card making :: ready for christmas

I’m sure that there must be a gazillion Christmas themed stamp sets, so how do you choose one?  One aspect that I look for when it comes to buying new products is versatility.  Can I use it in more than one way?  How can I get the most use out of it?  And when it comes to stamp sets, I try to think of how many designs I may be able to come up with.  I had the opportunity to try the “Ready for Christmas” photopolymer stamp and die cut set by Stampin’ Up! and enjoyed creating different scenes with it.

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card making :: skeleton halloween card

We’ve become one of those households that loves celebrating Halloween.  It has also become a good reason for me to whip out some of my old stamps and embellishments, and I love that our 5-year-old enjoys crafting as much as I do!

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product review: stampin’ up blendabilities markers


I’m so lucky to have a friend who is also a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up.  Demonstrators get to try out new products before the new catalog goes live and the general public can order things online.  So as you can imagine, I was super giddy to be able to try out these new Blendabilities markers!  {insert crafty nerd giggle here}  And I had the perfect stamp to pair them with too: a large dahlia.


These markers that were created for shading and blending and I did a small comparison to Copic markers.  They have a dual tip so they’re great for coloring in both small and large areas.

ETA 11/2017: I’ve been informed that these were discontinued due to an issue with the manufacturer (boo!).  Stampin’ Up! has come out with some new ones though – check them out here!



foodie doodles by market street stamps

It’s an honor to be the feature blogger on today’s post of Market Street Stampsblog.  I love the quirky designs that they offer and the super crisp-clean image that you get when using their stamps.

When I received the Foodie Doodles set, I knew right away that I wanted to create something non-card like for a change (oh, I did a card too of course!).  It’s a super cute set of nine animated food items created by Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio.  I decided to stamp the images onto an old dishtowel that I cut into 4″x4″ squares, and then hand embroider them to use as wall hangings.


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you’re spoketacular!

Oh yes, yes you are! 🙂

New greeting card design available here.

Supplies used:

– cardstock base in “pool” by Paper Source, cut from 8.5″ x 11″ sheet to two 4″ x 5.25″ rectangles, then joined together along the left edge with a staple-less stapler and red embroidery floss
– “smokey shadow” cardstock by Papertrey Ink
– corner rounder tool
– graph paper
– mini silver brads
– red coloring pencil
– “true black” ink pad by Papertrey Ink
– “riding by” acrylic stamps by Market Street Stamps
– teal transparent tapes purchased at Target

simple designs to get back into the groove

Trying to get back into a creative mode, I sat down in our nicely cool basement and went to work reacquainting myself with my rubber stamp collection.  Yes, I know these are pretty basic cards but you gotta start somewhere even if it’s slow, right?  Also trying a new thing with little “handmade with love” gift tags for knitted and sewn gift items.

Stay tuned for more craftiness to come …

new bird stamp

I bought this new bird stamp at Ink About It earlier this week and had fun making these little cards. I especially like how it turned out with the Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink pad on plain white paper.

Okay, back to crafting, children …