Pear : See the Good

“When I see the good in the world, I see you.” I love this sentiment and I can apply it to several people in my life right now. Close friends have become closer, good things have manifested themselves, and I actively seek the GOOD. Ultimately, I’m happier crafting to a standard all my own. It’sContinue reading “Pear : See the Good”

Artichokes : See the Good

The best meal I ever ate – and one of the most special – was at Bistro 100 in Charlotte, North Carolina in the early 2000’s. It would close about 5 years after we moved to Texas in 2003, but the memory of a meal that began with a classic steamed artichoke is still atContinue reading “Artichokes : See the Good”

Life is Beautiful

My paper crafting purchases in the past few months have been more thoughtful and less impulsive while I drill down to essentials. This set, however, was on my must-have list. Life is Beautiful is a photopolymer (clear) stamp set, which makes placement quick and easy. I’ve seen some beautiful projects with this set, but IContinue reading “Life is Beautiful”

Stampin’ Up! Love of Leaves Hey, Friend

Here’s another Love of Leaves card with a sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. Having these past kits “banked” helps when I recall fun sentiments or images that complete current projects. Paper Pumpkin’s monthly all-inclusive kits completely won me over when I returned to card-making a few years ago. Aside from “Hey, Friend,” allContinue reading “Stampin’ Up! Love of Leaves Hey, Friend”

Seriously the Best Cards for Friends

The Stampin’ Up! Seriously the Best stamp set is just that! I decided to make multiples of the same card design since I was already cutting the Designer Series Paper. My plan was to make as many cards as the 1″ strips of 5 different paper designs yielded. With minor changes to the design, thisContinue reading “Seriously the Best Cards for Friends”

Timeless Tropical March 2020 Team Swap

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. — Georgia O’Keefe I’m working backwards through my team swap photos because some of the stamp sets I’ve used are retiring on June 2, 2020, or are discontinued! This particular set – Timeless Tropical – will carryContinue reading “Timeless Tropical March 2020 Team Swap”

Very Versailles Swap Cards

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” — Orson Welles Almost two decades ago I was in a LiveJournal (now defunct) stamping group, and it was there that I started participating in card swaps. I loved swapping with others because it inspired me to try new techniques with my own supplies. Swappers madeContinue reading “Very Versailles Swap Cards”

Stitched Labels and Sheetloads

As soon as I receive a 12×12 paper pack, I like to figure out how I’ll use it with my stamp sets. One of the easiest ways is finding card sketches on Pinterest, or lately, the Sheetload of Cards method conceived by Call Me Crafty Al. I also like to search for One Sheet WondersContinue reading “Stitched Labels and Sheetloads”

Beautiful Friendship

A few months ago I was the featured showcase designer in one of my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator communities. I received complimentary stamp sets for participating and one of them was Beautiful Friendship. It immediately earned a top spot as one of my all-time favorite stamp sets for creating the type of cards I enjoy –Continue reading “Beautiful Friendship”