How-To Video: Shadow Stamp Kissing

Happy Wednesday.

Thought I would share the video I have over on the Hero Arts blog today.  It is on a fun technique – kissing.  :)   For all the details, click HERE.

Shadow Cards
(c) Hero Arts

I am off to celebrate the new year.  (And to all my Australian and New Zealand friends – Happy New Year already!

Card set – a great gift


I got several emails asking about my vacation.  First – yes – I still plan on posting on my blog from there.  I am hoping to at least! :)   Second – yes – I still love St. John first and foremost.  We just decided to do something a bit different. :)

I thought I would share what I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday.  I always make her sets of cards.  This year I made a few extras for her to share with a friend who liked them. 

Here are the first ones.  I used soft pink Hero Arts notecards and turned them inside out.  I like to do this for a white outside and the fun pink inside. :)   I Cuttlebuged them with the dots, trimmed them and rounded the corners.  The strip across each card is Cuttlebugged with a dot border.  Behind each Martha Stewart dimensional flower, I tucked a knot of green silk ribbon.  The green piece is scalloped-edged with the Stampin' Up border punch.  Finally, I stamped with a variety of greetings from my new favorite Papertrey Ink set.

Card Set 4

Card Set 3

Card Set 5

Card Set 1

This next part of the set is made in a very similiar way, but simplier.  I used a mix of silk ribbon colors.

Card Set 8

Card Set 7

Card Set 6

Card Set 9

Papertrey Ink Heartfelt Basics stamps

Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Border Embossing
Martha Stewart dimensional flower stickers
Creative Impressions Silk Ribbons
Hero Arts Notecards

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

How-To Video: Spotlight Stamping with Glitter


I am sorry I haven’t been blogging every day.  My sweet husband has arranged a last minute wonderful trip to Virgin Gorda and Marina Cay… and we leave next week!  Eek. So I am hurrying to get a lot of work done.  I feel bad leaving Roxie again, but this time my parents will be staying at my house to watch her. :)

Another reason for being busy?  I am the blogger over at Hero Arts this week!  I love doing it.  I am mostly excited about tomorrow’s share – one of my favorite stampers will be playing along. 

Today I posted this card and video over on the Hero blog.  For more details, click HERE.

Glitter Thank You

Oh… and the winner of the October Afternoon stamp set is monica in raleigh!  I will email you.

I will be back tomorrow to share the gift I made for my MIL for her birthday. Off to watch Planet Earth (again) with Jana.  Colin LOVES this show.


Hey!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

I try not to share non-stamping stuff here much.  But I just wanted to tell you about someone who received many of my cards over the years – my Grandma.  She passed away a year ago today… at 100 years old. Married 74 years before she lost Grandpa.  She missed him and wanted to be with him and Jesus.  And although we miss her, we know she is happier with them. 

She was the kindest lady I have ever known.  Proud of her family.  Devoted.  Generous.  Always had on rose-colored-glasses – only saw the good in people.  Faithful.  But above all, she was an amazing mom.  She raised my mom to be the wonderful mom that she is.  I can never thank her enough for that…


And I also wanted to thank a sweet angel named Debbie.  She noticed that I asked for a goat from World Vision for Christmas.  And, thanks to her, I got one.  What an incredible and thoughtful gift.  And what a great way to help someone out in need so far away.  A big big big hug to you, Debbie.  You are an angel.  (If you are looking for any gift ideas, I highly recommend checking out World Vision – a great organization.  The kids exchanged gifts with their cousins via this site.)

Now, time for a card share. :)   Just one I made with scraps the last time I was at my stamping retreat.  I love THESE greetings from Papertrey Ink…

FLower and Butterfly
Papertrek ink Heartfelt Basics greeting stamp
Memory Box butterfly stamp
Martha Stewart dimensional flower
Hero Arts pearls and notecard
Basic Grey patterned paper
Vintage text paper and string
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles

I will be back tomorrow.  Have a wonderful weekend…

Merry Christmas!

I pray you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday.

What an amazing time of year, huh?

If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching this and really listening to the words.  Amazing.  Kay gave me this DVD for Christmas – I am off to watch it now.  I have always loved his voice.

…Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name…

Merry Christmas.  Love to you all.  Thank you for coming to visit me throughout the year.  Hugs hugs hugs.

Happy Birthday… and giveaway


… to three of the most important people in my life.

My mom.
Ken's mom.

I love this day.  I love them so much.

Yep, my mom and Ken's mom were both born on Christmas Eve.  Between the three of them, we will be eating a lot of birthday cake. :)

And, in honor of their birthday, how about another giveaway?  Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEDT with a birthday message for my mom and ken's mom.  :)  I will pick a winner of this goodness – my favorite October Afternoon stamp set…


(Oh… the winner of the punch is Grace C!  I will email you.)

And, if you are a fellow believer, here is a fun read.  I just love how it ends.  So very true.  I got it from a drive thru nativity near my house.


And, some good news.  Remember me telling you about Keegan?  He was able to come home from the hospital for Christmas.  First time home in 72 days. He isn't out of the woods, but what a blessing it will be for the holiday to be home.  Keep praying, please.  Bless his little heart.  Here he is for Christmas…


Happy 24th!  I will post again soon.