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Happy Bee-day!

I know not everyone loves bees like I do and I know some people are allergic which is definitely problematic, but I think their fuzzy bodies are wonderful and I am fascinated to watch them busily visiting flowers. I have a couple of people in my life who I think about when I think about bees. One of them is my sister, whose name, Deborah, is supposed to mean “the bee” (growing up I definitely understood the whole “sting like a bee” metaphor when it came to her enforcement of the space she required me to give her!) She is celebrating a birthday this month, just like Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I made her a fun bee card, if you can bee-lieve that!

I struggle with designing cards. I always like to look for inspiration in the form of a sketch or a card that uses the same products. In the case of this card, the stamps and dies I wanted to use were from Hello Sweetums which is no longer in business, so when I searched the name of the stamp set I found a number of different cards with similar themes, but different products.

I really liked the way Dana Kirby used the small stamps from the set to create a background paper that was tone on tone as well as how she spotlighted her sentiment and a few images from the set in a simple shape:

There are not as many small images in the Bees Knees stamp set I was using, but I still felt like I could use the same idea.

Here’s what I did:

I couldn’t resist using my hexagon dies for the shape and I colored the flower with my sister’s favorite color (I love this kind of inspiration!)

I didn’t want to use the cute birthday sentiment on the front and then be left with nothing on the inside, so I thought the Hive Five! would be fun for the front and the inside looks like this:

Thankfully, my sister doesn’t follow my blog so this will be our secret until her birthday at the end of the month!

I loved the cute images in this stamp set and am very thankful for Dana’s design inspiration and the theme and color inspiration my sister provided!

I hope you have a fabulous day! Please let me know if you have any tips for how to design your cards! I’d love to hear them!

Happy crafting,


Products I used on this card :

Hello Sweetums Bees Knees stamps and dies

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark 

PinkFresh Studio BASIC LABEL FRAMES Essentials Die Set

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

My Favorite Things Pineapple Prestige Card Stock

Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE

Bazzill LICORICE TWIST Card Shoppe Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 Cardstock

Lawn Fawn JET BLACK Premium Ink Pad

Spectrum Noir DULL GREEN BLEND TriBlend Marker

Spectrum Noir GOLD YELLOW BLEND TriBlend Marker

Copic Sketch Marker B00 FROST BLUE

Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN’S EGG BLUE

Copic Sketch Marker Y13 LEMON YELLOW


Zig Memory System Wink Of Stella Pen (I used Black 010 and Clear 999) these are really nice with a very fine tip I used for giving a touch of sparkle to eyes, antennae [black], and wings [clear])

Kuretake ZIG 2 Way Glue Pen – Chisel


I’m a Furbaby Grandma!

Hi! I’m so excited! My hubby and I are both allergic to cats (and I am allergic to all furry and feathered friends) so we’ve never had anything that is sweet to cuddle in our home other than stuffed animals. My daughter has been living in another state while she finishes up her Senior year of her undergrad degree remotely and works for the company she had an internship with over the summer. Her plan is to take a gap year, keep working, and hopefully get into the PhD program of her dreams. It’s been a tough year in so many ways and the isolation of COVID life definitely has been hard on her as a college student, so she’s finally taken the plunge and adopted a sweet, plump kitty.

What’s a card-making mom to do? Well, first of all she is delighted by all the fun kitty themed card-making supplies and she just learned some basic Copic coloring skills (thank you, Jenn Shurkus) so when My Favorite Things came out with their newest card kit she knew she had to have it! I mean, it is purrrfect!

As always, I appreciate any help with figuring out the design for a card so I thought the newest sketch from MFT would be perfect for my card!

Here’s what I did with it:

I love all the fabulous details in the stamps and dies that were part of the kit (as well as in the free gift with purchase.) I thought it’d be fun to use colors that were similar to the ones she has in her room as well as coloring the kitty the way her kitty looks! And this sentiment – it got me right where I live! I love a good pun and my daughter will know this is a card made by her mom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments if you have fun recreating your pets in different ways.

I will be entering the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Anything Goes.

Products I used from MFT:

Cats & Plants Card Kit (elements that I used Housecats Stamps & Housecats Die-namics, Housecats Exclusive Stamps, Window Dressing Die-namics, Cement Gray Prestige Card Stock, and Eiffel Tower Prestige Card Stock.)

Tiny Check Paper Pad

Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics

Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired)

Lavender Fields Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Blue Breeze Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Other products:

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Copic Sketch Marker W2 WARM GRAY NO.2

Copic Sketch Marker W4 WARM GRAY NO.4

Copic Sketch Marker W6 WARM GRAY NO.6

Lawn Fawn RIVER ROCK Ink Pad


C-Thru T SQUARE RULER Westcott

Ranger MINI GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Adhesive


Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05 Gelly Roll Pen

Peace, Joy, & Love

Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:

“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us.  We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.

I created the front of today’s card using the Wednesday Sketch Challenge  from My Favorite Things Stamps’ sketch #510 and also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make It Sparkle. All products are from MFT unless otherwise noted. Products are linked if they are available at either store.

I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.

I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)

I let the ink dry and used my Anti-Static Pouch to prep the surface. Next I used the Peace, Love, and Joy Stencil applying Altenew Embossing Paste with my Stencil Pal to two of the lines of words of the stencil (which I had masked off.) I sprinkled the embossing paste with Snowflake Tinsel which gave the words a nice sparkle once it was melted with my heat tool.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp set, a strip of Freckled Fawn washi tape, some shimmery taffeta ribbon, and a few Pinkfresh Jewels to add even more sparkle!

I hope you are inspired to create some cards using this wonderful sketch, your papercrafting goodies, and this challenge to let it sparkle!

Have a wonderful day!


Christmas Time is Here!

It’s a been a long, strange year so far. I normally am looking to create Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive at this time of year but the fabulous organizer is taking a year off. She recommended Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc., so that is where I will be sending the cards I’m making this year. Please consider donating if you are interested in helping make the holidays a bit more cheerful for seniors! They accept cards and monetary donations.

I like to use challenges to focus my creating and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this past week was “Dry Embossing”, so I decided to focus on that with my first couple of cards.


I’ve used the Queen and Co. Holiday Wishes kit from my stash for the majority of the elements in the cards I’m sharing today, including the patterned papers, dies for the ornament, and shaker card foam and acetate. You might be seeing quite a few cards and tags from me using this kit this year so that I can use up the elements.

I love this vellum, which has a pearlescent sheen to it – I thought it would look nice dry embossed with my Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder. I thought it would look nice with the vellum looking more opaque, so I did back it with white cardstock to give a more solid color so the sentiment would read nicely.

I’ve used Concord & 9th dies from Take a Bough (the original) and Trim the Tree, MFT Blueprints Die-Namics (retired) for the card layers and the sentiment die was from a Jillibean Soup stamp and die set from my stash. On this card I used ribbon from Celebrate It, Target dollar section snowflake sequins as well as Queen & Co pink Pearlies.  I used PinkFresh Studio CRYSTALS MIX Essentials to embellish the snowflake centers which I felt went nicely with the color scheme of this card and added a bit more shimmer.

Well, that wraps up this card! Onto the next one:


Supplies for this card are similar to the one above. The sentiment if from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Die set, and I used Target dollar section silver cording and Spielgelmom Scraps sequins from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve gotta go and create some more joy!


ETA: I’m entering this into the Jingle Belles I’m Dreaming of a PINK Christmas challenge where they are donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every design entered into their challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I hope you’ll consider joining in, too!

More 1st grade cuteness!

I know you can’t get enough of 1st grade cuteness, so I’m here with another layout from when my daughter was in first grade!

I adore this sketch from Artful Delight blog:

ADJan Layout

and my daughter had this adorable drawing from 1st grade so I put the two together and got:




I love her artwork and am so glad I got to celebrate it with my scrapbook page! I’m entering this layout in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “A is for…” (artwork in this case, or maybe adorable or Artful Delight!)

I framed the photo with a frame from the Silhouette store (3 doodle borders by Rivka Wilkins) and used my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Silhouette pen holder and wrote on the chalkboard print paper from Simple Stories I Heart Summer collection. I used the font JLR Pawtry Hearty for those cute pawprint heart cuts. They are traced with white gel pen and either cut out of the Crate Paper Fourteen collection papers or backed by it (some pawprints are cut out of the background paper.) I spritzed a little Cranberry Smooch Spritz in a couple of spots and used some buttons from Fancy Pants threaded with Twinery Twine. The title is done with alphas from Target (dollar section – wahoo!) and Close to My Heart Lots of Dots colored with Bic Mark-It marker. Journaling was done with the Sakure white Gelly Roll pen and I used adhesive from Beacon, Scotch, Xyron and Zig. The background paper is Bazzill (love their kraft!)

I hope you’re glad you stopped by today – I’m sure glad you did!

Have a fabulous day and I hope you have some time to get creative today!


Worth their weight in gold!

Are you blessed with wonderful friends? Do you often feel like you just can’t do enough to thank them for all the ways they support and encourage you?  I have friends like this. They are so awesome that sometimes I take them for granted or don’t spend the time to thank them properly for being there for me, for being generous and thoughtful, you name it – they deserve a big pat on the back. The least I could do is make a pretty thank you card. So that’s what I’m sharing today. I hope they enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed creating it!

I'm actually showing you my card before all the details! Don't you feel special?

I’m actually showing you my card before all the details! Don’t you feel special?

So, of course, I used challenges to inspire me and believe me there was lots of inspiration out there! Here are a few I decided to tackle for the card I’m sharing today and how I approached them:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Embossed (always a good idea for making a card more special looking. I used gold embossing on the sentiment lines)

Colorful Creations – Favorite Things – Use one of your FAVORITE NEW PRODUCTS! Tell me what it is in your post. GO OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! Do something on a page you haven’t tried before. Tell me what it is in your post. (I really love the Moroccan Stencil from the August Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and I wanted to use it for a kind of background to my card. I decided to use it with my Distress Stains – I used Mustard Seed in the middle and overlapped Barn door on each end to give it a little bit of orange then used Irisdescent Gold Glimmer Mist over the top and patted the whole thing down with a cloth to blend even more – I really think it turned out great. I’m so glad I tried this!)

Scrappin ‘n Chattin Yahoo! Group – September Card Challenges – Anything Goes

All That Glitters is Gold Challenge at Moxie Fab World (I used gold embossing and gold glimmer mist for a really lovely, rich look! I just love how it shines – see for yourself:)

It was slightly overcast when I took the picture, but I think it's a very pretty look!

It was slightly overcast when I took the picture, but I think you can still see the effect.

I was inspired and so very pleased with the result! I hope whoever I give this to feels as pleased! They definitely deserve to feel as special as they are!

Materials I used:

Cardstock is from Stampin’ Up!

Stamp and wood veneer is from Close to My Heart 

Ink is Versamark

Embossing powder is from Clearsnap

Stencil is from Simon Says Stamp

Distress Stain from Tim Holtz

Mist from Tattered Angels

Sequins from Whimsical Twist

adhesive from Glue Dots and Xyron

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll leave a nice comment to let me know you were here. Maybe I should be making you a thank you card ;-)!


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