Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #194

          Good morning everyone! I hope you all are having a great week thus far. I am back today with another Word Art Wednesday Design Team creation. This week's challenge is #194. As always the Word Art Wednesday Challenge is an "Anything Goes" challenge and is open to anyone who would love to play as long as your creation is family friendly as well as uses an uplifting or encouraging sentiment. We would love to have join us! To find out all the details and enter the challenge just click here to be taken to Word Art Wednesday.
           For my card today I decided to do something you all haven't really seen me do in awhile and that is color in an image with alcohol markers. Although I haven't put any on a card in sometime, I actually still do a lot of coloring images, but they usually get put on my daughters memory books. I personally think she didn't turn out too bad, but unfortunately I was having some trouble with the dress. For some reason this particular color didn't want to blend that well. It was the first time I have used this color combination so I guess I just need to play around with it some more until I get the hang of how how to blend them. I then decided I wanted to pull in the other colors from the background as well as make her look like a cabaret dancer so I added the little cardstock spirals. I didn't have any feathers that matched but I wish I had because that would have looked really neat. Anyway, I hope you like the way she turned out :)
          I really appreciate you all stopping by my blog today! I hope you will come back again soon! God Bless you all! Have a fabulous week!
Card Front
Card Inside
Supplies List:
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
Recollections cardstock - Blue Ombre
Recollections cardstock - Spice Market
Stampin' Up - Designer Series paper
Some Odd Girl - Renew Clear Stamp Set
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scor-Pal/Scor-Tape/Sookwang Tape 
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Small flower purchased from Michael's Crafts
Copic Multiliner Pens (to add black details)
White Jelly Roll Pen (to add highlights on the eyes)
Card/Plate holder purchased from Michael's Crafts
The Stamps of Life - Custom Made Personalized Stamp (used to stamp very back of card)
Michele R Designs - Custom Made Personalized Watermark

Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #193

          Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! Today I am sharing my Word Art Wednesday Challenge #193 Design Team entry. We would love to have you play along! You can join the Word Art Wednesday Challenge by going to www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com or clicking here.
          I have a little confession to make about my card for today. I actually made a card like this for my mom back on Mother's Day. I loved the card so much and love my vellum flowers that I had to make it again for you all! I think it's been one of my most favorite cards I have made thus far and I was totally bummed that I couldn't keep the first one I had made. Now that I've remade it, I can't take my eyes off of it, I LOVE IT! I hope you will too. I love this shade of pink of the vellum. It's so soft and elegant! It was hard trying to find a background that didn't take away from that elegance of the vellum as well as a background that could keep up so when I found this background paper at Michael's Crafts I was thrilled. Definitely a great combo... I think anyway ;) (PS: The only difference from this card and the card I made for my mom is that hers didn't have the front bible scripture and the inside of my mom's card was decorated as well as stamped "Happy Mother's Day")
          Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today! If your not already a subscriber, I would greatly appreciate it if you would sign up and follow my blog. Have a blessed week!


Card front


Supplies List:
My Favorite Things Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
Recollections cardstock
Stampin' Up - Pink Pirouette Ink Pad
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Homemade Enamel Dots (made using pony beads)
Simon Says Stamp - Ranger Multi Matte Medium (to make the flowers and adhere the enamel dots)
Glue Dots

Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp - i Scream For Challenge
My i represents inspirational quote since my card has an inspirational Bible quote of the front. Another i is represented by the ink used on my card for the inspirational Bible quote.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #192

          Happy Wednesday all! Today is Word Art Wednesday Challenge #192. I had some inspiration for my card today from Jessica Esch. Jessica is always making beautiful cards and this one is a simple yet gorgeous card that I just had to make. Please stop by her blog to see all her beautiful creations! Her blog is www.chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I wish you all a wonderful and blessed week! PS: Don't forget you can join the Word Art Wednesday Challenge, we'd love to have you play along! If you would like to join us click here.


Supplies List: 
My Creative Time - Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More 
My Creative Time - Build A Scripty & Watercolor Background Stamp Set
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Recollections Card Stock
Stampin Up - Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Homemade Enamel Dots (made using pony beads)
Simon Says Stamp - Ranger Multi Matte Medium (used to adhere homemade enamel dots)

Challenges Entered: 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Get Well Card

Hello everyone! My mom had surgery so I made her a get well card and thought it turned out so cute that I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy!

Front of card

Inside of card
Close up of mouse on front

Close up of mouse on the inside
Front sentiment used on card with the clear glitter embossing powder

Supplies List:
Craftin Desert Divas - Tissue Time
Recollections Card Stock - Cool Waters
Versa Mark Ink Pad
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Clear Glitter Embossing Powder

Challenges Entered: 
Simon Says Stamp - Furry Friends Challenge
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #191

          Hello all! I hope everyone had a blessed and safe July 4th. I come today to share with you the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #191. You all have probably figured out by now how much I love bubbles/circles so for my Design Team card this week I again made a bubble/circle style card using bubbles/circles in a different way. I love how you can take a something as simple as a circle or square and make so many different patterns. Since I posted such a long post on Saturday I figured I would keep today's short and to the point, lol! As always if you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all have an amazing week! I now present to you, my card ;)

Front of card

Inside of card





Supplies List:
Stampin' Up - Sizzix Circle Framelits Dies
Stampin' Up - Pistachio Pudding Ink Pad (retired), Crisp Cantaloupe Ink Pad (retired), Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
Stampin' Up - Pistachio Pudding Cardstock, Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock (retired), Bermuda Bay Cardstock
My Favorite Things - Blue Breeze Dye Ink PadCotton Candy Dye Ink PadGrape Dye Ink Pad
My Favorite Things - Blue Breeze Card Stock
Recollections Card - Pink Buttons Cardstock, Purple Passion Cardstock
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
I used a total of 6 different types of Embossing Folders from Sizzix and Paper Studio.
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scor Pal - Sookwang Tape
Zutter Bow It All Tool (I used it to make my bow)
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
I made the bow with ribbon that I purchased from Michael's Crafts
The holder for my card was purchased at Michael's Crafts 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

MISTI and Foldio 2 Review

          Happy 4th! Hopefully you all are having a fantastic July 4th holiday. I'd like to take a moment to send a big THANK YOU to all of our Military men and women who have served or who are currently serving. My family and I greatly appreciate your bravery as well as all the sacrifices that you and your family have made that allow us the ability to celebrate the freedom we have. There will never be enough Thank You's said to show our gratitude!
          My apologies that this blog didn't post yesterday. Apparently I didn't click publish so the scheduler didn't know to post yesterday. Something told me to check the blog this evening and thankfully I did because I would have never known it didn't post.
         Today's blog post is going to be quite lengthy as I am sharing my reviews of the MISTI tool and the Foldio 2 'fold-able studio'. I haven't had these products very long so I am basing my reviews on how they have performed thus far so as I use them more should I find I learn something new or the my opinion of the product changes I will let you know. As for now though, I LOVE BOTH of the these products.
          Let me first start with the MISTI. If you haven't heard of the MISTI, the MISTI is short for the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented. It is an acrylic stamp tool much like a stamping acrylic block use with a positioning tool, but this tool does so much more than an acrylic blog used with a positioning tool could ever do. Just to mention a few of the things this tool allows you to do is perfectly re-stamp, stamp multiples, and stamp with proper placement. As I said that is just the beginning! I was going to do a video to show you how it works but there are already so many videos out there, so I am going to post some of the ones I found to be most helpful. Let me start though first with where you can purchase this amazing tool. I purchased mine directly through the inventor/manufacturer My Sweet Petunia. I found purchasing it directly through the inventor/manufacturer gave me the best/lowest price. At the time I bought mine it was on back-order but that didn't affect my order at all because I ended up receiving it just 4 days later. I was told they are constantly restocking so the wait times on the back-order are usually only a few days, but just to be sure I would contact them because this baby is in high demand so the turn around times can vary. Other places you can purchase it are from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things. When purchasing this I highly recommend you purchase atleast a couple of magnets as well as the Novus Plastic Polish/Cleaner. I purchased 2 magnets but wish I would have purchased more. Be very careful with the magnets as they are extremely strong so you will get your fingers pinched if not careful. DO NOT stack the magnets together either as they are nearly impossible to separate since they are so strong. There is also a warning on the manufacturer's website that these magnets can break or chip because they are made of Neodymium so be sure to read that warning if you chose to purchase the magnets. Not only are these magnets strong but they are also the perfect size which will allow the lid to close properly and allows your stamps to stamp properly. Using other magnets might be to thick or large and not allow for the tool to be used correctly. The Novus Plastic Polish/Cleaner is also important to purchase because it is currently the only cleaner the manufacturer recommends and says won't damage the acrylic. According to the manufacturer other cleaners can crack, dull, scratch, and fog the acrylic where as the Novus Plastic Polish/Cleaner is specifically formulated to be used on acrylic. Another item available for purchase is a Grid Paper Pad. A lot of people have loved the grid paper pad, but I chose not to purchase it because you can download a free grid template, use graph paper, scrap paper, or even make your own template. I chose to use the free grid template as well as make my own template that I just make copies from. This allowed me to customize it to my likings and specific ways I do things with the tool. Currently the MISTI tool has a screen printed grid line on the lid, so because of that, the MISTI will come with a clear vinyl cling to place on the lid. This will help protect the screen printing from coming off, so be sure to place that over the lid immediately upon receiving your tool. My tool already had some of the screen printed grid missing and was told this is normal due to it being hand made/screen printed by hand. Mine as well also had some scratches and bubbles near the hinges and also squeaks which again I was told is normal due to be being handmade, but that it will not hinder the use or quality. Now if there are any cracks, that is not normal so contact the manufacturer to notify them. By the way this tool can be used by a right handed or left handed person. To change the MISTI tool for a left handed person click here for the video. One other thing that I loved about this tool was that I was able to use the outside of the lid to stamp as well. I had to prop up my card stock on a book since I was using the outside of the lid but everything still stamped really well. By using the inside as well as the outside of the lid, I was able to stamp 4 cards with 4 different images and sentiments. This was amazing because I then made 10 cards of each of those 4 so overall I stamped 40 cards in about 12 minutes. All I had to do was change the cards, ink, stamp, and then repeat. I have not seen a video of anyone doing this yet, so I will try and get a video done soon so you all can see this technique.
          As I mentioned there are so many videos on the internet on how to use the MISTI tool so you can research the Internet/YouTube to see them all but these are the ones I have found most helpful:
My Sweet Petunia YouTube Channel
Jennifer McGuire - Introduction (Speed up to the 5.48 minute mark)
Jennifer McGuire (techniques)
Jennifer McGuire (techniques)
Jennifer McGuire (techniques)
Darlene DeVries
Maureen Wong (browse through the channel as there are many MISTI tool videos)

          Now let's talk about the Foldio 2. The Foldio 2 is a 'fold-able photo studio'. The new Foldio 2 is much larger and brighter than the original. I purchased my Foldio 2 during their Kickstarter Campaign so I got it for a great price as well as being able to get it before it ever hit the market/stores. If any of you have ever backed a Kickstarter Campaign you may know there are pro's and con's to it so this Campaign was no exception. I expected to receive this back in March but due to some manufacturing issues it took longer than expected, but I finally have the product now and I LOVE IT! What is great about the Foldio 2 is that it comes with 4 backdrops, a dimmer, multiple styled plugs for traveling to other countries, LED lights, portable, comes with a carrying case, and soon will have an app to do cool things with your pictures. There were some issues with the stickers coming undone and a magnet sticking to another but it's an easy fix and something you can do yourself. You just locate the magnet remove it and reinsert it into its original position. The sticker re-sticks just fine but in the event it doesn't they have included extra stickers. Some people reported flickering with the lights but if you simply swap the plugs with one another the flickering goes away. I then marked mine so I would know how to plug them in each time or you can just leave them plugged in because it is a 2 part plug so the lower half can be removed for storage. The Foldio 2 is approximately 15" squared when fully open where the original Foldio is 10". When closed and stored in the case it is 15" squared by about 1" to 1½" thick. I purchased this to take pictures of my cards and other craft items I make and I will say that the quality of my pictures has been amazing! So crisp, clear, and bright! Below are some pictures of the Foldio 2 as well as pictures for you to see the difference in my pictures before the Foldio 2 and now with the Foldio 2. If you are interested in purchasing the Foldio 2, it is currently available for Pre-order through the manufacturer/developer Orange Monkey. To go to the Orange Monkey website and learn more about the Foldio 2 or to pre-order your Foldio 2, click here.


Foldio 2 - open with lights off/unplugged

Foldio 2 open with lights on. The card I have in the center is 4.25" x 5.50" so as you can see with this 15" overall, there is still plenty of room to put larger objects inside.


Picture of my card WITHOUT using the Foldio 2

Picture of my card WITH using the Foldio 2 (I did not use any of the backgrounds that come with it so the backing you see is the Foldio 2 interior itself, but the picture below is using the white background that comes with it.

Taken with the Foldio 2 and using the white background. The backgrounds I received with my Foldio 2 through the Kickstarter Campaign were the white that is shown, grey, black, and green.




I think that about sums it all up for my reviews of these two products. If you have any questions on these products don't hesitate to ask. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all have a blessed, safe, and wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #190

          Well hello again my fellow crafters! It's Wednesday and I think by now you all know what that means ;) That's right, it's time for my Word Art Wednesday Design Team post. Woo Hoo! This week is Challenge #190. We would love for you to join us so if your interested just click here to be taken to the Word Art Wednesday Blog where you will find out all the details about how you can play along.
          I told you all that I would be including my reviews on the Foldio 2 and the MISTI but I decided to do it in a separate blog post so that today's blog post didn't drag on forever, lol. I have already typed up the post for my reviews and it is scheduled to post on this Friday, July 3rd so please check back then.
          Now let's take a look at the card I made for you all today :)

Front of card. Card size measures 4.25" x 5.50". The verse was printed out from my computer rather than stamped. The handmade bow is actually a perfect match in color but for some reason it looks different when photographed.

Supply List:
Stampin' Up - Pistachio Pudding Cardstock (cardstock is now retired)
Stampin' Up - Pistachio Pudding Ink Pad (this color ink pad is now retired)
My Creative Time  - Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies
Peachy Keen - Polka Dot Background Stamp (discontinued item)
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scor Pal - Sookwang Tape
Zutter Bow It All Tool (I used it to make my bow)
Polka Dot Ribbon purchased from Michael's Crafts
Card holder/plate holder purchased from Michael's Crafts

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp - We're Going Dotty

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and I as well greatly appreciate all of your sweet comments! Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #189 & MFT Summer School Entry & Simon Says Stamp Entry

          Hello! I hope you all are having a great week so far :) I unfortunately have been sick since Saturday evening so I apologize for this post being short. I am going to get right to the point that way I can hop back into bed and sleep it off. The card I made this week is for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #189. If you would like to join in on the challenge this week please visit Word Art Wednesday to find out all the details. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and again I apologize for my post being so short. I wish you all a blessed week! PS: You may notice my picture is nice and bright... well I am delighted to say that I finally received my Foldio 2. I am hoping I will feel well enough to post my review this weekend and I will include my review of the MISTI too, but if I don't get it to you this weekend then I will include it with my post next Wednesday.


Product List:
My Favorite Things - Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips
My Creative Time - 3 Star Stitched Dies
3 different kinds of embossing folders (I believe these were all from Sizzix)
Sizzix Circle Die Set
Homemade Enamel Dots
Stampin' Up - Primrose Petals Ink Pad (But Stampin' Up Real Red also matched the red cardstock)
Recollections Cardstock - Cape Cod
Recollections Cardstock - Holiday
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive

Entered Into The Following Challenges:
My Favorite Things Lesson 1 Rule of Thirds
My Favorite Things Lesson 2 Focal Point
My Favorite Things Lesson 3 Movement/Flow
My Favorite Things Lesson 4 Line 
#MFTSTAMPS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #188

          Happy Wednesday y'all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. It's that time again where I bring to you my weekly Design Team creation for Word Art Wednesday. We would love to have you join us for this week's challenge, which is #188. To find out the details and how you can join in please go to Word Art Wednesday.
          Back in December I placed an order from Scrapbooking Made Simple when they had their huge Spellbinders sale and most of it finally arrived. There are still somethings that haven't arrived but I was so excited because what I did receive had the Spellbinders feather dies in it. I love these dies! They are so pretty! So of course I had to make a card with them. Also this past week I went to the new My Favorite Things store. The new store is amazing! It is super huge and they have a fabulous new area for their classes. While I was there I grabbed some Banana Split and Spearmint card-stock as well as the matching dye ink so I thought I would use them as well for my card.
          I told you all I would give you a review on the MISTI tool and I haven't forgotten. I am just still trying to figure it all out and use it as much as I can so when I give my review I can give you my honest opinion on it. So once I have really explored how it works I will post my review. I wish you all a fantastic and blessed week! Now let's get on to my card shall we ;)

Front of card: Card size is an A2 card measuring 4.25" x 5.50"
Inside of card

Back of the card using my custom made personalized stamp



Supply Life:
My Favorite Things - Banana Split Cardstock
My Favorite Things - Spearmint Cardstock
My Favorite Things - Banana Split Dye Ink Pad
My Favorite Things - Spearmint Dye Ink Pad
Spellbinders - Feathers Die Set
Spellbinders - Paisley M-bossabilities Folder
Sizzix - Labels Framelits
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
The Stamps of Life - Personalized Stamp
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scor Pal - Sookwang Tape
Zutter Bow It All Tool (I used it to make my bow)
I made the bow with ribbon that I purchased from Michael's Crafts
The holder for my card was purchased at Michael's Crafts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #187

          Hello everyone! Hope you all have had a great week thus far. I come to you today with another card for this week's Word Art Wednesday Challenge #187. If you would like to join in on this week challenge and have a chance to earn some awesome prizes then head on over Word Art Wednesday.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
www.creativecardcrew.blogspot.com - White On White

Now let's jump right to it shall we :)

This card is all all white 5" x 5" square card. The only color is the black ink in the sentiment. Each layer was reduced by a half inch making the next two layers 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and then 4" x 4". The sentiment tag measures 3 1/4" x 1". I then embossed each layer with different embossing folders of my choice, including the base of the card. Each layer was popped up with foam tape. Viola' the card is complete :) Another super fast as easy card to make. (All of these embossing folders are from Sizzix)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #186

          Happy Wednesday ya'll! I hope your week is going well thus far! I am back with another Word Art Wednesday Challenge. This is Challenge #186 and we would love to have you join in with us this week! To join us please click the following link to find out all the details: Word Art Wednesday Please remember that these are "Anything Goes" challenges so anyone can enter as long as your creation is family-friendly and uses encouraging or uplifting sentiments. These challenges are not just for card makers because you can enter digital art, altered art, etc. Plus you can enter up to 5 projects each week/challenge. The more you enter, the more you'll increase your odds of winning :)
          I am loving the card I made this week! It's probably because I have some weird love for bubbles and circles, lol! I hand stamped all the circles/bubbles you see on the light beige card-stock. I wanted a certain design but didn't have any card-stock or paper that I had wanted to use so I just made my own. That is what I love about stamping, you can create your own papers/backgrounds. If you haven't tried to design your own paper/background yet, you really should give it a try. It's so much fun and I think you'll love it! For the sentiment, I printed it out onto white card-stock and then took the same inks that I used on the rest of the card and sponged the white card-stock to get the look I wanted. It looks like this card was hard to make but it was actually super easy! Just stamp basically where ever you want, you don't need a plan or specific layout. Just stamp away while having fun doing it! Now to introduce my card I think I need a drum roll. (pretend you hear it, lol) Ta Da! Here is my card!

Sorry for the dim lighting of the picture. I wasn't able to get the natural lighting I usually use because it's been raining everyday this week and my Foldio2 has still not arrived :( The bow also for some reason doesn't look like it matches but it actually does. The overall size of this card is 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" squared. I reduced each layer by 1/4" for the outer squares and then for the 3 inside squares I reduced them down by a 1/2" then repeated the 1/4" increments. The sentiment panel was reduced down by 1/2" but I used a scalloped edge die to do the borders, so it didn't turn out to be a perfect square but I still am happy with it.


Supplies List:
Recollections Cardstock - "Neutral"
Recollections Cardstock - "Pink Buttons"
Stampin' Up Ink Pad - "Chocolate Chip"
Stampin' Up (Sizzix) - Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things Ink Pad - "Cotton Candy"
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
The Stamps Of Life Stamp Set - bubblegum4me
The Stamps Of Life Stamp Set - crazy4daisies
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scor Pal - Sookwang Tape
Zutter Bow It All Tool (I used it to make my bow)
The ribbon was given to me by a sweet friend
The holder for my card was purchased at Michael's Crafts

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I welcome and greatly appreciate your sweet comments! Don't forget you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Just remember I am still building them up so your patience is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #185

          Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a blessed and safe Memorial Day! The entire weekend my husband was on duty, my daughter was with her grandma, and my son was at Universal Studios for a friend's birthday so I just spent the weekend all by my lonesome :( There was really no relaxing for me because my fur-baby had taken a turn for the worse and I literally was up with her non stop. I got a couple occasional cat naps but that was about it. She is still not well but she has shown some improvement so I am staying positive and not giving up hope. Over the weekend I also was babysitting 16 baby chicks. Those chickies were so cute! It's amazing how fast they've grown in the 6 days I had them. The little soft fur was has already turned into feathers and their yellow coloring is starting to turn to browns and blacks. It was also quite neat to see how the changes in each one are so different too. While spending my time alone this weekend I as well reminisced about my military family and friends. I thought about all they have went through and still do. So many funny stories of time spent with their buddies but unfortunately so many sad ones too, way to many losses. One of those losses includes my cousin whom we lost on August 3, 2005 while he was serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. My heart goes out to all the other families who have lost loved ones to war. I am so appreciative and grateful for all the men and women who serve to protect this country! So that was my weekend. How about we get on to some crafty goodness.
          Today I am sharing another Word Art Wednesday card. This is for challenge #185 featuring scripture 1 Corinthians 2:5. I am in love with the pearlized card-stock I used! The picture doesn't do this card justice, that's for sure. We would love to have you play along with us at Word Art Wednesday, so after you finish my blog post please hop on over to their blog by clicking here: Word Art Wednesday Blog. Remember every Wednesday there is a new challenge you can join :) Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Card Front

Card Inside - I chose not to stamp a sentiment for now.

Close up of butterfly

Back of card - Showcasing my personalized stamp. I chose to create my own caption and then had it custom made by The Stamps of Life   


Supply List:
My Favorite Things - Fancy Butterflies Dienamics
My Favorite Things - Stitched Basic Edges Dienamics
My Favorite Things - Textile Rectangle Frame Dienamics (Retired)
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
My Creative Time - Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies
Stampin' Up Sizzix - Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Stampin' Up - Tempting Turquoise Stamp Pad
Georgia Pacific White Card-stock (purchased at Wal-mart)
Recollections Blue Pearl Card-stock (single sheet purchased at Michael's Crafts)
Recollections Teal Paisley Scrapbook Paper (single sheet purchased at Michael's Crafts)
Recollections Mini Butterfly Punch (purchased at Michael's Crafts)
Tiny rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
The Stamps of Life - Personalized Stamp

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #184

     Thank you for joining me once again for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge! This is challenge #184 featuring Bible scripture Deuteronomy 30:14. Sorry this blog post is going to be a bit brief with regards to my card details. The school year is winding down for my daughter who is home-schooled via an online program and it's that time where we need to get all of her work finalized and submitted, which is a chore all in itself. LOL! Then on top of that one of my little fur-babies has unexpectedly become paralyzed. Usually things like this show early symptoms, happen from an injury, or from old age but she is only 5 and didn't suffer an injury of any kind. We have no idea why she has become paralyzed but after the vet did all her tests, she is confident that this is permanent, so my fur-baby is going to need a wheel chair for the rest of her life. Poor baby already suffers from seizures, but she has been doing fantastic on her medications, and the vet feels that she isn't suffering with any internal pain from the parallelization so with the wheelchair and the seizures currently being under control, it looks like she will still be a very happy baby with a long beautiful life ahead of her. Until I am able to purchase a wheelchair for her, it means a ton of extra work on my family. She has to be carried everywhere and carefully monitored so that she doesn't fall, hit anything, jump, etc. Just because her body isn't functioning doesn't mean her mind quit too so she of course still wants to act like a puppy. Once we get her the wheelchair she can run around chasing her fur-siblings and lizards again, lol! Should I have some free time this week though I will try to comeback in and give more details on my card. Otherwise if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask :)
     Now for my card today I chose to make an A2 size using My Creative Time Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies and More along with The Stamps of Life Birdcage2stamp Set and the matching Birdcage Club Die Set. For my flowers I used a Recollections tiny punch that I picked up at Michael's Crafts this week for only $1.00! Doesn't it give just the cutest little flowers! I adorned them with tiny rhinestones and added some clear Wink of Stella just to give my bird cage a little sparkle too. I didn't want it to feel left out ;) Plus I added a couple of tiny butterflies I punched from silver glitter paper using my other new Recollections mini punch. Again it was only $1. For the scripture I used the largest size die from the My Creative Time Stitched Decorative Banner Dies to cut out the banner. All of the card-stock I used is from Recollections, which I purchased at Michael's Crafts this past week as well because they were having an A-MAZING sale on all of the Recollections card-stock. It was 5 packages for $10. Each package contains 50 sheets of fantastic quality card-stock, which if you do the math comes to 250 sheets of card-stock for just $10! That's an amazing deal! What I also love about the Recollections card-stock is that they offer card-stock to match every one of my Stampin' Up ink pads as well as the My Favorite Things ink pads that I currently own. Also when I cut the Recollections card-stock I don't get a white center. The card-stock is colored all the way through. I have even sanded this card-stock before. So if you haven't tried out this card-stock yet, I highly recommend you give it a shot. You can't beat the price and quality!
      Well folks, that is all I have for now. Don't forget to go check out Word Art Wednesday's Blog. There are tons of beautiful creations, an inspirational devotion, and some good ol' fun. We would love to have you join us! Have a beautiful, blessed, and wonderful week! Until next time, tootles :)



PS: A quick tip to get your string, twine or floss in the shape you'd like is to simply take a very tiny amount of Multi Matte Medium onto your fingers and then rub it all over the string/floss/twine. Remember you only need a little bit and don't worry it dries perfectly clear. Once it's all covered then you will simply shape the bow how you would like and once the Multi Matte Medium dries you have a perfect bow :) Oh and I forgot to mention that the bird cage as well as the little bird were actually die cut 3 times, glued together with the Multi Matte Medium, in order to give it some even dimension without needing to use foam tape/pop dots/etc.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #183

      Hello everyone! Today I am so blessed to announce that I am now part of the Word Art Wednesday Design Team! It was such an honor to have been asked and now an even greater honor to actually be part of such an amazing team! Making this even more special to me is that my very first Design Team post is occurring on what would have been my Dad's birthday (he passed away 13 years ago). I think he had a hand in making this happen for me ;) So starting now, every week on Wednesday, I will be showcasing my Word Art Wednesday Design Team creations. Super exciting right! It is for me anyway, lol! To learn more about Word Art Wednesday or if you would like to participate in the weekly challenges, you can get to their blog by clicking on the following link: Word Art Wednesday. Each week there is new challenge feature along with fantastic prizes provided by fabulous sponsors! We would LOVE to have you join us! There is so much talent and inspiration, you won't want to miss it! I am so thankful that you all for stopped by my blog today! I wish each and every one of you an amazing and abundantly blessed week! Now cue in the drum roll please..... Here it is, my first Word Art Wednesday DT creation! Woo Hoo!

Front: The front of the card is featuring scripture Psalm 149:4 I absolutely love the font used for this scripture. Since the scripture font was so elegant, I wanted a card to match so I chose soft colors and flowers to capture the elegance. For the base card-stock I used is the Blue Breeze Prestige Card-stock from My Favorite Things. I also used plain white card-stock that I purchased from Walmart. I cut out the shape of my card with the My Favorite Things Square Scalloped Dies (I believe these dies have been retired). I stamped the base of the card with Versa Mark using the My Creative Time Build A Scripty & Watercolor Background Stamp Set. The inks I am using are the My Favorite Things Blue Breeze Hybrid Ink, Stampin' Up Marina Mist Ink Pad, and Stampin' Up Midnight Muse Ink Pad (which Midnight Muse has now been retired). The flower stamp set I used is from Stampin' Up as well but this was a promotional stamp and is not currently available but fingers crossed they will bring this set back for purchase because it is a beautiful set. This stamp set is a 3 layering stamp set, meaning you have 3 different stamps to use to achieve the final look but they are so easy to use, especially using the MISTI which I was so excited to use for the first time when making this card. I will be doing a review on the MISTI soon, so stay tuned. Oh, the ribbon was purchased from Michael's Crafts unfortunately it doesn't list a brand or color on the packaging.

Inside: The inside of the card was made using the same My Favorite Things Square Scalloped Dies and the sentiment came from the same Stampin' Up stamp set as the flowers. I used the My Favorite Things Blue Breeze Hybrid Ink to sponge the edges of the white card-stock. The clear holder that is displaying my card was purchased at Micheal's Crafts.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You'll Land

       Hey, Hey, Hey ;) I am back to share another card. This one is called "You'll Land" because even during those tough times I firmly believe despite all the flipping and head spinning things that happen during those tough times we at some point land on our feet, pull ourselves together, and stay grounded for as long as we possibly can before the next toss up happens. I personally have had a very difficult life so I have a soft spot when someone else is dealing with some rough stuff. Someone I know hit one of those rough patches recently which prompted me to make this card using The Stamps of Life cat2stamp set and matching Cat Club Die Set. This set is so cute! Let me present my card and I will walk you through all the details.

This is an A2 size card which when folded is 4.25" by 5.50". To make the main base of the card you I grabbed some plain white cardstock that I get from Walmart. I cut the cardstock to be 5.50" by 8.50" and then scored it at 4.25". I folded it at the score line and viola I had my card base :) This picture is the front of the card. To get those adorable cat images I took some left over scrap patterned paper and used Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the cat image from the The Stamps of Life cat2stamp set. I cut them out using the matching Cat Club Die Set. I made that adorable paw print background by using the Creative Time For Me Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies & More set and The Stamps of Life cat2stamp set. I used the largest stitched rectangle die to cut out the the piece needed then using the clear paw stamp from the cat2stamp set I stamped the paw with Versa Mark in various location on the /cardstock. The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped with the Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Ink. I didn't have any black card stock on hand so I used my Spectrum Noir black marker to color a white piece of card stock big enough to cut out the size I was going for. I am not sure what the size ended up being after I cut it down but as you can see it was just enough to show a little bit of that white based cardstock. I am going to estimate that there is about 1/8" difference between it. To attach those cute kitties and layers altogether I used a tape runner adhesive.

For the inside of my card I cut a star patterned piece of paper to the dimensions of 4 1/8" by 5 3/8". I then die cut a plain white piece of cardstock using the largest rectangle stitched die from the Creative Time For Me Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies & More set. I "tipped" the sides with my black Spectrum Noir marker so that the white would have a little bit of separation and standout against the star background. With the Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Ink I stamped the kitty to the right side of the cardstock. The black paw print was cut using The Stamps of Life Cat Club Die Set. I didn't have even a small piece of black cardstock for that so I did the same method as the front of the card and just colored a small piece of cardstock with a black marker. My final step was to adhere the die cut paw print and layers to the base of the cardstock with a tape runner adhesive. I chose not to put a sentiment on the inside because I wanted to write my own personal words of encouragement for my friend. I stamped the very back of the card with my personalized stamp, then Ta-da the card was complete :)
       Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today! If you like what you see, I would love it if you would subscribe and follow my blog. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube (videos coming soon). All links can be found on the right hand side of my home page. Have a fantastic, blessed, and beautiful day!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Birthday Balloon

       Good day everyone! Today I thought I would share with you a balloon card that I made for my son's birthday as well as give you some updates. In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I was not happy with all the things I have tried or made to help me capture excellent quality photos of my crafts. I also mentioned that I had come across a product called the Foldio which I have heard wonderful things about it, so when I found out the makers of the Foldio were coming out with a Foldio 2 that would be bigger and brighter I was thrilled, but I would have to get it from a Kickstarter Campaign. When I signed up for their Kickstarter Campaign it was looking like I might get the Foldio 2 earlier than expected but as it turns out they ended up having some production issues as well as some component issues which held up the making of the Foldio 2. Now the makers are saying I won't receive the Foldio 2 until at least June possibly later which means that for now the photos of my creations will not be as good as I would like :( As much as that stinks I couldn't be bummed for too long because I ordered myself and awesome birthday gift... I ordered the MISTI! Woo Hoo! I should be arriving soon so I am so super excited! In case you don't know what the MISTI is, it is a stamping tool that helps to give a more precise stamped image. There are many other great techniques that can be done with is as well. Once my MISTI arrives I will be back with my thoughts and reviews as well as show you some of the wonderful things your can do with this amazing product.
       Now onto my balloon card :) The balloon die set I used to make this card is from Simon Says. It is called Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies and I absolutely love this set! Out of this set I used the largest die which is 4.25" by 5.5" so it's the perfect size to make a card. I cut 2 balloons from Midnight Muse Stampin' Up Cardstock (I believe this color cardstock has since been retired). On one piece of the cardstock I horizontally scored the top of the balloon at about the 1/4" mark. I then attached some Sookwang adhesive to the 1/4" area and attached it to the other balloon piece, making the base of the card.       
       I wanted to add a pattern to the balloon so on the front of the card I made a plaid pattern using the My Favorite Things DC Plaid Background Builder clear stamp set. Most plaid patterns have multiple colors but for this I chose just to use the Stampin' Up Whisper White Craft Ink Pad. I personally really like this white as it provides a good coverage and is the only white that hasn't dried out on me. I actually have owned it for over a year and have yet to re-ink it.
       I then wanted a sentiment that popped on the front so I used the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Craft Die and cut the sentiment 4 times out of plain white cardstock. I glued and layered them together using the Ranger Matte Medium Adhesive then glued it to the front center of the balloon, which gave it the perfect lift without the use of foam tape. If you didn't want to die cut the sentiment multiple times then you could cut the sentiment once from the cardstock and cut the sentiment again from a thin piece of craft foam then adhere the craft foam to the bottom of the cardstock sentiment. 
       For the inside of the card, using plain white cardstock, I cut out a slightly smaller balloon using the second largest balloon die from the Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies.This balloon die measures 3.5" by 4.65". I "tipped" the edges of the white balloon with the Stampin' Up Midnight Muse Ink Pad (I believe this color ink is now retired). Using the same color ink I stamped 2 sentiments. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Balloons Set and the other sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Messages Set. I didn't center it because I was going to stamp some confetti patterns to the right but my son came barging through the door right in the middle of my making the card so that abruptly ended my cardmaking, lol. I didn't even get to adhere the pretty balloon string I had picked out :( I guess it didn't really matter because all he really wanted was the money being put inside the card, lol!
       Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish you all a wonderful and blessed week! Without further a-do here is how the card turned out :)
 
Card Front


Card Inside

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bubblicious'

           It's Wacky Wednesday or so some say, lol! Around my house everyday is wacky ;) Today I wanted to share another super easy and quick card but before I do that I wanted to let all those who have Stampin' Up ink pads know that some more colors are being retired. The colors that I was told are retiring are the 2013/2015 In Colors: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Also something I didn't know was that the In Colors only stay around for 2 years. I guess I should have realized that's what the 2013/2015 meant, lol. So for anyone who is considering buying new inks, you might want to keep that in mind when deciding what brand and colors you purchase, especially if there are certain colors you love. If you purchase inks be sure to keep tabs on the colors, that way if there are colors that you want to keep around for a bit longer even after they have retired, then you can make sure to get the re-inkers before they are all gone. If you have any Stampin' Up questions, and don't currently have a representative, just let me know, as I have an amazing representative that I would be glad to have get in touch with you. Now onto my card :)

Front: The base of the card was made using plain white card stock. For the front of the card I used the bubblegum4me and moregum4me stamp sets from The Stamps of Life. I also used the largest die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips die set. Using the largest die I cut 3 different patterned papers. These dies are perfect to help use up some scrap pieces of paper or card stock that you have lying around. To achieve the banner I used the edge of a bowl to make the curves and then just cut the points on the end with a paid of scissors. The ink I used was the Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence Orchid.

Inside: I used the My Creative Time Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More set to cut my 2 rectangle pieces. I then stamped the My Creative Time Grainy Wood Background Stamp with the Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence Orchid ink to make my main background image. I took the same orchid ink I used on the front of the card and tipped the edges of the smaller rectangle. Using the orchid ink again I stamped the sentiment and image from the The Stamps of Life bubblegum4me and moregum4me stamp sets. Don't forget if you like the watermarked image you can get that from Michele R Designs. She also has some beautiful digi papers you can purchase too!
                                            Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Easy Peasy Card Creation!

     Hello all my Crafty Peeps! Today I just wanted to share 2 super quick cards with you. It literally took me less than 20 minutes to make both cards, which to be honest it could have been even quicker if I would have used a hot glue gun for the flowers rather than a clear liquid glue, but I didn't want to wait for the gun to heat up. How ironic that my impatience actually made something take longer, lol!
     You will also notice I got some new watermarks for my pictures. Woo Hoo! I am in love with them! They are so pretty and elegant. I purchased them from a very sweet lady named Michele from Michele R Designs. Not only does she sell custom watermarks but she also sells beautiful digital papers and recently has also started to make paper pads :)
      Now that I have some gorgeous watermarks, I just need to work on the watermark placement. If you have any suggestions on watermark placements I would love to hear them. I have always been told that you want to place them over your design so that they can't be erased or cropped out, but I find placing them over the design takes away from your design and image view. So that is something I will need to tool around with but overall my new custom watermark gives a whole new look that I am in love with!
      Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I wish everyone a wonderful, blessed, and warm weekend! I may be in Florida but it has been in the low 20's here and with the wind chill it's felt like the low teens, so this Florida gal is freezing her buns off, lol!
Outside:  For the base of the card I used the The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set and cut purple Recollections cardstock which came in a multi pack of colors, as well as some matching patterned paper that I had in my scrap paper stash. To cut the flower I used some frosted white vellum and cut it with the My Favorite Things Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics. For the bottom and middle layers of the flower I cut them out twice. The center I only cut once. To curl the edges of the flowers you can use your fingers, a rounded spoon handle, a smooth rounded pencil etc. but for me I like to use the Cricut Scoring Stylus Tool because I feel it gives the perfect curve and the paper glides nicely making for a smooth look. Now here is where the impatient part of me kicked in, because to hold the flower together, I used a clear liquid glue which is supposed to be for paper piecing and quilling since it dries completely clear with no gloss. However, because it's meant to give you time to move your paper that means it will take some time to set up. This is where I should have been presented with a "Here's your sign" by Bill Engvall, lol. So, if your wanting a fast set up then maybe you should use a hot glue gun.

Inside: The inside is basically just the center grouping of circles which I cut out using some of the other dies that came in The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set. I simply picked out the sizes and designs I liked, cut them, and layered them together. I used a very think foam pop dot and placed it behind the solid purple circle. I wanted a little lift but not to much because I felt the flower on the outside gave enough dimension. For thank you sentiment I used a Colorbox purple dye ink along with an amazing and generous stamp set that Stephanie Barnard gave to me for being her Stamps of Life Club Member. Just remember to stamp the sentiment before putting together all of your layers because it's no fun trying to stamp on top of foam dots, lol.
Here is a closer view of the flower.


Outside: This card was basically done in the exact same way as the card above other than I changed the papers and colors. The cardstock again was from Recollections and the patterned paper was from my scrap stash.

Inside: Again I used the same die set but I only used one of the scalloped circles and I used a sentiment from The Stamps of Life crazy4daisies stamp set. The sentiment was stamped with a StudioG dye ink stamp pad color.