{patriotic} love card

I’m doing the 7 posts for 7 days, so here’s a quick card share for today.

Awhile back I was making card kits and cut a bunch of ribbon before I assembled a card to make sure it looked good. Helpful hint: don’t do that. Make one, then cut pieces. So, I had a bunch of ribbon cut and no idea what to do with it… and then somehow I ended up making a bunch of patriotic love cards. I can’t say I have ever made one before, but I love the end result!

Gina K card stock, Paper Smooches sentiment, SU ribbon, Quickkutz heart dies, Sizzix heart embossing folder

Gina K card stock, Paper Smooches sentiment, SU ribbon, Quickkutz heart dies, Sizzix heart embossing folder

It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the cream is embossed with tiny hearts!

Linking up also with the Blitsy link up! LOVE my new PS stamps from blitsy (and I ogle the offerings every day!) 🙂

Thanks for visiting me today! Tomorrow: mom-ified bathtub remodel – not a Barbie in sight! YES! 



Unity’s FWF 12/6


It’s Friday; isn’t it? This week has just flown by! My eldest daughter turned 8 yesterday and I’ve been busy today preparing for her birthday party tomorrow. 

Today I also realized that I always panic when Christmas is over and I realize that I’m completely out of birthday cards, and we have several family birthdays in January. And since I had the sewing machine out making party favor bags, and it’s Unity’s Friends with Flair day…

Echo Park here & now
Unity’s ‘everything wonderful’
SU ribbon
Momento inks

Thanks for visiting me today! be sure to hop back to the Unity blog for lots more inspiration!


LWD Design Team Showcase: Pink Paislee Snow Village Collection

Hello there! It’s me again, showcasing the lovely and very chic Pink Paislee Snow Village line today for Lone Wolf Designs. 

Since it’s that time of year – Advent – I thought I’d show you a few different designs for gift card holders. We give several gift cards during Christmas (and throughout the year!). Each year we give our daughters’ teachers gift cards – usually to Target – and I like finding fun ways to present them. 

My youngest’s preschool teacher is going to l.o.v.e this beanie holder. The pattern is so ‘her’!  

PP: Snow Village paper
Stampin’ Up clay rosette (colored with marker)
ribbon unknown
You can find the tutorial here. I didn’t add the pom-pom on top as I was picturing more of a cloche than a beanie. 🙂

This next gift card holder is very simple to make! Let me first show you my sad first attempt:
This is why you ALWAYS, ALWAYS do a test spray of any mists or sprays. GRRR.  But isn’t that little keep calm image cute? It’s included in this page in the 6×6 pad:

Okay, so then I tried again with another of those cute little 1×1.5″ squares:
PP: Snow Village paper
Stamps: PP Snow Village
Ribbon: Stampin’ Up
Card stock: Gina K

Cute, huh? I stamped the ‘Dec’ and ’25’ from the coordinating Snow Village stamps.  You can find a tutorial here for this holder. These are small and go together very quickly!

This one is super fun. I think kids would love this! Heck, my husband loved it. 🙂
The ribbon works really well… that way you don’t have to worry about your
closure band needing to slide off and your card front getting in the way!
You can find that tutorial hereHere is the inside:
PP: Snow Village
Card stock: Bazzill
Ribbon: unknown

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying too much for your craft supplies!


Growing in Unity – day 5

Hello friends! It’s my last day as Growing in Unity girl for Unity Stamp Co. My daughter’s favorite board book is What Should we Do with the Boo Hoo Baby so I won’t be all boo hoo hoo because truth is this week was so much fun… but I’m not sorry to see it end because it doesn’t end!! We have the Unity Facebook page, Pinterest, and Friends with Flair every Friday  for inspiration and camaraderie.  🙂

This is kind of going to be a show-and-tell kind of post but with more showing and less telling, ’cause I know you all have more important things to do:

Mini cards; thought these might be a fun thing to tuck in a teacher gift for Christmas:
Jillibean Soup/Unity Jolly Good Fun (left)
Unity’s Christmas Bough set (right)
Marvy Urchida markers/gel pens
This stamp is completely underwhelming if you do not emboss it. Know what I also hate am allergic to, besides coloring? Heat embossing, though I did it anyway ’cause I like you guys… Oh, and loose glitter too. Did I tell you my daughter’s Halloween costume was sparkly and shed glitter? Guess who is still cleaning up glitter eight days later... I’m not sure what happened with the color here. The green appears much less neon-like in real life.
Unity Christmas bough
embossing powder
Gina K card stock; SU ribbon
Then I thought I might try it on the kraft. My sentiment inks did not get fabulous coverage so it’s slightly underwhelming. Love this big branch though!!
Unity Christmas Bough
SU ribbon, Gina K card stock
My Mind’s Eye paper
Unity’s Chrismtas Bough set (image)
 Jillibean/Unity Tis the Season for Joy set (sentiment)

Thank you for visiting me! Unity will give two Itty Bitty’s to a winner from the comments I received this week, so go back to the previous posts and comment if you haven’t already done so – better odds are a good thing! And then go shop, cause those new punny stamps are AMAZING. 🙂


Lone Wolf Design DT Showcase: Lawn Fawn, a little Pink Paislee, and Tattered Angels

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s me again with another Lone Wolf Designs product showcase… and yes, I just can’t get enough of Lawn Fawn! I was inspired at Scrapfest @ the Mall of America in September, so… I went home and placed an order for some more LF goodies (see the link at the bottom of the post for how you can order and save!!) and then I had fun making some stuff.

Did you know that Christmas is only 60 days away

I also picked up some Tattered Angels glimmer mist at Scrapfest. I thought it might be fun to add some mist to some of my projects… and holiday was the name of the game.

I had such fun playing with the newer Tag, You’re It Lawn Cuts and coordinating Winter Gifts stamp set!
 I stamped the background with some of the smaller stamps from Winter Gifts and colored in the leaves and berries. I stamped the banner tag on patterned paper and added one of the Winter Gifts sentiments, a little twine, and then assembled and misted!

This is the glimmer mist I chose:
It’s sugar maple, which is a lot less orange than it looks in the photo, thank goodness! It’s a really pretty copper tone. 🙂

The Lawn Fawn make & take I did last month used the jar from Summertime Charm (and coordinating Lawn Cut die) to make the bell jar into a snow globe. Adorable, right?? I added a little kraft envelope behind the green panel so you could add a gift card! The sentiment is from Let it Snow and I embossed it in gold to go with the pretty Pink Paislee snow village paper. 🙂 I added a little clear Stickles to the snowflakes as well.

Then I realized I had an abundance of Lawn Fawn winter sentiments, so I decided to make some subway art tags.
And then I just used the Winter Tags stamps and dies to find the best placement and cut out two tags!
 I sprayed them both with the Tattered Angels mist. SO pretty with the red ink! The top banner die is another cute little tag I made.  It would easily attach to a small gift bag, and doesn’t even need to be a holiday gift… win/win!
And one tag I put on a card. How fun is that? This paper is also by Lawn Fawn.

The Tattered Angels mist is shimmery and it does rub off a bit on your skin… just an FYI for those who do not care for glimmer/glittery products! The shimmer is subtle and though it takes a little practice to get your spritzing just right, it’s fun!

Here are two bonus tags… they kind of got sprayed by accident (yeah, I’m not at my best after 10 pm. I’m more of an early bird) but I actually loved the end result. These are Pink Paislee stamps and paper (cut using the Lawn Fawn largest tag die). I used the stamps from the Snow Village set and a little tag from the Snow Village paper pack for the bottom tag. The top tag was one of those “happy accident” tags… I stamped in a color that wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I shadow stamped over the top with a neutral color and then I kind of liked how it made it look more aged… and then a tiny bit of glimmer mist at the edges gave it even more of an antique look. Bonus!

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group.  If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Now, I know you are thinking “this would be so fun and easy to make a whole bunch of holiday tags at once. I should really call my sister/my mom/my best friends and plan a little coffee and crafting time to get started on holiday stuff.”  You are correct, you will also need something chocolate, and you’re welcome. 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend, friends!


OWH winter challenge & WCMD winners!


Today’s Operation Write Home challenge is to make a winter card that uses a nature element. I was completely predictable and chose snowflakes. 🙂 I won two Itty Bitty’s of my choice recently and this was one of my picks – I *adore* it!

Unity Stamp Co sentiment
SU crochet trim
Sizzix snowflake embossing folder
poor attempt at following a sketch… all me!

I’d also like to announce the winners from the OWH World Cardmaking Day Hop this past weekend. Thank you for all of your kind comments!

The paper pads go to:
Ann said…
Jen, what a fabulous story! Thanks for all you do for our heroes. I love how each edition is dedicated to ones who are so deserving. Great job!
And the stamps to:
Colleen said…
What a great story and a way to honor the Heros!
Ladies, please email me at jennifer.mueller409 AT gmail dot com (remove spaces and insert appropriate punctuation) with your mailing addresses, please! 



Operation Write Home World Cardmaking Day HOP! Thanks, hero!

I’m so happy you are here for the Operation Write Home blog hop! Click on the link above to see all of the links; there’s always great inspiration! Today we are using OWH sketches (a new sketch is posted every Sunday) to make thank you notes. 

My story for this card is too long for this post, so if you would like the back story of how I made this card for a local hero who was interviewed for our local phone book’s “Tribute To Veterans” edition, go to this post

I won’t tell you that I didn’t read the directions and use a sketch to make this card, soooo… let’s say this is based on sketch 189 and I REALLY played around with the measurements   ‘K? Good. 🙂
My Mind’s eye Lost & Found 6×6 (Christmas papers, go figure!)
Paper Smooches Circle of Honor sentiment stamps
Stamping up Ruby Red and Momento tuxedo black inks

Now go read that back story and comment to win some blog candy. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a beautiful day!  Thanks for visiting me!


OWH sketch 190

Hey there, it’s Sunday again! How is it that once it’s the 4th of July, summer seems to be nearly over and once school starts, that fall is immediately upon us? I don’t understand. We’ve had nights in the 40’s already! It’s dark by 7:45 and no one is excited to get in the car in the morning for school unless I let it warm up first…

Oh well. It’s football season, and time for fuzzy sweaters and throw blankets. I should just move onto the card, right?

MME lost & found christmas pad (yeah, I know, looks patriotic to me too!)
Market Street Stamps God bless America set
Nesties Labels 18, Quickkutz heart die

I stamped the heart stamp from the God bless America set in antique linen, die cut it, and then stamped over it with SU not quite navy. I like it!

Thanks for visiting me today! I’ll be gone next weekend…. Scrapfest!!!! Woot!


Lone Wolf Designs Showcase: Lawn Fawn’s Lawn Cuts

Happy Friday, people! Am I excited for the weekend – we are going to the lake! Woohoo! It’s supposed to be all of 60 degrees today but hey, lake time is lake time is lake time. 🙂 

Today I am up on the Lone Wolf Designs blog – I was so excited to try out Lawn Fawn’s Lawn Cuts! These are 100% steel dies, made in the USA, and they coordinate perfectly with several of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets! If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I love Lawn Fawn. I met Kelly Marie at Scrapfest last year (at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN). She is the sweetest and her class was SUPER fun! Needless to say it didn’t take much to entice me to expand my Lawn Fawn ‘collection’… 🙂

Recently Kris asked for feedback and some posters suggested they’d like to see more altered items, so I decided to use my new Lawn Fawn stuff to decorate an old clipboard. 
St. Vincent de Paul, 80 cents. Yup, 80 cents. This is rural Wisconsin.
Then I chose some pretty Lawn Fawn papers. These are actually holiday papers. Go figure, right??
Lawn Fawn fa la la papers, perfect for more than just holidays!
 Once I cut the sizes, I rounded the edges with my trusty corner chomper. LOVE that tool.
We R Memories corner chomper
 Then I had to decide what to do with that ugly clip on top. I thought the gunked-up part would come off, but it was some sort of funky glued mess that I could NOT scrape off. So, paint to the rescue! 
Raided the kid’s craft drawer. Yes, yes I did. I bought it!
 I know, the first coat is never that pretty. You just have to keep going. 🙂
Holding on to the faith that it will look prettier in a couple of coats.
 While it dried, I thought of ideas to further camouflage the ick. Ribbon flower to the rescue! Confession: I haven’t bought glue dots. Like, EVER. I make my own using parchment paper and Aileen’s tack it over and over glue. I even made a little book for them that you can see here. 🙂
Don’t use waxed paper. Trust me. PARCHMENT.
 I didn’t have any large dots left, so I pulled out the large sheet from my glue dot book and poured the glue. The advantage of making your own is making them any size you desire! FYI, you want the glue evenly spread – no holes, but also not super thick unless you don’t mind a longer drying time.
lovely glue dots
 Since I had the glue out I checked my glue dots book and realized I needed a few more medium sized ones. It may be hard to tell in the photo, but there’s one dry glue dot on the page – top right hand corner. 🙂
make sure you put these to dry where kids and pets can’t get at them. Or else you will have delighted children and/or very irritated pets. 🙂
 Then while I was waiting for everything to dry, I found the stamps I wanted to use. Aren’t those hot air balloons adorable??? It’s too bad that I am terrible at allergic to coloring, but a few My Mind’s Eye scraps and I was in business.
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set
 Choosing how to align the patterns is the most fun!
 Pretty, no?
I think so. 🙂 This is the larger of the 2 balloon stamps.
 Then I got busy with the little banner stamp. I love that stamp!!
Washi tape is a prefect low-tack way to adhere your dies to your image to make sure it
doesn’t move. Just use the tapes that are not your favorites. 🙂
These are the coordinating Blue Skies Lawn Cuts. 
 The Lawn Cuts are super easy to use. Just stamp the image, line up the die along your stamped edge, tack it down so it doesn’t shift, and run it through your machine!
Super easy to line up!
 Meanwhile, the board was shaping up…
Pink twine for extra contrast.
 I went to town on the clouds. It never hurts to cut extra; I’m sure I will use them!
So many cute little lawn cuts…
And the next day….
The glue dots had dried. I checked them about 22 hours in and they were dry, so they may have been done sooner. Drying time depends on the weather as well; I’ve noticed high humidity means they will take longer to dry. You know when they are done because they turn clear. 

Ready for use!
 Time to start the ribbon flower! Knot the end of your ribbon and trim off most of the excess – not all of it. Leave a tiny tail.
You can knot the end as many times as you want. It depends on how thick you want your flower middle.
 Smoosh that tail right down in the middle of the glue dot. You don’t want to see it!
Just smoosh it. Trust me.
 Then start winding and twisting. Tack the ribbon down into the glue every little bit; you can twist as much or as little as you like. You can make a puffy flower if you leave it looser; mine generally turn out fairly flat because I like them twisted a lot.
Shaping up!

Once you have most of the glue dot covered, cut a tiny tail. Tuck it behind the glue dot and then run your fingers around the glue dot, smooshing it behind your ribbon.  It’s sticky, yes, but not crazy so.
See how pretty that is? And super duper easy! 3 minutes start to finish, seriously.
  Once you have your ribbon flower adhered, you can use your nail or a bone folder to poke ribbon over any exposed glue. 
Kind of a shabby chic vibe, no?
 I decided to outline the clipboard in twine. A) because it’s pretty and b) because I cut the one side slightly short and I didn’t like seeing the exposed edge. I’m one of those “fudge! I have to fix my mistakes and I’m not throwing this one out!” crafters. Sorry, people.
Taking shape!

Voila! I sparkled up the clouds and used adhesive tape on some of the clouds. I think this may end up as a gift for my oldest daughter with a cute little notepad (a shorter one) tucked under the clip. 🙂

What do you think? 

Altering item ideas:
  • Look anywhere and everywhere for items you can alter, not just in stores. Look around your home – I bet you could find a box, a pail, an old candy tin that you could alter. How about a notebook? 
  • If you’re new to altering items, go for easy and inexpensive to try first. Once you see how easy it is – and FUN – then go shopping for shadowboxes and frames. 
  • Consider non-traditional items, as well – how about empty containers? I’ve seen great things on pinterest with old jars, empty tea bottles, etc. Just remove the labels and get creative!
  • Dollar stores and the dollar section at Target are great places to browse for inexpensive ideas. Thrift stores are also good options; if you don’t thrift, odds are you know someone who does. Ask that person to keep an eye out for you – but a) be specific in what you are looking for, b) note your budget and c) only ask someone you trust NOT to buy you a whole bag of stuff or who might just keep ‘finding you things’ once you’ve said “uncle.” 🙂
  • Altered items can be a great mix of crafting tools – use whatever you have in your arsenal (stamps, inks, paper, ribbon/trims, beads, paint, sprays, 3D items, etc).
  • Don’t scrimp on quality adhesives – you don’t want to put something together only to have it fall apart! 
  • Altered items make fantastic gifts! Spread the love with a personalized frame or a trinket box. 

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Group Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying too much for your craft supplies!

Thanks for visiting me today – have an amazing weekend! I’m going to take my leftover cloud Lawn Cuts and go make some pretty cards while everyone else fishes. 🙂


OWH MWT – punch cards

No, not discount cards, cards made with punches. That said, I LOVE me a good punch card (discount card). I prioritize stores that care about my return business. 🙂

Okay, so the OTHER kind of punch cards is the midweek challenge for Operation Write Home today. I have been living it UP with my sis and my nephews that are in town on vacation so this card is an oldie but one that I haven’t shared before. I made it for a friend whose infant son was being baptized. I was short on time and decided to go with a simpler “congrats” card than try to finagle a baptism card with no baptism stamps.  I wish I would’ve taken a pic of the inside; I did the inside too with some pretty Verve scripture stamps and it looked nice. I thought so anyhow. 

As it goes, I was so busy taking a pic of the card before leaving for the party that I left the card in the lightbox. True story. I apolized the next day and she told me she knew the gift I had was from us since I had also decorated a tag for the bag. LOL

Paper Smooches sentiment
SU ribbon
My Mind’s Eye (blink, maybe??)
PTI smoky shadow card stock

So there you have it! Punches. Of all kinds. sorry, I’m kind of punchy today (TIRED!!). LOL

Oooh, also, come see me Friday. I will have some great things to show you!!