Florentine Filigree

Good morning all my crafty friends! Spring is coming and the days are getting longer. It will get here eventually. Of course I woke up to snow here in Central Arkansas today. The chilly weather has me dreaming of the beach and this gorgeous card has a warm Moroccan vibe! So without farther ado I recreated this card from the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalog and it is the card that made me fall in love with my stamparatus. It was so easy to line up the stamps and create the beautiful background with the matching die. I spent a wonderful morning with friends at a crop in Greers Ferry, Arkansas creating layouts and cards and this was my absolute favorite.

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Rooted in Nature

Good morning and happy Sunday Fun Day with the family! It has been way to long since I have posted on here. Life and work seem to have a way of happening like that. I took some much needed time to crop this last week at a retreat in Central Arkansas at the lovely Budd Creek Church camp. They kindly allow us to use their facilities in the off season for scrapbooking retreats. We had scrappy friends from as far as Jacksonville Florida and Las Vegas Nevada. It was an amazing time with friends to learn new techniques. I had a chance to play with some stamps I had never inked up and I fell in LOVE with the Rooted in Nature stamp set by Stampin Up. The images are so calm and serene and relaxing. I love that they can be overtly masculine or soft and feminine and they come with the matching dies available.

Such a simple and uplifting card. Take a few moments out of your day and send a word of encouragement to someone.

I used Soft Suede, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay for this simple card you can make up in minutes. Take a bit of time away from a hectic day. RELAX and sit down for some crafting therapy. It takes mere moments to make this card and you will be thankful you did.

I spent some wonderful days with good friends even if it did rain all week!

It’s a HOLLY JOLLY Christmas!!!

It’s the best time of the year! It’s time to put on your comfy clothes and a pot of soup and craft the day away. The chilly weather always make me want to stay inside and craft and this winter in no different. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with this new stamp set by Stampin’ Up. It just has that traditional Christmas vibe that never goes out of style. This will be the stamp set that you just have to hold onto because you know you WILL use it again.

I love the texture of the stamped images and the dry embossed holly. I can’t wait to send these out to friends and family near and far. This year I’ll remember to sign them all! Last year I sent a handmade card to an aunt in Wisconsin and didn’t sign it. She knew it was from me because I’m the only one that sends her handmade cards.

Good Tidings of Great Joy

This fabulous new stamp set by Stampin’ Up called “Good Tidings” has me singing Christmas carols. How can you not get into the Christmas spirit while singing and stamping your Christmas cards?

This card has a homey, vintage traditional feel that is still wonderful today. It evokes that home for the holidays feeling.

The card base is Wild Wasabi and I used Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Blushing Bride to stamp the holly and berries. The Blushing Bride and Real Red combo really makes the berries pop.

I have really fallen in love with this stamp so I’m sure you’ll see it again! Merry Christmas everyone!

It’s Cookie Cutter Christmas time!!!

Ok I know I’m always a day late and a dollar short but my stamp club is creating a Christmas layout tonight using the fabulous Cookie Cutter Christmas from Stampin’ Up. It’s time to finally get those pictures scrapped! I mean you’ve developed them right? No? Well today’s the day! Hop to it. 

I used a palette of early espresso, real red and crumb cake along with some designer series paper. This layout uses a bakers dozen of gingerbread men stamped in crumb cake on whisper white and embellished with real red glimmer paper and a few rhinestones. I think they are just adorable! Makes me think of baking with my children. The photo mats are all backed with early espresso to make them pop. If you have any questions feel free to ask and if you are in central Arkansas and would like to take a class sometime let me know. 

Cookie Cutter Christmas by Renee Torres