Here's a super quick and simple card I made with just 1 punch and 1 stamp.

I love it when a tool makes me look more skilled than I actually am.  The build a bow punch is a bit like that.  It does all the work punching out the right shapes and you only need to assemble it.  How easy is that.  It looks so professional.  And I'm anything but a professional crafter! Strictly a hobbiest here :-)

The designer series paper I used is from last years catalogue, but you could do something very similar using Birthday Bash.  I love love love this punch.  I'm going to use it on my gift wrapped presents next time too as I think it would look adorable.  And maybe even on the back of an envelope as a kind of seal.  You wouldn't be able send it in the mail - but it would look adorable on a hand delivery.

It's good to be blogging again and sharing my love of card making.  Hope you liked this card.  Thanks for stopping by.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


Sometimes life get's a little crazy and you fall behind in doing the things you love.  Despite making it my intention to blog regularly this year, I've struggled to keep it up with work and travel starting to take over.  Never the less I am determined to give it my best shot.

I made this card months and months ago... maybe even last year but I forgot to blog about it.  The doily cutout is actually a thinlit.  It's retired now but there is another one that is similar the Darling Doily.  

I'm not completely convinced that this card really came out like I intended.  I made the background card stock by stamping dots with a sponge dauber. 

While I like the individual elements I think I made this card when my style was transitioning from vintage cards to more retro, mod styles.  The polka dots and doily are a little bit too much of a clash for my liking.  I think clashing is ok - but you almost have to go the extra mile to make it work - and really put to polar opposite things together.  In this case I don't think I pushed it enough.

I do however like my photography on this card :-)  And you only learn by making mistakes.  I don't want to only show you the cards I make that I love and think look great - that's not reality.  For every card I make that I love I guarantee there is at least one that I'm less in love with or think needs to be binned.  I've learned over the years to just keep giving it your best go and eventually you'll make something you love.

Happy crafting


This is a card I made a while ago for a very dear friend of mine.  I think I've mentioned this before - but I love love love this sentiment.  It's so nice to compare someone to a fabulous work of art.  It speaks of them being unique and precious - which is what my friends are to me :-)

The feather stamps I used are retired now, but you can buy something similar (see below).  I created this card using a similar technique as the one used here.  Stamping images in a big circle around the sentiment to create a mock wreath effect.  I love love love the colours and how this came out.  Probably one of my favourite cards I've made in ages, so only fitting I gave it to one of my favourite people :-)

Happy crafting!