Saturday, January 31, 2015


We are gearing up for some rain, ice and snow this weekend so I decided to make a snowman card.
This week the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throw down is to "Pick A Previous Sketch" to follow.  I chose the sketch from July 2013.  The snowman is from Peachy Keen Stamps.  They have decided to not make anymore stamps so if you want some of their cuties, you better shop soon.

Card Details:
Image: Snowmany Thanks Snowman from Peachy Keen Stamps
Sketch: #19 from 52 CCT
Copics: BG10, BG70, BG72, E35, YR18, YR65
Extreme Glitter paint
Sentiment Stamp

Entered in following challenges:
Completely Christmas: Anything Goes with twist square or rectangle
Patty's Creations: Fun In The Snow

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Monster Love

A sweet little valentine I made for a young friend of mine.  I think Monster Boo from Lacy Sunshine Stamps works perfectly for a valentine, don't you?  I had fun creating this with lots of bright and fun colors.
This week at Aud Sentiments the challenge is to create a project using a Valentine or Love sentiment.  Our sponsor for the challenge is Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

Project Details:
Image: Monster Boo from Lacy Sunshine Stamps
Spellbinders Heart Circle die
Spellbinders tag die
Copics: E00, e11, E13, E21, R20, R24, E57, E35, e53, E50,RV17, RV19, RV52, RV55, YG06, YG11, YG17, BV04, BV08, B00, B02, B000

Entered in following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge: Spots and Dots plus a die
Stampin royalty: Love/Valentine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fairy Rosalie

It's new release day at Scrapper's Delights.  

My card features two of the new images; Rosalie Fairy and Sunflowers.  I decided to have some fun with the sunflowers so I colored them in bright colors.
Card Details:
Images: Rosalie Fairy and Sunflowers from Scrapper's Delights
Martha Stewart border punch
Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Joy Crafts butterfly border die
Copics: E00, E11, E13, E21, R20, R24, E57, e35, E53, E50, BG000, YG11, YG13, YG17, V09, V15, V17, RV55, RV19, RV99, RV95, V000
Pink Sparkle glitter
White embossing enamel
Extreme glitter paint on her wings

Entered in following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Card Mania: Make it Sparkle
Crafting From The Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Make My Monday: Bright and Cheery colors
Monday Morning Challenge: Anything Goes

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Inlaid Dies

The current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throw Down is to create a Christmas card using the inlaid dies technique. 

 this is a great way to have your cards be flat for mailing yet have interest created by use of dies.  I kept mine simple.  I diecut the piece of white paper using the Spellbinders poinsettia die and the Sizzix swirl die.  I then cut those same shapes out of my colored paper.  After gluing the color pieces into the negative places in the white paper, I did add some additional poinsettia layers for some dimension. I added pen stitching around the outside of the card.  The end result is simple yet pretty.
I hope you join us at 52 CCT.  

Card Details:
Sizzix swirl die
Spellbinders poinsettia dies

Entered in following challenges
Cut It Up: Embossing and die cuts.  (The poinsettia is embossed)
Crafter's Cafe: Stitching
Little Red Wagon: No Sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown: Embossing (the poinsettia is embossed)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowflake Thank You

Finally found some time to make my Christmas thank you cards.  Much later than I would like to be but at least they are done and ready for the mail.

Card Details:
Snowflake: When It's Cold Outside Cricut cartridge cut at 3.25 inches
Face Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps
Copics: YR09, YR14
Sketch: Mojo Monday

Entered in following challenges:
Mojo Monday: Sketch
Paper Minutes: Keep It Simple Card

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Crafting A New Me

I have started a new blog about my journey to find a healthy and happy me.  I have a degree in Recreation Therapy. I always told my clients  to live a well rounded/balanced life. I encouraged them to include activities that allow them to be the best they can be spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. 
 Sadly, I haven't been following my own advice for the last few years.  So now I am starting that journey of rediscovering me.  Want to join me?  

You can find my new blog HERE

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Every Time A Bell Rings

It's time for another challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This is my third Christmas card for 2015.
The theme for this challenge is BELLS.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stop In The Name Of Love

Today's card features stamps from the Magnolia Stamp Club.  When I look at this girl it reminds me of when people used to say "Talk To The Hand"  What an attitude!  It's perfectly paired up with the sentiment stamp included in the kit as well.  
On the inside of the card I used another of the stamps included in the kit.  Love this rose.  I am already envisioning lots of ways to use it on future projects.

Card Details:
Image Stamp: Magnolia stamps
Sentiment: Magnolia Stamps
Hearts: Cottage Cutz dies
Heart swirl: Magnolia Doo Hickey dies
Heart Border Die: Magnolia Doo Hickey dies
Copics:  E00, E11, E04, e13, E21, R20, E57, E35, E53, E50, R39, R81, R83, R85, G99, G85
Shabby White Embossing Enamel

Entered in the following challenges:
In The Pink: Anything Goes with pink
Moving Along With The Times: Die cuts or punches
DRS Designs: color challenge
Addicted To Stamps: Make your mark
Midweek Magnolias: Use some of your new stash (Magnolia Stamps and Doo Hickey)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cowgirl Jessie

Yodel-ay-hee-hoo!  Yee-haw! 

It's time for our ever popular Anything Goes and a DT Call at Aud Sentiments.
We are sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs for this challenge.
Buy Sassy Studio Designs
I hope you join us and we would love for crafters of all types and skill levels to apply for the team.

Card Details:
Image: Cowgirl Jessie from Sassy Studio Designs
Copics:  E00, E04, E11, E21, r20, e08, E09, e19, E18, t4, T7, B93, B95, B97, Y11, R59, R43, r37, E35, E33, 
Barb wire: Cricut Old West cartridge
Paisly: Cricut Old West cartridge
Sentiment: by Ginny for Aud Sentiments.  You can get it free here

Entered in following challenges:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

I finally had some time to create with the stamps from the last Magnolia Stamp Club and the dies from the Doo Hickey Club.  what fun!  I am not sure if this card will end up in my valentine stash or aniversary stash.  I think it will work for either occassion.  I used the mini heart cutouts from the spellbinders die as embellishments.  It's a great way to use up all those little bits of confetti.

Here is the inside of card:

Card Details:
Image: Magnolia Stamps
Copics: E00, E04, E11, E13, e21, R20, E57, E35, e53, E50, E33, E30, Y21, Y23, Y11, W0, W1, W3, B000, G21, G24, G40, G85, G99
Background shape: Song Bird Cricut cartridge cut at 5 inches
Fence: Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Heart Swirl: Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Heart Doily: Spellbinders die
Sentiment: CTMH stamps
Heart Stamps: Magnolia Stamps
Ink: CTMH bamboo
Circles: George Cricut cartridge

Entered in following challenges:
Totally Tilda: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Dies and Punches
My Creative Moments; Something New (Magnolia dies and Stamps)
Through The Purple Haze: Anything New to you (Magnolia Dies and stamps)
Marvelous Magnolia: Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cleaning Copic Markers

Crafting Temporarily On Hold For Cleaning

While coloring up an image the other day, I realized that my markers were in dire need of cleaning.  The image I was coloring looked horrible so in the trash it went and I got out the cleaning supplies.
The marker in the picture isn't even the ickiest one I had.  This is going to be a long and tedious process but worth it.  I started with the markers I use the most for skin and hair and then recolored the image and Wow! what a difference.  
Cleaning my markers may have to be a regular scheduled event.

 How to clean your copics:

The cleaning is pretty simple.  I placed a paper towel on my counter along with an ample supply of q-tips, cotton make up remover pads and a bowl of rubbing alcohol.  If you want to keep your hands from getting stained, a pair of rubber gloves is also handy.  
Each marker cap went into the the bowl with alcohol to soak while I used the make up remover pads dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of the markers.  
I then used the q-tips to clean inside the marker caps.  Once clean I used a make up remover pad to dry the inside of the caps and placed them upside down to make sure they were fully dry.  You can use cotton balls instead of the make up remover pads but I found cotton balls leave strings of cotton that can get on the marker tips. 
This is also a good time to check to see which markers need to be refilled so you don't have to stop while coloring.
I have now cleaned all my E's, W's, T's and C markers.  Hopefully, will be done with the rest later today.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blue Christmas Card

The challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to use shades of blue.  It's bitter cold here so I decided to make a wintery Christmas card.  I reached deep in to my craft supply stash and found the Cray Pas (oil pastels) that I have had since college.  I used a mixture of two shades of blue to make the background around the image.  I left it kind of streaky but gives it a blustery winter look.  In order to do the background, I printed out a duplicate image and bubble cut around it to create a mask.  I then applied a good layer of the blue around the edge of the masked image.  I used a tissue and then rubbed the oil pastels outward. A little bit of white embossing enamel completed the wintery look for the image.

Here is the inside of the card:

Card Details:
Image: Wish Upon A Star from Sugar Nellie
Copics: E00, E04, E11, e13, e21, R20, E57, E35, E53, E50, B000, B00, W0, W1, W3
Spellbinders scalloped circle die
Spellbinders snowflake die
Joy Crafts snow flake border die
Cray Pas oil pastels
Sketch: Sketchy Colors

Entered in following challenges:
Crafts for Eternity: blue tones

Thursday, January 8, 2015

60th Birthday

The new challenge at Scrapbooker PhD is to create a card for a guy. 
My brother-in-law will be celebrating his 60th birthday at the end of this month.  
He loves going to auctions and estate sales and seems to buy lots of old vehicles so this card is perfect for him.  It was my husband's idea to make the tires flat.  The colors are a little off in the picture though.

Here is the inside of the card. 
I created the sentiment myself in word.  I keep a small tire from an old toy truck to make the tire tracks.  I simply rolled it on my ink pad.  I like to keep small items like that in my daycare art supplies for the kids to use when they paint.
I hope you join us in the challenge.  We have a fabulous sponsor and the prize is for a handmade dust cover for a die cut machine.  I know I could use a couple of those.
Card Details:
Truck: Just Because Cricut cartridge cut at 5 inches
Grass: Pooh and Friends cricut cartridge cut at .75 inches
Scalloped circle: Spellbinders
#60: Base Camp Cricut cartridge cut at 2 inches

Entered in following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs: Use A Number
Paper Take Weekly: Anything Goes
Bitten By the Bug2: Use Your Favorite Cricut Cut (is there such a thing? too hard to choose just one but I do like this truck for guy cards)
Through The Purple Haze: Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monogram Frame

Now that Christmas is over, I can share the gift I made for my sister.
I used Cricut Craft Room to make the split letter monogram.  I kept the design simple for this one hoping it would fit in more with her decorating style.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Christmas Card of 2015

I am super excited today to share with you my first Christmas card of 2015 and it is also my first project as a Design Team member for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!
Christmas cards are my all time favorite cards to make and I like to work on them all year long so being a member of this DT is perfect!
This challenge happens to be a sketch challenge.  I created an easel card using the Quickutz Doily Rectangle die.

Here's the sketch.  I hope you play along with us for this challenge.  If you participate in every challenge this year, you should have a wonderful supply of Christmas cards to send out.

Card Details:
Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps
Sentiments: Peachy Keen Stamps
Copics: E30, E31, E35, E53, R59, R46, R37, G07, g05, W0, W1
Sketch: 52 Christmas Card Thowdown
Zig Zag borders: Sizzix dies
Quickutz Doily Rectangle Die

Entered in following challenges:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
I hope that 2015 is a year full of love, laughter, and crafting.
My first project of the year is my DT project for Aud Sentiments
 We are sponsored by Imagine That.
I used the penguin from their Eskimo Friends digi set.
I am so frustrated with myself.  I had colored him up and was ready to put him on my card when I smudged him!  So, thank goodness Imagine That included precolored images in their sets.  Saved the day and I was able to meet my deadline! Whew!
I kept my card simple because I intend to use it as a thank you card.
I did add some extreme glitter to the snow and to his goggles, colored his cheeks rosey and added some white embossing enamel for falling snow.
We would love to have you join us in our challenge at Aud Sentiments. The theme is to use the word "NEW" in your sentiment or use a NEW craft item on your project. Don't forget to let us know what new item you use.