December 4

You've probably been wondering where I've been.
It's been quite a while since I've posted here.
Wow, there is a lot of dust and cobwebs on my poor, little, neglected blog!
This little blog is where it all started for me nearly 3 years ago.
I'm not gonna give it up, but I won't be posting here very often.
Truth is, all my time and energy are being devoted to my new stamp company.
It makes me really super happy! :)
All the action is now happening over on my new company blog

Oh, I'll still post here once in a while, 
but I hope you'll come on over, and follow my store blog too.
If you haven't check it out yet, 
I post fabulous inspiration from my Girl Fridays there several times a week.
You'll never run out of ideas to use with your CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!
Plus, we have a big ol' party there nearly every month!
You can even sign up to have the posts delivered to your email so you don't miss anything.

I hope to see you there :) 


Sneak Peek Day #3!

I'm so glad you're back
because I have a cool little card to show you tonight 
using stamps from the set we're sneak peeking tonight at 

We've showed you cards that had you saying WTF, but in the most PG of ways *wink*
and cards that had you happily yelling Woot Woot!
Tonight we our 3rd set makes its debut and it's all about the thanks.
Check out my card from 
Big Thanks

It's a fun set that gives you tons of ways to say thank you.
This card took no time at all.
I simply misted orange, blue and purple onto white cardstock.
While it was drying, I arranged a fun combination of thank you's on my acrylic block.
I stamped a portion of the Big Thanks onto my panel and then added the combo directly above it.
Easy and fun!
Since the misted colors on the panel fit The Play Date Cafe's 
challenge this week, I'm entering it there.
Happy Birthday PDCC!!

Be sure to stop by the 
to see more awesome projects from the Girl Fridays
and be sure to comment for your chance to win this set!


First night of sneaks!

I am super excited to show you a card I made using 
stamps I designed!
*squeal* I can't believe I just got to type that!
Tonight is the first night of sneak peeks on the
and tonight's set is called 

No need to rub your eyes, you read it correctly, the set is called WTF 
but in the most PG of ways :)

If you know me at all, you know I love word play, 
so this set is a compilation of fun 
and very PG
 WTF phrases.
Let me show you...

Think of all the fun you can have torturing your friends with this!
If they are younger than 40, you can write "not you!" inside.
And if they are over 40, you can write "Ha! You wish!"

Come on over to the new store blog and see all the 
wonderful cards the Girl Fridays have created tonight.
There is a chance to win this set just for commenting there,
and we made a special announcement as well...
one of the retired Girl Fridays is coming back!

You can teleport there by clicking HERE


Spilling the Beans!!!

I've been torturing you all here, 
and on facebook, 
for quite some time about some big beans I've been keeping secret. 
They are some seriously juicy beans, let me tell ya, but today...
I'm spilling them!

...right after I show you my card for the
The challenge is Over the Edge and all you have to do is create a CAS project with an element that goes off the edge!

I thought this day would never get here.  
After 9 months of hard work and planning, the waiting, and the teasing, are finally over.

I am elated to announce
I have created my very own company
I'm launching my own stamp line!

Please join me in a big happy dance on my brand new store blog.

The party will continue all week long with sneak peeks from the Girl Fridays and a few special guests, as we count down the days to 
the official store opening on 
the brand new store website
*****October 26th*****

Come on over, I can't wait for you to check it out!


For You

What a week!
 So much excitement.  
So much anticipation. 
So many beans to spill!  
I'll be spilling all my big HUGE beans tomorrow,
but in the meantime, I've got some other fun and exciting news to share...

is celebrating its 3rd anniversary!
That is a whole lot of color challenges!
I'm so happy to have been invited back to help celebrate this very special occasion.
The PDCC has always been a unique challenge for two reasons:
They encourage you as a player to 'interpret the colors' as YOU see them and they welcome pretty much ANY type of project from cards to layouts, knit, crochet & sewing, mixed-media and even cupcakes!

I created a sweet little card without using any stamps!
Can you believe it?

I couldn't resist that darling little bird from Doodlebug, and he just so happened to fit the blue from this week's PDCC challenge perfectly :)

There is all kinds of fun and excitement happening at the cafe
so you'll want to check it out for sure :)
From Oct 18-22, you can enjoy inspiration from other returning design team members as well as their current team, and lots of fun prizes from their sponsors.

I hope you will join me in congratulating The Play Date Cafe by playing along and sharing your support by saying hello when you pay a visit.  It's going to be an exciting celebration!

Looking forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for my 
Big HUGE Announcement post!


Put your {heart} into it

We are in the final countdown to the Big HUGE Announcement at
There is still a special prize up for grabs for helping to spread the word!
Check out the details HERE
Oh my gosh!  I can't wait to finally spill the beans!!

In the meantime, we're very excited to be part of 
We have a special challenge this week in their honor and you'll want to be sure to pay them a visit to use your very cool party favor.  Check out their graphic at 

I got inky without getting inky, can you believe it?! No stamps!
I painted a chipboard heart white, then (channeling Karen Baker) I misted it with glimmer mist.
I wish you could see how it sparkles :)
I used a fun little sticker from SRM Stickers and finally tied a juicy little bow using
yummy ribbon that I got at i{heart} papers!

Come on over to CAS-ual Fridays and play with us!


This one is for the Girls

October is breast cancer awareness month
and we are celebrating the women we love at

I love this little stamp from Market Street Stamps.  I wrapped pink tulle around a cardstock panel to give it sort of a fishnet look.  You know, just to make it a little more ooh la la!

Please get checked this month.
I am fortunate to have many breast cancer survivors in my life. 
I am not at all happy about what they had to go through, but I am very happy that their lives were saved thanks to early detection.
It works.
Please remind someone who matters to you to get checked too.

We are searching for a guest designer who will also win a $25 gift certificate to our fabulous sponsor, 
Simon Says Stamp!
Come on over and check out all the challenge details

and be sure to watch our facebook page for additional inspiration from our facebook team.  These girls have very special posts that you won't want to miss this week!


Toot Your Own Horn

Hooray for Friday!!
We have a super fun challenge for you at

Inspiring for sure and kind of a fun little way to get to know each other through our blogs :)
The challenge is to create a project inspired by your own blog header. 
I happen to really love mine which was created by my sweet friend 

Here is my blog inspired card :)

Polka dots, bling and happy colors.  If that's not me in a nutshell, I don't know what is! LOL!

I hope you'll play along with us this week.  
It sure is going to be a lot of fun visiting all the fun projects and checking out their inspiration sources.
Not to mention we have an absolutely delicious prize package from our sponsor


Hubby Inspiration

I'm back!
I found another new to me sketch challenge yesterday, Unscripted Sketches, and their sketch looked like a lot of fun so I had to give it a whirl.
(by the way, they are on #177 so where the heck have I been???)
I took some creative license but hey, that's what sketches are for, right?
Before I show you my card I have to tell you that my darling hubby saw it last night and proudly declared that it must have been inspired by him.
*grin* ummm, ok honey!!

and here is the sketch...

Fun, right?!
I haven't played at a challenge in forever and now I've done 2 in 2 days!
Yay me!!



It's been a ridiculously long time since I've posted on my blog!
Today, I found my mojo and I got inky!!
Hoooooray :)

I really like the sketch that retro sketches has up this week so I thought I'd give it a go.
I played with some odds and ends I've had in my stash for a while and came up with this. 

and this is the sketch...

I had these cork sheets just laying around and I thought it was time to use one.  It made a nice background and added a cool texture to the card base.  I also used a piece of a wine bottle cork as the foundation for the pushpin flag pole.  The little JillyBean Soup sticker banners are just so cute and I thought the 2 together made a really fun focal point.

It feels so good to knock the cobwebs off my poor little blog :)
I'll be back with more for you later this week...promise :)


Back In Black

It's been a while since I've posted because it's been a while since I've gotten inky!
Gotta say, it felt good to press that inky stamp onto card stock today :)

We have a really fun challenge that just started at 
and it's all about black card bases.

I love the way the black base makes the colors pop and the helps the sentiment stand out.  
Super fun!!

Be sure to stop over and see what all the Girl Fridays created for your drooling delight :)
There is a great prize up for grabs from our sponsor too!
I can't wait to see what you create!!


i {heart} stamping my own designer paper

I am having the best time guest designing for i {heart} papers!
She has the best stuff in her store and just wait til you see the goodies I got to play with to make my card!
I saw a couple challenges that I haven't played at before so I thought I'd give it a go:

Sounds like fun, right? So here is what I came up with...

I used 3 dies, two sizes from Spellbinders Labels One and Pinwheel Posie from Memory Box to make my own embellishments-3 flowers with 3 pearls in the centers.  I also used 3 stamps!  Am I rockin' the 3's or what? LOL!
I love to create my own designer papers, so for my flowers, I stamped Market Street Stamps Houndstooth in 3 different colors.  I love the way the pattern looks rolled into the flower. I used Woodgrain to create the coordinating background for Authentique's Endless & Fair Weather and the sentiment is from Market Street Stamps Simple Joys-one of my favorite sets :)  For a little extra zip, I added a strip of Turquoise Blue Twill Striped ribbon.
Tons of fun products right? And all available at i {heart} papers!

*** i {heart} papers is looking for a Social Media Coordinator!  Deadline to apply is midnight June 24th. You can get all the details HERE ***

I had a lot of fun creating this card.  I want to play with that posie die some more :)
That's it for today.  I cleaned my studio from top to bottom and it is super clean right now. 
You know what means? That's right! Time to mess it up!! :)


Bittersweet DeNami post

This is by far the most difficult post I've written yet.
I have been a designer for DeNami Design since April of 2010.  
It was my very first design team and I was still a newbie blogger.  
I will never forget the joy I felt when Paulina told me I had made the team.
Especially since it happened to be April 1, and I thought it might be an April Fools Day joke :)
I have loved working for Paulina and Nami, getting to meet the whole DeNami family, and getting to know all the DeNami blog fans.
I absolutely adore Paulina!  She is the sweetest, kindest, most organized person ever and I am so glad to call her my friend.
Please indulge me as I share a couple of my favorite cards that I created for DeNami Designs.  I've linked each photo to it's original post in case you want details :) 

My time with DeNami has come to an end and that is very hard to say.
It's hard to say goodbye to a team and a company that I love so dearly.
Thank you so much Paulina and Nami for having me!
I have grown so much as a designer during my time with you and I will never forget all the kindness and friendship you've shown me :)
There are good things to come though!
 I have started a fantastic inky adventure that I will be able to share in just a couple short months.
I will still be very much around here in blogland, so if you follow my blog or my challenge blog, 
stay tuned.  
My big announcement is coming later this summer and I can't wait to share it!!


Sunny Days

It's Product Spotlight day at

I decided to go simple and use beach colors to represent the surf and sand for my card base.
The boards I colored and paper pieced.
I had to use one of my favorite sentiments because it just fit the card.

There is so much eye candy at the DeNami Design blog!
Be sure to check it out and don't forget you'll save 10% on this awesome stamp this week!


i {heart} mini chipboard books??

I hope you're ready for some fun because today I am joining the i {heart} papers team on their chipboard album blog hop!  

i {heart} mini chipboard books??
I say it as a question because honestly I was a tad worried about giving this little challenge a go.  I am a cardmaker...I don't really do albums, or books, or really anything that I can't fold in half! LOL!   However, the fabulous ladies at i {heart} papers planned to get their chipboard on, and being that I am guest designer with them this month, I decided to just close my eyes and go for it.
Let me tell you, making a chipboard book was NOT scary. In fact, it was actually really FUN!!!

Armed with the Echo Park A Boy's Life 12 x 12 kit (oh my goodness there are soooo many fun goodies inside it!)  and the A Boys Life 6 x 6 paper pad, I sat down and began to create with my 4x8 Journal Kit Honeycomb album.
I have to say...
i {heart} mini chipboard books!!

I love these papers!! All the elements and stickers were included in the 12 x 12 kit  I really had a great time playing with them and choosing the pattern paper. 
The 6 x 6 pad offers a smaller version of the same patterns.  I used the small version on the front and the 12x12 version on the back.  I love how they coordinate perfectly but aren't exactly the same, and I think they compliment the honeycomb texture on the chipboard.  I wanted the papers to really stick to the chipboard so I used the i{stick} papers red line tape.  Trust me, those papers aren't going anywhere now!  I also used it to apply the 3/4" Turquoise Blue Twill Stripes ribbon.  Instead of tying a bow, I tied a knot to keep with the boyish theme.

The grid paper that comes with the chipboard album kit is really cute. S just for fun and giggles, I stamped on a few of the pages inside using Market Street Stamps Simple Joys with Tangelo and Bahama Blue Memento inks

I just love i{heart} papers!  
Besides the fact that Kate is just the sweetest person, she also has a really wonderful assortment of product and fast shipping too!
If you love papercrafting and social media then check this out...
i{heart}papers is looking for a Social Media Coordinator!  

Are you ready to see more amazing ideas for this fantastic little album?
Here are the links to all the i {heart} papers designers.
Please give them all a visit but I warn you...you will want to get this little album for yourself after you've seen them all!  

The i {heart} papers team: