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!

coffee = love

 Hi folks! It's National Coffee Day and I am participating in the Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
Did you even know there was such a thing??


My first project is this card:

I could have sworn that I had some coffee stamps somewhere. But I couldn't find anything so I drew this little mug of happiness. Cut it out and popped it up on a panel of watercolored goodness. (Hmm, I'm thinking I could save a lot of money on stamps if I start drawing more of my own images!)


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 :)
Bonus - you know it's gonna be a good day when your manicure matches your mug!

Thanks for stopping by today. You have until midnight tonight if you'd like to enter the hop and win one of the many many prizes up for grabs!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

sorry i'm late

 Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge is Back to School.

 I have this birthday card (that might have been a little late!) hence the overdue library book theme. Even thought they don't use these cards anymore, I sure do remember having them in all my school's library books way back in the day!



The papers are from Lawn Fawn's Dewey Decimal set. I absolutely love these papers!

And speaking of back to school, my kids go back this week! My oldest will be in middle school. Middle school. Gasp. He's getting old. I guess that means I am as well!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

a happy birthday card

Over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog Jessica is letting us design our own challenge!

Here is my card:

For the challenge Jessica wants us to select 3 of the following:
I chose to make a card, to do something messy (used watercolor and spray ink), and use washi.



Pop on over and play along in the challenge with us!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, August 4, 2014

super hero card

 Over at The Paper Girls Challenge, Michele has challenged us to make a superhero project.
I started on a layout of my little guy from a few years back I just couldn't get it finished. So instead I made this superhero card!


I used the Heidi Swapp confetti stencil and some yellow distress ink to get the stars on. I then used Simon Says Stamp's Shoot for the Stars stamps set to add a few larger stars and the red outlined stars. The sentiment is from the same SSS stamp set (which I can't find online - it must have been an exclusive for their kit of the month I guess). See that red punchinella in the back?? I have had that for almost 5 years now! It felt good to finally use some of it up!

Thanks for stopping by today! Come on over and play in our Superhero challenge. Michele has a great prize waiting for the winner!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall Greetings. Sackelope style.

 I made another project using Unity's latest stamp of the week called Pumpkin Greetings.

This time I made another sackelope!

I made this card earlier this week and decided to make this project much brighter and happier and less vintage-y than my card. I layered some bright modern prints and vellum on a striped kraft bag.  I stamped the pumpkins on watercolored paper and colored in with Distress inks and a waterbrush.


Lots of fun was had making this little guy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fall Greetings, a Unity blog hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity blog hop from Unity Stamps!
This time the May and June GIU girls are participating in the hop. We are using the new Stamp of the Week.

I love this little pumpkin designed by Angie Blom (I'm a big fan of hers and she is the reason I love Unity. I have no idea how I found her blog a few years ago but she is the one who lead me to Unity, their kit of the month, and down the mixed media path as well. She has no idea who I am but I was delighted to get one of her stamps! Happy Birthday, Angie!)

So I started by stamping the cute pumpkin onto watercolor paper. I stamped it using a brown Distress Ink and then water-colored it in using a few orange and yellow Distress Inks.The brown ink slowly breaks down with the water to give a cool vintage effect (versus a stark black line if I used my permanent ink like I normally do). I think I learned this technique from Swarup Murthy on the Unity design team. You should definitely try it out some time.

I cut some strips of coordinating papers, added some cool textured ribbon, and placed them behind my panel. Then some twine and the sentiment on a banner and I'm done.
 It may be 90 degrees where I'm at but it sure was fun to play with this pumpkin and think of the cooler days ahead! Thanks for stopping by and here's the rest of the hopping order for you:

Amber Sheaves - you are here!!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

happy day

I made this happy little card using a couple challenges.

First is this lovely inspiration photo from Unity:

And then the current challenge from Simon Says Stamp to use something clear.

 First I used a heart stencil and applied some clear embossing paste. After that was dry I painted on some distress inks using a flat wide brush. The paste will resist the ink. It's really hard to photograph that clear paste!
Make sure you wipe off the ink as soon as you are done painting as even the distress inks can stain the paste. There is a faint orange tint on the top hearts, hardly noticeable though.

Some twine, enamel dots, and a fun stamp from Unity finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy day yourself!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

finally. some crafting.

I haven't crafted in so long it's driving me crazy. We were just on the road for 12 days traveling from Washington to Colorado for two family reunions and some vacation time. I packed a small craft bag with some supplies but still didn't get around to doing much. I'm hoping to spend the next several days crafting up a storm! Or at least sorting and printing the over 500 photos I took and getting some scrapbooking done. :)


My little niece is turning 7 so I needed a quick card to mail her and this is what I came up with:

I was browsing my Pinterest Card Ideas board for an idea and I saw this card from Miss Fabulous herself, Tenia and decided to CASE it.

(you know...now that I look at it I realize I didn't just use it for inspiration, I flat out stole the design. sorry girl )

 I love this "you" die from Simon Says Stamp. I cut it four times and layered it up.
 The butterfly is from Unity's Devoted stamp set. 
That is gold washi tape running under the butterfly but it's a little hard to tell inn the light.


I'm linking up to:
Moxie Fab World Challenge: Wonderful Words Challenge to use a word die
Unity Stamps {be Inspired} monthly color challenge
Virginia's View to use a die
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Birthday Bash photo inspiration

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great day!