Sailing Home Because You Are My True North!

Sail Away

I always love a good nautical theme. The many ombré shades of blues and stripes just call my name. Throw in a vintage nautical compass and swoon! I will be in LOVE. Water just calls my name whether it be the beach or our local Greer’s Ferry Lake and Little Red River you will often find me out on it. My children seem to have inherited this from me and ask often when our next beach trip is. I own a flotilla of kayaks and canoes and drag along any one I can convince to spend the afternoon with me.

This was a quick simple card using the Sailing Home stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I used Night of Navy ink and black Stazon to stamp the images. I stamped and cut the sentiment apart. Who is your True North? The person that always resets your path in the right direction.

Take the pictures while you can.

Ocean air and salty hair makes the best memories.

Making memories.

Best Catch!!!

Hello everyone! It’s Renee here from StampinwithReneeTorres@wordpress.com. I am loving the beautiful spring weather here in central Arkansas and I had a few moments to sit down and create today and this is what I came up with.

This coordinating stamp and die set from Stampin up is just perfect for our area. We are a trout fishing destination on the Little Red River. The stamp set is called “Best Catch” and comes in the new cling stamps. I absolutely adore them. They cling to your stamp blocks like no others now. You don’t have to worry about them falling off. The coordinating dies are called “Catch of the Day”. I also used the net die from “Under the Sea”.

I colored the images in with my Stampin’ Write markers and then die cut the images. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and the fishing fly was stamped in Crumb Cake. I stamped the card base in Crumb Cake using the “Crackle Paint” background stamp. The white mat was embossed using the “Subtle” embossing folder. It’s just enough texture. I colored the cat tails with an Early Espresso market and sponged the net and greenery with old olive and crumb cake.

I left the inside of the card blank because I’m not sure if I’m going to use this as a Father’s Day card or a Birthday card. I stamped the fly fisherman in Crumb Cake. I think any of the men in my life would enjoy this card. It’s perfect for your husband, father, son or nephew and the list just goes on. What do you think? What are you creating today? I would love to see.

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.

Water Front Memories

Hello all my scrappy friends! This chilly damp weather has me looking forward to a spring break beach trip and the new Water Front stamp set in Stampin’ Up’s Occasions catalog was just the perfect pick me up. It brings back memories from living in South Texas as a child and requesting a camping trip to the beach every year for my birthday. Now as an adult with a family of my own I have children that love the beach as much as I do. Beach trips involve lots of close friends and family and I love the memories that we make together. There is nothing like sitting on the beach and digging your toes into the sand and chatting with your best friend or your sister. I’m also the crazy kite lady. I always have to pack a kite to take to the beach. The breeze is just right. So till March gets here I’m just going to have to pacify myself by making pretty beach scenes with this lovely stamp set. Warm wishes everyone! Let’s chat soon.

Last but not least here are a few of my favorite people to hangout with at the beach. My sister Dawn and best friend Missy and my daughter Victoria.

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!

The sweet taste of spring using Stampin’ Ups Cool Treats

Cool Treats by Stampin’ Up


Oh the sweet taste of spring! A red plump juicy berry dripping with sweetness. The vivid cap in that bright green that is just begging you to pick it up and place it in your mouth. Should I even dare say dip it in chocolate? Or maybe place it on some shortcake with lots of homemade whipping cream. I love it when strawberries start popping up everywhere. It’s the signal that spring has sprung. 

Cool Treats by Stampin’ Up


Today I wanted to showcase a trio of simple cards in a classic but fun color combo. As a child growing up I loved the Strawberry Shortcake dolls and toys. Think of that lovely combination just bursting with goodness. Red and pink with a little green. I went with Real Red and Melon Mambo for this set of cards and used the Cool Treats stamp set to come up with these goodies. I adore the new stitched framelits. They really dress up your die cuts and add some quick texture. What a fun card for that special sweetie in your life. Thank you for sharing a little bit of this spring day with me as I sip on my strawberry lemonade. 

Happiest Birthday

Super Tired Super Simple

lovely lace front view


Greetings everyone! I am going to KISS (keep it simple senorita) this day goodbye! I am so exhausted! This was a super simple card I made yesterday after church using some Rose Red cardstock and ink along with some scrap of paper! What else could you ask for? We all have scraps that we can’t beat to part with right? This is a simple quick card to use some of this up! I cut a front panel that was 1/4 inch smaller than the card base and adhered 3/4 inch wide scraps to the front and trimmed off the edges. Then I embossed the panel using the lovely lace embossing folder from Stampin Up! It gives the card just the right touch of texture. I used a get well sentiment from the new flourishing phrases stamp set and placed a small flower I punched and added a small pearl accent. I can’t wait to send this to a friend that has been ill. I think it will definitely make her smile!

lovely lace close up