This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy is simply the cutest.  I don’t know how someone could look at this card and not smile.  His little flower and the sweet grin on his face…adorable!  Aside from the cute image though, I love the simplicity of this card.  The solid background makes the pig truly the star of this card.

This Little Piggy

I used this same layout to create another fun card, totally unrelated to the pig though.

You can see that this card has a simple background also, which is appealing since the stamped image has lots of color in it.  I couldn’t resist adding this funny sentiment on the inside of this one…


Funny, but truthful…at least its that way at my house sometimes.

Both of the stamp sets (This Little Piggy & Crafting Forever) that we used on these cards are going to be available in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! catalog, so we have plenty of opportunity for more fun cards with them.  I hope that you will try this simple card layout for yourself.   And if you aren’t already on our mailing list, sign up today.  We share all kinds of inspiration for cards and other projects there every week.  Plus you will get all the latest information for special offers and promotions.  So click on the sign up box at the top of this page to register and receive additional card/project ideas like this little piggy!





The Perfect Card

The perfect card doesn’t exist.  Well, nothing is perfect, right?  But this card started out far from perfect.  In fact it was the opposite.  It was a mistake—a throw away, really.  I was working on this card that we did in the Flowering Desert Class.

the perfect card

But I created a flower and it seemed all wrong.  Too many petals, not equally spaced.  It wasn’t what I was going for.  So I tossed it aside and tried again.  Days later I was sitting at my desk talking on the phone.  I grabbed this flower and started doodling on it with a black pen.  I liked the way that it was looking, so added some more doodles.  Then, I decided to try cutting it out and placing it on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  This card was the result.

the perfect card

I LOVE the way it turned out.  It might be the perfect card!  Well, nearly anyway.  Now, I can honestly say that most of the time when I try to “save” something that I have messed up, it usually ends up in the trash.  Even when I try to fix it, I am typically NOT pleased.  This time was different.  I love the flower and this card makes me happy!

In a very small way this is what God does with our broken and messed up lives when we turn them over to him.  He doesn’t make them perfect, but he does re-work them into something beautiful and new, like my card.  The miracles he works are far more impressive and they have eternal impacts.  How awesome is that?  I hope you have experienced this for yourself.

If you have the Flowering Desert stamp set, I would highly encourage you to try this doodle technique.  Just use the large cactus-piece stamped in a circle to make the petals.  Then begin doodling and see how your’s turns out.  I hope you make “the perfect card” too.


Its never just a card!

Its never just a card!  Last night at our Easter class I talked to everyone about using their skills to spread God’s love.  Our cards are creations of art and we share some of ourself when we share it with others.  If you are a child of God, that means you are sharing him too.  He created us as creative beings, and using our skills to the best of our ability is a way that we can honor him and serve others.  Share God’s love when you share your cards.  Pray for the recipient as you address that envelope.  Add a Scripture to encourage someone.  Do it ALL for the glory of God.

Ok, off my soapbox now.  I wanted to recap our Easter class last night.  I am so sorry if you missed it, because we had a great time together.  Here are the projects we made.  There were 4 tonight because I threw a BONUS project in for fun.  🙂

The last picture was our bonus project.  Aren’t those sweet bunny ears fun?  I hope you know though, that Easter isn’t about a bunny.  It is the celebration of our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ.  May you experience his perfect peace this Easter season.

If you would like to have the instructions for those cute Hershey nugget bunny ears, leave a comment with your email address and I will send the pdf to you.  If you know someone who would be inspired by these projects, please share this page on Facebook!  I look forward to stamping with you soon!  Happy Easter!


Kindness & Compassion

The Kindness & Compassion stamp set is one that we never really want to need, but when we do, the sentiments it contains are precisely what we want to say. Many of you know that my dad passed away recently. I had some time last week to work on thank you cards that my family needed for those who so graciously loved on us.  This is the card I came up with… Kindness & Compassion

I must confess, I didn’t own this stamp set, I had to borrow it.  But trust me, it will be on my next order.  Here’s a look at the wonderful sentiments included in the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.

Kindness & Compassion

This set had the perfect sentiments for my thank you cards.  It also has beautiful sentiments for cards to express condolences to our friends and family.  In my research for the thank you cards I created, I came across a wonderful idea.   A fellow demonstrator suggested creating a set of these thank you cards. Package the card set nicely. Then, use it as a gift for someone who has lost a loved one.  I love that idea and will certainly be using it in the future.  So often when someone has lost a loved one, we feel helpless to do much to help.  Using our cardmaking skills to help someone in their time of grief in such a practical way will be blessing for both of us.  I hope you will remember it when someone you know has a need for these thank you cards.  And I hope you will add the Kindness & Compassion stamp set to your collection.


Workshop Recap

Here’s a workshop recap from last week.  I had a great time gathering with about a dozen other stampers to create.  We enjoyed great food (thanks Loretta!) and wonderful fellowship.  We also worked on some cute projects, which I will show you in just a second.  But first, the prizes!  Instead of doing a traditional door prize I chose to give something to everyone.  In keeping with my effort to continually reduce my card stash, I gave away almost all of my Valentine cards.  I say almost all because I kept the one I made special for my sweetie this year.  Of course, I can’t share a picture of that one just yet. 😉 . You can check out this post to see one that I gave away though.

Now for the projects!  We focused on Simple Stamping at this workshop.  This includes cards that use only paper, ink and stamps.  They typically have limited layers.  They’re called “simple”, but designing them can be anything but simple!  We get so used to adding layers and embellishments, that it can be difficult to appreciate and design a simpler card.  Here are the projects from our workshop…

Project #1

The first one uses the First Frost stamp set that was carried over from the Holiday catalog.  I love this set because the images themselves create depth, making layers unnecessary.  I used Blackberry Bliss on this card, which happens to be my favorite color!

Project #2

The next card is a masculine card using the Geared Up Garage stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  I used Night of Navy ink for this one.  Since we were trying to create Simple Stamping cards, I resisted temptation and stuck with a single color and white or vanilla.  Well, except for the last card…

Project #3

The card pictured says, “happy birthday,” but there was also a Valentine greeting available and most people chose it.  This card used the Bokeh Dots stamp set and Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then, we used Basic Gray ink and stamps from the January 2019 Paper Pumpkin (or Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the card pictured).  The “frame” around the image was hand drawn with a Basic Black marker.  Most chose not to attempt that detail, and the cards still looked great.

I would love to get together with your friends and provide a night of fun creativity.  If you are interested in hosting this at your home, contact me and we’ll set a date!

Count your blessings…not your problems

Count your blessings…not your problems

This weekend we had the privilege of moving our son to his first apartment.  He is stepping out into this great big world on his own…381 miles from home.  It would be easy for me to let fear and worry plague my mind.  I am a worrier from way back.  But Scripture tells me that God has not given us a spirit of timidity.  So, I am choosing faith over fear.  I am counting my blessings…not my problems.

Here is my list for today…

  1. My family is healthy
  2. Kansas City is in driving distance.
  3. God is in control.

This is the Valentine card I mailed to him before I left KC…

Count your blessings...not your problems

It should arrive in just a day or two.  Don’t you just love that little chameleon?! It is from the January Paper Pumpkin stamp set.   I hope he enjoys the bad pun also. 😉

In case you are wondering, the Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that delivers a box of paper craft supplies directly to your mailbox.  Sometimes they are card projects, sometimes they are gift boxes or other items.  Either way, they are ALWAYS cute and come with a stamp set and at least one ink spot (a little one-inch ink pad).  Typically they deliver holiday themed kits a month prior, so I got the Valentine kit in January.  It is a great bargain and you get a little crafting happiness in. your mailbox every month, definitely one of those blessings you should be counting!  I’ll post pictures of the actual kit items when I get them made this week, so check back to see how cute they are!

So, remember, count those blessings this week, no matter what!  Don’t let ANY problems take the focus from the good things in your life.  And give someone a Valentine card…or lots of people!  Share your paper crafting skills and bring a smile to someone’s day.  That way, they will have an extra blessing to count too.  🙂

Brusho Crystal Colours

Brusho Crystal Colours are watercolor ink crystals.  Mix them with water to create watercolor washes and designs.  These were in my studio for some time before I got around to playing with them, and I am sorry I waited so long!

When you purchase Brusho Crystal Colours, you get a set of 5 including Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.  They are vibrant colors that are fun to work with and look great on your projects.  You can sprinkle these directly on the paper, then spritz with water and watch the colors burst!  It really is amazing.  Reminds me of a magic trick! 🙂

A framelit from the Window Box framelits dies made the perfect template for these projects.  Here is how my cards turned out…

Brusho Crystal Colours Brusho Crystal Colours

You can use a punch, like I did on the birthday card, to cut a shape from the design created with Brusho Crystal Colours, or simply cut it as a card layer like on the I Love You card.  Aren’t the results beautiful?!

I created this project using the Brusho Crystal Colours and Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  This one is a birthday present for one of my best friends. 🙂

If you haven’t played with the Brusho Crystal Colours, give them a try.  They are a wonderful addition to your craft room supplies.   When they arrive, don’t open the pots to apply on your projects, simply use a pin to poke holes in the lids of the containers and sprinkle them sparingly.  A little bit of Brusho goes a long way, so they will last you for a long time.  You can also try mixing the colors on your projects to get different effects.  Experiment and have fun with these beautiful colors.

Being Thankful

Are you being thankful?  We talked yesterday about my season of gratitude.  As I tried to create that post my website crashed.  It took most of the day to repair it yesterday (and trust me, I had no idea what I was doing!)  At the end of the day though, my website was back to normal, mostly.  This has reminded me that I take this technology for granted.  Each day I assume that I will be able to communicate with you on my website, or my Facebook page, or through email or text.  Then along come days like yesterday, with all of its frustration and anxiety and tears, and I am reminded to be thankful for the ability to share my thoughts and creations with you so easily each day.  Not only has God blessed me with the tools I need, but He has also blessed me with half a brain to put those tools to use!  Wow.

It is in this spirit of thankfulness that I share today’s card with you.  I made it last month, but it is perfect for our topic today and for this season we are in.

                                                                   Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Let’s try really hard to be mindful of the blessings that God provides for us each and every day.  I don’t want to wait until my AC goes out to be thankful for having it in the hot days of summer.  I don’t want to miss opportunities to share a kind word.  I don’t want to be focused on things that I don’t have and miss the numerous blessings that I am given each and every day.  Instead, I want to appreciate each day and the opportunities they bring.  This is what my season of gratitude in November is about… being thankful and letting others know that I am.  If you haven’t yet decided to join me, I hope this post convinced you to do so.  Send a card, make a call.  Let someone know that you  love and appreciate them.

A Season of Gratitude

November is my season of gratitude.  This year I set a goal to mail 30 cards during November.  I plan to share random encouragement and thanksgiving with others all month long.  (There may be a sprinkling of birthday cards sent as well.)  I considered a card a day, but let’s face it, that is NOT happening.  So, if I mail 30 cards on the 30th, I can still succeed in reaching my goal.  However, I am not putting it off like that.  I am doing a bulk mailing each week.  This exercise has taught me a few things and I wanted to share them with you.

  1. I have too many cards in my card stash.  I’m not saying it is bad to have cards on hand, but I have way too many!
  2. I need to be more intentional and diligent about sharing encouragement and gratitude year round.
  3. In 2019 I will focus on inking EVERY single stamp I buy.  No more uninked stamps in my stash!  I want to use my resources wisely, not waste them.  So every stamp will be inked.
  4. In our digital age, people still LOVE to receive a handmade card in the mail.  It makes them feel special.
  5. This is an easy way for me to share God’s love with others.

I hope that you will consider joining me in my gratitude challenge for this month.  I know, the month is half over, but you still have plenty of time to share words of encouragement and thanksgiving with others.  And if you are like me, and you have too many cards in your stash, then make a point to use them!  We put too much into our card creations to let them sit in a box or on a shelf somewhere.  Put them in the mail and send a smile to someone.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

This Party Pandas Valentine card is one of the first projects I made with the Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I love that these stamps are so versatile.  I can make Valentine cards, birthday cards for kids or for adults, cards to say “hi” to my friends and family, even Christmas cards!  Here’s a look at the Party Pandas stamp set…

Party Pandas Valentine Card We will be sharing projects made with this set all week, including some 3d items.   Now here’s a look at our Party Pandas Valentine card.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

I used a retired embossing folder to create that wonderful heart background.  Embossing folders are one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products.  For one thing, they aren’t expensive, that’s always a plus for me.  Also, they are easy to use and for very little effort add wonderful details to a project.  These hearts are a perfect touch to my little panda on this card.

Last week we shared project ideas using another Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Epic celebrations.  You can check out this set here.

Hopefully our posts will help you decide which of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you want to own.  Remember, the only way to get them is to earn them FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

I want to hear from you!  If you have seen the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, let me know which is your favorite by leaving a comment.  Or maybe you’re undecided and want to see more projects from a certain set, leave a comment about that too and I will try to post projects made with that product.

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