Who’s Your Melon?

My husband is my one in a melon!  As of yesterday we have been married six funtabulous years!  My hope is that he knows how much I love him and everything he does for me.

This fun card features papers from the Calypso paper packet.  That strip of words is actually a zip strip.  Do you use them on your cards?  I think they are just the right pick me up AND you don’t have to cut a half inch strip off your beautiful 12X12 sheets!  I try to incorporate them often.

Both the One in A Melon stamp set and the Calypso paper packet will be retiring at the end of August so make sure you get them on your next order.  There is a big list of items retiring at the end of July so make sure you double check your wish list and get them ordered before they are gone.  If you don’t have a consultant I’d love to be yours.  You can find me on facebook, leave me a message here (include how to reach you) or place an order on my consultant website.

Would you like to see a list of shopping items that I use to make my card with a link to order them?  Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!


What’s in a card?

The process I go through to make a card is no different than a lot of card makers…scan Pinterest, grab magazines and idea books and see what develops.  My favorites are the How To Idea Books offered by Close to My Heart.  They are full of terrific patterns for cards and scrapbook layouts.

This card is no exception to that rule, but the one thing I think that is important is paying attention to the details.  It’s one of the things I look for when I’m judging entries on various design teams that I’ve participated it.  What extra details were paid attention to?

I pepped up this simple pineapple card made with the Calypso papers just by adding a little detail to the white panel with the Diamond Embossing Folder.  The diamonds reminded me of the score lines on the pineapple which in my opinion (and hopefully yours) just took my card to the next level.  This embossing folder along with several others will be retired at the end of July…do you have yours?  I’d be happy to help you add it to your collection or you can contact your own Close to My Heart consultant.

Thank you for stopping by…I hope you’ll think about what goes into YOUR cards.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think is important in a card!


Animals on the Bus

Happy Monday – I’m here again with more Stamp of the Month artwork as promised.  I wanted to do something fun and different this week and maybe find a way to incorporate the Animal Greetings Operation Smile stamp set.

I thought and I thought and then it hit me…put the animals on the bus!  When my son was a little guy (he’s 25 now) he had several Richard Scary books – his favorite was Busy Town.  I can’t remember how many times we read it, but I remember all the animals in all the different vehicles so my card was born.


This card is a mere 3X6 – a sweet size for sticking in a backpack, briefcase or leaving under a pillow.  The Calypso Papers are surely getting a workout this month too.  It’s only available until the end of July so make sure you get what you might need to play with in the future.


Don’t you see so many possibilities with this stamp set?  I’ll be back with another card next week, but with just 10 days left in June don’t let this stamp set get away from you!  You can add it to a qualifying order for just $5…why not order yours today?






Sliding with The Long Way Home

Happy Monday!  I told you this stamp set was getting lots of use!  Today I’m featuring it in a slider card…I love cards with movement and this one was so darn fun to make and easy too!


I knew I wanted to feature the bus this time – I’ve done several cards with the car, but I just love this VW Bus.  The palm tree is cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and the sun in punched with the 1″ circle punch and the rest of the components of the card are fussy cut.  Notice the street sign, the pole is made with shimmer trim that has been cut down using our trimmer (it’s about an 1/8 of an inch wide)  to complete the card I layered some of the purple enamel hearts over the hearts that appear on the bus and on the heart on the inside of the card.  You can find the instructions for the Easy Slider Card here.

What will you do with the adorable stamp set?  Don’t forget to get yours ordered before the end of June.  If you don’t have a consultant yet, I’d love to be yours – you can visit my webpage here.

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment about this card.

Think Outside the Box

Sometimes I think we box ourselves in to how a paper packet should be used.  For instance the Calypso Paper Packet is paired so nicely in the catalog with flamingos and fruit.  Who hasn’t fallen in love with the Tickled Pink stamp set?  But what about your other favorite stamps?


I LOVE the Safari Ballet stamp set.  I think that little hippo is just like me all round, fluffy and pretty in pink and wanting to be a ballerina.  There is nothing about this card that says flamingo or fruit.  It is just some fun summery colors mixed in a confetti paper.

How about a wedding card?


Would you have guessed that this striking mix of Canary & Black was from the Calypso Paper Packet.  The Mr & Mrs Stamp set (C1621) is filled with fun mix & match words to pair up with a couple of ampersands and some hearts and arrows.

Even though I don’t like to have to send them, every once in a while there is a need for a get well card.


This one is also made with the Calypso papers – I topped off the lagoon stripe with a zip strip.  I really loved the soft feel of the colors so I stamped the band-aid in second generation lagoon.  Now don’t you think that this would make someone feel better?

Of course I couldn’t pass up another chance to make a card with the May Stamp of the Month.


My cake slice is topped with a single candle which I colored with my Shin Han markers.  You can’t tell real well in the photo, but I used my colorless blender to lift some ink and make it more ombre.

So next time you look at one of our paper packets and think that you don’t need it because it has a “certain feel” take another look and think what you might be able to do with it in another way.

Thanks for stopping by!