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 one....it 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 everywhere...plus 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 brown...it'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 forever....it'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 Monday....my 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 sentiment....love 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.