Hi stamping friends!  How are you doing? Can you believe that it is almost June?  Where did May go? Since we have all been told to stay at home I thought time would go very slow however, I feel just the opposite. What about you? Slowly things are starting to open in Orange County California where I live. I have a feeling it will be a long time till everything is completely open. Please make sure to support your local small businesses near you! They really need out support at this time.
On to today's card. I am still using the pieces on my desk that did not have a purpose. Well now they too have a purpose. I had stamped and colored so many sailboats, not sure for what but decided to put them all on this one card. What do you think? They are not social distancing at all!

I also had some scraps of watercolored paper that had been used on a older project and so I used my used my circle punch to create a horizon for the boats to sail on. The stitched nested die is embossed with the high seas embossing folder.  When I put the entire panel on the balmy blue folded card it looked  like it really needed something and so I used the versamark pad to create lines to add a little interest. I love the look it gave to the card, just what I was looking for. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped in black. I think that this is my favorite greeting from this stamp set and I use it all the time! Who of us doesn't need love and prayers? I know I do daily!
Thank you for stopping by today and let me know what you have been working on during stay in place. Remember you are all in my prayers! Blessings!

Who will miss stitched label dies?

Hi! Welcome! So glad that you are here. I am going to miss the stitched label dies. I love the die that I created this card with. And check out that adorable little heart! So cute! The greeting in the set that coordinates with the dies (stitched all around) has some adorable sentiments. They are really encouraging and fun.

I also used some of my favorite dsp, best dressed. I think that I love this dsp because of the colors. I think pink and green are a great combo and especially when they are bold and bright, so feminine.  

If you have been following my blog for about the last week or so you have seen almost all the scraps that have been cluttering my desk. I have been on a mission to use them up before the new catalog goes live. I am really tempted to use the new sets that I have ordered but I promised myself that I need to use all the things that I had already stamped. A good way to clean my desk, don't you think?
Thank you for visiting me! I am so grateful for all the comments that you take the time to make. Have a great rest of your week and I think there are just a few more scraps that I hope to share with you soon! Blessings and prayers for all!

Sending Sunshine!

Hi! Don't we all need a little sunshine these days? I am so excited to show you the new paper pumpkin set that will be out next month. It will make adorable cards and ready to send to all those who need to brighten their day! And isn't that what life is about. Making someone else feel special! So check out the video and make sure to sign up today to receive your kit in June.  Sign up by June 10th!  Use the following code to order today!  Let me know if you have any questions! Blessings for a beautiful week!
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Retired items!

Hello! Today's card is almost all retired items. There are only a few more days to get these items. This card was created with the beautiful you stamp set. This set has been a favorite of mine since it first came out. The images are nicely drawn and quick to color plus it has really cute greetings in adorable fonts. 

I am also going to miss the starburst punch, a quick and easy one to use as a layer. Luckily the stitched rectangle dies will still be available. Let me know what you think of this card. It is too bright for you? Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog, I hope you come back soon and subscribe so that you do not miss a single post.  Have a great day and stay healthy!
Blessings to you and your family!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have made this day possible! So proud to be an American! It will be a very different Memorial Day in Southern California, with all the social distancing. Since the beaches and parks are open I think that there will be a lot of people keeping there distance from family members. CAS(E) this sketch has the following fun sketch

Bonanza buddies was the stamp set that I used for this fun and bright card. I think it would be great for a child's birthday.  The dsp is from the bird ballad paper. These stripes are so cute and with the lion reminds me of the circus. The scallop punch will also be retiring and it is one of my go to's so I am not sure what it will be that will take it's place.

Have a great day and stay healthy on this holiday, wash your hands and keep distance.  I know that we will all get through this. Everyday is a blessing and we are all so lucky to have stamping to keep us busy. Send a few cards out to people this week to let them know that you care. 

Freshly Made Sketches #436

Hello! Thank you for stopping by today. Freshly made sketches has a great sketch for this week that I just had to give a try. I wanted to make the frame a little different and so I made the frame with a piece of vellum that I cut with the rectangle stitched dies. I was not sure how I was going to adhere the vellum since it would show through but I lightly sponged multi mono purpose glue all over and attached it to the bird ballad paper that I had cut card size. I was happily surprised that the glue did not show through.

The sentiment is from the stitched all around stamp set and I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I felt like the card needed a little bit more dimension and so I fussy cut out a few of the birds and attached them with stampin dimensionals.

Pearls were then added to add a little more dimension. I am going to really miss the bird ballad dsp, it is so pretty and I have had fun fussy cutting out some of the images. I am excited to see which of the designer papers I will love in the next catalog. Which of the dsp will you miss when they are gone? Have a great day and stay safe on the holiday tomorrow. Blessings to all of you!

The spot card challenge

Hi! A quick post for a card challenge that I made today.  It is a square card challenge which is part of the reason that I was drawn to it and the design layout looked fun. You can visit the the spot here and see the designers cards. They are so beautiful! If you follow my blog you know that I have been trying to use my retiring sets so I used the bonanza buddies for this card.

I am so sad that this set will be gone soon. I really like the images and the little animals just make me happy. I also used a few strips of neutral designer series paper and finished off the koala's party hat with a sequin. Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing the cute little card. If you are interested in the bonanza buddies get it now because it will be retired at the end of May. Have a great day and stay healthy and safe. Blessings!

Out with the old in with the new!

Hi! Why I am sad to always see many of my favorite stamp sets retiring I am always very excited to play with the new items! I have just placed my preorder for the new catalog items. One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is that I can order early and play with the new items. If you are interested or ever wondered about being a demonstrator let me know. I would love to let you know what my last 21 + years have been like. 
Today's card is again more scraps I had on my desk. (I have a lot of scraps, haha) I love how bold the razzleberry is with the old olive color! Just a beautiful combination. 

I am so glad that the  stitched nested  label dies will not be retiring. They are a great die for sentiments as well as stamped items. I can't wait to share the new catalog with all of you. So many wonderful new products! Only a little over a week till the new catalog is live. If you have ordered anything from me in the last year I will be sending you a catalog. Let me know if you know of anyone who else would like a catalog.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend! Blessings and stay and pray in place!

More cards made from scraps!

Hi and welcome! Today's card I feel is really a complete combination of hodge podge from my desk. After I put it all together I really liked the way that it turned out. All the items were created but not used for other cards. I must have stamped and colored a lot of walrus' but I think this is finally the last one on my desk. The polka dots were made with the stencil and a sponge, the background was watercolored and then I sprinkled water and wiped it off to give more texture as well as spatters of white ink.

The punch I used was the pretty label and that will also be retiring. So bummed because I really like this punch. The white stripe was embossed with the high seas embossing folder, another retiring item.

Make sure if there is something you have had your eye on that is retiring to get it now.  Have a great day! I am so grateful for you visiting my blog! It really means a lot to me that you have taken time out of your day to see what I have made. Blessings!

Lilypad lake

Hi my stamping friends! Hope you are all doing well! Sorry I have not blogged lately, my daughter had her virtual college graduation and I was so busy trying to make it special for her! Such weird times we are all living in right now.  I really wonder what will be the new normal when the bans in California are lifted and we do not have to stay in our homes any longer.
One thing I am grateful is for the opportunity to stamp more. I am trying to use up all the pieces on my desk that I have stamped and not used that will be retiring soon. So that is how this card was created. I had the crane colored and cut out. The background I made with the lines stamp in the set, stamped repeatedly in coastal cabana and then flipped the paper and stamped with smokey slate. I think this is a fun take on making a plaid look. 

The rest of the card was also created with scraps that I had on my desk. I am going to miss the lilypad lake stamp set, I love the sentiments and all the dies that match the set. Thank you so much for stopping by. I will be back with more cards from my desk of scraps. So many more things that need love before they retire. Blessings for a beautiful day and stay healthy!

Another walrus?

Hi! Are you tired of seeing yet another walrus card? I think this will be the last one for a while. I have so many other sets that need love! Plus, I just received my new stamp order from the brand new Stampin' Up! annual catalog! So excited to share what was in my order!  It was a tough decision on what to order and not break the bank. I love flowers and so many beautiful one in the new catalog! One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is that I can order a month before the catalog goes live. Would you like that opportunity? Let me know.
This card has a different sentiment from the last two cards, so that is good. I paired it with the country club dsp and I think this would make a great masculine card.

After running the high seas embossing folder through the die machine I sponged on a little ink to give it more texture. I tried to make it a little darker on the bottom and lighter on the top. What do you think? Have a great day! I am off to create with some fun new product! Can't wait to share. Also, if you placed an order with me in the past year I will be sending you a beautiful new catalog! Thank you to all who have been so supportive of me this past year!  I really do appreciate it and I do not take it for granted!  Blessings and stay healthy!


Welcome! So glad that you are here! How is everyone? I have heard that some people are beginning to have some of their restrictions removed. I think that it is a little scary to think about that. I know that the rate of the virus will start to increase, yet so many are being affected with no jobs and income. I pray that you and your families are staying healthy, safe and secure. Trust in God is all we have at this time. And I thank God everyday that I know that He has it all under control!
On to the card, since that is why you are here. This card is similar to the one I shared yesterday. I stamped the little fish in the background and then a main focal point on one walrus.

I even used the same sentiment. I have been making a lot of thank you cards lately to send and give to people who are making the world a better place. The sunburst punch and the designer series paper will also be retiring. I am so bummed because I love this punch! Thank you for joining me today! Take care of yourself! Blessings!

Walrus love

Hi! I am so sad that this set will be retiring. I have had so much fun making cards with the set.  I love the cute little guys and I will be sharing a few more cards in the next couple days with this set. I also love to color, as most of you know, and so it give me the opportunity to have fun coloring.

The high seas embossing folder is also retiring so grab that one, it is really fun even if you do not use for waves. I sponged it a  little with balmy blue after I had cut it with my stitched shape dies. I hope you are all doing well! Stay healthy and let me know what are you most sad about that will be retiring? Blessings!