Inlaid Circle Thank You

Good morning! If you are here looking for the Clearsnap blog hop, please jump over to this post to check out all the new releases. If not, then I just have this fun card to share with you. It was created for the last Paper Crafts call but didn’t make it through. That’s okay because I still kind of love it!

The background was created by layering and die cutting several sizes of circles using the new Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets line which is so pretty. Love those Rifle Paper Co inspired flower designs that I am seeing pop up everywhere!!

Inlaid die cuts seem kind of intimidating (at least to me), but really it’s not and is just a little time consuming. Kind of like fitting together puzzle pieces. So try it! It helped me to keep adding adhesive sheeting to the back to keep everything in place.

Also, can’t seem to get enough of this Lawn Fawn alpha die! It’s gotten lots of mileage lately on this card and this card  and several more cards that haven’t yet been shared.

I’d like to also add this to the current Virginia’s View Challenge #5.

Have a great day!


Follow Your Heart

Hello! We just finished up a 3-day weekend in remembrance of Memorial Day. We didn’t go anywhere but it was so nice to catch up with the kids and just relax and play without the confines of our school night routines or running to games and practices.

Summer break cannot come soon enough!

Early this morning, I put together this cute and quirky card to send to a graduate. It was inspired by the current Cure For The Monday Blues challenge #19. I immediately picked up on the angled wall in the challenge photo – heaven knows I’ve lived in enough of those darn, difficult-to-decorate 1/2 story buildings – and the sweet cloud pillow from Land of Nod. And this card is what I came up with from the photo below.

Also,  if you haven’t had a chance, please cast your vote for the Gallery Idol Round 2 challenge! We need your votes to move on to the next round. Click on the photo below to go to the voting gallery! Thank you for your support!

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Gallery Idol Round 2

Gallery-Idol-logo-Green1Oh my goodness – have you seen the exciting news? My submission was selected as one of the Gallery Idol Top 20! There were so many fantastic entries that I thought no way, but here I am with another entry for round 2. Seriously honored and overjoyed!

The challenge for this round is die-cutting. And there were so many potential ideas for this because, well, there are just so many awesome things you can do with die-cutting. I would be lost without my Big Shot!

So here is my “Sweet Southwestern Thanks” card. It was inspired by a fun table cover that I saw at our local indie craft fair over the weekend – Market Day – and the booth that it came from – Nicole and Dime Designs. (Get it? Nickel and Dime? Clever!)

I die cut and pieced together the background (is this inlaid die-cutting? I’m not sure if this is actually a use of that technique or what you call it) with a couple different dies and then just started layering embellishments on top of the areas that weren’t quite perfect. That’s how many of my cards are completed – – now how am I going to cover up that mistake? 🙂

So the next part is up to you, dear reader. Head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking website and cast your vote for your favorite designs. If one of your favorites happens to be mine – high five! There are certain to be some inspiring cards to add to your pin board.


Dies: Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn
Ink, Glitter: Clearsnap // Colorbox
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Embellies: Paper Issues “Swag Bag”
Adhesive: Scor-Tape




PTI May 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

Hey there! It’s the weekend and I almost never post but today I have a project to share for the May Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge. I just adore the inspiration roundup with the combination of aqua and melon!

This card was inspired by the print on the bottom right and also by a super pretty wedding cake I found on Pinterest. But it’s lost so I can’t share the link – ack, sorry! I used “The Sweet Life” and “Mini Blooms” stamp sets and dies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a subtle shimmery chevron design going on in the background too. You can kind of see it at this angle but it’s pretty light even in real life. Lots of layers here – my fave – and a couple different types of vellum. Today would be a beautiful day for a May wedding! 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



CardMaker + Technique Tuesday

Good morning and welcome to the CardMaker magazine and Technique Tuesday blog hop! Both design teams are sharing projects today to welcome summer and for me, summer means lots of *bright* colors! I used the “Wildflowers” and “I Like You” stamp sets to create this thank you card.

I have a ton of graphics on my Pinterest boards that have a bold sentiment in the center and all sorts of flowers and foliage surrounding. The inspiration for this card came from there. I first glued down the alpha die cuts and then stamped the wildflowers, insects and stars around it using the Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Queue in Sweet Sixteen. Also added a bow and some sequins for dimension.

Click on over and say hi to Ashley Harris to see what’s next!

(And if you get lost along the way head back to the CardMaker blog to find the entire hop list).




Hey there card lovers! I have a quick card to share today inspired by the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #2.

So many pretty things about this right?! I’m sure either of our girls would feel right at home in this lovely little bedroom.

For this card, I pulled the soft gray wall, sentiment and colors from the pom pom banner on the headboard. Plus from Taheerah herself the watercolor style! Stamped in shades of Colorbox® Premium Dye Ink and a touch of gold just because. I think it could work for a new baby girl or even a birthday card.


One proud mama moment to share as well -my cute little kindergartner was nominated as student of the week! Love her to bits ❤

A Moxie Fab Thank You!

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Hello. It’s kind of a bittersweet day  but a few hundred of us our paying our respects to Cath — inspiration visionary, with a little blog hop. If you didn’t make it here from Brenda Weaver’s  beautiful site, then you’ll want to be sure and stop next at the Moxie Fab World blog to take in the whole list — or at least to bookmark. I think this one may take a few days!


I was planning to play along with a missed Tuesday Trigger challenge (here) but ended up quite a ways from what I’d had in mind. And that’s alright because I where I did end up is just fine too. 😉

The Moxie Fab World is one of my very favorite places to visit – not only because the inspiration photos that Cath selects are so very on trend, but also because all the ladies that play along there are all so very talented. It always pushed me to think a little harder and to really do my best, both to get Cath’s attention and to keep up with the rest of the talent. What a lovely place she built for us all to convene. At least it’s not going away forever.


So an enormous thank you Cath! I know we didn’t know each other well but please know that all your hard work and blog love are not left unappreciated. All the best to you in your future endeavors.

Next stop to visit is Debbie Marcinkiewicz of the darling Paper Sweeties stamps and embellies!