Beautiful card making afternoon!

Had so much fun this weekend!  Here are some of the great Stampin’ Up! cards that we made!  Love them all!





































































Chic Sparrow

I’ve found my newest addiction. Seriously.  How could I not?  I’ve been reading and stalking the site for a while and finally just decided to do it.

I needed a new “wallet” and this seemed to be just the thing.  The perfect size, a great way to try them out and on sale!  Great combo!  I’m thrilled.


The company is Chic Sparrow.  Oh so wonderful – all of it.  She started as a small home business on their kitchen table and just naturally grown from there.  And you can see why.

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I love the way it feels in my hand. The leather is fabulous and the size is perfect for what I was wanting to use this one for.  It fits my credit cards and driver’s license and has two little notebooks inside to jot important things throughout my day.  Love love love.








I was not compensated, nor did I receive anything for this post. This is just a product that I’m excited about and wanted to share!

World Cardmaking Day 2016

I’ll be making cards for a good chunk of the day on October 1, 2016 – mostly because I love making cards and I love sending cards and also because well… it’s World Cardmaking Day!  (who came up with that as an official day anyway?)

  • If you love homemade cards and want to make some with me, let me know you’re out there and we can chat while we’re both in the thick of it!
  • If you love homemade cards but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to make your own but want to send some out in honor of the day, let me know and I’ll be happy to make and send some for you!  Just $2.50 per card including the U.S. Postage to send it on your behalf! (see below!)
  • If you love receiving a handmade card, sign up here and I’ll send you one of the cards I make on October 1! (US addresses only – sorry!)

Want me to send some handmade cards for you?

Use the paypal button below and then we’ll chat to work out the details of where your card will go and what you want to say!

Send a card for $2.50 each. U.S. addresses only.  Once I receive your payment, I’ll email you for details on where to send the card(s) and what you’d like to say on the inside!


Using up my scraps

I needed a few birthday cards and wanted to use up some Stampin’ Up! scraps that I had laying on my stamp table so…  today’s card:Oh Happy day photo

It’s pretty easy but even cuter in person. The large “oh, HAPPY DAY” is raised up and the little “celebrate” is set underneath.  So there’s a white layer on top of  the white card, if that makes sense. So much more dimension and depth.

The red stripe paper is some DSP scrap that I had laying around – so fun!




So the card is:

White cardstock base that’s 5.5×4.25″ that has the smaller stamped image on it.

Second layer white that’s cut to 5.25×4″ that’s been cut with a matching thinlit die to the stamped image just over the stop where I stamped the image on the lower cardstock. This is a little tricky.  I actually ran the top layer through the big shot to get the hole first and then carefully matched up where I would stamp the image on the card below before putting the cut layer over it.  Foam strips on the upper layer raise it up so that it the image is sunken in… very cool.

Designer Series Paper that’s cut 5.25×2 and adhered with Fast Fuse permanent adhesive.

Stamped image that’s been cut out with a thinlit die and the big shot and raised up using the foam strips (click).

And that’s it.  It was really simple but did take a little time – but fun!  The yellow is Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight ink, by the way.

This is a template that can be easily transferred to any Stampin’ Up! stamp set and with lots of color schemes!  Enjoy!


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In the Prayer Closet

I saw the movie War Room last week.  I was not expecting to love it as much as I did.  I won’t get into the details of why but I’m glad I was wrong. I really really liked this movie.


But this isn’t the place for a movie review. I’m actually writing this post for those of you who liked the movie too and felt convicted to pray more intentionally. While the movie promoted the idea of a prayer closet, I know not everyone has the freedom to move their clothing over to another closet and devote that space to prayer.  There are ways around that, of course, but for some people, something else might just have to work.

Here’s what I’m doing.  I’m using a Stampin’ Up! Project Life card kit and my bible.

Click here for the kit.

This quick video that SU! made shows you the various cards in the kit.



What I love is that it’s all self contained in this great little box:

project lifeSo, you’ve got your cards, some stickers, a little washi tape and the pens all right there.  I keep this on my telephone desk and when I’m reminded to pray for something, I pull a card, jot myself a note, write down a scripture or hymn or anything regarding that prayer and either put it in my prayer journal with a little washi, or put it in the back of the box to put away later.

You can even use the albums and page protectors (click to see) created specifically for the Project Life products to create a unique and memorable prayer journal.

And yes, I know I could just make due with a spiral notebook or even just index cards.  But this is another way to be inspired a bit more, I guess… and I just wanted to pass it along!


Either way you decide to do it, pray more and write them down if you can.  It’s especially gratifying if you can look back and write when and how God answered your prayers too.

Any other suggestions?

Looking for something techy?  I just learned about this:  PrayerMate (for Iphone and Android)


April 1 funny – Google’s Smart Mailbox!

This gave me a good giggle! 2015 Google April Fools’ Joke. Hope it will give you one too.

While meant to be silly, the fact that people love getting real mail from people they love is far from it.  Not into writing letters but like the idea of something handwritten that your someone special can touch, feel and smell?  Let us do the work of sending a handwritten letter  for you!  Click here for more details on our letter writing service!



I love my envelope punch board for so many reasons!  One of them is that I can make these great cardelopes.

What’s a cardelope you ask?  Well, I’m happy to tell you! It’s a card and an envelope all in one!cardelopes

How simple is that?  Write your love note, fold it and attach a matching sticker to seal and voila – off it goes to surprise and delight the special person in your life.

I love this because you can make them all different sizes and shapes (be careful though – square envelopes require higher postage than rectangular ones) and if you need more space to write, simply attach a folded piece of cardstock for writing.

No time to make these?  Just let me know. I’d be happy to work with you and send them off to you all ready for you to send off to someone you love!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

I love this concept.  Quick and easy scrapbooking with everything you need right at your fingertips.  Simply print out a photo, write a quick note on the pre-decorated cards… add any embellishments you might want to (or not) and slip into the page protectors.  Done!  Comes in a fabulous storage box too.

Click HERE to purchase Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Today!

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AND go HERE for a great Project Life Giveaway!

Win every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! line!

FIRST PLACE PRIZE: ONE HUNDRED (100) first place winners will receive their choice of any single Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card collection and coordinating accessory pack. (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $24.90 USD.)

GRAND PRIZE: ONE (1) grand prize winner will receive every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! line! (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $475.00 USD. Subject to item availability on date the prize is awarded. See Official Rules for details.)

John Newton’s Letters

The Letters of John Newton

 I ordered this yesterday.

My daughters went to see the pre-Broadway musical in Chicago the other day and as we were talking about John Newton and his life, I noticed that he was a letter writer!  I like him even more now!

I read a little bit last night. It made me long for the days of written … handwritten … correspondence again.  While I’m the first to acknowledge that email is convenient, fast and really handy, it can never and will never replace the heartfelt sincerity that a real letter can convey.

There are many books out there chronicling the letters of famous and not so famous people. Run to the library, visit a bookstore or shop (click here) on Amazon to find some and use it as inspiration to write your own letter to someone you love.


I’ll leave you with this portion of a letter written by Beethoven in 1800:

Vienna, June 29, 1800.


How much I thank you for your remembrance of me, little as I deserve it, or have sought to deserve it; and yet you are so kind that you allow nothing, not even my unpardonable neglect, to discourage you, always remaining the same true, good, and faithful friend. That I can ever forget you or yours, once so dear and precious to me, do not for a moment believe. There are times when I find myself longing to see you again, and wishing that I could go to stay with you. My father-land, that lovely region where I first saw the light, is still as distinct and beauteous in my eyes as when I quitted you; in short, I shall esteem the time when I once more see you, and again greet Father Rhine, as one of the happiest periods of my life. When this may be I cannot yet tell; but at all events I may say that you shall not see me again till I have become eminent, not only as an artist, but better and more perfect as a man; and if the condition of our father-land be then more prosperous, my art shall be entirely devoted to the benefit of the poor. Oh, blissful moment!–how happy do I esteem myself that I can expedite it and bring it to pass!