Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Here for you

Hi ya'll!

Super quick card here today.  Decided to try the CAS(E) sketch this week.  I need a more complete collection of the pink Copics , the flowers came out a bit neon-esc.  But it's a sweet card for a friend that recently lost a family member.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Big wish

Hi ya'll!

So...ever stamp on top of embossing?  Of course you have.  I did it with this card, and even though I wiped down all the embossed leaves after I stamped over them, it still was getting ink everywhere!  UGH!!....so please disregard the smudges.....

I do love the Verdigris embossing powder from Ranger!  It's perfect for the Tropical Leaves stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I've used it for several cards including this one.  I have another one that I'll post later.

I used the Color Throwdown color story for this week and the photo theme from the Addicted to Ink challenge this week.  Both had similar colors, and I made it a birthday card....ATI is celebrating their 7th anniversay!....  I really adore the tropical leaf trend happening right now.  I could use them all the time!


Friday, June 14, 2019


Hi y'all!

Super quick on here for you today.  I was inspired by this weeks Just Add Ink photo challenge....yellow and grey are one of my favorite combos!....and thought I'd pull back out the MFT stamp set London Mouse for the taxi cab and use the color story.

Inspired by the Shopping our Stash challenge, I also tried out a new technique for me, stenciling with texture paste.  I know it's been around a LONG time  and I've had the supplies around for EVER, so thought I should finally give it a try.  It's a lot like gesso for acrylic painting, at least the clear stuff is. The white was thick like cream cheese.

I really like how the background came out, but should have used Bristol paper.....lesson learned....  I used yellow watercolor paint and put a few layers of it on.  I then sprayed and splattered my metallic grey glimmer mist to give it that grungy inner city vibe.   I have to say, I love the possibilities with this stuff!  I think I'll be making some mixed media papers to play with...

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We are a pair!

Hi y'all!

4 years ago today, I married my beloved!  We met in 1998 and dated for a hot minute, and because his cousin is one of my oldest friends, we stayed in touch over the years.  We re-connected 5.5 years ago and here we are!  I'm lucky to be married to my best friend.  He makes me smile, makes be feel loved EVERY second of every day, and he's an AMAZING dad to the girls.  We are all truly blessed in life!


My beloved has a crazy sense of humor, so I had to make this card for him.  We aren't the florally, romantic type of couple....humor is the way to go for us!  It's an old set from Taylored Expressions called Hangin' Out.  I tried to find it on their site, but alas, it must be retired.  I am able to include this card on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, Anniversary is the theme.  I'm also adding it to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (Any Occasion) and another one for the Global Design Project color challenge.

To the moon, Alice!

Good morning peeps!
Just getting in a little bit of creating today.  I've had the supplies to participate in the Global Design Project sitting on my desk for a few days now and am just able to get it finished now!  I really loved creating the watercolor background.  I made several of them at the time and have been using them one by one.  Unfortunately the green color looks weird in the photos, it is more lime colored than what it shows here...

I originally wanted to use a floral set for this background, but came across this old PTI set in my stash that hasn't seen the light of day in about 5 years.  I had to use it since the background looks like a black hole!  I used some washi tape, which I have really had a hard time getting behind.  I don't like that it's see-thru so I backed it with some white paper....which I know defeats the purpose of the the tape, may as well use patterned paper....  I added glitter to the flames and the rocket.  I have to figure out how to photograph things with glitter, they never look as shimmery on camera.

Have a great day y'all!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Trying something new...

Good morning peeps!
I'm trying something new here.   A bit more 'grunge'....if that's the word for it....  I don't have ANY father's day stamps or any masculine stamps.  I have kid athletic ball stamps, but that seemed inappropriate.

I wanted to make something for my dad for Father's Day.  He's the BEST!!  He makes us laugh....a lot!....encouraged me to ditch business law and go into art, helped me buy the car of my dreams at 19, he's a great dancer, loved and encouraged me through my divorce and celebrates the new life I have with my beloved.  He totally rocks!....he's cute too eh?....  This is even a little outside his comfort zone in style, but I know he'll appreciate that its created by his little girl....even though I'm 47....

Inspired by the color challenge at TGIF Challenges I set to work.  I'm also adding this to the Cards for Guyz challenge for Father's Day, they are having a DT call there, check out if its for you! I stared with some watercolor paper, dropped some water on it and then added a drop of Night of Navy ink.  I let the dye run around naturally and dried it with my heat gun.  I did it again and added a bit more ink this time.  I then added a spray of green shimmer mist....or 2 or 3, it kind of got away from me.... then I added the houndstooth stamp in the soft teal color....I don't have the Pool Party color so I used Baha Breeze....  I obviously didn't want to use flowers, so I pulled out the PTI Spruce and Stems set for the focus.  Added the sentiment and that's it!

It's not my normal style, but I can appreciate it.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Grateful for it all!

Hi ya'll!

What are you grateful or thankful for?  I have so many things on my list, we'd be here for days!  I am thankful for each and everyone of you that visit my little ole' site here.  I truly enjoy creating and sharing what I do, asking for advise, and lovin' on each of you as well!

I decided to participate in the Addicted to Stamps challenge this week, Clean and Simple.  I CASED a design by Charlet Mallett for the layout of this card. I liked the simplicity of her layout, but the colors were a challenge for me!....I don't know why....  I think I'll create another one with these colors and see if I can come up with something else for this.  I like pushing myself so hopefully I can break that mind barrier I have going on today.

I used some of my old trusty PTI sets, Gran's Garden and Half & Half and their wood grain embossing plate. It's been so long since I've used the latter stamps, I forgot what a great set it was.  I just used some of my old supplies, love using those up so I can get fresh new ones!

I did get a new photo box for my photos, but the whites are still not coming out as I would like...any suggestions??  What do you use?

Hello London

Hi y'all!

Up for another challenge!  I decided to follow the CAS(E) This Sketch #325 for this week.  My oldest is obsessed with all things London.....Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes.....  She still talks about the trip we made there when she was 13.  I got this set from MFT years ago after our trip and have only just now been able to use it....have I mentioned I LOVE my new art studio?....

The London Mouse set definitely takes some effort, lots of Copic coloring involved, but it is quite adorable!  I like that the little mice could be bears too.  I added the 'hello' from the Paper Smooches Word Salad set.  I didn't really have much room for anything else!  If I were to do it again, I would have embossed the sentiment in white, but I still haven't located my static bag for embossing yet...

Stamps: MFT London Mouse; Paper Smooches Houndstooth and Word Salad
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Real Red
Markers: Copics
Dies: MFT London Mouse

Saturday, June 8, 2019

NYC toast

Hi ya'll!

I spent this last week in NYC with my oldest on a school theatre trip!  It was amazing!  My cutie patootie is quite the theatre buff....like her mama....and is involved with the productions at school.  My BFF and her daughter also went so we had an fun filled time.  During the trip, cutie got to meet her MOST favorite Broadway actor, George Salazar, and she broke into happy tears! It was too cute, I got the whole thing on video, but here's a little sneek of her reaction.  You can see the whole video here....its too cute!....

Monthly ChallengeNow that I'm home, I can get back to creating!  I made this card for 2 challenges.  First, the Paper Smooches photo inspiration challenge for June is this photo.  I love the pink and the yellow together.  I didn't have anything pineapple, but I do love pineapple in my drinks!  I am also using the Just Add Ink challenge, Embossing Resist.  With those 2 things for  inspiration, I got my craftin' party on!

 I used PS Free Spirits and Wine Sampler stamp sets, along with their Drink Glasses die set.  For the background, I stamped the cocktail stamps with Versamark on glossy paper then embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged over it with SU! Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight, then spritzed it with rubbing alcohol.  I added the sentiment and diecut cocktail, added some garish with a little sparkle and its good enough to drink!

Friday, May 31, 2019

I think?

I think I still got it?  I had 2 shout out this week on my craftiness...It really makes me so happy!

Thanks to the Paper Smooches DT for the shout out on this tropical card:

and to the ladies at Shopping Our Stash for the top 3 kuddos on their flower challenge!

I'm feeling the love!!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Good morning peeps!

Hope you are all staying dry, it's been raining here for the entire month....I thought APRIL showers brought May flowers....and we don't even have the worst of it! 

Any how, I had to FINALLY use this adorable set from My Favorite Things.  I picked it up years ago and until now, haven't had a crafting space to use it.  The fox and the squirrel are so stinkin' cute!  my youngest made a birthday card for one of her friends using the fox and I had to try it out after that.  I tried to find it on the MFT store site, but couldn't so it must be retired?  Too bad...I guess that's what happens when you're away from the paper crafting world for 5 years!

I decided to use the Late May MFT Color Challenge  for this.  Not traditional fox colors, but I love it!  I'm also adding it to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge since I know they carry the Carta Bella papers, although the one I used is from 2013.

Paper: Stampin Up Going Grey and Very Vanilla; Follow your Heart Be Happy; Carta Bella Cool Summer
Inks: Stampin Up Basic Grey
Stamps: MFT Cute Critters
Dies: MFT Cute Critters
Embellies: buttons; Tattered Angels Glitter Mist Granite

Thank you doily

Hi ya'll!

I'm super excited!  My TEENAGE daughter just agreed to come and get crafty with me!  You know teenagers...they like video games....boys....talking on the phone....boys....makeup....boys.  She loves to come in the studio and paint occasionally, but paper craft?  Never.  It's a treat!  I'll post our creations later today.

In the mean time, while she is finishing her phone chat with the girls, I thought I'd quickly post this.  This layout was inspired by Freshly Made Sketch #390.  I love the banner strips at the bottom.  Right up my alley.  I also just enrolled in the Simon Says Stamp monthly card club and the adorable tags from the kit HAVE to be used.  I'm excited about the kit club, It will help re-introduce me into the swing of what is relevant in the paper crafting world!....I'm also a sucker for Simon Says Stamp, they're good peeps!.....  I'll use them more in the next few days for sure.  Until then, I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.
I'll be saving this card for my pseudo mom, I grew up next to her and she's fabulous!  She owns an embroidery company and is quite the crafter herself!

Does anyone have a suggestion for a photo editing program or site?  I have a new photo box for taking pictures, but they are turning out blue...

Paper: (from my old stash); Hambly Screen Prints
Embellies: fabric doily; Carta Bella Frames and Tags Botanical Garden; buttons; corsage pins; ruler washi tape

A simple hello...

Good morning peeps!

I decided to pull out my 'new' PTI Gran's Garden set....well, I ordered them 3 years ago and have only just now been able to use them.....  I do love this set, I'm still trying to get the hang of doing some cool color combos like Dawn McVey does.  I think I need to invest in the Misti stamper.  It would be so helpful with sets like this.  I was inspired by the Color Throwdown Challenge this week.  I used to visit them a ton back in the day, their color stories are so fun!  I've also decided to add this card to the Watercolor Wednesday Challenge this week - Anything Goes.

I'm debating on investing in new stamp pads.  I've had most my Stampin up ones for over 10 years and I can't get any more refills for them.  Any recommendations?  Hybrid...dye...pigment?

Stamps:  PTI Gran's Garden
Inks: Stampin Up Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum
Dies: PTI Gran's Garden and scalloped card dies; PinkFresh Classic Words Die Set
Paper: Stampin Up Kraft, Whisper White; old gingham paper from my stash