A jar full of thanks…….

My life is so blessed by amazing people that do little things each day to make my life and others a little more special.  They don’t do it because it is the Thanksgiving season (although that is a good reason!) or to gain recognition, but because it is who they are.  The “good ones”.  The ones who hold doors, let you in into traffic, loan you things, offer to bring you lunch when you forgot yours, help you with a big workshop and run back and forth when you forgot supplies, forgive you when you are running late, and so many more small and simple things that make this crazy world a little better.  Every one of these things has happened to me in the last few days and I feel full of gratitude.

That being said, I have a never ending need for Thank You cards.  I love to make them.  I can count my blessings and think of the dear person and their act of kindness while I make it.  Here is one that I made with one of my favorite stamp sets.  I based it off one in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.

I used the Perfectly Preserved clear mount set.  Don’t you love the mason jar!  I used the Boho Flowers Punch and an antique brad to create the 3D flower.   The Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper gave it the perfect fall feeling.

I hope you are as blessed as I am!

Now get busy stamping!


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




Cards with my Simply Scrappin’ Kit

I had some leftovers from my Simply Scrappin’ Kit so I decided to whip up a few cards.  My scrapbook pages offered the inspiration and the card stock stickers made these 2 cards take a total of 10 minutes to make.  Only 10 minutes to make something cute and meaningful AND save $3.99 on a store bought card?  Count me in!

Now get busy stampin’!


Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It:  Raining Flowers Clear Mount Set, Petite Pairs Clear Mount Set

Paper It:  Simply Scrappin’ Afternoon Daydream, Whisper White Card Stock

Ink It: Versamark, Primrose Petals Classic Stampin’ Pad

Embellish It:  More Mustard 1/2″ Scallop Dot Ribbon,  Simply Scrappin’ Card Stock Stickers from Afternoon Daydream

Work It: Stampin’ Trimmer,  SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch