Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sending Birthday Wishes

I played with this fun color combo and sketch challenge from Sugar Pea Designs.  I think aqua and red is one of my fav combos! This cute little penguin set from Sugar Pea called Happy Mail and is perfect for masculine birthday cards or just a special delivery or sending happy mail!  

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Maki a Wish

   I'm joining in on the sketch challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs, one big plus of doing a 30 day color challenge is that I've got a bunch of images all ready to put on a card and using a sketch just makes it that much easier!!

I used the Rice Rice Baby stamp set from Sugar Pea and this time used distress ink and watercolored the image, also stenciled the background, the orange enamel dots are NUVO Crystal Drops and are SO much fun to play with.

Well, I hope you like my card, I loved making it and that stamp set is so cute.....also, I just adore penguins!


I would like to enter the following challenges
+Sunny Day Crafting-#25 ATG
+Color Inspiration -#4 anything hand colored
+Crafting From the Heart-ATG
+Craft Your Passion-ATG
Critters and Creatures-Linky Party #9
+Brown Sugar-ATG

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Birthday Flyby

I used the sketch over at My Favorite Things to make my card.  
I just love this stamp set called Magical Dragons, it has some of the cutest images and fun sentiments and you can find it HERE if you want to check it out! 

I would like to enter the following challenges:
+Color Inspiration-#4 anything hand colored-FEATURED!!
+Crafting From the Heart-ATG
+Craft your Passion-ATG
+Critters and Creatures-Linky Party #9
+Brown Sugar-ATG

Sunday, November 13, 2016

You make life MAGICAL!

I played with another sketch challenge over at My Favorite Things and used images from the Magical Dragons stamp set.  I colored with my copics, the embossing cloud background is colored with copics as well and is done using an embossing folder from Darice.  

I just love dragons and have since I was a young girl, I love anything in the fantasy genre and what could be more magical than sitting in the clouds with a dragon!! :)


I would like to enter the following challenges:
+Sunny Day Crafting-ATG
The Sisterhood of Crafters-Up, Up and Away-Anything that flies
Glitter N Sparkle-ATG
+Brown Sugar-ATG
+Crafty Catz-ATG

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Another book....

I am a sucker for any images that include readers or books and have been gathering them up whenever I can find them.  This is the latest book/reading themed image from Lisa Bloobel, you can find her ETSY shop HERE.  If you are looking for different, unique and quirky, that's a great place to start! 

I made myself another bookmark, colored with copics and created the fun background with copics and colorless blender, added some fun bright pattern paper, some tulle and twine and laminated it for sturdiness.  

A fun little side note...I found this floral frog when I was cleaning out some of my mom's things, she passed about a year ago and worked as a florist in my grandmothers shop for many years. I had seen others use similar items to prop their cards and had wanted one but never got around to finding out where to order them or even what they were it was a happy moment for me when I found this among her things!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
+Crafty Gals Corner #96 Anything but a card
+Inspiration Destination#110 ATG
+Sunny Days #21 ATG  TOP PICK
Crafting from the Heart #134 ATG

Sunday, October 30, 2016

You're my Penguin

Whew, it's been awhile and I actually felt like making a card today....lately my mojo has been gone and I don't feel like doing too much of anything crafty.  I've been coloring, but that's about it.  Today I was browsing for some inspiration and came across an easy sketch over at My Favorite Things and since I've got several new stamp sets from MFT, I decided to play.

The stamp set is Penguins in Paradise and this is the sketch.

and my card.  I colored with copics, the pattern paper is all from the Doodlebug Fun in the Sun pack, the sun and clouds are dies from Taylored Expressions.  I cut out a white oval and tore it to make the sand using Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain distress ink for color, the coconut is the Nuvo crystal drops in Walnut.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
                                                            +  Little Miss Muffet Stamps:ATG
                                                           +  Sunny Day Crafting:ATG
                                                        + Simon Says Stamp-ATG
                                                              +Crazy Catz-dies or punches
                                                            +Crafting with Friends -ATG
                                                     Moving Along With the Times-Cute Animals      
                                                     Crafty Gals Corner-ATG won
                                                           Inspiration Destination-ATG

Friday, September 16, 2016

Chip n Dale

No.....not Chippendales as in the extremely hot male dancers.....  I'm talking Disney's Chip and Dale!  BIG DIFFERENCE!! ;)

It's been about a year since I took my kids to Disney, Ash wanted to mommy/daughter trip for her high school graduation and this was about a year later but we finally made it and we grabbed my son Jordan to go with as well.

This morning Ash and I wanted to search for characters to get as many pics as we could and these guys certainly were characters....they were so very funny and probably the best ones as far as personality!!

Everything I used was from Echo Park's Magical Kingdom kit which I purchased from Stamps Alive, forgive the crappy picture, just trying to get it done!  I also used the sketch from PageMaps July 2012. :)

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack-ATG
+Sunny Day Crafting-ATG TOP PICK
+Craft your Passion-ATG

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hello Gnome Boy

My friends and I have a card challenge going on between us on a private pinterest board and each week one of us will post a sketch to work from.  This is the sketch I chose which is from 
Mojo Monday.  I used this cutie little gnome boy from 2CuteInk it is an exclusive image from the August Stamp Club images.  This is such a great club, you should go check it out!!  :D

I used copics to color, tumbled glass distress ink, C.C. Designs stitched rectangle dies, circle/scalloped circle svg from Miss Kate Cuttables. 
                                                                  Sketch for Monday Aug 29:

I would like to enter the following challenges:
+Simon Says Stamp -Wednesday ATG
+Catch the Bug-Outdoors
+Brown Sugar-ATG

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Happy Holidays

It's been so stinkin hot here that I decided to work on a cool card and used this adorable Snowglobe Penguin from 2cuteink!  I love penguins and love snowglobes, so this image is just perfect!!  

                                                                         Copics used:
          Penguin: C7,5,3,1
scarf: BG72, 70
YG06, 03
base: R39,37,35
Papers from The Paper Studio Santa & Friends 6x6 pad
Snowflake dies from Lawn Fawn
Enamel with NUVO Caribbean Ocean

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss Caribbean Ocean - Click to enlarge

I have to say that I bought about 7 different colors of these drops, just to give them a try, I really LOVE them.  I had some leftover laminated pages that I practiced dots on and they turned out perfect!!  I highly recommend can make tiny ones, big ones, anything in between.  I just was really pleased with this product.   I will definitely purchase them again! :)


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
2cute ink-FB WON
+Jo's Scrap Shack-ATG
+C.R.A.F.T- Christmas
Critters and Creatures-linky party

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mr & Mrs-MFT Camp Create

Hi there, back with my last card for this session of My Favorite Things Camp Create. This technique is called Shadow Stamping and it's really easy and has such a lovely result.  I used purples, just cuz I'm still in purple and grey mode from my daughter's wedding!  I love how it turned out and can totally see myself using this technique over and over, it's especially pretty with florals!


                                                       I would like to enter the following challenges:
                                                                 +  Craft Your Passion-ATG
                                                           Crafting from the Heart-ATG          
                                                        Let's Craft and Create-Wedding or Anniversary
                                                          + Just Add Ink-photo inspiration
                                                           JAI #324...Inspiration!
                                                           +Cards 4 Galz-Monochrome

Friday, August 12, 2016

Grey Skies-MFT Dry Emboss

Another day of Camp Create from My Favorite Things and another technique I've never done (dry embossing with a die......and I call myself a paper crafter....(smh).  The past few days I've done techniques that I've always thought looked cool, but never tried, what the heck?  I know, I know......I'll repent of my naughty ways.  I mean part of the joy of this craft is learning new things, new techniques, new ways of doing old things.  I'm happy that I stumbled across Camp Create and even though time is short and I'm in one complete big fat mess, I'm committed to completing all 5 days and hopefully the bonus craft as well...(I ordered new stamps for that craft!! :D)

Here is my card using the dry emboss technique and after the first failed attempt, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!


I would like to enter the following challenges:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

You are Fabulous! MFT Resist Technique

....and again, another technique that I'm not well practiced on, but one that is super fun!!  This is a resist technique and I used the Doodle Frames set from The Alley Way Stamps to create a collage of frames, clear embossed and then inked with Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw distress inks.  I added a little mint twine to match the mint heart on the bottom.

Totally fun, and I hope that I can keep up with the Camp Create over at My Favorite Things, I'm already a day behind and am gone this weekend... yikes!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I haven't done too much with the Ombre technique, guess this little Camp Create from My Favorite Things is really getting me out of my normal coloring/creating comfort zone!!

With this card, I tried (maybe not successfully) to create a background panel with a turquoise/aqua background, the elephant (Hippo Birdy from Taylored Expressions) is colored ombre using my copics in the C0-C7 range. The balloons are from Paper Smooches and are also colored ombre style with various colors.  I hope I did ok, as I really am new to this maybe I'll just have to keep practicing and playing with all the fun new things I'm learning!!


Monday, August 8, 2016

My Favorite Things Camp Create-Monochromatic

This is my first time participating in MFT Camp Create and thought I would take time to play.  I am home from work today with some aches and general yucky feels, so what better time than to put a card together.

I usually don't ever do a monochromatic card, I love using lots of color and usually add a digital stamp as well.....oh and I hardly EVER use orange unless as an accent color not as the main one.  So, this was a little bit out of my zone, but think it turned out simple and cute!

I used the MFT Modern Blooms stamp and die set and some dies from MFT Blueprints #13.


I would like to enter these challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz-Monochromatic

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I Will Never Forget You

Been super busy with wedding, moving, packing, cleaning and all the stuff/junk, time sucking activities that come with it.  I did make a card though, my friend and I are getting back to challenging each other with sketches and other themes to do about 3 cards a month and one layout.  We created a special pinterest board with our challenges and then we add our creations to the board as well. card here is created with a sketch that my friend Steph chose and then I used a color theme from my Pinterest Color Palette board

Sketch for the week of 8/1!!  Have fun!!: Parchment, Lemon, Bright Green, Turquoise, Denim:

and my card features an image from Saturated Canary called DON'T FORGET  It's so cute!! I love the little elephant and colored it up with my copics, did a little inking around the edges with ink from Simon Says Stamp and then followed the sketch and color theme.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Let's Color-August Link Party
Kitty Bee Designs-All About Animals
Unicorn Challenge Blog-Animal Kingdom
Critters and Creatures-ATG with a critter

Thursday, July 21, 2016

To Have and to Hold's been awhile since I've blogged, I've been super busy with wedding planning for my daughter, we are now down to one week people! One week from now she will be a MRS!!

So my grandmother asked me to make her a card for her to give to the bride and groom and I used this gorgous image from All Dressed Up.  So perfect and yummy!  It's been awhile since I've made a card, I have been coloring, just so I don't give up everything during this crazy time, I mean I still do NEED color therapy!  I tried to make the groom a little darker, but my colors kept gunking up, so had to make do and hope it works.

I would like to enter the following challenges: 
+Craft Rocket Challenge-#20 Spots or stripes TOP3

Here are a couple pics of the soon to be bride and groom!   Awwwww....I think I'm gonna cry!  ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Memory SOS Challenge

Hi everyone, I'm back with my last layout as a guest designer over at Scrap Our Stash!!  If you haven't checked out their challenge blog, I highly encourage you to, they have two challenges per month and they are both fabulous.  The first challenge is based on a book cover and the second challenge is a sketch +3, there are 3 columns and 3 rows and you choose one from each column to use on the page.

Here is the sketch for this challege, and I chose to use Magenta, Yellow and an overlay.  So fun and super cute!!

 Here is my layout:

I love the sketch and love choosing three different embellishments or supplies to create my layout.  It really makes it easy to put together when you have in mind the design and colors already to go! 

This picture was of our Disney trip last September, Ash and I had to have our picture taken with Minnie, which was perfect as I was wearing my Minnie shirt that day!  We had a blast and this is usually how I start off my Project Life pages, with one main layout for each section to highlight some favorite pictures. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Look at this cute little gnome village, it's so little and so cute!!  This is the final release over at Some Odd Girl and I just love it! This release has been so fun, love the gnomes and the Build a Background??? Awesome and can be used for so many different scenes! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time Enjoyed is Not Wasted Time

We are up with Day 4 of the new release over at Some Odd Girl which is Build a Background, it is full of mushrooms, bushes, and trees, all fun things to create amazing backgrounds and scenes. 

I had fun creating another art journal page and love this quote, I think it goes perfectly with the fishing gnome and girl gnome, I just imagine a pile of books next to her as she sits and reads for hours while her sweetie fishes the day away!  ;)

I hope you've enjoyed my project and will check out the inspiration over at Some Odd Girl !

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs: May ATG
+The Little Red Wagon: ATG but a card
+Artistic Inspirations: ATG

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mountain Gnome Happy Birthday

Day 3 of the new release over at Some Odd Girl, we have this Mountain Gnome to showcase.  He's so fun, I love his grumpy face!  Head on over to Some Odd Girl to check out the other projects from the team, you'll find some great inspiration!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sending a Line

Day two of the new release over at Some Odd Girl and we have this cutie to showcase!  I have a fisherman in my life and this is just the cutest image ever, this will be perfect for a birthday card or a thinking of you...I think the next time I use this image I will use the sentiment "You're a great Catch"  :D  

I colored with copics, used mostly cardstock, and a couple charms attached my fishing line and tiny staples.

I hope you like and will stop by the Some Odd Girl for more inspiration!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Birthday GNOMIE!!

We've got a fun new release going on today over at Some Odd Girl, today's peek at the release features Gnome Girl.  She's so cute, I love that she's just sittin, relaxin and enjoyin the outdoors.  I created a fun shaped card using dies, chevron pattern paper, die cuts from Miss Kate Cuttables for the sun and clouds and colored with my copics, I also added white dots to the clouds. 

HB Gnomie

I hope you enjoyed my card, this is my first day on the SOG DT....pretty excited here!!  Come on over and check out what my DT sisters have created, there are 4 more days coming with a new image each day, lots of fun and creativity headed your way!  :)

I would like to enter the following challenges:
+Glitter N Sparkle-shaped card- Won
+My Sheri Crafts-Shaped Cards-blog winner
Just Us Girls-Shaped Card
Fussy and Fancy-Female birthday

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Uniquely You

I'm so excited to be the May Guest Designer at Scrap Our Stash!  Scrapbooking has been a love of mine for more than 25 years, I've been making cards a lot lately but am trying to get back to getting my pictures in albums!  I am so happy to have come across the Scrap Our Stash challenge blog that is specifically for scrapping.  I'm an avid reader and the 1st challenge of the month is inspired by a book cover.....LOVE that!!  

So here is my layout, the inspiration picture is below and a little bit of a description below that! 

The layers of color in the sunset inspired the background where I added paint and ink to tone down the light purple and leave streaks similar to the sunset.  I used coral, pink, lavendar, yellow and a light teal for the colors.  I found this picture of my daughter which was perfect to go with the flower requirement, and added a black and white daisy pattern paper that I tinted using my copic markers, and then I have hearts running down the right side of the paper, inspired by the big heart on the book cover. Such a fun book cover and I can't wait to see what you all create! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Exciting news....

I've been invited to be on the design team over at Some Odd Girl!!!  I've been such a fan of Kristy and her fun images for many years and have created some of my most favorite projects using her whimsical, fun, quirky images.  Below are a few of my favorites!

                             Canvas made with Reading Mae image from #someoddgirl:

          Art Journal page using Some Odd Girl images. #sog #mermaids:

                                 This Thing Called Life!: Believe:

                                 This Thing Called Life!:
                                          Birthday card using Dandelion Fairy from Some Odd Girl:

                                        Giggle Fairy from Some Odd Girl:

You can see how fun these images are....I absolutely LOVE anything relating to the fantasy genre, mermaids, fairies, etc.....and coming up on Monday we have a new release featuring GNOMES!!!

I hope you can jump on over and check out all the new release projects!  I'll be making my SOG DT debut!! :D