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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!

In my heart cardI

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.

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Happy Stamping,


Key to My Heart

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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,


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