Sunday, April 13, 2014


Remember the saying about March, "In like a lion, out like a lamb"?  And then "April Showers Bring May Flowers"? Well, after a pretty phenomenal thunder and lightning storm in the middle of the night last night and a very rainy, with a bit of snow, and windy day today, I'm wondering if the lion scared the lamb away.

But never fear, spring will be here in some shape or form. Trees are beginning to burst into bloom, my daffodils are up and the days are getting warmer. To celebrate the spring, my scrapbook groups did the bright and colorful Lollydoodle paper packet this month.

Inspired by Amber Fillingim
Inspired by Autumn Gittins

 For some hidden photos or journaling, check out the little book!

Not everyone loves interactive elements. Sometimes they are hard to get to when you have your pages in sheet protectors. The page is cute without the hidden book. But if you want to keep the interactive element, I very lightly draw a line around the outside of the book on the sheet protector. Then I remove the page from the sheet protector, place a cutting mat inside the sheet protector and use a craft knife to cut away the square. Easy peasy.

I have a couple of leftover kits if interested. Contact me for more info. Or if you are interested in future scrapbook groups, just let me know.

Take care all and here's to hoping spring is here in full soon.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Skylark

It's time for another blog hop. And this time we are playing with Skylark. You should have arrived here from the talented and beautiful Karen Pedersen's blog. Should you get lost along the way, you can go to this link to see the full list of bloggers.

My life has been more than a little crazy these last few weeks so I chose to keep it simple this time around, very simple. I used the Skylark Picture My Life Scrapbooking program to create an easy, quick memory decor project.


I mix and matched some of my favorite 3x4 cards and chose one 4x6 card. I cut the cards down just a little to fit the spaces in the 5x7 Hinged Display Tray. Then I chose some of my favorite photos from our trip to Europe in 2008 (thank you Close to My Heart for the fabulous trip) and added a few embellishments.


It didn't take much bling. A few pieces from the Skylark Assortment and a few Epoxy Bubbles. I added a quick title with the Keyboard Kraft Alphabet. I truly spent more time mixing and matching cards and choosing photos than I did actually creating. This is the perfect project when life is busy but you need a little creative downtime to keep you sane.

One last close up. Love this man! Our 25th anniversary is coming up this year!

Thanks for stopping by. And now on to the lovely, inspiring Pamela O'Connor's blog.  Happy Blog Hopping!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring is in the Air!

Oh, today is a beautiful spring day. I always get so happy when I see these lovelies.

Inspired by spring and by a darling card in a box made by Elaine Leggett, I decided to try my hand at a spring card. Here is my variation on Elaine's card.

You know what is awesome about this card in a box? It actually folds flat to fit in an envelope! Check out the directions at

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014


Many of you know I have a Russian daughter and that I have spent quite a bit of time in Russia. I love the generous people, the beautiful country and so much about it (we won't discuss politics here). So when I saw the March stamp of the month, I was excited. I tend to buy just about everything matryoshka related that I can find and afford so I just consider this another addition to my collection.

I plan on playing quite a bit with this lovely set but here's my first attempt. While matryoshkas are often colorful and I do plan to explore color with this set, I like how the monochromatic scheme turned out.

Considering the little friends that joined the picture, don't you think this sentiment is perfect? (And yes, those teeny tinies are just that--tiny! This card is only 4x4 if that gives you some perspective.)

до свидания!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paper Embossing

Only a few more days to take advantage of the Embossing is Boss special. Buy two packages of cardstock (excluding white, colonial white and kraft) and get a free embossing folder, valued at $8.95. Buy ten packages of cardstock and get all five free. Throw on the stamp of the month with that ten pack purchase and qualify for a party with another $25 free. That's a great deal!

Let me give you a visual (I love visuals). Buy two paper packets and get a free embossing folder.

 Buy ten paper packets and get all five embossing folders free! Plus you qualify to purchase the stamp of the month for $5.00 (a $17.95 value). Add the stamp of the month on and you'll qualify for another $25 free (not shown here).

I really do love these embossing folders. They really emboss well and add a nice touch to cards and scrapbook projects. So hurry! Only three days left!

Card designed by Jen Mahan

Monday, February 17, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Embossing is Boss

And we're hopping again! This time to inspire you with the embossing folders that Close to My Heart now offers (don't forget they have a special on these folders this month). If you just arrived here from Sheri Rottler's blog, you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, you can go to this link to start from the beginning.

This month, I wanted to keep it simple. I know there are all sorts of tricks and techniques out there with embossing folders but you know, sometimes keeping it simple is the best option.

I love the February stamp of the month. I think that darling little polka-dotted fox is just asking to be paired with some embossed paper. And I love all the embossing folders but I think the Quatrefoil is my favorite (besides I like the way it sounds in French). I used an oldie but goodie stamp technique, masking, to stamp "Hey Foxy" on two lines and in two colors.

So fun and fast and cute. And now on to see what Lisa Stenz has come up with. Happy Blog Hopping!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Valentine's!

Valentine's day is only a few days away. I don't get carried away on Valentine's decorating other than pulling out my vintage Valentine's. But this year, I decided I needed a new Valentine's banner. I found this lovely (link here with instructions). So easy and fun to make. I cut the hearts on my Cricut (Art Philosophy cartridge--4" in black to fit behind doilies, 3 1/2" for patterned paper and stamped hearts). I didn't have a lot of patterned paper in Valentine colors so I cut hearts in white, ruby, hollyhock and blush cardstock and stamped them with various background stamps that I had.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!