Calendar, part 2

It took me several days, and a couple of screw ups to finally get the February page of my mini calendar together. I am having SO much fun with this project! I just wish I’d discovered it sooner so that I could make loads of them to give out as Christmas gifts. Oh well, there’s always next year!

I realized after my last post that doing one month per post means it will take forever to get them all up. So, in order to expedite things, I’m going to try to do 2-3 per post. That gives me time to finish them and won’t take forever to get them all up!

So, with that said, here is my first stab at February:

I may have gotten ahead of myself a bit……….. Lol! At any rate, my Stamp-a-ma-jig saved the day. It allowed me to apply this stamp (from This Little Piggy)

Right where I wanted it.

All of that turned into one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done!

For March I used the Tye Dye set from this year’s Sale-a-bration to “build” a shamrock since I didn’t have any appropriate stamp sets. Stamped in Emerald Envy.

And for April I used the Basket Bunch set with the coordinating dies to make this adorable Easter scene.

Ok, that’s it for today! More stamping tomorrow and more calendar pages Wednesday!

Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!


CASEd desk calendar

I was so inspired by our Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop last week that I decided I *needed* to try at least one of the other ladies’ projects. I purchased Jan Musselman’s printable calendar template and got to work!

I’ve decided to post my calendar in a series. One month per post. Once I’ve completed it, I plan on posting them for sale in my Etsy shop! So please stop by and take a look! Without further ado, here is the calendar “blank” that I had to work with:

They came in a PDF format, 2 per 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper, with easy to follow cutting instructions. I really need to start my Christmas cards, but this looked like so much more fun!

I used a Whisper White base for the calendar. For January I cut a 3.75×3.25 inch rectangle in Soft Sky, and then Shimmer White at 3.5×3. I off stamped snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set in Soft Sky, then added die cut snowflakes in a silver glimmer paper.

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Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 15!!!!

img_3666Holy cow!!! How on earth did we get to November AND Blog Hop 15 already?!? I haven’t blogged in a couple of months. Getting kids settled into a new school and new routines was a bit more taxing than I was expecting. I think we’ve finally got it down now, so I’m ready to jump back in. And, what better way than to join in the fun and share some AMAZING talent with our GSF Blog Hop?!?

The theme for this Hop is “anything but cards.” I love this theme! I’m always looking for a way to incorporate my stamping into other aspects of my home, so I was really excited with this one. I haven’t blogged much, but I have beensomewhat crafty. 🙂

s is a 4×4 Post It note holder. It will be a teacher gift for Christmas. I’ve got one more to make, and will add pictures as soon as I’ve gotten it done!

irst craft room NEEDED a little something crafty to brighten it up!

And finally, I needed something pretty for my dies and embossing folders and pens. I followed tutorials by Sam Hammond at Pootles Papercraft and made a set of these:

nks for taking a look, please leave me some feedback as I’d love to hear your thoughts!

As always, happy stamping! Now, please take the Blog Hop tour and leave these amazingly talented ladies some love! 😘😘😂


Tricia Butts

Lisa Ann Bernard

Amanda Farlinger

Erica Jones

Sarah McDermott

Georgia Gaydos

Sharleen Luciano

Kimberley Anne Morris

Jenn Curtis Charles

Jan Musselman

Anastasia Radloff

Amanda Bates

Karie Beglau

Courtenay Heuston

Ellen Woodbridge

Amber Thompson

“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