Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Linda!

Hi All!
Today I'm celebrating my dear friend Linda's Birthday along with some other talented ladies.  It may not be her birthday here in the U.S. yet but it is in Australia and we wanted to be sure she had something extra special to wake up to on her birthday.

Linda I hope you have a very special birthday!  You are a shining star and I'm so happy to call you my friend.  By the way I will be sending this card to you a little late, so when it does finally arrive in Australia I give you permission to celebrate your birthday all over again. :) HUGS!


If you want to hop along with us from the beginning in celebration of Linda's special day here is the blog hop list and if you are already hopping along your next stop is Tina!

mary dawn quirindongo
jennifer mcguire
danielle walls
cheiron brandon
kelly marie alvarez
leslie hanna
stephanie britt
cristina martinez
melissa shea
chari moss
tina basa
stephanie klauck
lucy newton
kelly latevola

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Young Crafter Unite Challenge #17

Time again for another Young Crafters Unite! Challenge.  This month we are focusing on "Something Sweet" so I inked up the new Here's the Scoop set from Lawn Fawn, it's full of sweet images!


I stamped and cute out 6 ice creams on white cardstock and colored the cones with copics.  The scoop is paper pieced from patterns from the Bright Side petite paper pack.  I embellished each scoop with a little stardust stickles "sprinkles" and tied some strawberry twine around the scoop.

Be sure to visit the Young Crafters Unite blog to see the other creations by the design team and to play along with us with your holiday creations.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Tags

Hello! I hope everyone is staying warm, it got very cold in WNC today.  Brrrr! I have a couple tags I made for gifts to share today.  One is cut from a reject piece that was left over from when I made THIS card. The other was just sort of experimental but turned out rather lovely. :)


For the tag on the left I captured the snow dots background stamp under clear embossing of the starburst background.  Then I applied distress ink to the not embossed areas.  The wood veneer trees I colored with metallic distress stains (antique bronze on large tree and tarnished brass for small tree).  Over top of the stain I put copper stickles for the big tree & cinnamon stickles for the small one. And finally I finished it off with some dots of platinum stickles and coppery tinsel twine.

The tag on the right I die cut from pattern paper and inked with festive berries distress ink.  I then stamped the flourish tree with tarnished brass & brushed pewter.  The wood veneer snowflakes are colored with brushed pewter stain and then a layer of silver stickles.  I finished it off applying some silver stickles around the edges and into the center some using my finger and then some silver tinsel twine.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lawn Fawn + Faber Castell Week

Hi Friends,
This week the Lawn Fawn design team is teaming up with Faber Castell.  I used some of the metallic products for my project.


I used a silver gelato and with a touch of gold gelato in the corners on the piece of canvas and blended them with water to smooth them out.  The frame was hand drawn with a gold & copper artist pens.  The tree from Critters in the Forest is white embossed on green card stock then embellished with the silver artist pen and red sequins.  I added tiny silver gems to the centers of the sequins to finish them off and then of course a lawn trimmings peppermint twine bow for the top. :)

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn & the Faber Castell blogs all week for projects using both products.


Saturday, December 15, 2012


Happy Saturday! Today I am blogging over at A Blog Named Hero with some simple paper ornaments.  These are super simple and even a good project to do with kids! Go check it out!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lawn Fawn + May Arts

This week the Lawn Fawn Design Team is teaming up with May Arts to bring you some fun projects using lawn fawn stamps in combination with yummy May Arts ribbon.  I created a wreath ornament using a few May Arts products and the Bows and Holly stamp set from Lawn Fawn.


I also made a video tutorial showing how I made this project, you can check it out on the Lawn Fawn Blog or on the Lawn Fawn YouTube Channel HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog all week long for more fab May Arts projects!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snowy Shaker

Today I'm sharing a fun shaker card as part of the Tangled up in Christmas event going on over on the Neat & Tangled Blog.



Be sure to stop by the Neat & Tangled Blog all this month for daily holiday projects that inspire! :)


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Bee Mine

Hi Friends,
Sorry I'm a little late posting today... I was working! Yay!  So It's Inspiration week for Lawn Fawn's mini Valentine's release.  Today we are featuring Bee Mine and super cute new mini set.

I made this simple little tag, it would be great for a little Valentine's treat.  Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see more projects with this sweet little set and comment there for a chance to win!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Here's the Scoop

Hi Friends,
It's inspiration week for a mini Valentine's release from Lawn Fawn, the first set we are featuring is a fun ice cream themed set called Here's the Scoop!


I created some fun projects that could be for Valentine's day or any day of the year.  The jar is a jelly jar, I "inked" the lid with silver alcohol ink to cover up all the writing and wrapped the jar with some paper.  The twine around the lid is adhered down with double sided adhesive strip.  The rosette could be used as the front of a card, a tag on a package or to decorate some other type of container.  I wish I could have found ice cream flavored jelly beans for my jar, I will have to be on the look out for them.  :)

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for other projects from the Design Team using this super cute set!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bursting with Holiday Cheer

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are all having a fabulous Friday.  I can't believe that tomorrow is the first day of December, wow how the year has flown by.  Today I have a holiday card to share that's bursting with cheerfulness. :) This card uses lots of new goodies and a technique from one of the online card classes.


So the technique I used is combination of trapped embossed resist and kissing technique.  Basically I inked up the starburst background stamp with versamark and the snow dots background stamp with soft granite then kissed the two stamps together transferring the snow dots pattern to the starburst stamp.  I then stamped the starburst stamp onto my card stock and embossed the versamark ink with clear embossing powder, trapping the dots underneath. I then applied evergreen bough distress ink around the outside and some iced spruce distress ink at the center where the rays come together.  I also gave the point where the rays converge a little spray of perfect pearls pearl mist for a burst of shimmer behind my tree.


The wood tree was let's say, experimental.  I initially sprayed it with a very dark green spray ink. But thought it was too dark so I flipped it over and sprayed the other side with Dylusions lime green ink mist.  Some of the darker green from the back side weeped around the edges and gave it a very interesting look. I covered it with a thin layer of green stickles for a little sparkle. And finally I finished it off with the sentiment word bubble. Which, by the way, is stamped in the most awesome of red inks, red royal shadow ink from Hero Arts, so bright and even when it dries.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Neat & Tangled Holiday Tag

Hi, today the Neat & Tangled Design team is sharing some holiday tags on the Neat & Tangled Blog.  Here is the holiday tags I created using a couple sets, one of which isn't even a holiday set! :)


I created the background of my tag using distress markers on watercolor paper.  I cut the tag out of watercolor paper with a die then white embossed the snowflake image from hey cookie.  I used tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans & chipped sapphire markers for the background.

I colored the blue from lightest to darkest diagonally across the tag.

I then used a paint brush and some perfect pearls mist in pearl to blend the blues together.

Once dries the pearl will come out more and create a lovely shimmer over everything.  I made the snow bank by cutting white card stock, covering it with glossy accents and then rock candy dry glitter. I am really loving the sparkly snow effect this has.

The tree & bear images are also embossed and colored with distress inks & water. I added snow to the tree with picket fence distress stickles and added tinsel twine as the hanger. 

If you haven't already visit the Neat & Tangled blog today and tomorrow to see the collection of tags!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Britta!!!!!

Welcome to a very special Birthday Blog Hop for a very special Birthday Girl, Miss Britta Swiderski! You should be arriving from Marie's blog (which is the beginning of the hop).

Britta is the absolute sweetest and I'm so happy to call her my friend. My only wish is that she didn't live far away. Happy, Happy Birthday Britta! I hope it is as awesome as you are!


Britta this card is on it's way to you (along with something else super fun!) but it may arrive a day late.  That just means you can celebrate your birthday for two days right?

Now, to continue on with more birthday awesome-ness hop on over to Chunyan's blog! :)


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paper Holiday Ornaments

Hello! Today I have a video tutorial over on the Lawn Fawn Blog showing how to make these simple holiday ornaments using Lawn Fawn stamps and paper.


I also think these would be great on gifts too, a little something to decorate your presents and then put them on your tree when all the gifts are opened! You can check out the video HERE on the Lawn Fawn blog or HERE on Lawn Fawn YouTube Channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Bookmark

Hi Everyone.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving for those who celebrated it.  I myself and Thanksgiving-ed out! After 3 Thanksgiving meals in less than a week I've seen enough turkey for awhile.  I'm sharing my last guest design project with Fresh Squeezed Stamps today using Tickle Me Fancy.  I thought this feather image would look nice with a watercolor technique so that is just what I did.


I cut a piece of thick watercolor paper to 2 inches by 6 inches then embossed the feather image with white embossing powder.  I used distress markers to color in the feathers then went back over them with a paint brush and perfect pearl mist water to blend the colors. On the purple feathers I did use seedless preserves distress ink for the darkest color so I pressed my ink pad to an acrylic block and mixed in the pearly water from there to paint the dark color.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed the Ranger will make markers in the seasonal distress colors before too long. :)  You can do this same thing using the pads as well, I just find the markers better for detailed images.  The background I colored using just the ink pad ink and plain water.


You can see in this close up that the feathers have a lovely shine which is a nice contrast to the matte background.

Be sure to check out the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Blog for ideas using their stamps. And check out their website and shop as well at

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Young Crafters Unite! Challenge #16

It's that time again...time for another Young Crafters Unite challenge.  Of course as we head into the holiday season we have chosen a holiday theme for this challenge. Here is my creation.


I used kraft cardstock and white embossing powder to give my little gingerbread family and the picture frame the cookie look of gingerbread with white icing.  I think it turned out really cute.  I colored in the red and dark brown shadows on the frame using colored pencils and for the peppermint I used my versamark marker to fill in the white stripes so that they could be embossed as well.

Be sure to visit the Young Crafters Unite blog to see the other creations by the design team and to play along with us with your holiday creations.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Hi Friends!
Today I'm sharing a video tutorial over on the Lawn Fawn Blog showing how to make these cute and fun place cards to brighten up your holiday table this Thanksgiving. 


You can view the video on how I made these HERE on the Lawn Fawn Blog or HERE on the Lawn Fawn YouTube Channel.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Poppin' By

Hi Friends,
I'm popping in today with another Fresh Squeezed Stamps card.  I used the Soda-lighted set to create this fun card with A LOT of glossy accents! :)


I stamped six bottles on Neenah solar white cardstock and did some simple coloring with copics.  I then cut them out and arranged them around my sentiment on the card base, the tops of the bottles that I trimmed off the sides of the card are what I used to fill in some of the spaces so I used most all my scrap pieces of my bottles. (In hind sight I should have done this next step before I adhered them down to the card but sometimes you don't think of things like this when creating)  I added star dust stickles to each bottle by spreading on a layer with my finger.  Then I covered each bottle with a layer of glossy accents.  I cut out the labels, which I stamped using soft granite shadow ink, then pressed them into the glossy accents.  The moisture from the stickles and glossy accents really warped my card.  And I managed to flatten it out some by ironing it once everything was dry. I let it dry overnight before attempting this.  If I did it over I would gloss up the bottles and let them dry before placing them on my card.

Be sure to check out the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Blog for ideas using their stamps. And check out their website and shop as well at

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Winter Bunny Tag

Hello Friends,
Today I'm sharing a tag that was featured on the Lawn Fawn blog on Monday.  It features Winter Bunny which was one of the very first Lawn Fawn stamps I ever purchased (along with Frosties).  The first time I saw winter bunny I was sold.  My mother loves bunny rabbits, and I bought it to make a tag for her for Christmas that year.  This time I have paired this sweet bunny with Let It Snow.


I embossed winter bunny with versafine black ink & clear embossing powder on water color paper and used distress markers and a water brush to color him.  The polka dots I added using a white gel pen.  I stamped the chevron trees from Let it snow on the blue tag using two shades of green ink and then stamped the snow in the sky with white ink.  Before the ink was dry I applied perfect pearl powder to give the snow some shimmer.  For the snow bank I cut a second tag out of white then cut the shape of the bank.  I applied glossy accents to the entire piece with my finger and dumped Rock Candy dry stickles on top to create the crystal snow.  Mom might be getting another bunny tag this year! :)

On a totally unrelated note...My husband and I escaped to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a couple days earlier this week.  We visited the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum while we were there and as silly as it sounds it was really a fun experience.  They have over 20,000 sets in this museum and they are for the most part grouped together by theme (vegetables, fruit, animals, etc).  Here are a few pictures I took with my phone.  It only cost $3 and it was a really fun to see all the creative design that went into the thousands of shakers.

That's all for today, thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Very Fawny Holiday: Ornate Ornaments

Hello Friends!
It's not too early to start thinking about your Holiday projects and this week we are having a very Fawny Holiday week at the Lawn Fawn Blog!  Today I am featuring Ornate Ornaments and have made another candle holder using this set.


If you want to see how I made this I made a video tutorial about it on the Lawn Fawn blog.  I did discover that the markers will bleed a little when applying the sealer so just be careful and try not to drag the glue across the solid areas into the white too much.  But honestly when it is lit with a candle you don't notice these imperfections so much.  Another option would be to stamp on colored tissue paper and cut the shapes out to create solid colors.


Also another tip, if you have colors that don't show up as well as you hoped once everything is glued down and dry, try adding some glitter to enhance those areas.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Stamps: With Sympathy

Today I have a Sympathy card to share using the Tickle Me Fancy set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.


I decided to play with the solid feather image and try out some embossing.  I stamped the line of feathers in versamark then shook on each embossing powder only onto certain areas.  I applied frayed burlap distress ink to the kraft cardstock after embossing, the darker color make the feathers stand out more.  The sentiment is stamped on a kraft strip with a little twine & a button to finish it off.

Be sure to check out the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Blog for ideas using their stamps. And check out their website and shop as well at

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hello There

Hello There!
Today I'm sharing a fun card I made awhile go but hadn't gotten the chance to share yet.  There is lots of inky goodness on this one.


First I created the background with distress inks then I sprayed my zig zag background stamp with a misting of heirloom gold perfect pearls mist and stamped it onto the inked background.  After making sure my inking was dry I stamped the sentiment and the mustache in Versafine black ink and clear embossed it.  Finally I added black diamond stickles over top of the embossed mustache.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Tickle Me Fancy

Hello! I'm back today with another reveal from Fresh Squeezed Stamps for their November release week!  Today I'm helping introducing the new set Tickle Me Fancy, a set full of feathers! 

And here is what I created with this set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.


I heat embossed the peacock feather with clear embossing powder on white card stock and then blended distress inks over top for a little emboss resist technique.  The feathers that cross over onto the white are stamped in soft pool ink. To get them to line up I put a piece of tracing paper over my distress ink panel, then lined up the white on top of that, it allowed me to line up my feathers without transferring ink onto my colored panel.  I used stardust & lavender stickles to add some shine to my finished card.

Be sure to visit the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog for a change to win a free Tickle Me Fancy set of your very own.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lawn Fawn & Marker Pop

Hi Everyone!
Today we are teaming up with the team from Marker Pop to bring you some creations featuring Lawn Fawn stamps and Copic Markers! I do love my copics so much, they are my go to coloring tool for card making.  I got some great BG copics from Marker Pop and wanted try and combine them with some fall colors as well.  Here is what I came up with.


I love the contrast of the warm fall colors with the bright aqua.  Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog & Marker Pop to see all the other awesome creations featured today!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Soda-lighted

Hello! Today I am happy to be helping the creative ladies at Fresh Squeezed Stamps with their November release week!  Today we are introducing the new set Soda-lighted which is a great set with some Punny sentiments and fun images to go with them.

Here is what I created with this set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.


I did some masking to create the line of flowers along the bottom and cut them out and popped them up from the card base.  The bottle I colored with copic markers and the label I stamped and cut out separately and adhered on top of the bottle.  The "Soda Pop" words are stamped in soft pool ink for the faded look.

Be sure to visit the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog because they are giving away a free Soda-lighted stamp set today.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Toys for Boys!

Just popping in to tell you all that I'm blogging today over on the Neat & Tangled Blog.  I have a fun card that stretches your christmas stamps into a masculine birthday card. :) Go check it out!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Introducing Little Tangles

Hi Everyone! Today we are having a blog hop to introduce the newest challenge blog on the block, Little Tangles! You should have arrived here from Stephanie's blog.  If you want to start at the beginning of the hop please visit the Neat & Tangled Blog. 

Little Tangles is a new challenge blog for those who love Neat & Tangled Stamps.  We are welcoming Little Tangles with a blog hop.  The first challenge will begin Thursday November 15th.  There are 2 prize packs up for grabs, just leave a comment along the way.  The winners will be picked randomly from comments on all the blogs so the more comments you leave the more times you are entered to win.  The hop will end Sunday November 4th at 11:59pm EST so be sure to get all your comments in before then.

To welcome Little Tangles to the blog world I made this cute Hello card.


For this card I used many papers from the Nostalgia pad from My Mind's Eye.  I embossed the little telephones and popped them up on foam adhesive.  For the ribbon, I couldn't find a color in my stash that made me happy so I used distress stain and white silk May Arts ribbon to create my custom colored ribbon. :)

I hope you will mark your calendars to join us on November 15th for our first challenge! There will be a free digital stamp available on the Little Tangles blog so that everyone can join in! Now head on over to Amy's blog to see what she has cooked up. :)


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooky Halloween

Happy Halloween!
This week Lawn Fawn and Scrapbook Adhesives have teamed up to bring you a week filled with awesome projects using their products, and since today is Halloween my project is of course fitting with the holiday.


I combined a few Lawn Fawn sets with some fun October Afternoon papers.  I have really enjoyed using the patterns from the new Witch Hazel collection.  And I used many different Scrapbook Adhesive products as well, including both the thin & thick 3D foam squares, I love that they come in two thicknesses!  The photo squares aren't actually adhered down to the panel behind since I used the foam adhesive, so I used a powder tool to remove the sticky before adhering it to my project.   Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more Scrapbook Adhesive projects!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Frightfully Fun Halloween: Fun with Dies

I'm back with another Spooktacular card featuring memory box dies! I got the graveyard die with the idea of silhouetting it agains a cool background.  So that's just what I did!


I cut the black gauze pattern paper with the graveyard border and then inked the cut edge with black soot distress ink.  The twiggy tree and small bats (also memory box dies) were cut from black cardstock.  The background is pattern paper from the Wtich Hazel collection.  I punched a 2" circle from yellow cardstock and used it to mark my music paper as to where the moon would be.  Then I inked the circle of the moon with wild honey distress ink and the rest of the sky with seedless preserves.  I did spray the paper when I was done inking to let the inks even out more and get a splotchy feeling as well.  For the moon I stamped the spiderweb background on the moon with orange ink, then I coated the whole thing with glossy accents (using my finger) and covered it in the new rock candy dry stickles.  I'm kind of in love with the sparkly moon. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Frightfully Fun Halloween: Treat Bag Toppers

Today I have a fun treat project to share. These treat bag toppers are simple to make and have a little extra fun with some tulle added.


The sentiment flags are stamped on vellum and tucked behind the gathering of tulle. I used a zig zag border punch along the edge of the polka dot paper and put orange paper behind it.  The tulle rosette idea can also be found on my project featured in Sept/Oct Paper Crafts Magazine.  Did you see it? Fun pencil toppers!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Frightfully Fun Halloween: Bat Shaker Card

Today I have a Frightfully Fun Halloween Shaker card to share with you.  I found some bat shaped glitter at my local craft store and that was what sparked the idea for this card.  You could also use some Halloween shaped confetti as well.



You can see a video of how I made this card over on the Lawn Fawn Blog today, check out the post HERE.  Thanks for stopping by!

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