Friday, May 31, 2013


   It's all about bees at our house since my firstborn, darling daughter, decided to follow in the footsteps of one of her favorite literary heroes, Sherlock Holmes. [yes, we do watch the BBC's Sherlock, and the American series Elementary and love them both!]
   And, since I have new stamps to play with from the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story collection...I mean, come on--they kind of have my name on them don't you think? I used them to make this year's milestone birthday card for our resident bee fanatic. I used them for all our May family birthdays as a matter of fact--easy to personalize, and useful for celebrating anything. I love them! You know--if you get some of these stamps yourself, be sure to make something fun and link up to Hero's contest HERE!
   I used handmade, honey-colored paper in the perfect embossing folder border, and fussy cut some pieces of "comb." I used the little Hero splatter stamp to drip some honey all over everything! My daughter absolutely loved it I am happy to report. 
   Eighteen years goes by in a blink! She will always be my little girl!

Friday, May 24, 2013

They Say It's Your Birthday!

   Having some fun collaging a birthday card for my teenage nephew. He's a chef in training so I thought this little chocolate label was fun to add--plus I loved the colors to build a greeting design. Kind of went with the high-flying theme with some of the new Hero Arts Stamp Your Story clings and clear stamps--I love to personalize my cards, and as you can see my nephew has a less common name. These Sketchbook Letters make my life a lot easier--and the fact that no letters repeat allowed me to assemble the name all on one clear block. Bonus!! 
   I'm really happy with the way this turned out--have asked my son to be on the lookout for more page-a-day calendar pages that might be great for cards! [This little airplane label came from a Smithsonian museum desk calendar!]   
   Hero Arts is hosting a challenge for designs using their new Stamp Your Story! Check it out for yourself--how do YOU stamp life? My favorite stamping is when I can use something less conventional and mold it to what I need. That's MY story and I'm sticking to it! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


   I'm singing the Carly Simon song...not an unusual occurrence in my studio since I usually have lyrics off the top of my head for most situations. I have such mixed feelings this week. On the one hand I anticipate creating, relaxing, and having something concrete to show for my activity. On the other, I am too aware and empathizing with events in the news. 
   I've always liked this song, and there are a few lines in it that ring out for me right now:
                                 "We can never know about the days to come,
                                   But we think about them anyway...

                                   And tomorrow we might not be together..."

   I have some creating to do for birthdays for family far away. I think I'll put on some Tapestry, ink up some new Hero Arts, stamp my story, and celebrate the now! Sending good thoughts out to everyone reading this; sending up prayers for the strength of our nation, its people, and its ideals.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

All Set

   Here's a little set I stamped up inspired by a paint sample strip I just couldn't throw away. Nothing like upcycling I say! A little punching and matching of inks along with a little Hero Arts stamp from the Mix and Match clear set...and well, I was set! I often make card sets to give away as hostess gifts, small "presento-s" when we lived in Japan, and gifts for family and friends. Moxie Fab World is hosting a set challenge in honor of a terrific new issue of PaperCrafts Magazine called 350 Cards and Gifts
   This is one of a few card sets I made to take along for the silent auction at this past weekend's 4H Shooting Sports training session I attended with my lovely daughter. Last year she went up with her dad to qualify in rifle, and this year was my turn so we could qualify in archery. It was absolutely one of the best weekends of training I've ever experienced and the people were incredible. Nothing like a little mountain air and nature to invigorate, stimulate ideas, sharing, and generate new networking for youth educators and volunteers from all over our state! You can see how we might have thought it to be the ideal location:

   We enjoyed perfect weather for both days, and we feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world--thankfully we are safe and sound while so much devastation is being wrought by Mother Nature in our Heartland.  We pray for our friends, family, and fellow countrymen during this trying time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Watercolor Wednesday!

   Just in time for Mother's Day I broke out my watercolor brush and some watercolor style stamps for a couple of different takes on a special greetings for our moms! Moxie Fab World is hosting a little challenge to dabble in the technique, so I took Cath up on her lovely offer and inspiration. The first one is for my husband's mom--whom our kids call, Abuelita. She lives in sunny Florida, likes any kind of color--and paints wonderful portraits herself--mostly in acrylic.
   Next up is for my mom--who's got a thumb greener than Kentucky Bluegrass--and she loves flowers of all kinds. She's partial to peonies and I had fun watercoloring some--along with some die cut leaves as well. That was a fun surprise to see--taking plain white card stock, shape cutting it, and watercoloring on them.
   Perhaps you'll take a creative break today and watercolor your Wednesday!?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stamping My Story in Sunshine

   Well, to say it's been a little while since I last posted might be an understatement even for me. The world has changed again since before Patriot's Day here in the Boston area. It did my heart good to know that our friends at Hero Arts are working to produce a special "Boston Strong" stamp and we await its arrival. 
   In the meantime, I have been inspired by a Hero Arts Flickr Group scramble over the weekend with the theme of "Sunshine," and by the release of new stamps and accessories called Stamp Your Story over at Hero Arts! Do check out the link to see all the terrific new products to help you tell your own story--they're right up my alley since I love a good quote, and I have a lot of life to catch up on with scrapbooking! [more in the days to come!]
   Here's the one I made for the 90-minute scramble on Saturday:
I'm also entering them both in the new contest--with a new format--here at the Hero Arts blog in honor of their new catalog release! 

What are you going to create to join in on all the fun?! 
I love to see how we each put our own Stamp on Life--
do have fun while you Stamp Your Own Story!

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