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We were recently asked to join some friends on a boating excursion in Lake Powell for an afternoon, which IMMEDIATELY sparked my memories of all of the boating and nautical details within this month’s Studio Calico Spencer’s card and add-on kits. I am still creating from the bountiful April 2013 kits and I am repeatedly impressed by the amount of creative fun that continues to pour out of them. It feels never-ending! And thank goodness! I am gearing up for May’s kits to be sent out and I don’t think I would be able to handle the anticipation of waiting for another unbelievable grouping of inspiration if I had nothing keeping my attention and occupying my brain. (I suppose there are my adorable children… but still.) The reveal of the latest kits was April 27th and, my oh my, do they look incredible! They actually have quite a bit of nautical elements as well but for now… I’m working with Spencer’s!

I have been in awe of this tiny “You Float My Boat” stamp since I first caught a glimpse of it and I have made many cards with it already. This time, I wanted to make it the focal point and work off of the slant of it’s phrase for the positioning. The other confinement I was working with was the envelope I wanted the card to fit into, which was 3.5 x 6 inches with red and white stripes.

I did my best to match the stamp color to the envelope stripes to tie the card and envelope together. >>

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I then worked my color scheme around my main red color and picked out the specific patterned papers to work in as a background. >>

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I was also dying to use my anchor wheeled stamp so I threw in a yellow stamp tone to match the yellow hemp I was going to use. >>

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Everything laid out looked like this before I attached anything. >>

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At this point I was ready to adhere everything together so I started with my background papers. I taped them together and attached them to the front of the card. >>

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Next, I made a slit in the crease of the card and thread through my hemp cord a few times and tied a bow. >>

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I, then, used 3d dots to attach the “You Float My Boat” sentiment (which I stamped and cut out). >>

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And finally, I accented the card with a few stars. >>

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And here is the final product. >>

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I was pretty happy with it! Hope you like it too! Have fun creating and don’t forget to check out May’s Planetarium Kits from Studio Calico. Enjoy 🙂

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“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” – Frank Zappa

Some of you may know this, but my husband, Bryan, is a Best of Show homebrew winner and Gold Medalist from the Salt River Fields Oktoberfest competition. He recently joined a newly founded homebrewing club in our area and hosted his first meeting in our home. He had a blast talking craft beer with about 20 fellow brewers and beer connoisseurs while sipping specialty homebrews and munching on pretzels! 

Now while I didn’t have much to contribute to his meeting, I was however, very much inspired to create an invitation for his get together. The Spencer’s card kit from Studio Calico was the perfect combination of masculinity and fun to make a beer party invite that was sure to attract even the most reluctant beer fan.

Before I dive in, Bryan was kind enough to allow me to share with you his delicious Best of Show Pale Ale recipe… in case any of you are interested in trying your hand at creating your own tasty beer. >>

Now for the card making! My first step was to get a general sense of the patterned papers I wanted to use for my design and pick out a color scheme. >>

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My next step was to die cut all of my beer mug pieces and cut out a card from heavy cardstock. I added a couple accent pieces at the bottom as well. >>

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I, then, cut out the saying “join us” with my die cut machine and gathered my pieces together to see how the layout was coming along. >>

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My next step was to adhere all of the pieces where I wanted them and choose some embellishments to finish it off. Here is the final product! >>

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Hope you like it! Check out the sneak peek of Studio Calico’s May kit here. It’s adorable!! Have fun creating! 

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So I just signed up for Studio Calico’s Card Kits and boy oh boy are they fun!! This month was my first kit – Spencer’s – and it just wonderful! It is filled to the brim with adorable embellishments, fun patterned papers, and gorgeous mini envelopes. And then of course you get your stamps! The Lawn Fawn stamp set is sure to light up your cards and is perfect for graduations coming up! 

I have just barely started creating, but I made a couple of very simple mini thank you’s for my generous friends in the polka dotted mini envelopes! I used the Main Card Kit and the Americano Add On for these cards. They are about 3.5" x 2" in size and the notes are attached to cards in the middle. Take a look >>

Mini Card 1… “You Float My Boat” Stamp, die cut banner, and enamel dots from Americano add on. >>

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Mini Card 2… Die Cut Banners from Americano add on. The white stamps (“thank you” didn’t show up too well in the picture.) >>

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Baby’s taking a nap… Laundry is in the dryer… Time to squeeze in a little card-making time!!

I’ve been working on putting together invitations for Abbey’s 3rd birthday party and they are coming along pretty well! She decided this year she wanted to have a fairy princess themed party and she loves Tinkerbell so that was the starting point. Her favorite color is purple and she is VERY girly so I tried to make the invitations as “Abbey” as I could. Here is the starting sketch for what I had in mind >>

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I found some adorable Tinkerbell stamps online and decided to emboss Tink and a butterfly onto a shape to add dimension. The party colors I decided on were purple (of course), pink, and green, so I used the purple (a couple different purple printed papers) as a background and went with the soft greens for the oval shape to emboss Tink on.

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I wrapped some hemp twine on top of the purple part of the card and attached the Tink ovals on top with 3D dots. It ended up pretty cute!

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And finally I glued some paper flowers in bunches along a couple of the sides of the ovals and accented them with some glitter paint in the middle. I sloppy stamped the girl’s names on the envelopes with a dragonfly stamp underneath (which was part of the Tinkerbell stamp set).

Here is the final product… Hope you like it! >>

1 Year & 1 Baby Later…

1 Year and 1 Baby Later…

Nine months of nauseated pregnancy, one short delivery morning, and 3 months of caring for our new baby later…

& I’M BACK!


It was a LONG road but I am finally on the other end of my second pregnancy and I am ready to dive back in! Or maybe steadily head back in one step at a time… I’ve been soaking in my time with Jackson while he’s still so so tiny and trying to memorize his teeny baby smells and sounds. They grow out of this stage so quickly!!!

I’ve been painting and crafting whenever I have a free moment (the free moments when I choose not to get some sleep haha) but Jack is slowly getting better at his nighttime sleeping which means my free moments should soon be a bit more energized.

Here’s a photo our latest and littlest love… Jackson Micah.

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