“You Are Wonderful” with some Country Floral

Every spring I look around in sheer awe of the beautiful scenery here in the Ozarks. I drive across the dam at Greer’s Ferry Lake daily and love the way the trees dapple the shoreline and reflections dance in the water. There are more shades of green in the trees than I can name. It makes me think of the Rooted in Nature stamp set. It is my favorite stamp set that is carrying over to the 2019-2020 catalog and that’s where the wonderful sentiment came from.

Rooted in Nature with Country Floral

I adored making this card. It was pure simplicity. Nothing was precise or measured. It probably took less than ten minutes to create from start to finish and for me that says a lot. I can spend an entire day or maybe two working on one card. I know. I have a problem. Now I’ll be off to therapy. Paper crafting is therapy for me. It makes my soul happy. I can unwind and relax. I embossed directly on the whisper white card base using the Country Floral embossing folder. I then sponged Blushing Bride ink over the embossed area for a subtle feminine look. The sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White card stock then die cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits and then layered with Blushing Bride card stock.


The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon was the perfect finishing touch to this card. Light and airy, soft and feminine I think this card is destined for my daughter Victoria. Shhh, don’t tell her. It will be a surprise.

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”Beauty Abounds” just look around

It’s a beautiful sunny afternoon after what seems like weeks of rain and I got just a bit of time to myself to get crafty. I sat down with the new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up occasions catalog called Beauty Abounds and I am in love with the bokeh stamps in this set. I will be using them a LOT! It’s kind of like the retired set Gorgeous Grunge.

The Beauty Abounds stamp set has coordinating Butterfly Beauty dies. I snipped the butterflies apart to make this lovely scrapbook layout using the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. I stamped the bokeh in Grapefruit Grove to coordinate.

This double page layout has gotten to me and I’m ready to go work on my spring flowers pots, the front porch or yard. It’s that time are you ready? I love to look around and see all the shades of spring. The depth of all the greens and the trees burst into bloom and the butterflies start fluttering around in the sunshine. It’s a beautiful day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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.

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. 

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!

Dropping In To Say Hi!!!!!

It seems like summer is coming to a screeching halt. It’s time to prepare for the upcoming school year and I’m kicking and screaming “I don’t want it to end” right along with my children. Anyone else there with me? I’m not ready for the lazy lake days to come to an end. I haven’t got in as many as I would like to this year anyway.

I took a few minutes last week to sit down at my desk and create this card for a friend I needed to catch up with. I love all the new items in the catalog but always try to showcase something old, something new and something blue! Just kidding! I do try to show the ladies how to use something they probably already have along with something new. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to buy everything new I see demoed no matter how much I think I need it.  Sometimes I like to learn a new way to use something I already have so here goes…..

I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set by Stampin’ Up to create this charming garden feel card. I love the brick wall embossing folder. It gives this card such a cottage vibe. It’s almost as if I’m sitting at a cute wicker table in someones quaint little garden having a cup of tea and chatting while making sure I keep my pinkie up. I used a simple color palette of Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Wild Wasabi inks along with Rose Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stock.  I used the circle framelits to make the frame and the Wonderful Wreath framelit dies to cut out the wreath and bow.I finished off the front of this card with a sentiment from the fabulous Acorny Thank You stamp set. I stamped the label in the lovely Dapper Denim and then punched it with the Decorative Label Punch. A few Pearl Basic Jewels and this card is ready to pop in the mail!!!! I need to run by the post office so I’ll see you soon.

Six Sided Sampler Sweet Friend

Hello! How are my crafty friends today? I’m doing fabulous and enjoying the first few days of summer break with my children. I wanted to show you a card today that I featured in my last Stampin’ Up class that was the overall favorite of that class. It features the Six Sided Sampler set from Stampin’ Up and uses a color pallete of slate, whisper white and daffodil delight. This is such a wonderful color combo that feels so fresh and modern. We also used the hexagon punch to complete our handmade card. I love the thick whisper white cardstock. Unfortunately both the hexagon punch and the Six Sided Sampler stamp set are retiring the end of this month so if you are interested you better snag them now! You won’t regret it.

Sweet Friend

Six Sided Sampler front view

Bitty butterfly

Six Sided Sampler close up