Sunday, June 17, 2018

Tealightful Day Double Diagonal Pocket


I just want to drink tea and make things. I saw that saying awhile back and thought "yeah, that fit's me pretty well."  Of course to those two passions, I'd have to add reading and Louisa!  

I love to read and drink tea - that's my favorite meditation.  I often read while I eat, too.  

Louisa will insistently say "book" while she's eating.  I give her a board book that can easily be wiped off.  She's still a little messy.  But, she's starting out right!  At breakfast, she'll point to our tea and say "Tea hot!"



I made a double diagonal pocket to feature these adorable stamps and to hold two of my favorite teas.

I'm totally into the storybook look of this teacup.  



I had so much fun coloring and putting this together.  The tea pocket with the sun has Irish Breakfast Tea.  It's strong and wonderful and gets you going in the morning.  The pocket with the moon has Extra Sleepy Time Herbal Tea, which is perfect at night.  A perfect little thinking of you gift.

The pockets:  diagonal double pocket and the little pockets for the tea bags are super easy to make.  I've got a video on how to fold them and I also give a couple of tips on the Tealightful Day stamps.  Here's the video:





Have a tealightful day!



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Father's Day 2018



Been having so much fun (except for ear infections) with Louisa!  She has an ear infection in both ears, so the poor sweet thing is feeling pretty rough.

Luckily, she's had everybody to help out:  mommy and daddy, grandma and grandpa and great grandma and great grandpa.  

Louisa's feeling better, but as Lauren said "is on hair-trigger crankiness!"



While Louisa was napping, I made these father's day tags. I really like the font and the blue and green plaid.  If you like them, they are ready to download below.





I used the "payday" one to create a little treat.  Love the play on words!

I happen to really like Payday's, too.  Yum!

I wrapped the Payday in light weight Kraft mailing paper and hot glued stars onto the twine.



I used the XOXO tag to create a pillow box treat filled with Kisses (with almonds) and Hugs.




I used the last two tags to make a clean and simple Father's Day card.

One tag for the outside and ...



one for the inside.  I cut out the middle of the tag for the inside sentiment.



Another clean and simple Father's Day card.  This is one of my favorite frame stamps and "dad" fit perfectly.



I bought 2 digital sets and combined them to make these cute Star Wars cards.  Paul and I are big Star Wars fans, so Louisa is going to give her daddy the Leia one.  






Download Father's Day Tags HERE.

I have the best dads in my family.  They are all the best of men:  kind, caring, responsible, honest, supportive of women.  All characteristics that I cherish and appreciate.

Happy Father's Day!





Sunday, May 6, 2018

2 Wreath Turnabout Cards+Video


Where have I been?  Well, for two weeks no where fun.  I was....cleaning!  Seriously, you may remember that we got all new heat and air in January.  That included all new ducts upstairs, which also includes LOTS of plaster dust.  I've wiped down every book (20 shelves worth) and taken everything out of closets and washed and put it all back.  

Then last week, I was somewhere fun...in Savannah with Louisa!  She's the most fun ever.

I also had some fun with these fabulous wreath turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th.

I made a video too!



The stamps are called "turnabout" because you turn the stamp a quarter turn and stamp it four times to get a complete wreath.

It has two different wreaths.  This one is all filled in and quite pretty.



This wreath is more the traditional ring and is very versatile.  On this card, you can also see a little peek at one of my new favorite stamp sets called Sophisticated Script.

Here's the video on how to make these cards:




Monday, April 16, 2018

Kitty Conductor


Is it the middle of April already?  I barely remembered to do our taxes and get them sent off in time!

This is a special request card.  Mother's Day, music, kitty.  Got it!  



I sponged some grass onto the die cut image and added some music. 



Sponged an envelope to match and finished off the inside with a Mother's Day sentiment.  This darling kitty would work great for just about anything really.  



Download Kitty Conductor HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

Happy April!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Creating with Pretty Printables from Iralamija Shop



When you want to create something pretty Beatriz Jennings makes it easy for you.  In fact, when you look at all the goodies in her shop, it's hard to decide just what to create with first!


I love her butterflies.  She has some of the prettiest around.


And what about the sweet house?


I think this pocket and tag is perfect for mother's day or for a friend.  Maybe even slip in a wrapped candy bar?

Beatriz's images are so pretty, you hardly have to add anything to create something special.

So glad you stopped by.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Let the Inside Out!



Hi, there!  Hope you had a lovely Easter.  Did you have a lovely start to spring?  Ours has been a little gloomy and cold, but I can tell the flowers and trees are starting to bud - showing off their pretty colors.

Kind of like the inside of these cards - the insides wanted to show off!  Letting a little bit of the inside of your card peek out is fun way to change things up a bit.


The inside of this one is peeking out at the bottom - easily accomplished by cutting the top a little short.  I added that tiny border die to decorate the shortened top and added another pretty border and flower to peek out the bottom.


Seriously.  Look at that sweet image.  Did your insides melt just a little?

If you would like to create a little sweet something with the girl, her burro and black cats, it's ready to download below.


On this card, the insides are peeking out not only at the bottom, but the side too.  That was also easily accomplished by cutting the card base larger than the scallop die cut that's forming the top.  


The top of the scallop die cut is scored about 1/2 an inch from the top and folded to create the fold for the card.    I turned this one into a Mother's Day card simply by adding the sentiment.  For a note to a friend, it could be left blank for room to write a note.



Download Girl, Burro and Cats HERE.



Download Girl Mailing Note HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

So...be a little bit daring...let the inside out!  
Have a lovely day!




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Adorable Easter Chick + Floral Stamped Background


Cute and sweet and colorful, too!  Love this little Easter Chick.  He's all ready for you to download, if you would like to create a little Easter something with this cutie!

We had an early Easter in Savannah.  Dennis went with me (Lauren gave her daddy tickets to the Savannah Home Tour for his birthday).  I stayed with Louisa while they visited all the houses.  Below are a couple of pics from Louisa's first Easter Egg Hunt...

Do you like to create stamped backgrounds?  If you haven't tried it yet, I've got a few tips.



To make a stamped background easier, you can start with colors in your image.

If you are using large and small stamps, start with the large ones.

Use odd numbers.  For example, on this card there are 5 pink flowers, 5 green leaf branches and 3 yellow flowers.

You can turn the stamped image all different directions and stamp some off the edge.



Fill in with smaller stamps.  

Use the theme of your card.  I added Easter egg stamps to this one.

Use dots!  I really like the dots on Mama Elephants Water Blooms stamp set.

Finally, these "rules" are all made to be broken!  Go with what you like and just have fun!





Download Easter Chick HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 





I took some eggs and our old easter basket (poor Dennis had to lug it through the airports) that was used by my uncle, me, Lauren and now, Louisa.  After breakfast, we stopped at one of the squares in Savannah.  Her Daddy put out the eggs.  She loved carrying the basket.



Here she is, figuring out that there are goodies inside.  Louisa took all the eggs out and lined them up on the ground.  This is why I use all my money and fly to Savannah every three weeks!

Happy Easter!




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