Monthly Archives: March 2012

beach baby

Oh baby…we LOVE the beach! The new Lily Bee line Buttercup, with it’s beautiful blues and sunshiney yellows just begs for summer pages in my mind.

This is another one of my CHA layouts for the Lily Bee booth. I was really excited with how the background turned out. I loved the turned up corners highlighting the back side of the designs. It’s super easy to do and kind of reminds me of a pieced quilt when put together.

The little flower accents are created with Buttercup patterned paper and the Sizzix 3D flower die.


Have a fabulous weekend!

luv u

This one’s for my girl. Just a few more weeks until she’s home for the summer. As you can imagine, I’m counting the days. This card is on its way with a little care package to get through the long weeks ahead.

This card is a little brighter than I normally design but it’s fun with all that pattern and the sweet little banners. The banner is created with Maya Road chipboard and covered with Lily Bee Design patterned paper. If you click on the above image, it will enlarge for more detail.


Happy creating!

let’s party

This beautiful weather has me dreaming of all the wonderful things I hope to do outside this year. On the top of my to do list is to get my garden fixed up a little. We’re out in the country with a bit of space so I’m not quite sure where to start. I guess I’ll just have to start with baby steps and see where it takes me.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do was to have a garden party. I love nature and when creating for the Paper Crafts special issue, Party Ensembles, I really enjoyed working on this project.

My copy of Party Ensembles arrived at the end of last week. What a beautiful surprise! I couldn’t believe all the inspiration and how thick this issue is.

This 9 piece ensemble uses lots of texture and natural items for a soft and pretty look.

Each place setting would have a little gift favour box. I designed them all a little differently as everything in nature is unique.

The invitation uses a twig from my yard. The sentiment is printed on Sticky Back Canvas and then stamped for a subtle look.

The centerpiece is an altered wood birdhouse and wrapped in tulle ribbon.

Finally the place cards are made from Kraft cardstock and some sweet little cardstock frames from Maya Road.

If you’re looking for a few more peeks at this issue, you can find my Sew Much Fun Party Ensemble on Moxie Fab World.

Take care!

ready for spring

Happy Spring!

Today is the first official day of Spring and my goodness, it’s going to feel more like summer this afternoon if we hit the projected high. It’s way past time to change my wardrobe over. Capris and sandals are in order for today.

My card today features some sweet rain boots which are more traditionally worn this time of year. The stamp set is by Avocado Arts and is very much a favorite of mine.

Masking is a great technique for stamping and this design uses a lot of masking. Masking gives stamped scenes a dimensional look and is worth the little extra time involved. Here’s my steps…

1.       Mask outer edges of cardstock to create image box.

2.       Stamp rubber boot and mask boot.

3.       Stamp boot again and mask it.

4.       Stamp grass, clouds and sentiment.

5.       Remove all masks.

6.       Color in boots with Copic Markers.

7.       Mat image and adhere to card.

8.       Tie button with twine and adhere.


Enjoy your day!


I don’t often make shaped cards but when I do, they are always worth the extra effort. Of the shaped cards I make, I think the crown design is my favorite. It’s easy once you’ve created a template and it’s so girly and fun to embellish.

For easy measuring and proportions, I created this card to be 4″ x 6″ in size and then cut out the triangles from the top. Some patterned paper from the Victoria Park 6×6 Tiny Tablet gives this card a young and feminine look and is stitched around the edges. Some Maya Road chipboard buttons are also covered with some of the papers in this line for accents.

Lots of pretty trims and embellishments are clustered together in this design. The main floral accent is the new Maya Road Antique Pearl Center Flower Trim and is one of my top faves from their latest release. You can use this trim as a ribbon type accent or cut the flowers out individually like I’ve done here.


Happy creating!

natural beauty tag

Here’s a simple little tag to share with you on this simply beautiful day.

I was having a little fun with some simple crafting the other day and wanted to see how rub-ons would work on wood. Absolutely wonderful in case you’re wondering! The colored butterflies look stunning on the natural wood and transfered on like butter.







Have a simply beautiful Sunday!

singing for spring

Signs of Spring are everywhere. I don’t know about you but my heart is singing for the joy of it.

Today’s Song of Spring card is a recent design I created for the CLASSroom.  Why not join me for the tutorial and step outs here?

Hope your Saturday is sublime!