A Classic Crafty Thanks….




I must say….today I have a “Susan kinda card” for you! I needed a super simple layout that I could make in the masses and yep, I think I nailed it. You know me…when I am on a mission I just try to figure out what will work and GO FOR IT!

To me…a super classic layout like this is always in style and one you get all of the cutting down….stamping a single image is a cinch….(plus thanks to the MISTI) I can crank them out in a jif….and then sitting and coloring is fun!

The below stamp set was the blue ribbon winner for me. I think that this stamp set and the pig stamp set were probably 2 of my favorites when the catalog was unveiled.







Because we all know that the “new kids on the block”STAMPIN’ BLENDS are getting a huge pitch all around the internet right now….I just had to use them! They were a dream machine to quickly color.

I think that is one of the things I love best….they are super fast and easy to use and “heck with shading” if that is not your bag…..just color! I adore the fact of not having lines when you color…..total “smooth sailing”










The sentiment was from Thankful Thoughts…a goodies that has beed around a while but we all know that “oldies are goodies” and this one will get the milage with upcoming thank you notes that will need to be written during the holidays.

I adore this font (I really am a font geek) and matting it with a wee bit of smokey slate just gave it the right uumph!







I ask you, how can you go wrong with a BIG splash of DSP like I have done here? Let me help you out….YOU CAN’T! I invite you look at your stash and use your paper. I think that is one of the first things that grows and grows…..you bought it…..USE IT UP!

You know that whenever we have a new catalog that I offer product swatches of DSP’s….I adore them as with this card it was super easy for me to grab the swatch book and flip through….presto……works for me!

It will surprise you…..just because the name says “Birthday Memories” – the paper I used had a TOTAL different look and feel! I encourage you to look and see what you have….trust me, we all have gobs of paper to use!






One other tip I want to touch on…..the size of the white piece is 3″ X 4″ (so I was able to get (6) from a sheet of paper)….I matted it with Smokey Slate 3/8″ larger and then scored around on all sides…..

I think that this makes a difference…..how about you? I know that I do this a bunch but I can also say….to me, it is a simple touch that takes minimal time & effort to produce a great effect.







There you go….a card for the masses and I think any crafty friend would LOVE this! I know that I still have to tell you all about my adventure….I will – promise because I know that many of you will get a kick out of it!

Now for GREAT NEWS…..BLACK BEAUTY is OFF….and I am thrilled!!!! I start PT on Tuesday and wow, I did not think in a million years that someone as active as I am would feel sooooo darn weak. I “get it” – it will take time to get the strength back…..but I wish that you could see my poor thumb nail….

It has beed covered (as my thumb was totally immobilized) and it could use a little manicure. I still have a brace that I need to wear but I’ll take it……just to be able to take a shower without a trash bag was the best luxury I could ask for!

Please let me know how you like this card….I was super happy with the end result and I am looking forward to coloring the rest today and then popping them in the mail!




A “fruity” thank you….




Happy HUMP day! Today I have a “sweet & fruity” thank you that I created using the June Paper Pumpkin! It is so funny to me….when it is time for the Paper Pumpkins to arrive (around the 12th of the month) there seems to be a buzz going around…..“Did you get your Paper Pumpkinย yet….What is the kit” – the fun is the mystery each month!

Here is the video of the kit and on Friday I will share with you another take that I did using another part of the kit. For me…it is fun to try to use them in a different way than what was intended but truth be told there are months that I just like to sit and have some “me time” and put it together while watching the video!






You can see that the kit is soooooo festive and fun for Summer! I always LOVE the stampin’ spots and this month there were 2….I say – WOOT-WOOT!!! These little gems come in handy and are great to have if traveling! (you can re-ink them just like the big ones)

You can see that I cut the DSP of the fruit and made it into a simple square and then matted it to make a fun square card! One thing that I want to touch on…can you see how distinct the melon mambo sentiment is?

That comes from “conditioning the stamp” – I have blogged about this many, many times and this card is a great example of why I believe that taking the time is totally WORTH IT because your end result will be a great clean and crisp stamp!







The stamp set is Thankful Thoughts. It was carried over this year which made me happy as it is a clean stamp that covers many cards that we will make when a simple “thanks”ย is in need! Aren’t the fonts great?

I wasn’t sure what to do today so all I did was STAMP….get the scissors out and GO TO TOWN and cut it randomly and then a quick mat. I say, when in doubt…..pull those scissors out! It’s a fun look and take seconds….just do it!






I enjoyed reading the comments on yesterdays post so I kept the party rolling. It truly is fun to add the extra pizzazz to the envelope. Remember, there are no rules other than to have FUN!







I love the bright and bold elements of this card and I think that the square size looks super with the fruit! I am excited for you to see Fridays project…..(heck – I would love it if Stampin’ Up! added this) to our product line…it was super fun and fresh!

I know that Paper Pumpkin is not for everyone but the element that is always true…you can make it work for you. I admit that there are months that I am not over the moon about but I will say they always can be put to use! That what creativity is….making it work for your needs!

Guess what tomorrow is….YEP – TIC TAC TOE day! I hope that you will pop back tomorrow and see the card that when with yesterdays post….it’s a keeper!





Stepping in UP for your Sunday!




Good Morning and welcome to the day of the 2 day personal challenge that I do were I take yesterdays project and step it up a wee bit. As I said yesterday, this is a SUPER fast and easy card to whip up and I will say, Stampin’ Up! taught me a lesson…..the lesson that we all have heard – don’t judge a book by its cover.

I admit, this stamp was not on my “A list” and truth be told not even on my “B list” (I am being totally honest) but I had a customer that just loved it and wanted a dozen of these cards. She loves to send cards out but sadly does not stamp….she just buys! When a new catalog comes out she loves to look through…and yep – this caught her eye.

I am still in amazement with how fast it comes together and I am going to say it out of the gate, I like both cards but today’s wins my heart. I will say…the pictures are hard to give it the love it deserves….but that’s my pick – todays card.






Below you will see the stamp stamp that was used to make these cards and if you did not see yesterdays post….I would go back and read how I truly believe that conditioning a stamp is the key to great success with a clear, clean & crisp image. Face it…if you stamped this and it is not a solid black image….you are going to be struggling to have a great end result. Taking the time is well worth it!









Now to some close ups and comments. I think the reason that I am leaning towards this card is that I like the “white” – I am crazy over So Saffron as I think So Saffron always makes things better but I just like the White with the matting of the Pear Pizzazz.

The Shimmer Pear Pizzazz Ribbon…..is also a smile maker and it just adds a subtle yet classic touch and feel to the whole card. I just used Tear -N- Tape to hold the ribbon in place and then tool a small piece and made a quick knot and adhered that with a simple glue dot!









The other addition I did today was using the Clear Wink of Stella Pen over the letters and in the centers of the flowers….that wee bit or shimmer does the trick when you hold the card in your hand! That is a “secret weapon” that we all need to have in our stash!






There you go…another weekend post in the archives! I hope that this perked you up to take another look at this stamp set. I will say that we always are learning lessons and this is one that I am glad that I learned!

Happy Fathers Day to all of those wonderful men in our lives…..we worked our little tails off yesterday around the house and are going to take some “us time” today! Thanks for the Oscar wishes….he is doing well but yesterday I think he had a bit of a tummy ache and for you people put there that have horses…..you know that it is something to not take lightly…..

I wish that I could have re-wound sleeping last night….but worrying about the animals and checking Oscar throughout the night was needed. I think we are on the right track….A quickie on Mr. Perfect Dog…aka – Milo…..he is getting around like a tripod would do….that little leg of his is straight out but he is in no pain…he continues to melt my heart!

Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!




Up…Up & Away with Thanks!


Now I ask you…is doesn’t get any easier than this…..right???? But also I ask you….don’t you think that is super cute? This is the first time that I have blogged about this stamp set, All Things Thanks and I think that you can see below in the stamp image, it is a great stamp set. We always seem to need “thank you stamps” and I think that the sentiments and fonts are super!




This literally is a “minutes” card to make – the most time consuming part (and actually it is not bad as it is always rewarding) is the heat embossing! The card is a 4 1/4″ square card and then the center strip of Navy is a 2″ X 4 1/4″ piece and then the Watermelon Wonder are thin slivers, 1/8″ and then adhered! SO SIMPLE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚




The fast ease of this card was by covering the whole front of the card stock with this super fun DSP that is part of SAB so with a $50.00 order, it can be your for FREE!!!! (I say yippee as we all love these goodies). The card is completely flat (something that I rarely do) but I will say, I think that it is handsome!)




I love the boldness of this unique paper offering. I say, how can you not go wrong with the classic look of Navy and then a POP of color! Works for me! You could easily make this a regular size card or also a notecard…just make the adjustments! I think that anyone would love to receive this classic!





You can see that the custom envelope and the fun back flap pulled it all together! It is so easy to make a project complete ~ once you get into the swing of it, you will always give your envelopes some love.

Something that I forget to do and I honestly do not know why….I used (3) enamel dots and I LOVED that simple accent. I think that the color against the navy screams WOW!




Here is your picture to “PIN’...it really is so simple, you could copy this without any help!



I am having to go out of town today….so with that said, I am fearful that I will not have time to whip up a post soooooooo I think tomorrow we should have some BLOG CANDY!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love to read your comments when we have Blog Candy!

With that said, pop back tomorrow to see what I have up my sleeve and maybe you will be the winner! Thanks for popping in and I hope that this clean and simple card has lifted you UP today!




“Jane” is back in the house!


Hello and here is to a NEW week and a week of fun on Simple Stampin’. Yesterday when I was down at the barn trying to ignore the fact that it was FREEZING I decided to play a game with myself and plan my week of posts for you and I think that you are going to like what I have in store!

Now the reason I used this title for today’s post is simple….it is a super simple, rather “Plain Jane” card and trust me….it is a keeper! Now if you name is “Jane” – please do not take offense …I have (2) friends named Jane and they are NOT plain at all…actually they are both super fun!

Now how about this A M A Z I N G stamp set that is a part of Sale-A-Bration 2017 and this font is a GRAND SLAM out of the ballpark! Just take a look at this BIG beauty and also, the little sentiment words…fun, clean and classic! Remember, this stamp set can be yours for free with a $50.00 order (before shipping and taxes) but the sky is the limit with how many freebies you can earn….spend $100 – you get to pick 2 goodies…..




I have shared this before with you but I am sure that I have followers that have not heard this. When I started stampin’ up (about 5 years) ago…I thought that the color Sahara Sand was not the best…it was a dirty looking…grayish…..BLAH!!!! Well, was I wrong and I challenge you to give it a try.

Try it with all colors – you will be soooooo amazed. It is truly a neutral that will work with anything and it gives a feel like no other! The size of the Sahara Sand is 4″ X 5 1/4″ and then stamped in Sahara Sand. My stamp pad was well inked and I was thrilled with the look….so much, I stamped 12 of them to have on hand because I just adore this simple card!

Here are a couple of pictures that you will get a kick out of. As I said abouve, I stamped it in Sahara Sand but look at the below picture, I had a “wobble moment” and there was a wee bit of ink that made a mark.

I wanted to show you this because WE ALL KNOW IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US….but there are ways to hide your boo-boo’s! That is why in the end I placed a sequin over top and PRESTO no one would ever know and actually it adds to the card!




Now let’s chat about the other fun of the card….the fireflies! THIS IS ONE HOT BUNDLE and yep, I would only purchase this as a bundle as you can see that the stamp set is fabulous and the sentiments, perfect for many cards that we will make!

Look at the detail….this is an exciting addition and I think that we are all going to get a bunch of use from this one! I invite you to look at the sample they have below. Notice the button….doesn’t that look amazing with that linen thread? I do not know about you….but I have a ca-zillion buttons and I plan to use them like you see below!




I need to back up to when I was in school….Biology and I dd not hit it off when we had to dissect things…..but today, we are doing some surgery on the fireflies! The below picture will show you the fire flies that I created for this simple card!

I did use my paper snips which worked like a dream but then as I was doing more of them I thought… what about my craft cutter. That would super as well but if you do use this – PLEASE BE CAREFUL or just stick to the paper snips! (ALSO, no stressing here….just go for it – remember YOU are the only one that knew that they were together….

I admit that I find this craft knife very handy but it is SUPER SHARP….here is the one that I like because of the “soft grip” handle.Hang on in ordering it as tomorrow is TIPS for your Tuesday and I have another Amazon product that you will love! (just saying) ๐Ÿ™‚ I am such an enabler!





You can see that the Sahara Sand was lifted off of the Very Vanilla base – THAT IS IT!!!! Sooooo simple. I did add a piece of craft foam behind the piece and I love the feel in your hand and also it goes through the mail perfectly!

Green Glue was my friend for the adding of the fireflies….but I will admit, once I started making many of these I switched to Stick It as WOW….no waiting time and no potential mess!





Here is your picture for the future…..hover over it and you can Pin away! I was scratching my head for the envelope fun and then Plan B – an Embossing Folder – works great!

One clean and simple, yet beautiful card! This is a stamp set that will be on Randall Lane forever as I adore the font!




Let’s all have a great week! I hope to see you back here tomorrow because I have a TIP for you that I think that you are going to love. HEADS UP to all that adore embellishments…..this one is FOR YOU and it makes me smile everyday I look at it!

It is still bitter cold on the East Coast so please be careful and stay safe! To me, it’s a great time to stay in and craft! See you in the morning….get ready to shop at Amazon ~ you will love it!



A super easy THANK YOU for your Sunday!


Are you scratching your head saying – “Where in the heck is this stamp set?” Well, it is on page 53 in the Occasions Catalog and I think that this is a stamp set that many of you are going to “pass right by” but I say – it is a KEEPER!

I love the fonts, I love the sentiments, and I love the sheer FUN of the set – very modern and fun! John asked me for some “thank you” cards and this is what I came up with!

p.s. – he is happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

This card is soooooo easy that you really do not need me….you just need the supplies, and we know that is super easy to do…..just click away!

Remember, with every $50.00 purchase you will be able to pick a FREEBIE from Sale-a -bration (the sweetest time of the Stampin’ Up! year) do you have a FAVORITE?????….please leave me a comment DO TELL!

Before we get to the “meat and potatoes”….I have a confession, I deleted many pictures and I did not realize it until I posted this!…..It’s ok as it is super simple yet I think special! If you need me for clarity, just email me…..I will be happy to help!





I will do a post on my “heart throb favorites” in this new catalog but I will give you a “heads up” – this is below favorite is one of them! Again, the picture does not do it justice…you need to see it in person to appreciate it!

I adore it and I have already purchased several packs of it as I am showcasing it on a card in my monthly classes in the mail! Heck, if we can not be together in person, having me in the mail is the next best thing!

Do you also remember all of the comments about masculine cards….I say – H E L L O ….here you go! This is just ONE STUNNING paper collection!




As my Mom always said, you can never go wrong with Navy…and I think that you can see where I get my wisdom from! She was an amazing person and I know that she would have loved this card!

Please do not be afraid to let the DSP shine! Georgette has taught me that as she always produces such amazing cards….when it gets right down to it…..paper is not super expensive…so USE IT!





Are you surprised???….this is heat embossed and I think that the silver looks GREAT on the navy! When I 1st showed it to John, I thought he would not like the shiny part of the silver….but “THUMBS UP” – and POOF – his wife produced a stash for him!





Now for a funny! I know that I totally messed up with the pictures today ๐Ÿ™ย  (sorry) – but I simply did not have it in me to go back upstairs and retake them….I think that this great card is soooo straight forward that you “get it”

I know that many of you like the “Happenings on Randall Lane” and I have some animal pictures and stories for you! Horses are sooooo darn tootin’ smart and Oscar is just a dream! We bought him actually for me but then Hannah’s horse became injured and she ended up showing him for many years but now he is back to me, the “EASY RIDE” compared to Hannah!

When Hannah was home over the holidays she wanted to go down and give him some TLC and an extra special grooming! Well…her bubble was burst as when she went to his field he would let her catch him….(something he did quite often) when they were competing and it would drive Hannah NUTS because he always comes to me (YEP, I am the EASY STREET…the basic of all basics when I ride him) ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Well…I was at the grocery store and Hannah turnedย  to John for help and she texted me this picture…..is this PRICELESS OR WHAT! She took it on her phone so I had to blow it up a bunch for you to get the “fun” so the quality is not the best….here is Dear old Dad on his knees (most likely with a carrot) pleading with him to let him bring him in!

John is the best, he is not a horse person by nature but he sure does tolerate them (and ME)! I thought that this was a sweet story to share! I actually would have loved to have heard what he was saying….it was probably something like…..“I can’t believe that I am on my knees trying to convince you to let me catch you and if you do anything to me…..damn, the things I do for Hannah and Susan…..now stand still and eat this damn carrot and let me put a lead rope around you” ๐Ÿ˜€ย 




Now to my little buddy Milo. As many of you know it you have followed my blog, I adore animals but I cherish my dogs. I miss my dear sweet Eddie each and everyday and honestly there is not a day that goes by that he is not in my thoughts….he was the BEST FRIEND anyone could of ever asked for!

Well…I was at a Horse Show in Sept of 2015 and if you remember I adopted Milo for Earlene, one of my Mom’s friends! Earlene is so special to me and please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she was in the hospital this week. Milo is the BEST pick me up for her…and he sure has filled a void in my life with Eddie not being around!

I take him to her house and she lights up like 4th of July and it makes my heart happy! He is always so perfect and hops right up in her lap and leaves off right where they were from the previous visit! This is something that she looks soooooo forward to and I can say that on Christmas Eve, Milo and I hopped in the car and went to give “Nana” a hug and a super quick visit….it completed my Holiday Eve!





Well….enough about Randall Lane….I thought because I was a bit “short” with the pictures today that I would give you some GREAT SMILE MAKERS, my animals!

You know that I get “giddy” with heat embossing and I know that you do as well. Just always to remember to have your “shhhhhhh….secret weapons handy” – the embossing buddy, a super cheap small paint brush if needed, and a good heat tool that is good and hot before you bring it to your embossed area!

This is a card that anyone would be super proud to receive! I am just head over heels with the simplicity of it but even more so that John asked me to make him MORE CARDS! He truly is the best….and also the BEST (and only) blind date I was ever on!

I hope that you have a FABULOUS day and if you are in bad weather….be safe! Sonny, I hope that you are safe as Hannah said that she had snow and you all in North Carolina seem to go in panic mode when there is snow! Tomorrow I will share with you a FUNNY picture that she sent to me! PRICELESS!

Remember, shopping in your jammies is really – REALLY on trend! (Heck – you go to the normal stores and people have heir jammies on) so Stampin’ Up! shopping is “just fine”

Please share my blog with your friends and family! I love what I do and I love helping you as I believe that each one of us has the inner talent and desire to create. It doesn’t have to be a Picasso…it just needs to be from your heart!

See you tomorrow!




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