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Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

The Happy Home stamp set has been sitting in my stamp stash since November.  I believe this was a stamp set that I had received for free at one of our OnStage events.  The key phrase here- sitting on my shelf! What the What?


It’s was only discovered to be untouched as I went through pulling my retired stamp sets.  I took a peek at it and could only shake my head.


You see, I have a problem.

It’s a true stamp addiction.

I have to have all of the cuteness.  Then I get the said cuteness and like a true hoarder I put it in a safe place only to be found months later.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!


Happy Home, Stampin' Up!


You can click on the image above and see the wood mount bundle for this product.  

This set comes in a bundle that is pretty stinkin’ awesome.  Now the Happy Home stamp set will retire on May 31st.  The Hearth & Home Thinlits Die will be in the NEW catalog.  This little thinlit is a FUN and also versatile.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

I kept the card simple and only added a few layers (well maybe more than a few-I got carried away!) of cardstock and ribbon.  Both of the ribbons that I used are also retiring.  AHHHH.  These were my MOST used ribbons- Venetian Lace and the Chevron Natural ribbon.

I wanted to add a little texture to the card so I used the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Folder.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

If you look closely you will also notice that the piece that I textured embossed is also one of the new In Colors.  That Flirty Flamingo coordinates perfectly with the other pink tones I have- Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder.  Oh so PRETTY!

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

One of my new crafting habits is cutting small greetings like you see above and placing next to a focal image on my projects.  Well, it seems like I’ve been doing this a lot.  I see a trend anyways… I kinda like it.

The coloring for this card was easily done with a Sponge Dauber for the tree.  I used a Blender Pen for the grass and flowers.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Supply List

Can you think of a stamp set that needs attention today? Open up your stash and look for the one screaming your name.  If the Happy Home stamp set is on your wish list, remember it’s going bye bye on May 31st.  Don’t let this cute stamp set slip away.

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Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

Be a Ray of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

I couldn’t help it.  I pulled out the Ray of Sunshine stamp set again and needed another round of playtime.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


While I love the sun, especially this big ole sun… I love that little banner at the top of the card.

It’s just a few layers but these are the little things that make me happy as can be.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


They are all held together with a simple staple.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


I’m pretty sure this greeting could be one of my all time favorites.  I used a Sponge Dauber around the circle punch to brighten it just a bit more.

Do you own Stampin’ Up!’s new Archival Basic Black ink? It’s one of my favorites.  The ink is excellent, no smudging and it’s a crisp image all the time.  Especially on our Whisper White cardstock.


Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


One of the retiring In Colors that I will miss greatly is the Tangelo Twist ink.  It’s a cross between our Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Twist.  Sigh… I really love this color.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

I hope your Monday is going fantabulous.  We are counting the days before the trip.  Brandon is walking on the clouds.  He has truly been our trip guide giving us extensive tips that he’s read on every cruise critic site he can read.  Alexis is only worried about the packing process.  How many shoes can she possibly fit into her suitcase??

As for me, I’m in typically mama mode.

  • Where do I begin?
  • How can my list be this long?
  • I’m 100% sure I will not get it all done.
  • Why do we have SO much scheduled this week?
  • I need a vacation!

This week I am going to try and squeeze in everything possible that needs to be done without hitting the exhaustion stage.  This includes the 27 swaps that I have procrastinated until NOW.  Why do I do this?  The pressure is ON!

Wish me luck!




Supply List

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

Little Things that Make me Happy!

Little Things that Make me Happy!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make me the happiest.


Today started off a bit out of the normal.  We had to get up early and the kids had dentist appointments at the crack of dawn (8 am is the crack of dawn for me)!


If you didn’t know this, I’m not an early riser.  I’m lucky enough to have second shift this year, meaning I get up with the girly girl and see her off to school.  We actually get to sleep in a little later than the boys.  It’s great because it works well with my night owl tendencies.


This morning however we were all up together sporting our happy faces.  Once the appointments were finished it was off to get the kids to their schools.  Brandon has a bit of a commute everyday to get to his school so we had a nice ride together.  Well, sort of.  He was very testy this morning and I thought maybe he had gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.  Then I remembered he is a teenager and at times he is an alien.


Coffee Please???

Once I dropped him off I came home to sit quietly and enjoy a LARGE cup of coffee and peace and quiet.  It wasn’t 15 minutes after being home I received a text from Brandon.  Normally I would be all kind of “mom crazy” with him for texting during school but this text made my heart swell with pride because my alien teenager turned back into his amazing loving self.


It was something so little that he said but it meant so much.  “I’m sorry, mom!”


This is huge my friends.  The fact that he realized he had made a few bad choices this morning was AMAZING.  I’m not going to lie,  I thought for a second that someone had grabbed his phone and started texting.  It happened once.  It wasn’t pretty.  True story.


It was him.  He apologized and I had a moment of being a proud mom.  I’m pretty amazed how teenagers can have the sweetest disposition one minute and turn bat crazy the next.  It’s really an adventure. For those few minutes I relished in the fact that he recognized he was not being kind. He truly apologized and the day would be better. It was MUCH better.


It’s the little things.


This idea, little things…  carries over into my crafting.  It’s the little things that bring me joy.  A simple little embellishment or a certain color I’ve used can make me so giddy.  Today the little thing is actually a BIG thing when it comes to crafting.  I like what I created and feel like a glimmer of my creative mojo is coming back.  That’s HUGE friends.  HUGE.


Friendly Wishes


Little Things, Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!


Once again I’m pulling out designer paper and using it.  I am a hoarder by nature and it’s got to be USED.  I made quite a few of these cards because they were so simple and easy to put together. Plus, I love the color combination.


Little Things, Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!


The best part of this card for me was adding the black cardstock.  I think it made all of the colors really pop.  The focal point (the greeting) came from the stamp set Friendly Wishes.  This is a great stamp set for friendship/relationship cards.  You can send a whole lotta love with this set.  You can see it on page 122 of the Main Catalog.


Little Things, Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!


Favorite Elements

A few of my favorite elements of this card

  • Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper #141022.  This is a FREE product when you spend $50.  If you love flowers, you will love this paper. What I love about the paper is the colors. The colors really pop and it’s very SPRING.
  • A simple piece of Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim was a perfect match and simple addition to this card.
  • It’s My Party Enamel Dots #140554- another bright pop of color.
  • My favorite little scallop border from the Cutie Pie Thinlits # 138273

Lastly, this color combination was totally created using the colors from the designer paper.





It’s the Little Things

Today, I hope you can find joy in the little things.  Sit back and take a second to look around you.  What is something little that is HUGE for you? Once you find it, take it ALL in and enjoy it.  Life is busy.  Life is too fast sometimes.  Just enjoy the moment for a little bit.


Most of all, I hope you take time to get crafty.

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This Color Combination Could Be Tough

This Color Combination Could Be Tough

I’ve been sifting through a few color combinations trying to change up things as I create.


Do you ever find yourself using the same colors all the time?


I don’t notice it right away until all of a sudden I look at the pile of cardstock scraps near my desk and think to myself… WOW.  The same colors are used frequently.

One of my favorite Pinterest boards I have and pin to frequently is my Color Combinations board.  You can see it here.  It’s LOADED with colors.

I decided to pull a color off my ink shelf that has barely been used.  In fact I think it’s been used ONCE.  EEK.


Cucumber Crush is not on my favorite list of colors but I love a good challenge and wanted to see what colors I could pair it up with.  I thought it would be fun to challenge you too!

Ready for a weekend challenge?


Cucumber Crush -Color Combination

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Are you thinking SUMMER? That’s what I instantly thought of when I looked at these four colors together.  It screams summer.

I thought of citrus, watermelon, and swimsuits to be honest.

Here is what I created using this combination.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!


The Apple of My Eye stamp set was top of my list.  Think lemons, limes, oranges and sweet slice of watermelon.  YUM.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • Stamp the round citrus image in all four colors onto Whisper White cardstock.
  • Punch using the 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 Circle Punch and then cut in half.
  • Create a tag using Crumb Cake cardstock and the Ornate Tag Topper punch
  • Attach the Citrus halves to the tag using Snail Adhesive and alternating with dimensionals.
  • Add a Gold Foil Doily for a little extra punch of color.

Confession Time…. 

You are not going to believe this…

As I was typing this I was looking to see what size punch I used for the citrus image. I noticed the Idea Book & Catalog states to use the 1-1/2 circle punch.

Quick thought to myself was… “Silly Stampin’ Up!  We don’t have a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch!”

Then I flipped to the pages filled with our punches.


WE DO have a 1-1/2″ Circle punch.

We’ve had this since JUNE!!! Where I have been??? How did I miss this???

Just when you think you know everything in the catalog- BOOM! You don’t.

Friends… You know what I’m ordering ASAP?

Yes. That. Punch!



Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Here is the good thing.  I managed well with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch but I know the 1-1/2″ Circle punch is going to be AMAZING for layering.  Oh the opportunities I have missed.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!


It’s a good thing this is Friday.  It’s been a crazy week of crazy and I’m ending my Friday on a great note knowing that I have another tool coming my way.

Apple of My Eye

It’s time for you to take this color combination and make it happen.  I hope you will share with me because I love when you do.

Create something fantastic this weekend and most of all, enjoy the process.

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Can You Find Happiness?


I think that everywhere we look we can find happiness in something.  Don’t you?

I say this because even in my darkest of times I still found joy in small things. When I mean small… I mean like really small.  Somedays just getting out of the bed was joy.

I bring this up because I think we tend to focus on to much of the negative and not enough of the positive. Plus, my card inspired the emotions.

Tonight at dinner (9 pm mind you) we finally had the chance to sit at the dinner table together. Our lives with these teenagers keeps the pace on a level that I don’t particularly like but I know it’s a season.

Casual conversation was happening and then all of a sudden we were a family of 4 arguing about the stupidest things.

I continued to eat as the others decided to argue.  Just as casual as the conversation had been I looked up at my family and asked a simple question.

“Does this bring you joy?”

You could of heard a pin drop.

Faces of my children are now long and they could see mom was quite annoyed but I repeated, “Does this bring you joy?”

I proceeded to tell my kids and husband that during dinner it was the one time I had each of them captive to sit and enjoy each other.  Time to ask the little things about the day and how it went.  Arguing was not joyful and despite their better judgement I was sure it was not bringing them joy but tension instead.

In that moment I asked another question. “What brings YOU joy?”

Our conversation changed around the table tonight as we talked about this and the dialogue between the kids and Russ and I turned from ugly to a bit more enjoyable.  This isn’t always the case but I will tell you I was firm in my decision that at my dinner table we would speak kindly and find joy in the small things.

I don’t know where most of you are in your family life but I can bet you have been in this “mama” position I was in tonight.  I will say that raising teenagers is definitely been trying on most days, but I think we are going to survive.

I think.


My Joy

While raising my kids is joyful (let’s be real… they are hormonal teenagers) my joy comes from creating.  I love seeing how people react to something handmade.  It’s happiness for me.

Today I am sharing a little Valentine for my prince.  This is when I love to shower him with tons of cards leading up to Valentines day.  In short it’s my way of showing my love and guilting him a bit.  (just keeping it real!)

It’s also a TGIF Challenge so you can play along too!!

Happiness, Project Life, Stampin' Up!

I decided to pull out my Project Life stash to create this card.  I was so surprised how quickly this came together.

Remember this- if you are in a pinch and need a card, pull out your Project Life stash.

Memories in the Making- Project Life

Happiness, Project Life, Stampin' Up!

I pulled out my latest addition to my Project Life stash- Memories in the Making.  I used the Accessories kit on page 43 of the Occasions Catalog and the Specialty Card Collection that is FREE in the Sale-a-Bration catalog with every $50 order.  See page 8.

Tips & Tricks

I started this card with the Whisper White Thick cardstock.  I love using the thick cardstock for my card bases.

My greeting came from the Accessory Pack and was a 2 x 2 Project Life card.  I simply punched the card using my 1-3/4″ Circle punch.  The Gold Acetate card was die cut using the Circles Framelits.  The acetate is a little too thick for your punch.

The elements were adhered onto the Project Life card and then I added a Basic Black matte to the back of the card to give it a pop of color.

The sweet enamel shapes were a simple addition to also give a pop of color.

Happiness, Project Life, Stampin' Up!

I wanted quick and simple today and that’s exactly what I created.  In the process, I created happiness for myself knowing that my special someone, my Prince will enjoy it.  He really is my HAPPY.

I hope this encourages you in a few ways today.  First, find joy in the small things even when times are tough and you are struggling.  Second, pull out your Project Life stash if you have it.  Use it to capture those memories or make a quick card.  Either way, enjoy the process and find happiness.

Happiness, Project Life, Stampin' Up!

Want to play along with the TGIF Design team this week? It’s simple.  Our challenge this week is Valentines.  Visit the TGIF challenge blog and be inspired. Create and Share… Let others find joy in your happiness too.

Happiness, Valentines, TGIF, Stampin' Up!



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