Good Morning stampers….I hope that this finds you well and in great health! I have been doing the happy fall dance this week as it as been soooo much cooler in Maryland and the kind of weather that the air conditioning has been off and the windows are open!


What are we going to do with 2020!


Just when you think that something else cannot happen, it does. My heart and prayers continue to go out to the West Coast with the fires and now Florida and many other states have been slammed with Hurricane Sally. My brother lives in Pensacola and although he is fine…his office was downtown and he said that it is a flood zone! Such scary times for so many.

As much as we all know that 2020 is like no other…I hope that you stop and see that there are some “good things” that people are doing…I am one that tries to stay away from the news as it just brings me down but here and there I see and hear of some absolutely great things that people are doing in risking their lives, showing kindness and compassion…we all can do little things to make a difference!

Today I have a card for you that I hope will make you smile! When I saw the new Stampin’ Up! catalog I knew that that this die set would be coming to live with me! It is the Best Plaid Builder and wow – that is properly named as it is a blue ribbon! I always have and always will love plaids – WHY? Easy = Plaids are just a classic and we all know that a great classic is timeless and will never be out of style!




My sweet friend, Michelle Gleeson sent this to me after Wes was born and I just beamed! If you do not know of Michelle’s work, you need to and you can find her here at Stampin’ Mojo! This card that she sent to me is such a “Susan Card” and I have it in my work area and smile!



Today I am giving you another twist to my favorite color of navy and I am sure that you are going to smile as well! I just love the combination of Navy and White and then when you put in a POP of a fun color, I ask you, How could you go wrong!

We all know that I am rather type A in my card mechanics to always have a clean and crisp result…here is a tip that helped me make this layout picture perfect as I made up many of this card to send to family and friends. It is using this low tack spray called Pixie Spray.



I sprayed a light mist over the white cut out piece that allowed me to position it over the pink plaid piece to give it a temporary hold so I would have perfect placement to add the liquid adhesive before I flipped it over the navy front panel. I hope that this makes sense and helps you as at first I thought….how can I be assured of a perfect placement as I want to to be against the navy front!

Let’s chat about this heart and sentiment….I just LOVE it, especially for the times that we are going through and I heat embossed the sentiment and then the arms were diecut to give this heart a hug! You could easily color the arms in whichever shin tones that you would like…but I just kept it super clean and crisp (just how I like my cards) and then the inside of the card….it says  –


“that’s as close as I can get to hugging you right now”


This stamp/bundle is from Honey Bee Stamps and it is called Paper Hugs. It is filled with great sentiments and I sure have used the heck out of it! If you like this heart/hug….please check back tomorrow as this is showcased in a card kit that I have made up and it sure has been a hit!

The sentiment that I stamped and heart embossed on the back of the envelope (you know that I love my envelopes) is also from the same stamp set! When Michelle sent me my card, she did an adorable plaid and I had to give it a whirl myself – what do you think? I think that it is just PERFECT to pair up with this fun die set. It is from Concord & 9th!



Yep, I am back to doing monthly card kits and I am calling them mini card kits but I am sure that they will make you smile! Here is the scoop….I share my offerings first to  the people that bought kits from me the previous month and then I offer them on my blog but they are in limited quantities so if you want one…..GRAB THEM QUICK!

I have 3 offerings and this theme of the heart hug is one one of them and I know that you will smile! Please check back tomorrow and you will see the (3) keeper of offerings that I have for you!

Have a great day and please continue to be safe. One thing that we all can do is be patient and also to be kind. Many of us have been home bound and it is a great thing that we love crafting… make someone’s day and send a card to them….it’s what I call a double whammy – you will be happy and smiling and so will the recipient!

I just have to share some Wes pictures….I am still in the clouds with my little bundle of joy and the kids came down about 2 weeks ago and I hope that you smile! He continues to make my heart skip beats!


Have a special day…we all have so much to be grateful for!