Best. Day. Ever. 

I’ve decided that blog hops may be my new favorite thing ever. It’s so fascinating to see several different people take one theme and interpret it their way. A great source of inspiration and ideas! 

As I was slowly easing onto my Sunday morning, with a cuppa in one hand, one eye open, and a German Shepherd head in my lap, I decided to pop into my favorite Stampin’ Up! Facebook page to see what everyone was up to. That is where I found the latest blog hop. All cards inspired by France “Frenchie” Martin. Her stuff is amazeballs! After I’d browsed through all of the blogs in the hop, I immediately went on over to YouTube to find Frenchie. And yes, I clicked SUBSCRIBE. Her stuff is fantastic. Plus, she has that great accent to make things more interesting. Please check her out, if you haven’t already!

After looking at all of the CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) cards, I decided that I had to take her Joseph’s Coat technique and try it. I really just ended up with an emboss resist, but that’s only because I haven’t gotten brave enough to experiment with multiple colors yet. It didn’t turn out quite like I have imagined it in my head, but I think I like it better this way. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

Happy Sunday friends! And, as always, happy stamping!



The swirl continues

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few days. So today, when the urge to make something struck, bright colors were a MUST. Today’s card was inspired by that. Black background with pops of color in Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach. 

I used Basic Black to stamp the butterflies on Flirty Flamingo with the Potpourri Papillon and then used the Elegant butterfly punch to cut them out. The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits were used for the Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach swirls.

The background is Flirty Flamingo stamped on Flirty Flamingo, with the Happy Birthday stamp from the Balloon Builders photopolymer set. Swirly Scribbles in Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach, and the little bird from the Swirly Bird photopolymer set. I fussy cut the bird out after using a Blender pen to color it in. 

And there ya have it! Happy stamping!

Balmy breezes and sunshine

This week, so far, has been a rare one in Central Virginia. The weather has been amazing. Hot, but not too hot. Gorgeous sunshiny days with an amazing breeze. And almost no humidity. I’ve spent my lunch breaks behind the building, sitting in the shade of a crepe myrtle tree, earbuds in listening to music, shoes off and toes in the grass, while I immersed myself in the world of Diana Gabaldon and ate my turkey sandwich. Perfection. I left the hustle and bustle of the office behind. No ringing phones. No angry customers. No needy trainees to walk through the tedium of my day. Sunshine, music, a great book series, and peaceful solitude. It didn’t matter that Jose was sitting 5 feet away eating his own lunch. I was in my own world. Naturally, during a break to turn the page, my mind turned to (what else?????) stamping & card making. The breeze was a balm to my introverted soul, and the peace and quiet fueled my inner creativity. What else are breezy days good for? Kites, of course! 

A Soft Sky base, stamped with white StazOn ink clouds from Balloon Celebrations stamp set. The small clouds are from the same set and were heat embossed with VersaMark and white embossing powder. The sentiment and kites were stamped in Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. The sentiment is from the Balloon Builders photopolymer set. 

I hope everyone else is enjoying this week, and the weather as much as I have been. 

Happy stamping all!


Happy Father’s Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Sunday! We’ve spent the day visiting our dads and did our weekly grocery run. Fun stuff. We got lucky and my dad offered to watch kids for us for the afternoon when we stopped by there. So, home to put groceries away and a kid-free lunch. Then we vegged out on the couch to marathon some old episodes of Supernatural. All in all, a great afternoon! And I found a little time to squeeze in a little card making. 😁

Following with my theme for the end of the month, I went with the Swirly Bird set. On this Father’s Day I was thinking about my grandpa. One of the most amazing men on earth. A man I still miss daily, even after several years of him being gone.

This picture was more than 5 years ago. It just happened to still be saved on my phone. That’s my Pop with my now 8yo son. One of the best pictures ever. 

Here’s my dad, with the same little boy, taken last month at my daughter’s preschool graduation:

And the above is my dad, with me & my family. 

And finally: 

My oldest, Austin, with his sweet boy Aidan. 

 That led me to think about some of my loved ones who are without their dads on this day. I started thinking about my dad’s first cousin, Terry. A self-professed Daddy’s Girl. She’s got grown kids, and two beautiful granddaughters, but I know she still misses her dad horribly. She is also a self-professed Disney addict. So, today’s card is for her. A little Disney happiness to hopefully put a smile on her face. 

So, this one is for Terry. ❤️

Happy Father’s Day and happy stamping!


Swirly Bird continues

I posted my 2nd Swirly Bird project yesterday. I really am obsessed with the Sweet Sugarplum In Color. I decided I needed to showcase something other than that one, for a change. So, using some older (but still current) colors, I made this gem:

Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron make up the flowers. Emerald Envy for the leaves, with the blender pen & Bermuda Bay for the veins. The bird’s nest is done in Tip Top Taupe, and the bird was done in Bermuda Bay & fussy cut. I threw on the purple flowers to throw off all that green. Bermuda Bay bakers twine for the bow. I’m definitely not 100% happy with it, but figured you could get an idea anyway. Win some, lose some. 

My next Swirly Bird is a bit different. This is a Father’s Day card for my husband. Basic Black base, vellum, and Perfectly Artistic DSP. Stamped in Pool Party, Dapper Denimn,  Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, and Peekaboo Peach. Not even a speck of Sweet Sugarplum to be found! 

My goal for today is to stamp, stamp, and then stamp some more. 

Happy stamping friends!


A card a day…….

I intended to post a card a day, to showcase the Swirly Bird bundle and show the versatility of this ahmazing set. Day One, no problem. Day Two, I sit down, break out the Big Shot and cardstock, and……………. Draw a complete blank. Right about the time that inspiration hit, it started storming outside and the power went out. Because we are those people who are never prepared, we didn’t have cell phones charged, extra batteries, or flashlights we could even locate. So, by the light of a single candle, I packed all of my stuff up for the evening. That is no small feat considering what a wreck my crafting area is. Power stayed off until the wee hours of the morning. So, no Day Two card. 

But never fear! (As if you would!) Day Three presented some free time with which I could make a card. Using some scraps in Sweet Sugarplum and Smokey Slate, I die cut a few swirly scribbles. I used June’s Paper Pumpkin stamps to create the background with Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo inks on a Blushing Bride background. Break out the Smokey Slate and Basic Gray Stampin’ Write markers and the Best Day Ever stamp set, and we have our sentiment. 

Side note: while using the Sweet Sugarplum ink and paper, I realized that my favorite work shirt matches perfectly. It really is no wonder I love these colors so much! 

The inside was sponged with Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Peekaboo Peach. 

I may find energy and time to post another this evening. We shall see! In the meantime, happy stamping!