“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