Happy Birthday Julie!


You know what today is, right?  It’s Julie’s birthday!  We’re helping her celebrate with a blog hop in her honor!

Julie is a treasure in the stamping community, and my very favorite stamp-lebrity of all time!

Julie….I put a bird on it just for you!  😉  Have the best day ever!

NEXT STOP ON THE BLOG HOP ——->  Jenn Shurkus


Stamps:  Birthday Wish, Scattered Dots, Heart Notes

Dies:  Twig and Berries, Woodland Meadow

More Savvy Hello Cards!

Hi guys!  I wanted to pop in with a couple of cards and to let you know about  this:

Ellen Hutson’s Labor Day sale

September 1-4, 2012

Save 15% on your entire order (excluding Copic products)

code:  laborday15  (Type it in, cut and paste doesn’t always work)


My fave money-saving websites

Now for something different!  I wanted to just take a second and share some great sites with you guys.  I’m NOT that shopper who scores the great deals all of the time.  I don’t love going through clearance racks, hoping for that one great find.   That’s not me.  Here are some easy sites to save money with minimum hassle.

Btw, I’m not getting paid to link these, I just like them!

1)  Used gift card sites  – Buy gift cards for less than face value

People who have gift cards they don’t need sell them to these sites for less than face value.  You can then buy them at a discount!

For example, I know that I’m going to want to go to Osh Kosh for back to school shopping, so I bought a card with $97 left and I saved 20% on it.  That’s a 20% discount that I can use on top of sales, coupons or clearance, so that’s a GREAT deal!  You can do this on ebay, but I like the idea of dealing with a company for these rather than an individual.

There are lots of those sites, including:  Gift Card Rescue, CardPool, Plastic Jungle, and more.

2)  RetailMeNot.com – Find coupon codes for many different online stores

Check this site before you buy anything online!!  I’ve saved quite of bit of money by double-checking that site before I finalized online purchases.  Just today, I was at laptoplunches.com, about to check out.  I went to Retail Me Not on a whim and they had a 10% coupon code.

3) Thredup.com – Fill up a postage paid bag with kids clothes and get paid for them

Thredup.com buys and sells used kids clothes.  I just got my first pre-paid mail-in bag.  I’m going to fill it up with outgrown clothes and see how much I get.  They have very affordable kids clothes for sale, too.   You can see how much people have earned on their bags here.

(Btw, if you want to join them, use my referral link and we’ll both get a free $5 credit.)

4) PIRQ phone app – Up to 50% off restaurants based on your GPS location

If you need a little lunch after all this shopping, download PIRQ (pronounced perk) on your iphone or droid.  I’m loving that app.  Restaurants sign up to offer discounts up to 50% off, but a limited number of people can use the PIRQs each day.   Your phone’s GPS will find offers near you, and there are some great deals!  I’ve enjoyed many half off dinners through this app!

I hope I’ve helped you discover a new gem here.  If you have a goody, leave it in the comments.  Happy shopping!

SPECIAL NOTE TO MY INTERNATIONAL READERS:  I know that this post didn’t offer you much, since these might not operate internationally, so here is a cute picture of a baby hedgehog:

I trust that he has made your visit worthwhile.

Until next time!  🙂

Hello x 3

Hi guys!  I brought you a little more Savvy today.  The hello die, the little hello bubble, and the chevron background are all by Savvy

In addition, this card is made with Ellen’s New Linen Textured Cardstock!

Maybe you remember me bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t find a good source for quality textured paper in the quantities that I wanted?  Ellen Hutson started carrying the most delicious cardstock ever.  It’s #100, super thick, with the most beautiful linen texture.  The texture is very delicate, so you don’t lose detail on your stamped images.

 Keeping it short and sweet today!  I took the kids camping this week and I’m still knee deep in laundry and camping gear!


New Projects in the CLASSroom


I made a little three card set over in the CLASSroom today, check it out!  🙂

Savvy Birthday Wish

Can you even believe all the posts this week?  There are more coming, too!  It’s funny, because, aside from the recent break, I’ve made TONS of cards over the last couple of years.  Most of them have been for catalog or other design work that couldn’t be shared on my own blog, though, so my blog has kind of withered on the vine.

Anyway, on to today’s card.  I love Savvy.  Like, LOOOVE.  Like LURRRVE.  It’s really exciting for me that I get to do design work for a company that carries their products!  This little cake die is so cute and delicate.   A little secret of mine…I hardly ever make birthday cards!  They’re just not my favorite to make.  I love this little cake, though, ’cause you can just slap it on a notecard with a sentiment and you’re done.

The chevron and sentiment are by Savvy as well.  I finished it off with some eyelets.  People say eyelets are out of style now, but I’ll hear none of it.  I don’t like them bare-nakey, but with some cute twine or ribbon…adorable!

OH!  One little tip about this die and other intricate dies.  I picked up the Memory Box Metal Adaptor plate and I like it a lot.  I used to make my own shims with cardstock, but this is just easier.  It helps tighten things up and gets those extra details.  You can see a video about it and other tips for intricate dies here.

Thanks for stopping by!  🙂


Happiest Birthday Butterflies

Hello!  Here’s another one of the cards that I made over last weekend.   I used two Memory Box stamps here.  The little butterfly is mounted on the end of the sentiment stamp block, I thought it was a nice addition to the flowers.

When I first finished this card, it only had the one butterfly on top.  It didn’t look quite right, but the white panel was mounted on foam, so I couldn’t stamp directly on it.  I opted to stamp the second butterfly on scraps and cut him out instead.  I like the little dimension.  Gotta love those happy accidents.  🙂

I tried a ton of different colors for the card base, but decided the neutral pebble was perfect.

Have a great day!  🙂

SUPPLIES:  (Unsure about exact matches for paper pad and twine, these are close)

Thank You, Martha

















Hi guys!  WHEW, this summer has been crazy-busy!  Our last few summers were kind of boring, so I really loaded this summer up with little trips and activities.  It’s been fun, but exhausting!  I did carve out some time over the weekend to make a few cards, though, so I’ll be sharing them here this week.

The theme of this card is…Stuff that I’ve had FOREVER and need to use, already!  🙂  These Martha punches, (flower and thank you) I’ve had them for a year or two, probably!  I also have a pretty large selection of glazed brads that I adore and can never find anything to put them on.   I was determined to use those three items on a card and I did it!

I love the background stamp, it’s part of a set by Hero Arts.  Very versatile.




Big news….and a giveaway!

I have some exciting news….I have been asked to contribute designs for the CLASSroom!  I’ve been a happy customer of Ellen Hutson’s store for some time now, so I was thrilled to join her talented team of designers!  These are ladies I have admired for a long time, and they have given me such a warm welcome!

My first project is posted in the CLASSroom this morning, and Ellen is offering a generous prize of the supplies I used in my project.

Here’s a li’l sneaky peek of the project, go check it out!  🙂






Warmest Wishes Palm Tree

Hello!  Long time, no blog!  I’ve taken a long break from stamping, but those crafty feeling have been stirring, and I’m ready to get back to it.  I received some really sweet messages from some of you wondering what I was up to.  Thanks for thinking of me!  🙂

This summer has been super busy for us, with lots of beach trips, camping trips, and afternoons at the local pool with friends.   I’m getting ready for a camping trip as we speak, but I snuck away for a few minutes and made this quick summer card.

I started with this cute palm tree die and cut it in green and brown.   For the main panel, I thought it would be cute to use a little piece of canvas.  I think the texture is a nice touch, since the card design is so simple.

I had to have some coconuts, of course!  I could have gone with pearls, but the little rhinestones were calling me.  The pearls would have made more sense, but I don’t care.  Sometimes a girl just needs sparkly coconuts!  <— Hmm, that may be the weirdest sentence I’ve ever written.  😉

Thanks for visiting, I’ll be back soon!  Really soon, actually, ’cause I have some fun news to share!  *grin*


Stamps:  Warmest Wishes by Memory Box

Dies:  Swaying Palm, Big Shot die cutting machine, Memory Box Metal Adaptor Plate

Embellies:  Hero Arts bling, Canvas Mini Shapes