Monday, November 7, 2022

Winter Wishes

 So, since I was working on my blog I decided to take a look at the current challenges over at the Simon Says Stamp blog.  The Monday challenge is Christmas.  This afternoon I finished a new winter background piece with the Tim Holtz Holiday Mica sprays and I decided to put together a card with it.  

I started with the Simon Says stamp Filigree Snowflakes embossing folder and blended some Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Mermaid Lagoon distress inks on it and then sprayed it with Mica sprays (Shiny Bauble, Snow Flurries & Winter Frost).  It is hard to capture in pictures just what it looks like.  I took a picture of the background piece before I put the card together and it looks completely different than it does in the picture of the finished card.

The lighting & angle was different for this picture.  I really wanted this background piece to be the focal point of the card so I decided to just use a die-cut greeting and some rhinestones to finish it off.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words: Script set.  I cut it from white card stock and used the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen to give it some sparkle.  Some blue rhinestones and a couple of pearls add a little more sparkle.

Here is a pic of my new crafting assistants! Gus & Rella!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Sunday, November 6, 2022

Welcome Back!

 Well now, it's been a minute since I have updated my blog...or several!!!  😂

Where to begin....the last few years have been challenging to say the least.  So much has happened and I just haven't had the time to sit down and edit and post on my blog like I have wanted to.  I know the last few years have probably been crazy in so many ways for so many people.  There have been lots ups and downs.  Things finally seem to be getting a little settled for me so I decided to start updating my blog again.  Hopefully this goes a little better this time.  I will update my blog with new projects that I am currently working on as well as some stuff I have made over the last few years. These are projects that I may have posted on my facebook page or my instagram or I was totally lazy and didn't post anywhere.  

As usual since I haven't had as much time for crafting, I have been doing lots of shopping for items.   I will post some the items that I have picked up over the last few years in future posts.  I also have a brand new studio space and as soon as I get it finished, I will post some pics. 

For now, here is a Christmas card that I made last year and I plan on making it again this year.  This one is a tone on tone and I used a lot of white shimmer water color for it.  

I painted a piece of water color paper with the White Gold #906 water color paint from  Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set.  I basically used this color to paint everything on this card. I then embossed the background piece using the Memory Box Snowy Forest 3D embossing folder & the Deer Trio die cut is also from Memory box.  I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words: Script for the greeting.  The greeting was cut out multiple times and stacked to make it stand out from the background.  Painted everything with the same paint a few coats to make it really shine (hard to tell in pictures).  I edged the deer piece with a tiny bit of metallic silver ink and then used foam tape to adhere to card.  Added some details with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Shimmer Pen and some clear rhinestones.  

I am really happy with how this turned out and will definitely be making this one again.  

Well I guess that's it for this post.  I have lots of items to post so I should be back tomorrow with more.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting everyone!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Another Thank You Card!

So I did a bunch of coloring last month for the 30 day coloring challenge and have all these bits and pieces to use up.  I have started putting them together for cards over the last week.  Here is one card I came up with for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "Anything Goes"

The cherry blossom stamp is from an old Flourishes stamp set and I used Memento rich cocoa ink to stamp it on Neenah Desert Storm card stock and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils.  The greeting is from the Tim Holtz Celebrate greetings die set.  I cut it out of black card stock 3 times and stacked it to make it stand out.  I edged the desert storm card stock with a white chalk ink.

Pretty simple card but the coloring took forever.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thank You!

Well it has been a strange few weeks, I have been doing some crafting and coloring bits & pieces.  Putting projects together has been a bit more challenging though.  I did get inspired to make this card however, and I am happy to see that it works for both Simon Says Stamp Challenges this week.  Monday Challenge - create a scene and Wednesday challenge flower power

I started this one by coloring a bunch of the die cut pieces from the Tim Holtz Funky Foliage thinlits set from Sizzix.  I used a combination of copics, prismacolor pencils & distress ink on these pieces.  For the background piece I used the Tim Holtz 3-d texture fades Lumber, I just love 3-d embossing folders, they create such gorgeous backgrounds. I started with Neenah smooth desert sand paper and used distress inks to color it (vintage photo, walnut stain, ground espresso & black soot).

The greeting is from another Tim Holtz Sizzix die set called Celebrate, I cut it out 3 times and stacked it together and colored it with copic markers YG93, YG95 & YG25.

I'm not going to list the colors I used for each individual flower but here is a list of copics & prismacolor pencils I used.  Copics - E42, E43, E59, YG93, BG01, BG11, BG15, YR21 & R14.
Pencils periwinkle, light blue, goldenrod, Sepia, tuscan red, crimson lake, poppy red, moss green & sienna brown.  I also edged everything with vintage photo distress ink.

I had quite a bit of fun making this project, hopefully I will have time to make a couple more cards this week. 

I really hope everyone is staying safe & healthy.
Until next time, happy crafting

Sunday, April 12, 2020


So I have been doing the daily coloring challenge again and creating more pieces to make into cards.  I decided to take a couple of images I have done and make them into a card for the Simon Says Monday Challenge Add Texture.

I started by layering a few different patterned papers and then popping the greeting and the gal up on foam dots and adding some rhinestones.  It's a simple card but I kind of find myself in a bit of a creative slump right now...anyone one else feeling that way.

Updated info - The Groovy diecut was cut out on my Cricut Explore Air 2 and is from the Groovy Times cartridge.  I switched most of it to dray and colored it with copic marker (Y19, YG25, BG18, BG15 & YR09).  The girl character stamp is from the Kindred Stamps Teen Detective set and I used copic markers to color this image as well (E0000, E000, E00, V04, V05, V12, V15, V17, YR09, YR16, YR18, YG23 & YG25)  as well as Copic Multiliner Wine & a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.  I also used an old Stampin Up stamp set to add the flowers and dotted circles to the yellow patterned paper.  I think the name of that stamp set is "seeing dots".  The patterned paper is mostly from old Bo Bunny 6x6 paper pads, except the tiny blue piece at the front which is from the "Teen detective paper that came in the box set.  Finally finished it off with a bunch of rhinestones!

I'm guessing it has to do with the state of the way the world is right now.  Hope everyone out there is doing well, staying safe & healthy.

I'll be back in a bit to add a few more details, just wanted to get this up before it was too late!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

So Many Plans

I had so many plans for posting this month but jut never got around to it.  I have been working from home and figured I would have so much time for crafting and updating my blog, I just didn't get it done.
I have been doing  the 30 day coloring challenge and uploading that to my Instagram, so I have been a bit productive!  I now have lots of pieces to use for card making.  As soon as I get them made I will post them here. 
I guess I will still have more crafting time as I will continue to be at home for the next month by the looks of things.  Still hard to believe what is going on in the world right now.  Taking a break each day and doing the coloring challenge definitely helped me maintain my sanity so a big thank you to Kathy over at The Daily Marker for hosting that event.  I believe she is hosting another one from April 7-May 7 if you want to join in for the next round.  I know I will be!  I will probably try to do a few of the challenges over at the Simon Says Stamp blog as well!

For now here are a few of the images I colored this last month!

These little characters are all from Kindred Stamps and I colored them all with copic markers.  I will list the copic colors for each one when I put them on a card.  The blossom piece in behind them , is an old stamp from a company called Flourishes - I do believe this company has gone out of business. 

For this next piece I used the Tim Holtz Mechanics 3D texture fade embossing folder.  This is one of my all time favorite embossing folders.  The picture below it is all the inks I used on the piece.  This was supposed to be for the Simon Says stamp Steampunk Challenge but I didn't get a project finished with it.

I totally plan to make something with this over the next few days. As soon as I do I will post it.  I also mentioned I picked up a few pieces for my craft room a few posts back and one of those items is in this picture.  I finally got the Tim Holtz glass mat for my craft desk.  I am so happy with this purchase and it makes doing many of these projects so much easier and clean up is a breeze!

Well thanks for stopping by, please stay healthy and safe everyone!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Another Card!

Here is another card I made this week.  Since the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes, I decided I should post this as well.

For the background piece I used distress inks to make the night sky and the moon.   I used a black marker to create the spiral hill.  The cute little characters are from the Kindred Stamps set Holidays are a Nightmare (Retired), I colored them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out and added them to the card.  

Ok, that's all the details for this card.  I'll be back in a couple of days with another post.
Happy Crafting, thanks for stopping by!

Boldly Go!

I made a card for the Anything Goes challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.

For this one I made a watercolor galaxy background and edged it and the greeting with silver embossing powder.  The greeting & the ship stamp are both from the Kindred Stamps Space Explorers set.  I colored it the ship with copic markers and then covered it with clear embossing powder to make it shiny!  The planets are done with prismacolor pencils.  Popped the ship up on foam squares to make it really stand out.

Will be back soon with another post.  I have been busy making some cards this week.

Happy Crafting everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Add A Sentiment

Hello again....2 posts  in 2 days!!!  It may never happen again LOLS 😊.  So when I don't have enough time to sit down and make a complete project I will tackle smaller pieces.  Sometimes I will create background pieces, stamp out a bunch of images to color or simply sit down and color pieces.  That way when I get to spend some time in my craft room I can just pull out all the pieces and make something.  This is a card I made that works well for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add A Sentiment.

For this card I used patterned paper from an old Bo Bunny 6" paper collection called Head Over Heels.  I cut the Love sentiment out on the Cricut Explore Air 2 as well as the hearts.  For the glitter heart I covered the paper with a double sided sticker sheet first and then added some glitter ritz ultra fine red glitter.  I had originally cut the greeting out of pink card stock but decided it need to be darker so I colored it with some copic markers and popped it up with foam tape.  I added a few rhinestones in top corner for a little more bling.

I guess that is all the details for this cards....will try and return with another project soon.  Hopefully it won't take a few months 😊

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Frame It!

Well my plan from October obviously failed, but oh well!  I have had some crafting time recently and been working on a bunch of different things.  As well, over the last year I have made a few purchases of items for my craft studio and some new supplies.  I will post more about those that I actually have time to post again.

First though I thought I might do a challenge or two to get me to actually post 😊

The first place I always go when I am looking for a craft challenge is over to the Simon Says Stamp challenge blogs.  They are always so much fun and provide so much fabulous inspiration!  This weeks Monday challenge is Frame It and I made a card that works well for this challenge.

The cute little character in the middle is from the Legendary stamp set by Kindred Stamps and I colored it with Copic markers.  I did a few accents with a gold marker & a rhinestone on the crown.  The green frame piece (from the Antiquities card cartridge) was cut on my Cricut Explore Air 2   (one of those new pieces I was talking about 😃 ).  This is a nice simple card that can be used for many occasions.

Ok, that's it for now,  back to crafting and see what pieces I have that I can put together for another card.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting everyone.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

How on Earth..... it the middle of October already.  I was so positive I was going to be better at posting this year, but life got in the way.  We ended up moving our store yet again and that took months of extra work before, during and after the move.  So here we are mid October and I finally have a little crafting time.  Hopefully I will be able to spend more time in my craft studio over the next few months.  I will endeavor to update my blog as I go. 

I did pick up a bunch of new craft supplies this year, I have made a few things and I will try and post the older projects over the next few weeks. 

You will notice in my last post from way back in January that I am really loving the stamps from Kindred Stamps!  I did buy quite a few more sets this year and I finally got a chance to make a card with some of them. 

When I get new sets, I tend to stamp a bunch of the images out and color the images in while watching TV.  I cut the images out and then make cards with them.

Here is the first card I made using the Bursting Love stamp set.   I stamped the images with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored them with copic markers.  The back ground panel was made with the the Tim Holtz 3d texture fade embossing Folder "Foundry" and several inks (distress inks pumice stone, & hickory smoke, memento london fog, prima tin can & encore silver metallic)  the additional strip was a small piece cut from another texture fade panel (colored with the same inks) but this one is called "Mechanics" and I added a few black rhinestones. 

Guess that's about it for this post.  Will attempt to be back with more in a few days! (fingers crossed 😊)
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  We have been super busy at the store, so I haven't had much time for crafting and now we are doing inventory!!!  I did buy myself some new stamps for Christmas and I have been doing a bit of coloring.  All the stamps I bought are from Kindred Stamps and I can't wait to get some projects made from these.  I just love all of their stamps, I have well over a dozen stamps sets and probably 30 more on my wish list.

So here are a couple of pics of my stamp haul and some coloring I have been working on.  I also got the Limited Edition Space Heroes mystery box. You can see a couple of the stamps you would get in that set in the picture below.  I'm not posting a full picture of what's in the Mystery box because it's a mystery until you get it 😊

 Plus I got all these awesome stamp sets!
 Here are some of the characters I had before and I have made a few cards with some of these.
I will post a few of them another day!
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes!

I had so much fun making this poinsettia card that I decided to make another!  I changed it up a bit this time and added even more gold embossing!!!  Can you ever have too much gold embossing...LOLS!  This one is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Warm Winter Wishes"

I used all the same items to create the poinsettia, I just changed up everything else! 
When I first put the card together it didn't have the gold embossed design on the side!  The card seemed to be missing some detail so I added it at the end.  I think it just needed that added detail to complete it. 
 The greeting was die cut using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Word Script dies and then I embossed it with Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder. 
Products used for this project!
Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia Die
Copic Markers (R22, R24, R27, R29, G24, G28 & G29)
Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Word Script Dies
Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes stamp set (lovely swirly detail on side of card)
Patterned paper from the Saint Nick 6"x6" paper pad by Fancy Pants Designs

I think that's all the important details for this card.
Thanks for stopping by & happy crafting everyone!