Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hey there friends!! Hope you are well!! I am getting closer and closer to meeting my new baby...just 4 more weeks!! I've got all sorts of things going through my head--things I need to get done before my baby comes...but I haven't been feeling very good! This baby is really doing his own thing...very different from my other kids! I am still getting to the gym and am loving the sanity that  working my body brings, and am SO thankful my body isn't it pain during this pregnancy!  But in all other areas, I'm not doing quite as well! So, that is the reason for my blog being quiet the last few weeks! I am hoping my surge of energy and feeling good comes back soon...I sure do miss it!:)

 I have a new paint splatter stencil from Crafters Companion, and guess what, I happen to LOVE it! I think it is such a fun stencil! I chose to work with reds/oranges and used my distress inks for this card...SO fun! I have to say, the more I distress inks, the more I LOVE them!!!


 I also used a new Hero Arts stamp set...isn't that typewriter fun!? I remember when my parents had a typewriter like that...it was SO fun to play on! I needed a quick birthday card for my daughter to take on a gift tonight, and thought this a super easy and fun card to send!
 
I hope you are all well...I will get back to reading and loving blogs again...hopefully not to far in my future! I sure do miss sitting and gawking over the beautiful creation in blog-land!! Take care my dear friends, and I do have cards ready to share for next week, so I'll see you back here soon!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Morning!

Good morning friends! I hope you are doing well!! I am back after a great week off for Spring Break! My sister's family came up to visit and it was SO much fun having them here! Our kids are all the same ages and they have such a great time together, it makes being with them just super special!!
 
Today I wanted to share a card I made with some new goodies!! I received several Avery Elle stamps/dies and am having a great time with them!
 
This card was made using some 1" post it tape--I masked three stripes off and then used some distress ink and blending tool to make my bold yellow/orange stripes. Oh, how I love that bold look!!! And with distress inks...I am loving them more and more, I love the different saturation of color that can so easily be achieved!! So, I masked the stripes off and colored to my hearts content!;)
 
 
Next came my Happy...I used a fill in the blank elements die to make my Happy. I started with one die and stamped it with a new Hero Arts background stamp, in versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. I used the same distress ink and blending tool to do the gradient the opposite direction as the card front--dark to light. I layered several happy dies up and then mounted them on some aqua paper...for a nice little pop of color! The birthday sentiment is from the Handwritten Notes stamp set, also Avery Elle. I embossed it with white embossing powder....and it is lovely!! Then the last piece of this card was the bow. It is super shiny and glossy in real life, but I have yet to get a good photo of it!:) It was cut from the Avery Elle Laurels die set and then stamped from the same stamp set. The last thing I did was mount the card front onto the card--with foam tape!
This card will be making it's way into the US postal service this very day...hope the recipient likes it!!

I hope you have a great sunny day!! See you tomorrow for some more new goodie goodness!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thinking of You...

Good morning friends. I hope you are doing well this Thursday morning! I seem to be drawn to beautiful green things...I guess my person is ready for lots of beautiful green grass and if possible some flowers to boot! With the rain that comes to us in Seattle, we know the green WILL come...just hoping we don't drown in the rain that brings it!;)

Although today isn't Monday, I wanted to play along with the "Cure for the Monday Blues" challenge. I LOVE the pattern on the rug.... and the floral pattern on the wall and I LOVE the pops of bright color! I was excited to find that my stencil matched the rug... anyway...I love the inspiration photo...
 
I also used the new Freshly Made Sketch.  I loved the simple cleanness of it..as always!! This particular stencil is from Simon Says Stamp. I used Mowed Lawn distress ink for most of the color, then after I took off the stencil I lightly used my ink blending tool to add a little bit of Peacock Feather distress ink too. Just a little hint of the Peacock Feather... The Moxie Fab Challenge that is currently going on is about stencils... YEA!! I have been smitten with them...
My floral pattern is from an American Crafts Spring pad I picked up at Target the other day...and the colors are SO fresh and vibrant...I love them all!! The sentiment is also new for me, it's from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set. I stamped it with some Hero's Hues Black ink.
 
My lovely feathers...were cut out of watercolor paper with the Wplus9 Fanciful Feathers dies. I used distress ink to water color them, then used some Martha Stewart Neon glitters to add some texture and shine!! I had to almost fight my daughter Ruby for these feathers...I was letting them dry on my desk and she spotted them...oh boy! You will be happy to know that she painted a whole bird worth of feathers today...and they have all been glitified and are awaiting being put onto cards when she gets home from school today!
 
The last piece of my card are my cute pink sequins...that are FLAT! They are a new Heidi Swapp RUB-ON! How fun are they...VERY!! There are some great shaped rub-ons that you will see in the coming days...SO much fun!!
 
I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow for some more fun!! Thanks care and thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A few more from the Blossom kit..

Good morning friends! I am happy to be sharing again today...more of the fun cards from my products in the Cupcards To Go Blossom Kit! It's so packed full of delight!! I have enjoyed a few sunny days and am welcoming spring and all the delight that comes along with it! Is spring poking it's head around your house yet?

 I'm sad that I couldn't get a good photo of the glitter on this card...it is super sparkly in real life....and you know how I like the sparkle, right!?
 
I hope you will pop over to the CCTG blog and snag your kit!! Take care and see you soon!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PTI Blog Hop!

Good morning friends! I am always excited when I actually get to play along with the PTI blog hop, instead of just cruising the gallery and gawking! I am stoked to share today...I did more water coloring and that means I am getting more brave!!
 
I used the current Retro Sketch for the layout for my card, a sketch is always a great place to start, don't you agree! And I loved this sketch...so it was a fun card to make! The challenge for the hop today is Gloss!! I loved this inspiration photo...and kind of got stuck on the beautiful green colors...and who can resist a pop of peacock feather blue!?
 
 I pulled out my distress inks to help me with my water coloring fun--smooshed the ink pad onto an acrylic block, added a few mists of water and then stamped the acrylic block onto my watercolor paper...WAY fun!! And I couldn't think about it too hard...which is perfect for me! I also colored the butterfly that same way--acrylic block smooshing!
 
I used Fabulous Frames--and the photo makes it hard to tell, but it was embossed with clear embossing powder so it is super glossy, as is the butterfly! I used the Happy Birthday from 'Be Happy' and think this is SUCH a perfect birthday sentiment...perfection in a font is what I think!!  I added a few little black hearts that were coated with glossy accents and yes, they are super glossy too!!
 
Thanks a bundle for stopping by today friends!! If you didn't see my post for the new Blossom Cupcards To Go kit...scroll down and take a peek! The kit is FANTASTIC! I will share the rest of my cards from the kit tomorrow...see you soon!!
 
Have a great one friends...and take care!
 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Cupcards To Go Spring Kit!

Hey there friends!! Tonight is the night...Cupcards To Go has a new kit going live tonight at 6:00 PST! They always go quickly, so make sure if you like to goodies you see that you swing on by and grab yourself one! I LOVED this kit...I know I always say that, but I think this one has been my most favorite one yet!! You are going to love it too!! So let me share a few of my cards...I will be back tomorrow with a couple more...SO fun to make these... 



As usual, the gallery over on the CCTG blog has a ton of great inspiration...the DT has done a fantastic job with this one!! I hope these little creations bring a little bit of sunshine into your day today! Take care and I'll see you soon!


Hello Lovely

Good Monday morning friends, is there such a thing as a good Monday!? I think so. We have had sunshine the past couple of days, and let's be honest, that makes even a hard Monday morning wonderful!!
 
I have a card to share today...full of new goodness...it is such a fun time with the mailman drops that box off...am I right!? I just LOVE this new "wet paint" stamp set from PTI! I really love the watercolor movement that is happening in the world of paper right now...and am thankful for stamps to help me achieve that...I'd never be able to write like that lovely font!!


I stamped the hello and butterfly in Gold Delicata ink--it is really as delicious as everyone says it is!! If you don't have it yet, you want it!! The butterfly is from the PTI Be Happy set...and I love the pieces to that butterfly..graphic and super fun!! The black stripe is also a stamp in the Be Happy set...LOVE it!!
 
I used some Heidi Swapp Color Mist Black and Gold, to make my "splatter"...and then added a few gold sequins and gold thread to finish off the card!
 
Hope your day is sunny and wonderful! I'll be back with a post at 6 pm tonight, a brand new CupCards To Go Kit will be going live at that time...you will LOVE it!!! Full of spring and beautiful colors! So, see you at 6!!