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!



Merry Christmas!

Here are some more wonderful Christmas cards to share with you.   

Some I made, others I was bless by receiving it.

Each is a masterpiece, a work from the heart!

Happy Holidays everyone!


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!


Tags & Trimmings

With the Christmas holiday ahead, buy these two coordinating products in the Tags & Trimmings bundle and save 10%. 
tags & trimmings bundle catalog image
Tags & Trimmings Clear-Mount Stamp Set — with 12 red rubber stamps — will add excitement when you’re wrapping your presents and make your gifts all the more special with handmade tags!  

Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies — with 19 dies — will create die-cut stocking-shaped pillow boxes perfect for treat packaging or home décor using your Big Shot machine.

Here’s a video with Holly from Stampin’ Up! to show you some tricks and tips of paper crafting with this bundle.  You’re going to want to have the versatility of this bundle in your crafting stash.  If the video does not load properly, click here.

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


Star of Light – 6 ways!

Add elegance to your Christmas projects with the graceful designs and sentiments in the Star of Light stamp set.   You can combine the images and sentiments to create classic Christmas cards and gift tags that have your personal touch.

star of light image

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set so that you can combine individual stamps to create the final image in the colors you want.  Check out these beautiful cards….

There is a coordinating die called Starlight Thinlits.  Unfortunately, it is not offered as a bundle but you’re going to want to purchase it because it creates gorgeous die cuts to embellish your projects.

And, here are two more cards just to tempt you further…

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


Seasonal Chums

seasonal chums catalog image

Looking for a super cute card, gift tag or treat bag topper for the holiday???  Check out the Seasonal Chum stamp set.  These double sided images (front and back) of the reindeer and snowman are super fun to color.  And, the stamp set and coordinating die is offered as a bundle — so you can save 10% when you purchase both — after all, you’re going to want both!

 seasonal chums bundle image

Look what happens when you pair the Snowman with Winter Fonder embossing folder (large beautiful snowflake) and Layering Circles Framelits??  Again, so simple.  Yet, super cute!

seasonal chums card sample

And, paired with some designer paper, hot cocoa mix and marshmallows — you have a great gift for a co-worker or teacher.

seasonal chums

Did you notice the gift tag?  Yes, you can create fun seasonal gift tags in record time — simply stamp, die cut the stamped image and fold it.  And hooray, you have a tag that even has a hole for the ribbon!  It doesn’t get any simpler to spread holiday cheer.

The Season Chums bundle is available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click here or on any of the product links provided.

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



Flurry of Wishes

Just like snowflakes, Christmas cards can be one-of-a-kind when you make them yourself.   If you have always wanted to make your own Christmas cards — here’s your chance!  Send a flurry of warm Christmas wishes with snowflake-adorned cards using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch is on clearance for 40% off (regularly $18, now $10.80).  This Snow Flurry punch will add interest and depth to your projects by punching out snowflakes and popping them up with dimensionals.

Believe me, there’s no better or easier way to cut out stamped images than using a punch!  Just stamp on cardstock or specialty paper.  Next, hold the punch upside down (so that you can see the hole punch) and insert the stamped image into the punch.  Align image with the hole, and slowly squeeze to keep the cardstock from moving.  Then snap the punch closed and the stamped image will pop out in your hand.  Easy Peasy!

Here are some gift packaging and card making ideas for using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch.


flurry of wishes sample

And look how delicate the snowflake images are when heat embossed on watercolor paper or on vellum.

flurry of wishes sample 2

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


Tag, You’re it!

Merry Little Christmas tag examples 1

This is the perfect craft for this giving time of year:  gift tags!  With left over scraps of paper, cardstock and ribbon, some great Stampin’ Up! punches and Merry Little Labels stamp set — you are in for some fun crafting time.  This stamp set says all the right things for your holiday gift giving!

merry little labels stamps

Merry Little Labels

Merry Little Christmas tag punches

Crafting without punches? Inconceivable! Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects.  And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches.  Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Everyday Label punch and Banner Triple Punch — these punches are one’s that I absolutely use all of the time for stamping and crafting projects.  And the Everyday Label punch is available as part of the Merry Little Label bundle — so you can save 10% when you purchase both the stamp set and the punch together.

And, another great thing about making tags — its doesn’t take a lot of time and it is something that you can do watching TV or visiting with a friend.

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