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Love is in the Air

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Probably many of you have purchased various stamp sets and used them once and never touched them again. I know that I have! And because of that I wanted to try to use an autumn themed set that I have, in a whole new way. In November I shared some Thanksgiving cards I made using the adorable Harvest Mouse stamp set from My Favorite Things creator, Birdie Brown. And then in February I challenged myself to use the set again but, to create Valentine’s Day scenes.

MFT Harvest MouseHarvest Mouse MFT Stamps

MFT Stamps Harvest Mouse



Making these little mice into messengers of love was pretty easy. All I did was use a razor knife to create a slit on either side of the mouse’s arm and then I inserted a Valentine greeting in his grip. I did the same thing to the basket and of course I just glued some hearts around the mouse who was in a leaf pile in the original set. Viola, Autumn mice become mice of love! (You can also see that I doodled stripes and checks on their sweaters and vests and I gave one of the mice an elbow patch on his sweater too.)

Happy Stamping,


You Spin My Love Right Round

This is the card I created for my son James to give to his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to add a little whimsy to the card so I added a spinning element. It was fairly quick and simple to do using the Spinner Die collection from Papertrey Ink. If you follow the link to the left you can find a great tutorial on how to create your own spinner card.


The trick is to use a small round foam adhesive instead of the two smallest circles created by the die. When I used the paper circles the heart did not spin smoothly.

I used a medium sized sentiment stamp called Cherish by KaiserCraft for the top paper and for the one line sentiment inside the row where the heart spins. In order to ink just one line I used my stamp marker instead of an ink pad. After I had created the background on the top paper I stamped the large You & Me dabbing my stamp first on a Versamark pad and then a red ink pad. And finally I embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I hope you have been inspired to try your hand at creating a Spinner Card yourself.

Happy Stamping,


I wanted to share a few more Valentine’s Day cards with you all today. These next two cards feature Action Wobble Springs which allow the focal element to wobble back and forth.


This card features two diecuts from a K &  Company Valentine’s Day pack. I mounted the word love on black paper and cut the paper to frame the word. The Action Wobbler is under the word love.

K & Company Valentine

This card also features diecuts from K & Company. I bought several packs on clearance at Michael’s years ago and they are perfect for quick and easy cards. I love to color my stamped images but, when I am making lots of cards at once it is nice sometimes to just pop a premade image onto my card.

Happy Stamping,


You Are in my Heart

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I wasn’t going to post until this evening because, usually Saturdays are very busy at the flooring store that I own and operate with my husband, Jeff. This Saturday however, has been more like a scene out of the hilarious Micheal Keaton and Henry Winkler movie Night Shift. (Well…before they decided to run a prostitution ring out of the morgue they worked in that is.)

I played along with the CAS-ual Friday Challenge: Hunger Games this week.  And no, we didn’t need to feature two young people fighting to the death on our project. Which is a good thing because, I don’t think I have any stamps for that. The challenge was to create a clean and simple card that features an arrow in some way. Much less gory and more likely that I would have a stamp or two that I could use.

However, I didn’t have any arrow stamps. But as luck would have it I found a adorable set of clothespins at TJ Maxx for $1.99 on last night. One of the clothespins featured a bright red arrow. So now I had an arrow and all I needed was an idea.

Bear with me as I take you on my creative journey. When I think of arrows I don’t think of deer killing, super weapons. No, I think of “You are Here” signs in malls that direct me to the closest Aunt Annie’s Pretzels. And lately all I have been thinking about is our son leaving home for the Army. When he goes my heart will be heavy. That’s when the idea hit me to create a card that illustrated the fact that he would always be in my heart.

Creativity is a weird and wonderful thing!

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I heat embossed the you sentiment with clear embossing powder before, sponging the heart with Worn Lipstick and Barn Door distress inks by Tim Holtz. The top sentiment is created from Stampin Up ABC-123 OUTLINE ALPHABET & NUMBERS and the Here sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Flashy Letters.

I am entering this card into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Hunger Games. You have until July 2nd to play along too.

hunger games


Happy Stamping,


Key to My Heart

key to my heart


My card was inspired by a song by Jessica Jarrell called Key to My Heart. The song was featured in the Jennifer Lopez movie The Back Up Plan.

My son James asked me to make a card for him to give his girlfriend. He bought her chocolates, flowers and a Beta fish, so I guess he was trying to conserve funds by getting a card for free. His only stipulation is that it not be too mushy because, Maya is not a mushy card kind of girl.

The heart is colored with Tim Holtz distress inks, (Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey) and I ran it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I knew that I wanted to have a keyhole in the middle of my heart. Although I shopped around, I couldn’t find a keyhole punch anywhere, so created a keyhole using a small circle punch and my craft knife.

For the background paper I used the envelope from a Tiffany’s catalog that I got in the mail a few weeks ago. The catalog is filled with this gorgeous paper that has a celestial theme featuring soft blues, golden clouds, stars and zodiac symbols in gold. I am going to put that catalog to good use! I added a final touch to the Tiffany’s paper by spraying it with my blue spritz.

I will be entering this card into the Cas-ual Fridays: Love Song Challenge and I will be sharing it on the blog too.



Happy Stamping,


Heavenly Hearts

Hot Air Balloon Card


I created a clean and simple Valentine on a long and tall card. My favorite part of this card is the red, white and black theme! It’s such a class look for Valentine’s Day. One little heart got a bit smudged but, I hope it isn’t too noticeable.

For the balloon and sentiment I used my Inspirational Lift  set by Inkadinkado. For the little heart I used a set that I no longer know the name of because I switched it out of it’s original packaging and into a Ziploc baggie about a year ago. The set  has dozens of individual words and a few shapes too but I never seem to pull it out much anymore.

I am entering this card into the Casual Friday’s Long and Short Challenge  and also into the  A Blog Named Hero Golden Oldie challenge too.



Happy Stamping,


Valentine Bear by Birdie Brown

There is just over a week left to visit Birdie Brown’s blog to get a copy of her Valentine Bear and to enter a chance to win 3 of her adorable digital stamps! This is the card that I am entering into her January Freebie Challenge.

Teddy Bear Valentine


I used a teddy bear digital image from Birdie Brown called, Amigurumi Bear to create this card. I printed the image out onto Solar White cardstock and colored it with Prisma Color Pencils and Copic Markers. The background is  created using Washi Tape.

I will be entering this card into Birdie’s January Freebie Challenge. Grab a copy and play along.

Happy Stamping,


You Turn Me On (Retro TV image)

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This adorable image is July’s freebie from Torico on her Birdie Brown Blog. Torico is offering a free sentiment too but, I made one of my own to use.  As soon as I saw this image I knew that I wanted to use a “punny saying” along with it.

I hopped around the internet and found a cool image to use for the background of the TV screen. Torico offers her images in a JPG or PNG format and I chose to download the PNG so that I could layer the image like I did here. The word bubble is just a clip art insert offered on Windows with a text box inside of it.

I am going to enter this card into the Birdie Brown July Challenge  You should grab the freebie and play along too!


Happy Stamping,


Little Brains but Big Hearts

My little nieces and nephews all look forward to the cards I send them on holidays. (Hopefully it is the cards they love and not the crisp $1 bill inside!) And Valentine’s Day is no exception! This year I am making all of their cards with the digital images I bought from Pink Cat Studio a few months back.

Pink Cat has adorable images at a really great price. I got 4 dinos in a value pack for only $8.99. Digital stamping is an affordable way for beginning stampers to get crafting.

I used Pink Cat Studio’s, Cupid Rex stamp, for this card. I colored him with Copic Caio Markers and I used Spellbinders Nestabilities- Label Twelve die, to cut out the image and the pink background paper. I am entering this card at DYSU Challange Blog #58 Love  and also in the Simon Say Stamp Love is in the Air challenge.

Pink Cat Studios’, Rex Ate the Valentines is the digital stamp used for this card. I got the idea for the sentiment from a t-shirt I saw at Rue 21. The inside reads, “But me ate it!”. I used Glossy Accents on a few of the hearts and on his spikes. The bite mark is made with a scalloped circle punch. This card is going into the DYSU Challenge and also in the Simon Says Stamp Love is in the Air Challange!

I love the expression on this Pterodactyl face. (And yes I had to Google how to spell Pterodactyl) He looks like he is really enjoying his job as love delivery dinosaur.

This digital stamp is called Dacty Holding Heart. (Probably Melissa from PCS didn’t want to look up how to spell Pterodactyl!) I layered 5 different Valentine papers to border the bottom of this card and I used Glossy Accents on the heart. I will be entering this last card in the Simon Says Stamp

I Heart This Holiday!

What can you get for a dollar nowadays. Lots of love from the impulse buys isle at Target. That’s what. I got these really cute papers for only a buck the other day.

Value Valentines

I cut up the page that had the Valentine’s Day sentiments on it to create some individual cards. Simon Says Stamp had a similar look in one of the cards Kristina Werner made and that was all the inspiration I needed.



I love Valentine’s Day! The cutesy hearts, the flowers and the quest of romantic love.  In another week or so I will be hanging up my valentine window clings and putting my red, pink and white candy corn in my decorative vases. Maybe my husband and I will even go out on a date this year. The possibilities are wide open and I’m ready for them!








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