It’s time for Tic-Tac- Toe!



If it’s Thursday… it’s time to play tic-tac-toe! Take a peek at this weeks game board and then put your thinking cap on and see what you can come up with!

Having a challenge like we have on Thursdays with playing tic-tac-toe really brings out the “Inner Picasso” within us all. Make sure you take time to pop by the challenge to see what the other designers came up with as well!

I just think it is super fun to see how we all can look at the same game board and then have so many different interpretations of it!






For today’s challenge I took the far right… Straight down  – Persimmon, dimension and rounded corners. I wasn’t quite sure about the color of persimmon so I decided to throw in two colors… I used Calypso Coral and a little peek of Peek-A-Boo peach.

The fun thing about this card is you could make it rather modern (like I did today)…you can use a multitude of colors… and you can put many different types and styles of sentiments on your card.

In the below picture you can see how I simply placed the framelits randomly on the thick white card stock before I ran it through Mr. Big. The beauty of this card design is you can use any of the shapes in any direction and also the fact that the stamp is a photopolymer it makes it super easy to stamp.







I used versa mark Ink  – the clear water marking ink that we use for heat embossing to do a very subtle tone on tone stamping.I highly encourage you to try this type of tone on tone stamping as it truly is amazing the effect that it gives. I think sometimes we just think of this ink for actual heat  embossing but it truly does give you a wonderful effect that is very subtle.

Can you see the gold the splatters of ink that I flicked all over the card?I wish you could see it in real life as it is truly stunning… sometimes the camera just doesn’t give it justice! (Actually the whole card is hard to photograph as the Lemon Lime Twist always throws the lighting/color off a bit)

I have been asked many times how I do that… I use these metallic paints and all I do is get them nice and wet with the paint brush and then tap my index finger against the paintbrush to let splatters hit the paper. It is a great touch with little effort but the WOW is there!







Now we can chat about heating embossing…I used the sentiment from the stamp set and stamped it in Bermuda Bay against the Pool Party card stock. Right after I stamped it I added clear embossing powder over top of the Bermuda Bay Ink and heat set it.

Again, the camera doesn’t pick it up wonderfully but I will say it is very pretty in person.The color of heat embossing against the pool party is just so bright and cheerful.







It’s time to pull this party together with a beautiful envelope.You can see the colors that I pulled together to take from the card. Today I decided to adhere all of the colors together and then run it through Mr. big with the Sparkle embossing folder.

I realize making your envelopes beautiful is an additional step but I do think we all can agree that it truly pulls it all together. Trust me, once you get started giving your envelopes some love –  you will never break the habit. It not only does it make you smile you, the recipient will beam with excitement to receive such a pretty piece of mail! 😀

Below you can see that I rounded to the corners of the card.This is something that I rarely do and I am not sure why and in the end I like the effect!

I find it best to use the corner rounders that comes on the envelope punch board to give the best results. Again, a little simple step that gives you a fun look and feel.







There you go…Another card for the challenge. I do hope that you pop over to the  Tic Tac Toe website to see what everyone else came up with this week. If you would like or need help in how to upload a picture please shoot me an email and I’ll be glad to walk you through the process.

Enjoy your day and I hope you’re able to find some creativity time.We all know that is the best dose of medicine that anyone could offer to us. Yesterday I felt like you all were in my house… As I was busy organizing my craft area. I felt like I was Chevy Chase in the Christmas movie as I was finding all sorts of memories –  brought lots of joy to my heart!

All I can say is… It’s amazing what we collect!





Tic-Tac-Toe gift in a BOX!





Here is a FUN idea for that “hard to think of what to get” friend. Let’s face it, we all really do not need anything BUT there are times that we like to make someone’s day!

I took full advantage of the game board this week and went straight across the top – ACETATE-BOX-CELEBRATE! Make sure that you pop over to the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge Site to see what the other designers came up with!







I hope that you can “get this idea” as it is a great concept and just think of all of the “products/enclosures” that you could put in this little  box of fun. First, the White Box is on CLEARANCE and how can you go wrong, (let me answer itYOU CAN’T) for $3.20 and you get 8! HIT THAT BUTTON!

This box has the the makings for someone to make (5) gift enclosures with adorable envelopes and eat some yummy chocolates while doing it…and heck – the chocolates look super cute as well!







It was super hard to get a good picture if the inside but it does fit in there perfectly. Are you wondering why I put an odd number (5) of enclosures in the box?

Let me share my method to my madness….I chose that number because I have (5) of the squares that I used to decorate the box! I used a temporary adhesive to mount them so all you would have to to is take them off….add some adhesive and PRESTO…..someone can make a sweet enclosure in a jif!

I also added the banners of Trick or Treat as well as some dimensionals….. so all Suzanne has to do is trim the ends and she is good to go! This really is a DIY gift of fun!







To me, this is the best Halloween Stamp we have in this catalog. Not only is it a super stamp set….but the BUNDLE part is a punch… that makes ALL OF US happy!

There is a little something for everyone but the real star is….THE CAT PUNCH! I knew that this cat would be flying off the shelf and yep….you need to purchase this as a bundle….a win-win all the way around! Punches make life so fast and easy.

I did not use the cat punch on my enclosures today but you can see that I did punch a bunch out…..tied a white bakers twine bow around and popped it in my box. Susanne is a huge cat lover and I know that she will put them to get use!

Don’t forget, the punch will pop out the cat image on the DSP….how clever!







One thing that I love to give as hostess gifts are tags. Wouldn’t this be an amazing idea to do making Holiday Tags?

I do not worry one bit if I am giving Holiday tags to someone and it is super close to Christmas….the way that I look at it is….they will ALWAYS get used and trust me, it would be a HIT of a GIFT~

Think about birthday enclosures…I just was squealing with excitement when I created this – it is a win-win because it is super clever but it is super useful!

Remember, handmade will TRUMP a store bought gift any day…and not only will you feel great….the lucky recipient will love it as well! You see…it’s FUN to think out of the box!





Tic-Tac-Toe Thursday!



How about this fresh and fun card for you today! Thursday fun with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and this super fun new DSP just makes this card a breeze to whip up in a jif but the fun factor still high!

Here’s the game board….and today I went straight across…Gold, Oval & Bling. I ask you….when you look at these game boards…do you just STOP what you are doing and let your mind go wild with thinking what you have and which way you would play the game?






My adorable god-daughter left today to go to college….where has the time gone! I went over last night to give her one last squeeze and the post that you will see tomorrow! You know me by now, I love to make things coordinate so you will just have to pop back tomorrow to see how I pulled everything together! (it is super cute)

We are just about a week away from the new catalog and let’s quickly chat about this new DSP below, Year of Cheer – isn’t it amazing! I just get giddy about plaids and ginghams…but this has a “bling” of foils in this specialty paper making it super unique.







I admit that it is hard to get pictures of quality with the foils but I think that you can see that this gold and white paper is just super…WOW! This in itself makes the card but adding the Oval Framelits in both the black and gold (you know I love my layers) makes the focal stamp just POP!

I added Fast Fuse adhesive to the back of the oval and then after wrapping the gold thread around my hand…I pushed it into the adhesive and flipped it over and then fru-fru the gold thread to get it “just where I wanted it”….works each and every time! The clear dew drops were in my craft stash and I thought that they would be the perfect bit of fun bling!







I have blogged before with this stamp set, Going Far and it still makes me smile! I just love the font of this sentiment and it was PERFECT for a card wishing someone well as they go off to college!

If you are just getting going with watercoloring, this is a perfect stamp set to get your feet wet with….very fast and very forgiving for a beginner!







One more peek from a different angle! I just love vertical cards and when you see what I paired it with tomorrow I think that you will agree that it was a great duo. It’s all about the little things we do…..maybe it might take a wee bit more time – but trust me, it is sooooo worth the effort!







Here is ME wishing YOU “good luck” in playing with me this week in the challenge….trust me, I know that you are out there….yep YOU – pull out some of that stash that you have…find some me time and play! My hopes are that you will post it in the gallery but even if you do not….please find some time to play!

It is funny, I have people that email me their pictures of what their interpretation of the game is….and as much as I wish that they would put it up in the gallery at the challenge site but they do not for that silly ‘fear factor” that we all seem to have hiding inside of us…..(trust me, I get it as I have been there too) I am ok with it as I am just happy as can be that they played with paper….I call it BTE!


Best Therapy Ever


I’m having a bit of therapy today…Jeanie and I are heading to Annapolis to see Ramsey…Jeanie is getting sad that school is going to start and Ramsey is sad that her daughter left for college… sometimes friends just have to help friends thru the times……STAMP THERAPY! Looking forward to a day of creativity, laughter and memories!

I will see you in the morning….have a great day and go and make someone smile!







Sweet…Simple…Fun & DONE!




WOOT-WOOT to Thursday! It is time to play Tic-Tac-Toe and the board this week is super fun!

I hope that you pop over to the Challenge Site and see what the designers came up with this week and then grab another cup of coffee…study the game board and GO FOR IT!

I ended up with a very productive game board! If I had changed my sentiment…I bet that I could have covered the entire board and the best thing – it was not intentional but the more I looked at the board, the more elements of the game I had….that is what is FUN about this challenge!

I went AcrossBurlap (the bow), Banner (the sentiment) , Yellow (the watercoloring)….then Down….Flower (the stamp image), Leaf (the stamp image)….then AcrossFREE…and Splatter (Specks of Gold Paint)







I have a super sweet and fast one for you today! I think that we can all agree that there are so many times that a simple and sweet notecard like this and this just…“does the trick” There is something very unusual for me with this card….

Can you guess it? Well, let me help you! I rarely, I mean rarely ever do a side fold card. Think about it…I usually do a top fold vertical….or a top fold horizontal ….but rarely a side fold card…WHY???I have no idea!

I wanted to use a note card and today I am using the Very Vanilla Notecard and Envelopes. I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! came out with these in the Vanilla. I am a big fan of this size and it is a treat to have 2 color options! I also love the price…$6.00 for 20 thick very vanilla card bases that are already scored and matching envelopes….here comes another WOOT!







I am working on a handmade special Birthday gift for my dear sweet Aunt Jean as she will be turning 90 in about 2 weeks. If you have followed my blog than you might remember her. She is not only super sweet and special to me…she is truly a person that I look up to.

You will be seeing more cards that I will be making for her….one thing that she loves and often asks me for…is cards… and naturally I smile. I am trying to come up with fun and practical cards that I know she will love! This was …well besides the game board  – the motivation for the design of todays post!

I have said endless times before that I would have never…ever imagined that I would be doing this “blog thing” that I do…and also still be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator … remember, I was one of those that joined for the discount and then I was “out of here”…well, I guess I changed my mind!!!





What I share with you is what I use. It truly is a win-win for both you and I. I am able to cross things off of my to do list and you can learn…enjoy….have a smile and hopefully leave feeling inspired!

You can tell that I have not put the Count My Blessings Stamp Set away from Wednesday! This will be in the upcoming catalog and I know that it is going to be a one that will be in the Brown Truck to many of our homes….and I say – smart shopper!

Below you will see the images in this stamp set, very classic and easy to work with!






You an see that this is sooooo straight forward but it works! I hope that you agree. It is great to have “secret weapons” like this ready to roll. I adore this new paper and  I think that you will too!

Below you can take a peek but I think that you will agree…the picture just does not do justice to this sweet paper! (that’s why Product Shares are the best!!!!) I will be offering them to you soon….real soon!





I covered the entire front of the notecard in this fun DSP. It’s funny, you can see that the DSP has a good bit of Pool Party in it and I do not have a lick of that color in my watercoloring…but it still looks great!

The reason why I am pointing that out to to share with you that it is ok not to be so exact with your coordination….go with what feels good to you! I am tickled with the simplicity of this…very fast!






The sentiment was from the fabulous carried over Stamp Set Feather Together. There are 2 main things that I adore about this stamp set. One, because it is a Photopolymer and then other…the sentiments & fonts…WOW. I used this for a card kit that I created last year and I still look at the samples from that kit and I smile! (that’s when you know it’s a keeper)





I invite you to look at the stash that you have and then make a “blending of 2 stamps together” Let me explain, when you see the sentiments in the Count My Blessings Stamp Set, the sentiments are amazing, but the scale of them for a note card is too big for a notecard in the orientation that I chose for this card.

I went to the stash that I have and PRESTO – the Feather Together was a perfect pick. I loved the way that the sentiment had a natural flow to compliment the flower.





I bet you are wondering where did I get the gold ink for the flecks – I have a small palette of 6 paints that I enjoy adding a wee bit of bling to projects. When you hold it in your hand, you see the classic little accent that catches the light!

Enjoy your day and don’t forget to take a peek in the Clearance Area….I can see that many items have already depleted but I totally “get it” – as who does not like a deal!

Stampin’ hugs….





Tic-Tac-Toe…NAILED IT!




 Do you ever had times when the moon and the stars just seemed to line up and work for you?



This is how I felt about the project I am sharing with you today! Below you will see the game board for the week and I hope that you pop over to the Tic-Tac-Toe Website to see what the other Team Designers came up with!

I have a video for you (that I made last year) that will make you an expert in making these fun poppers! I think that you will find the instructions – “SPOT ON” and you will be whipping these up in minutes! I make them all year around as they are always sooooo well received and face it – people just love them as they are so fun and festive!

If you are going to a friends house for a dinner together, make up these and take with you! Your hostess will love the unexpected fun it brings to the table….if I am going to lunch with someone…I often make one and tuck it in my purse – again, very unexpected but always remembered! This is a GREAT WAY to use up old DSP that you might have!!! (hint-hint)









Do you remember on Tuesday I shared with you how priceless Jeanie’s expression was on her face when I said I was going to Walmart? Well…I got her again!

As we were “chatting up a storm” she asked me…have you worked on your Tic Tac Toe project for Thursday? Quickly I said no….and then she said – it’s due today!

YIKES – I totally forgot that this is the week that our design team that we are both on are showcasing….then I said – what does the board look like – she said…1st row – Metallic – Anything but a card – Green…..without another word I said – DONE – Say no more….I’m making poppers with the Frenzy Foil Lemon Lime Twist….

WOOT-WOOT….I felt like doing the HAPPY DANCE…..and guess what….her glasses went up on her head….her jawed dropped ….and I smiled! 😀 







Well…there you go….a fun and festive post for your Thursday!!! I admit…I re-watch this video to be sure I remember but at the same time I still have that “happy feeling in my heart” when I make them – they are just so fun and easy!









Here is a “cheat sheet” for you to go by. Please watch the video as I will walk you through all of the below steps but I think that these will help for that “at a glance reminder” of making these!


  • 6″ X 4 1/2″ piece of DSP or Solid Card Stock
  • Score at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″ & 4 1/2″ – use the bone folder and score well!
  • Starting on the little one (the 1/2″) punch at 1″ and FLIP and punch at 1″ again…..(do this for all of the scored lines, folding down the paper on each fold) The Video will help you and once you make one…’s like riding a bike – YOU’LL GET IT…and CAUTION: These are ADDICTIVE to make! The key part is the PUNCH and the FLIP!
  • Use a strip of Tear & Tape on the center part and simple glue dots on the little end pieces.
  • Tie off one end…fill and SMILE!


Have fun and please find a bit of time today to give them a try! You will be sooooo happy! See you in the morning! 😀

p.s. – Here is another GREAT TIP that will surely be a win-win for you and the recipients! These would be a fantastic idea to take to a Nursing Home and even a School… not fill them with any candies but fill them with an inspirational message…a quick note of “sunshine” and for the kids….maybe do a sort of scavenger hunt – you can see that my mind is always thinking!!! 😛





It’s time to play Tic-Tac-Toe!





Thursday’s are all about playing Tic-Tac-Toe….but also TODAY….THIS THURSDAY is a super special day for me because I am going to meet a blog follower, Georgette Huff. I am over the top excited as she contacted me months ago saying that she would be in the area visiting a friend and hopefully we could meet!

Can you say….MUSIC TO MY EARS!!! I feel so blessed to do this simple thing of “paper, stamps & ink” and to have the opportunity to “cyber meet” but then to “real life” meet…..EEK – I am pinching myself! 😀

OK… is the challenge board for this week and I went down the right side….(well, kinda) The plants thing kinda got me so when in doubt….ask friends!

That’s what I did and I loved the response that I received from fellow PAL and TTT Challenge Designer, Shannon Jaramillo…she said “Open to interpretation”…to me, that’s like saying…HAVE FUN!!!! 😛







I used the Whisper White Notecards to make this sweet card. When I think of Georgette I think of DSP as she is the Queen of using “prints” of DSP to make her card fronts pop! Truth be told, she is much more creative that I am showing you today as all I did was a quick cut to 3 1/2″ X 5″ of the DSP from the Birthday Memories DSP Collection.







When you look at the line up of products that I used at the end of the post…you will see that I am using several framelits from a variety of Bundles. YEP, I like to do that and if you get in the habit of cutting the shapes out of your bundles and having them on a paper for reference, it makes it super easy to flip through and find the perfect shape/accent for you to add to a project!

I know that many times we all can remember the shapes etc…but if not, this works great. I will wager to say that the framelits of May Flowers gets overlooked by many….this is one framelit that I love to use as a “go to” filler….(On this card, it is the Daffodil Delight little circle flower thingies! 🙂 







The “hugs” was from the Lovely Inside & Out Bundle and I just snipped the edge of the circle that was attached when it was cut out. This is a very unique framelit offering and again, Stampin’ Up! did a fantastic job with being so unique with the design. You know I adore “words” to use on cards….and this set makes me smile!

I should have used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to do the “stacking” of the “hugs” but silly Susan, I forgot… great glue did the trick for me today! Have you tried these Adhesive Sheets yet? They do a super job with die cut adhering and no sticky fingers!







So….seeing the card upclose you can see the “row” of “all things round (the circles)…stacked words (the hugs)…plants (my lovely “greenery”) to play this weeks challenge. Please make sure that you go to the Tic Tac Toe Site and see the BEAUTIES that the designers created this week.

I say….their creative juices were on overload as they are insane! It is just so much fun to see other peoples work and also when you play a challenge, to see the interpretation that others do.

I can remember one of the reasons that I was afraid to try a challenge was when I looked at the challenge I took it too literally and said….“I do not have that”….so in my head would think  –  I can’t do this one….DOES THIS RING A BELL WITH ANYONE????







There you go…and NOW IT IS YOUR TURN….how about going to the “room or space of fun” and have some well deserved “me time” and play with us this week?

Not only would I love to see your work in the gallery….but I am sure that …..NO, I KNOW – that you will feel great about yourself….because YOU DID IT! Please feel free to email me if you need help!

Have a GREAT day….I know that I am going to….grabbing a “hug” from Georgette and her friend Chris… doesn’t get any better than this! See you in the morning!




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