Simple stitched tags


Have I ever told you guys that I sewed my own wedding dress?

And have I told you that, since then, I have decided that I hate to sew clothes? And I never sew my own clothes anymore, except for the rare occasion I must mend something. And even then, I push it off until I have a huge pile of clothes to mend, or someone outgrows it or just forgets about it. There have been things left on my pile of things to mend that I had forgotten I ever had. That’s how much I resist sewing.

But, for some reason, I enjoy stitching on paper. Go figure. So now pretty much the only action my poor sewing machine sees is when I get it out to stitch my paper crafts. Oh well.

So I’ve been into dressing up some plain manila tags recently. I love to dig through my leftover paper scraps and random embellishments to find things I can use on the plain tags.

I like to keep them simple and then just keep them to tuck onto a layout or add to a gift package.

For these I used my sewing machine to add just a little stitching to each one.


Just a bit of paper, a stamped phrase, and a straight line of stitching.


This one features a scrap piece of watercolored paper, a bit of patterned paper, a sticker, and some stitching.


This one is a tad more complex. I added a sheet of acetate and tucked in a few little flowers before stitching it the whole way.


Easy and fast.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gossamer Blue announcement

If you are looking for the June Gossamer Blue design team blog hop, you can find that here.

I just wanted to pop in and let you all in on this fun announcement!


You can see the announcement on the Gossamer Blue blog here, and read all of our bios on the bios page here.

I’m so excited to be staying on another term with Gossamer Blue! Working with them is so much fun! I can tell you that there are a lot of fun things in store this year with Gossamer Blue, so I hope you’ll be hanging around to take it all in with us. It’s going to be a really great year!!

June Inspiration blog hop


Welcome to the June Gossamer Blue Design Team Inspiration Blog Hop!

This month’s kits were so fantastic, don’t you agree? In fact, I almost can’t bring myself to put them away to make room for the July kits. I just want to hang on to them and create more with them!

As usual, if you’re following along on the hop, you should have come here from the lovely Beshka’s blog. I also have the hop list below so you can follow along.

This month I created this fun little card to share with you today.


I really love those transparent stickers by Amy Tangerine and how they allow whatever is underneath it to show through. In this case, the stamping. It creates such a lovely layered look.


The stamp I chose to use is just a small sentiment, so I stamped it numerous times to give it more weight and impact.


And here’s a closer look at the clear stickers layered over the stamping. I also added some of the Pink Paislee wood veneer and the exclusive glitter sticker. Another favorite product this time were the little heart puffy stickers from the Seven Paper line from Studio Calico (Life Pages kit). I used those things on so many of my projects this time. They are the perfect size to add just a little something, and the colors are perfect!

I hope I have given you some new ideas for ways to use your kits. You may still be able to snag some of these kits for yourself. Here are the links:

June Main Kit

June Life Pages Kit

June add-ons

Thanks for stopping by today. If you’d like to continue on the hop, you can head on over to the beautiful Caylee’s blog.

Have an awesome week!

Amy Yingling
Anabelle O’Malley
Beshka Kueser
Brenda Weaver– you are here!
Caylee Grey
Cindy Liebel
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Diane Payne
Heather Leopard
Jill Cornell
Jill Keller
Katie Ehmann
Laura Rahel Crosby
Melanie Blackburn
Michelle Wooderson
Michiko Kato
Sabrina Alery
Yana Smakula

Young, Wild, Free


It’s been a while since I’ve done some scrapbooking. But when I had the Gossamer Blue June kits and a handful of new photos of my kids on my desk, I took the opportunity to make a few pages.

The kids and I headed out for a photo shoot a few weeks before school was over. I had planned to take their photos near the beginning of the school term when all the school pictures were being taken. The only school photo I order is a class photo, because I have a thing against paying an outrageous amount of money for less than stellar studio photos that I could do a better job on for a lot less money.

But, as things go, I didn’t get around to taking them in the fall. Then winter came, and I thought we could head to a nearby train station and take some nice indoor photos. But that never happened either. So, when the end of the school year rolled around, and my son had just turned 16, I gave myself a kick in the butt and finally took a Saturday afternoon to take some photos. And it was really fun! At these ages, the kids are nice and cooperative. Haha! No candy bribes needed, although I did reward them with frozen yogurt afterward, since getting photos taken is still a dreaded task that took waaaay too long for some of them!


My 16 year old, with his beloved guitar. he’s always strumming and singing, sometimes late into the night and I have to get bossy with him about it so he gets the sleep he needs. But it’s cool that he likes to play so much.


I love the colors in the June kits. They are SO. me! I love how they look with the black and white photos. The colors and black and white play off each other. I had fun arranging all the little bits and pieces from the kits. Tags and wood veneer, and chipboard accents. So fun!

And this time my scrapbooking felt right. probably because I love these photos of my son so much.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!



5 on the 5th

Hey guys!! I’ve been around this blogging thing for a long time. Since 2008, to be exact. And, for the most part, I’ve shared my crafting related stuff. Because that’s what this blog is for.

But I felt like shaking things up just a little. So, I thought I’d do a little something new. I’m going to do what I call 5 on the 5th. My aim is to make this a monthly post where I focus on five things each month. Who knows what those five things will be? I don’t even know. I just figured it might be a fun way to share more about me, and also to let you guys have an opportunity to tell me some things about yourself. Because I love to hear about you guys! No pressure to play along if you don’t want to. But I would LOVE to get to know those of you in my reader audience a little better. Sound good?

So this time I thought I’d tell you five things about myself that you might not know, and then in return, you can share some things about yourself. OK? Here goes.

5 things about me that you probably don’t know:

1. I am parking challenged. I can’t park straight. Or centered. I just can’t. For the life of me, I try. I really do. I think I’m straight, only to get out and see I’m not. And I’m not talking parallel street parking here. I’m talking parking lots and such. I do better when I have to park between two vehicles, but even then sometimes not. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, so don’t ask. Now that I have a son learning to drive it’s even more embarrassing.

2. I’ve never dyed my hair. I gotten hilites, but never a full on color job. But I’m thinking that’s about to change. I made an appointment with my hair dresser to get this cut (below), and I’m thinking about what color I’d like. Blonde? Strawberry? Or maybe I should go darker, with some caramel colored hilites? I don’t know, but something’s got to hide those grays I’ve been finding. I need your color opinions!


3. I rarely ever watch TV. I just don’t have time for it. In fact, we just cancelled cable a few weeks ago because we weren’t ever using it. Even the kids weren’t using cable. We have Netflix, so we watch some things on there , but usually just on weekends. Do you have any fun Netflix series I should look up? We’ve been enjoying Turn and Sons of Liberty. Thing is, I usually get all comfy on the sofa and promptly fall asleep. So I’ve only seen about 1/4 of all the shows my husband has seen. And I never know what’s going on. So I fall asleep again.

4. I’ve been in a huge, ginormous, cooking rut for quite a long time. It’s kind of concerning, actually. I used to enjoy cooking, but I just have no desire. I just really need summer fruits and vegetables to hurry up and ripen already. And I need it to get so hot that everyone loses their appetites. Then I can serve fruit and ice cream for dinner and no one will question.

5. If you’re friends with me on Facebook you may already know this, but I’ve been taking photos of friends’ kids and families over the last year or so. I do it mainly because it’s a great way for me to gain photography experience. I don’t see myself ever being a professional photographer, although I do want to learn as much about photography and photoshop as I can. So, I don’t charge much, because I figure they’re helping me out too. I’m saving up for a new lens, so if anyone local needs any photos taken…..

There you go. That was five things about me. Now, don’t let me down, people! I wanna know stuff about you too! hehe! Seriously. tell me one or two, or ten things about yourself. It could be funny, serious, anything! Whether you’ve been a long time reader, or if you’re a new reader. I’d LOVE to hear about you. Go for it!

Using those mess -ups


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me share a little sneak peek at this card yesterday.

I was doing some sorting and organizing in my craft space over the last couple of days, and I came across some pieces of watercolor paper that I had been using to experiment a distress ink technique. These were the duds, the ones where the particular look I was going for didn’t quite pan out. But I’m not one to throw things away unless it’s beyond repurposing. So, when I came across these again I thought it would be fun to make some cards out of them.

This one was one that I had given up on the technique before I actually finished it, so it was only partially covered with distress ink swatches. But it looked so pretty just the way it was, so I grabbed a Studio Calico stamp and used it to finish out this card. And I love it! I’m so glad I didn’t throw that practice sheet away!


I stamped a couple of the flowers twice and popped them up with foam adhesive. That wasn’t my original plan, but I started out coloring in one of the flowers, decided I didn’t like that at all, and ended up stamping more flowers to cover it up. See, there’a usually a way to cover up mistakes. And sometimes that leads to something you like even better!

I also had a piece on which I had finished the technique, but didn’t like the end results. So I made a card out of that one too. These seemed fitting to post together, since they use the same colors and techniques.


This one was so simple to finish into a card. Since the background was interesting enough, I didn’t need much else. I added a Heidi Swapp stamp and a few sequins and called it done!


So, before you throw away those botched attempts, ask yourself if they can be salvaged somehow. Sometimes I save my trial pieces and punch shapes out of them, or cut them up and use just a small piece. Those watercolor pieces are just too pretty to throw away in the trash.

Here’s to a beautiful day!


More June Gossamer Blue projects

So, yesterday the June kits from Gossamer Blue were made available for purchase. I have a few more projects to share with you today. I can’t get enough of these kits, and I think I’ll just keep on blathering on about them and how awesome they are for a while. :)

I shared three of my design team gallery cards with you yesterday, and I’ll share the other three today. But rest assured I have quite a few more projects to share with you that I made with these kits that i plan to share throughout the month.

Father’s Day card (Life Pages themed add-on):


The Life Pages themed add-on this month is geared towards Father’s Day. So, I made this little card to give to one of the men in my life once Father’d Day rolls around. I was smitten with the wood veneer shapes. The mustache, glasses, and bow tie just seemed too perfect not to use.

IMG_1037I also used some of the washi tape strips, a tag, and some puffy stickers.

Happy Birthday card (Life Pages kit):


The life Pages kit has a nice stamp set that you can mix and match the sentiments to create a few different ones. I created this birthday card using the stamp set, a life Pages insert card, some twine, and some heart embellishments.

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Bloom & Grow card (Life Pages Main add-on and Bits & Pieces kit):


There are some wonderful chipboard pieces this time around. I love the package of Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss chipboard that comes in the Life Pages Main add-on. I have loved every piece of the Citrus Bliss line that I have seen. It’s so well put together. So fresh and fun. The colors and themes in that line are wonderful!

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I chose to use one of the chipboard frames and some chipboard flowers, that I trimmed, for this card. I also used some of the fantastic wood veneer, also Citrus Bliss, for this card. The tiny bloom and grow words were cut from the 6″x6″ Citrus Bliss paper pad from the Bits & Pieces kit. I painted some blue acrylic paint along the edges of my card using a dry brush.

Be sure to grab your kits while you can. Some of them are already sold out.

Also, be sure to stop by the gallery and check out the rest of the team’s projects.