Happy Birthday Gorgeous!!!

Beautiful You!


Today’s project is brought to you in honor of my younger sister Dawn.  She is fabulous the best you can ask for. She’s always there when you need her and is one of the most giving ladies I know. I was so excited about the way this project turned out that I was going to take it over to her at 8 o’clock this morning. Not such a great idea. She loves to sleep in so I decided to wait a while. 

To make today’s quick project I used the new beautiful you stamps from Stampin’ Up. I love the sentiments in this set. They are just perfect for scrapbook pages or cards and even home decor. The colors I used to match her living room were Hello Honey and Pear Pizazz. I stamped the images with Stazon black ink and then water colored the images with my Aqua Painter. The possibilities are endless! Just think of the possibilities using this set. This frame literally took less than 5 minutes to put together and is a great thoughtful gift.

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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

Christmas is coming!


Last night I worked on a simple card for a sketch challenge over at Freshly made sketches. I love a good challenge to get the creative mojo flowing. I used the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and matching punch along with a simple color palette of Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White. I used the gold cord to add a little dimension. I am loving the new cable knit sweater embossing folder! I can’t wait to use it on a Christmas scrapbook layout. 

Be sure to stop by the Freshly made sketches page and check out all the fabulous entries and here is the sketch that got me started today. 

It’s a Cookie Cutter Christmas!


After a long hiatus I am so thankful to be blogging today. My work hours have eased up a bit giving me a little bit of free time to paper craft. I love making cards and it’s like therapy for me and probably cheaper. I’m not quite sure my husband would agree but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

Today’s light hearted Christmas card was made using Stampin’ Up’s Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set which is my favorite from the new occasions catalog. I used crumb cake card stock along with real red and whisper white. It was my first time to use the new 3D cable knit sweater embossing folder and I fell in LOVE! The dimension is incredible. I can’t wait to demo that folder in class. 

I stamped the reindeer in basic black on crumb cake cardstock and colored his face  with a crumb cake marker. I used chocolate chip for his antlers with a few crumb cake highlights. I colored the nose with real red and topped with the fine tip glue pen to give it a little dimension. I cut and layered the reindeer on whisper white and real red mats using the layering circle framelits. Talk about adorable, the card has a classic simple vibe which I love. 

So let me see your Christmas projects. I’d love to see what you are working on. In the mean time. Happy crafting and I hope to see you soon. 

Starlight Star Bright you are my guiding light

Star of Light


Hello from the beautiful Greers Ferry lake in Heber Springs Arkansas. After a weeks worth of rain and dreary days it was time to get crafty. That’s definitely a great way to lift my spirits.  I had a chance to sit down and create with the gorgeous new Star of Light stamp set and Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up. I also threw in the new in color Sweet Sugarplum ink and Fancy Frost Sequins. If you love bling you will absolutely adore them.  They are perfect! The base for this lovely card is Soft Sky which coordinates with the sequins. That is something I love about Stampin’ Up. The coordinating products. I don’t have to worry about finding products that match.
I hope you enjoy today’s card. I would love to see what you are working on. 

What? It’s that time already?

Wondrous Wreath


I hate seeing Christmas decor popping up before fall in all of the big box stores but if you mass produce Christmas cards now is the time to get stamping! I have a simple quick card that would be fabulous to create for all of those special people on your list! 

The Stampin’ Up supply list is short and that’s important when you are making lots of cards. I used a very traditional color palette of real red, cucumber crush, garden green and whisper white. I used the wondrous wreath stamp set from the annual catalog along with the matching thinlets. I adore the softly falling embossing folder. It adds a dusting of elegant texture to a simple card. Hope you enjoy today’s creation. 

It’s been really hard to find time to blog after getting 5 kids back to school this week and working too! I know lots of families are struggling with this right now so quick and simple is what fits the bill during times like this right? Soon things will settle down but till next time…just keep stamping!