Happy Birthday Dogs… and One Cat with Eyewear – Plus VIDEO

I had SO MUCH FUN making this card. Seriously. It cracked me up, made me smile, made me feel good overall. I hope it does that for you, too!

Those dogs… and the cat. And those glasses!!!! I can’t even go on and on about how adorable I think this turned out!

Watch me make this card in this quick VIDEO!

The trend is slimline cards. That’s fine by me. Gave me lots of space to showcase these cutie animals and their eye-wear. My nephew’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create a fun card for him, with blues and greens as the color palette. He wears glasses and I thought he’d get a kick out of this.

All of these products are from Catherine Pooler Designs. When I first saw the dogs/cats with a chance of eye glasses, I didn’t wait around. Good thing, because I think this set sold out pretty quickly. It will be back in stock, I’m sure. And I highly recommend it! The colors I went with are Mardi Gras, Fiesta Blue, and Suede Shoes. I love how it came together!

The card is so long that I had a hard time getting the full card image in the frame! But I love every inch of it. Along the bottom, I used a border die-cut from CPDesigns. It was easy enough to line it up twice, to make sure the border was long enough for the card. You can see how I do it in my quick VIDEO, along with how I created all of the glasses in each color.

To finish, I used ‘happy’ from a sentiment stamp. And the ‘birthday’ is a die-cut sentiment that went with CPDesgn’s new instagram bundle. I colored my paper with Suede Shoes and cut the word out to match. A few sequins just for fun – and done!

Hope you are loving this as much as I am! Happy weekend!


Wake Up Feeling Blessed – PLUS Video

Have you ever thought this, first thing in the morning? About waking up and feeling blessed? Sometimes it’s hard and you just want to press snooze. Or, the dog wants you to get up every 20 minutes and you snooze that real-life alarm, too. That’s how some of my recent mornings have gone. Not going to lie. hahaha.

But… what I do step back to remember is that I am fully blessed for everything around and in me. And I love how this card brings that out.

Can you see the strange water pixel dots on my photos? I really have to figure out what happened here. Somewhere between uploading pictures and formatting them, this digitally creative element was added. Ha! I’m still going with it… hope you don’t mind.

I also created a VIDEO to show how I pulled this card together. Check it out on my little YouTube channel. I keep all of my videos around the 2 minute mark and I just show different ways I put together my creations. Join me!

All of my ink choices are from the Catherine Pooler spa line. I’m in love with Stone Blue. It’s one of my go-to colors. I created multiple sheets of flowers in each of the colors so that I could mix and match (You’ll see that part in the video). Speaking of that, now I have left overs to be used on another card!

I added Crater Lake sequins from one of Catherine Pooler’s amazing sequin mixes that I’m addicted to. Have you started your addiction to sequins? I feel blessed that my addictions are sequins and chocolate. 🙂

I finished the bottom with some glitter washi tape and voila – ready for the mail!


I Believe in You – June Club Sursee

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Do you do much with dry embossing? I love to dry emboss. I think it adds great texture and interest to a card.

Can you see the dry embossing on this one? I used the really amazing basket die-cut from this month’s Club Sursee by Catherine Pooler Designs to create a basket-full design.

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Looking at it now, I might have added some shading of color to that you could better see the embossed parts. The flowers in this June Club Sursee are so much fun. I went with bright and cheery colors to fill my baskets.

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All of the sentiments in the June set are so amazing. I believe in you. You are so much stronger than you think. You got it in you, girl. Most definitely a set I will be using time and time again.

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If you’re not a Club Sursee member yet, you can join now and possibly be able to order these June stamp sets in the future! I can’t imagine not having these in my stash. So glad I do!


You’ve Got it in You, Girl – June Club Sursee

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I had SO MUCH FUN creating this card. I’m not lying! I saw this amazing basket and thought – you know – I want to make that a shaker basket! And voila – a star was born.

This is June’s deluxe Club Sursee. And it is amazing. I love everything about this month’s sursee. I can’t speak highly enough about it. This basket is perfect. And the floral images this month are perfection.

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I went with bright colors across the board. And the sequins mix brings those tones to life. I shaded the basket shape a bit with some darker browns, but I did cut it out of a tan cardstock. I cut a piece of acetate to fit the opening, by hand. And I outlined just the top portion with skinny dimensional tape.

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I’m not sure you can see it in my pictures… but I used a scoring board to make lines all down the top of the card. So in person, this card has some great textures, while still looking simple.

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Can we talk about this sentiment? You might remember my card from the other day, with the ‘You Are So Much Stronger Than You Think’ sentiment. Well, this one is right up there with that – ‘You’ve got it in you, girl’. Love it!

If you aren’t a Club Sursee member yet, I truly think you’d be happy to join. I’ve tried multiple subscription types of kits from tons of companies. This one is hands down the best for me. It’s the stamps and the die-cuts, but also the freedom of creating whatever you like with them. No boundaries to stay inside. And they are sets that can be used time and time again.

I think you know how I feel. 🙂

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Hope You Feel Beautiful – Sunflowers and Watercolor

I’m back with more sunflowers! Hope you don’t mind.

Over on StampNation, a community of crafters created by Catherine Pooler Designs, there is a Two Sisters class going on. It has been so much fun, and so inspiring, sending me back to the craft table to try the techniques they are showing.

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Since the two sisters are using the same stamp set, but doing different techniques around it, I figured I would do the same. You might recall the last sunflower card I posted. I enjoyed creating a super colorful background for that one.

Well, this time, it was playing around with a drop-color watercolor idea. I used the same ink colors as my other card and this time, I dropped the ink and moved it around with water.

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I had some leftover water color pooling around on my table, so I used it on regular cardstock as a light wash. Then, I cut out the Trellis cover plate design from that lighter piece, to lay on top. I have to say that I really love how this came together. Colorful, fun, and just kind of lovely.

What do you think?

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When I bought this sunflower stamp set, I knew I’d get a lot of use out of it. I love the sunflowers and the options for creating any color flower, but having it still look fun.

The sentiment is from an Altenew stamp set I have. Love their small and beautiful sentiments.

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I think this card turned out beautifully. And, I hope you feel beautiful today 🙂



Hope This Brightens Your Day – Catherine Pooler Designs

Who’s up for a little ink blending? Or, should I say ink layering?


It’s not completely blending because I was laying out ink pretty heavily and you can see a line of the darkest color I added. But, I am in love with the inky-ness of this! And, I learned a few tips on making it from Erin Thompson, in the StampNation community.

If you haven’t heard of StampNation, you should check it out. An online community with tons of inspiration and positive vibes. It’s like a crafty hug.


These products and the inspiration was all from things offered by Catherine Pooler Designs. Her inks are my favorite. This sunflower stamp set – I mean, how could you NOT love that?? And the inspiration to try a layered ink background from StampNation.


I just feel like this is a picture of pure summer. And that alone makes me happy.


Thanks, Erin, for your inspiration!



You Are Stronger Than You Think – June 2020 Club Sursee

It’s the most wonderful time of the month – Club Sursee time!!! Catherine Pooler’s newest Club Sursee hits it out of the park!

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By now… you have likely seen this set. And yes, it’s AMAZING. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would immediately be my favorite. Wow, I can use this SO much. I couldn’t wait to play with it.

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The stamps are large and beautiful. I used the Misti so that I could blend on different ink colors. You can see how I did it in this VIDEO!

I think I was a little more precise with the two cards I make in the video. It doesn’t have to be completely precise, though. I like the look either way.

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What an amazing sentiment… that will be used over and over again. Especially for all of my girlfriends. And especially for all we have all been going through with this pandemic. And these ink colors – LOVE!

The pictures don’t fully show how the layer under the flowers has some scored markings. I like adding that touch of texture. You can see that better in the video.

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Club Sursee is an amazing monthly delivery of a surprise of stamps and die-cuts (if you choose the deluxe option).  Every month is wonderful and comes with enough to create for hours and many occasions. This is one of those monthly gifts that will never disappoint.

Stay tuned to see some more from this set of stamps and die-cuts. Here’s a little taste for now!

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Happy Birthday Tutu You – A Mix – Plus VIDEO

For any of you crafters out there, I’m sure you’ve started a crafting project and during the middle of it, it transformed into something new. That happened to me on this card… and in the end, I am okay with it!


I started this card based on inspiration from some new products from Catherine Pooler, and also a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things. Turns out, I had a fun celebration kind of set of stamps from Close to My Heart. Catherine Pooler just came out with a beautiful fan stamp. I couldn’t afford ALL of her new collection, so I searched my archives for something similar. This set gave me a similar look.


Now, the adorable ballerinas in the middle are from My Favorite Things. I love this set and sentiments. I was going with their recent weekly sketch challenge. The challenge has a color running behind an oval area. I decided to make a cut through to the middle of the card.

See how I did this in my quick VIDEO!


Here’s the thing… I started with a smaller opening. But I didn’t cut it out straight! Oops! So, I opted for a larger round tag cut out, to go over top of the square version. I like how it turned out… and in the end, I turned the cut-out piece into a matching shaker tag!


I didn’t include the shaker tag part in my video, but it’s pictured here. Isn’t it adorable? So worth messing up the card in the first place, because now I have a two for one! The sequins and twine are both from Catherine Pooler. So are all of the inks, of course! My favorite.


June continues on with more and more birthdays to celebrate. I need to make a few for upcoming July birthdays next!



Happy Father’s Day!

To all of the fathers out there – Happy Father’s Day! To all of those remembering their fathers – Happy Father’s Day! I was happy to create some special cards for the dads in my life.


I used a Club Sursee set from a while back… and I stamped and die-cut all of the pots and flowers at the same time! I created a TON of them in all different colors. It was so easy with the technique of leaving all of your die-cuts in tact, cutting them out and then aligning the stamps (with a Misti) to the same spots of the die-cuts. This allows you to stamp them in multiple colors and then easily run them through the die-cut machine without having to tape each one separately. Does that make any sense? Ha! I hope so.


I mixed and matched a light blue, darker teal, gray, orange, and some lime yellow – all CPDesigns inks!. On each card, I made sure there was a variety! The back panel is a background stamp that gives a grunge/mixed look with just one stamp. Love that!


This card opens up like a flap. It’s a z-fold. But they wouldn’t stay shut, so I ended up adding a bit of tape under the top fold. I think it worked out just fine.


Hope it’s a great day for all dads!



Have a Sweet Day – Happy Birthday! – with Video!


Today is going to be SO sweet. It’s my daughter’s 10th birthday. The double digit birthday!!! And guess what? We will have an ice cream truck joining us, in our driveway, tonight! How can a day get more ‘sweet’ than that??!!

WATCH THE VIDEO of how I made this sweet card!


Her birthday card had to reflect the theme of this big “1-0” year. With the virus and all of the other life changes this year, we are excited to be able to invite people to have a quick treat, outdoors. It will be so much fun.

For this card, I created the polka dot bottom with a large background stamp. The ice cream truck and sweet treats are from a set by Catherine Pooler Designs. How can you not fall in love with that? Well, I guess I fall in love with most stamp sets. LOL.


The showstopping part of this card, for me, is the ‘sweet’ sentiment. I embossed it with WOW! Be Mine and yes, it’s amazing. I actually embossed a rectangle of the color and then cut out the sentiment. I feel like it’s easier that way for many reasons.

I made a video of the progress of this card, if you’d like to check it out!


So… happy birthday to our sweet girl. Hoping it’s an amazingly sweet kind of day!