Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Hip Hip Hurray! It's an Essentials by Ellen release!  I just love this Wish Big set filled with fun birthday themed sentiments, a cake, a bird, balloons, party hat, cake and this fun HIPPO!

And because sometimes you just need a "TUTU!"

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

SPARKLE and Shine

Could not be more excited to ink up the BIRD CRAZY stamp set by Stampers Anonymous!  These birds are just hilarious, with their big bodies and huge eyes and perplexed looks on their faces! So I had a go at them today! Of course, it works that I am a bit bird crazy myself with the two birds we have in our house. So Sophie was the inspiration for this card.

Isn't she a pretty girl?  A Rose breasted Cockatoo or Galah, from Australia. They drive the farmers crazy, apparently because they steal freshly planted seed.

 And because...I know someone who just needs to keep on shining!  Rose breasted may or may not have anything to do with it!!

A fun one layer design with a distress ink background in Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers (another bird thing).  Colored with Copics and blinged up with a few twinkle sticker gems to emulate a pretty necklace or whatever you can imagine! Card base (ok, the one layer is mounted on a card base) is Bazzill Licorice Twist. Sentiment by Wplus9.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Wheely Like You

Wheely I do!  Shipment of fun Lawn Fawn stamps and paper arrived yesterday super fast from Butterfly Reflections and I've been busy since! I think I ordered on Thursday or Friday morning and my package arrived in Monday's mail.  Now, that's speedy!

It doesn't get much easier or simple with this little mouse, hamster guy. Simple Copic coloring and some layered papers from the new Lawn Fawn "Let's Polka, Mon Amie."

So many cute little ideas for this sweet little critter!  I used my Lawn Fawn Journal card die for the background with a vellum overlay.  The vellum doesn't show up very well on camera but it softens the pink micro dot just a wee bit.

A bit of Wink of Stella adorns the tiny heart on the sentiment and is covered with Glossy Accents. I used my MFT Fishtail die for the banner sentiment.

Cutest little set, ever!

Eggstra Special Easter

Easter baskets come from a German tradition where a white rabbit delivered eggs filled with candies. Lawn Fawn's brand new release includes this beautiful Easter Basket and bunnies and other spring themed images. I love the Easter basket image and made this quick card this afternoon.

Colored with copic markers, accented with "Wink of Stella" and "Glossy Accents," a banner sentiment made this a quick and fun card to make!

Easter is Sunday, April 5 this year so you have plenty of time to start your Easter Greetings!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Be My Love Bug!

This sentiment is so charming and works perfectly with so many of the images in this "Bugs and Kisses" set from Lawn Fawn! It was one of the sets I packed along with my Derwent Inktencil watercolor pencils when we went away for some vacation time recently. Hawaii is an easy destination for Alaskans to get to and I am so very thankful to have been able to visit there and warm up mid winter. However, not being fond of bugs, and waking to find one crawling across my back causes me to have second thoughts about asking someone to be my "LOVE BUG!" Mercy!

Using one of the larger stamps in the set I was able to do a reverse image with my bee even though I didn't bring my special stamp along that I use for that sort of thing. Pretty straight forward card since many of my supplies were at home but, made a sweet valentine, none the less!

When I got home I used Glossy Accents on the lid to complete the metallic look and my corner rounder to round the one top corner. Only one really rainy day that kept me inside to do any stamping,but it was fun to bring a Snap Ware filled with supplies.

By no means complete, but these are the supplies I brought in case you are wondering what in the world to bring if you want to get crafty while you are away from your studio.

Ink Pads - Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Red Royal (Valentine themed) Archival Jet Black for Watercoloring
Paper - Pre-cut card stock in varying colors and decorative papers cut in random sizes. Watercolor paper.
Sissors - Cutter Bee's
Twine - Random handful in variety of colors
Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils - I have the 36 color set and easy to travel with as would many of the popular watercolor sets now.
WaterBrush - I love the ones with the reservoir to hold the water, but any watercolor brush will work.
 Tape Runner - I use the Craft Collection TomBow.

That really was it.  Pretty minimal but still gave me a chance to get creative and crafty if I wanted to change it up from reading.  Glad to be home with my crafty things near by and not to be sharing my bed with any bugs except, my LOVE bug!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

You stole my heart!

This little raccoon critter could not be any cuter! Perfect timing on the sentiment for Valentine's Day! I loved this Cute Critters clear set from My Favorite Things when it was released and by the time I was ready to order it was on back order and restocked and I missed it, again!  So desperately I sourced it on ebay and purchased from an online store.  Such adorable little animals in this set, I will use it again, and again.

Shaker cards have been having a popular resurgence lately and many great tutorials are available through YouTube including one by Jennifer McGuire using fun foam. It's so much nicer instead of using foam tape.  Sharon Harnist has a video tutorial (here) showing how she colored the little raccoon, which I did refer too as I love how she shaded the Raccoon's mask darker on just the edges of the sides.

For my background I used MFT "Pinstripe" on SimonSaysStamp "Fog" card stock. The card base is a slate color from my stash.  The decorative paper inside the shaker window is from a new 6x6 pad from Pebbles, called "Happy Day." The "love" die cut is from MFT Dienamics 'Love and Adore You." Random sequins selected from my drawer include those from Pretty Pink Posh, and some from Neat and Tangled (freebie from ordering :).

More to come!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SIT. STAY. HEAL.- My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things exploded with excitement starting the New Year off with an announcement that Susan Opel would be filling the Creative Ambassador position, a wonderful launch of new products and now a fun Sketch Challenge here:

Sketch challenges are fun and usually can be followed exactly or interpreted loosely, depending on your creative inspiration.  I got things going with a MFT "Raindrops Stencil" for my background, using Distress Inks I colored up the raindrops and covered them with translucent embossing paste for the glossy raindrop, 3D look.  Added a MFT die, "Flat Bottom Clouds." The image of the adorable little girl and her pup is from the You Have My Heart set (BB-11) which is perfect for Valentines and dog lovers! Sentiment is white embossed on 40lb vellum.  Glitter paper from Cosmo Cricket finishes the card with sparkly gold borders.

Participation in My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge gives you a chance towards a gift certificate at the MFT store so go make a card!

Happy Sunday!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bee Mine!

Another Valentine card! This one has a little "action" wobbler under the beehive.  Just love me a good beehive!  This one from Pink Ink Stamp Company is called "Honey Pot." It plays so nicely with Lawn Fawn's bee and the sentiment from their "Bee Mine" set.

I love using action wobblers.  One fits nearly perfect under the beehive (I did a little trimming) and it's wobble is sooo cute!

And now a shot of it standing still and not wobbling :)

I popped up the little Lawn Fawn bee's with some Kool tak clear foam adhesive.

I'll be back with another fun Valentine card!