Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Switching gears...!

Hey there!  Remember me?!  I know that it has been a while since I have posted anything. 

With both the swirl of a heavy heart and an equal swoosh of excitement I am saying goodbye to this blog.  It has seen me though some pretty amazing times and also some pretty tough ones.  It has been my sounding board, my confidant and my collection place for goofball words, thoughts, pictures and creations for many years!   It is, however, time to move on.  I am not done blogging though by any means!  In fact, I am starting over fresh!  I am going on a new adventure and would love it if you would join me! 

 I have been doing a lot of soul searching and what hopefully is some pretty exciting forward thinking!  I took a long, hard look at where I was, what I was doing and how I was spending my time.  I was feeling pretty unhappy and very stagnant where I was.  I am a crafter, a creator, a maker...I always have been.  I am happiest when I am creating something.  It speaks to my soul, it expresses my deepest thoughts and feelings and it explains without any formal explanation just who I am. I have spent a long time now playing with paper and stamps!  I am by definition a card maker and stamper. It is kind of the category I have fallen into. There is just something magical about applying an image to ink and then to paper.  You can create a whole scene or a simple single image.  You can tell a story, or inspire someone's imagination to fill in their own thoughts! You can express a sentiment, you can share in someone's sadness or joy!  You can brighten someone's whole day!  All of these things by simply applying ink to paper and sharing that. I love stamping. I love card making, but lately it has felt like something is missing. 

 Once upon a time...a loooong time ago I was a scrapbooker. It's probably where my love of paper crafting established it's roots!  I started scrapbooking because I wanted to capture, record and document all the details that I knew would be forgotten through the years.  I started off strong!  I had one child and clicked photo after photo and plopped them into albums!  Then had another child and then another and then a fourth!  With each child time became more scarce and the scrapbooking got gently pushed aside. Very familiar story, yes?   Well, here I am a few (*cough, cough!*) years later with a little more free time on my hands and what has turned into a seriously strong desire to break out all of those scrapbooks and boxes and piles of photos! I want to get those stories on paper and I want those pictures to be beautifully displayed!  I want it all to be documented, because it is so incredibly important to tell and share and remember those stories!!  I am on a mission to do exactly that!  I am about to dive wholeheartedly into scrapbooking!  I plan to share my adventures and would love it if you would follow along, but more importantly I want to encourage you to get out your supplies (or invest in some!) and take this journey with me!  Let's get our stories on paper! Let's compile our photos and pretty them up!  Let's document our time here with the people that we love so very much!  Let's create something to leave with our children to let them know how amazing we think they are!

Here is the link to my new blog:

I would love for you to visit and follow along and scrap right along side of me!  See you there! :)

I will no longer be selling Stampin' Up! I still love their amazing products and will most definitely continue to use them, but it is time for me to move on.    

If you have made it this far in the post I want to thank you!  Thank you for being a faithful reader, a fellow crafter and an all around good friend!  Very much love to you!

Time to get Scrapping! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Love you forever mini album!

Hello there!  I have another fun project to share with you today using the  Forever Lovely stamp set and it's coordinating dies.  I am really loving this set.  It is just so dainty and elegant feeling to me.  I made a couple of mini albums and dressed them up. Take a look:

These little guys measure 3  1/2" x 4 1/4".  The album bases are made from Melon Mambo and the layers are Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment and the flower stamps are both from Forever Lovely.  To make those flowers I stamped each one 3 times and trimmed each of the layers until they nested.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals between each layer and slightly bent up the edges to give them a nice full look.

That gorgeous butterfly is punched using the Butterfly Duet punch and I punched it from the Lovely Lipstick Foil paper. That fun stuff is a freebie that I earned by placing a $50.00 order!  (Ask me for details!)  It is beautiful and you talk about shimmer!!  I ran that little guy through the Dot to Dot Embossing Folder to give it some texture.  The small flowers are cut using one of the dies in the coordinating Lovely Flowers Edgelits.  I topped each one with a Basic Pearl.

There are tons of pages to add photos and journaling and souvenirs to.  I added some heart stamps and additional strip of the Lovely Lipstick sheets to the inside too!

I just love making little albums! They make great gifts.

Here are all of the goodies I used to create these mini albums:

 Have a great day!  I will be back soonest with lots more to share!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Forever Lovely Day #1

Hello there!  Today is day #1 of Forever Lovely week!  I will be sharing projects all week long with you using this beautiful set!  It has so many fun possibilities. I don't know about you, but whenever I can get lots of variety from one stamp set I am a happy girl!  Take a look at the card I made today using this set:

My card base is Melon Mambo and my top layer s Whisper White.  The beautiful stamped flowers and sentiment are from Forever Lovely.  I stamped the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo Black.

The flowers are from the coordinating Framelits set and I added some little pearls to the centers of them.

To get this look I stamped the flowers on a base layer in Melon Mambo and then stamped the leaves.  It is a 2 step stamp set.  Then I cut out the delicate overlay using the coordianting Framelits and layered it on top using dimensionals.

Here is a side view. They work beautifully together!  They same die makes the fine cut outs and also the embossed portions!  Fun stuff!

Here is a list of the goodies that I used to create my card today:

Hope that you are having a good day!  I will be back soonest with more to share. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Christmas Card Sunday #2

Hello there!!  Here it is Sunday again already!!  Time for another round of Christmas card making!  I figure if I make a card (or two, or 4!) every Sunday starting now and going through the year I will be all ready for mailing when Dec 1 rolls around!!  It only takes a little bit of time each Sunday and will be one less thing I have to do once the holiday chaos begins to set in!  I did this last year and cannot tell you what a great feeling it was to have them all ready to go!  Want to join me?  Grab some Christmas supplies and let's do it!!  I made 4 today!  Here they are:

My card base is Garden Green and my layers are Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Silver Glimmer. I embossed the WW with the Basic Polka Dot embossing folder.

I used the Lovely As A Tree stamp set and the sentiment is from Christmas Pines. I cut it out using the Layering Oval Framelits and added a bright, happy flower using the Bitty Bloom punch pack. I popped it up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I wanted to carry the color combo throughout from bottom to top.

Here are all 4 cards together ready to be tucked into my card box! I am so excited to be doing this again this year!

Here is a list of all of the goodies I  used to create my card: 

I would love to have you join me!  Jump on in and make a card or two!  I will be doing this every Sunday.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I will be back soonest with more to share!