Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Here we are-our last 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop of November! Wow! Where did the month go??? Well we are happy to share one more week of thanks with you! Then on to the big show!!!

You've probably arrived here from Helen's happenin' blog! When you are through hop over to Lizzy's blog for some thankful cheer!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So this was just a fun card to use some items I haven't brought out in awhile. I wanted to use my Swirly Scribbles Framelits. Haven't seen them in awhile! There is a stamp set to go with, but I didn't use it here!

You may recognize the 15-17 In-Colors here! Strawberry Slush, Cucumber Crush & Tip-Top Taupe! It was a dreary day when I created this so I wanted something bright to cheer things up!

The beautiful background is from the Affectionately Yours DSP. The only embellishments are the Burlap Ribbon, Natural Twine & Pearl Basic Jewels.  The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set!

So just a fun card this week! Next week we begin the month of December! And you can probably guess what we will be featuring then!!! Can I just say-BLING!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Well it's Thanksgiving week!!! And our third week of thank you cards on our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop!!!  
This has been a fun month! Lots of great thank you cards with one more week to go!

You may be hopping here from Helen's blog! Be sure to hop on over to 
Lizzy's blog next!!! I'm very "thankful" to be the bologna in their sandwich! lol

Here's my card this week:

Here's the inspiration:

So this is a fairly simple card for a reason-it's designed for a good friend who did something really nice last week or me! She is awesome, and she likes the simple things in life! Not really flashy or busy! She loves my CAS (Clean & Simple) cards. So this is for her!

The flower is from the Sunshine Wishes Framelits collection! I love these! There is a cool stamp set to match! But I didn't use it for this card.

I used my favorite DSP like ever-Serene Scenery!! I love this little pack!!!! It just add such a pop! When you see it in person, this card actually looks textured!!! It's so cool!!!

To finish it off, I simply added some Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, and a sentiment from Sheltering Tree! Simple yet effective!!!!

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving! And always remember to be thankful for the little things in life!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Here at our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop we are continuing our month of thanks! Hopefully you have enjoyed our designs & are thinking about the amazing things in your own life for which to be thankful! 

Welcome back hoppers from Helen's blog!! We missed you last week! Onward to Lizzy's after here!!! I know you'll enjoy them all!!!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration this week:

So I wanted to do something pretty for Thanksgiving! I absolutely LOVE this Paisley Suite!  I want to just stamp away!!!

So the stamp set is called Paisleys & Posies! It has the most amazing matching Paisley Framelits!!! It's so easy & versatile1 Perfect for any occasion! It's my current fave! You'll see lots of it! lol

I heat embossed the images with Copper Embossing Powder on our most beautiful Copper Foil Sheets! Wow are these beautiful in person!!! The embossing really brings it out too!!!!  Then I added some Burlap Ribbon and a few Pearl Basics to finish it off! I'm very happy with how this card turned out!!!

All these items are in the Holiday Catalog!  We are never sure if they will be carried over into the Annual Catalog! So if you see something you like, then grab it while you can!!! This catalog is only good until the end of December!! 

Now hop away to see how everyone else is showing thanks!!!

Happy Stamping'!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Welcome to Week 2 of Thanks here on the 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop!!!  November is definitely the month for gratitude!!

Hello hoppers from Robbie's blog! Don't forget to head over to Lizzy's blog when u r through here!! We are only 4 this week! But 4 Strong!!!

Here's my card:

Here's our inspiration photo:

So one more week without going all fall! Because I totally have one beautiful fall thank you's coming up! I just wanted something that didn't make me focus on the winter days ahead! I'm such a summer girl that the thought of cold and nastiness ahead just makes me quiver! But the warmth of Thanksgiving holiday & Christmas ahead warm my heart! But this week, just a cute thank you card!

So I visited my old friend Grateful Bunch stamp set! This one is so striking! Especially when you cut out the flowers with the coordinating Blossom Punch. They really pop!  All the stamping, including the sentiment, is from that one set! I like to feature the stamp sets that way. Show their versatility.

I simply punched out a tag with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and added a bit of Night of Navy Bakers Twine for affect!  Hope you like & feel loved & thanked!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Welcome to this month's 
Inspire, Create, Share Bog Hop!!! 
This month we are "giving thanks" with our 
My Paper Pumpkin 

So first, here's my card this month-the altered My Paper Pumpkin card:

Here are the original My Paper Pumpkin cards as included in the kit:

So our job this month was to create an altered card/project using materials from the October My Paper Pumpkin kit! Now the kits usually reflect the concepts for the following month-so October was for November. Make sense? Give ya time to craft!! So our October kid was for giving Thanks!

Well, there are so many beautiful ways to alter the intended creations from the original kit. You can use other beautiful Stampin' Up! materials to create something else, or you can use only the exclusive kit materials to create something different! I always like to use the materials exclusive to the kit so you can see the versatility of the kit! They give you the card ideas, but it's fun to come up with other ideas.  You will see both examples on this blog hop!

So all the materials used in my altered card come from the kit! No extras!  Maybe you got an idea on how to alter your kit!!!

If you love these creations and want to explore My Paper Pumpkin for yourself, visit my store & check it out! Just click the link above! I'd love to help you discover the fun!!!! One month, 3 months, 6 months or even a year!!! The kits even come with an exclusive stamp set each month!!! Everything you need to create the monthly project is included!!! Plus lots of extras for your other projects! Join the fun!!!

Now keep hopping onto Darla's blog and beyond to see the versatility of these amazing monthly kits!!!! You can get there by clicking her name here or the icon for our hop below!!!

Happy Stampin'!!



Welcome to the season of thanks on the 
Coloring Down the Lines 
blog hop! Perfect for the month of Thanksgiving!!!

Today I'm thankful for the hoppers from Helen's blog!!! Enjoy here then hop over to Lizzy's blog! They will help you get "thankful" for the season! lol

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So I've been doing so much fall, Halloween & even Christmas crafting that I decided to take a break from that mode! Thought maybe it'd be nice to be reminded of spring on its way??? Well it can't hurt to hope!!!

I started this whole project off with the amazing 
Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes!! The color doesn't show well here, but the Crumb Cake goes so beautifully with the Night of Navy card stock and the beautiful Affectionately Yours DSP! I don't use much blue for the months in the fall so this was fun!!!

The beautiful flower was cut with the Botanical Builders Framelits.  A very monochromatic project-only 2 colors!! These cards are a bit smaller than a standard crafted card, but they are perfect for a quick note! And they can be mailed with a regular stamp!!

And taking from our fearless leader Robbie, my envelope is not naked! Partially clad with the easy image from Botanical Blooms!!! A couple of nice sentiments & it's a great little card! Shhhh-someone is actually getting a set of these for Christmas!!!

So THANK YOU for joining us this week! 

Happy Stampin'!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Helloooooooo there!! It's our last Halloween 
Coloring Down the Lines 
blog hop of 2016!!! Where did the month go?! 

You may have arrived here from Helen's blog! Enjoy here then hop on to Lizzy's blog!!! They're hauntingly fun this week!!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

for some reason I can't get it to download to my computer! But it's a cute ghost that says "Create a Halloween Project"  Boo hoo!!!

This week I decided to have some fun! I've been dying to use my new      Paisley Framelits! Hint: you'll see a lot of them next month! Wow are they awesome!!! But I just thought they had the best ghost shape!

So I pulled out the Silver Glimmer Card stock & cut a few out! Aren't they cute?? I just simply cut them out!!! I used my small circle punches to make the eyes & mouths!!!

Heat embossed the sentiment with my Layered Letters Alphabet stamps. Backed them all on Basic Black then on a piece of Pink Flamingo DSP! So boo to you!! lol  Now I know the pic looks like I got White Embossing Powder everywhere on the card, but no. I used the Aqua Painter & splattered a bit of Whisper White Ink refill to give a bit of attention to the background. It looks good in real life! Trust me! lol

So I hope you and yours have a fun & safe Halloween next Monday!!! We will be "thanking" you for joining us next week!

Happy Haunting ( I mean Stampin'!!!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


So we are here on a new Halloween week on our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
blog hop with a full house this week!!!

Welcome from Helen's blog!!! Next in line is Lizzy's blog! Then keep going through the hop & see everyone's Halloween creation!!! Lots of fun stuff here this week!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So I hope you're not sick of these little guys, because I could stamp & punch them out all day long!!! Soon I'll have to put them away! So I thought one last CDTL week with my buddies will work!

So the name of the stamp set is Cookie Cutter Halloween! The guys are cut using the Cookie Cutter Punch!  I just simply embossed the background matte using the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder.  I used my Layered Letters & Labeler Alphabet stamps for the words. Threw in a little  
Pink Flamingo Washi Tape & some Halloween Bakers Twine & it's a cute little card!!!

So there's one more week of Halloween treats! Next week I promise something "spooookkkkyyyy" just for you!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


It's October! Halloween time at 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!  
Well I'm sort of changing it up a bit yet staying on track. Clear as mud?! lol

Hoppers this week are here from Amanda's Crafty Playdate!!! Head over to Lizzy's when you are through!!! Enjoy the projects my friends have to share with you!!!

So here's my card this week:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So this week we are supposed to do Halloween! Well mine is a Halloween Birthday card! I'm not a huge Halloween fan. I think the holidays get rushed, so to me, Halloween is more fall-like! I actually made this card for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween! So I wanted it to be about her! But the pumpkin keeps it seasonal!

This was such a simple card but I think it really packs a punch.  Simple yet fun!  The only stamping really here is the sentiment from the BYOP stamp set! The pumpkin parts were cut with the Oval Framelits and the Paisley Framelits. The edges of the pumpkin were sponged to add some depth.  

The background DSP is from the Serene Scenery Pack, and the 
Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder makes the neat background for the pumpkin.   The Linen Thread and Burlap Ribbon add just enough of a finishing touch.

So while not traditional Halloween per se, it works for a Halloween birthday card-makes it about her birthday and not just Halloween! Happy birthday Melissa!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Here we are in October already!!! Our 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop 
this month is all about fall!!! And what's more fall than Halloween?!  So I decided my fall creation would be Halloween!!

Here's my design:

It's a cute little 5"x7" sampler to go into a frame or just display. I actually have a frame for it but it didn't photograph well, so here it is-naked! lol!

I've been getting quite a bit of use of the Cookie Cutter suite from the 
Holiday Catalog! The little guys are from the Cookie Cutter Halloween cut out with the Cookie Cutter Punch!  And of course the bling is the gorgeous Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper!  
The whole "package" is tied up with the Halloween Night Bakers Twine! And the little guys are all slightly watercolored-just enough to give some texture!

I created my own DSP using the bat stamp from the set! I didn't order any Halloween DSP yet, so had to improvise!!! Right now with out Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP special I'll have to think about stocking up!!!

So just a fun little Halloween sampler this month! Now hop to Tina's blog & enjoy her creation.  You ca either click on her name or the icon below! Then keep hopping until you get back here!!!  Lots of amazing Fall creations!!!! A bit early, but Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Stamping'!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Coloring Fall again! For the month of October our 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
is featuring Halloween creations!!!

Maybe you're here from Helen's blog! Hi! Lizzy's blog is next!!! 
Happy Hoppin'!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So Halloween creations are a bit of a challenge for me. I'm not really that into it. I love the decorations & all, but it's without little kids around, it's just one of those holidays to eat lots of candy! So I don't typically get a lot of Halloween stamping supplies! So it'll be interesting this month trying to come up with stuff! Challenge accepted!!!

That being said, I love this little card! So this stamp set,  
Cookie Cutter Halloween, is so adorable!!! It coordinates with the 
Cookie Cutter Punch. The little guys are so sweet!!! You will see different ways to use this set this month!

I created my own DSP using the little bat from the stamp set!!!  I kind of think he looks like he's "the vampire in the moon" here, although that wasn't my intent! lol

The beautiful Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper is the perfect backing for the Labeler Alphabet letters! I wanted them to pop-and I think they did here! It also worked well for his little tie! lol The "to" and "you" are stamps from My Paper Pumpkin sets! I bet they're available to you if you're a 
My Paper Pumpkin subscriber!!! Hint Hint!!! lol, hal

Wrapped it all up with some Halloween Night Baker's Twine. The little guy has watercolor touches to him! He doesn't scare me though!

So on this first week in our October blog hop, I say BOO to you!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Last week of September. What???? I still can't believe summer is over! Where did this month go???? Well here we are for a new 
Coloring Down the Lines
At least some things remain constant!

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog!!! Glad you're here-AGAIN!! Now for the other piece of bread on this blog hop sandwich-Miss Lizzy's blog!!!! Please go there  next!!!!

So here's my card and this week:

And here is our inspiration-type photo:

So I'm a bit low on apple stamp sets! lol I tended to go more with Christmas in the Holiday Catalog this year than Fall. Not a huge Halloween person, altho I do love some of the stamp sets! But this one I had to dig into my faves from the Annual Catalog!

The beautiful tree is from one of my favorite stamp sets Stampin' Up! has ever come out with! It's of course Sheltering Tree!  This stamp set is not only beautiful, but it's also versatile. It can be used for just about any occasion.  

Now the apples are actually from another set-Sprinkles of Life. They were cut out with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch. I thought they worked well together. The tree in that set is just a bit too small for these apples!!

The Woodlands Embossing Folder was supposed to look like the apple tree was in the forest of trees! I guess it works! lol 

Over all it's a cute fall, apple-picking card to fit our blog hop this week! Hope it inspired you to go picking-apples that is!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Welcome back! We are 
Coloring Down the Lines 
on our little blog hop once again!This month we are trying something a bit different. We are not limited to specific colors, but more a color scheme with a theme! I'm loving it!  Lots more options!!!!

Well things that don't change is you are probably hopping from Helen's blog and gonna hop on over to Lizzy's blog!!! I've said before how much I love being the bologna in their sandwich! lol 

So here's this week's card:

Here is the photo for inspiration:

Now I know I could've gone all out with trees & leaves & such. But see, I'm not really a fall person! I nearly had a breakdown when we covered the pool last weekend! lol

So I decided to keep it simple & use one of my fave stamp sets from the Annual Catalog-Vertical Greetings!   This stamp set was sitting on my desk saying, "Stamp with ME" so I did!  I used some Stampin' Write Markers to add the fall colors.  

The background paper is from the Serene Scenery DSP Paper Stack! Sooooo love that stack of paper! Altho this is the first time I actually used the back of any of it! The front is so pretty!!!

Finished it off with a bit of the Burlap Ribbon and some Linen Thread
Red Bakers Twine to add a bit of a pop.

Fall actually begins this week so maybe next week I'll be more "there", but right now, I wanna enjoy the last couple of days of actual summer. This card is "gently fall"! I'm easing in!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Here we are on this brisk not-quite-fall-yet day for our 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!

Welcome hoppers from Helen's beautiful blog. Head over to Lizzie's blog when you are done! So glad to have her back!

So here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

So I thought this was kind of fun! The big trick was I didn't have any pumpkin stamps or Framelits. So I created my own! I used the smaller circle from 
Swirly Scribbles Framelits & trimmed it to fit a circle cut from the 
1" Circle Punch! Works! It's definitely more clear in person tho!

The scarecrow from the Gingerbread Halloween stamp set is watercolored with the inks & Blender Pens and punched out with the Gingerbread Punch!

The real star here is the background paper. It comes from the 
Serene Sceneries Designer Paper Stack! Love this stack! A perfect little 6x6 stack of paper with real photos! So pretty!!!  

Sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. 

Hope you enjoyed this little early touch of spring!!! Now go hop to the other blogs!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Hello. Here we are. 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
End of summer blues. Do you feel it in my tone? Yup. Not enjoying the fact summer is ending. I'm such a summer girl.  Just a little bit more-please??  

Anyway, hello hoppers from Helen's blog. Hope you're looking forward to fall. It's coming. Oh bother.  And hop over to Sandy's blog when you are through here. Wish we could hop over to summer again.  

Here's my card:

Here are the blues:
I chose Whisper White for the neutral-clearly!

So this is a "rainy day" card. Kinda like I'm feeling. Oddly enough it did rain today. Tropical storm Hermine. She was a bust. Thank goodness. But she brought some chilly weather with her.  Guess it's gonna warm up later in the week! Summer will be back-for a bit!!!

So the details on this card are simple. Stamps et is Weather Together.  The umbrella was cut from the Umbrella Weather Framelits.  The background is embossed with the Gently Falling Textured Embossing Folder.  Lastly, there are some Metallic Enamel Shapes embellishing the sentiment. 

 Overall I actually love this card. And I joke about the Ey-ore attitude (sort of!).  Because after all, summer does REALLY end until September 22! lol

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, September 3, 2016


to the new 
And I must say WOW!!!! It's AMAZING!!!  

Contact me today to get your own or view it HERE online!!!

Check out this fun video to see some of the fun things you can do with the GREAT new products!!! I am so excited!!!!! 

I can't wait to share with you!!! Classes coming soon. Workshops booking up quickly! Book yours now!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
this week is devoted to patriotic colors in honor of Labor Day next Monday! 
Love the Red, White, & Blue!!

You may be here from Helen's blog! Hello! Be sure to hop over to  Sandy's blog when you are through here. Get ready to celebrate the holiday in blog hop style!!!

So here's my card:

Here is our inspiration photo:
So I went totally flag this week! lol  I saw something similar to this on a video somewhere but can't remember where! So I put my take on it! This was fun to make!

So there's actually very little stamping involved, but I did enjoy using my 
Swirly Scribbles Thinlets to make the stripes of Old Glory!  When I first saw this set I thought-ya whatever. Now I use it all the time!! It's so much fun!!!

For the stars section, I first embossed the Night of Navy with the 
Lucky Stars Embossing Folder & added a clear star from the 
Metallics Sequin Assortment! They were the perfect fit for the embossed stars! A bit of Silver Dazzling Details finished them off!

The words in the stripes are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. Thought it was neat to add a bit of sentimental words!

And lastly, yes, copping to using retired product!!! Whey they every retired the 
Little Letters Thinlets Dies I'll never know! They were the only "normal" sized letter dies we had! The Big ones are awesome, but these little guys are perfect for cards and scrapbooking! So I'm on a mission to bring them back!! So better to ask for forgiveness later than permission first!

Happy Labor Day. It's still not the end of summer in my mind tho!!! I'm hanging on to the summer weather as long as I can!!! I will so miss my summer days. Depression until next June!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


So this week on our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop 
we are "celebrating" Back to School! Now this is a big issue for me because I want summer to stay forever! But since I am no longer teaching, I'm not going back to school, so bring it on! lol

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog!!!   Be sure to keep moving through the grades to 
Sandy's blog

Here's my card:

Here are the colors:
So we are basically Primary Colors this week! Works for Back to School, right? Well I taught first & second grade, so it's perfect for me!

This one was kind of fun! I got to play with my alphabet stamp sets! The large letters are from the Layered Letters set-which I love!  The smaller letters are from my most used alpha set, Labeler Alphabet.  They are both great for cards, but especially the larger ones, are also great for scrapbooking! I use them frequently!

I used the Banners Framelits because banners just shout "school" to me! Maybe you don't hear it?! The Lucky Stars Folder just works! And the  
Metallic Sequins just happen to come in star shapes also, so BAM! The little sentiment is found in the Crazy About You stamp set! That set's so versatile!!!

So hope this got ya thinkin' bout readin', writin', and 'rithmetic!! I'm gonna continue thinking about the beach if you don't mind! lol

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


It's Purple week on our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop!
We are continuing with our monochromatic creations this week! I've really loved this challenge!!!

Hello my hopping friends from Helen's blog! Hope you are enjoying! I can't wait for you to see Lizzie's purple creation! So keep hopping!

Here's my card:

It's purple week:
This picture totally doesn't do this card justice! I could not get the lighting right now matter what I did!!!! It almost looks brown, but no, it's purples!!!  Colors used are Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry and 
Elegant Eggplant.

The card base is Wisteria Wonder.  Then I embossed a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  This is one of my faves!!

The stamp set is the best! It's a Hostess Set from the Annual Catalog called Love You Lots! It's one of my favorite Hostess sets in forever!!! These guys are to die for!!!  They were very simply stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink, and I used an Aqua Painter to do a bit of watercolor blending on their little pokeys!!! I thought just a simple stamp of the sentiment was perfect! 

Now the ribbon is some retired ribbon as I have yet to stock up on lots of new colors, but it truly is Rich Razzleberry! It looks so red in this picture, but it isn't! It blends much better in real life! Not sure why the camera didn't like these colors! It's such a cute, simple little card! lol

So this is our last week of monochromatic cards. I hope you've enjoyed! Next week will be quite different! lol I've really enjoyed this challenge!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


So this month on our 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop 
we are experimenting with monochromatic designs! 
Sounds easy, but it's a bit more challenging than I thought it would be! Loving the challenge tho!!! It's forcing me to explore all our amazing colors in a new way!!!

Welcome all my friends from Helen's blog! I KNOW her creation was amazing! Now continue on to an equally amazing creation at Lizzie's place!!!! Such talent on this little hop!!!

Here's my card:

So this week we are working with reds!!!!
I have wanted to use this hummingbird from the Picture Perfect stamp set for awhile.  I love the 3-step stamping, and this bird is beautiful.  I haven't used it since the beginning of the summer, but I love it! I think it works well with the reds. Kind of different!

The Woodlands Embossing Folder was used to make it look like the bird was flying in the woods. Kind of a stretch, but you get the idea! lol

The Blossom Punch made the little flowers. I do have the stamp set that coordinates, but I wanted to keep them simple so as not to distract from the hummingbird. 

It's finished off with some Affectionately Yours Washi Tape, some 
Pearl Basic Jewels colored with red Sharpie, and yes, some retired ribbon. Sorry. I need to stock up on some new ribbons! Sad but true!

I know there are pinks on the card, but I consider them a shade of red! Hope you agree! lol The reds used today are Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Flirty Flamingo.

Happy Stampin'!