June 1, 2020

Rainbow Birthday for Mila

My bestie's grandaughter, Mila is turning 5 in June. The theme this year is rainbows. It took me awhile to come up with a design special enough for a 5th birthday party.

I used layered oval framelits to create the rainblow. I mimicked the rainbow colors with coordinating inks and an aqua painter.

It's been a long time since I've made a shaker card. I certainly hope Miss Mila enjoys the rainbow!

Mila is quite the card maker herself! She sent my son a college graduation card complete with an amazing drawing of Bucky Badger! He LOVED it!

Creativity is ageless and truly adorable when it comes from littles!

Until next time, happy stamping.

May 12, 2020

Graduation Day!

Despite COVID-19, we celebrated my son Michael's college graduation from the University of Wisconsin Madison on Saturday. I rented a party room at a downtown hotel for the 10 of us. We viewed the streamed ceremony and listened to thoughts shared by the Chancellor and James Patterson, the guest speaker; both were great! The ceremony highlight was the special guest commencement speaker, Uncle Dream - not a dry eye in the house after that!

We broke quarantine and went with tradition, Michael in cap and gown as we took photos at campus landmarks. There were other students and families doing the same. It was refreshingly normal and people were cognizant of distancing.

Alumni Bucky and Old Abe were a couple of the stops we made.

The photo highlights were taken inside the football stadium. Michael worked with the team this year as a videographer and got permission to go into the stadium. We were the only people in the stadium; it was quite a special experience! My boy has attended Badger football games starting in 2nd grade with his dad who is a season ticket holder. His dream was to graduate as a Badger and he did it!!! I'm one proud momma!

I really couldn't have asked for a better day!! 

Hope you are doing well!

April 28, 2020

Z-Fold Mystery Card

I've really missed stamping with friends so I took a huge leap - for me - and hosted a Mystery Card meeting on Zoom with 5 supportive stamping friends!

It took about 15 minutes to get everyone in the Zoom Room and then the camera that was showing my hands conked out. 😕 But other than that, we had a great time and everyone completed their cards! Woo Hoo!!!!

For those of you who've not heard of mystery cards, here's how it works. After deciding on a card, and for this session I cased a fabulous Z-fold card from Susan Campfield, I sent a list of needed materials to each participant. I provided the cardstock/dsp sizes for them to cut, the size of stamp they'd need and any tools, adhesives and embellishments required to complete the project.

Once we were all in one place, we worked our way through 5 clues to complete the project. The most fun was seeing 6 different cards using the same layout. We had a great time!


I've got some work to do on finessing to do on my technical skills, but I'll definitely do it again. Next time, I'll ask everyone to send a photo of their card so you can see the variety.
Let me know if you'd be interested in a Mystery Stamping session. I'd love to have you join the fun!

April 7, 2020

Sending Spring Cheer


I'm working from home and have become calendar challenged. What day is it?? Yeesh!

I thought I'd share a win-win project with you today. I pulled out another pack of retired dsp and went to work creating. Here is a sample of some of the cards I made.

I ended up making 40 cards! I placed 4 cards and envelopes in an Acetate Card Box along with a note and left them in neighbor's mailboxes. I had fun making the cards. The neighbors enjoyed receiving them and I'm sure the recipients enjoyed reading the notes. I guess that made it a win-win-win!

Share your talents and help spread some cheer!

Happy stamping!

March 25, 2020

Greetings all,

I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. What a whirlwind this has been. In the work world, I am a human resources professional. I've spend the past days talking with employees about work reductions, communicating benefits information and settling into my home office, aka my dining room. This is crazy stuff!

As the name of my blog suggests, I get my rest and relaxation from stamping. I have a quick share today of a CASE of a Mary Fish card. These were sent, and unfortunately I need to make more, to employees who were laid off from work. I figured they could use a bright spot in their day.

The Poppies suite did all the work for these cards, DSP, thinlits and sentiment, I was good to go. For the card bases I pulled coordinating cardstock colors that are listed on the DSP pack.

Hope you take a few moments to brighten someone's day by sending a hand crafted card. I know it would be appreciated.

Take care and stay well!

March 17, 2020

Scrap by Scrap, Bloom by Bloom


I hope this finds you and yours well. This certainly is a crazy time for our world. My son is coming home tonight for I don't know how long. He is a senior at UW Madison and his fridge is empty😋 I feel so bad for all that he is missing in the coming weeks. His time for "adulting" arrived a bit prematurely!

On Sunday, I was talking with Beth, my friend and fellow stamper. We each agreed that being confined to home and our "happy places", alias the craft space, wouldn't be such an awful way to spend time. We then got into a conversation about DSP. You know the one, hate to cut into it, have too much of it (is that possible?), just like to look at it. After we hung up, I was inspired to pull out a package of retired Happiness Blooms DSP odds and ends, the coordinating Bloom by Bloom stamp set and get to work.

I had one full sheet of dsp, so started with a purse.

I perused Pinterest for card ideas and layouts.

Note: same layout, different orientation

When working with smaller scraps, a great place for inspiration is One Sheet Wonders. There are lots of ideas on how to cut up one sheet of paper to use on multiple cards. You will use your dsp down to the last scrap!

I still have a way to go!

I'll share my filled purse and the rest of my cards when they're completed. 

I challenge you to get creative with your dsp - even the last scrap!

Have fun stamping and stay well!

March 10, 2020

Friend Like You

Greetings stampers!

I always ask my class participants for requests or ideas for projects they'd like to make. For class this week, Deb requested a project using Pigment Sprinkles or Brusho (the watercolor crystal product from the last annual catalog)

I found some wonderful ideas using the Friend Like You stamp set and coordinating Friendly Silhouettes Dies. I wanted the watercolor art to be the focal point and this set is perfect!

With any watercolor project, no two items will be the same. Because I was creating for a class, I needed to create a background that others could mimic.

The first background I made by giving my watercolor paper multiple spritzes of water to get it wet. My project uses the Brusho crystals. I added the colors one at a time starting with the lightest color, sprinkling the the colored crystals onto the damp watercolor paper. I used a Stamping Spritzer to disperse the color crystals and push them around the paper. I repeated the process with the second and third colors. It took some time for me to get enough red into my sunset. The spritzing water was hard to control! I also found that some of the crystals blew off of my work area and I had a bit of a mess by the time I was finished. I love the final project, but need something a bit cleaner for class!

My second card uses the same three colors, but instead of pushing the color with the spritzer, I used an aqua painter - much cleaner! I wet the watercolor paper, sprinkled the colored crystals onto the paper and moved them around with the aqua painter. The look is much more blended than the first project.

* I used Thick Whisper White for the base cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4"
* Basic Black is cut at 4 7/8" x 3 5/8"
* Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper is cut at 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
* I used the Stamperatus for the sentiment. The Watercolor Paper is more textured than  
  the card stock and I wanted to assure a solid, bold impression.
* The Friendly Silhouette was cropped in Basic Black card stock

The colored crystals are fun to play with. I'm amazed at the variety of looks I could get using different tools and techniques. The Pigment Sprinkles come in Stampin' Up! colors and coordinate perfectly with other SU! products.

So, please leave a comment - which card do you prefer? The first or the second? I'd love to get your opinion!

March 4, 2020

Perrenial Essence


When looking for a simple WOW card, I often look for ways to use Stampin' Up designer series paper. The papers are so beautiful, they can easily take center stage. I also tend to be a bit of a dsp hoarder, so like to find layouts that use dsp and encourage me to take a trimmer to my paper!

I found a card by Jeanne Ciolli that I absolutely love! At first glance, I thought it would be a great card to create at one of my classes  - NOT! I am not a carpenter nor a mathemetician; it sometimes is trial and error until I get all the cuts correct. This one was a bit of a challenge for me, but well worth the effort.

Is that gorgeous or what!! 

I started with a 4 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of Perrenial Essence dsp. On the 4 1/2" side cut at 3 3/4", 3", 1 3/4", 3/4".

Lay the pieces in order. I didn't trim the middle piece. Based on your dsp, trim a bit off the top and bottom of each of the pieces to create panels. The coordinating mats were cut 1/8" larger than the dsp.

I heat embossed the sentiment, first inking the stamp with Versamark, then Blackberry Bliss. A few pearl accents completed the project and off it went to my bestie!

Pull out your dsp and give a go!

Base: Petal Pink 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 4 1/4", 5 1/2" x 4" - this piece I embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder
Mat: Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set: Peaceful Moments

February 25, 2020

Peaceful Poppies

Greetings all,

Yipes! It's been a while since I've posted anything. That sure doesn't mean I've not been crafting.

As a hobby demo, I get lost in my world of paper, glue and ink. I've been having lots of fun with the Peaceful Poppies Suite. I'm drawn to floral designs and this one had me hook, line and sinker from the time I saw it.

I stamp to relax (RnR - is what it's about!). At the end of a work day, I often don't have the energy to create something new, so I often CASE other people's projects. My project today came from SuzyStamps. 

I love Suzy's project, but after a long day, it took me a bit to get the measurements right - it was a long day! So you can enjoy making this beautiful card without having to think too hard, I'll share my measurements (in inches). Have fun!

Base: Flirty Flamingo cut at 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2
Layer: Old Olive cut at 4 2 10 1/2, score at 2 5/8 and 5 1/4 
DSP: 3 3/4 x 5 and 3 3/4 x 2 3/8
Scraps: Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Momento Black, Mossy Meadow
Stamps/Dies: Painted Poppies Bundle and Peaceful Moments Bundle 
Accessories: Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic                         Jewels