Shopping Sales and Deal Sites, Oh My!

November 8, 2017

Good morning,

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably already know this but, I have been shopping lately, a lot! I can’t help it, my local scrapbook store had a fantastic sale last weekend, including 50% off Graphic 45.  Yes, I know, 50% off the new lines too, so I went a little crazy! In addition, I added to my Nuvo Collections of ”Pure Sheen” (fine glitter) and Nuvo “Glimmer” (glitter paste in a jar).  To my defense though I am still replenishing from when my little one decided to decorate the floor with my entire glitter and embossing stash!


At the same time, has amazing sales going on this month!  Their stamping sale last week was amazing with things up to 80% off. I challenged myself to look at things that were under $7.00. I am not a big stamper or embosser, but I am working on it.  I thought by limiting myself I wouldn’t have the selection so I would be safe. WRONG!  I ended up with 14 items from embossing folders to mini distress inks to stamps sets, including shipping around $30.00. Here is a sampling:

I was surprised by how much I loved the Frayed Burlap color, that is going look great on beach themes and all my guy layouts! The brick embossing folder is perfect for some Christmas projects I was thinking of adding a chimney! Time Holtz nailed the brick color perfectly!

Then if you saw yesterday’s post on the hot cocoa card, then you know my monthly stamp set came in. I guess I am having a little bit of an early Christmas, now if only I could get the new Silhouette Cameo 3 for under $10.00 then there would be some celebrating!

I think what kicked this whole thing off was some great deals on Peachy daily doorbuster quality deals. Now they are doing one for planners but since it can be used for cardmaking or scrapbooking it is like getting two deal a day!

Finally, if you ever want more of a collection that is older or maybe you are like me and only find bits and pieces when it is too late. The first place I look is I filled in “Life in Color” by Simple Stories. I find past collections at great deals including Simple Stories, Graphic 45, Echo Park, Carta Bella, Bella Blvd to name a few!

Anyway,  I hope you are able to pick up some things off your wish list to finish up your Autumn and Holiday projects! Know this is a safe place to share, no judgment! If you have a great place to share, please tell about it in comments!

…Until next time


Cold Mornings and Hot Cocoa!

November 7, 2017

Good Morning,

Our weather lately has been crazy; last week we were roasting with 90-degree weather and this week we finally are getting those cold, crisp morning of Fall. This time of year is one of my favorites with all the trees showing their beautiful color, the cooler air and my favorite drink, hot chocolate! I like mine with a little nutmeg on top; I know not the most traditional!

My new stamp and die set just arrived from Stamps of Life, it is the cutest Hot Cocoa theme, it fast becoming a favorite.

I couldn’t wait I had to make a card right away! Being that it is Fall I wanted to go with a more rustic look, so I grabbed kraft paper and decided against doing a more elaborate background. I was inspired by those cool overcast Fall morning with a warm cup of cocoa.

I used the mug stamp and die along with whipped cream outline die, and the detailed whipped cream inset die. To give it a little shine and a few sprinkles of “nutmeg” I mixed my latest Nuvo acquisitions in their “Pure sheen” aka fine glitter collection in spiced apricot and diamond.

The card itself is a 4.25 by 5.5 (A2) size with an inside layer of white at 4×5. The sentiments in this set are perfect so I went with “…is like a warm hug on the inside”  ideal way to describe how I feel after drinking a mug of cocoa!

I added a little red and white bakers twine, die cut the marshmallows for a little playful movement and then pop dotted the mug and whipped cream.

This set is super fun, and I see she just came out with the polka dot stamp for the mug. If you are interested here is the site.  I have not done a recent monthly stamp project in a while, but this was hard to put off, I guess it spoke to me!

What is your favorite Autumn warm drink?

Until next time…

Here is my supply list:

Echo Park “I love Family” – heart sticker
Echo Park “I love Family” 6×6 pad – ” family tree” blue paper
Stamps of Life – Die Hard set for November – mug steam, both marshmallows dies, “Hot    Cocoa” stamp and “is like a hug from the inside” stamp.
Baker’s Twine
Nuvo Pure Sheen in Diamond and Spiced Apricot
Stamps of life – Chocolate ink pad

*please note I do not receive any compensation for recommending these products. I just love them and think you might too!




Prize Pack from NSD challenge at

May 27, 2017

Good Moring,

Today I am excited to share that I won a National Scrapbook Day Challenge for Die Cuts at . This is the layout that won it for it me  and you can find more about it here: Easter Egg Die Cuts…..

Easter layout2

Today I received my prize pack that encompassed a $25.00 gift certificate to their store along with $100 worth of product from Lawn Fawn, Waffle Flower, Technique Tuesday and Art Impressions.  I thought I would share a quick video so others could see how generous the prize packs are from


If you have not been on I suggest taking a stroll through their site. They have an extensive gallery of many different styles and interests along with forums (under the “more” tab), free classes, a store and much more.

Again I share about them just because I think their site would be of benefit.

Thanks you for following along with me.

Until next time….


Card Kit from Technique Tuesday’s warehouse box

June 25, 2016

Good Morning,

Just a quick post to share one of the card kits in my Technique Tuesday’s warehouse box. This class kit was about learning the techniques of second generation stamping, paint, and masking.

While I continue to work through my creative block  it was helpful to work on a well thought out kit. It sorta kicks started me a bit.  The work is not my best but the techniques were interesting to work out. I am still trying to figure out some of the masking technique. The fussy cutting part of it was probably my downfall.

Here are the cards that I made from the kit, they had full-color sheet along with separate instructions for each card.  This stamp set along with a red and green ink pad was included as the focus for the kit. 20160625_114155.jpg

The first card was about doing a “second generation” stamp. This also required cutting out cherries from felt. Let’s just say I have never been the best at cutting things out.  If my cherries were real, one might think the tree was diseased.  However, I did like the idea of using the cherry stamp as a scallop border.   The “second generation” technique  was used on the stems. I like how it pulled in the gray cardstock in a subtle way.  The second generation means stamping once on a scratch sheet of paper then immediately on your project. If you’re using a black ink it gives a gray color.

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The next card was beautiful in the picture. I did not do it justice. The technique being taught here was to use paint to stamp the lemons.  I didn’t have any so I used the only yellow ink pad I had  to stamp the lemons. The paint technique created a surface that mimicked the damask look a bit. Apparently, acrylic paints dry fast and clean up nicely without harming your clear stamps. I will have to give this a try at some point.Technique Tuesday card kit-6

The third card was about masking. Stamping the first pear and then using a mask to cover a part of it to stamp the second pear. The point was not to have a thick overlapping of ink but give the illusion of the second pear behind the first. I need to practice a lot more on the masking technique when used in this manner. This card is designed to be a gift card holder.

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The fourth card was so cute on the colored sheet and I wish I could have done it justice. The fussy cutting for the stem just played right into my weakness. The idea here was to do more masking. I was supposed to stamp the green top on the card stock then make a mask for it so the strawberry stamp would fit nicely under it.  I just could not get the hang of it as I kept coming up with large spaces between the stem and strawberry. In a moment of frustration, I cheated, I overlapped my stamp.

 Technique Tuesday’s also included red flocking powder to add to the sentiment frame. While I was not super neat with it, I did like the technique of using red tape to line the edges, the flocking stuck in the right places. I just need to take a dry fine paint brush to get rid the loose bits.

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The last card was considered a bonus with no instructions but I had a good time figuring it out by the picture only. I liked the layers with the tearing technique ( I have to say after dealing with the fussy cutting, the tearing was quite satisfying.) and the patterns incorporated. I think out all of them I am probably most happy with how I reproduced this one.

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This kit was terrific to work with as everything was cut to size and prepared, I just had to assemble and play with the stamps. I think there is something to be said about just playing with supplies with no pressure. I started to work out some solutions to existing projects as well as think of some new ones. While I may not do another one of the kits for a while I will be incorporating some of the many products included in the warehouse box.

Thanks for reading through this presumably “quick post” !

Until next time……



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