Saturday, January 31, 2015

Vintage Rose Card

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
I used a chalkboard paper with Bombay white calligraphy pen ink and a calligraphy pen.

I used the colors in this order for the rose.
Pretty in Pink
Positively Pink
Primrose Petals
Bravo Burgundy

For the leaves
Summer Starfruit
Wild Wasabi
Handsome Hunter

Beary Special Valentine Card Prisma and Watercolor

Simon Says Stamp and CAS-ual Fridays
have new challenges up this week. The challenge for SSS is an  ANYTHING GOES challenge! How cool. I can keep creating for Tommy's charity card drive! 
The challenge for CF was to use a WATER COLOR TECHNIQUE and keep it CAS.
Honestly, this was so fun to color and paint.
The image is from Purple Onion Designs. I colored it with my Prisma Color Pencils. I added a piece of water color paper and created a water color wash with a three colors. 
First, laying down water on the WC paper and then touching on colors.
I popped it up off of the card and then added the sentiment from Penny Black.

Stay crafty my friends and join in the fun!
PS CAS-ual Fridays is having a 20% off sale until Sunday. Hurry on over.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Retro Sketches #150 with Altenew Vintage Roses From Simon Says Stamp

I used Retro Sketches #150 Sketch to make this card. I just received this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. It was a birthday present to know, 
because I never get the clean house I ask for every year :)
 It's from Altenew and it's completely gorgeous. I can't wait to play a little more with it and get my roses just right. I used SSS Wednesday Challenge to create a Valentine/Love Card. I also used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to add sparkle to the rose and hearts.
The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and the small hearts are from the Sweet Stamp Shop

Vintage Roses

I love that the Altenew layering stamps are so easy to use and line up.

Have a super crafty day. I've got to go take the recycling into town and buy cheese at Costco. Hahaha.,,super exciting... I know.

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #14

I used My Favorite Things Color Challenge #14 as inspiration for this card.
I added pearlescent mixitive to the inks to give them a shimmer. I had saved the face of this maze game from a birthday trinket toy. It was perfect to adhere to the front of this card for a little added whimsy. I put a faux pearl in the maze so it could be played.

At first I didn't think I would love this combo, but the way the colors came together on the card came out wonderfully! Thanks for the challenge MFT!
Have a super crafty day and leave some time for fun and games!

14th Birthday SS Petunia 9 Layout

J has turned into a total teenager and it happened overnight, it seems.
I used the Petunia 9 sketch from
I think I'll create a companion page so I can add a few more pictures and the journaling.

I created the title for the page with my Silhouette Cameo. I just merged the words together and cut. 

This was a fun one. Hope you're week is starting off just peachy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cupcake Box and Lawn Fawn Yeti

It was my friend's birthday yesterday to I pulled out my trusty Silhouette and downloaded a cut file for a cupcake box.. 8.5x11 cupcake box This one was super easy to cut and put together. I love the shaped of it and that it holds the cupcake securely. 

Here's the fun little card that went with the treat.
She really is a rare find. So talented and giving.

I used the cut outs to stamp her name and put a label on the top of the box. You could add acetate to the window as a final touch.
I would just suggest to be careful when gluing together that you check to make sure it's not so "tight" that it doesn't close properly.
Have a crafty day!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Let's Taco 'Bout It Birthday Card

There are so many birthdays in the month of January. I have a super friend whom I adore and I love to give her silly things. This stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop is perfect for that.

Nicole does such a good job of coming up with funny stamps. This set is called "Taco Bout It" They're great to color and play with and they're not too pricey.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

Today I'm joining up with the MFT sketch challenge #211
There's a lot of birthdays to celebrate in January.

I used Stampin' Up inks to color in the image. Rich Razzleberry and Eggplant Envy for the most part. A little Crushed Curry and So Saffron too. 
It's hard to tell in the picture but the gray banner is shimmer paper. OOPS, I forgot to cross my "t"...well, at least I dotted my "i". Hahaha. Hope you have a wonderful day.
*** All fixed, now.

Boy Monster Birthday Card

Aaron had another friend turn 10 and I had another opportunity to make a card. I love water coloring and it's so fun to see the images come to life.

Hope that your week has been extra special. Have a super day!

Silhouette cut frame
Teresa Collins Sequins
Stampin' Up Inks
Happy b-day Mama Elephant
Monster Boy Recollections

Monday, January 12, 2015

My favorite things Valentine Be Mine

Keeping up with the card orders and having a blast coloring at the same time! Joining in with the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge to use something old and something new. 

This image from My Favorite Things is absolutely one of my favorites. I bought it because it reminded me of my sweet baby girl (who is going to be 12 this year!!!).  That's my OLD. The "be mine" stamp is from Penny Black and I've never inked it up before. NEW! :) 
I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and water colored with inks and water brush. 
Cameo Coral
Primrose Petals and 
Cool Carribean
Soft Suede and Basic Brown for the hair

I added polka dots to the heart with my white gel pen.
Have a beautiful day!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Basically, you rock...retro cassette tape card

More cards being made to fund Tommy's ramp! YAY!
This was super fun to color.
I created this card for the My Favorite Things Color Challenge. Check it out, I'm sure you'll love the inspiration.

Have a great weekend and stay crafty.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Debossed Silhouette Cut Heart Rose

I have enjoyed entering some amazing challenges as of late. Simon Says Stamp has a challenge to do "SOMETHING NEW". I chose to use a new idea/technique that I've not tried before. DEBOSSING! 
is Cute Card Thursday also has a challenge to use something new. I wish I had SSS exclusive materials to play with but I tried a die cutting technique anyway.
I used my Silhouette to cut out the sentiment from an image that I water colored before hand. I cut the same word multiple times from a dark red paper and then layered it underneath. The stamp is from 5th Avenue Florals. I water colored it with Primrose Petals ink and my water brush.
I may still add a sentiment like "you have my" or "always in my" to the card.

Here you can see the layers stacked up.

Hope your week is going well and that you're finding time to craft.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Bokeh Valentine's Hearts and Pearl Confetti: Cure for the Monday Blues

I have begun making Valentine's Day cards (as well as others). For every card I sell from now until February 14th I am donating the proceeds to the building of a handicap accessible ramp for my friend's home. Her son was born just before Jonah and I remember watching their family go through the discovery of Tommy's illness in the months after he was born. They are such giving people. If I can but do this small thing to help it would only repay a fraction of what I have been given in being blessed by their friendships. 
I stumbled across the Cure for the Monday blues challenge the other day and the inspiration picture for #38 looked so yummy I thought I play along.
I stamped the pink and yellow hearts on the background paper. The blue heart was stamped on cream shimmer paper and popped up. I used the end of a brand new pencil to create the bokeh effect, stampin off as I went.

Also, using the Card Concept 100th challenge I kept it clean and simple. This card is easily recreated.
The combination of colors is perfect for both challenges.

At the last minute I added a few pearls for flair.

I hope my card does the inspiration justice and that whoever the recipient is adores it as well. I hope that we can all find ways to give back. Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Feel Better Sock Monkey

On of Jonah's classmates is very ill. He has been hospitalized and they can't figure out what is wrong with him. I used retro sketches challenge #147 for this card. All of my prayers are going out to this little boy and his family. If you would join your prayers to mine I would be so grateful.
Pray that the doctors can find out what is causing the problem and that he can be healed..
Feel better little one!

Our prayers are with you!

Purple Onion Owl and Bunny Sparkle and Shine

I'm not sure I've ever told you of my love of Purple Onion Designs...specifically Stacey Yacula, one of their designers. I just adore her animals. It may be because my own doodling style is very similar when I draw animals. These are just so precious. Just a heads up though, the stamps come to you as unmounted red rubber. You need to foam mount them or use them in their rubber state if you like.
The Paper Girls Challenge blog is having a challenge this week called "Sparkle and Shine" so I tried to really make this card SHINE! 
I began by inking the background panel with distress inks. Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers are go tos for this panel. I stamped the background trees in Versamark ink and then embossed with Stamp-A-Mania Desert Rain embossing powder. It's super sparkly. I stamped the bunny and the owl and then water colored them used my water brush and Stampin' Up  Smokey Slate ink and Vintage Photo Distress ink. A little Tattered Rose and Picked Raspberry for the bunny's cheeks and ears. I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to add in some snow hills. I wish I had some white flocking powder because I think that would have looked even more awesome.

The owl's eyes were filled in with Inkssentials Enamel Accents white enamel first and then I added in black enamel for the pupils. I added black enamel for the bunny's eyes and nose. Sorry, my pictures don't do it justice.
Hope you're having a crafty week!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Casual Fridays Sequins and Felt Challenge 135

I created this card for Casual Fridays Clean and Simple Challenge. We were challenged to use sequins and felt. I stamped the feathers from Lil' Inkers Fancy Feathers set with distress inks and then went over them with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

The felt sticker was a snowflake that I cut the spikes off of to create a geometric accent. I then cut it in half to add around the sentiment which is also from the Lil' Inkers set.

This challenged kind of pushed me because I don't usually use felt on my cards. I hope you are enjoying get back into the daily grind after the holiday. Today is my kiddos last day off and we're going out with a bang! :)
Stay crafty.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Scrapbooking Hard Things: The Blue Blanket

As this new year kicks off one of the biggest goals I have for myself is to scrapbook Isaiah's pages. Our family needs a remembrance book for him and his short existence here on this earth. 
I know that some of these things will be very difficult for me to put down on paper, but I also believe that it will be so therapeutic. A dear friend of mine shared the book that she made when she lost her daughter and said it has been a tremendous thing for their family. 
So, without further ado here is a layout I made about the blanket that we will never use to wrap Isaiah in. It's hard to explain the things you mourn when you lose a child in the womb. You don't have memories of their life here on earth to mourn over, you feel such a sense of loss over what will never be. You mourn the loss of the possibilities of things.

I'm getting back into using the sketches from Scrapbook Steals

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and try to brighten someone's day if you can.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Floral Color Wash Card

I am going to try to remember to have a grateful heart in all things this year. There's so much to look forward to. I actually made it 'til midnight last night. The kids really helped. I didn't overindulge too much in the goodies and I woke up and did a workout this morning with my peeps over at Fitness Blender :).

Here's to a year full of creating beautiful relationships and fostering them to fullness...and crafting...lots of crafting and card making!!!

Stamp Set: Stampin' Up
Inks: Stampin' Up
Ink Spritzer: October Afternoon