Always be a Unicorn

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Sometimes you just have to make something for the fun of it. Like a unicorn card. Everybody loves a unicorn!

I mixed patterned papers from Skylark and Lollydoodle for a fresh color combo. The unicorn is embossed with clear powder and sponged with Cotton Candy ink on the background. Of course, every unicorn needs some sparkle, so I added Prisma Glitter and Liquid Glass.

The Unicorn Dreams stamp set from  is found in Close to My Heart’s Hostess Rewards stamp sets. These specially priced sets are available only for a limited time (until July for this one), and they are only available for hostesses. Good news: it’s so easy to qualify as a hostess when you place an order of $150 in products, so you can stock up on supplies or gather orders from others, and enjoy the perks of being a hostess with great hostess only deals!

To see the Unicorn Dreams set and other Hostess only sets, view the catalog here, click on the Spring/Summer book and scroll to page 6.

To schedule an online gathering or place your own order and qualify for hostess rewards, contact me!

I’ve got vacation brain!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


We’ve been back from our cruise for over a week, and I’m still in a haze. Does this happen every time one goes on a cruise to to a warm and sunny tropical location after suffering through snow and cold all winter? ‘Cuz sign me up for next year, I can’t wait to go again!


We started our trip in New Orleans on the weekend before Mardi Gras. What a nice bonus to our vacation! We traveled with my husband’s brother David and his wife Debbie. Best travel companions ever!


We were on the Royal Caribbean ship, Serenade of the Seas. Not one of the newest mega-ships, but plenty large for us. Leaving from New Orleans gets you an 8 hour trip down the Mississippi delta. Passing all the oil tankers and refineries was fascinating.

James brought his camping hammock and hung it on our balcony. One of those “must brings” if we ever go on a cruise again. You can’t get much more relaxed than a hammock while at sea.


I just happened to bring my facepaints on our trip (never leave home without them, you never know when you need an emergency facepainting) so I was well-prepared for the Mardi Gras evening dinner on board. My sister-in-law and I were looking pretty snazzy!


Our first port of call was Jamaica, where we took an excursion to float the Rio Bueno river with our own personal guide. We booked our shore excursions online, outside of the cruise ship and I’m so glad we did. While throngs of people were lining up to get on crowded buses, we had a personal driver and river guide for just the four of us. We wrapped up the float trip with a few hours on a private beach in a little cove with beach chairs, jerk chicken and rum punch.


Our second port of call was Grand Cayman. We boarded a 50 ft. catamaran and sailed to Sting Ray City, a shallow sandy area offshore where you can feed and interact with dozens of rays. They come flocking like pigeons when a ship anchors, it was a little unnerving having them flap right up to you, brushing by like a dog. A big, slimy, creepy dog. But after a few minutes I got used to it and really enjoyed the experience.


The boat captains did a wonderful job of teaching us about the stingrays and they were very conscientious about the sea life and the ecosystem.


Our third and final stop was in Cozumel, Mexico. This is a small island so we decided to skip the professional excursions and rent a car for sightseeing. It was a blustery day but still beautifully sunny. We stopped at several places, enjoyed some delicious food and saw a lot of gorgeous views.


Now that I’m back and unpacked, I’ll be posting on my blog again, so expect more papercrafting goodness coming soon.


Whenever I need a little break, I can always remember with this picture.