Sunday, June 14, 2015

I'm moving

After much thought I have decided to move my blog.  I am unsure of how to redirect this Blog to that site for the moment , so I figured I would add this notice.  Please visit me in my new home at and tell me how you've been.

As always hoping you had a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Just Coolin'

Good Morning,

This month’s stamp releases have been just too cute for words and some of them were just begging to make the trip to my house.  My Favorite Things has a set called Penguins in Paradise and it is just adorable.  Today’s project uses one of the stamps from that set.  This young man looks like he is ready for riding the waves with his inner tube around his waist because Safety First.  

The waves were cut with my Silhouette Cameo because I do not have a wave die.  It is a shame to me that I have had this machine for probably going on three years and very rarely use it in putting elements on my cards.  That needs to change, wouldn’t you agree?  The sun is a die set from Simon Says Stamp called Sunshine and the little face on him is from this last month’s Simon Says Card Kit called Happy & Smile.  I sponged some distress ink over my waves to give them a finished look and took my white enamel accents to add some froth to the top of the roaring waves.  The starfish comes from Lawn Fawn’s So Jelly set and was cut out using his matching die.  When it was time to put the card together I temporarily adhered my waves to the main panel and then die cut all three pieces together so the stitch lines would match up.  My first set of waves does not sit flush on the panel so I used one of the dies from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders just to give it that bottom edge and it worked out pretty good.  The penguin was colored using copic marker and then I fussy cut him out.  His inner tube was looking a little blah to me, so I took some liquid pearls to add some dots to his inner tube. When I came time to put this project together I used some clear dimensional behind the sun, first wave, and penguin.  All of the other elements are flat on the card.

Here’s to having a great TuesdayJ

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White #100, Hammermill #100 for focal panel and elements, Recollections Blue and Yellow;
Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things Penguins in Paradise, Lawn Fawn So Jelly and matching die, Simon Says Stamp Sunshine die, Simon Says Stamp Happy & Smile, Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders, My Favorite Things Blueprint 25;
Inks: Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, and Stormy Sky, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Ranger Black Archival, Memento Tuxedo Black;
Copics: YR14, E93, R12, N1, N3, N5, N7, Y13, Y17, YR04, R29, R39, R59, R00, C00, C1;

 Everything else: Silhouette Wave Borders cut file, Ranger White Enamel Accents, Sakura Black Glaze pen, White Gelly roll pen

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Wish Big

Hello Everyone.  Sorry I have been MIA, but my husband has been making me get out of the house and doing something other than sitting around obsessing over what my next project should be.  I will admit that I have not learned to just go with it when creating projects.  I overthink everything which causes me to either not finish the project or not like it when it is done.  I have to remember that there is no wrong when creating and I should really enjoy the process of making the project. 

This week’s project was created using a digital stamp from Make it Crafty called Meadow Girls Wishful Aisha printed using my Epson printer.  I let it set overnight just to try and avoid any smearing that may occur.  I will be honest though I have not run into a lot of that issue, Thank Goodness.  This lovely little girl was colored using Copic markers and used sponged my distress inks to create the background.  I lined up my Bella letters from Mama Elephant to create my sentiment.  Let me tell you, it was not an easy thing trying to get them lined up and I am still not sure they were as straight as possible, but I stamped them anyway using Ranger Black archival ink.  As I was looking at the project the sky seemed a little bare, so I grabbed a stencil I had created using my silhouette that seemed to go along with the little flower Aisha was holding.  I remember blowing on these little things as a kid and making wishes upon wishes.  I took my palette knife and some pearl modeling cream and scraped it over the stencil.  I made a mat for my project using a piece of 6 x 6 paper that I had.  I am not sure but I do believe it came in one of my Simon Says Stamp monthly kits, but don’t quote me.  I placed the whole panel on a white card base and I consider it done.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and your upcoming week is a peaceful oneJ

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White #100, Hammermill #100 for focal panel;
Stamps and Dies: Make it Crafty Digital Wishful Aisha, Mama Elephant Bella Letters, Diezyne Stitched Rectangle, Mama Elephant Scripty Hello;
Inks: Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, and Stormy Sky, Ranger Black Archival;
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, BV20, R20, B0000, B000, YG08, YG13, G14, Y04, Y06, Y13, Y21, YR24, RV13, RV21, RV42, N1, N3, C1, W7;

 Everything else: Viva Pearl Modeling Cream, stencil created using Silhouette Cut File

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Have you ever seen an Elephant fly?

Growing up my mother had us in what she calls the fantasy world.  We saw as many of the Disney movies as possible and she tried to shield us from all of the foolishness in the world.  Thanks MomJ  Today I still prefer to retreat to that simple world of Disney and that is where my inspiration for this week’s card comes from.  We both love Dumbo and I’m almost certain we both cry when the mother is rocking Dumbo in her trunk through the bars of her cage.**sniff sniff**  So when I saw that WPlus9 was starting a sketch challenge where you had to use one of their products I pulled out this little elephant.  Since his ears are pretty proportioned to his body I had to do the next best thing of hooking two balloons to him to get him in the air and he’s flying now.  Dumbo would be proud.  I am entering this card in the WPlus9 sketchchallenge and also this week’s color throwdown.  
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Supplies used:
Paper: MasterTouch Watercolor Paper, Hammermill #100 for critters and balloon, Recollections Black for sentiment and green for grass Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka;
Stamps and Dies: WPlus9 Unforgettable and matching dies, Lawn Fawns Gleeful Gardens and matching die, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, Diezyne Stitched Rectangle, Mama Elephant Scripty Hello;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, London Blue Dylusions spray;
Copics: YR61, Y06, Y08, Y15, YR04, R89, R59, R37, R81;

 Everything else: White Gelly roll pen, Black Glaze pen, MME Red Enamel dots and Jubilee Sticker

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dove's Lilacs

This week Sandy Allnock released a hexagon copic chart and I just had to get my paws on it.  I love how her chart shows colors in a tonal group more so than color families and how her hexagons are a little larger than the small squares on the copic chart.  Thank you Ms. Allnock for making color selection a little easier for the rest of us.  My card this week is will be submitted in this week’s cue card challenge (flight) over at CASology.  The stamp is a Jennifer Dove design available at CC Designs and I will admit that when I first stamped this out I thought I was going to get terribly lost in all of the petals, but I was able to keep my head and I really like the way it came out in the end.  Thank you Ms. Dove for all of the shading hints in the stamp.  As always the Copics used are listed below along with the other used items. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Grass Green for base, Hammermill #100 for picture panel, Recollections Black for frame Recollections yellow for sentiment;
Stamps and Dies: Lilac and Butterfly by Jennifer Dove, By Diezyne Stitched Strips and Pierced Ticket;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, White Gelly roll pen;
Copics: V04, V15, V17, YR15, YR17, Y38, YR09, YG06, YG07, and G14;
 Everything else: Gold Viva Pearl Pen, Recollections Clear Embossing Powder.

Wishing you a great weekend and thanks for spending some of it with meJ.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Life is better at the beach

This week’s card tells where my mind is going.  Sandy beaches and deep blue water.  Can everyone say  V A C A T I O N.?  It will be a while before I actually take mine, but talking to my older sister last night she told me that she booked herself on a fourteen day cruise through the Mediterranean as a fiftieth birthday gift to herself.  I was so excited for her and since I was already working on this airbrush technique following the instructions from Jennifer Dove, I decided to turn it into a card to wish her a great vacation.

The background was created using copic markers, an airbrush system, and a little of the Copic Opaque white.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Life is good stamp set and matching dies.  The sentiment is stamped using Versafine black and the hearts from the Happy Trails stamp set also from Lawn Fawn is stamped WPlus9’s Sweet Gelato. 
Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White for card base, Hammermill #100 for picture panel and die cuts, Recollections Black for mat Record;
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawns Life is Good with matching dies and Happy Trails for the heart, By Diezyne Stitched and Pierced Rectangles;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, WPlus9 Sweet Gelato, Copic Opaque White, Lavender Atyou Spica pen;
Copics: B99, E55, R29, R39, R59, Y13, Y15, YG07, YG09;
 Everything else: Airbrush compressor

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hello Again

Hello.  I've been away for a while, but I’m back.  I decided to try and get my crafty space in some sort of order and it took me a little longer than what I anticipated.  I am submitting this card for the Simon Says Stamp background challenge as well as retrosketches

I stamped Owen from Whipper Snapper and placed him in the center of my card stock panel using Memento Black and colored him with the Copics listed below.  I cut both him and the patterned paper using the Stitched and Pierced rectangles from CC designs.  I used my airbrush to create the skyline using B01 and airbrushed the ground using one of the G markers, sorry I forgot to write down that marker color.  The flowers are done using stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Hello Baby set stamped in Beanstalk and Wild Mango with a small touch of bling in the center.  I created the speech bubble by cutting a small portion of scrap paper using the same size die as the image panel and then placed the Lawn Fawn speech bubble die along the bottom to finish off that element.  The sentiment in the stamp bubble is from a Simon Says Stamp set from the April 2015 card kit using WPlus9 Sweet Gelato.  I placed the whole panel on a card base created using Gina K dark chocolate cardstock.

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Dark Chocolate, Hammermill #100 for picture panel, We R Memory Keeper For the Record;
Stamps and Dies: Whipper Snapper Owen, Simon Says Stamp Flowers on my mind, Lawn Fawn Hello Baby, By Diezyne Stitched and Pierced Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, WPlus9 Sweet Gelato, Beanstalk, Wild Mango, Sakura Metallic Glaze, Metallic, and White Gelly roll pen;
Copics: B01, E50, E51, E53, E55, G20, G21, RV11, RV13, RV17, YR20, YR21, YR23, Y15, Y17, YG23
 Everything else: The Paper Studio Gemstones

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sweet Hello

This weekend there is a challenge going on over at the Passionate Paper Creation FB group to create a project using an image from Sweet Pea Stamps?  Since I am a hoarder of all things crafty hence my blog name, I had a few digital images from the site and chose this little lady to color up today.  It’s funny I was sitting in my space all day trying to figure out what to craft today and it was not until about six p.m. that it finally came to me what to do.  I printed Connie Fong’s Little Blossom at a size of 3.5 inches and started bringing her to life.

After she was all colored in I used some black liquid pearls to the center of the flowers to add a little dimension.  I added some red atyou spica pen the berries on her bag and some clear spica pen to the strap around the same bag and along her shoes.  I die cut the image using a By Diezyne stitched rectangle and used the next size up for the mat.  Next, I used the largest die in that set to cut out the DP and then die cut a neutral color piece of cardstock using the larger frame from the Mama Elephant Sew Fancy set to mat the DP on.  I also used the Mama Elephant hello die for my sentiment.  It is cut out three times, once in the gold foil and the other two are in a neutral brown below it and they are glued together using multi matte medium.

Supplies used:
Paper: Recollections various colors, Neenah #110 Solar White for card base, Hammermill #100 for picture panel, DCWV Far East and Foiled Cardstock;
Stamps and Dies: Connie Fong’s Little Blossom, MaMa Elephant Hello and Sew Fancy, By Diezyne Stitched and Pierced Rectangles
Inks: Epson, atyou spica pens clear and garnett;

Copics: E000, E00, E21, W1, W3, W5, W7, BG23, BG34, BG32, BG15, R22, R24, R14, R59, Y00, Y04, Y08, G40, G43, T3, T5, T7;
 Everything else: Black Liquid Pearl

Thanks for stopping by and wishing wonderful Easter.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Group Photo

When I saw this stamp set during preview week over at Mama Elephant I knew that I had to have it.  This group of kids is just too cute and a good group to color up, although time consuming. 

As I said earlier, Mama Elephant’s Photo Bomb was used on this card and colored up with Copic markers.  Once I finished coloring faces I got a little lazy and decided to paper piece the two dresses worn with some Snap Vibe paper.  I used a white sharpie pen to color in the areas that could be taken for lace around their necklines and the sleeves on the one in the lower left corner and put some Christmas red stickles to the heart on her dress as well.  One of my kiddos got a little lost in the image, but he made it through.  I cut two Polaroid frames out of neutral colors and put my focal image into them and placed it on the red panel.  I cut the letters out of scraps of Recollections paper that I had in my stash and fixed them to my project using multi-matte medium.  I put a metallic enamel dot to represent a magnet at the top of my Polaroid.

Supplies used:
Paper: American Crafts Red for main panel, Recollections various colors, Neenah #110 Solar White for card base, Hammermill #100 for picture panel, Snap Color Vibe 6 x 6 paper pack;

Stamps and Dies: MaMa Elephant Photo Bomb, Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Die, Lawn Fawn Finley’s ABC’s, MFT Blueprint 18 for red panel;

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;

Copics: B00, B01, YG13, YG17, R17, R27, Y19, Y21, Y32, Y23, C5, C7, W5, W7, E000, E00, E19, E11, E13, E17, E21, E23, E33, E35, E53, E55, R01;
 Everything else: MME Metallic Enamel Dots, Black Sakura Glaze Pen, Black Memento Marker, White Sharpie pen,

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Today is one of those lovely days that I should probably be doing something other than sitting in the house, but sometimes a sketch just calls to be done. 

I used Stamping Bella’s uptown girl Charlotte loves to Shop for my focal image.  She is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black of course since I was going to color her using Copic markers.  Once she was colored up I cut her out using Lifestyle Crafts rectangles and then used the next size up to create the mat out of Gina K Ocean Mist cardstock.  After my image was cut out I could now add the little details to make her unique.  In her cup I used some white Liquid Applique to represent the whipped cream we all love.  Some glossy accents were placed on her glasses to give them a little shine.  I used the Sakura black glaze pen to deepen her eyes, the blue one was used to fill in the circles on one of her shopping bags; and a white gel pen was used to add bring out the stitching on her jeans.

The flags were created using paper from Lawn Fawn Beachside pint-sized patterns.  I used the Lawn Fawn circle die to cut both the mat and sentiment circle.  I placed some fun foam behind the whole panel and then placed it all on my card base.

I'm entering this card in:

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Ocean Mist for mat, Hammermill #100 for focal and sentiment panel, Neenah #110 Solar White for card base, Lawn Fawn Beachside pint-sized patterns;
Stamps and Dies: Stamping Bella Uptown Charlotte loves to Shop, Lawn Fawn Love ‘n Breakfast for sentiment, Lifestyle Crafts rectangle and circle dies;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;
Copics: E11, E33, E25, BV20, B34, B37, B39, C7, C9, BG34, BG45, BG49, Y13, Y15, Y08, R81, R83, R85;
 Everything else: White Liquid Applique, White gel pen, Glossy Accents, and Sakura Black and Blue Glaze pens.                         

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I back using that cutie from WPlus9. 

  I had to make another birthday card for my nephew since my oldest son took the amazing distress card to give to his girlfriend’s mother for her birthday.   I think the next card he needs he will have to make on his own (smile).  

I cut my focal panel using the die from Mama Elephant’s Sew Fancy die set.  The die leaves a lovely x stitch all the way around the panel.  Next, I stamped my little elephant using Tuxedo Black in what I believed to be close to the center of the card.  I also stamped him two more times on some scrap Hammermill that I have so I could color one to place on this card and have one to color later for another card.  I then stamped one balloon off to the left of him and before I stamped the second I turned the string to make it look like the elephant was holding it and removed some of the ink that was towards the end of the stamp.   

I grabbed some green cardstock and using the Sew fancy die I cut two pieces and then used Mama Elephants Landscape trio to cut the hills.  Now it was time to finally do what I really enjoy, which is coloring.  I colored my elephant first on the scratch piece and die cut him out using the coordinating die. I then colored my balloons and used a little clear glaze for a highlight area on both of them.  I used a Hero Arts star stencil from the sky pair and sponged some wild honey to add a little more interest around him without having to add sequins.  

I stamped my sentiment using Versafine watermark and sprinkled Judikins white detailed embossing powder and set it in place.  All that was left after that was mounting everything.  The first hill is flush with the card panel; the second hill is on with some of the harbor freight double sided tape I mentioned last week.  I also used that same tape to put my elephant on so everything was the same height.  The party hat is stamped using Mama Elephant’s Pacific Blue pigment ink and die cut with the coordinating die when it was dry. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Ocean Mist for base, Hammermill #100 for image and focal panel, Recollections green for hillsides;
Stamps and Dies: WPlus9 Unforgettable, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio and Sew Fancy;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Honey Distress Ink, Mama Elephant Pacific Blue pigment ink, and Versamark;
Copics: W00, W02, W04; RV13, RV17, RV79, BV04, BV08, BV17;
 Everything else: Hero Arts Stencil Pair Sky, Judikins Embossing Powder, Multi Matte Medium, HFT Mounting tape, and Sakura Black and Clear Glaze pens.                          

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Monkeying around

My card is made for the current “anything goes” linky party going on over at Anya, Oddies, and Others. Lawn Fawn just did their spring release in February, so you know I had to grab a few of the new goodies that came out.  The first one I am going to focus on is the Critters in the Jungle set that you see here.  I just fell in love with the monkey, so I decided to make a little scene of him just hanging around.

For his background I wanted to do something other than airbrush, trying to keep from falling in the trap of same old same.  So, I decided to do some puddling using Ranger’s alcohol inks (lemonade and sailboat blue).  I put a few drops on my craft sheet, sprayed it with some alcohol, and then pressed my piece of Ranger Specialty Paper (cut at 4.25 x 5.50) in it and continued pressing it in until there was little white space left. 

While I let that dry I started working on my images by stamping them with Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloring as listed below.  When I stamped the vine the monkey is hanging from I stamped it first the correct way and then again in the opposite direction but touching to give the appearance of a single vine.  When it came time to put the card together I used the rectangle from the MFT Blueprint 18 for the background and to cut a piece of green.  The green piece was then cut using the grassy borders die and different heights.  I then cut all of my images out using their coordinating dies to include the vine piece.  For the vine I had to do partial die cutting on both ends leaving a small piece in the center uncut.  The uncut piece I cut by hand which ensured it was all one piece and no need for glue to hold them together.  The monkey was cut using the die, but then I also cut the center area around his tail out, so I could loop it around the vine.  I then put everything in place added some true blue stickles to my parrot and then put the sentiment in the upper right corner. 

REMEMBER it is anything goes this month at Anya, Oddies, and Others, you have until April 20th to submit your project.  That is four weeks to prepare your entry, so we want to see what you create. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah #110 for base, Ranger Specialty paper for background, Hammermill #100 for images, Recollections green for grass;
Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things Blueprint 18, Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past and matching die, Critters from the jungle and matching die, script sayings, grassy border
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Alcohol Inks Lemonade and Aqua, Versafine Black;
Copics: Parrot: YR15, YR16, YR07; W3, W5, W7; and B12, B14, B16
              Monkey: E51, E53, E55; E23, E25, E27
             Palm Tree, Loose Leaves, and vine: E71, E74, E77; BG93, BG96, BG99
 Everything else: True Blue Stickles                         

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amazing Distress

I made this card for my nephew’s birthday coming in the next week.  The focal image is the elephant from WPlus9’s Unforgettable set.  I fell in love with this little elephant after watching Sandy Allnock’s video titled Unforgettable Belated Birthday Card and WPlus9’s video titled StorybookWatercolor.

I stamped out my image on some Hammermill #100 cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with the Copics listed below.  Then I cut out the image using Lawn Fawns Stitched Journal die and to be honest I let it set for a couple of days because I was not for sure where I wanted to go with the project.

Once I received my order from Joann’s yesterday I knew how to finish it off.  I used some of distress stains that I received and did a watercolor background which I think came out great.  While that was drying I used my Memento Pear Tart marker and made a line under my elephant to give him someplace to sit and then I stamped one of the sentiments in set using Versafine Onyx Black.   I used some glossy accents on my balloon and grabbed some doodlebug sequins and placed them on my journal card.

Now that my watercolor panel was dry I die cut using the Mama Elephant Peek a Frame die and then I placed it on my card base using some double sided tape I picked up at Harbor Freight last week.  This tape is not acid free or archival safe, but it is so much thinner than the 3M tape and I wanted to give it a try.

I said it earlier but I really like the way this card came together.

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah #110 for base, MasterTouch Watercolor paper, and Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: WPlus9 Unforgettable, Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal Die, Mama Elephant Peek a Frame;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
Distress Stains Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed;
Copics: W00, W02, W04; B00, B02, B04, R20; Y04, Y06, Y08; YG03, YG05, YG07
 Everything else: Glossy Accents, Atyou Spica pen Lemon and Baby Blue                         

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thoughts of you

Here’s a card I made last weekend using Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Savannah stamp set.  When I originally started this panel the tree as just supposed to be in the back of my giraffe;  however when I started making my clouds I brought them down to far, so it was time to change the design and make it seem as though the giraffe was dreaming about being back on the Savannah.  I’ve put the fence in front to represent him being in a zoo.

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Grass Green for base, Recollections yellow for the mat and metallic for fence, Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn Critters on the Savannah and Scripty Sayings, Lawn Fawn Picket Fence and Grassy Border
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
 Everything else: Brown flocking powder                         

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Wet Wishes

Here’s a shaker card done using Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes set.  Over the weekend I saw a video by JJ Bolton where she uses the We R Memory Keepers Fuse to make a shaker card and that got me thinking if there was something in my house that I could use to achieve the same result.  I showed the video to my husband and he told me what to use (a soldering iron).  So, I found I low wattage one (40 to be exact) and grabbed a 12 x 12 page protector.  First I used it to get the hang of the iron and then I used it again to make my shaker pocket.  As you can see I probably used way too many beads in the pouch; but hey, that’s how we learn.

I grabbed my card panel front and stuck it in my MISTI to figure out where I wanted to stamp my sentiment.  After I stamped the sentiment I also used it to figure out where to place my die.  Once I taped the die in place I ran through my trusty cuttlebug.  I then used the fishbowl die to cut a few more frames out of red cardstock. 

My fish were stamped on some Hammermill and colored using my Copics.  I added some texture with some colorless blender and apiece out outgrown sock.  I put some wiggly eyes on each of them and then glued them to the inside of my shaker bag.  Once everything was in bag my bag I sealed it up and attached it to the back of my front panel.  I cut a small piece of designer paper to go behind my bag to add a little more interest.  Once everything was put together I added some foam tape to the back of it and placed it on an A2 size card base.

I’m pleased with how it came out, but note to self is to not use as many beads for the next one.

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Blue Raspberry for base and Fishy Fiesta for DP, Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes and matching die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
Copics: G40, G43; BG11, BG13, BG15; YG21, YG23, YG25
 Everything else: Sea Beads, Green Doodlebug Sequins, wiggle eyes                          

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Birthday in a Box

It’s been two weeks since my last post and I have so missed actually making a card.  So, last night I sat down and decided to make a Pop-up box card.  The instructions for the card were found on Splitcoast Stampers found here ttp://  Being my normal nerdy self I of course did a test run in white cardstock to ensure I understood the directions and it was a lot easier then I thought it would be. The instructions give you a completed project that fits in a 6”x 9” envelope.  However, it does give instructions for variations like mine which is for an A2 card.

I created the box using Gina K Sweet Mango cardstock following the instructions in the tutorial and then it was time to decide on my characters.  So, I grabbed the Critters on the Savannah by Lawn Fawn for my animals and a few extra elements from other Lawn Fawn sets, stamped them all out with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic markers.  Once all of the images were colored I used the matching dies and cut them out.  I then used Lawn Fawn’s grassy borders die out of some green cardstock and cut them down to fit inside of the box.  I had a banner already cut out from the Stitched journaling die in white, so I smooshed some sweet mango on it to match and also used the stars from the same set and cut them out in three different colors for some extra oomph.  Once my banner dried I used the White pigment ink and stamped happy birthday using the sentiment from the beep boop set and then brushed some gold perfect pearls over it.  I am not too sure about perfect pearls but I am sure as with everything the more I use it I will come to love it.  My banner was adhered using score tape and the stars with multi matte medium. 
Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Sweet Mango for base, Hammermill #100 for images, Recollections green for grass, Purple, Orange, and Blue for Stars, and Hampton Art Ki Celebrate for DP;
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle and matching die, Critters on the Savannah and matching die, Beep Boop Birthday, grassy border, Stitched Journaling Die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Sweet Mango, Hero Arts White Unicorn;
Copics: Lion: YR21, YR23, YR24, E17, E18, E19, W5, W7, W9;
              Giraffe: Y08, Y17, Y19, E23, E25, E27, W5, W7, W9
              Grass: YG95, YG97, YG99
Extras: Wiggly Eyes and Perfect Pearls Gold

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great weekend.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Today’s card was made for the current “anything goes” linky party going on over at Anya, Oddies, and Others. This crafty group has allowed me to join their design team, so this is my first card and I hope you will come by upload your challenge creations.

The panel front on this card was made using the die from MFT-Blueprints 18.  Once that was done it was time to stamp and mask.  I’ll admit I did a mock up last night so I could wrap my head around what I wanted to do.  After everything was masked off I pulled out my air compressor and airbrushed my sky and ground.  I unmasked my images and colored them up.  On a piece of scrap paper I stamped the baby dinosaur, colored him up and then used the matching dies to cut him out.  Before I placed him on the panel I put some brown flocking powder in the center of my leaves to mimic dirt in the nest and put the baby on top.  I then stamped my sentiment using my just delivered MISTI tool and I can see that I will be using it a lot.  The completed panel was put on an A2 card front created out of Gina K Grass Green cardstock.   

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Grass Green Cardstock, Hammermill #100 for focal image;
Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things Blueprint 18, Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past and matching die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy, Versafine Black;
Copics: Sky: Y15, YR18   Ground:  YG93, YG95 
              Tree: E44,E47,E49 and YG23, YG25, YG17
               Large Dinosaur: V20, V22, V25, V17
               Egg and baby: E41, E43, RV10, RV06, RV04, RV02

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Owl days are the best

Today’s card was made for submission to this week’s Freshly Made Sketch and The Paper Players Challenge of featuring one of our feathered friends on it.  

The card is on a top fold A2.  It is pretty much a one layer except for the owl who is raised up on the clear ½” pop-dots.  I stamped his hat on a piece of the same patterned paper used on the stripe and pieced it on top of the base.  I added some hot pink flocking powder because every birthday hat must have some fluffy.  The owl was colored up using the Copics listed below and then my colorless blender was used to make some small dots for texture on him.  Once he was all colored up I originally colored his eyes in black, but they looked a little flat.  I then remembered I had some wiggly eyes in my stash so I found some that would complement his colors and glued them in place using some multi-medium matte. 

Next I cut my DP stripe and the mat.  Now, I don’t know about you but I am terrible about gauging how much paper I will need.  To make sure I only had to cut my DP once I grabbed some scrap paper and played with it to make sure I had the correct measurements for my DP.  When I had the correct size it was glued to the mat and the finished piece was glued to the card front and I put the finished owl in place.  With everything in place it looked a little plain, so I grabbed my trusty Copics, colored up some Hammermill then used Mama Elephant’s Confetti Cuts die.  Once I had enough die cuts I placed them around the card and used Lawn Fawn’s Birthday tags to stamp a little using Mama Elephant’s pigment ink.

Challenges Entered:

Supplies used:

Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, Hammermill #100 for focal image, Recollections Black and Hampton Art Color Crush;
Stamps and Dies: Some Odd Girl Happy Owl Days, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Mama Elephant Confetti;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Mama Elephant Tutti Frutti and Eggplant;
Copics:  Owl: E50, E51, and E53                                  
                         G12, G24, G43
                         RV04, RV14, RV34           

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Mother, My Hero

My mother turns 67 this coming Saturday, so I made her this card to tell her just how special she is to me.  She has always been there for me even when I was dead wrong she stood by me.  The only condition to that was I could not end up in jail.  If that happened I was on my own, needless to say I made sure that is not where I ended up.  When I had to deploy for military assignments she took care of my oldest son for months at a time.  She has had health struggles for the last couple of years and no matter what I know that she is okay if she is cracking jokes, so that is how I gauge her health is by her being able to laugh.

 I’m sure I pulled some design elements off of the Mama Elephant’s design team blog unintentionally, so I apologize in advance if I have.

The front panel was done by placing a circle die in the approximate center and cutting.  Then I placed the cityscape die cuts where I wanted them and cut off any that was hanging from the sides.  I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller and used the next size up circle die to add some dimension to that panel.  For the sky I used an A2 size panel and airbrushed it first with B32, then took B39 starting at the edges working my way in so that I would have some darkness within my circle area.

I next took my two superhero’s and pierced a small hole on each and ran some gold thread that I have because we cannot have our pets out sans leash, even if they are a super hero.  I figured out where they would be placed and then took my white gel pen and made some stars in my sky.  I put all of my pieces together and dreaded having the front panel all white, so I colored up some scrap paper using the same colors in the project and cut some stars using the Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die and placed them throughout the front panel and skyline. You cannot see in the picture but I added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the stars before I topped them with glossy accents.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, Recollections Black and gray for buildings;
Stamps and Dies: Mama Elephant Tiny Hero with matching dies; Mama Elephant Cityscape and Lots of Stars; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black and Archival Red Geranium;
Copics:  Skin: E11, E15                                     Sky: B32, B39
              Hair: W1, W3, W5, S7
              Outfit: Y11, Y13
                          YG11, YG13
                          RV14, RV17

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Monday.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

So Grateful

This weekend I have been making Thank you cards for my co-workers.  Thursday was my last day at my job and in a little more than a week I will be starting a new position.  I had actually started making the cards a few months ago when I had originally accepted the new job (back in October), but it was taking so long to get through the background check that I stopped.  So the Friday before last  I finally got a call that I could transfer to the new position and then it was a mad rush to finish up the last of the Thank you’s.  I will admit two of them ended up being store bought.  I am going to share one of the cards made using the brayering technique.  I have such a hard time finding images to use for male cards, but this one worked really well.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, Recollections Black for mat, Ranger specialty paper;
Stamps: Technique Tuesday Appreciated
Inks: Gina K Sweet Corn, Grass Green, and Versafine for sentiment
American Crafts Twine

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is going well.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Come On Spring

    Hello Thursday and we are one step closer to Friday.  How has your week been going so far?  Are you ready for the weather to change?  I am sure residents on the East Coast are since some of them have been getting more than their normal share of snow this season.  Living out here in Texas it may snow one day a year and the cold doesn’t sting as much as on the East Coast. 

Today my card is a greeting to the season that we are all waiting for “SPRING”.  I used the sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch Challenge#173 and the color palette from this week’s color throwdown #329.  Don’t you just love those colors? 

Since I knew my duck was going to be colored in shades of yellow I stamped him with Memento Dandelion ink so I could work on my no line coloring and I placed my umbrella in a way to make it appear as though my duck is carrying it using Tuxedo Black.  After he was colored up I cut him out using partial die-cutting so I could keep him and the umbrella as one piece.  When I finished I was left with small sections of where the die did not cut and I finished it using my detail scissors.  I stamped the top portion of the umbrella on the red pattern paper and pieced it on top of the original cut. 

Next, it was time to create the tag background.  Using my airbrush system I created the grass by airbrushing green copic marker over a stencil I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  Once I was satisfied with that it was on to the sky.  For the sky I used the airbrush again and followed the Sea and Sky tutorial that Jennifer Dove provided on her site a few weeks ago.  During assembly of the tag I noticed a small flower stamp, so I decided to place a few on my tag to pull it all together, in addition to placing some foam adhesive on my duck and umbrella to raise him from the background. 

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base and focal tag, Recollections Black, Citrus Green, and Purple Passion, Simple Stories Sn@p Color Vibe for DP;
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Hello Baby and Inky Antics Tulip Duck for the word spring;
Dies: Little B Tags;
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Linear;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Dandelion, and Grape Jelly
Ribbon: The Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Birthday!!

I’m back.  Last week I was able to travel to Phoenix, AZ to participate in the Copic Certification classes taught by Ms. Debbie Olson.  Wow, so much knowledge and such a wonderful person.  While I have been learning on-line through Kit and Clowder,
It was nice to sit face to face with someone and find out if what you are doing is right.  Enough about that, I am sharing a card that I created for a co-workers birthday this week using the newly gained skills acquired over the weekend.  The image is a digital one from Saturated Canary called Ana who was colored using Copic markers.  I started trying to use this image for the Mojo Monday Challenge but I just could not make it work.  However, I do like the finished product.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, and Recollections Jewel Red, Feathered Greens, and Purple Passion;
Stamps: Saturated Canary Ana;
Dies: Lifestyle Crafts Rectangle, Simon Says Stamp Balloons, and Mama Elephant Sew Fancy;

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Falling Leaves

How has your weekend been going so far?  Today is the Super Bowl here in the states and that means I will have my crafting space entirely to myself since all the men folk in my house will be watching the game.  I treasure the time I am allowed in here alone since I share the space with my husband who is an avid computer gamer and my youngest fur baby who is a dog but gets in the window like a cat.

Yesterday on SCS the inspiration challenge was to review a Pintrest board and design a card inspired by it.  This board had some amazing items pinned on it and this is the one I chose:
and here is the card that resulted:

It is a very clean and simple one.  In fact it is too clean for my husband who does not care for all of the white space.  I found a scrap piece of #80 Neenah Solar White and placed some double sided adhesive on the back, swiped it with the three ink colors, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Once the piece cooled I cut the sentiment out, peeled the backing off to reveal the adhesive and then placed it on my panel.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, #80 Neenah Solar White for focal panel;
Stamps: Penny Black Fancy Foliage;
Dies: Penny Black Wishes
Inks:  Mama Elephant Lollipop, Lemongrass, and Orangeade;

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 5- 2 for 1

On day 5 of class there were two projects shown that I was able to complete without making to horrible a mess.  The first one is the circle card.  My first time making one of these and it will not be my last.  The blue panels that you see on the card were created by smooshing Memento’s Bahama Blue into the paper to get a good coverage and the orange heart uses Memento Tangelo.  The ring and center circles are popped up on foam tape and I used a white gelly roll pin for my white stitch lines around it mainly to cover a penciled circle that I couldn't remove entirely.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Mama Elephant Boutique Borders, Simon Says Stamp Winter Wishes;
Dies: Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card
Inks: Memento Bahama Blue, London Fog, Lady Bug, and Tangelo

The second card uses a technique called Ink Patterns.  I placed some post-it correction tape on a blank white panel in a design of my choosing and burnished the tape in good to make sure it did not move during the inking process.  I blended my chosen distress inks until I was satisfied and then removed the correction tape and magic.  It looked pretty cool, but I could see where my tape did not match up exactly, so large stamp to the rescue.  I then die cut, placed a red mat behind it and popped it on some foam tape.
Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, #80 Neenah Solar White for focal, Gina K Red hot for Mat
Stamps: Tim Holtz Good Thoughts
Dies: Mama Elephant Peek A Frame
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Pickled Raspberry and Barn Door

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is going well.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 4- Faux Embossing

Happy Friday!  We have made it through the first month of the New Year.  

Earlier in the week I shared that I was participating in Clean and Simple 4 Techniques made Simple being presented on Online Card Classes.  Over the next couple of days I am going to share some cards showcasing some of the techniques learned.  I will admit there are some techniques I need to conduct some remedial training on, but there are some that I think I have got down pretty good.  All that being said here is the first card I am pretty giddy over.   The trick to this card is that your die cuts and panel must match in color.  I attached some double sided adhesive to the back of my cardstock and used Lawn Fawn’s Thanks die until I had enough cuts to cover my panel.  Next, I took the cuts and placed them on the card to see how I wanted them arranged.  Once satisfied, I peeled the backing off of my cuts and placed them on my panel.  A sentiment banner was heat embossed and put in place, and then the entire panel was popped on a white card base.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, Gina K Ocean Mist and Sweet Mango
Stamps: Mama Elephant Many Thanks;
Dies: Lawn Fawn scripty thanks, Lifestyle Crafts Rectangle
Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is a crafty one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Caught A Bug?

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!

This morning I was able to kick out a little get well card.
 This card is a 4 bar size (3.5 x 5), so it is slightly smaller than the common A2 (4.25 x 5.5).  I stamped my background using matching inks to create a tone on tone look.  The tissue box was created by paper piecing with some wiggle eyes added for character and the sentiment is heat embossed with white Judikins embossing powder for the final touch.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, and Recollections Citrus Blend and Purple Passion;
Stamps: Lawn Fawn On the Mend;
Dies: Lawn Fawn on the Mend, Simon Says Stamp A2 Card Curved Edge, Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly, Pear Tart, and Versamark
Embellishments: Wiggle eyes

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wee One

Tonight’s card is inspired by the very talented Kristina Werner.  This week she is one of the instructor’s presenting during Online Card Classes Clean and Simple 4 Techniques Made Simple.  She calls this technique Border Gap die-cutting.  I took her inspiration card and shopped my stash and this is what I came up with.  I chose the yellow and green as a way of being gender specific instead of the typical blue or pink.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, and #80 Neenah for focal panel;
Stamps: Mama Elephant’s Carnival Cupcakes, Just Hatched, and Happy Everything;
Dies: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio
Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, and Pumice Stone
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sequins

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello Friend

Today I made this card using the Lawn Fawn set Feathered Friends that was created especially for Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration last year.  I stamped the tree limb using Memento’s Rich Cocoa and colored with E55, E57, and E59.  Next, I stamped the leaves using Memento’s Cottage Ivy and colored with YG23, YG25, and YG17.  The birds were stamped using Tuxedo Black by Memento and then colored using R35, R29, R37, and BG45, BG15, and BG49 respectively.  Next I took some B00 various ink and placed it on a small acrylic block, mixed some colorless blender in it and then took a small brush to put some color around the edges of the image to break up all of the remaining white.  The birds were die-cut using a Spellbinders small circle and the mat was cut using a Spellbinders large die.  The black panel and designer papers were cut using the Mama Elephant Stitched rectangle from the Peek a frame set.  The script die cut is from Simon Says stamp and was cut from Hammermill cardstock that was colored using the same red copic markers as the bird and then stacked on three additional cuts of the sentiment in black.  The word friend is from the same stamp set and is heat set using white Judikins embossing powder.  The final touches were a few sequins from the Let’s Polka pack by Lawn Fawn.

I am entering this card in The Paper Players SketchChallenge #229.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cool Party Chicks

Good Morning,

I have another Penny Black creation to share today.  She was created using one of the images from Cool Chicks.  I cut her out using Mama Elephant's Femme Frames and used the second die in the set for the mat.  Put some doodlebug sequins above her and consider her done.

How's your Saturday going so far?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Parisian Kindness

Happy Friday!!

This morning I was able to knock out a quick card before going to work.  I used three different Penny Black Stamp sets to create this scene.  They are Fancy Foliage for the sentiment, a day in Paris, and Uptown.  Everything was stamped with Archival Black and I used Gina K inks with some water to color in my scene.  She's mounted on #110 Neenah Solar White and the DP is from a Snap Color Vibe 6 x 6 pad.

Hoping this is just the beginning of craftiness for this weekend.  What are your plans for this weekend?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shall we have tea?

Wow, I have been away for at least a week and I feel so lost.  The youngest came down with something and of course mommy had to get it as well.  I am just now getting to the point where I can function somewhat.  I made this card today. This little girl is an illustration by Mo Manning and she came part of  the T-time set sold under the Penny Black brand.  The sentiment is a die cut also from Penny Black.  The background was created using the On Point Border set with Moonlight Pigment ink from Mama Elephant.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Birthday Bear

Good Morning,

How's your weekend going so far?  Mine has been moderately productive and for that I am happy.  Today I am sharing a card that I've made for a co-workers birthday later in the week.  The background is a Hero Arts background stamp and the image and sentiment is from Mama Elephants Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers respectfully.  To finish the whole thing off I threw in a few Doodlebug sequins.

Hope your weekend went well and your coming week is filled with goodness.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Under the weather

Good Morning,

Here is a card I made a few weeks ago using Mo Manning's Digital Stamp Sunshine colored using copics.  The sunflower border was a purchase from one of local big box stores and the remaining elements are cut using various dies.  The background is from the Mama Elephant border set heat embossed in white.  I placed some stickles around the clouds just to give them a little kick.

What kind of craftiness are you getting into this weekend?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Monster Hello

Today, I was finally able to wrap my head around a card thanks to the challenge issued by Tiddly Inks and the sketch provided over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The Tiddly Ink challenge was to make a project to reflect something new.  I chose to reflect greeting a new neighbor, hence the hello sentiment and who wouldn't want to be greeted by these three little monsters.
My monsters were colored with copic markers.  I added some doodlebug sequins and put some glossy accents on the balloon.  The sentiment is cut from reg white cardstock using Lawn Fawn's hello sentiment.  Thanks for sharing a few moments of your day with me.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Changed again

Wow, if only we could change to our looks as easily as I have changed this blog.  Since going live on January 1st of this year this is the third template I have tried out and today is only January 5th.  I promise that I will get it how I want sooner rather than later.  I have also added a badge to Kit and Clowder.  Kit and Clowder is one of the many resources available for those of us who wish to improve our copic coloring skills.  She is an awesome instructor who believes in quick feedback, which is something that I really appreciate.  I will admit it has taken me longer than average to get through the classes but that is my fault and not hers.  I hope to finish at least one of the classes in the very near future since I have also signed myself up for the Copic certification class being offered in Phoenix the first weekend in February.  Hope to have a card posted soon.  Hope everyone is having an awesome day so far.  ***HUGS*** 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Can't sleep?

So this morning my oldest fur baby and I were up at 3 am or what I like to call o' dark thirty.  There was no rhyme or reason behind it, just couldn’t sleep anymore.  So I did what most of us do I'm sure.  I colored.  I grabbed my clear Tiddly Ink stamp FairyHappy Day and colored her up.  I placed her on my first easel card, YAY me.  I always admired the photos showing easel cards, but was totally intimated by it.  Guess when you can’t sleep you get daring.  Well I am sure soon the sandman will make a stop back by for me, but until then what will I color next.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The first Saturday of the New Year

Well after spending all day off and on attempting to color I decided to create a card to post here.  I will admit I went through at least three different patterns before finally settling on this one.  The background is created using the linear embossing folder from Lifestyle crafts and sponging some distress inks on it.  The Panda and umbrella are from Mama Elephant and can be found on their website, and the sentiment is a die cut from Simon Says Stamp.  Soon this weekend will be coming to an end and I really don’t know if I was as productive as I would like to have been, but hey I have about fifty-one and a half weeks to get betterJ  That’s the joy of waking up every morning.  I know that I have another day to get it right.  How did your weekend go?