Paper Crafting

Who else is crafting this weekend?

I hope you, too, are prioritizing staying in (or at least out of public) and enjoying the simple things!

I didn’t get these completed yet, but I’ve got one colored and the rest ready as “blanks” to color with on my free time after work during the week. It’ll be nice to have something ready that’ll be easy to step into and give what time I can to instead of having to start from scratch.

And like many of you, I’m finding that the people I care about are weighing heavily on my mind right now – more so than normal. So, I plan to use these to send some of them paper hugs in the coming weeks.

I hope you’ll share with us what you’ve been up to!

Let’s all share some sunshine right now, and make the most of this season!

May God bless you all! 💕

Crafty hugs,


Paper Crafting

How are *you*?

Hey, all!  How are you doing out there?  I think we’re all getting inundated to some degree with information coming at us right now, and may be feeling heightened levels of stress, whether or not we even realize it.


I would strongly encourage everyone to prioritize taking time right now to engage in stress-relieving activities in your free time.  Whether it’s watching a movie on your couch, baking, crafting, reading, taking a walk – whatever it is that recharges you, it’s important to keep in mind that your health is strongly impacted by your level of stress and too much of it can have consequences I’d not wish on anyone.


The University of Minnesota Extension Service created a “Two for You Stress Series” based on research “to help you live and lead with intention.”  Episodes are just a minute or two and contain some great tips we can all benefit from.  Episode 4.8, Stress and Isolation, may be a timely choice worth checking out.


Another suggestion is yoga.  Take it from someone who used to be 100% not-at-all-interested in yoga (*cough*), but learned to explore it as a method of getting some physical exercise that also helps calm the nervous system and release tension.  Below are a few no-cost YouTube channels you can access on your free time:

Videos that are 10 minutes or less that you may in particular find particularly helpful today:


On one final note, I posted the below at work and thought I would share with everyone in case it could benefit you:

Of course, use discretion with tip #4. :0) 


Please feel free to forward any of this on to your loved ones if you think they may find it helpful!  Near or far, we’re all in this together!


Yours in health, happiness, and harmony,




Praying for Jean | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


I dislike making sympathy cards.  Who else is with me?  That’s why when I find the need to make one like I did this weekend, I make multiples to have on hand.  It’s not fun because I know someone is hurting deeply, and try as I might, I can’t fix their pain.  I dislike it even more when the person who is hurting is someone with a very special place in my heart.  The level of anxiety in my mind and body as I begin to work on such a card is quite remarkable, I’ll admit.

But to be perfectly honest and open, I think occasions that call for sympathy cards are occasions that truly call for a handmade card, because most of us, in these situations, want to do nothing less than shower the bereaved with as much love, support, thoughtfulness and care as possible.

That is why we make cards after all, is it not?  To spread kindness and give a piece of ourselves to someone?

Entering this in a few challenges:

CAS576: 3 Parts – three distinct parts are the embossed back panel, the white “ribbon,” and the matted/framed main image with sentiment. (March 9th)

CAS575: Shades of Gray – gray scaling used with only shades of grey for the entire card (March 2nd)

SC792 : Sketch challenge for March 11th

WT782: Sympathy Cards (Ways to Use it Challenge from March 5th)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂




This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: Praying for Jean
SCS Keywords: SC792 CAS576 CAS575 WT782 heroarts
Stamps: Forest Background (Hero Arts), Charlie Praying (Clear Dollar Stamps), All Year Greetings (Fiskars – inside sentiment)
Ink: Fog (SSS), Gray Granite
Paper: White, misc gray, Gray Granite
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Monochromatic, dry embossing
Accessories: Embossing folder by Sizzix/SU
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Paper Crafting · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Thinking of You

CAS576 Grateful Quartet| DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Last week was my birthday, and I was absolutely showered with love and kindness from family, friends, and coworkers.  And as such, I had a need for thank you cards… and only one in my stash ready to go.  I envisioned creating something bright and cheerful and happy, and this is what I came up with!  I love rainbows… and what goes better together than gemstones with those rainbows? 🙂  (Can you tell I’m still on a sugar high?😎 )

So I got out my brightest, most cheerful ink pads:


… and went to town. 🙂


And because I like to make multiples (but really only needed two cards), I made 5; four variations total:


Entering these in:

CAS576: Three Parts (base, the wreath/main panel,  and the sentiment… they’re all separated with the added plumpness of foam mounting board to really make them distinct from what lies beneath.


CT0220: SCS Fan Club Central Theme – Better Together, (because as I said, what goes together better than rainbows and gemstones?)


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Of course I snazzed up the envelopes a bit for the two that went out today:






This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

SCS Keywords: CAS576, CT0220, #thedailymarker30day
Stamps: Willow One Canoe Two (American Crafts)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green 
Paper: Neenah Solar White (80#, 110#), generic black, metallic silver (“Many Thanks” card only)
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Clean and Simple, rainbow, wreath stamping, die cutting, dimension
Accessories: adhesive gems (in borealis on four of the designs and plain clear on “Many Thanks” card only), dies, foam board
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Hero Arts · Mama Elephant · Paper Crafting · Teapotter Challenges (Tuesdays) · Thinking of You

For RaiLynn | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

One of the things I love about the Splitcoast family is the environment of giving.  We create so we can give a piece of ourselves to another.  Each week, the Teapotter groupchooses a “guest of honor” to which those interested can shower with cards.


A couple of weeks ago, the guest of honor named was a young lady undergoing 30 days of treatment for cancer – and this is her fourth round of five total.  Seeing this caught my eye, but when I saw she was a patient at the Mayo Clinic, my intent to participate was sealed.

Bright and cheery it would be!


Then I got the flu, and rather than risk sending anything ominous the way of her weakened immune system, I held off on working on her design until this past weekend.  (In fact, I avoided that corner of our house as much as possible for this very reason)  Feeling much, much better yesterday, I got busy making something cheerful.


And for a young lady, my thoughts zeroed in on just a few things: bright pink, unicorns and rainbows, and sparkle.

I think I got ’em all here. 🙂  (And I had a TON of fun putting this together!!!!)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂



This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 


Title: MMTPT604 For RaiLynn
SCS Keywords: MMTPT604, CAS574, mamaelephant, heroarts, unicorn
Stamps: Over the Rainbow (Mama Elephant), MMH March 2018 (Hero Arts), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts – inside & envelope)
Ink: Versamark, Spring Brights Ombre (Hero Arts), Distress Ink cubes
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Ink blending, watercolor, glitter, heat embossing, die cutting, dimension
Accessories: Graphic Patterns stencils (Hero Arts), Kat Scrappiness stitched frame dies, blending brush, Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko), glitter glue (Crayola), watercolor brush, water mister, holographic embossing powder (Ranger), black foam sheet
Honey Bee Stamps · Newton's Nook · Sympathy

Monochromatic Pet Sympathy duo | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

img_1616Losing a pet is never easy.  And to feel the love and care of friends during the moments when your heart is the most raw is so important.  That’s why when given reason to make a card for Meghan and her family upon the loss of their young family dog, I made two… because you never know when the occasion will arise that another will be needed.

A friend of mine recently experienced a bad week.  She first had to take two cats to the vet to be euthanized (neither were “hers,” but they were part of her extended family, neither cat was ailing due to related circumstances – it was just really bad timing), and then with further bad – no, terrible – timing, three days later, the loss of her family’s dog – a loss made particularly difficult due to the circumstances (hit by car) and the fact that this was the first pet she had lost in her lifetime aside from old age – and even then, she hadn’t lost many.  For me, at least when I have to say goodbye, whether planned or unexpected, I now know, after years of experience in the worst sort of hurt there is (to me at least), that there will be better days.  That the pain eventually won’t be so piercing.  That I will eventually reach a time when the ache isn’t constant, the tears aren’t daily, and the thought of my beloved pet no longer being there hanging over my head like the darkest of clouds every waking second.  For Meghan, unfortunately, time will only show her this.  And she has to walk through it with two little ones at home, and a husband whose job takes him away for long periods at a time.

My heart breaks for her.

She needs a hug.

I hope a paper hug will help!

So hugs, and hearts, is where I started for this design.  I took it two different ways at the end, but each started out as a matching pair.

First stamping and fussy-cutting the sentiment, then die-cutting the hearts, stamping the pet silhouette in a complementary tone, then adding the metallic ink to the wing and halo stamp before adding it to the serene design.


To begin to put the design together, I selected background dies to compose the backdrop, each of which is backed with a panel of plain gray cardstock selected from my pre-cut scraps to further balance the design and draw the eye through.  


The heart and sentiment are adhered to foam sheets to pop them off the backdrop and prevent the design from looking too plain.

Inside, the sentiment is stamped in the same color as the pet, and the card is finished with one of my signature envelopes.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂



This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: Hugs for Meghan
SCS Keywords: NewtonsNook, sympathy, monochrome
Stamps: Furr-Ever Friends (Newton’s Nook), Hugs (Honey Bee Stamps)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Gray Granite (SU)
Paper: Neenah Solar White – 80# (elements) & 110# (base), Ms. Sparkle marble paper pack, misc grey cardstock
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Monochromatic, die cutting, clean and simple, fussy cutting
Accessories: Bold Confetti Die (Hero Arts), Star background die (My Favorite Things), nesting stitched heart dies, Tsukineko All Purpose Ink