It’s Your Day with CardMaps

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Happy Monday, crafty friends! Here we are on the last day of August already, can you believe that? The months are just zipping by, and right about now it feels like the years are flying by, too. My boy, Pete, is turning 25 in just two short days. How on earth can that even be possible?

At the beginning of July, a new set of card sketches was released on the PageMaps website, and I was very excited to be able to make some project samples using the new designs. Today I have one last July CardMaps card to share. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps from Hello Bluebird.

This is the seriously cute Party On the Farm stamp and die set from Hello Bluebird. I know I often mention what a sucker I am for sweet critters, but these little farm animals in particular melt my heart. Both of my parents grew up on farms, and I have very happy memories of childhood days spent on my aunt’s farm in Minnesota. So I just couldn’t resist.

As you can see, I very closely followed the sketch. The images were stamped and colored with Copic markers. I used a pierced circle to die cut the farm image, and then popped the animals up with foam dots to add some depth to the scene.

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

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackFancy Pants Designs - Home For Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Reverse Confetti Under the Umbrella 6×6 Paper Pad
Hello Bluebird Party on the Farm Stamps and Dies
Sizzix Framelits Circles, Dotted Die Set
Copic Markers


Doggone Cute with Sizzix

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m not always a huge fan of Mondays, but I’m super excited for this one. After weeks of preparation, CHA Creativation week is finally here, and that means I can start sharing with you some of the fun projects I’ve been working on behind the scenes. Soon, that is. For now, there is one last push to get through, and what I hope is one last crazy week here at my house. It has been such a whirlwind, prepping and creating for this upcoming show. Four companies, and 26 projects completed, with several yet to go. I am blessed, and honored, and so excited to share. But I’m looking forward to getting back to my quiet routine. And I’ve been missing visiting with you.


CHA projects have left me little time for playing in my craft room, but today I’m reaching back into the archives a bit to share a set tags that I made for the Sizzix blog featuring some doggone cute new stamps and dies by Sizzix designer Stephanie Barnard.

Cute, right? I am just crazy about that sweet little dog from Stephanie’s new Doggone Cute Framelits with stamps set, being the dog lover that I am. I thought this little pooch would be just adorable paired with these fun new sentiment circle dies on a set of shaped gift tags.

I made these tags like mini cards, that open with room for handwritten messages on the inside.

So sweet and fun, and a perfect match for this adorable Cooper and Friends doggy collection from Photo Play Paper. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SCHOOLHOUSE RED SR1Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - Cooper and Friends Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Go FetchPhoto Play Paper - Cooper and Friends Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Doggone CuteSizzix - Thinlits Die - Word Circles 2Sizzix - Thinlits Die - Word CirclesRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Zig CLEAN COLOR 60 SET Real Brush RB6000AT60VSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

Baker’s Twine: The Twinery
Trim: Stampin’Up

Silent Night with Sizzix

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today is a happy day at my house. I’ve got both kiddos here snuggled under one roof, and this afternoon my parents arrive for a nice long holiday visit. Once they land, it truly feels like Christmas has arrived. Good thing, too, since it’s only about a week away. Are you all ready? Crossed everything off that holiday check list yet?

I’m in pretty good shape, although there are still last minute things to do. I need to wrap, perhaps even shop, and there are a few cards yet to mail. If you’re like me, and still need to get some cards out, I’ve got a super quick card idea to share with you today. This CAS holiday card is so easy to put together, and this basic design would work with just about any image or theme you need.

The key is to put to use some of those sticker sheets that we all tend to collection. For this card, I used a sentiment banner, holly leaf, and reindeer sticker from Echo Park’s I Love Christmas collection to create a quick holiday scene. And then dressed up the card with framework and embossing using some favorite Sizzix supplies. So quick and so easy to replicate, even last minute like this.

The emphasis on this card was mail-ability, but that doesn’t mean it has to lack detail. Just a bit of simple embossing adds a whole lot of character to a very CAS card. And a little window frame backed with patterned paper is an easy way to change the look while keeping the same design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Echo Park - I Love Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitRanger Ink - Inkssentials - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack - KraftSizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560Tim Holtz Sizzix DIAMONDS Texture Fades Embossing Folder 660243Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

Happy Fall-o-Ween with My Creative Time

Hello Sweet Friends! Happy Friday!

School is back in session. Mr. Pete is finishing up his first week of his senior year in college today. I just don’t know how time manages to fly by so quickly. But I do know one thing…. even though it’s still a hundred degrees outside, back to school means fall is officially here. In my head, anyway. So today I have a fun fall card to share, made with My Creative Time’s adorable new Gobble Gobble stamp and die set.

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I am crazy about the sweet owl in this set, and while I was working on my tags for the hop last week, I couldn’t resist making another card with the little guy. This time, I colored the owl in a natural woodsy yellow and brown color combo to go with my patterned papers, and added a few fall leaves to match.

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More loose Distress ink watercolor, and more paper scraps from my stash. And a petite 3.5×5 card base, for something a bit different from the norm.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have an amazing weekend. And tell me, friends…..

Does it feel like fall in your neck of the woods yet?

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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, DottedDoodlebug BEETLE BLACK Doodle TwineTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842

My Creative Time Gobble Gobble stamp and die set
Simple Stories Take a Hike 6×6 paper pad

Gobble Until You Wobble with Sizzix

There are lots of things I love about being a small shop owner. Of course I love the creativity of crafting up my little prims, and I love the rush of nerves and excitement when I get to share something new with you. But as silly as it may sound, my very favorite part of having my own shop is packaging up the orders. The busy work part. But I love it.

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I have a set process that’s become a work of heart. Wrap each piece in tissue and twine, and top with a handmade tag. Just a little something extra to show how much I appreciate all of you.

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My Fall Shop opens next week, so I’ve been busy working on my stash of fall tags to add to the packages. Couldn’t resist this adorable new turkey stamp and die set by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix. So perfect for fall and Thanksgiving packages, treat containers, or even dressing up your holiday table this year. Doesn’t that guy just make you smile?

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I raided my old Simple Stories paper for these, and did a very simple, loose watercolor on the images with Distress inks. The frames and tag bases are from some other new die sets from Stephanie Barnard this month. Really great basic shape sets that can be used for every day crafting. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

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

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK w/Stamps - Thanksgiving TurkeySizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, DottedSizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK - Rectangles, DottedTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Pretty Pink Posh 4MM TANGERINE Cupped SequinsMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Wendy Vecchi Archival POTTING SOIL Ink Pad AID38979Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TIM43201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093


Patterned Paper: Simple Stories Take a Hike 6×6 Paper Pad



Hooray For You Flip-its with Sizzix & Stephanie Barnard

Hello my friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I have something a little different to share with you. My first ever Flip-its card, made with brand new dies by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix.

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This cute card is made with a brand new Flip-its Framelits die set from Stephanie’s August release, along with one of her new Triplits die sets, too. The card is the new Scallop Oval Card Framelits Flip-its die set, and it comes with the Flip-its oval base you see here, as well as all the layering pieces for creating the perfect mats, and lots of fun embellishment and sentiment dies for dressing up your card.

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I added lots of layers using the included accessory dies, and then embellished with a fun dimensional pinwheel made with the new Pinwheels Triplits die set. Love how detailed the card turned out, but better yet, how easy it is.

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I’m still working with Carta Bella’s Rustic Elegance collection, trying to use up some of those scraps. The die cut frame is from BasicGrey’s Barista line. The brad is BasicGrey, too, but sadly, no longer available. I’ll link you to the rest of the supplies below, though. And I’ve got a tutorial for creating this Flip-its design up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Supplies: Products:
Use discount code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Other Products:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Carta Bella RUSTIC ELEGANCE 12 x 12 Collection Kit CBRE41016BasicGrey BARISTA Cardstock Die Cut Frames BTA4889Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006


Birthday Birdies with Sizzix

Hello Sweeties! Happy Friday! Well, we made it, my friends. School is over!

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Graduation is still over a week away, but in the mean time, there is much to do.  I’ve got my family coming in, and we’ve got preparations and rehearsal and so much more to think about. It’s a crazy time, but oh…. is my Little Miss ever happy.

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Besides graduation, this past week has been super busy with birthdays in our house. Now as many of you know, one of my most favorite parts of a birthday is the packages! I do love me some pretty packages. So today, I thought I would share the sweet little tag and bag I put together for my bestie, Joanne, who loves nature and animals and all things yellow.

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I knew Joanne would melt over these adorable little birds, and I have to say, I’m pretty crazy about them, too. They are from a new Sizzix stamp and die set by Doodlebug Designs, and they are full of Doodlebug-y cuteness. I stamped the birds on watercolor paper, and colored them with my Distress markers. The sentiment is also from the same set. I used a tag die set from Tim Holtz, and some border dies from Stephanie Barnard, too.

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And the tag actually opens like a card base, which is a little bit of a fun surprise. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog today, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sending you love and hugs from me and my big graduate!

nik last day of school may 27, 2015

Hello Love with Simple Stories

Hello, hello my friends and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weather has finally turned the corner, and we’ve had the most beautiful warm days here. Warm enough to want to pull up a chair outside and soak up all the sunshine. Which I did, of course, as much as possible. Here we had a two-hour delay for ice on Friday morning, followed by blissful sunny T-shirt days the next…. sounds like our typical North Carolina spring has arrived to me.

Today I thought I’d play a bit of catch-up here on the blog, and share this card that I made recently for the Simple Stories blog, using the adorable Say Cheese II collection.

Lots of layers of papers here… both 6×6 and 12×12, because I love a mix of size and scale. The heart has been fussy cut from the Elements paper. I sanded the edges of a chipboard frame to add extra definition between the layers. Added a stamped sentiment and baker’s twine, and an arrow Adornments from Tim Holtz.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And don’t forget…..

cardbanner_600If you’re interested in winning a free spot to the upcoming PageMapsU class, please leave me a comment on my giveaway post. I’ll draw a random winner this Wednesday. Good luck everyone!

Thank You Mini Notes with Sizzix

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One of my most-needed card supplies is simple thank you cards, and yet I rarely seem to have one on-hand.  This year, I’ve vowed to create a stash of thank you notes that are both quick and easy to make in bulk and are pretty, too. I love this simple design that I’ve come up with. I am crushing big time on pink these days, and love it mixed with the trendy look of gold.

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So today I am playing with some scraps. And making some much-needed thank-you notes for a quick and easy tutorial on the Sizzix blog.

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I have so many pretty papers left over from the Crop & Create: Delivered Kit- Blossoms & Breezes, and I’ve vowed to use those up, too. Love how the woodgrain looks with the soft pink and gold… and that printed vellum is amazing. Makes a fabulous liner for the new Envelope Movers & Shapers die by Tim Holtz. Another new favorite of mine from the winter release.

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I am so excited to see Sizzix adding more stamps to their line-up of products. With ten different sentiment stamps to choose from in Stephanie Barnard’s adorable Thanks clear stamp set, I’ve now got plenty of ways to share my gratitude.

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I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial for making these quick and easy notecards on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Just a Little Something with Sizzix

Hello, hello, Friends, and happy Monday to you all! Today I have some Sizzix inspiration to share with you. A pretty fall-themed gift packaging idea made with amazing new dies from Stephanie Barnard and Tim Holtz.

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With all the fancy gift wrapping options out there, I still gravitate to plain kraft paper. It never fails… I am just a sucker for brown paper packages. To me, they are classic and timeless, work perfectly for any event and any person on your gift-giving list, and are super easy to dress up or down to fit any occasion.

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To celebrate fall birthdays this month, I thought it would be fun to create a fall-inspired gift packaging using some of the amazing new Alterations dies by Tim Holtz. This is the gorgeous new Layered Leaf die and texture plate, along with the new Jumbo Tattered Pine Cones. Both of these dies are a nice large size and are just perfect for decorating larger projects, like this big gift box.

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I really love how the leaves turned out. Such pretty color and really amazing texture, thanks to the matching embossing folder that comes with the set. I dipped the leaves in lots of fall-colored Distress inks, then coated them in Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and Rusty Hinges Glitter. The fun little tag and sentiment come from the new Tags Framelits Die and Stamp Set by Stephanie Barnard.

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I’ve got a full, step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!