My Damask Coral Card

Last month, my friend Rebecca and I spent an afternoon at Craft City Cafe in Federal Way working on crafts and I made nine cards!  I’ve learned I am most productive when I limit myself to just a few different styles of paper, stamps, ink, embellishments and tools.  When I’m in my craft room and I have all my supplies at my fingertips, it’s overwhelming and it seems to take ages to pull a card together.

I had this beautiful “Perfect Day” Close to My Heart paper pack with matching My Stickease (card stock stickers) I’d never used and was happy to finally make a card with it!  I loved the soft shades of coral (or “Sorbet” in CTMH-speak), the matching ribbon and the coral ink pad – it made this an easy card to pull together.

I don’t get to use this rubber wood-mounted stamp enough.  I bought it from Impress Rubber Stamps and I enjoy using it as a background stamp by repeating the image over and over.  I thought it echoed the motif of the “Perfect Day” paper pretty nicely.  I’m not too sure I like the stickers in the lower corners, but they’re on there for good now!  Oh, and I punched paper each layer with a Fiskars scalloped punch.  There are so many interesting punches available to us paper-crafters, and Fiskars is one of my favorite brands for punches and scissors.

Coral Elegance

Coral Elegance

A special thanks to – and a third shout-out this week – Jayma Malme.  I didn’t remember the name of the paper pack I used for this card, so I sent her a picture text of this card and she quickly identified it.  What a pro – she knows her Close to My Heart inventory!  I love that within minutes, I had an answer.  Thanks for checking your phone regularly, Jayma!

…And thank YOU for reading my blog.


Blooming Flourishes

Yesterday I mentioned Jayma Malme in my blog, which was a perfect segue to today’s post!  She writes blog posts for many of the creative papercrafts she makes and I was inspired by these blog posts when I made these two cards.  Seeing her gorgeous cards made me fall in love with that Close to My Heart “Blooming Flourishes” stamp set and I bought it.  Sadly, when I searched for it on the CTMH shopping site, I didn’t see it there.  I think it’s retired!

Here are the posts that inspired these two cards:

Blooming Flourishes Card Created in Mammoth

Jayma’s Mom’s Blooming Flourishes Card

Happy Everything!

Random Stamping Birthday Card

Blooming Flourishes Card

Blooming Flourishes Card

I used Memento black ink to stamp my CTMH acrylic stamps and then colored the images with bright Copic Ciao markers.  I added a few crystals to spice it up and framed the image with black card stock.

Blooming Flourishes Butterfly Card

Blooming Flourishes Butterfly Card

The butterfly was cut and embossed with the Sizzix “Beautiful Wings” Embosslits die from Stampin’ Up! and then Stickles glitter glue was added for some added interest.  I really enjoyed making my own paper with this stamp set.  There were other beautiful acrylic stamps I could have used, so the possibilities for different designs are endless!

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.  🙂

My “Stylish Blogger Award”

Recently, my friend Jayma Malme surprised me with a “Stylish Blogger Award!”

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Jayma!!  What a fun little award to win ~ it’s my first acknowledgment for my blog and this means a lot to me.  🙂  Jayma is a friend I met through Twitter and we also connected on Facebook and face to face when I visited her in October.   She is a Close to My Heart Consultant and an avid blogger and paper-crafter.  Please take a look at her blog and poke around.  She has so many beautiful ideas shared on her site that will inspire you like she has inspired me.

Here are the rules for the recipients of this Stylish Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Share the award with 8 other “Stylish Bloggers” and share the bloggin’ love

Well, the first one was covered, so I’ll move on and try to come up with eight not-so-boring facts about myself.

1. Are you familiar with those yellow Lego-looking traction “things” embedded in the sidewalk on the corner, just before the sidewalk ends and dumps you into the street?  I can’t walk on those!  They hurt my sensitive feet, even though I always wear shoes.

2. My car license plate used to be “DEPMODE,” which is as close as I could get to “Depeche Mode” and I had a custom license plate frame made that mocked those “I’d rather be shopping at Nordstrom” frames. Mine said, “I’d rather be at a Depeche Mode concert.”

3. When I was 19, I quit my job so I could take advantage of a sweet deal on Alaska Airlines: $22 each way to San Francisco! I’d never flown before, so this was an opportunity to seize! I went with a girl friend and we had a great time.

4. When I was in the 5th grade, I broke my right hand on a gingerbread house. I didn’t know it was broken for several weeks after it happened. I just knew that it hurt to write or play hockey in gym class.

5. I had braces on my teeth for seven and a half grueling years: 5th grade until after high school graduation!

6. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE flossing and 2 things I always have with me are floss and Kleenex. I have floss in a kitchen drawer; in a drawer in the coffee table; in my car; in my purse; in my night stand; in my bathroom; at my desk in my office; and at my desk in my home office. I think this floss addiction is due to two things: seven and a half years of flossing with braces was very difficult, so it’s really easy to floss now – AND – I never want to look like the grinning cashier at Safeway with cheese and bread stuck in her teeth. I just can’t get that image out of my mind. SO GROSS.

7. I’ve had long finger nails since some time in elementary school because I loved my mom’s long nails. I have so many memories of her filing her nails and painting them. I don’t paint mine very often because I don’t like being asked if they’re fake.

8. I make and send an average of 800 cards each year and I take a picture of each one.

Here are the eight other recipients I’d like to share this Stylish Blog Award with:

Christine David – I found Christine on YouTube in 2009 because she has so many creative how-to videos.  I learned how to make some cool cards and then was happy to find she lives locally in Maple Valley.  We became fast friends and she is my Close to My Heart Consultant.

Terry Bolender – I met Terry online while looking for a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in 2009.  When she blogs, she shares so many creative cards and ideas.  I love the cards she designs and she inspires my creativity.

Kelly Marie Alvarez – Kelly Marie is known on Twitter as her business name @LawnFawn.  She is a ray of sunshine and is just as wonderful and fun in person as she is online!  After becoming friends through Twitter, I was happy to meet her and her husband Mike in person last August.  Kelly Marie blogs daily and makes video tutorials as well as running a successful acrylic stamp business.  You can also find her work and stamps featured in various paper craft magazines such as Paper Crafts Magazine.

Angela Bodas – We started following each other and connecting on Twitter and someday, we’ll finally meet in person!  We’re both huge Depeche Mode fans and avid crafters, so we have a lot to talk about.  She has loads of creative ideas on her blog, so I hope you visit her site along with these other ladies’ blogs.

Megan Reardon – I don’t recall how I stumbled upon her blog back in 2003 or so, but Meagan’s “Not Martha” website is full of sass, attitude, creativity and great ideas.  She moved to Seattle a few years ago, so now she’s a local girl!

Becca Ludlum – Becca and I met on Twitter and I enjoy reading about her crazy boys on her blog.  She’s a great mom who shares stories of the silliness and madness that goes on in her house.  🙂

Elizabeth Caldwell – I also met Liz on Twitter and found we have music and creativity in common.  She is a freelance Surface Designer and Illustrator specializing in the stationery and gift industry.  You may recognize some of the patterns and creations she has designed!

Jen Young – I found Jen’s blog a few years ago when I was looking for ideas for cutting with my Cricut Expression machine.  She stamps, she creates cards and paper-crafts and she designs custom cuts you can use with software and your Cricut Expression machine!  She’s an Aloha girl, living the good life in Hawaii.  🙂

Oh my – how could I have left out one of my BEST friends, STACY LYNCH!?!?!?  I guess it’s because I was mainly thinking of paper-crafters, but it just feels WRONG to leave her off, because she is so creative and writes regular, excellent blog posts.  So please visit Stacy Lynch’s blog to make up for me leaving her off this list of eight… by accident.  Sorry Stac’!!!

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

*** We interrupt this Depeche Mode card blog streak to bring you my Monday Mojo 172 Card Challenge Card! ***

Since Jayma got me hooked on this weekly card challenge, it has become a lot of fun and now I’ve roped two more friends into doing these challenges with me.  Last night I was at Rebecca‘s house and we worked on the challenge card together and had a great time.  It felt good to create with a friend and work on something creative.

Here is the sketch I was working from:


Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

Here is the card I made – and this time, the card challenge will have a few prizes, so that’s exciting that I have a small possibility of winning something!



"Thinking of You" Mojo Card Challenge 172

"Thinking of You" Mojo Card Challenge 172

I used DCWV “The Natural” cardstock stack and DCWV “The Linen Closet” premium matstack paper along with some Spellbinders scallop circle die and a corduroy button from Stampin’ Up!  I also used some pretty pearls and a stamped sentiment, both from CTMH.  Thanks for reading my blog!


A Special Friendship Card

Last month I had the privilege of meeting my friend and fellow blogger Jayma Malme in person for the first time when I was visiting Southern California.  Jayma and I have a common interest: paper-crafting (and so much more)!  We met through Twitter (her name is @jaymalew) and really clicked online as friends, so when I booked my SoCal flight, I let her know.  She moved from San Diego to Fresno recently, and I was so happy when she decided to visit family in San Diego the weekend I’d be in town – perfect!

Jayma and Steph

Jayma and Steph

I was with friends, traveling from Costa Mesa to La Jolla and San Diego and we were on a time crunch.  Jayma and I met outside an In & Out restaurant  for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and had a chance for a quick photo before I got back on the road again.  I’m just so thankful we got to meet face to face!

After meeting a fellow paper-crafter, how could I NOT make her a custom card?  I sketched out this card – which I almost never do – and watched it come to life.  Don’t laugh, but I had to watch my how-to-cut-felt-in-the-Cuttlebug video in order to remember how to cut the felt flowers.  I’m so glad I made that video so that it can help others like it has helped me.  I cut the stem and leaves freehand with scissors, used a rub-on from CTMH, some fun brads from MakingMemories, paper from DCWV, and pleated some ribbon from CTMH.

Thanks for reading my blog post! 🙂

Friendship Card

Friendship Card