Christmas in July!

The hubby and I have been working away at painting, updating, cleaning and unpacking our new house (hence the lack of attention my blog is getting…). We aren’t officially moved in yet, but we will be soon, and it will be like Christmas! I’ll be so grateful to have a place to call our own, and the fact that we’ve worked our butts off to update it and make it our own will make it that much sweeter. Not to mention the fun of unpacking and finally getting to put to good use all of our “stuff” that’s been packed away in storage for nearly two years.

We’ve just been so busy between day jobs and home improvement (you can follow a lot of the progress on my instagram feed), that I’m just now getting around to sharing a little crafty Christmas in July project. I started this project as a way to jump into the Christmas in July contest happening over at


I used the medium tag dies from Simon Says Stamp to cut out a few dies, then stamped the Botanical Bunch stamp from Wplus9 on each tag. I didn’t want to center the stamp on each tag. Rather, I tried to vary the placement and make sure part of the stamp was cropped out on each tag. Then I colored with my Copic markers and added some dots and lines with my white signo gel pen. Each tag is a little different.



You may know that I like to give out little goodie bags around Christmas time, and these tags will be perfect for that.


Today’s the last day to join the Christmas in July contest over at! If you decide to join in on the fun, take some time to also check out the Christmas ornaments page (it’s never too early to start shopping). I’m blown away by how beautiful her hand painted ornaments are. I love those zebras and the rhinoceros!

How will you be celebrating Christmas this summer?


*this post was not sponsored in any way, and all opinions are my own.

You Lift Me Up // Another Vellum Shaker Card

SC You Lift Me UpPhew, it’s been a while since my last post. It’s also been a while since I’ve made a card. I’m having serious withdrawals. Right now, about 99% of my time (outside of work) is taken up with prepping our new house. We’ve removed all kinds of wallpaper, and have added a layer of drywall to all of the to-be-painted rooms, and now we’re in the sanding and painting phase. Things are coming along. Slowly but surely. Otherwise, I’ve had no time to be creative and it’s making me a bit sad. Soon, I hope.

You Lift Me Up CardTo cure the longing, at least temporarily, I’m sharing a card I made several months ago using the Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit, some vellum, embossing powder, a Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, a sewing machine.  I’m a little obsessed with using a sewing machine and thread to make shaker cards. I love how the vellum creates a soft look and allows you to make a shaker card with a lot less bulk (so it’s easier to send through the mail). I left little tails of thread hanging off of each side of the card because it somehow reminded me of hot balloons, or balloons in general, and added a little more whimsy.

Happy Wednesday!

Sending Prayers & Love // A Sympathy Card

Sending Prayers & LoveWell, my husband and I bought a house! And just a few days after closing on our house, my husband’s mother passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, we have a lot going on at the moment, and I”m not sure I”m ready to blog about much of it yet, but I do plan to share some info on our house projects soon!

Today, (perhaps ironically), I want to share this card. It’s a sympathy card that I made for a friend a few months ago using the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, some vellum and my trusty sewing machine! I stamped and heat embossed the sending sentiment on a piece of vellum that I had cut to fit over he 4.24″ X 5″ card base. I then stamped envelopes in various colors on the card base, die cut some hearts (I used washi tape on card stock in colors that coordinated with the inks I used), and assembled the shaker by sewing the vellum panel onto the card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts Sympathy CardIt’s always hard to lose a loved one. I hope this bright and cheery card helped to ease some of my friend’s pain.

Stamps: Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)

Inks: Wplus9 Dye Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods (the tiny heart die)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Vellum

Other: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, 3m foam tape, Scotch washi tape, sewing machine


Tiny Heroes

Mama Elephant Tiny Superheros CardHow can you not love a card with at tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!

I think you're super duper cardFor this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!

Mama Elephant Tiny HeroesI colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.


Just A Note // A Patterned Paper Card

CAS Hello CardSometimes you can just let a nice patterned paper do all the work! For this card, I just sliced a gap toward the bottom of a piece of patterned paper (that I had cut down to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches), slapped a sentiment in the gap (after partially die cutting some parts of the paper) and mounted everything onto a card base.

just a note to say hello I die cut the patterned paper and stamped the sentiment on the white card base so it would fit perfectly between the two pieces of the patterned paper that I cut apart, then added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped sentiment. The vellum on top helps to diffuse the lines  of the stamp a bit  – and I just like how it looks. I used a little heart embellishment and a sentiment sticker from the Cirque Card kit to finish off the card.


On Smoothies, Part III

I’m wrapping up this three part series on smoothies today. If you haven’t read them already, click here to read the first post about what I put in my smoothies, and click here to read part II on how I layer the smoothies and what I like to put on top.

Beet Berry Layered SmoothiePart III is all about smoothie inspiration! I find that instagram is a great place to find inspiration for smoothie recipes, ideas and techniques. So, here are my favorite instagram accounts for health food inspiration.

Beet Smoothies by A Million Miles


1. amillionmiless is a great instagram feed for all kinds of incredible health food recipes and beautiful photographs. Don’t these juices look mouthwatering? Her smoothie bowls and energy balls are just as delicious-looking. She also has a blog with recipes – A Million Miles.

Melody Organics

2. melodyorganics is another great account for juicing recipes and healthy living. You can also find Melody Organics on YouTube. …I’m currently saving up to buy a macerating juicer…


3. anneem83. Lots of great smoothies and juices, plus a lot of humor! She also has a beauty channel on YouTube called My Invisible Chrysalis.


4. liverawlicious is another great instagram feed for smoothie and raw food inspiration. I aspire to make such lovely smoothie bowls!

I’m so hungry now!

Tell me what some of your favorite instagram feeds are!