The Ladies

I bought the file so I could cut these pieces from my Cricut. As I decided on the color combinations and patterns, I watched each of these ladies come to life. I am completely obsessed with them, although they take hours to put together. I put the three of them on Facebook and asked friends to vote – the results are as follows:

#1 – Juliette – 24 votes
#2 – Sunny – 7 votes
#3 – Rosey – 6 votes

If you’d like to order one, let me know. Cost is $7.00 but that includes free shipping. I have them available in my Etsy store and you can customize colors if you like.


Most of you who know me, know that I love hot dogs. I also love tacos, and if you’ve ever eaten Mexican with me, you know that too. In fact I just told Matt the other day that if I was forced to only have tacos and hot dogs for the rest of my life, I would be just fine. So, it was no surprise that this past Tuesday I found myself thinking about tacos. And what to do with those thoughts, make cards of course. Enjoy!

Love is in the Air

For those who craft, we have to get things done ahead of the holiday so they can be given or sold to someone to use for the holiday. So I’ve been busy working on Valentine cards (even though one has the Christmas reindeer) with a kit I received from Lyssa at Song of My Heart Stampers. I love the real red and flirty flamingo colors along with all the coordinating papers. I know a former mentor who would love that one of the colors is named flirty flamingo. Enjoy!

Encouraging Words

Recently there has been much change in my professional world. Not just my world, but many of my friends and co-workers as well. I’ve found myself repeating over and over many of the phrases on these cards or hearing them said to me. I thought it would be great to make cards with these phrases from Gina K Designs and most of the backgrounds from Altenew. Enjoy!

Stamp Layering with Altenew

So I found out that Altenew offers classes, free classes, on stamp layering. I’ve taken the first class and after each lesson there is “homework” for practicing the technique of layering stamps. I’ve so enjoyed learning this and now I need to submit my offerings. All of these used Altenew stamps and dies. Most of the sentiments are from Altenew but a couple are from The Stamps of Life. Please comment on which one you like best. Enjoy!

On to the Next

Ok, I’ve officially become like WalMart, Target, or other stores and everything I hate about retail. How can I possibly be enjoying one holiday when I am already on to the next one with my crafting? Ugh, I need to stop and smell the roses, no pun intended with these flowery cards. I just received my Stamps of Life monthly card kit goodies and felt inspired so I have been busy making Valentine Cards. Yep, here in December, before Christmas and New Year’s Day, I am making Valentine Cards. Oh well, I guess I have succumbed to the commercialization of holidays. Enjoy!

A Year in Review Challenge 2019 Post

I am excited to announce that this post is my first ever entry to a blog challenge that Altenew is having for December #AltenewChallenge. Altenew has some amazing products and while I would LOVE to show you all of them, I am only allowed to enter one per post. So here is the inspiration they have provided monthly for 2019 and the idea is to review these and find new inspiration for December:

And here is my entry using Altenew Layered Floral Cover dies. I just love these dies as they make such interesting backgrounds, especially when you change up the colors.

And since I have always been a rule breaker, I’m just going to have to show the other cards I created using Altenew Layered Dies, because I just LOVE them. The Happy Birthday and Have a Sweet Day sentiments are from The Stamps of Life. The celebrate and pretty things sentiments are from Stampin Up! The Christmas sentiments are from Echo Park. The Altenew Layered Dies are Snowflake Stars, Floral, Medallion, and Plaid. You can find the Altenew Layered Dies on the website:

The Layered Dies are a set, which you can also use individually, doubling the creative fun you can have. I did that here with the Layered Plaid. You almost don’t notice there is only one die in the lighter blue version since I used patterned paper.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these and please wish me luck in the contest!

About Altenew, from their website:
Established in April 2014, Altenew has quickly become a leader in the inspiration industry, and continues to innovate and influence the world of paper crafts. Altenew strives to encourage crafters to express their own unique creativity through the art of paper crafting.

Alt” translates into “old” in German, and thus “Alt-e-new” represents the juxtaposition of classical and contemporary designs.  Our high-quality clear photopolymer stamps, stencils, and inks are manufactured in the United States and we are humbled to be serving customers in over 70 countries.

Our team recognizes the importance of bringing joy to others, and that the personal touches of a handmade card or scrapbook layout can comfort the people who are most important to us. We hope that our products will inspire you to make a spectacular difference in someone’s life.

Happy Mail

I am a member of several groups on Facebook for card makers, scrapbookers, and paper crafters. One group started a Happy Mail campaign. Everyone who wanted to participate gave their name and address and then the full list was sent to each of us. The idea is to pick, at random, someone to send a card (or anything else) to. That way you get a random, unexpected surprise, a.k.a. Happy Mail. I’ve sent out five cards and I just got one myself. A nice woman, named Brenda, sent me 8 different stamped images for coloring and then to be used on cards. Needless to say I spent the weekend coloring and making cards. First a picture of the coloring, along with the unicorn cake already becoming a card.

And now here are the other seven turned into cards as well.

This was a great idea and so much fun. I would not have had these images otherwise, and probably not anything I would have done without the prompting. Now I get to send them out to others – and hopefully make some Happy Mail of my own. Enjoy!