Lift Me Up!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone has had a great week!

Let me start by saying…. Pregnancy Brain? It is real people!


At least once a day I have a “moment”. Thankfully, I haven’t put the cereal in the fridge, or anything toooo odd. But I have come close!

Now, onto the reason you are here!

A few days ago I was playing with the Lift Me Up bundle. This is one of my very favorite bundles in our Occasions catalog and I will be *so* sad when it retires!


It is so much fun… from the hot air balloons to the adorable clouds. I love that there are 3 different dies to create the balloons, as well as the one on the lower left to make a great pattern behind the largest one.

I kept it relatively simple with this card, at least with the dies…


Just a couple of clouds and one of the balloon dies, the other is stamped directly onto the Whisper White cardstock.

The fun part about this card though is that it is a fun Swing card. What you see above is the front.


As you open it, the front panel swings around, to reveal the back of the panel, shown below.


How fun is this?

I love these colors together, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy. Mint Macaron will be retiring this year along with the rest of the InColor 2015-2017 Collection.


We will be getting 5 new colors this summer with the new Annual Catalog! Exciting! But Mint Macaron… oh I will miss that one! It is my favorite of the ’15-’17 collection.

Have a wonderful weekend all! See you next week!


All Things Thanks

Happy March 1st!!!!

WOW! SO hard to believe that it is March already! Where has winter gone? We have been blessed with a much more mild than normal winter in the Chicago area, which I am not complaining about in the least! Heck, two weeks ago we had weather in the 60s for almost a week straight! I was able to shut off the heat, we slept with a window open a bit, it was wonderful. I can’t remember the last time we had any significant snowfall, maybe twice this winter? Of course, we can get hit anytime through April, so I need to shut my mouth lol

Have you seen the All Things Thanks stamp set yet? If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to a favorite…

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I just love a good Thank You set. Too many people don’t send Thank You cards anymore. I really really try to stay on top of this in our home!

My stash of Thank You cards was running low though, so I decided to play a bit and came up with this.


This card took a bit of finessing, but it came together in the end.

I trimmed a piece of cardstock to 2.75″ x 5.5″ then stamped the “You’re the best” sentiment repeatedly using Smokey Slate ink, being careful to keep the sentiments somewhat lined up lol In the last line, I used Dapper Denim to stamp, highlighting that sentiment.

I ran a simple piece of the ruched Dapper Denim ribbon around the panel. That panel was then adhered to a panel of diagonal striped DSP from the 2016-2018 In Color DSP paper stack. If you don’t have this stack, grab it when you can. I LOVE the patterns! Since it coordinates perfectly with our inks, cardstock, etc, it is a breeze to use.

I used our amazing Stitched Shape Framelit dies to die cut the large circle from a piece of Dapper Denim, then the next smallest size to die cut from a piece of Whisper White. The sentiment was stamped using Dapper Denim ink onto the Whisper White cardstock. The two were then adhered together.

The panel was adhered to a side folding A2 card, and the circle panel was adhered using Dimensionals.

I think the enamel shapes (from the 2016/18 InColor Enamel Shapes pack) are the perfect touch here! Without them, somehow the card still looked too plain.

If you have any questions, as usual, please feel free to email me at or leave a comment 🙂

Have a great day!