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 ❤


You Make Me Smile

Hello! I have a card to share today for the Monday Mood Board #25 using the fresh and cheery color scheme of orange, yellow and gray. Not normally the colors I would reach for first for a Valentine’s card but I do really love how they look! Yellow just has a way of perking you up – especially on a dreary and snowy day like today.

I stamped a background using Fresh Cut Florals and then added an embellie cluster inspired by Danielle Flanders. I just adore the way she layers her embellishments in the upper left corner and the flowy seam binding bows – everything she makes is just so pretty and girly and inspiring!!

Also, I just can’t make anything these days without adding a touch of metallic. There is both gold and silver (the leaves)  on this one.

So glad you dropped by today!

Linking up to these challenges:
• WPlus9 – Monday Mood Board #25

Stamps – WPlus9 (Fresh Cut Florals)
Ink – Colorbox Chalk Ink – Yellow Citrus, Candied Yam, Fawn, Gray Whale
Cardstock – WPlus9 (Oatmeal); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Snow White)
Dies – Paperrtrey Ink
Stencil – Colorbox Art Screen (Chevron)
Embellies – Elle’s Studio (tag, gray PP); SEI (glitter dot); Hydrangea Hippo (ribbon); vellum; leaves from scraps

And a Happy New Year!

(image courtesy of // copyright CardMaker Magazine)

Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions this year? Go to any fun celebrations? Get started on an organizational project? My answer to all those questions is yes, yes and yes! Although instead of just one resolution, I like to make a list of goals and projects to accomplish throughout the year. Seems a lot less daunting, and of course then I am never disappointed for not finally doing that one thing I’ve always been meaning to do.

The card above was one that was published in the Winter 2013 issue of CardMaker Magazine (and they are sharing on their blog today – thank you!!) The circles are actually not bokeh, but rather pretty metallic-colored confetti dropping from the ball at midnight. Or at least that’s how I imagine it 😉 Pick up an issue to find the instructions and lots more wonderful projects too!

May 2014 be your best year yet!

Party Animal Birthday Set

Hi and happy Monday! Stopping in today to share one last post for 2013 – can you believe this year is already almost over?! They seem to go quicker and quicker the older I get, which since yesterday is officially 30! Omg!

Here’s a birthday set created for the Avery Elle AEI♥U challenge using their super adorable party animal mini set. So cute and fun for younger kids – especially little wild boys (I may know one or two of those 😉 )


I followed the sketch designed by Nina Yang, just adding a few extra layers and putting the background at an angle. Pulled out my favorite Colorbox Premium dye inks to match with the colors from Echo Park’s Scoot line (huge thanks to Hydrangea Hippo for sending that my way ♥♥♥)!!


To make the balloon animal look a little more 3D, I used 2 colors of pigment inks to shade the stamp and then clear embossed to give that reflective quality that balloons have.

And for the stickers from the first photo, I stamped and cut out the animal shape and ran through my Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine. Those could be tucked inside the envelope or even used as party favors.


A little something inside as well.

That’s all from me today! I’ll be back next week with a bit of exciting news!!

Wishing you all the happiest new year,

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 8

Hello again! I’m back with day 8’s cards – this time a small set in traditional red and green. I pulled from a go-to design: the half doily with wrapped twine and glitter star. It’s a design that I use often when creating in a pinch because it looks nice, like some time was put into it, but it’s still super quick to whip out multiples in assembly line style. Do you have a go-to card design too?

And here’s a blurry close-up. Helpful I’m sure 🙂 It snowed all day long here in central Iowa, still snowing in fact, and that window of good light for taking photos just keeps shrinking!

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid
Day6: Pink & Woodgrain
Day 7: Rainbow Colors

And don’t forget the giveaway! If you are interested leave a comment below and/or on the previous posts in this series, link up a project, like my FB page or anything else you can think of. :)

I’ll leave the linky up through Dec.24th – since we’ll all likely be working up to the last minute – and will choose a winner after Christmas.

Thank you so much for stopping in!

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 1

Hello there and hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In honor of the holidays, I thought it might be fun to put together a card series to give motivation to anyone out there who is still needing to make their Christmas cards and, well, to help get a little extra use out of my own holiday product stash as well.

I’ll be posting a new card or holiday project each day for the next twelve days and there will be a big box of prizes for one lucky winner as well. Feel free to take inspiration, share your own creations in the link up tool below and cheer one another on as we all try to check off our holiday to-do lists this month!

First up is a card set created with some older product from Pink Paislee, Papertrey Ink and Prima – all my favorite P companies. Vintage Christmas is so very beautiful and is a hard style for me to replicate, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!

Since the paper was really stumping me, I chose to use it as a background and just stamp and layer bits and pieces over the top to continue the collage feel, a la Melissa Phillips. The inks are all from the Colorbox Decades line for Graphic 45, which have a nice antique look and the stamps are an oldie but goodie – Bells & Boughs from PTI.

Sometimes doubling up on cards when you have a lot to make is the way to go. Each one is still unique but using the same set of supplies (they’re already out and if you’re like me, spread all over your space) and a similar layout saves a lot of time.

So that’s it for the first post. And like I mentioned, there is a big box full of goodies (yet to be photographed) that I would like to send out to one of you as Christmas gift. If you are interested leave a comment below, link up a project, like my FB page or anything else you can think of. 🙂

I’ll leave the linky up through Dec.24th – since we’ll all likely be working up to the last minute – and will choose a winner after Christmas.

Happy Holidays to you!

Autumn Thanks


This month has absolutely flown by but the kids and I did manage to sneak in some fun fall activities over the weekend. We visited the pumpkin patch and picked out pumpkins, played in the hay, took a tractor ride, and got lost in a corn maze. And then there was caramels and apples and popcorn + a scary movie. And pumpkin carving and trick or treating at their school. Needless to say, we were all a little worn out by the time the weekend was over.


But the lovely sight of autumn leaves on the trees and on the ground never fails to inspire. I pulled out an older stamp set and paper kit  and created this card. The leaf was inked up with a newly released Colorbox Paintbox — Taos, which has all the right shades of ink for capturing fall. I embossed it with an opalescent powder and added one gold leaf as well to try and capture that pretty evening glow. Gosh, this truly is my favorite time of year!

Cozy knits and warm fires,

Linking up to the following challenges:
Moxie Fab – Tuesday Trigger: Enthralled With Fall
Sketchbook Saturday #107
Paper Issues – Fallin’ For You