Freshly Made Sketch For You

Ladies & gents, boys & girls… I think I will start my countdown clock with this post!  NINETEEN days and a wake-up!  If you don't know what I'm talking about you'll have to rewind my posts and start reading here.

As my clock winds down and I begin another long journey to the motherland this card is dedicated to YOU!  Yes you!  You are here reading and I am grateful you enjoy reading my card blog.

In the last 5.5 months I have literally received hundreds of emails, cards, and prayers from so many of you.    I've been deployed three times and this has been one of the best one's ever!

Why?  Because this is the first time I carried my hobby with me.  I said I was living proof that this hobby can be taken anywhere in the world… and YOU have faithfully me followed me.  A million Thank You's is never enough.

For the first time ever you too can have this wonderful hobby for only $25!  Learn more…

I'd also like to WELCOME to the Circle of Pals… Veva S., Jennifer G., and Shari A.  I am beyond excited to have you on my team!  The PALS is one of the BEST teams to be in with Stampin' Up! and the support is like no other!

FMS Final 107-001

This card is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches 107.

Doesn't this stamped image look like a framelit label?  Well, don't let your eyes fool you.  It's a negative image…LOL.  I cut out the Chalk Talk Framelits label out of the Venetian Romance designer series paper and stamped the actual card base in Gold Emboss Powder.  It looks deceiving because I used Neutrals Candy Dots on the edges.  I absolutely LOVE IT! 

At my fifth month point the Envelope Punch Board was revealed and I just had to get one… not because I wanted it, but because I NEEDED it… LOL.  Now, it has become an extension to each card that I make.  I love to give a card with a matching envelope.  Do you have your yet?

TRY A BUNDLED KIT:   A kit for your everyday occasions… Birthday, Congratulations, Thank You, For you.

Everyday Occasions Card making Kit 134797
Price: $29.95

Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding, or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Card making Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips. And best of all, they’ll be handmade!

The kit contains everything you need (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes with a beautiful box to store your cards in.

The Everyday Occasions kit includes:

  • Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
  • Twine, buttons & clips
  • Pre-cut paper embellishments
  • Mini ink pads (Stampin’ Spots)
  • Seven-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block
  • Full color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards
  • A cool, storable, giftable box


Stamp Set(s):  Chalk Talk
Inks/Color:  Real Red
Tools/Punches/Dies:  Chalk Talk Framelits

Sending Love & Blog Candy Reminder

Sending Love

Hello again everyone… today is my last day of Spring Break and will end it with spending it with family over dinner at TGIF.  I saw the Jack Daniels burger commercial and now I want one.  The person who came up with the commercial idea has earned their pay… it made me want to visit them…. LOL.

On another note, I normally do not make custom cards, but simply sell the one’s I don’t give away (you can see them here).  However, once in a while someone will ask for a custom card.  Making custom cards scare me.  Why?  Because making a card is my hobby and I always feel that perhaps I may not make what they envisioned.

Either way, I sometimes bend a little and go ahead and make the card.  All I ask is for artistic freedom and only ask for desired color theme.

Sending Love

Back to this card… A friend at work asked if I could help him out and make a special card for his wife before I deployed.  I couldn’t say no because he is a very caring family guy.  The love for his family is evident in how he speaks of his wife and children, so being the non-crafty person that I am (for real… I’m not kidding).  I will prove it below… hahaha.

I CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything) this card from Clean and Simple Cards by Kristie Lee.  Told you I’m not crafty… If I like what I see, I copy it. LoL.  The “sending love” rubber stamp was used from the Retired Ain’t Love Grand stamp set.  If you want to purchase it you must buy it NOW because I only have ONE available to sell in my “Retired Stamps for Sale“.

In the craft world we all share our designs and only ask to be given credit when copied.  However, I did change it up and made it my own.  Let’s just say, Freddie* was very happy with the card and I’m sure his wife will love it.  What’s not to love, it was made just for her. =)

*Real name changed to protect the innocent.

Sending Love

I used the words in the balloon stamp and colored it in with a Real Red Stampin’ Write marker.

Ain't Love Grand Stamp SetThe stamp set used (Ain’t Love Grand) to stamp “sending love” is now retired.  I only have one available, so if you want to make this card using the same rubber stamp, you must be the first one to buy it here.

There’s Only One You

As the card says, we are all only one and so is this stamp set.  If you didn’t get it during Sale-a-bration, it may be very difficult to get it now.  But, I am willing to part with it soon.  When?  With the very next person who decides to get $125.00 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99!  Read about it now. Continue reading

Have You Ever Felt Butterflies in Your Stomach?

I gush with delight because this card came out perfect!  Finishing this card made me feel butterflies in my stomach… LoL.  It took me months to figure out my style and I will never stop repeatig myself… I’m a clean and simple girl.  Well, sometimes I’m a little dirty, but nothing that a little soap won’t fix… LoL… and I’m not implying soap in my mouth. =)

I often get feedback from friends that they are not creative.  Well, I hate to break the news to you darlings, but neither am I!  Everything I create comes from an inspired picture or fabric.  As simple as a tiled floor gets me thinking, “hey, I could cut paper and make it resemble that!” =)

I challenge you to simply buy one stamp set (and ink if you don’t have it)… yes just one!  I will send you enough paper with a layout, so you can recreate it yourself to make FOUR cards.  You will be very surprised and a little beside yourself.  You will say, “SELF, I CAN MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CARD!”  This I promise you.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Easy Events, Make a Cake
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Subtle DSP
Ink Pad:  Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle

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