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.

“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.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday Everyone

Good morning everyone! This card is very similar to one I made the other day but still a CAS or clean and simple card. I have been working on some basic cards for some new stampers that I have. I want to introduce them to card making and stamping in a way that they will enjoy it and not be overwhelmed from the start. Remember those days when you were just starting out and had just a limited amount of supplies to work with? Now I think I’m one ink pad shy of a hoarders episode!

Once again the color palette was very simple using only Night of Navy, Whisper White and silver sequins. I used Night of Navy for the card base and the mat is Whisper White stamped in Night of Navy using the Dotty Angles stamp set. The sentiment is the Happy Birthday everyone which is one of my favorites out of the annual catalog. It is one of the hostess sets so be sure to host a workshop so you can snag this one at a great price. The silver sequins were stapled to the top left corner.

I received a workshop order from Stampin’ Up yesterday and I can’t wait to play with all my new goodies. My favorite from the Holiday catalog is the wonderland Stamp set. I plan to use this in a stamp a stack soon. I also tried out the new archival basic black ink and I love it so far. I use stazon a lot but like the fact that the basic black does not have that tackiness to it that stazon does. You know how sometimes you have to peel the paper away from the stamp?

Well I guess I need to get busy. There is work to be done especially if I want to craft later. But I’ll leave you with a glimpse of some the goodies I ordered.

Swallowtail and Butterfly Basics birthday card

Good evening stamping friends. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me on this blog. I am really loving this new adventure and I hope I have something to offer you. I have been indecisive about which cards to include in this months stamp class and I think this simple monochromatic card is going to make the cut.

imageMy inspiration came from Pinterest but I did change it up a little. The original Debbie’s Designs can be found here. Debbie’s Design

Swallowtail Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. Cut a sheet of thick Whisper White card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Fold in half to form your card base.
  2. Stamp the Swallowtail at a slight angle towards the fold of the card using Calypso Coral ink.  Then use scissors to trim around the right edge of the Swallowtail wing.
  3. Take the scrap piece of whisper white that you trimmed off and stamp two of the tiny butterflies from Papillon Potpourri in Calypso Coral. Use the Bitty Butterfly punch to punch them out and set them aside. Use the larger butterfly from the same stamp set and stamp the butterfly on the inside right of your card as shown. This is visible when the card is closed. Adhere the tiny butterflies over them and fluff the wings.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Basics in the top left corner of your card. Use the postmark stamp as shown. Open your card and stamp the diagonal stripe to the bottom inside edge of your card.
  5. Stamp the sentiment.
  6. Use the fern stamp on the inside left of your card. I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper first for a softer effect.
  7. Embellish with rhinestones and you are done.

butterfly basics

Stampin Up Swallowtail


That’s all for today! It’s been a busy day here for our family. Church this morning and then a picnic lunch at Greers Ferry Lake and then on to a house we are remodeling but that’s another crafty project! I would love for you to post pictures in the comments if you recreate this card.