Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Spooky Halloween Shaker/Pop up - Mama Elephant

Even though its well into the 90s here in Chicago I am already in the mood for my favorite holiday; Halloween! I decided to make a shaker featuring the Meowlloween stamp set from Mama Elephant.

The front of this card I decided to make into a shaker to feature these adorable little cats. They are copic colored using greys (C0, C3, C5 & C7), greens (YG23) and oranges (YR00, YR02 & YR04). The background is ink blended using distress oxides in wilted violet & shaded lilac.

For the inside I decided to do a little more ink blending with twisted citron & the little witch cat on the Pumpkin die from the favor bag die add accessories.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stamping for Families blog hop

I created this card for our blog hop to promote keeping families together and reunification of those who have been separated. This is not about political affiliation but instead about compassion. My little boy is 3 and I haven't spent a night away from him in all that time. I cant imagine weeks or months not know where he was or who was looking after him. The idea alone has given me nightmares.

Here are a few links with ways to help:
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, in Texas has a family reunification fund that helps undocumented immigrants pay bonds; usually at least $1500

The Arizona-based Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project provides legal services to immigrants and unaccompanied children.

Kids in Need of Defense partnered with Target to create Baby2Baby, a registry where you can purchase diapers and other essentials for immigrant children.

Purchase snacks, toiletries, and medicine for children through Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley’s Amazon wish list. The organization shelters immigrants released from custody.

I will be adding a $25 gift card to Butterfly Reflections Ink (not affiliated with this hop but my own personal donation)  for anyone who comments on my blog post or adds a card to the link up below. Some of the other participants will be offering prizes as well!

 ( Sandy, Veronica, Dana & More below)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Breathe Rainbows Blog Hop

Hello I'm back with a new card; this time for a an adorable hop! Today we're showcasing the brand new, exclusive Butterfly Reflections Ink and Kimma Parish Collab stamp set - Breathe Rainbows!

These images are absolutely adorable; plus with that sloth I HAD to have it!
Some of the Butterfly Reflections Ink Design Team (past and present) have joined together to show off this cute & whimsical set! We can't wait for you to see all of the amazing creations!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us!
Hop Along below if you missed any stops!

Butterfly Reflections Ink
Cassie Tezak
Mona Toth
Lynnea Hollendoner
Samantha Mann
Christiana Reuling
Laurie Case &
Sharna Waksmulski...You are Here

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Glowing! (Lawn Fawn)

Hell everyone! Thought I’d play along with this months Lawn Fawnatics Challenge for card sets! I originally started with the bigger card that I can give to the receipiant and the smaller cards as a gift. All done with the new Little Fireflies stamps combined with the older set Gleeful Garden. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sweet Monster Wishes (Neat & Tangled)

Hello, back again with another video! This time using Neat and Tangled’s Little Monster stamp set. I was in a rainbow after the storm kind of mood so that’s what inspired this card. I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment!

Go see the Video in HD.
Copics used: Rv02, RV00 YR02, YR00 Y02, Y000 G05, G00 B02, B00 V01, V000 BV01, BV000 N8, N6, N4, N2, N0 Distress inks: Picked Raspberry Wild Honey Lucky Clover Mermaid Lagoon Wilted Violet Daniel Smith Watercolor: Lunar Black

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hoppy Card Video (Lawn Fawn)

Hello crafty friends! Im here with a new card video for you today featuring the new Lawn Fawn set toadally awesome and the Bayou Backdrop die. I hope you enjoy! Please Subscribe  be to my you tube channel if you would like notifications for my future videos.


Copic Markers
Frogs/Lily Pads: YG 23, YG 21, YG00 YG 17
Lily Pad flower: RV00, RV02, RV04
Dragon fly: B00

Ranger Inks
Distress Oxide Peacock Fthrs
Distress Oxides Broken China
Distress Oxide Twisted Citron

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nuvo Glimmer Paste & Mousse (Neat & Tangled)

Hello everyone! I am back again with another video tutorial for you. Please enjoy!

Video Here

If there are other things you would enjoy me making a video of or technique you want filmed please let me know below in the comments!

Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Golden Crystal, Silver Gem & Moonstone
Color Factory PA214 5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
Neat & Tangled Stencil - Geometric Circles

Monday, February 19, 2018

Texture Paste & Stencils (Neat & Tangled)

Hello everyone! I'm here today with a quick tutorial on using texture paste & stencils. I have included a short video below.

Click here to see in HD on YouTube!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Puppy's Favorite Things (Release Week Neat & Tangled)

Last card for this release! I had so much fun joining the rest of the DT for this months release. Hope I provided a little inspiration. Thank you so much for all the love here and on Instagram!!

See day 1 here
Day 2 here
Day 3 here

& Neat and Tangled here!

Onto the card...

I just about squealed when I saw this little guy. Kitty's favorite things is one of my favorite stamps & this is the perfect friend. I made so many Kitty cards that I will now have to make a bunch of Puppy cards for all my dog loving friends. This dog was customized for a friends birthday to look just like her pooch. I can't wait to surprise her!

The background is done with a some ink blended cracked pistachio distress oxide ink and spritzed with a light misting of water. I thought the tiny stars out of my sequin mix from Lucy's Little Things worked as a perfect little bit of glitz on this otherwise pretty CAS card.

Thanks again! Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Schoolhouse (Release Week Neat & Tangled)

Hi! back again for day 3 too! Can you tell I am enjoying this release?

Day 1 is here.
Day 2 is here.

Neat & Tangled is here.

Onto the cards!

The background again is just a soft wash of distress ink in Hickory Smoke & Peacock Feathers. The adorable bear & accessories are copic colored. I added some of the teal sequins from the new Starry Night sequin mix. I thought this worked well for thank you teacher cards.

I also wanted to make a gender neutral card to give to a friend so this time I only used Nuvo drops for accents.  These little mice were my favorite. I thought the background reminded me of a chalk board.

I want to make a few more and have a set!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

You're A Gem (Release Week Neat & Tangled)

Back for day two of this release for Neat & Tangled.

See Day 1 here.

Here is a look at today's stamp/die set & sequins:


And my design:

This set of gemstones was so much fun to play with I just couldn't stop! I white heat embossed the gems first on some watercolor cardstock before water coloring with several shades of distress ink. The background was just a light wash that I dried with my heat tool & then spattered with the same inks I used for the gems before stamping my sentiment. I added the die cut gems once they dried along with the new Starry Night sequin mix which has to be my new favorite!

Visit the Neat & Tangled blog for the rest of the design team & more info on the release.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Together (Release Week Neat & Tangled)

Hello!! I am so excited to be joining the Neat and Tangled crew for release week. 
Kicking of this release today with this fun sentiment set, Together. 

I just love all the different uses for this set!

I water colored the background first using some distress inks in Abandon Coral, Worn Lipstick and Tattered rose. I used the coordinating dies to the stamp set to die cut first in this gorgeous coral colored card stock for the background die and then die cut the sentiment Together in Neenah Solar White card stock. I chose the companion sentiment In Spirit so I could send this to a friend who could use a pick me up. I heat embossed that on a small stripe of black. Lastly I used the Sherbet Sequin Mix from N&T and I know a few look purple but they are actually iridescent and pick up blue/purple one way and peachy sparkle the other. They are some of my favorite sequins for summer.

Don't forget to check everyone else's cards at the Neat & Tangled blog!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crafty Christmas Collaboration

I was so super excited when my friend Jess asked me to be a part of her Crafty Christmas Collaboration series! If you are new to the collaboration please visit the original post by Jess here. Basically we all know what its like to face last minute holiday cards and as a way to combat this Jess decided to make cards all year long. As an extra exciting way to keep up the spirit she decided to invite her friends to play along in a crafty collaboration. Each of us put together some supplies to send and an extra for ourselves and this is what we used to make our cards! I was so anxious to see what she would send! See what she made with my supplies here!

Oh man I had a tough time deciding what to send! I had picked out four different company stamp sets and just couldn't narrow it down. So like Christy did last month I snooped her feeds for what she didn't show having used before. This cut out two companies right away. And in the end I had to go with Lawn Fawn since that was the company I bought my first real set of stamp from. Since I didn't get to use this set over the holidays, I figured it was the perfect time to bring it out! I went a little overboard in sending stuff I hoped she would like...

And so here is what she sent me:

I was immediately inspired by what she sent that I sat down that day to make my card. I mean who can resist The Greeting Farm? Jess must have snooped too because I don't own this set. (but I plan on fixing that really soon) As well as the Be Merry Sentiment from Wplus9. That sentiment set was my go to this year. 

For my own card I did a quick distress ink background, a little copic coloring and finished it off with some layers of Lawn Fawn papers. Which I also didn't use much of this year even though they are very much in my favorite colors!

and a close up: 

When I got Jess' supplies I was in the middle of playing with my new Distress Ink Oxides and decided to do a bunch of ink smooshed backgrounds. These are some of my favorite non traditional colors for the holiday.  I used the same inks to color the scarf on the bead. Jess knows how much I love to watercolor and my images were stamped on watercolor paper so I had a blast watercoloring all my stuff. I just had to use all the critters and used the banner to tie everything together. I even had to add tiny stars to the bears scarf. 

and a close up:

Seriously this bear tho!

Please head over to Jess' blog to discover what she made with our supplies. Be sure to leave a comment at both our blogs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn! Plus you can link up your own cards all year long at Jess's blog for a chance to win a big grand prize in December so you have to go check it out!

Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!