Time to Celebrate!

I’ve noticed that a lot of people get married in the month of October. Seems like fall weddings are a hit, especially up in the northern parts where the leaves turn so beautifully. My wedding was also in the fall. I’ll never forget the weather on that day – and the vibrant colors of the leaves in the backdrop of a lot of our pictures.

So, here’s to October weddings. A time to celebrate!

Time to Celebrate

Although maybe I should have done a celebration card with the fall colors. This one went more to the fun and bright colors. Maybe more of a birthday card. Either way, it was fun to make.

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All of the bitty stars are from a die cut that cuts 15 at a time. I could have used them inside a shaker card as confetti. Maybe next time, in my fall themed celebration version:)

I made this for a challenge over at StampNation for one of their World Card Making activities. Now, time to celebrate!



Celebrating Fall

Today, it feels a lot like fall. Fallen leaves, cold air, dark morning… The stores are already celebrating other holidays. But, I will stick with celebrating fall for a while. It’s my favorite time of year!


I started fall early with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Remember these? I do. 🙂


And today I just wanted to share a couple of fall themed cards.

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I did both of these with the August Stamp of Approval kit from Catherine Pooler.

I’ve got some cute things coming up soon, with little critters that the girls and I colored. We had so much fun just coloring together.

Hope you have a thankful and blessed day!



World Card Making Day

For card makers, it is a special day! I stole some time away today to finish a handful of projects that have been sitting on my table. 

All in celebration of WCMD!

You’ll notice a bit of a rainbow theme. I was playing with water coloring and rainbow themes for a challenge at StampNation. After I did the stripes you see below, I used the remaining ink on my blocks and smooshed it down on the paper you see above. 

I’m sure I’ll be doing some more tomorrow. It’s one of the best crafting weekends of the year! 

Enjoy the weekend!



Designing for World Card Making Day!

Last year, I celebrated my first World Card Making Day at StampNation. This year, I’m excited to be part of the weekend of fun as a guest designer! Yup, you read that right… I’m so excited to have the chance to guest design.

Catherine Pooler’s StampNation celebrates this special day (weekend) with challenges and prizes all weekend long. If you’re into card making, it’s definitely the place to be!



I can’t show my finished cards that I turned in for the event, but I can show you teasers of them! The image above has teasers from a few of the designers (including me!).


I really had fun designing pieces for each challenge. I can’t wait to see it all unfold over the weekend.


Thanks for checking out my sneak peeks and for cheering me on. More fun stuff to come!


Be the Best

So I’m loving this statement – “Be the Best Version of You.”

You love it, too, right?

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I put together this cutie pretty fast. Did some clear heat embossing with a background pattern stamp I like. Then, I lightly water colored over top and cut out that awesome medallion shape. All of these items, including the ink colors, are from Catherine Pooler Designs.

Be the Best Version of You - Close

The actual stamp includes the full saying. But, I only used the bottom of the stamp and die-cut out the ‘Best’ separately so that it could stand out. I love how it turned out!

Next week, I might share some sneaks from a big crafting weekend I’m lucky to be part of (World Card Making Day). I hope you’ll take a look!

In the meantime, I hope you’re out there being the best version of ‘you’!


Back to Baking

When we first set up our family blog, we wanted to showcase baking items, too. Those of you who know us… know that we like to bake! A lot. 

Here’s the thing. It’s hard to photograph baked goods and have them look as good as they taste! So I’m usually not excited to post the pictures. 

So we have pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on the top. With some ‘off’ spray in the background. Lol. 

And then we have regular old chocolate chip cookies on the bottom. These… yes these… are in my oven as I write. Yum. 

Just wanted you to know that the baking has not disappeared. Well, the baked items do disappear.

The pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were a recipe taken from one of my favorites – Baked. 

The regular chocolate chip cookies are from another favorite book called Cookies & Cups. They are amazing. 

Hope you enjoy the weekend. These new cookies will be turning into ice cream sandwiches soon. It’s still hot here!

Thankful, for many reasons.

Thankful Branches

It’s that kind of season. Yes, the thankful kind.

Oh, there is so much to be thankful for. I should be sending one of these cards to all of my friends and family. So, friends and family, if you are seeing this – I am thankful for you!

I was happy to make these cards for a few reasons. One, I wanted to try water coloring over some new embossed images. Two, I wanted to try more items from Catherine Pooler’s latest SOA collection (Counting Blessings). And three, I played around with some of the large die cuts to make them different sizes and shapes!

Thankful Watercolor Due

I loved shortening up the die cut shape. How fun is that bubble effect behind the orange thankful? In this picture, you can see how big the die cut shape is normally.

Thankful Branches with Dies

Here’s another, with water coloring and just a piece from the larger bubble edged die cut. How fun!

Birthday Flowers

I have more ideas about using these large die cuts in different ways. More to come!


Just Thinking of You

Yes, thinking of you (and lots of people).

And thinking about how to use this amazing die-cut medallion in different ways. Crafters would understand…

Thinking of You

This was a hard one. I inked up the die-cut and ran it through to emboss the paper instead of cutting all the way through. I wanted the details to show up. With some smudges here and there, I think I did okay.

Thinking of You 3

I love how they turned out. The stamps are a mix of Catherine Pooler Designs and a Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin kit. The inks are all from CPDesigns… and I used her new ‘Icing on the Cake’ although it is not pictured.

Now, these need to head out in the mail. I already have the recipients in mind, of course.

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Medallions (and glitter) are my favorite!

Medallions are my favorite. I can’t help it. I just love them.


I had a vision for this card. I thought about doing all of the medallions in pink and then making some of them shiny and some matte. When I sat down to the crafting table, the idea changed a little because I wanted to use a new gray color and the wanderlust glitter embossing powder. It has a little touch of gold to it… can you see it?

Medallion 3

I made these cards as a set for my hair dresser. She loves medallions as much as I do. I hope she’ll like them! My youngest daughter helped me create these… we used the Misti together, and she added some of the bling at the end. She has good taste.

Medallion 2

This is all from Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval box, back from May/June. I’m still trying to use all of the pieces from it – there are still more to go! Love it! Her newest box released this week, so I thought showcasing this today would be perfect. Enjoy!

Medallion 4


Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Not too long ago, a friend of mine shared a link for making shaving cream paper art… I couldn’t resist (Thanks, Vicki!). Turns out that shaving cream has many great uses – who knew! Making slime, cheap fun for kids to spray, and making the coolest marbled papers.

Okay, so I did let the kids make slime with it, but together, we made the awesome paper you’re seeing as the background for these cards that I can’t wait to share!

I mean – isn’t that so COOL??

This was our mixing process. We put the shaving cream in a shallow bowl and added dots of re-inker from Catherine Pooler Designs. The colors are so beautiful. I asked the girls to pick our colors and they were going for a mermaid background, so we went with blues and purples. This was only slightly messy, and super easy, and so beautiful in the end. I think I’ll try this again and again. It also smelled really good!

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I just kept making more and more cards with these backgrounds. This one has my favorite owl set from Lil’ Inker Designs.

shaving cream cards - mermaid with props

Here is a closer pic of the mermaid – stamp set by Hero Arts (monthly kit for May or June, I think). And two of the CP inks we used. Doesn’t that marble look amazing?!

shaving cream cards - happy bday with props

I know I keep going and going. Here’s a more muted marble, so I put a flower that I had colored in, from Catherine Pooler’s Beautiful You stamp set.

I could save some for another post – but I’m too excited to share these last two… so here goes.

shaving cream cards - medallion due

I’m in love with them! I used the cut outs from the marble papers. And a new medallion die-cut from Catherine Pooler Designs. I love this medallion and I have another medallion stamp set that I haven’t played with yet… more to come on that. For now, I used a black full cut-out, and on the white one, I just embossed it onto the card, instead of cutting all the way through. I just love the look. Did I already say ‘love’ a lot??

shaving cream cards - medallion emboss close

You can see the indents still have traces of black because I embossed this right after cutting out the black one. I have other plans for trying this more and more, very soon.

shaving cream cards - medallion emboss

shaving cream cards - medallion heart

This post could be the longest one yet. Sorry about that, but hope you’ve enjoyed. Try this shaving cream technique – it was so much fun from start to finish!