Create Your Own Sunshine

Hi everyone.  With the 30-day color challenge going on in Instagram, I’ve been doing quite a bit of coloring, and I’m really enjoying it.  Coloring truly is good for the sole (if you like coloring, of course).  :)

Today I’ve used Stamping Bella‘s Uptown Girl Sunny is Stylish.


She colored with Copic markers and surrounded by bright cheery color.

Thanks for stopping by!   :)

Paper Smooches April Release Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches April release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on March 31st at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop, we are offering a $25.00 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25.00 prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances.)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, March 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Tuesday, March 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I’ve used new Mini Cupcake dies.  Squeee!  It’s so cute!


The cupcake top, which I outlined using an E40 Copic marker, is popped up on foam squares.  The little face was stamped using Alfresco stamp set and the sentiment is from Slang Gang.


Here’s your hop list. Be sure to comment as you look for your chance to win! Good luck!  :)

Joyous Easter Wishes and Blessings

Just in case you’re looking for a few quick, last minute Easter card ideas, I have three featured on the Craftsy Blog today.


Thanks for checking it out.  :)

A Couple More from Paper Smooches

Hi everyone!  I have two more Paper Smooches cards to share before the April release hop this Thursday.

First up is Ahoy Me Hearty with coordinating Ahoy Icons dies. The “shelf” was created using a Patterns 1 die.

yo-matey-Feb 500The parrot and bottles were die-cut from X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I used small brads, inserted backwards to create the hooks for the bottles.


Next I used Butterfly Duet with Stitched Flourishes and Hello Word dies.


The butterflies were first cut from the white card stock, then cut again from black with only the centers adhered so the wings can bend forward a bit.


Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon. :)

Yo Matey –  Copic markers used: E41, E42, E43, E44, G09, G28, R24, R27, R39, YR15, YR18.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

hello – Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″


Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring Issue

Hi everyone.  Just popping in to share a link to Scrapbook  & Cards Today Spring issue, now available in print and on-line for FREE!


In addition to the release of their beautiful Spring issue, Scrapbook & Cards Today is celebrating their 9th birthday! Yesterday began the kick-off to nine days of celebration.  Check out their blog HERE to join the party (with LOADS of incredible give-aways)!

A Few More Cards for Sale


Hi everyone!  I have four more boxes of cards for sale.  I’ve copied the info from the previous post (below.)   Please help me to clear out.  :)


$28 each plus $6 shipping.  PayPal only.  Excluding the shipping cost, that’s $1.75 per card.  Do I think my cards are worth more than that? Absolutely, but I need them out of here.

If interested, please send an email to and note CARDS FOR SALE in the subject line.

Shipping to US addresses only. (Sorry, trying to get them out quickly without requiring a trip to the post office.)


sending colorful greetings

Hi everyone.  I have another Paper Smooches card to share today.  This time I’ve used Cute (and tiny) Clouds with Luminous Spring and Spring Fling.  :)


I stamped raindrops (from Luminous Spring) to match the flowers (from Spring Fling).  The flower stems and leaves were drawn in using a 0.5 black Copic mult-liner.


That’s it for today. Super short.  Thanks for visiting!  :)

Additional supplies/info: Mini brads, Copic 0.5 black multiliner.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

MFT March Die-namics Design – Cover-Up Craze

Hi everyone! Today the MFT team is exploring creative ways to use our Cover-Up Die-namics.

First, I used Modern Morocco Cover-Up to create a sort of stained glass effect on a clear card.   The sentiment, from Words of Inspiration, was stamped in Golden Glitz Delicata.  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


I die-cut two panels of the Cover-Up, using one as a guide beneath the acetate for coloring. (I used Copic markers.)  Once colored, I placed one die on top of the acetate and one below, aligning the panels with the acetate in between, like a sandwich. I then die-cut another Cover-Up from a sheet of X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided adhesive, applied that to the back of the “sandwich” and adhered to an acetate base.

God-Understands-CUInside, I stamped a second sentiment and added three tiny inked hearts die-cut from Blueprints 11.


On my second card, I used one of my *most* favorite Cover-Ups, Floral Fusion. I first inked a block of card stock using Lemon Chiffon, Daffodil and Golden Glitz inks. I lightly inked over the entire panel with the gold ink once all ink was applied so there is a nice shimmer on the entire sheet.


“Grateful” was die-cut (and gold inked) using Words of Gratitude Die-namics and “for you” was stamped from Fall Foliage.


Inside, I masked off part of the bottom, inked then adhered a partial panel of Floral Fusion Cover-Up. The partial sentiment was stamped from Words of Inspiration.


Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of participating DT to see more creative ways to use Cover-Ups!


Thanks for stopping by!

God Understands card

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (V25, YR15, BG13, B93, R83), X-Press It Double-sided adhesive sheet, acetate.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
Grateful for You card
Additional info: Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

enjoy your day

Hi everyone!  Today I’ve played a bit with one of Lawn Fawn‘s latest releases, Let’s Play.  (So cute.)  :)


I die-cut all the little pieces from X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics. I love the little squirrel.  (And after having one eat all of my tomatoes, chewing on our grill, eating my herbs and getting into our attic, this is the ONLY squirrel I love.)


The swing and squirrel are popped up on foam squares and I adhered teeny tiny Swarovski crystals inside each flower center.

Oh, and the patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn also.  ♥

Thanks so much for visiting!

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (R81, R83, R85, C1, E31, E33, E35, Y21), Swarovski crystals. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Cards for Sale

It’s that time again.  My cards are overflowing. I have ten Small Flat Rate Priority boxes packed with a minimum of 16 random cards each.  The boxes have varying themes, holidays, and manufacturers.   Most cards are finished on the inside as well.


$28 each plus $6 shipping.  PayPal only.  Excluding the shipping cost, that’s $1.75 per card.  Do I think my cards are worth more than that? Absolutely, but I need them out of here.

If interested, please send an email to and note CARDS FOR SALE in the subject line.

Shipping to US addresses only. (Sorry, trying to get them out quickly without requiring a trip to the post office.)


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