Wednesday, April 8, 2015


It's Wednesday morning so it's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!! We have some "spring" for you this week!!!

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog! Glad you are here!!! Be sure to continue onto Liz's blog when you are through here! If you're beginning here, keep going until you get right back here!!! Don't miss the awesome inspiration!!!!!

So here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

And here's the Stamping' Up! colors in MDS:
So those colors are really all about the flowers! So pretty! I decided to visit some old friends with my card this week! The sentiment is from Feel Goods stamp set! The flowers have some Flower Patch stamping too!  Otherwise, it's all about the Flower Fair Framelits & the Labels Collection Framelits

Throw in some Rhinestone Jewels & a bit of Washi & ya got a pretty card! Oh and don't forget to emboss!!!

So now go hopping around & see the beauties everyone has for you!!!! Even leave a comment-or 2!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015


This week's The Paper Plunge Challenge Blog is celebrating Easter!!! We are featuring any Easter items-cards, decorations, etc!!!

Here's mine!

I am loving The Berry Basket Bigz Die!!! I have used it for so many different occasions since I got it! It's just perfect for Easter! 

I used the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP. It's so easy to make! I added a few punched flowers & a sentiment & it makes a great Easter basket!!!!

Other items used are the Pansy Punch, Crazy About You stamp set, 
Petite Petals Punch, retired ribbon, Builder Bird Punch. Oh, and of course some Gold Dazzling Details!!! Gotta have bling!!!

So pop on over to The Paper Plunge & see what Easter inspiration the talented designers have for you! Then you can create & upload your own!!!  

Happy Stampin' & Happy Easter!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!

Well it may be a bit early for Mother's Day celebrations, but it's not too early to begin your Mother's Day projects!!! It's April 1!! Only a month to get those supplies & create!!! You will find some great inspiration from the talented ladies on this blog hop!!!

Here is my card for Mother's Day:

These colors ended up together by accident, but I love the look! They are Blackberry Bliss & Tempting Turquoise

In keeping with my CAS style, I wanted something simple yet elegant.  The image is from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  The little flowers in the background are from the Summer Silhouettes, and the sentiment is from Crazy About You!

The stamp was colored with markers, & the bling is Dazzling Diamonds glitter! It adds such a pretty pop to the flowers. I was thinking hydrangeas! Hard to think flowers at all with the cold weather we are having. All my spring flowers are under 1-2 feet of snow still. Sad. I wish spring would get here.

Oh well! I did make sure the inside was pretty too. Just in case the weather is still cold in May! It may help warm up the situation!

Other items used are the Window Frames Framelits, Circle Framelits, & 1/4" Ribbon.

Now go  hop on over to StampingTammy's blog & see what she has to share with you! Like a card on the hop? Pin it! Be sure to leave a comment & let everyone know that you loved their creation! Just click on the image below to go to Tammy's blog! Keep going!!!

If you are a regular to our ICS Blog Hop, you will see some new blogs! I'd like to welcome our newbies-in particular, my friend Amanda over at MyCraftyPlaydate!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stampin'!!!


It's SPRING!!! April Fools! Not even close-at least not here in New England! Still yucky cold & wintery white!!! Everywhere except here on this 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!! 
Today we hit some beautiful spring colors!!!  In fact, I couldn't do just one! You'll see!

So hello hoppers from Helen's Blog!!! And everyone who is beginning the hop here!! Be sure to continue on over to Liz's Blog & then keep going!!! Get your dose of spring here!!!!

So here are my cardS:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
So yes, I couldn't do just 1 card! The first made me feel springy & got me motivated to make another!    Not only is it April 1, but Easter will be Sunday! And I love tulips on my Easter table!! 

Now both cards are fairly quick, CAS cards. Easy to whip up 2 in no time! Remember, CAS is my style! I like the simplicity of the cards, plus I like to give ideas on how the busy working stamper can make cards quickly& with minimal products!

The first is simply the Painted Petals stamp set. Both the image & the sentiment. Everything is cut out with the Oval Framelits.  
The  background on the card base is simply the Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder.  Add a bit of Bakers Twine from my Sale-a-Bration stash & it finishes off nicely! Easy breezy!!!

The second card is still simple. I did use 3 stamp sets for this one, but you don't have to. The tulips & fatter stems were made with the Works of Art stamp set. 
The sentiment & ferns are from Butterfly Basics (soon to be available once again!), and the thinner stem from the Lotus Blossom SAB stamp set.  You could do the stems simply with markers.  The only accessories are Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim, & of course the bling-Dazzling Details!  Again, easy breezy!

So go try to find some spring where you are. If not, check out this blog hop! The talented ladies here are sure to get you "springing" into the season!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015


This week at The Paper Plunge we are featuring the 
Spotlight Technique!  This is an oldie, but I must admit I'd forgotten what it was!!! After doing a bit of research, I remembered doing this many times before-just not in awhile. So I was happy to be reintroduced to it!!!

Here's my card:

It's rather simple-it leaves the "spotlight" as the focus. See, the spotlight technique uses a small area that is "spotlighted" or highlighted with color. It's used as a way to "feature" an area on the image. It's not always stamped in black, but more often than not is.

This lovely stamp set it Sweetbriar Rose. It's in the Annual Catalog! It's very pretty colored, but I thought it worked well for this technique.  

The sentiment is from The Best Day Ever from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog. Love that stamp set! Gonna miss this catalog!!!

The circles were punched with the 3/4", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" Circle Punches.  The image was colored with my Stampin' Markers. That's the only downfall for me right now-I miss my Blendabilities. Stampin' Up! though is so strong on their quality that they just felt they weren't cutting it, so they were removed from all catalogs. Too bad. I really liked them.  They are researching alternative alcohol markers however, so we hopefully will have some nice ones to work with soon!!!!  This image would have been much prettier if it were blended tho. Ah well. Life goes on!

Other items used in this card are Black Stazon Ink, Dazzling Diamonds, 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.

Now go pop on over the The Paper Plunge & check out what the other designers have in store for you!  This is a fun technique. Go get some ideas & give it a try! Then post your own creation!!! Maybe you'll become a member of our "SwimTeam"!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Happy Wednesday!!! And 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!! The weather says we will be in the 40'sF today!  May  not seem like much to everyone, but to us here in New England it's like 80 degrees!!!!  Will spring every get here????

Combining blog challenges again! This week I'm using the Mojo Monday 390 sketch as a base. I like the way it works for this.

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog!! I can't wait to see her at convention this year!!! Be sure to continue on to Lizzy's blog!!! So much talent with these 2 ladies-and all the other wonderful friends on this hop!!! Just keep going!!!!

So here's this week's card:

And here's this week's inspiration:

And here are this week's Stampin' Up! colors from MDS:
And here's the Mojo Monday sketch:

Now these colors are very neutral. I figured I'd take the change to go sorta "masculine".  Altho I think it could go either way, the colors might work for a guy.  Now why you'd need a brown congrats card I'm not sure, but I like the shape of the stamp!!!  That comes from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set 
Simply Wonderful!!! A nice little versatile set! And yours only for awhile longer!!! 

I like the way the Darling Doily Thinlets makes the background here. Kind of a different look!

The brown ribbon that you see under the Sahara Sand Lace Trim is some altered Jute Ribbon. I colored it with my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Marker.  There's so much you can do with that ribbon. Very rustic & fun!!!

Other items used are the Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bird Builder Punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Pearls Basic Jewels (just because!), Scallop Circle Punch.

Now keep hopping!!!!! See you next time!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


We are here for another 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
Luv my Wednesdays!!! As I post this, it's perfect for today-St. Patrick's Day! We're "wearing'" green here on this hop!!!

You may be here from Helen's blog! Glad you hopped along!!! Now keep hopping & head over to Liz's blog!!! Then keep going until you're right back here!! Enjoy along the way!!!

Here's my "green" creation this week: 

Here's the inspiration:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
So the minute I saw these colors I thought grass! Of course I haven't seen any in months, but I think it's still under all that white stuff!  And grass makes me think "spring"!!! Oh please let it get here sometime soon!!!  It's just so cold & ugly still! Well maybe this hop will help bring on the spring!

I thought for "green" the Sheltering Tree stamp set would work well. This did not come out at all the way I thought it would look, but I love it! Could be a masculine card, but really it's for anyone.  I just love that tree. It's often used in a sort of "whimsical" way, but I like the softness & rustic nature of it here.  The little frame is made with the Square Framelits & the 
Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  

The leaves are stamped once with the Mossy Meadow ink, then they are embossed with the Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder.  I would have loved to add a bit of darker blue for the sky, but had to stick with the theme. That's one reason I love these challenges-they make you have to think outside of the box! I love that!!

So hope you enjoyed the hop this week! Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day a day a wee bit late!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 13, 2015


Great class coming up!!! Learn about our amazing new Chalk Ink Pads & Chalkboard Paper!!! Very Cool!!! 

Click on Workshops link at top of blog for full info, but here are the debts:

Chalk Ink Technique Class

Learn all about our brand new Chalk Inks & Chalkboard Paper!  It's fun & easy! Learn some new techniques with these great new items in our 
Occasions Catalog!
You will make 4 cards with envelopes & have plenty to take home!!! Great new technique!!

Date:March 28
Cost: $25
(Includes 1 pkg of our new Chalkboard Paper, 1 Chalk Ink Pad, 1/2 Pack Notecards & Envelopes)
Registration Deadline:March 16

You will need to choose which color Chalk Ink you would like to use. Choose from Aqua, Coral or Yellow. Must let me know when you register for class!

You may order the other 2 colors for $7.00 each.

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Hello all you Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hoppers!!! I can't believe it's March hop time already!!!! As  I type this, we are having our first day in the upper 40's F since January 18! It feels like summer! Ugh!  Still snowbanks over my head! With more snow on it's way!!!

That's why I'm so excited about a SPRING blog hop!! Can't wait to see what everyone has! Hopefully it'll help me at least think spring!!! Feels like the only place it exists in in this blog hop!!! lol

So here's my card:

It's kind of going old-school for me! I haven't done something with this type design in awhile!  But I love how the Something Lacy giant stamp makes such a pretty background! This one was done with a sponge & 3 different colors!!! Such a versatile stamp!!!

So nothing says "spring" to  me like flowers do! The flower is from the 
Crazy About You Stamp set and is punched out with The coordinating 
Flower Medallion Punch!  Super easy! I did fussy cut the inner flower & the leaves, but that wasn't too taxing!

Other items used are the Simply Wonderful stamp set for the sentiment, Candy Dots & Candy Dot Brad Base, & Wide Baker's Twine.

Sweet simple & spring!!!

So go pop on over to Tina's blog now & see what she has to offer! Be sure to keep going after visiting hers!!! Hopefully you will get some "spring fever" too!!! Please leave a comment! We love to hear from you!! Just click the picture below!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


I am fortunate enough to have a great library in the town next to mine. Every year, they recognize March as Women in Art Month!  And every year they invite me to add something to their exhibit! I am a bit bored with just adding cards, so I decided to try my hand at some Home Decor this year!!!

Here's what I entered into the exhibit:

Now I will admit to "stealing" the concept from the Occasions Catalog! That Painted Blooms DSP is art in itself! In fact, we found out at the Catalog Launch Party that they actually had artist watercolor the designs then used those to design the paper! So pretty!!1

But I didn't want to just CASE the catalog! I wanted to add my own touch! Now keep in mind, living in Massachusetts, I NEED SPRING!!!! And nothing says spring to me more than beautiful butterflies! I wanted to feature my 
Butterfly Thinlits! Love these things!!!!

This butterfly was cut from Vellum Cardstock and "spritzed" with the 
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz! It makes it somewhat irradescant!!!   I will admit, however, that it takes practice cutting vellum with the thinlets! But once it works, how pretty!

The "smile" was stamped from the So You stamp set! Just a simple banner with a bit of Washi Tape and one more tiny butterfly cut from some DSP using the Small Butterfly Punch!!!

So I hope it is enjoyed! The exhibit promises to be amazing as always! There's all kinds of art so it really gets me some exposure!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Welcome to this week's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!! 
I am combining challenges this week & using a Mojo Monday sketch!!!!

You probably traveled here from Helen's blog! Be sure to continue on the way to Liz's blog!!! Then just keep going!!!

So here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the MDS colors:

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

Fairly simple card this week! Wanted to try out my Big Day stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog! I think it'll be so much fun with my Chalk Inks & Chalkboard Paper, but the colors don't work for this challenge. So I figured i'd make it the "star" of the show (see what I did there??!!! lol)

Other materials used: Star Embossing Folder, Stars Framelits, Gold Glitz Dazzling Details, Banner Framelits, 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Washi Tape

Hope ya liked!!! Keep hopping & enjoy what everyone else has for you!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Today I thought I'd share with you something other than a card!!! It's a bit of home decor!  I love doing these, and this particular pack is my favorite so far!

So these are Stamped Tile Coasters:

Yup! Just simple tiles!  Stamped with Black Stazon Ink. Now sometimes I will add a bit of color with permanent markers, but I'm still not 100% sold on that.  I do put them in the oven for a bit to heat them up & "bake in" the ink, but many say it's  not necessary. Some people add some finishing spray, but these simple ones don't really need it!

I used the By The Tide stamp set. First, I stamped the words, then I sanded them a bit. Then just simply stamped the fish in the corner!

I did add the little padded feet on the back so they don't destroy your furniture!  

I will gladly do a class on these for you, or I'll even create ones for you to purchase! I usually do sets of 4, but you can do as many as you'd like! Contact me to order yours! Perfect for you or for gifts! Everyone needs coasters!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, March 2, 2015


My Stampin' Up! team met last Friday night! Each time we get together, we do a mini-swap! That's where we come up with a theme or technique or design or something & each make a card. Then we "swap" the cards so we each get some new ones! They are great to pull if you need that card, but they're also great for ideas! 

This month's theme was Sympathy Cards (been needing way too many of those lately unfortunately!).

Here's mine:

This is a very simple card. That is my "rule" for a sympathy card.  Must be not too busy-Clean And Simple. I also will very rarely put the words "with sympathy" on it. I try for "thinking of you" or "you're in my thoughts" or something along those lines. I just think they are more meaningful.

So this card was done with one of my oldest techniques. Haven't done it in awhile, but for some reason I just decided to revisit using tissue paper as a medium.

The design-which is from Butterfly Basics stamp set-was stamped on just an ordinary piece of tissue paper with Black Stazon Ink. I then colored with the Blendabilities. Wasn't sure how they'd work on tissue paper as I haven't tried that yet. I like the result. I've always use the Stampin' Markers before, but either one works well. I was able to do a bit of blending & shading with the Blendabilities tho that I wouldn't have been able to achieve as nicely with the markers.  

I thought the torn edge worked well with the design. I just lightly edged it with a sponge for depth. I simply embossed the sentiment with 
Black Embossing Powder. That is from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set. 

So just a card share today! Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015


This week over at The Paper Plunge we are working with our Brayers!

Here's my card:

So i'll be the first to admit, since they took away our Glossy Cardstock, my Brayer has been hangin' out all by itself! I'm not a fan of how it comes out on our Whisper White Cardstock. So when I saw this challenge, I thought I might sit it out. But then I decided to try something else-our 
Shimmer White Cardstock! And it worked like a charm!!!!

I've always struggled a bit with the blending, but I think it looks pretty nice on this card!  I used 3 coordinating colors-Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay.  I think the blend is nice & the colors work together.

The stamp set is Butterfly Basics. You'll be seeing a lot of that one! I LOVE it!!! And I've barely used the butterfly! lol I love all the "earthy", rustic designs in this stamp set.

The flowers are colored in with my Wisteria Wonder & Wild Wasabi Blendabilities. I also used them to color the Pearl Basic Jewels for that special pop! I love how the Blendabilities can color just about all the embellishments! Jewels, pearls, buttons, ribbons, etc., etc.,  etc.!!!!

So why not take a little time to go visit The Paper Plunge & get some ideas on what to do with your brayer!!! Our Design Team has been working hard!!! I'm glad my Brayer & I have reconnected! I missed it!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Helloooo there! We are Coloring Down the Lines again!!! Must be Wednesday! And this week we are going for a softer look! Dare I say "warm"?!  These colors make me think of summer!  Seems like that's never gonna happen as I once again look out my window to snow falling! Ugh!

Anyway, at least you can join us on our little blog hop! You probably traveled here from Helen's beautiful blog! Love that she's back online!!!! I missed her!  If you're starting here, then be sure to continue on to Liz's awesome blog!! Then keep going right around until you get back here!! Fun time for all!

I also decided to double up on challenges this week! The design of the card is courtesy of Sketch Frenzy Friday! I love their sketches over there!

So here we go!!!

Here's my card this week:

Here's the (yummy!) inspiration photo:

Here are the colors in Stampin' Up! MDS:

Here's the Sketch Frenzy Friday Sketch:

This was a fun, simple little card.  Most of the products used are from the 
Sale-a-Bration Catalog!  Namely, the Best Year Ever-stamp set, DSP, and Accessories Pack! I love my goodies from the SAB Catalog! I want to be sure to use it as much as possible before the catalog disappears!

A little Crisp Cantaloupe Bakers Twine, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, and some Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the Calypso Coral Blendabilities & you have a cute little card!!! It "made my day"!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, February 20, 2015


So this week over at The Paper Plunge we are featuring scoring on our cards! Now we score just about every card we make-or we should anyway-when we fold them! But this challenge is using scoring as a design feature. Sounds easy. And it is easy to do, but not so easy to design!!! This one took some thinking!!!

So here's what I came up with:

The scoring is on the diagonal.  I used some Washi Tape to draw attention to it.  It's tough to see in the picture. I tried so many shots to get it to show up nicely.

I used the So You stamp set. It's designed to go with the So You Project Kit! That's really cool! It's like this little scrapbook! Love it! The little button you can get for FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale!!!

The weather we are having here guided the design!! It's so snowy, cold & nasty, that I really needed a little sunshine in my life!! It's a bright cheery card to cheer up my vitamin D!!!!  But look what happened when I went to photograph it, I realized it could go either way! lol  Didn't plan that!!!!

So pop over to The Paper Plunge & see what's happenin' over there! I know there are some cool designs!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, February 19, 2015


My friends over at the SUO Challenge site this week is looking for "shape" cards! Anything other than a square or rectangle!!!

I decided to pull out my Floral Frames Framelit Dies and give myself a dose of spring!!!! This has been the hardest, longest, yuckiest winter that I remember! I can't wait for spring, and flip flops, and sunshine, and........!!!!

So here's my card:

The paper is from the gorgeous Painted Blooms DSP!!!!! You can find that in the amazing Occasions Catalog
The cardstock is from a Brights Coordinations Pack that Stamping' Up! sent me for free for Paper Pumpkin subscriptions!!! I believe it's still available on the Clearance Rack! But I love the texture of this cardstock. And the colors seem so bright!

The stamped image is from A Round Array!  So a very simple card! I hope you enjoy it!  Now head over to the SUO Challenges site & get some inspiration for your next project!!!! All Stampin' UP!!!

Happy Stampin!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


This week in our Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop we are looking at some very pretty colors! Wintery yet with a spring "thing"! 

Welcome back to those from Helen's blog!! It's been awhile! So glad she was able to get her computer all set! I missed her!  But don't forget to go see 
Miss Liz at her blog after visiting here!!! There's a whole world of good on this hop! We have almost a full house this week!!!

So here's my card:

Here's the inspiration:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
I've been dying to try out my new stamp set Sheltering Tree! It just arrived last week! These colors seemed to work well for a "spring" tree! Maybe like cherry blossoms-sorta!!

This is a very simple card!! Now if you follow this blog, you know that I like a CAS style! I keep them simple so you can do them easily too! I love looking at all the beautiful Victorian cards with lots of ephemera & embellishments & all, but not my style! I like to make cards that you can do as a beginner, yet "bling" up once ya get comfortable with it! I think this card fits that.  

The only embellishments here are the Pistachio Pudding Baker's Twine & some small Pearl Basic Jewels! I kinda mess with the banner a bit & raised it up! Not sure if you can see it in the picture, but they are there!!! lol

So please keep hopping & enjoy the hop this week!!!!

Happy Stampin'!