Mojo Sketch #507

Hi Stampers,

I have still been stamping! I just don’t seem to take the time to update the blog! I will try and be better!

I was very thrilled to learn that Julee Tillman is back to sharing a Mojo Sketch every two weeks. These sketches are instrumental in helping me feel creative.

This week I took inspiration from for the rainbow pad butterflies and paired them with the Mojo Sketch.

Using the blank Rainbow Spectrum pad opens up a world of possibilities and it is wonderful Stampin’ UP! carries this tool. I hadn’t inked mine up yet and finally seized the  opportunity to have Monarch butterflies forever! It was so easy!

Uninked Spectrum Pad

You can find this pad on page 202 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. I followed Patty Bennett and did Poppy Parade, Calyso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red refills to ink the pads. This Pad stores it self apart to prevent ink bleeding but is pushed together to create a inking surface. I labeled the front of the paid and the insides with “keys'” so I knew what was what.

I also chose to use the FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper being offered through Saleabration! This paper has a colorful side and an all black and white side! It makes for easy pairing of patterns this way! Just remember to mix small, medium and large scale patterns together.


Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp SetBotanical Butterfly Designer Series PaperButterfly Duet Punch

Hope you enjoyed the card! 

Good Tidings and Two Step Stamping

Stampin’ Up! Good Tiding Stamp set has it all!   

With all the goodies released in the 2017 Holiday Stampin’ UP! Catalog this year it is easy to get overwhelmed. Having been a demonstrator for over 17 years, I’ve learned to identify items that will be a good investment for new stampers, and still provide a WOW factor for my seasoned stampers.
I totally think the Good Tidings stamp set found on page 8 hits all these high points!!

Let’s talk 2 stepping! So just what is a 2 Step Stamping Set?

  • A set that features Two step stamping means that there are multiple stamps included meant to layer together to create multi dimensional, multi colored image.

For this card I used the following:

Old Olive Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2

Merry Little Christmas DSP : 5 1/4 x 4 and one that is 4 x 3

Basic Black Layers: 2nd Larges Circle Framelit and additional piece that is 4 1/8 x 3 1/8

Whisper White: Largest Circle Framelit and additional piece that is 5 1/4 x 4 plus scrap for Holly Leaves stamping

Ink Colors used on the card Sample are:

Here is a look at the inside and outside of the card:

Here are some other Samples:

Why do I think this set  is good for beginners?

It is a Complete set which includes artistic images, an outside greeting, and inside greeting and more. no additional cutting tools such as dies or punches are needed. A pair of scissors makes quick work of those Holly leaves if desired.

Why will Seasoned stampers like it?

Who doesn’t love Two Step Stampin’ Images which clearly provide a WOW factor, and when used with multiple ink colors you can vastly different looks. The inclusion of the To From stamps  make it great for creating giftables. These images go beyond Christmas tags, throw a balloon on your TO FROM tag and now you have a birthday or anniversary tag!

Here’s one more color scheme that is brighter and fresher:

Here is the sample with this color scheme (Had a hard time photographing this one) :

Here are the products I used for this Post:




Foil Frenzy DSP Gift Box in a Card

I was so excited when I saw this fantastic Gift Box in a Card Project on Rachel Tessman’s Blog, What a fun project!So excited in fact, that  I decided to make this my first YouTube Video.

Here are some of the details, but to really get the idea of how to make this, please view my YouTube video!

Materials Needed:

Stamp Set:
Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ink Colors and Cardstock:
Tangerine Tango, Berry Burst, Garden Green

1 ¾ x 5 ½ Piece of Foil Frenzy DSP
2 ¼ inch Circle Punch Crumb Cake
Starburst Punch in Coordinating Cardstock
2 inch Crumb Cake Cardstock

Other Useful Items:
Stampin’ Trimmer
Bone Folder
Fast Fuse Adhesive
Tear and Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Paper Snips
5 ¾ inch length of Ribbon

Card Base:

8 ½ x 5 ½ scored at 4 ¼

We need to Cut a 2 inch square out of right side of top of card. To do this:

Line up the right edge of your cardstock at ¾ inch, then push the card to the . Starting at the 4 ¼ score line, push blade up to 3. Go back to the 41/4 score line and pull blade down to 5. Slide Card to the right to the 2 ¾ inch mark and go one little line further to the right (1/16) . Cut again from the 3 to the 5 ½ inch mark.

Turn cardstock to landscape mode, and make a cut to connect the two cut lines. You should line the 4 ¼ mark up at the 1 ¼ mark and connect them. Turn and connect other side of cut lines and your box area should pop out.  

One fun thing you can do is tip the box so that the top faces the recipient.


I hope you have enjoyed my video and card. Please let me know if you have any questions!







Cozy Critters Post It Note Holder

CrushonStamping Cozy Critter Post It Note Holder


It’s good to back on my blog with an oldie but goodie. It seems I am always in need of something to jot a note or list on during this time of year. A Post It Note Holder can come to the rescue.  These little reminders are essential keeping track of the important things that I’ve packed onto my calendar.

Cozy Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set


I Couldn’t resist using the Cozy Critters Stamp Hostess set (Item 142214). This set is exclusively made for crafters who host their own workshop or have a qualifying order of $150.00.  It coordinates with our already popular Owl Punch (Item # 118074) and the Fox Builder Punch (Item # 141470)


This particular style Of Post It Note Holder s more suited towards placing on your desk or on the kitchen counter because the image will stand up like an easel. However you can still lay it flat and throw it in your purse.






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Doggie Valentines

Office Doggie Valentines

I am a little late in posting this but…

My sweet husband Dan works for a great woman-owned company that allows it’s workers to bring their pups to work with them! (How awesome is that???) Since the company is located in California and we live in Illinois AND since we don’t have a dog….Dan doesn’t get to join in the fun.

However, when Dan does get to go into the office he loves seeing all the different dogs. Each has a sweet personality and their own personal charms.

We thought it might be fun to make special little Valentines for each dog. We filled a bag with ridiculously small milk bones (we Non-dog owners have little experience with buying dog treats clearly). I created little open ended Sour Cream containers with little Valentine tags. 

And here is Ajax… A super smart Pup and handsome fella!
And Buck, who loves to carry his leash around the hallways…you know…just in case someone wants to take him for a walk Tee hee! I’d take him for a walk…right after I gave him a big hug!

And a little Cockapoo names Gracie..the only dog in the office that might appreciate such small little Valentine Treats LOL!

Here’s my favorite Valentine, my husband Dan. 
And for a final Valentine thought…Dan sent his favorite girls some beautiful roses for Valentines Day! I think Pickles, (our only girl kitty who was once a stray) is thinking, ” I have the best Daddy in the world”. I totally agree with her!

I hope you make a special treat for someone you love!!

Mojo#438 Fear Not

Mojo# 438 – Fear Not

Time for another Mojo Monday Challenge! Great Sketch this week. Here it is:

My Take:

I just love the Birthday Bouquet Paper! This is one of the prettiest sets of paper Stampin’ UP! has designed in my opinion.

 Hard to choose which one is a favorite! But this is my favorite:
I couldn’t help but use it on this sketch. 

I really find comfort in the verse included in the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. So this card came together naturally for me. Of course, I had to add the gorgeous Pool Party ribbon which coordinates perfectly.

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Here is a small close up of the paper. However, a close up shows my poor cutting job-oh well.

One great thing about the Birthday Bouquet Cardstock Pack is that it includes the beautiful Blushing Bride, Pool Party AND Whisper White Thick Cardstock~ All for only $7.00! 8 each of the three colors.

If you have an order that is less than $150.00, please consider using my hostess code of 3Q6FNFDJ. You will receive a special thank you from me if you do!
Here’s some items you might consider!

Life Without Dogs-Mojo#436

Life without Dogs? I don’t think so!

Today’s card features my love of animals. I love all kinds of furry creatures…even dogs. (Crush does not look amused at my saying this).

My husband and I would love to have a fawn colored Great Dane some day. While on vacation  in Arkansas years ago, we came across a a massive stuffed Great Dane in a souvenir shop. The childhood part of our hearts couldn’t resist purchasing him. Thus Belle (as we named her), is one giant stuffed Great Dane who keeps watch over the entry way to our home. Many guests have been startled by her. 🙂

Here is the Crush meeting Belle the first time:
He seems to be saying  “Fess up! Whose idea was this??”

Enough silliness-  on to this week’s Mojo sketch:  
And my Take on it:
 I had to omit one of the circles due to the size of the dog heads. But I think it still worked out!  While fussy cutting the ribbon on the bone from a Real Red stamping of the image, I began to question my own mental stability. However, I survived.
 I gussied up the inside a little with some left over pattern paper. I really like this years DSP stacks.
And finally, I had to share another photo of Belle and one of our other kitties named Bling. This photo was taken in our previous home in Indianapolis. Bling (he has extra digits on his two front paws making him polydactyl) felt brave enough to stand watch at night with his big friend by his side. Now during times of extreme danger (ie. someone other than Dan and I in the house) he can be find hiding inside my stamp cabinet upstairs. 🙂 Shh…he is safe there because no one knows where he is!

Please come back again soon for more stamping inspiration!

Mojo Monday 434 Friend Card

Mojo Monday 434 Friend Card

Hi Stampers,
I finally made a new Mojo card. It is interesting to me that what I end up with, is usually different than what I have in my head starting out. That isn’t a bad thing…just somewhat surprising.  For instance Garden Green is not something I reach for right off the bat, nor is stamping a heart in that color but…that is just where the process took me.
Here is this week’s sketch. I struggled a bit with that top circle. I like the idea of it getting cut off the card… but not sure I chose the right paper. I am still working with pairing pattern papers. I wish I had taken a design class while in college.

Here is my take on the Sketch :
I ended up using the opposite side of the pattern papers once I had them cut. I kinda wish I had tried stamping the heart on Crumb Cake paper instead of white as well. That would have changed the second circle to the beige hearts I wanted to originally use. Didn’t think of that till now….

One more detail:
I used one of the It’s My Party Enamel Dots and then added a Rhinestone on top. Not sure how well this will make it through the mail but it is pretty in person.

My new crafting resolution of using the pretty accents (designer paper, enamel dots, etc) instead of collecting them seems to be working out.

Hope you enjoyed the card! All the products I used are listed down below. Click on one to go directly to my online store.

Saleabration Creation

Sky is the Limit Card

Hi all! Now that I have had a lengthy break it is time to get back to what I love! Crush was definately excited to see me back at my stamping desk. 

I decided to start the year with a card using a Limited time Saleabration set. Who doesn’t love a free set? The Sky is the limit has a fun mix of images and words.
I chose a small design pattern paper from the new Have a Cuppa Designer Series paper stack (140567). The 6×6 size makes it perfect for card makers.
I chose to heat emboss the plane with White Embossing powder to give it a special touch. I also took a cue from the paper and added some red glitter hearts I punched using the owl builder. Every project has to have some bling in my opinion.

If you would like to order any products from my website please click on the items below. 

Santa Belly Kleenex Box

Santa Belly Kleenex Box

I am getting ready for the Holiday in the Grove Craft Fair here in Sugar Grove. One of the items I will be selling are these Santa Belly’s.
Kleenex came out with these Perfect Fit boxes.
I decided to wrap them in Real Red Cardstock.

The Tag Says, “We Tissue you a Merry Christmas!
Crush as always, was a huge help. 🙂
  Hope you enjoyed it!