays, thinking of you, get well, babies, weddings, just because) for this class. 

I had a request for a wedding shower card, which I'll also share, and somehow, that inspired me to make a baby card!

I recently got the A Little Wild stamp set, it's super cute. I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge to design the card. So take a look and let me know what you think!

The card features the colors So Saffron and Soft Sky, and a small strip of Coffee Break DSP. I colored the bear with our watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The card front is embossed with Oh My Stars embossing folder.

Here's the sketch. You can click the sketch to go to the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

Here's the wedding card I made.

I like the bold colors. It's Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, and Eastern Palace DSP. The stamp is Definitely Dahlia.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Introducing the 2017-2019 In Colors

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's the first Wednesday of the month and I have a fun and wonderful project to share with you. 

I'm participating in the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop, and this month, we are introducing (or re-introducing) you to Stampin' Up's 2017-2019 In Colors.

Each year, Stampin' Up introduces a new set of In Colors, that we will offer for two years. It's a great way to keep your color palate fresh and keep the creative juices flowing.

I've been designing a sampler framed art piece once a month for my class goers. For the month of July, our project features a beachy, nautical theme. As I was looking through our annual catalog (by the way, it's an awesome resource, not just for shopping, but for ideas and inspiration too) I was inspired by the new stamp set and paper shown on page 52. This page features the super cute new stamp set called Message in a Bottle and the Designer Series paper shown with it is called Naturally Eclectic. The paper features bright colors and fun designs.

I noticed that the paper uses three of our new In Colors, and I became pretty excited. A cool thing, it also has two of last years In Colors. So, have a look at my project, and especially look for the new In Colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.

Stamp set used: Message in a Bottle, Seaside Shore, and Colorful Seasons. The base of the project is Soft Sky and all the sampler pieces are backed in Night of Navy.

Don't you just love this little octopus? He's from the Message in a Bottle set. He's stamped in Night of Navy, on a very lightly watercolored background of Soft Sky and die cut out with our Stitched Shapes Framelits (love them!), then backed with a two inch circle punch out of Glimmer Paper.

I created this under water scene with the stamps from Seaside Shore set and the water background is from the stamp set, Tranquil Tide. The fish are in the In Colors: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst. The elements are all fussy cut as there are no dies for this set, and popped up on Dimensionals. But don't fuss, sit back, use our amazing snips, take your time, and cut them out. It's not too bad, really.

The lovely light house is from the Tranquil Tide set, it's stamped in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy. You can't tell it from this pic, but it's also fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

I hope that I have inspired you to get creating with our new in colors, and if you are a beach lover, with our beachy stamp sets. 

For more inspiration, click HERE or the next icon below to see what Anastasia Radloff has created to share this month.

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Stay Crafty!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, June 2017

I think the June kit, called One in a Melon is so cute! I mean, first the name! I mean, who, who, doesn't love a good pun. Here is a quick unboxing video, so you can see all of the elements.

For my alternative project, I made the gift bag into a box. 

It was pretty simple really. I decided how tall I wanted to make the box. In this case, about 3 inches. I cut out part of one wide panel on the bag and a little bit less on each side panel. Then I assembled the box. The front panel decorations use the stamps and supplies from the kit. The strip for the banner is from the piece in the center of the circle elements. The black dots are 2 of the White Perfect Accents colored black with a Sharpie. Even though they are self adhesive, I used Glue Dots to attach them to the banner and the box. I cut the tissue paper a bit smaller to line the box.

For more ideas and inspiration, click HERE or the graphic below to see what Carolynn has to share. And then come see us again next month for more ideas.
Stay Crafty!

Here's the full blog hop list:

Sara Levin -
Kimberley Morris -
Pam Staples -
Maria Willis -
Melissa Davies - 
Audra Monk -
Carolynn Sander - 
Lori Mueller  -- 
Megan Thompson - 
Rachel Tessman -
Kelly Acheson - 
Rick Adkins -
Cindee Wilkinson -…rnative-blog-hop.html
Andrea Tracy-Tucker - 
Jennifer Hill - 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Let the Christmas Cards Begin!!


It's the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year. I can't say my favorite, because there is so much I like about summer (the beach, warm days, kids home). There's a lot I like about fall (new school years, pretty trees, cooler weather, Halloween stuff). And spring (warmer days, the world becoming green again, and flowers). So, maybe winter isn't my favorite, but a good snow storm and hot drinks make it worth all the cold. But what makes winter pretty awesome is Christmas.

The colors, the decorations, the feel good commercials. Having family and friends gather together. But most important, Christmas cards! I love everything about them. Making them, sending them, receiving them, looking at them.

I am starting my Christmas card making classes next week! I'm trying something new this year, I'm calling it a Christmas Card Club. The club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 10am and 7 pm. EXCEPT for the month of July! For July we're meeting on Wednesday, July 5 at 7pm (although if you gather a few friends, I am happy to schedule a private class for you--I can also do a to go packet, just ask!). We'll make two each of three card designs for $18. All supplies are included for in person classes. The classes will run right through December. If you attend all 6 (or all 5 daytime classes) you will receive a fun gift from me! (And don't worry, there will be more Christmas card classes, stay tuned for schedule updates).

But enough chit chat, let's look at the projects!

Ahhh, I'm so happy with my first set of Christmas cards. Warm Christmasy colors and hot drinks, what more could a Christmas card maker want?

First up are two cards using a new Holiday set from the annual catalog called Merry Mistletoe. The first card is cased (copy and share everything) from page 112 of the catalog. 

The second project with the same set shows off more of our new Be Merry DSP.

In each class, I like to have at least one card that's not quite so traditional. I think this next card fits the bill. It shows off our new Coffee Cafe bundle and a returning favorite, Flurry of Wishes. 
Here's a closer look:

I also have some exciting news from Stampin' Up!
We have a couple of great promotions for July. First up, Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you  spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. How cool is that?  You can order from my online store, just click that "shop" button on the right or contact me. 
(Wait till July 1 for the coupons, but I won't mind if you order something now).

Our second promotion is even more amazing! Join my team in July during Our Christmas in July promotion. It makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! All new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! Can you believe it? It's an amazing deal on top of the regular joining plan of $125 in product for $99 with free shipping. Want to know more, ask!

Wow, this is a doozy of a blog post. I hope you have been inspired to create and to know more about Stampin' Up.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Framed Art

I'm really getting to like my monthly sampler framed art classes. It's fun to have a theme and then dive into the Stampin' Up catalog and plan out the project. I am particularly happy with this month's project. Last weekend my husband and I were taking our son to Lenox, MA to drop him off for a two week percussion seminar. I used some of the car riding time to sketch out my design. Then the most exciting part is when I sat down a week later, it worked!

Measurements in inches:
Whisper White base, 9 x 9
Night of Navy base, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Long panels: Whisper White, 2 x 4 1/2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 4 1/2, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 4 5/8
Square panels: Whisper White, 2 x 2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

Real Red, Night of Navy, Archival Black, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake

The theme for this month is red, white, and blue. So thinking Americana, my number one set in mind was Bike Ride (which on a fun note, was my Prize Patrol prize from the April On Stage event) and it's matching Build a Bike Framelits Dies. I mean, how cute is this bike? The basket of apples is from the same set.

Next up are some very cute kites using the Swirly Bird stamp set. I cased this layout from the sample in the SU catalog. The kites and bows did need to be fussy cut, as the coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, coordinate, but don't cut out these elements. I used the dies and the dot stamp to add some atmosphere to this panel.

I used the Letters for You (love these!) and their matching framelits for the letters. The fireworks behind the letters are from the super fun host set called In the City. The Yay! stamp comes from the Celebration Time stamp set and the Adirondack chair and the cute little cup are from Colorful Seasons and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

I'm excited to share the project with my crafty friends in class next week. 
Here it is all framed up. I use the RIBBA 9 x 9 frames from Ikea.

And when you spend a bit of time creating, sometimes you end up with a creative mess!

Haha! Not too bad really.
Thank you so much for stopping by! And good luck creating your own.
Stay Crafty!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, It's a Guy Thing

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's time to Inspire, Create, and Share, with the ICS blog hop. This month we are sharing projects with a guy theme. So, I decided to celebrate my guy. (Well, one of them). Our youngest child graduated from High School this past week, so of course, I had to make him a card. His school colors are navy and grey, and his favorite color is bright green. So, I decided to combine them. I was pretty happy with the results!

This card features one of our new in colors, Lemon Lime Twist. The card is on a Night of Navy base and the congrats is die cut from Night of Navy too. The fun patterned DSP is from the new Naturally Eclectic DSP. (Just in case you didn't know, we have a new catalog, full of all kids of great stuff). 

I like the card because it's simple and fun. But the best part is how happy my son was with it when he opened it. That sure does make a card making mom happy.

Here we are after his graduation ceremony.

And I just had to share this too! Here he is, kindergarten graduation and 12th grade.

I made a second card for him to give to a friend, I just changed it up a bit, using our foil paper instead of DSP. I embossed it with our new Oh My Stars embossing folder. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. 
For more inspiration, click HERE or the graphic below to see what Terri has to share.
Stay Crafty!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New! Color Theory Club

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm so excited! The new Stampin' Up catalog goes live in less than 2 days!! There is so much new wonderful stuff, it's gonna be hard to narrow down my list. One thing I know, is that there will be lots of items from the Color Theory Suite on it. I love the suite so much, that I've decided to center a new class around it. If you have a catalog, open it up to page 147. Need a catalog, let me know.

In this class, we'll make 4 projects AND each participant will go home with a totally awesome goodie bag of product to use at home. It's a win win! Something to use in class and something to use at home. The class will be offered every other month, and feature the upcoming season. If you attend all 4, there's a bonus! This class is also available as a to go option (additional fee for shipping). The class fee is $30 ($25 for demonstrators).

For June, it's all about summer! Here's what we're making this month:

Aren't they lovely? 

Here's a closer look at each one:

This cutie, is a CASE from the catalog.

I love these Adirondack chairs.

This card just says "relax, it's summer" to me.

And, I think this one might be my favorite...

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look. Registration for June's class is due by tomorrow, May 31. Look for updates on August's class mid July. As always, if I can help you in any way on your crafty journey, let me know. You can reach me by email at

Stay Crafty!

Monday, May 29, 2017

New Catalog Ribbon Share

Do you love ribbons? I do! They add texture and often a little pop of color to a project. They're also so tactile, they feel so nice to touch.

This card features the new in color, Berry Burst.

This year's catalog has a ton of amazing new ribbon! If you were to buy 1 roll of each, it would cost $398.05!! Most of us aren't prepared to do that (if you are, let me know!). 

So, I'm offering my first ever Ribbon Share.

I've come up with several options, each share of ribbon is 2 yards, and will be packaged neatly in a cello bag. Each order will include a small gift. You can purchase more than 1 share.
This is a prepay program.
Payment for round 1 is due May 31st. This is the quickest way to get your hands on the new ribbon!
I will offer a second round at my Open House on June 11.

Cash, check, or Paypal (to If you want it mailed, there will be a postage fee. To reserve your share, email me at, I'll email you a total and if you like, a Paypal invoice (it's quick and easy to make an account and you can use a credit card).
Are you a demo? It's a 20% discount!

I want it all! $79.61 2 yards of each new ribbon from the options below.
Everything but the In Colors, $64.13.
Both In Colors, $15.48
2017-2019 In Color Ribbon, $7.74.
2016-2017 In Color Ribbon, $7.74.
Fancy Ribbon, 6 kinds (the ribbons with stitching, special edges, etc) $32.36.
Regular Ribbon, 6 kinds, $34.29.

The new 2017-2019 In Color Ribbon

The new 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon

Contact me ASAP! We're doing this ribbon share in sets of 5. Want a little more? You can do more than one share. Cool, huh? Questions? Contact me,

Stay Crafty!
(and use ribbon!)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lift Me Up Framed Art Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!

I am so excited to share my second framed art sampler. I've started a monthly class where we get together to make a seasonal sampler. I'm enjoying stretching my creative energies to some home decor projects.

This month, May, we're on the cusp of summer and I thought it would be fun to play with the lift me up bundle. Many years ago, for one of our anniversaries, my husband and I went for a hot air balloon ride. It was magical! It feels like you're floating...which, I guess you are. If you have the chance, you should do it!

And my next biggest inspiration was the retiring Cupcakes and Carousel Designer Paper Stack (which is marked down and available till May 31, as supplies last). I've also used the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment kit.

The paper is so beautiful, a bit vintage, and the colors...

Listen to this list of colors: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach, Early Expresso, and Very Vanilla. All so lovely and cheery.

For basic measurements, you can check out this post. For this project, I added an extra layer of DSP, 1/4" bigger to each square. If you need more info than that, just let me know and I'd be happy to help.

Now, let me share all the beautiful pictures, enjoy.

And here's what the project looks like framed:

I just love it when I can make something that makes me happy. and to let you know, it wasn't all that easy. The ideas had been rattling around in my head for awhile but on my work day, it was a bit of work. The cool thing about a sampler is you can focus on each small section and then how they go together. Anyhow, I'm pleased. I hope I've inspired you to create something similar! 

I do have a limited number of to go kits available for this project for $20 (no frame, add frame for $10 more) plus shipping. The kits include all of the paper and embellishments, but not the stamps, ink, or adhesives (however these can be added). 

Stay Crafty!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, May

Hi Crafty Friends!
This month I am hopping along with a bunch of lovely Stampin' Up demos sharing alternative projects for the May Paper Pumpkin kit. I love this kit! Did I tell you how much I love this month's kit? It's so cute and pretty versatile.

My project stays pretty true to the donut theme. I had a fun time making a pile of donuts.

I cut the donut shaped cards in half to make the donuts, then I cut the pink donuts in half to make the bottom layer of donuts. Pretty cool, yes? The other fun thing I did was cut the bit of chocolate icing that I removed from the center of the donut into pieces to make sprinkles that I could stick onto the sentiment banner.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Click HERE to be inspired by Cathy Caines. Or click the next button below.