Today’s card (12-1)

Hi all!

I mentioned earlier this week that the folks from Lawn Fawn are hanging out this week with the good eggs over at May Arts.

Today’s my day to join the party.

So meet today’s card, which is also my contribution to the party!


The ribbons are, of course, from May Arts.

I stamped the background with Lawn Fawn’s Teeny Tiny Backdrops. The turtle and words are from Lawn Fawn’s On the Mend.

Be sure to check out the blog of Chari, who is also joining the Lawn Fawn and May Arts party today.

And check out the Lawn Fawn blog to see what the rest of the Fawny girls have worked up. You’ll also want to check out the May Arts blog, too!

See you again soon!

It’s Get Inspired Week….

Ahhh. It’s “Get Inspired” week over on Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World.

Oh, how I have been waiting for this week. So. Very. Long.

Because…. see, when Go-to Gals Teri and Kim go to the Caribbean, Paper Crafts gets promoted. A lot. 🙂

And lucky for us and all of those in the Caribbean, Susan snuck out of the cold barren newsroom of Paper Crafts (I don’t know it really is, but it sounds good, right?) with a couple of advance copies of Get Inspired for us. Hee hee heeeeeeee (Veda, if you are out there, that evil laugh is for just you!!!).

First, we took it to Mexico.

Zonkey the Donkey loved it.

So did a young Castro.

This turtle did, too.

He thought it was tasty!

This tourist liked it, too.  I think her name is Susan. (Wink!)

And some other tourist did, too. I think her name is Beth, but I could be mistaken. 😉

Then, Kim decided she had enough promoting and deserted me for the next day so she could go snorkeling. Something about big reef, being in Belize and it being an amazing opportunity! So that meant it was up to me (and my two trusty cruise friends Dee and Lisa) to spread the Get Inspired love with folks of beautiful Belize.

And that we did.

Note the dangling issue in the background. 😉

One of the workers from the Rum Factory even checked it out.

Then, we shared it with the people and critters in Isla Roatan (Honduras).

It went for a swim.

It sat by the beach.

Caught some rays, too.

It snuggled up to Jax, who did her best Vanna impression with it. (Hi, Jax!)

A lobster even checked it out.

He really liked it.

It was really hard to pry it out of his claws.

Finally, we took it to Grand Cayman.

We shared it with the stingrays.

I have to admit that they liked it, but they thought it was more fun to swim by a certain Go-to Gal (not Brave Kim!), brush against her leg and see her squirm.

So Ritch from the Stingray boat checked it out.

A few pirates checked it out as well.

This guy took a little convincing.

I think we won him over in the end.

And there is that tourist (Susan?) again.

She really liked the issue. Wherever we went on the cruise, she kept running into us. Coincidental? Maybe. Maybe not.

Be sure to check out both Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World. There are lots of opportunities this week to get sneak peeks from the new issue.

GCD Studios theme: Time to Give Thanks

Hello all!
This is a post I created for GCD Studios and decided to share it here, too.

Have you thanked the people in your life who matter lately?

Well, Fall and Thanksgiving always puts me in the mood to say thanks to those who have been there for me through thick and thin. I’d be lost without those special folks.

So I decided that the best way to show them that I appreciate them was to make a few special thank you cards.

To get started, I turned this photo for some color inspiration.

I have to admit that green and blue aren’t colors I normally associate with Fall and Thanksgiving, but I felt they would work great for this project.

The first card I made was this Grateful card.

I used papers from GCD Studios’ Soul Food, Great Outdoors and Material Girls collections. I cut them in small pieces to try to mimic the look of the quilt.

I also wanted to give the card a little texture so I distressed the chipboard letters with my scissors.

The second card I made was this Thankful 4 U card.

I used the same patterned papers for this card as the last. But I also added a piece from Animal Crackers for Boys collection.

Technique Tuesday Studio AE

(Looking for my Technique Tuesday Little Treasures  Blog Hop post? Go here or scroll a couple posts down.)

Hi all!

Just a quick peek to share with you today.

Meet today’s peek.

This is something I worked on with the December Studio AE stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

The new stamp set will formally be revealed on Dec. 1st.

Here’s a hint or two about it:

* It consists of 19 stamps.

* I think it’s got tons of scrapbook page potential. I also found it really great for making encouragement and other inspirational cards. I’ve made several with it.

Ok, one more hint: It’s an A-OK  (with two thumbs up in a “yeppers” formation) stamp set, if you ask me. 😉 Hee hee!

I’ll share the whole project  (and more) in December.

See you again soon.

GCD Studios Technique: Tiny Envelopes for Gift Cards (11/29)

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays is gift cards.

That’s because it is that one gift I don’t have do any guessing for: Buy a gift card, give it to the recipient and let them decide! Translation:  Happy Teri! 🙂

This year, I’ll be giving my gift card gifts the handmade touch with a simple envelope made just for them.

They will look at  a little something like this.

And like this.

These little envelopes are super easy to make and not the least bit difficult on your budget.

Here’s what you need to make one of your own:

* GCD Studios patterned paper (I’m using paper from the Scandia Jul collection.)

* Small merchandise sacks (I’m using ones I found on

* A strong adhesive, paper trimmer and embellishments

Start by cutting sack down to 3″ tall.

Cut a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of patterned paper.

Decorate with two additional strips of patterned paper.

Fold paper to fit around the bag. Add adhesive only on one portion of the paper. Adhere to bag.

Slide what you want inside the envelope.

Seal the envelope up by putting adhesive on the half of the paper.

Decorate envelope as you see fit.

I chose to decorate my envelopes with patterned paper, gems and a little twine. I think it would be fun to use letter stickers and diecuts as well.

Happy holidays!

Little Treasures Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hello all!

Woot! Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Techs are blog hopping again!

Welcome to the Little Treasures Blog Hop!

This month, we are playing with Technique Tuesday’s Little Treasures stamp sets.

These affordable little stamp sets are a great way to try out Technique Tuesday’s stamps. They sell for just $2.99 each. From ones of flowers to ones with Ali Edwards’ handwriting, there are a lot to choose from.

Meet the card I worked up for today’s hop!

The “You are the Best” phrase is from the Smooch from Ali Edwards stamp set.

The technique I used to make the background is kind of a gradient masking technique.

Here’s how to do it.

Start with a piece of cardstock. Mask off portions of it with sticky notes.

Start stamping with the lightest color. Stamp the phrase over and over with that color.

Then use a color that is a hair darker. Stamp again and again and again and again.

Then use your darkest color and start stamping. Once again, you’ll need to stamp again and again and again and again and again. 😉

When finished, remove the sticky notes and go to card making town (so to speak).

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s blog hop.










Teri (Yep. Here you are.)

We want to give some Little Treasures stamps to two of you out there today.

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win the Love Makes the World Go Round stamp set.

We’ll also pick one person to win the A Million and One by Ali Edwards stamp set.

You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Nov. 30th. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1st sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Today’s card


Meet today’s card!

I have been on low-card making mode for few days now so this is what I’ve got. 😉

When I started this blog a long time ago, it was important to me to share my successes and my not-so-successes. I’m a bit of a card girl who is about keeping things real.

So, for me, today’s card is just a card. It’s a not-a home run card. I don’t even know it’s a third-base card, but it’s an OK card and I’m OK with that. 🙂 Sometimes it is good to just make OK cards.

The images are from Lawn Fawn’s Swimsuit Season stamp set. The words are a mash up of a sentiment from Swimsuit Season and Smitty’s ABCs.

The ribbons are from May Arts.

Speaking of Lawn Fawn and May Arts, they are teaming up this week for a joint week of fun. I’m not officially playing today, but I’ll be playing later in the week. Watch the Lawn Fawn blog all week for projects with May Arts and Lawn Fawn.

That’s all for now. See you again later.



Paper Smooches Winners Announced

It’s winner time!

Someone won who commented on my Paper Smooches Blog Hop post is getting the new Smoocheroos stamp set from Paper Smooches.

And that lucky someone is: Suzy (11/24 at 7:55 p.m.)!

Congrats, Suzy! I’ll be in touch shortly. 🙂

Be sure to check the blogs of the rest of the Paper Smooches design team members today. You might have won there!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by.

November Paper Smooches DT blog hop!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

It’s that time again! It’s Pep Rally week in the Paper Smooches world, and the gang is coming together today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on December 1st.  You will find them HERE.  Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!  Just leave a comment on any of the five design team blogs listed below for your chance to win one of the three new December stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, November 25th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, November 26th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post

2. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop

3. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop

4. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)

So let’s get on with the project!

Meet today’s card (and my project for the hop)!

I used the all new Smoocheroos stamps set.

The words, heart and sweet little fox are from the set. The bike is from the Promenade set. I always love it when you can mix and match different sets together.

‘Tis all for now, friends! Be back again later!

Hope you are having a super duper day.


Five Things I Learned on the Paper Crafts Cruise

Hello all!

So I had a chance to cruise with Paper Crafts magazine (and a whole lot of really nice folks) last week. 🙂

Let’s go back to how it all happened.

It was a quiet day, in the mid-Summer. I was cleaning up my paper-covered floor after an all-night craft fest. The phone rang. It went to voice mail. It was a Utah number. So I called back. It was the head cheese(head) from Paper Crafts. And for some crazy reason, she and the rest of the PC crew thought I’d do an OK job teaching and asked me to join Susan and Kim for the party. I’m like, “Really?”

Long story short,  I accepted and got to go teach on a Cruise ship for an entire week!

Sure, there are going to be lots of posts in the coming weeks from Susan, Kim, Jaclyn (Gallery Idol runner-up and special guest to the cruise) and other cruisers about the fun we had. But I thought I would share with you five things I learned during the cruise:

1. Rum factory tours with new friends = lots of fun!

The week was filled with classes, but there were no classes when we were on port so we got to take several breaks. During one of the breaks, we stopped in Belize and I was able to join a few of the cruisers for a tour of a rum factory. We started out with a tour of the city via school bus.

Then we went on an awesome tour of a river/swamp on an itty bitty boat. Think Pirates of the Carribean-sized boat times 2. We got to see many homes of the people who live there.

And we saw crocodiles, iguanas, birds and other wildlife.

Yes. He was that close.

As we toured the swamp portion of the river, we had to duck from branches, logs and tree limbs that hung down. And we had to fight off pesky mosquitoes.

After the long boat ride, we arrived at the rum factory where workers welcomed us into their storage room and cracked open bottles of rum for us to try.

The one he is holding is one that a fellow cruiser said “tastes like ear wax.” That coupled with the green’ish color = mine stayed there.

2. Posing with copies of “Get Inspired” (a brand new special issue from Paper Crafts) = tons of fun no matter what country you go to.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

And believe me, there are a ton more of these photos. Me and Kim had lots and lots fun with this issue. BAHHAHHHAAAAAHHHHAAA……… (<—- Yep. That was supposed to be evil. But I digress.).

3. Nothing beats taking a cab right to an exclusive beach and laying on a lounge chair, just a few steps from the water.

The water really was that blue.

4. It’s hard to get used to cooking again.

We were spoiled every night by the dining staff, who put napkins on our laps, provided anything we wanted and just made us all feel like we were a million bucks.

I informed my family when I got home that I was going to have to ease back into the normal cooking routine around here because it would be too much shock for my body. 😉 For some reason, they didn’t quite buy into that and I found myself in the kitchen that night doing dish duties. (Aww, cruise, how I miss you already.)

5. Teaching = a ton of fun. It’s awesome to see crafters having fun while they make stuff. It’s also great to be able to share your ideas and crafty tricks with them.

When you teach, you meet and get to know some of the nicest, kindest folks.

These cruisers introduced Ben, their steward, to the joy of paper crafting during the cruise. Brooke (from CK Events and one of our fellow cruisers) put together a bag of goodies and class kits for him. He was so touched. He planned to put together the cards to send to his family in Indonesia while he traveled.

One more thing: I’ve spent a good chuck of the last year teaching around the country (and now internationally). This was definitely one of the most enjoyable experiences of my year.

A few months ago, I had a chance to talk with a magazine friend. I find sometimes it’s really easy to get caught up in the rat race of designers and the magazine world (and what’s happening online).

Teaching gives you a chance to really get lost in the joy of making stuff and learning. It gives you the opportunity to really talk to people who just read the magazine and care about the projects in it and what they want to see in it.  It gives you a chance to really see where the rubber meets the road with paper crafting. I want to encourage any of you frequent magazine submitters out there to take the time to teach if the opportunity to teach is ever given to you. Not only does it give you an opportunity to stretch yourself personally, but you can reap a lot more from it, too.

Be back again soon with cards. 😉