create and share cardmaking class returns


How is this for exciting news? Big Picture Classes and I have mutually agreed that my Create and Share Cardmaking class deserves a little rerun! I am so excited! I put a lot of love and sweat (really, no tears) into this fun class so I am really pleased that it is being offered again. And, of course, I cannot resist adding a wee bit of content. Ha, ha, how about six weeks worth of card lessons (videos, guests, techniques, etc) PLUS twelve brand new cards for the holidays? YES!

The class starts on November 20th, so please check it out HERE. The original content is returning, including a fun, active message board, all of the sketches and instruction, and pdfs. We had such fun last go round, I think we had close to 300 students from all around the world. It really turned into a fun place to hang out – the gallery was filled with amazing cards, we had our own Pinterest board, and sweet folks just filled the message boards with happy talk! I know you would really enjoy the class!

So, check it out and even share the news with a friend. Speaking of a friend, please leave me a comment right here about a friend who might enjoy the class and I will enter BOTH of you to win a free spot in class! That is TWO free spots!

Enter by Sunday, October 19th, Midnight PST (that is just a few days away).



waffle flower crafts tribal thanks card

Hi friends! I am sneaking in here at the end of a long weekend to post a new card I recently created. Have you all had a chance to see the new release from Waffle Flower Crafts? Oh my. It is a larger release than normal and is amazing! The motifs are spot on and the new sets to embellish your organizer and calendar? So perfect!

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I used two products for my card, the Tribal Thanks stamp set (so trendy) and the Flower Circles Die (which is so awesome). Both pieces have so many possibilities it is almost mind blowing.

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This is just the basic cut of the Flower Circle Die. It has the cutest little stitched edges and all the pieces cut so crisply. Love.

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Here is my finished card. I inked the edge of the Flower Circle Die so soften it, and I also did a little technique on the background of the stamped image. If you look closely you can see that I used watercolor paper and inked a soft background for the dream catcher.

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Tsukineko sent me some of this cool All Purpose Ink and the cute little Fantastix blender tools. Honestly, I have no idea if these are supposed to be used with the ink, but it sure worked well. I just kind of lightly painted it on the watercolor paper. I think it would blend beautifully if you had different shades of ink (but nothing else I had matched). Kind of fun to try out some new tools.

In any case, I really like how the stamped image looks kind of dreamy and soft for this card.

Okay friends, have to run. I have a fun, exciting offer for you tomorrow, so skip back, okay?


waffle flower crafts tiny tags

Hi there! Oh boy, I meant to post this earlier today, but I woke up with a killer of a headache. Now, I see that a storm is rolling in. Duh, pressure headache. Yuck!

But, I am feeling better and I really want to share a fun little project I recently created. Little certainly describes these tags!

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I thought it would be fun to get a jump start on my holiday tag making so I pulled out the A Homemade Christmas stamp set.



You can see all the adorable little pieces which inspired my tags. I used a mix and match of these little guys to make up five tiny tags.

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Oh, and I threw in the teeny Tiny Star Die, which is the cutest die ever!

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Here is a closer shot of the star die and the Home Sweet Home tag, I have attached them to small gift boxes, perfect for treats or party favors.

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This just might be my favorite tag of all. I used the Ho Ho Ho sentiment and just repeated it with the stitched lines stamp, and then I added the stars which had popped out of the star die. Fun!

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And, finally this little cutie. Making these tags was a blast!

So, next Saturday (October 4th) is World Card Making Day! Are you getting together with friends to crop? If you are in the Phoenix area, consider joining me at the Scrapbook Expo either Friday or Saturday. I am teaching classes for Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey both days! Be sure to say HI!


september designer playdate

NO, it cannot possibly be the last Wednesday in September. Cannot. Be.

Ha, ha. But, yes it is. Summer has flown by. The first day of fall is behind us and even here in Arizona we are getting glimpses of cooler weather. Fun! And, today really is a fun day, too. It is time for the (Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking) Go to Gals and our designer playdate. We get together in our virtual world once a month, just for fun!

Today we are playing with products from the adorable stamp company of Winnie and Walter! Not only is their website fresh and clean but their offering of stamps and die cutting files is trendy and on topic. I was super excited to receive several sets to play with.

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Here is the card I created with the Scenery Big Bang Confetti (such a cute name) and the way amazing Iwillusethisonealot sentiment set The Big the Bold and You. As you can see, I stamped the confetti background with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Then, I layered about every pink ink pad I own to create the background. I love that it is not stamped perfectly. It is perfectly imperfect, right?

I am off to pay a visit to my amazing cousin Deb today. She just had DOUBLE knee replacement surgery last week. This card goes to her because she is strong and will knock this recovery flat. Go, Deb!

Please check out all the other Go to Gals and see what they have come up with for the challenge this month. I am excited to see if anyone used the fun digital files from Winnie and Walter.

Teri Anderson
Laina Lamb
Kimberly Crawford
Heather Campbell
Laura Williams

p.s. Check out Plugged In with Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking today for a blog post hosted by little ole me.

waffle flower starry night stamp set

Hello! I feel like I am coming down from a card making high! Hee, hee. The submission deadline for the ultimate Card Creations Volume 13 is Monday night, so a lot of us card making fools have been busy this weekend. Card Creations is one of the Paper Crafts titles that is still in full glorious print, so it is always an exciting issue. And, volume 13 is shaping up to be a real winner!

While playing with my new Waffle Flower Crafts stamp sets, I came up with this little cutie using the Starry Night set

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I know! Another shaker card! But honestly? I love them. Here is how this card came to be:

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I stamped the darling cloud and sentiment in the center of my cardstock. Then, I stamped all kinds of navy blue stars including lots of bitty ones. Next, I added tiny dots of Stickles to some of the stars. You know, so they glitter a bit. I had fun picking out some pretties for inside the shaker; I chose more stars, white, silver, square and opalescent sequins. Fun stuff!

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For the frame, I die cut the Waffle Flower Surface Tag die, then splattered it with the Tsukineko irResistible spray. I wanted to share the above photo so you can see the shaker in action. LOVE it!

Okay, off to play with stamps a little more.


simon says many thanks

Hi friends!

Today is my birthday! Wow, it has been a crazy day including school being cancelled because of the rain. Seriously? Well, we did get an entire YEAR of rain in less than six hours, so maybe it was justified. Ha, ha.

Just popping in to say thanks for all the wonderful birthday greetings I have received today. On facebook, texts, messages and in the mail, I am already spoiled and the day is only half over. It seems appropriate to share a card I just made for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember event.



I used the older Simon puppy stamp along with a brand new, exclusive Stamptember stamp. You can find Many Thanks HERE. And you really must check out their blog all month long. They have already had a ton of giveaways and guest designers, etc. Do not miss a thing!

Have a great Monday, and thanks again for the birthday wishes!


freckled fawn plus waffle flower blog hop


Waffle Flower Crafts has partnered up with the cutest little company called Freckled Fawn for a week long blog hop! So please check out the link below and head over there every day this week. They are having chances for prizes (of course) and lots of fun.

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That is a sneak peek of my project! Yes, I am still picking away at photos from our family reunion. Loved it so much.

Please click HERE and HERE for all the fun!


simple stories new collections

Happy Labor Day Weekend, you all! I was just adding some projects to so I figured I would share them here. Sometime when I turn projects in, I forget to share them with you! My bad. Hee, hee.

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This is a fun card made with the new Legacy Collection. It is very much a heritage type of collection, perfect for scrapbooking family photos, but I think it works well for a card, too. Why not?

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And this one was created with my friend Michelle in mind. She loves the cute fox icon! A fun way to say Hello. (This collection is called Sweater Weather).

Off and running this weekend. Going to mix work and play getting ready for the Fun Stampers Journey Grand Even. Eek! We leave Tuesday. Excited!


august designer playdate

Hi there! I am joining my fellow Go To Gals in the designer playdate for August. I think we have just too much fun with these challenges! Hee, hee. Every month we try to pick a manufacturer or specific product and just see what we come up with. It is a cool exercise in creativity. Plus, we get to see what everyone else makes. I am nosy that way. Hee.

Today, Imagine Crafts is being featured. You might know them better as the Tsukineko folks. They sell all the best inks out there, the tried and true Versamark, the gorgeous Delicata pads, Staz On, etc. I was excited to bust out the new radiant Neon pigment pads for my project.



I really wanted to test out the pads and colors, so I stamped them with the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings stamp. After stamping the squares and the sentiment, I also added a little bit of the irResisible texture spray (mine is Summer Sky). This stuff is really groovy (I am channeling the 1980s now). It is thicker than a mist, but acts similar. It takes a smidge longer to dry, but stays glossy when dry. A really fun product! (I used the white on a card lately and it looked just like snow!).

So, onwards to the other Gals. Please check out Teri, Heather, Laina and Laura for more inspiration. Enjoy!


waffle flower crafts starry night

Happy Friday! Since I have started work, this phrase has a whole new meaning! Ha, ha. Actually, it is less about work (which I love) and more about carpools, babysitters, kids after school, etc. Ah well, we are starting to settle into a little routine. Give us a week or so more and I think it will all work out.

In the meantime, I had a chance to pop into my studio and create a card with one of the new Waffle Flower stamp sets, Starry Night.



There are so many possibilities here. Since we have several friends who are expecting, I was in the mood to make a baby card. I love the two sentiments at the bottom of this set, they both work well for a baby card, right?

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It is really pretty simple, I stamped the moon and embossed it with clear powder. Next, I stamped the stars in a brighter yellow, then added strings with Gold Glitz Delicata ink. I also added some tiny dots to outline the starts with a gold marker.

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Here is a close shot of the stars. They are SO cute and tiny! Next, I misted the whole panel with Sky Mr. Huey. Love that. Lastly, I added the hand cut cloud and popped the sentiment up on foam dots. Okay, so that seems like a lot of steps, but it was really just a little of this and a little of that.

Thanks for taking a peek!