Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!!

To all those that serve, have served, and the families that love and support them:

This comes from my heart to yours. 

With love and gratitude to you all.

Checking in


Just a quick note to let you know that I now have a Facebook page!!  Stop on by to say hello and/or let me know what kind of things you'd like to see on here!  I may even share a layout or card that you won't see here.   Lots of fun to come!

Here is the link:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Halloween Layout

Two posts in one day!  How about that?! :) I finished my Halloween layout this evening and I though I'd share.  I hope you like it. 

My camera battery died so I had to take these pictures with my phone.  I think they still turned out pretty good.

I traced freehand around the word party and also around the pumpkins with a thin tipped marker.  I intentionally made them a little crooked as I wanted to make them have a bit of a spooky feel.

The whole layout.  Sorry it's a bit crooked.  You can tell I haven't done this in awhile. LOL  I promise it's straight in real life.

I created the wooden floor using just tan cardstock, a ruler, a marker and some Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
Page 1 - a spooky full moon!  And don't you just love those cute spiders?

Page 2

Cartridges used:
Mini Monsters (green monster, spiders, pumpkin)
George & Basic Shapes (circle for moon - cut in half)
Graphically Speaking (word bubbles)
Create a Critter 2 (cat, witches hat and title)
 My Pink Stamper  (Spooky Puns) Yikes and Scaredy Cat!
Technique Tuesday ("Trick or Treat") spider web stamp on photo mats
Technique Tuesday ("Delightful Daisies") leaves

Thanks for stopping by!

Have you heard the big news?

Hi Everyone!  I know it's been awhile since I posted.  I have been crafting and just need to start blogging more.  I'll have some new projects up shortly (including a fun Halloween layout).  I know it's a little late, but I'm sure many are still getting their pictures back.  So maybe you can find something scraplift worthy. ;)

Anyway, the reason for my post today?  Robyn's (a.k.a. My Pink Stamper)  big news!!  I'm so excited for her - and for us!  She will be re-releasing some of her old stamp sets as well as putting out some new ones.  I can't wait.  Even though I'm no longer a part of her design team, I can honestly say I still LOVE her stamps and use them often.  I wish her every success in this new journey.

You can pre-order all the MPS goodies HERE

And in other news, my dear friend Maria has also started a wonderful venture.  You may remember her as the head of the My Pink Stamper Design team.  She has started designing her own stencils and they are awesome!  You can check them out here:

Maria's Stencils

Oh and today is Maria's birthday!!  So, stop on over at her blog and wish her a very happy day! :)

Maria's Blog

**I hope y'all don't mind this post.  Normally, I try not to advertise too much on here, but I just had to share about these two wonderful ladies.  Neither of them asked me to do this, but I am just so proud of them both and they have been such a blessing in my life.  And I will be forever grateful for that. **

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Release

Not long ago, a wonderful online store called Simon Says Stamp offered an wonderful opportunity for some of us crafters who use Instagram.  They were going to do a drawing - the winners would get something from their new release to play with.  The only requirement was they asked the winners to post a picture of what they made on their Instagram page. 

Well, needless to say, I was super excited about that and put my name into the hat.  And guess what?  I was one of the names chosen!  To say I was excited was a huge understatement! 

I have to admit, when I got my package, I was a little intimidated by what I found inside.  A STENCIL! Eek!  Over the years, I had worked with lots and lots of stamps.  But my stencils?  Well, they were in my craft room collecting dust.  LOL!  Luckily, awhile back I had taken an Online Card Class called "Stenciled".  So, I was finally able put some of the tips I learned to good use! ;)

For both of these cards, I used a masking technique.  As you can see from the picture, the stencil came with three stars on it.  I chose to use the smallest for both cards.  (although I think I may still make a shaped card with the largest star...wouldn't that be fun?!)

I created a mask by inking up one stamp and leaving a small white border around it when I cut it out.  Then, I traced it onto a post it note (the ones that have the sticky all over them) and cut it out.  I did this five times to give me five different masks.  This was especially helpful when I was using different colors. 

**Sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set which can be found here.

On the Christmas tree card, it didn't matter quite as much.  If I got some ink where I didn't want it, I simply layered my stencil over my "oops" and inked over it.  Since my background was all one color, it allowed me to fudge a little. ;)

**I opted not to put a sentiment on this one for now as I knew SSS was releasing some new Christmas stamps that I would probably want to use. **

So there you have it.  My cards made using the Simon Says Stamp Mosaic Star stencil.  If you are interested, you can find this and more of their fantastic new release here.

And thank you Simon Says Stamp for the opportunity!  I had lots of fun!

Monday, August 11, 2014

You're the apple of my eye!

Hello everyone!  Can you believe summer is almost over?  Neither can I!  Here in the south, the children are even back to school!  I decided it would be fun to send my Sunday School children some happy mail.  And so, I made 14 of these to wish them all a happy school year. 

I used the sentiment "You're the apple of my eye" from the My Pink Stamper set called "School Days".  And then inside the cards I wrote  "...and you're the apple of God's eye too!"

I created the background using a graph stamp from Impression Obsession.  At first, I tried stamping it in black but I found the color to be a bit too harsh.  So, instead I used the Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Wet Cement.  MUCH better. 

Since all the cards were going to be the same, I stamped all my backgrounds first and cut out all the pieces.  Then, I just put them together in an assembly line.  Easy peasy!

And as you can see in the upper right hand corner, having a little snack while you're working never hurts to keep you motivated.

Now, I'm working on a baby album for my niece.  She is due to arrive any day now and my family is SO excited!!  Finally, I get to buy some PINK! :)

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Who loves Paper Smooches?

Hi everyone!   I'm sorry it's been awhile since I've blogged.  I have lots that I want to share with you, but right now, I want to share two cards I made awhile back and forgot to post.  Yes, I'm still crafting.  In fact,  I've even got some of my Sunday School kids making pretty cards, stamping and having all kinds of crafty fun.  :)  They are such wonderful children and I adore spending time with them each week.

So, who loves Paper Smooches?  I know I do! Both of these cards are made using the "Spiritual Sampler" stamp sets.

This card is pretty simple.  It's almost entirely made of pattern paper (including the butterfly which I fussy cut out of one of the papers).  I then added some sparkle using my Wink of Stella pen and then some Glossy Accents on top for shine.

For my second card, I used a Unity poppy stamp from Donna Downey.  I stamped the top of the flower on regular book paper and then colored it with my copic markers.  Then, again I added some Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to it.  Here is the end result:

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back very soon to share another project - AND a new technique that I came up with!  You won't want to miss this - it's so fun!! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

In case some of you are looking for a last minute card idea, I thought I'd take a minute to show you the one I made for my husband, Rejean.  (it's okay...he's already seen it. ;)  

I don't make shaped cards very often, but this time I decided to try something new.  I used this awesome die by Tim Holtz as my inspiration.

And here is the card I made for my Prince Charming.


The picture wheel measured 4" in diameter.  So, in order to make the card base, I cut out two white 4" circles using my George & Basic Shapes cricut cartridge. I then scored the upper part of one of the circles and glued the two circles together.  That gave me my fold at the top.  

Next, I cut out my picture wheel in red.  I placed some scrap blue cardstock behind it and trimmed around it using my scissors.  Then, I added it to the front of my card.

Next, I added some hearts around the outer perimeter of my card in the tiny blue openings.  The frog was cut out using the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  I then added some sparkle to the crown and heart with my Wink of Stella Marker and some Glossy Accents over that.  

And the sentiment inside?  It says "I Wheely Love You!" (by Sweet Stamp Shop).  I thought it went cute with the picture wheel on the front of the card.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love from Marci

I've been in a bit of a card making mood lately. And today, I pulled out this older stamp from La-La Land called "Sweetheart Marci".   Isn't she adorable?  Oh and the small heart gemstones are by Teresa Collins.  They're so glittery in real life and added just the perfect touch to my card.  I also used my clear Wink of Stella marker on her shoes - just because a girl can never have enough sparkle.

Please don't judge my copic coloring.  I am no expert by any means! :)  Today was all about just enjoying the process and having fun.  I hope you like it and that it inspires you to create some Valentine cards of your own.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Card share

Back again with another card to share.   The roof of the house, the post for the sign and the grass are the only thing I cut by hand.  The rest were paper pieced using several Stamps of Life stamp sets.  Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Base of house, chimney, hearts, sentiment - "sampler2love" set
Clouds, smoke from chimney - popcorn stamp from "popcorn2stamp" set
sun - circle from "phone4you" (phone dial turned backwards to get plain circle)
sun rays - "joy2christmas" (tree stump stamped around circle)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stamps of Life

 I have a confession to make:  I am pretty obsessed with stamps these days.  And I'm always on the lookout for cute, fun designs.   This one really caught my eye.

It's been cold here in Georgia, so today, I decided to spend my day in my pjs and play in my craft room. Don't you just love days like that? :)

This set is called "popcorn2stamp" and it's by a company called the "Stamps of Life". I wanted to use my stamps in a bit of a different way, so I tapped into what has always been my first love when it comes to scrapbooking - paper piecing. 

Many parts of this card are layered.  The popcorn box was stamped and cut out twice in red.  Then I layered the two on top of one another using pop dots in between.  I then stamped the box in white, cut out the strips and added them onto the red stamped image.

  The banner on the popcorn box is also layered as well as some of the popcorn kernels. I used my Wink of Stella pen to add glitter to the popcorn, and the sentiment.  Oh, and the hearts on the popcorn box?  My favorite EK Success punch with a little Glossy accents added for some shine and dimension.

Well, I guess that's it for now.  Have a great weekend!  See you again very soon! xo

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