Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

It's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I stamped this Unity image called Coffee Side by Side and colored with my Spectrum Noirs.

 I mounted it on gray and then put it on this great Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Sea Glass.
Sentiment is from Friendship Messages from SSS.

It's really gray here today with not much sunshine. This closeup shows the colors a bit better.

For embellishments I punched and watercolored some little hearts and added some teal twine. 
Thanks for stopping along the hop today!

If you didn't come here from the hop then you should go check it out. There are lots of prizes to be won!

Friday, February 20, 2015

I like Big Books.....

and I can not lie!

I have no idea where I first saw this wording. But I've since seen it many times! And I wish I was clever enough to have originated it. And I apologize if that song is stuck in your head now!

I needed a quick bookmark so I grabbed a tag already sitting on my desk. Added a few Distress inks. Stamped image and text. Colored books using my Spectrum Noir markers. Tied a bunch of twine to the top. I sprayed a clear matte top coat on the bookmark to prevent any ink from marking my books.

The books are from this Unity stamp set and the letters are random StudioG.

I am totally makiing more of these but I'll plan it out better and take more than 5 minutes to get it done!

Thanks for stopping by.


It's Friday! And time for Unity's Friends with Flair!

I started this card using this sketch from The Paper Girls Challenge blog:

I used the flower stamp fom this Unity kit and watercolored the image.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 2, 2015

January 12 Tags of 2015

I LOVE playing along with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags series! But wouldn't you know I never manage to get linked up in time.:(

So this is my January tag inspired by his:

I don't have very many of Tim's embellishments so I have to create my own. His tag was collaged with his tissue paper. I stamped images onto tissue paper to make my own. I used a combo of Tim's stamps and some Unity. I forgot to take a before photo but here is what was left after I cut out what I glued onto the tag:

On top of the tissue was lots of layers of spray ink and distress paint. I don't have his chit-chat words so I created my own using my label maker! It worked out better because I got to choose the words that I wanted to represent my year.

I also didn't have his Alpha Parts so I painted and grunged up some really old chipboard:

Linking up to:
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
Unity Friends with Flair

Thanks for stopping by today and wish me luck getting February's tag linked up in time!

Happy Anniversary

I've got a little anniversary card today for the current Paper Girls challenge. Nevermind the weird photo. It's dark and I was using my camera light. I plan to replace it with a better one if the sun comes out tomorrow. I say "if" because you just never know up here in the Pacific Northwest. sigh.

I stamped this pretty little vase trio from a Unity set onto watercolor paper. Painted it with various purple and blue watercolors (inspired by Unity's challenge). I matted it onto this beautiful purple cardstock. Some teal twine and a simple sentiment later and it was done.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Linkiing up to;
Unity Stamp {be inspired} challenge
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge

Monday, January 19, 2015


Hi folks! I finally have something to blog. I have actually made a few things in the last two months but just haven't found the time to blog. Hopefully I'll be able tocatch up soon. I made this card for our challenge over at The Paper Girls which is to use cork.

I pulled out Crate Paper's Story Teller line. This is still one of my favorite lines. Such great patterns and colors. I die-cut the sentiment from cork paper and punched out the hearts from the same paper too.

Sorry for the grey photo. It's hard to photograph projects here in the Pacific Northwest. It really is as grey and cloudy as you've heard it is! Oh well. We have great summers at least! If any of you reading this have a light box/tent to recommend I'd love to know what you use.

I hope you can find some time to come play with our challenge and win a great prize.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank you just for being you

Our current challenge over at The Paper Girls is to make a Thank You card.

So here's what I have:

The floral and chevron strips are washi tape. The aqua floral paper is from BasecGrey's Hipster line (I love that paper!). And the stamp is from Simon Says Stamp - I think it was an exclusive to one of their monthly card kits last year.

Easy peasy. And now I have a Thank You card to send (and who doesn't need more of those!) and I put a very small dent in my washi collection.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snow Day shaker card

Hi! I am over at the Craft Warehouse blog today with 3 Christmas cards. I got to use Lawn Fawn's Snow Day collection. Go have a peek!

I also had this shaker card that I made. My first shaker card. These are so much fun!
 I used Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and a waterbrush to paint the snowy hills. Then I used the Snow Day stamp set to stamp the snowflakes, tree line, rabbit, and sentiment. There are also matching dies for the stamps So I used those to cut out the rabbit and single tree.
 Then I used random sequins and glitter to fill my frame. I can't wait to make more!

Thanks for stopping by today.

And thanks to Craft Warehouse for having me as a designer today. If you are in the Pacific Northwest please stop by one of their stores - they are great!

Monday, October 20, 2014

1-year-old layout

I just found this photo of my niece in my craft room. Oh my goodness she was a cutie.
 I had to scrap it right away.

 I created a background for the photo using texture paste and a stencil. After it was dry I rubbed some gold gelato on it. I sprinkled some olive paint across the page. Punched a bunch of butterflies and popped them with foam. Added an Epiphany Crafts epoxy heart. And finally hung some chipboard from some twine.

I need to find more photos of her and scrap them too. It was fun making something so girly (which I rarely do since I have 3 boys)!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm posting this over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. Our current challenge is Anythng Goes. Come join us for a chance to win some crafting goodies!

Monday, September 29, 2014

cup of love

 Hi folks! It's National Coffee Day and I am participating in the Coffee Lovers Bloghop and this is my second entry. Click here if you'd like to see my card.

I've been working on getting my craft room organized and decorated and decided to make some art for it. So I painted this little 6x6 canvas. I love it and can't wait to get it hung on the wall.

 It's a little hazy here in the Pacific Northwest today so I'm not sure how much of the true colors are coming through on this photo. 

The word COFFEE is stamped using Simon Says Stamp's Sketched Alphabet stamp set. Due to the texture of the canvas the sketchiness didn't show well, so I filled it in with a paintbrush.

And since it is National Coffee Day I am sharing my morning mug of Pumpkin Spice. I was feeling a little Halloween spirit today! I wait all year to use this The Nightmare Before Christmas mug that I've had for years. It's nice and tall and holds a LOT of coffee :)  And yes, my desk is always that messy. Sometimes even worse. Hey - I just noticed that you are getting a 2-for-1 today on mugs. I use that old cracked tree mug in the background to hold water when I paint.

(I'm taking it as a sign that today will be a great day since my manicure soooo matches my mug!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Feel free to come enter the blog hop for your chance to win one of the many many prizes up for grabs!