Friday, October 9, 2015

Peace & Joy - Hero Arts

Creating is such good therapy. It's a healthy diversion. It calms and quiets me. Last night I had a "sad." It wasn't a huge thing; no bad diagnosis, nothing like a friend, family member or dog passing, nothing like that. It was just a hope that didn't come to be. So last night creating this, helped.

Among my passions in life, of which there are many, I show, breed and love Silky Terriers. They are feisty little big dogs in an 11-12 pound body. I made a decision based on conversations with long time Silky breeders that I would go forward with a breeding using a surgical procedure and frozen specimen. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. It didn't this time. But sometimes it works, like the lady at the vet clinic who had her 8 year old Cardigan girl in for an after delivery exam with her milk bar dragging low and her 5 babies in the car that were produced from 17 year old, frozen semen. So, my husband and I are not sad that we tried and we might even try again, someday.  So a little watercolor, some embossing (SnowFlurries Texture Fades) and the BEAUTIFUL Hero Arts Peace and Joy, stamped with Versamark and white embossing made a nice focal point. The die cuts from Simon Says Stamp (Songbird Branch) and Memory Box (Mini Holly Leaves) seemed to set it off. That and a little glitter, because sometimes you gotta sparkle!  And, put a bird on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Hello Fall! Everyone is all gah-gah over pumpkin everything but, not me! More for all you pumpkin lovers! In the mean time I'll just eat all the apples. I've had an apple crush all my life! Apple pie, apple cookies, and nearly an apple every day. And, today an apple card!  MFTStamps Harvest Mouse set for the cute images on my card.

And, I tried a noline stamping style for the coloring on my card. I was a bit too timid in the process but, it was fun to try!

Still a pretty clean and simple style using the cross stitch rectangle dienamics from MFTStamps. There isn't an apple image in the set but, I stamped extra apples from the set, fussy cut and popped them up on dimensionals for a little interest.

Apple cider, apple butter, apple cobbler, apple crumble, apple........

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's BOO Time!

A Purple theme for a worthy concern.  Purple is the color for National Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Stop for a moment and ponder this:

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 33% of all the women you meet.

And mostly it isn't talked about. Becca Cruger of the blog "Damsel of Distressed" is not only talking about this but, she has offered up this amazing HOP with TONS of prizes from these awesome sponsors.

Be sure and stop by Becca's blog to see her creatively expressed, eyeopening post about domestic abuse.

Here's my card

I, too, am one of the 33 percent. Although this card is meant in a very lighthearted way, my life was not so many, many years ago. My family was very supportive, helpful, loving and rescuing. And, God offered protection, and second chances. I am forever grateful!

So if you are or know of someone in a domestic violence situation,

 reach out for help! 

Call the 24/7 confidential National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233

Abuse is not just physical. It can be emotional, too.

And, submit a card for THE HOP TO STOP!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

World Card Making Day

October 3, 2015 was World Card Making Day! How fun to think that all over the world people who like to make cards were doing their crafty thing, yesterday. Making and sending cards just put smiles on not only the faces of the ones receiving the card, but on the face of the one creating them! It's just a happy and encouraging hobby. Now that technology has come along and offered us the opportunity to see LIVE streaming on "Periscope" many crafters are making their debut with their fun projects, cards and in my case the "Messy Studio Periscope." So lots of fun things to participate in to celebrate World Card Making Day.

Here is one of the cards I made for World Card Making Day:

The cutest little mice in the world available in the My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse clear set. I colored in my image with Copic Markers and then masked out the mouse image and used Tim Holtz Distress inks for my background and stamped my sentiment in MFT (My Favorite Things) Hybrid Ink in the Tangy Orange color.  For a little added interest the leaf to the left of the sentiment was stamped, colored and popped up on a foam square, Sequins from PPP, AveryElle and Little Things by Lucy's cards.  A matching die(dienamics) set is available for the Harvest Mouse set. A wish list item!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Isn't that TWEET!

A "Tweet" birthday card on deck today that I made up for the MFTStamps Superstar Challenge, here.  Recently watched Susan Opel on Periscope as she encouraged us to submit for My Favorite Things Superstar Card Design. Over 430 plus cards have been submitted so far!  Wanting to use some new MFTStamps images and stencils, I got to work!

Here's what happened

Stamping my feathered image on Tim Holtz Watercolor paper I used my ZIG Watercolor Pens to color my image.  Knowing I wanted to use my Wonky Chevron MFT Mixable Stencil for a small background, I cut a mask for my Tropical bird (from the Birds of Paradise MFTStamps). And then another mask cut (from Inkadinkadoo masking paper) for the positive/negative outline so my stencil only covers the small Oval outline around the bird. With that prep done I distressed the Wonky Chevron in brown dye ink and then covered the stencil with embossing paste. Then gently pulled off the stencil, then each mask and "Voila!" At this point it was still a one layer card with multi-dimensions!  But, I love little popped up pieces and finished it off with a Kraft card stock card and matching paper for the sentiment, watercolored accent images, and fussy cut and mounted with foam squares. Thought I was done until I gussied it all up with Glossy Accents on the beak and Wink of Stella for some of the flowers!

So, there we have it, A Tweet Birthday card.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Trick or Treat!

Not much more fun than creating a happy shaker card! Little Things from Lucy's Cards makes that possible with all the fun shaker things that she wow's me with! She has a great selection of color combinations that are perfect.
More images from Ellen Hutson LLC by Julie Ebersole on the card today from the Got Candy set. Love all the images in that set!  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

GHOUL friends

Inspired by Ellen Hutson LLC "Got Candy" set designed by Julie Ebersole for my latest card fun. Made a fun Shaker card first and then this idea popped into my head! Lots of cobwebs up there with this cold/flu bug I'm battling so I'm surprised any idea connected but, I thought it was fun!

I just love the little ghost in this set and the idea took off from there. Made two masks out of the Inkadinkado Masking Paper to cover up the ghosts in front to be able to stamp the ghosts in back.

Challenged a bit by making up my own sentiment by working with "Milo's ABC's by Lawn Fawn for the "GHOUL" part of the sentiment and then used a fun scripty font by WPlus9 "Happy Mail" for the "friends" part.  Copics for the soft coloring on the ghosts.  A bit of embroidery floss dipped in Matte Medium (to stiffen) for the Spider web.

There are so many fun products on the market right now it's difficult to choose what to get, but this is a good choice!