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Warning: You need a sense of humor for this one…

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My daughter Hayley’s sister-in-law–actually, all her in-laws–have a great sense of humor, and when she and her husband announced they were expecting, I just knew she would get the funny behind this card.  We’re so happy for them, and that our granddaughter Lilly will soon have a cousin!


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I used my Dymo Label Maker to finish the inside… *chuckle*

You can watch the video in HD on YouTube–please give it a thumbs up, if you like hilarious cards, too! :)

If you’re curious about the DIY Portable Peerless Palette, here’s a video tutorial:

Have a fab weekend!



LIVE CLASSES in at the Paper Garden, Sacramento CA

WOO HOO!!! I’m teaching once again at my friend Stephanie’s Paper Garden Boutique down in Sacramento, CA!  It’s a beautiful store, and Stephanie and her staff are the nicest people–they make some of the most gorgeous hand-made invitations and party favors you’ll ever see and it is always such a treat for me to visit, and teach classes!

Please call the store directly to register as space is limited to 20 adults per session!

Note: The classes are being held at the neighboring Piatti Restaurant–if you like, bring some lunch money and they’ll serve you lunch in between the classes!  So nice!!!

Paper Garden Boutique
565 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA 95825

Single Layer

Single Layer Magic – $40

We’ll use some fun, easy techniques to make single layer cards that still feature lots of visual impact–my favorite kind! Please bring a basic tool kit of detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesives.

September 18-20 10am – 12pm


Holiday Extravaganza – $40

We’ll make an assortment of holiday cards with beautiful, charming details, but can still be easily mass produced! Please bring a basic tool kit of detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesives.

September 18-20 2pm – 4pm


We always have tons of fun, lots of laughter, and make lots of pretty! :)  Hope to see you there!


Experimenting with Hyperlapse…

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Hyperlapsed videos have always intrigued me–I just think it’s cool to see how something transforms or changes from one status to another…

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I’ve been wanting to do a hyperlapsed card-making video ever since the app came out from Instagram but never got around to it until now… I bought a special adapter for mounting my iPhone to the clamp mount that my video camcorder is usually mounted to… I gotta warn ya’, tho–it is literally start-to-finish… mistakes, mishaps, changing course–it was fun to do, and kind of enlightening (for me) to see the things I do from force of habit when I’m creating, that may not be the most efficient way of doing things, LOL! Oh, well.  As long as you get from point A to point B, it makes no never mind, right?! *hair flip*

I can’t seem to stop watercoloring *everything* lately, by whatever means within my reach (and I keep all my watercolor mediums within arm’s reach *chuckle*) … I just find it so soothing… And, I adore winged things, like this butterfly die by Savvy Stamps–one of my all-time favorites, and on the recent Ellen Hutson LLC Overstock Sale List.

Things to note, or that you may or may not be familiar with:

  • Unused dryer sheets, 4 layers deep (in this instance, I just took two and folded them in half and stacked them together):  These work AWESOME for die cutting more intricate shapes! I just lay my card stock on top of the dryer sheets, then the die, then run everything through my Big Shot with the same sandwich as always.  You can eject the die easily  from the paper without the need for a pokey tool and all the pieces, including the negatives, will stick to the dryer sheet until you need them. Then, you just peel off what you want to use. This is particularly useful when “paper-piecing” die shapes back together on your project.
  • Sometimes I get a little crazy with the liquid glue; I usually rummage around in my scrap bin for a scrap strip of card stock and trim off the end at an angle. Then I use it like a squeegee to remove any excess that “squidges” out, as the wonderful Miss Debby Hughes likes to say.
  • I like using Distress Paint in Black Soot to add spatters to some of my watercolor pieces; makes me feel artsy…
  • You can add free-hand foiled accents to your project by using a Zig Two Way Glue Pen–just draw what you want and let the glue dry (it goes on blue, but will be clear when dry, and tacky), then grab your bits and pieces of leftover foil from previous projects and lay the foil (pretty side up) over the tacky glue spots, and burnish the foil onto it with your finger tips.  I just love those irregular orbs of foil!



If you have any other questions, just leave ‘em below in the comments.  And, thanks for stopping by!




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