“Life’s a Beach”

We just got back from a 3 day trip to Washington DC with the kids. Day 1, my 9 year old is at the national zoo throwing up and running a 102° fever. So, we cut the day short, found Patient First, and waited to be told that it was just a virus and he'd be fine in 24-48 hours. Our gracious hosts allowed us to stay the night to see what the morning would bring. 8 hours of sleep later, has fine, and we headed downtown to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. 6 hours and several miles later, we finally made it back to the car. What we didn't do on day one, we certainly made up for on day 2! He got to see dinosaur fossils, the 6yo got to see sparkly gems and rocks, and mama got to hang out with some live butterflies. We were all happy! ☺️ A BIG thanks to friends who invited us and their family who provided a place for us to rest our weary bones — in introduced me to some amazing rum and scotch!

So, what's the first thing I do after kids go to bed in their own beds? Throw together a quick card for a beach themed swap, of course! I needed to do something that didn't require a lot of work, and the beach sings to my soul. So it was the perfect place to start! It's such a simple card, anyone could do this. With minimal effort! Tip Top Taupe card stock base, Serene Scenery DSP, Vellum, Beautiful You stamp set, StazOn ink, and alcohol markers. Could definitely be stepped up a notch or two for something more intricate, or even down for something super simple. Take a look, let me know what you think!

As always,

Happy stamping!



Global Stamping Friends Bloghop 12

I absolutely cannot believe that I have been a part of this amazingly talented group of women for 12 — TWELVE — bloghops already!  It just amazes me every month to see what wonderful projects everyone has put together.  And each month I am humbled and inspired by them.  So, without further ado, Blog Hop 12: Kids cards!  I had a lot of fun with this one.  I love making cards for kids.  It may be my favorite thing to do.  Besides Christmas cards, that is.  :)


I started out with my new favorite set: Magical Mermaid.  I love her!  I colored her using water colors and then gave her shimmer with Wink of Stella.

Next, I used a smoothing technique I found on Splitcoast Stampers to create her underwater background.  Added a sentiment, and voila!


I stamped the envelope to coordinate, and this beauty is ready to go in the mail next week to a special little girl!


Please take a look at everyone's wonderful projects!

1. Sarah McDermott
2. Lisa Hardie
3. Kristie Neal Walthall — you are HERE!

4. Courtenay Heuston
5. Rebecca Urban
6. Rachel Macleod
7. Georgia Missy Gaydos
8. Jenn Curtis Charles
9. Christine Wrede
10. Lisa Ann Bernard
11. Angélique Stempelkeuken
12. Sharon Dalton
13. Lou Kitzelman
14 Kimberley Anne Morris
15. Vicky Wright
16. Anastasia Radloff
17. Susan Vilar
18. Christina Walker
19. Ellen Woodbridge
20. Amanda Bates
21. Cary Buckham
22. Sharleen Luciano
23. Jan Musselman
24. Anita Wifladt
25. Karie Beglau
26. Marieke Bart
27. Donna Gray
28. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
29. Erica Jones

Colorful Seasons

I was such a slacker when it came to getting my goodies ordered from the annual catalogue. There are still a few things I'm mad at myself for not getting, but with the holiday catty coming out soon, maybe I'll change my mind quickly! 😜

At any rate, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with my new items! It's taken a while longer than I would have liked, but moving, putting a house in order, working full time, and parenting 2 kiddos doesn't leave much time for "playing." Thank goodness for my swap group. Without them I'd be struggling with myself to find time to stamp. And, thanks to some of the July themes, I've had to step out of my comfort zone a bit and get creative. Some were epic failures. Others, were quite the success. I've hidden the failures and am going to share my two favorites.
Done using the Coffee Cafe set in Emerald Envy and Early Espresso. SO much fun! Because: COFFEE! Lol. It's a tunnel card. Here is the inside:

(The coordinating DSP is one of those things I'm angry with myself for not getting!)

The theme for this one is Bees and Vellum. Pretty self explanatory, right? For this one, I used the Colorful Seasons set and coordinating thinlits for the branch, flowers, and sentiment. The bee is from the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. I used Melon Mambo and Fresh Fig for the flowers, So Saffron and basic black for the bee, and Fresh Fig for the sentiment.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think! And, as always, if you're interested in any of these products, or finding out how you can get a fantastic discount on them, email me here or check out my online store here.

As always,

Happy stamping!

Blog Hop 11!

Holy cow.  Blog Hop 11!  That means that I’ve been participating with this wonderful group of fellow demonstrators for almost a year now.  I almost cannot believe it’s been that long, because it seems like it has been no time at all!

I’ve been a bit out of touch in recent months.  We went through the drama (yes, DRAMA) of staging and selling our home and buying a new one.  Between cleaning and packing and working and unpacking, I almost forgot how to stamp.  LOL.  But now that we’re all settled, ok mostly settled, I am jumping back into the game.


This month’s theme is Holidays in July — with a twist.  What is this twist, you ask?  We had to create a holiday card using non holiday items.  This was REALLY hard for me!  I had all of these ideas in my head, but when it came time to translate those ideas into a paper craft, my brain and my hands did not cooperate.

This was my first attempt:


I love color combo of Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry, and Mint Macron.  I love that darn chicken.  In my head, the trees made it “holiday-ish.” In reality, not so much.  SO, back to the drawing board, so to speak.

Here is my 2nd attempt:


I went back to what I’m comfortable with, both with color and content.  LOL.  A Smoky Slate Foxy Friends fox, a little Island Indigo scalloped circle, some Foxy Friends DSP for accent, and a Pool Party base embossed with Softly Falling TIEF.  I did cheat a little — I couldn’t *not* do something holiday related, so I used the December Paper Pumpkin for the pretty scripted Merry Christmas stamp.

Now, let’s take a look at what our next friend created.  Hop on over, (yes, that pun was intended) to Rebecca Urban’s blog by clicking


Rebecca Urban

or jump back to Sarah McDermott’s blog to start at the beginning of the hop.


Sarah McDermott

Or you can pick and choose your order from the list below:

1. Sarah McDermott

2. Kristie Walthall

3. Rebecca Urban

4.Courtenay Heuston

5. Lisa Ann Bernard

6. Georgia Missy Gaydos

7. Jenn Curtis Charles

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Sharon Dalton

10. Kimberley Anne Morris

11. Anjelique Stempelkeuken

12. Amber Thompson

13. Marieke Bart

Happy Easter! 

I love the Basket Bunch bundle SO much! It is just so stinking cute! When I saw it, I knew I had to get it to use for Easter treats for the kids’ class parties. Naturally I completely ran out of time to even start, but that didn’t stop me from making an adorable card that I CASEd from Susan Campfield. I saw it on Pinterest and had to try it. 

I used Mint Macaron for the base and stamped all those little eggs with VersaMark. The bunny, eggs, and chick were all stamped in archival Basic Black, and colored with the wonderful watercolor pencils. The juggling bunny is attached to a window sheet for a “floating” look, and the window is framed in our gorgeous glimmer Mint Macaron. It was cut out using the stitched framelits. I just love this card and hope the recipient loves it too. 

Please feel free to leave a comment, and if you’d like to purchase any of the items you’ve seen here, or in any other posts, please visit my online store

Happy stamping!


Sale-a-Bration is over, but the fun is just starting

 I have admittedly been absent throughout Sale-a-Bration. Not saying I didn’t take full advantage of all the amazing swag, but I just haven’t had much time to actually use any of it. Scribbles and doodles just aren’t worthy of a post. Lol. PLUS, we’ve been dealing with sick kids, a sick pup, a sick hubby, AND trying to get our house ready to put on the market. I’m honestly not even sure where March went! So tonight, after a week of stressing over finding a painter, a storage unit, and trying to declutter my home, I decided that I needed some stamping time. It was time to put those Occasions and Sale-a-Bration items to use! I’ve been eyeing the Carousel Birthday set ever since I saw it in the catty. Couldn’t bring myself to buy it, because I just couldn’t figure out when I’d use it. After seeing so many beautiful projects made with that set, though, I had to have it. Here is my take on this amazingly versatile set:

I used So Saffron for the base, the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP for layer one, and Whisper White for the top layer. I stamped the tents in stamped off So Saffron. The carousel was done in stamped off Bermuda Bay, and the carousel horse was stamped in archival basic black. He was then “painted” with Wink of Stella pen and So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral. I left the sentiment off because I’m using this for a swap. I’d like the recipient to be able to use it for the occasion of her choice, so I’ve purposely left it blank. 

If you like what you see, please feel free to leave a comment! And if you’d like to purchase any of the items I used for this card, you can pick those up at my online store

Thanks for looking, and as always, happy stamping!