Birthday Wishes

Today we celebrate my son Conner's 14th birthday!  Conner is my old-soul, wise beyond his years.  He's caring and compassionate, responsible and a pretty darn awesome kid.  Making cards for this amazing kid isn't the easiest though...Not a little kid but not quite an adult.  What to do??  Spot On paired with shades of blue and green seem like a "safe" choice.  I did add some twine and sequins, which may have been a risky choice for a teenage bo,y but I had to pretty it up a bit.

What do you think of my attempt for a teen boy card?  Success or epic fail?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day.  My hubby and I aren't big fans of Valentine's Day but I can't let the holiday pass without giving him a handmade card!  Though the result is CAS here, I used a lot of supplies.  Probably not a lot compared to some stampers, but for me, well, there was a big mess to clean up.

I hadn't used the Mod Squared Stencil from the SOA release much, so my plan here was to feature it front and center.  I die cut a heart from masking paper and adhered it to my card front.  Then I secured the stencil over the mask and sponged with Distress Inks.  Once the colors were blended, I removed the mask and added all of the pops of black.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your loves today!


This is the first card that I made with The Perfect Reason SOA collection and the last that I have in my stash to share with you.  The Perfect Reason stamp set is my favorite from the collection, which shouldn't surprise you since by now you know that I am obsessed with floral stamp sets.  The large Congrats is from the You Did It stamp set.  I am in love with the font and it's perfect as a stand alone sentiment.

I do hope that you've grabbed a box of your own.  I know a lot of customers have already received their collections because SOA creations are popping up all over social media.  If you haven't gotten yours yet, head over to and get yours before they are gone!

Christmas in February?

For the first time in many, many years, I did not send out Christmas cards in 2016.  (Hanging head in shame!)  I decided that if I want to send them out at the end of 2017, I best start early.  So here we are just about 6 weeks after Christmas and I have my first card.  I am going to TRY to get a few done a month so I have a good stash by the time December rolls around.

The Layering Deer by Hero Arts stole my heart when it released.  It is so life-like and just my style.  I love deer and it reminds me of our home in PA where we saw many, many deer daily.  We do miss that since moving but were happy to spot one deer just last week.  It felt like home.

I'm playing along with the Merry Monday challenge, a CAS Christmas card.  Thanks for getting me inspired to get started on my Christmas cards!

I still have another SOA The Perfect Reason card to share.  I'll likely be back tomorrow with that.

Have a great day :)