”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.

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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

Denim brooch using Boquet Bigz L die

I love it when I can use my Stampin’ Up supplies for more than paper crafting. It makes me feel not so guilty of my crafting hoard. Anyone else there too? I have 3 teenage boys that go through clothes like there is no tomorrow. I try to upcycle them when possible. I used the Boquet Bigz L die to cut the solid flower out using my Big Shot and stacked them alternating the petals. I then just tacked them in place with a needle and thread using an X stitch. I then attached the rhinestone monogram using the button loop on the back. I love the way the upcycled denim ruffled. This lovely brooch went fabulous with my blue denim striped maxi dress and white cardigan!