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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beachy Little Christmas

Where has the time gone?  I can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month.  However, it has been a busy time for me, so that's the excuse I will use.

The new Stampin' Up!™ Holiday Catalog is here.  And one of my favorite stamp sets is the Beachy Little Christmas set.  This set comes with wood blocks OR photopolymer.  It's an adorable set, and living in Florida, very appropriate.  Here are a few cards I made with this set.

First up is this cute beach hut with surfboard.  I like the little wreath.  

Next up is the Christmas tree with seashell ornaments in a polkadot bucket.  The pink and kraft look great together for a non-traditional colored Christmas card.

And last, but certainly not least, the palm tree with Christmas lights.  I had a slight booboo, but fixed it by stamping Merry (from a different set) over it.  Now you can't even tell.  :-)

The insides say "Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells?", and "Have yourself a beachy little Christmas".

You could pair the palm tree with the beach hut, also.  A fun set, for sure.  The background paper was some I've had in my stash for awhile, but it works.

Why have I been busy, you might ask?

My hubby hurt his foot at work and tried to keep working, which made the injury worse, so I have had to be his feet while he's been laid up.  I keep telling him that when he's better I'm sitting down for 2 weeks and not getting up.

Also, my youngest granddaughter, who just started high school, had a rash that appeared her 4th day of school. When my daughter looked at it, she decided to take her to the Emergency Room. They did some blood work and determined that she had 0 platelets (a normal person has between 140,000 and 450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood. She had zero. Zip. Zilch.  Nada.   So they put her in an ambulance and took her about 150 miles away to Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, where she spent a week trying to get some platelets.  Her diagnosis, after ruling out leukemia, cancer, lupus, and other nasties, is ITP - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.  They sent her home with 105,000 platelets, but after a week home she was down to 65,000.

And now....drumroll, please....we are waiting for Hurricane Irma.  She's not going to be nice.  If you could say a little prayer for us Floridians, we surely would appreciate it.

Hope to see you again soon.....

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stamp-N-Storage Private Sale

Don't forget to take advantage of this fantastic sale.  I have their inkpad storage and love it!  My inkpads fit beautifully, and I can see at a glance what I have.  Stamp-N-Storage is not advertising this sale, so you won't find it on their website.

You will need the Coupon Code to receive your 15% off.  But hurry!  Sale only lasts until July 31, 2017.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive

Although I was unable to participate in the Blog Hop due to other obligations, I still want to share information about this wonderful event.

The purpose of Cards for Little Hearts is to collect handmade cards for the Heart Center staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and to help lift their spirits while they are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

The current 2017 card drive runs from July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  And there are sponsors and prizes.

You can find all the information you need about the the guidelines and packaging your cards on Christina's blog at

You can contact Christina at for any questions you may have regarding the card drive.

Here are the cards I made for the drive:

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Stamps from Gina K Designs

I used the Stampin' Up owl punch to make these cute penguins.

Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp and die cut trees

Gina K Designs stamps

Some used digital images and some were stamped, but all were handmade with love. I will be mailing these to Christina at   CHRISTINA HOR, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017  U.S.A.

Won't you make some cards to share?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Candy from Paris

Good morning!  Hope ya'll are good.  It's hot as blazes here in Florida.  I can't wait for winter! Hahaha.  Jokes on me...winter doesn't get here until probably October, when the weather cools down a tad.  These hot, hot days just drain the energy right out of me.

Recently my niece and her husband went to Paris to visit.  While she was there, she brought me a cute little notebook from the Louvre, and also some chocolate.  Some from Paris and some from Ireland. I hoarded that chocolate and ate it a tiny square at a time.  And honestly, I couldn't tell you which was better.  One was milk chocolate and the other dark chocolate, but both were scrumptious.

The wrapper on the Parisienne chocolate was so pretty that I couldn't bear to throw it away. So I made her a thank you card with it.

My phone didn't do the picture justice. There are little bits of glitter on the wrapper.  Where the "weight" of the chocolate was, I cut a tiny piece of cardstock and stenciled in the year.

You can see the sparkly bits a little better in this photo.  There was a tiny butterfly on the back of the wrapper, so I cut it out and popped it up for added dimension.

Here is a closer picture of the year that I put over the weight area.  For the inside, I used the gold wrapper that the chocolate was actually wrapped in, die cut the "thank you" sentiment several times and glued them together to make it raised.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card before I gave it to her.  Sorry.

She loved the card and will keep it with her other mementos of her trip.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another colorful card.

Here is another colorful card I made for the Mod Squad Challenge.  I hope you like it.

This card uses Stampin' Up! set Blooms and Wishes (#141784) and multiple colors of  colorful dye inks.  I forgot to write down the colors I used, but any bright, colorful inks would do.  It's so bright and cheerful and it makes me happy.  :-)

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Life Is A Beautiful Thing.

I wanted to make a colorful card so I could join the Mod Squad Challenge this week.  I think I've succeeded, what do you think?

Here is the card I made:

The background paper is some DSP from Stampin' Up, which I colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I added a little glossy accents to the bees wings (he's peeking out from under the butterfly).  I stamped the sentiment, also from Stampin' Up, onto vellum with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, which has been cut and then glittered.  A few sequins and I was done. And happy.

Thanks for looking,

Edited:  6/28/17 - I won the Mod Squad Challenge with this card!  So excited!

Free Copy of Rubber Stamp Madness

My favorite stamping magazine is Rubber Stamp Madness.  If you hurry, you can get a free copy of the current issue.  Here's how:

To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to and mention this blogsite. The first 100 responders will receive a copy. 

Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue. 

Be back soon with a card to share.