Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hi There, pumpkin!

MFTStamps (My Favorite Things) wowed me again with a fun release of images, die cuts, stencils and paper. I picked up these cute fall, Halloween stamps and got busy using them. I was waiting for my new lightbox to arrive before I grabbed my photo's but, it's a pre-order type thing and won't ship until August 21 and I just couldn't wait any longer!

I'm not much of a Halloweenie kind of person, however I love the fun color combo's and fun jack O lanterns.

Aren't those candies just the cutest!  Love the script on the sentiments and had fun making a border with the candies and the little peek a boo window is the perfect backdrop!

Running fast this am! Off to the vet for a pre-natal visit for my Bougie girl!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Celebrating my Ellen Hutson happy mail with a fun new set "Got Candy?" designed by Julie Ebersole. Love the variety of solid stamps, sentiments, outline pumpkins and a super cute little ghost with his own shadow! Being smitten with all of them, I made two cards! Here's the one for today!

Love the detailed lines on all of these stamps! The images stamp clear and complete and are perfect for the embossed technique here.  Used black detailed embossing powder on my Distress Ink background (dried marigold, scattered straw, tumbled glass, evergreen bough and seedless preserves).
A few water and Mr. Huey's splatters give a little interest. Had to resort to making my own template for my little window frame. The die frame I had my eyes on was sold out so had to improvise using some of my dies to make my own.

This being the best summer on record for Alaska, I hate to see it come to an end, but these cute halloween images will make that transition a little easier!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Wedding Shoes

Cinderella found her fellow over a pair of shoes so it's my perfect fit for a wedding card! We are off to a wedding this weekend, celebrating a young lady and her lucky groom! Happy to celebrate with this family as we have enjoyed watching Whitney grow up as one of our daughters dear friends.

I have enjoyed using Essentials by Ellen's "Twelve Days by Julie" and it's Companion Greeting set for a variety of occasions it may not have been intended for, and this is another. Although, the Companion Greeting set includes a Mr and Mrs and a Congratulations sentiment making it super versatile and perfect for the Twelve Days set.

Used an embossing folder and a die to cut my outline window and Copics for all my coloring. Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella for the shine and sparkle.

Just incase you haven't heard, stay tuned at Ellen Hutson for a fun new release on Tuesday, August 4!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cool as a Flamingo!

Have you checked out the My Favorite Things SUMMER SCHOOL? MFT Flamingo dienamics are helping me practice my "Complimentary" colors class for the MFT Summer School lesson.  My colors used here are opposite from each other on the color wheel.  I love using my color wheel to help me decide on colors for different pieces I'm working on.

Here's what I decided on for my card featuring "complimentary" colors.

Fairly simple design made up entirely of die cuts excluding my sentiment.  Couldn't have my flamingo's standing in air so I grounded them with a little neutral colored oval "rock."
Gold sequins for a little glimmer and black enamel dots for the flamingo's eyes.  

Love these new papers by My Favorite Things, great colors and patterns!  

Now where did I put my color wheel!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Join the PARTY! Creative Chick's 10TH BLOGIVERSARY!

Jenn Shurkus has been inspiring creative types for years in multiple roles of; teaching, managing stores, designing, blogging and now her famous Art Loft Retreats.  I first met Jenn when she was teaching and designing for A Muse Art Stamps. Immediately captivated by Jenn's friendly, fun and sassy personality, it's no wonder I haven't lost track of her!

Jenn inspires me to reach places that are usually not my "go to" creative genre which is certainly the case in my post here. Sharing today something of hers that caught my eye from February 18, 2015 on her blog here where her focus is on adding texture. It was a Wednesday Challenge card for SimonSaysStamp.

In this card Jenn used texture paste, a stencil, glitter and watercolor to create a background for her adorable SSS image. Join the party at Jenn's blog here:

Normally (what's normally, anyway) a Clean And Simple designer, I bumped it up to "Work it" Shurkus style!  Here's my take:

Using a HERO Arts "Tweed" stencil and texture paste I created an off to the side sort of background on top of Distress Ink watercolor. Mama Elephant image from "Chance of Rain" clear set is also watercolored, "Friends" die cut and Tim Holtz idea-o-logy stickers for the sentiment. What is subtle and nearly unseen by the camera is the touch of glitter applied to the texture paste while drying.

Jenn is certainly a friend who has made a difference in my life! 

Wonderful sponsors are joining in and offering great prizes to celebrate Jenn's Blogiversary.

Join the party, browse Jenn's blog and create something that has inspired you from Jenn's previous posts and have a chance to win cool prizes! Watch Jenn's blog on August 7, 2015 for prize winners.

Happy Blogiversary!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Fishes!

It's FINTASTIC! I love this little fishes and tanks set by Lawn Fawn!  It's entitled "Fintastic Friends" and it is just adorable. Tons of images, 2 tanks, fishes, seaweed, coral, great sentiments and even a sand castle!  I had to have this one!

Used the "birthday" portion of the sentiment from the "Party Animals" set by Lawn Fawn that matches perfectly with the font type and size of the Fintastic Friends set.

What a great time to make a card for a challenge!  SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge is to use your favorite technique. I love them ALL! From die-cutting to dry embossing to coloring with Copics to an artsy Watercolor background there are so many fun techniques to choose from. This is just a simple Copic coloring technique with white embossed sentiment used here with a die cut window. It's my favorite today!
Such a fun set from Lawn Fawn that fits many different occasions!

Happy Summer!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HELLO Sunshine! My Favorite Things

Well, HELLO SUNSHINE!  A welcome sight for Alaskan's and such bright, happy days after months of those long, dark, winter months. One of the mildest of winters for us (probably on record) but, still so happy to see the sun and have those midnight sun kind of nights! (It's still broad daylight at midnight). So a bit of a sunshine celebration in my card today.

 BUT WAIT! There's MORE!

1.  I began with smooching Distress Ink on my craft sheet and using a large brush to create a pale blue background on watercolor paper
2.  After background was completely dry I taped down the MFT Sun-Ray Stencil
3. Smooshing several yellow colors of Distress Ink I carefully covered the sun and rays portion of the stencil using my large brush.
4. After it was completely dry I placed my Sun-Ray background in my MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment.
5. Mounted background onto MFT card stock, placed my MFT Dienamics Flamingo die cut off to the side.

Was super happy with it until, I thought about a little sunny bling! And, then I couldn't stop!

I nearly threw the sequins in the air and glued them where they landed! And, if you need enabling MFT has begun their monthly countdown to a fun new summery release!

Happy Sunny Days!