Sunday, October 4, 2015

Enjoying the everyday.....

I was sorting through all of my photos today, and aside from all the family ones, I noticed I have a ton of photos that don't consist of 'people'. So much photography taken in which 'things' - everyday/small things that make me happy were captured. It's important for me to remember that capturing life isn't just about people and places, it's also about the things that we most enjoy - the things that make our days just a little brighter and easier......and in one 12 x 12 compilation so far, I captured what my 'everyday' love was all about:

Mainly photography ~ of flowers, food, the things I cook and bake, wrapping gifts, journals, cute stuff, etc.  And I couldn't think of a better way to organize all of my favorites than to continue to use the current Favorite Things Kit that I love so much.  Since a lot of it was pink in color - I knew the kit would work well, once again, for my photos.

This was really fun to organize and put together....hope I can make a few more of these pages of my personal favorites in the future.

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp - Favorite Things Core Kit.
Corner rounder punch.
Journaling - Black Sharpie Pen.
12 A Photo Pocket Pages.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tiny Little Elves.....

Oh, the cuteness.....I played a little bit with this set today called Elves by Lia.....super sweet....aren't they adorable? Makes me happy:

There's nothing I like more than some super bright colors against crisp white.  And I can imagine these elves being on a lot of Christmas tags, and some tabletop placards too.  So fun!  The sentiment comes from this set called Peace & Joy. It's a tiny little card, 4 x 4.  Super simple and to the point. ;))


Elves stamp, leaves, heart, jingle bell: Hero Arts/CL899/Elves by Lia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL880/Peace & Joy.
Green Ink: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Pink Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Picked Raspberry.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Corner Rounder Punch.
Large Circle Die.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.

PL Favorite Things...Hello Family Time...and These Two Men of Mine...

Two albums are finished and I'm thrilled! I'm currently working on my 3rd album which incorporates Summer and Family all in one.....with the most emphasis on family.  For both pages I've used the same Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp PL Kit called Favorite Things Core Kit.  But both have entirely different color schemes.  I'm so picky about my color coordination and go off of the colors that are in my photos.

These first two photos, I captured family togetherness, my main colors were bright pink, mixed in with gentle green and florals:

Even though the only 'pink' that was in any of the photos was some portions of my dresses, I used that to pull together the entire look from the other photos.  And here is a close-up of the journaling:

Next up, I concentrated on a page with only my husband and son together......the blacks, bright yellow/green, and the distressed green really blended well with the photos I chose:

I loved capturing the memories with these two together.....I hope to share more down the road....

And you know what's the best part about all these albums? Chris actually looks at them from time to time.... he may not understand why it is....but one day, when I'm long gone...perhaps he will still look at them and understand exactly why I made them.

Hope to be back next week with some more Christmas cards, traditional and non-traditional......How are you all coming along with holiday cards? Christmas is almost here....crazy, isn't it? But it's the best, I soooo love making holiday cards and sending them out....It's truly the spirit of Christmas.

Heidi Swapp/Becky Higgins Favorite Things Edition.
Corner rounder punch.
Fine tip Sharpie Marker.
12 Design A - Photo Pocket Pages.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Project Life - Summer & Wedding.....

Yes, it's definitely Fall weather here in So. Calif. ;)))  If you live near here, you know I'm being sarcastic.  We are still drenching in heat and could definitely use some rain soon.  So - on my last post I made some Christmas cards and today I'll be sharing some Project Life - one is a re-cap on summer and the other catching up on my own wedding photos from 12 years ago.....I'm bouncing around everywhere with all the seasons, aren't I?  There is no flow with any particular season - I've been seemingly jumping around from one project to the next depending on my mood. ;)

Here's an album I've started using the Project Life Kit - Hi Sunshine:

I haven't quite finished all the finer details of journaling and adding a few more embellishments, but at least I've gotten down my theme and the colors to go with most of my photos.....I love how super bright this kit is:

Next up, I used a combination of Southern Weddings Kit and Gold Foil Kit:

I really love the soft and delicate colors, really in both kits, they worked well together for my photos:

I was never the type that would cover any of my photos, but I've learned to let that go and be able to just cut, crop, paste, glue, and layer every which way now that it comes to scrap booking! I took additional parts, bits and pieces of some of the cards and trimmed and added them onto other cards. So much fun:

Ok, I won't show you any more - too many in one album.  Hope you're all having a great week!!

Corner rounder punch.
Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp/Project Life/ Hi Sunshine/ Southern Weddings / Gold Foil.
Mint Album (Small).
Small photo inserts.
My Minds Eye.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Non-Traditional vs. Traditional colors for Christmas

...which do you prefer? Or do you like both? And Flowers! I don't believe in flowers being used solely for Spring and Summer time. Definitely love incorporating them on Christmas cards.

I know, I'm using this same floral stamp that you've seen me use before.  You're probably getting tired of seeing it....I always have to play with a stamp that I love too much and exhaust it until I move on to my next stamp. :)  I switched the colors around and opted for a super bright pink and green mix and also double stamped the leaves:

The sentiment comes from this set called Merry Christmas Messages - a set where I really love all of the fonts!

And my next card, I used soother tones with maroons, oranges, sepia and tans for a more richer, autumn look:

Have a lovely weekend!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Hero Arts Ink: Green Hills. AF240.
Bird/Leaves stamps: Simon Says Stamps/Giving Thanks.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Merry Christmas Messages/CL722.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Tim Holtz Inks: Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.
Ribbon: Cream Satin.
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Saying Hello to Soft, Delicate Colors......

I'm in denial that Fall has already started and to be honest.....although I love incorporating soft, warm colors in my cards for Fall and Winter...I always add a hint of brightness somewhere - whether it is a bold blue, yellow, pinks or oranges.  Just a snippet of some cards I made this morning, not finished yet but these will be going out to a few special people.

The floral stamp I've used before and the pretty sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts.  I know I'll be using THIS stamp a lot! So pretty!

The "Sweetest WISHES" sentiment comes from THIS SET.  The tiny little Bird and leaves stamps comes from this set called Giving Thanks.

For the ink colors, I used a combination of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Memento Inks.

Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Cheers Messages by Lia/CL903.  Find Beauty by Lia/E6090.
Bird, Leaves Stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Giving Thanks/SSS131001.
Tim Holtz inks: Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Speckled Cardstock.
Off white cardstock.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Seriously - the.most.beautiful.....

Catching up on years worth of scrapping that I still have to do - sorting through old memories and also moved right ahead to just this past summer (and summer isn't quite over yet). There are so many photos I still have yet to download from my phone and share - but I did work on this project today using cards from PL - Heidi Swapp's Gold Foil Collection:

The kit is packed with really pretty blue/green hues, stunning gold, and sweet pinks....which I thought would compliment some of my photos perfectly. For the word 'beautiful' - I used Heidi Swapp's Watercolor Words and distressed the word with a combination of Tim Holtz inks and Hero Arts inks.  The Tim Holtz inks include - spun sugar, shaded lilac, evergreen bough, scattered straw, picked raspberry, and peacock feathers. The Hero Arts inks include: Soft Pool and Cornflower.

Here is the full layout....I have yet to decide if I want to insert the photos and cards/embellishments in individual albums or still do it my own way for now.

The blues in the photos really meshed well with the entire kit.  Looking forward to using this kit on other projects as well.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

have a happy day

I'm back with another card I made today.....this has been the craziest summer weather ever, don't get me wrong, you all know I LOVE summer and the heat....but this strange heat wave plus a summer rain that we had today - makes me wonder what the winter will be card features some stamps from this set called Color Layering Dimensional Bird.  So much fun playing with this set:

I used several ink sets to stamp the different parts of the bird - a combination of Memento Inks and Hero Arts Shadow inks.  The background splotches were created using this ink set called Color Lights by Lia from Hero Arts, and mixing them all with a bit of water.

The branch I stamped twice, once on the die cut piece and another behind on the matted cardstock.  I propped up the die piece for a little dimension.

The sentiment is from this set called Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Red cardstock: Doodlebug.
Distress Watercoloring cardstock: Tim Holtz.
Pigment inks: Hero Arts/AF316/Color Lights by Lia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL864/Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.
Die: Pretty Pink Posh/Stitched Banner Duo 2.
Bird: Hero Arts/CL906/Color Layering Dimensional Bird.
Memento Inks: Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo leaves, Tangelo, Canteloupe, Grape Jelly.
Black Ink for sentiment: Versafine Onyx Black.
Shadow Inks: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Enamel Dots: MME/Black and Gray.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft/C-Bug.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

How about some neutrals?

Blues.....Heavenly blues and Kraft are the colors I played with today.  Finally had some crafty time today and made a 'get well' card.  The florals are from this set called Hello Sunshine Daisies:

I used Kraft cardstock and some distress watercolor cardstock from Tim Holtz. It's really hard to see from the photo, but the watercolor ridges on the white cardstock really gives the mat a lot of texture against the stamped florals. Most of the stamps and inks are from Hero Arts.  Ok, while I'm looking at this....I had fun staging this photo...just a little trivia about me - I collected rocks back then...yes, me -'s a fact that most people don't know - rocks and, NOT crafting stamps....real postage stamps from all over the world.  Gorgeous,  natural as well as machine made rocks and International stamps that make you swoon with their beauty.....Don't get around to it much anymore as I used to....but anyways, I bought Chris this rock collection a few Christmas' back.....he loves them as he really likes Science class in momma, like son, right?  I think I liked Geology more than actual Biology to be honest with you....OK, enough rambling - here's my supply list.....enjoy the card and have a beautiful week, everyone!!


Cardstock: Neenah Kraft.
Watercolor paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
Background stamp: Hero Arts/CG683/Branches Bold Prints.
Floral set: Hero Arts/CL776/Hello Sunshine Daisies.
Enamel Dots: Black & Gray/MME.
Ribbon: from Lenny (check out her blog, she's a fab, crafty friend).
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Winter/AF296 - Unicorn, Navy, Cornflower, Soft Pool.
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Garden/AF250 AND Field Notes/AF240.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Gentle Whisper

Well, hello there!  I played with two of my most favorite colors tonight...lavender and pink. I did a combination of stamping and watercoloring today with a fine tip watercolor brush on top of ink stamping. I wanted to give this card a very soft look:

Eight different Memento ink colors were used: Grape jelly, sweet plum, lulu lavender, lilac posies, pear tart, bamboo leaves, cottage ivy, and new sprout.  The big floral stamp is a 2014 stamp from Penny Black called Gentle Whisper.  The sentiment is also a Penny Black stamp from a number of years ago.

I combined some smaller bits of stamping from a Simon Says Stamp set with a tiny little bird and leaves.  I was going to finish it off with a few hard embellishments but I decided to just leave as is......I adore this floral stamp so much that it may be one of my Christmas/Holiday designs this year - change it out with a different sentiment ofcourse, but who knows, I'm always loving floral designs for x-mas.

Hope everyone is well and have a beautiful week ahead!

Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Bird and scattered leaves stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Giving Thanks.
Fuschia cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Memento Inks.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Sentiment stamp: Penny Black/Beautiful Ways/4177H.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

to you from me with 'love'

Hello friends.....I sat down with this gorgeous Penny Black Floral set called Efflorescence and colored it with an assortment of summer time colors - you know how much florals make me happy!!

The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set called Confetti.  The large stitched rectangular die is from Lawn Fawn.

Love mixing and matching products from different companies.  All of my favorites!

Hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL week ahead!!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Copic Markers.
Sentiment: Confetti/Mama Elephant.
Stitched Die: Lawn Fawn.
Inks: Memento Black, Versafine Onyx Black.
Floral stamps: 30-282/Efflorescence - Penny Black.

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm Back!! ;))

...with some cards I made today.  Wow, feels good to craft again.  For those of you who know or maybe - don't know, I took a long break from creating and took on other new and exciting adventures.  But I've been yearning to get back to my first love ~  Todays cards utilizes the same flower from this set called Rhododendron by Technique Tuesday:

I colored this beautiful flower in 3 different shades of lavender - kept it super simple with its accompanying sentiment in the set and some pretty patterned papers. Finished it off with a ribbon that seems like I haven't tied one in years!

The pp is cut from a die - along with the circle die which is from Pretty Pink Posh.

My second card is similar except I colored the floral in vivid reds, oranges, and yellows.  This card below will be going out to someone who has really helped me out personally in the last 10 months of my life.  This person has been there for me every step of the way and has helped me through some difficult moments and difficult decisions.  I couldn't have done it without this person.  It's most fitting to thank her at this time:

Enjoy the cards. I hope to be back more often soon.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamps and sentiments: Rhododendron/Technique Tuesday.
Patterned Papers: Yippee/Chickaniddy Crafts.
Dies: Stitched Banner Duo 2/Pretty Pink Posh.
Ribbon: crafts supply.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft/Cuttlebug.
Inks: Versafine and Memento Black.

Friday, May 22, 2015

I made a card.

I know.......don't gasp too much in shock :) .....but I made a tiny little card tonight.  I really need one at the last minute and wasn't able to make one seems like ages since I've crafted.  I did some quick stenciling with bright yellow to give it a watercolor feel to it:

It's embarrassingly simple, so I hope what I wrote on the inside will somehow make up for my lack of 'level of difficulty' in this card. Both products are from Penny Black and I wanted the 'Thank You' sentiment to be a bit bigger so it would stand out.  It's for a guy, so I thought yellow and kraft would be a nice, neutral ensemble...and happy!

Hope you are all doing well!

Neenah Solar White.
Stencil: Promenade/Penny Black.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Sentiment: Beautiful Ways/Penny Black.
Copic Marker: Acid Yellow/Y08.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Easter Bunny finally finished decorating.......

........her basket! Phew!  Hello my friends! I hope you are all well!  You may have noticed that I have been a bit quiet on my crafting blog lately.  I had decided to take a break from crafting for a while and prioritize other things in my personal life.  I'm 'still' on that break and am not sure when I'll be back in full crafty mode, but I did want to pop in real quick to say ~ HELLO ~

The Easter Bunny had some time tonight to quickly decorate a very plain, white basket that she has had around for years, really!!  She added to the rims and the handle of the basket some super cute, floral washi tape:

The ribbon is from yummy May Arts and to create the curls on the ribbon, use one blade of your scissor and swiping the ribbon from underneath and towards you.  Take your fingertips and twist the ribbon even further for a fuller looking 'curl'.

So fun to make a plain looking basket have a little vibrancy to it.

Happy Easter to anyone who is celebrating! Have a joyous day with your families.

Hugs! xoxo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WINNER of my Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop Prize!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I'm back really quick to announce the randomly selected winner from last weeks Hero Arts Blog Hop.

My random generator chose:

All the coloring is lovely--be it with copics or otherwise! LOVELY! Thanks for the chance to win, too!

Congratulations!! N Patricia Castillo, I will contact you for your complete mailing address....enjoy your goodies!!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments!  Don't forget, all new Hero Arts Spring 2015 Release products can now be purchased at their online store HERE!!!  Happy Shopping!