More Creative Cuteness in 2022

I have a goal to put more creative cuteness into 2022, and I’m kicking it off with one of the means to that goal early in the year! I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to work with the amazing Ink Blot Shop design team, celebrating new releases and overall cute stamps all year long! I love Tifany the owner, and I adore her clean, cute product line. This is going to be fun!

One card to share with you today that uses the ADORABLE Fat Cats, Solid Sayings, and Accents! I’ve colored Fat Cat and cute tweety bird with Polychromos colored pencils, and I’m love the Accents to add interest (like the wallpaper background and scalloped edge!) without adding bulk.

I’ll have more cuteness to share soon! What are some of your new year crafting goals?

Thanks for stopping by!

Pink Fresh Studio: Watercolor Wonder

Happy New Year, Stamping Friends!

Back in the fall, I had the privilege of spending an entire weekend taking a set of classes from Pink Fresh Studio just for fun! The classes were lead by some amazing women in the stamping industry, and it was so relaxing to just follow along, stamp and paint, die-cut and glue, add a few sequins here and there. I pretty much stuck to the presented designs all weekend, and I LOVED IT! I hope the Pink Fresh Studio team plans another event sometime soon!

I followed the student guide for both of my cards, and it was so fun to watch the water and color just roll across the paper, morphing into these beautiful flowers. The set is called Cosmo Bunch, and this class was taught by the amazing, Emily Midgett.

The Mini Slimline Scallop Rectangle Essentials Die was a gift in the class swag, and it’s already gotten quite the workout! I used Daniel Smith Watercolor for both of my cards, and I love the floral image, but I think the sentiment on this card may have been my favorite thing. So many times I can envision sending a card with this sentiment.

Yesterday was heavy, put it down.

May the new year be brighter, contain more color and inspiration for you and yours!

Fun with the Gel Printing Kit from TE

Gel Press Fun with the Taylored Expresssions Hexagons and Gel Printing Kit

2021 will be remembered as the year I fell in love with my Gel Press! It’s fun to play around and super relaxing to pull print after print with a combination of paints, embossing folders, stencils and odd textures from around the craft room.

I created this card with the new Taylored Expressions Gel Printing Kit paints, the Honeycomb Stencil, the Floral Vine Embossing Folder, and the Happy Hex die & stamp combo.

The TE Gel Printing Kit features the fabulous Gel Press and comes with paints, gel printing paper, brayer, storage tin, and plate sanitizer for $69. Now through October 17th, receive a free class with the purchase of the kit! I’ve learned so much from the class instructor – I think you’ll LOVE it!

This is a quick shot of the print I pulled with the Floral Vine Embossing Folder texture before I cut it up with the Happy Hex die to create accents for my Honeycomb Stencil Panel.

Be inspired by visiting these great designers:

What is your favorite thing to use to create texture on the Gel Press? I can’t wait to see what you create with your Gel Printing Kit!

TE Christmas Release

Today I am sharing projects made for the brand new Taylored Expressions Christmas collection! I love getting a jump start on my holiday crafting, and I loved the variety of themes within this release.

For this card, I used the Festive Fir die with an embossing pad kit to get a crisp impression of the die detail without cutting through the cardstock. I added a masked rectangle frame and added a border using A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate. The card features a foiled sentiment from the newest collection of Foil It items in the TE Store and white TE Tiny Diamonds.

The Weary World Rejoices

Next I used the Arched Nativity Cutting Plate with Arched Stacklet Dies to create a framed night sky nativity scene.

The Weary World Rejoices

I created my scene with Blue Corn, Gumball and Jelly Donut TE Premium Inks blended on Sugar Cube cardstock using the Arched Masking Stencils from the I Want It All Nativity Bundle. Then I used the Twinkle, Twinkle Background stamp and Sea Salt TE Premium Ink to “lift” the stars from the ink blended background. Love this tip I learned from Noriko Fairchild.

I finished this card off with a sentiment foiled from Simple Strips Reverse Christmas, an embossed frame using the Floral Vine Embossing Folder, Bits & Pieces Sparkly Stars in the background sky, and spritzed the black pieces with TE Liquid Watercolor Shimmer.

Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All

Again, I reached for the Festive Fir Die. I first cut the tree from Salt Water Taffy Cardstock and Green Apple Cardstock. The Green Apple cardstock was covered with a Sticky Sheet before cutting. After cutting and peeling away the top layer of protective film, I sprinkled the Green Apple pieces with Sugar Cube Glitter. Then I lifted each piece, peeled the back sticky layer and inlaid the pieces into the Salt Water Taffy layer of cardstock.

Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All

I added a little detail in the corners of a base layer of Green Apple Cardstock with the new and finished it off with a sentiment foiled from Simple Strips Reverse Christmas – cut with the Sentiment Strips Die.

Season’s Greetings: Wishing you a joyful season filled with love and peace.

My next card features elements from the Merry Blooms Stamps and Stencil Combo that is being released as individual items today. I used Blender Brushes to apply the floral blooms and the stamp to add the background foliage. My card features a scoreline accent and set on the Petite Scalloped Rectangle diecut layer. How fun are the Tiny Diamonds to add a little petal center glitz?

Merry Christmas

Here I’ve used the Trendy Tree Farm stamp and masking stencil combo for a quick and easy card with the Merry Christmas sentiment from the set

Merry Christmas: Peace, Rejoice, Hope, Love, Noel, and Joy

I added trees with the stencil layers and then did a simple Gold Embossing Powder layer over the top with the stamp set. Again, I’ve added TE’s Tiny Diamonds for a little glam – I love the size of these Tiny Diamonds! Just a little sparkle and they won’t get caught up in the postage machines.

Season’s Greetings

One more mini slim card featuring the Merry Blooms Stamps and Stencil Combo. I’ve used a variety of Mini Slim dies to create the frames on Green Apple Cardstock – Mini Slim Thin Cutting Plate Frame and Mini Slim Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets with more TE’s Tiny Diamonds. (Love those!)

Season’s Greetings

My last card features the Trendy Tree Stamp & Stencil & Die combo again – the elements of this kit are available individually. This was a quick and easy card. After stenciling the trees, I added Happy Medium Glitter through the window and dropped in tiny Bits & Pieces Sparkly Stars and Bits & Pieces Full of Hearts. So easy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour through my Christmas card projects. Love the different style options from Taylored Expressions, truly something for everyone.

Find much more inspiration from these fabulous designers:


Pinkfresh Studio September Release

I’m excited to be guest designing for Pinkfresh Studio today and sharing new product projects. You are in for a treat as this release features an innovative new item foiling fanatics will LOVE!

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop! We are so excited about this release, and I was honored to create projects to share with you! If you are following the blog hop order, you have arrived from the blog of the fabulous Lea Lawson. The full blog hop list can be found HERE.
Before I tell you about my cards, I have two fun things to share that are special:
  • First, Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on all orders $75+ from September 27th to October 3rd.
  • Second, Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. More details below!

How would you like to see my projects? The Blooming Branch collection is a beauty. I went with a late-fall vibe in blues and browns. The first step was to stamp and emboss the image from Blooming Branch Stamp Set in gold and then fill in color with the coordinating Blooming Branch Layering Stencils. Love the depth of the images with the layered stencils – so easy to line up!

Finally, I die-cut the Blooming Branch image with the Blooming Branch Die, and then I pulled the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame die and sentiments from the Dahlia Bunch stamp set to finish off my card.

Up next, I paired the Dahlia Bunch stamp and stencils with the fabulous new Solid Hot Foil Plate. This foil plate innovation is a game changer that allows you to use the remnant from your heat foil plates for a negative foiled image, eliminating waste and doubling your foil fun.

The new Solid Foil Plate allows you to quickly use the negative foil pieces left over from the first foil plate print, in this case, the Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate.

Not only does it mean no waste of the negative foil, it makes for quick and easy multiple cards. See the slight variation in the background foil design. Love it! Here, the Dahlia Bunch Layering Stencil and Dahlia Bunch Die is paired with the Pinkfresh Studio Fancy Oval Die on top of the foiled backgrounds. I added sentiments from the beautiful set, Perfect Sentiments.

Finally, I love the gorgeous new Inna Alphabet Die and Inna Alphabet Foil combination. The alphabet has gorgeous detailed stencils, but here, I’ve used the Solid Hot Foil Plate to use the negative foil print of the alphabet.

I finished this card by adding JOY on top of the Leafy Circle Die, a label from Fancy Label Frames, and a base layer created with the Diagonal Stripe Hot Foil Plate.

PRIZES! Pinkfresh Studio has generous prizes up for grabs to blog hop visitors! Up for grabs are TEN $25 gift certificates chosen from visitors who comment on blog hop participant blogs. Winners will be announced on October 5th on THIS PAGE. It is the winner’s responsibility to claim his/her prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, and now, on with the blog hop fun! If you are following the hop in order, your next stop is the talented Maria Wills. You can find the full list on the Pinkfresh Stamps Blog. Enjoy!

Introducing Wheatfield Dreams

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m passionate about living in the Midwest. I find a raw beauty in fields that stretch to the horizon, and I’m in love with our summer and fall seasons here. I think our prairies and prairie flowers are a calming gift, and they my preferred subjects for cardmaking, painting, and sketching.

Today, I’m thrilled to share my latest illustrated stamping kit from Taylored Expressions called Wheatfield Dreams and a few samples that I’ve created! It’s even more special to be a part of Taylor’s 13th Birthday celebration month! Wheatfield Dreams follows two previous sets in my Field Notes Series, Sketchbook Florals and Sketchbook Bouquet. This limited kit includes my new stamp set of the same name with coordinating dies, a beautiful burlap background, 12 fabulous wheatfield foil panels, Copper embossing powder, envelopes and TE matching seals all served up in a fabulous zippered pouch. The kit retails for $69 and is only available from Taylored Expressions while supplies last.

In this card, I’ve used the Foil It Wheatfield panel heated with Deco Foil – champagne color. I love the richness that foil brings to a card!

I created ink blending over the foil panel with Confetti Cake Ink and added Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter from Ranger in the kernels of the wheat. The foil panel was trimmed down and adhered to a Confetti Cake cardstock base back-stamped with clear embossing ink for a watermark and splattered with white paint. I added the large Signature Thanks die cut from TE’s gold foil cardstock and a frame from my favorite accent die set, A2 Thin Frame cutting plate. This frame is a perfect complement to any card design. The thin-line frame finishes the design with no added bulk or weight. I love it!

As with all of Taylor’s kits, I love the coordinating seals and envelopes. The packaging for the card ends up being a real treat to hold in your hands.

It would not be a wheatfield inspired kit without a sunflower. Fun fact, in the midwest, wheat is harvested in the spring – early June, and our sunflowers do not usually show up until late August. No matter about that, they are hand-in-hand for me. Here, the sunflower was heat embossed on watercolor paper and painted with Taylored Expressions Liquid Watercolor colors (brand new: Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil) and Chocolate Truffle.

To help launch the kit this month, in addition to the rockstar line up of designers on Taylor’s team, I asked four designers I adore to help me celebrate. Please visit:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel a joy in our shift of seasons and find plenty of time for things that bring a smile to your face. If you need me, I’ll be stamping! Have a GREAT DAY!


Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio July Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be joining the Pinkfresh Studio team as a guest designer for this beautiful release. All of the Blog Hop information is below, and I have loved creating these cards to share.

Before I tell you about my cards, I have three fun things to share that are special for YOU:

  • First, Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on all orders $50+ from July 26th to August 1st.
  • Second, there is an adorable gift with purchase die for customers who have a minimum purchase of $50. There is no code necessary. The free die will be included in qualifying orders, while supplies last.
  • Third, there are many fabulous prizes for visitors of this hop. The prize information is included at the bottom of my post. So, please be sure to check that out before you visit the next designer.

Now, on to the inspiration!

I’m starting off with the fabulous Happy Blooms Floral collection. Here, I’ve used the stencil for color, the stamp with gold embossing and the single, easy-to-line-up die. I used the Essentials Ornate Banner as a canvas for my floral swag.

The flowers in this set immediately took me back to my early-childhood home and the dining room wallpaper. I can remember being in that home with my entire family. The love is thick in that memory, and I was so happy that the set includes a “love you” sentiment.

Pinkfresh Studio does a wonderful job of putting their collections together in a way that is easy to use when it arrives in your home. The stencil, florals and dies are all on single panels. Whether you are adding color through your numbered stencils, stamping the floral images, or die-cutting, the task is easy. Your time is spent adding your own creative flair by coloring – not lining up leaves or stems or the cutting panel. The four stencils are also numbered to make it easy to apply color.

The products I used on this card are:

thinking of you

Here is a 2nd card I created with the same color combination and Happy Blooms collection. For this card, I cut the two floral swags apart and rearranged them to take center stage inside the Stitched Scalloped Rectangles frame. Both of my cards are accented with Pinkfresh Studio Glacier Jewels. You can find the products I’ve used here:

thank you for brightening my day

For my third card, I paired the Sweet Friend floral collection with the Slimline Diamond Motif Stencil. The stencil gives a soft pop of color in the background, making a perfect canvas for the pink blooms and sentiments.

Again, the stencils, stamps, and die are all single panels that include all five floral images making it super easy to line up. After stenciling the color on my flowers, I overstamped with embossing ink and white embossing powder for a crisp, striking white. I love this look.

The products I’ve used for this card are:

PRIZES! Pinkfresh Studio has generous prizes up for grabs to blog hop visitors! Up for grabs are TEN $25 gift certificates chosen from visitors who comment on blog hop participant blogs.

If you are hopping in order, you arrived from the uber-talented Lea Lawson, and your next stop is the amazing Mindy Eggen.

View the entire BLOG HOP LINK LIST

All you have to do is hop along to each visit each designer & leave a comment at each stop along the way to be entered to win! Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on August 3, 2021. You must check the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page and claim your prize within 2 weeks.

If that weren’t awesome enough, TWO WINNERS will receive the entire release. One will be chosen from the Pink Fresh Blog, and the second lucky crafter will be chosen from comments on the Pinkfresh July Release intro video. YAY!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the hop, good luck and happy crafting!

Social Butterflies

Something special to share today! It’s a fabulous, easy-to-use Butterfly Wishes kit from Taylored Expressions!

Two included stencils make the shading easy, and the extra space between “rows” of butterflies made it easy to ombre the rainbow across the card panel.

Look at this cuteness! Butterfly Wishes! The $55 kit includes:

  • Butterflies Stamp & Stencil Combo
  • Sweet Sentiments
  • Butterfly Wishes
  • Butterflies Dies
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 A2 Envelopes (Toffee)
  • Pot of Diamond Jewels
  • Custom Pouch with Sticker

This was my favorite card, and I put it together with the Butterfly Wishes stencils and stamp. The first step is to stamp the thorax/abdomen cavity of the butterflies.

Then two stencils layer seamlessly over the darker body to give forewing blending with one stencil and hindwing blending with the other. I just reviewed a butterfly project for my college daughter’s art class this weekend, so I’m well versed on butterfly anatomy right now. LOL

For the sentiment, I blended a 2nd panel of wings in the same color combos without stamping the body, stamped the sentiment from the spectacularly versatile, Just Saying and then trimmed the strip to fit. The sentiment tag blends right into the color scheme but the sentiment ink and the body ink do not have to compete with each other, giving your sentiment the attention it deserves.

I finished this card off with the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets and Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets. LOVE the stitched rectangles to frame the edge of a stamped panel!

In this example, I used only the stamps from the kit to flitter my wings across the canvas. Love the vibrant pop of color on white!

Finally, I’m sharing a tag in one of my favorite color combos – TE Peaches and Cream/Candy Corn, Pineapple/Lemonade, and Pink Champagne/Cupcake blends.  The tags are cut from Tag Stacklets 2 and the stitched cousin, Pierced Tag Stacklets 2. I love how the nested tags with the stitching on the top layer are polished off. One of my favorite looks!

Can’t wait to check out the designer samples for this kit! I know I’ll be blown away and want to get back into my stamping studio pronto!

You can find the Butterfly Wishes Kit HERE while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sketchbook Bouquet


It may be bitter cold in Kansas today, but I’m dreaming of warmer weather and beautiful blooms. Today Taylored Expressions is releasing the limited edition Field Notes 2 kit with my second stamp set illustrations in the Field Notes series, Sketchbook Blooms!

I had so much fun watercoloring these stems! I paired them here with the Frame in Frame 2 cutting plates for a pretty scallop border.

The Taylored Expressions Field Notes 2 Kit includes:

  • Sketchbook Bouquet stamp set
  • Sketchbook Bouquet die and stencil
  • Splatter Background – hello!! SPLATTER!
  • Watercolor cardstock
  • Beautiful watercolor envelopes and printed seals

I love the sentiments we were able to include with this beautiful bouquet. They will work for words of encouragement or sympathy.

  • May hope fill your heart today.
  • With heartfelt sympathy.
  • I’m so sorry.
  • May many beautiful memories be a comfort.

As an extra element of fun in conjunction with this kit, Taylored Expressions is offering three curated small sets of Karin Brushmarker Pro. I had the fun to select five coordinating colors to include, and my Karin color picks are:

  • Fire Red
  • Soft Peach 1
  • Ochre
  • Pale Orange
  • Cool Aqua

There are two other color bundles available for a full field of vibrant blooms. Here, I’ve used my colors here for beautiful pop on the TE 111lb watercolor cardstock.

My favorite way to watercolor is to emboss the images and sentiments with detail gold embossing powder on the TE watercolor cardstock and color from a palette of the colors with a watercolor paintbrush.

It’s so cold outside today, so I’m thrilled with something fun to celebrate. I hope your day includes stamping, hot coffee and beautiful dreams of spring! If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see what the Taylored Expressions team has created with the new Field Notes 2 Kit.

Stay warm, and keep crafting! Thank you for stopping by!

Full of Flowers and a Fun TE Announcement

I can only take so much alone time, so I gathered some friends for a fun challenge and a fabulous announcement today!

In October I was fortunate to participate in the Taylored Expressions Virtual Stamp Joy event (this is the link to the October event that is over, but you can read all about the fun!) It was 2-days full of fun – make and take projects and classes with 900 of my stamping friends – together, but apart!

This fun collection of stamps, dies, and stencils are the free product that you received for the classes and gifts with purchase that go with the event stamp set. It’s so pretty and versatile, but it was sitting on my desk, waiting for more fun!

So, I gathered up Heather Nichols, Jill Hawkins, Jen Shults, and Caren Bartholomew for a challenge to put the Taylored Expressions Full of Flowers stamps, dies and stencils into action!  The only rule was to use the collection to create a set of 4 cards that you could use as a gift!

Then Taylor shared a secret, and we twisted her arm to blast the news! SPRING VIRTUAL STAMP JOY in March! YAAAS! Save the dates for Friday and Saturday, March 26 & 27. You’ll want to get really comfy at your stamp table and be ready for a weekend of creative learning and fun!


I knew that I wanted to use Full of Flowers to create a card set in the mini-slim size. It’s my new favorite size! My cards are a single layer on Sugar Cube with Spearmint and Salt Water Taffy inks.

After using the stencil with Taylored Expresssions Blender Brushes, I embossed ‘thinking of you’ from Handlettered Sentiments – handsdown favorite sentiments. I love the scripty font and the precision dies.

I am so happy to have this little gift set ready to go, that I had fun stamping with friends, and that I get to share the Spring Stamp Joy announcement! Turned into a fun project!

Let’s see what my girlfriends created – please visit:

Don’t forget to sign up for more info and updates about Spring Stamp Joy HERE.

Have a FABULOUS Wednesday!