Thursday, January 18, 2018

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hello everyone from chilly South Florida.  Although we are not having snow and freezing temperatures here it is VERY cold for us Floridians.  This morning when I left work it was in the high 30's to low 40's.  By the time I got home I couldn't feel my fingers.  When I finally got the feeling back I got out my cute Heffy Doodle elephants and started playing.  The SSS Wednesday challenge is to add a sentiment.  The "Elephant of Surprise" stamp set has such cute sentiments with elephant puns.  I stamped my sentient in versamark ink and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts white embossing powder.  I stamped a mirror image of the elephant so they could be facing each other.  I made the background with a cute heart stamp and I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and then water colored it with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks.  
I'm very happy with the card and I think it really came together in the end.  
Thanks for stopping by today, stay warm and have a great day!
I already am!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Papertrey Ink Create Along With Us January 2018

I love the days where I can spend time crafting.  Lately I've had a lot of them and I am very grateful.  Today I am playing along with Papertrey Ink and their Create Along With Us for January 2018.  I've been following PTI for years and I am always in awe of the cards and projects that their design team comes up with.  These are some crazy talented women and they never cease to amaze me.  I have always loved Melissa's shabby style, Betsy's use of bright colors and Dawn's clean and simple cards.  Today I got some inspiration from Melissa's card from release day 2.  She layered a heart over a fancy frame and I love that look!  

Since Valentine's day is just around the corner I decided to watercolor a Wonky Heart die from Simon Says Stamp. Kristina Werner recently shared a video where she used Arteza markers to watercolor with a piece of acetate so I tried it and loved it.  I used the Uppercase Block Alphabet dies from Papertrey to cut out the word LOVE in gold foil paper.  I used the inlaid die cutting technique to nest the letters back into the heart. A scalloped vellum rectangle with some gold print was the perfect backdrop for the pretty heart.  I finished off the project with some gold thread and a few dainty sequins from The Ton. 

I also bought a new toy recently that I wanted to share.  It's called a Crystal Katana and it works really well at picking up sequins and gluing them down.  It's the best placement tool I've ever used!  You can see a demo on YouTube of it.  They sell it on Amazon and at Kat Scrappiness, check it out! 

I am in love with this card and I can't wait to get my new PTI goodies in the mail that I ordered last night.
Have a wonderful week everyone and get some crafty time in!

In love with Papertrey Ink

Good morning.  Last night the January release went live over at Papertrey Ink and I was able to get the adorable Brushed Birds stamp set I've been swooning over.  I also bought a few other birthday themed goodies while I was shopping.  I cannot wait for that delivery!!!  After I had my PTI shopping spree I decided to break out my Farmer's Market Florals again and make another card.  I swear that stamp set just infuses creativity into my hands!  I also used the Chevron cover plate, an old stamp set called Handwritten notes for the cute sentiment and some beautiful PTI patterned paper.  The delicate sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh, everything looks better with sequins, right???  My next shopping spree will be over there for some of the new release stamps.  Paulina has the cutest hummingbird stamps that I want!  I really should work some overtime to fund my habit!
Anyway here's my card for today.
Have a lovely day, I already am!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Winnie and Walter January color combo challenge

My card is different shades of pink with a pop of gold in the cat's collar.

I made another card using the inside out technique that Jennifer McGuire showcased recently.  I am seriously in love with this style and I thought I'd make a Valentine's Day card with a cute Jane's Doodles stamp set I just got called "Cats".  I had tons of fun copic coloring those precious kitties!  The sentiment on the front of the card is from Winnie and Walter's "The Big, the Bold, and the Happy" set.  I pieced two stamps together to get the word "hey".  I am in love with the font from that set!  I also added a few delicate sequins from Kat Scrappiness for some bling.
Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday, I definitely am!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

CAS(E) this sketch challenge #254

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today I am playing along with the CAS(E) this sketch challenge #254
Here is the sketch for this week.

I needed a focal point for my card and that's where Jennifer comes in.  When I can't sleep at night (which is every night) I sit up in bed watching YouTube videos on card making... isn't that what we all do?  Anyway, one of my favorite card makers is Jennifer McGuire and one of the things that I love about her videos is that they are easy to follow.  She makes you feel like you can do any technique she does.  Sometimes it actually works out, like today for example.  I fell in love with her inside out cards and I had to give it a try this morning.  I am absolutely in love with this card and I can't wait to make some more!  I pulled out an old loved stamp set from Avery Elle called "Furry Friends" and I chose the cute dog that looks like my dog Sophie and did some basic copic coloring.  The cute little dog is on the second layer of the card but he peeks through the front of the card, SO CLEVER!  This was such a fun card to make, not too difficult but with stunning results!  The two pictures show the front and inside of the card.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from an older Reverse Confetti stamp set called "Lots To Say".  Here is my card for the challenge, enjoy your weekend and get some crafting time in!
Have a great day!
I already am!

SSS Wednesday Challenge

I made a really fun card tonight with a fun rainbow background and some embossed rain drops.  It looks like patterned paper so I'm entering it into this weeks SSS Wednesday challenge.  The challenge is to used store bought patterned paper in your project or make your own.  I used distress inks to blend a rainbow background and then I used the SSS raindrops stencil and some white embossing powder to give it a rainy day look.  The sun, clouds and sentiment are from My Creative Time.  I recently renovated my craft room and it's amazing what organizing your craft room does for your creativity!  Enjoy your weekend everyone, I think we are headed to the fair tomorrow.  I'm sure there is some fried dough with my name on it.😂
Here is my card for this week

Friday, January 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #309

Today I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink and their Make it Monday challenge #309, heat embossed stencil backgrounds.  I couldn't sleep this morning because I started this card last night and I really wanted to put it together and add the sentiment.  Melissa has such a way with vintage floral cards and I've always loved her style.  The new Farmers Market Florals stamps are so beautiful and they make it easy to get that beautiful floral arrangement.  I used my Heart Cover Plate to create a stencil and then I covered the hearts in glittered embossing powder to give them a pretty shimmer.  It's hard to capture in a picture but very pretty in person.  The second picture shows the glittered hearts a little better than the first.  The sentiment is from the Envelope Envy stamp set and I love how the sentiment stands out in white embossing powder on black paper.  I popped it up on a die from bountiful banners.  Here is my card for this week, I hope you get some crafty time in today, it's such great therapy!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kat Scrappiness January Challenge

Good morning crafty friends! I work the night shift at the hospital and although I come home exhausted in the morning sometimes I just want to make a card before I go to sleep.  This morning I thought I'd play along with the Kat Scrappiness January challengeKat Scrappiness is an online store that sells lots of crafty goodness like stamps, dies, ink and so much more!  There is also a great assortment of sequins that I love!  The January challenge is to create a clean and simple project.  I chose to make a 4 1/4" square card using Kat's Stitched Fancy Scalloped Square Die and a few sequins from the Barbie Sequin Mix.  I used a "hello" word die from MFT and cut it out of the front panel and then I backed it with some beautiful patterned paper from Bella Blvd.  I popped the panel up with a large foam square to give it some dimension.  I really love how the card came out.  I have to admit it's hard not to go overboard with embellishments and color but the clean and simple look is very appealing!  Hope everyone is enjoying their new year so far!
Here is my card for today:
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year, New Projects

Hello and Happy New Year!  While browsing YouTube recently I came across a process video showing an art journal page and I was intrigued.  Mixed media has always interested me but I've never really dabbled in it too much. It's funny how card making and art journaling are similar yet different.  I have many of the supplies required for art journaling but there was a few essentials that I needed so of course I had to go shopping.  Sometimes I think buying supplies is almost as much fun as creating with them.  So to make a long story short, I've embarked on a new path to create art journal pages along with my card making.  The best thing about art journaling is that anything goes and there is no right and wrong. It's very freeing!  I love all the colors and techniques available and there are so many great art journalists to learn from on YouTube.  I fell in love with Vicky Papaioannou and Tamara Laporte's art just to name 2 but there are countless more. Here are my first few pages and I like them but obviously with anything new there is room for improvement.  A couple are in an art journal book I bought and 2 are just separate pages to add to a book later.

So much fun to try new things!  

Have a great day, I already am!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Reverse Confetti SFYTT December

Hello all!  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  I've had lots of time to play in my craft room lately and I'm loving it!  Today I'm playing along with Reverse Confetti's December sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch for this month.
So many different fun patterned papers to choose from but I went with polka dots and pastels.  Here is my card for the challenge using the stamp set "Donut You Know".
Have a great day!  I already am!

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search

Good morning everyone.  I was browsing the internet last night and came across a guest designer search for Paper Smooches.  They are looking for a guest designer for the month of January.  I thought it would be fun to enter since I have so many fun Paper Smooches cards that I've made over time.  They have such fun quirky characters that make for some awesome cards!  Here are the cards I'm submitting:
Have a great day, I already am!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Papertrey Ink Create Along With Us

I am a long time admirer of all things Papertrey Ink.  I was so shocked to find out that Nichole was leaving but I'm sure it was the right decision for her and I wish her luck!  The talented designers at PTI have always inspired me to create some amazing cards and projects and today was no different.  Heather Nichols is one of the designers that I have always admired.  I love her classy style and I have a feeling that she loves kraft card stock as much as I do.  Here is the card that she made for the December release that I fell in love with and inspired my card today:
I am entering my card into the Create Along With Us challenge for the December release.  
I used one of my favorite floral stamps, Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie 2 with the Holiday die cut from the Wonderful Words: Holidays set.  I stamped the word "HUGS" with the Fresh Alphabet stamp set.  I finished it off with a bow made from rustic jute twine.  I love how the card came together in the end and I can't wait for the Farmers Market Floral stamps to be released!
Here is my card:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
I already am!

Monday, December 11, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #250

Happy Monday everyone...... can Monday be happy?  Well mine was, I played along with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #250 and I enjoyed playing with a stamp set I haven't taken out in a while.  It's Blanket Stitched Blooms from Wplus9.  That set has the cutest stitched flowers and I colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils.  I also used a freebie die from Taylored Expressions for the sentiment.  I cut the "thanks" word out of black cardstock and layered it onto black foam for a more dimensional look, I also used my Wink of Stella brush to give the letters some sparkle.  I hope you all had a chance to play today!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Sketch #250

My Card

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Hi everyone.  I'm in South Florida and we are having a very rainy cold day here for a change.  It is the perfect weather to create my wintry card today.  Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge is to create a card with fan brush trees.  I don't own a fan brush so I grabbed the closest brush to it and made some trees.  Clearly I'm not a painter but painting can be so abstract that I gave it a whirl.  Ok so my trees are not Betsy Veldman worthy but I do like how the card came out in the end.  I used some liquid applique for the snow and hit it with the heat gun to puff it up...... then I sent it through my vagabond and flattened some of it out....... #snowattemptfail.  Oh well, most of it is still puffy so I went ahead with the adorable tag and pretty twine bow and called it a day.  Here is my card for this weeks Make it Monday.
Have a great day!
I already am!

PTI products used
Stamps - Love Lives Here: Holiday
Background Basics: Sheet Music
Die - Fillable Frames 10
Ink - Simply Chartreuse
Hibiscus Burst
Twine - Rustic Jute

Thursday, December 7, 2017

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 362

Today I made a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge #362.   Since I love shaker cards I decided to incorporate two shaker windows into my card where the circles are in the sketch.  Since the cute Hog Heaven stamp set has love themed pigs I wanted my shakers to be in the shape of hearts.  I just love those cute little pigs!  Here is my card for this week, I love how it turned out.  Still working on coloring with copics...... it's a labor of love!

Ok off to bed since I worked last night, I just had to stay up and play for a little while before I could go to sleep.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A few cards to share

Here are some of the cards I've made recently.  Some were originals and some were copies of cards I've loved.  I copied the dog "box" card to give to my daughter.  She is a real dog person! She has a Havanese named Sophie.  She just loved that card! I'll be back soon with some more cards and projects.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SSS Wednesday Challenge : Spring Color Inspiration

Good morning everyone. I love this week's SSS Wednesday challenge. Pastel colors are my favorite and Lawn Fawn has so many cute stamp sets, you can literally create any project your heart desires. I broke out 2 Lawn Fawn stamp sets, 1 die set, 1 lawn trimming, and 4 ink pads for this adorable Easter tag. I used the ink pads to create a watercolor background that I could stamp on and then I added that cute little bunny to the bottom with foam tape. I am enjoying blogging again and entering challenges. I forgot how much I used to enjoy it. Here is my entry for this week's challenge:
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!
Lawn Fawn products used:
Stamps : Hello Baby, Happy Everything
Dies : Stitched Party Banners
Inks : Wild Rose, Mermaid, Freshly Cut Grass, Sunflower
Trimmings : Pink Lemonade

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SSS Monday Challenge

Hi everyone, back with another SSS Monday challenge.  This week is dedicated to all things that hop, which makes sense with Easter coming in less than a week.  I recently got some really cute bunny dies from My Creative Time and I thought they would go well with a nice watercolored border with some springtime colors. Here is this weeks card:
Thanks for visiting!
Have a great day,
I already am!