Sunday Morning Musings

We had some rain earlier this morning and now the sun is trying to come out. I bought some cute fabric yesterday to make some face masks and those are in the washer right now. Its been hard to find elastic but I ordered a bunch from Etsy the other day and it should be here in a few days.

Yesterday I made a Mother’s Day card. Unfortunately my mother has been gone for a long time but she’s always in my thoughts, especially on days like Mother’s Day. I went through years of infertility and so for many years I hated Mother’s Day. I didn’t have a mother and I wasn’t able to be a mother. Finally we were able to adopt our daughters and my feelings towards Mother’s Day have changed dramatically! Here’s the card I made:

I love using embossing folders and dies..for this card I used both. Its a standard A2 sized card made from my usual Recollections Heavy Weight cardstock. I then embossed some white cardstock with an embossing folder from Darice called Flower Frenzy. I framed that with some blue cardstock. Then I used the dies from Sizzix…Flower set by Lisa Jones…and cut the pieces for the flowers.

I glued the leaves down flat to the paper and used some foam pads to give the flowers some dimension. I also cut some hearts from the die set and glued those down. For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Mothers Day” from a stamp set by Hero Arts called “Happy Mom’s Day”. That completes the card!

I hope this Sunday morning finds you happy and well despite all of the challenges we have been facing.

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Hello everyone. How are you enjoying your summer? It’s been so hot here in Utah with record breaking heat. I have to say I’m looking forward to fall and cooler temperatures! We had a few days away in Colorado which was really fun…until we were almost home and our truck broke down 30 minutes from… Continue reading Hello

How is your summer going?

I hope that your summer is going well. Since I am in the western United States, we are experiencing very hot temperatures and extreme drought conditions. I used to love summer but since the onset of hot flashes about 8 years ago, I find the heat harder to tolerate. So spring and fall are my… Continue reading How is your summer going?

Good morning

It’s a cold morning. We had a cold front come through yesterday and the temperatures dropped by about 30 degrees. It was getting quite warm so it’s nice to have a break. We are remodeling our home so yesterday the new kitchen cabinets were delivered and my husband had to get them in the house… Continue reading Good morning


My daughter had surgery last week. She’s doing well now and we are hoping that the surgery will fix the issues she has had. She is hoping to head back to California as soon as she can. There’s been a lot of stress, naturally. That means that in addition taking care of my daughter, my… Continue reading Hello!

Crazy times…

Its been another busy, hectic, stressful few weeks. My daughter, who left for California, had to return home due to some medical issues. She is facing probable surgery and recovery time before she can return. Thanks to the stress of all of that, my afib has been in full force and my kidney stone decided… Continue reading Crazy times…

I’m still here!!

Its been a crazy time lately. Lots of changes have been happening, including sending my youngest daughter off to California for 18 months. My oldest daughter is now renting our basement apartment so we have been helping her set that up. We are also beginning to remodel the main floor of our home so chaos… Continue reading I’m still here!!

St. Patrick’s Day card

It won’t be long until St. Patrick’s Day is here. It’s not a huge card giving day but since so many of us aren’t out and about visiting people like we used to, sending a card is a great way to keep in touch. My mother was born and raised in Ireland and I remember… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day card

Lots going on…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here, sorry about that. There’s been so much going on I our lives that I just didn’t have the motivation. I will try to do better. My oldest daughter changed jobs so now she’s working from home. So we had to get an office ready for her.… Continue reading Lots going on…

Busy, busy…

How are you? We have been enjoying unseasonably mild weather for January, but it looks like all of that is going to change this weekend with snow on the way. I’ve been so busy with my Etsy shop, mostly with paper hearts. Lots and lots of people have been ordering, which is great, but I… Continue reading Busy, busy…

January blues.

I’ve been working on Valentine cards, trying to get through the January blues. Do you deal with that? The holidays are over and we are in the midst of winter. This year with the pandemic going on and all the unrest in the world, it seems worse than usual. So I’ve been trying to do… Continue reading January blues.

Happy New Year!

I’ve been horrible at updating my blog lately so I’m hoping that now that the holidays have passed, I can get into a better routine. How were your holidays? We had a very quiet, but nice time. I’ve been trying to get into my craft room to make a card at least once a day.… Continue reading Happy New Year!

Where does the time go?

I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but didn’t realize how long it had been. We’ve had a lot going on health-wise in our family but I think we are back on track. One of my daughters and I suffer from chronic health issues and once in a while they flare… Continue reading Where does the time go?

Snowy Day

We’ve had snow showers in and off all day. Thankfully it’s not sticking to the ground but it’s definitely a reminder that winter is just around the corner. The card I’m going to share today fits in with the snow theme. I got the semi circle stitched dies from Sunny Studio Stamos and I love… Continue reading Snowy Day

Winter card

We have warmed up a lot here in Utah but it looks like winter will arrive on the weekend so I doubt we will see these nice temperatures for a while. I am enjoying making Winter and Christmas cards but I’m trying to squeeze in other types of cards too…though not today!! This one is… Continue reading Winter card

Cute penguins and knitting!

Growing up in Scotland, we were taught to knit at a very young age. I remember being taught to knit a pair of slippers in elementary school. I love to knit. It’s something I’ve done for almost my entire life. I don’t do it as much now as I spend so much time making cards… Continue reading Cute penguins and knitting!


We are in the middle of a bad cold snap right now and even got a little snow on Sunday. I’m glad it’s going to gradually warm up again by the end of the week but it was a reminder of winter being just around the corner! I’ve been cozy and warm inside making cards.… Continue reading Brrr…

Christmas Village card

Today I’m sharing a card I made with Newton’s Nook Main Street Christmas stamp set. For this card I used some Hero Art’s reactive ink for the background and sprinkled some water on it to get the effect that I love. I stamped the image and then colored it with copic markers. I wanted something… Continue reading Christmas Village card

Birthday cards

A week or so ago we drove up into the mountains to see the fall leaves…unfortunately most of the leaves were gone already but it was so beautiful anyway. We even saw a little snow. Here’s some pictures: Today I made a few birthday cards using a stamp set from Penny Black and some dies… Continue reading Birthday cards

It finally feels like fall!

The weather has finally changed and things have cooled down, so it feels like fall now! Yesterday my girls and I went to the pumpkin patch for our yearly tradition of picking out pumpkins. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. Its been a busy time so I haven’t blogged… Continue reading It finally feels like fall!

Halloween slimline card

Its finally cooled down a little for a few days but it’ll warm up again by the middle of the week. It really doesn’t feel like we are almost in October but Im still enjoying making Halloween cards. This one is a slimline card. As always, I stamped my images and then cut them with… Continue reading Halloween slimline card

Best Witches!

This card features the stamp set from MFT called “Best Witches”. I did some ink blending on a piece of Strathmore Smooth cardstock using some distress oxide inks. I then splattered some water on it. Once that was done I left it to dry while I colored my images. I colored them with copic markers… Continue reading Best Witches!

Cute snowman die cut card

I’ve really been into making cards using dies lately. This one is using a snowman die from Cottage Cutz. This was a more simple card to put together. I cut the dies with white cardstock and colored them with copic markers. I layered all of the pieces together, which was pretty easy. I added some… Continue reading Cute snowman die cut card

Halloween RV card!

I came across this die from Cottage Cutz the other day and I had to have it! We love our family vacations in our RV every year and so this was right up my alley! There are a lot of tiny pieces in this die and I cut everything out in white cardstock and then… Continue reading Halloween RV card!


Its funny to be making fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards when its still so hot outside but as a card maker I have to think ahead. This card is for Thanksgiving and I love how colorful it is. I stamped the image and did some basic copic coloring. No shading other than a tiny… Continue reading Thanksgiving?

It’s been a hard week…

It’s been a hard week. Just over a week ago we found out that one of my husbands brothers passed away so we’ve been dealing with that and having family in town. Then Utah had hurricane force winds that caused so much damage. Thankfully we didn’t have any damage but thousands of people are still… Continue reading It’s been a hard week…

Another fall card!

We finally got a few days of cooler weather but by the end of the week we will be almost 100 degrees again! It doesn’t feel that fall is around the corner but I’ve been enjoying using my fall stamps to make some cards anyway! This is one of my favorite stamp sets for fall.… Continue reading Another fall card!

Autumn Wishes!

Its funny to be thinking about fall/autumn as we are still hovering around 100 degrees here in Northern Utah! I love fall but I don’t like the fact that it means winter is just around the corner. So I always leave summer behind with mixed feelings. This card was made using a stamp set from… Continue reading Autumn Wishes!


We have been in the middle of a heatwave…temperatures have been over 100 degrees all week. We should be around 91 degrees right now so its much hotter than normal. I’m looking forward to things cooling down a little. I still haven’t organized my pictures from our vacation but here is one that I took… Continue reading Heatwave!

Its been a while!

It’s been a while since I posted. Our family went on a vacation to beautiful Montana and Northern Idaho. It was so nice to get away for a while and to see some beautiful country. Whenever we take our yearly roadtrips, we always imagine what it would be like to live on a farm in… Continue reading Its been a while!

Sick dog and Halloween cards

Maggie wasn’t feeling good last week and her ears were bleeding. Initially we thought she had allergies and made her ears bleed by scratching them so much, but it turned out she had major infections in both ears. After a few hours at the vet’s office, she came home with lots of medication. Some of… Continue reading Sick dog and Halloween cards

Floral card

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days stamping, coloring and cutting images for cards. This way I will be able to put a card together more quickly…I hope!! Today I made a floral card on an embossed background. It was a pretty simple card to make. To start I embossed the… Continue reading Floral card

Where does the time go?

Its been a while! I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted on the blog. Life has been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to make any cards. I did make a few yesterday and I’ve also started working on some wooden decor for Halloween! Here’s one of… Continue reading Where does the time go?

Clean and simple cards

Today I decided to make a clean and simple card. I usually love to layer patterned paper but I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little more simple. I love how it turned out. I used a die from Simon Says Stamp called “Sunflower Frame” and cut it from white cardstock 3 times.… Continue reading Clean and simple cards

Feeling of thanks

Despite all that is going on in the world and the challenges we all face in our daily lives, there are always things to be thankful for. This is something I have needed to be reminded of a lot lately as we are facing a lot of trials. So I made this simple card today.… Continue reading Feeling of thanks

Stormy Sunday

We’ve had lots of wind and rain today…our temperatures have dropped significantly. Its kind of a relief from the hot sun, as long as it doesn’t linger! As usual, its been a busy week. My daughter deals with three chronic illnesses and we’ve had Dr’s appointments this week with more coming up. I didn’t get… Continue reading Stormy Sunday

Happy Fathers Day!

I hope those of you celebrating Fathers Day have a wonderful time. My husband is taking a well deserved break from work today and we will be having a barbecue tonight. I really appreciate how hard he works and looks after our family. I’m also thinking of my dad today. He has been gone for… Continue reading Happy Fathers Day!


I love butterflies. We have had a swallow tail butterfly hanging around our yard for a little while. Some people believe that when a butterfly is near, a loved one from the other side is saying hello. Its nice to think that could be true. Today I made a couple of cards featuring butterflies. Both… Continue reading Butterflies

Hanging with my gnomies!

Today I used a stamp set from MFT that I have used before, but I love it so much. Its a set called “Hanging with my gnomies”. Here’s the card: I created the background using some die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs and also ink blended the sky using a cloud stencil from MFT. I… Continue reading Hanging with my gnomies!

Rainy weekend

On Friday it was our first 100 degree day this year. By yesteday it was 45 degrees! Welcome to Utah!! Its still cold and cloudy today but it should be warming up again later in the week. One of the best ways for me to spend a rainy afternoon is in my craftroom making a… Continue reading Rainy weekend

Busy few days

I’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I… Continue reading Busy few days

A couple of quick cards

I still haven’t been feeling the greatest but I was determined to work on something, so I made a couple of quick cards with the new stamp sets I got from Gerda Steiner Designs. The first card is made with the chicken scratch stamp set. I stamped the images and then colored them with alcohol… Continue reading A couple of quick cards

Down for the count today

I have atrial fibrillation. Its been an issue for 7 years and it gets more and more frequent. I’m averaging an episode every 10 days or so. I’m one of those lucky people that are debilitated by it. Some people have it and don’t even know. I am so symptomatic that I’m stuck on the… Continue reading Down for the count today

Punny cards

I went shopping today and picked up some new stamp sets…not that I needed any more but you know how it is! I bought a few stamps and dies from Photoplay and I made a card with them today. I’m not a big joke person…and I don’t think I’m very funny, but I love a… Continue reading Punny cards

For the love of dogs

We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best… Continue reading For the love of dogs

Something’s fishy!

Before I left on our trip I ordered a few things from one of my favorite stamping stores “My Favorite Things”. The box was here when I got home so finally this afternoon I got to play with some of my new things. I chose the die set “Fishbowl Die-namics”. This is what I made.… Continue reading Something’s fishy!

Its been a while!

I don’t have a card to post today but I will try to get one up later on. Last week was very busy and so I didn’t have much time to post. We always go away for Memorial Weekend and this year we weren’t sure if that would happen or not. With the virus going… Continue reading Its been a while!

Good start to the day

I have a birthday coming up, a big birthday! Its tomorrow. This morning there were some flowers delivered to me from one of my best friends who I don’t get to see much anymore since we moved away. All of my close friends live far away. Its hard at times. Anyway, the flowers are beautiful.… Continue reading Good start to the day

What a week so far!

Its been a week already and its only Wednesday! On Monday I went into afib so that pretty much took me out of commission for the day. Yesterday I had a Facetime appointment with my cardiologist. It was interesting to say the least. Kind of nice to “see” him from the comfort of my home… Continue reading What a week so far!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello all! I hope that all of the mothers out there are having a good day. We are having a quiet day. The girls and my husband gave me some cards and bought me some flowers for the front porch and the deck. One of my daughters is making dinner and we will have a… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

Encouragement card

This is a card that is quite different from the cards I usually do but the stamp set came in the last kit from Simon Says Stamp kit and I love it. Its a perfect time to send an encouragement card as so many of us are feeling the stress of what is going on… Continue reading Encouragement card

Baby birds and bugs!

There hasn’t been too much going on so I don’t have much to talk about today. I’ve been tired as I couldn’t go to sleep last night so I’ve been dragging all day long. Its a beautiful sunny day. We have an old grill on our deck that we need to throw away. In our… Continue reading Baby birds and bugs!

Saturday afternoon

Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today. I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one. I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave… Continue reading Saturday afternoon


There’s not a lot going on so lets just jump in and share a card! This is a card I made the other day so we will start out with this one. This is a slimline card (9″x4″) I made using a stamp set from My Favorite Things called “Party Animals”. I will add all… Continue reading Hello!

Busy, busy!

Today was another very busy day.  We’ve decided since my daughter is only working one week and then off the next week (due to Covid-19) that its time to redo her room.  So today we spent the afternoon going through a lot of her stuff and organizing.  We will do some every day and then… Continue reading Busy, busy!

Busy Day

It was a beautiful day today but very cold and breezy.  My daughter and I spent the day looking for a sewing machine.  I guess those are hard to come by these days.  We lucked out eventually at Joann’s who had just had a shipment.  My last sewing machine is 25 years old so this… Continue reading Busy Day

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope you are having a nice day.  We got some snow this morning but thankfully it didn’t last.  The girls opened their Easter baskets and now we are waiting for dinner to cook.  The sun is now shining, even though it is very cold today. I have another Mother’s Day card to… Continue reading Happy Easter

Mothers Day card

We are having another beautiful day today. I pulled out my patio set on the deck and its been nice to sit out in the sun, even though its not super warm yet.  The trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping so loudly!  Even our resident woodpecker is back, pecking holes in… Continue reading Mothers Day card

Creative juices flowing!

I’ve been busy the last couple of days with lots of ideas for cards and so thats been fun.  Somtimes its hard to come up with new ideas and sometimes its much easier.  Yesterday I made a card to send to someone you are missing due to social distancing.  I love how it turned out… Continue reading Creative juices flowing!

Using what I have…

Its so fun to buy new things, especially when it comes to card making. There is always something new available and its hard to resist.  With things being so uncertain, I’ve been trying to use what I already have…some of which I haven’t even opened before!  So this card is made using things I already… Continue reading Using what I have…


Its been an uneventful day. I’ve spent most of the day in my craft room without too much to show for the time I’ve spent in here!!  I really should clean and organize it but that seems like too much effort!  It would be nice to be able to find what I’m looking for though! … Continue reading Hello

Oceans of love

There’s nothing like waking up at 3:30am and not being able to go back to sleep. So I got up and got ready for the day very early this morning!  I’ve been tired all day but I, unfortunately, am one of those people who cannot nap, otherwise I’d be up half the night again tonight. … Continue reading Oceans of love

Its been a few days….

Hello! It’s been a few days since I last posted.  I hope all is well with you.  We are doing fine so far although I just learned that my brother in Scotland probably has the virus.  He’s been told to self isolate for 7 days.  He feels pretty awful and I’m praying it doesn’t get… Continue reading Its been a few days….

Calm before the storm

It was a beautiful day yesterday and it really felt like spring.  We reached 68 degrees with lots of sunshine. Today it is lovely and sunny again but we are expecting rain and then snow over the next few days!  Its definately springtime in Utah.  Yesterday we spent most of the day going to 3… Continue reading Calm before the storm

Another rainy day!

Its definately spring!  We are having another rainy day.  We have some crocuses growing in the front yard.  Flowers are blooming in all the neighbors yards.  It will soon be time to go buy some flowers to plant in our planters that we keep on the front porch…if we are allowed to do that.  Our… Continue reading Another rainy day!

Happy Sunday!

Some days are hard.  Its hard to get past the anxiety and depression of whats going on and feeling like nothing will get better.  Other days I can feel a little bit of hope.  I put myself on a weekend break from the news as I get sucked in and keep watching all day, then… Continue reading Happy Sunday!


One of the benefits of people staying home more than usual is that some of us have spare time that they didn’t have before.  My best friend in Scotland is usually so busy that we don’t have much time to talk, but in the last few weeks we’ve found that we’ve been calling each other… Continue reading Friendship

Set of notecards

Yesterday was a busy day so I didn’t get much done in the craft room.  We woke up to 3″ of snow but thankfully it has all melted off now.  Its cold today but the sun is shining.  This set of cards are pretty easy. Its always nice to have some notecards on hand and… Continue reading Set of notecards

Woke up to snow!

We woke up to snow this morning!  Its turned to rain now but we are supposed to get more snow overnight.  Thankfully these spring snow storms usually melt off quickly.  Despite the rain, I can see people out walking their dogs in the park. I’ve been watching Netflix this morning, curled up in a blanket,… Continue reading Woke up to snow!

Low energy day

Today has been one of those days where I haven’t have much energy to do anything. Its been raining on and off and it looks like we may get some snow over the next couple of days!  I’ve been in my craft room all afternoon and haven’t yet been able to create a card!  So… Continue reading Low energy day

Unicorns and glitter!

Not a lot is going on today.  We are still dealing with aftershocks from the earthquake and felt a pretty big one last night. Its pretty unnerving.  My brothers both messaged me today (from Scotland) to let me know that they are now on lockdown for at least 3 weeks.  They both have essential jobs… Continue reading Unicorns and glitter!

Beautiful day

Its a beautiful spring day today.  The sun is shining, that always helps me feel better. It just lifts my spirits.  We are going to have a rainy week so I am enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. I often have a hard time making cards for boys/men.  I recently got a stamp set from… Continue reading Beautiful day

What about a box card today?

So today was another day spent at home. I am trying to stay home unless I have to go out.  Our state has limited contact to 10 people or under. My husband and daughters are still going to work, although my daughters have reduced hours now.  I am trying not to stress over everything but… Continue reading What about a box card today?

Shaker card

I look out on to a park from my craft room.  Its cold today and we had some rain but the sun is trying to poke through.  Things are starting to turn green again.  I love spring.  It does feel like we have a huge cloud hanging over us with this virus going around. I… Continue reading Shaker card

Settling down…somewhat!

We are starting to relax after the earthquake the other day.  We have had hundreds of aftershocks but I haven’t felt any, thankfully.  So life is starting to get back to normal, or as normal as it can be right now.  So I spent some time in my craft room and today I want to… Continue reading Settling down…somewhat!

Excitement…of the wrong sort!

Well we had a lot of excitement yesterday when we woke up to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake here in Utah!  It was pretty scary.  It first sounded like thunder, or a sonic boom and then everything started rolling and shaking for about 30 seconds.  We had many aftershocks throughout the day which kept everyone on… Continue reading Excitement…of the wrong sort!

Beautiful day

Its a beautiful, sunny day here in Utah today. Looking out you would never think there was anything scary going on in the world. This is such a scary time for everyone.  It would be so easy to start stressing out but I’m trying to stay as calm as I can.  Its so easy to… Continue reading Beautiful day

Trying to de-stress!

We said goodbye to my friend on Saturday.  It was a beautiful service.  Its hard to believe she is really gone and I will miss her a lot. I’ve made a few cards over the last few days.  Its been very stressful here with many different things to deal with, not to mention the stress… Continue reading Trying to de-stress!

Sad day

Today I lost one of my best friends.  She passed away after a long battle with cancer.  I have known her most of my life and was my “American mum”.  I was nanny to her kids many years ago and she introduced me to my husband and I left Scotland and came to live a… Continue reading Sad day

What a day!

What a day it has been so far!  On the way to the passport office our car just died in the middle of the street.  We know we have a sensor issue with it but its been working fine for a while. Not today when we have so much to do!  Thankfully after resting for… Continue reading What a day!


Hello!  My name is Mary and I have created this blog in order to share some of the cards I make as well as some of the goings on in my life! Today the clocks went forward and I am already feeling the effect!  It usually takes me about two weeks to get used to… Continue reading Hello

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