Blustery Birthday Wishes

I’ve got a whole bunch of shaped cards pinned at Pinterest, the problem is I don’t take the time to make them.  I talk about them, share them with my surrogate mom down the street and finally decided stamping is my sanity in my crazy life!

I saw this cute kite card on Pinterest which immediately made me think would be adorable reproduced in the new Blossom Papers!








The folding instructions for this card was pretty easy to follow, but if I make another it’s going to be with B&T instead of trying to figure out how to layer it on the front.  I thought I was going to have to take geometry all over again!


I punched a hole in the front layer of the card and tied on some Flaxen thick twine for a tail.  I used the stamps from the Blossom Card WOTG which was sitting on my desk.

I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by, I’d love it if you’d take a minute to leave me a comment.


Nifty 60 Gift Card Holder

We have a special family birthday to celebrate this week and I wanted to put together a special card.  I’m also trying to use my stash of B&T papers that I’ve accumulated!

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I started by cutting components from the Artfully Sent cartridge for the Over the Hill Banner and “60”.  I then cut the gift card holder from Kraft Cardstock from the Artiste cartridge (I love the gift card holder cards).  I mounted it to a standard 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card base and tied it all closed with a piece of Juniper ribbon.

For the inside I stamped the Happy Day stamp in Juniper and mounted it with Thin 3D Foam Tape to a piece of Glitter Gold and Black Circle cut just 1/4 inch bigger than the circle below it.

I love it when things come together this easy.  I hope you’ll find some inspiration to use up some of your stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

December’s Card Magic



I am super excited for my December Card Classes…I have these three fun cards featuring products from the Seasonal Expression 1 which went live on December 1st.  I love bright spring colors and of course anything to do with LOVE!

If you’d like to learn more about my card classes, please post a comment and include how to contact you.

Happy Crafting!


Father’s Day is Coming




Father’s Day is just around the corner so I spent some time yesterday in the craft room making a variety of cards.  All of them are a standard 4.25 X 5.5 except the shirt card which was super easy and cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  Of course it’s been a year since I played with the Father’s Day Key so I had to call for a little help in remembering how to fold it.  I LOVE shaped cards!

I’ll be holding a Father’s Day Card Making Workshop on Thursday, June 5th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm the cost will be $15 for the class or free with a $30 order.  Space is limited so please RSVP by Monday, June 2nd if you’ll be coming.

A hand-stamped card means so much more than what you can pick up at the grocery store. 

Happy Crafting!


Stepped Up with Center Step Card


When I was introduced to rubber stamping back in the 90’s, glossy cardstock, rainbow ink pads and coloring images were all the rage.  I started stamping Christmas and birthday cards for family and friends because I was a single mom and was on a strict budget.  Little did I know that 24 years later I would still be stamping and that people would still enjoy receiving my cards.  I’ve also added hundreds of stamps to that collection and they’ve advanced from red rubber mounted on wood to clear acrylic that mounts on an acrylic block – no more stamp-a-majig to line things up!

Yesterday, Betsy left the following comment on my blog “Love these cards! You aren’t just the papercrafting princess, you are the Card Queen!”  It encouraged me to investigate a new fold so I could “step it up”.

Today I’m sharing a Center Step Card made from Skylark Papers and the Hoppy Easter Stamp set.


I love making cards that are not “ordinary”.  I found the pattern to this card on Split Coast Stampers, one of my favorite go to sites for online tutorials.  Most of the tutorials come with colored pictures and really simple step by step instructions.


When I use a colored base for my card, I like lining it with a piece of white paper.  I have stamped a butterfly from the set near the sentiment for a little added punch of color.  I also hand drew stitch lines around the edge for some added interest.

If you’d like to learn to make a Center Step Card give me a call and we’ll set a time to get together with a few of your friends and we’ll make some extraordinary cards!


The Paper Trail is a Little Frosted in November

November seems like perfect timing to showcase Close to My Heart’s Frosted Paper Packet as the weather turns cold and frosty in the great Pacific Northwest!  If you’ve arrived here from Mary’s The Road to Peace of Mind or Escape you are on the right path…if you’re starting here just following the links will give you many beautiful ideas on using this paper.

The Frosted Paper features 2 exclusive colors – Frosted Grey and Frosted Turquoise along with Champagne and Colonial White.  The Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit introduces Blush and the Card Making Kit introduces Kraft, Olive and Ruby all perfect with the elegant muted colors of the Frosted papers.

My first thought was to use this for Miss H’s first sledding trip, but I really wanted to play with some cards that I might easily recreate for Christmas…it is the first of November after all!


I grabbed my Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 Pattern Book and first picked my patterns. I chose Pattern 25 and 28.  Then I decided I would add a twist and use the Die Cut Cards and Envelope packet that I had been saving for a special occasion (this should really read hording, but I wouldn’t want to admit I have a paper addiction.

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You’ll notice that both cards have been simply decorated with Silver Shimmer Trim (I learned a little trick at the CTMH Album Retreat that if you leave a tail on your shimmer trim it makes it much easier to peel away from the backing) and the first card has two Clear Sparkles.

My complete supply list with a link to purchase these items is at the end of this post.  You can scroll down to start shopping or you can roll on over to Amy The Pineapple Paper Artist to see what treat she has in store for you!


D1554 Christmas Village

M1031 Single Snowflake

X7175B Frosted Paper Packet

Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim

9042 Make It From Your Heart Vol 2

1, 2, 3 Craft! Eggstra Eggstra Read All About It

It’s an egg-straordinary month for 1, 2, 3 Craft!  I had plenty of ideas running around in my head when I chose the Egg shaped card from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge…little did I know I was going to catch a bug that not only zapped my energy it also zapped my mojo!

So, like any good crafter…I took the simple road…my cards are not nearly as fancy as those of my fellow crafters Betsy and Mary, but I challenged myself to think outside the box – or 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card that I normally stick to!

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My first card was simply cut using Buttercup Cardstock and layered with a scallop border from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge using Sunset Cardtock and a simple Happy Easter sentiment.

The middle card is cut from the For Always Paper for a Elegant Egg.  I took a Cotton Candy Marker and colored some of the outlines of the flower to get if a soft pink look.

Easter Eggs just didn’t seem complete until I added a Chocolate Egg. I gave it a simple icing decoration with the opaques pearl flourish it almost looks good enough to eat.

I think the egg shape has plenty of other options and hopefully when I’m back on top of my game I’ll be able to share some more of my ideas.