Wednesday, January 23, 2013

simon says stamp challenge

I was inspired to make a card for the Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge this week! The challenge is paper piercing, and I made a card with a new set that Lizzie Anne recently designed called Happy Heart Day. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

happy, happy october!

I love October for many reasons. Fall colors are very "me"... most of my house is decorated in Fall colors. My oak tree in the front of my house has beautiful red leaves.  The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is this weekend, which I look forward to every year. I love Halloween decorations-- and of course, Halloween cards! And even better, today is World Card Making Day! So I thought I'd share a few of my recent Halloween / Fall themed cards. Enjoy the day... go play (with your stamps!)

Stamps used: Plaid Pumpkin and Thankful sentiment

Stamps used: cat from Ghostly Greetings and Spider Web

Stamps used: Ghostly Greetings

Stamps used: Fright Night

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I love social media and the way it improves the ways we share with each other, especially in the cardmaking / crafting world. I find that more often than not I upload my creations directly to my Pinterest page, and less often to my blog here. This will be happening more often than not. So if you'd like to continue following my work, please visit me on Pinterest, I'd love to have you as a follower! My page is here:

Monday, August 13, 2012

vacation crazy

I have not been home for the past two months. I've been vacation crazy! It's true. Two trips to Utah (one to visit family and another for my High School Reunion, yikes! It was fun), a camping trip, and a trip to Cannon Beach. Our final trip of the summer is planned for Labor Day... a camping trip to Lake Chelan with friends. I'm looking forward to it! And then *maybe* I'll be ready to take it easy at home for awhile. Though I sure do like vacations! :)

Here's a card I made with some new stamps I designed for Gourmet Rubber Stamps... they are in this set called Pack Your Bags which I think is one of our most fun vacation/summer sets yet. And it also features our new Chevron Stripes Coverall background stamp. I cannot get enough of Chevron stripes right now.

 And here is a shot of me eating at this awesome place in Salt Lake called Lone Star Taqueria, where they are known for their awesome fish tacos. They were featured on Diners, Driveins, and Dives on the Food Network so they are always SUPER busy. But it's worth the wait.

Notice I'm wearing a Chevron stripes dress. ;)

Hope you are enjoying your summer vacations!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

raspberry crumble bars

I don't often (if ever) post recipes to my blog, but I have to say... I made these raspberry oat bars for the first time today and they ROCK! Here's how you make them.

1) Pick fresh raspberries. Okay, you don't actually have to pick them. ;) I just happened to stop by the local raspberry farm with my daughter today, which is what inspired me to make these bars. I have raspberries everywhere! Fresh raspberries from the store also work.

2) Make raspberry jam. What you want to do is pour some of your raspberries into a sauce pan and add a little water, and start cooking it down. Cook it for about 10 minutes, and then strain it (I used my flour sifter, the mesh worked fine) so you don't have any seeds. You want to end up with about a cup of raspberry juice. Put it back on the stove to simmer, and stir in 1/2 cup of white sugar. Simmer until it starts to get thick... it took about 20 minutes. Let cool.

3) Here's the raspberry crumble recipe, taken from the food network.
  • 2 sticks butter, softened, plus more for the pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Raspberry Preserves


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.
Add the flour, both sugars, oats and salt to a bowl in your stand mixer. Add in the butter and egg and beat at low speed. Stop the machine and scrape the bowl down a couple of times. Keep processing until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Keep 2 cups crumb mixture aside.
Press the remaining crumb mixture on the bottom the prepared pan. Spread the Raspberry Preserves over top, leaving 1/2-inch border. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the preserves.
Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.


I also sprinkled some cinnamon, sugar, and extra oats on top of my crumble. Super good!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

true colors

These two cards were made with a stamp set I designed called True Colors. I stamped the sentiment from the set on the inside of the cards. I've been wanting to do an art-themed set for quite some time... there is box of crayons in this set too that would go great with the "Life is a Box of Crayons" sentiment. If I can find that sentiment somewhere in my stamp stash, I'll make one! :)

I was camping this weekend and I took a bunch of crafting supplies with me so I could make cards outdoors on the picnic table. I was surprised at how much fun it was... I wasn't sure how convenient it would be, but as it turns out, I must have been inspired by nature because I couldn't stop stamping. I highly recommend stamping outdoors if you haven't tried it. It's true my cards smell a little like campfire smoke, but hey, it's all part of the experience.

One of the things my kids love to do the most when we go camping is make S'mores. I took several photos of the S'more making, and thought I'd make a little tag with The Great Outdoors stamp set to use with a potential scrapbooking page. I love that little S'more stamp and stick with the marshmallow on it... so fun to stamp with!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

happy independence

I absolutely love patriotic themes. Red, white, and blue are such great colors. And I love Independence Day. For those of us living in Seattle, July 4th represents the unofficial beginning of summer (I know that's a little late for the rest of you out there in the USA but it's typically when the weather gets warm here. )

This is a card I made with the GRS Happy Independence Appetizers set. I LOVE the fireworks in this set, they are so fun to play with. This card was super easy to make... just splash a few fireworks across a white card, add some buttons, and layer the sentiment over the top. Clean, easy, and beautiful.

I have a fun freebee today... I designed some digital paper a few years ago called Stars & Stripes that I'd be happy to share in honor of the holiday! Click HERE or on the image below to download! This matches my God Bless the USA stamp, available at Gourmet Rubber Stamps.

To all those living in the USA--- Happy Independence Day!

Monday, June 25, 2012

mason jar thank you

A pretty little thank you card I made with the mason jar and flowers in the Bloom and Grow Diners stamp set. I love that little retro mason jar... lots you can do with that image! The thank you stamp is from Everyday Sayings.

Friday, June 15, 2012

birthday trio

I've have a shortage of birthday cards on hand, so I decided to come up with a layout I liked and stamp a few cards at the same time. You'll see there are subtle differences on each card, but they all follow the same recipe. I used some fun new word-stamps that I designed for GRS that were just released today... Sentiments Squared (Appetizer set) and Birthday Squared (Coveralls background.) I used Versamark ink on the background stamp... I've always been a big fan of Versamark!

Here's each of the cards... and my description of how I think each looks. Made to match whatever friend's personality I need a card for! Which card fits your personality? :)


Retro and Glamorous
(check out those awesome buttons, they make me swoon)

Bright and Girlie