Sunday, September 25, 2016

PTI September Blog Hop


Hey all!  I'm back this evening with a card for the September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  I haven't participated in one in a while, so my card was made up ahead of time.  I worked on it in between church, laundry, and family time.  I was quite inspired by the colors of the inspiration photo, so I focused on kraft, black, and green.  I used a couple of different sets:  Harvest Berries & Scripted (with the matching die).  The little berries were embossed using a platinum powder.

Ink:  Versamark, PTI Simply Chartreuse
Paper:  kraft, white, black all from my stash
Accessories:  Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, PTI Scripted die, black embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments :)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CASology -- Frame Thanks


Hey all!  I hope your Saturday is going wonderfully.  I'm back with a card for the CASology challenge to use a frame.  A little while back, Taylored Expressions launched their Clearly Planned line of planner products.  I adore planners and clear stamps, so I purchased just a couple of things.  These Mini Frames were a couple of those things.  Not only are the perfect for planners, but as you can see they work great for cards too.  I paired it up with a Thanks die that came free with my purchase from Taylored Expressions a while back.

Paper:  kraft from my stash, Nina Solar White, Studio Calico paper pad 
Accessories:  TE Thanks die, TE Mini Frame 2, TE Mini Frame 3, TE Mini Frame 4, Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop -- Blessed


Hey all!  I'm back again today to show you a card I made for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I know that these colors don't necessarily scream 'fall', but believe me it is over 90 degrees here in El Paso, TX, so it is not feeling a lot like fall.  Regardless, I need my warm beverages no matter what the temperature is outside. . .am I right?!

I used a background stamp from Heidi Swapp, and the main image is from Papertrey Ink.  It's called Latte Love.  The images were all stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The watercoloring is done with Distress Inks on Canson 140lb watercolor paper.  

Stamps:  PTI Latte Love, background by Heidi Swapp
Ink:  Versamark, Distress inks
Paper:  Canson 140lb watercolor paper, vellum, turquoise from my stash
Accessories:  PTI Blessed die, TE Tags die, gold sequins, foam tape, bakers twine

Thanks for stopping in!  Be sure to check out the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  It's going on from September 23-30th.  If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments :)

Share Joy #54 -- Fall Birthday


Hey all!  Good morning!  I pray your day is off to a good start.  I have another card to show you that I made of the Share Joy Challenge by Taylored Expressions.  I was inspired by the beautiful fall picture, even though it feels nothing like fall should since I'm out here in the desert.  I decided to make a birthday card for my my mom's husband using the In & Out Birthday stamp set along with the Birch Tree Border die and Mini Leaves die.


Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks
Paper:  PTI Rustic White, Canson 140lb watercolor paper, vellum
Accessories:  black embossing powder, TE Birch Tree Border die, TE Mini Leaves die

Thanks for stopping in!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CTD #411 -- Celebrate



Hey all!  I'm back today with a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge.  The colors are purple, magenta, poppy red, and yellow.  I've been watching a lot of Amy Rysavy's videos on YouTube lately, and recently I watched one that involved dye ink stamping and misting with water.  I thought I would try my hand at it, and boy was it fun!  These colors worked perfectly for the technique, so I paired it with Reflections and Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches.  

I had so much fun with this technique, I can definitely see using it again.

Ink:  Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Canson 140lb watercolor paper, black from my stash, vellum
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, spray bottle, black twine

Thanks for stopping in!  If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Make it Monday: Masculine Flowers


Hey all!  I'm back today with a card for the Make it Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink.  The challenge was to use florals to make a masculine card.  Yup, that was a stumper for me, but I gave it my best.  I used the Vintage Linens stamp set along with the Blessed die from PTI.  My images were stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder onto Canson 140lb watercolor paper.  Distress inks were used for the watercoloring and the sponging.


Ink:  Versamark, Distress inks
Paper:  MME Wood Designer cardstock, brown from my stash, Canson 140lb watercolor paper
Accessories:  brown ribbon from my stash, SU hardware, PTI Blessed die

Thanks for stopping in!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest -- I could spit!



Hey all!  Here is my second card for the MFT Card Design Super Star Contest.
This card uses the same set as my previous card, Llama Love, but I'm not as happy with the watercoloring.  I used some Prima Watercolor paper, and I don't think it works well with the Distress Inks.  Maybe it works better with the Prima Watercolors.  That being said, I think the scene itself is pretty cute.  Those little images are just adorbs!

 Stamps:  MFT Llama Love
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks
Paper:  Prima watercolor, purple from my stash
Accessories:  clear embossing powder

Thanks for stopping in, and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments!

MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge -- Birthday Flyby



Hey all!  My final card for the MFT Card Design Super Star Challenge is made with another seriously super adorable set from MFT called Magical Dragons.  This set was a must, because my high school mascot was a dragon, and well. . .I just couldn't resist!  That seems to be a trend for me.


I smooshed Distress Inks on the front of the card and on the inside of the card, and I used the Stepped Up Chevron die from MFT that was free with a $60 purchase this month.  Yup, I'm sure diggin' this set, and I can see making lots of great cards with it. . .eeeeee!  After I was done coloring the dragon with the Distress Inks, I used my Wink of Stella pen to give it some glimmer.  

 Stamps:  MFT Magical Dragons
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks
Paper:  Canson 140 lb watercolor paper, gray and black from my stash
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, Wink of Stella pen, MFT Stepped Up Chevron die

There you have it folks.  These were super fun to make!  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

MFT Card Design Super Star Challenge


Hey all!  I'm so excited to be back, and I'm back with 3 cards to share with you for the My Favorite Things Card Design Super Star Challenge.  I had lost my mojo for card making some time back, and honestly I wasn't sure if I'd ever get it back.  I've been watching a lot of videos lately, and when I saw the latest products from MFT, it was like of flood of excitement hit me.  I'm so grateful, because I guess I didn't realize just how much I missed making cards.  

My first card uses the adorable new set from MFT called Llama Love.  I couldn't resist it, simply because we moved to the desert in June, and well. . .this set was just too cute to pass up!  El Paso, TX has some gorgeous sunsets, and we are surrounded by the desert mountains.  

 Stamps:  MFT Llama Love
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Distress Inks
Paper:  Canson 140lb watercolor paper, black and gray from my stash
Accessories:  white embossing powder

Thanks for stopping in, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

Share Joy #53 -- Notable Blooms


Hey all. . . if there is anyone left out there!  It's been a long time, but I won't bore you with why I haven't been posting anything in a hot minute.  Let's just say my mojo had shifted to other crafty endeavors, but I'm back baby!

What better way to come back than with a card for a challenge?!  Taylored Expressions has a weekly Share Joy Challenge, and I decided to use the sketch as my inspiration.  I used the Notable Blooms and matching dies for this card.  One of the great things about the challenge is that we are to send our card out to 'share joy'.  I plan to send this card to someone special celebrating a birthday at the end of the month :)

Now folks, I don't have a lot of new goodies to share.  I'm going to do my best to use what I have for the time being, however, that's not to say that I won't buy some new goodies from time to time.  In fact, I have a few cards to share later in the week that use said goodies.
Ink:  Onyx Black Ink, Distress Inks
Paper:  SU Night of Navy, Canson 140lb watercolor paper, Crate Paper Flea Market
Accessories:  TE Notable Blooms die, clear embossing powder, foam tape, Circle Nestabilities

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, February 12, 2016

It's been how long since I posted?!

 Hey there. . .if there is anyone out there ;)  I know I haven't posted in a while, and to keep you from getting bored, I won't share all of the details.  Let's just say with a lack of design teams and a pretty extensive knee surgery, I've been away from blogging.  It's not that I haven't been creating, I've just had a lack of motivation to post any of it.

I have been dabbling in the art of mixed media a bit more since leaving all of my design teams.  It's been freeing and fun.  I'm still stamping cards, but I'm really having a great time using lots of different types of media to create all kinds of art.  I've even sold a couple of canvases!

So, what is this that I'm posting you ask?  Well, I joined a challenge called the You & Me Challenge, hosted by Cindy Utter.  You give her your name and address and she sets you up with another participant.  You send your partner some fun goodies following a few guidelines, and then you create with what you're sent.  You make 2 projects and send one to your partner and keep one of yourself.  My partner sent me these goodies:

The project you create is an index card, so I started by attaching the napkin to the card and then painting the card with various acrylic paints.  I used some modeling paste through a stencil, and here was the result.

Here's the end result.  I will say, this was so fun that I ended up signing up to do it again.  I may end up posting some pictures of that one, because I honestly love how that once turned out.

I'm not sure if I'll be posting on a regular basis or not.  I'm so out of practice, it's almost comical.  I'm just now realizing that I don't even have my watermark on these pictures, lol.  Oh well.  Thanks for stopping by if you did.  I'd love to hear what you think or if you'd like to see more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Celebrating Dad


Hey crafty friends!  We have had a wonderful few weeks off with my husband around, but he headed back to work this morning, so I suppose I should get back at it too :)  I wanted to show you the card I made him for Father's Day.  Taylored Expressions released some great stuff for dads back in May, so I paired up some 'new to me' goodies from TE with an older Paper Smooches Set called Word Up.  I used an embossing folder called Brick and two Little Bits dies:  Grill and Sun & Clouds.  I used Distress Inks rubbed along the images to add the dimension.

I was pretty pleased with how easy this card was using a basic sketch, and using the dies made it come together quite quickly.  Thanks for stopping in today.  We have a busy week of baseball, but I'm going to make the effort to get creative.  I can feel my need for it, so I better get my fix :)

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We have a 15 year old now!


Hey everyone!  It's been a while since I last posted, but it's not from lack of creating.  We've been busy, and with no formal obligations to blog, I've been out of the loop.  I've been creating in my art journals, painting with my PanPastels, and generally just making whatever I want.  It's been liberating and fun!  

Last month my son turned 15. . .wow, it's been a bit hard to swallow but it's only because the older he gets, the closer he gets to leaving the nest.  He's my goofy kid, so I had to make a goofy card for him.  When I first got this squirrel in one of the kits from Studio Calico (which I no longer receive), I thought 'what the heck am I going to do with this?!'  It turned out to be the perfect focal point for my son's card.  As you can see I didn't do much stamping.  The sentiment is actually from a Simon Says stamp called Big Birthday Wishes.


He loved the card, and I'm pretty fond of it too.  Over the next couple of days I'll show you what I made for Father's Day, and hopefully I'll get a chance to create some stuff just for fun and show you that.  My husband has been home after graduating from a recent military college (about to start his second Masters), we've had some wonderful visitors, and I spent some time with my sister after she had her third baby.  As you can see, we've been keeping busy.  

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DLP Week 16 -- A Lot on My Plate

Hey everyone!  It's been fairly quiet on my blog over the last couple of weeks.  I've definitely been creating, but I haven't taken a lot of pictures ;)  The spread I'm showing you today is from the Documented Life Project week 16.  It was all about Gelli Plates.  Since the previous week was about acrylic paints, I had already done a spread using torn up Gelli Plate pages, so I wanted to do something a bit different.  My original thought was to cover the back with different Gelli Plate stamps, but that failed miserably!  Thank goodness for Gesso!  I tried again, but this time I went super simple and just used the red and yellow on my Gelli Plate and stamped that all over the background.  After that, it was 'now what?'.  

I really wanted to try another face, but this time I went much more whimsical.  I really, really like how she turned out.  I have lots of work to do on coloring faces, but otherwise, I'm super happy with how she turned out.  The journal prompt for the week was 'a lot on my plate', so I wrote all of the things that I have on my plate onto strands of her hair.

I'm going to link this to Kim Dellow's blog for the Show Your Face party!


Thanks for stopping in!  If you didn't see a previous post of mine, I have a LOT of stamps and various stuff for sale.  Just go to my 'Stamps for Sale' at the top of my blog, and check it out.  There are some great deals!  I'm hoping to buy something special for my husband with the proceeds :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stamps & Stuff for Sale!

Hey y'all!  I have updated my Stamps for Sale Page at the top my blog, so be sure to check it out!  There are over 90+ stamps & various items for sale!!!