Happy birthday, Little Miss!

So “my” Little Miss (my first-born niece) turns 1 year old today! 🙂

Isn’t she just precious?! She reminds me of this doll I used to have when I was a kid called a My Child doll. Isn’t she being a good sport letting Auntie put fun hats on her at Burlington Coat Factory?! LOL


Anyway… so I wanted to share with you the project I made when she was born. I made her one, and I made one for her cousin who came along 2 months later. They’re little chip board flip books (I bought the books at want2scrap.com and just decorated with my SU! supplies). If you click on the images, you will get a gallery where you can look at them larger 🙂

Here’s the other one:


Hope you enjoyed looking! 🙂


RemARKables October Blog Tour — Bundled Up for the Holidays

I canNOT believe it’s October already!! This year has flown by (thankfully, since I’m in a long-distance relationship!)!!

Hope you’re having a good time on this month’s blog tour. You probably hopped here from Anne with an e (I’m in an “Ann” sandwich 🙂 ), but if you get lost, everyone’s links are at the bottom!

On to my cards to share. My thought process for the last 2 months is to take one bundle and apply it to all three of the fall holidays, even cooler since the ones I’ve chosen are traditionally Christmas stamps! I am FIIIIIIINALLY placing an order from the holiday catalog tomorrow! I’m so excited! I’ve been playing with my order for months 🙂 So, next time I’ll have some newer things to share, but sometimes it’s nice to see a spin on an “old” favorite, right? 🙂

This month, I’ve chosen the Wondrous Wreath/Wonderful Wreath bundle that made its way into the Annual Catalog after being introduced in last year’s holiday catalog.

No October event can be replete without a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness month to honor those who have fought bravely and to encourage women to do routine checks. I believe we have a survivor or two in the blog tour lineup, by the way! 🙂 I put my wreath stamped with Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Watermelon Wonder on a Smoky Slate base. The ribbon is the Dotted Lace Trim in Watermelon Wonder (lots of glue dots there in the middle!). I used the Crazy About You/Hello You bundle to complete the card. I wish we had a “Hope” greeting thinlit, but as yet, we do not, so I went with a card you could give to encourage someone who’s fighting. (and yes, that IS the Washi Label punch you see– I keep that one by my stamping area at all times as a go-to!)


UPDATED: Added the Black Glimmer Paper “spooky” greeting from Seasonal Frame Thinlits to it.  I went with a Basic Gray card base, sponged with Smoky Slate. The wreath is stamped in Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, and Memento Black ink. After I wrapped the Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon around it and adhered it, I dotted a little Silver Dazzling Details on it! I just wish the Bitty Bat punch was still current or I’d have added a few of those 😉


Next up is Thanksgiving, of course! I used fall colors for my wreath this time. I stamped off Delightful Dijon once before stamping it on to the piece I was using. It’s accented with Tangelo Twist, Cherry Cobbler, and Blackberry Bliss. The ribbon is of course the gorgeous lace in Delightful Dijon, and is mounted on a Tip Top Taupe card base with the “Thanks” from the Hello You Thinlits. Tip Top Taupe, in case you haven’t seen it in person yet, is GORGEOUS– however, it’s one of those colors I just cannot get to photograph well, so I apologize for that.


Then here comes Christmas! 77 days (that’s 2.5 months!) til it arrives!! I can’t wait because I’ve been shopping/making and putting away gifts to spoil my nieces and nephews since April! 🙂 I made the Thanksgiving and Christmas cards as part of a new In Color card challenge, so this one uses sort of one-offs from traditional Christmas colors (meaning, not entirely traditional, but certainly not completely untraditional like pink and/or purple). I went with a Mint Macaron base and ribbon, and stamped my wreath in Mint Macaron (stamped off once first), Cucumber Crush, and then the berries are embossed silver (stamped with Versamark first). The “Joy” is also from the Wondrous Wreath bundle.


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed tonight’s tour! Hope on over to Ann to see what she has in store!

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Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Arden Dougan
Tracie Langley
Anne Matasci
Heather Mathieson <– YOU ARE HERE
Ann Monhollen
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples


RemARKables Blog Tour– The Holidays are coming…

It’s my favorite time of the month–the RemARKables blog tour!! As you may have noticed over the last couple of months, we’ve shifted our focus to all the wonderful bundles Stampin’ Up! has decided to offer its customers starting with the new Annual Catalog! 🙂 And have you SEEEEEEEN the new Holiday Catty?!?! That thing is CHOCK FULL of more bundles than you can shake a stick at!! 🙂 This month (and I imagine the next couple of months), we are focusing on holiday bundles.

This month, I’ve chosen another punch/stamp bundle from the Annual Catalog (I haven’t gotten to shop the new catalog yet 😦 no pretty, current holiday DSP for me– though PS… I’m LOVING the DSP stacks and love that they made a stack for Merry Moments! I haven’t gotten the 12×12 yet, either, so the Stack leap frogged to the top of my wish list).  Anyway… this month, I’m featuring Festival of Trees. When picking my bundle, I wanted to choose something that I could tailor for more than Christmas. And I think I managed pretty well! 🙂 I also used my Circle Framelits on 2 cards.

I actually woke up designing this card in my head this morning!  When I was thinking of the Tree Punch, I saw “Jack-o-Lantern eyes.” So, I took some Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped some stripes from the Work of Art stamp set. Then, I punched out a black tree, then pulled it up and snipped the tip of the tree to create the notch.  I took more black cardstock and cut out another circle, then trimmed it and notched in some teeth. I decided to just show half the face, but I wound up with a lot of “white” space… so I looked at my stamp set again and the garland looked like Frankenstein stitches!! Some people not only carve their pumpkins, but they draw/paint on them as well, so I took a go at it! My first one (up top) didn’t quite turn out like I envisioned and I know how to fix it for the future (see the bottom one– I’ll just mimic that one better). But it still works, I think!


The next one I thought of while laying in bed this morning, too, but only to know that I wanted to use the “tree tree” in fall colors. The rest came to me as I started working, after I’d stamped and punched out my Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, and Tangelo Twist trees. Since the trees are so angular, I decided for circular layers. The Blackberry Bliss I cut to normal card base size (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half), then ran through the Big Shot with the largest framelit (the scalloped one). Then, I cut out a regular first layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and took the next largest circle AND, not the next size, but the next size circle and ran some Gold Glimmer Paper through for my next layer. I did this so that I had a nice gold circle I can use on something else and it doesn’t go to waste hidden under another layer! 🙂 I adhered that layer down with Fast Fuse.


I ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through with the one in between the last 2 I just used for my layer, used some dimensionals to pop up my trees, then stamped my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (a GREAT go-to to have in your aresnal) in Blackberry Bliss.


Then, naturally, I went for a Christmas card. This one, I wanted to be CAS (that’s “Clean and Simple” to you newbies). I also opted to dust off (almost literally it’s been so long since I’ve used either HAHA) my Old Olive ink and cardstock (inspired by the Merry Moments DSP 🙂 though I went with Real Red for my red). I stamped my tree in Old Olive, stamped the Christmas balls (or lights?) in Real Red, tied my Real Red Cotton Ribbon knot (I used Mary Fish’s wonderful tutorial to keep it nice and squared off and flat), and adhered it down! After that, I used what I call “outside-inside” sentiments from the Festival of Trees (the outside sentiment continues to the inside). Oh–and what Christmas Tree is complete without a star (Daffodil Delight was the handiest) on top?! 🙂



Hope you’ve enjoyed this and continue on the hop!! Next up is Ann (I believe she’s new to our lineup! 🙂 Welcome, Ann! 🙂 )

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Nancy Amato

Melissa Bollinger

Tamra Davis

Arden Dougan

Tracie Langley

Anne Matasci

Heather Mathieson <— YOU ARE HERE

Ann Monhollen

Audra Monk

Maria Pane

Michele Reynolds

Pam Staples

Janet Wakeland


August RemARKables Blog Tour — Bundle of Joy

Welcome to the RemARKable’s August Blog Tour! You’ve probably hopped here from Anne, but if you get lost, all of the links are the bottom!

From now on, we will be focusing on bundles offered in the catalog. This month, we are featuring bundles in the Annual Catalog. Have you noticed how many there are?!?!?! As if the fact that coordinating products wasn’t awesome enough, NOW you can get a discount on buying them together! Like icing on the cake 🙂 mmmm… cake… sorry– I’m “clean eating” these days, so no cake for me!

I only have one small card to share with you today, in small part because the blog tour snuck up on me, but in large part because I wanted to tell you how quick and simple this card was, with minimal supplies!

I needed a baby card to go with a shower gift, so I almost went with the Something for Baby stamp set and framelits bundle, but I decided to go cleaner than that (I guess to go along with my clean eating HAHA).

My bundle is the Banner Banter bundle! Framelits are all fine and dandy, but I just LOVE LOVE LOVE coordinating punches!


I’m telling you– super super simple! I started with the Notecards and Envelopes (yet another “bundle”) as my base. It measures 3 1/2″ x 5″. I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut out a piece of the Pool Party paper from the Cherry on Top DSP stack (3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″). Then I cut another whisper white piece (2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″; I wanted a little more of the DSP to show, so I cut it smaller than traditional layers would be). The banner colors (in order L to R) are Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky (Bermuda Bay words), and Bermuda Bay. I just tied a bow and tacked it on with a glue dot! DONE! Seriously, from design concept to finish was less than 15 minutes.

P.S. If you love bundles, you will LOVE the Holiday Catalog 😉

Hop on over to see what bundle Audra has to showcase!


Heather Mathieson <—- YOU ARE HERE

More new stuff

Are you just loving the new catalog or what?! I am sure we all say this every year, but I swear this is the best yet. And just when you think it can’t get any better, Stampin’ Up! just out-does themselves every time!!

I thought I would share a few more projects I made using some new products in both some traditional ways and some untraditional ways (I love thinking outside the box 🙂 ).

First up is a little project I made using the new Layered Letters set, the new In Color Watermelon Wonder, and the returning Something for Baby bundle. A friend of mine had a baby about the time I was coming up with ideas, and this is her bebe’s name! Perfect to add a little newborn picture in (this is an 8″x8″ frame)


Next up is one of my favorite new sets– Watercolor Wings! Who isn’t in love?! I wanted to be monochromatic, so I just stuck with Bermuda Bay (can you tell I have a Bermuda Bay problem?!) and Basic Black. I also used the brand new Banner Triple punch! So. Freakin’. Cool!


The next card I made 10 of for a card swap! Let me tell you… more pieces than for 10 cards got made LOL Either the punched hole didn’t line up or I got a shadow on the donut stamp or the sprinkles blurred out… but I eventually got 10 perfect ones made 🙂 I think it’s very cute! It uses the new Sprinkles on Top set with Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush as new items (with returning favorites Crushed Curry and what else? Bermuda Bay 🙂 ) Oh! and the new Thick Baker’s Twine!!


The last card I have for you today will be going to my DBF at some point. He LOOOOOVES popcorn, especially the Wegman’s store brand microwave popcorn that he can’t get now that he lives in Utah (nannanannabooboo!). So I send him care packages with some every now and again. One will fit perfectly inside this card, and I will punch slits and tie the front and back together so that the card becomes a sleeve 🙂 Do you recognize the “popcorn”?? It’s from the Tree Builder punch! And the popcorn box? It’s from the Fry Box Die! (and it’s only fitting since he gave me the Fry Box Die and coordinating stamp set for my birthday 🙂 )


I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at what I’ve made for you today! Happy stamping!



Andy Warhol meets Stampin’ Up!

Have you ever woken up with a crafting idea in your head that you just HAD to do? Well that happened to me one morning this past May. I had been playing over the long Memorial Day weekend, so I guess I was in the mode, but no lie, this project was in my head when my eyes popped open! I feel like a real artist when that happens LOL

I had the image of Andy Warhol’s John Lennon piece stuck in my head, and I knew I wanted to recreate it using the new Ronald McDonald set, Sprinkles of Life (p.s. I will be sad to see this one go as they only stick around for one year 😦 it just got here and I’m already sad about that LOL ). So here’s John in all his Warhol-ed-ness:



And then here’s my version using Sprinkles of Life! (this is an 8″ x 8″ frame, for reference 🙂 so each square is 2″ x 2″). I wound up switching some of the squares around a little bit, but you can see that I used a very similar color scheme, just in SU! colors 🙂


I hope you enjoyed my art piece for today! 🙂 (I was just looking at it, and I was like “I should post this on my blog!” even though I made it months ago 🙂 )




July RemARKables Blog Tour– The IN (color) Crowd


It’s the second Thursday of the month, and you know what that means! RemARKables Blog Tour!!! You probably hopped here from Anne, but just in case you get lost, everyone’s link is at the bottom 🙂

We’re starting a new theme of sorts, focusing on bundles. This month, we’re featuring the 2015-2017 In Color Ink Pads and Cardstock bundle! So, you get to see projects made with these gorgeous colors from a fantastic line-up of artists!

I’m sure by now you’ve seen these colors and perhaps fallen in love with them! Maybe you haven’t gotten your hands on them yet, but one of the unsung heroes is this bundle that is a great deal! 5 ink pads and an assorted pack of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock for the price of just the ink pads! It’s like getting that pack of cardstock for FREE!! 🙂

I have a confession to make: I did not make these cards especially for this blog tour 😦 I haven’t shared them with you before, so they’re new to you, at least! HAHA I had a migraine from Friday to Tuesday (yes, over the long July Fourth holiday weekend 😦 ), culminating in a visit to the doctor to get some relief as well as a new-to-me prophylaxis daily medication that’s got me sleepy and loopy by turns! So please forgive me, and pray I normalize on the new meds sooner rather than later! 🙂 I’m having a hard enough time putting these thoughts together, so I apologize also if this post is a bit disjointed and incoherent!

First up is a set of 3×3 cards featuring Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder, my two favorites!! I used the Crazy About You stamp set (carry-over from the Occasions catty) and coordinating punches to make these cards, easy peasy! I used the new Envelope paper to make liners for my envelopes. I love that with the photopolymer stamps, I can put both words on my clear block and just have to ink and stamp once!! 🙂


Next up is a Christmas card that’s a little non-traditional (Watermelon Wonder isn’t a true red, so making it a pink and green Christmas!) I was happy to see Festival of Trees carry over from the last holiday catalog (happy to see Christmas back in the catalog, period! 🙂 )  Trusty Sassy Salutations for my sentiment!


The last one I have for you today is one that features all of the in colors. This was one of those projects where I had one piece stuck in my head, then tried various other things to finish it. I had the idea to put the background together like that (it’s once again the Envelope paper– so perfect for making lightweight layers, and is at a great price point, too! cheaper than a pack of DSP), so I adhered it all together, and then was like, “now what?!” I tried many things, some simple, some complex, until I decided to use the Bitty Butterfly punch and call it a day! Once again, I used the Crazy About You set for the sentiment for this one.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope it all made sense! Hope on over to see what Audra‘s come up with! 🙂


Nancy Amato – http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com/2015/07/remarkable-stampers-blog-tour-in-color.html
Melissa Bolinger – http://creativeblessingsbymissy.blogspot.com/2015/07/remarkable-blog-tour-in-color-bundle.html
Tamra Davis – http://wp.me/p2QFfC-sL
Anne Matasci – http://wp.me/pCcBw-1T2
Heather Mathieson – https://inkyladybug.wordpress.com/?p=178
Audra Monk – http://thecraftyyogi.blogspot.com/2015/07/stampin-up-in-color-bundle-remarkable.html
Maria Pane – http://stampinandscrappinwithriri.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-su-in-colors-remarkable-stampers.html
Michele Reynolds – http://inspirationink.typepad.com/inspiration-ink/2015/07/in-color-bundle-blog-tour.html
Pam Staples – http://wp.me/p3p2VA-13Z
Janet Wakeland – http://wp.me/pHIQD-7ks

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Happy birthday to me!

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I got a few of my girlfriends together, and we had dinner at Maggiano’s!

I wanted to make a little decor as well as some little favors for my guests. Partly, I wanted to thank them for coming, and partly, any excuse to have something to make, right?! 🙂

My original idea was to use my new Hamburger Box Die, purchased specifically for this occasion. I watched Stampin’ Up!’s YouTube video on how to use it, made 2 (one with some DSP, and the other with the new Thick Whisper White cardstock), and I was SO not happy! I went to my team’s Facebook page bemoaning this, and the ladies provided me with some tips as well as a link to someone else’s blog who describes her first experience that sounds like EXACTLY what was going through my head, with an added, “I’m almost 36 years old, will I EVER learn to glue withOUT getting it ALL over my fingers?!” to my inner dialogue LOL BUT she powered through and found a couple of tricks… I will try again, but I wanted to get my favors done, so I just reached for my Gift Box Punch Board (the first time I’d used it!).

I grabbed some Shimmery White cardstock, followed the instructions on the Punch Board for how big to cut it (I used 8″ x 8″ squares to make the largest box that can be made from a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock), where to place, score, and punch! I watched the quick SU! video for this one, too 🙂 Very useful!

I used the new Cotton Paper (hope they come out with more colors of this!!) and the Bouquet die to create the flowers! The nice thing about the Cotton Paper is that you can die cut MANY at a time! Each of these flowers uses 5 of each of the petals, so I just cut some squares big enough for each petal, and cut all 5 at once (so 10 petals, 1 pass through the Big Shot!)!  I even cut out all 8 centers (2 of the starburst-like centers in each color) all at once! Some glue dots and hot glue were used to assemble these flowers before adding them to the belly band (1-1/2″ x 12″) that can be slid on and off the box.

I also used some of the Bermuda Bay Striped Grosgrain ribbon and Sequin Trim (I have a Bermuda Bay problem!) to add to some little Milk jars I found at “the M Store” (the straws that match perfectly also came from there!) I had wanted to take a picture of it all on the table, but that did not work out for a variety of reasons, chiefly my plan to get there before my friends to set up didn’t happen because the nail place wouldn’t let me leave! I finally left AMA (ha!), wearing those little flip flop things through the mall to the restaurant!!

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You may be wondering what was inside them?! I made little Post-It-Note holders using some retired DSP (it’s pretty– it’s metallic gold; doesn’t show that in the picture) 🙂 (There are a lot of instructions out there for the construction, but to give credit where credit’s due, these are the ones I found and followed.)


I also had my friend Eva bring some Arbonne samples of their Ultra-hydrating Hand Creme; and she also brought some Seasource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelee– which she says is a moisturizer, but it works great for sunburn AND (if you’re like me, this excites me!) great to put on pesky mosquito bites!! I could have gotten some little smelly lotions somewhere else, but I wanted to give them something high-quality and useful!!

Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!! 🙂

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Why June is the best month…


June is one of the best months. Summer vacation has started, the actual first day of Summer comes, pools open, and best of all– it’s my birthday month!! (This Thursday, in fact! 🙂 )

This year, however, Stampin’ Up! has made June an even better month!!

When you join Stampin’ Up! in June, you will receive 2 FREE stamp sets OF YOUR CHOICE, in addition to your Starter Kit!  For only $99, you get to choose $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product OF YOUR CHOICE. (The $125 value does not include the value of your free sets!! You could really cash in and easily get another $80-$100 in product FOR FREE!).  And, you will also receive a business kit which includes catalogs, order forms, etc. for FREE. All of this ships directly to you, so you can begin stamping as soon as possible.

PLUS, June recruits are the last “class” of recruits to receive the benefit of an EXTRA 10% off their first demonstrator order within the first 45 days. So, 30% off total AND your 45 days will run into the Holiday catalog pre-order period (so the first to see AND play with the new stuff AND at a discount), if you choose to wait 🙂

You can be a “Happy Shopper” and enjoy receiving your Stampin’ Up! merchandise at a discount, you can choose to sell to others and build a business, or some combination of the two.  Being a demonstrator is a great way to get paid for having fun, and it comes with amazing benefits. You can do as little or as much as you want, depending on how much you want to get involved. (You could also split the starter kit, the discounted order, and each take a free stamp set if you grab a friend!)

Visit my website for all the details!

What You Get:
  • Product Discounts
  • Exclusive Rewards
  • Early access to new products
What You Earn:
  • Free Products
  • Exciting Trips
  • Oh, and money!
What You Do:
  • Create with beautiful products
  • Share creative fun with friends
  • Inspire others and be inspired
I would love to welcome you to my Inky LadyBugs Team!  You’ll also be part of a larger team known as the RemARKable Stampers; we have virtual team meetings every month– SO. MUCH. FUN! Be sure to join in June!  Let me know if you have any questions.
I’ll be back later this week with a post of some projects I’m working on this week! 🙂

Mondays: You’ve Got This!

What an appropriate stamp set name for a Monday!!

I have made it my goal to actually play with all my goodies within a week of receipt! And so, when a coworker’s birthday popped up last week, I decided to make her a journal (CASEd from one of the Stampin’ Up! Artisans) using the new You’ve Got This stamp set! (Note that the large journal I use here is retired 😦 We still have small ones!)

First off, I had to figure out what color she used to stamp the hatched background on the Kraft journal, so I grabbed a swatch of our Kraft cardstock and tried a few colors, letting it dry. The winner: Crumb Cake! I let it dry for awhile, then stamped and embossed the flower so I could practice with my Blender Pens. Having this also helped me eye where I needed to place the stamp. I really don’t want to mess up and have a wasted journal!


After that, I closed my eyes and went for it on the journal… okay… I didn’t really close my eyes, but sometimes, you just have to jump in and do it! I guess I didn’t wait long enough for the Crumb Cake to dry because I wound up with some stray embossing powder, but I actually didn’t mind the effect… so, I was okay giving it to someone 🙂 Added a strip of dry embossed Mint Macaron and some ribbon. I even added a few buttons to some twine! Sometimes those “little” things you just don’t think about can make all the difference.


I tied a little bow with the Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, which in turn inspired my little birthday card! I knew I didn’t need to go “all out” on the card since the masterpiece was the journal, so I just made a little matching 3 x 3 card. Super quick and easy, even with using the envelope liner die (I turned the die catty-corner on the envelope paper so that my lines were a diagonal)! I grabbed the birthday sentiment from Butterfly Basics.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak into my weekend (I have more to share)!

And here is a little video on coloring with blender pens, produced by Stampin’ Up!

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