Background Bowl Challenge 2020

A group that I’m in decided we wanted to try something different. One of the members said she had a bunch of backgrounds that needed used. She thought it would be fun to randomly select a background and mail it out to each of us. Then we needed to create a card utilizing her background. Sounds fun, right?

It was! Here is the background that was sent to me:

Isn’t it pretty? I’m not sure if this was created with a stencil and glitter paste or some other way. When I saw it, I immediately thought about a lady bug stamp set and how cute that would be with it. I was thinking about diecutting out a large flower from the red and black background. Unfortunately, every die I laid on there did not look right. 😔. Then I thought about drawing a flower and fussy cutting it out. But, I was too afraid I’d ruin the background.

Instead, I decided to use the lady bug set ( from Lawn Fawn ) and use the background as a background. Not super creative, but I think the colors work well together.

For the images, I Copic colored each item and then I added glossy accents to the lady bug wings.

I still had a nice piece of the background left, so I decided to make another card! Call me an over achiever lol! I’m sorta obsessed with these gnomes from Simon Says Stamp. I thought the pattern would look cute on their hats. I decided to go with a winter scene ( since it’s been in the 90’s here!).

For the sentiment, I used a phrase from Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips. I wish I was hangin’ with my gnomies! Hopefully soon our little group of crafters can get together again. I really miss our monthly meetings.

I’m the mean time, stay safe and stay healthy!

Slimming Down

No, this isn’t a blog about weight loss tips, but feel free to leave me a comment with some advice (lol!)

Today I am sharing some slimline cards that I created while guest designing for Divinity Designs. I absolutely love ALL of their new slimline dies! These dies make creating slimline cards easy and fun.

Slimline Wedding Card

For this card I started with the slimline card base die. I die cut it out of Hammermill 100# cover stock. I die cut a matting rectangle in a shiny, gold stock. Then I used the slimline flower petal background die. I die cut it out of white Hammermill 100# cover and a matte gold cover weight cardstock as well (not sure who makes this, but it is beautiful!). I knew I wanted to inlay some of the matte gold petals for this wedding card. I also used the DD Bride and Groom die and cut it out of the matte gold 3 times and stacked them together for dimension. I glued the bride and groom diecuts onto a rectangle and adhered it to my card.

Pet Sympathy Card

I needed a pet sympathy card, so I grabbed my go- to sentiment from the stamp set Never Forgotten. I think it is the perfect sentiment for this type of card. I also used the slimline cloud dies along with the slimline rectangles, scalloped rectangles, and card base. Cutting strips of color for the rainbow was super easy!

Slimline Pelican Card

This card was really fun to create! I loved coloring this pelican and the sentiments were so sweet, too. I really liked the sentiment “everything is better by the sea” that comes with the By the Sea Stamp/Die Duo…but I wanted to make the “by the sea” portion a bigger focal point. So I masked off that part of the sentiment and then die cut the letters using the alphabet dies from Divinity Design. This card makes me yearn for the sea!

I hope you will start slimming down and create some slimline cards. Be sure to check out all of the great slimline dies available at Divinity Designs!

Long Time, No Sea

I have had so much fun this week playing with this Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus.

I think part of the reason is because it brought back some fond memories from beach vacations of the past. We had planned on going to Ocean Isle next week, but because of the Covid 19 outbreak, we rescheduled for next year. Creating with this stamp set made me feel (almost!) like I was at the beach!

Here are the cards I created this week with an exclusive stamp set created by my friend Jenn Shurkus.

Jenn lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. This set is so perfect for summer and beach themed cards! For each set sold between June 15 – July 1, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s site here:

A postcard inspired card.

Some fun, snarky cards that I can send to friends.

Two clean and simple pun cards.

A slimline retirement card because, let’s be honest, slimline cards are the “in” thing!

If you are looking for excellent quality slimline dies, Divinity Designs is taking pre-orders on their upcoming release.

Order these slimline dies here:

I hope you’ll also consider ordering Jenn’s Cape Cod stamp set. If you do, you’ll have lots of fun creating summer/beach cards and support a great cause!

“Dad” Shirt Cards for Father’s Day

If you are like me, you find it hard to create masculine cards. But, the new Everyday Shirt Die from Divinity Designs makes creating masculine cards so easy! I’m loving this new shirt die with the Cool and Casual paper pad.

When I saw the cool patterns, they reminded me so much of my brothers. Both of them are very fond of the beach and tropical attire, so making them tropical shirts for Father’s Day seemed like the perfect fit.

This is my brother Mark. As you can see, tropical shirts are his “thing.”

And this is my brother Marty. He loves his Hawaiin print shirt!

I love that they both gravitate towards bright, playful patterns. They inspired the shirt cards I created for Divinity Designs new release.


To create these cards, I first die cut the card base from the Couture Collection Die. Next, I used the new Everyday Shirt dies to cut out the shirt front and glued it to the card base. (Do not put glue on the sleeve portion, as these do not adhere to the card base.) These cute cards fit into a standard A-2 envelope – simply fold the sleeves on the score line. I had fun picking out patterns from the new paper pack. There were so many cool options to choose from!

The blue and green tropical shirt is perfect for my brother Mark, and the pineapple pattern is exactly what Marty would choose.

I love this new shirt die for making masculine cards. What dad wouldn’t want to receive one of these for Father’s Day?

Happy (early) Father’s Day to my brothers!

PS Mark just became a grandfather to his first granddaughter yesterday💗

Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

At a very young age, my son, Kyle, decided he really liked to wear a tux.

It all started when he was in my sister’s wedding at age 4. He loved the tux he wore. In fact, he asked me what job could he do where he could wear a tux.

I told him he could be a limo driver. He liked that idea.

As Kyle grew, his admiration for tuxes continued. And he found lots of reasons to wear one.

Above: Kyle playing piano at my wedding 2006. Below: Senior Prom 2011

Above: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony 2019. Can you spot Kyle?

Kyle’s love of tuxedos inspired this card.

The Suit Jacket die is part of Divinity Designs latest release. To create this card, I started by die cutting the card base from the Couture Collection Die Set. Next, I die cut the suit coat parts, as well as the bow tie and pocket square, with the Suit Jacket Dies. I liked the idea of a polka dot bow tie and pocket square. To make this even more “tux like,” I added a boutonnière. I used a pop dot to give the boutonnière some dimension. I created it by stamping the rose from the My World Stamp/Die Duos with red ink onto red cardstock. I die cut it out and added a green leaf cut from the Bitty Blossoms Die Set.

I love the detail I can achieve with this set of dies! Aren’t those buttons so cute?

I can’t wait to send this card to Kyle!

It’s all in the family

I’ve been an emotional wreck lately. Those of you who know me, know how sentimental and sappy I can be. Well today was full of all kinds of emotions! This afternoon I met my brother and sister in law to pick up my mother’s old writing desk. I wanted it to give to my daughter for a graduation gift. My mother was a writer and my daughter is graduating with a creative writing degree. I thought it would make the perfect, sentimental graduation gift!

My mom’s writing desk

My sister in law told me she had a surprise for me. She gave me a small box and said she thought I would like these because I make cards. I really didn’t look inside until I got home. To my surprise, inside the box were a bunch of handmade cards my great aunt had made.

I totally remember them.

My great aunt was a nun and she would give these cards as gifts because handmade gifts were all she could afford. Here are two of her handmade cards.

I think she crocheted the little flowers and drew the leaves with a marker. Aren’t these cards so sweet? I was really thrilled to find out I had something in common with my great aunt. I have very fond memories of her and loved my Aunt Teresita so much.

Here is the card I made from her inspiration.

I made this card for my mother in law. I hope she likes it!

Happy Mother’s Day 💗

A Rose for Mom

It’s time to start thinking about how we can honor the Mother’s in our lives. My mom loved roses and she would have loved the projects I made with this new stamp set from Divinity Designs.

I was fortunate to be a guest designer for Divinity Designs this month. I really fell in love with this new set – My World Stamp/Die Duo. It has the perfect sentiments for creating Mother’s Day projects.

Here are a couple of cards I created using this new stamp and die set.

I also thought it would be fun to create a Mother’s Day themed Timeless Tote.

I decided to use glitter paste and the new Rose Mixed Media Stencil on the front pocket to add some sparkle and texture.

This pocket is the perfect size to hold a gift card! Inside the tote I placed a small pack of tissues and a small hand sanitizer. We can’t have too much of that these days!

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s a Perfect Day for a Coffee Date with Kathy

I’m so excited to have another coffee date with my crafty friend Kathy Schweinfurth over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.

This color palette was the inspiration for our cards.

I love this color palette! It was so fun creating a card for this coffee date. Below is Kathy’s gorgeous card! She was inspired by the Concord and 9th Coffee Blend Turnabout Stamps and Dies. Please head over to Kathy’s blog to read how she created her card.

Here is my card “Thinking of You”

For my card, I decided to use the Cozy Cup stamp and die set and Cozy Cup Coaster Die from The Greetery.

To create my card, I first used the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die to add some texture to my card. Next, I stamped all of the elements. I used Catherine Pooler dye inks in Spruce, Skylight, and Sand Castle, and Chocolate ink from Close to my Heart. Layered stamps can be tricky sometimes, but using the MISTI stamping tool makes it simple! These stamps were easily lined up.

After stamping, I die cut everything and adhered it all to my card base. Super simple.

Thanks again to Kathy for inviting me to be her coffee date…truly wish we could meet in person for coffee. Hopefully soon!

PS I dedicate this card to my fellow co-workers. I miss you all so much!

Divinity Designs: Is it a Match Made in Heaven?

I certainly hope so! I am so thrilled to have joined Divinity Designs as a guest designer. I have always been a huge fan of their unique dies and I appreciate all of their uplifting stamps and sentiments.

This month they have released the Twist and Pop die. This die helps you to create a fun, pop up feature to the inside of your card!

For my card I used the Great Faith stamp/die duo for the florals and sentiments. I really love the hibiscus image, so I stamped it in a light ink to create a floral background. I’m so pleased at how this turned out. I stamped and Copic colored several more of the hibiscus images and then die cut them to place on my card.

Here are the other supplies I used on this card : A2 Portrait Card Base and Layer, Oval Dies, Pierced Oval Dies and the Twist and Pop with Layers die.

Here is another card I created from the new release. This card features the My World stamp/die duo. This set contains lots of sentiments that would be perfect for Mother’s Day as well as some pretty rose images. I also incorporated the Delicate Doily Die that I decided to use the inlaid die-cutting technique. I have been creating lots of “thinking of you” cards during this pandemic. I believe this card would be perfect to send to one of my far away relatives.

For this card I used the following additional supplies from Divinity Designs LLC: Shabby Rose Collection paper pack, Bitty Blossoms Dies , Rectangle Dies, Pierced Rectangle Dies and A2 Portrait Card Base with Layer.

For this card, I really wanted the Delicate Doily Die to be the focus. I die cut 2 doilies and offset layered them. I stamped the sentiment from the Great Faith Stamp/Die Duo directly onto the top layer of the doily. Lots of rectangle layers to complete the background.

For this card I used the following additional supplies from Divinity Designs LLC: Shabby Rose Collection paper pack, Rectangle Dies, Pierced Rectangle Dies and A2 Portrait Card Base with Layer.

I hope you are inspired to check out the new release from Divinity Designs. Thanks for stopping by!

Real Life is starting to interfere with my crafting time

I bought this pin a while back from The Grey Muse. Who knew that sentiment would become the topic of my blog post!

Unfortunately, last week I broke my arm. I wish I could say that I fell while dancing on a table, but I actually tripped on the vacuum cord as I was cleaning my craft room. This accident has prevented me from making cards. But in this first week of a long recovery, I’ve learned a few things. I mean, what I thought was true, has definitely been proven to be the case.

Truth #1: I need to create

I often joke that my crafting time is my therapy. It’s been a week of no crafting and I am one grumpy girl – just ask my family! I’m really missing that creative time!

I’ve also just received some new stamps and supplies and I am unable to try them out! It’s like being on a diet and someone sets a plate of brownies in front of you. It stinks.

Truth #2: Receiving a hand made card is magical

Some wonderful cards I received recently

I love sending cards. I really think about how my card can send a little happiness or express how much I care. I keep a list of cards that I need to make and add to it as I hear of things… like Sue’s cat just passed away or Ruthie got engaged. Anyway, I’ve gotten a couple of cards this week and those cards have transformed my dull, gray day into a bright, even sparkly, day! Of course I’m saving each of the cards. Knowing that my friends care enough to make and send me a card means so much. It reminds me why I love to send cards.

My point in writing this is that if you are a card maker, give yourself a little pat on the back. You need to know that you are making a difference in this world… one beautiful card at a time. Keep creating!

Also, you need to check out the Grey Muse:

Rubeena has all kinds of cool pins (many designed for card makers) and beautiful stamps too. Go treat yourself!

And don’t clean your craft room… it’s far too dangerous!