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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TurtleMy niece’s 6 month old son got a stuffed turtle for a gift this weekend and all weekend long there was a debate about the turtle’s name.  I think they finally decided on Joachim or something like that, because that’s what my Dad really wanted and it’s just plain fun to say… but maybe not!

Anyway, because of the fun we had with the silly name, I came home and tried some punch art for making a turtle. He turned out pretty good, I think although I’m not sure I like the texture.  But… he’s cute anyway!

Amazing what a few circle punches can turn into.

The feet are the scalloped circle punch then cut with the oval punch and the tail is the tail of the bird on the bird punch.  Too fun!

I’m really enjoying punch art!



Stampin’ Up! Bird Punch #117191

Scallop Punch #119854

2.5″ Circle Punch #120906

1.75″ Circle Punch #119850

Gift Card Holder

heart card collageI made this quick card for my husband’s birthday. I had a gift card for him (to Jamba Juice, not to Papa Murphys!) and didn’t want to just hand it to him.


Pretty easy to make with the Stampin’ Up! envelope punch board and some card stock!


Base card is Basic Grey cut at 5.5″ x 4.25″.

Envelope is made with the Envelope Punch Board for a 4.5×3.5″ Card.

I used some temporary glue dots to hold the flap closed and to hold the gift card onto the happy birthday card. Voila! Done!  So easy!


Envelope Punch Board

Heart Punch

Border Embossing Folders (hearts)



This post contains affiliate links to my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator shop.

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Project Life – scrapbooking made easy

project lifeThis really is exciting news!  While this blog is mostly about writing letters and sending cards, another very important but lost art is that of scrapbooking photos.  I know a lot of folks are now into digital scrapbooking  – which is great – and some are *gasp* relying on their Facebook photos to keep their memories alive (noooooo).

But this… this is reason to rejoice!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up is a great and EASY way to keep your photos alive and  sharable! (Is that a word?)  There’s more to come about it because I’m waiting to get my hands on some actual pieces so I can show you how easy it is but in the meantime, watch the video above and … get ready for Project Life!

(Project Life is an original creation of Becky Higgins – scrapbooker extraordinaire!)


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It’s a box… it’s a card … it’s …

Well it’s really such a bummer that it’s dark and dreary outside because this card:

card in a box 2

is SO much prettier in person – and the colors actually match in real life … and it’s just so adorable and fun!

I had some scraps of my designers series paper so I thought I’d try one of these card in a box, box in a card things that I’ve been seeing all over the place.  Believe it or not, this is really easy (though pretty time consuming) to make and oh so very fun!

I can’t wait to make more!

Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up (click)

Rose Red Cardstock from Stampin’ Up! (click)

Beautiful Wings Embosslits from Stampin’ Up! (click)