The last one- Merci, merci!

Hi - Here is the last merci card - I promise! :]  I have 15 different "merci" cards made and ready to mail off across the big pond to Switzerland.  I hope she likes them all!  I couldn't really send off these French cards without at least one card featuring the Eiffel Tower.  Here it is - in Kraft and Bashful Blue.  Subtle colors for a not so subtle structure!  The rhinestone brad and little rhinestones give it some zip.  :]  Hope you like it.  I'll be back soon (not tonight though!) with a new box/purse/basket I designed that I'm very excited about.  It has many possibilities... stay tuned!  Thanks for stopping by -



Tart & Tangy flower card

Hi - Here's a bright and cheery card I made for the "merci" collection.  I like the big flower in the center. :] The big flowers are from the "Blooms" die cuts pack.  I layered a few on there and then rounded out the bottom with smaller flowers punched with the Boho Blossoms punch.  The colors are Old Olive, Real Red and Bashful Blue.  Pretty simple card to put together but those flowers add a bit of pop!  Hope you like it!  I'm also posting a second card I made with another designer paper from the Tart & Tangy set.  It has the "Blooms" die cut flowers as well with a few buttons at the bottom.  Thanks for stopping by!




Delicate Dots Merci Cards

Hi there - I haven't posted in a day or two so I'll make up for it by posting 4 cards today! :]  My goal with these 4 cards was to pick a layout, coordinating colors with the Delicate Dots DSP and then see if I could make each card look different without changing where the major pieces would go.  All the ribbons are different and tied differently but they are all towards the bottom of the center panel.  All the sentiments are the same scallop and oval punches, but the colors and the details change.  I'll let you look for any other differences!  Hope you like them - Thanks for stopping by -



Simple merci card

Hi - Just a quick post tonight to share the latest card in the "merci" stack.  I made two tonight but the other one, wasn't quite right... It started out well, but tanked at the end.  Know what I mean?!  ugh...such potential... :]  Anyhow, this card isn't so bad!  It's Baja Breeze cardstock with Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.  I used the Friends 24-7 set to stamp on the Kraft with Versamark so it would be subtle.  The Curly Label punch is layered under the sentiment.  The ribbon is not from Stampin' Up! but it matched too well not to use it!  I tied it with help twine and then threaded a flower button from the Button Latte collection in the center.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by -



Merci, it's a flower pot!

Hi - Tonight I finished another "merci" card in the Bella Rose DSP colors but without the Bella Rose... Opted for plain cardstock instead.  I made the little flower pot out of a scrap of Chocolate Chip; just folded over about 3/8" at the top and then angled a cut from the fold line to the bottom.  The flower is from the Birds & Blooms sizzlits die.  newly-imported-1831The outside layer of Kiwi Kiss was pierced and then faux stitched with a white gel pen.  And this time I added the "merci" from the Springtime in Paris stamp set to the bottom on punched ovals and tucked it under the top layers.  Hope you like it!  Thanks for visiting -



"Merci" Cards

Hi - I love the way these cards turned out!  They are very different but both are cheerful, I think.  The pink card uses the Gallery stamp set for the frame in the middle.  I cut it out and layered a pink 1-1/4 circle on it with the "merci" stamped in the center.  The flowers are felt with a rhinestone brad in the center.  I used the Friends 24-7 set to stamp the Chocolate Chip layer at the bottom.  The red card is Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. The designer series paper is Bella Rose - a favorite!  The flowers are punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch and the retired Spring flower Bouquet punch.  I hope you like the cards too!  Thanks for stopping by -



"Hey there!" again...

Hi - Another Pacific Point card!  I'm on a roll... I wanted this card to have the center punched out so the "hey there" could be on the inside of the card but be seen from the front.  newly-imported-173 I like the way it turned out except that the petals hang over the outside edge...yikes.... So I either have to cut them off or use a bigger envelope! :]  Being the practiced procrastinator that I am, I opted to worry about that later!  All the papers, ink and stamp sets are the same as the first card.  I changed the ribbon to the Chocolate Chip taffeta and added a swirly clip to the knot.  The center of the flower is embossed with clear powder to give it some gloss.  You can click on the photos to see them larger!  Hope you like it.



Hey There!

Hi - A mid day post!  So unlike me to have something to post and it's not midnight! :]  The truth would be that I made this card last night and I'm just posting it now...  Anyhow, you know how you just love some colors and others just don't work for you?!  Pacific Point is one of those colors for me.  Not a favorite.  My friend Julie (also my upline :] ) and I were talking about that stack of Pacific Point cardstock that we both have staring at us.  What to do with it...  So we decided to see what we could come up with.  She posted her card designs last week at her wonderful blogsite ( and since I was gone all weekend, I'm just getting to figuring out mine.  I decided to try a big flower on a Pacific Point background with the Good Morning Sunshine DSP as the ground.  I used my circle scissor plus to cut the curved stem from Kiwi Kiss and the Pick a Petal set for all the petals.  I cut a slot with the slot punch into the DSP layer and tucked the stem in there.  The leaves are just punched with the small scallop punch.  Add some Chocolate Chip ribbon, hemp twine to tie it and a flower button from the Button Latte collection and I was done!  Oh - and the "hey there" is from the Really Retro set.  Now I'm done. :]  Hope you like it!



I'm back... :]

Hi - I'm back!  We went to Spokane for the weekend to visit the in-laws.  I took photos to post, but they were of the gifts we took for birthdays so I couldn't post too early (in case they looked!) and then the time got away from me.  Now we're back home, unpacked and ready to get back in the groove again. 

The first project was the one I mentioned last week that I was working on for my sister-in-law's birthday.  She likes to do crafty things as well so I made her a card/tag kit and put it all in a tote.  I got the template from my upline and thought it would be perfect to hold all the pieces I wanted to put in there.  I also gave her the "Yummy" set to go with it.   The tote base is Chocolate Chip with Parisian Breeze DSP on the front.  I stamped the sentiment on a Whisper White top note cut with the Big Shot.  I also die cut butterflies from the same DSP for the corners.  I added my own twist on the butterfly body with a piece of grosgrain tied in a knot, rounded at one end and then I cut the other end down the middle to split it into antennae - kinda cute, eh?!  Inside is a clear card box cut in half and adhered to each side of the tote.  You can put all kinds of things in there!  It could probably hold 8 cards and envelopes - maybe more if they weren't too thick.  I put in a stack of top notes, a stack of medium sized scallop circles, a stack of prepped cards and envelopes for her to finish her own way and a bag of die cut butterflies in two sizes.  Along with the stamp set, I'm sure she'll find all kinds of things to make!  Here it is all finished and then again opened up.  You can click on the photos to see them larger.  Hope you like it!

newly-imported-1581newly-imported-163The second project is really just packaging.  I needed something to put my father-law's gift in and didn't have much that wasn't flowery so I had to make something up!  This started as a purse made from one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock, but I needed to fit two cd's in there so I had to go up to 12 x 12 cardstock.  (Email me if you want exact dimensions...)  Then I decided to make it look like a shirt front.  Probably could have picked a bolder plaid or stripe, but....I didn't! :]  the pockets are the tag punch turned upside down.  The collar is just a rectangle cut on the diagonal and then rounded the corners.  Add the center button flap, faux stitching, the buttons, the tag and waaaaa-la!   A shirt to hold cds! :]  Thanks for looking!



Simple Embossed Card

Hi - I've been working on a gift set for my sister-in-law that's not quite done so I thought I'd post a card I made for my last Stamp Camp instead of skipping out!  It's a pretty simple card to make as long as you have a Big Shot die cut machine.  The base of the card is white, the second layer is Certainly Celery (although it looks brighter than that in the picture...) and the top layer is Pretty in Pink.  I embossed it in a contraband Cuttlebug embossing folder (gasp!) and rounded the corners of all three layers.  The little flower and leaf were die cut from the Birds & Blooms Sizzlits set.  The tiny half pearl makes an elegant little flower center, don't you think?!  The rest is fairly easy to put together.  Thanks for stopping by!



Butterfly Box

Hi - Quick post before I need to get dinner on the table... :]  This box is made just like the Parisian Breeze Box from this earlier post.  I haven't put a tag or sentiment on this one because I don't know what I'll use it for yet.  Maybe for my ownself to sit on one of my shelves - or maybe my shelves are already full enough!  Anyhow, it's big enough to hold 3x3 cards or lots of chocolate.  The paper is Good Morning Sunshine and the base is Chocolate Chip with a strip of the same DSP around it.  The butterfly is cut with the Big Shot die of beautiful butterflies and then covered with Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle.  His antenna are made of yellow craft wire and the body is rhinestones.  Hope you like it!



Oval Scallop Frame Card

Hi - It was time to try out the Oval Scallop Frame die that just came last week.  Can't believe it took me a week to break it in!  The outer oval frame and the inner oval piece are cut out at the same time.  Gotta love the Big Shot!  :]  And - if you use SU!'s wonderful double sided Designer Series Papers, you can just flip over the frame or the insert to get a coordinated look!  It's the simple things...  I also used the Little Leaves Sizzlit to cut out three stems of leaves to go around the bottom of the oval.  Two are in Sahara Sand and one in Kraft.  They pick up on the tiny leaf stems in the background of the oval insert. (:] love that!)  The flowers are from the felt fusion package.  The ribbon is Chocolate Chip taffeta and it is tied through a buckle from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  The little "for you" is embossed in white.  Just for fun I rounded the bottom two corners.  There are a lot of pieces on this card, but I think it has a serene look to it.  What do you think?!  Thanks for stopping by.



Simple Thanks Card

Hi - Tonight's card was going for clean and simple, more stamping and less punches!  The stamp set that the flowers are from is one of my new favorites called "Garden Greetings."  I like the graphic look of the flowers and the variety of the sentiments - but for this card I used the "thank you" from a set in the new mini catalog called "Oval All" along with the coordinating scallop oval punch.   Just had to have at least one punch on there! :]  The colors are Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.  I didn't have the right shade of blue ribbon so I used my Not Quite Navy marker to dye a piece of white grosgrain.  Inside the card I added a white insert since the base piece is so dark and I stamped two flowers in the corner.  newly-imported-151Sure doesn't seem like such a simple card should have taken me over an hour to make, but it did... sometimes it goes like that!  Thanks for stopping by.




PS - you can always click on the photos to see a larger image of them. :]

Happy Easter

Hi - Happy Easter to everyone!  I hope you were able to "find joy" today and every day here after...



Funky Scraps...

Hi - When your craft table gives you scraps, make mini cards!  These 6 cards are all 3"x3" and fit inside the purse I made to hold them.  newly-imported-127b1Each card is covered in flowers or circles or scallops cut out of the scraps and then I added eyelets and buttons and ribbon anywhere it would fit!  The card bases are all Tempting Turquoise and the purse is Chocolate Chip.  I added really long handles on it for a different look.  Hope you like it!



"For you" Bella Rose...

Hi - Today I thought I'd post a bright flowery card in the hopes that spring might make a quicker appearance!  The drizzle was back this morning but it's cleared a bit this afternoon.  Anywho - the paper is Bella Rose Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! and the stamps are from the One of a Kind set.  This is one of those where you stamp the three flowers and then punch them all at once perfectly with the Boho Blossoms punch - gotta love the efficiency!  I think I used 5 different punches on this card alone.  Punches are by far my favorite thing to use. :]  Hope you like it!



Easter Candy Bar Sliders

Hi - This afternoon I made these two candy bar sliders.  These chocolate bars are the really big ones so there's plenty of room to shmancy it up! :]    There is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers (here) for how to wrap a regular size candy bar and I added to it to fit the bigger ones.  Send me an email if you want the paper measurements and scoring measurements.  The paper is Delicate Dots and the stamp set is "A Good Egg."  Easter Candy Bar Slider 3If you haven't seen a candy bar slider before, you just pull up on the ribbon at the top without untying it and the candy bar slides right up!  Thanks for stopping by ~


The oval lifts up and says " Happy Easter" inside with room to write a little note.

Easter Candy Bar Slider


I used the three different sized oval punches to make the eggs hiding in the grass and put Stickles on them to add some glitz!Easter Candy Bar Slider 2 

Raspberry Tart Cards

Hi - I've had this Raspberry Tart paper for a while now and couldn't quite decide if I liked it or not.  After playing with it a bit, I've decided that I do like it a lot! :]  It's a bit more vibrant than the papers I usually reach for but it's good to try new things.  (At least that's what I tell my kids when I've made something 'weird' for dinner!)  The magazine file was originally from here but I altered it to fit regular sized cards.  I tried adding more detailed embellishing to these cards.  Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by -


newly-imported-101newly-imported-100The two flowers are made with parts of the scallop circle punch and the 3/4 " circle punch.  


newly-imported-0981The little buttons are threaded with skinny strips of kiwi kiss cardstock that I tied and then curled.  If you run the strips over the edge of your scissors first, it loosens the paper fibers and makes it easier to bend, tie and curl.

The flowers on this card are die cut from Birds & Blooms.


White embossed card set

Hi - This set of cards uses the big shot and the circle scissor plus - a lot!  I made 6 of each card so I got lots of practice using the texture plates and cutting out circles. :]  I wanted each card to have the same layout and the same colors but look totally different from the rest of the cards.  I put each set of cards in a clear card box and made a cute belly band to go around it and finish it off.  Thanks for stopping by!



Hoppy Easter!

Hi - Here's my version of a bunny hiding in the grass.  The grass is old olive and kiwi kiss card stock so it's a little funky instead of pastel.  I thought it needed a picket fence instead of a woven basket!  The bunny is made from punches and the eggs in the back are from the "A Good Egg" stamp set.  The box holds a cello bag of Easter M&Ms.  Thanks for stopping by!



Crayon Kids cards

Hi -   This set of cards is made with the retired "Crayon Kids" set from Stampin' Up!  I made it to give to the director of a play called "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."  Seemed like the images went well with a kindergarten theme!  The colors are bright and cheery. :)

Thanks for looking,