Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scenic Sayings

Getting a lot of use out of the Scenic Sayings stamp set.  And you have just a few more days to purchase it before it goes into the vault!   Retiring for good and only available until May 31st!
Head on over to take a look at the catalog to see what you might want before they all retire.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Towel Sale!

Pop up Memorial day sale!
My Be Brave tea towels are on sale through monday at midnight.
You can purchase 2 for 12.00! 
   (orig $12.00 each)

 When we are Brave we empower others around us to Be Brave too.
The thing about being Brave is it doesn't come without the absence of fear and hurt.
Bravery is the ability to look fear and hurt in the face and say move aside, your in my way.
Thankful for the many who have served our country both generations behind and present for home of the free.
 The have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Garage Sale

Mark your calendars!
The annual retired stamps garage sale is coming!
friday, June 16th 8am- 1pm
Stay tuned for more info!

Donut you just love these donut cards.
They are the May 2017 Paper Pumpkin cards
Sprinkled with Love
If you have yet signed up for Paper Pumpkin
there is a special going on right now for first timers.
25% off for first time subscriptions until June 10th
Click on the Paper Pumpkin orange box on the main page and 
use the code "starthere" to received 25% off your 3 month subscription. 

Paper Pumpkin kits come with everything you need to create the surprise in the box awaiting you.
Many times when you visit the Stampin Up! store you can buy more of the kits if available. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Retreat projects

These are some of the beauties I made this past weekend at the Camano retreat.  
 I decided to make these cards to have on hand to attach to gifts.
They start out as just a 4 x 6 piece of tag board and then you just start building,  the polka dot paper is wrapping paper and flower is cut up hearts glued to create the flower.  The rest is all washi tape!

Of course we couldn't resist beachcombing.  I am always on the look out for heart shaped rocks and well..... I did pretty good!
The blue "julie" rock was painted by Stephanie and the "it is well rock" I created just by using washi tape and a cut out heart!
Pretty cute and super easy for all ages! 

These tags are just two index cards glued together and then again just start collaging with washi tape!  yep!  use what you have and just start putting it all down on paper.  The cut out hearts Stephanie had all ready for us to use and the bird on the tag on the left is wrapping paper.  The paper word are cut out from an old book.
YOU can do this!  And it's so fun to look and see what you have to use.  I see a visit to the craft store for some Washi tape! 

I drew little dots on the felt hearts with black sharpie and cut out the leaves.. The rosette is just wrapping paper wrapped around a pencil and glue down.

These next two projects are done the same way, but these are on pieces of cut out wood.
  A lot of collaging with wrapping paper and washi tape and cutting out of words.  The white streaks are made by using a sponge brush and white acrylic paint and gently brushing a light stroke of paint across the finished piece. 

If you want to start out super easy try this below.....
Just glue two index cards together and take your washi tape and just tape them across the paper.  That's it! 
Literally every strip is Washi! with the exception of the bottom right, that one has some wrapping paper on it.  
Now go see what you have,  you can do this!
They make great tags, or bookmarks or you can use them to create a card.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Camano Island retreat

It was a beautiful weekend on Camano Island. 
Just look at the views........ 

It was a fun filled weekend with lots of laugher, food and creating. We had guest Stephanie Ackerman as our
creative talent!
If you haven't seen her work check her out
HERE  Stephanie Ackerman Designs / Homegrown  Hospitality

The table was all ready for us when we arrived with cute bracelets made by Lovesquareddesigns and of course, Stephanie's cute felt hearts scattered all over.

One of the many things she teaches is stitching and how relaxing it is to just sit and stitch.   She laid piles of material on the table and what she teaches is to just grab and started putting it together.  
Go Rouge!  
 I had found an old vintage looking kerchief on the table and decided to just start adding to it.   Love how it turned out!

Look at the crazy creative mess we managed to make on the table!

Being that we were so close to the beach we made these super large drift wood hearts.  How amazing did these turn out.  

Here's the process as I was piecing all the drift wood together.

Table full of drift wood hearts.  Naturally beautiful!
We made so many more projects.  I'll share more in the next few days. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scenic Sayings

Sharing another card today made with the Scenic Sayings set.
I also got out my embossing folders, something I tend to forget about.  Yet they make the prettiest background paper.
The flowers are from the Birthday Blooms set. 
Who's getting excited for the new catalog?!!! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hey there, Friend

We are coming to a year end close of the current Stampin Up! catalog.  This means a lot of your favorite stamp sets and products will retire to make room for the upcoming new catalog June 1st.
The products used in today's card are retiring.  I've attached a link for you to view to see if there is anything you would like, some of the items are discounted so be sure to look over the list carefully.


Background paper- Hello Lovely project life cards
Stamp Set- Scenic Sayings 
Accessories- Gold Thread, Embossing Folder Lovely Lace

All products for this card are available to order until May 31st. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Featured Artist - Rachel Grubaugh

Today I wanted to take time to feature an confectionery artist that created all the beautiful cookies for my Niece's shower this past weekend.   
Welcome to my blog today, Rachel Grubaugh!!!
She is the talent behind these gorgeous AND delicious cookies!

Do you have any events coming up?  if you happen to have any special events; grad parties, showers, weddings, birthdays? 
give Rachel a try, you won't be disappointed!
Her business is local in the Seattle area
She can be reached by emailing her at
You can consult with her on your vision for your event.
Her pricing is a dozen for $20.00 
(very reasonable for personalized cookies)
and just look below at some of the others she has done!!!
I love promoting women and their businesses.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bridal shower prep

Good morning loves!
Beautiful things are happening over here this morning.  I'm hosting a bridal shower for my Goddaughter today.  She requested a Kate Spade type shower.   Here's a sneak peak as to what's all coming together.   Wait til you see the cookies my other niece made!
I'll post some after photos too once we get everything into place today.   This has been so much fun!

chalkboard art

can't wait for the bubbly bar to open- seriously....

all the flowers are fresh picked from my yard. 

T/B-  Traci and Brandon=LOVE!!!!

The bathroom should have flowers right? 

It is such an honor to get to host and celebrate my niece,
 I couldn't be more excited for her and her fiance'.
  7-29-17 , ready for the I do's!