Freshly Made greeting cards

Oh the weather outside is frightful… which makes for a great day to stay in a craft! And a great starting point is a clean and simple sketch that you can dress up or keep simple based on the style you like best! This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a timeless one you can use in a variety of ways. It inspired me to make two different creations today!

The majority of my cards lean towards simple so that they are easier to mail. While I don’t mind paying a little extra to send something with texture, I often make cards to donate and don’t want to cause problems or an extra expense for those organizations. A few enamel dots or sequins are fun options that usually mail without issue.

Let your die cuts shine!

Sentiment is from Many Thanks by Altenew; background and grass die cuts from Lakeside Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Color something fun!

Sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays by Stampin’ Up!, critter from Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes by MFT Stamps; colored with Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by! 


Magnolia memory

Very Versailles by Stampin' Up!, Magnolia by Jane's Doodles

There are some images and scents that bring wonderful memories to mind. For me, the sight of magnolia blossoms makes me think of a walk I took with my dad around the neighborhood once. The blossoms were freshly opened and their soft scent wafted by every so often. Truly a moment to tuck in my heart for safe keeping.

very magnolia closeupThese beautiful magnolia images are from Jane’s Doodles. I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added just a little bit of color with Copics.  Once fussy cut, I layered them directly onto a die-cut panel stamped with a scripty image from Stampin’ Up!. It’s my hope the script will help ground them without distracting in any way. Enjoy!


Very Versailles by Stampin' Up!, Magnolia by Jane's Doodles

Stamp sets: Magnolia (Jane’s Doodles), Very Versailles (Stampin’ Up!)

Layout by MFT Stamps

Greetings from #Elfie

Our neighborhood is currently decorated with halloween pumpkins and the kids are looking forward to candy hauls, but my mind is already focused on the next two holidays here in the US. I love the color of fall, the lights and cheer of Christmas… and admit I’ve been half-watching Hallmark movies while I craft. They may have inspired me to jump ahead a little!

Elf Christmas Card

This adorable elf, from Stampin’ Up!‘s #elfie stamp set, was so fun to color! The finished panel was sitting on my desk when I noticed the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the week; this made it easy to finish off the card with scrap patterned paper, a die-cut greeting and just a few bits of confetti. Enjoy!

Stamp Review Crew – Sale-a-bration Hop!

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Hello and welcome to a short and sweet Blog Hop with the Stamp Review Crew. At the moment, Stampin’ Up! is celebrating the new year with our annual Sale-a-bration promotion. Always a favorite, this is where you get to choose free product for every (US) $50 in merchandise purchased. Today’s hop features creations made using these fun products!

As soon as I saw the offered items, the Part of My Story stamp set jumped out at me. The set includes six sentiments you can use to encourage someone or let them know how special they are to you! I think they’ll also work well on scrapbook pages of your special people, too! And, of course, one of the fun things about sentiment sets is that you can pair them with other supplies to make your creations sing!

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  • Floral image Serene Garden, leaves colored with Soft Sea Foam Blends
  • Patterned Paper Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (6×6 pad)
  • Embellishments: Iridescent Sequin Assortment Silver Metallic Thread

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Thank you for visiting my blog today and for being part of my blogging story. For your next stop on the hop, just click to visit the amazing Kelly Kent. Prepare yourself to be blown away!

*Headed in the other direction? Then your next stop is Bronwyn Eastley!


2019 the year of color

The last few days of staycation between Christmas and New Year’s have been very low-key around my house. We anticipate that 2019 will be a busy one, so I think we were just enjoying the chill time while we have it. While my guys were enjoying games and movies, I escaped to my craft room to play around with color.

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One of my creative challenges (to myself) this year is to learn more about color. Along with taking an online coloring class, I decided to play along with the MFT color challenge this week. Color combos don’t come naturally to me (one of the reasons I wear blue jeans so much) so challenges are a great help and coach!


The challenge helped me with my patterned paper choices and even with what images to use. For some reason the gray made me think of my Cuban coffee maker (not espresso… no, no – this one is reserved for Cuban coffee. Bring on the sugar.) I was able to tie in the remaining colors on the cups.

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Copics used today:

Grays and white: W1, W3, W5

Teal: B45, BG15, BG32

Navy: B99, B39, B37

images are from Altenew “Coffee Love”




pinnable graphic:

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Thinking slow on a Sunday

You know, I would love to be able to WOW you with verbal wit or a thought-provoking post. But this is one of those days where the vibe seems to be one of relaxing, doing a few quiet chores and sharing a couple of card-making things with you.

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An important share is a reminder that FMS is looking for new designers, in case you’re interested. I’m a fan of the site and appreciate the sketches and inspiration shared there. Be sure to check them out and scroll down below the sketch to view the entries for even more inspiration! This layout on the left is the current FMS challenge; it’s nice and open, leaving lots of room for interpretation.

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This card along with a few others were created for Bring Smiles to Seniors. This group of volunteers sends donated cards to residents of nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, home-bound seniors, and seniors participating in elderly nutrition program. Isn’t that lovely? If you would like to be involved in donating cards to worthy causes, I invite you to visit their page or check out the Cards for a Cause forum on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a great way to share your handmade creations.💞

Stamp Review Crew – First Frost stamp set

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Today the Stamp Review Crew is ready to inspire you with projects created using Stampin’ Up!’s First Frost. This 9-piece stamp set contains 6 floral images and three sentiments, two of which can be used year-round!  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to go through the hop and be inspired by the many ideas shared!

For my first card, I used the “frost” part of the name as inspiration for my colors and technique. Repeated stamping paired with white heat embossing helped create the background. Combining silver thread, rhinestones and Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon as embellishments helped keep it cool but dress it up!

Stampin' Up! First Frost stamp set

For my next card, I decided to warm things up. I stamped the two flower images in 4 warm colors then added splatter (an image from the Touches of Texture stamp set) in Soft Suede. I chose to use this sentiment from our featured set hoping it will bring a smile to someone’s face in the next month or two. (And hopeful you will like it, too!)

SRC First Frost roses

Well, thanks so much for checking out my post today. I hope you are inspired by something you saw and ready to do some stamping soon. For more ideas, I invite you to now visit Stesha! She always has beautifully detailed projects; I know you are going to love them!

If you are already hopping and are going the other way,  Cindy at Hearts Delight Cards is your next stop! Lets see what she has been up to in the beautiful Tennessee hills!

Enjoy blog hops? Check out our previous Buffalo Check inspired hop or click the Blog Hop tag in the sidebar!

Stamp Review Crew – Buffalo Check

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Hi and welcome to another fun blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew! Today, this international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators is working together to provide you lots of inspiration using a background stamp with a Buffalo Check designWhether you are starting here or have arrived from seeing Bronwyn’s great style, I hope the ideas shared inspire you to create!

I have two projects to share with you today. Both offer a soft take on this pattern and are combined with messages to use year-round. Also for both, I started by stamping VersaMark onto my cardstock; one for heat-embossing with white powder, the other for tone-on-tone.

SRC Buffalo Check a big thank you greeting card
rustic or rich, you choose!

By using a gentle touch when I stamped, I left the check pattern with some “texture” allowing the card stock to show through. I didn’t want to cover it all up, so I used some small die cuts and a circle punch to help create the sentiment portion of the card. This greeting is from the Annual Catalog set, A Big Thank You.

SRC Buffalo Check baby greeting card
Add details to your pattern to step it up!

For this 4-1/4″ square card, I added additional lines to the pattern using a ruler, coordinating Stampin’ Write marker (pen end) and a white gel pen. I also stamped the Buffalo Check pattern onto the card base for additional detail. This adorable bear – who looks exactly like my son’s favorite toy from childhood – and sentiment are from the Baby Bear stamp set (also in the Annual Catalog).

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and were inspired in some way! For more, here’s the next stop on the hop: Heidi at Running With Scissors. For a full listing of contributors and links to previous hops, be sure to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

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SRC – Waterfront Blog Hop

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Hi everyone – it’s time for another fun blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew! Whether you’ve just arrived from Bronwyn’s wonderful site or are starting here – WELCOME! 🌴🌴🌴


We are an international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who gather twice a month to share a variety of ideas using a specific stamp set. This time, we are featuring Waterfront, a washed watercolor-style set you can use to create all sorts of scenes… and more!

I have two projects I would love to share with you today. The first is a clean and simple card you can use for any occasion. Bright, white and based on my favorite place to spend an hour whenever I get the chance.

SRC Waterfront friend thank you card
create your own ink spots using our ink refills and empty spots

Ahhhh… ocean breezes. *Sigh*

Now for this second card, I wanted to try something a little out of the box. I was tempted to use the sun/moon to try to create a caterpillar but I was distracted by the “line” images which are intended to be used for ground and water. It occurred to me that they might work for animal stripes, too…

SRC Waterfront zebra birthday card
change the colors to create other animal stripes

Thankfully, Zebra stripes are as unique as fingerprints so placement is all up to you!

Into pinning? Here’s an image of both cards in case you would like to pin them together:

SRC Waterfront two cards
Stampin’ Up! Waterfront stamp set

Stamp Review Crew NextThanks so much for visiting me today! I hope my projects inspired to you get inky and make something fun  😎 Now we are heading north for your next stop on the hop,  Heidi Baks who also loves to spend her time outdoors – even in the cold! I can’t wait to see what she has created for us – let’s go!