Monday, May 31, 2021

Happy Birthday - 52

I recently received a gift card from The Scrap Gals and picked up this cool freebie Camera Die and Embossing Folder. The dog is from the Stampers Anonymous Crazy Dogs set.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Scrap Gals - NSD Challenge (Stitching)

Guess what guys? I won the random Scrap Gals challenge!!! Here's the layout I did for the stitching challenge (1 of 7). 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Happy Birthday - 14

Here is the last of three masculine birthday cards for this month. This was actually the first card that I made in the series. Same papers and ephemera used on the other two.

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Scrap Gals - NSD Challenge (Cluster)

On National Scrapbook Day I made seven digital layouts following the prompts posted by Tiffany, Tracie and all of their wonderful guests. The challenge for this layout was to use a cluster of embellishments. "The View" is from my office window and the star of the show in my opinion is the paper.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Beautiful sticker sheets from served as the base for this card. While they were advertised as Japanese, the writing is most likely Chinese. The washi tape and the butterfly/moth rub ons are from Cocoa Daisy. The sentiment is from SU.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy Birthday - 73

Here is birthday card number 2 for the month. Same papers and elements. The sentiment is from Heidi Swapp.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Happy Birthday - 64

This month my family is celebrating three birthdays. Here is the first card that I made using paper from a Tim Holtz Ideology paper pack (I think) and ephemera that I've had for years. All three cards were made on the same day and have a similar theme.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Scrap Gals - April Challenge

Here is this month's sketch from The Scrap Gals. This is a spring ski trip that my husband took with his best friend to Mammoth Mountain and as luck would have it he ran into another friend that he's known for 30 years. ...small world. 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sympathy Cards for Men

I guess you would say that these cards are not your traditional sympathy cards but what can you really say when a husband loses a wife at such a young age? One that loves fishing and the other with a new found appreciation for golf. May you rest in peace Teresa and Libby.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Double Diamond Fold Card

Last week was my niece's 16th Birthday and I thought this double diamond fold card from Lisa Curcio at Lisa's Stamp Studio would be really cool and unique. I also made an accompanying St. Patrick's Day card using the same papers and stamps. The best thing about Lisa's card is that it fits in a standard A2 envelope and doesn't require extra postage.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Dragonfly Birthday Cards

This is one of the first stamps I ever bought from SU. For these cards I stamped the image on watercolor paper with archival ink and then used a mixture of watercolors and misting sprays to get the desired effect. No matching die here, just a lot of fussy cutting.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Scrap Gals - March Challenge

It's been a while since I posted but I wanted to share this layout that I did for the The Scrap Gals. If you haven't listened to their podcast on I would highly encourage you to do so. It's not free but totally worth it. This particular page was done in honor of my sister-in-law that passed away from cancer on March 3rd. Unfortunately we've had two other close family deaths occur in 2021 and I hope to honor those women as well.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

2020 Christmas Cards

For the last 20 years or so I have been making Christmas cards for approximately 50 of our friends, family and business acquaintances. Each year there is a lesson to be learned and never repeated again. This year's lesson was to not make the card so bulky that it is classified as a small package by USPS. What a nightmare! To think that I could send this card to Ireland for less than it cost to send it in the US is absolutely absurd. Kudos to the staff at PostalAnnex+ in Yucaipa, CA for hand typing all the addresses into the postal machine. You are Saints. The wood slices came from Rustic Wood Supply and yes, the wood slice is an ornament than can be removed from the card. Merry Christmas to everyone. Be Safe!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

O' Christmas Tree Layout

Although we are always traveling over the holidays, we put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Almost every ornament is different and most have a story behind them. Enjoy! For this layout I used a sketch from Rochelle Spears.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Leaf Love

Another Tim Holtz inspired leaf card. Paper, background stamp and die is from SU. Leaf stamp is from Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Happy Birthday - Leaf Love

This card was inspired by Tim Holtz and his Leaf Love challenge on Instagram. The leaf die is from SU, the leaf print is from Tim Holtz and the background embossing folder is from Anna Griffith. Happy Birthday Ken!


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

This tag features another stamp from Tim Holtz's 2019 Stampers anonymous set along with four of the sentiments in the set. I fussy cut around this guy and added shadow with colored pencils. Hopefully you're noticing my awesome faux candles made out of cardstock, hot glue and twine. They really came out cool. For a step by step video head over to Tim's Facebook page.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Creepin' It Real 2

 Another take on the Tim Holtz 2019 Stampers anonymous pumpkin stamp.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Creepin' It Real

A little Tim Holtz inspiration as we get closer to COVID-19 Halloween. This pumpkin stamp and sentiment are from Tim's 2019 Stampers anonymous collection.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Happy Birthday #2

One of my best friend's from high school is celebrating a birthday this month. She has been going through some tough times with her parents and doesn't take much time for herself. Although it's a small gesture, I thought this Tim Holtz inspired butterfly card would put a smile on her face. The paper is from Idea-ology and the butterfly stamp is from SU.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Happy Birthday!

I made this Birthday card for my sister-in-law who loves gardening and has a beautiful yard. The focal point of this card is a wooden trellis/gate from Wycinanka. The papers are from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology 8"x8" Etcetera pack.


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day! If you couldn't tell I've really loved using this bridge stamp that I found on Etsy (pinkflamingo61).

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Cocoa Daisy Tag Album

Several years ago I subscribed to Cocoa Daisy's monthly Travelers Notebook Kit Club and had a ton of fun documenting my daily life for almost year. Recently I subscribed to Cocoa Daisy's Planner Kit and thought I would clean out my stash of Cocoa Daisy Products before my new kit arrived. I used leftovers from one of their beach themed kits to create this cute tag album.

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