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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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!


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!

Better than white!

envelopesOne of the many things I love about stamping is that you can do such fun things!  Like THIS!


Why send a regular plain old white envelope when you can hand stamp it in a matter of minutes and bring your recipient some joy even before she opens up the card or letter?









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