Happy July 4th

celebrate thinlits - 4th of july

Everyone loves holiday, and the 4th of July celebration is a perfect for  family celebrations with picnics and barbecues, hotdog and pie eating competitions, baseball, three-legged races, and tug-of-war games.  It also commemorates our nation’s independence from Great Britain as the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 

As you celebrate of nation’s birth, please remember the men and women that have fought for our freedoms throughout history.  We should be proud of their legacy and should celebrate all that is good.  

Today’s card features Star of Light photopolymer stamp set, Celebrate You thinlit dies, Silver embossing powder, and tiny star punch (retired).  It uses Poppy Parade, Blueberry Bushel and VersaMark inks, and tied with a bow using Blueberry Bushel 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and summer fun!



Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

rooted in nature catalog samples

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Apron of Love

This is a clever recipe card idea created by Carmen Miyoshi, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Iowa using the Apron of Love bundle.  I was lucky to receive her swap while attending 2018 On-Stage Milwaukee in April. 

apron of love swap recipe card

The Apron of Love bundle lets you create lovely apron cards and projects for almost every occasion.  The best part is that aprons symbolize so many things — both masculine and feminine — when it comes to love, strength, dedication, hard work, caring for others and homemade goodies!!! 

apron of love bundle catalog

Let’s take a closer look at Carmen’s card.  She used Apron Builder Framelit Dies and the Layering Circle Framelit Dies.  The apron was die cut from Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  I love her used of fun, feminine colors of cardstock in Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sky, Lemon-Lime Twist and Whisper White.

apron of love swap recipe card open

The card is a fun-fold design with a shallow pocket to hold the recipe card.  And, the recipe card is for Carmen’s Cinn-Fully Delicious Cookies.  Yum! 

This is a clever project which is perfect for holiday cookie exchanges!  You could use retiring holiday themed paper and coordinated cardstock to create the card to share with your homemade goodies. 

apron of love swap recipe card open with recipe card

But as I said, this is a great bundle for creating feminine and masculine cards/projects.  Just change the colors, add some metallic design elements and it would make a great Father’s Day Card.  And add some ribbon and create a unique gift tags for giving homemade items from the kitchen.

Please note that while the individual items of this bundle carry-over to the new catalog, the special bundle price does not!  So if you want to save 10%, order this bundle by May 31st .

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Apron of Love

Did you know that blacksmiths wear aprons? As do bakers, chefs, butchers, chemists, and more! Aprons symbolize so many things: love, dedication, and caring for others.  The Apron of Love bundle is an incredibly versatile set that can be used for just about anyone.  

apron of love bundle catalog

Whether you want to make a Father’s Day card for the grill-master in your life or send fresh baked goods as a thank you, this bundle is a fabulous “anytime” gift for almost any occasion. 

apron of love email

Here are a few more cute ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This cute little gift box apron is filled with clothespins of baker’s twine and ribbon.  And, with mother’s day and father’s day celebrations ahead, look at these cute cards!

apron of love samples

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the Apron of Love photopolymer stamp set and Apron Builder Framelit Dies.  Tip:  if these items carry over into the new catalog, then will not bundled!  So if these items are on your wish list, please be sure to purchase before the end of May.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

st patricks day card finished

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions of people across the globe.  People wear the color green, drink green beverages and decorate houses and businesses in shamrocks.  In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726.  The truth is that St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was actually known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.

Today is celebrated as a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Currently Stampin’ Up! only carries the “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” sentiment in Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set — it’s one of 24 sentiments in this must-have stamp set.   However with a little creativity, it is possible to turn the santa image from Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set into a delightful leprechaun!  I used a rectangle blog image from Lovely Inside & Out stamp set to create the traditional shape of a leprechaun hat.  A little blending with the Emerald Envy stampin’ write marker, Lemon-Lime Twist stampin’ write marker and the Blender Pen made the rectangle blob a more solid color.  I used the fine tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to outline the image and create some contouring.

st patricks day card hat

You’ll find yourself with a whole new set of friends with lots of personality using this Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set — reindeer, Eskimo, teddy bear, Santa, gingerbread man and now a mischievous little leprechaun.  What other delightful friends can you find with this stamp set?

st patricks day card finished

Wishing you lots of shamrocks and fun shenanigans on this St. Patrick’s Day!


Heart Happiness

All we need is love….and Heart Happiness stamp set is perfect for sharing your love and your creativity with those special people closest to you!   This stamp set is full of hearts — because you can never have enough!  And, this stamp set coordinates nicely with Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies — so that you have even more creative options. 

And while we often think of hearts with Valentine’s Day, they are truly appropriate for any occasion — thinking of you cards, thank you cards, wedding and anniversary, birthday cards and even sympathy cards.

During a recent snow day, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these hearts.  Here are are some simple gift tags made in Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, Ombre Ribbon in Calypso Coral and Baker’s Twine in Peekaboo Peach

heart happiness sample 1

Here I stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed White Embossing Powder on the floral outline heart image and the “love you” stamp from Lots of Love stamp set on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I stamped the large floral heart in Pear Pizzazz.  And using the fine tip of my Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker, I drew the outline around the flowers, which I subsequently colored with Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used my aqua painter to lift some Pear Pizzazz ink off the lid of the stamp pad to color the leaves in a softer shade of Pear Pizzazz.  All the hearts were die cut with Sweet & Sassy Framelits, and the background piece was dry embossed using my Big Shot Machine and the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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The card was embellished with Pearl Basic Jewels and Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon.  Here’s a close up of the large floral heart.

heart happiness sample green close up

Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Christmas Cards – Past & Present

I love the holiday season and the joy of finding a Christmas card in my mailbox.  Christmas cards have been a traditional Christmas celebration since 1840’s.  They convey your warmest wishes and let family and friends know that they are valued and loved. 

I particularly enjoy making handmade Christmas cards – selecting the design and sentiment – often months in advance.  As a creative endeavor, I believe that each hand made card is a personal gift to the recipient.  They have a sentimental value which is why people collect them and display them year after year. 

I particularly enjoy receiving handmade cards.  And when these individual masterpieces include personal touches with family photos and newsletters, they offer yet another personal connection with the senders.

Here is a retrospective of the many beautiful Christmas cards that I have sent or received.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Sending crafting hugs and the warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Top 10 Retiring Holiday Products

It’s hard to believe that December is here and it’s time to wish 2017 a fond farewell. The good news is that we are celebrating with a Stampin’ Up Year-End Sales Event; and you won’t want to miss it. You’ll be smiling over the fabulous deals on select retiring products which are only available while supplies last.

The Year-End Sales Event is happening now through January 2, 2018. Supplies are limited and customer favorites are likely to sell out quickly.  If you have had your eye on a product, please place it before it’s gone!

Shop now and be one of the first to get your hands on the Year-End Sales Event deals!

Here are some of my personal favorite Top 10 Retiring Products in alphabetical order:
Beach Little Christmas
Black Rhinestone Jewels
black rhinestones
Carols of Christmas (bundle – stamp & dies)
Foil Snowflakes
 foil snowflakes catalog image
Merry Little Labels (bundle – stamp & punch)
Season Like Christmas
Snowflake Sentiments (bundle – stamp & dies)
Spooky Cat
Watercolor Christmas
Winter Wonder Embossing Folder
 winter wonder EF image
All of these items and more are available for purchase while supplies last through my online store.  Just click here and happy shopping!
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Holiday Gift Giving with Stampin’ Up!

I just love the holiday season, but it’s easy to for time to slip away as we get caught up with decorating, holiday parties and other seasonal events.  To help simplify your gift giving, consider gifting the wonderful kits that Stampin’ Up! offers.  They are fabulous gift ideas for both beginner and experienced crafters, of all ages.


One of my favorite kits is Paper Pumpkin. It’s creative, unique, great for everyone from pre-teens on up, one-size-doesactually-fit-all, it’s delivered directly to the recipient for you, and you can purchase pre-paid gift subscriptions from 1 month to 1 year, so it fits any budget.  That is an awesome gift!  Just click on the link above to subscribe.

There are several other great kits found in the annual catalog on pages 8-17.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit (which comes with a refill kit) and Oh Happy Day Card Kit are both all-inclusive kits that include coordinating stamp sets, matching card bases and envelops and coordinating ribbons and embellishments.  They are ideal for a stamper who has some stamping supplies, but maybe not a lot of time to design.

The Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit and coordinating Hello Friend stamp set is a wonderful option for the more advanced stamper with a stash of crafting tools and supplies. 

And of course, purchasing bundles and/or selecting items within a product suite will provide you with many coordinating products that are sure to please the recipient!

Thank you for supporting my small business and following my blog.  I truly appreciate your support!  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!