Hello Again Bones!


Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using one of our favorite products. I bought No Bones About It last year in preparation for Arthur’s dinosaur themed 2-year-old birthday party. I created so many fun projects with it. I put the stamp set away in November and it’s sat in the cabinet ever since. So, last week I was looking for some different (no flowers or butterflies) and I remembered this great stamp set. It’s fast becoming a favorite again!


  • Stamps: No Bones About It; Work of Art; Celebrate Today
  • Inks: Dapper Denim; Emerald Envy; Pumpkin Pie
  • Cardstock: Dapper Denim; Emerald Envy; Pumpkin Pie; Whisper White
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Balloon Framelits


Mini Magazine-style Card Holder

June’s stamp club 3D project was this cute mini magazine-style card holder. It was super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. And it holds approximately five cards with envelopes. Fill this holder with coordinating notecards for a perfect gift!


Without cards

Start with a  9″ x 12″ piece of cardstock. Score the 12″ side at 2″ and 6 1/2″. Score the 9″ side at 3 3/4″ and 5 1/4″.

Holding the paper with the 9″ side on the top, score between the two middle horizontal score lines at 1 3/4″ from each side.

Trim the diagonals. Your paper should look like this:


Cut some decorative DSP and cardstock to embellish your holder.

Cardstock: Cut 2 pieces at 2″ x 4 1/2″ and 2 pieces at 1 1/2″ x 2″

DSP: Cut 2 pieces at 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 2 pieces at 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″

Add sticky strip to the inside to assemble.


Side view

As a finishing touch, add a pretty embellishment. I choose to due cut a flower from the Botanical Builders Framelits.


Detail of flower

  • Stamps:
  • Inks:
  • Cardstock: Wildflower Fields DSP (retired), Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss (retired), Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Candy Dots (retired), Wink of Stella
  • Tools: Botanical Builder Framelits

Two variations I made this week.



Week in the Life 2016

2016 is my second year participating in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life. I bought the kit from her site and added only some washi tape. I kept my embellishments simple. I focused more on the pictures and the stories.

Title Pages:

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SSINKIC34: Fruit Salad


Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using the photo below as inspiration.


I decided to take the colors as my inspiration. I love the summery look of the color palette. I had fun playing with patterns and color with this card. Simple but visually appealing.


  • Stamps: Suite Sayings; Timeless Textures
  • Inks: Pacific Point; Melon Mambo; Tangerine Tango; Daffodil Delight
  • Cardstock: 2015-2017 In Color DSP; Pacific Point; Whisper White
  • Accessories: White Accents
  • Tools: Lots of Labels Dies


Project Life May 2016

May was a bit of a strange month. Arthur and I had a full month of activities and events. But in the middle, I decided to play along and document a Week in the Life. And at the end of the month, the twins arrived in California. Even though I have 8 full pages of pictures and journaling, there’s still a week missing from this post because of WITL. Look for that post sometime next week. Just waiting on a few larger prints to arrive to finish the album.

The first page includes some random pics and those from the sprinkle I hosted for two friends. I didn’t take any pics at the sprinkle, but thankfully another mom friend always takes pics and shares. I was too busy socializing and making sure everything went smoothly!


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Page 2 is all about our monthly visit to the Oakland Zoo.This month I caught a few great pics of the elephants, giraffes, and even the lion! We never see him… And I even got Arthur to wave at me from the cars.


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Our first beach day of 2016 is documented on page three. It was cold, but not windy! We love going out to the beach and playing in the sand. Hoping to make this a monthly event through September.


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Page 4 highlights our first visit to the Chabot Space and Science Center.  A new favorite place for the littles. We loved it so much that I got a membership. We’ll be back soon!


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Page 5 focuses on another great visit to Fairyland. I caught some great shots this time showing so much personality from Arthur. My favorite is the unintentional artsy shot top left. He loves the “piggy house.”


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Page 6 includes random pics from a planning committee meeting and following park visit.


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Lots of playtime pics on Page 7. And mom sent me a photo of the twins and their friend Tommy right before they came to California.

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We conclude with page 8 and the twins’ first couple of days in California. This was actually the third time we visited the pool, but the first that I could get out of the pool (clingy toddler) and take some pics.




Stepping Up a Birthday Card


Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card and then “step it up.”  I started with a very simple but cute birthday card. I love the versatility of the Build a Birthday stamp set.


I took the simple card and added lots of embellishments! First I changed the paper to include a fun pattern. A trick: this paper is from the 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper pack. The paper is a lot thinner than our regular DSP, but it makes for great layering pieces! I also added pearls, dazzling details, a piece of ribbon, and Wink of Stella. Definitely a stepped up version of the card!


Detail of the embellishments…


  • Stamps: Build a Birthday
  • Inks: Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum
  • Cardstock: 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper; Rich Razzleberry; Sweet Sugarplum; Whisper White
  • Accessories: Pearls, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon
  • Tools: Wink of Stella


Fun n Crafty Swap Cards

Every new catalog, our group of demonstrators, the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers, have a card swap. This new catalog was no exception. I swapped with eight ladies receiving some great cards using a variety of stamp sets. Check them out below!

Pam Wu – Marquee Messages


Stacey Lane – Scenic Sayings

Monica Van Tassel – Painter’s Palette and Bloomin’ LoveIMG_1480 Jennifer Blomquist – Swirly Bird and Thoughtful BannersIMG_1475 Carla Branton – Layering LoveIMG_1471 Susan Schultz – Floral Affection Embossing FolderIMG_1467 Heather Green – Thoughtful BannersIMG_1464 Christine Szekeres – Love You LotsIMG_1461


SSINKCS34: Copper Accents


Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using the sketch below.


I decided to have fun layering patterns from the Affectionately Yours DSP. The two pieces with copper foil accents are just gorgeous. They shine so much in real life. Instead of a flower, I decided to add a butterfly to tie the pieces together. After making this card, I’m kicking myself for not preordering the copper embossing powder. Guess what was added to my first June order…


It’s hard to tell in the first pic, but I used Wink of Stella to give the butterfly a bit of shine.


  • Stamps: Watercolor Wings
  • Inks: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
  • Cardstock: Affectionately Yours DSP; Night of Navy
  • Accessories: Affectionately Yours Washi Tape
  • Tools: Wink of Stella, Butterflies Thinlits


Sunday Haul #12

My first official order from the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog arrived this week! I opened the box and immediately started creating!


Here’s what I got:

  • Blooms and Bliss DSP
  • 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper
  • 2016-2018 In Color Cardstock
  • Jar of Love Bundle
  • Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon
  • Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon
  • Copper Embossing Powder
  • Rhinestones