Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Okay. I admit that I buy stamp sets that remind me of my daughters! Not that they want them. But they make me think of them.

This is my youngest daughter. She is living in Chicago pursuing her dream of dance. Her dad and I are so proud of her and the wonderful person she is and is becoming. I miss watching her and am hoping to get to some of her performances in the next year. She is with Ballet 5:8 and if you live in the Chicago area and get a chance, go see them. They are wonderful!

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So, of course, when the Holiday catalog came out I had to get the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set. I have many memories of Nutcracker rehearsals and performances! I haven't been able to use it because of my broken arm, but I think it will show up on one of my scrapbook pages of the Nutcracker.

The other stamp set that reminds me of her is Beautiful You. I love the sentiment about dance and the girl dancing. It reminds me so much of Olivia. She dances everywhere she goes. I used to have to tell her to stop when we were in the grocery store. She would do pirouettes down the aisle!

So, do you buy stamps that remind you of people or events? Which ones have you purchased?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Out of Order

 So, this happened to me about 2 weeks ago. I tripped and fell in my garage and broke (should say shattered) my arm. It is my dominant hand too. I am currently waiting to see if I will need surgery to fix it.

So I haven't been able to stamp! At least not much. I did manage to put together a couple of cards from the October Paper Pumpkin.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. I am not very mobile or flexible right now! It took me a long time to do these but it was fun. The hardest part was getting circles for the shaker part off the paper with one hand. Those things really stick together!

I am excited for this months red box! It is going to be 10 of something that can be hung by a chimney, or on a package, or on a neighbors door. I'm guessing it is going to have a stocking theme! What do you think? And it will coordinate with last months so it will probably have that wonderful green and black plaid.

If you haven't signed up for the Paper Pumpkin yet there is still time. Go to Paper Pumpkin and you can select 1, 3, 6, or 12 months or sign up for a continuous subscription. I don't think you will regret it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


There are a couple challenges that I saw that used ornaments. I immediately thought of an old Stampin Up set that I love so I decided to use it to enter.

The first one is Christmas Card Challenges. They had an optional challenge with a picture of purple and silver ornaments that was beautiful! The other was over at Merry Monday where the challenge was also ornaments.

I also used an old embossing folder that I think is subtle enough to not distract from the intricacies of the ornaments. I struggled with a background color and ended up with Sahara Sand, which is a nice neutral for this card. 

Thanks for stopping by to look! I hope you enjoyed the card.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Confessions of a Paper Hoarder

I admit it. I am a paper hoarder. I have stacks and stacks of beautiful paper that I don't want to use because, well, then it will be gone! It won't be around for me to admire and look at. To touch and think about what I will do with it.

So what does a paper hoarder do when there is a but 3 get one free deal? I'm sure you guessed! We buy more paper!

But this time I decided to use it!

I used the Oh So Eclectic bundle and paper. I needed to make a sympathy card and I thought this would be a pretty pattern and set for what I wanted. You can't tell from the picture but the flowers are popped up and that really makes the card.

I really like this set and the way the flowers look. The picture really doesn't do the it justice! And I'm going to use all the paper in the pack! I am not going to hoard it. Because it is on sale and I can get more!

I haven't entered a challenge lately so I though I would enter this in My Time to Craft. Thanks for stopping by to look.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Detailed Gate

When I first saw this die cut in the catalog I was so impressed with the detail in it. Maybe that's why they call it detailed! Lol. I knew I wanted to get it because there would be so many things you could do with it. Here are a few I did.

The first is a Halloween card because that's what the stamps that come with it are for. I used black glimmer paper over black cardstock and just a little square from the Spooky Night DSP.

Then I had to make a Christmas card.

And then the fun began! I started cutting it up into smaller pieces and here are some of the designs I came up with.

I used a piece of it to put behind the sentiment just to add some interest.

Then I saw a plant hanger and had to make that!

And then I made shutters for the windows!

I know there is a lot more that will be able to be done with this set and I look forward to playing with it some more. And seeing what you all come up with to. Share some of your creations with me!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Detailed Gate Thinlits Dies
Graveyard Gate Clear-Mount Stamp
Graveyard Gate Clear-Mount Bundle
Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Sitting Here Photopolymer Stamp Set
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Linen Thread
Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies
Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies
Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quilters Beware!

If you are a quilter, you are going to love one of the new sets in the Holiday Catalog! I'm not a quilter, but when I saw it I knew it was on my list of have to haves. I have been playing with it and wanted to share some of the cards I made.

The first one I made using the Painted Autumn DSP. I wasn't quite ready for Christmas so I went with a fall theme. I love the paper and it made such a nice quilt.

The next two I decided to go with Christmas although the first one doesn't have to be. It is just a nice monochromatic look.

In this one I just love the little tree wrapped in gold thread. I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture. I quilted this one with the new embossing folder then popped up the decorated tree.

The last one is a 6 x 6 card because I really wanted to make a quilt with the stamps. I used the Quilted Christmas DSP  and the embossing folder on this one too. Notice the little spool and needle at the bottom. You can actually thread the needle!

I am so excited about this set that if you order the bundle and the embossing folder from me by September 12th using the host code RP9FYDV6 I will give you 12 sheets of the new Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 paper. That is one of each design in the pack.

This is a really fun set to play with. Who knows, maybe it will make a quilter out of me!

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Christmas Quilt Photopolymer Bundle
Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Quilted Christmas 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Garden Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Gold Metallic Thread
Gold Glimmer Paper