Sunday, June 5, 2016

MFT Wedding colors...sort of

Oh how I love weddings!  Being a of early May...Special Events designer, weddings were  by far my favorite to do.  ....Minus the stress....  Its a happy time for nearly everyone involved as someone is always crazy for one reason or another on a wedding day!

When my beloved and I started planning our wedding, I absolutely dreaded wedding dress shopping....many tears were involved at the first store....  John came with me to both the stores I went to.  He ultimately picked out my dress, as he said it was the only one I tried on where I was smiling when I was in it! ....I must admit it, I was laughing when I tried it on, it was GINORMOUS!....  I must admit, I'm so happy this was the one we selected, it was fun to wear, and the girls kept telling me I looked like a peach Cinderella....the new movie had been released a month before the wedding....  I'll attach a few of my favorite wedding photos at the end of this post if you're interested in that sort of thing....

With this pre-story, I had was pleased as punch when I saw the color challenge at MFT for this week!  The dress we selected led the colors of our wedding day; Buff....the color of my dress...., peach, coral, wood and copper.  All my colors from the wedding in this challenge, plus the addition of my favorite color - blue! With the Susan's wedding inspiration post and this color challenge post, it was destiny....and even though 90% of my crafting supplies are packed up for the move....I had to participate!

I made this card with my beloved in mind!  Our 1 year anniversary is in 8 days and we have an affinity for gnomes....I'll tell that story another time....  When I saw this set at MFT, I HAD to have it! I dressed him up in the same colors beloved wore for the wedding, and I had to add copper to the mix since that was our shimmer for the wedding...and everyone loves a little shimmer!...

I know he'll notice all the little touches of this card, the copper, the wedding colors, as well as his matching outfit.  He's good like that....  I think he's also going to love his first year anniversary gift!

Here are some photos of our wonderful wedding...if you're into that kind of thing...
I love my giggly little girl!  She was the hit of the day, as she walked down the aisle, she was tossing the petals above her head, and they all landed on the train of her dress.  They all followed her down the to the front and when she turned around, that's when she noticed they were all attached to her!  She was so happy and full of giggles!
I love this photo of my beloved!  I love how he laughs....  His best man was his nephew.

Our favorite photo of the two of us....

The wedding gift to my beloved...

Our new little family in front of the house we will all be living in together starting next week!  We've been living in 2 separate cities for 2 years...

My beautiful oldest daughter...she was the maid of honor and gave the MOST amazing speech at the  reception.  She is becoming such a beautiful young woman!  I love, love, LOVE this girl!!!

My 'staff' and I made over 900 feet of fresh garland for the tent....I'm so glad they still talk to me!

Lots of joy and laughter that day!

Thanks for letting me share!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Missed opportunity...

I certainly miss creating for PaperCrafts Magazine...  Their calls for submissions always helped me think outside the box and let's be honest, gave me an excuse to shirk my household least for a few hours...  I went online the other day, visiting some of my old haunts, only to find many of them gone.  Ah, such is life!  However, some of the old standbys were there for me, Papertrey Ink, My Favorite things, and lots of bloggers I liked to follow.  It was like visiting a friend you haven't seen in a  few years, but its like you were never apart!  I love that feeling....  They helped me on Wednesday revisit my creative side with their challenge, its a great feeling to get those creative juices flowing!

 I originally wanted to submit this for the Paper Trey Ink contest, but after putting the girls to bed for the night, I forgot to do it.  They put up this image as inspiration for your creation:
Blog hop inspiration

I used the water color look and the grey outlined letters as the starting point and went from there.  Not my favorite creation of all time, but it will work for Lily's teacher for next week's last day.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Christmas in May

 Hello All!

Just a quick one from  my crafting session much fun!...    As I was pursuing the blogosphere yesterday, I came across a Christmas card challenge site called Muse: Christmas Visions.  I thought I'd give it a try since John wants to make our holiday cards this year.  Yes ladies, you read that right...HE WANTS TO MAKE CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS!  Not only is he cute, funny, and the love of my life, he's embracing my creative side! ...I've got a keeper!...  I certainly hope you are all equally as blessed as I am!

I whipped up this quick card using my favorite holiday color combo: robin egg blue, soft green and this case gold...  I've had these crazy glitter deers for years sitting in a drawer just waiting for an excuse to be used.  Since the inspiration photo had a deer, I went for it.  And, if it didn't work, off to the donation pile for the move!  I kept with the same layout...deer on one side, square background, sentiment in the right corner...but added some pizzazz! I kinda like how it came out, so soft and pretty.  However, this would be a very expensive card to ship!  Perhaps we could do this for our cards for neighbors this year and hand deliver them?  Time will tell....  Well, off to pack up a few more things!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hello, goodbyes and a new life

Hello strangers!  Actually, I'm the stranger, because I am shocked to see it has been over 3 years since I last posted!  SO much has happened in since I was last in my crafting space.  My girls and I have a joyous new life and part of that includes moving back to my home town to be with my new husband John...well, 11 months new...  We are incredibly excited about this adventure we are embarking on!  But it's now time to say goodbye to the house, neighbors and school friends that have supported us these last 3 years.

John and I are busy beavers prepping the house to be sold, including painting, purging and updating.  After spending the weekend cleaning out my craftin space, I realized how much I miss this creative outlet!  Party planning has been fun, but I need a less stressful way to channel my creative tendencies.  I decided to take a break today from the hustle and bustle of moving, and before I have to pack up all my wonderful things for their new home, I took time to create a few things for the girls teachers.

This first card is for Elizabeth's 1st grade teacher Ms. Doody...yup, that's her name...  Elizabeth absolutely LOVES her and she is the most patient woman in the world!  I decided to start back off where I left off 3 years ago, with Paper Smooches and the May Rainbow Challenge.  I was honored and loved being a guest designer with them Feb 2013...which was my last post, YIKES!....and adore all Kim's images!  Once I get set up in my new space, I will have to re-invest in some updated sets...  This is from the 'I Heart Art' set.  It's super adorable and makes me smile.  

I also made a book mark for Elizabeth to match, she loves to read and hopefully when she uses it, she will think of her favorite teacher.  I kept it simple and thin, so I could laminate it to be more durable.

I've really enjoyed being in my space again...I certainly hope I can get my new space up and running soon in our new house!  Until then, I may leave packing up my happy place till last....

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's Magically Delicious!

.....I'm an old jingle kind of girl....  Well, here it is, my last post as the February Guest Designer for Paper Smooches!....*tear*....  It has been wonderful!  Kim is SO amazing and her stamps are equally as awesome!....!!!can you tell I like them?!!!....  I'll stop squealing now.

As soon as I saw the 'A Magical Spring' stamp set I knew I had to pull out gold foil chocolate coins.  They hold a very special place in my girls hearts.  When they were both potty training, they would get a yellow M&M for piddles and a gold chocolate coin for brownies....I'm telling you it works.....  When ever they see those coins they always mention I would give them for their potty accomplishments.

I've made 2 of these cute leprechauns for the girls for St. Patty's day.  I little bit of magic for them when they get home from school....don't want to sugar them up before....

My original plan was to make a little black cauldron....which I may still do.....but car accident issues put that project aside on Monday.  I thought the jar was a good second choice, that way they can see all the shamrock coins!  I covered the lid with Gold Glitter Zing embossing powder that I picked up from my stand by product site, Simon Says Stamp!  Who knew it would work so well on metal?  AND that it would cover so well?  I'm also adding this to today's SSS challenge, Anything Goes.  They're using Tim Holtz items for their creations, but I only have his distressing ink, and it really didn't work for this project.  Perhaps I'll ignore the dishes and go create some more!

Now - GO GET THIS SET!!!  It's so darn adorable!!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

29 Again?

Yep...29, again!  And to mark this historic occasion, I thought I'd spend some time in the craftin' spot!  I've been sporadic with my creating time lately.  I definitely make time for my Paper Smooches Guest Designer work....that post is tomorrow....but not much time is given for having fun down in the craftin' spot.  Since it was my birthday this week....actually the 22nd....I gave myself permission to put off some other things for some personal fun!

Simon Says StampHere is the card I made today.  I decided to mix 2 challenges into one with this card.  First up, the  Simon Says Stamp! Use an Arrow challenge.  I've had these chipboard arrows in my bin for about 5 years now.  I always forget to check my chipboard bin for fun bits, I found all kinds of interesting things!

I also followed the Play Date Cafe color challenge this week.  I LOVE these colors, not only because they are to love Izod & Polo....but maize and blue are the colors of my favorite college football team! ....sorry scarlet & gray hubby....  I had to use some preppy patterns hence the houndstooth and stripes.  I also wanted to add some baker's twine for this, but am only limited to green and baby blue at the moment.  I did try to make my own, but it didn't work out this time.
Hope all you bleeps are having a great week this far, visit me tomorrow for my final guest designer post for Paper Smooches!  It's going to be magical!....that's a hint.....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I Heart Art

I'm so glad it's Wednesday!  I'm back home, all the clothes from our trip has been washed and almost put away.  The house is a disaster, but that always plays second fiddle to my craftin'!....admit it, it does for you too, right?....

This is my 3rd week as the Guest Designer over at Paper Smooches and we're focusing on the new I Heart Art set!  This is the perfect set for the crafty, artsy people in your lives, and even the not so crafty.  It's really versatile, let me show you!

First up, an artsy card for those crafty people checking me out!

This easel image is so stinkin' cute and I love how all the sentiments in this set fit inside the frame.  As I look at it now, I probably should have added some copics to the frame part.....hummm....  The background is just a rainbow assortment of  re-inkers and water on some water color paper.  I adore how that came out.  I also LOVE the art pallet and they even have a new die of the paint pallette as well!!!  I think I may have to add that to my birthday list!

Next up, an artsy card for the non-artsy people in your life.  HOWEVER, it perfectly represents the crafty person giving this card!....that would be me.....

That's it for today!  I'll have another card later this week made with a sentiment from this set too.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wsh BIG!!

Well, I'm still in the land of Magic....aka Disney World....I'm so lucky!

This card is for my second post as the February Gust Designer for Paper Smooches!  I loved this little bird from the 'A Magical Spring' set.  It's so cute and I thought that this little guy would want to make a big sound with his singing....hence the 'wish big' sentiment....with the music paper background.  I can't wait for next week's post for Paper Smooches - I've got more on tap for this stamp set!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Excitement all around!

I know it's been about a week since I last posted.  There have been some exciting things going on around here!

First up, Today is my first post as the February Guest Designer for Paper Smooches!  Kim has been *AWESOME* to work with!  My stamps arrived here literally 1 shipping day from when she put it in the mail....from Arizona....I live in Ohio....that. is. FAST!  The stamps debuting this month are so adorable, I was swooning the moment I opened the package!  This card is from one of those sets.  I was inspired to make this card as my hubby and his football were watching the Super see my inspiration.....

This frothy mug from a Perfect Spring was perfect for this manly card!  I added a little shimmer spray in granite to take it from cutesy to grunge.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but I stamped a mug stripe all across the bottom third of the card.  I think net time I would use a darker ink instead of the coordinating color.  The sentiment is from the new Birthday Sampler.  I great set for any occasion!

Second up, I'm in DISNEY WORLD!!!  So my posts this week will be sparse.  I'll have to share the excitement of how we told the girls later, my phone is having a hard tome sharing the large video file.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A sweet goodbye

I had great news this week, I got kudos from he Mona and the ladies over at CR84FN with this card!  It's always an honor when  my creations are given some attention.  I loved this little card for my beloved Lily.

I am sad that CR84FN is going to be taking and indefinite hiatus from creating challenges. They always have fantastic inspiration photos and color stories for challenges so it is a loss for us crafters.  Mona has some exciting things going on in her life and needs to take a break.  I hope she has lots of success and fun!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pomegranate Pink Prayers

Howdy ho!  I've made another card for the Moxie Fab:75 Creative Card Challenge - Make your own background....say that 5x fast....  But f irst, how cool are those vellum leaves?  I made them with PTI Leaf Prints and heat embossed them.  I love how that came out.

I was playing around and created this background on white glossy paper.  I first stamped and embossed the leaf veining with white EP.  I then sprayed the paper with a little water then sprayed pomegranate and vintage pink shimmer sprays.  I let them pool around some of the embossing to give it a little more dimension. 

I think I may have gone a little too monochromatic and added too many embellies with this one.  I think I like how it came out.  Or, at least it's growing on me. 

I get to spend a few hours in my craftin' spot tomorrow instead a a few minutes here and there.  I can't wait!


Hi ya!  It's been another crazy week here.  Event preparations and girl scout cookie sales with my little Brownie have added to our already busy lives.  I'm sure you can all relate.

I made this card for the Paper Crafts call and had Moxie Fab's 75 Creative Card Challenges, Create Your Own Background in mind when I was creating it.  I love how the background came out!  I sprayed a piece of cardstock with water, stood it up on end and dropped refill inks along the top edge.  The ink would run about 1/2 way down, so I had to'help' it along down the paper.  When the background was dried, I took out my granite shimmer spray and flicked the spray stem on the paper.

It's kind of a grunge look.  Perfect for an older teen I think. 

I'll be back soon with another background card I made.  Hope you come back!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bee HAPPY!!!

I got the most exciting news today!  I was picked as the Guest Designer for February for Paper Smooches!!!!  WOO HOO!!!  I again, not only scared my 4 yr old with my I did earlier last week with this poor cat flew off my lap and hasn't come out from under the couch for the last 30 minutes.  I think I may need to purchase a lottery ticket, I'm on a super lucky streak!

This is the card that Kim Hughes thought was the winner:

and this is the original post for the card.  Not to pat myself on the back, but I really did love this card!  I'm so EXCITED!! I hope you al come back and visit me during the month of February....I hope I make cute cards that justify this honor!....

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Hello again!  Well, I worked really hard last week on creations for the last Paper Crafts Magazine call and didn't have any accepted....bummer....  So now I get to show you all what I made!  I really love how this one turned out.  I think I'll have to ship it off to someone special....
I thought it was a really cute sun!  However, now that I look at it, I guess someone could think it's a flower.  Oh well, better luck next time!