Autumn Colors

Fall is always my favorite season and I love using fall themed supplies!  I used paper and ribbon from stash, but the wood veneer leaves are pretty recent from Stampin’ Up.  I made several versions of this same card by just using different paper.


Happy Birthday this Summer

My Happy Mail Card Club got a fun, summery birthday card last month!  I had just purchased the retired Label Love set with punch from my Stampin Up’ demonstrator and was browsing Pinterest for ideas.  I found Lisa Young’s card and knew I wanted to replicate it.  I used a 6″ by 6″ paper pad from one of my past Simon Says Stamp kits.  I did not have any regular buttons that matched, so I die cut the button out of matching paper.  Stamping, Cuttlebug embossing, die cuts, twine, embellishments – this card has it all going on!

I liked this one so much, I made extras for myself to send out.  Hope your July is as bright and summery as this card!

Ballerina Card

I have definitely been on a coloring kick with my cards lately!  I do it all in stages – usually coloring on a holiday break, fussy cutting images at a crop, and then putting the images on a card at home when it is time for to mail cards to my group.  This ballerina image was a printout from the Copic Markers for Cardmakers online class.  I actually used my Night of Navy Blendabilities from Stampin Up’ to color this image – a set I kept even after they discontinued the line. I am really happy with how the skin turned out, but I am still working on the perfect coloring for hair.  The saying stamp is from a Close to my Heart set.  The embossed banner just gives it an extra pop.

Hope your day is brightened a little bit!

Sincere Thanks Cards

To start out my Happy Mail Card Club cards for 2015, I created a simple card using the flower image from the Online Card Classes – Copic Markers for Card Makers. This image is about as detailed as I have gotten in my coloring adventures, but I was excited to blend the colors to create a realistic flower.  The reds are actually the Stampin’ Up Blendabilities Cherry Cobbler set, which match the background paper (of course!).  After I spent so much time coloring the image, it just seemed appropriate to use a simple background of embossed Swiss Dots and a simple “thank you” message.

I hope your crafting is off to a great start in 2015!

Hodge Podge Christmas Cards

I have been making and sending my own Christmas cards for over six years now.  Usually, I create one style of card and replicate it for everyone.  Well, over time that led to a couple leftovers.  And over the years I have attended classes where we made Christmas cards.  Or I bought a kit and made those Christmas cards.  Sometimes my card clubs would send Christmas cards to swap.  So I finally collected enough so this year I could send out the hodge podge of Christmas cards.  It was perfect timing because it has been such a busy year and my list has exploded since gathering the wedding address list – from about 60 cards to 90!  Here are some of the cards I sent out this year:

Diane Deszo Card Kit


Basic Grey Card Kit


Stickers from Target with my design – Cuttlebug embossing die.


Card Kit (Bo Bunny I think?)


Card made at a Stampin’ Up class.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sweet Threads Simply Sent

When I saw the Simply Sent kit in the last Stampin’ Up catalog, I knew I had to have it.  Two hobbies combined: cross-stitch and cardmaking.  I miss cross-stitching sometimes.  When I was growing up, it was the trendy hobby.  I remember going into stores devoted to cross-stitch with my mother and grandmother.  I loved picking out new colors of floss for our collection.  I do not have many finished pieces, but I definitely spent a lot of time practicing!  These cards were a reminder of that.  A little different with the paper background.  And much more time consuming than I remember.    But really cute and simple cards.


Thanks for taking a look!

Hoping You’re on the Mend Cards

This month I decided to create cards based on a new paper line from Stampin’ Up and an older stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  The paper has little stitches on it in some great fall colors.  I used the spool stamp for the front of the card, stamping in Versamark and then dusting Perfect Pearls on top in a warm copper color.  The brown half circle was actually a large sticker cut in half, a product I have had for years and I finally found a good use.  The inside phrase says, “Hoping you’re on the mend.”  Some colored staples, twine, and a border punch rounded out the card design.

After that fun card design, it is time for Christmas around here!  The Christmas cards are done, Christmas gifts are being finalized, and its almost time for the annual cookie exchange.  Hope you are enjoying the end of November!