Monday, March 12, 2018

Mail It Monday

"Happiness is receiving unexpected mail."

Photo by JKutz Photography ,
a dear friend of mine who has the most amazing family and takes the most amazing photographs!

So my personal card-mailing as been on a hiatus due to well, life. I had to tell myself, its ok to not constantly be mailing cards. Its ok for you too. Even if you have not mailed a card in months, no time like the present to throw stamps on a few cards and mail them today! 

Miss O here is all about mailing anything. She is also ALL about getting happy mail too! Don't forget to involve your littles, your own, or any littles in your life. Pass the joy of giving and receiving on to them. Plus, when they are excited, its contagious! And we all need more of that energy in our lives!

Happy mailing, my friends. <3 p="">

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, March 8, 2018

layered stamps

Layering stamps are all the rage these days and We R Memory Keepers has some very cool designs and a VERY clever way to line up the images! For my assignment, I had fun playing with this layered rose image. Unusual color choices for me, but it was fun to use colors inspired by my patterned papers. Visit the We R Memory Keepers blog for more details.

Sincerely Yours,
P.S. Sorry it has been quiet around here again. I traveled to Cincinnati for Papertrey's Anniversary release party three weeks ago. Two weeks ago my husband and I took a trip for his work. We subsequently got ill on our amazing trip and spent the time sleeping with fevers and coughs. Then last week my son had his championship swim meet for the short course season and we were on the road for four more days. Its been a long month my friends. We are almost healthy again. But you can imagine the disaster of everything in the house and in our schedule. Things will get back to normal soon! Here is to an awesome spring break for everyone!! :D

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mail It Monday

Happy Monday! Its sure a lot easier to have a great Monday when you remember to mail cards to the special people in your life. Or maybe even new friends? Or possibly even a stranger when you participate in a card drive. 
Mail on my friends and send a smile!

Sincerely Yours,
P.S. These next few weeks are crazy for me personally, so I will continue to post the Monday reminder and encourage you to mail those cards. But when I return, there will be tons of inspiration, and one inspiring guest!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Post! Those Corner Floral Etched dies truly are stunning! 

For those still looking for that "hidden heart" I was talking about in the post, you can see it at the end of the purple arrow I drew on the photo. It happened purely on its own when I was creating the alcohol ink background. Truly fitting for a Valentine's Day card!

And now for the winner...Please contact Spellbinders at by the 18th of February with the subject line Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Winner from Kimberly’s Blog.

D.Ann C said...
I love the option of cutting in or completely out with these beautiful dies! Your cards are lovely! Yes, in addition to some of the leaves looking like hearts, there is that tiny little one, you snuck in there too. <3 p="">
February 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM

 Sincerely Yours,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spellbinders February Small Die Kit of the Month

Spellbinders has several different kit options to choose from each month. Its a great way to build up your die collection, not to mention convenient! There are many different options and price points, so if you haven't before, visit their website and learn more; Spellbinders Kit of the Month
I am excited to play with February 2018's small kit of the month! You can see it above. The kit contains 4 absolutely lovely border dies. They are about 5.5" in length and have intricate details. It felt like I was looking at several patterns of lace. So pretty!

My eye immediately was drawn to the die on the top. It looked like eyelet lace to me. That made me think spring, so I grabbed some stamps and created a springy card full of layers.

Four of the borders were cut from white cardstock. Each of the borders was adhered to a panel of white cardstock with glue. I trimmed the ends down to fit my card front. After adhering the gingham patterned paper to my stamped cardstock base, the lace panel was applied. Twine tied around the card was the finishing touch. 

Tip: when you have borders (where two different objects meet) on your projects, break up that border.

 I did that two different ways on this card. First way was separating the stamped panel from the die cut panel with the gingham patterned paper. The second way was the twine tied between the gingham patterned paper and the die cut panel. Bonus, as the twine added some softness for a different texture.

This is truly a lovely look! Its a fun kit with beautiful design elements!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

inside out card

An inside out card? What?! Well, what I mean is, I put the envelope ON the card, instead of the card inside the envelope! I am obsessed with the Mini Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, and I thought for my project this week, it would be fun to use the envelope on a card!

One of the envelope sizes you can make with the Mini Envelope Punch Board is perfect for holding not only 3x4 journaling cards, but also gift cards! Seeing as my son turned 12 the other day, the timing could not have been more perfect for this card and the ability to give a gift card!

Visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog and check out how to create this fun inside out card!

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Spellbinders February 13th, 2018 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spellbinders February Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the wonderful Amanda Korotkova's blog. Isn't she amazing?! This hop is going to be beautiful. And I am so honored to be a small part of it! The dies being released can be found at Elegant 3D Vingettes by Becca Feeken and Flower Garden by Sharon Sowell.

I am featuring a set of dies from Sharon Sowell called Shapeabilties Corner Floral Etched Dies. These dies are brilliant! When you cut the flower, with the center die only, it creates the negative image only. But when you add the center and the outline die, you get an amazing flower! I used the same die two different ways, to highlight the innovative design. 

First up, the center of the die only. This cuts out the floral image. Using this on a bright background has stunning results. I will not be putting down this die anytime soon! Because look at how beautiful!

The background is an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper. Yupo paper is wonderful for using with the inks. Once the paper is dry, which takes some time, it can be die cut. It may take more than one pass through your manual die cutting machine with intricate dies like these.

The second way to use Corner Floral Etched Dies, is to create the entire flower. Who doesn't love a good flower die cut? The possibilities are quite endless as these flowers could be cut from a million different mediums, or be water colored, or painted, or get the idea. :D

Oh, how exquisite is that?! (I have been watching Anne of Green Gables again...)

Time to visit Elena Salo's blog for more eye candy, but be sure and read to the end of the post before you hop away!

Now for the really good stuff! Prizes!

Giveaway #1: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday February 18, 2018 at at 11:59 EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

Giveaway #2: There is a $25 Spellbinders gift card up for grabs here! I am thrilled to be giving one away! Leave a comment on THIS post until Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 11:00 PM CDT. In your comment, tell me if you find the hidden heart on the love card... :D THIS PORTION OF THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you!

For more chances to win, visit all the blogs!

Becca Feeken
Sharyn Johnson Sowell
Debi Adams
Erum Tasneem
Amanda Korotkova
Kimberly Crawford
Helen Salo
Virginia Lu
Anna Kossakovskaya
Yana Smakula

Sincerely Yours, 

Supplies for Love card:

Supplies for Heart You card:
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