Set Sail in the Direction of Your Dreams

sail home inky outside with anchor

If you were to sit on the bow of a sailing ship with Mark Twain or Henry David Thoreau, you would probably hear these words of encouragement:

“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the tradewinds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER” – Mark Twain

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined! – Henry David Thoreau

The greeting on this card from Sailing Home stamp set embraces the idea of new pursuits.  It makes a perfect card for celebrating a graduation, a retirement and a new job opportunity.  This stamp set has many wonderful sentiments offering encouragement and appreciation.

sailing home catalog image

This Distinktive stamp set offers beautiful line art images and it applies ink at different opacities, that gives the stamped image more depth and dimension.

come sail away in blue 

If you are interested in the Sailing Home stamp set, be sure to consider cost savings  bundles and coordinating products to provide you with many happy pursuits while setting sail in the direction of creativity!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and dreams of the open ocean!


More Sailing Home fun!

sail home inky 2 outside

Yes, I keep having more fun with sailing adventures using the new Sailing Home Bundle.  It is so easy to create wonderful cards when Stampin’ Up creates amazing coordinating products!  And, just to make sure that the card is not naked on the inside, I tried something different and carried the red matting to the inside!

sail home inky 2 inside

The Come Sail Away product suite bundle is providing me with a smooth sailing adventure with lots of creativity.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please click on the links provided.  And, thank you for supporting me!

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




Masculine Cards using Sailing Home

Sail home blue

Hello to all of my crafty friends.  I hope that you’re having a wonderful day in the craft room.  Here are a few of my favorite cards using the new Sailing Home cling stamp set, the beautiful Come Sail Away DSP, Baker’s Twine and Smooth Sailing dies.

If this stamp set is on your wish list, then click on the links provided or visit my on-line store to purchase it today.  The Sailing Home Bundle lets you save 10% when purchasing the stamp set and coordinating dies together!  You will enjoy creating many more handsome cards during the hot days of summer.

Sail home blue close up corner roll

Here’s a close up on the 3-D detail of the distressed corner.  How simple is that?  Just curl back the corner to expose a piece of DSP.  (Oh no, I just noticed a mistake.  Did you catch it?  The small piece of DSP was glued upside down under that rolled corner.  Oh well, no one is perfect – including me!)  I was trying to “conserve” DSP; I’ll won’t try that again!  Or at least, I’ll be much more careful.  LOL!

Sail home blue

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



A Good Man

a good man bingo card

Show the good men in your life how much you appreciate them with a handmade, heartfelt card or gift you make using the A Good Man Stamp Set. Great for Father’s Day, birthdays, or any day you want to recognize and celebrate your men. 

I created this card for a recent Stampin’ Fun Bingo event that I hosted with Nicole Marshall and Lisa Freeman.  We had so much fun.  More about that event in another post.

a good man bingo close up

This card features Pretty Peacock, one of the new In-Colors, with Crumb Cake and Pool Party.  I stamped the piece of Crumb Cake with Crackle Paint Background Stamp inked in Pretty Peacock, and sponged the edges with Pretty Peacock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was first die cut with largest square from Stitched Shapes Framelit dies, and then stamped with Pretty Peacock ink.  The hat, shirt and shadow under the chair were colored with Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.  The beach chair and towel were colored with Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  And, the man’s shorts were colored first with Light Pool Party and then Light Crumb Cake to create that gray color.  The sentiment was stamped first, then punched with retired 1.25″ circle punch and matted with 1.5″ circle punch. 

a good man bingo card inside

For the inside, the sentiment was stamped in Pretty Peacock (full strength) while the hearts were stamped in Crumb Cake using first and second generation stamping.

If you would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store by clicking on the links provided.

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



Sea of Texture

sea of texture blue and green

Fun Fact:  Octopus has three hearts.  And, the Sea of Textures stamp set has three fabulous sentiments for sending crafting hugs to friends and family!  This card features a wonderful color combination of Night of Navy, Crumb Cake and Granny Apple Green — with inks on Whisper White cardstock.  The stamped images are embellished die cuts and matted with coordinating cardstock.  

PRICE CHANGE ALERT:  Now through June 2nd, you can save 10% by ordering the Sea of Textures Bundle.  While both the Sea of Textures stamp set and Under the Sea Framelit dies will both carryover into the new catalog, the bundle pricing does not carryover And, the coordinating Tranquil Textures DSP will retire, too.  The Tranquil Textures DSP with its delightful textural designs for backgrounds and layering is perfect for pairing with both Sea of Textures stamp set, but also Magical Mermaid stamp set!

If you’d like to take advantage of the bundle pricing to save 10%, click here and shop my on-line store.

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


CASE-ing Let it Ride

Recently, I mentioned how much I love the graceful line-art images of the Let It Ride stamp setLet It Ride stamp set which is carrying over to the new catalog.  Not only can you make beautiful cards — but you can make beautiful framed art projects for gift giving or as home decor pieces.

let it ride sample 1

This framed art project may be create by “CASE-ing” the photograph found on page 45 of the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  

What is “CASE-ing”?  It is an acronym meaning either “Copy and Share Everything” or “Copy and Selectively Edit”You have a choice of copying a design exactly as shown or changing it up a bit with different colors, textures and embellishments.  You could even decide to make it as a card instead of the framed art piece!

let it ride sample 1 close up

The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Watercolor Paper using the StamparatusStamparatus.  Using the Stamparatus will ensure that the ink is applied evenly given the rough texture of Watercolor paper.  Recommend using your aqua painter and dry paper towel for maximum control and lifting color from inside the lids of your ink pads.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and happy CASE-ing!


Sneak Peek: Come Sail Away

come sail away product suite

Styx sang it best….

A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away,
Come sail away with me,
Come sail away, come sail away,
Come sail away with me!

Believe me, I was signing this song while putting together this sample make & take at OnStage Charlotte – an exclusive event for Stampin’ Up Demonstrators to see and play with the wonderful new products coming out in the new catalog.  And we had a wonderful time previewing the new catalog, swapping handcrafted items, making cards and catching up with our Sister and Brother demonstrator friends in Southeast Region.  Yes, men stamp and enjoy crafting, too!  And, everyone was super excited about this masculine product suite!

come sail away in blue

And, I promise you will be singing too when playing with the Come Sail Away product suite.  This is just one of the wonderful new product suites coming in June with the release of the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  It is amazing — with over 200 pages of new DSP paper packs, new stamps and coordinating dies, new embossing folders, beautiful Memories & More card packs, new ribbon and twine and pretty little embellishments to make your heart sing! 

If you do not have a demonstrator and would  love to sail away on a new crafting adventure, please contact me.

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



Going Rustic!

Rely on Wood Words and Buffalo Check stamp sets to add personality to your farmhouse chic projects for that rustic, homey, good-time feeling. 

wood words and buffalo check in black white and red

Cherry Cobble, Basic Black and Whisper White is a winning color combination any time.  This card design features the coordinating Wood Crate Framelits diesWood Textured 6×6 DSP, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Circle Framelits Dies and 3/16″ Braided Linen Thread.  

Check out this video for more inspiration:

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



Masculine Birthday Card

happy birthday die with buffalo check

Nothing says masculine like neutrals color collection — Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate.   For the subtle tone-on-tone effect, I inked my Buffalo Check stamp with Crumb Cake ink and stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I placed multipurpose adhesive sheet on the back of the Basic Black cardstock before diecutting the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.

happy birthday die with buffalo check embellishment

To add interest to this card design, I draped a piece of Gray Granite ribbon and tied on some Black Cord with Black Mini Sequin Trim with Silver Baker’s Twine.  The stamped piece was matted with Basic Black cardstock to anchor the design and provide balance.

happy birthday die with buffalo check

If you’d like to purchase any of the items to make this card, please click on the links provide to visit my on-line store.

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


Day Dreaming about Warm Sunshine

by the bay watercolor

Hello Crafters!  This crazy wet and cold weather in February is the perfect time to spend a lot of creative time stamping!  And, it is perfect time to warm up your creative juices while enjoying Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year — now through March 31st.  Our Sale-a-Bration just got sweeter with another release of new free gifts –– more stamps, gorgeous designer series paper and a lovely embossing folder.  Now there are hundreds and hundreds of ways to find creative inspiration with 16 free gifts to choose from!

The By the Bay cling stamp set used  in this card is a FREE gift when you spend $50 during Sale-a-bration — but these are a limited edition, and inventories are getting low now at the half-way point of this promotion.  Please visit my on-line store to place your qualifying order and earn your special Sale-a-Bration gifts.

by the bay catalog imageAnd this stamp set is sure to have you day dreaming about walking in sunshine on the warm beach sand in another month or two.

by the bay sample 2

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to chase those winter blues away!