Introducing the Bird Ballad Product Suite

Free as a bird coloring

Ooooh, the birds in the Free As A Bird Stamp Set are so darn cute! In fact, the Bird Ballad Product Suite is just precious!  The Bird Ballad Product Suite has coordinating designer series paper, charms, stitched nested label dies and ribbon.  The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. 

The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle includes: 
* Free as a Bird Cling Stamp Set (10% off)
* Stitched Nested Labels Dies (10% off)
* Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
* Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin
* Very Vanilla 3/8″ (1 cm) Scalloped Lace Trim (currently on back order)
* Bird Ballad Trinkets

You are going to want to send hand made cards to all your friends.

And, the images in the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper were handcolored using Stampin’ Blends for a soft, blended look that will coordinate beautifully with your projects.

Bird ballad dsp

In fact, you may want to use the Bird Ballad DSP as the focal point of your card.

bird ballad dsp sample

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


Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers and father figures. 

Your impact on the life of other’s is beyond measure!

come sail away in blue

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


Special Thank You Cards

kindness and compassion with goodmorning magnolia in white

“Let me know if there is anything I can do” – this is something that we all have said to friend who is grieving.  Often we don’t know what to do.  As card makers, there is one simple kindness that we can offer at a moment’s notice and that’s the gift of hand stamped thank you cards as a response to condolences.

kindness and compassion inside

The Stampin’ Up! Kindness & Compassion stamp set is perfect for just this occasion.  It has beautiful sentiments for your grieving friend to acknowledge others who may have delivered food, sent flowers and offered other kindnesses during their time of need.

kindness and compassion catalog

Here is an example of a response to condolences cards using some *NEW* products from the new Annual Catalog available June 4th.  Here, I matted a piece of Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper with the softness of Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock.

kindness and compassion with goodmorning magnolia in white

Following this same design layout, you can mix and match different Designer Series papers from this same paper pack to create a nice gift set.  And, the beautiful magnolia images from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set add just a little something extra softness inside the card.

kindness and compassion inside

Unfortunately, we never know when we might need to gift someone a set of these special thank you cards.  Please consider making these response to condolence cards in advance so that you are prepared to offer an act of kindness to someone who is grieving.

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


New Catalog Today at 2pm Eastern

new 2019-2020 catalog image

TODAY’S THE DAY! Ordering from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog starts at 2pm Eastern time (that’s 11 Am Pacific, 12 noon MOUNTAIN TIME and 1 PM CENTRAL).  

NEED A COPY OF THE CATALOG?  Just contact me at the link provided above and I’ll promptly send you a complementary catalog.

All of my current Crafting Hug Customers automatically get both the annual and seasonal catalogs sent to them as a thank you for their business support!  

My next stamp camps featuring new products from the new catalog are scheduled for  Tuesday, June 11th and Thursday, June 13th at 7pm.  Contact me if you’d like to attend.

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


Wonderful Moments – Part 2

Wonderful MomentsWonderful Moments in Rich Razzleberry.  The simplicity of this design is the key — bold monochromatic color with a few layers for texture and interest!  

wonderful moments sample with balloons

You can recreate this design with Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White Cardstock, Classic Label Punch, ink pad, ribbon and an aqua painter.

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!


Let It Ride

Let it ride 1

Living in southeastern Virginia, you quickly learn to appreciate nature and rural country side.  And, seeing horses in the pasture is a common sight.  Many of girlfriends are “crazy horse people”.  You know the type — get up at the crack of dawn to muck stables, fee horses and spend an incredible amount of money on vet calls.  Of course, I am one of those “crazy crafty people” who hoards stamps, paper and ink, hosts monthly stamp stamps and places more orders so that the UPS Man delivers more crafting supplies!  LOL!  When we get together, we are crazy friends that love to take “life by the reins” and have fun!let it ride catalog.jpg

Needless to say, the Let It Ride stamp set was a must have stamp set for me!   I love the graceful images of the horses and the inspirational messages.  

Let it ride 1

This card was created using the StamparatusStamparatus, Hinge-Step technique and first-, second- and third- generation stamping.  The darkest horse was stamped using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The subsequent horse images were stamped without reinking the stamp and moving the stamparatus plate down the hinge.  The stamped piece was triple matted with Early Espresso cardstock and Wood Textures DSP  (Note:  the Wood Textures DSP is retiring and available while supplies last through June 2nd.)

Check out this video explaining all the features of Stamparatus and the Hinge-Step technique.

If you would like to purchase any of these products, please click on the links provided and visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspirations wishes for Let it Ride!


Lilypad Lake Watercolor

lilypad lake inky angel watercolor

Some cards are just so sophisticated yest deceptively easy to recreate.  This background piece is colored with a couple of swishes using Aqua Painters and reinkers in Mint Macaron, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay on watercolor paper and allowed to dry. 

The heron was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend marker, diecut using the Lakeside Framelits.  The piece is triple-matted with Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White cardstock, with one layer dry embossed using Seaside Embossing Folder.  While this card design would work for any occasion, the sentiment is from All The Good Things stamp set

If you’d like to recreate this card, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

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