Happy Mother’s Day

In 2012 I lost my mom to her third battle with Breast Cancer and I pretty much boycotted Mother’s Day until last year when a group of girlfriends asked me to a play and dinner. This year we are doing brunch and the Chihuly Glass & Gardens.

One of my favorite things about making cards is being able to personalize them. These are a few of the Mother’s Day cards that I made this year.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Switcharoo Sunday #1

I follow several blogs on the internet and recently one of the Stampin’ Up Demonstrators started a new feature called Makeover Monday.  She shares a card made by another demonstrator and “makes it over”.  It has been fun to watch over the past few months and I decided that I’d like to do something similar…so if there’s another CTMH Consultant out there that would like to participate in something like this…leave me a comment with your e-mail and I’ll get in touch!

For now, I picked a Stampin’ Up card that I would make over with Close to My Heart Products and I’m going to call it Switcheroo Sunday.

Painted Blooms Origami Shadowbox Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinupThis card was made by Dawn Olchefske you can find her blog here where she also provides a quick video instruction.



and this is my card:  I used the Brushed Paper Packet so I could enter it in this weeks Color Dare over at the Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

Brushed Mothers Day

This is a close up of the front fold and the inside…don’t forget to include something to make it pretty inside – beauty doesn’t have to just be skin deep!Mothers Day Brushed Collage




I hope you like my switcharoo.

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment and come back again soon!

An Unassuming Little Book



It’s a rather unassuming little book from the outside – wrapped in a brown paper cover.


There’s not much more on the inside…spiral bound pages with a big gaping hole!

I hadn’t given Close to My Heart’s Hip Pic album much thought – until a few weeks ago.  I attended a Close to My Heart “Rediscover” event and discovered a fun new product during the create-n-take.  A sturdy kraft chipboard album with16 spiral bound white pocket photo pages with 3¾” × 3¾” windows hold 16 – 4″ × 6″ photos.  With a suggested price of under $10 – I see lots of possibilities for these in my future.

I followed the layout we were given the night of the event, but chose to complete my book using the Ariana paper packet and Base & Bling Story Teller Style Sheet to turn mine into a Mother’s Day gift.


Once I figured out my layout and color scheme I did my stamping first, next I added all my “flat” paper and at the very end went a little crazy with the embellishments.  You’ll notice that most of the cardstock pieces are embossed using the new embossing folders – I LOVE the TEXTURE!!!

If you’d like to make a mother’s day album, a vacation album or a birthday album…I’d love to help you!  Gather a group of friends and we’ll put them together in an afternoon!

Happy Stamping!