All about icons!

I cannot stop with the Rugged Icon Dies! They are just so much fun! One thing I forgot to mention last week is that when I made the paper piecing mountain I had a bunch of fun outlines left to make more cards with. It’s always a good thing when you can get double duty out of card parts 🙂

The guitar card I was thinking about in bed one night lol. Oooooo I can use with the Merry Melody embossing folder. I love how it came out! I went super simple with the mountain card for my color palette and zhuzhed (Google says this is how you spell zhuzh lol) it up by creating a shaker card. I put some really subtle paper behind the the scene and added the blue and green colored fancy sequins. Those sequins are just the best! I added them everywhere!

Rugged Icons Stampin' Up
Rugged Icons Stampin' Up
Rugged Icons Stampin' Up

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At the shore

It may break my heart for the New Horizons Suite to go away at the end of this month! The New Horizons paper is so yummy! Today’s card is a pretty shore scene and it came together in a couple of minutes. I added some soft color with blending brushes, stamped the birds and added some grass and a fence… super quick!~

New Horizons Stampin' Up

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you love this card as much as I do!

A little something to brighten your day!

The Rainbow of Happiness Bundle has the most fun dies! I used the biggest one on my card front to create a peekaboo of the watercolored rainbow underneath. Super quick and simple to create! I used Sweet Sorbet, Daffodil Delight, Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide for the watercolor rainbow. I love how simple and pretty it is!

Rainbow of Happiness Stampin' Up

Happy Stamping!

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New “Creative” Tutorial

I just love making samplers, there is something so satisfying about making several tiny projects that all come together into one cohesive piece! This sampler is probably my favorite of all time (I always say my latest is my favorite lol)! For sure this one is going up in my craft room!!! It is really bittersweet that Crafting Forever and It Starts with Art are both retiring in June. I think these will find a permanent home in my craft room…I can’t imagine living without a stamp that says “let’s stay up late and craft” 🙂

A detailed tutorial is available here.

Create Sampler Stampin' Up

Last call for Sale-A-Bration!

This time of year always seems to fly by at light speed!  Well maybe it is all times of year lol!  I can’t believe tomorrow is already April 1st!!  Anyway, that means that today is the end of Sale-a-Bration!  So you only have a few more hours to get in on some of the super cute items that come for free with a $50 order.  One of my absolute favorites this year is this Botanical Butterfly DSP.  It is so cute and the colors are so perfect!  Best of all, many of the butterfly images fit right in the Butterfly Duet punch!  I love this the most!

Here’s a trick to punch out just the large butterfly from the paper and not damage any surrounding images with the smaller butterfly part of the punch.  Trim the butterfly from the paper and then use a post it to create a “handle” so you can put the butterfly image in the punch.  It works every time!  See pics below:

Butterfly Duet Stampin' UpButterfly Duet Stampin' Up

I love the lemon lime twist, grapefruit grove and highland heather together in this card, I think this color combination is so pretty and springy 🙂

Beauty Abounds Stampin' Up

Beauty Abounds Stampin' Up

Beauty Abounds Stampin' Up

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed creating it!


I’m just wild about this cute dino!!

I made this adorbs card for a swap quite some time ago!  This is another favorite set of mine that is retiring when the new catalog launches.  This stamp set and this designer paper is one of my favorites 🙂

Pieces and Patterns Stampin' Up

Creative Tips:

  1.  This card was so simple and fast to create!  Quick watercoloring and fussy cutting of the cute little dino was easy.  I actually love fussy cutting, it relaxes my mind (I know, sounds weird…but you should try it!)
  2. I colored in the wild about you sentiment with a marker, I used Crushed Curry to coordinate with the DSP strip on the side.
  3. Splatters of Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy picked up the other colors in the DSP.


Getting into the holiday spirit!

Well I wanted to decorate my house for the holidays this weekend but that didn’t happen.  I ran out of weekend 😦  That seems to happen a lot!!!  I need more weekend in my life!  lol

I was able to sneak in some fun stamping and this is one of the lovelies I created.  This was sooo easy and came together in just a few minutes, perfect for a last minute Christmas card for someone special.  I love how Stampin’ Up makes it so easy to create something lovely in just a few minutes!

Snowflake Sentiments Stampin' Up

Snowflake Sentiments Stampin' Up

Creative Tips:

  1.  This card features Designer Series Paper from the Be Merry DSP package.  I needed the paper to be slightly toned down and the perfect answer to that was vellum!  The vellum has the large snowflakes from Snowflake Sentiments white embossed on it, this gives a soft muted glow to the paper underneath.
  2. Use what works in your stash…in this case, my ribbon is Real Red and Garden Green but I used Cherry Cobbler ink for the sentiment and Tranquil Tide for the trees.  The whole card works even with these color differences since the lines of color in the ribbon are so tiny and delicate.
  3. You know what makes this card come together so fast?  The dies!  Those sweet trees and adorable deer add just the right embellishment to finish the card 🙂

Are you ready for a sweet adventure?

Oh my gosh, I love love love the fonts and sayings in this Hostess Set!  It’s called Dare to Dream and it just has the best words in it!  I am a huge fan of mixing fonts and this set makes it super simple to pair two fonts perfectly for just the right look 🙂  So cute and easy!

Dare to Dream Stampin' Up

Dare to Dream Stampin' Up

Creative Tips:

  1.  I used a scrap of watercolor paper and watercolor washed sections in Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky.  After they dried, I stamped the balloon outline on top of the washes and then cut out the balloons.
  2. The square window is cut with a Layering Squares die, whatever size you like.  After this “window” was cut into the watercolor paper, I went back and lightly watercolor washed around the window in Soft Sky.
  3. Dimensionals under the watercolor paper base and under the balloons add tons of dimension to this card.  It is super simple and came together quickly but the extra dimension makes the entire card pop 🙂

I hope this project inspires you to dare to adventure in your craft room today!

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Hello December 2016!

I am supah excited to share this year’s December Daily project Stampin’ Up style!  My bestie Kimberly Van Diepen and I created the cutest Hello December 2016 Project Life album for you to capture your family memories during the holidays.

Are you daunted by taking on this project during December when everything is already cray cray???  No worries!  Just get the project parts and be thoughtful during the month to capture pics for your album.  You can put the whole thing together after the new year when things slow down or even when you are getting some me time between Christmas and New Years.  You can sit down with a nice cup of cocoa or coffee or ….. your beverage of choice and put your album together.  I promise our step by step instructions make this super fast!  It should only take an hour or two depending on your crafting style to put the album together.

Next up, you will want to print and select your photos for your album.  If you need help printing pics for Project Life, I highly recommend using the Project Life app and printing at Walgreens or Walmart.  You can do your edits and upload right from your phone while you watch TV 🙂  Both stores support cute little 2×2’s and you can also edit with the app so that you are doing your 2×2’s or 3×4’s in 4×6 format and only paying for one print and then cutting them up.  Just ask me if this is confusing 🙂

After you have your fun pics, you just pop them into the album and add some quick journaling to remind you and yours of the things that you want to remember from the season.

I so wish that this kind of memory keeping was available when my kids were little….I am recording our lives now in bits and pieces and it is so much fun!

Here is a sneaky peek of the album cover….the PDF that is absolutely **FREE** with the purchase of the things you need to create the album shows you exactly how to create this cute cover art.  See my classes tab for more information!

Wait there is more!!!!  Right now through November 28th some of the things needed to put the album together are on sale!!!  Total purchase price is $47 + Tax&Shipping.  After the sale ends the price is $51 + Tax&Shipping.

You only need to purchase the following items from my online store to get the PDF and a video walk-through of the album for FREE: