January 30, 2014

Sneak post

Hi there!
I have a fun post up on the Denami blog today with a few mini cards that are sweet and easy to mass produce for your loved ones.
Here's a sneak of one of them:)

Check out the full post if you are feeling inspired!


January 22, 2014

Love Circle

I have felt inspired by Pinterest so many times in the past few years, that I want to pay homage to the genius creators behind that mastermind idea:)

See these awesome cards? 
 Source #1, Source #2, Source #3
I found them on Pinterest recently and wanted to try random Washi strips on a cardfront myself. 
What better time than with the cute heart washi tape I had, and some fun stamps from Denami!

The Love Circle is on sale for the next week, but I also used XOXO, and some cute heart and zigzag patterned washi tape as well:)

Denami hosts a mini hop on the last Wednesday of each month, and there will be a winner drawn from all the commenters to WIN THE LOVE CIRCLE STAMP!

Be sure to stop by each place on the list to increase your chances:)

Thanks for stopping by,

January 15, 2014

Curtain Call Challenge

Woo hoo! I'm playing along with the Curtain Call challenge today and I'm so excited!
I've been "lurking" from afar but decided to come out and play because Denami is the sponsor for this challenge and I couldn't resist! 

This picture makes me think of sweet, romantic, old-fashioned letter writing to the one you admire. Those gorgeous orange flowers really popped out at me, so I incorporated their color and that of the old book into my card. Of course the doily, hearts, and twine are obvious:)

If you want to play along there is a great prize up for grabs...

I used the Heart Envelope stamp and paired it with the Open Box and Sending You Love. I originally had another envelope right in front of the box as if it fell out once opened, but when I was carrying the card to photograph it, the envelope fell off and stuck to the bottom of my shoe. *sad face* 
Needless to say, it was not really "fixable." 
So there seems to be a larger space than there should be on the front of my card, but oh well! *shrug*

Be sure to check out the Curtain Call blog for all the details on the challenge! I hope you'll play along!

Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous day:)

January 14, 2014

Just for fun cards

Hi there! I was playing around the other day with my stamps and made a bunch of cards just for fun. Not because I had an occasion that I needed one for, or because I had to for a DT assignment, but because I wanted to play and have fun:) 
I made 7 cards in two days JUST FOR FUN! 
(It's been a while since that has occurred)

These two use some of my awesome stamps from Casual Friday Stamps
The top one uses Wonderful Words, (leaves are from Casual Elegance).  The second one uses Love Notes. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

January 12, 2014

Valentine Blog Hop

Let me begin by saying that I {heart} St. Valentine's Day and I have been making and sending valentine cards to my family since I was about 7 years old. 
I would spend days crafting elaborate cards with doilies, old copies of Victoria magazine (for cut-out flowers, etc), ribbon and lace, and even the tin foil from old candy wrappers!
(Yes. I had one of those mothers who couldn't bear to throw out anything that had potential in another form. This is why she still has every cap from every jug of milk we ever drank, and more half-dyed popsicle sticks than one person should own. Feeling kitschy? Go ask my mom for supplies. Seriously.)
Even into my college years (mid-90s), I was still making and mailing them. 
St. Valentine's Day may be a "hallmark" holiday, but it's always been a favorite of mine for being crafty:)
Remember Victoria magazine? They were the best for decoupage back in the day *wink*

Participating in the monthly Denami Blog Hop is always fun for getting ideas and being inspired as well!
If you interested in winning one of two $20 gift certificates to the Denami store, be sure to stop at each blog in this hop and leave a comment. Two lucky commenters will be chosen from all the blogs!

Following along, I'm lucky #13 in this Blog Hop! *grin* 
If you came from Donna's blog I'll bet you are feeling inspired. She's so clever that girl!

My first card up there at the top of this post uses: 

These three small valentines are all variations on a theme:)

I had this grand idea to create color-able valentines for my youngest son to color and take to school, but I haven't finished them. I do however want to show you my prototypes so you can maybe get some ideas! 

Denami carries so many stamps that can be used for this idea... And over a shared bottle of wine yesterday my boyfriend and I came up with at least 4 more, besides these! He had fun digging through my Denami stamps and coming up with punny sentiments:)

And one more that is "adult" themed...made just for fun because my 9 year old will NOT be using it!


Stamps used:

I hope you are feeling inspired and had fun checking my cards out! Leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win:)
Next up is the amazing and talented LYNDAL! (for a full list of participants, check out the Denami Blog.)

Thanks for stopping by,

January 08, 2014

Cupid's Arrow and Heart Board Fri-Die

Okay, today is the last day of sneak peeks for the new release at Casual Fridays Stamps!
We are playing with the new Cupid's Arrow stamp set and a Fri-Die called Heart Board that matches!
This set is sah-weet. Seriously. 
I love love love the itty bitty sentiments (which fit perfectly on the arrow die), and the shape of the concentric hearts.

Go see what the other Girl Fridays have done and be sure to leave a comment on the CFS blog because one lucky winner will receive the ENTIRE RELEASE!!!

These new stamps and Fri-dies will be available in the store at Midnight EST on January 9th. Perfect timing for you to get all your valentines made for your loved ones:)

Thanks for stopping by,

January 07, 2014

Sands of Time sneak peek

Sorry for my late posting.
 NYS has declared a state of emergency here in Western NY, so things are pretty crazy.  

Today the Casual Fridays Stamps girls are back with sneak peeks of another new set call Sands Of Time
Isn't that hourglass timer the cutest thing? 
Michele is so clever at designing unique stamps that make me wonder how I ever lived without!
And the sentiments that go along with this set are so darling and full of love.

Go check out what the other girls created and see the full set at the Casual Fridays Stamps Blog!

Thanks for stopping by,

January 06, 2014

Woodland Friends Sneak Peek

For my Casual Friday Stamps post, please scroll down or click HERE

The day has finally arrived when I can show you some of the adorable new stamps that Denami is releasing!  I could not wait for these stamps to arrive. I love love love little woodland creatures and Nami did an amazing job designing these. Amazing. 

This card uses the new Woodland Friends stamp, the Party Time set (the hats and balloons), and the Happy Birthday Script, along with some twine

This card uses the new Woodland GnomeWoodland Logs set and the Woodland Mushrooms stamp set. I also used the Woodgrain embossing folder and some twine and a button. (sentiment was printed on my PC)

This one uses the new Little Fox, the fox from Woodland Friends, and the Hello Foxy sentiment along with some twine and a button

Isn't this the cutest? *grin* 
This anniversary card uses the new Little Skunk and Woodland Logs set, along with Happy Anniversary, Mini Heart, and Teeny Heart

Lastly, this card uses the new Woodland Logs set, Little Hedgehog, Little Raccoon, Little Duck, and the darling new sentiment: You Make me Feel

Now that you have seen oodles of the sweet new stamps in the Woodland Friends collection, leave me a comment for a chance to win, and then go check out Deb's and Lisa's blogs as well.

There will be two winners EACH DAY of this release based on the comments from the Denami blog and the blogs of the DT members whose samples are showcasing each day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Notes sneak peek (plus a new Fri-die!)

It's time for some fabulous sneak peeks of the new release at Casual Fridays Stamps!
Today we are showcasing Love Notes and the Heart Note Fri-die.

Love Notes ($15) and Heart Note Fri-Die ($6)
will be available for purchase in the CFS store,
as well as at several retailers on 
January 9th!

To see the full set, check out the CFS blog, and be sure to leave a comment! One lucky winner drawn from all the comments from this release will win the ENTIRE RELEASE!

I had fun arranging those heart note die cuts into a star shape:) And on the second card, you can JUST see the outline of the stamped and embssed white heart note image underneath the red heart note die cut. I love how this looks:) And the sentiments? Don't get me started on how many possibilities there are!

I adore this set and know you will too!

Thanks for stopping by,

January 02, 2014

Belated Christmas Wishes

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful holiday season.
I'm playing catch-up in my personal life but way behind in blogland:) I thought I'd post a card I made a few weeks ago and never made time to blog about.

I used Rad and Christmas Carols from Casual Fridays Stamps and just doodled the rest of each letter with a white gel pen.
Go check out the awesome news on the CFS blog today...
They are participating in the 2nd Annual Seasons Giving Blog Hop and THREE lucky winners will receive a $25 gift code!
Plus, there is a special for anyone as well, even if you don't want to try to win.

Now that's the kind of sale I'm all about!

I'm going to end with a few photos of the holidays around here.

I snapped this with my iPhone. It's our Christmas Eve table display. I like to do white/purple/silver in my dinning room for Christmas but it was dark and the colors didn't come through very well. 

My youngest on Christmas morning. 
I love how he nearly blends into the tree! (I had to wake him up and ask him to come down...can you believe it??)

My beautiful mom on Christmas morning. 
She was opening a Matryoshka nesting doll I put in her stocking:) 

This is Lily. 
She belongs to my boyfriend, and she loves to be photographed:) 

My favorite gift! 
I have wanted one of these for 10 years! 

Before I sign off, I want to let you know that there will be some exciting things happening here in the next week or two! 
Both stamp companies that I design for will be releasing some awesome new goodies and sneak peeks begin January 6th!!


Be sure to check out both the Denami Blog and the Casual Friday Stamps blog beginning January 6th!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy new year,