Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time to get back to blogging

It's time to dust off the old blog and start posting cards and entering some challenges. I miss blogging and I can't wait to start again. My daughter has taken up planning in the recent months and she is enjoying it immensely. She has started periscoping with a lot of other girls in the "planner community" and she is dying to get me to start "scoping" as well. Who knows?  Maybe it's time to start a new venture?!  That's it for now. I'll be back very soon with some fun cards. 
Have a great day!
I already am!❤️

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paper Smooches January Guest Designer Search

I really need to visit my lonely blog more often.  I really wish I could blog on my iPad, it would make things so much easier!  Anyway I came across a guest designer call today for Paper Smooches.  They are looking for a guest designer for January and I thought I would give it a try.  I recently got these adorable bee dies in the mail from PS and I made a really cute anniversary card with them.  I won't lie, I did get my inspiration from the incredibly talented Jennifer McGuire.  She is oozing with talent and I love to watch her videos!  In my house she is a celebrity....  Anyway on to the card.  I popped my tag up on an embossed panel of hearts and I really love how it turned out!
Those bees are so stinkin' cute!  I can see some hap-bee birthday cards in their future!
Have a great day!
I already am!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Well, after a little over 2 years I decided it was time to dust off my little old blog.  It's all thanks to my daughter Taylor.  She has developed a recent addiction to life planners.  With her recent purchase of an Erin Condren planner she has inadvertently entered the world of papercrafting.  She is sounding more and more like me every day.  She shows me cute Heidi Swapp stamps and adorable MAMBI stickers and she is surprised every time I say, "yeah I know that company".  It's so much fun sharing this world with her because up until now it was just me in my craft room.  Now she wants to "stamp" in her planner and have "craft time".  It's wonderful!

The other day she said, hey mom there is a design team call for Doodlebug Designs, I think you should enter.  I just about fell over.  I've been in love with Doodlebug Designs for years.  I love their bright colors, adorable die cuts and all the delicious glitter and embellishments.  Once again Taylor was surprised that I had heard of Doodlebug Designs.  I used to be on 3 design teams and I loved every minute of it but eventually life got busy and designing went by the wayside.  Now the kids are older and I have the time again.  I am very excited for this design team and I would love to win a spot on the team.  I never stopped creating and designing and have always been hopeful to once again join another design team.  I've missed blogging and this is the perfect chance to get back into it.

Here are a few projects that I am submitting with my applications.  So happy to have found this design team call in time!

Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PTI Blog Hop and SSS Anything Goes Challenge

Ok two posts in one day, I'm having way too much fun!  I decided to play along at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and the theme is anything goes using Impression Obsession Stamps.  My projects almost always include Papertrey Ink cardstock so when I designed my card on an angle I decided to enter it into the PTI blog hop over at Nichole's Blog.  The base of the card is PTI Hawaiian Shores and the Instant Camera Die is cut from Raspberry Fizz cardstock. I just recently got 2 Impression Obsession stamps so when I saw the challenge over at SSS, I knew I wanted to play along.  I saw this technique in the Pattern Play online card class and wanted to try it out.  The two IO stamps are Herringbone and Spatter.  I inked the Herringbone stamp with Hero Arts wet cement and the Spatter stamp with Pool Party by SU and then a second time with Hibiscus Burst from PTI.  I love the look of the two stamps together.  The typewriter stamp is from Mama Elephant and I just love that adorable image!  I also decided to back the typewriter up against my new Lil Inker Instant Camera Die.  I needed to mute the background so I placed vellum behind the die and the typewriter really stood out after that.  I finished the card off with some enamel dots and some washi tape and a lone heart smothered in glossy accents for a shiny finish!  I really love how this card turned out. 
I hope you all are enjoying your day as much as I am!

Papertrey Ink April 2013 Blog Hop

Good morning everyone! Today I got to play along with the Papertrey April Blog Hop.  The theme this month is to create a project that features something tilted.  Nichole's blog is busy this morning with everyone adding their projects and I can't wait to see them all! Today I had fun with the new Big Ticket Basics stamps and dies.  For some extra added pattern and color I matted the ticket on some pretty polka dot paper.  I also die cut some small arrows from the Sketched Shape dies in Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores cardstock for some extra added fun!  Everything on this card is tilted different ways for the blog hop theme and it was actually a lot of fun to not line things up straight for once.  I also experimented with some colorful misting on the wood grain cardstock panel.  Here is my colorfully tilted card!
Ok that's all for now!  Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Friday, April 5, 2013

SSS birthday card #4

Hello again. I am back with another birthday card for the SSS challenge blog celebrating their 4th birthday. Today I was in the mood to create some mini cards. Here is my cute little happy birthday ladybug card. It measures 3x3.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

SSS birthday card #3

Hello again. I am back with another birthday card for the SSS challenge blog celebrating their 4th birthday.  Today I was in the mood to create some mini cards.  Here is my cute little happy birthday turtle card.  It measures 3x3.
I just love his little hat!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Card #2

Hello again.  I am back with another birthday card for the SSS challenge blog celebrating their 4th birthday.  I made a cute little lion card this morning.  Here he is.
I am in love with this little lion and I need to make some more kiddie cards.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Simon Says Stamp 4 Year Celebration


Good morning stampers and bloggers.  I hope you are enjoying your day!  I made a fun card today to share for the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog.  They are celebrating their 4 year birthday and I made a congratulations card for them.  I got my inspiration from Kristina Werner.  She is an amazing designer and I love to watch her videos.  She is so creative and such a great teacher!  Today on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, she created a Congrats card using a watercolor technique using Tim Holtz distress inks and it looked like fun!  I thought I'd watercolor a Sizzix Star die cut for my own congrats card.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banner Sayings with matching dies.  The banner is so cute the way it pops up off the card.  I used Broken China and Worn Lipstick distress inks to watercolor the star.  I finished it off with some pink and blue twine tied diagonally across the star.  And for my finishing touch, in true Kristina style, I put black dash lines all around the star.  I just love that look.
Here is the card. 

Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pattern Play Day 4

Today is day 4 of Pattern Play and it's all about altering patterned paper.  Jennifer McGuire did a video with some really cute hearts die cut from different patterned papers and she embellished each heart.  I also made a card with some die cut hearts and I embellished them with glossy accents and some sparkly stickles.  Here's the card.
I just love how this card came out!  Hearts are my favorite to start with and the patterned paper is just so beautiful!
Have a great day!
I already am!

Online Card Class - Pattern Play

Lately I barely have time for crafting, let alone blogging.  I really wanted to blog today so I could share a card I made for the online class I'm taking.  Online card classes - Pattern Play is now in session.  I love the online card classes because the videos are great and the teachers are great.  On day 2 the technique was patterned paper and stamping.  There is a technique called resist and it involves heat embossing and coloring with distress inks.  It's a really cool technique and when you do it over patterned paper, the results are very cool.  Jennifer McGuire did a video on this technique and here is my card using the resist technique.
I highly recommend these online card classes!  They are full of inspiration and new techniques and you get a few new videos a day with access to them for a lifetime.
Have a great day!
I already am!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Papertrey Ink 6th Anniversary Designer Favorites

Good morning PTI fans.  I am enjoying all of the 6 year anniversary contests and festivites, how about you?  On Nichole's blog the other day the contest was to pick one of PTI's designers favorite creations from the year and copy it.  It is hard to choose because I have so many favorites but one project in particular really caught my eye!  Melissa Phillips vintage tag set was so beautiful that I just had to try and re-create it the best I could.  The chipboard coupled with the paint and the sewing and the glitter ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ OH MY!!!  Such a pretty combo and making it was so much fun!!!  Here is my version of Melissa's tag.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Mine is great already!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PTI free printables challenge

Papertrey Ink is turning 6 and I am joining in the fun!  All the designers have designed a free printable to make a card with and today I have chosen Heather Nichol's Happy Birthday art.  It's so modern and clean, I just fell in love!  Here is the card:
I am very happy with the way it turned out! 
Sewing and doilies and bakers can you go wrong?
Enjoy your day, I already am!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Make It Monday #102: Pillow Box Stamping and Assembly

Pillow box assembly for PTI's Make it Monday
Pillow boxes are so cute.  Honestly anything decorated with PTI stamps are cute!
Any excuse to use The Sweet Life stamps I'll take.
I stamped the pillow box with the background basics text style and heat embossed it with pink powder.  Yummy rose and pretty green bow and you've got a beautiful presentation!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Make It Monday #101: Layered Embossing and a Puppy!

It has been a very exciting week here at my house!  One week ago today we added a new addition to our family.  I guess three human children wasn't enough to keep me busy, I needed a puppy!  Let's just say I couldn't resist this:
Her name is Sophie (after much deliberation amongst 3 children) and she is a 10 week old Havanese.  She is a sweet dog with a great disposition and so smart.  It didn't take long for her to weasel her way into our hearts and my parents have threatened to puppynap her several times!!  We are enjoying our new addition!
Ok enough about puppy, on to my card for this week's Make It Monday challenge!  Of course being addicted to card making, I sat Sophie on a chair next to my craft table and got her input on this week's challenge!  We did very well together!  I love embossing and I never thought of embossing several colors over each other so I really had fun this week.  I dug out an old unity stamp set that I have and got to work.  I made a criss cross card and did some embossing on the insert.  I heat embossed the hearts with white powder and I embossed the "sweet love" sentiment in silver powder.  I just love the results! The envelope part of the card is so pretty with PTI papers, a doily and some scrumptious roses!!!
Here are a few images for you:
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Make It Monday #100: How to Package Cards with Oversized Embellishments

Today at Nichole's blog, the Make it Monday challenge was how to package cards with oversized embellishments.  Honestly this has been a subject that I have been battling with for quite sometime until I discovered glassine bags!
I was so happy to have discovered glassine bags a while back because they seemed like the only option for oversized cards and they lend themselves to some beautiful embellishing!  I'm glad Dawn did a video on this subject because it was nice to see different options.  I had to make a baby card for a co-worker and my card had such a large bow on it, I had no choice but to use a glassine bag to fit the card.  I loved embellishing the bag and my favorite technique is to punch two holes in the top and thread a ribbon through them and tie into a big bow!
I love the bag as much as the card!
Here's the card and the beautiful bag:
Apologies for the poor lighting.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Make It Monday #99: Repeats & Rainbows

Good morning!  I was really happy to see rainbows as the theme for this weeks make it monday challenge because not only do I adore rainbows but recently I went rainbow crazy!  Click here to see my post from last week with all of my rainbows!  Also, click here to see my rainbow in last week's chalkboard technique challenge.  The MFT die to create a rainbow is so much fun!!
I chose the number 6 rainbow color scheme
 from Nichole's blog to use on my card.
I had to improvise on 2 of the colors since I don't have them but I still like how the card turned out.  I dry embossed the teacups to give them some dimension. Here is the card:
Hope you like it!
Have a great day eveyone!
I already am!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chalkboard Technique take 2

Hello all!  Today my daughter turns 19!  I can't believe how fast the years fly!  It's amazing to see what a beautiful young woman she has turned out to be.  She's a great daughter, sister, friend and a very kind hearted young woman.  I wanted to make her a special card and since I love the chalkboard technique so much I knew that would be the focus.  My new MFT rainbow die was the perfect addition to the chalkboard look!  Here is my second card for the week for the make it monday challenge.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Make It Monday #98: Chalkboard Techinque

Is it wrong to be in love with a design technique?  Just checking because I am in LOVE with this new chalkboard technique!!!  I must admit that I tried it back when Betsy first did a blog post on it but I failed miserably.  I actually failed when I stamped back over the words with white ink but after I saw the video on this week's make it monday post I knew I had to try it again!  I am truly so enamored by the whimsical look of the faux chalkboard!  I used 6 different PTI stamp sets and 2 different PTI dies on this card and I am very happy with the way the card turned out.  Here is my entry for this week's Make It Monday challenge.

What a fun time I had designing this card!
I used the following PTI stamp sets:
Vintage Labels
Little Labels
Love Lives Here Holiday
Friendship Jar
Button Boutique
And I used the following PTI dies for my felt embellishments:
Flipping Out
Love Lives Here
Ok I'm off to sleep now seeing as how I've been up all night.  I work nights but instead of going straight to bed this morning, my craft table was calling my name!  LOL
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope your holidays were loads of fun and you had lots of family and fun times!  Right before the holidays I ordered the rainbow die from MFT and never had a chance to use it.  Well, I finally broke out the die and boy is it loads of fun!!!  I've made a few cards and one fun little calendar with rainbows and I wanted to share them with you.  This die is so easy to use and makes the most adorable rainbows!
And the last project is actually an easel card that I turned into a calendar to stay on my desk.  Now I can stare at that cute little rainbow for a whole month!
side view of easel card

Ok that's all the rainbows for now.  Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Make It Monday #97: 2012 A la Carte

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays!  It always amazes me how quickly they speed by!  I am here today to enter the make it monday challenge this week.  I missed PTI's blog hop but the entries were so pretty!  Being a nurse means I work through Christmas so there was no time for card making.  Today I had a chance to make a card for this week's make it monday and I love the theme of choosing from one of 49 different challenges.  I actually wound up making a card that used two different techniques. 
MIM #54  Glitter Buttons
MIM # 58 Graduated Backgrounds
Once I stamped the cute little bear from Baby Button Bits onto my graduated background, I just knew he needed a glittered button on his tummy!  So here is the end result:
Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy and Safe New Year everyone!
Have a great day!
I already am!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make It Monday #96: Patchwork Die-Cuts

It's not unusual for me to fall in love with Melissa's work, I enjoy her style so much!  I have to admit that when I saw this week's MIM challenge I wanted to copy it exactly.  Money is tight so I haven't had a chance to buy any of the new releases at PTI this month so I tried to copy Melissa's card as best I could.  Here is the end result and I love how it came out! 
I really love the technique of patchworking die cuts  I will definitely be using this technique again!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Helping The Children of Newtown & MIM 96

If you are any warm blooded human with a heart than I know you have been saddened by the horrific tradgedy in Newtown last week.  I know I have wept over an over for all of the victims and families who's lives were forever changed on that horrible day.  It's so hard to make sense of senseless violence in this world.  Today I was drawn to a blog that I have been to before and I found something that I would like to share with whoever reads this post.  Amber of Damask Love is organizing a wonderful project to help the children of Newtown through art therapy.  She is a pediatric psychologist and she is urging us to help her by sending art supplies to  Newtown Youth & Family Services Center.  The fundraiser is called Drawn Together and if you click on the link, it will take you to Amber's blog to give you all the information on how you can help. 
It really is a wonderful fundraiser and I have made a card this week for the PTI make it monday challenge to include in my package of art supplies.  I encourage you all to do the same.  They are trying to put together creative kits for the children of Newton because art may offer a healthy coping mechanism for children experiencing difficult emotions.  You can make a monetary donation or send art supplies.  Anything would help!
Here is my card for the make it monday challenge and for my donation to Drawn Together!
Please share this information with all of your crafty friends!
Together we can reach a lot of people!
inside of card
Hug your children a little tighter today and every day like I've been doing
and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Making washi tape

I wanted to share a card I made today with washi tape.  I saw a tutorial on how to make your own and I've been wanting to try it.  To be honest I might try buying it from now on.  It was fun but a little bit of a pain in the neck.  I got tissue paper in a few gifts recently and I used it to make the tape.  The tissue paper from the store Brighton reminded me of a zebra print and I also had some red tissue paper from Victoria's Secret.  Well, see for yourself, here is the card with the tape.
I like the way the card turned out and the tape looks cool but I think it's just way easier to buy it already made.  It's not that expensive and there are oodles of patterns available!
Well, that's it for now. 
Have a great day!
I already am!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Make It Monday #95: Layered Glitter Shapes - Take Two

Hi everybody.  I'm back again with another card for the make it monday challenge.  I had so much fun making the first card I wanted to give this technique another try.  I liked the idea of the ornaments with the decorative strips across them so I thought I would re-create that look with hearts for Valentine's Day.
Here is my take on the challenge.
See you soon!

Make It Monday #95: Layered Glitter Shapes

Here I am again playing along with another Make it Monday Papertrey project.  Oh how I love my PTI stamps and dies!  This week for the layered glitter shapes I chose to glitter up some pretty little butterflies from the Heart to Heart #10 die collection.  I layered some little hearts on them before I glittered them and then added some dainty pink rhinestones for some extra bling.  The sentiment stamped on the tag sale 6 die is from the half and half stamp set.  I love the detailed stitching too!  I wish my sewing machine wasn't so heavy because I would probably stitch on every card.  I've got to find a permanent home for it!
Here's my card for the week:
Have a great week everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Make It Monday #94: Detail Glitter Technique

Good morning.  I always look forward to Monday mornings to see what make it monday challenge Nichole has on her blog.  Thanks to Erin, I will be covered in glitter until next year at Hanukkah!  This challenge was so much fun and I immediately thought that the perfect place for glittery highlights would be the lights on the Menorah! The Menorah Medley stamp set with matching dies was the perfect tools to make this lovely card!  I love Hanukkah for so many reasons but to see the Menorah fully lit is such a beautiful sight, I loved re-creating it on this card.  I hope you enjoy!  I managed to glitter the candles and the borders on the top and bottom of the card.
Have a great day everyone and if you celebrate Hanukkah like I do than you know we are celebrating in less than a week! 
Happy glittering everyone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make It Monday #93: Splitting Die Cuts

It's time for another Make it Monday challenge.  Thank goodness there's a whole week to play because life is soooo busy!  I've been thinking about splitting dies and which ones to split and how to split them.  It wasn't until I decided to use my new soft blush pattern pack that the fillable frames 5 die jumped out at me and asked me to be cut in half.  Sounds silly but with all it's rounded edges it just seemed to match the pattern on the paper.  I split the fillable frames die and turned the pieces around so the rounded edges faced into my card.  Here is a sweet little baby card for the make it monday challenge. 
Ok there is the front and inside of my card.  Hope you enjoy your day!
I already am!