Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's a Giveaway #2

     A huge thanks to everyone who joined in my fun last week.  I see there are several of you who like Halloween.
     I've let Random Number Generator choose the winner and that winner is.......

#23  Sandy W.

Congratulations Sandy!

     Please send me an email with your address via my email address in the sidebar and I'll get your package out to you.

Now, on to giveaway #2.  I have some more There She Goes stamps up for grabs along with the matching dies.

JFY:  Halloween Additions

Just For You Dies

     Sames rules as last time.
     I would love for you to be a follower of my blog, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest page, but that is NOT a requirement.  You can also share my candy in your sidebars if you'd like.
     So, if you're into Halloween and would like a chance to win some cute stamps just add your name in the Linky below.  I'll pick a winner next Sunday.
     Be blessed!

Monday, September 15, 2014


     Hello all my bloggie friends.  It's the start of a new week and I'm starting it out with a little bit of fun.  I never would have imagined meeting the people that I have met online when I first started crafting and sharing on the "wild" web.  A wonderful mix of crafty friends from around the world.  We've crossed paths through YouTube, DT's, challenge blogs, and mutual friends.
     One of these wonderful people is named Katie Sims.  I met Katie through Splitcoast Stampers.  I LOVE humor and I was drawn in by both the amazing card making skills and the silly banter between Katie and the wonderful Pat Smethers.  Their hilarious stories of "Jammer Town" (the fictional place where crafters are right at home crafting away in their jammies) had me howling with laughter.  Both ladies have a special place in my heart.
     Recently Katie featured me on her blog as someone who inspires her in card making.  This is totally crazy because Katie's and my style are polar opposite.  This lady has some super duper cardmaking skills and if you've never checked out her work RUN over to her blog, Inky Peach Designs and see what I'm talking about.

My Photo

     Katie designs for Marcella Hawley's amazing Power Poppy Bloom Brigade.  Her designs are always imaginative, classy, elegant, and neat as a pin.  I wish I had her know how when it comes to choosing dies for her designs.  She has an addiction to her Krylon Gold Leafing pen and knows how to wield it with the expertise of a master.
     I'm so honored to have been chosen by Katie.  Thanks Katie Girl!
     So now I get the chance to tell you a little bit about myself and to also pass along this honor to a couple of amazing ladies who inspire me.
     Here are a few questions Katie asked me to answer:

1.  What am I working on? LOL  Well it may sound silly, but I have had a SERIOUS housecleaning bug for a while now and that's where I've been spending the majority of my time.  Don't know if it's my age or what but I want to de-clutter and make my home as simple to clean as possible.  This isn't all that easy when you live in a cracker box, but I'm working on it.  As far as my crafting, I am currently on the Design Teams for Mo's Digital Pencil, where I share coordinator responsibilities with the lovely Pat Frank, and I'm one of the Stamping Bella Babes for Emily Block.  I'm also blessed to be a Guest Designer for Art Impressions creating cards from their stamps that will be used in their catalogs and as displays at crafting trade fairs like CHA.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  That would be hard to say because I don't think I have a genre.  There are several different styles that appeal to me, but I wouldn't say I necessarily fit into any one of them.  I can't quite get into piling on tons of flowers and embellishments.  I like a plainer layout.  I do tend to like to make my own embellishments by using flower dies and such rather than store bought.  I would love to develop a "recognizable" style of my own, but I haven't found it yet.  LOL

3.  Why do I create what I do?  I have always loved working with paper.  There's just something about manipulating it into art that relaxes me.  I'd like to think that the handmade cards I give away are received with an understanding that I thought they were worth the special effort to make it for them personally.  I love scrapbooking too, but the time element frustrates me.  I'm not a fast crafter and cards give a more instant gratification to my crafting needs.

4.  How does your creative process work?  LOL  I guess I'm a bit OCD, but I like my images to match my papers as much as possible.  Most of the time I'll start by coloring the skin and hair on my image and maybe an animal if there is one, but the clothing and extras will have to wait til I pick out the papers.  Then I color to match.  Sometimes I come up with my own designs, but most of the time I search some of my favorite challenge blogs that use sketches for my pattern.

     Now it's my turn to share a couple of crafty friend with you that inspire me.  My list is a mile long and continues to grow.  Some are team mates and long time bloggie friends, others are crafters I admire from afar.  I learn something new every day just by opening my blog reader.  These two ladies never disappoint me.  Let me introduce you to......

Anja Bytyqi :  Little Butterfly Creations  

My Photo

I've really watched this beautiful ladies' style grow over the last year.  She has become quite the accomplished stamper not to mention a talented card designer too.  Recently she participated in one of the online card classes and her "homework" just blew me away.  Anja has a wonderful grasp of color and uses that to advantage in both her stamping skills and other ways like stencils.  Every time I visit her I find myself wanting to add some new something to my shopping list--embossing powder, a stamp set, paper, dies.....  The list goes on.  She's a terrible enabler.  LOL  She's not just a stamper though, she has some serious pencil and Copic skills.  I really like to see neatness in cardmaking.  I'm pretty particular about my own and I enjoy seeing it in the work of others.  Anja is a perfect example.  Beautifully balanced cards that show the care she has taken with her design.  This sweet lady has been a wonderful encouragement to me.

Ros Crawford:  Mikey's Mom

Ros and I became friends way back when I was on my very first DT, Papercraft Star.  She was a frequent player and we ended up recruiting her for the team.  As a person she has a deep love for her family and a fondness for cats with attitudes.  LOL  As a crafter Ros is always inspiring me with her creations.  I don't think I know any other crafter who builds their cards like her.  It always seems like each and every bit and piece has a life of it's own.  She knows where it came from, who gave it to her, or what it was leftover from.  She brings them all together to make a piece of art that is heart felt and personal in a unique way.  Subtle muted colors and lovely butterflies are staples in her arsenal.  She's starting to experiment with some mixed media now with her wonderful free style and I am in total envy.  I see the little pieces of her heart that she puts into every card she makes and I can't help but be inspired.

     I want to thank Katie for allowing me to participate in this little adventure.  I was honored to be one of her choices and I am honored to be able to spotlight a couple of ladies who are true artists and wonderful friends.  I sure hope you will make the time to go and visit their blogs.  It will be a high spot in your day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's a Giveaway!---#1

     Hello all my bloggie friends!  It's been quite a while since I did a giveaway.  September is rolling on along and pretty soon it will be October.  I'm not into Halloween, but I know lots of you are.  I have a few stamp sets that are gathering dust in my crafty closet that I thought some of you might like to have.  All these sets are from There She Goes Clear Stamps which is no longer producing stamps.  You might find one of these for sale on Ebay or somewhere like that, but I think they're harder to find than a needle in a haystack.
     I have divided the sets up into three separate giveaways.  I'll post them one at a time over the next three Sundays.  Here's the first giveaway.

Bewitched by You


Toadally Awesome

     Sorry about the bad pictures.  The packaging plays havoc with the light.  Both sets are VERY lightly used.  There's a bit of ink staining on the "Thanks" sentiment in the second set, but otherwise they are like new in their original packaging.
     I would love for you to be a follower of my blog, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest page, but that is NOT a requirement.  You can also share my candy in your sidebars if you'd like.
     So, if you're into Halloween and would like a chance to win some cute stamps just add your name in the Linky below.  I'll pick a winner next Sunday.
     Have a great week!

Giveaway is now closed

Friday, September 12, 2014

A sad goodbye

     I am so heavy hearted today.  My wonderful friend and team mate, Amanda Reed, has passed away unexpectedly.  Amanda and I got to be friends before she joined the Mo's Digital Pencil team with me.  She was such a talented artist.  Not only talented, but a wonderful friend.  She was a tremendous help to me during my health issues.  She was a nurse and played doctor for me with lots of great advice an encouragement to go along with what my own docs were telling me.  I was so thrilled for her back in the spring when she got to take her dream trip to England.  Amanda didn't have any children, but she does leave behind her husband and her cat babies.
     My sweet friend Alyce Keegan had also become very be close friends with Amanda.  She has set up a fundraiser with the proceeds to go to Amanda's husband Joe.  You can find it here.
     Today is Bellarific Friday and I am dedicating my card using Ramona and Her Wagon to my cherished friend.  Amanda was a member of the Stamping Bella DT before my time.  She was special in so many ways.  I'm going to miss her dearly.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11
hair Y11, YR21, YR23
jacket BG93, BG96
skirt B0000, B93, B95, B97
pants E41, E42, E43, R37
shoes N3, N5, N7
wagon E35, E37, E39
flowers Y15, YR68, E09, E93, E95, E97
bird B0000, B21, B24
grounding W1, W3, W5

     You can find the wonderful cards my fella Bellas have created over at Blogabella.  Hext week's challenge is this cool color inspiration.

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     Grab some of your Stamping Bella goodies and join in the fun!
     Have a blessed day!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Sunny", Georgia Pacific, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Ramona and Her Wagon", Verve Stamps "Take Note"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools--My Craft Spot "Tiny Banners and Toppers"
Miscellaneous--My Craft Spot Jute Twine

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crunchy Leaves

     Temps are only slightly lower here on the coast, but the leaves are starting to fall in bucketfuls.  This week at Mo's Digital Pencil our wonderful Amanda R. has picked the perfectly timed theme of "Fall/Autumn" for the new challenge.
     I've used one of the images in the double digi set Valerie in Autumn to create my card.  You can't really see it but I added a little Crackle Accents to the leaves around Valerie.  The two large leaves were cut from kraft paper and then inked with Distress inks.  Lastly I stamped them with a Stampendous stamp to add the "crunchy" look.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13
hair N5
jacket BG1, BG53, BG72, BG75
dress/boots E08, E93, E95, E97, R27
leggings YG03, YG93, YG95, R27
leaves E08, E09, E23, E25, E93, E97, Y11, Y21, Y26

     Pop over to the blog to see all the wonderful cards my team mates have created and come play along with the challenge for your chance at a $5.00 gift voucher to Mo's store.
     Happy Thursday!

Paper--Ki Memories by Hampton Arts "Autumn Flowers", Bazzill, The Paper Studio vellum, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "Valerie in Autumn", There She Goes Clear Stamps "Give Thanks", Stampendous "Crumpled Edge Border"
Ink--Ranger Jet Black Archival, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, and Mowed Lawn Distress inks, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Sakura gold gel pen
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles, MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax, Cuttlebug Leaves, sewing machine, Bow Easy
Miscellaneous--buttons from my stash, Offray ribbon, The Paper Studio pearls, Crackle Accents, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A meow meow woof woof cluck cluck here

     Happy Wednesday everyone!  I'm back with my second card as Guest Designer for Creative Inspirations Challenge.

This weeks sponsor is Robyn's Fetish so I've used their adorable "Friends Forever" image on my card.  I just love these critter friends.  The challenge is "Anything Goes with a sketch option".

     I'm thinking that these three are actually singing something.  I wonder what it could be?  :-)  Maybe a little Taylor Swift Shake It Off???? I mean they have to have haters saying they shouldn't be hanging out together don't ya think.  LOL  Okay it's late and I'm being silly, just shake it off.  hee hee

Copics Used:
dog  E31, E33, E35, E000, E93, BG53, BG72
cat C00, C2, C4, C6, C8, E000, E93, E95, R22
chicken E08, E31, E93, E95, E97, Y11, Y21, YR21, TR23, YR24
grounding YG03, YG93, YG95, YG97, E41, E42, E43

     All kidding aside, the ladies at Creative Inspirations would love to have you come join in the challenge this week.  This sketch is super fun to work with with all those layers in there if you choose to use it.
     Have an awesome day!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Handsome Boy", Bazzill, Copic XPress-it BLending card
Stamps--Robyn's Fetish "Friends Forever", sentiment from TPC Studios "Greetings"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Sakura silver gel pen
Tools--Memory Box Fabulous Phlox dies
Miscellaneous--My Craft Spot jute twine, button from my stash, The Paper Studio pearls, Zing clear embossing powder

Playing with embossing paste

     Hello friends!
     Today I have a little tutorial for you that I will be sharing over at Bella and Bronte's Clubhouse on FB.  It's super simple and probably something that you've seen a million times, but Mo has SOOOO many cute images with cakes and cupcakes on them that you could easily apply this technique to and spice up your card a bit.
     I'm starting with the adorable Cupcake Hamster and coloring him/her with Copics.

Copics Used:
hamster E31, E33, E35, E93, E95
cupcake Y11, Y21, YR21, YR23
cupcake liner BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05

Once I finished coloring my image I decided what color "icing" I wanted for my cupcake and grabbed some Worn Lipstick Distress ink, embossing paste, and a palette knife.

     I gave my Distress ink pad a good smoosh on my craft sheet and then added a scoop of embossing paste to it.  (This was a bigger scoop than was needed).

Begin working the ink and paste together until you get..............

     THIS!  Doesn't it look like the most delicious decadent icing!

     I applied most of it with the palette knife and then used a toothpick to get into the nooks and crannies.

     The image has sprinkles on it and I decided to add those with some dots of gold paint.  You could use beads (I couldn't find mine), sequins, pearls or whatever to decorate your cupcake or even just leave it plain.  I just love the added texture and how real it looks.

     And here's my finished card.  A CAS design with a bit of washi tape and a few sequins to bling it up.

     Hope you enjoyed the tute.  Nothing earth shattering, but maybe it will inspire you to add a bit of texture for fun next time you use one of Mo's cake/cupcake images.
     Have an awesome day!

Paper--Copic XPress-it Blending card, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "Cupcake Hamster", sentiment from There She Goes Clear Stamps "A Little Treat"
Ink--Worn Lipstick Distress ink
Miscellaneous--Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, Polymark Medium Gold Fabric paint, washi tape, sequins

Friday, September 5, 2014

A bit of houndstooth

     Where does the time go these days!  It's Friday again so it's time for some Stamping Bella goodness.  Last week's challenge was to use paper piecing.  I have to admit I don't do this a lot.  I'm rather a color-aholic.  LOL  However, when I picked out the yellow paper for "Uptown Girl Lolly and her Brolly" and saw the houndstooth paper in the same pad I new she had to have some matching boots and a brolly done it that.  Isn't it fun!
     As usual you can't see the wonderful Wink of Stella glitter pen I added to her raincoat or the Glossy Accents I covered her boots with OR the pretty faux stitched border on the curved pieces.  sigh.......

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E1, E13, R20, R22, R30
hair E31, E33, E35, E39
flower  Y11, Y21, YR23, 
pot E93, E97, E99

     The inside of the card has a little more of that awesome houndstooth paper and the sentiment that comes with Lolly.

     Jump on over to Blogabella to see what my amazing Bella sisters have come up with.  The challenge for next week is this fun sketch.

     Come play along!  I sure hope you guys are keeping your eyes peeled for all the new goodies Em is going to be debuting at Stamping Bella.  I've gotten a sneak peek of a couple and you are going to LOVE them for sure.
     Have a fabulous and blessed weekend!

Paper--We R Memory Keepers "Antique Chic", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Uptown Girl Lolly and her Brolly"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools--Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders #1
Miscellaneous--Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Star Dust Stickles, Vintage Photo Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents, Offray ribbon

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nerds Rule!

     Hope you all survived your Labor Day celebrations and are having a great week.  
     A while back I was asked by my favorite stalker, Rene of Simply Cute to be a Guest Designer for Creative Inspirations Challenge for the month of September.  Since she does such a fantastic job of stalking I just couldn't say no.  LOL

     The first challenge for September is "Back to School".  I just love this sweet little nerd "Harvard" from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I am crazy about stencils and embossing paste so I was excited when I got the idea to use this great Tim Holtz stencil and add a bit of ruler to the card.  I think you can see it better in the second photo below.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13
hair E21, E23, E25, E29
shirt E08, E93, E95, E97
vest YG03, YG93, YG95, Y11, YR21, YR23
pants E41, E42, E43
shoes E71, E74, E79
paper E41
books BG11, BG72, R35, R37, R43, Y11, YR21, YR23
grounding W3, W5

     I hope you'll pop over to the Creative Inspirations blog and join in this fun challenge.  Classy Crafts is the sponsor for this week.

Paper--We R Memory Keepers "Hall Pass", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "Harvard", sentiment from There She Goes "Boot Camp" (discontinued)
Tools--Nestabilities Standard Circles, Fiskars Circle Cutter, Tim Holtz Measured stencil, Marvy Uchida heat gun
Miscellaneous--Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, Glossy Accents, Stampendous white embossing powder

Monday, September 1, 2014

En garde!

     I thought those of you with me in the US might get a kick out of this guy today for our Labor Day holiday.  He's the "Grill Father" from Art Impressions Stamps.  I kept this manly card pretty simple with just some layering and a white embossed sentiment.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13
hair E25
hat/apron C00, C2, C4
shirt YG03, YG93, YG95
shorts E41, E42, E43, E47
shoes N3, N5, N7, C00
oven mitt E08, E93, E95, E97

     Have a happy Monday!

Paper--We R Memory Keepers "For the Record", Recollections, Bazzill, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Art Impressions "Grill Father"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Miscellaneous--Stampendous white embossing powder

Friday, August 29, 2014

Birthday Thoughts

     Well friends, it's another Bellarific Friday.  Hope you all have some exciting and fun plans for the Labor Day weekend if you're here in the US.
     The challenge was to use this sketch.
sketch-17---Aug-29 copy
     I've kept my card design really simple for mailing purposes.  I've used Stamping Bella's "Uptown Girl Jayden loves to Journal".  This is the first time I've colored her up and I just love her!
As usual you can't see the Wink of Stella glitter pen that I added to the flowers on her shirt, but you can see a hint of the Stickles I added to the steam and her cupcake.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22, R30
hair E33, E35, Y21, YR23
shirt Y11, Y21, YR21, YR23, BG10, BG11, BG13, R27
table E31, E33, E35, E50
cup R22, R27, R29
book E50, E51, E53
cupcake Y11, YR21, YR24
doily BG10, BG11, BG13
pen N3, N5
shading W1, W3

     Here's what the inside looks like.

     There are some great new things coming for Stampingbella so be on the lookout.  Em has a little contest going on at Blogabella and on FB to take a selfie with your fave SB stamp/stamps.  There's a $50.00 voucher up for grabs!
     Next weeks challenge is to use paper piecing on a card with a SB stamp of course.  Hope you'll play along!
     Have a fantastic weekend!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found 2--Rosy", Recollections, Georgia Pacific, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Uptown Girl Jayden loves to Journal", sentiments from Verve "Take Note"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles, MFT Die-namics Sentiment Strips, Perfect paper Crafting Mini Perfect Layers tool
Miscellaneous--Cotton Candy and Stardust Stickles, Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm proud of you

     This week it's my turn to host the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil.  I know all the kiddies are heading back to school at this time so that's the theme I chose, "Back to School".  I've used First Day Faye on my card.
     I used a pretty simple layout for the base of the card and added some dots of paint in the corners.  The center tag panel was created with some Bazzill (I know this looks like black, but it's actually Bitter Chocolate) and a piece of lined paper I cut from a larger 6 x 6 page.  It was just plain so I added all the stamping to make it look like a school paper.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22
hair E33, E35, YR23, Y11, Y21
sweater and socks R81, R83, R85
shirt C00, C2, C4
skirt B93, B95, B97
shoes N3, N5, N7
lunchbox R20, R21, R22, Y28
backpack BG11, BG72, BG75
papers E01, E42
apple R35, R37, R43

    You've got two weeks to play along.  Make sure you use at least one Mo image.  Mo is constantly adding new ones to the store so check them out.
     Have a blessed Thursday!

Paper--We R Memory Keepers "Hall Pass" and "For the Record", Bazzill, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "First Day Faye", Verve "Take Note", There She Goes "School Doodles"(discontinued)
Ink--Colorbox Scarlet Pigment ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Heidi Swapp Mustard Archival Dye ink
Tools--Crop-a-dile Big Bite, Making Memories Eyelet setter
Miscellaneous--Scribbles White Mist 3D paint, Offray ribbon, eyelet from my stash