Friday, June 23, 2017


It's time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I'm all in! Here's this week's board and our inspiration:

I chose the left diagonal - blue, twine, rectangle - for my simple little card.

This little guy went through some morphs as I played with all the elements on the inspiration board. I bet you can see where this one might have gone the blue, one layer, yellow way, but I'd stamped on a panel and thought, "if I mount this onto a card front, will that mean it's not one layer?" So, I erred on the side of caution and simply added a light blue mat and a bit of twine. Voila!

Did you hear that TTTC has added another day to the challenge week? That's right - now you'll have a bit more time to design, create and link up YOUR awesome project. I can't wait to see what you come up with...

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tic Tac WHOA!

Yay! It's Thursday and that means a brand new Tic Tac Toe Challenge is here! This week is Team O's turn to bring you some inspiration for creating your next AWEsome card

There are just so many possibilities when you consider these inspiration boards. Here's my take on the right row (wood, yellow, embellishment [Glossy Accents on each banner) and the left diagonal row (masculine, gray, embellishment):

This card is also inspired by my fellow TTTC design team member Jeanie Stark's joy fold card -- check hers out's SO adorable!

I broke out my Concord & 9th Birdie Banners clear stamp set, Copic markers, Bazzill cardstock and some patterned papers from Summer Bliss by Echo Park. You'll see more from that collection in our Paper Made Bakery June card making workshop/kit!

So, wanna give this week's challenge board a try?! Head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see the entire Team O's projects and find the button to link up your own creation!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

We want YOU...

Get your inaugural project linked in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge...

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #1

Good morning and happy Thursday! I'm so excited to share this post today because it's the FIRST Tic Tac Toe Challenge and my buddies on Team X have put together a fantastic blast of inspiration.

If you've not heard of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, click HERE for the details. In a nutshell, it's a weekly inspiration challenge with TWO design teams ready to inspire you. There's a Team X and a Team O (we make up the Tic Tac Toe team!) I'm on Team O, along with four other outstanding gals, and there are another five creative ladies on Team X. Each week a new Tic Tac Toe board is revealed with each square containing card making design elements to get your creative mojo hopping!

I'm personally inviting you to join us -- use the Tic Tac Toe Board for inspiration and create a card of your own. Then post it on the TTTC blog -- we'd LOVE to see your project!

So, here is my card for Challenge #1.

From the TTTC board this week I used the left row: Stripes, Vellum, Heat Embossing. Now, these Tic Tac Toe boards are SO inspiring, that I also used the bottom row: Heat Embossing, White, Baker's Twine. OK, to be honest, you can also see I used the left to right diagonal row: Stripes, FREE (button), Baker's Twine. Boy, this was fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I challenge you to get over to the TTTC blog and grab some inspiration for your next card!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KIT FOR PURCHASE - DIY Father's Day Cards

We have a kit available from our One Dapper Dude card making workshop! I've prepped the kit and it's ready to go...ready for you to make five masculine greeting cards (birthday, Father's Day, etc.) AND there's plenty of product included for you to make tons more on your own!

The One Dapper Dude kit contains: Authentique's Dapper 6x6 patterned paper pad, coordinating 12x12 sticker sheet, bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Navy), and everything [including embellishments (may vary) and envelopes] you'll need to create the five cards using the step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions.

Here are samples of the cards you'll make with this kit:

Kit Price is $32.00
Postage to addresses in the continental United States is included.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hello! I've got some very exciting news to share with you all. A brand new challenge blog is coming and I'm thrilled to say I'm joining the design team. The new Tic Tac Toe Challenge is where all the fun begins on June 8, so go check it out!

The concept is awesome, brilliant even! Each Thursday a new Tic Tac Toe board is revealed with nine inspiration elements -- and you choose three to create an original card using a row of three. Just like the game Tic Tac Toe, it's all about three in a row (across, down, and diagonally). All the details and rules are can be found HERE.

So, stop by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and meet the fabulous design team, too. I'm so looking forward to sharing in the fun and inspiring you to grab a row on the brand new Tic Tac Toe board every Thursday. It all begins June 8 -- see you there!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Guys & Dolls

Here's wishing all you mommas a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you have human or furry kids, you deserve a big hug and something pretty to enjoy today.

And since we're thinking about celebrating, we should probably start thinking about the guys in our lives, as Father's Day isn't far off. Or, you might have a masculine birthday coming up...or know a guy that just needs a smile put on his mug! With these occasions in mind, I'm sharing a few of our May Card Making Workshop projects coming to the San Diego area in the next couple weeks.

Below is one of my faves -- when I saw this new clear stamp set from Art Impressions at CHA, I knew I had to have it! How my fishermen do you have in your life?!

And here's one using the new Spring Grumplings set from Taylored Expressions that gave me a chuckle (and there are several different hilarious sentiments to choose from)...

Finally, I pulled out all the stops with Authentique's new manly line called Dapper to put together this one for all the dudes behind the wheel... 

 I'm still lovin' the Nuvo Crystal Drops, too! Remember, if you're in the San Diego area (or maybe coming for a visit), be sure to check our CLASSES tab in the menu above to see about joining us for an afternoon of crafty fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Create 365

While I was visiting southern Louisiana last week, I had the good fortune to cross paths with Amy Muffoletto, the owner of Create 365 in Lafayette, LA. She hosted our small group (and a sweet frequent flyer named Charlotte!) to a card making workshop in her awesome studio.

We had such a wonderful afternoon making adorable cards using Authentique's Saucy line -- I fell in love with the vintage patterns and sassy ladies!

This is an extra card Charlotte whipped up from her scraps!

We're a pretty SAUCY group o' gals waltzing through Lafayette on a gorgeous Tuesday morning...

Suzy, Steph, Shannon, Anne and Amy showing off our creations.

Did I mention how awesome the Create 365 studio is??

And before we skipped off for our food tour of Lafayette that afternoon, Amy invited us into her huge backyard for a fun photo op...

Thank you, Amy, for a fabulous experience! I hope our paths cross again soon!!

If you're interested in checking out Amy and her Create 365 business and studio, click here to check out her Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


OK, that's a play on acronyms, but I really would like to know what YOU would do with these brand new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

Have you used them yourself, seen a cool blog post, or maybe even a video? If so, leave a note with a link to one of your favorite uses or projects using these new inks in the comment section below.

I'll give them a try and share my "findings". Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, creative day!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrate Good Times

March is a month to celebrate in my family, with 2/3 of us having birthdays! So, our "It's Party Time" theme seemed appropriate for our workshops this month.

Above is a not-so-good photo of the "tabletop banner" we're making. It was inspired by one I made with Jeanne Ciolli at her Stampin' Studio in Tustin. This CELEBRATE banner is made with Echo Park's Party Time collection kit and I just love the fun colors and patterns!

This is what the banner looks like when it's ready to be tucked away until the next time we need to celebrate. Nice and neat.

Inspired by Taylored Expressions

White cardstock base dressed up with kit's goodies - easy!

The collection kit has so many great 12x12 patterned papers and stickers we can easily create several cards with the banner leftovers. Above are just two we'll make in the workshop (or take home to finish if more time is needed!)

I hope you find something to celebrate before March is over. Look for a reason to party, people!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

What's NEW?

I just had to share a sneak peek of some of the NEW March release products from Taylored Expressions -- they have the cutest stuff, evah!

If you're interested in getting in on our pre-order (release is March 9), shoot me an email by using the CONTACT ME tab above. I'm lovin' me some Taylored Expressions products, for sure! How about you?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sincerely Flattering...

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Charles Colton quote gives inspiration to our card making workshops in 2017.

We all admire, Pin, and admit it, sometimes even drool over the fabulous handmade cards we see all over the internet. They're created by some of the most talented design team members for the purpose of snaring us wannabes into purchasing their manufacturers' products. We customers do so willingly, in hopes of creating our own versions of the awesome samples.

Well, let's use another famous quote: why reinvent the wheel?! We'll give credit and kudos where they're due, but we want to make those gorgeous! So, that's what we'll do.

February's card kit features Sugar Pea Designs' Countryside Charm paper pad and Best of Cluck stamp set, along with some navy blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. Below are samples of the cards we'll make. I took my inspiration from SPD's blog post introducing Countryside Charm: CLICK HERE

Combination of sets and companies makes for loads of fun!

You'll notice that I've used a couple of My Favorite Things' stamp sets by one of my favorite stamp illustrators Torico/Birdie Brown -- Green Pastures and The Whole Herd. They happen to look veeeerrry similar to sets at SPD, too. What was that quote above??

Lots of cranking for all those die cuts...but worth it!

Psst...don't mind the crumpled card bottom...that's not part of what you'll create!

Loved masking this one!

The 4.25" x 5.5" paper pad is perfect for an A2 card front...

Go ahead and keep lovin' those gorgeous cards by your favorite design team members! They inspire us to try new techniques and think outside our boxes. A BIG THANKS to all the illustrators, professional card makers, designers, and stamp manufacturers for a reason to get inky -- and motivated to stamp our he(art)s out!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cream and Sugar Anyone?

January 2017 has come and gone. February's lovable holiday is quickly approaching and you might need a little sugar and caffeine to get you there, so check out what we made in our January card workshops!

January's kit was full of sweet cards featuring Doodlebug Designs' brand new "Cream and Sugar" line. We got a full 6x6 patterned paper pad, a 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet, and a lovely bottle of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis long with everything we needed to make these delicious cards...mmmmm! I used card sketches from various sources such as Mojo Monday, Reverse Confetti, Viva La Verve, and Sketch Saturday to create my samples. Card sketches are a great source of inspiration -- you should try using them, too!

Here are the cards we made in class...


 And here are some more Joann from our Fallbrook class made at home later with her kit "leftovers"!

Card Interiors

Check our class schedule by clicking on the CLASSES tab above if you'd like to join us for some crafty fun! Stay inky my friends...

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks

Here's what's coming in early 2017 from Graphic 45 -- I can't wait to see these collections at CHA!

Just thought I'd give you a little something to dream about this weekend! More on Graphic 45's blog next week. Have a good one...

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