A Lemony Tri-Fold Pocket Pouch with Sizzix


Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! Hope you are all doing well, and are gearing up for some holiday fun this weekend. Many of you may have seen the amazing Sizzix Chapter 3 reveals over these past few days, filled with all our favorite holiday, Halloween, Christmas, and winter new releases. But today I’m going to step back a moment to the Chapter 2 release, with this bright and happy lemony sunshine project that I have the great fun of sharing this week on the Sizzix blog.


My bestie celebrated her birthday at the end of May, and since she loves the color yellow, we decided to throw her a little lemon/lime theme party. We had such fun gathering bright citrus table decor. And I put together this zesty tri-fold pocket pouch for her gift. Perfect for smaller gift items or gift cards, and a fun and unique twist on traditional gift wrapping.


I used several dies from Chapter 2… Doodle Art #2 and Crochet #2. And I absolutely adore all that intricate lacy detail. And because I love fabric as much as I do paper, I made a fancy stacked flower centerpiece from silk and wool, a fabric brad, and ribbons and trim using one of Sizzix’s Bigz flower dies. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Sizzix blog and the Sizzix UK Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I hope my friends and family in the States have a fantastic 4th of July weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Doodle Art No. 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Large StemsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mustard SeedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Twisted CitronScor-Pal - Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring and Scoring Board - 12 x 12Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Set
Stampin’Up Trim
Wool Felt, Silk Flower, Fabric Brad
Parchment Paper

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Celebrate with July CardMaps

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Hello, crafty friends! Happy Wednesday and happy July to you! It’s the start of a new month and a new quarter, and that means that today marks the release of a brand new set of card sketches over on the PageMaps site. I had the great fun of creating some projects with the new sketches, and am happy to share them with you here on the blog, starting today with a little patriotic number just in time for the 4th of July.


Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring the adorable Gnome for the Holidays 4th of July collection by Photo Play Paper.


As you can see, I followed the sketch very closely, and love how quickly and easily this came together. Just simple layers of crisp white cardstock mixed with bold Americana prints from the paper kit.


I made my own tag out of one of the patterned papers to get the perfect fit for the center of the card. And then used stacked circle dies to take a notch out of the side to fit the design. The sentiment and the gnome and BBQ are cardstock stickers, popped up with foam tape for a bit of dimension.


Such a fun collection. These silly gnomes just make me smile. There is a whole series of Gnome for the Holidays now, if you haven’t seen. And for a few more days (until July 9, 2020), Becky is offering raffle tickets for a chance to win this amazing collection giveaway shown below, all in honor of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Details and ticket purchase can be found on the PageMaps website HERE.

Such a great cause, and an amazing raffle prize, too. Good luck to all! And don’t forget to check out all the new July PageMaps and CardMaps sketches for tons of crafting inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackPhoto Play Paper - Gnome for July 4th Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackHoney Bee Stamps - Honey Cuts - Steel Craft Dies - Circle Thin FramesDress My Craft - Hole Punch - One Quarter Inch Circle

2020 Summer Home Tour- Part 1


Hello friends, happy Monday! Here we are at the end of June already, with the 4th of July right around the corner and summer well underway. Definitely time to start sharing my summer home tour. Today I thought we’d start in my dining room.


I know things are very different this year with everything that is happening in the world around us. So now, perhaps more than ever, is the perfect time to make our homes as cheery and cozy as possible. For me, the summer months are all about patriotic and nautical decor, mixed in with lots of red, white, and blue.


On my dining room table, I’ve spread a vintage embroidered tablecloth and stacked the center with a large wooden tray filled with lots of fun things. A pile of vintage and patriotic linens, a floral stem, vintage glassware and an old strawberry jar that belonged to my grandmother. And a pair of my beloved Lori Mitchell figurines.


On the antique sideboard is more figures and my collection of vintage red and blue transferware dishes.


As most of you know by now, I really like to bundle. So I try to add in lots of containers that are perfect for stacking, bundling, and piling.


The bottom row has an antique scale and toolbox that can hold many things. I’ve stacked both with transferware and linens. The toolbox has some Americana paper fans and a few other wee treasures.


The metal piece in the center row is a vintage chicken feeder. The red box on the left is an old metal lunchbox that was in my dad’s family when he was a kid.


On the top is a vintage Coca-Cola crate and an ironstone tray, also perfect for holding stacks of goodies.


As you know, I started up cross-stitching again this year after many year’s break, and so I’m always drawn to stitchy things. These tiny round pieces were a find from a thrift store. I got a whole bag of them for only $1. Unfortunately there were only a couple of the months of the year in the bag, and only one little fruit. I know it’s not July yet…. but it’s close enough.


The summer scene behind the stitching is a card that my mother just sent me that has a wonderful ocean view.


You may notice that I don’t match my dishes. I just love a mishmash of them all!


The dining room definitely has a patriotic flair, while other areas of the house have a distinct beach vibe. I’ll share more of that another day.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be well!

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So Happy with Photo Play Paper


Happy Friday, crafty friends! Once again we’ve made it to the weekend. Hope you are all doing well in your neck of the woods. Today I’m rounding out a week of Photo Play Paper projects with one last card made with my favorite of their summer collections, Wild Honey.


I went back to my roots of using lots of patterned papers on this one. I just can’t help myself when it comes to all of those fabulous prints. I chose a bright and happy pink for the main background, and then layered with several strips of contrasting papers. The focal panel is the backside of the cut-apart journaling card sheet. A great way to use journaling cards that may not otherwise suit.


I rounded the two right corners, and tied twine around the bottom of the card. The sentiment and bicycle are cardstock stickers that were popped up with foam adhesive for a bit of depth and dimension. Simple and sweet, and I love that this card could work for many occasions.


Here’s a peek back at my trio of Wild Honey cards for this week. Bumblebees, butterflies, and bicycles… such a fun and happy collection.

Hope you are keeping well out there! Our governor is cracking back down on restrictions starting at 5 pm today. Our Covid case numbers continue to skyrocket here in North Carolina. Scary stuff. Stay safe! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Wild Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

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One Day at a Time with Photo Play Paper


Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card that I made with the adorable Wild Honey summer collection from Photo Play Paper.


The beautiful butterfly panel is from the cut-apart journaling card sheet, and was cut down to fit the front of the card panel, leaving enough room for a thin border across the top and bottom. The sentiment was already printed on the card, so I just added a few additional paper strip banners and a scattering of enamel dots for accent.


Then the inside was finished off with a cardstock sticker.

I love a simple card design where the journaling cards do all the work for you. Particularly when it’s hard to find the right words to say. This card is so fitting for our current situation, isn’t it? Hope you are all managing to take it just one day at a time.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackPhoto Play Paper - Wild Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSimple Stories - I Am Collection - Enamel Dots

A Wild Honey Hello with Photo Play Paper


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you were able to celebrate all those special men in your lives yesterday for Father’s Day. Today I have a just-for-fun card to share that I made with the adorable Wild Honey collection from PhotoPlay Paper.


I absolutely love honey bees, so this collection is really one of my favorites from the summer release. I used one of the cut-apart journaling cards for the sentiment, just cutting some small notches from the top and bottom with a circle punch.


The stickers were popped up with foam dots, then a few die cut circles for layering, and a simple twine tie. This card was based upon a sketch from the April CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Wild Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Paper Punch - Circle, SmallMay Arts CHAMPAGNE Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 41202*

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I Stitched My Way Through April & May


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
As some of you may already know, I took up cross stitching again at the beginning of the year after a 25-ish year break. Little did I realize at the time how helpful and therapeutic this hobby would become during the Covid-19 quarantine, but I am extra grateful that I started up again when I did.  I really do find that keeping my hands busy helps to soothe the mind.


One good thing that oftentimes comes out of a crisis is how people band together to uplift and support, and that has been particularly true in the stitching community during this pandemic. Many cross stitch designers have taken the time to design and offer free charts under a movement called #bewellandstitch. The point is twofold….. one is for folks to have something to stitch to keep spirits up, to keep up the belief that everything will be well. And the second is to support shop owners in the hope that people stitching these charts may contact them for fabric and floss supplies. It’s really a win-win all around.

I’ve downloaded many of these Be Well charts, and hope to stitch my way through them all. Most of them are smaller charts, which has been perfect to use up the last scraps of a coffee-tea dyed piece of Aida cloth that I had. I got three little pillow tucks made from those leftovers. Starting with this adorable bunny with his basket full of flowers. This adorable chart is by Lila’s Studio, and you can find the link for the free pdf chart here.


From there, I moved onto this sweet Chicken Love chart by Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. You can find their free chart here.


My third #bewellandstitch project is the Be Well freebie from Hewitt Hill Samplers. And you can find that chart here.

I’m guessing I’m about halfway to a full bowl of Be Well tucks. Can’t wait to start on more. How about you? Any cross stitching friends out there? If you are on Instagram, and are interested in learning more about the Be Well movement or would like to find more free charts, simply search the hashtag #bewellandstitch. You’ll find an endless source of inspiration.

Be Well, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Bird Day with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been on a bird kick lately, right? Well, today I have yet another tweet bird project to share.. this time a card that was posted this week on the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal, featuring my favorite die sets from the Tim Holtz Chapter 2 release.


The adorable birds from the Feathered Friends Thinlits die set has by far been my favorite set from the spring release. I love that they can be colored in so many variations to create many different species of birds, and they all turn out so beautifully. The Funky Wreath die set is the perfect companion set for these birds, and once again I’ve added in a wreath on my project today. I love dressing up the wreaths with small extras, like flowers or ribbons or bows. On this card, I made a messy nest for the bird with some wonky “greens” and natural twine. And added in a hand-stamped sentiment banner to finish the design.


It was recently my mother’s birthday.  She loves bird images and nature scenes, so this card was made specially for her. She’s getting quite the bird collection going, I must say!

I’ve got all the details and the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on The Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraTim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash WALLFLOWER Cardstock Pack TH93110Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink Pads - Mini Kit - ThreeMay Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower alpha stamps

Tweet Tweet with Tim Holtz Patchwork Bird


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been on a bird kick lately with my crafty projects. So perfect time to share this tweet bird-inspired fabric project with you… A pillow that I made some time back featuring the Tim Holtz Handmade Alpha XL and Patchwork Bird Bigz dies.


I love making fabric projects with my dies, and I was really excited when Tim Holtz asked me to make some secret fabric creations for his Facebook Live Chapter 4 2019 reveal.  I really had fun with this pillow. There are so many layers and fabulous details on these patchwork birds, and since it is a Bigz die, it’s super easy to cut thicker materials with it, like the wool felt and fabrics I used here.


I tried something new with this pillow, which is using Distress Paints to create a hand-painted watercolor background. I sketched in very loose tree branches and leaves, painted in with muted earthy tones of Distress greens and browns. I really like the framework that gave to the birds, and how it worked perfectly to ground the images into a scene. The bird pieces, themselves, were die cut from a variety of felt and fabric and pieced together. I added lots of hand-stitched details to enhance their patchwork feel.


I added some favorite pompom trim around the edge of the pillow, and topped it with a messy bow made from thick twine, vintage millinery flowers and velvet leaves, and a vintage button. So very tweet!

Be well, friends! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Patchwork BirdSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

You’re a Cutie Pie with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy first of June! This weekend, I had the great pleasure of posting an altered tag tutorial over on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. And today I wanted to share this cutie pie project, featuring the adorable Gertrude the giraffe die set, here with you, too.


Tags are one of my absolute favorite projects to make, as I always find them useful for so many occasions. This sweet tag with the new Gertrude the giraffe Colorize die makes me think of the adorable zoo animals that are often used for baby gifts and décor, so I went with that theme in mind while creating this tag. This project uses several Tim Holtz die sets from both Chapters 1 and 2, and I love how well the whimsical styles work together. The Doodle Art background plays beautifully with a Media Marks hillside, and creates a perfectly little outdoorsy scene for all your favorite critters. I think any of the playful Colorize animals from Chapter 1 and 2 would look great on here. And think how fun a whole row of these tags together would be.


My Mom made a wall hanging out of felt that had a giraffe very much like this that hung in my brother’s room when he was a babe, so this project is filled with nostalgia for me. Isn’t it funny how simple bits of paper can bring back so many memories?

You can check out all the details and step-by-step tutorial for this tag on the Sizzix Making Journal, if you’d like to learn more.

 Hug your people, friends! And sending out lots of hugs from me to you!
Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Gertrude - ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Doodle ArtSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Faded JeansRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium - Matte