Inspiration and perspiration……

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again.  The most time consuming part of crafting is coming up with ideas.  If you can find great sources of inspiration, you can keep your creative juices flowing and put a handmade project together in no time, saving a lot of perspiration!

I love following great  blogs.  They are full of fun ideas.  I love for all things crafty, for lots of yummy recipes and gorgeous food photos (that help me with earthy color combos and make sure I’m not crafting on an empty stomach),  istamp by Nancy Riley  for SU ideas (she posts cards by lots of different SU artists), and Random Acts of Creativity to keep up with trends outside the Stampin’ Up! world.  Check them out for inspiration and to save yourself some perspiration in your crafty and homemaking pursuits.

I also love Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers, but inspiration doesn’t have to be online.  It can be anywhere.  For today’s project, I took inspiration from a Birthday invite to a party my girlfriend was having for her daughter.  This was the invite to her adorable “Apple of Our Eye” themed 1st Birthday:

I had also seen all the cute decor ideas her Mama had been pinning lately, so I decided to keep with the theme when I wrapped her gift.  Hand stamped gift wrapping looks great and your host will love it because she picked the theme herself!

Here is what I came up with:

And this card I made at Janice Urke’s Thursday Night Stamp Club went with it perfectly!


Next time you are headed to a party, get your inspiration from the invitation!  I promise it will be a big hit!

Now get busy stampin’!






My take on triple stamping…..

Anywhere you look in the paper crafting universe right now you can find cards with a  stamped background on triple layers, dubbed “triple time stamping” (not to be confused with double stamping 😉 ).   I’ve seen so many versions that I have no idea who to credit for the idea!   This is my version.  I used the 2012-14 in-colors and the raining flowers stamp set.

One thing I learned early on in my paper crafting journey is that once you come up with your design it doesn’t take much longer to make multiples than to make one.   To save time and be sure I have a back stock of great cards for any occasion I always make at least 2 cards, I mark one as a sample and give the others.  This time I cut enough for 10 and went ahead and stamped 2.  Now I can easily grab the layers and use any stamp set or embellishments I want to  make a great card in a hurry.

Here are the dimensions so that you can create your own triple stamped creation:

Colored card stock for borders  and base

8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ to fold for card base,  4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″

Card stock for stamping

5 1/4″ x 4″, 4 1/4″ x 3″, 3 1/4″ x 2″

Now get busy stampin’!



Check out my blog’s new look!

Thanks to the amazing Brea at Utterly Chaotic blog design I have an adorable new blog.  Don’t you love it?  I do!!!!  Thank you Brea!  Stay tuned for my first card challenge inspired by her design.

And here is a sneak peak at one of the cards we will be making at my Countdown to Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on November 10th.  Isn’t he cute! There is still time to sign up so check out my events page for all the details.

Now get busy stampin’!


Perfectly Stamped!

I am so in love with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and matching dies.   I just can’t get enough of the jar.  You can use it for so many things.  My fellow demonstrator Janice Urke and I collaborated to CASE one of Stampin’ Up!’s cards for this one.  It was a little labor intensive, but worth it!  We made 20!  We used Versamark to create a subtle background and a piercing tool and markers to create the faux stitching.  Stay tuned for my video tutorial on creating perfect banners every time.  I’m still working the kinks out on my video production, but it is coming, I promise!

A crafty little tip:  Add a little something to your project by stamping your envelope to match your card!

Now get busy stampin’!


Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It:  Perfectly Preserved

Paper It: Lucky Limeade Card Stock, Whisper White Card Stock, Raspberry Ripple Card Stock, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

Ink It: Versamark,  Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad, Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin’ Pad, Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker

Embellish It: Perfectly Preserved Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons

Work It:  Paper Snips,  Paper-Piercing tool, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tabletop Paper Cutter, 1″ Square Punch




An oldie but goodie….

Recently we had some new move-ins at church so I broke out one of my favorite retired sets,  Good Neighbors, and made this little welcome card.  I love the little houses and clouds and just can’t give up this set yet!  My 6 year old niece loves to use the clouds on her cards, too.  I tore the old olive paper to create texture on the grassy hills.

I thought it was a fun little quirky way to say welcome!

Don’t forget it is Back to Spool Time!  For every $40 you’ll get 10 yards of 3/8″ Stitched Satin  in-color ribbon for free!  An $8.95 value!

Now get busy stampin’!


Stampin’ Up! Ingredients;

Stamp It: Good Neighbors (retired), Petite Pairs

Ink It: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper It:  Old Olive Card Stock, Tempting Turquoise,  Early Espresso, Whisper White

Embellish It: Perfect Polka Dots Folder

Work It:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips