Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Oh.....Valentine's Day.....

.....how I yearn for you.....

Christmas is not quite here yet, and already....I am in the mood for Valentine's.

Four words: hearts, flowers, pink, delicate.

It's me.


Ok, I admit....flowers is an everyday kind of thing for me - an ALL-YEAR-ROUND kind of thing....but Valentine's is special. It's lovable and huggable. ;)  I haven't made any cards yet but I was up way too late last night fooling around with some fun apps I have...gotta love this digital age.  First finding that photo that we want to tell the story, embedding it, layering, cropping, adding the little details, the colors. Choosing the right words....the words that define how we truly feel.  It's so fun, easy, fast, simple.

I hope you are all ready to celebrate Christmas with your family and friends....I think I'm done finishing everything that I needed to....time to relax a bit today and just breathe it all in.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Re-inventing the old......

....and making it fresh and new. How's everyone doing on their holiday cards? I still have a few more I need to make.  But took a quick break to get some holiday shopping in and spent some time on gift wrapping.  I LOVE gift wrapping, it was where I started before I even knew what card making was - and what I've been doing lately is really trying to purge and use all of my existing supplies.  It's kind of like a personal challenge - use it all, use what you already have.....hoard less. ;)

And what's great about digging through your existing supplies, is that you really will find gems! Things you had that you had forgotten about....easy and simple ways to spruce up a holiday gift box.....for literally -------> $0.  The following wrapping ideas costed nothing. Yay!!


I'm finding a lot of twine that I will use to decorate just plain brown packing paper with. I'll show those a bit later.  For the above, the wrapping paper, (Disney characters are always a classic with little girls in the family) we've had forever, I may have used them 3 years in a row.  The ribbon I still have from back in the day when I would use ribbons on my cards for submission.  Those days are pretty much done now and I still have leftover ribbon far and wide from manufacturers and crafty stores.  I hardly use ribbons on cards anymore unless it's just a small amount.  The fabric flowers and paper flowers are from the Recollections at M's.  Since they have tiny fasteners at the end, they are great for attaching directly to the ribbon.  They clamp easily around the ribbon and adhere pretty well.

The tag is plain and can be decorated with stamping on it or in this case, I kept it ultra simple and put a sweet sticker on it....for a little girl.....I used stickers that I received as a promotion from a store. After I was finished wrapping this box, I ended up adhering a few more stickers for a merrier look!


For the above box, I used blue satin ribbon with more fabric florals that would have just sat in my closet forever.  I normally tie and string through 4 strings of ribbon for a 'fluffier' look with more dimension.  The cellophane bag is super inexpensive and I bought those in bulk at Daiso about 6 months ago.  I filled that bag with more fun stickers for the recipient and attached that to the tag as well.

And for all those masking tape rolls that get lost in your boxes....use them as tape with your wrapping instead of scotch tape.....they've worked really well for me and add that extra touch of color!

So much fun and I can't wait to wrap more boxes.  Have a great week!! Just one more week to go until Christmas!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Well, hello there Mr. Brown Eyes

Today - you turn the BIG 1-1.

E.L.E.V.E.N


It's been a very fun yet crazy week of spending time with family, a birthday celebration, capturing memories, and trying to balance my daily life.  I haven't had too much time to stop and really think, really more of a go, go, go attitude, just do it. And perhaps think about it all later when things calm down.

I did want to sit down and finish one more layout for Chris' birthday, using the newest photo of him from yesterday. A little bit of my journaling. I really wanted a burst of color to pop and frame his facial features, so instead of pulling out a birthday kit, I decided to use a fun summer kit that I had used earlier this year.  I think it worked out well for what I was trying to accomplish.


I used two PL kits for a more traditional scrapbook look.  I am a bit exhausted at the moment and need to rest. My body is telling me I must rest. But December is the ultimate of busy, us crafters know that. And how about some detoxing after the long Thanksgiving weekend? Boy, do I need it. Way too much food this week!

Hope all my friends and family in the states had a beautiful Thanksgiving week!

Supplies:

PL Core Kits - My Favorite Things and Hi Sunshine.
Corner rounder.

Monday, November 9, 2015

It's that time of the year....

....no, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas.....but the time in November when this BOY here.....below, has a special day.  It's the time in November when I frantically take out my camera and the process begins....the task of capturing another year of growth and development. It's a joyful task, though....perhaps more so for me than him. I take a little over 100 photos and carefully choose the ones I adore....

Some I keep privately, others I share with the world.


He sees me with my camera and sighs, lol....he KNOWS, he so knows, ''Uh oh, here she goes!'' ''How many poses, mom?" - "Oh, just a few," I say. It's an arduous tradition and our poor kids really don't enjoy it that much, they whine, they complain, they make hilarious excuses to get out of it and be done already.  They don't understand why we do it.  But someday, they will.

It's another year that is important for me to document. It's a moment you can never have again.....it only happens once. Then it becomes a precious memory.

I love this 'PRESS PAUSE' sentiment from the card kit Favorite Things Edition.  I have combined two PL Kits that I've used before into this layout.  The other kit is Heidi Swapp's Gold Foil.  So much prettiness in both kits.  I love mixing and matching all of these Project Life Kits. So much fun.


I love to cut up a lot of the cards and layer them onto other cards for more of a 'color' punch.


Still have so many more photos to process. Can't wait to play with them and create more albums.

Wishing you all a fantastic week!


Supplies:

Journaling cards/kits: Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp/Project Life.  Favorite Things Edition. Gold Foil Kit.
Corner Rounder.
Veneer Wooden letters by Heidi Swapp.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Find beauty in the simple things...

....Hello, and happy Tuesday!  I hope you're all doing well! I had a bit of time to put together the definition of simplicity today.  I got out my embossing tool to see if it still worked, and voila! It still does! ;)


Blended in some watercoloring, with also large stroke coloring to complete the look on the big flower. This Camellia by Technique Tuesday is a lovely one for embossing.

Tied it all together with a red and white piece of twine, I had originally opted for a matching color, but the red was a good fit for the pink, which I often find an odd color combo at times.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Supplies:

Floral stamp: Technique Tuesday/Camellia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/Find Beauty by Lia/E6090.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Peppermint Twine.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Heat Gun.
Opaque White Embossing Powder.
Versamark Ink.
Copic Markers.
Memento Inks.
Enamel Dots by My Minds Eye.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I AM......

This Simple Stories Collection is really perfect for the project that I've been spending some time on lately....out of the three albums that I've completed this summer....the fourth one will be a bit more personal in nature, about ME.....It will be more an album reflecting - simply - how I have progressed and changed within the last 20 months....my own personal strengths, weaknesses, my moments of happiness, my moments of struggle ~ my overall moments:


It will reflect on those days where I felt despair, how I dealt with it.....and what I initiated to change all of that.....It will decisively end with where I AM now....which is:

I AM:
Loving Life...
Who I want to be...
Loving...
Thankful.....

The circles on the LO represents the main character and the life force 'around' her (ME) that enriches and fulfills her happiness.  The album itself will comprise a lot of my deepest thoughts and how some of my new ventures has changed me.

It's a gorgeous collection and I love it!  Here is the album portion of it that I'm still layering together all of the little bits and pieces:


Some of my favorite colors!!  And here's a close-up of some of the pretty sentiments:


Enjoy! Hope you're all having a fantastic week!

Supplies:

Journaling Kit and Papers: I AM/Simple Stories.
Corner punch: EK Success.
Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Spellbinder's Circle Dies.
'Happy' Die: Simon Says Stamp.
Butterfly Punch.
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye.
Lace Doilies.
Small/Large Circle Punches.
Medium Heart Punch. 
Staples.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

amazing YOU.

In an effort to use up all of my supplies ~ because honestly, I just don't have any more room to store my crafty stuff.  It's becoming enormously too much over the years.  Must really use everything I can to make it worthwhile. Either purge or use, right?

The PL kits that I've been using are way too pretty to use solely on scrap pages....so I have been playing with them and putting a lot of the cards onto, well, bigger cards.  So much fun to work with these individual pieces, mixing and matching and ultimately layering for a desired look:


5 different pieces of cardstock were used from the PL Kit.

I love these happy colors together.....Pink and Black have always been one of my favorite card color combos and with the addition of some blues, makes it pop just a bit.  I did some tiny bits of stamping at the bottom with a Hero Arts stamp set called Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.  The sentiment is also from the same set.

Added some twine, a really old butterfly wooden chipboard, a few yummy clear crystals, and done....a happy little card!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts/CL864/Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.
Colored cardstock: Project Life/Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp/Favorite Things Edition.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF296/Winter.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF316/Color Lights by Lia.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Red and Baby Blue twine.
Butterfly chipboard.
Gems: Hero Arts/CH253/Azure Blue.

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!

Supplies:
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. ;))

Supplies:

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.

Supplies:
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!!

Supplies:
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!

Supplies:

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.

Supplies:
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 - eeks.....it makes me wonder what the winter will be like....my 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.

Supplies:

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 - rocks....it's a fact that most people don't know - rocks and stamps...no, 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 school....like 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!!

Supplies:

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!

Supplies:
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.
Water/Paintbrush.
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!!

Supplies:
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.


Supplies:

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 earlier....it 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!

Supplies:
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!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop AND a Give-A-Way

Hello!! Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2015 release!  If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Suzanne's Blog! If you've arrived here on your own, you may begin at the Hero Arts blog HERE.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! Don't forget to scroll down for my give-a-way too!

Let's get started! For my first card, I did some watercoloring using this pretty floral set - DC147 - Butterfly and Flower, Stamp and Cut:


I first, repeatedly, stamped the floral and leaves stamp in Versamark ink, covered in snow white embossing powder, and dried with a heat gun. I then used Tim Holtz's Distress Inks to watercolor each flower, leaf, and butterfly.  The butterfly was trimmed with a matching die that is included in the set!

Next up,  I made a one-layer card and used the exact same set but instead of watercoloring, I first masked, then colored in my butterfly images for a much bolder look:


The sentiment is from this stamp - F6069 - Thanks for being you. I only used the very top word on this sentiment stamp.  A sprinkle of dots and shading with a light grey copic marker finishes the look.

For my final project, I used this super fun birthday/celebration set - CL845 - Papel Picardo Banners to create this layout for my son's 10th birthday:


A close-up, I used the dotted lines to make my own journaling spot. The 'CELEBRATE' banner uses multiple ink colors for a fun, bright visual:


Created borders around the patterned papers and photo with the dots and scallop stamp:


A cluster of horizontal and small banners at the top of the layout:


And how about a small giveaway from me? Simply comment here for a chance to win:

(3) Hand dyed silk ribbons from Paper Source.
(1) Hero Arts woodblock stamp - S5923/Reverse Constellation Background.
(1) Hero Arts Cling Stamp - CG663/Lines Background.
(1) Knot & Bow package of 12 gold doilies from Paper Source.  I may thrown in some additional surprises! ;))



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Supplies:
Card 1:
Stamps, butterfly die, and sentiment: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Snow white embossing powder - Stampendous.
Heat gun.
Tim Holtz inks: Antique linen, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, shabby shutters, wild honey, milled lavender, peeled paint, worn lipstick.
Inks: Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black.
Paint brushes.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Pearls: Queen & Co.

Card 2:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Butterfly stamp: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Sentiment: F6069/Thanks for Being You.
Copic Markers: YR16, YG25, RV06, R29, Y18, R05, BG05, V15, C1.
Scallop border punch and corner punch: EK Success/Martha Stewart.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black.
Dark pink candy dots: Queen & Co.

Scrapbook Layout:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamps: CL845/Papel Picardo Banners.
Inks: Memento - lady bug, cottage ivy, tangelo, bamboo leaves.
Patterned papers: Teresa Collins. Save the Date.
Numbered alpha stickers: American Crafts.
Stapler.
Fine tipped Sharpie Marker.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You're a real 'cutie'....and....Teachers Valentine's

Hi all!! Awwww.....Valentine's....one of my favorite holidays.  I think it comes in 2nd to Christmas, or maybe I've moved it to the #1 spot now. ;)) There's just something magical about it, I love it for the kids especially, it's so joyful for them....and I love making frilly stuff for the teachers and the aids.  Is everyone ready for Valentine's?  I have finished up the Valentine's for teachers but have not finished up the kiddie ones yet.

For the teachers and aids, I made little glassine treat bags and filled with goodies and decorated the outside with some floral pins, satin ribbons, doilies, yummy twine, burlap, heart-shaped fabric and a stamped tag:


They turned out really adorable, I used four different colors for four ladies:


Teachers do so much for our kids, I love to spoil them a little.  And it doesn't have to be anything expensive, just something small, sweet, and use your existing supplies!! I did buy the glassine bags, and little knick knacks but other than that, I pretty much already had everything else.


That's it for the teacher's gifts.

Next up, I took to Pinterest for inspiration......and I thought doing something more healthy as the Valentine's for kids would be a good idea.  This would be the 2nd year that I've done a none-candy theme.  You will need a small see-through snack bag, a heart punch, your choice of patterned papers, orange ribbon, and you can print out this free printable tag that is shown below HERE :


This tag is so perfect for the Tangerine/Cutie (fruit) theme that I had in mind.  And since cuties are so popular right now, even my boy LOVES cuties.  We eat them so much around here.  I simply take a tiny plastic bag, insert the cutie and any other accessories you want (punched hearts), punch a hole through the tag, use the ribbon and tie a bow at the top of the bag.


And you're done! Don't hesitate to alter what you put inside the bag as long as the cutie is the main theme and you keep candy out of it. I hope the kids like it....even Christopher approved of this instead of candy. :))

Hope everyone has a beautiful Valentine's with your kids and loved ones!

Supplies for glassine bags:
Glassine bags: Michael's.
Floral clip: DaisoJapan.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Inks: Memento.
Doilies, ribbons, twine, heart shaped fabric: Craft supply.
Patterned Papers: American Crafts.
Tags: American Crafts.