Sunday, July 13, 2014

all smiles

Well, hello's a beautiful day in southern Calif. - actually, it's been beautiful weather all week, hope you are all enjoying your summer days! I colored in these flowers a few days back and haven't had a chance to place them on a card until today:

all smiles

Once again, kind of sticking with softer, yet brighter colors like pink and yellow fused together.  The floral stamps and the yellow polka dotted pp is from Lawn Fawn! I colored in the flowers and the leaves with copics.

The leaf die cut that is placed behind the flowers is from Memory Box and is called Fresh Foliage. Such a versatile die!  The sentiment is from this Mama Elephant set called Bountiful Blessings.

I also used an embossing folder from Anna Griffin for the dry embossing to give the white cardstock a little texture. Hope this card makes you smile!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Take Care!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Leaf Die: Memory Box/Fresh Foliage.
Yellow polka dotted notecards: Lawn Fawn.
Florals and leaves: Lawn Fawn/Our Friendship Grows.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Markers: Copics.
Dry Embossing folder: Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug/Cricut.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft.
Yellow honeycomb pp: Teresa Collins.
Text pp: Simple Stories.
Round circle punch: EK Success.
Black ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterfly Flutter

Good evening! It's Monday and I'm back with a very soft - one layer, watercoloring card.  It's super delicate and is really as soft as is shown in this photo.

Butterfly Flutter

I used this butterfly STENCIL from Memory Box. Mixed up green inks, yellows, and light pinks to color in the butterflies and the surrounding bubbles.

I stamped tiny bits of floral stamps from Mama Elephants Bountiful Blessings set.  I did some masking and then stamped the sentiment, also from the same set, using Memento inks.

I scattered some matching pink pearls to finish off the look.  That's it for today. Hope you all had a wonderful start to your week!

Stencil: Memory Box/Butterfly Flutter.
Cardstock: Neenah.
Corner Rounder.
Floral stamp, leaves, and sentiment: Mama Elephant/Bountiful Blessings.
Inks: Memento/Tangelo, Lady Bug.
Butterfly inks: Tim Holtz.
Pearls: Queen & Co.

Thursday, July 3, 2014's a wrap....

Hi all!  I'm back with a very quick and sweet little card.  I'm so pressed for time and haven't had a lot of crafty moments on hand but just to be able to sit down for a bit today and make something simple and happy is always good....

I adore you

The pretty floral patterned paper is actually wrapping paper from Hazel and Ruby, a new, cute company with lots of yummy goodies.  Check out their blog HERE.  I took a small piece of the floral pattern and adhered to the white cardstock.  A different feel to it, since wrapping paper is very delicate, you have to be really careful with adhesive so as to not have it make the wrapping paper uneven or clumpy looking.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle and I used a small strip of paper for the scalloped edge from Simple Stories.  For my friends and family who are celebrating in the states, I hope you all have a wonderful and very safe 4th of July holiday!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Dark pink patterned paper: Simple Stories/Vintage Bliss.
Wrapping paper: Hazel and Ruby/Pretty Floral.
Scallop Edge punch: EK Success.
Sentiment: Avery Elle.
Clay resin: Webster's Pages.
Crochet flower and metal hair pin: Recollections.
Paper doily: Martha Stewart.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June Guest Designing

Hello there and Happy Friday! Today, I am guest designing for the very talented Mariana Grigsby! If you haven't checked out her website, you should! She is A-mazing and many of her projects will blow you away!  I first got to know Mariana in the Hero Arts Flickr group and our love for Hero Arts products back in 2009.  She's always been an inspiration to me and I hope to meet her someday.

Here is the inspiration photo that I was to work with:

Isn't it a great combination of colors and love the manly theme.  Check out her post to see the card that I whipped up from this inspiration photo!  Great fun and a great challenge!!

I'll be back next week with some more fun coloring! Until then, have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Spring Tulips

Hi all! Hope you are all well and happy! How's your summer going? Most likely just as busy and crazy as mine. ;)  I did some coloring today on a Taylored Expressions stamp set called Spring Tulips:

Friends are flowers...

Oh, how I wanted something so simple and yet, delicate at the same time.  I initially was going to color the tulips in yellow but decided at the last minute to change it to purple and match with its complementary color on the yellow cardstock.

I gave the floral vase a light bluish hue for the water.  I'll definitely be experimenting with these tulips in other colors. See you....time for me to go cook dinner and finish out another busy week ahead. (Oh, and speaking of food...all my foodies out there, if you have any great ideas for summer recipes, send/email them over to me, would love to hear what fun dishes you make for these hot summer days).

I'll be back with a manly card soon.

Cardstock: Notecards from Lawn Fawn (Sunflower).
Tulip and sentiment stamp: Taylored Expressions/Spring Tulips.
Black ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Markers: Copics.
Pearls: Kaiserscrapbook.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rounding out the year....a little break...and other mentions

Hello friends! I'm back with a little post....seems like forever since I've written anything on the old blog-o.  Life has been super busy, I must are you all doing?  Most of you have finished school?? We still have 1 more week to go...then summer school will start for us shortly afterwards.  Regardless, I am always spending my time with this little dude and loving it:

Anyhow, I haven't had a lot of mojo for craftiness lately, hence the lack of projects... so just popping in today to share little tidbits here. We had our Spring Concert which occurred today. Yay! It was so much fun! I love watching this guy of his strengths, and he loves music class and chorus:

He looks like he is in pain in this pic really, I think he just wants the camera out of his face....ugh.... ;)

Spring concert 2014

And this photo makes me *giggle*, the stayed tucked inside for no more than 5 min. :) Boys and their chemises and ties....priceless.

I will be taking a short break from blogging to accomplish some other things but will be back on June 27 with a little something fun!  Until then, you know where to catch me...most likely hanging around on Twitter or IG!  Have a good one, everyone! See you in a few weeks!!  Take care!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

To you....

Well hello there, my friends....I haven't been too majorly crafty lately, but I have been having fun just making some simple decorations on envelopes and kraft bags.


Happy that these little packages will all be going out to some special friends soon.

Have a beautiful day!

Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant.
Flower sticker: Pebbles.
Patterned papers: Pebbles, Inc., and Chickaniddy Crafts/Twirly Girly.
Tag, Twine, Washi tape, Clothespin: Recollections.
Paper flower: Prima.
Large Doily: Wilton.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Scallop border punch: EK Success.
Light Pink Pearls: Queen and Co.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

hello, beautiful

Mini cards really make me happy!! This card is only 4.5 x 4.5 and I must say I'm itching to make more mini cards now, it's fun to play around with the size and still make it a complete design.  Are you tired of seeing me use this flower set? I love it too much!!

hello, beautiful

The last time I used this set, I colored the florals with a pastel look to them. This time, I decided to really go with much bolder colors...give them some pizzazz and umphh!  I layered them and popped up the top two flowers with double sided adhesive.

The fun little sprinkle dots are from DD.  And I added glossy accents on the card for a finished look!  So simple and it makes me happy, indeed!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Floral stamps, sentiment, and coordinating dies: Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp - Summer Garden.
Markers: Copics.
Sprinkle dot adhesives: Doodlebug Designs.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Tuxedo Black.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Glossy Accents: Ranger.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

you ARE....brilliant, strong, you are a dreamer....

Good evening, friends! I've been working on some layouts, and finally finished up this took me a little longer than I normally like to spend on a LO, there were so many little tidbits, and tiny die-cut pieces flying I had difficulty with placement of my elements... but all was well 3 hrs. later {{Yikes}} ;)).

you ARE....

I wanted this to be very light-hearted and did a little stamping in the background with a designblock stamp from Hero Arts, used lots of die-cutting and freehand trimmed the kite.  I also stamped a favorite sentiment on the cloud from Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday.

Doesn't he look older in this photo? Fun to do a side-by-side comparison. The one on the right, he was 3 yrs. old, oh my!  There was a time where I thought he was going to be little forever. He's really changed, hasn't he? His hair color back then was such a lighter's so fascinating to watch our children grow.....that's it for today!
Enjoy the upcoming week!

Stamps: Hero Arts - S5033.  Ali Edwards/TT - Love, Ali.
Blue ink: Jenni Bowlin/Soap Powder.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Clouds die, hearts, and 'you' die: Simon Says Stamp.
Alphabet die: Mama Elephant/In-line Letters- Clearly Creative Cuts.
Scalloped die: Mama Elephant.
Red solid cardstock and Blue solid cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
White Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Red Polka dotted and Striped Patterned Papers: Unknown. Craft stash.
Green polka dotted paper: Graphic 45.
Twine: Recollections.
Diecutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercoloring and florals

Hello everyone! Wow, it's been over a week since I've blogged, and it feels like's good to be back!!  How are you all doing?  For the longest time, I've always loved to doodle and I do it A LOT, anywhere I can where I'm just sitting waiting for someone, at an office, at a store, I've even doodled while waiting in my car.   I'm in no way an illustrator, I simply do not know how to draw but when I doodle, I draw mostly flowers and such, they are not perfect, but it's fun to experiment. Anyways, with all the inspiration out there with watercoloring lately, I thought I would paint some of the doodling I've been creating:


I took my son's paintbrushes and watercoloring set and just freehand illustrated these flowers above.  It's hard to paint and get the right edges on your image, this took awhile and I need LOTS more practice, but it is so fun working with watercolor.

Here is a single flower I drew with a paintbrush last night:

Hoping to get in some more practicing this weekend. Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Paintbrushes and Crayola Watercoloring set.
Patterned Paper: Graphic45.
"hello" die: Small Hello die/Simon Says Stamp.
Cardstock: Neenah and DCWV.
Rounded corner punch: EK Success.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Who says boys don't like flowers?

Today was a busy day....and with Mother's Day coming up and a wedding in our family all this weekend, there is a lot of fun to be had.  Mix it all in with daily activities and my love for photography and crafting.....well, I wanted to get in another photo shoot of Chris.  Here are some outtakes.....I took a lot of photos.... A-lot...

And after sitting down and going through them all (lots of cute ones and lots of silly ones too), I decided to scrap this one:

Oh Happy Day

I used a Mama Elephants/Simon Says Stamp set called Summer Garden and its coordinating die set for the flowers. Little tidbits were added from MS, Elle's Studio, TC, and Graphic45.

I colored in all of the flowers and leaves with a blend of lavender and pink copic markers to match the bouquet that Chris is holding.

This makes me smile......and if I'm not back by Sunday to blog, I wish for all the moms out there a very beautiful, beautiful Mother's Day with your loved ones!! Hope your day is very special this weekend!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Papers: Graphic45
Leaves and Floral stamps and dies: Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp/Summer Garden - SETFG71.
"Oh Happy Day" Die: Simon Says Stamp.
Markers: Copics.
"This week" journaling tag: Elle's Studio.
White doily: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Button: Recollections.
Sentiment tags: Teresa Collins.
Die Cutting Tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

a little gift inside...

Hello friends! Continuing on this week with the 'little' things for our teachers, for National Teacher's Appreciation Week.  For tomorrows gift for the teacher, we are to 'Bring them an apple'. ;) I'll reveal what I did for the 'apple' part a little later. Last year,  I brought C's teacher an apple pie ~ so I changed it up a bit this yr. ;) Below, however, is a SUPER quick decoration on the gift bag.

a little gift inside

And, seriously, this was very quick since I was a little pressed for time today.  Anyone can do this - in 10 minutes:

  1. Take a small, glassine bag, decorate the entire front with one sheet of your favorite patterned papers.  
  2. Stamp a simple sentiment on a tag.  
  3. Enclose the gift, wrap a small doily on top of the folded bag. Punch a hole directly through the doily and bag.  
  4. Tie the twine through the hole and attach tag.
  5. Add butterfly clothespin.
  6. Adhere two paper flowers on top of tag.

Love super easy decorations and it still dresses up the plain bag just a touch.

Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant/Confetti.
Patterned Paper: Graphic45.
Craft supply: Paper flowers, glassine bag (cooking/bakery section of store), manilla tag, doily.
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Hole puncher.

Monday, May 5, 2014

just for you

It's most favorite day of the week, it really is....I know, most people think I'm strange for loving Monday's, but I really do!  I whip out all I need to do today and then the rest of my week is pretty easy.  Anyhow....did you know? It's National Teacher Appreciation Week....yay..... and each day, we do a little 'something' to say 'Thank You' for our child's teacher...

just for you

Here is a card for Chris' teacher for him to bring to her tomorrow....I always make him write his own words on the inside of the card and he actually helps me create the outside. Sometimes I let him use my C-bug to cut the dies, and he really likes it!  He's very precise and loves to get some of the dies cut just right. ;)   I used a fun stencil from Penny Black, a new butterfly die from Memory Box that I'm really loving right now.  I went for total simplicity on this card.

I added tiny little glossy accents - if you can see it....near the top of the butterfly and streaming up to the that little bit of subtle shine it gives.

Have a great week!

Butterfly die: Memory Box/Lunette Butterfly.
Leaves stencil: Penny Black/Promenade-25-001.
Jellies: Queen & Co.
Distress Inks: Tim Holtz.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp/Summer Garden.
Die Cutting Tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Friday, May 2, 2014


Well, hello there! I've been so busy this week, that I haven't really had time to play and create until tonight.....are you all ready for Mother's Day yet?  Not just for Moms but Grandmas are definitely moms too:


This card uses some yummy new floral stamps, coordinating dies, a bit of dry embossing, and I did some copic coloring on the flowers and the leaves as well.  For the trio of colors on the word 'grandma', I simply took 3 copic markers of red, orange, and yellow and blended them together on a sheet of white paper.  I, then, took the word die - placed it over the colors and cut it out.

Did I tell you I just adore this time of the year....lots of bright colors, sunshine, and flowers everywhere!!  Get your sunglasses on, I may have a lot of projects coming up with lots of sunny colors!! Tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day, who is celebrating and creating? I will try to pull out a layout this weekend if possible! And....are you on Twitter?  If you are, let's get the word out and get #NSD and #nationalscrapbookingday trending....Yay!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Floral and leaves dies: Summer Garden/Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp - SSSD111352.
Grandma Word Die: Simon Says Stamp - SSSD111341.
Floral and Leaves stamps: Summer Garden/Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp.
Sprinkles/Flat dot embellishments: Doodlebug Design, Inc.
Embossing folder: Cricut/Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin.
Markers: Copics.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft.
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants.
Corner rounder: EK Success.

Friday, April 25, 2014

happy spring

Happy Day! It's Friday and today, I've made a fun, shaped card using Mama Elephant's Creative Cuts Die called Landscape Trio...and I can see it being used for so many other ideas, so I've been making edges on my cards and this one:

happy spring

I went for the 'cute' theme and since I haven't colored in a while, decided to pull out my Copic Markers and mix and matched some stamps from Taylored Expressions and Cas-ual Friday Stamps. Hope this card puts a smile on your face.....have a great weekend!

Bird stamps and sentiment: Taylored Expressions/Egg-stra Special.
Scalloped edge die: Mama Elephant/Landscape Trio.
Leaf and floral stamps: Cas-ual Fridays Stamps/Beanstalks.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Markers: Copics.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.