Thursday, May 30, 2013

Every day is a gift

Good morning friends.  Today I have a CAS card to share with you. I used the butterfly from Sheena Douglass Flying Colors stamp set, as well as the sentiment, "every day is a gift..." from the Swalk The Present stamp set.   

I created the mask myself by laying down strips of washi tape, inking the area up, and then peeling off the wash tape once the ink had dried.  I got this great idea from taking a class earlier in the year over at Online Card Classes.  Don't you just love the lime green with the turquoise?  So summery :)

I am entering my card over at the following challenges:

Simon says stamp challenge - anything goes
Celebrate the occasion - Fluttering by

Enjoy the rest of your day :)


Monday, May 27, 2013


Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend, celebrating the brave men and women who have died to protect our country.  Our family honored fallen soldiers this weekend by placing flags near their graves at a local cemetery with Nick's Cub Scout Pack.   There was also a lovely ceremony where they retired a flag. 

I also have a two page layout to share with you.  I managed to get NINE photos on it.  That's huge for me.  Most of my pages have only one or two pictures on it.  The pictures are from our trip to Hawaii last December.  The paper is from Authentique, while the vellum quote in the upper right hand corner is from Quick Quotes.

I hope you are having a wonderful Monday :)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

You are such a JOY layout

Good morning crafting peeps!  I have a layout I am absolutely in love with to share with you today.  I used a fabulous sketch from Get Creative as a jumping off point.  It is oh-so-girly with beautiful stamped and colored vellum flowers and glittery butterfly, ribbon, and letters.

The gorgeous vellum flowers are part of a brand new launch from Sheena Douglass called Floral Fantasy.  I used the stamp set Lily of the Valley.  To create my pink blooms, I stamped the flower images onto vellum with Jet Black StazOn ink, then colored the back of the vellum with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers PP2, PP4, PP5, DG2, DG4.

I then sprayed my flowers with Spray & Seal Varnish to give the vellum a little extra strength before fussy cutting the flowers out.

With scissors and razor blade, I carefully cut out my colored flowers.  Notice on the bottom one that I accidentally cut off one of the flowers.  That's totally okay if that happens to you, no one will notice.  Not too many perfect flowers in nature, right?

To create my super glittery butterfly I colored the white chipboard with Spectrum Noir markers PP4 and PP5.  Then I added some thick, sparkling lines with Fruit Punch and Icicle Stickles.  I set it aside for quite a while to dry.

Once those lines were dried I used my finger to apply Ice Stickles Coffee Ice glitter glue and Cotton Candy Stickles to the inside of my butterfly.  I let it dry again and then added some heart rhinestones to it.  It is MUCH more sparkly in person.

To create my tag, I applied tattered rose Distress Ink to a canvas tag using the Adirondack Alcohol Ink applicator.  Then I applied picked raspberry Distress Ink and Icicle Stickles to wooden letters.

To complete my layout, I added a beautiful glittery bird and sparkly ribbon along the side of the picture.    The picture is from last Christmas when Lara found a vanity table under the Christmas tree.  I just love her animated expression in this picture.

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Get Creative - layout sketch challenge
Tammy's Scrapin' corner - Pink and Girly with Sparkles
Everybody Art challenge - flowers
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything but a card
My Craft Creations - Floral
Three Scrappy Gals challenge - April Showers bring May flowers

Thanks for stopping by today.   Have a GREAT day!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Best Wishes

Good morning crafters!  Hope you had a great weekend.  It was beautiful and hot here.  It felt like July!  Today card's is a beautiful image from the Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition by Crafter's Companion. The magazine is full of images that are ready to be cut out and layered to create a three-dimensional card. 

Here you can see how many different layers of the image I cut out and adhered with Double-Sided adhesive foam squares. I also used the foam adhesive to pop out the bow, cute little circular flowers, and best wishes sentiment.

With the exception of the card stock, everything was cut out from the Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition.  (Only $10 right now which is such a bargain.  It includes a CD of images, clear stamps, embossing folder, bead bracelet kit, magazine full of inspiration and projects, and a magazine full of images and papers ready to be cut out and used.)

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

The Squirrel and the Fox - Here comes the girls
One Stop Stamp challenge - Anything goes
Our Creative Corner - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes

Hope your morning is off to a great start.  Have a great day!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Love you with all my heart layout

Happy Friday everyone!  Ready for the weekend?  I know I am!  I'm trying to get over bronchitis and really hoping the kids will let me sleep in a little bit...  On school days I have to drag them out of bed but on weekends they often wake up early on their own! 

Today I have a layout of my baby girl to share with you.  I had a few random pictures of her that I wanted to scrap so I just added them all to one layout using the title, "Love you with all my heart".

All the paper is from Pink Paislee's She Art.  To create the layout, I used blue distress ink over a stencil and wooden heart.  I also added some music note washi tape and lace along the top and bottom and popped out the Spellbinders die cut in the middle of the layout.  Blue is Lara's favorite color she thought it was a great page of her :)

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenges - For the girls
Ruby's Rainbow challenges - squares

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Crafter's Companion has an all new stamp collection coming out this week, called Camden Town.  These stamp sets have both fabulous guy images and gorgeously feminine stamps as well.   With Father's Day just around the corner, I choose some stamps that were perfect for a card to give my husband.

After stamping my images onto Premium white card stock with Memento Ink, I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  You can see how well the colors blend into one another.  I thought the bubble paper added a little fun to my card and a little brown ribbon finished it off.  Not a flower in sight :)  I think he will like the card.  He is definitely No. 1 around here, especially after the amazing brunch he took up to for Mother's Day at the local Four Seasons Hotel.  I ate a LOT of seafood and had my share of champagne :)

I am entering my card in the following challenge:

That Craft Place Challenge blog - Makes for Men

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous day :)


Monday, May 13, 2013

The Kids' Summer Bucket List

Are you ready for Summer?  I know the kids and I are!  Our very favorite thing to do in the weeks before Summer kickoff is to make a huge list of all the things we want to do during the break.  This year our list is 70 items long!  Now we usually don't get to everything on the list, but we have a great time trying.  If you'd love to try this with your kiddos, read on on to see how :)

I started with a tin I had lying around.  Try to use what you have on hand.  You could also use a leftover Spaghetti jar, coffee container, or glass vase.  

Next I measured out a piece of 6x6 paper to line the bottom with.

For the main image, I used an adorable stamp from Crafter's Companion called Sweet as Sunshine.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers - Hair: IG5, IG7, IG8, IG9, IG10, GB1, GB8, GB10, EB5; Skin: FS1, FS3, EB1, EB2; crab and hair bows: CR7, CR9; Sun: CT1, CT4; Girl's clothes: CG1, CG3; Net: IG1, IG2, Sand: TN1, NT2; bucket: OR1, OR3.

For the embellishments, I made layered bows and a couple flowers with a brad.

I also cut out a couple tone-on-tone patterned paper that were just a little bit bigger than the main image to create a double mat.  I didn't measure them, just eyeballed them for a quick and easy mat.  Then just add your image and embellishments to the lid or side of your container with some strong adhesive.

This is what it looks like when the lid is closed.  

To create the fun stuff inside, the kids and I (ages 5 and 9) brainstormed for a few days about what we what our summer to include.  I also poured over the newest Westways magazine and local community sites.  I included a picture of my list here to give you a starting off point, but some of these ideas may not be doable in your neck of the woods.  Once you type up your list, just cut them into pieces and add them to your tin.

Hope this inspires you to create a bucket list with your kids.  If you do, please leave me a note below.  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Have a wonderful week :)


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a Mother's Day card I made with the Crafter's Companion Inspiration Spring Edition magazine.  Unlike most magazine, this one is one you will want to cut up.  It is FILLED with amazing images that are meant to be layered onto each other, creating a three dimensional effect.  It is also full of patterned paper, borders, images, sentiments, tags, and lots of inspiration on how to use the images.  Here is the page of images I used for my card:

And here is the quick and easy card I made with them.

I just cut the images out while watching TV, layered them using Double-sided adhesive foam, used some patterned paper included in the magazine, and the card was done in no time.  You'll definitely be seeing more cards from me using this magazine.  It's a great way to make fabulous cards, without all the muss and fuss of stamping and coloring.  It's definitely a nice break for me, since we are still under the weather over here and I only have so much time to craft.

I am entering my Mother's Day card in the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon - Mom
Celebrate the Occasion - Mother's Day
Party Time Tuesday - Mother's Day
Tuesday Throwdown - My Mother, my friend

Have a great rest of the week :)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Crafter's Companion May Masculine challenge

Hi friends,

May is for Masculine over at the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog.  I just love this challenge since I tend to may cards that are mostly feminine with lots of flowers and ribbon.  Making a guy card definitely pushed me to try something a little different.

My card was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  This is a very clean and simple technique that works beautifully for guy cards.  The cool tree is from Sheena Douglass' Silhouette Country Lane stamp set.  I stamped the tree with Versamark ink, sprinkled the image with white embossing powder, shook off the excess powder, and heat embossed the stamped image.  Then I gently applied Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress Ink over my card stock. The embossed image resists the distress ink and emphasizes the silhouette of the tree.

The Sentiment "Thinking of you" is from the new Stamp-It Australia Dreamy Daisies stamp set.  I also embossed and applied Distress ink around the words.

Crafter's Companion Masculine challenge is going on throughout May.  You can interpret the challenge however you wish, just make sure you use a Crafter's Companion product to be eligible to win an online gift certificate to their store.  

Have a great day!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Summer Rule

Back again with another NSD challenge from Echo park.  This challenge is all about summer cards.  Here is my take on the challenge using Echo Park's Playground collection.   This collection is all about summer fun.

I am so ready for Summer!  Only 40 more days and the kids are out of school :)  Not that I'm counting...

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 4, 2013


National Scrapbooking Day is winding down, but I have another layout to share with you before it's over.  Creative Keepsakes Blog has been posting a ton of awesome inspiration and ideas to help get us readers crafting.  When I saw their post about making flowers with decorative tape, I had to try it.  I decided to use one of their brand new sketches too.  I love this picture of my family.  You can see Simba laying on Lara, hoping for some belly rubs.

Here is a close up of one of the flowers I made.   All the paper and stickers is from DCWV Bella Boutique Stack.

I hope everyone has gotten a little creative time for themselves today.  I feel blessed to be home and scrapping, as I live in one of the cities that has been struggling with a wild fire in California.  It's been a wild couple of days, but the fire department did an awesome protecting the community and everyone we know is safe and sound.   So we have a lot to be grateful for :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


National Scrapbooking Day

Happy NSD Day crafters!  Like many of you, I am making layouts today.  I saw a really cool stash challenge over at Scrap Our Stash challenge blog and decided to give it a try.  I had such a hard time choosing which sketch I wanted to use.  So I used two!

For my first layout, I used a some old Cosmo Cricket paper and rub-ons. The picture is Lara's latest school picture.  The "PIC" letters were painted with red paint to match my layout. My fingers now match it as well!  Looks like I am bleeding ;)  I used two different border punches and red bling brads along the long strips in the middle, as well as yellow brads in the center of the flowers.  The wooden border is from Prima and I painted it with a glitter gold paint.  Finally, I used a little bit of washi tape.  Here's the original sketch:

For my second layout, I used paper, ribbon, and a vellum quote from Quick Quotes.  The wooden hearts and letters are from Pink Paislee.  I attached the quote and circular tag using brads.  I made my tag with a circular punch and punched along the edge of the left paper, as well.  I painted the tag, hearts, and dad lettering with Silks acrylic Paint.

Here's the original sketch:

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pinspired - Crafter's Companion Joint Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinspired - Crafter's Companion Joint Blog Hop!  From May 3 - 5, we are showcasing Crafter's Companion stamps from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Floral collection. You have TWO chances to win! You can hop around and comment on all of the blogs for one chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter's Companion (May 3 - 5, 2013). 

For my card, I used two gorgeous blooms from Sheena's A Little Bit Floral Dahlia stamp set.  I stamped the smaller, half opened flower image in multiple colors to create my background.  The larger stamp was colored with three watercolor pink pencils.  To blend the colors, I brushed over the image with a little bit of water.  The sentiment stamp is from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Scenic Provence stamp set.

For a second chance to win, you can play along with Pinspired Challenge Blog!.  Using the image below, create a project and post it using InLinkz on the Pinspired Blog. You have until May 9, 2013 to participate for a chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter's Companion.That's 9 whole days to play along!!!! Inspirational photos are for you to interpret anyway you want. You can take from the colors, the style or the technique - whatever floats your boat! You can also feel free to make any kind of craft you want as well, whether its a card, layout or altered item. If you create and comment on the Blog Hop, that is two chances to win!  

Here is the full Hop List:


Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope to see your project over at the Pinspired Challenge Blog!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Good afternoon gang!  How is your week going?  It seems to be flying by here.   The kids and are still under the weather, but feeling a little bit better.  Nick has state testing this week, so we are enjoying the lack of homework.  Not sure who is enjoying it more, Nick or I.  Today I have a scrapbook page I created using a beautiful sketch over at My Creative Sketches.  Chris took this photo of me snorkeling near some turtles in Maui 3 years ago. It only took me two and half years to get the underwater camera developed... I am much better at scrapping my kids' photos.

I used a ton of Radient Rain misting on a Pink Paislee Mistable 12 x12 page.  I'm not sure who the 12 x 12 stencil is from.  I bought it at my local scrapbook store and already tossed the packaging.  The lime sparkly lace was also from my lss.  The flowers are from Prima.  I just layered them and added a rhinestone brad to the center.  The turtle was cut from the Cricut Life is a Beach cartridge and the banner was cut from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.

Here is the picture of My Creative Sketches April sketch challenge if you want to give it a shot.

Have a fabulous day!