Sending Sunshine with Therm O Web


Happy Thursday, crafty friends! There’s nothing like pulling a bit of happy mail out of the post box, and with the current situation of quarantine and COVID 19, this holds true even more so than ever. So today I am sharing a festive and happy card that is sure to brighten up anyone’s day and fill a mailbox full of sunshine.


I made this card for Therm O Web this past week, and it features two of the GinaK Designs stamp sets along with the soft velvety texture of iCraft Deco Foil Flock transfer sheets. I love all the different ways that the flock sheets can be used and how they add a different visual element to a design. I used the flock as-is here, but also die cut and stamped on it, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


Sending lots of sunshine your way, friends! Be well!


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackGina K Designs - Stamp 'n Stencil - 5.5 x 8.5 - Stamp Set - Crazy DaisyGina K Designs - Stamp n Foil - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Graphic SunflowersGina K Designs - Stamp n Foil - Craft Dies - Graphic SunflowersTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Sunshine Yellow - 4 PackGina K Designs WILD DANDELION Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE43Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE38Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting Soil

Fiskars border punch

Love You S’More with CardMaps

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Hello crafty friends! Happy Memorial Day to you (and happy birthday to my sweet mom,too)! Memorial Day always feels like the unofficial start of summer, doesn’t it? And although we are still sheltering in place as much as possible, I can’t help dreaming of all those wonderful summer things… picnics and backyard bbq’s… trips to the beach…. or s’mores around the campfire. So perfect time to share this last card that I made for the April 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring the adorable Camp Happy Bear collection from Photo Play Paper.


I used to love to camp in my younger days, and still fondly remember many happy nights spent around the campfire, just like these cute guys here are doing. I’m just a sucker for cute critters. Love that this bear can’t decide between fish or dessert, so he’s having both. Definitely a bear after my own heart.


I followed the sketch very closely this time. The owl and the tree branch image on the background are from one of the larger cut-apart 4×6 journaling cards that I trimmed down to size. I layered the bottom with several patterned papers from the collection, and inked the cardstock base with a bit of light Distress ink to match. An old cloud border die was used to make the shrub line. Then I filled in cardstock stickers for the rest of the design.


These days, I’d rather camp out in a chair on the beach than in an actual campground. How about you? Any happy campers in your house?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day. Let us never forget
this day to remember and honor
all the brave heroes who served
to hold our flag high

Memorial Day - Last Monday of May - USA Holiday - CalendarLabs


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackPhoto Play Paper - Camp Happy Bear Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Taylored Expressions Cloud Border Die

Get Your Hop On with Photo Play Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Hope your week has been going well, and that you are all managing through another week of quarantine. And most of all, I hope that my friends who celebrated had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past Sunday.


Today I have another card to share that I made with the adorable Tulla & Norbert collection from Photo Play Paper. I know Easter is well over, but I think this card sentiment is perfectly fitting for a birthday or celebration, which is how I used it. Love that silly gnome in his bunny hat, and the bright and happy colors and prints of this design.


Hop on, my friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitBest Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Orange

Happy Mother’s Day with Ranger Ink


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! This past week I had the great pleasure of creating a Mother’s Day project tutorial for the Ranger Ink Project Page. And since this is Mother’s Day weekend for those of us in the States, I wanted to share my project here with you, too.


This larger 5×7 card was created with my mother in mind. She loves bird images and nature scenes, so of course I thought these fabulous Tim Holtz birds from the Feathered Friends die set would be perfect for her. And in this larger size format, this card could be displayed as is, or placed into a standard 5×7 frame to be used as a home decor piece all year round.


I’ve become quite addicted to these birds. I think they are my top favorite set from Tim’s Chapter 2 2020 release. I often pair them with another favorite die set, Funky Wreath, and I’ve done that again here. Although these dies cut tradition round wreath shapes, I’ve found they can be easily manipulated into other forms when snipped apart and softened with a bit of water coloring. I added in some small die cut flowers from an older set, and personalized the card with a Tiny Type alphabet sentiment.


My mom has already received this card, so no spoilers here. Love you, Mom!

As always, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.

And for more Feathered Friends inspiration, check out this post
Springtime Home Decor Frame

And this post
To My Tweetheart Card

Hope all my mother friends out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Be safe, stay well! And thanks so much for stopping by.


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Small Tattered FloralsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerDyan Reaveley Stencil 5 x 8 MARTHA'S MAT Dylusions Ranger dys71457May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Black Soot

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Materialize Paper Stash

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Hello Sunshine with CardMaps

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Happy Monday! It’s the start of another week of quarantine here in North Carolina. I’ve lost track of how many this makes now, and am actually having a hard time even remembering what day of the week it is. But I’m very grateful to say that the sun is shining with beautiful spring days and that we are all still healthy. Hope you are, as well.

At the beginning of April, the PageMaps website released the new CardMaps sketches, and I am very excited to have been able to create a few card samples for the reveal. If you are a card maker, or are wanting to become one, these sketches are an amazing source of inspiration. Here is one of the April sketch designs, and below is my take on it.


This sketch is for a square card design, and I did mine in a 5×5 size using the adorable Tulla & Norbert collection from Photo Play Paper. I chose two main patterned papers for the background, and accented with paper banner strips and cardstock stickers. Those banners are a great way to sneak in a little more patterned paper without overwhelming the design.


The sketch called for a rounded edge on the second background paper, and I substituted for a more wonky curved edge that I die cut using the Stitched Slopey Joes Border Dies by Heffy Doodle. Foam adhesive behind some of the stickers added a bit of dimension to the design.

May is PageMaps 14th Anniversary! To celebrate, they are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to A Cherry on Top. For your chance to win, leave a comment on their Facebook page and tell them what your favorite cupcake flavor is.

To double your chances to win, visit their Instagram page and comment there, too.

They will combine all comments from FB and IG and draw a random winner on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Good luck, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitHeffy Doodle - Cutting Dies - Stitched Slopey Joes Border

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A Huge Celebration with Ranger Ink


Hello, crafty friends! I hope you are doing well, staying strong, and keeping the faith through these difficult times. We are doing good… knock on wood. But I think when all of this is finally over, that will call for a huge celebration, like this card that I made for the Ranger Ink project page says.


Ranger just recently released a new edition to their Stickles glitter line, Stickles Glitter Gel. This new glitter gel comes in a variety of metallic colors and works perfectly with stencils, like I’ve done here. I always love the sparkle and shine of a good glitter project. And if you look closely, you can see that these new gels contain fine glitter mixed with larger sequin pieces, which makes this product different from anything else I’ve seen on the market.


I mixed the new glitter gel with a touch of Distress Ink in soft pink, and a large sentiment stamp from the Ranger LetterIt collection. The heart stencil is new to Ranger, too.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this card project up on the Ranger Ink project page, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be well!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

NEW! Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock Grey Cards 100lbRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White Panels - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - You RockRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Background Stencil - Treading HeartsSimple Stories - Hip Hop Hooray Collection - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Gel - AsteroidRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Gel - Moon DustRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseFun Stampers Journey - Tools - Journey Corner Rounder

Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles die set
Stampin’Up ribbon

Springtime with the Sizzix Making Journal


Hello, crafty friends, happy Friday! Hope you are all doing well, and I hope you managed to have a lovely Easter weekend, even with the quarantine orders to stay at home. It was very quiet here at my house, and has been throughout the week, but I must say… the days sure go by fast. And Finley and I are making the most of the beautiful springtime weather we’ve been having in between our days of wind and rain.


Speaking of springtime, today I am sharing this sweet spring-inspired home decor frame on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. This framed project uses three of the new Tim Holtz die sets from the Chapter 2 release, including my absolute favorite, Feathered Friends. I live on the East Coast, and love to see the bluebirds that return to my yard at this time of year. To me, they are a perfect harbinger of the spring season.


I love cost-effective decor projects, like this thrift-store frame re-do. I paid less than a dollar for this sweet green-striped frame, and by using my dies and supplies I already had on hand, I created this altered frame for next to no cost. How awesome is that?


If you’d like to learn more about this project, or check out the step-by-step tutorial, be sure to stop by The Making Journal blog. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 4 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Mixed Media - Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid Ounces

Happy Easter From My House to Yours


Hello, friends! Today is Easter Sunday, and although it’s a very different holiday than anything we’ve experienced before, I wanted to pop in here to wish you all a blessed and joyous day.  I heard a quote recently that I feel is particularly fitting for the time we are going through right now… every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. And I hope you all manage to find some of those good moments in your day today.


When the stay at home orders began coming in, I didn’t have much of a heart for decorating this year, thinking that I shouldn’t focus on something so trivial when the world is suffering. But with all of us spending so much time in our homes these days, I decided it was extra important, now more than ever, to bring out my spring decor and decorate for the season.


I find it really does help to surround yourself with beautiful things and things that make you happy when it feels like the world is caving in around you. I may not be able to control what’s happening outside, but inside I can create a comforting atmosphere for myself and my kids. And since they are both around taking online classes from home right now, they are able to enjoy the decorations as much as I am.


I am super sad that my parents won’t be able to visit this spring. They had airline tickets and were set to arrive this next week, but of course that can’t happen now. My sweet mother, who loves decorating as much as I do, has been asking to see photos of my spring decor. And that calls for another house tour. So these pictures are for you, Mom. And I hope that you all will enjoy them, too.


As always, my decorating style is a mix of vintage and antique pieces combined with new and modern things, with some of my own handmades and favorite prims thrown in for good measure. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let them do the talking. But you can leave me a comment below if you have any questions.


An overload of photos, that is for sure! And although that’s the end of the tour, I do have a few more pictures to share before I go. I know I’ve been sharing some cross stitch with you in recent posts, which is an old love of mine that I’ve picked up again after more than 25 years. I’ve completed both a Halloween and a Christmas project since I started up again in January… and just in time for Easter today, I’ve completed a parade of Easter chicks, and fully finished the piece this morning.


The chick pattern is from a very old book from the 80’s that I found at my local thrift store. The design was meant to be stitched in repeat several times, and was curved to go around in a circle once completed. But I modified the pattern to work in a single row, which feels more modern to me. And I stitched it on a scrap of coffee tea dyed Aida cloth using colors of my own choosing.


Over the years I’ve collected lots of trims and vintage millinery, which I’ve always hoped I’d find something special to do with… and I’m so glad to have that stash of goodies now. I gathered a bunch of velvet millinery flowers, and layered them onto a hand-stitched corduroy leaf that was leftover from one of my prim creations, and together they were clipped to the right corner of the stitchery with a big wooden clothespin. I can remove the clip and flowers to store the stitched piece flat at the end of the season.


The green pompom trim is some old Webster’s Pages ribbon that I’ve hoarded for years since my design team days. The adorable fabric is from an older collection by my friend and former Therm O Web teammate, Jennifer Jangles. Lots of happy memories there.


Thanks so much for sticking with me all the way to the end of this post! I hope I’ve been able to share a smile or two with you today. And I hope you all have a very wonderful Easter day!

You Crack Me Up with Photo Play Paper


Hello, crafty friends! Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend to you all. Of course this year is so very different than anything we’ve ever been through, but I hope you are doing well and keeping busy and staying strong.


Today I am rounding out my week of Color Play Easter Wishes inspiration with one last card. We are big lovers of a good pun here at my house, so this one really makes me smile. I love that you can use this collection for more than just Easter.


More bright and happy papers along with another 3×4 journaling card and a few stickers from the kit. And then a simple twine bow to finish the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy isolation Easter to all of you!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Color Play - Easter Wishes Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitBest Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Bright Yellow

Easter Sunday with Photo Play Paper


Hello, crafty friends! I’m sharing a week of Color Play “Easter Wishes” inspiration here on the blog, and today’s project is another card, featuring another adorable journaling card from the collection kit. Just in time for the real Easter Sunday only a few short days away.


These journaling cards make card making so super quick and easy. Love that they have images and sentiments already printed on them, so all you need is a layer or two of paper and you are good to go.


I added a snippet of the scalloped border sticker and chick border sticker to the bottom of the card for a bit of extra detail. I really do smile to see those teeny tiny chicks up against the giant eggs. I’m hoping the Easter bunny will bring me some chocolate eggs just about that size, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to get through this year. But a girl can always dream, right?

#keepthefaith #staystrong #bewell ❤


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Color Play - Easter Wishes Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder