Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Oops!  I missed the deadline for this Fusion Card Challenge, but decided to share it anyway.  It was fun combining the pretty color palette and the sketch!

I've been wanting to use a darling little CTMH stamp set called Puppy Party for awhile and thought this would be a good time to give it a go!  The funny pup seems to scream (or bark) HAPPY and makes me smile!  

I used Close To My Heart Seaside and Scaredy Cat B&T (background and texture) papers along with some Kraft cardstock.  Ink pad colors are Black, Lagoon, and Sunset.

I added some bling with few Bitty Sparkles, Junebug Puffies and a strip of Teal Glitter Paper.  

There you have it! I hope this little guy makes you smile as well!   

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Simply Inspired Blog Hop

I'm super excited to take part in another Simply Inspired Blog Hop this month!  If you've arrived from viewing Dana's amazing art, you are on the right track.

We're all using Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets for today's Hop.  These exclusive sets are free for hostesses and are a BIG value as well!  The Hostess stamp sets from the Seasonal Expressions will retire March 31, so act quickly as a hostess to get them free!

I've used the darling Cuddly Salutations Hostess set from the Annual Inspirations for my scrapbook page.  I stamped a strip of Flaxen card stock with 3 of the designs and then ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Heart Embossing Folder for a little added texture.  The adorable animals stamps would be perfect for mini cards, borders, backgrounds and more!  They're fun to color in with markers or colored pencils or leave them without color for a doodle look.

My photos are FaceTime screen shots of my sweet granddaughter Olivia.  Since we live a few hours from each other, we FaceTime nearly every day.  It's not the same as kissing those sweet cheeks in person, but it sure helps this lonesome grandma! 

Products used:
Cuddly Salutations page 10 Annual Inspirations
Black stamp pad for stamping, Slate stamp pad for edging

Now hop over to Delightful Denise's blog to see what fabulous art my talented friend has created for us!  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Is In The Air!

 I remember how much I loved everything Valentine as a child!  From making cards to decorating a Valentine mailbox each year for school, I created them all!  I'd jazz up an old shoe box or cereal box with "elementary style art" using pink and red construction paper, white paper doilies, glitter, ribbon, and more!  With much anticipation, I'd wait for our school party date to come to give and receive all those special classmate cards!  It's funny how the things that made me happy as a child, still make me happy today.  I haven't created a mailbox for years, but I do make Valentine cards each year!  

Here's a card I made today at our February Close To My Heart team meeting.  This beautiful card was taught by Lynette Robbin.  I love the perfect combo of pretty Heartstrings PapersComplementsaccents, soft ribbon and sparkly glitter paper we used to create this card!  Hope you like it too!

I enjoy Valentine cards old and new!  This is one of my favorites from my vintage Valentine collection which I would guess dates back to about the 1930s or perhaps earlier.  This little cutie is a spinning card.  The little girl's facial expression changes three times as you move a wheel around on the back.  The back also has a tiny little easel stand to help display the card. 
Her third expression is the one that really makes me laugh.  Such a sour face!   I giggle each year when I take this card out to decorate for Valentine's Day!  Which is your favorite of her funny faces?

Last but not least is MY Valentine!  This guy has been putting the happy in my Valentine's Day for over 35 years!  Here's to many more years of hugs and kisses with my guy!

I hope you enjoyed your special day too!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Simply Pretty!

Sometimes a simple card can just be simply pretty!  We made this little card at one of my workshops this past week.  A few colors of stamp pads, a few stamp sets, a few accents and ta da.....simply done!  I hope you like!

Supplies used:
Stamp Pads - GlacierChampagneChocolate
Retired Products - White Daisy Sequins, Mocha Bitty Pearls