Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wishing You A Lovely Day

Hi, I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  The weather here in Viriginia has been lovely this weekend!  Close to 80 degrees and sunny!  I feel like we went from winter straight to summer.  I am hoping we get some more spring like weather this week.

I am sharing another of the cards that we made in my card class this month.  I like to play around and experiment with different products and see what happens.  I picked up some sparkle texture by Martha Stewart at Michael's the other week and wanted to see what I could do with it.  I first colored a white piece of cardstock using some distress ink with my ink blending tool.  Then I used a pretty damask stencil by Donna Downey and rubbed some of the sparkle texture through it.  It is very thick and grainy, but it looks lovely.  I scraped off the excess and removed the stencil.  The bird and branch is a punch by Stampin' Up.  I colored my pieces using distress ink and then rubbed on some sparkle textued using my fingers.  The sentiment if from Papertrey Ink and the frame stamp is by Fiskars.  I popped the bird and the sentiment frame up.

I sponged on some vintage photo ink over the raised areas to give it a vintage feel.  I am really happy with how this came out and I will be on the look out for more fun supplies to use on my cards.  The sparkle texture can be found in the Martha Stewart paint section in Michaels.

Hope you all have a great week!!



Damask Hello

Hello!!  It's been a few days since I posted a card and I wanted to share this happy hello card that was one of the cards that we made in my card class this month. We have had a long winter here in Virginia and this yellow and white damask just screams spring to me.  I paired it with some pretty silver shimmer paper, gray paper and some fun silver embroidery thread that was fun to fray!  I added the hello die cut from Papertey Ink and a few dew drops and that was it!  Fun, happy, done!!

Sorry the lighting on this one is horrible!!  It is much prettier and springier, (is that even a word, lol?) in real life!

I hope spring has sprung where you live!  Tomorrow we are supposed to get more of the same!  It makes me happy!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to be back soon with another card.  I have a bunch made, I just need to take photos and edit them.



hello die by papertrey ink
silver shimmer paper by recollections
yellow and white damask by recollections

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dry Embossed Hello

It is a wet, dreary day here in Virginia.  What better way to spend my time on a day like this than to play in my crap room!  I have several card classes this week and have been doing lots of prep work for them, but I found time to play along with this week's CAS (clean and simple) challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge is to use dry embossing.  Not a problem, I have a TON of embossing folders and I just ordered a whole bunch of Anna Griffin embossing folders and dies from HSN.  They arrived the other day and they are GORGEOUS!!!!!  I should NOT be allowed to watch that channel!  Just sayin' lol!!!

I embossed a white panel of cardstock  and die cut the sentiment by Avery Elle out of gold pow paper.  I also die cut, stamped and popped my floral image from Pretty Peonies by Papertrey Ink.  You can't see it in the photo but I used  my wink of stella clear pen all over the flower and leaves.  Subtle but very pretty IRL.  I also just bought some fun silver and gold embroidery thread and used the gold on this card.

I had fun making this one and am happy with how it turned out!  Well hopefully the weather improves this week.  I have a new doggy that likes to go on nice long walks!!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

This week's CAS challenge can be found here:



embossing folder by Anna Griffin
Pretty Peonies stamp set and die by PTI
Hello die by Avery Elle

Monday, March 31, 2014


Good morning, I have another super clean and simple card to share today.  I just received the new speech bubble die by Lawn Fawn and also the hello die by Avery Elle and decided to pair them together and make this card.  The speech bubble was die cut using some pretty paper from My Minds Eye Cut & Paste 6x6 pad.  I added some solid pink twine and some more homemade enamel dots and that was it!  It seriously took me 5 minutes to make this card, but I like how it turned out!

Our new dog has a lot of energy, so I am going to take him out for a walk and hopefully wear him out a little.  He is such a sweetie!  I will be back later to post another card or two!



speech bubble die by Lawn Fawn
hello die by Avery Elle
white cardstock by American Crafts
patterned paper by MME
twine by the twinery
homemade enamel dots

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Get Well Soon

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We adopted a beautiful dog on Friday and he is so sweet!  He seems to have a wonderful disposition.  So we have spent the whole weekend bonding with him and making him feel like part of the family :)

I went to an all day crop on Friday with a bunch of awesome ladies and I actually finished 6 cards!!  I don't normally go to crops as I find them a little overwhelming because of all the 'stuff' I have to bring with me, lol!

Anywho, here is one of the cards that I made.

I made this one with a very dear friend in mind who just spent almost a week in the hospital.  I created the background using a stencil from Heidi Swapp and some embossing paste.  While the stencil was still in place, I spritzed some Heidi Swapp color shine over it.  My little enamel dots are also home made.  They are made with melted perler beads.  SO FUN to make!!!

I will be posting the rest of the cards over the next couple of days along with the cards that I will be teaching in my upcoming card class.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello Friend

Oops!  I forgot to post this yesterday.  I recently bought some inktense pencils which I love and they are so easy to use and blend.  I pulled out an oldie stamp set that has not seen any love in a long, long time and colored it using my pencils on watercolor paper.  After I had colored them, I decided it needed a little something, so I used a Tim Holtz stencil and some embossing paste to give it a little texture.  Added a little tag with a stamped sentiment and popped it up.  Adhered it to a kraft base and some white dash lines down the side.  I also added a little shimmer using my wink of stella pen, but the photo doesn't pick it up.  That is it!

I am going to a crop tomorrow (which I don't normally do), so I am trying to get all my supplies together and decide what I want to work on.  I am sure I will take too much and not use half of it, lol!   Anyway, I am looking forward to hanging out with a great group of ladies!!

Enjoy your day!


canson watercolor paper, kraft
inktense pencils by derwent
black archival ink
avery tag
embossing paste - liquitex
stencil - tim holtz
white gel pen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CAS Happy Birthday

Woohoo, second post for me today!  Another quick CAS card that I made yesterday.  I absolutely love this stamp set from Papertrey Ink, The Sweet Life!  So pretty and so easy to use.  I have neglected a lot of my stamps for way too long.  This set is a 3 step stamping set and I love how this came out.  I have the die set for it too, and I'm not sure why I didn't use it lol!  Anyway, very quick, very clean and very simple but I think quite elegant.

The large scale sentiment is perfect for this too I think.  I love the Think Big Favorite line of stamps from Papertrey Ink.  Look at all that white space....... it makes me happy!

Anywho, thanks for looking and have a great day! :)


marshmallow cardstock
archival black ink
ink: spring moss, ripe avocado, sweet blush, hibiscus, raspberry fizz all PTI
stamps:  think big favorites # 12, the sweet life both by PTI (papertrey ink)