Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Butterflies, Dots and Beautiful

A few weeks ago I created some backgrounds with the Nail Polish Marbling technique.  It's a very smelly technique but the results are stunning.  For this week's Project Bin card I took one of the backgrounds and die cut a butterfly and circles.  The sentiment I used is one of my favorites from  #bff by The Project Bin.  

I used this week's CTS#284 sketch for my layout.

Here is a look at all the sentiments included in the #bff  stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by and stay Crafty!

Monday, August 13, 2018


Dare to Get Dirty 2018 is done.  There is still time to upload before the galleries are closed but the daily challenges are done.  41 challenges in 7 days and there are quite a few gals that finished them all!  Amazing!  The week of DTGD is so fun because we are all in it together, getting inky, staying up later, our desks overflowing with paper, paints, and ink!  I love the chat and getting to know other artists better.  One of the super fun aspects of a week like DTGD is stepping out of our comfort zones and trying new things. 

When I saw this challenge pop up and read the hostess chatter about this one, I thought, "Nope. Just Nope.  Not going to try it."  Well, usually when I tell myself nope, I go right ahead and do the opposite!  I am so glad I didn't listen to myself.  I think this is the most interesting card I made all week!  There's just something about it.  It doesn't hurt that it's pink, either!  LOL

I just loved how my next card turned out!  Janine sent me this gorgeous stencil. Janine and Janeen are amazing people and I count myself very fortunate to have met them!  This card was extra fun to create because of the ease of adding color with the Life Changing Blender Brush set.  I am telling you, the brushes are amazing!  The brushes simply float across the paper and stencil!  No more sponges coming apart and leaving odd marks on the paper!  

I rarely make square cards and I didn't make these on the same day but pink looks great on a square, don't you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Choose Happy

On the first day of December last year I was in an auto accident.  I was banged up and needed physical therapy with continued exercises that I do to this day.  One of the ugly side effects of the accident was the impact on my sense of well being. I had to dig deep and find restful places for my thoughts.  Psalm 23 was especially helpful.  I am still continuing to grow in choosing HAPPY!  It is a choice.  No matter what traumas come our way (and I have survived my share) at some point we have to decide to take that first step to think on good things!  

I was not looking for "happy" when I went searching for this week's inspiration challenge site at Splitcoaststampers.  I was simply looking for a "National Day" to inspire our inspiration challenge theme when I found the Secret Society of Happy People.  I hope you will check out this fun site, she even has a daily calendar for the month of August with suggestions on doing fun things for others which ultimately brings us happiness!

You can check out my challenge HERE to see which site and photo, I chose to inspire our creations this week.  Hint, it's a site to celebrate that life is good.

I chose the dragonfly from Unity Stamp Co. - KOTM 1/17 When you Smile for my focal point.  I sprinkled a bit of Brusho powders on the background and misted with water.  How cool is that the kit includes this happy sentiment, just right for our challenge,

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to set your mind on something happy today!

Friday, August 10, 2018

All the Fish in the Sea and Something New!

What a wonderfully creative week it has been.  Just what I needed to keep my mind off this first week of Senior year for our youngest!  The week has been packed with creative challenges and camaraderie over at Splitcoaststampers.  A majority of the cards, I created this week featured stamps and sentiments from Picket Fence Studios.  I have fallen in love with their designs and sentiments so it is with great excitement that I get to announce I am part of the new design team for Picket Fence Studios!  You can read all about the team HERE!

To celebrate this special day I created a card. Imagine that!  I used the gorgeous Ocean Dreams background stamp to create my sea.  Next, I stamped the whale and sentiment from A Dose of Vitamin Sea on a separate piece of cardstock and used the "out of the box" cutting technique.  I had so much fun creating this!  I will be entering this into Kia's DTGD18kiagcB challenge.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thank You

I really wanted to create this as a sample for Janine's DTGD18JayBee challenge at Splitcoaststampers but our son has been surprising us with several visits before he starts back to college.  If I wasn't hanging out with him, I was my daughter's passenger as she gets in driving practice.  Still,  I took a little time out and played with Brushos and my new Neighborhood stamp set by Picket Fence Studios.

The neighborhood is actually about 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" but for this card, I decided to use just a portion of the image.  I think this would make a fun thank you to send after visiting friends or relatives.

The neighborhood looks fabulous on the inside without any coloring at all. 

I am playing along with Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes.  The scripture this week is Psalm 92:4

Here's a full look at the Neighborhood stamp set with sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

You are Fantastic

I have been enjoying the Dare to get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers this week.  Many of my all-time favorite cards have been inspired by a stamping event and I think this event has inspired a few more!

For Joyce's DTGD18Ashjoy challenge I pulled out the gorgeous Succulent Floral image from Picket Fence Studios and colored it with Chameleon Color Tone pens and Color Tops.  I love the smooth blending that can be achieved with these pens.  I just love the font on this sweet sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set also by Picket Fence Studios.

 I was actually inspired by three different challenges for this one!   I am posting it today for Ceal's  DTGD18Simplybeautiful Challenge.  I really like this sentiment from It's Going to Be OK by Picket Fence Studios.  I love someone sweet that tends to let a bad moment make the whole day bad so when I saw this sentiment I had to have the set!  When we are going through tough things it's good to remember that it's just a bad day not a bad life!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you feel inspired to get inky!

Here's a look at the fun stamps sets featured today:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


It's Dare to get Dirty week at Splitcoaststampers and I have the privilege of hosting a challenge today!  I can't tell you what the challenge is unless you are a Fan Club Member but I can tell you it's lots of fun!  I hope you will stop by Splitcoaststampers this week and join the fun!!!  

For added drama, I adhered white and black layers bordered with the MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die then die cut the sentiment from MFT Die-Namics Twice the Hugs in black.  The cute little flower was die cut twice from Die-namics Stitched Blooms.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Welcome, Baby!

Today I am featuring another sweet image and sentiment from the Many More stamp set by The Project Bin.  I pulled out paper from a K&Co paper stack called Hopscotch. I love using it on projects for boys. I paper pieced the cute little rocking chair and die cut it with the Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Square Stax die.   

For the inside, I added another strip of patterned paper and a sentiment on the inside.

With this card, I am playing along with the  DTGD18abbysmom2198 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I can't tell you what the challenge is but you can find out more HERE.

I also used Case This Sketch! #283 for my layout inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Pink, Always Fabulous

Happy Saturday!  Our daughter's last, first day of school was yesterday and for us, that signals the end of summer but I am holding onto sunny days with a beach card!  

Julie is taking us to Brit+co for our IC661 challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week.  This site is so cool that every time I stopped by to search for a photo to inspire a card I found myself behaving like the little dog chasing squirrels in the movie UP!  

A colorful flamingo video caught my eye which made me think of the new stamp sets I have received from Picket Fence Studios.  For the ocean background, I swished cardstock through Distress Inks spritzed with water then after the layer was dry, I stamped the Ocean Dreams background stamp.  To create the sand I cut a wavy beach then stamped the perfect sentiment for any pink lover!  The sentiment and cute flamingos are part of the What a Flock stamp set from Picket Fence Studios.   To give my beach a sandy look I added dots with Copic markers then brushed on Tea Dye Distress Ink.  Yep, I brushed on the ink instead of sponging!  These amazing brushes are just what their name says they are.  No more uneven sponged ink or hard lines when my hand slips!  After using them just once, I am passionate about the "Life Changing" Blender Brush Set. Quick Tip: Hide them from your teen daughters!

With my beach card, I am entering this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -Make Your Own Background

I am also entering this in the DTGD18maryr917 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sleep Rest Recover

We have had a wonderful summer which culminated in a three-night theatre production of  
Mary Poppins!  Our daughter spent 20 days over the summer rehearsing along with students from our three county high schools.  She had a blast!  After three nights of dancing, singing, applause, cast suppers and a cast party she is one exhausted girl in need of sleep, rest and recovery! 

For today's card, I used the beautiful image/sentiment from Many More by The Project Bin. I colored the leaf with Chameleon Color Tone pens, then die cut the layer and adhered it to craft foam.  I usually search for patterned paper before I color my image so I can get a good match but I didn't do that with this project.  I was fortunate to find the perfect match in an older SEI Field Notes paper stack after the image was colored!

School starts on Friday here and for me, that signals the end of summer so I am off to enjoy the last few days of freedom!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Black and White

This week for the IC Challenge at Splitcoaststampers Brenda has chosen Plow & Hearth as our inspiration site.  Browsing the site is a fun way to hold onto summer with all the pretty outdoor photos.  The current challege at Unity Stamp Co. is Black and White so for my card I combined both challenges and came up with this!  

I stamped the image and sentiment from the KOM 1/17 When You Smile, added a few highlights with a Copic marker and adhered layers. 

I hope you get to color something this weekend!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hand Made Many More

 Today I am once again featuring the sweet set, Many More that was recently released by The Project Bin.  This is such a fun set for every occasion.  Today I am using birthday greetings both inside and out.  I love the cute party hats and isn't that a fabulous sentiment!  I have been admiring this fold for some time.  It's super fun to do and if you can remember not to cut all the way through the patterned paper layer it's a quick and easy fold.  

For the inside, I used a scrap of leftover patterned paper and adhered it to the bottom of the card.  I stamped the birthday greeting and then masked off everything from the main birthday greeting but one party hat!

For the backside of the card, I used a sentiment from the Hand Made set!  With this particular stamp on the back of your cards, you can sell your individually hand stamped cards using The Project Bin stamps!  Again, I just had to use that party hat!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

You Rock

This week Stacy is our hostess for the Inspiration Challenge at Splistcoaststampers and she has chosen US Mint Sheets.com to inspire us.  I selected several stamp sheets as inspiration but then on a whim, I typed in Jimi and to my surprise, the very Jimi stamp sheet that I purchased earlier in the year popped up!  I bought the sheet for our son who is a Jimi fan and an excellent guitar player.

To create the yellow layer, I swished a piece of cardstock through Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide spritzed with water. The guitar die cut is from Anita (aka snietje) a sweet friend at SCS!  The sentiment is from the Katie Girl stamp kit by Unity Stamp CoSince this will go to our son I masked off the "my world" part of the sentiment.  I figure it probably isn't cool for mom to say that!  

Even the back of the stamp sheet is fabulous!

I think it's so cool how the front of the stamp sheet is made to look like a
 record album with a hint of the record showing!

Ever since I moved my photography set up to the back room our Little Bit (named for how tiny she was when she picked out her forever family) sticks to me like glue when I turn on the studio lights.  She rubs against the stand (which is a ladder, hehe) where I place my camera so that it rocks the ladder and blurs the photos.  She loves to climb up and sit next to the card knocking over whatever I might have set out for staging.  Today I gave in and took advantage of the photo op!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sleep, Rest, Recover

In the fast-paced world we find ourselves in sometimes we need to be reminded to take care of the basics!  I love this sentiment as it gives the recipient permission to get some extra sleep, rest and recover!  This sentiment is part of the Many More stamp set by The Project Bin.  

I googled the ginkgo leaf and found gorgeous greens and yellows but I also found a photo of one that was watercolored in the reds and browns of fall which inspired my coloring.  

Thanks for looking and I hope you find time for a little extra rest this week!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Day for Challenges

I am having a lovely day filled with stamp challenges!  The good kind!  I am hosting the IC challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and a Virtual Stamp Night Challenge!  VSN is a fun weekend with stamping challenges occurring every hour on Saturday from noon until10pm ET and there is even a prize!

My challenge is titled Lemony Yellow.  You can find all the information HERE, I would love to see you there!!!

For my card, I am featuring Hey Friend a new stamp set by Graciellie Designs at Unity Stamp Co. I just love the hanging flowers, leaves, and feathers in this kit!

For my IC658 challenge, I am sending us to a site with souvenirs to inspire us since July is the most common month for vacations in the US.     I chose THIS photo as my inspiration.  Can you guess why?  I created a gift set with  My Panda Balloon from Unity Stamp Co.  I stamped the cute panda on the envies and tied it all up with a sheer ribbon.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thank You

Today I have the fun of featuring a brand new stamp set from The Project Bin.  The Many More stamp set is so versatile with five themes:  Baby, Birthday, Wedding, Thank You, Get Well.  

This set also includes sentiments that coordinate and look beautiful on the inside!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will hop on over to The Project Bin blog to see more projects.

New to the site is the Product Catalog where you can find samples of all your favorite Project Bin stamp sets to inspire creativity!

Butterflies, Dots and Beautiful

A few weeks ago I created some backgrounds with the Nail Polish Marbling technique .  It's a very smelly technique but the results are...